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Perfectly Imperfect Beauty: December 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

An Ode to the '80s

'80s-inspired fashion trends are rearing their heads on the catwalk and in stores this season. From makeup to clothing and accessories, these flashbacks are inescapable. Point in case, this cardigan I picked up from Zara yesterday with dramatic shoulder detailing:

This morning after getting dressed, I felt inspired to pay my own respects to the era into which I was born. To me nothing screams '80s makeup more than blue eyeshadow and frosted pink lips, ala MAC Contrast eyeshadow and Angel lipstick. What is your favourite resurrected 80's trend?
Products Used:


MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC15
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Light
Benefit One Hot Minute (used as contour)
MAC Sheertone Blush in Breath of Plum (just picked this up yesterday and I'm in love!)
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Petticoat (lightly dusted over blush)
MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl (as cheek highlight)


Benefit F.Y.Eye Primer
MAC Satin Taupe (all over the lid)
MAC Contrast (lightly dusted over the Satin Taupe)
MAC Nehru (in the outer crease)
MAC Shale (in inner 3/4 of the crease)
MAC White Frost (inner corner of the eye)
MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl (brow highlight)
Benedit Brow Kit in Medium
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
Benefit BadGal Lash Mascara in Blue


MAC Angel
MAC Pleasing Slimshine

Friday, December 25, 2009

Holiday Accessory Trend: Bangle Bracelets

I love layering thinner metalic bangles with a large statement bangle or bracelet. You can wear all black and let the bracelets speak for themselves or use them to creatively add a finishing touch to your wardrobe. Bracelets are comfortable, versatile and (for those of  us who can't talk without using our hands) give people something nice to look at when your arms are fluttering about.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Holiday Accessory Trend: Cocktail Rings

It is rare that I leave the house without accesorizing my outfit with a cocktail ring. They are the perfect item to draw an outfit together and add just a little (or a lot) of sparkle! I have photographed my favourite rings that range between $8-30 Canadian dollars. If you are looking for a great holiday accessory, cocktail rings are your solution!

'Tis the Season of Red Lips

The perfect holiday accessory is a beautiful and defined red lip. Here are my ultimate favourite reds-from sheer to opaque. Let me know what your favourite reds are!

My Favourite Reds (and Red Alternatives):

1) Nars Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
2) Nars Matte Lip Pencil in Damned
3) MAC Cockney (limited edition)
4) MAC Viva Glam 1
5) MAC Dubonnet
6) MAC Slimshine in Urgent!
7) MAC Slimshine in Grenadine
8) MAC Mattene Lipstick in Dame