Perfect Your Blowout with Drybar

With over 52 salons across the United States and their own namesake line of hot tools and hair products, Drybar knows a thing or two about the perfect blowout.

I was excited to try out two of their most popular products. While I currently have my shampoo and conditioner on lock, I was looking for a way to make my blowout look even better and last even longer.

To prime your blowout, the Chaser Shine Cream ($36.00 CAN) can be worked into damp hair to tame frizz and flyaways and also add shine and separation, for a “done, but not too done” look. This made my unruly hair a lot more manageable when I styled it – the frizz was easier to work through and immediately disappeared, and any baby hairs along my hairline were not sticking out, as they usually do.

The Sparkling Soda Shine Mist ($35.00 CAN) is incredibly lightweight and adds a natural-looking shine to your hair (like you’ve just had a colour gloss), while also taming frizz and flyaways. Think of it as the top coat to sealing in your blowout. The best part? The formula contains UV absorbers to help keep the sun from ruining your dye job. This product is my favourite out of the two – it really made a difference in how my hair looked once I styled it. Combined with your favourite light hold hairspray, you are locked and loaded until your next shampoo.

Drybar products are exclusive to Sephora stores and in Canada.

Real Techniques 2016 Brushes

It feels great to start 2016 with some new brushes in my collection! 
I've always been a fan of the Real Techniques line. 
High quality brushes at affordable prices. 

Check out what I received: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (10.49 CAN)
I'm obsessed with sponges! I wet them and apply my foundation for the dewy/barely there look.

This is very unique- multi-functional sponge.
 With a dabbing motion use the rounded sides to blend out large areas of the face- Cheeks, forehead..etc. 
Use the flat edge for the contours on your face- Eyes and nose.

Real Techniques dual-fiber Stippling Brush (12.99 CAN).
A secret weapon to looking airbrushed with out the airbrushing machine is a good stippling brush.

The bristles are ultra-plush and 100% cruelty-free.
Might I also add that the bristles are hand-cut!
How crazy is that? 

The last brush is Real Techniques Concealer Brush (10.99 CAN). 
I won't lie- I prefer a sponge for concealer but it's always to have a good angle-cut brush on hand.
This brush can be used with liquid or cream products.

For a full list of where these brushes are sold: Real Techniques Canada

Revlon Colorstay 2 in 1 Compact Makeup & Concealer-SWATCH

I'm excited new foundations are on the market. Dark/Deep toned girls like me are getting more options! This new combo is from Revlon. This is their Revlon Colorstay 2 in 1 Compact Makeup & Concealer (19.99 CAN). 

  • Black plastic packaging with concealer built in. 
  • Very unique concept because I'm always misplacing my concealer. 
  • Convenient to have everything all in on place.

Under the foundation there is a black tear shaped sponge and a mirror.

  • 12 blendable shades to choose from.
  • The formula is a "demi-matte".
  • Definitely a medium-heavy coverage foundation- so it wouldn't be hard to build up coverage.
400 Caramel swatch
Foundation on the top
Concealer on the bottom.

Caramel is not my colour- So I can't test the wearability and sweat proof claims.
**I'm going to try to get my hands on the darkest colour and report back soon**

Have you tried this foundation yet?

Valentine's Day Red: Dorcas from Curious About My Curls

Meet Dorcas from Curious About My Curls
Wearing Sephora cream lipstain in shade 01

Tell me about your youtube channel?My channel is called Curious About My Curls and it focuses on natural hair. I use it as a place to share my tips and tricks that need further explanation past my Instagram page - which is my main and most frequently updated platform (@Curious_Curls).

What are some tips to finding the perfect red or pink lip?Give everything a try. The beauty of women of colour is that we come in all shades and undertones so what may work for one person may not work for another. Try it out, don't be scared & keep a lip liner handy. A lip liner, especially one close to your skin town can make a colour that doesn't quite work look fab!

What is your favourite-
High end red -

Sephora cream lipstain in shade 01

Low end red -
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick - Kate Moss collection in shade 01

High end pink -
Nars Roman Holiday

Any advice on how to confidently sport a new lip colour?
Try it out at home first a few time so you're used to it before sporting it out the door.

Do you have a favourite WOC red or pink lipstick moment?
When it comes to a bold red or pink lip, Rihanna does it extremely well. Her collaboration with MAC for the release of Riri Woo would have to be my favourite lipstick moment. The campaign shots were stunning not just because of the product but because you can feel her attitude and confidence.

Valentine's Day Red: Natalie from DOS

Day 4
Meet Natalie from Discoveries of Self
Wearing Coloured Raine Cherry Blossom Matte Lip Paint

Tell me about your blog? -
My blog is a beauty blog aimed at WOC interested in affordable make-up as make-up for WOC in the UK is limited. I post product reviews and swatches as well as some videos here and there all aimed at WOC interested in beauty.

