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Gel liners delivered in the form of pencils are all the buzz these days– not a concept I was completely on board with. Why? Well, the reason I gravitate towards gel liners in the first place is to capture the precision of an angled brush paired with the pot of liner. But come to think of it, liquid liner pens are also fabulous for super thin lines and graphic flicks. Continue reading GEL LINER PENS // BENEFIT VS. HOURGLASS



While I’ve got nothing against a good red or pink lip, I think it’s just so overdone for Valentine’s Day. Kind of stumped for a fresh look for V-Day, I decided that a smudgier, smokier look was way sexier than super precise liner and lips (no guy likes seeing a bunch of makeup on a girl). And instead of going for your usual rose and red shades, peach seemed like the perfect compliment to a smokey eye. I guess the idea was a ‘I slept in my makeup but I still look amazing’ type of thing, and here’s how I did it:
Obviously every look looks best with even skin—I used a medium coverage foundation alongside a creamy concealer to hide any blotchiness and spots. Using a creamy, yellow-toned highlighter and my foundation brush, I added some sheen to the tops of my cheekbones, bridge of the nose and eye lids. Finally, to set everything in place, I applied a translucent powder to my entire face.
Some visual inspiration: Beyoncé (obviously) and Arizona.


To bring the warmth back to my face, I used bronzer along my cheekbones, forehead, nose and chin and used a peachy-pink blush on the apples of my cheeks. Using a mix of the bronzer and blush, I applied with a fluffy brush to the creases of my eyes for some definition.
Along my upper, outer lash lines, I applied a matte black shadow with an angle brush, then blended out with my fingers. Continue adding shadow and blending until you get enough definition. I finished with a few coats of mascara to my upper lashes.
Finally for the lips, I dabbed on a soft coral shade with my fingers— no precision or technique here, just a stain.

And voila! A soft, simple look that while doesn’t look like a ton of makeup, brings warmth and dimension to your face and definition to the eyes.

–Anna Raponi


And finally, my third resolution: getting my skin in shape! Hula hoop not included. No, I mean getting my skin as clear as I possibly can. This is sounding super obsessive, but I mean, like, skin is a huge part of self-confidence, at least to me. This kind of came about during the Christmas break, when I’m not so keen on putting on a ton of makeup just to lay around the house. I noticed about a week of minimal makeup that my face was looking way clearer. And come an event in which I had to finally make myself up, I realized just how obvious it was that I had face makeup on. I didn’t look like skin. It looked like makeup, and that annoyed me because my skin under it all was actually looking alright yet I was covering it up. While I can no longer lay around without makeup (school, ugh), I’ve promised to take better care of my skin. And with this resolution, I’ve opted to wear light, light coverage foundation. It’s scarier having less on, I won’t lie, but it’s better for your skin and it’s way less obvious. So let’s get into it already!

I go for Jet Peel treatments every month, as I have been doing for about four months now. Amanda’s praised these before– they essentially clear out your pores, which has benefits for EVERY single skin type. On my acne-prone oily skin, I’ve seen less discolouration and less frequent breakouts. My facialist recommended that I start IPL Photofacials along with the Jet Peels, which I start this weekend. They promise a multitude of results and also speak to many skin concerns as well– my main aim is to get rid of old acne scars and prevent future acne. It’s not a cheap monthly visit, no, but the results are obvious.

Even fancy treatments won’t work if you don’t put in your own effort. I wash twice a day, always, and I follow up with toners, serums, moisturizers, the whole she-bang. I should really do masks more often but considering I always do them right after I wash off my makeup, I’m always to tired and, well, they don’t get done. So moral of the story, with this new years resolution comes the promise to do at least one mask a week–my favourites right now are Boscia’s White Mask, The Body Shop’s Blue Corn Mask, Éminence Clear Skin Mask and the Murad Blackhead Remover. After a mask, I always follow up with Lancôme’s Généfique Serum, just because I feel like it replenishes my skin after a strong mask.

As for makeup, I’ve ditched my beloved MUFE Velvet Mat and opted for Hourglass’ Immaculate foundation. It’s super light coverage, it feels amazing on my skin (you’d think it’s a primer-foundation hybrid) and most importantly, my skin looks like skin when it’s on. For any remaining spots that need covering, I use my Amazing Cosmetics Concealer. Now, I’m aware that this concealer is like the highest coverage concealer in the universe, like industrial strength, but hear me out. I put like a tiny, tiny dot of it on the back of my hand, then I dip my finger in a just a bit of it, then start dabbing it on my hand to get it all off. Then I dab another finger into the dabbed concealer, and only then do I apply it to my face. And I’m sure you’re wondering what the fuck was the point of all that. Well I’ve got some really, really dark acne scars and they’re a pain in the ass to cover. By only using a really thin layer of the product (which I get by said process), I get only the coverage and not so much the thick texture that I think gives that cakey look. Less makeup means better skin and well, it just looks like less makeup.

–Anna Raponi




Immaculate Foundation
Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

The Immaculate Foundation is god-send–the formula feels like a gel moisturizer, the coverage is light but buildable, and it controls oil while looking natural”

Gently Off Eye and Lip Makeup Remover
Liquidlast Liner

“It truly is the blackest liner I’ve ever used”

Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen

“The warmth of this shade is the key to covering the purple hue that naturally shadows my eye, no matter how much sleep I get”

Mat Velvet Foundation

“Medium to full coverage and the ability to keep your hyperactive oil glands at bay”

Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain 

“These things are just as easy to apply as a Nars pencil, and cost about a third of the price. It lasts a good four hours, which is the longest I think any lip product has EVER lasted for me.


