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countdown to christmas : charlotte tilbury filmstar killer cheekbones set

I think every girl whom loves a little sparkle on the face deserves to own something beautifully luxe. My pick for a super luxe piece to place under the tree for her would be something decadent from the Charlotte Tilbury line.

charlotteIf money is no object to you this holiday season, why not pick out one of Charlotte Tilbury’s Signature Look sets, that comes complete with a makeup bag and everything a girl  needs to complete the perfect face. My personal favourite is Rock Chick (eyeshadow palette pictured above), but plenty rave about Uptown Girl and the brand’s own favourite, Dolce Vita.

If you are having a bit of trouble choosing a signature look (choosing colours for anyone cane tough), then might I suggest picking up the Filmstar Killer Cheekbones Set – You can’t go wrong with this piece, and with all the talk about contouring that happens 24/7 on the beauty blogs, a bronze+highlight set might just be the winner!

The set comes with Charlotte’s  Filmstar Bronze+Glow Palette, which is set in a stunning gold case, and her Powder+Sculpt brush which makes defining the cheekbones so much easier.  The powders themselves are so finely milled and have just a hint of shimmer that your end result will look neither overdone nor plastic and shiny.  Having the tapered brush  allows for a more precise application and proper blending.

There are more holiday sets to choose from – some limited edition and some mini-editions from the line – but I think either of the above two choices are your best bet. They are staples to the brand, and can replacements can be picked up all year round. As a girl who loves makeup, I love when I can replenish an item easily once I have hit the pan.

Charlotte Tilbury is currently available at Holt Renfrew in Toronto!

-s-

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best of bridal beauty : a few of my favourite things …

Our Bridal Beauty Preview for Fall/Winter 2015-2016 was a smash success, and it had me thinking that I should really take a moment to share some of my favourite items for knocking out some bridal beauty.

Like any makeup artist worth her beauty blender, I have a huge kit, but a selection of products that are a must, must, must. I have products I love for creating a smokey eye, a classic twist, a vintage red lip. So keep reading … because I’m about to share.

The Red Lip …

Hands down, it’s NARS. Always NARS. My favourite product(s) is their Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in either Cruella, Red Square or Pop Life. The matte finish stays put but doesn’t look dry and for an all day event like a wedding you need something more matte than glossy.  If it’s not the pencils – it’s their new Audacious lipstick colours and you can take your pick : Rita, Marlene, Geraldine, Lana  – which range from true red to a more orange based (which I think is hot for a bride!)

The Rosy Lip …

Photo by Jonathan Ponce

Rose, Plum, and anything softly pink are the other bridal favourite.  To be honest, I smushed everything down into a palette, and didn’t write the names anywhere, but I do have my favourites in a tube. They include : Plumful, Syrup, and Twig by MAC; Casablanca by Tom Ford; and pretty much anything by Bobbi Brown! And while we are here, let’s talk about nude lips, again, I’m going to throw to NARS for Belle Du Jour and Bobbi Brown for a colour I have called Uber Pink (which isn’t a bright pink at all).

The Eyeshadow …

Makeup artists have their shadows they swear by. For example, it doesn’t matter what other palette I have in my kit … I’m a slave for MAC Shroom. I will always have a pot or seven of it in my kit(s). But right now, I’m favouring Lorac Pro Palette for it’s neutral but shimmery shades however this is currently not available for Canada so you have to online shop it.  My Smashbox Double Exposure Palette is hitting the mark for more glam styles (and you can get this at Murale or Shoppers Drug Mart for those Optimum points!) and I’m am currently obsessed with TooFaced Chocolate and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Eyeshadow palettes.  Both the Smashbox and the TooFaced Palettes, I find, really stick to the eye … not a lot of shadow fallout so I really enjoy using them for shading a heavier look.

The Flawless Skin … 

Photo by Jonathan Ponce

Again, I’m very much attached to my MAC Face and Body, because it allows me to adjust and layer as needed without getting to cake face. But for concealers, I’m devoted to my Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in various shades from Ivory to Light Honey, MAC Select Cover-up in those super portable triangle containers, and also, Stila Perfecting Concealer.

If I happen to have a client with acne issues, I’ve been reaching a lot for me Estee Lauder Clear Difference BB Creme, which for me, lays down a nice layer of coverage without looking dry, cakey or messy. For mature skin, I find their EE Creme to be effective as well.

