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For me, this summer is quickly becoming the season of the killer lip. Between these and a few other really fantastic launches (which you’ll be seeing in the coming weeks), I’ve been having a hell of a good time playing with new formulas & shades. Today though, we’ll be talking about one of my new faves – Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick ($11.99 CAD).

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Maybelline is definitely upping their game by joining in on the liquid lipstick trend, and I’m so happy they did. I’m a big fan of this type of lipstick and am really happy to see a great quality drugstore version, which makes picking up a few different shades a lot more accessible than some of the other versions I love.

I want to kick this review off by talking about the staying power of the Superstay Matte Inks. This was one thing that the brand really stressed when they launched the product, noting that once it’s on it stays on – my kinda lipstick. I tend to throw it on before I head out the door for the day and I’m usually so busy on the go that I don’t pay attention to reapplication, so this fits for me. I’ll find that sometimes I even have to wash it off at the end of the day because my lips are still a little stained. I’ve been wearing these since the launch a few weeks ago (where you might have seen we tested them out during a Soulcycle class that nearly killed me) and I’m honestly really impressed with the wear time once they set.

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They’ve lasted through work days, wine tastings, lunches, etc. and usually without the need for a touch up. One thing I will stress though is that given the long lasting nature you will probably want to be careful with application; as I mentioned, once they’re on, they’re on so fixing up mistakes can be a little tricky. The pointed tip of the applicator definitely makes precision a bit easier though. I suggest starting off by lining the lips using this before filling in with the flat side to avoid making mistakes and having to attempt cleanup.

Moving on to the formula, this is where I hit a bit of a snag that prevents me from giving these 5 full golden stars. These definitely feel a little different from other liquid lipsticks you’ve probably tried, and upon application, they feel a bit sticky. I’m not a big fan of a tacky feel, so if you can get past the initial feel and give them time to set (which doesn’t take long) I suggest giving these a try. The formula is nicely creamy, which means that even though the finish is matte the lips are left feeling soft. Try not to apply too much to avoid any “crumbling” and give it a couple of minutes to set once you’ve applied.

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Currently, Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink is available in 10 shades, swatches of which can be seen above (a few minutes after application once set): Loyalist, Dreamer, Lover, Pioneer, Heroine, Romantic, Creator, Believer, Escapist, and Voyager. The colours are bold and extremely pigmented, which helps the with the long lasting look. Lover and Pioneer have been in heavy rotation for me, and I feel like Believer will be added in very soon.

Which shades do you want to try out?

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Ok ladies, it’s time to talk about something that generally doesn’t get brought up amongst friends. While beauty & wellness can be a ton of fun, there’s no point in looking great if you don’t feel great today, so today we’re going to turn our attention to our vaginas; more specifically, vaginal dryness, something that many women deal with.

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I know some of you are probably thinking “oh no, she isn’t going there”, but I absolutely am. How often do you end up Googling things like this because you’re too embarrassed to bring them up when chatting with your girlfriends? I’m guessing the answer is way too often. So let’s have a chat about feminine health (and if you enjoy chatting about topics like these, sound off in the comments below!).

Ladies, there are so many reasons why vaginal dryness can come up, at any age; things like hormonal changes (think menopause – 1 in 3 women will experience this as they go through it), stress, pregnancy, medications, periods & IVF treatments can lead to this. It can be uncomfortable, and of course puts a damper on your sex life, which nobody wants.

My friends at Vagisil have a pretty easy (and discreet, with a tampon-like applicator) solution that can help alleviate the dryness. The ProHydrate Natural Feel Moisturizing Gel is a long-lasting product that coats the vaginal wall for instant relief and lubrication, while also releasing more moisture over time. It contains a unique blend of moisturizers, including Hyaluronic Acids, to provide generous, natural feeling hydration – think of it as a rich lotion for your vagina. The fact that it doesn’t include any added estrogen, perfumes, dyes or preservatives also means you can feel more comfortable using it without irritation. Long story short, these convenient applicators (and by that I mean you can easily store them in your purse) can quickly help alleviate discomfort while gently hydrating.

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When it comes to lady business, do you feel comfortable chatting about these things with your friends?

 


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Vagisil, but as always, opinions are 100% my own. Let’s open up the conversation about uncomfortable topics that shouldn’t be so uncomfortable!

