The neutralizer: Bare Minerals Blemish Rescue Collection

I’ve been pretty fortunate in that I don’t often get breakouts.

I’m the first to say I have pretty good skin, however, every once in a while I will experience a breakout or have to tame down redness in my complexion (I have to do the latter one quite often). If you suffer from breakouts often and have trouble camouflaging them with your makeup, then you’ll definitely want to look into Bare Minerals’ new line which helps to target blemishes and acne.

The new Blemish Rescue collection, which launched at Sephora on January 1, 2019, consists of four products to help resolve current breakouts and prevent future ones from happening. The line also helps to maintain skin’s essential moisture and contains salicylic acid, a blemish-busting mineral complex, and a blend of soothing ingredients to help calm and nourish acne-prone skin. This line has clinically shown to improve skin’s hydration instantly and after 12 hours, as well as mattify skin instantly and over time.

Included in the collection is the Anti-Redness Mattifying Primer (C$33), Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation (C$37), the Seamless Buffing Brush with Antibacterial Charcoal (C$35), and the Skin-Clearing Spot Concealer (C$27).

Bare Minerals Blemish Rescue Primer and concealer

The Blemish Rescue Anti-Redness Mattifying Primer is a green-toned primer to neutralize red undertones in skin. It’s a soothing primer that helps to maintain skin’s essential moisture over time. The primer is infused with chamomile and arnica to calm and nourish skin, as well as a blend of zinc, sulfur, and kaolin clay to mattify skin and purify pores. Apply this to your complexion prior to the other products.

Next up, I use the Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Spot Concealer, which is a retractable pencil concealer available in six shades. This concealer helps to calm, clear, and cover blemishes and imperfections thanks to the salicylic acid in the formula. It also has mushroom stem extract to soothe skin, as well as liquorice root extract to help fade post-blemish scars. Since this is a pencil concealer, it’s not my favourite method of applying this product since I find it doesn’t really blend out as creamy as I would like. Bare Minerals says that this is crease-proof, waterproof, and sweat-resistant. I use this after the primer and before the powder foundation (remember: creams always before powders) and use the brush to help buff it into my skin. I do find that it helps to tone down any redness on my face.

The Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation is like their iconic foundation but helps to resolve current breakouts and prevent future ones from happening. This foundation is available in 12 different shades and works the same way that the original formula works. Twist the jar and then tap some product into the lid. Using the buffing brush, work this into your skin for a healthy-looking, natural finish. If you love their original foundation but suffer from skin issues, then Bare Minerals has literally answered all your prayers with this line. This works the same way as their tried-and-true original foundation but is formulated to target future and current breakouts.

Bare Minerals Blemish Rescue powder foundation and charcoal buffing brush

Bare Minerals Blemish Rescue powder foundation, concealer, and brush

I’ve been applying this foundation with the Seamless Bruffing Brush with Antibacterial Charcoal, which is a brush made with special fibres infused with activated charcoal and antibacterial silver ions to help repel bacteria. Because of that, it is also designed to stay cleaner for longer. The shape of the brush is the perfect size and density to really help buff the products into skin, leaving you with a flawless, natural finish. Although this brush was created to apply the Blemish Rescue Loose Powder Foundation, you can of course use it to apply other foundations as well.

In case you can’t tell, I absolutely love this line and am in awe that Bare Minerals created this. They took an iconic product and added a touch extra to it for those gals and guys that suffer from breakouts and acne. I think that this line would be perfect for teenagers or young adults just because their skin may be more prone to those conditions, and the finish everything gives you is just perfect. Heck, I’ve even been using it nonstop and I don’t get breakouts that often. It’s just that good.

Bare Minerals Blemish Rescue collection swatches

Do you suffer from breakouts or acne? What products do you use?

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Off in a snap! Maybelline Snapscara mascara

Anyone else ever not wear mascara because it can be so hard to remove sometimes?

Removing mascara can be a royal pain at times and depending on the formula, I’ve definitely gone to bed before with a little bit of mascara still on my lashes. I mean really, who has time to fully remove their mascara? I just assume it’ll get off eventually.

Anyways, this brings me to today’s post where Maybelline has come to the rescue for lazy girls like me. Their new mascara, Snapscara (C$7.96), was released late last year and promises to come off easily with just water. Now that’s a pretty far claim considering if you want major volume and separation with your mascara I would assume that it would bond onto your lashes. Right?

Maybelline Snapscara mascara in black, blue, and burgundy Maybelline Snapscara mascara wands

Snapscara is promised to deliver smooth, clump-free volume when you apply it and come off in a snap when you remove it (get it?). It’s perfect for sensitive eyes since you don’t have to rub or tug at your lashes. This mascara is the brand’s first pigmented wax-free mascara that is a zero-clump formula that applies smoothly and plumps up and defines lashes.

Okay, so does it actually do what it claims. Yes.  I was literally shocked to see how easy it was to remove this mascara, considering how much volume, separation and length you get when you apply it.  Snapscara gives you feathery soft lashes that look natural thanks to its tapered curve brush, which allows you to fully hug the shape of your eyelids. You can also layer a few coats on to really pump up the volume, but considering how easy this is to take off, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

Maybelline Snapscara mascara wand

If black mascara isn’t your jam, Snapscara also comes in three other shades; Deja Blue, Ultra Violet, and Black Cherry (deep burgundy). I’m a basic B so I love black, but I am partial to a burgundy mascara to make my blue eyes pop on occasion.

