july/august 2014 skin update

Hi friends! Get ready to look at a bunch of pictures of my goofy face. 

Since my last skin update in April (dang, that’s a long time ago) my skin has been through it’s up and downs. I endured a few weeks of extremely high stress and that definitely took a toll on my skin. I also have included some new skin care products into my daily routine. So let me give you a quick run through on what my skin has been doing and then we’ll be all caught up to the present. 

May. My skin was steadily improving since the last skin update. No major problems. 

June. My skin exploded into about 15 cystic pimples that dwelled under the skin like trolls and caused immense amounts of pain. These cysts were extremely stubborn. I didn’t know what to do about them. I panicked and bought new skin care products which I will review very soon for you! I also moved across the entire country at this time. I was flying back and forth from the West Coast to the East Coast which also stressed out my skin. The dry air in planes wreaks havoc on skin that is already suffering from inflammatory conditions (such as acne). Lastly the climate on the East Coast of Canada is twice as humid as the West Coast. We are talking days that are 100% humidity over here in good ol’ Sydney, NS. The humidity also caused my skin to freak out…major oil production fiasco! All of these changes caused the breakouts but also stalled my ability to heal them. 

July. Armed with new skin care products and knowledge from intense internet research I have started to approach my skin care from a slightly different angle. My skin is beginning to heal. 

August. Here we are at the present! Here are some pics of how my skin looks like now. 

 

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These pictures aren’t the best, nor did I take the time to crop them (sowwy!). However they are pretty true to what I am looking at in the mirror each morning. Apart from the two large pimples on my forehead that magically emerged overnight, the majority of my skin is improving. The hyperpigmentation on my forehead and cheeks is slowly decreasing. They are slightly dusky in colour but have decreased in size immensely. The texture of my skin has changed significantly, in my opinion. I still have a few crater-like scars, but the majority of my skin feels smooth to the touch. 

Thanks for following my acne story. If you are suffering with adult acne please share your story with me in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you! 

Hair today, blonde tomorrow

Hi everyone! For my first post after my extended break from blogging I wanted to share my most recent hair experiment…diy balayage/ombre highlights. Ooooohhhh I know it sounds scary, but since I’ve moved to a new town I have yet to find a salon or hairstylist nearby.

Alas, I resorted to the world of boxed hair colour. It can be really tricky picking out a box of hair dye. There are at least 400 boxes in one aisle, all with smiling women on the front, all of the women are staring at you…it’s intense. Before heading to the drugstore I did some research on at home highlighting kits. Lo and behold L’Oreal recently released a DIY Ombre kit.

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I chose 060 for medium brown hair. No tricks here. I just followed the directions provided in the kit. There are two sets of directions; one for a subtle effect and one for a dramatic ombre. I followed the directions for a dramatic ombre. The kit comes with a handy little comb that you use to paint the colour onto your hair. I painted the ends of my hair and also some strands around my face for a sun kissed effect. I then waited 15 minutes for the colour to develop. After 15 minutes I went back in with the comb and concentrated more colour on the very ends of my hair and near my face for some extra brightness.

Here is my hair before and after.

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I’m loving the results from this kit! It was easy to do and it didn’t break the bank. The highlights turned out to be a soft caramel colour which I think brightens up my complexion and gives me that sunny, vacation kind of look. Last but not least, my hair doesn’t feel dry or straw-like. I used the conditioning shampoo from the kit and some of my own Biolage conditioner and it feels just as healthy as before I coloured it. All in all I think this is a great little kit for those of you who want to experiment with ombre hair and at-home highlighting.

Here’s one last snap of my hair. What do you guys think!?
Would you ever try DIY highlights?

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I’m not dead…

Hi everybody! As many of you probably never noticed, I haven’t posted anything for about two months. I took an extended break from blogging due to some giant and fantastic plot twists that took place in my life.
I’ve graduated and successfully received my degree in nursing! and then…
I moved across the entire country and started my career as an RN.
Needless to say things have been a little crazy these past two months, but now I’m settled in and ready to start blogging again.
Keep your eyes peeled and your ears perked, I will be doing my very best to be posting regularly from now on!

2014-06-29 11.22.56Hello from Sydney, Nova Scotia! You can find me on Facebook and on Instagram! 

grad/prom makeup

It is that time of year! Graduating from high school is a huge milestone…which means celebrating…which means party worthy makeup! Today I’m going to show you a dramatic eye look that’s perfect for graduation/prom. So let’s get started! First, I’d like to introduce you to my gorgeous cousin who is graduating this year.

