Holiday Makeup Hacks: Red Lips

A red lip is to the holiday season as presents are to Christmas morning– it’s not really necessary to enjoy the day, but it sure as hell helps.

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While a red lip is a classic this time of the year, that’s the very reason why it can sometimes be difficult to wear– when everyone is familiar with the look you’re going for, it’s hard to pull it off in a way that’s entirely your own. Here’s are a few of my red lip hacks to help make pulling off a scarlet pout easy as hell!

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In case you guys forgot that I’m hot and therefore know what I’m talking about.

Exfoliate Your Lips

A bold lip is a double edged sword in that it looks great… But it also highlights everything about your lips you don’t like. Namely, if they’re dry.

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Ft. my ex-boyfriend’s toothbrush (don’t ask) and my favorite lip balm by Tokyo Milk.

My number one tip is to make sure you are starting with exfoliated, moisturized lips– which are surprisingly easy to achieve. While brushing your teeth, simply swipe your toothbrush gently over your lips a few times, removing any dead skin and promoting circulation. Finish with a single layer of chapstick.


Mute the Rest of Your Face

While this is a tried and true tip, I stand by it– if you want the attention on your lips, you have the keep the rest of the face soft to truly make an impact.

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*side eye*

I’ll limit myself to neutral colored eyeshadows (usually cream and soft browns to still create depth) and unless I’m going out I skip the liquid eyeliner– with a red lip it’s much more flattering to use a soft kohl liner that’s been smudged out.


BUT– Play Up Your Brows

A red lip does require some support from the rest of your face to keep it from looking clownish– and the best way to do that is to play up your bone structure by emphasizing your brows.

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This look is incredibly subtle but without it there would be almost no dimension to my face. This picture also reinforces my belief that without makeup I look like I’ve been hit and flattened by a truck.

Spend some extra time filling in sparse areas and really focusing on creating full brows– although be sure to still create something that looks natural on your face. If you’re still feeling as if the red lip is wearing you, add a small amount of highlight under the brow, on the inner corner of the eye, and along the tops of your cheek bones to create more structure.


Line Your Lips

Straight up: the biggest mistake you can make is attempting to free ball your lips with a dark lipstick– in my experience there is no quicker way to potentially ruin your entire face.

When going for a bold lip, always take the time to line your lips and fill them in with a nude lip pencil. Not only does this allow you to establish where you’re going to put pigment, evens out any flaws in your lips– a bold lip is going to highlight anything unsymmetrical, so this is your chance to create the lips you always wanted.

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My lips fully lined.

But a word to the wise: Don’t go overboard. This is not the time to create those Kylie Jenner lips you’ve been lusting after. Stick as close to your natural lip line as you can.


Keep it in Place!

After spending years being notorious for leaving a smudge of lipstick wherever I go, 2017 was finally the year I set about keeping my lip colour in place.

After filling in my lips with a nude pencil, I carefully apply my first layer of lipstick, taking the time to really carve out my cupid’s bow and make sure there aren’t any flaws in my lip shape. Then, after giving it a minute or two to set, I lightly dust finishing powder over my lips.

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Next, I reapply lipstick in a light layer, making sure my pigment is even. Finally, I’ll finish with a light layer of setting spray.

Another good trick is the use of lip stains. I am a huge believer in their staying power, and if you happen to have one in a similar shade to the lipstick you’re wearing they can be great for keeping everything in place.


The Finger Trick

There’s no kind of anxiety like Oh-God-Do-I-Have-Lipstick-On-My-Teeth anxiety, and once you wear a bold lip you live in constant fear. Are people looking at your mouth because of the lip color? Or is it because you have a big glob of red on your teeth???

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Although there really isn’t a way to completely eliminate the threat, one thing that does help me is The Finger Trick. After applying and setting your lips, put your index finger in your mouth, pucker your lips around it, and pull it out. Any lipstick that was slightly too far on the inside of your lips should come off on your finger.


The Tissue Trick

There is a trick in reapplying lipstick that has been passed down woman to woman for generations: The Tissue Trick.

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If you haven’t heard of this, I’ll tell you right now it’s genius– and the sole reason my lipstick stayed in place on my graduation day. If you’re out in public and have to reapply, start by swiping on a new layer of lipstick. Then, take a tissue, fold it in half, and press your lips down on either side of the edge (basically you are biting a kleenex with your lips.) Then, reapply lipstick again.

