Long + lean: Three haircare lines you need this season

Shampoo and conditioner. Two basic items anyone needs in their life.

When it comes to haircare, there are so many options out there based off your hair type and what you look for when washing your hair. Since my hair is long, thick, and coloured, I tend to go for something that will keep it healthy and also keep my blonde looking bright, but to be honest, I’m not really married to one line in particular. I do have a couple favourites, however, love trying out new brands and new lines within that brand.

Since it’s pretty much fall, that means that the weather will be getting colder and the air drier, at least here in Winnipeg. Like I said, my haircare closet is currently stocked, but I’ve received these products recently and totally recommend trying them out if you are looking for something new.

MoroccanOil Color Complete Collection

Consisting of a shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in spray treatment, this line helps your hair look vibrant even after being exposed to daily environmental stressors that cause colour to fade and become brassy. The brand says that after 10 washes, the collection is scientifically proven to extend colour life and vibrancy by 100 per cent.

The shampoo (C$30) is gentle and sulfate-free and extends your in-salon treatment.  All these products include their ColorLink technology, which continuously repairs both chemically and physically, so that your hair retains colour properly.

The conditioner (C$31) features a nourishing, sulfate-free formula that helps to rebuild the keratin structure and lock in colour using the same ColorLink technology.

Finally, once you are out of the shower, spray in the Protect & Prevent Spray (C$34.50) to help reduce brassiness and fading. It also helps shield hair from environmental factors, including UV rays, pollution, and thermal damage. It contains ArganID micro-encapsulated technology to repair and seal the hair cuticle.

I’ve used this line a few times and I have to say that at first I didn’t love it. I found it made my hair feel kind of dry, but since I don’t like to form opinions based off of one or two trials, I kept pulling it out and using it and found by the third time I used it, it made my hair quite soft and the colour luminous.

I have a number of colour care lines, and although I don’t find this one to be any better than others out there, I really do love the spray, since this is one of the items I always use when my hair is still damp. I find colour-protecting sprays to be really useful when you have blonde hair since they tend to keep the colour looking top-notch.

L’Oreal Paris Dream Lengths 

New to drugstore haircare, L’Oreal Paris has recently released a haircare line to help long hair out.

I have long hair myself and often find I’m looking at my split ends and annoyed at the fact that they just keep reappearing. Long hair, although beautiful, is susceptible to damage and split ends, which means you often need to go for a haircut. This line helps repair hair to the tips, so you can save your locks from split ends and constant haircuts.

Consisting of a shampoo, conditioner, and serum, this line includes castor oil, which nourishes, adds shine, and keeps hair long and healthy. It also has vitamins to make hair stronger.

I particularly love the Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream, which you apply to your hair focusing on the ends after your shower to seal split ends and strengthen the hair. It also adds shine and makes hair easier to style and provides heat protection up to 180 degrees C.

Hair Food Moisture Honey & Apricot Shampoo and Conditioner

Hair Food Moisture Honey & Apricot Shampoo and Conditioner

I had only briefly heard of Hair Food in the past, but when I received this I was eager to try it all out.

The first thing you’ll notice about this line is how huge the bottles are. These bottles are filled with ingredients that help nourish our bodies, not harm them. This particular line contains honey and apricot and is a conditioning recipe that moisturizes dry, dull hair, smoothes the hair cuticle, and helps to protect hair against future damage.

The formula contains no parabens or mineral oil and best of all, it smells like honey.  These retail for around $14, which considering how large the bottles are, is a great deal since it will last you a long time.

Like I said, I wasn’t that familiar with the brand prior to receiving these products from London Drugs, however, after trying them out, I did notice that my hair felt super soft and nourished.

I love switching up my haircare routine often just depending on my mood that day and what I feel my hair needs in that moment. Next time you’re in Sephora or your local drugstore, definitely stop by the haircare aisle to check these out.

What’s your favourite haircare line?

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

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Babes who beach: Miami must haves and what to pack for a girls’ trip

I’m fortunate that I get to travel a lot.

Since I hate packing, I actually have two ready-to-go bags, one for toiletries and the other for cosmetics. I usually grabs those for quick trips or work trips, but when it comes to vacations, I like to generally pack more stuff since I usually pay more attention to how I look.

First up is always getting a spray tan (I swear by Tan on the Run Winnipeg), and then I pull out my large Sephora make up bag, which I kid you not, weighted five pounds for my trip to Miami.

