Bronze & Natural Make Up: Easy & Natural

Bronze & Natural Make Up: Easy & Natural

I am always getting asked to post more makeup looks, so I thought this easy peasy bronze and brown toned look would be a great start. I used the following makeup items, with details below the photo. The photo above was taken when our darling rescue cat, Kitty, was purring around my feet as I taking photos. So of course, there had to be a cuddling photo. Who can say no to that face?

Hourglass, Benefit, MAC, Jane Iredale, Charlotte Tilbury, YSL & Armani

Hourglass, Benefit, MAC, Jane Iredale, Charlotte Tilbury, YSL & Armani


Armani Precision Touch Concealer #2 – still my favourite concealer, this lightweight formula is like YSL Touche Eclat with more long-lasting coverage. Previously raved and reviewed here. I use it under my eyes, around my nose and on any pesky spots.

Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base in Golden Glow – my go-to powder foundation, with highly adjustable coverage that is always “just right”. My volatile sensitive skin loves this, and it works all year round. Reviewed here.

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher in Ecstasy – this shade is the perfect blush/bronzer hybrid. I love this when I want to pare down my beauty items and apply a bit on the apples of my cheeks, then lightly dust all over. Read more about this beauty here.

MAC Paintpot in Indian Wood – last year I was obsessed with a certain Tom Ford shadow that was sold out at counters near me in Florida. I ended up looking for a dupe and I’m glad I did. This particular shadow is so easy to use (hello, fingers) and is the perfect way to add some sparkle to any eye shade. Sheer and buildable, this is perfect for easy no fuss makeup looks. I use it on my lids, the corners of my eyes, and a light swipe on my lower lash line.

GOSH Velvet Touch Liner in Truly Brown – this is a product I keep meaning to review, and can’t believe there aren’t raves everywhere about this. It’s a soft pencil eyeliner that is also waterproof, and is one of my favourite tight-lining pencils. For under $20. Truly Brown is one of my favourite shades, along with Hypnotic Grey, a perfect “almost black” shade.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Beyond Brown – ahhh! My favourite brown mascara, this is one of the only non- waterproof mascaras that doesn’t run on me. This brown colour makes my hazel eyes pop and makes lashes look soft and lush, never harsh. I prefer lengthening mascaras to volumizing, as using Rapid Lash (review coming) has given me more than enough lashes. I tend to only use mascara on my upper lashes.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – what can I say about this stunning Hourglass product that has not been said already, all over the internet. I love love love this, and use it every day. A light dusting of the two darker shades on my cheeks, the pale shade on my eyelids, brow bone and all over, and I’m glowing like a teenager. Well, almost.

YSL Glossy Stain in 27 – this is my ideal peachy coral tone and it works with my pigmented lips perfectly. I love how these Glossy Stains last, and even when the gloss is gone, a soft stain remains on the lips. Perfect.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre Gloss in Ibiza – if you love gold lip gloss, and who doesn’t, then you need this. It is part of the Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess look and my go to way to add some easy glam to any look. Even with the golden glitter, it’s still a lovely natural look. A perfect topper for my coral peachy YSL stained lips.



Good Things: More Sunscreens for Sexy Glowing Skin

Good Things: More Sunscreens for Sexy Glowing Skin

It’s indeed a good sign that my posts on sunscreen are so popular. We all know now that we have to protect our skin. This morning I did a segment on CTV Ottawa and mentioned some terrific sunscreen options. Here is a link to the segment:

CTV Ottawa Morning Live: Sunscreen For Sexy Skin

And here are the products I mentioned:

CTV Ottawa Morning Sunscreen Jane Daly


Above, from left:

Jane Iredale: I adore the Jane Iredale line of beauty, the “skincare cosmetics”. Above I have the Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen in Translucent, Golden and Tanned, a dry sunscreen powder that is chemical free, and soothing on skin. I also featured my absolute favourite lip balm with sunscreen, the Jane Iredale Lip Drink, which comes in a clear version (great for guys too!) as well as some gorgeous tinted ones- the YLBB* shade, Buff, and a terrific wine shade, Crush. Jane Iredale is sold at select salons and spas.

