Natalie Loves Beauty

January 15, 2017

Lancôme Grandiôse Liner and Extrême Mascara Volume | Review

Lancôme Grandiôse Liner and Grandiôse Extrême Mascara Volume

Lancôme is one of those brands that has really fascinated me ever since I got into makeup. I think it might be their sleek packaging, and the fact that they seem to come out with products that are kind of unprecedented. Having never actually tried anything from the brand, I was really looking forward to test some of their latest launches, namely two of their Grandiôse Liners* and their new Grandiôse Extrême Mascara Volume* in Bleu Nuit. You might be thinking to yourself, great - another liner and mascara release, what's so special about these anyway? Well, wait until you see how these are designed to simplify your makeup application!
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January 12, 2017

How To Clean Makeup Brushes | 2 Super Cheap + Easy Methods

how to clean makeup brushes

I remember the first time I came across a video about makeup brush cleaning and thinking to myself, "wait a minute, why didn't it cross my mind to wash mine sooner?" Yikes! Whether you stick to the minimum and own just a handful of brushes that easily fit in your makeup bag, or have a lot of them taking over your office space like I do, makeup brush cleaning should be a part of your weekly routine. There are many different ways to go about washing your makeup brushes, most of which I've tried and tested over the years, but I'll be sharing and demonstrating what in my opinion are the two most effective ways. Best part? These two methods are super budget-friendly, and will prolong the life of your brushes in the long run as they are super gentle and most importantly, antibacterial.
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January 10, 2017

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow Palette in Harmony 1 | Review

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow Palette 1

I was looking back at old pictures the other day and came across my prom photos, which just so happens to be the day that I did my own makeup for the very first time! I was quite clueless about the beauty world at the time, and the plan was for my sister to do my makeup for me, but she ended up getting called in to work that day and so I was left to apply it on my own. The first thing I noticed looking back at those pictures? My sad looking brows! My sister had plucked them for me (and eventually I ended up over plucking them myself... we've all been there, right?) and I did not yet know the magic of filling in my eyebrows - let's just say they were far from looking their best! Brows really do frame your face, and whenever I do my makeup, filling them in is an essential step nowadays. I've tried a handful of brow products over the years, and the latest addition to my makeup application is the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow Palette*. I'm a fan of the brand's 3-in-1 Pro Sculpting Brow Pen, so I was looking forward to give this new palette a try.
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January 7, 2017

Odacité Rose + Neroli Hydra-Vitalizing Treatment Mist and Green Tea Lemongrass Serum Concentrate | Review


If there is one skin care line I can recommend in a heartbeat, it would be Odacité - I was first introduced to their products two years ago, when I shared some of the products I had been enjoying from them. I really admire them as a brand as they are vegan, cruelty-free and use non-GMO ingredients. I attended Odacité's launch in Montreal that same year, where I got to discover their full line at Annie Young Cosmétiques. I recently got my hands on one of their new Treatment Hydra Mists, as well as another of their serum concentrates, both of which I have been using for the last month. My expectations were high, and as always I was not disappointed.
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January 2, 2017

EPIC EMPTIES | Fall 2016 Edition

Empties

Happy 2017 everyone! I hope everyone's year is off to a great start. I've spent the last few days recharging and relaxing with family, as well as working on new content for my blog and YouTube channel which I am excited to share with you in the coming weeks and months. Decluttering is always on my mind when ringing in a new year, so I thought I would sit down and film my final empties of 2016. I have quite a few makeup products to share this time around as I decided to downsize my collection by getting rid of old products that were just way past their expiration date. I hope you enjoy!
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December 30, 2016

EOS To The Rescue | Fighting The Winter Skin Blues

EOS Evolution Of Smooth

I was thinking to myself the other day how lucky I am to live in this beautiful country called Canada. Having travelled to many places over the years, I've seen with my own eyes the beauty that the world has to offer, but there truly is no place like home. Sometimes it feels like seasons change in the blink of an eye around here, and despite the challenges that come with cold winter weather (asthma, I'm talking about you), it is still one of my favourite seasons. Speaking of struggles, scaly skin and chapped lips are ones on the list this time of the year. It seems like no matter how mindful I am about staying hydrated and moisturizing daily, there are times when I just need to pull out all the stops because my skin is just that dry. So when I received a box full of EOS products when I could benefit from them most, let's just say I was grinning from ear to ear!
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December 26, 2016

New Year's Eve Glam Makeup Tutorial | Soft Peachy Gold Eyes

New Year's Eve Glam Makeup Tutorial

This time of the year is always exciting when it comes to all things beauty! I really enjoy trying new makeup looks with colours I might not usually reach for, and this time around I thought I would share a simple New Year's Eve Makeup Tutorial that is glowy and bright, featuring peachy gold eyes and a pop of pink on the lips. You can glam it up even more with fake lashes and a smoky eye, it's entirely up to you!
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December 21, 2016

Surya Brasil Natural Hair Care | Review

Surya Brazil Amazonia Preciosa Murumuru Hair Care

I've been lucky to have discovered many natural hair care lines that have worked well for my hair - I know from reading various blogs and from personal experience that it can be quite hard to find a natural line that won't leave your hair looking limp and feeling greasy since many of them are oil-based. The last few collections I've tried have been a hit, so I thought I would share my experience with the Surya Brasil vegan hair care line, which has on the other hand left me feeling slightly disappointed. My hair got along with one of the three products, so I'll be going into detail about what worked and what didn't work as well on my mane.
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December 14, 2016

Last Minute Holiday 2016 Beauty Gift Ideas

Last Minute Holiday 2016 Beauty Gift Ideas

Christmas is just a few days away, and you're still scrambling to pick out gifts for the ladies in your life? Don't worry, I've got you covered! I shared my Holiday Beauty Gift Guide the other day which is FULL of awesome gift ideas (if I do say so myself!), but I wanted to sneak one last post in and share some last minute gifting ideas in the form of beauty sets which I think are worth the mula.
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December 12, 2016

Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Skin Care | Review

Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Cleanser Skin Care

As a teenager, I tried a handful of over the counter and prescription topical treatments to help clear my acne, and although I would occasionally see results after a few weeks, none really worked long term. My acne was so bad that I ended up resorting to Accutane, which did clear up my skin after about a year of intake, but again my breakouts came back not even six months after finishing my treatment round, although I will say they were not nearly as severe or as painful. Over the years, my skin has become drier, which I think has also contributed to my acne becoming milder. While I don't use acne-specific skincare every day, I do reach for products that contain salicylic acid when my skin could use a little extra help. I've been giving the Philosophy Clear Days Ahead* line a try for the last month or so, and thought I would share how this new regimen has been working for me!
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