BRING THE SALON HOME WITH KISS

Beauty isn’t just about hair and makeup — your nails deserve some love, too. But manicures can be tricky. When you’re rushing to make it to an event and desperately need to get your nails done, chances are that polish won’t dry in time. Thankfully, the Beauty Gods have blessed us with the perfect solution in situations like this: the KISS imPRESS manicure set.

KISS is the largest manufacturer and distributer of professional nail products. For the third consecutive year, KISS has teamed up with celebrity nail artist Gina Edwards, who’s lacquered the likes of Demi Lovato, Taraji P. Henson, Amanda Seyfried, Nicole Kidman, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner — the list goes on.

This winter, KISS is releasing a whole new collection of products that’ll keep us on top of our nail game all season long. Here’s your sneak peek at what’s to come.

KISS imPress Oval Manicure Nails

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Photo Credit: KISS

The nail shape trend is constantly changing, and oval nails are definitely in. With the KISS impress Oval Manicure Nails, you can get a salon quality manicure at home in just a few minutes. Simply just peel off the backing of each nail and press it on. Each box includes, 24 fashion nails, with six accent nails. They are also available in 12 different sizes, with six new colours and designs.

Launch Date: December 2015

Where To Buy: Walmart for $9.99

KISS Acrylic Nude French Nails

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Photo Credit: KISS

If you are opting for a more natural look, then the KISS Acrylic Nude French Nails are perfect for you. To apply these nails, you are given a 2g mini glue. It is safe when applying the glue to your own nails, and it produces a long lasting hold. If you feel as if the nails are too plain, you can always take your favourite nail polish, and apply on top.

Launch Date: January 2016

Where To Buy: Walmart for $9.97

Kiss Bejewelled Gems

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Photo Credit: KISS

To amp up the look of your nails, whether you are rocking the coloured oval manicure, or the acrylic nudes, try adding the KISS Bejewelled Gems for a more bedazzled look. The 3D gems are extremely easy to apply, by just peeling of the back and sticking them onto the nail. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours.

Launch Date: January 2016

Where To Buy: Walmart for $3.99

Kiss Waterless Nail Tattoos

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Photo Credit: KISS

If the bejewelled gems are a bit too much for you, ,try toning it down with the KISS Waterless Nail Tattoos. These nail tattoos are ultra-thin applications, that you just stick right on the nail. They come in a variety of beautiful designs that will give your manicure a classy feel.

Launch Date: January 2016

Where To Buy: Walmart for $2.99

KISS Secrets Glitter Science

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Photo Credit: KISS

Next time you have your girls over, give them the ultimate manicure with the KISS Secrets Glitter Science Kit. This kit is designed for you to create your own glitter polish. With the step by step instructions on the back, you and your friends will be able to make many glitter polish combinations. Applying this to your manicure will give your nails a nice pop of colour.

Launch Date: January 2016

Where To Buy: Walmart for $16.99

 KISS Blooming Lashes

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Photo Credit: KISS

Nowadays, more and more women are starting to add false lashes to their makeup routine. The KISS Blooming Lash line is designed with multi-angled technology, and combined with tapered end lash technology, to give you full and natural looking lashes. They can be worn without mascara and comes in six different styles.

Launch Date: December 2015

Where To Buy: Walmart for $7.99

SHOP ALL WEEKEND: BEAUTY ON A BUDGET

With so many makeup products on the rise, it’s only natural that you feel like a child in a candy store whenever you visit Sephora. You just want anything that highlights, contours, and conceals, to make you look like a million bucks. But nowadays, if you want the best of the best, you most definitely have to pay for the price. Makeup products can be on the pricey side, and with the amount of money in your bank account, I’m sure you want high quality products to serve you, for a decent price. E.L.F Cosmetics is probably one of the most underrated makeup brands on the market today. They have a wide variety of products, with a majority of items no more than $10. E.LF products can be bought from their online site, and many times, they offer their free shipping promotion. So here are some of my favourite E.L.F products that you can purchase without breaking the bank.

Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics
Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics

Before applying your face makeup, it’s always good to apply a nice face primer. Priming your face is not necessary, but for the best results, it makes a difference. It not only reduces the size of pores, but it also helps foundation last longer, and makes the application process so much smoother. The E.L.F Blemish Control Face Primer, is a gentle primer that helps prevents further breakouts. This primer is perfect, as it does not make the skin oily, and feels really light on the face.

