Fashion-able: favourite beauty finds

We’ve shared some of our all-time
favourite beauty products
before, but everyone’s makeup case is in need of
a few additions every once in a while, right? It’s a relatively inexpensive
treat and we’re basically powerless to resist when we read about a new product on Twitter or our favourite beauty blogs. Today, we want to share the love for a few new (or new
to us) products that have given us a little boost this fall.
Today’s post was inspired by Debra, who wanted to spread the
word about Revlon’s
Just
Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
 ($9)
. Shaped like a giant crayon, this interesting
lipstick/lip balm combination offers colour that lasts through long nights on
the event circuit, while the gel formula is hydrating and smoothing. If you
want to copy her lovely bright lips this season, pick this up, stat.

A rainbow of long-lasting colours.
Image source.
Andie created a sensation in the office with her long and
thick lashes this fall, causing us to question whether she’d sprung for eyelash
extensions. Nope, it’s actually the amazing new Benefit “
they’re
real” mascara
 ($29)
. Gamechanger – promise. She’s also loving Caudalie
Beauty Elixir
 ($48) for a refreshing pick-me-up during long days.
they're real! mascara
They really do look like false lashes!
Image source.
Abby has been rocking a dark lip at events and red carpets
across the city. If you catch her reapplying, you’ll find out her favourite
shade this season is 
Rebel
by MAC
 ($15)
.

This rich, deep berry shade flatters lots of skin tones.

Ashley D. falls for any product with an innovative gimmick and loves the new
Clarins
3-Dot Liner
 ($26)
, an eyeliner pen with three tips that make it easy and quick to
apply liner to the root of the lashes.

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Seriously, have you seen an eyeliner like this before?
Image source.

Lisa recently went darker with her hair colour, calling for
a more enhanced brow. She’s raving about Vasanti Cosmetics
Cape
Town Universal Brow Powder
 ($15)
. A great option if you want to try the fuller
brow look this season, or if you went a little tweezer-happy and require damage
control.
Whitney is a 24-year-old administrative assistant from Calgary who will appear on The Bachelor Canada.
Apparently, fuller brows are in this season.
Image source.
Disclaimer: Consonant Skincare is a client, but Christina can’t stop talking about the benefits she’s seen from using their new moisturizing serum HydrExtreme ($72/$149). It’s done wonders
for dry patches without irritating her sensitive skin. (And she’s not the only one  thrilled with the results – the product just won the 2012 Canadian Beauty
Innovation Award!)

HydrExtreme
Congrats, Consonant.
Image source.
Lucky for our readers, we have straight and curly haired
gurus in the office. Cait has deep love for
Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid ($27) for blow-drying her lovely straight hair and
repairing split ends, while Ashley B. swears by Aussie Sprunch Spray and
Sebastian Potion 9 ($20) to manage and define her curls.
Light Elements™ Smoothing Fluid
Cait’s secret to beautiful hair?
Image source.
With all the products from swag bags, trips to Shopper’s
Drug Mart, gifting lounges and more, these are the products that made it to the
top this season. Know of something else we should check out? 


Fashion-able: Everyday Red Lips

Sexy red lips are essential to a glam evening look, but they can also be fresh and wearable for everyday. It’s all in the application and the attitude. Today we’re sharing our secrets for a casual red lip.
When you’re wearing red lips during the day, you need to get the application right. There’s nothing worse than an impromptu meeting when you’re wearing a bold lipstick and haven’t done a post-latte mirror check. Follow these steps and you’ll know your lipstick looks fabulous.
Tools Needed:
Lip scrub or exfoliator
Red lip liner
Red lipstick
Lip brush
Tissue
Step 1: Prep Your Lips
Red lipstick can highlight dry or flaky patches on lips, so start with a smooth canvas. Prep your lips by applying a lip scrub or exfoliator. If you’re in a pinch, wet a clean toothbrush and gently scrub.
Step 2: Line Your Lips
The key to preventing a bold lip from bleeding is a good lip liner. Take your time with this step, carefully tracing the cupid’s bow and the rest of the lips. Next, fill in the rest of your lips to prevent the dreaded “ring around the mouth.”

Step 3: Apply Lipstick with a Lip Brush
Using a lip brush, paint your lips with your favourite shade of red. Rub the lipstick into your lips, really working it in. This is key to long-lasting colour.
Step 4: Blot
Fold a tissue in half and blot your lips.
Step 5: Reapply
It seems wasteful since you just removed some lipstick, but trust us. Using the brush or freehand from the tube, apply a second coat.
Step 6: Teeth Check
Have you read the ‘90s beauty tome, Cindy Crawford’s Basic Face? Cindy says it best: “To avoid getting lipstick on teeth, stick forefinger in mouth. Close lips around it and pull finger out. Any excess lipstick will be instantly removed.” It’s not pretty, but if it works for a supermodel it works for us.