Eminence Organics: The Eminence Organics Sun Defense Minerals powder brush is another powder sunscreen with a brush. It is also available in a translucent formula, as well as five other complimentary shades. There is no wonder that this is a cult favourite. I keep it in my purse – not only does it keep shine at bay, but it protects the skin without clogging pores. It also nourishes the skin with vitamins A & E. Yeah, baby! If you want moisturized skin that is also protected, then you must try Eminence Tropical Vanilla Body SPF 32. This sunscreen not only smells wonderful (vanilla is known to be calming as well!), but has a shea butter base to condition and moisturize your skin, while protecting it with zinc oxide. Eminence Organics is sold at select salons and spas.

Consonant: Well, they don’t call Consonant SPF 50 The Perfect Sunscreen for nothing! This multi-tasker protects skin while adding a lovely glow and evening out skin tone with a soft mica tint.When paired with a good antioxidant serum, the skin is further protected from UV induced inflammation and stress**. The two products complement each other, resulting in superior photoprotection. Consonant products are sold at their flagship store and boutique in Toronto, and other retailers noted here.

Vichy: The Vichy Idéal Soleil line is brilliant, and a staple in my summer skincare arsenal. The Vichy Invisible Mist SPF 30 & 50 are gentle, soothing and effective. They never irritate my skin, they feel great and I have never ever burnt while using them. Their facial sunscreens are fantastic. The Ultra Fluide SPF 30 is super light and fast drying, and the Ultra-Light Lotion SPF 50 is just as light and perfect for oily and/or sensitive skin. It’s almost invisible on the skin and make perfect bases for makeup, so you can wear them all day, any day, not just at the beach. The SPF 60 Ultra-Protective Stick is perfect for the outdoor athlete. It’s great for sensitive and delicate skin like noses, around the eyes, lips and on ears. My husband keeps one in his golf bag at all times….now if only I could be sure he uses it. Vichy products are available at drugstores.

Photo at top of post of me with makeup for TV segment done by the amazing Natalie Peachy


*YLBB – Your Lips But Better

** The National Centre for Biotechnology Information

The Best Sunscreens For Sexy Skin: Hampton Sun, Vichy, Bioderma, Consonant & Jane Iredale

The Best Sunscreens For Sexy Skin: Hampton Sun, Vichy, Bioderma, Consonant & Jane Iredale

Why “sexy” you say? Because sunburnt skin is so NOT sexy, but soft, warm and glowy skin is. It makes you feel good, and feeling good is ninety nine percent of being sexy. I abused the sun in my youth, wearing the likes of baby oil and the ubiquitous Hawaiian Tropic Dark Tanning Oil – yikes! Well, no more. I’ve discovered that sporting lots of sunscreen while I spend the day outside yields a glowing complexion. I also love a good umbrella, for shelter from the sun. Those sunbeams are bouncing off everything! Even sitting under an umbrella, wearing sunscreen, I still get a bit of colour. Here are my favourites:

Best Facial Sunscreens: I could not choose just one, as I have a few in my skincare arsenal that I adore.

Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen

Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30: this one is terrific, for so many reasons. Consonant skincare is perfect for all skin types – dry, oily, sensitive, acne prone etc. I adore this facial sunscreen as not only does it protect my face, but it has a soft tint that makes my complexion look terrific, even makeup free by the pool or at the beach. It lasts and lasts, doesn’t clog pores, and does what it says. It also works as a terrific base for your makeup, if you want to use it that way. Fragrance free, for sensitive types.

Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF

Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen: Seriously genius stuff. Using the sponge applicator is a bit tricky, and takes some getting used to, so one doesn’t apply too much. I got the Golden shade, and if I over apply, the colour looks too dark. I tend to put this on, then use a clean large soft brush to blend it. That said, as soon as it’s blended it, it gives a sunny bronzed look that stays put while protecting the skin. The portability is a plus, as is the “no make up make up” flawless skin it gives. My Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base is  SPF 20, and is something I wear every day. I love the Powder Me SPF but suspect I would get the Translucent shade next time.

