Beauty Bloggers you need to follow in 2019
The New year is a great time to start a few new habits, hobbies, lifestyle routines, etc. One of the best way to find inspiration is through bloggers. Every new year we love going through our Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest accounts looking for new people to follow! It's a great way to start is finding new bloggers. Here is our top 10 beauty bloggers picks that we highly recommend you follow in 2019!
1. Temptalia is your go to for all your makeup reviews, tips, tutorials, swatches, dupes, and lots more! Not sure about a product? You will sure find a review on the product. They often post some great deals as well. It’s practically a whole community on Temptalia.
2. Canadian-based beauty-junkies, Lisamarie and Christelle, are a dynamic duo when it comes to running Beauty Crazed. They are great for critical breakdowns of the newest products! Feeling like you need to add something new to your makeup bag, just give their blog a look!
3. You may have already heard of this one, but adding it to our list, just in case you haven’t because it is definitely a worthy one to add on to your list! Looking for a good makeup look and tutorial to try out, don’t miss out on Jane Iredale.
4. Pretty Connected is one of our favourites! From beauty to fashion to travel - Lara covers it all. Not to mention we always look forward to her unboxing and new product recommendations!
5 For those looking to use more of a natural line of products on the skin this year, Live Pretty, Naturally can provide some great recommendations and tips on how to get this lifestyle started for 2019!
6. For those with curly hair and looking for some fun and chic hair inspo, Lexi with the Curls will give you some great ideas! Lexi first started on Youtube but has now expanded on to blogging about her daily challenges, along with some great tips!
7. Want to learn more about asian beauty and skincare? Check out Real Asian Beauty based in Manila, Philippines with some unique content from halfway across the world! Kristine also have weekly videos posted with reviews and unboxing!
8. Not your typical female beauty blogger but he might know more beauty tips than you! OMGBart is a male beauty blogger and features some interesting beauty products you’ve never heard of. His most recent review on the avocado melt mask got us drooling!
9. 40 and Holding may be a Beauty, Skincare & Makeup Blog for Women Over 40, but we kid you not, you may find some super helpful information that can help you protect your skin. It is never too early to take preventive measures on keeping your skin youthful and clear.
10. Another spin at asian beauty and skincare is no other than korean beauty products. Coco Park has your latest dish on which skin care product to use! You will find some new brands and products to try - guarantee. Although she isn’t as active anymore, her past blog posts are worth digging through.
We hope you get inspired with these new additions to our following list! Not only will you find some great ideas, you are bound to find some new tricks, tips, contests, and sometimes event exclusive discount codes.
The new year is always a great start to make some goals and resolutions. We often think about making life goals, academic or financial goals and we forget how we can improve our daily skin and beauty routine. In today’s blog post we will be discussing a few new year resolution relating to your skin and beauty routine that should be made a priority in your life.
The first and foremost resolution - thoroughly remove makeup prior to sleeping. If you sleep with your makeup on, this already should be your number one biggest resolution. If you do a quick makeup wipe or cleanser in the shower before going to bed, it’s not enough. Often times a quick cleanser merely gets rid off all the makeup and dirt on your face. This is a easy reason for clogged pores. Try investing in a few more steps - toner, mask, exfoliating cleanser, cleansing brush are a few other methods that will help your skin. Ever have random pimples pop up when you wake up? This will definitely decrease your chance of stubborn bumps on your face.
When was the last time you washed your makeup brushes? They may look clean and do the job with applying makeup but there’s a lot more little bacteria hanging out in your brushes. Your makeup brushes should be cleaned every week or two. Just rinsing your brushes under warm water until the water run clears isn’t a very effective way to cleaning. You don’t need to invest in any fancy brush cleaners, try your body wash or baby shampoo. Swirling your brush against your palm is an excellent way to get any residue out.
If you don’t remember when you bought a makeup product that’s sitting in your drawers, it may be time to toss it out. It may still give you the cover up you need, but it is doing a lot more damage to your skin than you think. All makeup products have expiry dates. Make it a habit to check your products every few months to get rid of anything that’s been sitting around for too long. Another way to keep track is writing the date on the product with a sharpie upon purchase.
