STOCKING POPPERS! Part 2

It’s getting down to the x-mas shopping wire so I’ve compiled a second list of choice stocking poppers or “gifties.” Read below for my top picks of items that will wow your best friend, colleague, girlfriend, etc. in a small package while making a big impact.

MAYBELLINE NEW YORK BABY LIPS ELECTRO LIP BALM & BABY LIPS DR. RESCUE MEDICATED LIP BALM
Though I’m a red lipstick fiend, sometimes all I want is a soft, low-maintenance lip. I’m all for glamour, but I leave the red lipstick at home when I’m swimming and sunning at the cottage. Not much of a demure kinda girl when it comes to lip balm – it’s gotta have colour and shine – I’m a fan of Maybelline’s Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm. It’s super soft and moisturizing and comes in toned down shades of pink, purple and orange. My favourite Strike A Rose is a soft petal pink. And just in time for winter, Maybelline has launched Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm, which still comes in a great range of sheer colours but also has eucalyptus, menthol and camphor to soothe winter-damaged lips.

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm, $4.99 at drugstores

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm, $4.99 at drugstores

REVLON PARFUMERIE SCENTED NAIL ENAMEL
I was immediately drawn to these nail polishes by the classic, retro looking bottles alone. Secondly, I thought – wow, this is from Revlon! – which isn’t known for chic packaging. Then I was intrigued by the promise of scented nail enamel. Just a warning though, don’t smell the polish in the store because the fragrance is only revealed after it’s dried. There is a nice range of colours in creams, metallics and glitters and there are three collections in total with the first being for holiday.

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel, $6.95 at drugstores

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel, $6.95 at drugstores

L’OCCITANE IMMORTELE PRECIOUS NIGHT CREAM
I first started using this night cream when I received a sample in my Fall Luxe Box. Every time I use this it feels like I’m spreading a little bit of luxury on my face. This thick, silky cream supports natural skin regeneration while you’re catching some zzzs and contains immortelle flowers that produce an essential oil to support the natural processes of collagen synthesis, circulation and cell renewal.

L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Night Cream, $92 at Hudson's Bay

L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Night Cream, $92 at Hudson’s Bay

REVLON PHOTOREADY PRIMER, SHADOW + SPARKLE
As part of Revlon’s Evening Opulence Collection by Gucci Westman for the holidays, this eye colour palette in Muse hits all the right OTT notes for New Year’s Eve. The collection itself is decadent and not for the faint of heart with rich jewel-tone purples and sparkly emeralds for eyes, lips and nails. The eyeshadow palette contains a silvery pale green primer, and three dark and shimmery purples to apply to your lid, crease and brow bone. If that’s not enough for you then there’s also a deep green to add as a sparkle top coat.

Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle in Muse, $12.95 at drugstores

Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle in Muse, $12.95 at drugstores

– Jodi Goulart

Boudoir Babe

Romantic boudoir dressing has officially moved out of the bedroom and into the daylight. The Fall runways saw models at Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs in slinky slips; silky, tailored pajamas; lace-trimmed velvet dresses and jackets with marabou feathers. The lush, romantic looks all embodied a luxurious languor. There are pieces in stores now that perfectly capture this look without getting too literal. See some of my top picks below and tips on how to get the boudoir beauty look.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013

Zara Lingerie Style Dress, $59.90

Zara Lingerie Style Dress $59.90

Topshop Floral Velvet Kimono $80

Topshop Floral Velvet Kimono $80

ASOS Premium Faux Fur Stole, $88.72 at asos.com

ASOS Premium Faux Fur Stole, $88.72 at asos.com

The makeup at Louis Vuitton translated into a look that made me think of a girl who painted on dark eyes and lips to go out, but then stayed in and slept face down in her makeup. Any hard defined edges were softened with lips in a washed-out matte plum and eyes dressed in smoky charcoal and soft brown that fell just a bit under the eye as if slept in.

LV Boudoir Beauty

To get this look, I used Anna Sui Eye Shadow in shades 902 and 502 from Anna Sui’s Rebel Girl Eye Shadow Collection. The shadows are available in a range of 37 shades that you can purchase individually and house in Anna’s signature black, lacquered packaging, which itself looks made for a boudoir vanity.

Anna Sui Eye Shadow Palette, $TK at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

Anna Sui Eye Shadow Palette, $11 at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

AS 902

Anna Sui Eye Shadow 902, $9 at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

AS 502

Anna Sui Eye Shadow 502, $9 at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

To amplify the smoky eye, I applied Maybelline’s The Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara ($8.99) that delivers a matte finish to lashes to complement sultry eyes.

To complete the look, I used Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Embellished, which is a deep, rich plum and part of the decadent Evening Opulence Collection by Gucci Westman. To get the washed-out lip look, just pat with a tissue or keep as is if you want more of a shiny lip.

Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Embellished, $10.50 at drugstores

Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Embellished, $10.50 at drugstores

– Jodi Goulart

Pulp Fiction Vixens

On Christian Dior’s Spring 2010 runway, the models looked ripped from the pages of a Hard Case Crime pulp novel. I could just see the titles that these femme fatales would inspire: Blonde With A Bullet, Black Widow, The Bride Said Die and Vegas Vixens. The Lauren Bacall waves, bright red lips and pastel lids in shades of lilac, tangerine and Robin egg blue made for a striking , sweetly seductive look. I found a bevy of beauty products to help you get this look (below). Check in next week for clothing that will help you dress the part of Dior’s film noir vixens.

