Wednesday, September 17, 2014

6 steps to healthy, natural, glowing skin

In my opinion, a healthy, natural glowing skin a the most important element of a well done makeup look. So it's no surprise that when doing my makeup, I spend most of my time and effort of my complexion. Today I wanted to share with you the six products I use to achieve a flawless look!

L'Oréal Pore Vanisher primer : The name says it all. The fonction of this primer is to smooth out the texture of your skin, minimizing your pores. I apply most of the product around the nose area where my pores tend to look larger. 

Garnier Skin Renew BB cream : For my everyday look, I prefer using a BB cream instead of a foundation. It gives me the coverage I need without looking to heavy. Click HERE for my full review of the product!

Benefit Watt's Up highlighter : To give the glowing effect to my skin, I apply a good amount of the highlighter on the high point of my cheek bones. It's important, to achieve a natural look, to make sure the product is well blended in!

MAC mineralize powder : I use my MAC powder to make sure I don't end up looking like a disco ball. I apply a good amount of the product on my forehead, nose and jaw line. But don't cover up you cheeks area! That's where you want the glowing effect to come from!

Body Shop Honey Bronzer : Even though nature has given me quite nice cheek bones (thanks grandma) I still like to contour them a bit. It gives your face a nice dimension and adds some warmth.

Lise Watier Natural Glow blush : Last but not least, I had some colour to my face with my new favorite blush! It has a very natural shade and a bit of shimmer to it, giving me a healthy glow! Click HERE for my full review of the product!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lise Watier makeup review

For all of you who don't know about her, Lise Watier is one of the most established business women in Quebec who launched a beauty institute in 1968 and her own makeup line in 1972. Her luxury line of makeup and skincare items can be compared to brands that are sold in Sephora from a quality and price point of view. Even though the Lise Watier is a very well establish beauty brand that is easily available in drugstore, I had never bought any of their products. So last week I took matters into my hands and added three of their makeup items to my collection : a blush, an eyeliner and a lip gloss. 

My aunt, who is a fervent user of lip glosses, has quite a few from the collection so I new right away I had to give one a try. I have to say, even though this was the product I was the most excited about, it has disappointed me. I love the shade and packaging of the product but it's not the most easy to apply. First there is this bright light that lights up when you open up the tube that actually isn't of any help. It's blinding and makes it really hard to see what you are doing. Th formula doesn't apply very smoothly either. I find that I have to stick you lips together a few times for the product to look smooth and even on my lips.

Even though my first pick wasn't a true success, I have been highly impressed with the two others, starting with the blush. I went for the shade Natural Glow and honestly, the shade says it all! It looks super natural on the skin, neither too pink or coral, and gives a radiance to your skin! It's the perfect product to get you looking healthy and glowing!

Last but not least, I got their matte Bleu Noir waterproof eyeliner. If you are a busy bee, this product is for you because let me say that it isn't going anywhere once applied. It will stick for the whole day and night. Plus, I love the matte effect! Quite different from any eyeliner shade I have ever had! 

As a whole, I am very happy I finally tried Lise Watier products, encouraging a successful local business! I will surely expend my collection from the brand!

Friday, September 12, 2014

MAC lipstick collection : a love affair

I have to confess, I had never been in a MAC store before before this summer. Yes I know it's pretty impressive especially knowing that I'm such a lipstick addict. Well, my little trip in the nearest MAC store hasn't help with that, it only got worse.

When I got in the store, I knew exactly where I was going. Of course I had heard great thing about MAC eyeshadows, blushes and foundation but I had only one goal: get to those raved about lipsticks of theirs. And I wasn't disappointed! There is so much to choose from color and formulation wise! Heaven for a lipstick lover like me!

On my first trip to the store, I knew I wanted to get Cream Cup, a lipstick well loved by beauty bloggers and vloggers. And I totally understand why know. The nude shade is so so perfect and the formulation feels incredibly creamy on the lips. Then I also wanted to pick up a bright color, something that would be fun for summer. This one was a lot harder to choose from has there were so many pretty ones. I finally went for Costa Chic, a very bright orangy coral. I got lots of compliments from my coworkers when I wore it for the first time!

Now that I had gotten the MAC piqûre, I wanted to try out more shades and formulation, especially the matte one. I have always been very skeptical about matte lipsticks as I was scared that they would be too drying on my lips! Well I have been positively surprised with the MAC formulation. It's easy to apply, glides on so well and doesn't bother me once on! Plus, matte lipsticks stay on much much longer (even after a full plate of sushi).

So here's my full (but still growing) MAC lipstick collection! 

Ruby woo (matte)
Girl about town (amplified)
Costa Chic (satin)
Pink Pigeon (matte)
Cream Cup (creamsheen)
Please me (matte)

Little tip! Exfoliate and hydrate your lips to make sure your lipstick applies evenly. Click HERE to see how I do it!

