How to Get Kate Beckinsale’s Golden Globe’s Side Up-do!

When I saw Kate Beckinsale on the 2014 Golden Globes’ red carpet, I fell in love with her overall look — especially her low, side up-do!

Sascha Breuer, celebrity hairstylist, shares how she created this punk-inspired, yet soft & feminine hairstyle:

Hair Prep/Style:

  • Start by spraying Moroccanoil Root Boost directly on the roots of damp hair. The spray will help add body and hold and it’s a great way to set the style in. It’ll also make hair more pliable and easier to work with.
  • Begin blow drying the hair using a skeleton brush, and then use your fingers to create texture and additional volume. Once the hair is fully dry, seperate into a horseshoe shaped section (the part between both temples & crown area) and clip the top section away.
  • Pull the botom section into a low, side ponytail at the nape of the neck and secure with an elastic. Then coil & wrap the tail into a messy bun. Secure hair with bobby pins.
  • Take the hair from the top section and backcomb the roots using Moroccanoil Boar Bristle Teasing Brush to maximze the volume at the crown and create a slightly disheveled texture.
  • Secure the top section into the existing loose bun with bobby pins.

Finishing Touches:

  • Mist the hair with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray to add shine and long-lasting hold. Spray a little product onto finger tips and work it into the single strands to help define the pieces. Secure the final look with a few more pins and you’re good to go!

*Thank you Langton Communications for the press release

    Get Olivia Wilde’s Look from the 2014 Golden Globes

    How many of you agree that Olivia Wilde looked absolutely stunning at the 2014 Golden Globes? I sure did! She looked even more beautiful with her mama glow!

    Her purple eye make-up paired up very nicely with her sequenced-emerald green Gucci gown and as much as she had a smokey-eye, her look still gave off a natural, effortless look. 

    Melanie Inglessis, Celebrity Make-up Artist did an excellent job to achieve Olivia’s look. Here is what she used:

                                 (Olivia Wilde’s photo sourced from, image by: unknown)

    1. Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, $16.95
    2. Revlon PhotoReady Makeup in Nude, $18.95
    3. Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light (mixed with PhotoReady Makeup) and Peach Light (brushed on cheekbones), $16.95
    4. Revlon Cream Blush in Pinched, $12.95
    5. Revlon Powder Blush in Bronzilla, $12.95

    6. Revlon PhotoReady Primer + Shadow in Muse, $12.95
    6. Revlon PhotoReady Primer + Shadow in Muse (dark purple shade used wet as liner), $12.95
    7. Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Eye Liner + Brightener in Carbon Cleopatra, $9.95
    8. Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Mascara in Blackest Black, $9.95
    9. Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Blonde, $9.95

    10. Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Private Viewing, $12.95
    11. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Super Natural, $9.50

    12. Revlon Nail Enamel in Sheer Petal, $5.95

    This look can go with any eye colour, so give it a try and let me know how it goes!

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    Manicure Monday – Metallic Goodness

    {Get This Look}

    1. Apply two coats of COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish in Bronze Beauty (235).
    2. Apply one coat of L’OREAL Paris Top Coat Confettis in Confetti (916) on half of your nail — closest to your cuticle.
    Simple, trendy nail look for 2014!
    Oh, by the way …the background photo is the cover of one of my fave make-up books, “MAKEUP The Ultimate Guide” by Rae Morris. It’s an excellent book — highly recommended — and a great coffee table book!

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    • COVERGIRL Clean Glow Bronzer in Spices
    • Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive
    • COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Liner in Passion
    • COVERGIRL Lip Perfection in Hot
    • Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advance Seal 1-Hour Express (1 sachet, not the full box)
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    Eyes of the Day (EOTD)

    Today’s eye make-up look is featuring Annabelle Cosmetics Quad Eyeshadow in “Chai Chai Chai”.


