MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation Review

Hi loves! Just wanted to give a quick review on the MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation.  MW3C53

I have wanted to try this foundation for a LONG time and finally I decided to purchase it.  First and foremost this foundation is NOT a full coverage.  Honestly for the longest time I thought it was! I am not totally sure why, maybe because I know this is a favoured foundation for a lot of makeup artist’s and I just a assumed that it would cover everything!  This foundation is actually a sheer to medium coverage.  More importantly this foundation is water based, water and transfer resistant.

I can only describe this product as like dying your skin, almost like putting a stain on wood.  There is no buildup or texture to the foundation when it is on your skin.  For those of us that want a foundation to even out our skin tone, cover minor blemishes and give us a radiant sheer finish this is the foundation for us! I love it because it looks like my skin, feels like my skin but hides all those things I don’t want to be seen.  For the areas I like to cover more I will just build a little extra product onto and also use my concealer.  This foundation if wonderful for an everyday makeup look and will be perfect in the summer months! Think BB Cream but BETTER!

This is the perfect time of year to try out this product! Don’t forget its face and body so you can bring it down onto your neck and chest to even out any areas and maybe even those hated tan lines 🙂

Let me know what you guys think about this foundation!

-Chris

Madison Tech Bag! 

Hi all! It’s fashion Wednesday and I thought I would give a quick review on my new bag by Stella & dot.  If you missed my last post on this great accessory company check it out here.

Stella & dot has some great jewellery but they also have great bags! I decided to go with the Madison Tech bag; IMG_0478

I LOVE this bag.  Yes its meant for all my tech gadgets like laptops and iPads, but I never actually carry those things around so I use it for an everyday bag.  This bag is pretty large (think brief case) and has side zipper panels that can make it even bigger!  Its extremely durable and structured which in my opinion makes it great for easily grabbing things like your wallet.  Its made of textured vegan leather material (YAAY)!! It’s interior is even made of spill resistant material which makes it great for all those beauty lovers like me (for when our lipstick lids fall off it can be easily cleaned).   It has shorter handles that are attached to the bag but also come with a long adjustable strap.  Its sells on the website for 168$ which can seem a little pricey at first but its a fraction of the price compared to some designer bags!

Over all this is a fabulous every day bag!  Great for carrying around your laptop or giant makeup bag.  So far mine is pretty clean (just got it two days ago) but I am working on filling it up 😉 100 more lipsticks, hand creams and tweezers to go!

Let me know what you think about this bag if you have one.  Also, there is another cute colour available called Poppy! Great for the spring and summer 🙂 Both the colours available are shown below (Poppy and Black/Cream (found on stelladot.com))

Hope everyone has a fabolous wednesday! Let me know what bags you are loving right now 🙂

-Chris

Quick tip for all the Blondes!

Hi there all you blonde’s! I wanted to let you know a quick tip on how to keep your gorgeous colour.  I sometimes notice that my blonde looses its ‘brilliance’ in-between my trips to the stylist.  One day I happened to run by a girl that had great hair!  She had that perfect cool blonde colour.  I asked her how she did it and she recommended this product; SBS-550150You can find this Blonde Brilliance Lathering toner at any Sally’s Beauty Supply or online here.  You use it once or twice a week and it helps keep that brassy tone out of your hair! Just a warning; use it to much and it will turn your hair purple! But don’t worry, it washes out 😉  I love this because it helps my hair look fresh and updated even when I really need to get to my stylist.  They have all sorts of products so if you are not into the cool tones than no worries, they have something for you too.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Thanks!

-Chris

Photo credit; sallybeauty.com

My Top Pick! Purity by Philosophy

I have talked about face cleansers before, because lets get real… they are important and I am obsessed.  I use a few different cleansers on a daily basis and since I have already shared my pick for a balm-to-oil cleanser I thought I would share another 🙂

I started using this cleanser because of a recommendation made by my favourite makeup artist Jaclyn Hill.  If you have no idea who she is than you need to! Check out her youtube channel and join the club…she is amaze-balls.  Anyways she recommended this product;s407304-main-hero-300I know this cleanser has a lot of hype but I wanted to give a personal review.  I love this cleanser by Philosophy for a few reasons!

A) It cleans all my makeup off with out drying my skin and does not irritate or cause break outs.

B)I have combination skin leaning on the dry side and this cleanser helps keep my skin balanced and clear.

