Ready In 10

I believe that everyone is beautiful and how you choose to celebrate your beauty is as individual as your fingerprint. You all have unique beauty rituals, chosen tools of the trade and cosmetic product faves. How much time you spend is as varied as your ritual/s and how you choose to celebrate your beauty in the moment. There is no right or wrong amount of time to devote to this process, trust in your reflection and let it be your guide.

Here is a ready in 10 minute regime that celebrates the skin you’re in. Achievable by all, guaranteed, and only one tool required aside from the ones you were born with; your hands.


1. Primer – 1 minute
Apply a chickpea sized amount of Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener to your entire face including your eye area. You can either stipple over the skin with your fingers and thus blend or rub it between your hands and massage it over your face.
2. Foundation – 1 minute
Apply a chickpea sized amount of Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 to your entire face including your eye contour. You can either stipple over the skin with your fingers and thus blend or rub it between your hands and massage it over your face, quick and simple.
3. Concealer – 2 minutes
Apply Active Light Under-eye Concealer to areas you want to lighten, brighten and camouflage such as: under your brow arch (lifts), under your eye to camouflage and brighten, upper cheek bones to lift, in the nasolabial folds (smile lines) to soften or just above the upper lip edge to lift.
The easy to use brush/wand allows you to apply where desired and then with your wring finger, simply apply pressure allowing the heat of your finger to melt the concealer into the Dream Tint below.
4. Blush – 15 seconds
Just a dab’ll do ya, with our In-Touch Cream Blush. Twist it up, smile and dab the bullet to the side of each apple (the fleshy bit that pops up when you smile) and lightly blend with your finger.
5. Powder – 30 seconds
Dust to finish with Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder. This translucent powder is invisible and sets your canvas, simply applied with the Kabuki Brush.

6. Eye Shadow – 1 minute
Using your finger sweep a light shade (Naked shown) of Smooth Affair for Eyes from your crease to brow, blend. Next, sweep Iced Brown from your crease to your lashline and blend.
7. Mascara – 2 minutes
This is a varied application process and one that is never sacrificed, simply apply as desired, to plump up your volume try applying PureLash Extender & Conditioner first.
8. Brows – 2 minutes
Shape, refine and define your brows with the dual-ended Retractable Brow Pencils, so fine, you can emulate individual brow hairs.

9. Lips – 15 seconds
To keep it simple forgo lip liner and simply sweep your favourite lip product over your lips or try a tinted lip conditioner like LipDrink SPF 15.

Voila! Enjoy everyone.


I love this time of year. There’s a hint of change in the air as we begin to slowly transition to the next season, fall. Our favourite beauty bibles (fashion and beauty periodicals), tantalize and tease us with all things fabulous for fall 2016.

Our gaze is riveted to the fall stories spun between their pages, a visual cornucopia of colours, textures, styles, trends and makeup OH my!

Fall 2016 has so much to offer, from bold and beautiful to the subtly sublime and everything in between. This season in a true beauty mash-up with designers delivering their modernist interpretations of eras past; 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Makeup this season is decidedly subtle, from the barefaced to the barley there. Luminous or matte. Ethereal minimalism is the order of the day. Flawless skin is undoubtedly the single most important element breathing modernity into this seasons distinctive beauty cues from 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 80’s. No matter the inspiration, bold brows and bold lips are impossible to ignore.

I am defiantly inspired by the modernist take on the 30’s. Translation, deconstructed glamour; effortless, diffused and uncomplicated.

The NEW collection; Fashion Forward from jane iredale delivers this effortlessness, which is the foundation of deconstructed glamour, easily relatable at any age or skill set.

The Fashion Forward collection is not a big collection, however it’s a poignant one. jane iredale debuts SMOOTH AFFAIR® FOR EYES, six stunning cream-to-powder, dual-purpose; shadow/primers in one. These six lovelies take their cue from the now iconic, Smooth Affair® Facial Primer & Brightener, their texture is so smooth, so satiny, so easy on the eyes.

