Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush

If I had to choose a favourite make up product, it would definitely come down to either lipstick or blush. I love me a bold lip, and a healthy flush.

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For the last six months or so I’ve been addicted to my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour blushes. I don’t carry blush with me so I find it annoying when it starts to fade halfway through the day. Not a problem with these Tarte blushes. They last for ages, and at the end of the day they look the same as they did when I applied them that morning. Impressive!

Random side note: I just got hit with the worst craving for one of those Tim Horton’s muffins with the fruit filling. Does that ever happen to you guys?

Now, these blushes cost a pretty penny. They’re about $35 a pop, but of course I didn’t pay that for any of mine (I love me some eBay). It’s worth it though. Tarte is a cruelty free brand, and the quality speaks for itself.

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I have three shades: Natural Beauty, Fearless, and Magic. Natural Beauty is red toned and when I first got it I was afraid of it. I’d never worn a red blush before. That said, it has quickly become my favourite of the three and it’s the one I wear the most. It’s heavily pigmented so you only need to touch your brush to the powder and you’ve got enough colour for both cheeks. It’s totally matte and it works beautifully with a bold red or fucsia lip. Fearless is a pretty coral pink with gold shimmer. It’s a great daytime shade and gives you that flush that you get from being outside in the cold. Magic is a completely matte peachy pink. I think this one has been discontinued so I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about it.

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Swatches right to left: Natural Beauty, Fearless, Magic.

I haven’t tried anything else from Tarte but the blushes are phenomenal. This is definitely a brand I want to explore further.

What’s your favourite make up product?

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Hairor

Products

Sometimes people ask me how I get my curls looking defined. After giving them the stink eye because I assume they’re taking the piss, I relent and mumble something about conditioner. That’s not the whole story.

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This is me – first thing in the morning. Eek! Don’t look or you might turn to stone! Also, please ignore the ratty polish… I may have had a bottle glass¬†of vino the night before.¬†

The thing about difficult hair (and I do have difficult hair – I don’t care what anyone says) is that I have no idea how to deal with it. I never have. When I get up in the morning I look like Medusa. I’m not lying even a little bit. I usually tie it back stat, but sometimes I leave it to give my roomie a laugh. They should issue an instruction booklet to curly haired children. Really.

People sometimes give me a hard time about showering every day, but a. I like to be clean (next to Godliness you know), and b. I don’t want to frighten small children always. I don’t know what to do with my hair if I don’t get it wet. I don’t flat iron it very often because it exhausts me, I don’t curl it because, well, why would I? I can’t leave it looking like a ball of frizz that I pulled out of the drain, so what am I supposed to do? The only thing I can fathom doing is getting it wet and then thoroughly dousing it with every frizz taming product I can get my hands on. I always let my hair air dry because, in spite of what every hairdresser ever has told me, diffusers make my hair frizzy. Also, I do not want to spend more than one minute doing my hair. I want to get dressed because clothes are fun, doing my hair is torture.

Sometimes I see girls who have really thick curly hair and it’s all over the place and it looks awesome. My hair is fine, this means that you only have to look at it to make the curls come apart and turn into frizz. The horror.

Anyway, what’s my point? I don’t really have one, but here are some products that help, just help mind you, nothing more.

L'Oreal Evercreme

First thing’s first my pets: condition, condition, condition, and then condition some more. In addition to the conditioner I use in the shower, I follow up with a leave-in conditioner while my hair is still wet. Right now I’m using this one from L’Oreal and loving it. It smells like caramel, yum. Since cutting my hair short again I haven’t needed it as much, but it’s a great product to dig out on those extra humid days.

Hair Oil

Next I add a couple drops of hair oil. I used Moroccan Oil for a long time, but I’ve found that, in addition to being super spendy, it’s actually a touch heavy for my fine locks. I love, love, LOVE this one from Ojon (available from Sephora) and would definitely buy it again. I grabbed the Marc Anthony Oil on a whim while at Shopper’s and I have to say I quite like it. It smells like sum sum summa-time! I find that both of these products work just as well as Moroccan Oil, if not better.

IMG_0499Lastly, I add a dime-sized amount of styling cream. I love Potion 9. I’ve used it for years, and I don’t imagine I’ll stop. It’s a cult product for a reason. I bought the Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Defining Creme a couple of years ago after scouring the entire city for Potion 9 and not having any luck. I don’t particularly like the Curl Creme actually. It’s really easy to use too much and end up with greasy looking locks; I also find it quite heavy for my hair and it creates a lot of build-up. I won’t buy it again.

Oribe

Sometimes at the end of the day my hair needs a bit of a boost, a refresher. I like volume. To achieve some texture I like to add a few sprays of dry shampoo, or of my latest obsession: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. Holycrapthisstuffisamazing. It smells great, very grown-up but not in a floral way. It just gives hair some oomf. It does create a lot of build-up, but since I don’t use it everyday I don’t mind having to wash it out. Highly recommend giving this stuff a try!

So there you have it! Now you know all of my secrets!

What’s your hair routine (if it’s rolling out of bed and sticking your glossy, straight hair in a cute pony then we are friends-off I’m afraid)?

P.S. I know these photos are all out of focus/over-exposed/under-exposed but my camera and I are still getting to know one another.

Soap and Glory

Well hello! Here we are in 2014. I can’t believe it, can you? I had my birthday and now I’m a year older, if not any wiser. So far this year has been tumultuous. Without going into any great detail, it’s not been great. That said I’m starting fresh and 2014 officially begins now in my world. Happy 2014 friends!

So I’ve already talked about the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream. You know I adore it. You know what else I adore? The Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash.

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I like it so much that I went all the way to Burnaby to get it. I had to take a bus and the sky train! It took an hour. I regret nothing. The scent is the same as the lotion. Light, fresh, and limey. It lathers beautifully. The product itself isn’t super thick but it suds up really creamy and rich. There’s a tone of the stuff in the bottle as well, it’s 500 ml. I’ve been using it for three weeks and only about a fifth of the bottle is gone!

This body wash is a total win. Do I recommend it? You betcha. Scoop it up, you won’t regret it. It’s available at some Shopper’s Drug Marts, and online at Sephora’s website.

Have you tried Soap and Glory?