Made for you: Top products to try from Omy Cosmetics

OMY Cosmetics I always love trying out new skincare lines, especially if they are Canadian.

I have actually used Omy products in the past and found I really liked the results I saw.  This brand, which was established in 2019, hails from Quebec and features a customized skincare experience.  You can either purchase the product a la carte from their website or you can fill out a skin analysis and according to your preferences, Omy will select three active ingredients, all of natural origin, and then create an effective skincare product and regimen especially for you and your needs.

Their products are made in Quebec and are paraben, MIT, silicone, and sulfate free, and are formulated with 95 per cent natural ingredients.  The skincare products are also 100 per cent vegan, not tested on animals and are environmentally friendly.

Like I said, I have used a few different products from the brand in the past after taking the skincare quiz on their website. They have also recently sent me some new items to try out and share with you guys, and spoiler alert, they do not disappoint.

OMY Pure Oil – 5% vitamin C + squalane

Pure Oil – 5% vitamin C + squalane

I always love trying out new serums since they are so important in your skincare routine. A must-have ingredient? Vitamin C!

The Omy Pure Oil – 5% Vitamin C + Squalane (C$59.99) is a serum that gives you radiant skin and is great for all skin types and ages.

This formula contains five per cent stabilized Vitamin C, which comes in an extremely potent form, and is suitable for all skin types, even those with highly sensitive skin. The thing that makes this product special is that their stabilized Vitamin C is not photosensitive, instead it activates on contact with the skin and is compatible with other ingredients like niacinamide or retinol.

Since it’s a vegetable squalene, the Vitamin C found in this serum penetrates deeper into skin, leaving you with more radiance, collagen production, and elasticity.

In addition to Vitamin C, it also contains superfruits such as acai berry and passion fruit, which is abundant in scent as soon as you apply it.  It also has antioxidants and stabilized Vitamin E to preserve your skin’s hydration and protect it from external aggressors.

Finally, the added squalane in this serum comes from plants and mimics the skin’s natural sebum, which helps to balance all types of skin, especially those with oily or combination skin. The squalane is sourced from sugar cane and helps with the fluid and light texture of the oil overall.

I absolutely love this serum and find it makes my skin look so hydrated and glowing. I has a really nice texture to it and a beautiful and uplifting scent, which I know isn’t always a good thing for people with scent allergies but if you don’t mind some fragrance in your skincare then I think you’ll really like this.

OMY Pure Oil – 5% vitamin C + squalane with personalized gua sha

For the ultimate in self care, apply the serum and then go in with a Gua Sha.  Omy actually offers their own personalized Gua Sha (C$39.99), which would make a perfect gift for someone.

In case you aren’t familiar with what Gua Shas do, they were originally created for traditional Chinese medicine thousands of years ago and help with lymphatic drainage.  Omy’s Gua Sha is made with black obsidian and was designed to promote a firming and lifting effect on the skin.

The personalized Gua Sha is engraved with your name (or anything else you want on it) and is made with volcanic stone in Quebec City.

Omy Cosmetics Multi-Action Contour Cream with Peptide

Multi-Action Contour Cream with Peptides

 A must in your skincare routine? A good eye cream and Omy’s Multi-Action Contour Cream with Peptides (C$54.99) will do just the trick.

This eye cream contains a number of effective ingredients to refresh the eyes, smooth the delicate eye area, and reduce the appearance of puffiness.  It contains a number of peptides and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and tighten the skin.  It’s also great for all types of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles, and under-eye bags.

The formula contains 25 per cent active ingredients, as well as 96.8 per cent natural ingredients. It’s also 100 per cent vegan. The hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps the skin, smoothing out fine lines and crow’s feet, whereas the added peptides help to stimulate collagen synthesis and slow down the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It also contains quinoa extract to reduce dark circles, puffiness, and the appearance of undereye bags, and horse chestnut extract reduces the appearance of dark circles, poor circulation, and water retention.

I love the packaging of this product since it features a slanted tip and a squeeze tube making it really simple to apply. I find that it leaves my eye area feeling really hydrated and lifted, and any puffiness is reduced.

For the ultimate undereye experience, pair the eye cream with their Reusable Eye Patches (C$19.99).

These eye patches, which feature the cutest Good Morning motif, are made of 100 per cent vegan silicone and are designed to hold your eye cream in place and help it penetrate more quickly into your skin. These eye patches can be used up to 30 uses and help your eyes look more refreshed.

Apply your cream and then wait 15 or so seconds until it’s slightly tacky and then apply the patches to the undereye area. Wear them for 15 minutes and then remove for a more lifted and glowing appearance.

Omy has a ton of other great products to try out. Like I said in the beginning, I love how this is a Canadian skincare line and I love the whole personalization factor in how they determine which products are good for your skin.  To shop their whole line, click here 

and make sure to use code SHAYNA for 10% off your order!

Have you tried products from Omy before?

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

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Living luxe: The best holiday gifts from Charlotte Tilbury

When it comes to beauty brands, you really can’t go wrong with Charlotte Tilbury.

I have tried numerous things from thing line (probably around 90 per cent of it) and have loved practically every item I have tried. Not only are the beauty products so iconic but the skincare items are also amazing as well.

For the holidays, Charlotte Tilbury has a ton of items that are currently available and perfect for just about anyone on your list.

Of course, her line isn’t the most affordable one, but you are definitely paying for quality with her products, so if you are looking to treat someone to something really special, then keep reading…

Charlotte's Magic Mini Brush Set

Charlotte’s Magic Mini Brush Set

If you have a friend or family member who has a vacation planned for the upcoming holiday break, then I know they will love the Magic Mini Brush Set (C$65).

This brush set comes with four minis, as well as a luxurious velvet pouch to hold them in. Now typically I find these mini brush sets to be okay, but I actually really like the selection of brushes they included in here. Aside from a blush and bronzer brush (which you could argue the powder brush could be used for), you pretty much have everything you need here for the full face of makeup.

Included in this set is a mini foundation brush, a mini powder brush, a mini eye smudger brush, and a mini eye blender brush.

At C$65, this is on the pricier side for four mini brushes (especially considering that you can get full-size brush sets from Sephora Collection or Quo at Shoppers’ Drug Mart, however, Charlotte Tilbury is a luxury cosmetic brand and I truly believe that this set would make such a great gift for a makeup lover in your life.

Charlotte Tilbury Four Magic Steps to Hydrated, Glowing Skin

Charlotte Tilbury Four Magic Steps to Hydrated, Glowing Skin

If you have someone on your list who loves Charlotte Tilbury’s skincare then you have to check out the Four Magic Steps to Hydrated, Glowing Skin set (C$186).  This set includes three deluxe sizes of some of her most iconic skincare products, as well as a full-size item.  In total, this set is worth $248, so it’s a great deal for the holidays.

Included in here is a 30 ml of the Glow Toner, which is inspired by the brightening, pore-refining effects of an acid toner.  This toner is aimed to balance, smooth, and refine pores to leave you with glowing and smooth skin.  It includes niacinamide, as well as super peptide RoyalEpigen P5 and Exfolactive to minimize pores and tighten skin.

You also get a 15 ml of the Charlotte’s Magic Cream Moisturizer, which is an award-winning and bestselling product. I love this moisturizer, so having a travel-sized version of it is something that would make me very happy.  It includes hyaluronic acid, vitamins C and E, and a peptide complex to give you more youthful-looking skin.

Finally, you get an 8 ml of her new Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil, which gives you more glowing, plumper, and healthier-looking skin.

As for the full-size product, you get the Magic Serum Crystal Elixir (30 ml), which is leaves skin looking younger thanks to Replexium, vitamin C, and polyglutamic acid. For the best results, try mixing it with the Magic Cream Moisturizer for a luxurious facial treatment.

I’ve used all these products aside from the toner and absolutely love them.  Although Charlotte Tilbury is more known for their beauty products, the skincare items are really incredible and I really love this set and think it would be a fabulous gift for someone (especially if they have a trip coming up as the minis are great for travel!).

Collagen Superfusion Face Oil

Collagen Superfusion Face Oil

If the Collagen Superfusion Face Oil sounds intriguing then I recommend picking up the full-size version. This is part of her regular line, not something special for the holidays, but a good serum is always a great gift idea.

The Collagen Superfusion Face Oil (C$100) is an oil that is aimed to nourish, moisturize, smooth, even, and hydrate skin.  This oil is super luxurious and smells like a spa, which is a real treat to apply.  It has a collagen matrix, plant extracts, vitamins, superfood seed oils, and soothing essential oils, which make it super nourishing and rich in texture.

With regular use, you’ll notice that skin looks more radiant, smooth, and even, as well as more firm and hydrated.  It also works to reduce the look of wrinkles and redness.

I have a lot of serums at home, but after one use of this one I was instantly in love and was blown away by the texture and overall experience of applying this serum.

Charlotte Tilbury has a ton of other gifts currently available for the holidays. I always love recommending her Pillow Talk lip kits, which is a universal and beloved lip colour that you can’t go wrong with.  She also has some incredible palettes to choose from, as well as other skincare kits to gift as well.

Is anything Charlotte Tilbury on your wish list?

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

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Electric & edgy: The best items to gift from Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin

Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin holiday sets for 2022 There are a few brands that consistently perform well in my opinion. One of those brands is Fenty Beauty.

I’ve tried a lot of items from the line (probably the majority of them at this point), and although I can think of some products that I didn’t like, the overwhelming majority of them have been fantastic.  Plus the price point of Fenty is really affordable considering it’s a brand found at Sephora.

Fenty also has a skincare line, which I haven’t dabbled too much into just yet, but the products I have tried, I have really enjoyed. Thankfully they do have some skincare sets for the holidays which gives you a great chance to try out numerous products from the brand.

Here are some of my top picks from both Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin…

Fenty Beauty Double Cheek'd Up: Freestyle Cream Blush Duo

Double Cheek’d Up: Freestyle Cream Blush Duo

Fenty Beauty are known for their cream products so the Double Cheek’d Up: Freestyle Cream Blush Duo (C$44 valued at $56) is a great item to gift or to keep for yourself!

