Make sure to read my previous post about Youtube’s changes and how they affect small content creators like myself!

While I sadly didn’t meet the threshold for Youtube’s new Partnership requirements, I wanted to do one last big giveaway as a thank you to everyone who has followed me and helped support me!

This is the giveaway I was most excited for – it’s a full face giveaway! There are products for eyes, lips, brows, cheeks, and even skin!

 

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To enter, all you have to do is:

  1. Be subscribed to my YouTube channel

  2. Be following me on Instagram

  3. Comment on this post or on my Instagram post letting me know you’ve entered!

This giveaway is open worldwide! I will be contacting the winner personally.

If you’re a small blogger like me and will be affected by this change, leave your channel name in the comments so we can help each other out!

If you’ve read my previous skincare posts during this year’s Blogmas, you’ve likely heard me ranting about how important it is to protect the skin and keep it hydrated, especially during the winter.
You can read my full post on products that will save your skin here,
and you can read all about facial oils here! 
During the winter, the skin is exposed to not only cold temperatures, but to dryness, dehydration, and the assaults of that dreaded indoor, artificial heating. All of these elements can wreak havoc on our skin, and its ability to keep itself hydrated. Many opt for a heavier moisturizer during the winter, which is definitely a huge help. However, sometimes a heavier moisturizer just isn’t enough.
Using a hydrating mask 1-2 times a week can really help save your skin from dryness, irritation, and flaking this winter. Most hydration masks help soften and hydrate the skin, but also help protect and strength the skin’s moisture barrier.
For best results, using overnight masks help to keep the skin hydrated throughout the night (when we can often lose most of our moisture!) but also work with the skin’s natural repair mechanism. Skin repair is working its hardest during the night. Did you know that your skin’s repair works in tandem with circadian rhythm, and peaks at night time? Estee Lauder was one of the first companies to discover the true importance of beauty sleep – our skin’s catabolysis process (in which our skin is purifying our cells and getting rid of debris to make room for new, healthy cells) is most active between 12-4 am. “Beauty Sleep” is no longer just an expression!
There are many different products on the market, but these are some of my favourite!
  • Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask: this is a hydrating and cleansing mask, that will help draw out impurities while soothing the skin and providing hydration, and antioxidant benefits. I love to use this when my skin is acting up, if I’m having an eczema breakout, irritation, or if I’ve been wearing a lot of heavy makeup lately. This isn’t an overnight mask – you leave it on for about ten minutes, rinse it off, and can then follow with an overnight hydrating mask if you like! It’s also great because (as with mostly all Lush products) it’s natural! It has great ingredients like blueberry.
  • Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask: this mask smells amazing (but strangely doesn’t irritate my skin!) It has a very smooth, buttery feel and really hydrates the skin. This mask you apply liberally at night, let it sink into the skin for about 10 minutes, and then massage in or gently wipe off the excess. I prefer to massage it into the skin so I don’t waste any product. (And honestly, my skin is so dehydrated that it really does drink up every bit of this mask!)
  • Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask: This is a lighter weight mask with more of a gel texture. This might be a better option for those with more combination to oily skin types (but it’s great for dry skins too!) It helps calm, soothe, and hydrate the skin. For a lighter treatment, you apply it liberally to clean skin, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then gently rinse off with cold water. For a more intense treatment, you can apply it to your skin as your last skincare step before bed, and let it sink in overnight! You can also refrigerate it for an extra cooling feel!
  • Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask: this mask can be found at most drugstores, and is great because it’s 99% natural! It’s great for hydration and also helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It’s got ingredients like water, castor seed oil, coconut oil, clary extract, and more.
  • Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial: Sephora describes this as a “weightless souffle” – it’s an intensive overnight cream to offer hydration, smoothing, and nourishment for the skin. It’s quite a thick, butter like texture, but it melts right into the skin. This is used at nightime, and can even be used as a daily nighttime moisturizer!
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask: this is an oil-free, fragrance-free mask that’s great for sensitive skins. It was one of the first hydration masks I ever really tried. I fell in love with this product when I used to work at Clinique, and it still remains one of my favourites to this day. It’s a lighter weight cream texture, but offers intense hydration. It really gives you soft, hydrated, dewy looking skin. You apply this liberally at night time, and massage it into the skin.
  • Avene Soothing Moisture Mask: this is another great option for sensitive skins. It contains high amounts of the Avene Thermal spring water to help hydrate, sooth, and protect the skin. It also helps add radiance! You want to apply this liberally all over, let it sink in for 10-15 minutes, then gently tissue off the excess.
  • The Face Shop Avocado Sheet Mask:  I’m relatively new to sheet masks, but definitely couldn’t resist my curiosity for them. I actually tried these because a friend gifted them to me – and have since fallen in love. These are so cool because they are a thin sheet that comes pre-moistened and soaked in a package of serum. You pull the sheet out, press it against your face (and kind of look like a psychopath, to be honest). You leave it on for 10-15 minutes, remove the sheet, and then massage the excess product into your skin! The Avacado mask is so hydrating, it really helped smooth and moisturize my dry skin!
What are your favourite hydration masks?
Don’t forget to check out some of my previous skincare & makeup posts:

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I’ve said it before, and I will likely say it hundreds of times in the future: skincare is absolutely crucial in the winter. Skincare is always important, but even more so in the winter. If you live in a particularly cold or harsh climate like I do, the skin faces aggressors on a daily basis.

