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Beauty on a Budget: L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow

Drugstore eyeshadows have gotten a bad rep for being chalky and having a lot of fallout, but L’Oreal has defied that stereotype with their Infallible Eyeshadows. These shadows are buttery, blendable, and contain additional binders (oils) to coat and magnify the colour pigments, revealing beautiful shimmer and maximized colour. With availability in 24 shades ranging from bright, bold colours to soft, neutral shades, the possibility of looks you can create is endless!

As a crease-resistant, waterproof, 24hr-wear product, these shadows are a summer must-have. Lately I’ve been skipping my usual winged liner and packing L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in ‘Amber Rush’ on my lids then applying a few coats of mascara instead. Though simplistic, this look does a lot for my eyes – Amber Rush is a stunning copper shadow with red and orange undertones that make my blue eyes pop.

At only $7.58 for a quality shadow that will last months on end, this product is a steal and absolutely worth adding to your collection.

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As written by Lauren Wilson

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow, $7.58 CAD. Available in stores and online.

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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink
I’m in an extra girly mood today, so I thought I’d share with you a few of my favourite pink products:
1. The Balm ‘Down Boy’ Blush - Every girl needs a classic pink blush in their makeup collection. This shade is quite universal, it looks great whether I’m pale or sunless tanned. As a highly pigmented blush, this product gives you plenty of bang for your buck; I’ve used mine just about every day for over a year now and have hardly put a dent in it!
2. Essie ‘Fiji’ Nail Polish - This is another product that looks great no matter what my current skin tone situation is. As a nearly-white pink shade, Fiji makes even the palest of skin look more tanned.
3. Bath and Body Works True Blue Spa ’60-Second Manicure’ Hand Scrub – This is a product I recommend to everyone, but especially those that sunless tan. This scrub makes hands baby soft, allowing your tanner to go on evenly without clinging to knuckles, cuticles, or the webbing between your fingers who knew that was possible?
4. LUSH ‘Rose Jam’ Bubbleroon – These shea butter-based bubbleroons made for dry and sensitive skin types allow you to have long, luxurious baths without drying or irritating the skin. Rose oil and rose absolute soothe the skin and make for a beautifully scented bath it’s as if you’re lying in a bed of roses. With the rose scent continuing to linger on the skin, you remain soothed and relaxed hours after your bath.
5. MAC ‘Creme Cup’ Cremesheen Lipstick – This is arguably my favourite lipstick, as I’ve gone through more tubes of it than any other colour I own. This ‘my-lips-but-better’ cool-toned, nudey pink is great for everyday wear. The formula is rich in pigment, creamy, moisturizing, and has that classic MAC vanilla scent that I love so much.
What is your favourite pink product? Comment below :)

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As written by Lauren Wilson


Beauty product
13 CAD - bathandbodyworks.com

TheBalm blush
23 CAD - beauty.com

Rose Jam
6.80 CAD - lushusa.com

essie nail color, fiji
9.25 CAD - macys.com

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick, Creme Cup
16.00 CAD – maccosmetics.com
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Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel

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Products like blackhead strips are deeply satisfying to use because you can literally see the unwanted gunk being removed from your pores (gross, I know, but satisfying). Peter Thomas Roth’s FIRMx Peeling Gel gives you that same feeling. The peel uses multiaction enzymes (pineapple, pomegranate, and keratinase) along with cellulose to visibly roll, lift, and sweep away dead skin cells.

The word ‘peel’ freaked me out at first, as it brings to mind horror stories of harsh chemical peels (think the episode of Sex and the City where Samantha decides to get a “freshening” peel), but this peel didn’t irritate my dry, sensitive skin in the least. This product is suitable for all skin types, as it addresses a number of concerns: aside from just sloughing off dead skin, the peel also works to remove impurities and decongest clogged pores, making it wonderful for oily/combination skin as well.

I was actually worried that my skin would breakout from using this product solely because after using it I couldn’t stop touching my face it makes your skin feel SO [so so so so] soft. This peel is fabulous for prepping the skin for makeup application, as it evens out the skin’s texture leaving it with no dry patches or bumps for your products to cling to.

Whether you’re dry, oily, or somewhere in between, you need to pick yourself up a tube of this peel ASAP your skin will thank you for it.

lauren the intern _dark textPeter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel, $55.00 CAD (3.4 oz). Available in stores and online.

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Refresh Your Skin With Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel

gelee-vivifiante-hydratanteWith summer now here and the air becoming more humid, I’ve switched out my usual daytime moisturizer for something lighter: Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel.

Hydrating gels like this are essential to my summer makeup routine, as the heavier daytime moisturizers I use during the winter tend to melt in the summer heat and cause my makeup to become cakey. This alcohol-free gel absorbs almost immediately, leaving the skin feeling cool and refreshed. With no greasy residue, the ultra-lightweight formula keeps my makeup looking just-applied all day.

