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Caribana Makeup Inspiration

August 2, 2014
Caribana Makeup Inspiration

The 48th annual Caribana Toronto Festival is today! This entire weekend, Toronto will be absorbed with infectious feel-goob vibes, music and more, as the vibrant costumes and bold makeup looks dance their way down Lakeshore Blvd. And with over a million tourists expected this weekend, everyone is going to be rocking the boldest colors, the most extravagant looks and definitely the most sparkle from head to toe (literally)!

We have gathered some inspirational photos and tips to create the best and definitely the longest lasting makeup looks.

Caribana Makeup Inspiration


Beauty Note: MAKE UP FOREVER is one of our go to brands for carnival makeup as they have a lot of options that can help bring any creation to life! From pigments to sparkles, jewels to lashes, MUFE has it all. To add some glitz, MAKE UP FOREVER‘s Glitters and Crystal Strass Stones are perfect.

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MAKE UP FOREVER jewels, crystals, stones, body stones


Caribana Makeup Inspiration


Beauty Note: For luscious lashes, ones that you can bat the day and the night away, we love Mink LashesFemme Fatale lashes, specifically A Girl’s Best Friend and Mr.Demille (shown below).

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Caribana Makeup Inspiration
Caribana Makeup Inspiration


Beauty Note: Whether it be sparkly lips or lids, there are multiple ways to help the glitter adhere to the skin better. Firstly, start with moisturizer. Secondly, you can use Vaseline Petroleum Jelly or a mixing medium, which creates base for the glitter to stick to. For your lips specifically, mixing the glitter with clear lipgloss or balm works well.


Caribana Makeup Inspiration


Beauty Note: To create some vibrant lids, Maybelline New York’s 24HR Color Tattoo Collection is highly pigmented and will last you through the day and all through the night.


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Rihanna, Caribana, Caribana Makeup


To end off our list, we had to finish off with the fabulous Rihanna. She shocked everyone last year in this bejewelled number that turned more than a few heads. Filled in brows, black liner on her lids with a touch of shimmer on the inner corners of her eyes, and a matte nude lip was perfectly paired with her glitzy carnival costume.


Beauty Note: To add more “oomph” to those lashes, Dior’s Addict-It Colored Mascaras from their summer collection is perfect. You can match it to your parade costume or simple have your lashes stand out, making a bold statement on their own!

Dior Addict-It Mascara



What bold statement will you be making at the Toronto Caribana this year?





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Beauty 101

Festival Hair Inspiration

August 2, 2014
Festival Hair Inpsiration, Festival Hairstyles, Flower Crown, Floral Headpiece

Osheaga hits Montreal and Veld Music Festival at Downsview Park in Toronto for a full 2 days this long weekend, and we’re excited to see what hairstyles will be making their way through the crowd. If you are looking for the perfect “do” to complete your look, we have some ideas for you!


The Flower Crown

One of the most obvious festival hairstyles that was popular at Coachella, the flower crown is at the top of our list. Crowns can be created with any flower, the bigger the better and the bolder.

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Beauty Note: For extra holding power, start off with second-day hair & if you need an additional boost, spritz Garnier’s Dry Shampoo.


Waves & Braids

There are a lot of waves & braid combos, from side braids to braid crowns. For this particular look, braid sections of the hair back and pin it into a loose bun. Finish off by braiding the piece of hair directly below.

Festival Hair Inspiration

Beauty Note: Don’t forget your finishing spray! It will keep these locks into place as you dance all day and all night with Pantene’s Flexible Hold Spray.


Flower Accessories

Not into the flower crown? No problem! We have a pretty solution – flower accessories. You can find these little gems at any beauty supply store.

Festival Hair Inspiration

Beauty Note: For extra hold, spray the pin ‘prongs’ with hairspray before securing it in your hairstyle. You can add these pins to any look, a messy bun, a ponytail & more.


The Milkmaid Braid

Sarah Hyland‘s hairstyle at the Golden Globes is a perfect festival “do.” It keeps the hair up and out of your face, ideal for summer weather.

Festival Hair Inspiration

Beauty Note: To keep the braid in place, don’t forget to place bobby pins throughout to keep it secure.


Which festival hairstyle is your fave?




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Beauty 101

Lime Crime Tips

July 28, 2014
Lime Crime, Nail Polish

This summer season, brighten up those tips with Lime Crime Nail Lacquers. They are bright, vibrant and bold. We are in love with two tone tips with ‘funky’ designs, which can be easily created using these fun nail polishes. With a few simple steps you can re-create designs straight from the nail salon.

All you need is your chosen nail colors and some nail art tape, which can be found at your local beauty supply store.


1. Paint your nails a base coat in your desired color

Lime Crime, Nail Polish

2. Apply nail art tape on dried nail polish in your chosen design

Nail Tape Application, Nail Art

3. Apply second coat of nail polish in a contrasting nail color & let it dry

4. Take off nail tape & apply top coat

5. Voila! You have fun & creative tips

Nail Art, Nail Designs

#BeautyNote: If you stick your nails under cold water, your nails will dry a tad bit faster!


Happy #ManiMonday!




