Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

You guys. This mascara.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I am a mascara freak. And the majority of my favourites are drugstore brands:  Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes and Almay Get up and Grow are ones that I’ve repurchased time and time again.  Since mascara should be used up within 3-6 months, I’m comfortable with spending about $10 or less to replace it.  However, there’s always exceptions to that rule, right?  In this case – YES.  Call me crazy for indulging in a $33 mascara, but the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara is by far, the BEST mascara I have ever used in my entire lifetime. If I’ve said that in the past about another mascara – scratch that. Because this one has beat them all.

Now, everyone’s preference for mascara is different. Some only like length, some only like volume, etc. To each her/his own!  This mascara – I’m telling you – delivers it ALL.  Volume, length, thickness, super black-ness and maximum impact!  All without clumping or flaking.

I’m not exactly sure how this does it all but it does.  I already have pretty long eyelashes and this gives me even more length it’s actually pretty scary (but in the nicest way!).  It makes my lashes super full and blacker than black, which is awesome – I’m an everyday-eyeglasses-wearer and this just makes my eyes look a lot bigger and less “lost” behind my specs.

This is not a waterproof formula, however I haven’t found it to flake or smudge throughout the day.  Of course when I do happen to rub my eyes, this will smudge, but I have to forcefully rub to do any real damage.

Oh! And this keeps my lashes lifted and curled for the entire day – no sad, limp lashes for me!

If you’re looking for a serious mascara that does it all, try this out. I’m almost positive you won’t regret it.

Have you tried this mascara out?  Like or dislike?

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NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder

It’s that time of year (for some of us Canadians anyway) where the snow is about to fall.  That means that our summer tans have faded and we might be looking a little lackluster in the complexion. Not to worry – that’s where bronzers can save us from our paste-y complexions!  And a good option from the drugstore is the NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder.

Now, I’m pretty new to bronzers and quite honestly, I didn’t realize how many bronzing products are actually out there in makeup land!  From high-end to affordable, there’s something for everyone.

In general, bronzers are meant to give you a ‘sun-kissed’ look.  Basically warm up your face to make you look healthy and alive.  Depending on your skin colour (i.e. light, medium, deep) the shade of bronzer is quite important. Most people complain of a bronzer looking too “orange” on them – and this might be true of a bronzer on let’s say a lighter skin tone, but the same bronzer on a medium/olive skintone can be just perfect.

For me personally, I like this NYC bronzer because:

  • It was around $4 CDN at the drugstore
  • It’s neither muddy (i.e. dirty) or orange on me
  • It blends smoothly
  • Very pigmented and quality is awesome for a super affordable product

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On the days I don’t feel like wearing blush but I want some “life” to my face, I’ll pop on this bronzer using the “3” formation on my face (i.e. above temples, cheeks, jawline). This bronzer gives me the slightest amount of sun-kissed-ness that is not overdone and quite natural looking.

This is a really good bronzer for the price.  I’m not sure if this comes in different shades (I have Sunny), but for $4 it’s worth a shot!

Have you tried this bronzer?  Like or dislike?

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Rosehip Seed Oil: the answer to awesome skin.

I thought I’d sit down and write about something that is probably my most valued, important and must-have product in all of my skincare – Rosehip seed oil.

Always on the search for the ‘best’ skincare, I kept coming across the benefits of rosehip oil for the skin. I liked everything I was reading about it – seemed to be quite the miracle product that pretty much all people can use.  Now, I have tried rosehip seed oil before with the Ole Henriksen oil, which really did improve my skin – which I would’ve expected for a $60 product.  But with more research, I realized that I could get myself a good quality rosehip seed oil product for about a sixth of that price.  With many, many options out there, I settled on this one ($12):

Pure rosehip seed oil is derived from the rosehip fruit which is found in Chile.  Rosehip oil is super rich in vitamins, essential fatty acids and antioxidants – including Vitamin C and A. Look for cold-pressed rosehip seed oil as in this form, the oil’s nutrient content is preserved. It has a bit of a nutty/fishy scent, but this is normal if you’re getting a good quality oil.  The colour should be a dark orange – amber shade.

Rosehip seed oil helps to reduce the appearance of scars and can correct UV sun damage on your skin (i.e. hyperpigmentation). It’s great for hydrating dry skin and can treat fine lines and wrinkles.

I have scalp psoriasis/eczema and using rosehip seed oil has helped to keep those patches moisturized and has even helped to lessen the irritation and discomfort. I actually have an all-natural oil recipe I’ll share with you in a future post that has helped my condition (might help some of you as well!)

Rosehip seed oil is a dry oil, meaning it is easily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. If you’ve ever used pure jojoba oil, it’s texture and consistency is pretty much the same (I use 100% pure jojoba oil all over my body right after the shower while my skin is still damp – awesome moisturizer!).

I use rosehip seed oil as part of my nightly skincare routine. Although it’s a dry oil, I can still find this a bit too much for my face during the day. And anyway, I find night time is the best time to reap the full benefits of this, along with the rest of my products.

Typically, I’ll cleanse my face, tone and then apply a vitamin C serum. Once that sinks in for about a minute, I’ll take 3-4 drops of the rosehip seed oil into my palms, rub my hand together, and then gently pat my hands onto my entire face and neck. Once I’ve patted in for a good 30 seconds or so, I’ll then gently massage the oil into my face and neck to ensure it gets really absorbed into my skin.

I try to use the rosehip seed oil at least 3 times per week as part of my night time skincare routine. I wake up to plump, hydrated and brighter skin. Since using rosehip seed oil, on and off, for almost a year now I’ve noticed the texture of my skin improve and my skin become more even toned.  I have combination skin and this has actually helped to lessen the production of oil in my oily parts.

As I age, I’m almost positive that rosehip seed oil is going to be the one staple product I will never be without. It hits the bullseye when it comes to an all-in-one anti-aging product!

Have you tried rosehip seed oil? Like or dislike?

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