Things have been a little crazy for me lately.  Between job hunting, checking out product launches and events, a trip to NYC next week and trying to get out to enjoy the gorgeous weather we’ve been having in Toronto as of late, I find I’m always running around and trying to keep up.  Since I’m always on the go, I’ve found a few purse-worthy staples recently that help me stay on the move without slowing down.

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  • Be prepared for mini emergencies with handy kits from MYTAGALONGS. These well thought out, purse-sized packs are so necessary.  It’s easyto beprepared for the little things that happen when you’ve got these on you! These awesome tools are also housed in super cute packaging so you’ll always beprepared in style.
    • The MYTAGALONGS Tool Card ($12.00) is something that I think we should all have – it’s the size of a credit card (a little thicker) and would be great in an emergency.  This pint sized kit contains a nail file, pen, tweezers, toothpick, flashlight, magnifying glass and screwdriver.
    • The MYTAGALONGS SOS Beauty Kit ($15.00 CAD) is going to be your best friend when a beauty or fashion crisis arises!  This kit is definitely going to come in handy & contains hair elastics (black & clear), dental floss, cleansing wipes, bobby pins, bandages, earring backs, nail polish remover wipes, fashion tape, a comb, nail file, tweezers & a sewing kit. Amazing, right?
  • When you’re on the go & rushing around through meetings, you’re going to want to keep your hands soft and moisturized – let’s be real here, no one likes to shake hands when their palms are feeling dry and flaky. The new Jergens BB Hand Perfecting Cream is so awesome. I fell hard for the BB Body Lotion when it first came out and was stoked to see the hand cream version earlier this year. It helps to give hands a boost towards younger looking skin and IT HAS SPF 20! Hands don’t get enough sunscreen love, so a hand cream with it built in is A-OK in my books.
  • Running around can leave your skin feeling shiny and oily. Banishing shine is as easy as throwing one of these products in your purse!
    • Essence All About Matt! Oil Control Paper sheets fit easily into a purse or clutch.  With 50 sheets, you’ve got a ton of oil control power.  Just dab a sheet onto the oily areas of your face to suck it up and mattify!
    • Shiny girls can rejoice in the fact that Benefit the POREfessional License To Blot ($24.00 CAD) is here.  This instant oil-blotting stick twists up and mattifies with a quick swipe on the oily areas of your face. I’m already obsessed with the other POREfessional products and love this one too – it works so well to leave your skin looking smooth and fresh!
  • When you’re always on the go you want to make sure that your makeup lasts all day and can take you from day to night in a pinch!  Hard Candy Fast & Fabulours Makeup Setting Spray ($6.00 CAD) sets your makeu pin its place with a quick spritz. This weightless spray makes sure your makeup stays fresh so you don’t have to constantly reapply throughout the day!

What products do you keep in your purse to keep you going throughout the day?

Disclaimer: This post contains products that were sent for editorial consideration but as always opinions are 100% my own!

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Clinique made waves with the launch of their Pop Blushes last year – my blogger friends couldn’t stop talking about them with their beautiful colours & formulas and gorgeous flower detailing.  They’ve done it once again with a launch that I’m absolutely loving so far.  The new Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primers are a dream come true for a lipstick obsessed gal like myself!

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As you may have guessed, these lipsticks function as both a primer for smooth, moist lips and a colour with bold pigmentation.  The range is split into 4 different colour families – nudes, pinks, tawnies & violets – with 4 lip colours in each, making it easy to find shades that suit your skintone and preference.  They colour payoff is really quite remarkable, as each shade is very pigmented – they go on exactly as they appear in the tube.  And the formula? Clinique gets an A+ on this one.  They’re unbelievably creamy and pleasantly nourishing, with Shea and Murumuru butter helping to moisturize the lips while worn.  The result?  Beautiful colour, long lasting wear (especially with some of the darker shades I tried) and soft, supple looking lips. Swoon. Read on for swatches of 8 shades from the 16 shade collection!

