Color

Colour Love: Cobalt Blue

Royal Blue

I’ve likely mentioned this in previous posts, but hey, what’s one more time?  Cobalt (or “royal”) blue is my absolute favourite colour.  It’s universal, complimenting nearly every skin tone or hair colour, and can be worn year-round.  Looking for some inspiration? Just Google Kate Middleton.  And, while I may never be royal (pun intended),  it’s kind of fun to dress like one, right?!  Here are some of my current cobalt favourites, from jewelry, to clothing, to makeup.

1. K-Mart: Attention Women’s Button-Front Blouse in “Sparkling Ocean” $12.00

I’d been eyeing this shirt for a while, and was excited to find it on sale during a recent cross-border shopping trip!

2. Sephora Collection Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner 24 HR Wear in “Pool Party” $15.00

Use this to add pizazz to a smoky eye, or wear alone with mascara.  Vibrant, pigmented colour that lasts all day!

3. Whet Nail Polish in “Facetious” $15.00

Paired with a glossy top-coat, 2 coats goes on smoothly and gives you rich, intense colour.

4. Pier 1 Beaded Cuff Bracelet $12.00

I love this cuff bracelet; gold pairs so beautifully with royal blue.  Wear it lower on your wrist, or closer to your elbow for an even more “Grecian” feel.

5. Tassel Earrings $3.99

I love both the look and the price of these adorable earrings.  I paired mine with wavy hair, but they’d look great with an updo, too!  What’s even more fun? Shopping at the store they came from.  A unique concept of food and fashion, Tou Jours offers great prices, friendly staff, and ensures you’re never shopping on an empty stomach!

 

 

 

 

 

Falling for Autumn: Wearable Fall Makeup

Fall Makeup

As someone who’s always cold, I cringe when summer ends and I have to start wearing jackets, layering, and remotely starting my car (heat pre-set on high!). One thing I do love about the fall season though, is the colour pallet: burgundy, red, earthy brown, all colours that can flatter nearly every skin tone.  I wanted to share some of my favourite products for fall, some of which I use all year round, and others that I’ve just discovered.  Let’s get started!

1.    Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino-$9.00

This brand is becoming one of my favourites, and though harder to find in Canada, you can purchase their products online through Well.ca, or from the Milani website (or, if you’re planning a cross-border shopping trip, you can find it at Walgreens, CVS, or Target).  Their products are nicely packaged, highly pigmented, and affordable. This blush, in the colour “Red Vino”, is a beautiful shimmery-red tone, making it perfect for both fall and the holiday season.  One tip: a little bit of this product goes a long way, so be sure to apply it with a light hand and then blend, blend, blend!  Don’t be scared of a red-toned blush, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the glow it can give your skin.

2.  Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow– $26.00      

When the colder seasons are upon us,  makeup styles tend to become bolder and richer, and in order to balance the look, your brows should follow suit.  This is a new product that I decided to try out, and fell in love with.  Essentially, it is a fibre-gel brow product that applies with a mascara-type wand, and takes all the work out of using a pencil to fill in your brows.  For me, it lasted all day, and also kept my brows in shape, eliminating the need for a clear brow gel as well (two birds with one stone, so to speak).  This product comes in two shades, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark (I naturally have medium brown hair, and use the Medium/Dark shade).  In an effort to look younger or more youthful, many professional makeup artists swear by the step of simply filling out your brows.  This product makes it quick (and even fun) to achieve this with very little effort.

3.  Clinique All About Shadow in Black Honey-$19.00 

I’ve expressed my love before for the highly-popular Black Honey collection that Clinique DSC_1249sells.  This time, I’m swooning over their eye shadow version of the rich, shimmery, plumy-brown colour.  When paired with a rose gold or champagne-toned base (I used Clinique’s shadow in Lucky Penny), this darker tone becomes surprisingly natural and wearable for every day.  Layer it with a heavier hand, and it becomes a beautiful, rich, smoky eye. As someone who used to suffer from frequent adverse reactions from my eye makeup, I also love that Clinique’s products are hypoallergenic and non-irritating.  Other fall-ready colours I recommend from Clinique? Daybreak, Olive in My Martini, and Deep Dive.  Check them all out, here.

