October Favourites 2014

Hello my pretty berries,

I don’t know about you but Vancouver has been raining non-stop for like a week now and it’s just bringing my mojo down so I thought what’s better to cheer myself up but to find my most valued beauty products for October. Most of my favourites are not that new but they’re all products that I have at least used for more than 1 month and I know for sure that I like them enough to be listed as my favourite.

 

 

The Balm Nude’tude nudetude_productshot_naughty_1

It’s basically a nude eyeshadow palette that comes in 12 colours and a double-ended make-up brush. The quality of the eyeshadows are to die for, it’s smooth, pigmented and not chalky. Also, there are so many eye looks that you can do with this one palette; from day to night looks. My fave is stand-offish, sultry and sleek – they’re just the perfect combo eye look. Let me know if you would like to see an eye look using this palette because I would love to do it. As for that double-ended brush that came with it, I think it’s okay for patting in eyeshadows to your eyelid but not that great if you want to blend it out. All in all, I think it’s worth the buy and The Balm products are generally great products (I haven’t found a product from them that I don’t like).

 

 

Urban Decay Naked Basics604214396906_nakedbasicsI have the original Naked Basics from Urban Decay, which is more on the warmer side compared to the newer Naked Basics. It does have 6 eyeshadows: 5 matte and 1 shimmery. I usually use this for days that I just want to do a simple eye look and nothing too shimmery. Also, the ‘Naked2’ eyeshadow is a great transition colour for me; it’s matte and helps blend the rest of the eyeshadow I use.

 

 

Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder – Translucent300I haven’t really heard a lot of people talk about this product but it’s so good for setting your make-up. I learned about it because Tati from youtube swears by this stuff and that got me curious so I went on a hunting trip to find this baby (found it at Walgreens). It does have a bit of a scent to it but nothing that I can’t stand plus it’s not really a bad smell; more of like a baby powder smell?maybe? I don’t know I’m really bad at describing scents. Also, it works great and it doesn’t even cost that much and the whole container will last you forever. I do use the puff that came with it cause I can’t find a good puff that I can use with my Airspun but if you know one then let me know.

 

 

The Balm Cindy-Loumanizercindylou_productshot_1It’s another ‘The Balm’ product that I have fallen in love with. I love highlighting my face and this product highlights your features like nobody’s business! It looks natural and just glowy. There’s none of those chunky glitter or chalky look. I’m pretty sure there are two different shades of highlighter they have: Cindy and Mary. The Cindy is more of a pinkier highlight and the Mary is more on the golden side. Both looks amazing and I think I might get the Mary-loumanizer (I usually wait until they go on sale on Hautelook- check it out they always have great sales on make-up, clothing, shoes, etc http://www.hautelook.com/invite/jdeocampo878). Anyways, I think that the Cindy-loumanizer is great for any skin tone and I think it’s best for fall/winter time.

 

 

NYX Full Coverage Concealer – light476This is really good for covering those dark under eyes without looking too cakey. It has a very creamy consistency, which makes it easy to blend with a small fluffy brush or your fingers works great too. I guess you can use it to cover acne or scars because it is pigmented enough to do that but just make sure they’re the right shade.

 

 

Lancome blush – Sheer Amouroses762955-main-hero-300If you were looking for a “natural-look” on your cheeks then the Lancome Blush in Sheer Amourose would be perfect. It has a matte/satin finish and the colour will just suit almost every skin type. It does stay on your face all day and it is build able without getting too powdery or chalky.

 

 

Rimmel Gel Eyeliner – Blackscandaleyes_gel_pot_liner_productAll I gotta say is that this product is very comparable to Mac’s black track gel liner and it’s quarter of the price. This was a recent discovery for me and I love how it’s so smooth and creamy, not to mention that it stays on all day without smudging of transferring. You can smudge it when you apply it but once its set then it is not going to budge until you take it off with an eye make-up remover (preferably oil-based).

