Lift Off Tired With #Illumalift #Makeup #ad

A couple of weeks ago, I received a sample of a brand I had never heard of before.  In reality I received two items: the Illumalift Brightening Cream, and the Cream Foundation.

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IMG_0968My 19 year old daughter applied it, on me as the model, to test it.  It’s only fitting that we get her views.”I really enjoyed these products it is very creamy and easy to work with. Not only does it brighten your skin, it treats your skin, it helps with your dark circles and fine lines. It’s very easy to apply and blend. The finish is very natural and lasts all day long. It is anti-aging!  It has matrixyl 3000, which helps the skin look younger.   Studies show that the skin looks 2 years younger with just one month of use! It is a fairly well priced product; it’s a bit more expensive than a drugstore product but cheaper in comparison to the “higher end” products.IMG_0966The Illumalift Cream Foundation is full coverage.  Again, it is very creamy and easy to blend. The colour we received is a bit dark for our olive-toned skin right now, but it will be the perfect colour for our tanned skin in the summer.  I love the finish it renders; it’s very dewy, making the skin feel young and alive.IMG_0967My mom has some dark circles under her eyes from ongoing lack of sleep, due to insomnia.  The Illumalift Brightening Cream really hides the dark circles, and creates that really awake eye look.  It helps with my mom’s fine lines and instantly brightens under her eye area.

The only thing that I’m not a huge fan of is the pot itself.  I would probably because I am used to a different brand.  It was odd having a different packaging in my hand, especially when it is so much smaller than what I’m used to.  I’d say that overall, I’m a fan of these products and I’d rate them 3 out of 5 stars.

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Did you know  Illumalift is vegan and formulated without animal derived ingredients. It is a versatile product for busy moms who are on the run that need a quick and easy makeup routine.

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Holiday Hair #ChurchAndDwight #ad

The holidays are upon us so it might be time to practice getting your hair to look as glamorous as you might want.  I’m assuming you’ll have lots of festive gatherings to get to.

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Church and Dwight asked Nina Farrauto, official Stylist for Batiste™ Dry Shampoo Canada, to predict the top three red-carpet hair styles for 2016 and share her trade secrets on how you can get the look at home.  I thought you might like to try some of her tips for the holidays!  It’s easy to get ready in 3-2-1 without the expensive blow out and complicated techniques. It’s all about simple, elegant looks you can master in the comfort of your own home.

  1. Loose Waves
“Loose, sexy waves used to be seen as a more casual look, but we’ve seen celebrities rocking more glamorous waves at recent award shows and I’m sure we’ll continue to see lots of waves on the red carpet this fall” – Nina Farrauto, Stylist for Batiste™ Dry Shampoo Canada
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How to get the look:

1)      Part hair down the centre.

2)     Section hair (two inch wide sections) and wrap pieces in alternating directions around a curling barrel. Pull curl from the bottom while hot to create a relaxed, wavy curl.

3)      After hair is styled and set, flip hair over and spray Batiste™ Original Dry Shampoo at the roots (30 cm away) to keep hair looking and smelling clean and fresh, and remove any excess oil. Don’t forget to massage Batiste™ in with your fingertips, and lightly brush your hair through. 

  1. Short and hassle free hair 
“Actresses are giving up their long, heavy hair for a ‘no hassle’ style. The look is easy to do for every day, or when you’re looking for a little extra volume at the roots” – Nina Farrauto, Stylist for Batiste™ Dry Shampoo Canada.

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Get the Look:

1)      While the hair is still a little damp from a fresh wash, part hair to the side

2)      Evenly apply a texturizing spray or mousse and ‘scrunch’ hair into your hands, and make a fist. Do this repeatedly with random sections of hair, and make sure you get all of it.

3)      Once the hair has dried, lift sections of the top layer of hair and apply Batiste™ XXL Volume Dry Shampoo to the roots (30 cm away). This will provide an instant lift at the roots, and give you some volume. Don’t forget to massage Batiste™ in with your fingertips, and lightly brush your hair through.

  1. Creative side swept braids
“The Met Gala is always a great predictor of looks for the remainder of the red carpet season, and this year we saw many unique and intricate braids. A loose side swept French braid is one of my favourite looks and I’m positive a few people will rock it on the red carpet this September” – Nina Farrauto, Stylist for Batiste™ Dry Shampoo Canada

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Get the Look:

  1. Begin with your hair in a deep side part.
  2. With your hair all brushed to the side, take a section at the front of your hair and part it into three sections.
  3. Begin to French braid the front of your hair following your hairline, gathering hair into the braid only from the side away from your hairline. This will allow the French braid to lay around your face.
  4. Once you have French braided all the way down and collected the hair, finish the ends with a regular braid and secure with an elastic.
  5. Massage the French braid and braid with your finger tips to create more volume and fullness.
  6. For day two, simply remove the braids and use your favourite Batiste™ Dry Shampoo for revitalized and beautiful waves – just spray 30 cm away, rub in with fingertips and lightly brush the top before styling.

Who says only celebrities get all the glitz and glamour?   So, which hairstyle will you try out first?  I’m going to try the side swept braid but I’m not sure if my hair is long enough yet.  We’ll see.  Happy styling and Happy holidays!

Back to School CeraVe Essentials #BTS #ad

Getting ready for the back to school season has been hectic, but it doesn’t end the moment school begins.  You have to be ready always.

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CeraVe® can help your kid(s), and you, put your best face forward every day.  CeraVe® Canada has a skincare regimen that is right for your skin and/or skin condition.  The CeraVe® skincare line offers formulations that are moisturizing, hydrating, and very affordable.  Visit CeraVe .ca for more information.“CeraVe® products are non- irritating, non-comedogenic and fragrance-free.”  This is important for my family … my daughter has eczema, and I have dermatitis.  Since using CeraVe® , I’ve noticed how much softer my skin is; especially on my fingertips which is where my dermatitis acts up.

Although CeraVe® Skincare line has won many beauty industry awards, I just care that it works … and it does!  Their skincare line is beautiful.

CeraVe® Cleansers, Moisturizing Lotions, and CeraVe® Bébé … because your skin is important, isn’t it worth trying?  That’s exactly the question I asked myself!  I mean, there are so many products out there.  That’s the truth.  While one product is good for one person, it might not be right for another.  Since eczema and dermatitis has always been an ongoing issue for us, over the years I have had to try many products.  Coming across CeraVe® has changed the condition of our skin for the better.  If you have a similar skin condition then it is definitely beneficial for you to try it for yourself.

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Make sure you come back here and let me know what you think.