things we love : beauty hacks

June 12, 2014By DJMC

I rarely turn to Buzzfeed for beauty-related reading material, but every now and then something pops up while I’m perusing the site on my lunch hour that I’m glad to have discovered.

Case-in-point: this roundup of 41 Life-Saving Beauty Hacks Every Girl Should Have In Her Arsenal. If there’s one thing Buzzfeed knows how to do, it’s lists, and this is no exception. Filled with tips on how to perfect your winged eyeliner to ways to make the most out of your products, it’s a solid group of tips and tricks we could all use to simplify our lives.

I think I’ll be reading the style section on Buzzfeed a little more carefully from now on – check it out!

– morgan


things we love : Gwen Flamberg

June 4, 2014By DJMC

Gwen Flamberg is technically a person, not a thing, however I wanted to share her as someone we love this week.

Yesterday, I had a chance to sit down with Us Weekly Beauty Director Gwen Flamberg and chat beauty trends, secrets and tips and why one of the keys to summer beauty is a bright, white smile. Arm & Hammer brought her to Toronto this week in honour of the launch if their newest line Truly Radiant, a line of toothbrushes and toothpaste to help achieve that bright summer look we’re all aiming for.

Gwen was a pleasure to chat with, and if you aren’t following her on Twitter @Gwen_UsBeauty, go check her out!

I was gifted a Spinbrush and toothpaste to test drive, so keep your eyes peeled for a full review and post sharing Gwen’s summer tips and advice.

– morgan


things we love : /r/makeupaddiction

May 27, 2014By DJMC

If you caught on to the title of this post, bravo – you must be on Reddit or at least familiar with the site.

As the girlfriend of a guy who does most of his online surfing exclusively on Reddit and someone working in P.R., I knew about it but never felt like it was something to get into. My partner uses it for reading funny memes, chiming in on subreddits to do with the city of Toronto or video games, and because it’s quick to jump on breaking news stories – the latter being the same reason why I knew of it when it came to work (the rise of citizen journalism is a big deal, guys). I was curious, but not enough to start learning yet another form of social media – I’m admittedly notorious for dragging my feet when it comes to jumping on social media bandwagons.

However, a few months back a coworker mentioned her love for browsing Reddit for makeup inspiration, and needless to say she got my attention. A quick click in the right direction brought me to the Makeup Addiction subreddit, and before I knew it I was scrolling through pages and pages of FOTDs (face of the days), crowdsourced tips and advice, and plenty of average folks like you and me playing with makeup.

If you’re not a Reddit user, that’s okay – feel free to just browse around and get a feel for the site. It’s a great source for beauty inspiration and many of the posters will share detailed product lists and tutorials to recreate what they’ve shared. If you feel you’re ready to participate, it’s a place to share shameless selfies on those good makeup days, ask questions or look for constructive criticism (protip: CCW = constructive criticism welcome), and share your own tips and feedback to others.

It’s strictly moderated on a regular basis and rules leave no room for harassment, overly-edited or filtered photos, or self-promotion of blogs/websites, so you know you’re simply getting other makeup enthusiasts who want to engage in a positive community of makeup lovers!

Do you use Reddit for makeup inspiration?

things we love : how to soften your look

May 21, 2014By DJMC

If your summer is shaping up to be anything like ours, you’ve probably got at least a few occasions where your schedule will be jam-packed without much time in between work, social gatherings, dinners, drinks, etc. to fix yourself up and adjust your look accordingly. Versatility is key for those kinds of days, so looks that are easy to pull together and can take you from day to night are the best to stick with.

This tutorial on is a perfect starting point to “blur the lines” between day & night to give you a look that works in most settings. It’s soft enough to go with an office appropriate outfit or day dress, but packs enough punch and “wow-factor” to take you well into the evening if needed.

For the full step-by-step guide with images, read the article in full on!

mondays+moms : makeup? what makeup?

May 12, 2014By stephanie

I have a confession to make. I actually don’t wear a lot of makeup.

I love makeup.  I have lots of makeup. I eat-drink-breathe-makeup.

I just don’t happen to wear tonnes of it.

My typical day consists of working through the morning; doing lunchroom supervision around, well, lunchtime; hot yoga; and then an afternoon of either driving around to meet clientele or an afternoon of driving around to various after-school activities.

My makeup routine is quite minimal and I think both my colleagues and clientele find this quite comical, you know … being a beauty artist and all. I thought I would share with you a couple of items that I have in rotation right now. The pic above shows what I might put on in the morning if I have a moment.

rms beauty un-cover up in 22 and cream eyeshadow in lunar : I adore this product thanks to the sheer layers you can apply with it. Never cakey or heavy, always the right amount. With the foundation, I simply apply as needed – usually under the eyes and around the nose. Sometimes the cheeks.  I like applying it over my Pelle Beauty face oil and Consonant Body sunscreen – I find it applies best after I have allowed both of these products to sink in a bit. The cream eyeshadow I actually use as my highlighter. While they do have the living luminizer in the line, I find lunar to highlight my skin tone a bit better.

bite beauty : If I’m going to brighten up my look, it’s always with lip colours and bite has the best selection of colours in my favourite form : chubby pencils. From the everyday rose to a bright and electric orange, I carry a few of these pencils in my regular makeup bag. My other favourite is NARS Lip Pencils and I look to their matte pencils when I want statement lips.

aerin rose lip conditioner : My lips, despite my best efforts will always remain chapped and  dry. It’s not fair, but what can you do. I find this lip conditioner allows me to apply once in the morning and get to about late afternoon without having to reapply.  Added bonus : the scent is quite nice!

MAC veluxe brow liner and tweezerman tweezers : Okay. I’m kind of lying about the tweezers and using them everyday because  I don’t get the chance to tweeze each morning, but the moments I do – normally after glancing into the rearview mirror on my way out the driveway (damn you natural sunlight) – I’ll make it a priority to tweeze later that night. I prefer slanted tips for the best grasp and Tweezerman has a larger selection of tweezers to choose from. For filling in my brows, I like dual-ended brow fillers – either with colour on one end and a spoolie on the other OR colour on the end and brow gel on the other. MAC’s pencil gives the soft look of powder but defines the brows like a champ!

tom ford eye defining pencil in metallic mink and stila smudge stick waterproof liner in emerald : I don’t wear mascara only because I find when applying to myself – I’m pretty messy with it. So I rely in eye pencils to define my eyes.  I love inky blacks and browns and love the Tom Ford pencils (MAC pencils are pretty great too!) and I usually apply this under the lashes and at the root to fake the look of more lashes and artfully applied mascara. Over the top lid, I’ll use a bright colour like Stila’s emerald which after application LOOKS like liquid liner – so pigmented. It’s all about the subtle pop!

I’m not sure if there is anything I would change about my makeup routine – it’s works for me and the amount of time I have to get ready for the day. Sometimes I look in the mirror and think : I really should use my primer … or my concealer … and maybe I should fill in that crease. But then I think to myself that my job is to apply beauty to others – not BE the beauty.

Well, that’s my Monday morning stephanie-ism.  Hope you all have a great week!