Category: Makeup Most Wanted

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!

Win A Girls With Curls Survival Kit

The hot humidity of summer is approaching and our hair is already feeling the effects. Anyone will curls will feel the pain of summer frizz. Dippity-do’s Girls with Curls line is made with shea butter, coconut oil, aloe and vitamin E to calm your curls in the heat of summer. The best part is that this collection will give you beautiful curls without breaking the bank like some other salon collections.

We want to share the joy of soft beautiful curls all summer long by winning a Girls With Curls Survival Kit. Makeup Most Wanted is giving away the complete Dippity-do hair care collection featuring Curl Shampoo, Curl Conditioner, Curl Shaping Gelee, Leave-In Curl Defining Cream and Curl Deep Conditioning Treatment.


To win, we want to see your most unruly hair! Head to Twitter and use the hashtag #DippitydoGirlswithCurls when you tweet a photo of your crazy hair to us @makeupwanted showing why you need this Dippity-Do hair care line!

This contest is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) until Friday, June 27, so make sure to show us your worst hair day!

Read our review of Dippity-Do’s Girls With Curls collection now.

Witches of East End’s Rachel Boston Talks Makeup


Beautiful Rachel Boston won us over as Ingrid Beauchamp on the first season of Witches Of East End, and we can’t wait for season two to bring back all of the drama and mystery this summer. Rachel fell in love with acting when she was 7 years old and is finally getting her chance at starring roles in this show and the Hallmark special ‘A Ring By Spring’, In preparation for the return of Witches Of East End, we spoke to Rachel Boston about how she stays looking so gorgeous. Learn her secrets now:

What is your first makeup or beauty related memory?

My grandmother sold Avon for over 30 years and my first memory related to makeup is going down to her basement to look at all of the boxes of makeup and skin care products. At the time, I didn’t know what was inside but it all seemed very exciting.

What is your everyday morning beauty routine like?

When I’m filming, it’s really simple. I wash my face, put on Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizer, add a little argan oil and rose oil and head to the studio.

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

Moisturizer, and I just started using coconut oil. It’s such a great moisturizer for the body.

What is your budget friendly beauty secret?

Cetaphil face wash works great for me.

How do you keep your hair looking gorgeous?  

I eat a healthy diet and keep it natural when I’m not filming. It goes through so much during the week, so I will let it air dry and wear it up my head when I have a break.

Do you have any products or treatments that you splurge on?

I love pure essential oils. My bathroom looks like an apothecary.

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

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizer keeps my skin happy, Josie Maran Argan illuminizer adds a glow, DiorShow Mascara lengthens lashes and it lasts all day, Yves Saint Laurent Toche Eclat is great for early morning eyes, and Terry Baume de Rose for my lips because I love all things roses.


St. Tropez Summer Tan Most Wanted

summer sun st tropez

Everyone is looking towards summer and for some of us, myself included, that means the return of a gorgeous tan. I know some prefer to be pearly white, but my skin never looks better than with a golden glow. I am starting this summer with a tan, and that means asking for some help from tanning pros at St. Tropez. To help us get ready for summer, we asked St. Tropez Skin Finishing Expert Sophie Evans for her 5 essentials for the perfect summer tan. Here is what she recommending investing in:

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse – This lightweight, easy to apply, velvety mousse delivers an even, all over tan. It is great for all skin types, dries in an instant and lasts for about 5-7 days. Aloe Vera helps keep the colour going strong, leaving a naturally glamorous result. It looks great from the initial application and won’t leave a sticky feeling.
(50 ml/$22.50, 120 ml/$40.00, 240 ml/$51.50, available select Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora stores as well as select salons and spas nationwide.)

St. Tropez Applicator Mitt – For a velvety smooth application of self tan, the Applicator Mitt is a definite must have. The water-resistant barrier ensures fingers remain unstained as you glide on self tan to your skin. Simply load up your mitt with self tan and apply with a light flat hand and sweeping strokes. 
($8, available select Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora stores as well as select salons and spas nationwide.)