‘Lightweight’ is usually a term used to describe moisturizers targeted toward combination and oily skin types, but the Hydra-C gel, though lightweight, is specifically designed for dry skin. The gel’s formula contains antioxidants, cucumber, green tea extracts, and vitamins C and E to protect against harsh climatic elements while restoring the skin’s protective barrier function for a bright, glowing complexion.

As a hydrating facial product, this gel is designed to increase the skin’s water content with the use of humectants, such as glycerine, to draw water molecules out of the air and into the skin. With added occlusive agents to prevent moisture loss (namely, silica), the gel doubles as a moisturizer. This  combination of humectants to make the skin supple and plump and occlusive agents to keep it feeling smooth and soft is the perfect formula for a radiant, youthful complexion.

This hypoallergenic gel is perfume-free, so there isn’t much to be said about its scent (or lack thereof). The packaging, however, deserves some attention. Though an affordable, drugstore product, the sleek glass packaging gives this product the look and feel of a high-end skin care product.

The only thing I would change about this gel is the fact that it doesn’t have SPF in it. The lack of SPF isn’t huge deal for me, as I typically apply sunscreen in addition to my moisturizer anyhow; however, I know many people rely on having SPF built into their daytime moisturizer. If you’re a one-step gal, I would try the Hydra-C 24H + SPF 15 Moisturizing Cream instead.

If you haven’t tried any of the Marcelle skincare products yet, they’re definitely worth checking out. Luxury for less? Yes, please!

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As written by Lauren Wilson

Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel, $23.95 CAD. Find in stores or online.

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I’m a Brilliant Brunette Thanks To John Frieda Hair Care ~ Beauty On A Budget

 

Sometimes it’s a struggle to find a shampoo and conditioner for my color treated hair that makes a good impression on me. It needs to be hydrating and/or moisturizing, (just like in skincare there is a difference in those two terms) soft and silky, add a healthy looking shine and the big one…the shampoo must not make my hair feel like crap a dried up birds nest while in the shower. As for scent, I’m flexible as it never lasts long or is replaced by one from a styling product. Being open to price ranges really gives some selection from salon to drugstore and I have an ongoing selection of high/low $ hair care in the shower.  Yet it’s always great when the wallet friendly products stand out.

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I found the JOHN FRIEDA BRILLIANT BRUNETTE® LIQUID SHINE ILLUMINATING SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER  some time in the last year and have done a repeat buy of it since first using it. It also gets pretty good reviews on various sites. While it says for brunettes, there is no color in the product and so I think even lighter haired people could give it a try. The shampoo is moisturizing and makes my hair silky when lathering up and my hair still feels soft even after rinsing. The conditioner glides through and doesn’t feel greasy. It rinses out quickly leaving my hair silky and smooth, ready to style.

 

TIP: Do not apply conditioner to roots first as it can weigh hair down. Start applying mid way down and work into ends. Then the little bit left on your hands can be worked to the upper half of the hair and closer to the roots. I usually leave it in for 2-3 minutes, comb out any tangles then rinse.

While I can find John Frieda products at just about every mass/drug store, these two items are harder to locate, and it seems that it’s my local Walmart that always has them. At about $8.00 CAD ea. I’m able to keep a spare set in the extra shower/bathroom.

 

What are your favorite wallet friendly hair care products?

Ciao Bellas,

~Melody xo 

 

 

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{ Beauty Love From Australia ~ Global Beauty Links }

 

I LOVE beauty products!!!

That’s not a confession, but an absolute truth! No matter where I visit in my travels, I need to stop and check out the beauty assortment of even the smallest store. My boys and husband are used to my frequent “I Stop for Beauty” and have exercised patience with me over the years as well as endured the packing of my beauty souvenirs into their suitcases. Sometimes I find a hidden treasure, or a simple everyday item that has a different label than what I have a home, perhaps its a new brand not found where I live or even better…a label in a different language. I’m fascinated by all of it.

Subscribing to beauty sites, using twitter and other tools on the internet can really bring the world of beauty to your finger tips. Here is one of the sites from Australia that I enjoy; DropDeadGorgeous Daily (click picture to go to site)

 

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Enjoy your beauty visit to Australia! What global beauty sites do you enjoy?

COMING SOON:

We will be looking for global beauty contributors, stay tuned for details!

