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My First Chanel Lip…

I was in Montréal for work and if you have never been there, you need to know that women there looks effortlessly styled and polished from head to toe. They really have that natural French fashion flare, and seem to be able to look more put together in a moment than if I decided to take all day to style myself. Feeling the glam of the city, I  was wearing a long lasting red liquid lipstick (which will remain unnamed ). That and the late November weather, my lips were feeling like the Sahara, cracked, and looking terrible in general. I just HAD to have red lips, being in Montreal , so I decided I should seek out a new, more moisturizing one. RougeCoco2015_collection

I chose to entertain buying Chanel because I was in a French city and that is just how my beauty logic works. I am a big supporter of lower priced lipstick, but I was feeling it was time to see what the hype is all about when it comes to luxury cosmetics. Don’t get me wrong, this was not my first luxury purchase, or even my first luxury lipstick… I had become a tad bit frugal in this arena as there are so many fabulous lower end lipsticks, and I had never experienced a luxury lipstick that I felt was worthy of the high price tag.

Approaching the counter at the new Pharmaprix galerieBEAUTÉ in the popular Saint Catherine Ouest 2015 - 1area, the Chanel advisor looked like she was a stand – in for a Chanel makeup photo shoot with her stylish rich brown hair, deep brown eyes and flawless, yet naturally glowing makeup.  I told her about my dry, parched lips and desire for something more forgiving in a stunning red. She steered me towards Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour  in 444 Gabrielle. She informed me that this is the shade Kiera Knightley is wearing in the ads. SOLD! (I am such an easy mark.)

IMG_2627This lipstick feels AMAZING on my lips, and applies like a dream providing instant hydration. The shade is absolutely gorgeous, and I would encourage ANYONE looking for a red lip to check this one out. It would look stunning on any skin tone, and is such a classic shade. The colour doesn’t appear quite the same on me as it does on Ms. Knightley, but I think it is just perfect.

It was my last day in Montréal when I bought this lipstick and I swear I am not lying when I say FIVE different people complimented me on it at the airport. This is a obviously a winner!

Foxes, what do you think of luxury beauty products? Are they worth the investment? I would love to hear your thoughts on this!


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Product Review: Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

photo 1-3I have been seeing Too Faced beauty products all over my social media lately. Up until now, I had only used the “Better Than Sex” Mascara as recommended to me by my friend Kelly. It was a lovely mascara, and it is high time I tried more of this little brand. When I saw the videos/ pictures of Melted Lipstick, I thought the pigmentation looked so rich and beautiful and since I am always on the look out for highly pigmented lip colours, I thought that this will be the next thing I try from Too Faced.

I actually had a difficult time deciding which one to pick up. All of the colours were luscious and enticing! I settled on “Melon” after a long internal debate, and figured it will be great throughout the spring and summer months.

Pigmentation – Wowzas these babies have colour that goes on and looks like perfection! I have been so disappointed in the past with glosses and lipsticks that do not go on like they look or gradually change over time your lips. This goes on rich and gives full coverage immediately, and if this is your thing I would highly suggest trying these out.

Texture – Typically long wear lip sticks are pretty dry and make your lips feel like paper in no time. This has a gloss texture going on, and remains comfy as long as it is on. One of the best textures I have tried in a long wear lip products.

Wearability – I would rate this as a medium for wearability. If you did not know already, there is always a trade off when it comes to lip products – generally the longer it stays on the drier if feels, and the more moist it feels the more quickly it wears off. This is a cozy medium for all areas as far as I am concerned. It stays on long enough without any of the typical long wear side effects likes flaking or peeling off.

photo-7Application – Often things that comes in tubes are awful to apply, but Too Faced has really given a lot of though to this gem of a product. The applicator tip is fine enough to get into every area of your lips without “globbing” the whole thing up and making a mess. They claim that there is no liner required, and I would agree with that claim 100%. Probably the only thing I would do is take a cotton swab and clean up around the lip line, and then apply concealer with a precision brush around it to give a super sharp look.

