February 2016 Favourites

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It has been a LONG hot minute since I’ve posted, but I’m back! since this is the first post in a while, I thought I’d share what I’ve been loving recently.

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My newest obsession has been my Foreo luna mini**. This cleansing device is very gentle, yet gets my skin really clean. I also love how it feels like a massage every time I wash my face; it makes washing my face fun. I also have been loving the Skintelligence pH Skin Normalizer. This toner feels very refreshing on my face, and it has done an awesome job at balancing out my skin. I also like to spray this on my hair after my shower to give it an extra boost of conditioning.

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My recent favourite face primer for the past several months has definitely been the Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water. I love how this hydrates my dry skin and helps my foundation last all day long. I like to spray this on throughout the day to add some extra hydration back into my skin and refresh my makeup. My newest favourite foundation is the Laura Mercier Candle Glow Soft Luminous foundation. I’ve been loving the light-medium coverage that it provides, plus the fact that it makes my skin look dewy and radiant. When I wear this, my skin looks amazing.

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I’ve stuck to a pretty simple eye makeup routine and these five items have been my go-to products. First, I love using the Motives Cosmetics Eye Base. This not only even out the skin tone on my eyelids, but it acts like a primer for any shadows I use. It also can be worn alone and not look weird on the eyes, which is nice for days when I’m in a hurry and want something to even out my eyes. As far as shadows go, I’ve been using the Motives pressed eyeshadow in Cappuccino in my crease and the Sephora Collection eyeshadow in Morning Freshness all over the lid. these shadows, plus the eye base look very pretty on the eyes, while looking very natural. The Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay mascara is by far my Holy Grail mascara. It makes my lashes look long and full, but still keeps them natural looking. For my brows, I’ve kept it fairly natural and just filling in the ends where it’s not as full. I’ve been loving the Maybelline Brow drama Pomade to fill in the empty space. I usually use a couple of swipes per brow and I’m done. I love how simple and easy it is to use.

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Winter is harsh on my lips, so I love lip treatments and lip products that add hydration back into my lips. To help keep my lips from looking dry and chapped I’ve been using the Motives 40FY lip treatment. This lip balm is very hydrating and has a slight minty/tingle to help plump and nourish the lips. I love putting this on at night to really keep my lips moisturized. I’ve been using the CoverGirl Oh Sugar! lip balm during the day. I love how it provides a tint to the lips, but keeps them moisturized. My favourite colour is Caramel because it’s a nice nude that is perfect for any makeup look.

I hope you enjoyed reading! Let me know what some of your favourites for February were!

**Links are all through my shop.com page. You can sign up, here, and get cash back on most of the products I mentioned. It also lets you shop at your favourite stores, like Sephora or Ulta, and get cash back from those purchases too. Plus, you can only get the Motives and Skintelligence items through there.

 

 

Lorac Mega Pro 2 Review/Swatch

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As we get into the Fall months, most companies are releasing their Holiday Collections and Limited Edition items. One of the HOT Limited Edition items this year is the Lorac Mega Pro 2 Palette. Last year, Lorac’s Mega Pro palette sold out within the first day, but this year they are selling it at Ulta, which makes it more accessible for everyone that wants to buy it, since it won’t sell out as fast.

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The Mega Pro 2 palette costs $59, but has 32 shades (16 matte and 16 shimmer). You get a better deal with this palette than either the pro or pro 2 palettes which costs $42 and only has 16 shadows (8 matte and 8 shimmer). This palette has a variety of cool and warm tones, and has many neutral colours as well; so you can create a variety of looks with it. The shadows themselves are just as high quality as the other pro shadows by Lorac, so you get a great quality product, too.

Matte Shades:

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I love the range of colours that are in this palette. There is a beautiful dark green, bright orange, soft purple, and of course some wonderful browns to wear in your crease.

1st Row:

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L to R: Porcelain, Custard, Tawny, Burlap, Melon, Tangerine, Saddle, Forest

2nd Row:

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L to R: Bisque, Lavender, Purple, Sorbet, Goji, Cabernet, Ash, Black

Shimmer Shades:

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I really love the formula of Lorac’s Pro shimmer shades. They always go on smoothly, without lots of chunky glitter; and I get amazing pigmentation with them. You also can use them wet to get a more intense look, or even a different look to the eyeshadow. I took several pictures of these because they looked different depending on how much light was on them, especially the shade Gunmetal. I also notices that some shades were more metallic, while others had a subtle sheen to them.

3rd Row:

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L to R: Sugar, Chiffon, Prosecco, Soft Plum, Cinnamon, Sandstone, Gunmetal, Blue Quartz

4th Row:

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L to R: Moonlight, Seashell, Peony, Dk. Sienna, Penny, Olivine, Gold Leaf, Black Ivy

I would HIGHLY recommend you get this palette for yourself or any one that loves makeup, or even someone who is just starting out with makeup. This palette gives you plenty of options to work with and pretty much has everything you need.

Why I’ve Been Gone/Life Update

Hi Everyone! I am sorry that I have not been on here in a couple of months, but I am back now and plan to be posting regularly again. Life really got a hold of me this Summer, which is the main reason I wasn’t posting. My summer was full of mini vacations on the weekends and a couple bigger vacations/family reunions that I went on. One of the best parts was going on a fishing charter with my Husband, Dad, and Grandpa; and catching the biggest fish! I also got to have my younger brother over for a week, which was really fun. We did a lot of things, like swimming in the lake, Hiking to the Othello Tunnels, and going to Hell’s Gate.

