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I got back from my va-cay in Orlando a little over a week ago and ever since my lips have been a mess.  Between the dryness of the plane during my flights and the frigid weather (of course, I was not happy to come back to -30 temperatures when I returned), they’ve turned into a dry, chapped, flaky mess. Let’s be real here — ain’t nobody got time for that.  Take a look at a few of my fave – some new –  lip care products to help get your pout ready for all of spring’s fun shades (more on this to come!).



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L’Occitane Ultra Soft Balm ($6.00 CAD): This apricot balm, made with 96% shea butter, is deeply nourishing & can also be used on the body and hair for whenever you need a little moisture on the go.  You can also feel good about purchasing this one; 100% of proceeds from each tin sold are donated to organizations that promote entrepreneurship for women in developing countries.

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eos VISIBLY SOFT Lip Balm Sphere ($3.99 CAD): I’m sure you’ve seen and/or tried eos’ cute little lip balm sphere’s before.  This new addition contains coconut milk for the softest lips ever.  An added bonus is the tantalizing coconut scent and flavour.

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Bio Beauté by NUXE 8 HR High Nutrition Lip Stick ($8.00 CAD): This lip balm offers intense hydration thanks   to the addition of Bio Beauté by NUXE’s reinvented cold cream, which combines sweet almond, organic rosewater and organic beeswax for a highly effective formula with a delightful almond scent.

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Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil ($23.00 CAD): Clarins decided to pull together some of the most nourishing oils available (hazelnut oil, organic jojoba oil & plum oil) to create this unique lip treatment.  With a hint of a glossy finish, this lip oil locks in moisture and gets to work to immediately repair and relieve dry, chapped lips.

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Royal Apothic Tinties Lip Butter ($14.00 CAD): I first came across the Royal Apothic brand at a Murale Spring preview a few months back and instantly fell in love.  The packaging is absolutely adorable & deserves to be on display.  Lips are conditioned with a mix of argan oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil and shea butter, while a hint of tint is added for flirty colour.

What’s your favourite lip conditioning product?

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Another season, another Limited Edition Luxe Box.  Luxe Box, for those of you unfamiliar, is a Canadian (yay!) beauty box subscription company.  Every season, they send out a curated beauty box full of the latest & greatest makeup, skincare, haircare & body samples… aka a beauty lovers paradise.  Subscriptions run from $26/box for a quarterly subscription, $25/box for a semi-annual subscription ($50 for 2 boxes) and $24/box for an annual subscription ($96 for 4 boxes)… But you can save 10% off any subscription by using my custom link (please note, this is not a referral link, just a lil something to help you save).  Once you’ve signed up for a membership you are able to upgrade to the Bene-Boutique right from your member dashboard!

This season, Luxe Box has put together a limited edition Bene-Boutique which is perfect for Benefit lovers & those who have always wanted to give Benefit Cosmetics a try.  Oh, and the best part?  This upgrade is FREE. Usually upgraded boxes have an additional $6-8 charge, but not this time.  One thing to note is that this will be shipping out a little later than the regular Luxe Boxes in early April.

 

The Bene-Boutique contains samples of some of Benefit’s most popular products (they’re popular for a reason) – It’s Potent! Eye Cream, They’re Real Mascara (did you see the video I was in on Benefit’s Instagram channel????), Benetint (the first Benefit product I ever tried) and the POREfessional.  It also includes a full size of Gimme Brow, which makes this box very worthwhile… If you know Benefit, you know they’re all about picture perfect brows.

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Will you be trying out the Limited Edition Bene-Boutique?  Don’t forget to save 10% off your subscription with my invite link!

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Hi everyone! My name is MizzJ and I’m the blogger behind Just J, a beauty and lifestyle blog hailing from beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Just J is mainly about my life, my rants, and my very honest opinions about skincare and makeup products. I’ll be holding down the fort today for Dee, so I hope you enjoy the post, and if you do, please feel free to visit me after 🙂

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Over the past year, I’ve put my hair through some trials. I’ve permed it, dyed it and done daily heat styling to it. Although my hair is generally healthy and shiny, my tips could certainly use a little TLC and that was apparent through its dryness, split ends and general frizziness.

Enter in John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir. Part of the popular Frizz Ease line, the Nourishing Oil Elixir is designed to repair, nourish and protect your hair. Applied to damp or dry hair, it provides an instant shot of moisture that helps to seal your hair strands and prevent frizz while amplifying shine. To use, all you need is one pump (or two if you have thicker or longer hair) to cover your entire head. Simply warm between your palms and comb through.

