What’s In My Make-Up Bag You Ask?

One of the top questions I receive from readers is, “What’s in your make-up bag?”  I finally dumped it, pulled out my Canon and now present it to you, in all it’s glory…


I’ll start with the round containers on the left…these are RMS products, one of my favourite lines because it is completely organic and made up of the best oils attainable.

1.)  The Living Luminizer in the light shade on the far left is my highlighter, I use it on the orbital bone for the perfect lifting effect

2.)  Seduce, the bronze shade underneath the LL is my shadow…goes on sheer, stays all day, blends beautifully

3.)  Sacred, the red pop of colour, is my blush shade…super sheer on the skin, can also be used on lips

4.)  Simply Vanilla above my blush is one of the best lip balms I’ve ever used, it can also be used to moisturize the skin

5.)  Last of all for my RMS collection is my concealer in “un”cover 44, which I use midday to touch up, it doesn’t cake or crease…brightens the eye area, and can be used as foundation

The grey tube is my Colour FX concealer, it’s chock-full of great ingredients, which hydrate & treat the eye area while concealing…

The clear wand is a great eye gloss by Rouge Bunny Rouge called Smithereens of the Star…it creates a beautiful sheen on the lid, and stays all day

My Perfekt Skin Perfection Gelin the blue tube, is my everyday go-to…it’s actually more of a treatment product.  It contains Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Vitamin A & E, as well as skin softening agents…it’s super light and looks like nothing on the face.  It improves the overall tone of the skin and hydrates.  It’s also non-transferable and you even have the green light to sleep in it!

In the white tube with the green top is my favourite mascara ever!  Lash Perfection Gel in Flash (Black), has ingredients which promote longer, healthier lashes…I’m amazed at the results I’ve seen in only a few months

Although I don’t often wear lipstick, I usually have an evening option in my bag, just in case I feel the urge to step it up a notch…which is rare.  Uslu Airlines Lipstick in Caracas is a beautiful, rich burgundy, it looks great on just about every skin tone, stays and is exceptionally creamy and rich

Next, in the silver packaging, is my Sumita Brow Filler by Ziba…it’s water-resistant, completely natural looking, and easy to apply…I stock up on them when they go on sale;)

For lips, I prefer gloss, I occasionally use MAC’s Chestnut lip pencil after applying Revlon ColourBurst Lip Balm Stain in Honey as my base, then Rouge Bunny Rouge 80 gloss over the stain

If I decide against gloss for the day, Rodin Lip Balm is great for keeping my lips conditioned & gives a touch of colour, however, as much as I love it, on the down-side, the packaging doesn’t hold up very well in my experience, and for the price it definitely should

Finally, my Trish McEvoy travel brush goes everywhere with me…great for powder, bronzer, blending, etc.  I’ve had this brush for over 10 years and it still looks like new…not even sure if it’s still being made

Whew!…so, there you have it…you asked, I answered…now you know what’s in my make-up bag…


RMS Beauty, Finally, An Effective Organic Colour Line

tumblr_m0edgfUcld1rr5f7co1_500-e1348601959136I came out of the womb with a love for animals, and as a result became a vegetarian many years ago as a child, once able to articulate this desire to my mother.  As an adult I feel it is a healthier option, in addition to, my affinity toward animals.  Of course, a vegetarian lifestyle usually leads those living it to ponder other areas such as beauty and fashion.  Today I’ll keep the focus on beauty.  Although I’m not legalistic about it as many I know, I have made many adjustments to create balance.  Most of my skin and body care products are organic with the exception of a few creams…Revive and Alpha Hydrox which keep my skin luminous and smooth…I personally feel a few active products are necessary to target specific concerns.

I decided the best way to create balance would be to transition to organic make-up exclusively.  I have had many challenges on this front…”It isn’t dark enough,” “It doesn’t stay well!” “Where’s the pigment??”  I’m happy to announce, I can lay those questions to rest thanks to celebrity make-up artist, Rose-Marie Swift, owner and creator of RMS Beauty…consider it skin care with mineral colour.  It is based on living and organic principles and contains absolutely zero toxins or chemicals.

Rose-MarieLet’s start with the “un” cover-up.  Used as a concealer or light foundation this product gives the skin a youthful, fresh appearance while minimizing the look of pores.  Each shade is created to self-adjust to the skin, the result is flawless, even coverage.  The shades offered are 11, 22,33, & 44 which work with most skins.  This product won Allure “Best Concealer” for 2011 & 2012

IMG_5340RMS cream eye shadow is a veil of sheer, reflective colour leaving the lids dewy and healthy looking.  I love the fact they are easily applied with the fingertips and contour naturally…a few of the shades also double as highlighter and lip shimmer.

IMG_5337Lip2cheek colours combine hydration with protection, the intensity of the pigments range and the results are natural and clean.  The colours settle as if they are emanating from your own skin, leaving a flushed, modern look.  Don’t be afraid of the deeper pigments, they are quite blendable with just a swipe of the finger tips or a dusting of “un” powder over…more on “un” powder in a moment.

IMG_5335The lip shines are super emollient and hydrating and can be used on the cheeks also, they provide antioxidant protection and keep the lips looking super sensuous.

IMG_5343Now that colour is covered, which are all ‘must-haves’ in my humble opinion, the following are ‘must,must-haves’ and belong on every girls vanity from the east to west to the north and south.  Clockwise, the beauty oil is chock full of goodness for the skin, exotic oils and herbal extracts.  I use it as a nighttime treatment and sometimes as a primer.  It absorbs into the skin almost immediately and provides a velvety surface for make-up or skin care products.  Next, living luminizer is amazing and unlike most…it doesn’t contain glitter particles or sparkle, but allows for highlighting by way of a unique satin pearl finish and looks great on every skin tone.  It also won Elle “Best Beauty Product.”  Finally, the “un” powder is virtually invisible!  It is ultra fine and lightweight, minimizes pores, softens the look of the skin and clearly, the ONLY powder you will ever need.

IMG_5338Visit RMS Beauty for yourself to get more information on the products and company.  These products have had a beautiful effect on my skin, so much so, when I use products laden with chemicals, my skin repels.  After much deliberation and great reluctance, I finally parted with my Chanel, Laura Mercier and the multitude of other toxic lines once used.

Finding new homes for everything was effortless as a few of my girlfriends seized upon the goods like vultures; ostensibly afraid I’d change my mind!  Someday, maybe I’ll get them to come around…

Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Liquid Soap

Dr. Bronner’s soaps have been around since 1858, soap-making is simply in the blood of this family, as the tradition continues over 100 years after being birthed.  I have a great appreciation for organic and natural products like Dr. Bronner’s, as they are so effective on the skin without the addition of harsh sulfates and other ingredients proven to be unkind to the skin.  The only challenge is the packaging, like most natural products, is a bit bland.  However, transferring the product to more appealing packaging adds pizazz to your sink and vanity, while allowing you to keep those creative juices flowing.

It seems so much more sensible to pay less for natural, quality products that work, versus a small fortune for packaging and brand.  Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Liquid Soap is a staple in my cleansing routine, it can be used on the body, face and even for laundering since it is au naturale.  It is eco-friendly, refreshing, versatile and chock full of certified fair trade ingredients, as well as certified organic oils & essential oils.  This product is most economical at Trader Joe’s if there is one in your area, otherwise Whole Foods stocks it and of course it is available online.