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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

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