James Bond Prefers Brunettes

My loves,

Yes I said it! James Bond prefers brunettes! Obviously. I just recently got my hair did, some of you may have noticed in my more recent pictures. Now I was torn between going darker for the fall or keeping my lovely ombre hair. I decided it was time to go dark and do some reshaping around the face. I mean if James Bond prefers brunettes? How can you really go wrong?

IMG_4442 IMG_4441I of course went to visit my lovely friends at Fiorio on Cumberland Rebecca and Megan to get my lovely hair done. I trust no one else but the talented people at Fiorio Cumberland. They also happen to be very dear friends of mine and they are wickedly talented. In order to ease me back into dark Rebecca put a simple toner on my hair that will fade with time letting some of my ombre show through. Just in case I miss it! I just love the way the colour turned out. I’m very happy I decided to go dark again. I truly missed being a true brunette.

Now my hair was driving me freaking crazy because I felt like it looked so blah in the front. I had grown out my bangs a while back and I think I let it grow out a little too much because my hair just looked plain boring. So I got my lovely lovely friend Megan to add some layers only in the front to give my hair some character and body. I feel so much better now.

IMG_4430Well that’s my hair adventures! Can you believe I went dark for the…dare I say it…fall? It’s coming my friends whether we like it or not! So get your dark shades, your warm clothes and some freaking stylin’ boots.

What does your hair look like for the fall?

Laurelle, xo

Revlon| Colorburst Matte Balm-205 Elusive

My loves,

Now I mentioned in a previous post that I’m trying to break out of my makeup snobbery. Well, I came across Revlon’s Colorburst Matte Balm’s which I have become quite fond of. There is a wide variety of shades to choose from, I of course settled for a dusty rose. It’s a perfect every day lip colour and it’s always moisturizing which is just an added bonus.

IMG_4323 IMG_4326“Velvety Matte Look. Moisture Rich Balm
A Matte finish that’s beyond plush. Balm that’s beyond comforting. Our Triple Butter Complex of Shea, Coconut and Mango butters nourishes lips. In 10 collectible, craveable colours.”

EXPERT TIPS LIPS

For a polished and perfect lip look, apply foundation on and around the lips before lip color. Foundation helps to prep the lip area for a more flawless application and helps lip color last longer.

Colorburst Matte Balm – $8.99

IMG_4385IMG_4390Revlon’s Colorburst Matte balm is supposed to give you a nice ‘velvety matte finish’, while still providing moisture and keeping your lips hydrated. This lip balm has amazing pigment and does not make your lips feel dehydrated in the slightest. I like to combine this lip balm with a gloss over top just to soften the shade a little. I’ve been putting NYX butter gloss in ‘Eclair’ over top. The packaging is great because it’s a jumbo sized twist-up which requires no sharpening and no waste! It wears extremely well, fades naturally with very few touch ups throughout the day. The balm has a slight mint scent to it and though it claims to replicate a lip balm I wouldn’t compare it so much as a balm but a lip colour with some hydration.

I chose the shade ‘Elusive’ because I’m such a sucker for those dusty rose, medium, warm-toned pinks with the yellow undertones. I just can’t help myself I’m always drawn towards them. It’s actually ridiculous how many warm-toned pinks I own. The consistency is slightly creamy with a full colour coverage and very long-lasting. I might have to pick up a few more shades.

IMG_4438In the above picture I put NYX Lip Butter ‘Eclair’ over top of Revlon’s Colorburst Matte Balm ‘Elusive’

Have you tried Revlon’s Colorburst Matte Balm? What shade did you choose?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday|All About Rose Gold

My loves,

Artistic Colour Gloss came out with this new rose gold shimmery shade a while ago and I had been dying to try it! Finally I got my hands on it and oh man do I love it. At first I was a little skeptical, when you first look at the colour it doesn’t look all that fantastic. BUT when you put it on your nails it looks freaking fantastic. So I obviously convinced one of my favorite clients to wear it and we added something fun to it! Hope you like it.

