Your Signature Beauty Look That Can Make You Stunningly Young

True beauty may shine from within and never fade, but a glowing complexion does not stay that way for long without proper care. Women have been struggling to keep skin aging at bay for centuries now, and innovative ingredients and advanced engineering formulas we have today allow us to preserve a radiant complexion despite the passage of time.

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Turn back the clock and do your countenance a favour: here are top five tips on how to adjust your makeup selection to preserve a youthful sheen for a couple of years longer.

 

1. Disguise the Signs of Aging

Crow’s feet and wrinkles are early tell-tale signs of reduced skin elasticity, and once they appear, there is no going back unless you are eager to experiment with Botox injections – but you can still trick time and conceal these slight imperfections using quality makeup.

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Apply a pink or beige concealer to the problematic area in an upwards motion to disguise the darker line undertone (ochre or peach-coloured alternatives will work better for olive complexions), whip out dark eyeliner and mascara and finish the minimalist makeup routine with a tinge of light red lipstick.

 

2. Blush Your Rosy Sheen Back On

Skin produces less and less oil over time, so your face will eventually lose its rosy note unless you up your moisturizing game fast. Use a cream blush to keep your skin hydrated and tinted at the same time. Apply blush lightly to the apples of your cheeks to avoid the clown-face effect, and accentuate the eye area with volume-building mascara and smoky eye routine to draw attention upwards.

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3. Contouring is the New Face of Youth

Another simple trick to knock a few years off your face, contouring will add a sense of depth to your physiognomy and accentuate its best aspects. Apply a powder two shades darker than your skin tone to the jawline, temples and hairline to lighten up your cheekbones and make them appear more prominent.

Contouring allows you to use the interplay of dark and light tones to your advantage, and if done properly, it can transform your face into a countenance off of teen magazine covers.

 

4. Skin Care for Eternally Kissable Lips

Lips can give away your age even if the rest of your face is coated by heavy makeup. Use a soothing SPF balm to minimize the impact of elements on your sensitive lips, and daub on a moisturizing cream before turning in for the night to delay lip shrivelling and thinning that accompany aging.

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As for lipsticks, go with pink and mauve if you want to achieve a glowing look – but if are using dark makeup, deep red lipstick may be a better option as it will help you avoid excessive contrast.

 

5. Swap Conventional for Organic Cosmetics

Chemical-based cosmetics can cause or aggravate a range of skin conditions and speed up aging. Use organic skincare products that gently nourish the skin without damaging the surface layers, and consider dropping makeup altogether. Organic facial masks and creams will help you turn back the clock and bring your inner beauty to the foreground – after all, your face will always fit you like a glove regardless of age.

 

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Do not let time get the better of you: with slight skincare adjustments, proper hydration, regular exercise and diversified diet, you can beat the nasty side-effects of aging and keep your skin lustrous, charming and healthy after your prime years are over.

 

Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion and beauty blogger. She is very passionate about organic beauty products and healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life on topics related to beauty, fashion and lifestyle.

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Hello 2016!

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Happy New Year lovelies!

Can you believe 2015 is over? I’m flabbergasted, I tell you. So many things happened in 2015. It was a crazy year that absolutely flew by. I’m determined to make this year even better than last. Though I managed to start on a slightly sour note (New Years day I was a half hour late for work… oops)!

Today I went out and bought myself a new planner. I’m still working on how I want to lay it out exactly but I promise to share it with you soon.

You might have noticed I haven’t been very active on Facebook lately (though I’m trying to make up for it with more activity on Twitter). That’s because I’m doing a social media detox (okay, a Facebook detox). My sister’s account is currently the admin for my Facebook page and I’ll be working through her account for the next little while. I’m not sure when I’ll return to Facebook (I have deleted my account) but over the holidays a few things hit me quite hard and I needed to step back and re-evaluate a few things. I imagine there’s a few people not too impressed with me right now thinking I deleted them. That is most definitely not the case, please don’t feel like you did something.
Please, add me on Twitter, or Instagram or Snapchat to continue to stay in touch! My Twitter handle is @ChicLady9 and my Instagram is @exquisitelychic as well as my Snapchat. <3

 

Alright, let’s get on with some important 2016 prep, shall we? I want to go over my goals for the year with you guys!

