November Beauty Favourites

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It’s already mid November, which for us means…”It’s the Holidays!” Every season we look forward to new cosmetic launches and discovering all of the latest, hottest colours. The holiday season is always one of our favourite times for makeup choices because it means lots of bold, rich, shimmery and shininess. It’s the time of year you can go for the gusto and get as glitzed and glittery as you want. And not look totally out of place.

November Beauty Favourites:
NEW MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Light Fusion 1
NEW LISE WATIER Arabesque Blush
ESQIDO False Eyelashes
ESQIDO Eyelash Glue
NEW JOUVIANCE Glyco/Laser 5 Soft Peel Mask 5% Glycolic Acid
NEW JOUVIANCE Glyco/Laser 10 Soft Peel Lotion 10% AHA + BHA
JOUVIANCE 3-in-1 Pro Corrector
BIODERMA Sebium Pore Refiner
NEW BIODERMA Sebium Mat Control
VICHY Ideal Body Aqua Sorbet
REVLON PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Light Fusion #01 ($43)

Saying we love highlighters would be an understatement. I mean, who isn’t highlighting now adays? Before the whole ‘contour/highlighting/strobing’ craze started, I had been highlighting and contouring my own face and anyone else’s I did makeup on. For years. I was calling it the Jlo Glow before even Jlo was! Okay, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration. But certainly it was before cosmetic companies were actually manufacturing ‘contour & highlighting kits’!! Even just a few short years ago there were no ‘highlighting’ products. For some contrast on my cheeks I would use the lightest, most glowy pink or peach blush (sometimes an opal shimmered eyeshadow) and apply it on the highest points of my cheek bones. Voila. Contoured cheek bones. I think I’ve always had a ‘cheek bone’ obsession. When I was around 9 or 10 years old, Bo Derek was in a movie called ’10’ and I was mesmerized by her cheekbones. Seriously. Her defined cheeks made a permanent mark in my mind and I wanted to be her! I’ve always loved that look. 

MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new Pro Light Fusion is made with a soft-shimmer gel formula which provides a beautiful natural-looking highlight. We love that this luminizer is subtle yet pigmented which can be built up for a more dramatic look. It’s very easy to blend and like all of MUFE’s products, the staying power is incredible. You don’t have to worry that your highlight will fade away halfway through the day. Once applied, Pro Light Fusion’s luminous glow will last the entire day.

We have been using this insanely gorgeous highlighter like crazy and loving it. Obsessed. Thank you MAKE UP FOR EVER for answering our perfect highlighter wishes! 😉

Pro Light Fusion is available in 2 shades: Rose Gold #01 (pictured above) & Golden #02.

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ESQIDO False Eyelashes ”Oh So Sweet’ ($32)

If you are like us and just can’t get enough of falsies, you have to give ESQIDO a try. These lashes are like the cadillac of lashes. Amazing quality and absolutely beautiful. These lashes make a huge difference by taking your overall makeup look from ‘very pretty‘ to ‘wowzers’! And who doesn’t want to be a wowzer after all?  

Handcrafted with 100% premium mink hair, ESQIDO false eyelashes are supremely luxurious. Seen on the red carpet, celebrities and professional makeup artists frequently use Esqido lashes.

These are definitely the best quality lashes that we have ever tried. They exude perfection and feel extremely comfortable to wear. We tried the ‘Oh So Sweet’ pair which we found to be the perfect length and fullness for that extra ‘va va voom’ effect! It’s crazy to say but wearing these amazing lashes made us feel extra special! 

We also tried Esqido’s Companion Lash Glue ($10) and we both were super impressed with the formula. It’s an invisible glue specially designed for mink lashes. It is latex-free and designed to hold lashes all day long.

Ranging from $24-$42 a pair, there is a variety of different lash styles available. ESQIDO recently launched in Holt Renfrew stores across Canada.

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NEW JOUVIANCE Glycolic Acid Mask 5% ($40)
NEW JOUVIANCE GlycoLaser Lotion ($40)

It’s no secret that we love our Canadian brands! So anytime we try products made in Canada and we love them we want to share it with everyone. Jouviance recently launched their new 10% AHA Peel lotion and the 5% Glycolic Acid Peel Mask. We’ve used glycolic for years and I could write all day long about how much we love Glycolic and AHA’s but I will spare you all! 

