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Summer is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s easily my favourite season, and I plan to spend lots of time in the beaching and by the pool while it’s here. Now, of course, this means wearing a bathing suit way more than usual and keeping things tidy down there is going to be a priority. I’ve been trying a couple of products from my friends at Nair that will definitely make things a lot easier throughout the summer.

Have you ever tried waxing at home? Trust me, it’s not as scary as it sounds and even easier than you might think. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that I spent a few weeks in April/May visiting my parents in Costa Rica. Down there I wore a bathing suit every single day, so Nair Wax Ready-Strips were my saviour (and totally will be for the rest of the summer).

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The wax comes on pre-measured strips that you peel apart (no rubbing required anymore, though I find that it does help them to come apart a bit more smoothly) before smoothing down onto the area where you want to remove hair – going with the direction of the hair growth and pulling off in the opposite direction. They also come with a few finishing wipes to help remove wax residue and soothe the skin, though if you run out I find that baby oil works great as well!

I love how easy to use these Nair Wax Ready-Strips are; there’s no mess, no cleanup! They do a great job of removing the hair you just don’t want, and can be used on the bikini line, underarm or face (depending on which type you get). The strips with coconut milk oil are definitely my favourite as they work really well on sensitive skin, making them perfect for using on the bikini line. They’re going to be in heavy rotation as I navigate the beach this summer.

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How do you get ready for the beach?

 


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nair, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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Do you know what I hate? Clumpy lashes. You know what I mean; you swipe on your mascara only to find chunks of lashes that stick together. I’ll admit I’ve done some silly things to get separation, like taking pointed end tweezers to them to pry my lashes apart. The new COVERGIRL Total Tease Mascara promises long, refined lashes, so I knew I had to try it out.

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The mascara, which is available in a few black + brown shades and a deep blue, does a good job of getting in close to the lashes for full coverage. The wand it dual-sided; half features a plastic, spiked brush for even coverage and the other side has a unique detailing tip with longer bristles so you can really separate and “tease” the lashes to their full length potential. I’ll be honest, the first few times I used this mascara the detailing tip freaked me out a bit. I could see it in front of my eye while I was brushing the mascara on, but I quickly got used to it.

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In terms of the formula, it nicely coats the lashes and does provide nice lengthening results. You should see some of the pictures I tried to take – my lashes are so long that they actually curl at the top where the hit my eyelid! I love that aspect, but I would have loved to see a bit more volume and fullness. I already have pretty decent length so fullness is something I really like to see in my mascara. If you’re looking for a lengthening mascara though, this is a really great, affordable option; I get results similar to those that I see with Benefit’s Rollerlash Mascara.

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When it comes to separation, I found that the classic mascara applicator side of the brush does a really good job on its own of fully coating and separating the lashes, but of course you do end up with small areas where the lashes can slightly clump together. The detailing tip, once you get used to it, does a really great job of separating and spacing out the lashes to help increase fullness of the lashes and give them a more defined look. I also found that this mascara has really great wear time. I can throw it on in the morning and it’s still in place at the end of the day without any flaking or traveling.

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Have you tried the COVERGIRL Total Tease Mascara yet? Will you be giving it a try?

 


Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples sent for editorial review, but as always all opinions are 100% my own! xo

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As you may have noticed, makeup this spring is all about colour; adding bright pops of it into your look is a really easy way to update for the new season and freshen up. The new L’Oreal Paris Infallible Paints Lip are a surefire way to inject a little more of this springtime trend into your look without having to go too far out of your comfort zone.

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Available in a variety of shades ranging from deep plums to neutral nudes to popping pinks, with a side of bold (there’s a killer navy shade available, not pictured here), they’ve created a really nice selection of shades to flatter different styles and skintones. I’ve personally been on a bit of a nude kick and have been loving lip shades with a bit of a dusty rose feel, so Nude Star (312) has been a favourite of mine. When I feel like being a bit bolder, I also like to swipe a bit of Sultry Sangria (326) on.

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The lip paints come with a curved applicator with a bit of a pointed tip, so application is really comfortable and it’s easy to perfect your lines. I’m a big fan of the formulation of these; they’re creamy and soft, so your lips never feel dried out. They have a soft, slightly shiny finish that gives the lips a bit of a plump look.

