Skin Care Tips for the Gym

 

Way of Will products for an active lifestyle | elodiebeauty.com

Don’t forget about your skin while at the gym!

Just because you work your bod super hard, doesn’t mean you should be doing the same to your skin! Make these few adjustments to your routine and toss a few key products in your gym bag to take with you the next time you hit the gym.

  1. Remove makeup before workout:  Sweat + grime + makeup is never a good combo. Fully remove your makeup before working out to keep pores clear while you sweat (and prevent that ‘oh-so glam’ smudgy mascara look). Pre-moistened wipes are good for this purpose!
  2. Tone post workout: If you don’t have time to shower before heading home, use a toner post workout to help keep pores clear, hydrate the skin, and calm redness. (Anyone else look like a tomato after a workout??). Try Way of Will Sensitive Skin Neroli + Frankincense toner
  3. Replenish the skin after heat: Hot yoga, steam rooms, and saunas are all amazing for detoxifying the skin, but heat is also very drying. Make sure to replenish the skin and lock in moisture by slathering an oil on afterwards. Try Way of Will Dry Skin Geranium + Camellia Face Oil
  4. Let your sweat flow freely: Sweating is good, smelling is bad. Stop using anti-perspirants to curb your sweat glands and use a natural deodorant instead. Don’t worry, this Way of Will Tea Tree + Pumpkin Seed Deodorant actually works and smells amazing!

Way of Will Sensitive Skin Toner

BONUS:

  1.  Treat muscles after a hard training session: Help your body recover by using a foam roller and massage oil. This Way of Will Soothe and Cool Peppermint + German Chamomile smells so good, and feels even better! OR try this as an aromatherapy treatment in the steam room!

Way of Will Soothe and Cool Massage Oil | elodiebeauty.com

How to Apply concealer the right way

The right way to apply concealer | elodiebeauty.com Concealer can leave you looking flaky 

As we age, our skin becomes more and more dry. This is mainly because of hormonal changes and a decrease in oil production. Since the skin under the eyes is naturally thinner, it’s the first area of the face to be get dry and wrinkly (*sigh*).

To make things worse, when we apply concealer the dry flaky skin and fine lines can become even more obvious.

How to cover dark circles and get a flawless under eye: 

  1. Always prime the under the eyes with a hydrating serum. This ensures the area is plump and moist, without adding greasy oils. Try: Consonant’s HydrExtreme 
  2. Apply a natural, alcohol-free foundation as a base to help prime and even-out the skin tone. (Many foundations and concealers contain alcohol which will dry out the skin even more!) Try: Sappho’s Essential Foundation (I use ‘Leisha’)
  3. Using a brush (or your fingers!) apply a small amount of colour corrector on the darkest areas. Try: Fitglow’s Eye Bright
  4. Starting at the inner corner, apply a creamy concealer in an upside down triangle shape under your eye (don’t apply a full sweep of colour under your whole eye area, this will make you look like a racoon!) Use your finger to gently pat it in. Avoid smearing it around. Try: Alima Pure’s Cream Concealer (I use ‘Pearl’).
  5. Finish off by applying a little bit of concealer on your eye lid to even out the skin tone.

Watch the video to see the step by step!

The Top Makeup Trends for Fall 2017

 

Fall 2017 Makeup Trends | elodiebeauty.com

This Fall’s hottest Makeup colours with well.ca

This fall, it’s all about burnt sienna, scarlet auburn, and rich burgundy. Every year vampy lips are popular (think: oxblood, wine, burgundy), but the 2017 fall makeup trends are shifting more to the orangey – brown shades.

No need to buy 10 different shades of eyeshadow and lipstick though, monochromatic colouring is very popular and the same shade can be used for the eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Eye Shadow

  • A combo of scarlet auburn and metallic gold is all over the beauty feeds of Youtubers and Instagramers (Try: Pure Anada Loose Luminous Eye Colour in Marsala and Champagne).
  • Powder blues are also very popular, especially as an accent liner (Try: Pure Anada Loose Luminous Eye Colour in Bahama Blue, Crocus, or Zuzu Liquid Liner in Azure).

Lip Colour

  • Lip colour is harkening back to the 90’s with burnt sienna and deep shades of mauve -brown (Try: Axiology lipstick in Infinite, Bad, or Identify)
  • Two-toned, ombre lips are also showing up everywhere! Try using a darker lipstick (or liner) for the outer lips and fill the centre in with a lighter colour. (Try: Axiology lipstick in Bad and Instinct).

