Summer Fridays Review: Overtime Mask

I’m back with yet another face mask review, and once again it’s a trending Summer Fridays mask 😉 I wasn’t going to purchase this (like I said with the Jet Lag Mask as well), but I thought why not, it’s pumpkin scented, it’s fall and I do love a good mask LOL.

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This mask has a different mission and benefits than the Jet Lag mask so I’ve shared a few more details about it below before we dive into the review!

Mask Goal: Exfoliate & Hydrate

Key Ingredients: Pumpkin, Apricot Seed Powder, Oat Kernel Protein, Vitamin E

How it’s supposed to work: This mask is supposed to gently rub off dead skin cells to smooth the skin’s surface and brighten the skin’s complexion.

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Review

I used this mask per the instructions written on the back to make sure that I got the best results. I cleansed my face with an everyday face wash, pat dried it and then applied a thick layer of the Overtime mask. I let it sit on my skin for about 10 minutes and then rinsed it off.

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Applying it was easy and even though there are tiny exfoliating pieces, my sensitive skin had no negative reaction to it. It never once stung or irritated the skin, which is something that I was originally worried about! I think that the all natural ingredient list had something to do with how well it worked on my sensitive skin. It also smells delicious which is a huge bonus! My mom said it smelled like a “thanksgiving dessert” and I totally agree LOL.

After removing the mask my skin was left feeling baby smooth AND hydrated. Often with exfoliating masks my skin tends to feel dry afterwards, but not with this one. It felt truly renewed and fresh and I could visibly see how smooth it was too.

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I applied my jet lag mask right after along with the rest of my skincare routine and the next morning my face was glowing and felt brand new. When applying makeup I could really tell the difference of having those dead skin cells removed, because my creamy products applied so much easier.

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What do you think of the new Summer Fridays Overtime Mask? Shop here.

xoxo,

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THE Mask for Exhausted Skin

The mask I’m about to share with you all has continuously left my skin plumped, hydrated and quite honestly, looking like a million bucks! It’s a product that truly lives up to all of its hype…it’s the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask.

Summer Fridays is an American brand founded by bloggers Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores. They’ve now successfully launched two masks, the Jet Lag Mask and the Overtime Mask and people are raving about them! I waited a couple of months after the launch of the Jet Lag mask to purchase it so that I could get a better sense of whether or not it was worth it, and let me tell you, it’s worth it. This mask visibly reduces the appearance of stressed out and tired skin so much that no one can tell if you only get 3 hours of sleep at night 😉

I find that I examine my under eyes a lot in the morning to see if I’ve actually had a good night’s rest, but now since using this mask, I might feel tired but I certainly don’t look it. It’s pretty magical if you ask me.

The best part about this mask though is that it’s Paraben, Synthetic Dye, Synthetic Fragrance, Sulfate and Cruelty Free! Plus it’s Vegan, AKA, everybody has the opportunity feel it’s amazing results.

My favourite way to use this mask is overnight and under my eyes. I apply a pretty thick layer of it to my under-eyes at the end of my skincare routine and I wake up looking like I’ve slept for two days straight. It’s now an essential in my routine and something that I’d recommend to a friend or a stranger. It de-puffs, hydrates, reduces darkness and really makes the skin glow. Even as a 10 minute face mask, this product proves itself worthy by leaving your skin radiant as ever.

I haven’t yet applied this as a primer under makeup, but when I do I’ll share how it goes! If you’ve tried it as a primer I would love to hear how it works!

xoxo,

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The Best Products for Clogged Pores

Summer has been hitting us hard with the humidity lately, especially in Vancouver, which means that the quality of our air isn’t as great as it could be and our skin is suffering in one way or another. The skin issue that bugs me the most is clogged pores because one, they cause unwanted tiny bumps on my face and two, they’re the worst surface to put makeup on (specifically matte products and highlighters).

When I run into this skin concern I use two very specific products and they seem to work pretty well! The morning after I use them my existing blackheads are gone and almost completely closed and the pores that were so open before are barely visable. Note: I have combination skin, the oiler parts being between my brows, nose and chin which is where most of my blackheads appear.

The first step to unclogging my pores is using a Micellar water. This helps remove leftover makeup and bacteria as well as provides a deep cleanse for my skin. The one that I’ve been using non-stop lately is the Bioré Charcoal Cleansing Micellar Water. The charcoal actually helps to reduce oiliness so it’s a win-win for me! I simply apply this water to a cotton pad and wipe it all over my face. They say that you don’t need to rinse after using this product but I actually prefer to when I have more clogged pores than usual.

