BECCA Cosmetics | Ultimate Lipstick Love

BECCA Cosmetics launched 30 new shades of silky satin lipsticks in a lipstick collection called Ultimate Lipstick Love, just in time for Valentine’s Day. These 30 shades range from neutral nudes, cool nudes, warm nudes, to cool reds and warm reds.

Do you know what undertone of lipstick suits you best? BECCA Cosmetics sent a card along with the press package (#GiftedByBECCA) that came with these 6 lipsticks I received, see below.

BECCA says the lipsticks give an immediate appearance of plumping and moisture to the lips. I wouldn’t say they plump your lips per say (I didn’t notice anything), but they’re heavenly buttery and smooth, and glide effortlessly onto your smoochers. They’re formulated with avocado and olive oils. Think about that when you’re applying the lipsticks. I feel like that’s a great way to describe how they glide onto your lips. Easily. Like a piece of avocado. Mmm.

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love has been in stores since mid-January and retail for $18USD | $24CDN.

Now onto the swatches and colours that I received. Top to bottom: Sugar, Petal, Bare.

Top to bottom: Scarlet, Cherry, Garnet

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Cool Nude) in Sugar, a cool light pinky beige

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Cool Nude) in Sugar, a cool light pinky beige

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Cool Nudes) in Sugar, a cool light pinky beige

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Cool Nudes) in Petal, a cool rosebud

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Cool Nudes) in Petal, a cool rosebud

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Cool Nudes) in Petal, a cool rosebud

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Warm Nude) in Bare, a warm light pinky beige

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Warm Nude) in Bare, a warm light pinky beige

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Warm Nude) in Bare, a warm light pinky beige.

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Warm Red) in Scarlet, a warm true red

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Warm Red) in Scarlet, a warm true red

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Warm Red) in Scarlet, a warm true red

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Cool Red) in Cherry, a cool vibrant red

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Cool Red) in Cherry, a cool vibrant red

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Cool Red) in Cherry, a cool vibrant red

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Cool Red) in Garnet, a cool rich red

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Cool Red) in Garnet, a cool rich red

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love (Cool Red) in Garnet, a cool rich red

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Tips to use self-tanner if you’re afraid to dive in

I’m loving self-tanners. I waited until the 2010’s to start diving in, and I’ve been adding a bit of glow to my skin regularly for the past five years. Mainly because “back in the day” the tanners were streaky, a tad orange, and well….still a bit stinky (okay they still are stinky). I didn’t want to dive into a pool of orange streaks. But now that I’ve pretty much have the routine down pat, I thought I’d tell you what I know, so far.

Folks, it’s that final stretch of winter where we can almost see a glimpse of spring. I have a simple self-tanning hack that will bring your spring glow (not summer, ’cause we aren’t getting dark-dark here with this tanner hack).

All you need is a cream or liquid self-tanner (I favour the mousse formulas, but skip this for this tanning-hack), and your daily moisturizer. And gloves. Always wear gloves. That’s it.

Mix a dime sized amount of self-tanner with your moisturizer and apply to your face/neck. Repeat every morning until you start to see a bronzed tint appear, it doesn’t take long (a couple of days) for the colour to build up. Your end results end up being more of a subtle glow, and quite natural looking.

What tanner(s) do I use? I’ve been using these two in combination with one another for a few years: St. Moriz ($12) & Fake Bake Liquid ($32). Wait for an ULTA 20% off sale, and stock up then.

A bonus tip: during the hot summer months, consider storing your self-tanners in the fridge so they don’t go bad as quickly.

Hope this helps!

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Decluttering my life

So I haven’t logged into my WordPress since December. SO much has changed and now I feel like I’m learning the whole platform all over again. It’s really strange looking and kinda basic. Why’d they change it? lol. I can’t preview any of my 200+ drafts (lol yes I have too many unedited posts that I’ve never posted, some, years old).

Anyway, this post is a four month old draft that I’m revising and wanting to post. I’d love to blog (and Instagram) more. I miss chitchatting on here. I want to share my favourites with you again. My weekly edits, of what my favourites are. What I’m wearing (if you care) , and my simplified beauty routine. My life is starting to become clean and clutter free. Ugh it’s fantastic. I recently followed Clean Mama on Instagram and it’s keeping me accountable because I can use her hashtag with my daily house-chore progress hah! I used to reserve it for just one day a week, and if I missed that day I’d get super annoyed with myself.I believe our environment affects our stress levels. No doubt about it. For instance, now I don’t want to fuss too much in the morning with what to wear. I’ve created my own sort of uniform to wear each day the past few months, which consists of basic tees and jeans/leggings. Everything matches. It also helps to lay out everything, the clothes you’re going to wear the next day including undergarments the night before. Anyone else do that? I’m a fan. Plus, I don’t want to dip into any precious time by unnecessarily making decisions on what to wear.

Know what I’m getting at?

I’m not posting this decluttering my life all because of the Marie Kondo Netflix show. Although, I did watch that and enjoy it. I’m not turning minimalist, but at the same time I don’t mind if it goes that way. I mean, I’m getting rid of stuff that keeps my mind too busy with “what should I do with this?”. The clothes in the dresser drawers that I never reach for have now been donated. The piles of PR makeup + bought makeup have also been given away months ago. I’m relieved. Now my space where I get ready is much neater. It was pretty freeing donating all that endless amounts of makeup/clothes. I kept a few makeup pieces that I wear daily. Then the rest is a few backups, and some (not going to lie) props for flatlays. Geeze, flatlays really are my jam. If I could be a product photographer, I’d love it. Any brands listening? Just someone come by and clean up the mess after that’d be great.

I’m deliberately seeking a more manageable, calm mind. Being in the present with my baby boy the past 11.5 months. Living in the moment, and nurturing and holding on to it. Of course I’m exhausted sometimes Who isn’t. Caffeine helps. But I’ll never complain about him, or whine about how tired I am.

To wind down in the evenings I mindlessly scroll on Instagram. It’s my vice. I just love it, and I love flicking through the photos of clean design. Beautiful and simple home decor.I’m making time for things that matter most in life and I’m not in a comparison trap with anyone. I love where I am.

The end. Welcome 2019.

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