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Easy to Do ~ Soft Metallics for Eyes

 

Everyone can do metallic shadows, regardless of age, eye shape, or skin tone.  The application is easy to follow, the toughest part is making up your mind on which shade of metal you want to try. Click on the picture below to see my CTV Morning Live demo just how to do it.

 

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1-Start with smoothing an eye primer over the eyelids and blend up to under the brow. An eye primer prevents creasing and keeps the shadow looking freshly applied all day.

2-Choose your metal! I love this Laura Mercier ‘Enlightenment Eye and Cheek Palette’ (seen above). The four shadows work with anyone and the texture is so velvety, perfect for those gals with aging concerns. Using a flat brush, simply pat color on to eye lid up to crease. Gently blend along the crease to soften where the shadow ends. (find at Sephora)

3-Line your eyes using a cream liner with a brush, I love these ones from L’Oreal. You’ll be able to get into the roots of the lashes with the brush creating eye definition but not a heavy line. (You can always make it thicker if you want)

4- Finish up with your mascara of choice. Be careful not to go to heavy with it, as this look is about keeping it more soft and natural looking.

This look is a great everyday look, so pretty and polished. It also makes for a great base to add on extra color or go smoky if you want a little more dramatic effect.

 

Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time

~Melody xo

 

 

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Commitment-Free Beauty Change Ups

 

Happy New Year!

There is nothing like a new calendar year that gets us gals yearning for some sort of  change in our usual makeup/beauty/hair routine, but most of us aren’t ready to make a full on commitment. So how can we play and experiment without permanent changes? (click screen shot below for the CTV Ottawa Morning Live segment)

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Hair is a great place to start…I found these Crisace  hair2go clip in bangs and extensions at my local Chatters Salon.  They are easy to use, made of synthetic hairs which keeps them easy to care for and affordable, and you can use a heat to style them. (double check package for actual temperatures) The bangs are long enough that you can use them as a great way to get through the awkward growing out the bangs stage, or ask your stylist to cut them in a shorter style for more dramatic appearance.  The full kit has longer pieces to add length and volume and they have a great color selection to help you co-ordinate with your own color or add a bit of hilights. Ask your stylist to trim them up a bit so they fall better with your current hairstyle.

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The hair2go by Crisace Full Kit

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Everyone looks fab with extra lashes! What a fantastic way to open up, add some oomph and glamour to your eyes. Best part about wearing false lashes is that you don’t need a lot of other eye make to go with them. (saving some time on your routine) Ardell has been making amazing lashes since the 70′s, and with their selection and price, they are a superb choice both for beginners and pro’s. I have them in my pro kit as well as recommend them to clients. Find them at Walmart and Sally Beauty Supply.

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Time to stop going bare/naked with your makeup! Give color a chance, it’s such a wonderful way to keep people guessing at why you look so refreshed and fab! Makeup is the easiest way to make changes in your appearance, and lip products are the number 1 product women are willing to experiment with. Annabelle Twist Up lipsticks are just what the Makeup Artist ordered! They have a great texture and the color selection ranges from essential nudes to bold and beautiful bordeaux’s, with reds and pinks in between. Try something new by going opposite of what you normally reach for. If you like nudes like I do, try a bright. If you like the bold shades, go softer.

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The french mani still reigns supreme for many…ditch it! Even for a week, just try something new…Nail fashion is not going away so you may as well embrace it! I’ll admit that I’m normally a one color nail gal, but taking my own advice, I’m reaching for other shades as well as textures and finishes. Essie nail polishes offers a great selection in color, texture and finishes. The formula is amazing and the price makes it easy to build a fantastic nail wardrobe. Take a color you don’t usually wear for starters, then ease your way into layering a texture over top! Below I tried the lavender hued ‘warm and toasty turtleneck’ and layered the ‘peak of chic’ a holographic, ice crystal like texture over top. (either one can be worn alone) Find Essie at both mass and drugstores.

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Go and try something new…and remember is can all be taken off at the end of the day ; )

It’s about feeling good and having fun!!

Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time

~Melody xo

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Beauty Stocking Stuffer Ideas

 

It’s 14 shopping days till Christmas and you are still thinking of ideas for stocking stuffers!  Ok don’t panic, I have a few ideas for you and you get the sneek peek before I show them on CTV Morning Live later this morning.

