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Hanging poolside with Zubie, Nancy and Jenelle

If you follow me on Instagram you no doubt caught a glimpse of the afternoon I spent with Indeed Labs at Cabana Pool Bar last week. I remember hearing about Indeed Labs when they first launched in Canada a few years ago, but I never really had a chance to try out the products. What I do remember is they were one of the first brands I heard of with a blurring products – not too long after they made their Canadian debut, blurring products from other brands started popping up, but I never managed to give it a try!

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Anyways, I got to spend the afternoon lounging by the pool at Cabana with some of my besties while learning all about Indeed Labs’ all-star skincare lineup (available at Shoppers Drug Mart) and giving a few of the products a try. I found one thing extremely interesting; while most skincare companies focus on regimen based products, Indeed actually puts an emphasis on developing solution-based products. They create products that target specific skin issues, making them items that can easily be integrated into any skincare routine based on your needs. I find this to be a great idea – I mean, how many of us actually use an entire lineup from one brand – as the products tend to go a little bit outside of those you would typically find in your routine.

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I was immediately drawn in by the bright and colourful packaging. I’ll admit it, I’m a huge sucker for anything that’s aesthetically pleasing – especially when bright colours are involved. Once I’d finally moved on from the packaging though, I was really intrigued by their unique technology and products – which, I should probably mention, are free of parabens, fragrances, colourants & sulfates… And aren’t tested on animals. I’ve been loving the Hydraluron mega moisture trio (consisting of a serum, moisture jelly and moisture boosting mask), which uses a hyaluronic acid-based formula to instantly hydrate and plump the skin. The jelly is especially refreshing, and leaves my skin feeling moisturized and glowing.

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Trying the Micro-Powder Exfoliant

I’ve also been loooooving the Micro-Powder Exfoliator, which comes out in powder form. The micro fine powder is activated when water is added, and it lightly buffs away dead skin, leaving the complexion with an instantly refreshed appearance.

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My favourite product so far has to be the Nanoblur instant skin perfector. This cream, which gives you “selfie-ready skin in seconds” gives the skin an airbrushed look once applied, blurring fine lines and large pores and minimizing shine. I’ve taken to applying this before my makeup, as it also acts perfectly as a primer, prepping the skin and leaving it mattified and looking great – and hey, you really don’t need to apply as much makeup as you think, since your skin is already looking pretty fab. One thing I will mention is that it’s best to “pat” makeup into the skin afterwards, as trying to blend it can result in flaking. I’ve shown a quick little before and after shot here. And trust me, not too many people see me sans makeup on a daily basis, but this stuff has made it a little easier to forego the full face before stepping out in public.

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Before and after using Indeed Labs Nanoblur

Have you ever tried any Indeed Labs products before?


Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Indeed Labs. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

 

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I fell in love with Rimmel’s matte Kate Moss lipstick collection a while back when it was released – I loved the colours, the texture and the matte finish. The deeper shades were so fantastic, and I know I wasn’t the only one impressed with the collection. When I found out that they were putting out a nude lineup, the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Nude Collection, which recently launched, I had super high hopes. I’m not always a nude lip kinda gal – I go for a bit more drama when it comes to my pout – I couldn’t wait to at least give it a try.

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The collection is comprised of 4 nude shades and a bonus lip balm. I didn’t try the lip balm, so I can’t speak to that, but I did give the 4 lipstick shades a try. Read on for swatches and my thoughts on them below!

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Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Nude swatches (L-R): 40, 42, 43, 45

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Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Nude Lipstick in 40

40 – The lightest shade in the collection. This lipstick is very light, and unfortunately just didn’t jive with me. It’s just way too light for me, and I’m hella pale even in the summer. It had a very patchy look when I applied it and gave me a bit of trouble as I tried to give it more of a smooth look. Unfortunately, this one was a strike for me. It might suit someone with more neutral undertones a little more – I do have more of a pink undertone to my complexion.

