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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dr. Scholl's For Her to the Rescue! (Details, Photos & Review) + Giveaway!

Hi beauties! There is nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes or throbbing feet when you are trekking around town or standing on your feet all day. It's hard to be fashionable when you are in pain, and by "pain" I mean aching, blistered feet that I'm sure we've all experienced when breaking in new shoes. 

Dr. Scholl's, the #1 foot care brand recommended by Pharmacists has an entire range of accessories For Her to remedy those situations. At some point in our lives, we will all experience some form of foot pain (i.e. blisters, bunions, athlete's foot, arch/heel pain, etc.) Pain around the balls of our feet and/or the bones in that area can develop by wearing shoes that are too tight for us or by wearing high heels. Bunions can develop over time from wearing shoes that are too narrow-toed and calluses/corns can be caused by constant rubbing and/or pressure. Wearing properly fitting shoes with good arch support and cushioning is important but shoe inserts can also help.  Here are a few options....
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Dr. Scholl's Comfort Insoles (Left below) provide discreet all-day comfort when wearing pumps, flats or boots. Their Massaging Gels™ absorb shock on your heel (see purple below). The insoles are slim (¾ length), making them perfect for closed toed shoes or boots. These comfort insoles target cushioning the balls of your feet and are discreet so you don't even notice that they are there!

If you're looking for stylish or hidden comfort in any shoe including sandals or thongs, then Sole Expressions® Insoles 3 Pair Pack (Right below) is a good option. They have a notch in the toe that fits comfortably inside sandals, slides, flip flops and other strappy shoes. This particular insole is made from a soft foam that absorbs shock in the heel and provides added cushioning for the ball of the foot. The slim design won’t crowd your toes and stays firmly in place!

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The most common complaint that many of us women have are those pesky aches and pains when wearing or walking in heels. Dr. Scholl's For Her High Heel Insoles can help prevent those aches and pains. Their ultra-soft gel arch shifts the pressure off of the ball-of-foot area and guarantees all-day comfort. The slim-fitting design is ideal for any heel over 2" and is practically invisible...even in strappy heels!

Open Toe Insoles feature a 2-piece design and separate ball-of-foot and heel cushions that target support right where it is needed. These insoles are great for open-toe styles including dress shoes, sandals, sling backs and slides. I love that there are 2 separate pieces which allow you to customize where you need support most. 
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My favourite product from the range are the Rub Relief Gel Spots. These life savers offer targeted blister protection and help to relieve the discomfort experienced from shoe rubbing, pinching and friction! They can be placed anywhere inside the shoe to cushion the areas that are causes discomfort. The "spots" come 6 to a pack and are available in different sizes including two pre-cut to fit straps and thongs.
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Do you want to try all of these products out for yourself? Dr. Scholl's and Moms Makeup Stash have teamed up to give five lucky winners a prize pack including one of everything pictured above (all 5 products!) Entering the giveaway is easy - simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below and complete the extra tasks to earn extra entries. Good luck!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Maybelline Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation (Photos, Review & Swatches)

The new Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation by Maybelline New York is one of the brands new & innovative products released for Fall 2014. The water-based foundation provides long-lasting coverage and an natural finish. While traditional foundations have thicker formulas that sit on top of the skin and leave it feeling heavy and looking layered, Dream Wonder's breakthrough texture has a fluid base that's ultra thin and fuses with your skin for impeccable coverage. It also has an exclusive dropper that claims to make applying the product easy and clean. 
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Maybelline Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation
Dream Wonder Foundation comes in 12 shades and is Maybelline's thinnest foundation formulation available. Despite it's thinner, lightweight consistency, it managed to provide me with enough coverage to even out my skin tone and cover my redness and discolouration. I did need to use a separate concealer for underneath the eye area but I was ultimately satisfied with the amount of coverage that I got from this product. I also loved how natural it looked on my skin! While I certainly appreciate the ingenuity of the "dropper", I prefer a pump or squeeze tube when shopping for a foundation. 

My Thoughts:

> Dries beautifully to a slightly dewy finish
> Lightweight, hydrating texture
> Provides light coverage (marketed as medium to full coverage)
> Liquid turns into a powder-like consistency once applied to the skin 
> Easy to blend; absorbs quickly
> Requires setting with a powder to ensure long-lasting results
> Doesn't cake or feel heavy
> Covers pores, redness, blemishes, dark spots and mild discolouration
> Naturally evens out skin tone and brightens complexion

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Maybelline Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation - $14.99 CAD
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 Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation *note applicator 
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Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation Swatches (L-R): 
Porcelain #10, Nude #40 & Coconut #95
*9 other shades available
Have you tried this new foundation?
 If so, what do you think of it?

