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Review: REN Clean Skincare



It's no secret I have a serious love for REN skincare products...I've tried about five different things from the brand and have enjoyed them all.  The REN skincare line is all natural and uses "only 100 percent plant- and mineral-derived actives and is free of synthetic ingredients"...so all you natural skincare addicts, this one is for you. One of the things I love most from these three products specifically is that you can actually tell a difference almost immediately. 

REN's Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask is probably my favourite out of the three. This is a mask that uses four different fruit acid complex to exfoliate the skin and has a jelly/jam like consistency that spreads easily over the skin. I smooth this over clean dry skin, let it sit for 10 minutes and then remove with a warm damp wash cloth. The results with this one are instant. After the ten minutes my face is glowing, smooth and all around in great condition. This mask would be great for mature skin because it's meant to improve the appearance of fine lines. However, this isn't recommended for more sensitive skin types. 

This can be purchased at Sephora stores and online. It retails at $55 for 50ml/1.7fl.oz...I've used up that bottle and I'm already planning on repurchasing. This is definitely something I will always want to have at hand. 

REN's Invisible Pores Detox Mask is another good one from the line. This is meant to clean out and tighten pores and is quite a thick consistency. I do find that it tightens my pores around my nose up but I also find that it tightens up my face as a whole...so even though it is meant for all skin types, I don't know how someone with dry skin would fare but it's great for oily skinned gals. 

This can also be purchased at Sephora stores and online. It retails at $34 for 50ml/1.7fl.oz. 

Laslty...

REN's Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel...I.love.this.cleanser. "Balancing" cleansers usually dries the life out of my skin but not this cleanser. The mayblossom cleanser does such a great job at controlling oil on my t-zone but it's gentle on my more normal areas and leaves my skin feeling soft and not at all tight or parched. This also keeps breakouts to a minimum. I've purchased this cleanser about 6 times over and I have a feeling I will always fall back to this one. 

This can be purchased at Sephora stores and online. It retails at $28 for 150ml/5.1fl.oz. 

Compared to some other skincare line's obscene prices, I consider REN to be middle of the range and delivers great results for a more affordable price...you really do get a good bang for your buck in my opinion. 

What are your skincare favourites?



Review: Fresh Fresh Life Eau De Parfum



Spring has officially sprung and what better way to put a pep in your step than switching up your usual fragrance for something lighter. I wasn't planning on buying a new fragrance (we never do, do we?) but I was browsing the front section of Sephora a couple weeks ago and the moment I took a whiff I knew it was game over...this one was coming home with me.

Fresh's Fresh Life eau de parfum to me is quite literally spring in a bottle. I'm not entirely sure if this scent has been around for a while or if it's limited edition, but it's new to me. This scent is so light, crisp and clean and all around just a different scent I usually gravitate toward. According to the Sephora website there are notes of "Grapefruit, Lilac Leaves, Transparent Magnolia, Silk Amber, Warm Orange, And Tonka Flowers, Sweet Cucumber, Sparkling Moss, Bergamot, Vanilla Grass, Cypress". Initially, I smell a beautiful orange citrusy smell but then it turns into something much deeper..it's a bit hard to explain to be honest. You smell as if you just got out of the shower or as if your walking through a field of wet grass on a crisp spring morning...I don't know, whatever it is I'm hooked. I've been reaching for this consistently since I bought it and that is quite a big deal because I am, of course, perfume obsessed and have multiple fragrances in my rotation...Hi, I'm Lindsey and I have a problem. 

Right now at Sephora and Sephora.com this comes in a fragrance duo for $52 and you get the 30ml bottle as well as a travel size roller ball, which I personally think is a pretty decent deal. The fragrance doesn't last all day and needs reapplying which is always a bit frustrating, but hey...at least they include a travel size right? 

So are you the type that switches up fragrances or are you loyal to one?

Making brows simple: Anastasia Beverly Hills




Let's talk about something simple: Brows...they help frame the face and really complete the look. If I'm ever in a rush and have to jet out the door, brows are something I will always try to have done. Brows are really such a simple thing that helps you look just a bit more pulled together. However, finding the right brow products to suite your needs...not so simple. Don't fret Anastasia Beverly Hills has got you covered, no matter what colour or texture your brows may be in. 

Whether you have blonde, red, brown or black hair, I guarantee that you will find something within the line that will suite you. I have the Brow Powder Duo in Medium Brown and as you can see from the picture above it has two different shades. The lighter shade can be used on the inner part of your brow as well as the tail and the darker shade can be used to fill in the rest. Really, you can use them however you please and as you can see I primarily use the darker shade. I know it has always been said when determining the shade of your brows go two shades darker than your hair colour if you have light hair and if it's dark hair go two shades lighter. However, I have medium/dark brown hair and my brows are black so going two shades lighter than my hair doesn't really work for me. So, that is why I use the darker of the two. The shade Medium Brown is an ashy brown colour without a trace of red. It lasts all day on my brows and I don't find that it fades throughout the day. 