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Rimmel Last Finish by Kate Moss Nude Lipstick in 42

42 – This shade is a bit darker than 40, with more of a peach hue to it. Again, it is quite light, though not too pigmented. It’s not my first choice, but I can see myself wearing this from time to time – still a bit light with my complexion.

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Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Nude Lipstick in 43

43 – The next shade down, this has a bit more of a tan look to it, which unfortunately didn’t seem to work too well for me. It came out a little too orange on my skin than I would have liked at first, but I got used to it after wearing for a little while. That being said, I think this would be a great match for someone with a bit more of a tan complexion or more golden tones.

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Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Nude Lipstick in 45

45 – Finally, I found the shade that I personally can work with the most! The deepest shade of the 4 that I tried, and also the sheerest, gives off a rose tone that I really like. I personally prefer nudes that go a little darker and work with my natural lip colour – and that’s exactly what this shade does. It’s creamy and lovely and gives a really nice bit of rosy colour.

What do you think of the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Nude Collection? Will you be trying any shade from it?


Disclaimer: This post may contain samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always, opinions are 100% my own! xo

 

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YOU GUYS. COVERGIRL is coming out with a collection inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I know this news isn’t 100% new, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting.

Here’s the thing – I’m a total closet nerd. Things like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings & Game of Thrones get my heart beating faster, and I’m unbelievably excited for the next installment of the Star Wars series (provided it’s not an epic fail – but I have faith). So, natch, I was way excited when news of this collab broke out.

The collection won’t be available until October, but COVERGIRL Global Creative Director Pat McGrath has designed six looks inspired by the film, based on The Light Side & Dark Side, which will be released on the COVERGIRL x Star Wars site. The first looks – the Droid & the Stormtrooper – were released today:

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  • Droid: featuring a luminous look that reflects the light side in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. A swatch of golden eye shadow across lids and cheekbones sets the tone, with glistening lips punctuating the lustrous palette.
  • Stormtrooper: featuring a strong and graphic look to represent the power from the Dark Side. The eyes dominate with a black winged liner and white contrasts. Lips measure up in a deep, mysterious red.

Are you excited for the COVERGIRL Star Wars: The Force Awakens collection?

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Hola! I’ve been a bit absent the past few weeks – I started a new job (I get to work with some amazing beauty and fashion brands!) and life has been absolutely hectic as I’ve been settling into my new role. My apologies!

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Anyways, a few months back I became an ambassador for Viviscal, a natural supplement that promotes healthy hair growth. You may remember my original post as I began my Viviscal journey and started taking the supplements from a little while ago. I’ve now come to the end of my 6 month trial with it and am ready to spill the beans on how everything went!

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Before and After

In case you did miss my original post, I’ll give you a quick little overview of Viviscal. As I mentioned, it’s a hair supplement system system (see ingredients below) that is meant to be taken 1-2 times per day – I like to take it in the morning when I wake up and again before bed. The system was created to help improve the health of hair from the inside out, with results beginning to show in 3-4 months. It works in 4 steps:

Stage 1: Viviscal works to nourish hair follicles from within

Stage 2: Strengthens and supports hair from the inside out

Stage 3: Supports the hair to become healthy and strong where it has become damaged

Stage 4: Makes your hair noticeably thicker, fuller, healthier looking and more vibrant

So, how did it go? Personally, I’m really happy with the results. I’ve included some before and after photos so you can judge for yourself from a physical stand point.

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Before and After

The biggest improvement for me was the rate at which my hair grew. I’ve been wanting to grow my hair out for a while but I swear my locks grow at a turtle’s pace. As you can see from the pictures, I did have a significant amount of growth (with two hair cuts in between) and I definitely noticed that it grew more quickly. I’m very happy about this and I’ve continued to take the supplements, just at a rate of one per day. Another great change I noticed was in the feel of my hair. My split ends have been lessened (I’ll admit it, I’m not always the best at treating my hair well), my hair feels softer and I’ve noticed a lot more shine! It did take a few months before I started noticing these changes, so you do have to be dilligent with following the system and taking the supplements daily – don’t give up if you don’t see a difference after the first few weeks because it does take a little time to start working.