    Annabelle Cosmetics Quad Eyeshadow

    • Very pigmented: Extremely impressed with the pigmentation and color pay-off of this product.With just a light touch, you get a lot of product on your brush. 
    • Silky touch: Very soft and silky and when you apply it on your lids there is little to no “fall-off”.

    Check out Annabelle’s Quad Eyeshadow on to see other shades they offer.
    Currently on special for $8.95 (reg. $10.95).

    I paired up Annabelle Quad Eyeshadow with Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara.

    I highly recommend this palette. This eye shadow quad has been my go-to, everyday palette to achieve a natural smokey-eye look for months now. It can be taken from day to night by adding more smokiness with the darkest brown colour giving a sexy, sultry look.This product exceeds my expectations for a drugstore palette and is excellent quality for the price you pay. Thumbs up all the way!

    L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder

    Price:  $16.99
    Size: 27 ml (0.9 oz)
    Shades: 12 shades (light to medium-dark skin tones)

    To apply:

    • Before applying, shake the bottle to mix the formula.
    • L’Oreal recommends using your fingers to apply rather than a foundation brush. Ensure you have clean fingers so you do not transfer dirt and oil onto your skin.
    • Once you apply one layer, I suggest going back to apply a second on areas that need more coverage (i.e., acne scars) by dabbing it on with your finger. I continue to dab and build on top until I get the desired coverage and it blends well into my skin.
    • This product dries to powder so there is no need to apply a powder over to set the foundation.


    • glides on
    • transform into a powdery finish (liquid-powder formula)
    • no make-up feel

    My Observations:

    • I’m not a huge fan of applying foundation with my fingers. But applying this foundation, wasn’t too bad. Like any other foundation, you just have to work fast before the foundation dries to avoid streak marks.
    • The consistency is very liquidy and more product comes out then what I intend. If it was a pump bottle, I think it would help control the amount of product coming out.
    • The coverage is a light to medium matte coverage. I think it’s a great foundation for an everyday wear to even out the skin tone and cover any light scars or imperfection. However, I do not recommend this foundation if you are looking to cover a lot of acne.
    • This product does dry to powder and it gives such a beautiful finish to the skin. With a combination skin type (oily t-zone), applying a powder on top is not necessary.
    • My skin feels very smooth and the foundation feels extremely lightweight as if I’m not wearing anything at all.
    •  This contains SPF 18. Great for everyday wear to protect yours skin from the UV rays.

    Shade: Sun Beige

    no face primer applied underneath
    no powder applied over to set
     Foundation faded a tad bit (you can see the acne scar on my chin a bit more)
    Nose and area above my eyebrow got a bit oily
    Skin still looked quite even

    I have received so many compliments on the appearance of my skin whenever I wear this foundation.  With the lightweight feel and natural, smooth finish I would recommend this foundation for those who want a light to medium coverage everyday foundation. My skin gets moderately oily on my nose and center of my forehead, but I found I didn’t need to powder over this foundation. However, if your skin gets extremely oily, I would recommend lightly powder in those areas or where a face primer underneath.

     Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

      COVERGIRL Clean Glow Bronzer

      COVERGIRL Clean Glow Bronzer in #120 Spices


      • Lightweight
      • Blendable matte color
      • Clean
      • Natural

      My observations:

      • This product is definitely lightweight. Not only is the packaging light, but also the application. I swirl the blush brush around the compact to get all three colours and I get just the right amount of product to create a soft, natural look. This product is buildable without it looking chalky or harsh.
      • When looking at the compact, you can tell that the bronzer will be matte, which is perfect! When applied, it gives gorgeous finish without it looking chalky or dry.
      • Since there are three colours in one compact, this compact is very versatile. You can choose, one, two or all three colours depending on what look you want to achieve.
      •  Many people have commented saying my skin looks really soft and seamless. You can’t tell where the bronzer starts and stops as it blends very well into my skin.

      This was definitely love at first sight and has been my go-to bronzer/blush for the last month.
      I’m really happy that the product lives up to what it claims!

