Sweet like candy: Quo Cosmetics gets a makeover

A makeup line that really has it all? Quo Beauty!

Shopper’s Drug Mart’s in-store makeup and accessories line has been around for a while and new this season they have completely reinvented and rebranded the line.  Quo Beauty is now  vegan and PETA-certified and is available in Shopper’s Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores across the country, as well as in select Loblaws stores.

Comprised of over 1,000 products, Quo Beauty has also redesigned the packaging of their items to contain less waste and less product packaging.  They are also offering a full line of makeup brushes with synthetic bristles (their brushes are some of my favourite makeup brushes ever and I’ve had them since before I started blogging!).

In celebration of this relaunch, Quo partnered with celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo to create a variety of looks using this collection.

Quo Beauty reformulated products

Quo was so kind and sent me a ton of products from their new extensive range.  I’ve used a variety of Quo products in the past and for the most part enjoyed them, both in terms of quality and price point. Although I haven’t used a lot of their makeup, the items I’ve really enjoyed have been their accessories line.  The first set of good makeup brushes I had ever gotten (they were a gift from my dad in like 2009) were from Quo and I still have them and use them often.

At first glance, I really love the new branding, however, I do find it to be very young and it looks like something targeted more towards a teen and early 20s demographic, as opposed to those in their 30s (like me).  I’m a sucker for cute things though, so I really love the new branding and the price point makes it accessible for most.

So my top products?  They sent me a ton of stuff to try out and since I have only one face which only applies makeup for special occasions right now, I didn’t have the opportunity to go through all of it, however, the stuff I did try, for the most part I really enjoyed.

Quo Beauty Precision Liner

My favourite product from the line would definitely be the Precision Liquid Liner (C$12), which is available in six shades. They sent me two shades to try out, black and a bright blue. I naturally gravitated towards the black colour and was impressed with how well this works.  It’s your standard felt-tip liquid liner but it dispensed colour really nicely and boldly and I found I didn’t have to press too hard to have the colour to look opaque.  The black was also a deep black, leaving you with a noticeable line.  I would say this works better than a lot of my other more luxury-brand liners, and at only $12, it’s a total steal.

I did try the liner with their Plump Up The Volume Maxi-Volume mascara (C$10) as well, but I didn’t find it did too much for my lashes. Even looking at the wand I didn’t think that this would do too much for me, and I was right in that assumption. It was fine, but I’ve definitely used way better mascaras out there. If you want to give this mascara a try, it’s available in five shades, including a yellow, which I found to be very unique.

Quo Beauty powder face products Swatches of new Quo Beauty products

Other products I really enjoyed were their powder face products.

First up, their Bronzer Powder (C$14) is available in four shades and is a really nice bronzer to warm up the face and contour. This bronzer contains ingredients to make it light and moisturizing, as well as Vitamin E to reduce the signs of aging. There is a slight sparkle in it, but you don’t notice any sheen when you apply it. It’s a great pigmented bronzer to help you achieve a natural-looking glow.

Pair the bronzer with their Blush (C$14), which is available in 14 different shades. This pressed blush gives your cheeks a nice flush and a little goes a long way. They also include the same ingredients as the bronzer to hydrate and reduce the signs of aging.

Finally, add a little light to your face with their Skin Perfector (C$16) which is designed to enhance your skin’s natural complexion. There are three shades to choose from (I got Golden Hour) and found this to be a really pretty, blinding highlight.  I really recommend this one if you’re looking for a new highlighter.

Quo Beauty lipsticks and lipgloss Quo Beauty nail polishes and sponge

Another product I really loved and was quite surprised by were their lipsticks (C$10). They have 12 shades available and it’s a creamy lipstick that delivers pigmented colour.

They sent me three shades to try out and naturally I gravitated the most to the blush pink colour.  These lipsticks are very small in size, making them perfect to fit in a small purse (truthfully I found them to be similar to lipsticks you would give preteens since they are so tiny). The shade range is also really nice as they have everything from pinks to nudes to reds.

As for accessories, I really enjoyed their Blending Sponge (C$8). I’ve used their sponges in the past and although they were a little too dense for me when I first started using them, they have really been working on the softness of the sponge and I find now that it rivals the Beauty Blender.

This latex-free sponge is soft and bouncy and is perfect for applying your liquid face products.  Save your money and pick up one of these (which they have available in a variety of different shapes) the next time you need to swap out your blending sponge for a new one.

Quo primer and sunglasses Swatches of new Quo Beauty products

This was just the tip of the iceberg that Quo has in store for us now that they have completely rebranded the line.  They also have a complete line of hair tools and accessories, skincare accessories, and sunglasses (they sent me a pair and I love them!).

Next time you’re in Shopper’s Drug Mart, I recommend checking out the line since the packaging is so fun and the products are so affordable.  I was so surprised with a lot of the items I tried out and love that in addition to working so well, they are also vegan and cruelty-free!

Have you tried any of the new Quo Beauty products?

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

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Miracle ingredient: Three ways to incorporate Pycnogenol into your beauty routine

There are so many ingredients in skincare products.

Since science is always evolving. A lot of the magic of what gets discovered eventually makes its way into skincare, and since skincare is all about keeping your skin in check and help us stay looking young, these ingredients help with the evolution of the both our faces and the products we use.

One of the ingredients I recently discovered was pycnogenol. Pycnogenol French maritime pine bark is a natural supplement used for many conditions, including ADHD and dry skin. It contains active bioflavonoids shown in numerous studies to provide a range of benefits.

So how can it help your skin? Well, among many different benefits, it helps to reduce the signs of aging as it can help improve hydration and the elasticity of skin.  It has also been shown to increase the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen, both of which are found in many skincare products.

