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My Favourite Makeup Remover Right Now

Have you ever tried the L’Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution makeup remover? This remover is so soft on my skin and doesn’t leave it oily or dry.

L'Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution

L’Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution

I only use makeup remover for a bold lipstick or a lot of eye makeup, but my pet peeve is when the remover leaves my skin feeling oily after. Then I have to wash my face after and it seems like so many extra steps. I also hate when makeup remover leaves the delicate skin near my eyes all red and dry. With the Sublime Soft remover I don’t have to deal with either of these problems.

L'Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution

L’Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution

This remover is fragrance free and hypoallergenic, so even the most sensitive skin can use it. It’s smooth without being oily, and leaves skin feeling soothed instead of dry. What more could you want in a makeup remover?

Start The Week Right With a Creamy Coconut Face Mask

Good morning and happy Monday! I have to apologize for basically being MIA the past week. I started a new job and it has been so busy with my new commute and all the hustle and bustle of starting at a new workplace. I’ve gotten my schedule figured out now so I should be back on track and back to my regular blogging this week!

To start off the week right I like to recharge on Sunday nights with something relaxing, and I usually turn to a face mask. It freshens up my skin for the week ahead and gives me a little 15 minute break to relax. Last night I used an amazing Montagne Juenesse face mask and I fell in love with the scent.

Montagne Juenesse Creamy Coconut Face Mask

Montagne Juenesse Creamy Coconut Face Mask

I have had wonderful experiences with all of the Montagne Juenesse masks I have tried so far, including the Hot Chocolate Self-Heating face Mask, which you can read about here. Last night I went with the Montagne Juenesse Creamy Coconut Face Mask and it smelled so fantastic.

The Creamy Coconut face mask smells like the most delicious coconut cream pie and feels super light and fluffy. It has the consistency of pudding so it is pretty wet but once you smooth a nice thick layer on it starts to dry a little. I left mine on for 15 minutes and the whole time I smelled incredible. I cannot get over how great the scent was, and I am determined to find a shampoo or body wash or air freshener with the same incredible scent.

If you aren’t a fan of coconut then you might want to be careful, although this coconut smell wasn’t super strong. It has a bit of a sweet vanilla scent with it, which was why it reminded me of coconut cream pie. You can really smell the creamy part, which sounds strange to say but it’s the best way to describe the scent.

Aside from the delicious smell, this mask was super moisturizing and calming. It felt rejuvenating and relaxing, and left my skin feeling soft and hydrated. With ingredients like coconut water and Shea butter, this smooth mask was such a nice treat for my skin. The Montagne Juenesse Creamy Coconut Face Mask is a great choice for a quick and easy at home face mask that feels rich and luxurious.

You can find out more about the mask here, including a list of retailers that carry it.

Must Have: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Spray & Set

I know it’s early in the year but I have already found my all-time favourite beauty product of 2015. The new L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Spray & Set Makeup Extender is an incredible setting spray and has totally changed my makeup game.

This setting spray feels super luxurious and melts my makeup together perfectly. It blends my overall look and helps it last way longer than it normally does. I wore this for a few days around the holidays, and it made a world of difference. Typically my makeup fades and I feel like half of it is gone come 5pm, but with this setting spray I looked just a fresh at 10pm.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Spray & Set Makeup Extender

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Spray & Set Makeup Extender

I even used this for New Year’s Eve, and in the wee hours of the morning after the countdown I still looked like I did when I left my house that morning. It helped my makeup stay put, kept the shine away from my naturally oil-prone skin, and made my makeup blend seamlessly. This product is by far my favourite item in my beauty stash so far, and I see it becoming a holy grail staple for me.

This spray has no scent and is oil-free so it’s all benefits and no harm. It feels great to apply and I didn’t need much to get great results. I only used two or three sprays (the bottle recommends 4 to 6) and although it was a little wet at first it sunk in nicely in a minute. It feels like nothing on my skin and hasn’t caused any breakouts or side effects on my sensitive skin. So far, so good!

If there is one beauty product you need to buy this year it is definitely the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Spray & Set Makeup Extender.

Festive Face Masks To Help You Relax Over The Holidays!

With all of the activity and chaos going on around the holidays, sometimes you need a night to relax. One of my favourite ways to have some ‘me’ time is to throw on a face mask and get a good cleanse. There are lots of different kinds but when I only have a little time to myself, the Montagne Jeunesse masks are my favourite picks!

There are fabric masks, peel-off, muds, and scrubs, so there is something for every skin type and preference! There are tons of great scents and flavours, which you can check out on their website here, but for the holiday season these three are my top picks.

Montagne Jeunesse Hot Chocolate Self Heating Face Mask: This chocolate and orange flavoured mask heats up on your skin for a total in-home spa experience. It feels luxurious and expensive, and offers a great cleanse.

Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey Peel Off Mask: This is a peel-off mask made with sweet honey and jasmine. It’s a soft and relaxing scent that works great as a natural antibacterial cleanser.

