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oh, just some beauty favorites…

Totally inspired to do a favorites post.  No other reason!

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Tarte Amazonian Clay shimmering powder in Champagne-this product was gifted to me and I honestly don’t think they make it in the shimmery quilted packaging that I have.  This is a beautifully buttery highlight with the right amount of shimmer.  It can be built up but looks beautiful wherever it’s applied.  (more…)

Instaglam with Rodial-Banana Powder, Contour Powder, and Liquid Liner

*I received these products for review*

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My face.  I always think it ‘needs work.’  Don’t get me wrong, I do indulge in Instagram filters and love the Snapchat filters, but walking around everyday? Can’t use those digital ‘enhancements.’  In addition to great skincare (which I really need to get around to posting about since SO MUCH has changed), I make use of colour correction.  These new products from Rodial have really upped my ‘flawless, filter-esque’ appearance.

Instaglam Compact Deluxe Banana powder (more…)

Over 40 foundation- Covergirl + Olay Simply Ageless Primer & Foundation

*I received these products for review*

I actually had written some great stuff here earlier about how I used to be in a serious relationship with tanning beds (we broke up in 2008), and that every since then I’ve been taking care of my skin (pat on the back).  Unfortunately, my computer crashed and now I’m sitting here, trying to pick up the pieces.  While it’s a first world problem to have lost that great literary genius, I know I won’t be winning any literary prizes for my posts.  Sad, but true.  So here goes part deux:

Well now I’m in my 40’s, so I’m also battling a slowing metabolism, weight gain, and hormone issues.  I won’t let up on the skin care though-and since I can’t feasibly erase every last one of my sunspots or hyper-pigmentation instantly, I rely on foundation(s) to assist me while I take the time to repair my skin.

So I thought I would start a new ‘series’ about what foundations I use.  I really honestly do use a large ‘spectrum’ of products-all the way from drugstore to high end, with some Asian beauty products too.  I’m going to break down what I’m using over several blog posts. I’m going to start with a drugstore combo that’s doing a lot better than I expected.

My skin type is combination with an extra-oily T-zone.  I’m a midday blotter no matter what I use (I should tell you all about my blotting papers!  Maybe something else I can write about?)

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This primer claims to hydrate and smooth skin for an ageless canvas. Honestly I am not looking for the hydration part, but it definitely does smooth and I appreciate that.  I like this primer because it’s not overly silicone-ish (I can not stand the clear silicone primers like Smashbox photofinish-no way).  This primer hasn’t broken me out and spreads easily across my face.  It doesn’t ‘dry’ but it doesn’t sit on top of my face.  It’s not uncomfortable to wear.

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COVERGIRL + Olay 3 in 1 liquid foundation claims to instantly reduces the look of wrinkles, evens skin tones and delivers firming hydration with the Simply Ageless 3-in-1 foundation. Woo that’s a lot of claims. This foundation covers well (especially when used with the Ageless primer), and does even out my skin tone.  I do find it hydrating (which I don’t need), but on a hot day, I’ve got to stay indoors or have extra blotting papers on hand as it really does tend to ‘melt’ a.k.a. it doesn’t hold up in the heat.  I find setting this foundation with a translucent powder helps a lot. I top it off with a setting spray.

Overall, these are a great duo and I will recommend them for people with normal to dry skin.  They are hydrating and do even and smooth quite well.  Neither of them contain any sunscreen-that’s neither here nor there to me since my moisturizer almost always contains SPF.  Plus they are wallet friendly-these retail for $16.97 CAD and can be found at most mass retailers.

Stay tuned for my next Foundation over 40 post!  Is there any particular foundation you’re interested in seeing me try?  Let me know.

You should be watching……

Hi all, I haven’t posted in a bit….life has been taking most of my time. So I thought I would fill this space with something constructive.  I know on some of the Facebook groups that I belong to, people will ask for new YouTube channels or blogs to read?  Well have I got one for you…..

I have been a fan of Julie in DC for a while.  Lately I’ve been loving her more….and it’s because of her YouTube channel. Her last 2 videos have been a huge hit and incredibly helpful to me. So I thought I would share-check out her videos on lip contouring (yes that’s a thing) and making your dark eye circles disappear and concealing under the eye.

I highly recommend watching and following along (and no she’s not paying me to say this)!

This just in-L’Oréal Paris introduces an International e-spokesperson.