4.  Nars Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte-$28.00

A product that I wear nearly every day, all year long, is this creamy, long lasting almond-tone eyeliner which I apply to my waterline (the smooth area just above your bottom lash line).  This little trick is a proven way to make your eyes look brighter and more awake, perfect for those fall days when you could have used a few extra hours of sleep!  (Tip: to prevent any eye irritations, be sure to frequently clean the eyeliner you use on your waterline.)  This product applies smoothly and even comes with it’s own hidden sharpener.  If you prefer an even bolder look, try using a white pencil instead.

5.  Revlon ColorBust Lip Gloss in Bordeaux$11.00

I feel as though a lip colour can completely change your entire look for the day.  Pair a neutral eye with a neutral lip for an easy work-ready look, then simply swap out the lip product for a rich red or burgundy, and you’re ready to hit the town.  For fall, I’m loving wine-coloured, bold tones, including this gloss by Revlon.  A tip to keep your bold lips looking great all day? Line the outside of your lips with a little concealer after applying lipstick or gloss, and watch how much more they stand out!

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Beauty Deals for $3.00 or Less: Dollarama Haul!

Dollarama BeautyGone are the days you only visited a dollar store when you needed bristol board for a school project (admit it, it was the night before it was due!), or wrapping paper for a friend’s birthday gift.  Yes, you still can find both of those things, but now, you can also score some serious brand-name beauty deals too!   On a recent trip to Dollarama, I purchased some great beauty products (and took pictures of others) that I wanted to share with you.  Keep in mind that product options and availability may vary store-to-store, but that just makes the hunt more fun!  Everything was $3.00 or less, making it not only affordable, but also a great opportunity to try out products I might never have thought of purchasing before.

  1. L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss in “Cinnamon Spiced”- $3.00

IMG_1605It’s hard to tell in the picture, but this lip gloss is a beautiful bronzey-gold colour with subtle shimmer.  One great thing about only paying a few dollars for a product, is that it is fairly low-risk.  If you don’t like it, you have the satisfaction of knowing you didn’t spend an arm and a leg on it!  I had trouble finding this specific colour online, as I’m pretty sure it was discontinued (hence why it is so low/well priced), but the newer collection of these glosses retails for up to $11.00 online!

2. Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen AND Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen- $3.00

IMG_1590These extremely well-priced nail polish pens are fantastic.  I painted my nails using one of the Color Quick Pens, in the colour “Smoke” (a deep grey), and it lasted 5 days before I needed to touch it up.  And, when touch up time comes, the pen style applicator makes it super easy to fix any chips or smudges.  I’d never tried any of these pens before, (as they normally retail for upwards of $8.00 each!), but the $3.00 price tag convinced me to give it a go.  After trying them, I`d say they are even worth the more expensive price (though I`m definitely not complaining that you can get them for less!).  Whenever I apply nail polish with a normal bottle/brush applicator, I usually end up with it all over my hands (or at least one of them: clearly, I`m  not ambidextrous), however I found that the pen applied cleanly and easily.  Don`t forget to add some fancy-shmancy designs using the Nail Art Pen, too!

3. Almay Intense I-Color Satin-I Kit- $3.00

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After finding this at Dollarama, I then saw it in the Wal Mart flyer a few days later priced at over $7.00!  Though this kit is marketed as a product for hazel-coloured eyes, I personally would wear all of the colours as well (and I have brown eyes).  A great thing about Almay products is that they are hypoallergenic, so you won`t have to worry about any adverse reactions or breakouts.  It also comes with an applicator, though I only recommend using it if your travelling or in a pinch.  Instead, use the Elf brushes I found at the dollar store, up next!

4. Assorted e.l.f. Makeup Brushes- $1.50

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e.l.f. (Eyes, Lips, Face) brushes have always been well priced, but the hard part for the longest time was finding them here in Canada.  I purchased my set of e.l.f. brushes a few years ago from Winners, and they are still going strong today (usually the glue in lower-priced brushes weakens and it causes them to shed and disintegrate fairly quickly).  e.l.f. is known for making good quality beauty products at affordable prices (and price ranges).  For example, there are currently 2 main tiers of brushes made by e.l.f.: Studio and Essentials.  Studio brushes are typically all black, come in black packaging, and are a higher quality, somewhat higher-priced line that is for the more serious makeup fanatic.  Their Essentials line is less expensive, and provides the basics for everyday makeup wearers, or those who are just starting out with their collection.  Both of the brushes shown above are from the essentials collection, and are a great deal!  These are also perfect for your travel makeup bag because you don`t need to worry if they get damaged or lost en route.

