For the Fellas…..

Got a hairy back? Kind of like a “coat” under your actual coat?

A chest that resembles Steve Carell in 40 year old Virgin?

A set of talons for toenails? or perhaps heels that could cut your bed sheets to shreds?

I don’t know how many times I’ve had this conversation with people ( male or female)……

MEN NEED PAMPERING TOO!!!!!!

Looking after one’s self is not “girly” or “prissy” …..it is essential to not looking like a bum (unless you’re going for that hobo chic sort of thing?)

It makes you feel better. It makes you look better. A little trip to a salon/spa can do wonders!

You only have one set of hands, one set of feet and only one face. Why not look after it properly? Men’s skin and hands need love just as much as the lady’s do…maybe even more so?

I understand the spa can be an intimidating thing looking in from the outside….all the soft lighting… the smells…women chit chatting with other women who have so much metallic foil in their hair it looks like they could communicate with E.T….

Then there is the music that’s so calming it makes you want to go to your car and listen to death metal when you leave…(no? oh….just me then….)

Anyway….it’s a strange world. But….Women know what’s up and men should probably follow suit.

The majority of my clientele is most definitely of the female race. I do however have a few brave souls of men then come see me regularly and I see others that come to other Spa Therapists, Massage therapists and hair stylists.

I once had a very shy man surprisingly exclaim in the middle a joint facial with his partner that if he had known how great this would of been, he would of came in long ago!

Bam!!! One Man brought over to the dark side!!

Like I previously stated…you only have one face. Your skin needs to be looked after (especially if there are any concerns such as aging, acne, etc.) As a man, you probably have to shave that face…that can sometimes get irritated, dry or breakout. A facial is a perfect way to treat any or all of those issues and get to relax at the same time. And Lord knows,  everyone can always use a little relaxation in out busy/hectic lives these days, right?

So now that I have convinced you to look after your face, lets work our way down to looking after that fur of yours. I’m talking back and chest waxing or laser hair removal.

Just like women, the trend this day and age is the less the hair the better…same kind of goes for guys. Sure you don’t have to get rid of all of it, but a little maintenance can go a long way.

Not going to lie at all here, this hair removal thing is probably going to hurt like a mother.

But if I see you on the beach looking like some sort of second cousin to Chewbacca, I’m going to contemplate handing you my business card.(and you should take it as a big, fat hint) Your wife/girlfriends can thank me later….saving them the time and effort of shaving your back will make everyone very happy!

Also, eyebrows. There should be two. I’ll let you contemplate that one.

Ps…I’m going to move on from the hair removal thing and skip over the whole “Man scaping…Man Brazilian thing”…that’s an entirely other post in itself and I’m not really sure I want to even go there…..Just take care of it gentlemen…that’s all I’m going to say…. K… Bye.

Next in line is your Hand and Foot care. If you are a business or white collar sort of fella, you are going to be dealing with people and trying to look professional. Nothing says I don’t give a rotten dam then gnarly hangnails and uber scaly skin. Get a “Man”icure. They aren’t just for housewives of Beverly Hills anymore. And for hard working Blue Collared Men, your poor hands deserve some TLC.

Keep nails short, clean and use a little moisturizer from time to time. Also, you would’t think it, but a hand massage is wonderful. People hold tons of tension in our hands and fingers, your digits will thank you.

This all goes the same for your tootsies. Keep toenails short, filed evenly, clean and get some of that callus buildup removed. Your feet will love you for it and so will whoever has to sleep in the same bed as you at night.

A pedicure and manicure DOES NOT mean you have to have pretty, pink polish! It is much, much more then that. Elderly men and men with any medical conditions (ex. diabetes)  should really look after your feet properly. You have to walk on these things for your whole life, a pedicure is not a girly thing….it should be thought of as an essential life thing.

Next on the agenda, Massage therapy. If you have medical coverage, Please take advantage of this. It’s amazing. Get over the whole stranger touching your body thing and get a massage. We are hard on our backs and limbs, it is also great for the mind and relaxation. Can not stress the importance of this in living a healthy life.

Lastly I’m going to discuss something I know a little about….I’m not a hairdresser….but you should definitely be getting your hair cut by a professional. You don’t have to spend tons of money…but just don’t use those rusty kitchen scissors and bowl to achieve your style. It’s bad. Plus, once you’ve had someone else give you a scalp massage….you will be hooked. Promise!