Lose 20 More Pounds

In 2015 I managed to lose 20lbs on Weight Watchers. This year I want to lose at least that again. If I can, I’ll get my lifetime membership (hells ya)! It’s going to be tough, working full-time at Tim Horton’s is not good for the waistline but I think I can make it work while still getting lunch at work each day. I am not one to pack a lunch. Never have been, though I’ve tried oh-so-hard.

Be More Financially Responsible

James and I started last year wonderfully. We were on a budget, we were paying off debt, and things were going well even with me only working part-time. Since then we’ve racked up a bit more debt and we’d like to get a lot of it paid off this year. That means sticking to a budget and cutting back on some of our spending. It will be a challenge but I’m confident we can do it.

Follow A Routine

I’d like to get into a routine for my mornings at the very least. Right now I’m in the awesome habit of showering & washing my uniform after work so in the mornings all I have to do it run the dryer for a bit to get wrinkles out, eat a quick bite of yogurt, get dressed and head out the door. I don’t do my makeup, I don’t do my hair (hairnets and visors, YAY) and I don’t take any time for myself. I’d like to start to get up at least an hour and a half before work so I can have breakfast, a coffee, relax and enjoy the process of getting ready for work. Though it’ll make my 5:30am shifts hell. 4:00 wake-ups are not my idea of a good time. I like my sleep, dammit.

Build My Makeup Clientelle

I’d like to have 5 weddings booked for this year. Whether they’re all in one month, or spread out through the year, I’d like to do weddings this year under my business. Last year I had 3 and they went swimmingly so hopefully this year I can boost that number. I have one booked, so we will see!

Be More Organized & Tidy

I am forever trying to organize my life. I live in clutter – most of you would cringe. I know my husband certainly does. I know where everything is but items in my home that I’ve personally “organized” are usually thrown in boxes, rooms or drawers. My laundry just sits in baskets until it gets warn and I’m terrible for doing the light cleaning. I’d like to work on that this year. If, at some point, my husband says “You’ve been more of a help lately, thank you”, I’ll have accomplished this goal.

Read 50 Books

I love reading, so much. I do feel though that I’m trying to squeeze so much into a schedule that leaves almost no time for anything. Maybe an hour of reading before bed? I’m not sure but I’ve started making a list of books I’d like to read. That’ll be a good start.

 

Of course, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, doesn’t it? I have a small list of things I’d like to learn this year.

Calligraphy

I started learning calligraphy when I was in elementary school. I even did a bunch of scrolls for a play that I was in when I was a kid. I’d like to learn a little more about it. I’m not sure exactly how serious I would take it or if I’d mostly just play around so I don’t think I’ll be investing a ton of money into this. I’ll likely purchase a few small pens for brush calligraphy on a small scale and maybe just one pen.

Cooking Skills

I am not a good cook. Pretty much anyone can vouch for that. I am a good baker, and I love to bake but I don’t have many cooking skills. I love to eat though, so it only makes sense that I learn to cook, right? I’m going to do some online cooking classes and learn some basic skills and how to combine flavours and design meals. I’d like to look in the cupboard and be able to say “Ya! I can make dinner, no problem” even if we’re approaching grocery day.

 

I feel like I’m being ambitious this year. Maybe I am. I’m certainly not close to meeting any of these goals, but it’s only the 2nd and I have faith in myself. What are your goals for this year? Do you want to try any new things or experiences too? I’d love to hear what you guys are aspiring to!

Frosted Cranberry Holiday Makeup Tutorial

Frosted Cranberry Makeup Look

Hello lovelies!

Today I’m sharing a new video that’s sure to make you smile. Yes, a video. Because taking tutorial photos is hard and I’m lazy. Let me know how you like it – if you like the format I might even do more *ooooh…. ahhhh…*!

The video doesn’t provide much detail beyond technique and colours, but that’s what the blog is for! Couldn’t just let you get away with visiting YouTube only, could I?

This frosty look features a cranberry crease, winged slightly outwards and a gilded lid that shimmers and shines. Finished off with winged liner and a cray amount of face makeup – we’ve got a winner that folks at those holiday parties will fawn over.

