Skincare Stories | The Benefits of Double-Cleansing

Hi, everyone! Today’s post is another installment of my Skincare Stories series, and it’s all about double-cleansing.

A few weeks ago, I was shopping with a girlfriend, and she wanted to go into Shoppers Drug Mart to restock on some of her Neutrogena skincare products. While she was looking, she told me she had been having some issues with her skin and that she thought it was because her cleanser wasn’t removing her makeup properly.

My suggestion was that her skin might be needing an oil cleanser as a first step to remove her makeup first, and then go  in with her regular cleanser afterwards. She ended up picking up the Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil, which is not a cleansing oil that I have used before, but it seems like a pretty standard cleansing oil. She texted me after a few days to tell me that she already found the extra step to be life-changing! This experience is the basis of today’s post: double-cleansing.

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Review: Natasha Denona Mini Lila Eyeshadow Palette

Hi, everyone! Today’s post is a review of the Natasha Denona Mini Lila Palette, which I recently purchased when it was half price at Sephora. I’ve never really had an urge to try Natasha Denona, for some reason. I guess I’ve always just felt like I already owned enough eyeshadow palettes and couldn’t justify buying a ~$150 palette. When the brand began releasing their mini palettes, I was pretty tempted to try them since they were a lot more affordable, but I just never ended up buying one. However, when I saw that the Mini Lila palette was 50% off, I couldn’t resist snatching it up!

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Feel-Good Friday

Hello, beauties! Today I have another installment of Feel-Good Friday because there are a lot of lifestyle things I’ve been enjoying lately, and would love to share with you.

I started watching the TV show Shameless two weeks ago, and I’m already on Season 5! I’m the definition of a binge-watcher, haha. Shameless was recommended to me by a coworker, who said it’s a really funny show. It centers around the Gallagher family, which includes 6 kids and their deadbeat alcoholic father and bipolar mother. They live on the South Side of Chicago (ie the sketchy area), and since both parents are otherwise preoccupied, the children are raised by the oldest daughter, Fiona. The family is scrappy and completely messed up, but at the center of it all, they love each other fiercely. It is a funny show, but it’s definitely dark humor. If you’re sensitive to bad language, nudity, crass humour, or inappropriate topics, this is not the show for you!

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Review: Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is a review of the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum, which I’ve been using this for the past three months. Sometimes I find it really hard to test skincare out, because most skincare products take a month or two of regular use to see any results. After using it for a few months, I feel like I can finally do a thorough review!

Alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs, are one of my favourite skincare products. They just do so much good for the skin! I had been using the Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and I was really enjoying it. As most of us know, Drunk Elephant is quite pricey, and I was looking for a more affordable AHA. I had only tried two Farmacy products before this, but I loved them both. I was seeing the Honeymoon Glow all over the internet, so I decided to give this a try!

As a note, I have dry skin all year round. It is not acne-prone or particularly sensitive. My main skincare issues are dry, flaky spots, redness, hyperpigmentation, and off-and-on textured skin as a result of bumps that won’t go away unless I squeeze them.

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My Summer Makeup Essentials

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is a roundup of all of my favourite summer essentials for the upcoming hot weather. Summer is not only my favourite season in terms of weather, but it’s also my favourite season in terms of beauty products.

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When I think of a typical summer look, I always think of bright shades and a sunkissed bronzed (how groundbreaking, I know) – you’ll see this reflected in the products I have chosen for this post! You can read the products I chose to feature for summer last year (which all still stands as well). Read on to see my picks for this year!

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Skincare Stories | What is the 10 Step Skincare Routine?

Hello, everyone! I’ve decided to start a new series called Skincare Stories that focuses around…you guessed it, skincare! Skincare can be quite daunting for a lot of people; everyone has a different skin types which respond differently to products, and everyone struggles with different skin issues, too. Sometimes, it’s really hard to figure out what each ingredient does, what type of products your skin needs, and what ingredients actually work, versus products that are just a gimmick or fad!

I’m no expert when it comes to skincare, but taking care of my skin is something that I do enjoy. I thought that starting a series all about it would really help to get some things cleared up (even for myself!) and to get some discussion going!

Some people might think that we buy all of these lotions and potions because we’re vain, and that skincare is a gimmick. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, AND it’s also the most visible. We take care of our hearts by going to the gym, and we take care of our livers by not binge-drinking. Why shouldn’t we be doing our best to take care of our skin by providing it with the ingredients it needs to keep it happy? Good skincare also doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg, either. There is perfectly affordable skincare out there that works just as well, too!