From their website:

DETAILS:

Get the staying power of a stain, the intense color of a liquid lipstick and the high shine of a gloss in one long-wear formula. Using exclusive technology to keep cauldrons of molten lipsticks liquid and creamy, Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick comfortably coats lips in bursts of intense, high-impact, super rich, saturated color that lasts for hours.

MORE TO LOVE:

  • Too Faced Co-Founder and Creative Director Jerrod Blandino had never seen lipstick more beautiful, intense, rich and glossy than when it’s in its melted form in the cosmetic labs. With this inspiration, we created a lipstick liquified so it doesn’t lose its pigment or shine while keeping a comfortable, flexible and cushiony wear.
  • Provides high-impact, super rich, saturated pigment in a long-wear formula.
  • Precision tip applicator to allow for a clean, effortless application each time (no liner needed!)
  • Vegan-Friendly

Overall…. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!! I will be picking up more shades in the near future for sure. Love love love. Can’t wait for more!

What about all of you Foxes…. do you like a fresh pop of colour as the temperature starts to rise? Or do stick to neutrals year round?


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Return Of A Forgotten Friend

Oh Pam- those lips were once revered and then just as quickly shamed.

Disclaimer: I am not happy with the pictures I took of myself for this article. Please forgive the lack of quality as I was rushed to post and the weather was not working for me. Usually I like photos by a window in the natural light, but it is crazy overcast here. I AM pleased with the writing quality though!

Lipliner is back, and in a big way. For some of you, maybe it never went away, and that is perfectly fine. It just fell off of the fashion radar as a “look” for a long time. Since the 90’s when Pam Anderson’s signature look became dated, we have been secretly sporting our lipliner in shades that perfectly matched our lips, matched our lipsticks or were even clear. Our poor little lipliner friend really got a bad rap.

Then, Kylie Jenner Instagrammed those lips. You know, the ones that are created with the magic of makeup? I cannot say that previous sentence with total conviction since I am not 100% buying that her new look completely washes off at night, but that is neither here nor there. Whatever it takes to get those lips, I do believe that this little Jenner has single handedly resuscitated a beauty category that had previously been shamed to the point of invisibility.

Kylie before and after

Fact: Lipliner is a very practical little product that is often under rated for it’s accomplishments. It helps to prevent your lipstick from hopping the fence into no-man’s land and making you look like a hot mess when you wear a bright or glossy lip. It helps the longevity of your lipstick if you apply it all over your lips as a base. It can alter or brighten lipsticks when used as a base. It really is the unsung hero of your makeup bag.

Lipliner is being touted once again as a game-changing shape shifter that can make a perfect pout out of even the most deflated lips. Overlining is a thing again, and this is where you cheat a little (or a lot) and apply your lipliner outside of your natural lip line to pump it up.

I have tried it a few times to see what it looked like on me, and it felt messy. Like when you eat something greasy and don’t have a napkin kind of messy. I guess I am just too used to colouring within the lines to do this, or maybe I need to stick to very matte lip products to feel comfortable with it. I felt I was seconds away from someone snapping a photo of me and ending up on a Pinterest board for bad makeup. I will share my results at the end. Reluctantly.

Back to overlining and the steps you would need to be very diligent with to succeed:

  1. Exfoliate your lips and just around you lip line. You will need a smooth, flake free surface to work with, especially when employing this trickery (can you tell I am not a fan of this look yet?).
  2. Moisturize lips. Since you are in search of bigger and better, go for a product that is designed to pump up your lips like Duwop Lip Venom or Lip Fusion.
  3. Use a long-wearing concealer on your lip line and around your mouth to concealer your natural lip line and to give the lipliner something to grab onto. Avoid a creamy concealer here, probably the best thing would be a liquid that dries quickly. I used Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer.
  4. Now, apply the lipliner. If you are going for the Kylie Jenner look, use a nude (dark pink or brownish) colour and create an outline just slightly outside of your lips. I can’t really tell you what I used since I did not have what I wanted to use in my own collection, I ended up using a darker one than I wanted to (and it is a discontinued shade anyhow).
  5. When you get to the bow of your lip, this is the part that will make or break your look. Dot above the lip where you want the bow to be, and then slowly sketch it in to connect the dots to the rest of your lip line. This is easier said than done, but I imagine gets easier with practice.
  6. Now fill in the entire lip inside the lines with a colour so that you can’t see you original shape. Again, if it is the Kylie Jenner look you are after use a nude slightly lighter than the lip liner. This way the liner will create a counter and redefine your lip line. I used a combination of a pinky-brown lipstick and the lipliner.

OK – now here is a reluctant share of my 2nd and 3rd overlining attempts. I have a full lip to begin with so this looks comical to me. The photo makes it look like I am pushing my lips out and making a duck face, but my expression was very similar to the one in the picture taken earlier the day.

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Natural lip picture taken in the daytime with natural light. The overlined lip at night with inside light and similar facial expression.

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My final attempt. I think it looks a little better, but I am not likely going to be revisiting this look on myself anytime soon.

 

I can certainly see the appeal in doing it if you are lacking a little, but I am concerned about how it would wear, how much you would have to touch it up, and how you would explain it to your date if they should spend the night. I guess it’s no different than any other makeup trick, push up bra, hair extensions, spanx or stilettos…

So Foxes, what do you think about overlining? Would you try it out? Do you even use lipliner at all? Is this little whiz a staple in your arsenal?

 


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Day 16: Foxy Advent Calendar Tip Of The Day

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It is now day 16 and we are ever so quickly approaching the big day! I am so impressed that I am still able to pull great tips out of all my Foxy contacts! Becky Walkom has been a makeup artist for a decade, and is currently the Retail Manager for MAC Cosmetics in Kitchener. She was super generous with tips and I have chose a couple that are super relevant to the time of year and to what is trending, and pocketed the others for a future post 😉

“With the Christmas season, you may have to go from work to a party without much time to refresh. Create a smoky eye in a hurry! Take an eye liner pencil and smudge it all over your lid just up to your crease. Then pat a shimmery eye shadow of a similar depth on top. Finish with plenty of mascara and you’re good to go! Keep your lips muted with a smoky eye. Everyone is after that perfect 90’s nude lips that Kendall Jenner is sporting lately. Try MAC’s Brave or Twig Lipstick with Whirl Lip Liner. As a bonus, this combo works on everyone!”

Thanks Becky for those tips – I think a smoky eye is one thing we can really appreciate a short-cut on! And… I can finally pull that Twig lipstick out of my vault and use it again!

Are my Foxy friends comfy sporting the smoky eye? Tell me why or why not….


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Day 5: Foxy Advent Calendar Tip Of The Day

Oh Foxes, it’s Day 5 of your Foxy Advent Calendar and today’s tip comes from Michelle Ziebinski, Beauty Boutique Manager at Shoppers Drug Mart in Edmonton. With 14 years experience under her belt, you can count on Michelle for tips and advice that will help you stay Foxy all through the holiday season. 10712653_10152855620460011_448126791880374209_o

getty_rf_photo_of_smiling_woman_with_lipstick_on_teeth“If you have an issue with getting lipstick on your teeth, here is a simple trick to prevent it. After applying lipstick, put your ring finger in your mouth, close lips around it and pull it out. Any extra lipstick will come off on your finger and not on your teeth.”

Well, ’tis the season to be photographed so I will take this advice to prevent any mishaps caught on camera! Thanks Michelle…

Foxes – are you wearing lipstick throughout this holiday season? What do you do to ensure you are camera ready?

