Saturday, 5 May 2018

I Got It For My Mama | The BEST Beauty Gifts For The Leading Lady In Your Life | Gift Guide

I Got It For My Mama | The BEST Beauty Gifts For The Leading Lady In Your Life | Gift Guide | labellesirene.ca

Hey Beauties! 

Mother's Day is just a week away and it's the perfect time to really treasure the mama in your life and show her how to treat herself - even if that's you! 

I know from watching all of the beautiful mama's in my life that your own personal care and needs are often put on the back burner. Spending time and money on things like makeup, skincare and self-care is made less important than everything else on your plate. 

So why not take this opportunity to spoil the leading lady in your life with something that is just for her! 

I've rounded some of the best beauty gifts that would make any mama feel like a million bucks without having to spend it! I've got skincare, tools, makeup, fragrance, and pamper products. 

1. An all-in-one cheek palette for glowing skin -

2. A 3 step skincare system for glowing skin - 

3. A signature scent - 

4. A luxury set of rose bath and body care - 

5. A specialty scented candle - 

6. An aromatic atmosphere - 

7. A good for you gift - 

8. A luxury lipstick - 

9. An at-home spa experience - 

10. A nourishing lip treatment - 

11. A tropical coconut skincare experience - 

12. A set of rose gold brushes - 

What are you going to treat your Mama to?



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Thursday, 3 May 2018

Peachy Sheen - My Favourite Spring Ready Blushes From Benefit | Benefit Cosmetics' NEW Blush Bar Palette & Gold Rush Boxed Blush | Review

Peachy Sheen - My Favourite Spring Ready Blushes From Benefit | Benefit Cosmetics' NEW Blush Bar Palette & Gold Rush Boxed Blush | Review | labellesirene.ca

Hey Beauties! 

Spring has FINALLY arrived, the sun is beaming, the birds are singing and it is a glorious 20 degrees! That means it's time to break out all of the peachy pink, golden glow products that help you bring that sunshine-y feeling into your makeup. 

There is just something about a radiant peachy cheek colour that screams spring to me, its perfect for light makeup days with just a glowy flush of colour or layered for a more intense peachy sheen. Think of pairing a more simple peachy-pink blush with minimal shimmer and a pink lip for everyday or try something with a little more punch and nude gloss for a night out. 

My original go-to peachy pink blush is Benefit's Dandelion. A beautiful pale pink with a slight peachy tone and a radiant finish. It is the perfect spring or summer blush with just a hit of colour and luminosity that brightens the face right up! 

Dandelion has been a favourite for years but then just last year Benefit released their GALifornia blush and it too became a must have for this time of year. GALifornia is a sunny golden pink that blends a bright pop of pink with a shimmering gold for a true sun kissed glow. 

This year, Benefit Cosmetics has compiled my must have spring shades into one convenient palette along a few other favourite and a brand new blush to top it all off! 

Peachy Sheen - My Favourite Spring Ready Blushes From Benefit | Benefit Cosmetics' NEW Blush Bar Palette & Gold Rush Boxed Blush | Review | labellesirene.ca

The Benefit Cosmetics Blush Bar Palette ($78 CAD/$59 USD - $190 value/$145 value) is a limited edition cheek palette that features 4 of their bestselling boxed powders including Dandelion, GALifornia, Rockateur (a beautiful rose gold mauve), Hoola (their award winning matte bronzer) and one brand new release - Gold Rush! 

The Blush Bar is an annual treat from Benefit that gives you the opportunity to try the best of their powders without breaking the bank. An individual boxed blush goes for $38 CAD, so for the cost of two you get five gorgeous options all in one travel friendly palette. The best bit is, the pans in this palette are equivalently sized to their individual counterparts so you truly get the best bang for your buck! 

Peachy Sheen - My Favourite Spring Ready Blushes From Benefit | Benefit Cosmetics' NEW Blush Bar Palette & Gold Rush Boxed Blush | Review | labellesirene.ca

This year, the ballerina themed palette is all about those summery cheeks with a range of pinky-peach shades and a good dose of subtle shimmer. While all of the shades in the palette work together and have similar hues, they are all quite different and the palette gives you a ton of versatility. 

