Exciting news from my friends over at NARS! For Fall 2017 the iconic beauty brand is pleased to announce two new launches! First and for the first time ever, NARS is introducing foundation sticks with the launch of the ‘Velvet Matte Foundation Stick‘. Available in 20 shades, here we have [from top to bottom] Trinidad, Barcelona, Stromboli and Ceylan! I guess they are all named of exotic locations around the world! I personally did a swatch test on my skin of the products and I can’t believe how they literally GLIDE on and are so pigmented which means I will basically be using these as concealers for the most part and blending with liquid foundations because they are soooo creamy! Can always count on NARS for that! Another plus about these foundation sticks, the opposite end of the product is a touch up blending brush head which means you can blend it in with the same tool! #IMSHOOK!! Definitely can’t wait to beat a whole face with this!
The second launch is where “attitude finds artistry” in the new ‘NARS Audacious Collection‘ featuring a total-control ‘Audacious Mascara’ which separates, lengthens and amplifies lashes in rich jewel tones from purple to a reddish brown to a navy (see above) to a black satin.. The collection is also accompanied by six ultra-saturated shades of ‘Audacious’ lipstick high in pigment and full in coverage! I got Vieke and Louise (see above!)
It’s so crazy, every week or two is like a new eye opening experience in the world of make-up for me! If you read a bit of my last post, you’ll now know that I recently learned how to put lashes on.. I have also been learning how to apply eyeshadow, liners, etc.. How to properly contour and all these other crazy amazing things that have really helped evolve the way I not only apply but look at makeup. It really is such an artistry.. Blending, painting, colour matching, enhancing, etc… I have to say this is probably one of my favourite beauty looks to date.. I believe it’s the most refined version of what I normally try to do and with the added touch of the extra voluminous lashes!!! For this face I used:
Last night here in Toronto I had the pleasure of attending the ‘CLUB YSL#YSLBeautyCrew‘ party which I have to say… Was such a blast!!!!!!!!! I was dying because I loved walking into the party and just seeing a sea of all black fashion…… SOOOO YSL😍😍!!!!!!!!! The party was filled wall to wall with so many people, lots of familiar faces and of course, enough champagne to keep everyone hydrated (tough life!!! LOL!)…. I actually had such a dope time turning it up with my friends but I have to say… more importantly FINALLY getting acquainted with YSL beauty products as (I’m ashamed to say) I have never used YSL beauty products before!!! It was my first time ever even trying them this night, and I only tried a couple!!! I actually ended up falling in love with a couple things :)… So obviously with that said I am super excited to get to know the brand a bit better and try some of these goodies and the VIP gift bag….. stay tuned 😉 xx
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of getting up nice and early to have breakfast with Chanel at Toronto’s very own Coco Café, in celebration of the launch of Chanel’s new ROUGE COCO GLOSS! The cafe, which is running from March 1st to 26th, will be offering a variety of on-site activations from Chanel CHANCE “Juice Bar” fragrance consultations a Hydra Beauty “Bubble Bar” that will offer face or hand massages, a Lip Lollipop Bar, a Photo Station a Manicure Bar and Nail Photo Cam as well as Chanel Makeup Master Classes!!! XOJAY
SO if you’ve been following me on insta and snapchat the last few months you will maybe have noticed that I have been realllllly, seriously, getting more and more into make-up!! I mean, it’s always been around and something that I have enjoyed but today I can confidently say that I am now #OBSESSSSSEEEDDDDDD!!!!!.. The last couple of months I’ve been really learning how to not only just wear make-up for a quick fix but how to seriously utilize it and really make things pop, flawless and beautyousssssssss!!!! TO BE HONEST… To this day, when I do my make-up I don’t really know what I am doing, outside applying the basics like foundation and concealer!! I really just have been going with the flow and trying out whatever I got however I think works and this look is no exception!! I used blush as eyeshadow on the eye-lid and under the lower lash-line!!.. I layer my lipsticks… I use bronzer as contour with a kabuki brush!! I just literally… GO with it!!! That being said, I am excited to continue to learn more and more about how to use different products, brushes and what brands really excel for what!! Continue reading for the products I used in this look…. Concealer – MAC Pro Longwar in NW 25 Foundation – MAC Pro Longwear in NW 40 Conealer Layer 2 – NARS Creamy Concealer in Biscuit Contour – MAC Dark Deep Bronzer Bronze & Blend Out Contour – Guerlian Terracotta Bronzer Setting Powder – MAC Prep + Prime Colour Correcting Compact Baking Powder – NARS Loose Powder in Mountain Eyeshadow Layer 1 – Urban Decay Naked Palette 3 Eyeshadow Layer 2 – NYX Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks Palette Blush – NYX Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks Palette Highlighter – Haley Bogaert Face + NYX Cosmetics Strobe Of Genius Eyeliner – Guerlian Black Out Felt Tip Liner Lips – MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy + BareMinerals Matte Lipstick in Weekend
Read a little about this year’s quick & easy Halloween make-up routine!
