3 Concept Eyes Soak Off Clips

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I love gel nail polish but I dread taking it off. I just discovered this popular Korean cosmetic brand 3 Concept Eyes, and it seems like these soak off clips are going to be the solution to my gel polish issues. The clips go over nail polish remover soaked cotton pads, which is easier and far more sophisticated than kitchen foil.

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2015 VMA’s


Last night on the VMA red carpet we saw a major focus on eyes. Dramatic eyeliner, smokey eyes, and loads of lashes were the look of the evening. Chrissy Teigen and Gigi Hadid’s skin was beautifully highlighted their complexion just glowed. Ciara took a break from her long tresses and went with a super slick bob which looked gorgeous. There were a sea of black dresses with the exception of a few like Nicki in gold and Gigi in orange, but then again Miley Cyrus took care of the rainbow bright costumes all by herself.

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Soft Brush for Lipstick


For a diffused looking lip with soft edges a typical lip brush will not work. Instead use a soft haired brush for a delicate application of product.

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5 Favourite Synthetic Fibre Makeup Brushes


Makeup brushes are my life. I will spend more on a brush than almost anything else in my makeup kit. Years ago when I started my brush collection I had only a few synthetic options, and they were mostly for foundation and concealer. Fast forward many years later the synthetic brush game has changed. With advancements in technology brushes made from synthetic fibres such as Taklon are extremely soft, and can function on par with natural hair brushes.

The MAC Flat Contour brush sits right under the cheekbone for perfectly chiseled bone structure. When it comes to eye makeup I live for a tapered blending brush. The Sigma E40 picks up colour and holds on to it for minimal fall out, and buffs out really well. When it comes to super thin liner brushes nothing compares to my Shu Uemura 2R. However this week I was using Makeup Forever’s Extra Fine Eyeliner brush and it gives fabulous lines. The Cozette Oval Concealer brush is the type of brush you need plenty of. I use it for concealer, foundation, and eye shadow. I always throw a kabuki brush in my personal makeup bag and the fact that the Hour Glass version has a cover is an added bonus keeping my brush free of dust and debris.

1.MAC #163 Flat Contour Brush 2. Sigma E40 Brush 3. Makeup Forever Extra Fine Eyeliner Brush 4. Cozette P345 Oval Concealer Brush  5. HourGlass Retractable Kabuki Brush

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Fall 2015 Campaigns


Judging by at least 3 of autumn’s major fashion campaigns, graphic eye makeup is going to be a big deal.

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Beyonce for September 2015 Vogue


Obviously this is the best September issue cover for the year! Beautiful Bey was shot by Mario Testino with make up by Francesca Tolot. Absolutely stunning.

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Endless Summer



Here in Vancouver it feels like the longest summer in years. The typical grey rainy days have been so few, that my summer wardrobe has almost been completely exhausted. I am certainly not complaining. I am more than happy to continue on with a heavy rotation of shorts, bikinis and sundresses complimented by bronzed glowy skin and pale lips.

1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm 2. Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Waterproof Mascara 3. Marc Jacobs Lipstick in Brownish Nude 4. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Seduction 5. Givenchy Ombre Cream Shadow in Noir Sequin 6. Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronze 7. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Body Cream 8. Bamboo Beach Summer Ocean Waves Textured Spray 9. Smashbox Double Exposure Mini Palette  

Alexander McQueen Over Sized Tank Top/Moto Vintage Rosa Shorts/ Eugenia Kim Woven StrawTopshop Structured Body Con Lace Dress/ Christian Louboutin Houghton Patent Leather & Suede Platform Sandals/ Castaner Leather Sandals/Anya Hindmarch Smiley Rafia Tote/Gentle Monster Didi Sunglasses/Topshop Plunge Mesh Swimsuit

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Makeup Artist: Pep Gay

Super talented makeup artist Pep Gay‘s work in this editorial for Sunday Times Style mag is fabulous. The choice of colour and texture, huge attention to detail and, phenomenal blending is thoroughly inspiring.

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Summer Beauty Must-Haves


These are a few of my favourite things when it comes to summer beauty products. I usually keep my eyes in all neutral shades of bronze, copper, and warm browns. The YSL Couture palette is all I really need aside from my obligatory black eye kohl. Bright lips are essential and can be worn sheer with a lip balm for day and full on for night. As the temperatures continue to rise this summer I beat the shine with MAC Blot Powder. A quick touch up throughout the day will absorb oil without making my face look cakey. Bright white nails look fresh and modern and of course go with everything.

Hydrating mists are a staple in both my personal and professional kit for added moisture and cooling off. My summer scent of choice is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino. I use the body oil to banish dry limbs, add a glow, and fabulous smell all in one. Poolside or beach front I use Biotherm SPF 15. The milky texture quickly absorbs into skin for UVA/B protection and hydration. My most recent summer must-have is Body Shop’s Eye Cube. I roll it under my eyes in the morning. The cooling sensation is literally like an ice cube hence the name, and helps wake me up.

1. YSL Couture Mauresques Palette 2. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in No. 13 Le Orange 3. MAC Blot Powder 4. CND Vinylux in Cream Puff 5. MAC Charged Water 6. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Body Oil  8. Body Shop Vitamin E Eyes Cube

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Tip of the Day: Sponge Tip Applicator

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As the old saying goes: there is a time and a place for everything, and so it seems this would apply even to the sponge tip applicator. For high intensity shadow the sponge tip will deliver a strong opaque finish that rivals even the best flat stiff brush. Don’t expect to blend with this tool, but if a clean sharp line is required I will reach for my sponge tip every time.

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