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So I’m not sure if it was the fact that I had a very long list of things to do on my day off, or if it was the fact that I’m super bored of writing beauty reviews, but this morning I was very inspired to do some crazy nails. Continue reading COMME DES GARÇONS NAIL ART // A DIY


I’m sort of obsessed with the asian beauty culture. And in a pinch, a manga doll is a super easy costume with a makeup look you can pretty much pull off with your pre-existing collection (along with some falsies). Continue reading HALLOWEEN // MANGA DOLL TUTORIAL


Flicked liner is an acquired skill that you’ll only improve at with time and practice. And even for the pros, a few (of like twenty…) Bioderma-soaked Q-tips are a necessity to keep on hand for every application. I’ve streamlined my method into three easy steps, hopefully offering any rookies or even regular wearers some helpful advice for this intimidating endeavour.

Step One

stilaWith your pen, draw an approximately 1.5 cm line in continuation with your bottom lash line, moving outwards, aiming for the very, very point of the ideal end of your brow. Keep the line as thin as possible, cleaning up with your handy-dandy Q-tips if necessary.


Step Two

Line your upper lash line as per usual, going as far into the corners as is most flattering for your face (I typically like to go right into my inner corner. Keep this line thin as well, hugging very closely to the lash line. Smooth out any bumps with your Q-tips.


Step Three

Using the very tip of your liner pen, make a smooth line connecting from a quarters way out from your lash line to about halfway through your flick. Fill in any spaces inside the triangle you’ve just created.

Use the Q-tip to sharpen the final line.


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I’ve tried any and every liner that’s been recommended my way for a feline flick, and I’ve come to the conclusion that Stila’s liquid pen is always my best bet, and probably most of yours. I’ll break it down easy for you; It’s very black. It’s tip is super precise to get right into the roots of your lash line, inner-corners, and to the very thin flick of your cat-eye. It doesn’t wear off throughout the day, even on the oiliest of eye-lids. It never clumps. The pen doesn’t dry out after like three uses. The formula is thin and satiny. An easy winner for me.


I think there are two problems that often hold girls back from using eyebrow pencils or powders:

1)They don’t want to look too manly/have a crazy Frida thing going on

2)The makeup artist at the store has crazy eyebrows and then draws crazy eyebrows on you

So, I say, girls! Go back to the makeup counter. Ask the girl to match your eyebrow colour to a pencil or powder for you (never go darker than your natural colour), wipe off your new crazy eyebrows, buy the product, then go home and play with it.

There is really no reason to have huge, drawn on eyebrows–unless you want to follow the strong brow trend seen on the runway these past weeks (ahem, Cara Delevingne). Around 10 years ago, the trend was to have thinner brows, and a lot of girls overplucked them into thin, short brows. Eyebrow pencils and powders are a great way to regain what you might have lost (if they didn’t grow back).

To get a great brow that frames your face, all you need to do is fill in the gaps that your natural brows have–don’t worry, it can look very natural. Eyebrows are an important part of the face; they bring balance and architecture, so why wouldn’t you want a great brow?

This is really something that is going to be a personal preference. You will need to go home and play with the product until you are happy with your eyebrows, and learn how much product works for your face. The important thing to remember is to have a light hand because you can always build up to a bolder brow. Just enhance what you already have going on.

Recently, I’ve started using Lancome’s Le Crayon Poudre. It is a pencil with a brush on the other end. I draw little lines (against the direction of the hair) in the spaces in my eyebrows and then brush it out throughly to blend the colour. I find it very foolproof and it is long-wearing. Perfect for rookies.

Anna already has a stronger brow, so she finds that all she needs to do is tame them. This is easy to do with an eyebrow gel. Anna prefers Maybelline’s Great Lash Clear Masacara for Eyes and Brows.

Remember, you will always think your brows look super bold after applying any of the product at all because you’re not used to it on your face. Maybe wear it around the house until you feel more comfortable with it, or work your way up!

Some helpful eyebrow videos:

Lisa Eldridge

Charlotte Tilbury



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This past fall, I was sorta obsessed with my abundant and ever-growing collection of lipstick. That’s why when summer rolled around and I had no desire to do any more than lip balm, it was a bit of a sad moment. Even my summer corals and pinks had no appeal to me. Why? Well, makeup in the summertime is already a hassle as it is– I feel like I’m already blotting and powdering by the hour, why add another step in my touch-up regime? That’s why on my recent trip to Paris, I packed one lone red lipstick, knowing that it was probably just wishful thinking.

Red lips are kind of a toughie for me. I always feel way overdone when I pair it with my everyday eye-makeup (liner and mascara), but I still want a little definition on the eyes! Plus I hate to cake on the base products because I just feel like it’s sooo not-chic. Anyways, determined as I was to wear out a red lip, and very inspired by the lack of makeup French girls wear, I think i figured out a modern, light and easy way to wear a red lip for this summer weather.

Starting off with correcting any red tones in my skin (the only red on your face should be on your lips with this look), I do a thin layer of a thin, light-coverage foundation (preferably water-based–I use Maestro from Armani) on my cheeks, nose and chin. I then touch on any blemishes using a high coverage creamy concealer–the Dermablend foundation stick is awesome. I use my fingers to really melt it into the skin and blend onto the rest of the face so it’s undetectable. Then for my violet-hued undereye circles, I dab on a tiny bit of a very orange-toned concealer, which for me is the matching Maestro Eraser. I finish with a thin layer of translucent powder (to beat the heat!)–Dermablend makes an industrial strength one that is literally suitable for everyone.

Onto the eyes, I really went for less is more with this one. I simply did a wash of MAC’s Camel Coat, but any tone slightly darker than your skintone will do. This will add some subtle definition and really give you that Parisienne-cool look. No mascara, no liner, keep calm.

In my opinion, there is literally no occasion in which a strong brow isn’t needed– I fill my in with a slightly darker matte eye-shadow then comb into place with a little hairspray on a spoolie.

Now for the lip. Nothing new here; I start off with a crimson pencil, first outlining the ideal shape of my natural lips, then filling in. Smack your lips together, blot, then onto the lipstick. The key for this look is to create a really long-lasting, worn in red lip that doesn’t really scream “look at me!” but more like “I have my life put together” (this look does not, however, put your life together). I personally think a matte red is my favourite look right now, so I used Military Red by Burberry. Two coats, blotting after each.

I added a little Nars Laguna bronzer and Mistinguette highlighter onto my cheeks for a little definition to finish it all off.

All written out like that, this look doesn’t seem as effortless as it initally felt, but trust me, this really takes five minutes before you’re out the door. And with matte lipsticks, touch up’s are only necessary after eating/drinking (or excessive kissing). So put your neglected lipsticks to use!

–Anna Raponi


Remember that picture?

Right now, the beginning of summer, is the perfect time to go and scare yourself into wearing sunscreen forever and always.

The Vichy Skin Health Centre is back at the Eaton’s Centre this week up until Sunday, June 15th. Located just outside of Forever XXI are some friendly consultants, ready and waiting to provide you will a skin health analysis on your skin type, give you and up close and personal look at your epidermis, hydration levels and take a lovely picture of your UV damage (take notes as to where you are forgetting to apply ‘screen).

With Melanoma higher than ever right now in Canada, it is so important to be thinking about incorporating sunscreen into your daily routine.

So go and get analyzed, pick up some samples and buy yourself a bottle or two of Vichy’s amazing sunscreens.