*Note: In the video I was using Axiology lipstick which is VERY creamy! Instead, I would recommend using a liner or a matte lipstick for the outer line. I also had no makeup brushes. Make your life easier and use the brushes! 🙂 

Nails

  • Dark blue-green nail polish is hot this fall! (Try: Pacifica 7 Free Nail colour in London Tom Boy). 
  • Dark burgundy is also a tried and true classic. (Try: Pacifica’s, Red Red Wine)
  • For a neutral look, light grey and translucent whites are also very popular. (Try: Pacifica’s, Wonderland).

Pacifica Nail Polish Fall Colours | elodiebeauty.com

Watch the Full Video with well.ca here:

Helena Lane Skincare

Helena Lane Skincare | elodiebeauty.com

My skin has never looked better. Seriously.

There are a number of factors at play:
1. I’m still breastfeeding. (For once in my life hormones are acting in my skin’s favour!)
2. I cut out all dairy (with exception to a few tastes here and there) because of my son’s eczema.

I agree, these are two MAJOR factors. BUT I’m also sleep deprived, stressed with moving and renovating my condo, and not eating as well as I should. Considering all of these things, my skin is feeling great and I would like to give some credit to Helena Lane Skincare.

I’ve had my eye on these products for a while and so I’m excited to finally have had a chance to take them for a spin thanks to Helena, the company’s founder.

Cleanser
Helena Lane Chamomile & Mandarin Cleanser | elodiebeauty.com

The Helena Lane Cleanser is really a ‘balm’. Meaning it’s made up of oils and waxes, and contains no water. Cleansing balms are actually my favourite way to cleanse. They’re less messy than a liquid oil cleanser, and very comforting , especially in the colder winter months. Cleansing balms are also great for removing eye makeup!

I’ve fallen in love with other cleansing balms, but never stuck with them because they contained coconut oil (as most of cleansing balms do). Fortunately, this one is a jojoba oil base, which is great for all skin concerns, including acne. There are 3 different kinds, I’m using the Chamomile & Mandarin, which smells so nice!

Benefits of a cleansing balm :

  • won’t strip the skin of natural oils
  • less messy than oil cleansing
  • more effective at removing makeup

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Helena Lane Hyaluronic Acid Serum | elodiebeauty.com Helena Lane Hyaluronic Acid Serum is the hydrating power of this skincare line. For any healthy skincare regime, you need a combo of hydrating water soluble ingredients + nourishing and protecting oils. I love the face that Helena Lane makes a serum as part of the product line. Depending on what your skin needs on any given day, it gives you the option to layer your products.

Helena Lane Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Serum | elodiebeauty.com

If you’re familiar with hyaluronic acid, it’s a clear odourless liquid. I’ve tried some that are thinner in consistency than others, but I like this one. Not too thin and not too thick, and absorbs quickly. It has a slight sticky feeling which is normal. That’s the hydrating magic and will go away once you apply your moisturizer or oil.

Moisturizer 

Helena Lane Argan & Neroli Moisturizer | elodiebeauty.com

The Helena Lane moisturizers (4 in all) are water-free, essentially like a face “balm”. I’ve never routinely used a balm and have always opted for a traditional oil + water moisturizer.

These moisturizers are a mix of shea butter, oil, and essential oils. I was reluctant at first since I usually stay away from ingredients like shea for fear of it being too “heavy”. Shea butter actually has antibacterial and healing properties though and is rich in vitamins A & E.

After applying a few drops of serum for hydration, I apply a pea-sized amount of moisturizer to lock everything in. It leaves my skin incredibly soft!

Even if you traditionally have oily or acne-prone skin, I wouldn’t discount this moisturizer. Try the Argan & Ylang Ylang version. 

A little goes a long way!

Helena Lane tip: If you can still feel moisturizer on your skin after 5 minutes, you’ve used too much. Our skin only absorbs what it needs. 

Helena Lane Chamomile & Argan Moisturizer

Helena Lane Skincare is one of the many fantastic beauty brands will be at the Mindful Beauty event hosted by Graydon Skincare on September 28th 12-7pm at Creeds Coffee Bar (390 Dupont St. Toronto). Admission is free!