I used the following products to achieve this look (there are links to the products, but I am not being paid to promote these products, nor am I receiving any payment for you clicking the links – they’re just handy):

Younique Touch Mineral Skin Perfecting Concealer
Younique Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation
Younique Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel
Younique Moodstruck Precision Brow Liner
Younique Moodstruck Opulence Lipstick in Affluent
Blinc Inc. Mascara in Black
BH Cosmetics 120 Eyeshadow Palette 2nd Edition
BH Cosmetics Foundation & Concealer Palette 1
Marcelle Translucent Powder
Julep Fluid Eye Glider
Various Lip Liners (one in Nude and another darker brown shade)
Hard Candy Top Ten Trendsetters Palette in Guilty Pleasures
Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Colour Duo in Ripe Watermelon
Mary Kay Limited-Edition Sheer Dimensions Powder
  1. I started off by priming my lids with Younique’s concealer and dusted a small amount of translucent powder over them to set them.
  2. I used a big fluffy brush to apply a shimmery champagne shade to my inner corner and brow bone.
  3. I then dipped an angled synthetic brush in a few cranberry shades and used the brush to assist me in winging the colour out from my crease.
  4. Then I applied a deep cranberry metallic shade to my lower lash line followed by a dark brown in the outer corner to add dimension. I “attached” these colours to my “winged” cranberry shadow.
  5. After I achieved my desired intensity I applied lighter glitter shades to my lid using my fingers to get the “frosty” look.

Tip: you can apply a cream product before applying your shimmer for shimmer that really POPS.

6. Once I was happy with that I went back in with the product remaining on my angled synthetic brush and touched up the cranberry shade.

7. I then used the eye glider to create a wing and followed up with mascara.

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I followed up with my foundation routine and cream contouring. I’ll be doing detailed posts on those shortly. 😉

What’s your go-to holiday makeup look?

Younique Canada Review

Younique Canada Review

 

Good morning lovelies! I told you on my Facebook account that there were some awesome product reviews coming your way! You’ll also notice that I mixed up my photos a little and I’m loving them. 😉

Several days ago I was scrolling through my personal Facebook account and a lovely friend of mine Kim (a fellow makeup artist and Younique Elite Green Status Presenter) shared a video of someone using their Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation and I told her I HAD to try it after seeing the results. She offered to bring me over a bag of products to review for you here on the blog (and try out for myself – no wonder she’s doing so well with Younique)!

To my surprise she brought me not just the foundation but the Touch Mineral Skin Perfecting Concealer, Opulence Lipstick in Affluent, Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel, and Moodstruck Precision Brow Liner. Thank you Kim! <3

*I may have gotten these products for free but the opinions here are completely my own. I am not being paid for this post, and I do not make any commissions from sales – the links are for your convenience.*

Younique Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation

Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation ($47)

Oh how it pained me to see this product drip from this bottle; luckily I was able to snap a good photo quickly and minimize the spillage. There’s nothing quite like a photo of product pouring from a bottle.

As you can see the product comes in a bottle with a dropper in the lid. It’s a 20ml bottle (which makes it slightly smaller than your average foundation bottle) but that’s okay because you need only a few drops for full coverage! I used 9 drops to cover my entire face and blend into my neck. Not only did this foundation even out my skin tone it also covered any redness or blemishes I had going on. Don’t believe me? Here’s a half and half to show off how amazing this foundation is!

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Younique Skin Perfecting Concealer

Younique Touch Mineral Skin Perfecting Concealer ($35)

I haven’t always been sold by the age-old “a little goes a long way” saying. I almost always use more than people tell me to use. This product is an exception though. Just that tiny little bit you see in the above photo fully covered the entire back of my hand – and it didn’t want to budge when I tried to wipe it off. Blemishes? What blemishes?

Younique Moodstruck Opulence Lipstick Affluent

Younique Moodstruck Opulence Lipstick in Affluent ($23)

Kim told me this is her new favourite lipstick for brides – and I don’t blame her. It is the perfect shade of pink. When I first applied it I thought “oh, what a lovely nude” but it’s really more of a blush petal pink that is just gorgeous. I think it’s going to join the other 70 lipsticks I keep in my purse, but I’ll probably reach for this one most often since it goes with everything. I also think it would work for almost any skin tone – perhaps not those with extremely yellow undertones.

Younique Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel

Younique Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel ($23) and Moodstruck Precision Brow Liner ($23)

If there’s one thing that is most overlooked when it comes to the everywoman’s beauty routine it’s brows. I’ve come to notice that many women don’t fill in their brows and every woman should. It does such beautiful things for the face!
You have so many options when it comes to brows – from Younique you have 2 options. Their liner pencil and their brow gel.

