loved by laura : what’s on her face? (from urban decay to mary kay!)

I felt inspired by this gorgeous weather to create a simple yet fun look with some new goodies. Its not about using a ton of colour or product to create something fun that will pop, its about using the right products that target the features that you really want to show off. So without further ado here is a breakdown of what’s on my face!

Face:

For a skin like finish, I used Urban Decay Naked Foundation in 6.0, followed by cult fave, NARS Orgasm blush for a beautiful pinky, peach glow. I completed the look with some MAC Bronzer to add a little colour to this pale skin thats begging for sun.

Eyes:
I applied Mary Kay whipped eye colour in “Tiki Hut” on the lids,  and “Seafoam” on the bottom lashline for a pop of colour. I am really into these colours because they go on creamy and have a powder like finish –  plus they are super easy to apply: I used my fingers!

I finished the look with Mary Kay eyeliner in “MK black” (j’adore this pencil, its super creamy and the tip is thin so allows for precise application).

Lips:
A simple swipe of Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss in “red-light/medium”.  LOVE this colour its bright enough so that I can layer it to really pop, or wear it shear for just a touch of colour. If you like versatile lip colours – you NEED this in your life!

I’m loving how quickly I was able to complete this look which took me about 7 minutes. The end look packed a lot of punch all while using easy to use products for a quick face ;)

-laura-

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from around the web : a little makeup helps …

It’s hump day!

And I just wanted to share this insane before/after picture of the incomparable
Heidi Klum direct from her very own Instagram.

While Heidi in undoubtedly beautiful without the makeup, the hair,
the lighting and the photography,
this just goes to show that a lot of work goes into
all those beautiful images you see in the magazines, online
and pinned on those pinterest pages.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

-stephanie-

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hair diaries : help, i’ve got bi-racial kids …

As a mom to three biracial/mixed children (Jamaican and Filipino), you never know who’s hair texture each child will get until it starts to grow out. I grew up with straight hair and all I needed was a brush or comb to get rid of my tangles after shampooing and conditioning my hair. My hubby grew up with the curls but kept it short for most of his life.

Our oldest (daughter) got the mix of both worlds of medium curls, our middle (daughter) got hubby’s tight curls and our youngest (son) got my hair texture with a touch of loose curls as it grows out. My son’s hair is easiest to care as he has my texture. My husband would bring him the barber and get his head shaved low during the Spring and Summer months. The only time he has a lot of hair is during Fall and Winter and the only time his hair is cut during those cold months is around his birthday and some kind of special occasion.


There are expections of me that I am “to know” how to take care of their hair because I am a woman and a mother. In all honesty that was a reality check. I had no clue how to take care of medium and tight curls, I only knew how to care for my straight hair that I would either use a brush for a wash and go look, a hair straightener for more of a defined straight hair look and hot rollers or curling irons to get a curly or wavy style.

The older my two daughters became, their hair got longer, thicker, and curlier. It would become knotted and matted at times because I wasn’t caring for it properly. My girls rarely wore their hair down.  I would use hair cream or moroccan oil form time to time and their hair was always brushed out and put into one big ponytail because it was the easy way to do it during the week. Even on my days off, I would try and comb out their hair  - and that involved TONS of tears. It was not the easiest and all of us would get frustrated after trying to comb out the matted, knotted, and tangled pieces.

At one point (before the start of the school year last year and while I was at work) my husband took the scissors and chopped of a big portion of a younger daughter’s hair because it was so tangled with product build up and the amount to time that we were using to detangle it had become hopeless. My daughter was happy that she no longer had to deal with that portion of her hair and I felt very guilty because I didn’t care for her hair properly.

I was given very few tips+tricks on how to care for their hair when they were younger. For example, no one told me that I could go 2-4 weeks without shampooing their hair as it tends to dry out. And moisture … that was a tip I had to learn the hard way. I was told by some that my girls would need a lot of moisture in their hair. I thought that meant double the amount of conditioner than my own Toonie sized amount that I used. Boy was I wrong about that. I found out that I needed much more than that.

I bought and tried so many products. They either didn’t work, or I wasn’t using them properly. I also refuse to use any relaxers due to their age. I have nothing against relaxers, it’s just a choice that I have made. If they choose to use it when they get older, I have no problem with that, but for now, I just want them to love their natural hair and learn to care for it.


My daughters recently had the chance to have their hair done by BlushPretty Lead Hair Artist, Samantha Wilson. The amount tips and advice that I received that day is something that I took very seriously and I planned to use them right away and going forward.

Here are some of the useful tips that she gave me:

- don’t rinse out all of the conditioner: keep conditioner at the ends of the hair to help prevent it from drying out;

- use a deep conditioning treatment at least once a month to help keep the hair soft and manageable: the use of hair conditioner is not needed if a treatment is being used at the time;

- part hair in 4 sections so it’s easier when combing out the hair:  This will help to prevent pulling at the hairline when combing out the hair;

- massage scalp daily: to help with a sensitive scalp;

- twist hair into pieces when combing out tangles: it will prevent tears and pulling at the scalp;

- use hair products made for mixed/biracial hair: it will make a difference as the formulation is made for their hair type; and

- sleep on a satin pillow case or sleep cap: this will help to prevent breakage and further damage.

