“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”-F.Scott Fitzgerald

It is finally starting to feel like fall in Halifax. Last week it was 15 degrees and the crocuses were peeking their purple heads up two seasons early. This week there has been rain and when there isn’t rain we are hovering just above zero at night. This makes for marvellous sleeping, rain boots and tartan scarves (my fav). It also makes for dry skin.

My face gets dry starting around Halloween and ending in May. Like clockwork. Every year. I am talking crocodile skin and only on my damn nose. Yes, there are likely far worse things but NOTHING has helped. I have even sought professional advice BEYOND the doors of Sephora. I have educated myself about the benefits of almost every aspect of skin care in the last year and have tested approximately 1,587 products (maybe a slight exaggeration), all in the hopes of preventing the flakey nose situation.

I have learned a lot, my skin looks better than ever, I finally have a routine and I have found a couple incredible products that I thought I would share with you all. Before you say it or judge me, I know what you are thinking; A skin care regime is expensive and many products don’t have visible results. This may be true but you only get one skin, one face and you may as well treat it kindly. Many of you pay a lot to maintain your hair and that is technically just dead keratin. Your skin is the largest organ your body has, it prevents against infection/disease and it makes you look damn fine when it is glowing and healthy. Good quality products last a long time (months and months), a little can go a very long way and there is nothing wrong with prevention.

I am far from an expert, my routine is incredibly basic and limited but here it is as well as some products I love. If you are going to grow your skin care regime I highly recommend testing products before purchasing as well as building it up over time (your bank account will thank you).  As well as below, I also exfoliate every week and try to drink buckets (well lots!) of water everyday.

#1- The most important thing about skin care is… wash your damn face. Don’t sleep in your makeup, don’t be lazy, please wash the day away (makeup, environmental contaminants, sweat). If you have to skip washing your face, do that in the morning. Some people like gels, some like creams, some like miceller water and lately people have bee raving about oil cleansers. Use something you like that doesn’t dry out your skin or leave a residue (i.e. cleansing wipes). It doesn’t have to be expensive, Iris Apfel, the queen herself, uses Cetaphil. Spectro-Gel is also highly recommended. I personally have been loving Pro-Derm’s Gentle Cleanser. It is plant based, oil free, made in Canada, takes off every lick of my makeup and it smells like lavender. Only catch is that other people love it too, it is currently sold out country wide.

#2- Moisturize before you put on your makeup. I personally don’t use a primer but I prep my skin pre-makeup with a decent “light’ cream or oil . If you want to use a day serum (I use a vitamin C one) apply it before the moisturizer. You may want to consider a moisturizer with SPF if your makeup is lacking it. The sun causes not only wrinkles and dark spots but more and more young people are experiencing skin cancer. No one needs that. I personally use a tinted moisturizer that has SPF in it and I like to use Josie Maran Light Oil during the day (expert tip- the travel size bottle will last about a year, you only need a couple of drops).

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#3- Don’t forget about those peepers. The skin around your eyes is very thin and very delicate.  Applying a moisturizer to the area before concealer will not only prep and protect it but it will also (depending on what you use) minimize the fine lines that makeup likes to get caught in and may reduce puffiness. I have been using Origin’s GinZing around my eyes in the am and I LOVE it. It has caffeine to de-puff and it is sightly illuminating which helps when covering dark circles. I have also switched up my everyday concealer. I have used Benefit for years and just about concealer in their repertoire. They are great for occasions where you really need some mega coverage (aka no sleep for a week, or maybe if you go to a ball with Prince Charming) but they are heavy on your delicate skin. Lately I have opted for Sephora’s Bright Future concealer. It’s light, it colour corrects, it doesn’t cake in fine lines and it has a serum built in. It is also half the price of most concealers and you need very little. Tip- use your ring finger to gently pat on eye creams and blend concealer for less pulling.

