Pore Reducing Makeup Most Wanted

No one likes pores! Every woman wishes they had beautiful poreless skin. Here are three products that offer very different ways to get poreless skin in a few minutes.

Gosh Prime’n Set Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder

Gosh Prime’n Set Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder

The name might be a mouthful, but using this powder is easy. After you apply all of your makeup the final step should be to dust a fine layer of this white powder on your face to minimize the look of pores. It also claims to control shine, give you a matte finish, control moisture, hold makeup in place and reduce redness. I’m not sure if it’s really reducing the look of my pores, but after I apply it my face does look great.

The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Perfector

The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Perfector

This light primer is a great base to give you a flawless complexion. The Body Shop’s primer doesn’t just reduce your pores. It makes your face feel velvety soft first. It then reduces the size of pores along with shine and blemishes. It’s really light on your face too, so you won’t feel like you are wearing too much makeup.

Shu Uemura Poreraser Mousse

Shu Uemura Poreraser Mousse

If you really want to get rid of all pores, this mousse is the exact thing you need. When you apply this mousse as the first step to your makeup for oily skin, your pores completely disappear. Apply a light foundation to get the perfect look. The only problem with this mousse is pretty sticky. You need to wait a while to let it set and dry before applying anything else. If you have extra time, it’s worth the wait.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer I already loved the Photo Finish primers from Smashbox, but this Pore Minimizing one wins hands down. Not only does it prep your skin for makeup like the other do, but as you apply it, you can actually see your pores disappearing and the effect lasts all day. As an added bonus, its oil-free so you don’t have to worry about getting greasy while you’re wearing it.

Gorgeous Cosmetics Review

gorgeous cosmetics

When Gorgeous Cosmetics makeup first landed in my lap, I had never heard of them. After spending some time on their website, I was pumped to see what they could offer. This Aussie brand gained cult-following for their makeup artist quality at affordable prices. I am a huge advocate of these types of brands, so I was glad to have an array of products at my fingertips.

I was instantly drawn to sparkling red hue of the Liquid Lips Lip Lacquer. It applies smooth with a slightly sticky and gloss finish. I was delighted to see that this lip lacquer went on in a red hue that isn’t too outrageous. I love red, but sometimes you need a red lip that is suitable for work. This red is glossy and gorgeous. It doesn’t last forever, but long enough to make an impact. I didn’t mind hitting the mirror to reapply a few hours later.

Next up, I applied the Ink Liquid Eye Pencil. I’m usually terrified of liquid liner. Does anyone have a steady enough hand for black liquid eyeliner? Don’t worry, liquid is just in the name. This pencil liner is easy to use. It’s so smooth. It doesn’t tug on your lid at all. The best part is that this liner doesn’t smudge. Get your heavy duty eye makeup remover out for this eyeliner, because Gorgeous Cosmetics never comes off!

Finally, I tried the Glitz Fix and Shimmer Dust Shadow. The Glitz Fix is one of the most innovative products I’ve tried in some time. If you wear eye shadow often, you should invest in this product. It is a eye shadow primer that is sticky to allows glitter polish to adhere to your lids better. It’s designed for glitter, but it would work for any type of shadow that flakes off. Just one swipe of the brush on your lids and you are ready to apply shadow over top. Work quickly because the adhesive dries fast.

Choose a dedicated eye shadow brush to use for shadows if you have applied the Glitz Fix, because it does make the bristles sticky. You don’t want to use your expensive brushes with this. Once you have a brush, it’s easy to apply the Shimmer Dust over top. This pretty shimmery eye shadow sticks to your lid right away and isn’t going anywhere.

