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You guys, Valentine’s Day is only 2 weeks away!  I’ve been working on a few things to help you get ready for this romantic day – and hey, it’s not all about the gifts as some would believe, but about taking a little time to show someone special you love them (which yes, we should be doing more often).  But hey, I’ve never had any complaints about an excuse to get a little dolled up.

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the Berry-Light shade – my fave!

When it comes to getting ready for a little Valentine’s Day fun, of course the most important are to focus on is your lips.  Chances are there may be a little smoochin’ going down, and you’re going to want to find a lippy that not only looks good but softens and smoothes as well.

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I think I’ve found the solution in new Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks ($9.49 CAD).  These lipsticks were formulated with shea and coconut butter for intense moisture and hydration.  They’re creamy and glide on so smoothly.  My lips feel amazing once I’ve applied one of these.  They almost feel more like a tinted lip balm than a lipstick, which I really like.  That being said, they do give off a really nice pigment (more than you would find in most tinted balms depending on the shade).

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Side by side comparison: Berry-Light, Red-Light, Nude-Light, Pink-Light

In keeping with their Smart Shade line, Almay has taken the guesswork out of figuring out which shades will compliment your skin tone the most.  Available in 4 shades (berry, red, nude & light), they come in three ranges for light, light-medium and medium skin tones (they have not developed a deep version, thought I’m sure the medium range would work well for this product) – but of course, you can play around to see if any of the shades designed for other skin tones will work for you!

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Being the pale kid that I am I tried the “Light” range out in all four shades.  They all looked really lovely and felt amazing.  As you can see above, the berry and red shades had a lot more colour and effect, with the nude and pink shades adding just a hint of a different tone to the lips.  My personal favourite out of the 4 is the Berry-Light shade – I love it’s beautiful colour, and it gives the lips a gorgeous flush.  I’m really loving the soft, smoothing texture of these lipsticks & the nice hint of colour that they add to my look.

 

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Ok guys, today I have to introduce you to my new BFF – joeSCRUB.  No, for real, I’m absolutely head-over-freaking-heels in love with this stuff.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or don’t pay any attention to the beauty world), you’ve no doubt heard of coffee scrubs.  I’ve seen a ton of buzz around them lately and wasn’t sure what all the hype was about.  And then I met joe.

joeSCRUB is a Canadian (hell yeah!) coffee scrub that I came across earlier this month, and after trying it I can understand why everyone is obsessing over these scrubs.  What exactly is it though?  In Joe’s own words: “Let my fair trade organic coffee grinds and organic cacao stimulate and increase blood circulation, releasing toxins helping to tighten skin, leaving skin toned and even. joe‘s himalayan pink salt and brown sugar work in tandem with the coffee and cacao to exfoliate skin, buffing away dead skin cells, keeping fine lines and wrinkles in check. Soothing organic coconut oil works perfectly to hydrate skin, leaving it baby soft. Rich in minerals and Vitamin E, grapeseed oil will help cleanse and prevent breakouts while firming. joe‘s cold-pressed almond oil will protect against the elements, whether harmful UV rays or blistering cold winds. As a grand finale, jasmine oil acts as an aphrodisiac to lift your mood and leave skin with an unmistakable and alluring fragrance.”

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Oh you know, just chilling with joe.

Sugar and spice and everything nice for your bod, this scrub is all natural and vegan and forms a killer combo that your skin is going to absolutely love you for using.  It’s a dry version of a scrub – I’m personally used to oily scrubs – that is applied and rubbed into wet skin.  It’s best to leave it on for 5-10 minutes to allow the ingredients to really work their magic and to provide the perfect level of both exfoliation and moisture.  Reading the ingredients listed above, I’m sure you can imagine some of the benefits of this scrub, which include dead skin exfoliation, improved skin hydration, acne treatment, eczema soothing, and a reduction in inflammation (the list goes on and on and on).  It’s perfectly fine to use anywhere on the body, including the face.

I’ve been amazed by how my skin feels ever since the first time I tried it.  My skin is instantly baby smooth and beyond soft, even before moisturizing after I’ve showered, thanks to all of the included oils.  I’ve noticed a reduction in redness when I use it, and I swear my skin looks more toned and even.  Another great benefit that I’ve found from using this has to do with a reduction in the appearance of keratosis pilaris (ain’t nobody got time for that chicken skin), which is probably one of the biggest pluses on my end. Oh, and it smells like coffee.  It’s delicious.  Perfect for waking you up on those days when you just don’t want to get out of bed, shower and drag your butt to work.

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All about that scrub.

I’m not kidding when I say that joeSCRUB is my first obsession of 2015.  Honestly, I’m probably going to have to stock up on this stuff pretty soon in case there’s ever a shortage (there better not bet).

joeSCRUB sells for $16.00 a package.  And, if you order by January 31st, 2015, you can have your order shipped for free when you use the code FREESHIPPING at checkout.

Have you ever used a coffee scrub?  What do you think?


Disclaimer: This post contains products sent from the company for editorial consideration.  All opinions are purely my own personal judgements.

 

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If you follow me on Instagram, you have no doubt seen that my feed is full of selfies  (guilty as charged) and product shots.  As a beauty blogger, I’m constantly snapping away and need a phone that can get the perfect shot no matter what.  Of course, this comes down to lighting, angles and the right tool for the job.

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I recently became an official LG G3 Beauty Blogger and managed to get my hands on the new LG G3 Smartphone, which I’ve been using to up my selfie game and nail some perfect shots to share on social media.  Before I get down to talking about some of my favourite features, I just wanted to break down a few of the phone’s features:

  • 5.5 inch Quad HD screen – this baby is big, and perfect for watching shows/movies on the go, browsing the web & keeping up to date with all of your profiles
  • 538 pixels/inch clarity means that images are crisp and clear
  • 13 megapixel OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilization) camera makes for gorgeous shots with amazing focus
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Look at all the pretty colours – I got gold to match my style!

