Category: Makeup Most Wanted

May Makeup Most Wanted – Steph’s Picks

Spring is in the air! Here are the products that we have fallen for this May!

The Face Shop Mango Seed Collection

The Face Shop Mango Seed Collection

This Asian skincare line is making a big splash now that they have come to Canada. After using this line of mango seed skincare, it’s obvious why. The cleanser is oil based and gets your face squeaky clean. It almost leaves your skin feeling too dry. Luckily there is an amazing toner that gets my skin feeling normal again. Finish with one of the face butter’s for my favourite feel of the season!

Lush Shampoo Bars

Lush Shampoo Bars

I was pretty sure that a shampoo bar wouldn’t work on my thick, long hair. It seemed like it would be good for short hair, but not long hair. I didn’t know how this would work in my hair. one word: Brilliantly! It lathers up nicely in my hair and makes my air feel super clean. It’ nice because it works just as good on my boyfriend’s short hair. It will be amazing for taking with us on a trip or camping because it’s easy to pack and comes in it’s own little metal container.

Stila Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer Lipstick

Stila Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer & Nude InterLude Color Balm Lipstick

I am including these together, because in my mind they are inseparable. Since I got them, I have been wearing them together each time. The primer is your first step. They make my lips feel fuller and smoother. I found that I had to wait a few minutes to let it dry before the next step. Stila released three shades of nude lipstick for spring and I am in love with the way it feels on my lips. Using the two together makes my lips feel so amazing. The lipstick is creamy, rich, moisturizing and just all over amazing. I wish that I could get this in a few different colours though so that I could have a shade for every mood!

Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Shadow Palette

 Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Shadow Palette

I have never fallen in love with a palette as much as I did with this eye shadow palette at first sight. It’s strange. These sugary sweet hues aren’t often my type. There is something about the shimmery hues and bright colours that just captured me. There is the teal ‘Blue Raspberry’, the sparkly purple ‘Sugared Violet’, and the shimmery nude hues ‘Rock Candy’ and ‘Peach Fuzz’. A colour for every day and I love them all!

Spring ’15 Most Wanted Luxe Mascara

Spring '15 Most Wanted Luxe Mascara
We’ve had a chance to try out a ton of new mascaras lately. So many in fact that we had so much trouble narrowing down our favourites that we had to split them into drugstore and luxe categories.

Guerlain Cils D’Enfer So Volume Mascara
Guerlain Cils D'Enfer So Volume Mascara
This mascara is super volumizing without being clumpy. My lashes are a pretty decent length on their own but need help in the volume department and this definitely delivers. It doesn’t hurt that it smells amazing. And unlike typical round mascara tubes, this one is a perfect rectangular pocket size that fits into places better.
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
If you’re scared of eyelash curler or know someone who is, Roller Lash is the next best thing. It literally curls every lash and gives great length at the same time. If you’re looking for more volume though, you probably want to use a coat of this and then add your favourite volumizing mascara on top.
Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch Lengthening and Defining Mascara
Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch Lengthening & Defining Mascara
Smoky Stretch really gives you some serious length but doesn’t clump at all. It’s quickly become my favourite daytime mascara and I love that my eyelashes look super long and defined but subtle at the same time.
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils
I can’t say enough about this mascara. You want volume? You’ve got it. This mascara is supposed to make your lashes look like you’re wearing falsies and it really does. This is literally everything I want in a mascara. This YSL classic mascara has been reformulated for it’s 15th anniversary and comes in six shades. It might be on the pricier side of mascaras but considering how well it works, I’d say it’s worth the money.
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme!
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme!
If you want to really go all out with your lashes but can’t get a handle on fake lash strips, you need to try this set. First you use the gold tubed primer. Then you follow up with two coats of the white lash extension fibres and finish off with another coat of primer. You end up with seriously major lashes. Calling it extreme isn’t an understatement. And for a night out when I want up up my lash game and don’t want to deal with fake eyelashes, this is what I reach for.