What I will say is that these ingredients are proven to work and are extremely effective skincare treatments. Plus, Oprah and Dr. Oz have mentioned numerous times how great these ingredients are. So… 

To sum up in a few words just what Glycolic Acid and AHA’s do… exfoliates to eliminate the dead skin cells which help reduce lines and wrinkles, brightens dull skin, produces collagen and elastin and hydrates. Basically it is a little miracle in a bottle that makes your skin look young, healthy and beautifully radiant. 

The GlycoLaser 10% is a fluid lotion that you apply onto the skin after cleansing. This detoxifies and hydrates the skin. I have an oily T-zone so I apply it only on this area where as Natasha likes to use it all over her face. We both use this product nightly after cleansing off our makeup. 

The Glycolic Acid Mask 5% can be used 2-3 times a week. We both love, and I mean love this mask because it helps deep clean our large pores around the nose area. God I really hate those nose pores! Oh, and while I’m on the subject of nose pores, pores don’t ever really ‘just disappear’. What happens is they become larger through time from not cleansing properly. To help make them appear smaller keep the skin extremely clean so the pores don’t collect dirt. When you see those little black heads on and around the nose, that is dirt/oil in your pores. This mask is like a magic helper! Keeps the pores clean and blackheads away! 

What are some of your current favourite beauty products?
Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura, photos by Natasha)

JOUVIANCE Makeup

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We’re all about supporting Canadian brands and have actually talked about Quebec-based line, JOUVIANCE previously. We wrote about one of their star products, Collagen Boost aka… botox in a bottle! It’s like your own needle-less, hyaluronic injection that stimulates collagen and elastin. You can check out why we think this product rocks here!

Being big fans of Jouviance’s skincare, when we heard that they also launched a cosmetic line just last year in 2014, we knew we had to try it. Cosmetic junkies can never get enough!

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The Jouviance line is developed by Dermatologist, Guy Sylvestre. The same quality of ingredients that are used in the skincare are also used in the makeup. We liked the fact that each of the products actually contain active ingredients and do not have any sulphates, parabens, or phthalates.

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The BASE PRO-COLLAGEN FILLER ($24) pictured above has become a staple in my makeup bag. It is a light creamy, smooth base that fills any pores, fine lines and wrinkles laugh lines. It can be used under your makeup or for touch ups. I actually dab a small amount around my eyes after I’ve applied my makeup. It instantly gives my eyes a boost and glow. Softens the lines.

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HYDRA-COLOUR QUATOUR in shade Black Star ($34)

This is the perfect quad for creating a variety of desired looks, especially the ultimate smokey eye.

TIPS:
*It contains 2 light neutrals that are the perfect base and highlighting shades. The neutral matte tone for the base and the neutral satin tone for under the brow and inner corners of your eye.

*The dark black can be used for contouring a smokey eye or used as an eyeliner instead of a pencil for a softer lined look. Smudged out around the lash line with a brush for a smokey eye.

*The deep blue shimmer is absolutely gorgeous. Many women worry about shimmer as they age but I say you can wear shimmer any age, anytime! There’s a difference between ‘sparkle’ eyeshadow and shimmer eye shadow. Sparkle may be more like a disco ball effect… definitely not everyone’s cup of tea forsure. Shimmer, however is more subtle yet sophisticated when worn properly. For a special evening out or during the Holidays it’s perfect! Live a little! 

*For a touch of shimmer you can apply your black liner then add just a tiny amount of the shimmer shadow with an angle brush across the upper lash line only. Simple yet elegant.

*For a very subtle all over your lid look you can lightly tap your contour eye shadow brush into the shimmer shadow then dust onto your lids over your favourite dark based shadow. Using a very light hand you can achieve a beautiful soft shimmer.

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SUNKISSED DUO in shade Passion ($33)

Definitely one of Jouviance’s standout products. Their Sunkissed Duo is absolutely stunning. The 2 shades can be worn on their own or blended together to achieve an allover glow. The formula is enriched with coconut which moisturizes and hydrates. As well as orchid flower extracts which help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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We know what you’re probably thinking. Wow, this blush is really pigmented with deep, dark colours. We thought the same thing the first time we seen it. But we have to say, we were very surprised at how subtle & natural the colours actually looked on the skin. With any blushes, bronzers and even eye shadows, that have deep pigmented colour tones, you have to use a light hand when applying. Start with less product on your brush and apply more as desired.
I much prefer pigmented products over non. It’s the worst when you’re swirling your makeup brush around and around the product trying to pick up colour! The Sunkissed Duo provides great pigmentation.

