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2017 Fall Beauty Rundown

What comes to mind when you think of fall? I think of a return to routine, school runs, more traffic and the onslaught of too many pumpkin spice-related products.

Fall also signals cooler and drier weather, and fashion that leans towards richer and darker tones. Instead of the lighter more natural looks favoured in the summer, the drier weather allows for more makeup coverage and bolder colours. This year, metallics dominated the 2017 fall designer runways. Below are some fall essentials that will help you say goodbye to summer.

SKINCARE

The cool and dry weather calls for extra hydration to keep your skin looking gorgeous

KIEHL’S – Ultra Facial Moisturizer

This is the classic must-have moisturizer that provides all-day hydration during both the humid summer months as well as the drier fall and winter seasons. Definitely worth a try if you haven’t already!

 

 

LA MER – The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum

This serum provides continuous hydration and energy through its sea-sourced actives of The Deep Hydration Ferment, a blend of green, brown and red algae. Also containing the powerful antioxidant Lime Tea Concentrate, it protects against the fall elements, allowing skin to thrive and any lines are naturally softened and repaired.  


HAUSCHKA – Hydrating Cream Mask

The creamy texture is heavier and more moisturizing, protecting dry skin from harsh weather. It retains moisture while supporting the skin’s natural process of oil protection. Ingredients include nourishing almond, avocado and jojoba oils that hydrate the outer skin layer while rose wax soothes and protects.

 

EYES

On the fall 2017 runways, metallic eyeshadows dominated. Not just delicately applied either, but boldly swept across lids that made for striking feminist statements.

 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY – Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotise in Silver Leopard – Eyeshadow

Charlotte has always been inspired by the hynoptic gaze of cats and how their eyes emit light outwards. Luckily, she channeled this inspiration into this glittering gunmetal grey eyeshadow, which became a best-seller. Use it to create a sultry, feline look just in time for Halloween and the upcoming party season.  

 

STILA – Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in various colours

If you thought that metallic shades only came in silver or copper, these beautifully-packaged liquid eye shadows from Stila will make you think again. There are eleven shades in total to help you create that glowing, shimmery look. The water-infused texture glides on effortlessly and dries smoothly, instantly locking in maximum sparkle with minimal smudging.

 

DIOR – Metalizer – Fall 2017 Limited Edition – Eyes & Lips Cream Shadow

This latest innovation from Dior does double-duty with a creamy, ultra-pigmented formula that lights up both the eyes and lips with a metallic shine. It can be applied alone, or on top of existing eyeshadow or lipstick to add extra shine. In keeping with the metallic theme, my pick is the versatile Copper Power shade.

 

LIPS

For days on which you want to forgo the strong eyeshadow, why not move the attention to your lips instead? Lips didn’t shy away from bold colours either on the fall runways. Deep berry shades of purple, burgundy or blackened plum, were seen adorning the lips of models at dozens of shows. Such a strong lip is best paired with minimal makeup, or if you want to imitate the runways, go all out with a heavy dark eyeliner or colourful eyeshadow.

 

BECCA COSMETICS – Lush Lip Colour Balm in Black Violet

Becca Cosmetics is a line that has attracted much love recently and it’s easy to see why with this beautiful shade. It’s simple and clean packaging stands in stark contrast to the drama of this deep berry shade. This is a balm however, so don’t be intimidated by the strong shade. It has buildable pigments that still allow your natural lip colour to shine through, and you can layer it however you like to create your own perfect shade.

 

 

CHANEL – Rouge Allure Velvet in Nightfall

This luscious looking lipstick is part of Chanel’s 2017 Fall-Winter Collection, which was inspired by Lucia Pica, Chanel’s global creative makeup and colour designer, and her road trip to the Californian coast. This shade is in line with the rich berry colours popular this season, but offers a more sensual matte finish.

 

MARC JACOBS – Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Trax

Inspired by the design house’s Fall 2017 runway, this limited-edition creamy black-burgundy lipstick delivers 10-hour wear in just one sensual swipe. Its dark-burgundy pigment appears almost black, and looks especially stunning paired with neutral shadows.

NAILS

 

YVES SAINT LAURENT – La Lacque Couture – Fall Look 2017 Nail Lacquer in Bronze Fever

To complete the metallic look coat your nails in this rich bronze colour, inspired the nightclubs of the 70s. This exclusive lacquer has an extra holographic shimmer courtesy of the multi-coloured pearl effect polish that reflects light like disco balls, for an ultra-sparkling manicure.

 

  

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False lashes: Synthetic, faux mink or authentic mink?