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#4- Night-time. There is a million recommendations out there for pre-bed skin care. I say “wash your damn face”. That is the most important step. If you want to get fancy, use a gentle retinol and/or peptide containing serum. Retinol is basically high dose vitamin A. It will promote collagen production and prevent fine lines. If you are using retinol, which is recommended for anyone over the age of 30, wear sunscreen. It will make your skin more sensitive to UV. After the serum (or after washing your face if you are skipping the heavy hitting vitamins) apply a cream. Maybe one that is heavier than your day cream depending upon your needs.  My dry nose requires a little uuuumph so I have been using Pro-Derm’s Regenerating Cream (and it has been working!!!!!!). Don’t forget about moisturizing your neck (it needs love too) and you may want to try an anti-aging eye cream or gel.

Tah-dah. There you have it, that is what works for me and honestly my skin is 10000X better than it has ever been.

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For the fall I am obsessed with MAC’s lipstick in “Craving” – it is the perfect pop of plumb and far deeper than it appears on the website- see my mug below. I am also loving a cheapie blush from Milani in Dolce Pink (which is almost identical to Nars Orgasm) and in Barry Amore. They clock in under ten dollars, they are highly pigmented and they rival any of the MAC baked blushes.

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“I wish I had more vacation days..”-Unknown

Well here we are. Almost the very beginning of September and it is just starting to finally feel like summer (with the odd theatrical intermission that includes some dramatic thunder, lightening and torrential down pours). With summer being late I have a feeling winter will be late and that we are going to have the most wonderfully warm fall. A fall that will hopefully include swimming in the ocean, back yard fires, apple picking and a healthy dose of sunshine. With wedding/beach season coming to a close and boot/scarf season falling quickly upon us, I thought I would share some favorite beauty products that will help carry your summer look into the fall and some tips on how to use them including an at home manicure that is easy and gives professional results at home! Happy beautifying all!
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The best summer-to-fall nails..

Who doesn’t love a good mani/pedi? Pampering yourself is important but if you want to save some money and keep your nails fresh, at home manis and pedis are where it is at. As far as at home manicures go, Essie provides some of my favourite colors and products. I always start with a quick trim and file. I follow up with some Sally Hansen cuticle removing gel- this stuff is seriously the best. Leave it on for a few seconds and overgrown cuticles easily push back and can be clipped off providing a perfect canvas for some bright polishes. For a base coat I use Essie’s “Ridge filler”, I read about this product a while ago and I have been using it every since. One quick coat and it fills ridges and evens out nails for a smooth surface that takes nail polish far better than a naked nail. Next apply two coats of your favoutite Essie color. My current color obsessions for the summer months include “Bikini so teeny” for my toes- it’s the perfect bright powdery blue that covers well and looks fabulous with summer kissed skin. For my fingers I am loving “Peach side babe”- a fabulous peach/coral pastel. The Essie fall line up this year is a collection of deeply pigmented jewel tones with some beautiful greys. I am lusting after “The perfect cover up” which is a charcoal grey with blue undertones and “Fall in line” which is a mossy green with grey undertones. To finish of my nails I use one coat of  Essie “Good to go” topcoat. This helps them shine and makes your nails last up to a week (in my experience). Best part? All of the products above can be easily purchased at any local drug store.


The best skin…

The best skin is moisturized, protected and dewy whether it is summer or fall.  I am still in love with Josie Maran Light argan oil for keeping my skin smooth and moisturized. I use a couple of drops every night before bed focusing on dry spots (in my case my nose!).  I also love Aveeno suncreen made specifically for the face, I find it doesn’t clog my pores like many other products do and it offers long lasting sun protection. In general I don’t go out without SPF on my face whether it is just straight up sunscreen for the beach or if it is in a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. I don’t want to look like a raisin when I am older and I am hoping sunscreen will help! I also make sure I wash my face thoroughly at the end of the day to take off makeup and sunscreen and let my face breathe a bit.

