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Halloween Makeup Most Wanted

Get invited to a last-minute Halloween costume and now you need some makeup to go along? This makeup is the perfect finishing touch to any Halloween night!

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Ramy OMG! Over Mascara Glitter & Liner – Add that final touch of sparkle to any costume with Ramy’s sparkly mascara. Apply your regular mascara and then use the purple or blue glitter to add glam to your lashes or as an eyeliner.

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MAC Cosmetics Liptensity Lipstick – Yes, MAC does have a Halloween collection, but I am more in awe of their new Liptensity collection. While you are picking out your new favourite red, pick up a Halloween suitable colour. Why not the Beat Blue, Heelborne purple or Stallion black!

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Make Up For Ever Fluo Night Black Light Pigment – How often do you have an excuse to wear black light reacting makeup? I say you run to the nearest Make Up For Ever counter to get this no matter what your costume is.

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Lise Watier Sculpting Trio Wet & Dry Powders  – I know that this powder trio is supposed to be for contouring and highlighting your face, but it is dark enough that you could do some great Halloween makeup with it as well. Use the darker shades of grey and beige to get the sunken in eyes and cheeks of a skeleton or zombie.

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Lush Pumpkin Bath Bomb – If you aren’t into looking scary or going out, stay in with this cute bath bomb. Who doesn’t want to get all wrapped up in the smell of pumpkin spice in the tub?

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Marcelle 3-in-1 Eye Make-Up Remover – When the night is done, use this makeup remover to remove all of that eye makeup you’ve applied. This makeup remover will get rid of the makeup you didn’t even know you were still wearing.

Marcelle DD Cream

Marcelle DD creamI already have my favourite BB cream and CC cream, so now I’m moving on up! DD Cream stands for Daily Defense, which is a good thing for anyone’s skin in my books. I wasn’t sure if this new product from Marcelle was meant to be a moisturizer or foundation. It says it can be worn alone or under makeup. I figured that I would be able to tell once I put it on.

It looks like an extremely thick foundation. It’s so thick that you have to be careful how much you apply.  It doesn’t spread well, but don’t use that as a reason to apply extra. A little goes a long way.

This DD Cream leaves your skin with great moisture. My skin feels cool, moist and refreshed. My face has a nice glow. It is tinted, but not enough that it could double for foundation per se. It also doesn’t seem to be covering any blemishes.

While I wouldn’t want to leave the house wearing just this DD cream, you also don’t need to wear a full face of makeup on top. I found that when I wore Marcelle’s DD cream, all I needed was a bit of bronzer and some powder and I was ready to roll. It’s great for a weekend when you don’t need to cover up pesky blemishes.

I feel like this first DD cream to the market is really innovative and it’s going to be just the start of a new trend. I can’t wait to see where Marcelle take it!

Makeup Most Wanted July 2015 – Alyssa’s Picks

July 2015 Most Wanted
Toronto’s in a heatwave this week so I’ve been wearing the bare minimum of makeup but that definitely doesn’t reflect my whole month. These were my necessities for July.
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Pasiphae
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Pasiphae
This is a brand new shade from NARS for fall and I’ve only seen it in one store on a shopping trip to Buffalo. I must have walked past it six times, each time thinking how pretty it was and how I needed it and boy does it live up to what I expected. I couldn’t get a photo to show how truly gorgeous this shimmery burgundy green is. I love that it’s got completely different finishes when used wet or dry. This is definitely my latest obsession.
Stila Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil in Blonde
Stila Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil in Blonde
I definitely don’t fill in my brows nearly as often as I should considering they’re almost white. But I do love a brow pencil and Stila’s Precision Glide in Blonde is perfect for me. It looks completely natural, is easy to use and lasts until I take it off. Which is in this heat is fantastic because who wants to worry about their eyebrows sliding off?
derma-e Microdermabrasion Scrub
derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub
My skin always feels more clogged in the summer because of all the sweating and this scrub makes it feel so much better. It’s really light and gentle but grainy enough that you actually feel it doing something. Plus it only takes a minute and lemon scent is amazing.
Lise Watier Rivages Bronzing Powder
Lise Watier Rivages Bronzing Powder
I’m so fair that half the time even the lightest shades of foundation are too dark for me. So needless to say bronzers don’t really work for me. Rivages Bronzing Powder is one of the first that doesn’t make me look like a Kardashian, so when I want a little colour I use this with a light hand for a nice glow.
Marcelle Cleansing Cloths
Marcelle Cleansing Cloths
Because I don’t want my makeup a sweaty mess in the summer, I use a ton of waterproof products, setting sprays, basically anything that’ll make it stick. That makes taking it off a real job. Marcelle’s Cleansing Cloths are fantastic at letting me take off my makeup without feeling like I’m taking off a layer of skin. These cloths are larger than most so I have more surface area to work with. They’re extremely soft and not too wet. I love that I don’t feel like I have a layer of film on my skin when I’m done and these get off even the most waterproof of mascaras.

September Makeup Most Wanted

Fall is here, but it’s still as warm as ever. This is making it hard for us to update our makeup to fall colours and products. Here is what we are loving this month.

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Butter London Moisture Matte Lipstick

Silky, sexy and perfectly matte, Butter London lipstick gives me everything I want in fall lips. Glossy is fun for summer, but for fall I have always loved matte lips. Butter London’s lipstick is impossibly matte. It’s almost dry. I love it. You can always add a clear gloss on top if you want something shiny for a night on the town.

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Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum

Not everyone is sure exactly what skin type and issues are. I don’t have the time or money to go to a dermatologist. That’s why I love Clinique’s new Smart Serum. I does the work for me. It will fix the issues you have like dark spots, lines or firmness. It doesn’t matter if you don’t need all of the effects like uneven skintone or wrinkles. It helps everyone.

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Pupa Cover Cream Concealer

I love this Pupa Concealer because it’s no fuss. I twist up the cream, apply where I need it and forget about it. That’s exactly what you want in a concealer, something you can forget about and trust.

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Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution

This liquid cleans, removes makeup and soothes skin easily. I love it because it doesn’t make my skin feel dry or greasy. My face just feels clean and dry. It’s great for late nights too because I don’t need to rinse.

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Beyonce Heat Rush Perfume

Ok, I know this isn’t new. I’ve had this perfume for a while. I rarely wore it. For some reason, this month I was drawn to the orange perfume. I think it was the unseasonably warm weather that made me turn to the fruity passion fruit and blood orange scent. I have never gotten so many compliments on my perfume. Everyone from my boyfriend to best friend was telling me how great I smell. Thanks Bey for making this summer end with a bang!

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.

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.

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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!

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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.