Monday, 25 April 2016

My First Time using the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

I'm always a sucker for a beauty mask. The hardest thing  for me is walking out of Shopper's Drug Mart without something from the skin care aisle or makeup section. It's a weakness!! I really enjoy making my own masks at home, but I'm always ready to try something new and cool. When I saw the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Clay Mask on Instagram I just HAD to try it. The pics that people were posting looked so funny, and I was so happy when I found that the mask was available on Amazon (THANK YOU THANK YOU AMAZON!!!) If you haven't seen it already, you're in for a pleasant surprise!!

When I got my mask I asked my girlfriend if she wanted to come over so we could have a masking day. This turned out to be the best idea ever, since we seriously couldn't stop laughing at the whole ordeal! Let me tell very carefully so you don't make the same mistakes we did!!

1. You can find instructions online, and unless you read Koren, don't bother looking for English instructions on the box. We found that you should apply a generous amount and the bubbles should form within 5 minutes. The mask has a scent similar to glue and was very sticky. Some sites said you might need to rub some water on the hardened mask to encourage bubbles, and other sites said the bubbles would form on its own. For us it was BUBBLES GALOOOOOORE!!!!! Note: use a THIN layer. Don't make the mistake in spreading it on too thick otherwise you'd end up with bubbles up your nose and in your eyes like we did.

2. After a few minutes the bubbles started to form and within 5 minutes our faces were COVERED in bubbles. We looked so silly and really couldn't stop laughing because there were bubbles flying everywhere OH...MY...GOSH!!! You could hear the bubbles popping, and while I enjoyed the tingling sensation, my friend said she felt like it was burning.

3. Time to rinse!! After 10 minutes we had enough of the bubbles and decided to rinse. I used my hands to rinse off the mask but had a really hard time getting the thick layer under the bubbles to come off. NO JOKE I freaked out! WHY ISN'T IT COMING OFFFF?!?!?! How come no one TOLD ME about this?!?!?!  I was so close to crying real tears guys. Refer to point 1 so you never have to experience a near death experience like I did. It was not fun...not fun at all. Next time I will  just use a face cloth to wipe the mask off so I don't have to stand at the sink for 10 freaking minutes! ;)

In the end, I really liked the way my skin felt after I used the mask. I really felt cleaner and refreshed and hopefully my next experience won't be so traumatic now that I know what to expect!

Have you tried the Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask? Let me know what you think!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

April 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

My current makeup subscription box is from Ipsy. I was a bit skeptical about a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box because I didn't want to end up with a bunch of products I couldn't use or didn't know how to use. Each month you get full size or deluxe-sized products in a cute makeup bag, and I was sold after checking out their previous bags. If you're not very adventurous with makeup like me, it's a great way to build your makeup collection on the cheap and expand your makeup expertise!

The April Ipsy Glam Bag was my favourite one to date! This was the first time I was pleased with every single item in my bag and was very excited to try everything. I got a very cool looking tie dye print bag. Its the perfect size for packing essentials when you need a little overnight makeup bag.  

In my bag:

2 Pur-Lisse facial sheet mask

Luxie Beauty highlighter brush 
REN skincare day cream
Starlooks cream eye shadow
Tarte lip creme in Wonder

I rate the April Ipsy Glam Bag 5/5!

The products I was most excited about was the sheet masks. As you know I LOOOOOOOOVE facial masks and was so happy when I saw that I was getting 2 in the bag!

Click here to sign up with Ipsy and get your very own Glam Bag! 

More about the products inside:

2 Pur-Lisse facial sheet mask- I have never heard of Pur-Lisse before and they seem to offer good products that not only work well but are affordable. I was happy to see this brand in my Ipsy bag since I love discovering new brands to love :) I loved the scent of these masks and they did a great job leaving my skin smooth and glowing! Highly recommended!

Luxie Beauty highlighter brush - This brush was very soft and I loved the way it applied my makeup. This was my first experience with the Luxie brand and I was very pleased!

REN skincare day cream- I was very impressed with this cream since I have never heard of the brand and had no idea what to expect. I liked the texture and the way it absorbed into the skin. I wasn't a huge fan of the scent, but it wasn't unbearable. 

Starlooks cream eye shadow- I confess, this is another brand that I have never heard of before. It was a little watery coming out of the tube, but looked great on my skin.

Tarte lip creme in Wonder- I LOVE LOVE LOVE this colour. I'm such a sucker for a nice red lip colour and this Tarte lip creme nailed it! 

What did you get in your April Glam Bag? I'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Avocado Lemon and Honey Mask

It's Sunday facial mask time again!! I recently fell in love with the way my skin feels after I make a relaxing mask with a bit of honey in it. My face feels super soft and nourished and I noticed my skin looks a bit brighter. Here's my recipe for an avocado lemon and honey mask that I hope you enjoy as much as I do (blush face!) After mixing the ingredients I put it on my face and sat for 20 minutes. I felt a very nice tingle after ten minutes. After rinsing, my face felt smooth and looked great!

I used:

avocado- moisturizes, reduces the appearance of wrinkles

honey- antibacterial, soothes, moisturizes
lemon juice- natural astringent, mild bleaching properties

Who knew this natural ingredient had so many benefits! Here are four reasons to include honey into your beauty routine:

  • Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Aging: Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.
  • Complexion boost: It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
  • Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.
I found it easier to use a muddler than a spoon or fork. I was really able to get a good mix and squish out any large clumps of avocado. I used a brush to apply the mask to my face, but you could use your fingers. I liked the control I got when I used the brush and I was able to get the mixture in the hard to reach places like the corner of my nose and right under my eyes. 

