Lancome L’Air de Teint Foundation Review

This @LancomeCanada foundation is from 2014 but it’s what I’m wearing right now. I layer it on top of a moisturizing sunscreen and the matte formula stays on my skin so well. This foundation is discontinued and the pump doesn’t work but I still like it.

Lancome Air de Teint FoundationYou may have seen me recommend this foundation in my May favourites video, and it truly is an amazing foundation.

It is not mask-like, caky, and doesn’t even feel like a foundation. It feels and looks like nothing on the skin, and just blurs imperfections enough so that they’re not at all noticeable.

Lancome Air de Teint is a liquid to powder formula. When I say that it’s a liquid, I mean that it’s really a liquid (see the demo in the video). You take a few drops of the foundation, smooth it on to your skin and that’s it. Because it turns into a powder, there’s no need to set it or even use a primer underneath it. It will go on very smooth.

Again, because of the powdery finish, this foundation ends up being amazing on oily skin but will work on nicely moisturized skin as well.

I even like to use it as kind of a retouching powder. If I start the day with a more traditional heavy coverage foundation, I simply apply this mid-day on top of everything, and it refreshes my look and works better – and more importantly looks better – than any other powder.

Seriously, you need to try it to believe it, so I recommend that you head to your local Lancome counter and try it for yourself. The foundation comes in 12 shades and because it is sheer coverage, you might find that more than one shade works on you.

Because it is super sheer, you may need to go over troublesome spots with concealer, but those who generally don’t wear foundation will find that it really works well as a kind of skin perfecter.

$46 at Lancome counters.

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Beautyblender Lunar New Year 2020 Blend and Store Duo

This is the latest Beautyblender that’s available at Sephora Canada right now. This is a limited edition ruby red Beautyblender which comes with a cute gold plastic stand.

Just a reminder that you should wash your Beautyblender after every use.  I like the Beautyblender cleansing bar for this.  Also, you should replace it after 3 months if you’re using it regularly!  I wash mine and put it back in the stand to dry.

$26 at Sephora Canada now.

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Cerave Hydrating Cleanser

Still on the bandwagon for this @CeraVeCanada cleanser, and it’s working for the whole family!  This cleanser is the first step in my night time cleansing routine. I put it on dry skin and then wipe it off with a wet washcloth.

The best cleansers are gentle enough for sensitive skin and take off all your makeup – and guess what, Cerave Hydrating Cleanser falls into that category.  You’ve probably heard all about Cerave – it’s highly recommended by dermatologists, and when I posted about it on Instagram, so many people commented or messaged me saying that it was the one that they used and it really worked for their skin.

This is a super basic cleanser.  It doesn’t foam and it doesn’t offer anything fancy to leave on your skin.  And that’s just fine with me, because cleanser is something that you’re just washing off – literally, it’s going down the drain, so you don’t need it to be fancy.

The Hydrating Cleanser is a gel consistency that’s creamy.  It has slip in it and enough moisturizers that it melts makeup – mascara and eyeliner are gone in seconds, as is long-wearing lipstick.  If it gets in your eye, it won’t sting or hurt, and after all is said and done, it washes off without stripping your skin.  That’s why people love it.  It’s more of a light lotion then a traditional cleanser, and it’s formulated with ceramides which help nourish but also melt everything off.

I like to wipe it off with a wet cloth, and then sometimes follow up with a foaming cleanser.

One of the best things about Cerave is that it’s available at drugstores.  $14 at drugstores.

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Mani Monday: OPI Edinburgh’er and Tatties Swatch

Here’s what’s on my nails right now; again, it’s from OPI Scotland collection and the colours are still available!

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From the Archives: MAC Beauty Powder Blush – Pictures!

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MAC launched a new set of blushes recently – significant because they already have a large range of blushes. How are these different? Well, the shimmer in the new Beauty Powder Blushes isn’t as fine as the shimmer in some of MAC’s other blushes. I find that it’s more noticeable and really gives a nice sheen to the cheek. The shimmer is comparable to that in Nars blushes, so if you’ve used those, you know what I’m talking about.

Here are pictures of three of the colours.

Secret Blush

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Shy Beautymac blush

Shy Beauty is a lovely peach with gold shimmer. It would be nice for everyday and is hard to mess up. Eversun is a bronze colour that once could use as a light bronzer year round.

As always there are a ton of colours to choose from so you can indeed find one that works with your complexion. Blushes retail for $17.50 U.S./$22.00 CDN.

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Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Collection

This dry winter weather is the best time to see if these moisturizers work. Fresh’s Lotus Youth Preserve moisturizers have Lotus extract as their antioxidant, along with glycerine and other moisturizers that help hydrate skin.  The day and night moisturizers ($63 each) have been around since before, but the eye cream ($59) is new.

My favourite is the basic day moisturizer.  It’s got a bit of glow in it so that it leaves your skin looking fresh and bright, even though you might be putting makeup on top of it.

