10 Beauty Blunders We All Make

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Its said that 9 out of 10 women make beauty mistakes…and some don’t even know it! Whether its because of misinformation from old folk tales, teen magazines or your avant garde drama teacher, we’ve all fallen victim to beauty blunders at some point in time. Fear not though, here’s how to rectify the crimes. Welcome to beauty bootcamp:

1. Washing Your Hair Too Often
Frequent washing can strip hair of their natural oils but with dry shampoo to hand this is an easy-to-break bad habit. Try washing every two-three days if you can.

2. Applying Too Much Conditioner
We actually over-apply most beauty products, but conditioner is the most common one. Concentrate it on the lengths and ends where your older hair is damaged and leave your virgin roots to naturally condition themselves.

3. Not Using a Heat Protector
Heat styling from hair-dryers as well as irons, tongs and wands can frazzle your hair if it’s not well shielded with product. The result is frizz, dryness and brittle locks. Boo.

4. Tying Your Ponytail in the Same Place
Always wear your hair up in a tight pony? Try not to tie it in exactly the same place every day as it causes tension on the hair which over time can weaken it.

5. Not Washing your Makeup Brushes Regularly
It’s pretty obvious: bacteria build-up can lead to blemishes. Aim to give your brushes a clean once a week or fortnight using a gentle clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo.

6. Neglecting your Neck
Do you want a face like a baby’s with a neck like a turkey’s. No. Make sure you cleanse and moisturise below the chin – and don’t forget SPF too.

7. Over-Treating and Over-Covering Spots
Spot treatments work on your skin for hours, so make sure you always follow the product instructions – they’re there for a reason! Likewise, don’t cake them in concealer, your skin needs to breath and you can often end up highlighting a spot of bother unnecessarily.

8. Applying Foundation Before your Moisturizer is Absorbed
Moisturiser needs time to absorb so give it at least a minute before you start applying foundation. This also avoids your makeup thinning, peeling off when the formulas react, or getting a streaky finish.

9. Plucking Eyebrows Too Close to the Mirror
If you pluck too close to the mirror you find yourself looking at every hair rather than looking at the overall shape of your eyebrows. This can leave you with thin, and/or uneven brows. Instead use a large mirror and take a couple of steps back so you can see your whole face, not just your brows.

10. Having Yellow Nails
Nail artists and polish junkies will know that consistently covering your talons in colour can leave them stained yellow. The only way to prevent this is by always wearing a base coat. And remember that a top coat makes your manicure last, so don’t skip that either.

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Oh, Lorde: MAC’s New It Girl

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Since she hit the scene last year, Lorde has had us mesmerized by her killer coolness, her oh-so-simple vampy style and of course, her music. When I heard earlier this year that Lorde and M·A·C would be collaborating, I squealed in excitement for a minute had a feeling we would see some dark, moody lip shades and of course a trusty black liner.

With official announcements and photos released earlier this week, Lorde has delivered “Pure Heroine,” a deep plum lipstick, and a black-aMAClordes-night “Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack.”  The lipstick will be listed for $16 while the eyeliner will be $19.50.

The limited-edition collaboration will be available at maccosmetics.com and in the M·A·C stores in Times Square and on Fifth Avenue in New York City, from June 5 to July 3.

A huge “atta girl” to Lorde, who at 17 has already taken the world by storm and has surely left her mark. I myself am a big fan not only of her music, (I downloaded Pure Heroin the week it was released and listened to it on repeat for 3weeks!)but also of her wiser-than-her-years outlook on beauty, the media, and life overall. This, my friends, is the girl you want your teenager to look up to.

What do you think of the M·A·C Lorde collection? It is what you’d expect to see in a collab between M·A·C and Lorde? Will you be purchasing it? Let’s chat in the comments!

Peace, Love and Lipgloss x

How-To: Remove Makeup Stains from Clothing

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If you’ve ever gotten a makeup stain on your clothing you know how devastating it can be. Whether you’re pulling a shirt over your head and lipstick makes its way to the collar or you’re leaning on your boyfriend’s shoulder and some foundation transfers onto his shirt, makeup stains on clothing are never a fun time. Luckily, there are a few tried & true ways to remove makeup stains.

