If I don't like how a product feels on my skin, I almost immediately want it off my face. That is probably my own paranoia since I attribute heavy consistency of foundation with clogged pores and break outs. Plus, it also feels like my skin can't breathe. Needless to say, I haven't found a cream foundation I've liked in the past decade. That was until I discovered Dermablend Cover Creme.
I had first heard about Dermablend a few months ago when they created a marketing campaign called Camo Confessions. In fact, I posted one to my Facebook page because I found it inspiring. It showed people with severe skin conditions taking off their makeup, and the difference it made was remarkable. Dermablend is dermatologist recommended because it isn't your average foundation. It is advertised as being a solution to those battling severe acne, rosacea, vitiligo (a pigmentation disorder), as well as birth marks and scaring - and I am sure there is more. After watching the Camo Confessions I thought - where do I get my hands on this stuff?
The first day I got it in the mail I tried it. I applied it HEAVILY. Probably too heavily because I was pretty excited - I will admit. I finished my makeup and then continued to make lunches for the week, bake muffins, and went for a long walk. The first thing that shocked me was I forgot it was on my face. I didn't expect that.
I wore it everyday for the next week. Sometimes I applied it with a foundation brush if I wanted lighter coverage. Other times I would use the spatula it comes with and apply it using my fingers, then blend it in with a damp sponge. I found that this was my favourite method for long lasting coverage. I also snapped a selfie after I tried that method, and sent it to my sister and she commented on my 'perfect skin'. It was far from perfect - it was the Cover Creme doing it's job hiding my acne scars that somehow show themselves despite my best efforts.
I also used it on two bridesmaids in the last wedding I did, about a week ago. I asked one bridesmaid how her skin felt after over 7 hours of wearing it and she said it didn't feel heavy or greasy - which was why she normally stayed away from foundation. That was when I knew.
SPF 30, goes on like a cream, but dries like a powder. I was sold. It had won me over.
It retails at $39CAD, but I would imagine it would last you at least a year. If not more. If you feel self conscious about scars, birth marks, rosacea, or acne this product has your back. It gives the coverage you want without looking or feeling like a mask.
I have to admit, I approached Dermablend Cover Creme a skeptic and it changed the way I look at cream foundation. If you do get the chance to try Dermablend - or you already use it - I'd love to hear what you think.
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My apologies for being away. It feels like I haven't blogged in forever! I missed it. It has been a busy couple of weeks. However, I just finished a product and couldn't wait to tell all of you about it! It isn't that common these days that I reach the end of a product that quickly. Mainly because I am always trying new things.
It also isn't common that I quote the 'Biebs', but he might have been onto something when he said never say never. I never thought I'd have found a primer I love as much as my Smashbox Primer. If.not.more. I can't believe I just said that!
However, with the worlds longest winter finally coming to an end, I have this primer to thank for giving my skin great coverage. Normally primer adds great staying power to foundation application, but Bare Minerals primer does that while hydrating your skin. Yes, it is the base that your face needs. I've now swapped back to my regular green Smashbox primer (because I ran out of this stuff), but I will be picking up more. 15 ml of this primer lasted me almost 3 months - and I used it nearly every day! It is also only $27CAD for 30ml. Well worth it if you ask me. If you have found that you are having issues with even application of your foundation, or that after a couple hours of wearing your makeup you look in the mirror only to see a scaly version of yourself looking back at you, try this primer. It might just be your new best friend.
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With spring comes not only beautiful weather, but also beautiful pastel colours, new clothing lines and of course new makeup and nail trends. Today I am going to be discussing the latter; pastel nail polish and mannequin nails. In several fashion and beauty blogs I've come across the mannequin nail trend. When I looked into it further I realized that mannequin nails are simply nails painted in a shade of nude that sort of blends in with your skin tone.
