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My Top 5 Beauty Products of 2015

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Its that time of Year again for those yearly Beauty Reviews, I gotta admit I tried so many products this year that my place is a hoarders dream! haha.  If anyone is looking for some beauty products  let me know and I’ll be happy to let you browse and of course take some home! =) My house literally has stuff in every room that Ive been keeping around.

 

  1. First lets start with Skin Care!,  As you might of read in my previous post a few months ago, I had stopped by Avante Laser in Burnaby in the Summer for a Hydrafacial.  These are like the ” carpet cleaning” for the skin as Sandi says.  I loved it when she did mine and now speaking of which I am overdue for one soon.  If you have a special event wether it be your wedding or a Holiday Party I strongly suggest getting a Hydrafacial done a week before to make sure you are looking on point!

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2. My 2nd favourite product of 2015 has to be Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks.  Yes there are so many brands that have “long lasting” lip sticks but Kat Von Ds in my opinion is one of the best.  They are drying, non sticking and lasts all day.  I love my long wearing lipsticks as they are usually very pigmented, lasts all day and require mininum touch ups.  Kat Von D long wear lipsticks also come in many different colours from nude to extremely bold =).  For they price they are a must for all Season Wear

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3) Oribe ( Or-Bay, O-Ree-Bay, Orb) Whatever you call it this is the Lexus of the Hair World. A Luxury brand ( hefty price tag but worth it) that delivers amazing results with their products.  I am one of the biggest fans of the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, it gives my hair the Ooomph in a can. Spray at the roots and it gives you the volume and texture you are looking for. There are a few ” volume root” sprays in the market but this one knocks it out of the park by far. A little bit goes a long way too!  I’m addicted to this stuff and this is a must for Boudoir/ Messy Bedroom hair as well;)

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4) This year was the Year of Mink Lashes for me, I have always been a false lashes kind of gal but never tried Mink Lashes. There are so many different brand of Mink Lashes however the one I started using on Brides and for personal use  was Merlot Lash Bar.  They are ultra light, super fluffy and so easy to apply.  I love how they have 3 Collections ( just like wine), White, Reds and the Bubbly Collection.  My all time favourite pair has got to be Sweet Red and Pinot Noir although I would love to try the Rose from the Bubbly Collection next time!

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5) Lastly my favourite product of 2015 has got to be Deodorant Cream from Living Simple.  At first when I got this I knew it was going to be something I had to get used to. It  is a cream that you  rub under your arms instead of a anti persperiant/ deodorant stick.  A little bit goes along way and it smells oh so  good!.  Forget about the artificial ” Artic Air ” or “Rose Blossom” scents you regular deodorant has, Living Simple has Natural Scents from Essential Oils that make it smell wonderful. I have been a fan of the ” Peppermint Tea Tree Oil” which is one of their best sellers.

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Hope that you enjoyed this! Which products were you top 5 this year? did they make this list as well?

Tested and Reviewed Tarte Liquid Black Eye Liner

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There are so many different types of ” black eye liners” from pencil, to kohl, gel pot, liquid, felt   and even shadow.  I recently went into Sephora and tried a felt black eye liner and absolutely fell in love with it.  I used to use the Stila All Day Water Proof Liner however it was not water proof at all.  Within about 4 hours I looked like a I had a bad smokey eye :(.  I also had tried the Kat Von D felt liner in ” trooper” however I felt that it too “wet” for me and did not try fast enough.  Lone and behold last week I picked up the ” Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Precision long wear liquid eye liner” (thumbs up for being Cruelty Free and paraben free too).  It claims it is long wearing and you can achieve a crisp line with the tip.  I absolutely love this product, it drys super fast, the felt is at a point and not at a angle and definitely is long wearing.  It lasted me all evening and this will be my go to for a while.  A little  Pro tip for you; Apply a primer as a base to increase the longevity of it =) Hope you enjoy! I have also provide a few  step by step tutorial I found online that you can use the liner for ~

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Jen and Ians Sea to Sky Wedding

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Weddings come in all different themes and styles, some like it low key, some like it traditional with a classic setting. Some like it outdoors with the beautiful scenery of British Columbia.  We (Myself, Cathy and Serina) had the pleasure of traveling along the Sea to Sky highway to style Jen and her Bridesmaids for their outdoor Wedding  a few months ago.  The drive was early but boy was it beautiful.  Jen and Ian had their ceremony on top the Sea to Sky Gondola Look out.  Their guests rode the Gondola up and enjoyed the spectacular view.  Jen and Ian hired Michael Stanton of Stantons Photography to takes these breath taking pictures of the wedding day.  It was definitely a day to remember!.  We wish them both all the happiness in the world =)JenBride2

 

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Pro Tip- How to Look Younger and Reduce Shine with No Powder

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ProTip Mondays: Feeling shiny or looking too much like a disco ball? Apply a little bit of Nanoblur with a sponge on your t zone area to reduce shine.  I love this as a alternative to powder or blotting papers.  Nanoblur can also be used underneath makeup to minimize pores and fine lines, Double Win =)  You can purchase this at Shoppers Drug Mart.  A little bit goes a long way and I love how you can use it before AND  after makeup! Woo hoo!  This is a must have for Brides during the Hot Summer Season.  I recommend everyone carry this in their makeup/touch up bag for those days where you want some extra love 😉

 

 

Holiday Shopping Ideas from the Beauty Aisle

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Its that time of year again, Holiday Shopping for friends, family and that significant other.  As mentioned in a few posts ago we are going to be blogging about Holiday Gift Ideas for the next few weeks. Today we will focus on Gift Sets.  I am a big fan of Gift Sets as you get a bit of everything in sample sizes to see if you really like the product.  The prices are generally pretty reasonable the packaging is always so adorable.  Here are a few ideas if you are stuck at the moment.