5.  Revlon Nail Art FrenchMix Nail Enamel AND Nicole by OPI Nail Polish- $3.00 

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Chances are, if you`re a fan of OPI nail polishes, you`re also a fan of their lower-priced Nicole by OPI line.  Typically, these polishes sell for about $6.00-$7.00, but you can find a wide array of colours and finishes for just $3.00 at Dollarama (they even have the textured finish line)!  Another cool nail product you can find is the dual-ended polish wand by Revlon, which includes 2 colours that can be worn alone or together to create designs or French manicures (hence the name, FrenchMix).  The one I purchased, above, is called Over the Moon, and if you Google it you`ll see a variety of designs that people have created using these 2 colours (and other combinations).

So, what are you waiting for?! Find that loose change under those couch cushions or beneath your car floor mats.  A cup of coffee or new makeup? I know which one I`d choose!…

3 Products to Wear Everyday (and Everywhere)!

3 products1. Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in “Black Honey”

I have been using Clinique’s Superbalm Gloss in the colorless formula for years, so when I came across the “Black Honey” version ($19.00 +tax) in Sephora recently, I thought I’d give it a try.  Mostly, I was intrigued by the claim on the sign next to the product, stating that this specific colour flatters nearly every skin tone.  I bought it, tried it once, and fell in love with it.  In the tube, it is a little intimidating (Clinique describes it as a “deep blackened raisin”), but on your lips, it presents itself as a beautiful berry colour.  I promise you that you’ll be able to wear this colour with almost any outfit, on any day.  I have paired it with everything from a dark-smoky eye, to just a little bit of mascara.  Another awesome benefit? The gloss itself is moisturizing and lasts a really long time.  According to the product description on Sephora’s website, Clinique Superbalm, “Instantly relieves dryness while protecting lips with antioxidants and providing sheer, high-shine color that lasts”.  Not a fan of the glossy look? Clinque has also developed other products with the same fab colour: nail polish, lipstick, even eye shadow and gel eyeliner.  Check them all out on Clinque’s website here, or you can purchase them at Sephora, here.

2. Nars Blush in “Orgasm”

It’s sort of ironic that most of us “blush” when we ask for this product by name at makeup counters, but once you try it, you’ll never be embarrassed to ask for it again!  This beautiful shimmery pinky-peach shade is raved about by makeup artists, celebrities, and everyday people alike.  It has just the right amount of shimmer (so you won’t look like a disco ball!), and the subtle, glowy colour and finish flatter a wide range of skin tones.  Because of this, I pretty much stopped all use of my other blushes as soon as I purchased it.  The price tag may seem a little unreasonable to some, ($32.00 +tax), but if you figure that this may be the only blush you’ll ever need on a day-to-day basis, it could definitely be justified.  Again, this colour is extremely popular, and Nars has expanded the line to include nail polish, lip gloss, illuminator, and a “multiple” (essentially a product that can multi-task for face and body).  You can purchase these products at Sephora, here.

3. Physicians Formula Eyebrightener Multi-Colored Eyelighter in “Hint of Taupaz”

Last but not least on my list of 3 products to wear everyday, is this beautiful, earth-toned eye shadow by Physicans Formula (notorious for their hypoallergenic makeup and skincare).  According to their website, this product is said to brighten dark or dull eyelid area with subtle hints of pearlescent color.  Depending on where you purchase this product, it can rage from $8.00-$16.00.  I actually purchased mine years ago and rediscovered it recently.  I’ve worn this eye shadow on it’s own for weeks in a row and haven’t got bored of it yet (and I’m normally a multi-colour, base, crease, highlight kind of girl!).  The colour is predominant enough to give you a soft glowy “I-just-stepped-off-a-Greek-island” kind of look, while subtle enough to pair with a bold, bright lipstick without competing.  This colour is becoming increasingly hard to find here in Canada (you can try Shoppers Drug Mart or Wal Mart), but if you’re unsuccessful, they do carry it in the United States at CVS, here.   Now, if bronzey-brown tones aren’t really your thing, this product also comes in a more neutral colour, called “Natural Eyelight” that you can find online here in Canada.

In the end, all of these products claim to match and flatter nearly every skin tone, and in my personal experience, they haven’t failed. If you’re purchase all 3, you really only need to add a good foundation (or tinted moisturizer), and some mascara, and you have your full daily makeup routine (and one that you can bring from day to night)!

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