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Product Review: Gillette Venus Swirl Razor

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

VenusFinally a FlexBall Razor for women! I’ve been secretly wanting to try the Gillette Flexball Razor for men, but never got around to it. So.. perfect timing that the came out with one for women.

Product Description:
A contouring razor for women with Gillette’s “revolutionary FLEXIBALL™” and 5 blades. The handle has a nicer grip than the previous Venus Razors, and the blades are surrounded by a water-activated serum to enhance glide on skin.

Results: The rotating head takes a minute to get used to, but comes in very handy around tricky areas like knees and ankles. The razor glides over skin very smoothly, although the moisture provided seems to be similar to previous Venus Blades. Overall, the Venus Swirl makes it easy to shave quickly and precisely, without causing irritation or nicks. Since the razor itself only has to be purchased once – I’d highly recommend splurging, but maybe sticking to the regular blades. The Flexball is a nice asset, but I didn’t see much difference in the Venus Swirl blade as compared to the previous Venus Blades.

Stars: 4 1/2 out of 5

Price: Around $12 for the Razor

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Product Review: Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

roller-lash-660x234When I walked in to a popular beauty store a few days ago, I was convinced by a makeup artist to purchase the new Roller Lash Mascara from Benefit. So, here is my review.

Product Description: The mascara promises to separate, lift and curl your lashes, with a hold that lasts up to 12 hours. The Hook ‘n’ Roll™ brush provides instant curl, and is supposed to be a replacement or reduce the need for an eyelash curler.

Results: I must admit that I had high expectations after being persuaded by the sales lady. So maybe my expectations were too high. The mascara DID offer some extra curl to my lashes – I don’t curl my eyelashes often as it is, so not sure if it would be a substantial replacement. The mascara formula is water-resistant which is nice – it won’t flake off or run. However I did have a problem with a few of my lashes clumping together and refusing to separate like the package promised. Other than that, if you are looking to save time and skip the eyelash curler, I’d say this mascara is the best for lift and curl that I’ve tried.

Stars: 4 out of 5.


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Winter Beauty Tips: Don’t Start the New Year With Dry Skin

Friday, January 30th, 2015

By the end of the year, your skin might feel puffy, dry and old before your years. But you can nip this in the bud by tackling common skin problems that have the tendency to occur during winter and the festive season.


Winter Portrait by Christofer Andersson / CC BY

Unpack Hydrated Skin
If tackling dry skin is your new year’s resolution, then you’re in luck because it’s an easy one to keep. Dry skin is common when the weather goes south, so you want to amplify your moisturizer. Choose one that is oil-based instead of water-based – the oil will help to protect the skin’s layer, trapping moisture inside so that your skin achieves greater hydration.
Use a skin scrub regularly to exfoliate your skin. This helps to get rid of dead skin cells that can lead to dry or dull skin. Your skin will look renewed and healthier!

Another good tip for getting rid of dry skin is to use a humidifier. Air conditioning systems, although tempting in the colder months, emit hot air that can have a drying effect on skin.

Don’t Feel Like a Red-Nosed Reindeer!
Red skin can strike during cooler weather because it’s usually linked to dryness. Sensitive skin is especially at risk of getting flushed or displaying red patches.

Take a look at your diet: certain foods help to decrease redness because they hydrate the skin from the inside out. They also put in extra work to protect skin from environmental damage. So, top up on foods such as broccoli and carrots that contain antioxidants which keep skin moisturized and protected. Avoid spicy foods that can lead to inflammation.

Remember to watch your alcohol consumption: alcohol is a trigger for red skin, including Rosacea which can cause even more severe redness.

Cool Stressed Under-Eyes
The festive season might sound like fun, but often it is characterised by stress. This could include attending lots of parties, heading to the busy shopping malls to buy gifts, and spending time in the kitchen to cook up a delicious feast or two. The stress might start to show under your eyes, in the form of dark circles.

When you need to hide under-eye circles in a hurry, reach for concealer that’s tailored to the delicate skin in this area. Always make sure you pick a concealer that is lighter than your foundation by two shades.

But to treat dark circles a bit more permanently, you want to ensure that you get enough sleep, cut out cigarettes and alcohol, and follow some home remedies such as sticking a cold pack in the freezer for about five minutes then resting it over your eyes. Cold temperature can help to minimize dark circles. If you want a bit more of a pampering experience, take a few slices of cucumber after they’ve chilled in the fridge and rest them on your eyes. This will also decrease puffiness.


