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Top 10 of 2015

FullSizeRenderLast year I returned to work with a mixture of positive and negative feelings. On the positive side, I was able to rejoin the beauty world on a professional level and get myself back out there making my connections and learning all about new products and techniques. I also managed to get back into a regular beauty routine.

In addition to my professional exposure to beauty items, I also was so inspired by social media and other bloggers to try some new things. Instagram, YouTube and beauty blogs lead me down the road to seek out some of the items on this list, while others fell into my hands unexpectedly.

Here are my top 10 picks of 2015.  This list covers a good range of products and brands, and there is something in this list for any budget. I hope you enjoy!

1. Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour – 444 Gabrielle
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Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour is a gorgeous, buttery lipstick that hydrates for hours, and the shade 444 Gabrielle is a stunning red. Read about my journey towards finding the lipstick here, and enjoy the full review.

2. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Custard0607845012344

Coverage? Check! Easy to apply? Check! A vast array of shades to choose from? Check! I call my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard my sleep in a tube. A sweep of this magic wand will make under eye darkness disappear quicker than you can say “Put another pot of coffee on.”  Visit my full story on this concealer here.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit- Light To Medium contour_kit_powder

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit has traveled to other countries with me. I love the versatility of it and it is super slim and easy to pack. I know there’s a plethora of contour products out there to choose from right now as it is all the rage, but this one caught my eye early on when I saw it plastered all over gorgeously sculpted faces on Instagram. Check out my review of it here, where you will also see some before and after photos!

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4.  Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

Liquid lipsticks are showing up in every brand right now. They are touted to be matte, highly pigmented and long wearing. The unfortunate part is, this trifecta of liptick promises rarely comes to fruition.  That is, until I tried Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks.

Ladies and gentleman, these simply do not disappoint. They are not easy for us Canadian Foxes to get our hands on as you can read about here, but I tell you that if you are so lucky to get one, you will see how it rises above so many others.

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Not new to the market, but a discovery of mine in 2015. I rave about it here, and can tell you that this super – fine powder is a keeper that will be a staple of my makeup bag forever, either in its matte form or illuminating form… or both!

6. Quo Blending Spongehwthumb

Initially chosen as a stand – in for the pricier Beauty Blender sponge, I can honesty say that this one is a winner on it’s own! Effective blending at a cost that any pocketbook can handle, the Quo Blending Sponge is a an easy way to shake up your foundation routine and try a new trick.

Learn all about how I use this sponge here and take a little time to rethink the makeup sponge!

7. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyelinerwhite

Oh the quest for the perfect liquid liner came to an end once I found the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner . This is a gem that I stock up on and keep reserves in my desk just in case. Love love love this liner! Want to learn more about this liner? Check out this link for more!

 

8. Revlon Ultra HD Matte LipcolorCapture

I discovered Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor only days before 2015 came to an end, so this one was close. This one was also impressive enough to make the list and bump something else off! I have been a life long supporter of Revlon products, particular their lipsticks. I rave about this new one here.

 

9. Benefit Instant Comeback Facial Serum

whiteSeriously, I did not have high expectations from a brand known more for it’s cutesy packaging and makeup items. What a wonderful surprise this serum gave me! You can read the full details of this unexpected winner here and find out how this not – so – new product even found it’s way onto my 2015 list. There’s always a story and this one really speaks to the power of a sample!

10. Cover Girl The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara 

cg_super_sizer_1This was the year of surprises! I never would have thought that Cover Girl would end up on my list as I thought this was a brand that was from my teen years only. Well, here I am a lifetime later and being wowed by this affordable and impressive mascara. Wanna know more about it? Of course you can read all about it here, where I go into details about the Super Sizer!

 

 

That wraps up my top 10 of 2015… I would love to hear about YOUR favourite discoveries over the past year. Tell me about them in the comments or visit my Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (Foxy Face Beauty for all) and let me know!