So there you have it. Now get your wife, mother, sister, bff to book you an appointment at your local spa and salon. You can be brave and go it alone or perhaps take them along and have a nice little spa day together.

🙂 🙂

-Nicole xo

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Brushes on a Budget!

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Hola!!

Don’t mind me. I’m just practicing my Spanish for when I move to Mexico. I am not meant for cold weather.

Hope everyone on the East coast went out and bought their milk and treats and are tying them selves down for what is supposed to be a dandy of a snow storm 😦

I figured I could write you guys a little something to read while you are all bundled up. And for all you other people out there in warmer temperatures…I hate you…but only a little. 😉

Here is yet another post in response to the request I sent out in Facebook land for blog ideas. My friends did not disappoint and I was left with a mass amount of comments, private messages and texts with questions and concerns people have about the beauty world!

One really good question that stood out was about Makeup Brushes, especially affordable ones. I have yet to discuss this topic here on beautyjunkiesanonymous really, other then the odd favorite or two that I have. I’m a slacker!!! Sorry!! 😦

Hopefully I can cover everything tonight 🙂

If there is one thing to know about makeup brushes is….they are kind of important. They are what paint brushes are to an artist! How are you supposed to create like Leonardo Da Vinci or Van Gough with out the right tools.

I’m not saying you need to run out and buy all sorts of brushes and sponges or whatever. But you do need a good core collection that will make putting on your makeup easier and also, better.

These brushes also don’t have to be uber expensive. There are many brands out there that are decent and a decent price as well.

Some examples of brands I like that can be found either online or in your local stores.

Real Techniques– Created by Youtube Beauty Gurus, these can be found at Walmart or drugstores. There are kits and also individually sold brushes. I do believe that the kits are around $20. That’s a steal in my mind!

Real Techniques also came out with a sponge dupe for the pricey Beauty Blender. I have bought a few of these since I discovered them. OBSESSED!!

Sonia Kashuk- I could cry about this one. Since Target Canada is done like dinner, I’m probably going to go out and buy an excess amount of brushes from this brand. I wrote a post a few weeks ago about a Limited Edition Set that was beautiful. The link to my review can be found here —>https://beautyjunkiesanonymous.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/sonia-kashuk-all-that-jazz-limited-edition-brush-set-review/

Fellow Canadians, go out and snatch what you can of these brushes before they are gone. You will not regret it.

American friends, continue being the lucky little shits you are and buy this brand. **Shakes fist in anger and disgust**

-Elf- Another brand that can be found at Target ( Why Lord, why?!?!? 😦 ) These are around 2 or 3 dollars and definitely decent for that price and for just beginning your collection.

-Quo- When looking at my ever growing brush collection, I have discovered that I have quite a few brushes from this brand, found at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Quo always comes out with limited edition brush sets. Sometimes they shed, sometimes they don’t. It just depends on the luck of the draw. But, I do like these a lot and believe they are worth it.

-Eco Tools- although I do not own any of these in my personal collection, I have used them before on clients. They can be found at Walmart and drugstores. Added bonus to this brand, it is an environmentally conscious company for all you Earth Lovers out there! 🙂

Next are two inexpensive brands I have yet to try but want to eventually. If you watch any Youtube videos or read beauty blogs, you have probably heard of them already.

-Morphe Brushes- http://morphebrushes.com/index.php

-Crown Brush- http://www.crownbrush.com/

A List of Suggested brushes you should need to create whatever looks you want would be :

– Foundation Brush- whether it is a flat style or Kabuki style(my fave of the two)

-Powder/Bronzer Brush- a Nice fluffy one should do.

-Blush/Contour- there are different variations of these available. I am still searching for the perfect one.

-Eyeliner brush- Your cat eye will become that much better.

-Crease Brush- blend, blend, blend….and repeat.

-Shader Brush/All over shadow brush- self explanatory.

-Pencil brush- for precise shadow application and great to use on the lower lash line

-Eyebrow brush- tame those suckers down.

-Lip Brush- I rarellllyyyyyyyy use one of these on myself (always on clients though), but it is good to use if you find it hard to not get lipstick all over the place.

-Eyelash curler – use before mascara!!

-Sponges- I like using them for concealer. Just a personal preference. You don’t neeeedd to have any.

and there you have it. Affordable Makeup Brushes 101.

Hope that helps and Everyone has a safe and happy Week 🙂 🙂

Love,

Nicole xo

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P.S. There are many nice expensive brands out there ( I own a few) and they are fabulous too. So if you are interested in any here is a quick list : Mac, Aveda, Sephora, Sigma, TIGI, Stila, Etc.

