My quest for the perfect nude liner began last summer. I tried many different liners when I worked at Shoppers and finally settled on Smashbox's Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Bare. I loved it. It was smooth, creamy, and the perfect shade. However, I fell out of love with it quickly. For $23 I was shocked at how little product it came with. That was a learning lesson - to always look at how much product you are getting for your money. Most eyeliners have about .04 oz, while this one came with .01! No wonder it was so disappointing. I actually ran out of the product in the middle of making a video tutorial - and was not very good at hiding my disappointment.
So, I went back to the drawing board. Next, I tried Sephora's Long Lasting Kohl pencil in Infininte Beige. It did the trick, but felt pretty dull and was not nearly as creamy as the Smashbox Kohl liner. After that I tried Sephora's Waterproof Contour eye pencil 12H wear in Blonde Ambition. That purchase was inspired by a tutorial video of Michelle Phan's I had watched, where she used a shimmery beige pencil on her waterline. I liked it - but not for my everyday look.
Finally, I came across Rimmel's Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl liner in Nude.
...so I could marry you. Wait? Did I say that out loud?
Josie's argan oil products do not come cheap. Which was why I was so excited when I found the shimmer and glow gift set online (unfortunately it is now sold out). My advice would be to keep an eye on the 'Good Buys' section of her website, and order directly from her site. Any purchase over $25 has free shipping! Even though it might seem a bit costly for a small quantity. A little drop goes a long way!
For my face: I apply a small drop of 100% Pure Argan Oil (about the size of a nickel) and warm it up in my hands. I then apply it all over my face as I would any moisturizer - making sure it all gets absorbed. You want to make sure you really work it into the skin.
For my hair: I use two pumps of her Argan Oil Hair Serum, again warming it up in my hands. I then run my fingers through my freshly washed, damp, hair (applying more product to my ends). Even when I tried it on my dry 'day 3 hair' it didn't make it look greasy! My hair has been much softer and much less dry as a result.
Needless to say I'm in LOVE! So I wanted to share that news with all of you. If you get the chance to visit a Sephora - ask for a sample. That was how I tried her light Argan Oil formula- but I didn't find too much of a difference personally. That was also how I tried her hair serum as I was fearful it would make my hair look oily. If you can, I always advise that you try before you buy!
I really want to try out her coconut water cheek gelee. Have any of you tried it yet? I'd love to hear what you think.
This is my co-worker Courtney. She shares my passion for makeup. She also loves costume makeup and introduced me to the show Face Off - where makeup artists compete by creating amazing prosthetic pieces. Basically all of the cool costumes you see in Star Trek and Star Wars films - those guys. I wanted to use this picture of Court (more commonly known as Coco) because I felt it showcased her awesome personality. She doesn't dress as a She Wolf everyday - in fact, she has great makeup skills. So I couldn't wait to hear what she had to say:
This is my grade 8 school photo. I wanted to share this picture for a number of reasons. This was the year I first began wearing makeup. Looking back now I am so thankful my mom didn't discourage me from trying my own makeup techniques. To me makeup has always been art, and a way to express yourself. I think most of us discover our own personal style through trial and error - and I have to admit it's fun to look back at some of the looks I thought were a 'good idea' at the time.
You probably can't see but in this picture I was wearing a terrible nude/brown lip liner, matched my eyeshadow to my shirt (a pale grey ) and tried to apply mascara to the best of my ability. I specifically remember the photographer taking his finger and trying to politely 'fix' my lip liner (ha ha!). My sister Olivia has a school photo where she snuck in cream blush and used it as lipstick - in Grade 3! That is one of my favourite school pictures of her.
I do hope to have children some day, and if my child comes out of their room in an interesting outfit, or perhaps they've attempted to style their own hair, and maybe even tried on some of my makeup - I plan to leave it be. In fact, I plan to encourage it. Personal expression and creativity are too important to me not to.
Do you have any gems in your school picture collection? I'd love to hear about them! Or better yet - send them to me! I'd love to see them.
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Hmmmm. The perfect red lip you say? Simple! Follow these three quick and easy steps for a flawless red lip. Although this trick works for all colours - I find it really helps create that 'clean' look a red lip requires.
Here is what you will need:
Step 1: Outline your lips with your lip pencil. Make sure that your lips line up in the corners (not everyone's does naturally). Try to trace your lip line as closely as possible. If you make a mistake just take a bit of makeup remover and try again! It takes practice.
Step 2: The fun part. Colour in your lips! If your lips are dry and flaky you might want to use an exfoliant first or a lip treatment. It is hard to apply lip liner to dry lips - so keep that in mind.
Step 3: Last but not least, apply your lipstick. For this look I used Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso. It goes on liquid, but dries matte; and they weren't kidding when they said 'stay all day'!
People often say to me, "I love lipstick, but it never lasts!" Well, you're not alone. I remember as a kid my mom often saying she needed 'to put her lips on' before we went into places. The translation: her lipstick had worn off and she needed to re-apply. It happens to the best of us. The trick to add staying power to lipstick is lip liner. If you line and fill your lips with lip liner before applying your lipstick, you will be amazed at how much longer your colour lasts. Try it, and let me know what you think!
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When I first got into makeup I was so excited about every new product I added to my collection (that hasn't changed). I watched youtube tutorial after youtube tutorial. The one thing that became clear to me quickly was that having a well rounded makeup collection is a lovely thing. However, without the right tools you won't get very far. When I first started this blog, I wrote a post about brushes. Since then I have done a lot of homework about brushes on a budget. Without a doubt the number one budget brand is Real Techniques. The brand was created by sisters Sam and Nic Chapman. Makeup artists from the UK. Real Techniques makeup brushes have since grown in popularity and are now sold around the globe. The best part is, they are affordable. For $40 you can have all the brushes you will ever need.