Now if this is something that sounds amazing to you but don’t know where to start, then keep reading for some of my recommendations. Healthy Origins Pycnogenol vitamins

Healthy Origins Pycnogenol Veggie Capsules

Okay, so this first one isn’t a skincare product, but is the easiest way to incorporate pycnogenol into your life.

The Healthy Origins Pycnogenol Veggie Capsules (C$69.45) is a capsule that is designed to be taken once or twice daily, preferably with a meal or as directed by a physician.  These capsules support a wide range of body supports, including heart health, circulatory health, skincare, eye health, joint case, women’s health, cognitive function, respiratory health, and more.

These are great to take if you don’t want to switch up your skincare routine just yet but still want to incorporate the magic of this ingredient in your lifestyle.

DermaE Sensitive Skin products with Pycnogenol

Derma E Skin De-Stress Calming CBD Cleanser and Sensitive Skin Moisturizing Cream

For skincare, Derma E has a line that incorporates both CBD and pycnogenol into their products, making it perfect for sensitive skin.

Starting first with the Skin De-Stress Calming CBD Cleanser (C$26.49), which is a calming cleanser that contains broad-spectrum CBD to gently lift way dirt and impurities without over-drying the skin. It contains Hemp Seed Oil to hydrate and moisturize sensitive skin, as well as pycnogenol and aloe vera with Vitamins A, C, and E to condition and nourish the skin.

Pycnogenol products from DermaE and Healthy Origins Follow up the cleanser with the CBD Sensitive Skin Moisturizing Cream (C$47.49), which is a moisturizer that is designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, leaving you with younger-looking skin.  If you have sensitive skin you’ll want to look into using this as the ingredients are aimed to soothe redness, irritated or sensitive skin.  It contains pycnogenol for aging, as well as Vitamins A, C, and E to moisturize and soothe for vibrant skin.

This moisturizer is designed for those who have normal to dry skin, or suffer from redness, irritated, sensitive skin, or rosacea.

I know there are a few other skincare items out there that also contain pycnogenol, but these are all great recommendations to give it a try.

Have you tried pycnogenol in your skincare routine?  Have you noticed a difference in your skin?

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

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Skin prep: Three new products to try from Laneige

There are some skincare brands that I know I’m just gonna love, no matter what product it is.

When it comes to skincare, you really can’t go wrong with Korean brands and one of my favourites is LANEIGE.  I’ve tried out a plethora of their products and use their Lip Sleeping Mask every night and truthfully, there isn’t a product that I haven’t loved.

It’s been a while since I’ve tried out some new products from the line, so when I got a box in the mail a few weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to dive in.

Since Korea gets pretty cold temperatures similar to Canada, I always enjoy receiving their products this time of the year since it’s designed for cold dry weather. So if you are on the hunt for new products to try as we head into the chilly months, then I’m sure you’ll love what you’re about to read… LANEIGE Water Bank Moisture Cream LANEIGE Water Bank Moisture Cream 

Perfect for normal to dry skin, the LANEIGE Water Bank Moisture Cream (C$50) is a rich cream that tackles issues like dryness, acne, and blemishes.  It’s a lightweight cream that has mineral-rich vegetable extracts which will help strengthen skin’s moisture barrier for a more hydrated complexion.

This cream contains green mineral water which is extracted from Brussel sprouts, artichoke, and lima bean to add moisture to the skin.

I’ve tried a few different Water Bank products through the years and have always really enjoyed the formulas and how they make my skin look and feel. Like I said, they are especially handy during the winter months as they are designed for normal to dry skin, making them perfect to give your face a burst of moisture.

LANEIGE Glowy Makeup Serum

LANEIGE Glowy Makeup Serum

This next one is for those of you who still wear makeup everyday (certainly not me, but I reserve it for weekends #WFHLife).

The Glowy Makeup Serum (C$43) is a lightweight serum that will give you visibly smoother skin and acts as a canvas primer to make your makeup last longer.

This serum is ideal for normal, dry, combination, and oily skin and will help combat dryness, dullness, and uneven texture. It also helps to dispel oil on the skin and will lock in moisture to keep skin hydrated.

Apply this in the morning before your makeup.  The formula includes diamond mineral powder to give you a glow and smooth skin’s appearance, it also contains light fit prep technology to help makeup last longer on the skin.

I used to have a similar serum from Make Up For Ever as well and really love this one since it comes from a skincare brand.  I do still like to use a primer in addition to this but find it’s a nice two-in-one product if you wear makeup often since it will hydrate your skin and keep your makeup in check.  You can also wear it solo if you’re feeling like giving your face a nice glow.

LANEIGE Cream Skin Mist

LANEIGE Cream Skin Mist 

I love a good facial spray and have been really into using them morning and night as a last step in my skincare routine.

The newest one in my collection is the LANEIGE Cream Skin Mist (C$36), which is a facial spray that is designed to give you long-lasting hydration. Perfect for normal, dry, combination, and oily skin, this product combats dullness, uneven texture, and dryness and will keep your skin hydrated for up to 12 hours.

Spray this on your face to hydrate and soothe, thanks to the White Leaf Tea Water, which helps to support your skin’s moisture barrier.  You can either spray this after your skincare routine, or keep it on you for on-the-go touchups whenever you need a little moisture boost.  You can also spray this after you apply your makeup to give your skin a nice glow, as well as increase the longevity of your makeup.

There are so many goodies to try out from LANEIGE and I hope I sparked some interest in picking up a few products as you start to think about your winter skincare routine. Don’t forget, the Sephora holiday sale is also coming up in the beginning of next month, so I would look into adding some of these items to your list if you suffer from dry skin in the winter months.

Have you tried any LANEIGE products?

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

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