Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter Review

Hi everyone!!

I posted recently on my instagram about the Charlotte Tilbury flawless filter which I started using. People had a lot of great questions so I thought I would write a full post!

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What is the flawless filter?

The flawless filter offers the benefits of a primer, the glow of a highlighter and the perfecting properties of your favourite photographic filter.

This product is called the ‘flawless filter’ since it is like applying a digital filter to a photograph – it instantly lifts your complexion by erasing imperfections. This liquid imparts a dewy, soft-focus finish, illuminating skin in an instant.

How can you use it?

You can mix it with your base products or use it under, over or instead of foundation, or dotted onto the areas you want to glow the brightest.

You can use it beneath foundation as a primer. If used along tops of the cheekbones or down the nose it can be used as a highlighter. For a stand out look you can wear it all over for a fresh glow.

How I wear it

I find that this product has enough coverage for me that I can use it alone instead of a foundation. I use this as my base then use a small amount of concealer under my eyes.

In all the images here I am not wearing foundation. Just the flawless filter and concealer.  In the photo below I have my eye makeup done but no lipstick. None of these photos have been edited.

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Pros

  • it is a very versatile product
    • for me I love that this has replaced my need for foundation
    • for those who want more coverage with a ‘glow’ this can be mixed with foundation or put on top
  • easy to blend
    • looks very natural
  • not heavy/thick or greasy
  • not too sparkly

Cons

  • Limited number of shades, only 7 (sorry I had said 6 on my instagram!)
    • I am between shades 5 and 6. I bought the shade 6 and so far it is working very well.
  • Can appear shiny.
    • This may not be the best product for oily skin types. If you have combination skin you can apply it to areas which are not oily
    • If you put a small amount of setting powder on top it decreases the shine
  • The applicator brush is not that useful
    • I use the provided applicator to the dot the product onto my face and blend it out with another brush

 

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This is the brush I use. One end of I use for the filter and the other for concealer

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Overall Impression

Personally I think this a must try product. Given the limited shades I would not order this online, it would be best to go in and find the right match. Trying the product on would also ensure it works with your skin type.

Hope this review helps and you give it a try! If you do let me know!

Sam

 

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Transitional Sweaters

Hi lovelies!

The weather in Toronto has been amazing for the last 3 days. Warm enough to walk around outside with just a light coat. According to the weather networks it will not last but I have enjoyed every minute of it!

With the warmer weather it is time to start thinking of pieces that will transition into Spring. After investing time and money findings the perfect sweaters I am not quite ready to let go of them yet!

I found a beautiful Caroline Constas sweater this fall. I fell for the colour and the sleeve detail. The knit is quite thick and it is a warm sweater. It is not one that I can wear once it is very warm but right now it a perfect transition piece.

Here are two ways I have styled it.

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For those still stuck in the snow I love these faux leather Moto pants with this sweater. Although the sweater is quite feminine the combination with the Moto pants and boots gives it a fun edge. This is a great outfit for a casual night out.

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For a fun Spring twist I paired this sweater with a cute pink skirt from J crew. The skirt is a tweed material so it is a thicker fabric, great for cool spring days. I love the proportion of the long sweater with the mini skirt. The pink pom pom shoes give the final girly touch. This second style is perfect for work (with tights or a slightly longer skirt).

 

When I first bought this sweater I never knew it would be so versatile and I could get so much use out of it.

 

Hope this inspires you to look through what you have and re-style some of your winter pieces!

 

xo Sam

Leopard Suiting

Happy Saturday!!

Just a quick post on one of my recent finds that I LOVE.

When I first saw this leopard suit online by Frame it was love at first sight. I needed it. I did not want to buy it online but could not find it in any stores in Toronto.

Last weekend while my mom was in town I took her to Nordstrom and guess what I found. THE leopard suit of my dreams! I posted a photo of this suit on instagram but since people were messaging to ask where it was from I thought I would put the links in this post.

I decided a fun way to style the suit would be with sneakers. These Golden Goose sneakers give the suit the perfect casual feel. Even better, the laces are also leopard!

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Blazer: Frame – or here 

Pants: Frame – or here

Shoes: Golden Goose – or here

If any of you decided to take the plunge for a leopard suit let me know and share a photo on instagram!!

xo Sam

Spring Sweaters

Hello!!!

