Beauty Favourites: 2014

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Some of you have been waiting for my 2014 beauty favourites and I finally had a chance to pick my top choices. To be honest, my beauty routine was pretty simple. For the most part 2014 was a slow year for beauty products. In terms of experimenting, not for lack of interest. With a baby the last thing on my mind was putting on my face. But, now that I am back to work I’m sure 2015’s list will be far more interesting.
Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Wipes- I’m no stranger now to carrying wipes. Baby wipes for the son and cleansing wipes for mom. Easy to use and great for getting sticky finger marks off the face. These wipes are also great at removing budge-proof makeup.
a favourite since 2013 and a repurchase, read my full review and swatch of Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation- if you’re looking for an affordable foundation that has medium coverage, this is it! I love this when I need a little more coverage than a BB Cream or CC Cream. Perfect for work as it lasts all day without feeling greasy by the end of the day.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Moisturizer- I’ve used this moisturizer on and off for the last few years. I love this because it hydrates without leaving your skin greasy. It’s lightweight and perfect for combination skin types.

L Oréal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga mascara- Ever since my favourite mascara Rimmel Sexy Curves was discontinued I’ve had a hard time finding a replacement. I love that this mascara is a true black. Seperates and makes my lashes look full.

Pelle Beauty Luxe Beauty Oil-I’m so glad I’ve revisited facial oils last year. Truly has made a difference in the texture of my skin. Read all about Winter skincare and my review of Pelle Beauty Luxe Beauty Oil.
Which beauty products were your favourites in 2014?

Winter: Skincare Survival Essentials

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Oh Winter, the driest and coldest season is havoc on my skin. My skin is at it’s most sensitive so I constantly change up my products. However, I find that oils are my best friend with the help of a few other skincare products.

Since, I travel for work my skincare regime changes not only according to the Winter season but I also have to think about climate change. My skincare needs on that particular day (and time zone) could drastically change. Here are a few favourites for the Winter and are travel friendly:

Evie Lovingly Toning Rose Water-$39
This toner is simple in ingredients but effective. After cleansing, I swipe with a cotton pad. After, I spritz my face and while still damp I apply my facial oils.(A tip I was taught by Marnie Cipriani of Pelle Beauty). Also, amazing as a facial spray for in-flight.

Pelle Beauty Luxe Beauty Oil-$68
A MUST-HAVE for dry, cold, and dehydrating conditions. I received a sample of this back in the Summer and although slightly too rich for the hot weather this is perfect now for Winter. With no fail, everytime I apply this in the morning underneath makeup people always state how glowing my skin looks. Even a famous Toronto makeup-artist complimented my skin. Above I mentioned Marnie Cipriani, the woman behind the brand Pelle Beauty. I met Marnie back in the Summer and as we were talking facial oils I never realized I was doing the oils all wrong. Apply a spritz of a toner, hydrosol or even just water, while the skin is still damp apply a few drops of oil. Oils are evenly spread, less is needed and absorbs into the skin better. The Luxe Beauty Oil is one of four oils that Pelle Beauty makes. This is the richest in formula of the four: Omega 3’s and vitamin E are just a couple of ingredients in this fabulous oil.

Pixi Glow Tonic-£18
A cult favourite among beauty bloggers and editors this is THE toner on every beauty junkies wishlist. And with good reason! Always sold out, only available online or in-stores in the U.K. It’s no wonder I made it my mission on my last London layover to buy a bottle. No jet-lag can stop this beauty blogger. An exfoliating toner that gets rid of those Winter flakes. I like that it doesn’t stink or sting like other glycolic toners. I already notice smoother skin and even tone.

Myra Aso Marula Jojoba Facial Serum-$36.50
This is the perfect serum for those that are oily to combination as it doesn’t feel heavy at all. So, if you’ve been scared to try facial oils before this is a perfect intro. What I love about this oil is that it’s light and not thick so easy to spread. I don’t even have to pre-spritz with my rose water (above). I met the owner, Myra, at a show I was doing representing Ele & Ela (my baby bibs and pouch business) and of course we talked beauty products!

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly-$24.99
A hyaluronic acid based jelly that is a must for hydration this Winter. I loved the serum version and this jelly version was released last year. You can combine the two for maximum hydration but not necessary. I like to use this as an extra step when I travel.

What are your Winter skincare must-haves?

Beauty Breakdown: Claire Danes at the Golden Globes

Love the Valentino dress Claire Danes wore to the 2015 Golden Globes. If I ever was to walk the Red Carpet (insert dream here) I would love to wear something similar. Totally my style. And I loved that her makeup was inspired by the blue in the dress. Make-Up artist, Matin, for NARS Cosmetics wanted to incorporate the peacock blue in her dress using blue eyeshadow.

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The final look was created with the following NARS Cosmetics products:

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
Price: $57
Available February 1 at all NARS retailers

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Fervor
Price: $52
Available March 4 exclusively at Sephora, and April 1 at all NARS retailers

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Giove
Price: $35

NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Kaliste
Price: $27

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*NARS Cosmetics available at all NARS retailers (Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Murale) and www.narscosmetics.com

(images: narscosmetics.com)

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