Giving back: Products that give back during Breast Cancer month

October is a lot of things… Full-fledged fall, Canadian Thanksgiving, Halloween, and breast cancer month.

Did you know that one in eight Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? According to the Canadian Cancer Society, 25 per cent of new cancer cases is breast cancer and it accounts for 13 per cent of all cancer deaths in Canadian women.

Many brands and companies come out with special-edition breast cancer products or initiatives this time of the year with a certain amount of proceeds going towards research and awareness. One of these companies is the Estee Lauder Group of Companies, which has their breast cancer campaign to unite and inspire people globally in a mission to create a breast cancer-free world (they actually founded the pink ribbon breast cancer campaign).  This program is their largest corporate social impact program and has raised more than $89 million since it was founded in 1992 to support global research, education, and medical services.

Although Estee Lauder is a beauty brand in itself, it is also the umbrella company for many beloved beauty brands. Companies like Aveda, MAC, Becca, Bobbi Brown, Bumble & Bumble, Glam Glow, La Mer, Smashbox, and so many others are all owned by Estee Lauder and are part of their Breast Cancer Campaign which they do every year.

This year, many items in the Estee Lauder Group of Companies brands have come out with special-edition breast cancer products where a proceeds of the sale goes towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

There are so many amazing products in the line up, but keep reading to hear about some of my top picks…

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex special breast cancer edition

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex

Estee Lauder occasionally comes out with special-edition bottles of their infamous Advanced Night Repair (C$130) and for this month they have released a metallic pink version with a breast cancer ribbon bracelet.

The serum, available in a 50 ml collectable bottle, will look so stunning on your nightstand and 20 per cent of the purchase price goes towards the BCRF (with a maximum donation of $304,000).

This serum is available as of September 1 and they will keep donating until June 30, 2021 or while supplies last. You can find it at Estee Lauder online or at counters nationwide.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion will forever hold a place in my heart as this was the first department store moisturizer I ever used.  I don’t use it anymore (just based on the fact that I get so many moisturizers in nowadays), but it will forever have a special place in my heart.

Although there is no special packaging for this product this year (they have had some pink or ribbon-themed branding in the past), for every 125 ml of the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ (C$37)  that Clinique sells for the month of October they will donate $10 towards the BCRF.

If you use this moisturizer already, I recommend you pick up a bottle during this month so part of the purchase goes towards breast cancer research.  If you’re going to get it eventually, why not purchase it now and help an amazing cause?

GlamGlow BubbleSheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask

GlamGlow BubbleSheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask

This next one is a total win-win.

The GlamGlow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask is a bubble mask that is infused with charcoal to deep clean and remove makeup.  Apply it to your face, watch it bubble up, then remove it to reveal glowing and purified skin.

Now the best part? 100 per cent of the proceeds from this C$9 mask goes towards the BCRF (up to $25,000). The donation campaign is from September 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, or while supplies last, so there’s plenty of time to pick up a mask (or two or three!).

There are a few more items in their breast cancer campaign that goes towards breast cancer research as well.  Check out their campaign website to learn more and let me know if you pick up any of the products.

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

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Clean complexion: Four new products to try from Tula


You guys know I completely adore Tula beauty products.

I get a lot of skincare to try out, but there are a few brands that when their new items come in, I can’t wait to rip open the boxes and try them out. Tula is one of those brands.

Unfortunately, Tula still doesn’t ship to Canada, and with the whole pandemic going on and the lack of travel to the US right now, it makes it even harder for us Canadians to get our little paws on it.  Regardless though, I know it’s not just Canadians who read this blog and for those who do, the items I’m going to share will be some that I think you should add to your shopping lists when we can finally cross the border again.

Over the last few months, the probiotic beauty brand has released some new and amazing products and I’m going to say it right now, I love everything.  So, if you are looking for some incredible new skincare to try out, or are just curious about Tula, then keep reading!

Tula Shawn Johnson East So Pumpkin Facial Scrub Exfoliant

Shawn Johnson East So Pumpkin Facial Scrub Exfoliant

I use the Tula So Polished Exfoliating Sugar Scrub at least once a week, so when they came out with a limited-edition pumpkin spice version, my basic self couldn’t wait to get her manicured hands on it!

In collaboration with Olympian Shawn Johnson East, the So Pumpkin Facial Scrub Exfoliant ($34 USD) works the same way of their OG scrub, but with a pumpkin spice twist.

Apply this before or after your cleanser (I like doing it before) and gently massage in a circular motion, then rinse.  The scrub contains gentle, natural sugar to melt away excess oil, buildup, and debris, without leaving your skin feeling irritated or dry.  It contains probiotics and pumpkin to soften skin, as well as fruit enzymes to unclog pores.

I really love this scrub since it has sugar in it, meaning that it melts on your skin when you add water. You won’t be left with pieces of scrub left over, which is common with other exfoliators out there that don’t melt down.  The original one has a set pineapple scent to it, whereas this one is full-blown pumpkin spice, which if you aren’t a fan of that then you probably won’t like this.  If you are a fan though, prepare to have your mind blown.

