Updated Skin Care Routine!

Hello Everyone!

Here is my updated skincare routine! It has changed a lot since my last skin care post. My skin has always been dehydrated but in the past couple of months it’s gotten worse. I have started drinking more water and decided to branch out into skincare products that are going to help with hydration and that won’t irritate my skin. Another thing you should know is that I have acne prone skin. I go onto acne medication every few months and my skin tends to get so dry that it begins to peel and becomes uncomfortable. Now that you have a bit of a background on my skin type here is what I am currently using for my skincare needs:

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  • Fresh Soy Face Cleanser – This is a very gentle cleanser, I use this day and night. It does not remove makeup. The cleanser retails for $45/CAN for the 5.1oz
  • Vichy Purete Thermale Toner – This is a hydrating toner. I also use this day and night.
  • Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre Moisturizer – I have been using this moisturizer on and off for 3 years, it is extremely hydrating and doesn’t feel greasy. It retails for $35/CAN for 2.54oz
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads – I don’t use these every day, only once a week. This gently exfoliates my skin, it is great to use before your makeup routine. This retails for $18.50/CAN for 28 pads.
  • Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Cream – This moisturizes my ridiculously dry under eyes and refreshes like no other! This product retails for $47/CAN for 0.5oz

I am in my 20’s and preventing aging is definitely my biggest priority. I have invested my own money into these products. I did my own research and tried tons of samples for a few weeks before purchasing these products. Always do that before investing into skincare that you are unsure about. You never know if it will work or not without giving it a shot. Lastly, keep in mind everyone’s skin care needs are different.

-Savleen

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Flawless Complexion Must Haves!

Hello Everyone! Firstly, I’d like to apologize for my absence. I finally have more time to blog.

Before continuing on with this post; I’d like to remind you all that your skincare and diet are the essentials to having a beautiful complexion, makeup can only do so much. With that being said here are my flawless complexion favorites excluding my skin care and primer.

For my foundation I love using the Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse – Full Coverage foundation. It contains skincare ingredients that help with hydrating, soothing the skin and has anti aging properties. The best way to use this product is by warming it up on the back of your hand and using a brush that is fairly dense in order for you to receive the full coverage this product claims to offer!

The Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer provides you with a medium-full coverage. This concealer also has skin care benefits (always a plus in my opinion), it also has light diffusing technology and lastly it’s extremely hydrating to use under the eyes. A lot of the concealers I have tried have been very drying under the eyes even while I’m using an under eye cream, so this is a huge pro for me. I like to lightly pat this product on using my ring finger.

Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer does wonders! I use this product as a highlighter and it blends in seamlessly and does not look heavy on the skin. A very little amount goes a long way. If you are an extremely dry skin I would suggest mixing in a bit of moisturizer. This can also be used as a foundation, personally I like it better as a concealer. To use this I either use a damp beauty blender or warm it up with my fingers then blend it out.

I hope this helps if you had any questions about one of those three products! If you have any requests for another blog post feel free to email me at empressstudios@gmail.com

– Savleen

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Tried & Tested: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

Hello Beauties!

I’m certain that you all have heard about MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer, I decided to try it out myself. I got matched to NC42 by an artist in store. My review is based off a month and a half of using this product.

The product claims to be a lightweight fluid that provides a medium to full coverage, gives a natural matte finish, lasts up to 15 hours and that it conceals and corrects under-eye circles. The longest I’ve had this product on for a day is 10 hours.

Facts:

  • $24/9ml
  • 16 shades

Pros:

  • comes with a pump
  • easy to blend

Cons:

  • creases
  • pump dispenses too much product
  • turns ashy

Overall, I was disappointed with this product. Although, I love the fact that this concealer has it pump, it dispenses way too much product. This product would be great for someone who has minimal to no dark circles. If that doesn’t work use a corrector underneath. If you’re interested give it a try but look into MAC’s return policy before hand if you’re unsure.

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Tried and Tested: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Recently, I admitted that I am a lipstick hoarder.. especially lip stains! These Kat Von D liquid lipsticks are phenomenal.

My overall rating for these lipsticks is a 9/10. They are long lasting, even after eating/drinking you don’t have to retouch. Your lips won’t feel dry or appear flaky. This new formulation is truly hydrating. I love the applicator it applies the right amount of product. You also don’t need a lip liner for a defined lip. I hope that Kat Von D comes out with more shades that are more wearable for people who can’t wear bold/bright colors for work.

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The lipstick is described as “A long-wear, full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.” The formula is infused with vitamins A, C, E and without parabens.

Facts:

  • $24 CAN/0.22 oz
  • 12 shades
  • Hydrating
  • Matte Finish

xoxo, Savleen

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My Makeup Essentials!

Hello beautiful people!

My every day makeup has varied a lot in the past year. I am restricted on time which is why I’m constantly looking for a makeup routine which is under 15 minutes. If you’re someone who is always on the go, here are some essentials that will make your life easier! I promise that this takes less than 10-15 minutes.

Firstly, begin with your skin care and primer. Apply a concealer to brighten up under the eyes for a more ‘awake’ look. The reason why I wear a powder is because it can give you a medium coverage to even out your skin tone. Next, add a touch of blush to the apples of your cheeks!

Filling in your brows is optional. I love filling in my brows because it defines my face. Then, I will curl my lashes and apply 2-3 coats of mascara. Lastly, apply a lip balm with a tint of color!

Products in the picture:

  1. Mac Mineraize Skinfinish
  2. Nars Blush in ‘Deep Throat’
  3. Amazing Cosmetics Concealer
  4. Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara
  5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
  6. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in ‘Tulip’

– Savleen

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