Bronze from down under: Bondi Sands Aerated Self Tanning Foam

I love self tanners.

My skin doesn’t tan very well naturally so the use of a good self tanner is a must for me.  This year was a bit different than other years since I usually go through bottles of the stuff in the summer, but since I was working for home, I actually got a natural tan for once in my life. So that coupled with the fact that I didn’t really do anything or go anywhere, I haven’t really applied much self tanner over the past few months (I don’t apply it unless I have a reason to do so since I don’t want to waste this precious nectar… hey, self tanners are expensive!).

Anyways, regardless of this, I would never say no to trying out new formulas and a new one to me is Bondi Sands.  They reached out to me a few months ago over Instagram and mentioned that they are now sold here in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart, making it easy and affordable for everyone to find it.

Bondi Sands Aero Ultra Dark Tanning Mousse

Named after and inspired by Australia’s Bondi Beach, Bondi Sands is a line of at-home self tanners that is modelled after salon-quality tanners. The formula contains premium green/blue dye instead of the usual orange/yellow dye, so you end up with a natural-looking tan instead of an orange one. In terms of products, they offer everything from self-tanning lotions to foams to dry oil and so much more.

The brand sent me their Aero Ultra Dark Tanning Mousse (C$41.99), which is a weightless tanning mousse that glides on the skin and is light in texture and touch.  They also sent along their tanning applicator mitt (C$8.99), which I used to apply it with.

This tanner also contains Vitamin E and jojoba to hydrate and nourish the skin as you wear it, as well as dual-action tanning actives to give you a deep and long-lasting colour.

In terms of application, this stuff works the same way as other mousse tanners out there.  Dispense it on the mitt and then rub it onto your body. This didn’t feel heavy or tacky at all, which was really nice.

Bondi Sands Aero Ultra Dark Tanning Mousse

I like to apply my tanner at night to let it develop over night and wake up nice and tanned. Bondi Sands says you can apply more of it a few hours after the initial application for a darker tan.

So how did the colour develop?  I was expecting more from a tanner that is billed to be “ultra dark”. I would say that I woke up with a glow, but nothing too dramatic.  I have used other tanners that give me a deeper colour after one application. With that being said, I like to go big or go home, which I understand isn’t for everyone, so if you like a lighter tan, then I think you’ll enjoy this.

Swatches of Bondi Sands Aero Ultra Dark Tanning Mousse

So how does this compare to other brands?  I felt like it did the trick but I would have to say that I have tried other tanners that give me a deeper tan after one application.  I’ll continue to use this to see if I continuously get the same results, but first impressions didn’t really leave me too satisfied with the colour.  It was a nice glow, I just wished it would have looked darker.

Have you tried Bondi Sands?

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

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Seasons change: The skincare to try in October 2020

October is one of my favourites months of the year.

Maybe it’s the seasons changing, the pretty colours of the leaves, or Halloween, which is one of my favourite holidays, October brings so much to the table and I’m so happy it’s here.

We are already halfway through and I know it’s crazy to already be thinking about winter and the holidays, but just like the rest of the year, I’m sure these next few months will just fly by.

Skincare has been huge the past few months and as we head into probably another lockdown soon, skincare will continue to be really popular. if you are looking for some new products to try out, then keep reading!

Indeed laboratories Hydraluron Cream Cleanser

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Cream Cleanser

New from clean beauty Canadian brand Indeed Laboratories is the Hydraluron Cream Cleanser (C$19.99), which is a foaming cleanser that helps clean the face of makeup and leave it feeling soft.

The formula of this cleanser contains papaya enzymes and roselle flower extracts to brighten skin and make it softer, smoother, and brighter.  It also has hyaluronic acid and grapeseed oil to hydrate skin while reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Use this every day morning and night for clean, brighter skin that is ready for the rest of your routine.

IT Cosmetics It's Your Quick and Easy Makeup Routine

IT Cosmetics It’s Your Quick and Easy Makeup Routine

You guys know I love IT Cosmetics and although they have a wonderful makeup line, they also offer up amazing skincare items as well.

If you are wanting to try out their skincare products but don’t know where to start, take a look at the It’s You’re Quick and Easy Makeup Routine, which is on major sale right now (C$24 valued for C$44).

