Beyonce for CR Fashion Book

What is there to say about this? FLAWLESS. That is all.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather & Master Kajal

I was already hooked on Color Tattoo after seasons of working with it backstage at Toronto Fashion week. The new Leather version is just as good as the original but with a matte texture. I have oily eyelids so shadow creases on me quite easily, but the Color Tattoo stays put with no creasing all day. Use a medium density brush to apply and blend at the same time because the product dries quickly.

Master Kajal kohl pencil is waterproof yet creamy enough to create a longwearing smoky eye. Another bonus is I can wear this pencil in my water line, without having to deal with copious amounts of tears brought on by irritation.  The pencil doesn’t twist up so the amount of lead you see on the kohl is all you get. To keep the tip sharp I reshape it with tissue.

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2014 Emmy Awards

Back to back awards shows required a few celebs to have a quick turn around on their red carpet looks. Gwen Stefani went from shocking pink retro to modern metallic overnight. January Jones looked classic Hollywood with red lips and winged eyeliner. Kerry Washington wore pumpkin Prada and switched up her usual perfectly coiffed locks for tousled ombré. I loved Allison Williams  peaches and cream look, it was ideal with her pastel gown and simple pulled back hair.

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2014 VMA’s

The makeup looks from last nights VMA’s, were a mix of statement lips as seen on Gewn Stefani and Rita Ora. Loads of lashes on Nicki Minaj and bold brows for Miley Cyrus. Beyonce worked her usual glowing skin and a neutral colour palette for an altogether flawless look.

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Glitter Removal

Last week I was able to attend a makeup seminar at Blanche Macdonald by veteran makeup artist Ayami Nishimura. Above is one of the looks she created on her model. With a big glitter makeup like this effective removal is of paramount importance. Ayami shared with us the easiest way is with baby oil gel and a folded piece of card, about the same weight as a business card. Massage the baby oil into the skin allover the glitter, and then use a fluid scraping motion with the card. It worked amazingly well.

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W Magazine September Issue

There is too much fabulousness happening in the upcoming September issue of W magazine. Rihanna looks hypnotic on the cover with makeup by Kabuki, who I so admire. Then inside the editorial for Balmain. I die for Balmain and practically cried when I got to work the show in Paris a few years ago. Iman, Naomi, and Rihanna are hands down perfection. This is exactly why I forgo all August magazines so I can splurge on all the September issues.

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What to Wear: Summer Holiday

 I love vacationing in the summer. As the season winds down the opportunities for beach wear and minimal makeup grow fewer. So as I head off on my holiday in a few weeks, this is what’s inspiring my packing list.

Brows are non negotiable so Shu Uemura Brow Ink is completely budge proof and easy to apply once for the whole day. I’m really into a white manicure. It’s bright and fresh and looks good with a tan.

If I’m having a good skin day then I prefer a sheer coverage tinted moisturizer, CC or BB cream preferably with SPF. I like the Armani Luminesssence as it comes in a variety shades. A cream blush on cheeks gives a gorgeous glow and is fast to apply I’ve been using Maybelline Master Glaze lately in my kit.

Even though I often haul around about 7 different lip products on any given day. The reality is, all I ever use on myself is either a nude gloss or bright lipstick.

The fastest way to enhance your eyes is with a smudgy black kohl. Wrap it all around the eye and blend out with a brush or your fingers and, you’ve just gone from day to night in a flash.

1. Shu Uemura Brow Ink 2. Topshop White Speckle Nail Polish 3. Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Moisturizer 4. Supergoop Sunscreen Oil 5. By Terry Ombre Black Star Colour Fix Cream Eyeshadow Stick  6. MAC Lipglass in Myth  7. Givenchy Rouge Lipstick in Rose Perfecto 8. Maybelline Master Glaze in Just Pinched Pink

J. Crew Jersey Dark Turquoise Metal Trim Bikini/ Isabel Marant Vally Printed Silk Muslin Dress/Prada Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses/River Island Blue Abstract Print Monokini/Aquazzurra Amazon Snake Skin Cut Out Sandals

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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Collection

That isn’t much that Shu Uemura does that I don’t like, and I really do like the latest collection for fall. Designed by the ever so talented Artistic Director of the brand Kakuyasu Uchiide, the new line features eyeshadow palettes with both matte and frost textures, lipsticks, very cool new lashes, face studs, and a satin radiant stick for highlighting. Each product is packaged with a pretty limited edition design. The lashes and warm eyeshadow palette are on the top of my list of must-haves.

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Model of the Moment: Gigi Hadid

American model Gigi Hadid has gone from steaming up the pages of Sports Illustrated to the pages of fashion publications W and Schon, not to mention the stunning Tom Ford beauty campaigns. She is a beauty.

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Cara Delevingne for Topshop AW14

The new Topshop fall campaign is decidedly British. Shot in London by Alasdair McLellan, featuring London’s most popular export of the moment–Cara Delevingne. The entire campaign which shows key looks from the fall collection, is made up of twelve images. Cara’s signature brows take centre stage along with kohl rimmed eyes. Perfect skin and a pale lip complete the look.

The fall collection launches globally and online in August. As my friend so accurately said to me today “summer is slipping away…”

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