MIX BEAUTY LAB | EVENT RECAP


Yesterday I had the pleasure of checking out the Mix Beauty Lab in Toronto. The Mix Beauty Lab is a multi-beauty service location. They offer various services from makeup application to hair removal, facials, nails, and in my case, custom makeup. I shared my experience over on my Instagram story and so many people were interested in the process of creating custom makeup, so I thought I'd share everything indepth today in this post. 

Firstly, you can see from the photos that the Mix Beauty Lab is quite cute inside! There is so much natural light, and they also offer a range of natural and clean beauty products for sale in their retail space. 



CUSTOM LIPGLOSS | 1 for $40 or 2 for $70
The first station I visited was the lipgloss station. The mixologist began by explaining the type of formulas available (lip glace, lip smoothie, and lip polish). I went for the lip smoothie base, the heaviest of the three formulations. The mixologist then asked me what type of colour I was going for and selected a few pigment shades for me to add to the base. We only added a couple drops of each - everything was super pigmented! I loved how I got to add the drops and mix it myself, with guidance from the mixologist. I know some colour theory, but the people who work at Mix Beauty Lab are on another level.

When I was happy with the colour, I then had the option to add some shimmer and scents. I opted for no shimmer, but I did choose the pink champagne scent (although mimosa was a high contender!) and we also added some moisture and SPF. After that, the mixologist carefully poured my lipgloss in a tube and my custom lip gloss was finished!



CUSTOM FOUNDATION | $65
Next up was the foundation station. This station was situated near a bright big window, allowing for a ton of natural light to come through. The mixologist began by asking me my skin type, what type of foundation I was looking for, what type of finish I wanted, whether I wanted SPF or not, and more questions of a similar nature.

I wanted a satin finish, light to medium coverage foundation of a watery texture and of course with SPF! Because my skin is relatively normal that runs just a tad more oily, she also added in some oil control to help balance that out. As you can see, what I wanted was super specific but the mixologist was totally able to give me what I wanted. I actually wore the foundation today and it's super lightweight and matches my skin perfectly. Another thing I wanted to mention is that they put my formulation down on file so in the future, if I wanted to repurchase it, they can make it exactly the same way.



CUSTOM LIPSTICK | 1 for $50 or 2 for $80
The last station was the lipstick station! I was most excited for this product, because as you know, my most loved makeup products are lipsticks. I've also never made a lipstick before, so the process was something I was definitely looking forward to. Similarly to the lip gloss, the mixologist gave me three options for a finish: matte, creme, and butter. I went for the matte base. She then asked me what kind of shade I was going for and I wanted a brick red/brown shade.

She added some drops of pigment onto the mixing palette and had me mix up the pigments, adding more of certain shades until I was happy with the colour. I then mixed in the lipstick base, melted the ingredients, and poured it into the lipstick bullet mold!



I just loved everything about the Mix Beauty Lab. All of their ingredients are natural and organic, and the mixologists are so knowledgeable about formulation and colour theory. I feel like it would be a great experience to try out for yourself, or even for a party like a bachelorette. Of course, you don't have to do all three products either, but in addition to the custom makeup, the Mix Beauty Lab also offers different services like nails, facials, lashes, and more. 


These are the final swatches of my three custom makeup products! I'd love to try more custom makeup from the Mix Beauty Lab, especially since everything can be catered to exactly what you want. You can have the same foundation shade in different finishes and coverages, lipstick shades in sheer, satin, and matte finishes, and lip glosses in endless shades and scents to suit your preferences.


Hope you all enjoyed reading this lengthy post!
- Nancy

MY TOP FALL LIP COLOURS | PIXI, NUDESTIX, CHARLOTTE TILBURY, BITE BEAUTY


You can call me basic, but fall time is my favourite season. I love that in-between stage of chillier weather, which means I can wear my booties and long coats again; apple and pumpkin picking; warm comfort food, and most importantly of all, the makeup changes in my routine! Lately, I've been reaching for darker lip colours, which is funny because all I've been wearing is nudes and light mauves over the previous months. I've gotten so used to them but as soon as it got colder here in Toronto, I've somehow subconsciously reached for the more traditionally fall colours.

I wanted to share some of my most reached-for lip products today, in case any of you are looking for some new shades to add in for the fall/winter. I've got some regular lipsticks, lip crayons, and liquid lipsticks, so I hope you'll see something you like!

LIPSTICKS
Charlotte Tilbury - This K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick in the shade So Marilyn is super red and would work great as a holiday lip colour too.
Bite Beauty - I think my all time favourite Amuse Bouche lipstick from Bite Beauty is the shade Whiskey. It's a rich deep mahogany that looks really vampy. 

LIP CRAYONS
Nudestix - My favourite range from Nudestix are their Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencils. I love the shades Burgundy (which is just as it sounds), and Retro, a softer warm red. 

