Over the rainbow: How to colour correct like a pro

You may have seen them in the concealer aisle, products in rainbow hues like green, purple, pink and yellow. No, these aren’t concealers, they’re colour correctors!

Suffer from dullness? Redness? Bags under your eyes? Thankfully there’s a colour corrector for that! I’ve actually posted about colour correcting before, but I wanted to touch on it again since so many brands are coming out with their own colour correcting palettes.

Colour correcting solves a lot of problems. I’ve had friends ask me for concealer recommendations for dark circles or moisturizers to make their skin glow, but in reality, a little colour correcting can get rid of problems like dark circles under the eyes and dullness.

The way these things work is by looking at the colour wheel. Red and green are opposite colours, so they cancel each other out.  If you suffer from redness on your face (perhaps around the nose area?), apply some green to the area, blend it out, then apply your foundation. You’ll notice that the redness was neutralized. Same goes for all the other colours you’ll commonly find in a colour correcting kit.

Here’s a cheat sheet:

Pale pink – targets blue-toned spots on fair skin
Peach – neutralizes blue/purple shadows
Yellow – Conceals purple or dark-toned shadows on olive or tan skin
Green – camouflages redness
Lavender – cancels out yellow tones

Although there are many palettes out there geared towards colour correcting, a lot of brands also offer single items as well in case you don’t need to go so heavy with the correcting. In fact, Make Up For Ever has a whole line of primers in an assortment of different hues geared toward colour correcting the face before applying makeup.

I don’t often do colour correcting since I don’t really suffer from discolouration much. With that being said, if I do colour correct, I will apply some green around the eye area and my nose to balance it out. It may seem scary once you apply the colour to your face, but once it’s blended out, you really do see a difference.

In the photo above I went a little deeper than I normally would do for this method. I applied the peach tone under my eyes to banish dark circles, I put the green around my nose and outer corner of the eyes to get rid of redness, and I placed the purple on my cheeks to take away any dullness. I used the colour correcting palette by L’Oreal Paris, as part of their Infallible line, but most colour correcting palettes have the same colours (if you are darker toned, then the colours will be a little different to suit darker complexions).

Once I blended that all out, I applied my makeup as I usually would and you can definitely tell that my skin looked more radiant and my makeup more flawless.

The redness was gone, the dullness disappeared, and the dark circles vanished. All because of a little green, purple, and peach.

If you are curious about colour correcting and live in the Winnipeg area, I’m hosting a colour correcting clinic this Monday, April 24 at London Drugs St. Vital. The event is free and there are two sessions available, 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.. You can register for tickets here. Come by, say hi, and learn to colour correct like a pro!

Do you do colour correcting? What are your thoughts on this method?

Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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California dreaming: Highlights from LA

Guys, I think I have an addiction to travelling. Because I tend to travel so often, if I’m home for  more than three months I get the itch to go somewhere. My boyfriend had some work stuff in Los Angeles this past weekend so I was more than happy to tag along, especially since it was my first time visiting.

I’ve always wanted to go to LA. When I was younger, I was wanted to be a movie star and would watch all the old Hollywood films and just admire all the classic actors. As I got older, in my teens, I was totally sucked into the LA hype, when Paris Hilton was in her prime and Laguna Beach was the hottest show on TV. Now, between watching Keep Up With the Kardashians and pretty much any show that takes place in LA, it seems like I’m familiar with the city even though I’ve never been.

Anyways, we headed out last weekend since it was Easter long weekend (I used all my vacay days at work except for one, so it worked out perfectly) and I really did have the best time for a first trip there. We stayed at the Hollywood Roosevelt, which is right across from the TCL Chinese Theatre and on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We stayed in a cabana room since I found they looked more trendier and modern online. The cabana rooms surround the pool, which is a super iconic spot as Marilyn Monroe held her first professional photo shoot there (she also lived at the hotel for two years or so – she has her own suite named after her and apparently haunts the property). The bottom of the pool was also painted by artist David Hockney and is a million-dollar mural.

Since the BF was off doing work stuff on Friday, I had the whole day to myself. I started at the Morphe store in Burbank, which was quite a hike from everything else, but it was well worth it, as I picked up some goodies for friends, as well as some single eye shadows and a Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick (it’s always so expensive to ship these things to Canada!). Next, I grabbed a Lyft (if you’ve never used Lyft or Uber before, find some promo codes online for money off your first rides!) to Melrose, where I hit up some coffee shops, murals, and shops. I always wanted to stop by Dash and was actually pleasantly surprised to find that the merchandise was pretty affordable, I walked out of there with a black bodysuit by their Dash line which was $65.

After, I made my way to the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood for the TMZ Tour, which I was on the fence about, but since I had time to kill before meeting up with my boyfriend (and the pick up/drop off spot was right across from our hotel), I figured why not? I ended up loving the tour as they give you a pretty good overview of LA and all the hotspots/celebrity history of some landmarks. We saw where Paris Hilton filmed her sextape (the Four Seasons Beverly Hills), we learned that Josh Hartnett shit his pants outside the Chateau Marmont (and called 911 about it), and we found out that the Kardashian family received the keys to the city of Beverly Hills on 90210 day, among so many other juicy tidbits. I found that throughout the trip I kept dropping the facts I learned on the tour to my boyfriend since we hung around the same areas they take you on. I read bad reviews about it online, but I definitely recommend taking the tour, as it was incredibly entertaining and if you’re into celebrity gossip and info, then you’ll find this enjoyable.