Overall, I’m impressed with Gorgeous Cosmetics. They deliver exactly what they promise.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Creme
I typically don’t wear a lot of foundation but when I do I look for ones that give me a medium coverage but don’t feel super heavy. Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide fits perfectly. The shade creme suits my skin tone really well and applying it is a dream.
The trick is to shake the bottle for a good ten seconds to get it to combine really well. I use my fingers to apply and it blends smoothly. The formula itself is matte and really lightweight. It’s almost like you’re not wearing makeup except your skin is completely evened out.
I did notice a bit of a chalky feeling the first time I tried it, but I’m guessing that was from not shaking the bottle enough. With all the shaking you also have to be careful when you open it, but that’s not really a big deal for foundation that works this well.

L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara Review

loreal miss manga

L’Oreal’s new Miss Manga mascara takes inspiration from the over the top lashes of Japanese Manga anime. The pink and black bottle had me hooked at first sight. I needed to try it.

The brush looks interesting, but don’t be intimidated. The wavy bristles appear to be different than other mascaras, but you apply it in the exact same way. The brush has a flexible bend in it. In commercials it looks like it will bend as you apply, but it didn’t bother me. I noticed that because of the different brush, this mascara feels so light going on. You might be tempted to apply more layers. You don’t need to!

miss manga mascara

L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara lifts and separates my lashes effortlessly. I barely feel like I am applying anything at all. I was born with naturally long lashes, but Miss Manga mascara made them extra long. It was a bit tough to get the outer and inner lashes covered properly with this brush, but I never had to worry about clumping.

My bottom lashes were even more fun. They made my bottom lashes so long. It’s true, I had to clean off some smudging under my eyes. That is a small price to pay for bottom lashes that feel longer than some peoples’ top lashes.

The best part about Miss Manga Mascara is that after it dries it’s not crunchy. My lashes still feel soft and natural. My eyes sometimes get sensitive to mascara after a long day. Miss Manga mascara never irritates my eyes because it doesn’t even feel like I am wearing it. I am hooked!

Deborah Lippmann Fall 2014 New York Marquee Collection

One of my favourite things about the seasons changing is seeing what new nail polish collections are coming out, especially when they’re for fall. The first fall collection I got to try was Deborah Lippmann’s New York Marquee. All six shades are a luxe chrome which is something you don’t see very often in entire collections. All the shades looked great with one coat but Deborah Lippmann suggests two, so all the swatches are two coats. The trick to using a chrome polish is not to use a basecoat but instead use a quick dry topcoat as your base (I used Seche Vite), I have no idea what makes the topcoat work better but it really made a difference with brush marks.
Autumn In New York
Deborah Lippmann Autumn In New York Swatch BL NF Base
Autumn In New York is like painting your nails with pure gold. It was the trickiest of the bunch to get even though, so if you’re a perfectionist this one might drive you crazy.
Lullaby Of Broadway
Deborah Lippman Lullaby Of Broadway Swatch SV Base
This is a great pink nude chrome. If you love a pink nude and are a little bored of the cremes, this is the one for you.
12th Street Rag
Deborah Lippmann 12th Street Rag Swatch
12th Street Rag is a fuchsia chrome that I wish I’d had all summer. It’s so feminine and pretty.
Take The A Train
Deborah Lippmann Take The A Train Swatch
Take The A Train is a great charcoal shade that’s perfect for fall. It’s more fun than a regular gray and won’t take you into the goth territory that black could.
I’ll Take Manhattan
Deborah Lippmann I'll Take Manhattan Swatch
I’ll Take Manhattan is a really close second to my favourite shade of this collection. I’ve never seen a teal chrome quite like this one.
Harlem Nocturne
Deborah Lippman Harlem Nocturne Swatch
Harlem Nocturne is by far my favourite shade of this collection. No matter how many photos I took, I was never really able to capture how gorgeous this shade is. In certain lights its purple, in others it’s more of a blue. I have never seen a shade like this and I’m going to be wearing it non stop.
You can find the New York Marquee collection at Murale

Nail Tips from essie’s Rita Remark

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Nail polish has become huge business lately, especially with nail art. essie Canada’s lead nail artist Rita Remark has done some of our favourite nail art technique videos so we decided to get some tips on how to make our nails look amazing.

