urban decay electric palette: chaos and blues

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Make Up Forever HD Foundation in 125

MAC Studio Finish Concealer Palette in Medium

Smashbox Contour Palette

TIGI eyeshadow in Black & Brown (brows)


MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

UD eyeshadow in Chaos (lid)

TIGI eyeshadow in Black (outer corner/crease)

UD eyeshadow in Revolt (tear duct)

UD eyeshadow in Jilted (lower lashline)

UD eyeshadow in Urban (outer corner of lower lashline)

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Black


MAC lipstick in Blankety

beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction lipgloss in Pin Up

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urban decay electric palette: chartreuse with a twist

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MAC Face & Body Foundation in C4

MAC Studio Finish Concealer Palette in Medium

Smashbox Contour Palette

Benefit Watt’s Up highlighter

MAC eyeshadow in Brun (brows)


UD eyeshadow in Trash (lid)

UD eyeshadow in Smog [from Naked 1 palette] (crease/outer corner/lower lashline)

MAC eyeshadow in Brun (outer corner)

UD eyeshadow in Revolt (tear duct)

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara in Very Black


Ritual lipstick in Siena

MAC lipstick in Blankety (over top)

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urban decay electric palette: burning savage



Okay, so I’m in absolute L-O-V-E with the latest palette from Urban Decay; the Electric palette. Ten pressed pigments that are busting with rich,  saturated, bright shades – it’s like a makeup holy grail (well, for those of us who love ass-kicking shades of neon, at least).

When I picked this up, I was surprised to hear from the salesperson that the palette wasn’t flying off the shelf. It seems that while potential buyers certainly stopped to pay attention to it, they were hesitant to buy because the colours intimidated them. And yes, while it’s easy for me to say “Really?! C’mon people, what’s the problem?”, I forget sometimes that I am definitely a bit more savvy with taking a few risks with colours such as these in comparison to those who are more on the makeup rookie level. That being said, if there are any of you ‘rookies’ out there reading and are in this boat, fret not young makeup Jedis. This palette isn’t necessarily designed for ALL the colours to be worn at once (granted, for those bold enough to rock them all at once, I say go for it). While the series of looks I’ll be posting featuring this palette may not be for everyone, know that one could easily use a shade or two from the Electric palette paired with some neutral shades to make it more ‘wearable’ based on personal preference and style.

Without further ado, I’ll get into the first of my series of three makeup looks using Electric by Urban Decay.


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MAC Face & Body Foundation in C4

MAC Studio Finish Concealer Palette in Medium

Smashbox Contour Palette

MAC eyeshadow in Brun (brows)


Too Faced Shadow Insurance

UD eyeshadow in Slowburn (lids/lower lashline)

UD eyeshadow in Savage (crease)

MAC eyeshadow in Fig 1 (outer corner/lower lashline)

UD eyeshadow in Thrash (tear duct)

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara in Very Black


MAC lipstick in Hug Me


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style: getting fresh with fresh collective




Last month I was approached by a lovely friend of mine, Terri-Leigh, who works at Fresh Collective to collaborate on a style profile for their blog. I was both flattered and excited by this so I obviously couldn’t say no to the opportunity. Any excuse for Miss TL to dress me up in pretty things, really; the girl has amazing style.



If you aren’t familiar with Fresh Collective, you should do yourself a favour and check them out immediately if you love fashion and beautiful clothes in general. Their three locations (in Kensington, Roncesvalles and Queen West, respectively) specialize in independent Toronto designers and carry not only clothes, but fabulous shoes and accessories. Not only do their staff know how to dress a woman’s body to a tee, they also offer personalized style services and wardrobe makeovers for those looking for a more in-depth shopping experience. I got a taste of it while I was getting styled for the photo shoot, and let me tell you that it’s incredible having someone just look at your body and know how to dress it…and well!


You can find out more on Fresh Collective and details on the specific designers they carry in-house, here.


As for my style profile that FC featured, I was really pleased with how it turned out. I loved all the outfits I got to parade around in, and working with Terri-Leigh was a delight (obviously…she’s awesome).  To check out the profile for yourself, click the link below and do yourself a favour and go visit Terri-Leigh at the Kensington location; she’ll make you look marvellous!



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makeup quickie: addicted to love

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I’m pretty sure at one point or another I wanted to be a Robert Palmer girl. Those lips, those eyes; makeup so deliciously and glamorously eighties that we barely paid attention to their awful ‘air guitar’ skills. Mind you, the exact look today would be rendered quite dated but the guts behind the original look is still quite relevant in current makeup trends. Smoky eye? Yes. Statement lip? Heck yes!

So I got inspired to create a wearable Robert Palmer-esque face that is current and not so hardcore in order to be appropriate for a daytime look. I nixed the glossy red lips for a matte orange, and opted to chill out the smoky eye with a neutral palette and pair it with a bold brow instead.

Here’s how I did it.

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MAC Face & Body Foundation in C1 & C4 (applied with a beauty blender)

MAC Concealer Palette in Medium

Makeup Forever HD Powder

Smashbox Contour Palette

TIGI eyeshadows in Black & Chocolate (brows)


Urban Decay eyeshadow in Liar (lid)

Urban Decay eyeshadow in Darkside (outer corner + lower lashline)

Urban Decay eyeshadow in Nooner (crease)

Too Faced eyeshadow in Marshmallow (tear duct)

TIGI eyeshadow in Chocolate (outer corner)

Maybelline The Rocket Volum’Express  mascara in Blackest Black


Ritual lipstick in Siena

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review: fake it with st. tropez





Winter Woe #235: Pasty skin.