Photo by Helen Olney / CC BY

Beat the Breakouts
It can be tempting to fall asleep with your makeup on when you’ve pulled an all-nighter at a fantastic party, but resist the temptation. This can block your pores and lead to breakouts. Ensure that you clean off all traces of makeup before you head to bed, no exceptions!

Sometimes breakouts can result from excess oil in the skin, but you can treat this with a homemade face mask that makes use of egg white and lemon. Beat the white part of an egg and mix it in with a teaspoon of lemon. Apply the mixture to your skin and let it dry for approximately fifteen minutes. Then wash it off with a bit of warm water.

When applying products to skin, always do so in a downward motion. The reason for this is that it improves lymphatic drainage. By opening up your lymph nodes and cleaning them, your skin will clear right up.

The cold and drying effects of winter combined with the festive season might seem like the perfect way to stress out your skin, but with the above tips you’ll achieve more beautiful skin and start the new year off right!

Written by Cassie Brewer
Check out her blog here!

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Update Your Wardrobe on a Budget

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

We could all use some extra cash to buy things we need, but somehow all we ever do is balancing our budgets and trying to figure out ways to save money. However, life goes on and we occasionally find ourselves in a situation where we want to buy a nice piece of clothes, but we tell ourselves that we can’t afford it. Don’t worry, there are ways to save money on clothes regardless of the season. 526454690_ee12e4c427_z

Summer Collection by Muhammad Ghouri / CC BY

Don’t follow fashion trends blindly

Fashion is inspired by everyday life, and one interesting research has shown that French women do not really care about what is shown on TV or in a fashion magazine, but choose clothes based on what suites them and makes them look good. Besides, don’t you just hate it when you see someone else wearing the exact same outfit as you? With a lot of people buying what is considered ‘fashionable’ we end up with a lot of people wearing the exact same things like uniforms. Refuse to be blinded by trends and show how different you are.

Re-use your old clothes

We all have tons of old T-shirts we never wear and are sick of. Re-use your old clothes to make something new. There are dozens of different ways you can use an old T-shirt, and not to mention other parts of your wardrobe. Make stylish scarves, fashionable necklaces, trendy headbands, unique bags or even a sexy bikini using nothing but your old clothes. Have fun, be an artist for a day and save some money along the way. You will surely be one of a kind among your friends.

Out-of-season shopping pays off
Getting some new clothes and still staying on a budget is easy if you know when to go shopping. Postseason sales and clearance racks are simply the best times for you to spend less on new clothes. You have to be systematic and make a list of what exactly do you need for the upcoming year.

After you do this, make changes in your budget around seasonal purchases. Buy winter clothes such as coats and boots in late February, and remember that you can find a bikini online in the fall or in the winter and save a lot of money.

‘Spice up’ your outfit

One particular outfit can look elegant or casual depending on the accessories you decide to wear that day. If you have one particular blazer that looks good on you and you really like wearing, you can add a new statement necklace or a nicely coloured scarf, thus completely changing the way you look. Add colourful hats, statement necklaces and trendy bags to your wardrobe and wear different accessories every day to create different looks and stay elegant.

Buying gorgeous clothes on impulse just because they’re on sale doesn’t mean that you’ll save money. On the other hand, if you are about to buy a pricey item, try to save money by doing the following: get your money’s worth by investing in a classic shape and color. This way you can get more than a season’s wear out of it.

Written by Sophie Andersen
She is a author at High Style Life

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Product Review: The Nudes Palette by Maybelline

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Nudes51QXf0uzs5LI have long been a fan of the Naked palettes from Urban Decay, but at such a high price (around $54!) I was so excited when the Nudes Palette from Maybelline came out. The palette is around $11 (such a steal!) and could save loads of cash if comparable to the competitor.

Lets start with the colors. I have a pale skin tone, but the Nudes Palette contains the perfect proportion of dark and light shades for my skin. The shimmery shadows are not too glittery, but just enough for a great holiday look or special occasion.

Another great part is that they’ve included instructions on the back of the palette for Quads, Trios and Duos. These instructions are great if you need help mastering the smokey eye look (which by the way is achievable beautifully with the Nudes Palette!) The colors in the palette are arranged accordingly, which is great when you are trying to follow the guidance on the back.

In conclusion I can say that this is my new favorite go-to eyeshadow palette. No need to spend large sums of money on designer brands. This product has it all!

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