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Winter Wonders! Products We Swear by During the Cold Winter Months

Selections by Jessica of Fancy Face Inc.!

Even though winter and the holiday season can be full of warm and happy moments spent with friends and family, it is anything but warm outside with the harsh, drying effects of the wind and cold weather. Needless to say, your skin and beauty routine will require some extra love and care to help you look great and party-ready during these cold winter months.

Here we turn to one of our amazingly talented Fancy Face makeup artists, Jessica, who shares some of her favourite products to use this winter. 

KOPARI Coconut Lip Love – Hydrating and glossy, perfect for the winter. Not sticky at all and cruelty free. It also smells like the beach so who wouldn’t love it! 

            

Tarte Cleansing Cutie Scrubber – Picked this up about 2 months ago and I have been obsessed. It really takes your cleanser to the next level and actually feels like it’s getting all the dirt & build up out of your skin! 

                     
Ouai Haircare Dry Shampoo Foam – the ultimate dry shampoo. This will keep your hair clean and smelling fresh foreverrrr! 
                           
CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion (for normal to oily skin) – An amazing face cream that leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Best part? DRUGSTORE item!! 


               
Too Faced Just Peachy Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette – I love every single colour in this palette. I’ve been using it nonstop since the Sephora sale and have nothing but good things to say! I’m also a sucker for things that smell amazing. 

          
Dose of Colors “Undressed” Lip Gloss – The best nude gloss. Pigmented enough that it is perfect to wear alone or on top of a lipstick. 


                 
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation – My go to foundation for any time of year! Lightweight, full coverage, and longwearing. 


                
BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer – It’s that time of year when our skin transitions to being more on the drier side. For me it’s especially under my eyes and around my nose. This concealer is perfect as it’s so hydrating but still gives great coverage! 


        
Josie Maran Pure Argon Oil – If you haven’t yet tried this you are missing out! I put this on after cleansing my face and let it soak in. After a few minutes I’ll put my facial moisturizer over top. Since I have oily skin (but I get dry patches in some areas), I only do this at night for extra hydration in the winter! Can be used on skin, hair & nails! 
              
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Cruella” – Of course, I had to finish off with a red lip for the holidays. Loving this one especially because it doesn’t dry my lips out and it lasts! 

Decleor Paris Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil Serum – This serum is very effective against the cold weather and is meant to be applied before your moisturizer. Its ingredients include Neroli essential oil, parsley, hazelnut and sweet orange essential oils. Try it to give your skin a hit of hydration and radiance boost, while the calming scent of the oils soothes your senses.

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream – an essential part of any skincare routine is the moisturizer. Bobbi Brown has been a global top-seller for a long time, and this cream is a lightweight version of their iconic Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm that is especially suitable for normal to dry skin, particularly those with dry skin patches. It’s perfect for layering and prepping skin for foundation and makeup, and is absorbed almost instantly with minimal waiting time.

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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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Give the Gift of “Fancy” this Holiday Season!!

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‘Tis the season to get glam!! Christmas and New Year’s is right around the corner which means holiday parties and gift giving! Give the gift of “fancy” this holiday season and pamper the ones you love with a custom Fancy Face Inc. gift certificate – a unique alternative to a traditional gift that is perfect for your friends, family, colleagues, bosses or any one who you want to treat to something fancy! 

Purchasing and giving the certificate is quick and easy. The certificate is available in any denomination. We offer digital versions that will be custom designed and emailed to you. You can then email it to your recipient, or print it off and give it to them in a card. The certificate can be redeemed for a makeup lesson, a makeup application, a hairstyle or if you are gifting a bride-to-be, she can put it towards her upcoming wedding! It can also be used for a date night, a special event, graduation, prom, birthdays or an upcoming party this holiday season. 

Every gift certificate purchased by December 21 2016 will come with a free pair of mink lashes. 

Giving Back: By giving a Fancy Face Inc. gift certificate, you are also giving back to the community! 10% of all proceeds from our gift certificates purchased will be donated to Hope Totes, a charity we work closely with.

We are also booking for holiday party hair and makeup! If you have an upcoming event to attend and need to look fancy, send us an email at tiffany@fancyface.ca to schedule your appointment! Here is a collection of our favourite party looks, all hair and makeup by Fancy Face Inc. 

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