URBAN DECAY STORE OPENS IN SQUARE ONE

"Urban Decay is beauty with an edge. Feminine, dangerous and fun, it appeals to women who relish their individuality and dare to express it. From our insane range of velvety Eyeshadows—including the bestselling (and often copied) Naked Palettes—to our award-winning eye liners, budge-proof mascaras and legendary Makeup Setting Sprays, we’ve been shaking up the industry for over 15 years
Empowerment of Women • Cruelty Free Products • Vegan Products"

Last Friday, I hopped on the Urban Decay party bus from Toronto to Mississauga with fellow makeup artist, beauty bloggers, vloggers and social media influencers to celebrate the opening of the 1st Urban  Decay stand alone store in Ontario.

The square one location is the 2nd Urban Decay store to open in Canada, the 1st opened in Vancouver earlier this year. 

On The Urban Decay party bus we were treated to some bubbly & sweet treats along with great UD host and great conversations with fellow guest.

My 1st impression of the Urban Decay store left me speechless...I mean this store is BEAUTIFUL! The details of the decor, the colour scheme, the makeup stations, the makeup setup and the staff..truly genuine and amazing. 
 
I felt extremely welcomed and the evening had such a great vibe!  the music, the lips cookies, the cosmos, the personalized naked palette station and the amazing UD makeup artist, truly outstanding.
 
The Urban Decay store in now open and is located in square one shopping centre in Mississauga. The store will offer the full Urban Decay cosmetics line plus exclusive products and services. 

 
We were treated to a special gift of our own personalized naked palette! Amazing keep sake from this special night.

Amazing displays of all the iconic products from the Urban Decay Vault.

 
Fellow Beauty Blogger Alana getting her Urban Decay on. 
 
With the beautiful Alana from Classy on the Run 
check out her Youtube channel and blog!
 
Even the bathrooms are beautiful at the new Urban Decay Store in Square one
 
 
Priorities: Hair Clothes Men  MAKEUP!! 


THE MAGIC OF BOTOX 2.0

 
And voila! Wrinkles disappear! Ohh Botox how I love you...how I love that tight feeling, that, oh look! I have eyelids again...and yes I'm a huge fan of stranger things but I don't want the #11 showing between my brows.
 
I know injectables are still not the norm with us ladies but I see a slow turn around for accepting that Botox, fillers and other minor cosmetic procedures are the way to go now. 

I'm lucky because of my job and because of thebeautyblog.ca I get to try the latest and the most up to date topical creams that hit the skincare market and of course because of good genes (you need to see my family gene pool, we are a great bunch of awesomely good looking people) that I maintain my skin looking to best that I can.

Now, skincare can only do so much, especially when you turn 47, lost a crap load of weight, (sagging, collagen lost, fat keeps the face nice and plump) and hormones become all wack...yes I'm at that pre menopause early stages...fun...NOT.

OK, let me tell you why I love Botox. Yes, I know love is a strong word but hey sorry but not sorry, don't hate on it without experiencing it.
 
Myth 
Botox is expensive
yes and no. I mean if you are spending major money on skincare, let's say you're that woman that invest on their skin with top of the line skincare products, no, it's not expensive. A skincare regimen can be roughly around $300 (cleanser, serum, day & night cream, eye cream) every 4 months. 

If you are that woman that only uses dove soap, no eye cream, and generic lotion (I say this not to be mean but the truth is I encounter this type of woman on a daily basis) have lines, dehydration and have put skincare on the bottom of your priorities, then yes, you will find Botox expensive.

The cost ranges from clinic to clinic, the cocktail of Botox and it's usually sold in CC units. Usually, the top gold standard Botox can range $15+ per unit.

You can usually find "deals" for $10 a unit but it usually a mix of Botox hyaluronic acid and a filler substance..so  "waterdown" injection

Myth 
Painful and addictive
From my experience it's not painful at all. The first time, I felt a very small pinch from the needle but this time around I felt nothing. 

You can become addictive to the results but not the actual Botox it self. I'm telling you, the results are AMAZING.

Myth
You skin will be worse after the affect of the Botox diminishes.

This is not true, what Botox does is slows down lines from forming and relaxes the muscles. You are actually cheating aging time by not moving those muscles, your giving them a break. 
"Botox is a purified protein injected into the muscles that causes wrinkles, it relaxes the muscles, giving your face a more refreshed appearance."
The effects of Botox can last up to four months and will gradually disappear until the treated area regains movement.
Myth 
Your face will change and you'll look frozen, weird, odd, fake, like a Hollywood wife.

Not gonna lie, this can happen if you over do it. So talk to your cosmetic Doctor, before and tell him/her exactly what you want. I wanted to look rested, not worried looking all the time (permanent frown lines) 
I felt I looked mad all the time because the lines between my brows were always there. 

My Experience
This time I went local and had my Botox done at a great new med clinic in Brampton. Laser Body MD clinic is located downtown Brampton at 160 Main st S and the staff are so very helpful, friendly and most important, professionals at their work. 