Peachy Sheen - My Favourite Spring Ready Blushes From Benefit | Benefit Cosmetics' NEW Blush Bar Palette & Gold Rush Boxed Blush | Review | labellesirene.ca

The newest addition to the Benefit Boxed Blush family and the star of this palette is Gold Rush ($38 CAD/$29 USD). A rich "golden nectar" otherwise known as a peachy shade infused with fine golden foiled flecks for a subtle, sophisticated sheen. The blush comes with  an embossed golden nugget design and a strong metallic overspray that gradually lifts away and doesn't effect the look or the wear of the blush. There is a refined gold foil shimmer dispersed throughout the blush but it is no where near as strong as the overspray suggests. 

The overall effect is a beautiful warm peach that blends out to a pearly gold finish and a healthy beachy glow. Think golden goddess washed up in the Bahamas. It's ideal for fair or light-medium skin tones but won't necessarily show up on you naturally sunkissed babes. 

The formula is just as wonderful as all other boxed blushes, it is smooth and ultra creamy and has a natural finish. The pigment is buildable but not super strong (which I actually prefer) but blends seamlessly into the skin. 

Peachy Sheen - My Favourite Spring Ready Blushes From Benefit | Benefit Cosmetics' NEW Blush Bar Palette & Gold Rush Boxed Blush | Review | labellesirene.ca

The Benefit Cosmetics Blush Bar Palette and the new Gold Rush Boxed Blush are what my spring beauty dreams are made of. What about you? Which Benefit Cosmetics Boxed Blush is your fav?




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Thursday, 26 April 2018

A Glass-like Gaze | NARS Change Of Sheen Highlighting Powders | Review & Swatches

A Glass-like Gaze | NARS Change Of Sheen Highlighting Powders | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

Hey Beauties! 

With spring finally making its long awaited arrival, all I am dreaming of is glossy skin, a healthy glow, pink lips and flushed cheeks. Typically this would call for trading in my favourite powder products for all things cream or liquid but I have discovered a game changer! 

The new NARS Change Of Sheen Highlighting Powders ($50 CAD/$38 USD) deliver that glossy, wet look and a seamless finish without ever needing to reach for a liquid. 

A Glass-like Gaze | NARS Change Of Sheen Highlighting Powders | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

Infused with exclusive Seamless Glow Technology, an innovative formula that combines micro-spherical powders and pearls that reflect light and melt seamlessly into the skin. These silky, ultra-lightweight textured powders give you a second skin lustre that doesn't emphasize texture, pores or fine lines, is never shimmery, and never dry.  

They are soft, incredibly smooth and buttery to the touch giving them the ability to meld with your skin and become one with the texture of your skin. Applied with a finger or a brush they are easy to build from an understated elegant glossy glow to a wet like strobe. 

These highlighters truly out perform any other with their formulation and the way they lay on the face throughout the day. You can completely customize the look you want but no matter how much you apply, it never gets heavy or unnatural only brighter and more intense. They are practically fool proof and will work on any complexion with any amount of texture, acne damage or aging. 

A Glass-like Gaze | NARS Change Of Sheen Highlighting Powders | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

The Change Of Sheen Highlighting Powders come in 6 inclusive shades - Albatross (an opalescent gold), Capri (a crushed pink pearl), Fort de France (a champagne), Ibiza (a yellow gold), Maldives (a rose bronze), and St. Barths (a warm bronze). 

A Glass-like Gaze | NARS Change Of Sheen Highlighting Powders | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca
Top-Bottom - Albatross, Maldives, St. Barths

Application Tips

- Apply lightly with a fluffy domed brush
- Build to your desired intensity
- Wet a beauty sponge and dab over the highlight

This adds moisture to the product placed on the skin and takes that wet, glossy look one step further while also blending the powder further. 





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Friday, 20 April 2018

Spring In My Step | 3 Key Pieces to Transition Your Outfits From Winter to Spring


Hey Beauties! 

I don't know about you but here in Hamilton - and most of Canada atm - we are stuck in a never-ending frost. It's a cycle of snow, then rain, then ice showers, then sun and then more rain. For the middle of April, it definitely discouraging to wake up to another dark and gloomy day when all you want to do is feel the sun on your face and leave that winter coat behind. 

