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    Tips To Keep Your Fragrance Lasting Longer

    Tips To Keep Your Fragrance Lasting Longer

    I am one of those people that love perusing the perfume aisles at Sephora, testing anything that catches my eye. I love collecting different fragrances and switching up my scent up depending on the time of day, my mood – you name it. I always find myself falling in love with new perfumes because there are just so many lovely ones out there to choose from. We spend so much time trying to find our perfect signature scent and of course, we want it to last all day long, right? I’ve put together a list of really easy tips to help prolong the wear of your fragrances!

    Apply your scent after your shower

    After a nice hot shower, the steam and moisture help to open up the pores on your skin. Spraying your perfume onto damp skin after hopping out of the shower will help keep your scent in place.

    Apply your scent after you moisturize

    Use a corresponding moisturizer that accompanies your fragrance, or one that is unscented before spritzing. The fragrance will stick to the lotion and be absorbed into the skin making it last longer.

    Choose a scent with stronger notes

    Lighter smelling fragrances typically don’t perform as well as those with stronger, bolder notes. Base notes are the final and longest lasting notes in a fragrance, so choosing a scent with vanilla, musk (any many others) are known to linger longer on the skin.

    Use FragranceLock spray

    One of the easiest ways to keep your fragrance lasting all day long is using a fragrance locking spray. FragranceLock* ($30 USD | $39 CAD) is a product recently launched and has already taken the beauty world by storm for its innovative and easy to use concept. You spray your fragrance of choice onto your skin or clothes, let it dry and then finish off with a spritz of this spray over top and it locks it into place. Simple, right? I’ve been testing it for a few weeks and have honestly seen a difference in the longevity of my fragrances, it’s incredible! Available on The Shopping Channel.

     

    Do you have any tips for prolonging the wear of your fragrances?

     

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    Brand Focus: Soap & Glory Cosmetics

    I tested out some cult favourite Soap & Glory products and shared my thoughts on my blog!

    Soap & Glory is a brand that is all over the blogosphere and I have been a huge fan of their body care for years. Everything from the packaging, the scent and of course, quality, is undeniably luxurious. I was finally able to try their cosmetic offerings and for the longest time have been wanting to share my thoughts on these products, so I am glad to be finally doing so!

    Eyebrows are one of my favourite parts of my makeup routine, and they make all the difference in the end result. I’m a broken record, I know! I love testing out different pencils, brow gels, and pomades and the Archery Brow Pencil didn’t disappoint. It is very similar in fashion to my beloved Anastasia Brow Wiz with the 2-in-1 design so I knew I would get along with it. It has a very precise tip which makes creating tiny, natural feather-like strokes a breeze, and then just switch to the other end to brush out your brows. It is a creamier formula, so you truly only need a light hand when applying this or you can quickly go overboard. But, what’s wrong with a bold brow, right?

    I loved a good winged eyeliner look, and liquid liners I find are one of the easiest ways to achieve that. I don’t get along with flimsy brush tips, so I always opt for a felt tip option. The SuperCat Eyeliner Pen is aptly named because it was made for creating that gorgeous cat eye effect. It’s not a super fine tipped eyeliner but it’s not overly large either where it’s hard to control. You definitely get a thicker line when using this, but can still create thinner lines with the very tip of the brush. I find that the formula wasn’t as inky black as I like which was a bit of a bummer, and while it does stay put on the eyes pretty well I wouldn’t say it’s reached favourite status.

    Mascaras are one of those products that either work for me, or they don’t. I have very thin, short and sparse lashes, so mascaras that have an overly wet formula or are heavy on the lashes just don’t do it for me. Any mascara that promises thick, voluminous lashes I’m all for giving a try. The Thick & Fast HD Mascara promises length, definition, and drama but I personally found that it just fell a bit flat. I really loved how the bristles on one side of the brush were slightly longer so it was really easy to get into the base of the lashes but I didn’t find it gave me the va-va-voom lashes I love. However, this mascara does the trick on those no-fuss makeup days and the fact that it’s not clumpy is a huge plus. If you love a natural looking mascara, this is for you!

    Can we just take a moment to admire how gorgeous this bronzer is? The Wonderbronze (how amazing is that name?) has many different coloured powders all pressed into one gorgeous pan. I personally don’t use it as a bronzer, but more of a blush topper and highlight as it is quite shimmery. It’s too dark for my natural skin tone, but it looks killer on the cheekbones when I am rocking a bit of self-tan. This is a must-have in my makeup bag during Spring and Summer! It gives you a really gorgeous radiance that’s to die for!

    What are your favourite Soap & Glory products?