Sonia Kashuk All That Jazz Limited Edition Brush Set Review

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A little heads up here, this set is no longer in stores, but I will review it anyway just in case you want to buy any of her other brushes out there.

Price- I believe this was $30-40 at Target:/ I bought it with other things and no longer can find the receipt. But it was in that price range.

What it includes – 10 gold and black handled Sonia Kashuk Brushes. Ranging from powder, blending, foundation, eye shadow, lip and brow brushes.

I have used all but two of these..one being the paddle foundation brush I gave to my mother because I never use that type to apply makeup. Just personal preference. The other being the eyebrow brush because I would much rather if it was a “spooly” style one.

My favorites of the bunch would have to be the buffing brush (second from left in picture). I have been using it to apply my foundation lately and I really like how it works. I also really like the short bristle pencil brush (fourth from the right) I used this to apply shadow on the lower lash line and outer v of my eyelid.

For the price, Sonia Kashuk Brushes are pretty dam good. These are not the first I have bought from the line and certainly won’t be the last. There was hardly any shedding of the bristles, which is really nice and well, they are just so darn pretty.

If you need a decent set of makeup brushes, keep you eye out for her next sets or you can just buy them individually wherever you can find her cosmetics!

🙂 🙂

and there you go. My third post of the evening. I am trying to make up for the lack of posts over the last month!

-Nicole xo 🙂

New Years Makeup!

Its funny what some well applied makeup, different picture angles, a smile and a decent camera (camera man 😉 ) will do for you! LOL!

I wanted to take a before and after picture before we went out to celebrate New Years.

I used my Kat Von D mini Studded Lipstick in “Sexer” and I loveeeeeed it! New favorite hot pink!

I also used some Stila Magnificent Metal eye shadows and some glitter from Lit Cosmetics.

This was very much a rush job and I wasn’t 110% satisfied how my eyes came out, but that’s okay! I just wanted to show the difference in my skin. 🙂

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If you haven’t fainted from fright from the before picture…thanks! :p haha

Hoping to do more of these in the future if I can get my act together while getting ready!

-Nicole xo 🙂

Christmas Beauty Faves!

Greetings and Happy New Year everyone!!! 🙂

Hope 2015 is off to a great start for everyone (despite the weather today here in Sydney) and that Santa brought you lots of nice goodies for Christmas! 🙂

I had a wonderful time with family and friends and was a tad bit spoiled this year 😉 … I finally got an Ipad (thanks Parents!) and I bought myself a nice camera at the crazy Boxing day sales with the Christmas gift cards and money from relatives I received. Soooo that all being said, hopefully having both these things means I will try to blog more! This post is far over due!! Sorry!!!!!

For Christmas, I also received quite a few new beauty products!! and I’m going to share a few of them with you bellow 🙂

Too Faced Limited Edition Everything Nice Palette and Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick set.image (65)

First off, Love the packaging for both of these right off the top. Both perfectly cute in their own way.

The Everything Nice pallet comes with a variety of really pretty colour options for eye shadows, some mini makeup brushes, instructions, a few blushes and a bronzer (which smells like chocolate too, fyi 😉

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It also comes with a pink sparkly makeup bag and a mini “Better Then Sex” mascara. (neither of which I have pictures of because I can not find them at the moment 😦 … I Really need to go through my Christmas goodies and put them away/organize!)

I received this bad boy from my awesome bf….who braved Sephora all by himself one day and found this! He’s a good boy.

The Kat Von D Lipsticks are definitely some of my favorite formulations in lipsticks. I already have one full size lipstick that I bought back in the fall in the colour “Love Craft”  and when I heard they were coming out with a set, I asked my lovely mother for this on my “Sephora wish list’…

This set comes with 9 different shades ranging from nude to red to purple.

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The size of these are so cute it hurts. Only problem is, I’m afraid I will use them up too quickly or lose them. Both are very possible….. Where do all my lost lipsticks go anyway? Probably where all the lost bobby pins, earrings and matching socks go 😦 …RIP

Lush Curly Wurly Coconut Shampoo

I have bought Lush skin care products before and I loved them. So it was a pleasant surprise to receive this as part of my gift from my sister.