I have also been dealing with a few health things as well. I might have mentioned that I have a rare type of anemia called Diamond Black Fan Anemia. My body doesn’t make enough red blood cells, so I have to get monthly transfusions to balance it out. Usually when I need a transfusion I can tell because I start feeling lethargic and get headaches. To help with all the needle pokes I get from transfusions, I recently decided to get another Port-a-Cath put in my chest. I had one several years ago, but had to have it removed due to an infection. So tomorrow is my surgery for the new port. I have also been dealing with slight anxiety and depression, which I might discuss in a later post, but I’m slowly working on dealing with that with my doctor.

Another, pretty awesome, thing in my life was deciding to work for Unfranchise Market America! I’m focusing mainly on the Motives Cosmetics part, but am learning about everything right now. I am excited to start talking to you guys about some of the products I have tried out and how you can get them.

Sorry for the long post, but I really wanted to update you guys and let you know I am still here.

Update

 

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Hello Everyone! Just wanted to let you know that my Summer Essentials 2015 Giveaway ends tonight at 11:59 PM. The winner will be announced tomorrow. Check out the original giveaway post here.

Summer Essentials 2015 Giveaway

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Rules:

You must be following my blog.
You must be 18+ or have parent permission to enter.
You must be a legal resident in either Canada or the United States.
Make sure you follow all directions on the giveaway form (ex: if it says to comment on a blog post, make sure you do that)
Giveaway ends July 7, 2015 at 11:59pm Pacific time
Winner will be announced on my Blog (https://nicolervanderheide.wordpress.com/), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nicrvdh), Instagram (https://instagram.com/nicrvdh/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/NicrWhite) before I contact the winners through email.

Enter here: Nicole’s Summer Essentials Giveaway

Here is what ONE lucky winner will get:

*note: some items pictured (Maybelline Dream BB cream, Maybelline BB Bronzer, and Maybelline master hi-light) are my own, as I am waiting to get these items*

Makeup:

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For face products the winner will get Maybelline Dream BB cream in the shade they choose. For eye products the winner will get a waterproof Cover Girl Lash Blast Full Bloom mascara and a Wet n’ Wild eye shadow palette in shade Vinyl Collection, which has lots of bronze shades. The winner will be getting four different lip products:  Maybelline Baby Lips in quenched to keep the lips hydrated and protected from the sun, Maybelline lipstick in the shade Strike a Rose, Wet N’ wild Balm Stain in shade Coral of the Story, and a Joe Fresh Liquid Lipstick in the shade Grapefruit.

Bronzers:

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For bronzers, here is what the winner will get: Maybelline BB Bronze in Light/Medium, Maybelline Master Hi-light in shade light bronze, and then the Elf Cream Blush/Bronzer duo and Elf Powder Blush/Bronzer duo both in the shade St. Lucia.

Nails:

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For nails, the winner will be getting Wet N’ wild nail polish in Lavender Creme, the UV nail polish in shade Coming Up Roses, and then a pair of Kiss Impress manicure in the mint and tribal print.

Body/Sunscreen:

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For body products the winner will be getting the full travel set of the Bath and Body Works Oahu Coconut Sunset scent. The winner will also be getting the Oahu Coconut sunset scent in the Aloe Gel Lotion. For sunscreen, the winner will be getting the Hawaiian Tropic Touch of Colour in SPF 15. The winner will also get a small version of the Tarte Maracuja Self-tanner.

 

Thanks for reading and entering my Giveaway. If you missed the rest of the series, you can find them here: Hair/Nail Products, Body, Makeup, Sunscreen, Bronzers.

 

Summer Essentials 2015: Hair and Nails

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The last post in my Summer Essentials series is here, and what better way to finish it than with some hair and nail products that really enhance any summer look.

Hair:

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Nothing screams Summer quite like beach hair! I love that messy tousled look that my hair gets after it’s been in the salt water, but I don’t live by the beach anymore, so I have to rely on hair products to give me the same look. I love using the Tresemme Perfectly (UN)Done sea salt spray and the wave creation sea-foam. These both smell amazing and work wonderfully! I get the messy, tousled hair, but I don’t have it feeling stiff or crunchy. I do find that if I want more noticeable waves, I have to go back in with a curling iron, but I don’t always do that. For several years, I have been using the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texurizing Sea Salt Spray. I love how this smells like coconuts and it really gives your hair that “Just came from the beach” look. This does add texture to my hair and makes it feel harder to work with, but I love to use it when I put my hair up or have it in a braid because of the texture it gives. my last hair item is the Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-tasking Hair Beautifier. This is like all my hair products in one, so it’s great for protecting against heat damage, or sun damage, and really leaves my hair feeling conditioned and moisturized. I love taking this with me when I go swimming because I can spray this in my hair afterwards and not worry about it looking terrible. This is also great for taking on vacations, since it provides all your hair products in one.

Nails:

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I think nails are so fun to paint in the summer, especially with some bright fun colours. Essie has always been a favourite of mine, and they just came out with their Neon collection and their Summer collection…so they have many bright fun colours to check out. I got Vibrant Vibes and Sunset Sneaks. I also found this cool nail polish that changes colour in the sun. They had a variety of polishes, but this Silk shade really caught my eye, plus it turns pink in the sun. Wet N’ wild also has some fun bright colours with their new nail polish formula. Plus they only costs about $1-$2, so you can get several colours. I really like the shades Lavender Creme and Dreamy Poppy. Lastly for nails, I love using these Kiss Impress Press-on manicure nail set. They have a variety of patterns to choose, and I really fell in love with these mint and tribal ones. They are easy to put on and last about 2 weeks, so if you have an important event to go to in the Summer, you can always use these for an instant mani.

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Here is an up-close version of the UV changing nail polish. It turns to a frosty pink.

I hope you enjoyed reading. If you missed any of the other posts in the series you can find them here: Body, Makeup, Sunscreen, Bronzers. Also, I will be having a Giveaway for this series, so be on the lookout for that post either tonight or tomorrow morning.