C) It leaves my skin soft and hydrated (say goodbye to tight skin).

It is so important to me to have a good cleanser that I can trust and actually enjoy using.  I wouldn’t want to be with out this cleanser even though I may not use it every single day.  Its now a staple in my skin care routine and I encourage everyone to try it!

Let me know if you have tried this cleanser and what you think!

Thanks!

-Chris

Tip of the day- Facial Massage!

Has anyone out there gotten a facial? Sadly I have not.  Not because I don’t want one, but just because I have never felt like I had the disposable cash to spend on someone massaging my face.  However, after working in the skin care world I have realized how important facials (facial massages) are.

Sticking with the theme of not being able to afford an actual facial I thought I would give you a little help on how to give your self an ‘At home facial’.  In my skin care journey I have come across a lot of fabulous people on youtube, instagram and blogs just like this!  One of these amazing people is Lisa Eldridge.  Lisa is a fabulous and famous makeup artist!  I have watched a ton of her videos and they are all so helpful and informative.  Lisa recommends facial massage as an important part of your skin care routine (apparently her Mother has been doing if for years and she looks fab!).  Luckily Lisa created a video explaining how to do a full facial massage for your self right at home!

If you have been following our blog you would have seen a product I wrote about on Monday (its a balm-to-oil cleanser) and it works beautifully for these at home massages. I have also used coconut oil and it works well. Lisa explains the importance of the massages in her video but I did want to add that she is right! These facial massages do make a difference in the over all appearance of your skin and over time can keep years off your face! I have added the video below so everyone can try this out for them selves at home!

Let me know what you think and if you have any good tips for facial massages!

Love you all!
-Christine

Balm-to-oil, why I am in love!

Happy Monday everyone! So I have fallen for a new product, and let me warn you…you will want to buy this, I promise!

Does anyone else have a love-hate relationship with their face cleansers? I do. Cleansing your face is at the top of the list of important things we MUST do (especially at night) and the cleanser has to be just right to make you want to use it each and every evening! It’s needs to clean with irritating or drying out my skin. It can’t sting my eyes and I want to feel refreshed after I have used it! I want it to take off all my makeup including my mascara and I don’t want to double wash.

I already have a few cleansers that fit my needs but I was running low and was in the market for a newbie. I went to my local drug store and happened upon a balm-to-oil cleanser. This specific one I purchased is by Biotherm;

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This is a balm texture (almost like a really soft lip chap) and it basically melts into your skin turning into a soft oil. Most of us know how well other oils (like olive oil) work as makeup removers and this also does the trick in that department. You apply this on your dry face and massage it into your skin. Instantly you can feel your skin soften and your makeup starts to disappear. Take a few minutes to massage this into your face and then wash off with water. I use it on my eyes and lips too!

Do you know that tight feeling we sometimes get after washing our face? Well that’s bad! It means you have stripped all of your essential oils out of your skin. This products leaves your skin soft and hydrated keeping all the good you want and removing all the bad you don’t want.

This cleanser is at the top of my most loved products! If you don’t know where to find Biotherm try another balm cleanser and feel the benefits for your self. This cleanser is great for all skin types and will be a super star in your skin care routine!

Let me know if you guys have tried any balm cleansers and what you think!

Thanks and love to everyone,
-Chris

Ocean Salt Scrub by Lush

For Top Pick Tuesday I decided to continue on with my exfoliation theme!  In the quest to have smooth, glowing and soft skin we continue on with another favourite for body care.  Unlike our D.I.Y Coffee Scrub we actually have to spend money on this product but I can truly say it is worth ever penny!  9999902128

This Ocean Salt face and body scrub by Lush is an absolute favourite of mine!  I use this mostly for my body but occasionally use it on my face.  This scrub effectively clears all my dead skin with out irritating.  If you struggle with body acne at all this is a great product to use as it will clean out blocked pores, blackheads and blemishes.  I use this scrub about twice a week.  If you have sensitive skin and you find the scrub a bit coarse, just add some water to it while its in your hand.  Mix it around a little and then apply to your body.  This will help those salt particles dissolve a little before you set them to work on your skin.

This is another great good-for-you product that actually does work!  The cost ranges from 20$ to 35$ depending on the size you purchase.   Just one more step for exfoliating and a giant leap for gorgeous skin!

Let me know what you think about this scrub if you have already tried it! Thanks!

-Chris