The Top 5 Brushes I Think Everyone Should Have!

Hello beautiful people!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
I didn’t get up to too much. Carmen and I went out for dinner Friday night, which was absolutely delicious! Other than that we have a very relaxing couple of days!

Whether or not you’re just starting out with make-up, or if you’re a pro, there are five brushes I think everyone should have in their collection to achieve a gorgeous look!

1. A dense buffing brush
I personally prefer this kind of brush to apply foundation, because it really allows you to work the product into your skin. Doing this gives you a flawless look, as opposed to flat headed foundation brushes, which I think just sort of paint the product onto your skin, and then it just sits on top of your face.
These are two of my favourites, the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, and the #56 Sephora Pro Airbrush foundation brush.
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2. A big powder brush
These kinds of brushes are great for multiple uses. You could use them for powder, blush, bronzer, or even powder foundation, and you can find this kind of brush in pretty much any price range.
I have the Real Techniques multi-tasker brush (what an appropriate name!) and the Sonia Kashuk powder brush.
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3. A small headed contour/blush brush
I like to use this kind of brush to apply blush to the apples of my cheeks, also to contour. The small heads allows me to get under my cheek bones to add definition, and it also allows me to put my blush exactly where I want it.
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4 . A fluffy blending brush/crease brush
I’m grouping this kind of brush in general, because they are absolutely amazing for 3 purposes. You can use these fluffy brushes to apply shadow all over the lid, to your crease, and to blend (with a clean brush, of course), which are the three keys to a beautiful eye make-up look.
I use the MAC 234 to apply shadow in the crease, the MAC 217 to apply shadow all over the lid, and the Sephora pro blending brush to blend.
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5. An angled brush
These are such great brushes to have in your collection because they are so versatile, you can use these to apply brow products, gel eye liner, or powder along the lash line for definition.
My favourites are the MAC 266 and the Sephora slanted liner brush.
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What I love about these brushes; is that each one of them could be used for multiple aspects of your look.
If you only had these 5 brushes, you could still achieve a beautiful, flawless make up look.
Let me know what you think!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Top 5 fall fashion favourites!

Hello beautiful people!
Today it is officially the first day of fall so I figured it was perfect to do my top 5 fall fashion favourites for you!
I apologize because a lot of this is not new, I picked it up in the past couple of years but it’s easy to find similar things and obviously cater to your own style and I’m sure a lot of you already have things like these in your collection!

Number one: A leather (or pleather) jacket
Doesn’t matter what colour, mine is from zara from a couple years back ($80). I just think leather jackets look so nice in fall; it adds a bit of edge to your look but also keeps you warm as the colder weather rolls in without having to wear a big parka. Leather jackets are also perfect for layering! You can wear it over a dress with some tights or just jeans and a t-shirt if you’re having a really casual day, they’re just so easy to play with and that’s something I love about having this baby in my collection, you can create so many different looks.
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Number two: boots!
Combat, thigh high, ankle, whatever your style I think these are a must for the colder weather. These are my two favourites to wear; the grey ones are from aldo from a couple of years ago($100), I love the rhinestones on them because I honestly just love a bit of glitter. These are great for days when I’m feeling a little bit more slouchy and just want something comfy and cute, I love wearing them with tights and a big cardigan or long shirt. The brown thigh highs I got last year around this time and they’re Steve Madden ($90) I like to wear these when I’m feeling a bit dressier and want to wear something a little more girly. I still like these with tights or jeans and a nice top or even a dress; again boots can be so versatile.
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Number three: A nice leather purse
I got this navy Michael Kors bag last year ($375) Obviously you can use whatever you have or whatever fits into your budget, I bought this as a treat to myself after I finished work last summer. I love that it can be cross body or a shoulder bag and it’s a good size, it can still fit my make-up bag and wallet and hats and mittens when it comes to that time of year. I like to use a bigger bag in the colder months because I always feel like I need more things, I also really like that this bag has gold hardware; gold is just gorgeous for fall against all the darker colours that start to come out.
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Number four: Scarves
I love scarves; I have a rather large collection because I feel like they can really pull an outfit together as well as keep you warm. The mint knit one I got as a Christmas gift from Carmen’s little brother last year so I’m not sure how much it cost but it’s from aldo and it’s probably one of the warmest scarves I own. The black one is from Zara and I like that it’s a little bit lighter so I can wear it when the weather isn’t super cold yet. As I said I feel like a scarf can either dress down an outfit or dress it up depending what kind of pieces you’re wearing.
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Number five: Black tights
Okay, I think this one is just a given. Tights are one of the most versatile things in a girls wardrobe. You can wear them on their own with a cute top, or under a dress etc. These are from lulu lemon ($90) they were quite expensive but their thicker material so they don’t stretch out or lose their black pigment over time. I’ve had mine a year and they look the same as the day I bought them, and I wear them a lot! We all have days when we don’t feel like wearing jeans but we don’t want to wear sweats either, that’s where these babies come in, because you can still achieve a cute look and be comfortable!
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Those are my top 5 fall fashion favourites! Let me know in the comments what some of yours are! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and keep your eyes peeled for the next few days as there may be a haul coming up very soon!
You guys are the best!
until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Top 5 fall nail polishes!

Hello beautiful people!
I hope you all had an awesome weekend 
As you know every Sunday of September I’ll be posting a “fall top 5” and todays is going to be my top 5 nail polishes for fall!

First up is an Essie polish called ‘chinchilly’ (12$) I love this one because it’s a great transition colour from summer to fall. It’s not too dark but it’s definitely a cooler toned polish which makes it look a little bit deeper as we’re going into the colder months.
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Next is a polish from Revlon called ‘Seductive’ (7$) this is a really deep purple shade that almost looks black. I love wearing this kind of shade in fall winter because I feel like it can add a little bit of edge to your look, especially if you’re heading to a party or out for dinner.
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OPI “you don’t know Jacque’ (10$) is definitely one of my favourites for fall because it’s a gorgeous taupe that I think is just classy and sophisticated while still being dark and gorgeous. I always get asked what I have on my nails when I wear this shade.
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As with lipsticks I always like to throw a nude polish into the rotation during the colder months and my favourite nude of all time is OPI “My vampire is buff’ (10$) it’s definitely more of a peachy nude as opposed to a brown nude which I think looks divine with every skin tone and you can always throw some glitter over top to make it a little more fun.
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Last but definitely not least is Essie ‘Bahama mama’ (12$) which has a very beachy name but is a fairly dark purplely-red shade that I think is just a classic for fall. Every girl should have a colour like this in her nail polish collection because it adds a little bit of romance to a look without being too dark but it’s not your typical classic red which I think is a little over used.
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So there you have it! My top 5 nail polishes for fall! Leave me a comment if you use any of these or if you have any recommendations.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo