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Guys!! I am officially obsessed with Murad! Not only are their ingredients bomb but they deliver amazing results too. Like, no joke, my wrinkles/fine lines seemed to disappear overnight, okay maybe not completely but they sure were plump and smoothed by morning. Although I have not finished my bottles yet I’m pretty much hooked on their products and I can’t wait to try more… Keep reading to hear my thoughts. 🙂

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Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

This cream is a dry skin saviour!! It is an uber-rich, hydrating moisturizer that locks in hydration for up to eight hours. With an ultra concentrated and non-greasy formula it provides immediate, long-lasting hydration, smoothness and comfort. It is also formulated with Murad’s Collagen Support Complex which boosts the skin’s resilience and delivers a gorgeous glow!

I’m obsessed with this cream and love the fact that it comes with an applicator so that no bacteria gets trapped in the jar. It applies white, and disappears once massaged into your skin. It truly does leave you with plump, hydrated skin without that sticky silicone feeling.

No parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances/dyes, phthalates, GMOs or Triclosans.

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Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence

I love this serum- it’s silky smooth texture instantly won my heart! Basically the Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence is a moisture-enhancing treatment that optimizes your skin’s capacity to retain moisture while leaving it plump and soft- I always use this before my Hydro-Dynamic Ultra Moisture and the combination is insane! It contains Mexican blue agave leaf extract to restore your skins ability to retain water, glycolic acid to gently exfoliate for a smooth natural texture and a blend of watermelon, apple and lentil to help reduce dryness, flakiness and rough patches. A definite re-purchase for me as it has become a staple in my routine.

No parabens or sulfates.

Murad Refreshing Cleanser

Their Refreshing Cleanser is a non-drying, foaming cleanser that claims to wash away surface oil and makeup. Did it work? It sure did. It’s formulated with Hawaiian white ginger, algae and cucumber extract and leaves your skin oh so fresh and clean (not sure if it has added fragrance but I’m loving the scent)! I absolutely love pairing this cleanser with my Clarisonic brush for an extra deep clean feeling!

Murad Hydrating Toner

I have been wanting to try this toner for ages! It’s gentle, hydrating formula and invigorating scent is a must. Murad’s Hydrating Toner is a classic complexion-perfecting toner, which means it rebalances and rehydrates your skin while neutralizing any surface impurities. It contains infusions of lecithin, chamomile and cucumber for a soft, rejuvenated look and feel. I also like this because it can double as a setting spray for your makeup.

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Murad has quickly become my go-to for skincare. It’s been a while since I’ve been this blown away by a brand so I’m pretty excited. 🙂 I need to try all their products!

Have any of you tried Murad products, if so what are some of your favourites? I’ll definitely update you guys once I finish these.

Check them out at Murad Canada and @muradcanada (they’re also sold at Sephora Canada).

♡ Lauren

[disclaim]Samples kindly provided for my un-biased consideration[/disclaim]

Hi loves,

Chances are you’ve seen a tube of blinc mascara while walking down the cosmetics aisle at your loal drugstore or Sephora. You know, the mascara that basically claims to be Life Proof? Well, I was lucky enough to receive a blinc Box Discovery Collection and try it out for myself (along with three other innovative products).

blinc products are ideal if you wear contact lenses or glasses, suffer from sensitive eyes, have oily skin, live somewhere with harsh climates or lead a super active lifestyle or if you just want hassle-free makeup! Basically no flaking or smudging = no problems.

“Traditional eye cosmetics force the consumer to choose between long lasting wear or ease of removal. In contrast, blinc delivers hold that is better than waterproof cosmetics but at the same time, very easy to remove. blinc continues to make important contributions to the beauty industry with innovations such as the world’s first tube-forming mascara and peelable eyeliner. Whether you have sensitive eyes or an active lifestyle, blinc promises smudge-proof, run-proof and flake-proof cosmetics that deliver Life Proof results.”

Here are the products included with the blinc Discovery Box:

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blinc Mascara, Eyeliner, Eye Shadow Primer and Eyebrow Mousse. Also, how cute is this customized blinc mascara wand cookie by Hello Baked? Adorbs!

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Keep reading to find out my thoughts on these products:

blinc Mascara Amplified in Black

“blinc mascara AMPLIFIED provides buildable, glamorous volume and length while forming tiny water-resistant “tubes” around your lashes that cannot run, smudge clump or flake and slide off with a combination of water and gentle pressure.”

As a contact lense wearer, the one thing I despise more than anything is finding irritating flakes of mascara in my eyeballs. I have to say that I was amazed at the longevity of this mascara! I mean, it did not budge, smudge or flake through a day at work and rainy weather. I even tried removing it with my trusty Lancôme Bi-Facil eye makeup remover and nothing, not even a smear.

Basically, the trick is to use lots of water combined with the gentle pressure of a washcloth or your fingers to “slide” them off your lashes. Or take a nice hot shower, the water pressure did the trick for me, the tubes slid right off with no hassle! The bonus is that none of my lashes fell out like they do when I wear regular mascara and remove with an oil based makeup remover.

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blinc Eyeliner Pencil in Black

“blinc eyeliner pencil glides onto lids effortlessly and offers intense, all day, water proof colour that cannot smudge or fade. The creamy anti-aging formula also contains antioxidants for conditioning benefits.”

I’m not a huge fan of pencil eyeliners as I like to use felt-tip or liquid. However, this one did not smudge (maybe the combination of the mascara and eyeshadow primer?) whatever the reason it will definitely be staying in my makeup collection. This eyeliner can be removed with regular makeup remover.

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blinc Eye Shadow Primer in Light Tone

“blinc eye shadow primer gives any shadow crease proof, fade proof wear and contains ingredients clinically studied to decrease fine lines 67% after six weeks and increase skin’s moisture by 53% after one week.”

This may be a close second to my beloved UD eyeshadow primer, it goes on smooth and makes sure there are no creases or smudging once you apply your shadow. It pretty much lasted the whole day, too, which is a huge plus for me. I will have to use it for a few more weeks to see if it decreases my fine lines, but I did notice it gave my lids a boost of hydration. This eye shadow primer can be removed easily with makeup remover.

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blinc Eyebrow Mousse in Light Brunette

“blinc eyebrow mousse is the original brow innovation that does four things in just one easy step. It tints with water proof color, hold and sculpts like a gel, fills in sparse areas and moisturizes skin all at the same time.”

I’m such a fan of this eyebrow mousse! It is so easy to apply and gives a natural but polished result. A perfect look for work days… I would definitely use this again. 🙂 I also love that their products aren’t overly scented/irritating whatsoever. Again, the blinc eyebrow mousse can be removed using regular makeup remover.

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Would I recommend these products? Absolutely! They are a perfect option for someone who wants hassle free beauty. Be sure to check out blinc or Sephora for more information!

♡ Lauren
<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*</span>

Hi loves,

With all the ups and downs we’ve been having weather-wise this season, our skin can sometimes have a hard time adjusting, making our skin more blemish-prone.

Vichy’s NORMADERM range is ah-mazing for acne-prone, oily skin. So, if this is something that you struggle with then keep reading!

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Vichy sent out a super cute NORMADERM package including their cleanser, toner and new moisturizer, this package also included a colour-changing mood ring, butterfly clips and a bright green fanny pack! Lol! I thought that this PR concept was amazing because acne really is so passé… #VICHYWORKSFORME

“Some things are better left in the past. As is the case with pagers (because a pager can’t FaceTime), butterfly hairclips, fanny packs and colour changing jewelry! But one thing we would love to definitely leave behind is acne.

Pimples in 2016? We can now say it’s a thing of the past! The new Normaderm Corrective Anti-Acne Treatment by Vichy gives a confidence to those with acne-prone skin types. The formula is clinically proven to ensure the reduction of pimples by 75%. The Salicylic Acid, 50% more concentrated than before, allows for unclogging of pores, in addition to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Additonally, this new hydrating treatment is enriched with Phe-Resorcinol and LHA exfoliant helps reduce the appearance of acne marks, while the new Air LiciumTM Technology refreshes and matifies the skin!