 

 

2 Lip Combos:

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Dragon Girl & Sephora Lip Liner – Real Red

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I am in love with red lips for fall and with these two combinations, I get a long lasting red lip. The Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl is the perfect red and it’s matte without drying out the lips. It’s like a jumbo crayon, which makes it that, much easier to apply. As for the Sephora Lip Liner, it’s similar in colour of the Nars Lip Pencil. I mainly use it to line my lips to prevent any feathering because you always want a clean-cut line when it comes to darker lip colours. Let me know if you would be interested in seeing a blog post for putting on the perfect long-lasting red lips.

 

 

Annabelle Waterproof Lip liner – Boisenerry & Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil – Bramble

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The Annabelle Waterproof Lip Liner in Boisenberry can be another alternative to the Sephora Lip Liner in Real Red if you are looking for a deeper red lip. The Boisenberry has a bit of purple/magenta in it that can add a bit of dimension if used with Nars Dragon Girl. I just think it works great too if you add this on the outer corners of you lips to kind of create the illusion of 3-dimensional look and make it more plump and full. Ultimately, this lip liner can be used on its own or mixed with other lip colours to create unique looks. I guess this kind of makes it an alternate option for a lip combo, so there you have it!

As for the Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Bramble, is is another matte colour, jumbo crayon style lip product but this one is retractable so no need to sharpen it all the time. I love to combine this with my Anabelle Lipliner in Boisenberry, it just gives it that extra oomph. It is long lasting and not too drying on the lips much like to Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. I usually wear this when I want more of a “vampy” look and fall season is the best time to pull this off.

 

 

Live Clean – Exotic Nectarexotic nectar - argan oil leave in spray

This is a great drugstore product for your hair. It’s basically a leave-in conditioner for your hair and it’s loaded with a lot of good stuff including argan oil. I pretty much spray this on wet or dry hair and it doesn’t weigh down my hair or make it look greasy. In fact, I think it actually gives a bit of a healthy shine to my hair and makes it feel so soft much like if I just got out of the salon. It’s cheap, 96% plant derived and it makes you look like you have bombshell hair!

 

 

Moroccan Oil Luminous Hairsprayus.can_luminoushairspraymedium_2.14_1

I really want to say that this is probably by far the best hairspray that I have ever owned. I knew that the Moroccan Oil hair care line has good products but I’ve always been hesitant to try it because they are on the pricier side and I’m not one for spending too much money on hair care but I totally get it now. They are worth the money and they make my hair look amazing and last all day no matter what hairstyle I have on and it doesn’t get crunchy (I hate it when my hair gets crunchy, it’s just a no-no). It also prevents any frizziness that going on and tames my flyaways. Trust me, if you live in Vancouver, YOU NEED THIS! it will keep your hairstyle intact even with the crazy/humid/windy/cold weather we have here.

 

 

Lush Vanilla Dee-Lite Body LotionVanilla Dee-LiteThis smells so amazingly amazing that you would want to eat it. I have mentioned it on a previous post: Top Lush Products and I have raved on how good it is and how moisturizing my skin feels every time I use it. It’s smells heavenly and it’s super moisturizing-‘nuff said.

 

That is all that I have for my October 2014 favourites. I hope you enjoyed reading my post and don’t forget to like and follow=)

 

Kisses,

Joy

 

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Skincare Routine ~ Night Time

Hello my pretty berries,

I wanted to make up for the lack of blog posts by posting up my evening skincare routine before this week is over. This is pretty match a part 2 of my skincare. I have already described my skin type on my daytime skin care routine blog post.

You will see below the steps I take before I go to sleep. Although, I gotta be honest I do have my lazy days where I just don’t go through my entire evening routine but I still try to do as much as I can even when I am absolutely exhausted. Anyhow, I just think about breaking out and that usually pushes me to stop being so lazy and go through my entire routine.

I will try to link the websites at the end of the blog post where you can find the products that I am currently using. I will try to link sites that ships to Canada (since I am from Canada) or sites that usually offers real free shipping to Canada. Most of my products can easily be found at local drugstores (Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Rexall, etc.) or at Sephora or at Mac Counters.

 

Evening Routine:

 

Maybelline Clean Express

Maybelline Clean express make up remover

If I were wearing make-up that day then I would remove my make-up first and then continue with my normal evening routine. I remove my eye make-up first using this Maybelline Clean Express Make-up Remover with a cotton pad, which works just fine for me. It removes even waterproof mascara and eyeliners.