It has been quite some time since I posted on the blog. Life got busy with my exams last year and then moving to Toronto. I miss blogging and have decided to try and be better at posting!

Since the cold weather has not stopped in Toronto I decided to dedicate the next few posts to some great transition pieces for Spring.

This year I have fallen for sweaters with fun sleeve details. I am starting off my first post with this great crop grey sweater. I love the balance of the crop style with the voluminous sleeves. I feel if the sweater was longer it would have looked too bulky on me. The pearl detail pops against the dark grey colour instantly dressing up with sweater. I let this sweater be the key piece in my outfit by wearing black jeans and not too many accessories.

Although this post is about this sweater can we take a moment to admire these jeans! They are so comfortable and ALWAYS make my legs look amazing!

Sweater is from Goodnight Macaron and the jeans are L’agence.

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I will post a few more of my favourite sweaters with amazing sleeves so check back! It is a great way to update a wardrobe staple. Also follow us on instagram for daily outfits!

Getting Summer Ready

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all doing well. It has been a while since I made a post on the blog but I have been busy with final exams. I am finally done the first part of my exam and deserve a small break. As the weather in Edmonton starts to improve I can’t help but day dream about summer! I took a post exam trip to the mall and stocked up on some great summer essentials. With warmer weather and shorter hemlines come other concerns such as waxing! When I am busy with school the small things are put on hold. When Sina from Buff Wax Spot in Edmonton approached me to try out her wax bar I was excited to give it a try. I needed a wax and this was a great way to try a new local business.

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The Wax Bar concept was something that was new to me so I sat down with Sina and did a Q &A.

Q. What is a wax bar?

A. A wax bar is a beauty bar dedicated to providing waxing, and waxing only! This is concept exists in major cities but is new to Edmonton.

Q. Why did you decide to open a wax bar in Edmonton?

A. The wax bar concept is a business model that I’ve always admired. The idea of taking a basic beauty service, picking apart the process, and perfecting each step was appealing. After moving to Edmonton I couldn’t find a place to get waxed where the service was consistent and I felt comfortable. I used to go back to Toronto often and got my waxing done there. After a while I needed to find  a place where wax services were reliable and reasonably priced, and decided to open my own wax bar!  The four main pillars Buff Wax Spot is built on are cleanliness, meticulousness, speed waxing and affordability. We have highly trained Wax Techs who can provide you with the best wax services in Edmonton.

Q. What types of waxes do you use?

A. In order to understand the waxing business, I took a wax certification course in Calgary. After six months of testing various waxes, I found our dream wax. At Buff Wax Spot, we use a combination of hard wax and strip wax. The hard wax is great for small, sensitive areas of the body while strip wax does the heavy lifting for arms, legs, back, etc.

 

Q. How long should people wait between appointments?

A. If you’ve been shaving, come in after at least two weeks post-shave. This ensures the hairs are long enough for the wax to grab. Once you begin waxing, wait 4-5 weeks between appointments. We suggest waiting 4-5 weeks between waxing since the hair is at the most active stage of growth about every 4 weeks. With consistent wax appointments, hair growth reduces and hairs come back finer and sparser since waxing pulls the hair out from the root, therefore damaging its ability to regenerate. We really recommend being diligent for the first 5-6 months of waxing to ensure maximum reduction in hair growth and coarseness. You WILL notice the difference!

Q. For those waxing for the first time is there anything to do in order to minimize the pain?

A. Your pain tolerance is unique to you so don’t bother reading about other people’s experiences online! Ultimately, you’ll just need to try waxing to see if it’s for you. Excessive caffeine, a tough workout, a rough patch in your relationship or job, and the week before your period all affect your pain tolerance. You can take an over-the-counter painkiller 30min before your appointment if you like. We actually don’t recommend using a numbing cream because it can affect your perception of temperature and also leaves a greasy film on the skin. It is important to tell your Wax Techs about pre-existing medical conditions, anti-aging or anti-acne products you’re using, and what medications you’re on. For example, blood thinners can lead to more bruising.

At Buff Wax Spot, we specialize in speed waxing, our waxes the best on the market, and our wax technique is unparalleled. Our favourite moments are when first-timers exclaim that it wasn’t as bad as they thought it would be, and that they wished they’d tried it sooner! 