IMG_9311 IMG_9312 IMG_9313 IMG_9316 IMG_9319Gotta have some little triangle action of course! Simple but still a little funky, which is always a great combination. I love the rose gold combined with the soft pink. I think it looks really pretty and brings out the rose in the gold.

To achieve this manicure I used Artistic Colour Gloss ‘Goddess’ and Entity Colour Couture ‘Wearing Only Enamel With A Smile’.

What’s on your nails?

Laurelle, xo

Benefit| They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

My loves,

As you all know I love Benefit cosmetics. It is probably one of my favorite makeup companies out there. It’s so fun and cute and there products are amazing. Benefit’s ‘Hoola’ bronzer is actually one of my favorite makeup products EVER! I literally can’t leave my house without it. So when Benefit came out with their new ‘They’re Real! Push Up Liner’, I knew I had to get my hands on it and try it. It was getting great reviews and seemed to really work. So I went out and purchased it for myself to try. I mean who doesn’t love a good liquid eyeliner? Especially one that claims to be smudge proof and hugs the lash line easily.

IMG_4289IMG_4291lash-hugging gel liner pen   $24.00

“It’s the FIRST EVER lash-hugging gel liner in a pen! This matte black gel formula won’t smudge, budge or dry out, and the innovative soft AccuFlex™ Tip hugs your lashline from corner to corner. The closer the line, the bigger the eye!”

91% said it was longwearing*
81% said it was waterproof*
88% said it hugged the lashline*
84% said eyes looked visibly larger*
*Results observed in a consumer panel survey on 32 women after 2 weeks

How to apply

Twist base once to “push up” gel liner to tip. Resting the AccuFlex™ tip on the base of your lashes, slowly guide along your lash line from the inner or outer corner. The angled AccuFlex™ tip works both ways.

It really pains me to say this because I’m a huge fan of Benefit cosmetics but I absolutely hate this gel liner. It is actually really terrible, which surprises me coming from Benefit. Especially with all the hype this product had, I’m incredibly disappointed. It claims to be long-lasting and it literally smudges and wears a way within hours of application. I didn’t test out the waterproof aspect but I’m assuming that’s false considering it’s not long-lasting. It does not in any way shape or form hug the lash line. I am a trained professional makeup artist and I had a hard time applying this gel liner. It comes out in clumps and flakes away making it incredibly difficult to achieve a clean, even line. And sure it makes your eyes look visibly larger because it’s literally impossible to create a thin line.

I much prefer Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liquid Liner. It’s much easier to apply, it’s long-lasting and creates a nice even line. I’m so sad that I did not like this product. I actually think this is the first time ever I haven’t liked a Benefit product. It’s definitely not worth the money and far too much work and effort. I highly do not recommend purchasing this product. Sorry my loves, I’m just as disappointed as you are.

Have you tried Benefit’s New Gel Liner?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Cut Me Out Some Triangles

My loves,

 It’s another Mani Monday and this manicure is (I think) one of my personal bests. One of my favorite clients came to visit me this week and she always challenges me with her nail art ideas (which I love!), and I’m not going to lie when she showed me a picture of what she wanted I was a little nervous. Lines and colour blocking makes me nervous because I want it to look absolutely perfect and that can be a challenge.

IMG_9269 IMG_9276 IMG_9278 IMG_9273IMG_9289We chose two colours that compliment each other and both have a sheen/shimmer to them. I particularly love both colours especially when combined together. I used the pink as a base for all the nails and then painted the outline of a triangle, filling in the negative space after. It was actually a much easier manicure to create than I would have thought. Now don’t get me wrong it was time-consuming but I wouldn’t call it difficult. I know when my mom sees this design she is going to love it! She will probably want it in black and white though!

I used Entity Colour Couture ‘Chunky Bangles’ and Artistic Nail Design ‘Contempo’ to create this lovely manicure. I don’t know about any of you but I love the way it turned out! I will have to try different colour combos with this design.

What’s your favorite nail art?

Happy Monday!

