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Hey YA’LL (that phrase is on the mind – currently sat in Paris with a few Texans). I’ve been meaning to put up this post for a while simply because I found a groove in my daily make up bag that works so well – thought I’d share in case you love it too. Nothing super fancy or creative just my standard I’m-in-a-rush-to-work type thing that’s either a nude lip look or red lip look.

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dior mirage essie urban jungle summer nail art

indian nail art finished look

{Indian summer inspiration}

I never pegged myself a nail artist and in all honesty up until last year I could barely paint my nails. “Be patient and start with the hand you find hardest to paint,” Leeanne of Tips Nail Bar told me. Well her genius advice worked and now I’m finding myself doing a lot more than just two coats. If I can do it so can you!

This look was inspired by the textures and colours of an Indian sari and my eyes wearing orange nail polish is the kick off to summer beauty. I wanted to keep it a little on trend by including a new nude (Dior’s Yacht) as the base.

dior mirage essie urban jungle summer nail art

{Minimal but bright}

Oh the colour of the year! Dior nailed it with Mirage. Complemented wonderfully with Essie’s Urban Jungle. My favourite nude of the year so far. This look is so easy to do with Sephora’s Complete Art At Your Fingertips Nail Kit.

lancome cobalt blue nail art white half moons

{Naughty Nautical}

This is easily the hottest nail polish to be swooned over in the blogosphere. Cobalt blue is all the rage in the luxe summer collections and Lancome’s Nuit D’Azur for their Summer 2014 collection.

For full details on how to get these looks at home check out StyleList.ca!

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clarisonic deep pore cleansing system

scar clearing beauty products

{The dream team}

I know most women probably suffer the same fate as me but every so often around that time of month I see a few pimples pop up on my complexion here and there. I’m well past the age of acne breakout outs but when these little critters arrive they usually leave behind a reminder that they were there.

clarisonic deep pore cleansing system

{Clarisonic Deep Pore Detoxifying Solution}

I loathe pimple scarring! I’d rather not cake on the concealer to congest my skin so set out to find  a dream team of a skincare routine that would help make them disappear. First order of business. Cleansing. Perturbed by my constant failures of decongesting mask after mask I finally found a detoxifying routine that works. The new Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Clay Mask and Gel Cleanser with the deep pore cleansing brush head is everything and more.

Step one: cleanse your skin using the gel cleanser and Clarisonic

Step two: apply a thin layer of the deep pore cleansing mask and leave on for ten minutes

Step three: wet the brush head and remove the mask using the device

Result? The cleanest, clearest skin you’ll ever have and boy is it immediately noticeable.

vichy pro even night lancome dreamtone

{The star serums}

Talking more longterm, dark-spot-like scars are basically post-inflammatory pigmentation and aren’t necessarily permanent damage. That being said, the increased melanin (darker pigmented skin cells) to the surface of your skin are seriously sensitive to the sun and can get darker if you’re not using sun-protection.

Before my sunscreen and day cream I apply Lancome’s Dreamtone Serum which really is a dream when it comes to brightening my overall skintone and evening out my patchy colouring after a rough ride. Tried, tested and approved as the best.

At night I use a targeted serum, Vichy’s ProEven Concentrate for Dark Spots. This lightweight product works the overnight shift to help resurface the skin let you wake with brighter skin.

palmers skin therapy oil

{Hydration and Repair}

To finish it off with added hydration and repairing properties overnight, I use Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil For Face or The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Serum-in Oil. Oils increase the blood circulation to the skin offer more of those fancy white blood cells to help with the healing process of the dead skin cells. It contains ten different types of oils including Argan oil for repairing and hydrating properties, Vitamin E oil for scar healing and Vitamin C oil for brightening.

I had three (to be precise) scars on my left cheek and after a month of trying this set up they’re almost gone.

Don’t forget though…if you don’t wear SPF everyday then you may as well throw these efforts away!

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Lancome holiday look 2013

Lancome holiday look 2013

{Easy and quick Christmas beauty}

I know what you’re thinking, ‘ Does she ever tire of red lipstick?’, kinda not. I promise there are alternative looks coming up on TBB but I just had to show off this gorgeous collection from Lancome’s 2013 offering. Here I’m wearing the (Fall) Blush Rose Desir with swirls of Rose Étincelle highlighter over top. Lancome’s Hypnose Mascara on the lashes and the L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Caprice.

lancome holiday 2013 colection

{Favourite pieces of Lancome’s latest collections}

In the craziness that has been the last few weeks I’ve been playing around with a few pieces of the Lancome Fall and Christmas collection from recent releases. Still available on the US site, The L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Caprice is the creamiest, brightest red you’ll find in a lippie. It was part of the Fall collection but the closest match for a permanent option would be the shade Saffron Silk.

rose Étincelle

My favourite part of Holiday 2013 by Lancome, Rose Étincelle Highlighter is a pink-hued frosting for the tops of your cheeks. I used a fan brush to sweep this over my cheeks and brow bone. The result? sparkling without a glittery look – it catches the light perfectly. This is easily a product you’d use all year around.

lancome Étincelle de Neige vernis

{Étincelle de Neige}

Next to the Rose Étincelle Highlighter, the Étincelle de Neige Vernis in Love nail polish is impressive in it’s own right. I haven’t been able to swatch it because I’m wearing Essie Gel this week  but check out the stunning swatch on Maggie’s Makeup Blog! Really does look like snow on the fingertips.

lancome rouge 132 lipstick

{Creamy colour}

Oh so impressed with this L’Absolu Rouge formula and kinda wana get my hands on more shades!

**These beautilicious products were sent to The Burgundy Book for consideration and they made the cut!**

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