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Lifestyle: Spring Beauty

Talking Spring Beauty with the V.O.C. Oakville girls! 

Now that spring is here, it's time to switch up your beauty routine! In this post, we're talking SPRING BEAUTY...including everything from adding pastels with our nail colours and lipsticks, to the best ways to hydrate our skin now that we'll be spending more time outside enjoying the sun! Follow along for our answers to some of our most asked beauty questions and to learn our fave products and to get our tips and tricks along the way.

We hope you enjoy!

Image via Marianna Hewitt (Instagram: @marianna_hewitt)

SHELBY

1. What products could you not live without?

"I have naturally pale skin, so I couldn't live without bronzer - it's my favourite way to fake a glow since I don't like tanning my face in the sun. My favourite bronzer is Benefit's Hoola Matte Bronzer ($38 at sephora.ca) - i've used it for over a decade! Even after trying a few different bronzers in between, I've always gone back to it!" 

 

2. What's your morning and/or bedtime beauty ritual?

Morning ritual: "In the morning I love starting with a glass of lemon water...I always feel so refreshed after and have heard there are tons of benefits. Even though it doesn't always happen, I try to make it a priority every few days to make a pitcher to drink over a couple of days."

Bedtime ritual: "As i've mentioned on here in the past, i'm a big tea drinker so I have to protect my teeth from stains and whiten them pretty frequently! Lately i've been using the GO Smile "On The Go" Teeth Whitening Pen that I found at Shoppers Drug Mart - but it seems to be available everywhere. Bonus: it doesn't make your teeth sensitive after use so you don't have to worry about the painful aftermath that some whitening products often create. 

3. What beauty trends are you loving for spring? 

"I'm really loving the metallic, mirrored nails trend for spring and am dying to try it! It's really loud but I think it looks super cool. I first saw it on one of our brand reps for Rails and fell in love! 

 

4. Any beauty tips or tricks you swear by? 

"Body brushing has been my latest trick to help improve circulation and make my skin smooth. It gets rid of any dead skin and I've also heard that it helps improve and prevent the apparent of cellulite. And with shorts season around the corner, i'm definitely going to step it up!" Here's a body-brushing how to from goop.com.  

"Another great one is always curling your eyelashes before applying mascara! It really opens up your eyes and I notice a huge difference on days where i'm too lazy and decide to skip it -- I look super tired!"  

AMANDA

1. What products could you not live without?

"I love the Vaseline Lip therapy ($4.99 at Well.ca) for keeping my lips for getting dry - I'm addicted. My favourite is the Rosy red tint!" 

2. What's your morning and/or bedtime beauty ritual?

"I love the Aveeno Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 in it. You can find it at any drugstore. I use it every morning and night! I find it evens out your skin in terms of blemishes and is the best moisturizer! Oh and drinking tons of water when I wake up and before I go to sleep!"

3. What beauty trends are you loving for spring? 

"I'm loving all the new bold spring lipstick colors at MAC Cosmetics right now. Especially the bright pink shades! They're such an easy way to brighten up your makeup look for spring. 'Snob' and 'Saint Germain' are my favourites!"

4. Any beauty tips or tricks you swear by? 

"One tip that I've made sure to follow for years is always washing my face before bed, no matter how tired I am! Going to bed with a fresh face and taking all of your makeup off allows your skin to breathe overnight and stay as healthy as possible! One of the best cleaners I've tried is by First Aid Beauty - it takes everything off!"

 

EMILY

1. What products could you not live without?

"Bio oil for sure! I go through a bottle a week right now to prevent stretch marks from pregnancy, but it's also great for dry, itchy skin."

2. What's your morning and/or bedtime beauty ritual?

"Dental floss...I floss morning and night! I know a lot of people skip this step sometimes, but it's so important to maintaining the health of your teeth!" 

3. What beauty trends are you loving for spring? 

"Pastel lips! I am a total lip girl and I love this fresh trend. I just picked up this MAC Cosmetics 'Dressed to Thrill' lipstick and absolutely love it!  

4. Any beauty tips or tricks you swear by? 

"I love doing weekly deep conditioning treatments on my hair...they work wonders when it's dry and damaged from heat styling and will be super important this spring and summer to protect my hair from sun damage. I've also noticed that adding in some extra conditioning treatments extends the quality of my haircut as well the colour and style. I love this hair mask by Living Proof." 

ALISHA 

1. What products could you not live without?

"This one is an easy one for me: Coconut oil! There's nothing you can't do with it. It can be used as a hair mask, moisturizer, lip balm, makeup remover...the list goes on! It's a must in my beauty regimen."

2. What's your morning and/or bedtime beauty ritual?

"Like Amanda, I'm a huge believer in chugging water before bed and when I wake up. It's the easiest way to detox. I also often make a pot of decaf tea before bed which is the perfect way to relax and a must for keeping my skin hydrated!" 

3. What beauty trends are you loving for spring? 

"I’m really excited for the au natural look this spring. I’m a strong believer in less is more, so just a little tinted moisturizer and mascara is all I need!" 

4. Any beauty tips or tricks you swear by? 

"My new addiction is apple cider vinegar! I take a shot of it in the morning, but it's also great as a natural toner or face mask!"
Click here for a great DIY facial toner made with Apple Cider Vinegar! 

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