My experience at the Laser Body MD clinic was very pleasant and enjoyable.  I was greeted by the lovely receptionist and was handed a form to fill out regarding my medical history with a consent form.  

The waiting room was pleasant and I had minimal wait time to be seen. 
 
My Botox was done by 2 lovely certified MD nurses, Laya Hz and Darlene Esteves. These lovely ladies were very professional, the most gentle touch and made sure I was comfortable during my procedure. 
My face was evaluated and mapped out to where the Botox would be injected.  
The star of the show! The needle with the miracle liquid...Botox!
  
The whole procedure took about 15 minutes and I had no bruising. I was instructed to take it easy for at least 2 hours, to not lean forward for long period of time and to keep doing the same facial gestures as per usual.
  
2 days later and no more wrinkles and I my forehead looks so smooth plus I still look like me. 


I totally recommend Laser Body MD! contact them for a free consultation at 416-661-7878.

Any questions? Leave me a comment below and I will try to answer your questions as per my experience. 



BLACK FRIDAY: HOW I WORE BLACK LIPSTICK

I wore black lipstick and I loved it! 

katy kat perry panther, black lipstick
Fellow makeup artist and beauty blogger Anna from http://www.lashesandlipstick.ca tweeted how she wanted to wear black lipstick to the P&G Awards on Tuesday Nov 22 and since I was thinking of also wearing it, I tweeted back Yes! Let's DO IT! And so we did...the response was overwhelming.  

We had so many people complementing on how great we looked, Even Lisa Prass VP of Beauty at P&G commented on how she was going to suggest to bring The Katy Kat Perry Panther Matte lipstick as a permanent shade to the Canadian market. We agreed! I told her how my clients are always asking for it and how any age can rock a black lipstick! I mean in 47 wearing black lipstick and Anna is barely 30.
 
 Thanks to Anna for the wonderful picture (Insta stories)

Now key to wearing a black lipstick is to keep it all simple and don't add more colour to the mix with a full coverage foundation to really play up your skin.

The boldness of the black lipstick can actually be very flattering and softening, just remember to keep the rest of your makeup simple. 

Another thing to keep in mind is your skin, make sure you have no redness, and slightly do a soft contour and keep the face matte with added warmth with a matte bronzer. No blush. 

 
I kept my eyes simple with just a overall skin shade on the lids with a soft taupe brown on the crease for some definition and a dark matte liquid liner with a small kitty wing. Loads of mascara. Lashes look awesome with this look. 

FACE
Smashbox oil primer
Dermablend Pro cameo foundation 
Urban decay naked concealer 
Dermablend setting loose powder
Smashbox contour kit
BLACK FRIDAY: HOW I WORE BLACK LIPSTICK 
EYES
Smashbox contour kit (yes can be also used as eyeshadow)
Benefit k-brow pomade #4
Kat Vin D tattoo liquid liner
Lancôme grandiose extreme mascara
BLACK FRIDAY: HOW I WORE BLACK LIPSTICK 

BLACK FRIDAY: HOW I WORE BLACK LIPSTICK 
LIPS
COVERGIRL Katy Kat Perry Panther lipstick 
Nyx cosmetics black lip liner
BLACK FRIDAY: HOW I WORE BLACK LIPSTICK

P&G BEAUTY AWARDS 2016 WINNERS!

Last night, I had the privilege to attend the eighth annual P&G Beauty Awards 2016, at the prestige Arcadian Court in the Simpson tower in the heart of Toronto.

The evening consisted of Toronto's glamorous industry peeps, from Beauty Editors, Writers, Hair & Makeup Artists, content creators and Bloggers, Before the award ceremony we enjoyed cocktail drinking, photobooth fun, and schmoozing.
With Fellow Beauty Creators, Influencers and bloggers from left to right
Shayna Wiwierski  http://apopofcolour.com (nominated for best site)
Amy Mckissock http://www.brattyb.com (nominated for best social content)

The P&G Beauty Awards, are the only awards event to celebrate exceptional editorial, social media and creative talent in the Canadian beauty industry. This year TV personality Jessi Cruickshank hosted and had everyone just wanting more of her wit and banter.

With a record-setting 445 entries, 12 winners were chosen by a jury of 12 influential beauty industry insiders, art and design experts. The nominees were top of the top!

After the ceremony the after party consisted of many cocktails, an oyster bar, and amazing selection of h'oudrves. 

A big thank you to the MSL GROUP for another exceptional P&G Beauty Awards.

