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12 DAYS OF BEAUTY STOCKING STUFFERS-DAY 6

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On the 6th day of Christmas J9 gave to me…Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Foaming Cleanser!!! I love this cleanser/makeup remover.  When I want to eliminate that extra step of removing my makeup then washing my face I will use this great cleanser.  It foams up nicely and will take all my makeup off.  I feel like it doesn’t strip my skin of moisture either but leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean. Here is what I love about it: This oil-free formula gently and effectively dissolves makeup (even waterproof mascara) It deep cleans your skin in one easy step It…

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12 DAYS OF BEAUTY STOCKING STUFFERS-DAY 5

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On the 5th day of Christmas J9 gave to me…Maybelline Master Primer Blur & Smooth!!! I always recommend to use a primer prior to applying foundation.  It makes a huge difference in how your foundation will wear and look.  There are some high end primers that a lot of makeup artist swear by like the one from Smashbox or the primer from Makeup Forever. These are great but you will pay a pretty penny for them.  So for those of you looking for a great primer that is within a reasonable price point Maybelline Master Primer Blur & Smooth is…

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12 DAYS OF BEAUTY STOCKING STUFFERS-DAY 4

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On the 4th day of Christmas J9 gave to me…Nivea Express Eye Makeup Remover!!! I use a lot of products on myself and clients that are beyond waterproof.  I feel like I’ve tried many different makeup removers but none of them work as good and quickly as Nivea’s Express Eye makeup remover.  I even have my 80 year old Grannie hooked on this stuff! Here is what I love about it: Instantly dissolves makeup including resistant waterproof make-up It has Blue Cornflower extract which hydrates the sensitive eye area and protects eyelashes Doesn’t leave an oily residue after you use…

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12 DAYS OF BEAUTY STOCKING STUFFERS-DAY 3

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On the 3rd day of Christmas, J9 gave to me…Avène Regulating Deodorant!!! When I was pregnant I was on the hunt for a great deodorant that was Aluminum-free and not as toxic as most of the regular deodorant brands out there. I tried almost every ‘natural’ deodorant on the market and most of them were duds.  There were some that actually made me smell more then if I wore nothing at all!  I was about to give up all hope when I stumbled upon Avène’s Deodorant. Here is what I love about it: It’s alcohol and aluminum-free formula It’s great…

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12 Days of Beauty Stocking Stuffers-Day 2

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On the 2nd day of Christmas J9 gave to me…L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray!!! Elnett Satin is the legendary hairspray of choice for red carpet events and cover photo shoots. Its micro diffuser spray offers a clean, soft shiny finish. So fine, it disappears at the stroke of a brush. So strong its hold lasts all day. Sounds like a perfect hairspray right?  Well it is…my only stipulation with this spray is I’m not a big fan of the smell.  To me it smells like an old lady’s perfume so I always get the unscented kind which has a green label. I…

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12 Days of Beauty Stocking Stuffers-Day 1

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Its December 1st and the holidays are just around the corner.  I thought to get into the holiday spirit and to share some my favorite things I would do 12 days of stocking stuffers!  All the products will be ones that I swear by and that you can easily pick up at Shoppers Drug Mart. So lets get started! On the first day of Christmas J9 gave to me…. Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment or as I like to call it DCT 😉 I cannot get enough of this stuff.  I usually have about 5 tubs on the go and in…

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Dion Phaneuf’s Halloween Makeup

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A special blog post this week just for the folks at BarDown and TSN – I think I can solve the mystery of who was behind the Dion Phaneuf skeleton makeup this year (and last year’s Spiderman makeup)! Let’s start with a quick look at what we’re working with: This photo was posted by Phaneuf on his Instagram, Tuesday evening at the annual Toronto Maple Leafs‘ Halloween Party.  BarDown wrote about his ‘incredible makeup’ on their website and speculated that Phaneuf might have had the help of a professional makeup artist to achieve the look.  You can check out that…

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Halloween Countdown

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The countdown in on to one of my favorite times of the year, HALLOWEEN!  Its basically like Christmas for Makeup Artists. My whole family has always been into the Halloween spirit, we would be that house on the street with scary music, fake tombstones and strobe lights that everyone wanted to go to for trick or treating. And most of the girls in middle school would choose to be a cute animal or their favorite cartoon character while I would come to school dressed as Freddy Krueger complete with his trademark metal-clawed glove on the right hand. Maybe that is part…

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NYX in the SIX

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Attention Attention!!!!  NYX Professional Makeup is coming to Toronto VERY soon-YAY!  Have you heard about NYX before? Maybe you have seen a portion of their cosmetic line at Rexall or maybe in Target (when they were still in Canada-RIP). Toni Ko is the founder of the multi-million dollar cosmetics brand.  In the summer of 2014 Ko sold NYX to Loreal. The company has done really well because Ko realized there was a gap in the cosmetic markets between prestige brands sold in department stores and mass brands sold in drugstores.  She created NYX with the idea of having professional, richly pigmented products…

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Wedding Wednesday-Cabo

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For today’s Wedding Wednesday I wanted to reminisce about a fabulous wedding that I did hair and makeup for, in sunny Cabo San Lucas Mexico! The bride Brianne is from Toronto and she went to university with my husband.  The groom Riki, is from the other side of the world-New Zealand!  Brianne has lived in NZ for the last 5 years and that is where they met.  Obviously having friends and family in 2 different parts of the world a destination wedding was a perfect solution to have everyone meet in the middle! They chose to exchange vows at a…

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