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Buxom| Mascara Bar

My loves,

Oh Mascara, how I love you so. So Buxom came out with this brilliant idea for mascara. Buy the mascara and pick the mascara wand that fits your lashes best. I mean come on why isn’t every make up company doing this? It’s such a fabulous idea. Since discovering such a wonderful concept I obviously had to try it out for myself.

A first-of-its-kind, exclusive to Sephora, Buxom® Mascara Bar with seven brushes to choose from to create an array of lash effects.

IMG_4730“Choose one brush from seven sexy options to thicken, volumize, curl, define, lengthen, lift, or detail lashes. There’s one for amping up every lash mood, and each brush comes paired with the volumizing Vanity™ Lash Mascara. This mascara formula is exclusively designed to work across all Buxom Mascara Bar brushes. It’s infused with biotin and provitamin B5 to help strengthen lashes while shea butter, vitamin E, and olive oil work to nourish them. Paired with your favorite brush, it gives a customized, one-of-a-kind lash look.”

Full & Fabulous™: Its molded ball tips power through lashes for lavish fullness from roots to ends.
Big & Bushy™: The ultra-bushy bristles layer on massive volume for maximum lash length.
Curl & Contour™: An angled brush that hugs, contours, and shapes for head-turning curves.
Thick & Defined™: Its flexi-bristles and tapered tip create maximum thickness and ultimate definition.
Strong & Long™: A sleek, chic brush shaped to tease lashes to extreme lengths.
Itty Bitty™: This small but mighty brush discovers and amplifies your tiniest lashes.
Lush & Lifted™: One side of this brush builds ultra-plush lushness, while the other separates and lifts lashes to sky-high lengths.

IMG_4736Okay my loves, at the end of the day does this wonderful concept for mascara work? The brush I picked was the Big&Bushy (because duh! I want big and bushy lashes!) and it definitely worked. The brush is fabulous. It grabs onto the lashes and really coats every single lash. It separates and lengthens, making my lashes look fab.

Unfortunately, (whomp, whomp, whomp…) it does not last throughout the day. Now my skin is very oily so that may have something to do with it, but I have read other reviews claiming the same thing. Within a couple of hours of wearing this mascara I found I had black underneath my eye. I tried this mascara for several days and found it happened over and over again.

So although this mascara from Buxom is a fabulous beyond fabulous concept, the formula just doesn’t cut it for me. Come on lash companies let’s make this concept work!

IMG_4742Have you tried Buxom’s Mascara Bar? What are your thoughts?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Blue Tones and Half Moons

My loves,

So I realize I have been a major slacker with my blog. So I do apologize, I swear I’m trying to keep up. Today is as you know, Mani Monday! Which is one of my most favorite days. Today my loves I have a beautiful blue toned, half-moon manicure that I did for one of my all time favorite clients.

IMG_1106 IMG_1109 IMG_1110 IMG_1111 IMG_1113I love these two blues together, they look A-mazing together. The bright royal blue is one of my all time favorite colours, I mean look at it, it’s awesome. My client had seen my black and pink half-moon manicure and she decided she had to have it. We of course chose to mix up the colours a bit. That’s what’s great about half-moon manicures, there are endless different ways of creating this fabulous manicure.

Are you feeling blue this winter?

Laurelle, xo

Make Up For Ever| Artist Liner

My loves,

You all know how much I love Make Up For Ever. I honestly think it’s the most well-rounded makeup line out there. Which is why I always get really excited when they introduce new products. Make Up For Ever was kind enough to send me an Artist Liner to try. I love eyeliners, I think they are fabulous and you can do so much with them. I especially love brown eye liners because they really complete a makeup look. It’s always subtle but it can really make your eyes pop whether you are completing a natural look or a dramatic look.

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 12.15.14 PM“MAKE UP FOR EVER introduces Artist Liner, a highly pigmented, gliding eye pencil that offers endless creative possibilities to effortlessly define and enhance eyes. With colors ranging from a carbon, matte black to an iridescent pop of purple.”

IMG_4595“Artist Liner is a twist-up, gliding eye pencil that delivers intense color payoff in a range of shades. The formula is especially silky and blendable for easy application, and the twist-up pencil means never having to sharpen. The ultra- creamy texture can draw a bold, long-lasting line, or can be blended out for a smoky effect. A combination of Oils and Waxes give Artist Liner smudge-proof properties, while Polymers and Pigments work to provide a long-wearing result and color intensity.”

