Halloween Makeup Using Products You Already Own

20 Oct

Halloween Makeup

If you’re planning on creating a special makeup look for Halloween this year, you probably already own what you need to get the job done.

I took a look at my personal makeup stash to see if I can repurpose any items for a spooky Halloween look.

Here’s what I found. Boo!


A thick eyeliner with a felt tip, like the Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liquid Eyeliner, is your best friend for Halloween. With a pigmented black formula, it can help create different makeup looks such as:

  • Scary spider webs
  • Wicked winged cat eyes
  • Beguiled button noses


If your costume is a Zombie princess (with a magic wand), you probably want to wear clumpy lashes.

Use your favorite mascara to bulk up your lashes. Remember to rotate the wand, so you can coat every lash.

If you’re lucky enough to have picked up the Maybelline The Colossal Spider Effect Mascara, it has cone-shaped bristles that help group lashes together.


Lip gloss can take Halloween makeup to the next level.

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Shine and Plump: Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss

17 Oct

DIOR Addict Ultra-Gloss

Have you noticed that lip gloss is making a comeback?

That’s just the excuse I needed to head over to Sephora, and pick up a new lip gloss from Dior.

Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss is a high-shine lip gloss and lip plumper all in one.

With its hydrating formula, you can gloss, moisturize, and plump your lips. The formula contains hyaluronic acid spheres that help retain moisture so lips have a slightly more plump look (nothing over the top).

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Benefit’s Emergency Cheek Color Trio Covers All the Bases

13 Oct

Benefit Fine-One-One

According to blush experts, you need a pink blush and a peach blush to round out your makeup wardrobe.

A powder blush can usually do the job (I like MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Dainty). But, sometimes you may want a more sheer flush, especially for a fall pick-me-up when your skin is dull and dry.

Benefit Cosmetics Fine-One-One is a sheer, brightening cheek color that delivers an instant lift and pop of color. The sheer cheek color  glides on in three shades:

  • Pink champagne
  • Sheer watermelon
  • Soft coral

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Beauty that Gives Back: Estée Lauder Pink Perfection Color Collection

10 Oct

Estée Lauder Pink Perfection Color Collection

When it comes to breast cancer awareness, Estée Lauder is one of the leading beauty brands raising more than $65 million globally to support research, education, and medical services.

Every October, Estée Lauder introduces a few pink products with 100% of the retail price going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

I couldn’t resist this year’s Pink Perfection Color Collection, a chic zippered palette with everything you need to highlight lips, eyes, and cheeks.

The four piece mirrored pink ribbon set includes:

  • Four PC Envy Eyeshadows:
    • Ivory Power 1
    • Provocative Petal 3
    • Ivory Power 5
    • Untamed Teal 3
  • One PC Envy Blush in Pink Ingénue
  • One full-size PC Envy Lipstick in Powerful (I love the magnetic case!)

BCRF, founded by Evelyn H. Lauder, is dedicated to advancing the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. Visit BCAcampaign.com.

Trend Alert: Big Lashes for the Fall

6 Oct

Shiseido Mascara and Eyelash Curler

If you like to stay on top of the latest in makeup, mascara (and plenty of it) is a big trend for this fall.

In fact, dramatic lashes were all over the 2016 fall fashion runways like the show for Jason Wu, where mascara was applied to models for spidery-style lashes.

Not ready for clumpy lashes? You can still get a big lash look with full-definition mascara and an eyelash curler.

Here’s a combination that works for me.

Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition

It’s all about the brush with this mascara. The dual-textured brush grabs every lash (even tiny lashes).

On top of that, the formula creates a lustrous finish so you can’t miss getting big lashes when it comes to volume, separation, and length.

The non-clumping formula lets you apply multiple, smooth coats. It’s also smudge-proof (yay!).

Shiseido Eyelash Curler

This curler is my go-to eyelash curler. It lets me fit and grab all of my lashes right down to the base, and curls them beautifully.