Bottega Veneta pour Homme1~ Who doesn’t want to enjoy a designer brand name item? Reach for it in a fragrance…it’s a wonderful way to enjoy luxury everyday. Bottega Veneta has evoked the suppleness and sensuality of its world renowned leather goods in a bottle. For women, try the limited edition bath collection (shown below) with a Softening Body Scrub, Satin Body Oil, Shimmering Body Powder and of course the eau de parfum and for men…Bottega Veneta Homme. (shown left)

Bottega Veneta is available at Holt Renfrew

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2~ With so many on your list you may be watching your wallet but you don’t have to give up choosing a fragrance. Guess Night for men (shown left) is a masculine and magnetic fragrance, and for the women it’s the the playful and charming Katy Perry Killer Queen. (shown below) Both can be found at Sears at under $80, look for sets too!

 

 

 

3~ Skincare is often a great item to pick up at Christmas time because you can find some great value sets and Philosophy leads the way with their Festive Favorites $94CAD, a collection of 6 pieces of the brands best-selling skincare for bright and smooth skin. They also do an amazing job of body care sets as well in a variety of all sizes and scents and prices. Great choices for the teacher, the office exchange and hostess gifts.

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4~ You love the idea of DIY gifts but just aren’t that talented…ok thats me. The next idea is super easy, just a little bit of your imagination is all it takes and will come just in time to use for New Years Eve parties. Reach for smaller sized makeup/beauty items and mix and match to make you own sets. Let’s channel the mod 60′s shall we? Start with Rimmel London’s Scandaleyes Retro Glam mascara…gorgeous, full lashes (and so much cheaper than lash extensions) then add in Rimmels Apocalips Lip Laquer in her fave shade for great shine and bold color. Finish the set off with some nail fashion with Sally Hansen’ new Triple Shine nail polishes. Go for a similar shade as the lips or a little art work with two or more shades, go for glitter, stripes or dots like Katy Perry did on the red carpet for the past American Music Awards (she used Sally Hansen nails exclusively, seen below)

Rimmel and Sally Hansen can both be found at mass and drugstores.

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 Sally Hansen Katy Perry AMA

 

 

Ciao Bellas
~Melody xo

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Getting Glam for the Holidays w/ My Fave Not-So-Secret Beauty Tools

 

It’s that time of year again…your social calendar is filling up. From office parties to holiday dinners and cocktail parties, you want to look your best especially since everyone loves to snap pictures and you may be caught in the camera’s flash. Even before you put on that fantastic outfit, do your hair and makeup there are a few things that we can do to prep for it underneath it all.

These are a few of my favorite no-so-secret beauty tools, that will have you looking and feeling your best from head to toe. I shared them today with Lianne Laing on CTV Morning Live. (click picture to go to video)

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3 Months Supply of ViviscalOur hair often takes a lot of abuse with weather and styling with hot tools and products. Give it a fighting chance by nourishing it from the inside. I love Viviscal Maximum Strength Hair Nourishment System, a 100% drug free, natural supplement with the exclusive and patented AminoMar C Marine Complex, a blend of deep sea proteins, Vitamin C, and horsetail extract that all work together to help nourish thinning hair from within, right where it begins to grow. It’s a clinically proven formula and loved by both celebrities and celebrity hairstylists.  Since I’ve started taking it, my hair is shedding less, growing faster (I have to touch up my roots earlier than 4 weeks) and I can see fresh new growth in thin areas. Great for women and men. Find it at www.viviscal.ca starting at $59.99CAD

 

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Everyone wants a brighter smile, but often the time and potential costs of teeth whitening have us shying away from it. Until now, with the Luster Pro Light system. In the privacy of your own home, with just 3 steps and 3 minutes you can be well on your way to a brighter whiter smile. Say bye bye to stains and discoloration. The Luster Pro Light kit contains everything you need for up to 20 treatments,  from touch ups to full on whitening makeover and whitens 2x faster than trays or strips plus the bonus of zero tooth sensitivity!  So easy, you can give a freshening up the day of a big event. Find it at Shoppers Drugmart for about $59.99CAD

 

 

MICRO Pedi MANThe winter weather has our feet covered most of the time and we probably ignore them until it’s time to put on those pretty heels, then we may have a not so pretty feet situation. I got a great fix for that. I’m a huge fan of my Micro Pedi. It has to be the easiest beauty tool for feet ever! It is a hand held, battery operated device that has a micro mineral roller that spins 30x per second to gently buff away only the dry, hard skin easily and gently. In fact if you can brush your teeth, you can use the Micro Pedi. I use mine every couple of days after the shower so that I have sandal ready feet year round And guys, no excuses for you to have those rough and gnarly feet because there’s a Micro Pedi for you! (shown left) Go to www.micropedi.ca for great packages.

