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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
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An Easy Summer Makeup Look in Under 5 Minutes

 

When summer arrives I’d rather find more time to enjoy it then spend time applying makeup that will just melt off in an hour. Here is an easy to do makeup look that will have you radiant and out the door fast, so you can enjoy this fantastic season!

1) Start by prepping the skin with a ‘radiance’ lotion. Use your fingers to smooth over skin. My faves (good for all skin types) are Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector SPF 25+, Laura Mercier Primer – Radiance and Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights. Use concealer if needed. These radiance products can also be used under foundations.

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2) Keep the eye simple. Use an eyeliner to fill in at the base of the lashes, also known as tight-lining and this Marcelle Double Precision Liquid Eyeliner Pen (pictured below) with it’s super fine pointed brush tip is amazing for it. I’m loving g it, plush the other felt tip end is perfect for the cat eye flick. Follow with your favorite mascara. You can do just the top lashes or top and bottom, it’s a matter of personal preference.

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3) Of course you know bronzer is a summer must have item and we are going to pair it this time with a blush for an amazing sunkissed glow. Use a matte bronzer like the 4 Season one from Guerlain and pair it with a soft peach or pink blush (blush can be matte or shimmer, but stay away from using shimmer versions of both together)

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4) Finally pull it all together with a luscious tropical fruit shades shade of lip. Think oranges, pinks, fuchsia, cherry etc. You don’t have to spend alot here. Go wallet friendly with such brands as Rimmel, and get more than one shade for the season.

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And there you have it! A quick makeup look that has you looking fab, on trend and out the door fast!

 

Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time

~Melody xo

 

 

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Moisturize, Brighten, Prime, Conceal & Protect w/ Pür CC Cream

Sleek tube packaging makes this product ideal for travel!

Sleek tube packaging makes this product easy to pack & ideal for travel!

With my trip to Punta Cana fast-approaching, I’ve begun creating a checklist of items to pack. Given that I have fair skin and a history of skin cancer in my family, Pür’s CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 is, unsurprisingly, at the top of my checklist. Protecting my skin from the sun’s harmful rays is of utmost importance, not only to prevent cancer, but to avoid premature aging as well; I don’t want to look like a leather boot in my senior years, thank you very much.
Though I’m good at religiously applying sunscreen to my body, I detest applying it to my face the smell is unpleasant, it causes my eyes to burn and water, and typically makes my foundation go on cakey as a result, I don’t touch up the sunscreen on my face as often as I should. Thank heavens my days of applying greasy, irritating sun screen to my face are over! I don’t know how Pür did it, but they managed to create a CC Cream with SPF 40 that doesn’t smell like sunscreen or make my eyes water. Even better, I don’t have to layer any other products on top of the cream, as it’s a moisturizer, brightener, primer, concealer and SPF foundation all-in-one!

More specifically, the colour complexion corrector is comprised of:

  • SPF 40 foundation and primer
  • Color-correcting brightener
  • Clarifying control cream
  • Anti-aging moisturizer

I plan on wearing this cream on its own during the daytime for a natural, effortless beach look, then topping it with the Pür 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation at night time for fuller coverage.

You don’t have to be heading south to require sun protection  the sun is always present, so defending your skin from its rays should be something you do year-round! Do this easily by adding a high SPF CC cream like Pür’s to your beauty regime, your skin will thank you.

Pür CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 (1.5 oz), $38 CND. Available in stores or online.

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Melody’s Own Ultra Low Maintence Hairstyle

 

Sometimes you just need to stop fighting with your hair and go with the flow of it, literally. Over the past few years I’ve learned to embrace and actually love the natural texture of my own hair. It’s neither curly or straight, more of a natural beach-y wave, thanks goodness that an actual popular and sought after look these days, because it makes for some easy 5 minute hair styling mornings. The key is to find the right products that enhance the natural texture that’s already there, not fuss around to create a new one.

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Since last summer, I’ve been using and completely loving Not Your Mothers Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream. I found it while cruising the aisles in a RickysNYC store (a favorite must do each time I’m in NYC or Miami) it was on a whim that I decided to pick it up. The tube may say curly hair, but it also works for wavy types.  With a fab price point of $5.99US and the ultra delicious scent, I took the chance. So happy that I did. What an amazing product!!

