Beauty & Cosmetics

Fall Beauty: Vampy Lips

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Nothing says Fall like dark, rich lip colours!
We believe the deeper & vampier the colour, the better.

Playing up your lips is an easy way to complete your look.
When you rock super sexy dark lips, keep the eye makeup neutral and let the lips be the main focus.

Tips for rockin’ dark lip colours:

Always line your lips first.
We’re not talking about a big, thick line of lip liner on the outside of your lips – Clown lips are definitely a no-no!
Use a lip liner that matches the colour of your lipstick and lightly create a faint line around the edges of your lips to help define & keep the colour from running.
If you are weary of lip-liners, we highly recommend a clear lip liner called No Bleeding Lips, which helps define your lips and prevents lip colours from bleeding.  (We love the product & will be featuring No Bleeding Lips on the blog soon).

Apply a thin layer of lip balm/moisturizer/primer before applying the lipstick.
Many lipsticks tend to be dry & matte, so applying a bit of lip balm before the lip colour helps hydrate your lips & prevents your lip colour from cracking.

Use a highlighter to contour your lips’ cupid’s bow.
Your cupid’s bow is the middle curve of the upper lip.
If you apply a light shimmery highlighter just above the cupid’s bow of your lips, it helps to make lips look more defined & full.
(Use Benefit’s Watt’s Up!, or any nude shimmery eyeshadow pencils/eyeshadows).

A tip for women with thinner lips:
if you have thin lips, dark lip colours will accentuate that and make thin lips look even slimmer. We recommend wearing dark reds, instead of intense browns and purples.

Here are two of our favorite lip colours this Fall.. (so far!)

1. Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in F-Bomb.
Rich and creamy lipstick with insane amounts of high-gloss shine – all captured in one chubby pencil.

Urban Decay’s Super-Saturated High Gloss Color’s are the ultimate – you get the best of a lipstick, gloss & stain all in one!
Easy to apply, this lip colour is long lasting, shiny, creamy & highly pigmented.

How great are the names of the colours in the Super-Saturated line as well?!
(F-Bomb, Naked, Adrenaline, Big Bang, Crush) Pretty funny!

We definitely recommend this Urban Decay Lip Color.

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2. Guerlain Rouge Automatique in 170 Nuit d’Amour.

A gorgeous berry, purple colour.
We love Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique lip colours and have a few different colours.
They are amazing quality, very hydrating & long lasting.
A bit on the pricier side, but we believe its well worth it!

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Laura & Natasha XO

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Beauty & Cosmetics

Laura Loves: POREfessional by Benefit

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POREfessional
by BENEFIT

Being a Makeup Artist and working in the cosmetic industry I get to try a lot of products.  (It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it!)  I also get asked all of the time for my opinion. When my clients ask for my opinion on products, I am always honest. Regardless if a company has given me their products to try or if I have purchased them it does not persuade my opinion. I will never represent a product I do not believe in.  All of our product reviews will be our opinion and our opinion only. Good or bad.

Sometimes I come across a gem of a product and I want to share it with everyone! Like this little miracle in a tube! It has made it on my ‘must have‘ list… and I like to keep that list short as possible. The less steps every morning the better!  I’m sure all you ladies agree!

This balm is used to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. The silky light weight, oil free formula can be used under foundation or on top. It also contains vitamin E which helps fight free radicals. So it not only helps the look of your skin, it’s also a prevention for anti aging. Perfect! 

Although it’s listed as a ‘primer’, I have found that wearing it on top of my foundation works best for me. All over my nose and a little on the outer corner of my eyes (where the wrinkles laugh lines are) and just a touch on my forehead.  I use a different primer for all over which I will post another time.

You only need a small amount and pat it on lightly rather then rubbing it on. Think of it as a filler, of sorts. Smoothing your skin and prepping it for foundation. Or in my case as a finishing touch over my foundation.

Seriously in love with this product and recommend it 100%!

Laura xo

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Fall 2013 Nail Polish Picks

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With Fall comes all of the gorgeous, dark, & rich nail colours. (as if we needed another reason to adore Fall!)

Though, I’m not a big believer in ‘beauty trends’, or ‘what’s hot‘ at the moment in Fashion & Beauty. I believe you can wear whatever the hell you wanna wear, whenever the hell you wanna wear it. Just because its Fall, doesn’t mean you must only wear dark colours. Go ahead and wear some bright colours – yellow, greens, oranges, & blues! I like to wear bright colours during the Fall because it stands out against the sea of red & burgundys that are so typical during the Fall. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a good dark red. All I’m saying is – instead of trying to fit in with whats ‘cool & hot’ at the moment, I believe its better to just be yourself. There are no rules when it comes to beauty & life. Everything is beautiful.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite nail colours that I’ve been wearing lately..

1) Revlon by Marchesa 3D Nail Art in Royal Burgundy.

I haven’t tried out these nail strips yet, but I’m so anxious to try them! I normally don’t bother with nail strips because they are pretty time-consuming, and I’m not very good at painting my own nails but for these strips, I will make an exception! They have the most gorgeous, intricate designs on them in a bright gold colour. They are from Revlon’s Limited Edition Marchesa Nail Art Collection, and the nail strips were all designed and inspired from couture Marchesa gowns. I will post a photo when I get around to using them. 🙂

2) Essie – Shake Your $$ Maker (from the Neon 2013 Collection)

Perfect green shade for Fall. The only downside is that the polish is quite thin/sheer, so you have to apply quite a few coats.

3) Ceramic Glaze – Exclusive Invite (from the Into The Night Holographic Collection)

This Ceramic Glaze polish is gorgeous. I like it because it’s a unique colour – it can look grey, purple, or brown depending on the lighting & its got a great metallic shimmer to it.

4) Chanel in Black Pearl

Chanel polishes are definitely great quality. I love their polishes, and this colour doesn’t disappoint.

5) Bourjois Paris – Purple Fiction 

Currently wearing this colour! It’s a beautiful matte deep, dark purple.

6) Essie – Nothing Else Metals 

Nothing Else Metals is a flashy, lavender metallic polish. I like that this polish is quite bright, and looks silver or purple depending on the lighting.

I decided to get a lil cray-cray & attempted to do some Halloween nail art when I painted my nails earlier..

 note: this was the first time i have ever attempted doing any kind of design on my nails and only had a toothpick to work with. I am definitely no nail-pro. It’s so much harder than it looks!

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I used Purple Fiction by Bourjois Paris, and Orange Creamsicle & Sweet Mint by Avon.

Natasha xo

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