 

 

20131203-204916.jpgWe want to take care of our nails and have them look pretty. One of the best ways is to look for formulas that are free of formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate and if you can add in %100 vegan I say go for it. Mineral Fusion nail enamels are a long lasting, chip free formula that have a wide brush for more even color application and I found that it gave good color coverage in one coat, great if you are in a rush. The formula is infused with anti-oxidant rich minerals and come in a great 30+ shade collection. There is sure to be one for you and the price is great at $7.99 and you can find them at Whole Foods as well as London Drugs and if you aren’t near ether one you can order them at www.londondrugs.com

 

 

Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time

~Melody xo

 

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Contour & Hi-light Your Face like a Pro…Even When You’re Not ~ Makeup 101

I love what a little everyday contouring and hi-lighting can do for the face. It adds definition, enhances bone structure even for those that don’t think they have it ; )  plus it can give the illusion of a sleeker, even younger appearance to the face. This morning I was on CTV Morning Live sharing tips to simply add contouring and hi-lighting to your everyday makeup routine, so you too can enjoy the benefits.

 Clicking picture below will open a new window to watch the TV segment

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TIP: Contouring works best with an even toned complexion using a foundation, tinted moisturizer etc. to tone down any redness or discoloration in the face.

If you are going to try contouring I strongly recommend using pro-versions. Using the best tools will yield the best results and therefore worth owning.  Below are the products mentioned in the segment that I use professionally, personally and highly recommend to those who don’t have a pro artist on-call. You don’t need to be a pro artist to buy!!

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Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in medium. Works great for fair to medium/ tan skin. Velvety, matte and fine textured which can be layered for color intensity without looking cakey on the skin. Apply over moist or powder foundations. Pair it with the lovely The Celestial Powder for delicate hi-lighting with an ethereal glow.

Canada find it here:  Pir Cosmetics and Beauty Mark.

U.S retailers (stores and online sites)

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Tools are just as important as the product itself. Loving my new Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes (double-ended sculpting brush). Super soft bristles that gently glide over skin. Use the angled end to apply a contour powder, and the rounded or full end to dust on a soft shimmer hi-lighter.

Find at select Sephora stores and Sephora online.

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Senna Cosmetics Face Sculpting Kit (shown – shade 1) is a luxurious matte cream (non greasy) version and is so easily blended. It also has a brightener, hi-lighter,  instructions and comes with the brush too! Best applied over a moist foundation for smooth application. Suitable for all skin types. Created by pro makeup artist Eugenia Weston for makeup artists as well as non pros.

Find in Canada at eskincarestore.com    U.S. at Senna Cosmetics

It takes several tries to get the knack for contouring on yourself.  Practice with the hollow of the cheeks first, as that is the toughest area to get the proper angle, the right intensity and length of contour line. Once you get the hang of it you’ll use it all the time and the other areas to contour are easy-peasy!

**Much thanks goes to my model Ashley P. of Models International Management for getting up early to work with me. She is both beautiful inside and out. XO

Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time

~Melody xo

 

 

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Luxury Beauty ~ Review of Tom Ford nail polish

 

Of all my years working in the beauty industry, there is one thing I have learned; “I don’t believe that paying more gets you more in the world of beauty.”  The goal of any beauty product purchase should be the finished result you get, plus the “I feel FAB” when used.  There are great finds, hidden treasures and various levels of quality in every price range.  Although I do have to admit that when it comes to fragrance, lipstick and nail polish it’s often a fab way of obtaining a luxury brand, such as Tom Ford. His name is fashion, beauty, style and luxury. Oh hell, I’m still lusting after his famous red velvet suit for Gucci.

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Gwyneth Paltrow @ VMA’s 1996 in a red velvet tuxedo pantsuit designed by Tom Ford for Gucci. (as seen on Instyle.com)

 

Back to the nail polish… I like a good dark shade most times for my fingers nails so I purchased (about $35 CAD) the shade ‘Bitter Bitch’ a gorgeous dark plum/brown at Holt Renfrew in Toronto. Don’t you just love the name?

