Vacation glow: Bite Beauty Daycation Whipped Blush

When it comes to wearing makeup in the summer months I try to reach for more cream products.

When the weather gets hot and sticky, less is definitely more, but I find that cream products don’t feel as heavy on my skin as their powder counterparts. Truthfully, I tend to reach for tinted moisturizers and BB or CC creams for some coverage, but when it comes to the other makeup products, I usually grab powders.

Not this summer.

Bite Beauty Daycation Blush

I love a good cream blush, but haven’t really found any that I absolutely adore. Then Bite Beauty released their own formula and this one may just be the blush of the season.

Released earlier this month, Daycation Whipped Blush (C$42) is a creamy blush that is infused with papaya extract, a superfood, to help promote glowing skin. Available in four shades, this product is lightweight and features a whipped texture that blends seamlessly into the skin.

Bite Beauty sent me two shades to try out, Melon Mojito, a glowing peach, and Coconut Rum, a warm bronze. When it comes to liquid or cream blushes, I typically find these to be on the thinner side, but this product, which comes in an adorable and ergonomic squeeze tube packaging, is more on the thicker side with a little going a long way.  The formula is buildable and long wearing and doesn’t contain any oils that will block your pores. You can apply it with your fingers or a brush for a seamless look.

Bite Beauty Daycation Blush Bite Beauty Daycation Blush swatches in Coconut Rum and Melon Mojito

I actually really love how both colours look on my skin.  These are really flattering and I find that the shade range they released is really complementary on any skin tone. My only qualm with this product is the fact that they are really small. For C$42, you would think you would get more product in here, but I will reiterate that a little goes a long way.

Overall, if you are on the hunt for a new cream blush, I would look into picking up a shade. I think that Melon Mojito is the perfect shade for summer since it’s a beautiful blend between bronzer and blush, so you can definitely get a lot of use out of this. I also want to note that although it’s technically a blush, it can also be used as a cream eyeshadow as well.

Have you tried Bite Beauty’s new Daycation Whipped Blush?

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

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For her: Mother’s Day gift ideas from L’Occitane En Provence

Anyone else feel like Mother’s Day has just creeped up on us this year?

I’m in Montreal for the summer so I made sure to give my mom an early Mother’s Day gift this year before I left, however, she might also be receiving some bath and body items from L’Occitane soon in the mail (wink, wink). 

When it comes to giving gifts, you can never go wrong with bath and body items and the best part about this gift category is that it comes in all different price points. One of my favourite brands is L’Occitane En Provence since it’s in the mid-range in terms of cost, but the items are extremely luxurious (plus it’s French. Who doesn’t love French skincare?).

You still have two days left, but if you are completely stumped on what to get the mom or the mother figure in your life, then I have some great suggestions.

L'Occitane Neroli Discovery Set

Neroli Discovery Set 

A gift set is always a good idea and the Neroli Discovery Set (C$29) is a great one.

This set includes three products in their Neroli & Orchidee scent, which is a clean and delicate fragrance. Open up the pretty floral pink box to reveal a 7.5ml of the eau de toilette, a 30ml hand cream, and a 50ml body milk.

I love this set since it’s all products that come in handy and I think that mom would use.  You can never have enough on-the-go hand creams (especially with all the hand washing and sanitizing we do), and the body milk and eau de toilette are perfect for travel as well. Best part is that it comes in the most giftable box.  This one screams Mother’s Day!

L'Occitane Rose Hand Cream Trio

Rose Hand Cream Trio

I don’t know about you but I like to keep a hand cream on me at all times now. I have one in my purse, my bedside table, on my desk.. the list goes on and on.

If your mom is like me then she’ll love the L’Occitane Rose Hand Cream Trio (C$29), which is a tin filled with three travel-sized hand creams.

Open up the beautiful pink and red tin to discover three 30ml sizes of their various rose scents.  There’s Rose Burst of Relaxation, Rose Burst of Cheerfulness, and Rose Burst of Vitality.

I think this is such a great gift idea since hand cream always comes in handy and it’s a nice alternative to giving your mom a bouquet of roses.  I love getting flowers but hate how they only last a couple weeks. This is a nice play on gifting your mom roses and she’ll get way more use out of it.

Delicious Lip Oil

So just like hand creams, I have to have a lip balm on me at all times.  Lip balm is also a great generic gift idea or a great add on to another gift.