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Pond’s Cold Cream

Pond’s cold cream

Once all my eye make-up has been removed, I used this cold cream on my skin (make sure your face is dry when you apply the product) and massage it all over my face and neck area. I have a cloth that I soak in warm water and I use that to wipe away the entire product off my face.

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Mac Cleanse Off Oil

MAC Cleanse Off Oil

This is another option that I like to use when I am super lazy and cannot be bothered with using eye make-up remover and then the cold cream. The Cleanse off oil removes everything!! The only problem I kind of have with it is that it irritates my eyes and makes my sight a bit cloudy but it does go away after a minute or two.

Bioderma

Bioderma cleansing water

Okay, so this is what I use when I’m super super super lazy or tired and I just want to go to sleep. It does work like magic and removes every trace of make-up and dirt in my face. Sometimes, if I’m just home and I felt like I need to refresh my face then I would put some of this on a cotton pad and quickly clean my face.

Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash

Tea Tree cool & creamy wash

If my skin is breaking out or about to have break outs then I usually use this cleanser. It’s infused with tea tree oil, which helps with pimples and acne scarring. The only downside is the smell, which is mainly tea tree oil, but I got used to it and it actually doesn’t bother me as much now.

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

I usually alternate this with my Tea tree cool & creamy wash depending on how I feel on that day. This product is quite new so I am still trying to get a feel out of it but so far it hasn’t totally dried off my skin. In comparison, to my Tea tree cool & creamy wash which is absolutely “creamy” as the product labeled it to be and it doesn’t dry out my skin so I can use it every night.

Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum

Lush lip scrub in Bubblegum

We can’t forget our lips! I have very dry lips and it’s gotta be scrubbed every night. The bubblegum flavor is not my fave but I have it so I’m going to finish it. I am thinking of getting the peppermint/mint flavor next time. Let me know if you have tried it before!

Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner

 

Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner

After all the cleansing and removing all the dirt and make-up on my face then I go ahead and use this toner to further remove more of the dirt/make-up residue plus it actually helps neutralize the Ph all over your face and it is alcohol free. I just use a cotton pad and wipe it all over my face and neck. I love love this product and I have tried other Michael Todd products before and I have loved all of them. Unfortunately, I finished them already so I can’t show you anymore but if I make a new order of Michael Todd Products then I will probably do an updated skincare routine.

 

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

I use this basically every morning and night, which I have mentioned in my pervious post. This is a product that I cannot live without!! I have noticed such a difference in my skin’s texture, lessened/lightened my acne scars and helped to even out my skin tone. I just need a pea-sized amount of the product and pat it around my face and it does absorb really quick.

 

Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Creme

Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Crème

I really like eye creams and this one really does its job. I think this may be a daytime eye cream but I found it too thick for morning so I switched it to my nighttime routine and it works quite well with moisturizing. It is on the expensive side so I don’t know if I would want to repurchase but we’ll see how it goes.

 

Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

Another Tea tree product (can you tell I like anything infused with tea tree oil..haha). Again, it does smell like tea tree oil and a lot of people doesn’t necessarily like that smell but it doesn’t really linger so I’m okay with it. It does help with breakouts and prevents any new ones from popping out.

 

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil

I apply a drop or two of this after I apply my Tea tree blemish fade night lotion. I gotta say this may be another holy grail for me and I’m almost certain that I will be repurchasing this product.

 

Derma e Vitamin E skin oil

Derma e Vitamin e skin oil

Okay, I know this may be over the top but I only apply this every other day and I gently massage it all over my face and my neck. This pure vitamin e oil greatly helps with any scarring and it does help to keep your face looking youthful. Also, if I do use this product then I would skip the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil.

 

 

Etude House Sleeping Pack

Etude House Sleeping Pack

This is pretty much an overnight mask that I put on after my eye cream, lotion and face oil have been applied and absorbed in my skin. I only use this 3-4 times a week. I would put just a pea size amount of the sleeping pack and that would be enough to cover my entire face and neck. Once applied, I usually have to wait around 5 minutes for the product to sink it to my skin before I can go to sleep. Then when I wake up, my face feels so moisturized and plump.