In the winter (especially in climates that get a lot of snow and freezing temperatures) the skin’s moisture barrier can majorly suffer (you can read all about the skin and moisture barrier here!) The skin can become majorly dehydrated and dry as it’s exposed to freezing cold, harsh wind, and indoor heating. All of these things wreak havoc on our skin, and its ability to balance itself and regulate moisture.

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The Beauty Boutique that I work at had a big Fall-themed makeup gala this weekend! Gala’s are one of my favourite parts of working in cosmetics, since I usually work as one of the lead makeup artists. I got the opportunity to help plan the Gala and theme, as well as designing the poster advertisements and blog about the event!

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Since July has been a month of recovery, I haven’t been doing too much with my makeup. When I have worn makeup, it’s been more of a natural, glowing look. Here were my favourite products for the month of July!

Clinique Chubby Stick in “Bountiful Beige”: This is a rediscovered favourite! I was obsessed with this eyeshadow stick when I worked at Clinique a couple of years ago. It’s a gorgeous shimmery beige that’s perfect for a quick, everyday summer look! I love to wear this underneath a powder shadow – it boosts the colour and helps it last longer. The only downside to these is that if you don’t close the lid properly (you have to hear the little click!) they can dry out quickly. Mine is drying out, so I’ll definitely need to replace it soon!

Milani Baked Blush in “Luminoso” : If you’ve heard of the brand Milani, chances are you’ve heard of this blush. One of my best friends Claudia picked this up for me from the U.S. (before we found out Milani recently started being sold here in Canada!) Milani describes it as a “luminous peachy pink.” It has a super smooth texture and gorgeous luminosity. I was a little torn at first because I noticed this colour turns a bit orange on me when I wear it alone. But when combined with another blush – it is absolutely gorgeous. I love this product not so much as a blush, but as a blush booster/glow booster. It adds warmth and glow that really enhances the skin. I like to use this by applying my blush first, and then sweeping this softly across the sides of my face in the “3” motion that you typically apply bronzer. It highlights, adds a bit of a peachy warmth, and glow.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation:  I used to talk about this a lot when I first started blogging. It’s a super liquidy, lightweight foundation. It’s one of those “your skin but better” products that leaves you with an evened out complexion and glowing skin. When my skin got extremely dry and flaky for a little while, this foundation no longer seemed to work for me and got forgotten in my makeup collection. The other day while trying to get out of the house to get some fresh air, I decided to try it again! I instantly remembered why I loved it so much – it blends out so easily, and makes your skin look naturally glowing and flawless. Its amazing for a lightweight summer foundation!

Mac Mineralized Skin Finish Natural:  My best friend Claudia told me I needed to have this in my collection. I am so glad she did – this instantly became one of my new favourite powders. Mac describes this as a “slow bake powder” with a 77-mineral complex. It’s so soft, and applies so well to the skin. It glides over the skin, hides imperfections, yet doesn’t look cakey or powdery. I’ve been using this when I want to go out of the house but don’t want to wear foundation!

Mac Mineralized Eyeshadow in “Natural Vigour”: this duo launched in the spring Lightness of Being collection. It features two champagne toned shades. One is lighter, and more of a pale golden-peach. The second shade is a deeper peachy gold with larger sparkles. I have been loving this worn over top of the Clinique Chubby stick! The lighter shade is great if you want a paler look, but I love to wear the darker shade for some extra warmth and sparkle.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill “Champagne Pop” Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed: If you’ve been on any form of social media in the past 2 months, chances are you’ve heard of this! Youtube star and makeup artist Jaclyn Hill (who happens to be one of my favourite youtubers!) collaborated with Becca to create this AMAZING highlight. I’ll be doing a full post on this soon! It’s such a gorgeous highlight, I’ve been wearing it every chance I get!

Mac “Kinda Sexy” Lipstick:  This one has been on my list for a while now. It’s a gorgeous warm-neutral nude with subtle pink undertones.  It has a matte finish, but doesn’t feel dry or flaky on the lips. This shade is a gorgeous nude for warmer skin tones, and looks beautiful on deeper complexions!