Products that help tame those wicked summer spots!

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This summer has been a crazy one for rapid weather changes, alternating between extreme heat and awkward cold. My skin has been very unkind to me this summer and I have been using more face masks than usual, and recently I have added a newbie spot treatment to my routine….I absolutely love it!

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First off we have the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal 10 Minute Mask ($22). I was lucky enough to find this face mask at Winners as my local Sephora does not sell this brand. I have heard of this mask before from the blogger Lily Pebbles from Whatiheartotday.com. It is a very nice, hydrating mask which has tiny oatmeal grains which I guess lightly exfoliate, but I use it primarily to hydrate my skin as often spots come from skin being dehydrated. This mask is lovely and effective, though it does feel like putting porridge on your face, as Lily so hilariously put it!

Image 2Next up is Super Facialist by Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Brighten & Refine Facial Scrub ($20). Ok, so I’m not the biggest fan of the rose scent, it makes me think of old lady perfume and potpourri. I can look past the rose smell though as this scrub brightens and brings back radiance to the skin, and it’s specially formulated for sensitive skin types! It’s great to exfoliate your skin regularly, maybe 2-3 times a week as dead skin cells can clog pores and spots will develop. This scrub is wonderful to use and I believe it’s extremely cheap in the UK as it’s a drugstore product. I had to pay more for the product to have it shipped here which totalled about $20 CND. This is better than some Origins scrubs I have tried, and that says a lot! I can’t wait to try out more from this brand.

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Oh Origins, is it so obvious that this is my favourite skincare brand? I love pretty much everything from this brand. This Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask ($27) is definitely more on the “intense” side, and it has quite a particular scent that many may not like. It is however very effective on problem areas. I apply this to parts of my face that are breaking out and I leave it for 10 minutes so that it can work its magic. It reduces spots and makes the skin feel clean. Though this is a clay mask, I would not use it as an overnight spot treatment. I would also not use this on any parts of your face other than problem areas, as it can be quite drying and it does nothing for blackheads.

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Last but not least is this ahhhhmazing Super Spot Remover Treatment by Origins ($17.50). This is the most effective spot treatment I have ever used. I put the tiniest amount on a Q-tip and I gently dab it on a spot and leave it overnight. It goes on clear which is nice, and when I wake up my spot is reduced in size and the redness is virtually gone. It’s a great spot treatment to have, and at $17.50 I feel like this will go a long way as you have to use so little.

So this little routine has been helping my summer skin quite a bit, and I am happy to report that with Autumn on its way, my skin will go back to normal as this heat has just been killing me! What are some of your favourite spot treatments?

 

xKellybonesx

This week’s most loved #3…

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This week’s most loved consists of a smaller stash of goods that I have pulled aside for this post. I have been loving everything that screams Autumn this past week because I am anticipating the fall so much. Bring on the fall, and adios to summer!

1. L’Oreal Evercreme Sulfate Free Nourishing Leave-In Spray ($13.99)

The L’Oreal Ever Riche line is huge right now it seems with it’s affordable pricing and sulfate-free ingredients. I have very long, thick and straight hair and I have not used a detangler since I was a kid. This stuff however has me sold, as it makes combing out my wet hair so much easier. The smell is amazing as well! I bought the shampoo, condition and hair mask from this line also. I am pleased to report that everything is indeed of salon quality!

2. Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm ($17.50)

I know almost $20 for a lip balm seems ridiculous, but I just HAD to try this…I’ve heard so many great things about it in the blogging world. It is the most amazing lip balm I have ever used. It comes in a glass jar with quite a lot of product in it, it smells like honey and lemon and has sort of a thick and grainy texture that somehow easily absorbs into the lips. It’s so hydrating and long-lasting, I am in love. It’s great to wear under lipsticks as a base because it’s matte and non-sticky, but the hydration will be a mega-plus under lipstick!

3. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye-liner in Cobalt ($26)

This is the most amazing blue eyeliner for the fall. We’ve seen photos of models rocking the blue eyeliner and mascaras this summer and currently into the fall season, and I was dying to get my hands on a cobalt blue eyeliner. This was the most striking blue eyeliner that I found, and the fact that it’s waterproof made it extra-appealing. This applies so easily and it does not budge all day but comes off easily with eye makeup remover. I have been wearing this a lot this week on my upper eyelids!

4. Lancome In Love Eyeliner in 501 Jade Crush ($29)

I bought this eyeliner to wear in the summertime as it was just such a beautiful and vibrant turquoise. It is waterproof and possibly the most beautiful blue eye liner that I have ever seen. Truthfully, I haven’t gotten a lot of wear out of this but I’m in a blue-eyeliner craze right now so I had to mention this one. It’s a colour I admire more than I wear, but I’m hoping to wear this more before the summer is over!

5. Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask ($27)

I bought this to sooth my currently irritated skin, though I was advised by a Sephora MUA not to use this on my fairly sensitive skin. I am pleased to report that it seems to be a great face mask, though it is too harsh to use all over my face. I use this on my chin, nose and forehead once or twice a week. It’s a great clay mask, but it does smell quite strong and it can be a little tough to remove. Sensitive skins be warned! I personally have been loving this mask lately as it’s really been helping out my problematic summer skin.

There you have it…A short but sweet post on my most loved products of the  week!

xKellybonesx

Brow-wow

Image 2   I’m sure I’ve stated this somewhere in a previous post, but I absolutely LOVE big eyebrows. I have been obsessed with eyebrows since my early teens, back when I used to take an angled Mac eyeliner brush and fill in my brows  with a little bit with Mac’s Carbon eyeshadow. Luckily, my eyebrows are dark enough that it didn’t look too unnatural, however, luckily times have changed and I have become a bit wiser with brow products!

1. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color ($23)

I love the concept of a waterproof brow marker. I must be honest though, I didn’t believe this would look at all natural and so I avoided testing this product for several months. On one curious day while browsing Sephora, I saw this eyebrow pen again and I noticed that they got a new colour which they call “dark”…I tried it and I fell in love with the natural finish and minimal effort. It’s a great summertime product. I have heard that this can dry out pretty quickly, so I’m hoping that this will last! Otherwise, Gosh has an inexpensive version of this.

2. Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel ($29)

I originally owned this in the colour Espresso, but that had too much red in it for my liking so I went back and purchased it in Granite which is a dark brown with a more ashy than red undertone. I am obsessed with this eyebrow gel. It’s one item that if I don’t use daily, my makeup feels so incomplete. It tints, it grooms and it sets my eyebrows into place. What more could I ask for? The only other tinted eyebrow gels that I have ever seen have been by Benefit and Elf, both are more inexpensive options!

3. Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil ($39)

This feels like the gem of my eyebrow product collection. The elegant packaging alone could have sold it to me, but luckily this product really delivers. I love that one end is a thick, arched eyebrow pencil, and the other end has a spooly to comb through the brows. This pencil is easy to use and it is quite low maintenance. I prefer this kind of eyebrow pencil over small, thin ones like Anastasia’s. A cheaper alternative to this that is VERY similar is by a brand called Marcelle, it has the same colour selection and shape, however instead of one end being a spooly it has a clear eyebrow mascara…Major bonus!

So there’s a bit of brow wisdom to finish off the weekend! I love talking about eyebrows and I could really do it all day, but I shall spare y’all. What do you use to complete your brows?

xKellybonesx

The Wednesday Skincare Blues…

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This week was quite a long and stressful week (oh dang, it’s only Wednesday!) so I decided to give myself a Wednesday night at-home spa session to make myself feel better! This Wednesday night treatment was inspired by Vivianna from viviannadoesmakeup.com who did a blog post called “Sad Skin Wednesdays”  (http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/sad-skin-wednesdays/) – there she wrote about the attention we give our skin on weekends, and the neglect that our skin faces during the busy and stressful weekdays. After reading that post, I have forever changed the way I do my weekly skincare routines. I now do Wednesday night pampering sessions where I do a face mask, paint my nails etc, it’s all very relaxing. Here are some of my favourites that I have been using to conquer the Wednesday skincare blues…

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1. Bioderma Micelle Solution for Sensitive Skin ($22)

For me, this is an absolute must every night for makeup removal as I use this in preparation for washing my face. In the summer I can’t be bothered with oil cleansers as I find them too thick and difficult to remove in the warmer months. This Bioderma micellar water is truly an incredible product. It dissolves makeup and leaves the skin makeup-free and ready for some face washing-action. I can even use this to remove stubborn eye makeup! I can never be without this product again, and I know that many other bloggers would agree that this is an essential for daily skincare!

2. The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($15)

I absolutely love this for removing waterproof eyeliner and mascara. It’s very creamy and effective and it doesn’t dry out the under eye area. It works extremely quick and the tube will last forever. I personally use the Bioderma micellar water for removing all the other makeup on my face but I reserve this for the makeup on my eyes.

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3. Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash ($24)

I may be jumping the gun by saying this, but currently Origins is my absolute favourite brand! I cannot get enough of their products. They’re all just incredible, and fairly affordable for “higher end products.” I love this cleanser, it gives such a satisfactory, gentle clean and does not tighten the skin after use. You only need the tiniest amount of this product as it indeed gets frothy when water is added to it! This is my absolute favourite face wash right now.

4. Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask ($27)

This is a clay mask that’s quite creamy in texture. It’s extremely effective and really gets to work quickly. I have a more sensitive skin type and this can be a little bit irritating when first applied, but if you wait it out a few minutes you’ll see just how rewarding using this face mask can be. It’s fantastic for decongesting the skin and ridding the face of blemishes. However, I would not use this as an overnight spot treatment like some do with other clay masks, I believe this would be too harsh for overnight use. Try the Origins Spot Treatment for that!

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5. Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil ($50)

Ohhh this is so luxurious. I apply this after my toner, so this list is a little out of order! This facial oil is aimed towards treating oily or combination skin, and I fall into the latter category. My skin is a lot more on the dry side but I do tend to get oily on my t-zone. This product works so well to hydrate the skin and control breakouts. Now that I have found this product, I don’t know how I’d ever live without it. I love to use this a few times a week before I apply my nightly moisturizer as I wake up with healthy skin and it always seems to tame any near-future breakouts.

6. Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Anti-Fatique Moisturizing Cream ($32)

I must have a serious thing for French pharmacy brands because I just love Nuxe and Bioderma! This moisturizer caught my eye because it also says “anti-oxidant” and “anti-skin stress” on the tube which made me think that this must be an ideal facial moisturizer for bad skin days. I bought the one for “normal to combination skin” even though there was an option to buy this for dry skin, and I feel that I should have bought that one as I don’t find this one to be the most moisturizing..but used with the Clarins Lotus Oil, I find that this Nuxe moisturizer does the trick quite alright. It has a gorgeous floral-lavender smell which is very relaxing, and I love the tube presentation because I’m tired of unhygienic jar moisturizers!

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7. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic ($30)

This has been one of my favourite facial toners for years. It smells like lavender and cucumber and I find it to be extremely soothing and very hydrating. My skin loves this toner and I always end up going back to it. It’s a gorgeous product, and I find that Bobbi Brown skincare is for the most part amazing, though it doesn’t seem to get tons of credit in the blogisphere.

8. Lush Sugar Lip Scrub in popcorn flavour ($9)

This is a nice lip scrub that I like to use before applying an overnight lip treatment. This is a gentle and nature exfoliator and it works like magic, what more can I say? The smell and the taste are mega pluses too 😉

This is how I’m conquering the Wednesday blues, what are you using to beat the mid-week battle?

xKellybonesx

This week’s most loved #2…

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This week I officially got over summer. I long for the fall, and for sweater season. I say bring back the layers, I am so done with shorts! For now though, here is my weekly roundup of the top products that I have been using lately to see me through this unbearable heat!

1. Clinique Super City Block SPF40 ($25)

This is the best face sunscreen that I have tried and I am happy to report that it’s oil-free, a mega plus! This has a slight nude tint which disappears when it’s rubbed in. This makes for a great makeup primer and it absorbs super quickly. It also claims to protect against environmental irritants and it’s safe to use near the eye area! This is so good I’ll probably use it all year round for extra cautious skin protection.

2.  Mac MSF in soft & gentle ($30)

These Mac Mineralized Skin Finishes are incredible.  They give such a perfect highlight to the cheeks and this particular colour is my absolute favourite! This comes in a quite generous size at 10 g which will last pretty much forever. It looks sort of bronzy in the pan but it’s actually a goldy-peach, a perfect colour for all skin tones and I like how it looks on my fair skin. This isn’t too shimmery so I never feel like a disco ball when I wear this!

3. YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in #13 peach passion ($39)

I happened to be in Holt Renfrew in Toronto one afternoon and I stopped by the YSL stand only to see this lipstick staring back at me. It’s a gorgeous matte peach with a very silky texture when applied to the lips. I saw this lipstick before on Katie from katiesbeautyblog.com and I thought it looked so lovely on her, but I had completely forgotten about it until I saw it in person. I adore this colour, and though I don’t reach for it that often  (I prefer pink shades for daily wear) I am so happy that I bought this! This is my first YSL lipstick and it will always hold a special place in my heart, especially with such luxurious packaging. Also, just as a side note, pair this lipstick with your favourite lip balm because this formula can be a little bit drying I find!

4. Benefit Hervana Blush ($34)

I love the packaging of Benefit blushers, they always look so cute! This particular blush has a wheel of colours which blend together to make a gorgeous cool toned pink. I love that I can wear this in summer for a gorgeous pink flush or in the cooler seasons paired with a darker lipstick. A definite favourite, I find myself reaching for it quite often!

