‘Shop that skin! Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Makeup

Pores. Although they’re small they seem to be a big issue for a lot of people.

Although I don’t really suffer from big pores, a lot of people tend to say that that seems to be a problem area. I would assume that we all want smooth skin, something that large pores can totally put a damper on.  Lucky for us ladies and gents, there are so many brands out there that have come up with products to minimize the look of pores or blur them for an airbrushed look (without the use of an app!).

Benefit Cosmetics introduced their fan-fave The POREfessional primer a few years ago, which can be applied as is or under your foundation to help blur the look of pores.  New to the collection is the Pore Minimizing Makeup, which is face makeup to help minimize the appearance of those suckers on your face.

Available in five shades, from light to dark, this product targets pores through the use of a weightless long-wear liquid. The formula, which contains mushroom extract (known to minimize the appearance of pores) is quite thin, meaning that pores will be covered without settling into them or clogging them. Your face seems visibly smoother and instantly mattifies and controls excess surface oil for eight hours.

The product comes in a little bottle with a sponge that is detachable from the bottom. Just squirt a few drops onto the sponge and pat and blend onto your face.  Add a little more to build coverage.

I was a bit confused by the product when I first got it. Is it a primer? Is it a foundation? Well, it’s kinda both. I still use a primer and then apply this over top, focusing the product on my cheeks and nose, then I would apply my foundation and the rest of my makeup as I usually would. It just adds that extra layer of protection against the look of pores.  Benefit also says you can apply this over your foundation as well for extra-smooth skin.

Like I said, I don’t really have a problem with my pores. Sure, I have them, but they don’t annoy me like they do for other people. With that being said, I actually really like this product. I like the use of the sponge, which provides a targeted application and blends the product out really well.

In the above photos, there isn’t really much difference between the before and after when zoomed in.  I also posted a photo of me wearing just the pore minimizing makeup and my face looks flawless. The last photo is the complete makeup look, and no, I didn’t airbrush my skin or anything.

Even though large pores isn’t really an issue for me, I do find myself reaching for this product every morning to apply underneath my foundation. I like how it provides that extra layer of coverage, and really, once you apply your foundation and some powder, those little craters won’t even by noticeable!

Have you tried Benefit’s new The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Makeup? What were your thoughts?

Please note, product sent by PR, all opinions are my own.

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Well groomed: A Father’s Day gift guide

It feels like Mother’s Day just happened. Well actually, it also feels like New Year’s just happened.

2017 is flying by, it’s already the middle of the year, which means that dads are at the forefront of our minds right now. We usually just ask my father what he wants and he tells us, but if you are absolutely stumped on what to get dad, there are so many options out there. Something BBQ-related, a tie, socks, sports tickets, the gift options are endless.

Still stumped? Here’s my roundup of products that I’m sure dad would love.

La Boite a Bon Bons candy subscription box La Boite a Bonbons

There seems to be a subscription service for anything nowadays, but this one is the sweetest of them all.

Hailing from Montreal, La Boite a Bonbons is a monthly subscription box that contains 1 kg of candies based on your preferences. You can choose either sweet, sour, or mixed gummies.

You can subscribe for C$27 a month (plus shipping if you don’t live in Quebec or Ontario where it’s free), or just gift one box. Head’s up, if you sign up for their newsletter, you can receive 15 per cent off your first box.

I got their June mixed box, which contains a bag each of cocktail mix, rainbow bricks, red berries, and cherry slices. Trust me, it was very hard not to rip this open as soon as I received it.

Jack Black It's All About Him gift set

Jack Black 2017 Limited Edition Father’s Day Set

I feature a lot of Jack Black products in my men’s gift guides and the reason I keep doing so is because my dad actually loves Jack Black. Back before I even started blogging, he would buy Jack Black products because they seemed to work wonders for him.

For Father’s Day 2017, the men’s skincare and hair brand is offering up this limited edition set, which includes some must-have JB products. You get a 3 oz. of their famous Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser for Hair and Body, a dual-purpose body cleanser that washes away dirt and sweat without over-drying the skin; a 3 oz. of the Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, which is a cleanser and toner that works to gently remove dirt and oil without irritating skin; a 1 oz. of the Clean Break Oil-Free Moisturizer, which leaves skin feeling refreshed and healthy looking with a natural, shine-free finish; and a 3 oz. of their Beard Lube Conditioning Shave, which is a pre-shave oil, shave cream, and facial skin treatment that softens facial hair for a smooth shave.

You can find this set on Sephora online for C$54. It all comes housed in a handy branded toiletry bag. If I didn’t already have a gift for my dad, this is the one he would be getting!

