{HAUL}: MAC Cosmetics


Pro Longwear Concealer – “NW30”
Concealer that provides a medium to full coverage; claims to last 15 hours

  • I bought this to cover the darkness under my eyes. My foundation is usually “NC42″ but I got “NW30″ to correct and brighten the darkness underneath my eyes. This was highly recommended to me by one of my make-up artist friends. I got a little sample and tested it for a few days and loved the coverage and finish. This concealer did not look drying underneath the eyes and if definitely did not enhance my usually-subtle wrinkles which other concealers have done.

Lipstick – “Russian Red” (matte) & “Ruby Woo”  (retro-matte)
Intense & vibrante blue-red  shade

  • I have wanted both shades for a very long time and couldn’t decide on which shade to get, so I bought both! They both look very similar in the tube, but when I applied, one is more matte than the other and one is more bright in shade.

Pro Longwear Paint Pot – “Soft Ocre”
Long-lasting, pigmented cream shadow

  • I’ve been using “Painterly” Paint Pot for years. But noticed that it’s sometimes too light for my clients. I have always wanted to try “Soft Ocre” as it’s a bit darker and more yellow. I use this as an eye primer to act as a good base before applying eye shadow.

Can’t wait to use these products! Have you tried any of these?

{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} How Would You Wear a Statement Lip?

Bold statement lips are huge this season, but a unique way to sport this spring/summer trend is to wear an ombré lip. We have ombré hair and ombré nails, who said ombré lips can’t join the party?
The lip look I’m wearing today is a wearable ombré lip: a dark pink colour on the outer edge of my lips gradually fade to a lighter pink towards the center. Not only is this lip cool-looking, it also gives an effect of fuller lips. (Ssshh! A best kept secret!)

One of my tips for making this look long-lasting is to use lip liners or matte lipsticks. An alternative is to dab a tiny bit of powder over your lips to increase the staying power.

{Products used}: 

  • Annabelle Twist Up in “Kinky Pink” 
  • M.A.C lipstick in “Angel”
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    {Beauty Panel} How to Apply Bronzer

    What do Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Lauren Conrad, and Jessica Alba all have in common? They all have a sun-kissed glow. Yes, they could have gone on vacation to Bali, Tahiti, or maybe just stepped outside their backyard to soak up some sun. But as we all may know, their signature look had the added touch of a bronzer a healthy way of adding a hint of sun without the harsh sun rays.

    Not only do bronzers create a beautiful glow, but it is also great for contouring to make certain features slimmer (face or nose) or to help certain features stand out (cheek bones).
    Because my skin tends to get a bit oily, I prefer using powder bronzers. My current fave is a popular one, “Hoola” by Benefit. Other bronzers on my rotation list are NARS “Laguna”and MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in “Dark”. All of these bronzers are matte and not very orange as looking like a shimmery Oompa Loompa is not very flattering.
    My skin is pretty tanned as it is. I like to add bronzer more for contouring my face, or shall I say my babyface (oh these cheeks!). Applying the bronzer with an angled contour powder brush or a small blush brush is my favourite tool to use.  Here I’m using a contour powder brush from Royal & Langnickel (BE13). 


    •  Choose a matte shade that is a shade or two darker than your natural skin colour.
    •  Suck in your cheeks to feel the hallow of your cheeks. This is where you should apply your bronzer to give your cheeks a slimmer look.
    • The angle of the application should be from the top of your ear to the corner of your mouth use a brush handle or pencil as a guideline to create this angle. Begin the application from the top (close to your hair line) towards your mouth but stop once you reach the iris of your eye. You don’t want to make the bronzer strip way too long or else you lose the effect of contouring.
    • Don’t forget to always blend as you don’t want it to look like you have a bacon strip on your face!
    • Whenever you contour, you must always highlight. I like using “Soft And Gentle” by MAC.
    • In between the highlight and contour is where the blush should be applied.
    • You may also apply bronzer where the sun would naturally hit your face (forehead, jaw line, etc.)

    {Products used}:  

    • Benefit “Hoola” 
    • M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Soft And Gentle” 
    • M.A.C Blush in “Dainty”

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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: www.people.com]

    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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      {Beauty Panel} 90s Beauty Make-up is Back! What 90s make-up trend would you try?

      When I think of 1990s makeup, I think of Brenda Walsh from the original 90210, Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell, and Daisy (Neve Campbell) from Catwalk— all beautiful women! (Did I just reveal my age?) This week’s inspiration is a bit of Brenda and Daisy mixed together: sexy and sultry with a blend of grunge.

      What makes this look? Soft smoky brown eyes and deep red wine lips.

      Part of the 1990s beauty trend this season is a focus on the lower lash line. So grab your favourite neutral eye shadow palette—one of my favourites is the Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone palette. It’s very pigmented and super affordable!

      After you apply eye shadow on your lids:

      1. Take a dark brown eye shadow with an eye liner brush and apply it to your lower lash line. Concentrate the colour closest to your lash line and then blend down diffusing the colour.

      2. Take a lighter brown eye shadow and apply it slightly under your lower lash line. This will help achieve the gradient smoky affect, going from dark to light.

      3. To keep this ’90s look modern, add a lighter colour on the inner corner of your eye to brighten up the look.

      4. Apply your favourite mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

      If you want to go a step further with the 1990s beauty trend, add a wine-coloured lipstick. This was definitely a staple in Brenda Walsh’s purse!