I have no idea why this helps lock in colour. Actually, I have no idea why this even helps. But it does. And my mother taught it to me, and I trust her.

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I know you’re reading this Denise! Thank you for the tip! I love you!

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Thinking of rocking a red lip this season?

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I Got a Lash Lift & Tint– And You Should Too

As quite a few of you will have guessed by now, my beauty routine is fairly low maintenance– I’m all about anything that saves me time and keeps me looking great.

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On any given busy day mascara has to be the one thing I never leave without– even with the temptations of lipstick and concealer a mascara wand and an eyelash curler are the two things in my hand on my way out of the door.

I’m a strict believer that thick lashes are a quick fix to tired eyes and the key to keeping up a put together appearance (even if you’re about two seconds away from falling apart at any given moment, like me.) The problem is, I’m a perfectionist– and more often than not messing with clumpy mascara and flimsy wands eats up a big chunk of my morning.

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When my girl Amanda at Lash Boutique and Lounge first offered to treat me to a Lash Lift & Tint, I was naturally a little skeptical– why pay for something I was already doing myself? Lucky for me, Amanda (bless her heart) is one of the sweetest and most patient girls I’ve ever met– and she was the one to completely change my mind.

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Be sure to give her a like on her Facebook & Instagram!

But before we get started— Here’s a quick FAQ.


About Amanda–

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Amanda and I met each other on Instagram a few months ago and we quickly bonded over all things beauty. She’s truly one of the sweetest and most genuine people I’ve ever met online, and we didn’t waste anytime becoming close– she’s honestly one of the nicest people I’ve met in the beauty industry. Go follow her on insta right now at @lashboutiqueandlounge!

Amanda has been in the beauty industry for a while now, starting back in 2012 when she moved to Leduc with her fiance Jeff. Initially she started doing lashes at Lash Affair in Edmonton, then went on to work out of her home, and is currently working out of Relax and Renew Spa as she’s in the process of opening her own Lash Studio in Leduc.


What is a Lash Lift & Tint?

To be blunt– it’s exactly what it sounds like. Unlike lash extensions, where additional fibers are added to your lash line to give the appearance of fullness and length, a Lash Lift & Tint is a curling and tinting solution that curls your lashes upwards towards your brows and tints them a darker shade.

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Like Amanda says, “It’s 100% your natural lashes. What creates the illusion of fullness is the fact that your lashes aren’t being viewed straight on, but rather curled up.”


How long does a Lash Lift & Tint Last?

“About 6-8 weeks,” says Amanda. “The Lift & Tint falls over time and fades as new lashes begin to grow in. You lose about 3-4 lashes each day, so it all depends on how quickly your body regrows lashes.”

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In my opinion, a Lash Lift & Tint is way more time saving than traditional mascara and curling– the entire process takes about an hour and means no mascara or curling for about 2 months.


Who is a good candidate for a Lash Lift and Tint?

“Honestly, anyone can get a Lash Lift & Tint. The only thing you need is lashes– and there are even options for those with damaged or lost lashes. I do work on women of all ages… My youngest client is 16 and my oldest is 68.” Amanda laughs. “The only thing I require is parental consent if they’re under the age of 18!”


Anything else clients should know before they get a Lash Lift & Tint?

“Well, the important thing to remember is that it’s like getting a perm in a way. You can’t get the hair wet for 24 hours.” Amanda tells me.”And no touching your lashes either. I tell most clients to wait at least a day before applying mascara. Although if you must, anything that isn’t waterproof is fine.”

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“Another important thing to remember is to be gentle the first time you remove your make up– and to not be alarmed if you smell the perm solution the first few times you get your lashes wet. Whenever I get mine done I always notice the smell the first shower after. That’s totally normal!”


Before…

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Before ft. no makeup. Except, you know, lipstick. I’m not entirely uncivilized. All photo credits go to the lovely Emily Marriott.

Step 1: Protection

As I settled into the massage table with little idea what I was in for, Amanda made a point of reassuringly arranging my hair about my shoulders.”So you’ve never got a Lash Lift & Tint before?” She asked, double checking that I had showed up to the appointment with no eye makeup.

“Never.”

“Well, don’t worry. I’m going to walk you through it.”

