November Beauty Favourites

Happy November Beauties! We know, we know.. it’s been quite awhile since our last post. A lot has been happening – we finally moved into a nice new home & have been unpacking and getting comfortable here. We are now feeling refreshed and ready to get back to blogging! A lot of changes are on the horizon and we can’t wait to share! Stay tuned…

Anyone else super excited that the Holiday season is upon us?! I am loving the crisp, cold weather and longer nights. Makes me want to start baking Christmas goodies. We haven’t gotten around to putting up the Xmas tree yet however a few smaller ornaments have already made their way out. 😉

We couldn’t stay away from our beloved beauty products for too long on the blog! We are back with our monthly favourites and wanted to share some new discoveries.

November Beauty Favourites:
NEW MAKE UP FOR EVERArtist Face Color Trio
Shades: S114 (Sculpting Powder), B316 (Blush), H102 (Highlighter)
MAKE UP FOR EVERWater Blend Face & Body Foundation
MAKE UP FOR EVERPro Sculpting Palette
NEW LA ROCHE-POSAYEffaclar Sebo-Controlling Mask
LA ROCHE-POSAYRespectissime Volume Mascara
NEW LA ROCHE-POSAYSerozinc Solution
LA ROCHE-POSAYHydreane BB Creme
SECHE VITESeche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat
LIPSMACKERMarvel Superhero Black Widow Lip Balm


NEW MAKE UP FOR EVER – ARTIST FACE COLOR
Shades pictured: S114 (Sculpting Powder), B316 (Blush), H102 (Highlighter)

We are so excited about MAKE UP FOR EVER’s latest release – Artist Face Color. MAKE UP FOR EVER designed a revolutionary palette system which allows you to create your own single, duo or trio palette suited to your color preference. The Artist Face Color collection contains 34 refillable highlight, sculpt and blush shades.

We absolutely love that MAKE UP FOR EVER created a customizable palette collection. I think we’ve all had that experience where you purchase a contour duo or trio and one of the colours just does not work with your skin tone or maybe you only really like one certain colour. With this new collection, the amazing thing is you get to choose your own shades from a vast selection! When a shade runs out, you can easily remove it (the palette is magnetic) and replace it with a brand new one. No need to buy a whole new palette for just one shade.

As with all MAKE UP FOR EVER products, the quality is incredible. The highlight, sculpt and blush are all eay to blend and extremely pigmented. A little bit really does go a long way.

Prices: A single shade is $31, Duo – $44, Trio – $56.

If you suffer from oily skin, you are going to love these new releases from La Roche-Posay. They recently released 2 brand new products suited specially to oily skin types – Serozinc and the new Effaclar Mask.

Their new Serozinc spray is an interesting product! It is a purifying mist designed to regulate sebum and mattify the skin. It’s a great alternative to using blotting papers or powders to get rid of shine. In addition, La Roche-Posay also released a new mask suited for oily skin. Formulated with clay to purify and absorb oil, the Effaclar Mask is extremely gentle and won’t dry out your skin.

We both really love the new Serozinc spray. It can be used over makeup. It’s a super easy, refreshing fix to get rid of shine.

*some of the products pictured were sent to us by PR for review purposes. all thoughts and opinions are our own.

What products are you loving lately? Let us know!
Natasha & Laura xo
(written, photos by Natasha)

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)

November Beauty Favourites

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With so many amazing products out there in the market, it’s not always easy for us to narrow down the choices. But for a couple of product obsessed junkies like us, we do what we gotta do. We struggle through it. 😉 Today we are talking about some of the products we have been currently using, absolutely love and would repurchase.

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November Beauty Favourites:
OPI – Big Apple Red
QUO by Orly – Wild Child 
LISE WATIER – Luminous Correcting Primer
CARGO HD Picture Perfect Blush/Highlighter in Peach Shimmer
SKINCEUTICALS – Phloretin CF Serum 
DR ROEBUCK’S – Cleanse 
THE BODY SHOP – Oils Of Life 
STILA  Color Balm Lipstick in Olivia (Nude)
STILA  Lip & Cheek Stain in Coconut Crush
KORRES – Wild Rose Face & Eye Serum
ROC – Enydrial Lip Care

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CARGO_HD PICTURE PERFECT BLUSH/HIGHLIGHTER in shade Peach Shimmer ($30)

We are always on the search for that perfect illuminator that gives you that beautiful JLo glow.
Sometimes we have to mix multiple products to achieve that desired look on our cheeks. We’ll use a blush colour on the apples of the cheeks then use an illuminator on the cheek bones. With this Cargo blush the 2 products are combined to give you that perfect blush and glow in one easy step. Instant beautiful radiance, perfect for all skin tones. 

Available in 2 shades: Peach Shimmer (pictured above) and Pink Shimmer.

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DR ROEBUCK’S CLEANSE ($22.95/125ml

We both really enjoy Dr Roebucks’s products. You can read more about the brand in our previous feature hereAll natural and made in Australia, all of the products have no chemicals, parabens or sulphate and are not tested on animals. This new recently released cleanser contains 6 powerful anti-oxidant ingredients which helps reverse free radical damage and aging. It contains no synthetic fragrances or colours. What you see is what you get – all natural, healthy goodness for your skin and body!  

CLEANSE is a non-foaming cleanser suitable for all skin types. It has a light, milky cream texture that leaves your skin silky smooth and hydrated. Typically we both are not partial to milky style cleansers. However we both agreed this one is not too rich, can be used daily and leaves your skin feeling completely refreshed and radiant. 

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QUO by ORLY – Wild Child & OPI – Big Apple Red 

We are always in search of that perfect Holiday red polish. Each person has their own interpretation of that ‘perfect’ red tone and depending on the day, our choices change! Sometimes we want that deep, rich blue tone red and sometimes we prefer the bright Marilyn style red. We found that these 2 polishes satisfy our ever changing red polish preferences. You can never go wrong with OPI. 

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SKINCEUTICALS PHLORETIN CF SERUM ($162/30ml)

This has become a special little treasure we discovered on a recent visit to Project Skin MD in Vancouver. We love it at Project Skin (seriously… we’d go weekly if we could!) and we love this serum. We use it in the morning before our moisturizer. It is not heavy or oily and it completely absorbs instantly. It acts as an anti-aging shield on your skin, lasting 72 hours. An extremely powerful antioxidant that protects against free radical damage and speeds up the skin’s cell turnover. This means a healthier, brighter, radiant, tighter and more even complexion. 

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What are some of your latest favourite beauty products? Let us know!

Happy Holidays Beauties!
Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura, photos by Natasha)