Spring Face Masks Most Wanted – Alyssa Tries

Stephanie posted her spring face mask picks yesterday and now it’s my turn. Apparently I like my masks with tea in them.
boscia Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask
boscia Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask
This mask took a little bit of work to get used to. It’s a sheet mask but it’s got quite a slimy feel to it. Once you get it on properly and let it do it’s thing, it’s amazing. It left my skin feeling amazingly refreshed, and it was definitely mattifying. They’re only $10 CDN at Sephora so I’ve already grabbed another one. This mask comes in two other varieties as well.
StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask
StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask
This mask is probably the most classic of my picks. It applies really creamy and you only need a thin layer so a little goes a long way. It gets drier as it sets and once it’s comes off your skin feels really soft. I almost didn’t want to use moisturizer after. If you have super dry skin, I’d skip this one but for everyone else that wants really soft and glowy skin, you should take a look at this one.
Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask
Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask
I adore Royal Apothic’s packaging and I love that you can buy this mask in a tub with six tubes or you can buy one individually. This mask isn’t just for your face. You can use it on your mask, neck, hands or anywhere you want a little tightening up. It has a little bit of a grain to it, so you get a good scrub when you’re removing it, which I love.
fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
There are literally no words for how much I love this mask. The texture is so unique, almost like a whipped balm and it’s so refreshing to apply. This mask doesn’t get dry while it sets and even though it says to leave it on for 5-10 minutes, after five my skin just looks seriously fabulous. I don’t know how it works but it does. If you want hydrated, glowing skin you need to try this mask.
Lotus Aroma Pink Clay Soothing Mask
Lotus Aroma Pink Clay Soothing Mask
When my skin gets really sensitive, this is the mask I reach for. The pink clay doesn’t get overly dry but I can feel it really pulling stuff out of my skin, in a good way. the result leaves me with super smooth skin that has way less redness than before.

New Products To Keep In Your Shower This Spring

Spring is a time to update your bath products. Put away the winter products for these fresh spring picks:

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Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up Exfoliating Cleanser

I love using an exfoliating face wash every time I clean my face, but I know that it’s not really good for my skin. This exfoliator is gentle enough to be used as a daily cleanser, but still gives you a good scrub.

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Clear Active Damage Resist Shampoo & Conditioner

This affordable shampoo and conditioner doesn’t just fight dandruff, but also nourishes your skin so that you have stronger locks. While I was using it, I wasn’t overwhelmingly impressed. This was ok, but nothing crazy. It was only after I stopped using it that I noticed a difference. My hair wasn’t as soft and easy to manage as it once was.

lotus aroma body wash

Lotus Aroma Bath & Body Wash

I love body wash that fills the bathroom with rich smells. I’m not even very particular in what the smells are. As long as it mixes with the steam to create a spa like feel, I am in. Lotus Aroma uses natural essential oils to create some of the strongest scented body wash I’ve had the pleasure of using. Be warned that these are very strong, but if you are into strong smells like me, then prepare for some pampering.

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John Masters Organics Body Scrubs

Freshen up and exfoliate the skin all over the rest of your body with these new organic scrubs. There are three scents ‘fresh’ (lemon and lime), ‘refreshing’ (lavender and palmarosa) and ‘sweet’ (raspberry and orange). The scents aren’t as sweet or powerful as you might expect, but that doesn’t make them any less effective. The mixture of sugars and natural oils and butters make these scrubs tough on skin, but also highly moisturizing. It’s great for washing away winter skin.
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Nivea In-Shower Body Milk

If you’re lazy with body lotion, Nivea’s In-Shower Body Milk makes things a lot easier. Just apply in the shower after you’re done with soap, rinse off and you’re done. You don’t really notice how hydrated your skin is until you’re dry and for something to work this well in such a short amount of time is amazing. It comes in three different types, but the Nourishing for very dry skin is my favourite.