St. Tropez Luxe Dry Oil – This innovative self-tanning solution gives a seriously hydrated, long lasting tan that looks great from the get go with its subtle colour and gold mica skin finishing particles. You will want to showcase this tan the moment it hits your skin. After your self tan, apply to all exposed limbs for a perfectly hydrated golden sheen, fitting for a night out!
($60/100ml, available now at select Sephora stores, will be available at select Hudson’s Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart stores as well as select salons and spas nationwide in June.)

Prep & Maintain Tan Enhancing Polish – Smooth skin is the first step to achieving a flawless tan and is crucial for prolonging an even colour for longer. Unlike other scrubs, which may contain ingredients that will remove self-tan, St.Tropez’s formulation has been specially created to make sure that it works to help a tan – not destroy it. It relies on the clever technology of spherical beads that won’t scratch or damage the skin but simply remove tired skin cells – ensuring smooth and silky results. To maintain your tan in between applications and ensure all around evenness, exfoliate every few days.
(200ml/$24, available at select salons and spas nationwide.)

Prep & Maintain Tan Enhancing Moisturiser – Packed with a luxurious blend of ingredients, the Tan Enhancing Moisturiser not only softens and smoothes skin but also extends the length of a tan and reduces fading and patchiness. Prior to tanning, use the moisturiser as a barrier cream on elbows, knees, whole of the foot, back of the heel, whole of the hand and back of the wrist as dry areas are prone to get darker if not protected.
(200ml/$24, available at select salons and spas nationwide.)

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May’s Makeup Most Wanted – Steph’s Picks

Spring is about starting fresh, so here are my most wanted makeup and beauty products for this month that will give you a fresh start whether it’s clean skin, pampering yourself or looking hot.

philosophy vanilla coconut

1. philosophy Vanilla Coconut set – This little three product set has me totally transported to a tropical island. The body lotion, shower gel and lip gloss trio has an intoxicated scent that I can’t get enough of. It’s perfect for summer’s coming long days and makes me feel a bit of the summer when it’s cold out.


2. Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm – Every girl should have a perfectly pink lip balm in their purse at all times. One that gives you a hint of colour and softens your lips. My new go to is Pixi Beauty’s Ripe Raspberry lip balm. It makes my lips feel so kissably soft.


3. Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection – This Smashbox collection is only for the real cool girls. Even the packaging screams super cool. The eyeshadow palette is full of dramatic blue and orange shades, while the eyeliner is shocking blue and glam gold. Of course the nail polish strips are the icing on the cake with those super funky wraps that no one will ever forget.

dermalogica clear start

4. Dermalogica Clear Start – I wish I had this acne skin care collection when I was a teen. It’s like getting a Dermalogica spa facial in your home. The face wash smells light and fresh, while the Daytime Treatment is easy to use and really effective on nasty breakouts.

avon cc corrector

5. Avon Ideal Flawless CC Color Corrector Pencil – I have a love/hate relationship with concealer, but this corrector pencil made all of my hate go away. This little pencil is the perfect on the go concealer for any issues. It is easy for breakouts, dark spots or under eyes to make you feel confident in seconds.


6. Sanctuary Spa Me Time Spa Treats – I wish I could head to the spa every week, but unfortunately I can’t. I love this little set to save until you have a night alone to take over the bathroom for serious pampering. It has a body wash, scrub, butter and hand cream that have the smell of your favourite spa. Perfect for you or for a gift if you can part with it.

True Blood’s Tara Buck Talks Beauty

Photo: Mathieu Bitton

Los Angeles based actress Tara Buck might be best known for her role as Ginger on HBO’s True Blood, but this blonde beauty has been featured on everything from Party Of Five, to Nip/Tuck, to Bones and many more. She’s not just a talented actress and in her spare time she’s co-owner of Ledbetter Wines. We caught up with Tara Buck before the premiere of the final season of True Blood to get her to spill a few of her beauty secrets.