Create a powerful look that’s smudge-proof, crease-proof and lasts as long as you do!

• Versatile cream-to-powder formula can be worn as an eye shadow or a primer, as the base for any other eye shadow.
• Innovative Smooth Affair® formula prepares eyelids so makeup goes on easier and lasts longer.
• Luminous smudge-proof, crease-proof finish.
• Minimizes fine lines to keep eyes looking fresh all day.
• Coco glycerides and mineral powders are blended to create lustrous colours that are chic and wearable alone, or layered with PurePressed® Eye Shadow.
Available in six versatile, buttery-smooth shades:
Petal – Sheer pink
Canvas – Sheer champagne
Naked – Sheer nude
Gold – Sheer rich gold
Lemon – Matte sheer yellow
Iced Brown – Sheer golden brown

Application: easily applied with your fingers to lips, cheekbones and eyelids.
Tools of the trade: Cheekbones use the Foundation Brush. Eyes use the Camouflage or Chisel Shader Brush.

This collection delivers the two biggest beauty trends for fall, full brows and boldly coloured lips. jane iredale doesn’t disappoint with the launch of her newest brow enhancement product;

Make a statement with strong, natural shades that stay exactly where you want them.


• Easy-to-hold, ergonomic barrel allows you to expertly fill and define your brows with an ultra-fine 1.7 mm retractable precision tip to create precise hair-like strokes.
• Expert shaping spoolie on the opposite end for blending and grooming.
• Longwearing formula is waterproof and stays put without smudging.
Available in three medium coverage shades to blend with natural hair colouring.
Blonde – Golden brown
Brunette – Reddish brown
Dark Brunette – Rich chocolate brown

And kiss summer lips goodbye with the NEW shade of PureMoist® Lipstick in Cindy, the ultimate red.


Cindy goes well with:
Crimson and Earth Red Lip Pencils.
Crabapple and Red Currant PureGloss Lip Gloss.


Lip Tips:
Prolong your lipstick wear and prevent feathering by applying SMOOTH AFFAIR® FOR EYES to dry clean lips prior to Cindy.



Summer ushers in a simpler lifestyle approach, what you might call ‘footloose and fancy free’ or the ‘lazy days of summer,’ reality or not, we definitely tend to embrace a simpler approach to our lives and beauty routines. We tend to reach for cosmetic textures that offer a sheer, fresh, weightless look and feel, textures that offer an effortless ease in application, “No fuss, no muss.” Textures that simply say ‘simple summer skin.’

Simply my faves for simple summer skin:

A hydrating, lightweight, water-resistant tinted moisturizer with SPF 15.


• Formulated with lightweight minerals, this tinted moisturizer provides hydration and provides sheer to medium coverage, helps to prevent trans-epidermal water loss.
• Calms and soothes.
• Water resistant to 40 minutes.
• Broad spectrum sun protection with SPF 15 UVB/UVA.
• Gives a soft-focus effect that helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores.
• Shade Warm Bronze is the perfect shade for summer.

Nourish, protect and soothe your skin with this chemical-free broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen for body, face and scalp. Water-resistant up to 40 minutes.


• Can be used on sunburn to help soothe inflammation.
• Available in three shade options: Translucent, Golden & Tanned. (Golden shown above)

• Self-contained, ready to be filled, with a locking mechanism that prevents spilling.
• Ideal for travel.
• Easy to refill.
• Can be used with three loose products: Amazing Base, Amazing Matte and Powder-Me SPF.

Glide on this moist, cream to powder blush stick for a radiant flush that’s soft, dewy and completely natural looking. Hydrating and easy to apply, try it on your lips too.


•Can be applied under or over minerals for a natural or more dramatic look.
Can also be applied on the eyes and lips.
• Great for on-the-go touch-ups.
• Easy to apply stick form. Dab and blend with fingers.
• Provides a radiant, lit-from-within glow.
• Available in four sheer & creamy shades: Chemistry, Clarity, Connection & Charisma.
(Connection shown above)

Quench your lips with hydrating protection. Available in four shades that will leave your lips feeling moisturized, protected and refreshingly scented.