Also, you can get great skin without primers. For the eyes, it’s always Urban Decay eye primers, and for the skin, I’ve been using Makeup Forevers new Step 1 Primers.

The Blush, The Highlight and The Contour …

Well, this list could go on forever, huh? Ha ha. I would have to say my friends right now are Cliniques new Highlighter and Contour Chubby Pencils. Just for the ease of use alone.  But I am also loving my new Stila Shape and Shade Custom Contour Duo and NARS The Matte Multiples in Altai.  As these are creams, after I set the cream product, I’ll go back in with a powder set for intensity, so I’m often reaching for Makeup Forever’s new Pro Sculpting Duos (which are insane – j’adore!), and my Aerin (Estee Lauder) Kaleidoscope Palette especially when the bride doesn’t want too much shimmer/shine.

For blush, well, hmmmm. I always layer cream under powder and my favourites are from rms beauty in Modest, Smile and Demure.  I also favour Makeup Forever’s HD Cream Blushes and NARS The Multiple in Puerto Vallarta or Altai.

For powder blushes, it’s always a selection of pinks and peaches from MAC that I lightly dust on.

The Lashes and Brows …

Photo by Rhommel Bernardino

I currently carry all three shades of Cargo’s Brow Kit in my bag and use both the powder and the wax for perfecting brows. But I also lean on MAC Brown Pencils as well and I love these for their easy application and also the spooly on the other end.

To define the lashes, it’s always Maybelline Great Lash in various formulas ranging from brown to dark brown to black. I rarely use pencil liners, but when I do, I’m using Cargo’s Swimmables or Urban Decay’s 24/7 pencils.

The Hair …

Let’s start with caring for the hair … which I normally don’t carry in my kit, but suggest to my brides. Especially after the long cold winter we are JUST getting rid of, brides need to start nourishing their hair back into shape.  I’m currently recommending the Nexxus Therappe and Humectress line of shampoo and conditioner for longer length hair that needs to be brought back to life from a dry season. I would also recommend OGX Vitamin E Shampoo and Conditioner for hair health. I suggest brides also pick up OGX’s Penetrating Oil and work it into the ends of the hair  – especially if they plan to leave the hair long and loose for the big day.

The Updo …

Well, I am sure bobby pins are a no brainer – right? I’m picking them up by the box at Sally Beauty in shades of black, brown and silver.  SalonCare is the brand available, but there is also Marianna.

To reduce  oil or add texture to the hair, it’s always Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo.  For tousled perfection, I’m really liking Tresemme’s Perfectly (un)Done Hairspray. I also like their big cans of spray and will usually carry a couple of extra hold formulas, and also climate control. To tame frizzies, or induce a sheen, I’m going back to Not Your Mothers for their Smooth Moves hair creme.

For hair prep and finishing, I’m also relying on Sally Hershberger’s Signature Line (available at Shoppers Drug Mart) mainly using the Keratin Repair Spray and also, the Galm Waves Texture Spray.

So that’s it!

My kit in one really long blog post.   Would love to know what other artists are using in their kits, but would also love to answer questions any brides or beauty bunnies out there might have about any of the above products! You know where to reach me : beautymail@blushpretty.com!

Have a great hump day all!

-stephanie-

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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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things we love : bronzer fixes

Summer is all about sunshine and the natural glow you get from the long, sunny days spent outside, right?

Ha – don’t I wish! Most of us spend our days indoors working or quite frankly just don’t tan that well (or choose not to in favour of protecting our skin from harmful UV rays), yet the desire to achieve a sun-kissed glow is still there. That’s when many of us turn to bronzer as a way to not only perk up our colour, but also define some of our best features and add a touch of shimmer to our faces.

Sadly, not all bronzers are created equal and it can be a tricky product to master. We’ve all seen someone who has overdone it, selected the wrong colour (orange faces, yikes!) or simply darkened their entire face one shade too many.

Teen Vogue rounded up the 5 most common bronzer mistakes and how to fix them – the list is definitely worth a read!

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makeup monday : what happens in miami …

As you can tell by my Instagram account, if you happen to follow it,  I am in the midst of working/vacationing in beautiful Miami. It’s my home away from home … and I have been enjoying every minute.

Whenever I travel – whether across the border or overseas – the objective is to travel light and return with slightly more. Or much more. Or whatever I think I can get away with.

