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Essie Bridal collection for Spring/Summer 2015

April 29, 2015


Essie has just come out with a new Bridal collection that yes would be the perfect colours for your wedding but in our eyes, you cannot go wrong with any of these on a beautiful spring or summer day.

The Bridal collection offers bright and bold colours for a summer day, but also cool toned purples and citrus colours that can’t go wrong on a spring day like today! Our favorite colour for summer in this new collection would be Brides no Grooms, a bright pink and Hubby for Dessert, a sheer lilac perfect for any spring day.

Whether you are getting married or hitting the town for some floral little dresses for the upcoming season, you simply can’t go wrong with these nail colours – We promise!

Product Reviews

MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizers

April 6, 2015

Say goodbye to the days of worrying which primers suit your skin type and find exactly what you need with MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizers. Containing 10 primers for each and every skin type, texture and tone; this pro artistry product is the next generation of primers that will help to create a perfect canvas for your foundation.

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“Like painters, who need a perfectly smooth, even-colored, and flawless canvas, makeup artists require even-toned and smooth skin for an optimal and professional makeup result.” – Dany Sanz, MAKE UP FOR EVER Founder and Creative Director.

The Perfecting Primers are divided into two skin-equalizing categories: texture and tone. Five of the primers are designed to help with texture-related issues like oil/shine, large pores and fine lines, dryness and redness while the other five are targeted to tone-related issues by giving a boost of radiance to specific skin tones. See our guideline below to help decide which Radiant Primer suits you best.

  • Radiant Primer Blue adds radiance to light skin.
  • Radiant Primer Pink adds radiance to light to medium skin.
  • Radiant Primer Yellow adds radiance to light to medium skin.
  • Radiant Primer Peach adds radiance to medium to tan skin.
  • Radiant Primer Caramel adds radiance to dark skin.

All of these lightweight primers are formulated with Hyaluronic Acid – to firm and hydrate, Vederine – to help skin look even and Actic Tensor 3D –  to help smooth skin for longer lasting coverage.


Customize your primer to work with what you need for your skin type. If you need to even out redness and smooth skin, you would apply the texture redness corrector before applying the smoothing primer, for example.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizers are available at Sephora, and Make Up For Ever boutiques for CA$42.00 for (30ml)

Product Reviews

EYES by ToGoSpa now available at

April 3, 2015


Adored by celebrities like Jenny McCarthy and Paris HiltonEYES by ToGoSpa are therapeutic moisture packed collagen gel pads with Hylauronic Acid (to plump the skin), Vitamins C & E, and nutrients to nourish the delicate skin of the eye zone.

In just 15 minutes you can say goodbye to dry, tired and aging eyes and welcome a youthful revitalized appearance. EYES bring a spa like experience where ever you may be and as professional makeup artists, we love using these on our clients before applying makeup for a big event, photoshoot or appearance as a pre-photo pick me up.

EYES by ToGoSpa treatments contain No Parabens, No Dyes and are sold in 3 different packages:

  • Green tea rejuvenates, lifting and revitalizing you eyes for a youthful appearance.
  • Coconut replenishes, restoring and nourishing under eye skin.
  • Ice water refreshes, smoothing and brightening, de-puffing and hydrating in one 15-minute treatment.


For a little extra rejuvenation, chill EYES in the refrigerator before applying. The cooling is effective in combating puffy eyes, dark circles, bags, and general fatigue.


  1. Apply pads below eyes.
  2. Leave on and relax for 15 – 20 minutes.
  3. Remove & discard.
  4. Feel great. Look great.

So party all night, stay out late and still look good and feel great! These under eye gels act as the perfect “Morning after mask” and will have your EYES looking refreshed after just one use!

We love them and we know you will too.

EYES by ToGoSpa are available in Canada at

Packages of 3 are available for CA$19.99.

Product Reviews

MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix With 02 Skin Complex

March 25, 2015

71080As Makeup Artist’s we know how important it is for an application to last all day long. Lucky for us MAKE UP FOR EVER re-launched one of their cult favourites, Mist & Fix. A universal setting spray that locks in makeup for 12+ hours.

If you’re on set for a long day of filming or working with an actress or bridal client it’s up to the professional to make sure the products will stay put throughout the day. This is why a great setting spray, like Mist & Fix is a must-have in professional Makeup kits.

As most of us know, Makeup sits best on a well hydrated canvas. Which is why we are loving Mist & Fix’s new formulation. The product contains an O2 skin complex which boosts oxygenation to the skin delivering a healthy and radiant glow which keeping it hydrated all day long which equals even longer lasting results.  A quick spritz will also take away the look of any excess powder and leave a natural looking finish.


After makeup application, spritz MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix within an arms length from your face (2-3 sprays usually covers the face). This universal setting spray will provide a sweat-proof, rub-resistant barrier that lasts all day long.


