2015 Oscar Makeup Trends

At the 2015 Oscars we saw a wide array of beauty looks. From Blushing beauties, Smokey eyes, bold lips and plenty more! Here’s a rundown of some of our favourite looks and how to achieve them including some of the exact products worn plus a few of our our favourites to help achieve these camera ready looks.

Bold Lips:Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 1.40.09 PMA bold lip always makes a statement on the red carpet. Emma Stone was a stand out wearing Revlon Hd Lipstick in Tulip (a great shade for Spring!). Lady Gaga’s classic lip was achieved with NARS matte velvet lip crayon in dragon girl.

Nude Lips:Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 1.50.55 PMTo honor all the beautiful nude lips that graced the Oscar’s red carpet we wanted to share with you a few of our favorite nude shades. For a cool pinky-nude like Jlo’s try MAC Saint Germain. For more classic nude’s try Tom Ford Nude Vanille & YSL Lingerie Pink.

Smokey Eyes:Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 2.01.36 PMSmokey eyes make an appearance at every award show. Lupita Nyang’o, Sienna Miller and Dakota Johnson were our favourites at this year’s 87th Academy Awards. The applications weren’t too heavy and complemented their eye colours perfectly really making them pop! Lupita’s Makeup Artist used Lancôme Color Design 5-pan eyeshadow palette in Gris Fumee and Dakota Johnson was wearing Chanel Les 4 Ombres palette in 226 Tissé Rivoli.

Blushing Beauties:Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 2.23.25 PMFresh faced beauty never goes out of style and these stars showed off how gorgeous a soft feminine palette looks. Chloe Grace Moretz eye makeup was Laura Mercier’s Sateen Eye Color in Kir Royal. Her Makeup Artist, Mai Quynh used rose tones to create a monochromatic makeup look that paired perfectly with the florals in her gown. The perfect blush shade helps tie a look together and adding a pop of colour to the cheeks is a great way to give your complexion a healthy looking glow and dimension.  Anna Kendrick wore a cream coral blush in Ceramide by Elizabeth Arden which was a perfect match with her dress.

What were some of your favourite beauty trends from the 2015 Oscars?

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philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar

With Spring just around the corner there’s no better time to introduce a new skin product. A few weeks ago we were invited to attend a “journey of renewal”  we enjoyed a relaxing meditation with the wonderful ladies of 889 yoga followed by an introduction to the amazing new launch of and philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar moisturizer and eye cream with director of international education and global press Robin White. Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 3.30.37 PM

philosophy is beauty brand that believes in constant renewal of the skin. While creating this new product they wanted to granting three of the most demanding skin wishes for woman everywhere which are;

1 – Refined texture with visibly smoother pores and fine lines virtually lifted away

2 – Soft, dewy smoothness comforted by all-day hydration

3- Re-energized healthy colour and glow

We would say it was a success. In an 8-week clinical study showed that women:

– 94% saw an improvement in hydration immediately

– 81% saw glowing skin immediately

– 100% saw an improvement in skin texture in 1 week

– 79% saw a reduction in pore size in 4 weeks

– 78% saw the look of fine lines reduced in 8 weeks.

To see for ourselves, we tested Renewed Hope in a jar for a few weeks and can say that there was definitely a difference in our skins texture and radiance. Our eyes also look brighter and felt hydrated all day long. The light scent (reminiscent to a baby) and whipped formula absorbs into skin like a dream making your skincare regime something to look forward to.

#BEAUTYNOTE Apply moisturizer and eye creams 15 minutes prior to applying your foundation.  This will provide your skin with a smooth soft base, which means a flawless application! Renewed Hope in a Jar is sure to have as much success as the original. is iconic to skin care lovers like us! It has been around for the longest time and from the looks of it, won’t be leaving us for a long time!We absolutely love this new duo in our skin care routine right now!

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Renewed Hope In a Jar Moisturizer (CA $59.00)  is a revolutionary lightweight, whipped formula of the cult favourite Hope in a jar. The formulation has been renewed and infused with a new innovation: clinically proven skin renewal technology. Featuring a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids, 3 forms of hyaluronate plus an Asian fruit extract, which helps to deliver a longer-lasting glow and continuous hydration benefits, providing skin with all-day hydration. Renewed Hope in a jar helps minimize pores and creates a youthful appearance to your face.

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Renewed Hope in a Jar Eye Cream (CA $72.00) is a lightweight whipped eye moisturizer that hydrates, brightens and re-texturizes the delicate eye area. It is clinically proven to diminish the look of fine lines and reduce puffiness. The Renewed Hope in a jar eye cream includes Asian Fruit extract, algea extracts and yeast, which energizes tired looking eyes, brightens dark circles and like we said before smoothes out the look of fine lines!