What are some tips to finding the perfect red or pink lip?
I think one of my tips for red lipstick is to opt for a blue based red (true vibrant red) as this type of red works well on all skin tones, for pink lipsticks my tip would be to always pair a pink lipstick with a purple/plum lip liner. This creates a flattering ombre effect.

Favourite High End Red -
Ruby Woo as this was my first ever red lipstick

Low End Red - Colourpop LAX Ultra Matte

High End Pink - OCC Anime Lip Tar

Low End Pink - Sleek Mystic Lipstick

Any advice on how to confidently sport a new lip colour?
My tip to sporting a new lip colour is to keep the rest of your make-up simple and make your new lip colour the statement.

Valentine's Day Pink: Raisa from Glam Morena

Day 3
Meet Raisa from Glam Morena
Wearing MAC Flat Out Fabulous

Tell me about your blog? - 
I own the blog Glam Morena, which is mainly a beauty blog. I offer swatches, makeup looks, and much more! 

What are some tips to finding the perfect red or pink lip? 
Test out a variety of shades and hues until you find one (or more) that you fall in love with. 

What is your favourite-
High end red:
It's limited edition, but MAC's RiRi Woo. 

Low end red:
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Creeper 

High end pink:

Any advice on how to confidently sport a new lip colour? 
Put it on your lips and rock it! 

Do you have a favourite WOC red or pink lipstick moment? 
Yes! Rihanna's MAC collab featuring RiRi Woo, which really made me want to branch out more into different shades of red lipsticks. 

Valentine's Day Red: Assa from My Curves & Curls

Day 2
Meet Assa from My Curves & Curls 

Tell me about your blog?
I have a fashion blog where I share a bit of personal style and a lot of shopping options for plus sized women

What are some tips to finding the perfect red or pink lip?
Keep trying them until you find one you like. Once you do,make sure to see how it looks under natural light.

What is your favourite-
High end red:
Lancome L'Absolu Red

Low end red :
Mac Ruby Woo

Low end:
Revlon Pearl Fushia 657


Any advice on how to confidently sport a new lip colour?
I think the key is to just wear it and not care about what anyone else thinks.

Do you have a favourite WOC red or pink lipstick moment?
That Rihanna’s striking red lip from the PFW 2014 Christian Dior show was the bomb.

Valentine's Day Red: Sabrina from SHP

Valentine's day is coming up!
Looking for the perfect lipstick to slay in this week?
Look no further! I decided to make it easy for you.
I had the opportunity to talk to some of my favourite WOC bloggers to get the scoop on everything from their favourite lipsticks to lipstick confidence.

Meet Sabrina from SHP
wearing Sephora Cream Lipstain in 01 Always Red

Tell me about your blog?
SHP is a beauty blog where I feature my most loved products and divulge all of the tips and tricks that I've learned over the years.  I currently review products, create beauty looks for women of color and give every day lifestyle tips.

What is your favourite-
High end red

Low end red

High end pink
Too Faced - Cinnamon Kiss

Low end pink
Colourpop - More Better


Any advice on how to confidently sport a new lip colour? 
My advice would be for you to find a shade that flatters your skin tone by looking at beauty blogs and visiting makeup counters, then test out your selected shade around the house to see how you like it throughout the day.  Also, if you are new to wearing color, try a gloss or light lipstain first so that you get accustomed to seeing yourself with a different look.  

Do you have a favourite WOC red or pink lipstick moment?
Janelle MonĂ¡e's signature red lipstick moments are all my favorites. 
She's amazing and her lipstick choices are always on point.

Canadians: Introducing- ABAA Beauty Supply

The most depressing thing is the fact that the Canadian dollar is doing horribly right now. Taking trips To the USA and buying online- just isn't worth it for me anymore. Right now, it's all about buying locally! There are so many Canadian shops that offer everything you need- you just need a little push in the right direction. I recently came across a company named ABAA Beauty Supply. They have a store in Mississauga and an online shop that caters to your beauty needs.

They offer products like Morrocan Oil, Babybliss, Redken and OPI to name a few.

Why should you shop with them?
  • They offer reasonable pricing
  • In store: They offer discounts to licensed/student hair stylists and estheticians 
  • They take credit cards(Visa, Mastercard & American Express) & Paypal!!

Guess what?
ABAA Beauty supply is allowing me to giveaway a 

BaByliss Pro BAB2000 Ceramix Xtreme Dryer to one lucky Canadian reader!

How to win:
  • Follow me: @JennMUA & @ABAA_beauty on twitter
  • Retweet my pinned tweet
  • Come back to this post and let me know you entered below & your twitter name
  • Giveaway is over Feb 12, 2016 
  • Canada ONLY