For Halloween this year I didn’t really do much because…. In all honesty, I had (in my opinion) the most epic costume two years ago and have not been able to top it since so I pretty much feel defeated every year due to the lack of inspiration or idea that could possibly top Michelle Pfeiffer as Cat Woman… That being said, I was on the cusp of LITERALLY not even putting a layer of anything scary on for this years festivities.. BUT.. of course, I couldn’t allow myself to hit that much of a low so I used whatever I had in my drawers and put some faces together, for the Halloween weekend look, I did a more of a cat inspired make up.. On Halloween night I made my attempt at doing a somewhat/kinda pretty glam ghoul skeleton inspired look and quite actually ended up really liking how it turned out.. I ended up using nothing but 2 shades of, Urban Decay’s Naked Palette 3 Eyeshadow, 1 of the colours on the NYX Strobe Of Genius Highlighter Palette and a simple felt tip Guerlian Liquid Eyeliner for the entire face!!! It got the point across but still definitely maintained a pretty vibe which (I guess) made it doable for the night!…
Yes you are reading right! Miss Queen of the Empire, Taraji P. Henson is the newest face to collaborate with MAC cosmetics and you already know I am posting this because I saw that eyeshadow and was like YASSSS QUEEEEEEN!!!! Can’t wait for this! Read the full press release and see the products below!
TARAJI P. HENSON HAS WON THE WORLD OVER WITH HER FEARLESS PERFORMANCES, POWERHOUSE CONFIDENCE, AND CHARISMATIC SPARK. FROM HER FLAWLESS SKIN TO THE QUINTESSENTIAL NUDE LIP AND PERFECTLY DEFINED NOIR EYE, HER NAMESAKE M·A·C COLLECTION IS AS FIERCE AS TARAJI HERSELF.
LIPSTICK Strip Me Down deep tone beige (matte) SRP: $17.00 US/$21.00 CAD MINERALIZE SKINFINISH NATURAL Taraji Glow reddish brown SRP: $33.00 US/$38.00 CAD MINERALIZE SKINFINISH Highlight The Truth soft bronze coral with golden shimmer SRP: $33.00 US/$38.00 CAD HAUTE & NAUGHTY TOO BLACK LASH black SRP: $23.00 US/$28.00 CAD PENULTIMATE EYE LINER Rapidblack true black SRP: $21.00 US/$24.00 CAD BRUSH 187 Duo Fibre Face SRP: $42.00 US/$51.00 CAD
So the other day I had a lovely package come in the mail from NARS! Up until this package arrived I have never worn any Nars products so I am super excited to try out all these beautiful bronzers, concealers and lip colours and especially excited to realllllly teach my self how to use the brushes!! I have never really used brushed for my face before and I technically only started using a beauty blender because my girl Jen put me on them otherwise I still would of been that girl using my fingers lol!!!! In all sincerity (Ramona Singer voice)… I CAN’T wait to get the work with all these goodies!! Stay tuned!!!!
Soleil De Tan Liquid Glow Fluid For Highlight
Perfection Lumiere Long Wear Fluid mixed with
Perfection Lumiere Smooth Effect Makeup For Skin
Correcteur Perfection Concealer For Eyes
Le Blanc De Chanel Illumating Base for Prep and Prime
Les Beiges Blush Stick for Sunkissed Glow
Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder For Contour
I know this is going to sound so ratchet and narcissistic but I can’t even say it any other way…. Whenever I go out I am lucky enough to get so many compliments on my skin, my highlight, contour and overall beauty aesthetic… I take this to heart so deeply because growing up I had quite bad skin… Between the scarring and acne I never thought I would be proud of my skin… Then I discovered make-up…. It’s funny because Chanel’s Correcteur Perfection Concealer was actually one of the first pieces of make-up I ever purchased on my own and used.. I used it to hide the scars on my skin and even out my skin tone.. I also didn’t know the difference between concealer, foundation, etc.. Now.. Some years later I am fortunate enough to be an ambassador for the brand on both the fashion and beauty sides which I absolutely am so humbled to be a part of… That being said.. Yes, I am an ambassador for the brand but I do undeniably use and swear by all of these products.. Make-up (especially from Chanel) has become an extension of me and a coat of armour that allows me to feel like the best version of my self (aesthetically, which may be but I do not see it as being, vein…We should not be ashamed to want to feel and look our best)… To make a long story short… To all the people that have asked what I used and didn’t have the opportunity to write it down or remember what I said.. Here are the quintessential essentials of my beauty regime!
CHANEL reveals its new ad campaign for CHANCE EAU VIVE, the latest in the line of CHANCE fragrances, CHANCE EAU VIVE is the first interpretation created by perfumer Olivier Polge with the CHANEL Fragrance Laboratory.. Pursuing his long-standing collaboration with the House, Jean-Paul Goude has once again used his remarkable creativity and imagination to enrich the fresh and playful world of CHANCE with his touch of fantasy and talent for allegory. To celebrate the arrival of this new fragrance to the CHANCE family, Jean-Paul Goude imagined the story of a bold and strong- willed young woman who wants to be on the CHANCE girls’ team. Looking for fun, friendship and a good challenge, she has to prove that she too can take her chance and win. The scene takes place in an imaginary bowling alley. A young woman grabs a bottle of CHANCE EAU VIVE, and throws it down the lane before the astonished eyes of the other three, who are equally determined to win. Strike! She succeeds and celebrates her win. The four women then take another chance, all together: the group has welcomed its newest member.
CHANCE EAU VIVE is a concentration of energy that overflows from the very first second. Grapefruit, already found in the first CHANCE fragrance, brings a surprising touch of bitterness. Habitually short-lived, here it settles on the skin and seems to pulse with a grapefruit-blood orange accord. Citrus fruits immediately set the fragrance’s fresh and energetic tone. Gradually, one discovers jasmine and white musks, which play a key role in the CHANCE family, before the scent of fresh vetiver takes hold of a cedar-iris accord, like a distant echo of the grapefruit. CHANCE EAU VIVE sweeps you up in a burst, revitalizes and sparks desire. For if chance won’t come to you, then you must simply go find your chance…