LIQUID LIPSTICKS
Pixi by Petra - These are two new shades in their MatteLast Liquid Lipstick range. I do think it's nice to switch it up sometimes in the fall, so the shade Orange Red has been nice change for me, and for something more classic, the shade Berry Boost.

(Up-Down) Berry Boost, Orange Red, Whiskey, So Marilyn, Burgundy, Retro

What are some of your go-to fall lip colours? Let me know in the comments down below.


Warmest,
Nancy

ONE STEP I'M TAKING TO REDUCE WASTE | DIY COTTON ROUNDS


Today on the blog I wanted to share something I've been doing to reduce my waste footprint on the planet. One thing I love about the beauty community is how much more conscious we are becoming as consumers. A couple months ago I came across some handmade cotton rounds on Etsy and immediately thought "WOW. What a great idea!". Then I thought about the amount of cotton rounds I've been using for years, you know, the ones that come in those plastic sleeves, usually in a pack of 100 or so, and I felt sooooo guilty.


In all the years I've been using skincare products, I never once thought about how using cotton rounds contributed to waste. Now don't get me wrong, cotton does biodegrade (although some rounds aren't even made out of cotton, so they don't biodegrade), but that usually takes 5-6 months and not only that, but cotton production takes a lot of energy and water. For something that I use once and then throw out, it seems so wasteful to me.

So for the past few months, I've only been using these handmade muslin rounds. They were super easy to make, and literally took no time at all. All I did was trace out circles in the size of a normal cotton round, put two circles together, and sewed all the way around. I have a serger machine, so that made the process a lot easier. I wanted mine to be round, but I've definitely seen them DIY'ed in squares too.


In terms of cleaning, they're so easy to clean and reuse. All I do is put the used rounds in a drawstring bag and when it's laundry day, I throw them in my washer and dryer and they're good to go! I don't know why I haven't thought of this before, so not only am I reducing waste, I'm also saving money by reusing my cotton rounds. 

What do you guys think of this idea? I know it's a small step to reducing waste, but I think the smallest things can make a difference. I'd love for everyone to try this out, and even if you don't sew, there's actually quite a few independent companies that are making these if you wanted to purchase them from a local vendor. 

Cheers,
Nancy

LIVE CLEAN PRODUCTS I LOVE | GIVEAWAY


By now you guys should know how much I love Live Clean products. I've been using their shampoos and conditioners from before I even started this blog and continue to use their products now.My favourite scent from their line is the Exotic Nectar Argan Oil scent, although they have a plethora of scents to choose from too.

Since it is officially fall now and the weather is getting colder, I wanted to share some of the Live Clean products I swear by for keeping moisturized. There is also a pretty awesome giveaway at the bottom of this post so make sure you read all the way through!



The very first products I used from Live Clean were their shampoos and conditioners. I'm also 99% sure the first scent I ever tried from them was the Argan Oil scent. Argan Oil has a rich concentration of Vitamin E and other antioxidants. I love this shampoo and conditioner duo because it smells amazing, makes my hair shiny and protects it from colouring and sun damage. The olive oil and grape seed oils it contains also help to regenerate and restructure my damaged ends.



Next up on the list of products I love from Live Clean are their hand soaps. They're really gentle all the while nourishing for my hands, and they seem to last forever too! In conjunction with the hand soaps, I like to use the Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Replenishing Body Lotion. It's very lightweight but feels hydrating and soaks into my skin very well, leaving no oily residue whatsoever.



Lastly I wanted to give a big shout out to Live Clean's Body Washes! I don't know how many bottles of body wash I have gone through, but these are definitely my go-to when it comes body washes. I've tried half of the scents from what's available but Argan Oil is definitely my favourite so far. They lather up really well and don't leave my skin with that weird film that I find some body washes do. I also love to add a squeeze of their body washes into my bath water for a bubble bath from time to time.

So there you have it! My favourite scent and products from Live Clean. Now that the weather is getting colder, it's even more important to moisturize and hydrate, and these products have the benefits of Argan Oil that will definitely help with that. Since it's so important, Live Clean and I would like to give a full set of their products to a lucky someone! You will win all of the products featured in this post in your scent of choice. Here are the details:


One winner will win all five products featured in this blog post.
They will choose one scent from the following: Exotic Nectar Argan Oil, Coconut Milk, or Fresh Water.
Open to Canadian residents.
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DERMALOGICA X SEPHORA | MY EXPERIENCE AT THE FACE BAR (PROSKIN 30)


I literally could not wait to write up this post! Earlier today I visited Sephora at the Yonge and Eglinton location to check out their Face Bar collaboration with Dermalogica. The Face Bar is Sephora's skin care service program that features their own complimentary facials and of course, two brand new Dermalogica services. The first treatment is the Face Fit Treatment ($10) which is essentially designed as a mini-treatment featuring their latest products. This service is 10 minutes long.