Well, I am one for believing things into existence so I have packed away my winter wardrobe and I am doing everything I can to make my favourite transitional spring pieces work through this cold front. 

I wanted to share the 3 key pieces that have been integral in making those outfits work and the best bit is - they are 3 staples you probably already have in your wardrobe! 

Start with your base Spring ready outfit, be it a dress or something a little more complicated and add on these 3 Key Pieces to Transitions Your Outfits From Winter to Spring


1 - A Trusty Leather (0r Faux) Jacket 
- A must have in everyone's closet, whether you go old school with a true blue leather jacket in a biker style or updated with a vegan leather jacket with sleek lines - you truly cannot go wrong with this classic! Layer it on top, slink it over your shoulders or bundle up tight, it adds that extra layer of warmth from the wind, protects you from the rain and makes you look pretty cool. 

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2 - A Medium Weight Scarf 
- Try a woven, knit, or cotton scarf with a medium weight that can provide a good dose of warmth without getting too stuffy. Stick with either a neutral colour and pattern or a fun pop of colour in an easy to wear print. When it warms up, use it as a shawl! 

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3 - An Ankle Height Bootie
- Let those toes be free from winter boots and layered socks with a pair of chic, everyday booties. Try an ankle height with a block heel and a suede (or faux) fabric for a more casual vibe. Stick to black or brown or if you're feeling brave try a fun pop like an olive or a blush. 

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And last but not least - a smile! 



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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Spring Fever | My Wishlist & Suggestions For The Spring Sephora VIB Sale | All Dates & Info


Hey Beauties! 

It's that time again! It feels like the last Sephora sale was just yesterday but it was actually 5 months ago - how crazy is that?! So here we are again, pulling together our budgets and writing out our wish lists for the spring version of the Sephora VIB Sale. As with every other sale, I like to share not only ALL of the details you need to know but also my personal must buy products and the products I think might be a good choice for you! 

So what exactly is the Sephora VIB Sale?

Based on Sephora's customer loyalty program, Beauty Insider is a 3-tiered program that divides customers into sections depending on how much they purchase during one calendar year. Each tier has a minimum spending point for access that then grants you a number of exclusive goodies. 


Arguably, the best reward of the entire program is the ability to access the VIB sale which happens twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring both in-store and online. This year the details are - 

Beauty Insider - use code YAYINSIDER for 10% off between April 20-23
VIB - use code YAYVIB for 15% off between April 20-23
VIB Rouge - use code YAYROUGE for 15% off between April 13-16 and April 20-23

There is still plenty of time to nail down your plans and figure out exactly what you would like to purchase. There have been plenty of new products released just in time for the sale, including Tarte's new mermaid range, Too Faced's new Natural Nudes collection, new goodies from Fenty Beauty and more but here are the products I plan of grabbing and some suggestions to add to your list! 


1. A Refreshing Skincare Experience - The Fresh Beauty Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence ($85 CAD) - a powerhouse treatment that provides eight proven benefits in one essential step: it provides anti-pollution and antioxidant protection, increases skin’s luminosity, reduces the look of fine lines, refines the appearance of pores, improves elasticity, smooths skin’s texture, boosts skin’s healthy tone, and provides 24-hour moisture. 

2. A Limited Edition All-In-One Cheek Palette - The Benefit Cosmetics Blush Bar ($78 CAD)  includes the Benefit’s new gold rush warm golden-nectar blush, as well as the iconic hoola matte bronzer, the bestselling dandelion brightening baby-pink blush, and more. With shades to flatter all skin tones, this must-have palette has everything you need to contour, bronze, brighten, and define your features.

3. A Luxurious Highlighter - The NARS Light Sculpting Highlighting Powder ($50 CAD)This uncompromising innovation delivers next-level luminosity with Seamless Glow Technology—a blend of sheer powders and pearls to create second-skin luster that blends effortlessly. Its satin-soft, micro-spherical powder layers evenly and weightlessly, fusing onto all skin tones. Ultra-refined and soft-to-the-touch, new Highlighting Powder accentuates skin with buildable radiance and a seductive, dewy finish.

