Face Masks 101

Hello my pretty berries,

I thought I would talk to you about face masks. I’m not much of a professional when it comes to skincare but this is just how I do it and it’s been working fine for me. Basically, face masks comes in a gamut of brands that does different things, looks differently, smells differently and feels differently. There are even mask that comes in a creamy/lotion form or powder form or facial sheets. I guess my point is that the choices are endless with different purposes. The most important part in this process is how you prep your face prior to applying the face mask. For me, I like to give my face a really good scrub (I will talk about different kind of face scrubs in another blog) in order to remove all the dead skin and helps the masks to perform better. Then, if I have the extra time, I would grab some simmering water and put it in a bowl large enough that I can put my face over it . This will allow to open up my pores, again, to further help the face mask perform and I get the most benefit this way. Sometimes, I would put in green tea bags or those tablets that you can buy at Lush which are amazing!

Just click on the pictures to see where you can buy these face masks.

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I like all the Freeman face masks line but this one is my absolute favourite. Not just because it smells like chocolate heaven but it actually brighten your face and minimizes your pores. I’ve had this for a while now and I’m just halfway though the tube so I mean it’s a really good buy and it’s a drugstore product so it’s easy to find.

 

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I gotta tell you that your face will feel really minty and refresh overtime you use it. I believe I got mine at Sally’s when I was down in the U.S. probably 1.5 years ago and I still have more than half the tub left and I use this at least once a week. It does have a greenish colour that may be a bit unpleasant at first but after a while I don’t mind it anymore. As for the smell, it doesn’t really smell anything specific but I guess if I would describe it, I would say it smells like minty clay?

 

 

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St. Ive’s products are very affordable and can easily be found in any drugstores. I’ve used many of their products but I’ve used the “Timeless Skin” mask the longest and I have an extra one as a back up because I’m scared I will run out of it. It extracts all the gunk out of your face and leaves you with baby soft skin; what else can you ask for!?

 

 

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I am a true believer of this brand and I swear by all their skincare too I just wish that I don’t have to always order it online because shipping cost too much after a while. I am trying to save it so I only have to use it when my skin is really bad or breaking out or when I have a party to go to because it’s not as easy to get compared to my drugstore products. Anyhow, the product itself is amazing to my skin and the kaolin clay in it helps to draw out all the impurities and nourishes your face at the same time. I love love love love this! If there’s one thing you would want to get then I highly suggest you get this mask. Plus, it’s an organic product (the whole company focuses on organic products) which means that they don’t use any preservatives or other additives that are unnecessary or will irritate your skin. Okay, I can go on and on and on so I will just stop here and possibly do a big haul when I make a re-order of some of the products I love from Michael Todd.

 

 

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This is a more recent discovery but I already love it. I mainly got this because it was getting really cold and my skin is getting really dry (more dry than it already is) so I panicked and went on a hunt for some moisturizing mask because all my masks are pretty much meant for drawing out impurities out of your skin and they all make my skin a bit dry after I use them. I went to the Body Shop because they had a buy 2 get 1 free sale so of course I was all over that deal and I pretty much got this baby for free! I tried this that night and it immediately replenished my skin, it feels like my skin got a boost of moisture so the next time I tried it I put it on my face as per usual and then I slept with the mask on (it does dry to a point that it is comfortable to sleep with it) and I woke up with softer skin than I’ve ever had. All in all, I would recommend applying a thin layer of it on your face and neck and sleeping with it to get the most benefit that you can get.

 

That is all from me today my pretty berries, I hope you enjoyed my post and don’t forget to comment and like =)

-Joy

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Fashion Inspiration: Winter Edition

Hello my pretty berries,

I’m back today to talk about winter essentials which is a pretty big thing for me since it gets really cold where I live. I wouldn’t say that we get a lot of snow but we get really bad wind chills and cold rain. Not to mention that I have a really poor tolerance with the cold, I’m not even kidding, anything less than 10 celsius is Antartica for me!!

I don’t want to say that I have a coat/sweater addiction but it’s not my fault that parkas and pea coats are essential where I live for the most part of the year. Anywho, I have listed below some great winter essentials in case you are on a hunt for some stylish and comfy outerwear.