Both products are available now at select hudson’s bay and shoppers drug mart.

Here is a link to enjoy Natasha Bedingfield’s latest song “Hope”  which was created and written in partnership with philosophyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9eqk7Z1O3M

After using philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a jar your face will be left with all your wishes granted, soft, dewy, smooth and re-energized. The original Hope in a jar is iconic to skin care lovers everywhere since 1996 and is only getting better. We can’t wait for you to try this revolutionary new product!


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Revlon for the Marchesa Runway Show NYFW'15

Backstage at the Marchesa A/W ’15 Runway Show during New York Fashion Week, Revlon Global Artist Director, Gucci Westman spoke about the look she created on the models for the show.


Westman said she created a modern take on Hollywood Glam and took inspiration from the New York, Great Gatsby Era but adapting it to a more youthful appearance and making it look like the models had been dancing all night. The focus of the look was the Black Cherry lip.

For the nails, Celebrity Manicurist, Jin Soon wanted to highlight the focus of the face. Nails were simple yet bold to associate with the Modern Glam look.  They were filed into a natural oval shape and painted in a deep blood red colour (Revlon enamel in Vixen) which tied in with the Black cherry lips perfectly.


Get the total look here with this complete list of products and tips from Revlon:


  • Apply Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effects Makeup and Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Makeup all over the face.
  • Add Revlon Cream Blush in Charmed to the apples of your checks for a healthy wash of colour
  • Finish off the face and give it a nice glow by applying Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Lights to the tops of your cheekbones.


  • Apply Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadows in Not Just Nudes all over the eyelid
  • Use Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Java, Copper & Gold, on the eyelid, and to darken up the crease to create a subtle yet elegant copper eye.
  • Finishing it off with RevlonGrow Luscious Mascara in Blackened Brown, and Revlon Brow Fantasy to fill in your brows.


  • Start off by lining your lips with Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Raisin.
  • Fill in lips with the star of the show, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry.
  • Top it off with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink.
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Rita Ora's Glitz & Glam Grammy Mani

unnamed-4Rita Ora’s perfectly pollshed mani caught our attention at last week’s Annual Grammy Awards. Wearing one of her own trending shades, a very neutral cool tone grey, Rain Rain go away (498)  from her new Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine Collection.

Adding a little jewel accent to the bottom of each nail added a little more glam making he rails two dimensional and it tied in perfectly with that beautiful Prada dress — which by the way was also covered in jewels.

Rita Ora definitely “nailed” her Grammy look this year. She never fails to make a statement on any red carpet and we can’t wait to see what she will another #manimonday!


Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Super Shine Collection with Rita Ora will be available at stores in Canada this Fall.

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Kissproof Valentines Day Lip Picks

Valentines Day is happening this weekend so we thought what better way to share our love then list some of our favorite kissproof lip colours!






1 – MAKE UP FOR EVER – Aqua Rouge in Pink

2 – NARS Audacious in Carmen or Charlotte $37.00

3 – REVLON color burst stain in sweetheart $9.00

4 – Rimmel Provocalips 16 Hour Kissproof lip color in ill call you $6.69

5- Dior addict cheek & Lip glow $37.00


Valentines day is a love-filled holiday, so why not wear a red or pink that you don’t normally!  Of all days this is a day to wear as much pink as you want -so embrace it- and have fun with the ones you love!

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MAKE UP FOR EVER + Fifty Shades of GREY



The anticipation is almost over as Fifty Shades of Grey hits theatres this Valentines Day weekend. What better way to ring in opening weekend then to unlock the secrets of the seductive looks with the actual MAKE UP FOR EVER products used on set?

Victoria Down, a long-time and avid fan of MAKE UP FOR EVER worked alongside the brand to create 4 Limited edition seductive sets with products that she actually used well on set to achieve Anastasia Steele’s transformation.

The sets were created for woman to experiment and create looks similar to Miss Steele, from natural to sultry and daring. Over the course of the movie, as Ana gets more involved with Christian Grey her wardrobe and beauty look develops more maturity, Down played up the roles with her makeup.

“Her eyes became shaded, a little deeper and stronger, her eyebrows were a little more groomed and shaped and her lips became deeper-colored.” says Down. 

The stand out set in this series out product in this kit would have to be the GIVE IN TO ME Set, Alluring Colors for Eyes and Lips. Featuring an Artist Shadow Palette with 4 neutral eye-shadows that are very wearable and suitable for any skin tone.


