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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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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?


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Colour addict? You’re going to love the new Maybelline New York Color Jolts. I first spotted these backstage at Toronto Fashion Week (RIP) back in the spring and immediately knew that I was going to have to give them a try. Fast forward to a few months later and you can imagine my excitement when a few of them found their way into my mailbox.

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These bold lip paints are unbelievably pigmented and completely opaque (they’re said to have 8 times more pigment than the typical gloss), making them ideal for someone who is looking for colour; I’m a big fan of letting the colour of a lip product speak for itself, and I’m really happy to say that these live up to their name. Maybelline has managed to pack a ton of colour into a small package (I wish they were a little bigger as I’m sure I’ll go through them in no time!).

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When it comes to formula, I think these find a perfect balance between giving bold, long-lasting colour payoff and a comfortable, wearable feel. The Color Jolts are creamy, with a non-sticky feel that hydrates while you wear, and a hint of shine. I find that I can throw one on before I head out for the day and it will last for a few hours before I have to reapply, with some transfer when I eat or drink.

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Although I usually go for the deeper red shades, I have to say I’ve really been loving Stripped Down for the past couple of weeks – it’s a killer nude with just a hint of pink that looks natural and enhances a fresh face.

One of the downsides with this product? Right now, there are only 8 shades available; I’m a really big fan of these and I’m hoping that they continue to expand on the line.

Have you tried any of the Maybelline Color Jolts?

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