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Arbonne's Holiday Sheer Glow Highlight stick duo

Thursday, December 01, 2016

I'm currently going through a phase where I don't mind spending money on a highlighter.
If it’s pretty, I must have it! I just love glowing! Especially if it's the Holidays!
Doesn’t mater whether, it’s liquid, powder or stick-I'm a fan!


I had the opportunity to try Arbonne's Holiday Sheer Glow Highlight stick duo ($75.00 CAN).If you haven't heard of Arbonne- time to get on the wagon! Let me start off by saying… I do understand that this might be a bit more than some people would be willing to spend on a highlighter duo but check these out.

What's interesting about it?
One of the really cool things I loved was some of the key ingredient in each duo. Sunflower seed oil, Shea butter and grape seed extract. This gives it that silky to dry combo on your skin.

What do you get?



My favourite is bronze because it has a very warm undertone.
If I really feel like glowing, I mix both of them for a unique shade.


Where the best places to apply this?
You can put it under your brows, on the top of your cheeks, down your nose or on your chin. It can be applied straight out of the tube or you can take a brush and apply as well or your hands.

Always remember to close your stick after each use- so it doesn't dry out.

Which one is your favourite?



Caryl Baker Visage Holiday 2016 True North Lipstick- Notre Dame

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The holidays are here! 
For the past two weeks, I have seen some Holiday collections come out that I am super excited to play with! Today I'm going to highlight an amazing lipstick from Caryl Baker Visage Holiday 2016. 

This holiday they have a collection called True North Beauty. While there were a lot of items to love with in the collection- once I opened this lipstick.... I was so excited to swatch it. 


Each lipstick in the collection goes for $14.80 CAN. There are four different shades, my favourite shade is Notre Dame (shown below). 


How would I describe Notre Dame? It's extremely bold and deep. Looking at it straight out of the tube, I wasn't sure if it would be black or not. But one swipe of it gave me this gorgeous vibrant berry colour. 


The formula is really nice it contains avocado oil and Shea butter- which is honestly evident as you apply to your lips. It's a nice vacation away from the traditional matte lip that I've been obsessed with. 


This is definitely going to be one of my holiday favourites. 
Where can you find this lipstick? 
You can shop on Caryl Baker Visage online or find a location near you. 


MAKE UP FOR EVER Water Blend Face & Body Foundation- SWATCH

Monday, November 21, 2016

It’s time for me to update my Easy Women of Colour Foundation Guide by adding MAKE UP FOR EVER Water Blend Face & Body Foundation ($54.00 CDN) to the mix.


I literally think this foundation was made for people like me.
I always dilute my foundation by using a web sponge but this is the first time- I didn’t have to. 
It’s extremely lightweight! The consistency is a water-gel which applies sheer but is buildable.
Let me clarify: not “cakey” buildable but extremely natural looking.
If you’re looking for that dewy look!
This is it.

Pump bottle application.
There are 20 colours to choose from! 
Let me add.. you MIGHT have to mix two colours to get the right shade**.

SHOP:



I received:
R520 Cinnamon & R540 Dark brown

What makes this foundation so unique?
80% water and fortified with pro-vitamin B5

Best way to apply for me is a with your fingers or with a damp sponge.

Finished look-Filter Free:

What do you think about this foundation?


NEED: CoverGirl TruBlend Primer

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

I won't lie to you, I gave up on drugstore primers a few years ago. I can't even tell you the amount of brands that I've used and they have never compared to the ones that I get from Sephora. 
They have all left me super oily and really disappointed.

I was sent CoverGirl TruBlend Primer ($12.00 CAN) and literally I didn't pay that much attention to it. I was packing overnight bag a few weeks ago and then I realized that I couldn't find my usual primers. I was honestly freaking OUT! Since I knew where CoverGirl one was, I took it with me not really thinking that it was going to do much. 
I was surprised. 

The main points that I liked about it:
*A little goes a long way-won't waste product
*Perfect for sensitive skin
*Won't clog pores

This Primer is white and milky. The consistency isn't super runny and it applies like a lotion. Which is totally different from the two that I use right now. I applied it to the areas that I have the oil issue with. Starting with my forehead/t-zone and ending with my cheeks.


I was so happy to see that I was literally not oily at all for the whole event. I actually forgot my oil blotters and it really was not a problem at all. I didn't need it! I am extremely impressed by this product and glad that I gave it a chance. 

SHOP:




Have you seen it in your drugstore lately?


My Sephora Beauty Insider Sale Top Five Picks!

Friday, November 04, 2016

It's that time again! 
My favourite beauty time of the season: The Sephora Beauty Insider Sale! I could live in Sephora! It's EVERYTHING! The range there is insane.. especially as a Woman of Colour. I'm able to find products there that I cannot find in the drugstore. On top of that, there are multiple individuals who can help me find my shade or to find a product that will work best skin concerns. 

Every time I go in for one thing.. I end up leaving with three. No joke! On social media, I'm always asked what are my top five products that I believe should be purchased from Sephora. It's super hard to choose exactly what you should get but here are five products that you cannot go wrong with.