Hampton Sun Continuous Mist SPF 55

Best Luxury Sunscreen: Hampton Sun Continuous Mist SPF 55

Hampton Sun’s SPF 55 continuous mist sunscreen offers the highest quality of sun protection in a unique, oil-free formula that protects for up to 80 minutes between applications. The formula is filled with skin-nourishing ingredients that help hydrate skin while the UVA/UVB broad spectrum sunscreens protect. SPF 55 Continuous Mist has a light, silky feel that absorbs instantly with no sticky film – I LOVE the way it feels on my skin. And, it has a hint of Hampton Sun’s signature Privet Bloom scent for the perfect touch of sophistication. Honestly, I want to scent my life with Privet Bloom.

Vichy SPF 50

Best Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin: Vichy Invisible Mist SPF 50

Vichy Invisible Mist SPF 50 sunscreen has be tested under dermatological control on 100% sensitive skin. Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and paraben free. The Invisible Mist is also integrated with the Vichy Thermal Spa Water which is known to fortify, soothe, and regenerate the skin. It has a very soft scent, and sprays evenly and easily, without clogging pores or causing any irritation. This is especially helpful when swimming in salty or chlorinated water, when one’s skin is more apt to be irritated. I love Vichy sunscreens. We have sensitive skin in this household, and I can’t imagine being without it.


Best Moisturizing Sunscreen: Bioderma Photoderm Spray SPF 40:

In addition to its surface UVA/UVB protective activity (filtering systems), Photoderm Spray SPF 40 offers real internal biological protection: Cellular Bioprotection®. This exclusive patent preserves and stimulates the skin’s defences (immunity) during sun exposure. The first thing I noticed about this sunscreen when I first applied it was how it made my skin look and feel. It is a lotion spray, and so it needs to be rubbed into the skin and blended after spritzing. It also smells wonderful, with a fresh and airy scent. I just love how it makes my skin feel soft and moisturized, which is especially great after swimming.

Hampton Sun SPF 15 Gel

Best Smelling Light Sunscreen for Late Day And/Or Occasional Sun: Hampton Sun SPF 15 Gel

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. Yes, I know it is only SPF 15. But, this sunscreen smells so good, and makes your skin so glowy and healthy looking, it is perfect for legs, or any exposed skin that may not be out in the sun for long. I call it my late afternoon/evening party sunscreen. It is a spray gel, and it is softly scented with Privet Bloom, as are all the sun products in the Hampton Sun line. Seriously, somebody in Canada has to bring this line in. It is my favourite sun care line.

Daly Beauty Love: Charlotte Ronson Closer Finishing Powder

Daly Beauty Love: Charlotte Ronson Closer Finishing Powder

Um, how did I not know about this? I just happend to be obsessing browsing on the Sephora website the other day and stumbled upon Charlotte Ronson’s Closer Finishing Powder. I have never bought anything from her line, but I’ve seen a few sets and thought they were pretty. Also, her perfume is soft and nice – if you like beachy scents, give hers a try.

So. The powder. It is pretty much the exact same packaging as my obsession, Jane Iredale Brush Me Matte powder. The Iredale powder is hard to find and also, $45. The Charlotte Ronson Powder is at every Sephora that carries her line and via Sephora’s website, and is $24. Differences – Iredale is mineral make up and the Charlotte Ronson powder has talc. From my reading on the subject online, it seems there is a lot of misinformation about talc and skincare and the big “C”, ie cancer warnings. This is one of the many problems with bad information – it gets regurgitated by people panicing and worrying. The truth is, the talc warnings were many many years ago when asbestos was used in talc. Do your own research if you like, but I have satisfied myself with the knowledge that it is fine and is amazing for oily skinned folks. Even the American Cancer Society website says there is nothing to connect talc in cosmetics to cancer. Alright, now we have that out of the way.

