Popular Opinion : yes, you need more than one concealer!

January 30, 2019By stephanie

I like to pride myself on the idea that despite being a makeup artist with plenty of makeup to play with, I personally can do a decent “face” with minimal product. In fact, I usually can do my daily makeup in about three minutes. It’s all about a little bit of coverup, a good eyeliner, and some bronzing powder.

Most beautycentric people’s talk a lot about having lipstick wardrobes or several eyeshadow palettes they play with every day … and technically, I could be considered one of them however, as of late … I find myself buying concealers; concealers of all sorts and kinds actually.

Every time I pick up a tube or pot of flesh coloured cream or liquid, I silently shame myself. Is this really necessary Stephanie? Is it? C’mon now …

But then, I decided to go easy on myself; because I actually do need different concealers. I do. I really really really do.

I currently have four in rotation, and I managed to justify each one.

MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer in NC35 : I use this for blemishes and marks, and in lieu of wearing full foundation. The wand applicator makes it super-portable. It’s super pigmented and blendable which provides seamless coverage!

Make Up for Ever Ultra HD Self Setting Concealer in 21 : Packaged similar to MAC Studio Fix concealer, I use this concealer in a lighter shade to brighten up under the eyes and diminish the signs of fatigue. I also do a trace down the centre of the nose for a slimmer look! Bonus : this concealer self sets and doesn’t crease – perfect for the the eye area.

Benefit Cosmetics Boing Brightening Concealer in No. 2 : When I plan to wear a bareface, but still want to brighten up a bit – I apply this concealer with my ring finger and gently dab around my eyes. While the product is full coverage, it feels lightweight and like silk on the skin. I’ll also take a bit right under the brow bone to lift the eyes a little!

Cle De Peau Concealer in Ochre : This is my luxury, always with me, make me fabulous concealer. It’s the priciest of the bunch, but for me : it can do anything and everything – so it’s worth it. In a stick format, it’s Thin Fit Layer formula can give me a natural layer on the days i don’t need much … but with the right layering and blending, can perform like a full coverage foundation in a pinch.

So, does anyone else’s concealer wardrobe look like this?

countdown to christmas : last minute finds …

December 24, 2015By stephanie

It scares me to think that if you have landed here today … you may have not yet finished your holiday shopping. Yikes! But … I feels ya. There is always that last minute gift you need to get … for that unexpected guest, that one gift to add to add to the one for your sister (because you felt it needed something extra!), or for your second cousin who was supposed to head to Jamaica for a holiday getaway … but changed her mind … so now she is coming to the family dinner.

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It’s moments like these when your local drugstore becomes your best friend of the moment.

Some of my favourite drugstore finds that make for a well-received gift are :

Maybelline Eyeshadow Palettes : There is a colour set for almost any makeup style – The Nudes, The Blushed Nudes – both less than $20 and super easy to find in the drugstore, so you’ll be in and out in a flash. Plus, the consistency and quality is A+ and rival most other shadow palettes out there in the higher price ranges.

EOS Lip Spheres : Anyone and everyone can use a good lip balm. EOS Lip Spheres are minimalist yet pretty and chic. They come in grown up flavours, and there is even a holiday set of 3 which can be DIY decorated to show off one’s festive spirit.

Benefit  Cosmetics … well, Benefit anything : Available in most Shoppers Drug Marts around the GTA, something from Benefit always does the trick. Perhaps one of their box of powders (Dandelion is always a classic, but Roackateur is quite fun); or maybe a BadGal Mascara and Liner wrapped into a DIY Eye set; or any of their many boxed makeup sets … really, can’t. go. wrong.

So this is it … you’ve got only a few hours left to shop.  Good luck … and may the force be with you!

Happy Holidays!

-s-

the low-down from laura : birchbox

December 23, 2014By DJMC

Monthly sample boxes have been all the rage in the last couple years. Birchbox was actually one of the first I ever heard of through Youtube a couple of years ago, but back then it was not yet available in Canada so I opted for a few other options at the time. This has now all changed!