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 8.49.50 PMAvailable in 15 Matte, Metallic, Iridescent, Diamond and Satin finishes, play up your eyes and play with colour for a classic or creative look that can take you from day to night.

IMG_4982Make Up For Ever literally never fails me. I always love the products they bring to the table and it always exceeds my expectations. Their Artist Liner is no exception. It’s great. It’s very easy to use with its twist-up applicator, it does exactly as it says, glides on beautifully. It’s easy to blend and has long-lasting staying power. I got sent the Matte Dark Brown but I will definitely be grabbing myself some of those fun colours.

You can find this lovely Artist Liner at all Sephora stores and Make Up For Ever Boutiques.

$24.00

Have you tried Make Up For Ever’s Artist Liner?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| I Moustache You A Question

My loves,

What kind of nail artist would I be if I didn’t showcase some Movember themed nail art? Every November I say I’m going to put some moustache’s on my nails or something that fits the theme, and I seem to always forget! But not this year my friends, this year I made sure I was sporting some Movember themed nail art. And they are freaking awesome.

IMG_1278 IMG_1281 IMG_1282 IMG_1284 IMG_1286 IMG_1288One of my crazy talented co-workers, who is an expert at lines and geometric nail art helped me create this superb manicure. I love having nail art on my own nails, but it is just to time consuming to actually do on myself. Which is why it always comes in handy to work with wonderfully talented nail technicians.

I can’t get over how much I love these freaking nails. I mean can you not agree that they are awesome?! They definitely took a good chunk of time but I think my co-worker did an amazing job and I love them.

Are any of you sporting Movember themed nails?

Laurelle, xo

MAC| Keepsakes/Brown Eye Bag

My loves,

MAC’s holiday collections are out and they are AWESOME. I went to my girlfriends birthday celebration a couple of weekends ago and she was wearing the most beautiful eyeshadow! From the moment I saw her I knew I had to have what ever eye shadow she was wearing. When I asked her what it was she claimed it was from MAC’s holiday collection. Well ladies, you better believe I was at MAC the very next day purchasing this lovely collection. Because I loved the eyeshadow she was wearing so very much it was an easy decision when it came time to choose which beauty bag I wanted. So of course I went with the Keepsakes/Brown Eye Bag, (and obviously because I have brown eyes).

IMG_4706“Colour reigns supreme with posh shades of In Extra Dimension Eye Shadow, In Extreme Dimension Lash and Powerpoint Eye Liner in a toasted brown colour palette. All are nestled inside a limited-edition black glitter makeup bag with pearl beaded trim and a cameo-encrusted zipper pull. These precious heirlooms were born to dazzle.”

$39.50

IMG_4702Each bag from the collection includes 3 items. For the eyes it includes two shadows, mascara and an eye pencil. For the lip bags it includes a lipstick, lip pencil and a lip gloss.

The Shadows| In Extreme Dimension Eye Shadow – Just Gleaming and Stolen Moment

IMG_4714The main and only reason I bought this particular collection was so that I could own these two amazing eyeshadows. Seriously wait until you see what these shadows look like. The shades include Just Gleaming and Stolen Moment. Seriously guys, I’m in freaking love. Can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautifully packaged these are? I mean look at the detail in the shadows. MAC really knows how to package and market their product.

Mascara| In Extreme Dimension Lash – Black

IMG_4719“MAC’s lightweight whipped formula saturates lashes root to tip, adds volume, extends length and creates curl, while conditioning for softness and flexibility. The final result: extreme dimension that won’t smudge, clump or flake.”

Now I’ve never been a huge fan of MAC mascara but I will definitely give it a try. I have a really hard time spending a ton of money on mascara when I know Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara is amazing. But I will give this mascara a real try!

Individual Sale $22.00

Eyeliner| Powerpoint Eyeliner – Stubborn Brown

IMG_4723“Waterproof. Long-wearing. Metallic, shimmer and matte finishes. Smooth to apply. Won’t transfer, smudge, or budge… Draws the line: powers your eyes. Makes its point. Lasts.”

I mean who ever complains about receiving a brown eye pencil in gift bag. You can use brown eyeliner for so many looks, and as a professional makeup artist I can never have too many. I mean brown eye liner is essential for a wedding party. And this is actually a really good one. It’s long-lasting, waterproof and does not budge. Win.

