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Beauty Brush Clean Up

9 Jan

the sink later fills with a blend of all my makeup from the past month — my pores are thanking me as I type

Hey dolls just quicky-tip for you.

Those brushes you use for your makeup daily, monthly, yearly? They’d love a quick cleaning! Mine are QUO and made with synthetic fibers but instead of buying the fancy cleaning solutions I just use some of my shampoo! Rinse your brushes under some warm water, swirl it around in a coin (toonie) sized amount of shampoo in the palm of your hand and then rinse them out while stroking the fibers. I’m always astonished by how much makeup (and likely dirt) comes out in the sink. Flick out the excess water out and leave them to dry on a clean surface (for me paper towels on my vanity).

I wash my brushes monthly, but I think I’m going to start to do it weekly. If you don’t want to use your shampoo (maybe you have very sensitive skin) use your face wash (mine is a sensitive solution that also acts as a makeup remover).

: ) Try it once and your face will thank you the next time you’re not whiping last-weeks products back all over it — yuck!

<3RL

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Heels in winter, do it.

22 Dec

Just because they’re hot doesn’t mean you’ll be cold.

“Slave to fashion”, I don’t think so. Here are 5 reasons to rock your tall girls Canadian style.

1) They are built in stabilizers. You literally have a spike coming out of your foot. What will you and winter-chained tires have in common? Not eating the snowbank.

2) Seasonal affect dis–armed!… okay, this may be complete bull but personally heels make me feel happier. They make me feel powerful, in control and sexy.

3) If (hollywood) spys get to do it, you can too.

4) So for the most of us weight fluctuates a little throughout the year. Personally if I’m a little plumper over the winter I’m going to write it off as an extra layer, or my body wanting to hibernate or something. Those extra inches will give the appearance of  lesser “lbs”. So I’m thinking, with a little help from my favourite footwear, it’ll all even out 😉

5) Lets face it, there is no way i’ll be wearing UGGs everywhere I go.  Maybe Marilyn said it best: “I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.” Amen.

❤ RL

Holiday Trend: Lash Attack

16 Dec

Jennifer Lopez wears mink lashes

Are you looking for a way to bring your look to the next level this holiday season? Eyelash extensions are the perfect trick to shape your face from civilian to A-Lister. Whether you get a Hollywood glamour full set or a natural looking fresh eye-lifting half set, you’ll flutter your eyes awake every morning with a new va va voom to your day.

How It’s Done

Each synthetic lash is attached to your own natural lash by an adhesive.  Because the synthetic lashes are attached to your natural ones it gives almost a photoshoped version of you in everyday life; you’re working with the natural goods but you’ve just been oomphed up a bit for display. The application is a bit of a timely procedure, usually taking between 1-2 hours.

Before / After images pulled from Flirt Hamilton’s website

There is a downside to your new wonder-watt lashes, each individualized lash follows the life cycle of the natural lash it’s attached to. According to different boutiques you’ll generally want a “refill”, or “re-lash”, about every 3 weeks.

I’m addicted, what now?

Pain is beauty — well not in this case, unless you’re pained by how expensive it is, in which case the saying holds true.  At a lash-extension certified boutique the application and maintenance is pretty pricey. Since it’s a procedure that involves tweezer-point-precision, eye-friendly adhesives, and synthetic substances being strapped to your lashes, you don’t exactly want to cheap out for a lesser product.

So lets break it down…

A half set is about 35-40 lashes per eye and costs on average about $100 for the initial application. But as mentioned above, you’ll need a re-lash about every 3 weeks. A half set re-lash will cost about $55. So when all is said and done you’ll be paying roughly $980 a year to have and maintain your half-set of lashes (tips not included).

So now you’re so lusty over your half-set that you want to take it to the next level… A full set application is about 80-90 lashes per eye and costs roughly $200 for the initial application. Your re-lash every three weeks will cost about $68.  To apply and maintain a full set of lash extensions it will cost you about $1288 a year (no tips included).

pst! psst! love your half set, want a little more, but not ready for the commitment of a full set? Well most studios offer different in between half-full set options.

Who’s doing it?

The Kardashian girls, Kim – Kourtney – Khloe, all wear eyelash extensions…click for a larger view!

Everyone in Hollywood is doing it… Perhaps some of the most noted lashes are those of the Kardashian clan. Other celebs, mentioned on different salon websites, include:  Nicole Kidman,Paris Hilton, Gwen Stefani, Lucy Liu, Naomi Campbell, many “real house wives” across america, Ashley Green (twilight), Megan Fox, Miss Canadas and Americas, fashion journalists, fox journalists, and the list goes on and on.

psst! There are all sorts of fake lash extensions, synthetic, silk, mink, and the list goes on. All of the above prices are for the commonly used baseline synthetic lash extensions.  

Where can I get it done?  

Hamilton:
Flirt Custom Lash Studio

Toronto (to name a few):
Winks Eyelash Boutique | Spa
MYNC {lash lounge & brow bar}
Lash & Beauty Lounge

Halifax:
Gentle Touch skin & laser centers

Taylor Swift with her winged out lash extensions

❤ RL