She Shines

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Even though almost everything I wear is black, I do have an affinity for sparkly accessories & I think I found the perfect sparkle! Hillberg and Berk Sparkle Ball earrings are my new favourite! Hillberg and Berk is an internationally recognized Canadian company. What do I love more than these beautiful earrings – the empowerment of women. Hillberg and Berk gives back to organizations that support women, and that is very close to my heart. Make spirits bright this Christmas and holiday season with H&B Sparkle Ball Earrings!
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Earrings: Hillberg and Berk / Mascara: Benefit / Lipstick: Nars / Brows: Anastasia BH  / Eyeshadow: Stila / Foundation: Zuzu Luxe
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– Tiara

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February Favourites 2015

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Well, it is finally March, one step closer to Spring! I can actually hear birds singing outside my window! Here are some of my favourite products from February!

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow: these eyeshadows are amazing, they have been my favourites for so long now. I have extremely oily eyelids, and before I found these, I was packing on high-end primers on my eyeslids and my eyeshadow would still only last half the day. With the color tattoo formula, I do not need any primer and they last all day! They also act as a great base for putting other powder eyeshadows on top of!

Katy Perry Royal Revolution: Remember the Killer Queen scent? Well this perfume still has some of the base notes that make it familiar, however this perfume is more fruity. I love the bottle and even though I do tend to reapply this perfume throughout the day it still makes the cut, due to its scent. It reminds me of blueberry for some reason. It is a comforting, fruity, sexy smell.

Stila ‘stay all day’ waterproof liquid eye liner: I am somewhat cursed in the sense that whenever I laugh, my eyes water… really badly. After going through almost all the drugstore waterproof eyeliners and not finding anything that worked, I turned to this eyeliner. This eyeliner goes on so smoothy and has a fantastic tip that doesn’t lose its shape! I love how thin I am able to make the line with this tip! I will admit, this product still smears away when my eyes water really badly, but when I don’t have that problem this eyeliner stays put all day! Its the best one I’ve tried so far.

Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara: this mascara has long been my go-to and I recently purchased the water resistant formula. The combination of this brush and the formula is incredible, I never get clumps, just beautiful, fully defined, long lashes. This stuff stays all day and does not flake. I also love that this stuff is so easy to remove, unlike most water resistant/proof formulas. After using this mascara for 2 years, I still haven’t found anything better and I keep coming back to it. Its won me over completely.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: This is a great face mask, as it works well at cleaning out pores and leaves my skin soft. I also love how this mask dries quickly so I don’t have to sit around forever waiting to wash it off. I use this once every 2 weeks and follow up with a deep moisturizer. I also use this as a spot treatment for acne and it really helps!

Willow and Sage Magazine: This is my new favourite magazine, it is everything that I am about. You need this magazine if you like making your own natural beauty products and learning about natural health!

xoxo,
– Tiara

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush Review

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I have been using Clinique products for over 8 years now, and they have become one of my favourite makeup and product brands. So when they launched their Sonic Purifying Cleansing Brush, I decided to get it and try it out!
I have never used any other kind of facial cleansing brush, so I do not have anything to compare it to, however I really love this cleansing brush.

How I use it: For over a month, every morning and night I cleanse my face with this cleansing brush for a little over a minute. The most important step is to have a cleansed face before you use this cleansing brush, especially making sure all eye makeup is removed. I think of using this brush to remove anything that gets left behind. This brush feels amazing on my skin, it is almost energizing! The white bristles are super soft and meant for your cheeks and the green bristles are meant to clean pores on the forehead, nose and chin. Some improvements I’ve noticed is the reduction of blackheads on my nose, also this brush gently removes flakes and gives my skin a healthy look.

Benefits: After washing my face with this cleansing brush, my skin feels so soft and clean. I’ve noticed that it also really helps any product absorb and work its wonders so much better as well. My skin glows now! The brush size is perfect to be able to cleanse the entire face. The brush is made so you can set it down flat and it won’t roll around! I absolutely love how the whole brush is waterproof, and I can take it into the shower! I find it really helpful that it only vibrates for 30 seconds, then stops. This way I can ensure I am not using it for too long and if it accidentally gets turned on it will not stay on and drain its battery!

Keep in Mind: For the first time using this brush, start with only using it for 30 seconds then work up to a minute. For the first week using this brush, I got a few tiny pimples on my face and my face got really dry. This is because before I only washed my face with my hands, and my face was adjusting to using the brush. Now my skin is used to the brush, and the brush actually really helps with clearing topical acne!

Maintenance: This brush is really easy to keep clean, after every use I remove the brush head and run it under water with a bit of mild tea tree soap and wipe it off and let the bristles air dry in the charging stand.

Price: The price of this product is fair, and it is a lot cheaper than other similar products on the market. However the quality and simplicity of this product really impress me. Replacement brush heads are also very affordable!

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Along with the brush, I received a cute makeup bag with Clinique’s 3 Step Skin Care System, which I love using!

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For this being Clinique’s first cleansing brush, I am really impressed with the product. I highly recommend it!