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The process started with Amanda placing gel pads along my bottom lash line. These little pads have the texture of any at-home sheet mask and can contain collagen to reduce puffiness. “These protect your lower lashes from the perm solution and stop them from curling into your eyes.”

After this, Amanda used water soluable adhesive to stick silicone pads to my upper lids. “This is going to be weird. Blink as much as you want.” She warned me before she began the process of pulling all my upper lashes over the silicone pad.

Out of the whole experience, the 30-seconds or so that it took for her to arrange my lashes was probably the most uncomfortable part– and most of that chalks up to the fact that I’ve literally never had another human being touch my eyelashes. So maybe 90% of this is just my problem?

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“This is usually the part where most of my clients fall asleep.” Amanda told me, double checking that all my lashes were out and ready to be processed. “Getting your lashes done is probably one of the most relaxing beauty treatments you can get.”

“Because you’re lying down?”

“That too.” Amanda laughed. “… But also because from this point on you’re stuck with your eyes closed for the next 40 minutes.”

“Seems like a pretty reasonable excuse for a nap.”

“Totally.”


Step 2: Perm Solution

Once my lashes were arranged Amanda applied a bright pink perming solution to my lashes to encourage them to curl. “The perming solution has a bit of a stronger smell.” Amanda warned me. “If you have sensitive skin you might even begin to feel your lids itching.”

“I’m having vivid flash-backs to going with my Granny to her perm appointments when I was a kid.” I laughed.”This smells exactly like the salon.”

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Personally, the smell from the perming solution was strong but didn’t really bother me. I also didn’t get any itching or other reactions from the scent. “It mostly feels like someone is coating my lashes with cheap liquid eyeliner.”

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The perming solution stayed on my lids for about 12 minutes, with Amanda and I chitchatting and making each other laugh to pass the time. When the time was up, removing the perming solution took less than a minute and felt similar to someone swiping my lashes with mascara.


Step 3: Setting Solution

“When I hear setting solution I imagine, like, a make-up setting spray.” I tell Amanda as she swipes bright blue fluid over my lashes. “Like something to keep everything in place.”

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As it turns out, that was essentially the idea. While the perming solution curled my lashes, the setting solution was there to keep them that way. With my lashes setting Amanda and I got back to gossiping and waited out the 10-ish minutes the product was on my lids.

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“What does it look like?” I asked Amanda, trying to imagine every step she talked me through.

“Think of… Something on your lid. And your lashes pulled over it. With blue stuff on top.”

“Oh.” This actually was very instructive and made a lot of sense. “Okay.”


Step 4: Blue-Black Tint

As we got down to the final few steps in the process it came time to actually tint my lashes.

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“What most people don’t realize about their lashes is that there isn’t a ton of pigment towards the end of the hair.” She explained, coating my now curled lashes with tint. “Once this sets there will be pigment all the way through the lash. That combined with the curl makes your lashes seem much longer even though we haven’t actually added length.”

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We waited out the last ten minutes together. The moment of truth was coming.


Step 5: Nourishing Oil

The final step in the process was to remove the shields Amanda had placed on my eye lids and apply nourishing oil to protect and moisturize my lashes. After this, I attempted to pretend not to be too excited as she fanned out my lashes for the big reveal.

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“Oil draws the lashes together.” She explained. “I’m using a lash comb to separate each individual lash so your Tint & Lift makes the biggest statement.”

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With one quick removal of the gel pads covering my lower lashes, it was time for the big reveal.


The Reveal

It was very difficult not to completely freak out when I looked in the mirror. I was instantly in love.

The first thing I noticed is that it looked like I was wearing several coats of volumizing mascara– my lashes seemed to go on for days. It also looked like I was instantly younger and more rested than I had ever been.

“Oh my god!” I squealed, barely resisting the urge to hug her. “Ah! Oh my God, I love them!


After…

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In the days after getting a Lash Lift & Tint, I was obsessed.

Pretty much everyone I talked to noticed my lashes within seconds– for the week or so after everyone kept telling me how well-rested I looked. Even people I didn’t expect to notice, like my father or my brother, kept commenting on the fact that my eyes seemed bigger and brighter against the rest of my face. I even went out for dinner and had the server ask what kind of mascara I was wearing.

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Just kidding. I loved it and I love her.

