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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