All the tips that Samantha shared with me gives to me a lot of hope that I can care of my children’s hair better with a lot less tears and more understanding that will in turn, help them learn how to care of their own hair too.

If you’re a struggling mom like me just trying to figure out your mixed kids hair, please feel free to reach out to the BlushPretty team and Samantha to learn more!

-regina-

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mereadesso : discovering their tinted all-in-one moisturizer (and telling you how you can get it on sale!)

Did you get a load of that weekend weather we just had? Alright, maybe Saturday started off a bit wonky … but yesterday? The boardwalk stroll, only need a sweater, “gosh, I think I need to cool down with an Iced Cappuccino” super awesome weather?  Yesterday was the turning point – I’m thinking we really can put away our heavy coats and winter boots away now … *fingers crossed*

(pssst : stay tuned to the end of this post, I’m going to talk about every gal’s favourite thing : a sale!)

And just as we start to clean out our wardrobes to freshen up for spring, it would be safe to say that we can also refresh our makeup bag. The spring beauty lines are coming for us, full throttle, and now is a great time to rethink your routine for spring. Aside from picking up a brighter cheek colour or perhaps a glossier lip colour … have you considered lightening up your base?  When the weather takes a turn for the better, I tend to lighten the load switching to lighter, milkier versions of a base product.

One of my favourite ways to create a lighter, softer complexion for spring and summer is to use a tinted moisturizer. In the past few weeks, I’ve been playing with Mèreadesso’s Tinted All-in-One Moisturizer, which comes in four shades : light, medium, dark and deep dark. A step-up from their regular All-in-One Moisturizer, the tinted version boasts all the same tricks : 16 botanical extracts, 8 minerals and enzymes, and over 20 antioxidants. While lightweight, this tinted moisturizer is effective acting as a serum, primer, day cream and more, all while evening out the skintone. The best part of it all : while it is meant to provide the light coverage you expect from a tinted moisturizer – you can dab on a bit more here or there to reveal a more rich coverage when and where you need it. *hi five*

To apply this product, I used my favourite tool : my fingertips. With my fingertips, I could apply and blend all over, and then dab around my “red zones” – around the nose, under the eyes, the corners of my eyes. I found this method worked for me. I controlled the coverage. I did apply a few times with a regular foundation brush, and spot concealed with a concealer brush but I feel I get a better application with my hands.  The same goes for sponges – I prefer to see the product on my face and not the sponge and felt that the sponge soaked up too much! For use, I found one pump was enough to blend through and out from the centre of the face. Another pump to spot conceal and blend into the hairline.

I was provided a bottle in Medium by the lovely ladies at 1Milk2Sugars, which suit my typical asian skintone (light, warm, and yellow undertone) just find and disappears without a trace. I have only tested the medium, but given that the tone matched easily, and that tinted moisturizers tend to be more forgiving when being used by various levels in one “shade”, I have hopes that Fair will suit most pale and light and pinkier skintones; medium for some light, most neutral, and many light-to-medium golden skintones; dark for golden and tan skintones; and deep dark for the deepest skintones.

For coverage, I found it just right for me. It never felt thick or like it was sitting on top of my skin – which I like a lot.  It brightened my skin and gave a more glowing appearance. Keep in mind, that I tend to have normal skin, with a bit of oiliness through the t-zone, yet not oily enough that I am constantly addressing it. I have minimal acne but do have redness around the nose and sometimes the cheeks. I have minimal scarring and discolouration … but my skin could use a pick-me-up most days of the week. I do NOT wake up flawless.

What I love the most : as a makeup artist, I love that this product provides base coverage BUT also acts as a primer for the rest of my makeup. After evening out my skintone for me, Mèreadesso’s Tinted Moisturizer provided a soft, smooth canvas for the rest of my makeup to be applied. I would use a bit of cream blush and cream shadow for the eyes and it would last all day. I did not set with powder, yet felt that my makeup stayed put and didn’t fade!

Do I have you thinking about tinted moisturizers for the springtime? Awesome-sauce. Well, I’m here to make your Monday a little bit better too, because I am happy to report that Mèreadesso is offering a 20% discount from April 13, 2015 to midnight, April 20, 2015! Shop online and get 20% off any Mèreadesso products (not just the tinted Moisturizer-*fist pump*) using this special code : MUA4MERE

You’re welcome!

Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

-stephanie-

 

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lightbox : a babe in blue …

Photo by Kin Hai Kindle Photo

It’s Thursday! The week is almost done.
Our super duper friend, Kin Hai, tweeted this out today,
and of course, we had to share!

Makeup by Erin Wheatly for BP
Hair by yours truly
Babe factor : all the model

Have a great day!

-stephanie- 

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