Today’s post is all about the 10-step skincare routine. My friend recently asked me if I follow the 10-step skincare routine, and I told her that I actually don’t. If you haven’t heard of the the 10-step skincare routine, it comes from Korea and like all Korean beauty products, it has really taken off the last few years. Some steps are the same as the Western skincare regime, while some steps are new. The 10 steps are as follows:

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Review: Nudestix Nudies Blush n’ Glow Duo

Hi, everyone! Today, I’m sharing my review of the Nudestix Nudies Blush n’ Glow set, which includes a blush and a highlighter stick. I’ve been wanting to try Nudestix ever since hearing Samantha Ravndahl and Mariah Leonard raving about the brand last year, and it’s a huge bonus that they’re Canadian!

Originally, I had my eyes on their stick eyeshadows, but I have a LOT of eyeshadows in my collection that I need to get through right now. Like, a lot. I have also been interested in trying out their face products, and since I couldn’t justify buying their eyeshadows, I decided to go for their blush and highlighter set.

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THE BASICS

This Nudies duo will give you that effortless, fresh, and youthful no-makeup makeup look. Go from the catwalk to the sidewalk with a touch of dusty-rose-nude blush and a pop of pearl highlight. Try them on your eyes, cheeks, and lips.
Nudies are multitasking, long-wearing, and effortless. They are dual-ended with a soft color balm on one side, and a blending brush on the other. This is a custom, all-over face color that softly kisses the skin with a matte or dewy, lightweight, and luxurious formula. Draw effortless nude color all over the face for a fresh, natural finish.

The Blush n’ Glow set includes a full size of the Nudies Matte Blush and Bronze All Over Face Colour in the shade Naughty n’ Spice and the Nudies Bronze & Glow All Over Face Colour highlighter in Illumi-Naughty.

In terms of price, the Blush n’ Glow set is a steal as it retails at $49, while the products included cost $35 each if you were to buy them separately. This set is made in Korea (surprising!)

Both of these sticks are meant to be worn on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. To be honest, I’m not really into multi-tasking products, so I pretty much only wear this on my cheeks.

Closeup of Nudestix Blush n' Glow Duo tin packaging

THE PACKAGING

I don’t know what I was expecting, but both of the sticks came in its own separate tin. In my head, I thought they would only come in tins if you buy them in singles. It’s such a fancy touch! You can tell which shade is inside by the sticker at the end of the tin, which is nice because you can identify which product to reach for without having to open the tin up.

The face sticks are dual-ended and come in a simple black tube. One side is the cream product, and the other side is a flat, dense brush that you use to blend the product out. You can tell which side is the product and which side is the brush, because the side with the cream product has the shade name on the cap. I will discuss the brush in detail in the performance section of this post, as I think it relates to the performance of the product in general.

I find this blush and highlighter duo to be a pretty convenient product to bring with you for touchups. The packaging is compact, and you don’t need to bring any separate brushes with you!

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PERFORMANCE

I have to be honest, I was a little nervous about using a stick blush and highlighter. In the past, I’ve struggled with face products that come in stick form because I found the application process to be daunting. They’re always difficult to blend out, and I end up leaving a streak of colour on the face. However, I knew these had to be something special if everyone was raving about them, which made me curious to see whether these would be easier to work with compared to older cream formulas.

Close up of Nudestix Matte Blush and Bronze All Over Face Colour in Naught n' Spice

Naughty n’ Spice

Naughty n’ Spice is a matte dusty rose shade that I think goes well with a lot of skin tones. It’s the prettiest muted shade that goes well with any look too.

This shade is extremely pigmented, which could be a little intimidating for people who don’t like using cream products. However, the consistency is very creamy and easy to blend out seamlessly into a natural look, even with your fingers. It leaves a dewy finish on the skin, which my dry skin really appreciates. Overall, it gives my face a natural-looking flush, and I find that it’s a really perfect product if you want that no-makeup makeup look!

In terms of the brush, this was another aspect of the product I was quite hesitant about. Most of us know that the brushes that come with a product are usually not of great quality. On top of that, the shape of this brush is really small and has a flat shape, and I was worried that the brush would buff off the foundation underneath. I started off avoiding the brush completely, and only used my hands to apply the blush by rubbing some of the product onto my fingers and then patting it into my skin. This worked fairly well, but I felt like the shade wasn’t building up quite the way I wanted it to.

