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

    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!

    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?

      {Beauty Panel} How to Wear Pastel Colours

      Pastel colours are definitely in right now!

      One way to wear this retro-inspired trend is to pair pastel with a neutral shade, whether you are wearing this colour on your eyes or on your nails. Toning down the pastel colour with a neutral colour is an excellent way to pull off this trend without looking like you are stuck in the 1980s!

      My favourite pastel colour is mint green. One of the ways I like to wear it is by adding a hint of this colour to the tips of my nails. To make this look even more trendy, instead of creating a regular French tip, I create what I call a “chevron” French tip. I like to pair the mint green with a sandy beige base colour so it’s easy to wear with any outfit.

      {Products used}: 

      • Pro FX Complete 3 Top Coat
      • Base Coat and Nail Strengthener
      • L’Oréal Nail Polish in “Walk on the Beach” 
      • Essie Nail Polish in “Mint Candy Apple”


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        {Beauty Panel} Tips on Wedding Make-up Application

        Makeup application for weddings is slightly different compared to your everyday makeup. The wedding day, whether it’s your special day or someone else’s close to you, is a busy and long-filled day. Whether you are getting your makeup done by an artist or DIYing it yourself, here are some tips to ensure you get the best wearing power from your look:

        • Take care of your skin leading up to the wedding day: drink lots of water, exfoliate, tone and moisturize.
        • For hot spring/summer wedding days, to ensure your foundation doesn’t melt off your face, apply a face primer, like Cover FX Skin Prep Nourishing Foundation Primer. Not only does this act as a great base for a smoother foundation application, it keeps the oils in for a long lasting finish.
        • To avoid eye shadow from creasing due to the oils and heat, apply an eyelid primer to your eyes, Urban Decay Primer Potion. This increases the staying power of your eye shadow as well as makes the colours more vibrant.
        • Stay away from too much shimmer on the eyes, face, and lips. It’s not flattering in photos.
        • If you know you will get teary-eyed throughout the event, waterproof products are the way to go. Try using Make Up For Ever Waterfproof Cream Eyeshadow in “Aqua Black” as your eyeliner and L’Oréal Waterproof Volumunious mascara to pump up your lashes.
        • To avoid applying your lipstick too many times throughout the day, fill your lips in with lip liner to use as the lipstick base, L’Oreal Colour Riche Anti-Feathering Lip Liner. Apply a matte lipstick over it to increase the wear, Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate. Remember to moisturize your lips before applying the lip products; this will help prevent your lips from drying out.
        • To keep your makeup looking fresh all day, set it with a setting spray, Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Spray.
        • If you have an excellent makeup application, all you need to pop in your clutch is a lipstick and blotting sheets, Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets for minimal touch-ups throughout the day!
        • Remember, your makeup should only be an enhanced version of yourself. You want to look and feel beautiful and still look like YOU! 

         {Products used}: 

        • Cover FX Skin Prep Nourishing Foundation Primer & Anti-Aging Serum
        • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation “#155” 
        • Lise Watier Portfolio Correctors in “Light”
        • Make Up For Ever HD Powder
        • Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Spray
        • Urban Decay Primer Potion in “Eden” 
        • Shiseido Silky Eyeshadow Quad in “Q10 Desert Winds” 
        • Stila Smoky Eye Palette in “Black Shadow” 
        • Make Up For Ever Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in “Aqua Black” 
        • L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in “Black” 
        • Smashbox Eyebeam Double-ended Brightener
        • Ardell False Lashes in “#128” 
        • DUO Lash Adhesive Waterproof 
        • L’Oreal Waterproof Voluminous Mascara 
        • Benefit Bronzer in “Hoola” 
        • M.A.C Blush in “Dainty” 
        • Estée Lauder Shimmering Jewel Powder 
        • EOS Lip Balm
        • L’Oreal Colour Riche Anti-Feathering Lip Liner in “All About Pink” 
        • Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate in “102”

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        {Beauty Panel} Who is your Celebrity Hair + Make-up Inspiration?

        A celebrity I always look to for hair and make-up inspiration is Eva Longoria. Whenever I want a fresh ‘do, I tend to Google her name, save the photo on my phone and then show the hair dresser.

        One of my favourite hairstyles of hers is when she wears her hair down and curled:

         [Photo Credit:]

        My hair is thick and layered and with the right tools and technique I’ve been able to recreate her look many times over. When I’m in a rush, I use both a hot roller set and a curling iron. A hot roller set is so quick and easy to use and the curling iron gives me more curl control.

        Here’s how I do it:

        1. Side part your hair and separate the front section of your hair on both your left and right side. (We will be curling this section with a curling iron later on.)
        2. Take a hot roller set and apply the rollers in different directions (some outwards away from the face and others downwards). Ensure that what you do on one side, you do on the other in order to keep the curls symmetrical.
        3. For this look, I prefer loose curls so the jumbo and super jumbo sized rollers do the trick! Because my hair is medium in length, I tend to just use the jumbo rollers. The super jumbo rollers do not give me as much of a curl for this look.
        4. Once the rollers have cooled off, take them out.
        5. Take your curling iron (1” – 1.5”) and curl the two front sections you kept aside. Curl your hair away from your face as it opens up your face and neck giving it a more flattering look.
        6. Once this is all done, get your favourite hairspray and spray away!
        7. To loosen up the curls, gently and lightly pull some of the curls straight. I don’t run my fingers through my hair because I don’t want to create more volume — my hair is already pretty thick! And there you have it, Eva Longoria-inspired curls!

