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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


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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Gucci Beauty

I have a penchant for luxury cosmetics, so of course I’m very excited for the new Gucci line. The rich black, monogramed and gold accented packaging looks very decadent. I’m also very optimistic that the actual product will be up to makeup artist standard, as Pat McGrath was the pro behind the line.

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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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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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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Like many people I love Urban Decay Perversion eyeliner because of it’s rich black colour. So I definitely need to pick up this Perversion mascara ASAP. Lengthening, thickening, clump free, and ultra black, its no wonder the tag line is Bigger, Badder, Blacker. Sounds good to me!

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7 Favourite Summer Beauty Must-Haves

Currently these 7 products are my go-to items for my summer beauty routine. To be fair I love these products year round, but they are particularly effective during the warm months. Shu Depsea Water is divine for hydrating but also for cooling skin down. I can keep it in my bag and spritz it throughout the day. The high mineral content of Depsea means that regardless of how hot the temperature is this product remains at a cool 13 degrees celsius. Sunscreen is mandatory year round but I tend to take it more seriously when I’m laying out. Last weekend in Vegas I used La Roche Posay SPF 60 for my face. This sunscreen can multitask on face and body if you don’t feel like having two.

I can’t stand a heavy fragrance in the heat so I opt for my Aqua Universalis as its fresh and light. It’s not the easiest fragrance to come across in North America, I first discovered it when working in London at Liberty. In the UK its quite easy to find, but not so much here. The bottle I have now I picked up last year in Tokyo so I’m trying not to over use it.

I don’t worry too much about having waterproof makeup because if I am poolside or on the beach I’m makeup free and stick to oversized Celine sunnies. For those occasions when waterproof mascara is required I use YSL. A pop of colour on cheeks and lips is my signature summer time look. The new Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in the orange shade 300 is pretty potent. I just dab it on with my fingers and work it into the apples of my cheeks. On my lips I use Tom Ford Wild Ginger Lipstick when I’m going out or just Maybelline Baby Lips to keep my lips hydrated and protected from the sun.

1. Shu Uemura Dep Sea Spray 2. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 60 3. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Universalis 4. YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara 5. Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in 300  6. Tom Ford Wild Ginger Lipstick 7. Maybelline Baby Lips

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

The Anastasia Contour Kit is all you need to create a completely sculpted face. The kit contains 3 matte shades suitable for shading light to medium-deep skin tones. Two of the highlighting shades are matte the third has a shiny finish. I particularly enjoy the matte yellow shade its the perfect under eye highlight for my skin tone.

The palette is also quite lightweight making it portable for your makeup kit. Another handy feature, the shadows pop out and are refillable once they’re done.

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