2016 Colour of the Year: Tips To Add Rose Quartz & Serenity to your 2016 Beauty Regime

Hey guys! This is Trysh from Prairie Beauty Love and I’m really excited to be guest posting for Dominique as a part of the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network! Our theme this month is Rose Quartz & Serenity, which are the two Pantone Colours Of The Year.

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Colourpop Cosmetics Haul: Lippie Stix & Eyeshadows

Happy Valentine’s Day, all!

In between mouthfuls of Valentine’s Day chocolate, I took the time to review my little haul Colourpop Cosmetics. Let’s just say I’m super happy with the items I bought.

My video below highlights Game Face and Plaid eyeshadows and Pitch and Bichette Lippie Stix I ordered before Christmas.  Give the video a watch to see the full review.

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A Guide to Makeup Brushes: My All-Star List

Until recently, my makeup brush game was weak – real weak. I had a set of tired, 10-yr-old Aveda brushes that needed to be put out of their misery. On top of that, I barely new how to use them. Out of the set of six, I only used the blush, eyeshadow, and eyebrow brushes. When refinishing an endtable for my living room and realizing that my paint brush was too big to properly apply paint to the table’s nooks and crannies, I reached for the never-used concealer brush from that Aveda set. What can I say other than it worked perfectly. Continue reading A Guide to Makeup Brushes: My All-Star List

Light, Pretty, Day Makeup Look + GIVEAWAY reminder!

Hi all!

I’ve been playing around on YouTube creating my first makeup tutorial. Check out it out when you have the chance!

I apologize for how long this video is…I’m still figuring out the editing process. Promise – the next one will be short and sweet!

For those of  you who are interested, all products that I used are in the description box of the video.

Don’t forget to like the video and subscribe…and just a gentle reminder – today is the last day to enter my big giveaway!

Thanks for watching,

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Newsflash! H&M To Launch Beauty Line

Hi all!

Just a quick bit of beauty world news…H&M has announced yesterday that it will be launching a full-range beauty collection for Fall 2015.  The collection will include – count ’em – over 700 products (!!!), including makeup, hair care, body and tools. In true H&M fashion, prices will be very reasonable ($2.99 to $24.99). The line will be comprised of two collections also: a premium range and certified natural/organic products.  This is really great news, as we all know that there are some questionable ingredients in cosmetics whose long-term effects are not fully understood.  I’m noticing a shift towards natural, organic and plant-derived cosmetics which I feel will really benefit our health.

Really excited for this line to launch!  The packaging looks gorgeous and I’m excited to see the range of colours.  Stay tuned for the myriad of beauty reviews coming your way this fall!

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Pic courtesy of Jezebel Millihelen

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xo,

Dominique

*Information courtesy of Nylon Magazine.

SD Beauty Review: Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Starlight

Hi all!

No trip to London would be complete without a visit to one of my favourite stores ever – Space NK Apothecary.  Located in the cool Covent Garden area, Space NK is a beauty boutique/concept store featuring amazing, sometimes hard-to-find brands such as Tata Harper, by Terry and Colbert MD (apparently this line boasts the best eye cream for under eye dark circles).

As my friend Jen had a consultation to find her own perfect blush, I poked around the Kevyn Aucoin counter.  I was thrilled to finally play around with this makeup line as it is not sold where I live.

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Jen’s blush consultation at Space NK Apothecary

I was a huge fan of the late Kevyn Aucoin. His Face Forward and Making Faces books are two of my favourites – lovingly dog-eared from years of constantly poring over them. To me, he transformed the makeup industry with his focus on natural makeup, nude colours for all skin tones and was one of the first makeup artists to develop a line of makeup for women of all colours, instead of a separate line for white women, and another for women of colour.  He was also known for developing foundations featuring a yellow undertone, instead of the prevailing pink and peach undertones (who to me, suit no one).  His lipsticks, blushes and eyeshadows were all brown-based neutral tones, devoid of sparkly, vivid colours.

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Julia Roberts, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford all featuring looks by Kevyn Aucoin. Nudes, nudes, nudes!

As I scanned the Kevyn Aucoin counter determined to buy everything I saw (I have a makeup issue), I decided to be good and treat myself to one item.  That item was The Celestial Powder in Starlight.  Starlight is a gorgeous, shimmery powder highlighter that is suitable for all skin tones.  I would describe it as a warm, golden apricot/champagne colour. It is a perfect highlighter for my medium-dark skin, and would be fantastic also on those with a tan or olive skin.  For the fairer skinned ladies, this powder could substitute beautifully as a blush.  What I also noticed is the powder blurs out minor imperfections – bonus!  I have a couple of dark spots (ghosts of acne past), which the powder seems to greatly diminish.

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Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder Starlight Style Domination Highlighter

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Parked – not driving – in the Starbucks parking lot! What can I say? The light was good!

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This powder has a light, pretty shimmer (not glittery at all), is fairly translucent so it blends easily and gives me the perfect glow.  I used a little on my décolleté this weekend, and it gave me a warm, subtle shimmer.  Absolutely love it.

I paid £35 for this highlighter at Space NK Apothecary, but it can also be purchased at Sephora for $53.

Have any of you tried this powder yet?  What are your thoughts?  What are your favourite highlighters?  Please share in the comments section!

xo,

Dom