The best coverage…

As far as makeup with natural coverage, I am still a big fan if Garnier BB cream. It smooths, evens and it is light and airy on my face. If I need a little more coverage I am absolutely in love with Nars “All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation”. This product goes a long way. It has no preservatives and it is like air on my face all the while evening out my skin and making it look airbrushed. Tips for this product- because it has no preservative make sure you mix/shake it well, it will separate if you don’t. Also one pump should do your whole face and instead of using a brush the Nars representative at Sephora encouraged me to use my hands for an even application while using less product. Win-win.

The best summer-to-fall blush…

Nars Orgasm blush is a cult classic for a reason. It it peachy-pink, it reflects light and looks great both on fair skin and dark skin tones. This is a color that will never go out of style and it’s hyper-pigmentation means a little goes very far.

The best bronzer…

I have tried buckets of bronzers. Drug store, high end and anything in between and I always come back to MAC’s bronzing powder in “bronze”.  It gives a natural sun-kissed finish without the harmful rays and without looking like a bad contouring job. It is natural enough to help carry a summery glow easily into the fall without looking too done.

The best eyebrows…

Duh! Summer, winter, spring, fall Anastasia Dip Brow pomade is the best eyebrow product I have ever used. Throw out your gels, your fibers, your pencils and your powders and make way for the best eyebrows you have ever had. A pot lasts for a year or so and applies very easily in small brush strokes with an angled brush. It is waterproof but washes off easily with facial cleanser and it holds down longer stray hairs. Use as little or as much as you would like to help create as dramatic or natural of a look as you want!

The best waterproof mascara…

Water proof mascara is good for the beach, the pool, for sweatin’ at the gym and for all of the emotional moments at your bestie’s weddings. Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Smokey Extravagant mascara lengthens, fills and doesn’t flake. It stays in place until you wash it off and I promise it won’t run when your bestie says I do.

The best inexpensive lip…

Matte lips seem to be a trend that is hanging around. Surprisingly, Rimmel has an amazing line of exceptional, inexpensive lipsticks and the matte ones are worth discussing. They are the Kate Moss line and although the are dry, as all matte lipsticks are, they don’t flake around the lip and they will stay put all damn day. There is a crazy number of on point colors ranging from pin-up reds to classic nudes and priced between $5.99 and $7.99 these are serious bang for your buck. Check out color 104 for a pinky-taupe that will look good on any skin-tone and that can easily transition from sun-kissed beach babe to fall fashionista. For the best natural/neutral pink I have always loved MAC’s Modesty lipstick but Rimmel has a color in their Kate Moss line that I may prefer even more and the color number is 08. This is an amazing find considering I have been wearing Modesty for at least five years.

Honey, I am Going To My Grave..

“Honey I am going to my grave with my eyelashes and my makeup on!”- Tammy Faye Bakker

Prepare for a long one gang, today I want to talk makeup. My makeup routine is pretty basic. I haven’t left the house without a little mascara in years and recently I have started to feel naked if I don’t fill in my brows just a touch. Maybe it’s the fuller brow trend or maybe it is because it enhances the shape of my face drawing attention upwards to my eyes (that’s what I tell myself). I think the reality is that those two simple steps make me look and feel awake. Other than that I am a cheap BB cream girl who loves liquid eyeliner, a touch of blush and lipstick if I am feeling frisky (which is often!). I can count on one finger the number of times I have worn foundation and if I have on some eyeshadow, it must be a really special occasion. I am big on basics that enhance what ‘cha already got.

Flashback four years ago and I was a girl who was, to put it bluntly, a mascara whore (*cough, cough). I had tried them all, the cheap drugstore ones (Maybelline, Revlon, Covergirl etc.), any mascara Benefit produced I have owned, as well as Clinique, MAC and Make Up Forever to name a few. Out of all of the above I always have come back to MAC’s “Zoom-fast” in black and for water proof (what can I say, I attend a TON of weddings) I love the Make Up Forever “Aqua Smoky Extravagant”. To all the ladies who LOVE the original Maybelline in the pink and green tube, I wish I felt you but I have tried and I don’t. My lashes aren’t short but just like my hair they are fine and surprisingly light for a dark haired lady like myself. Seriously I look like I have no eyelashes until I put on a very wet, very separating mascara (hence why my faves are my fave).