Give the bare look at try! As much as we love dolling up all the time, it’s good to give your skin sometime to breath. If you are only running a small errand during the day, put on a light tinted glowing moisturizer and call it a day. You may feel a little naked, but your skin will thank you. Once a week or every two week is more than enough. Of course, the more days off you can give your skin is obviously better. Try opting for light to no make-up looks rather than multiple coats of foundation.
Making resolutions during the new year is always important! When you look back in December 2019, which one of these will you have accomplished? If you do not usually make goals, maybe 2019 is the year to start! Happy New Year!
My Makeup Brush Set Holiday Gift Guide
Running around from store to store in a crowded shopping mall can be super tiring. It gets even more frustrating when you are scrambling and have no idea what to get for your girlfriends. One order from My Makeup Brush Set can easily cross a few presents off your list. Below are our top ten picks that your sister, girlfriends, mom, colleagues will sure love!
- For your always travelling friend -
The compact travel carry bag is the ultimate must have for anyone who lives in a new city every week! It comes in a few different colors to choose from and it will help with always knowing where her products are!
- For your super organized friend -
Nothing beats getting new storage for your make-up, and you can’t never have too much storage boxes either. The acrylic cosmetic organizer fits your brushes, lipsticks, palettes perfectly. To make this a even better gift, stick a few of your favourites in the storage.
- For your make-up obsessed friend -
The 250 eyeshadow box will get her in aw’d! This will get her super creative with some of her make-up looks. So much to play with in this giant box of colors!
- For your sister who’s just moving out/ going into school -
This three in one hair style tool is the perfect thing for living in a small space or the dorm. One tool that can blow dry your hair while removing tangles and reduce frizz, straighten hair and give you beach wave curls! It pretty much having your own salon on the go.
- For your secret santa gift (Under $15)
Treat your friend with a luxury set of 5 rose gold oval brushes. They will never believe it’s less than $15 but will sure be obsessed with them. They are made from synthetic hair and designed with a firm grip. It’s a perfect for everyday use for full coverage.
- For your mom -
The Beauty Bar Face Lift 24K Massager is something your mom can pamper herself with. It’s a step up from the stone quartz face roller. The 24K massager will help with lifting sagging skin and reduce wrinkles. It’s a super easy routine to add on to her super busy life.
- The MS Beauty Box is the ultimate gift. The MS beauty box is less than $15 but valued over $50. Each box will have 4-5 full size products and ranges from skincare, makeup, and lots more! If you have zero idea on what they would want for the holidays, leave it in our hands!
- Another great gift for under $15 -
The 12 piece makeup brush set is another popular favourites by everyone! It comes with a cute colorful case that is perfect for travelling and on the go. This is another gift that you definitely can’t go wrong with!
- Is your friend looking to grow her make-up stash? This 6 piece color blush palette is a must have. The six colors create a perfect contour blend. The powder is a matte touch that doesn't leave a glossy or shiny look. An everyday beauty product that will be put into great use! https://www.mymakeupbrushset.com/collections/face/products/6-color-blush-palette
- Another great stocking stuffer -
These camo quad concealer palette are a basic must have in the make-up drawer! You can’t go wrong with dropping this in everyone’s stocking stuffers.
Pinterest isn’t just a platform for cozy home decor, dreamy wedding ideas, DIY projects or fashion inspiration, there is a huge community of beauty guru posting their tutorial, step-by-step instructions (with photos) on some of the most gorgeous makeup looks. While browsing a holiday makeup looks, we came across some super useful beauty hacks that we can all use in our
#1 DIY eyelash growth serum can be costly especially if it is something you use twice a day. Not to mention, a lot of times, we don’t know what kind of chemical or products is in it. We found this awesome recipe for eyelash growth serum on Pinterest and surprisingly they are typical things you can find either at home or at a local store.
The ingredients you will need is half a teaspoon of vitamin E, half a teaspoon of argan oil, half a tablespoon of almond oil, and one tablespoon of castor oil. If you have an empty sample size clear mascara tube clean it out thoroughly with a qtip. And mix the ingredients in; use a mini funnel or a syringe to keep it less messy. Use the mascara brush it comes with to apply. Use twice a day.
