Wear ‘Radiant Orchid’, the Pantone Colour of the Year!

The Pantone Colour of the Year is ‘Radiant Orchid’.

Pantone LLC says,

“Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple — one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates joy, love and health”
Photo credit: www.Pantone.com

How can you incorporate Radiant Orchid in your make-up?

Here is how I wear it — keeping it subtle, natural, and soft with Elizabeth Adren‘s Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in, “Golden Orchid“. 

$24 CAD (NET WT .09 OZ 2.5 g)

I applied “Golden Orchid” on my entire lid. To add more definition to my eye, I took a darker purple shade and applied it in my crease and blended it out for a softer look.


 “Golden Orchid” is a beautiful shade of purple and very close to the actual “Radiant Orchid” shade. What I like about the eye shadow is that it has gold flecks in it which makes it more wearable for an everyday look. The eye shadow doesn’t appear too bright on the skin, so this is perfect for those who want a colourful, yet subtle & soft look.

If you are new to Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Eye Shadows, they are:

  • long-lasting
  • crease-free
  • improves appearance of signs of aging (i.e., smooths skin)

How do you incorporate “Radiant Orchid” in your look?


Spring/Summer 2014 Beauty Trends

How many of you are counting down the days of when Spring will finally arrive? (I am, I am!)
It’s been one cccooollldd winter this year and I know many of us can’t wait to store our winter jackets and boots and say “hello” to the beauty and fashion trends of Spring!

Curious to know what the Spring/Summer ’14 beauty trends are?

Justin German (Patene Pro-V Consulting Stylist) and Amélie Ducharme (COVERGIRL Make-up Pro) share with us the beauty trends that have been seen on the Spring ’14 runways.

To see the looks, check out the LOOKING GLASS: www.youtube.com/lookingglass. Justin and Amélie show us how to acheive these beauty trends so you can easily re-create the looks on your own! The LOOKING GLASS is also featured in the March 2014 edition of FASHION Magazine!

One of my favourite S/S ’14 beauty trend seen on the runways is: BRIGHT CLUB — a simple ponytail paired with a strong, bright orange lip.

Here’s how to get the look:

Being a part of #BeautyUnited, I was challenged to re-create my favourite S/S ’14 beauty look and was given a $50 gift card to buy the exact make-up products used. This was a great challenge because you can get a sense of how the same products look on various skin tones & hair colours!

Here is my re-creation of the BRIGHT CLUB:

Here are the products used to create this look:


  • Pantene Pro-V Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner (note: I used a different product. In the video it is the “Smooth & Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner”)
  • Pantene Pro-V with Argan Oil Shine Serum

  • COVERGIRL TruBlend Liquid Makeup in “Caramel Beige (m5)”
  • COVERGIRL TruBlend Fixstick Concealer in “Medium Light (m1-4)”
  • COVERGIRL TruMagic Sun Kisser
  • COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Liner in “Passion”
  • COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Lipstick in “Sweet”

Note: Since I’m more tanned than the model, the bronzer (COVERGIRL TruMagic Sun Kisser) didn’t show up on my skin as dark as I wanted. After I applied the bronzer, I took the lipstick and applied a bit of it on my cheeks to brighten up my face (similar to the model’s). Lipstick as blush?! Now there’s another #makeupbytessTIP for you all! 🙂

Which S/S ’14 beauty trend is your favourite? www.youtube.com/lookingglass
Comment below and let me know! 🙂

Bye-Bye Pores!

Introducing magic for your pores…

L’OREAL Paris just came out with … YOUTH CODE Pore Vanisher which helps you achieve perfect looking skin!

  • Non-comedogenic
  • Non-acnegenic
  • Dermatologist tested for gentleness
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Shine-free, oil-free
  • Fast absorbing
  • Can be used under make-up
1.4 FL.OZ. (40 ml) – SRP $29.99 CDN

How to apply:
Smooth over your entire face or areas where your pores are visible (commonly on the nose and cheek area). Apply in the morning and at night for better results. Can be worn alone, underneath your foundation or the last step of your skin care routine.

{L’OREAL claims this product}:

  • instantly transforms your skin for a refined, smooth, look; feels freshly hydrated
  • absorbs excess oil for a shine-free, matte finish
  • overtime will actually reduce the size of pores due to its active ingredients


  • minimizes the size of pores (very noticable difference on my nose)
  • reduces shine
  • matte finish
  • feels silky smooth, grease-free 
  • skin looks flawless under foundation
  • foundation looks better hours after application than without the Youth Code Pore Vanisher
  • the product has a bit of colour in it, but when you apply it, it is colourless
  • this product has a scent to it, but it is very mild
WARNING!!! Here is the big reveal … close up of my face! 😛 jk
My before & after, a few minutes after applying the product on my nose and cheek area.

