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I’m curious about….Marcelle Spring 2014 products!

Oh I love me an interesting press release. Check out some of the new products from Marcelle for Spring!

*Please note, I don’t have any of these products (yet)-I’ve just received a press release.  I’m highlighting the most interesting (in my opinion) products from the press release!*
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Marcelle is introducing the NEW Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel, an ultra-mild and non-foaming facial cleanser which is gentle enough to be used on the eyes to remove make-up. Enriched with aloe vera and glycerin, the gel is gentle and protects the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Benefits:
-Suitable for all skin types, ideal for sensitive and dehydrated skin – SUITS THE WHOLE FAMILY!
-Gentle, hydrating and non irritating
-May be used as a facial cleanser and make-up remover
-Formulated with aloe vera, glycerin and glyceryl oleate for superior hydration and soothing effect

My initial impressions: YES YES YES-I can not WAIT to try this.  I love a cleanser I can use on my face AND eyes! I’m wondering about the texture since it’s non-foaming. 

In terms of cosmetics, Marcelle is focusing on the eyes!

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NEW – Marcelle® Xtension Plus + ProLash Growth Complex Mascara
$14.95
9 mL

This is the Marcelle® Xtension Plus Mascara (winner of the 2013 ELLE CANADA/ELLE QUEBEC Beauty Grand Prix in the Best Mascara Under $20 category) infused with a multifunctional conditioner to stimulate the growth of healthy lashes. The soft polymer brush, with a row of longer bristles, reaches even the shortest lashes and stretches them from root to tip to reach their maximum lengthening potential for a lash-extension look.
Benefits:
-Lengthening formula with glycerin, panthenol, vitamins, amber extract and peptides
-Prevents breakage and visibly enhances growth
-Visibly noticeable changes within 2 weeks
-Specially shaped dual-sided brush
-No clumping or flaking
-Tested under ophthalmological control
-Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
-Paraben free
-Hypo-allergenic and perfume free

My initial impressions:  Well, I do like the Xtension plus mascara….and now this version may nourish my lashes.  Pass it over!

NEW Marcelle® Eyebrow Pen

$13.95
1,4 mL
Create the perfect brow shape, an ultra-natural look and a long-lasting impact!

Benefits
-Felt pen glides on skin and hair to enhance eyebrows or cover-up grey hair
-Results look natural
-Slender tip creates soft strokes that imitate natural hair and look of brows
-Easy to use pen and fast-drying formula

Benefits:
-Long-lasting (12 hours + ) and smudgeproof formula
-Tested under ophthalmological control
-Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
-Paraben free
-Hypo-allergenic and perfume free

My initial impressions:  My brows are my biggest makeup hangup-I have so much trouble filling them in properly…..and I do prefer a pencil.  Hmm, maybe. Wonder if it will step up to my Anastasia Brow Whiz?

New shades – Marcelle®2-in-1 Retractable Eyeliner
Here’s a good make-up tip: the easy-peasy creamy and already-sharpened tip of this waterproof eyeliner. Use the integrated soft sponge to turn any line into a smoky eye.

Key features
$10.95
Now in 6 hues!

-Waterproof, long-lasting (12 hours + ) and smudgeproof formula
-Integrated sharpener and sponge
-Tested under ophthalmological control
-Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
-Hypo-allergenic and perfume free

My initial impressions:  I’m a fan of the smudgers.  Smokey eyes are so much easier when I don’t have to work so hard.  I could be talked into the purple liner. 

 

And there it is? Anything you see here that you’re interested in trying? Let me know in the comments below!

 

WHOAH-check out this look…..Holiday or everyday? Tell me!

I don’t often do this, but I like this look SO DANG MUCH, I have to post it so you can see it and duplicate it!

Lego_Email_Blast2.1.1This look is beautiful for your latest  office party….or the evening mass, or New Years Eve (of course).  If you’re me, you would wear it to work! Isn’t it beautiful? It’s the perfect blend of gold and smokey….I just adore it.

So obviously I’m late posting this. Honestly, I am going to replicate this for my next ‘special occasion’-I just can’t stop staring at it!

Tell me about your latest look or your ‘go-to’ party look…..have any suggestions for me?

Review-Epic Blend Premium lip balm

*This post contains products sent for review.  I like to state that first out of respect for my readers. This doesn’t change my opinion of the products.*

Shameless plug:  I actually had a giveaway for an entire set of these lip balms that I first mentioned on my YouTube channel.  It’s closed now but just in case, you may want to check over there-I tend to give my subscribers a “heads-up” when the giveaways come around!

I have extremely dry lips. ALL. THE. TIME.  I’ll cut right to the chase when I tell you that this product is heaven-sent.

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Epic Blend uses natural ingredients without synthetics….which is a huge + for me. I hate hate HATE using petroleum based lip balm (and before you all slam me for using lipsticks, glosses with chemicals, hear me out).  I like to use the most moisturizing natural products the closest to my skin….this product is amazing to wear on its own when you’re out in the ‘weather’, or even as your base before you apply your other lip products.  It GLIDES on and the flavors are fun!

Epic has 3 different ‘categories’ of balms:

Hemp:  Organic Hemp Seed Oil is a great anti-oxidant, super nourishing and quickly absorbs deep into the skin cells.

More Moisture:  Seven moisturizers, including Organic Shea Butter come together to provide an extra kick of moisture plus a boost of staying power.

Vegan:  100% plant-based and beeswax-free.  Candelilla wax is used in these balms, giving them a smooth texture.

The formulas:

-Nutrient dense natural and organic ingredients that improve skin’s health

-Petroleum free, Gluten free and non GMO

-Not tested on animals

-Natural flavors

Sounds good to me, right?  I’ve been using these and loving them.  And so has my other half, who was a devout Carmex user…..and fyi, there is an unflavored version if you aren’t into all that.

Try these out-you won’t be disappointed in this *Epic* Canadian company (see what I did there?)

Find Epic Blend:

on the web

on facebook

on twitter

 

 

 

My favorites from……Revlon!

We all know Revlon’s been on ‘the scene’ for awhile now….and for me, this brand had always been around but nothing I was running after anyone for (especially after the lip butters).  However, there are several products from Revlon that I do truly adore and thought I’d mention!

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Revlon Colorstay whipped foundation in 200 sand beige

Revlon Colorstay whipped foundation in 200 sand beige

If you watch my YouTube channel, you’ll  know this is one of the foundations I’ve been going on about.  I absolutely love it….the finish, the texture, the application are so easy and flawless.   This foundation is a medium to full coverage, and I apply it with my Urban Decay Good Karma brush.

Revlon Photoready cream blush in flushed

Revlon Photoready cream blush in flushed

This was one of my first cream blushes. I originally bought it because I wanted to try cream blush but didn’t want to invest in a more expensive one (although I’m quite certain I bought a MAC version around the same time).  This color may look intimidating but never fear, its sheer!  I like this blush because it’s super blendable and easy to layer with other colors!

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick from L: Black Cherry, Foxy Lady

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick from L: Black Cherry, Foxy Lady

I’ll call these my ‘latest loves.’  Back in High School-and I won’t tell you what 4 years that was…..my standard lippie was “Wine with Everything” which is a color that Revlon still makes and I’d still wear.  However, I’m not sure if they have reformulated these or what but I am loving everything about these 2.  They have great payoff and are soft on the lips.  I’m definitely fall-ing for fall colors (GROAN-terrible pun).

So there you have it, my Revlon faves……I know you’ve got some of your own.  What are they?  Let me know in the comments section below.

 

 

 

What a great way……to spend a Monday night! MissAvaCado at Tips Nail Bar and the benefits of avocados for beauty!

Anyone who follows me on instagram knows that my nail game is TIGHT.  When Miss Sandy Avvari & Janine Falcon asked me if I’d like to learn more about avocado and beauty treatments, I was all over it!

I’m no stranger to Tips Nail Bar-but haven’t been since their recent (fairly) renovation.  Allow me to show you around briefly.

 

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Tips Nail Bar

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Nice, eh (look I used a Canadian word!)?  Now, onto Miss Ava Cado:

Miss Ava Cado

Miss Ava Cado

I learned a lot about the benefits of using avocados in beauty treatments-specifically in a hand treatment. Here is the recipe for the treatment I received:

1/4 fully ripened avocado

1 egg white

2 tablespoons rolled oats (highly absorbtive)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

In shallow bowl, mash avocado until smooth. Add egg white, oats, and lemon juice.   Massage into hands, leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with warm water.

So, I must say that this not only leaves my hands super soft, but that it brightens them….must be the lemon juice!  I highly recommend it.

After the avocado hand treatment

After the avocado hand treatment

There’s also a recipe for a hair mask (which I didn’t get but I’m up for trying this weekend).  If the hair mask works even half as well as the hand treatment, I am SOLD.

1 full ripened avocado

1 egg yolk (tip: do the hand treatment and the hair mask on the same day!)

1/2 teaspoon olive oil (I’m probably going to try argan oil)

Directions:

In shallow bowl, mash avocado until smooth.  Add egg yolk and oil, stir until combined. Divide hair into sections, apply mixture to hair by massaging into each section, concentrating on ends.  Allow to penetrate 30 minutes, rinse with warm water.

And why stop there?  How about some Face masks with avocado?

Add avocado to yogurt, honey to make a moisturizing mask.  Add lemon juice and egg white to avocado for a mask to balance oily skin!

Of course, avocados are yummy to eat as well:

avacado snacks!

avacado snacks!

Although it may not be ‘new’ news, don’t overlook avocados when it comes to beauty!!

For  more information on beauty with avocado & food recipes:  www.missavacado.ca

 

Thank you to Tips Nail Bar , Janine Falcon, and Sandy Avvari for inviting me!

