Pink petals: Arbonne Matte + Shine Lip Duo

I’ve really been into glosses lately.

I’ve never really been a gloss girl in the past since I find the consistency to be annoying for me to wear. I have long hair, so as soon as I step outside, hair tends to get stuck on my lips almost instantly.  With that being said, I have built up my gloss collection considerable this year alone and find that although I still find the consistency annoying, I actually like the way it makes my lips look, and I’m willing to bite the bullet for pretty-looking lips.

Anyways, when I got in a couple of Arbonne’s new Matte & Shine Lip Duos (C$36) lately, I was excited to give them a shot.

Arbonne Matte + Shine Lip Duo

Just like the name implies, this is a dual-ended lip product with a matte cream on one end and a high-shine gloss on the other.  You can either pair them together or wear them solo depending on the look you are going for.

The matte side is a velvet smooth formula that delivers pigmented colour without over-drying the lips, whereas the gloss side is a creamy, non-tacky lipgloss that also packs on colour. The formula is buildable and delivers sheer-to-medium coverage.

As for the formula, since it’s Arbonne, you know it’s going to be gluten-free and vegan. The matte lip colour contains mineralized clay, which is sourced from the Mojave desert, to extend the wear of lip colour and provide a smooth matte finish.  It also has moisturizing polymers to provide a hydro-lipid layer to help colour pigments disperse evenly for lightweight and longer wear.

The gloss end meanwhile contains naturally derived botanicals, sunflower seed oil, and passionfruit seed oil to hydrate the lips, as well as peptides to make the lips appear larger. It also has moisturizing polymers to help colour pigments disperse evenly for lightweight, longer wear, and leontopodium alpine extract from edelweiss plant to soothe dehydrated lips.

Arbonne Matte + Shine Lip Duo

Arbonne sent me two of the seven shades to try out, Fleur (pink) and Bloom (mauve). Since I love baby pinks, I was instantly drawn to Fleur, however, once I got to swatching both of them, I really appreciated both colours.

I really loved how the colours looked once applied and was happy to see how pigmented they were, especially the glosses, which tend to be more fair in general when you apply them. As you can see in the swatches below, the colour applies really nicely and although I didn’t photograph what they look like layered together, the look is very pretty.

Arbonne Matte + Shine Lip Duo Fleur swatches Arbonne Matte + Shine Lip Duo Bloom swatches

Overall I really liked these and definitely plan to wear them often this summer (especially Fleur, can we talk about that pink?!). Also, at $36, I think it’s pretty good value since you get a matte lip colour and a gloss all in one, which is pretty good since Arbonne is typically on the pricier side to begin with.

Have you tried Arbonne’s Matte + Shine Lip Duos?

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Top tresses: Three hair products to try this month

Although I do miss my extensions, I do have to say that I’ve really been into the easy maintenance of just my normal hair.

It’s so nice to fully wash my hair, run my fingers over my scalp, and best of all, drying time is cut down considerably.  Truthfully, it’s almost like I have this newfound appreciation and excitement for my natural hair. I mean, I didn’t need extensions, and it’s really nice to have a break from them (with that being said, I’ll probably get them in again one day).

Anyways, I have always been excited to get in new hair products since just like skincare, there are so many items out there that help to nourish and make your hair look healthy and happy (yes, you can have happy hair :P).

If you’re looking for a little hair treat, then keep reading..

L'Oreal Paris Ever Pure Brass-Toning Purple Shampoo and Conditioner

L’Oreal Paris Ever Pure Brass-Toning Purple Shampoo and Conditioner

I really loved the original L’Oreal Paris Ever Pure Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner, so when they released their new Brass-Toning Purple Shampoo and Conditioner (C$10.99), I knew I would love it.

Unlike the other version that is also for blondes, this one is a true purple shampoo and conditioner, not a lilac-coloured one. Both of these are deep purple and are designed to instantly neutralize brassiness and yellow-toned blondes, leaving you with longer lasting and brighter colour.

These products are actually the first sulfate-free brass-toning haircare system and is suitable for blonde, bleached, silver, and highlighted hair. The formula also is sulfate free, vegan, and non stripping.

I’ve been using this since I got it back in April and have really enjoyed how it’s made my blonde look. I recently got my hair coloured, so it was the perfect timing to use this and my colour has not gotten brassy or yellow in tone at all since I’ve started using it.  I have a few other purple shampoos and conditioners by salon brands as well and find that I don’t notice a difference. At $10.99 you can’t go wrong with these.

