Archive | July 2013

TAGGED – “Would You Rather, Beauty Edition” Tag

I was tagged to do this post by one of my favourite beauty bloggers Louise!  Check out her awesome blog Lou Lou’s Beauty & Fashion Fix.  It’s called “Would You Rather, Beauty Edition” Tag, which simply involves answering 14 questions.  Let’s play!

Would You Rather Tag

1)  Would you rather lose all your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks and lip glosses, or lose all of your palettes and eye shadows?

  • I don’t even have to think about this one – I would rather lose my palettes and eye shadows because my eyes totally disappear without eyeliner and mascara!  I think it’s a blonde thing.

2)  Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?

  • I would rather never be able to cut my hair again because I look like a boy with short hair!

3)  Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?

  • I would rather have a coral cheek because I look best in autumn colours.  Pastels wash me out.

4)  If you had £1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?

  • If I had £1000 to spend, I would be so happy because that would mean I was visiting the UK!  If I had the equivalent amount of money in Canadian dollars to spend, I would rather spend it on clothes.  I must confess that I am a clothes horse!  I like to have lots of variety in my closet for different types of activities and occasions.

5)  Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner or eyeliner as lipstick?

  • Weird question!  I would rather apply lipstick as eyeliner because putting my dark eyeliner on my lips would make me look goth, and I am too old to do goth!

6)  Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?

  • I would rather shop at MAC because they’re close to my heart, being one of the first big Canadian cosmetics companies.

7)  Would you rather only use one eye shadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?

  • I would rather use only one lip colour for the rest of my life because I like to blend different eye shadow colours to create more dramatic eyes.  See question 1.

8)  Would you rather wear winter clothes in the summer or summer clothes in winter?

  • Even though I LOVE wearing sweaters, I’d definitely rather wear summer clothes in the winter than vice versa.  I hate being too hot, so I would NOT want to wear winter clothes in the summer – that’s just a recipe for crabbiness waiting to happen!

9)  Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?

  • If I had been asked this question in the past, I probably would have said dark nails all year round (I love dark nails in the winter).  But I have been embracing colour more in recent years, so now I would rather have bright nails all year round.

10)  Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?

  • No question – I’d rather give up my favourite lip product.  I focus most on my eyes when doing my makeup.  See question 1.

11)  Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?

  • I would rather only be able to wear my hair in a messy bun because I think they look more sophisticated than pony tails.

12)  Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lip gloss?

  • Oh….. very hard question!  After much agony, I would rather never use lip gloss again.  I am totally into acrylic nails right now.  I can’t imagine giving them up because they look so much more polished (no pun intended!) than plain nails.  Don’t make me give up my nails and polish!!

13)  Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or Sharpie them in everyday?

  • Who is thinking up these questions?!  Despite the high maintenance, I would rather Sharpie my eyebrows in every day.  See question 1.

14)  Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?

  • Cruel question!  I would be devastated to give up my nails, but alas, I would rather live without nail polish because I am one of those people who look quite different with make up on.  Au naturel is just plain scary.  See question 1!!

Children playing tag

Here are the blogs I’d like to tag:


Clarisonic Mia, Where Have You Been All My Life?!

In my previous post What’s All the Hype About Clarisonic?, I summarized Clarisonic’s reported benefits of their Sonic Skin Cleansing System, as well as their different models, brush heads, and prices.  In today’s post, I am sharing my personal opinion about using Clarisonic Mia 2.  I chose this mid-range model ($149) because it has 2 speeds and I like the option of having a low speed.  The kit I bought from Beauty Store Depot included:

  • Clarisonic Mia 2
  • Universal voltage charger
  • Sensitive brush head
  • 1 oz trial size cleanser
  • Protective travel case

Clarisonic Mia 2 pink

So how do Clarisonic’s claims hold up?

  • Cleanses Better ~ Wow!  My skin has never felt so clean in my life!  I am kind of grossed out now about unknowingly having dirty “clean” skin for years.  Manual cleansing left behind dirt, oil, and makeup trapped in my poor pores, yuck!
  • Healthier Looking Skin ~ Years of annoying blackheads seemed to disappear with even the first use of my Clarisonic Mia 2 and my pores looked smaller.  I’m not kidding!  Biore nose strips could go out of business if sonic cleansing takes off.  Blemishes have decreased dramatically, yay!
  • Gentle ~ The micro-massage action of the Clarisonic brush is very gentle.  I have never felt any skin irritation when using either the low or normal speeds.  I have only used the Sensitive brush head so far, so I cannot comment on the other brush heads.
  • Prepares Skin For Other Products ~ Another wow!  Now my skin soaks up my toner and moisturizer after cleansing because my pores aren’t clogged.  I sigh when I think about all those years when the absorption of my serums and moisturizers was hindered by oil and pollutants accumulated on my skin.  What a waste!  And I’d probably look younger now too!  Oh well, c’est la vie….. Better now than never, right?

Would I recommend the Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing System to a friend?  Absolutely!

