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31 days to a prettier 2017 : commit to an all over balm …

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We’ve all been in that situation when a dry patch comes through our makeup midday, or our cuticles look rough, or  our baby hairs get a little feisty. You cannot carry your vanity table with you everywhere you go, so here’s our trick for MacGyvering your pop-up beauty dilemmas.

Day 17 : January 17

Commit to an All Over Balm (or skin salve).

An all over balm or skin salve is like the duct tape of makeup … while most are advertised as a quick way to hydrate the skin in a convenient carry with you everywhere tube they do so much more than that! They come in all sort of consistencies and are cased in everything from tubes to tin pots (as mentioned, portable!). The ones I prefer comes in a firmer (but smooth), waxy texture and in tin or glass pot form, just because you don’t waste any product – you can lightly pick up some on the finger tips without overdoing it, or gather a bit more by scooping it out when needed. Tube salves are just as great, but I’ve been known to squeeze out too much more often than not!

What can you do with your balm?  Plenty!

  • Apply a light layer over dry patches of skin midday, as needed
  • Soothe minor cuts and wounds
  • Heal chapped lips in a pinch
  • Sweep up high on the cheeks for a quick highlight
  • Refresh your makeup, especially under the eyes
  • Tame brow hairs
  • Tame baby hairs and flyaways
  • Soften cuticles
  • Press and blend over your eyeshadow for a glossy eye look
  • Dab blush to the lips and smooth salve over for a DIY clip colour
  • Remove makeup mistakes

See – it’s truly the duct tape of makeup.

All over balms or skin salves can be found with in both conventional and organic brands, and a bunch of sizes. Brands I suggest : NYX, Glossier, Antipodes and RMS.

Happy Shopping!

TIP : I say commit now (which I do mean), but you can also test out a few before making a hard purchase!

HOMEWORK : Once you’ve chosen a salve, try turning to it first whenever you come across a skin issue or beauty dilemma – start testing out what works for you and what doesnt, how much you need to solve the dilemma or how much you don’t!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : Choose your signature lip …

Alright – so you’ve cleaned out your makeup bag and edited your stash. Now it’s time to determine your signature lipstick.

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Day 2 : January 2

A signature lipstick is best defined as that one lip colour – whether it be a gloss, a stain or a modern matte formula – that makes you feel the most confident. Think Gwen Stefani’s bright red, or Jennifer Lopez’ effortless nude. It’s the shade that you always rely on to bring your whole look together and it should always be flattering whether you’re wearing a full face of makeup, or nothing but moisturizer. It’s the colour you get the most compliments on, and the colour that makes you smile when you apply it.

You’re probably wondering why I’m telling you to pick out your signature lipstick if its a colour or shade you’re constantly wearing.  Well, here’s the thing : you probably have several different variations of your signature shade. For example, I love a nice plum … but I have about 5 variations of it. Same goes with bold pinks … and don’t get me started on red.

Your job today is to nail it down to one specific tube or pot of everyday hotness.

First : Determine what shade it is – is it a dusty rose or an electric pink? A sweet mauve or a deep violet? Is it a subtle warm you up nude … or fire engine red? Whatever shade you choose in the end, it should be a charmeleon colour – you’ll feel just as proper wearing it at the grocery store as you would during a girls night out, and it never looks out of place on you!

Second : Get the right tone. Again, if you are a hoarder of lipsticks like I, chances are you have several versions of the same shade which simply vary in tone. For example, you might have reds that are a bit more brown, and others that are more orange or blue. A nude might have a little more pink or peach in it than the next one. It might be silly and you may be thinking “red is red and I can apply whichever one I grab first”, but tone makes a difference because it will make your lipstick look like its an extension of your look, style, and taste … not something you are simply wearing like an accessory.

Third : Choose your best formula. This step is somewhat optional since most of the time finding the right shade and tone ends up being one specific lip product from a brand, but sometimes you find the right colour but unfortunately the formula is all wrong for you. Or perhaps the brand and shade you have chosen DOES offer options of the same shade in different formulas. The best way to choose the formula is to determine what is easiest for you to wear. A minimalist might prefer a sheer glossy formula, whereas someone who loves to make a statement prefers a stain or matte. Choosing a formula that is friendly to you and your lifestyle is the difference between wearing out a tube over 3 months rather than 3 years.