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Another win with these comes with their pigmentation. The colour is exactly what you would expect from looking at the tubes, and they provide really strong colour that blends easily. Some of the darker shades can be a bit streaky if you apply a little heavily, but they can be easily blended by patting with your finger or a tissue.

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L’Oreal Paris Infallible Paints Lip Swatches from L-R: Lilac Lust, Violet Twist, Bewitching Bordeau, Taupeless, Nude Star, Spicy Blush, Wild Rose, Fearless Fuchsia, Cool Coral, Orange Envy, DIY Red, Sultry Sangria

Will you be trying any of the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Paints Lip out? What shades are you drawn to?


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Lately, I’ve been giving a lot more thought to the products that I use and what goes into them. What we use on our bodies goes in our bodies, so to speak, and more and more companies are making it easier to make choices that we can feel confident about when it comes to purchasing these. When I heard of the new Matrix Biolage R.A.W. (click through for more info) line, a collection of hair products designed to be “Real, Authentic and Wholesome” I knew I had to give it a try.

The collection of shampoos, conditioners and clay masks was created with the intention of developing a lineup of products with an origin that is as natural as possible. They contain amazing natural ingredients, like coconut oil, kaolin clay, quinoa husk and black sesame, to provide hair with a wholesome treatment that doesn’t take away from performance. The products all have up to 95% natural origin, and are free of silicones, sulfates (a big one for me, as someone who colours their hair) and parabens. And, to make things even better, all of the packaging is 100% recyclable  and made from consumer recycled materials.

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I’ve tried out all three pairs of the Matrix Biolage R.A.W. shampoo and conditioner, and I’ve had a really positive experience with all three; I can honestly say that they don’t compromise on performance, and leave the hair feeling great. I’m really enamored with the Uplift Shampoo and Conditioner. I have fine hair that tends to fall flat, especially after the second and third day, but but with the use of this I’ve actually noticed that my hair has a bit more lift and maintains its body after a few days, which is key for me. Black sesame and grapefruit help to purify, while kiwi and kaolin clay condition without weighing the hair down at the root. I’m also a fan of using the Nourish and Recover pairs for the few washes before I colour my hair – they help to restore moisture and softness that makes colouring easier and more effective, while minimizing damage.

They also all have amazing natural (and eco-friendly!) scents – it really says something about the product when you can smell the ingredients.

Overall, are these RAW products a success? I’m very happy to report that the Matrix Biolage R.A.W. collection lives up to their intentions. The ingredients that were sourced help to provide amazing benefits for the hair, while maintaining a wholesome balance. I’m a big fan of these and will definitely continue using them to keep my hair healthy.

Will you be trying this line out? Learn more here.

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In the mood for a sweet treat without the guilt? Reach for a tube of COVERGIRL Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Balm. Call me crazy (or a beauty junkie), but I’ll take a tube of lippy over candy any day. Unless I can have both… Then I’ll take both.

Sometimes, you’re just in the mood for something light that enhances the look of your lips, which is where these balms come in. The sweetly-scented balms give the lips a fairly sheer coat of colour with one layer, adding a subtle hue to your pout along with a hint of sheen – perfect for days when you’re going for a more natural look or just want to add a touch of colour.

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And, of course, the colour doesn’t come without its benefits. The lip balms are enriched with grapeseed oil, avocado butter and Vitamins C & E, which bathe the lips in a rich coat of moisture. They’re lightweight and feel great on the lips, gently helping to repair and restore moisture for a healthy look. You can honestly feel the softness of the oils on your lips as soon as your apply them, giving them a nice smooth feel. I’ve been dealing with dry lips for the past few days as the weather jumps around here, and these babies have been working overtime to help (successfully) restore them.

I really love how these feel once applied, and the hint of colour that they give the lips; these have recently become a go-to for me (and by recently, I really mean since earlier this year), with one stashed in my purse, on my desk and in my work bag to keep me going. I love the fact that when you’re on the go, you can give your lips a quick swipe for an instant boost without having to worry about precise application, as you would with lipstick.

The COVERGIRL Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Balms are also available in 10 sweet shades/scents depending on your mood and the level of colour you’re looking for.

Have you tried these out?

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