Grooming, Men, Skin

Bearded Ones | Barbus

If you haven’t already noticed, this week has been predominantly dedicated to our favourite pretty princesses boys.

Sorry, ladies, here comes another one…

Some time around October of last year the boyfriend started growing a beard. Typically I would probably gag as I prefer skin over hair any day of the week. But in this case I welcomed the lumberjack-chic guise with open arms because I wanted his skin to breathe and because I influenced his minimalist wardrobe (that has been blossoming handsomely) to accept shades outside of black/white/gray/denim to shades of navy and maroon in his button down plaid hoodie. Not to mention his two week trip to the depths of Idaho to shoot wildlife on a hunting range – his vegan ass loved that.

Through this process I discovered that my fuzzy wuzzy was shaving nearly up to his eyeballs! Naturally, his affliction had to end. Naturally I’d be the one to do it…with my cape flailing in the wind.

Now, as part of Josh’s grooming routine (aside from daily face washing and moisturizing, weekly manicures and exfoliants, bi-weekly pedicures and monthly haircuts) we take time out to pluck the strays sprouting around the hairline of his beard and a bit of the area above his brows.

You’ll need tweezers and a mirror!

Now, let’s evaluate:

You can see the stubble monsters peeking through the skin and making his complexion uneven.

Using tweezers, carefully pluck the unwanted strays. Please do not over do it. The goal is to tidy up – not create facial hair art like Kenneth Branagh in Wild Wild West.

The end result should look something like this:

Some redness is expected. Feel free to rub an ice cube over the irritated areas or saline solution/eye drops. After a few weeks of plucking you will notice the hair growing in much more sparse.

Keep your beards trimmed and ruley, ’cause hypertrichosis is only attractive in a side show.

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Beauty, Makeup

Blush, for Jenny | Rouge, par Jenny…

Being a fan of blush, I nearly never step foot outside of my house without the look of pinched cheeks. Even if you’re not a fan of makeup, a little rouge can do wonders on a dreary day.

With so many beautiful shades, blush – like red lipstick, can become a tedious journey to find. But, you guessed it, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I am willing to share with the class.

First off, 99% of you can pull of a peachy/coral colour. I swears.

Smashbox Blush in Proof Sheet

If you are fair skinned with light eyes and hair – you are probably already devotee of pink and should therefore keep up the good work. But promise me that you will only play with light shades and will keep your bubblegum Juicy track suits back where they belong…in back of the closet.

Cargo BluRay Blush Highlighter in Pink

For my ethnic sisters whose skin I love to work with most – I recommend richer, jewel tone colours. If you are on the warmer end of the palette, cool colours are a superb balance and vice versa. Be careful not to use too much shimmer as you may tend to look oily.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks

Fiery redheads, oh how I envy your freckles, can get away with almost any shade of peachy-pink. Cream blush is your friend, this way you can still show off those sun speckles without looking like you’re wearing anything at all!

NARS Blush in Sex Appeal

My brunettes-have-more-fun lovelies, you deserve roses…a whole spectrum of them. Deeper shades for the olive skinned beauties will pump up your mystery.

Christian Dior Blush in English Rose

Something to keep in mind: if your skin needs some work, as in the texture isn’t smooth, stay away from anything with sparkles for it will focus the eye precisely where it doesn’t belong. Also, in moist weather like snow or rain or even when at the beach – try using cream blush or cheek stain because most of them are water resistant and will not move throughout the day.

Tarte Natural Cheek Stain

Lastly, I have gotten a few of you questioning me where to put the blush once you buy the perfect shade. Answer: when it doubt – sweet the tops of your cheek bones…the closer you get to your eyeballs, the younger and fresher you will look. This is also great for faces with prominent cheek bones and hollows. Rounder faces can benefit from applying the blush under and on the apples, thus creating a slimming effect. As we age our face skins lose their elasticity and the plumpness we once had tends to disappear. Because of this, again, throughout the years your blush should be creeping up higher on your cheeks and closer to the eyes.

Ok, one more thing.

Don’t be afraid to blush up a bit on the temples and into the hairline as it creates a wonderful brightening effect especially if you are taking pictures!

xo

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Makeup, Tutorials

This is a Chanel Tutorial | Il s’agit d’un tutorial Chanel

LOVE LOVE LOVE this new Chanel Paris-Byzanc campaign shot by the fabulous Karl Lagerfeld.

And because I wanted to try on myself – now you can too!

Gel eye liner, light shimmer shadow, peach-ish/apricot cheeks, muted glossy lips and a swipe of red cream shadow or lipstick across the lid. (If you are going the way of lipstick – make sure to press in powder after – otherwise it’ll smear all over your top lids.)

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