Price: $6.00

Where To Buy: http://elfcosmetics.com

Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics
Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics

Continuing with the face, the E.LF BB Cream with SPF 20 is one of the top rated products for the company. It has received many great and positive reviews, as being a tinted moisturizer with fantastic coverage, matches the skin to the tea, and blends easily. It is also probably the cheapest bb cream on the market.

Price: $6.00

Where To Buy: http://elfcosmetics.com

Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics
Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics

Applying eyeliner, and trying to get the most precise cat eye can be tricky. If you are a beginner, the E.L.F Intense Ink Eyeliner in blackest black, will make the application process easy as pie. Because it comes with a nice felt tip, attempting the cat eye should be no problem. You will get a  sleek bold line, that will last all day.

Price: $3.00

Where To Buy: http://elfcosmetics.com

Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics
Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics

If you love dressing up your eyes with eyeshadows, the E.L.F Need It Nude Eyeshadow Palette is perfect for you. The palette comes with beautiful shades that are highly pigmented, and suits every skin tone. You can wear the lighter colours for a soft, daytime look, and the darker colours for a more sultry, evening look.

Price: $10.00

Where To Buy: http://elfcosmetics.com

Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics
Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics

The last product on the list, and probably my favourite, is the E.L.F Moisturizing Lipstick in Bordeaux Beauty. This lipstick is infused with Shea, and Vitamins A, C, and E. It not only gives your lips a beautiful deep red colour for the fall season, but it also helps moisturize the lips if it’s lacking any hydration.

Price: $3.00

Where To Buy: http://elfcosmetics.com

SHOP ALL WEEKEND: BASIC BRUSHES

When applying your favourite beauty products and makeup, you want it to look crisp and clean on your face. You want your skin to end up having that beautiful airbrushed look. To get the most out of your products and to give your skin a precise, clean finish, it’s all about the brushes you use. There is a huge difference between applying makeup with your hands and applying makeup with applicators. Brushes help buffer, and even out, any harsh or fine lines. A very popular set of brushes are the Sigma Beauty Brushes. They are top of the line applicators, and are favoured amongst many beauty bloggers, and Youtube beauty gurus. If you are new to the makeup scene and don’t know which brushes to start off with, here are the three I think every woman should have in their makeup case.

Photo Credit: Sigma Beauty
Photo Credit: Sigma Beauty

The first brush that is an absolute must is a simple powder brush. Applying foundation or powder onto your face is the base, and you want the application as neat as possible. The Sigma F10 Powder/BlushBrush is very sturdy but soft, and will blend out your foundation and powder perfectly. This brush can also be used when applying bronzer or your favourite blush. It will give your skin the most perfect rosy hue, without looking too harsh.

Where To Buy: http://www.sigmabeauty.com

Photo Credit: Sigma Beauty
Photo Credit: Sigma Beauty

The second brush is a blending brush. A blending brush can be used to help conceal blemishes and under eye circles, apply eyeshadows, and highlight the brow bone. The Sigma E32 Exact Blend Brush, has a small, fluffy head, for precise blending. Because it is so small and flat, it is very useful for getting right into the crease of the eyes.

Where To Buy: http://www.sigmabeauty.com

Photo Credit: Sigma Beauty
Photo Credit: Sigma Beauty

The last brush is an angled brush. An angled brush can be used to clean up the eyebrows, apply gel eyeliner and can even be used on the lips for a more accurate application. The Sigma E65 Small Angle Brush is perfect with its variety of usage. Just like the blending brush, it is best for tweaking certain areas for a more precise finish.

Where To Buy: http://www.sigmabeauty.com

SHOP ALL WEEKEND: SKIN CARE 101

When it comes to skin care, it is essential to look after the condition of your face and body. With the transition of seasons and weather, your skin may start feeling and looking a lot drier than usual. It is also key, to try and work with products that match your skin type. Everyone is prone to a specific skin type, and although it may get quite frustrating, using the right products can initially help control the oily, combination, or dry skin that you have. I have always been prone to having quite oily skin, and sometimes I carry around blotting sheets to take away the shine. However, Yves Rocher has an amazing skin care system to help combat each skin type. The Sebo Vegetal cleansing gel, toner, and moisturizer, for combination to oily skin, aids in controlling the amount of oil your skin may produce, and minimizes the size of pores. Take a look at each product from the three step system, that will probably become part of your everyday routine. 