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For her upcoming grad I created an eye look that was fun and glamorous. She wanted to play up her eyes so we agreed to go with a gold and black colour scheme to make her peepers pop.

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  1. Start with an eyeshadow primer. This makeup needs to last all night!
  2. Then blend a warm, matte brown just above the crease using windshield wiper motions. This swipe of colour above the crease serves as a gradient colour so that the darker colours on the outer V will appear to blend out smoothly.
  3. Use a matte black eyeshadow to shape out the outer V. Use a light hand and slowly build up the colour. Make sure you blend, blend, blend before you add more colour. We do want the eye makeup to be strong but we don’t want to look like we have a black eye. NOTE: Leave the middle of the lid and the inner corner bare! 
  4. Go back into the crease with a very small amount of the matte brown shade and blend like crazy!
  5. Use a gold, shimmery shadow all across the lid (where you left it bare). Keep the shimmery colour solely on the lid. Do not bring it up into the crease. We want to keep the crease and the outer V as matte as possible.
  6. Highlight the inner corner of the eye with a shimmery, iridescent, white or pale gold eyeshadow.
  7. Line the upper lashline with black liquid liner. I flicked the liner out just slightly.
  8. Line the outer 2/3 of the bottom lashline with the matte black eyeshadow. Keep the shadow as tight the lashline as possible.
  9. Use a small, fluffy brush and the matte brown eyeshadow and blend out the black shadow on the lower lashline.
  10. Coat the upper and lower lashes with two coats of black mascara.
  11. OPTIONAL: Pat some gold glitter on top of the gold, shimmery eyeshadow for some extra glam.
  12. OPTIONAL: Add some false lashes to the upper lashline to up the drama.

Here are a few more pics of the final eye look. I did not add false lashes yet as this was just a run-through. But we will be putting some on for the actual graduation day.

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I hope you liked this eye look! I will be doing an in-depth post on skin perfecting and face makeup for photos soon!

Thanks for checking in with The Beauty Remedy. Please like this post and leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

 

fake and bake

A few days ago I tested out L’oreal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer.

Here’s what L’oreal states on their website about this self tanner:

Go from pale princess to luminous bronze goddess in an instant. With light-reflecting micro-particles, new Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer instantly illuminates your skin for a natural-looking, long-lasting bronze glow. Enriched with fast-action self tanners and Vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant, this quick-drying lotion replenishes skin as your sunless tan develops. A beautifully radiant sun-kissed look, streak-free, sun-free. All with a new deliciously fresh summer scent. Now, summer never has to end.

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The good. This stuff is super easy to apply! It’s a bronze coloured gel that applies smoothly. It glides over the skin and you have enough time to really work it into the skin to ensure no streaks or blotches. It takes less that 10 minutes to completely absorb into your skin so you don’t have to stand around naked in your room for an hour before you can put your clothes on. This self tanner definitely delivers on colour. I ended up with a lovely glowing, bronze colour. No streaks, no blotches, and I did end up looking like I belonged on Jersey Shore.

The bad. This stuff is glitter-tastic! BEWARE! If you usually apply self tanner in the morning and let your tan develop throughout the day consider yourself warned. You will be covered in specks of glitter. I also didn’t think that this product did not “instantly illuminate” my skin. I looked sparkly, but there was no instant bronzy, glow. Lastly, it smells like a beachy, men’s cologne. It’s not a terrible scent but it definitely wasn’t a “deliciously fresh summer scent”.

The results. Here are some pictures I took after applying this product to my legs. I took the pictures 24 hours apart to really give this self-tanner enough time to develop.

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If your interested in a budget friendly self-tanner I would definitely recommend this one. I loved the results. I look like I’ve spent a few days in the sun without the damage of UV rays. I’ll be using this stuff all summer and probably during the fall and winter for special events.

What are some of your favourite self-tanning products or glow-boosting tips? Let me know in the comments!

cleanse and moisturize

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be talking about two products that I have enjoyed using. These products were given to me by a friend, Jeanette Weeks…click on her name for more information about her! 🙂

The first product is the Mary Kay Clear Proof Clarifying Cleansing Gel. Say that three times fast…
On the Mary Kay website you will find this run down of the product:

  • Gently removes dirt, oil and complexion-dulling impurities.
  • Deep cleanses skin to penetrate and clear pores.
  • Helps reduce and control shine, leaving skin with a beautiful matte finish.
  • Helps maintain a clear complexion.
  • Does not strip skin of moisture.
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth and fresh.
  • Rinses clean with no residue.

