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Heating Up the Winter Blahs

27 Nov

Winter blues and winter blahs; we know them all too well. As soon as temperatures drop, our skin dries up and our complexions get pale. I can certainly attest that my fair complexion and sensitive skin are no match for old man winter!

That said, despite the bone-chilling winds and dark days, winter is the best time for glamour and is definitely my favourite season for beauty trends. The cool colours of winter are the perfect contrast to fiery red and rich burgundy, which can be adapted to suit any complexion.

So spice things up a little, wear that rouge lipstick, and go glam for winter! Here’s how:

Ilia lipstick is an organic brand established by Vancouver native Sasha Plavsic. Her concept was simple; create an organic product with the same quality as commercial brands. I love this! Ultimately, there is no need to sacrifice a hot trend or product performance in order to use the green and clean alternative. I was at the Environmental Defence Eco Beauty Market the other day and picked up Ilia’s lipstick in “Wild Child”. It’s a fantastic fiery red, perfect for the season and exactly in line with this year’s trends. Bold red lips with minimal makeup were showing everywhere on London and New York’s Autumn/Winter 2012 runways including Marc by Marc Jacobs and Zac Posen.

Ilia Lipstick in “Wild Child”

“Wild Child” Application

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2012-RTW

The texture is creamy and quite moisturizing –something that is extremely important for me especially in the winter when my lips get very chapped. The moisturizing component is attributed to jojoba, sunflower, sesame and castor oil, which make up the lipstick’s main ingredients.

The colour is highly pigmented, which is great for impact but can be a bit messy. The colour stains clothing quite easily and will appear on every cup that you use. (Thank goodness it’s organic!) The good news though, is the deep pigment can create a long lasting lip stain. So if you are worried about leaving a lipstick trail, you can create a stain instead by applying a coat on bare lips, blotting with a tissue, then repeat.

Another colour that is showing up everywhere this season is oxblood – it’s not really the blood of an ox, but it is vampire inspired and meant to channel that inner vixen. And great news, Ilia carries the perfect colour in line with this trend and is appropriately named “Femme Fatal”.

Oxblood lip colour is great for both fair and dark complexions and just like the fiery reds is best worn with minimal makeup. If you have fair skin like me, I recommend a light sweep of blush on the cheekbones since this colour can easily wash you out. If you are new to such a dark, rich colour, try dabbing a bit on your lips first for a softer look.

Ilia Lipstick in “Femme Fatale”

So go channel that inner vixen and fight the winter blues with fire and oxblood!

– Seanna

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