Today I was booked for their newest treatment - the ProSkin 30 ($30). This is a personalized, 30 minute treatment that addresses your top skin concerns. I was greeted by the Dermalogica Skin Therapist, Veronica, when I walked into the Face Bar. She was super friendly and got me to fill in a new client account. After this, we discussed my skin care routine and challenges/goals that I wanted to address. I told her that I am primarily concerned about acne scarring, preventing breakouts, and the overall health of my skin.



Veronica then began my skin care treatment! She started by using the PreCleanse Balm to dissolve my existing makeup. As a double cleansing step, she went in with the Essential Cleansing Solution to remove the balm and any extra residue. Once my skin was clean, she looked at it through a magnifying lens to assess the skin issues I had told her about before we began.


To address the blackheads on my nose, she applied the Exfoliant Accelerator 35 which is a professional product only available to spa and salon outlets. This basically softened up the area so that Veronica could extract my blackheads in a short amount of time. At the same time, she brushed the Sebum Clearing Masque all over my face to help clear and prevent any breakouts. I loved how the ProSkin 30 service incorporates products that Dermalogica sells to consumers with their professional line.


After washing off the masque and exfoliant, she misted my face with the Ultracalming Mist and moisturized with the Oil Free Matte SPF30 moisturizer. As a final step to address some breakouts I currently have, she applied the Breakout Clearing Booster to certain areas and I was good to go!

I'm not very well versed with facials and skin care treatments by a professional but I found the whole experience at the Sephora Face Bar a really good way to ease into professional treatments! Veronica was so attentive and even though I am quite comfortable with skin care, she was very knowledgable and gave me product recommendations, her expert advice, and some personalized tips and tricks. At the end of the service, I got my own little "Face Mapping Prescription" which had all of the products Veronica recommended to me as well as when to use each product. 


I really enjoyed the ProSkin 30 service at the Face Bar. I know how expensive some skin treatments can be, but $30 every two to three weeks for 30 minutes is quite doable, considering you get personalized treatments and recommendations specific to your skin type and concerns. The Dermalogica Face Bar is currently available in Toronto at two Sephora locations - Sherway and Yonge & Eglinton. You can book a service online through Sephora in their stores and services section.

I hope you guys enjoyed this recap of my experience!
Nancy

Disclaimer* ProSkin 30 service was complimentary booked for review. All opinions are honest and my own.



JOUVIANCE COCONUT | REVIEW


Long time no post! If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I've been really busy with my own business ventures so it's taken most of my time in addition to working a full 9-5 job. However, that doesn't mean I haven't been trying my fair share of beauty products!

I got a sample of the Jouviance Coconut Melting Balm about six months ago and have basically been applying it every day, especially since I've gotten myself slightly more tanned (or burnt?) over the summer. It's one of those products that only has five ingredients, is seriously hydrating, smells divine, and can be used as a multifunctional product for almost all of your skincare needs.

If you aren't already familiar with Jouviance, I wrote about their Contour+ a few months ago and it's one of my favourite products. All of their products don't contain any parabens, sulphates, phthalates, mineral oils, colours, or artificial fragrances. In short, their products are unlikely to irritate your skin and actually work.

The Coconut Melting Balm has been my go-to every night after the shower, and as mentioned above, it's made from only Coconut Oil and Hyaluronic Acid. We all know how amazing coconut oil is for the skin, so this product basically has all of the benefits of the oil itself PLUS the benefits of hyaluronic acid. In addition to its hydration factor, coconut oil has a whole set of other great properties. Firstly, it's an anti-inflammatory due to the high concentration of fatty acids. Coconut oil doesn't just sit on the skin, but it soaks in deep to the skin to improve the hydrolipid balance. It's a great makeup remover, and it's also anti-microbial, making it highly beneficial for those who have cases of dermatitis and psoriasis.


In addition to all of its great benefits, the Jouviance Coconut Melting Balm can be used a variety of ways. These are the ways I like to use it:

  1. Body Moisturizer. Since the main ingredient in this balm is coconut oil, it melts super easily and a little goes a long way. I love applying it before I go to bed right after I get out of the shower and my skin feels so smooth the next morning.
  2. Hair Conditioner. I have dyed and bleached ends, so my hair is dry and brittle. There's two ways I like to use this balm for my hair. Firstly, I'll either use it as a hair mask when I'm taking a bath, or as a smoothing oil when my hair feels a little frizzy.
  3. Overnight mask. Coconut oil will not clog your pores, so on some nights I'll put on a thick layer before bed and I'll wake up to the freshest face ever.

In addition to the ways I like to use the Coconut Melting Balm, you can also use it as a lip mask, hair serum, belly balm, and baby butter! It's perfect when you want a simple routine, or for travel when you don't want to pack too many products. You can find the Jouviance Coconut Melting Balm on their website as well as Shoppers Drug Mart. 

I hope you all enjoyed reading this super lengthy post, but I really do love the Coconut Melting Balm, and I really wanted to share my opinion on it with all of you!

Until next time,
Nancy

Disclaimer* Press sample sent for consideration however, all opinions are truthful and my own.
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