a pop of colour: purple haze …

January 21, 2013By stephanie

Purples – it’s a makeup artist favourite. Universally flattering on most skin tones, purples aren’t as dark and heavy as your blacks or greys, but aren’t as soft and see through as your pastels and neutrals. A good purple can be your best friend.

Try incorporating a shade of grape into your look whether for the eyes or lips. It’s really easy to do. Trust me! Our picks:

Stila Colour Balm in Gemma, $25. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale.

Laura Mercier Kohl Eyeliner in Purple Sapphire, $25. Available at select Sephora and Holt Renfrew

Christian Dior by Dior Lipstick in Mysterious Mauve, $32. Available at select Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora.

L’oreal Colour Riche in Hollywood Icon, $11.99. Available at Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal-Mart.

COVERGIRL Liquiline Blast in Violet Voltage, $9. Available at Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal-Mart.

MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadows in Vibrant Grape, Beautiful Iris or Nocturnelle, $14.50. Available at The Bay and all freestanding MAC stores.

hello monday, I might learn to love you …

January 14, 2013By stephanie

Mondays do not have to be manic. I repeat they DO NOT have to be manic. A good start on a fresh Monday can mean an easier week all around. Perhaps picking up a few of these items can help?

L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stains, $12.99 CDN: Try Eternally Nude, Pink Resistance or Lilac Ever After …

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, $29 CDN: Try Fresh Melon or Powder Pink …

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Glosses, $8.99 CDN: Try Mint Mojito, Grapevine, or Forever Frosted …

Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner, $22 CDN: Try Peacock (our fave) or Indigo Ink …

Stella+dot Gilded Arrow Bangle, $42 CDN: Try this piece or the Eden Bangle, perfect for stacking with all your other candy …

Eccolo Birds on a Wire Journal, $14 CDN: A beautiful blue or if green is more your thing, check out their Bird on a Branch journal …

beauty on duty: Denise Wild, The Sewing Studio

January 10, 2013By stephanie

“I LOVE makeup!!! I love reading about new products and looking at new products and buying new products and testing new products. That being said, I own WAY more makeup than I actually wear. To be honest, as a former beauty editor, I can write how to apply makeup much better than I can actually do it. So, I keep things simple.

I’m pretty boring when it comes to my daily cosmetic routine because I do my makeup the exact same way every day, and I use only three products: Eyebrow pencil, mascara, and blush. That’s it. I try to look as fresh and natural as possible, so I like to keep things to a minimum. With much trial and error (including mass, prestige, and even cult brands), I finally found the perfect pencil for my eyebrows. And it’s under $2 at Walgreens! Wet n Wild Kohl Brow – Eyeliner in Mink Brown is the perfect shade for me, and I’ve got three of them in stock just in case they stop making it. On my cheeks I’m currently using Bobbi Brown Blush in Clay (sounds muddy, but it’s a nice, bright pink), and I’m obsessed with finishing the entire pot before moving on to another product. Mascara I’m quite picky about. It has to go on easily, and it has to wash off completely with no effort when I wash my face at night. If it doesn’t, I toss it, and I move on to the next tube. Right now I’m using CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara in Black, and it fits the bill.

I’m trying to play more with makeup these days and actually use all of the products I own. So for special occasions and nights out, I’m experimenting with eyeshadow and liner. (The one thing I pretty much steer clear of is lip colour — there’s something about it that I think often ages people.) And I’m starting to watch YouTube makeup tutorials, which are quite inspiring, but a little overwhelming. When I do TV or video, I slather on a thick base (M.A.C Select SPF 15 Foundation in NC25 and M.A.C Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder in Medium), darken everything up, and play around with my eyes.”

– straight from Denise’s mouth …

To learn more about Denise’s Beauty OFF Duty, click here

Former magazine editor Denise Wild, a sewing star since the age of 13, started teaching sewing classes in her Toronto apartment in 2004 while she was working at FLARE, Canada’s top fashion publication. Those classes evolved into The Sewing Studio, now North America’s leading sewing school with locations in Toronto and New York City. In January of 2010, Denise merged her love of sewing with her passion for magazines by creating LoveSewing.com, the top online sewing destination and the only sewing portal to focus on fashion and style. Denise has worked as an editor for top national publications including FLARE, House & Home, Faze, and ANOKHI, and has written for Hello!, Elle, HGTV, W Network, Glow, Elevate, Chatelaine, and Slice. Denise has regular television appearances that include The Shopping Channel, Steven and Chris, Inside the Box with Ty Pennington, Breakfast Television, CityLine, Daytime, NBC Mobile News, and Fairchild Television. For more information on Denise, visit www.denisewild.com.

trending: new from COVERGIRL

December 18, 2012By stephanie

When the new year hits, everything seems to slow down for a bit. Even though we are gung ho to stay on top of new routines, resolutions and regimens … we also just kind of … take a step back.

We scale back our eating habits (to make up for the weeks of bad eating during the holidays); we simplify our social calendar (to take a break from the night after night of holiday parties and meetups) and most importantly, we scale back on the shopping (this doesn’t need an explanation as to why we do this … just wait for your credit card statement to arrive …)

But a new year also means a new you. And for a beautythusiast sometimes that means a little pick me up or change to our wardrobe, hair, or makeup.

Luckily, we can still make such changes and go easy on the wallet. YAY!

COVERGIRL has some innovative and totally on trend products arriving nationwide  January 2013 so that you can start the new year off right. I’ve been playing, and testing, and loving! And with none of the new products being over $20.00 – how can you NOT love?


This is the first product I ripped into.  I love concealers in stick form for their portability factor and this is no different.  While it is lighter than most concealers (it IS a balm), it’s quite smooth and hydrating. Upon touch-ups, I didn’t feel any drag and it didn’t look cakey on top of what was already there. It’s best for under the eyes and slight redness.

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss

When I was invited to peruse the not yet available products back in November 2012, the colours of the polishes caught my eye immediately … I immediately brushed each available colour on one fingernail each also. No base coat. No topcoat. Just one layer each of the colour. And it stayed on my nails forever. I am pretty rough on my hands, so chipping is inevitable with me no matter what the brand or polish – but let me tell you – my blogger friends and colleagues were laughing weeks later when there was STILL polish sticking around. Watch out for Go Go Mango …

COVERGIRL CGSmoothers BB Cream

Okay, I know – plenty have already moved on to trying to get their hands on a CC cream, but lets pay some homage to the original – BB. There are plenty on the market right now from department to drugstore and pricing can range from as little as $10 to as much as $60. I know plenty of ladies who like to have full coverage from their BB all why reaping the benefits it can provide: hydration; correcting skintone, brightening, etc. I find this BB cream blends very easily into the skin, looks dewy and natural, and most importantly is sheer in coverage.  This is a great choice for those who want to perfect their skin using a BB cream but don’t want super heavy coverage. I am partial to tinted moisturizer coverage over foundation, and this is a BB cream I can get on board with. :)

Alright –  these are just a few of the new products I have put through my own personal test lab (a.k.a played with as I sat in front of my vanity wondering what makeup look to do for the day). There are a few more to look foward to including the Jumbo Gloss Balm, the new Clump Crusher Mascara and their 3-in-1 Foundation – which I plan to get to soon. Until then, you can add the top three to your new year new you shopping list …