What’s your first memory of using nail polish?
When I was younger, I was never allowed to wear make-up and polishing my nails was the first beauty ritual that my mom allowed me to indulge in. I remember buying a box full of nail polish from a yard sale and spending the afternoon with my cousins polishing our nails and toes in all different colours and taking pictures. You could say it was my first photoshoot.
Essie strut-your-stuff
What are your favourite nail shades and trends right now?
This summer, I’m smitten with orange and blue. Bold blues like Essie “Strut your Stuff” and sunny melon and tangerine shades like “Tart Deco” are never far from my fingertips. Trends that are catching my eye are negative space and nude. Both of these trends pertain to a nail look that is either partially polished or seemingly unpolished. For seasons we’ve been putting everything on our nails, but now we are leaving areas of the nail bare, for a surprisingly stronger effect.
What nail trends absolutely drive you crazy?
Though I can’t say any particular nail trend drives me crazy, I can say that there are some habits that I wish would disappear. One is chipped polish. A manicure is not meant to be worn past its due date. Let it go and get a fresh polish change. Secondly, I cannot stand uneven nail lengths. We’ve all heard someone say, “Just because one chipped, it doesn’t mean that the others have to be short too.”  Well, I’m here to say they do. Heartbreaking though it may be, it is like what your friends told you about your bad haircut: they grow back.
We’ve seen your nail art videos, we love the ink spill! What’s your favourite nail art to do?
Before I was a nail artist, I studied to become a visual artist, so my favourite nail art to do is the kind that you would normally do with a paintbrush. I love watercolouring, like I did with the ink spill, but I also love using other traditional painting techniques like stippling, blending, dry brushing and marbling. They’re very easy to do and always create unique works of art on your nails.
Is there a trick to doing nail art so I have both hands looking great?
Always start with the hand that you find most challenging. Nothing could be trickier than trying to polish with your non-dominant hand when it’s wearing wet polish. When it comes to applying nail art, try to use your dominant hand to your advantage. I’m right handed and when I’m polishing a stripe onto my right hand, I hold the striping brush still in my left and, rather than brush it down, I move my right hand up. This makes polishing nail art less stressful and more controlled.
Essie Nail_Care_Grow_Stronger_Base_Coat_Pack
What are the nail essentials we all need to have?
A basic manicure kit should include:
-A nail file (especially in your purse for on-the-go touch ups)
-Nail polish remover.  This isn’t just for removing our polish.  I like to use it to wipe my nails free of excess oils and residue before applying polish.
-Base coat, like essie’s “Grow Stronger,” for a manicure that not only lasts, but also benefits your nails.
-Quick dry topcoat, like essie “Good to Go” because no one likes smudges!
-Cuticle Oil, like essie “Apricot Cuticle Oil.” Not only does it soften dry cuticles, but moisturizing the cuticle area daily will overtime restore health and strength to your nails.
-An angled eyeliner brush. Dip it in a bit of nail polish remover to quickly and accurately wipe away any polish mistakes.
How do you come up with ideas for runway nails?
When it comes to designing nails for the runway, no two shows are the same. Sometimes designers have an exact idea in mind, while others may give me a bit more creative freedom. It’s all about asking the right questions. I want to know what inspired the collection. A country? A feeling? A film? I like to know who the woman is that they are dressing this season. Is she bold? Professional? Demure? Does she live in this era? This country? Finally, I love being able to see the actual clothing, the patterns, fabrics and textures. This all plays a role in finding the perfect nail look to suit the collection. Then it’s a matter of me drawing out design ideas in coloured pencils in my sketchbook, polishing some ideas on myself and presenting some options to the designer. The best part is always choosing the right look and seeing it walk down the runway.
Essie fifth_avenue
What shades should we be getting our hands on for the rest of summer, into fall?
There are plenty of polish colours that lend themselves to both summer and fall you can invest in this season.  First, try for a bolder, deeper shade of blue. Not quite midnight; royal or teal blues pack just enough punch to compliment your summer sandals and brighten your fall scarf. Try essie “Style Cartel” or “Go Overboard.” Next try a bright red. Red, as we know, never goes out of style, but a brighter version like essie’s “Haute in the Heat” or “Fifth Avenue” is perfect for both hot and cold weather. Finally, find yourself a bold bare polish. The nude nail trend isn’t going anywhere, so a complexion-flattering opaque nude should be your never-fail go-to.  Try essie’s “Sand Tropez” or “Topless and Barefoot. “