But my real favourite part of the whole experience (despite the attention, which we all know I thrive on) was the fact that I pretty much stopped needing to put on mascara in the mornings– I even dashed out to run some errands with no make-up for the first time in YEARS, feeling confident that I looked good without any effort. AND when I did go out that weekend one swipe of mascara made it look like I was wearing falsies.

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False Eyelash Look? With no effort? Yes please.

All in all, I will definitely be seeing my girl Amanda for another Lift & Tint– she is a queen who knows what she’s doing and I’ve never loved the way I look more. This is something every girl should do at least once, whether for their wedding day, before a vacation, or because they want an added flair of I-Woke-Up-Like-This drama for their every day.

Don’t believe me? Here are the Before and After pictures up close:

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So go see Amanda! And tell her I said hi.

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to get your Lashes done?

Hit like, leave me a comment, and don’t forget to like my girl Amanda on Facebook and Instagram and call her to book your lash appointment at 780-340-5274!

 

Silicone is in, Sponges are out: 3 Reasons Why You Should Ditch Your Beauty Blender For This Budget Friendly Marvel

To be entirely honest, I’ve never been a big fan of Beauty Blenders.

I mean, I get the appeal. It’s cute. It’s functional. It’s a smart sponge devoted to cramming makeup into every facial crevice you can possible posses– seen here, in its many incarnations.

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Look, I’ve tried them. I put in the effort, did my time. And while I sat around listening to my friends rave about this cutesy little sponge, I could only think one thing: There will never be a product that blends my makeup better than my own goddamn hands.

I was young and naive, Broke Babes. It was a much simpler time.

When Silicone Blenders made their way onto the scene a few months ago I was, of course, doubtful– as I stood there at my local drugstore, squishing what could only be described as one of the plastic cutlet things I used to stuff my bra with between my hand, how could I not be? Nevertheless, I was curious. And curiosity was worth the $8.00 price tag.

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Guys, I sh*t you not. This was the best $8.00 I ever spent.

I’ve been riding the Silicone Blender high for a about a month now, and as much as I would love to write a clean 10,000 word essay on why I love it– let’s face it, neither of us have the time. So I’ve decided to compress my love for this genius beauty tool down to 3 reasons why you have to give the Silicone Blender a try.

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It’s A Money Saver

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And not just in that it costs less than $10– the beauty of the silicone sponge is that unlike traditional sponges, it doesn’t absorb a drop of product you put on it.

When applying makeup with a sponge blender, you either spritz foundation/concealer on the sponge itself or on your face, then pat out to blend. The problem there is that the porous nature of the sponge absorbs up to 60% of the product your applying (depending on the brand.) And even when I use my hands for application I still end up losing a lot of product to my finger tips.

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With a Silicone Blender, there’s nowhere for your product to escape to, and no need to apply excess foundation to get a proper blend. Simply dab small amounts of foundation either onto the blender or your face and slide it over your skin to blend out. If you feel it’s heavy in some places or if you’re applying concealer, dab to blend.

No product wasted, no dirty sponge or filthy finger tips. And speaking of dirty sponges…


It’s Easier to Clean

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Yet another non-shocker, but one thing I love about Silicone Blenders is that cleaning is as easy as rinsing with soap either before or after application.

When I was applying my foundation with fingers, sponges, or brushes, one of my biggest pet peeves was clean up; either I ended up with wasted product all over my hands or I was forced to spend a good ten minutes scrubbing it out of my brushes and sponges– and knowing full well that I wasn’t really getting them clean.

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With a Silicone Blender, cleaning is fast and easy. And as a bonus– there’s no drying time needed, given that you can simply wipe it dry with a towel. Which means that even if you forget to rinse it the day before, there’s nothing stopping you from giving it a quick clean the next time you use it.


It’s Better for Your Skin

I know I’m not the only one guilty of forgetting to clean my brushes for weeks on end. Or even worse– applying makeup with not so clean fingers.

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Because my Silicone Blender took exactly ten seconds to clean I did just that more often, and I ended up applying makeup with a clean tool each time– and let me tell you, the difference it made on my skin was noticeable within the first two weeks I started using it. I went from having routine breakouts all over my face to just a few minor pimples almost overnight, all because I was working with a clean tool

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I know: clean tool, clear skin. Not exactly the break through of the century, but still worth mentioning.


Long story short, Broke Babes– the Silicone Blender has officially stolen my heart. At least until the next genius beauty tool comes along…

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to let me know?

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