Update: Take a look at my full-face Burt’s Bees Beauty look!

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For 30 years, Burt’s Bees has been taking care of bodies from head-to-toe for 30 years now; the line has been a staple in many of our cupboards for years, with their body care products & lip balms helping to provide natural, good for you care. Over the past few years, they’ve started dipping their toes into products that are a bit more beauty-centric, and January marks the start of something new – the Burt’s Bees Beauty line, full of natural makeup products that cover all of your essential beauty needs.

They’re starting off by launching 7 products in a range of shades: mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, brow pencils, liquid foundation, powder foundation, blush and glossy lipsticks, with more shades & products to come in the future. All of the items range from 98.9% – 100% (most in the 100% area) natural, and all are free of parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum, talc, synthetic fragrances and silicones. There’s just something so reassuring about knowing what you’re putting on your delicate skin. I had a chance to meet up with the Burt’s Bees team a couple of months ago to learn about the line and it was really refreshing to hear about the ingredients that go into making these.

I love how they stayed true to their roots and kept the honeycomb motif throughout the packaging; the face products & eyeshadows are all housed in honeycomb-shaped compacts, while you’ll notice it sprinkled throughout the rest of the packaging and even imprinted on the powders.

Anyways, I know you’re itching to learn more about what you’ll find in the collection, so read on to learn more about the products and see below for swatches! I’ll also be uploading a video to YouTube next week showing you a full face look using these Burt’s Bees Beauty products.

Eyes

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Burt’s Bees Beauty Eyeshadow in Dusky Woods

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Burt’s Bees Beauty Eyeshadow in Countryside Lavender

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For the eyes, Burt’s Bees has really covered their bases with this initial launch. You have a little bit of everything, with shadows, liner, brows and mascara all included in the lineup. Their eyeshadows come in sets of three shades, all of which are mineral-infused and safe enough to use on sensitive eyes. The shades are really beautiful – four different palettes available – and work nicely together to create a gorgeous eye look. I’ve been loving Countryside Lavender but really want to get my hands on Blooming Desert, which has a gorgeous coppery shade. To go along with the shadows, they’ve also introduced three fade-resistant eyeliners, which are available in Midnight Gray, Soft Black and Warm Brown. They’re smooth and soft and glide on nicely to create a beautiful line.

To finish off your eye look, the Nourishing Mascara in Classic Black and Black Brown is the perfect next step. This mascara helps to lengthen the eyelashes and contains Jojoba Oil to help nourish while you wear. This mascara is, again, great for anyone with sensitive eyes and those of us who wear contacts.

Finally, of course, they couldn’t forget about the brows. Available in blonde and brunette, these pencils fill in the brows with soft colour; the formula is almost powdery, making it perfect for application & then a brush through to disperse and give a more natural finish.

Face

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For the face, Burt’s Bees Beauty has a few options that will help to give your skin a healthy, natural look. They’ve created two different foundations and a powder blush for a gorgeous complexion. One of my favourite products, the Goodness Glows Liquid Makeup (available in 12 shades), is really one of the stars of the line. This medium-full coverage foundation is light on the skin and surprisingly moisturizing; no cakiness here and you can definitely build the coverage to a level that you want. It has a bit of a dewy finish that really does leave your skin with a nice glow.

To go along with this, they’ve also created a Mattifying Powder Foundation (available in 6 shades), which helps to control shine and, again, offers light-medium buildable coverage. It has a really soft, matte finish on the skin, and I find it actually works really well as a setting powder after using the liquid foundation if you prefer more of a matte finish.

To add a little colour and warm up your face, you can reach for the powder blush (available in 3 shades), created with bamboo & honey and infused with minerals for a healthy-looking glow. It’s definitely buildable and I find applies seamlessly, blending in really nicely.

Lips

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In the past couple of years, Burt’s Bees has definitely seen success with the introduction of coloured lip products. This year, they decided to add more to their lipstick lineup with these new Glossy Lipsticks, available in six pink & nude shades. They’ve been created with moringa oil and red raspberry seed oil to provide nourishment to the lips. They feel really nice on, with fairly light colour and a slightly glossy finish.

Swatches

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Burt’s Bees Eyeshadow in (L-R): Countryside Lavender & Dusky Woods (that gold shade is a stunner!)

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Burt’s Bees Eyeliner in Warm Brown & Soft Black, Brow Pencil in Blonde

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Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Liquid Makeup in Natural Beige, Mattifying Powder Foundation in Vanilla & Bamboo, Blush in Bare Peach

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Burt’s Bees Glossy Lipstick in Nude Rain, Rose Falls, Pink Pool & Blush Ripple

Will you be giving any of the natural makeup from the Burt’s Bees Beauty line a try?

 

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Blushing beauty? The new NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette ($29.99 CAD) is going to need to find a way into your makeup bag. The carefully curated palette contains a mix of 8 rosy-hued blushes for a combination that will look great on any skin tone.

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The blush shades available in the palette were chosen to help brighten the complexion, while being completely customizable; it’s easy to combine shades on the skin to find the perfect hue to complement your look. The two shades on the top left have a bit of shimmer to them, making them perfect for adding a little highlight and glow. Aside from the first two shades, the remaining are nice and matte, with a velvety texture that glides onto the skin and blends easily.

 

In terms of pigmentation, all 8 blushes have great colour payoff – they show up on the skin exactly as they appear in the pan, building up nicely with continued application. Start off slow with a lighter shade and try building up the colour with one of the deeper tones until you find your perfect flush.