Also, once you get that castor oil, there are endless of things you can use it on. A few includes, softer lips, healthy cuticles, wrinkles, read more about it via this post - https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/344173596520668778/
#2 DIY Coffee Face Mask can help increase your blood circulation, which will give you a healthy glow! Coffee may do the magic in waking you up internally, but surprisingly it can be just as effective with refreshing your face on the outside too. Coffee has an anti-oxidants that function against skin damage and is great with getting rid of eyebags and puffiness.
The ingredient is simple, all you need is one tablespoon of grinded coffee powder and one tablespoon of honey. Mix both ingredient well in a bowl, and spread on to your face. Massage in circular motion and then leave on for twenty minutes. Wash off. You can do this once every 3-4 days or alternate between different masks.
Speaking of masks, another thing we learned on Pinterest is putting different mask on your face for combination skin.
#3 Did you know a hair spray can go a long way in protecting your hair? Instead of spending $40 on a bottle of hair oil, there are natural ingredients found at home that can do the same thing. Try mixing these in a bottle and giving it a spray - https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/311944711670204954/
water + spf 25 + rosemary = protection
water + aloe + argan oil + glycerin = defrizz
water + sea salt + coconut oil = texture
#4 A short and simple hack, but a super useful one - ever have mascara dried up and clumped? Run it under hot water for a minute, turning the bottle every 20 seconds to get the bottle going again. The longer you run it under, the more effective it may get.
#5 Exfoliating your chapped lips does not always have to be scrubs, try picking up a disposable mascara wand at your local beauty store (they are usually free!). Exfoliate by rubbing the wand left to right a few times on your lips to get rid of the dead skin. Do it for both your top and bottom lips.
#6 Ever come out of the shower and realized you forgot to shave? Don’t try splashing some water because it will sting, give baby oil a try instead! It will leave your leg soft and smooth without jumping into the shower! Alternatively, if you are in the shower and realize you don’t have shaving cream, conditioner can do the trick as well!
A few weeks ago we tried the jade face roller and fell in love with it. Recently we picked up another handy tool that our face is begging for more. The ice roller is the new jade roller. When we first heard about it, we were a bit skeptical. What do you mean rolling ice on your face? You are probably wondering the same thing, how can ice help my skin? The idea is quite similar to the jade roller, but working at a stronger and more efficient pace.
If you have tried the jade roller before and saw a small change but hoping for more, this is definitely something you should try! If you have never tried the jade roller, but are struggling with large pores, swelling, red or puffy skin, we highly recommend adding this little tool into your skincare regime. Give it a try before heading into a photo shoot or a night out, it can help erase some of those signs of fatigue and redness. We like to use this right before bed or sometimes in the morning for a fresh wake me up. However feel free to fit this into your schedule whenever it works best. You could very well use it while you are watching an episode of Netflix.
Using the tool cannot be easier. Using a light pressure roll the device on bare skin from inside out. You can test this on your hand or arm before doing it to your face. This way you are aware of the temperature. Continue to roll outwards from the nose to jawline and then your forehead for a couple of minutes. We don’t recommend doing this for more than 10 minutes consecutively. If you are seeing change, take a brief break before starting again.
It is a super easy product to set up. One thing is remembering to put the ice application in the freezer for 30 minutes - an hour before using so it’s cold enough. For cleaning, a warm water rinses and wipe is all it takes. There are some makeup gurus who swear by this little tool! It does not take $100 serum to keep your skin glowing, it could be as simple as this $20 gadget.
Aside from being a beauty tool, there are other things the ice roller can help within your daily life!
- We are rolling into November now, but remember all those sunburns you suffered from after a beach day. The ice roller is a great add-on to your aloe vera gel! The cold therapy is a way to calm and cool your sunburnt area.
- The ice roller can also be used as ice therapy for sore muscle or headaches as well. For the muscles, the rolling movement will work as a tension reliever and massager - similar to a massage roller. The coldness is a common treatment to reduces blood flow to the injured area, it will also numb the sore tissues, acting as a local anesthetic.
