Simple Everyday: 4 Makeup Must-Haves

 

We are often bombarded with trends and getting the latest and greatest for our closet or makeup bag. It’s both exhausting trying to keep up and costly. However, the good news is we probably already have some really great items we've  forgotten about, hidden treasures. Soooo, I've got a beauty challenge for you and it won't cost thing! The inspiration came from my friend Alyssa who recorded me in her bathroom and opened up her makeup drawer.  

A Fashion Stylist and my beautiful friend, Alyssa is a minimalist and owns less both in her beauty drawer and wardrobe. She is very mindful of what she purchases and sticks to more classic and timeless ideas. So we thought we'd do a fun challenge: To use what she had and create a classic look that fit her personal style and go day to night if needed.

So here is your challenge:
1) Watch my video for suggestions and tips.
2) Look through your drawers and makeup bags to work with what you already own (unless it's expired or very old, that’s the only reason for something new and it should be a classic piece, not the latest unicorn shade ; ) 
3) I'm not even going to show any new beauty items to tempt you with either.
4) Share what hidden treasures you found to create your minimalist makeup look in the comments below.        

If you’d love the same type of help and inspiration for your closet, please visit Alyssa at Ms. Beltempo for great wardrobe and style tips. She is all about working with what you own, wearing it several ways, vintage and thrift shopping plus much more.

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Winter Warm Up: The Ancient Geisha Way

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I'm not a fan of the cold weather at all, from November to April my feet are always cold and I prefer to be wrapped up and indoors.  Many people find that a hot bath can be a wonderful way to warm up and a great time out.  It warms the body, relaxes the muscles and slows the mind and can prepare you for a good night sleep, something we could all have a little more of I’m sure. Soaking in plain water is boring so make it special, add Fresh Rice Sake Bath soak.

Inspired by Japanese Geisha bathing rituals of using peaches to fragrant their baths and sake to smooth the skin. It’s a complete bath experience with many skin and body benefits. A therapeutic soak with real sake which actually contains enzymes that will smooth and help hydrate skin. The ginger is sure to warm you up and undo tight muscles while pine extract helps to ease breathing, especially great if you are congested by a cold. Fill the tub, add soft music and maybe a candle or two and immerse yourself...here’s to turning your bath into an ancient Geisha inspired ritual that takes care of our modern ailments. 400ml $108

 

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Glow All Year - 3 Ways to Bronze it Up

 Click image to shop Guerlain at Sephora

Click image to shop Guerlain at Sephora

When you long for the long warm days filled with sunshine and the glowing complexion that the sun provides, bronzers and self-tanners are the way to go. Here are three ways for you to hold on to Summer any time of the year.  The secret is to go easy with what you choose so it compliments skin and looks chic my friends. Not overdone roasted chicken and cheap like the comedic character Magda from Something About  Mary movie LOL. 

For the face, I highly suggest matte formulas of bronzer year round. As a makeup artist, they look more elegant, subtle and can be layered for more color in the warmer months when you may have extra color. I love the luxury of a Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer, they always create new versions too (I've always had one, repurchased many times over 22 years since working with them way back as an account executive)  You can also look at Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzers  

BEAUTY TIP:

Step 1 -Apply bronzer to the cheeks first, with any colour left in your brush move to...
Step 2 - go along the forehead and temples (closer to hairline) for shading (not contouring) It's soft and understated.
Repeat Step 1 to build colour. 

 Clarins Canada

Clarins Canada

Want something that doesn't wash off at the end of the day? Time to reach for self tanners. For a subdued tan and easy-to-use daily formula Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster (face or body bottles) These were introduced to me by one of my besties and are simply added by the drop(s) into your daily moisturizer or body lotion for a subtle warmth to the skin.

BEAUTY TIP:

Just know that if you use any exfoliant (including AHA's, acids, peels, retinol type products) your self-tan may not last as long as mentioned on the package.

BEAUTY INSIDER:

My friend noticed something interesting...she is like the most awesome research gal ever, and thought you may like to know too! The ingredients for both the face and body (as written on their boxes) are the same and in the same order. Yet the prices are quite varied between the body drops, face drops and the men's drops??  Here is the $ breakdown:
Body is 30ml/ $46  - BEST PRICE  (Clarins on-line or Sephora)
Face is 15ml/$32 (Shoppers Drug Mart)
Men's Drops 15ml/$30  - WHY LESS FOR MEN?  (Clarins Canada on-line)
Which ever you choose, it's a great product to try for those who tend to shy away from most self-tanners. I do use a few more drops then actually suggested.

       Click to shop Canadian site

      Click to shop Canadian site

Sometimes you just want head to toe bronze that lasts for days. Adjusting the intensity of shades per season is the key beauty tip here. Remember we want chic (think JLO glow)  I LOVE the Cocoa Brown Tan, believable results in an hour. In cooler months I personally go down a shade and reach for the medium so it shows, but not trying too hard if you know what I mean. In the summer or before a beach vacation I use the dark so I get my vacation vibe on before I land. PS check out their Shimmer Oils. Tan or no tan these are sexy on the skin!