Spritz MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix on your eyeshadow or liner brush to intensify the colour and lock it in place.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix is dermatologist-tested, alcohol free and suited for every skin type. Available in a travel and full size at sephora retailing for:

CA$14.00 for 30ml and CA$34.00 for 125ml

Product Reviews

MAC Cinderella Limited-Edition Collection

March 13, 2015

MAC has done it again sweeping us off our feet with their whimsical collaboration for Disney’s latest film Cinderella. 



The limited edition Cinderella collection arrived just in time for spring featuring 12 new items that will genuinely make you feel like a princess. Packaged in lavender blue and gold, the limited edition collection includes wearable shades that suit a wide range of skin tones. Here are a few of our must haves.



The Stroke of midnight eyeshadow palette is  sure to be flying off the shelves but not to worry, the colours actually feature some classics from MAC which can be bought individually outside of the collection.


Royal Ball lipstick is creamy textured light pink nude lipstick  with a hint of shimmer fit for any princess.


Cinderella needs her glass slipper and in the world of Makeup lovers world a lip glass will do just fine. Glass Slipper Lip Glass is a sparkly champagne-pink gloss is gorgeous on its own or paired with either lip colour in the collection.



Fairy godmother approved, Cinderella Beauty Powder in Mystery Princess will make your skin appear like it glows within. Apply this pearlized powder to your cheeks and collarbone for a touch of radiance.

MAC Limited-edition Cinderella collection has made all our makeup dreams come true. The collection is available while supplies last from March 5th to April 16th. Hurry and get yours now before the clock strikes midnight!

Events Product Reviews

philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar

February 24, 2015

With Spring just around the corner there’s no better time to introduce a new skin product. A few weeks ago we were invited to attend a “journey of renewal”  we enjoyed a relaxing meditation with the wonderful ladies of 889 yoga followed by an introduction to the amazing new launch of and philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar moisturizer and eye cream with director of international education and global press Robin White. Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 3.30.37 PM

philosophy is beauty brand that believes in constant renewal of the skin. While creating this new product they wanted to granting three of the most demanding skin wishes for woman everywhere which are;

1 – Refined texture with visibly smoother pores and fine lines virtually lifted away

2 – Soft, dewy smoothness comforted by all-day hydration

3- Re-energized healthy colour and glow

We would say it was a success. In an 8-week clinical study showed that women:

– 94% saw an improvement in hydration immediately

– 81% saw glowing skin immediately

– 100% saw an improvement in skin texture in 1 week

– 79% saw a reduction in pore size in 4 weeks

– 78% saw the look of fine lines reduced in 8 weeks.

To see for ourselves, we tested Renewed Hope in a jar for a few weeks and can say that there was definitely a difference in our skins texture and radiance. Our eyes also look brighter and felt hydrated all day long. The light scent (reminiscent to a baby) and whipped formula absorbs into skin like a dream making your skincare regime something to look forward to.

#BEAUTYNOTE Apply moisturizer and eye creams 15 minutes prior to applying your foundation.  This will provide your skin with a smooth soft base, which means a flawless application! Renewed Hope in a Jar is sure to have as much success as the original. is iconic to skin care lovers like us! It has been around for the longest time and from the looks of it, won’t be leaving us for a long time!We absolutely love this new duo in our skin care routine right now!

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Renewed Hope In a Jar Moisturizer (CA $59.00)  is a revolutionary lightweight, whipped formula of the cult favourite Hope in a jar. The formulation has been renewed and infused with a new innovation: clinically proven skin renewal technology. Featuring a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids, 3 forms of hyaluronate plus an Asian fruit extract, which helps to deliver a longer-lasting glow and continuous hydration benefits, providing skin with all-day hydration. Renewed Hope in a jar helps minimize pores and creates a youthful appearance to your face.

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Renewed Hope in a Jar Eye Cream (CA $72.00) is a lightweight whipped eye moisturizer that hydrates, brightens and re-texturizes the delicate eye area. It is clinically proven to diminish the look of fine lines and reduce puffiness. The Renewed Hope in a jar eye cream includes Asian Fruit extract, algea extracts and yeast, which energizes tired looking eyes, brightens dark circles and like we said before smoothes out the look of fine lines!

Both products are available now at select hudson’s bay and shoppers drug mart.

Here is a link to enjoy Natasha Bedingfield’s latest song “Hope”  which was created and written in partnership with philosophy

After using philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a jar your face will be left with all your wishes granted, soft, dewy, smooth and re-energized. The original Hope in a jar is iconic to skin care lovers everywhere since 1996 and is only getting better. We can’t wait for you to try this revolutionary new product!


Celebrity Beauty Product Reviews

Revlon for the Marchesa Runway Show NYFW’15

February 20, 2015

Backstage at the Marchesa A/W ’15 Runway Show during New York Fashion Week, Revlon Global Artist Director, Gucci Westman spoke about the look she created on the models for the show.