La Vie est Belle

“A deep, optimistic mix of iris, patchouli and gourmand. For me, it comes off as very feminine, floral (but not overbearingly so) and a bit mature”


I love it because it makes you seem like you just naturally smell amazing, not like ‘oh, her perfume smells amazing’.


Clear Skin Probiotic Line

“The products have not only done heaps in clearing my skin, but have also faded a lot of the marks from old breakouts” 


Vernis in Love in Grey Lumiere

“When I wore it, I noticed that in some lighting it had a burgundy hue, then in different light it looked a bit like a really dark emerald shade and then sometimes it even had a blueish sheen.”


A red lip can be scary to wear out, and the best advice I can give you is to apply a long-wearing formula and start with super-perfected skin. However we all know very well that this is easier said than done, and this is the perfect time of year to recreate the classic, glamorous red lip look. Hourglass, who really seems to be hitting all the right notes these days, has got the perfect recipe for an easy holiday face that is both long lasting and basically does all of the work for you. 
The Immaculate Foundation is god-send–the formula feels like a gel moisturizer, the coverage is light but buildable, and it controls oil while looking natural, what more could ya ask for?! I apply just using my fingers, working it into the skin and down the neck to neutralize any discolouration or redness. Oh, and this thing has a pump dispenser, which is any makeup-wearers best friend.
Now this is where I was taken aback. The Ambient Lighting Powders were kind of a mystery–I was totally convinced they were highlighters until I was faced with the shade Diffused Light in my very own hands. After some playing around (and a little reading), I can tell you that 1. they aren’t highlighters and 2. you need to get your hands on one (or all) of these compacts! They basically control how light hits your skin, creating your own personal lighting that is most flattering while setting your foundation and/or concealer. Genius! Diffused Light is perfect for the entire face, while Radiant Light would work great along the cheekbones and Mood Light on the apples of the cheeks. It’s almost like some extra coverage that’s got your back no matter which light and is super photogenic.
Now for the film star lip. Don’t psych yourself out before you give me a chance here. This is no doubt the easiest red lip you’ll find. Start will some lip balm (you can also do a little lip liner), then using the flexible wand, apply Icon straight to your pout. This method gives max precision and intense colour, and once it’s dried, it’s not moving. Seriously. Finish with a swipe of mascara, even a feline flick if you’re so inclined and ta-da! You’re ready for the red carpet (or office Christmas party).
–Anna Raponi



I love Jennifer Lawrence–she’s just so blunt and super talented. I was pretty psyched when I saw via Instagram that she had cut her hair to a shoulder-grazing length, very similar to my haircut (pft). And when I saw her beautiful shots for the September issue of Vogue this year, I was totally taken aback by the retro look she was channeling. I love it. So, naturally, I wanted to figure out how to do it (no dogs and flowers included, unfortunately).
Face: Jen (we’re on a first-name basis now) sports a very nude, healthy looking, matte complexion in the spread. If you’re feeling extra special, slather on a pore-filling primer pre-foundation (though not recommended for daily use, it made me break out). Now, your foundation will glide on like butta, so do your whole face and blend well. Jennifer’s face doesn’t look too made up, but she does look luminous. Apply a light-reflecting concealer pen under your eyes to wake you up and on the tops on the cheekbones. Using a medium to full coverage concealer, dab on only where you absolutely need– blemishes, spots, veins, etc. Now I’d give a one over of your face, be it with your fingers or a soft buffing brush, just to make sure everything is blended well. Finish with a translucent powder, applying only to the T-zone to avoid and overly powdered face.
Brows: I wouldn’t touch your brows if you don’t have to. Maybe just a brush through with a spoolie, and fill in any spaces.
Eyes: These are what drew me to her look. She has quite a bit of makeup on her eyes, but it’s not the first thing you notice. I love it. Start by applying a taupe-y cream shadow all over the lid, to create a solid base tone. Now, using a dark brown, semi-matte shadow, make a V-shape (ie. this), pulling it out at the outer corners and blending into the natural crease. Line both the upper and lower lash lines (not to be confused with the waterline) with a matte black pencil, not being too precise. Remember, it’s not a graphic look, it’s meant to be soft. Curl your lashes and swipe on some black volumizing mascara, getting both the upper and lower lashes. Now you’ve got some va-va-voom eyes.
From left to right: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit, Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Mahogany, Yves Saint Laurent Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain in Reckless Pink.

Cheeks: Katniss is sporting some seriously on-trend bronzer-as-blush cheeks. Get the look with a powder bronzer, however go for a product with pink-y tones as well, it will look more natural.
Lips: Lawrence sports a nude pout throughout the spread. Hourglass just came out with a great line of only nude lipstick crayons, so it’s a breeze finding your ideal shade. Smack on some of that along with a pinky-nude gloss and you’re out the door.

Using your hands, comb through your freshly washed, wet hair with both a thickening mousse and a nourishing oil. Blow out with a big round brush (2′ is probably preferable), making loose waves. If you’ve got the knack for it, curl the pieces so that they come towards your face, if you know what I mean. Once dried, comb through with your hands and voila.

Anna Raponi