Rimmel London Makeup Artist, Vanessa Jarman’s tips for the 2012 Spring/Summer season

 Earlier this year, I got the opportunity to ask Rimmel London Makeup Artist, Vanessa Jarman’s some simple tips for the 2012 Spring/Summer season.

Check out what she has to say about red lips, perfect eyeliner & brows!

SB:How to pick the perfect red for your skin tone (Fair, Medium & Dark)?
According to Vanessa, picking a great red for your skin tone “can be a little challenging at first”. However, by following her simple rules below, it will make the search a lot easier:

For fair skinned people with a blue undertone complexion, Vanessa recommends choosing a red lipstick that is cool. “Blue-reds will work to enhance and brighten your complexion”, she said. Vanessa recommends trying, Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in, Temptation

She also suggests for those fair skinned ladies with a slightly more yellow undertone, “to try picking reds with an orange base as these tones will complement the natural warmth in your skin” she says. Vanessa recommends trying Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in, Alarm

For those medium skin toned ladies with yellow hints to their complexion, Vanessa suggests choosing a warm red lip colour, “as this will brighten your smile and whiten your teeth”, she says. Vanessa believes trying the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Kate Moss #01 Red

For ladies who have darker skin with a slight redish/purple undertone, Vanessa recommends choosing a red lipstick with cooler blue hues to make lips really pop. She suggests using Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Bordeau.

And finally, for dark skinned ladies with a mix of warm yellow and orange hues to their complexion, Vanessa suggests choosing a lipstick to complement skin colour with a warm orange undertone. Vanessa suggests trying Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Red Hot.

Red lips are being worn many different ways from glossy, matte, crisp and bright like Dior, to soft yet bold like Anna Sui's SS/12 runway.

Feel free to follow the rules, or break them!! Whatever tone of red makes you feel hot, playful or sexy - wear it and have fun!

SB:How to make your eyeliner last all day?
When applying eyeliner, Vanessa suggests trying to use a couple of products. If you find your pencil smudges or wears off easily by the natural oils of your lids, “apply pencil first followed by a similar shade in eyes shadow. Simply place the eyes shadow directly over the top of the eyeliner, using a tight small brush so you can be precise with your shadow application.”.

Vanessa also recommends “placing eye shadow over top of your eyeliner when lining your inner waterline. This step is especially important to use when creating a smokey eye, and will ensure an even darkness near your iris and the whites of your eyes,” she says.

Vanessa suggests trying- Rimmel London Exaggerate Auto Waterproof Eye Definer or the Rimmel London Special Eyes Eyeliners in any shade!!

Pair with: Glam' Eyes Mono Eye Shadow: Jet Black, Dusk, or Plum Romance for a matte finish.
Explore the Glam Eyes HD Pallets: For a shimmer finish on top of your liner. This will add brightness, and dimension to your liner.

SB:The Best Products to use when filling in your brows?
According to Vanessa, “No matter what Rimmel London product you end up using to fill in your brows, make sure you apply it softly,”.

It's important to build up your eyebrow shape slowly, rather than piling on too much from the start. Vanessa recommends for a medium brown to dark chocolate brow – Rimmel London Mono Glam Eyes Pallet in Dusk and for Redheads, she recommends using Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze

Sally Hansen Perfect Plucker Scissor Style Tweezers

I get my brows threaded twice a month. In the between time, I try to maintain some decent looking brows.

Brows can easily make or break your face. I know that's harsh but it's the truth.

My brow hair is thick and grows pretty fast. I honestly struggle to pluck out the stray hairs sometimes.

Lately I have been using my trusty Sally Hansen Perfect Plucker Scissor Style Tweezers.

They can be found in your local drug store like Shopper's Drug Mart or Zellers.

The "scissor" style grip is easy to maneuver. It allows me to grip the hair firmly and grab on to any small thick hairs which are starting in grow in. Plus the handles are the perfect size for my fingers.

The best part of about these tweezers is the fact that you can find them for under $10.00. That may be steep for some but I know a brand that cost 20.00+ and they're pretty popular. If I can get the same quality for half the price I'll stick with that.

I know someone out there may be interested in seeing it in "action". Here is a picture of me trying to clean up some stray brow hairs.

As you can see it's pretty easy to use.

If there is anyone out there with some thick unruly brows, this may be a great option for you.

imPRESS NAILS Press-On Pedicure & Nicole Scherzinger's Signature Series!

