Holiday Reds

I can't believe holiday parties are beginning to appear on my calendar! Where did November go?!! With so much to do and so little time (already!), I thought I would put together a quick post for those wanting red lip inspiration. There is no better season for red lips!

MAC Ruby Woo
Ruby Woo is all that and then some. It's THE prettiest cool-toned matte red around! I’ve been using it for (almost) two decades now, and that is not a lie.

Urban Decay F-Bomb
The name says it all. Great shade. Great formula. Great pigmentation. Easy to find. Perfection.

MAC Russian Red
This is probably my favourite red lipstick on earth. The red is so rich and insanely classic. I really can’t say enough about this shade and it's finish. Utterly fabulous.

NYX Pure Red
This is a perfect tomato-red shade and the price is spot-on. The formula is really nice; it doesn’t feel cheap and it’s comfortable to wear.

I hope these four power shades help you feel less overwhelmed when shopping for your holiday lip. If you are going to finally step out of your neutral-lip comfort zone, 'tis the season!


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Accent Your Hair Please

There is nothing better than hair accessorizing. An everyday anything can be turned into something amazing! Here are four easy accents we can all style with.

New York based label Tibi brought back the hair bungee on their SS15 runway. This style is super sleek, super simple and perfectly polished. Tease hair behind the ears then comb the rest backwards and secure with a bungee. Done.

The looped bun ties with a cobalt strip of leather is easy yet sophisticated and quite simple to master. Kevin Ryan (for Reed Krakoff's SS15 show) created this look by wrapping a thin piece of leather around a ponytail that wasn't completely pulled through. It gives a real ease-of-living feel.

I love this FW14 Valentino style. It's obviously easy to style if you have the length! Well, I might be only using three elastics, but  I am definitely sporting this look.

These metal hair accents are still trending. James Pecis secured these metallic holders around low ponies at Wes Gordon's SS15 runway show. The gold and rose gold cuffs were amazing on blondes and redheads.


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Trending Talons

The dark moody colours of the nineties-inspired beauty looks have set the scene for nails as well. Navy blues, navy-grays, green-grays and dark grays are all perfect shades for our finger tips. Here are some great choices.

Dior - Carre Bleu

CHANEL - Orage

Essie - The Perfect Cover Up

They're all perfect for a Fall 2014 nail. So get going and polish those nails right!


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DIY - Tea Tone Yourself

Toning is such an essential step in your cleansing routine. So why not tea tone!? Teas are readily consumed for their health benefits, so if they're good for our insides, they're even better for our outsides, right? 

Toners vitalize, freshen and pick up any oils and pollutants cleansers miss. They also add nourishment and hydration. So why is this a step we often skip? To get you excited, I've researched and discovered some easy tea toners that you can make in seconds and use every day.

Chamomile Toner
This tea toner nourishes and aids in treating puffiness and inflammation. It's also very refreshing. In order to make a toner from chamomile, boil some water, drop in a chamomile tea bag and steep for five minutes. Let it cool, refridgerate and there you have it - a chamomile toner. It's really that easy.

Green Tea Toner
We all know the long list of health benefits green tea has on our insides, however, it is  just as wonderful for your skin. Again, boil some water, drop in a green tea bag (or green tea leaves) and let it steep for 5-7 minutes. Keep it in the fridge and apply with a cotton pad. Add apple cider vinegar if you have troubled spots. ACV contains malic and lactic acids. It treats acne, promotes exfoliation and reduces red marks. This vinegar also regulates skin to its proper pH.

Mint Toner

Mint is said to be a perfect skin toner! It refreshes, stimulates, lightens and reduces redness. Add fresh mint leaves to boiled water and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain, cool and refrigerate.  

So there you have it: three easy toners that will give your skin much satisfaction. No more excuses! 

Warning: all tea toners expire in a week:)


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