I love summer!! It feels so good to finally have some sunshine in our lives. Not only do we get to wear fun colours, and cute dresses but also our makeup routine gets simplified!
I took this picture from the Globe and Mail beauty section where they featured Stay Blushed! I love when I discover a great beauty find before the beauty guru's publish about it! I wrote a review on Stay Blushed, you can read it here.
I wanted to write about two summer staples I am loving right now
One last thing about this - as if I haven't raved enough - it smells like Chocolate. Enough said. This is one item that I will make sure I never run out of.
I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!
Let it be known. I have unruly hair. Wild, curly hair. When I wake up it often looks like the 80's called and they want their hair back.
As a result, it has been a struggle for me to maintain nice hair without it being incredibly time consuming. So, I decided I needed to figure out a solution to tame my wild mane. Recently I branched out and went to a hairdresser in Waterloo (I am sorry Kaitlynn - I still adore your haircutting) who told me that I needed to rehydrate my hair. I knew it. The winter had done some serious damage. She also told me to wash my hair less. Having fine hair I've always been susceptible to the, not so attractive, 'greasy rat' look after a day or two of not washing my hair. She said, "try to wash your hair twice a week if you can." You can imagine my reaction. However, I knew there was truth in what she was saying. So I set to work, looking for some products to help rescue my tresses.
This is my recipe for awesome hair, even on day 3:
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.
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:
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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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.
You might have guessed it, but the answer is oil. Everywhere I look I am reading about Josie Maran, Linda Rodin, and other face oils that people are swearing have changed their beauty routines completely! This whole time I've feared oil. Having blemish prone skin, adding oil to my skin sounds like my nightmare. Why would I add oil to my already oily face? It seems illogical to me. Actually, the truth is it seems absolutely terrifying. So then why are so many women choosing to take the leap of faith and slather the stuff on their faces? (Okay, maybe not slather, but apply. Sparingly.)
According to Allure Magazine here are 2 good reasons to try face oils:
1. Face oils can plump up your skin and decrease the look of aging. As we get older our skin does get dry, and not in the dehydrated (water) kind of way, but the loss of oil kind of way. Maybe they are onto something. Replacing the oils on your skin can rehydrate areas with fine lines and decrease their appearance. Hmm. Now there's an idea. Rehydration is key for all skin types. Not just aging skin, especially during the winter. Creams and Serums (high concentration treatments) will work as well since most contain oil within them. However, everywhere I look I am reading that face oils will create the most noticeable difference, since they will be the closest thing to replenishing your skins natural oils.
2. They allow your skin to absorb products better. How many of us spend ridiculous amounts on our skin care, hoping to revive its natural radiance we had when we were children (but didn't appreciate)? If putting oil on my skin means it will absorb serums and treatments better then I am all for it!
In conducting my 'research', (aka reading obscene amounts of online articles and reviews about face oil) I discovered an article by the beauty department titled: 9 Best Oils for a Perfect Complexion. The writer seemed to understand my total fear of using oil on my skin. By the end of her article I felt pretty convinced I needed to give face oil a try.
Since I have been treating my skin with various acne treatments, my skin has been put through the ringer. It is so dry, which makes makeup application uneven at best (that's when my skin decides it doesn't want to be flaky that day). I always thought that 'tight' clean feeling meant I had really done the job right. My skin was squeaky clean. Instead my skin was saying, "uh, thanks a lot pal, you just stripped me of all of my natural oil. Looks like I'm going to have to make more (in the form of sebum). Oh and by the way, here's a pimple." I just assume my skin is mean. I think it's time we make friends.
So, in my first attempt to make amends with my skin, I am going to try out Josie Maran's Argan Oil. In fact, while writing this post I ordered this set (since they don't have it at Sephora and I'm a wee bit obsessed with glowing skin at the moment). I will definitely let you know what I think once I've figured out how to use it best.
If you've tried face oils (I know they've been around a while, I'm just new to trying them) please let me know what brands you love, which ones you don't, and what you think of the stuff!