By the way, right now shipping on all products to Canada is free!

xoxo,

– Tiara

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray Oil-Control Review

makeupsprayThe Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray Oil Control claims to be “your most powerful oil-control ally. De-Slick mists on weightlessly to control oil, deflect surface shine and keep skin looking beautifully matte. High-tech ingredients help keep foundation, shadow and blush from smudging, sliding or fading – so you hardly ever need to touch up. Oil & Paraben free. Temperature control technology

Pros: Since I have oily skin, I do like to set my foundation and concealer with a good layer of powder. However that usually leaves my face looking flat and super matte until my oil starts to work through the powder. With this spray, I can mist it overtop of the powder and it takes away any powder look and leaves a slight glow/dewy look immediately which I like. I have realized that this spray also does help keep my blush on for longer. It also helps my makeup look less cakey when I first apply it; it almost makes the makeup look like it’s my natural skin… (For about 3 to 4 hours).

How To Apply: Make sure to only apply this spray before any eyeliner or mascara is applied, as this spray will make them run. Make sure to spray a good distance away from your face, and mist in an “X” and “T” shape onto your face. It will take about a minute to dry so don’t apply anything overtop of it until it dries completely. If it is sprayed too close or too much is used, I get a tight feeling in my skin and it creates a very visible sheen.

Cons: Near suppertime, I will look at my makeup and see that it has separated, broke down and is greasy looking, especially bad around the t-zone. Also this spray did not help with controlling oil, at all. I still got shiny throughout the day and my makeup did breakdown just as it usually would. It was especially bad in the cheek area on either side of my nose. I have to be careful to spray this far away from my face, and only a few sprays or else this spray actually makes my face look sheer and shinier! Basically this spray actually does everything its not suppose to do…
It lasted me about 3 months and I used it pretty much every day. I do not think I will be repurchasing this as it did NOTHING to help control oil. However I am curious about trying the other Urban Decay Setting Sprays.

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– Tiara

DIY Makeup Repair!

DIY Makeup Repair!

Eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, any type of pressed powders are usually expensive however they are prone to breaking quite easily. I was almost at the point of throwing this palette away even though I loved the colours, so I decided to try the rubbing alcohol trick. This was actually a great, easy and cheap quick fix!
1. Make sure you are doing this over lots of newspaper or over a protected surface as the rubbing alcohol will remove the finish on most surfaces.
2. Pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol into the container, just so its saturated.
3. I used my finger to start smoothing and flattening the eyeshadow out (if the product is sticking to your finger a lot add just a bit more rubbing alcohol).
4. I left it sit overnight to ensure it was completely dry.
5. While you are waiting for it to dry you can use some rubbing alcohol to sterilize and clean the rest of your makeup palette!

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So its really simple and really quite useful, saves me from throwing money away!

– Tiara

Favourite Mascara and Eyeliner

Favourite Mascara and Eyeliner

I have been through a lot of mascara and eyeliners and I have finally found 3 products that I am very happy with. For my everyday makeup, I love:
1. Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner
2. Clinique High Impact Mascara
3. Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner has a pointed felt tip and is quite easy to apply. It has great staying power, is very intense and lasts all day! Clinique’s High Impact Mascara is super pigmented and does not chip or melt onto my skin. I then follow up with Covergirl’s Clump Crusher Mascara because I am able to get all the little hairs and comb out any clumps. It is great for separating the eyelashes! I do not have any problems with any of these products and am very happy with them for creating my everyday look!

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– Tiara

Aveeno Fresh Essentials Moisturizer Review

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In search of a more nourishing daily moisturizer, I picked up the Aveeno Fresh Essentials Moisturizer. I have to say I am impressed, I think this is Aveeno’s best moisturizer yet! I have been using Aveeno facial lotions for over 5 years now and I am blown away with this new one.
This product claims that it will “improve the look of stressed skin and keep what’s good for the skin in and the bad out. It is enriched with anti-oxidants and vitamins and is clinically proven to replenish moisture to dry, stressed skin. It will soften and smooth skin with conditioning emollients. It strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier and protects skin from environmental stressors and the UVA/UVB rays.
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The Application: I use half a pump and apply with clean hands on a freshly cleaned face. This soaks in quickly and is not as greasy as other products with sunscreen. I recommend only wearing this during the day because it was too much for my skin day and night. I like how the way the pump is made – there will be no wasted product, so you don’t have to worry about throwing out product. I would recommend using a light facial powder over this or over your makeup, it may make some people’s skin a bit shiny.
The Smell: This product smells AMAZING. This product instantly makes me happier. It smells like sweet flowers and light citrus.
Moisture: This product moisturizes more than any of the other Aveeno Facial lotions that I have tried. Its great, your skin feels supple and free to move.
Skin Improvement: My skin improved, it glowed and did not make me break out. I like that it provides 30 SPF and it doesn’t give that white gleam in photos.
Reminder: For the best results, apply this moisturizer and wait 10 minutes for it to soak in before you apply any primers or makeup.
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What’s your favourite Aveeno Product?
– Tiara