- Treat your allergies by using the ice roller of the affected area. The cold from the roller can help calm your inflammation and reduce swelling caused by your allergies. We all have those puffy red eyes around Springtime, this although won’t get rid of your allergies completely, but can help with reducing the puffiness.
You do not have to go for weekly facial and spend your whole paycheck on 2 products at Sephora to achieve flawless skin. Some small tweaks in your daily life and skincare routine can help a lot with achieving a glowing and healthy complexion.
Dehydration will take a toll on your skin, and so will the lack of beauty sleep. A small amount of dehydration and/or lack of sleep will cause your body to function in a less optimal way. Try to drink at least eight cups of water a day - 2000ml. If you need a reminder of the amount of water you drink, check out the HidrateSpark water bottle. It syncs to your phone and will light up to remind you to drink water.
As for sleep, try clocking in at least seven to eight hours of sleep. This will get rid of your dark circles and inflammation. We get it though, it is almost impossible to squeeze in five hours of sleep sometimes, let alone seven. On nights like these, try a dark under-eye circle removal mask. This mask works as a cooling gel pack and it is meant for soothing while you sleep. This mask is super handy since it is reusable and very easy to travel with. Often times, when you are on the road or even on vacation and lacking a few extra hours of sleep to explore, getting this on, will help decrease puffiness, fine lines, and give you a quick cooling fix. Not to mention, this is a very clean process and nowhere near those messy drippy mask sheets.
Another great skin product that we bow down to is the rose quartz face roller. We have talked about this product in a separate blog post when it first went viral, but even until now, we are still all obsessed with it. The roller is a great quick tool to help calm the skin. Those days when you wake up and your face is just not having it. This can help depuff and energize your skin. A super great product right before your morning cleanse. Similarly, you can also add this to your nightly routine and wake-up with a more cheerful skin.
Once a week you should consider doing a mask. Finding the right face mask will help you get rid of excess oil and improve the appearance of your pores. We recommend using a sheet mask at night in order to help your skin absorb the excess product overnight. Sheet masks help a lot with hydration and calm the skin. This will give you a more soothing and plump to your face. If you are all about natural products on the skin, check out the DIY facial sheet mask maker. You can use ingredients from your refrigerator, like lemon, orange juice, milk, cucumbers and create your own masks. Different ingredient will help with different skin flaws you may be dealing with. And best of all, you will know what you are putting on your face!
Summer makeup routines and school makeup routines can be completely different. One of the reason being is the time crunch in the morning. During the summer you can take your sweet time getting ready for a night out with the girls. In comparison to the precious 30 minutes of rolling out of bed and getting ready to run to classes, you got to make every minute count. In today’s blog post, we will discuss some back to school beauty tips and makeup ideas that can help speed up your morning routine but still look A+.
A soft natural rosy makeup is perfect for school, you won’t be overdoing it but at the same time, you will still look super cute! Try swapping your foundation for a BB or CC cream instead. If you are semi-satisfied with your skin without any products, using just BB cream will help even out your skin tone and correct blemishes in the long run. Since most BB cream already has a light tint, sometimes just the BB cream suffice. This will save you not only time but also save your foundation for days where you are in need of a fuller-coverage.
A bit of contour (bronzer, highlighter, blush) will add a bit of structure and color to the face. If you aren’t already using a palette, it’s time to make the switch! Instead of flipping open three different products, finding the right palette for you can help save some time. This 6 color palette covers all the essential needs for contouring, shading, blush, and concealing! This is also a matte palette, giving your makeup a natural, fresh glow. If you are looking for more a pink shade to add on, consider matching your blush with your eyeshadow. A light dust on the apples of your cheeks and blend it outward will give a healthy looking glow.
Investing in a few multi-purpose brushes can save you some time during your face routine as well. You won’t find a brush that can do it all, but instead of picking up all then of your brushes, limit yourself to 3-4 that will get your routine done. To begin, know which brush does what and then you will be able to identify which are the essential needs for your routine. Try limiting to 1-2 brushes for the eyes and 2 brushes for the face.