• Mouthwatering moisture in a lip-saving balm.
• Broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen.
• A variety of waxes and oils combine to provide an antioxidant-rich protective shield.
• Refreshing lemon flavour & scent.
• Available in four shades: Buff, Crush, Flirt & Sheer. (Flirt shown above)

Seven jane iredale products have earned the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation. To earn this seal, a manufacturer must provide scientific data showing that its products sufficiently and safely aid in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin.

Enjoy everyone!

Safe Sun Fun

Sun safety is essential and with so many options on the market it makes for a daunting task. There are many excellent options to be had but my #1 choice is a physical broad-spectrum sunscreen in powdered form. Powder you ask? Why powder? Here are just a few reasons why I love it and I trust that you will too!

Whether they are coloured or colourless, dry sunscreens lend themselves to a myriad of applications options that takes protection to perfection.


Dry to Creamy
My #1 reason is that I can mix powdered sunscreens into any cream of my choice and create my own creamy sunscreen. Mix into your favourite face cream/lotion or body cream/lotion and voila! Creamy sunscreen.
If you choose to use a coloured option like Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder SPF 20 or Powder-Me SPF 30 in Golden or Tanned then you can create a flawless finish that not only prevents and protects but also corrects uneven skin by camouflaging imperfections. Make sure to colour match the shade to existing skin tone or choose a deeper shade to create a temporary look of perfectly sun-kissed skin (suntan).


Get the Glow
Take your summer sunscreen to the next level by creating a shimmering SPF for all this seasons’ sun fun. Mix your dry sunscreen directly into Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion or add 24-Karat Gold Dust into the creamy sunscreen that you created above. My favourite Gold Dust is Champagne delivering a rose gold golden glow to the skin as if you were standing on the beach in the glow of the setting sun, so pretty.


Dry to Stay Dry
Physical dry sunscreens are amazing in their ability to reflect UVA/UVB rays right off themselves. Picture micronized particles of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide as billions of tiny Swarovski crystals all over the surface of skin or like billions of tiny multifaceted mirrors reflecting the UVA/UVB rays right off your skin. Their ability to reflect keeps you cooler and keeps you dryer during the hot summer months.
You can create a shimmering dry sunscreen by mixing a little of your favourite 24-Karat Gold Dust directly into your Powder-Me SPF or Amazing Base. For ease of application, premix and then fill-up your Refill-Me Refillable Loose Powder Brush for the glow-on-the-go…

Practice safe sun fun everyone!

Oops! Typo on yesterdays (March 15th) post.

Greetings everyone, my apologies. I realized after the fact that there was a typo with regards to my recommended foundation combination. I have sine corrected the post. Here is how it should have read.


Celebrate your skin with this amazing combination:

Mix ¾ Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener with ¼ Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream and apply with a damp Flocked Sponge. If additional concealing is required follow with Glow Time full strength and apply it with the Chisel Shader Brush. Once complete follow with a light dusting of Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder prior to applying colour, Voila!

Happy spring everyone and thanks for following me!


Beautifully nude, but not naked.

Spring has sprung at jane iredale-Beauty With Brilliance. The stunning NEW Collection, Skin is IN, embodies this seasons beauty trend, the no-makeup makeup-look. ‘Beautifully nude, but not naked!’

Skin took centre stage this season, from the Oscar Red Carpet to the Fashions Runways of the world and all over the pages of your favourite Beauty & Fashion periodicals. It’s all about celebrating the skin you’re in. Skin is the sublime backdrop for barley there washes of subtle springtime hues. Uncomplicated and unapologetic, it’s time to celebrate your gorgeous features with a minimalist makeup approach, think bare skin but better.

This comes easy with Skin is IN!


