Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bat Those Lashes!

The easiest way to make any look glamourous? Glitter and lashes! Here's an easy look that's simple and fun for the holidays!

(The eyes were super sparkly, but didn't pick up in the photo's very well, sorry!)

1 Apply foundation all over and concealer in areas of concern. Set with an illuminating powder to maintain the look of glowing skin.
2 Blend a sheer golden bronze blusher or bronzer onto the apples of the cheeks, back through the cheekbones, around the sides of the hairline, and touch the nose and chin. This sheer wash of glistening colour will give the skin a healthy, glowing look!
Apply gold glitter all over the lid from the lash line up to the brow bone.
4 Line your upper lash line generously with a black cream, cake, or liquid liner and extend the end into a dramatic flick.
5 Lightly coat your lashes with mascara before applying a pair or long and thick, wispy lashes for lots of drama!
6 For a more sultry look, apply a deep gold pencil liner onto the waterline (inside of the eye).
7 Lightly coat the lips with a sheer pinky gloss for a more natural look... or go glam with a bright glossy red!

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Products Used:
Diorskin Airflash Foundation
Givenchy Mr. Light Concealer
Stila Illuminating Powder
Bare Minerals Healthy Radiance
Sephora Collection Retractable Brow Pencil '04'
Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre Drops
Laura Mercier Cake Eyeliner 'Black'
Burberry Volumizing Mascara
Velour Mink Lashes 'Naughty Me'
Laura Mercier Kohl Eyeliner 'Black Gold'
Bare Minerals Lip Gloss '7 Layer Cake'

xo candice

Thursday, December 8, 2011

My November Favourites

This past month I've been loooovvvinggg my YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Mascara! This is a ridiculously expensive mascara... especially when you're throwing it out 3 months later... but ohhh how I love it! Not only is the packaging super chic and sexy, it leaves me with full, feathery, non clumpy lashes!

I've also been trying to feed my thirsty skin with the Dior HydraLife Pro-Youth Hydrating Serum this month and I hate that I love this stuff! It feels and smells so good but it's super pricey! I've been using it every night and really enjoying it... my skin feels so silky after I put this amazing serum on!

Lasty, I'm making up for my favourite splurges with this amazing toner from Clarins! I love the alcohol free toners from Clarins because not only do they all have great ingredients, they have a really awesome gel-like texture that feels so good on the skin! The one I've been using is the Clarins Daily Energizer Wake-Up Booster and it's only $15! If you've been looking for a good toner lately... please check out the Clarins selection... I guarantee you're going to love em'!

xo candice
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I wore this fun look to my 'Winter Wonderland' themed holiday meeting at work! By the time I took these pictures I'd already been running around for 7 hours so it's sadly a bit faded. The inner corner highlight was much stronger and the entire look was much more glittery than it photographed!

AAANnnyyway! Sorry I've been MIA, the holiday season is busy busy busy! Hope you guys enjoy this look!


1 Pat an eyeshadow primer all over the lid.
2 Peel off the eyeshadow sticker and line it up with your lash line. Hold the far sides down with your thumb and index finger and use your other hand to rub and smooth the back of the sticker to transfer the design.
3 When removed, you will see the design and feel that the shadow feels very sticky and creamy. Try to keep your eye as closed as possible so that you don't smear the snowflake design! Use a stiff brush or you finger to soften the edges.
4 Apply a translucent powder on top of the snow flake to set it into place. Press an iridescent blue shadow all over the lid starting 2/3's of the way in. Wrap it around the lower lash line as well. Make sure you use a small brush around the intricate design of the snowflakes!
5 Press a light blue iridescent shadow on the first third of the lid and a frosty duo chrome white/green on the inner corners of the eyes. Use this duo chrome eyeshadow to soften the edges all around your blue eyeshadow (top and bottom) and to highlight the brow to make the whole look glow! I brought this colour down onto my cheekbones as well to tie the whole look together!
6 Pat a fine, light blue glitter all over the lid.
7 Define the outer corner of the upper lash line with a thin line of black liquid or gel liner and apply lots of mascara to the upper lashes!