Ciao Bellas,

~Melody xo

 

 

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{ Talents Beyond The Makeup Brush…Melody Co-Hosts a TV Show }

It’s always great to expand ones professional horizons and work in new areas for greater experiences in your career. While I have been doing TV beauty segments for years and nationally as a brand ambassador for Viviscal Canada and appear regularly on The Shopping Channel, it’s always great fun for me to step outside the beauty industry and show that I do much more than that. Often I join as the co-host with Derick Fage for Rogers Daytime TV, Click on the picture to see last Mondays show in a new window.

 

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Wishing you a fantastic week!

Ciao Bellas,
~Melody xo

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Natural Looking Filled-in Brows with Smashbox Brow Tech Trio

SB_C532_430If you have blonde brows like myself, you’re familiar with the struggle of finding a blonde brow powder that looks natural, as many of them are either too ashy or have an orange undertone to them.  The search is over, ladies! Smashbox’s Brow Tech Trio in ‘blonde’ is the perfect shade for a natural-looking blonde brow. (Trust me, if this powder looks natural on me, it will look natural on anyone. My eyebrows are so light that they’re pretty much invisible when not filled in, so it’s more like I’m painting them on than filling them in.)

The natural finish this product achieves is attributed to the fact that it comes with 2 shades of hair colour-coordinated powders one light (light blonde), and one dark (sandy blonde). Brows are naturally sparser at the head and become more defined toward the arch and the tail; the Brow Tech Trio allows you to mimic this natural form by filling in brows with the lighter shade, then defining the arch and tail with the darker one. The trio also comes with a clear wax to shape the brows exactly how you want them and hold them in place all day.

Containing 3 products in one, Smashbox’s Brow Tech Trio is wonderfully compact and perfect for travel or throwing in your purse (though you won’t need to touch-up throughout the day, thanks to the wax).

Brows are so important for framing the face and giving you a youthful appearance, but so many people shy away from filling them in out of fear that they will look harsh and unnatural. With their Brow Tech Trio, Smashbox makes achieving flawless, natural-looking brows foolproof  stop worrying and start filling!

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As written by Lauren Wilson

Smashbox Brow Tech Trio, $25.00 CAD. Available in: Blonde, Taupe/Soft Brown, Auburn, Brunette, and Dark Brown. Find in stores and online.

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How to Summer-ize Your Beauty Routine

 

The heat and humidity of summer is here and I love it! What I don’t love is the effect it has on makeup. All we need to do is re-think makeup formulas, aim for a ‘less is more’ idea and have it all withstand rising temperatures. Click the picture below to watch my beauty segment with Melissa Lamb on CTV Morning Live Ottawa for product suggestions and tips.

CTV June 4th

 

Makeup needs extra staying power during this season and it can’t be heavy or slick feeling. I’m really liking the Laura MercierFoundation Primer Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen PA+++ as it’s oil-free, holds makeup in place (even tinted moisturizers and assorted BB creams) and keeps it fresh and color true. The best part is the broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 that isn’t chalky white on the skin, so you can wear it alone when you don’t want to wear makeup. (Find at Holt Renfrew and Sephora Canada)

 

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Change your regular foundation to more sheer formulas like tinted moisturizers or BB creams. Oil free formulas are great for everyone in the heat and humidity. *Pro tip: oily skin types, look for versions that are also mattifying.

Island sunsets and delicious tropical fruit are great color inspiration for eyes and cheeks. For eyes, try the new Make Up For Ever ‘Aqua Matic’  They are highly pigmented, smudgeproof and waterproof and come in 10 shades to mix and blend. Swipe on over eyelid or under eye and blend with your fingers or a brush. Pro Tip: you can layer powder shadows over them and get fab stay-put power. (find at Sephora)

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For cheeks, check out the Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables™ Water Resistant Blush, the 3 shades are sweat proof, weatherproof and long wearing. Pro Tip: Makeup artists lightly layer multiple shades to achieve a final look, try layering blush over bronzer for the ultimate flushed from within, healthy glow. (find at select Rexall’s in Canada)

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A big secret of makeup artists is to use makeup setting mists for hours of perfect makeup wear without the need to retouch. If it is good enough for photo shoots and brides, then it’s perfect for you!  One of my faves is the Model in a Bottle. It has gone for 12 hours + without the need to re-touch and makeup stays put. It comes in 2 formulas, Original and Sensitive Skin, dries with a soft matte finish, absorbs excess oil, doesn’t clog pores and never interferes or reduces the effectiveness of SPF, perfect to use with the primer mentioned above. Simply spritz over face with eyes closed, let dry and away you go. (find at eskincarestore.com)

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Don’t forget the body! A little shimmer looks amazing with or without a tan. Now what if you had that glow in a lotion that also had skin care perks to it? Urban Decay has it’s new Naked Skin Body Beauty Balm and it’s a luxe, moisturizing body balm for all skin types that instantly lends skin a tighter appearance and blurs flaws, leaving a radiant finish. (find it at Urban Decay and Sephora)

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Go on and get summer-ized, you’re ready for it! What are your favorite products to use in the summer time?

