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:

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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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Guest Post: Inglot haul

Hello “Simply Becca Blog” readers!

My name is Amy, a long-time friend of Becca and a fellow makeup enthusiast who has been avidly following this blog ever since its inception. When Bec invited me to write a guest post to show off my recent makeup haul from Inglot, I happily agreed.

Inglot Freedom System 10 Eye Shadow Square Palette

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Uneven Eyes & Wonder Eyelid Tape Review

Hey everyone! A few month ago, I purchased the the Wonder Eyelid Tape in Extra Strength from eBay. Since I was born I had uneven eyes, where one is lidded, while the other one is a monolid. Apparently this is a pretty common phenomenon in East Asians. Generally the differences between the size of the eyes are not too noticeable in every day situations to other people. Although I am  I’m pretty comfortable with how my eyes look I was really interested if these eyelid tapes could make my eyes look even for special events and photographs.

Here is the product:

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As I said, I purchased it on eBay for about $10 including shipping. There are 150 tapes, and it comes with a tweezer shaped thing for application.

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Baked Chicken and Sweet Potato Fries

Hey everyone! I wanted to share a really simple, cheap, and yummy dinner solution that is perfect during the winter exam season! I know this is mostly a fashion or beauty blog, but from the blog’s conception, I also wanted to include food recipes as well. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a good lens to shoot in indoor or low-light settings until I received my new lens a few days ago :)!

The prep time for this meal is around 30 minutes or less, it takes 50 minutes to bake. You will need to spend about 15 minutes seasoning the chicken thighs and 15 minutes cutting the sweet yam. I also like this meal because it is super cheap. A pack of 4 chicken thighs was $4 and the sweet potatoes came up to $1.50 at my local overpriced grocery store (Metro). I also buy these pre-made and pre-washed spring salad containers because it is super convenient. They are around $5 and usually last a week for my boyfriend and I.

Here is a picture of the finished meal:

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Marketing Schemes: Conditioner vs. Deep Conditioner

I went to the drug store the other day to pick up a deep conditioner. My hair is pretty long now and the ends have been dyed multiple times so I was in need of a good deep conditioner. I decided to pick up Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair Conditioner. I had high hopes for it because I like other Dove products such as their shampoo and body washes.

However…there was something eerie when I was using the conditioner. My hair felt just as it did before, and the texture of the conditioner reminded me of something else I already had… Then I realized I had their regular Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner.

I quickly checked the ingredients on both products and they pretty much had the same ingredients. The only difference was that the “deep conditioner” was twice as expensive at Shoppers and the two products were packaged differently!

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