Step 7: Smile, gorgeous!
Smile, knowing that your lips look great. Red lips exude confidence.
Emma Watson’s fresh and informal red lip. Image source.
For daytime, it’s important to keep these tips in mind:
Keep the rest of your makeup simple. You’re already rocking a bold lip, so stay away from smoky eyes, false lashes, or anything that will over-sex this look. Stick with natural foundation and a few coats of mascara for a polished face.
Have a compact mirror at hand. If you’ve followed our tips, your lip should require minimal maintenance but it doesn’t hurt to do a quick lip check throughout the day.
Be courteous. Just because you’re wearing red lipstick doesn’t mean your colleagues or friends want to. Cheek kisses are a definite no-no. Be extra careful washing your coffee mugs or water glasses. 

Above all, enjoy it. A red lip brightens your face, whitens your teeth and is a classic look that is always in style.

Do you wear red lips at the office or to the grocery store? Tweet us your signature shade or a pic of your red lips @rockitpromo.

Do Me A Solid: Stephen Lewis Foundation

We’re thrilled to continue the Do Me A Solid series with The Stephen Lewis Foundation and their amazing upcoming event, Hope Rising!. 

On May 3, the first Hope Rising! annual benefit concert will be held at The Sony Center. Proceeds from the event benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation, helping them support grassroots organizations at the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic in Africa.

 
Alicia Keys and K’naan.
This will definitely be one of the concerts of the year, with a stellar lineup of artists. Alicia Keys, K’naan, Rufus Wainwright and Grammy Award-winning Angélique Kidjo headline the event, each performing some of their best-loved songs. As if that weren’t enough, the evening will also feature performances by Canada’s reigning R&B queen Jully Black, jazz songstress Holly Cole, and Lorraine Segato. Hosts Jian Ghomeshi, Marci Ien, and Gloria Reuben will also participate, making this evening truly spectacular.

Rufus Wainwright and Angélique Kidjo.

But, it’s not just a concert. The legendary Harry Belafonte will co-host a roundtable dinner and discussion with Stephen Lewis, providing a unique opportunity for philanthropists to discuss the real affect they can have in Africa with their donations.

 
Harry Belafonte. 

The night will also feature unique video shot in Africa, stories from African grandmothers who live in the midst of the pandemic, and other one-of-a-kind experiences. Hope Rising! is meant to celebratory and fun, sharing the joys and successes of the grassroots organizations working to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

 Photo: Alexis MacDonald

These grassroots groups are lifelines for their communities: they provide care to women who are ill; assist orphans and other children affected by the AIDS pandemic; reach heroic grandmothers who care for their orphaned grandchildren; and support people living with HIV and AIDS.

Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster, or at 1-855-872-7659, and start at just $75. That is a serious bargain for this incredible cultural event that offers you a one-of-a-kind concert and the chance to help out people who truly need it across the globe.

See you there!

What’s In Your… Carry On?

We all know by now: whether it’s a short flight or you’re in for the long haul, keep your prods to a minimum. And by minimum, we only mean 30 mL or less. In terms of how many items you want to bring on though, well, that’s still left up to you and the size of your travel bag, luckily. We asked our office what their carry-on staples are, and this is what we’re rocking:



Michelle: I typically bring a mix of magazines in all sorts of genres so I don’t get bored. My selection would look something like: Toronto Life, Flare, Nylon, Adbusters and one tabloid like Us Weekly.


I would DIE without music, so always have to have my iPod. It helps me tune out the sound of other people snoring, kids crying, someone coughing, etc. And I have a huge fear of my luggage getting lost, so I always bring one outfit and pair of shoes in my carry on, just in case.
Lara: As soon as I clear customs, my traditions kick in. First stop: Starbucks for a Frappucino. 

Second stop: mindless magazines and a bottle of water. These are added into my overstuffed carry-on, which also always has a few other things, like ear phones. 

I barrel through new releases on flights. I never travel with out my various chargers – Blackberry, iPod and camera. If there’s one place where I find the leggings trend appropriate, it’s on a plane. Enter comfort zone as soon as the bathroom light comes on after take-off.


Rachelle: My top 3 must-have carry-on items: Rosebud Salve lip balm: It can be used on basically anything dry (lips, face, hands). Baby wipes, which are great for the babe, and to clean my hands if the bathrooms are not vacant. Otrivin nasal mist: I know, kinda gross, but my sinuses kill me on the plane.
Carly: Apparently, there is something to be said about packing light. Don’t ask me about it; I have never done it. When choosing between my Michael Kors wedges and Pedro Garcia booties, I bring them both.

Then I throw in my Stuart Weitzman’s for good measure. So what’s in my carry on bag? All the shoes I can’t fit into my suitcase.