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‘Bitter Bitch’ nail polish (Nordstrom)

 

 ”high-performance formula with bendable coating delivers high coverage and shine while staying color-true throughout wear.”  

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Not fully done, 3 thin coats before clean up/top coat. My pinky nail shows the results

The texture is smooth,  creamy and spreads without streaking ~ no lines/texture marks in the polish. It wasn’t giving great color coverage with the first application, some spots on the nail were opaque and others were transparent. Normally I use 2 coats of my fave nail brands for smooth, full coverage of color topped with a clear coat for extra shine and durability. So on to a 2nd coat…still found it wasn’t fully covering. Went for a third coat, no change. (tried on 2 other occasions with thin and thick layers, same result) It’s now used on my toes instead but same finished effect. The polish does have great shine and had long wear, but it didn’t deliver in the coverage.

From its fabulous color to the creamy texture, I really wanted to love it, but needless to say I’m left disappointed in this particular item. This hasn’t turned me off from trying other items from the brand itself,  I did also buy a lipstick and excited to try it out! BTW, the customer service at Holt Renfrew that day was wonderful from women’s wear to the cosmetics counters.

 

 Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time

~Melody xo

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Fall Beauty Survival Products

 

The leaves are changing and so is the temperature…Fall is definitely here and with that comes some beauty challenges and possibly skipping steps in our beauty routines for a few extra minutes of sleep under the warm covers. With minimal effort and time, you can keep up with your beauty routine with some of my favorite head to toe beauty products. Here’s to looking and feeling fab into the fall (and year round)

 

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Vita Liberata has got to be my favorite self tanner brand I’ve used in years. From the amazing natural looking color, no smell, to how the luxurious formula feels on my skin. They have plenty of products to choose from for head to toe perfection, and yes the mitt really does make a huge difference for a great end result.

 

 

MICRO Pedi MANThe Micropedi makes pretty feet all year round possible. Gals, no more emergency pedi’s for a fancy night out or upcoming beach vacation, just a few minutes a week keeps them so soft all you’ll need to do is add the nail polish. For the guys…no need for embarrassing salon pedicures, you can buff away that rough skin in the privacy of your own bathroom with your own micropedi (shown) and no-one will know your secret.

 

Hair CareThe Viviscal Hair Nourishment Hair System is something new for me and this is my personal story: I have long believed that my hair shedding over the last few years was ‘normal’ and something I’d just have to live with until now. (thinning hair is not really a beauty topic women want to talk about, so we don’t know where to start looking for a solution). I noticed the shedding more in the shower when washing my hair or brushing/combing it out.  *As of this post, I’m just under 2 months of using it and have begun to notice a reduction to the amount of hair lost in the brush or shower, this is very encouraging and has me continuing the program.

 

Sometimes you need to brighten that smile fast and the Luster Premium White Pro Light Teeth Whitening System offers great results while using it in the comfort of your home, extremely cost efficient, and for those of you with sensitivity issues when it comes to teeth whitening, they’ve got you looked after too!  (also at select Shoppers Drug Mart)

 

 

Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time

~Melody xo

 

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Makeup 101 – Laying the Foundation

 

Once in a while our complexion needs a little help to look more flawless than it does when you wake up. For some it may be redness, dark spots, overall unevenness, dark under eye circles, or maybe we just want to add a fresh dewy-ness or perhaps hold back shine if your oily. Foundation and/or concealer truly can really be a girls best friend. I like to call these products “Complexion Enhancers” because that’s just what they do! Check out the video of my last visit to the CTV Morning Live Ottawa studios with host Lianne Laing as we talk about it more.

(*note I meant to say chest not neck when testing shades)

You already know this category is overwhelming for its multitude of brands, formats and formulas; tubes, sticks, bottles, wands, compacts, liquid, cream, mousse and powders, tinted moisturizers, BB creams etc. So let me help you cut through it all and start from the beginning.

Step 1~ Shop for your skin type, keep in mind that this can change season to season.

Step 2 ~ Coverage. What are you trying to disguise/cover? The depth or intensity of color of those issues will determine the level of coverage, sheer for a quick color balancing to full coverage for deeper discoloration issues.