Christian Dior Spring 2010

Christian Dior Spring 2010

Eyes:

Face:

Lips:

— Jodi Goulart

Photo Finished

I have no problem admitting that I’m envious of Scarlett Johansson. Her curvy pin-up girl figure, raspy voice, wavy locks and husband Ryan Reynolds make me a little green. But what gets me most is her flawless skin! Her makeup always looks impeccable and not in an overly-done way. In an effort to look polished for my own close-up in the light of day as opposed to on a red carpet, I tried the following products with impressive results.

Scarlett Johansson As The Face Of Mango

First I tried L’Oreal‘s new line of Go 360 Degrees Clean Deep Facial Cleansers. For my sensitive skin, the Deep Facial Lotion Cleanser For Sensitive Skin that is both soap- and fragrance free worked wonders. Thanks to the Scrublet, a flexible silicone disc with tiny bristles that clean and exfoliate, I got a deep-down clean. Whereas many cleansers can leave traces of makeup and dirt on my face, I was not only squeaky clean but my skin was also super soft.

L'Oreal Go 360 Degrees Clean Deep Facial Lotion Cleanser For Sensitive Skin, $11.99 at mass market retailers and drug stores

I’m not one to wear full-face makeup, instead I apply and then blend foundation on the darker and sometimes red skin around the sides of my nose, mouth and on my chin. I applied a more than usual amount of Revlon‘s new PhotoReady Makeup on my trouble areas to get the full experience and then finished with the PhotoReady Powder. This line of makeup, which also includes a Translucent Finisher powder, promises to deliver flawless skin whether you’re under indoor fluorescent lighting or outdoor sunlight. I was impressed with the coverage and how long my makeup both looked and felt fresh until the end of the day. It’s on ScarJo!

Revlon PhotoReady Makeup, Powder and Translucent Finisher, $18.95 each at mass market retailers and drug stores

— Jodi Goulart

Dior’s Boudoir Beauties

In last week’s ‘Cause She’s A Lady post on how to get the look of Christian Dior’s party-on-the-top, business-on-the-bottom (or vice versa) ensembles from the Fall 2009 Couture collection, I promised to bring you the makeup finds on how to create the beauty looks. There were really two different looks in this collection. The first was a strong, classic retro beauty look with silver eyes, sharp black winged eyeliner and bright red lips.

Christian Dior Fall 2009 Couture

How to get this look:

  1. Urban Decay Cream Shadow in Moonshine, $22 at Sephora
  2. Estee Lauder Gel Eyeliner in Black, $23 at select The Bay counters across Canada for a limited time
  3. Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Absolute Rouge as part of the Gold Fascination Collection, $35 at The Bay counters starting January 1

The second was a softer, though no less stronger,  sugary look with with lilac on the eyes, black winged eyeliner and pale pink or fuchsia lips. Both of these are perfect looks for your holiday parties, depending on whether you want to go more tough vixen or bad-girl-next door.

Christian Dior Fall 2009 Couture

How to get this look:

  1. MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo in Devil-May-Care, $23.50 at MAC counters and stores
  2. Estee Lauder Gel Eyeliner in Black, $23 at select The Bay counters across Canada for a limited time
  3. Revlon Creme Gloss in Fiercely Fuchsia,  $11.95 at drugstores and select department stores

— Jodi Goulart

Statement Nails Go Planetary

Statement nails are one of the most attention-grabbing accessories this season and one  manicure that’s come full-circle is the half-moon manicure. This style  first became popular in the 1940s and has most recently been on the Fall 2009 runways at Christian Dior, Ruffian and Thakoon. Burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese has been flashing her lunar nails for years.

Dita Von Teese

Best described as a reverse French manicure, the half-moon manicure is surprisingly easy to replicate on your own as long as you have the right tools. To prep, you need strong nails. I regularly use a nail strengthener because frequent abuse of nail polish and remover makes my nails weak. One of my favourites right now is Sally Hansen’s Quick Care Pen Strength Treatment, which is easily applied with it’s click-and-brush pen. You can have a painted half-moon or not, but if you want the full effect I’d go for the former. Beige and bordeaux were paired at Ruffian; white and navy at Thakoon and cream and purple at Dior.

Christian Dior Fall 2009

I chose white and a deep metallic blue with Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Colours in Whirlwind White and Blazing Blue. After painting my entire nail white I used Nailene’s Perfect Tips & Toes French Polish Guides adhesive stickers to make a perfect half-moon while painting on the blue polish. And voila! — the perfect half-moon manicure. Although it did take some time and patience, the end result is well worth it — just think of how great it will look while lifting a glass during the holiday party season!

Here is what I used to create a half-moon manicure:

  • Sally Hansen Quick Care Pen Strength Treatment, $9.95 at select drug stores and mass retailers
  • Nailene Perfect Tips & Toes French Polish Guides, $2.99 at Shopper’s Drug Mart
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Colour in Whirlwind White and Blazing Blue, $5.95 at select drug stores and mass retailers

Here are some other colour combinations inspired by the Fall runways:

— Jodi Goulart