Naturally Matte offers 5 modern earthy shades that are naturally neutral for a wearable look that’s like bare skin, but better. Celebrate your eyes this season with crease-resistant long-lasting colour. These velvety matte hues are ideal for all occasions and all ages.

  • Buttercream: matte creamy neutral
  • Hush: sheer soft pink
  • Slate Brown: matte grey brown
  • Eggplant: matte rose brown
  • Fudge: matte deep chocolate

Tools: Large Shader, Crease Brush & Mini Dome.

GREATSHAPE BROW KIT – Blonde & Brunette

Water-resistant mineral-rich brow powder glides on to add colour, depth, and defenition. Create your ideal shape with our botanical brow wax formulated to nourish and protect while taming unruly and misbehaving hairs. Refined and soft, with no sticky residue for a great shape every time. Our weightless travel-size rose gold mirrored compact comes complete with a dual-ended applicator. Get in shape with GreatShape Brow Kit!


Look like you’re glowing from the inside out with a refreshing wash of neutral springtime colour that creates a breathtaking barely-there blushed look. Formulated with minerals and antioxidants to soothe and nourish your skin. Flawless PurePressed Blush is flawlessly beautiful.

Tools: try applying Flawless with the Blending Brush or White Fan Brush.


Treat your lips to this luscious natural-looking lip gloss shade of creamy golden caramel that soothes, hydrates and nourishes your lips for a fresh, pretty spring lip look. Jane Iredale has upped the anti with the introduction of her New Ergonomic Applicator Wand, fabulous! White Tea PureGloss Lip Gloss will fast become your mainstay…

Celebrate your skin with this amazing combination:


Mix ¾ Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener with ¼ Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream and apply with a damp Flocked Sponge. (Dampen the flocked Sponge with your favourite Hydration Spray of choice D2O, POMISST or Balance [spritz 3-4 times]).
If additional concealing is required follow with Glow Time alone and apply it with the Chisel Shader Brush. Once complete follow with a light dusting of Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder prior to applying colour, Voila!

Spring 2016 officially arrives March 20th so heres wishing you all a very happy spring!

Problematic Skin? No Problem!

As a makeup artist I am often asked for a simple yet effective beauty routine for problematic skin, whether it be occasional break out, hormonal break out or acne.
I think we can all relate to this challenge on some degree or level and the frustration we face in effectively camouflaging it.
Did you know that approximately 85% of adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12 – 24 experience at least minor acne?

*According to a survey done by dermatologists at the University of Alabama-                        Birmingham, adults:

  • In their 20s, 50.9% of women and 42.5% of men reported experiencing acne.          
  • In their 30s, 35.2% of women and 20.1% of men reported adult acne.
  • In their 40s, 26.3% of women and 12% of men reported experiencing acne.
  • Even in their 50s, 15.3% of women and 7.3% of men reported experiencing acne.   

So with these types of numbers you can imagine how many people are searching for successful solutions and recommendations. So I am going to share some of my successes in hopes it helps you or a friend.

1. What Goes in Affects The Skin!
I am a true believer in the saying ’you are what you eat‘ and that our dietary habits affect every aspect of our health including the largest organ of our bodies, our skin. Now I want to make it clear that I’m not licensed or certified in the field of internal health so take what you like and leave the rest. I am only sharing things with you that I believe are effective in the dialogue of acne. I believe strongly that acne is an external reflection of internal inflammation and when we dial down the inflammation then we are on the road to acne reduction and recovery. Everyday there is more and more research backing this connection and thus more options in how you can effectively achieve this. I am a huge believer in Probiotics, one of my favourites being New Roots-AcidophilusUltra, as well as takingSkin ACCUMAX by Advanced Nutrition Program (ANP). Skin ACCUMAX is a scientifically advanced, ground-breaking nutritional supplement specifically designed to target problematic skin. This patent pending proprietary formula combines a synergistic blend of vitamins with a special nutrient compound identified in broccoli, amazing!
(*Please use responsibly. Take as directed or consult your with your doctor or health care practitioner prior to use.)
I would also like to recommend an amazing book by Dr. Nicholas Perricone – The Acne Prescription. One of the best books on the subject I’ve ever read, thank you Dr. Perricone!