What is your first makeup or beauty related memory?
My Mom gave me a makeup kit as part of my “dress up box” when I was about 8 or 9.  I’m sure it was a collection of items she no longer used and it was my pride and joy. I took it with me everywhere, showed it off to friends and often offered to give the neighborhood kids makeovers. Some kids weren’t allowed to wear makeup, so it was frequently a secret indulgence that had to be removed when they left our play dates. My Mom is an artist and I always felt like I was practicing my painting skills as I experimented with applying eyeshadows.

What is your everyday morning beauty routine like?
I wake up, wash may face with water and maybe a little Dermaquest Glyco Creamy Cleanser, do the usual teeth brushing bit but beyond that my morning routine varies significantly from very minimal to a full on production. I always apply sunscreen and a under eye cream. If I’m not on set working or going to auditions I save the makeup and blow dry for later in the evening. I like to be outside when the sun is shining and beyond protecting my skin I don’t really want much more. My routine is more consistent before I go to bed.  Preclease, cleanse, always a good moisturizer under my eyes and usually a good lip scrub.
Dermalogica precleanse
Do you have any tricks that you have learned on sets?
When I’m shooting True Blood I wear a lot of makeup. Heavy everything! I wear liberal amounts of foundation, full lashes, liner, a spray tan and usually a lot of blood. When shooting is finished at the end of the day all I want to do it get that makeup off. They always have Dermalogica Precleanse in the trailer waiting with a warm washcloth when we are finished shooting. The Precleanse just kind of melts away the layers of product without leaving my face feeling irritated or raw. I fell in love with this product onset and now I use it at home as well.

What will you never leave the house without wearing or applying?
SUNSCREEN! Dermaquest tinted moisturizer with SPF is my favorite right now. It’s perfect for summer when I want light coverage. With this one product I’m adding moisture, just enough tint to even out my skin without covering my freckles and the protection of SPF 30.  There is no oiliness to it and the texture is really light and almost fluffy.

What are 5 products that are always in your makeup bag and you can’t live without and why?
29 Cosmetic’s Hint of Honey Lip Treatment. It’s a great moisturizer and it has little gold flecks in it that add shine. It’s great by it’s self or as a gloss over lip color. The smell is subtle and delicious. It’s perfect for someone who easily gets dry lips without being waxy or goopy.
Youngblood Tangelo
A bright fun lipstick. My staple for a while has been Youngblood’s Tangelo.  Orange is my alternative to red. Red is great but can be a bit unruly. I often just wear gloss but I like to always have a bold color on hand. Even with no other makeup a bold lip can create an entire look. Tangelo is beautiful lightly applied for a soft summery look as well as the darker splash of color after the sun goes down so it’s a perfectly versatile staple.

Black Mascara. Youngblood makes a great one that is thickening and doesn’t smudge or flake. I have long very light lashes. They are invisible until they have mascara on them, but if the mascara doesn’t stay put I end up with muddy smudges up around my brows or dark circles below my eyes so I’m very picky with mascara.  A tube of Youngblood’s Blackout is always in my bag.

My beauty secret weapon is Ardell Duralash individual lashes (short flare brown).  You can get them at almost any drug store and they are inexpensive and easy but always make me feel extra fabulous when I use them. Individuals are my favorite because you can make them really subtle for a natural look or layer them up for the perfect cat eye. Using them allows you to create the illusion that the actual shape of your eye has changed. Creating different characters and changing how I look is a big part of what I do for work. Adding just the right lashes can change my look dramatically and make me feel like a chameleon.

I like the option of a soft tan so I keep Yon Ka Auto- Bronzant face and body in my bag always. Unlike most self-tanners it’s very light, great for my face and chest, never makes me breakout and has a very mild odor. It’s actually a very nice non greasy moisturizer as well.  Truly the best self tanner I’ve ever found and I’ve tried them all.

Thanks to Tara for answering our questions and don’t forget to check her out on True Blood this June!

