Beauty, Current Obsession

New Arrivals: Marc Jacobs Cosmetics

It’s been over a year and half since reading on Elle.com that Marc Jacobs would be collaborating with Sephora to create a line of cosmetics;   The anticipated day my makeup bag has been waiting for arrived!

An extremely talented fashion designer with an unbelievable following around the globe, of all ages, and along with a beautiful line of fragrances (including one of my personal favourites, OH, LOLA), excitement to see what colours and fresh cosmetics Jacobs created would be an understatement.

Here are a few products, keep an eye out for them in my outfit posts!

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Let the obsessing begin…

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MARC JACOBS LOVEMARC LIP GEL | 104 DIZZY SPELL

With many stunning shades to choose from, I fell in love with Dizzy Spell because this hue of pink complimented my tanned skin, fun for the current summer outfits, and also because it’s pale enough to rock a mod look.

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MARC JACOBS ENAMORED HI-SHINE LACQUER | 110 GATSBY

Generally choosing neutral shades of nail polish, “Gatsby” has a rich shine and is still versatile enough to wear with the many colours in my wardrobe (plus it has a fun metallic shine, which adds to the look of “Mixing Metals,” sound familiar?)

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MARC JACOBS LIPLOCK MOISTURE BALM | 10 MAKEOUT

Did you read the name?  Enough said…

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MARC JACOBS HIGHLINER GEL EYE CRAYON | 42 BLACQUER

My Summer makeup is usually kept to a minimal with mascara, but since it’s a transitional point in the season for fashion, I’m looking forward to bringing back the cat eye or mod look with the lipstick, as mentioned above.

MMXO

 

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My Favourite Hair Products

Fashion is my forté, with that said I find styling my hair can be quite challenging.  Since attending the re-release of John Freida & Luxurious Volume Event with Christie Lohr of Style Nine to Five at the Shangri-La Xi Shi Lounge, I have been hooked to my new products!  I love the natural look of hair, not “texas hair,” that most women complain about, and these products truly deliver.  Opposite to what I thought, you don’t need very much, giving much life from these bottles, I use them practically every time I style my hair and each time I am happy with the results, which is fuller voluminous hair.

I have been using the expert tips given by John Freida’s Canadian Creative Consultant himself, Alain Larivée, and you don’t need to be a hairstylist to achieve what you want from your hair.  I have been using the entire line starting with the Shampoo and Conditioner to the final touches of the Luxurious Volume All-Day Hold Hairspray, and I notice a significant difference with my tresses.  This line is one of my favourites, comparing to many brands starting from inexpensive drug store brands to high end salons.  I now consider the Blow-Out Spray my secret weapon (don’t tell anyone!).

Photo Courtesy of Citizen Optimum PR

Photo Courtesy of Citizen Optimum PR

John Freida Canadian Creative Consultant Alain Larivée.  Photo Courtesy of Citizen Optimum PR/ Ellen Ho Photography

John Freida Canadian Creative Consultant Alain Larivée. Photo Courtesy of Citizen Optimum PR/ Ellen Ho Photography

John Freida Canadian Creative Consultant Alain Larivée. Photo Courtesy of Citizen Optimum PR/ Ellen Ho Photography

John Freida Canadian Creative Consultant Alain Larivée. Photo Courtesy of Citizen Optimum PR/ Ellen Ho Photography

I highly recommend you try it, here are some expert tips from Larivée that I now use to help achieve visibly naturally fuller hair:

(1) Thoroughly spray your hair close to the roots, blow dry hair lifting away from your roots using the beak of your hair dryer and a large barrel brush to curl with. Once you reach the end of your locks, hold the heat for a moment and then twist hair to let it fall.

(2) When you would like to curl your hair, he suggests hot rollers (remember those? they’re back!), take big sections of hair and smaller rollers, curling them not too close to the roots and then leave them in until they cool down. Once you take your curlers out, tilt your head back and run your fingers through to loosen curls up.

(3) Using your hairspray, hold the bottle an arm length away from your head and lift a few sections of hair up at a time for a light mist and let it fall.

Just a few easy tweaks doesn’t make desirable hair seem so far away! And for those days you don’t have time to wash your hair, all you need to do is spray some water onto your hair to reactivate the ingredients and repeat as desired.

MMXO

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At The Tip Of Your Fingers!

Maybe it’s my inner hippie, but it seems the beautiful colors falling from the trees painting sidewalks of the West End influence my nail color palette!   My favourite hue of the moment is dark green (Sew Psyched by Essie), but when I feel like spicing things up underneath my mittens I opt for oranges, reds and deep blues inspired by waters of English Bay.

ESSIE | MIDNIGHT CAMI, REVLON | VELVET ROPE, L’OREAL | BOOZY BRUCH, SALLY HANSEN | GOLDEN-I, ESSIE | SEW PSYCHED

ZARA | COAT WITH BUCKLES, SOCIAL EXPERIMENT | RED GARNET COCKTAIL RING, TOPSHOP CLUTCH,  REVLON | VELVET ROPE NAIL POLISH

For a unique touch, add glitter to one of your finger nails by painting it a different color or adding a funky pattern!  I adore a golden orange combination. What are you wearing right now?

MMXO

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Sleeping Beauty

Hit that annoying snooze button one more time because it is interrupting your beauty sleep- literally! Improve the appearance of your skin by just simply getting enough rest.

The recommended amount of sleep per night is 7-9 hours, after approximately 5 hours the skin hits its lowest temperature and that is when it reaches deepest recovery. Muscles that create wrinkles relax, skin cells regenerate and human growth hormones are released, which assists the body to create collagen, giving your skin elasticity and strength (often used in cosmetic surgery and used in treatments for skin aging and burns).

A lack of sleep results in puffy eyes, breakouts and flushes your skin- no color, no thanks! According to SHAPE Magazine, “Sleep deprivation and stress compromise your skin’s barrier function—which keeps moisture in and harmful substances out.”

So go on… keep dreaming! 

MMXO

REFERENCES:

www.shape.com
http://wikipedia.com

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