For the complete routine, use the full Normaderm range with the Purifying Cleansing Gel and the Purifying Pore-Tightening Lotion.”

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“This range is specifically formulated for oily and acne-prone skin. Get with the Normaderm program and say goodbye to pimples, large pores and shine for good.”

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NORMADERM – Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel

I love that this cleanser is soap-free! Although a gel cleanser it also foams up perfectly when paired with my Clarisonic brush for deep cleansing. It gives you that squeaky clean feeling without stripping your skins natural barrier and ph level. A+

“Deep cleansing gel for acne-prone skin. Cleanses excess sebum and impurities, without over drying.”

NORMADERM – Purifying Pore-Tightening Lotion

I really enjoy the way that this toner smells and feels on my skin, it left my face feeling so fresh! My only wish is for this toner to be alcohol-free, because that is literally the only problem I have with it.

“A toner specifically formulated for oily and acne-prone skin. From the 1st application, leaves skin feeling mattified and helps unclog/tighten pores.”

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NORMADERM – Corrective Anti-Acne Treatment 24h Hydrating Lotion

Now formulated with 1.5% Salicylic Acid, this hydrating moisturizer is a great addition to the Normaderm range. It feels silky smooth when applied and doesn’t leave you with a greasy “silicone” film. I love that this product is for acne-prone skin but a hydration lotion instead of a mattifying one. I don’t have full blown acne but I get the occasional pimple around that time of the month and this seemed to help calm and heal those.

“New hydrating anti-acne treatment now 50% more concentrated in Salicylic Acid. Helps reduce pimples, pore visibility and acne marks.”

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I also highly recommend their NORMADERM Tri-Activ face mask, it has been a staple in my routine for years (it’s a cleanser, scrub and mask all in one).

To find out more check out vichy.ca and @vichycanada for a chance to win Normaderm’s complete routine with all 3 of these products!

♡ Lauren
<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*</span>

Hi beauties! So sorry it’s been so long, I have had a hectic month, between being sick twice and renovating my house I’ve hardly had time to pause and sip on my coffee, let alone tackle the huge pile of products that has been piling up in my beauty room – don’t worry it all ends now! I promise to post more from now on.

I have been dying to share these Sally Hansen Spring shades with you all!! The Complete Salon Manicure line introduces 6 NEW shades by Madeline Poole, their Global Colour Ambassador, as well as 6 NEW stunning Miracle Gel shades- yay!

FUN FACT: Did you know that Canada has the biggest selection of Miracle Gel shades in the entire world?! That’s right, we now have 72 gorgeous shades to choose from. Although I will only be sharing 6 today, I think that having a well-rounded gel polish line is amazing!

I’m also super excited to share that their Complete Salon Manicure line is now infused with Keratin Complex! Ladies, I have to tell you that this formula is AH-MAZING. Seriously, if you weren’t a huge Sally Hansen fan before you’re going to want to try these, it just might change your mind. This new formula claims to deliver 64% stronger nails and up to 10 days of chip-resistant wear. You already know I had to test that theory out, so I wore Grace Shell-y throughout a week of work, renovation, dishes, showers, etc. The end result? Only slight wear at the tips. That’s insane for a non-gel polish!

“Sally Hansen Complete Salon ManicureTM boasts 7 benefits in one bottle, plus a flawless-finish brush for easy application and a salon-quality finish. The chip-resistant polish still features all of the elements you know and love: base coat, strengthener now featuring keratin complex, growth treatment, salon colour in runway-ready shades, top coat, and gel shine finish.”

Let’s check out Madeline Poole‘s additions to the Sally Hansen’s CSM line for Spring ’16:

CSM Good Morning Glory

Good Morning, Glory!

CSM Grace Shell y

Grace Shell-y

CSM Happy Daze

Happy Daze

CSM Red Over Heels

Red Over Heels

CSM Seal Of Approval

Seal of Approval

CSM Sinsational

Sinsational

As for Miracle Gel, I’ve always been skeptical of “UV-free at home Gel Systems” but the beauty of the Miracle Gel range is that once its paired with the Miracle Gel 2X Top Coat (as it should be), it instantly volumizes and protects your manicure, creating dramatically fuller-looking nails with a high-gloss, mirror shine finish. Not to mention chip-resistant.