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Mascara Blast

Cover Girl The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara came into my hands by chance. I had a false eyelash/mascara crisis at work and someone gave me this Cover Girl mascara. I was worried to try it as my eyes are crazy sensitive and it had a weird looking brush. Out of desperation I applied this to my lashes and it seemed to do the trick, although difficult to really tell what it was really like since I had globs of lash adhesive stuck in my eyelashes.

cg_super_sizer_1I tried it again the following day and was pleasantly surprised with the ease of application as well  as the result. That weird little brush surprising delivered the formula to my lashes with easy precision and the formula really bulked up to give me a nice amount of volume. The smudge proof factor is there too! It doesn’t smudge all day, even on my lower lashes, and this

I had been using $30+ mascaras for at least 10 years now, so I was pleasantly surprised when this affordable one was able to wow me. I found the only downside for me is that it seems to be good for only  about a month before my eyes start to get irritated. I simply toss it, pay less than $10 for a new one and everything is right in the world again.

Tell me about a time a beauty product performed better than expected for you. Help me build a new shopping list!


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9 Things Your Face Is Begging You To Do, Or to Stop Doing


Have you ever taken a moment to ask yourself what lies beneath your make up brush bristles and on the surface of your beauty products? I assure you that for the most part, it is not a pretty sight. There may be a hidden germ army in your makeup bag! This is an area that is so often overlooked, but the repercussions can be devastating to your face, and your eye area is especially vulnerable.

Your beauty products may look OK, but it is what lies beneath that should have you concerned.Here are are 9 precautions and tips that you can take to keep it as fresh and safe as possible.

1.Sharing stuff means sharing stuff. So, if you are sharing that mascara with a friend, you may also be sharing that pink eye. If you are sharing your lip gloss, maybe you are sharing that cold sore too. When it comes to beauty, it is the time to be greedy. Just say no.

giphy2. Air is your enemy, so seal everything tightly after each use. This goes for face creams, mascara, lipsticks – everything! There is often thought put into package design to make your products less vulnerable to air, so seal them up tightly. The biggest thing you will discover from exposure to air is that your liquid, gel or cream products dry up faster, and all products may get some unwanted bacteria growth.

giphy (1)3. Speaking of air – never pump your mascara!  Each time you remove or put your mascara wand back in the tube you are letting air in that is drying out your formula. I have no idea why after all of these years I still see people doing pumping their mascara in and out of the tube, but now is the time to stop it. Now and forever. Please tell all of your friends.

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4. Where you store your skin care and beauty products really does matter.  Many people keep all of their beauty items in the bathroom, and on one hand this makes sense because that is often where the biggest mirror in the house resides. However, the heat and humidity from your shower and bath can wreak havoc on your products and cause them to spoil or change texture. I won’t even talk about what other things may be floating around in the air landing on your stuff.. The same goes for fragrances which in addition to avoiding the heat and humidity should also be kept out of direct sunlight as this can alter the juice. Ideally, store your stuff somewhere dark and cool, and away from humidity. A linen closet makes a perfect spot.giphy-2

5. Clean those nasty beauty tools! Sponges, brushes and eyelash curlers need to be cleaned often to prevent cross contamination and potentially cause infection (again your eyes are most at risk!). Not sure what to do? Get a brush cleaning spray to clean your brushes in between uses, and give them a bath once a week. Using a mild shampoo, lather the bristles in warm water and rinse until clean. Avoid getting the brush wet past the bristles as water can cause your brush head to loosen or fall apart. As for those sponges, use the same method and be sure to allow them to fully air dry to prevent mould or bacteria build up. Sponges are not meant to last forever though, so toss them after about a month or when you see signs of wear and tear.