Products Used:
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder
Dior Universal Brow Styler
Two Faced Shadow Insurance
ColorOn Eye Envy Winter Sticker
Urban Decay Eyeshadow 'Radiam'
L.A. Colours Private Eye Eyeshadow Palette (light frosty blue)
Naked Cosmetics Pigment 'Ivory Stack IV-05'
Makeup Forever Diamond Powder 'Blue'
Sephora Collection Liquid Liner
YSL Mascara

xo candice
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

IMATS Makeup

I had an awesome time at IMATS this past weekend and thought I'd share with you guys the makeup that I wore! I wore all black with silver accessories and decided to really go for it with bright pinks and bold shapes for my makeup! Hope you guys enjoy it!

1 Apply shadow primer all over the lid and then apply a cream colour in the shape you want on the lid as a base. We're going to be using strong colours and glitter that could have a lot of fall out so doing the eyes first will make clean up a lot easier.
2 Press a hot pink shadow in a winged shape on top of your cream base. 
Apply glitter in a complimentary shade on top of the shadow to make it super sparkly!
5 Use a cream, liquid or cake liner to trace a long the upper lash line and around the winged shape you created. Take your time and work in small strokes to perfect your lines.
Apply a light coat of mascara before applying full feathery lashes to the upper lash line.
7 Clean up any fallen shadow or glitter under the eyes and on the cheeks with makeup remover before applying your foundation all over and concealer in area's of concern. Set with a translucent powder.
8Buff a bronzer through the backs of the cheeks, temples and hairline to warm up the complexion and contour the face.
9 Pop a bright pink blush high on the apples of the cheeks.
10 Finish by applying a bubble gum pink lip gloss to the lips to keep with the monochromatic theme of pink pink pink!

Products Used:
Cover FX Cream Foundation
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Fresh Face Luster Powder
Dior Brow Styler
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Colour 'Quickie'
Two Faced Shadow Insurance
Makeup Forever Flash Colour 'Pink and White'
120 Palette 'Hot Pink'
Two Faced Glitter Glue
Michaels Pink Glitter
Laura Mercier Cake Eyeliner 'Black'
Lancome Hypnose Mascara
MAC Lashes 43
Nars Lipgloss 'Angelika'

xo candice

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Adorned Rockstar Eyes!

Here's a cool look I created inspired by Jessie J! I decided to through my own twist on it by adding edgy rhinestones!

1 Apply foundation all over and concealer in areas of concern. Set with a translucent powder.
2 Buff a matte bronzer on the apples of the cheeks and back through to the temples and hairline. This look focuses on the eyes and lips so keep the cheeks quite neutral.
3 Pat eyeshadow primer all over the lid and then sweep a neutral eyeshadow similar to your skin tone all over the lid as a base to help your dark shadows blend easily.
4 Press a black shadow onto the outer corner of the eye and blend it across the lid three quarters of the way in. Connect the black shadow on the outer corner of the eye and bring it tight along the lower lash line. Pressing the shadow onto the lid means stronger colour pay off and less fall out.
5 Blend a warm brown shadow into the crease to warm up the very cool tones you have been using thus far.
6 Use your nude matte shadow to blend around all of the edges of your shadow to create a smooth gradation of colour and perfectly blended edges.
7 Rim your upper and lower waterline (inside the eye) with a black pencil making sure to wrap around through your inner corners. Lightly coat your upper lashes with mascara.
8 Use a black liquid liner to draw small dots (getting larger toward the outside of the eye) along the lower lashline.
9 Use eyelash adhesive to glue small black rhinestones along the upper lashline. Dot black liquid liner close to the inner corner of the eye.
10 Apply false lashes by waiting for the glue to dry for 30 seconds before placing the lash in the centre and then tucking in your edges.
11 Apply a rich red lip colour to the lips to finish it all off!

