Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Sisters, Not Twins

A lot of women ask me what the difference is between our colour correcting tinted moisturizer (CCTM) and our MakeSense Foundations. Why would you want one over the other? I love both of these products and I utilize them in different ways. It all depends on what I’m doing that day and what kind of coverage I need. Some women love a natural look whereas some women prefer full coverage.

On an everyday basis, I love our CCTM. Not only does it moisturize your skin, it actually helps balance out the redness on your face (which I have a lot of) and feels absolutely weightless. On top of that, it helps decrease sun and age spots. It honestly feels like I’m wearing nothing at all, which I love for my more casual days, and I can apply this with my fingers. It’s so quick and easy to apply. Every day I work out in a warehouse managing shipping, so most of the time I don’t want to feel like I’m wearing makeup at all. I want to look polished, but still natural as I run around and organize paperwork with skids. Freckles still poke through, which I love some days. I’m embracing the freckles!

When I want a little more coverage and to look like I have a flawless complexion, I will reach towards our MakeSense Foundation. This stuff is amazing! I apply it with a brush, however you can also use a sponge or even your fingers if you wish. It goes on so well and blends like a dream. Our MakeSense Foundation is water-resistant and lasts on me all day long. Many foundations will break down on me at the 5 hour mark (which is inconvenient for those of us with a 9-5 job!) and will look terrible by noon hour. This foundation lasts until I decide to wash it off. Below shows a photo of me waking up after a fun night out, when I fell asleep without washing my face first (this is a big no-no! You should always wash your face before bed time). But our cosmetics are jam packed with our incredible SeneGence skincare, so although it’s not great to sleep in your makeup, my skin did receive some anti-aging benefits!


Full Disclosure: This was after a night of heavy 
drinking, dancing, sweating, and eating.

This foundation also has our mechanical shield in it which is equivalent to an SPF 15! If you top it over our Day Time Moisturizer, that shield bumps up to the equivalent of an SPF 30!!!! I love our makeup and skincare. These babies also colour adjust to adapt to your skins pigmentation. That technology in a foundation is so cool and very much needed. That means that there is minimal stress when picking a shade.

So whether you’re looking for lightweight and natural, or full coverage flawlessness, we have you covered! Both will give you a different look, but one of these is right for you. Hey, maybe even both.

Until next time, good night my friends.


Monday, 29 January 2018

Volcanic Bliss

People have asked me over the years if it really is important to exfoliate your skin. The answer is always YES! Whether it is your body or your face, exfoliating your skin is crucial because it sluffs off old, dry, flakey skin and exposes the youthful, radiant, healthy cells that give us the sexy glow we all crave. However, when choosing an exfoliator, there are some things to think about.

Some exfoliators can be way too harsh on your skin and actually end up causing more damage than benefits. If the exfoliating particles are too large and too sharp, you can actually tear your skin and cause infection. That is NOT the result we are ever looking for. People think that they require an abrasive exfoliator to see any results. This definitely is not the case.

One of the most incredible, natural exfoliators on the planet is volcanic ash. Not only is it a very fine particle, it does more than just sluff off the dead cells. The Vanuatu volcanic ash that is used in SeneGence products also has anti-bacterial qualities which makes it great to help with skin rashes, blemishes, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and yes, even cellulite and stretchmarks (heck yah!!!!). This volcanic ash is also high in sulphur which is an active mineral ingredient to help your body resist bacteria AND also destroy it. What an awesome ingredient this is that makes a HUGE difference in your skin!

When it comes to looking after your skin, all over your body from your head to your toes, you really should be taking advantage of the natural wonders of the world. Look into ingredients that people have been using for centuries and embrace them. I love finding the skincare secrets of the world and experiencing them myself. When I was able to discover products with Vanuatu volcanic ash as a main ingredient, I was blown away and I will definitely be using these for years to come. My skin is healthy and glowing, smooth and radiant. I use the Body Scrub with Vanuatu volcanic ash before I self-tan (to help get the streak free glow I love) and the Polishing Exfoliator twice a week to keep the dead cells off so my skincare can treat the healthy cells and penetrate deep to correct any damaged ones. Both of these products (as well as the Facial Resurfacer) also include the amazing SenePlex Complex! In a nutshell, this patented formula works to rejuvenate your cells 23.3% faster. That means that plumper, healthier cells are coming to the surface quicker. This is a GAME CHANGER in your skincare regime.

Overall, understanding your skin care ingredients are crucial to ensure that your skin is getting the pampering it needs so that you are looking your best at all times. Utilizing some of nature’s hidden secrets is also a great way to care for your skin and begin to understand other cultures from around the world. To me… it’s a win-win!

