Beautylicious 2013 - Pure and Simple, Marc Anthony


Beautylicious is here again – arrived alive all over the Bloor-Yorkville area. I was lucky enough to select two services from the menu to try out, and here are the findings:

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Plums - Fall Beauty - Header

With the sudden drop in temperature, it’s time to put away those neon brights and choose shades that match appropriately with the season.  For Fall 2013’s makeup trends, don’t bother with the typical burnt orange, or reds! Instead, go for something sexier and with a spike of edge. Ladies, are you ready for something much more exciting? Spotted on many of the F/W 2013 runways, the IT color of choice has been plum.

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Taking Eyelash Extensions for a Test Drive

Eyelash Extensions - The Review

Behold the phenomenon of eyelash extensions which have spiked in popularity in recent years. For anyone who’s always on the go, eyelash extensions provide the convenience of wearing minimal makeup as you always wake up looking fresh. I’ve had my eyelashes done previously once and it wasn’t the best experience as they were heavy, uncomfortable and irritated my eyes. However when Natural Solutions (Eaton Centre) approached us with the opportunity to try their services, I decided it was time to try and give it another go to see if they would be able to change my mind.

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I was introduced to the lovely Hana at Natural Solutions who’s been an Esthetician for 10 years and has been featured in LOULOU Magazine, and on Breakfast Television as well. An expert in a number of areas, she specializes in a multitude of services ranging from eyebrow threading and shaping, eyelash extensions, hair removal, skin tightening and more. Hana has trained a number of salons including L’attitudes Georgian Mall, Natural Solutions Scarborough Town Centre and L’attitudes Eaton Centre and is a teacher at the Aesthetics school of Canada and at the Universal Spa Solutions. On top of her credentials, Hana was an absolute delight and made me feel uber comfortable while walking me through the entire process at the same time.

Click through to see the before and after, and my top five maintenance tips on how to keep them looking full and lush.

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5 Fall Beauty Trends – 2013


With fall upon us there’s no need to mourn the loss of your favourite bronzer or the neon nails that you cherished so much over the past few summer months. A new season means a chance to invest in some new beauty products (yay!). From dark lips to bright shadows, these are some of the beauty trends I’ve been experimenting with this fall:

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CND Vinylux Nail Polish Review

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Are your painted nails wearing out too quickly? Seems we’ve all been there, done that messy fix no matter how many top coats we’ve applied. Ladies, does there exist a durable beautiful polish that defies time? Apparently so, as CND’s technology vows to strengthen resistance to chipping the longer you wear it. No way.

I put CND’s new line of Vinylux nail polish to the ultimate test. If they promised a week of chip-free nails, how well would they fend through frosh week? A week filled with boat building (yes we are science students and damn proud), scavenger hunts, unhealthy grubbin’ and enough cheering and clapping to make your ears ring for the following month. Let’s find out!

CND Nails My bare nails ready to go, no base coat needed!

CND Nails The first coat is a very thin layer. Colours used: Cityscape #107 and Vexed Violette#156

CND NailsThe instructions say two coats will do but I found that 3 or 4 coats were needed for best opaque colour.

CND NailsLeft hand looking not too shabby after 9 days. While the right hand (bottom) has seen better days.

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Final verdict? Not bad Vinylux, not bad. Though there was some visible chipping after one week, this polish proved to last much longer than other brands would. It’s self-adhering colour coat technology made my nails more rigid and strong, perfect for resisting the brutality of my obsessive hand washing. Vinylux comes in 62 colours and though a bit on the pricey end, they do cut down on the amount of touch ups needed.

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Maybe grab a bottle and try it out for yourself, definitely wouldn’t hurt!



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