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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Going nude: Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte liquid lipsticks

In case you can’t tell, I’m totally obsessed with matte liquid lipsticks.

There’s just something about them, whether it’s the fact that they’re comfortable to wear, or the gorgeous matte texture, or even how they make my lips look bigger, matte liquid lipsticks are still a huge trend and one that looks like will be sticking around for a while still.

When I heard that one of my favourite brands, Make Up For Ever, was coming out with a six-piece collection, I just had to try them out.

Artist Liquid Matte, which launched in February 2017 in Sephora stores, are a long-lasting matte lipstick which goes on as a liquid then settles to a matte. They have amazing colour payoff and dry to an ultra-matte finish. Wear is incredibly comfortable (no tackiness on the inner lip area) and the colour sets, meaning that it won’t smudge or transfer.

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Mattes in 101, 103, and 107 Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte wand

The shade range on these are quite small, with only six colours, all in the nude range. With that being said, there is a pink and a chocolate brown, but for the most part, they are all in the beige family. Each one features a doe-foot applicator for a precise application. If you prefer a lipliner, there are corresponding shades in the Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip lipliner range as well.

I received three colours from the line, 101 Cream Beige (the lightest colour), 103 Warm Beige, and 107 Neutral Beige. I totally thought that I would love 101 the most, but after trying all three, I’m kinda having a hard time coming up with a favourite. All three colours are just so flattering on, and for being all nudes, they are very different. Best of all, since they are so flattering, you can definitely wear these with a variety of different looks.

As for wear, I typically find matte liquid lips to be long wearing in general, but every brand is different in terms of how long the formula last as some last longer than others. These weren’t too bad, I did find I would have to reapply the colour a little in the inner parts of my lips when I ate, however, for the most part, the colour stays on quite nice. They aren’t at the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit level since those are like cement on the lips, but they hold their own quite well.

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte in 101 Cream Beige Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte in 103 Warm Beige 107 Neutral Beige

Matte liquid lipsticks are also notoriously drying, however, these have avocado oil and glycerin in them to help nourish and maintain lips’ hydration, so they are quite comfortable to wear, you won’t even notice you’re wearing anything at all.

I absolutely love these and hope they bring out more shades in the future. With that being said though, I actually love the six shades they chose to go with to introduce the collection. The three I have are incredibly wearable and I’m sure the other three are as well. These just may be my new fave matte liquid lipsticks (aside from the Kylie ones and the Sephora Collection ones), but I definitely highly recommend checking these out and swatching them in store.

Have you tried the Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Mattes? Which one is your fave?

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

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Blooming beauty: Spring must-haves from P&G Beauty

It’s officially spring, and best of all, it actually feels like it.

Saturday went up to a high of 18 degrees (celsius of course), so naturally the jackets were left outside and I even busted out the flip flops (to be fair, I did go get a pedicure). Anyways, a new season means new beauty products and with summer coming up, that means this body needs to get in tiptop shape. I’ve been stepping up the fitness routine a lot lately, but skin, hair, and teeth is also super important.  P&G Beauty sent over some goodies to get a headstart on spring beauty and get radiant skin and shiny tresses.

Olay Regenerist and body wash

Starting in the shower, I always have a bottle of Olay body wash. Since my skin is slowly transitioning from dry and scaly to moisturized and soft, the Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash helps speed up the process. The formula contains a lock-in moisture technology that infuses skin with moisture without leaving a coated feel, perfect for your after-show moisturizer.

Speaking of, I’ve always been a fan of Olay moisturizers and one of my favourite lines from them is the Regenerist one. I always apply a serum before my moisturizer both morning and night and the Regenerist Miracle Boost Concentrate is a lightweight emulsion that is designed for layering below the Olay Micro-Sculpting Cream to boost skin’s absorbency with hydration and improve elasticity for a lifted appearance.  The Micro-Sculpting Cream is an old favourite of mine and they recently re-engineered the formula to enable skin cells to act younger and deliver visible transformative results (it’s also super hydrating and gives you younger-looking skin).

Herbal Essences Bio:Renew haircare

For hair, I was so excited to try out the new Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo and conditioner. Bio:Renew is their new formula which features a signature blend of essential antioxidants, aloe, and sea kelp that help revive lifeless hair with every wash. It also contains no parabens, gluten or colorants and this formula is safe for colour, and gives hair instant repair, shine, and frizz protection.

After the shower, I always use a few styling products, one of which is always a smoothing serum. The Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Argan Oil of Morocco-Infused Creme strengthens and repairs hair against residual winter damage and frizz. It also smells amazing (which is always a plus!). Once my hair is dry I usually curl it and rely on a hairspray that keeps the curl in check but is also movable and not sticky. The Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Flexible Hairspray contains 0% parabens, gluten, colorants, and alcohol and it’s formulated to control frizz, provide moisturized, touchable hair and all-day humidity protection (a must for those hotter spring days).

Secret Fresh Collection Deodorant Invisible Solid and Crest 3D White Whitestrips

Finally, little odds and ends, deodorant is a must for everyday and although I’m not that picky when it comes to the brand (I do prefer a solid as opposed to a gel though), I do often pick my deodorant based on smell. The Secret Fresh Collection Deodorant Invisible Solid has some springtime fragrances that are formulated with a scent-enhancing technology that tracks odours and replaces them with something more pleasant. I work out a lot, so the sweat-activated technology is a must for me.

Finally, I brush my teeth every night but sometimes they need a little help when it comes to whiteness. I rely on Crest Whitestrips to add some sparkle and shine to my smile. The Crest 3D White Whitestrips Supreme Flexfit uses an advanced technology called Flexfit that allows the strips to stretch and mould to a custom fit, perfect for any smile. I remember back in the day when Crest Whitestrips first came out and I found the strips would get so soggy and start to fall off after about 20 minutes. Not these. These guys have come a long way and this particular set form to your teeth and latch on for a comfortable wear. 
I’m totally digging all these new P&G Beauty products for spring, and since a lot of them are staples, I love sharing (and learning!) what new technologies they are putting in their products.

What are your staples for hair, skin, and teeth for the season?

Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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