Marta Pacek’s Makeup Most Wanted


Australian folk singer Marta Pacek is invading Canada this spring. The Aussie beauty had a new album, Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms, in Canada now and a few showcases at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Makeup Most Wanted caught up with Marta Pacek before her first CMW showcase tonight at Johnny Jackson to find out the secret behind her effortless beauty. We asked Marta to share the makeup she most wanted to bring around the world.


1. Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Exfoliant & Face Oil – Made by a company from my hometown of Melbourne Australia, this is essentially a dry mix of crushed botanicals including, aloe vera, walnut shells and tea tree leaf.  You can adjust the exfoliation level by altering how much cleanser you mix it with. Mixed with just water, It gives the deepest exfoliation comparable to in salon microdermabrasion. I use [the face oil] as my daily moisturizer and love the way it smells. To save space in my luggage, I like to combine this with another favourite product, Dr Haushka Translucent Bronzing Tint and always pre-mix a few bottles for my longer tours.


2. Dr Haushka Translucent Bronzing Tint – It’s like a liquid mineral bronzer, but I find it’s too dry on it’s own so I mix it with my Aesop Fabulous Face Oil and the result is a sheer, sun-kissed, dewy look.


3. Le Labo Patchouli 24 – I discovered this take on my favourite perfume while living in NYC’s East Village.  The Patchouli is not easy to detect in this formula. The smoky, leathery character of birch takes over in the first few seconds, making this signature absolutely unique and difficult to situate. Fortunately, a touch of vanilla comes in to calm this little world, bringing peace, sensuality and softness to these violent animal notes.
4. Sarnya Key Pure African Shea Butter  – Because I have fine hair, I only condition the ends and a little of this butter goes a long way, saving me space in my toiletries bag. It leaves my hair soft and silky and smelling beautiful. It also doubles up as a great shaving emulsion.
5. Tinderbox Apple and Rooibos Shampoo & Honey Myrtle Conditioner – My hippie girlfriend Fiona introduced me to this beautiful Western Australian made skin care range which I find very affordable and completely natural.
6. Nars Dolce Vita Lip Crayon  – I have been wearing this dusty rosy red matte on my lips for several years now and I also wear it on my cheeks. I recently purchased the sheer lipstick version which is more translucent for day time wear. It’s not on the Nars website anymore which I fear means it’s being discontinued.
7. Bare Escentuals  Buxom Lash Mascara – I was born with really thick long eyelashes but strangely they are blonde at the tips so I like to use a really dramatic mascara. This is by far the best one I have ever used and the formula lasts a very long time. It’s also very gentle to remove with warm soapy water.
Catch Marta Pacek in Canada during her Canadian Music Week showcases or her Ontario tour throughout May. Get tour dates on her website now.

CC Cream Most Wanted

While not as popular as BB Creams, CC Creams are one of the first steps to a well-rounded makeup routine. Not all CC Creams are created equal though. From thick to sheer to moisturizing, every company has created a CC cream with its own personality. Here are our three Most Wanted CC Creams:

stila cc cream

Stila CC Color Correcting Cream

Stila has created a CC cream that is unlike any other one on the market. Stila developed a green based cream. Anyone who knows makeup will know that this means the makeup is colour correcting to remove all redness. It isn’t sheer though, which is the best part! The pigments in the makeup adapt to your skin tone to create a shade that matches you perfectly. It feels like having your own custom makeup colour in a bottle. It’s not the best coverage, but it is one of the most moisturizing creams I’ve used.

Related: BB Cream Most Wanted


Sephora Skin Perfect CC Cream

For full coverage this is the CC cream you need to reach for. Sephora’s skin perfect cream offers more coverage for my skin than most of my regular foundations. It is also so moisturizing that I don’t feel guilty if I forget to moisturize. It hydrates and corrects my skin tone so I feel beautiful all day. I am in love!

annabelle cc cream

Annabelle CC Colour Control Instant Perfecting Base Natural Finish

As we move into summer, this is the cream I will be reaching for. This is one of the lightest cc creams I’ve ever tried. It’s perfect for a warm day because it stays on my skin and don’t clog up my pores. It makes my face feel velvety smooth. I can even finish my look with the CC powder for added skin perfection.