False lashes as a beauty tool

Did you know that the use of false lashes as a beauty tool dates back to the early 1900s? It’s no surprise that with the advent of motion pictures and the wider use of photographs, that false lashes would also become more popular. Long, dark eyelashes go a long way in accentuating the eyes and making them stand out, especially in photographs. In fact, it was the filmmaker D.W. Griffith who decided in 1916, that the actress in his film Intolerance needed to have “eyelashes brushing [her] cheeks.” Unfortunately, they did not have all the beauty tools (or knowledge) that Fancy Face artists have now, and the poor actress had her false lashes glued on with spirit gum by Mr. Griffith’s wigmaker. Spirit gum is definitely not what one should be using on one’s eyelids, and it was reported that the poor actress came to the studio one morning “with her eyes swollen nearly shut.” It is not clear what happened to her, but it certainly did not prevent the use of false eyelashes, and by 1921, all manner of actresses were using them regularly.

Ouch! Aren’t you glad that we have the amazing Fancy Face team to do this now?

One lucky actress who likely did not need to wear false lashes was the incomparable Elizabeth Taylor. She was born with a rare genetic mutation that gave her two rows of eyelashes, which only enhanced her already stunning violet-blue eyes. Unfortunately not all of us are Elizabeth Taylors, but fortunately, we can rest easy knowing that false lashes have come a long way from spirit gum in 1916.

The lashes that are available to us now are much lighter, easier to wear and more natural-looking. Here we will look at the types of false lashes that the Fancy Face makeup team uses.  

 

Synthetic, faux mink or authentic mink?

No I am not talking about your next fall coat. These are some of the different types of false lashes that are in use right now. They differ in quality and price, but authentic mink is generally thought of as the best choice if you want the most sensuous, natural look.

Synthetic

These are the least expensive kind and the lowest quality out of the three. They are made with plastic fibres, have stubbier ends and are much thicker than normal human lashes, making them look more unnatural. They are also quite heavy and thus slightly uncomfortable to wear.

Faux mink

These are man-made poly-fiber lashes that are meant to imitate real, authentic mink hair. They are quite popular because they are lighter than the first option, hence more comfortable and natural-looking than synthetic lashes, and generally less expensive than authentic mink lashes.

Authentic mink

Made from the mink tail of the Siberian or Chinese mink. The advantages are that they last longer and are very light, allowing you to apply several extensions on your natural lash. Authentic mink hair simply achieves that natural look that synthetic and faux mink lashes just cannot create. The disadvantages of authentic mink lashes are that they do not come naturally curled, therefore they must be continually curled by the wearer. They also tend to be more expensive, some can cost up to $300 for a really high-end pair.

 

Authentic mink lashes from Lady Lash Club

Lady Lash Club is Fancy Face Inc.’s mink lash supplier, and also a Canadian-based company that uses only cruelty-free mink lashes. Even though they are an excellent beauty tool, mink lashes still come from a living creature, and as such, it is important to ensure that the production of these lashes is done in as humane a way as possible. Cruelty-free animal products are of high importance to Fancy Face Inc., which is why we chose Lady Lash Club. They have sourced manufacturers who guarantee that their mink hair fibres are collected when brushing the minks’ fur during shedding seasons, thus the removal of these hairs do not harm the animals. The manufacturers also only use minks from local free-range zoos.

The Seductive lash style

The usual disadvantages of authentic mink lashes also do not apply to Lady Lash Club lashes. The Club offers a unique monthly subscription service that delivers four pairs of lashes directly to your door for the very reasonable price of $24.99 CDN a month. There are many different styles of lashes to choose from, including Seductive (pictured above), Mischievous and Allure. For those who enjoy variety, the styles may be changed up to 10 days before the next delivery date. There is also an option to cancel anytime in case you decide to take a break from looking glamourous.  

To change the naturally straight nature of the authentic mink hair, the lashes are given a perm that creates a long-lasting curl. At the moment, Lady Lash Club only offers strip lashes, which aren’t normally worn to bed, and thus aren’t as likely to lose their shape compared to individual lashes. The lifespan of these authentic mink strip lashes depends on how well one takes care of them. With proper care they can easily last up to 10 to 20 wears!

Mink lashes

What are you waiting for? Book your appointment with one of our amazing Fancy Face artists to get your own set of luscious mink lashes now!

 

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A Celebration of Canadian Beauty – 150th Canada’s Day Edition

You might have heard the small piece of news recently that Canada just turned 150 years old. Well, if you somehow managed to miss all the splendor and celebration surrounding our Nation’s milestone birthday, fret not, for Fancy Face Inc. has decided to recognize Canada Day in our own glamourous way.

When discussing famous makeup brands, usually European makeup companies spring to mind. However, there have been an increasing number of home-grown brands gaining traction in the industry. For our Canada’s Day edition, we have rounded up six significant Canadian brands that should be on your beauty radar.