Step 3 ~ Color. Make it match, please!!  Both concealer and foundation should match the skin, not lighter not darker. When it matches and provided you got the best formula, your skin will look more like skin and less like makeup covering skin ; ) Plus you can use both together or each by themselves. I don’t like gadgets or gizmo’s to test skin-tones, because you’ll still need to do a traditional ‘stripe test’ to double check it anyways.

TIP: I always use a primer first for skin smoothness, better makeup application and longer lasting makeup than without it, then apply foundation followed by concealer if needed. You’ll be surprised how much foundation can do before you hit up the concealer. Plus all the work you do with concealer will get wiped away if you do it first. Concealer is meant to hide or disguise smaller areas such as; a blemish, dark spot or dark circles.
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"Laying the Foundation" ~ Makeup Application Tools

What’s your favorite foundation or concealer?

Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time…

~Melody xo

 

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How to Do the Metallic Makeup Trend

 

From the Fall fashion runways you’ll see touches of metal, and of course as fashion crosses paths with beauty you are sure to have some of that incorporated into makeup as metallics.

Emilio Pucci Fall 2013 RTW Photo credit: Alessandro Lucioni /Imaxtree

Emilio Pucci Fall 2013 RTW
Photo credit: Alessandro Lucioni /Imaxtree

The easiest place to try this makeup trend is with the eyes. No, we aren’t going disco glitter 70′s or bold 80′s here…it will be much more refined as you can add it to your regular makeup routine, whether you are a beginner, not shy to try something new, or regardless of age.

Your metallics are the usual suspects; gold, silver, ,copper and their variations. Plus they are now added into jewel tones making them into super luxurious shades

TIP: When using in one area, try and tame the shimmer elsewhere on the face.

 

 

 

 

 

Barely There:

Benefit cream shadow in 'sippin' n dippin'

Benefit cream shadow in ‘sippin’ n dippin’

Work with shadows in soft golds, beige or champagne shades as they appear warmer and are softer looking than some silvers are when used alone.  Cream shadow formats are great for wear-ability.

  • Using your finger, a concealer or cream shadow brush, apply a thin layer to the eyelid.
  • Apply 1 layer of mascara on the top lashes for a natural look. The eyes look awake.
  • Pair with a shade of lipstick that is a touch deeper than your natural lip hue and keep it in a cream finish.
  • Simple eye looks pair well with dark and bold lip shades as well.
  • Pro secret: using a cream shadow application also works as a great eyeshadow base and keeps other shades applied on top from looking flat.

 

Add to your regular makeup look

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this palette has a gold, silver and bronze PLUS rich colors with the metallic mixed in!

Have a favorite eye look? From neutral to colored, there is no need to change anything, just add to it.

  • Do your usual application first,
  • Use a flat, natural haired shadow brush to press on a silver, bronze or gold powder shadow to the center of the eyelid. Blend it a little towards the inner corner to soften the edges. Pressing on the shadow gives a richer pigmented finish.
  • Go easy on the gloss or high shine for the lips, and avoid shimmer blushes or bronzers.
  • Pro-Secret: Matte lips would be great with this as well.

 

The quick and easy budget friendly application

Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof shown in "08 Sun Tan copper"

Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof
shown in “08 Sun Tan copper”

Reach for the eyeliner, and I find the best selections are in pencil form. This is where you can have color with the metallic built in… from rich golds, bold silvers, sexy bronzes plus deep jewel tones of blues, greens, purples and the classics of black, brown and grays.

  • Line in close to the lash roots and simply build a thicker line for more boldness. You can line just the top or top and bottom lash line.
  • You can also add over your fave dark liner to make it a touch richer.
  • Be sure to finish a stronger eye look with a couple of coats of mascara.
  • Pro Secret: the bolder the eye look, go softer on cheeks and lips.

 

Lip Service:

Revive your existing lipsticks with the metallic trend and it’s also one of my favorite on-set tricks.

  • Using your pinky finger, pat and press on a metallic powder eye shadow, to the center of the lips and blend the edges ever so slightly.
  • Plenty of light capturing sheen, very chic.
  • Gold hues look amazing on deep red, burgundy, rich berries and browns.
  • Light silvers pair up with softer shades of lipstick.

