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Foundations… my top 3.

Ladies and gents, something I haven’t done in a while is talk about makeup, simply because I don’t wear much of it anymore. However there are odd days where I feel up to it and may throw on one of my favourite foundations, so I’ve rounded them up for a quick conversation.

In parcticular, there are three that I go between regularly…

< in order of preference >

it Cosmetics / Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream w/ SPF 50+ / $38.00

it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+, Heavenly Skin Perfecting Brush, Bye Bye Pores Finishing Powder

For the longest time I had read and heard great reviews about this well-rounded product but it wasn’t accessible in Canada yet. When I went to New York City in April I obviously dashed for Sephora and stocked up on whatever it Cosmetics I could. The Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream being one of the products.

I generally wear it when I’m headed somewhere fancy that requires bringing my A-Game, and here’s why:

  • Full-coverage, and I mean FULL. You’ve never seen a CC Cream hide your baggage like this bad boy can,
  • Beyond radiant complexion,
  • Full UVA/UVB protection,
  • Skincare benefits from an anti-aging serum featuing Hydrolyzed Collagen.

I will suggest pairing it with the recommended Heavenly Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush for optimal application and wear. I can’t go an application without it.

You’re also going to want to make sure it’s set well and if keeping to the full range of products I’d say go with the Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder from it Cosmetics, yet another personal favourite.

Seriously though, you can’t go wrong.

Surratt Beauty / Surreal Real Skin Foundation Wand / $65.00

Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Wand

About a year ago I was on the hunt for a new foundation, and again, just so happened to be in New York City as well. At the Sephora on 5th Avenue I came across the line Surratt Beauty, also not available in Canada, and an inclination led me to grab their Surreal Real Skin Foundation Wand.

This unique product has a pump at the bottom and bristled applicator at its top for a one-stop-shop product that has it all concealed into one cylinder. Its a smooth and seamless application that leaves the skin looking fresh and dewy, with every wear. It also last great throughout the day, but do expect a HEAVY glow by the end of the day if you have a slightly oilier skin type.

The only down fall to this great foundation is the possibility of damaging the applicator, leading to the overall waste of the entire product. However it hasn’t happened yet, so I’ll just go ahead and knock on a piece of wood.

I say try it. You won’t regret it. It’s definitely going to remain one of my top picks for quite a while.

The Ordinary / Coverage Foundation / $6.90

The Ordinary Coverage Serum Foundation

When it comes to The Ordinary by Deciem there isn’t much more to be said other than cost effective and results oriented. The Toronto brand popped up just a few years back and has made their mark, fast. Whenever I head into one of their shops the Coverage Foundations are never in stock which make them hard to come by.

So when I went into the Bay & Bloor store last week and saw a full shelf, I 100% matched my shade and snagged a bottle.

For $6.90, I’m not going to complain…

  • It has light wear but great coverage (not nearly as much as the it CC+ Cream though),
  • Sits well over a light moisturizer,
  • Lasts well through contact with light water.

I would certainly not recommend it for an OILY skin type and would highly suggest a slightly mattifying setting powder to finish the application off. The full range of shades also makes it a product for almost any skin colour.

Goodluck getting one. But if you do, enjoy!

Essentially these are the foundations I wouldn’t be able to live without, as of right now.

If you’ve tried any of the above leave us some of your thoughts. If not, happy testing! All the links provided will get you to the right places.

Remember the Foundations,

pG. =D

Rodan+Fields || A few things…

A little while back I was approached via DM on Instagram by @mlong8 who works for the brand Rodan+Fields, and she asked if I’d be interested in trying a few products; being the junkie that I am and all. So of course I went ahead and said yes but since I had never heard much of the brand before, I went ahead and did a little bit of research on my own.

Here’s the important stuff, from Rodan+Fields themselves:

  • Founded in 2002 as a department store brand by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields,
  • Dermatology based skincare products,
  • Creativing positive changes in both people’s skin and their lives,
  • Independent Consulting.

Essentially another brand geared towards improving the way we look and feel both physically as well as mentally, and truly, both are equally as important.

When shopping on Rodan+Fields you can expect to see pricing on individual products as well as kits ranging from  $5.00 up to $400.00 in pricing.

Let’s get to what Michelle (@mlong8 on Instagram) sent me, and what my overall thoughts are…

The Redefine Daily Cleansing Mask

How to use:

  1. Clean makeup off of skin,
  2. Wet finger tips and massage quarter size amount onto dry skin,
  3. Allow two minutes to dry,
  4. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Here are my overall thoughts:

  • It has a creamy-clay consistency,
  • It offers light exfoliation,
  • The smell is somewhat medicinal,
  • A generous amount is needed for one application,
  • It has a light cooling sensation,
  • Quick-dry,
  • A slower/longer removal process (like a deep pore cleansing mask),
  • Smooth and even skin appearance post-usage,
  • A lovely product but I could not commit to using it daily.

The Micro-Dermabrasion Paste

How to use:

  1. Massage onto clean dry skin on face and/or body,
  2. Massage for no more than 30-60 seconds,
  3. Use on damp skin for more sensitive skins,
  4. Rinse thoroughly after usage.

What I think of the produxt:

  • Thicker consistency like a hair pomade that contains thick exfoliating particles,
  • Fruit-like smell but also medicinal, almost liquor like,
  • Broke down and spread across face easily,
  • Only a light pressure is needed as it is an abrasive exfoliator,
  • Do not need to do for long,
  • Easy wash-off,
  • My skin was extremely smoothe, radiant and supple post-usage,
  • Skin felt nourished and moisturized (not overly dry),
  • Would use once a week.

The Redefine Night Renewing Serum

How to use:

  1. Cleanser and toner,
  2. Apply product across entire face (avoid eye area),
  3. Finish with moisturizer.

Some of my thoughts:

  • A rich and heavy gel consistency,
  • No obvious smell,
  • Great spreadability across skin,
  • Fast absorption,
  • Smoothing and softening,
  • Next day results were hydrating, soft and radiant skin with minimized fine lines.

The Redefine Lip Renewing Serum

How to use:

  1. Apply evenly to entire lip area in evening. 

Here’s my thoughts:

  • Thick, heavy gel consistency,
  • Vanilla like taste,
  • Slow-dry,
  • Next day results were much softer, hydrated and smoother lips.

Overall I have to say that I’m impressed with the few samples I’ve tried and I can see why it’s a growing brand, in areas that it is. Personally I’d opt-in for the Micro-Dermabrasion Paste and the Redefine Lip Renewing Serum if I were to grab any Rodan+Fields for myself.

If you’re interested in learning more definitely give their website a visit and/or reach out to one of their personal consultants, or even…

@mlong on Instagram.

Until next time.

Stay in-the-loop,

pG. =D


SoCIAL LITE Vodka Keeps it Lo-Cal for the Weekend

Back in August of 2016 at an event being held just outside of Toronto I was privileged to be introduced to an impressive new drink, SoCIAL LITE Vodka. It currently retails in Alberta, British Colombia as well as Ontario. Now I wish I could describe to you the heat that day in a way that would allow you to comperehend my immense need for a crisp refreshment; this after standing out in the scorching sun for a short while. While my desire manifested some more I became interested in a conversation I was hearing from just across the grass at another tent, “… cool, refreshing and light…,” is what I overheard. I took it as a sign and quickly ran over to the tent bearing the 355ml black and lime-green cans, with drops of ice-water running down their exteriors. 

Photo by @darreneaglescreative

It was then and there that I became acquinted with Dan Beach, Executive for SoCIAL LITE Vodka; as he first shared with me the story of how the drink, and brand, came to be. He explained that himself and two of his friends (Kevin and Neetu), whom all maintained an active lifestyle, wanted to find a way to indulge in a healthy social life without any reprocussions; whether that be a hangover the following day or poor health that can be developed from drinking alcohol. We are all susceptible nonethless. It all began in their kitchen and soon became something bigger than it was potentially expected to be. Since it’s conception they have grown to retail their product in 3 provinces while introducing two new flavours. To boot, they have now intergrated Arlene Dickinson from Dragon’s Den into their SoCIAL LITE Vodka family to strengthen it even more. 

Once I had heard all of this, Dan poured me a sip from the slender can decorated with chic-green and black branding into a plastic cup. I threw it back and my love was instant.