Here’s a glimpse of what I started with: (in advance, my apologies for such sub-par photos … I’m doing this all off an iPod and the pictures look so much better on a tiny screen than they do on a full size computer. le sigh.)

My makeup essentials includes a few essentials from Chanel – a pressed powder and highlighter/blush combo from the Les Beiges collection; a Stila eyeliner in a bright Miami-esque turquoise/green to add some fun to the eyes at night; Clinique mascara for obvious “I’ve for no lashes” reasons; my Anastasia Pro Pencil which does wonders for the eye area; my Shu Uemura brushes, because I love how they apply makeup for me; and bobby pins to keep my hair off my face in this heat.  I also brought some Bite Lip Pencils (not pictured) and my Tom Ford eyeliners.

I also brought some other fun skin and body care items, including my new Foreo Luna Mini to massage and cleanse the skin each night after dirty days at the beach and pool; Olay Fresh Effects Exfoliating Wipes (the husband loves these as much as I do that I had to bring two packs); and Secret’s new Hawaii Citrus Breeze Body Spray and Anti-perspirant/Deodorant, because … well … it’s Miami, it’s hot, I sweat, you get it.

I have to add that these three items have been great for vacation use! The Luna Mini makes cleansing the skin after a day at the pool or the beach like an extended spa facial. Plus, it makes my skin glow which is a bonus with the slight tan I’m getting. It’s tiny little self is so portable so easy to use! The Olay Fresh Effects are my quick clean up of choice. It removes grime and dirt easily, and exfoliates really well. My skin feels instantly clean. Lastly, Secret’s new body spray is my new summer BFF. After a shower, after the pool, after feeling like I’ve sweated up a storm, I’ve packed this scented spray in my cabana bag religiously since I’ve gotten here!

Now on to what has mysteriously made it’s way into my carry on for my return home later this week:

So, while my morning’s consist of pool or beach side fun, my afternoons usually involve the mall, the beauty department, and plenty of makeup wipes and tissue. I found this sleekly cased brand, Nudestix, at Bloomingdale’s and was curious. Nudestix is all about makeup in crayon form – MY FAVOURITE. The pencils are divided into three categories: the eyes, the lips AND cheeks, and concealer. I picked up two lip+cheek pencils and two eyeshadow pencils … I’m on the search for the concealer pencils as they didn’t have my shade in stock. Sad face, yes, but only until I opened my tin and saw the extremely ample mirror tucked inside and the sharpener. I’m excited about this brand.

The other great thing about coming across the border is Ulta. I shop this store ALWAYS in New Jersey and Miami … so it was one of my first stops when I arrived. Being a big Stila fan since, like … 1998 … I grabbed these three nude themed palettes made exclusively for Ulta.  Each comes with two cheek colours (a mix of blush, highlighter or bronzer depending on the palette) and four eye shadows.  The cost – just $20 USD. At Kohl’s – which is another great store not only for makeup but clothes as well, I grabbed a highlighter and shimmering bronzer from The Balm. These pretty babies can be used on the eyes or cheeks.

Back to Ulta (and actually Bloomingdale’s too), I restocked on Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer. I’ve been using these as my base in my bridal kit and love the coverage. It’s true, a pin prick goes a long way and mixed with moisturizer or a mixing medium, they can be sheered out for lighter coverage.  I also restocked on my Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials. I love this primer as I feel it gives the eyes a nice even base to start any eye look – from natural to smokey.

Oh shoot – I cannot forget about this travel brush set from Japonesque.  I actually didn’t need this at all. I just liked it. And it was $20 at Ulta. The coolness factor : all five brushes fit in the sleek tube. It’s so sleek – I thought I lost it when really it was tucked in the bottom of my purse.

The last … or at least current last until my next shopping trip … of my haul is the Not Your Mother’s hair care line. I’m loving my newly permed hair and so happy that it is manageable in this Florida heat … but again, you can never have too many good arsenals in your hair care kit. At a whopping $4.54 USD at Wal-Mart … I snatched up one of everything! I’m currently loving Kinky Moves, which I’ve been applying to my waves while damp and letting air dry.

So  – this is nothing new – you know, me splurging on beauty while away. I’m pretty sure I will need a second carry on because outside of these purchases I may or may not have made but totally did purchase are some cute tops and bottoms which will also need to find a home in my luggage. I’m sure everything will play along fabulously … yes?!

-s-

 

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