Laurelle, xo

Maybelline| Colour Sensational Vivids in ‘Fuchsia Flash’

My loves,

Now you may already know this about me but I can be and by I can be I mean I am a makeup snob. I usually only buy high-end beauty products. I can’t help myself being a makeup artist. I have to use high-end makeup in my makeup kit so it only comes naturally that I would buy the best, most expensive makeup for myself. So when people tell me about drug store brand lipsticks, face cream, foundation etc. I usually brush it off and don’t think much about it much afterwards. However, after seeing someone wearing this beautiful bright fuchsia lipstick I had to go against my standards and grab this gorgeous Maybelline lipstick from Shoppers Drug Mart.

IMG_4301 IMG_4308“Now bright goes gorgeous, never garish, in 8 super saturated lip shades.
Brighter color from our exclusive vivid pigments.
Creamier feel from nourishing honey nectar.”

MAYBELLINE Colour Sensational Vivids in ‘Fuchsia Flash’     $9.99

Why You’ll Love It

Be bright and gorgeous

  • Exclusive Vivid colors are brighter
  • Honey nectar formula nourishes lips

IMG_4309IMG_4366These lipsticks are full of colour and perfect for the summer. Heck, I would wear some of these colours all year-long! They are stunningly vibrant as well as nourishing and long-lasting. I have to say I’m quite impressed by these lipsticks. I have to stop being such a snob and branch out into these drug store brands. They really are a steal and I quite like this lipstick. It may be a new favorite of mine. I love bright pink lipstick, especially when it’s under $20.00.

IMG_4374 IMG_4375I kind of love that my nails match this lipstick, I may have to rock this lipstick as often as I can with my nails this colour. I’m seriously obsessed with this new lip colour. I have to say it’s also a really good idea to purchase colours as bright as these at a drug store that way you are not spending an obscene amount of money on a lip colour you’re not sure about.

Plus this lipstick not only looks great, but it’s easy to apply, nourishing and extremely long-lasting. I was shocked at how long this lip colour lasted. I ate, drank my coffee and still my lip stick was perfect. Love it. Also looks FANTASTIC with a tan. I bought one other shade of this lip stick, keep your eyes peeled I’ll write about that one soon!

IMG_4376Well, my loves this is my latest obsession. And of course it’s a lip product of some sort because I’m absolutely completely obsessed with lip products. The amount of lip products I own is actually ridiculous. But I just can’t help myself I love a pop of colour on my lips!

So tell me my loves what are your favorite drug store brands?

Laurelle, xo

All Because Two People Fell In Love…

My loves,

This past weekend I attended a beautiful wedding in Balls Falls. I also did the makeup for the bride and a few other people in the wedding party. It can be stressful so I always make sure I’m completely ready before I show up to do the makeup. It wasn’t hard to make the bride look good because she is naturally beautiful and so was everyone else in the wedding party. Now I was having a hard time finding a dress to wear to the wedding and I really did not want to spend a lot of money. I have this weird thing where I cannot wear the same dress twice when attending a wedding, which I realize is stupid but a new dress is a must, which can get expensive! Which is why I was so happy when I discovered this beautiful dress at H&M for a very affordable price.

IMG_9202This gorgeous dress was only $59.99! I’m not going to lie I went out of my comfort zone with this dress. I normally do not like wearing such tight dresses. And I’m really not going to lie but it was tight! It was not the most comfortable dress in the world and it was a little challenging going to the bathroom in it but I sure did feel good in it! I’m really glad I went out of my comfort zone and tried a dress that I would not normally wear.

I paired it with my white patent heels from BCBG which are the most comfortable shoes in the world and they are stunning. I love these shoes I think everyone should own a pair of white heels. I kept my jewellery really simple wearing small diamond earrings and my silver bracelet that is made out of old cutlery.

IMG_9208I got my hair blow dried by my very talented friend Lisa who works at Pure Hair and Colour Group in Burlington. She is amazing and my very dear friend. It’s always a pleasure seeing her. I decided to rock a red lip using Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in ‘Outlaw’ and a brown smokey eye with liquid black eyeliner which is also Kat Von D.

The wedding ceremony was at this cute little church and the reception was at a beautifully decorated barn. There were beautiful lights strung up all around the barn and stunning decor. It was a gorgeous day and the bride and groom looked very happy.

