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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Get Your Dior On

 Dior has some great makeup products. There eye shadows are buttery and there eyebrow pencil is phenomenal. However there are three stars of the show that are amazing no matter where you’re going, what look your try to achieve or what your skin type you have.
Dior Lip Glow
This is a cult product for good reason let me tell you. I have gone through so many of these and it’s the only lip product I repurchase on the regular.
Where to even begin? On one hand this feels like a super comfortable lip balm, not sticky, nor too thin. It’s the kind of lip balm you put on and you feel its working, do you know what I mean?
While the actual lip balm looks like a baby pink it magically transforms to your perfect pink shade.
It feels good, you don’t need a mirror to apply it and looks great with any look. 
Need I say more?

Dior Lip Maximizer
I’m not one to shy away from a little tingle but other brands that have lip plumper’s burn the heck out of your lips. Many of them work by causing a mild irritation to the lips, which give you a plumped look. Dior’s is different; by using hylauronic acid this actually gives your lips volume by adding hydration. Don’t get me wrong this will not give you Angelina’s pout but fine lines will get notably fuller. 
As for the color it has to be one of my all time favorites. The sheer baby pink color looks natural worn alone without that weird milky action. The texture of this gloss is non sticky, on the other hand it doesn’t feel too thin either. If you were looking for a natural gloss, with great hydration qualities and a slight refreshing tingle I would highly recommend this. 

Dior Rosy Glow Blush
How can a blush that is so bright look so natural? Kind of like the Lip Glow this is one of those magical changing products. On myself this turns into a wonderful almost coral pink that looks so natural no one will ever detect its there.

The super finely milled powder blends effortlessly to the skin. While this has no sparkles this does some how magically gives your cheeks a healthy glow. I love blush, but I got to hand it to this one this might be one of my all time favorites.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Klorane Pop Up Counter's

I have always loved Klorane's dry shampoo, but after recently being introduced to more of the brand it's official, I have fallen in love. 
Not only are the ingredient's in the products amazing but they are at a great price point too.
So I just wanted to let all of you Toronto based readers, friends and family know that there will be pop up counters in various malls around the city.

April 16, 17 & 19th at Fairview Mall 
April 22 - 26th & May 7 - 10th at Toronto Eaton Center 
May 1 - 4th at Yorkdale Mall 

 There will be hair specialists advising you on your personal hair concoction, very fancy I know! In addition samples and $3.00 off coupons will be handed out. The best part is If you purchase 2 hair care products at that mall's Shoppers Drug Mart you will receive a 50ml the famous Klorane dry shampoo for free!

Personally I plan on attending with my Mom, doing a little shopping, getting some food and making it a fun Mothers Day out.

You can find more information at https://www.facebook.com/KloraneCanada 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tanya’s Beauty Rules

I am not a professional, a rule maker or any type of authority on makeup. But no matter which way you slice the cake there are certain beauty rules even a badass beauty blogger like myself follows. I am really not badass and on a side note I need to stop calling myself that.

Buy what works.
If the moisturizer that works best for your skin is $10 stick with it. As long as it works for you that is all that matters. I can't tell you how many times I have looked for dupes and spent more money then how much the actual product costs.

Experiment with all brands at all price points
There is nothing worse then being a Sephora snob because there are great beauty products at every price point. Some of my favorite products come from the drug store brands. Likewise there are excellent high end products too. I think it’s important to be open to all brands.

Skin should look like skin
Foundation shouldn’t look like plaster nor should it look cakey. I am fond of skin that looks very natural and only use a sheer wash of foundation to even out my skin tone. As for spots I conceal them but most times I just leave them alone. After all ladies we are human and yes we get pimples.

Good skincare come from consistency
Good skincare is kind of like dieting you can’t change everything in one week let alone over night. Great looking skin comes with time, patience and consistency. On average it takes 4 weeks to see how your skin reacts to one product alone. If you always switching products up there is no way to tell what’s truly working! If you don’t have a consistent skincare routine you can start off with something as simple as washing your face and adding moisturizer twice a day. 

Less is more
Personally, I don’t do a loud lip, a sultry eye and a dramatic contour all at the same time. Yes, there are people that rock this look and do it well, myself however not so much.
When applying my makeup I try to keep things simple by focusing on only one feature.  I try to capture that Parisian chic philosophy of looking effortlessly pulled together.

Don’t touch your face
When I was in high school I had acne alone my jaw line and chin. Why you ask? Because I use to always touch my face. You have so many dirt and bacteria on your hands that the moment I stopped touching my face I noticed my spots clearing up. Even now I sometimes notice a spot and I can blame myself for resting my chin on my hand at work.

Hopefully some of you found this helpful!

What are some of your beauty rules leave a comment below.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Non-Beauty, But just as Essential

I feel like months after months I have been I have been rambling on about beauty.
Don’t get me wrong this is a beauty blog and that is what I intend to do. But let’s get up close and personal today, these are my non-beauty essentials.


