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Look Beauty| Intensive Lip Care Gel Patch

My loves,

Since winter has decided to creep up on us again here in Toronto, which then of course makes my skin suffer! Especially my poor lips, they are so dry! While in Shoppers Drug Mart (I keep finding the best products in Shoppers lately) I came across these beauty treatments from Look Beauty, for you face, for your hands, for your feet and of course for your lips! So I of course snatched up the lip treatment, because my lips are in dire need of some tender love and care!

IMG_5863“Enriched with Shea Butter, Cranberry Extract, Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E, Intensive Lip Care Gel Patch intensely hydrates and soothes dry, cracked, chapped lips, while long-lasting moisture makes your lips soft, supple, smooth and kissable. Especially made with a unique lip-shaped patch, this advanced hydrogel formula is the most effective and convenient way to protect lips and sensitive lip areas. Perfect for dry, cold or windy days.”

$9.99

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart

DIRECTIONS: 1) Thoroughly clean and dry your face.
2) Open the packet and remove the patch from plastic liner.
3) Apply the patch to lip areas with shiny side facing your lip.
4) Wear the patch for 15-20 minutes and remove slowly from the edges. Gently massage remaining essence into the skin.

IMG_5878(Admit I look adorable)

Okay so I’m not going to lie but wearing a gel patch over your lips for 15-20 minutes proves to be quite difficult. Especially if you are someone like me who a) loves to snack or b) can’t seem to shut up. However, there is a distinct possibility that I found the need to talk and eat far more than usual once I put the lip treatment on, I swear I’m like a 5-year-old. However, this treatment is the bomb because my lips have never felt or looked so good in such a short period of time. It’s a magical little gel patch I tell you. I’m definitely going to have to grab me some more of those!

Have you tried Look Beauty’s Intensive Lip Treatment?

Laurelle, xo

Annabelle| Lipsies

My loves,

I was in Shoppers Drug Mart the other day picking up a few things when I stumbled across Annabelle’s Lipsies collection. I almost walked right by but something caught my eye. They were so colourful and cutesy. Now as you all know I am such a makeup snob so I usually steer clear of such products, but I knew I just had to have one. I decided to go for a more subtle sheer shade and grabbed the Coco-Vanilla flavor (obviously), if any of you know me you know Vanilla is my favorite scent!

IMG_5734“GET LIPLICIOUS with this tinted retractable lip balm! The ultimate treat for your lips!

$4.95

One swipe adds the perfect hint of shiny colour for lips that feel soft, smooth and moisturized.

  • 12 cool aromas.
  • Hydrating non-sticky glossy balm.
  • Sheer colour.
  • Easy-to-use retractable crayon format.
  • Funky and fun design.
  • No sharpener needed.

 Well, I am sincerely happy I snatched this little lippie because I love it. It keeps my lips feeling soft and moisturized and it smells sensational. If you love vanilla scents as much as I do you will definitely enjoy this tastefully sweet scent. This particular lipsie doesn’t provide much colour for the lips but it does leave the lips looking luscious and shiny. It’s the perfect lip balm for every day use when you are looking for moisture but not too much colour.

Have you tried Annabelle’s Lipsie’s?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Give Me A Museum and I’ll Fill It

My loves,

As most of you might already know before I became a Makeup Artist and Esthetician I was first an artist and I guess you could say I still am an artist. When applying to Universities in my last year of high school I actually had been applying for Art first and for most. I really thought I’d end up at an Art school painting and drawing. But sometimes life has a different plan for us, which is how I somehow ended up in the beauty industry. I’m lucky though because I still get to carry out my passion for art every single day through makeup and nails, its just a different canvas. And this particular nail design reminds of my painting days.

IMG_2928 IMG_2932_2 IMG_2935 IMG_2938One of the reasons why I love doing nails so much is having the opportunity to create and try endless designs. I get to paint art on my clients nails on a day-to-day basis, which is pretty freaking cool. This is definitely one of my favorite nail designs, it’s abstract and overall really funky.

Laurelle, xo

Make Up For Ever| Step 1 Skin Equalizer

My loves,

Make Up For Ever has some awesome products available this Spring. One of them being the next generation of primers, Step 1 Skin Equalizer. Create flawless skin in a flash with 10 specially designed primers that target and perfect all skin types, tones and textures. These unique formulas balance the full spectrum of skin concerns to create the perfect canvas. As a professional makeup artist, primer for a makeup application is key. It helps ensure that the makeup is going to last all day. Most brides on their wedding day what to have glowing radiant skin which is why I opted to try the Radiant Primer. Make Up For Ever was kind enough to send me one to try!

