Category: Makeup Most Wanted

Cargo Most Wanted + Giveaway

Cargo products are finally easier to get in Canada again and to celebrate we decided to do a Most Wanted on our favourite Cargo products and giveaway a prizepack to one of our lucky readers!

Cargo High Definition Mattifier
Cargo HD Picture Perfect Mattifier
Not only is a primer really important in the summer but one that’s also mattifying? Completely necessary. This one goes on really smoothly and lasts all day without feeling heavy. And it does a really good job on getting rid of the shine.
Cargo Brow Pencil
Cargo Brow Pencil
My eyebrows are so pale they look bleached, which makes finding a pencil that doesn’t look completely fake nearly impossible. Until I found the Cargo Brow Pencil. It’s pretty much changed how I feel about my eyebrows.
Cargo Essential Palette
Cargo Essential Palette
If you’re not an eyeshadow expert (and really, how many of us are?), this palette is perfect for you. It tells you exactly where each shade goes and comes in a few great neutral options.
Cargo Essential Lip Gloss
Cargo Essential Lip Gloss
The shades this lip gloss comes in are gorgeous, not sticky and have pretty good wear time. What more could you want in a gloss?

We’re giving away a Cargo prizepack consisting of:

Texasliner Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Bronzing Powder in Matte-Medium
Essential Eye Shadow Palette in Warm Neutral
Long Wear Lip Gloss in Bourbon Street

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Defiance Actress Stephanie Leonidas Talks About Makeup

Stephanie Leonidas

As Irisa on Defiance, Stephanie Leonidas shines as the feisty extraterrestrial. This tough warrior on screen becomes her character so completely that you might barely recognize her outside of the alien attire. Once you see her though, it’s impossible to deny that this Brit is anything but gorgeous. With Defiance’s season two premiere airing tonight on Showcase, we talked to Stephanie Leonidas about her off screen makeup and beauty.

What is your first makeup or beauty related memory?

One of my favourite early memories is of me sat in front of a mirror with my mums black eyeliner and using it as a lipstick. I loved the way it completely changed the way I looked.

What will you never leave the house without wearing or applying?

Blush! I can’t physically blush myself and I’ve always been jealous of people who have a natural colour to their cheeks. I look like a corpse otherwise. Ha ha!

What is your budget friendly beauty secret?

Neutrogena face scrub. I love it. My skin can be temperamental.  I suffered from acne as a kid and this product is one I’ve always been able to rely on without breaking out. Even when my skin is good, the scrub really helps keep it that way.

Do you have any tricks that you have learned on sets?

I love a hot towel on my face in the evening once all the makeup has been taken off. I’m often too lazy to do it at home, but it’s a nice routine, after a day of being caked in makeup.

Do you have a signature scent?

I love to vary perfumes through the year. But my go to scent is actually an Egyptian Musk oil that my friend Sophia Myles introduced me to. It’s such a smooth calming scent. I love it.

armani-mascaraDo you have any products or treatments that you splurge on?

Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara and Maquillage Fusion Foundation. Two great products. The mascara is like putting on false eyelashes and the foundation is so smooth and light. There’s no going back now!

What is your latest beauty obsession?

Drinking a litre and a half of water a day. I get very lazy with this, but I’m back on track with it. The differences are incredible. You just look and feel so much brighter, and it’s cheap!

Watch Defiance tonight at 10 pm on Showcase.

Summer Most Wanted Makeup Essentials


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Whether it’s playing baseball, riding my bike, taking a dip or going to a summer festival, my summer is always packed. I am always on the go, so I demand more from my makeup in the summer. I have rounded up my Most Wanted Makeup for a busy summer with products that won’t let you down when it gets hot.

Cargo Water Resistant Blush – Honestly, I never thought that anyone would need a waterproof blush, but Cargo has given what we didn’t even know we needed. I am not recommending this blush because its waterproof though. I love it because the baked clay shade is gorgeous and it lasts all day long with just the perfect pink glow.