Whether you’re dealing with an oil-based makeup, mascara or blush I’ve pulled together a guide for removing stains based on which makeup left them in the first place.

Lipstick: Because lipstick contains oil, an oil-based cleaner is what you’ll need to help remove the stain. Get yourself a grease-fighting liquid soap like Dawn Dish Soap and begin by blotting the stain with a tissue to remove any extra colour. Next, spritz the stain with clean water, but don’t soak the area. Gently rub a drop of soap on the stain and let sit for 10-15minutes. Then, use a clean terry cloth towel to rub the soap into the stain in a circular motion, starting at the outer edges working in. Finish by dabbing the section of fabric clean with a dry towel, if the stain hasn’t completely lifted, repeat the process as necessary.

Foundation: If you’re using a liquid foundation it’ll soak into the fabric quickly, so the sooner you tend to the stain, the better. Start by scraping off excess foundation with a plastic knife, then blot the stain with a damp paper towel to remove more of the product. Next, pour a few drops of Hydrogen Peroxide onto the stain and work it into the fabric with your fingers. Now take an old toothbrush and work the peroxide further into the stain using circular motions. Lastly launder the clothing and lay it flat to air dry. For a powder foundation stain, mix a few drops of liquid detergent and water and apply that to the stain, rubbing first with your fingers, then with a toothbrush. Finish by laundering and laying flat to dry. This same removal method also works for powder blush.

Mascara: Grab yourself a pre-wash stain fighter like Shout! and apply it to the stain using the brush that comes along with it. Let it sit for about 10-15minutes, then rinse with hot water. Launder the garnet immediately either by hand or in the machine, whichever is more convenient. Skip the dryer and let the clothing air dry on a flat surface, as the heat from the dryer can set the stain rather than help to remove it.

Deodorant: While deodorant may not be makeup, it still gets onto our clothing quite often. Using a pair of nylon stockings or a dryer sheet, rub the fabric against the deodorant mark and it’ll almost immediately come off of the clothing.

Do you have any DIY secrets that work for you? Any beauty/life tips & tricks passed down from Grandma, or that you discovered in a pinch? Share in the comments!

Foods That Help Prevent Breakouts

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As I’ve mentioned before, I suffer from super oily/blemish prone skin, so having (and keeping) clear skin is something that is always on my mind. Whether it’s stress, fatigue, or the change of seasons that’s causing my skin to flare up, there is a constant balance in our lives in order to prevent acne. Our diet can play a major role in that fact, with greasy foods and dairy leading us to more breakouts. Luckily, there are plenty of foods that help prevent acne as well. These are generally “healthy” food items, but if you add just a few of these into your diet you’ll be helping to clear up your skin from the inside out, as well as the cleansing you’re doing from the outside–double duty cant hurt, right?!

Avocado: An ingredient in many DIY face masks, this delicious fruit is a rich source of Vitamins E + C and can help to reduce skin inflammation and naturally moisturizes the skin.

Nuts: Most nuts have high amounts of Vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium and iron which are all great for healthy skin–and acne sufferers have actually been linked to deficiencies in zinc, so a little extra boost is always a good thing.

Red Grapes: Grapes contain a lot of natural chemicals and antioxidants that can help with skin inflammation as well as with conditions like Eczema or Psoriasis. Plus, grapes have been known to help with side effects of allergic reactions on the skin.

Artichokes: This is another food that is full of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Artichokes are known for being full of fiber and thus helps to remove toxins from the body which make it a great option for healthy skin.

Brown Rice: Brown rice is a good source of Vitamin B, magnesium, protein and antioxidants. Foods with Vitamin B are helpful for acne as the vitamin can help regulate hormones and thus prevents breakouts.

Broccoli: Broccoli is always a good food to eat even if you’re not trying to prevent acne, as it’s packed with Vitamins A, B, C, E and K. These will help to fight damage on your skin and help your skin to glow.

