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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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Friday, October 17, 2014

Tangle Teezer: The Original & Compact Detangling Hairbrush Review

Hi Beauties! Many of you know that I have a daughter. What you may not know is just how "batty" (I had to....it's almost Halloween) her hair drives me everyday. Her hair's texture is not the problem but she has a lot of it and unfortunately it tangles easily. Hair stylists that I've spoken with keep telling me it's just the way that her hair is. We just recently cut it just past her shoulders in the hopes of making combing out those dreaded knots more manageable. I'm not exaggerating. We've actually had battles in the mornings because she "surface" brushes her hair and tries to run out the door to school. I've tried just about everything on her hair including pricey conditioners, detangling sprays and even wide tooth combs. 

When I initially heard about the Tangle Teezer - an ergonomic hairbrush designed by a hairstylist to painlessly remove tangles, I immediately thought it was a gimmick. But obviously I had to try it. Unlike traditional combs or brushes with longer bristles, the Tangle Teezer uses its tiny teeth to painlessly and easily remove tangles and knots as it styles and dries your hair. 

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Tangle Teezers: The Original (L) & Compact Styler (R)
Product Details:

- Short plastic bristles vary in length and size
- Unique teeth flex (rather than pull) as they glide through the hair
- Patented technology adds shine & definition while leaving hair smooth  
- Ideal for use on wet or dry hair
- Minimal breakage, splitting or damage
- Appropriate for all hair types: especially fine, fragile or color-treated hair, extensions & weaves 
Small puck size fits in the palm of your hand
- Compact travel-friendly version comes with a click-on/click-off cover that protects the teeth from dirt and damage
- Available in different colours

Results:

When I wash my daughter's hair, I typically use any shampoo, a good conditioner and then spray it while it's still wet with some detangling spray. I then use the Tangle Teezer to brush through it. I find her hair slightly harder to work through when it's dry, so spritzing with some more detangling spray usually helps. For stubborn tangles....you know the ones that like to collect at the nape of the neck, I still use the Tangle Teezer - it just takes a few more strokes and a bit more time - but being able to tackle those tangles without my daughter screaming in agony is a HUGE win in my book!  

It's no surprise to hear that celebrities and leading hair salons swear by this product. In a nutshell, it has made a tremendous difference in managing my daughters unruly hair. Before discovering the Tangle Teezer, I would have to hold my daughter's hair in sections at the top of her scalp before attempting to work a brush through it. I used to have to do this to prevent her from screaming in pain. With the Tangle Teezer, we can now run through her hair without any pulling or yanking whatsoever. No need for sectioning off the hair and NO PAIN! Happy daughter. Happy Mom! If you suffer from tangles or know someone that does, I would strongly recommend you giving this product a try!

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The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler (with cover) - $20.99-$25.99 CAD
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The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler (close up of teeth)
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The Tangle Teezer Original (shown here in blue/pink) - $9.99 USD/14.99 CAD
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The Tangle Teezer Original (close up of teeth)
The Tangle Teezer is available in Canada at Sephora or online at Nail Polish Canada.com (ships free to Canadian shoppers).

Monday, October 13, 2014

Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal Moisturizing Lip Balm Collection (Photos, Review & Swatches)

Baby Lips are no strangers to this site. The ultra-moisturizing lip balms give lips a nice subtle tint of colour and shine without a greasy feel. This Fall, Maybelline introduces six new limited edition Baby Lips with a hint of shimmer. Baby Lips Crystal are everything we have grown to love about the clear/tinted lip balms with a new pearlescent effect. 
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Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal
Product Details:

- Moisturizing lip care in a twist up tube
- Exclusive lip renew formula 
- Leaves lips feeling soft & nourished
- Gives lips a healthy, natural glow
- Clear tinted base allows for colour to reflect through (tinted crystallized sheen)
- Infused with pearls and micro crystal particles 
- Vary in pigmentation but mostly semi-sheer
- Good consistency when layered underneath a matte lipstick or worn alone

Availability

Crystal Kiss (clear)
Gleaming Coral (orange coral)
Mirrored Mauve (mauve)
Twinkling Taupe (beige-y taupe)
Beam of Blush (soft pink)
Pink Quartz (sheer pink)