“The look of a gel manicure at home, without the trip to a salon! Miracle Gel’s simple application takes just two steps. First, apply two thin coats of Miracle Gel colour to clean, bare nails. Then, apply one coat of the new Miracle Gel Top Coat. Natural light does the rest, creating a manicure that resembles a UV / LED cured gel polish and up to 14 days of colour and shine. The next best thing to a salon gel manicure, without using an UV / LED light AND removes easily with regular nail polish remover.”

Here are 6 new additions to the Miracle Gel range:

MG Slate r Girl

Slate-r Girl

MG S teal The Show

S-teal The Show

MG Pink Stiletto

Pink Stiletto

MG Midnight Mod

Midnight Mod

MG Chocoholic

Chocoholic

MG Bordeaux Glow

Bordeaux Glow (or Girl?)

I just want to mention again that everyones nails are different- what works for me may work in a completely different way for you. Everyones nails are made up of different chemistry as per our bodies. Some are more prone to chipping and splitting than others.

Both lines hit shelves in January 2016, CSM for a suggested retail price of $9.50 and Miracle Gel for a suggested retail price of $11.95. They are available at pharmacies and mass retailers across Canada.

Check out sallyhansen.com for more information, and don’t forget to follow them at @sallyhansenca.

You can also follow their Global Colour Ambassador at @mpnails and mpnails.com – trust me you will not be disappointed!

♡ Lauren

<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*</span>

Hi loves, I wanted to share the essie 2016 Resort Collection with you guys today and I must say that this collection is GORGEOUS!

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Before we get started here’s the PR excerpt to give you a little insight:

“Opulent silks. Saturated Hues. Dazzling ornamentation. This Resort season is influence by the magnificent fashion, diverse culture and sheer beauty of India. Jaipur and the taj-ma-haul to the vibrant saris at a monsoon wedding twirling during a delhi dance, there’s no end to the inspiration that gives life to essie color.

The country’s unique contract of tradition and modernism, the old alongside the new, invigorates mind, body and soul – everyone must be going guru. On the cutting edge art and commerce, India’s cities are an exhilirating rush of flavors, sights and fragrances – it captures the imagination and tantalizes the senses.

The colorful market stalls. The golden sands of the deserts. The azure waters of the western coast. India’s landscape is as beautiful and varied as its people, and its influence on global style and fashion is constantly energizing the collections of the world’s most beloved designers. Any visitor will be begging to nama-stay the night. The vivid pattern-play of today and intricate palette of spendid inspiration. It’s sure to be the trip of a lifetime.”

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‘going guru’ meditative mint lime “Omm! In this meditative mint lime I may have actually discovered fashion nirvana” I freaking love this shade! If only the formula was up to par. Very thick, and globs easily with two coats. That being said, it’s such a gorg shade that I’m willing to let the formula slide…

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‘delhi dance’ silky sari pink “They’re playing your song! Slip on this silky sari pink and hit the dance floor like a Bollywood superstar” With a stunning two-coat crème formula this shade is sure to please! (Beware that it photographs differently) while it is a bubble gum pink there’s a certain “dusty” tone to it.

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‘nama-stay the night’ energetic Goa blue “Up all night? (wink, wink.) When you’re with this energetic Goa blue, sleep has nothing to do with it” Probably my least favourite of these four (I know, but I’m not a fan of blue) The formula is great, it levels with two plump coats… and the shade is pretty, too!

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‘taj-ma-haul’ spicy marigold apricot “When you score this spicy marigold apricot, your shopping artistry becomes a wonder of the world” Okay, I LOVE this shade!! Not only is the formula amazing, this dusty apricot is one-of-a-kind… and I kind of can’t stop wearing it.

The Resort Collection will officially be available as of March 29 in salons, drugstores and other beauty destinations across Canada. (Although you have seen pictures floating around for the past month because of some naughty rule-breaking people.. I also heard it’s available at Ulta.com in the US).

IMO, this whole collection is a must-have! Which shades will you be picking up?

♡ Lauren
<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*</span>