Bobbi Brown- Illuminate Pencil and Bronzer Review

Bobbi Brown has been my favourite makeup brand for the longest time.  Not only because the products are phenomenal, but because Bobbi herself is such an inspiration.  She seems so genuinely kind, and her company philosophies are touching.  I love when a brand not only has great products, but they have a mission and vision that encourages women to embrace their natural beauty, and makes them feel beautiful in their own unique way.

Many of my holy-grail makeup products are by Bobbi Brown.  Today I will share two of my favourites, but if you love Bobbi Brown, or you are curious about her products, stay tuned on my blog because there will be more to come!

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With the recent “strobing” trend, I figured doing a post on a highlighter is in order.  I will also post about my all time favourite bronzer, of course by Bobbi Brown.

Highlighter

Retouching Face Pencil- Shade: Illuminate 1

I have a few compact/powder highlighters, but what I love about Bobbi Browns’ is how easy it is to use in this pencil form, how precise it allows the application to be, and of course the effect.

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How gorgeous is this?? It also comes with a sharpener- love it!

I love the finish this highlighter gives.  The colour is a peach/cream shade, but it is more focused on the shimmer.  Out of all the highlighters I have used, this one works best, and I think it’s also because the pencil allows for a precise application.  Therefore, you can concentrate it exactly where you want it.  It sparkles so beautifully in the light.  I love using it on my cheekbones, tear-duct and cupids bow.  I don’t do nose contouring, but I imagine the pencil would allow you to make a nice straight line application for your highlight.

Here is a closer look:

I think this pencil idea is great.  I can easily pop this in my purse and I don’t need to bring brushes or anything in addition to this around with me.  Yes, you can easily pack a compact powder highlighter, but the problem is if you don’t pack a brush you have to use your fingers to apply it, and if you’re like me there’s no WAY i’m using my fingers on the compact unless I have just washed my hands, which isn’t always an option when you are out and about.  The pencil form is great, pop the cap off, apply and you’re good to go!  I purchased this at Sephora for C$37.00, you can view it here.

Bronzer

Bronzing Powder- Shade: Natural 1

I can’t tell you enough how much I love the finish of this bronzer.  It goes on so easily, and doesn’t create harsh lines- it is super blendable.  It really gives off the effect of a real tan, because the colour payoff is very rich in brown and red.  I have even used this on my cheeks as a blush, because of the red tones in it, it dupes as a blush as well.  I am in LOVE with this, it is my #1 bronzer in my collection.  This bronzer also has no scent to it, so if you aren’t a scent fan you will love this.   I know there are other brands that have made their bronzers smell like chocolate or other things, and some people really don’t like that- so you are safe with this Bobbi Brown bronzer.

This has a matte finish, but it does not go on chalky at all; it is very soft.  I would compare the effect it gives to that of a cream product.  I purchased this at Sephora for C$49.00, you can view it here.

Bobbi Brown products are phenomenal, and I highly suggest you give any of her products a try.  I have never been disappointed.  As I mentioned above, if you like supporting brands with a great mission and vision, and that value women in their natural beauty state- Bobbi Brown is all of this and more.  I will leave you with one of my favourite quotes by her:

The secret to beauty is simple: be who you are. – Bobbi Brown

Coppertone- ClearlySheer Sunscreen Review

Hi my lovelies- I am back!! Sorry for being away for a little bit, but I was on vacation in New York City for the last week.  I am happy to be back as I have some great beauty finds to share with you!

I’m so excited to be writing this post.  I have been loving this product for the last week when I was away in NYC.  I would like to thank Coppertone for sending me the ClearlySheer sunscreen lotion, and to note this is a collaboration through the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network (CBB).

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I had such a great time in NYC last week, but with the heat and walking around comes the inevitable question: will I get a sunburn?  I decided this was the perfect time to test out this new product, and I am certainly glad I did.  Just to give you a bit more info about my skin type, I am more on the olive tone side, and naturally my skin does not burn easily; I usually tan when I have been in the sun.  But when you are walking around all week outside like I was, I figured sunscreen should be on my check-list, because burning would be a possibility.

