Like my lipstick, the color of dawn…

As I did last year I’m going to share some of my favourite beauty products from 2016. This is a little late going up, being that it’s now the end of January, but better late than never! This year I didn’t splurge too much, I stuck to a lot of what I know, so with that being said, I took the time to use up samples and look for less expensive alternatives to established faves.

1. Fresh Sugar Face Polish – I got this as part of the spa discovery trio, and I only recently opened this scrub. I found a refreshing scent, a gentle exfoliate, and a skin master. My skin looks great after using this scrub, not that I was surprised!

2. Burt’s Bees BB Cream – When I read that Burt’s Bees was releasing a BB I knew I had to try it! And I found myself loving it. All the essentials are there, the coverage is buildable, the formula light, the colour match great! And the best part is the price, I have spent a lot of money in the search of a great BB, and it can be found at your local Target!

3. Bobbi Brown Eye Cream – This is my first Bobbi Brown product experience and it’s not going to be the last, as I am with most eye creams, I don’t expect much going in, but this is right up there with L’Occatain Immortel Eye Balm.

4. Josie Maran Argan Oil – If there is one thing I love, it’s a face oil, I got this as a point perk from Sephora and in between switching up my skin care I decided to give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised, it’s a lightweight, well aborsbing oil, there’s no scent which is also nice, and it’s a little less expensive in comparison to my Fresh Seaberry oil, and there is also a jumbo size.

5. John Freida Sea Waves – very similar to the original from the late 90s early 00s. It enhances my natural waves and give great texture, all for a whole hell of a lot less than Bumble and Bumble Sea Salt Spray. And a lot more nostalgic for me too.

6. NARS Cruella – I’ve always been a red lippie sort of gal, but I, like many struggled to find the right shade and the confidence to pull it off. I have always been team NARS and this is no different. It’s rich deep red with a huge colour pay off, I rarely find myself reapplying. And I love this shade for Autumn/Winter, when deeper matte reds are in order.

7. Earthmama Angelbaby Nipple butter – about 6 months into my pregnancy there was a lot going on with my body, one strange thing that happened was my nipples were so dry that they were flaking.  Regular body lotion and cocoa butter did not work, this was the only product that did the trick. Also great for use on your elbows to smooth them.

8. Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser’s Oil Shampoo and Conditioner – I got both as a point perk and finally decided to try them, that was a mistake, because I love them and they are expensive! They both smell great, the shampoo makes my hair feel really clean, while the conditioner leaves my hair really soft and manageable. I prefer to use them before a blowout.

9. Water – Legit just drinking a shit ton of water. During this year alcohol and coffee were kept to ridiculously low minimums, and rightfully so, and water stepped up in a big way! Once I calculated how many ounces of water I drank and is was triple digits. It was summer and really hot.

10. Fresh lip balm – I got this as part of a holiday set I got at last year’s VIB Rouge sale and I freaking love it! I didn’t want to because of its steep for what it is price tag and because I have a million EOS lip balm eggs, but I will repurchase in the future. I love the lemony scent, you don’t find that with many Fresh products.

I’m looking forward to work through a lot of my beauty stash again this year and focus on skin care.  I’m looking forward to a healthier 2017, and little by little I will share my skin care and wellness progress.  And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Bentley by LDR

Take me to the Jersey Shore…

seasalt1I have mentioned numerous times that my childhood was spent by the beach.  And it was one of my favourite experiences.  I was at the beach from sun up to sun down, almost all year round.  During the Summer months I took pride in my killer tan (which I now seriously regret!), and my crazy wavy I literally spent all day at the beach hair.  You know, that piece-y, wavy, just the right amount of texture, that can’t be replicated easily –without a million products.

So I thought why not share my favourite sea salt and texture sprays from over the years.  For those days when taking a swim in the ocean is not an option, but you totally want to rock that “beach bum chic” look.

 

  1. John Frieda Beach Blonde Ocean Waves – This spray was my jam in middle school!  It was the only hair product that enhanced my wavy hair, that I didn’t fully understand how to control until my twenties.  It looked like I had spent all day at the beach, and I thought I looked effortlessly cool.  It smelled like coconut and sun screen, my favourite scents at the time.
  2. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray – Flash forward to 2008, I’m twenty, working and starting to enter the world of high end makeup and hair care.  This spray feels more like a texture spray than a wave enhancer, which I didn’t realize when I bought it initially.  But once I learned how to use it, I was hooked.  I typically use it to add texture to my hair after I curled it.
  3. Living Proof Instant Texture Mist – I discovered this spray in 2015, you know the year I made Rouge in April…  I had been using B&B Surf Spray for years at this point and been mainly happy with it.  But when I tried this after I chopped my hair really short I reached for this spray time and time again.  This spray made me feel like I finally achieved that effortless, “devil may care” attitude that I had so coveted in middle school.  Oh, how I missed Ocean Waves…
  4. Drybar Mai Tai Spritzer – I have been loving this brand since I discovered it in 2014.  From my Buttercup blow dryer, my curling iron to this spray.  This was one more product that I fell in love with.seasalt2

My journey through texture spray has been a long one.  I still have bottles of all four.  Depending on my mood, I will switch back and forth between them all.  Last year John Frieda brought back Ocean Waves, which has been renamed Sea Waves, it’s any nostalgic 90s kid’s dream.  The smell alone was the worth the wait.  What are some of your favourite sea salt or texture sprays?  And on that note, it’s time to end!

