This month I’ve developed a few new firm favourites in foundation and fragrance. After a couple of months of testing all these recent purchases (and Christmas gifts) I wanted to shout out about a few just in case you were considering a little splurge…

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If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed I haven’t been posting much. Combination of being unacceptably busy and not haven’t the time to get creative and inspired.

I have however, recently pulled together a tutorial for on Taylor Swift’s classic make up look. Sigh. I wish I had her blonde hair for this. I digress. This idea came to me after replaying her new 1989 album a million and one times. I haven’t listened to an album this much since Mumford’s last record.


taylor swift beauty look 2


Outside the world of beauty you’ll notice I’m also swooning over everything Christmas light related (in the city and my place!), the last few leaves of Autumn (as I write this the snow sets on the ground outside), Essie’s Christmas 2014 collection (more to come on that) and last but not least. Balzac’s Parisian Mist Tea Latte – If I could have on everyday I would.


{Parisian Mist Tea Latte}



{Toronto City Hall}



Well isn’t this is exciting! Just FYI fellow beauty folk, I am now a lucky member of the beauty panel. Each week we’ll be asked to show the FASHION readers how we approach a particular beauty look or challenge.

First up? My everyday look! Now everyone knows I’m in to the bold lip and naturally, it had to be red cuz it’s sassayyyy. I also approached this in video form – whaddya think?


{naked skin}

Mornings are reserved for my internal battles with the leaving the warm duvet, shortly followed by a strong coffee and an extensive beauty routine. One that prompts me to hold my hand up to my other half when he attempts to kiss me goodbye. “My face hasn’t set yet!” I yelp. It’s sad but I loathed the feeling of my foundation transferring on to anything else.

Then I found love in Armani’s Skin Maestro. After seeing the flawless finish of PR rep, Isabelle Randez, part of me left it down to genetics but I had to find out for myself. Would Maestro do for me what he did for her? I had to rush down to Sephora to find out.

{Skin Maestro 5.5}

He did for me what he did for her. The foundation’s exclusive formula offers the most luxurious dry oil texture that almost melts into the skin leaving behind a veil of perfection. Matte, radiant, fresh skin. I’m in love with you, Maestro.

{Dropper application}

Dispensed by a pipette, there no fear of losing product. It spreads smoothly over the skin. So smooth I have to use my fingers for the full experience.

{Even skin tone}

“Kiss me!” – my face feels naked. No drying, just an instantly flawless face that’s dry and soft to touch right away. At $68 it may sound like a stretch but the revolutionary product is worth every penny. It slides over the skin and contains a smart technology that allows the product to match your skin tone perfectly. No more foundation lines (though I do hope you didn’t have them to begin with).

Skin Maestro is available at Sephora, Eaton Centre, or a Holt Renfrew near you.


New by Giorgio Armani, this palette in the ‘White Night’ collection is the definition of chic, luxury beauty. The shades are perfect for New-Years Eve or any night out in the winter so it’s the perfect gift for the classy lady in your life. ‘Moonlight White’ is the name of this particular combination of shades – a palette that will flatter many skin tones.

{The lower level}

Gorgeous shades of grey for the eyes with a highly pigmented red wax for the lips and cheeks.

{It’s in the eyes}

Smokey and sexy – I’ve topped up the red wax on the lips with the new Lip Maestro in The Red. An innovative, pigmented matte lacquer that offers intense colour tones.

{Dreaming of a white-highlighted Christmas}

The highlighter is sensational. Most reach for a gold highlighter during the holidays but this is a rare pressed powder of a shimmery, snow-like shade that’ll make the softest of cheekbones pop.

{Shades of grey}

{Intense lip colour – the new Lip Maestro}

{The final look}

Available at Holt Renfrew Moonlight White Palette – $90, Lip Maestro – $38.