 

NUDESTIX 

The Basics:

Founded and headed by an energetic mother and (two) daughters combo, they adhere to a less-is-more philosophy when it comes to your makeup kit. All the products are pencil or stick-based and come in cute, handy packaging complete with sharpener, mirror and instructions.

The Canadian-connection:

Launched in May 2014 by mom and company president Jenny Frankel, a chemical engineer. Frankel once worked at MAC Cosmetics and was also a co-founder of Cover FX Makeup, another Canadian makeup brand. The company is still based in Canada, with its headquarters located in north Toronto.

The Must-have:

Nudies All Over Face Color Matte: A highly-rated multitasker that has a soft color balm on one side and a blending brush on the other. It provides natural soft colour for the eyes, cheeks and lips.

 

BITE BEAUTY

 

 

The Basics:

This lipstick-centered brand is known for its food-grade (a.k.a. edible) ingredients. It is a relatively young company, but there is already lots of media buzz surrounding its products. Their signature six products of a lip pencil, lipstick, lip crayon, lip balm, lip scrub and liquefied lipstick combine to give you the perfect kissable lips.

The Canadian-Connection:

Founded by Torontonian Susanne Langmuir in 2013, the company hand makes all their products in a very cool-looking factory in Toronto, Ontario. In fact, there’s even a movie-trailer worthy video of how their lipsticks are made on their website.

The Must-haves:

All of their products look enticing, but their Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi is definitely worth a look as it won the Nylon 2016 Beauty Hit List award for Best Pink Lipstick. Also worth a trip is their Lip Lab on Queen Street West in downtown Toronto, where you can design your own custom lip colour.

 

ILIA                                        

The Basics:

Using natural and organic ingredients, this line focuses on delivering ethically and sustainably produced cosmetics with a focus on lip care. Each product contains certified organic bio-active botanicals that are meant to pretty you up while nourishing and rejuvenating your skin at the same time.

The Canadian-Connection:

Even though the brand is now based in Los Angeles, ILIA was first launched in 2011 in Vancouver, Canada, where the founder, Sasha Plavsic was born and raised. The first collection in 2011 consisted only of six Tinted Lip Conditioners, but rapidly grew to forty pieces in less than two years, and is now available in over 15 countries.

The Must-have: 

The minimal yet stunning packaging can be reason alone to own any piece of this line, but since this brand was founded on Tinted Lip Conditioners, it is not surprising that these earn the most praise. Try the Crimson & Clover shade when you want a red lip that doesn’t look too overdone.

 

LISE WATIER

 

The Basics:

Encompassing a wide range of products that covers makeup, skincare and fragrance, it became the largest Canadian company in the beauty industry after its merger with Groupe Marcelle Inc. in early 2016.

The Canadian-connection:

Like the nation it is based in, Lise Watier Cosmetics is also celebrating a milestone birthday this year. Founded in Quebec by the pioneering Madame Watier in 1972, this brand is celebrating its 45th year as a leader in the cosmetic industry. Another piece of its Canadian identity can be found in the brand’s heavy use of Canadian flora in its products, such as the Labrador tea. The Labrador tea extract has been combined with other ingredients to create a highly efficient anti-aging complex.

The Must-have:

Portfolio Professional Correctors:  This award-winning concealer has been a fan-favourite for over fifteen years; its unique palette combats five common problems, helping countless users achieve the perfect complexion.

LOCKS & MANE 

The Basics:

Used and loved by the Fancy Face Inc. team, Locks & Mane is a Toronto-based hair extensions company that offers high quality natural hair extension clip-ins and semi-permanent hair extensions. Their product list isn’t long, but they are high on quality. Like they say on their website, “we believe in doing one thing well – like, really well.”

The Canadian-connection:

Founder and CEO Jennifer Parrott came up with the idea of offering fast and affordable extensions in a luxurious downtown Toronto studio space after spending eight years and thousands of dollars on hair extensions. That studio space is now Locks & Mane’s location on Queen Street West in downtown Toronto.

The Must-have:

Contact Tiffany at tiffany@fancyface.ca to book your own custom colour-match appointment in the Fancy Face Inc. studio, and get that voluminous look you always dreamed about!

 

LADY LASH CLUB 

 

The Basics:

Love false lashes but tired of wasting time looking for quality lashes? Look no further than this company, which came up with the ingenious concept of delivering four pairs of cruelty-free mink eyelashes to your door every month. For those who hate commitment, there’s also an option to cancel anytime or change the lash styles up to 10 days prior to your next delivery date.

The Canadian-connection:

They are a fairly new company, having only started in 2015 out of Coquitlam, near Vancouver in British Columbia. Although they are based in Canada, their lashes are shipped world-wide.

The Must-have:

Support this emerging Canadian innovator and get your subscription started here!