Fish: Fish is a great source of fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 that are hard to naturally get elsewhere, but that your body needs to help reduce inflammation that can trigger cells to clog pores and cause acne.

Garlic: Garlic is not only good for your heart, it’s also good for your skin. It’s packed with a chemical called allicin which kills off bacteria that your body my be fighting, and helps fight any inflammation.

 

Do you suffer from acne or any other skin conditions? What foods or at-home remedies have worked for you?

BLOG SALE!

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I have some goodies that need a loving home! All products are either BRAND NEW (never opened/used) or LIGHTLY USED (used to swatch). All opened products have been properly cleaned & sanitized and will be done again before shipping.

Terms & Conditions

  1. All purchases are on a first come, first served basis. The first e-mail I receive for a particular item will be the “buyer”
  2. If you would like to purchase an item(s), please e-mail me at: melissaa.x@live.ca…Please include your name, address and the item(s) you would like to purchase.
  3. You must have a PAYPAL account to purchase. After I receive your email I will send you an invoice and I ask that you pay within 12 hours, if I don’t receive your payment within 12 hours the item will become available again.
  4. Shipping will be $5 per item and I will only ship within the US and Canada, sorry.
  5. All Sales are final.

*I will keep this post as up-to-date as possible as items sell!*

Perfume

081Secrets to Keep $12

A dreamy blend of fruits and florals. Whispers of sweet apple and juicy strawberry with a passionate heart of jasmine, white musk and warm sandalwood.

Flor Violeta $20

A sweet surprise of vibrant violet blossoms, sparkling green apple and dreamy musk.

Bath & Body

084Unplugged for Her Shower Gel & Lotion $20

A lyrical ballad resonating with bright citrus notes, sensual plum, voluptuous black dahlia and wisps of captivating woods. By Bon Jovi.

076Bubble Bath $6

Vanilla, Tranquil Moments

085Naturals Blackberry & Vanilla Lotion $5
Skin So Soft Bath Oil + Jojoba $10
Skin So Soft Perfecting Oil + Argan $8
Advanced Techniques Dry Ends Hair Serum $8
Advanced Techniques Frizz Control $8
(x2) Imari Roll-On Deodorant $1

086Foot Works Cracked Heel Cream $3
Silicone Glove Protective Hand Cream $3
(x3) Moisture Therapy Hand Cream $3

Skincare
090Anew Reversalist Skincare Bundle $100 (Retail Price: $150+)
Anew Reversalist Facial Cleanser
Anew Reversalist Serum
Anew Reversalist Day Cream
Anew Reversalist Night Cream
Anew Reversalist Illuminating Eye System

087Anew Platinum Facial Cleanser $10 (50’s)
(x2) Anew Ultimate 7S Facial Cleanser $10 (60+)

088Anew Ultimate 7S Eye System $20

089Anew Genics Bundle $50

Anew Genics Treatment
Anew Genics Eye Treatment

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Solutions Vibes Wakeup Eye Roller $15

Makeup
074Avon Extra Lasting Liquid Foundation SPF 12–$10/each or $70/ALL

Shades: Light, Light Beige, Nude, Beige Natural, Creamy Natural, Sand Beige, Cream Beige, Medium Beige, Natural Tan

**Liquid Foundation was purchased by a friend of mine who dabbled in freelancing for a summer and decided to “change careers.” All bottles are 98-100% FULL, within their expiration dates and suitable for all skin types.**

095Avon Ideal Flawless Pressed Powder in Neutral $10
Avon Instantly Sexy Eyeshadow Pallet in Bombshell $10
Avon Glimmersticks Eyeliner in Blackest Black $3
(x2) Avon Wash-off Water Proof Mascara in Blackest Black $3
(x2) Avon Magix Mattifying Face Perfector SPF 15 $8

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Rimmel London “Kate” Lipstick #14 $5
Rimmel London “Kate” Lipstick #113 $5
Avon Lipstick in Canela Nacar $5
Avon Lipstick in Sheer Naturale $5
Mark “Lipclick” in Tutu $6
Mark “Lipclick” in Ruffle $6

103Jane Single Eyeshadow in Sungloss $3
NYC City Proof Lip Colour in Neutral $4

102NYX Single Eyeshadow in Silk $4
NYX Lipstick in Strawberry Milk $5

094ELF Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Porcelain $4
ELF Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude $4

098MAC Bronzing Powder in Refined Goddess $12
MAC Lipglass in Culture Clash $10

If you have any questions regarding the products for sale, or would like to see a swatch of a lipstick/eyeshadow you’re interested in, don’t hesitate to ask! Happy shopping!