As for side effects? I honestly didn’t notice any changes or issues while taking the supplements. I was a little worried about an increase in oiliness as they do contain fish oils, or potential break outs, but I didn’t experience any issues with either of these, and I didn’t hear of anything from any of the other ambassadors. I can’t speak to anyone else’s experience, but I wanted to let you know that everything was good on my end.

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So as a final result, was I happy with Viviscal? Absolutely, and as I mentioned I’ve continued to take the supplements since. I think this system is good for anyone to use, but especially those dealing with thinning hair, dullness or lack of volume and those looking to give their hair a growth boost. For any of your looking to try this product out, it’s available at Shoppers Drug Mart or Viviscal.ca for $59.99/box (1 month).

Now I’ve got a question for you: who wants to give Viviscal a try? I’m going to be giving away a 6 month supply so that you can try it out for yourself. All you have to do is comment on this post letting me know why you want to give Viviscal a try. Make sure you use the Rafflecopter form below to track your entry, and gain extra entries through the social options. Good luck!
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Ingredients:

Each tablet contains Amount
Shark cartilage 250 mg
Oyster (oyster meat) 50 mg
Acerola cherry (Malpighia punicifolia, berries) (std. 25% Vitamin C) 120 mg
Silica (Equisetum arvense) Aerial parts 2.7 mg

Non medicinal Ingredients:
Glycerin, hydropropyl methycellulose,  magnesium stearate, maltodextrin,  microcrystalline cellulose, orange flavouring, silicon dioxide.

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Who doesn’t love spending a day on the beach? Warm sun, soft sand and rolling waves make for the perfect spot to relax on a beautiful summer day. I’ve been pretty busy lately but have been able to to get down to the beach a few times.

When spending time at the beach you definitely need to be prepared. I’ve put together some of my beach mag must-haves to help you decide what you need to bring along with you for a day in the sun. What are your beach day essentials?

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I’m going to start by saying sun protect is an absolute must when you are spending a day in the sun. By now, I’m sure we all know about the dangers of prolonged sun exposure. Make sure you stock up on sunscreen to make sure your skin is protected during a long day on the beach. Right now, I’m really loving Vichy Capital Soleil Invisible Mist (SPF 50) The spray format makes it easy to hit every part of your body when you don’t have anyone around to help you get those hard to reach places. For the face, I prefer something a bit lighter and non-greasy. Vichy Aqualia Thermal UV Hydrating Treatment (SPF 15) and Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense (SPF 50) are perfect for this, providing more lightweight facial protection. And of course, you can’t forget about the little ones… Garnier Ombrelle Kids Mineral Lotion (SPF 50+) makes sure their little bodies are safe from the sun – not to mention you can definitely use this on yourself!

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Of course, while we like to stay protected from the sun, there’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a bit of a glow. Keep your tan looking great longer with the Jergens Natural Glow Tan Extender. Moisturizing extends the life of a tan, and it even helps to add a bit of colour to your skin – but not enough that you have to worry about staining or streaking! For the face, the Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals is the bomb. Since it is a bronzer, it gives the face an automatically golden look once it’s been buffed on… But the best part is that the powder acts as a self tanner that is activated by your moisturizer or foundation, so a glow develops while you wear it! Of course, now that your beautiful and bronzed, you can perk up your look with a killer nail polish, like the fun Ceramic Glaze polishes pictured above.

Don’t forget about your hair! If you’re going to be splashing around in the pool or in the lake/beach, bring along a leave-in treatment like the Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Replenishing Oil. Once you get out of the water (and before you jump in if you remember!) apply some throughout your mane to lock in moisture and prevent chlorine from drying your hair or helping colour to fade more quickly. I also love to bring along a salt spray, like the John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray (and no, you don’t have to be a blonde to love & use this one!). I spritz some in my hair, scrunch it up and let it air dry for a wavy look without the fuss! Bonus – this one smells like coconuts. Love!

What do you like to throw in your bag for a day at the beach?

 

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