Ring the alarm: Concert makeup

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When it comes to concerts, I’m more inclined to do up the hair and makeup rather than go all out with the outfit. Since I’m in Canada, sometimes the most concert-appropriate outfit may not be the best choice due to the weather.

Last Sunday was the Beyonce and Jay Z On The Run Tour here in Winnipeg and since it was Queen Bey, obviously more is more (although I have to admit that I enjoyed HOVA way better).  I had my outfit all planned out, which consisted of lace shorts and a cute top but since it was an outdoor event, I chose to go with tights since the show was at night.  Luckily that didn’t alter my plans for hair and makeup.

The look I went with is a sparkly blue smoky eye, using two of Make Up For Ever’s new Artist Shadows.  I don’t often do a smoky eye much anymore since I don’t hit up ‘da clubs that often, but a Beyonce concert was a great excuse to bust out the dark eye makeup and false lashes.

Final 1steps1. Lay down an eyeshadow primer (I used Benefit Stay Don’t Stray, then with a dark blue cream eyeshadow (Yves Rocher’s Summer Collection Eye Pencil in Mediterranean Blue), apply this over your lid area.

2. With a dark blue sparkly eyeshadow, pat this over the blue cream shadow.  I used Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in M-110.

3. With a matte grey shadow and a fluffy crease brush, work this into your crease, smoking out the blue shadow.  I used Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in D-222.

4. With a shimmery white eyeshadow, apply this to your brow bone as a highlight. I used a shade from a limited edition holiday Marc Jacobs palette, but any shimmery white will do.

5. Since this is a smoky look, I often opt to skip the liner and just go heavy on the lashes.  Curl your lashes, apply a couple coats of mascara and then pop on some falsies.  I used Ardell Glamour Whispies and Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.

6. Apply your foundation and concealer (do this after you do your eye makeup due to fallout) and then line your lower lash line with that same dark blue cream shadow.  Over top, place the sparkly blue and then coat your lower lashes in mascara.

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For the face, I used NARS Sheer Glow foundation and IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye in Light with the banana power from the Anastasia Contour Kit over top to set the concealer.  I also used the Anastasia Contour Kit to contour and highlight, and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Darling from the Off The Cuff Palette.  For the lips I used CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Ballet Twist.

For the hair, I did loose curls and then a centre part with a gypsy headpiece. The outfit was all black with accents of gold.

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How would you do your makeup at a Beyonce concert?

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Meow! Lise Watier Quatoir Feline Eyeshadow Quartet

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All I had to see from Lise Watier’s fall collection was leopard and I knew it was going to be love.

The Lise Watier booth at the London Drugs Beauty Event was off the chain.  The super nice crew gave out tons of products, including pretty much the entire line from their Feline collection.  The collection consists of a four-colour palette, a brown liquid eyeliner, a couple of cream lip colours, a brow pencil, and their 24 HRS Glam cream eyeshadow.  Although the brand is Canadian, from Quebec, I had never previously tried anything from the line.  It’s not quite drugstore and not quite prestige; instead, landing in the middle, making it the perfect price point for consumers.

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Although the palette’s exterior is super cute, the inside contents pack some serious punch as well. Each colour is super wearable, making this palette a must have for anyone’s collection. I of course just had to play around with it, and I had a date Friday night, so that always gives me an excuse to do my makeup and then blog about it after (I would never want to waste a good makeup look, right?)

steps1. Fill in your brows and lay down an eyeshadow primer.  Then, with the lightest shade (s cream/green iridescent), apply this on your brow bone.

2. Using a cream eyeshadow as a base, lay this down on your lids.  I used Lise Watier 24 HRS Glam Eyeshadow in Bronze Glam.

3. With the second darkest colour (the one on the upper right), and a fluffy crease brush, apply this in your crease, blending out any harsh lines from the cream shadow.

4. With a crease brush (I use a MAC 217), grab the darkest colour and apply this in your crease, making sure to blend.

5. With the light pink shade (lower left), apply this on your lids.

6. Line your upper lash line with a gel or liquid liner, making sure to wing it out (hello, this line is called Feline) and then apply a couple coats of mascara.  I used Benefit Cosmetic’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner and Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.

7. With the cream eyeshadow, line your lower lash line, then using the same brown that we used in the crease, go over that.  Finally, pop some of the highlight shade in the inner corners of your eyes and coat your lower lashes in mascara.