2. Prep & Prepare Your Skin.
No matter what skin type you have all, skin requires care, and skin care is the 2nd step to healthful skin. Outer Beauty begins with BeautyPrep a trio of high-performance skin care that is gentle, hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested, clinically tested, comedogenicity tested, allergy and sensitivity tested and certified organic.
3 easy steps chock-full of skin loving ingredients. Prep, Set, Go!

BeautyPrep Face Cleanser Key Ingredients:

  • Dual Cucumber Fruit Extracts: hydrate, sooth & protect.
  • Oat Amino Acids: deep pore cleanse.
  • Algae Extract: soothes, nourishes & hydrates.

BeautyPrep Face Toner Key Ingredients:

  • Herbasome: a proprietary fruit infused water to balance pH.
  • Rose Extracts: hydrate, calm & soothe, helps tighten pores.
  • Lemongrass Extract: revives & refreshes.

BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer Key Ingredients:

  • Rose Extracts: protect, hydrate, brighten, tightens pores, purify & smooth skin.
  • Eyebright Extract: calms, brightens and reduces under-eye puffiness.                                                                

Smooth Affair Oily
2. Prime & Perfect Your Skin.
Makeup primer is paramount! Primer creates the perfect surface for your makeup to follow. It prolongs your makeup wear, prevents your makeup from separating or migrating, smoothes and perfects your skins surface so your makeup looks flawless. Smooth Affair for Oily Skin is a revolutionary primer. Its oil free formula fights blemishes, reduces shine, minimizes pores and helps to even out skin tone.

Smooth Affair oil Skin Key Ingredients:

  • PoreAway: a proprietary complex that reduces the appearance of pores, fights blemishes and reduces shine.
  • Coconut Alkanes: improves skin texture, creates a silky feel.
  • Grapefruit Extract: minimizes the appearance of pores.
  • Apple Extract: skin-smoothing antioxidant, exfoliates, refines and rejuvenates the skin.
  • Honeysuckle Flower Extract: purifies the skin.

Glow Time
3. Conceal & Camouflage for Complexion Perfection.
There is one product that will answer four of your needs. It’s a foundation, a concealer, moisturizer (oil free) and physical sunscreen (SPF 25), combined in a weightless formulation that’s water resistant up to 40 minutes in moving water.
Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream is a multi-tasking dynamo, believe me it’s amazing! Everything you’ll ever need to camouflage your challenges, apply it all over or use it like a concealer, it’s totally up to you.

Glow Time Key Ingredients:

  • Grapefruit Extract: minimizes the appearance of pores.
  • Apple Extract: skin-smoothing antioxidant, exfoliates, refines and rejuvenates the skin.
  • Honeysuckle Flower Extract: purifies the skin.

4. Glow Control.
Typically you are used to setting your conventional foundations and concealers with some type of powder, however Glow Time saves you this step. Once applied the heat of your skin and our Smooth Affair Primer sets Glow Time perfectly.
Depending on your skin type or desired skin finish I recommend that you carry the very convenient ReFill-Me Brush filled with Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder to create a translucent matte look and control your glow on the go!

Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder Key Ingredients:

Rice Starch Powder: calms & soothes, controls oil and eliminates shine.

I leave you to ponder these very insightful words,
“The most beautiful cosmetic you can wear is a healthy skin” - Jane Iredale.