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Products Used:
Lancome Absolue Foundation
Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
Fresh Face Lust Powder
Nars Multiple Bronzer 'Cap Vert'
Dior Universal Brow Styler
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Two Faced Eyeshadow 'Heaven' (Nude)
L.A. Colours Eyeshadow 'Black'
Urban Decay Eyeshadow 'Buck' (Warm Brown)
Sephora Collection Liquid Liner 'Black'
Lancome Hypnose Mascara
Mac Falsies #43
Makeup Forever Strass Rhinestones '12 Black'
Duo Lash Adhesive
Bare Essentuals Pretty Amazing Lip Colour 'Strength'

xo candice
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

October Favourites!

I don't think I had a favourites post for September, but I was busy and didn't really feel like I had anything special to share with you guys... But here we are now (a few days late) with my favourite products for the month of October!

I have never experienced such dry, flaky, and peeling skin like I have this past month after I got back (more burnt than I realized) from vacation. No matter what moisturizers and exfoliators I used I could not get rid of this horrifying texture! Introducing Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Exotic Body Scrub. Packed full of amazingness like vitamin C, paraguayan sugar, grapefruit, orange, honey, shea butter and more, it exfoliates gently and effectively and hydrates like nobody's business! I love the texture because it uses small granules of sugar and the oils have been mixed in a way that makes the consistency of this scrub more like a paste unlike traditional sugar scrubs where the sugar and the oil are so separated that you end up loosing half the grains on the shower floor. It smells sweet and citrusy, leaves your skin feeling super luxurious, and at a whopping $78 is completely worth it because not only is it a complete pleasure to use, the tub is huge which will last you forever, and it was the only thing that rescued my skin from the dry flaky mess that it was!

As many of you know, I'm a little bit brow crazy and this month I've been crazy obsessed with the Dior Universal Brow Pencil because not only is it the perfect shade of taupe brown, it's stiff, easy to use, has a built in brow comb, and allows me to get a super light and natural look or a dramatic angular and edgy look depending on how I'm feel that day!

I used to use the Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Gel years ago and have found myself using it once again as a staple in my skin care routine. This product has all kinds of great ingredients in it to help with skin texture, discolouration, breakouts, pores, fine lines, radiance, a balance of oily and dry zones, and antioxidant protection! If you're sensitive you may want to ween yourself onto this product because it uses possibly irritating ingredients such as retinol, glycolic and salycilic acids... But it also has great soothing properties like pomegranate, aloe, grape seed, and evening primrose!

And last but not least I have also rediscovered my love for Nars' Laguna Bronzer! I love the way this true golden brown bronzer makes my skin look healthy and glowy in the most natural way! Mine is currently sitting as a crumbly broken mess but I'm still going to use it until I repurchase it (which is saying a lot)!

xo candice

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Zombies... Eat Flesh!

Here's a fun break from the pretty looks for everyone! This look uses basic techniques to create an effective zombie character great for Halloween!
Hope you guys enjoy it!

1 Apply a layer of liquid latex (or lash glue) in various areas on the face and let dry. You will come back to these areas later to create texture on the skin. You can also use your liquid latex with tissue or cotton to create raised wounds and scars by simply layering the liquid latex and cotton a few times on top of one another. You can then leave it how it is or carefully poke it open and peel up the edges in different spots (this is what I did for the skin on my forehead). Remember to avoid any hair when using liquid latex or else it will be very painful to remove.
2 Use various cream colours (cool browns, blues and greens) to accentuate the hollows of your cheeks and around your eyes. You can also use powders to add depth and dimension to the skin... making it look old, dirty and weathered.
3 Rub the areas you applied the layers of liquid latex earlier to break them apart and create something that starts to look like small holes. This is a really quick and easy way to make effective texture on the skin.
4 Use colours like red and purple as a base in the areas you want blood, bruising and wounds.
5 Add fake blood to your wounds using a q tip. Be sure to choose a dark blood or aged/dry blood for the most realistic effect! And remember to take it easy on the blood as well... sometimes blood can cover up all the details you worked so hard at earlier and can start to make your design sloppy and unrealistic.
6 Remember to add makeup to areas like your eyelids, brows, lips, neck, and into your hairline! Paying attention to small details like this is what will really set your look apart.
7 Stain your teeth with a professional tooth stain in browns and blacks (you can also use food colouring or gel icing but it will fade very quickly)!
8 Tease your hair and scruff it up. I applied a tinted dry shampoo to the roots to make them look a little dusty and applied a hair oil to the ends to make them look piece-y (which was a great conditioning treatment at the same time)!
9 Remember the more random the better... have fun and be creative with this type of look... anything goes!