 

Oh the places I’ve been……the shOws TO!

This post made possible by the wonderful people at MSL group- #beautyunited!

My blog is mostly beauty oriented but occasionally I’ll venture into the fashion world.  I was absolutely delighted to learn that I had won tickets to the first night of the shOws in Toronto on October 9th.  This show was held at Andrew Richards designs and I have to say that this was the BEST use of this space that I have ever seen!   In case you didn’t know (and I know I didn’t),  here’s a little blurb from the website:

“Our aim is to put the spotlight on Canadian Designers, Hair and Makeup Artists and Models and build a property that benefits not only our designers, artists and retailers but also our supportive sponsors, by showcasing the very best of Canadian talent at home and abroad to our media, buyers and stylists.

The purpose of The ShOws is to bring together our most talented and creative Canadian designers each season and allow them to present their collections here in Toronto to the fashion industry without incurring any production costs themselves. We want to support them here at home and give them every possible opportunity to continue to build their brands.”

I was selected to participate in backstage interviews….and I’m sure you have seen it before, but in case you have not, it can be described as ‘beautiful chaos.’  Here’s my point of view:

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I was also delighted to attend the Bellavance and Calla fashion shows…..every seat was a good one, and I can now truly appreciate the work that goes into the behind the scenes setup.  I also realized that when I attend future fashion shows, I will be bringing my SLR camera in order to capture the models, as well as my digital recorder (although I prefer a notebook and pen! That’s my generation X speaking).

So let’s get to the important stuff-the photos!

The looks:

Bellavance:

 

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IMG_0492IMG_0495IMG_0493Hair& Makeup-Bellavance:

-Justin created a ‘shaved head’ appearance by pulling the hair to one side, and braiding it underneath (see photo above) to keep the hair in place.  I remember when a ton of my classmates did that for REALS in the 90’s.  This look is fresh!

-Amelie used Cover Girl flamed out pencils in a thicker line underneath the eye to “open it up.”  The Cover Girl clean whipped makeup foundation was used to keep the face fresh. I’m loving the ‘modern matte’ finish of this particular foundation.  Cover Girl Smoochies were used on the lips.

 

Calla:

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Hair & Makeup-Calla:

-Braids, braids, braids everywhere!  The string/fabric was woven in-slightly boho-chic!

-Makeup was clean and uncomplicated, but complimenting the hair and clothing.

 

*Yes these runway looks were achieved using Cover Girl and Pantene products!*

And now, the runway-and I point out (again) this is the main reason for my upcoming shift to a higher grade camera/recording device!

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It was a fantastic evening, that’s for sure-I am so grateful to Jennifer, Alyssa and the lovely people at MSL group for giving me the opportunity to attend.  Also, huge shout outs to all the designer talent, as well as Justin and Emelie!  It was a night to remember!

 

 

I can’t get enough of……In the Buff Spa!

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I won’t lie, this post may have a very positive slant….after all, I do know Naomi Mundy fairly well. But that won’t stop me from telling you about the treatment I received in an unbiased manner-just note, that I truly did enjoy the treatment and that should resonate in this post.

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My favorites from….Too Faced

I actualy don’t have a lot of TooFaced but recognized them for their ‘box’ type tin palettes and of course, Shadow Insurance.  However, some items I really truly enjoy come from this brand so without further ado,

 

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Of course, mostly palettes!  So let me start with one of my very first, that just happened to be a gift from a YouTuber (Stacysunnysidemakeup and yes, check her out). This palette contains beautiful neutrals and divides the colors into day, fashion and night looks.  I’m not one to follow the rules much so I use whatever colors I feel I want to rock that particular day.  This palette is a beautiful addition to any neutral lovers collection!

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When I saw this palette I had to grab it.  Just so much going on in one tin!  I do adore it for its versatility but I find that out of the 3 palettes I have from this brand, this is the one I reach for the least!  I’m not a huge fan of shadow insurance which is why that is still sitting there….for some reason, I have some ‘staying power’ issues with the shadows.  Love the blush though!

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This is my latest addition from TooFaced and let’s just say I AM A FAN.  I was just about to pull the trigger on the UD Smoked when I saw this. Based on the pink alone, I knew I had to have it.  Surprisingly, I haven’t touched the pink …..yet.  This palette (like most other Too Faced palettes) comes with cards that explain different looks.   The look I like the best so far from this palette is 9 to 5 rebel.  The colors are strong and vibrant and the glitzy/girly one will surprise you.  So many different combinations to be had with some quality shadows.  This is a must and I’m glad I picked it up!

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No one will be surprised when I say that I picked this blush for the packaging alone.  It’s surprisingly sheer but I don’t see that as a bad thing.  I appreciate the different tones in this blush…but will say if you don’t like shimmer, pass this one by.  The heart shaped packaging is an added bonus in my eyes 🙂

And there you have it….not too many products but enough for me to form an opinion. Overall I like TooFaced and plan on engaging with them more in the future 😉