Charlotte Ronson Closer Finishing Powder is amazing and I’m really surprised that it hasn’t got more love in the beauty blogosphere. It is colourless and eliminates shine on contact. It has the brush attached to a bottle hybrid design. Some people don’t like this, some people, like me, love it. I am way too lazy to bother with a loose powder and a brush in my make up bag and this is perfect. Yes, it requires a little fiddling to get the hang of, but once you get it, application is a breeze. It also has a twist up design that protects the brush from splaying out when you put the cap on, which Iredale does not have on her brush. One word of caution- it opens via a twist off cap at the bottom, I assume to refill. I’d say be very careful of this as it could result in a powdery purse fiasco. It applies seamlessly over any make up you are wearing, has no shimmer, but yet does not make your skin look flat or dull. It is paraben free, and from what I can tell, is fragrance free as well. Here is cute bit of info from – apparently Charlotte’s friends inspire her make up collection:

“Rashida Jones has a natural glow that could never be bottled. Her skin is luminous and she always looks flawless under any light. Inspired by her effortless radiance, this powder filters light to create a glowing finish for skin that looks naturally perfect—even when up-close.” —Charlotte Ronson


Rashida Jones? I have a serious girl-crush on Rashida and while I know I could never look like her, I love the prettiness/cool factor of this little factoid. Verdict? Utter and complete love. Will it replace my Jane Iredale Brush Me Matte? Time will tell….

Rashido Jones - naturally beautiful.

Rashido Jones – naturally beautiful.


Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte: Never Let Them See You Shine

Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte: Never Let Them See You Shine

The other day on Twitter, one of my fellow Canadian beauty bloggers, Jessica over at Beautizine, asked us what make up item we never leave the house without. Not surprisingly,  my answer was Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte Powder. What was surprising however, was how I have never reviewed this. At this point, Brush-Me Matte is in the car keys/cell phone/purse realm. You know, the things that become extensions of your arms, the things you use so often they are so integrated into your daily routine that you don’t even think about using them. Like, breathing. This is my theory as to why we so easily “lose” keys and phones – our use of them is practically reflex or subconscious. So, just in case I haven’t been clear, I NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITH OUT MY BRUSH-ME MATTE POWDER. Sorry for yelling.

Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte powder is a loose powder, handily packaged in a little tube with the brush attached. Seriously, the best design ever. The powder itself is designed for oily skin. Here are the ingredients as listed on their site: Mica, Rice Starch, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Stearate, Pine Bark Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate. I’m not sure how this would feel on the skin if you had dry skin, but then it’s likely a dry skinned person would not need this product. It appears to be colourless, unlike the other blurring/mattefying powder I use, Make Up Forever HD Powder, which is white. There is a soft “powdered” effect on the skin when first applied, but no discernable colour. The powder appears to be beige-ish on its own. The brush is a twist-up style, with a cap that snaps on easily. The brush is not very fluffy, but it actually works perfectly to blend the powder. I literally use it on my t-zone- up and down, side to side- and maximum two swipes in either direction is all it takes. If by accident a little more powder comes out than I like, then I just brush over it again and it’s gone. It also blurs other things- lines, spots or slightly uneven skin tone. I’ve had mine 6 months and used less than a quarter of the product.

Not a good look


Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte is only available from Jane Iredale on their website. UPDATE: it is NOT discontinued.

Top 5 Items In My Purse – Video Post!

Top 5 Items In My Purse – Video Post!

I decided to share my post with you via video this week! I talk about what I’m loving in my make up bag right now, my perfume of the day, and an item I love right now that is soon to be reviewed. Enjoy and thanks for watching!!

In case you are wondering about the stunning painting behind me, it is a huge piece by my dear friend Heidi Conrod. If you aren’t familiar with her work, I suggest you check her out. Every single one of her pieces is deeply personal and evokes a feeling of love and warmth. More are incredible caustic works of oil and beeswax and have so much depth you feel like you could reach into one.
Here is a bigger shot of the painting….
For more info on the products I discuss in this video, here are the links: