Beauty: CHANEL Les 4 Ombres 2014 Collection

Chanel Les 4 Ombres - 2014

Since 1982, CHANEL’s Les 4 Ombres have been on every beauty junky’s must-have list…what with their stunning colours, smooth texture, saturated pigments, and of course the iconic packaging. Well, this year, CHANEL released 8 new Les 4 Ombres quads, and they are amazing! Inspired by the iconic tweed fabric, the shades range from intense to natural, and finishes from silky to metallic.

Earlier this month, I got to meet CHANEL’s uber-talented make-up artist Kris Wares, who introduced me to the new Les 4 Ombres collection, and showed me a few cool eyeshadow application tips. There are so many different ways that you can wear Les 4 Ombres – from using the darkest shade as eyeliner, to smoky eye, to going for a natural look – these eyeshadows are really versatile. Kris used #232 Tissé Vénitien on my eyes, using the darker shades on my eyelid, and the lightest to line my lash line, making my eyes pop, and I’ve been recreating this look ever since!

If you are interested in checking out the new CHANEL Les 4 Ombres collection, all of the new shades are currently available at Holt Renfrew, so make sure to stop by and discover your favourite!

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Beauty: Wedding Makeup 101

Makeup Forever

When my Clinique-loving girlfriend and ex-bridesmaid told me that she wouldn’t be able to make it to my destination wedding after all, I was disappointed. Mostly because I really wanted her to celebrate with us, but also, because she was supposed to be my wedding makeup artist. I probably don’t need to explain to you why it’s important to have a trustworthy makeup artist on your big day, and obviously, I wasn’t just going to let some stranger do my makeup for me…So, what’s a bride-to-be to do? Learn how to DIY, of course!

To get myself started on the road to wedding makeup know-it-all-ness, I stopped by Sephora, and booked an application appointment with the lovely Flavia. The goal was to pick up some products that I would need on my wedding day, and learn a trick or two (or a dozen) to help me do my own makeup…ahem…better. Sephora makeup applications are free, but you do need to buy a $50 giftcard, that can be used to buy anything in the store.

Wedding Day Make up For ever

After years of using Clinique products (almost exclusively), I had to fess up to Flavia (and myself), that my makeup routine no longer worked for my skin. My foundation wore off after a couple of hours, making me look exhausted by 5pm. And considering how long an average wedding day is, that just wouldn’t do. So out with the old it was…and in with the new and improved.

1. To get me started, Flavia recommended a couple of good primers: Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer and Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Usually, I skip primers all-together, but in this case, more is actually more. A primer smoothed and enhanced my skin’s texture, while helping my foundation stay on longer. For my trial run at home, I used the Make Up For Ever primer…and I can’t express how much I loved it. Lightweight, and oil-free, it did wonders for my face.

Wedding Day Make Up For Ever

2. After all the priming and moisturizing, we got to the truly interesting part – concealers, foundations, and powders. In my early 20s, I got away with using tinted moisturizers…mostly because I’ve never been a fan of the cakey/overdone look, and my skin was youthful and free of imperfections. Now that I am nearing 30, I’ve realized that I need something more…substantial.

After the rave reviews from close friends, I told Flavia that I’d like to try Make Up For Ever concealer and foundation, and she agreed that their long-lasting HD line was one of the best, if I wanted staying power, and medium coverage.

Now that I’ve been using Make Up For Ever HD concealer and foundation for over a week, I cannot help but kick myself for not trying these products sooner. My friend has been raving about the company for years, so why was I the last to make the leap? The coverage is great, and it literally will not budge from your face until you’re ready to take it off, leaving your with a flawless-looking face. I could really get used to that. To set my makeup, I now use the brand’s HD Microfinish Powder – translucent and barely there.

More beauty tips after the jump!

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Lise Watier Duo Glam Spring 2011 Launch

I don’t know about you, but I am not someone you’d call a makeup junkie. I like beauty products, but when it comes to my own face, my makeup regimen is pretty simple: concealer, eyeshadow, mascara…sometimes a bit of blush and powder, and some lip balm or lip gloss to pull it together.

One product I’ve had a love/hate relationship with for a while now is lipstain. I am not big on lipsticks (reapplying is a bitch), and lipgloss just doesn’t have that pop of color that my face often needs. And though lipstains offer longevity of application, what I really hate about most lipstains is the alcohol that dries out my lips, leaving them chapped and flaky! I’d rather have blah lips with no color than turtle lips. Am I right?

So when I heard that the new Lise Watier Duo Glam Rouge Infini lipstick/lipstain combo didn’t contain alcohol, but was water-based instead, I leaped for joy! Rouge Infini is lipstain on one end (1), and lipstick on the other (2). The lipstain side feels like water gliding on, and has a bit of a sparkle to it. With some lipstick on top, the final result is matte and long-lasting. 1 and 2 – it’s that easy. Two weeks later, and I am happy to report that my lips aren’t dry, and the color stays and stays and stays…all day long. Perfect for a lazy makeup reapplier like me!