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Beige Pop – “A light, pinkish nude cream”

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Nude Pop – “A low, pearl pinkish nude”

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Fab Pop – A light, light pink creme”

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Love Pop – “A mid-tone shimmer raspberry”

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Grape Pop – “A neutral, blue purple creme”

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Punch Pop – “A rich, rich fuchsia creme”

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Poppy Pop – “A mid-tone orange creme”

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Cherry Pop – “A rich, blue red creme”

What do you think of these shades?  I’m totally digging Beige Pop, Grape Pop (definitely developing a thing for purple hued lipsticks lately) and Cherry Pop (GET. THIS. SHADE. Jessica Rabbit would be envious).

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Disclaimer: This post includes samples received from Clinique for review, but as always, I promise that reviews and opinions are 100% honest and completely mine. 

 

 

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I remember the craziness surrounding the original Melted Liquified Lipsticks that Too Faced released; everyone I knew went gaga for them.  The amazing pigments, smooth (but not dry) formula and crazy shades were a big sell.  I’m a big fan of liquid lipsticks – these amazing hybrids combine the best parts of a gloss and lipstick for a killer product – and was definitely impressed with these when they first launched.

Riding on the success of these they recently released a new collection consisting of 8 shades that brings the ’90s foiled lipstick look to 2015.  When I read this description I was a little worried. I grew up in the ’90s and there are many things from that decade that I would rather stay buried in the past, and frosted lips aren’t at the top of the list of things I would like to see revived any time soon.  But hey, I’m a beauty blogger, which means I’ll try anything once… And I’m glad I did. The new Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipsticks ($25.00 CAD) do have a metallic finish, but it’s anything but tacky.  The microscopic shimmer gives lips a beautiful multi-faceted glow while they’re bathed in gorgeous colour.  I’m not as big of a fan of the lighter/more coral shades, but the darker shades have totally won me over – I’m looking at you Jelly, Violet & Dream House (bring it on, Barbie!).  Take a look at the shades below and let me know what you think!

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Peony – Metallic dusted rose

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Bunny – metallic bubblegum

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 Debutante – metallic apricot rose

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Tu-Tu – metallic warm flamingo

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Macaron – metallic warm bright pink

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Dream House – metallic electric fuchsia

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Violet – metallic violet orchid

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 Jelly – metallic deep orchid (this one is the shit – I very, veryyy much recommend it)

What do you think of the new Too Faced Melted Metals?  What shades would you like to try/have you tried?

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For me, spring is the perfect time to change up your look.  It’s all about starting fresh and new, and I thought that now would be great to share some of my favourite new products and shades for the season. Lipstick is one of the beauty products that I love the most – there are so many amazing shades, textures and finished to play around with, and this is exactly where I wanted to start.  Take a look at some of the newer lipsticks that I’m loving and let me know what your favourites are in the comments below!

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tarte Amazonian butter lipstick in park ave princess & ethereal pink ($20 CAD): tarte already has a huge following for their Amazonian Clay powders and blushes for a reason.  These sustainable lipsticks pump your lips with moisture and soften while a dash of creamy colour gives lips a little glow.  This nude has a bit of a warm tone to it, meaning your lips look great and not ghastly.

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Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Shame & Sheer Liar ($26.00 CAD): These sheer, creamy lipsticks are perfect for spring.  While they are a lot more sheer than the original Revolution Lipsticks, they still give off nice colour and have a ton of shine, leaving an almost glossy look.  They don’t have the longest staying power (I need to reapply every couple of hours), and function great as more of a tinted balm.

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Mary Kay True Dimensions Sheer Lipstick in Arctic Apricot & Posh Pink ($19.00 CAD): Another sheer lipstick for the spring, these lipsticks from Mary Kay are much lighter in pigment but have a fun bit of micro shimmer for a beautiful playful look.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang & Miss Scarlet, Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Lipstick in Strange Magic ($38.00 CAD): Let’s start with the Le Marc lipsticks.  These are a dream come true for red lipstick lovers.  The colour is bold & amazing, long lasting and the formula is creamy and smooth.  The New Nudes, on the other hand, have a gel-like feel to them and are just so smoooooooth.  Strange Magic isn’t necessarily my favourite shade (it’s a bit light for me), but there are definitely some other notable shades (ie. Eat Cake & Understudy).