This limited-edition duo contains two cream blushes in shades Peony Droppa (soft peony pink) and Mali’booze (soft warm rose). Housed in one compact side by side, these blushes melt into skin to leave you with a natural looking flush that suits all skin tones. The great thing about these is that they are sheer and buildable. They are also creamy, soft, and sweat and water resistant.

The compact itself is their special holiday version which is a gorgeous metallic fuchsia. This would be great to use in the winter weather to keep cheeks hydrated and flushed, as well as for your beach vacation.

Fenty Match Stix Contour Stick

Although the Fenty Match Stix Contour Sticks aren’t special for the holidays, they are a great add-on if you are gifting the cream blush duo.

These matte contour sticks (C$36) come in nine shades and are a buildable cream to powder formula.

A matte contour stick in a range of shades for all skin tones from light to dark. The buildable cream-to-powder long-wear formula is lightweight and blendable. Housed in a retractable stick, this product is easy to apply, targeting areas that need a little bronzer or definition.

These bronzers are also a medium coverage, meaning you can build up the colour to your ideal level of bronze.  I love these and also love to use them underneath a powder bronzer to build up my contour or add some warmth to my face.

Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse Volume 5.0 Lip Gloss Bomb Trio

Glossy Posse Volume 5.0 Lip Gloss Bomb Trio

Another star item in the Fenty Beauty line are their glosses and if you are a fan (or have someone on your list who is one), then you’ll have to grab the Glossy Posse Volume 5.0 Lip Gloss Bomb Trio (C$49, $84 value).

This set includes three Gloss Bomb shades in all different finishes.  There is the Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminizer + Plumper in Fenty Glow, a sheer rose nude; the Gloss Bomb Cream Color Drip Lip Cream in Cupcakin’ (dusty pink); and Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fuchsia Flex (shimmering berry).

I love this set since it allows you to try three of the Gloss Bomb finishes – pumping, cream, and sparkle, all at an amazing pice (almost half off!).

Fenty Skin Fenty Skin The Glow Around 4-Piece Travel Skincare Essentials Set

Fenty Skin The Glow Around 4-Piece Travel Skincare Essentials Set

Moving onto Fenty Skin, this is actually a line that I have been very curious about but haven’t dabbled too much into.

If you ave someone on your list like me, or you want to try it, or have a trip coming up where you want travel minis, then you’ll love the Fenty Skin The Glow Around 4-Piece Travel Skincare Essentials Set (on sale right now for C$54 at Sephora, valued at $113).

This set includes travel sizes of her cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, as well as the full size of her exfoliator (which I have tried and love).

Fenty Skin Fenty Skin The Glow Around 4-Piece Travel Skincare Essentials Set

Ideal for normal, dry, combination, and oily skin, this skincare set is great for those who have issues with dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, pores and dullness. Included in here are travel sizes of the Total Cleans’r Remove-It-All Cleanser (45 ml), Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum (50 ml), and the Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (30 ml). As mentioned, you also get the full size of the Pre-Show Glow, which is a 10% AHA exfoliating treatment that visibly brightens skin and reduces the look of pores and dark spots.

I think this set is amazing value and the sizes of these products are also quite hefty, so even if you haven’t tried this line before, it gives you a good idea of how these items will work with your skin. The only thing that is missing in here is a good eye cream, which is an item she has in her line.  Regardless, I still think this set is awesome and love how you get the full-size of the Pre-Show Glow as well, which retails for C$52 alone, so for two dollars more, you get that product plus all the travel sizes of the other products.

Fenty Beauty Cookies N Clean Whipped Clay Pore Detox Face Mask with Salicylic Acid + Charcoal

Cookies N Clean Whipped Clay Pore Detox Face Mask with Salicylic Acid + Charcoal

Finally, this last item isn’t a holiday-special product, but it’s a newer item in the Fenty Skin line and one that I think would make a great gift as well.

The Cookies N Clean Whipped Clay Pore Detox Face Mask with Salicylic Acid + Charcoal (C$42) is a non-drying whipped clay mask that contains charcoal to deeply purify pores and improve skin’s texture and combat shine.

This mask is great for all types of skin types and works wonders for those who have issues with pores, uneven texture, and oiliness. The formula contains clay to extract dirt, oil, and impurities, as well as charcoal to detoxify pores and absorb oil and impurities. Finally, it also has salicylic acid to clarify and refine skin.

This mask legit looks like cookies and cream (but unfortunately it doesn’t smell like it since it’s unscented, great for those who have scent allergies) and has a whipped texture to it. Grab a small handful and work it into your skin, where you’ll notice that the charcoal beads break down leaving you with a grey-coloured mask on your face.  Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse.  Apply it a few times a week for the best results.

I love this mask and think it would make a great gift for someone (who doesn’t love a face mask!?). Plus, the cookies and cream and whipped texture make it so fun and luxe.

There are a bunch of other Fenty Skin and Fenty Beauty products to choose from for the holiday season but I really love these choices since they are great items from the brand.

Is anything Fenty on your wish list?

Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.

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