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Kiss InstaWave Automatic Curler

 

As someone who is not that adept at hair styling the Kiss InstaWave has been a welcome addition to my styling tools. I admit at first I was slightly intimidated but the curl dial that catches the hair, but I quickly found that this feature is what makes it so fast to curl your whole head. By simply placing a few inches of hair against the wand and then pressing the directional button, the dial catches and rotates your hair around the wand. As I don’t prefer a curl that’s too tight, I catch and twirl slightly bigger sections of  hair on the wand for about 20 seconds for a nice loose wave. I did find the wave would drop out by the next day which would probably not have happened with a tighter curl. The temperature control allows for high and low with a maximum temperature of 420°F. I’m often in a rush to get ready and have been known to be half way to work when suddenly I start to panic that I’ve left my curling iron on. Needless to say the auto shut off feature after 90 minutes is a life saver.

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Yaz Bukey for Shu Uemura

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I’m so in love with this limited edition collab at Shu Uemura. Parisian accessories designer Yaz Bukey’s concept for the 32-piece collection, is four girlfriends who fall in love with the same man, Mr. Shu Shu. Each of the four characters has a different personality represented in the collection by the different colour packaging. Yaz Bukey herself is the model in the images showing off all four sides of the line: sexy, smart, romantic and daring. Shu Uemura must-haves like Cleansing Oil and UV Underbase are part of the collection along with new limited edition shades of lipstick, nail polish, shadow and false lashes.

The collection is available online now and in stores.

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Suva Beauty Eyeshadow Palette

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My latest obsession is the Suva Beauty eyeshadow palette by Vancouver makeup artist and friend Shaina Azad. There’s a lot to like about this super-sized, 30 shade eye shadow paint box. 15 mattes and 15 shimmers which are in two separate removable palettes, of highly pigmented colour (including Shaina’s Pantone 2015 colour prediction Marsala) give you endless options for creating looks that go way beyond eye makeup.

The wearability is excellent. When I wear the shadows myself there’s no creasing, smudging or fading thanks to a combination of key ingredients including Stearates. Stearates are not water soluble and therefore act as a built-in primer. A special process of mixing was also introduced to create the velvety butter finish of  the shadows. The mattes blend well without losing intensity and the frosts feel silky and look highly reflective without the use of large frost particles.

The Suva Beauty line is expanding with a brush collection and innovative brush holder available soon. To learn more click here

 

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YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils

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I’m a massive fan of YSL mascara. I go between Shocking and Effet Faux Cils for myself and in my kit. The colour is really rich, the brush deposits lots of product, and the result is dark, full, long lashes. I have yet to try this new revamped version which has added care benefits for eye lashes.

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Dior Eyeliner Stickers

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The rumours were true! Peter Philips satin eyeliner strips from the Dior spring show, will be available to buy February 1st. The pastel strips are reusable, seem easy to apply, and the answer to smudge proof eyeliner.

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Aveeno Fresh Essentials

During the winter months skincare is imperative. Currently I’ve been using the Aveeno Fresh Essentials line. All of the products contain southernwood extract, as well as vitamins A, C and E, which together replenish and retain moisture. My skin feels super smooth after using the exfoliator even though the particles of natural luffa and coconut pulp are very gentle. The daily moisturizer is lightweight and absorbs quickly so that makeup can be applied directly after. The SPF 30 is both a UVA and UVB protector which is really the best way to prevent premature aging. Of the three products the night cream is probably my favourite. The texture is nourishing without feeling heavy, and the results in the morning are smooth, hydrated, soft skin.

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5 of the Best Beauty Gift Sets

 

Now is the time to shop for limited and exclusive beauty products. I’m currently coveting the Nars kabuki brush set to add to my makeup brush collection. I can never have enough neutral eyeshadows so the Dior palette is a must-have. Even though I have literally no space for any more nail polish, I do love the colour combo of the Jin Soon set. Even as a makeup artist its rare that I would finish an entire bottle of pigment. The mini versions from MAC are really the perfect size. Tom Ford lipsticks are amazing although you aren’t really getting a special price with this set, more like a free box! My advise is to get them while you can. Special edition colours and lower prices mean they will sell out fast.

Nars Kabuki Brush Set/ Dior Eye Shadow Palette/ Jin Soon Holiday Toute Ensemble Nail Polish/ MAC Mini Pigments & Glitters / Tom Ford Bold Colours Lip Set 

 

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Tom Ford Lips & Boys

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The Tom Ford limited edition clutch size lipstick collection called Lips and Boys, has 5o different shades named after male characters Ford admires. Since the Lipsticks are mini versions of the standard size sold they have a smaller price point of $32. The collection is available now on Tom Ford Beauty until December 1st, so hurry up if you want to catch them before it’s too late!

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Prabal Gurung x MAC

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Another day and another designer collab. This time it’s MAC and New York ready-to-wear designer Prabal Gurung. When MAC teams up with someone, you can count on unique package design that’s a departure from their usual makeup artist friendly cases. The exclusive collection with Prabal Gurung is no exception to that rule. The designer himself was creatively involved in the architectural inspired gold cases as well as with the actual colour collection. The result is lipsticks, lip gloss, kohl pencils, eyeshadow duos, cream colour base, bronzing powder, and a kabuki style brush. The entire collection is available online today, and in store November 26.

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Maybelline Brow Drama

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This was a go-to product for me backstage recently at Toronto fashion week. The tinted gel comes in 3 shades, and is just enough to create a fuller looking eyebrow. The uniquely shaped brush delivers enough gel to keep the brow hair in place without looking heavy or too stiff. You can’t beat budget friendly beauty!

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