Considering it’s a hair product, the Nourishing Oil Elixir contains a surprisingly short list of ingredients, only six in fact! The main components of this oil are silicones, such as cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone; both of these ingredients are very common in skincare, but here they act as a barrier to prevent moisture from leaving the hair and to provide a smooth surface. The other main ingredient in this product is argan oil, which is well known for its moisturizing properties.

Despite what you may think, the Nourishing Oil Elixir feels very lightweight and absorbs readily into hair. Immediately after applying, my hair feels smoother and there are way less flyaways. It also has a rich scent from the argan oil which is quite pleasant without being overpowering. I love to use this oil after I’ve curled my hair. I spread it between my palms and then use my hands to gently comb out my curls for softly defined waves that are sans frizz.

It’s also great for straight hair to smooth down those flyaways and give it a dazzling sheen. If you haven’t considered a hair oil before, then I definitely recommend you try this one! At around $10 for an 89 mL bottle, it’s great value for your money and has proven results.

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Hi guys!  I’m taking a week off from life to unplug and hang out in Orlando.  This week is going to be all about relaxing and having a little fun – and yes, I’m definitely going to be checking out Disney World (OMG, Disney princesses…) and Universal Studios (HARRY POTTER LAND).  Anyways, since I’m taking this time to regroup, I’ve enlisted the help of some of my fellow Canadian Beauty Bloggers to bring some amazing content my way.  Today’s post comes from Ling Chiu of The Cosmetic Critic.  Make sure you give her a follow below to check out some more amazing content from her 🙂


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Hi! My name’s Ling and I blog over at The Cosmetic Critic. Thanks Dee for having me guest post and hopefully you’re having fun away 🙂

As all beauty junkies know, it’s really hard to finish beauty products, and rather rare concerning makeup. Having a backup of something is usually an indication of something well loved, enough so that we spend our limited funds on products that we might not even get to open.

Well, that’s the case for most people. I’m not like most people since I’m (supposed to be) on a budget, thus I own products that I don’t necessarily want backups of, though some of them are items that I do genuinely like.

A lot of people rave about the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, but honestly I don’t get the hype. Yeah, it’s a nice drugstore powder but it’s really not that exceptional. I do have a backup but only because it was on sale and I thought it would be worthwhile to go buy another (even though I rarely hit pan on powders…).

 Another powder that I have a backup of is the e.l.f. Essential Clarifying Powder. It’s not that great honestly since it’s kind of chalky, but it makes up for it through it’s strong pigmentation. My sister bought these but I don’t understand why since they’re several shades too light for her. As a result, I now possess them since they are a much better shade match on me.
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She also gifted me 2 deluxe samples of the Elisa Coy Always Nuddy CC Cream (of which I already had one of). While I haven’t been using it much lately, it’s still a nice product that I’m attempting to use more now.

I love The Face Shop’s Design My Eyebrow pencil since it’s such a good match for my brows. So much so that I purposely purchased another since I knew I would finish the one that I’m currently using (and likely to finish soon).

 Lip balms are one of the few types of products that actually make sense for me to repurchase since I go through them so quickly. My top picks are Nivea and eos lip balms, so I always have them on hand. I’m not really a fan of Softlips since it’s of the methanol variety, but they are life savers when I have uncomfortable lips.
What products do you own back ups of?

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Want to try something cute on your nails for Valentine’s Day but don’t want to put too much effort into the look?  Try this easy lace mani tutorial for fun, date night ready nails.

What you need:

  • Pink nail polish – I used Nicole by OPI In Sync With Pink
  • A clear base coat/sheer polish
  • Lace – try to find some that is very lightweight and not stiff (a mistake I made!)

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How to:

  • Paint 2 coats of pink polish on all nails except for the ring finger (or other accent finger of your choice).  Allow to dry then lock in with top coat.
  • Cut out a section of lace that will cover your accent nail.  It’s ok if it’s not perfect!
  • Paint 1 coat of base coat/sheer polish on your accent nail.  Allow to dry just a little, so it remains tacky.
  • Apply the lace section you had pre-cut to the accent nail, lightly pushing it into the tacky polish to allow it to adhere.
  • Finish off by applying top coat over the lace, focusing on the edges, to lock the lace in place.  Note that this will dull the colour of the lace a little bit so it is not as noticeable, but is a great way to ensure the edges are flat.
  • Using small scissors (I like using brow scissors for this step since they can get in close), snip off any lace that hangs over the tip of the nail or that stick out in any place.

 

What do you think of this Valentine’s Day manicure?

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