Read more about Lise Watier Duo Glam Spring 2011 products after the jump!

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Rimmel London Spring 2011

A few weeks ago, I was invited to check out Rimmel London’s Spring 2010 collection at the Windsor Arms Hotel. As it turned out, the presentation was one of the most creative previews I’ve ever attended.

Attendees were given a tour of the three rooms at the hotel, each inspired by a Brit celebrity: Kate Middleton, Kate Moss, and Peaches Geldof. Each celebrity (and room) represented a certain part of the collection showcased. Future Mrs. Prince William was all about a clean fresh look – a no-makeup-makeup, featuring Match Perfection Concealer.  Kate Moss’ room was littered with Coke cans (tee-hee), rock star tees, and glam eye makeup. And Peaches was all about glossy lips.

It was great to see such a creative collection preview, and having models, representing a celebrity in each room, wearing the makeup made it that much cooler!

At the end of the tour, I was given a box of goodies to try at home. And ever since then, I’ve been addicted to Rimmel’s concealer! It’s so light (the complete opposite of cakey), and yet it still manages to cover all of my blemishes. The eyeshadow palettes were also pretty amazing! The color stays on all day and all through the evening, with vivid pigments in each palette. I also really REALLY like the fact that they are nice and soft, and very easy to glide on.

And last, but definitely not least, the Lash Accelerator Mascara, which I included in my Christmas gift guide, is truly fantastic, especially considering the price! Not only a mascara, but a lash treatment that helps lashes grow longer and stronger. It takes a while to dry, but once it’s on, it really makes your eyes pop!

If you haven’t tried Rimmel in a while, I think you should give them a chance…the quality of their products definitely made me reconsider drugstore brands.

What about you? Where do you usually buy your makeup? Let me know in the comments, and I might send a little something from Rimmel your way!

Giveaway: Glowing Beauty

Today’s giveaway is courtesy of www.glowingbeauty.ca! The prize? $25 gift certificate, to buy anything your heart desires. If you still have some last minute Christmas shopping to do, this gift certificate would make a perfect stocking stuffer for that beauty-lover in your life.

Glowing Beauty carries skin care, makeup, hair and nail products, including such brands as Essie, OPI, and one of my personal faves – Pupa!

Here’s what you need to do to win!

1. Leave a comment below (1 per person, please)

2. State your name, and what you would like to buy with the gift certificate

3. For extra entries, please RT the following: “@styleblogca I want the Glowing Beauty Gift Certificate”

4. You don’t have to be a follower, but it’s certainly appreciated

5. This contest is open to Canadian readers only (International contest is coming tomorrow)!

6. C’est tout!

Good luck! I will announce the winner on Tuesday (December 21st, 2010).

And the lucky winner is…ElaineA! Congrats, beauty! Email me your address, so that I can send you your gift card! And for those that didn’t win…you can still enter the Gap Giveaway here. Good luck!

Clinique Bonus at Holt Renfrew

It’s that time of the year again! Clinique Spring Bonus Time at Holts! And this one actually looks like it’s worth it!

Clinique’s Spring gift is available May 28th – June 6th and comes in the limited edition signature bag designed by Milly designer, Michelle Smith. With a retail value of over $100, it’s yours free, with any Clinique purchase of $35 or more. Quantities are limited, as usual, so make sure to get yours before they are all gone! Going to get mine at Yorkdale this weekend.

Photo Credits: Holt Renfrew

Lancome Gift With Purchase at Holts

lancome

This time Lancome counters at Holts are giving away personalized makeup sets, with a purchase of $50 or more! Gift bags include the following choices:

Warm Look
• COLOR DESIGN® Sensational Effects Lip Colour
• COLOR FEVER® Sensual Vibrant Lip Colour
• OMBRE ABSOLUETM Radiant Smoothing Eye Shadow Quad

Cool Look
• COLOR DESIGN® Sensational Effects Lip Colour
• LE ROUGE ABSOLUTM Reshaping & Replenishing Lip Colour SPF 15
• OMBRE ABSOLUETM Radiant Smoothing Eye Shadow Quad

Your Gift Will Also Include:
• ABSOLUE PREMIUM® Absolute Replenishing Cream
• GÉNIFIQUETM Youth Activating Concentrate
• DÉFINICILSTM High Definition Mascara in Black
• Lancôme Signature Travel Cosmetic Case

This gift looks quite promising! And the travel case looks super cute! The promotion ends this Friday!

What’s in your makeup bag?

Clinique Makup Bag Event

If you love Clinique and freebies as much as I do, then head on over to your closest Clinique counter at The Bay! From May 21st to May 27th, get one of the Clinique consultants to assess your makeup bag to see whether you are a Makeup Fan or Fanatic and either way, you’ll be walking away with a free mini bag and a lipgloss/mascara combo to stash in your bag. All you need to do is show up, get a free consultation, buy any Clinique product (no minimum purchase necessary) and get your freebies! Easy, breesy, beautiful!

Photo credit: www.thebay.com