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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My Arsenal.

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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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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October 2017: Fab Fall Favourites

October is hands down one of my favourite months– in my home town it usually marks the end of the Autumn and the beginning of a long, cold Winter.

I don’t know about you guys, but this month just completely got away from me. I think part of it has to do with the fact that I’m still getting back in the swing of things after such a fun summer in the mountains— I spent most of October stunned by the fact that it wasn’t still August!

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brb, still mentally on top of this mountain.

 

When I wasn’t busy forgetting what day it was, October actually had a lot of fun in store for me. I spent most of the month catching up with friends, hunting for bargains in Consignment Stores, and hitting up Edmonton’s Brewery district for some retail therapy. I even managed to sneak in a quick trip to Calgary to impose on a couple of besties who live down there– if there’s one thing this broke blogger knows how to do, it’s mooch.

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YYC views.

But now it’s time to get back to reality in this crazy city of mine! With only a few days left in October it’s time for me to round off my end of season makeup favourites.


Stila “Eyes are the Window” Palette in Spirit

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This month I did my semi-annual purse purge (you know, the one you hate to do when it comes time to change over from your summer to winter bags) and happened upon a gift certificate to LUX Beauty Boutique here in Edmonton. At first I thought it was something the previous owner had left behind (hello, the joys of buying secondhand) when I realised that Emily and I had actually won the gift certificates at an online convocation event– meaning that the gift card had been sitting in my wallet since July.

Naturally I rushed out to get an expensive goodie for my makeup bag, because duh– Treat Yo’ Self!

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I’ve always loved Stila but normally can’t afford it– $60 for this palette is way above my standard budget! Of course, it was worth the splurge. These colours are so pigmented and totally perfect for Fall– and the reds will look amazing into the holiday season!


Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour(s)

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This babies are a summer find that I’ve been working into Fall. We all know I love a good lippie, but it was my friend Jess who introduced me to these beautiful new creations by Revlon!

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Seen here, looking fabulous.

Think all the staying power of a lip stain combined with the pigment of a lipstick. One swipe from these bad boys and your lips stay coloured for hours– plus, they’re matte and totally perfect for winter wear!


E.L.F Highlight

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Another returning find, this puppy made the list based solely on how much I love it– not to mention the fact that every girl I recommend it to goes nuts for it. I recently ran out of my highlight stock pile and was nervous to reorder (did they change the formula? Would it still work on my skin tone? Would it still last for hours?) and I’m happy to report that this highlight is still the best in the low budget game.

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If you haven’t tried any E.L.F products yet you’re missing out– their highlights in particular are super pigmented, meaning a little goes a long way. Put on a little for a natural glow, or layer it on for bolder shine!


Essence “Make Me Brow” Brow Filler

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I’m usually a fan of pencils for shaping my brows, but I was surprised to discover how much I love this gel formula. I stumbled across it about a week ago when my brows were going through some growing pains and needed something more natural looking to fill them in.

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This liquid formula is light and natural feeling once on, but I think the real treasure is the application wand– the brush is basically like a mascara wand and actually simulates the look of hair when applied to sparser areas. Definitely a game changer!


What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Have your own fave October finds?

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Minimal Mountain Beauty Hacks: What I Learned From a Summer in the Rockies

Hey Broke Babes! Guess who’s home?

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Well Babes, it was a long hot summer in the mountains. I feel like I could probably write 10,000 words telling you guys everything but let’s get real– this is a beauty and style blog.

But here’s the thing about beauty and style in the mountains: there isn’t a whole lot of it. I rolled into Kananaskis with one suitcase full of push up bras and another full of 20 different shades of red lipstick and let me tell you– I didn’t wear either of them.

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Yes, I know. Shocker.

In many ways mountain beauty is the most minimal form of style I’ve ever experienced. Women up there still want to look and feel beautiful, but the fact of the matter is that there’s only so much time you can spend looking in a mirror before you start missing out on campfires, early morning hikes, and midnight skinny dipping. Beauty and style in the mountains is done to a minimum, with importance placed on products that are durable, long lasting, and offer a whole range of uses.