Also included is a black Graphic Liquid line pen, a tube of Smoky Extravagant Mascara in black , Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N4 ( a pinkish beige) and warm, shimmering golden pink Lab Shine Gloss in D14.

All this and a gorgeous keepsake box (secret compartment with a key and all). With a price point of CA$79 you simply can’t go wrong with this set.


Also available are:

TEASE ME Nude Lip Trio – CA$38




TEASE ME Berry Lip Trio – CA$38


DESIRE ME Cheeky Blush Trio – CA$56


These limited edition sets pair perfectly with the highly anticipated movie, they’re both not ones to miss!



All sets are Available at Sephora and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques, while quantities last.

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2015 Grammys Beauty – The Minimalist Makeup look

This past Sunday The 57th annual Grammys were hosted at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. As usual, we couldn’t get enough of all the makeup, hair and dresses! We noticed many of the celebs embraced the “minimal makeup look” with luminous skin, nude lips, neutral eyes and beautifully sculpted brows.


Gwen and Miley swapped their crimson colour lips for nudes, Beyonce said hello to carved out cheekbones and a glossy lip and Rihanna let her tutu like Giambattista Valli dress do all the talking with a subtle bronzed look and defined brows! One things for sure, everyone’s skin looked glowing with subtle contouring similar to what was shown in many designers Spring/Summer 2015 runway shows.



For a instant boost of radiance use a product such as Dior’s Glow Maximizer Primer. This product is great to use on it’s own or mixed with your favourite liquid foundation. It instantly brightens dull complexions, sculpts the face, and amplifies the skin’s natural light leaving you with a flawless finish.

Achieve clean and defined brows like the stars by applying Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade with Anastasia’s Brush #12.

What did you think of these fresh Grammy beauty looks?

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Annabelle Lipsies, show off your pout contest!

If you love the Annabelle Lipsies Lip Balm as much as we do than this blog post is directed right at you!


Annabelle has re-vamped their balms and just released 12 amazing new colours. Best part is – as of now, they are all in the permanent line up! The formula is non-sticky and very hydrating, plus it doubles as a moisturizing lip tint when paired with their Stay Sharp Lip liner!

“ABColourPower” is the perfect motto for Annabelle this season as they are really hitting a home run with everything that has been coming out lately.

To celebrate their newly re-designed lipsies, Annabelle has put together a contest for all Canadian makeup junkies like ourselves via social media.

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All you have to do is post a selfie holding a lipsies lip balm (like Shenae Grimes-Beech, Annabelle Cosmetics brand ambassador is above) on Instagram with the hashtag #Annabellelipsies, Each day for 30 days, Annabelle will choose a winner and send them the full set of the Lipsies Lip Balms. The Show off your pout! Contest started on February 8th and ends March 9th 2015 so get your pout on and have fun!

Good luck!



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MAKE UP FOR EVER Jet Black Liners

MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Jet Black Liners are sure to be the talk of the town and the star of your makeup look. From professional to everyday use, these liners have the ability to create anything from a simple line to a bold and fearless look.


MUFE’s Jet Black Graphic liner creates seductive cat eyes in seconds. Naturally, the black has to be intense but this one has a vinyl sheen too that helps create both desires of a simple line or a dash of drama. The carbon black felt tip liner is so precise it even gives you the option of how thick you want you line. This liner is great to create a eye popping look for a night out on the town.

The Jet Black Matte Ink liner has great precision while being very easy to hold and mastering any type of line. This liner was inspired straight from makeup artistry but is also perfect for the everyday woman. It gives you the ability to create a simple line but also designed to recreate runway looks like double lines, sixties cut crease liner and more. – The possibilities are endless!

The Black Artist Ultra Glide Pencil is a great option for those of you who are not ready for the whole liquid liner phase yet. The soft kohl like pencil that will put you at ease. The ultra-slim design makes it a breeze to work with and there’s no need to worry about losing half the liner in your sharpener. The fine tip insures you have just the right amount of product without it drying out or breaking off. A great pick for personal use, this creamy carbon black formula allows you to smudge into a beautiful smokey eye or simply use to define around the eyes.

If you’re a newbie to liquid liner, start with small strokes working your way outwards.

A true black eyeliner that can hold up through almost anything is a product Makeup Artists are always looking for. MAKE UP FOR EVER called these liners”Jet black” for a reason; the pigment payoff is a pure and rich carbon black that doesn’t go grey on us after a few hours. Tried and tested, you simply can’t go wrong with any of these Jet Black liners.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Jet Black liners are available at Sephora and any MAKE UP FOR EVER boutique.

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