Last week, Shoppers Drug Mart invited me for a complete women’s pampering weekend leading up to the “Love You” Run for Women on Sunday, May 7, 2017. If you were following along my Instagram stories, you would have seen that we checked into the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, got made over ( by DIOR!!) at the SDM Beauty Gala inside the Rideau Centre, had dinner at Restaurant 18 and then I pampered myself with some of the products I received in my goody bag from Shoppers Drug Mart! And… I almost fainted when I received a note to pick up a free pair of Brooks running shoes at the Running Room. I can’t wait to break these bad boys in, after my surgery on June 7!
“You’re invited to attend a sneak preview of M.A.C’s newest collections“… Take my money, take my house, I don’t care. I just want to play with the makeup!!! Hahaha
I am sick in the head when it comes to makeup, let alone M.A.C. makeup, let alone being gifted the makeup in exchange for my open and honest (FAN GIRL!!!) review. I attended the preview with my girl Katie from Yow City Style a few weeks ago and we both got pampered by the awesome staff at the M.A.C. store in Bayshore! I think we both fell head over heels for the coloured mascara. I mean, I used to buy the stuff at dollar stores, and lord knows what was in them! I am relieved there is now a more trusted brand making coloured mascara that is safe for my eyes. Sadly, these bad boys won’t last long, so hurry, unless it’s already too late!
Have you been to MAC Cosmetics lately? They keep releasing gorgeous limited edition collections, and I got my hands on some pretty awesome goods.
I went to MAC a few weeks ago to replenish my boring essentials ( Select Cover-up NW20) and the lovely sales person was telling me all about their new Select rewards program. First, you get a good size sample with every purchase (I got the Prep + Prime Skin), and you all know how much I love freebies.
The MAC Select program comes in 3 levels: Seduced, Devoted and Obsessed. Each category comes with its own perks. After you spend a certain amount of money, you graduate to the next level. I wonder if they will release a “Rehab” level, you know, for folks like me who have spent every paycheque there since high school! Sadly, it does not include past purchases (I asked… haha).
One of the things that I love most about MAC is their “Back to MAC” recycling program. Bring 6 empties and get a free lipstick or eyeshadow. Now with the new Select program, you can bring your empties as you go, and they will record it in your file. No more holding on to garbage.. unless you’re doing an “Empties” vlog of course! I have to thank all my essentials for getting me hooked up in the lipstick department!
Speaking of lipsticks, MAC sent over a few gorgeous products for me to try out and share the love with you. I received the Select Lip Palette (which is this month’s feature product under the Select program). It’s a perfect combination of 6 popular shades of lipstick in matte finishes:
- Kinda Sexy : Neutral Pinky Rose (Matte)
- All Fired Up : Bright fuschia matte (Retro Matte)
- Lady Danger : Vivid bright coralred (Matte)
- Candy Yum Yum : Neon pink (Matte)
- Ruby Woo : Very matte vivid blue red (Retro Matte)
- Flat Out Fabulous : Bright plum matte (Retro Matte)
I love the bright tones in this palette, and you can tell all the shades were thoughtfully selected. The 6-in-1 palette is perfect to pack away with you for the holidays or a vacation, and helps you pick the right colours, if you have a hard time deciding on what to bring. Because it runs a bit larger and requires a brush to apply, it isn’t something I would carry in my purse.
I always use any lipstick with Prep + Prime Lip, a base coat lip balm that helps keep the lipstick intact, and reduces feathering. I also typically use a lipliner when applying lipstick, but with a brush, I get the same precision.
Every year, MAC releases a holiday collection that make perfect gifts. I was given the Lip Gloss Mini Kit, a coordinated candy cane red kit of mini Cremesheen Glass and Dazzleglass in a stylish little box. These holiday kits are always a steal, which is why they don’t last very long (value $88). I love the brush kits that are released too, it’s great way to get your collection started, and at a crazy cheap price!
Think of this as a box of fat-free chocolates you can offer any girly girl as a gift, she will adore it and you! This kit includes a combination of 4 creamsheen glosses. Creamsheen gloss is a lip finish that fuses the creamy texture of a lipstick with the high shine of a gloss. It has a sweet vanilla scent and the classic honey-like texture MAC is known for. I love the combination of sparkle and red/pink tones in this kit.
- Galaxy Rose: Midtone Violet Pink (Cremesheen)
- Gumdrop: Intense cheery red (Cremesheen)
- Courting Chic : Deep berry red w/gold sparkles (Cremesheen)
- Phiff! : Sheer yellow peach (Dazzleglass)
I was playing around with the kit one evening and decided to paint my face with it! I used the Dazzlesheen on my cheeks as a highlighter and the Gumdrop pink/red on my lips.
Only if you live under a rock, would you not know that the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival is happening from Friday, October 30, to Sunday, November 1, 2015. But timing this year is impeccable. Not only is the OWFF celebrating their 30th anniversary, but it falls on Halloween weekend. #Spooky
As most of my followers know, I was a makeup artist in my past life. I still dabble here and there, but in order to keep the passion alive, I try to limit my work. My only exception, of course, is Halloween! I love Halloween makeup and face painting. It’s the one time of year that I get to test my limits, use crazy colours and open up my creative channels that are blocked by the every day mundane.
The #HauteHalloweenOTT Red Carpet Welcome at the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival on Saturday, October 31 is the perfect opportunity to dress up with a little Halloween flare. Ghoulish and glamorous guests with ‘Arrive After 5 Haute Halloween Welcome’ tickets are encouraged to dress in their most opulent, outrageous costumes and walk the red carpet. But please, dict the masks and weapons. Four celebrity guests will be judging between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and will choose one lucky winner. The prize? A $7500 trip for two to the Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Show!
Ok, so you’re going to the OWFF, but the age old question remains? What shall I wear to the affair?Worry not! I have a few looks to help you take your makeup look from Glam Night to Vamp Fright! If you’re not into the ghoulish scene, maybe you would rather a softer look of Woodland Creatures. The important thing is to have fun and be original!