Top 15 of 2015

Hello beautiful people! and Happy New Year! I cannot believe it’s 2016, 2015 seemed to absolutely fly by!
I hope you all had a lovely and safe holiday season, full of delicious food and family fun!

I figured to start off the new year I would share my top 15 beauty products of 2015, these are all things I reached for over and over again last year, and I’ll definitely continue to love them throughout 2016. Although, I am quite excited to see all the new products that this year will have to offer!

Some of these are products I’ve already raved about here on my blog, so I’ll just give you the short version of why I love them, because otherwise this post will be incredibly long!

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First up is a product I was pretty late to the party with – The Beauty Blender ($28.00 CAD) literally changed my whole beauty routine in 2015. This magical sponge blends foundation into your skin without allowing it to cake or bunch, it just applies your make up so flawlessly and naturally that it doesn’t look like you’re wearing anything! Foundations that didn’t sit well on my skin when I applied them with a brush went on like a dream with this little guy. If you haven’t tried this, you absolutely need to, it will change your life!

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Choosing an eye shadow palette was really difficult, but when I went through my collection this Stila Eyes are the Window palette in Soul ($59.00 CAD) really stood out to me. This Palette is beautiful with a mix of mattes and gorgeous shimmers, with just the right mix of cool and warm tones. The formulation blends like butter and feels like velvet, they wear all day long, and you can create any kind of look you want! This palette would suit so many different skin tones and eye colours that I think it would be a welcome addition to anyones collection.

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop ($46.00 CAD) was a highly talked about and popular product last year for very good reason. This is one of the most stunning highlighter’s I’ve ever used, but it’s definitely not for the person who wants a subtle shine to their cheekbones, because this baby is GLOWY. I like to use this on nights out, or when I want to feel really glam and sexy, but I also really like to use this as eye shadow! This is limited edition, so grab it if you can find it!

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I absolutely love this Full Lash Bloom mascara by CoverGirl ($8.00CAD). I reached for this every single day in 2015, over any high end mascara in my collection! This mascara volumizes and separates my lashes beautifully without flaking or transferring at all! Pick this up in your local drug store and give it a try because it is amazing!

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NUDESTIX lip + cheek pencil in Blush ($28.00CAD) has been my purse lipstick all year long. This is the perfect nude for everyday wear, it adds just the right amount of colour to your lips to compliment any make up look. The formulation is super long lasting, and incredibly smooth and creamy. I got this one as a birthday gift, but it’s definitely inspired me to want to try out more from this line!

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The Living Proof PHD dry shampoo ($27.00 CAD full size) is literally the most incredible dry shampoo I’ve ever used. It actually cleans your hair and absorbs oil and odour, this can extend the life of your shampoo for an extra day or two. it doesn’t leave a film on your hair or scalp, and it doesn’t weigh down your hair at all. It’s a bit pricey, but to literally make my hair look freshly washed on the third day after I’ve shampooed is incredible. This is the small size which is $14.00 CAD, but I’ll definitely be picking up the full size.

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The Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation ($45.00 CAD) is something you all know I absolutely love. This has incredible coverage, it’s got more of a natural/dewy finish than a matte one which I absolutely love. It lasts all day long, and doesn’t cling to dry patches or bunch up on the skin. It’s got quite a watery formulation, which means one pump will cover your whole face no problem, especially if you apply it with a beauty blender! If you’re looking for a new foundation, I would definitely recommend this guy!

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This is a product that’s fairly new to me, but it still get’s added to my favourites because it’s that amazing! The Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder ($46.00 CAD) sets make up without looking cakey or dry. This blurs imperfections and gives your skin a really natural flawlessness! The only downside is that loose powders are very hard to travel with, and very easy to knock off one’s vanity (yes, I’m speaking from experience) so be careful with this stuff!

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Again, this is a product I’ve gone on and on about, so I wont stay here too long. The Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer ($34.00 CAD) completely replaced my NARS radiant creamy concealer in terms of holy grails. This stuff doesn’t crease at all, it’s got a beautiful creamy consistency so it blends out flawlessly. I literally can’t say a single bad thing about this product! Go and try it – trust me.

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This is something I don’t think I’ve mentioned on my blog before, and it’s the only skin care item in my 2015 favourites. This is the Saje Skin Fitness balancing toner for combination skin ($19.95 CAD), it’s a spray on toner made of a combination of natural essential oils, so you can imagine how incredible this smells. I use it morning and night, and have really noticed an improvement in the texture and look of my skin, it’s helped to soften and brighten while decreasing the amount of oiliness in my T-zone. I know Saje isn’t available everywhere, but if you’re curious to try out some really great natural skin care product’s, I would suggest taking a look at their website!

