That new-new: Brand-new items from Avon you need to try right now

I have seriously wondered how often Avon releases new products. It seems like every week I have been getting in boxes from the beauty brand. I mean, not that I’m complaining, but it seems that they are constantly releasing new items.

I have been a fan of Avon since I was a kid. I remember my mom used to buy these roll-on body washes that were so fun to play around with in the bath and came in all sorts of different colours.  So, when they reached out probably a year ago now asking for my address, it brought back nostalgia and it’s almost come full circle since they were probably the first beauty brand I ever used.

Now I don’t know if they still make those kids body washes, but since I’m a full-fledged adult now, obviously I’ve upgraded my bath routine. The brand actually just came out with a new Senses Body Care Collection that came at the perfect time since it’s officially summer now!

Avon Senses Fresh Bergamot and Wild Mint Trio

Available in a trio of a body mist, body lotion, and shower gel, the Avon Senses collection is the perfect pick me up to start your day. It comes in three different scents and each one plays on a different mood. There’s Fresh Bergamot and Wild Mint for those days where you want to feel refreshed and radiant, Cozy Vanilla and Coconut for the ultimate summer mood booster, and Sparkling Grapefruit and Orange Blossom for an energizing and playful feeling.

The brand sent me the Fresh Bergamot and Wild Mint trio and I do have to say that it smells so delish. I’ve always been a fan of bergamot in general so I knew I would really love this scent, which also features grapefruit, orange blossom, honeysuckle, and peach.

Start first with the Shower Gel (C$24), which is a moisturizing cleanser derived from coconut, then afterwards use the Body Lotion ($24), which has shea butter and vitamin E in it to hydrate and leave you with soft skin. Finally, spray on the Body Mist (C$25.50), which gives you a refreshing burst of fragrance and leaves skin feeling soothed since it has aloe vera extract in it as well.

Tint VDL Tint Bar Triple Shot Tint VDL Tint Bar Triple Shot lipsticks

Now that your skin is all hydrated and smelling amazing, treat your lips to a little flavour as well.

I’ve chatted about some of the other VDL products that Avon has released with the Korean beauty brand and the newest one is the Primer, Balm, and Tint VDL Tint Bar Triple Shot lipsticks (C$33). This lip product, which is available in three shades, is a multi-layered lipstick that is designed to give you colour, as well as shiny lips.  They have a moisturizing royal jelly in them to leave lips feeling hydrated, tinted, and glossy.

These come in a red, pink, and peach shade and give off just enough colour that you can really wear these in any situation. Since they are shiny, I find they also make lips look slightly more full.  They are expensive but are one of those lipsticks that you’ll be gravitating towards all summer long.

Tint VDL Tint Bar Triple Shot  lipstick in Triple Pink

Are you picking up any new Avon goodies for summer?

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Perfect protection: Three products you need for the best face protection

I feel like I keep adding more and more things to my daytime skincare routine.

Since I’m 32 (I legit thought I was 31 the other day), adding in some extra steps into my daytime skincare routine has been a necessity for me lately. The last step I have started incorporating is a sunscreen since sun damage does a lot to your skin and can lead to premature aging (plus, you know, skin cancer).

In addition to sunscreen, I have also been incorporating some blue light protection, and if there is a product that does both, then that’s a real win in my books.

If you are on the hunt for some truly innovative products to incorporate into your routine, then keep reading.

Tula Protect + Glow - Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

Tula Protect + Glow – Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

You guys know I’m obsessed with Tula products, but the one thing they were missing was a sunscreen. Well the long wait was well worth it since they finally released a sunscreen and it’s so amazing.

The Tula Protect + Glow – Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen (US$36) is a broad spectrum sunscreen that gives you SPF 30 protection, while also giving you blue light protection and coverage against damaging pollution.

A sunscreen that also has blue light and environmental protection? Why yes, this sounds like the best sunscreen ever.

The formula is non-comedogenic and won’t clog pores or leave a white cast on skin. Like all of Tula’s ingredients, the sunscreen is powered by probiotics, as well as pineapple and papaya, which will help promote even skin tone. It also includes wild butterfly ginger root, which helps to protect it against blue light.

I apply this to my face as my last step in the morning. The sunscreen is yellow and blends out really nicely on the skin (it doesn’t make your skin yellow either… in fact it’s quite refreshing to apply). It doesn’t have that chemically sunscreen scent either and leaves you with a really pretty glow.

Unfortunately Tula isn’t available in Canada at the moment but if you are in the states or have a forwarding mailbox, I highly recommend picking this up. Don’t forget, score 15 per cent off your Tula order with code SHAYNA.

Indeed Skincare Hydraluron+ Moisture Mist

Indeed Skincare Hydraluron+ Moisture Mist

I love the Volition Beauty blue light spray and have been waiting for more brands to release a similar product. Thankfully, Indeed Labs jumped to it with their new Hydraluron+ Moisture Mist (C$24.99).

