Favourite Spring Lip Products!

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I love wearing brighter and softer colours in the spring after wearing the darker, more bold colours of the winter. I also am a big fan of sheerer lip colours. They’re easier to wear and even the really bright ones tend to still look soft and pretty.

Top Left: Revlon Lip Butter in Creamsicle – this is a really nice nude for me, so if you are quite pale, it’ll probably be a good one. It is slightly orange (warm) tinted, so if you like warmer, sheer nudes, you’ll like this!

Top Right: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling – this is SUCH a pretty light lilac pink. If you want to try a purple lip colour, but you’re not too sure, this one is not too intimidating.

Bottom Left: Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti – The perfect sheer coral-y orange

Bottom Right: Maybelline Color Whisper in Rose of Attraction – I love the texture of the Color Whispers. They are really buttery and lovely. This colour is just a nice, fairly bright, sheer pink. Really easy to wear. Slightly brighter than a “my lips but better” colour, but just as easy to wear.

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Which one do you like? What’s you’re favourite spring lip colour?

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Nails of the Day: Essie’s Lapis of Luxury

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Essie’s Lapis of Luxury is such a beautiful periwinkle blue colour. I think it is just perfect for Spring!

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Do you have a favourite pastel polish for Spring?

Review: Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Deep Conditioner

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I picked up this sample package of Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Organi-Gro Deep Conditioner. I try to deep condition my hair about once or twice a month and this one was quite inexpensive, so I thought I would give it a shot.

The scent is very mild and somewhat boring; it smells very much like a generic soap. The instructions say to put it on damp hair out of the shower and leave it on for 2-5 minutes before rinsing it off. I sprayed my hair to make it slightly damp and then worked the product in and left it for about 45 minutes. One thing that bothered me a little bit was that there was hardly enough product to do all of my hair. My hair is very long, but it is not particularly thick, so I think if you have thick hair, you may not have enough product in this sample package.

I did like the effect that this deep conditioner had on my hair though. It made it slightly softer, shinier and more manageable, which are the things that I tend to look for in a deep conditioner.

Overall, this deep conditioner did the job. If you are looking for an inexpensive, good-value-for-money deep conditioner, I can recommend the Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula. I wouldn’t say it was the best I’ve ever used, or that it stood out in scent, ease of application or effect, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, and it is a good value product.

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(the results!)

What’s your favourite deep conditioner? Do you prefer higher end ones, or will a drug store one do?

Snowy Day Makeup

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So it snowed in Vancouver. Weird! Haha. Here is my very minimal, Snow White inspired makeup for a Snow Day!

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1. I used Covergirl Tru Blend Foundation in 405 (Ivory) and Covergirl Fresh Complexion concealer (in Classic Ivory)as a base. I apply the Smashbox Photo Op under-eye brightener before the concealer. I like these products because they have pretty light coverage and I like my natural skin to come through as much as possible.

2. I used Foxy from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette to take out any darkness on my eye lids and then used Venus as a subtle inner corner highlight. This really brings a lot of light to the eyes, without being too bold. I applied these using a Real Techniques brush.

3. I curled my lashes and applied Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Rocket mascara (this stuff is brilliant!).

4. To prepare my lips I used the Mint Julips lip scrub from Lush and then applied Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Adore. I also used Adore on my cheeks. I just put a couple of small strokes high on my cheeks where I naturally flush, and the blend it out.

Review: Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from Lush

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I mentioned this product in my Winter Skin Revamp post, but it is so awesome that I decided to do a full review of it.

The Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from Lush is basically a body moisturiser that you put on in the shower, and then rinse off, similar to using a hair conditioner. This stuff works amazingly well! You can certainly use it as your only body moisturiser. I tend to double up and use this about every other shower, and then apply a lotion when I get out as well, for an extra layer of skin conditioning. I find it works the best if you leave it on the skin for a minute or so before you rinse it off (again, similar to a hair conditioner).

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The texture is very similar to the other body lotions from Lush (I’m thinking of Dream Cream here), but a bit thicker. It is fairly expensive I would say, but the ingredients are top notch (REAL rose absolute and argan oil) and a little goes a long way.

Apart from how well it works, my favourite thing about this product is the smell. It is the most divine rose scented product that I have ever tried. If you like the scent of real rose, you will love this. Since they use authentic rose absolute, it really smells like a rose garden or something. Ha. The scent also lasts on the skin very well. For a product that you rinse off, I would say that is pretty impressive!

