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Quick & Easy Holiday Look: Liner & Bold Lips

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


The older I get the less patience I have to do intricate makeup looks.
For me, liner-mascara-lips are a must!

Here is my super easy Holiday Look!

Products used:
L.A Girl Glazed Lip Paint -Tempt  (*Bought at my local BSB $3.99 CAN*)
Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom Mascara by Lashblast ($10.99 CAN)
Lise Watier Smokey Kohl Velours - Indigo ($20.99 CAN)

Would you wear this look?


Canadian Holiday: 12 Days of Beauty!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It's that time again!
P&G has challenged #Beautyunited bloggers to another 12 Days of Beauty photo challenge!

You know I'm aways up for the challenge!

We had to use any of the 12 products from #COVERGIRL, #Pantene, #Olay, #Clairol, #VidalSassoon, #HerbalEssences, #VenusOlay and #3DWhite  to create five Holiday inspiration photos!

Want to try out some of the products that are shown above? 
Guess what!........
P&G is sending one of my lucky Canadian readers a gift pack with the same Holiday essentials that I received!

  1. Olay Sensitive Body Wash (part of the Olay Body Sensitive gift set)
  2. Secret Oh La La Lavender Clear Gel Deodorant (also in this year’s Secret + Olay holiday gift set)
  3. Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream Fragrance-Free (featured in this year’s Olay Regenerist gift set)
  4. Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo + Conditioner
  5. Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner
  6. Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo
  7. Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care 2-minute Moisturizer Scalp & Hair Treatment
  8. Clairol Hair Colour Coupon
  9. Crest Flex-Fit Whitestrips
  10. COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara in Very Black
  11. COVERGIRL Eye Shadow Quads in Notice Me Nudes
  12. COVERGIRL Bombshell Powder Brow & Liner Medium Brown
Good Luck!

Holiday: Kat Von D Immortal Lash & Line Kit

Monday, December 15, 2014

This holiday is all about the lashes. 
If you cannot pay to get some falsies put on... why not build them yourself. 
Kat Von D Immortal Lash & Line Kit ($24 CAN) is the best way to get your eyes ready this holiday. 
The kit comes with full-size Immortal Lash 24HR Mascara and deluxe-size Tattoo Eye Liner. 
Immortal Lash is a cutting-edge, 24-hour mascara that powers lashes to their maximum potential with a first-of-its-kind three-in-one brush that lengthens, curls, and coats every lash in ultra-black drama.  
Tattoo Liner, the bestselling liquid liner, provides the ultimate precision, versatility and control with innovative brush tip design crafted with 325 ultrafine bristles.
The brush is amazing and gives me insane volume.
After application my lashes are still soft which makes removal a breeze at night.
My only tip is that the formula is wet..so do not immediately blink or sneeze after application.

The eyeliner is nice as well. 
It's waterproof but just like the mascara- removes really easy with wipes. Since I like my liner a deep rich black, I had to go over it a few times to get my desirable look.

This kit is now available on Sephora online for your favourite makeup lover!



Nudestix: Go nude, but better SWATCHES

Monday, December 08, 2014

I feel like 2015 is going to be about natural looks. 
The point is to look polished but never over done. 
If that's you.. then should check out Nudestix.  

Their slogan is "Go nude, but better".
They come packaged up in a sleek black tin along which has a large mirror and a pencil sharpener.

The line is actually the brain child of Jenny Frankel who is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of beauty experience.  Her muses are her daughters Ally & Taylor. I had the opportunity to try out some products from the line. Immediately, I fell in love with Nudestix concealer pencil ($28.00 Cdn). The consistency is amazing. I had NO idea if the colour would match me but it ended up being perfect! I'm a deep 8. That is the darkest colour in the line. The colour is not muddy or red, it's the perfect matte chocolate brown. I should also add the pencil is very soft so it glides instead of drags.

Left to right: Angel, Deep8 & Ripe

I also tried out a lip/cheek pencil ($28.00 Cdn) in Ripe (not sure if it has the right colour for me but I loved the consistency as well).  I want to try sin. Also I tried one of the magnetic eye colours ($28.00 Cdn) in Angel. If not used over the lid, this would make a great inner eye colour.
TIP: 
"If you have an oily lid like me, you’ll love the way the magnetic eye color never creases, fades or smudges."- Ally
Nudestix is sold at Sephora.
Shop the line below:




Stocking Stuffers: Flower Beauty Rollerball Eau de Toilette

Friday, December 05, 2014

I struggle with finding stocking stuffers to add to Christmas stockings. 
Chocolate and Candy canes are a must but how about something that smells good? 
I was recently introduced to Flower Beauty and fell in love with their Rollerballs. 
For under $10.00 ($9.97 CAN) you can fall in love with three unique scents.
From Left to Right:
Feeling delicate and soft?
Try Cherished!
A comforting and nuzzly powdery floral.

Feeling romantic and daring?
Try Sultry!
A sensual oriental floral that wraps you in a seductive trail of creamy florals, alluring spices and sultry vanilla woods.

Feeling strong and happy?
Try Radiant!
A striking and confident sparkling floral blooming with dewy greens and lush freshness.

If I had to pick a fave I'd pick Sultry.  It smells fun but has a sexy playful side.

Want to try out the scents for yourself?
Flower Beauty is exclusive to Walmart.



Birchbox Monthly Subscription box is Available in Canada!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Beauty boxes are making a comeback! 
Just in time for the holidays.
One of the original beauty box makers is coming  to Canada.

Believe it or not I did not know the FULL hype of Birchbox (originated in 2010) until I went on vacation. I had my Birchbox beach bag and a lady came up to me and asked me if I worked for them. After I said no, she begin to rave about the box. She told me that she had a friend in New York who would order a box for her and send it to her in Canada. She nearly did a cart wheel on the beach when I told her the boxes can now be ordered from Canada.