Individual Sale $16.00

SWATCHES

IMG_4728MAC has 3 different makeup bags for both eyes and lips. For the eyes you get the choice between Smokey Eye, Plum Eye and Brown Eye. For the lips you get the choice between nude, coral and red (go for the red it looks amazing!). And it doesn’t just stop there… For their holiday collection they also have brush kits, eye shadow palettes (in outstanding packaging), check out The Pretty Vain for more details on those eye shadow palettes! And much much more. This collection is awesome, so I would go snag some products if I were you. And the makeup bag the products come in is absolutely adorable. It could very easily be used as a clutch for a late night outing! Pssst…it also makes a great gift!

IMG_4955Will you be purchasing anything from MAC’s Keepsake Collection?

Laurelle, xo

Short Hair Don’t Care…And Make Up For Ever Continues to be Awesome

My loves,

As some of you may have already seen on my Instagram I chopped off my beautiful long hair. Now cutting your hair drastically short (in my opinion) takes a certain getting used to. I mean it is quite a shock. The moment it was done I thought I might have a heart attack. However, several hours after this traumatic experience (that I brought upon myself), I definitely like my hair short. Still adjusting, but I think it’s a good change. I was getting so bored with my long hair, I always looked the same, I needed a change.

Before

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After

IMG_1025Isn’t it funny attached we become to our hair? I mean it does grow back! Duh. I actually handle getting a permanent tattoo far better than cutting or colouring my hair, which is absolutely ridiculous. Ladies, short hair is trending, take the plunge! Don’t be afraid to cut your hair. I promise it will grow back. I of course went to Fiorio on Cumberland to visit my fellow co-workers. If you are looking for a new hair stylists you should check them out, they are all awesome!

Make Up Forever| Aqua Rouge 3 ‘Satin Soft Pink’

“A non-stop liquid lip color with the intense, long-lasting hold of a lip stain and the eye-catching shine of a gloss.”

IMG_4799Now onto more important things. The fact that Make Up For Ever continues to be freaking awesome. So we all know how much I love Make Up For Ever, it’s really no secret. I recently went into Sephora to grab black lipstick for Halloween (that I sadly did not get to wear because I was crazy sick!). I was really sad about it. Anyways, whilst in Sephora I obviously found more make up that I just had to have. I have a problem. I love love love Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge lip colours. They are phenomenal, they literally don’t budge. It’s actually incredible.

IMG_4821I decided to purchase number 3 ‘Satin Soft Pink’, which is just slightly darker than my natural lip colour. Which makes it the perfect everyday colour. And what’s even more perfect about it, is that it stays put, so it requires hardly any touch ups throughout the day. Beauty made simple, my favorite kind of beauty.

“Formulated with a combination of high molecular weight polymers and volatile oils, Aqua Rouge locks color on the lips for a waterproof, smudge-proof result that will not transfer or fade. It’s intensely pigmented formula provides immediate, opaque color with a matte texture and its non-sticky, clear top coat adds an extreme, lacquered finish. Aqua Rouge’s double-ended packaging allows for a simple, two-step application: apply lip color with precision using the ergonomic, foam applicator and evenly distribute the clear top with the polyester brush to lock the color onto the lips.”

IMG_4901 I now have two fabulous shades from the Aqua Rouge collection from Make Up For Ever and I may just have to add more. Aqua Rouge is not a new collection but it doesn’t mean it’s not fabulous. It’s just something you should most definitely have in your makeup bag.

Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge is available at Sephora, Make Up Forever boutiques as well as online. Get yours today!

Only $29.00 in 18 wonderful shades.

Have you tried Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge? Which shade do you have?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Winter You’re So Chic

My loves,

It’s getting cold and gray out there. The nights are coming sooner and the wind is getting cooler! But have no fear its Mani Monday and I have an oh so stylishly fashionable manicure to cheer you up. Though it’s not quite winter yet (though it unfortunately feels like it here in Toronto), dark colours are definitely trending. However, why not combine light with dark to create a positively elegant manicure. I mean isn’t winter so chic?

IMG_0926 IMG_0928 IMG_0929 IMG_0931 IMG_0932I absolutely love these colours together. I think it looks super fab, and most definitely chic. Black is incredibly chic on its own, but when you add the soft pink it just makes the manicure pop. Now I always say that manicures that looks the most simple are always the most difficult. This manicure wasn’t so much difficult, but very time-consuming. The black has to look perfect and exactly like all the other nails, so it takes time to perfect. I just love the way it turned out. Very mod.