There are 10 shades within the Brow Powder Duo selection and the colours range from the lightest "blonde" to the darkest of dark "granite", and they have everything in between...and I really mean everything. They also have various brow pencils, tinted brow gels and waterproof brow creams if powder isn't your deal. Also, my sister has jet black hair and she prefers the same shade I use...just to give you an idea of how versatile these shades can be.  

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo's can be purchased at Sephora stores and online as well as at Anastasia.net for $23 for 1.60g/0.056 o.z.

What are your go to brow products?



Review: IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Volume I



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I'm going to start off by saying that I don't even know how this one happened...I had no intention of buying this palette because for some reason it just never really caught my eye, but low and behold I have it now and I am so glad. 

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette (one hell of a mouth full) is unlike any other palette I own. The packaging is sturdy and plush with a decent size mirror and I also like how it's rather streamline and easy for travel. This is filled with 14 neutral(isn) matte eyeshadows and one large "transforming pearl" shade, which in all honesty is a shimmery champagne. I think the reason why I wasn't initially drawn to this palette was because it was in fact all matte...what can I say, I really like my shimmer? However, these shadows are like butter...they feel so creamy and smooth, not the least bit powdery. They are all very pigmented, blend effortlessly and last all day. 

The interesting bit about this palette is that you have the option to either wear the shadows matte (they come off more as a satiny matte) or you can layer the transforming pearl shade, which is supposed to "transform" the shadows into a pearl finish. Now, I prefer using the shadows as is because I think the transforming pearl shade takes away from the intensity of the colours when placed on top. However, I do like using the transforming pearl on the inner corner of the eye as well as on the brow bone for some highlighting. 

Also, be aware that I swatched these onto a white piece of paper because I could not for the life of me swatch them on my arm and take a picture at the same time, so of course the colours will look different (better) on actual skin. 

You can buy Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette at Ulta stores or Ulta.com and at Itcosmetics.com for $42 

I haven't really tried much from It Cosmetics but if everything is as amazing as this palette...I'm sold.

What are your thoughts? Love it? Hate it?



Two things for any occasion: Korres & MAC




Left to right: Korres Zea Mays Powder Blush 15 Natural, MAC Viva Glam V

I don't know if this ever happens to you or maybe I just put too much thought into these things...but do you ever find that your makeup is done and then can't decide which blush/lipstick to pair with everything? Well I'm always struggling trying to pair things together making sure things don't clash. After much trial and error, I think I've found two things that fit any occasion. 

First up, Korres Zea Mays Powder blush in 15 Natural. As the name suggests, it's a very natural blush. It doesn't come off orange-y on the skin and it's an overall lovely neutral rosy shade that goes with everything. It really does gives you that "lit from within" look; naturally glowy and not the slightest bit shimmery/glittery. Wether your skin tone is cooler or warmer, I think it would look great on both. 

I couldn't find this blush on the Korres US website, but I easily found it on Amazon.com ranging from $24-30 for 0.21oz. 

Next, is MAC's Viva Glam V lipstick a.k.a "your lips but better" in a tube. This has been my go to lipstick for ages...I absolutely love it. It's a very flattering natural pink brown. It gives a nice shine to the lips but not overly so and it pairs beautifully with the 15 Natural Blush. This is one of MAC's lustre finishes, so it won't go on overwhelmingly opaque making it very easy to wear. 

Viva Glam V can be purchased wherever MAC is sold and also at Maccosmetics.com for $16 for 3g of product. 

These two little wonders not only go with any makeup look you want to create, they are just great everyday type products that can easily become a staple in anyone's makeup bag. 

Oh on a side note, I just had to add the photos with one of my puppies. She was so curious while I was taking pictures and I was quick enough to capture it. =]

What are your go to blush/lipsticks? 





Bye bye spots: Mario Badescu




Spots. Blemishes. Pimples. Zits. Acne...whatever you want to call them, we all experience those pesky little suckers at some point. Unfortunately for me, that point is right now. My skin is usually in good condition and I don't suffer from chronic acne but when I do get a spot or two they usually linger a bit too long for my liking.

That's where Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion comes in. This little number is good stuff. You put it on any spots you may have at night and come morning they are dried out and on the road to recovery. Bigger blemishes may take a day or two longer but this spot treatment really reduces the life span of breakouts. It looks a little odd in the bottle, but do not shake it....it's supposed to be separated like that. Just stick a Q-tip down into the bottle and dot the pink treatment on any blemishes. This does have the potential to sting but it's not too bad.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is $17 for 1oz. and can be found at Ulta stores and online, Mariobadescu.com and sometimes Hautelook.com at a discount. Also, be aware that the one pictured above is in a glass bottle but Ulta sells a plastic bottle option.

