BEAUTY DEAL Beauty on a Budget Pencils

Pencils used to be all the rage, remember? Line eyes, shadow over. Line lips, lipstick over. Now? Not so much. If you’re like me, you have a whole bunch of pencils hanging around with nothing to do. Or so you thought.

Pencils On A Budget

Budget Trick #1:

Got that red, burgundy, wine lip pencil there? Oh, you’re so lucky. This is one of my favorite tricks of all time. The trick? How you apply it…. Since most lip pencils are thin and hard, it’s hard to apply the pencil somewhere else. But you can fudge a bit. How? Apply to clean skin. And create your very own cheek stain. The key, is to apply when there’s no other makeup on.

Just take your clean a.m. face, and apply your sunscreen/moisturizer. Now apply a bit more to your cheeks. Take your lip pencil, color appropriate and color your cheeks. Blend with fingers into your skin. Now here’s the trick. If you wear foundation, apply a bit more than you think you need of the lip pencil, apply your foundation over. You want the color to be enough to peek through and create a ‘stained’ cheek. Don’t wear liquid foundation? Keep the color as is on cheeks, ad dust your mineral makeup or powder over. Viola. Perfect cheeks that lasts forever. Want to play? Dust a bit of shimmering highlight on the apple of the cheek. Beautiful at night.

Budget Trick #2:

Most doesn’t work eye pencils are because of staying power. It creases, or comes right off. Trick: Apply to eyelids as a shadow colored base. Then take a touch of moisturizer on your finger and blend it on your eyelid. Apply your shadow on top. You can get creative by applying a brown, blue or black pencil on lids and going on top with another color like a shimmering navy blue or forest green over black pencil, gold over gray pencil, copper over brown pencil. You get the idea. Endless colors to create and play with.

BEAUTY DEAL: Beauty on a Budget Blush

Blush is a fairly easy product to use. Just smile, brush on and go. But the #1 culprit of a bad blush? The color. Too dark, too muddy, too sparkly, too blue…. You end up looking more like a china doll than a J. Low replica. But don’t toss. Make it work.

Our Beauty on a Budget today deals with blush. So grab all your colors that don’t cut it and create your very own mixer basket. What’s a mixer basket? It holds all the shadow (more on that later) and blush colors that don’t work for you and let’s you create something else.

Blush on a Budget

So here are all your colors that are just bleh. Not quite. But don’t worry.

Budget Trick #1:

Throw in your basket Mixer Tool #1. Your fav clear lip gloss and/or lip balm. Now you just created a whole tool box of lip colors. That too pink blush? That too muddy brown bronzer? Just might work as a lip color. Easiest way is to swatch on your lips with a q-tip or your finger tip. Like? Cool. Now add your lip balm over to keep the color the same, or your lip gloss to darken slightly and create a nighttime look.

Budget Trick #2:

Love to get creative? Toss in your highlighter in your mixer basket. Can be liquid, a stick, or shadow. Stick highlighters are the best as you have more control over how much goes on. Have a blush color that doesn’t look right regardless what you do? Apply it dry first to lips, then touch your highlighter to the bottom lip. Then press lips together. Apply balm/gloss over. Viola. A nighttime look.

Budget Trick #3:

Have a blush that’s too light? Take your light brown eye brow or eye pencil. Lightly sketch over your lips, top and bottom, but don’t line your lips. Then apply your blusher color over. Apply balm/gloss over. Instant darker lip color…

Budget Trick #4:

Color goes on too light or just doesn’t last on you? Spritz your blush brush with a little bit of water (mist is the key here, not drench) and sweep over your blush. Apply. Let dry. Your blush will last for hours… but note, the color will go on slightly darker.

To stay creative, keep your clear lip gloss/balm, brown eye pencil and highlighter in your blush basket. Ready to create a new color at a moment’s notice.

HOLIDAY: Faces Metaliglow

While us gals love the holiday season and all the primping we get to do, it also can get a bit, well, dull. No, not the shopping and gift wrapping silly. Our skin.