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I hardly wear my hair straight anymore and love any products that help enhance any waves in my hair. This stuff smells good enough to eat and I was actually surprised how good my hair felt after using it. Two thumbs up for this one Sis! Thanks! 🙂

Miscellaneous

I was given various other beauty products such as a small Sephora eye shadow pallet, some Aveda shampoo, nail polish,a pretty Lord and Taylor personal manicure kit, more Dulce and Gabana Light Blue perfume (Love in a bottle!! take my word!!!) , Bath and Body works soaps (one can never have enough), Joe Fresh Lip gloss, more Sephora Sheet masks (love these!) and various other little things.

I was blessed with people who know and understand that all they need to get me is anything beauty related and I will be happy. 🙂

Hope you all have a great Sunday evening… I know I sure will. Stephen bought the full series of “Alf” from Amazon…and that’s all I plan on doing when he gets home!!! and maybe all I’ll do tomorrow (don’t judge me!)..if this yucky weather continues.

Cheers!!

-Nicole xo 🙂

Review: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Ummmm So who doesn’t love a long lasting, super pigmented lipstick that comes in a wide variety of shades? If you said, “Nahhh….I love it when my lipstick wears off instantly and smears all over my face” ….then clearly this little post is not for you….Carry on.

This past month, I will let you in on a little secret. I discovered the holy grail of lipsticks; Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick.

I purchased mine at my local Shoppers Drug Mart on a whim while Christmas shopping for others….

“One for me! One for you!!!” (Isn’t that how everyone shops?!….What’s that? No? Oh well, ignore my little shopping motto then :/)

The first colour I decided to try out was “Aria” which is described as a Magenta Plum colour. Believe what you may, but I seriously don’t think I own any colour like this in my steadily growing lippie collection. I feel this shade would work well with many different skin tones and could work as a good Autumn/Winter colour or even Spring/Summer.

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After the first time I wore this out and had it last through eating a massive deli sandwich, I knew this was my kind of lipstick. The finish is matte but not drying like other products out there that suck the life and moisture out of your poor lips!  ( Step up your game, MAC!!!! Jesus!! ) The application was easy and it was very pigmented even with the first swipe of colour. You don’t even really need to use a lip liner if you are neat while applying it.

So naturally after the success of the first colour, I wanted more! So I went back and purchased “Fiery’ , which is described as a Deep Red shade. I always seem to gravitate and feel most comfortable in red lipstick, so I thought why not add another to my stock pile!

Again, this did not disappoint. It actually may have replaced my Mac Ruby woo, as the top Red in my books. You best believe I will be wearing this a lot this Holiday season. 🙂

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The One and only downfall to these bad boys…Is the price. They are almost $30 a pop. :/ So definitely a more pricey/high end product. I would recommend swatching and testing colours before actually buying one. That way you know how the texture feels and how the colour looks on you. There is nothing worse then getting home with something and having it look awful and not be able to return it.

As far as I know, the only places you can buy these is on Sephora.com or at Shoppers Drug Mart (if you live where I live, there aren’t many options of places to buy things like this.)

Some other colours that I would like to try and have heard that are popular are “Patina” which is a dusty rose shade( Kylie Jenner lips!!!!!) and “Fiore” which is a hot pink colour.

If anyone out there has other suggestions for colours from this line that would be nice to try, let me know! 🙂

So there you have it, a quick little review on one of my favorite products of the moment!

Good Night! 🙂

-Nicole xo

PS- 2 weeks to Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November Faves, Raves and Flops :)

Hello There Beauty Peeps!

Over the last month or more, I have acquired quite a few new things. I don’t know if the stores knew I was out trying to do some Christmas shopping for others and wanted to tempt me with all their new and pretty things or what the heck the deal was!! 😦 …. but anyways, I caved. Hard.

I know it isn`t Decemeber just yet but I figured I would do a November Faves, Raves and Flops. November brought many new favorites and a few not so great products. If you are on the fence about purchasing any of these things then hopefully this will help you make up your mind 🙂 (some of these Faves would also make great Christmas ideas too FYI 😉 )

 

FAVES & RAVES

Minion Slippers –  Yup. you read that right.  One of my favorite things from the last month is a pair of awesome slippers. Found at Walmart for about $15. They are warm (perfect for this time of year) and they are Minions with googly button eyes….enough said!