It’s an inevitable burden thanks to Mother Nature forcing us to be on what seems like permanent house arrest and longing for warmer weather and a little sunshine on our face. I know some of you out there find solace from the frigid season in the dreaded tanning bed. I’ll tell you now and forever, as a skin specialist AND as someone who anal retentively takes care of her skin like a Faberge Egg, that the aforementioned approach is both terribly dangerous, unhealthy and with alternatives like the one I’m about to tell you about, unnecessary. I’ll be honest and admit that my experience using any self tanning products on myself  is slim to none. I’ve either been complacent with my level of pastiness or have been concerned with which shade of Snooki I’d end up.

Enter St. Tropez.

I had heard of this line a long while ago and it wasn’t until I ended up at my current place of work that I saw the results of these products first hand. The Self Tan family of products is the longest lasting and leaves the skin with a gorgeous bronze glow; very much a natural looking colour. Point one for St. Tropez. I realized that they also had a wash off formula that allowed me the option to have that tanned look for a special event or just for those days I was feeling an extra level of ghost, wintery white. I grabbed myself a bottle of the Wash Off Instant Glow face formula and the experimentation with self tanning began.

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Product Name:

St. Tropez Wash Off Instant Glow Face

What It Does:

This lightweight and hydrating tinted gel formula gives your face an instant tanned look that won’t transfer, has no tanning agents and washes off with normal facial cleanser.

How To Use:

You can use this on it’s own or mixed into your favourite moisturizer or foundation. Avoiding the eye area, apply in upward and circular motions to allow an even application, making sure it is absorbed thoroughly. You will notice immediately how much more tanned the skin looks. Wash your hands after application as it will stain.

How I Did It:

I mixed the St. Tropez in with some Embryolisse Cream and applied it onto my face and neck. I have used this both in combination with moisturizer and on its own. I have yet to mix it in with my foundation, although I imagine the results are amazing. My favourite method of applying it though, was the moisturizer combo; it was so easy to blend in and great for those mornings I don’t want to fuss about. In the photo below, the end result is without any foundation applied after the St. Tropez. You can clearly see how even the coverage is and how natural the tanned finish is.

Would I Repurchase?:

Heck yes I would! I also have the Gradual Tan face formula which is lovely but I much prefer the non-committal properties of this Wash Off line. With the cost of this being under $30, it’s a no brainer that it’s worth repurchasing.

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For my pasty face sisters and brothers out there, the moral of this story is to not let this uninspiring winter weather get you down. If you weren’t able to sneak away down south for a little tropical therapy, why not fake it with St. Tropez.


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skincare: what i’m loving right now

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This is definitely the time of year where I’m frantically waving a white flag at winter. It hinders me from wearing cute shoes, walking without  fear of a slippery tumble, being outside in general and most of all, my skin freaks out.  I know that last one on the short list of winter woes is one that a lot of us share. As a skin therapist, the common factor I’ve been seeing these past few months is dehydration and sensitivity due to the extreme weather conditions and have personally been battling mother nature to maintain glorious skin during this winter war.

There have been a handful of products that have been little saviours during this time. Some are new to me, while others are old faithfuls in my skin care regimen. Here’s a taste of what I’ve been loving on my face as of late.


Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

If there’s no such thing as a fountain of youth, Dermaquest’s Stem Cell line comes pretty damn close to it. This eye cream in particular is on my permanent list of favourites; it’s like Botox without the needles. Plant stem cells, red algae extract and peptides de-puff, brighten and smooth the eye area. I noticed a miraculous difference in how my eyes looked after two days using this. This product doesn’t fool around and in over ten years in the beauty business, I haven’t seen an eye cream work as effectively as this one in such a short period of time.


Crabtree & Evelyn English Honey and Peach Blossom Glistening Face Serum

Does winter have your skin looking dull and blah? In need of a radiance boost? This serum will hydrate, condition and restore your skin to a glowing state thanks to blue agave, yeast extracts, wild flower honey and peach blossom. Oilier skin types can use this alone as a moisturizer and those with skin on the drier side, apply this under your favourite moisturizer. My dry skin thanked me for saturating it in this serum; yours will too. It will leave you looking luminous and feeling supple. In your face, winter!


Lush Ocean Salt Face Scrub

I have to admit, I’m a little obsessed with this exfoliant right now. My skin had been a little schizo thanks to the dreaded polar vortex, causing me grief by looking dull, being dehydrated and even breaking out. I needed something to help purge without drying me out even more. Enter Lush Ocean Salt. The sea salt softens and sloughs the skin while coconut and avocado hydrate and balance. As if Lush didn’t know me any better when wooing me with this little tub, it contains lime and VODKA which helps with clogged pores, blackheads and occasional breakouts, leaving it looking bright and fresh. Like a cocktail for your face!


Dermalogica Barrier Repair

Cold wind? Check. Burning cheeks? Check. Red faced? Check. Slightly chapped? Check.

Barrier Repair is a skin godsend for the bitter cold months and allows some solace from the evils of sensitized skin. This waterless moisturizer helps to shield the skin from environmental and internal triggers and contains an UltraCalming Complex to soothe and minimize burning and itching. This works great under makeup as a primer and is an ideal product for those who are outside a lot and exposed to the cold elements.

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