It’s also fragrance-free, oil-free, non-comedogenic and suitable for sensitive skin.

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This cleanser gets it done! It’s a clear gel that foams into a nice lather. It doesn’t have any distinct smell as it is fragrance free, which I love! FRAGRANCE DOES NOT EQUAL SKINCARE!!! So thank-you Mary Kay for leaving irritating fragrances out of a cleanser designed for already irritated skin…applause! I find that this cleanser effectively removes excess oil and dirt from my skin. I have tested it by using a toner on a white cotton pad after cleansing. Nothing shows up on the cotton pad! Yay! After using this cleanser my skin feels clean and soft. I don’t feel dried out at all. The only claim that Mary Kay makes about this cleanser that I cannot vouch for is whether it reduces and controls shine. My skin will grease through the best mattifying products on the market. About 1 hour after washing my face I can see the oil start to seep through my pores, but that’s okay because I have always been this way.

The second product I want to talk about is from the same line. It’s the Clear Proof Oil Free Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin. What is with these hella-long names!? Aha! Anyways, here’s what Mary Kay says about this moisturizer:

  • Replenishes moisture to provide balanced hydration.
  • Is lightweight and quick-absorbing with no oily or greasy feel.
  • Does not clog pores.
  • Helps control excess oil, leaving skin with a beautiful matte finish.
  • Feels soothing to irritated skin.
  • Improves the appearance of skin’s tone.
  • Helps skin feel healthier, nourished and smooth.
  • Helps maintain skin’s moisture.

It also is non-comedogenic, suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin, and clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy.

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I really like this moisturizer! It’s a gel-cream texture that feels absolutely amazing on my greasy face. I find that this moisturizer absorbs quite quickly and it doesn’t leave any sticky or oily-looking residue on my skin. I don’t think I have been using this product long enough to make a conclusive statement as to whether it has altered or improved the texture or appearance of my skin but after a few more weeks I’ll let you guys know. I have been rolling through different moisturizers for a while and none of them have really impressed me, but this one is definitely impressive. I will enjoy using every last drop of it!

Thanks for reading my review! If you’re interested in trying these products or any other Mary Kay products click here!

 

joe fresh liquid lipstick in baie savauge

 

Joe Fresh (the clothing/accessories/makeup line from Superstore) has recently released a line of liquid lipsticks for their spring/summer collection. Here’s to you Joe Fresh, you totally nailed it!

I picked up two shades Grapefruit and Baie Savauge…obviously I want to talk about Baie Savauge. This colour! Please appreciate it for a few minutes…
12224293536_6604989c5b_zI have been searching high and low for “Radiant Orchid” products, i.e. Pantone Colour of the Year for 2014. On Sephora’s website they have pages of suggestions. However, what about us poor people who don’t want to spend $32 on a lipstick that will no longer be “the colour of the year” come 2015? Enter Joe Fresh liquid lipstick in Baie Savauge. The punchier, more vibrant, budget friendly, Radiant Orchid lipstick.

Apart from the amazing colour, this product has an excellent formulation. It goes on creamy and smooth, sets to a semi-matte finish, and wears beautifully for 5+ hours. What more can you ask for in an $8 drugstore lipstick?

As you can see from the swatch, this stuff has amaze-tastic pigmentation.

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You only need the tiniest amount to give yourself covetable colour. For those that don’t want a full on power pout, apply and blot! You will be left with the most beautiful orchid stained lips. This liquid lipstick also makes a beautiful cheek stain. But be careful when you apply! Through my rigorous experimentation I have decided the best way to apply this product as a cheek stain is to dot some on the back of your hand and then pick up a tiny amount on a small duo fibre brush like this one. Blot the brush once or twice to remove excess product and then blend whats left onto the apples of your cheeks. Then admire your fresh flush in the mirror. As a cheek stain this product looks very similar to Benefits Lolitint. You are welcome!

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As a bonus, the blue undertones of this colour will also create a whitening effect on your teeth! It just keeps getting better! and I just can’t get enough!

What are your “Radiant Orchid” beauty product picks? Please leave a comment so we can talk beauty!