 

 

Scarves for days

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Okay, so scarves are the number one most important element to dressing up or down any kind of outfit not to mention it looks super cute. It’s also versatile by making it into a shawl or a make-shift hood or make it into an infinity scarf. It keeps me warm and stylish at the same time. Plus scarves are a cheap way to easily switch out if you want to quickly change your look. The photos above are definitely my style, from demure to wild to comfy I love them all!!

 

 

Faux Fur Please

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I am so friggin in love with these style and I don’t think it’s going out of style any time soon and frankly I am very happy about that. I like faux fur specifically the vest style. I just think that it makes any simple outfit and takes it to a whole another level plus it faux so that’s a plus too. I love pairing these with a long sleeve that is plain and maybe some dark washed jeans with some black ankle boots.

 

 

Let’s get graphic

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There’s nothing better than being able to express your personality in words or pictures so why not plaster them on shirts! I am in love with graphic prints because it adds a bit of your personality without having to speak out loud but there is a border line between okay to totally wacked out. I just think that it shouldn’t over power your outfit (unless that’s what you intend to do then go for it) and having the same colour palette on the the letters/photos in contrast to the colour of the top would achieve a much more calmer approach, I guess that’s just the way I would do it with this trend because you can easily go overboard with it. I can see myself wearing this with probably a loose cardigan or a leather jacket and some black leggings or dark washed jeans (kinda like a biker girl style).

 

 

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You’ll see below that I have pretty much focus on clothing that are made of thicker material which can withstand the colder weather (midst of winter). I am in love with the coats that has a more A-line or at least has a belt that can accentuate the waist so it gives it an illusion of smaller waist. Also, the “boxy” or cape style doesn’t always look flattering but it does make it look like you have skinnier legs? or maybe it’s just me hehe. The trench coats are more sophisticated and it doesn’t hurt that it makes me look like inspector Gadget.

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I hope you all enjoyed my post and be sure to let me know on the comments below what your winter essentials are.

By the way, if you want to check out the coats and scarves just click on the image and it should link you to the site that I found them. I just thought it would be easier to find something similar to what I own since I know for sure that it will be available for you in case you want to purchase them online.

 

Until next time! HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!

-Joy

Best of e.l.f make-up brushes

Hello my pretty berries,

Before we get started I wanted to mention that the brushes that I will talk about are the ones that I have tried and can honestly say that I love. I have already talked a little bit about e.l.f. cosmetics in my previous post. As you can tell, I am a big fan of their products and that includes their make-up brushes.

 

FACE BRUSHES:

e.l.f. Studio Kabuki Face Brush85011_kabuki-face-brush_900

It’s a synthetic bristle which is VERY soft and great for setting your make-up. I had mine for probably 2 years now and it’s still working very well and it hasn’t shed on me either.

 

e.l.f. Studio Stipple Brush & e.l.f. Studio Small Stipple Brush84025_900px_100011 84015_900px_100011

I friggin love both of these brushes! I use this for foundations, concealers, cream blushes, cream bronzers, etc. There are so much uses for something that cost $3.00 each.

 

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Great for setting your make-up and sometimes I would use this for bronzer if I want a bit of an overall glow without the intense contouring.

 

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I’ve tried using this for both liquid and powder foundations in which they both apply really even on my face. It doesn’t get streaky either.

 

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I actually prefer to using this for applying highlighters because I think it’s a bit to tiny for my face if I use this to apply blush.

 

e.l.f. Studio Angled Blush Brush

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Another brush that I actually have a different use for which is for my bronzer. The angled part of the brush really helps with making that nice contour without it being too harsh and it makes blending easier and faster.

 

EYE BRUSHES:

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Such a simple tool but I cannot believe how much I rely on this whenever I apply my eyeliners. I would say that it works great for gel eyeliner.

 

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Blending, blending, blending, blending is the key to beautiful eye make-ups and in order to blend you need a blending blush and this brush is the perfect size. I should buy 5 more of this. By the way, all the “Essential” line is $1.00! I mean how can you not but spares just in case the apocalypse come at least you can keep on blending your eyeshadows? HAHA

 

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I like to smudge my liner with eyeshadows and this is the brush I rely on. There’s not much to say but that it’s awesome and it’s what I use as part of my make-up routine almost all the time.