Products Used:
Liquid Latex
Ben Nye Bruise Wheel
Neutral Eyeshadow Palette
Cotton Ball
Ben Nye Tooth Colour (Black and Decay)
Ben Nye Fresh Scab
Cake Dry Shampoo (Light)
Alterna Kendi Oils

xo candice
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Some of my favourite Halloween looks are masks because there are so many endless possibilities for your designs! I hope you enjoy this how-to on my teal mask inspired by the peacock feather!

1 Use a glue stick to block out your brows. Take your time and make sure the hairs lay flat.
2 Apply foundation all over and concealer in areas of concern before setting with a translucent powder. Alternate layers of concealer and powder until you have fully covered the colour of your brows.
3 Buff a matte pink blush onto the apples of the cheeks. I chose matte because the mask will have lots of iridescence and sparkle and I wanted a balanced look.
4 Use a white eyeliner pencil to map out the shape of your mask and then fill it in with a green face paint or cream product to enhance the colour of the shadows you place on top.
5 Shade around the edges of the mask with a black eyeshadow. You can use a powder similar to your skin tone to help blend the colour.
6 Fill in your mask with a medium toned green shadow, shade the outer edges with a dark green, and highlight the centre points with a light green for lots of dimension.
7 Use eyelash adhesive to glue down your peacock feather and hide the seam with a jewel. Glue rhinestones around the edges of your mask in complimentary colours as a border.
8 Pat an eyeshadow primer all over the lid before applying a medium toned green shadow from lash line to crease. Blend a dark green eyeshadow on the outer corners of the upper and lower lash line and a light green eyeshadow on the inner corners.
9 Line the inner rim of the eye with a black eyeliner pencil and lightly coat your lashes with mascara before applying flasies. To apply false lashes rim the spine of the lash with glue and wait 30-40 seconds before placing the lash in the centre of the eye and then tucking in your inner and outer corners.
10 Pink shades really compliment greens so finish your look with a sheer pink lip gloss!

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Products Used:
Glue Stick
Makeup Forever HD Foundation
Cover FX Concealer
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
Nars Eyeliner Pencil 'Iceberg'
MAC Beauty Powder 'Oh So Fair!'
Kryolan Aquacolour Palette (Green)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow 'Perversion' (Black)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow 'Haight' (Light teal)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow 'Loaded' (Dark teal/green)
Two Faced Eyeshadow 'Moon Beam' (Light green)
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner 'Zero'
Sugar Lashes
Duo Lash Adhesive
Peacock FeatherMAC Beauty Powder 'Oh So Fair!'
Laura Mercier Lip Glace 'Baby Doll'

xo candice
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Flower Power!

Here's a cute face paint inspired by flowers that I wore earlier this week. It's a cute and pretty design that I hope you guys enjoy!

1 Apply foundation all over and concealer in areas of concern. Set with a translucent powder.
2 Buff a pink blush in the shape of an 'S' across your face to act as your background colour.
3 Using a white face paint put down the shapes of your petals. Shade the insides of your flower petals with a pink paint and finish the centres with a red dot.
4 Use your red paint to draw the wings of your butterflies and shade the wings with a pink paint. Finish your butterflies by drawing a body and antenna with a black liquid liner.
5 Add detail to the design by adding red and white dots in various sizes and small rhinestones in the centres of the flowers.
6 Use your pink paint to line the upper lash line and add a light coat of black mascara to define the eyes.
7 Finish your look by applying a bright bubblegum pink lip gloss!

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Products Used:
Kryolan Aquacolour Palette (white and red)
Makeup Forever HD Foundation '120'
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage 'SC-01'
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
Dior Universal Brow Styler
Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara
Nars Blush 'Amore'
Sephora Collection Liquid Liner
Nars Lipgloss 'Angelika'

xo candice
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Eye Of The Tiger!