 

Nail It

Chanel nail polish in 'taboo'

Chanel nail polish in ‘taboo’

Have fun here and express your personality!

  • Take a shimmery, transparent nail polish (but stay away from ones that have glitter chunksflecks of glitter) use it as a finishing top coat over your existing cream shades.
  • Go even more modern and use that transparent shimmer polish and just ‘french tip’ the nails,
  • Always follow with a clear top coat.
  • Pro Secret: Dark nail shades which are very hot in the Fall can use a shimmer top coat or look for the dark metallic shades like pewter and steel or a jewel tone with the metal built in.

 

Gettin’ Cheeky

Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Powder in 'Champagne Pearl'

Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Powder in ‘Champagne Pearl’

Cheeks can get in on the trend by way of hi-lighting.

  • Use a no-color powder or cream version on top of the cheek bones layered over your fave matte blush.
  • Go softer with metallic elsewhere in your makeup application.
  • Add a clear shine gloss to lips for that glow-y look.

 

Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time

~Melody xo

 

 

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Multi-Purpose Concealer & Highlighter ~ w/ Dermablend Quick Fix Illuminator

 

Pretty sure we’ve all had issues at some time or another with under eye dark circles and puffiness. The causes; from lack of sleep, allergies, illness, in your DNA, to false dark circles that are a result of the over looked bad lighting* in your bathroom. While there are many eye creams that work to help tame them over the next 4-8 weeks, but if you are like me you’ll also want the quick fix solution NOW! I was happy to be asked to try the Dermablend Quick Fix Illuminator multi-purpose concealer and hi-lighter.

My Dermablend Quick Fix Illuminator

The Dermablend Quick Fix Illuminator is a multi-purpose product in a handy pen format that “conceals and smooths dark circles and under eye puffiness.” In order to get it ready to use, you’ll need to give the bottom end a few twists…about 20 or so clicks (not full 360 degree turns, be patient) After that, all it takes is a few clicks to dispense the concealer for use.

 

Color aside on the back of my hand, this concealer looks like skin.
Top swatch is blended with a brush.
Bottom swatch is applied directly with the pen.

The texture is creamy, blends effortlessly and rather lightweight and hardly looks like you have anything under your eyes and come to think of it, I don’t remember noticing or being bothered by my fine lines either when wearing it. Not that they magically disappeared, but the Quick Fix didn’t seem to settle into the lines. Plus it brightened and illuminated “the eye area with ultra-fine particles of liquid light that uniformly diffuse light without artificial shine or shimmer” this is a plus. There is a place for shine or shimmer and frankly under the eye is not one of them for me. A bonus perk is you can use it elsewhere on the face to “accentuate features or brighten shadowsI found myself using this concealer quite often whether it was the only makeup I wore that day or with a full face of makeup. Definitely a product worth looking into.

 

MAKEUP ARTIST APPLICATION TIPS:

  • always hydrate the under eye area, let it absorb then use concealer. I also use my face primer under the eye (not eyelids) both help concealer to glide on to skin.
  • Dot or swipe product on from the pen but reach for a smaller synthetic fiber brush to gently blend the concealer over the surface for a flawless application. You can then re-layer if needed.
  • Use another small, fluffy brush to dust on the slightest veil of setting powder to lock and hold concealer in place for longer wear and help to prevent possible creasing.
I use the Real Techniques eye shadow brushes for concealer & setting powder.  Far left: for setting powder. 2nd from left: for concealer.

I use the Real Techniques eye shadow brushes for concealer & setting powder.
Far left: for setting powder.
2nd from left: for concealer.

 

MAKEUP ARTIST SECRETS:

  • If you find that you can never find the right concealer to hide your dark circles then it isn’t the concealer. You need extra help from a corrector like this one which is a peachy shade of concealer that neutralizes the dark circles. You can then happily layer your Dermablend Quick Fix Illuminator over top to finish concealing as well as brighten and match this area to the rest of your skin tone. A light layer of each product does more wonders than multiple thick layers of concealer : )

 

*Bad lightening: How many of you notice your dark circles more when you look into the bathroom mirror? It could actually be the lighting above the mirror that is partly to blame. Overhead lighting causes shadows so your dark circles may not be as bad as you think…switch to applying your foundation/concealer in natural light instead.

 

Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time

~Melody xo

 

Find a Dermablend retailer here (this product not yet available in Canada)

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