 

New Gems: Rose & Co. and Blimey’s British Gift Shop

While strolling through my tiny little town the other day, I decided to pop into a new shop that’s opened up in the past few weeks called Blimey’s British Store and Gift Shop. For those of you that have read my Liebster Award post, you’ll know that I have an odd obsession connection to England and all things Brit. Upon walking into the store I was very kindly greeted by the owners, a husband & wife straight from England, charming accents and all. The shop couldn’t be any more adorable–set up with glassware & tea sets, Beatles memorabilia, British snacks and even a small bath & beauty section! Attached to the shop is an equally adorable vintage store with loads of furniture, ornate mirrors and old tea cups. It’s as if the owners are after my own heart!

After wandering around the entire store, I event1979679_388529867956545_1637271557_nually made my way back to the bath and beauty section. (Of course!) Set up was a gorgeous display of Rose & Co. bath and beauty products, a line that I’ve yet to discover! Displayed was a selection of their Patisserie de Bain line, which included cupcake bath fizzies, handmade soaps, hand cream, and lip balms all in elegant, Victorian-inspired packaging. The beauty guru in me couldn’t help but trying out the samples of each product they offered, and fell in love with the different scents–Strawberry Cupcake, Lemon Bon Bon and Sugared Violet.

After a little sniffing and sampling, I decided to go with the Sugared Violet lip balm in a squeezable tube, rather than the tin. I somehow managed to restrain myself and only buy one item during my visit, telling myself I would come back next week for another.20140410-144407.jpg

The package reads:
A violet scented protective lip balm to remind you of childhood, flowers, and happy things.

I LOVE the smell of this. It’s so different from anything I’ve ever tried before and not a scent I’d expect from North American companies. This line reminds me of my grandmother, very feminine and dainty in packaging and scent.

And performance wise, Im liking this stuff so far! Its not overly waxy and absorbs into my lips quickly. The beeswax and sweet almond oil within the lip balm keeps my lips hydrated for a good amount of time, about as long as my Eos lip balm would! This stuff isn’t just a pretty package!

Keep your eye out for more posts as I discover more of Rose & Co.‘s lovely products.

Have you ever heard of or tried any Rose & Co. products? What is one of your favourite beauty discoveries? Do you have a favourite line that isn’t from your country? Let’s chat in the comments!

Peace Love and Lipgloss xx

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Update: Girl, where have you been?!

Hi loves,

Today’s post is part apology for neglecting you and part update as to why I’ve been doing so. The reason?

I’ve been working on my STUDIO!

Yes, my own little makeup studio!! Pinch me, I must be dreaming!

Anyways, for about the past month or so I’ve been a real DIYer. Before I took on this project (all by myself I might add) I could hardly hang a picture straight on. Now, along with the help of YouTube, Pinterest and Google I’ve accomplished more than I could’ve imagined. Girl power!

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Now, to some people it’s just a spare room in my un-used basement but to me it’s the first little milestone in my career and a huge accomplishment as far as handy-work goes.

I’m going to do a full transformation post with before and after photos once the furniture and decor is in place but I WILL share a few of my inspiration photos to keep you on your toes!
I’m planning on officially opening my doors to clients in the beginning of May followed by a Grand Opening mid-May. In addition to prom and wedding season, it’s going to be a chaotic but rewarding few weeks!

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Cute, right?!

Do any of you have a makeup or vanity room in your home? How do you keep it organized? Any suggestions?

Stay tuned for the full transformation!!

Peace, Love and Lipgloss xx