I am only going to say this once. Put the jogging pants away my friend. They don't do a thing for your booty, not to mention an elasticized waist band isn't anyone's friend. Okay, now that we've addressed the pants, I think we need to talk about your makeup routine. You're probably thinking 'what makeup routine?' Precisely! Spend some time on yourself! Just because you're studying, or swamped by the amount of papers you have to write doesn't mean you don't have time for yourself. Make.time. Showering does not count as 'pampering'. I know you're broke. You're going to have to deal with that. It isn't' going to change any time soon...so get thrifty! Turn that dorm room into a mini spa and give yourself a much needed study break. Paint those toes! We both know how much 'cave woman' toes drive us up the wall. Pluck those brows, and spend time on skin care. Stress is not doing any favours to your skin right now so you need to take care of it. At the end of the day no one is going to know the marks you got on that exam, but you will look back on pictures and think why didn't I care more about myself? You are working hard, so don't be so hard on yourself. Even if you aren't going out anywhere, get dressed. Do your hair, and put on some makeup. Trust me, it will do wonders for your self esteem.
Sending lots of love,
The wiser, older version of you.
Prom season is around the corner, which is why I thought it would be a good time to address prom trends. Thanks to the lovely folks at awkwardfamilyphotos.com we are able to re-visit the mistakes of our past, and hope that we don't make the same ones in the future.
My apologies. The review this week is coming a bit late after a very busy weekend! I have been wanting to write a review for Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (which I will short form to BTS Mascara). I had been reading reviews and decided I would buy the Beauty Blogger Darlings kit from Sephora (because we all know I love a good kit). They're great for trying products. Mini versions help you decide whether or not a products larger counterpart is a worthy investment. I started using BTS Mascara about a month ago. I wanted to give it a solid chance. I knew people loved it, so why didn't I?
This is my senior kindergarten school photo - and that was my favourite.dress.ever! I am pretty sure I still have it. Looking back at this picture I can see that not much has changed. I still like to rock a head tilt in most pictures (now that I've told you about my 'best move' you will notice it is a trend in most photos I take). Also, the brow enthusiast in me finds it interesting to look back at childhood pictures, before most of our high school 'tweezer happy' days began. It's reassuring to me to know that my eyebrows naturally started quite far apart. Whenever I get the chance to thread eyebrows that have never been shaped before, I try to stay as close to their natural shape as possible. My brows start pretty far apart from one another and I always wondered if it was a classic case of over-tweezing that gave me this shape. But after looking at this picture I can plainly see that the answer is: No - baby was born that way!
Step away from the Buff Beige Covergirl compact. You are not always going to be buff beige. If you are - it's in the summer time. Once the winter strikes you turn as pale as the snow. Embrace that. Also, stop using the sponge in the compact. If it could, I bet that thing would grow legs and walk away. Plus - it isn't helping with break outs. Toss it - or wash it (on.the.regular). Now, I'm all for full coverage, we both know that. That being said, don't forget to add dimension back into your face. Ever wonder why your face looks like a glowing moon in a lot of pictures? You forgot to add a little blush and bronzer action. Don't worry girl, luckily for you,you managed to rock the Snow White look. Just don't be afraid of blush and bronzer - a little contouring never hurt anyone. Now, I am not saying you need to go all Kim Kardashian with the contouring (don't worry if you don't know who this is - not important). All I am saying is, don't go overboard with the contouring. I still think you need to look like yourself when you leave the door. Oh, and let the wet messy bun rest in peace. It's had it's day.
The older, wiser, version of you.
Let it be known. I have unruly hair. Wild, curly hair. When I wake up it often looks like the 80's called and they want their hair back.
As a result, it has been a struggle for me to maintain nice hair without it being incredibly time consuming. So, I decided I needed to figure out a solution to tame my wild mane. Recently I branched out and went to a hairdresser in Waterloo (I am sorry Kaitlynn - I still adore your haircutting) who told me that I needed to rehydrate my hair. I knew it. The winter had done some serious damage. She also told me to wash my hair less. Having fine hair I've always been susceptible to the, not so attractive, 'greasy rat' look after a day or two of not washing my hair. She said, "try to wash your hair twice a week if you can." You can imagine my reaction. However, I knew there was truth in what she was saying. So I set to work, looking for some products to help rescue my tresses.
This is my recipe for awesome hair, even on day 3:
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I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!