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DERMABLEND STICK: A LISA ELDRIDGE FAVOURITE

In tune with my acne awareness theme for this week, I come to you with the best acne concealer in the game. Vichy’s Dermablend range is known for their heavy duty results, and while I wouldn’t necessaryily recommend this as a foundation, per say, it makes for the perfect concealer for pimples.

Lisa Eldridge, as usual, discovered and acclaimed this product for it’s high coverage and ability to cover hyper pigmentation and redness. For too long, I was using my under eye concealer as my overall concealer, which resulted in almost highlighted imperfections. Moral of the story; your concealer you use to cover zits, and really anything that isn’t under your eyes should match your foundation.

The combination of this stick‘s coverage, thick texture and easy to apply formula is my best bet when my face just isn’t cooperating. Lisa’s “pinpoint concealing” technique, using a small lip brush and dabbing to blend out edges, gives the best results, but for the sake of how long women actually allot to put their face on in the morning, I prefer the “school-started-five-minutes-ago-and-my-face-is-a-mess” approach and dive right in, lightly dabbing to cover each spot. Set with some powder, you can’t go wrong with this product.

–Anna Raponi

HOW TO: HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR

Do you feel like you keep hearing about contouring and highlighting, but feel like it’s something complicated that when done wrong, can make you end up looking like this?
Don’t fret, we’ve got your back. It’s actually incredibly easy. This isn’t Kardashian-level kontouring, it’s for the everyday girl.
All you need is a bronzer, a fluffy brush, and a highlighter (we like liquid for this, easier to blend). By using a light hand, you can achieve a softly sculpted face with a pretty glow.
Also–no need to buy a new highlighter for this–if you have some white or light gold pearlescent/shimmery shadow hanging around, use it! There are usually one of these shades (or both) in most eyeshadow palettes.
The key to achieving a natural look is to apply in light layers–remember that if there isn’t enough on your face you can always add more.
Now, go on and get your Gisele on.

NEW YEARS RESOLUTION #2 // HULA BABY

Hideous bags make for great exercise equipment!!
J
anuary is kind of a blah month–coming down from the craziness surrounding December, along with the disappointment of all the resolutions you failed to keep, it’s a shitty month to say the least. So instead of promising that I’d hit the gym on the daily, which I don’t think ANYONE can actually keep up, I decided that I’d hula hoop on days that I couldn’t/didn’t want to make the 10 minute walk to the gym (slash get my hair dirty). I was actually inspired from Annie from a video she did for XOVain (she’s also the new writer for Into The Gloss), and considering she’s in enviable shape AND she swears by hula-ing, I thought I’d look into it.

So, if you’re wondering, hula hooping…

  • Tones your abs (enough said)
  • Makes you more coordinated (it was really hard for me at first)
  • Burns fat!!
So, you need to get yourself a hoop! We ain’t talking about the plastic ones you played with at daycare, that’s child’s play. The actual exercise hula hoops are really big and weighted (not by much), and I even invested in little arm hoops to get me some Michelle Obama arms. None of which are super pricey and once you have them you’re set for good.
Now in terms of actually hula-ing, I won’t lie in saying that it’s pretty boring–hula hooping while watching TV is easiest. I go for half an hour in each direction. That’s all there is to it. In terms of arms, its the same idea, just less time.
Annie has a few other tricks in the video but more importantly her body jewels are really cool.
 
–Anna Raponi

VP x AURELIA PROBIOTIC SKINCARE // AUTUMN & WINTER SKINCARE

I’m sure you’ve felt it by now–tight, dry skin. The change in seasons can wreak havoc on your skin, making your summer skincare products redundant, no longer able to quench your skin’s thirst.As soon as September came along, my lighter formulations from the summer were no longer enough. My forehead almost immediately became crepe-y and uncomfortable.The change in seasons doesn’t mean you completely need to overhaul your routine–just change up a few key products: your cleanser and moisturizers. Using a gentler, more hydrating cleanser means that your natural oils won’t be stripped away and using a richer moisturizer packs in even more hydration to fight the dry heat of interiors and the harsh, cold winds.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, a new BioOrganic British brand, has created a line of products that work with the effects of probiotics and botanicals to promote healthy skin by fighting inflammation–the main cause of skin aging. There is no bad stuff in their products–you won’t find chemicals or pore-clogging ingredients here.

Probiotics are the good bacteria that you always hear about in the yogurt commercials; they create a healthy environment for your stomach and help digestion, and can help with eczema and acne among other things. I, myself, take probiotic supplements everyday to help my sensitive/lactose intolerant stomach. There is some new research that shows that since probiotics make for a happy tummy, they might also help to clear skin. The theory is that whatever is going on in your gut will show up on your skin (a.k.a. healthy gut=healthy skin).

Aurelia’s products are lush–the day and night creams are luxuriously silky and beautifully scented (as are all of the products) with bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, neroli, jasmine, plumeria, tuberose, rose, mandarin and rosemary. The aromatic cleanser throughly cleanses the skin, but leaves it feeling soft and supple. For an extra hydrating/anti-aging kick, a few drops of the Cell Repair Night Oil boosts your skin’s ability to repair your skin overnight. The oil can be applied every night under moisturizer for those with dryer skin, or a few nights a week for oilier skin. Essential fatty acids, antioxidants and oils help to fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.

Since starting to use their line, I get less pimples, my skin is clearer, more even-toned and well hydrated.