 

1) As a makeup and lipbalm addict, my first one is a must have and a great gift option.  Nude Lip Lovers Mini Kissing Trio from Fresh.  The set contains 3 0.08G Lip tints in ( Nude, Honey and Rose). It costs $ 33 ( Valued at $40).  Great for all makeup lovers ( just starting out or the Pros 😉 ) I love these lip tints as it just gives you just enough colour on your lips.  Available at Sephora, dont forget to sign up to be a Beauty Insider for perks year round 😉

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2)Give the Gift of Red Carpet Skin,  The Worlds # 1 Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury ( Who recently just won the Makeup Artist award).  Her products are absolutely amazing ( a bit on the pricy side but the quality is impecable). The Red Carpet Skin Travel Kit is avalible online and contains all her secrets to that glowing skin which includes her famous Magic Cream, Wonderglow, Clay Mask, Take it all Off and Supermodel Body.  This Gift is definitely for those Glowing Goddesses.  Available online

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3)Laura Mercier Masterclass Colour Essentials Collection.  I have been a fan of Laura Mercier for years ago. She always come out with classic, sophisticated beauty items. As her line has focused on flawless face with amazing products for the eyes, lips and cheeks her Holiday Items never disappoint.  This Gift Set has bit and peices of everything from eyes, cheeks lips and even double ended brushes. All in one Compact set.  This  is a must have =)

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Dorothy and Bens Disney Themed Wedding

 

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I had the chance to meet Dorothy and Ben a few years ago as Ben is actually a amazing photographer in town. His work can be seen here  We have worked several photo shoots together and he is always great company to be around. Not only is he amazing at what he does, he is always calm, professional and very kind.   I actually met Dorothy while working with Ben, she was assisting him at the day but at the time they were just friends.   A year or so had past and I found they they were engaged ( yay!), Dorothy had approached me to do her makeup and hair for her big day and I felt very honoured.  The wedding was a Disney Themed ( super cute) and I was very lucky to be a part of their big day!.  Noyo Creative took these amazing photos and we are so lucky to the chance to have them featured on our blog!  Be sure to check out the same day edit by Life Studios here

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Anna and Teejays Garden Wedding

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Last month I had the honour of styling Anna for her intimate wedding in Queens Park in New Westminister.  Anna and I always had so much fun during our time together.  We had custom blended hair extensions for her as she wanted to look like a major bombshell for her big day.  I love it when brides requests smokey eyes, big hair and lots of lashes. We also used custom blended lashes on her from Sasha Lashes (double stacked to be exact).  Anna looked absolutely stunning on her big day and we were so happy to be a part of it.   Katie Lauren Photography did such an amazing job with her photos and we can’t wait to see these ladies in the near future.  Congrats to Anna and Teejay and we wish them both all the happiness in the world

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Fall into Vampy Lips!

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September is here and we have no put away the Coral and Bright Pink lipsticks for Dark, Rich Vampy Lipticks.  Dark lipsticks look great on any skin tone and are definitely a walking statement.  Pair them up with a simple eye or make it grungy and edgy with a smokey eye.  There are so many brands out there that make gorgeous lip products and its always so hard choosing which one.  Here are my top 3 Vampy Lip Products. Which ones have you tried and did I miss one you absolutely love?

 

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MAC DIVA is one of my all time favourite deep colours.  On the site it says it is a “Intense Reddish Burgandy” with a matte finish.  This is one of MACs Iconic Red. Definitely a show stopper if you ask me! Wear it on its own or pair it up with a matching lipgloss

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Tom Ford Bruised Plum is a must have staple.  A deep reddened plum with subtle pink, fuschia and ruby micro shimmer.  This luxury lipstick  goes on oh-so- smooth and gives you such a pigmented and opaque application.  This lipstick is definitely worth its price tag.

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A Revlon Cult Classic, “Black Cherry” is one of their most popular shades.  A silky-smooth creamy texture that stays true to its colour and moisturizes your lips at the same time.  I love how Revlon is affordable and can be purchased at the local drug store.  Apply 2 coats for that perfect Fall Vampy Pout

 

Elise and Alexs Granville Island Wedding

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Last month we were very lucky to be the Beauty Team  of Elise and Alexs Wedding.  It was a wedding held at  Granville Island ( very unique and intimate!).  We got the the ladies ready at the Granville Island Hotel bright and hotel in the morning while Geoff Lister took some behind the scenes shots.  Elise was one of the Dream Brides, super organized and oh-so- down to earth.  Not only is she super gorgeous on the outside she is has a heart of Gold.  Elise and I had seen each other 2 times prior the wedding for her hair and makeup trials and we always shared great laughs, on the day of her wedding she was so calm and and super excited.  We got all the ladies ready in 3.5 hours and they all looked absolutely stunning.  The makeup and hair were different amongst each other but still some what uniformed.   Thank you for having us be a part of your big day and we wish you and Alex a life time of happiness and joy <3 =)

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Sam and Vus Vancouver Wedding

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Our feature Wedding today is Sam and Vus Vancouver Wedding.  Both of them currently live in San Francisco but decided to have a wedding in Vancouver (Sams home town).  We got referred to Sam from one of our good friends David Tam who also photographed their wedding. We have worked on several weddings together and David is one of my top Preferred Photographer Vendors <3.  Sam trusted me with her big day as she had no time to do a trial, we did a glamourous look on her with triple layer lashes, a lovely smokey eye and a nude lip.  For her hair we decided on up do incorporating in french braid in the front.  Thank you so much for having us big a part of your big day! We wish Sam and Vu nothing but the best!! =). Here are a few pictures from their photo session in Whyte Cliff Park with David Tam.

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