What is YOUR favorite MAC lipstick? I need ideas for my next shopping session!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

How I get my makeup to stick around

You know who there are some of those morning where you are just so proud of the makeup you've put together and you just never want to take it off? Well as important as it is to actually take your makeup off before going to sleep there is ways to make it stay nice as long as possible! Even if not not going all out with you look, you still want to look cute throughout a long and busy day. So here are the two products that save the day!

First, I've been applying, for the whole entire summer, a primer before my foundation. The Benefit POREfessional got a lot of hype and kind of put the whole primer concept on the makeup map. Well I think they are great products! The aim is usually to matifying and reduce the appearance of pores, which the L'Oréal Pore Vanisher does great, but you can also find ones, like the L'Oréal Magic Lumi, which will give you a glow from within.

Then, when your whole look is done and you are satisfied with the result, I highly recommend using a setting spray. The one that has made the cut for me is the MAC Fix+ but I've also heard a lot of great review from the Urban Decay ones (they are on my shopping list!). The point is to keep everything in place and kind of give everything a natural, finished off look. With those two products in hands, you shouldn't have any problem looking cute all day long!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fashion Influencers 101 : Alexa Chung & Tavi Gevinson

Blogging for you might be just a hobby, something you do when you have a few minutes to yourself, and that's just fine, but if you're doing it with the intention of going somewhere with you work, you've got to be serious about it. And one way of doing this is to know your stuff. This is why I started the series "Fashion Influencers 101" where I'll be introducing you to some of the most influential people in the fashion industry. I hope you appreciate it and some of you can learn something from it!

Alexa Chung

As most of you I assume, if you haven't been living under a rock, I had heard many times the name Alexa Chung. I new she was "someone" in the fashion world but I didn't really now why and how she got there. Well I am here to tell you. She basically started off as a model in London but after 4 years of doing it, she quit, developping unhealthy body image and low self confidence. She then took on to TV presenting which she is still doing. But as she became more and more famous, even attaining the "IT girl" status, she also took on the role of muse to some of the most well known designers. Even thought she has a quite impressive career path, Alexa stays a down to earth and relatable girl, as you can see for yourself in all of her interviews.

Tavi Gevinson


I remember very well starting a blog when I was around 10 years old with my sister and two cousins. But of course it didn't last long and that's a good thing. But at 11, Tavi Gevinson, in a suburb of Chicago, started her fashion blog "Style Rookie". And got noticed. At a very (!) young age, Tavi Gevinson had made it to the front row at NYFW. As she evolved through teenage years, her interest switched from fashion to pop culture and feminism. "Style Rookie" was then replace by "Rookie Magazine" a place for teenage girls to get advice and express themselves. And she still is making an impression. No wonders as she is an incredibly articulate young woman!

Click HERE for the first instalment of "Fashion Influencers 101" where I introduce you to Leandra Medine and Kelly Cutrone!

Did you know about them before now ? 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Maybelline The Nudes palette review & Golden eye look

As a true beauty lover, I got really excited when I saw Maybelline had come out with a new product, The Nudes palette I could review! was particularly exciting as no other drugstore brand has such a complete eyeshadow selection in one product.

I have to say, my first impression was very positive. First, the packaging is great! Very slick and chic! I could totally see this palette on a Sephora shelve! Second, the shade selection is quite impressive. It ranges from champagnes to pinks to metallics and to taupes, some being shimmery others being matte. There's really everything you need to create either an everyday look or a smokey eye.

Of course, being a very (!) affordable palette, you don't get the quality of MAC or Marc Jacobs (or any of your favorite luxury brands) eyeshadows. Some are not enough pigmented and really need to be build up as others need to be used with a very light hand. 

I would say that overall, it's a good product to get your hands on if you are on a tight budget. You will have a good base to work with!

Here's the golden look I created with two of the shades from The Nudes palette! I finished of the look with the NARS Orgasm blush (which has some gold shimmer in it), the Benefit Watt's Up to give me a glow and the Revlon Peach Parfait Colorburst lipstick. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Choosing your foundation shade : Color IQ

Foundation is literally the base of your makeup and in my opinion, one if not the most important step. If your skins looks caky, oily, patchy or orangy, that's what people are going to notice. You want to select a product that fits your skin's need and, very importantly, matches your skin color! We've all been that girl in the drugstore swatching a million bottles and end up with the hand covered in product with nothing to wipe it with. And even after going through that, the match isn't always perfect, sometimes even far from it.

There is actually a (free!) way to find the perfect foundation color for your face : the Sephora Color IQ. You simply have to go into Sephora, preferably with no foundation on, and with a fancy little machine, they will take little picture of parts of your skin's face. That will give them the shade of the foundation you've chosen, they will test it on you and then tadam you are done!

That's how I've got my NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Deauville, which by the way I love! I have to say, I am super satisfied with the shade selection I made based on the Color IQ! There's practically no difference with my skin tone! 

Are you satisfied by the match of your foundation color with your skin tone?