One way of saving those precious morning minutes is knowing where everything is so you don’t have to dig half a meter dip to find your favorite mascara. Organizers such as a jar or a drawer may seem ideal but once you start filling it up, it actually becomes quite a cluster. We highly recommend trying a silicone cosmetic holder, they have different size holes so this way it can accommodate a variety of brushes, lipstick, mascara and other beauty products. It uses the elasticity to hold the products up. Try organizing the products you use first from left to right, it will definitely help save you time in the morning because you will always know where the product you are looking for is!
We all go through rough weeks and it is so important to pause and pick yourself up instead of ignoring the problems. As we start adulting, it’s not just bad grades that can drag us down, there are a lot more aspect in life that can be troublesome – finance, love, work, and maybe even kids. This ultimately lead to some very drowning and stressful days. It’s only been the recent years where the stigma of mental health is starting to be voiced, more attention and awareness is bought upon self-love and self-care. Self-love is beyond being optimistic and tell yourself “you can do it”. Going on a getaway vacation is considered self-care, but it does not always have to be expensive. In today’s blog post, we will be sharing some of our few self-care things we do.
Once the form of self-love that we have started adopting is making aware of what we are happy with, and what is working in our lives. Listing these things out help you recognize the love you have around you. This helps with bringing in the positivity in your life. This list can be private or shared with those you love. Feel free to explore beyond people in this list, it can be an item, routine, beliefs, thoughts, etc.
Another way of self-love is avoiding comparisons. Try spending a week without social media. Social media has this wicked way of getting us to compare our lives with others. And if we are being honest, no one puts up a picture of them going through a rough Monday morning. It is all smiles and laughs. The less you scroll through those picture perfect moments of your high school classmate the more appreciation you will have for the moments you are creating.
Now for a more physical self-love routine, ditch work for a mental health break day. If you have a massive headache and body aches, would you call in for a sick day? Probably, yes. Then what is stopping you from taking a mental health day? Sounds unproductive? Feel like you might get behind in your work? Don’t know what to do on a mental health day? Nothing. You simply do nothing. It may be an unproductive day, but this day is dedicated to yourself, not the company you are working for. If taking a day off work will drag you down with overwhelming work, then this may be a point to discuss with your boss.
Here is an example of mental health day: Wake up with an alarm. Make a hearty breakfast – perfectly flipped sunny-side up eggs, blueberries waffles, avocado toast, a bowl of pineapples, fresh orange juice. All the things you have always wanted to have but never have the time to make. Jump back into bed or your couch, watch a few episodes of Netflix. If you’re up for it, do a load of laundry while you catch up on your tv-shows. Go out for a walk or light jog. Inhale the fresh air and just enjoy. Online shopping and take your time browsing all the options – no rush. Lit a candle, plop in a bath-bomb, grab the book you have always wanted to start. These are just a few examples, pretty much anything you always want to do, but never have time. Think of it as an easy- going, relaxing day. Do not overthink too much, it is a day off, think about the present, and not the future. Once you start thinking about tomorrow, you will start to worry. Worry leads to anxiousness and stress.
While you are on your day off, discover your happy place. We all have space where we can be ourselves, no judgment, no fear and most of all, no worries. Just a place where you can be quiet, relax, embrace the silence, without any distractions.
One last form of self-love that you might already do regularly is creating a clean and organized space for yourself. Take some time to organize your files, workspace, even your makeup counter and your underwear drawer! Every bit of cleaning counts. Having a clean space gives you a sense of having your life together. In comparison, if your room is a mess, it clutters your mind. Your room should be a space for your to unwind and alleviate stress, by having cluttered around you, it will just cause more anxiety!
Your body might be ready for summer, but is your bikini line ready? There are so many different types of hair removal options and it can get a little overwhelming. You may have heard bits and pieces about waxing, threading, laser, etc. from friends, advertisements, TV, but have you ever considered all your options before settling for that disposable razor you have to replace every month? Next time you reach for that razor, maybe consider trying an alternate method that is more suitable for you and your skin! In today’s blog post, we will be discussing the many different options you have for skin removal that you can do at home, along with the pros and cons of each method. Afterall, having hair removal should be easy, painless and healthy for your skin.