Q. What do you recommend doing after waxing?

A. The day of your wax, less is more. We have a post-wax checklist in every room at Buff Wax Spot that outlines the do’s and don’ts, post-wax. Our most important recommendation is to stay away from any sweaty exercise routines, hot tubs, saunas or swimming pools for 24 hours in order to minimize chaffing or inflammation. Also, daily exfoliation post-wax is absolutely essential to keep your pores open and avoid ingrown hairs. For exfoliants, we recommend a combination of manual exfoliation (e.g., with a dry brush) to reduce buildup of dead skin and a chemical exfoliant (e.g., products that contain salicylic, lactic and/or glycolic acid) to clear oil and dirt from the pores which can lead to congestion and ingrown hairs. 

 

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Q. What are the benefits of waxing?

A. In the short-term, you can visibly see and feel the difference in hair growth and texture. Plus, it’s so much easier letting a professional take care of your hair removal needs.  Let’s face it, nobody has time for awkward contortionist acts to get a razor where it doesn’t belong in the first place! Shaving is very abrasive and rough on the skin. Long-term benefits of waxing include permanent, reduced hair growth over time. Waxing is the most affordable, permanent hair reduction method on the market. Waxing also purges the skin’s surface of dead skin leaving it soft and glowing. For legs and arms, the exfoliation from waxing can do wonders for dry skin. 

Q. Is a wax bar just for women?

A. Buff Wax Spot is for women AND men! Manscaping in particular is on the rise (hello man-brows and dudezilians!) because men are just as frustrated with shaving as women are. We pride ourselves on our gender neutral, welcoming environment. Approximately 15% of our clientele are men. Back, chest and intimate waxing are the most popular services for men at Buff Wax Spot. 

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Hope this post helps all of you look into you options for waxing and get ready for summer. See if your city has a wax bar and if you live in Edmonton check out Buff Wax Spot! I loved my experience. I had both an underarm and a Bare Buff Brazilian wax. I had not had a wax in a while and my services was efficient had minimally painful. My Wax Tech was friendly and knowledgeable which put me at ease. I would definitively return for future services!

Hope you are all having a great week!! Follow us on Instagram @bawansisters for more frequent updates!

Jord Wood Watches

It’s contest time, we have partnered up with Jord Wood Watches and you have a chance to win a gift card towards one of your own!

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Watches are a great way to make an everyday statement, especially for those of us who have a dress code or uniform to stick to at work. I have been wanting a wood watch of my own for a while and am definitely a little jealous of my boyfriends Walnut and Jet Black Conway Wtch. It is definitely a conversation piece but even better is that it is lightweight and completely comfortable and great for everyday wear.

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They have a lot of different styles available including some with exposed mechanism. What sets the Jord watches apart from some of the other wood watches out there is the mix of wood and other materials. While they do have available whole wood watches my favorite are the mixed watches with the colored watch faces. The contrast really makes the wood pop! The black face on his watch really brings out the darker textures in the walnut.

The watch is actually automatic and this is definitely John’s favorite feature. After the first winding just wearing the watch keeps it active which makes for easy care. img_7384

These watches are a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe – they make a really unique and memorable gift…whether for yourself or that someone special in your life. Make sure to check out the contest and enter to win $100 or $25 gift codes towards  your own Wood Watch! The contest ends on March 12th so make sure you get your entry in before then.

Note: e gift codes will expire April 30,2017

Falling for Fall

Hello lovelies!

I can’t believe it has been months since my last blog post. Sorry for the long hiatus! This is my final year of my radiology residency which means I write my final exam in May. Unfortunately that takes priority over any sort of life 😢 once that is done I promise to post more frequently. If you do want more frequent updates make sure you check our Instagram!

I wanted to make a post today since it is fall and I ❤️❤️❤️ fall fashion. I love that it still warm enough for dresses and skirts without tights but cold enough for layers.

Two of my fave new colors for fall are maroon and forest green. I recently found this gorgeous forest green knit skirt at Winners and knew it was perfect. I love the front zipper detail. When choosing a top I wanted to accentuate the high waste. I recently bought a turtleneck that is a very fine material. I love turtlenecks for fall but finding one that fits well and isn’t bulky can be hard. I like this thinner material since it still shows off my shape.

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I wanted to show off my legs since it was still warm out so went with ankle boots. A simple black bucket bag and sunglasses completed the look.

I think this is a perfect way to start off my fall outfits! I hope to make a few more fall blog posts but check Instagram for more frequent ideas!

Sam