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Thursday, August 14, 2014

At Home Shellac Manicure

Last year I bought the Sally Hansen Gel Polish Starter Kit, and according to their website this is what the kit has to offer. 
"Professional salon results at home have never been so easy. Saving you time and money. Up to 10 salon gel manicures at home up to 2 week wear.· Salon tested· Safe· No dry time · nails feel protected· Easy removal. The LED lamp will cure (set) your manicure to a solid, high-gloss finish with zero dry time · Starter Kit contains all you need:· 1 LED Lamp· 1 Gel Base Coat· 1 Gel Nail Color· 1 Gel Top Coat· 10 Nail Cleanser Pads· Acetone Remover· Cuticle Stick· File & Buffer· Instruction sheet"

At first I was not really happy with the kit, mainly because the manicure did not last the two weeks as promised (not like how long it lasts when you get them done in a salon). But after many months of trying different brands of the gel colour and different application techniques I think I am starting to really love this kit! 

The LED Lamp is easy to use because it has a set timer that lights up for 30 seconds. This is the recommended time for you to cure your nails, but I would suggest going for at least 60 seconds. (Some colours might need 2 minutes). The cleanser pads and acetone remover that comes in the kit can be easily purchased from other brands as well, so don't feel like you can only use what's provided. The cleanser pads are just rubbing alcohol anywas. 

Anyways, here is a really quick video on how I apply the Shellac on my nails. 


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My Summer Makeup Essentials

During the summer months it is important that I change some of the makeup I use in my routine. I don't wear the same clothes all year long, so why would I wear the same makeup? I find that my skin generally looks better during the summer months, so I opt for a lighter foundation while still maintaining a hydrating skincare regime. Since I have sensitive and oily skin, I have to use different types of products to give me the best results. Here are some of the products I swear by in the heat. 

Avene Skin Recovery Cream 

The first thing I do is to make sure that my skin is happy. I notice that my skin goes through cycles of reacting to everything, and I need something to help calm it down. This moisturizer from Avene is the only thing that helps to sooth my skin. It's light, hydrating and perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.  So anytime my skin flares up, I apply this and withing 24hrs my skin goes back to normal.

Caudalie Grape Water


I used MAC's Fix Plus for many years, but recently I discovered this amazing alternative. Even though I have oily skin, sometimes the products I use to combat my oil leaves my skin feeling really dry. So this hydrating spray gives my skin the hydration it needs, and my skin just soaks it up! I apply this product before my moisturizer, after I apply my foundation and generally whenever I feel I need a little extra hydration.

Philosophy's Total Matteness

This product right here is now a staple in my makeup routine. I apply it right after my moisturizer, but before a primer. It leaves my skin feeling more matte throughout the day and when I pair it up with my Nars foundation (mentioned below) my skin looks flawless. For anyone with oily or combination skin, I would highly recommend trying this under your primer! It's amazing. 

Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfection

This just might be my ultimate "holy-grail" primer. I have tried so many primers in the past, because I was on the hunt for the best one for my skin, and thankfully I finally found it. I take a small amount, rub it into my fingers and dab it on to my skin. I usually keep it in my T-Zone because that is where I need the most help when it comes to oil. I give it a few minutes to set in and then apply my foundation of choice.   

Nars Sheer Matte Foundation

Recently I purchased this foundation hoping that it would be amazing (especially for what I paid for it ...) and it did not disappoint. First, I love how it feels on my skin when I wear it, mainly because I do not feel like I have any foundation on. Second, since it is a matte foundation, I notice that it helps keep my oil in check; and I only have to touch up with powder maybe once. Third, a little goes a long way. I dab a few drops around the center of my face and I blend out towards my hairline and jawline. 

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

All hail the best eye brow line on the market! I have tried many different eyebrow products, but I find that this is the only one that lasts through the hot and humid summer days. It takes several minutes to set it, and once it dries, it stays in place. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a long lasting brow product!