by ANEEKA WARD
BLARE JUNE, 30, PHYSICIAN & LIFESTYLE BLOGGER
Halifax, Nova Scotia
“I find fashion and beauty to be my way of daily expression. I enjoy trying out different looks, styles and trends depending on my mood and how I am feeling before I get dressed for the day. Fashion has always been one of my biggest interests for as long as I can remember, and I have loved experimenting with makeup and beauty products ever since I was a young girl. This interest grew as I entered my mid-20s, particularly around skin care. As I have recently entered my 30’s, I have been trying to learn and incorporate what works best for my skin to keep it looking youthful longer!
ON WHY SHE STARTED BLOGGING
I am a creative person and as much as I enjoy my job very much, I found I was constantly searching for a way to express myself creatively. Writing my blog, Blare June, has filled that creative void in my life. Fashion and sharing my writing with others is incredibly fulfilling for me.
TOP 5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS
I first discovered Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater a few years ago while I was shopping at Urban Outfitters. I had seen Mario Badescu products in a few of my favourite magazines and thought it was a product I should try. The primary benefit of this product for me is hydration, hydration, hydration! I love that regardless of how tired I may be feeling, this spray always helps me appear more awake. I use this spray both in the morning and at night after I apply my moisturizer. I also like to bring it with me in my carry on when I’m flying to refresh my skin once I land.
Since I saw such immediate benefits from the Mario Badescu facial spray, I had to try the rest of the line. Another product of his I use every night is Mario Badescu’s Hyaluronic Eye Cream. I alternate between this crème and Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream, another great eye cream option. When I apply this eye product I need only the smallest amount. It is quite lightweight I can easily glide it onto my eyelids and underneath my eyes. The skin under my eyes now looks brighter and more hydrated as a result of using this product. I also find my under eye concealer is less likely to crease and looks less caked on when applied over this crème. The simplicity of this product is what I love the most. It is easy to use, has minimal branding and packaging, is affordable and actually works! There is not one product I do not adore made by this brand. What’s not to love?!
I use my Glossier Detoxifying Face Mask in Mega Greens Galaxy approximately once per week. I typically apply it the night before an important event or the evening following a busy or stressful couple of days. These masks help even out and brighten my skin tone the following morning after application. To use it I cleanse my face, apply the mask with my hands and let it sit for 20 minutes. The mask is of thick consistency and while it is on it feels like nothing out of ordinary is happening; there is no overt mint feeling and it is does not create excessive tightness like other masks. To remove it I use warm water. It easily slides off my face and leaves my skin incredibly soft, refreshed and hydrated. I am a HUGE fan of Glossier. I have embarrassingly tried every single one of their skincare and makeup products. I have loved 99% of their products and I would consider many, if not all, ‘the best in the game.’ Their packaging is adorable. The only downside is they have yet to ship to Canada. Luckily, I have a few friends living in the USA that are willing to help send them over to me. I have tried many other masks as samples but I never stuck with any of them for more than two applications. This is the only mask that I have noticed has significantly improved my skin and that I have repurchased many times.
I have tried many different concealers in my lifetime. I have a few favourites but Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla is my top pick. The shade I use is many shades lighter than my skin tone and I actually use this concealer solely as a highlighter. I have found my eyes appear brighter and my dark circles have lessened since using the lighter tone under my eyes. The consistency truly is creamy; it slides on effortlessly and blends so well into my skin with my beauty blender. This product feels as if it becomes part of my skin instead of a thick, overlying barrier. I don’t doubt that in a darker shade it would be great as a concealer considering its smooth consistency and medium coverage, however, it was brought to my attention as a highlight option so that’s all I use it for.
I use my Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Setting Spray 99% of the time I wear makeup. The only time I don’t use it is if I have to run a few errands and don’t plan on being away from home for an extended period of time. Since starting my blog, I have been fortunate to have my makeup professionally done numerous times. I noticed all makeup artists I have worked with thus far took the extra step of using a setting spray. My makeup would always stay on for so much longer when the makeup artists set it. I used to think that setting sprays didn’t actually work but I have since discovered I was wrong! The days I forget to use my setting spray, which is hardly ever, I notice that my make up wears off mid- afternoon, whereas when I set my makeup it can stay on all night. This is also evident by the amount of makeup I remove with my Clarisonic the days I wear the spray versus the days I don’t. Plus, the spray leaves a nice dewy look to the skin as it is drying, which I thoroughly enjoy.”