Affordable Drugstore Makeup Most Wanted

Some makeup enthusiasts might think a higher price means higher quality, but that is not at all true! Here are some drugstore makeup picks you don’t want to miss. Best of all, you won’t have to dip into your savings to afford them all.

live clean coconut shampoo

Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner

If you are sick of dry winter hair that is full of static, Live Clean has a new line of shampoo and conditioner that is full of moisturizing properties. I was a little disappointed that the products didn’t smell more like coconut and less soapy. Regardless that are so creamy and soft your hair. My favourite things about the line is that it is all natural and affordable making me feel good about buying it!

Annabelle Lipsies Fruity Lip Balm

Annabelle Lipsies Fruity Lip Balm

I’ve been carrying one of these scented lip balms in my purse since I discovered them. Because they are scented like fruit, many older people might dismiss them, but they are great. These lip balm sticks help to soften your lips, while providing great colour. You will be surprised by the vibrant colour that you get from these sticks. It’s a colour and softness that I found last quite a long time. Best of all they are just $4.95! I recommend the cherry or coco-vanilla.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte Poreless Powder

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder

If you are feeling a bit shiny, keep this powder handy for some last minute touch ups. The matching foundation is not too bad either, but the powder is really where it’s at! I like that I can get the rest of my makeup done and then add this final powder to stop annoying shine. I keep it handy after work too so I can get a shine touch-up without having to reapply my makeup. It’s under $10 making it a great investment.

Revlon PhotoReady Prime

Revlon PhotoReady Prime + Anti-Shine

If you need even more shine protection, try starting your makeup routine with this primer. It’s a slick balm that absorbs all of your oil and shine, so that you are ready to face the day. It makes your face feel dry, without drying it out. This primer is the best way to start your day and so much more affordable than most anti-shine primers.

mm-vt-bottlesSally Hansen Velvet Texture Nail Polish

Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Nail Polish

If you want a cool manicure without hitting the salon, these nail polishes can give you something really different. Sally Hansen has developed a textured matte polish. It’s supposed to give the appearance of velvet. I’m not sure if I would go that far, but it does look different than many of the other matte polishes on the market. There are some bright spring shades to get you in the mood for the new season.

Spring Cleansers Most Wanted

Our skin changes with the weather and now that we’re starting to leave the coldness of winter and head into spring, we’re ready for some new skin care. These are our Most Wanted cleansers for spring.
Vichy Purete Thermale 3in1 
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This 3in1 cleansing milk for sensitive skin does everything from take off makeup to tone your skin and all the things in between. It’s super light and non greasy and you don’t have to rinse. There’s an added bonus of it not stinging your eyes and it smells amazing.
L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil
L'occitane shea cleansing oil
This cleansing oil turns milky when you add water and it leaves your skin feeling clean and so hydrated that you almost want to skip moisturizer. I’m pretty sure this one is limited edition, so grab it while you can find it.
Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-To-Oil Cleanser
Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-To-Oil Cleanser
I would never have called washing my face fun before, but this makeup melt is actually as close as I would get. You apply it to your face as a gel and watch as it turns into an oil and literally melts your makeup right off. This is crazy effective, especially on black eyeliner and mascara and it’s kind of satisfying to watch it work.
Garnier Clean + Gentle Clarifying Cleansing Gel
Garnier Clean + Gentle Clarifying Cleansing Gel
We already reviewed the Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser and we love this gel just as much. If you’re looking for any kind of lather, you won’t find it here. But it left my sensitive skin feeling really clean and not at all dried out. I even noticed a huge difference in redness.