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6. If a beauty product has changed in colour, texture or smell since you first opened it – toss it. As products are exposed to air and also to the cross contamination that is transferred between your applicators and your face, they suffer from some wear and tear that should not be ignored for long. Your foundation may separate or smell “off”, your powders may get a shiny glaze over them (usually caused by oil build up), and your mascara may start to appear dry or flake easily. These are all whispers that it’s time for them to go away now!

giphy-57. Speaking of mascara – this relationship should resemble a summer fling, not a life long commitment. Three months since opening is really the maximum amount of time you should keep a mascara, and even less if you are prone to eye infections or if your immune system has been compromised. To extend this relationship any longer is kin to thinking you can get that serial cheater to change. Like a bad boy, mascara can hurt you and bring you to tears. Infections and irritations are something you can easily prevent by tossing and replacing your mascara every 3 months.

giphy-68. Ask yourself some tough questions: When did I last wear that shiny electric blue eyeshadow? Am I realistically going to be wearing that espresso coloured glittery lipstick again? Asking yourself these sorts of questions will help keep your collection reasonably contained and as fresh as possible. Time to say buh-bye!

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9. There is more to consider than expiry dates alone. Skin care is an area that you can not forget about, especially if you are using anything with sun protection in it. You can look for expiry dates, but that alone may not be enough. Most beauty products now have an indicator symbol on the packaging that looks like a jar with the lid open, and a number on it. This number indicates how many months the product is recommended to be used once it has been opened. So, if you used a sunscreen last summer and it does not expire for another year, but the symbol indicates “12” for twelve months after opening, it is best err on the side of caution and start a fresh one.

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So now that you are armed with these tips, it’s time to clean your regime. Then, go forth and shop without guilt because you have to replace it in the name of safety.


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Day 23: Foxy Advent Calendar Tip Of The Day

Teresa Browning Johnston has worked for 20 years as a makeup artist, and is currently the Beauty Boutique Manager at a Shoppers Drug Mart in Tecumseh, Ontario. In addition to delighting her lucky store customers, Teresa is providing us with the Day 23 Tip. This will keep your mascara from being contaminated and drying out making it last much longer, and in the long run Foxes, this one will be saving you some of your hard earned money!

10514288_10152163806707477_4343223163923463846_o“I pull the mascara wand out and spin the wand on the back of my hand removing ALL mascara. This creates a pile of the formula on my hand. I then dip wand into loose product and then apply to lashes. I get less clumps and more product at base of lash to build a false lash look..repeat on second lash.You only have to pull your wand once, therefore not pushing unnecessary air in to your mascara tube (which can dry it out faster). PLUS, any additional product left on hand, I use as a gel liner. Works perfect!!!”

This is a cool trick I am going to have to try out for myself! Thanks so much Teresa!

Foxes, on the topic of mascara, how long do you keep yours before you replace it? Did you know it should be disposed of within 3 months?


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Day 15: Foxy Advent Calendar Tip Of The Day

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Our day 15 Foxy tip comes from the wild west – Calgary. With 31 years of beauty industry experience, Carol – Ann Bezooyen Mysyk is a well respected and sought after expert. She has worked for Shoppers Drug Mart in various roles, and is currently a part time Beauty Expert at a Beauty Boutique. 

“When doing mascara do lower lashes FIRST. Then you don’t have to open your eyes so wide looking up to get them after. This prevents the mascara dotting in the eyeshadow. Works like a charm.”

Ummm…yeah…why am I only finding out about this now? I love when I get a beauty tip that I haven’t used yet! Carol – Ann, you have taught me a new trick today, and for that, I thank-you!

Foxy friends, am I the only person who didn’t already know about this easy trick? 


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Day 2: Foxy Advent Calendar Tip Of The Day

Hello Foxes! Welcome to your day two treat of our advent calendar of makeup tips and tricks.

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Speaking of Foxes, our tip today is brought to you by the lovely and talented Sunita Sumaru, one of the owners of Sen Studios in Edmonton, Alberta.

This amazing and stylish studio is run by three sisters and they offer services in makeup application, up-do’s  and educational seminars. This is where I would be headed in I still lived in Edmonton! Sunita offers over 17 years of experience in the beauty biz and is a consummate professional.

“If you get mascara on your face while applying it, let it dry and it will flake right off without smearing!” 10-mascara-smudge-in-black-best-mascaras_article_new2_article_new

 

Thanks for the tip Sunita – this is a tip we can count on using pretty often!

What about the rest of you Foxes – do you experience mascara on your face? Will you be trying out this tip?