Glow From Within | 3 Products to Achieve It

Recently I’ve been quite taken with the idea of enhancing my bare skin. I’ve been on a bit of a foundation kick, but all of a sudden, that’s flipped and I now want to get the glow from within “I was born this way” kinda look.

Here are products that help achieve that. Granted, I do have a favourite, but depending on your budget, or what’s already in your collection, any will work. This list goes in descending order (from worst to best):

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops Moonlight mixed with Cerave SA Renewing Cream (CAD 52.00)

This experiment came about when I realized that I hadn’t ever touched my mini highlight drops in the shade Moonlight. It’s a little too pale and silver for my skin tone (plus I think that they dry too quickly), but I’m still determined to finish the damn thing. This combo (of drops + cream) looks great under foundation, but by itself, the shimmer particles are a little too shiny and visible for my liking.

GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer Nude (CAD 59.00)

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I used the moisturizer in this no-makeup, makeup look, and man, I got so many compliments on how healthy my skin looked! Keep in mind, this was while I was sick with a cold, so that tells ya something. Although this looked beautiful, its not nearly moisturizing enough for me on its own (so I have lay it on top of another moisturizer), and the scent is a little sweet for my taste. If you aren’t bothered by scents and have a more normal to combo skin, check it out. Overall, I really like this!

In the picture to the left, I’m wearing the moisturizer all over with a little of my PF concealer under the eyes, and some blush to liven up my sickly self. And yes, we can talk about those brows. What can I say, I was trying something new!

Niod Photography Fluid 8% Tan (CAD 32.00)

Blame Wayne Goss for this one. I fell in love with the idea of this product when I heard him talk about it. So what is the photography fluid? To be honest, I’m no sure I could explain it, but it’s a liquid that dries to nothing on the skin, but leaves the most subtle, skin evening glow on the skin. It made the redness on my skin disappear, yet did not settle into any fine lines or dehydrated areas. The first time I tried it (in store), I couldn’t tell if anything happened, but then I saw myself in natural lighting (and took a photo), and I was very, very impressed. Just remember, less is more…no need to slather the stuff on (you’ll look patchy and weirdly tanned 🙈)! Just a couple drops will do as it spreads easily.

  • After purchasing it and trying it on at home, my thoughts are a bit more defined.
    • On my skin tone, it doesn’t necessarily add a very obvious colour or tan (which is a good thing), but for those on the lighter spectrum, it will give a warm sun-kissed glow. There is also a 12% (champagne gold) fluid, so with these two I think they’ve got a relatively wide spectrum of skin tones covered.
    • It did not mix well with my current foundations (IT Cosmetics CC Cream or the EX1 Invisiwear foundation). The drops didn’t really blend with the product and it looked streaky and patchy. Now I apply the drops first (either mixed with my First Aid Beauty moisturizer or by itself) and then apply the foundation (or wear it on its own). That makes a winning combo.
    • Applying it with my hands on freshly moisturized skin blends everything in beautifully. A dense buffing brush also works. It also looks great applied on the traditional bronzing spots on top of foundation.
    • It smells kinda funky. Very chemically actually. I can’t say that it’s pleasant, but the scent dissipates upon the skin and now I’m so used to it that it doesn’t really bother me anymore.

Which of these three products appeals to you the most?

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The Dermalogica Chalet

Oh hello there!

It’s been a hot minute eh? What can I say…Christmas sucked me in and just spat me back out again!

Now isn’t that just the most attractive visual? I hope that you all had a fabulous festive season and started off the new year on a positive note. 2018 has many good things in store for all of us, I’m sure.

Now back to beauty, which is what you came here for. If you want to start off on the right foot in terms of your skincare, I’d highly recommend checking out the Dermalogica Chalet, located at 639 Queen St. W in Toronto. It’s a pop-up that’s on until Sunday, and it has some really cool features!

If you didn’t already know, I’ve been loving Dermalogica products over the last few months; their balm and gel cleansers have become a part of my daily routine.