 

 

 


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Day 3: Foxy Advent Calendar Tip Of The Day

Well it’s day 3 Foxes… time for a new beauty tip. This tip comes courtesy of Amy Pearl. In the beauty biz for the past 7 years, Amy Pearl currently works as a freelance makeup artist in Toronto, and has also worked as a stand-up comedian.

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“Dab foundation and powder around the lips to seal in the lip liner.  Sharpen the tip of a lip liner and fill in lips with it before applying lipstick. This way you will never have to re-touch your lipstick when at an event or at work or after a double cheeseburger (seriously).”

 

Thanks for today’s beauty tip Amy Pearl.  With New Year’s Eve upcoming we need all the help we can get keeping our lipstick on!

Foxes – what are some of your tricks for long lasting lip colour? Comment below to share.

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Mission Possible: Red Lips

photo-17On of the most popular questions I get asked is, “How do I find a red lipstick that works for me?” This is not an easy question to answer as many people are really asking me to make them change their perception about red lipstick and who should be wearing it, and to make them see themselves in a different light in which they are glamorous and bold.

First and foremost, anyone can pull off a red lipstick. Part of it is choosing the right shade and applying it well, and then another part is pulling a whole ‘look’ together around the lips. Like you probably wouldn’t wear a pair of glamorous high heeled shoes with sweat pants, you will want to put a wee bit of simple effort into prepping the rest of your face to embrace the red lips. And then a really huge component is confidence – you must feel it to rock it!

Choosing the Red

I’m not gonna lie, there are so many options out there! There are many brands, formulations, and coverages out there. Lipstick wise you find mattes, creamy formulas, stains, full coverage, sheer coverage. Then there are glosses that offer full coverage or are more sheer, with sparkles, without sparkles…. Options for days (or daze?).

Rather than go over every single option, I’d rather focus on a few go-to shades that tend to work well for most. This means they are a truer red rather than orange based or cooler tones of red. These are the more “neutral” reds which will look better on more people. I personally love an orangey red, but realize that most people would find it too over the top.

When you go out on your mission, go prepared with well- moisturized lips free of any colour. You want to hit up a place that allows you to test products, but also one which has good hygienic practices in place. If trying a lipstick on your lips in a store is not for you, then you can try it on your finger tip and hold it up to your face for an idea of how it will look. Ask the salesperson to help you. He or she should listen to what you are asking for and offer a few suggestions. Take your time trying the lipsticks and consider applying it lightly –  build the intensity slowly so you can see what it looks like to have a little bit on and what it looks like to wear it on full blast.

I’ve read many articles and blogs on red lipstick and there was a shade that was mentioned time after time after time. I was actually surprised that:  A) I did not already own this shade, and B) I actually had never heard of it. You have to understand this was a shock to me as I love lipstick and reds so I couldn’t believe this one was so popular and I was clueless!

MAC - Ruby Woo

MAC – Ruby Woo

The shade is “Ruby Woo” from MAC. I marched my butt to the closest MAC counter to try it on for myself. Touted as the perfect red that suits all skin tones, hair colours and even ages, I was so excited to get this hot commodity on my lips. At the counter I opted to line my lips with a liner that matched my natural lip tone. Upon applying the lipstick I noticed that it is very matte. This is a good thing with a red because anything too creamy or glossy can migrate and look a little sloppy. Once I had applied it, I decide to use a tiny amount of MAC Lipglass (lip gloss) over top to add a bit of moisture and shine. This lipstick was FAB-U-LOUS (and very noticeable)! I was in the mall and as I walked around several people complimented me on the colour. I had already eaten lunch, but it stayed on even after I ate supper much later that day. Although the intensity had faded, it was still very on. I will be returning to purchase this little gem soon!

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge

Another red I love and wear often is from Shiseido. Their Lacquer Rouge line is a rich liquid lipstick with a wonderful applicator that makes it easy to fit to your lips. This formula goes on like a lipgloss, but with a lipstick finish. I own several shades from this line but wear Lacquer Rouge Nocturne (RD607) lots. I love this red. It’s less bright than Ruby Woo, and it’s moisturizing yet stays where I put it.