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If you have blue eyes like me, this eyeshadow quad is perfect for you.  I was super impressed with the formulations of these shadows as well, since they are so creamy to apply and very opaque.

If you want a puuuurfect eye look, check out this palette when it releases in the fall.

Please note, I was gifted these products from PR at the London Drugs Fall 2014 Beauty Event.  All opinions are my own.

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Glamour tips: Red Carpet Manicure

Title\\It’s crazy to think about how far technology has gotten when it comes to beauty products.  I feel like most services that you would go to get done professionally you can now do at home.

I have a couple at-home gel manicure kits already but am always excited to try out new ones.  Trust me when I say this — they are not all the same.  I’ve tried good ones and bad ones, and now you don’t even need the LED light to have gel-like nails.  I blogged recently about Sally Hansen’s new Miracle Gel polish, which gives you gel nails without the curing and removal process, which is the most annoying part.  Although it didn’t give me the same hardness and longevity that gel can often give you, it proves that nails have come a long way.

If you like your gels “old-school” I would still stick with an at-home gel kit.  Sally Hansen has one, Sensationail has one, and there are numerous other brands that have them as well.  I was recently introduced to a new brand (well, to me) at the London Drugs Beauty Event in Vancouver, Red Carpet Manicure.  Just like other brands, you buy the kit which includes an LED light for curing, the prep polish, the base and top coat, and a colour of your choice.  I ended up getting a manicure at their booth and they were gracious enough to send me one of the kits and a ton of colours.

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I got the Red Carpet Manicure Pro Kit ($79.99), which includes:

  • Professional LED Light - LED Gel-Curing Light (AC Power Cord Adapter Included).
  • Prep - MAX ADHESION PREP
  • Structure - BASE COAT GEL
  • Brilliance - SEAL & SHINE TOP COAT GEL
  • Revitalize - NOURISHING CUTICLE OIL
  • Red Carpet Reddy – LED Gel Polish
  • Purify - PRE & POST APPLICATION CLEANSER
  • Erase - GEL NAIL POLISH REMOVER
  • RCM Instructions Card

The kit includes lots of stuff for just a manicure, but when you do gel, it’s quite a process.  For the most part, any kit you get will require the same number of steps.  Instead of writing out the process, just take a look at the video below, it’s much more interesting than if I were to write it.

I was sent a ton of colours to try out, including the hot pink shade I chose at the LD Beauty event (Star Power).  The other shades are brand-new, as part of their Sweet Indulgence collection, as well as their glitter set (includes three tins of loose glitter, a silver polish, a glitter polish, crystals and appliqués).   I actually went on a business trip to B.C. last week so I thought it was the perfect time to try this out.  I chose the colour Peach Chiffon, a nude peachy shade and did a glitter ombre on my ring finger.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of the colour since they pretty much all peeled off two days into my trip (and the colour ended up turning more into a yellow than a peach).  I love the shine and hardness that gel gives you, and for the most part, gel doesn’t chip, but I do have to say that peeling is an issue with a couple of the at-home kits I have tried.

I took the kit over to my bestie’s house and we did the manicure on her and two other friends and one of her nails started chipping pretty much right away (she sent me a photo the next morning with a chip on her thumb).  Honestly, I was a bit surprised that our manicures turned out the way they did as I’ve heard many great things about Red Carpet Manicure and my initial manicure that I got in Vancouver lasted a week before I took it off.  Maybe we were applying the polish too thick?  It does say to apply gel polish thin and because we are so used to regular polish which you paint on thicker, that may have been the issue.

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Overall, I think that this kit isn’t bad, I have definitely tried worse ones, but this isn’t the best at-home kit I have in my collection.  I also want to mention that when I cured the colour (and my friends found this too) I could feel my nails burning, which is something that I have never come across with the other kits I have tried.  The burning doesn’t last long, maybe a couple seconds, but still, it was very odd.

The best thing about Red Carpet Manicure though, in my opinion, is their colour and accessories collection.  Compared to other brands, I think that RCM is the best for colours as they have everything, not just “boring” colours.  I like playing up my nails and I hardly ever wear red, so for me, this brand offers the best choices in shade selection.  They actually have over 100 shades, so there is something for everyone.

Have you tried Red Carpet Manicure?  What were your thoughts?

Also, don’t forget to enter the 30-pan MAC palette giveaway, hosted by a ton of us beauty bloggers.

Please note, I was sent this product from PR.  All opinions are my own.

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