 

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Dangerous Girl by LDR

Your eyes are the size of the moon…

So my Sephora order has arrived and I am super stoked!  I could not wait to use Wen, which was the reason for my order, I got this set, I started with the Fig Cleansing Conditioner, I figured I’m not a big fig person so I’ll use it first.  I followed the instructions sort of, it says for short hair to use 10-16 pumps for short hair and that seemed really excessive, so I went with 5 for my first wash and 2 for m second.  After my shower I towel dried my hair and then sprayed my trusty Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser’s Oil Primer and blew my bangs dry.  My bangs dry really weird so I prefer to blow dry them unless I plan to pin them back.  And after my first use, my hair feels softer, and a bit lighter.  I plan to chronicle my journey using Wen so stay tuned!

I decided since I was going ALL out and spending $300.00+ on beauty and hair care again that it was time to finally try Nars Audacious Annabella, once I saw the tube I was hooked, I purposely didn’t try it because right now it’s just too pretty to ruin!  I’m really, really into the 50s and 60s right now, and I think this colour will be perfect to channel those old school looks!

I ordered a new small barrel round brush to aid in blow drying my newly acquired bangs, using my current brushes are not really working out well, so I order this Sephora collection one to try.  I used it tonight to blow dry my bangs, and I am very happy with the results, and it wasn’t to expensive at $18.

I ordered this Shiseido pressed powder, I’m hoping that it will be a good replacement for my current Nars powder foundation that was expensive and I feel is just okay.  I think the Nars was just okay for a couple reasons.  I think the colour was a bit off for me.  I went with Mont Blanc, and I think I needed a lighter shade.  I think with the condition that my face was in didn’t help either, it’s starting to sit better now, but if I have a blemish with flaky dry skin then it starts to look bad.  And towards the end of the day my face starts to change colour, like it oxidizes, which is annoying.  I know now that Nars and expensive is not always better, I was spoiled with my previous pressed powder (Chanel Peach Tendre).  So I went the translucent route this time, we’ll see how it goes.  

I also picked up Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, the product information says it’s the best of a BB and a CC cream.  Now I love my Shiseido BB, but it’s expensive, and there are only three shades, and the light shade is a little off for me, so I decided to try something else.  I read a lot of reviews and I decided to go with this one.  It’s offered in more shades, is a bigger size for less money, and is a brand I am familiar with.

I started to run low on my beloved Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser’s Oil Primer, which is kind of expensive, so I went with Prep this time round.  It smells nice and I’m excited to try it.

I bit the bullet and invested in Tweerzerman cuticle nippers, J recently broke ours, in his defense we bought them at Wal-Mart and the quality wasn’t there.  I tried them (I get hang nails like crazy!) And I am very impressed, after nipping a few things here and there I am very happy with my $30 investment.  Now I just hope that J doesn’t break them on me…I also picked up some old favourites: Benefit POREfessional, my go to Clinique foundation, Philosophy Purity and Microdelivery.  As always once I finish what I am currently using I will start reviewing my new products, so bear with me please!  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: Nine In The Afternoon by Panic! At The Disco

For goodness sake I think I’m on the edge of something new…

May was a big month, aside from being busy at work, my staycation, new camera and third wedding anniversary.  I accomplished a lot, from planning more/better posts, learning how to take better photos and edit them.  As I look forward to June and all it has in store, it’s time for my favourite things.

1. It’s been about a month since I cut my lob into a full blown bob, with bangs.  I love the bangs, I’m on the fence about my cut still.  The texture of my hair has changed, it’s dry, and brittle, so I embrace that by using either sea salt spray or curl enhancing gel.  Blow drying my hair straight, looks alright, but I’m still having trouble with getting the layers to lay flat, using my flat iron doesn’t really help.  It just makes my hair look like a busy frizzy mess (Hermione Granger anyone?).  I’ve even tried using different types of brushes to blow dry my hair, and I’ve had very little luck.  Back to the drawing board on that.  As my hair grows out a bit, I think that it will start to get a bit easier to style.

2. Beauty Blender – I have been using my BB make up sponge for about a month now, and I’ve got to say, they are genius.  These little pink Godsends lend themselves so well to applying just about any make up look.  I have noticed that the application of my foundation is not only much easier but looks smoother and more covered, but also really light at the same time.  I wet my BB and squeeze all of the water out prior to applying my foundation, which I dot on with the rounded bottom of the sponge, then I blend all over my face.  I typically wash my BB after two uses with the liquid BB soap I got in the set from my last Sephora order.  I find that the liquid soap cleans my BB sponge very well and it is easy to rinse off.

3. Philosophy Purity Cleanser/Microdelivery – I started using this cleanser about two weeks ago and I gotta say, I’m hooked!  I love how it smells, it is not harsh, and it’s really refreshing.  It is cheaper per ounce than my favourite Fresh Soy cleanser and I feel it works about the same.  I use this cleanser with my Clarisonic and it has been doing wonders for my skin, I am leaning towards this for a repurchase.  I also more recently started using Microdelivery from the mini set I got from my last Sephora order, and I have to say, it is also doing wonders for my skin (I used BB cream, pressed powder and a little concealer for work last week, I NEVER do that!).  I use it when I shower after my pores have had a chance to open up, and I use it according to the instructions. My skin has never looked better, red, inflamed under the skin blemishes, have calmed down almost instantly.  Black heads are few and not a deep in my pores, white heads are subsiding.  My pores look smaller and cleaner.  I have also noticed that if a new blemish rears it’s ugly head (#punintended) it is smaller and heals much quicker.  I will definitely repurchase this amazing exfoliator.

4. Shisiedo BB Cream – This is my first go at using a BB cream and I am in love! The coverage is light, hydrating and when applied correctly (with the help of concealer, and pressed powder) flawless!  I am not a flawless skin kind of gal, as you all know I am well into my twenties battling adult acne (still!).  Even though I am in love with Shisiedo right now and way loving this product I would like to find a cheaper alternative mainly due to price.  I will be on the hunt for my perfect BB cream, so stay tuned.

And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: (Hurricane) The Formal Weather Pattern by Something Corporate