This is one of my absolute favourite products from Lush and my shower wouldn’t be as good without it!

Have you tried Ro’s Argan? Do you like the idea of a Body Conditioner?

Winter Skin Revamp

Let’s face it, our skin hibernates a bit in the winter. Covered in long pants and sweaters, we can forget to really take care of it the way we should. Not to mention how the cold weather and central heating dry it out.

These are my steps to waking up winter skin and getting it back into good condition.

1) Basic Exfoliation: You need the right tools to get started. A loofah, a good razor and a body brush for the rougher bits are my necessities. I like the Schick Intuition razor because you don’t have to be bothered with shaving foam. Any body brush will do, but I’m a fan of The Body Shop’s Cactus Body Brush.

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2) Intense Exfoliation: When you’ve been neglecting the skin a bit, it might need some extra help. There are some fantastic body scrubs out there, but they can be pretty expensive. This DIY one is super simple and cheap. Just mix olive oil and a little lemon juice into normal granulated sugar until it forms a nice paste consistency. You can also simply mix sugar or table salt with some shower gel. I suggest doing this a couple of times a week until your skin gets back into shape.

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3) Moisturize! The Kiehl’s skin softening body lotions are really amazing. They are super hydrating and sink into skin very well. I love the scent of the Fig Leaf & Sage lotion. I also like to double up on moisturizer sometimes and use the Ro’s Argan body conditioner from Lush in the shower and then apply a lotion once I get out as well. This body conditioner smells heavenly too. A couple of budget lotions that I absolutely adore are the Aveeno Creamy Moisturizing oil (which smells like sweet almonds and absorbs very well), and the Vaseline Intensive Rescue. I have the unscented version of this, but it does still have a subtle pleasant scent and it WORKS. It’s a great moisturizer.

4) Don’t forget the feet! Just because they won’t be in sandals for while, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get some love too. I like to use more intensive, thick lotions on my feet. The Peppermint Foot Lotion from The Body Shop is very nice, and I also find the The Body Shop’s body butters are great for the feet, because they are so thick (and they smell awesome!).

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What are your best tips for getting winter skin back into shape?

My January Favourites!

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1. The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – I was lucky enough to receive this for Christmas and I love it! The matte shades are so natural looking, and the matte black shade (crave) is so useful. This has quickly become my go-to for everyday makeup.

2. The Body Shop’s Honey & Oat Scrub Mask – This mask is seriously amazing! I leave it on for about 5-10 minutes and it leaves my skin SUPER soft.

3. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains – I really love these, I find they look a lot more natural on the lips that most lipsticks, they’re moisturizing and the way they wear is fantastic, since they’re a stain. I especially love them in the colours “Adore” (the red shade) and “Darling” (the light purple-y pink shade). I think Darling is amazing for spring too.

4. The Body Shop’s Honeymania range – I was pleased to get both the Honeymania lip balm and a mini Honeymania body butter for Christmas. They smell AMAZING and they live up to the usual awesome standard of The Body Shop’s products. I have been using the lip balm absolutely non-stop this month.

5. The Blacklist – This is a TV show I have been loving this month. There are only 13 episodes right now, but it is a really great show. The premise: a highly wanted criminal turns himself in to the FBI and asks for an immunity deal in return for information on how to catch some of the most nefarious criminals in the world – but he will only work with a particular young female agent. It’s a really exciting and interesting show.

6. Bruno Mars – I am just LOVING his music right now. Some of my favourite songs of his are Gorilla and Young Girls.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your faves for January?

How I care for my long hair

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I have had very long hair for around 7 years and here are my top tips and products for keeping it healthy and looking nice. I have very fine, straight, quite porous,  hair, so these tips will be most helpful for people with a similar hair types.

1. For shampoo and conditioner, I switch it up and find that it doesn’t matter too much what I use, but I am partial to Trichomania solid shampoo and American Cream conditioner from Lush (these smell amazing btw). I also like Pantene Pro-V if I’m on a bit of a budget or want something a bit more clarifying.

2. I think the actual steps are more important than the products here. This is the routine that works best for me: Shampoo and condition every other day and put a leave in conditioner in when hair is still damp from the shower. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle when wet. I like this wooden one from The Body Shop.

3. Try to avoid heat. I pretty much never blow dry my hair in the summer when it’s warm, except sometimes the roots if I’m going for a certain style. I never use heat to curl or straighten – this damages hair a lot.

