August 16, 2012

Yogurt Masks & Beauty Buzzin

In staying true to this blog's moniker:

Hey! Look, at this glamourous photo of me with yogurt all over my face!? Lately, I've learned that instead of opening your medicine cabinet, try opening your fridge instead.

When I was a kid, I remember my mother putting yogurt on her face and walking around the house. Recently, I read about this trick again on Into The Gloss, (one of my favourite beauty blogs) from an interview with actress Piper Perabo. Coyote Ugly anyone?

Greek Yogurt Mask: Slather on a thick layer of plain Greek yogurt on your face like a warrior. It will feel chilly and mushy and just plain wrong. Once it gets warm, just wash it off! It's an inexpensive, summer refresher that will leave your skin looking like you just drank 30 quarts of green juice while running on a treadmill, while lying in a field full of calla lilies. Really. Just don't leave it on for too long as the lactic acid will slough off the first layer of your skin.

Still craving some Not A Model beauty tips? Below are two of my latest beauty posts for The Kit. Enjoy! xx

Fight Summer Shine

I remember standing in line with my university roommates waiting to enter a bar in the unusually sweltering spring heat. My roommate reached over to wipe (what she thought) was hairspray off my brow, only to discover—to both our horrors—that it wasn’t hairspray. She had just wiped sweat off my forehead.

I’ve always been more of a “warm-blooded” person (to put it nicely) and I struggle in any environment where heat is a large factor. I’ve used many products to try and tame my glands, but nothing has worked as well as the Aroma Puret√© line from Decelor.

The products, available at The Bay, are for oily to combination skin and use Ylang Ylang to reduce excess sebum (the stuff that gives your skin that shine). This essential oil allows skin to breathe while giving a clean matte look.

My favourite products are the Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Serum and the Shine Control Oxygenating Fluid. Both are applied before my daily moisturizer to give my face the extra barrier it needs to face the summer scorch.

My forehead sends her thanks.

Mood Makeup
When choosing what shade of lipstick to wear, I don’t normally associate too many emotions with my choice. Sure, I always want my makeup to add a little something to my face and brighten me up a bit but I never thought choosing a colour could affect my personality or mood.

Enter Lush’s new Emotional Brilliance makeup line.

The message is incredible. Every shade of lipstick, eyeliner and eye shadow has been created with an emotion in mind. Strong, decisive, power–each tint will bring something new to the person who wears it.

I love how the line is not reflective of a current trend or what’s “cool” but of a woman’s desire to leave the house adding colour not only to her face, but to her life.

Try: Liquid Lips ($22.95) in “Power.” Each lip tint has organic jojoba oil and rose wax for a smooth, moisturizing pigment. I like to add lip balm on top of mine for that extra bit of shine.