I know that some of you ladies are looking at the screen in disbelief. There is no rule stating you can't wear "press-on" nails on your toes. Being the curious blogger, I tried(the glue type) on my big toes.
 It didn't last long but here is an option that will.
The imPRESS Press-on pedicure is very similar to the manicure version:
  • Same Number System
  • Unique Styles
  • Pressure Sensitive Adhesive
According to the labels they last up to a week. I'm going to try them out, once my traditional pedicure is on its last lap. Feel free to Facebook me or tweet me how it went if I don't get to post my review on here.

I also wanted to highlight this new pattern from Nicole Scherzinger's Signature Series: Don't Wanna. They kinda remind me of a stamping nail plate. If this one doesn't interest you, there are 6 patterns and 3 new neon colors. I took a simulated picture to show you what it would look like on.
The collection comes out in June 2012!

Check out my imPRESS nails review.

Maybelline The Color Show Nail Collection Swatches

Have you ever tried to coordinate your outfit & nails?
Well Maybelline is making your life easier with their Colorshow nail lacquers!

Runway-Hot Shades. Show-Stopping Shine.

There are 40 gorgeous unique colors and finishes.
Here are swatches of the seven colors that I received:

Coral Crush.
Creamy Coral.
True to Bottle.
2 Coats.

Fuchsia Fever.
Bright Fuchsia Purple.
True to Bottle.
2 Coats.
*3 Coats is Ideal

Metallic Collection- Bold Gold
Metallic Gold
True to Bottle.
1 Coat.

Impeccable Greys
Deep Shiny Grey
True to Bottle
2 Coats

The Denim Collection
Styled Out
Blue with Micro Specks
True to Bottle
1 Coats
*2 Coats Ideal

Pink Shock
Hot Pink
True to Bottle.
2 Coats
*3 Coats Ideal

The Shredded Collection
Matte Black
1 Coat

It's been awhile since I've swatched polishes, I apologize if my application was wonky. 
Either way you got the idea. 

Coral Crush, Bold Gold & Styled Out are my favorites!

What color(s) do you like?

Win a Supply of Rimmel Scandal’ Eyes for One full year!

Will you be around Yonge-Dundas Square today?
If so, check out how Rimmel is bringing their Ad featuring Georgia May Jagger to life.

To celebrate Rimmel is giving one of my readers the chance to win a years worth of the amazing Scandal’ Eyes Mascara!

Rimmel’s new ScandalEyes Mascara doesn’t know when to stop. With a brand new oversized brush and innovative formula, be prepared to say hello to lashes you never knew you had. Shaped, plumped, and exaggerated to perfection. The new MaxDensity brush, that’s 50% larger* and thicker, covers your lashes with attention – from corner to corner. Bristles now flex in to deposit mascara and out to comb through clumps, so volume will scream. With scandalous eye opening volume, this mascara should need a license.
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My Murale Experience

Don't have access to a Murale near you? Murale is now sold online.

Murale is a beauty masterpiece that will give access to the most innovative and leading beauty products, services, consultation, and advice.

I personally don't shop for cosmetics online unless I know the brand. 
Since Murale is a division of Shoppers Drug Mart Inc, I am familiar with what that they carry.
Brands such as Bourjois, Coverfx and Quo are staples in my beauty bag.

I'm going to be honest with you my Murale experience was rocky at first (problem with my code) but throughout it I had exceptional customer service.

Have you ever had a company call you when a product is sold out? 
Murale does..

Have you ever had a company answer your question promptly through email/social media?
Murale does..

Here is what I got!

Andale Dry & Shine Drops

L'Occitane Shea Hand Cream 30ml

Murale White Tote
Orginal: $18.00 Now: $3.60

 I forgot to add that I got a Murale Jewelled Atomizer.
 Do you want to see a review on any of these
products please let me know below!

Montagne Jeunesse Chocolate Masks!

The weather in Ontario is amazing right now!

I've been trying to soak up every minute of it. Don't worry I have been lathering on the SPF to prevent any skin damage.

The SPF I use is non-comedogenic but I have been using my Montagne Jeunesse masks just to maintain moisture in my skin.

The theme for May is Chocolate!
I can't eat as much of it as I want. So why not put it on my face?

This week I used Montagne Jeunesse Hot Chocolate Masque.
Take a deep breath of our self – warming Chocolate Orange masque and you'll be in chocolate heaven! Mediterranean Clay cleanses dirt and oils from deep within pores. Rich dark chocolate and orange oil leave skin feeling soft and refreshed.
I love masks in general but my face always feels refreshed after using any of the Montagne Jeunesse ones. 