Birchbox officially launched in Canada and sent out their first round of boxes this December. I was so excited to hear the news that I quickly signed up on a monthly basis for $10 plus $4.95 for shipping & handling. You also have the option to subscribe for the year for $100 + shipping and handling.

For those of you not familiar with sample boxes, what happens is you sign up for the type of subscription you’d like – Birchbox offers monthly (sort of like a pay-as-you-go option) and annual subscriptions. Every month you receive a lovely box with a few beauty samples, making it a great way to try out new and popular products. Products include anything from makeup to skincare, haircare and fragrances. Each box also includes a card that explains each product and lets you know how much each full size item costs.

As I mentioned, I’ve subscribed to other boxes before and overtime became unimpressed as the types of products and quality they were sending was becoming less and less appealing, so when I saw Birchbox I thought to give it a try – so far so good! I received my box about a week ago and loved every sample.

This month I received the following items:

  • Mini Beauty protector protect and detangle spray (full size available for $26.00)
  • Mini Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint (full size available for $36.00)
  • Mini Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Black (full size available for $18.00)
  • Mini Harvey Prince hello Body Cream (full size available for $26.00)
  • Mini Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (full size available for $34.00)

So far I’ve tried the Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner, Vasanti BrightenUp!, and the body cream and I’m loving them all. My mini version of the Brightenup has been used 3 times already and I’ll for sure be purchasing the full size version once I run out. The eyeliner is so creamy, which for me is a must because I like to smudge my liner to create a smokey effect. Finally, the body cream smells delicious and is not greasy! I can’t wait to try out my Lollitint which I’m saving for a Christmas look.

All in all I have to say that so far Birchbox did a great first round of boxes, and I’m looking forward to seeing what next month brings!

what’s in my makeup bag : morgan

March 26, 2014By DJMC

I love to experiment with makeup, but I often save things like glitter eyeshadow, coloured liner and false lashes for weekends and outings. My day-to-day makeup routine has taken many years to perfect (it used to consist of off-colour foundation and racoon eyeliner – it was high school and I was a moody teenager, after all), but I have it down to an efficient system now that pulls together a simple look fit for the office that lasts on even the longest of days.

The products themselves vary, but the staples are the same. I’m constantly experimenting with new products, which I’m sure isn’t recommended for keeping your skin healthy, but depending on my budget and what I’ve been reading on my favourite blogs, I tend to mix it up and try new things.

Let’s start with the base. In my rotation, I’ve always got a primer, concealer, liquid foundation, blush, bronzer, setting powder and/or pressed powder. The magic word for me when it comes to choosing anything face related is matte. I have got a very oily t-zone and I am such an easy sell if you tell me a product will make it stop!

Above, I have the following: Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer and Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, Benefit Erase Paste Concealer (the HG of brightening concealers – perfect for under eyes), my trusty Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Correctors in Normal (my other concealer HG – everything you could ever need to perfect your face is here for redness, undereyes, contouring, etc.) Almay Smart Shade blush in Pink, and Kat Von D Lock It Powder Foundation (which I use to set). Not pictured above (but below) is my Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder. It might look like a lot, but these products create the clean slate for my eye makeup and give my cheeks a little bit of definition.

Once I’ve got that done, I move on to my eyes where I use the following:

Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow Corrector to fill and shape my brows, NYX Studio Liner liquid liner in Black for my signature cat eye, and Benefit They’re Real! Mascara to give my lashes the oomph they need to make my baby blues pop (a product I haven’t strayed from since its launch in 2011). I skip eyeshadow on a daily basis and usually opt for a bold, red lip instead.

Finally, if I’m expecting it to be warm or an especially long day, I finish off with a few spritzes of Urban Decay’s Deslick Setting Spray to keep oil at bay (I take all the help I can get).

If you can believe it, my whole routine takes about 15 minutes tops. I can wake up at 7:30 a.m. and be showered, changed, made up and out the door in half an hour if need be without skipping a single step of what’s shown above.

As far as carrying a makeup bag with me, I typically don’t – except for my bag of lipsticks of course. I might throw in some concealer if I’m hiding a blemish or my setting powder during the summer, but for the most part I opt for products that will last and give me great results.

And there you have it – what’s in my makeup bag! Do you use any of these products on a daily basis?