Jane Iredale has been a very busy woman indeed. Jane never ceases to amaze me with her brilliance, innovation and newness, which apparently is boundless…
Faithful devotees have been kept busy and satiated with the recent release of
‘Made In Your Shade’ – 6 New PurePressed Deep Shades and BeautyPrep – A trio of high-performance skin care. These two collections resonate with the brand’s core philosophy; ‘The most beautiful cosmetic you can wear is a healthy skin.’
Beauty truly begins here. Complexion perfection has never looked so good!


jane iredale-Beauty With Brilliance introduces BeautyPrep.
Prep, Set, Go!
Enhance your ritual with BeautyPrep Face Cleanser, Face Toner and Face Moisturizer, a trio of high-performance skin care products that work to optimize the benefits of the mineral makeup you love. This collection is extremely gentle making them ideal for all ski types and all ages.
BeautyPrep products prepare and protect your skin so your makeup goes on smoother and lasts longer. “Your skin will love this. So will your makeup.”-Jane
BeautyPrep Face Cleanser and Face Toner have been awarded ECOCERT’S Natural Cosmetics certification so these products love the earth as much as they love your skin.


BeautyPre Face Cleanser
Net Wt. 90ml / 3.04 fl oz.
• A no-rinse cleansing water that provides a deep pore cleanse with nourishing Oat Amino    Acids.
• Ideal for removing makeup and cleansing skin prior to toning and moisturizing.
• Contains a proprietary micellar water with dual Cucumber Extracts in liposome form that    gently hydrate, smooth and protect the skin.
• Removes environmental pollutants and is antioxidant and vitamin rich to help reduce free    radical damage.
• May be used with or without water, leaves no oily residue on the skin.
• Awarded ECOCERT’S Natural Cosmetics certification.
• 99.99% of the total ingredients are from natural origin.
• 5.75% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.


BeautyPre Face Toner
Net Wt. 88.7ml / 3 fl oz.
• A gentle toner that refines pores and moisturizes with organic botanical liposomes.
• Prepares skin for layering moisturizer and makeup.
• Infused with Herbasome, a fruit extract infused water,which provides deep skin hydration    and contains organic Lemon Grass, Apple, Pear, Carrot and Coconut Water to balance      pH and restore the surface of the skin.
• Awarded ECOCERT’S Natural and Organic Cosmetics certification.
• Scented with organic Lemon Grass Extract.
100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin.
5.17% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.


BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer
Net Wt. 34ml / 1.15 fl oz.
• Moisturizes skin and helps prevent transepidermal water loss.
• Protects the skin from airborne pollutants.
• Prepares the skin’s surface so makeup goes on smoother and
lasts longer.
• Contains four organic Rose Stem Cell Extracts:
• White Rose supports natural cell regeneration and the skin
barrier, while restoring suppleness.
• Damask Rose helps to tighten pores, purify and smooth the skin.
• Rosa Canina (Rosehips) calms and brightens skin and helps
prevent transepidermal water loss.
• Pale Rose helps to rebuild the moisture barrier and provide
suppleness for the appearance of newer, softer skin.
• Naturally scented with organic Lemon Grass Extract.
• 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin.
• 5.17% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

There is no better way to protect the results from BeautyPrep than by applying a broad spectrum sunscreen. jane iredale-Beauty With Brilliance offers 7 sunscreens, 5 of which are designed to protect your facial skin; Amazing Base, Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer, Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, PurePressed Base and Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen.

jane iredale-Beauty With Brilliance introduces 6 New PurePressed Shades.
Made In Your Shade.
Covered, concealed and protected, like no other! jane iredales PurePressed® Base
Mineral Foundation has six NEW, deeper shades of beautiful.
A foundation, powder, concealer and broad spectrum sun protection all in one.
PurePressed Base is a weightless formula that offers customizable coverage, sheer to full, and is now available in 24 skin perfecting shades.


PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation SPF 15
Net Wt. 9.9 g / 0.35 oz
(Titanium Dioxide 3% + Zinc Oxide 0.6% in Bittersweet, Cocoa & Warm Brown)
(Titanium Dioxide 5% + Zinc Oxide 1% in Cognac, Mahogany & Velvet)

6 New Deep Shades

1.Bittersweet: deep bronzed brown with gold/orange undertones.
2. Cocoa: deep rich chocolate brown with red/gold undertones.
3. Cognac: deep with amber undertones.
4. Mahogany: deep with warm mahogany brown undertones.
5. Velvet: deep with warm golden brown undertones.
6. Warm Brown: deep with golden/brown undertones.