Until next time, goodnight my friends!


Sunday, 21 January 2018

No Make-Up, Make-Up!

As much as I love glam, rock star make-up, a natural makeup look is more my go-to. It’s also something that a lot of women want for day to day. When I do makeup demos on my clients, a lot of them ask for a “natural look that looks like me… only better”. I completely understand that. Women are learning to embrace their natural beauty and I am completely living for it! I love how women want to let their freckles show or maybe a memorable scar. Women are really embracing their unique and imperfect images and I love how powerful it is! I, too, am embracing my natural beauty and love showing people who I am.

Sometimes women just want to look like themselves, only a little more polished. People always ask me how they can achieve a natural look, but still look flawless. The main thing you want to do to achieve the no make-up, make-up look is to even out your skin tone. If you want a true natural look, you will still have your freckles and unique marks to show through, but you’ll most likely want to even out any redness or discolouration on your skin tone. Using something like a tinted moisturizer is a great way to get the sheer coverage you desire, yet balancing out any uneven tones in your skin. I am obsessed with our Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer (CCTM) and wear it every, single day. I only wear foundation to events and special occasions now (when I want to look perfected and glam). I have a lot of redness in my face. My cheeks, around my nose, my chin and even my forehead are covered with redness throughout. But when using the CCTM, it helps balance everything to turn my face into the perfect, canvas for anything else I’d like to add on top of that. I am only wearing three products in the photo below, which means this face was quick, easy and looks like I’m wearing nothing at all!

*Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer – Light
*First Love LipSense with Glossy Gloss
*Eyebrow Pencil to fill in any sparse areas

I wasn’t even wearing mascara this day (which is absolutely unheard of for me) but I loved this look! To me, this really is what no make-up, make-up is all about. Do you want some product recommendations on helping to recreate this natural look?

~ Tinted Moisturizer (or even mixing a little bit of your Original MakeSense Foundation with your Daytime Moisturizer to create your own CCTM in a pinch!)
~ Neutral LipSense Colour (shade suggestions – First Love, Apple Cider, Nude, Bella)
~ LashSense mascara (Black-Brown or Black colour)
~ BrowSense or an eyebrow pencil to fill in any uneven areas
~ ShadowSense waterproof, crease proof cream to powder pigments

These are my favourite products to use every day. ShadowSense is marketed as an eyeshadow, but I love using it for everything on my face. Eyeshadow, eye primer, eye liner, eye brows, blush, bronzer, highlight... everything! I love using colours like Moca Java, Mulberry, Sandstone Pearl, and Candlelight to help cover my redness and veins on my eyelids. They’re a great, versatile product to use on glam days or no makeup days. I am OBSESSED (as most of you already know)!

I love my no make-up, make-up days. I wear this look more than any other! I am truly embracing all of my natural beauty, and enjoying every second of it! I hope you are too!

Until next time, goodnight my friends.


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Miracles Happen When You're Fast Asleep

There’s a lot of truth behind this statement. I have just spent the last week battling one heck of a virus. My favourite defense? Sleep! I love sleep normally, but when I’m feeling worse for wear there is nothing like a full on, 10 hour, coma-like sleep. You can wake up feeling like a million bucks! Do you also remember your mother and your doctor saying “go home and rest” whenever you were sick or injured? It’s a real thing!

Did you know that when you’re asleep is when your body’s cells repair themselves? That’s why whenever you’re not 100% rest is really important. Your cells will fight off bacteria, heal infections and beat those not-so-perfect cells into oblivion! It wasn’t until I understood this that I understood why a night cream is really beneficial for you. I was always the girl who would only use one cream. One for the day time and the same one for at night. Why invest in two creams (the night cream being the more expensive generally) when the day cream does the same thing? In reality… they are very different.

A day cream usually has a thinner consistency compared to the night cream, as it is generally worn under makeup, and can have some sun protection in it (hopefully a mechanical shield as opposed to chemical, eek!). Night cream is the gold mine. Your night cream is filled with all of the goodness of the day cream, only at a much higher potency. This works in conjunction with your skincare routine and amplifies the results. While you’re asleep, your cells will take all of the vitamins and minerals in your night cream and help repair those cells on your face, neck and décolleté. Although night creams generally don’t have any sun protection, as you really wouldn’t need it at night time, it is jam packed full of all the ingredients you skin requires in order to help restore your skin to being the most healthy, youthful, radiant skin that you could possibly have. I have found how essential having a night cream is in any persons beauty regime, especially when anti-aging is a concern for you.
Not only is our night cream filled with SenePlex Complex, which is a kinetic enzyme that increases cellular renewal, but it’s also loaded with ingredients like Algae Extract, which hydrates skin and helps enhance skins ability to repair itself, and also Yeast Extract, which aids in formation of new healthy tissues and promotes new cell formation. This baby works hard while you’re dreaming of big things!