Flashback to 2013, my beautiful friend Stella was in cosmetology school, she needed a lash model for testing extension application and asked if I would do it for her. Well, those lashes changed everything. They were beautiful, I always got compliments and frankly I looked as though I had gotten an easy 14 hours sleep every single night and then woke up and had a triple espresso (honestly, I looked that awake!). For two years I had an on-again, off-again relationship with extensions (but really more on than not). I loved them. Eventually the cost of maintenance became excessive (100+ to get them on and 50+ for a fill every 4-5 weeks) and in January I gave them up. It was shockingly hard to do (I felt mega naked) and at first I was convinced my lashes were ruined. They were most certainly not ruined, I just forgot what my natural ones looked like! I hopped back on the mascara train.

Now fast forward to ten days ago. My friend Courtney encouraged me to try a new product she was in looooove with. Now Courtney is the sweetest momma of three equally as sweet boys and she is not a liar so I listened to what she had to say. I had heard of Younique before, I had googled it, seen all the pics on instagram. I thought it was an exaggeration, that if it did work I would look like I had tarantula eyelashes (tacky!) and I was not really on board with any “pyramid” type businesses. I had tried Arbonne, and I hated it (sorry Arbonne die hards, it gave me acne). I wasn’t willing to try something in that bracket again. But like I said, Courtney is not a liar, she is too sweet to even tell a fib so I joined the Facebook group, placed an order and thought to myself “there goes another forty bucks”.

My order arrived yesterday, in a massive truck with a surprisingly handsome delivery man. I had been gardening and was absolutely covered in black mulch (to give you all a bang’in visual). I ran a bath, scrubbed my face/stained black appendages and decided to try this stuff out. It was surprisingly easy to use. One eye at a time and three simple steps (one good coat of transplanting gel, a good coat of fibers and another coat of gel to seal it). I did one eye and stepped back to inspect not only my handy work but the products success and to say I was shocked is an understatement. I was so surprised I instantly sent my sister and friend Joanne a pic with one eye done and the other naked. It wasn’t clumpy, it wasn’t too thick, it looked fairly natural and considering I have been working non-stop and not sleeping the best, I looked awake. Now I am not suggesting everyone rush out and buy it and sing “hallelujah” at the top of their lungs because maybe something that works for me may not work for you. I am however, saying that so far love it and I feel a tiny bit bad for being so negative about it to begin with. I have a sneaky suspicion that it will find itself permanently in my makeup rotation right along side of my brow filler. If I can make a suggestion, if you use any type of concealer or very hydrating product (like a BB cream or foundation or tinted moisturizer) place a tissue under your eye . The fibers do come off the brush a little bit and will likely stick in the hydrating products so just let them land on the tissue instead! Also to note, I was pleased at the fact that the fibers didn’t migrate into my eyes and that it is far easier to take off than regular mascara with just a little cleanser and water (no raccoon eyes!). Win-win!

For more info on how you can get your hands on this product and some before and afters of my tired eyes (seriously excuse the bags, they are big enough to take shopping with me!) check out the pics and links below.
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It comes in a cute little “leather” case!
Two tubes is all you need!
No shadow or liner, Just one coat of Younique on the left and my naked lash on the right! I am told you can put more coats on for more drama but that hardly seems necessary to me!
Yes, the lighting is weird…Different day, it was more sunny! Anyway, eye liner on both, left eye one coat of Younique, right eye one coat of my trusty old mascara (quite the difference).
One coat of Younique, both eyes, no shadow, no liner, just my new fabulous fiber lashes and not a very flattering camera angle (my nose looks so big!)

If you wanna order some, click here and get it from my girl Ruth! For more info about the product, click here .

The Best Makeup On A Woman Is….

