THE BEST PRODUCTS FOR STROBING

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You can probably been living under a rock if you have not yet heard of strobing! Loved by celebs and beauty bloggers alike, this trend is seen as the anti-contour.

Candice and Chrissy are fans of strobing!
Candice and Chrissy are fans of strobing!

I am a lover of contour. I love a chiseled cheek bone and perfectly contoured nose and I didn’t think I would get on board with this strobing look.

Here is why I like it:

  • It’s so simple to master
  • It takes half the time that contouring takes
  • It looks so natural and you don’t look like you spent ages doing your makeup (because you haven’t!)
  • It gives a fantastic glowy, dewy skin
  • If you are prone to oily skin, don’t shy away from this look! Own it! Don’t worry about looking shiny- it’s the whole point. use powder to keep your nose, chin and forehead matte and let your natural skin type enhance your strobe!
  • As much as I love a good contour, It’s not a look to be done every day so strobing is the perfect alternative for a natural work, daytime look!
  • Gigi Hadid loves it so it’s OK with me!
Gigi strobes? I'm jumping on the bandwagon!
Gigi strobes? I’m jumping on the bandwagon!

So say bye, bye contouring and hello strobing! Check out my favourite products to have you strobing like a pro in no time!

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Kim made contouring a must in every makeup routine but let’s be honest, it is not an everyday look!
Keep your contouring for the weekend Lou!
Keep your contouring for the weekend Lou!

How to Strobe:

Hit the points below with your favorite product. Blend into your skin (I use my fourth finger to blend!) until you have the desired glow. Use product sparingly and you can always add more if you so wish!

Keep the corners of your nose, chin and between your brows and forehead matte by using your favorite powder!

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What to use for strobing:

Take note that the below colors are for fairer skin tones, but most of these brands carry many different colours of the same product so go a little deeper. if you have dark skin, gold tones look amazing on your skin for strobing. Try Moon Beam from Benefit!

I prefer liquid products to strobe – it’s gives a more natural, dewy look!

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Mac cosmetic
44 CAD – nordstrom.com

Cream makeup
40 CAD – ulta.com

Nars cosmetic
40 CAD – net-a-porter.com

Clinique cosmetic
35 CAD – macys.com

L Oréal Paris highlight makeup
15 CAD – target.com

Makeup
9.95 CAD – amazon.com

NYX face makeup
8.87 CAD – target.com

Blender brush
7.28 CAD – target.com

Beauty product
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What do you think of this look? Have you tried this trend? Tweet me or follow me on Instagram for all my latest updates and pics!
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HAIR STYLE FILE: SIENNA MILLER

She has recently debuted a fiery new look, and if you haven’t noticed already I tend to be a huge Sienna Miller fan, so I am paying homage to all of her beat hair styles, since she first catapulted into our lives.

Her latest red head look.
Her latest red head look.
With a shaggy fringe, I have to remind myself daily, that when it comes to fringes, Sienna is the exception and not the rule!
With a shaggy fringe, I have to remind myself daily, that when it comes to fringes, Sienna is the exception and not the rule!
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Her gentle, boho curls.
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A tasseled up-do in 2005 for the BAFTAS
She has grown out her bangs and opted for a simple, low ponytail
She has grown out her bangs and opted for a simple, low ponytail
A half up, half down was Sienna's signature before it was Serena Van Der Woodsen.
A half up, half down was Sienna’s signature before it was Serena Van Der Woodsen.
She chopped it all off in 2006, right before the Oscars.
She chopped it all off in 2006, right before the Oscars.
Later that year, the long hair was back and a little blonder than usual!
Later that year, the long hair was back and a little blonder than usual!
Rocking milk maid braids on the red carpet.
Rocking milk maid braids on the red carpet.
A shorter style for Sienna but still her signature shaggy look is there.
A shorter style for Sienna but still her signature shaggy look is there.
Sienna loves a centre part.
Sienna loves a centre part.
This is one of my fav looks she has ever worn.
This is one of my fav looks she has ever worn.
She can also rock old Hollywood glamour styled curls too.
She can also rock old Hollywood glamour styled curls too.
Not to mention, she rocked the top knot before we even knew it was called that.
Not to mention, she rocked the top knot before we even knew it was called that.
Straight but with lots of volume!
Straight but with lots of volume!
Voluminous waves flicked out ever so slightly.
Voluminous waves flicked out ever so slightly.
A slicked back. sleek look for the Golden Globes in 2013.
A slicked back. sleek look for the Golden Globes in 2013.
Bringing back her bangs as she became the face of Burberry.
Bringing back her bangs as she became the face of Burberry.
The theme of the ball was punk and did she rock the theme at the Met Gala in 2013, or what?
The theme of the ball was punk and did she rock the theme at the Met Gala in 2013, or what?
She knows you can rock on updo with a fringe!
She knows you can rock on updo with a fringe!
She woke up like this!
She woke up like this!
She also went Rose Gold.
She also went Rose Gold.
She loves hair accessories to amp up her look.
She loves hair accessories to amp up her look.
She amped up the blonde for a fierce look! Even her makeup here is sensational!
She amped up the blonde for a fierce look! Even her makeup here is sensational!
Bringing to you - the WOB (Wavy Bob) and all the different ways you can style it!
Bringing to you – the WOB (Wavy Bob) and all the different ways you can style it!