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As mentioned last weekend, my youngest sister Julia turned 18! I can't believe it. When I moved away from home she was 8 years old. She has grown up to be quite the little fashionista and is skilled with a makeup brush. So, I thought I would feature her in this weeks Be Fabulous Friday. Here is what Jules had to say:
Name: Julia Bigelow
Skin Type: Combination
What is your go to beauty routine? I start by washing, toning, and moisturizing my skin. Then I apply my BB cream,conceal any blemishes and set it with powder. Next I apply eye shadow, eye liner, and mascara. I add a touch of blush, then finish the look with some lip gloss.
If I took a look in your makeup bag what would I find? Mac Studio Fix Powder (C3). ,Lise Watier Concealer Wheel(Normal), L'Oreal magic skin beautifier BB cream (Fair), L’oreal True Match blush (Warm), Quo Smokey Eye Palate (Brown), Sephora Primal Instincts Palate (Love this!), Annabelle liquid Eyeliner(Espresso), Voluminous Million Lashes Excess ( Blackest Black), Estee Lauder Lip-gloss (Praline Paradise) .
If you could only have one makeup item to use every day (deserted island style) what would it be and why?
I would have to choose L’oreal magic skin beautifier BB cream. My skin is very unpredictable when it comes to redness and blemishes and this product definitely provides the best coverage and moisture without being too oily. However, If I was on an island, my tan would likely cover up any blemishes and I would choose a waterproof mascara to bring with me!
What is the best beauty product you've come across? Why do you love it?
The Lise Watier concealer palate. I know this is the same answer as Lindsay last Friday, but I actually could not live without this palette. It will conceal anything, and it lasts all day. I take it with me everywhere. Though, it might be a tie between this product and my Mac studio fix powder. Both last a long time and combined the coverage is amazing.
What was the worst beauty purchase you've made? Why was it awful?
It took me a while to find the best BB cream for my skin type, so there was a lot of trial and error. I bought a BB cream from The Body Shop in particular, and hated it so much. It made my skin excessively oily and I felt as though I needed to wash it off by midday. When Breanna introduced me to the L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream, I was in love as soon as I applied it to my face.
Do you have any beauty secrets you'd like to share? If so, please tell us:
A beauty secret I would like to share is the use of dry shampoo. Being an athlete, I know that events can sometimes pop up unexpectedly, leaving your hair less than fresh and without enough time to shower. Not ideal. Or perhaps you are trying to make your hair work on the second day and it needs a little sprucing up. We've all been there. The truth is washing your hair everyday is not always the healthiest option, because it strips away the natural oils your scalp produces that keeps your hair hydrated and shiny. This is why I love dry shampoo! It gives your hair the pick-me-up it needs. Two brands of dry shampoo that I recommend are KMS California Hair Play Makeover Spray and Cake Satin Sugar Hair Powder (it comes in both light and dark depending on your hair colour). Both of these options leave your hair fresh and smelling awesome!
Yep! You guessed it. Mascara. Okay, well that and concealer I suppose. I need them BOTH okay! I don't know about you, but for me mascara is just one of those things I can't go without. I'd feel naked without my mascara. The unfortunate thing about mascara is it has the shortest shelf life. I have owned a few pricey mascaras in my day and I have to admit some are just amazing...but with only 3 months to use it I sometimes feel as though it's a waste.
And you know what that means?
CORAL! Oh. Were you thinking something else? Warm weather perhaps? Yeah, well that too. But in addition to all great things that come with spring, my favourite colour is reintroduced into my life, and oh how I have missed it!
In perusing the blogosphere about Spring trends I have found several reviews on Bobbi Brown's Nectar and Nude collection. I have to admit, looking at it makes me smile. It is the perfect mix of bright corals and my favourite combination of shimmers and matte neutrals. Have I mentioned I love Bobbi? Because I do. My only bone to pick with Bobbi is her price point. It's usually a bit higher than most other brands.
So I thought I would look for some more affordable options that might rival the beauty of Bobbi's collection.
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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!