Beauty– velvet or satin?

NARS lip pencils in rich VELVET Matte or creamy SATIN lip

Warning: you can become addicted

20150120_103030The application of a lipstick combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design.  Which kid like me doesn’t love drawing with crayons right?

The result is long-lasting (more for the matte shades), non-drying and enriched with emollients for a creamy texture.  Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pair with another lip product.  Enriched with vitamin E.

François Nars

“I wanted to create a modern way to wear a very classic lip.  The creaminess of the texture makes them very easy to use.”


For a sophisticated look with intense shades that won’t dry out your lips.


A modern, long-wearing, vitamin-enriched formula in a jumbo pencil format to provide great wear and intense color with a satin finish.

Key Benefits:

* High-impact intense colour

* Convenient, easy and precise application

Price: Canada $31  US $25

The *two universally flattering shades shown in the photo were a birthday gift from Sephora. Thank you.  photo: d. king

*Matte in Cruella & Satin in Rikugien


Beauty biz – Art Stick by Bobbi Brown

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It’s a new portable two-in-one stick that delivers a punch of color to lips and (depending on which shade you choose) can also be worn on cheeks.

comes with a sharpener
comes with a sharpener

What it does: This chunky fool-proof pencil glides on effortlessly and delivers a creamy matte finish (my favourite) to punch up your look instantly. It has a blend of emollients & shea butter which creates a rich creamy texture that allows for smooth application and comfortable wear. The enclosed sharpener ensures a precision application.

I went for dusty pink
I lusted after dusty pink.

Who is Bobbi Brown?

A celebrated makeup artist, she became makeup artist to the stars by introducing a palette of wearable natural hues–and along the way became a star herself, with her name on a global brand.  Acquired in 1995 by The Estée Lauder Companies, it is now sold in 60 countries and territories at select retailers. Katie Holmes is the first-ever celebrity face of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

Available at Sephora & Holt Renfew                                                                                                        Cost $26USD / $32CDN

Beauty Biz – no more Bleeding

nobleeding3ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE who right after carefully applying lipstick run out the door only to find out later (when catching yourself in the mirror) that your lipstick has run all over your mouth? Not so attractive right?

The simple solution: A CRAYON. nobleeding

I’m always skeptical about these new products (some work well – others a waste of money) but ended up buying one at Shopper’s Drug Mart for only $14.99 and it seems to work very well for darker shades especially…you know, the ones you definitely don’t want to run.  And it’s very easy to apply.                

This indispensable Secret Lip Liner is new in Canada, first introduced in New Zealand and quickly expanding around the world.  No Bleeding Lips™ Secret Lip Liner stops lipstick and lip gloss from bleeding & feathering, and creates a sheer defined lip shape.

no bleedingThe No Bleeding Lips™ Secret Lip Liner offers a super-glide formula that is soft & creamy ensuring even product deposit around the lips.

It’s waterproof and long-lasting (5+ hours), non-transferable and smudge-proof so you can wear your lipstick & lip gloss with confidence.

Goes with any shade of lipstick or gloss (as it’s clear), especially bright and bold colors, creating a sheer defined shape.

The Huffington Post has this to say:

The Downfalls: There are none. It works — really, really well. The only catch is if you don’t wear lipstick a lot, it may not be worth buying.  If you’re a lipstick lover, you will become obsessed with this product.

Can’t say I’m absolutely obsessed with it but it is useful and worth buying. Just don’t try to get more of the product out by winding it too much – it will not go back.

Have you tried it?