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The "No Makeup" Makeup Look!

Adding 10-minutes to your morning routine never felt (or looked) better!  For many occasions – lunch dates, work meeting, simple shopping trips to the mall – a little makeup can go a long way!

To achieve this “no-makeup” makeup look, follow these 4 basic steps below for a low-maintenance, naturally beautiful look.

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1. Moisturize & Prime: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

2. Eyes

Shadow: Makeup  Forever Star Powder 926

Bottom Lash Bed: Makeup  Forever Star Powder 926

Crease: MAC Shadow Brule + Malt

Hi-Light: Laura Mercier Stellar (brow bone & inner duct)

Eyebrows: Anastasia Shadow Duo in Brunette

Mascara: L’Ancome Hypnose

3. Skin

FoundationGiorgio Armani Silk Luminous Foundation 8

 Concealer: Makeup Forever 5 Corrective Palette No. 2

 Powder: Chanel Natural Finished Pressed Powder 40

 Bronzer: NARS Laguna

Contour: MAC Sculpting Powder Shadester

 Blush: Makeup Forever HD MicroFinish Cream Blush 7 Light Peach

Hi-Light: Dior Capture Totale

4. Lips

 Lipstick: MAC Honey Love

Lip Gloss: Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss Illume


Renata De Thomasis & Style Me Pretty Canada!

The Monday Blues – as described as a set of negative emotions that many people get at the beginning of the workweek – are so prevalent they have almost become a cultural phenomenon… But not today!!  I am extremely excited to share with you our “Welcome Post” on Style Me Pretty Canada, that immediately turned my frown, upside down!

Style Me Pretty is the ultimate wedding blog – covering everything from gorgeous real weddings to up and coming vendors and seasoned pros in the invitation, floral, fashion and photography industries.   It is a style savvy wedding resource devoted to the modern bride. 

They feature only "the most chic and style centric wedding related content, continually discovering new and brilliantly talented vendors, brides with an eye for all things gorgeous…" And they selected us to be featured!

Take a look at their wonderful post about us here!  I could not be more excited to be part of the Style Me Pretty family! 

They feature only the most chic and style centric wedding related content, continually discovering new and brilliantly talented vendors, brides with an eye for all things gorgeous… And they selected us to be featured! Take a look at their wonderful post about us here!  I could not be more excited to be part of the Style Me Pretty family! 

They feature only the most chic and style centric wedding related content, continually discovering new and brilliantly talented vendors, brides with an eye for all things gorgeous… And they selected us to be featured!

Take a look at their wonderful post about us here!  I could not be more excited to be part of the Style Me Pretty family! 

3 Steps to Glowing Skin at DLK on Avenue

Part 1:  The Facial

We all know that celebrities have a few tricks up their sleeve when it comes to looking red carpet-ready (hint: Restylane jabs and plastic surgery tweaks).  But there is a better, safer trick they all share.  Ask yourself, what do Madonna, Kate Moss, Justin Timberlake and a ton of other stars have in common?  Besides their desirable bank accounts, they are all followers of the Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial Treatment (ranges from $150-$250).  Now, being heavily involved in the beauty industry (and a bride-to-be, I might add) I went to the best of the best to get the low-down on the facial – DLK on Avenue.

Intraceuticals is the only brand to offer a treatment with a serum specially formulated to be infused deep into the skin with oxygen under pressure.  The treatments are immediate, and you can see the effects within 24 hours of the treatment. The effects are also cumulative so their is lasting long-term benefits (although its said to be most beneficial after multiple treatments).

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What does it claim?  

The Intraceuticals Infusion Treatments produce a significant improvement in the appearance of skin tone, fine lines, pigmentation issues and wrinkles and provides an instant visible lift for unparalleled immediate results.  These results continue to improve with repeated treatment application.

 How does it work? 

The Intraceuticals Topical Hyperbaric Oxygen System delivers therapeutic grade oxygen under hyperbaric pressure to infuse hydrophilically active serums into the deeper layers of the skin.  This application method initializes osmotic hydration deep within the skin and delivers a skin specific mixture of hydrators, essential vitamins, botanicals, antioxidants and amino peptides

 … And the truth (well, according to me)

I had no idea what to expect or feel – I was kindly instructed to “relax”.  So I did.  After explaining how the procedure works and what I will feel, I was extremely eager.  It was very calming and was more like a facial and massage combined in comparison to other facials I had (where they pick and prod at you).   First, my entire face and neck were thoroughly cleansed.  Then the fun stuff began.  If you have ever had airbrush makeup done before the feeling is so similar – it felt like cool air being softly blown against your face.  She explained that the hydrating serum was being penetrated deeper into my skin with the assistance of oxygen.  This entire treatment was just under 1 hour.

When I left, I had a glow to my skin (below), which then lasted for the rest of the evening and my skin was left feeling very soft and supple.  It has been about 6 days since treatment and I had a few, almost unnoticeable, blemishes, which I imagine was the grime and toxins being brought to the surface.  On day six my skin is still looking very clear with a bright skin tone and natural flush.  Needless to say, I will be doing this again.

Part 2: The Products

My initial reasoning and curiously about trying oxygen facial lied in my self consciousness about my fine lines and wrinkles.  When I expressed my concern to R.N Diana, she educated me on DLK’s Skincare Line, Boost for Fine Links & Wrinkles.  Before committing to purchasing the products (each bottle will run you $199-$250), she gave me a sample to try.  And after finishing the samples, I was hooked.  (It might be worth mentioning I am quite “frugal”, as my friends call me, so for me to give in must mean they are that good).

Products:

Topical Retinol Serum (apply every other night or as directed)

  • Boosts collagen production
  • Reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  •  Unclogs pores
  • Speeds cell turnover to help even out discoloration and smooth skin

Boost Peptide Gel (apply 1-2 times daily, or as directed)

  • A unique Hyaluronic acid-based gel designed to enhance skin’s moisture and reduce signs of photoaging
  • Clinically demonstrated to treat damage generated by UV exposure which can break down collagen and elastin fibers within the skin