Toners- Yay or Nay?

Welcome back to makeup mondays! This is technically a skin care post but I won’t tell if you don’t! In my skin care quest I have come across the ‘Great Debate’ of toners. Some people like them, and some people don’t. I my self have used, and not used toners. My skin is less than perfect. I am combination leaning towards the dry side and although I do not suffer from acne I do always seem to have some sort of break out on my face. Skin care to me is so important because it keeps my skin at its possible best!

So have toners made a difference in my skin? 100% yes! Toners to me are an integral part of my routine. They tip the balance of my skin in my favour, and lets face it -I need all the help I can get. I thought I would share with you three toners that have worked wonders for me and they all do different things!

Blue Green Algae Toner by Michael Todd- True Organics

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This toner is antibacterial (without Alcohol) and helps prevent break outs.  It feels fresh and helps give your skin that extra clean feel.  If you have occasional breakouts and want to maintain a state of clear skin try this toner.  I may not use this every day, but depending on how my skin is I will use it less or more frequently.

Radiance Toner -Burt’s Bees

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This toner is amazing!  Helps my skin to look bright and at its best!  Its a radiance toner so it will help with your overall complexion and hopefully brighten up your skin a bit.  I find I do get results with this toner and I always seem to look really healthy when I am using it.  Unfortunately, depending where you live, this may be harder to find.  Just click on my Radiance Toner link and you can purchase it online.

Concentrated Rose Water– Any brand you like

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This is by far my favourite.  Concentrated rosewater is amazing for all sorts of things!  It cleans, moisturizes and restores your skins ph balance.  Check out these amazing benefits of concentrated rose water.  I got my bottle from my local drug store and mixed it with distilled water to make a toner.  I found a cute bottle from a thrift store and there you have it!  This toner does wonders for me in the winter months especially.  Follow the instructions on whatever bottle you have to see how much you need to dilute it with the distilled water.

There you have it folks-My three favourite toners! In my world of skin happiness I can not live with out my toning.  Let me know if you guys are for or against toners and if you have any you recommend!

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for Top pick Tuesday coming tomorrow 😉

-Chris

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Makeup Monday- lets talk lips!!

Welcome back to Makeup Monday!!! I’m so excited for this day because, let’s face it, makeup is an obsession of mine! For a little personal side note my house in under construction and yes, I’m still living in it! I am currently in my painting clothes writing this post so forgive me if this is not to long. 😉

If you are a makeup junkie like me you probably follow a lot of makeup artist’s blogs, YouTube and Instagram accounts. Instagram is my jam, so that’s where I get most of my makeup fix. Lately you may have seen or heard a lot about Anastasia Beverly Hill’s liquid lipstick and Gerard’s lipstick and lip gloss. Both of these products look amaze-balls on, very high in pigment and offer a lot of amazing colours to choose from. Basically they are everything and more you want in a tube of lipstick. Or are they…?

So here is the deal. I am a normal girl with 2 part time jobs living my life. I also happen to like a wide variety of lip colours. So, are these products that range from $20-$30 a color a good option for me to purchase on a routine basis (not counting Christmas and birthdays)? Probably not. Sadly I can’t afford to buy all the colours I want and still afford to eat. Will I purchase my most loved shade when I have some extra cash? Yes! But for my everyday experimental needs, I have to go with something a little more affordable. Thankfully I happened to have worked at a drugstore cosmetic counter (for you Americans think Sephora and Ulta) for a year; and guess what I found??? Essence! You may have heard of this brand….possibly even tried one thing?! In my opinion, out of everything they have to offer, I think their lip products are the best! Why? Because they are cute and less than $2 a piece! Yup! You will not blow your budget and heck after looking at their website, you may even want the whole colour line? If so, go for it!!!! I will say this. This lip line is good for trying out new colours, for everyday use or for a trip to the mall for an hour. They are, by no means, high quality or long lasting. But they are still great for your everyday average lipstick wear. They add a bit of shine, moisture and BAM! For pennies you have a cute natural lip. So, if you are itching for some makeup to play with go grab a few of these products, a glass of wine and a big mirror. Have fun and feel good that you didn’t blow your rent money on glossy lips.

My current favorite colours are 09- Wear Berries (part of their new matt lipstick range) and 53- All About Cupcake (part of their original lipstick line). For reference, I enjoy these formulas almost as much as Revlon but for a fraction of the cost 🙂 Hope this sparks some lipstick excitement in each and everyone! -love Chris 2015/01/img_0044.jpg Left: All about cupcake, Right: Wear Berries