What are your favourite spot remedies?


Off to the Beach: Bobbi Brown



I don't know what it is that makes the smell of sunscreen so nostalgic for me. Maybe it's because I grew up in Southern California, or maybe it reminds me of summers at the beach slathered in sunscreen as a kid or maybe this scent brings me back to last summer spent in Greece. Whatever it is all I know is that words can not even begin to describe my love for Bobbi Brown's Beach line.

Beach Eau De Parfum is $70 for 1.7fl.oz./50ml. As I mentioned above this smells like sunscreen but in an amazing perfume form...if that makes sense. To me for the amount you get this perfume is on the expensive side. As much as I love this perfume my biggest problem with this is that it does not last. This is a perfume that needs to be reapplied multiple times throughout the day. At first I wasn't going to repurchase it for that main reason, but as I near the end of my bottle I really don't want to be without it. If you don't want to carry around a whole bottle of perfume I suggest investing in a Travelo, they are genius and convenient.

Beach Body Lotion is $36 for 6.7oz./200ml. As the name suggests, all of these products smell exactly like the perfume. I really don't like the feel of thick lotions that don't sink into the skin. This one is perfect because it's light and absorbs quickly. It takes a bit more to cover your whole body, but I guess that's the nature of lighter lotions.

Beach Shower Gel is 6.7fl.oz/200ml. The moment you open the cap of this bottle and the scent mixes with the steam from the shower...*sigh* heaven. It really does make the showering experience a mini vacation in itself.

Beach Body Scrub is $36 for 7.6oz./200ml. The main reason I like this scrub is that it is not a sugar exfoliator, so the exfoliating beads don't automatically dissolve once they come into contact with water. You can sit there and scrub away until your heart's content and the beads will still be there. This leaves your skin baby smooth, moisturised and ready for summer.

There is another product from the line that I don't have, the Beach Body Oil, but come summertime that one has my name written all over it. This line can be purchased at BobbiBrowncosmetics.com, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and wherever else Bobbi Brown is sold.

I know it's only spring, but hey...summer time dreaming I suppose =]

Are there any fragrances that get you ready for summer?

Review: MAC Cleanse Off Oil



Let's talk facial oil...whether it be in the form of a cleansers/makeup remover or moisturiser, they terrified me. I never gave them a second thought. Oil on top of my already oily skin?! No thank you. But of course being all sorts of beauty product addicted MAC's Cleanse Off Oil managed to find it's way into my medicine cabinet one day.

Honestly, the first few times I used this I absolutely hated it. Never having used a cleanse off oil before I found the whole experience quite strange and not in a good way. So I stashed it away and considered it a "product fail". Then again, my curiosity got the better of me and decided to give it another go. This time however, I didn't mix it with water and just slapped it on to a dry makeup covered face...and low and behold, I'm a convert. When mixed with water it turns into this white lotion type consistency which I wasn't a fan of, but without water it melts every trace of makeup away leaving your face fresh and clean. It rinses off relatively easy and it doesn't break me out, I couldn't really ask for more.

I really like this cleanse off oil but at $30 for 150ml/ 5.0 fl.oz. I think it's a bit pricey, especially at the rate I'm going through it. This can be purchased at MAC counters, pro stores or online.

This has opened my eyes to the world of oils and now I have my eye on a couple of others (*ahem* Shu Uemura & Boscia).

What are your thoughts on facial oils?

Short Hair Don't Care






So, I took the plunge and hacked off over a foot of hair...and you know what, I could not be happier. I've always had ridiculously long hair (we're talking down to my bum) and have never really changed it drastically in any way. I was either too scared or was just worried about what others would think...which is silly because it's hair and it always grows back. I love styling my hair now and it literally takes less than 20 minutes...love it.

If you're thinking of chopping off some locks here are a few gems that will work a treat. 

Wide Tooth Comb: I prefer a wide tooth comb to regular bristle brush. I find that it doesn't pull at my hair and I have less breakage overall. 