Makeup Most Wanted March 2015 – Alyssa’s Picks

March 2015
March is a weird month for me makeup wise. It’s still cold but technically spring so I always want to pull out my spring shades a little early. These are the products I couldn’t live without this month.
Smashbox Photo Finish Water Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish Water Primer
Smashbox is known for their amazing Photo Finish primers and the newest addition is just as amazing but so different. This water based primer is so refreshing to spritz on but does an amazing job of getting your skin ready for makeup. I like to let it sit a few minutes before I apply anything over it and I can’t wait to use it in the summer when the less stuff on my skin the better.
Make Up For Ever Mist And Fix Setting Spray
Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix
This is the first setting spray I’ve ever used that I’ve actually liked. I can literally feel it setting into my skin but once it’s dry I don’t notice it at all. Except hours later my makeup is the way I put it on.
Cargo Limited Edition Gel Lipstick in Soho
Cargo Limited Edition Gel Lipstick Soho
I love everything about this lipstick. From the packaging to the shade (a perfect neutral pink) to how it feels. This is one of the lightest lipsticks I’ve ever used. You get full coverage but it feels like butter.
Royal Apothic Scrubby in Marshmallow
Royal Apothic Scrubbie Marshmallow
I love a good lip scrub and this one gets the job done without being too harsh. Even though it’s called Marshmallow, the scent isn’t too sweet but just smells amazing. And it’s not drying on my lips.
Quo Face Palette in Contessa
Quo Face Palette Contessa
Part of the Quo Cosmetics spring line, Contessa is the perfect face kit for someone who’s a little more fair like I am. There’s a blush, a highlighter and a bronzer and they’re pretty generous sizes. The shades are perfect for me whether I want a little colour or want to do some contouring.

Lush Spring ’15 Most Wanted

Lush Spring '15
Lush doesn’t necessarily have a spring line but they do have limited edition St Patrick’s and Easter products and a ton of other products that have a spring-like scent so we put together a list of our Most Wanted spring products.
Grass Shower Gel
Lush Grass Shower Gel
There really couldn’t be a spring list without including Grass. It really does smell like a freshly mown lawn, something we’re all waiting for after all the snow from winter.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow Soap
Lush Somewhere Over The Rainbow Soap
Somewhere Over The Rainbow is a limited edition soap but the scent is one of my new favourites and I hope it makes an appearance in future products. Called Rainbow, this scent is a combination of Neroli, Mandarin and Rose oils and just smells delicious.
Green Bubbleroon
Lush Green Bubbleroon
If you love the Grass shower gel, you might want to pick up a Green Bubbleroon. This bubble bar has way more of a lime scent to it but would go really nicely with Grass. And since it’s easy to split in half you can easily get at least two baths out of it.
Pot O’Gold
Lush Pot O'Gold Shower Jelly
If you’ve never had the experience of using one of Lush’s Shower Jellies, you really need to try it. Try leaving it in the fridge and then taking a chunk with you to the shower. Pot O’Gold is a limited edition St. Patrick’s Day product and if you love Honey I Washed The Kids, there’s a good chance you’ll love it. They say there’s pineapple and oranges in it but all I can smell is the vanilla.
Mask Of Magnaminty
Lush Mask Of Magnaminty
Mint always reminds me of spring and summer but if it’s not your thing, you probably won’t love this mask. The second you open the tub, the scent of mint is everywhere and I love it. You can use this mask on your face and your body to get your skin ready for the skin baring clothes coming up.

Jeanne Beker’s Makeup Most Wanted

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It doesn’t get much more on trend in Canada than the legendary Jeanne Beker. Most girls’ first memories of see the latest runway trends start and end with Jeanne Beker hosting Fashion Television as a kid. Beker has a new title as the Style Editor for The Shopping Channel and tonight she kicks off her new live show, Style Matters with Jeanne Beker. Makeup Most Wanted spoke to Jeanne to get her makeup memories and her secret tricks.

What is your first makeup or beauty related memory?

I remember rummaging through my mom’s drawer as a little kid and finding these weird little clear plastic stencils that she’d send away for – stencils to help you draw your eyebrows on!  I must have only been about three or four, but I was mesmerized by them. I think there were a couple of plastic lip stencils too. Whew! Talk about a painted lady look! I also fondly remember wearing three pairs of false eyelashes to my Sweet 16! (Two on the top, one on the bottom…) That’s not a “first” makeup memory, but it certainly is a fun one. It was also the first time I ever wore lashes, so it was all very exciting.

What is your everyday morning beauty routine like?