Let’s face it, I’m always going to be a bit of a city girl. But after a whole summer of immersing myself in what can only be called “dirty mountain livin'” I’ve emerged with some of the most genius beauty hacks I’ve ever encountered. And even better? I’m going to share them with you.


Minimal Mountain Hack #1: Setting Spray and Powder

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If you aren’t already using setting spray, you’re doing your makeup wrong. Much like hairspray, one spritz from this little magic bottle will keep your face in place and fresh throughout a whole day of wear. While back home I would spray my face with matte setting spray and then apply translucent setting powder to my oilier areas (tip of the nose, between my brows, chin) my mountain babes taught me better.

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There is a lot of setting spray holding us together.

After finishing a full face of makeup, spray your face with dewy setting spray and allow to dry. Then, gently pat translucent setting powder onto areas where makeup is most likely to run (under the eyes, around the lips and nose, etc.) Then spritz matte setting spray over the entire face, allow to dry, and finish with another round of setting powder.

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Minimal Mountain Hack #2: Vaseline

If we are talking about wonder products, Vaseline might just take the cake as one of the best to have in your makeup bag.

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This was a 6 hour hike. Inside my bag is 3 litres of water, a cliff bar, and Vaseline.

Basically, Vaseline is awesome. It can be used to smooth ragged cuticles, soften callouses, and quench dry hands; it can be swiped over lips as a gloss, and rubbed on the ends of hair to camouflage split ends; it can be dabbed on cheeks, collar bones, and the inner corners of eyes as a highlight; it can be rubbed on lashes to imitate mascara, swiped on brows to tame them, and dabbed over the entire face to remove makeup; it can be scoured on shoes to polish them, mixed with sugar to create a body scrub, and swiped over the blades of your razor to prevent rusting. And that’s just the few I can remember off the top of my head.

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Long story short: this is a product you will want in your bag in the event of a global apocalypse.


Minimal Mountain Hack #3: Braids

More than once during my time in Kananaskis I was faced with the following challenge: I worked the 9-5 shift, but we were driving into the city at 6.

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More often than not it was a 1 hour drive for McDonalds, but still. You gotta look good for those city boys.

Rather than face a night of flat hair, my mountain babes and I rehashed this old trick of my mothers: shower in the morning (or hey, even the night before if you’re extra lazy) and braid your hair before continuing on your way. Then, simply unwrap your braids and finger comb before teasing your roots. Voila!

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I know, pretty basic. The trick? To keep my waves beachy rather than scrunchy, I sprayed salt spray into both the ends and roots of my hair prior to braiding. I also unwrapped my braids when my hair was about 80% dry (read: the outsides of the braids were dry, but the pieces woven together were still barely damp) and gave them a final spritz of salt spray before driving off into the sunset.

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Mountain Hack #4: Lip Stains

Let’s face it: between all the sweat and smudging, lipstick has no place in the mountains.

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This might have normally been blasphemy for me, but this summer I discovered the joys of lip stains. Unlike traditional lipsticks that need product built up on the surface to show pigment, lip stains actually stick to skin and stay intact for up to 8 hours, regardless of reapplication.

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Two girls, one lip stain.

(P.S– Worried about dryness? Swipe some Vaseline on before you apply!)


Mountain Hack #5: DIY Dry Shampoo

Mountain babes get dirty and sweaty on their best days, and between work and hiking there wasn’t always time for a shower before going out. Even worse, I was in a fix when I realized I was out of my favourite dry-shampoo before the summer was even half over.

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Luckily for me I was surrounded by a bunch of women who were more resourceful and fearless than I had thus far dared to be, which meant some pretty creative fixes for my greasy strands.

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It was a trial and error process but we discovered something: depending on your hair colour, almost any powdered product in your pantry can revive your hair in a matter of seconds. For blondes, I recommend baby powder or corn starch, and for brunettes coco powder. Simple sprinkle on your scalp, massage in, and go!

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Yeah, whatever, I know it’s weird. But you gotta do what you gotta do!


What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Have some minimal beauty hacks you want to share?

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