4. A Signature Scent - The MIU MIU L'Eau Rosée ($94 CAD)captures the spirit of the Miu Miu girl. This soft floral fragrance created from lily of the valley and cassis buds is tightly wrapped in notes of sophisticated musk. 

5. A Selection of the Best Brushes - Sephora Collection PRO Essential Brush Set: Rose Gold Edition ($219 CAD)Cover all your makeup brush needs with this PRO set. This curated set of 12 Sephora Collection PRO Brushes feature limited-edition Rose Gold ferules. The set includes an easel stand built into an on-the-go, zip-around pouch.

6. The Hottest Skincare Brand Around - Drunk Elephant The Littles Set ($110 CAD) Developed to balance and reset your skin to a healthy, youthful, and glowing state, these small but mighty minis deliver unparalleled results when used together, and are compatible with all skin. Oh, and they love to travel! 

7. A Mega Mask - Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Face Mask ($50 CAD)This creamy treatment mask, made with reishi mushroom—and now with fermented chaga and coprinus mushrooms—reduces the appearance of redness and supports skin’s resilience. It leaves even sensitive skin calm and comforted.

8. A Bit Of Glamour - Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette ($55 CAD)This palette features 14 shades in ultra-matte, duo chrome, and metallic finishes that let you create softly-glamorous looks any time. Each shade is fully-pigmented and easy to blend. 

9. Big Bad Lashes - Benefit Cosmetics BADGal BANG Volumizing Mascara ($32 CAD)A 36-hour, full-blast, volumizing mascara that layers easily to build massive volume without weighing down lashes. This gravity-defying formula builds volume the more you layer, and contains aero-particles, which are one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology. 

10. A Summertime Glow - Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzers ($36 CAD)This finely-milled formula provides buildable coverage that blends seamlessly. It comes in six naturally sun-kissed shades for all skin tones, and is packaged in a luxe compact with a large mirror so you can see your whole face as you bronze.

11. The Best Brows - Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Gel ($32 CAD)contains tiny microfibers that adhere to skin and brow hairs, creating natural-looking brow volume. The custom tiny, tapered brush provides an easy, mess-proof application, and makes it easy to tame, tint, and volumize the look of your brows. The buildable formula is also water-resistant and long-wearing. 

12. Flush & Blush - NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palette ($74 CAD)Swipe and sculpt your way to customized cheeks with a covetable wardrobe blushes in NARS’s cult-favorite formula. Silky, superfine, micronized powder pigments in matte and shimmering shades ensure irresistibly soft, blendable application. A light application of even the highest-intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush. These soft, buildable shades deliver a wide range of effects—from ultra-sheer to powerful pops of color.

13. Rosy Lips Times Four - Anastasia Beverly Hills Nude Matte Lipstick Set ($27 CAD)Get beautiful, classic matte lips in a flash with this highly-pigmented formula. These neutral, travel-size shades provide a comfortable matte finish that lasts.

14. A Flawless Complexion - NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation ($60 CAD)NARS’ first 16-hour foundation has a lightweight, breathable, fade-resistant formula and features medium-to-full, buildable coverage in 33 skin-matching shades to fit all skin tones and undertones. The transfer-resistant, sweat-resistant formula stays color-true all day, and continues to look fresh and vibrant, as if it was just applied. 

15. Peach Perfect - Too Faced's Sex On The Peach Complexion Set ($55 CAD)Too Faced’s bestselling Peaches & Cream complexion products paired, with their iconic Better Than Sex Mascara. This set includes mini sizes of Primed & Peachy Primer and Peach Mist Mattifying Setting Spray, and full sizes of Peach Perfect Setting Powder and Better Than Sex Mascara. It’s everything you need for a flawless, matte complexion and mind-blowing lashes.

What is on your wishlist for this sale?





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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Naturally Nude | BareMinerals GenNude Powder Blushes & Patent Lip Lacquers | Review & Swatches

Naturally Nude | BareMinerals GenNude Powder Blushes & Patent Lip Lacquers | Review & Swatches | labellesirene_

Hey Beauties! 

As much as I love to create a really intricate, full face of makeup, on a day-to-day basis I tend to go for something a bit more ... natural. 

On a daily basis, all I want is a healthy radiant complexion with natural rosy cheeks, bright eyes with long lashes and a nude lip. My favourite must have products all come in a range of nudes - rosy nudes, peachy nudes, pinky nudes and brownish nudes. 