Photo Credit: Beautezine
Photo Credit: Beautezine

The most fascinating aspect about the Yves Rocher line, is that their products are made with all natural ingredients, and are typically gentle, and soothing to the skin. You want to avoid harsh scrubs that will irritate the skin and make it worse. The Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal Purifying Cleansing Gel, is a gentle cleanser that will wash away all impurities, leaving your skin extra soft and ultimately oil free. Your skin will also be left smelling like fresh cucumbers, which is definitely a plus.

Where To buy: http://www.yvesrocher.ca

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Photo Credit: Makeupmadness

When people go out and purchase scrubs or moisturizers for their skin, they tend to forget about purchasing a toner as well. Using a toner is just as crucial as any other product within your skin care system. Toners are used to shrink pores, it helps restore your skins pH balance, and is especially essential for oily skin. The Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal Purifying Micellar Water 2 in 1, will give your skin all those benefits, as well as moisture and hydration.

Where To Buy: http://www.yvesrocher.ca

Photo Credit: Donnamoderna
Photo Credit: Donnamoderna

Even though you may have combination to oily skin, it does not mean you shouldn’t use a moisturizer. Yes, a toner does add moisture and hydration, but it only lasts for so long. This is because toners take off the oily layer of skin, and after a while, it will leave the skin feeling drier than usual. A quick fix solution is to slap on a gentle moisturizer. The Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal Gel Cream will revitalize your skin with its creamy and thick consistency. By continuously using this three step skin care system, it will have your skin feeling, less oily, fresh, and looking absolutely flawless.

Where To Buy: http://www.yvesrocher.ca

Your Fall Survival Kit

Rise above basic bitchdom this fall with these handpicked necessities

Laura Slack’s skull truffles aren’t not your grandma’s Halloween candy. These little beauties are filled with creamy dulce de leche and infused with sweet black garlic (trust me, the weirdness is wonderful). It’s a true indulgence — ’tis the season, right? — and you can also savour the fact that they’re locally made (Laura’s a Toronto-based chocolate artist). Find them at Laura’s shop, Maisonette, in the Distillery.

Instagram: @maisonettegifts
Instagram: @maisonettegifts

Balzac’s take on the PSL: I’m just going to come right out and say it, this version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte trumps Starbucks’. This one, called the “Harvest,” is healthier and tastier because it’s made with real pumpkin puree and whatever. I mean, it’s just as expensive, but at least it’s a better investment.

Instagram: @coffeeandjam_ldn

 

T.O. ‘hood hats: Maybe it’s a bit corny. But that won’t be on your mind once you’re trudging through the brisk breeze with one of these knitted numbers by Tuck Shop Trading Co. warming you up. Plus, they’re an adorably cosy way to rock your neighbourhood pride (those pom-poms!!!). Find them at Blackbird Vintage Finds in the Distillery.

Instagram: @blackbirdvintagefinds
Instagram: @blackbirdvintagefinds

 

Jax Coco’s adorable mini coconut oil: Coconut oil is all the rage right now, but it’s one of those trends that should really stay forever. It’s like the universe has given us a single magic elixir with which to solve all our lives’ problems, whether they be skin issues or cooking-related calamities. Jax Coco‘s tiny little coconut oil is perfect for tossing in your purse or school bag so you can have this trusty must-have on you at all times.

Instagram: @jaxcocoglobal
Instagram: @jaxcocoglobal

Comfort foods at Levetto: Bye, summer salads. Hi, warm, cosy noodles and pizzas. Levetto, with its five locations (and a sixth one opening in December) is where you’ll want to ease your cravings for classic Italian comfort foods this fall, which in my opinion is the best way to warm up.

Instagram: @levettoresto

Over-the-knee riding boots from Ever New: Aussie brand Ever New just landed in Toronto, opening its North American flagship store in the Eaton Centre. Its popularity is a testament to how obsessed we Canucks are with Australian fashion (we love more than just the accent, people!). This over-the-knee boot (the “Ryder Knee High” in taupe) is a fall staple every year, but this chic, heeled take on the classic look is just… *sexual groan*

Photo Courtesy of Ever New Canada
Photo Courtesy of Ever New Canada

Little cork planters from D’Andrea Design:

These aren’t even really exclusively a fall thing, but STILL. LOOK AT THEM. Love them. The cork planters are handmade by local arts and crafts wonderwoman Julia D’Andrea (who’s only 23, by the way), and they’re such a lovely way to liven up the apartment during the cooler months — since you’ll be spending a lot more time in there instead of the park/patio/beach these days.

Instagram: @dandreadesign
Instagram: @dandreadesign