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countdown to christmas : last minute finds …

It scares me to think that if you have landed here today … you may have not yet finished your holiday shopping. Yikes! But … I feels ya. There is always that last minute gift you need to get … for that unexpected guest, that one gift to add to add to the one for your sister (because you felt it needed something extra!), or for your second cousin who was supposed to head to Jamaica for a holiday getaway … but changed her mind … so now she is coming to the family dinner.


It’s moments like these when your local drugstore becomes your best friend of the moment.

Some of my favourite drugstore finds that make for a well-received gift are :

Maybelline Eyeshadow Palettes : There is a colour set for almost any makeup style – The Nudes, The Blushed Nudes – both less than $20 and super easy to find in the drugstore, so you’ll be in and out in a flash. Plus, the consistency and quality is A+ and rival most other shadow palettes out there in the higher price ranges.

EOS Lip Spheres : Anyone and everyone can use a good lip balm. EOS Lip Spheres are minimalist yet pretty and chic. They come in grown up flavours, and there is even a holiday set of 3 which can be DIY decorated to show off one’s festive spirit.

Benefit  Cosmetics … well, Benefit anything : Available in most Shoppers Drug Marts around the GTA, something from Benefit always does the trick. Perhaps one of their box of powders (Dandelion is always a classic, but Roackateur is quite fun); or maybe a BadGal Mascara and Liner wrapped into a DIY Eye set; or any of their many boxed makeup sets … really, can’t. go. wrong.

So this is it … you’ve got only a few hours left to shop.  Good luck … and may the force be with you!

Happy Holidays!


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the low-down from laura : birchbox

Monthly sample boxes have been all the rage in the last couple years. Birchbox was actually one of the first I ever heard of through Youtube a couple of years ago, but back then it was not yet available in Canada so I opted for a few other options at the time. This has now all changed!

Birchbox officially launched in Canada and sent out their first round of boxes this December. I was so excited to hear the news that I quickly signed up on a monthly basis for $10 plus $4.95 for shipping & handling. You also have the option to subscribe for the year for $100 + shipping and handling.

For those of you not familiar with sample boxes, what happens is you sign up for the type of subscription you’d like – Birchbox offers monthly (sort of like a pay-as-you-go option) and annual subscriptions. Every month you receive a lovely box with a few beauty samples, making it a great way to try out new and popular products. Products include anything from makeup to skincare, haircare and fragrances. Each box also includes a card that explains each product and lets you know how much each full size item costs.

As I mentioned, I’ve subscribed to other boxes before and overtime became unimpressed as the types of products and quality they were sending was becoming less and less appealing, so when I saw Birchbox I thought to give it a try – so far so good! I received my box about a week ago and loved every sample.

This month I received the following items:

  • Mini Beauty protector protect and detangle spray (full size available for $26.00)
  • Mini Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint (full size available for $36.00)
  • Mini Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Black (full size available for $18.00)
  • Mini Harvey Prince hello Body Cream (full size available for $26.00)
  • Mini Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (full size available for $34.00)

So far I’ve tried the Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner, Vasanti BrightenUp!, and the body cream and I’m loving them all. My mini version of the Brightenup has been used 3 times already and I’ll for sure be purchasing the full size version once I run out. The eyeliner is so creamy, which for me is a must because I like to smudge my liner to create a smokey effect. Finally, the body cream smells delicious and is not greasy! I can’t wait to try out my Lollitint which I’m saving for a Christmas look.

All in all I have to say that so far Birchbox did a great first round of boxes, and I’m looking forward to seeing what next month brings!

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what’s in my makeup bag : morgan

I love to experiment with makeup, but I often save things like glitter eyeshadow, coloured liner and false lashes for weekends and outings. My day-to-day makeup routine has taken many years to perfect (it used to consist of off-colour foundation and racoon eyeliner – it was high school and I was a moody teenager, after all), but I have it down to an efficient system now that pulls together a simple look fit for the office that lasts on even the longest of days.

The products themselves vary, but the staples are the same. I’m constantly experimenting with new products, which I’m sure isn’t recommended for keeping your skin healthy, but depending on my budget and what I’ve been reading on my favourite blogs, I tend to mix it up and try new things.

Let’s start with the base. In my rotation, I’ve always got a primer, concealer, liquid foundation, blush, bronzer, setting powder and/or pressed powder. The magic word for me when it comes to choosing anything face related is matte. I have got a very oily t-zone and I am such an easy sell if you tell me a product will make it stop!