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    Sephora Collection Rouge Balms SPF 20 Review + Swatches

    Sephora Collection Rouge Balm SPF 20 Sephora Collection Rouge Balm SPF 20

    Last year I finally started dabbling into Sephora Collection products, starting with their Cream Lip Stains which are my holy grail liquid lipsticks, and have been pleasantly surprised with every product I’ve tried. Lipsticks are single-handedly my favourite type of makeup products, so I was very excited to try these out.

    The Sephora Collection Rouge Balms* ($12.50) are a lightweight and nourishing lipstick balm formulated with SPF 20. Usually, I am not overly impressed with tinted lip balms, mostly because I prefer a bolder punch of colour, but these certainly delivered more that I was expecting. Due to the very creamy and balmy texture, you will need to re-apply these periodically throughout the day to keep the colour looking vibrant. The only shade I was disappointed with out of the collection was Delicate Pink as it wasn’t as pigmented as the other shades which is a shame.

    I like the sleek packaging of these lipsticks and that the colour of the packaging correlates with the shade inside the tube. There is also a window on the bottom that shows the product so it’s easy to pick the shade that you want. The fact that this balm has SPF 20 is great for the Spring and Summer months when the sun finally shows it’s face. These aren’t the most hydrating during the colder months, but if you don’t suffer from dry lips (why me?!) then these could work perfectly for you. These glide easily over the lips and are extremely fuss free.

    Are these the most innovative and interesting lipsticks on the market? Not at all, but if you’re a fan of sheer balm-like lip products then these Rouge Balms are definitely worth checking out. The added sun protection is a huge plus in my books. However, if you’re more into longer lasting lipsticks that will stay put throughout the day with minimal touchups, then I’d give these a pass. I love using these on minimal makeup days and can definitely see myself reaching for them a lot more during the hotter months.

    Sephora Collection Rouge Balm SPF 20 Swatches

    Delicate Pink, Enchanting Blush, Sweet Fuschia, Gentle Coral, Soft Rose, Bashful Beige, Subtle Peony, Mild Plum

    What are your favourite type of lipsticks?

     

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    5 Pixi Beauty Products You Need To Try

    5 Pixi By Petra Favourites You Need To Try

    As beauty lovers, we are always trying to find the latest and greatest products to splurge our hard earned pennies on. So many new items hit the shelves every day and with each new release, it can be overwhelming to say the least. You never know what could ultimately end up being your new holy grail product, or turn out to be a total dud. I have been a fan of Pixi for over a year now and have tried and tested quite the selection of their beauty offerings and wanted to share 5 Pixi Beauty products worth trying out.

    Glow Tonic

    Let’s start with skincare, shall we? I am sure if you are an avid beauty blog reader that you have seen this product pop up quite a few times on your feed. The Pixi Glow Tonic is an exfoliating facial toner that is formulated with glycolic acid which removes dead skin cells from the skin. It truly is as easy as soaking a cotton pad, running it over your face and neck and you have an instantly radiant complexion. It’s gentle enough to use on an everyday basis and it’s alcohol-free. Bonus!

    Makeup Fixing Mist

    Since we are talking about glowing skin, I will introduce the Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist. I am a huge lover of makeup setting sprays, and this one is lovely. The rose water and green tea hydrate the skin (you can imagine how incredible this smells) while keeping all of your creams and powders in place. It’s great to mist over the face before and after you apply your makeup as it gives a nice subtle glow to the skin making it look healthy. Excuse me while I give my face a bit of a refresh!

    Beauty Blush Duo

    Now I am all about multi-purpose products, and Pixi’s Beauty Blush Duo‘s are fantastic. You get a blush and highlight in one convenient palette and it even comes with an amazingly soft kabuki brush to boot. The powders have a lovely soft sheen to them that livens up the face and they apply so beautifully onto the cheeks without any patchiness. I have the shade Peach Honey which on one side has a peachy pink nude blush and a beige champagne highlighter with the slightest hint of pink to it on the other. I can’t wait to pick up some of their other duo’s!

    Lash Line Ink

    On a day to day basis, I prefer to use liquid eyeliners as they are so quick and easy to apply. The Pixi Lash Line Ink is a super black, waterproof liquid liner with a very fine felt tip which makes creating that cat eye a breeze. I’ve tried many different liquid eyeliners over the years and this one is my favourite budget friendly option. I like that you can use the side of the felt tip to thicken up your liner, and the very tip to get those thin precise lines. I really hope they come out with some more colours in the future!