Take a look at L’Occitane’s Delicious Lip Oil (C$24), which comes in two light shades, and coats lips in nourishment while providing a slight shine.

These lip oils give your lips six hours of moisture and is formulated without silicone.  The formula contains Vitamin E (for antioxidants), carrot vegetable oil (for softening), and corsican pomelo (for instant exfoliation).

Although there are two colours to choose from, the payoff on them is very minimal, making both shades quite universal.  Mom can wear it alone or over her favourite lipstick.

L'Occitane Mother's Day gift ideas

L’Occitane Shea Milk Extra-Gentle Soap

Finally, one of their most iconic products is the most universal.

The Shea Milk Extra-Gentle Soap (C$9) is another great add-on gift since who doesn’t need a bar of soap?

This soap has a new and improved formula and is made the old-fashioned way using a traditional cauldron method.  It includes shea extract, which will soften and nourish skin, even the most sensitive types.

I know, this may seem like a boring idea to gift, but trust me, I use this in so many ways. You can use it for hands, body, or even to clean your makeup brushes (it’s so handy to just swirl a dirty brush on one of these).

This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what L’Occitane has in store for Mother’s Day.  It might be too late for shipping but if you have a store local, I would pop in and grab some sets and/or single items to make a gift that mom will love.

What are you getting your mom for Mother’s Day?

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

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Time for a glow up: Tula releases Filter Primer collection

One of Tula’s most iconic products is getting a glow up.

I’ve been using Tula’s Face Filter primer for years now and it’s a great item to wear either under makeup or just on its own thanks to the fact that its skincare driven.

This primer instantly smooths the look of uneven skin tone and redness for a filter-like appearance.  It also has special glow particles that blur skin, leaving you with radiant skin. I have been loving this product during this pandemic since although I don’t wear makeup much anymore, this just smooths out my skin and adds a little extra to the way my skin looks and feels.

Tula Filter Primer

So just when I thought this couldn’t get any better, Tula re-releases it in a new formula.

Launching today, May 5, the Filter Primer instantly primes, blurs, and evens out the look of skin while also treating skin concerns like redness, discolouration, and dark spots over time.

Available in two sizes, 1 fl. oz. ($36 USD) and 2 fl. oz. ($56 USD), this product also comes in four different shades, plus a universal version.  This primer should be used as your final skincare step (so after your SPF).  You can either use it with makeup or without (I like just applying it as is since it does have a slight tint to it).  This new version also includes the same formula as the original with the addition of their proprietary Super6 blend of prebiotics and probiotic extracts.

I received two shades from this new line, as well as the untinted one, named First Light.  First up is Luna, which is for fair/light skin tones. Luna gives skin a glowy and filter-like appearance.  It contains licorice, rosemary, chamomile, and their probiotic and probiotics.  It is great for targeting the look of redness and will hydrate and smooth the look of uneven skin tone.

For medium skin tones, give Sunrise a shot. Sunrise contains licorice, chia seeds, and their prebiotic and probiotic complex. This one is great for nourishing skin and is perfect to hand on hand for the summer months if you are pale like me.  I’ve tried both Luna and Sunrise and both work for me, but I do tend to gravitate more towards Sunrise since it adds a little bit of colour to the skin.

Tula Filter Primer

There is also Cosmos for deep skin tones, which is great for targeting the look of dark spots, and Magic Hour, which is good for medium/deep skin tones and is amazing for discolouration.  Both of these shades have licorice and butterfly bush in them, in addition to their Super6 complex.

Now if you want something more universal in colour, then take a look at First Light, which is the non-tinted version.  First Light also doubles as a sheer, golden illuminator and contains golden, light-infused pigments which release sheer illumination, giving skin a beautiful finish.  First Light contains licorice, turmeric, and the Super6 complex.

Now although there are tinted versions of these, it wouldn’t replace your tinted moisturizer. It doesn’t really give you much coverage, it just sort of adds to your skin and what you have going on already.  It will blur out and perfect any redness or discolouration, but if you are looking for more coverage, then you’ll need something extra on top of this.

With that being said, I know I’ve said on here a lot that I’ve been reaching for more tinted moisturizers and that has certainly been the case, but I really like this product for those days where all I’m doing is working from home and walking Ziggy. It’s something nice to throw on and I love how I can just wear this by itself or layered underneath a foundation.

If you are in the States and want to give it a shot, I highly recommend trying it out.  Don’t forget, use code SHAYNA at checkout for 15% off your order.

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

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