Buying cosmetics – you either love it or hate it.
There are so many products/brands to choose from – it can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you are looking for.
So, we want to start doing more product reviews on the blog. Hopefully by sharing products we’ve tried or use and love might make a trip to the cosmetic aisle a little easier.
If you’re short on time in the morning and only have time to do one thing – pick mascara. It will make your eyes pop and make your lashes look fuller. Plus if you’re not a makeup person – this is a safe choice because it is easy to apply and understated.
I have been using They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara by Benefit for over a year. It has now replaced the other mascaras in my makeup drawer for everyday use. It’s a little pricey but totally worth it.
I use the color Beyond Black but it also comes in Beyond Brown and Beyond Blue.
Why do I like it?
It doesn’t rub off during the day, it makes my lashes look thicker and it doesn’t irritate my eyes, which my last mascara did. I also love the brush – it doesn’t clump the mascara, the bristles separate my lashes nicely and you can use the tip of to get at the tiniest little lashes that are difficult to get at. It’s quick and easy to use. No fuss and no muss.
How do you apply it?
First I use my lash curler to set the shape. Then I apply the mascara starting at the base of the lash – holding the brush lengthwise – wriggling the brush up and away. When I want to play up my eyes even more, I fan out the corner of my lashes with the tip of the brush.
Where can you get it?
Sephora at Bayshore Shopping Centre
I got the idea for this post from my friend Mary Ciancibello, after I saw a fashion collage she posted in honour of the opening of the Ottawa Lebanese Festival this week.
When you think of fashion powerhouses, traditionally most people think of Europe – Italy, France and England. But if you look at the red carpet and fashion runways, new leaders are emerging. Lebanon has quickly positioned itself as a leader in the fashion industry.
Here is a mini spotlight on some of Hollywood’s favorite Lebanese designers, as well as, some talented Lebanese Canadian ladies from Ottawa with their own emerging fashion voices.
Reem Acra was born in Beirut, Lebanon, she is known for her bridal gowns and ready-to-wear collection. She’s known for her design detail and unique tailoring.
Zuhair Murad was born in Beruit and is a Hollywood favorite. I love his gowns and stunning beaded designs – he definitely knows how to dress a women’s body.
Although DM Stylist started off in Ottawa, this September they will be relocating their services to the Middle East. Donna and May inspire creativity in everything they do – I am so happy for them and can’t wait to see them spread their magic.
Mary is a Professional Wardrobe Consultant, she was born with a love for fashion and beauty and believes that when it comes to fashion, looking your best leads to greater confidence.
Julienne Styles is a jack of all trades – fashion, beauty, music – she does it all. She is fierce, passionate, dedicated and ambitious and is set to make her mark on the fashion world with her unique style.
North American Trend Vision Awards
Las Vegas, Nevada
Click here to watch it live!
“When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that’s when passion is born.”
We have all heard the saying pay it forward but what about passion forward? An expression for describing the result of being inspired by someone who loves what they do.
Passion forward is what I think of when I watch the Trend Vision Awards.
The Wella Professionals TrendVision Awards is one of the most prestigious events in the hair industry. It allows hairdressers the opportunity to think outside the box by offering creative freedom and a platform to showcase their work to the industry and their peers.
TrendVision brings the craft of hairdressing to life in a completely different way. I think when people hear the words “hair competition” they automatically think Hair Wars. But this competition is not like that at all. Think of it like fashion – haute couture versus ready to wear. Hairdressers are artists just like fashion designers. For the most part ready to wear is what they do everyday – this competition is an outlet to allow them to use artistic freedom and create amazing walking art with cut and color.
Last year we interviewed Hannah Currie, a Hairdresser/Make-up Artist from Texture Hair Salon in Ottawa. When I asked her about her experience at the 2013 North American Trend Vision Awards, she had this to say:
“The experience was absolutely amazing. It really opened my eyes as to what the possibilities are in this line of work and it most certainly fueled my fire!”
When you watch the stylists come out with their models you can see the pride and passion in their eyes. This is not just a career for them it’s a lifestyle and a passion.
I’ve written several posts on this competition and watched it live online and every year the atmosphere is electric. I think that anyone watching it would be inspired by the hairdressers enthusiasm and fiery passion.
In order for professions to stand the test of time, they need to evolve with societal, economic, cultural and technological changes. But, they also need to offer creative outlets to inspire and motivate people to be better and like Hannah said “fuel (their) fire.”
Passion forward – it will be everywhere you look at the North American TrendVision Awards this weekend in Vegas.
Good luck to all the competitors – we’ll be watching!
2015 North American Trend Vision Award Finalists – USA
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
Color Vision Finalist
Brenton Lee Salon
Young Talent Finalist
Union Salon South
2015 North American Trend Vision Award Finalists – Canada
“Once something is a passion, the motivation is there.”
Color Vision Finalist
Texture Hair Salon
Young Talent Finalist
Ziad Sami El-Zoor
Texture Hair Salon
The more you give, the more you live.
We love a company that keeps you fashionable and gives back.
TOMS is more than a company it’s a movement.
What TOMS has set out to do is AMAZING! Check out their story – it’s truly remarkable.
The One for One company
For every pair of TOMS shoes purchased, TOMS provides a new pair of shoes to a child in need.
In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One®.
For every pair of TOMS eyewear purchased, TOMS helps restore sight to people in need.
Realizing that One for One could serve other global needs, Blake launched TOMS Eyewear in 2011 to help restore sight to persons in need with every purchase of sunglasses and optical frames. In 2014, TOMS Roasting Co. launched with the mission to provide clean water to developing communities with the purchase of premium coffee.
For every TOMS bag purchased, TOMS will help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need.
The most recent TOMS give is tied into the TOMS Bag Collection, which launched in early 2015, and helps provide safe births to mothers and babies in need through skilled birth attendant training and birth kits.
This is one of my makeup must haves – I have been using it for a few years and I love, love, love it.
Mineral Tint Moisturizer by TIGI Cosmetics.
It gives your skin a fabulous beach glow without the risk of skin damage. It literally looks like you’ve been on vacation somewhere sunny.
It comes in three shades: Cameo Glow, Natural Glow, Beach Glow.
You get three products in one – foundation, suncreen, and antioxidant lotion. It feels light and smooth on your skin and gives you an even skin tone. It’s oil free so it isn’t greasy – which is a problem with some of the bronzers I have tried in the past.
A little goes a long way with this product. I apply a small amount to my nose, cheeks, and forehead – the I blend, blend, blend. You can use a sponge if you want but I use the tips of my fingers. Just make sure your hands are clean.
Simply way to update your wardrobe heading into Summer – a fab statement necklace.
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