Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Top 5 Pencil Eyeliners

I don't know about you, but after a couple of hours most eyeliners make me look like a hot mess. Some are cool like that and have rock star fantasies, others may want a less smudged look.  So I have compiled my top five pencil eyeliners that don't give me raccoon eyes.

Bourjois Contour Clubbing- straight up pencil eyeliner, requires a sharpener. Smooth and lasts all day. Limited amount of colours. Waterproof.
Found: Shoppers Drug Mart $17 Cdn

L'Oreal Infallible- glides on smoothly and allows time to smudge and blend. Then stays put. It is a twist pencil, so no sharpener required. Limited colour selection.
Found: Most drug stores. Price varies

MAC Powerpoint - smooth application and great blending ability. Great colour selection. Expensive.
Found: MAC store $18 Cdn

Gosh Let's Twist- less smooth, but blends well. The urban myth is that Gosh eyeliners were tested on synchronized swimmers. All I know is this baby doesn't budge. Loads of colours. Great price.
Found: Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale $13 Cdn

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes- gorgeous texture, no pulling. Blends beautifully and a plethora of colours. The most expensive.
Found: Sephora $20 Cdn

Let me know about other eyeliners that are mobile challenged. Thanks for reading.
xo Megs

Monday, December 10, 2012

Winter Skin

The snow and the temperatures are starting to fall and inevitably our skin will take the hit. Winter skin, you know that tight, dehydrated feeling where our skin feels like it is going to crack, isn't pretty. The first thing we want is to slather the richest and most emollient product on our chapped skin. We also want to prevent it from getting to that point. It is confusing out there as some ingredients are good, whilst others impede the skin . For example, any product with phenol, petroleum, and lanolin prevent the lip from naturally producing oils. Additionally, there is a line with exfoliating- too little, you will have patches of dry skin, too much and your skin will over produce oil and skin will be irritated. Furthermore, lips need exfoliation, but no need to use overpriced products, just gently use a soft toothbrush or a wash cloth with warm water.

Here are some recommendations:

  • Avene Skin Recovery- soothes and protects, comes in rich and original- Most Pharmacies
  • Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum-Most Pharmacies
  • Avene Soothing Hydrating Mask- Most Pharmacies
  • Vichy Nutrilogie 1 and Nutrilogie 2- for dry and very dry skin- Most Pharmacies
  • La Roche Posay Toleriane- comes in Rich for dry skin and original for normal skin, soothes and protects- Most Pharmacies
  • La Roche Posay Lipikar - Baume AP, Surgras, Syndet, Body Milk- the entire range is fabulous for dry skin- Most Pharmacies
  • RoC Enydrial lip balm- Most Pharmacies
  • Korres Yogurt cream- for dehydrated oily skin- Sephora
  • Clarins Hydrating Serum - The Bay, Murale, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora
Cleansers  Avoid foaming cleansers and sodium laureth sulfate (detergent). Water can also dry out our skin.
  • Bioderma Sensibio (Crealine) Micellaire cleanser-  Rexal, Shoppers Drug Mart,
  • Korres 3-in-1 Milk- Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Avene Gentle Cleansing Milk- Most Pharmacies

Not only does winter dictate our cleansing and moisturising routine, but it also effects the kind of makeup we wear. Our skin has a tendency to lack radiance, so wearing a foundation with that added gleam will wake it up. Furthermore, a rosy bloom or that scary bright pink will add life to your pallor. Honestly, I am not one who likes powder as it accentuates any dryness, so using cream blushes are fabulous.

  • Lancome Teint Miracle- Holt Renfrew, Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale, The Bay, Sephora
  • Clarins Super Restorative- The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix- Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Chanel Vitalumiere- Murale, The Bay, Holt Renfrew
  • L'Oreal Magic Lumi- Most Pharmacies, Walmart

  • MAC - Pink Swoon (powder)- MAC counters
  • Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge - Pale Pink, Pink Truffle, Chocolate Cherry- Murale, Holt Renfrew
  • Stila Convertible Colour- Rose, Fuchsia- Murale, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Shiseido - PK304 (powder) - The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale
  • Revlon- Berry- Most Pharmacies, Walmart
  • Nars- Cactus Flower - The Bay, Murale
If you have any other suggestions, please leave a comment below. Hopefully, this winter our skin won't feel the -20 ....brrrrrr

Take care,
xo Megs

Christmas Looks

This is the time of year where red lips and sparkle/glitter are the standards. Personally, I like to venture into metallics and jewel tones. Metallics are everywhere, especially with the Baroque trend - bring it on. Love me some rococo.

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Easy way to wear metallics are through cream shadows. Depending on your skin and eye colour, silvers, coppers, golds and bronzes are gorgeous options for the holiday season.

  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo- Bold Gold, Bad to the Bronze, Audacious Asphalt
  • Bobbi Brown cream shadows- New Copper, Beach Bronze, Galaxy, Platinum

Instead of wearing red on the lip, why not try reds on the eye. Red tones in the form of burgundy, wine and cranberry are beautiful and wearable, especially if you have hazel or green eyes. Just remember to ground it with browns or blacks.

  • MAC Cranberry
  • Nars Grenadine
  • Make Up Forever Burgundy 141
  • NYX Burgundy Pearl
  • L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow Glistening Garnet

Other jewel tones like rich blues, emeralds and purples are options that everyone can carry off.  
  • L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow- Night Blue, Purple Chrome
  • MAC- Freshwater, Deep Truth, Humid, Club
  • Urban Decay- Ransom, Graffiti

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Have a wonderful Christmas and remember to have fun with your makeup.
xo Megs