Les Industries Groom Beard Oil and Beard Balm

Les Industries Groom Tobacco Beard Oil and Beard Balm

Another grooming product (and one that also hails from Montreal!), this one is for the hipster dad.

Barbershops are still all the rage and it seems like men’s skincare is definitely stepping it up a notch. One of my favourite Tom Ford colognes is Tobacco Vanille, as there’s just something so masculine about the scent of tobacco. Les Industries Groom’s Tobacco Beard Oil (C$32-$53) is a blend of light oils that quickly penetrate hair and skin, providing nourishment, moisture, and relief from itchiness and dryness.

This also comes in an original formula, but the combination of sandalwood, spikenard, and tobacco is so riveting that your dad will probably be applying it when he doesn’t even need to!

Pair the beard oil with the Beard Balm (C$28), also in the same scent, which provides beards with nourishment, control, and protection. Melt a small amount in your palms then apply to the beard to soften and keep hair in place. The balm also coats the beard to protect it from the elements. Make sure to use it after the beard oil for maximum effect.

You can find both these products at lesindustriesgroom.com.

Cirque du Soleil Kurios

If you live in the Winnipeg area, why not get your dad tickets to Cirque du Soleil Kurios?

Located under the big top at the corner of Kenaston and Sterling Lyon, this spectacular production is playing here until July 9, 2017. I went to the premiere and loved every minute of it, definitely one of my favourite Cirque productions to date!

Tickets start at C$40, however, there are so many promos I’ve seen around the Internet. The space also seems small so I’m sure there isn’t a bad seat in the house (er, tent!).

Whether it’s grooming products, something he can eat, or a show, I’m sure whatever you gift dad this year, he’ll love anyways. It’s the thought that counts, right? 😉

What are you getting dad this year for Father’s Day?

Please note, this post contains products that were sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Summer soiree: Hot weather staples from P&G Beauty

Can we just talk about the weather for a moment here?

With last week reaching a high of almost 30 degrees C, it may still be technically spring, but it sure does feel a lot like summer.  Summer to me is all about lots of sun, beachy waves, and showing a lot of skin. With all that comes the need to keep everything protected and nice and clean. I blogged recently about the importance of sunscreen, but I have to admit, I don’t wear the stuff everyday. Luckily though, now that the weather is so nice, I’ve been reaching for some products that contain an SPF so I don’t even have to think about it.

I changed up my day moisturizer lately to Olay’s newest one, the Luminous Brightening & Protecting Lotion SPF 30, which helps to prevent early signs of aging and brighten skin. They say that sun damage is the number-one cause of skin aging, so having an SPF in your face moisturizer is uber important. This formula is lightweight, fast-absorbing and non-greasy, making it perfect as a base for the rest of your makeup.

Body wash, moisturizer, and deodorant from Olay

With summer also comes trips to the beach or pool. If you’re like me, you have to have a shower as soon as you get home from these day adventures. The Olay Fresh Outlast Purifying Birchwater & Lavender Body Wash is formulated to work with skin’s natural pH to help unclog pores from sweat and chlorine, as well as to combat dryness. Pair the body wash with the Gillette Venus Swirl to stay hair-free this summer. The four-way movement of Flexible technology covers every curve and contour to get every hair on your legs, armpits, or wherever else you’re using the razor.

For the hair, humidity has the tendency to cause hair to frizz up. Head & Shoulders Smooth and Silky shampoo and conditioner isn’t just for dandruff! This three-action formula cleanses, protects and moisturizes the scalp, creating a stronger foundation for resilient, beautiful hair with less breakage.

Once out of the shower, braid your hair for the most perfect beachy waves when dry.  Before you do so though, first apply the Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Curl Defining Mousse for long-lasting control against frizz and to protect hair from humidity with a flexible hold and non-sticky feel.  Once those waves are set and you take out the braids, add a little dry shampoo, like the Herbal Essences Bio: Renew Cucumber and Green Tea Dry Shampoo, which revitalizes hair with natural tapioca and smells amazing.

Hair products from Head and Shoulders and Herbal Essences

Finally, since hot weather means sweating, keep that body odour in check with the Secret Fresh Clear Gel in Ooh La Lavender, which delivers long-lasting fragrance benefits throughout the day. The clear gel formula also takes care of those annoying white deodorant marks on black clothing.

Whether it be smelling fresh or keeping frizzy hair in check, there are so many products out there for summer that will keep you looking your best. Now excuse me while I go catch some rays… 😉

What are your favourite beauty items for summer?

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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