Westman said she created a modern take on Hollywood Glam and took inspiration from the New York, Great Gatsby Era but adapting it to a more youthful appearance and making it look like the models had been dancing all night. The focus of the look was the Black Cherry lip.

For the nails, Celebrity Manicurist, Jin Soon wanted to highlight the focus of the face. Nails were simple yet bold to associate with the Modern Glam look.  They were filed into a natural oval shape and painted in a deep blood red colour (Revlon enamel in Vixen) which tied in with the Black cherry lips perfectly.


Get the total look here with this complete list of products and tips from Revlon:


  • Apply Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effects Makeup and Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Makeup all over the face.
  • Add Revlon Cream Blush in Charmed to the apples of your checks for a healthy wash of colour
  • Finish off the face and give it a nice glow by applying Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Lights to the tops of your cheekbones.


  • Apply Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadows in Not Just Nudes all over the eyelid
  • Use Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Java, Copper & Gold, on the eyelid, and to darken up the crease to create a subtle yet elegant copper eye.
  • Finishing it off with RevlonGrow Luscious Mascara in Blackened Brown, and Revlon Brow Fantasy to fill in your brows.


  • Start off by lining your lips with Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Raisin.
  • Fill in lips with the star of the show, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry.
  • Top it off with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink.
Product Reviews

Kissproof Valentines Day Lip Picks

February 13, 2015

Valentines Day is happening this weekend so we thought what better way to share our love then list some of our favorite kissproof lip colours!






1 – MAKE UP FOR EVER – Aqua Rouge in Pink

2 – NARS Audacious in Carmen or Charlotte $37.00

3 – REVLON color burst stain in sweetheart $9.00

4 – Rimmel Provocalips 16 Hour Kissproof lip color in ill call you $6.69

5- Dior addict cheek & Lip glow $37.00


Valentines day is a love-filled holiday, so why not wear a red or pink that you don’t normally!  Of all days this is a day to wear as much pink as you want -so embrace it- and have fun with the ones you love!

Product Reviews

MAKE UP FOR EVER + Fifty Shades of GREY

February 12, 2015



The anticipation is almost over as Fifty Shades of Grey hits theatres this Valentines Day weekend. What better way to ring in opening weekend then to unlock the secrets of the seductive looks with the actual MAKE UP FOR EVER products used on set?

Victoria Down, a long-time and avid fan of MAKE UP FOR EVER worked alongside the brand to create 4 Limited edition seductive sets with products that she actually used well on set to achieve Anastasia Steele’s transformation.

The sets were created for woman to experiment and create looks similar to Miss Steele, from natural to sultry and daring. Over the course of the movie, as Ana gets more involved with Christian Grey her wardrobe and beauty look develops more maturity, Down played up the roles with her makeup.

“Her eyes became shaded, a little deeper and stronger, her eyebrows were a little more groomed and shaped and her lips became deeper-colored.” says Down. 

The stand out set in this series out product in this kit would have to be the GIVE IN TO ME Set, Alluring Colors for Eyes and Lips. Featuring an Artist Shadow Palette with 4 neutral eye-shadows that are very wearable and suitable for any skin tone.


Also included is a black Graphic Liquid line pen, a tube of Smoky Extravagant Mascara in black , Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N4 ( a pinkish beige) and warm, shimmering golden pink Lab Shine Gloss in D14.

All this and a gorgeous keepsake box (secret compartment with a key and all). With a price point of CA$79 you simply can’t go wrong with this set.


Also available are:

TEASE ME Nude Lip Trio – CA$38




TEASE ME Berry Lip Trio – CA$38


DESIRE ME Cheeky Blush Trio – CA$56


These limited edition sets pair perfectly with the highly anticipated movie, they’re both not ones to miss!



All sets are Available at Sephora and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques, while quantities last.

Product Reviews

Annabelle Lipsies, show off your pout contest!

February 9, 2015

If you love the Annabelle Lipsies Lip Balm as much as we do than this blog post is directed right at you!


Annabelle has re-vamped their balms and just released 12 amazing new colours. Best part is – as of now, they are all in the permanent line up! The formula is non-sticky and very hydrating, plus it doubles as a moisturizing lip tint when paired with their Stay Sharp Lip liner!

“ABColourPower” is the perfect motto for Annabelle this season as they are really hitting a home run with everything that has been coming out lately.

To celebrate their newly re-designed lipsies, Annabelle has put together a contest for all Canadian makeup junkies like ourselves via social media.

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All you have to do is post a selfie holding a lipsies lip balm (like Shenae Grimes-Beech, Annabelle Cosmetics brand ambassador is above) on Instagram with the hashtag #Annabellelipsies, Each day for 30 days, Annabelle will choose a winner and send them the full set of the Lipsies Lip Balms. The Show off your pout! Contest started on February 8th and ends March 9th 2015 so get your pout on and have fun!

Good luck!