I’m so glad that Aurelia wanted to work with us on this video, as I love their whole range, and essentially, this video and post allows me to create one big review rather than a bunch of small ones.

In case you’re interested what other products I use in my routines, I’ve listed them here for you:

Morning

Cleanser: Aurelia Miracle Cleanser 

Exfoliating toner: Biologique Recherche P50
Hydrating toner: La Roche Posay Serozinc

Eye cream: Eysilix

Eye serum: Lancôme Advanced Généfique
Face serums: Lancôme Généfique Eye Light Pearl & Hydraluron

Moisturizer: Aurelia Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser

Sunscreen: Kiehl’s

Evening

First cleanse: Ren Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm

Second cleanse: Aurelia Miracle Cleanser 

Exfoliating toner: Biologique Recherche P50
Hydrating toner: La Roche Posay Serozinc

Eye cream: Eysilix

Face oil: Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil

Face seruma: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair & Hydraluron

Moisturizer: Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser

Aurelia’s products are also all available on Net-a-Porter.

I was not compensated for this post, nor did Aurelia provide any payment for this video. I thoroughly love and support Aurelia’s products. I received the products as PR samples. 

VP x CLARINS // 4 LOOKS: AUTUMN LOOK VIDEO TUTORIAL

For our last, signature look with Clarins Graphic Expression line, we created an ‘Autumn Look’ that incorporated the beautiful, camo-green eyeshadow in the palette and the berry-hued Joli Rouge Pink Camellia lipstick. This look has a bit of sparkle to it, and is perfect for back-to-school and Thanksgiving.

Start by applying the BB Cream to your face, and conceal spots and undereye circles with concealer to create a perfect, even complexion. Apply the Graphic Expression powder along the perimeter of your face, down your cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose for a warm, contoured effect.
The eyes and lips are really what make this look. Apply the pale gold eyeshadow from the palette all over the eyelid and browbone (don’t forget the inner corners of your eye!). Then, using a fluffy eyeshadow brush, apply the green shade to the lid. The fluffy brush ensures a lighter application of the shade, not making it too intense. Using your ring finger, dab the pale gold shade on the center of the lid for a brightening effect. Lightly line your low lash line, and line your upper lash line with a slightly heavier hand. Be sure to flip the eyeliner over the blend with the brush. Apply the Be Long mascara and the lipstick, and you’re good to go.

Face:

BB Cream
Instant Concealer
Graphic Expression Face and Blush Powder

Eyes:

Ombre Minérale in Forest
Crayon Khôl in Intense Brown
Be Long Mascara in Black

Lips:

Joli Rouge in Pink Camellia

This is the fourth post in a four part series with Clarins featuring their Fall makeup line, Graphic Expression. I was not compensated for these posts (and I only work with brands I love).Part I: Day
Part II: Evening 
Part III: Nude

BALLERINA MAKEUP // A SHORT FILM BY LISA ELDRIDGE

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You’d be lying if you said you never once dreamed of being a famous ballerina. Even now at the ballet, I fall in love with the beauty and grace of the dancers. And who better than the makeup queen herself Lisa Eldridge to create a whimsical look on principal dancer Roberta Marquez of the Royal Ballet. To call it a tutorial would be lying, it’s a beautifully shot short film. And if after watching you’re regretting giving up the pointe shoes, well, you’re not alone.



–Anna Raponi

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE // VOLUME SESSIONS

With their newly popular Hairdressers Invisible Oil, and their iconic Surf Spray (and matching Shampoo and Conditioner), Bumble and bumble makes effective and simple products to cater to all of your hairstyling needs. However, even for the experienced self-‘coiffeur’, it’s hard to know which products to pick and choose–and how to get the results we want while avoiding using too many and weighing the hair down. Oh, the struggles.
As I was scrolling through my Pinterest dashboard covered in “mason jar juice recipes” (it’s getting old people), I saw these ‘before and after’ shots of some, dare I say, really awesome hair. I clicked through, and discovered the ‘Volume Sessions’ on Bumble and bumble’s site. These super informative videos show you how to create these do’s, mainly using their Thickening line. Watching the products in action is really helpful but also makes me wanna dash to my nearest Sephora to buy them for myself. The tutorials are easy to follow and don’t require that much skill. So pop some popcorn and enjoy the show(s).
Full-Bodied Waves
Really big waves
Defined Waves
Also, a useful guide to backcombing from the site.

–Anna Raponi

A LESSON ON SKINCARE

I’ve had a few people ask me questions about skincare, how to wash their face and what products they should be using. I don’t claim to have all of the answers, I really only know what works best for me (and certainly what doesn’t). I am, however, slightly obsessed with skincare, so I take care of my skin as best as I can with a lot of different products that have different functions (I also try out a TON of products).

Last week, I stumbled upon this great website, Beautymouth, which is written by skincare guru Caroline Hirons. She knows absolutely EVERYTHING about skincare, and as you can imagine I have been devouring her entire site (be sure to read all of her cheat sheets). For those who don’t have a clue about skincare or how they should be washing their face (wipes are NOT okay on the regular), this is a must watch. Not all of the products are carried in Canada, but if you listen to what purpose they serve in a skincare routine, you can always seek out an alternative.

PixiWoo are amazing makeup artists, and they deserve to be checked out as well on YouTube for all of their amazing tutorials.