Montagne Jeunesse Creamy Coconut Face Mask: This is a creamy and hydrating mask that features coconut water and shea butter for ultimate soft skin. If you’re in need of some extra moisture this mask is perfect for you.

These masks can be found in assorted drugstores across Canada, but these three flavours can be going at select Pharmasave, Brunet, and Uniprix stores. The yummy Hot Chocolate one is also available at Walmart!

Those are my favourite scents for this time of year, but there are tons of other fruity flavours and great cleansers.

Just in Time for the Weekend: False Lashes You’ll Love

Doesn’t every woman want long, full, Kardashian-like lashes? Well I sure do. As much as I love mascara (like this $5 NYC one!) sometimes I want a little more. On special occasions or a big night out I need some extra help in the lash department, and luckily there are some great products out there.

The KISS Ever EZ Lashes are exactly that – easy! These are the best fake lashes I’ve ever found, and in my many years of competitive dance recitals that’s really saying something. These lashes are so simple to apply and come in natural and glam styles. They’re lightweight, reusable, and they look awesome. 

KISS Ever EZ Lashes

KISS Ever EZ Lashes

I’m not one to normally wear falsies and I would never pay for lash extensions, but these false lashes look so natural. I don’t want to end up looking like I’m at a dance recital on a daily basis but adding a little extra oomph to my eyes is okay with me. These KISS Ever EZ Lashes look like natural lashes, just with really great genetics and an awesome mascara. I don’t feel overdone when I wear them and they’re casual enough for a fun night out or a special event. 

They come in a pack of two pairs for just under $7 or in a pack of 5 pairs for just under $13. Seriously, for that price and the simplicity of these lashes you just can’t go wrong! They even include a little applicator to help you get them on. I prefer using my fingers but in some tricky situations this applicator was quite handy. 

Pro Tip: Keep in mind that the glue is not included in these packs so be sure to pick some up yourself! 

Summer Skin Care: The Body Shop Tea Tree

I personally love reading about different skin care regimes and the results that bloggers see, so I figured it was time to post the skin care products that I use and share how they are working so far. 

I first posted about The Body Shop Tea Tree Collection back in February, when I was just starting to check it out. You can read my original post here, where I talked about trying them for the first time. I have always been interested in tea tree for skin care so it was good to try them out. I stuck with the products for about a month or so but I continued to switch in a few different moisturizers and face washes here and there. 

Right now the only skin care items I am using have been The Body Shop Tea Tree products, and I feel like this is a much more fair way to see their results. By sticking to only this lineup, and using all of the products I need, I can really see if this is the right skin care regime for me. And so far it seems like it is!

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Care Products

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Care Products

I have the best results I have ever seen in my skin (combination to oily, and very prone to breakouts) so I’m thrilled with these products. Although the image doesn’t show them all, here is the full list of what items I use and when I use them in my daily skin care system.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash: This is a gel-like cleaner that lathers up nicely. I use it for washing my face in the morning and evening. 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner: Very strongly scented but I find it refreshing. I use this toner after washing my face, both morning and evening. 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub: I use this as a facial scrub instead of my regular face wash whenever I feel like I need an extra deep cleanse. It’s too exfoliating for every day use but I reach for it a few times a week to help wash away the dirt and heat or the summer. 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion: I use this as my morning moisturizer because it is very light and non-oily. It helps fight shine which is especially helpful in the sweaty summer heat. 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion: This one is a lot stronger than my morning lotion, and I use it every night to help fade old blemishes and prevent new ones. 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil: I use this one more rarely, only to dab onto breakouts or blemishes that I really want to fight fast. 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask: This feels so refreshing and really wakes up my skin when I use it. I tend to use it only once a week or the night before an important event. 

There are a lot of products in this lineup and still a few left that I don’t use, but so far the items I use have been giving me great results. My skin feels better and looks better, and I notice less breakouts which is a huge improvement in my skin. Feel free to email me or comment if you have any questions about my skin care routine or how I use the products. 

You can also check out all of the products at thebodyshop.ca and read more about each one. 

St. Ives Green Tea Scrub Feels Like a Spa Experience

I love green tea and I love face scrubs so naturally the St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub sounded interesting to me. I’m always up for trying new face scrubs and I love how they make my skin feel really clean, but it can be hard to find a good formula. Some are too rough and they can hurt my sensitive skin, and others don’t feel any different than a regular face wash. I want enough of a scrub to feel a difference but not too much that it hurts, and I found a perfect combination in this St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub. 

St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub

St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub

The texture of this scrub is pretty much perfect. The grit feels like sugar or sand, so it’s gentle but you can definitely feel the scrubbing action. It smells amazing too, like a really fancy spa treatment, and it feels great on my skin. I use this scrub in the shower and it’s a great way to clean out all the sweat and dirt that accumulates on hot summer days. 

If you’re looking for a face scrub to try then be sure to check this one out. It feels great and smells awesome, and it’s a lot more affordable than a real spa treatment!