5. Essie Nail Polish in bikini so teeny ($11.99)

I always get loads of compliments when I wear this nail polish. It’s a gorgeous pale, cloudy blue that looks stunning in the summertime. I find myself always going back to this colour. I am however not a huge fan of Essie nail polishes, despite having so many, I find them to be really prone to chipping. I find that Essie is a little bit overrated and that many drugstore brand nail polishes will last longer. This is one of my favourite nail polish colours and a definite winner of this week!

6. Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in 02 Fuchsia Libra ($20)

I am simply obsessed with lip crayons this summer and this Bourjois lip crayon was long under my radar. I purchased the colour Fuchsia Libra because I adore hot pink lip colours in the summer. I find these lip crayons to be superior to the Clinique and Revlon lip crayons because the Bourjois leave a more prominent stain and they stay glossy, instead of drying out. I can’t wait to get my hands on more. Also, a side note to Canadians: These are half the price on ASOS.com than they are in stores, and ASOS has free international shipping. 🙂

7. Batiste Dry Shampoo in blush ($7.99)

I was first introduced to dry shampoos by reading multiple beauty blogs. Now I have about 5 different ones that I alternate between to use on the every “other” day that I do not wash my hair. This works great for adding volume and texture back to the hair and they smell phenomenal. Batiste is one of my favourites and I love how affordable they are as well.

These are this week’s most loved, stay tuned for my next post!

xKellybonesx

Summer Haircare essentials

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I don’t know about you guys, but come summer, I am forced to acknowledge that humidity is not my friend! I have naturally straight and quite thick hair, but in the summertime it tends to go crazy. I get loads of fly-aways, my hair goes limp and I am forced to deal with my split ends. It’s not pretty. I use the following haircare to keep the craziness contained during these warm summer months.

1.  Bumble and Bumble Texture Hair (Un) Dressing Creme ($32)

This is my go to product for texture and volume. I apply a pea sized amount in my hands and rub it together and then I apply this to my roots. In the summertime I don’t use heat on my hair, it’s just to damn hot, so I use this in my wet hair and let it air dry and I get some great volume without feeling any build up or grease in my hair.

2. Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner ($5)

I must admit that I have always been skeptical to use Dove haircare products. I find most drugstore hair products tend to be waxy and leave build up in my hair. This product has been raved about by many and I completely understand why. Let’s start with the smell…it’s simply divine. It comes out as conditioner infused with oil, it looks kind of toothpaste…but that aside, this product really performs. It makes my hair so soft and I truly enjoy using this, plus, the price is amazing. It’s doing a great job of keeping my hair looking healthy!

3. KMS Hair Play Sea Salt Spray ($16.50)

I tried the infamous Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray and I was completely underwhelmed. Perhaps that kind of product is better for those with shorter hair, but for me, it just didn’t do anything for my long hair. I purchased this KMS Sea Salt Spray because it comes in a much bigger bottle than the B&B spray and so far I’ve really been loving it for giving me some texture and awesome “beach hair”….Success!

4. The Body Shop Grape Seed Glossing Serum ($12)

Before this I had never tried any hair care products from the Body Shop aside from a shampoo and conditioner. I picked this up after reading great reviews about it on makeupalley.com, and it is definitely a keeper! It smells amazing and it gives a lot of shine to my hair while never making it feel or look greasy. I apply this when my hair is wet and bam! I have glossy locks.

5. Klorane Shampoo with Desert Date ($13)

This shampoo is a nutritive and reparative shampoo for dry, damaged and brittle hair. I use this sort of as a detox shampoo and it works like a dream. The smell doesn’t particularly have me sold but I love the way that it works, and I especially love using this with with the aforementioned Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner.

6. Macadamia Deep Repair Masque ($20) and Macadamia Healing Oil Spray ($15)

I love Macadamia products, I’d choose them any day over Moroccan Oil. This hair mask is the best, I use it probably once every two weeks and I get soft, hydrated and shiny hair. The Healing Oil Spray is meant to be used as a pre-blow dry and pre-straightening protectant but I actually use this to give some extra moisture to my ends, it works like a dream! This duo is a must for the summer.

7. AG Colour Care Split End Spa Repair Serum ($23.95)

I have never found a better product than this for sealing my split ends and making my hair healthy looking in between trims. This has an odd pump, but it distributes the perfect amount of product onto the hands and then you apply it only to the ends of the hair. This is a product I will always repurchase!

8. Babyliss Pro Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner ($16.50 each)

This shampoo and conditioner is another great alternative to Moroccan Oil. It smells identical but in my opinion these products perform better. I love that these are sulphate free and they give great moisture to my hair. I alternate these into my hair care routine and I absolutely love them and could not be without this set!

Have you tried any of these products? Tell me what products save your hair during these hot summer months!

xKellybonesx