Sunscreen Holy Grail: Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Shine Dry Touch Lotion

Matte sunscreen exists, and I carried this @VichyCanada sunscreen in my purse because it was my favourite…

The key to using sunscreen everyday is to find something one that you really like so that you don’t mind using it every morning.  

It’s important to find something that’s not greasy so that it doesn’t make your skin too shiny, and you also need something that rubs in quickly so that you don’t perceive it as a time-waster.  I also need something that doesn’t look white on my skin, because that’s not a good look, and if I can find something that’s oil-free, then we’re golden.

Guess what?

Vichy’s Ideal Soleil Anti-Shine Dry Touch Lotion gives me all those things.  It’s a thick cream that melts into your skin and blends in quickly with a clean finish. The sunscreen is oil-free but formulated with silicone so that it has a dry, powdery finish, and appears to be matte while absorbing oil throughout the day. There’s no white stuff here, and then you can follow up with your makeup.  The best part is that because it’s clear, you can apply it all over and not worry about it getting on your clothes. 

This sunscreen is also long-wearing and sweat resistant, and water resistant for up to 80 minutes, but of course all of that will vary depending on how oily your skin is, what you put on top of it, and exactly how much physical activity you’re doing outside.  It also has Mexoryl in it which helps the sunscreen stay photostable meaning that it won’t break down as easily in the sun.  All good qualities, especially if you’re going to be using it in the summer.

Available online or in drugstores for $28.95.

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Atelier Cologne Pacific Lime

Beautiful packaging…and really loved this scent.

Notes are lime with creamy coconut as the base.  Lasting power wasn’t great, but I will say that this wears close to the skin, so if you think you can’t smell it, get closer.

$185 at Sephora.

*This was received free as part of a promotion with the expectation to post on Instagram. Views are my own.

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Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer

Nothing like a little mini!  I got this free sample of the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer with a purchase, and I would have saved it for a trip, but I’m not going anywhere anytime soon so I thought I would just use it up.

This primer is meant to be the first step in your haircare routine when you style it.  It moisturizes and protects hair from heat and UV damage.  It is perfect for all kinds of hair, but especially dry and damaged hair.

This little mini isn’t sold separately but you can get the full size for $32 and a travel size for $14.

If you order from they always include samples with their orders.

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Chantecaille Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser

I have a thing for foaming cleansers because they give a squeaky clean.  The only thing is that I have to find something that doesn’t dry my skin out but still cleans it well.

For this, I’m loving Chantecaille’s Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser.

I’m not sure what exactly the rice and geranium are doing for my skin, but there are little granules in this cleanser that dissolve once you start rubbing it into your skin.  You get a little bit of scrubbing but not too much which makes this great to use on a daily basis.

I also like the heavy lather that this gives.  It means that my makeup comes off really easily and that also makes for cleaner skin.

Like all Chantecaille products, this smells lovely, like a floral spa product, but the scent is not a lingering or cloying one.

$64 online.

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Blue Eyeliner Via Rihanna

A throwback today from Rihanna. I think this look would work today too! Love the blue eyeliner and a deep navy is my favourite. What do you think? Would you wear more colour now that our faces will be covered with masks?

I find Rihanna to be such an inspiration when it comes to hair and makeup.  Not that I would ever be able to pull off some of the looks that she does, but what she does is usually a great starting point for me on a night out.

Take here, the blue eyeliner that she is sporting under her eyes instead of on top.  I love that.  Eyeliner on top is cool, and yes, it looks good because it’s a subtle pop of colour, but why not be a little more adventurous and put some colour underneath?

This would work with almost every colour of eyeshadow, but I wouldn’t go with one that’s too dark because it will only emphasize under-eye circles if you have any, or it will make it look as if there are circles under your eyes.

I’m definitely going to be trying this out in the summer.  What do you think, is it something that you would do?

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Do Lip Plumpers Really Work?

Do Lip Plumpers really work?

Yes and no.

Yes they plump up the lips by irritating them with a highly minty or cinnamon-like feel. The irritation causes blood to rush to the lips and so they get plumper. Some products also add moisture to the lips so that they look more plump. You’ll notice that almost all lip plumpers add a lot of shine to the lip. Shiny lips appear to be more plump than matte lips. It’s somewhat of an optical illusion.