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Next up I like to use pore strips on my nose because that’s where most of my blackheads reside. I’ve probably tried 10 different brands of nose pore strips by now but the Bioré ones have proven to work the best for me. I really like the Charcoal Pore Strips because again, they pull out excess oil.

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After I complete these two steps I apply my regular skincare routine and try not to wear makeup for a couple days!

What do you do to unclog your pores? Which products work the best for you? Please comment them below!

xoxo,

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My Go-To Gold Jewellery Pieces

When I first heard about Mejuri, a Canadian based luxury jewellery brand, I was still in my Tiffany & Co ONLY obsession. Every piece of my daily-wear jewellery was from Tiff & Co except for a few Pandora rings and it was all sterling silver, because I’m a simple gal (so I like to think) and didn’t want to own a hundred different pieces that I would barely wear…until I found Mejuri and my entire perspective of jewellery changed. I developed a love for gold pieces and the beautiful designs that the brand offered.

I remember following the brand on Instagram for a while as I was just starting up my blog and growing my Instagram portfolio and they were one of the first brands to reach out to me for a collaboration! I was in complete shock (good shock obvs) and extremely grateful for the opportunity so I said yes and a beautiful relationship formed 🙂

Each of the pieces in this post are truly special in their own ways and have a unique spot on my jewellery stand. I find myself going between my Tiffany & Co pieces and these gold pieces depending on my mood and outfit. However I still feel like I have a very simple jewellery collection, which is one of the things that I love about Mejuri. Their pieces have this ability to shine but in the most minimalistic way. It’s gorgeous!

Lotus Necklace

My very first piece was the Lotus Necklace which is made up of gold vermeil and a beautiful white sapphire stone. A very dainty but layer-able piece that I find myself wearing almost every day!

Layered Spheres Choker

Pictured below are both of the Mejuri necklaces that I own, the top being the layered spheres choker. I actually wear them both exactly like this! 😛 It’s also gold vermeil and extremely dainty which I really like in chokers.

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Between Hoops

Before these earrings I really wasn’t a hoop wearing gal but I couldn’t pass up these beauties. What I love the most about them is that they’re flexible and not stiff like a lot of hoops, which makes it easier to put them on and take them off!

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Trio Hoops

Out of all of my Mejuri earrings these are my FAVE! I absolutely love the simple link design and the way they dangle on my ear. They’re perfect for any outfit, casual to formal and they’re not too heavy!

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Pearl Hoops

These cute hoops were actually the first earrings I received from Mejuri and they’re perfect in my opinion because one I love the gold and two they have mini pearls attached! They’re super great for layering on the ear and I like to pair them with my actual Tiffany & Co pearls.

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If you’re interested in the brand you can click here to check them out, shop and get free shipping! I always want to be 100% honest with you babes on here though so I will let you know that for each purchase I’ll make a small commission. <3 Make sure that you see this at the top of your page when you’re shopping so that you can get that free shipping!

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xoxo,

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5 Ways to Keep Your Makeup Looking Fresh All Day

With summer approaching very quickly I think it’s about time that we figure out how to keep our makeup looking fresh all day. Especially through high humidities and scorching temperatures that try to melt it off! I personally already have very oily skin so in combination with heat my makeup tends to move all over the place, unless I’m consistent in touching it up throughout the day.

Here is what I do throughout the day to keep my makeup looking fresh…

1.Exfoliate 1-2 times a week to keep a clean canvas for my makeup.

Exfoliating gets rid of dead and unnecessary skin on the surface of your face and creates a clean canvas for you to apply your makeup.

2. Wear waterproof makeup.

I like to wear waterproof mascara in warmer weather because it stays on much longer and doesn’t smudge. My favourite one is “Lights, Camera Splashes” from Tarte!

3. Apply a face primer.

Primer is meant to help keep your makeup on so what better time is there to use it than in the summer?! Make sure to choose one that’s right for your skin conditions or else the primer could end up being useless!

4. BB Cream over foundation.

Less is always more in heat and even though I don’t wear foundation I know that using something lighter like a BB Cream in the heat is better, both for your skin and longevity of your makeup.