Here's a look I did last year for Halloween Week at work on our animal themed day! I had a lot of fun doing this look and it was the first time I really stepped into a more in depth face painting!

1 Using an orange face paint and sponge, bounce the colour onto the apples of your cheeks, back through the hollow of the cheek, the temple, and sides of the forehead above the brow.
2 Stipple a yellow face paint onto highlighted areas like the tops of your cheekbones, brow bone, centre of the forehead, and between the eyes on the bridge of the nose.
3 Use a black cream, liquid, cake liner, or face paint to draw your tiger stripes on the forehead and cheekbones by saturating your brush with paint, laying it down, and wiggling slightly before ending in a point. Do as many or as little stripes as you want. I like to do an odd number of stripes.
4 Use your black paint to draw the tigers nose by starting low under the tip of your nose, filling in underneath and hooping slightly around the tips and sides of the nostrils. Also draw two lines on either side of the mouth, outline the lower lip, and draw two curvy triangles on the sides of the mouth for teeth.
Apply shadow primer all over the lid and a deep coloured shadow from your lash line to the crease. Use a detailing brush to pull out the shadow on the inner and outer corners to create a more cat like shape, and run your shadow along the lower lash line for a smokey effect.
6 Rim the upper and lower waterline with a black pencil eyeliner and apply a light coat of mascara to the upper and lower lashes before applying a wispy set of lashes.
7 Fill in the lower lip with a red lipstick or stain for staying power.
8 Use a white face paint to fill in the teeth and add highlights to your black lines.
Add smalls details like lines on the inner corners of the eyes, small dots throughout your design, and rhinestones and glitter in certain areas to really make the look come to life!

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Products Used:
Kryolan Aquacolour palette (orange, yellow, black and white)
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Nars Eyeshadow 'Night Porter'
Urban Decay Eyeliner Pencil 'Zero'
Black Mascara
Sugar Half Lashes
Josie Maran Lip Stain 'Flamenco'
Makeup Forever Glitter 'Multicolour White #3'
Orange Rhinestones

xo candice

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bloody Nail Tips!

This Halloween inspired nail design is a lot of fun and really simple to do!

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1 Apply two sheer coats of your favourite natural/nude polish and let it dry.
2 Make a small pool of your dark red nail polish on a metal tray or any other disposable palette.
3 Use your dotting tool to pick up the nail colour and make random dots where the ends of your drips will be. Then go back and drag from the dot up to the tip of the nail. You will have to reload your dotting tool several times.
4 Fill in the tip of the nail and connect the tops of the drips with your dotting tool.
5 Once your nail colour is mostly dry, apply a top coat to protect your design and make it shine!

I wanted the colour of my 'blood' to be a dark red with a bit of shimmer so I mixed two nail polish colours together to get the perfect shade! Not only does this give me a unique colour, it also makes the look really dimensional.
Don't be afraid to experiment!

Products Used:
Essie Nail Polish 'Ballet Slippers'
Urban Decay Nail Polish 'Apocalypse'
OPI Nail Lacquer 'The Show Must Go On!'
China Glaze Patent Leather Top Coat
Dotting Tool

xo candice
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dia De Los Muertos

Check out my latest creation inspired by the sugar skulls of Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Traditional sugar skulls used on this holiday are much more detailed and intricate with great meaningful stories of loved ones behind them and I really recommend checking them out!

1 Block out your eyebrows using a glue stick or prosaid.
Fill in the entire face with a white cream makeup. Leave areas around the eyes and on the tip of the nose free of colour and then set the cream makeup with a matte white eyeshadow for a more even coverage and to lock it into place.
3 Buff a light pink blush on the apples of the cheek, back through the cheekbone and up along the hairline to just above the temples.
4 With a dark purple cream paint fill in the areas around the eyes and nose. This is where you will perfect your shape and edges.
5 Press a lighter purple shimmery shadow on top of the creamy purple base. Shade the inside edges with a black shadow. You can also use the white shadow in the very centre of the purple areas for added highlight and dimension.
6 Use a yellow cream to add the scallops around the eyes and the flower on the chin. Set these with a yellow shadow and shade with orange.
7 With a black cream or liquid liner outline everything you have done so far including your upper lash line. Now is when you will also create the shape of your spider web, tear, heart, mouth and any other details you choose to include in your design.
8 Lightly shade your spider web and fill your heart and teardrop shapes in with colour.
9 Use your black liner to add small dots throughout your design. This is an easy and effective way to add tons of detail.
10 Adhere your rhinestones with a small amount of lash glue.
11 Apply false lashes by rimming the spine with glue, waiting 30 seconds, then placing the lash down in the centre before tucking in your edges. Use mascara to lightly blend your natural lashes in with the falsies.