“The Canadian beauty editorial industry is home to an incredibly innovative and creative pool of talent. At P&G Beauty we are proud to honour the individuals and teams who enthusiastically push creative boundaries and wow audiences with their ground-breaking work,” says Lisa Prass, Vice President of Beauty, P&G Canada. “Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners for their vision and thank you to everyone who has helped make the P&G Beauty Awards a signature beauty event in Canada.”  
2016 WINNERS
Best Beauty Still Life
FASHION Magazine. Modern Art
Contributors: Lesa Hannah, Carlo Mendoza, Briana Mirabelli, Rodney Smith

Best Video
ELLE Canada. Behind the ELLE Canada cover shoot with Gigi Hadid
Contributors: Max Abadian, Leeanne Colley, Vanessa Craft, Brittany Eccles, Grace Lee, Ben Reyes, Juliana Schiavinatto, Vittorio

Best Service Editorial (English)
Dress to Kill. Coming of Age: The New Face of Cosmetic Enhancements 
Contributors: Max Abadian, Lisa Acoca, Pamela Bernier, Sabrina Rinaldi, Cary Tauben, Bianca Taylor

Best Service Editorial (French)
ELLE Québec. Stop aux bobos de la peau! 
Contributor: Kenza Bennis

Best Site
Beautezine
Contributor: Jessica Desjardins

Best Innovation Feature (English)
Cosmetics Magazine. New + Next 
Contributor: Tracey Ho Lung

Best Innovation Feature (French)
Bel Âge. Rajeunir sans bistouri
Contributor: Joanie Pietracupa

Best YouTube Channel
Jackie Wyers 
Contributors: Beaufresh Media, Jackie Wyers

Best Social Media Content
The 26th Look
Contributor: Julia Mateian

Best Feature (English)
The Kit Compact. Windows to the Seoul
Contributors: Giorgina Bigioni, Laura deCarufel, Rani Sheen, Kristy Wright

Best Feature (French)
Clin d'Œil. Routines beauté du monde
Contributor: Laetitia Beretti

Best Beauty Shoot
S/ magazine. Get In Line
Contributors: Vanessa Jarman, Evan Kaminsky, Aurora Lynch, Carlyle Routh

Take a look at all the incredible nominees at  www.pgbeautyawards.ca

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

PREVIEW: MARIAH CAREY FOR MAC COSMETICS

Just in time for the Holidays MAC Cosmetics gives us a sneak peak to this wonderful oh bling bling Mariah Carey collaboration. Sparkle and shine and get your singing on with this beauty of a collection...And All I want for Chrismas is you......and lipstick and shadows and gloss and.....
"The Elusive Chanteuse and “SONGBIRD SUPREME” is back! Mariah Carey has dazzled us with her smash hits and timeless contributions to music for decades and now brings her impeccable glamour to an iconic makeup collection that’s all you’ll ever want."
The Mariah Carey for MAC Cosmetics will be available in NORTH AMERICA December 15, 2016 and INTERNATIONALY sometime in December 2016 at select M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and maccosmetics.com

THE MARIAH CAREY MAC COSMETIC COLLECTION:




LIPSTICK  
I Get So OOC: shimmering brown (frost)  
All I Want: champagne shimmer (frost)  
Bit of Bubbly: soft pinky nude (cremesheen)  
Dahhlinggg!: pinky peach (cremesheen)  
MCizzle: cool peach (cremesheen)  
SRP: $20.00 US/$23.50 CAD 
LIPGLASS  
It’s Just Like Honey: tan shimmer  
Rainbow Interlude: soft white shimmer  
Little Miss Monroe: true gold shimmer  
Dreamlover: dirty pink shimmer (Online Only) 
Butterfly Bling: pink bronze shimmer 
SRP: $18.50 US/$23.00 CAD




PRO LONGWEAR LIP PENCIL  
So Dramatique: deep brown 
New Ombré: cool peach  
SRP: $22.00 US/$25.50 CAD 

I’M THAT CHICK YOU LIKE EYE SHADOW QUAD
Whenever You Call: yellow gold (veluxe pearl) 
Can’t Escape Me: dirty mocha with gold pearl (satin) 
Golden Petals Scattering: cool brown shimmer (frost)  
How You Thrill Me: rich dark brown (satin)  
SRP: $41.00 US/$43.50 CAD 
IT’S EVERYTHING EYE SHADOW QUAD
Diamond Butterfly: silver white shimmer (frost)  
I’d Give My All: muted mid-tone grey (lustre) 
Images of Rapture: muted black with red shimmer (velvet) 
Twinks: deep plum with pearl (veluxe pearl)  
SRP: $41.00 US/$43.50 CAD 

LIQUID EYE LINER 
This Is My Night: rich brown-black  
SRP: $22.00 US/$25.50 CAD 

LASHES
05 
36 
SRP: $18.00 US/$21.50 CAD 

EXTRA DIMENSION SKINFINISH  
My Mimi: warm gold shimmer  
SRP $45.50 US/$52.50 CAD 


POWDER BLUSH 
You’ve Got Me Feeling: light candy pink  
Sweet Sweet Fantasy: deep coral  
SRP: $24.00 US/$28.50 CAD 
LOOSE POWDER  
Touch My Body: radiant gold shimmer  
SRP: $39.50 US/$45.50 CAD 


BRUSHES
183 Buffer 
SRP: $59.50 US/$70.50 CAD 
239 Eye Shader 
SRP: $28.50 US/$34.00 CAD

*All images provided by mac cosmetics pr