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The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow ($80.00 CAD) is definitely another holy grail product for me. This is a great duo for contour/highlight that I think would suit every skin tone. The contour shade is just muddy enough to add an incredible shadow under the cheekbones, and the light gold of the highlight shade just adds the most subtle and sexy glow to the cheeks. It’s definitely a luxury product – but if you’re looking to splurge I would definitely say this is worth the money.

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The Maybelline Brow Drama tinted brow gel ($10.00 CAD) is definitely hit or miss for some people, but I really like it. I find it helps to keep my brows in place, and defines the sparser and blonder hairs that you normally wouldn’t be able to see. This product doesn’t dry down crusty, and it lasts all day! The applicator is a bit weird at first, but you get used to it the more you use it.

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The Hourglass Ambient bronzer in the shade Luminous Bronze Light ($60.00 CAD) is the only bronzer I used in 2015. It’s the perfect shade to warm up the face without being to orange, and it has swirls of the regular ambient lighting powder in it which makes it look natural and pretty on the skin. Again, a bit of a pricier product, but for pale skin like mine it’s really hard to find a good bronzer, so this is worth the money to me!

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The Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in Lolita ($24.00 CAD) was my go-to stay in place lipstick all fall/winter. It’s the perfect deep pinky-brown shade that just adds real vampiness and sexiness to a look without wearing a dark purple or red lipstick. These have the most incredible formulation that just doesn’t budge at all once it dries down, they don’t ball up or flake off, and they don’t dry out your lips which is a huge bonus. I love to wear this on evenings out when I know I’m going to be doing a lot of drinking/eating – but with this baby I don’t need to worry because it will still be there!

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Last but not least is the NARS Audacious lipstick in the shade Anna ($39.00 CAD) This is another great lipstick for fall/winter because it’s a beautiful deep mauve shade which looks incredible with a really smoky eye. This formulation is creamy and smooth and definitely long lasting. Obviously not as long lasting as the Kat Von D one, but this is a good one to wear for a date night or night out with your girls. It’s incredibly moisturizing and feels really comfortable on the lips, I would definitely suggest picking one of these up!

That’s it for now my loves,
Sorry about my absence in December, but post’s should come more regularly now!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

An Afternoon At The Races – FOTD & outfit

Hello beautiful people!
I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, let me know in the comments what you got up to!

Yesterday my family and I went to the local race track to bet on the horses for my dad’s birthday! This is the second year in a row we’ve done it, and it’s so much fun! We eat a lovely buffet lunch, dress up and wear fancy hats and scream like maniacs at the horses we want to win.
Since it’s an occasion to get a little glam, I thought I’d share what kind of make up look I went for, and what I wore with you guys!

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This is a photo of my sister Jen and I, she has a photo blog here on WordPress if you want to check it out!

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For my complexion I used:
Benefit the pore-fessional primer
Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in the shade 0.5
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in the shade fair neutral for under my eyes
Collection lasting perfection concealer in the shade fair 1 for blemishes
Rimmel stay matte powder for the shiny areas
Charlotte Tillbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow to contour
Becca Shadow and Light bronzer to add a little warmth to my face
Becca with Jaclyn Hill shimmering skin perfector in Champagne pop to highlight my cheekbone
NARS blush in Almeria for the apples of my cheeks

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For my eyes I used:
Anastasia dip brow in Soft Brown for my brows
Urban Decay primer potion
Stila eyes are the window palette in Soul
Kat Von D tattoo liner in Trooper for my wings
Covergirl Full Lash Bloom mascara
I also wore a few of the ardell individual lashes, but I forgot to photograph them *oops*

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For the finishing touches I used:
Bite Beauty lip pencil in the shade Sable
Urban Decay de-slick oil control setting spray

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I’m super happy with how this look turned out! Still glam, but not too much for day-time!

I didn’t manage to take a picture of my full outfit, but I wore this beautiful dress from Anthropologie I picked up a few months ago, and these cute little sandals I bought at a DSW in Cleveland a few years back!
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Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more posts like this!
Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

Sephora.ca Haul #4 – VIB Rouge Sale part 2

Hello beautiful people!
How has your week been so far? Only two more days until Friday!! I’m definitely finding that since I started working, the weeks are going by much faster!

As promised, this is the second and smaller half of my VIB Rouge Sale haul!

