My 2013 IMATS Haul teaser!

So today I was working at the IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show) here in Toronto. I was honestly hoping to post all my pics and prices of everything I got today in my mad dash to snag a few things while working in the FACE atelier booth all day. I just can’t. Guys, I’m so beat. So, I will give you a teaser and just show you a collage of the goodies I grabbed. I will post more details and prices etc. at a later day. 1 SMALL

If you’re going to be at IMATS tomorrow, happy shopping! xo

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Beauty x 3: CC Cream

Personally, I am not a big fan of BB creams, but I must say that I can’t wait to see the shade Clinique comes out with!

Last week we chatted about the benefits of BB Creams, which are generally regarded as next-generation tinted moisturizers. In addition to daily hydration for your skin, little tubes of BB contain priming agents, ingredients to repair skin damage, a pinch of pigment and, in many cases, sun protection. Well, the beauty world moves fast and, just as you were getting used to BB, is already onto the next even-better thing: CC Creams.

The most common complaint of BB Creams (there aren’t many) is that they can lack enough pigment to conceal imperfections, like dark circles or acne scarring or rosacea, and that they’re a little too thick in consistency.

CC Creams (stands for  “colour correction” or “colour control”), the next-gen BB cream, or the next-next-gen tinted moisturizer, are improved with with increased pigment amounts (the aesthetic effect is more like foundation and less like tinted moisturizers) and silkier textures.

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Makeup Giveaway! Win $50 in Free Makeup!

Contest Closes February 29th and is open to Canadian residents only. Enter at the link below for your chance to win a makeup swag bag filled with gorgeous goodies (a $50 value). It’s easy: just tell us one tip about makeup, hair or skin care that you use to beat the winter blues! Refer friends to ‘like’ the Facebook page for even more entries! Hurry, Contest closes February 29th!

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Kiehl’s Canada Gift Card Giveaway!

Kiehl’s Canada is giving away $15 gift cards all weekend long! The gift card is good on any purchase of 2 items. That means you can purchase 2 tubes of their #1 Lip Balm for $17 ($8.50×2), minus the gift card, and VOILA! 2 top rated lip balms for only $2! You can’t beat a beauty deal like that! Hurry the event ends On February 19th! Check out their Facebook page for event details.

Do You Really Need Expensive Makeup?

Cheap makeup can be amazing to add to your kit if you’re a new makeup artist and trying to get by on the skinny. Or if you’re a makeup junkie and want to stretch your makeup dollars. Remember though, cheap doesn’t mean you have to skimp out on the quality just because you’re skimping on price. You can find some awesome cheap stuff, but beware, there are some areas of the face you should really spend your $$ on…

concealer: splurge, it’s gotta last all day and blend well with your skin tone and foundation

foundation: splurge, you need your colour match and a lasting formulation

powder: skimp, it’s only to set your base and unless you need photo-quality powder, just skimp out on a translucent loose setting powder

blush/bronzer: splurge, you need a lasting effect and most non-MUA’s use the same colour on their face everyday and only change it for each season of the year

eyeliner: splurge, I hate eyeliner that cakes, flakes, bleeds, etc, so splurge on a lasting formula (should probably be a liquid, cuz that tends to last longer than pencils, for your upper lid and a good waterproof stick for your lower inner eyelid)

eyeshadow: depends, there are some great quality palettes out there for under $60 for 100+ colours that work great and last all day. If you can get this, then great, if not, splurge on the colours you wear everyday cuz you don’t want creasing, fading, bleeding, etc and skimp on the special occasion colours you might only wear for a night or for a few hours at a time.

mascara: skimp, but within reason. Beware of clumping (mind the brush) or flaking (mind the formulation) but you can generally skimp out in a big way cuz you’ll use so darn much.

eyebrows: I prefer brow powder w/ a setting gel, always works better than pencil in my opinion. You can skimp or splurge, I find the way to judge is the staying power and consistency of the setting gel; if it’s good stuff, it’ll keep nearly any brow powder in place.

If you ever want to know about a product being splurge-worthy, ask me! Chances are, I’ve already put it to the test. 🙂

Hello world… It’s me… Jemz!

I’m Jem Lopez a.k.a. Flawless Jemz, a professional makeup artist & hair stylist living & working in Toronto. I love doing things with my hands like crafting, jewelry making and baking goodies. I spend all my money shopping for makeup & shoes. I love anything purple and making all things pretty. Beware: I’m also a makeup junkie and product hoarder. Wanna know how to solve your beauty dilemma? Need a suggestion on a cheaper makeup alternative to a luxury brand? Wanna know how a product performs? Ask me all your makeup, hair and beauty questions and give me a reason to test and review more products for you! Can’t get enough of me? Find my page on Facebook as Flawless Jemz for all kinds of product reviews, makeup tips & tricks.