We actually booked Miami back in February as a 30th birthday trip for myself and my friend Jordyn (my birthday was in May and hers is in November).  We pitched it to all our friends and in total, there were nine of us going. A separate Miami recap is coming up soon, but as a thank you to everyone who came, I wanted to do goodie bags, since this was always something that we did as kids and it creates so much excitement. It’s also a nice way of saying thank you for spending all that money to come celebrate our birthdays.

Since I’m a beauty gal, I reached out to all my favourite brands and PR and the response was overwhelming. In total, each girl’s bag was worth around C$500, which was more than the plane ticket (since we booked early, we got cheap flights). Each item was curated especially for this trip and was something that I felt would be an essential for a girls’ trip to Miami.

Here’s what was in the bag…

Nest Cocoa Woods Rollerball

Everyone got this scent, so it quickly became the signature scent of the trip. Since it’s a rollerball, this was easy for travel or to throw in your bag. Key notes include Bittersweet Cocoa, Sequoia Wood, White Sandalwood, Tiare Blossom, and Thai Ginger.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamoured Hydrating Lipgloss Stick

The brand actually sent over different colours so it was fun to pick out who got what shade. Although these look like they apply with a doe-foot applicator, you actually pull off the cap to reveal a stick which glides sheer colour on the lips. Lip gloss is a must for any trip and the fact that these delivered colour and conditioned the lips was a total plus.

Miss de Gaspe Dry Masks

I just reviewed these on Friday, but they have quickly become one of my favourite masks. Since these are dry, you can reuse them anywhere from three to fives times. The brand sent over all three masks, Defy + Drench (anti-aging and hydrating), Brighten + Beam (brightening and revitalizing), and Purify + Purge (anti-pollution and detoxifying), so we tailored who got what based on what each mask does.

Biolage Styling Blowdry Glotion

This long-wear heat primer was perfect for Miami since all of us were constantly curling, straightening, and blow drying our hair. This product provides 450-degree thermal protection for fast, healthy-looking and frizz-controlled blowouts.

Biolage Styling Air Dry Glotion

For those that didn’t get the heat primer, they got this light-hold, multi-benefit styling spray that leaves your hair with a glossy, finished look. Spray it on damp hair for a fast-drying, colour-protecting look which also tames frizz.

Kerastase Curl Fever Radiant Curl-Shaping Gel

For those girls with curly hair, they got this product which helps restructure curls and give them major shine.

Kerastase Creme de la Creme

This versatile styling cream delivers luxurious smoothing and shape memory, while also providing flexibility, shine, anti-frizz, and humidity control. It’s also great for medium-thick and course hair types.

Kerastase Mousse Bouffante

This volumizing mousse wraps around hair fibres to thicken strands for volume and body. Apply it to damp hair before blowdrying to add fullness and structure, as well as UV and heat protection.

Shu Uemura Blow Dry Beautifier Thermo Hair Cream

This BB cream for hair delivers five benefits: primes the hair fibres, moisturizes without heaviness, smooths and softens the hair, helps protect from blow-dry heat, and shapes and reshapes any look.

Shu Uemura Wonder Worker Heat Styling Hair Primer

For those that didn’t get the BB cream, this spray is an air dry/blow dry primer with seven benefits including: hydrates, detangles, smoothes, conditioned, boosts radiance, tames frizz, and adds silkiness to all hair types. When sprayed on damp hair, it locks in moisture and tames hair for a smooth finish. When used on dry hair, it enhances the hair’s natural texture.

Design.Me Puff Me 

This volumizing powder spray (which comes in a pump) adds instant volume at the roots. It’s also odour free and mess free. Since this was a girls trip, this product was an absolute must (voluminous hair? Definitely!).

Garnier SkinActive Hydrating Cream

This three-in-one moisturizer made with aloe juice is three products in one: a day and night moisturizer, as well as a face mask. Moisturizer is a must for any trip (especially with all the sun and alcohol), and this one definitely quenched the skin.

Garnier Moisture Bomb SkinActive mask 

For those long nights out, these were a savour for the skin. Each mask contains anti-thirst technology, with actives from natural, hyaluronic acids, and half a bottle of hydrating serum.

Tula Mini Purifying Cleanser

Perfect for travel, this probiotic gel cleanser (in the mini size), washes deeps into the pores to remove impurities and condition the skin.

Tula Mini Probiotic Aqua Infusion Oil-Free Gel Cream

This gel-cream moisturizer (also in travel size) quenches skin and leaves it dewy and revived in a weightless, oil-free texture.

