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I told you my lipstick obsession has been (nearly) satiated recently with all of the amazing new products that have been finding their way to my desk. One of the latest? The new L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte lipsticks, the newest addition to the Colour Riche fam. These richly pigmented lipsticks are currently available in 12 shades, which I have swatches of!

I love the feel of these lipsticks. They’re creamy and soft, giving the lips a lot of moisture while you wear. I’ve been a really big fan of mattes lately, and I love the shade range that they have available in them – you have a few nudes, some pretty pinks, gorgeous reds and a couple of magenta/fuchsia shades to finish it off. I find that these set to a more satin finish and have a bit more sheen than most mattes that I’ve been used to, however I found that I can easily give them a more matte look by finishing them off with a quick pat with a tissue; it softens the sheen and mattifies really quickly.

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I found that I get about 3-4 hours of wear time before I have to reapply, with some transfer when drinking and eating, so they don’t completely set. Reapplication is nice and smooth however, and you just need a bit to touch up without having to worry about drying or crumbling. These do have the same scent that you’ll find in other L’Oreal lipsticks, which I know some people aren’t the biggest fan of. I really kind of like the scent though – it reminds me of trying out my mom’s lipsticks when I was younger!

To make things even better, they’ve come out with 8 matte lipliners that go along with these shades.

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L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte lipstick from L-R: 711 At the Drop of the Matte, 712 Matte-Mandate, 800 Matte-caron, 802 Matte-sterpiece, 804 He Thinks He’s Matte-cho, 806 Matte-itude

 

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L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte lipstick from L-R: 711 At the Drop of the Matte, 712 Matte-Mandate, 800 Matte-caron, 802 Matte-sterpiece, 804 He Thinks He’s Matte-cho, 806 Matte-itude

 

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L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick L-R: 102 Matte-ly In Love, 402 Devil’s Matte-vocate, 403 Matte-traction Red, 405 Doesn’t Matte-r, 703 Matte-moiselle Pink, 707 Matte-jestic

What do you think of the new L’Oreal Paris Colour Matte Riche lipsticks and shade range? What matte lipsticks have you been loving lately?

 

 


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There are two things you need to know about me; I absolutely love false lashes and I seriously struggle to apply them. Velour Lashes recently reached out to see if I would be interested in giving their mink lashes a try and I was a little hesitant at first. I mean, was I just going to totally embarrass myself with a sad lash application. Nevertheless, I said yes, and even decided to film a YouTube video to go along with my Velour Lashes Review (oh, and make sure you keep reading because there’s a GIVEAWAYYYYYY in store for you babes!).

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Velour Lashes recently rebranded (I had my first chance to see the packaging at a Murale preview a couple of months ago) & the new packaging is gorgeous and luxe. I gave the You Complete Me & Girl, You Crazy! lashes a try and my god are they ever gorgeous. The (cruelty free, naturally shedding) mink hairs are so soft and full, they really blend in seamlessly with the natural lashes for a gorgeous look. They’re also attached to a cotton band that’s a little more flexible and can be easily manipulated to follow the lash line.

 

They’ve also created this amazing tool, the Too Easy Lash Applicator, that honestly makes application a walk in the park. As I previously mentioned, I sometimes have trouble applying lashes, but this tool makes it easy to get a good grip on them and to really get in over your own lashes so you can set them in place where you want them.

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Want to give Velour Lashes a try? I’m giving away a Velour Lashes Starter Kit ($150 value!) that includes 2 Lash sets, a Too Easy Lash Applicator and Velour Lash Adhesive so you can give these a try (and probably fall in love). Enter via the form below! Good luck!

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The best part of summer? Definitely getting to enjoy a little time relaxing on the beach. We’ve pulled together our top beauty & fashion picks to make your days by the lake even better.

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Let your mane go wild and give it some beachy texture with Sun Bum Beach Formula Sea Spray. A few spritzes on damp hair will help enhance waves and volume while adding protection from UV rays and the elements, and adding a little bit of a leave-in treatment, like Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Argan Oil Infused Crème will keep it feeling soft.

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Look stylish while staying cool and protected with a cute hat. Go wide brimmed for a luxe look or stay chic with a banded raffia cap, like the Tilley Women’s Raffia Hat while you relax on a lounger.

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If you’re planning on spending the day in the sun, you’ve got to make sure your skin is protected. For your face, a lightweight sunscreen with a tint (Garnier Ombrelle Ultra Light Advanced Tinted Lotion SPF 60) or a mineral compact with protection (Bioderma Photoderm Compact SPF 50+) will give your skin light coverage while keeping it safe. If you’re planning on spending time in the water, make sure you protect your body as well by using a waterproof sunscreen (Vichy Ideal Soleil Sport SPF 60, $30) and reapplying throughout the day.

