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Beauty by Kristin

A beauty blog. Make-up lovers unite!

My first attempt at editing a video! Filmed this using my Blackberry again, it can be tricking trying to hole the camera AND be pouring/mixing and trying to measure. ūüėõ

I recorded this using my Blackberry but the quality seems good. Also I sound like a man LOL not sure what the deal is there, must have been trying to keep my voice down? Anyway it was my first video and I hope to do more, let me know what you think!

I came across this amazing lip balm awhile ago and decided I should do a post about them already! EOS – Evolution of Smooth, makes body lotions, shave cream and these cute and effective lip products! They look a little different then conventional chapsticks, and are too cute!

EOS lip balm

They are gluten, paraben and petroleum free! Not only so they look cute and do wonders for your lips, they smell yummy as well. I recommend picking one up (or two!) and trying them. I promise you’ll fall in love too!

This toner is SUPER easy to make, as well as cheap to make! Witch hazel is a great toner for the skin and the aspirin helps to clear acne and even out skin tone!


  • Witch hazel (this can be purchased at your local drugstore)
  • Uncoated ASA (aspirin)
  • Clean, empty pump or squirt bottle
How to make it:
  1. Pour 1- 1.5 cups of witch hazel into your container.
  2. Add 4 ASA tablets.
  3. Shake well and wait for the aspirin to dissolve.
  4. Be sure to shake before each use.
  5. Just apply to a cotton pad and rub all over face, avoiding the eye area.

I recently picked up this new¬†polish¬†from OPI. When applied over an already dry polish it cracks to create a “shattered” look. I thought it looked really neat and I wanted to try it.

I paired it with a dark pink polish and got this result (Forgive my messy job, I’m not very good at painting my own nails :P)

Overall I’m very impressed and I like it a lot! You definitely need to apply a top coat though, because the Shatter polish is fairly matte. Easy to do and what an awesome effect! I think it cost me about $12 and so worth it!

I recently saw a few videos on Youtube about this and I thought I would share my thoughts.

Skin needs nourishing. I need anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and love. However be careful how many products you layer onto your face. Too many products and your skin will become overloaded!

Here are the products/routine I use at night and before I go to bed.

  • First, I remove my make-up using Clarins make-up remover (Or Ponds cold cream) and either a washcloth or damp baby wipes.
  • Next I cleanse my face with a Tea tree cleanser. Rinsing well.
  • Next I use Arbonne’s RE9 Regenerating toner. This is one of my favorite toners! It’s full of vitamins A, C, E and more anti-oxidant rich ingredients. It’s also pH-balanced.
  • After that I use the RE9 Intensive¬†Renewal¬†serum and sometimes add a drop of tea tree oil and/or vitamin E.
  • Last but not least, eye cream! Under the eyes and around the orbital bone. Prevent and treat those wrinkles and delicate eye area!
Other than that you don’t need to pack on more moisture unless you have very dry skin. Also note that this is a nighttime routine. I wouldn’t do this in the morning or during the day. Strictly before bed. I’ll post a day-time skin routine in the future.

I recently found this website and I thought I would talk about it as my first CTO! (check this out!)

It’s called Skin Deep. Basically you type in a product and it will tell you numerous things about it. You type in a product and it will give you a number from 1 – 10 rating it’s health concerns and hazard level. For example I used: Aveeno’s Clear Complexion Moisturizer. This is what it looks like…

Full page here.

Overall, this is rated at a 6, which is moderate. Then further down the page it lists the product’s ingredients and THEIR rating and¬†associated¬†health concern(s).

I highly recommend bookmarking this site and checking on some of the products you use daily. Even the most UNTHINKABLE companies and products are bad news bears. Keep your skincare from low to moderate and try to avoid products rated at a 7 to a 10. Stay healthy and beautiful!

I tried this recipe with my mom and we both loved it! Our faces were so soft after, what a nice end to the day!


    • Rolled oats or oat bran. I found this Scottish Oatmeal at the health food store and decided to try it.

    • Unsweetened coconut (this part is optional if you are allergic or just don’t like coconut, just add more oats)

    • Natural yogurt (not vanilla!) I picked up the Greek kind, it’s high in fat which is what you want for a facial.

    • Honey! As you can see I have the local, organic variety, called Honey Bunny. You can use regular honey, I just prefer to try and use as many organic products as I can when I’m making skin products

    • Lemon juice. I had NO lemons and had to¬†substitute¬†for ReaLemon…

How to make it:

    • In a small bowl add about 1/8 cup of oats and 1/8 cup of coconut.

  • Then add about 1 tablespoon of yogurt, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.

  • Stir well to combine.

  • Apply to face and rub in a¬†circular¬†motion, avoiding the eye area. Allow to sit on face for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Rinse off with warm water rubbing in a circular motion.
After enjoying this mask, your skin will feel so soft! The yogurt and oatmeal nourished and calmed the skin while the lemon juice helps to lighten any dark spots. While the honey heals, moisturizes and protects.

I stopped in at Winners this weekend looking for some ELF palettes I had seen last time and not purchased. Unfortunately there were none left but I did manage to find a few other things!

First an OPI polish I had to have, I love the color! Like a dark plumish-red.

Lately I’ve been trying to find compact sized make-up or smaller sizes to put in my purse. I also take a bag with me to Shawn’s on the weekend and would like to have to carry as little as possible. When I found this I fell in love! A small black clutch-like palettes with eyeshadows, blush, highlight and lip gloss!

And last but not least, I came across a 3-brush set from XOXO and I thought they were so cute! There is a foundation brush, powder brush and one for eyeshadow.

All those goodies and it cost me under $40! The eyeshadows are very nice and the nail polish looks great! Living in Canada, Winners is a great place to find beauty products for a much more affordable price!

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