What’s new in the beauty world for Spring?

What’s new in the beauty world for Spring, you may ask? Well have I got some answers for you. I thought this would be something nice and different apart from the review-after-review-after…. ya’know? While some of these might have been released a while ago, they’re still new-to-me, and it’s Spring, so I thought the title was pretty catchy, right?

Sephora| The fine folks at Sephora sent me another box (!!!!) full of Spring goodies from the Sephora Collection line. Guys. I can’t even believe I got a shipment from my favourite makeup store, ever, ever. Sephora. They know about ME? That’s insane and I kinda love it. I’ll dedicate an entire post about the products, but I did want to mention they have the Sephora Pro brushes that come in a quilted zippered case (packaged so well, with tissue paper wrapped everywhere (delightful!). There’s 11 brushes in the kit, and retails for $175 (a $312 value) — it’s limited edition so if you want it, get your hands on it now.

Bobbi Brown| Art Sticks in liquid form! My blog pal Melissa from informed me that Bobbi had pencil art sticks, and this is their ‘second’ launch of the art sticks, this time in liquid form. . If you’ve been watching me on Snapchat or Instagram stories, I’ve told you about my love of the colour Naked Pink that I’ve been rockin’ ever since I busted out the PR parcel that came my way. See my lip swatch video and a blog post about these!

L’Oreal| I’m not sure I’ve ever talked about L’Oreal goodies on my blog, eep! The L’Oreal Infallible Paints Blush Kit is a fantastic bang for your buck. The four diverse (i.e. not all pink – spy my coveted corals?) shades in the palette are all powder and easily blendable making it easy to wear. Don’t be afraid of trying such saturated colours – apply with a light hand to achieve a natural blush of the cheeks. Or go to town and build up the colour to make those cheeks pop come summer time. See my friend (also from Newfoundland!) Samantha’s YouTube video about it.
ColourPop| Corals and peaches never seem to stray too far from my makeup collection. I much prefer a peach-toned blush with my skin tone and playing around with a glowing complexion. ColourPop launched their Nectar Collection not too long ago and I’m digging everything I’ve tried so far, and best yet — it’s super affordable. So you don’t need to stress about the price when all these brands are coming out with their newest launches.

Too Cool For School| This is a new-to-me brand, and I’ve only seen it at Sephora recently. It’s a Korean skincare line, and most (if not all?) of the products are made from egg white and egg yolk extracts. If you’re going to pick anything up from this, get the cleansers or masks. I feel like they could improve on their moisturizers. Although I wanted to love them, they’re a miss for me — they leave a film.

Pixi Beauty| This is another brand I’d suggest you look into now that it’s both available in the USA and Canada (it’s at Shoppers Drug Mart, folks!). I’d say Pixi products are most known for their glow mist or products with glycolic acid (a mild exfoliator that makes your skin hydrated and dewy). But they also have makeup, and makeup removers that are gentle on the most sensitive skin (i.e.: mine). I recently got a PR parcel from them with four of their makeup mist sprays, and while I wanted to share the love with the other sprays with my friends, I kept the hydrating milky mist, for my dehydrated skin (shown above). The products above are the ones I’m lovin’.

BECCA Cosmetics| Besides skincare, a bronzed complexion is my favourite when it comes to anything makeup related. I achieve that with using multiple colours from the new BECCA Sunlit Bronzer Collection, they’re gorgeous and have a slight hint of shimmer. Perfect bit of warmth on your skin come summer. See my blog post about BECCA Bronzers here.

Are you guys interested in these kinds of series? I can do them for future seasons, if it’s something you enjoy.

Disclaimer: Products were sent for review. 

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BECCA Cosmetics Sunlit Bronzer Collection

BECCA Cosmetics launched new line of gorgeous glowing products. The 5 shades of Sunlit Bronzers are described as neutral bronzers for every skin tone and retail for $38USD /$46CDN.

The Sunlit Bronzers launched last month on Ulta.com and BeccaCosmetics.com, and is now on Sephora.com and in stores.

