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With the Oscars tonight, there’s never been a better time to talk red carpet beauty. Whether you’re planning on walking the red carpet, hitting up an Oscars party or just getting glam for a night out, here are a few tips that will help take your look to celeb heights.

 

Get red carpet ready with these tips:

 

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When you’re going to be in the spotlight or in front of the cameras, you don’t want to have to worry about fixing your lipstick. Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss adds sheen, a ton of colour, and has great staying power so you don’t have to worry about touch ups throughout the night. A red lip is a classic that never goes out of style!

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Fact: If you’ve got a hot Valentine’s Day date, you’re going to want to look your best. I’ve pulled together a few essentials that you’re going to want to have on hand when getting ready to meet that special someone this February 14th! *You may notice that there are no lip products listed here and think I’m crazy – No, I promise, I’m not crazy. They’re just going to take up an entire post on their own, coming soon!

  1. Mary Kay Sheer Dimensions Powder ($36.00) – A glowing complexion is a must when it come’s to Valentine’s Day beauty. Not only will this highlighter leave your skin with a luminous look, it also comes in a pretty package.
  2. Kiss Blooming Lash ($4.97) – Through a set of these on and get ready to bat your lashes! These flower inspired falsies come in a unique, multi-layer format, meaning that they look more natural but still add on fullness to make your eyes the stars of the show.
  3. Mistura Smoke & Mirrors Eyeshadow Palette ($39.49) – A smoky eye is a snap with this Vitamin A & E-enriched palette. Featuring a quad of charcoal-hued shadows, it’s easy to define your eyes and go subtle or full-on glam for a little V-Day drama that will get your partner’s heart racing.
  4. Avon Ultra Sexy Heart Eau de Toilette Spray ($26.00) -I don’t think it get more Valentine’s Day appropriate than this EDT. Notes of Maraschino cherries, red rose petals and chocolate marshmallow essentially capture the romantic occasion in a bottle, while the romantic packaging will look great on your vanity.
  5. Tweezerman ProCurl Lash Curler ($31.00 at Murale) – Pre-falsie application (or if you don’t want to risk losing a set if things get a little hot and heavy, this lash curler (in diff is definitely a necessity. Give your lashes a boost with beautiful curl and get ready to send some suggestive winks your date’s way.

What are your Valentine’s Day beauty picks?

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For me, spring is the perfect time to change up your look.  It’s all about starting fresh and new, and I thought that now would be great to share some of my favourite new products and shades for the season. Lipstick is one of the beauty products that I love the most – there are so many amazing shades, textures and finished to play around with, and this is exactly where I wanted to start.  Take a look at some of the newer lipsticks that I’m loving and let me know what your favourites are in the comments below!

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tarte Amazonian butter lipstick in park ave princess & ethereal pink ($20 CAD): tarte already has a huge following for their Amazonian Clay powders and blushes for a reason.  These sustainable lipsticks pump your lips with moisture and soften while a dash of creamy colour gives lips a little glow.  This nude has a bit of a warm tone to it, meaning your lips look great and not ghastly.

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Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Shame & Sheer Liar ($26.00 CAD): These sheer, creamy lipsticks are perfect for spring.  While they are a lot more sheer than the original Revolution Lipsticks, they still give off nice colour and have a ton of shine, leaving an almost glossy look.  They don’t have the longest staying power (I need to reapply every couple of hours), and function great as more of a tinted balm.

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Mary Kay True Dimensions Sheer Lipstick in Arctic Apricot & Posh Pink ($19.00 CAD): Another sheer lipstick for the spring, these lipsticks from Mary Kay are much lighter in pigment but have a fun bit of micro shimmer for a beautiful playful look.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang & Miss Scarlet, Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Lipstick in Strange Magic ($38.00 CAD): Let’s start with the Le Marc lipsticks.  These are a dream come true for red lipstick lovers.  The colour is bold & amazing, long lasting and the formula is creamy and smooth.  The New Nudes, on the other hand, have a gel-like feel to them and are just so smoooooooth.  Strange Magic isn’t necessarily my favourite shade (it’s a bit light for me), but there are definitely some other notable shades (ie. Eat Cake & Understudy).

What lipsticks are you loving this season?

 

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What do you get for the man who has given you everything?  Whether it’s your dad, step-dad, hubby or another father figure, June 16th is the day you get to show them how truly special they are.  If you’re looking to get him a little something special, I have a few gift ideas that he’s sure to love.

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Give him the gift of scent: Hey, we all like to smell good, and guys are no exception.  Treat him to a cologne that will leave him feeling special.  My picks:

– Fan di Fendi Pour Homme Acqua ($69/50 ml, $88/100 ml): The newest evolvement of Fan di Fendi, this fragrance is fresh and aromatic with citrus notes.  It combines manliness and aromatic freshness for a scent that is both elegant and racy.

– Givenchy Gentlemen Only ($67/50 ml, $88/100 ml):  I think the name of this speaks for itself.  Elegant, woody and a little spicy, this fragrance is charming and for a man of taste.

– Mary Kay Men’s Fragrance Travel Collection ($36):  Unsure of what he will like?  This collection contains .33 oz samples of 5 of Mary Kay’s fragrances for men.  Easy to transport and the perfect size for him to try a little bit of everything, this pretty much covers all your bases.

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Give him the gift of great skin: All guys want to have great skin – sometimes they just need a little push.  Give him some skincare basics, like the Mary Kay Men Advanced Facial Hydrator w/ SPF 30 ($22) and the Mary Kay Men Advanced Eye Cream ($26) which are manly enough for him to keep on the bathroom counter.

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Give him the gift of pampering: Let him take care of himself with some luxury bath, body and skincare products that will make him feel like the king of the world (Sorry Leo).  These gift sets from L’Occitane contain the perfect products to let him relax a little.  Pictured above clockwise from top left: Sophisticated L’Occitane Set ($72, $102 value), Classic Cade Set ($65, $87 value), Adventurous Verdon Set ($65, $82 value), Pebble Soaps ($32, $36 value).

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Give him the gift of the perfect shave: Shaving – it’s something he’s used to doing regularly by now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn it into something special.  This Shave Set from Dot and Lil ($45 – comes in Mint and Unscented versions) is perfect for giving him the ultimate shaving experience, with a pot of shave soap and a badger brush.  I know this is something my dad would love to receive as it’s something he’s always talked about!

Of course, gifts aren’t the only way to say thank you on Father’s Day, but they’re always a nice little token to show him you care.  What are you doing for your dad this June 16th?

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Here’s another Halloween look I’ve put together for you – the light fairy.  Light colours – pinks, purples and greens – were perfect for this, and a little glitter didn’t help (You may not be able to see it too well, but I have a glitter top coat over my regular mascara!).  Take  a look:

Halloween Look: Light Fairy Makeup

Halloween Look: Light Fairy Makeup

Halloween Look: Light Fairy Makeup

Halloween Look: Light Fairy Makeup

Products used:

– L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadow in Hourglass Beige

– Marcelle Eye Dust in Lux

– Mark I-Mark Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Lotus

– Essence Eyeshadow in Hyped Up

– Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Lime

– Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara

– Layla Mascara in Glitter – Gold

– Mary Kay Nourishine Plus in Inspiring

– Bourjois Golden Shimmer Mist

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