Spa Sunday

I love to get naked and have a “Spa Bath” on Sunday nights. Prep my skin for the busy week ahead. Wash away all the stress from the week before. Sometimes I grab my tried and true favorites. Other times I go through my samples and minis and pick out a few goodies to make the ultimate DIY spa.

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Today’s Picks!! It was a glorious rub a dub dub

1) GlamGlow THIRSTYCLEANSE Daily Hydrating Cleanser ($43 CAD) – The first step is to wash your face. This cleanser starts out as a mud and turns in to a foam. You apply the mud to a dry face and spread it around evenly. Then apply water to your hands and massage your hands into the mud. The water will cause the mud to lather into a cleansing foam. I very much enjoyed this product. The mud was calming and soothing, my skin was left clean and refreshed. I would totally consider buying this product in the future. I really enjoyed it!!

2) Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant ($90 CAD) – I followed up the cleanse with this scrub. The scrub brightens skin, reduces the appearance of discoloration, and helps increase the absorption of other skincare products. It felt very fine and although you could feel lots of gritty pieces, it wasn’t at all damaging or abrasive. It felt like a very fine scrub. It didn’t leave my skin dry or irritated. I have sensitive skin, and still found this scrub to be gentle enough for a weekly treatment. This scrub is NOT suitable for daily use. It is intended to be used with a minimum of three days between treatments.

3) GlamGlow BRIGHTMUD Eye Treatment ($76 CAD) – Next, an eye treatment. This GlamGlow treatment is made to minimize puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines. It also claims to brighten and hydrate the eyes. I prefer to do one eye at a time, applying was a bit tricky. You open the pod and “tap” the product on to your eye. This did not work for me. I had to scoop the product out and light tap my fingers to my eye (and undereye) to apply. Left the treatment on for three minutes and then wipe off with a soft dry tissue. I did feel a slight burning sensation for a few seconds, but it went away quickly. My eyes did appear fresh and hydrated. My puffiness had subsided.

4) Indigena Blueberry Bliss Sugar Scrub ($60 CAD) – This scrub is AMAZING! All natural, food grade (yes, it’s edible!), and never tested on the fur babies!! The best thing? You can use this scrub on your face, lips, and body. It has a coconut base, citrus essential oils, and wild Newfoundland blueberry seeds. This is hands down, the best scrub I have ever used. It smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling revived. I can’t wait for my next trip to St. John’s to stock up on more Indignea products!!! For Spa Sunday, I used this on my entire body for a much needed polish.

5) L’OCCITANE Ultra Rich Body Cream Rich in Shea Butter ($48 CAD) – After a relaxing Spa-esque soak, I need to immediately hydrate with a thick cream. To help seal in moisture, I like to apply the cream immediately after toweling off, when my skin is still plump and hydrated from the water. This cream was rich and luxurious. It made my skin feel like a dream. The sample size was very generous and I was easily able to use it for my entire body (face excluded).

6) AmorePacific Intensive Vitalizing Eye Essence ($105 CAD) –  A serum specifically for the eyes. This one works on three levels: de-puffing, lifting, and brightening. It has a very light, watery consistency. It’s so runny I had to be careful with the packet to not make a mess. However, this consistency made it very light and fresh, and easily absorbed.

7) ESTÉE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II ($65 CAD) – I love this eye cream. It reduces all of the key signs of aging around the eyes. I can feel it working with a slight tingling or tightening sensation. You only need a tiny amount, and it’s best to pat it into the skin (as in don’t rub it in). Although it says “night” in the name, this eye gel can be used morning and night. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite eye products.

8) Dr. Brandt Skincare Laser FX Lift Serum ($89.50 CAD) – This serum is used for the face, and is great for signs of aging (it will tighten and firm). Serums are designed to penetrate the deeper levels of the skin. Used with an exfoliant, your skin will be primed to make the most of this product. I love the way my skin feels and looks. I also enjoyed the combo of the the two Dr. Brandt products in the sample. They really compliment each other.

9) Biotherm Skin Best Night ($71 CAD) – I follow up the serum with the Skin Best Night cream. This is a favorite of mine. A staple. A routine. This is a thicker, heavy cream best for overnight, or in this case after a heavy string of products. When I have a Spa Sunday, I don’t put make up on for the rest of the day and I use a night cream (even if it’s only the afternoon) to really boost hydration and repair. I get so many compliments on my skin, and it’s all thanks to my daily regimen of Biotherm.