Coffee
I can’t start the day without a coffee. Well I can but trust me you wouldn’t want me to.
After years of drinking my coffee black with four sugars, I have recently put on my adulthood pants and converted to black 2 sugars. 
I love lattes too but I try to avoid getting these too much, Cinnamon Dolce with extra whip isn’t good for the waistline.

Candles
I love candles its true. My favorite has to be Bath and Body Works Leaves followed by Marshmallow Fireside. I also love Voluspa Candles when I feel fancy; there French Vanilla Bourbon is absolutely divine. 
I usually shy away from fruity candles and overly flowery ones. 

Throw
I can’t even communicate how often I use a throw. I keep one on my bed, office, living room, heck I even keep one at my desk at work. Even in the summer I use a throw! There’s something comforting about covering your legs with a soft blanket. I have no idea is this behavior odd? Any other throw/blanket lovers out there?
They always have great throws at Homesense and Chapters just an FYI for you Canadian girls.

Scarves

My closet consists of 4 colors (‘shades’) black, white, grey and sometimes blue. I love to wear scarves because they can add just the right pop of color to my monochromatic look; in addition they bring some pattern into my pattern-less wardrobe.  Plus I get cold so more often than not they have the wonderful bonus of keeping me warm. 

What are you non-beauty essentials? 

Leave a comment below.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Revlon Legacy Lipstick

I nerd out on collections like these! In my head these nostalgic collections make me feel like Bridget Bordeaux when I’m putting on my peach lipstick or Marilyn Monroe when I reach for my classic red. So to capture lips of the past I got two shades from the Revlon Legacy collection.


Miss Louise from www.lilting-grace.blogspot.ca is the person that led me to the purchase. After her review on Icy Violet the hunt was on. Four Shoppers Drugmart trips lead to disappointing news, this was a US item only. So off to smuggle lipstick over the boarder I went. Which isn’t what happened at all, my Mom was in the States so she was able to pick me up a couple of tubes. So much for being a bad ass!

Jungle Peach
I have to be honest in pictures this seemed pinker then I expected. As a non-nude/non pale lipstick wearer this is a step out of my comfort zone. This shade was released in 1963 and it looks it (in a good mod kind of way). The color it self reminds me of the lipstick shade Elizabeth Taylor wears in Cleopatra. While this a definite shade I don’t wear I think it will look beautiful in the summer and I can’t wait to unleash my inner Cleopatra.




Icy Violet
Plumy shades are right up my alley so I knew this was a winner before even trying it on. This actually reminds me a lot of my Guerlian Pompom Rose, the textures are deferent but more or less they are very very close. I’m not sure what classic star this reminds me of but this color is just a timeless gorgeous beauty. Again press releases suggest this is purple, I can assure you it is not. 


My advice to you lucky Americans is, pick these up before they run out. My advice to you beauty loving Canadians, is go get a tube before it’s too late. Not only is this collection fun, both lipstick right down to the formula are amazing. On a side note I would love to see more brands celebrating their history with fun collections like this.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Morning Skincare Routine


At night I take my time going through my skincare routine. But in the mornings I am a sucker for sleeping in, even if it’s for 5 minutes. So needless to say my mornings are rushed, very rushed.  To make the process quicker I keep my morning routine right down to the essentials.
Wash
I do quite an extensive makeup removal process at night so it’s very rare for me to wake up with makeup still on my face. Nonetheless I still wash my face in the morning by splashing cold water on my skin followedby Bioderma on a cotton pad. Not only is this duo effective but I find it very uplifting too!

Serum
 I don’t skip out on serum, the one I am using and almost finished is the NUXE Merveillance Serum. I like that this has hyaluronic acid in which helps my dry skin retain moisture. However what really makes this a sunrise winner is how fast it absorbs combined with you can use this around the eye area too. Which essentially makes this a two in one product.

Moisturize
At night I target different areas on my skin but in the morning who has time for that?
Well I’m sure someone does. For years I looked for something that hydrates my skin but also calms my eczema. The problem I encountered was some moisturizers were too greasy while others didn’t calm my irritated skin. Avene’s Skin Recovery Cream* meets my exact criteria. Its super moisturizing, calms my sensitivity yet isn’t greasy. It’s unique sterile packaging is so cool it makes me wonder why more brands don’t have similar packaging. It’s a treatment and moisturizer all in one I love it!


That’s it that’s all, the combination of using the three products keeps my skin hydrated, soothed, prepped for my foundation and only takes a minute. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Quck Tip #1 Glowy Skin over a Martini

Have you ever woken up with a hangover look in the mirror and realize that you don’t just feel like crap but you actually look it too? 

Not only is alcohol dehydrating to the body but it is dehydrating to the skin. While I still like to enjoy a glass of white wine with girlfriends it’s important to hydrate while doing so. My tip for you is if you want glowy skin make sure you keep hydrate on cocktail night.