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YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils


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


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


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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