stuff from lil steph : shu uemura gel pencil liners

Fearless gazes start with these must have shades. Very soft and smooth gel pencil with a waterproof, tear proof gel formula doesn’t smudge for 12 hours – requires no brush or sharpener.

With the warm weather dissipating and the cold rushing in, it feels like fall. For me, that means it’s time to put away the pastels and brights and reach for something a little darker and more subtle. Lately, I’ve been rocking the Shu Uemura Gel Pencil Liners in Violet Purple* and Green* ($36 each at Holt Renfrew, select Sephora and Hudson’s Bay locations). These liners were launched as a part of the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty – Vision of Beauty Volume 01 collection, which explains the creative purple, green and silver packaging.

You know an eyeliner is long-lasting when…you apply eyeliner one day, you get lazy in the night, and unexpectedly, the next morning you wake up with near-perfect eyeliner. Story of my life. These gel pencils last 12 hours and then some. Plus, the easy twist up means no sharpening and no fuss when it comes to worrying about your eyeliner migrating to the tops of your cheeks. In addition, the liner is soft yet not overly smudgy, perfect for lining either the upper or lower lash line.

Overall, the Shu Uemura Gel Pencil Liners in Violet Purple and Green are the perfect way to spice up your eyeliner and add subtle bit of colour into your fall makeup routine.

*Press samples featured

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short hair, don’t care : updo it …

I love being able to make people happy. I think that is why I do what I do … makeovers and

And nothing makes me happier than giving a bridesmaid – or a bride even – who has shorter or “not-as-thick” hair the opportunity to look like they have waist length locks and volume to boot.

Here are a series of images of from this past weekend where I took a bride with a curlier layered bob to a smooth and sleek updo.

The trick for me is using a flat iron and a super-mini flat iron, along with a heat protectant spray, bobby pins and hairspray – of course.

I think another key trick is to just work with the hair to get something pretty, but not completely different. For example – I didn’t change her part or try to work her hair into a statement bun proportions. Both the bridesmaid and I decided on a style that could work with her hair length as is. It also helped that the bridesmaid was realistic about what the end result could look like – i.e. she knew I wouldn’t give her this super poufy updo … or Victoria Secret waves.

I also left some pieces out and undone … I think that by leaving her bangs sideswept (obviously not pictured) and also a few pieces framing the face it gave the updo a more effortless appeal.

Now, I only managed to get photos from this angle, but once complete, I did do an almost 360 degree video of the final do. Follow my Instagram and check out the complete look here.

Hope you like it!



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when friends get together …

it’s friday! :) 

time to do your nails … and have some fun. 

have a great weekend all!


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musings from morgan : revlon colorstay under eye concealer

Dark circles are an issue I’m constantly looking to tackle in my daily beauty routine – I’ve had them as long as I can remember and they are a serious pain to cover up for the entirety of a day. When the chance to test drive Revlon’s Colorstay Under Eye Concealer came along I was really excited – the Colorstay family of products has not failed me yet (I love the foundation and nail polishes) and it’s always a thrill finding a good quality drugstore product.

This particular concealer is designed to provide all-day coverage with a natural finish to tackle discolourations and tired eyes. It’s oil-free and has an SPF of 15 which is better than many concealers can say, and has Revlon’s SoftFlex Technology that gives it a lightweight, comfortable feel.

It comes in a twist-up tube with a soft-tip applicator where product comes out in small circles. I was given the Light/Medium shade which ended up being a bit too dark and yellow toned for me,  but the product itself is creamy and works really well in conjunction with Revlon’s Colorstay liquid foundation. The soft applicator is also really nice and makes it easier to apply directly under the eye since it’s so gentle – that said, Revlon still suggests blending with your finger (use your ring finger as it’s easier on the skin below the eyes).

Overall, the product performs as advertised and I think if I were to try it in the lightest shade, Fair, I’d find it’s yet another great find from Revlon. It’s available at most drugstores for around $11 (as per

Disclosure: This product was shared with for editorial consideration and review.

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expert advice : hair tips for transitioning to fall

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If you haven’t noticed already, the temperature is cooling down here in Toronto (little by little) and most of us have traded our shorts and bikinis for sweaters and boots…fall is creeping up on us.

Personally, I find dealing with my hair in the summer is a whole different ball game from working with it in the fall/winter. Keeping this in mind, I turned to one of our BP experts Crista Aguinaldo for some tips on making the transition from summer to fall easy for both managing my style and keeping my locks healthy.

Her advice…

  • Reassess your hair and make sure you have a shampoo & conditioner for your appropriate hair type to better deal with the cooler weather that is on its way.
  • Treat your hair and scalp to a good clarifying shampoo and treatment mask (protein-based for damaged hair or moisture-based for dry hair) to help renew your hair from the damage that may have been caused by your summer fun. Even if your hair feels fine, UV rays are pretty damaging, so it’s great if you can replenish and renew before the change of weather throws you for a loop.
  • Get a trim, or better yet, a hair cut! I know lots of ladies out there hate going to the salon for a cut (especially if they’re trying to grow it out), but a light trim of just the ends at least quarterly (although the recommended time frame is 4-7 weeks) will keep your locks looking great. It will also help keep the shape of your current haircut, or encourage you to go for a new look!
  • Ditch the sun-bleached-blond look and go a little more earthy. As the falls leaves change around you, you can start to look washed out pretty quickly, so fall is a good time to get into deeper, richer and more vibrant tones.

Have you already started working on some of Crista’s tips? I’ll be looking into treatments for my dry, sun-damaged hair!

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