Lancôme Grandiôse Voxbox

Lancome Grandiose Voxbox
Grandiôse mascara seems to be everywhere I look lately and I’ve probably never wanted to try a mascara more than this one. So when Influenster sent us a Lancôme Grandiôse Voxbox to try, I was pretty excited.
Lancome Grandiose Mascara
Grandiôse is definitely unlike any mascara I’ve tried before. It has a swan neck shaped wand that’s supposed to make it easier to reach every single lash and it’s tag line is ‘fanned out lashes, divine curves.’
Lancome Grandiose Mascara Wand
Grandiôse pretty much lives up to every expectation I had and then some. In one coat, I had all my lashes covered, including ones I didn’t know existed, and already had a pretty dramatic look going and a second coat just added to it and didn’t get clumpy. The formula is a really dark black and not too wet. I don’t have to use an eyelash curler at all with Grandiôse, it’s almost like there’s one built in.
I have tons of mascaras that I use on a regular basis but I’m going have a really hard time finding any that top this one.

We received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Betsy Landin Beauty Interview

Betsy Landin Photo Credit Jonathan Tantype

Betsy Landin Photo Credit Jonathan Tantype

Betsy Landin is an up and coming actress best known for her role as Kat in Dolphin Tale and it’s upcoming sequel Dolphin Tale 2. Betsy also recently guest starred in an episode of Ray Donovan. We had a chance to ask the former beauty queen some of our most pressing beauty questions.
What is your first makeup or beauty related memory?
Ever since I can remember, my mom would buy my sisters & I tinted chapsticks or let us wear a little bit of her gloss. Sometimes she’d find us looking like clowns after going through her stuff.
Lush Gorgeous
What is your everyday morning beauty routine like?
In the morning, I use a gentle cleanser and apply moisturizer right after. My favorite is Lush’s Gorgeous because it not only smells amazing, but leaves my skin super smooth.
What will you never leave the house without wearing or applying?
Sunscreen! I can tan very easily, even with sunscreen, so it’s important that I protect my skin.
What is your budget friendly beauty secret?
Coconut oil is amazing. I use it as an eye makeup remover every night.
Do you have any tricks that you have learned on sets?
During the filming of Dolphin Tale 2, my make-up artist Claudia Pascual taught me everything! From adding essential oils to the makeup brushes’ cleaning solution for anti-bacterial use to helping me maintain the shape she created for my brows and teaching me how to do the everyday make-up we wore on the movie. She’s amazing!
How do you keep your hair looking gorgeous?
I use the Wen intensive hair treatment once a week to keep my hair healthy, moisturized, and strong. I also avoid sulfates in my shampoo and conditioners to maintain my color.
Do you have a signature scent? What is it and how did you fall in love with it?
I love MAC’s Turquatic perfume. It’s light and reminds me of the beach. I stumbled upon the scent when I went to buy some makeup at MAC and I’ve kept a bottle in my purse and at home ever since.
Do you have any products or treatments that you splurge on?
I splurge on facials. Daily routines are great and so are DIY masks and treatments but nothing beats having a facial. My skin always feels so much better after.
What is your latest beauty obsession?
The winged eyeliner is my favorite thing to do these days. It’s timeless and classic with a twist of fun. I achieve the look most easily with a fine brush and a cream liner.
What are 5 products that are always in your makeup bag and you can’t live without and why?
Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio Shutterspeed
Rosebud Salve to keep my lips moisturized throughout the day; Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara makes my lashes look long and lush without any clumps; Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Shutterspeed (Sand, Vapor and Thunder) because they make my eyes look super natural; Burt Bee’s tinted lip balm in rose for a natural lip; and my MAC Mineralize pressed powder to cover the shine.