Olay Complete Moisturizer – I love a no nonsense face moisturizer in the summer time. Something that does it all with a sunscreen. Olay’s complete moisturizer is perfect for all skin types and with SPF 30 just right for every summer day.

Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara – Smashbox has made their most popular mascara in a waterproof formula. This is an intense black mascara that makes your lashes super thick with mascara that won’t come off for hours. Warning to users though because this mascara is so thick, you need to apply very carefully and clean the brush often. It gets clumpy easily, so you need to use with care.

Pixi Lash Line Ink – Get perfectly lined eyes that won’t smudge or budge with the summer heat. This liner is so easy to use. The pen liner has a fine tip, so you don’t have to worry about getting black liner everywhere like some liquid liners.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Eye Shadow – This new eye shadow pencil is easy to apply with just one swipe. It doesn’t smudge and it’s practically impossible to screw up. Perfect eye shadow that can last through anything, who could ask for more.

Maybelline Color Elixir – This combines a lip colour, balm and gloss to do everything in one. It gives me a glossy shine, but rich colour. And my lips feel soft and smooth. It’s perfect for summer and affordable, so I can get one in every colour.

Proactiv Solution – Summer activities can also mean annoying breakouts. Proactiv’s three step system is perfect for anyone suffering from acne. Stick to it all summer and you won’t have to worry about having a zit on the beach.

Secret Clinical Protection Deodorant – When the temperature rises, it’s time to get serious. The rest of the year I don’t mind wearing regular deodorant, but things change in the summer. If you are getting active, once it gets humid, you need more. Clinical Protection Deodorant will stand up against anything. I have never felt more confident than when I wear this stuff. So far, nothing has been able to beat it.

Audrey Whitby Beauty Interview


Young Audrey Whitby has already started to gain a following and is following in the footsteps of so many of her Disney Channel predecessors. This weekend she’ll star in her first Nickelodeon feature film, Terry The Tomboy, and is on her way to becoming a household name. How could you not fall for this blonde belle. We caught up with the very busy Audrey Whitby to find out what she’s learned about beauty as a teen.

What is your first beauty memory?

My first beauty related memory was my mom putting hot rollers in my hair for the school play I was in. I remember loving the curls so much I wanted her to do it all the time.

What will you never leave the house without wearing?

My Mom is a southern lady and she always told me to never leave the house without lipstick and hairspray. “The bigger the hair the closer to God.”  I’m not good about the hairspray part, but I do always have some lip gloss near me.

Have you learned any makeup tricks on set?

I’m so lucky to have a team of professionals doing my makeup most of the time. They always have awesome little tips. They taught me about how if you add a little bit of water, any color eye shadow can be an eyeliner. That comes in really handy if I want to do something funky like blue eyeliner. Just put a little water on the eye shadow, use a thin liner brush, and just apply like eyeliner.

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Do you have a signature scent?

My signature scent is Meow by Katy Perry. It’s an awesome story because the same day they released it at Nordstrom she was doing a meet and greet. I stopped by and picked up my new favorite perfume and met one of my idols!  It was a great day.

What products will you splurge on?

I will splurge on lotion. I think moisturizing is the most important thing you can do for your skin besides keeping it clean. I have this one really fancy face cream from this spa. I’m not sure if I’m just trying to tell myself that it’s working better, but I really think it is!

What’s your latest beauty obsession?

My latest beauty obsession has been the red lip. I have this fantastic set of liner, lipstick, and lip gloss that all goes into making the perfect red lip. Thank you MAC!

MMVAs Beauty With MuchMusic’s Lauren Toyota


This weekend, MuchMusic headquarters plays host to Canada’s biggest night in music the MMVA’s. One of MuchMusic’s leading ladies Lauren Toyota will be center stage on the red carpet and with hosts Kendall and Kylee Jenner as it all goes down. To get ready for the MMVA’s we spoke to Lauren Toyota about her beauty regime and what she does to stay looking amazing.