These 6 New shades will be replacing the following PurePressed shades:
Butternut, Chestnut, Coffee, Maple, Mink and Terra.


To keep you blushing, jane iredale has created the perfect touch of colour with Mystique, a NEW deep rosy brown shade of PurePressed Blush. Mystique is the perfect complement to these 6 new shades of beautiful

I am sure you all agree that 2016 is off to a great start. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store. Here’s a thought, January should be renamed Janeuary.


*Excerpts of this blog have been sourced from, and press releases for Made In Your Shade and BeautyPrep – Prep, Set, Go!


Not so Secret

December is a magical month for me. Magical in many ways, not unlike it is for many of you for reasons that require no explanation, however 6.6 million of us would agree that the VS Fashion Show is one of them.
The Victoria Secret Fashion Show has become an annual event not to be missed.
It’s all about the over-the-top glitz and glamour that creates this one of a kind annual spectacle. It’s about the creativity of the sets and costumes, the colour, the mega watt guest/s vocal artists, the sheer energy and of course the coming together of some of the most stunning woman in world. Their faces are the canvases that makeup artists aspire to wield their magic wands upon, they are perfection personified.

This year VS celebrated their Angel’s individual beauty by stripping down their makeup allowing their angelic features to shine. Their look was “effortless beauty” by simply celebrating the skin they’re in. Their skin finish was radiant, luminous, effortless and ethereal…

I have been asked by many of my followers for suggestions to emulate this year’s VS look so here are my top 6 product picks to become your own angel.

Skin finishing begins here with Tantasia Self Tanner & Bronzer.
This gel based formula delivers a weightless bronzed look instantly and can be used on your face and body. This unique formula is different from other sunless tanners in that it utilizes natural plant extracts to stimulate your melanocytes, which in-turn
creates your own natural tan. This gradual self tanner allows you to control your depth by how many applications you choose to apply. Tantasia contains only a 1% DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) to assist in creating an even tan (blend any scar tissue) so Tantasia does not have that telltale self tanner smell, in fact the smell is fresh and citrusy.

A subtle veil of shimmer to elevate any and all skin tones. The perfect compliment to Tantasia, elevate your glow. Golden Shimmer can be applied to your face and body and even add a dab into your Glow Time, mix and apply. Ooh La La!

Our #1 most requested foundation is Glow Time and no wonder; this cream is a dream and delivers that airbrushed look and the formula is completely weightless. Flawless fast!

The “No blush, blush.” These creamy dreamy blush sticks deliver that natural look of glowing from the inside out. Soft, dewy and radiantly natural, get in touch with your inner beauty with In Touch Cream Blush!

Angelic in every way! Use them on your face, eyes, cheeks, lips, hair and body.
The quintessential skin finisher.

Pucker up buttercup! Just Kissed Lip Plumper delivers a kissable wash of colour to your lips for the perfect “effortless beauty” look. These lipies are plumping via a little help from Ginger Root Extract for a subtle boost.

Voila! The rest is up to you, enjoy!


A crimson pout will elevate your outfit, up your glam factor, and make a statement all in one swipe. Matte or glossy, deep or bright, a bolt of red lipstick can update your holiday looks instantly. Red lipstick is classic, elegant and most of alluring. Everyone (yes, that means you) can wear it. Today’s red lips feel anything but retro and the new formulas make them incredibly user-friendly. Red, the colour of confidence, which, come to think of it, may be the most ravishing one of all…

The Trues on Hues:
Blue-Reds – These shades have a violet or purple tinge to them and are considered cool tones; plums, soft berries and wines.
Brown-Reds – Dark berries and rich chocolatey shades make up these reds, with their deep brown hues.
Pink-Reds – Come in a plethora of rosy tones from blushing pink to fuchsia, shades for all seasons.
Orange-Reds – With hints of yellow, these vibrant reds have an inherent warmth.