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Beauty 101 Health and Lifestyle

Wake Up Radiant with Carly Woods Overnight Beauty Secrets

July 14, 2014

Carly Woods, writer for HSN online, believes that “we generally fall into two categories; those who have managed 8 hours of sleep a night and those who haven’t. For the ones who haven’t, they consequently have to do a darn good job faking it.” Sleep is key in everyone’s skincare routine, so pack in the proper amount of z’s for healthier skin!

She recommends 4 overnight beauty products that should be a part of your overnight regimen including a good facial serum, oil for hydration, a great moisturizer, and a wrinkle reducing eye cream. To read further about these overnight products, check out Carly’s article at HSN online here.

In the same spirit, we rounded some additional beauty fixes that will have you saying goodbye to tired looking skin, and hello to younger-looking luminous skin by morning. After all, it is called ‘beauty sleep’ for a reason!

1. Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate & Eye Cream

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Apply a little bit of these products on the face and around the eyes every night. They have essential oils that help to improve the youthful appearance of skin around the eyes and also work to strengthen and replenish the skin. Making this a part of your beauty regimen has many beauty benefits, including diminishing the appearance of fine lines and reducing puffiness and dark under-eye circles.

2. Glo Therapeutics Brightening Polish & Conditioning Hydration Cream

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To brighten and hydrate your skin, use GloMinerals Brightening Polish & Hydration Cream together 2-3 times a week. Before hitting the hay, massage a small amount of the brightening polish onto clean skin. Remove the product after 5-10 minutes. It brightens and refreshes skin by removing dead skin cells. This product includes Turmeric Extract which contains curcuminoids, which are phytochemicals with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and healing effects.

3. Glo Therapeutics Conditioning Hydration Cream.

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After cleansing and toning, layer on this conditioning hydration cream to hydrate, strengthen, & rejuvenate skin overnight. Layer over one of the glo therapeutics serums for additional treatment benefits. This will infuse the skin with moisturizing ingredients that are rich in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. You can use this daily as well.

Active Ingredients:

Alpha Lipoic Acid – potent antioxidant that defends against free radicals

Collagen – helps physically support skin and enhance elasticity

Soy Isoflavones – antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that help protect against environmental stressors.

4. Peppermint Tea

Peppermint Tea, Skincare

Drinking peppermint tea before going to bed has many beauty benefits. This way, you are attacking your skin from the inside out! It has anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to lowering the secretion of oil, it helps with excess oil and reveals flawless skin overnight. (The menthol in the tea has a magical effect on oily and pimple-prone skin, it helps get rid of acne and skin blemishes). So drink up before bed, or even during the day!

#BeautyNote: Peppermint AKA mint tea is a great stimulator for your scalp and promotes hair growth. So , if you are worried about the health of your hair, consider treating it the peppermint way!

5. Re-position & Prop it up

Sleeping Position

Sleep flat on your back with your pillow slightly elevated, for the best beauty sleep results. It helps to drain fluids and keep your face (especially the eyes) from looking puffy the next morning. An extra pillow should do the trick. It works wonders!

6. Soften your skin from head to toe

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While in “la la land” apply Vaseline to the soles of your feet and put on socks before you sleep. This overnight pampering trick will have you waking up to soft soles that are ready for a long day’s work in beautiful stilettos, pumps, & all the others that you love so much! Don’t hesitate to rub some Vaseline on your hands and your lips to hydrate those areas as well! This product is tried, trusted, and true. It has been around for a long time for a reason!

#BeautyNote: HSN has re-vamped their skincare page, and we must say that we love it! From skincare tips for choosing products for every skin type to facial treatments to cleansers and more, get all the information you need to put your ‘flawless’ face forward here.

What does your night time skin ritual involve? We would love to know!

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Beauty 101 Celebrity Beauty

Get the Look: Jessica Simpson’s Bridal Makeup

July 12, 2014

Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson tied the knot on July 5 in a private ceremony at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. The bride wore a stunning champagne and gold strapless multi-layer tulle custom Carolina Herrera gown.

Jessica Simpson, Bridal Look, Wedding Picture, E-online

The bride chose a bridal look that was “sexy, easy and ethereal,” says Simpson’s hair stylist Roque Jimenez. “Nothing too contrived.” Complementing her beautiful gown, Simpson’s makeup artist Karan Mitchell chose a romantic palette for her makeup, with plum, orchid and pink makeup that played up her brown eyes and perfect pout. For her bridal hairstyle, Jessica opted to let her gorgeous blonde tresses flow with a half up-do that framed her face beautifully.

Get the Look:

Eyes: Face Atelier eyeshadows ‘In the Pink’ and ‘Purple Passion’ hues blended together will perfectly replicate the color on her lids.

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Highlight: For the subtle highlight, use YSL Touché éclat, down the bridge of the nose, centre of chin, top of cheekbones -and under eyes.

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Blush/Contour: For a defined cheek like Jessica’s try Make Up Forever’s HD blush in
‘Pink Sand’ and use it to softly contour cheekbones.

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Lips: Get her nude pink lip with Tom Ford’s ‘Nude Vanille.’

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Take a sneak peek into the bridal party’s wedding looks, picked specifically by the bride herself, who envisioned each bridesmaid differently:


#BeautyNote: Picking the right wedding photographer is key in bringing together the theme and feel of the wedding. This photograph, by Elizabeth Messina ties in the ethereal theme Jessica was going for beautifully. Something to remember when choosing your photographer.




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