Would I recommend this product?
Yes! It acts like a great primer for under your foundation and it treats the skin to minimize your pores overtime.

Comment below and let me know if you have tried it and how it worked for you.

    Fave Tools for a Brow Makeover

    Make-up Forever Aqua Brow (waterproof) – long-lasting & natural-looking on the brow; only need a tiny bit
    L’Oreal MAGICLUMI Concealer – apply a bit under the brow to clean-up the shape and to help lift and brighten up the eyes
    bdellium 733 (eyebrow spooly) – brush the brows in-place before and after you apply your product; this will also help dispurse the product throughout your brows.
    bdellium 766 (angled liner brush) – use this to lightly apply the product to your brows. Start off in the center of your brows and fill in the areas that are sparse. With whatever is left on the brush, lightly fill in the front of your brows for softer, natural-looking brows. 

    TIP: The thicker and fuller your brows, the more youthful you look!  
    *quick post published off of cellphone

    COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss

    COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss is goodness in a bottle! It is a base coat, high gloss colour, and chip-resistant top coat all in one. Yup, a 3-in-1 bottle of goodness that is easy to apply and is a time-saver.

    My friend and I were able to try out the shades at the #BeautyUnited #PanteneBeautifulHair Event held this past weekend and we were very impressed at the quality of the formulation.

     First Impression Review:

    • formula is pigmented and opaque — we were able to get away with one coat of polish! (We didn’t have time for a second coat that day and wanted to ensure our nails were dry before we left the event).
    • the finish is high gloss
    • applies evenly
    • the polish dried faster than we expected
    • great range of shades (it was so hard to choose which shades to try first!)

    Here are the two shades we decided to try:

    Crushed Berries (one coat)

    Always Autumn (one coat)

    Have you tried COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss? What are your thoughts?

    LIMITED EDITION – Avon’s Signature Collection

    “Heritage meets modern style” with Avon’s ICONIC MONOGRAM COLLECTION!

    The Mailyn Collection consists of a wallet, cosmetic bag, tote bag, and scarf.
    This line is available in rich earth tones — rich chocolate brown colour with gold hardware. The gold hardware details Avon’s 4A monogram, a symbol of Avon’s heritage.

    Avon’s iconic 4A logo was the company logo from 1954 – 1972. It appeared on all of their products in the ’60s and ’70s.

    4A Logo = “Anytime, Anywhere, Always, Ask”
    Can you see the 4 A’s?

    I just received the wallet and scarf and I must say, I am very impressed with the quality and the chic look! I love the neutral look because it can go with any outfit and purse. The golden hardware is my favourite touch as it adds richness  to the products and makes it look classy. I am very excited to use them both!

    Wallet $19.99
    Six card slots and interior zippered section
    19 cm W x 10 cm H
    Scarf $14.99
    180 cm L x 56 cm W
    See the rest of the collection at: www.avon.ca
    Thanks Avon!

    {How to} Rockin’ Romance Look

    Want to achieve this Grammy-inspired look at home?

    Amélie Ducharme (COVERGIRL Make-up Pro) and Justin German (Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist) share with us details on how they created this Rockin’ Romance look!

    Photo Credit: Arthur Mola
    Make-up: Amélie Ducharme
    Hair: Justin German
    {Make-up Look} 
    Amélie Ducharme, COVERGIRL Make-up Pro:
    1. To keep focus on the eyes, skin must look flawless. Create your base with COVERGIRL Outlast Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation with a foundation brush.
    2. Even out any dark circles by applying COVERGIRL + Olay Eye Rehab CC Cream with a concealer brush. Apply in a triangular shape under the eye – from corner to corner and down toward the nose.
    3.  Next, lightly apply COVERGIRL Clean Sensitive Skin Pressed Powder under the eye to set concealer. Also apply on forehead nose and chin for a natural yet matte skin finish.