Let me know what you think of my avocado lemon and honey mask recipe! I'd love to hear from you!


Friday, 8 April 2016

How To- Using Colour Correcting Concealers

While shopping for concealers, you may have noticed ones that come in strange shades that don't match with any normal skin tones. It may seem odd to find mint greens, pastel lavenders, and banana yellows in products normally meant to blend in with your natural skin. In fact, these concealers do blend in well, neutralizing discolouration to even out your skin tone. With the right colour and application technique, you can use colour-correcting concealers to disguise pimples, scars, under-eye circles, rosacea, and more. You can also use these products to enhance blemish-free skin for a healthy brightening effect.

How do colour-correcting concealers work?
Colour-correcting concealers help to mask skin discolouration by bringing problem areas to a more neutral hue. Here's a crash course in colour theory, in case you forgot it from grade school art class:

  • Complementary colours are colours that are completely opposite each other on the colour wheel. The following are the pairs of basic complementary colours you'll use for colour correcting: red with green, yellow with purple, and blue with orange.
  • For most types of colour correcting, makeup of one colour will cancel out discolouration of its complement.
  • The exact opposite colour can also sometimes overcorrect, making skin look lifeless and unnatural. In these instances, you should use a colour next to the discolouration's complement.
  • Most colour-correcting concealers come in a single shade. The exceptions are oranges and peaches. For these, pair deeper shades with darker discolouration and brighter, more pastel concealers with lighter areas.
  • A normal skin tone concealer is usually used over colour-correcting concealers.

Use GREEN to spot treat extremely red areas. Green is the colour opposite red on the colour wheel and is therefore the strongest colour for canceling out red. Because of this, green colour-correcting concealers are best for neutralizing intensely red blemishes. Most green colour correctors are a pastel mint colour.
  • Use green concealers directly on small patches of red like pimples.
  • Green concealers are also good for medium-sized areas of redness, such as moderate acne and irritation. For people with fair skin, a common pattern for placing green concealer is down the front of the nose, the centre of the forehead, around the nostrils, and along the cheekbones.
  • For more diffuse areas of vivid redness that cover most of your face, like sunburn or rosacea, consider using a green-tinted makeup primer instead. A tinted primer will work the same way as a colour-correcting concealer but will even out your tone for a flawless foundation application.
Use YELLOW to even out a ruddy complexion. Sometimes green concealers work too well, making the skin look dull and lifeless. By instead selecting yellow, a warm colour next to green on the colour wheel, you can tone down red discolouration without removing all traces completely.
  • Yellow concealers are a good choice for masking mild to moderate diffuse redness.
  • Yellow concealers are also great for neutralizing and brightening dark purple and blue blemishes like fresh bruises, age spots, sun spots, and dark under eye circles on some people.
  • If this is your first time using a particular skin tone concealer or foundation, check to see how you look wearing them without additional colour correction first. Many concealers and foundations for lighter skin tones have some degree of yellow pigment for built-in colour correction.
BLEND, BLEND, BLEND. A common cause of a subpar, unnatural look when using makeup is improper blending. Foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush, and eye shadow all need to be blended. In fact, many makeup artists consider blending to be the most important step when applying makeup.
  • One major reason to use colour-correcting concealers is to avoid having to go overboard with opaque foundation and concealers. If you find that your makeup still looks caked on, use less product. Rely on thin, well-blended layers instead of thick ones.
  • If you have difficulty blending your colour corrector in completely, try putting it on under your foundation instead. This may be necessary when covering a large area with an unnatural-looking colour like green.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Apple Cider Vinegar Clay Mask

It's Sunday facial mask time again!! I just love getting ready for the busy week ahead by relaxing with a mask I made in my own kitchen. Here's my recipe for an apple cider vinegar and clay mask. After mixing the ingredients I put it on my face and sat for 20 minutes. I felt a very nice tingle after ten minutes. After rinsing, my face felt smooth and looked great!

I used:

green clay- draws out dirt, oil and other impurities

an equal part apple cider vinegar. 

Who knew this natural ingredient had so many benefits! Here are five reasons to include apple cider vinegar into your beauty routine:

  • Apple cider vinegar can help reduce age spots: When you wash your face daily with apple cider vinegar you will notice a substantial difference in age spots. Apple cider vinegar contains alpha hydroxy acids that will remove dead skin and reveal healthy and vibrant new skin. In addition to washing with a splash of apple cider vinegar, dab a little on a cotton ball and apply directly to age spots. Wait about thirty minutes and rinse your face with cool water and pat dry. Do this twice daily for six weeks and you will see a difference.
  • Apple cider vinegar fights acne, pimples and blemishes: No need to buy commercial acne cream when you can use apple cider vinegar. When apple cider vinegar is made, malic acid forms.  This makes apple cider vinegar a potent antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral substance capable of keeping bacteria at bay and pimples from forming. 
  • Apple cider vinegar balances your skin: While removing oil from your skin, apple cider vinegar also helps to balance pH and keeps your skin from becoming too oily or too dry by balancing the production of sebum. Rinse your face daily with apple cider vinegar if you desire balance.
  • Apple cider vinegar fights wrinkles: Diluted apple cider vinegar face wash can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can soak a cotton pad or cotton cloth in diluted apple cider vinegar and dab on your skin. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Apple cider vinegar removes toxins from your face: Regular use of an apple cider vinegar wash will help draw toxins out of your skin leaving a youthful and clean glow.
Let me know what you think of my apple cider vinegar and clay recipe! I'd love to hear from you!


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