Category Archives: Beauty

In-depth Clarisonic Mia I Review

Hey everyone! Sorry for the long absence! I wish I could say that I was busy with summer activities…but it’s mostly because a lack of motivation. Thanks to my readers and friends who provide me with the encouragement I needed.

On the blog today is an overdue review of the Clarisonic Mia I. I’ve been using this for almost two months now, and I’m happy to report that I looove it, and that it’s become irreplaceable in my skin care routine.

What is the Clarisonic Mia? I’m sure it’s no stranger to most of your ears, but basically it is like an electronic toothbrush for your face! The Clarisonic promises to “transform your skin”, but I that is a bit of an overstatement. How it works is that the bristles will vibrate at 300 movements/second to remove dirt, oil and other impurities. When you first purchase it, it comes with the sensitive brush head, the charger, and a mini gel cleanser (which I do not use). clarisonic1_edited

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Classic Statement Lip

Hey everyone! I had a great vacation in San Francisco and Los Angeles :)! If you would like to see details of my trip please visit my friend’s travel blog or my Instagram for pictures.

Recently, I went over to Amy‘s house and we played around with our new purchases. One of the looks we did was a classic statement lip, which is what I will be sharing with you today.initial look

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Carry On for International Flight

Hi everyone! In preparation for my California trip next week I have starting packing all my liquids. As you may be aware, currently carry-ons have specific restrictions for liquids due to security reasons. You may still carry liquids in your luggage but many flights require additional cost to ship your luggage. If you’re planning a short trip, there may be no need for the additional luggage. Hopefully this will help you organize your travel necessities for your vacation!

Here are some general guide lines (may vary depending on airlines):

  • Max liquid capacity  – 100mL/container
  • All liquids must be placed in a clear plastic bag no larger than 20cmx20cm (8in x 8in)
  • The bag must be able to close completely

For my carry on, I have brought a combination of my favourite, most used products as well as some samples. The ziplock with the containers is from Shoppers Drug Mart for about $13.ziplock bag

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Natural “No Makeup” Look

Hi everyone! I want to apologize for my long hiatus. Second semester was a lot busier than I had anticipated especially with two jobs on the side. Nevertheless it is summer time and I’m ready to update frequently :)!

Today I have a natural “no makeup” look that I have been wearing for the past couple of weeks during spring and early summer. It takes me less than 15 minutes to do and makes me look more awake and fresh. I’m very excited to share this with you! Here is the before and after look: 7-final faceAs you can I see I look a bit tired, dull and groggy. But in the after photo I look much more energetic without looking overdone. Before we start I applied my morning moisturizer along with my SPF 30 sunscreen.

Here is a list of products I have used: 1- all products

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Winter Skin Boost

Hey! Sorry for the hiatus. After school started, it was been a crazy whirlwind of applications, work, job-searching and now midterms -wohoo! However, to make up for it, today I am sharing some products that I have been using for the past months to re-hydrate the skin in the frigid Canadian winter.

I have written a previous fall/winter skin care blog post, however, since the Canadian weather’s been averaging -17ºC (1.4ºF), it wasn’t enough for my skin and I started to develop these hard and dry bumps on my cheeks. Here is a list of products that I have used. Please keep in mind that you do not have to get the exact same product, but it’s the type of product and the function that it serves that is important. Also for reference, I have combination skin (oily T-zone, and dry cheeks).

all products  (Left to right: Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask, Vaseline, The Face Shop Jelly Apple Peel, Kiehl’s Lip Balm)

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YSL Foundation Review

Hey everyone! I hope you all enjoyed Christmas and New Years :). For Christmas I received an amazing present from Amy! It is the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation :)! Ever since it launched, I’ve been pretty curious about it. I have to say the product did not disappoint.

foundationI have it in BD40. YSL has three categories, B for Beige or Neutral, BR for Beige Rose (pink undertones), and BD for Beige Dore (yellow undertones). Naturally I picked up the shade with yellow undertones. Unfortunately, in North America they do not sell BD 30, but BD40 is a really good match for my skin tone.

swatchesThe swatch at the Top is Lancome’s Teint Miracle Foundation in Buff 2(W) (reviewed in detail here) and the one at the bottom is YSL Touch Eclat in BD40. The Lancome appears to be slightly light and too peachy for my skin tone while the YSL is slightly more yellow. When blended however both seem to match my skin colour when blended. However it does seem that the Teint Miracle seem to accentuate the bumps while YSL mutes these lines.

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Schwarzkopft Dry Shampoo Review

One of my biggest pet peeves is oily hair. Unfortunately, I have oily hair myself, but even then I avoid washing my hair everyday because it strips the moisture from my hair and it tends to dry out the ends of my hair. Generally I wash my hair every other day, but even then on the second day my hair can become more oily than my liking. I decided to try the Schwarzkopft Osis+ Refresh Dust for $18. It’s a dry shampoo in the form of a spray. I only picked this up because it was recommended to me by the sales assistant at a hair products shop at Pacific Mall. At first I was skeptical of the sales lady, but decided to buy it anyways. In the end I was pleased with the product. This is the before and after photo:

comparison

Please excuse my glasses and retainers, it was my hermit day. As you can see my hair is noticeably neater and less greasy!

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