First I’ll get the re-purchase out of the way! You guys all know how much I love the new Origins Original Skin serum ($48).
This is definitely one of the best serum’s I’ve ever used, after this one bottle, I’ve absolutely noticed a difference in my skin; The tone is brighter, the texture is smoother and my make up applies beautifully! I’ve droned on and on about this before, but I’m just so happy to see a serum formulated for ladies in their 20’s and 30’s.
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Next I picked up one of the new Boscia Hydrogel masks ($10), there are three kinds, but I chose the charcoal pore-minimizing one. These are one time use, two piece sheet masks which makes these quite expensive, but since I had 15% off, I figured I would try it out. I haven’t used it yet, but I’ll keep you guys posted!
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Finally, I bought one of the Stila Eye’s Are the Window palette’s in the shade Soul ($59). I’ve heard such good things about these, so I thought I’d add this one to my collection! I definitely went for the most neutral palette, but they do have brighter ones.
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This palette has 5 matte shades, 6 shimmer shades, and one glittery shade. They have great pigmentation and they blend together really well – I did find the glittery shade slightly chalky, but that’s the only one that disappointed me.
I swatched them top to bottom starting from the left row to the right.
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This is a great palette, you could create all sorts of looks with this baby! The packaging is cute and compact, which will make it easy to travel with.
Also, it has an adorable plastic insert with a lovely quote.
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Let me know if you’ve tried any of these!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

First Impressions!

Garnier skin renew dark spot overnight peel
I bought this about a week ago and so far I think it’s working out pretty well, I have noticed my skin has broken out a little bit but I’m pretty sure it’s because it’s a new product and my skin isn’t use to it, and also because it’s helping to purge my skin of impurities.
It has a thin consistency and smells really nice, and it’s gentle enough that you can use it every night. I’ve been using it after I cleanse with my clarisonic and then I follow it with a moisturizer because that’s what it says to do on the bottle, and it does leave your skin feeling a little bit tight as it’s a gel like formula.
I’m excited to see how this continues to work throughout the rest of the bottle, it costs around 20$ but you only need one pump for your whole face.
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Glam Glow – Youthmud (Black)
I’ve used this once and I wasn’t completely impressed with it. This is the formulation that “Tingles” but really it stings and feels like your face is on fire a little bit. When I went into the store and asked about this they made it seem like after one use my skin was going to look radiant and transformed but really it kinda just looked shiny. It goes on a dark grey colour and has tea leaves in it as well as volcanic rock so it does look gritty on the skin; you’re supposed to leave it on until it dries and turns a lighter colour. Then you wet your face with warm water and rub the mask in with circular motions to exfoliate your skin. My skin felt super soft after and the general tone of my skin felt better but I didn’t have the “wow” reaction I was hoping to get. ALTHOUGH I have only used it once so I’ll keep you guys posted on how I continue to like it. I have the little sample jar that’s only 0.5oz as I didn’t want to commit to buying the full size without trying it.
I’m also interested in trying the other kinds of glam glow, let me know if you guys have tried them and what you think!
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Stila Stay All Day waterproof liquid eye-liner
I bought this on the recommendation of my best friend Amber, because she uses it and it’s become one of her holy grail products. I myself have always been a Kat Von D trooper fan, but I thought I’d try something new and unfortunately I don’t like this liner as much as the Kat Von D one. Stila’s liner has a foam applicator whereas Trooper has a brush applicator which I find much easier to use. The foam applicator seemed really stiff and hard to maneuver along my eye lid, but Amber promises me that over time the applicator becomes softer so I will continue to give this one a try and hopefully come to love it as much as she does.
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Loreal True Match Lumi foundation
I have a terrible addiction to products that have luminous or radiant in the name and or claim to create radiant and luminous skin. Even though I have combination skin I’m really partial to more radiant foundations as opposed to matte ones. I bought this one at Target about a week ago and I’ve been wearing it every day since and I really like it! I have the colour W1-2 porcelain/light ivory which is the lightest colour in the line. It definitely doesn’t have LONG wear, and I do have to powder it throughout the day but I really love the way it makes my skin look. I also like that it comes with a pump as a lot of foundations don’t and you end up wasting product, I use about 2 and a half pumps of this all over my face and it has a gorgeous effect which I think will be perfect for spring and summer. I would say this has a medium coverage, but as I said before it’s not a long wear foundation. It also has SPF 20 which is always a bonus in foundation as you should always have a little bit of SPF on your skin. This will definitely be staying in my collection throughout the hotter months.
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Those are my first impressions on some of the new products I’ve been trying out! Let me know in the comments if you guys have tried any of these and what you think!
until next time, xoxo
-Lo