“The best makeup on a woman is passion but cosmetics are easier to buy.”- Yves Saint-Laurent

In January I made a list compiled of my favourite new products from the year before (here). Some were cult classics and some were happy accidents that I luckily stumbled upon. This year I have compiled a new list and decided to share it before Christmas (just in case anyone out there is looking to improve their beauty regimen for the busy holiday season). Find my “New Favourite things” list below! Happy beautifying!
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A Few of my Favourite Things…2014 Edition

#1 Nars Blush

This product has changed the way I feel about blush. My friend Kailee introduced me to it a few months ago and I haven’t looked back. I bought it the very day I took hers out for a test drive. Desire is the colour I am hooked on. It is a hyper-pigmented, bright pink that looks a little overwhelming at first (bright is an understatement). A little goes a long way and it lasts all damn day. Did I mention I get complimented every time I wear it? I have since bought it in orgasm, which is a cult classic among beauty buffs. It is a soft, shimmery, peach that is lovely in the winter months.

#2 Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

I don’t know how I lived without this product. It may seem dramatic but my eyebrows have never looked better. This product is similar to a gel eyeliner and it goes on easily with an angled brush. It not only darkens and defines my brows but because it is a pomade, it holds my less tame brow hairs in place. This is why it is far superior to powders and pencils. A little goes a very, very long way and it comes in eight different shades, making it easy to find the perfect match!

#3 CND Vinylux

I love nail polish. It is very rare for me to have naked nails but because my hands are always busy, nail polish doesn’t last very long. I have tried shellac and gel nails, both of which ruined my nails for months after trying them (honestly, my nails are still peeling!). Nothing lasted until I found Vinylux. It’s a two step process, two coats of a colourful base coat followed by one coat of the seven day top coat. It hardens almost instantly, it is shiny like shellac and it lasts for well over a week on my fingers (and weeks on my toes!). Best part is it comes off easily with regular nail polish remover and doesn’t strip your nails.

#4 ELF High Definition Powder

For a measly four dollars, this product is the perfect finishing powder. Lightly dust on your face after makeup applications for a flawless “airbrushed” finish. It hides fine lines and makes everything look smooth and even. All of that for the low price of a latte!

#5 Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner

I know, I featured a different eye liner last year. That one truly was my favourite, until I met this one. It comes in a massive array of colours, stays on perfectly until it is washed off and the brush is fine for perfect application. Trendy cat eyes are no sweat with this stuff. I own it in a few colours now but my all time fav. is a colour called smog, which is a green-gold that is positively stunning!

#6 MAC Lipstick in Rebel

I am convinced this colour looks great on everyone. It’s a lovely deep colour that ranges between very blue red, plumb and a deep wine depending on your complexion and how heavily you apply it. For this reason, it is one of the most versatile lipsticks that can provide looks ranging from retro-glam to vampy-chic. Win, win, win!!!

#7Say Yes To Carrots Moisturiser

This is a drug store find that I accidentally stumbled upon. I still am obsessed with my face oil but this is fantastic on my dry, winter skin. My thirsty face thanks me in the morning by not peeling (peeling noses make you look like a crocodile-not attractive). Added bonus- it is 98% natural and paraben free. No clogged pores from this stuff!!

It Is Easily Overlooked….

“It is easily overlooked that what is now called vintage was once brand new..”- Tony Visconti

I love to thrift. Thrift stores, yard sales and roadside garbage retrievals give me a thrill. Records, old furniture, vintage dresses and costume jewellery are among my favourite things! Classic pieces have grace and class that is hard to find these days and nothing, I mean notta, was made of rinky dink press board back in the day. Solid wood baby, dove tail joints and scrolly details unparallelled. I guess I am just an old fashioned kind of girl.

I often make a point to make runs to the “Sally-Ann” and yesterday after very little post night shift sleep, I bombed off to value village with a plan to make some cake plates out of vintage dishes. Nothing spoke to me; that is until I was paroozing among the costume jewelry. A couple of vintage broaches caught my eye and at three for five dollars, I really couldn’t leave them there. I had to bring them home and make good use of them.