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Products Used:
NYX Jumbo Pencil 'Milk'
Makeup Forever Flash Palette
Laura Mercier Cake Eyeliner 'Black'
Makeup Forever Lashes
Urban Decay Eyeshadow 'Ecstasy' (Purple)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow 'Sphynx' (Light Pink - blush)
BH Cosmetics Shadows

xo candice
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

60's Pop Art Girl

Here's a fun new character makeup I created the other day inspired by 60's pop art and comics. Hope you guys like it and that you're continuing to get inspired for Halloween!

1 Apply foundation all over and concealer in areas of concern. Set with a translucent powder.
2 Apply a purple cream product all over the lid and in a rough winged shape on the outer corner of the eye. Press a purple eyeshadow on top of the cream. Don't worry about having perfect lines or shapes right now... we will tidy the shape up later.
3 Apply a blue cream under the eyes and roughly shape out your tears. Press a blue shadow on top. Using a cream colour underneath your shadows ensures a really strong colour pay off that's going to last.
4 Using a sharpened red lip liner or the end of a brush and red face paint draw small dots all over the face, neck and ears. This step is by far the most tedious but also the most important. The look will be most effective if the dots are kept very small... large dots will start to look like chicken pocks more than shading. Use a foundation powder with a bit of colour to set the dots in place and to tone down the red a little bit.
5 Paint on red lips. Use a face paint or lip stain that dries for this step so that the black outline doesn't bleed into the lips.
6 Use a black cream, liquid, or cake liner to draw on your eyebrows and outline your lips, tears, and eyeshadow. This is where you can really sharpen your lines and perfect your shapes. Your lines don't need to be perfect... remember this is a cartoon type of look so simply make sure that your lines have a nice thickness and that they flow smoothly.
7 Use your liner to draw lines that will shape your face down the side of the nose, the jawlines, and ears. Use your own judgement for placing lines in other areas to accentuate the features of the face. I chose to add lines to the chin, upper lip, tip of the nose, inner corners of the eyes, and the neck.
8 Apply mascara to your upper and lower lashes and apply a black pencil liner on the water line (inside of the eye).
9 Rim the spine of your lashes with glue, wait 60 seconds, then place in the middle before tucking in your inner and outer corners. Choose dramatic lashes that will really show up.
10 With a white cream face paint apply highlights to the lip and tears to really make your design pop!

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Products Used:
Laura Mercier Loose Mineral Foundation
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Makeup Forever Flash Colour Palette
BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette
Josie Maran Lip Stain 'Flamenco'
Urban Decay Eyeliner Pencil 'Zero'
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara
Makeup Forever Lashes
Laura Mercier Cake Liner 'Black'

xo candice
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sorry I'm not home right now...

... I'm walking into spider webs!

I'm getting excited for Halloween so here's the first look of a few that I hope to have some fun with this month! It seems there has been some controversy over me doing this look so I wanted to make it clear that I got inspiration from something I saw goldiestarling from youtube do. I thought it was a great idea. I let you know how I did it on myself below. I love asymmetrical looks but feel free to repeat one side of the look on both sides of the face! Or... hire a professional to do it for ya' ;)!