The new additions to the BareMinerals GenNude range are right up my alley with both powder blushes and patent lip lacquers in a variety of good for skin nudes, for every shade of nude. 

The GenNude range is a collection of beautiful, radiant products designed to work with your skin, to improve it, all while highlighting your own natural beauty. Every product combines rich pigmentation, and exclusive mineral based technology with good for you ingredients that work on your skin while you wear it. 

Naturally Nude | BareMinerals GenNude Powder Blushes & Patent Lip Lacquers | Review & Swatches | labellesirene_

The GenNude Patent Lip Lacquers ($23 CAD/$19 USD) are an absolutely stunning addition to the world of lipsticks. These beauties are truly one of a kind, not necessarily in what they are but in how they perform. These have a liquified lip base with intense colour payoff, full coverage and next level gleam. 

They are ultra high shine lip colours with a patent like finish that won't wear away as the day goes on. A luxurious glossy lip that has a stickier texture that glides onto the lips and transforms into a comfortable gel leaving your lips feeling softer and looking fuller. They don't feel tacky or heavy on the lips but almost as if you are wearing nothing at all. 

The moisturizing formula gently soothes lips with Jojoba Oil and Algae, while Smithsonite Extract and Copper helps with texture, dryness and fullness. 

Naturally Nude | BareMinerals GenNude Powder Blushes & Patent Lip Lacquers | Review & Swatches | labellesirene_
Naturally Nude | BareMinerals GenNude Powder Blushes & Patent Lip Lacquers | Review & Swatches | labellesirene_

The GenNude Patent Lip Lacquers come in a beautiful range of 18 show-stopping shades (with pink, peach, mauve and beige), each one handpicked by the BareMinerals team to enhance and flatter every skin tone from ultra fair to ultra deep. There is a shade of "nude" for every complexion, not just one shade that is supposed to fit all. 

The super pigmented, vibrant lipsticks give full coverage and complete opacity in one swipe and can be blended into the lips without losing any of the intensity. 

Naturally Nude | BareMinerals GenNude Powder Blushes & Patent Lip Lacquers | Review & Swatches | labellesirene_
(Top to Bottom - Hype, Perf, IRL, Darling, Bestie, Girl Boss, Beautimus, Can't Even, Bae)

The GenNude Powder Blushes ($30 CAD/$24 USD) are so much more than just your average blush. They give you a natural rosy glow, no matter your skin tone with their range of "rosy" tones, designed to mimic the natural flush of the skin. These fresh faced powders are the ultimate neutral blush for each and every complexion, they are the one go-to blush that will look incredible with any look on any occasion. 

These blushes have a beautiful, buttery texture that melts into the skin and blends in seamlessly over both foundation and bare skin. They are richly pigmented, giving a smooth even flush of colour that you can swipe on and run out the door. 

Naturally Nude | BareMinerals GenNude Powder Blushes & Patent Lip Lacquers | Review & Swatches | labellesirene_

The mineral rich formula helps to smooth skin and blend evenly over texture, meaning you won't have patchy application. It is infused with a special Blurring Mineral Complex that contains light reflecting hydrated silica pearls, marimo pearls, and super diffusion powder, all of which brighten skin and blur imperfections for a soft focus effect. 

The forgiving formula looks beautiful on skin with all sorts of texture and melts right in for the most beautiful healthy, radiant looking complexion you have ever seen. They add a touch of colour and a natural glow to the cheeks with a slight sheen that brings the whole face to life. 

There are 6 shades designed to compliment all skin tones, just like the lip lacquers. They are Call My Blush (a delicate pink mauve), You Had Me At Merlot (rich berry wine with a gold pearl), Pink Me Up (medium nude pink with gold pearl), That Peach Tho (soft peachy pink), Beige For Days (soft beige), and But First, Coffee (rich chocolate with gold pearl). 

Naturally Nude | BareMinerals GenNude Powder Blushes & Patent Lip Lacquers | Review & Swatches | labellesirene_
(Top to Bottom - Beige For Days, Pink Me Up, and You Had Me At Merlot)

The BareMinerals GenNude range is one of my absolute favourites for their inclusivity and creativity when it comes to the idea of "nude". These two new additions are absolutely gorgeous and they perform like a dream. 