How do you get ready for the MMVAs?

Anything I need to do to get ready for the MMVAs, like applying sunless tanner and painting my nails, is usually done the night before the show. Then I have a great hairstylist and makeup artist that come in to get me ready a couple of hours before the show!

Who is your favourite red carpet beauty celeb and why?

I really like Jennifer Aniston. She always looks put together, classic, and fresh.  It never appears as though she’s trying too hard.

What is your everyday morning beauty routine like?

If I don’t have to be on-air that day, I usually won’t wear makeup, but if I do, I use mascara and throw my hair up in a high bun. If I have to do my own makeup for work, which sometimes is the case, it takes me about an hour and fifteen minutes to do full makeup and hair. I wash and moisturize my face every morning and night with two all-natural oil products from Province Apothecary.


What will you never leave the house without wearing or applying?

I never wear makeup on my way to work or when I’m running errands on the weekend. But if I’m going out to a party or event then I definitely do full makeup including foundation, concealer, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, and a bright lipstick or just a nude gloss, depending on the outing.

Do you have any tricks that you have learned on set?

When I first started in TV I had to get myself camera-ready, so I’ve become really good at doing my makeup. Over the years I’ve observed makeup artists and have learned how to contour my face and play with eye shadow techniques. I am also really good at applying false lashes, and almost always style my own hair as well.

How do you keep your hair looking gorgeous?

My hair is pretty strong and resilient, likely because I’ve kept it one colour over the last 10 years so it hasn’t been over-exposed to chemicals. The truth is, I dye my roots once a month, I trim my bangs every one or two weeks, and if you see me on television I’m wearing clip-in extensions.

Watch the MMVA’s Sunday night where Lauren Toyota will be live!

Mary Murphy Talks Beauty

Ballroom expert Mary Murphy may be best known on So You Think You Can Dance as the ‘Queen of Scream’ and for her ‘Hot Tamale Train’ but we wanted to know how she always keeps herself looking fabulous.
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While talking to her we noticed that not only is she just as nice as we expected but she gets just as excited about makeup as she does the dancers on SYTYCD. But that wasn’t always the case. Mary didn’t grow up loving makeup and playing dress-up in her mother’s makeup.

“My mother never wore makeup and I was certainly a tomboy, I wouldn’t be caught dead near any of that stuff. And I grew up in such a small, little rural town nobody was really into any of that. I didn’t really have lipstick on until my junior year  and that was because I was a majorette. And I might’ve put some mascara on but had eyeshadow whatsoever and I just remember seeing a picture of me with red lipstick and mascara. That was my first time being in the spotlight and hearing applause and liking it. I had no idea, I did not grow up dancing.”

After starting dance in college, including modern dance, she didn’t quite get on the makeup train until she started ballroom dance.

“It all really started changing for me when I got into ballroom which was over the top makeup and I flip flopped in my life from being this complete tomboy to going to the other extreme. Since that moment that I went into ballroom and I fell in love with makeup and to this day I think my makeup bag gets about ten pounds heavier every year, the older I get. I love it, I’m not a one line type of person. If there’s a kit involved I’m going to figure out what I need to buy to get that extra eye kit.”
Smith's Strawberry Lip Balm
Mary may not stick to one product line but there are definitely a few beauty products she can’t live without.
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
“I love Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm, I love the smell. I love Jurlique’s Rosewater spray. I travel with that and there’s nothing that refreshes me more than sitting on an airplane and while my skin is dehydrating I squirt myself with this most beautiful rose water. Every time I get to a hotel room I put it on my pillows and I put it on my face when I get up in the morning. I love Anastasia’s eyebrow pencil. If I have to go out the door without doing anything else I always have to have eyebrows. I feel like you can get by with just a little mascara, some lipstick and some eyebrows and not do anything else.”
EVO Shine Spray
Any So You Think You Can Dance fan knows that Mary’s changes her hairstyle often but how does she keep her hair looking amazing?

