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Review: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Matte Beauty Blush Wand

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Pillow Talk Matte Beauty Blush Wand

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They say: A new addition to the bestselling Pillow Talk product lineup from Charlotte Tilbury, this collection of four matte blush wands provides a pop of liquid-blush colour with a soft-focus matte finish.

We say: Our tester found these blush wands provided a really pretty wash of buildable, blendable coverage. A few dabs of the sponge-tip applicator, blended with a tool or fingertips, provided a nice soft pop to cheeks. The matte formula is perfect for those who prefer no sparkle, while also not leaving skin looking dull.

$52 | Charlottetilbury.com

Pupa Milano

Eyebrow Liner

They say: An “ultrafine” eyebrow pen that aims to recreate the “microblading effect” to provide the look of fuller, thicker brows. Available in three shades.

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We say: True to its claims, our tester found this pen provided small, hairlike strokes. She used the pen to fill in sparse areas of her brows and was pleased with how the product performed, remaining on skin without smearing or shifting and giving her brows the appearance of a definite density boost.

$26 | Pupamilano.ca 

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Clarins

Moisture-Rich Body Lotion

They say: A rich body lotion from the French brand Clarins that features shea butter, along with organic raspberry water, tamarind pulp acids and organic oat sugars to “intensely” nourish and hydrate skin.

We say: This lotion is surprisingly lightweight for such a hydrating formula, our tester reports. A small dollop applied to various areas of freshly cleansed and dried skin gave a nice veil of moisture that wasn’t sticky or heavy but left skin feeling

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Marilyn Bergeron: We can show our beauty like a stained-glass window

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The sun streaming through them creates something stunningly beautiful. Did you know, it’s the impurities such as metallic salts in the glass that produce the rich, deep colours? Their true splendour only appears when the sun shines through these stains.

It’s the same for us.

Let’s not spend out time counting our stains. Let us let the light of God’s grace shine through us. Often, we don’t realize how easy it is to let the light in.

Many people consider themselves impure, unworthy of God’s love, his grace, his forgiveness. They see others as holier, more prayerful, somehow better and believe all this makes them less valuable to God. They can’t imagine God would want to shine his light on them.

Others feel lost. They may have been deeply hurt by others and their sense of trust is broken. Perhaps they have made mistakes, done something they regret and don’t see a way back. Their lives haven’t turned out the way they planned.

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God loves perfectly. That doesn’t mean he condones bad behaviour any more than we do. He wants us to keep drawing closer to him and yes, that can be a challenge. Still, he loves us.

Like the glass stained with impurities, our weaknesses can show others the Lord’s grace when we open ourselves to his light.

What if we could shine the light of Christ on one another? People living on the street are children of God just as we are. So are criminals and bullies. So are our neighbours, our relatives and all the others we so easily judge.

What if we looked at others with this kind of respect and value as fellow children of God? What if we looked for their redeeming qualities and their need for our saviour’s redemption?

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Review: That’so On-the-Go Dark Instant Tanning Spray

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What it is: An instant self-tanning spray product from the made-in-Italy brand That’so.

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The product features Matrixyl, billed as a “powerful anti-aging ingredient,” and along with aloe vera and sugarcane extract, smoothes and hydrates skin while bronzer pigments add a sun-kissed glow. Featuring six per cent DHA — dihydroxyacetone, the active ingredient in most self-tanning products, the “natural formulation” spray tanning product provides an instant bronzed look that fully develops over two-to-three hours and lasts up to four days, according to the brand. 

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What we say: Trying a new self-tanner can be a daunting task. Will it be streaky? Will the colour be orange? How long will it last? The list of possible unknowns goes on-and-on.

Thankfully, our tester found this spray tan product provided all the right answers to the aforementioned queries. The 360 spray made application easy. Applied to clean, dry skin — prepped with the appropriate pre-exfoliation process, of course — she misted the product in one continuous spray, holding the can several inches away from the skin’s surface. The instant bronzer makes even application an easier task and, thanks to the fine mist, she found no rubbing in or blending was required.

A light application yielded a nice, sun-kissed look that lasted several days. Plus, we love the fact that there’s no colour transfer with this self-tanning product, so you can apply, let it dry and get on with your day without worrying about any collateral damage.

Where to get it: Thatsoitaly.com 

What it will cost you: $52.99.

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Review: Conair x Dafni Muse

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What it is: A heat styling tool from a collaboration between two brands, Conair and Dafni.

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The hair-styling brush is billed as being able to style “straight or naturally curly hair” that is short-to-medium length. The heated tool can be used to straighten strands, add curls or add waves. The heat styling tool features ceramic-coated bristles featuring Dafni’s patented technology.

With a fixed heat setting of 365 degrees F, the “optimal hairstyling temperature for effective styling while protecting your hair from unnecessary damage,” according the brand, the antistatic-bristle brush works to eliminate frizz while leaving hair “silky and smooth.”

What we say: After watching a few online tutorials, our tester set to work trying the Conair x Dafni Muse on her wavy, medium-length hair. Selecting small sections and completely dry hair were key aspects for best results.

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A slow pass through the hair yielded a straightened, sleek look while a twist of the wrist added a nice soft curl. Curious about how the tool would perform on other hair types, she tried it on someone with short, very curly hair and was impressed with how it smoothed her strands and added a nice curl.

The Conair x Dafni Muse was also tested on someone with fine, super-straight hair and was found to produce sleek, soft waves without making strands feel “crispy” or overheated.

Overall, she found the tool provided good styling performance without too much heat. The lightweight brush was easy to use and it didn’t take long to figure out how best to use it on different hair types and lengths.

Where to get it: Conaircanada.ca,

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