“Like painters, who need a perfectly smooth, even-colored, and flawless canvas, makeup artists require even-toned and smooth skin for an optimal and professional makeup result.”—Dany Sanz, MAKE UP FOR EVER Founder and Creative Director

IMG_6014“Prep skin for your makeup routine with Step 1 Skin Equalizers, and address your skin concerns with this innovative makeup primer. Perfect for balancing skin and achieving an ideal makeup result, it’s lightweight and creamy, leaving a more evenly-toned appearance, and increases foundation’s hold. This primer for all skin tones leaves makeup looking fresh for hours while it hydrates, firms, and smooths the look of the skin.”

This specific primer is really good for anyone with a light skin tone with any yellow under tones. It will brighten your face up instantly. It also provides a good amount of moisture and hydration to the skin which is a major plus! It’s fantastic. I’ve heard great things about the other primers in this collection as well, I particularly want to get my hands on the Hydration one! I find most people suffer from dehydration and dryness in their skin, and having a product to reverse this when applying make up can be a life saver!

How it works:
Mixing and matching equals skin perfection. Divided into two skin-equalizing categories, Texture and Tone, five of the Step 1 Skin Equalizers are designed to address texture-related issues, such as oil/shine, large pores and fine lines, dryness and redness, while the other five primers, known as the Radiance range, boost radiance in specific skin tones.

If you have any concerns pertaining to your skin, whether it be the skin tone or texture these primers will change your life. Having a good primer that meets your skins needs can change your over all look when applying your makeup on a day-to-day basis. I highly recommend this collection of primers for everyone, one of these primers should help you in some way!

$42 (30ml)

Available: Sephora, Sephora.com, Make Up For Ever Boutiques

Laurelle, xo

Love’s A Game, Want To Play?

My loves,

What would I ever do without makeup? It’s such a wonderful pick me up. You can be feeling horrible about yourself and you put a little makeup on and you are good to go. It makes you feel better instantly. Now on a day-to-day basis I really don’t wear that much makeup, but for special occasions or an evening out I like to up my game a little.

“I think women should wear whatever makeup they want for themselves. Makeup should be fun.”     –Emma Stone

You heard the woman; makeup should be fun and whatever you want it to be. People get caught up on trends and what trends they should be following. But not all trends work for everyone, so use the makeup that makes you feel beautiful and comfortable. Because after all you have to feel good about yourself to have confidence. Own it.

IMG_5961 IMG_5956IMG_5981This is one of my favorite makeup looks to wear. It enhances my features just enough that it’s a little more bold but still has a natural feel to it. I love natural looking makeup, it’s my absolute favorite and it’s how I feel most comfortable and confident. I always stick with matte eye shadows because no matter how much I try to love shimmer I cannot stand any glitter or shimmer in my eye shadow. I like a plain and simple with a little kick to it.

Products Used: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Cover FX Cream Foundation, Smashbox Brow Tech Dark Brown, Make Up For Ever HD Powder, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, NARS Blush Deep Throat, Urban Decay Naked2 Basics, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner Trooper, Cover Girl Mascara, Annabelle Black Khol Liner, Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Liner Medium Natural Beige 3C, Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Lip Gloss Shimmering Beige D16

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| The Earth Laughs in Flowers

My loves,

The sun is shining, the birds are the singing and dare I say I saw a butterfly? That can only mean one thing my dear friends, Spring is finally here! And I can only hope that it is here to stay! I love Spring!! It means winter is finally over and the heavy coats can be put away. And what better way to celebrate spring than with flowers? My absolute favorite; floral nails.

IMG_2090IMG_2092IMG_2095IMG_2097I don’t need to tell any of you how much I love floral on pretty much anything. I’m basically an 80-year-old woman at heart. Anything floral and I own it and love it! And I especially love floral nail art. And it’s perfect for Spring! I don’t know if any of you have noticed but there is floral everywhere in the stores! Bring it on Spring, I’m ready!

Happy Monday!