I wash my face with an exfoliating mask most mornings, and then put on moisturizing cream, followed by a CC cream that gives great coverage, and then my liquid foundation. If I’m not going on camera, or anywhere that I have to get dolled up for, I’ll simply use a tinted moisturizer.  Then, a little liquid or cake eyeliner, pencil in the eyebrows, some mascara, a little blush on the cheekbones, and top it off with lipstick and I’m good to go!  I also use lots of body lotion and/or oil right after my bath. And I wash my hair at least every other day… but usually EVERY day, since I always seem to be going somewhere where I want to look my best!

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

Usually black eyeliner. I’ve been wearing it since the ‘60s, and feel rather naked without it!

What is your budget friendly beauty secret?

My good cheap nail salon is often my life-saver. I abhor ratty nails! I go to my favourite nail salon at least once a week, but likely wouldn’t go that often if it was an expensive manicurist.

Do you have any tricks that you have learned from behind the scenes at fashion weeks?

Takes lots of deep breaths, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!!!

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How do you keep your hair looking gorgeous?

I use great products – NEVER cheap out on hair products – and I visit my colourist VERY regularly (about every two weeks because my hair grows fast!). I also regularly have it trimmed, and always carry a little brush or comb with me to keep it sleek. I’ve been going to the same fabulous hairdresser since 1979! I kid you not! His name is Gregory Parvatan, and he works out of Rapunzel.

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

I used to, but lately have been experimenting with new ones.  I love what Aerin Lauder does.  I used to wear her “Private Collection” religiously, but now have been playing with some of her newer scents. She has a whole collection of little bottles that come in a lovely gift box, and I love just about all of them. Variety is the spice of life these days!

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

I do like a great massage every once in a while. I don’t go for facials nearly enough – just don’t have the time! – but sure would if I could.

Style Matters with Jeanne Beker premieres with a special two-hour show on Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m. ET on The Shopping Channel. You don’t want to miss it because we are sure that she has some great picks ready! You will be able to follow Jeanne during the show on Twitter (@jeanne_beker) and Instagram (@thejeannebeker) using the hashtag #TSCStyleMatters.

February Makeup Most Wanted

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It’s been a cold, cold month here in Toronto! See what has been getting me through this month:

The Body Shop Sweet Almond Oil Nail Polish Remover

I heard that this nail polish remover smelled really, really bad. It does. It’s true! Don’t blow it off because of that. This nail polish remover does so much more good than just smelling bad in the bottle. Yes, it removes nail polish. It also moisturizes my cuticles and makes my nails and skin feel so soft. Also, once it dries it smells really nice. You just need to get past that first bad smell.

Estee Lauder Little Black Primer

You know how sometimes you are heading out to the grocery store and you don’t want to look like you are wearing makeup, but at the same time you don’t want to leave the house without mascara? This is the mascara for those times. It gives your lashes a nice natural dark coat. I am kind of addicted to wearing it on the weekends when I’m running errands. You can also wear it as a primer to help thicken your other mascara.

Demeter First Love Fragrance

Want to know what your first love smells like? This sweet fragrance smells like jasmine, honeysuckle, rose, lotus and lemon zest. It’s refreshing and light and sweet. It really is the sweet smell of childhood love and romance.

Guerlain Baby Glow Makeup

I’m usually all about heavy foundation that gives me flawless covered skin, but this light makeup makes my skin feel so pretty I can’t help but fall in love. This makeup is soft and lets my skin’s own beauty shine though. It helps my face look fresh even in the morning. It must be that baby glow that has me feeling and looking so good.

NYC Expert Last Lipstick

I’ve been getting ready for warm weather with these bright spring colours of NYC’s lipstick. The colour is even bolder than you will see in the tube. It’s opaque and gives a rich hue on my lips. I love that I can wear just a bit for a light colour or layer it on for something strong. It’s thick, so it takes a bit to spread it out, but it looks great for hours. For a note, Creamy Mauve has been my favourite colour.