Friday, April 24, 2015

Steps to natural, healthy, glowing skin

As the sun is finally coming out and the temperature warming up, it is time to change up the makeup routine, especially when it comes to base. It the spring and summer time, I like to go lighter and dewier with my skin. So in here I've put together my trusted products for natural, healthy, glowing skin. So let's jump in!

Bourjois Healthy mix serum foundation : I've been completely OBSESSED with this foundation for the past couple of months. I'm actually almost done with this bottle.. It has a gel formula that just applies so nicely on the skin. I like to use my fingers to blend it in to get a natural finish. What impressed me the most is how it evens out the skin incredibly well without being high coverage. A definite winner for the summer months.

Benefit Watt's Up highlighter : This little number was actually one of the first high end makeup item I bought and I'm still head over heels in love with it. I apply quite a lot of it on the high point on my cheeks, blend it in with my middle finger and then take what's left on the finger on to the apples of my cheeks, bridge of the nose and forehead. This will just give you and intense, dewy but still natural glow.

Make Up Forever : Cream blushes is the way to go in the warmer months. Not only will it sit better on the skin, they just look more natural wish is what I'm totally after. Using a stippling brush that I lightly tap on the products, I'm just looking to add a light flush on the skin and add a bit of colour to my complexion. I'm particularly fond of this shade.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders trio : The last step to the process! Even thought we are after a dewy look, we don't want to look like a disco ball don't we. Those powders are just perfect as they ever so slightly mattify the complexion and add some light to it. This product is definitely a splurge but in my opinion, oh so worth it.

Let me know what are your favourite makeup products for summer! Always looking for new things to try! xoxo

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My VERY minimal makeup look

Having some of the busiest few weeks since a looong time (hello complete lack of blog posts) and being in the midst of finals at uni, I had no choice but to come up with a cut down version of my no makeup makeup look. Even though I don't mind going out to get milk bare faced, I do feel naked wearing nothing to school, work or even running errands. As I'm sure I'm not the only one in this particular situation, I thought I would share with you the products that made the cut (and they were not many spots). 

Clarins Instant Concealer in the shade 01 : I've been wanting to try this concealer for SO LONG. It had been featured in a lot of blog posts and videos from my favs Lily Pebbles and Viviannadoesmakeup and I knew it would be a goodie. I finally got my hands on it and just as I thought, it ahhmazing. It's so creamy and covering that it is perfect for wearing on it's own.

Benefit They're Real mascara : If you've read my "shopping my makeup collection" post, you would know I had been neglecting this number from my stash. Even though I wasn't overly excited by it the first time a gave it another go, I've completely fallen in love with it! It gives me SUCH long lashes! Really helps my eyes to look awake.

Lise Watier Rose Éclat blush : This blush is the pinkiest one I own and I just looove how it gives me this healthy flush. Using my Real Techniques blush brush I apply it quite generously on the fat part of my cheeks just to infuse that right amount of colour into my complexion.

Clarins Instant light lip perfecter in Red : I'm usually a big fan of bright, bold, matte lipsticks but didn't feel my usual contenders fitted with the very minimal look. I decided to go for a tinted balm as I find myself craving some colour with spring coming and grabbed the Clarins Instant light lip perfecter in Red. As you can see in the picture, it doesn't actually come out red but like a light wash of a dark pink (if that can actually be a thing..).

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Discovering Odacité skincare

I've been very absent from the blogosphere, and well social media in general, in the past few weeks... I've never quite been so busy (and tired) in my life! Things will be slowing down soon and I hope to get back to blogging soon. But here's a post I've been wanting to share!

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being invited to the Montreal launch of the line Odacité. I was super duper excited to share that with you all as I'm sure you will all love the brand as much as I do. And the story behind the whole brand is amazing. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, the founder, Valérie Grandury, started to blend her own freshly made skincare. First only available to exclusive clients around the world, it can now be enjoyed by you and me. 

Even though "natural" beauty is having quite its moment, I'm the first to understand why one would go for cute packaging and promises of miracles over organic ingredients. But the beauty with Odacité is that it doesn't do sacrifices. Their products are as good for the eyes as for the skin. 

