What’s In My Travel Bag: Camping


As much as I love travelling to exotic places and big flashy cities, I LOVE travelling North to the Muskoka’s and the Canadian cottage country. There is nothing like relaxing by the lake while surrounded by the beautiful Canadian pines, like an image from the Group of 7 (my favourite group of Canadian artists). But when you’re going to be in the middle of nowhere with no one around and limited shower access what are you gonna do? So what do you pack for a long weekend of camping?

Most important is your SPF. No matter the weather, SPF is extremely important. Even on a cloudy day you can burn. I packed three different SPF products. The first is my sunscreen, the Neautrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen with an SPF of 60. This sunscreen is great! I find it hard to find a good one that isn’t greasy but has a high SPF. I feel confident enough with this SPF that I even put it on my face. The second SPF product I brought along was my Smashbox BB Cream that has an SPF of 15. Although this SPF is quite low, I usually apply it on top of my Neutrogena Sunscreen and I don’t feel the need to reapply throughout the day. Although I don’t see the need to bring makeup or foundation along on a camping trip, it’s nice to have the option of a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream for those days we travel into town to pick up some stuff at the local market. And finally, I always always bring my Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment that has an SPF of 20. There is nothing worse than burnt lips!! SO painful. Personally I think conditioning and protecting your lips is just as, if not more, important than applying sunscreen on any other part of your body.

After the important SPF products, it’s always important to have soothing products for those ‘just in case’ moments when you forget to reapply the SPF. I’m not very picky with Aloe Vera brands, but I love the packaging and scent of the Banana Boat Soothing Aloe After Sun Gel. Although it’s super soothing, I sometimes worry about applying it on my face just in case it clogs my pores. So in that case I use Bioderma Hydrabio Serum, a super hydrating moisturizer for super sensitive skin, great on those sensitive burns. And finally, for an added boost of moisture and for easy conditioning I love the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Face Mist.

To round it all off, I never go camping or to the cottage without one of my Buff’s. If you’ve never seen a buff before or heard of buffs, they are amazing!! It’s a headband, scarf, bandana, shirt, wrist band and so many more things all roped into one!! Ever watched Survivor? They wear buff’s all the time. My buff obsession can be traced back to my camp counselor years – perfect for those hot showerless days to cover your unwashed hair. My buff is grey with a map pattern.

So what do you bring camping? Have you used any of these products before?

Top 3 – June


Well hello there Ladies and Gents. My apologies for being a little late on this one but June was a really busy month. A lot of long days at work, fewer days off, and fewer days to take some time to myself.

I find that I’ve been in a real rut recently when it comes to my products. I’ve been using the same few products over and over again and I feel that the time has come for a makeup collection overhaul. So stay posted for some ‘Makeup Stash Shopping’ and some ‘New Product Hauls’ hopefully coming soon. But for the first time in Lipstick and L’Attitude’s history I have only chosen 3 products, so for now here are my Top picks for June.

1. Essie Millionails Treatment – As a serial nail bitter I’ve always had a hard time growing my nails. The only time I’ve ever experienced success has been when I’ve taken the time to paint my nails. Unfortunately my career requires bare, unpainted nails and I still struggle with brittle, short, and weak nails. Yet since I’ve discovered this nail treatment from Essie I’ve been able to grow the strongest and longest nails ever! The treatment is made up of iron, amino acids and kevlar to grow strong nails

2. Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen – Getting hotter and sunnier out, so of course we need protection. I’ve been loving this Neutrogena Sunscreen. It’s ultra-light and quick absorbing and has a non-shiny finish. It’s waterproof, sweat poof and won’t clog pores! A good sunscreen recommendation for this summer

3. The Body Shop’s Satsuma Body Butter – If you’ve read my posts in the past, you’ll know my love of The Body Shop’s Body Butters. Although I’m not 100% sold on the Satsuma scent, I still love the body butter formula and use it after ever shower.

Have you used any of these products? Do you ever get yourself into product ruts? Any suggestions on how to get myself out?


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly – Brush Cleaning


How can you be picky with brush cleaning? If the product cleans your brushes then you should be happy with it! Yet if the product claims to be a brush shampoo and the best for cleaning brushes… yet doesn’t come through, I’m gonna have something to say about it! Here is my journey to discover the right product for properly and thoroughly cleaning my brushes:

I’ll admit that I was really bad at cleaning brushes until recently (as in: I didn’t do it at all). My brushes were gross and just felt dirty every time I put them against my face. So it was time for some action! Time to become educated in the realm of brush cleansing! So during a shopping trip with some friends about 6 months ago I picked myself up a bottle of Sephora Makeup Brush Shampoo. With great anticipation I finally set out to clean my brushes, creating an entire assembly line of wash, rinse, and dry at my bathroom sink…..only to be sorely disappointed with the outcome. Although my brushes were cleaner, they were not completely clean. So I tried again, and again, each time using more shampoo…thinking that maybe I hadn’t used enough. But my brushes were never perfectly clean, and my rather small $9 bottle was withering away with very few results.

I decided one day to try something new. My roommate at the time suggested a mix of dish soap and olive oil, and my research agreed (on Pinterest… not always a reliable source). So I went at it, only to have greasy oily brushes no matter how much I rinsed them out.

By the end of these cleansing attempts I was frustrated and had a plan to start fresh and buy new brushes. My cleansing had gone so poorly I wanted to throw all of my brushes in the garbage. But how does one do something like that on a budget?! I can’t afford to buy a whole new brush collection!! So it was time to take matters into my own hands. Ignore all the suggestions I’m getting online and from friends. Lets just clean these brushes!! So in a total genius moment I decided to try my Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser. If I trust this cleanser to take my makeup off every night, maybe I can trust it to take makeup off my brushes. With a small pump of the cleanser in my hand, I blended the brush against my hand thoroughly then held it under warm water. I’ve never seen so much makeup come out of my brushes so fast! I didn’t even know all that makeup had been in the brush to begin with! After a few hours of drying the brush was as good as new!! No product has ever cleaned my brushes so well!!! And no money had been spent other than the $9 of the failed Sephora Makeup Brush Shampoo

So the lesson I have learned? Nothing cleans makeup brushes as well as the daily facial cleanser you trust to clean makeup off your face. Many of my friends have also suggested baby shampoo, although I have never attempted it myself. If you trust it on your face, you should trust it on your brushes! So try it out! What makeup brush cleaner works for you?