I’ve always loved looking extra bronze and often sport a self-tan. Surprisingly, the two lighter shades don’t show up on me as well when I have self-tanner on, so I reach for the rest of the shades depending on the look I’m going for. On my birthday I wore a combo of Ipanema Sun all over where the sun would hit, and Maui Nights to bring redness to my forehead. It all makes sense in my head! ;) Scroll down to see the bronzers on. BECCA Cosmetics Sunlit Bronzer Collection

BECCA Cosmetics Sunlit Bronzer CollectionShown left to right: Bali Sands, Capri Coast, Bronzed Bondi, Ipanema Sun, Maui Nights.

BECCA Cosmetics Sunlit Bronzer Collection swatchesYou can see above, on the swatches on my arm that the bronzers applied more on the sheer side. Which makes it easier in my opinion for layering them to create a beached bronze look. The bronzers in the pan have a bit of shimmer which somewhat translates onto the skin, but nothing outrageous and sparkly.

Bali Sands| a soft golden beige. I’m positive this would work best for fair to light skintones.

Capri Coast| a warm golden brown. For light-medium skintones. This would be my bronzer shade when I’m not wearing self-tanner.

Bronzed Bondi| a medium amber. For medium skintones. This could work for both light and medium skintones. I used this as a ‘natural looking’ bronzer when I’m tan.

Ipanema Sun| a medium aburn brown. For medium-dark skintones. This is the shade I reach for to create that deep bronze glow to my skin (when I’m self-tan).

Maui Nights| a sienna kissed bronzed. For deep skintones. This has a lot of red tones in it than the other 4 shades in the collection, and I used this lightly on my forehead, as I mentioned above (for my birthday) and I loved the effect. As for the colour range, they all lean on the golden side than cooler tones.

BECCA Cosmetics Sunlit BronzersOverall I’m loving it, it’s the first powder complexion product I reviewed from BECCA, and the powders are soft and buttery as I’d imagine. Such a beautiful collection to add warmth to your skin this summer.

Wearing BECCA Cosmetics Sunlit Bronzer in Ipanema Sun, and Maui Nights. 

Shop the BECCA Cosmetics Sunlit Bronzer collection!

*Products were sent for review. 

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Five Things Friday . 002

Hey pals! Hope your week was smooth sailin’ and not too many bumps in the road. Another week has gone by, meaning it’s time to end it by posting my Five Things Friday (and pop over to Erin’s site to give her Five Things Friday post some love too!). Let me know what you got up to this week, and tell me if you’ve tried some of these products I’m about to talk about, below!

This is liquid gold if you love texture in your hair. Expensive yes, worth it — absolutely. Aveda and Kérastase products are my top two brands to recommend for hair-related-anything and everything. The scent is beautiful but unfortunately doesn’t stick around, which I guess is good for those who didn’t want it to in the first place. Note, this VIP spray from Kérastase is not a dry shampoo, it’s a dry powder texturizing spray that adds volume, texture and density to the hair. I use this any day: wash day (for more texture), and on second or third day to give life to my straggly ends. I only first heard about it a few weeks ago from one of Ingrid‘s YouTube videos and I immediately wanted it.

My birthday is in a few shorts days and although many have stopped feeling joyful when their birthdays roll around — I ain’t one of ’em. I LOVE all birthdays. Yours, mine. Everyone’s. It’s their special day and I love it. I cannot wait to eat ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. I can’t wait to shop for myself (lol), and I can’t wait to get birthday phone calls.

Such a good find last year. Why is it on the bottom of all the canned good shelves?It’s not like it an unpopular product, cause I mean, it’s almost always sold out when I go. It’s delicious and I put it on chicken and cook up basmati rice and you have yourself a quick ‘n super easy meal. Scott requests I make veggies with it too. Fine. It tastes just as amazing with roasted broccolini on the side. Psst, broccolini tastes way better than regular broccoli (if you’re not a fan of the green trees).

California is so cool. This aloe-vera-like plant is just chillin’ on the sidewalk like it was a weed. I’m still in awe of what grows around here. Like, exotic plants like Bird of Paradise flowers just grow all over the place. It’s nuts, and I love it.

05. ALFIE|
This little guy doesn’t get nearly enough attention on the blog as much anymore. I know people love seeing his sweet little face. Let’s try to change that (as in, me… blogging about him more: noted).

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