If you live in the States and this gives you an inclining of interest, then I would grab it quick since it’s limited edition and who knows if they will ever bring it back.

Tula Golden Hour Eye Balm

Glow Hour – Courtney Shields Eye Balm

In collaboration with Instagrammer Courtney Shields, Tula has recently introduced a new beauty to their Glow & Get It Eye Balm line up.

I love the original formula, as well as the Rose Glow version (which I use every morning), so I naturally got really excited when I saw they came out with a third version.

The Glow Hour Eye Balm ($32 USD) is designed to neutralize dark circles.  This balm is smaller in circumference than their other two as it’s designed to fit into the small corners of the inner eye.  It contains ingredients such as grapefruit and algae to brighten, as well as lingonberry to protect against pollution and blue light (love this!!). It also has aloe water and watermelon to hydrate and reduce the look of wrinkles. In addition to all that, it also cools, hydrates, and illuminates the eye area. Just swipe it on for a golden peachy glow and an instant pick me up.

I think this is also a genius product and although it doesn’t replace their other two balms, I would use this one in addition to the Rose Glow one and even keep it on you for on-to-go touchups or when you need a little pick me up.

Tula Signature Glow Refreshing & Hydrating Acid Face Mist and So Smooth Resurfacing & Brightening Fruit Enzyme Mask

Tula Signature Glow Refreshing & Hydrating Acid Face Mist

I love a good face mist, so it’s about time that Tula released one in their collection.

The Tula Signature Glow Refreshing & Hydrating Acid Face Mist ($34 USD) is designed to instantly brighten the appearance of dull skin, as well as hydrate and protect it from blue light and pollution.

Spray this onto your skin before or after makeup or just whenever you need a pick me up to give your skin a punch of hyaluronic acid.  It also contains probiotics, strawberry, and kiwi fruit water to balance skin and give you a beautiful glow. It also has a really nice scent to it which is an instant pick me up.

I love to spray this on my skin before bed since it’s such a nice treat, however, I have tried it over makeup and my makeup did not budge for hours on end and I was left with a beautiful eye-catching glow.  You can also apply this to your highlighter brush before dipping it into product for an out-of-this-world glow.

So Smooth Resurfacing & Brightening Fruit Enzyme Mask

Lastly, we have a new mask from Tula, and based on the other masks I have tried from them, I knew I would love this one too.

The So Smooth Resurfacing & Brightening Fruit Enzyme Mask ($36 USD) is a gel mask that is designed to give you smoother and brighter-looking skin.  Apply this clear mask to your skin for 10 minutes then rinse off to reveal soft and balanced skin.

This mask contains pineapple, pumpkin, and pomegranate enzymes with AHA, BHA, and PHA gentle acids to exfoliate and polish the skin.  It’s a nice treat to incorporate into your routine once or twice a week, and best part is that it isn’t messy and you only need to apply it for 10 minutes for it to work efficiently.

I completely adore all of these Tula products and cannot recommend them enough.  Truthfully, Tula is one of those lines that just consistently work every time I try something new from them.  If you are interested in picking some goodies up, then use code SHAYNA for 15% off your order!

Have you tried any of these new Tula products?

Products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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An artist’s touch: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist lipsticks

Life imitates art with Make Up For Ever’s newest lipsticks.

I’ve always really enjoyed Make Up For Ever’s lipsticks, especially their matte liquid lipsticks, so whenever they come out with a new formula, I’m always dying to get my lips on them.

New from the brand is the Rouge Artist Lipstick (C$31), a pigmented, satin-finish lipstick that will give you all-day colour and hydration.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist lipsticks Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist lipsticks

Available in a staggering 60 shades, this lipstick comes housed in a beautiful lipbrush-inspired casing that is long and elegant and definitely unlike anything else in your collection.  The colour is a matte satin and will hydrate lips as you wear it as it contains amino acids for moisture, as well as camellia oil to soften and comfort lips.

Make Up For Ever sent me two of the 60 shades to try out, Power Greige, a dark taupe colour, and Spirited Pink, a baby pink.  I really liked how these applied and the finish they leave on the lips.  I did find them to be incredibly moisturizing and the colour was long lasting.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist lipsticks swatched in Powerful Greige and Spirited Pink

I did like these lipsticks but I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t find them to be anything too different from their other Artist Rouge lipsticks, aside from the package. The packaging is definitely unique and gives it a nice flair, however, I do think it is a bit unnecessary and the tube is quite long.  It’s very bougie and if you are into that sort of thing then I think you’ll really love these.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist lipsticks

Aside from that, I do really like the shade range and the wide assortment of colours they chose to go with. With 60 shades, you’ll definitely find your perfect colour… and then some!

Have you tried the new Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge lipsticks?

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

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