Above, I have the following: Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer and Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, Benefit Erase Paste Concealer (the HG of brightening concealers – perfect for under eyes), my trusty Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Correctors in Normal (my other concealer HG – everything you could ever need to perfect your face is here for redness, undereyes, contouring, etc.) Almay Smart Shade blush in Pink, and Kat Von D Lock It Powder Foundation (which I use to set). Not pictured above (but below) is my Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder. It might look like a lot, but these products create the clean slate for my eye makeup and give my cheeks a little bit of definition.

Once I’ve got that done, I move on to my eyes where I use the following:

Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow Corrector to fill and shape my brows, NYX Studio Liner liquid liner in Black for my signature cat eye, and Benefit They’re Real! Mascara to give my lashes the oomph they need to make my baby blues pop (a product I haven’t strayed from since its launch in 2011). I skip eyeshadow on a daily basis and usually opt for a bold, red lip instead.

Finally, if I’m expecting it to be warm or an especially long day, I finish off with a few spritzes of Urban Decay’s Deslick Setting Spray to keep oil at bay (I take all the help I can get).

If you can believe it, my whole routine takes about 15 minutes tops. I can wake up at 7:30 a.m. and be showered, changed, made up and out the door in half an hour if need be without skipping a single step of what’s shown above.

As far as carrying a makeup bag with me, I typically don’t – except for my bag of lipsticks of course. I might throw in some concealer if I’m hiding a blemish or my setting powder during the summer, but for the most part I opt for products that will last and give me great results.

And there you have it – what’s in my makeup bag! Do you use any of these products on a daily basis?

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coverage 101: concealers uncovered

From top right to left:
Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste, $30 CDN at Murale, Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora
Cle de Peau Concealer, $85 CDN at Le Sasa
MAC PRO Conceal and Correct Palette, $47.50 CDN at MAC Stores
Stila Perfecting Concealer, $30 CDN at Murale and Sephora

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the fresh list: ways to stay pretty when the weather ain’t …

If the recent rain and roller coaster wind has your makeup looking more like war paint than a fresh.beautiful fall goddess … don’t worry – you aren’t alone. There is an abundance of tips and tricks out there to keep your makeup working 24/7 and in place and you’ve heard them all (use powder to set, use a primer, use a stain), but I believe that when the weather has you beat, keeping it simple is best.

However, sometimes what looks simple, requires more than just some chapstick and throwing your hair in a ponytail. Simple does not have to equal boring. :)

Here is how I weatherproof …

The less foundation I wear, the less I have to worry about.

But in order to wear less foundation, my skin has to be on point. I’m moisturizing using Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Facial at night, and in the morning, I’m mixing my Argan Oil with Consonant Body’s new HydraExtreme. Soft, smooth, well hydrated cream always looks healthy and bright.

I still need some cover up … just not a lot …

Depending on what may or may have popped up overnight (read: how much I picked at a potential zit), I’ll either choose between a tinted moisturizer for all over evening, or a strong concealer for spot coverage. Right now, I’m mixing it up with Laura Mercier’s Undercover Pot that has one brightening concealer for under the eyes, a thicker concealer for blemishes, and then powder to set as well. It’s small and compact so it’s great for portability BUT you do need to carry a brush for it as well … so it can get cumbersome, but the wear and formula is worth it.

Just a hint of cream blush …

Cream blushes are pure ease. I’m a big fan of NARS The Multiple, but right now, I’m using a Bobbi Brown Limited Edition cream colour in Pink Truffle that comes in a tube. It’s dark straight out of the tube, but once blended it’s a nice pink. When the weather outside is grey, this hint of pink warms up my skin and makes me feel healthy.

Eyeliner instead of mascara … no, seriously … eyeliner instead of mascara …

I know, I know – mascara is supposed to be the one thing you put on if nothing else BUT on me, it just always causes trouble and smudging. I don’t have this problem with eyeliner. I dot on a black eyeliner on top of my lash line and then right up in there in between the lash. Right now I’m using Benefit BadGal in Brown, Bobbi Brown in Smoke, or from the new NARS/Warhol collection, 47th Street – a black with glitter. Each of these allow me to smudge and push around the colour … but then set and don’t budge until the next day!

And then, depending on my mood, I’ll finish with some sort of lip something (see here) or other …

With this routine, I find I am never worrying about touching up – cause really, what is there to touch up?


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