burberry christmas make up

Burberry beauty is a little bit of a luxury soft spot of mine. This year’s Christmas collection just had me at ‘hellooooo, gold encompassed perfection’. The ultimate oxblood nail lacquer, the earthy quad of shadow basics and a satin lipstick that stains a bitten lip.

Read more to see what these beauties can do…

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Sure Christmas time is all about giving but let’s face it. Sometimes the limited edition beauty sets are so good that they’re gone before your forgetful boyfriend can pick it up in time. Sometimes, you’ve just got to act fast!

Read more to find out which six sets and limited edition releases are my selfish must-haves for the Holiday season year.  View Post

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 shu uemura rouge unlimited brave beauty

{Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks – Brave Beauty}

This Fall 2014 Shu Uemura welcomes a generous collection of lipsticks, highlighting sticks, eye shadows, lashes and more in the most beautiful of packages. Though the Brave Beauty collection screams summer, it’s refreshing to see a range of hues that offer more than the anniversary shades of mulled wine. View Post

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face of the week the burgundy book favourites

{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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{Dior Spring 2014 – Trianon}

Dior spring 2014 collection

{Dior – the products}

It’s the dead of winter I’m shamelessly pulling out my pastel sweaters and lippie shades already. No really, day one of 2014 and you can see in my NYE post that I’m already wearing coral lipstick. Enter squeal of excitement upon unpacking the Dior spring 2014collection.

dior trianon spring 2014 diorblush

{Diorblush – Trianon}

First up, if you ask me, the centrepiece of the collection. Diorblush in Trianon – a blush that instantly warms your face with an intense pink glow. I can’t decide whether I want to cherish it or rub the entire palette all over my face. Suggestions?

dior lip glow balm in coral

{Dior Lip Glow in Coral and Rouge Dior Lipstick in Crinoline}

My second favourite pieces stand strong in the lip category. I didn’t really believe in the lip glow when I first applied it but the longer I left it on, the more it started to work it’s magic! A lip balm that works with your natural skin colouring to give you a personalized result.

Rouge Dior Lipstick in Crinoline spring trianon 2014

{Wearing: Diorblush in Trianon and Rouge Dior Lipstick Crinoline}

The Crinoline lipstick is essentially my dream coral. I mean it’s just a shade that will literally flatter the palest of pretties to the darkest of divas. So it’s got me covered from winter to summer! The creamy formula glides on and give your make up a totally fresh makeover.

dior spring lip glow swatch coral

{Wearing: Diorblush in Trianon and Lip Glow in Coral}

dior addict lip gloss trianon Petillante and Exquisse

{Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Petillante and Exquisse}

IT’S LIKE ICE CREAM AND RASPBERRY SYRUP. I know, you shouldn’t trust food that’s neon but I couldn’t help but think of the ice cream van that’d come around my hood as a kid when I saw these lip glosses. Soft serve, strawberry ice pops and raspberry syrup. #nom

dior addict lip gloss Exquisse spring 2014 trianon

{Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Exquisse}

My sister’s kinda stealing this one from the beauty drawer. Isn’t the shade special? A wet, glossy pop of fuchsia.

Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Petillante

{Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Petillante}

This subtle and shimmery pink is soft enough to wear as a nude for the perfect evening look. I prefer to stay away from shimmery lips in the daytime but I wouldn’t be quick reject this beauty.

dior spring 2014 mono eye shadow

{Dior Backstage Prime and Mono Eye Shadow}

I. Adore the Mono Eye Shadows that Dior has to offer. This matte collection of pastels is nothing short of eye brightening and love that you can literally apply with your fingers in seconds.

dior spring beauty look 2014

{Wearing the mono shadow – applied with fingers}

Lilac on the eyes? I never would have thought it but it doesn’t look too bad, right?!

 dior new primer pore glow maximizer

{Dior Pore Minimizer and Glow Maximizer}

Er, so, my pores have decided to make a massive appearance on my skin lately and I’m facing the fact that it’s time to start the cover up. Dior’s mattifying balm makes the pores disappear in seconds but it’s not best for those who have dry skin…

The Glow Maximizer on the other hand…sublime! I mixed a pump in with my foundation and got nothing but a glowalicious base. If you need to tone it down but don’t want to mattify your skin then sweep some of your Ambient Powder overtop for a luminous finish.

dior spring nail vernis polish 2014

{Dior Vernis Spring 2014}

Alongside the YSL polis Dior’s Vernis is the best on the market. These beautiful shades and creamy and apply like a dream. More to come on these…

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