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ROUGE MAGISTRAL in shades Sunbath in Monaco & Paris Chic ($20)

Jouviance’s lipsticks exceeded our expectations. They have a really nice pigmentation, creamy texture and actually feel like a hydrating lip balm instead of a lipstick. Some lipsticks are completely dry/matte and aren’t very practical to wear daily. These Rouge Magistral lipsticks are perfect for everyday wear because they actually moisturize your lips thanks to the Hyaluronic spheres which locks moisture into skin tissues. This prevents lips from dehydration. Maxilip, an ingredient that firms and plumps is also added. 

Rouge Magistral Lipsticks are available in 16 different shades

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I absolutely love the colour Paris Chic. It is a beautiful red shade for Fall & Winter. Not too deep and not too light, really easy to wear & flattering on all skin tones. I know it’s going to be a staple lipstick in my bag this season. – Natasha

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MIM’INJECTION ($32)

This little number has won Jouviance awards. It is their brightening pencil that mimics injection. Hence the name. 😉

It is used to add fullness and definition to the areas of your face that you want plumped. You know those annoying areas that we all seem to magnify on our own face. It has a plumping ingredient that is capable of mimicking collagen and hyaluronic acid injections. All I can say is, thank you!! I’m wayyy too scared at this point to actually get my face injected with actual needles and such. But I sure the heck am all over trying these anti wrinkle, collagen boosting, plumping, filling products!

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MASCARA 3D DESIGNER & MASCARA SUR-MESURE ($22 each)

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Where to buy:
Jouviance products are available online and at select Shoppers Drug Mart & Jean Coutu stores in Canada.

Jouviance Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Have you tried any Jouviance makeup products or skincare before? Let us know!

Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura/photos by Natasha)

JOUVIANCE Collagen Boost

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I can’t express to you how excited I was when I heard about this new serum Collagen Boostby JOUVIANCE. It’s basically like ‘Botox in a bottle’. Yes please!

Now in my 40’s, I know plenty of women who have gone the Botox route. And to them I say, you go girl! But for me, I’m not quite ready for that, (yet). I’m game for anything that gives me some hope/help in a bottle and requires no needles.

This new Collagen Boost serum delivers the same skin-plumping results as a dermatological hyaluronic acid injection in just 2 weeks. It also boosts radiance, improves hydration, and smooths fine lines and wrinkles. I have been using it for only about 2 weeks and I have noticed that other people have noticed! You know how it’s difficult to see any changes in your own appearance unless it’s something drastic? I always tell my clients to take a photo of their skin before starting a product in order to actually see any changes. I’m great at giving advice but not following my own advice! I didn’t take any photo of my face. But I have to say, although I haven’t seen any drastic changes, I certainly have seen some improvements. And when other people start commenting randomly how you’re looking ‘healthy’, that alone says so much. It’s not like they notice that your skin looks tighter, or that your wrinkles have disappeared, they notice the overall appearance of your face/skin. This is a good thing. I’ll take that! Upon close inspection I can honestly say around my mouth and forehead area the lines seem softened which makes my face look more refreshed.

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I have also been using the Jouviance RestructivSRD cream (silver bottle, pictured above) for the past 6 months. I’ve been calling this my ‘little miracle in a bottle’. It does it all. I love that it’s a 3-in-1 product. You can use it day, night as well as lightly around your eye area. Seriously love that. They call it their global and powerhouse anti-aging cream formulated with pure Retinol. They have a patent technology which delivers the retinol into the skin’s deeper layers without irritation. Brilliant. It fights 8 clinical signs of aging from, restructuring skin texture, firms, evens tone, boosts radiance, improves hydration, tightens pores, smooths fine lines and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Us women want it all and Jouviance is doing a pretty great job at doing that in this cream!

So get this… the Collagen Boost serum used in conjunction with the RestructivSRD cream is seriously the bomb! The 2 work together for double the anti-aging efficacy while respecting your skin’s natural balance. Everything you need x 2!

Step 1: The SerumCOLLAGEN BOOST (pink bottle) – $55 Cdn / 30ml

Step 2: The Anti-Aging SkincareRestructivSRD (silver bottle) – $55 Cdn / 30ml

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For those who are new to JOUVIANCE – We’re proud to say that JOUVIANCE is a Canadian brand, made in Montreal, Quebec. Created by renowned Dermatologist, Roger Southin. 

In addition to containing high concentrations of active ingredients while being safe for sensitive skin, they are also formulated to meet the following: No parabens, No sulphates, No phthalates, No mineral oils, No colourants or artificial fragrances. Jouviance does not test on animals.

Where to buy
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Jouviance products are available online and can also be found at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

Connect with JOUVIANCE Online: Shop Online, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Laura & Natasha xo