      {Products used}



      • Nars Firming Foundation in “Syracuse” 
      • CoverFX Matte Powder 
      • M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Dark”
      • Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow Pencil in “22E”
      • Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone Palette
      • Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in “72 Brown” 
      • Annabelle Expandable Mascara
      • Elizabeth Arden Shadow “Fawn 02” 
      • M.A.C Lipstick in “Destined”

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      {Beauty Panel} The “No Make-up” Make-up Look

      I have exciting news!

      I have been asked to be a part of www.fashionmagazine.com‘s Beauty Panel team which launched on March 7, 2013!

      What is the Beauty Panel?

      It’s a team of Canadian Beauty Bloggers who answer questions about make-up, hair, and nail polish!

      The first question is: 


      Mine is what I call, the “No Make-up” make-up look!
      A look that is very natural, easy-to-do, and presentable for a day in the office

      To see the actual post on www.fashionmagazine.com click here

      Products used:

      Moisturizer – Embryolisse – Lait Crème Concentrè

      Foundation – NARS Firming Foundation in Syracuse
      Concealer – MAC Select Moisturecover in NW30
      Powder –  MAKE-UP FOREVER HD Microfinish Powder (set under-eye concealer) & MAC Blot Powder in Dark (face)
      Bronzer – Annabelle Perfect Bronze in Sun Goddess
      Blush – MAC in Gingerly


      Primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
      Eyeshadow – MAC Malt and Shroom
      Eyeliner – Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in Brown
      Mascara – MARCELLE Power Volume Mascara in Black


      Lip balm – Aveeno Essential Moisture Lip Conditioner in SPF
      Lipstick – Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Voluptè SPF 15 in Beige Ultimate (#3)

      To see entries from the other beauty bloggers on Beauty Panel, click here

      What is your everyday make-up look?

      MAC Pro’s Body Painting Event

      MAC held a body painting cocktail event on Tuesday, October 23rd at the pro store on Queen St. W. in Toronto. It was an evening full of MAC Pro Members and their guests, MAC artists, cocktails and an almost nude male model (did I get your attention? :P). MAC couldn’t have chosen the perfect time to promote their Acrylic Paints … right before Hallowe’en!

      Mac Pro Acrylic Paints (missing in photo: white)

       Mac Pro Acrylic Paints come in 10 vibrant colours.

      Pure Red
      Rich Purple
      Landscape Green
      Primary Yellow
      Genuine Orange
      Marine Ultra (blue)
      Black Black
      Process Magenta (pink)
      Pure White
      Hi-Def Cyan (light blue)

      There was a mannequin at the event where the guests could get a feel for the Acrylic Paints by “Painting by Number”. Just like we were kids, there were numbers assigned for each colour. We grabbed the corresponding colour and painted away!

      Here I am painting two petals green:

      I made my way around to speak to various MAC Artists. I’m not so familiar with body painting so I wanted to pick their brains!

      Tips I learned from the MAC Artists at this event:

      • To prevent the products from drying and oxidizing, pour a bit of the paint onto a palette or plate and put the cover back on the container.
      • Don’t use expensive brushes when painting with these MAC Pro Acrylic Paints. 
      •  Use an oil-based brush cleaner to clean the brushes.
      • You can mix colours to create your desired colour. You can also do some fading/shading while the paint is wet.

      Here is one of the MAC artists showing me how to shade the acrylic paints:

      The MAC Artists told me these Acrylic Paints don’t fade. The colour stays vibrant throughout the day and it doesn’t transfer or smear!

      I just had to put it to the test when I got home:

      They were right!

      I would highly recommend this product for creative photoshoots and for the everyday woman who wants a black liner to last all day. This would also be perfect for your wedding day!

      Before I go, I just want to leave you with this:

      Uhhh-huh! I wasn’t exaggerating when I mentioned “an almost nude male model”! LOL

      Happy Painting!

      Vicious Vamp

      Model: sister
       *Just worked on top of her existing make-up
      Products used:
       Eyes – MAC Blactrack, Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Yeyo (white), false lashes (from IMATS)
      Brows – Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Zero (black)
      Lips – Annabelle lip liner in Medoc, Annabelle lipstick in Vino (discontinued), Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Zero (black), Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Yeyo (white)
      Contour – Lise Watier Portfolio Palettes in light & dark
      Blush – Annabelle lipstick in Vino
      As you may have noticed in the product list above, I used some products for multiple things.
      For example:
      Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Zero (black) – I used this to define/contour the outer edges of the lips. I also used this lightly on the brows. My sister’s brows are naturally very dark and coarse, but for this look,  I wanted to make it slightly more defined.
      Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Yeyo (white) – I used it on the lower lash line. I also applied a tiny bit in the centre of the lips to highlight and make the lips more full and defined.
      Annabelle lipstick in Vino – Not only did I use this on the lips, but I used it as blush for the cheeks.
      Don’t be afraid to play around with your make-up and make the products multi-purpose! 
      (The only thing you should be careful with is putting products in your eyes that you aren’t supposed to. :P)

      Happy playing!

      Close-up taken on my iPhone:

      LOTD – Made With Love {MAC}

      Today I wanted to go for something a little bright, but not too intense.

      I opted for “Made With Love” by MAC which is a coralish-pink colour. It is a lustre finish which is somewhat sheer and gives a slight gloss or “wet” look.

      See how it’s still a bit sheer?

      This is great for those who want to venture into wearing bright, colourful lipsticks but are still a bit scared.

      TIP: If you want a more sublte look, apply the lipstick by dabbing it on your lips. Then take your clean finger to distribute the lipstick evenly on your lips and cover any missed areas.