“Since I’ve gone blond, in between I use KMS Color Vitality, which one of the hairdressers told me about. People think I’ve had my hair dyed that day once I give myself a little treatment. I also use a company called EVO, I use their shine spray right before I walked out on the show and if I feel my hair getting damaged I’ll wash my hair with their shampoo and conditioner and it really makes my hair feel good.”

Mary Murphy is on So You Think You Can Dance all summer Wednesday’s at 8pm EST on Fox and we can’t wait to see what she’s up to this season!

Father’s Day Most Wanted: Last Minute Gift Ideas

We haven’t done any posts for guys in the past but we have to shop for Father’s Day so we thought we’d put together some last minute gift ideas that dads, boyfriends and husbands will love but are all easily accessible last minute so you don’t have to buy a tie or something equally predictable.

The Body Shop Energizing Face Bundle
This gift set has everything a guy could need to keep his face looking great without having to borrow the ‘girly’ stuff. The set includes a face wash, a face protector and a scrub.

Braun Cool Tec Shaver
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This shaver cools down the skin while shaving leaving less irritation and redness. It also features a trimmer.

Oral-B Black 7000 Electric Toothbrush
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This high tech toothbrush has 6 modes and a SmartGuide display that gives you feedback while you brush.

L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Moisturizer and Lip Balm
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Guys love lip balm just as much as we do only now they have one just for them. A 3-Day Beard Moisturizer is great for those guys who hate to shave but love keeping their beard looking great.

We hope we helped with our last minute Father’s Day gift ideas!

Shenae Grimes Shares Her Beauty Secrets


Canadian actress Shenae Grimes has come so far from the halls of Degrassi and Beverly Hills. This beauty has taken the next step in her life, marrying model and musician Josh Beech last year. The pair started a blog together, Two Halves, that explores all of their interests from music, to fashion, and beyond. Along with writing and directing music videos, Shenae Grimes has taken on the role as the face of Canadian beauty brands Annabelle. We caught up with Shenae to find out about her love of beauty and her favourite products.

What is your first makeup or beauty related memory?

Discovering a liquid eyeliner pen and leaving the memory of my smudgy raccoon eyes in my old high school hallways.  I always had a thing about never leaving the house without a heavy dose of black eyeliner pencil, but I never really knew how to apply it well.  Discovering an easy flick of the wrist liquid eyeliner pen was a beauty. Godsend!

What is your everyday morning beauty routine like?

I always cleanse, tone, and moisturize my face thoroughly before bed and in the morning.  I’m not one of those soap and water kinda gals.  Washing my face makes me feel so clean and refreshed and when I maintain that routine well I can usually forego makeup for the daytime.  I like getting dolled up at night, but unless I have a meeting or daytime event, I like to stay fresh-faced during the day if I’m feeling good about my skin.


What is your budget friendly beauty secret?

Annabelle makeup is an affordable but incredible quality line that makes up my entire makeup routine these days.  I know, as the ambassador, I’m sure you think I’m supposed to say that, but since being reintroduced to the brand since I moved away from Toronto years ago, I’ve fallen in love all over again.  It shocks me how much money I wasted on a makeup routine when their amazing range of products are swimming around all over Canada at 1/3 of the cost or less!

Do you have a signature scent? What is it and how did you fall in love with it?

The only perfume I’ve ever worn is the limited addition holiday scents Escada brings out every year. They’re fruity and delicious.  My mom got me my first bottle for Christmas years and years ago and I wore it religiously so she’s gotten me the new one for Christmas every year since. Thanks for keepin’ me smelling good Mama!

What is your latest beauty obsession?

A fun hair color… I haven’t yet committed but for months I’ve been itching to try something a little out there and fun.  Just booked a hair appointment with my go-to gal in LA so we’ll see what happens next time I’m there!


What are 5 products that are always in your makeup bag and you can’t live without and why?

