Thursday, February 9, 2012

Nars Spring 2012 Inspired Look

Here's a look inspired by Nars' Spring 2012 Collection as promised! I love how the smokey and dimensional navy eyeliner looks! You can choose to wear it with bold berry lips like in the advert or balance it for a more wearable look with a neutral lip colour! Hope you guys like it!

1 Apply foundation all over and concealer in areas of concern. Set with a translucent powder.
2 Brush bronzer back through the cheeks, around the hairline, and a touch to the centre of the face to warm up the complexion and contour. Apply blush to the apples of the cheeks and an illuminator all over the cheeks and cheekbone for a natural glow.
3 Apply a nude shadow similar to your skin tone all over the lid as a base.
4 Use your cream product to sketch out a winged eyeliner. This will act as a great base for a strong colour with lots of staying power.
5 Press your navy eyeshadow directly on top of your eyeliner, avoiding the tip of the wing. Use a blending brush to soften the liner and make it soft and smokey looking.
6 Use a black cream liner to tight line the upper lashes, wrapping around into the inner corners of the eye. Smudge this black liner across the top of the upper lashes as well.
7 Apply a light coat of dramatic mascara to the upper and lower lashes.
8 Lightly highlight the inner corners of the eyes and under the brows.
9 Apply a blue based berry red lipstick to the lips for lots of drama, or keep it natural with a light shimmery pink lip balm!

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Products Used:
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation
Givenchy Mr. Light Concealer
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
Benefit Bronzer 'Hoola'
Nars Blush 'Deep Throat'
Tarina Tarantino Illuminating Primer 'Nude'
Sephora Collection Brow Pencil 'Nutmeg'
Maybelline Colour Tattoo Cream 'Tenacious Teal'
Two Faced Eyeshadow 'Skinny Dip'
Two Faced Eyeshadow 'Heaven'
Clinique Gel Eyeliner 'Black'
Chanel Mascara
Nars Lipstick 'Scarlet Empress'
Revlon Lip Butter 'Sugar Frosting'

xo candice
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Trend: Navy Peepers

I smell a pretty big spring trend... navy! I've been semi-obsessed with this gorgeous deep blue hue for the last couple of weeks and have been pleasantly surprised to see it popping up in the new spring collections of some of my favourite brands!

The amazing thing about navy is that it's extremely flattering on every skin tone, makes the whites of your eyes brighter so that your eyes really pop, and is a completely appropriate and complimentary way of wearing a bold colour without feeling like it's "too much".

Stila has recently introduced their new Stila Smudge Crayon's with the most perfect shade of deep navy blue that blends out gorgeously into a really dimensional colour! Say hello to the shining star for this spring trend, 'Midnight Blue'. The gel based formula is super pigmented and stays in place extremely well. These crayons make amazing eyeliners and are great as a base for that smokey evening look on steamy spring and summer nights!

The new Nars graphics for their Spring 2012 collection is all about this trend and it's absolutely stunning! (In fact, expect a post on an inspired look soon!). The way they've paired the navy liner, glowing skin, and super raspberry blue toned lipstick is beautiful and right up my ally!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January Favourites!

Hello lovelies! I have been slacking this month, but promise to get it together this February with a couple new fun and flirty posts coming up!
In the mean time, here are some of the products that I have been loving since the new year!

I have been smothering my lips with the Caudalie Lip Conditioner this entire month and it's almost completely gone! It is so comforting on the lips and feels super nourishing and hydrating. With such awesome natural ingredients like sunflower, apricot and grapeseed oil, shea butter, rice bran, and vitamin E, you know you're in for a treat! It has a slight natural vanilla scent and taste which I didn't like at first but have come to really enjoy! (Dare I say I even like this more than Fresh's Sugar Lip Treatments!?)

I also really love the Burberry Volumising Lash Enhancer Mascara! I have had more compliments on my lashes this month (are those your real lashes?) than ever before! I get lashes that are full, long, dramatic and wispy with little to no clumping. This mascara even has ingredients in it that help to strengthen the lashes and protects them from humidity, rain, and heat. It lasts all day but is easily removed at the end of the night! Love love love love love!

Now let's hear it for Nars blushes! Talk about perfect shades and perfect pigments for every skin tone! I've been sporting Nars Blush in Deep Throat all month long and loving every minute of it! It's a gorgeous warm baby pink with a slight silver and gold iridescents that aids in a gorgeous natural glow. This is a staple in my beauty collection! Great for light to medium deep skin tones.

I couldn't bring myself to repurchase my $30 Dior brow pencil this month so I opted for something a lot more affordable and fell head over heels for the Sephora Collection Retractable Brow Pencil Waterproof! The colour I've been using is Midnight Brown and I love it because it reads super ashy. That being said, though, I'll probably try a slightly lighter shade when I definitely repurchase! P. S. Whoever came up with retractable pencils.... thankyou thankyou thankyou! You've made this lazy girls day of sharpening pencils fade happily into the distance.

Hope you've all had a great start to the new year! And that you're keeping up with your new years beauty resolutions!

xo candice
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