1 After patting an eyeshadow primer all over the lid, apply a black eyeshadow from lash line to crease and along the lower lash line paying special attention to wrapping the shadow around the inner and outer corners as well.
2 Blend a dark silver shadow through the crease for a smooth and blended gradation of colour.
Apply a black pencil liner to the upper and lower waterline (inside of the eye) wrapping around the inner corner. Lightly apply mascara to upper and lower lashes.
4 Apply foundation all over and concealer in areas of concern. Concentrate on using the concealer to clean up under the smokey eyes.
5 Using a white eyeliner pencil lightly map out the shape of your spider web starting just above the head of the brow and wrapping around the temple onto the cheekbone to finish just below the centre of the eye. The web should be longer on the cheek and shorter on the top above the brow. (Note that the top of the web has two rows, while the bottom has three). Don't be afraid to let the design fade into your hairline.
6 Slowly trace your lines with a black liquid, cream liner or face paint. Take your time... your lines should be as clean as possible. Choose a medium the will dry to the touch... there's nothing worse than accidentally smudging your lines! I used a cake eyeliner (activated with water or sealing gel) because it allows me to mix the exact consistency that I want. 
7 Shade the bottom edges of the curves of your web with a black eyeshadow. Use a small brush and take your time shading downward making sure to fade out the black half way though the space. 
8 On the opposite eye, use your white pencil to lightly map out the lines of your mini web starting from just above the crease of the eye moving up toward the brow. Stop the lines where you want, but pay attention to making the lines near the inner and outer corners shorter and the ones in the centre longer to create a nice fanned shape. Remember that this is a smaller space and two curved rows is all that is necessary.
9 Repeat step six in this area. Remember to work slowly!
10 Shading in this area is not as important or detailed as the large web. Simply dab a small amount of black shadow throughout the spaces.
11 Apply false lashes by rimming the spine of the lash with a small amount of glue, waiting for the glue to get tacky for about 60 seconds, and then using tweezers (or your fingers) to apply the lashes in the centre of the eye close to the lash line before tucking in your inner and outer corners. Choose spiky and dramatic lashes to compliment the look.
12 Dust a fine golden glitter to the tops of the lids and all over the spider web design on the cheek and eye for a great eye catching look!
13 Apply rhinestones at random by placing a small dot of lash glue on the skin before sticking them on. These are another fun way to add sparkle and dimension to the look. Plus they give the illusion of little spiders!
14 Finish with a bold or nude lip... ladies choice!

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This look can be very time consuming and requires a steady hand. If anything, it's great practice for your liner work!
See you soon with some more fun Halloween looks!

Products Used:
Lancome Tient Idole Ultra Foundation
Cover FX Camouflage Concealer
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Anastasia Brow Powder 'Ash Blonde'
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer
Urban Decay Eyeshadow 'Creep' (Black)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow 'Gunmetal' (Dark Silver)
Urban Decay Eyeliner Pencil 'Zero' (Black)
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara
Illamasqua Eyelashes
Laura Mercier Cake Eyeliner
Duo Lash Glue
Rhinestones (from Michael's)
Korres Liquid Lipstick 'Berry'

xo candice

Monday, October 10, 2011

Makeup Tips For Transitioning Into A Tan And Other Vacation Essentials!

So I just got back from an amazing vacation in Cuba and thought what a perfect time to talk about one of the questions I'm most frequently asked, "I'm going on vacation and I'm going to get darker, what foundation colour should I buy?". Well ladies I'm sorry to tell you but there is no way to know what colour you're going to be when you get back... but I do have a few great makeup tips to help you out while you're colour is changing and what products you should bring with you on vacation!

This is a bit of a long one, but if you can stick with it I have some great advice in here!

Firstly, self adjusting pigments are going to be you're best friend. Pigments that change with your skin are perfect when your skin tone is changing rapidly.
Here are four essential self adjusting complexion products you need to bring with you on vacation:
Origins VitaZing SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer
I love this product because it triples as my sunscreen, moisturizer, and light coverage foundation. Other brands like Josie Maran and Almay make great self adjusting foundations as well.
Cover FX Camouflage Concealer
This full coverage, self adjusting concealer was perfect to cover up dark circles and blemishes. Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage Concealer would be another great product to bring because it comes with two different tones so mixing a good colour is easy.
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturizer
A daily gradual self tanner and moisturizer in one, perfect for hydrating your skin and making that gorgeous tan last even longer after you've come back from vacay. Other brands like Jergens and Olay make similar products.
4 Nars Laguna Bronzer
Bronzers are essential to have while you're colour is changing because even if you're foundation is light, you can deepen it by adding a bit (or a lot) of bronzer. Liquid bronzers (or your old summer foundations) make great mixing mediums to deepen up you're current foundation as well.

