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musings from morgan : the magic of beauty

You don’t need to look far to see the holiday season is in full swing. The music is playing, the decorations are up, the shopping is endless and my schedule is filling up with parties, lunches and gatherings as I try to get in as much catch-up time with my loved ones as possible. I’m sure yours is going much the same, and as we’re all bouncing from one party to another, it’s always good to have an arsenal of trusted beauty products behind you that will make getting ready as easy and stress-free as possible.

Whether you’re looking for a complete set of essentials for yourself or for the beauty lover on your shopping list, Caryl Baker Visage has come up with a fabulous solution. The MAGIC OF BEAUTY Holiday Colour Kit landed in my hands complete with a lipstick, lip liner, eyeliner, nail polish and “face frosting” all ready to be put to the test. All you need to add is a mascara and maybe some cheek colour to pull together a complete holiday look!

The lipstick, Secret Potion, was not a shade I’d typically reach for but pleasantly surprised me. It was a warm mauve-like colour and not too intense, creating a not-quite nude but natural looking lip. It had a creamy, hydrating texture that went on smoothly, and the liner in Elixir was a great match.

As a recovering nail-biter I couldn’t swatch the polish on my nails (without dying of shame), however I tried to capture the colour to show you. The shade is called Abracadabra – a deep, almost-black purple which I loved. I’m really into rich tones right now (reds, purples, greens) so I highly recommend this shade, especially for the holiday party circuit!

The Face Frosting is a rose-gold shimmer powder that can work both as a highlighter (in moderation) or as something to lightly dust wherever you want to turn up a holiday look a notch. It’s easy to build and doesn’t go on too pigmented, which in my opinion is perfect so you don’t risk overdoing it.

Last but not least was my favourite product of the bunch, the Long Lasting Gel Liner in Marine. This liner glides on so smoothly and with such a clean line! As someone who always opts for pure black liquid liner, this one really impressed me. Not to mention the colour is to die for.
At just $59.50 for the set, MAGIC OF BEAUTY Holiday Colour Kit will make a perfect go-to set of products for any event in the coming weeks, and makes a wonderful gift for the makeup junkie on your list. I hope your holidays are filled with lots of socializing to show these products off!

Morgan Cadenhead is a self-professed beauty junkie living & working in Toronto. By day, she’s a PR pro who loves all things writing & media, but by night she’s often catching up on her favourite fashion & beauty blogs or hitting up the gym. Her makeup obsession stems from the realization that makeup is a powerful and (most importantly) fun tool – it can make the difference in how you carry yourself, set the tone for a good day and above all, make anyone feel gorgeous! Follow her on Twitter @morgancadenhead or drop her a line at morgancadenhead@gmail.com.

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stuff from (l’il) steph : caryl baker notorious beauty

The Caryl Baker Visage Notorious Beauty Collection is… FIERCE! What does Notorious Beauty mean? “guaranteed to give people something to talk about…Sometimes, it’s OK to have a reputation. We all want to be fun, flirty and mysterious; the kind of girl who makes an impression and gets people whispering (for the right reasons!)”

 From Top to Bottom: Blush in Dial M for “Makeup ($22.50), Lip Gloss in Corruption ($17.50), Lip Pencil in Desire ($18.00), Eyeshadow trio in Smoldering, Sabotage, and Silhouette ($18.00).

The Eyeshadow trio was a little hit and miss for me. Silhouette (a matte light grey) was a slightly chalky and hard to pick up on a brush and thus, hard to work with. Sabotage (a deep cool brown) was the most buttery of the three and also the most pigmented but had a lot of fallout. Smoldering (a warmer and deeper brown with shimmer) was not quite as smooth but equally pigmented as Sabotage. Each shadow was a little different in terms of formulation, but the colours work well together to create a neutral smoky eye.

The Lip Pencil in Desire is a deep raspberry. The texture of the product is a little on the hard side, but the bold pigmentation makes up for any sort of textural downsides. The Lip Gloss in Corruption is nowhere near as deep dark burgundy in the tube, however it still works well with the lip pencil and smells exactly like a MAC lipglass – a sweet vanilla flavouring. Applying Corruption over the liner, gives the lips a little added shimmer and dimension for a fuller lip.

The Blush in Dial M for “Makeup” is the underdog in this group of products. In the pan, it looks kind of plain, but the matte rose is a kind of “Blonzer” – an odd blush and bronzer hybrid that works perfectly as both a blush and a bronzer colour. I found this blonzer to be extremely long wearing, plus the versatile colour is great for everyday use and very work appropriate because of its subtlety.

All the products in the Siren range work cohesively to create a sultry yet elegant look that’s perfect for the fall season. I think this sort of combo of products makes me look like I mean business. In a nutshell, I love it! The Caryl Baker Notorious Beauty Collection is notoriously beautiful. 

Stephanie Lau is the creator and writer of FUN SIZE BEAUTY, a blog encompassing beauty reviews, handmade accessories, and the occasional food post. Upon discovering a fuchsia lipstick in her mom’s stash at age 12, she fell in love with all things beauty. She started her blog in November 2012 as a creative outlet to share her thoughts on beauty products and escape from the stress of school.  Aside from blogging and beauty, Stephanie enjoys all things travel, photography, DIY, small business, and sample hoarding.  An undergrad Accounting student at the University of Waterloo and an avid multi-tasker, on rainy days you can find her studying the Income Tax Act, watching food network, recreating makeup looks from magazines, and sipping on tea.

