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into it : kiss strip lash adhesive (with aloe!) …

I have perhaps tried every single lash glue there is. From the clear to the white to the black,  from the single adhesive to strip adhesive, from the tube to the brush on applicators. I have laughed, I have cried, and I have loved my way through many a lash glue.

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And then I found this new one and  … I just want to get married to it!

My current obsession is Kiss’ Strip Lash Adhesive (with Aloe) in Black. It’s inky black (to match my gel liner!), it’s wet but not goopy, and it glides over a lash track like a dream. I’m not even kidding you, I have one tube in both my kits (as in my compact makeup kit, and my “this job is going to be a big one!” kit), plus a tube I keep inside my brush belt just in case. And I’m pretty sure, somewhere in my supplies drawers, I have a tube or two packaged up waiting to be used!

So why am I loving this product so much?  

Well for starters, despite its traditional tube packaging, I have never pushed out too much product or made a big clumpy mess of it. It seems to release smoothly out of the tube with a tiny squeeze, meaning less wasted glue. In addition, while tacky in consistency it is never seems to get goopy or clumpy. Yes, I do get a bit of dried mess on the applicator now and then between uses, but once you remove that, the glue inside the tube is still as good as the day I first opened it.

I also appreciate how it transfers from your applicator (or however you choose to apply the glue) and glides across the lash track. For me, it always creates a thin but consistent line right across the lash.

Lastly, while the same formulation comes in clear – je l’aime en noir! Black, black and more black. I mean, I love it for liner, smudgy shadow and mascara … because well, maybe I’m just basic like that … but now I can add my lash glue to the mix. Parfait! And an added bonus, for my brides or clients who aren’t as big a fan of black liner as I am but whom appreciate the definition a small swipe of black liner can give, Kiss’ black glue actually creates a thin line across the lash line once applied with the false lash, and therefore, (with a little bit of help from a slanted eyeliner brush and maybe a small speck of gel liner) you have practically won that battle!

I love pairing Kiss’ lash glue with ALL my false lashes from the Kiss line and other brands. It’s currently my secret weapon!

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try it : olivia wilde smoky eye

It’s a pretty safe  bet to say that Olivia Wilde has some pretty piercing eyes … and that she has the smoky eye look down to an exact science … yes?

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As we all struggle everywhere to create a sexy smoky eye that resembles more than just smudged eyeliner, Olivia’s makeup artist – Melanie Inglessis – shared with InStyle magazine her trick : purple eyeshadows.

According to the magazine, Inglessis uses mainly purple shadows and NO KOHL or black shadow (*gasp*). It kind of flips many of us upside down, because it’s extremely natural to think that a smoky eye = black shadow (and dark greys too!). Another tip : to soften the look, she rounds out the outer edges of the eyeshadow and diffuses any harsh borders.

While Olivia’s transformation over the years has her experimenting with everything from the bold statement lip to feline flicked liner, her go-to is definitely smoky. If you are thinking of trying her purple-hued smoky style, may I suggest :

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Jolie Poupee : a violet and pearlescent purple pairing which would be great for adding layers and dimension to a purple smoky eye.

MAC Eyeshadow in Shadowy Lady : a matte deep plum that  is perfect for smoking it up from the lashline and grounding more shimmery shades.

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil  in Empire : an inky pencil that glides one with ease giving your smoky look a complete finish.

There are plenty PLENTY of options out there from all your favourite brands, and the great thing about the whole sexy sultry smoky eye look is that playing with the combinations is half the fun.

Try it!

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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!

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try it : rock ‘n’ roll eyes a.k.a. smudged eyeliner …

You can waste hours perfecting smokey shadow, but an edgy “let’s rock” kind of eye can take just a few products and a cotton swab. A girl can look just as alluring and just as glam with unkept eyeliner!

KarlieWhen I wear this type of rock ‘n’ roll look a la Karlie Kloss above, I like to make sure the complexion is perfection. I’ll take a bit more time concealing and brightening around the eyes, and be super mindful of oil and shine control. I prefer a matte (but not super matte) face when the eyes are this defined. With blush – I’ll keep it in shades of sheer peach, maybe with a hint of shimmer so I do not look like complete death. (One may opt to go a bit bronze). Lips are a sheer gloss in a soft shade, nothing too bright, bold or statement making.

To get the eyes lined right, start with the following products :

  • a kohl liner in your shade of choice but I prefer deep brown, graphite or black (of course!);
  • a sheer eyeshadow in nude, bone, or champagne;
  • a mascara; and
  • a cotton swab, or pencil eyeshadow brush.

First, I’ll sweep the eyeshadow over the entire lid and work my way up to the brow bone. Create a nice even layer of shadow which will serve as a nice backdrop to your eyeliner.

Next, I line the eyes once around … keep the line thin to begin within, but it doesn’t have to be perfect – you’re smudging it after all. Taking your swab or pencil brush, gently diffuse the line stroking back and forth and upward. Repeat once more if you want a bit of a thicker appearance.

Once you’ve lined the upper and lower lids, press your eye kohl (or pencil) into the lashes and your lash line from underneath. If you are comfortable filling in the waterline, you can do so and this will give a more badass appearance like Karlie’s. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still be an ass-kicker if you press and smudge colour into the lashes from underneath but the overall appearance is just a hint softer.

Once you’ve hit your desired smudge limit, I like to take my pencil brush dipped in your neutral eyeshadow and softly diffuse the ends and tops of the smudged eyeliner. If you want a hint more drama, you can do this step with a sheer shade of eyeshadow in the same colour as your eyeliner.

To finish, swipe on layers of mascara, and groom the brows.

Try it!

-s-

 

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in love with : lorac pro palettes …

It’s no secret that eyeshadow palettes in shades of nudes and neutrals dominate the beauty-blogiverse – you know which ones I’m talking about, right? I’m definitely on board that train, but it doesn’t mean that I stick with only those palettes. I’m currently a fangirl of Lorac and if you took a look in my kit, the brand rules in the eyeshadow department.

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I carry both Lorac Pro Palette 1 and 2, plus Lorac Unzipped and Unzipped Gold. Most of the shades housed in all four palettes are universally wearable by most skintones, and the colour payoff and wear of the shadows are second to none.

Lorac shadows glide on smooth and evenly. I find that I get less shadow fallout with the shimmery shades meaning less clean-up around the eye area when I attempt anything smudgy or smokey, and most importantly less wasted product.

I often mix between both Pro Palette’s for any given look and use them for more glam, dramatic, or smokey styles. With the Unzipped Palettes, I save them more for when I want to do a glowing neutral face and eye to be paired with a bright or statement lip. The Unzipped Palettes do contain deeper shades (in the brown family, mainly), but I find the lighter shades, especially in the gold version, delightful.

Lorac can be found online at Sephora, and also in stores in the U.S.  They can also be found at Ulta, another U.S. beauty store.  This might be disappointing to us Canadian artists but the great news is, if you are in the GTA like us, Ulta did open up a location right across the Buffalo border by the Fashion Outlets. So if you want to play with the product, get dressed and dust off your passport!

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