Ciao Bellas,Until Next time,

~Melody xo

 

 

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Beauty On A Budget: Drugstore Favourites

Drugstore Favourites

1. Revlon ColorStay Foundation - If you’re looking for a foundation that’s long-wearing, has great coverage, and feels weightless, Revlon ColorStay is just the thing! Not only is this foundation available in tons of shades (20!), but it’s also avaiable in two formulas: dry/normal and combination/oily, making it suitible for pretty well every skin type and tone.

2. L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara - I use this as my base mascara to separate and lengthen my lashes before going in with a volumizing mascar.a (This mascara could easily be worn on it’s own, but I’m all about BIG, dramatic lashes, so I like to top it with another mascara for added volume.) This mascara also has one of the tiniest wands I’ve come across at the drugstore, making it perfect for getting as close as possible to the lash line without getting mascara on your eyelid.

3. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat - If you’re like me and always decide to paint your nails when you’re moments from heading out the door, then you need this top coat in your life top any nail polish with it, and it will be dry to the touch within a minute. The icing on the cake: this top coat will also help extend the wear of your polish with it’s anti-chip properties.

4. Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in ‘Tiki’ – I have no idea why this is called a bronzer, as it’s without a shadow of a doubt a highlight. In any event, as a highlight, this ‘bronzer’ works beautifully! It’s finely milled, has just the right amount of pigmentation, and goes on shimmery, not sparkly. This last point is important to me, as my goal is to look naturally radiant, not like I just came from a dance competition. This highlight is fairly similar to Mary-Lou Manizer from The Balm.

5. Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in ‘Primrose’ – I love the formula of these lipsticks it’s hydrating, comfortable to wear, and the colour payoff is incredible! I also find these lipsticks don’t leave any residue at the opening of the mouth when wearing off, as so many other drugstore lipsticks do. My favourite shade at the moment is Primrose. I’m quite fair-skinned and always struggle when trying to find a pale pink shade that won’t wash me out, but Primrose is a perfect fit. Another problem I’ve run into when searching for pale pink lipstick shades is that they make my teeth appear yellow.  As a cool-toned pink, Primrose doesn’t have this effect.

6. Wet ‘n’ Wild H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner - H20 proof, indeed! As with the Make Up Forever Aqua Liners, this liquid liner does. not. move. making it ideal for allergy season and withstanding sweat and greasy sunscreen in the summer. Wet ‘n’ Wild doesn’t have the colour or finish selection that MUFE does, but if you’re looking for a inexpensive, heavy-duty waterproof liquid eyeliner in a neutral shade, Wet ‘n’ Wild’s H20 Proof Liquid Eyeliner is a good substitute.

7. L’Oreal EverStyle Alcohol-Free Volume Boosting Mousse – Though I love my styling products from The Drybar, my wallet needs a break from time to time. This mousse from L’Oreal is a wonderul drugstore alternative. As with the Drybar mousse, it smells fantastic and gives my hair lots of body while keeping it feeling silky and residue-free. The added bonus of the L’Oreal mousse is that it’s alcohol free. As a dry, sensitive-skinned girl, my scalp gets quite irritated when I’m constantly styling my hair with products that contain drying alcohols. L’Oreal’s alcohol-free mousse allows me to give my scalp a break from harsh drying agents without having to compromise my style.

8. Kiss Ever EZ Lashes - These lashes add the perfect amount of length and volume without making it obvious that you’re wearing falsies. The ultra-thin band further aids in giving the lashes a natural appearance and makes for an effortless application.

9. Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer and Highlighter - This is hands down my favourite drugstore concealer. It provides full coverage without feeling heavy or cakey and doesn’t crease. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the applicator. Instead of using the brush that’s on the tip of the tube, I dispense the product onto my finger, dot it on my under eye area and T-zone, then blend it out with my Beauty Blender.

10. L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder – This has been a favourite of mine since high school! The micro-fine powder blends into the skin beautifully and contains pearl pigments to enhance your skin’s tone for a flawless, even-toned complexion. When applied with the built-in applicator sponge, the powder provides almost full coverage, which I lovvve for days when I’m in a rush and don’t have time to apply foundation. On days when I do wear foundation and require less coverage, I apply the powder with a fluffy powder brush instead.

What are your current drugstore favourites? Share in the comment section below, I’m always looking for new items to try! :)

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As written by Lauren Wilson


Nail polish
target.com

Styling product
target.com

Hard Candy makeup
walmart.com

Black mascara
target.com

Rimmel concealer
$10 - superdrug.com

False eyelash
amazon.com

Liquid eye liner
amazon.com

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