 

Life Clear Action, Holista Tea Tree Oil & Mario Badescu Dryng Lotion

Life Clear Action, Tea tree oil, Mario Badescu drying lotion

Now, if I were breaking out that day then I would use any of these three products. I like to alternate my acne treatments mainly because I think that if I keep using the same one, my skin would get use to it and it won’t be as effective anymore. When I do this process, I feel that my breakouts go away a lot faster.

 

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

I almost forgot the lip balm. So I pretty much use whatever lip balm I can find. My favourite right now is the Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

 

So that is all of it for my evening routine and I hope that you enjoyed this post. I would love to know what your holy grail products when it comes to skincare so please post them down on the comments below.

 

 

 

Maybelline Clean express make up remover – http://www.maybelline.com

Ponds cold cream – http://www.ponds.com

MAC Cleanse Off Oil – http://www.maccosmetics.com

Bioderma cleansing water – www.murale.ca

Tea Tree cool & creamy wash – www.thebodyshop.ca

Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash – www.thebodyshop.ca

Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion – www.thebodyshop.ca

 

Lush lip scrub in Bubblegum – http://www.lush.ca

Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner – http://www.michaeltoddtrueorganics.com

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution – http://www.thebay.com

Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Crème – http://www.sephora.com

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil – http://www.sephora.com

Derma e Vitamin e oil – http://www.gnc.com

Top 3 Lush Products~!

Hello my little berries!

So I went to Lush the other day and I just want to put it out there how heavenly their store smells. I feel like whenever I leave that store, the scent still lingers on my skin and on my hair and on my clothings! I wish I can just buy everything in there and try them all out but hey I’m not that rich so we’ll stick to shopping in moderation 🙂

Anyways, besides the amazing smell of the store, I did pick up a couple of new stuff. Some of these things I have tried before and most are new to me (and most definitely enjoying!) I just want to let you know that I am also an avid organic/all natural junkie, so I usually like to find the most organic/natural stuff out there especially anything that goes on my skin. I know I know it’s super hard to just get “all 100% natural” in anything unless I made it myself and I know exactly what I put in it. I just think that it is better to have some natural than no natural ingredients, right??

TOP 1

Charity PotThe first one is the Charity Pot. This hand and body lotion smells divine and very moisturizing.  I love to apply this all over my body before I go to bed for the full moisturizing power of the product also because I like how my bed smells the next morning. If you’re still not sold on this product, I think you will be once you find out that the “Charity Pot” is actually putting all of its revenue (even the tax you pay for) towards numerous local charities. I think that it’s actually pretty cool that their pots would display different charities that they contribute to and it just makes me a whole lot better that I am doing my skin some good and helping others at the same time. I’m already halfway empty and I cannot wait to go and purchase another one!

 

TOP 2

 

Vanilla Dee-Lite

 

Top 2 on my list is nothing else but Lush’s Vanilla Dee-Lite! I didn’t even think about it when I went to Lush, I just wanted to pick up some bath bombs but when I passed by the body lotion section I tried this on my skin and holy god of all berries it smelled sooo dee-liteful! I couldn’t even stop sniffing my arm and I tried it again right when I got home; it still smell just as good in the store. This was a new product to me and I am so glad I bought it because the smell is just plain yummy but not too strongly sweet. It surprisingly has a very very settle vanilla scent but not too much with some floral accents in there; nothing overpowering at all. For some reason, I feel kind of sophisticated and girly when I have this on, maybe it’s the lightness and the perfect balance of all the fragrance in the product. You just have to go to the store and sniff it for yourself and tell me you did not just fall in love with the scent.

 

 

TOP 3

bubble bar brightside

 

OKAY! so they have this new vibrant bubble bar at the store called Brightside and boy did it catch my eye right when I got in the store. The moment I smelled this heavenly goodness I thought I was holding an orange, like literally the fruit orange! That’s the only description I can give you is that it smells exactly like an orange. It’s sooo fruity that I feel like it would liven me up when I use this in the bath, so this might be more of a during the day “pamper day” for me since I usually prefer a more calming and soothing smell for night time baths. There’s enough said; I love it!

 

 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Until next time.