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Make sure you bring everything along in a cute bag, like the TOMS Blue Spatter Denim All Day Tote ($95, which helps to provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need). Pack a few Instagrammable must haves, like a round towel and fun inflatable flamingo, for the perfect beach shot.

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While protecting your skin from the sun is a must, you can still rock a golden glow easily (minus the skin damage) thanks to the magic that is self tanner. Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan ($49) gives you a natural looking tan in, you guessed it, ten minutes, while its advanced technology supports natural collagen protection.

What do you like to bring along for a day at the beach?

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I have to start this post off with a bit of exciting news for my Canadian pals – it Cosmetics has made its way in store at Sephora across the country. Seriously, this is such an exciting development for me. I fell in love with the brand (and their Bye Bye Under Eye concealer) a few years ago and I’m looking forward to trying out more of the products now that I can actually see them in store!

Anyway, enough about that – let’s get to the goods. Today I want to talk about the it Cosmetics CC+ cream, a new favourite of mine. The CC cream boasts that you’ll have “Your Skin But Better” with use and I knew that I had to put it to the test – my pal Jess from Beautezine has always raved about this, and I really trust her opinion on cosmetics.

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First, I love the fact that this cc cream actually takes care of your skin while you wear it – it also acts as an anti-aging serum with a combination of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E. Products that multitask and do double duty are so amazing in my book, especially when it comes to makeup. I feel a lot better about wearing something on the daily when I know that it’s providing added benefits for my skin. It also contains SPF 50+, which means it protects from the sun while wearing – throw it on before you head out for the day & you’ll feel better knowing that you’re going one step further. I love products with high levels of SPF so you don’t even have to think about sun protection!

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The it Cosmetics CC+ cream claims to be full coverage, but I see it as more of a medium coverage foundation. It does provide nice coverage and helps to hide imperfections, but I find that you need to spot conceal or add a second layer to really get full coverage. It does a really nice job of evening out the skintone and hiding redness; my skin is left with a really glowy look and a dewy finish. I’ve also noticed that my pores appear smaller and my skin feels hydrated while wearing it. Make sure you blend in to avoid a cakey finish. I like to start off by applying with the Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush before blending with a Beauty Blender.

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it Cosmetics CC+ Cream swatches in Fair, Light, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan, Rich & Deep

The CC cream is available in 7 shades as of right now, ranging from fair to deep. I’m currently wearing shade Light, but will probably need to switch up to Fair as we move later in the year; the lighter shades do tend to wear a bit darker. If needed, you can totally blend a couple of shades together for a custom match.

Before/after wearing it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream

Have you ever tried it Cosmetics CC+ Cream? Let me know what your favourite CC is in the comments below!

 


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Weekends were made for the warm weather. Time spent at the cottage, camping and road tripping means you need to pack smart so you can get going and make the most of our beautiful summers. Get ready to head out with our weekend getaway essentials.

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Even though chances are you won’t be wearing a ton of makeup, don’t forget to take it all off (yes, that includes sweat & anything else the elements throw at you) at the end of the day. Klorane Makeup Remover Biodegradable Wipes with Soothing Cornflower ($11) are gentle but leave your skin feeling clean and fresh, so you have no excuse when you don’t have a full washroom at your disposal.

If you’re only heading out for a night or two and don’t want to worry about washing, drying & styling your hair, dry shampoo is a must. Batiste Lotus Dry Shampoo ($9) smells great and leaves your hair feeling clean and refreshed without and heavy residue.

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Don’t feel like bringing all of your full-sized products along? Pack your fave shampoos, conditioners and body washes into reusable bottles (like those in the Avon Be Inspired Travel Set, $20) for easy packing and use. When they start to empty out, just top them up and use them for all of your weekend adventures.

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When it comes to packing, you want to make sure that you have a bag that’s easy to carry and holds everything you need; bonus points if it looks cute. The Getaway Bag from Poppy & Peonies ($125) is the perfect size for a weekend getaway and comes with a matching cosmetics bag to throw your toiletries in.

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Whether you’re spending a couple of hours in a car or lounging around the campfire, weekend wear is all about stylish comfort. You’ll feel great taking a walk on the beach or a hike with a sporty crop top like this one from Hyba ($40 – and I totally went out and bought it as soon as it hit stores!), and the Myria dress ($54) from MEC is perfect for both travel and looking cute when you arrive at your destination.

What do you bring along for weekend getaways during the summer?

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