After a few uses, I finally decided to try the cream blush with the brush – it’s how we’re meant to use it, after all. I swiped the blush right onto my face, and then used the brush to blend it out in a stippling motion. I found that the cream blended up really well this way, AND my foundation was not disturbed underneath. The handiest thing is that the brush actually twists off so that you can wash it!

This blush lasts on my face for the entire day, and doesn’t cling to dry spots. It does look a little faded after a 12 hour day, but I like that it fades very evenly and not in a patchy manner.

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Illumi-Naughty

Illumi-Naughty is one of their Hilite + Glow sticks in a subtle pink pearl shade. I took about 100 photos of this, but it’s really hard to capture the duochrome nature of this. It just ends up looking like a glue stick!

I have to say, based on the swatches I saw online, this was not what I was expecting at all. It would classify this as a pigmented face gloss. At first I was pretty disappointed because I’m 100% a metallic highlighter girl…but I’ve since decided that I really like it! I don’t own anything else like it, and I love the glossy wet look it gives. It’s a subtle highlight, but my dry skin looks so dewy with Illumi-Naughty on the cheekbones!

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From left to right: Nudestix Nudies Matte Blush in Naughty n’ Spice and Highlighter in Illumi-naughty

The only thing I’m a little unsure about is the fact that the texture is pretty sticky, and it doesn’t really set quickly. Overall, I don’t mind this because the stickiness doesn’t negatively affect the performance of this highlighter, but I feel like people with oilier skin or people who live in a humid climate may not appreciate this aspect. Your body is already sticky enough in hot places, you don’t need a sticky highlighter on top of that.

Instead of using the brush at the other end, I apply Illumi-Naughty directly onto the cheekbones and then blending out the edges with my fingers. You can tell that it actually does take a bit of makeup (blush) off my face, because the stick comes away pink after I’ve swiped it onto my cheeks. However, I personally don’t think this is noticeable on the cheeks, so it’s not a dealbreaker for me.

Similar to the blush, I found that this wore away very evenly, and I feel like the sticky consistency actually makes it last longer. Due to the fact that it has a glossy finish rather than a metallic one, it doesn’t accentuate pores.

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SUMMARY

PROS:

  • Beautiful dewy finish
  • Gives your skin a natural flush and glow, doesn’t look dry
  • Easy to work with; formula blends out well
  • Lasts throughout the day

CONS:

  • Highlighter has a tacky feel and doesn’t dry down completely
  • Single sticks are pricey
  • Foundation takes off a little bit of blush underneath during application

Overall, these are gorgeous cream products with a creamy consistency that apply like a dream. They don’t really have any more highlight shades I’m interested in, but I am down for trying more of the blushes for sure!

June Monthly Focus & May Update

Hello, friends! Today I’m doing an update on my makeup focus for the month of May, as well as what products I’m choosing to focus on in June.

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I thoroughly enjoyed using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette this month. I bought it during Christmas time, and I never really reached for it that often. The two singles I chose to pair with it, MAC’s Woodwinked and ColourPop’s Super Shock Shadow in Nillionaire, were bronzey shades and paired absolutely perfectly with this palette. I actually think I liked wearing these two shades with the palette more than I enjoyed the lid shades inside the palette! The highlighter I chose was originally the ColourPop Super Shock in Flexitarian, one of my top 3 highlighters. However, after the first day of using it, I switched it out for the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal. I have other plans for Flexitarian later this year, and Becca is also in my top 3, so it worked out just fine. I own so many highlighters that it had been a while since I used it, and seriously loved pulling out this highlighter again, it is stunning! The Surratt Artistique Blush in La Vie en Rose is another stunner I hadn’t used in a while. The powder is just so pigmented and finely milled! I really want to try an orange or peach from Surratt Beauty now. The lipstick I chose this month was the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick in Jicama. It’s not a super springy shade, but it went really well with the ABH palette.

In terms of skincare, I chose the The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% + HA Spheres 2%. I finished this vitamin C this month! I’ve reviewed it on my blog in the past and said that I enjoyed the effects but didn’t like the graininess of the formula. I already have my eye on a few other Vitamin C serums from The Ordinary and am looking forward to trying them! I also chose to focus on the IGK Beach Club Texture Spray this month, but to be honest, I only used it once this month. I was too lazy to wake up earlier on a work day to curl my hair – oops! I will definitely use this up this summer, though.

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