The disposable razor is probably the most common type of hair removal and what everyone first starts with. The main problem with this is its tendency to regrow inward, which is the main cause of ingrown hairs. Although this method is painless (unless you cut yourself), you could be left with the bumpy and inflamed skin through ingrown hair. Razor shaving is cheap though since razor ranges from $5-10 and some last forever. Some razors also exfoliate which helps with smoother skin.
Another method we love is epilating. You are probably wondering “does it hurt?”, and yes, there is a bit of pain associated with this method, but it’s literally just a pinch. The pain is equivalent to tweezing and plucking your eyebrows. Epilating works very similarly to tweezing. It’s a small machine that grabs on to the hair and plucks it out. What’s good about this is that it pulls from the roots, it will grow back at a much slower pace. Epilators can be a big investment compared to the disposable razor. The good devices can easily cost over $100, but it will give you a much cleaner job than cheaper ones. Don’t let the loud noise scare you, trust us, it’s definitely a lot less painful than other says it is!
DIY at home wax kits are starting to become very popular these days. You can buy one of these little machines for around $20-30 on online retailers. One thing to keep in mind, waxing, whether at home or at a spa, it causes major skin damage. When you wax it pulls off the top layer of your skin which could lead to further complications later on. The DIY at home is pretty simple and straightforward. They are easy to use and very affordable. Do keep an eye out for perfume and dye-free wax, especially if you have sensitive skin. It's also very important to apply a facial toner to soothe your skin to avoid redness.
Lastly, thanks to our latest technology - laser. Even more costly than an epilator but a lot of people are starting to invest in these machines at home. After a laser treatment, your hair will fall out a few days later. It's long-lasting when done right. These gadgets cost $300 and up, and can cost close to a grand for the high-end ones. They do work best for those who are light skin and dark hair. Plus, it is not suitable for the face. Still a bit of work to perfect these but we are definitely advancing here!
If you are someone who is up to date with the current beauty trends on social media, there is no way you have missed the facial rollers that are appearing all over your feed. For the past year, these facial rollers typically made from jade or an imitation jade-like stone are being picked up by a whole lot of influencers and bloggers. These facial rollers, although only popping up in our lives now, it has been around for centuries. It was first originated in China, and it is believed that the stone can heal and protect. The real question is - how well can it heal and protect our skin?
The jade roller is a follow-up skin care product that helps your skin soak in the products you use. It will help your skin absorb the skin care products you use. You will no longer feel bad for putting on that $100 night serum and somehow get residue on your pillowcase - because with the roller the serum will actually be absorbed in.
This little thing does more than just one thing. The natural material of jade is a cool touch which helps with depuffing. The healers of the stone can also be used to ward off stress and anxiety. The effect varies amongst one and another, but this is a great alternative for someone who leans toward the chemical-free beauty regimen. Another health benefit that the roller can help with is detoxifying. By rolling against your face, it helps increase circulation and the lymphatic system carry away toxins. This will overall increase blood and lymph flow. The renewal of cells will then get rid of toxins at a quicker rate. This then brings more oxygen, and at the end, will help improve your skin tone. This is also an anti-aging property. By keeping the skin healthy, you will start to notice less puffiness, decrease in lines, tightening in skin and muscle tone through the massage action.
Sounds magical? Another great thing is that it is so convenient to use. This little thing will definitely fit in your purse and only takes up less than 5 minutes of your day. Pull it out while you are watching Netflix or you are sitting around waiting. For some, the improvement may show within a day or two, some may take a week or so. If you are looking to cure a swelling area, it is likely you will see the result right away!
Start with the chin area and roll horizontally out to the hairline. Then, you can move up to the nose area and roll from the corner of the nose towards the ear. You can also use it from the inner corner of the eye (recommend using the small end for this). Then, move towards the eyebrows and down to the temples. Lastly, upwards to the hairline and across the forehead. The pressure should be light and gentle.
The cost of a facial roller is surprisingly inexpensive considering it is not something you will have to replace often, they are often very high quality and will last you a lifetime. Starting from $8.99 for a jade facial roller or if you want to be a bit more fancy with the rose quartz facial roller it is only a dollar more.