I had initially planned to do a 2017 Beauty Favourites video, but time seemed to escape me. Before I knew it, it was the end of March and I don’t know about you, but that seems a tad too late. So instead I thought I’d do a post talking about some of my current favourite makeup products – most of which were from 2017, but some are new launches.

This video contained many bloopers, which I decided not to edit out. Specifically, my dog knocking over my Jaclyn Hill palette, and the heartbreak and turmoil that followed. I hope you enjoy!

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Spring is perhaps my favorite season of the year for Instagram – everyone’s feeds are full of pastels, flowers, and pretty pinks.
Here’s a recap of what my month looked like on Instagram! 

You can find me here, or as raincoatesbeauty on the app!

Are you addicted to Instagram too? Leave me your links in the comments!


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Attention Edmonton residents and fashion lovers! There’s going to be a huge fashion and arts show at West Edmonton Mall, featuring new and upcoming Canadian designers! PARKSHOW is hosted by PARK, and stands for “Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture.”

Date: Saturday, December 5th, 7:00 pm

Location: West Edmonton Mall Level 1, Phase 1, Entrance 32 (main stage by The Bay) 

Tickets can be purchased here, and you can use the coupon code “YEGBLOGGERS” for a discount!

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It’s going to be an evening full of fashion, arts, talent, and creativity – with 2 shows and pop-up shops appearing throughout the evening! I am so incredibly excited to be attending this event, since this isn’t something particularly common for my city. But we have the chance to really help promote arts and culture here in Edmonton, and I am so happy to be a part of this, helping to grow culture in my hometown.

There’s going to be some incredible designers, such as Barclay Clothing, LUXX Ready To Wear, Hunt Amor, Lennard Taylor, Kazz Clothing, Anneke Forbes, and WORKHALL.

There will also be a fun PARKSHOP pop-up shop on Thursday December 10th to Sunday December 13th!

Checkout the facebook page for details!

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On Tuesday, I got the opportunity to attend the SkinCeuticals and the Rao Dermatology Alberta Durmasurgery Centre launch event here in Edmonton!

The event was celebrating the first SkinCeuticals flagship location here, and their recent partnership with the board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Rao! A handful of local bloggers were invited to learn about Skinceuticals, the company, tour the facility, and get a full skincare analysis! I was truly honoured to be invited, it was an absolute pleasure to attend. The food catering was incredible and unique (they had candied bacon. Candied bacon!!!) The atmosphere was clean, open, educational, and fun.

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Dr. Rao and his team opened up a brand new clinic here in Edmonton (which is stunning!) The clinic is a full Dermasurgery clinic, that offers medical and cosmetic dermatology and surgery. The clinic is massive, with operating rooms, consultation rooms, recovery rooms, offices, facial peel rooms, and more. What I thought was truly amazing is that they have the ability to screen, operate on, and test skin cancer right in their clinic!

About Dr. Rao:  Dr. Jaggi Rao is an award-winning dermatologist, skin & cosmetic surgeon, author, and educator. He’s also certified in both Canada and the United States! He’s the dermatologist for the Edmonton Eskimos and Oilers (which is pretty darn cool!) He also teaches at the University of Alberta, and created the Acne Clinics of Canada! He’s such an inspiration, and it was an honour to meet him and hear about his new clinic, and why he truly believes in SkinCeuticals.

Skinceuticals: this incredible and innovative brand was founded by Dr. Sheldon Pinnell in 1994. The brand is hugely based on science and research, and has paved the way for some major breakthroughs in skincare, particularly the importance of antioxidants and sun protection. It’s described as a “cosmeceutical” brand, combining cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. This is a dermatologist grade company, with significant scientific research and testing backing up all formulations on products. Many of the products are used in the clinic after all sorts of cosmetic and skin procedures. I am planning to do a full review of the brand, and many of the skincare products in the next month, so stay tuned for that if you are interested!

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It was so much fun, so educational, and very inspiring. We learned all about antioxidants, sun-protection, skin-aging, and more. Each attendee received a full skin analysis, where we placed our heads in a machine that shows you multiple layers of your skin. This machine detects multiple skin conditions such as dehydration, clogged pores, and most importantly sun damage or discoloration. It was a little terrifying – if you ever think you have nice skin, that machine will likely prove otherwise. But for the purpose of detecting deep sun damage or early discoloration, etc, it’s very beneficial. As expected, the machine showed my dehydrated, combination skin, dry patches, and some pigmentation issues. They mapped out a whole skin routine for us, and gave us an arsenal of skincare recommendations, tips and tricks.

If you live in the Edmonton area and are needing any sort of cosmetic or dermatological procedure, or want to learn about SkinCeuticals, definitely check out the Alberta Durmasurgery Centre! 

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(You can find me on Instagram here, or as “raincoatesbeauty”)

October was another busy month full of work, life changes, and a smidge of Halloween festivities. (To read about my favourite Halloween movies, foods, and makeup, click here!)

It also consisted of some shopping (shocker, I know. I’m a makeup addict, what can I say?) You can watch my fall makeup haul here, or check out my favourite products for October here! 

Are you addicted to Instagram too? Leave me your links in the comments!