Cara Delevingne for the Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Holiday 2013 Campaign
It's not easy being pretty. Sure, we all know that true beauty comes from within but let's be honest - it's nice to have a glowing face, shiny hair and clump-free lashes as icing on the cake, don't you think? Luckily, all it takes to look 'naturally' beautiful is a little cleanser, concealer, BB cream, CC cream (??), toner, primer, foundation, blush, mascara, eye makeup remover and night cream. Oh, and don't forget the nails - from basecoats and topcoats, to ring finger nail art and perfect polish remover. Oh wait, then there's the hair - shampoos, conditioners, detanglers, hair oil, waxes, pomades, dryers, straighteners, curlers, stylers. Um, anyone else ready to tear their hair out yet?
To sift through all the confusion and to take the guesswork out of picking the right products, I headed to Sephora at White Oaks Mall, the pantheon of beauty, the hallowed halls of all things pretty, and edited it down to my top beauty picks for you. As a self (and husband) proclaimed beauty junkie, I know which products I love; the creams, polishes, makeup and tools that work every single time. And as a busy mom of 2, I've learned that in the long run, investing a little more in good makeup and quality tools ends up saving me time and money.
With holiday party season on the horizon, I can't think of a better time to stock up (or to add these finds to your wish list). Click through the slideshow below for my favourite beauty finds at Sephora right now. Happy primping, beautiful ladies! (and if you need a laugh, don't miss the video below) xx
ALL AT SEPHORA
BARE ESSENTIALS: Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System, $175; Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, $125; Murad Essential-C Cleanser, $36; Lancôme Bienfait Teinté Beauty Balm Sunscreen SPF 30, $45; Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer, $40; Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, $35; Smith's Rosebud Salve, $7; Lancôme Le Curler Eyelash Curler, $20.
HAIR DO'S: T3 Featherweight Luxe Dryer, $280; Alterna Cleanse Extend Dry Shampoo, $22; ghd Classic 1-Inch Styler, $225; Sultra The Bombshell Curling Rod, $150; Living Proof Satin Hair Serum, $33; drybar Daily Detangler, $15; Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist, $28.50.
EVERYDAY MUSTS: Tarte Call of the Wild Amazonian Clay Palette, $47; Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara, $31; Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, $50; Make Up For Ever Kohl Pencil, $21; Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow, $26; Smashbox Brow Tech, $30; NARS Blush in Orgasm, $32.
NAIL IT: JINsoon Top Gloss, $22; L'Occitane en Provence Dry Skin Hand Cream, $30; Formula X for Sephora Sparklers, $15; Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover, $11; Butter London Matte Finish Shine-Free Topcoat, $22.50; Deborah Lippmann Smooth Operator Buffer File, $15; Formula X for Sephora The X Look Nail Kit, $27.
LIFE OF THE PARTY: Sephora Collection False Eyelashes, $12; Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Highlighter, $32; Marc Jacobs Beauty The Showstopper Kit, $107; NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave, $30; Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, $27; Make Up for Ever 262 Angled Eyeliner Brush, $28.