August Makeup Most Wanted – Alyssa’s Picks

August Most Wanted
Summer is almost over (already!) and the weather in Toronto has been super crazy. Everything from hot and humid to kind of cold, so these were my picks in August when you had no idea what to do with your makeup.
Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector
Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector
I’ve used this lightweight cream for a moisturizer, a base for makeup and everything in between. it absorbs so fast and feels like you have nothing on your face. I love that it’s a Canadian company and since it’s both hypo-allergenic and recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association, I don’t have to worry about any adverse effects on my relatively sensitive skin.
NYC Smooth Skin BB Creme 5-In-1 in Light
NYC Smooth Skin BB Creme 5 In 1 Light
This is probably the best drugstore BB Creme I’ve ever used. It’s light enough for my fair skin, covers everything it should cover but it’s not heavy at all. Actually, it’s a little runny, which I love, so I use less and can blend more easily. Since it’s under 5 bucks I’ll definitely be buying this again when I run out.
Avon Mega Effects Liquid Eye Liner in Black
Avon Mega Effects Liquid Eyeliner Black
Avon makeup is usually pretty hit and miss with me but this is definitely a win. The chiseled tip of this liquid eyeliner is pretty different than most and makes a cat eye super easy. It stays put pretty well, even in humidity, but is a lot easier to get off than most liquid liners.
Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium
Benefit Gimme Brow Light-Medium
I was convinced this would be too dark for my almost white eyebrows but it looks so natural I almost can’t believe it. Over the past few months I’ve tried a number of eyebrow products and this is the only one I’ve stuck to. The tiny mascara brush applicator basically makes it foolproof and it lasts until you take it off.
Annabelle Big Show Waterproof Mascara
Annabelle Big Show Waterproof Mascara
I wasn’t really a fan of the non waterproof version of this mascara so I’m not sure what happened to make me love this one so much. It defines, it lengthens and it’s not clumpy. I wish it was a tiny bit darker but for running around in humidity this is the perfect mascara.
Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipstick in Tangerine
Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipstick Tangerine
This is the perfect orange shade for summer but it’s not too bright and is just a little bit sheer. I love how long it lasts on my lips and is almost like a stain when it starts wearing off. And it smells like cherries which is a bonus.

Paul & Joe Beaute Nail Polish Review

paul and joe beaute nail polish

I had heard of Paul & Joe Beaute before, but never had a chance to try this UK brand, so I was excited to get the nail polish. First of all, the packaging for Paul & Joe is so pretty.

Look at that bottle. It’s so cute. This is the kind of makeup you want to leave out on your counter. That’s actually really important because I feel like Paul & Joe are tapping into my inner girly girl way before I ever even open the bottle.

When I started applying this nail polish I was really surprised. It’s so thin it could almost be a top coat. One coat of this pink nail polish barely tinted my nails. I needed to do four coats to get full colour on my nails. It was starting to feel a little thick, so I was glad when it finally got to a point that I couldn’t see right through it.

Once I had it on though, Paul & Joe Beaute nail polish didn’t disappoint again. It lasted for about four days before it had any chips or crack. I usually get sick of pink polish, but this colour was so sweet I couldn’t resist it. It’s like cotton candy or something.

So if you don’t mind having to do a few extra coats and want nail polish that looks adorable on your makeup table find a way to get this UK favourite. I’m going to try using it as a top coat soon and hopefully will be able to share some more fun results with new ways to use it.

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