Tula Probiotic Exfoliating Treatment Mask

This mini detoxifying bentonite clay mask provides skin with gentle exfoliation without stripping the skin of essential oils. It also has antioxidant-rich blueberry extraterrestrial to hydrate and improve skin tone.

Tula skincare and Esqido lashes

Reversa Antioxidant Booster Serum 

This serum gives skin daily protection from environmental hazards like sun exposure, cigarette smoke, pollution, and stress, all of which are responsible for the loss of skin elasticity, the formation of age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Lierac Hydragenist Moisturizing Rescue Mask

This mask rehydrates and deoxygenates the skin. Modelled after the aesthetic technique of tissue oxygenation, this mask is concentrated in Hydra O2 complex and enriched in Camellia flower oil to rehydrate and reoxygenate the skin, making wrinkles and fine lines smoothed.

Reversa Radiance Cream SPF 30

This was perfect for days by the pool or on the yacht, since this hydrating cream has an SPF 30 and it helps to reduce the appearance of brown spots and acne marks. It also evens out skin tone and restores skin radiance, while providing protection against UVA/UVB sun rays. This one definitely came in handy since we used it as a facial sunscreen thanks to the fact that it corrected skin tone and protected us against sun damage.

Invisibobble Original Hair Cords

I’ve been obsessed with these hair cords lately, so I knew they were a must for the goodie bags. They leave your hair with no kinks, no headaches, and give you a strong hold. I like using these at night to ponytail my hair while I sleep to keep my style looking great.

L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara

One of my favourite mascaras, this gives you major volume and lengthened lashes. If you love Too Faced Better Than Sex, than you’ll need to try this one out. Best of all, it’s a fraction of the price.

Phytomillesime Color Protecting Mist

Perfect for colour-treated and highlighted hair, this texturizing mist is perfect for your hair as a finishing step. Hair is left frizz free and guarded against external aggressors and oxidation.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen SPF 50

I’ve been using this sunscreen all summer so it’s quickly become one of my new favourites. This SPF 50 sunscreen provides effective broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with a water-light feel. It also has hyaluronic acid which quenches skin leaving it looking healthy.

Neutrogena ULTRA SHEER® Face & Body Stick Sunscreen SPF 50+

This sunscreen in a stick formula is great for your face and body as it glides on easily and is convenient for travel.  It’s also ultra light and non-greasy.

Neutrogena ULTRA SHEER® Dry-Touch Lotion SPF 45

This SPF 45 sunscreen provides protection against skin-aging UVA and burning UVB rays. It also has the Dry-Touch technology for an ultra-light, non-shiny finish.

Neutrogena All-in-One Make-Up Removing Cleansing Wipes

These makeup-removing wipes gently remove 99 per cent of all makeup in one step. Suitable for all skin types, they leave skin clean and fresh.  These are a must for pretty much any trip (but especially a girls’ trip since removing makeup after the club is always a pain).

To say that everyone was well stocked, that would be an understatement. Aside from packing makeup though, skincare, hair products, and sunscreen is a major must for any trip.

Since I like to consider you guys my friends, I actually got an extra of each item for a giveaway for a lucky follower on Instagram (plus some other goodies like a pair of luxurious Esqido lashes). Head on over to my page to enter and good luck!

What are your travel must haves?

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Wear + protect: Five anti-pollution skincare products

I never knew pollution could affect skin so bad until I went to New York.

I was in NYC this past May for a few days and basically throughout my whole trip I noticed that my face was scaly and dry and the rest of my skin was very dry as well. As soon as I got home, I busted out all my best skincare items and really tried to heal everything back to life (I felt like a plant that forgot to be watered).

Fast-forward four months later and I’ve been noticing that there are so many skincare products coming out that are aimed towards anti-pollution and keeping your skin healthy and fresh.  Like seriously, I feel like whenever I read about a new product, this is one of the selling factors.

Well, since this has suddenly become thing in the skincare world, if you live in a city with high pollution (I’ll never forget the clouds of it in Bangkok), then you’ll want to give this post a read.

Here are my five top skincare picks for combatting pollution.

Vichy Purete Thermale Cleansing Gel and Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence

Vichy Purete Thermale Cleansing Gel

I actually just chatted about this product recently, but this cleanser helps with cleansing away impurities and pollution residue for soft, fresh, and radiant skin. This is definitely one of my new favourite skincare products because it foams up quickly and efficiently, leaving you with super clean skin.