No, the effect is not long-term or long-lasting. As soon as the irritation is gone or your lips are used to the product, then the plumpness is gone too.

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Honest Beauty Hydrogel Cream

I think that it’s so cool that Shoppers Drug Mart is now carrying the Honest Beauty line of skincare products, since there are some things that I have been wanting to try.

This Honest Beauty Hydrogel Cream has been great for my combination skin because it’s not too rich.  The formulation is top-notch.  There’s a mix of glycerine, squalane oil, and Hyaluronic acid which all blend together to give you a hit of moisture retaining ingredients, and something that will seal them all in (the squalane oil).

This Honest Beauty Hydrogel Cream has definitely been one of the more nice, elegant moisturizers I’ve tried this summer.  It feels more like a traditional cream than a moisturizer, and just leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.

Find it at Shoppers Drug Mart. $29.99.

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Aveda Nourish-Mint Lip Definer Review

I’ve been wearing more lipstick just because I’ve been in the house more and I like to look like I’m going somewhere even when I’m not.  My lipstick doesn’t always stay put and if it’s creamy then it bleeds and feathers.

My solution comes in the form of Aveda’s Nourish-Mint Lip Definer. This is a vanilla and mint wax stick that creates a thick layer over your lips so that your lipstick has something to stick to. Though the Lip Definer is waxy, lipstick seems to glide over it smoothly and then just stays on.

The pencil is a sheer nude pink that neutralizes all other colours on your lips so that the lipstick colour is true and bright.
The comments on the Aveda site complain that this doesn’t have much colour and that it’s too waxy, and that’s true. The problem is that this isn’t a normal lip pencil and functions completely differently. It’s not supposed to provide a base colour for lipstick, and it’s waxy so that it can create a smooth layer on your lips.

When I use this I find that my lipstick lasts longer than usual, and wears more evenly so that after a couple of hours, all I need is a touch up. The best part is that my lips are moisturized the whole night even if my lipstick is super matte.

Pick this up at Aveda for about $30.

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Oh Samples

Samples have gone the way of hugs in pandemic times – take a walk through Sephora and you’ll see that there are no testers and no samples.  Maybe that will end, or they will have everything behind lock and key so that they can sterilize it for you before letting you try it, but I thought in light of the times, it was interesting to read this article written by my friend Melissa Shum when did PR for CoverFX.  Have a read and let me know what you think in the comments.

Oh samples, where for art thou?

For as long as I can remember I was totally one of those beauty customers who took the idea of product samples for granted. Not literally like… I want a sample for every product I thought about buying but I did think sample availability should and would never be an issue especially for beauty brands.

My logic was… it’s a great way to promote a product and it encourages customers to try it before buying especially for big commitments like perfume. So naturally there should be samples galore right?

Since joining Cover FX I’ve come to a whole new realization about product samples.

sample stashSamples are a scarce and safely guarded resource here. Contrary to popular belief and as much as we’d love to, we do not have the luxury of endless supplies of samples for our products at the office or in inventory. It’s not because we do not forecast enough or that we don’t want to allocate budget towards that area. It is the reality that we are still a small brand in the sea of great and big brands in the beauty industry and consequently must work within the limitations of a small sampling budget.

Unless we’ve made proclamations for them in the beginning of the year during budget submissions they are non-existent. Every single sample produced is already accounted to something (e.g. in-store events, retail samples, press, bloggers etc.) and the samples put aside for a slush fund are usually quickly used up by unforeseen events. This makes it very challenging to participate in awesome opportunities that come up on the fly (e.g. gift bags for major events) or do any major promotional marketing (although I did manage to get my hands on a couple HUNDRED retail sized samples of our new product launching in the fall for a MAJOR promotion…)

Anyways to cope with the limited supply of samples, a few of us have a secret stash hidden under our desks.

We order them as they are made available and guard them with our lives. Literally! Even if a co-worker came asking for a sample we can all expect a friendly interrogation of “what is it for and how many will you need?” Although we have samples allocated to each department from the beginning of the year, our final quantities are almost always cut because of production issues.

With all this being said I am currently putting together my “wish list” for the total number of samples i’d like for next year… key word – like. *Crosses fingers* 😉

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Clear Sunscreen Video

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