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Happy Canada Day!  I may be a little biased, but I have to say I’m so happy to live in one of the best countries in the world.   Wicked winters aside, this place is amazing and has been very good to me.  Since today is Canada’s birthday I decided to round up some of my favourite red and white beauty products to help you get in the spirit and show your Canadian pride!

  • Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50: Granted, it’s not exactly red and white but chances are you’re going to be spending some time outside celebrating all things Canada today.  What does this mean?  You’re going to need some serious sun protection for your pretty little face.  This high SPF lotion can be applied right on the face or mixed in with your foundation to make sure you don’t burn.
  • Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow in Coffee to Glow: I’m not exactly a fan of red shadows, so I’m all about rocking some silvery/white shades on the lids.  This shadow is silver, sparkly, and oh so pretty.
  • L’Oreal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche in Ruby Opera:  This gloss is unbelievably pigmented and this deep red shade is absolutely perfect for adding a little more Canada into your look.
  • Annabelle Twistup in Monroe: Another perfect red shade, this colour comes in a lipstick crayon form for big colour and a long-lasting look that will survive patio drinks.
  • Demeter Fragrance Library Redhead In Bed: Again, not a shade buy hey, it has red in the name right?  This is a perfect fun and summery scent that is playful enough to wear for a day on the patio or at the beach.
  • CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencils in Crystal Flame and Ginger Flame: Continuing with the anti-red shadow theme, these flamed out pencils in pink and white shades make it easy to create a fun look.  They glide on the lids smoothly and stay put!
  • Julep Nail Color in Myriam:  Of course I couldn’t have a post on Canada Day beauty without including some shade appropriate polishes.  This Julep shade is a bold, bright red, and is the perfect partner for the next polish on my list.
  • OPI Nail Lacquer in Angel With A Leadfoot: Throw on some white polish to go along with the red and you can create a fantastic Canada Day Mani.  Try creating an accent nail using the opposite shade and don’t forget to have a little fun with it!  Need a little mani inspiration?  Take a look at the Canada Day nails I created last year!

What do you think of these products?  What are your favourite red and white items?

Also, check out my friend Jenelle’s easy Canada Day Shorts DIY to add a little red and white into your style!

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While I may not necessarily agree with Sochi being the host of the 2014 winter Olympics, I’m still bursting to the brim with Canadian pride and will be cheering on all of our athletes as the compete on the world stage.  Since today marks the official opening of this year’s games (what did you think of the opening ceremonies?), I decided to show off my Canadian side a little with some Canada nails.

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I decided to go with three colours from Nicole by OPI that were so perfect for the look I wanted to create: Nicole by OPI Yoga-then-Yogurt (new for 2014), Nicole by OPI American as Apple Pie (from the Carrie Underwood collection) and Nicole by OPI Carrie’d Away (also from the Carrie Underwood collection).  I decided to go with a saran wrap mani for this look. Take a look at the steps below!  Side note: I swear, the mani doesn’t look this pink in real life!

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Saran Wrap Nails Tutorial:

1. Start off with 1-2 coats of your base.  Allow to dry completely before moving on to the next step, or it will get pulled up.

2.  Paint a coat of your second shade on the nails.  I did this and the next step one nail at a time to make it easier.

3. While the second shade is still wet, dab at it with a balled up piece of saran wrap to give it an almost marbled look.  Allow to dry complete.

4. Of course, no Olympic mani is complete without a little gold, so I painted a line of Carrie’d Away down the middle of my index finger for a “winning” accent.

5.  Seal it off with top coat for tons of shine and you’re good to go!  I used Nicole by OPI Quick Dry Top Coat.

One little thing I’d like to note – this mani can get a little messy on the cuticles around the nail.  Keep Q-tips and nail polish remover handy to clean up any rogue nail polish.

Will you be watching the Olympics?

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