Let me give you the low down on Birchbox: it's a platform that helps you find the best in beauty and lifestyle products. There is a online shop component and also the option of getting a monthly subscription. 

If you choose to subscription option, each month you will get five beauty samples shipped right to your door. The products can range from skincare, perfume or maybe even nail polish. If you find something that you truly love in the box.... Guess what? You can get the full-size version of the sample you got in their online shop.

I should also add that every box comes with a card which details the price of the full-size sample and also gives you a description on what the product is and also how to use it.
Canadians if you're interested in trying out Birchbox you can go to birchbox.ca to try out your first box.

My Easy Women of Colour Foundation Guide

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I get asked "What foundation/concealers work for dark/deep skin?" daily.
So I decided to make a compilation of my past posts to help out anyone who is on the hunt.
Please click the image to be sent to the full post!
Hope this helps!

LA Girl High Definition Pro Concealer

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB in Deep
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation- Chestnut

Avon MagiX Cashmere Advanced Liquid Dark/Deep Foundation



Make Up For Ever PRO Finish Foundation

L'oreal Paris Magic Beautifier BB cream

L'oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Foundation


Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation


COVERGIRL Ready Set Gorgeous Liquid Foundation


DIY nails with MICRO Nail

Monday, November 10, 2014

Right now I'm really into beauty treatments. 
I do think it's important to go to professionals for major treatments but 
for the times in-between why not DIY? 

I was excited when I got an email to try the MICRO Nail ($59.99).
MICRO Nail electric polisher buffs and shines in seconds, instantly revealing brilliantly natural, shiny nails. Rotating at 360 degrees and up to 1,800 times per minute, the MICRO Nail has two patented rollers.
It comes with a few rollers. There is the ‘MICRO Smooth’ roller. It's designed to buff away imperfections and stains. This is a common issue with people like me who get gel polishes.

The other roller ‘MICRO Shine’ is the miracle worker! It gives you the natural shine. You can wear your nails without polish or add your fave colour on top!

I used my mom as my nail model. 
The device was gentle on the nails and the process was really quick.

MICRO Nail is battery operated and can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart or Micronails.ca.



My favourite 5 minute face products

Monday, November 10, 2014

I was asked how did I perfect my 5 minute face....I think it started in college.
I had to take 2 buses and 2 different subway trains to get to my classes.
My go-to was always cream shadow and a full volume mascara.

Here is an example of some of items that I'd use daily.

In college, I was on a strict budget but I always made sure my brows were decent. These TRIM eyebrow shapers ($3.88 CAN) are perfect to get the stray hairs away and clean up your brows. 

I've raved about the importance of using SPF daily- no matter what your skin tone is. L'oreal Paris Sily Sheer Face Lotion ($12.96 CAN) is amazing. It's non-greasy and lightweight for daily use.
Swisspers Cosmetic Applicators ($2.00 CAN) are a double duty products. I use them to apply my makeup and clean up mistakes. Hard Candy "All lid up" cream shadows ($4.98 CAN) literally last hours. I usually don't have to worry about creasing throughout the day. 
Use them with your fingers or an applicator.
Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Retro Glam ($5.98 CAN) is a perfect mascara to use because I hardly get ANY clumps. The hourglass shape also helps to fan out your lashes.

Wet n' Wild Mega Last Lip colour ($2.37 CAN each) compares to any high-end lipsticks I own. 
Long lasting & they come in a vast amount of colours.
Eyes:

What's your 5 minute face?

Fun in the Sun + My Vacay Bag

Monday, November 10, 2014

I wish I could describe how I am right now...Stressed is an understatement
Instead of dwelling on my woes, my fiancĂ© and I are going to take a nice island vacation. 
Just to clear our minds so when we get back we can work on the several tasks at hand. 
Nothing clears your mind like a beach, free drinks and sun.

It's so important to have a purse/wallet with you at all times on vacay. Especially something that can carry your suitcase keys, tip money, lipglosses.. need I go on.

This year I found the perfect sized cross body bag on Rosegal ($10.46 US).

I won't lie...
White is usually not the first colour I'd grab for but I wanted to get something outside of the box.
 The front of the bag is a hasp closure. Which is something that I usually avoid because if I drop my bag I don't want all the contents to fall out. But lucky for me this has an interior pocket. So if I drop my bag nothing falls out. Perfect! There is also a zipper pocket at the back. Plus another pocket inside. And of course the best thing about the bag (which made me interested in the first place)  is the fact that you can wear the straps around across your body or you can take them off and hold it like a clutch.  For me wearing it across my body would be best this will prevent me putting it down maybe to wash my hands and forgetting it to pick it up. Unlimited drinks might do that to you..

If you're interested in this bag use this 8% Coupon Code: May49rose


Holiday- Mary Kay: Limited-Edition Winter Wishes Shimmeriffic Shower Gel and Shimmeriffic Body Lotion Set

Thursday, November 06, 2014

One memorable thing about the holiday season is the familiar scents!  
One of my favourite things from Mary Kay's Winter Wishes collection was the Shimmeriffic Shower Gel and Shimmeriffic Body Lotion Set ($27.00 CAN).

This limited-edition collection captures the magic of the season with its fruity, floral scent.

I love the fact that it comes in a cute festive tin. 
Once I have finished the products, I can use the tin for my little nicknacks.




What is it:
  Shimmeriffic Shower Gel 
Shimmeriffic Body Lotion Set
Holiday tin

Why would I want it:
Because it smells really good!
Body lotion leaves a subtle shimmer
The tin!


Where can I get it?
marykay.ca