recos from regina : maybelline new york brow drama

February 5, 2015By stephanie

When it comes to dealing with my eyebrows I tend to keep my brows au natural. The main reason: I’m afraid that I will apply too much product that my eyebrows won’t look natural.


I recently purchased Maybelline New York Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Dark Brown after seeing pictures in a variety of fashion magazines. What caught my eye right away (and thought was very funky) was the shape of the bristles of the brush. It’s something that I have never seen for an eyebrow product before.

What I like about the Maybelline Brow Drama is that the brush makes it easy to use, the deep brown coloured tint made my eyebrows looks natural, it lasted for the entire day and was easy to remove with makeup remover.


Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara comes in comes in  3 colours: Blond, Soft Brown and Deep Brown and can be found at the following retailers Wal-Mart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall Pharma Plus, The Real Canadian Superstore and Loblaws for $11.99.

-regina-

holiday shop #2 : the stocking stuffer …

December 12, 2014By stephanie 1 Comment

When it comes to gifting, I find I have the easiest time with stocking stuffers. For me, stocking stuffers are meant to be those fun, inexpensive, but totally useful items that people want to buy for themselves but never do in favour of items that seem more necessary – I can’t tell you how many times I have left a Shoppers Drug Mart in tears over having to buy cough medicine and diapers over a bold coloured nail polish or a pretty Burts Bees lip colour. Need versus want. Stocking stuffers are meant to be “needed wants”.

Speaking of Shoppers Drug Mart – that’s the answer to your stocking stuffer questions – your local drugstore beauty aisles. SDM, Rexall, even The Superstore, are filled with budget friendly, colourful, and – best of all – quality items that any beauty babe would love to find in her fishnet holiday stocking.

Don’t believe me? Here are a few ideas :

Maybelline The Nudes Palette ( and perhaps, The Smoke Palettes, if you can find it! ) : any chick who values winged liner and mascara would love to have her hands on either of these palettes filled with the right combination of colours. Just under $15 CAD, it’s affordable but screams luxury!

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick : lipstick makes every girl smile, and with 16 shades to choose from you can mix and match and give that special someone a lipstick wardrobe. Might I suggest Notting Hill Nude, Picadilly Pink, and Heather Shimmer.

Vasanti Kajal Extreme Intense Eye Pencils :  this stocking stuffer is simple (just $18 a pop!) but screams luxe and lovely. These liners come complete with a sharpener and smudging tool on the opposite end which makes this the ultimate tool for dressed up eyes in a flash. Choose the norm core basic black … or do something fun like Graphite Green!

CoverGirl Bombshell Volume LashBlast Mascara : LashBlast is still one of my very favourite mascara lines, and the new two-step system Bombshell Volume Mascara is the perfect present for the lady who loves long and lush lashes. Want to give the recipient a bonus? Why not give a selection of mascaras from the LashBlast line? Team up Bombshell with LashBlast Length and LashBlast Luxe!

Almay Smart Shade Bronzer and Powder Blush : Not that skilled at picking the right colour for that perfect pretty pal? Let’s take the guess work out of the equation for you. During the holiday season, not a single girl can resist fighting off the cold weather by adding in a pinch of colour to the cheeks.   By swirling the three tones in each of the these products, they can sweep on some colour that will adjust to match their complexion. Done and done!

See what you can find in the drugstore beauty aisles? Not to mention, at under $20 a piece,  it’s a beauty goldmine on holiday budget.

Happy Shopping! :)

-stephanie-

 

loved by laura : air optix colors

November 18, 2014By DJMC

On Thursday November 6 I had the privilege of attending Alcon’s Air Optix Colors event with their guest makeup artist Grace Lee, where they were launching their new line of coloured lenses.

When I arrived at the event I was kindly greeted by the hostess and quickly directed to an optometrist for my contact lens fitting, where I was able to test out coloured lenses of my liking.  There were 9 colours of lenses to try on including blue, brilliant blue, gray, sterling gray, gemstone green, green, pure hazel, honey and brown.

I opted for the gray and gemstone green. The whole night I sported a David Bowie/Mila Kunis style of two different coloured eyes. They really changed my regular look and created a sense of mystery and intrigue. I felt original and very exotic every time I looked into the mirror or saw my reflection.

For the most part they were very comfortable and safe. The contact lenses have been engineered and created with a unique 3 in 1 color technology that enhances your eye color for a very natural and beautiful look. I was amazed at how vibrant the contact lenses made your eyes look as well as the vivid glow it gives your face. They were very natural looking to the point that I did not realize everyone had the contacts on too.

As a bonus treat, I had my makeup done by a makeup artist under the direction of Grace Lee, the lead makeup artist for Maybelline New York Canada. Grace was an absolute sweetheart and she rocked her leather pants like no other that evening!

A palette that the makeup artist used on me was the Maybelline “The Nudes” palette. It has all the nudes that you would need for any natural look. I can see this palette as a staple for any individual, especially for any traveller. It contains a black shadow for lining your eyes, multiple shades of brown to fill in your eye brows and an array of light to dark as well as shimmering beige and brown shades to fulfill your eye shadow look. It comes in a sleek compact case and is ready to slip into any purse or bag.