Target Dazzles As They Showcase their Winter Collection at WMCFW 2014/2015 #TargetStyle

Shopping at Target is one of my favourite pastimes. I love their affordable fashion for the entire family and their stunning home decor pieces. This week, Target showcased it's Winter Collection at World Mastercard Fashion Week. I've been anxiously awaiting the Target show since the first time that Target hit the runway last season. 

The collection featured 48 Fall/Holiday looks with pops of colour, knits, quilted jackets and even leather sweatpants! The budget-friendly collection's theme was "Canadian Winter" and it combined holiday styles and great layering pieces from brands like Mossimo, Sam & Libby, Merona, Beaver Canoe, Xhilaration and more. Attendees also got to see a sneak peek of Target's latest collaboration, TOMS for Target, which is expected to hit stores on November 16, 2014. Target’s mascot, Bullseye made a special appearance on the runway before the models did a fun finale dance while facing the audience, followed by an explosion of gold confetti! 

Grace Lee, Maybelline New York's lead makeup artist & Jorge Joao, lead hair stylist for Redken created two different looks for the show. One of the looks - created for the day included fresh skin, nude lips, glittery lids and naturally tousled hair.  The evening look was more dramatic and featured luminous skin, a matte red lip and sleek, side-parted hair. 
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Anyone can achieve Target's "backstage beauty" evening look by simply following the steps below using Maybelline & Redken products:

Step 1: Apply Dream Fresh BB Cream all over the face as a base and Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer where needed to cover any blemishes/dark circles 

Step 2: On the back of your hand, mix together Color Tattoo 24h Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Barely Branded and Baby Lips in Clear, then pat onto the cheekbones as a highlight 

Step 3: To create contrast, contour the face using a darker shade of Fit Me! Pressed Powder 

Step 4: For the eyes, layer Color Tattoo Leather Eyeshadow in Creamy Beige, Color Tattoo 24h Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Barely Branded and Baby Lips in Clear for a textured finish on the eye lids. 

Step 5: Apply a few coats of Lash Sensational Mascara (available December 2014) in Black to define the lashes

Step 6: Comb Eye Studio Brow Drama through the brows, first going against the growth of the hair to coat them and then brushing in the direction of hair growth to set them in place

Step 7: Prep the lips with any Baby Lips for hydration then apply Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Siren in Scarlet onto the lips. 

Step 8: Paint your nails using two coats of Color Show nail polish in Keep Up the Flame

For the hair, Jorge Joao and his team of stylists recommend a 3-step regime that includes a primer, styling products and a dry shampoo to add life to your style. He used Redken's Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer on all of the models , which preps the hair for styling but also helps cut down blow drying time. He then followed up with an assortment of styling products geared toward the models hair type and finished with Redken's Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two-Day Extender
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 * photo credits George Pimentel 
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* photo credits George Pimentel 
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* photo credits George Pimentel 
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* photo credits George Pimentel 
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* photo source Instagram
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This year, Target also teamed up with Twitter to debut the Vine 360 booth. The booth captured 360 degree head-to-toe model looks which were then posted to the Target Canada twitter page and gave followers a behind the scenes look at the looks in real time. Genius!! 

All of the fashion, shoes and home decor pieces pictured above can be found at your local Target store! Be sure to check out their TOMS collaboration beginning November 16th. The limited edition collection will include home goods, apparel, accessories and shoes for women, men and children. And....for every item purchased, a donation will be made via the Canadian Red Cross, Food Banks Canada or through TOMS worldwide giving programs. 

What do you think of the collection? 
Any personal favourites?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WMCFW: Melissa Nepton Spring/Summer 2015 (Beauty, Hair, Nails & Fashion)

Yesterday in Toronto, World Mastercard Fashion Week showcased their second day of designer collections. I was on hand last night for all the backstage fun and excitement and also managed to take in a few shows with good friends Jenelle & Dee. Designer Melissa Nepton's Spring/Summer 2015 Collection consisted of sexy cutouts, diaphanous fabrics and crisp summer whites. For a complete look at how to achieve the gorgeous beauty, nail and hair looks, as well as some visual inspiration, keep reading!

Beauty Look

Grace Lee, lead makeup artist for Maybelline New York and the creative mastermind behind all 35 of the makeup looks at Fashion Week did it again by creating another effortless look for Melissa Nepton. She kept skin looking fresh while "well-groomed, bold brows brought focus to the eyes". Skin was contoured then mellowed out by adding a highlight along the upper cheekbone. A matte nude lip topped with a touch of gloss completed the look. Here is everything you need to re-create this natural everyday look at home:


Maybelline Products Used:

Foundation - Fit Me! Foundation Stick

Concealer - Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer

Highlighter - Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24H Cream Gel Shadow in Barely Branded Baby Lips Lip Balm in Clear

Contour - Fit Me! Powder in a darker shade

Mascara - Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal Mascara in Brown

Brows - Define-a-Brow Eyebrow Pencil & Eye Studio Brow Drama (I can't wait to try this!)