To create this manicure I used Entity Beauty gel polish, ‘Little Black Bottle’ and ‘Wearing Only Enamel and A Smile’

I don’t know about you ladies, but a manicure like this would most definitely brighten my day on dark grey winter day!

What’s on your nails? Share your designs, I’d love to see them!

Laurelle, xo

Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015| Hilary MacMillan

My loves,

As you all know World Mastercard Fashion Week was just last week and I was lucky enough to attend Hilary MacMillan’s fashion show with one of my good friends. It’s always so much fun attending fashion shows during fashion week. Everyone is dressed so well and you get to see what styles are going to be in for Spring and Summer.

‘Hilary MacMillan artfully captures the Canadian summer sunset for Spring/Summer 2015′

Drawing inspiration from the beauty of Canadian summer sunsets, the Hilary MacMillan Spring/Summer 2015 collection features strong feminine silhouettes in vibrant colours and soft luxurious silks. As with every season, Hilary MacMillan introduces an exclusive print working closely with her mother and realist painter, Cindy MacMillan. This season she is bringing four exclusive prints to the runway, including a hand-painted abstract sunset with vivid oranges tones, and a cloud print originally painted on canvas which adds the illusion of texture to the fabric. This collection is primarily comprised of silks, keeping the collection light; perfect for the humidity of Canadian summers with mixes of cottons, and jersey in oranges, blues and whites.

IMG_0727 IMG_0725 IMG_0729 IMG_0731 IMG_0736 IMG_0737 IMG_0741The Canadian designed and manufactured label retails between $160 and $500 CDN and is currently available at Elle Hardware, Craft & Guile, and online at hilarymacmillan.com and emartcanada.ca.

Since it was Fashion Week, we decided over at Me&T Studio to create some Fashion Week themed nail art, which was oh so much fun. Here is my creation:

IMG_0752What do you think of Hilary MacMillan’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection?

Laurelle, xo

Make Up For Ever Halloween Looks| Glam to Ghoul

My loves,

Having trouble deciding what to be this Halloween? Have no fear you still have time to figure it out. There is no better way to express yourself on Halloween then with some wicked makeup. Lucky for you Make Up For Ever has sent me all of their Halloween Makeup Face Charts and they are freaking awesome. Blow your friends away with one of these spectacular looks.

All of these looks can be achieved using every day makeup! The face charts give you a general idea as to how to create these looks. Face Charts can be extremely helpful when trying to create a makeup look for your costume. You can see what colours to use and where the placement should be.

Get Gouled

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Get Glammed

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Make Up For Ever never fails to amaze me. They have some truly talented makeup artists on their team and there Halloween face charts are always one of the best. I love how the Day of The Dead makeup is still trending, it’s one of my favorite looks. I recently did two different Day of the Dead makeup looks for a gallery that was recently showcased. Here are the two looks I created.

IMG_9065 IMG_9290 IMG_9291Make Up For Ever in my personal opinion has the best makeup for Halloween looks. They have an incredible range of colour and professional products that will help you complete your look. I used majority of Make Up For Ever products to complete these two looks. For the white face I used Ben Nye Color Cake Foundation and it’s incredible. It creates the perfect canvas to complete your makeup look.

For more information on Makeup Forever visit, www.makeupforever.com

Hope you enjoyed these Halloween face charts! Try them out and let me know what you think!

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Frankenstein and Mummies Oh My!

My loves,

It’s Mani Monday and it’s only appropriate that this be a Halloween themed manicure, since Halloween is this coming Friday. And who doesn’t want Halloween themed nail art? I mean there are endless possibilities. One of my all time favorite clients came in with her daughter (who is literally the cutest kid EVER) and got festive with Halloween manis. Now these weren’t ordinary Halloween nails, no no my friends they were complex and they turned out amazing.

The first is done in gel polish using the brands Entity and Artistic Colour Gloss.

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The Second Mani is for her lovely daughter who always knows what she wants and sits insanely still! I did this entire manicure with regular polish, using the brand Vinylux.

IMG_0627 IMG_0629 IMG_0632 IMG_0633Both manicures were so much fun to create. And nothing feels better than having your clients leave happy, especially the little ones. For some fun Halloween nails comes see my at Me&T Studio in Toronto.

What’s on your nails this Halloween?

Laurelle, xo