Consequently, when I was invited to check out the Chalet, I was thrilled! There was alcohol (so delish), appetizers (even more delish), and a really cool VR station where I tried out a couple games!

The night celebrated the launch of two new products. The Calm Water Gel and the Barrier Defense Booster.

I got my skin mapped by one of Dermalogica’s amazing aestheticians and it was a wonderful experience! Turns out I’m more normal than combo but severely dehydrated. Following the skin mapping, I had a ‘skin fit’ which is basically a mini 15 min facial. I was glowing to the gods, people. I’m definitely booking in for a 60 min facial with Dermalogica at some point this year.

If you’re interested in knowing more about these products, check back in a little while, as I’ll have a full blog post on these items up once I’ve tried them for a decent amount of time to see how they perform on my skin.

Christmas Cards Made Easy!

What goes hand in hand with Christmas? Crafting, of course!

But honestly, between the baking/sweet making, and all the shopping and wrapping of Christmas presents, who has the time to make a thoughtful card?

This year, I do!

That’s because of this book, which was so kindly sent over. It’s called Christmas Paper Crafting: Holiday Cards, Gift Tags, and More! and it’s absolutely brilliant. It makes me feel like a regular ol’ Martha Stewart, but with 90% less effort.

Price: CAD 24.99 (but it’s currently CAD 17.30 on Amazon.ca right now!)

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It comes packed full of designs to make:

  • 50 Christmas cards
  • 18 mini cards
  • 16 gift tags
  • 6 bookmarks
  • Envelope templates (in 2 sizes)
  • Scrapbooking paper

The colors are festive, but not so festive that they cannot be used for winter birthdays. I don’t think that these designs are only applicable for the Christmas season – they are surprisingly versatile! The graphics are a mix of traditional and modern design, combined with bright and bold colours.  All papers are archival quality, acid free, card-stock thickness. This book is for the avid crafter or the lazy crafter (ahem, me) so I sure as hell know it’s going to make my gift wrapping/giving process a lot easier!

*item(s) in this post were sent as press samples

 

Sugaring: the Good, the Bad & the Bumpy

Ahhh, to be blessed with thick, black hair. I mean, it’s fantastic on my scalp, but on other parts of my body, not so much!

In order to get rid of my vacation beard (🙈), I contemplated different options: tweezing, threading, waxing and sugaring. Tweezing would take…years. Threading does not get the pain over with fast enough, and wax pulls at the skin; I sure as hell do not want to encourage wrinkles. Consequently, I was left with sugaring. (Another reason is that a lot of waxes have honey in it, and my mom, sis and myself are allergic to honey the topical application of honey. Ingested, it’s delicious though.)

Sugaring is a natural hair-removal technique that dates back to 1900 BC. Unlike traditional waxing, sugaring uses a special paste made out sugar, lemon juice, and water. The paste wraps around the hair, not the skin and is supposed to make it a more gentle (take this with a grain of salt) process and the hair grows back slower and softer.

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Glitter Made Easy | Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss

I have a problem. A YouTube watching problem.

Speaking of being addicted to YT videos, when I saw Bailey B.’s eyes in this one, I was completely and utterly mesmerized. Turns out all that was on her lids was the Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss in Mermaid!

So guess what I’m going to talk about today? If you said that exact shade, then by gosh, you’re psychic.

Price: USD 24.00 (but I got it for half price on sale at Ulta)

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Destroying Makeup with Dermalogica

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Man oh man, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, eh? I’ve been having writer’s block for a while, so it’s nice to just get back into it and chat with you all. I hope you guys have/had some killer costumes for Halloween!

Today, I’m bringing you a look, and talking to you about some products that have quickly become my staples. Dermalogica Canada sent over their new pre-cleanse balm, and cleansing gel for me to test out and let you guys know what I think of them. In order to really put them to the test, I did a full on look, turning myself into a painting through the use of Make Up For Ever’s flash palette.

 

This look was created using only 3 brushes; sometimes simplicity is best!