The Purisoft technology, which is powered by Moringa seed extract, cleanses impurities such as pollution particles, excess sebum, and it even reduces the effects of hard water on the skin.

This cleanser retails for C$26 and I love pairing it with a cleansing brush, such as my FOREO Luna, for a super deep clean.

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence

Once I’m done with my cleanser, I always use a toner. The Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence (C$85) is a facial treatment that provides eight benefits, including anti-pollution and antioxidant protection, increases skin’s luminosity, reduces the look of fine lines, refines the appearance of pores, improves elasticity, smooths skin’s texture, boosts skin’s tone, and provides 24-hour moisture. All that in one simple step.

Like the name suggests, this product contains kombucha, fermented black tea, that is scientifically proven to protect against pollution, which accelerates signs of aging and leads to dull, dry skin (been there, done that). This product isn’t billed as a toner, but I’ve been using it as one, and thanks to it’s sangria-like scent (it’s all that kombucha), it’s been a real treat to use both morning and night.

Reversa Urban Protection Hydrating Care SPF 30 and Reversa Antioxidant Booster Serum

Reversa Urban Protection Hydrating Cream SPF 30

This tinted moisturizer (C$47) from Canadian brand Reversa protects skin from urban pollutants and limits free radical activity. When I first saw this product, I actually thought it was   facial sunscreen, but then once I applied it I noticed it was tinted as well (honestly, this stuff is great for the beach or pool).

Complete with SPF 30, the formula includes kopara extract from the French Polynesia, which neutralizes the effects of pollutants to prevent premature aging. Thanks to the fact that it’s tinted (it is billed to suit most skin tones), it leaves you with a glowing complexion and healthy-looking skin. The formula also has fragmented hyaluronic acids, which hydrates skin and allows it to regain its volume and fill in wrinkles.

I always rave about BB and CC creams, but I’m seriously impressed with this product as well, especially considering the glow it gives your skin. If you have trips coming up, I would definitely recommend packing this one.

Reversa Antioxidant Booster Serum 

This was on the items I included in my Miami birthday goodie bags since it was perfect for our beach trip.  This serum includes a blend of antioxidant and moisturizing ingredients that protects against damage caused by environmental hazards, such as pollution. The formula also helps to activate skin’s natural defence mechanisms and provides extra protection against environmental stressors during the day and then repairs those damages at night.

This serum came in handy since although Miami isn’t a big pollution city, it helped with exposure to the sun, cigarette smoke, and other things that you would often find in a high-tourist city.

Find this serum at Shoppers Beauty Boutique for C$49.

Miss de Gaspe Purify and Purge dry mask

Miss de Gaspe Purify + Purge Anti-Pollution & Detoxifing Dry Mask

If you’ve never tried a dry mask before, then you’re really missing out.

I love masking, however, the damn things tend to slide off my face and for the most part they are just so uncomfortable to wear. I’ve tried the Charlotte Tilbury dry mask before and was happy with the results on that one, so I was super pumped to try out similar ones from Miss de Gaspe.

These masks were another item in my Miami goodie bags, since girls trip and masks naturally go together. Although there are different formulas of their dry masks, I love the Purify + Purge Anti-Pollution & Detoxifying Dry Mask, which purifies, detoxifies, and energizes skin.

Since these masks are dry, that means you can reuse them anywhere from three to five times.  This particular mask contains a formula of white charcoal, which absorbs 1,000 times its weight in clogging impurities, helps lift toxin and pollutant buildup to reveal refined pores. It also has a mineral-based blend of powerful antioxidants that helps to replenish and protect the skin barrier. Finally, it contains marrubio, a plant from the mint family, that helps to oxygenate the skin to help restore, refresh, and revitalize the complexion.

Aside from the fact that this mask is reusable, which is a huge selling factor, it also has little slits on the side that hook around your ears, providing you with a perfect fit that won’t fall off. If you haven’t heard of Miss de Gaspe, this is the spinoff line of Nannette de Gaspe, which specializes in dry sheet masks and retail from $85 to $425 (yes, you read that correctly). At C$41.72, these are a total steal. 

Although I live in a city, at under a million people, I don’t have to worry about air pollution that much here at home. I love to travel though and when I’m hitting up big cities, I’ll definitely be packing these for those trips.

Have you used anti-pollution products? How do you keep your skin in tip-top shape?

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

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