Laurelle, xo

MAC| ‘Twig’ Lipstick

My loves,

So as I think many people do in this world, I have a slight addiction to Pinterest and by ‘slight’ I mean a full-blown addiction. I literally go on it whenever I have a free moment. Now you might say I am wasting my time by doing so. However, I disagree, because I find most of my nail art inspiration from Pinterest and I also find wonderful makeup products that I know I must try. Through my Pinterest exploring I came across a picture of lips with a sensational colour claiming to be MAC’s lipstick in ‘Twig’. Now I saved it in my phone so I would not forget the colour and it took me ages to finally get my hands on it, and my only excuse; laziness. But my wonderful beauty guru’s I finally have it to share with you! And it’s a true gem.

IMG_5721“Colour plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made M·A·C famous.”

MAC Twig  $19.00

From the moment I laid eyes on this colour I knew it was a must have. It’s one of those wonderful shades of pink that goes with everything. It’s the perfect every day lipstick colour and it even works well for a night out on the town because you don’t have to worry about fading and touch ups. Twig is described as a soft-muted brownish pink, which I think is pretty on point. It’s a gorgeous colour, that brings out the natural colour of your lips. It’s creamy formula makes it extremely comfortable to wear (does not leave the lips feeling dry), has a beautiful satin finish and it smells great! No need for a lip liner, but it does look great with that little extra kick!

IMG_5792I highly recommend this lip colour for anyone obsessed with lip products. It’s a must have for any gal obsessed with neutral toned pinks. And oh those beautiful dusty rose tones, I do love them.

What are you wearing on your lips for Spring?

Laurelle, xo

 

Mani Monday| Hello Spring

My loves,

Spring has sprung and you know what that means? It means bright, vibrant and pastel colours for our nails! I love these range of colours, I cannot wait to be wearing hot pink, baby blue, mint green! Oh so many to choose from, where do we start!? Well, to kick off Spring my client and I decided to go with a nice coral pink and some abstract designs on a couple of nails, and of course some gold accents.

IMG_3720 IMG_3723 IMG_3729 IMG_3725They kind of look like decorated Easter eggs, which only seems appropriate since it’s Easter Monday! I absolutely love coral and this abstract design definitely turned out well.

Happy Monday!

Laurelle, xo

It’s Better To Burn Out Than To Fade Away

My loves,

Fashion Week has come to end. And although I enjoyed every minute of it, it definitely drained me of all energy. Literally. I actually slept for 12 hours on Saturday night, 12 freaking hours guys! I barely usually get 8, it was a miracle. And guess what I was still freaking tired. Which is why I failed to post Mani Monday yesterday, my sincere apologies. I’m going to get my blog game, back on track! Starting with all my fun outfits I wore to Fashion Week. (NOTHING is more stressful than figuring out what you are wearing to Fashion Week). You have to dress to impress.

Outfit Number 1: Camo Pants and Leather Jackets

IMG_3250Outfit Number 2: Striped Dresses And Little Brown Boots

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 9.43.48 PMOutfit Number 3: Aztec Patterns and Buns

IMG_3418Outfit Number 4: I Love To See Your Money Hanging In My Closet

IMG_3539Outfit Number 5: Cocktail Parties and High Heels

IMG_3590Well my loves what do you think? Do you think I successfully pulled off Fashion Week? Which outfit was your favorite? I have to say I think Outfit Number 3 was my personal favorite. I definitely need to wear my hair like that more often! Now, time for more sleep!

Happy Tuesday!

Laurelle, xo

I Don’t Need No Money, Fortune, or Fame

My loves,

It’s  the middle of Toronto Fashion Week and I’m having so much fun. I cannot wait to share all the amazing collections I’ve seen thus far. SO far the runway shows I have seen include: Helder Diego, VAWK, Malorie Urbanovitch and Klaxon Howl. All amazing. I’m very much enjoying the makeup on the runway this year, I cannot wait to play around with these looks.

camoAs a Tom Boy at heart I absolutely love this look. I couldn’t wait to wear this outfit to Fashion Week, it’s comfortable, edgy and yet still very feminine. These boots are unbelievable comfortable but still very trendy. They are definitely a staple item that every girl should have! And camo pants, I mean, can you really go wrong?

IMG_5934With this look I wanted my makeup to enhance my features in a natural way.  There is nothing more beautiful than natural makeup when it’s accentuating your best features. I wanted my eyes to be the main focus with a subtle neutral toned shadow combination and finish it off with a soft matte dusty rose lip. I created this look using Urban Decay’s Basics Palette and MAC’s Lipstick ‘Twig’ (seriously best lip colour ever, I’m obsessed!).

Happy Thursday!

Laurelle, xo