After a glass of wine and a tiny bit of not-so-careful consideration, I gathered some crafting hair clips and some Goop (seriously the BEST adhesive on the face of this earth, that shit will make anything stick forever and ever amen..). I used my badass wire cutters/pliers to snip and pry the pin backings off of the two lovely vintage broaches. Then I decided where to place the clip on the back considering how to keep them from eyes view as well as which direction I would like the broach to sit in my hair. Using Goop (with the windows open, that stuff is stanky), I adhered the clips to the back of the broaches and allowed them to dry overnight. It was exactly a five minute and six dollar project. Quick and dirty but yielding adorable results that have an unexpected quirky flair. They give my short crop a little bit of feminine edge and I will be keeping my eye out for more in the future.

Happy upcying!
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ps. You can use anything, buttons would be equally as adorable as would broken pieces of vintage tea cups and saucers (that will be my next project!)

Sugar, Sugar…

“Pour a little sugar on it honey, pour a little sugar on it baby…”- The Archies

I am soon to be travelling down south for a wedding and after a long, cold, dry winter, my skin is in need of both some bad ass moisture and some intense exfoliation. I recently hunted for the perfect “miracle body scrub” and after visiting a few stores, I was hit with an idea. Why spend money on something that may or may not work when I have raw sugar and coconut oil in my pantry?

Coconut oil is big right now. Not only is it a healthy, organic oil to cook with (which is why I keep it) but it also has approximately 1561 other uses (this may or may not be an exaggeration that I may or may not have pulled out of my rear end…).  It has anti-microbial properties and is a wonderful moisturizer for your body, lips and even your hair. I know people who use it to remove eye makeup and people who use it as a healthy source of good fat. You can even use it to season cast iron pans! Like I said, it is big right now and for good reason.

My body scrub took a little bit of trail and error to find the right ratio of ingredients but it was more than worth being a mad scientist in my kitchen. I couldn’t be happier with results, my legs are smoother and softer than they have ever been. Package it all up in a little mason jar and tie on a little ribbon or use some cute-sy fabric on top and you have a lovely, hand-made gift that will leave your friends feeling pampered and special. Recipe below! Happy exfoliation all!
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Coconut-sugar body scrub..

In a small mixing bowl combine 1.5 cups of raw brown sugar (regular brown sugar would work too!) and six tablespoons of melted coconut oil (not hot, just barely melted!). Mix thoroughly and take a sniff (it’s smells soooo good). If the dreamy smell of sweet coconut is not for you, you can always add a few drops of an essential oil to your liking (lavender would be the bomb-diggity). In an air tight container this should last for six months or so. Tips- apply in a circular motion to damp skin and be sure to rinse your tub afterwards. Coconut oil is slick on the bottom of a tub and we don’t need head injuries now do we?

The Only Way I Would Be Caught Without Makeup….

“The only way I’d be caught without makeup is if my radio fell in the bathtub while I was taking a bath and electrocuted me and I was in between makeup at home. I hope my husband would slap a little lipstick on me before he took me to the morgue.”- Dolly Parton

Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God’s final word on where your lips end.
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I do enjoy makeup but clearly not to the degree Dolly does! I like subtle makeup for the most part with the exception of lipstick. I could go years and never buy an eyeshadow. I could go six months and never a brush of shadow stroke my lid, but lipstick? I can hardly walk buy a display without taking a second or third glance. I avoid MAC unless I have a freebie with their recycling program because I know that I will not be able to just buy the one I went in for.

Lately matte lippies have been popping up everywhere and in every shade imaginable. I must say, they are beautiful and dramatic. They are also versatile but boy, they are not very user friendly.  They are dry, they pull at your lips when you apply them and they sure make it hard to stay inside the lines. Jerry Seinfeld very bluntly once said…

” Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not the color, but to accept Gods final word on where your lips end..”

Although this is solid and straightforward advice (from someone who I am certain has little experience with the product) that doesn’t make it any easier. Below are some very simple steps that I have formulated over the past few years to help you stay within the lines and achieve the perfect matte lip.

Matte Lip 101..

