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#Multimasking: A look at the promising skincare technique

Every beauty junkie knows that proper skincare is absolutely crucial. Your face is your canvas, that blank slate you transform into a work of art. I can’t understate how important it is to make sure your skin is healthy and happy before you start layering product on it!

I don’t often interrupt my basic skincare routine, but I do love experimenting with facial masks. They’re like a mini spa day – at HOME! So when BzzAgent offered me a chance to take part in L’Oréal‘s Pure-Clay Mask campaign, I jumped on it.

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What makes this line different than other facial mask lines is that they are supposed to be used in a “layered” effect, which L’Oreal coined as multimasking. Each zone of your face might have different needs, so you match the problem to the corresponding mask.

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Before I “multimasked”, I used the Eucalyptus and Red Algae masks separately their intended three times. Here’s what I observed:

  • The eucalyptus mask promised mattification to oily skin, which I don’t have. Womp. I did notice that my face appeared slightly less red on the days I used the mask and it had a more even tone. (I have mild rosacea.)
  • The red algae mask is used to slough off dead skin and minimize the appearance of large pores. I found no improvement to my pores, but the exfoliant properties were nice. I often have dry skin build ups on my T-Zone, which got removed by the mask.
  • Both masks left my skin feeling soft to the touch.

So when I combined the Eucalyptus and Red Algae masks, did it by any chance make a significant difference?

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I used the brightening eucalyptus on my forehead and chin and the exfoliating red algae on my cheeks and t-zone.

No.

It felt like I just used the red algae mask all over my face! Would I recommend multimasking? Also, no. But individually, that red algae mask is pretty darn sweet. If you have dry skin like I do, it can rid you of the dead skin build up.

Each mask retails at about $12.99 for 1.7oz of product (~$7.60 per oz).

The BzzKit was graciously gifted to me from BzzAgent, a website that connects influencers with products to test and review. All opinions, however, are my own.

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#UltimateStraight

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Ultimate Straight

Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Shampoo | Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Boosting Pre-Conditioner | Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Conditioner | Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Perfecting Balm

The #XoVoxBox was graciously gifted to me from Influenster, a website that rewards its active members who share their influence on a multitude of products across social media. All opinions, however, are my own.

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beauty, reviews

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

When it comes to lip products – I think matte is where it’s at! (Heyyy, corny!) NYX is one of my favourite drug store brands so when I saw the beauty blogosphere talking about their soft matte lip creams, I knew immediately I MUST get my hands on some. Fun fact: these particular lip creams are so sought after, they’re actually counterfeited! Crazy, yeah?

When I visited my local Ulta, the display was incredibly picked over. There was literally five matte lip creams in their entire stock. Wish I thought to snap a picture, it was sad! Luckily for me, one of the bottles was the shade Antwerp, which I wanted, so I scooped that baby up like it was the holy grail and headed to check out.

The formula of the soft matte lip cream is a creamy liquid that dries fully matte. It is scented like cake batter and smells stronger than the vanilla scent of MAC and ColourPop.  Wear time between touch ups varied between 3-4 hours, though expect to have to touch up the colour sooner if you eat or drink while wearing because it will wear off! (Especially at the corners and the middle.)

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#XOVoxBox

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CONTENTS OF THE BOX ARE AS FOLLOWED:

TIDE PODS WITH FEBREZE | COLGATE OPTIC WHITE TOOTHBRUSH + BUILT-IN WHITENING PEN | COLGATE OPTIC WHITE EXPRESS 3OZ TOOTHPASTE | JOHN FRIEDA FRIZZ EASE COLLECTION (SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER, PRIMER) | SKINFIX HAND REPAIR CREAM

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Colourpop Lippie Stix Review

When I was younger, I never, ever wore lip products outside of chapstick. I thought I had “funny” shaped lips and hated to draw attention to them. Fast forward ten years or so and I wound up with a major appreciation for lipstick. Seriously, these days it is a little mascara, a touch of an eyebrow pencil, and a sweep of lipstick and I am out the door and convincingly faking to the world that I am well put together.

So as a new found lip product junkie on a budget, I was pretty intrigued when I came across ColourPop making its rounds through the beauty community. For those who are unfamiliar, ColourPop is an indie US company manufacturing cruelty-free eyeshadow and lipsticks for $5. You heard right – five. dollars. My Starbucks order is more expensive than that, y’all. So I took the plunge and ordered three of their Lippie Stix to test the waters: Frida (warm nude pink), Brink (warm dusty taupe a la Kylie Jenner), and Creature (blackened burgundy).

  • Frida is their satin formula and glides on your lips with no tugging at all. The finish has a slight sheen to it and is lovely without being overwhelmingly sparkly. It does come off on whatever you are drinking but the formula is so creamy that you do not lose any of the colour on your actual lips. I averaged about four hours before it completely disappeared from my lips.
  • Brink is their matte formula. The pigmentation is out of this world and the application is silky smooth; I often forget that it was only $5 because it performs like a product quadruple its price. Like other matte lipsticks, your lips can become a bit dry feeling as time wears on so I layer it on top of some chapstick, which works to combat that dryness. I averaged about six hours before it completely disappeared from my lips.
  • Creature is also their matte formula. This lipstick is vampy as hell; the dark oxblood shade made me feel like a real badass. Unlike the other two lippie stix, I had a slight issue with feathering and think that it would work better with the Creature Pencil applied first. The colour did not apply as evenly as Frida and Brink, but I find that to be expected with darker shades. It was easy enough to even out to that glorious deep red with a few coats but just remember that it is more fussy than a “put on and go” lipstick! I averaged about four-and-a-half hours before I needed to remove the lipstick because it looked messy from the feathering.

Would I order from ColourPop again? Oh hell yes.

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I thought the handwritten note included with my order was a sweet, personal touch. Gotta love companies who do PR right!

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#FrostyVoxBox

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Frosty VoxBox

CONTENTS OF THE BOX ARE AS FOLLOWED:

RIMMEL GENTLE EYE MAKE UP REMOVER | RIMMEL SCANDALEYES WATERPROOF KOHL EYELINER | NEW YORK COLOUR EXPERT LAST LIP COLOUR IN “SUGAR PLUM” | CELESTIAL SEASONINGS CANDY CANE LANE DECAF GREEN TEA (w/COUPON) | BOOTS NO7 PROTECT & PERFECT ADVANCED SERUM (w/COUPON) | McCORMICK GOURMET ALL NATURAL THYME | FRUIT VINES BITES STRAWBERRY | ECOTOOLS STYLER + SMOOTHER HAIR BRUSH

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Thick cut garlic thyme french fries

Raise your hand if you are a self-proclaimed fry addict. (ONE OF US. ONE OF US.)

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In the late 90s, my niece’s father worked for McDonalds. He would bring home the fabled “Bucket-O-Fries” for my family to share and my prepubescent self could seriously wolf one down myself. That was a super sized drink cup filled with fries, y’all. I really do not want to even think about the calories that I had ingested but dang, McDonald’s fries were the bomb.com.

I still am crazy about fries but it is much more healthier to make ’em yourself! So I present one of my favourite flavour combinations: GARLIC THYME. Honestly, these little babies are so simple to make, you hardly need this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium-to-large potatoes (I prefer yukon gold but russet are still delish)
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil (I have used vegetable/canola in a pinch)
  • 2 Tsp. Garlic Salt
  • 2 Tsp. McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme
  • 2 Tsp. Dried Rosemary
  • Pepper to taste

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