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Crabapple PureGloss Lip Gloss ->

A lesson in Red

  • 3000 BC – Ancient Mesopotamian women are often credited as the first women to invent and wear lipstick using crushed gemstones to decorate their lips.
  • The Egyptians followed suit, including Cleopatra VII, who would crush ants and carmine in a base of beeswax to colour her lips in a crimson hue.
  • 16th Century – Queen Elizabeth 1 made cosmetics popular and donned bright crimson lips that she got from a mixture of beeswax and plants.
  • 1884 – French cosmetic company Guerlain became producing first commercial lipstick product. They made it from deer tallow, castor oil, beeswax, and then covered it in silk paper.
  • 1890’s – Lipstick was 1st advertised in/by the Sears Roebuck (Catalog).
  • 1915 – Maurice Levy invents the 1st metal lipstick tube.
  • 1923 – The modern cylinder lipstick tube (swivel-up) was patented in Nashville Tennessee by James Bruce Mason Jr.
  • 1930’s – Helena Rubenstein was the 1st to advertise lipstick as having sun protection before SPF was considered important.
  • 1940’s – Chemist Hazel Bishop develops her revolutionary “No-Smear” lipstick, the 1st of its kind, said to “stay put” all day.
  • 1950’s – Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, and Elizabeth Taylor help rocket lipstick wear to 98% of women in the U.S.
  • 1973 – Cosmetics Company Bonnie Bell introduced to the public the first flavoured lipstick called “Lip Smackers”. This type of lipstick became instant success among younger female audience.
  • 1980’s – Bold reds make a comeback. M.A.C. releases Russian Red made iconic by Madonna.

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Crimson Quotes:
“Red lipstick is my superhero cape.” - Poppy King

“Heels and red lipstick will put the fear of God into people.” – Dita Von Teese

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That or a kick-ass red lipstick.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

“All I need is my Chanel dress, my Louboutins and some red lipstick.” – Blake Lively

Red’s global significance:

    • Red is one of the top two favourite colours of all people.
    • Red is the most popular colour used on flags in the world. Approximately 77% of all flags include red.
    • Red is the international colour for stop.
    • The history of languages reveals that red is the first colour after black and white. (All languages have words for black and white. If a third hue exists, it is red.)

Scarlet fun facts:

  • Red is the highest arc of the rainbow.
  • Red is the first colour you lose sight of at twilight.
  • The longest wavelength of light is red.
  • Red is the colour for the base or root chakra. This chakra is located at the base of the spine and allows us to be grounded and connect to the universal energies.
  • Feng shui recommends painting the front door of a home red to invite prosperity to the residents.
  • Red is often associated with the fortieth wedding anniversary thus the ruby gemstone is the traditional anniversary gift.
  • According to “The Language of Stained Glass” at Armstrong Browing Library at Baylor University: pure red is the colour of divine love, the Holy Spirit, courage, self-sacrifice, martyrdom, and all the warm impulses that belong to the great-hearted everywhere.
  • Bees can’t see the colour red, but they can see all other bright colours thus birds, butterflies, bats, and wind, rather than bees usually pollinates red flowers.
  • Cochineal red, discovered by the Aztecs, was made using the female cochineal beetle. For the Aztecs, Indian red dye was considered more valuable than gold! However, it was the Spaniards who introduced the crimson colour of Cochineal red to Europe in the 1500s.
  • The deep red colour of strawberries can brighten up both the taste and aesthetics of any meal; it is no wonder they are the most popular berry fruit in the world.
  • Cranberries, which contain the highest levels of beneficial nutrients, are at their peak from October through December, just in time to add their festive hue to your holiday meals.
  • The phrase “paint the town red” is associated with celebration, partying, fun and excitement.
  • When the colours red and green are combined they traditionally represent Christmas and the joyous holiday season.


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Tis the season! Reds are the right shades right now so be brave and embrace your inner siren. Enjoy!