So, now I’m a true believe in the power of a night cream. I won’t go back now! My skin has seen a huge improvement and I think it’s partially due to the impact of benefits my skin see’s while I’m fast asleep. The potency of the night cream is key to improve your skins health and appearance. I’m sold for life!

Until next time, goodnight my friends!


Sunday, 7 January 2018

Starting A Business Isn't For Me.

For years I had looked onto people starting their own businesses and not understand why they were doing it. How could someone not live with a solid, weekly paycheck? How could someone put all of their energy into something and not know whether it would succeed or fail? How could someone start something without knowing what the road looks like in 1, 5, or 10 years? That was enough to send my anxiety into overdrive.

Take my brother, for example. He has been a proud co-owner of an MMA gym for the past few years. When he first began this venture, I was so proud of him, yet also very surprised. How could he want to begin such a risky venture? It wasn’t until I understood that, to him, the risk was worth the possible reward. His passion is with MMA as he has trained for years and with some of the most prestigious trainers all over the world. Yes, he worked 7 days a week. Yes, he also worked at a restaurant to help keep some money in his pocket while he invested everything back into himself and his business. I didn’t understand why he would work so hard and so long at something… until I saw how successful he was becoming. I saw how much he loved going to work at his own business every single day and spend his days helping others. He loved working with men, women, teens and even children to help get their confidence up and their strength peaked. It made me intrigued to start my own business but I didn’t know where to start. What was I even passionate about?

If you want to know where your passion lies, follow your mind when it wanders. What do you want to spend your free time doing? For me, it was learning about skincare and cosmetics. I loved the artistry of makeup, the science behind skincare, I loved it all! I would spend hours watching videos and reading articles, just to wrap my mind around all of the different techniques and formulas I could. I knew I wanted my career to head in this direction…. but how? After much soul searching, I began to realize that my dream job would be to travel the world and teach people about amazing cosmetics and skincare that actually work. About one month after that I had discovered SeneGence and their superstar product, LipSense. I fell in love with the product and immediately wanted to learn more of what they offered. I joined originally for the discount. Being able to get 20% - 50% off of all orders for a year sounded amazing to me! That wholesale customer membership, which only costed me $55, was the best decision I ever made. When I mentioned to a few close friends that I was using LipSense, they all wanted to try it! I then immediately (and accidentally) turned my wholesale membership into a side business! It took off much faster and higher than I ever anticipated it would. 
Before I knew it, I was building a team and running with the most amazing women I could have ever dreamed! This business was simple and very profitable. I was thrilled! It wasn’t until I was couple of months into this venture when it hit me. I am currently working my dream career! I am teaching people about amazing cosmetics and skincare that do exactly what they say they are supposed to do. I am working on going to trainings and events in Calgary, AB and Tulsa, OK. I am working on earning trips to Sydney, Australia, Costa Rica, and even Disney World! To top it all off, I am also in the process of getting MUA Certified through SeneGence. This business has opened the doors to so many opportunities for me and I couldn’t be more grateful. All because one incredible lady offered me the opportunity to purchase some lipstick and get a great discount. I am forever indebted to her.

If any of you have ever felt the passion to pursue something similar, let me know! I’d love to answer any questions that you have about the business or the products in general. I am always here to help! If you did have interest, you should know that for the month of January if you purchase a wholesale membership/distributorship at $55, SeneGence will give you $55 in product credit! That means your sign up is basically free! This is unheard of and I had to share. Just like Dini shared with me!

I hope you all have had an amazing start to the New Year! LET’S ROCK 2018!

Until next time, goodnight my friends!


Sunday, 31 December 2017

New Year... New You?

With the fresh start to the New Year upon us, millions of people around the world will start making promises to themselves that they, most likely, will break within the first 30 days. I find that most people (myself included) have wanted to drastically change themselves over night just because we changed the last digit of the year. But, like any goal, if you set your eyes on the end result and focus on that too closely, you might get completely overwhelmed and instead of taking two steps forward you end up taking ten steps back. I have fallen into this category before. A few times actually. Sometimes, it sets us up for disaster.