The Dream Face Cream is amazing too – it’s thicker than the day moisturizer and without the tiny bit of shimmer.  It seems to last on your skin a long time and I always woke up with hydrated skin.

The night cream is the thickest of the bunch – and it’s $59 for a smaller jar.  It is perfect if you have very dry skin and need something gentle under your eyes.

The entire Lotus line is available at Sephora.

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Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Fragrance

Just an update for you, in case you were thinking of getting this: it’s marked down to $20 at Sephora.

Currently wearing this @bumbleandbumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Fragrance for hair and body. I spray it directly into my hair and it’s working well.

Normally, I wouldn’t spray a perfume directly into my hair, but because this is formulated with some dimethicone, it adds a bit of shine and conditioning to your hair instead of being just water and alcohol like most perfume. If you spray regular perfume into your hair, it might be drying and it might not really stick to your hair and give it the scent that you want. With a perfume specifically made to be used on your hair, it’s formulated to better stick to your hair. Regular perfume works with your skin, the oils on it, and your body temperature, but this doesn’t need any of that. I mean, I don’t spray it close to my scalp, and it’s great.

Notes! The notes are coconut and vanilla and tiare flower. It’s a beachy one and that makes it perfect for this time of year. Like most perfumes, this smells a little strong when you first spritz it on, but then the scent fades as you wear it, and it’s not very strong when I walk out the door in the morning. This would be a great alternative to dry shampoo, if you just used that for the scent.

It’s limited edition and available at salons that carry Bumble and Bumble, or Sephora. $38.

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Kerastase’s More Natural Line

Aura Botanica is Kerastase’s answer to the natural world of shampoo and conditioner.  They’re known for being a brand that’s really adamant that their product retains its efficacy no matter what, and that it consistently smells a certain way so that their consumers are immersed into using their products with all their senses.  When they decided that they wanted to make a line of products that was more natural – over 90% natural – they knew that they wanted them to smell good so they’d have the same Kerastase experience as all the other products, but also that they’d make your hair look and feel better.

Aura Botanica is unlike anything else from Kerastase.  The products are beautiful and work well together, providing you with healthier hair.  If you’re into using products that are more natural, here’s a salon brand that delivers.

The line consists of a shampoo ($45), conditioner ($50), oil ($60), and mist ($57).  The products are 96% natural.  They’re silicone and sulfate free, and are only 96% natural, because the unnatural elements keep the fragrance and formula stable.

The shampoo is clear but very moisturizing.  You could almost use it without any conditioner because that’s how gentle it is to hair.  It’s definitely not great as a clarifying shampoo because it does add some moisture back into your hair, but if you have a lot of build up then you could shampoo twice, and that would do it for you.  The conditioner is thick, rich, and super creamy.  A tiny amount is enough for my long hair and I love that it emulsifies with water, but also sticks to my hair letting it soak in all the argan oil that it contains.  To really nourish your hair, you could add a few drops of the oil into your hair and that would make for an even more emollient conditioner. This does wash out clean, but it leaves my hair so nourished that I actually don’t need any hair serum in it afterwards, cutting out the need to put more silicone in my hair.  It doesn’t weigh my hair down but leaves it soft and un-frizzy, which I really appreciate.

The hair oil is meant to be used as a pre-conditioner or with the wash-out conditioner.  It is light-weight but does add noticeable grease into your hair, which is why it’s a pre-treatment and best to wash out.  It does work to really nourish hair and keep the ends healthy and because it’s an oil, you can also use it on your body or face.

The Hair Mist is a bi-phase oil, and is also silicone-free so it’s best to use a little rather than a lot.  Two mists are enough for my long hair and it’s better to start with a little and then add more as you style your hair.

Finally, you don’t have to shop at the natural food store if you want hair products that are more natural – Aura Botanica is available at salons.

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Shan Rahimkhan True Volume Intensive Repair Treatment

My sister picked up this mask when she was in Berlin last year, and I brought it along on vacation with me. I really loved the pump bottle of this mask because it made it easy to get lot of product out even when my hands were dirty.

What this bottle dispenses is a lovely cream that turns into a watery-oil formulation when you rub it in your hands. Because it’s a bit of a watery conditioner, it’s super easy to spread throughout your hair even when your hair is dry. It also smells really good.

This conditioned my hair nicely and it wasn’t greasy like the Amika conditioner or crunchy like the Ouai conditioner. I loved using it and would use it again. I’m not sure why it has True Volume in its name, but I didn’t notice any volumizing when I used this treatment.

Not sure where you can get it stateside but maybe the line will show up one day!

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Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara Review

The tagline for this Estee Lauder mascara says “Bold Volume Lifting Mascara” and the accompanying copy tells me that it builds volume without weighing down lashes or becoming overly sticky or tacky.

I have to say that all that is absolutely true. This is a mascara that’s a pleasure to wear and use on a daily basis. The more coats you put on the better it looks, and the best part is that it doesn’t smudge or flake as the day wears on!

I love getting dramatic lashes with this and at the end of the day, it washes off easily and cleanly.

$35 at Estee Lauder counters.

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