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Friday, 23 March 2018

Time For Lash Lift Off | Benefit Cosmetics BadGal BANG Mascara | Review & Demo

Time For Lash Lift Off | Benefit Cosmetics BadGal BANG Mascara | Review & Demo | labellesirene.ca

Hey Beauties!

When I get home at the end of a long day all I want to do is remove my makeup. As the hours go by, I find myself dying to take off my lipstick and remove my mascara, it always feels like my lashes have grown heavier and heavier as the day has progressed. I tend to prefer a ton of volume with my mascara and sometimes that means I end up with a pretty large dose of product on my lashes. No matter which one I use I always want to add more and more layers, which means more weight on my eyes. 

Thankfully, those days are now in the past and I am not looking back! With Benefit Cosmetics' new outerspace inspired, ultra-lightweight mascara, I can go through an entire day without even thinking of tired eyes and heavy lashes. 

Time For Lash Lift Off | Benefit Cosmetics BadGal BANG Mascara | Review & Demo | labellesirene.ca

The new BadGal BANG Mascara ($32 CAD/$24 USD) took 4 years to produce, taking the original BadGal Mascara to great new heights where no mascara has gone before - literally. 

This "36hr full-blast volumizing mascara" is not only inspired by galactic, out of this world technology but it was literally created alongside rocket scientists who passed along some of their secrets! 

BadGal BANG is unlike any other mascara ever created, it is bigger, badder and bolder with an intense pitch black formula, a sleek matte black tube, hot pink metallic accents and a big Slimpact Brush. The thin, streamlined brush is shaped to easily reach into the smallest inner corners and coat each individual lash on both top and bottom from root to the very tip. It features 300 soft half-cone shaped bristles to maximize product deposit while they help separate and lift the lashes. 

Time For Lash Lift Off | Benefit Cosmetics BadGal BANG Mascara | Review & Demo | labellesirene.ca

The gravity defying formula is based on a triple threat of polymers, waxes and aero-particles, the perfect combo of which delivers instant volume. Aero-particles are one of the lightest known materials derived directly from space technology, where they use it as weightless insulation. It is a super low density, high porosity (empty space-think coral or sponges) ingredient meaning it weighs next to nothing but has the ability to layer and build endlessly for full, fluffy, voluminous lashes. 

The formula is thin, flexible and easy to apply. It effortlessly captures every individual lash (even the stubborn ones) and makes them appear thicker, darker and fuller in just one layer. From that point on you can build them up with as many layers as you want and as they grow the weight won't change at all. It also contains Pro Vitamin B5 which is known to fuel the thickness and strength of lashes, it also helps prevent the mascara from drying out or becoming crunchy as you layer. 

Time For Lash Lift Off | Benefit Cosmetics BadGal BANG Mascara | Review & Demo | labellesirene.ca

The They're Real Wand vs. The BadGal BANG Wand

Time For Lash Lift Off | Benefit Cosmetics BadGal BANG Mascara | Review & Demo | labellesirene.ca

It's incredibly refreshing to see so much length, volume and lift on my sparse, thin lashes without any of the weight or tired eyes that come from other mascaras. I love that I can customize how much volume I want and it always looks and feels feather-light. 

BadGal BANG is truly one-of-a-kind and it gives out-of-this-world results that I can't fault. Such an amazing job Benefit! 




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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

10 Must Have Holy Grail Makeup Brushes For Face & Eyes | Overview, Comparisons & Suggestions

10 Must Have Holy Grail Makeup Brushes For Face & Eyes | Overview, Comparisons & Suggestions | labellesirene.ca

Hey Beauties!

What is an artist without their brushes?

Whether you are an experienced makeup guru, a completely green gal or somewhere in between you need a good set of brushes to help you work your magic. When it comes to makeup, fingers can only do so much, you need to equip yourself with all of the right tools for the trade. 

A really good set of brushes can make the most incredible difference in your makeup routine, from how quickly and efficiently you are able to apply your makeup to how well the products blend, mesh and sit on the skin. A good brush will give you a seamless, skin-like finish and allow you to build up the coverage you want. A bad brush will give you streaky, uneven foundation and patchy, textured skin. 