However, if we determine what we want our end goal to be, or even the general direction that we want to go, we can start to map out the steps involved in getting us there. Personally, when I lay things out into smaller, bite size steps it makes it so much easier to tackle the giant goal that I want to reach. Whether it’s to lose weight, to climb Mount Everest, to move to a foreign county… any goal you have can be broken down into more manageable steps.

For example, I am currently obtaining my MakeUp Artistry Certification through SeneGence. In order to be certified, you must master many different makeup application techniques as well as be knowledgeable in products and the science of skin care. When thinking about everything required to become certified, it can be very overwhelming. However, if you break up the goal into manageable tasks, you can stay focused, stay on track, and obtain the goal. I have broken this out into categories such as eye shadow techniques (how to make eyes appear larger, rounder, smaller, etc) blush techniques (depending on face shape) science of skin (oily/normal/dry/combo) and so on. By focusing on each of these categories, one at a time, I am able to obtain the information and take the steps required to get my booty certified!

So, this New Year, instead of making a big, bold statement on a “New You” you want to become, maybe make a smaller promise to yourself that you won’t get overwhelmed with. Or, if you do go bold and make a big promise, break it into smaller, bite size chunks that won’t be overwhelming. Whatever it is that you want to do, I hope you do it! I hope you achieve any goal you put your mind to. You can do anything!

Until next time, goodnight my friends!


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Anastasia X Nicole Guerriero ~ Glow Kit

The second this palette was revealed, I knew I had to have it in my collection. The colours were absolutely stunning and for some reason, it spoke to me. I'm sure other makeup junkies would understand... like yourself! You feel me... It's not even because I have been a follower of Nicole's for a few years now, for even if her name wasn't on this palette I would still need it in my life. Keep in mind, too, that I don't own any of the other Anastasia Glow Kits. Something about this palette just hit me, and hit me hard. 

For those of you who don't know, Nicole Guerriero is a YouTuber from Tampa, FL. She's been making videos for over 7 years I believe, which means that she is an OG in the community. Not only is she amazingly talented with beauty makeup, she also has incredible Halloween tutorials that gets the world excited. Behind all of this talent is a personality that you are sure to love. Plus she loves cats.... so she's great in my books. 

This palette is a set of six stunning highlighters that can be customized to fit almost any skintone. I, myself, am fairly pale but I think I should be able to get away with four of the shades as is, and all of the shades if I mix them with Forever Lit. Forever Lit is a white highlighter with a slight blue reflect in it, however in my photo's it is coming off more blue/green. I was so excited to get this up for you guys that I had to take product shots at work which means that lighting is limited to office lights. Please forgive me! When I first opened it, I was in awe of the gorgeous colours that it offers, especially that orange shade. It will be hard for me to pull off with my skintone, but I will find a way to make that work. You can't own something that stunning and just let it sit there. When I looked a little closer I did notice that these highlighters are swimming with glitter. This always scares me as I'm going to be 30 this year and the last thing I want is to be walking down the street with glitter flying everywhere. However, when I applied this to my cheek to test them out, the glitter didn't look chunky. It just gives your skin a beautiful, almost wet looking, effect. As I mentioned, I don't have any of the other Glow Kits so I'm not able to compare to previous ones, however I can say that I will be keeping this palette and I am so excited to play with it over the next few weeks.

Swatches in artificial, office lighting.

 Swatches in natural lighting on a gloomy day.

Can you imagine those gold tones in the summer on bronzed skin? Mmm mmm mmmmmmmm! I can't wait. Until then they will make phenomenal eyeshadows to help make my green eyes pop. That's another thing I love about this palette. If any shades are too light or too dark for you, you can easily use them as eyeshadow. Can you imagine some of these on the inner corner? GIRL! 

Nicole and ABH, you both did an incredible job collaborating on this. The palette is stunning.

This palette will become available online at Sephora.ca/Sephora.com/Anastasiabeverlyhills.com this Friday, March 3rd and will be $52 (CDN) and I believe $40 (USD), but I need to confirm US pricing. It won't be in stores until March 15th, which feels like forever away! My suggestion is order it online, get it to you as quickly as possible, and start playing! 

As always, I want to know your thoughts! Did you grab this palette? What shade are you most excited about? Tell me! I'm dying to talk to someone about this... I think Will is getting tired of my makeup talk.... poor guy. You can find me on Instagram @cherrytrish, Twitter @cherrytrish17, and even SnapChat which is simply CherryTrish. I am always swatching and snapping.

If you want to check out Nicole Guerriero, you can find her at:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/nguerriero19
Instagram: @nicoleguerriero
Twitter: @nguerriero19
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nguerriero19/

Until next time, goodnight my friends!