Younique Moodstruck Precision Brow Liner

If you are a seasoned makeup junkie who is looking to amp up your brow routine you can invest in both the liner pencil and the brow gel. Fill in with the pencil, set with the gel. Your brows won’t budge all day!
If you’re new to the brow game you can opt for the gel option. It has a precision tip that is fantastic for filling the brows in quickly and setting unruly brows in place. Win-win!

If you’re drooling over all of these products and also want to try the Moodstruck Addiction Eyeshadow Palette and their famous Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ I recommend the Cloud Nine set ($174); it also includes a free makeup bag! 😉

I have to admit I didn’t want to love these products. I am kind of instantly hesitant when it comes to direct sales companies (and thanks to my past experience as a consultant for Mary Kay, I have a small soft spot for them). Kim is amazing though – she’s never pushed the Younique products on me, actually she doesn’t really bring it up at all unless I do. I really do love these products though and highly recommend you try them!

BLT Salad Recipe

BLT Salad Recipe

Hello Loves!

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here within the pages of Exquisitely Chic but back in August I started Weight Watchers again. Several years ago I was on weight watchers and did rather well. I managed to bring myself down to 165lbs. Then I moved and stopped working out which led to me gaining back all the weight I lost (and then some).

So far in my new journey I’ve lost 18lbs (that’s with a month of being very, very off track). I’m almost down to the weight I was when I started Weight Watchers the first time.

What I love about the weight watchers system is how simple it is to follow. You still need willpower to avoid bags of chips, desserts and fast food but you have the option to indulge in these things every once and a while. Calculating points is simple with the tools they provide you (especially if you have the online tools); it’s not like calculating macro’s or calories and counting those which can be tedious.

One thing about me is that I hate to eat the same thing every day. I need to mix up my meals so I don’t get bored and indulge in other ways (delicious restaurant food is a weakness).

Amazing BLT Salad Recipe

One of my Weight Watchers buddies shared this recipe the other day with our little group and I just had to make it – and Zoë from Writing Whimsy recommended I do some weight loss/food posts so I decided to photograph the finished product and share the salad recipe (which is super simple btw and only 9 WW pts per serving)!  Continue reading

Mary Kay Sweet Shoppe Body Gift Set

Mary Kay 2015 Gift Sets

Good Morning Loves!

That time of year is coming. It’s my favourite time of year – filled with the smell of cinnamon and pine. The air is fresh and there’s music everywhere! Yes, I’m talking about Christmas! I think my favourite holiday season was the one I spent in Ottawa. Walking downtown and through the malls during the holiday season is pure magic. As much as I hate the cold and the snow, the holidays really aren’t the same without it.

With the holidays comes gifts. I adore giving gifts. It makes me feel good and I like coming up with new ideas or finding that one awesome gift for someone I love! A company that’s always been fantastic for gift sets has always been Mary Kay. They manage to come up with the perfect little pre-packaged gifts for every holiday, not just Christmas.

This year they’ve come up with some super sweet (pun totally intended) 2015 holiday gift sets that are sure to fill the lady in your life (or yourself) with cheer! These products were sent to me to feature for the upcoming season. All opinions are my own.

Mary Kay Sweet Shoppe Body Gift Set

Limited-Edition Mary Kay® Cream & Sugar Gift Set ($30)

This set includes a chocolate scented body scrub and a marshmallow scented whipped body lotion.
I love the cute little package for this set. It’s brightly coloured and would make a fantastic gift on its own, or a cute addition to a gift basket.
The chocolate body scrub smells like very sweet chocolate frosting, and the marshmallow body whip smells like sweet sunscreen, if that makes sense… You can definitely smell marshmallow but it mixes with the lotion in an intriguing way. It’s not a bad smell, but I haven’t quite smelled anything exactly like it before.

Mary Kay Sweet Shoppe Gift Sets

Limited-Edition Mary Kay® Body Lotion & Lip Balm Gift Sets ($18)

These adorable little sets each include a body lotion (73ml) and a lip balm each in matching scents. Mary Kay has been known to have some amazing lip balms, I love all the lip balms I’ve ever gotten from this company. They come in squeeze tubes, so they’re super creamy and great for your lips.
I believe my favourite of the three scents was apple and pear, though they all smell sweet and a little fruity (sugar and spice has more spice undertones). These little gifts would make fantastic stocking stuffers or secret santa gifts!