    1. With your finger, apply COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow in “Ohh La Lilac” all over the lid up to the crease and along the bottom lashline with a flat shadow brush.
    2. Using a shadow brush, apply COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Molten Black” to the outside corner of the lid and then from the inside corner, blending toward the center of the eye, connecting both sides in the crease. To create dimension, apply the plum shadow from the COVERGIRL Eyehancer 4-Kit Shadow in “Prom Queen” to the middle of the lid, just below the crease. Also, sweep this plum colour under the eye.
    3. Rim the bottom of the eye, tighter to the lashline, with the Shadow Pot in “Molten Black”, blending slightly wider toward the outer corner of the eye.
    4. Next, line the entire waterline with COVERGIRL LiquidLineBlast Eye Liner in “Black Fire”. To intensify the look, use this pencil to trace over the shadow on the outer corners of the eye and blend out and up using the sponge tip on the other end of the pencil. Using a shadow brush, connect the shadow from the top and bottom lids just beyond the outside corner, lifting up and out toward the temple, elongating the eye. The further out, the more dramatic the look!
    5. Using COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner in “Pitch Black Passion”, trace along the upper lashline starting from the inner corner and creating a thicker line as you move to the outer corner extending just beyond the lash in an upward movement.
    6. Coat the lashes with COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume Mascara in “Very Black”. Start with multiple coats of Step 1 for extreme volume, then apply Step 2 for a pitch black glossy finish.
    7. Finish the eye look by applying the silver shade from the “Prom Queen” palette under the brow.


    1. For this smoldering look, you want to create a thick, strong brow. Fill in brows with COVERGIRL Brow & EyeMakers Pencil one shade darker than your natural colour.

     Contour & Blush:

    1. To contour the face, use COVERGIRL Clean Glow Bronzer in “Spices”. Starting with the darkest shade of the palette, apply just under the cheek bone at the temple. As you move toward the apple of the cheek blend the middle and lightest shade.


    1. Finally, prep lips by applying moisturizer topped with a thin layer of your foundation to cover any redness around the mouth. Then, fill in your pout with COVERGIRL LipPerfection in “Yummy” – a great pastel pink! 

    Final touch:

    1. For a more matte finish, apply a light dusting of Clean Pressed Powder.
    {Hair Look} 
    Justin German, Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist:
    1. First, prepare by washing hair with the new Pantene Pro-V Damage Detox Weekly Deep Cleanse Purifying Shampoo.
    2. Blow-dry with a round brush and pin in clips, like you would rollers – this will give you a great foundation for this updo. Set with Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray.
    3. After a few minutes, remove clips and shake out the curls. Spray in Pantene Advanced+Keratin Repair KERAGLOSS Oil Mist to relax the look and build texture.
    4. Now, part the hair in two sections. Start by collecting hair from temple to temple and pile it in a knot on top of your head.
    5. With the remaining hair, gather and put into a ponytail just below the crown. While the sides are tight to the head, they are not slick. We want an undone look! Backbrush the ponytail, while misting with hairspray.
    6. Next, twist the ponytail downward and pin into the head all the way down. Finish by tucking in the ends with a few bobby pins at the nape of the neck. 
    7. Undo the top section of hair and backbrush with a few spritzes of the Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray. Then lift hair at the front, creating tons of volume, roll and pin into the top of the hair roll that was created with the bottom section of the hair – connecting the top and bottom into one.
    8. For the final touch, using your fingertips, pull out a few pieces of hair from the front, lifting and spraying for even more volume and texture.
    9. Finish with a few sprays of KERAGLOSS for extra shine.


    Grammy Inspiration:
     Click here for post

    Let me know if you give this look a try! 🙂

    #BeautyUnited’s Fave Hair & Make-up Look – 2014 Grammy Awards

    Photo Sources: www.fashnberry.com & www.becomegorgeous.com

    During the 2014 Grammy Awards, the  P&G #BeautyUnited bloggers were invited to the Thompson Hotel in Toronto for the #MusicGlam Twitter Party hosted by Arianne, TheGlitterGeek.

    We mingled, munched on delicious hors d’oeuvres, had a few drinks, got hair and make-up touch-ups, and tweeted all night long about beauty & fashion of our fave celebs.

    During the commercial breaks the #BeautyUnited bloggers voted on their top hair & make-up looks. The final vote came down to Paris Hilton’s Hair and Rita Ora’s Make-up.

    The challenge of the night was for Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist, Justin German and COVERGIRL Make-up Pro, Amélie Ducharme to re-create our top looks, and of course, add their magic touch!

    Here is the final look called, Rockin’ Romance:

    Photo Credit: Arthur Mola
    Make-up: Amélie Ducharme
    Hair: Justin German
    Don’t you think they did an excellent job re-creating our top make-up & hair look?


    Amélie Ducharme and Justin German share with us detailed instructions on how they created this look.
    Click here.