This set comes with minis of their Confidence in a Cream Anti-Aging Moisturizing Face Cream (15 ml), the Confidence in a Cream Anti-Aging Anti-Wrinkling Brightening Eye Cream (5 ml), and the Confidence in a Cleanser Hydrating Cleansing Serum (20 ml).  It also comes with a cute makeup bag and an IT Cosmetics branded mirror.

I’ve used all three of these products and love them. The cleansing serum cleanses your face and moisturizes it, leaving it soft and hydrated.  The face cream is the number-one anti-aging prestige moisturizer in America and delivers 24 hours of hydration, as well as reduces the appearance of fine lines, brightens skin, and minimizes pores.  The eye cream brightens the eye area, as well as hydrates, smoothes and refreshes the eye area while minimizing the look of lines and wrinkles.

This set also contains a beauty tips card which will explains the benefits of these products and how to use them. Use code SHAYNAGIFT for a free deluxe sample of the NEW Your Skin But Better Oil-Free Makeup Primer on their website,

Avon Anew Collagen Booster products

Isa Knox ANEW Collagen Booster Rejuvenating Serum Ampoules and Microneedling Polisher

I’ve been a fan of the Isa Knox ANEW line for years and always get excited when new products show up at my door.

Brand new from the brand are two new products, which are part of their Collagen Booster line. First is the Collagen Booster Rejuvenating Serum Ampoules (C$88), which are serum pods that contain a blend of peptides that boost the body’s natural production of collagen.  There are 60 ampoules in the jar and they are designed to be used morning and night.

Pair the serum with their Collagen Booster Microneedling Polisher Exfoliant (C$48), which is an at-home skin-resurfacing alternative to microdermabrasion and microneedling.  Massage a small amount to your face up to three times a week then rinse.  With regular use, this product will improve the appearance of pores, as well as make it look younger, more radiant and smoother thanks to a combination of gentle exfoliators that polish away dead skin cells and diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

new skincare to try in October 2020 from IT Cosmetics, Indeed Labs, and Avon Isa Knox

There are so many amazing products to try out this month and I’ll be sharing a few more in the weeks to come.  I talk about skincare a lot on here and really enjoy trying out new products in general.  The skincare industry has evolved so much over the years and there are some incredible items to try out.

What are your favourite skincare items this month?

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

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Dress your lips: YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Glow Matte lipsticks

Ah yes, YSL lipsticks.. some of my all-time favourites.

No matter what the colour is, my heart will always skip a beat when I see a YSL lipstick show up at my door.  I’ve used a few of their formulas over the year and have always really appreciated the quality of the formula and the intricate details of the packaging as a whole. Plus, the fact that it’s YSL is a huge selling feature for me. I love any beauty brand that is put out by a luxury couture house (#bougie).

YSL Beauty ROUGE PUR COUTURE THE SLIM GLOW MATTE ROUGE PUR COUTURE THE SLIM GLOW MATTE

Anyways, I have tried YSL Beauty’s Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks in the past, of which they have a few different lines in this formula.  For fall 2020, they have just released a new version to add to the line up.

The YSL Rouge Pur Couture Slim Glow Matte (C$50) is a long-lasting lipstick that comes in a unique slim square stick. The odd shape of the lipstick is actually convenient since it is designed to hug the natural curve of your lips. This lipstick delivers pigmented colour in a matte finish that is lightweight and comfortable.

Available in 12 shades, this lipstick contains light-reflecting pearls and mallow flower extracts from the YSL Beauty Ourika Garden (so fancy!). YSL sent me five shades to try out, two reds,   a pink, a nude, and a brown. The shade range all lean on the darker side of things and is a rich and deep colour that looks very mature.  I do find these to be matte in finish and the texture of them are creamy and long-wearing with a opaque wash of colour.

ROUGE PUR COUTURE THE SLIM GLOW MATTE ROUGE PUR COUTURE THE SLIM GLOW MATTE swatches

Overall I really like these and they are definitely a luxe treat.  I get that $50 for a lipstick is a lot of money, especially in a pandemic, but if you are looking to treat yourself then these would definitely fit the bill.  The casing is also incredibly luxe with the matte black packaging and rose gold lid.

Compared to the other Rouge Pur Couture formulas out there I would say that this version is my new favourite and I expect to get a lot of wear out of them this fall (for when I actually go out and apply makeup).

Have you tried any of the new YSL Rouge Pur Couture Slim Glow Matte?

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

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