Sunday, December 27, 2009

What to wear, what to wear...

On New Year's Eve to a...

Happy 2010!

I bought a new digital camera (Sony Cybershot) during the insanity that is boxing day/week, so I decided to test 'er out and create a second New Year's Eve look for you!

Does anyone else see NYE as the most fun and glamorous night of the year? I always go all out..why not start 2010 off with a bang!

This makeup tutorial is perfect for New Years Eve'rs who are new to false lashes - I walk you through the process step-by-step in this video. I should have mentioned in the video that I prefer Quo lashes over Ardell. So if you have access to Quo (@ Shoppers Drugmart) snatch them up, especially when they go on sale (all the time). Quo lashes are softer, more natural looking and easy to apply - I find Ardell's more finnicky to work with.

Nude skin & lips paired with gold eyelids, black smokey liner, glam lashes and gold glitter on the bottom lash line.
Personally, I think I'm going to do a variation of this eye makeup for my NYE look...hopefully with better hair (ha).

Have a fun and safe New Year's Eve!  

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Foundation Fundamentals

Have you changed your foundation yet? We're nearing 2010, can't think of a better time than now for a change! Whether it's the same bottle you've been using for two years, or your skin tone and texture has changed because of winter's arrival, it's always a good idea to change it up.

Here are some tips to keep in mind the next time you find yourself looking for a new foundation:

1. Determine the condition of your skin currently - not what it used to be or what you want it to be - what is the condition of your skin right now? This will tell you what type of moisturizer and foundation you'll need.

Not sure how to tell what condition your skin is in? Ask yourself this:
  • Does my skin feel tight after washing it? If Yes = You have dry skin that needs a moisturizer and probably a liquid foundation
  • Does my skin get shiny a couple of hours (or less) after washing? If Yes = You have oily or combination skin that needs a lotion (with AHA in it for blemish prone skin) and a foundation that caters to your needs (such as matte, mineral based, etc).
  • Does my skin feel normal most of the time, but sometimes dry and/or sometimes oily and blemish prone? If Yes = You might consider owning two types of moisturizers; a lotion with AHA in it for the times when you have blemishes, and a moisturizer for the times your skin is dry. The foundation type is up to you.
2. Choose your foundation formula. Here is a breakdown of all the various types of foundations and who should use them:
  • Tinted moisturizer: Normal to dry skin types that want minimal coverage. Best for hot months and weekends. Lightest coverage.
  • Mineral liquid foundation: Similar to tinted moisturizer, and often has shimmer or a dewey quality to it. Can work for most skin types except for extremely textured and/or oily skin because it will emphasize these problems.
  • Liquid foundation: Depending on the brand you can find a liquid foundation for every skin type and effect (matte, dewey, radiating/shimmery, natural, etc). Medium to full coverage.
  • Stick/compact foundation: Generally for dry and normal skin types looking for full coverage.
  • Whipped foundation: Light, airy formula best for combination, acne prone and oily skin types. Medium to full coverage.
  • Mineral foundation: Finely milled powder creates a luminous, ethereal quality. Depending on the formula this type of foundation can be used by any skin type.

3. Pick the right colour. Beyond moisturizing and picking the right formula this is the most important step (hence why it's #3!). Follow these steps when selecting your shade:

  • The correct shade will disappear on the skin (remember that foundation evens out skin tone; it's not supposed to change your skin tone).
  • Pink or yellow? This is the most challenging aspect of selecting your perfect shade; it's also a great marketing trick! MOST (99%) of the population is yellow toned. You might think you're part of the 1% who do have pink undertones because you have ruddiness, rosacea, acne, or burn easily. However, take a look at your shoulders and neck..what do you see? Not much in the way of pink, right? Unless you burn in the shade (and it never becomes a tan), look for yellow based foundation. If you have deep skin look for yellow/orange, blue and red based foundations. 
  • Test the foundation that you think best matches your tone by drawing a strip from your cheek to your neck and blend slightly. Then do the same with the foundation one shade lighter and one shade darker. This gives you better perspective on the shade that is right for you. The correct one will literally disappear on your skin. (Testing foundation is sometimes impossible to do in drugstores because they don't have testers - so ignore the names ("Buff" and "Naked" aren't much help) and compare the shades in relation to each other. 
 4. Congratulations! You've found your perfect shade, now decide how you want to apply it and enjoy flawless skin.

Applying foundation with:
  • Fingers: provides control and a natural finish as your hands warm up the product. Medium to full coverage.
  • Sponge: can create an airbrushed quality, but also absorbs a lot of the product if the sponge isn't dampened first. Light coverage.
  • Brush: there are many types of foundation brushes, enough for an entirely separate article! Applies foundation evenly with less mess compared to using hands. Medium to full coverage.
 And for all of you who were's my list of tried, tested and true:


MUFE Mat Velvet ($$)
is a gorgeous, creamy foundation that applies and blends like a dream. Leaves you with perfect, "naturally" matte skin.

MAC Mineralize Satin Finish SPF 15 ($$)
Light, buildable coverage, with a luminous quality.
Perfect for hot months and/or weekends.
 Chanel Pro Lumiere ($$$$)
Want to feel like a celebrity (and pay like one too)? Try this.
Creates flawless skin. Full coverage.

 Clinique Perfectly Real ($)
A joy to use, recommended for all skin types. Perfect for "every day".

 Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation ($$$)
The best mineral foundation I have tried (I've tried a lot).
Creates a dewey, perfect finish. Medium coverage.

Almay Smart Shade makeup
Gimmicky, but it works. Provides light coverage, wears nicely.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse
Best for oily/combo skin. Really nice texture and flawless finish.
Rimmel Recover
Perfect for hangovers, I guess!
But really it's a nice sheer foundation with flects of shimmer, nice for a dewey effect.

Other great drugstore foundations include: L'Oreal True Match (best for combo/oily skin); Maybelline Pure Makeup (all skin types); Revlon ColorStay Mineral Foundation (not in liquid form, I find it way too heavy and cumbersome).

This article has made me realize I've tried 25+ foundations...All in the name of science, of course.

Happy hunting!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pretty, pretty please: Trip to St. Lucia, Louboutins, Flower Bomb perfume...

Items in this set:
Christian Louboutin flats, $995, $20
Michael Kors watch, $250
Kenneth Jay Lane ring, $50 > Sequin..., $38

And just to be a little more realistic....I wouldn't mind:
American Apparel Scrunchie ($7.00) ...for those bumming around days when you're feeling lazy yet nostalgic..

Forever21 feather necklace ($9.80), because I just like it.


Rösle Silicone Locking Tongs Tongs! I need 'em! ($24 William Sonoma) Jack Lalanne juicer. It's gotta be Jack LaLanne! ($180 Cdn Tire)