    Photos of the evening:

    Thompson Hotel (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)

    Pantene Pro-V Hair Products (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)
    Justin German re-creating Paris Hilton’s hair inspired look (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)

    COVERGIRL Make-up (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)
    Amélie Ducharme re-creating Rita Ora’s make-up inspired look (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)
    (Photo cred: Gerry – @PBunnieP)
    With Gerry  – @PBunnieP (Photo cred: Arthur Mola) 
    Getting my make-up touch-up (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)
    With the host of the #MusicGlam Twitter Party, Arianne (@TheGlitterGeek)

    {REVIEW} Carmex Moisture Plus

    Some of you may recall me raving about Carmex Moisture Plus SPF 15 a while back. This hydrating lip balm has saved my lips many times, especially during this crazy winter! Carmex Moisture Plus has made it into my purse… my work bag…and my office drawer — yes, I have three! This product is now my go-to lip balm (Sorry, to break up with you, EOS. My lips do thank you for the last couple of years!)

    Carmex has launched their first Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm Limited Edition Collection in January 2014. This new edition not only gives you moisturized, soft, kissable lips but also makes you look trendy with its sleek designs.

    Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm Limited Edition Collection features the hottest trends for 2014 with it’s stylish stick designs to represent an array of fashion personalities.
    What’s your Style Personality?

    {Chic} a modern yet elegant and sophisticated black and white houndstooth check print
    {Adventurous} a wild, daring sexy leopard print for bold and sassy fashionistas
    {Fab} a funky, retro orbit design in groovy shades of mauve, a key hue of the season

    These designs are only the beginning! Stay tuned for more limited edition designs from Carmex in the seasons to come. Upcoming designs will reflect the seasons’ latest fashion trends.

    | REVIEW |

    Product: Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm Limited Edition Collection (MSRP $4.99 CAD)


    • Ultra hydrating 
    • SPF 15
    • Slanted Tip
    • Vitamin E + Aloe
    • Moisturizing Protection
    • Clear Satin Gloss Finish
    • Lightweight and sleek packaging (Size: 2 g)


    • No scent
    • Very hydrating & moisturizing for a long period of time
    • Protects my lips from the sun and cold weather
    • Soothes and heals dry, chapped lips
    • Absorbs well into your lips; doesn’t just sit on the surface
    • Keeps my lips very soft & smooth allowing ease of even lipstick application
    • It can also be applied on top of your lipstick. It adds moisture back into your lips if your lipstick becomes drying throughout the day.


    Highly Recommended.  It adds long-lasting moisture to your lips and protects it from the sun & weather.

    My Daily Application Routine:

    • As part of my morning routine, I apply this product before I apply my foundation to let it absorb into my lips in preparation for my lipstick.
    • I apply it again mid-day as well as before I leave the office to brace the sub-zero temperature.
    • If I’m working out that evening, I apply a bit on before my gym class. I hate the feeling of dry lips when exercising!
    • After I brush my teeth before bed, I put some on to let it nourish and hydrate my lips throughout the night.

    Thanks to the Carmex team, I’m giving away the Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm Limited Edition Collection to one lucky Canadian reader! Yes, all THREE designs! Enter to win … your lips will thank you! 😛


    *Contest only open to Canadian residents.
    ** Contest ends Monday, February 10th at 12:00 am EST.
    *** Winner will be contacted via e-mail for their mailing address.
    **** Contest sponsored by Carmex www.mycarmex.com

    Please enter the contest through Rafflecopter below:
    What’s your Style Personality … Chic, Adventurous, or Fab?

    Good luck! 🙂

    UPDATE – February 10, 2014

    Congratulations R.C.! I will be contacting you shortly.
    Thank you for everyone who participated in this Giveaway! 
    It was great to heard what your Personality Style is!  🙂

    JOIN US! #MusicGlam Twitter Party

    Tonight I will be attending Proctor & Gamble’s Grammy Awards viewing party in Toronto!
    Along with the beautiful, Arianne (@TheGlitterGeek) from TheGlitterGeek, and the rest of the #BeautyUnited  bloggers, we will be tweeting away on beauty and fashion trends from the Red Carpet.

    COVERGIRL Make-up Artist Pro, Amelie Ducharme and Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist, Justin German will be showing us how to re-create some of the celeb hair & make-up looks and we’ll get to share them with you!

    Follow me on Twitter (@makeupbytess) and hashtag #MusicGlam to attend and join us for some fun and prizes!
    *Giveaway contest for Canadian Residents only.
    See you there!