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stuff from (l’il) steph: caryl baker southwestern beauty

The Caryl Baker Southwestern Beauty Collection consists of the Sun-Baked Bronzer in Earthy* ($29.50), the City Slickers Lip Gloss in Calm* ($19.50) and trio of Southwestern Eyeshadows* ($18.00). The collection reminds me a lot of the show Nashville… natural beauty with a few hints of glamour.

Sun-Baked Bronzer in Earthy
This bronzer is HUGE. It’s probably enough baked bronzer to last a lifetime. The product is smooth and very warm-coloured, almost borderline orange. I found the bronzer to look unnatural on my medium skin tone. Though with a light hand and careful placement slightly over the cheekbones, this bronzer can add a glittery sun-kissed glow to the face.

City Slickers Lip Gloss in Calm
Infused with argan oil, aloe and vitamin C and E, the City Slickers Lip Gloss is very hydrating and surprisingly lightweight. In the tube, the gloss looks like a shimmery bronze colour. On the lips, it’s a sheer nude with lots of shimmer and shine  … and the best part, it has almost zero stickiness, which makes it the perfect option for those windy days when you don’t want hair stuck to your mouth!

Southwestern Eye Shadows
The Southwestern trio is truly the standout in this collection. It includes the colours: Energy, an antiqued slightly brownish gold; Vitality, an orangey copper; and Balance, a bright teal blue. The shadows aren’t particularly smooth and buttery, but there’s minimal fallout. Additionally, all the colours have a slightly sheer satin finish which translates beautifully when applied.

Having only ever been exposed to Caryl Baker when I got my ears pierced at the age of 13 at my local Caryl Baker location, I’ve been unaware of the unique array of cosmetics that the brand has to offer. All in all, the Caryl Baker Southwestern Beauty Collection has some standout high-quality cosmetics offerings that are definitely worth a swatch!

Stephanie Lau is the creator and writer of FUN SIZE BEAUTY, a blog encompassing beauty reviews, handmade accessories, and the occasional food post. Upon discovering a fuchsia lipstick in her mom’s stash at age 12, she fell in love with all things beauty. She started her blog in November 2012 as a creative outlet to share her thoughts on beauty products and escape from the stress of school.  Aside from blogging and beauty, Stephanie enjoys all things travel, photography, DIY, small business, and sample hoarding.  An undergrad Accounting student at the University of Waterloo and an avid multi-tasker, on rainy days you can find her studying the Income Tax Act, watching food network, recreating makeup looks from magazines, and sipping on tea.

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the fresh list: the lipstick edition … with a scrub for good measure.

Another week come and gone! We are slowly moving from Early Fall to Late Fall.

I’m  not sure what you have written into your Daily Timer (as my dear senior makeup artist Meredith calls her archaic handwritten agenda system) for this weekend, but I can sure add some items to your shopping list.

Now normally when Fall rears its beautifully coloured head of foliage, I like to reach for a heavier dose of eyeliner but during a recent trip to Murale and several unnamed, unscheduled visits to shopping malls around the GTA throughout the week, I couldn’t help but pick up lipstick after lipstick after lipstick.

At Murale, Holt Renfrew and select Sephoras, you can find the latest from Bobbi Brown – her new creamy matte lipsticks which are just that – a matte finish with a creamy application. No tugging and no drag she has 12 new colours to offer.  They are all her signature in very neutral, easy to wear colours, but also are on trend with pops of orange, pink and of course a red. I picked up Valencia Orange (which is less red than her Orange lipstick) and True Pink. I was eyeing Razzberry and Red Carpet … but maybe next time!

Caryl Baker Visage very kindly sent to me a selection of products from their Uptown Girl line earlier in August/September 2012 and just recently their Kiss from the Cure promotion. And that means MORE LIPSTICK! Both Morning After (a deep rose) and Kiss for the Cure (a reddish-brown-berry) are sheer and creamy and can suit most skintones. But the best feature of these lipsticks are the packaging. Each lipstick case comes with its own built-in mirror for easy touch-ups on the go.

And  never one to pass a NARS counter unscathed … I did pick up a new velvet matte lip pencil – but only to replace the one I sharpened down to a nub. The current lipstick trend are the deep dark burgundys and reds, so I replenished my Damned pencil and stopped myself from doing any more damage. I really like the darker lip this season, but prefer the colours to be more matte than glossy and sheer. I find these pencils the best way to achieve that balance.

Ugh – and as we near the end of wedding season, that means lipsticks in the kit ALSO need to be replenished. A quick walk over to but a long stay in MAC meant I picked up some of my bridal faves including Modesty, Hue, Velvet Teddy and Fast Play. Hands down, MAC offers a great selection of lipsticks for makeup artists at a reasonable price thanks to the MAC pro card. Thank you MAC.

So enough about lips – here’s the tip/trick/must have to wearing a bold lip and looking perfectly polished: great skin.

Dry, patchy and blotchy skin is never a good look when paired with look at me lipstick, so if you are thinking about wearing a different bold lip everyday, get started on refining and polishing the skin.  Korres recently sent me a selection of skincare products to try including their Wild Rose Daily Brightening and Replenishing Buff Cleanser along with the Wild Rose+Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial. I use these two generously the night before a bold lipstick day and I wake up with a great canvas for center of attention lips. While the scrub can be used daily, I aim more for every other day if not less and that’s for one main reason: so I don’t run out of it toooooo fast! (Korres is now available at Shoppers Drug Mart too!)

Happy Shopping Friends!

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