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Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe that 2014 is already here?

Yesterday I rounded up some of my favourites for you, including my top ten polishes and top ten nail art looks. Today I will share some of my favourite beauty and hair care products! Believe me when I say it was tough to narrow them down to just a few. Hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoy writing them, and let me know in the comments what some of your favourites are!!

 

 

This year I finally tried Butter LONDON’s Lippy, a liquid lipstick/gloss hybrid, and fell in love. My favourite of them was Wine Gums, second from left below.

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Two products that  I cannot live without are from my manicure essentials post: cuticle oil, like Qtica’s amazing Solid Gold and a cuticle eraser stick like the one below. (Get both at Nail Polish Canada.) Another great cuticle cream is Lemony Flutter from Lush!

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A product I was excited to try this year, and absolutely cannot live without now, was Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm. I use this product religiously before bed, and it has helped so much, especially through the winter months. Speaking of which, it’s time to hit the EA counter for a backup….

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Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is another must-have, not only because of the non-greasy texture that helps your skin look refreshed every morning, but because of its delicious, soft, natural essential oil scent. I literally inhale deeply as I apply this each evening – dare I say it is intoxicating?

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Another new line I had the pleasure of trying this year was Kevin Murphy, an Australian hairstylist’s innovative hair care line. My favourite was the Young.Again.Masque, a deep conditioning treatment that my processed hair just loves. Another great product with a delicious, soft scent!

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If you have long, especially chemically-processed hair, you must know that daily washing is a no-no. Dry shampoos are what saves us, and two I absolutely love are göt2b’s Rockin’ it Dry Shampoo and OSiS+ Refresh Dust by Schwarzkopf Professional! Both come in a handy spray bottle (so nice for keeping one in your gym bag), and both bodify your hair in the process. OSiS+ was even released in a triple-size bottle and was named “best dry shampoo” in Salon Magazine’s 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards!

g2b_RI_CAN_DryS_HRNWSKP-Osis-RefreshDust-TextShamp1One more hair product favourite this year was BC Bonacure Oil Miracle Finishing Treatment. Offered in regular and light versions and containing Marula and Argan oils, I never skip applying this to towel-dried hair. It helps protect your hair from heat styling, and moisturizes those pesky ends. And again, it smells so amazing!

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I confess a love for… Dior. 2013 saw Dior launch the incredible Diorshow Fusion Mono eyeshadows, single pots of a gel-mousse eyeshadow formula that can be used wet or dry… and when used wet, they leave behind a metallic, high-shine, incredible finish. I am head-over heels! (Think it would be wrong to collect the other 4 metallics that I don’t have?)

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And speaking of Dior… are you a Dior Addict? With the Mystic Metallics launch, Dior added a few more Dior Addict Gloss shades, including the lovely, nude yet sparkly Charm. These glosses are phenomenal for the range of shades that are offered, from wisps of colour to saturated hues that smell amazing, apply and wear phenomenally, and best of all, offer a non-sticky finish. Absolute favourite!

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Just a couple of months ago I discovered Dior’s Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil, applied to a wet or dry face to dissolve all traces of makeup, including pesky eye makeup. Rated as one of InStyle’s Best Summer Skincare Products for 2013, it is a godsend, allowing me to rub my makeup off and not leaving behind any oiliness. Love!

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Finally, another new discovery for me was the Lip Glow from Dior – a lip balm that hydrates and also enhances the natural colour of your lips (in its original pink formula)! Below is the newest addition to the Lip Glow family, a Coral shade to be launched on January 15th!

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I hope you enjoyed my 2013 Favourites posts!

 

What are some of your favourite beauty products?

~xo

 

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Introducing LIPPY Shimmer, a lip gloss collection of chic shades and twinkly textures that accentuate your glow while adding a touch of whimsy! This season is all about ramping up your natural beauty.