Have you tried a Clarisonic?  What do you think about it?

Sizzlin’ Summer Colour!

Vancouverites – you just can’t satisfy them!  We complain a lot about the copious amounts of rain and cloudy skies we get here.  We yearn for summer most of the year, but then on days like today (102 degrees in the shade), we complain that it’s too hot!  But we do treasure these precious summer days and try to make the most of them.  If you can’t beat the heat, join it!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of the colour orange this summer!  It just makes everything pop, from lip gloss to nail polish to clothing to shoes.  Here are some orange Franco Sarto peep toe shoes that I recently got at Marshall’s.  They are flaming orange but look reddish orange in the picture because it was taken indoors at night time.

Orange Franco Sarto wedges

Orange Franco Sarto slingbacks

To see my coral glitter-fade manicure from last month, check out my previous post Colour Is In!  Today I was ready for something bolder on my nails.  Big thanks to my patient husband for taking a gazillion pictures of my orange French tips and orange wedges from different angles until I was happy.  It sure helps that we’re newlyweds.  And that I picked up some ice cold Alexander Keith’s for him on my way home from the nail salon.

Orange French tip nails 1

Orange French tip nails 2

Orange French tip nails 3

What colours are YOU loving this summer?

Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!  Big thanks to Gabriel Lucatero!  Check out his inspiring blog Shape Your Life 101.

The rules for this award are:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  4. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Here are the blogs I have nominated for this award (in no particular order):

D-I-Y BB Cream

What is BB cream?  It is an all-in-one beauty product.  BB stands for beauty balm or blemish balm.  This multi-tasking hybrid of skin care and makeup reportedly does the job of 6 other products: skin treatment, moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, concealer, and foundation.

Many BB creams contain broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher, which is the daily use recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology.  BB creams tend to contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide, which provide water-resistant sunblock.

Regarding skin treatment, BB creams can contain:

  • Anti-aging components (eg: peptides & antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, & E)
  • Moisturizing components (eg: hyaluronic acid & glycerin)
  • Ingredients to help even out skin tone (eg: licorice & arbutin)
  • Light-reflecting particles to give skin a luminous finish (eg: mica)
  • Silicone-based ingredients to help smooth the skin, like a foundation primer (eg: dimethicone)

DIY do-it-yourself beauty blemish balm moisturizer foundation skin

Where Has BB Cream Been All My Life?

German dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek developed the first BB cream in the 1960s in order to help protect her patients’ skin after undergoing surgical procedures.  It was further developed by Korean cosmetic companies in the 1980’s.  In 1985, BB cream was introduced to South Korea and Japan, where porcelain skin is highly valued.  In Asian markets, skin-whitening properties are an important element in the popularity of BB cream.  In 2011, Western cosmetic companies such as Garnier launched BB creams tailored for Western markets.  For example, Estée Lauder’s formulation for North America does not include whitening properties.

Pros of BB Creams:

  • Save time and money in beauty routine
  • Contain SPF
  • Conceal blemishes better than tinted moisturizers
  • Can be used under a lightweight foundation to help conceal acne scars
  • Help achieve fuller coverage without having to use a heavier foundation

Cons of BB Creams:

  • Not as effective at moisturizing
  • Thicker texture than tinted moisturizers
  • Do not contain acne-fighting ingredients (acne ingredients and SPF cannot be combined into a single product due to FDA regulations)
  • Limited range of shades
  • Target fairer skin tones (original formulations are high in white pigments)

Who Should Use BB Cream?

  • People with normal to oily skin
  • People who don’t need heavy moisturizers or anti-acne products
  • People with light to medium skin tone
  • People who don’t like wearing makeup, but want to protect their skin and cover up imperfections
  • Men can use BB cream too!

What About People With Darker Skin Tones?

Fortunately, there are some BB creams that cater to relatively dark skin tones:

  • Sleek’s Be Beautiful Blemish Balm
  • Gosh’s BB Cream
  • Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB cream
  • Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35
  • Illamasqua’s Skin Base Foundation

Which BB Cream Is Right For Me?

Before buying any BB cream, do some research.  Since BB creams come in fewer skin tones than conventional foundation, expect to test several creams before finding the right one for you.  When testing BB cream, wait for at least 15 minutes to see if it matches your skin tone, as formulas often change hues and take time to settle.

To apply BB cream, use your fingertips to lightly warm up a coin-sized amount of the cream.  Apply it all over your face, lightly dabbing your eyelids.

Do-It-Yourself BB Cream

DIY do-it-yourself beauty blemish balm moisturizer foundation skin


Bhagwandas, Anita. “Beauty for Dark Skin: the BB Cream Debate”The Guardian, March 15, 2013.

Leung, Hannah. “Learn Your BB CCs”Global Times, March 24, 2013.

Levitt, Shelley. What Are BB Creams?, WebMD, October 5, 2012.

Niven, Lisa. “10 Best BB Creams”Vogue, January 17, 2013.