      Price: $10.99
      Size: 12 g (0.42 oz)



      Make-up at the Gym?

      Exercising at least a few times a week is a must for healthy-looking skin! However, it is even more beneficial for your skin if you aren’t wearing any make-up whilst you exercise. Your pores enlarge as you get hot and sweaty and make-up can cause clogged pores resulting in potential break-outs and blackheads.

      If you are always on the go and there is no time to wash your face, I suggest bringing make-up wipes in your gym bag. These will definitely come in handy both before and after your workout!

      If you absolutely have to wear make-up at the gym (you never know who you’ll bump into, right?!), I would suggest wearing only eyeliner and mascara to help open and define your eyes. Your face will look naturally radiant and glowy after a great workout so you can leave your full-face of make-up for a special event.

      I have to admit, if my exercise class is after work, I don’t remove my make-up. I leave on whatever I have left from the early morning. But to ensure I don’t walk out of the class looking like a raccoon after an intense, sweaty session, I wear waterproof eyeliner and mascara. My go-to products are Make-up Forever Aqua Black eyeliner and L’oreal Voluminous Waterproof mascara. This has definitely saved me from looking like a total mess when I got rained on during my outdoor bootcamp class! Also, tried, tested and true, the eyeliner stayed intact during my hot yoga class (and you all know how much sweat drips down your face in that class)! 

      One more thing! Don’t forget to wear SPF moisturizer (especially when you are exercising outdoors) and hydrate your lips with lip balm!

      Happy exercising and keep it up for a healthy, beautiful-looking life! xoxox

      {Products used}: 


      • L’oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in Carbon Black or MARCELLE Waterproofing Mascara Topcoat
      • Make-up Forever Aqua Black liner
      • EOS lip balm
      • Equate Baby Wipes

      What Has Been Your Go-To Nail Polish Shade This Summer?

      Summer is almost over and I realized I gravitated towards the same shade of nail polish the last few months! My go-to nail polish colour this summer is in the assortment shades of coral.

      Shades in the orangey-pink range such as coral, apricot, and peach compliment beautifully with all skin colours … especially with tanned skin!

 To jazz up my nails, I like to add a bit of nail art. My favourite this season has been nail art that helps give the illusion of elongated nails and fingers without actually having super long nails. Top on my list are the chevron nail and triangle. When pointed down towards the tip of your nails, it draws your eyes to the edge of your nails, which makes it look long and slender. I added a hint of pale pink as a lovely accent.

      Tip: Use scotch tape to create these patterns. It works wonders!

      {Products used}:


      • Maybelline New York Express Finish in “Peachy Petal (#60)” 

      • Essie in “Ballet Slippers”


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      {Beauty Panel} How to Choose a Nude Lip Colour

      Wearing a nude lip is a great compliment to a smoky eye. But choosing the right nude lip shade can be a little tricky. A nude shade for you may not be the same nude shade as your best friend. It’s all about complimenting your skin tone. There are hundreds of nude shades out there to suit each person’s skin tone. But if the wrong shade is chosen, you could look washed out.
      Here are a few tips on how to choose & wear the perfect nude lip shade:
      • If you are fair-skinned, choose shades that have a soft pink-beige undertone.
      • If you are medium to olive skinned, choose a rose-pink-beige or peach undertone.
      • If you are dark-skinned, choose a caramel/bronze or berry undertone.
      • Don’t choose a shade that is lighter than your skin colour. This can give you a washed out appearance.
      • If you find that your lip pigmentation can be a bit uneven or dark, you can always neutralize it by first applying concealer (same colour as your skin) to your lips as a base before applying the lipstick.
      • When wearing a nude lip, wear blush to help brighten up the face.

      I have medium to olive skin. One of my favourite nude lipsticks is Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE VOLUPTÉ – Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in #3 (Ultimate Beige). It has a rosey, mauve undertone to compliment my skin.

      {Products used}:

      • Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in “Ultimate Beige (#3)”

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      Hope my tips helped! Good luck!