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scene+heard : Strivectin HAIR

Earlier this month we sent BlushPretty Lead Hair Artist, Samantha Wilson, over to the Colette Grand Cafe at The Thompson Hotel to check up on the latest from Strivectin. Samantha has nothing but rave reviews for this new line, but before we share with you her thoughts, a little bit of background for you …

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In case you haven’t heard, Strivectin has expanded their innovation and research in anti-aging from skincare to … HAIR CARE! As a leading brand in everything against aging – fine lines, wrinkles, firmness, dehydration, dullness , you name it! – it only makes sense that Strivectin beefs up their brand by tackling women’s other beauty obsession : hair and great hair days 24/7.

This new franchise, StriVectin Hair introduces a breakthrough in research to tackle the signs of aging in hair : thinning, wiriness, dryness, gray, dullness, breakage, split ends, frizz, lackluster texture, and brittleness. According to the brand, “each formula contains the brand’s NIA-114 technology which activates the scalp and rejuvenates hair from root to tip”.

The product range has three separate formulas which includes: Ultimate Restore, Max Volume, and Color Care.

Strivectin1Here’s what Samantha had to say after three weeks testing out the new line :

The first thing that caught my eye, besides the pretty packaging, was the ingredients in these products. I love that the products are free of sulphates, parabens, synthetic dyes, phthalates and phosphates.

The line not only targets what you feel is wrong with your hair but also, what you want from your hair. It promotes trying to restore your hair to its natural, most healthy, ageless state.

I really liked that this line focuses on the scalp and the hair from root to tip. After the first use of StriVectin, I could feel and see a difference in the state of my hair. My hair felt and looked fuller. It felt soft, nourished and hydrated; and as an added bonus my hair had a beautiful healthy shine that didn’t weigh my hair down. The fragrance is soft and not overpowering – very pleasant!

Overall, it’s an affordable must have line for hair health. I would recommend this line to clients and friends.

There you have it – straight from BlushPretty’s Master of Hair and a BP Bride favourite artist.  If you are curious about the line and want to hear more or test it out yourself, you can visit your local Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up the line.

Have a great Monday beauties!

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in love with : lorac pro palettes …

It’s no secret that eyeshadow palettes in shades of nudes and neutrals dominate the beauty-blogiverse – you know which ones I’m talking about, right? I’m definitely on board that train, but it doesn’t mean that I stick with only those palettes. I’m currently a fangirl of Lorac and if you took a look in my kit, the brand rules in the eyeshadow department.

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I carry both Lorac Pro Palette 1 and 2, plus Lorac Unzipped and Unzipped Gold. Most of the shades housed in all four palettes are universally wearable by most skintones, and the colour payoff and wear of the shadows are second to none.

Lorac shadows glide on smooth and evenly. I find that I get less shadow fallout with the shimmery shades meaning less clean-up around the eye area when I attempt anything smudgy or smokey, and most importantly less wasted product.

I often mix between both Pro Palette’s for any given look and use them for more glam, dramatic, or smokey styles. With the Unzipped Palettes, I save them more for when I want to do a glowing neutral face and eye to be paired with a bright or statement lip. The Unzipped Palettes do contain deeper shades (in the brown family, mainly), but I find the lighter shades, especially in the gold version, delightful.

Lorac can be found online at Sephora, and also in stores in the U.S.  They can also be found at Ulta, another U.S. beauty store.  This might be disappointing to us Canadian artists but the great news is, if you are in the GTA like us, Ulta did open up a location right across the Buffalo border by the Fashion Outlets. So if you want to play with the product, get dressed and dust off your passport!

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if you must : palmers skin therapy cleansing oil FACE …

Since the birth of my youngest child – my daughter – over two years ago, I have taken on a whole new approach in how I treat and care for my skin. Nothing like heading towards the big 4-0, and at the time having 2 children with 1 on the way, makes you scrutinize your skin and your face more …

I took an interest in changing the way I cleanse/treat my skin and fell in love with face oils. At first, I used a variety of face oils to moisturize and treat my skin, using dabs to prepare my skin for the day, and heaps to heal my skin at night. I saw an immediate improvement in the tone and texture of my skin. In addition, I became less oily and my complexion just balanced itself out.

And then, I took the next step : using oils to cleanse my skin.

There are many out there to try – and I have tried plenty – but right now, I’m enjoying Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil FACE. It’s a lightweight but effective oil that removes makeup and dirt without stripping the skin.

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Yes, that’s me – taken today – no makeup, no filter and pretty much in my pajamas and blogging.

I keep the bottle right by my tub, and in the morning I pump a drop into my hands and gently cleanse and rinse in the shower. Before bed, I pump a bit onto a cotton pad to gently remove the day’s makeup from the eyes. After that,  I pump another few drops into my hands and start to massage over my entire face before rinsing clean.