Christina: I’m one of those weird people who loves to fly (comparable to the weird people that enjoy going to the dentist). This is because I usually take the opportunity to catch up on sleep. After boarding, I enjoy a glass of Merlot and then catch up on my zzz’s. 

My carry on includes items that make my snooze a little more comfortable:

A good book. I read a little until the Merlot kicks in and I get to snooze. Gum for when I wake up from my snooze. Also, great to chomp on while descending. I pack Pur Gum in spearmint. It’s aspartame-free, and one of my New Year’s resolutions is to cut this chemical out of my diet.
 

Sunglasses. The second I get off the plane, I slide on my sunny gees to cover my sleepy eyes.

Debra: I never go on a plane without regular flavoured Bubbalicious (for take-offs and landing), a spray toner that I transfer into a small spritz bottle (I like Dermalogica), and Rosebud Salve lip balm. I also always have a pashmina in case I get cold.

Lisa: A really warm sweater! Airplane blankets are never warm enough and I always get chilly on planes. I would also bring a full-sized pillow if it would fit. I like to be comfy.

Alana: First and foremost, a good book. I love reading at night, but find that I’m out like a light after three pages, so taking a good book with me on vacation is always a must. Bonus: it also gives me a chance to actually finish the book in a normal amount of time. 
Second, snacks. If I’m travelling out of the country, I’ll always bring something small but filling, like granola bars, just in case of delays or as a potential life-saver from unappetizing foods (as tempting as those chicken feet look, I think I’ll pass). 

Other essentials include a travel toothbrush and face wipes and anything else that will make my trip run smoothly!

Abby: Number one carry-on must-have is a good book or two, depending on how long the flight is. I wear my glasses and bring contacts to change into before I land (they get way too dry on the plane). And toiletries: a toothbrush, my makeup bag to look a little less rumpled (Benefit’s benetint is the single best way to do this) and a hairbrush. 



I love Nina Garcia’s words about airplane travel – something along the lines of “flights are not an excuse to wear yoga pants. Look presentable, wrinkle-free and comfortable, not like you’re going to the gym”. I try to live by this (sorry Lara!).

What’s in Your… Makeup Bag

Today we introduce a new post called ‘What’s In Your…?’  We may feature our car, medicine cabinet, desk drawer, closet, kitchen cupboard or any other place that we keep stuff we think you might find interesting.

We start with ‘What’s In Your…Makeup Bag’.
On the Fourth Floor, we all have our personal favourites for what makes our hair shiny and our eyes sparkle.  We love Oscar Blandi’s Jasmine Oil Serum, Bobbi Brown’s Day to Night Warm Eye Palette and without OPI’s new Justin Bieber shades, our nails would not be the perfect shade of One Less Lonely Girl lavender.  
Our makeup bags may be filled with makeup that we love, but these are the products we can’t live without.

Debra’s Pick: L’Oreal Collagen Extra Volume mascara
I received this mascara in a swag bag (see – seeding does work!) and I love it.  It doesn’t clump, gives me really full lashes and comes off easily at night.  I’ve been a big fan of Covergirl’s Lashblast (the orange tube) for the last year and this one is slowly taking over as my number one beauty item right now.
Great for lips and dry winter cuticles (and babies’ bums).

Hands down. It’s beautiful. My mom gave it to me for Christmas a few years ago, and I rarely use any other blush. It’s perfect for my fair skin, giving me a little glow like I’ve been outside, without actually looking like I’m wearing blush. I sometimes use it on my lips, and love that they have a specific lip version now too. 
Apply with a small angle brush and you’ve got a long lasting liner that doesn’t smudge. I love this product because it lasts forever and it’s really easy to apply. Plus, with a few swipes it’s easy to take your day look into evening, as it goes on creamy but dries to an intense matte colour.

For a glow that’s just rosy, I stick with this cheek roll-on blush. 

I love it for exactly the way they describe it: The fiberstretch formula and over-sized brush make every little lash bigger, fuller, longer -looking and more dramatic.
It’s true!!! Hands down, the best mascara I’ve used. Volume + length + no clumps or flakes = makeup love of my life.
Christina’s Pick: M.A.C Fluid Line
My favourite beauty product (just one! How do I choose just one?) is M.A.C.’s Fluid Line. I discovered this product in Grade 12, and have been using consistently since.

It’s the only eyeliner that doesn’t run, smudge, or end up in my tear ducts within five minutes. M.A.C.’s 210 precise eye liner brush is the perfect tool for applying clean, straight lines.
It’s my favourite item in my makeup bag because it works with my skin tone any time of year. It is a very light powder but offers really great coverage, so I get a smooth and flawless look – and anytime I need a quick refresh during the day, I can just “powder my nose”, as they say.
As you can see, we really are simple girls when it comes down to it. Give us a little blush, a dab of powder, some mascara and a lip balm, and that’s all we need to look our best and feel great. 
What’s in your makeup bag? Tweet us @rockitpromo!