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{June favourites: Luxury look of the week}

This week has been nothing short of exhausting and having to show a LOT of face for work. Amidst such busy times I needed a beauty-set up that would hod up it’s end of the bargain. Helping me put my best face forward were pieces from the likes of Yves Saint LaurentGivenchyGuerlainMaybellineDior and Benefit.

ysl youth liberator foundation serum

{Yves Saint Laurent – Youth Liberator Serum Foundation}

This little number is magic in a bottle for your skin. Combining YSL’s award-winning serum with a luminous, medium-to-full coverage foundation. Topping it all off with a modest SPF 20, I love everything about what this does for my skin short term and long term and I get sooooo many compliments when I wear it!

yves saint laurent touche eclat beautezinexysl

{Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat No. 2}

Touche Eclat has for years been my favourite product for masking dark discolouration on areas of my face that need illuminating. I recently ran out of this beauty staple but my girl @Beautezine gifted me with my very own engraved version at her BeautezinexYSL event. Woohoo!

givenchy prisme libre loose powder

{Givenchy Prisme Libre – Loose Powder – in Delicate Beige}

I have been obsessed with this powder. I hate to say it but Givenchy’s Prisme Libre isn’t out in Canada until 2015 BUT you can purchase it online here. I usually hate loose powders but this one reduces shine with the perfect luminous finish. The quad contains 4 shades that work to adjust redness and illuminate your skin tone. No more chalky cheeks!

benefit theyre real push up liner dior it lash maybelline brow drama

{The eyes}

This trio has been my eye opening go-to for the week. Maybelline’s new Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara is pretty awesome in adding depth and setting my brows. The only downfall to the product is that you still need to fill your brows in to add a sense of volume — for Gimme Brow I am forever grateful.

Dior’s It Lash Mascara is serious false-lash effect business. Man does it give volume and separate my lashes without my having to work too hard at it. It’s taken first place in a close competition of mascaras for the time being.

Benefit’s they’re Real! Push Up Liner feels like it’s been my first born child. You all know I work for the brand but let me be real (no pun intended) with you for a second. Before this I would avoid liner like the plague simply because It was  too much work and I always messed up. With this liner I get it it right every time and it stays on all day. No really, literally, all day.

My only downfall with this God-send is the fact that after using it once, the outer layer of each use after that can be a bit dry. Bound to happen when you’re storing a wet product in a chamber. My solution was just to wipe the top layer sideways on the back of my hand to warm it up. BOOM wet liner ready to go again.

guerlain terracotta 30 ans limited edition

{Cheek popper}

This Limited Edition Terracotta Sun Celebration Palette by Guerlain is such a special item to the geekiest of make up buffs. Featuring two bronzers, a peach blush and a pink blush, the gold middle is a fancy addition. The huge magnetic mirror is a bonus and the main reason I’ve carried it in my purse all week.

rema gouyez beauty look

{The staple look}

Today I’m wearing it with Julianne’s Nude by L’Oreal Paris for The Exclusives collection but during the week I was wearing a red lip for more drama.


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{Matte, glossy, bold and bright: My favourite red lipsticks and liners}

My recent obsession with red lipsticks has set of a trend in my buying. If I’m looking to buy a lipstick from a brand, just for the packaging, I tend to steer towards red. I love having a product that offers a WOW factor inside and out. Below are a few of my favourite reds.


Inexpensive and stunning, this is my favourite red for value. The outer packaging is nothing to write home about but if you’re looking for a red that’ll stop people in their tracks without breaking the piggy-bank then this is a must have. Deep, intense, true red in Revlon’s Colourburst – Ruby. $10.99

{Giorgio Armani}

Armani’s new Lip Meestro lipsticks use the latest, innovative technology to offer you a burst of highly pigmented, 4-D colour. The lip laqcuer has a velvet gel texture whilst diffusing light and bathing your lips in the opaque, bright shade of your choice. My choice? The Red – 400. A true red that’ll flatter any skin tone. This lipstick is best for impact. $38.


Rouge G De Guerlain L’Extrait is the ultimate in luxurious packaging. The sleek Bond-style gadget casing will have all eyes on you when you’re touching up in public. The lacquer glides on effortlessly with a bright orange/red to offer the ultimate in prestige products. This shade, M25 Colere is the perfect summer red. $51.


The Dior Addict lipstick in Stiletto, goes on sheer with a hint of sparkles. This lipstick is great for those with lips that aren’t already pigmented brown to offer maximum colour. If you’re conscious that your natural lip colour may come through underneath the product then mute the lips out with your foundation and opt for a lip primer to get the most out our your lipstick. $31

{Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani#401}

My absolute favourite red lipstick of all time. This creme orange/red lipstick stays on through food, drink and half a day at the office. I love the way it feels, I love how pigmented it is and I LOVE the shade. If I had to buy one red lipstick for the rest of my life it’d be this one. $38.

{Bite Luminous Creme- Tanin}

I’ve had a crazy obsession with Luminous Creme, Bite lipsticks lately. The only downfall for me with these is that they melt fairly quickly if you don’t keep them in a cool place but otherwise, they are delectable. This deep and dark shade of red had me sold after I wore it to a bar and everyone wanted to know the shade. When I told them I’d just tried it on in a store they wouldn’t stoping saying that I had to buy it. The best shade of red for the fall. Bright enough to keep you looking alive but dark enough to be on trend. $28.

{Yves Saint Laurent}

YSL’s Pur Couture in #1 would be the high-fashion red. Another shade that I always get compliments on, the silky finish of the lipstick is super smooth and hydrating, drenching your lips in high-colour without drying it out out. A bright red that was sold out for weeks after 300lbs of it was used in a art exhibition in Paris. $38.


{Bronzed cheeks with a pink lip}

6-week long summer vacations on the beaches of Morocco were spent with my Guerlain lipgloss stapled to my beach bag. As a teen, I was in love with the browns and golds that came with summer but as I get older I’m finding more and more that the look doesn’t brighten my face as much as I would like it to. For my recent trip to Hawaii, I found that various shades of pink were my go to shades. This time it was only a one-week vacation – bittersweet in comparison but blissful nonetheless. Regardless of the short time spent there I managed to take 8 different shades of pink, just in case…

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