31 days to a prettier 2017 : choose your weapon …

January 26, 2017By stephanie

Very early on in this January 2017 guide, we told you that you needed to clean your brushes thoroughly and regularly from then on. Hopefully, you’ve been in the habit of doing so. Having clean tools is the best for avoiding irritations to the skin and reducing any opportunity for contamination between products. But having the right tools, that are in great working condition, is key to having great makeup looks.

Day 25 : January 25

Do an inventory and quality control check on all your makeup tools.

Besides brushes, this would include sponges, tweezers, mirrors and even your cotton swabs. 

Check your brushes – are they losing fibres or shedding? Are the brush hairs frayed and bent and out of shape? Are the handles broken or wiggly? And what about your tweezers? Still sharp and straight? Are your special makeup sponges split or torn anywhere?

The goal here is to either repair any tools (if you can) as needed, toss any tools that are past their prime, and make note of anything that needs to be replaced. In addition, you may want to consider doubling up on any brushes that you use constantly or need to clean constantly because you are always using it. For me, this would include shader brushes and/or crease/blending brushes (in fact, I probably own two of every eye brush I have). 

Nice you’ve weeded out the brushes and tools that need to be retired from their job, and have restocked with fresh new tools, you’ll find your makeup application easier, cleaner, and more polished.

Get to work!

TIP : If you have brushes where the hairs or fibres are out of shape or somewhat frayed, try cleansing and then CONDITIONING the natural hairs, before you consider tossing it. Sometimes that can fix the issue.  If not … recycle!

HOMEWORK : If you happen to be a one brush per facial feature kinda gal, try broadening your horizons and seek out different shaped brushes for said facial feature. Different brushes have different jobs and can make a huge difference in the execution of a particular look!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : look cute, be cute

January 24, 2017By stephanie

By now, the winter season is possibly taking it’s toll on you; everyone gets hit with a bit of blahs before the end of January and it doesn’t quit until at least the end of February. It might be time for a pick me up!

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Day 24 : January 24

Pick up a bright new makeup bag!

It could be something that you find at The Dollar Store that makes you smile … or it good be one of those cute ones from Sephora with the funny phrases on it. It doesn’t matter just as long as you love it and it makes you smile every time you open it up to start your day. If you’re smiling before you even start your makeup routine, you’re already looking good!

Happy shopping!

TIP : Make sure you choose a bag big enough to house everything you consider a “must have at all times”. Pack it up with all the stuff you would want to have on hand if you had to do your makeup in  the car or at the gym.

HOMEWORK : Before you buy, consider what you love and don’t love about your current makeup bag or storage system.  If you need to keep things separate, only choose a makeup bag that has compartments. If you need to keep tools and brushes in there as well, look at ones that have pockets to hold brushes and a plastic flap over it to keep the rest of the bag clean.

31 days to a prettier 2017 : head to toe beauty …

January 20, 2017By stephanie

Over the past 20 days, we’ve focused on beauty from all angles top to bottom – so why stop? Beauty is not just about makeup, it’s about how you feel!

Day 20 : January 20

Start a dry brush routine!

I’m a huge fan of dry brushing the entire body. It’s a quick and easy way to exfoliate the entire body from head to toe, while also promoting detoxification and circulation. It’s even been known to help reduce the appearance of cellulite (yes, please!)

To dry brush, you just need to invest in a firmly bristled dry brush with a long enough handle to reach all over. Brushes are available almost anywhere they sell body care items, so it shouldn’t be too hard for you to find.

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Using your dry brush, you want to use short brisk strings in an upwards motion, starting at the legs and working your way up to the stomach, arms, and your back (which is where a long handled brush comes in handy). Experts suggest 10-12 strings per body part before moving on to the next area. The best time to dry brush is early in the day, right before you jump in the shower.

YouTube has plenty of instructional videos to see how its done. And you can Google and shop around for different brushes.

Brush away!

TIP : Be firm with your grip and pressure … the exfoliating action plus the deep pressure will get your day started off right.

HOMEOWRK : Make it a habit. Even if you just have two minutes before you jump in the shower, dry brush. Eventually, it will become an automatic practice (like brushing your teeth) and you’ll do it on autopilot each morning!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : lash extensions, microblading, balyage …

January 19, 2017By stephanie

There is nothing wrong with asking questions. And there definitely isn’t anything wrong with being an informed consumer. Today I want you to *think* about stepping out of your beauty safe zone … and simply inquire about a beauty procedure that may have crossed your mind once … or twice.

Day 19 : January 19

Get more information about a new beauty trend or procedure you want to try (or have thought about).

Whether it’s lash extensions, fusion hair extensions, permanent makeup or Botox … today you’re going to call up a studio, salon or clinic that offers that service and ask questions and request pricing information. You may even book a free consultation.

Often times, we think it would be cool to do something but freak ourselves out because we’re way to comfortable in our own lanes and fill our minds with excuses and our own uninformed opinions. New beauty procedures like microblading for the brows or microneedling for fine lines/anti-aging are becoming more and more popular by the minute, yet we still hold ourselves back because we think we know what it might be like, but if we are really honest – we don’t.

By calling up a professional in the field, you’re going to give to yourself the real deal about {insert your desired procedure here}. You’re going to hear them out, get the full deets on all the benefits, and REALLY listen to what the “scary NOT scary” things might be about the procedure itself and the aftercare. You’re going to become informed.

Once you’re done your call and/or consultation … you can finally make a real decision about whether or not you want to move forward with said procedure. 

Get your pen and paper handy!

TIP : Call more than one place. Not only is it good for price comparison, but you can also compare what the esthetician, artist or medical professional at both companies say.

HOMEWORK : After you have spoken with your chosen salons or spas, make your own pros and cons list about what you learned. 

31 days to a prettier 2017 : brighten up the eyes …

January 18, 2017By stephanie


Today, I’m going to tell you to treat yo’self …

Day 18 : January 18

Buy yourself a new eyeshadow.

We spoke about eyeliners before for defining the eyes, but today we’re going to talk about brightening up and highlighting the eyes. You’re going to do this with a simple swipe of eyeshadow. You probably already have plenty of shadows ranging the colours of a rainbow, but the shadow I want you to pick up will be a neutral shimmer.

Look for something across the lines of soft champagne, rose gold, soft gold, or bronze. Shades that fall within this category can be swept across the lids and instantly lift and brighten the eye area within nothing more than perhaps mascara.

It’s a great way to get ready quick with minimal makeup! And don’t worry, the right neutral shimmer can always be incorporated into your full colour looks from winged liner to smokey eyes!

Now, off you go!

TIP : For easy on the go, try cream eyeshadow sticks. I particularly love Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown!

HOMEWORK : Buy yourself just one, but it doesn’t hurt to take note of other shades that don’t make the cut. You can always pick them up later!