Scary details: Lashes and nails to rock this Halloween

At 31 years old, I think i’m pretty much past my Halloween heydays.

Halloween is actually my favourite holiday and although I don’t go out trick or treating anymore (although I do take Ziggy out every year) or go to any Halloween parties, I don’t get the opportunity to actually dress up. Being as a Halloween lover, is totally a bummer.

In order to actually feel the spirit (no pun intended) this year I’ve decided to do little things that are subtle, but still totally rock the vibe of the holiday. Enter, lashes and nails.

Just because you aren’t dressing up in a full costume doesn’t mean that you can wear some subtle details that still embrace the Halloween season.  Kiss has released some Halloween-themed nails in both their Gel Couture line and the Impress manicure one as well.

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In case you aren’t familiar with the difference, Gel Couture are gel nails that you apply via the included glue or the mega-adhesive tabs. Each set comes with 28 nails and offer up to seven days of wear.  The designs they came out with for Halloween are stunning and aren’t too Halloween-specific, meaning that you can totally rock them year round. I love the pointed nails that come in dark matte colours and if you are looking for something to complement your costume, but not take away from it, then look at this collection.

The brand has also come out with a variety of Halloween styles in their ImPress collection, which is my personal favourite. These are available in a ton of fun Halloween styles that just scream freaky! There’s tons of different scary motifs to choose from and these are the ones I’ve been wearing for the past week and a half since they are so Halloween themed (best of all, some of them even glow in the dark!).

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The ImPress manicure is different than Gel Couture in that these already have adhesive on the back that you just peel off the plastic and stick it right over your real nails.  There are 30 nails in each pack, so you are guaranteed to find sizes that fit.  I prefer these as I find the adhesive on these actually stay put, whereas the other ones tend to pop off easily. Every time I wear these I always get a ton of compliments since they look so real.

Another great option to rock this time of the year are some fun lashes.  Yes, there are definitely some out-of-the-box ones out there, but this season Ardell didn’t go too crazy with coming up with their Halloween lash collection.

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The drugstore lash brand has come out with their Fright Night Halloween Collection which will enhance your Halloween look. There are six styles to choose from and two of them even include top and bottom lashes (seen worn below).

Like I mentioned, although there are a few that are definitely very Halloween (Spider Web, Fairy Witch, and Enchantress), overall this collection is very wearable. I’ll probably decide to rock Fairy Witch on Halloween when I take Ziggy out because it reminds me of Hello Kitty (it has little red bows on the lashes). Each lash comes with a little vial of adhesive, but my favourite lash glue is the Esqido one (and get 15% off your order with code SHAYNAW on Esqido’s site).

Ardell Fright Night Halloween lashes applied Impress Halloween press on nails applied

I’m assuming all these items are readily available at drugstores, but if not, you can order them online (and they’re all on sale). Just click express shipping to get here for this Thursday!

Are you dressing up for Halloween?

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

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Your best skin yet: The skincare products you need to try this month

Skincare, the one beauty category that everyone should have in their arsenal.

There are so many skincare products and items out there that it can definitely be tough to narrow down what’s best for you and your skin.  Dry, oil, normal, combination, acne… and there’s the actual products themselves… makeup removers, cleansers, toners, serums, eye creams, moisturizers, sprays… the list goes on and on.

If you are looking into refreshing or revamping your skincare routine but don’t know where to start then I have some recommendations on what to check out this month. Keep reading for my picks for October.

Avon Anti-Pollution skincare products

Avon Anti-Pollution skincare line

Environmental damage does a lot to our skin. I’ve written before about skincare items that help with daily aggressors and pollution, but Avon just came out with a line that is both affordable and comes in a range of products to help combat wrinkles, sagging skin, dullness, clogged pores, etc. that comes with exposure to air pollution.

The Avon Anti-Pollution collection is comprised of a serum, a charcoal clay mask, and charcoal clay masks that will make your skin four-times more resistant to pollution.

The Avon Anew Neutralize Anti-Pollution Serum (on sale for C$29.99, regular C$44) is a serum that can be used morning and night to help protect and repair your skin. Its formula is powered by botanical extracts and includes an invisible shield to help block pollutants and free radicals that cause signs of premature aging and moisture loss.