So, you’ve nailed down shade, tone and formula in the form of a shiny tube of lipstick, what now?  Carry it with you everywhere. Build makeup looks around it. Replace it before you hit the bottom. This will forever be the shade that you use when you need anything.

Need to get ready in five minutes and you just got out of the shower? Apply it.

Need some courage before a big meeting at work? Apply it.

Need to look perfect when your crush unexpectedly asks you out? Apply it.

You’ll be super surprised at how a tube of lipstick can change your life.

TIP : If you love love love a lipstick, buy two. One for the vanity table and one for the purse.

HOMEWORK : Sometimes, and I know plenty of women whom this is happened to, a signature shade gets discontinued for no reason … and your world will feel like its crumbling all around you and you have nothing to live for. It’s like super tragic. So, keep your eye out for dupes (shades that are super similar) to your chosen lipstick and take note of the brand and name of the shade. Keep these handy in case of a lip-threatening emergency.

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if you must : bite beauty …

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting the people behind Bite Beauty, Canada’s very own lipstick mega brand. Little ol’ me was treated to a tour of the lab and offices, and had a behind the scenes look at how their incredible formulations, colours and products all come together. As a person who values their worth in the amount of lipstick I own … this was a BIG deal for me. Huge!

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Since Bite Beauty’s new Amuse Bouche line becomes fully available at Sephora today … I thought I would share a couple of photos from my visit. I’d really like to thank the crew at Bite Beauty for their hospitality and couldn’t be more appreciative that they let me into their space. If you are a fan of all things Bite, you should know that every single product you purchase is carefully prepared, crafted, and packaged, and judging by what I saw yesterday, always made with a smile (or lots of laughs!).

bite1I didn’t take a selfie in my lab coat to prove I was there,
but if you look you can see my reflection taking this shot. Ha ha!
My first love about Bite – the minimalist+modern office layout,
and their own pieces on the walls!

bite2We all know by know that after 10 years of this blog …
photography IS NOT my strong suit.
Sure, the sign is cutoff, but I agree, Handmade IS better.
This is the sign that graces the hall before one goes into the lab!

bite3Tubes and tubes of gloss. Um. Yes please!

bite4My favourite shot of the day … not only were these ladies smiling
the entire time and dancing for my picture …
but when I say friendly and fun crew …
check out the wave and smile of the “photobombed” all the way in the back!

Thanks again Bite Beauty Crew! And beauty junkies, if you must … get to Sephora today and check out Bite’s new Amuse Bouche Lipsticks!
I mean – it’s the weekend – just do it!

-s-

p.s. for pics of some of the shades of the Amuse Bouche Line,
please click over to our Instagram page for my LOTD pics!

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recess from regina : annabelle lipsies lip balm in cherry …

Anything that can moisturize my lips, can give them some colour, and has a nice smelling scent to it is a great thing especially when I don’t want to wear lipstick or lipgloss.

Annabelle Cosmetics came out with a line of tinted lip balms called Lipsies.  These retractable lip balms comes in 12 scents in both clear and a variety of different tints.

I purchased the red coloured one in the Cherry flavour.  I liked how smoothly it went on. It kept my lips moisturized and soft and the tint of the red was strong enough that I did not need lipgloss or lipstick – I loved how it kept my lips shiny.


Annabelle Lipsies Lip Balm can be found on their website www.annabelle.ca and at Wal-Mart Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall Pharma Plus, Loblaws for $4.95 CDN.

– regina –

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recos from regina : mary kay at play triple layer tinted balm

Since the beginning of the New Year, the arctic cold air that we have been receiving has me reaching for lip balm throughout the day.  I am one of those people who keeps a lip balm all over the place – my purse, jacket pocket, makeup bag, night stand and in my locker at work. I am just one of those people that must have my lips moisturized at all times.

Mary Kay At Play has a line of Triple Layer Tinted Lip Balms and I had the chance to try out Orange You Lovely. What caught my eye right away is the 3 layers of colours. Those 3 layers of colours are made to give it your lips the hint of colour, hydrate your lips, and gives it some shine and brightens it up.

What impressed me with the Mary Kay At Play Tinted Lip Balm is that it applied smoothly, I can go without using a mirror and not worry that I’ve applied too much colour because of the subtleness of the orange colour.

Overall I liked the product – find it through your independent consultant or online at marykay.ca for $12.00.

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