What lipsticks are you loving this season?

 

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If you saw my Paula’s Choice giveaway post last week, you would know that I’ve been getting into a new skincare routine thanks to my friends at Paula’s Choice.  I’m always bouncing around from skincare line to skincare line, mixing and matching products, and I figured this would be a great chance to get into a real routine that will target my issues!  Side note: want to try any Paula’s Choice products out after?  Shop through this link and save 20% off any product of your choice with free shipping!

Anyways, a few weeks ago I had a chance to chat with one of Paula’s experts to help find the perfect routine for my skin type and its needs.  We talked about what my skin is like, what concerns I have, and where I would like it to be so that she could put together a selection of products that would work together to get results.  Personally, coming out of this brutal winter, my skin is absolutely parched (I’ve been no stranger to flakiness this year) and it just seems to be lacking the brightness that I’m used to.  These were the main areas that I wanted to target with this new routine, and I soon received a 7 step system to help me out with this.

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After 2 weeks, I must say that I’m very pleased with the results so far.  Granted, I’m fairly new to the routine and am expecting to see more noticeable results as time and usage continues, but I’m definitely off to a good start.  My skin feels more hydrated, my skintone is starting to look more even and it really does look brighter, which is perfect as I want to look and feel refreshed now that the warmer weather is – allegedly – on its way.  But I have to say the most noticeable result for me at this time has to be the feel of my skin.  It’s already smoother, softer and more supple.  If it keeps going this route, I’m going to have some sort of Benjamin Button situation going on (which I’m ok with).

Want to learn more about my routine?  Read on.

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Step 1: Cleanse – Of course, any skincare routine starts off with clean skin.  I use the Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleanser (for normal to dry skin) in the morning and at night to get rid of any dirt, oil and makeup that I may have on my face and to prep the skin so that all of the other products can do their job.  This cleanser is really lightweight but does a great job of removing my makeup at the end of the day and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry.

Step 2: Tone – This next step is essential in any skincare routine.  It helps to remove any remaining makeup from the skin while softening and smoothing.  I’ve been using the Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner (for normal to dry skin) afterwards.  It’s really gentle on my face which is something that I need right now when dryness is at its highest.

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Step 3: Exfoliate – This was my first time using a leave on exfoliant.  I’m used to using one that acts as a scrub, so it was pretty new to me.  This Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment uses 4% BHA to remove old skin cells so that new, healthy skin is revealed.  I’ve been using this as part of my night time routine after cleansing and toning.

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Step 4: Treat – Once my skin has been prepped for special treatments, I like to apply my serums.  These can also be mixed in with moisturizers but I prefer to apply them beforehand so that they have a better chance to penetrate the skin and to act faster.  I use the Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum during both my morning and night routines and add in the Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum at night since this is the time that the skin really repairs itself, giving it a better chance to work it’s magic.  These two help to balance out my skin, repair sun damage and prevent wrinkles from coming in.

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Step 5: Moisturize – Last but certainly not least it’s time to give my skin a real dose of moisture.  For mornings I love the Resist Youth-Extending Daily Mattifying Fluid.  It has SPF 50 so I know that my skin is going to be very protected against sun damage every single day of the year, and love that it has an extremely lightweight, oil-free texture so I don’t feel shiny after applying it.  Night time calls for a moisturizer that can repair my skin while I sleep, and I turn to the Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator, which leaves my skin feeling soft and firm, while helping to brighten.  I’ve also started adding in a couple of drops of the Resist C15 Super Booster, which contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E & Ferulic Acid to help brighten and smooth my skin – this might be my favourite product so far!

I’m really happy with the Paula’s Choice routine I’ve been using and I can’t wait to try a few other products – I currently deal with Keratosis Pilaris on the backs of my arms and I’ve heard amazing things about the PC products that were created to help deal with this!

Have you ever used any Paula’s Choice products?  Let me know if you have, I would love to hear which products you love!


 

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Pretty In My Pocket and contains products that were received for review, but as always all opinions are 100% my own!

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