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Judgement Day: 2015 Resolutions I Actually Kept….

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Last year at this time I made my 2015 Beauty Resolutions public, as if stating them to the world would cause me to actually follow-through on them. Oh, I had grand plans… never mind that I was returning to work  after a glorious entire year off, and had two toddlers to chase after. I could never have anticipated the sheer exhaustion of being back in the 9 to 5 grind, the commute and combine that with the madness that a three and a one year old can concoct.

Here is a recap of my 2015 Beauty Resolutions and how they actually panned out:

I will wash my makeup brushes more often.

VERDICT: GUILTY

In 2015,  I continued using filthy brushes on a regular basis. I think I probably washed them maybe a half a dozen times through the entire calendar year (I am probably over-estimating here folks). I even blogged about the importance of beauty hygiene… what a hypocrite! The bad news – I am disgusting. The good news- I am the only person using my brushes so my filth stays within my own face’s ecosystem.

 

I will stop picking at my cuticles and hangnails.

VERDICT: NOT GUILTY

I actually Sally-Hansen-Cuticle-Massage-Creammade a concerted effort to pack cuticle cream with me at work and even apply it while I sit in horrendous traffic on the 404 on my way into work. Even remembering to do this once a week once the colder weather hits made a tremendous difference. I haven’t even had a manicure since early fall and I am not ashamed of my cuticles as I type this.

 

I will apply a foot cream. 

VERDICT: GUILTY

All I can say about this failed promise is Heaven for my feetyuck. Without regular TLC from my pedicurist at Yen Nails, my feet still look like a shoeless Hobbit. It is not for lack of product selection in my home. I struggle with finding the right time to apply it. Right out of the shower would be an ideal time, but I am often in a hurry and forget. Bedtime also seems like it would be a good time to put it on, but if I have been wearing stockings or tights to work it can make for a stinky foot (don’t cringe, we all have had this happen), it feels gross to rub cream into a smelly foot. Try again in 2016 I guess….

 

I will say goodbye/ adios, au revoir to anything in my collection that is older than my children.

VERDICT: HUNG JURY.

I still have the eye shadows pictured because I have a weird emotional attachment to them. I have, however, purged a TON of products. Anything that had an altered texture, colour or smell was tossed. Anything that I really struggled to embrace was tossed. Anything that caused my eyes to turn bright red was tossed. What did I keep? Anything that I bought on a vacation that I wouldn’t get in Canada, or items that I now deem artifacts and as soon as the “Museum of Beauty History” is created I will be a main contributor and hailed as a beauty hero. So there- that’s progress!

 

I will find a reason to wear false eyelashes once a month.More of my hoarding

VERDICT: GUILTY

I am actually wearing a set of false lashes right now in anticipation of starting off 2016 right. Last year, I think I rocked some falsies maybe twice… a far cry from the dozen times I was aiming for. However, the one time I wore them I was brilliant with them! I was attending a special event at the Toronto Benefit Cosmetics Boutique which of course called for some extra – girly glamour.  After the event,  I couldn’t wait until I got home to take off my lashes so I peeled them off in a Starbucks parking lot while a horrified bystander in a car across from me witnessed the act. You’re welcome lady!

I was driving the car that usually my husband drives so I hid each lash strip so when he would reach to lower the visor or adjust the vent he would accidentally brush his hand on it. I imagined him mistaking the lash momentarily for a big hairy spider and him screaming aloud in horror. Well, he foiled my brilliant plan not even noticing either of them and this made me so sad. But you have to admit that that lady got a show and the pre-meditative nature of a spider scare count as at least 10 wears. So, in reality I was thisclose to meeting my goal.

I will use my lipliner more often.

VERDICT: NOT GUILTY

Oh this a Beauty Resolution that I totally won! I have grown to adore my lip liners and love creating depth and highlight by using my liners. I have added a half dozen or so new lipliners to my collection (hoarder!) and use one on an almost daily basis. I absolutely love the crisp definition that a liner adds to a red lip, or shading the corners and sketching into the center a little to create an ombre effect. Yes. This was the winning Resolution!

So, that’s my 2015 Beauty Resolution recap. Stay tuned for the 2016 ones coming soon…. In the meantime, Foxes please tell me what item or technique did you add to your regime in 2015? 

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New Years Beauty Resolutions

Every time we ring in a New Year, people make resolutions – promises to themselves to improve their life and well being. These promises range from exercising more, eating better to committing time to self development and doing things like avoiding swearing or taking some classes for an interest or hobby. In my single and partying days most of my resolutions would be a direct result of whatever I was up to on New Year’s Eve – lol! Now that I am a lot more lame, my resolutions are too. I would take an educated guess that more than half of these resolutions fall flat within a few weeks anyhow, but I am making beauty resolutions this year and hoping for the best. I can do it! (Maybe).

  1. Dirrrrrty!

    Dirrrrrty!