4. Deep condition. I deep condition my hair once or twice a month. My favourite one is Jasmine and Henna fluff ease from Lush, but most often I just use my regular conditioner and leave it in for a few hours with a shower cap on.

5. Try to avoid harsh chemical dyes. These can really damage your hair, especially when applied at home or just incorrectly applied. Also, bleaching or “lifting” hair colour tends to be more damaging. The only dye I ever use on my hair is the henna hair dyes from Lush . They give beautiful colour and leave my hair feeling softer, healthier and shinier than before.

6. This is super important: Put your hair “away” when you’re not “using” it. That is, braid or put up in a top knot at night, and wear in a bun (less of a pressure point that a pony tail = less chance of breakage) when you don’t have to have it down. This prevents tangles and snags and the resulting breakage. Also if you braid your hair at night, you can wear it in pretty, soft, heatless waves the next day.

7. My favourite finishing products: Got2b Smooth Operator Lustre Lotion and Smoothing Hairspray. Also the Dove Style+Care Dry Shampoo is great for second day hair and giving a bit of volume and texture.

8. The best tip I have for growing your hair long in the first place is simply – Don’t cut it. It may seem obvious, but a lot of people are impatient and end up cutting of all the hair they’ve been growing out. The trick is to take good care of it, so your ends stay healthy and you don’t have to trim it very often. I get my hair cut only once or twice a year.

Do you have any different long hair-care tips or do you prefer having shorter hair? I have been toying with the idea of cutting mine off to just below the shoulders, but I’m not sure I can part with it! What do you think?

December 2013 Favourites!

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My favourites this month sort of fall into two categories: things to look sparkly and pretty for holiday parties and things to cuddle up with or protect against the winter cold.

1. Soap & Glory Glow Lotion – This is a really nice shimmery lotion to get your winter skin looking lovely for parties or date night and it smells awesome. I wore it a lot when I was around 18/19 so it’s very nostalgic for me.

2. Maybelline Color Elixir in Mauve Mystique – I’m in love with purple lip colours because they tend to look nice with my pale, cool skin tone, and this one is great. It’s somewhat sheer, but there is still a good colour payoff and I think it looks best after it’s been on for about half an hour.

3. Essie luxeffects topcoat in Set in Stones – I’ve basically worn this for two months straight and written about it here and here. Because if you can’t wear sparkly silver nail polish around Christmas, when can you?

4. Got2B Smooth Satin Drops – This is a really nice smoothing hair serum that makes your hair look incredibly shiny and healthy and I’ve been using it this month whenever my hair looks dull or just not sleek enough. I like to braid my hair at night and then wear it wavy the next day and this is great for making the waves look shiny and defined rather than a bit fluffy. I concentrate most of it on the bottom half of my hair and use anything left over to smooth flyaways on top of my head.

5. C.O. Bigalow Rose Salve – Rose salve is a life saver for the dry lips that come with cold whether and central heating. I put this on my lips every night, but before I bought the Crabtree and Evelyn cuticle oil, I used this on my cuticles every night too. When I got a bad head cold earlier this month I also used this to soothe the chapped skin around my nose.

6. Crabtree & Evelyn Cuticle Oil Pen- My cuticles have been really bad this month, but this oil has helped a lot. I put it on before bed. It has a nice brush tip aplicator and the oil is fairly dry, so it won’t get all over everything and it sinks in nicely. It also has a really pleasant fresh smell.

7. The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series by Charlaine Harris – This is the book series that the show True Blood is based on, and they are fantastic for a quick, light, entertaining read. Sookie, the main character is very likeable, her love interests are sexy as hell and the plots are interesting enough and well paced. Perfect for holiday reading.

8. Beige plaid scarf – I love this scarf! I got it at Old Navy in November and I have been wearing it non-stop. It goes with just about everything and it’s huge and very soft.

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Another favourite of mine in this picture:

9. SNOW! It snowed before Christmas and I got all excited…

10. Pinterest! I couldn’t get enough of pinning Christmas recipes, cold-weather fashion and festive decor. Check out my pins!

Finally, I leave you with a picture that pretty much sums up my Christmas, and favourite bits of December in general: Sleepy Christmas Cat!

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Slightly Festive Nails

So this is a bit of an odd combination, but I thought I would wear Essie’s Lilacism with OPI’s Goldeneye as an accent nail and I really like how it turned out. Goldeneye is so bold and eye catching, and Lilacism is so subtle and feminine, I think they make a really unusual and cool combo for this time of year.

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What do you think of this combination? Is it interesting or does it clash?