I swear there is no sexy way to take a picture wearing a mask.
So I will just leave you all with a shot of my eyes.

Have you tried a Chocolate mask before?

THANN Natural Skin Care travel kit

The worst part about traveling is not being able to bring everything you need!

How amazing would it be to bring a whole suitcase of makeup and accessories? It would be heavy as hell but totally worth it! Thank God for travel-sized items. Ladies, vacations are the best time to use up your minis/GWP and travel-sized items.

I plan on going somewhere hot next month. Skin care is going to be a huge deal for me because the sun can really wreak havoc on your skin in a short amount of time.

Thankfully, I have the Thann Stunning Facial Set.

It comes with three essentials:

THANN Oatmeal Face Scrub.
  • Gently exfoliates and nourishes the skin.
  • Oat extract and Rice bran oil provides nourishment.
  • Marsh Mallow extract contains Vitamin A, B and C, moisturizes and strengthens skin condition.
  • Centella extract has calming effects on the skin.
  • Paraben Free with no artificial color or fragrance

THANN Detoxifying Clay Mask:
  • Developed using natural nutrient rich clay which absorbs toxins and cleans up dirt embedded in pores.
  • Cucumber and Rose extracts sooth the skin while Rice bran oil provides nourishment. 
  • Paraben Free with no artificial color or fragrance.
THANN Rice Extract Cream:
  • The unique 10% rice bran oil formula helps prevent and protect dry skin providing temporary relief from scaling and chapping associated with dry skin. 
  • This naturally nourishing, non-greasy formula is non-comedogenic (will not clog pores). 
  • Paraben Free with no artificial color or fragrance
I will be using THANN as my night time regime while on vacay. 
I'll probably use a light cleanser & a moisturizer high in SPF for the morning.
    How do you feel about travel-sized items?

    Introducing Dainty Luxuries

    Dainty Luxuries is a new online Boutique run by 21 year old Kadian Blake. 
    I  love seeing girls become entrepreneurs at a young age.
    It just sets the stage for great things in the future.

    The best way to sum up the boutique via Kadian.
    A Dainty Woman walks with her head held high and a switch to her hip. Always fancy, she takes pride in her appearance and exudes confidences. Exquisitely beautiful, challenges boundaries and is ready to face whatever the world throws at her with a smile on her face. A Dainty Woman is YOU. 
    LOVE it!

    Mix and Match with this Crystal Studded Animal Print Stackable Bracelets

    Serious ARM Party going on here. Amazing quality bracelets (Not flimsy or cheap). Plus it looks amazing on my skin tone! 

    Crystal Studded Post Earrings 

    Extremely classy and comes in three different colors.
    Basketball Inspired Poparazzi Earrings 

    Believe or not I have not seen "Basketball wife" inspired earrings in my part of the woods. These are huge I love them.

    I'm obsessed with her site. *Sigh* Accessories will be the death of me.
    These are calling my name...

    Dainty Luxuries is giving my readers a 15% discount on her site for the Month of May

    Which item is your favorite?

    I Love... Cosmetics Giveaway!

    I recently stocked up on some I Love... Cosmetics for the Summer. This brand can be found in your local Shopper Drugmart.

    They come in fun flavors like:
    Mango & papaya
    Blueberry & smoothie
    strawberries & milkshake
    and several more....

    I'm currently loving Tropical Paradise.
    Fabulous fruit cocktail of cream of coconut, pineapple juice and fresh grapefruit.

    Paradigm Cosmetics is giving one of my Canadian Readers the opportunity to get a gift pack from I love...Cosmetics!

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    The Best Flat-Iron?

    I don't usually do posts like this but I love getting input from you all!

    Recently one of my favorite flat-irons totally died on me.

    When I say die... I mean it fell apart in my hands. Its kinda funny but now I'm on the hunt for a new one.

    Back in December 2011, I bought one from KISS. It's nice but I find that it doesn't glide smoothly. Tugging leads to breakage and I really don't want that!

    Thankfully it was only $29.99 on sale..

    Anyways summer is coming and I need to get a good one. I have a few questions for you:
    • Which flat iron is your favorite?
    • Where did you get it?
    • Do you remember the price point?

    It's okay if you don't remember all the details, I just really need the name.

    *****Thank you all for names & info where to buy them.*****

    I created a post to help anyone struggling to find a good flat-iron.