 

And that’s the wrap! That’s all my current favourite make-up brushes. If you have any favourite brushes that I should check out be sure to let me know on the comments below.

Don’t forget to like and follow =)

Kisses,

Joy

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

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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

 

Favourite e.l.f. Products

Hello my pretty berries,
 
Today, I wanted to post some of my favourite e.l.f make-up products. These are just the products that I have tried and truly loved. Not to mention that they’re also affordable.
 
If you’re new or not too familiar with e.l.f. Cosmetics, it stands for e- eye l-lips and f-face. They have all affordable make-up products and brushes that is very much ideal for people who are just starting out with make-up or simply that you just don’t want to spend too much money on make-up and brushes but still get the same awesome quality. I would say though that for some products they turn out great but others are not so great but then again for the price that you pay for you kind of need to expect that there will be some good finds and bad ones (actually it’s the same concept with higher end products too). Also, I just wanted to put it out there that I am in no way shape or form being sponsored by e.l.f. Cosmetics nor have they sent me all these products because I purchased all with my own money.
 
 
 
 
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The e.l.f hd blushes are the bomb!! It’s so pigmented and a little amount goes a loooong way. One thing I learned when I first tried these babies were to use a really light hand with a stippling brush (much like the ones they sell in e.l.f). They retail for $3.00 each and they come in many many colours. The texture is quite smooth and creamy not to mention that it stays all day on the face.
 
 
 
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Contouring blush & bronzing powder
Love these for travelling! I save space in my luggage every time I travel. As for the quality, they’re comparable to higher end blushes. They retail for $3.00 for the duo! Like come on how good of a deal is that; you just can’t pass it up.
 
 
 
blush-candid corale.l.f studio blushes
These are amazing too and it was one of my first make-up product that I ever bought so it has a special place in my heart (corny much hehehe). Anyways, They retail for $3.00 too so I mean the duo is a much better option but this is just as good of a quality too if you want more colour options.
 
 
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Wet gloss lash & brow clear mascara
I pretty much just use this solely for setting my eyebrows. They work great and they’re $1.00!! As for the clear mascara side; I don’t really use it for my lashes but it’s the same formulation as the other side so I just use both sides for my eyebrows.
 
 
 
eyebrow-kit_darke.l.f eyebrow kit
All time eyebrow product favourite! It works great and I even use the brush that comes with it. It retails for $3.00 and it comes with a tinted wax side and a powder side. I have repurchased this kit many times which just further shows how great it is!
 
 
 
eye primerEyelid primer
This is another product that I have repurchased many times and they got different colours now which is just a bonus. They keep your eyeshadows last all day without creasing even if you have oily eyelids. This retails for $1.00!!! Come on!! Go get this if you haven’t yet.
 
 
 
shine eraserEssential shine eraser
It’s a recent purchase but I’m already liking this a lot. It keeps my oily skin at bay without ruining my make-up. It’s also $1.00 in comparison to other shine eraser sheets that costs $8.00. You just can’t beat it!
 
 
 
eyebrowse.l.f eyebrow filler & lifter
This is great if you just want to quickly fill out your eyebrows without spending too much time on it and the “lifter” part of it works great for highlighting and making your brows look more groom and clean around the edges. It retails for $3.00 so pretty much $1.50/side and it has a built in sharpener.
 
 
 
 
eyelinerEssential 3-pc liquid eyeliner set
Absolutely great for anyone starting out with make-up and you can get all three eyeliners for $3.00. I mainly use the black one and maybe the glittery ones when I go out or when there’s a special occasion. Overall, the longevity is okay and it does get a bit streaky so you have to keep drawing the line until it’s opaque enough but it’s good enough for day to day use.
 
 
 
 
That’s it for make-up related products that I have for e.l.f. Cosmetics. I was going to include my favourite e.l.f brushes too but there is just too much that I’m going to make a separate post solely focusing on their best make-up brushes. Follow me if you want to be updated on my blog posts😄
I know they have new products now so let me know in the comments sections if there are other e.l.f. products that I should try because I’m excited to do some online shopping! All of my e.l.f products are either purchased down in the United States or online because they don’t sell them here in Canada.
 
All photo credits are from www.eyelipsface.com and you can visit their website too if you want to see more of their products.
 
 
Kisses,
Joy