Other essential vacation products you should have:
1 D.J.V Beautenizer (Fiberwig) Volume Lash Mascara
As a makeup artist and consumer I have to tell you I hate waterproof mascaras. At the end of the day they're going to smudge anyway and the formulas make for clumpy piecey nasty lashes. Tubing/warm water removal mascaras wont budge in the water and if they do they'll slide off easily instead of giving you raccoon eyes. They're also much easier and gentler to remove at night! Clinique, Stila, and Blinc all make mascaras like this.
2 Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
I'm all about the brows but those babies aren't staying on in the water so grow them in, get a great shape, and keep them put with a strong hold brow gel like this one or ones from Illamsqua or Revlon!
3 Caudalie Lip Conditioner
Did you know that your lips can get sun burnt as well? Keep your pout hydrated and protected with a rich lip balm with either antioxidants, sunscreen, or both! My favourites come from Laura Mercier, Fresh, and Blistex.
4 Korres Milk Proteins Cleansing & Makeup Removing Wipes
Whether you've had a long day or a late night wipes are a life saver for removing dirt and makeup before bed. I especially love these ones because they're gentle, hydrating, and have soothing aloe. I also like wipes from Ole Henrikson and Neutrogena.

Great add ons for a night out:
1 Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner & Makeup Forever Liquid Liner
Skip the shadow and opt for a waterproof eyeliner. Pencil liners can look sharp or be smudged to look smokey like a shadow. I brought a brown pencil, and black liquid for variety.
2 Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
For setting your makeup and mattifying at night a translucent powder that goes with any skin tone is perfect. These products tend to come in large packaging so transferring them into travel containers is a great idea!
3 Laura Mercier Lip Glace
Slap on a neutral pink gloss and you're good to go. It's the perfect and simplest finishing touch.

I hope this helped you out and that you have fun and relaxing vacations!

xo candice
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lush Haul!

I recently received a copy of the Lush summer catalog and decided that (after deciphering the names of some products and reading all kinds of fun facts) I needed to get to a Lush store ASAP and try out a few cool new products! I've always been one to avoid the store because of the strong scent and the overwhelming amount of products with funky names that I didn't understand... but this catalog got me really excited and I wanted to share with you guys what I got!

Pop In The Bath Bubble Bar
(smells fresh and clean with orange flower and bergamot)
A solid bubble bath that you crumble under the water to create rich luxurious bubbles full of essential oils!

MMM Melting Marshmallow Moment Bath Melt
(smells like a candy floss and cupcake sweet mix of deliciousness)
Pop chunks of bath melts into the bath to create soft water full of skin softening oils and sweet smelling air!

Sex In The Shower Emotibomb
(romantic aphrodisiac scents of ginger, mimosa, and rose)
Emotibombs use aroma therapy and essentials oils to transform your mood as you inhale in a steamy shower. Make sure you sit them down in the far corner of your shower.

Silk Stockings
(smells like jasmine, rose and sandalwood oils)
Comes in two shades for different skin tones and adds a light tint of colour and sheen to the skin. Lush describes it as 'perfect for summer evenings soirees!'.

Toner Tabs in Vitamin C and Vitamin E
Drop a toner tab in a bowl of warm water and steam your face for 5 minutes to open the pores. These work great before a face mask!
The Vitamin C Toner Tab is great for hydrating sensitive skin and brightening while the Vitamin E Toner Tab is perfect for dry skin that wants to be kept soft and supple!

Sultana Of Soap (sample)
(smells fruity and creamy with current and apricot)
A hydrating body soap.

I can't wait to try new Lush products in the future and maybe even pick up one of their pre-made gift baskets! These packages make great gifts for any girl and are already wrapped so they're super easy and quick and a great way to try out a few new (or already favourite) products!

What are you favourite Lush products?

xo candice