Yes you read that right.  L’Oréal Paris is proud to announce their FIRST EVER international e-spokesperson.  Her name is Kristina Bazan.  Check her out below:

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#Itgirl Kristina Bazan, 21, has taken the world by storm and turned the blogosphere upside down. Creative mind behind the style blog @Kayture she started in 2011,
the fashion A-lister captivates millions of followers on her social media.
Her glamour #ootd and #beautytips have made her the latest obsession the world over. She’s just #worthit! Welcome to the L’Oréal Paris Gang @lorealparisofficial

Gosh I don’t think I necessarily know of any e-spokespeople … Congratulations Kristina!  Looking forward to reading your posts!

Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

*This product was sent to me for review*

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From Annabelle:

Can’t get enough of the nude trend? We can’t either! This palette is the ultimate in versatility thanks to its minimalist and ultrafresh shades. With its mix of warm, cool, dark and light, you can create the perfect look for your skintone. Keep it simple with an “I’m not really trying” by day, or go with an intense smoky eye by night. Go ahead and play!

Key features:

  • Perfume and paraben free
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Tested under ophthalmological control

My thoughts:

This palette from Annabelle is a great addition to any makeup lovers collection! It is light, portable and versatile in terms of color.  The shadows blend well and have a decent wear time (with a primer).  Plan to apply with a separate eyeshadow brush-although the palette comes with one, I like bigger eyeshadow brushes and fluffy crease brushes to blend these.

This palette has a suggested retail of $12.95 CAD

 

 

NYFW BEAUTY ALERT: REVLON FOR MARCHESA A/W’15 Runway Show

I don’t normally post this type of thing but check this look out-I love it!

 

New York: Wednesday, February 18th 2015

 

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Make Up by Revlon Global Artistic Director,
Gucci Westman
“This look was all about a cool modern take on old Hollywood glam. Taking inspiration from the New York Great Gatsby era, I wanted to create a more youthful interpretation appearing as though she had been dancing all night. Using Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadow in Not Just Nudes and Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks, I created a copper eye that was subtle yet elegant. As the focus of the look I created a bold dark lip using Revlon Lip Liner in Raisin with Revlon Super Lustrous in Black Cherry. For the final touch I used Revlon PhotoReady SkinLights to create a flawless luminous finish on the face and body.”

Nails by Celebrity Manicurist, Jin Soon

“Echoing a modern glam vibe, and to compliment the dark cherry lip, nails were filed in a natural oval shape and painted a deep blood red with Revlon Nail Enamel in Vixen. I wanted to highlight the focus of the face with a bold yet elegant nail.”

 

REVLON PRODUCTS TO GET THE LOOK:

 Face:

  • Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effects Makeup, $19.99
  • Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Makeup, $17.79
  • Revlon Cream Blush in Charmed, $12.59
  • Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Lights, $17.79

Lip:

  • Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Raisins, $10.49
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry, $9.99
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink, $9.99

Eye:

  • Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadows in Not Just Nudes, $10.49
  • Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Java, Copper & Gold, $3.49
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara in Blackened Brown, $10.49
  • Revlon Brow Fantasy, $10.49

Nail:

  • Revlon Nail Enamel in Vixen, $6.29
  • Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top, $8.49

 

PRODUCT AVAILABILITY: Available at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide.  More information: Revlon.com

Hard to believe this is Revlon, but it is.  Nice, don’t you think? Would you wear this? I sure would!

Passport to Revlon Shake It Up in Shanghai-giveaway!

China has always been on my ‘travel bucket list’ -and even though I know I won’t be jetting off anytime soon, Revlon’s ‘Shake it Up in Shanghai’ Collection has the travel bug inside me ready to go, go, go!  Be sure to check out my Instagram for a chance to win  all  8 products in the collection!

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The Look:

Revlon Color Stay ShadowLinks in Moss and Khaki

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Jade

Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara in Blackest Black

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy in Checkmate, Blackjack and Diamond Top Coat

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Nothing excites me more than a Smokey Eye that IS NOT greys or black….in the Shanghai collection, it’s a Deep Green.

Dare to Wear a Deep Green Smokey Eye:

-Apply shadow in Moss on the lid from the inner corner to the center of the eye.  On the outer edge of the eyelid, apply the Khaki shade.  Fade the colours together.

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-Line lashes from inner to outer corner.  Create an extra smokey effect by moving the liner’s sponge tip in a circular motion.  Finish with mascara.

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-Dab Shanghai Sizzle onto lips for colour intensity.

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-Alternate nail shades on every other nail, and be sure to seal with the top coat.

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Do you see yourself jetting off to any exotic location anytime soon? Go to my Instagram account, like and comment on the below photo for a chance to win the ‘Shake it Up in Shanghai’ collection!  Winner picked on October 16th, 2014!!! *Giveaway open to Canadian residents over the age of 18!*

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