Quo Luminous Gloss Stick Flare

Quo Luminous Gloss Stick Flare

If you are a little more conservative, run out and try the Quo Luminous Gloss Stick in Flare. This red is delivered by means of a jumbo pencil, and glides on effortlessly. The beauty of this one is that you can apply just a little and then spread over your entire lips with a finger, providing you with a sheer glossy red lip that doesn’t jump out.  I actually use this one quite often as it moisturizes my lips when I wear it and I can really adjust the strength of colour depending on how I apply it. The one downside to this is that it is not terribly long – wearing, but it is so easy to apply that touch ups are a breeze. Don’t forget to buy a big pencil sharpener for this one!

Application is Crucial With Red

Applying red onto your lips becomes a bit of a science to get the effect you really want. It starts with preparation- you want your lips to be smooth and moisturized without flakes. See my lip care post for some moisturizing tips. The day you are wearing red, you may want to start off in the morning by gently brushing your lips with your toothbrush after you brush your teeth. Then, apply a lip moisturizer right after and do other stuff giving it a chance to soak in.

When you’ve done the rest of your makeup and maybe even your hair and it’s time to put on the red, gently blot off any excess moisture on your lips with a tissue. I would then highly recommend lining your lips with a lip liner. Liner acts like a barrier that will help keep the lipstick in place, and it will provide definition to your lips. With reds, this is a very good idea since you don’t want it feathering around the lip line and looking like a hot mess. My preference is to line lips with a liner that is the same shade as your lips or even clear rather than a red liner. This way if your lipstick wears off you aren’t left with a red ring all around your lips. If you choose a red lip liner that matches your lipstick, fill in the entire lip with it after you make the line. This will help keep your lipstick on longer, and you also won’t be left with that weird red ring around your lips should your lipstick wear off. Keep in mind that using a red liner underneath your lipstick will probably also intensify it.

Once liner is applied, it’s time to put on the lipstick. There are several application methods – direct from the tube, applying with your finger, applying with a lip brush. Direct from the tube is fastest, but for ultimate precision a lip brush will allow you best control. You can either use the brush to get lipstick from the tube and then out onto your lips, or put some on directly from the tube and then use the brush to precisely fill in the countours. If you would like a hint of the colour rather than wearing it full blast, smudge a tiny amount onto centre of your lips and then spread out over rest of your lips with your finger.

When applying a red lipstick, keep in mind this is not a time to race, you want to ensure application is tidy and clean. I like to keep a cotton swab handy with some eye makeup remover. I will dip the swab into a tiny amount of the remover and then trace around the outside of my lips to clean up the line perfectly and erase anything that went over. Finally, I like to take a little of my face powder on a wedge sponge and precisely trace around the outside of my lips to give it a perfect finish.

The Rest of Your Face

As mentioned earlier, to achieve the best result wearing the red lipstick you should put some attention into the rest of your face makeup too. A little foundation or powder to even out complexion and cover any redness (redness in skin will be amplified when wearing red lips), a little eye makeup and some bronzer and/or blush. This will set the scene for you to embrace those red lips a lot more. See my blog on a Classic Holiday Look for further tips.

Reds to Check Out

Here are a few red lipsticks for you to check out on your next shopping trip:

  • MAC – Ruby Woo
  • Shiseido Lacquer Rouge – Nocturne RD607
  • Quo Luminous Gloss Stick  – Flare
  • MAC Lip Glass –  Russian Red
  • Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Lipstick Perfect – Brick
  • Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color- F Bomb
  • Revlon Colorburst Lipstick – Crimson
  • Duwop Private Lipstick – Private Red

 

Alright Foxes, I am dying to hear from you on this one. Did any of these tips help or were they new to you? If you decide to rock a red this season PLEASE post a picture on my Facebook page “Foxy Face Beauty” or tag me on twitter @foxyfacebeauty. I want to see red!!!!