5. Use Blotting Sheets or Pressed Mineral Powder.

I always keep either oil blotting sheets or pressed powder in my purse to touchup those oily spots (usually my T-zone and chin) throughout the day. Blotting sheets are better because they don’t result in a caked look like some powders do but they can also pull off any makeup you have on, so pick your poison! 😉

What do you do to keep your makeup looking fresh all day?

xoxo,

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My Skincare Routine for Blemishes

If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen through video how I treat my skin when problems start arising, but today I want to share the routine in a little more detail.

I’m blessed to be able to say that I don’t have skin problems very often and when I do they’re most likely caused by stress and hormones (that time of the month). Unfortunately this past week has been super busy for me, AKA insanely stressful for various reasons, and my skin has broken out more than ever before. I’m seeing pimples form out of no where and the bumps on my face are increasing like crazy.

I’ve also been wearing makeup almost everyday (a simple BB cream, concealer and mascara) so that probably hasn’t been helping to fix the problem. However, it was only this morning when I actually had time to look in the mirror for a good amount of time that I realized what was happening on my face!! I didn’t freak, I just told myself I’d have a nice self-care skin sesh before bed and drink lots of water. Which is exactly what I did! Here’s what it included…


Step 1: Steam Face with a Hot Facecloth

This step is always really important when I’m trying to get rid of blackheads because it opens up the pores and makes it easier to remove them.

Step 2: Blackhead Removal with Tool

I use a blackhead removal tool from Sephora to squeeze out any obvious blackheads that are causing bumps in my skin. These little guys are a pain in the butt even with makeup on top!

Step 3: Blackhead Removal with Charcoal

I use the Biore Nose Pore Strips and a no-name brand charcoal peel-off mask (shop a similar one here) to further remove any blackheads that I couldn’t get out myself. I don’t do this very often, not even once a week because it tends to dry out the skin. I apply the mask only to the areas that are prone to developing blackheads to prevent dehydration.

Step 4: Unblemish Clarifying Toner

This is the toner that I use every single night because it works to tighten and clear out your pores. I usually use a cotton pad to apply but it can also be applied by patting the product onto the skin with your hands.

Step 5: Unblemish Dual Intensive Acne Treatment

I will never use any another acne treatment because this product has proven to me time and time again how well it actually works. It has two pumps, one is application lotion and the other is Benzyl Peroxide Lotion. They’re separate because when mixed together in one bottle they don’t work as well as when they’re first combined (science stuff, idk). I apply this to all of the areas where I’m experiencing acne and blackheads and I never actually have to pop any of my pimples. This stuff gets rid of the acne and bumps before they turn white and pop-able.

Step 6: Image Skincare Vital-C Hydrating Overnight Mask

I recently got this mask from an Image Skincare Launch Event and the hydration it provides for my skin is unreal!! It’s not an every night mask, more like 1-2 times a week, but it totally revitalizes your face and you wake up feeling like a brand new person, seriously. It has a deliciously refreshing citrus scent and has a jelly like consistency which makes it cool to the touch and very smooth to apply. I tried to find the link to this product but it may not be online yet so follow me on Insta (@haleyestradaa) for updates! 🙂

Step 7: Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

This eye cream is a little thicker than my usual ones but it really hydrates the under eyes and reduces puffiness and dark circles. Plus it has avocado, duh, what a trendy eye cream! 😉

Step 8: Lip Care

If my lips are extremely chapped I’ll apply a Lip Renewing Serum but otherwise I usually go for one of my other favourite lip products. You can find the list in my last post here.


I hope this post was helpful for those of you with similar skin issues! I love sharing these routines with you guys because I think it’s important to show the not so pretty parts of my life and how I deal with each situation. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below babes!

xoxo,

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A Guide to Perfect Brows

Eyebrows can be very tricky to deal with but because they’re such a prominent part of our faces they’re one of those things that you should be taking care of! They can make or break your entire look and anyone who’s had a bad experience at a brow salon can tell you exactly what it feels like. Yikes!

Although we don’t all have the exact same brow shapes, thicknesses or colour, there are certain things we could all be doing to make sure our brows are always “on point”! These are simple daily tasks that result in YOUR own perfect brows.