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It’s That Time of Year Again!

My birthday’s coming up, Sephora’s 20% off VIB sale is in November, and companies have stared releasing their holiday offerings. Consequently, my wallet is preparing to sacrifice itself on the altar of the makeup gods.

I don’t necessarily think I can afford to pick up all the items on this list, however, this is the selection I’m working with! I’ve pondered over most of these products for many months now so it’s certainly not an impulse at this point.

Viseart Dark Mattes Palette

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I’ll be honest, I have been lusting over this palette for a good year now. It is a fairly unique palette I’d say, and the shade selection is perfect for 1 shadow looks with a pop of metallic in the inner corner (or as a spotlight placement). Goddamnit, I just want to try out the famous Viseart formula already!

Natasha Denona 5 Eyeshadow Palette #9

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I was so not into the hype. AT. ALL. Not only did the colours not look interesting but I thought everybody on YT was just kissing ass for the free makeup.

…then my Sephora got a Natasha Denona display, and I actually swatched this palette, along with the rest of the line. I kid you not, I audibly gasped. The pigmentation; it’s actually unreal. This palette and the Dark Mattes shall be best friends because they are yin and yang in their finishes.

Ciate Glitter Flip Siren

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Do I need another lip colour? No. But did the magical demos of this new offering by Ciate suck me in? Hell yes. I just love the deep teal shade and who can say no to glitter?

Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set

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Speaking of glitter, check out this set. I’m not really into liquid shadows, but I’m definitely into glitter. These also have an amazing reputation at this point so I do want to try them (but they’re lower on my list of wants).

Dr. Jart Ceramidin /Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Cream

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I’ve tried the Lala Retro Cream and I love it. A small sample size lasted me about 3 weeks, using it both morning and night and it’s perfect for dehydrated skin. Honestly, my skin felt like a baby’s. I’m trying a sample of the Ceramidin cream right now, and it’s a cult classic for a reason! Considering the amount of moisture it imparts, it actually has a very light texture that absorbs quickly. I’m still testing it out to see if my skin has any reactions to it, but first impressions are good.

Wayne Goss Air Brush

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After years of watching Lisa Eldridge and Karima McKimmie gush over the famous Suqqu cheek brush, I was overjoyed to hear that this was a great alternative. I don’t really need another brush, and it isn’t filling a hole in my collection but holy hell, it’s made of blue squirrel and soft as ever and I want it in my hands!

BaubleBar Amber Y-Chain Necklace 

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I’m kinda into lariat necklaces, and have been for a while now. This necklace in particular has been on so many YTers & fashionistas and I’ve ogled over it every single time! It’s probably the only item I have on my fashion wish list, ’cause lord knows I already have way too many clothes and shoes.

*this post includes pictures that are not my own.

I’m on Vacation!

Hello, hello! Sorry for the bit of a hiatus on the blog, I’ve been on vacation for the last couple of weeks, and will continue to be a bit MIA for the next several until my vacay is over. I’m off on another solo European vacation, and if you’re curious as to where I’ve been and where I’m going, check out my Instagram @subitamaria.

Ciao for now! ❤

 

Lipstick That Doesn’t Come Off?! 12hr+ Wear Test

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Let me tell you, this lipstick was one hell of a wild ride – from first impression to fully formed thoughts.

I was first intrigued by Maybelline’s Matte Ink liquid lipsticks while watching this video by Bailey B. This unique fiery orange-coral colour is right up my alley, and so on impulse, I picked it up at Walmart.

Price: CAD 11.99

Read on to see my thoughts, and a wear test!

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I’ve Got a Confession.

There I go again with the click-bait title!

I’ve got an Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick to talk about today!

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The Ultra Slim in the title is code for so little product for quite a lot of money! For $/oz, it is one of the most expensive lipsticks on the market as in total, it’s only 0.03 oz/.9 g.

Ridiculous, eh?

I’m the sucker who clearly doesn’t care because ooh, pretty packaging!

Price: CAD 42.00 and 28.00 for the refill only

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