What are your favorite bronzers and self tanners? Share them in the comments below for all of us.  Never miss a post or update, sign up for your In the Beauty Lab newsletter. 

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Tighten, Lift and Firm Your Skin with the Silk'n Titan

This is the season of celebrations. With parties, long days and late nights, of course, we want to look our radiant best for every occasion on the calendar, whether it be extra play dates and children's school events to office gatherings and those full-on, dress up celebrations that last into the early hours. That extra holiday cheer in a glass (dehydrating) or your on-the-go schedule (exhausting) is sure to leave your skin needing a little more help afterwards.  You may find it tired looking and lackluster. I'm all about using products that can offer multiple benefits. You can confidently put your best face forward with these amazing, easy to use, must have items that are sure to add a lift and glow to your skin before the celebration and long after the party is over.

Sleek, sexy and did I mention safe and easy to use? The Silk'n Titan* is an at-home beauty device that works with our skins own healing properties giving you tighter, toned, smoother and firmer skin by helping to repair and rebuild the natural elastin and collagen. (it can also help in the fight against wrinkles and pigmentation spots. Yes please! Read here for more) The Silk'n Titan uses breakthrough technology that you'd find in professional cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists offices at a fraction of the price and in the palm of your hand for the utmost convenience. I'm in the process of my 10-week treatment plan and truly loving my "Titan Time" twice a week for just 15 minutes per area. i.e. forehead, left cheek, right cheek etc. Skin is already looking and feeling fabulous and receiving compliments.

BEAUTY TIPS:
1) I discovered doing one of  my treatments before an event/night out adds that fresh, healthy glow perfect for makeup prep. 
2) Don't be afraid to use the hyaluronic gel liberally, you'll need enough to easily move the Titan on your skin. Add more when Titan doesn't glide smoothly.
3) Start at 1, 2 setting for the first minute or two of a treatment time to get going, the warm up phase. Then move up to 3-5 as you get used to it.
4) Best results come from using your Titan regularly at the 4 & 5 settings plus moving it in an upwards (anti-gravity) direction.

                                Click the Titan for more information

                               Click the Titan for more information

 Behind the Scenes, waiting to go on-air at CTV Morning Live Ottawa

Behind the Scenes, waiting to go on-air at CTV Morning Live Ottawa

 

Watch the CTV Ottawa Live Segment to see why you’ll love it too.

PS put it on your wish list if you need too!!!

Extra face hydration is key and soft illumination really helps to combat that dry, dehydrated and lack luster skin. COVER FX; a line created especially for (but everyone can use) those who have rosacea, and highly sensitive skin. Their Illuminating Primer is gentle and while its water based formula means it plays nice with all types of foundations, it also gives a hydration boost over your moisturizer and before makeup. It can be worn alone for a healthy and elegant illumination, no shimmer here. You can add the Custom Infusion Drops (vitamin drops) to the primer, your moisturizer or even into your foundation. A drop or two will do the trick. They have 4 types to choose from that address skin issues and boost your routine with additional nutrients when your skin wants/needs a little more help.    

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Disclaimer

*a partnership with Silk'n Titan

Makeup Removal - Are You Doing it Well?

I'm a big fan of double cleansing my face and yes your skin will see the difference the first time you try it and you'll be hooked. The idea comes from Korean and more Eastern style skin care rituals. The 1st step of cleansing is cutting through and removing the dirt and grime of the day like dust, pollution and what you can't see, plus for those that wear makeup, even if it's just a touch of BB cream, it's the step to remove that too. There is a possibility and before you blame it all on hormones, that your breakout and some skin issues can be (not always) because your 1 tube/step cleansing practice is not cutting through makeup and dirt like it says it can. This first step should be something you can massage into skin with your fingers (wipes can be handy but very rough so that's a whole other post) and dissolve makeup and dirt gently. You'll want to look into cleansing oils and balms. Many will rinse off easily once mixed with water. There are so many types out there that now ALL skin types and preferences are catered to. Here are a few of my faves to choose from...

Tata Harper,  PUR Cosmetics, Belief, Pixi Beauty Double Cleanse by Caroline Hirons,

Once you remove what's on your skin, you can follow with Step 2. This is actually cleaning the skin itself of dead cells, oils and bacteria in pores etc. Simply follow with your favorite cleanser, just make sure it isn't harsh and stripping or drying out your skin. I purchased the Caroline Hirons x Pixi Beauty Double Cleanser at Target early 2017, not yet in Canada as of this posting, however both Target and the Pixi home site offer shipping to Canada. 

Have you tried double cleansing? What is your favourite cleansing routine and products? Let us know in the comments.

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