Avon Live Out Loud Hair Fragrance

Avon Live Out Loud Hair Fragrance

I have a million and one perfumes, but not very many hair fragrances.

I only wash my hair twice a week, so although I use a lot of dry shampoo, sometimes my locks tend to smell a little bad after a few days of not washing them and working out. Enter Avon’s Live Out Loud Hair Fragrance (C$14.99).

This light fragrance mist is specially formulated for hair and is designed to add a delicious scent without weighing your hair down. In case you aren’t familiar with their Live Out Loud perfume, it’s a scent with notes of sweet wild strawberry, sparkling mimosa, and fluffy vanilla, and yes, it smells just as amazing as it sounds.

I love the idea of a hair fragrance since it’s an innovative and fun way of wearing a scent.

Arbonne TrueStyle Anti-Frizz Dry Oil

Arbonne TrueStyle Anti-Frizz Dry Oil

Have dry or frizzy hair? Then give Arbonne’s new TrueStyle Anti-Frizz Dry Oil (C$38) a shot.

This product features pequi oil to help minimize the look of frizz, as well as sustainably-sourced baobab to moisturize hair. Apply this to damp hair to leave it looking and feeling soft, sleek, and healthy.

In addition to taming frizz, this serum also provides thermal heat protection, added shine, and a nice scent thanks to natural botanicals and essential oils. The formula is also cruelty free, and silicone, paraben, and sulfate free and is formulated with plant-based proteins.  Use this on straight or frizzy hair. It is also perfect for blowouts and heat styling.

Although Arbonne recommends using it on wet or damp hair, I have also found it helps to tame frizz even when your hair is dry. I like using it on my hair after a workout if I’m not washing it to help nourish and tame any frizziness.

Hair products from L'Oreal Ever Pure, Arbonne, and Avon Live Out Loud hair fragrance

I’ve really been enjoying incorporating these products into my haircare routine. Even if I’m only washing it twice a week, I have found that the oil and the fragrance have helped breathe some new life into my tresses, so you wouldn’t even know what I’m rocking four-day-old hair.

Have have been your favourite hair care products lately?

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

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Clean + balanced: Bare Minerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick

You can really never enough too many lipsticks. It’s even better when it’s a clean beauty brand.

I really loved Bare Minerals last lipstick release, so when I got a box in the mail with 10 of their new Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Vegan Lipsticks (C$26), I was ecstatic to try them.  This line is fronted by the gorgeous Hailey Bieber and their PR box included a deck of cards with her on them (my new favourite card deck).

Playing cards from Bare Minerals MINERALIST Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick Bare Minerals MINERALIST Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick

This line is made up of 25 shades and is a moisturizing, creamy lipstick that is made with minimal ingredients.  Just because there isn’t a lot of “stuff” in here, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t pack on some colour.  These lipsticks are incredibly hydrating and help to improve the look of lines, texture, and dryness in just one week, even after you remove it. In addition to being vegan, they are also paraben free, cruelty free, gluten free, synthetic fragrance free, PEG free, and talc free.

As for what they do have, they are made up of just 19 ingredients, 40 per cent less than the top-selling lipsticks according to Bare Minerals, and are formulated with 76 per cent naturally derived extracts, including sustainably sourced botanicals.  The formula also includes omega-packed, cold-pressed European sea buckthorn fruit oil, mediterranean olive oil, and moroccan pomegranate extract, all designed to hydrate, nourish, and replenish the lips.

Bare Minerals MINERALIST Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick

Now I know what you’re thinking, these lipsticks sound too good to be true. I can certainly assure you that they are amazing and not only is the colour range so stunning, but the way they make your lips look and feel is incredible. I don’t typically gravitate towards bolder colours or reds, but even the ones I was sent I absolutely love.  Each shade has an inspiring name and is even inspired by the healing powers of natural minerals, crystals and gemstones.  They also feature a natural scent of prickly pear and açai, which is really refreshing.

Although I do prefer a liquid lipstick since I like the way they don’t transfer, these lipsticks will be on high repeat all summer. Seriously, I’m so obsessed with everything about this collection. The shade range, the minimal ingredients, the scent,, the way they make my lips look and feel, seriously, I cannot see anything that is negative about these.

Swatches of Bare Minerals MINERALIST Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick

If you are into clean beauty, or even just on the hunt for a new lipstick, I cannot recommend these enough. As I said, I will be using these all summer long and if you’re like me and love nudes, then this collection will definitely be something right up your alley.

Have you tried Bare Minerals’ new lipsticks?

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

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