Whether you’re creating a smokey, sultry eye or simply need a crisp tightline, Annabelle Smoothliner is the perfect drugstore liner to get the look.
I often find drugstore liners to be too waxy and require having to be heated up with the aid of a lighter in order for them to glide on smoothly and pigment-rich. With the Smoothliners, I don’t have this problem — they glide on effortlessly and the colour shows up true to form.
As a waterproof, long lasting, and hypo-allergenic product, this pencil is perfect for tightlining and lining the waterline. It won’t irritate the eyes (even if you’re a contact lense wearer) and it stays put in the waterline with no bleeding. I like to tightline my upper lashline with the black Smoothliner then I apply a white or beige liner to my waterline for a wide-awake appearance. (Note: After applying the Smoothliner, wait a few seconds for it to set before blinking, otherwise it will transfer onto the white/beige on the waterline.)
Though this is a waterproof product that’s not going to move once it sets, it is still able to be smoked out for a sultry eye if you work quickly; simply line the upper lashline then use an angled eyeliner brush or pencil brush to blend out the product before it sets. To really ensure the pencil is locked in place, top it with a black eyeshadow or transluscent powder (especially if you have oily lids that are prone to creasing).
With availability in 7 shades (as seen in the photo below) and 2 finishes (matte and metallic), there’s a finish and colour to suit pretty well any look. At such an affordable price, I’m tempted to buy them all! I’ve been eyeing Jade for my next purchase — it’d be perfect for adding a subtle pop of colour to my eye look for the summer. What colour is your favourite?
Annabelle Smoothliner, $6.95 CAD. Available in stores or online.
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Blow-drying my hair has to be the most boring, time consuming part of styling my hair. I’m always on the look out for something to make the process easier and I discovered my new must have hair tool that makes the job so much better and it won’t destroy your beauty budget either.
One day while picking up hair products at my local Cosmoprof* I passed the section of brushes, and on the top shelf was a new brand of interesting looking brushes from Hotheads Hairbrush. I was intrigued by the label that reads “cuts drying time by 50-60%” thats alot! I ask one of the trusted staff to tell me more and while she hadn’t yet tried it personally she did tell me that several pro hairstylists had returned to buy additional ones after trying it out. Repeat purchase!! That speaks volumes. I bought the medium size (56mm barrel) shown below.
This is what makes the Hotheads Hairbrush 3D® unique:
The ultra light 3D® has 3 types of bristles in one amazing brush to dramatically improve the health of your hair. The patented shaped barrel gives ultimate control and cuts drying time in half, for an amazing flat iron finish. The single pinned firm nylon with round tip is designed to handle all hair types. Black boar bristles grip the hair for great smoothing, volume or curl! White boar controls frizz and adds amazing shine!
My 3 Simple ‘How To’ Steps:
- I start by blot-drying my hair after washing/conditioning it. Meaning I only ‘squeeze’ the water out of it with a towel repeatedly from roots to ends in between brushing my teeth, doing my skincare etc. until it is no longer soaking wet. I find that by not wrapping it up or rubbing it with the towel, there is much less breakage and frizzing.
- Then when I’m ready to comb through, I use a light leave-in conditioner to help work through tangles, and blot some more. I may add a bit of volumizing mousse to the roots, then blow dry the roots using my fingers.
- When almost dry at the roots, I section my hair in two, making a top and bottom section (part my hair across my head from ear to ear) then grab my hotheads brush in medium and start working through the section. In no time it’s dry. Follow up with a flat or curling iron if you wish, to complete your desired style.
What a great purchase and still amazed at how amazing this brush works!! The drying time was immensely reduced, in about 10 minutes it was dry and now I don’t mind blow-drying my hair at all. The finish was so smooth, shiny and straight yet fuller looking. No need for the flat iron (unless you want your hair super flat n’ straight) Here is the finished result of my hair using the brush as the only styling tool.
Canada order your Hotheads Hairbrushes at Delineation prices $19.99-$30.95 CAD
*professional industry card required
Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time
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Blow drying followed by another hot styling tool is enough to put most of us into hair rehab for the repeated damage we inflict on our poor hair. Yet it does take some help from these tools to get our hair looking good, and while we may skip a day here and there to help give hair a break, what are you doing to protect it on the days you are turning up the heat?
I was pleased to receive a few products to try from Chatters Hair Salon, a Canadian chain of retail stores with salons, carrying many brands of hair and beauty products. My package contained three items from Kenneth Bernard, the Chatters in-house brand, and one of them was the Thermal Protection Spray. It is said to “penetrate the hair shaft and forms a protective barrier to prevent damage caused by flat irons and curling irons. The formula provides style memory, leaving hair soft and shiny.” In my drawer o’ hair products there is not a thermal protector and probably because I don’t use flat or curling irons often, yet I do use a blow dryer on a high heat. So maybe I should use one right?
My first trial was with the blow dryer, spritzing on damp hair, combed through and blow dried. The mist is extremely fine so it’s not a soak down on strands if you use it after blow drying and before heat tools (which I also tested it for) I was pleased that it felt like nothing in my hair, not slippery, not heavy or a coating which is a good thing for fine hair. It was left shiny and soft which was promised on the packaging. If you are headed to the beach or going to hang outdoors in the summer sun and heat, give your strands a little spritz and off you go as the line contains Tru-Last Colour which uses their advanced technology to shield you colour treated hair from color loss and fading.
The Kenneth Bernard line can be found in Chatters across Canada and products prices start at about $20CAD. Speaking of heat styling tools, Chatters has a hair appliance trade-in offer until June 30th 2014, and more. For details click here
Tell us what your favorite hair styling tools and products are so we can check them out too!
Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time
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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.
As written by Lauren Wilson
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow, $7.58 CAD. Available in stores and online.
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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
As written by Lauren Wilson
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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.
Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel, $55.00 CAD (3.4 oz). Available in stores and online.
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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.
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?
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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)
Enjoy your beauty visit to Australia! What global beauty sites do you enjoy?
We will be looking for global beauty contributors, stay tuned for details!
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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.
Wishing you a fantastic week!
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