FACES, one of Canada’s trendiest and hottest makeup lines thought of just that. So it’s the perfect stocking stuffer for us beauty fanatics and one we’ll oh so love and be thankful for!



Just $15. Add to your everyday moisturizer and apply to cheeks, eyelids, forehead, or all over to get a truly natural glow. It can also be used under eye shadow to enhance longevity.

It’s available online at and in select FACES stores.

PRODUCT REVIEW: Purely Cosmetic Mineral Makeup

When Purely Cosmetics sent me a vast array of their samples to review for the blog, it took me awhile to get to it. Why? I was busy using my Bare Escentuals mineral makeup like pretty much every else on this planet. And now I”m kicking myself for not using this sooner. Why? it makes Bare Escentuals look like it does n o t h i n g.

To me, mineral makeup was something to throw on when I had nothing important to do. Run erands, the market, the post office, you know, stuff where you want to just throw on your face and be done with it. Swirl, tap, buff. Done. But I would never use it on important days. Like interviews, meetings, clients… why? It just never covers anything like they say it does.

Looking for a mineral makeup that covers like you wouldn’t believe? You gotta try Purely Cosmetics.

it’s the same process really. Swirl, tap, buff and viola. Your skin looks amazing and actually evens out skin tones, darkness under eyes, to the point that I really don’t need concealer.. (well, maybe a touch on those dark spots I have on my cheeks..) And the best part? Compliments galore. For days, whenever I wear it, I would get compliments on my skin. The stare down, and the ‘your skin looks really good!” comment. You gotta love that! I finally get the convenience of mineral makeup (swirl, tap, buff!) and the coverage of finally, a foundation. I gotta love that!

Another wonderful surprise? Her Cappuccino loose eye shadow. I wear this thing literally every day… lov lov lov.

I was lucky that I was able to get Robyn, the creator to answer a few questions for me in the midst of making and formulating her colors on mineral makeup tricks that even I didn’t know!

Do you have an amazing mineral makeup trick you can share?

If you want heavier coverage, lightly spritz your brush with Evian facial spray, then swirl it in the foundation and buff. Add any additional layers dry. Or to really set the makeup and let it meld together, heat your brush with a blow dryer after applying your last layer, then buff the warm hairs against your face. This will meld it all together.

But the best trick isn’t a trick. Forget the tapping out foundation into the lid of the jar. If you’re a klutz like me, you need more room to work. If you don’t want beige colored grout, go buy a stack of hamburger patty sheets from a restaurant supply store like Smart N Final. 1000 sheets are under $5. Put a sheet on your bathroom counter, tap your powder onto it, swirl – when you’re finished, just pitch the sheet. Not only does it save your counter, but it’s more sanitary as well. You never want to dip a wet brush into loose powder (or dump any damp powder back into the jar), as the water is a conduit for harboring bacteria growth.

What’s your fav product in your line?

I have a couple of favorites. I absolutely love my Silk & Pearl Powder primer. It makes your skin feel so soft, and is actually very beneficial to your skin. It will hydrate your skin while simultaneously absorbing excess oils. The ingredients contain essential amino acids, calcium, and pearl powder is an “ancient Chinese secret” for healing skin. I even use it at night before going to bed!

My other favorite product is my latest addition: the Cream to Powder Eye Shadows. A Cream to Powder product is one that is firm in it’s container, and is a semi-solid until it comes in contact with your skin – it immediately becomes a powder. That stuff stays on until you decide to take it off! I purposely designed it to be very buildable, as are all of my eye shadows. By being buildable instead of highly pigmented color right off the bat, you can control how much intensity you want.

What makes you mineral makeup so amazing?

I try to meet the needs of most any skin types. My standard line contains only the most basic ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and iron oxides, suitable for even the most sensitive skin. My skin smoothing line has silk powder and allantoin, among other things, to minimize the appearance of fine lines, pores, stimulate cell regeneration, and reflects light the most naturally to skin, making it ideal for photography as well. Each formulation contains no parabens (which have been linked to breast cancer), no preservatives, no cheap fillers to bulk up the product, and gives great, long lasting coverage.

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