Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Hello Sunshine!

Let's be honest, as we get older sunscreen suddenly is everywhere and for good reason. Sunlight has UV A and UV B, not to mention infrared rays are also dangerous to the skin. Here's a few tips for sunscreen use and also for what you should be looking for when it comes to finding the perfect one for you:

Tips for sunscreen:

- look for PA ++++ in your sunscreen; protection against UV A + B
- sunscreen should be applied right AFTER your skincare routine of cleansing, toning and moisturizing
- apply that sunscreen BEFORE applying makeup
- you do need sunscreen even when it's raining outside - UV A can actually penetrate through rain clouds
- apply sunscreen every 2 hours
- waterproof sunscreens only last about 45 minutes; must be reapplied more frequently

The damage caused by the sun and UV rays really shows up in middle age if you aren't careful with your skincare regimen. So we did some research and picked out our top 3 sunscreens that are great in so many ways - not only are they not greasy or oily, offer no grey overcast, but they also cover a wide spectrum of UV and infrared rays to prevent skin damage.

* Here are our top choices:

Biore Watery Essence Spf 50 with PA ++++

One of Japan's best skin products by far and for good reason! Not only is this a clear gel like consistency but it's received rave reviews across the boards for years! We tested this out and not only is it very affordable (only around $20 on Amazon) but it actually is lightweight with no weird overcast.

LA ROCHE Posay Anthelios Ultra-fluid Spf 60

Another great find is the sunscreen by La Roche Posay! My mom swears by this one and it's a light cream consistency that doesn't feel too heavy on the skin prior to makeup application. This one is also in a great price range (about the same as Biore above), offers a matte finish AND is waterproof.  

Elta MD UV Clear Spf 46

If you suffer from acne or are more prone to breaking out - this sunscreen by Elta might actually be your saviour. A lot of people are usually held back from wearing sunscreen because of the fear of clogging pores and breaking out but Elta's really stepped up and combatted this issue. The price for this sunscreen is around $24.

So these were our picks for sunscreens to keep your skin protecting this Summer. So go ahead be a beach bum, just have that sunscreen handy!  What are some of your favs? Be sure to share in the comments. 


Sunday, 25 March 2018

According to your colour.

I get a lot of messages and emails from many of our LB fam asking about which colours will suit their complexion the best. I can honestly say here that they could all work if you're bold enough but if you're looking for a guide for everyday wear - I thought why not break it down for you all?
"Inclusivity needs to be a necessity."
So I have broken down our lip shades into 3 groups based on your complexion. I still do have to say that this isn't in concrete. I know many of you who have tried shades that you didn't feel would work for you but were pleasantly surprised... BUT if you want to play it safe. Here's my personal guide to get you through it:

Fair - Light complexion

Your favourite nude: Ella
Your change it up shades: Isla, Amelia, Olivia
Be bold shades: Rita & Priya

Olive - Medium complexion

Your favourite nude: Madison
Your change it up shades: Maha, Noor, Amelia
Be bold shades: Priya & Rekha


Tan - Deep complexion

Your favourite nude: Madison, Maha
Your change it up shades: Noor, Madison, Fenna
Be bold shades: Priya, Rekha & Imaari


So for anyone who is really confused as to what shade will work for you, I hope this serves as a helpful guide. 


Sunday, 7 January 2018

Conquering winter skin woes

It's cold outside boo and with that comes with the inevitably of dry, itchy skin. If you don't have this problem, I envy you! But for the vast majority of us, switching up your moisturizer during this time for something a bit more winter friendly is a must. If you live in a cold climate like me over here in Toronto, then you know how cold winters can become. I've been really battling a dry patch on my skin ever since the weather got uncomfortably cold and I can say successfully that I have won. I wanted to go over my tips and tricks when it comes to battling dry skin and I would love to hear yours in the comments. So feel free to sound off below :)

1. Switch your moisturizer.

When it comes to colder weather, your gel like moisturizers and anything you tend to use in the summer is just not going to make the cut. IF you live in a warmer climate where the weather stays pretty much the same all year round then you can ignore this. BUT if you like me live somewhere where it snows and the temperatures dip - it's time to switch it up my friend.

I've been really loving Caudalie products lately for my skin. Not only does my skin feel super soft after moisturizing but it smells so good too. Some other great dry skin products include: Tatcha - Silk Cream, Tata Harper - Winter Wonders (dry skin recovery kit), Aveeno and Neutrogena Hydro Boost.

2. Sheet masks 

This definitely helped a lot with getting rid of unwanted dry patches and tightness around laugh lines.

Do this twice a week (the optimal amount in accordance to Korean beauty experts) and you will find your skin looking more supple and soft in no time.

3. Drop of body oil

Suffering from more than just dry skin on your face? Winter can make your arms, legs and pretty much your entire body feel very itchy and dry.  Run a lukewarm bath and add 2 drops of body oil and get in!

This trick definitely works wonders for getting baby soft skin. Just two drops of a body oil into your bath and let it soak into your skin. Don't have time for a bath? No problem! After a shower, don't dry your skin completely and spray on some body oil and rub it all over.

4. Re-evaluate your makeup products.

The truth is we don't always check what our makeup products contain and sometimes this can be risky. A lot of alcohol containing products can really dry out your skin as well, always opt for alcohol free sprays and products. The same can be applied to cleansers and moisturizers.

Toss out old makeup - wearing harmful products or even expired products can be so detrimental to skin health.

5. Cleanser too strong

Does your skin feel tight as soon as you use that cleanser? It might just be that your cleanser is too strong for you and is actually the culprit. Even when fighting acne/acne scars, try to find a cleanser that is better for dry skin and/or sensitive skin.

Acne fighting cleansers can cause dry skin, so switch to one that isn't as strong or use a spot treatment for acne after cleansing if that is the case.

6. Hot showers

Who doesn't love a nice hot shower? But it might be causing your skin to get flaky and dry soon after. Try to stick to a lukewarm shower and you'll notice your skin will thank you for it.

These are tips I've personally been using and I have to say the dry patch on my skin has successfully vanished. Have any tips to fight dryness that I missed? Share in the comments below.