         Not only does Eva’s hair styles inspire me, but her bronzed, natural makeup is also a look I like to emulate. Here’s a few quick makeup tips:

        • Some people have told me that they are afraid their eyes would look tired with this look because of the brown tones. To brighten up, use an off-white pencil (more natural than white) and rim the inner lower lash line. Also, a few coats of mascara will really help open up the eyes.
        •  To deepen up a bronzy, natural eye look, take a black eye shadow and apply a bit of it on the outer corner of the eyes and gently blend up.
        • If you are limited on products, take your matte bronzer and apply it to the hallows of your cheeks and then sweep it onto the crease of your eyes. This will help warm up those beautiful eyes. 


        {Products used}: 


        • Conair Xtreme Heat Jumbo and Super Jumbo Rollers
        • Palladium Ceramic by Jilbère de Paris
        • L’Oréal Paris Elnette Satin Hairspray
        • Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer in “Medium” 
        • Cover FX Matte Fx in “Medium” 
        • M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish “Sunny by Nature” 
        • Urban Decay eyeshadow in “Twice Baked” 
        • Stila Smokey Eye Palette in “Black” 
        • Nars Eyeshadow Duo in “Surabaya” 
        • M.A.C Fluidline eyeliner in “Blacktrack” 
        • Physicians Formula Eye Booster in “Ultra Black” 
        • Annabelle Expandable Mascara
        • M.A.C Lipliner in “Dune” 
        • L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipstick in “Golden Splendor”

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          What are the Nail Trends for 2013?

          Patterns, prints, texture and colours on nails have been a huge trend lately!
          I attended a L’Oreal nail event with celebrity manicurist, Tom Bachik to get the details on what’s hot in 2013.

          Tom Bachik started off as a skateboarder and turned into a nail artist or as he calls himself, a MANicurist! Some of his clients include Anne Hathaway, Beyoncè, Zooey Deschanel, Mila Kunis, and Jennifer Lopez. He actually flew straight from Miami to our event as he was there filming JLo’s music video.

          Here is what Tom has shared with us:

          Full Coverage Nude:
          “Just like nude shoes elongates the legs, nude nail polish elongates the fingers.”

          Upscale Texture:
          “… Upscale textures are ‘in’ featuring dimension, highlights/lowlights and shimmer.”

          “Matte nails have been seen all over the red carpet.”

          Deep Rich Tones
           “… are not relegated to winter months or red carpets. Colours like a mysterious navy blue, classy greige, and seductive purple  ̶  are perfect picks.”

           L’Oreal Paris is current with this year’s trends. Here are some of their new nail products for 2013:

          {New shades}

           {Top Coats}

           {Nail Lingerie}


          {Press-On Couture}

          This event was very interactive. As Tom Bachik was sharing the trends, we were able to try on some of these new products first hand!

          Colour Riche Nail Colour in shades: Greyt Expectations (greige) and Papparazzi Pleaser
          Colour Riche Nail Lingerie: Razzle Be Dazzle

          Here are a few more NAIL TIPS I gathered from Tom Bachik:

          • Use a makeup brush and dip it into nail polish remover. Use this to clean up your nail polish
          • It’s best to let your base coat dry for one minute before applying the colour
          • Angle your nail polish brush higher if you are covering a small nail
          • Bubbling occurs due to open draft or coats applied close together

          Thank you L’Oreal Canada and Cowan & Company for inviting me to this interactive event!

          Tom Bachik, it was a pleasure meeting you! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful red carpet nail tips!

          Review & thoughts about these products to come.
          Feel free to follow me on Twitter for live updates: @makeupbytess

          {Beauty Panel} How to Transition Your Hair from Day to Night

          The Beauty Panel on was asked,

          “How do you transition your make-up and/or hair from day to night?”

          For this Beauty Panel challenge, I just wanted to focus on hair. For my daytime look, I show you my go-to  favourite hairstyle … the rope braid. This is a beautiful ‘do with minimal effort involved. It literally takes less than two minutes to do, but it looks like you spent waaaay longer. This style allows you to stay in bed longer in the morning and spend less time trying to get ready — and no one would ever know!

          If you have hair like mine, you can’t tie your hair during the day and then leave your hair down at night. My hair is just too thick & coarse and trying to flat iron the dent from the hair tie is just impossible for me! So…for my night look, I tend to wear my hair up as well. In this video, I show you how to create the popular & trendy top knot bun. Again, another gorgeous hair ‘do that is quick and simple to do.

          Products used:
          L’Oreal Elnett Satin – Lumiere Ultra Strong Hold
          Goody Ouchless Hair Ties
          Sally Beauty Bobby Pins – Meta Grip Premium Bob Pins in Black
          Boar Bristle Brush
          DIY Hair donut (black athletic sock)

          To see how the other Beauty Panellists transition their make-up and/or hair from day to night click here

          How do you transition your hair from day to night?

          Thanks for watching & stay tuned for the next Beauty Panel Challenge!

          My New Favourite Red

          I think I just found my new favourite RED LIPSTICK!

          L’oreal’s ‘Ravishing Red’ is a great way to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe. In my opinion, I think this shade of red is universal and can go with any skin tone!

          So if you want to look sexxxay this holiday season or just want a pop of colour for every day, give this lippy a try!

          L’Oreal products can be found at your local drugstore.