  • Dry lips crack and cause lipstick in general to cake. This is exceptionally true with matte lipstick. Most of the time it is the equivalent to putting an artists pastels on your lips..dry and chalky. To exfoliate and moisturize my lips, I skip expensive products and I reach for either a clean/ new mascara brush or a children’s toothbrush (both work and both are easily accessible at most drug stores/ beauty suppliers). Next I take my favourite lip balm, Carmex is my go to but Vaseline would work too and I slather some on my lips. I then rub the clean, dry brush back and forth across my lips. This exfoliates dead skin and helps lock a little of that moisture in! Moist lips will allow that bad boy to glide with ease across your lips instead of hitting them like a kid flipping over their handle bars and grinding to a halt. Easy enough right?
  • I recommend a lip brush for step two. Lip liner would work as well but lets face it who wants to buy a coordinating liner for every lipstick, we are not millionaires here! Take a lip brush and with that apply lipstick to the edges of your lip, NOT extending past your natural lip line and ensuring to get into your cupids bow, maximizing the natural (and lovely) shape of your lips.
  • Now you are ready to slide that lipstick over the rest of your lips, travelling over the line you already made but never extending past.  Blot your kissers together and stand back and admire beautiful you! You can always add a little gloss to the centre of your lips to add dimension or to change the matte to a gloss. Mood dependant!

Lipstick Basics/ Suggestions

  • New to lippies and feeling a little like a clown? Start with a color that is just a bit brighter than your own natural lip color. Modesty and Hot Gossip by MAC are my go to’s for a natural every day color. Your own color but brighter will be the most versatile lipstick you could possibly own.
  • Red lips will go far…and farther and even farther. Classic and cool, you will look like a movie star even in your sweats and ready for the town with nothing else on your face. Warm complexions pick blue-reds, cool choose orange-reds but for the most part I suggest getting a professional to help you pick the perfect red that will serve you for years to come.
  •  Makeup brushes are an investment, but they don’t have to require re-mortgaging your home or selling or first born. Quo, the Shoppers brand has lovely brushes that go 40% off monthly. They are reasonable without the sale but it is worth holding out. Target has reasonable professional quality brushes as well!
  • Don’t hop on every trend train you see. Just because a best friend of mine can pull off a deep, earthy, brown or a beautiful, punchy, orange lip doesn’t mean I can (I know I can’t!).  Know your limitations and that what you like, you like for a reason.
  • Don’t buy into new product lines that are limited edition. Limited edition means they will only be around for a few months and often they sell out before they have run their course. Those lipsticks will not be available again so don’t let yourself fall in love with one that will be gone. It’s just a tease. I personally won’t even try them on for that reason.
  • Lip liners are wonderful if you have an important occasion…let us say your wedding day. They do prevent you from reapplying and really do give dark, dramatic colors staying power, but they are not a must. If you are using a liner, the best tip I was ever given was to line your lips and color them in with the liner….sounds crazy I know. Then apply your lipstick over the top. This will give your color mega staying power while preventing you from looking like Lil’Kim in the 90’s (you all know exactly what I am talking about!).
  • Most of all have fun and feel beautiful because as Audrey Hepburn once said “Happy girls are the prettiest girls”.
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I must apologize for my lack of personal pictures above…I am potentially the worst “selfie” taker in all of the northern hemisphere. My nose looks exceptionally large and one eye looks west while the other looks east. Its not pretty! Along with poor selfies, I also now realise that I can easily ramble on about almost anything since I wrote a piece solely on lipstick. Do you have something you have been wishing I would ramble on about in the future? Write a request in the comment box.  I am always looking for a little inspiration! Happy lippies everyone!
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Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God’s final word on where your lips end.

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Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God’s final word on where your lips end.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/jerryseinf131554.html#Ca7GjBJgFZRpWsKm.99
Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God’s final word on where your lips end.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/jerryseinf131554.html#Ca7GjBJgFZRpWsKm.99
Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God’s final word on where your lips end.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/jerryseinf131554.html#Ca7GjBJgFZRpWsKm.99