 

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(ignore ugly joggy pants…)

 

Coffee Mug-    Second favorite of the month is something I found at The Ugly Mug Cafe and Gift Emporium. It was just there on the counter screaming  my name “ Buy meeeeee Nicole….buy meeeeee…“ . So I bought that little mug for a little laugh every time I have my coffee. For                 anyone who knows me, I love my caffeine fix in the morning ( and mid morning and lunch time and mid afternoon and supper, you get the idea…)

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Target Booties- Thank you Target Gods for letting me find plain black, heeled booties that I can wear to work. They  don`t make me want to chop my own feet off by the end of my day, which is a huge bonus. Thank you Mom for buying them for me too 🙂 $30 is a pretty good steal if you ask me.

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NYX HD concealer- My Target recently decided to bring in the entire line of NYX ( **does happy dance!**) This concealer is light enough that it doesn`t crease too much but heavy enough that it covers your under eye circles pretty well. I bought the fairest shade because I am extra Snow white looking lately ( I`m learning to embrace it)

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NYX Powder Blush in Taupe-  I recently noticed that a few Youtube Guru`s I watch religiously were using a blush to contour…..So I was intrigued and decided to buy it. It did not disappoint!!! Because of my extra whiteness lately, most bronzers are either too orange or too dark to use as contour for my cheeks and face. This stuff works like a charm though. Just the right grey, beige colour that gives dimension and shadow to my face. I think this was under $10. Two big thumbs up for NYX!

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NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium- Its very hard to find a good drugstore bronzer with out any shimmer. So this is a great option. It has even replaced my two Too Faced bronzers that I was using all spring and summer long. I believe this was around $10 and comes in two other colour options.

 

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NYX Wicked Dreams Shadow Pallet- Mattes, shimmers, neutrals and a few different coloured shadows make up this little beauty. I believe it retails for $17. Perfect stocking stuffer!

 

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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance Bronze- I received this baby as one of my points perks from Sephora Months and months ago…I had no desire to try it and thought it would be way too dark for me. When I ran out of my usual primer, I had no choice but to try this out and I am obsessed!!!!!  It gives a beautiful glow to your skin and doesn`t feel too heavy. I wish I had of started using this forever ago! I need to get the full size version asap!! *hint! hint! Stephen*…..he pretends he doesn`t read my blogs, but we all know he does. 😉

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NYX The Curve Liner- I suckkkkkk at winged Liner. It is one of those things that I am constantly trying new things to make me better at it. This liner is one of the best I have ever used. The shape of the bottle is so unique and user friendly. The tip is super thin and you can make your line as precise as you want it. I need to stock up on these bad boys.

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Rimmel Lash Accelerator-  God love that Nicole Guerriero. She knows her stuff. One of her holy grail mascaras is this little one.  Super affordable and works great on bottom lashes.

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Stila #33 Brush- This is a double ended foundation and concealer brush. A bit pricier and more of an impulse/boredom buy. It is very nice though. It is pointed on both ends so it is perfect for the under eye area and hard to blend spots. I found mine at our local Shoppers and use mine with my NYX Hd concealer I mentioned previously.

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Flower Beauty F01 Powder Brush- Our Walmart just recently started carrying Drew Barrymore`s makeup line. I was a little excited ( I love Drew!) This brush was inexpensive and the packaging  looked pretty. Turns out it does a pretty good job applying powder and bronzer. It`s bristles are very soft and I haven`t had them shed too much like other drugstore brand brushes. YEY! Drew for the win!!! 🙂

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Target Necklace- I`m sorry I forget the actual brand of this necklace 😦 ….but It has definitely become one of my favorite in my embarrassing large costume jewelry collection though. I`m usually more of a gold person but this one is just so shiny and fancy. Retails for under $20.

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FLOPS 😦

 

Gosh Smokey eye shadow pallet- For $30…this was less then impressive. I have never tried any Gosh makeup products before and I can see why now. The colours looked decent at first glance, but there is a lot of fall out with these. (meaning the colour/shadow falls down on to your cheeks) SO not cool. They are also not as pigmented as I had hoped. Overall-Fail 😦

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Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist- Three mini scented hair sprays. Rose, Citrus and Vanilla. They smelt nice at first, but they don`t last as long as I had hoped 😦

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Flower Luxury Lip Colour in Tea Rose-  Didn`t like this shade and it defiantly smelt and tasted kind of funky (almost plastic like) Not a good flavor for something that goes on your lips

 

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and if I haven`t bored you yet with all my rambling , that`s THE END!!…… Don`t forget to hit the subscribe button and sign up to get emails when I write new posts! 🙂

 

Until Next time Folks,

-Nicole xo 🙂

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