  1. Trim! Whether you get them threaded, waxed or none of the above, keeping the inner parts of your brows trimmed helps to keep them looking fresh and well-kept.
  2. Use a growth enhancer. This one is up to you but I know that as a gal with thinner eyebrow hairs getting volume from product alone is difficult, so I turn to my eyebrow enhancer at night. It’s a quick and easy application and applies like mascara, but to your brows of course. It helps them grow longer and thicker! The enhancer that I’m currently using is from Hello Hair; you can shop it here.
  3. Brush them out daily. Just like your hair your eyebrows should be brushed out, with a spooly, at least once a day. This will keep them growing in their natural form and it keeps them looking clean and feathery.
  4. Keep a tweezer handy. Unless you never get your brows done, keeping a tweezer handy is very helpful to get rid of those random strays!
  5. Use highlighter. Highlighting the arch under your brow accentuates their shape and  easily makes your eyes look bigger too! My favourite highlighter right now is the Watts Up cream highlighter by Benefit. Shop it here.
  6. Visit a professional. Did you know that eyebrow hairs are the slowest growing hairs on your body? Try to visit a professional threader/waxer to fix the shape of your brows because if you try it yourself and screw up then it’ll be a long four months or more until they grow back. They may not even grow back the same….so be careful!

What do you babes do to take care of your brows? Comment your tips below! xx

xoxo,

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Lip Products That I Can’t Live Without

Chapped lips are the worst, agreed? They feel horrible, don’t look so great and often result in countless dollars being spent on any chapstick you come across. So….buy no more! Below are my favourite solutions for chapped lips. They are literally the lip products that I can’t live without because they do wonders to plump, hydrate and smooth, and who doesn’t need that?

A few things that I look for when I’m trying out new lip products are…

  1. Longevity. How long do they actually last on my lips before having to reapply?
  2. Stickiness. No one likes a sticky lip balm or serum…
  3. Application. I prefer not to stick my fingers in a tin of lip balm so I always try to find tube versions!

#1 Rodan+Fields Lip Renewing Serum

I think this will always be my favourite lip product because of how well it works. This serum truly plumps your lips and renews their moisture from any state. Put this on completely chapped lips overnight and you’ll wake up with what seem to be brand new lips! This is also an anti-aging product that works to reduce fine lines and the plump-ness that you get after using it is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Shop here.

#2 Image Skincare Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex

Wow that’s a mouthful! I recently started using this lip enhancement in the sheer pink shade and I have to say that it gives the nicest plump and glossy look! Not only that but it provides really good hydration throughout the day and doesn’t need to be re-applied often. Shop here.

#3 Vaseline Lip Therapy Advance Healing Lip Balm

I found these little guys when I was in Hawaii and I was SO excited that I bought 3! LOL. Over the years Vaseline has solved many, many of my chapped lip problems but always hated having to carry around a tin that required me to use my fingers for application. Until I found this version!! It’s easy to carry around, applies super smooth and works well underneath lippies! Shop here.

#4 Revlon Kiss Exfoliating Balm

This sugar mint scrub is such an enjoyable pick-me-up for the lips! The soothing sweet mint flavour exfoliates your lips resulting in a smooth canvas for a colour application on top. I love that the sugar particles actually melt into your lips, especially when they’re cracked! I like to pair this with my Revlon Kiss SPF 20 Colour Balm in shade Berry Burst. Shop here.

#5 Lush Lip Scrub

If I’m looking for a quick fix on chapped lips before I apply a lipstick I love using the Lush Lip Scrubs! These scrubs really get rid of the dead skin and leave you with silky smooth lips. My favourite flavours are the Bubblegum and Honey! Shop here.

What are your favourite lip products?

xoxo,

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Influenster – Test Products for Free!

If you’re a blogger, YouTuber, or have some sort of social media influence then you definitely want to hop on the Influenster bus! Influenster is a community of over 3 million social savvy shoppers that review products and brands and test products for free based on social media influence.

Influenster is a great place to:

  • read honest reviews about products (beauty, fitness, style, travel, etc)
  • compare products
  • learn about the newest products
  • read about product tips and tricks
  • write reviews on products you have tried

I only joined Influenster a couple months ago but I’m already in love with it! I’ve even received my very first “VoxBox”, a complimentary gift to review. I reviewed the Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in the colour LOLITA! It was an easy process too. I was chosen, sent an email, and shipped the item.

Review of the Everlasting Lip Liner

The lip liner itself is verryyy nice. I find the colour a tad too deep for my liking but the application is smooth and it stays on! I wore the lip-liner for an entire day and was quite shocked to see that at the end of the day almost 100% off the product was still on my lips! I think I’ll try out some other colours from her collection. You can find all of them at Sephora!

Shoot me some questions if you’re just starting out on Influenster!

xoxo,

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