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EDITORIAL

 A BOLD NEW 'DO

by Mary Jane Agra

 

There are no restrictions when it comes to a pixie hair cut. Designers play it up and even adorn the pixie with neat hair accessories as seen on the runways for Fall 2013. Whether you’re having a bad hair day or just want to experiment, the pixie is so low maintenance that it takes a second to get on trend. These designers sure get edgy!

 

Take your sexiness up a notch and make a strong statement like these confident muses. Long locks are no longer necessary to scream sexy. Our R&B darling, Beyonce, bids farewell to her trademark real long flowing tresses for a neat pixie crop with lightened ends. Hence, make way for the ‘Pixie Cut.’ This bold move stunned fans around the world, and is spawning trends like crazy. Audrey Hepburn in the 50s, Mia Farrow in the late 60s, Twiggy in the 70s, to Demi Moore in Ghost in 1990 altogether dazzled audiences with this androgynous look, and in this decade, the pixie is proving to be forever iconic. 

 

Afraid to get choppin’? Not to worry, the short 'do is as versatile as longer locks, minus the hassle of styling. A-listers have bravely submitted to scissors, and have given modern-day femininity an edge, inspiring women to opt for short without the fear of being labeled a ‘tomboy.’ In fact, the shorter the hair, the sassier and younger you look! 

 

Our favorite chameleon, Rihanna, embraces the nineties vibe as she dons a curly version. Miley Cyrus admits her punkish platinum haircut changed her life and is more confident than ever. And who can forget that moment when Anne Hathaway channeled punk on the red carpet with a striking blond quiff style at the 2013 Met Gala. But perhaps our short- hair superhero Academy Award-winner, Charlize Theron, who shaved her head for her role in Mad Max: Fury Road. She later debuted her edgy hairstyle at the red carpet, where she stunned audiences and peers alike, as Charlize often does.

 

 

 

BRUSH HOUR

by Mary Jane Agra

 

Sponge-tip applicators are a thing of past -  this season debuts new and improved diversity of brushes.  Top beauty brands, such as Japan’s Chikuhudo, France’s Raphaël, Makeup For Ever, and M.A.C., are changing the way we put on makeup - from silky synthetic brushes to natural hair tips, there's a brush for every crease and curve. When properly cared for, these makeup wonders last a lifetime - definitely worth the investment. 

FOUNDATION

M.A.C. 187 Duo Fiber Foundation Brush C$50.50

This large, flat-topped foundation brush with a natural/synthetic blend is essential for the precise and even application of powder, emollient or water-based foundation.

POWDER

DIOR Light Coverage Powder Brush C$68.75

The soft, round shape, and tapered, layered fibers in this high-quality, natural bristle brush gently hold powder and deliver the perfect amount to set for a translucent, velvety, yet non-powdery finish. Its elegant black wooden handle is crafted with the artisanal expertise and exceptional quality of Raphaël, a French maker of art brushes.

BRONZER

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY The Bronze - Bronzer Brush No. 12 C$94

The feather-soft, synthetic, and antibacterial bristles in this extra large, luxurious brush apply the bronzer for a perfectly blended sun-kissed glow.

CONCEALER

SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57 C$29

The short, synthetic bristles in this short, round brush precisely conceal dark circles, redness, and other imperfections with ease.

CONTOUR

SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Angled Contour Brush #75 C$36

The slanted bristles in this angled, synthetic contour brush allow for the accurate placement of all types of formulas and provide expert definition. This multi-purpose brush can be used to effortlessly apply blush, bronzer, foundation, and concealer.    

BLUSH

NARS Yachiyo Kabuki C$50

The ultra-soft pen super goat hairs in InStyle’s 2013 ‘Best Blush Brush’ are exceptional in blending and diffusing pigments for superior cheekbone definition. Traditional Japanese beauty rituals inspire the tapered-dome head and hand-spun black wisteria handle.

SHIMMER

BOBBI BROWN Face Blender Brush C$55

This multi-purpose brush is ideal for dusting Shimmer Brick Compact on the cheekbones for a natural-looking, shimmery glow.

EYESHADOW

M.A.C. 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush C$30

The soft, smooth fibers in this full, angled brush are ideal for applying and blending eye shadows.

EYEBROW

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Mini Duo Angled/Spooley 7 C$23

This multi-lacquered wooden handle sports the most essential beauty tools for brows: an angle-cut sable brush to fill brows and a grooming spooley to brush brows into shape.

EYELINER

LANCÔME Dual End Smudger and Liner Brush C$25

Designed with two sides for portability and convenience: the sleek tip applies shadow and gel liner precisely and evenly to the perimeter of the eye, while the tapered, flat rounded side perfectly smudges shadow or eyeliner for a smoky softly lined look.

LIP

SHISEIDO Portable Lip Brush C$18

This travel-sized natural hair brush lines and colours lips with ease and precision.

BRUSH CLEANSER

BEAUTYBLENDER Solid Sponge Cleanser C$20

Formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, this solid form of the natural blendercleanser removes excess residue and germs from brushes for a clean makeup application.

 

 

 

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