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What do you think of these looks? Tweet me or follow me on Instagram for all my latest updates and pics!

Love, Lou xx

AUGUST FAVORITES 2015

Having just been featured on Her.ie (READ HERE) with my favorite beauty items, I wanted to return to doing my monthly favorite features on my blog too!

I have tried a LOT of new products recently and want to share my thoughts with you. Follow me on twitter (click here) or on instagram (click here) for all my daily updates and pictures!

Schwarzkopf Ultimate Repair Anti-Damage Mask

if you need your hair hydrated, this miracle mask is what you need! I use it 1-2 times per week on my bleached hair and it is fantastic. It leaves my hair feeling so silky and hydrated and it is only about $7!

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Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother

This a dupe for Clairns Instant Light Lip Perfector. They have a very similar texture and consistency and small amazing! I love these for work. They look so natural but also like you made an effort to get ready, even though you just slapped this on on your way to work!

Again these products are only about $3.50 so how can you go wrong!

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Clinique City Block SPF moisturizer

Whether you are in a warm country or not, your skin still needs SPF protection as the sun can penetrate your skin even when it feels cold outside. I wear this every day, even in Winter, and it is so nice to apply. The consistency is gorgeous and absorbs into the skin so well. Read my full review here.

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Nyx Butter Gloss

These are insta-famous and the butter glosses have been recommended by beauty bloggers and editors for ages now, but I simply cannot stop raving about them even now! This is the shade Creme Brulee and is the perfect nude in my opinion. Wear solo, under your favorite nude toned lipstick or simply pair with your fav rose/nude tinted liner for a gorgeous look.

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Savvy Mineral Baked Bronzer

Attempting to hang on to the last remnants of the Summer sun by using this little beauty. I love to use this on the apples of my cheeks and along my temples, to give a gorgeous glow. Think Jennifer Lopez style! This is especially fabulous on tanned skin or darker tones. I don’t recommend contouring with it as it has a shimmer and you should always use a matte bronzer to carve out those cheek bones. Also, be aware that the powder is pigmented so use less color that you want at first, and build up to the desired shimmer. It’s always easier to add product than to take it away!

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W7 In the Buff Palette

A dupe for the Naked 2 palette at less than one quarter of the price, makes the W7 In the Buff Palette, a must have of mine for bronze, earthy tones. I have a full review on the blog, to read just click here.

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Essence Nail Polish

I just love Essence nail polish. They have an amazing range of color choice, they are EUR1.79 and as far as nail polishes go, do not chip off that easily.

This picture is my nails on day 5! The colors are #36 dare it nude and the glitter one is #44on air!

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Maybelline The Eraser Eye Concealer

I love Rimmel Perfect Match concealer but this one is just taking its place for me in my favorite concealer category! I love this concealer in the shade Light, but you can also buy a Brightener shade, which is really great for those that suffer with dark circles or just want to use it for a contouring purpose. I usually squeeze it out onto the back of my hand, as I don’t tend to like using the applicator, but as far as annoying applicators go, this isn’t the worst! This is so worth buying so it is a must have to add to your beauty bag!

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Have you tried any of these products? If you have, be sure to let me know!

Love Lou xx

FRAGRANCE REVIEW: ZARA WOMAN CHOCOLATE

I also have my going out/ special event fragrance but I also always keep an every day perfume in my handbag that I use for work or day time.

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Right now, my go-to day time scent is an absolute bargain and is just $10 from Zara. Ladies, I give you Zara Woman Chocolate.

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This Eau de Toilette, has a base note of musk with elements of vanilla and cocoa, topped off with a top note of chocolate. Yes it is a sweet scent, but I just find it irresistible and for $10, you cannot go wrong! Of course, it is not the most long lasting fragrance but that won’t stop me buying it again and again!

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Have you worn this fragrance? Let me know what you think! Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for all my latest pictures and thoughts!

Love Lou xx

REVIEW: REDKEN DIAMOND OIL

If you follow my blog at all, you know by now I am a huge fan of hair oils and I use them on myself every time I wash my hair. I have recently been using Diamond Oil from Redken and here are my thoughts!

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I am not a fan at all of this oil. For some reason, I feel like it doesn’t penetrate my hair well and this leaves me with two issues:

1.) My hair looks oily, even though it is freshly washed.

2.) It doesn’t moisturize my hair, the way I expect a hair to.

I have tried using less of the oil, in order to stop it staying on the surface of my hair and look greasy but then my hair feels dry and brittle (not at all the way Moroccan Oil makes my hair feel!) and I like to keep my hair super soft as it is bleached at the bottom for my balayage color.

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In saying this, if I leave my hair, the oil is usually soaked into my hair overnight but who wants to go a whole day with oily looking hair, when it is freshly washed? Not me!

It doesn’t have a smell to it either, which may appeal to some people but I love the smell of hair products so this is another con for me.

Something I love is the dropper, that allows you to control exactly how much oil comes out, ensuring no waste or excess.

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However with a price of just over $50, I will NOT be repurchasing this product.

Have you used this product? Let me know what you think by commenting below or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Love Lou xx