The original flavour, Lime Ginger, is absolutely to die for; tangy but not bitter, refreshing but not powerful, and fizzy but not too overwhelming. Lime is certainly the dominant flavour with hints of ginger in every sip, blended into a vodka-soda. It is no wonder that it has become such a difficult item for LCBO to keep on their shelves. The kicker here is that the flavours are 100% natural with no added sugars or artificial flavours, weighing in at a super-light 80 callories. It is safe to say that you could pound a few back and not become a haggard Haggrid the following day. What a DREAM!

While the brand continues to grow the two new flavours they have developed and launched are Lemon Cucumber Mint as well as Pineapple Mango. These additional flavours are currently available in Alberta and British Colombia, so us Ontarians must sit patiently and await their release onto shelves in an LCBO nearest us.

Photo by @darreneaglescreative

Being someone who has partied hardy for a few years of my life I am definitely resistant to the possibility of being consumed by a hangover after a night-out, or even a night held at home. I have suffered my fair share from doing so and truly despise wasting a full day for a good night; there is no balance in doing so, not for me anyways. This is why SoCIAL LITE Vodka is the ideal drink for myself to indulge in when I chose to drink, which is really just on the occassion. If you are anything like me a sugar-filled drink will give you a massive headache, which is why I am glad I could share with you this beautiful creation that I myself was also personally introduced to.

Thank you, Dan Beach. 

Photo by @darreneaglescreative

If you prefer a drink that requires a smaller commitment in terms of the reprocussions associated when it drinking, you must look no further. SoCIAL LITE Vodka will become your saving grace as it has been mine.

With that being said it is Friday after all, so a TGIF to you with hopes for a pleasant weekend ahead.

Stay In-Control.

Peter. =D 

New Looks, Courtesy of BonLook 

Eyeware.

The absolute bane of my existence.

Last week I posted about My Toronto Eaton Centre Top 5 Shops with BonLook being one of them. This on-the-rise eyeware retailer is a native Canadian-based brand from Montreal, with 8 stores currently open to the public. I easily became intrigued by their advertised price for a pair of frames and lenses at a much lower price than other stores, $135 CAD; $185 CAD if you require their super thin lenses for a heavier prescription. Once they finally opened-up shop at the Toronto Eaton Centre near the end of 2016 I took full advantage of their fantastic pricing, and also beautiful collection.

The staff at the Toronto Eaton Centre location are not only incredibly friendly but also come from such a genuine place when selling. From the greeting to the sale, the service is extremely polished. The representative whom helped me was able to create an ultimately seamless experience and after some serious browsing with her at my side, I was able to chose my pair.

Trailblazer in Woodland Plaid
Trailblazer in Woodland Plaid

The Trailblazer in Woodland Plaid, do they not just sound Canadian? These are the bad boys that would finally give me some character and not just be, I hate to say it, basic. With blues, pinks, blacks and other colors in a plaid pattern decorating the frame which is light, slim and shaped to fit my face to perfection; I fell in love instantly. They are definitely my favorite pair of fames I have owned to date so it is no surprise that I waited to anxiously to pick them up after ordering them. 

Nearly three weeks is what it took to get them and I ordered them into the store, despite the home delivery option. I will not sit here and complain because there is an automated email system and online interface through their website that keeps the process fully transparent. What makes BonLook special is that they cut out the middle men/women from the entire operation. No outsourced distrubution centre or mail delivery service.

Trailblazer in Woodland Plaid

Coming from someone who has purchased glasses of all sorts from LenaCrafters, Hakim Optical and Clearly Contacts with a with a heavy +5.50 in both eyes, I can assure you that the quality of my new friends from BonLook do not compare. I already mentioned the light weight that the frames bear but I must also comment on the sleek design that makes them feel slightly more compact, yet durable, than others do when folded into resting. Being the clumsy nugget I am at times I have already knocked them once or twice, despite every intention to avoid doing so, and they have yet to succumb to owner-inflicted damage just yet; I knocked on wood, not to worry. This is a true testament to their overall durability thus far.

After a week of wear I can honestly say that I am beyond happy with how they feel and look, and I am definitely enjoying the compliments; as would anyone. What I will say with certainty is thay if you are in the market for a new pair of specs I should urge you to explore your options at BonLook before pounding down your gavel on a decision elsewhere. Take it from me and try something new. You will not regret it but in the case that you do, you know where to find me.

Keep in Vision,

Peter. =D