I think this is a great mascara to have in your collection, especially for lazy days where you want to do makeup but dread that wash off before bed (hey, we’ve all been there). Plus, the fact that it actually makes your lashes look amazing is just the black cherry on the cake (see what I did there?).

Maybelline Snapscara swatches

Have you tried Maybelline’s new Snapscara mascara?

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Peach paradise: Three beauty items you need to embrace Pantone’s Color of the Year

I used to get so excited to learn what the Pantone Color of the Year was every year.

In case you aren’t familiar with the whole Color of the Year thing, Pantone is the global authority on colour standards and digital solutions for the design industry and each year they comb the world looking for new colour influences which ends up influencing product develop and purchasing decisions from a variety of industries, including fashion, home furnishing, and industrial design.

Although I haven’t really paid much attention to the announcements for the past few years (I mean, really, the colour of the year for me has been Millennial Pink for like two years now), I did make a note to take a look to see what it would be for 2019.  And this year my friends, it’s Living Coral.

Beauty products to rock Living Coral.

Living Coral is described by Pantone as an animating and life-affirming shade of orange with golden undertone. Just as coral reefs as a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant yet mellow Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral embraces with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

The Color of the Year will influence a number of industries this year, including the beauty world. Pantone says “as a life-affirming hue that complements all skin tones, PANTONE Living Coral brings natural color to beauty in blush, eye and lip. Uninhibited, playful looks are also emboldened by Living Coral, which, as the centre of a kaleidoscope of colour, encourages experimentation in beauty with palettes, textures, shimmers and sheens.”

Anyways, this brings us to today’s post since coral is a colour that I often play around with when it comes to makeup. Since it’s such a versatile shade, you can really wear it so many different ways. From the eyes to the lips to the cheeks, coral complements so many different skin tones and you can either wear it dramatically or faintly.

So let’s get to it, here are my top picks to rock Living Coral this year.

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On the cheeks…

Coral is such an easy shade to sport on the cheeks and I find it’s more flattering for my skin tone than a blush-tied shade would be.  It’s faint enough for a quick flush or you can layer it up for that punch of colour.

If you’re looking for a versatile blush, then take a look at Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in the shade Ridiiic (C$31), which is a golden papaya shade (but leans more towards a bright orange).  This cream brush, housed in a magnetized case, gives you long wear and a lightweight finish. I love how you can really customize the colour; wear it lightly for a flush, or pack it on for a full-blown look. The formula is also cream to powder, meaning that it sets into skin nicely and doesn’t budge. They are meant to be layered, so you could grab Trippin, a gold-glazed apricot, to really play up the whole Living Coral look.

On the lips…

Another Fenty Beauty product, the Mattemoiselle lipstick in the colour Single (C$23) is described as a blushing nude, so it’s definitely a cool way to wear the shade without being totally obvious that you’re wearing it. I actually reviewed these a couple weeks ago on the blog and love how they are so slim and compact that they easily fit into even the smallest of purses. They also feature a soft matte finish that is comfortable to wear and packs a pop of colour.

If you want something a little more punchy, take a look at Up 2 No Good, a nude peach shade that will totally embody the essence of Living Coral if you want to be obvious you’re trying to rock it.

Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Coral

On the eyes…

You guys know I use orange shades a lot as my transition colour, so this was easy to find in my collection of shadows.  If you are totally looking to completely embrace the shade this year, then you must pick up Huda Beauty’s Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Coral (C$35). This palette houses nine shadows that are complementary coral shades in matte and shimmer formulas.  The shades in here range from burnt orange and dusty pink to brown and shimmery pink.

Other star palettes to consider would be Too Faced’s Sweet Peach palettes and CoverGirl’s Peach Punch palette.

For the skin…

Okay so technically this one doesn’t actually add Living Coral to your skin or anything, but the packaging on this is the prettiest shade of pink/coral that it would look amazing on your countertop and help you embrace the colour this year.

New from Lierac Paris, the Supra Radiance line includes five skincare products that are designed to regenerate skin’s radiance and provide anti-aging benefits. This line aims to mimic the activity of a key protein, NRF2 Protein, that acts on both the detoxification and reactivation of the skin’s youth process.  As you continue to use the line everyday, you’ll notice that your skin looks smooth, luminous, and radiant.

Lierac Paris Supra Radiance products

Included in the line is the Anti-Ox Renewing Cream Gel (C$85), the Anti-Ox Renewing Cream (C$85), the Detox Renewing Night Cream (C$85), the Double Peeling Radiance Mask (C$60), and the Eye Radiance Serum (C$65). My top picks are the cream, the night cream, the eye serum, and the mask (which you apply once a week).

Since Living Coral is such an easy colour to pull off, I’m sure you’ll have so much fun creating different ways to wear it this year.  Since it leans on the orange and pink sides of the spectrum, you can sport the shade a ton of ways. Wear a little coral lip or dab some of that colour on the cheeks. Or you know, just find pretty bottles that are the shade and proudly display them ;).

Makeup look inspired by Living Coral, Pantone Color of the Year

How will you be rocking Living Coral this year?

Please note, I was send this product by PR.  All opinions are my own.

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