With it’s convenient pump top, it is cleansing made easy – no caps to remove when your hands are slick but also it’s foolproof to add more drops without over-pouring if a deeper cleansing and more product is needed. It removes the heaviest and most waterproof of eye makeup in an easy swipe and I never feel like there is any trace dirt or residue left behind. It’s rinses off easily and quickly too.

Formulated with grapeseed, jojoba, and rosehip, my skin never feels tight or stripped after use – nor does it feel oily and slick. Many people, especially those who have an oilier complexion, tend to shy away from using face oils of any sort because they believe that using oils would actually make them oilier. But believe me – that is simply not the case.

I’ve been using Palmer’s for about 55 days now. In addition to using the cleanser, I also moisturize with a variety of face oils, including Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil. My skin is brighter, softer and smoother.  I can go makeup free confidently on most days and other than the bags under my eyes (ha ha), my skin looks healthy enough that it doesn’t need concealer or foundation. Fine lines are NIL, and the skin is plump. I believe my skin is more youthful and more even, and that it’s maintaining it’s elasticity well.

I highly recommend trying Palmers Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil FACE for yourself. If you have drier, mature or aging skin and want to see results … changing it up to an oil based routine could be beneficial to you. Oilier skin types can also benefit and you might find that using oils helps to regulate your skin. Perhaps start light with this cleansing oil first, and down the road, start moisturizing with face oils as well.

Palmers can be found in all our favourite shops for beauty : Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, and it can also be found at The SuperStore!

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if you must : paul+joe moisturizing foundation primer

It’s Fri-yay!

In an effort to let you get to your weekend faster, I just wanted to share with all you artists and junkies out there the current primer I’m having a fling with : Paul+Joe Beaute Moisturizing Foundation Primer.

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While I do carry a few other primers in my kit, I love using this one to not only diffuse and blur imperfections, but also because it’s creamy and just sinks right in. I find some primers  pill on the complexion, making foundation or concealer harder to apply.

It brightens up the complexion and is weightless too, so natural “I don’t wear any makeup” brides or clients don’t feel like they have layers upon layers of makeup. It works wonders on mature skin too.

To get your hands on some Paul+Joe, check out Jacob+Sebeastian on Queen St. West or in the Distillery district.

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in love with : all things charlotte tilbury

My obsession over the summer has been Charlotte Tilbury. She made a splash when she arrived at Holt Renfrew on Bloor, and the honest truth is that no makeup artist is immune to falling in love with the line.

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Hiding behind the excuse that as a beauty artist I must completely immerse myself into the brand to truly understand it and make sure it will work with my bridal party … I bought myself quite a few pieces from the line, namely :

– the Rock Chick set;

– a selection of the Eyes To Mezmerize pencils;

– a couple of the Matte Revolution lipsticks;

– a selection of the kohl pencils;

– an extra eyeshadow palette;

– an extra blush; and

– an extra Fallen from the Kissing Tree lipstick.

I’m literally sitting on my hands from buying more, and I’m pretty sure Lace – a bp artist AND a makeup artist for the brand – thinks I’m nuts. Like, super nuts.

Encased in gold and/or rich brown, minimalist chic packaging, just holding the product makes you feel luxurious and in the know. But, I am very pleased to say, that the product itself also speaks volumes. The eyeshadows are super bendable and easy to wear. I favour my Rock Chick palette over my Uptown Girl, but I also love mixing and matching between the two. The colour combinations are pretty fool proof, so you can wear one or two from the palette, or go all out and play with all four!

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If I’m in rush, which is like 99.9123456% of my week … I’ll stick with a swipe of the Eyes to Mesmerize Eye Pencils in Amber Haze and Golden Quartz. I’ll swipe Amber Haze first and then add some Golden Quartz to the outer corner and smudge it like a rockstar and boom … an instant “I slept in this makeup, doesn’t it look perfect?” look.

I have two nude lip shades from the line, and then two bolder colours from the Matte Revolution range. While at first I was worried that Bitch Perfect, a pinky nude, wouldn’t look good on my deeper skintone, I was actually quite surprised at how wearable it was for me. I’m currently tanned, but it doesn’t appear chalky or too light … it just sort of enhances my lip. I have yet to wear my Glastonbury lipstick, which is a matte deep wine colour, but I have played with Walk of Shame, also a matte, wearing it with full colour swiped across and also, dabbed on for a lighter softer look … love it both ways.

This probably is not the last of what I purchase from the Charlotte Tilbury line. I’m pretty positive I will go back. Again and again … and then once more after that.

I do plan to do more in depth reviews at a later date of my favourite items here and there, but wanted to share the quick snapshot of what’s happening in my makeup kit now, because you know, every beauty junkie deserves to know what’s up!

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