How I use it: After freshly washing/conditioning/towel drying, I work about a dime sized amount starting at the ends and adding a bit more cream as I need it. Then work it up to about an inch from my roots with what’s leftover on my hands. I comb through with one of those detangler brushes (makes for a great detangler). Tousle though with my fingers and let it dry naturally. The bonus is the anti-frizz help it gives my hair without greasing it up or weighing it down. My hair is soft and touchable, it has shine (some other beach wave texturizers are too matte for me or leave my hair with an odd feeling to it) and the best part is that my natural texture looks just that, natural. I’m looking forward to trying more products from the line.

Canada you can find it here and for other locations click here

 

Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time
~Melody xo

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Beauty On A Budget: Hard Candy Glow All The Way Face & Body Luminizer

ard candyDuring the spring and summer months, I like to keep my eye makeup minimal and turn the attention toward my skin and lips for a fresh-faced look. To give my skin a youthful, natural-looking ‘glow from within,’ I like to apply a thin layer of Hard Candy’s Glow All The Way Face & Body Luminizer before putting on my foundation. I should warn you that this product is pigment-rich, so apply with caution a little goes a long way!

With less than a pea-sized amount being sufficient to cover my entire face, I’ve been using this luminizer on my body as well to ensure that the product gets used up before it expires. (Read my post on product expiry dates here.) I simply mix a drop or two of the luminizer with my moisturizer, then apply my moisturizer as I usually would.  (Tip: For special occasions, go back in with the luminizer on its own and apply to your shoulders and collarbones for an extra sexy glow. ;))

Not only is this luminizer gorgeous, but it’s very affordable ($8.00 CND) and will last for ages, as you only need to use a few drops at a time. Pick yourself up a tube and say goodbye to dull, winter skin!

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Looking for some products worth splurging on? Check out the post Melody recently did on How To Get That ‘Lit From within Glow’ using high-end products.

Hard Candy Glow All The Way Face & Body Luminizer in “Doll Face,” $8.00 CND. Available in stores and online.

As written by Lauren Wilson

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Green Beauty: LUSH Angels on Bare Skin Face Cleanser

lushI’ve been a fan of LUSH bath products for several years now, but hadn’t tried any of their face products until recently. Boy, have I been missing out! Angels on Bare Skin cleanser is just what my skin needed to recover from the long, dry winter we had this year.

If you’re new to Lush face products, as I was, you’re probably looking at the product image and wondering why it looks like a clump of cookie dough and how the heck you use it. Angels on Bare Skin is a cleanser roll; to use, simply break off a small piece (about a pea-sized about) then mix the product in your palm with a few drops of water until it forms a paste. Once the paste is formed, use as you would any other face wash. The kaolin clay base deep-cleanses while finely ground almonds and lavender flowers gently exfoliate away dry skin. The product also contains lavender oil to soothe and balance, and rose absolute to calm redness. The result? Soft, balanced, radiant skin.

Though an exfoliating cleanser, Angels on Bare Skin is gentle enough for everyday use the almonds truly are finely ground, causing very little abrasion when buffing the product into the skin. I like to use Angels on Bare Skin as my morning cleanser to slough off any dry skin so that I have a nice, even canvas to apply my makeup on. I’ve found this makes a big difference in my foundation routine, as it allows the product glide on effortlessly.

I recommend pairing this cleanser with their Celestial moisturizer, which contains vanilla water, almond milk, and dove orchid extract to lock in moisture and keep skin looking radiant. LUSH has labelled this their “most gentle moisturizer,” making it perfect for dry, sensitive skin types.

Angels on Bare Skin is a must-try if you have dry-to-normal skin. For combination-to-oily skin types, try Dark Angels sugar cleanser instead. Also targeted toward sensitive skin types, Dark Angels combines black sugar and charcoal to gently exfoliate and absorb excess oils to leave dull, oily or acne-prone skin feeling fresh and matte. Its rhassoul mud base deep-cleanses to help prevent breakouts while vitamin rich cold-pressed organic avocado oil nourishes skin to leave it soft and lightly hydrated.

The cherry on top: LUSH products are all cruelty-free and handmade from fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics. Learn more here.

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Angels on Bare Skin, $13.95 – $33.95 CND. Available in 100g and 240g tubs. Find in stores or online.

As written by Lauren Wilson

 

 

 

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