The ClearlySheer line includes a lotion for body and face, and a spray for body.  All three are water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, have an SPF 30 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and are moisturizing.  One thing I love about this product is that Coppertone said it was designed with “her” specific needs in mind.  I was also told it delivers broad spectrum protection in a delightfully light, refreshing formula that barely leaves a trace on the skin.  This is certainly true!!  One of my favourite things about the ClearlySheer was how it didn’t make me feel like I had “coated” my skin with something like other sunscreens can do.  It absorbs very quickly and there is no residue on your skin, my skin feels moisturized yet dry to the touch again once it has absorbed.

One of the complaints you hear most often with sunscreen is that it can clog pores and cause breakouts.  ClearlySheer did not do this at all for me!!  I used this on my body every day last week, and I did not experience any clogged pores or breakouts.  Therefore, I would say if you have acne-prone skin, or sensitive skin this is a wonderful product for you to use!

Pictured here you can see how light the texture of the product is:

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The scent is fresh and clean.  It is very soft so you do not get that overpowering sunscreen scent other brands can produce.  I LOVE the scent, but also love how light the formula is- it’s absolutely fantastic.

ClearlySheer gets a 10 out of 10 from me!  I did not get a sunburn and it truly delivers all that is promised! It is available at mass drug and grocery retailers across Canada.  Suggested retail price is $9.99 for the ClearlySheer lotion and spray for body, and $8.49 for the face lotion.  I am planning a few more outdoor activities before the summer is over so my next purchase will be the ClearlySheer face lotion!  If you want to save your skin for the rest of the summer without having to avoid the sun, I highly recommend you try one of the sunscreens from the ClearlySheer line!

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Batiste- Original Dry Shampoo Review

Wish you could get ready faster in the morning and get some extra sleep?  Well my friends, Batiste dry shampoo can help.

I would like to thank Batiste for sending me this product to review.  This is a collaboration through the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network.

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If you feel rushed in the morning when getting ready for work, or you just want to sleep in a little longer, let me tell you that dry shampoo will be your new best-friend if you have not yet discovered this gem.  I have been using dry shampoo for about 2 years now and it saves me so much time.  The only tricky thing is finding a brand that works with your hair type.  Different brands work better for different people i’m sure, so this post will share my personal experiences and preferences.

I have been using Batiste dry shampoo for about 6 months now, and I am in love with the Tropical blend which has coconut Mmmm.  I purchased this one because coconut is one of my favourite scents, but also because I could never seem to get my hands on a bottle of the Original Clean & Classic, the shelf was always empty!  However, recently I was fortunate enough to get a bottle, and now Batiste has sent me a bottle as well, AMEN! Haha.  The Original Clean & Classic has a very light fresh scent, it really helps to give that “clean feel” to your hair, as if you just washed it.

Dry shampoo is wonderful because it allows you to get away with 1 or 2 day old hair (depending on your hair type) by spraying this into your roots (and rest of your hair if you want) to absorb the excess oil.  Personally I wash my hair every second day, so I wash it one day then use dry shampoo the next, but that is my preference.  I have friends with thicker hair who can go a few days longer than that, just by using dry shampoo.  Batiste is by far one of my favourite dry shampoo brands.  When I use dry shampoo I always do an up-do.  It helps to add body to my fine hair and makes my roots look thicker.  One of the downfalls of most dry shampoo’s however,  is if you spray too close to your hair you end up with a white film, which you can brush out, but what I love about Batiste is it is EASY to brush out if you do accidentally spray to close (Batiste suggests holding the can 30cm from your hair to avoid this.)

I have tried 4 other dry shampoo brands, and although I will not name specific brand names, I developed a cough from using one of them.  I even tried stepping outside to spray it in my hair and still no luck- it was too strong, but I have NOT had this problem with Batiste at all, I can in fact spray it on my hair indoors and stay in the same room.

I highly recommend you give this a try!  Batiste dry shampoo retails for C$8.76.  It saves you time and it adds body to your hair, so if you have fine hair like me you will fall in love with this product.  Tip: Because this dry shampoo is so popular I suggest grabbing a few cans at a time when you purchase it in store!