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The palette can also be used to create a complete look, using the blushes as eyeshadow as well – take a look at a tutorial here!

Will you be checking the NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette out?


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

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If you’re anything like me, you’re desperately hanging onto the last bit of summer despite the fact that September is a mere two days away. I, for one, live for summer. I love the heat, the colours, the vibes – everything – which is why I’m head over heels for the Mara Hoffman for Sephora Kaleidoscape collection. The show-stopping collection features stunning tropical prints created by Hoffman and natural products that your skin can appreciate.

“The Collection is a celebration of colour, travel, vitality, and femininity,” said Mara Hoffman. “I’ve had an amazing relationship with the Sephora Team over the years, who have masterfully executed the makeup looks for my past few shows. When they approached me about doing a capsule collection, it was a no-brainer – I knew we would create something really special together.”

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The prints really are the stars in this collection, and shine brightly throughout the makeup products, brush sets and extensive selection of bags.

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In addition to the five makeup bags (two of which are clutches that can definitely fit into your wardrobe, the collection also features a stunning compact mirror – which you will definitely want to pull out at every possibly opportunity – a limited edition version of the PRO Flawless Airbrush #56 brush, a 5-piece charcoal brush set and a selection of cosmetics.

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Of the makeup products, all contain natural, body-friendly ingredients like She Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil and Manuka Honey. You’ll find a tinted lip balm, a 5-piece sheer lip gloss set, a stick cheek trio (containing a highlighter, blush and bronzer) and a natural oil balm, which can be used to hydrate the face and body.

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Mara Hoffman for Sephora Kaleidoscape Clutch

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The Kaleidescape Escapader

The Kaleidescape Reversible Overnighter

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The Kaledescape Universalist

Will you try to hang on to summer with anything from the Mara Hoffman for Sephora Kaleidoscape collection?

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for a little getaway with your sweetie.  Although I was a little bit early, I took off to Niagara Falls this past weekend with my boyfriend for a cute little escape and for the chance to have some fun adventures and alone time.  It was a ton of fun, and even though we didn’t wait for Valentine’s Day, I loved having a chance to get away from home for a little while with him!

When you’re getting ready for a Valentine’s Day getaway (or just a romantic escape in general), you have to make sure that you pick the right items for the weekend.  Personally, beauty on the go for a weekend with my SO is all about looking pretty & fresh-faced without too much effort – aka no makeup-makeup!  I’ve picked 4 of my favourite Clarin’s products for a gorgeous fresh-faced look that will bring out your natural beauty when you’re on the go.  Read on to learn more about them and receive free shipping on your purchase at clarins.ca!

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1. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm ($50 CAD): This balm is perfect for giving skin a quick, glowing boost.  Once this balm has been patted (not rubbed) on to the face, the skin looks instantly brighter and more well rested.  I find that it works really well to balance out the skin and smoothes fine lines & pores.  It’s so perfect for prepping the skin for makeup application as well (not that you really need it), helping it to set perfectly & last!

2. Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara ($27 CAD): For the eyes I’m all about big flirty lashes that really bring attention to you!  This mascara has the best of both worlds – length, volume & curl – for lashes that are absolutely gorgeous & perfect for shooting a suggestive wink your SO’s way.

3. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Candy Flush ($20 CAD): A killer gloss is a must-have for Valentine’s Day, natch.  This gloss is smooth, not sticky, and gives a beautiful flush to the lips.  The colour isn’t too intense and is actually quite natural looking, just giving your lips a gorgeous, shimmery boost. Not only that, it helps to keep your lips moisturized & smells/tastes sweet, so your guy is going to have no problem going in for some V Day kisses.

4. Clarins Blush Prodige in Soft Peach ($32 CAD): The perfect finishing touch?  A pretty flush on the apples of your cheeks.  This blush is a beautiful, natural-looking peach shade with a hint of golden shimmer throughout to warm up your look for an instantly warmer, healthy looking appearance.

Combined, these four products make the perfect on the go beauty look which I think is just right for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day.

And I now have a little bonus for you – receive free shipping on your order at Clarins.ca when you use the code DEE at checkout!  Will you be picking up any of my beauty bag on the go essentials?

 

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Last weekend I was introduced to an exciting new launch – the new Make Up For Ever HD Cream Blush.  In the past year I’ve really taken a shining to blush.  It’s always been a part of my makeup routine, but I’ve become absolutely hooked with some of the amazing styles and finishes that have come out recently.

The newest addition to the MUFE HD lineup really lives up to the standards set by its predecessors.  Lightweight and creamy, the blush applies like a dream.  It blends in seamlessly with a swipe of a brush for a flawless finish and a light flush, and is easily buildable for a more dramatic look (thanks to the great pigmentation of these).  In connection with this release, Make Up For Ever has also revealed their professional blush techniques for perfect application based on your face shape.  One of the great MUFE artists on site helped to show me which application technique best suited my face shape and I was amazed to see how well it helped to both highlight my cheekbones and contour my face at the same time.

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With a full range of 16 shades, it’s nearly impossible to not find a shade that will suit and flatter your skin tone.  I’ve been trying out the blushes in #410 (a universally flattering coral shade) and #215 (a coral-pink shade) and love them.  Honestly, they almost snuck through to my makeup bag before I was able to take a quick photo because I was dying to play with them.  I did have to practice a couple of times before I nailed the application technique but I’m really happy I played around with it – I may have tweaked it a little to suit my style but really like how it looks.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER HD CREAM BLUSH in 410 & 215

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Price: $31.00 CAD

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