10) RELAX. And drink lots of water. And get a good night’s sleep.

This is my favorite way to use samples. Just make sure you compliment your products and don’t use too many “treatments” at once, for example, I chose to do a facial scrub so I didn’t do a mask. If you use bath bombs, bubbles, or oils in your bath water, be sure to use fresh tap water for all DIY facials. To make it the most amazing spa day ever, pair your face and body treatments with a mani, pedi, and hair mask. Don’t have a hair mask? Coconut oil is all you need. Apply it to wet hair and let it soak for ten minutes BEFORE you shampoo and condition for a quick boost. Or apply it after you shampoo and condition and leave it in overnight as a mask.

You’ll have Monday all like “Meowwww, Bitch!“. But seriously, you will be fierce and ready to Carpe Diem seize the day!! How do you use your samples? And how do you prepare for the busy week ahead?!

Brushegg Brilliance

Omg. Best invention EVER! Seriously. It’s hands down amazing. The Brushegg!! Every makeup lover needs one of these.

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What is it? A tiny egg shaped brush cleaner! Gone are the days of spending hours cleaning your brushes. Gone are the days of spending a small fortune on fancy brush cleaners like Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove or the Brush Cleaning Mat. This tiny Brushegg is small enough that it only requires two fingers. That’s what she said. You slip it on and use it to clean your brushes. It’s so compact you can take it anywhere!!

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It has tiny knobs for lathering and long grooves for agitating brush bristles. This helps to get out deep set oil and dirt. I love how gentle the Brushegg is on my brushes; your brushes will last forever with the right tools! I don’t just use this with my brushes, I also use it to clean my Beauty Blender and other random sponges. From Brushegg:

Meet your makeup brushes new best friend! The brushegg® is a quick, simple and fun way to effectively clean your makeup brush collection. This high-grade silicone scrublet and compact design is made up of small groves that help to lift dirt and leftover makeup in minutes. Now you can finally enjoy the process of cleaning your brushes and additionally prolong the longevity of your brushes. The brushegg® is available in pink, mint, purple and black.

The best part?! It’s only $10 CAD! International shipping (including US) is only $5 CAD! That’s a steal!! If you are Canadian you can get shipping for as low as $3 CAD!! Click Here for more info on Brushegg’s shipping costs.

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I’m seriously in love with my Brushegg! I want it in all four colors!! Check them out!! You can’t call yourself a makeup whore and not have this in your life. Seriously. Follow them on Instagram @brusheggcanada too!! ♡♡

P.S – Here are some tips for cleaning your brushes. Because you know, I’m awesome like that.

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Lash Stash

Mascara is a must have for me. Even if I feel like putting on NO makeup, I will swipe on a tinted moisturizer, a few coats of a mascara, and grab a tinted lip balm (loving NYX Butter Balms and Chunky Dunks!). Here are my top four favorite mascaras right now.

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From left to right: Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
This mini is from my Naked on the Run palette,  but I had such high hopes for this mascara, that I had actually purchased it in a full size combo pack with the mini Subversion lash primer, a few months before. This mascara is black, black, black. It has a very glossy texture and reminds me of the They’re Real! Mascara formula. What I love most about this mascara is that it remains buildable even after it dries, so extra coats are never a bad thing (even hours after your initial application). I loved this mascara so much that I also received it in the Urban Decay Little Perversions kit.

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara
This mascara has been my favorite for the past couple of years. I love it for a night out. It makes my lashes big, bold, long, seperated, and just all around amazing. I tend to layer this mascara over my Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum to give it an extra dose of oomph. This is my go to mascara for any night out!! It will never flake or move. I have slept in this mascara and it looks the same the next morning, no raccoon eyes or anything (although I highly recommend you take your makeup off at night). Seriously, this mascara might not be waterproof but it will outlast you, I promise.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
This is my absolute favorite mascara to wear in the day. It makes my lashes so full and feathery, I love the touchable soft look that they give. This mascara will not last through any amount of sweating, steam, sleeping (raccoon eyes even after a short power nap), or basically any hard work. The staying power is prolonged with a good primer, but I find that defeats the effortless beauty that this mascara offers.

Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
This mascara is my on the go wonder. It is perfect for quick makeup looks after a shower from the gym or for quick touch ups. It isn’t my go to when I’m applying makeup at home with time and abundant choices, but I love it for quick five minutes faces.

Have you tried these mascaras? Do you love them as much as me? Any others you think I would like? Tell me! ♡