Rusk St8 Anti-Frizz/Curl Lotion: Any anti-frizz lotion will do, but I particularly like this one and have been using it for years. It really cuts down on my frizz and helps to straighten my hair more easily when blow drying. This is available at beauty supply stores and Target.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: This product has some serious hype around it but it really is good stuff. I don't like texturizing spray or really any type of hair product that I can feel in my hair, so this is perfect because doesn't feel like anythings in your hair but gives insane volume. This one is a bit trickier to find...it can either be ordered online (Amazon), purchased at select hair salons or Bloomingdales

Paul Mitchell Soft Style Heat and Seal: This is just your basic heat protectant. I like this one because it sprays a very fine mist and it doesn't leave any residue. I use this one when my hair is wet, but you can use it on dry hair as well. You can buy this at beauty supply stores and I've also seen it at CVS

Paul Mitchell Express Style Hot Off the Press: This is a thermal protectant as well but it gives a bit of hold to your curl or style and it can also be used as a finishing spray. This isn't meant for wet hair so that's why I use the other one if I'm blow drying my hair. Like the Heat and Seal, this can be purchased either at your beauty supply store or at CVS

Moroccan Oil Treatment: Another product deserving of the hype. I've used about 5 large bottles of this and 10+ of the travel size one. It helps keep my hair soft and in great condition...I really can not say enough good things about this product. This can be purchased at beauty supplies stores, salons or online. 

BC Bonacure Hairtherapy Amino Cell Rebuild Repair Rescue: Talk about a mouth full. Again this is another product I've used a long time. It gives your ends that silky "fresh cut feeling" and really minimizes split ends. This can be purchased at beauty supplies stores and I've also seen this at Target

 Batiste Dry Shampoo Dark & Deep Brown: Can we just take a moment and thank the dry shampoo gods for this one...seriously, this is a game changer. I have never found a dry shampoo that actually works for my dark brown hair until this one. None of that funky greyish white residue here folks, just oil free hair with some oomph. This one was a bit difficult to find for a "drugstore" dry shampoo ...I found mine at a beauty supply store, but it can also be spotted at CVS.

Kenra Volume Spray Super Hold 25: This smells lovely and is a great hairspray, but honestly any hairspray will do...this is just the one I had on hand. Even though this is an "extra hold" it doesn't leave your hair crispy. This can be purchased at beauty supply stores, salons or online.

And last but not least...

Nume Lustrum 5 in One Curling Wand: I love this! Whatever type of curl you want whether it be loose, tight, wavy, or messy this bad boy has you covered. This is originally $280 on Numeproducts.com but keep an eye out on Hautelook.com because you can get it for $180, which is where I bought mine. 

That about sums up my must have products and tools for freshly chopped hair. All of the prices will vary on these products depending on where you purchase them.

So, if you're flirting with the idea of a new 'do...go for it. There is no better time than the present and it can be surprisingly liberating.

Review: Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation






Foundations are one of those things that I can't seem to get enough of. I'm a bit of a floozy when it comes to bases/foundations. I jump from one to the other and always like trying new things...even when I find one I genuinely like. However, Koh Gen Doh's Maifanshi Aqua Foundation SPF 15 PA ++ is something I can see having a permanent home in my foundation drawer. 

It's that good.

According to Koh Gen Doh's website this foundation was "created to mimic the optical reflectance of a post facial treatment, the new technically advanced Aqua Foundation series finishes the skin to look brighter and healthier for an ideal natural finish. With radiance in mind, the Aqua Foundation is infused with a RGB powder that enhances the natural tone of the complexion for a brighter and poreless skin texture."

First off, I have combination oily skin. I can get pretty shiny all over my face, but occasionally get a bit drier around my mouth and flakey skin on the bridge/around my nose. It wasn't love at first application with this foundation...it was all just a bit meh to be honest, but after having a good go with it for about a month and a half I realised my favourite way to apply this was with Sigma's F84 Angled Kabuki brush. 

The packaging is beautifully simple in a glass bottle with a convenient pump. To me this foundation has light to medium coverage, but it's buildable. I use about 2 or 2 1/2 pumps for my entire face and the end result is still very skin-like and natural. It doesn't cover any really prominent spots, but that's nothing a concealer can't fix. In my very awkward photo above (apologies haha), you can see that it really does brighten the face. I did also notice that it does blur the appearance of pores. I did find that it clung to drier patches/flakey skin, so I'm not sure how it would work out for drier skin types. After this photo was taken I spent the day skateboarding, rollerblading, and playing basketball with my little cousins and I was shocked at how perfected my skin still looked. 

The only downside to this foundation is that it only comes in 7 shades. I'm shade 123, if you're familiar with MAC I'm about an NC 25-30. Also, in the bottle this foundation seems to have a bit of shimmer, but once on the face it's undetectable...No glittery vampire-like skin here, thank goodness.

You can find this foundation at Sephora stores, Sephora.com or KohGenDohcosmetics.com. For a whopping $62 at 1.01fl.oz./ 30ml a bottle. Koh Gen Doh cosmetics goes on sale on Hautelook.com, so make sure to keep an eye out!

So tell me...do you have any thoughts on this foundation? Love it? Hate it? One thing's for sure, I'm definitely keen to try other products from this line. 


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