Apply the serum after the Anew Neutralize Anti-Pollution Charcoal Mask Stick (on sale for C$15.99, regular C$28), which is a a clay mask that you just glide on the face.  This stick contains a combination of charcoal and kaolin clay to help absorb toxins, oils, and impurities. Leave it on for 20 minutes or so and then rinse off for fresh, clean skin.

Finally, for a weekly treat, use the Anew Neutralize Anti-Pollution Charcoal Pore Strips (on sale for C$7.99, regular C$15), which include six individually packaged pore strips that are formulated with charcoal, known to draw out dirt that is deep in your pores.  Put a strip on your nose and then gently wet it to adhere to your skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes or so and then peel off to reveal cleaned pores.

I think this collection is fabulous, especially since I spend a lot of time in NYC. Even though Winnipeg is a much smaller city, pollution can be found anywhere and these items help your skin be four-times more resistant to dirt, dust, smoke, and smog.

Biotherm Life Plankton eye cream

Biotherm Life Plankton Eye

When it comes to which items to buy for your skincare routine, make sure you don’t forget about the eye area.

When I first started getting Botox I started with my crow’s feet since they had started forming minor lines when I smiled. I have seen people around the same age as me or even younger who have really intense crow’s feet and although I have some minor ones, I chock it up to having used eye creams over the last few years which has probably diminished the appearance of them.

New this year is Biotherm’s Life Plankton Eye cream (C$54), which is supposed to make your eye area appear younger. It targets the eye contour to get rid of any puffiness, bags, and dark circles.  Infused with their highest concentration of Life Plankton, this eye cream will prevent premature eye aging by sustaining skin regenerating capacities and fighting those dreaded crow’s feet and wrinkles.

A little goes a long way with this since the texture is light. The creamy gel formula envelopes the eye area to create a second-skin natural barrier to protect it from aging.  At the same time, it will hydrate and nourish the eye area.

Rodan and Fields Recharge set Rodan + Fields RECHARGE regimen

If you are like me and freshly out of your 20s, but don’t have a good skincare routine yet, first off, get on it, and secondly, maybe looking into Rodan + Fields’ newest line, RECHARGE.

This collection of products (which actually comes in a handy set for C$156) is designed to fight skin issues that typically pop up in our 20s.  This can include dullness and dryness. Included in this set is the RECHARGE 3-in-1 Super Cleanser, RECHARGE Ultra Boost Moisturizing Treatment, and the RECHARGE Protect + Blur Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen.

Use all three products together to reveal younger-looking glowing skin, as well as added protection against everyday aggressors like UVA/UVB rays, blue light, lack of sleep, and more.  The brand has come out with a prelaunch set which includes these products, along with headband and stickers too.

R+F used Multi-Med Therapy in designing and coming up with this collection, which is the right ingredients in the right formulations applied in the right order. RECHARGE features the brand’s Electri5 Complex which is a unique blend of their RFA+ antioxidant technology together with electrolytes, peptides, probiotics, and superfruits. Their RFA+ technology balances skin’s equilibrium and boosts skin’s energy to defend against visible signs of stress.

This set is designed to be used together, so I recommend picking up the whole collection if this would be something that would be suitable for your skin.

Volition Beauty Screen Time mist and Reversa Retinol serum

Volition Beauty Screen Time Hydra Mist

Volition Beauty’s newest product is probably my favourite skincare product this season.

The clean beauty brand is known for coming up with innovative products and their Screen Time Hydra Mist (C$38) is no different. I’ve talked about the effects of blue light before and how my blue light glasses have completely transformed my life as I sit in front of a computer all day (and when I’m not in front of that computer, I’m looking at my phone). The light emitted from these devices, known as blue light, is often said to cause eye strain and photo aging (although I don’t believe this has actually been proven).

Since Volition Beauty is a crowd-sourced beauty brand, in that anyone can submit an idea to them and if it’s feasible and innovative they will then let people vote on the ideas online, this new product comes from Instagram mega-influencer Tezza.

Screen Time is a hydrating mist that contains 12 oils and extracts to help protect skin from photo-aging while also leaving you with a soft, dewy finish. The brand says it’s ideal for normal and dry skin tones and will also help combat dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, and redness. Just shake it up, spray it on, and go about your day knowing that your face will be safe from those harmful gadgets we use all day, everyday.