Rouge Members:
Nov 4-7
VIB Members:
Nov 11-14

TOP FIVE:






1

I'm obsessed with this product. I can't tell you how amazing it makes my skin look after using it.You get that famous Ole Glow. It's a easy three-step system that you can not mess up. It always saves me a trip to Esthetician when things are tight!

2

I've been using these daily since July. I actually don't use ANY other liners these are so amazing. Come in five different finishes: Diamond, matte, iridescent, metallic and satiny.

3

This is an awesome little device which I prefer more than the clarisonic. It delicate and super hygienic. Worth the investment.

4
SEPHORA COLLECTION Skincare Booster - Tired Skin ($14.00 CAN)

This product is perfection in a bottle! Main ingredient is magnesium.
Which can totally brighten your complexion.

5
NUDESTIX Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencils ($28.00 CAN)

Super pigmented and long lasting matte pencils that come in a various colours.

SHOP:


What are you getting?

Beautylicious 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

It's that time again! Time for the 8th annual Beautylicious event! This year, over 50 participating businesses in the Bloor-Yorkville area will allow you to try beauty services in four different price categories.

Packages range from $30, $50, $75, $125
http://www.bloor-yorkville.com/beautylicious/

From October 20nd to October 30th you can chose from packages that are available in three categories for both men & women:
  • Salon
  • Spa/Medi-Spa
  • Health and Wellness
This week, I had the opportunity to visit Deco De Mode- Beauty Bar for a Beautylicious promo.
It's such a lovely space on Scollard St.


I got the $50 Gel Toe Pedicure deal.
Ladies- Just because it's Fall that's doesn't mean that we have to neglect our feet. Plus it's gel so I know that it will last longer. I used OPI gel Red.


My first impression of Deco de Mode was that it was super clean and swanky!
I loved the comfortable pedicure chairs & decor. There are three main services that you can get here: Waxing/Threading, Nails & Lashes. I'm totally excited to go back and try their lashes service.




Other notables..
Trade Secrets
$75 Offering
Haircut + Treatment & Styling

STILLWATER SPA
I$50 Offering
Orange Spice Pumpkin & Polish Pedicure

Have you checked out Beautylicious before?

Cards based on your personality from Socialcirclecards

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

How many times have you gone out and forgotten your business cards. Or met someone influential totally by fluke and didn't have a card to give to them. What about this... Have you gone to an event- hit it off with the head of the company they asked for a card and you have nothing to give them. This has happened to me quite a few times.

For me, business cards are something that I never remember to bring with me. I usually keep a few(3) in my wallet but once they all get used up, I always forget to replenish. I recently had the opportunity to get some really cute cards done by socialcirclecards. These are networking for the trendy. These little card contain all of your social networking handles. Each card can hold five social media contacts. You get your name in the middle surrounded by your email, cell, facebook and instagram deets.

I was attracted to these cards because they're really unique and eye catching.
There are eight different categories to choose from:
  • artsy
  • bohemian
  • classic
  • edgy
  • glam
  • preppy
  • trendy
  • business cards
I went with Olivia ($34.95 CDN) because I felt like it was best suited to my personality.
With my order I received:

  • 2" scalloped-matte stock-double sided customized cards with my info
  • Personalized case wish I love!

This idea is extremely smart because you can clip it to the outside your bag or keep it in your purse. Also within seconds after handing out my card I always get compliments on how cute and different they are.

Dermablend Professional is now in Canada!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

As a makeup artist, one product which I would see in a lot of kits was Dermablend. I had the opportunity to attend an exclusive launch of Dermablend in Canada! Starting on October 8th, they are now sold exclusively in drugstores.


If you don't know anything about them please know that they're the #1 Dermatologist recommended camouflage brand in the US. Also known for their high pigment content and blendability.


They have been around for over 35 years changing lives by addressing all skin concerns:
  • redness
  • dark circles
  • uneven complexion
  • vitiligo
  • rosacea
  • tattoos
  • scars
  • acne

Even if you don't have any of these issues. This is for anyone who desires full coverage. Brides who have a problem with their makeup running would really benefit from using this product. The line features a good range of powders, foundations and concealers. FYI I'm in one of darkest shades in the line- Cinnamon.  Not sure if this is for you? Think about it this way.. It's dermatologist tested, allergy tested, sensitive skin tested, non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic and fragrance-free. 
In other words.. you need to get your hands on this ASAP!



Caryl Baker Visage ENCHANTED - FALL 2016

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Have you seen Caryl Visage's Fall 2016 Enchanted Collection in stores?
If not, let me show you my top three favourite products.

About the Collection-
Envision a fairy tale: Colours- Amethyst, pink, lavender and garnet & peach.

Enchanted Eye Shadow ($18.00 CAN)
Three finishes frosted, iridescent and matte.
  • Pixie
  • Zephyr
  • Dreamy
  • Mist
  • Ambrosia
  • Raven
I was sent three colours:
ZEPHYR Shimmer Dusty rose
PIXIE Frosted cream
RAVEN Matte mauve/grey

SWATCH

Enchanted Matte Liquid Lipstick ($24.00 CAN)
Velvety matte finish that stays put.
  • Eternal
  • Ever After
  • Euphoria
Enchanted Lip Liner ($18.50 CAN)
Long-lasting/creamy formula.

  • Ravishing
  • Inspiration
  • Winery



Do you have a favourite?