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Ahhh! Amazon Prime Day is finally here and as you can tell I’m super excited! I have my wish list all ready to go and I’m tracking the things that I want in hopes that they’ll pop up as lightning deals. What are you on the lookout for?

If you’re ready to start shopping, make sure you sign up for an Amazon Prime Membership (new members receive a 30 day free trial and then it’s time to get shopping! Before you begin, make sure you check out my tips so you can make the most of the deals and then start saving on beauty products, fashion and a ton more!

Youll have to keep an eye out for “lightning deals” throughout the day as they’re limited time and will be randomly popping up, but you’ll be able to take advantage of many other deals that will last all day! I’ve pulled together some of the deals that I’m most looking forward to here to you can snag them:

Those are just a few of the deals that I’m going to be snagging. I’m also definitely going to be on the hunt for some fun kitchen appliances & gadgets and will be keeping an eye out for laptop deals since I’m very much in need of a new one! What are you looking for on Amazon Prime Day?

 


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Are you excited for Amazon Prime Day Canada yet? I know I am. I’m definitely going to be diligently checking amazon.ca on July 11th in hopes of snagging some amazing deals – I have a few things on my list that I’ve been wanting to pick up and I’m hoping that I can take advantage! In Canada, starting at 9 pm est on July 10th, we’ll be able to enjoy 30 hours of amazing deals on a ton of products throughout the site, with deals coming up as often as every 5 minutes!

Ready to do some shopping? Make the most of the sales with these tips:

  • Make sure you sign up for an Amazon Prime membership! The deals on Prime Day are great, but they’re only available for Prime members – if you’re not already a member, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial so you can shop! Plus, Prime members get free two-day shipping on a ton of items, free same-day & one-day delivery for Toronto and Vancouver, free one-day delivery for Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton, Prime Video, and lots more perks.
  • Download the Amazon App – it will make searching for and checking out deals on the go even easier and more quick!
  • Make a list – write down a list of items that you’re looking to purchase. This will definitely make things easier when it comes to sorting through the deals (which will be organized by category)
  • Set up deal notifications in the app so you don’t miss anything. In the app, select settings from the menu in the top left, then move to notifications and turn the “Your Watched & Waitlisted Deals” notification tab on. Make sure you add items to the lists so you’ll be notified if they go on sale!
  • Check back throughout the day. All day, new deals will be popping up; you never know what might go on sale! Lightning Deals will also be available, and you’ll need to jump on these quickly as they’ll only be available for  a short period of time.
  • Take advantage of the waitlist option! If an item you want is fully claimed, add yourself to the waitlist. There’s definitely always a chance that someone with the item in their cart won’t purchase and one might become available.

Check back on the morning of July 11th because I’ll be giving you a peek at some of the great deals you can expect! Do you have any other strategies for shopping on Amazon Prime Day Canada?

 


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Oh, hey there. I know, it’s been a couple of weeks since my last POTW post, so I’m making up for it with something that I’m absolutely crazy for. If you’ve been following me for a while, I’m sure you have a pretty good idea of how much I enjoy Maskeraide products. Their Pre Party Prep sheet mask is my favourite mask ever and the All Eyes On Me hydrating gel patches are a godsend.

Anyways, they recently launched a new mask that covers a territory they haven’t really delved into before – lips! The Maskeraide Tell Me ‘Pout It Hydrating Lip Mask is a gel mask that you apply over the lips, leave on for 10-15 minutes (aka while you do your eye makeup) and remove, gently massaging any leftover serum in. The lips are left feeling smooth, plump and ready for your fave lipstick.

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The large gels contain a blend of Manuka Honey, Fermented Rose, Grapfruit Oil & an antioxidant berry complex to generously hydrate and soften. It feels a little strange the first time you wear them, given their size and the fact that you can’t open your mouth while wearing them, but once you get past the initial feeling you’ll love the results!

Honestly, you have to give this one a try to see why I love it so much – like all of the Maskeraide products, they really speak for themselves. Oh, and I have it on good authority that they have at least 2-3 more products coming out this year, so make sure you keep checking back to see what else is coming; if they’re anything like the Maskeraide Tell Me ‘Pout It masks, they’ll definitely be winners.

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