Standouts in the formula include marigold extract, which minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; Indian ginseng, which promotes a healthy-looking glow; and Vitamin B5, which hydrates and softens the appearance of redness.

I’ve been using this spray pretty much everyday since I got it and have been using it as a makeup setting spray. It’s tough to say if it’s actually working since I would think it would be a longevity kind of product, but I love the idea that it’s giving me protection. I have seen first-hand how my blue light glasses have affected my brain health (I have not gotten a migraine since I’ve made the switch), so I love knowing that this stuff is protecting my face while I’m in front of a screen.

Reversa Retint[A]list cream

I’ve did a whole post on retinol and why you should be incorporating it into your routine, but if you are still on the hunt for the retinol cream of your dreams, then take a look at what Reversa has released recently.

Brand new to the Canadian skincare line is Retin[A]list (C$60), a cream that is formulated with powerful anti-aging ingredients, as well as protecting and soothing molecules that help to reduce the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of elasticity and firmness.

This 100 per cent vegan formula contains retinol, fragmented hyaluronic acid, Tasmanian berry extract (known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties), and (6)-paradol, which is a multipurpose super antioxidant that protects the skin from damage caused by chemical products, pollution, and UV rays.

Apply this serum every evening for long-lasting hydration, a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, dark spots, and blemishes caused by acne. It also helps with restoring skin’s radiance and protects against environmental stressors and pollution.

There are so many awesome new skincare items available this season that if you are looking for some new stuff to try, definitely keep these in mind.  With the holidays coming up, that’s always a great time to invest in whole collections since lots of brands typically come out with special-edition sets.  Since we are already full-fledged into fall and my skin at least has been quite dry, I’ll definitely be using these items to keep it in tip-top shape.

Have you tried any notable skincare items lately?

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

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Red-y for fall: Dior Rouge Ultra Care Lipsticks

Red lipsticks… the bain of my existence.

I can’t even begin to tell you how many red lipsticks have graced me with their presence in my years of blogging.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against red, but I just don’t gravitate towards it (I’m always worried it’s smudged or on my teeth).  Okay, well sometimes I do, and truthfully, whenever I choose to sport it, I always get a ton of compliments since there’s something about red that is so magical. It’s eye-catching, it’s sexy, and it’s bold.  It’s almost like a confidence booster and whenever i wear it I definitely feel my spirit lifting up.

Dior Beauty Rouge Ultra Care lipsticks

If you are a red lipstick fan, then you’ll love Dior Beauty’s new Rouge Ultra Care lipsticks.  These lipsticks, available in both a lipstick and liquid lipstick formula, is the brand’s first weightless-wear lipsticks that are infused with skincare and flower oil to nourish lips both in real-time and over time.

Available in 21 shades for the lipstick and 25 shades for the liquid version, this lipstick promises up to 12 hours of wear with pigmented colour that feels weightless on the lips. The formula includes camelina oil to hydrate, almond oil to soothe, and shea butter to moisturize.

Dior Beauty Rouge Ultra Care lipsticks

The brand sent me two shades each of the lipsticks and liquid lipsticks to try out and the first thing I noticed was the beautiful red packaging. When you open the lipsticks, they feature CD written on the tops in white, which is actually infused with camelina oil and a derivative of natural-origin jojoba to hydrate and moisturize lips. The lipsticks are a pearly matte finish, whereas the liquid lip colours come in a satin or matte finish depending on the shade.

Both products glided on the lips and delivered pigmented colour with one application. They both retail for C$49 each and come in a variety of shades (mostly on the darker and red spectrums).

So which formula would I choose? I really loved the applicator on the liquid versions but I think I would actually go with the lipsticks themselves since the liquid version doesn’t dry down matte. I did find I had to reapply it throughout the night (it did stay pigmented but after eating and drinking it definitely needed a bit of a touch up as the colour was looking a little dull).

Dior Beauty Rouge Ultra Care lipsticks swatches

I really love how Dior came up with a moisturizing lipstick as I’m always on the hunt for something that gives me amazing colour but also nourishes my lips as well. I think the formula on these are really great and definitely recommend checking them out. Here’s hoping they come out with more shades soon (like some nudes!).

What do you look for in a lipstick?

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

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