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Why You Need to Invest in Makeup Brushes

8 Feb

It Cosmetics Brush Kit

Budget beauty works well for most items like lip balms and makeup wipes.

When it comes to makeup brushes, you just may want to pull out more bills.

Why? High-quality makeup brushes make application easier and they’re designed to last longer. Most importantly, they don’t damage your skin.

Two high-end makeup brush sets to get started with are the Dior Backstage Brushes Collection and the Bobbi Brown Mini Brush Set.

Another cult favorite for makeup brushes is IT Cosmetics, a brand that designs luxurious brushes that give new meaning to air brushing. The brushes are 100%, cruelty-free, and anti-microbial.

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Easy Brow Sculpting Tool: Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon

4 Feb

Brow Drama Pomade Crayon

Maybelline has been on a roll with their latest brow collection.

First, came the Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara that lets you define and tint eyebrows at the same time.

Most recently, Maybelline has launched the Brow Drama Pro Palette and the Brow Drama Pomade Crayon, which I picked up.

If you’re looking for a quick way to sculpt your brows, Maybelline’s new pomade crayon contains a pigmented formula in a creamy texture to help you create your fave brow look.

The texture and size of the crayon lets you easily add drama and tame your brows as it colors. The color stays put until you remove it.

The Brow Drama Pomade Crayon is available in three natural looking shades:

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28 Jan


Flu season is here and hopefully you haven’t caught a cold or flu.

If you are sick, get plenty of rest!

When you’re ready to face the world, check out these makeup recovery tips to find out how to camouflage the last signs of your cold or flu.

Wear a Moisturizing Foundation

When you suffer from a cold or the flu, your skin may need extra moisture.

A tinted moisturizer or BB cream like Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm isn’t drying like a powder, nor is it heavy like a liquid. It’s also quick and easy to apply (you probably don’t want to spend a lot of time on makeup when you’re getting over a cold!).

Cancel Out Red with Concealer

Red spots go hand in hand with a cold, especially around your nose. Benefit Cosmetics arsenal of correcting products from the Confessions of a Concealaholic kit like Lemon Aid and Boi-ing can help cancel out red spots on your nose and around your eyes.

To help with any dryness or cakiness around the nose, go for one of the latest high-tech skin relief lotions. Soothe from Diane Lai is an organic Shea butter-enriched lotion with natural oils to prevent discomfort and inflammation.

Try Peach Eye Shadow for a Little Warmth

For a quick fix for eye color, use a versatile product like Cream Colour Base from MAC Cosmetics in Shell.

This translucent cream color with a peachy beige shimmer is recommended as a shadow base but can also act as an all over color.

Wear a Blush With a Bit of a Glow

It’s common to become paler when you’re sick, so you may need a bit of colour and highlighter to create a healthy glow and subtle sparkle.
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Serious Solution for Under Eye Problems: NYX Dark Circle Concealer

25 Jan

NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Happy Monday, beauties.

Have you noticed that your under eye circles and bags appear worse in the winter?

Blame it on less sunlight in winter which causes paler skin and more emphasized dark circles.

The best strategy to deal with under eye circles is to use a concealer with an orange tint to hide under eye darkness, especially the deep blue associated with dark circles.

My favorite concealer for this type of job is NYX Dark Circle Concealer.

I like this concealer because the formula is creamy and non-tugging. It also has color-correcting pigments and light-deflecting particles without looking too thick or obvious.

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Rock Out With Maybelline’s Latest Nude Eye Palette

21 Jan

Maybelline The Rock Nudes

It looks like the nude makeup trend is still going strong.

Maybelline knows that which is why they’ve introduced another nude eye palette :).

The Rock Nudes eye palette isn’t your typical neutral palette.

It contains 12 cool nudes in different textures (shimmer, glitter, and matte) that will help you create an edgy, smoky look.

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Mascara for All Occasions

18 Jan


How many mascaras do you own? If you’re a makeup junkie like me, the number keeps climbing.

Mascaras are multifunctional now, and each mascara I wear fits a different occasion.

Here are some of my favorites and when I like to wear them.

Buxom Lash Mascara

If I want my lashes to enter the room before I do :), I use Buxom Lash Mascara.

The curvy, hourglass-shaped brush evenly coats lashes with a formula that darkens and thickens.

Rimmel Wonder’Lash

I love using this drugstore mascara on casual makeup days.

It has a brush with flexible bristles that does a good job of separating lashes. This mascara also lengthens and nourishes lashes with argan oil.

Lancome Hypnôse

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Baby It’s Cold Outside: Winter Skincare Favorites

14 Jan

Winter Skincare

Hey fellow beauties. How is the winter treating you so far?

I live in Vancouver, where we’ve experienced a lot of rain this winter (as usual). Even though our winter seasons are on the mild side, I still need to adjust my skincare routine for the cooler temps.

Here are some of the essentials in my winter skincare routine. If you have any winter faves, let me know.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

I’ve been a big fan of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion forever, so I was very excited when Clinique launched a hydrating version of their skincare classic last year.

After cleansing, my skin absorbs DD cream very quickly and it doesn’t have any greasy residue. Find out more about the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream here.

Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate

If you’re going to invest in an eye cream, this is one of my favorites. Fresh always sources the most natural and effective ingredients. The ingredients in this formula, like Kombucha, help soften lines and reduce puffiness.

TIP: If your eyes are super puffy in the morning, keep this eye cream in the fridge to deflate undereye bags even quicker.

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Perfectly Petite Palette: Tartlette Tease

11 Jan


I’m loving the pocket palette trend (like the Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette from Bobbi Brown here).

Smaller palettes let you do a test run on a brand, and you can’t beat their portability.

I’ve had my eye on Tarte eye shadows because I like the eco-chic factor that comes with Tarte products. Also, the shadows look so pretty!

The Tartelette Tease contains the same clay-infused shadows found in the bestselling Tartelette palette. It features four everyday matte shadows and two shimmer shadows so you can transition your look from day to evening.

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