    Lengthy Fiber Mascara

    I have a whole in-depth blog post dedicated to this product on my blog (here) if you are wanting to check it out, but the Pixi Lengthy Fiber Mascara is the only fiber mascara that I’ve tried and actually got along with. I love to use this when I am wanting standout lashes without the falsies and it really does the trick. It has a curved brush which makes it really easy to get into the base of your lashes and build up the volume and length. The mascara has fibers in it, unlike others where the fibers are separate, and I find that I like that so much more. Definitely a mascara worth trying if you’re really wanting dramatic lashes.

    There are so many more products that I truly love and I will definitely be coming out with another post on some more Pixi Beauty products that you need to add to your collection soon! I hope you found this post helpful and will give the brand a try!

    What are your favourite Pixi Beauty products?

     

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    Goof Proof Brows with Benefit Cosmetics

    Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill

    Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill

    Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill

    I may be a little late to the party sharing my thoughts on one of Benefit’s newest brow offerings, but how can I not? Over the years I’ve really noticed the importance of doing your brows because they truly make all the difference. They frame your face and eyes and are the perfect companion to your gorgeous makeup look. When I was first starting out with makeup I hardly touched my brows at all, leaving them au natural or just with a bit of tinted wax run through them. How the times have changed! Filling in my brows is now a step that I never skip out on.

    On a day to day basis, I love using brow pencils for their ease of application and the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil does just the trick. They give you a more natural looking brow which is what I personally prefer during the day-time. I have to say that Benefit is absolutely killing it with the packaging on their new brow products and it completely drew me in. I’m a sucker for great packaging, what can I say?

    This pencil is double-ended and comes with the brow product on one side and a spooly on the other. The pointed tip makes it really easy to shape out the underside and tail of your brow, and the wider part is good for filling in any sparse areas. The spooly is great if you are a bit heavy-handed and need to blend out the product and also for putting your brows back into place.

    You can never go wrong with having a really good eyebrow pencil in your makeup bag and Benefit knows how to do brows well! I have also really been loving their Ka-BROW pomade recently, which I will be talking about very soon, on the days when I want those perfectly carved out Instagram-worthy brows.

    What are your staple eyebrow products?

     

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    Goodbye 2016!

    Goodbye, 2016 | The Beauty Collective

    At the beginning of 2016, I said to myself that this was going to be my year and what a year it has been. It’s been a whirlwind with so many ups, downs, and unexpected surprises. While many things have changed, many things have still stayed the same and I believe each New Year is a time to reflect on the year that has passed and set up good intentions for the year ahead. I am so grateful to have had many great opportunities come my way and I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring. But for now, here are some of the highlights from my year!

    We're Engaged!In February, I got engaged to my boyfriend and best friend of 9 years. It was just a typical Saturday morning and we didn’t have much planned for the day. I woke up to be told that there was something hidden for me in the house and I had to find it. With a little help from one of my cats (of course) I came across a beautiful customized box. When I opened it, there was a video playing on a tiny screen on the inside and after watching it he got down on one knee and popped the question. It was the most special moment in my entire life – I was crying so hard I could barely say “YES!”.

    ultrasoundA few months later, my fiance and I decided that we wanted to expand our family from just him and myself, and our two furbabies of course, and started thinking about trying for a baby. At the beginning of June, I took a test and found out that I was pregnant! We were expecting our first child! We sat there on the couch looking at the test and just began to cry tears of happiness and have been so overjoyed ever since.

    It's A Baby Boy! | The Beauty CollectiveA few ultrasounds and doctors appointments later, we finally found out the sex of our child – the wait was killer! We are expecting a baby boy that is due the first week of February! I am now 35 weeks pregnant and am in the final stretch and couldn’t be happier. It’s definitely been a rough ride for me healthwise, but I can’t wait for him to finally arrive so I can have him in my arms.

    In November I had my baby shower which every momma looks forward to. It was so great to get together with my friends and family and celebrate this new life that’s about to come into the world and I had such a great time. Knowing that others are just as excited as my fiance and I are for our son to arrive is such an amazing feeling – little man, you are loved!

    Though I have had to slow down on my postings this year, I still had the opportunity to work with some amazing brands which I am so grateful for. I hope to expand and grow my blog even further in 2017 and include some new and fresh content to the mix. I have added a pregnancy and baby section which I will be posting to every so often with baby updates as well as mom-related content. My focus will still be about beauty and makeup as it is a huge passion of mine and I can’t see myself steering away from that!

    I really hope that you all had a great year, and although it brought struggles, we made it through! I want to wish you lovelies all the best in the New Year and appreciate your support of my little space on the internet.

    Thank you!

     

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