Other spots we visited were The Grove, which was a place I’ve always wanted to go to, but to be honest, I found it a little disappointing. There isn’t that many stores there and the stores they do have are pretty well known and available anywhere. We ended up going to Santa Monica after and the Third Street Promenade was so much better for shopping (I even found a pair of Quay x Desi High Keys at Nordstrom, whereas The Grove location was saying they always sell out as soon as they get them in), as well as a walk down Rodeo Drive. While we were in Beverly Hills, we popped into the Beverly Hills Hotels to take some photos and eat brunch at The Polo Lounge, which was fabulous. Other spots we ate at was Farida on Sunset Boulevard, Gjelina in Venice and Catch LA on Melrose (oh, and In ‘n Out burger of course).

On the last day we went to Universal Studios Hollywood and had a total blast. The calibre of rides there were unlike anything I have been on. Since my boyfriend hates lines we opted for the Front of Line passes, which were so worth it since some of the rides had a wait time of 50 minutes or more.

Overall it was such an amazing trip and I was so sad to leave. Considering that it was my first time, I found that everything looked so familiar, since we see Los Angeles all the time on TV and in films. It’ll be tough to top this trip next time I head out there (which, hopefully is sooner rather than later). In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the photos!

Have you been to LA? What are some of the places you recommend checking out?

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Overworked: Three skincare products you need for stressed-out skin

Between my full-time job, being a blogger on the side, and working out everyday (sometimes twice a day AND I teach classes), there isn’t much time at the end of the day for me-time. Don’t get me wrong, I love being busy, but it’s nice to just chill at the end of the day with a snack and some Netflix (who else is obsessed with 13 Reasons Why right now?).

I take great pride in taking care of my skin, but since the weather is changing and my schedule is getting busier, I’ve been finding more breakouts on the lower part of my face. Because of that, I’ve had to switch up my routine a bit and incorporate more heavy-duty products to really nourish my skin and keep it in check.

I get skincare products all the time and it’s rather hard to blog about them because it’s not like something that you can try once then write about. There are three products that have recently landed on my desk and are amazing for stressed out, overworked skin. Two of them are from Asian skincare brand For Beloved One, a renowned cosmeceutical line from Taiwan, and one is from Estee Lauder, which I always trust when it comes to amazing skincare.

Advanced Anti-Aging Ceramide Squalene Moisturizing Cream and Anti-Aging Ceramide Squalane Bio-Cellulose Mask

For Beloved One Advanced Anti-Aging Ceramide Squalene Moisturizing Cream, C$99

I know what you’re thinking, I’m only 28 (29 next month) and I’m already using an anti-aging cream.  These creams are kinda like getting Botox when you don’t have wrinkles, it’s all preventative. If I use an anti-aging cream early then it will help my skin from showing the signs of aging later on.

This cream provides skin with concentrated energy needed throughout the night. The key ingredients, Ceramide and Squalane are the miracle workers here. Ceramide smoothes the skin’s outermost layer while also enhancing its self-defence ability for an ageless, youthful look, whereas Squalane provides additional nourishment for a supple and firm appearance. The cream also has Vitamin E and natural oat kernel extract damage and regenerates skin for a flawless and luminous complexion.

For Beloved One Anti-Aging Ceramide Squalane Bio-Cellulose Mask, C$62.99

This mask pack (which contains three masks) contains the finest fibres in nature and is infused with ceramide and squalane to replenish skin nutrition that is lost with age. It also contains Matrixyl 3000, which penetrates the dermis to restore firmness and plumpness from the inside out.

I was excited to try this product the most since Asian skincare lines are known for their face masks. This product is on the pricey side, $62.99 for three masks, so I would highly recommend using these for special occasions. With that being said, you can definitely tell these are not your five for $10 kind of face masks. The masks are quite thicker than a typical facemask and definitely pack more power with the amount of serum in here.

Will one use make you look younger? Probably not, but combined with the cream, it could maximize the benefits.

Since For Beloved One is an Asian skincare line, you can find it at T&T supermarkets or online at YesStyle.ca.

Both these products, as well as a few other items from this collection, will be available in early May. The line is designed to repair the skin’s outermost layer and rejuvenate the skin to restore its natural and youthful resilience.

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Power Eye Gelee

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Power Eye Gelee, C$68

The last product is an eye cream, something I use morning and night. I feel like the first signs of aging you can notice in someone’s face are the skin around the eye area. Eyes tell a lot about a person, and if the skin around them is sagging, discoloured, tired looking, etc., well then you can probably gather a lot about that individual.

The Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Power Eye Gelee (seriously beauty brands, why do you always have to give such long names?) is a multi-action fatigue-fighting eye treatment that helps the skin around the eye area feel firmer and look more radiant and nourished. It also helps to improve skin’s visible firmness and reduce the look of lines, wrinkles and puffiness, and brightens the look of dark circles.

You apply the product through the use of the golden-tipped cooling massage applicator which helps to boost microcirculation and reinvigorate the eye area. The serum contains a mix of powerful energy boosters, including Sea Lavender flower extract, which promotes natural cellular energy. 

An eye cream morning and night is a must for your skin, so I recommend investing in a good quality one to help protect the sensitive skin around your eye area. You can tell a lot by a person’s eyes!

As a blogger I have come across many new favourite skincare products and I love trying out new stuff as well. Although certain products definitely stick out in my mind as being phenomenal, it’s also so fun to try out something new to see how it will affect my skin. As long as it doesn’t break me out, I’m good!

Let me know what skincare products are your go-tos for stressed-out skin!

Please note, products received by PR. All opinions are my own.

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