Mary Kay True Original Hair and Body Wash

Limited-Edition True Original® Hair and Body Wash ($20)

If you’re looking for something to add to his stocking this season, Mary Kay has released a limited edition men’s hair and body wash. It pairs perfectly with the True Original cologne spray which has hints of lemon, Fuji apple and amber. The scent is clean and polished.

Overall Mary Kay is doing a fantastic job this season with some adorable little gifts that take minimal effort. You wouldn’t even need to wrap these cuties! Just tie a ribbon around it and top it with a bow!

Available through participating Independent Beauty Consultants only. Limited quantities available while supplies last. Offer expires February 15th, 2016.

Top 5 Tips to STOP Biting Your Nails

You’re a nail biter….

It’s okay. I get it. I used to be a huge nail biter and I still struggle with biting and picking at my cuticles in weak moments.

If you’re reading this I assume you don’t have pristine nails. They’re likely chewed back well beyond the free edge. They’re rough, peeling and you probably hide them quite often.

I’m here to help – with 5 tips that are sure to get you to stop biting your nails!

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Get Regular Manicures

For me, this was the one tip that helped the most. When I started school I was getting manicures once a week (and I was trained to do them myself). Why did this make me stop biting? Well, for one, I wanted my nails to look awesome; there’s no greater motivator than that. Secondly, I wanted them to grow! You can’t exactly make headway with length if you keep biting them off. Third, they were being maintained regularly – which is the key to having nice nails.
A Little Extra: If you can’t afford to have your nails professionally done weekly or bi-weekly check out THIS VIDEO by MmeBonHeur on YouTube for a DIY manicure (it’s in french but this is exactly how I would do it). 😉

Carry Nail Tools With You

Mandatory nail tools to have accessible all the time: nail clippers and a nail file. Get a good nail file that suits your nail type. You can find ones with different grits at the drug store. Try to find one with a finer grit for smoothing over rough edges.
Every time you get a split, break or they get too long for you to handle, cut ’em and file ’em.
Pro Tip: Use the clippers to take off length and the file to shorten, never use a file to remove length.

Use Bitter Polish

This may work for some of you, though extreme biters find they get used to the taste. Orly makes a great No Bite polish you can find HERE.
Essentially you paint your nails with this bitter polish and it tastes so awful you don’t want to put your fingers in your mouth at all.
Pro Tip: Use the bitter polish once you’ve knocked the nail biting habit to stop biting the skin around your nails.

Tie A String Around Your Finger

It’s that old adage to tie a string around your finger in a bow to remember something. With this, you’re trying to remember that you made a promise to yourself that you wouldn’t bite your nails. It’s not a miracle cure, but sometimes if you have enough willpower and something to snap you out of it every time you try, it’s enough.

For Extreme Circumstances

Wear Gloves

If you are hard up for a surefire way to knock the habit. Wear gloves. Latex, vinyl, cotton, a pair of those pretty silk ones you wear to fancy events – pretend to be super wealthy and too good for germs for a bit. They say it takes 21 days to knock a habit, wear gloves for that long and try to go without them for a bit. If you need to repeat the cycle until you no longer feel the urge.

Irresistible Me Hair Extensions Review

Good morning lovelies!

As I’m sure you’re well aware, not too long ago I chopped off all my hair. I love my short hair but I get so sick of a single hair style and I often need a change. That’s why I went from bright red hair to a gorgeous cherry coke shade within just a few months.

Cherry Coke Hair

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Repair Summer Hair Damage – Guest Post

Good morning lovelies! Summer is drawing to a close, which is disappointing, and sad. Thankfully, here at Exquisitely Chic HQ we also love fall. Watch for posts featuring fall decor! 😉

Hopefully you’ve all lived to the fullest this summer. Gotten out in the sun (with SPF of course), enjoyed some bbq’s, swimming, camping and maybe even some summer sports. Of course, these activities can wreak havoc on your hair. Amy is here to tell us how we can repair summer hair damage!

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Mary Kay Fall 2015 Releases!

 

Hello lovlies!

I’ve got treats for you today! Mary Kay has introduced some new fall products and the lineup is awesome! I am so impressed with these products. Good job Mary Kay! Let’s take a look at the Mary Kay fall 2015 releases!

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