10569023_10102015751604910_1045739337864431502_n10441183_10102015752088940_8372578823578553478_nAhh young love. It was such a fun wedding and we danced the night away.

Have you attended any fun weddings this year? What did you wear?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| A Little Half and Half

My loves,

Colour Blocking, lines, squares and vibrant colours. A few of my favorite things. These lovely nails that I’m showing you today are my lovely mothers. We have been looking at this design for quite a while and originally were going to do it in black and white. But we settled with baby blue and a deep purple for the summer.

IMG_9220 IMG_9241 IMG_9225 IMG_9242 IMG_9228I love colour blocking, it’s so much fun and very art deco. Blue and purple compliment each other really well, I just love the combination. I used the baby blue as the base for most of them and then added the purple making sure the lines were clean and straight. I then painted on the little squares at the base. Making sure the squares were perfect was a little challenging.

I used Artistic Colour Gloss ‘Graceful’ and ‘Royalty’.

Happy Monday Everyone!

Laurelle, xo

Bobbi Brown| Limited Edition Nude On Nude Collection

My loves,

In my post on Tuesday I mentioned Bobbi Brown’s ‘Nude On Nude’ Collection. Oh my man I really wish I had not come across this gorgeous palette because it is something I most definitely want. And you know me when I get something in my head it’s not likely it’s going to leave anytime soon. I am always on the hunt for neutral palettes because they are so hard to find. And as a makeup artist they come in very handy, especially for weddings!

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“The ultimate eye set that creates a variety of looks to take you from day to night — from barely-there nudes to intense, smokey finishes. Everything you need is featured in this collection: an eye shadow palette with 12 mix-and-match shades; a full-sized Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner that’s long-wearing and water-resistant; and Bobbi’s full-sized Smokey Eye Mascara to leave your lashes lush and thick.”

A value of $208, yours for $85.

The palette is a combination of matte and shimmer eye shadows that are all pretty neutral. There is a dark brown thrown in there so that you can also create a deeper more dramatic eye when you really want to. I love all these colours. They would be perfect for an everyday casual look or a more intense evening look. Bobbi Brown makeup is one of my favorite makeup lines and her eye shadows are incredible. They have long-lasting staying power and intense pigment.

The collection also comes with a gel liner and mascara, which is really a steal for the price. You are getting great value from this purchase which is always important when spending a good chunk of money. This is number one on my list of makeup I want. Let’s see if I can fit it into my budget. I mean you only live once right?

Will you be purchasing Bobbi Brown’s Limited Edition Nude On Nude Collection?

Laurelle, xo

 

Fresh and Pretty, Makeup Made Simple

My loves,

In the summer when it’s hot I find it difficult and exhausting putting on makeup. When I attend weddings or show up to do makeup for a wedding party I always make sure my makeup looks flawless. It’s important when attending an event and especially important when you are showing up for a job. So in the summer I tend to keep my makeup a little more natural and light. I absolutely adore natural makeup. It looks so beautiful and really brings out your best features. Sometimes less is more.

For this look I used NARS Matte Eyeshadow in ‘Biarritz’ as an all over base. It’s a nice neutral cream coloured beige. I then used my Bobbi Brown Nectar & Nude Palette which unfortunately was a limited edition palette so it’s not available anymore. However, Bobbi Brown has a new limited edition palette out right now called ‘Nude On Nude’ which is to die for and you can 100% get this look with that palette. I finished my eyes with a black liquid liner using Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner and Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara. I kept my eyes completely matte and very neutral. Fresh and pretty.

IMG_4148 IMG_4141I used my all time favourite bronzer Benefit ‘Hoola’ all over the face as well as Make Up For Ever’s HD Finishing Powder. For my rosy cheeks I used NARS blush ‘Deep Throat’. And of course for my lips I used my go to lip gloss from Bobbi Brown in ‘Buff’. Very simple makeup that will literally only take you 15-20 minutes. Keep it simple for the summer no one wants a melting face!

IMG_4150What’s your go-to summer makeup look? Any makeup looks your having trouble with? Let me know I’ll make it my next post!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Laurelle, xo