Lips - Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Nude EmbraceColor Sensational Color Elixir in Nude Illusion 

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Nails

Rita Remark, lead nail artist for Essie Canada created a beautiful blue-green & silver nail to pair with the dreamy contrast whites shown on the runway. In the fast-paced backstage environment, Rita and her team managed to shift gears quickly when the designer decided that she wanted to move in a different direction. Before I could even blink, the team was adorning fingertips with this new, fresh colour combination. Here's how to replicate these #essielove nail looks at home:

1) Nourish & revitalize cuticles using Apricot Cuticle Oil 
2) Fill in any ridges using one coat of Essie's Ridge Filling Base Coat
3) Paint your nails (all but the ring finger) with 2 coats of one of the following 3 polish shades: Where’s My Chauffeur? (punchy aquamarine), Turquoise & Caicos (tropical aqua) or Absolutely Shore (green sea foam). *note: the models had their choice of any one of these 3 shades
4) Paint your ring finger on each hand with 2 coats of No Place Like Chrome.  (silver ultra-metallic)
5) Finish off with a coat of Good to Go Top Coat and a drop of Quick-e for rapid drying. 

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Hair Look

In 6 days, Jorge Joao, Redken 5th Avenue NYC's lead hairstylist backstage and his tireless team will pin, set, brush and tease the hair of over 500 models in over 40 shows! No matter the show or the style, Jorge offered beauty and fashion insiders Runway Tips to ensure that our hair is Runway Ready and looking fabulous at all times! Take a look...

3-Step Regime

Prime
Redken's Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer 
(cuts down on blow dry time & preps hair for styling)

Style
Any of Redken's Styling Products 

Extend
Redken's Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two-Day Extender 
(a dry shampoo that adds life to your style)

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Other Fun Details:


Maybelline Glass Pass
During some of the beauty transformations, Grace Lee will be wearing the Google Glass (not yet available in Canada) as a new & innovative approach to educate editors. This special type of VIP pass will give insiders a first hand look at how the brand showcases beauty through Grace’s eyes! #MNYGlassPass

Redken Contest
Want to win some fabulous Redken products? Stay tuned to this site to find out  how one lucky winner can walk away with Redken's 3-Step Regime plus a Shampoo & Conditioner! #RedkenReady 

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Cheerios Effect + A Giveaway! (Win $100 Loblaws Gift Card and Yummy Cheerios!)

Cheerios has launched a new campaign which celebrates the joy and happiness that personal connections bring to our lives. The "Cheerios Effect" is a real scientific principle, nicknamed after the cereal. It's all about the fact that if you drop two Cheerios into a bowl, they’ll always eventually float together and connect. Just like those two floaty little Os, we’re all drawn together.  In fact, we’re actually hard-wired to connect with the people around us.  Nothing could be more natural. And no matter who you are, where you live, or who you choose to share your life with, Cheerios believes that everyone is worthy of love and connection. This idea is summed up in their campaign tagline: "We all love to connect. That’s the Cheerios Effect."
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Cheerios is inspiring everyone to become more connected by celebrating these amazing true stories of connection. The media (i.e. Time Magazine Huffington Post and even Perez Hilton) have already caught on and we can too! You can check out my personal video on CheeriosEffect.ca hereMy personal connection story is all about my husband. Like most relationships, we started off as friends but then quickly became inseparable, got married and started a family. Just over a year ago, our family went through a tough time when I was diagnosed with cancer. My husband may not have realized it then but he gave me the strength and courage to beat my illness when all I wanted to do at the time was cry. My fears and the thought of leaving my family consumed me but it was the little things he did that got me through it. He didn't leave my side :-)

Now for the fun part! Head over to the Cheerios Effect website and share your personal story. It can be about your significant other, a friend, a neighbour, a co-worker or anyone that you have a personal connection with! Each unique story will be brought to life with a personalized video of Cheerios connecting in a bowl. Once the site generates your video, tweet me the link at @makeupjunkie19 using the hashtag #CheeriosEffect. To make it easier for you to qualify and for me to keep track of all of the entries, I've set up the Rafflecopter form below. I'll be watching all of your submissions and picking my favourite story to win 5 boxes of Cheerios and a $100 Loblaws Gift Card! 

Good luck! 

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