I look at brushes as an investment, not only financially but in your makeup abilities. The more time and attention you pay to your brushes, in acquiring them and caring for them, the stronger and more confident you will become in your abilities. 

10 Must Have Holy Grail Makeup Brushes For Face & Eyes | Overview, Comparisons & Suggestions | labellesirene.ca

With that in mind, I also don't believe that it is an investment that should cost you a million dollars. Not all brushes are created equal, especially when you consider how they are made, what they are made of and how long they last, but you do not need to spend a fortune on one individual brush. 

There are some really incredible brushes at all sorts of price ranges. Some of my favourites are from affordable brands like Morphe, Wet n' Wild and Luxie but I also love more mid-range brands like Sephora, Smith, and Smashbox. I fully believe that a brush that costs $15 can be just as amazing as a brush that costs $50. 

In order to keep my collection a little more on the affordable side, I try to space my purchases out over time and I often buy the less expensive ones in bulk to avoid extra charges and duties from companies such as Morphe

Another trick to remember is that brushes are multipurpose. Just because a brush might have a specific use listed on it does not mean that you must use it for that purpose. You can use one brush for 3 different tasks and you can come up with your very own use that someone might not even consider. 

10 Must Have Holy Grail Makeup Brushes For Face & Eyes | Overview, Comparisons & Suggestions | labellesirene.ca

Must Have Face Brushes

1. The Bronzing Paddle Brush - The Morphe M527 ($16 USD)This brush is the perfect tool to create a soft wash of bronzer around the perimeter of the face. The full, luxurious tapered head and pinched ferrule give you controlled placement and diffused color.

2. The Fan Brush - The Sephora Pro Fan ($35 CAD) - My secret weapon for chiseled cheekbones, which can also be used for a super precise highlight. I line it up against the ear to carve out a line. 

3. The Duo-Fibre Brush - The Morphe M406 ($8 USD)A full sized, luxurious stippling brush with a duo fiber of synthetic and goat for the perfect amount of firmness and a feather-light touch at the tip. Stipple on foundation for a flawless finish or sweep on color for a diffused, natural look. I love this for blending together all of my products and buffing out any mistakes. 

4. The Sheer Powder Brush - The Luxie 522 ($32 USD) - Designed to be a precise highlighting brush, I love it to softly lay powder onto the skin right where I need it. It helps lock my foundation in place without applying too much product. 

5. The Highlighting Brush - The Morphe R36 ($8 USD)Flared, tapered natural brush that sweeps highlight precisely where you want it.

10 Must Have Holy Grail Makeup Brushes For Face & Eyes | Overview, Comparisons & Suggestions | labellesirene.ca

Must Have Eye Brushes

1. The Dense Buffing Brush - The Morphe E23 ($7 USD)A dense, domed blending brush for stronger crease color application or buffing away harsh lines. This is my favourite for buffing away all sorts of mistakes, lines, patchy spots etc. 

2. The Fluffy Transition Brush - The Sephora Pro Smoky Crease ($27 CAD - This specific brush is no longer available but I have linked a very similar one. I love this shape for applying a really diffused transition colour and blending out the crease. 

3. The Detailed Blending Brush - The Luxie 237 ($16 USD) - This tiny little brush is amazing for those who have smaller eyelids and thus a smaller canvas to work with. This can get right down in the orbital bone for a super defined crease. 

4. The Lid Packing Brush - Morphe M153 ($2 USD) - A very simple but very important brush, the coarse hairs and flat packed shape are ideal for applying really pigmented rich colour onto the lid. 

5. The Detail Pencil Brush - The Morphe M321 ($3 USD)This short, dense brush tapers to a defined point and wedges into the crease and outer “V” for strong, defined color. It’s perfect for cut crease looks and precise color placement.

Other Must Have Tools

truly believe that you can't possibly do your makeup without a beauty sponge or two. They are incredible multitaskings tools that can work with any medium and they also act as an eraser for any mistakes. 

The classic Beauty Blender is always a fav but my personal choice is the L'Oreal Infallible Artist Blender ($10 CAD). 

What does your brush collection look like? Do you like to build your collection slowly or in one fell swoop?

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