It was a great evening – I truly felt glamourous sporting a different eye colour!  This will be a line of contact lenses I will definitely consider when I am in the market for new ones.

The Air Optix colors contact lenses can be ordered through an optometrist. They usually range from $79.95 and up for 6 lenses.

-laura p-

musings from morgan : bring on the bb cream

October 24, 2013By stephanie 1 Comment

BB Cream has been an overnight sensation in the world of beauty. There was a time when we had no choice but to go through a beauty regimen with what could feel like endless steps. Individual products provided the SPF, moisture, priming, concealing and overall coverage we needed…then along came BB cream, solving all of that in one swift step.

BB cream (“beauty balm” or “blemish balm,” depending on who you talk to) is an all-in-one super-product designed to simply the face prep process many of us go through in the morning. Women on-the-go, rejoice!

Full disclosure: I never really took the BB plunge when the product first took markets by storm in North America, so the Dream Fresh BB I tested from Maybelline was my first venture into BB territory.

Dream Fresh BB touts 8 skin benefits:

• Blurs imperfections
• Brightens
• Evens skin tone
• Smoothes
• Hydrates
• Enhances
• Protects with SPF 30
• 0% oils and heavy ingredients

As a long-time foundation girl (be it liquid or powder – I like the guaranteed coverage of foundation, knowing every patch of red or blemish on my face will be hidden from the world as I go about my day), the challenge to try something new was perfectly timed. I was looking for a lighter alternative to foundation on days where my skin was calm and I just wasn’t up for my full routine.

I thought it would be best to test this product over the course of a few days. It’s one thing to swatch a foundation and get a sense of its texture and coverage, but a whole new product deserved a thorough test drive. I wore Dream Fresh for about three days, and then switched back to my usual foundation.

The formula is very lightweight and feels more like a moisturizer than a foundation. Using my fingertips (as suggested), I smoothed the product over my face and was impressed by its level of coverage. With the help of a little concealer, it truly did smooth out my complexion and even out my tone.

 Left: Before, Right: After

After wearing it for the full three days, however, I noticed my t-zone felt more oily than usual. I found the BB cream was not best suited for those of us with oily or combination skin, (perhaps because it’s designed to moisturize and hydrate throughout the day) as by mid-afternoon I found it just wasn’t staying put.

That being said, the product itself does what it says by providing decent coverage, while smoothing things out and helping to speed up your morning routine. I’d definitely recommend it to women with less problematic skin who want a simple beauty regimen.

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.

musings from morgan : between blushes …

October 7, 2013By stephanie

Blush is a tricky thing. There are powder blushes, cream blushes, cheek stains, stick blushesI even know people who use lipstick on their cheeks! Between finding what’s right for your skin, the right tone and when to wear what colour, it can be a challenge finding what works – but let’s be honest, experimenting is the best part.

I gave two new blushes a shot this week. The first was a COVERGIRL powder blush, the Clean Glow Blush in Roses 100. It’s described as a lightweight,blendable 3-in-1 product, and it’s part of their Clean collection designed for sensitive skin, which includes liquid, whipped and powder foundations, bronzers and blushes.

I immediately loved the warm, soft tone of this colour– I prefer blush to be subtle and natural looking, and found this shade was just that. I liked the option of three shades in one, but once I swatched each individual colour could see it was ultimately going to be best worn all in one.

Left to right: Darkest shade, Middle shade, lightestshade, All in one

I didn’t find the powder too powdery, and quite liked the texture. As I said, it’s a very natural looking shade on lighter skin tones like mine and went on light, so I did need to build a little for a noticeable flush.

Overall I liked the product. It was a soft, light and natural shade and definitely will make for an excellent everyday blush.

I then tried Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush in Pink Frosting – a soft cream blush packing lots of pigment that blends very well. Don’t be put off by the smallpackaging, as a little goes a long way with this product!

This shade is very pink, but gives a great pinched/rosy cheek look that works well when you want to make your cheeks pop! I was nervous by just how bright the product looked in the packaging, but once on it blends really well, almost like a powder, therefore ensuring it’s not too overpowering.

Its best applied using your fingertips, just be careful not to push too hard on the product – again, a little goes a long way, and it’s much easier to put on too little then build than to take too much and have to get creative with your blending!

I actually loved how this looked on my cheeks – it was just the right amount of pink and would go well with a simple cat eye for a pretty, girly look. I could see myself wearing it out for drinks with my girlfriends or out to date night, or whenever I need a girly pick-me-up! I love how it looks with my blue eyes. I definitely want to try this product in something a little warmer, like the Peach Satin shade.

I find both products have a place in a beauty regimen, depending on the time & place. The COVERGIRL blush will serve me as a useful everyday colour, and I’ll be sure to bust out the bouncy blush when I’m looking to perk myself up. 

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.