So why do you need blue light protection? If you are like me and are in front of screens all day everyday, then you need a little something to put on your face to protect it against the harmful rays of gadgets. HEV light, which is emitted from phones, computer screens, TVs, etc. can penetrate the deeper layers of our skin and mess around with natural collagen production. This spray helps to provide hydration and plumpness to the skin, which in turn helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The spray includes HEV-shielding ingredients, including extracts from the same butterfly bush which is in the Tula sunscreen, which has over three times the antioxidant power of goji berries.  Spray this mist on your face to protect it against blue light and outdoor pollution, as well as to brighten skin.

Indeed Labs says to apply this to your skin before your moisturizer and serums. I like spraying it after since I find when I spray it before I have to wait for it to dry first. You can also throw it in your bag for whenever you need a little spritz on tired-looking skin or a little pick me up to refresh.

Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

Finally, if you are looking for a SPF that will give you a little coverage as well, then take a look at the Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 (C$66).

If you find CC creams or BB creams to be a little heavy, then this will be your best friend. This four-in-one tinted moisturizer gives you just the right amount of coverage for radiant skin, as well as a more smoother appearance.  The tinted moisturizer neutralizes skin-dulling environmental aggressors, repairs the natural moisture barrier for smoother skin, protects against the sun’s ray for healthier skin, and gives you a perfect complexion for a beautiful glow.

Apply this on your skin after your moisturizer to even out skin tone, reduce redness and the look of large pores, and cover up post-acne marks. I love the IT Cosmetics CC cream, but do find that I can feel it on the skin. This R+F product is pretty weightless, meaning it’s a super comfortable wear. It also have a number of antioxidants and ingredients, meaning it will nourish the skin as you wear it.

Check out the R+F site to find your perfect shade; there are 10 to choose from.

You really can never have enough sun protection, and if your sun protection also includes other skin protection goodies, then that’s a total plus as well.

What are your favourite sun protection face products?

Products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Staying in: Buxom Staycation Vibes collection

When Buxom shot the campaign for their new Staycation Vibes collection, little did they know how timely this theme would be.

Their brand-new Staycation Vibes collection is the perfect line to get you in the summer mood since it’s aimed to give you both the perfect glow, both on your skin and your lips.

This collection consists of new bronzers and lipglosses and has me seriously planning my weekend of staycation fun!

Buxom Staycation Vibes Primer-Infused Bronzer

First up is the Staycation Vibes Primer-Infused Bronzer (C$36), which is a two-toned bronzer with a silky, lightweight formula.  The bronzer not only applies perfectly onto your skin, but it’s actually enriched with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump and has Emulsion-in-Powder Technology and microsphere powders, making it easy to blend in perfectly for a natural-looking sunkissed tan.

This bronzer is available in two shades, Backyard Bronze (golden bronze, for darker skin tones) and Rooftop Tan (golden tan, for lighter and fair skin tones) and is designed to be humidity-proof to stay on your skin for hours on end. It also is designed to radiate skin and the subtle tropical scent will transport you from your patio to a hotel pool in the Bahamas (I wish!).

Buxom Staycation Vibes Primer-Infused Bronzer swatched

Buxom sent me the shade Rooftop Tan to try out and after the first use I instantly fell in love with it.  Since it’s two-toned, you are supposed to swirl your brush in the product for the perfect bronze glow. This really does apply nicely to skin and doesn’t look dirty or orangey at all.  Instead you are left with the perfect summer glow that will last hours on end.  I also want to note that the size of this bronzer is quite large, much larger than their blushes, and this will definitely last you all summer long, if not into 2021 if you use it religiously.

Pair the new bronzer with one of their Full-On Plumping Lip Polish shades (C$26 each). I have always loved this lipgloss since it’s super shimmery and helps to plump up lips.  The formula is infused with a unique peptide complex and vitamins A and E to moisturize. It does have a tingling feeling, but I would say that it isn’t as uncomfortable as a lot of other plumping glosses out there.  You can either wear it alone or pair it with your favourite lipstick for some added oomph.

Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Staycation Vibes shades Buxom has released four new shades in these glosses as part of the Staycation Vibes collection. There’s White Russian Sparkle (nude pink sparkle), Charlie (light gold shimmer), Dylan (sheer rose shimmer) and Ryan (coral red shimmer).  The brand sent me two of the four shades, White Russian Sparkle and Charlie, and both are the perfect gloss to rock this summer since they are such flattering colours. Charlie is more of a yellow-toned gold, whereas White Russian Sparkle is the perfect nude pink that I always gravitate towards.

Since we will all be having staycations this summer, this collection could not have come at a better time (and seriously, what is more exciting than glosses and bronzers to complete your summer makeup look?)  You can find the collection at Shoppers Drug Mart right now, as well as Buxom online. It will launching at Sephora in late August.

Buxom Staycation Vibes Full-On Plumping Lip Polish swatches in Charlie and White Russian Sparkle

Will you be picking up anything from Buxom’s new Staycation Vibes collection?

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