* personal favourites = Pink Quartz, Beam of Blush & Gleaming Coral!
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Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal - $3.99-$4.99 CAD
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Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal 
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Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal (L-R): Crystal Kiss, Gleaming Coral, Mirrored Mauve, Twinkling Taupe, Beam of Blush & Pink Quartz 
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Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal Swatches
Have you spotted Baby Lips Crystal at your local drugstore yet? Which shade is your favourite?  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Shu Uemura Vision of Beauty Collection - VOL. 1 Brave Beauty Fall 2014 (Photos, Review & Swatches)

This Fall, Shu Uemura launches its Brave Beauty Collection which features a gorgeous lineup of lipsticks, cheek colour sticks, gel liners, eye shadow palettes and accessories. The new collection kicks off an annual project for the brand that involves the release of inspired collections called Vision of Beauty. This year's theme is Brave Beauty - a tribute to women as modern day warriors which also happens to take its inspiration from the jungle. Think fearless feminine warriors in colourful camouflage. Oh yeah! At first glance, some of the products may intimidate you but as you begin to work with them, you will soon realize just how wearable they actually are. 
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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Collection- Vision of Beauty VOL 1 for Fall 2014
Brave Beauty Eye Palettes

The 3 new eye shadow palettes: Pink, Orange & Green each feature an array of shades and textures from easy to use neutrals to eye catching matte artist shades. 

Orange Palette
Ultra-bright orange accent (surprisingly wearable!), deep brown and plum for definition and sandy pearls for highlighting.

Green Palette 
Forest inspired hues including a vivid matte green artist accent shade, base shades with hints of brown and grey and metallic/pearl greens for definition.  

Pink Palette (not shown)
A harmony of rich burgundy and purple for definition to light rose shades to highlight your most feminine side.

The quality of these shadow vary across the board with the matte shades being slightly more difficult to work with. I would definitely recommend using a firm shadow brush with those. Overall however, the shadows were easy to blend and velvety smooth in consistency. I love how beautifully coordinated each of the palettes are... especially 'Orange'!
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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Eye Shadow Palette in Orange - $90 CAD
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Swatches: Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Eye Shadow Palette in Orange
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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Eye Shadow Palette - Green - $90 CAD
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Swatches: Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Eye Shadow Palette  in Green
Brave Beauty Gel Pencil Liners

Get your fearless gaze on with these soft & smooth gel pencils. Their water-proof & tear-proof gel formula doesn't budge for over 12 overs and requires no brush or sharpener! 

Available in 3 shades: Green, Violet Purple & Wine 
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Shu Uemura Gel Pencil Liner in Violet - $36 CAD
Brave Beauty Satin Radiant Sticks

These cream highlight and cheek colour sticks offer satin-like radiant colour and convenient on-the-go packaging. Simply twist up the product and apply to your skin to achieve sun-kissed radiance, a natural looking flush or an alluring look depending on the shade you choose. I loved the cheek colour in pink so much that I've already added the highlighting stick in light pink to my wish list!  

Highlight available in 2 shades: Light Pink & Bronze Gold 
Blush available in 2 shades: Pink & Orange Coral

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Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Stick in Pink - $55 CAD

Brave Beauty Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks

No look is ever complete without adorning the lips. 6 new shades of hyper-pigmented lipsticks deliver comfortable, moisturizing wear and an incredible melting texture.  These lipsticks feel like silk on and have really good staying power! Although I personally couldn't pull off the orange shade, the beige shade has found a permanent home in my handbag for Fall.  

Available in: Maroon, Beige, Fuchsia, Rose, Red & Orange

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Orange - $36 CAD
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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Beige - $36 CAD
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Swatches (L-R): Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Beige & Orange,
Satin Radiant Stick in Pink & Gel Pencil Liner in Violet
Brave Beauty Accessories

False Eyelashes - Sleek black lashes for a warrior-chic look. Feature an edgy metal chain band and soft baby feather lashes.

Face Studs - Jewelry reinvented for the face. These cone-shaped and pyramid studs in gold and silver definitely make a statement. Apply them around the eyes or on the cheeks with lash glue for a punk-chic look. 

Artist Edition False Eyelash CollectionAn art object created with Uchiide’s boundless creativity in a limited-edition set that includes extravagant couture lashes and a visual book in a premium acrylic box.
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Shu Uemura False Lashes - $35 CAD
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Shu Uemura Face Studs - $35 CAD
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Shu Uemura Artist Edition Lashes - $500 CAD

The Brave Beauty Fall 2014 Collection is available now online or at Holt Renfrew, The Hudson's Bay and select Sephora locations in Canada

Brave Beauty pays tribute to strong, fearless femininity. This collection by Shu Uemura is all about empowering your soul and creativity. 
Will you go wild this Fall?

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