What impressed me the most with the line is the range of serums concentrates they have to offer. Really, there's something for every skin type and every need. I went with the Passion Fruit-Orange serum for dull skin (thanks Canadian winter). I've been applying it every morning with the Odacité BLABLA toner and let me tell you, I've found a winner! It just feels so good and considering my intense lack of sleep these last few weeks, my skin has been looking great (haven't been wearing that much makeup!). 

Here's a quick run down of the best out there for younger skins :

The everyday oils : Wild Carrot for Vital Glow, Acai-Rose for Youthful Glow, Blublerry-Jasmine for Cell Energy, Carmelia-Chamomille for Sensitive Skin, Green Tea-Lemongrass for Radiance Effect, Peach-Cypress for Combination Skin, Grapeseed-Grapefruit for Oily/Acne Prone and Black Cumin-Cajeput for Pimples.

The Spot Treatment : Baobab-Sarsaparilla for Eye Contour and Jojoba-Lavender for Clogged Pores.

The All Over Treatment : Blueberry-Jasmine for Scarring and Black Cumin-Cajeput for Acne.
For all of you beauty hoarders out there the best thing is to grow your own little collection and use a different one depending on how your skin is feeling or the result you want to get. I'm definitely planning on owning more then one (Wild Carrot you are next)!

How should I use them might you ask ? Well here's the 3 three ways recommended by the brand : You can obviously use the serum concentrate directly on the skin for fastest results (good technique if you are targeting a pimple for example). I personally like to spray a good amount of toner (Odacité has great ones!) in the palm of my hand, add two drops of the serum concentrate and massage everything onto my face. Finally, if you are looking for extra moisture, you could of course do the same thing but with your moisturizer.

So I've you've been looking for natural products to add into your skincare routine, Odacité serum concentrates are the way to go. Made with the best of the best when it comes to ingredient, it's natural and affordable luxury for the skin! LOVE IT! The line is exclusibely available at the amazing Annie Young Cosmetic boutique on Sherbrooke Street (owned by the nicest ladies!). If you get the chance to stop by, tell them you've come from my blog and you'll get a special discount on their Odacité facials (yes that's a thing!). 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cream eyeshadows : the perfect alternative to the full on smokey

I feel like eyeshadow is the one thing that can scare the most people when it comes to playing around with makeup. And I totally understand, I had to practice quite a lot before kind of pinning down the right technique to the smokey eye. 

But for all of you out there who are just starting out or don't like to go all out with your makeup, there's a perfect option for you out there and it comes in the form of cream eyeshadows! My all time fav for now? The oh so affordable and easy to use Maybelline Color Tattoo! They have pretty much every beauty blogger out there talking about them. 

Really, its fool proof to use : Swipe your middle finger in the product, apply it all over the lid and clean up the edges with a clean ring finger. Tadam! Your done. And the results are amazing. My absolute favourite shades are Bad to the Bronze and Pomegranate Punk, which very often will find themselves in my makeup bag. 

If you are looking to treat yourself, there is an incredible luxury option out there : the ByTerry Ombre Blackstar cream eyeshadow sticks. I have yet to try them out (they are up there in my makeup shopping list) but I've read and heard such great things about them! Available in 9, all more gorgeous one another, shades, you definitely find an everyday favourite that will complement your eye colour. 

Are you a fan of cream eyeshadow? Do you have a favourite? xoxo

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The all-in-one "give your face dimension" palette

Before getting my hands on this beauty of a palette, contour for me was only a vague idea. Something other beauty girls did in their youtube tutorials. Now, I can't get enough of it. After slapping on foundation and concealer on your face can look a bit "one dimensional". You'll want to add back in a bit of shape to it. And everything you need, you'll find in this number from Tarte.

It includes a full pan of a grey toned contour shade, half a pan of a light champagne highlight with very natural shimmer and another half pan of pink blush which I love to wear on more natural makeup days. They're all oh so soft, pigmented and blendable. Throw it in your purse or your travel makeup bag and you're set. Another plus : the huge mirror included in the packaging (thanks Tarte!)!

Seriously for all of you girls out there that love makeup without needing 100 shades of contour and highlights, this palette is perfect. Of course the Anastasia contour kit is on my makeup wishlist, but really, having this one in hand, I don't really need it. 

Let me know what is YOUR favourite contour product! xoxo