Set #1 - Eye makeup starter set. This collection comes with everything you need to apply eye makeup. It comes with 5 brushes and a cute travel case! All for under $20 CAD. Inside you will find (from left to right):
Set #2 - The core collection. These 4 brushes allow you to create a flawless finish. A long with the travel case you will find (from left to right):
These brush sets can be found at Wal-Mart for $18.97 each. You cannot get much better than that! They are great quality brushes and together these two sets give you a fantastic brush collection that will allow you to create any makeup look you want! If you own these brushes let me know what you think! I'd love to hear from you.
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Some of my first memories with makeup are playing with the products inside my grandma's makeup cabinet. She had a three piece mirror in her bathroom, and both the left and right flaps opened up. The right side had all of my grandpa's boring 'man things' stashed behind, and my grandma's side was full of perfumes, creams, and makeup! I remember sitting on the bathroom counter trying on her blush, lipstick and my favourite of all, her cream blush stick. I loved the smells of her makeup, and I loved to experiment with it. I would apply her cream blush stick on my lips and cheeks; I loved that it had a coral pink shimmer to it. Some things never change! The top drawer in her bathroom vanity housed all of her rollers, pins, combs and brushes. These are my first memories of my grandma's recipe for fabulous. My grandma is going to be 94 at the end of this month. I wanted to feature her today and highlight her makeup routine, and what she has done to stay fabulous:
Name: Georgette Chitaroni
Skin Type: Normal
Her skin care routine: My grandma's bathroom never had a shortage of face cloths. In the morning she would wipe her face with a warm face cloth. At night she always makes sure to apply her Pond's Cold Cream (liberally). I've helped my grandma get ready for bed more times than I can count - and I love how she makes sure to keep these things a part of her routine.
Her go to beauty routine? These days makeup is saved for special occasions. I would have to say that the thing my grandma is most conscious of is her hair. She loves a fresh perm and neatly styled curls. Her makeup routine is simple. A pink satin lipstick, a pop of pink blush (or rouge) and some grey pencil in her brows.
If you took a look in her makeup bag what would I find? Probably a comb for her curls, tweezers, a pearly pink lipstick, a warm pink blush and an eyebrow pencil. Those are defintely her staples.
What is the best beauty product she has come across? Why does she love it? Without a doubt it would have to be her Pond's Cold Cream. It is always within reach from her bed and keeps her skin hydrated and incredibly smooth.
If she could only have one makeup item to use everyday (deserted island style) what would it be and why? If I know my grandma, it would have to be her bag of rollers. So that when she was rescued from the deserted island her hair would still look good!
My grandma is one of the most beautiful women I know. Inside and out. I love how she still takes the time for herself. Whenever I pop in for a visit I know I can count on her being dressed in the most adorable outfits - that are colour co-ordinated of course! These days when I visit, I like to do something to pamper her. I make sure I've packed a few nail polish colours I know she will like and I love doing her makeup for special events. If you read this blog and it made you think of your grandma - give her a visit. If your grandma is anything like mine, and likes to have her hair curled just right and her nails painted, she will love it. It's a great excuse to spend some quality time together and you will both leave feeling fabulous.
Thanks for reading. I hope you all have a great weekend!
Bree & Georgie
One makeup artist trick I love, and use often, is one that creates the look of bigger, brighter eyes. It's an instant eye opener, and on the days when you're not feeling so awake it will fool others into thinking you are. How you ask? Easy!
You can use this technique every day or save it for special occasions. Here is a picture where I used this technique for a look I wore to a wedding I attended last year.
If you take a close look at my waterline you can see I brightened it! Another makeup artist trick revealed. Give it a try. Brighten up those beautiful eyes of yours!
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It is no secret. If you know me, you know I adore blush! It is one of those things I will always notice on a person. There are just so many beautiful shades out there that can help add a gorgeous glow to your everyday look.
Last week I picked up Rimmel's Stay Blushed! cheek tint in Pop of Pink. I am really loving it which was why I wanted to review it this week. I had been reading everywhere about cream blushes and how if you have nixed them from your makeup kit, you should give them another try. I was completely guilty of that. Back in 2010 I had bought Tarte cream blush sticks. I loved the colours, but when I got them home and wore them for a full day, by the end of the day I hated how they felt on my skin. Needless to say it was a waste of $45 dollars. Ouch. However, reading this article the other day I thought it was time I gave cream blush another try.
Alright, well I might have upgraded from a rubber ducky, but I still enjoy relaxing in the tub from time to time. I love a good face mask, hair mask, body scrub. You name it. Weekends are all about making time for a little R & R. Rest and Recharge.
If you ask me, Balea masks are a cheap and effective way to bring the spa to you! Slice up a cucumber and put a few slices on your eyes and relax. Let your worries slip away. I also love the Body Shop's Body Butter (especially in the winter). It's incredibly hydrating. Slather it on after you get out of the bath or shower and you won't regret it. As far of hair products go, I splurged on the Aveda Dry Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner because my hair was so dry. Dryer than it had ever been. It was well worth it as I've already noticed a difference in my ends. It hydrates without making my hair look greasy (since I have fine hair I'm always worried about that), and it smells wonderful!
Do you have any favourite items you like to pamper yourself with? I'd love to hear about them!
I hope you're having a great weekend.
Favourite Bridal Makeup Artist
I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!