So far, I’ve been loving the LG G3.  Although it’s quite a bit larger than my iPhone 5S, I’ve easily become comfortable with the size.  It’s very thin, and the clear screen more than makes the large size worthwhile.

Now of course, my favourite part of the phone has to be the camera.  It has several features that make my life so much easier when using it.  First of all, as mentioned above, the 13 MP camera takes beautiful shots which make my photos really come to life.  Beautiful, vibrant colour & the cleanest of images have been easy to obtain thanks to this.

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The LG G3 has also helped my selfies, which are a key part of my identity as a blogger, thanks to a few really cool things.  First up is the hand gesture shutter.  I know that it can be a bit of a challenge to hit the right angle and press the shutter button – I can’t even count how many times I’ve messed up a shot because I moved my hand at the last second or it was too awkward to hit the shutter.  To take a picture using this (with the front facing camera), all you have to do is put your hand up and make a fist.  This activates a 3 second countdown before the picture is taken.  You can also take photos using the cheese shutter – the countdown is activated by saying any of the following: LG, cheese, smile & whisky.

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The Magic Focus feature is perfect for taking product and event shots.  This allows you to take 5 rapid snaps so that you can easily adjust the image’s focal point later on – this is great for when you’re in a hurry and want to be able to play around with the image later!

Of course, my favourite is the built in beauty feature.  Using a slider right on the screen, you can adjust the level of the beauty filter.  It gives the skin an airbrushed effect for quick and easy publishing – think of it as an instant Instagram filter.  It helps to blur the appearance of imperfections & wrinkles and gives the skin a lovely glow.  I really like the fact that this is adjustable so you can really decide how much of a boost you need.

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Perfect for taking shots of one of my favourite things – FOOD 😀

The LG G3 has a ton of other amazing features, like the split screen (so great for multi-tasking), knock code (for quick and easy phone access) and the quick remote (yup, you can control your tv from the phone!).  I’m loving this phone and I know my fellow LG G3 Beauty Bloggers are sharing the same sentiments – be sure to see what they think and check out their shots under the #LGG3beauty hashtag on Instagram and Twitter!

Think it sounds pretty fantastic?  Make sure you check back very soon – I might have a chance for one of you to win one coming up in a few days 😉

 

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Well, New Year’s Eve is almost here.  It’s the perfect chance to get all glam and glitzy.  My favourite part?  There’s no need to be afraid of a little sparkle here and there – you can go all out, load on the glitter, and have a little fun.  In between trying to pick out the perfect NYE outfit and trying to decide where to go and what to do, I’ve put together a fun New Year’s Eve look with a little help from Hard Candy (available exclusively at Walmart) to help you get prepped for the big night.

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I went with a few fun product from Hard Candy to put this look together.  I didn’t want it to be too over the top, but had fun adding some sparkle to my eyes and went with a more purple toned palette to add a bit of colour.  Check out the products I used and steps to recreate this look for your NYE!

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  1. I started off by applying Sheer Envy Illuminating Primer to my fave to help prep the skin.  This primer has got quite a bit of sparkle to it, so you may want to go easy on it if you don’t want to end up looking like a vampire from Twilight.  It has a bit of a gel consistency, and helps to set everything up for makeup application.  I then used Glamoflauge Lite to cover up any redness and spots.
  2. For the eyes, I started off with Eye Def.  This shimmery, pearly liquid shadow actually worked perfectly as a base so help bring out the colour in the shadows.  From there, I used the Mod Quad baked eye shadow palette in Under the Moon for colour.  I used the lightest shade all over  up to the brow bone then applied the top right shade to the lid.  I used the bottom left shade in the crease to add some definition and a bit of the darkest shade to add a hint of liner.  After applying black mascara, I finished off with a bit of Lash Tinsel to add some sparkle and fun to my eyes.
  3. For the lips, I started off by applying All Glossed Up in Tickled Pink for a bit of a pink tint and then added a little Plumping Serum in Nude Beach for some more shine.

What will you be wearing for New Year’s Eve?

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I’m seriously bummed that the 12 Days of Holiday Beauty for 2014 is coming to an end, but I want to thank you guys for coming by and entering!  I had some amazing sponsors and prizes this year, and I really hope that you enjoyed  everything that was up for grabs!  I’m going to be selecting all of the winners once today’s giveaway closes and will be in touch with everyone who won a prize soon – think of it as an early Christmas surprise 🙂

Now, as I had mentioned before, I love you guys so much that I decided to give you one last bonus giveaway – because as fun as 12 Days is, 13 is just so much more fun.  I also just so happened to save (in my opinion) the best for last 😉

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Yup, that’s right, I’ve got a Clarisonic Aria to give away to one of you lucky readers.  And to make things even better, it’s pink!!!

As I’m sure you’ve noticed in the past, looooooooooooooooooooooooove my Clarisonic Aria, and I’m not alone in this boat.  The cleaning power it provides it unbelievable.  It’s sonic method (which results in 360 movements per second) provides 6x better cleansing than hands alone.  I’ve tested this (not necessarily to the exact measure) but I can genuinely say that it does provide way better cleansing than normal. The results also speak for themselves.  When I’m using my Clarisonic, my skin is so much clearer and brighter – the difference is honestly noticeable.  Seriously.  Go through and read my review.

Anyways… You would have to be crazy not to want to win this one (unless, of course, you already have one).  And did I mention this one is pink? Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
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