Like most eyelash curlers, Shiseido’s curler comes with a replacement pad. You can also purchase eyelash curler pads separately.




Tone and Hydrate: New Products from Nip+Fab

3 Oct

Tone and Hydrate: New Products from Nip+Fab

When it comes to something new for skincare,  Nip+Fab is always on the frontline.

Who would have thought, for example, that kale would be such an effective ingredient for removing make-up like the Kale Fix Make-Up Removing Pads?

Nip+Fab has recently launched two new products featuring breakthrough skincare ingredients:

  • Bee Sting Fix Toning Pads
  • Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot

Bee Sting Fix Toning Pads

Nip+Fab toning pads go beyond traditional facial toners.

Besides keeping your complexion refreshed, they also help skin retain hydration after cleansing.

How does Bee Venom fit in? It not only adds a tingly sensation when you apply these pre-moistened pads, it helps to plump and smooth the skin (like nature’s Botox).

Each pad is infused with skin healers like Witch Hazel and Propolis to tighten pores. These ingredients deep cleanse skin from the daily accumulation of dirt and oil, while boosting skin clarity.

For me, this simple step after cleansing was worth it just for the extra clean and glowing skin.

Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot

Another way to pump up skin hydration as the shorter days and cooler temps kick in is with an intense moisture serum.

The star of the Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot is Dragons Blood, a sap found in the Amazonian Croton Lechleri tree that helps protect and heal the skin from environmental aggressions. It also kickstarts skin cell regeneration and reduces redness.

Another key ingredient is 50% Hyaluronic Solution, which adds a whole lot of skin plumping by enabling molecules to lock in water and hold up to 1,000 time its  weight.

One click to retrieve, then once to release the product boosts your day or night moisturizer.

Or, you can apply the serum directly to skin as a targeted overnight treatment with almost instant absorption . . . and gratification!

In Canada, Nip+Fab products are available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.

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Loaded Pigment: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

29 Sep

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Blackmail

Earlier this month, I was very lucky to attend an After Dark Party celebrating the launch of Urban Decay’s first store in Canada.

Of course, I checked out their makeup display, including their gorgeous lipstick collection with a lineup of 100 shades.

If you haven’t tried Urban Decay Vice Lipstick, it has a range of colors that covers it all from bold brights to versatile neutrals. There’s also a variety of finishes including matte, cream, metallized, and sheer.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick is also highly pigmented, which means that you get a lot of color with just one swipe. One of the reasons for this intense pigment is their Pigment Infusion System, which gives the formula super-creamy texture and rich payout.

This creamy formula also has nourishing ingredients like aloe vera, jojoba, and avocado oil for long-lasting moisture. Vitamin C and Vitamin E also provide a hit of antioxidants.

One of the matte shades that Urban Decay was kind enough to give those who attended is called Blackmail. This deep berry shade is right on trend when it comes to making a bold statement. For a bright lipstick, it also doesn’t feel dry hours after applying it.

I have to love a lipstick to wear it, but it doesn’t hurt when it comes in a modern, luxurious case with a gold base and debossed lettering.

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New Additions to MAC Studio Fix Line

26 Sep

MAC Studio Fix Additions

Are you a fan of the MAC Studio Fix line?

I’ve been using MAC Studio Fix in NW20 for years, so my makeup antenna perked up when I heard about two additions to this line:

  • MAC Studio Fix Perfecting Powder
  • MAC Studio Fix Perfecting Stick

MAC Studio Fix Perfecting Powder

The perfecting powder is a finely refined loose powder with a matte finish. It provides full coverage (in 9 shades) with a light formula that lasts for hours without feeling drying.

You can use this powder to reduce the appearance of pores, set your foundation without disturbing color, or control oil.

To use the perfecting powder, just apply all over your face using a brush. For more coverage, try using MAC’s Luxury Powder Puff.

MAC Studio Fix Perfecting Stick

Who doesn’t love a chubby stick?

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