LIPPY Shimmer’s sheer hues in blush, apricot, peach, strawberry, golden bronze and an iridescent clear gloss add a touch of whimsy to your look that perfectly garnish any sundress or sunnies. The LIPPY Shimmer glosses all feature a light vanilla scent and sheer, sparkling coverage. Shades in the LIPPY Shimmer collection include:

  • Beaker– Sheer, nearly clear iridescent shimmer
  • Tickety Boo – Sheer, blush shimmer Punch Up – Sheer strawberry shimmer with gold flecks
  • Wag – Sheer, peachy pink shimmer with gold flecks
  • Pip Pip – Sheer golden bronze shimmer
  • Swish – Sheer, apricot shimmer

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butter LONDON Lippy Shimmer is now available on the butterLONDON.ca site!

I recently shared the press release of the butter LONDON Lippy Liquid Lipsticks for Spring 2013, and the colours looked so juicy and delicious that I could not wait to try them. Described as a supercharged take on the statement lip, with fruity shades and lush pops of colour in coral, watermelon, poppy pink, cool mauve and deep berry, Lippy increase in pigment the more you apply. The shades ranges from a subtle pop of colour to a bright and vibrant lip. Love!

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I was able to review three of the gorgeous new shades, and this being my very first butter LONDON experience, and I could not have been more pleased. Lippy Liquid Lipsticks are heavenly from the moment you twist open the cap and are introduced to the sweet aroma of vanilla cupcakes… the soft scent of spun sugar lingers on your lips after application ever so slightly… divine! The three colours I tried were all opaque, providing lots of coverage: Dahling, a dusky pink, Wine Gums, a gorgeous deep plum, and Jaffa, a bright orange-coral.

Dahling is what I would call a neutral-toned liquid lipstick; very suitable for most skintones and for the shyest among us. Dahling is an easy treat, dahling!

Wine Gums is a bold plum that applies brighter than it would appear in the tube; it was totally a colour I would choose and wear with my olive skin! It may be a bit more of a statement lip for the fairer among us, but again, I see this shade suiting almost anyone!!

Last but not least, Jaffa screams summer with its bright orange-coral base, and what I love most about Jaffa is that it applies as it looks. I buy a lot of corals and oranges in the hot months, and unless they are matte or ultra-rich lipsticks, the coral often does not translate from the tube to the lip. (I have a drawer full of orange glosses to show you!) But Jaffa delivers! As for suitability, I feel that anyone can pull off an orange lip, especially if you tie in the rest of your makeup a little with some warmer tones… I will certainly be rocking this shade all summer long! (Do you think I can ward off old man winter if I wear Jaffa enough?)

Here is a swatch on my arm to give you an idea of coverage and pigmentation:

ButterLondon_LippyswatchL to R: Jaffa, Dahling and Wine Gums

Lippy is high-shine, fairly long-lasting considering it is a lipgloss/lipstick hybrid, and as mentioned before, incredibly scented. I cannot get enough Lippy now that I’ve tasted its sweet colour and smelled its intoxicating scent!

butter LONDON Lippy Liquid Lipstick is now available on the butterLONDON.ca site.

Get yours before this collection sells out!

 

~xo

 

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

 

Butter LONDON is introducing LIPPY Liquid Lipstick, for Spring 2013!

The Spring 2013 LIPPY Liquid Lipstick range is a supercharged take on the statement lip. Drawing inspiration from the fruity shades and lush pops of colour seen on the catwalks, these LIPPY are anything but your typical lipstick. Striking tones of fluoro coral, watermelon, and poppy pink, cool mauve and deep berry increase in pigment the more you apply. Each shade is an eye-catching accessory in itself.
Shades in the collection include:

  • Jaffa: Opaque, bright orange-coral liquid lipstick
  • Bampot: Opaque, bright flamingo pink lipstick
  • MacBeth: Opaque, pinky coral liquid lipstick
  • Dahling: Opaque, dusky pink liquid lipstick
  • Wine Gums: Opaque plum liquid lipstick

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I LOVE THEM!!! I have never tried Butter LONDON makeup but I will need to try these. They look so yummy and juicy!

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