Annabelle’s BB Beauty Balm – It’s like a tinted moisturizer; light creamy consistency with SPF in it but still gives you that little bit of all over coverage we gals like to have!

Annabelle’s Eye Ink – It’s the best liquid eyeliner I’ve tried on the market and trust me, I’ve tried ‘em all!

Rosebud Salve – I’m not very big on lip color day to day but I do always like to keep my lips moisturized.

Shu Uemera eyelash curler – It’s the staple product that all makeup artists I’ve met use because it really does the trick. My husband hates the fake eyelash thing so this is a perfect tool for natural lashes.

Marcelle’s Xtension Plus Mascara is my absolute number one must-have.  This product is magic, makes my eyelashes look 50% longer than any other mascara I’ve tried.

Anna Sui Most Wanted and Giveaway

There’s nothing I like more than great makeup that comes in gorgeous packaging and luckily Anna Sui has combined her makeup and perfumes with absolutely stunning packaging. Our most wanted is a mix of things we already love from Anna Sui and what we want the most.

Anna Sui Loose Compact Powder
Anna Sui Protective Loose Powder
Once you figure out how to use it, this powder is super silky and smells great. It feels like a throwback to the way powder used to be.
Anna Sui Secret Wish Caravan
Anna Sui Secret Wish Limited Edition Caravan
The perfume itself is a really nice fruity floral perfect for warm seasons but really, look at that caravan! It’s so pretty and detailed and would make a perfect addition to any countertop. You can also fill it with all your Anna Sui goodies. Too bad it’s limited edition.
Anna Sui Beauty Tray
Anna Sui Beauty Tray
I don’t have this yet but it’s probably going to be one of the next things I buy. It’s the perfect size for powders and eyeshadows and I could look at it for hours.
Anna Sui Limited Edition Lipstick
In keeping with the Anna Sui theme of rose in packaging, these limited edition lipsticks are vibrant shades of pink and coral and the rose covered cases are just as nice.

The lovely people at Anna Sui have generously given us a prizepack to give to our readers!
It includes:
Lipstick in shade 600
Lip Balm
Lip Crayon in shade 301
Liquid Eyeliner in shade 500
This giveaway is valued at $110!

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Mascara Most Wanted

If there’s one makeup product I won’t leave the house without, it’s mascara. Although my eyelashes are a pretty decent length, on their own their basically white. These are my most wanted mascaras (and a primer) right now.

Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara
Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara
This is my go to for daytime when I don’t want to up the drama too much but still want great lashes. It really separates and defines my lashes without going volume crazy. I’m not sure anything feathers but as long as it works I don’t care what it’s called.

Cargo HD Picture Perfect Mascara
This is the most recent addition to my mascara collection and it’s quickly becoming one of my favourites. I get volume and length and it looks like I have way more lashes than I actually do. It has a little ball on the end of the brush meant for bottom lashes but I use it to catch all my tiny lashes on top instead. Since my previous favourite mascara has been discontinued, it seems like this is going to be the one replacing it.

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara
Benefit They're Real! Mascara
This mascara is a classic for a reason. It really gives you great definition and length. I don’t get as much volume as I would necessarily like but with the tiny ball on the end that you use vertically my lashes look amazing when I use it.

Maybelline Volume Express Pumped Up! Mascara
Maybelline Pumped Up Mascara
If I’m buying mascara at a drugstore it’s almost always going to be Maybelline. Their mascara seems to always make my lashes look fantastic. The newest part of their Volume Express Line, Pumped Up! is no exception. One coat and I have crazy length and volume. Two coats and it looks like I’m wearing falsies without the work.

Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus
Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus
Although it’s not technically a mascara, if I’m going to be wearing more than a basic coat then I’m definitely using this primer first. It helps my lashes from getting dried out and clumpy and it’s definitely made some not so great mascaras work a lot better. If you wear a lot of mascara you definitely need this.

I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list constantly as I’m always on the hunt for my new favourite mascara but let us know what your fave is!