    I will wash my makeup brushes more often. My brushes are disgusting. I know better, and now so do you. I keep multiples of each brush so I don’t have to wash them often, but even so I let them go way too long. When you use a makeup brush, the makeup, oils and bacteria build up in it. This can cause problems like making your makeup application streaky or blotchy or spreading bacteria on your face causing breakout mayhem. Plus oils collect on your brush from your face and this can transfer to your products making them yucky and potentially changing the texture of powders. So, it is a good idea to keep a brush cleaning spray on hand to do a quick clean of your brushes in between a more intense wash. I like Lise Watier Makeup Brush Cleanser and use this little treasure by spraying it on a tissue and then rubbing the makeup brush on the tissue. I repeat this process until no more colour comes off the brush. The pros of using a brush cleanser like this is that it is quick and you are able to disinfect your brushes in between uses. The downside is that I find over time the sprays make your brushes feel a little more rough and dry (due to the high alcohol content to disinfect). Nothing is quite as good as a thorough wash. To do this, I add a few inches of water to a bowl or my sink – just enough to cover the brush heads only. I wet all of the brush heads. I then put a little shampoo in the palm of my hand and work a good lather up on each of the brushes and rinse them under running water until no more colour comes out. DO NOT soak the brush below the bristles as over time this will loosen the glue that keeps it all together and your brush may fall apart.  Lay brushes flat to dry overnight on a towel and enjoy the clean and soft fluffy application the next day. NOTHING feels as good as applying powder with a clean makeup brush. I aim to do this once a week if I am am applying makeup everyday (of course I am).

    Some of my extra brushes

    Some of my extra brushes

  2. I will stop picking at my cuticles and hangnails. One of two awesome L'Occitan sets I was giftedI am notorious for this, and recently have noticed that my 2 1/2 year old daughter does the same thing almost obsessively. If I have the tiniest tear in my cuticle or a hangnail starting, I will have that whole area ripped to shreds in no time causing cracks and unnecessary pain. I hate that I do this and it really looks gross. I will have it under control for a good chunk of the year, but once the dryness of winter hits, all bets are off. To help overcome this I need a plan. I am going to carry a cuticle oil and hand cream with me at all times, and anytime I find my self with an extra minute or so I will apply them. I know all the tricks to prevent and fix this problem, but staying committed to caring for this annoying area is difficult for me. I even wrote a post about how to care for this area and you can read it here. I know better. And now so do you.
  3. Heaven for my feet

    Heaven for my feet

    I will apply a foot cream. I love how my feet look and feel when I walk out of the nail salon after a good pedicure. I vow to myself that I will do more upkeep to make this feeling last. Then, I get really lazy. Within a week my feet look like a shoeless hobbit foot and the callous build up and cuticle dryness cause me great stress. I have the driest skin ever on my body and it is annoying. My husband never gets dry hands or feet and simply cannot understand my need to constantly apply stuff. It is my cross to bear (dramatically speaking, please don’t send hate mail over my first world problem). I am trying out L’Occitane Soothing Shea Butter Foot Cream and I adore it so far. I received this in a gift set for Christmas, and I was already a huge fan of the hand cream so the fact there was a specific foot cream really made me happy. I like products dedicated to a certain part of the body, I feel that they are more legitimate. Maybe I am car-razy but that’s how I feel.

  4. Antiques from the start of the millennium

    Antiques from the start of the millennium

    I will say goodbye/ adios, au revoir to anything in my collection that is older than my children. I have a Quo Electronica Eyeshadow (a shimmery electric blue) from around 2001. I just can’t part with it, even though it looked absolutely hideous on me back then and I am certain the 14 years since I bought it won’t change the fact that it’s not for me. But I haven’t been able to throw it away. I am a product hoarder, there is no doubt. I keep beauty products forever, and some of them are like mementos of times that have passed and I have the hardest time parting ways with them. I have a Tony & Tina dark glittery green eyeshadow I bought on my first ever Sephora store visit in Las Vegas in the early 2000’s (before Sephora was in Canada). Every time I look at it I know I can’t pull it off but also can’t part with it because it reminds me of my first trip to a Sephora. Not even my first trip to Vegas, but my first trip to a STORE! These strange little items have even moved across the country with me and lived in 3 cities in two provinces and one territory. All the while I have not worn either one of them even once since they were initially purchased. I have troubles. I will try to rid myself of these relics by June. (Sad face, maybe a tear or two).

  5. I will find a reason to wear false eyelashes once a month.
    More of my hoarding

    More of my hoarding

    Speaking of hoarding, I have a thing with false eyelashes. I have a drawer FULL of these babies, and even have doubled up some of them in the package to save room and fit more in. Why? I rarely do anything more glamorous than strolling through my local Superstore buying baby food and produce, but if I see some cool lashes on sale I HAVE to buy them. It is a compulsion. I love halloween clearance when all the weird and wacky lashes go on sale. I have feathered ones, glittery ones, Katy Perry looking ones… you name it. I simply love a fun lash. Soooo, rather than getting rid of them or stopping myself from buying them, I figure I should find something to do once a month where they will be at least semi-appropriate. Do you think a trip to my local Starbucks counts?

  6. I will use my lipliner more often. Ok – here is another thing I have way too many of and I never use them. I recently watched a Vlog on YouTube from Kandee Johnson about lipliners and creating a contour and I am so so so convinced. She is right! We add contour and highlight to our eyes and sculpt our faces the same way, but then just slap on a lipstick and call it a day. Why aren’t we creating more depth and highlight on the lip? Well 2015 is the year for me to bring out my lipliners and make my lips POP! (P.S. I have fallen into the rabbit hole with YouTube tutorials and am obsessed with watching them. Why didn’t this exist when I was learning about makeup? Everyone has access to top artist tips, tutorials and technique now and it is AMAZING!)

 

So, that is it for me for my 2015 Beauty Resolutions and here is to a productive and successful 2015! Do any of you Foxes have resolutions planned? Tell me about them in the comments below, even if they are not beauty related. You may inspire me to add a few more to my personal list!


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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?