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Merle Norman 2014 Spring Collection Review

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With warm weather on the way, we were ecstatic for the debut of Merle Norman’s new Color Collection. The cosmetics come in flattering hues that make our faces flawless. From creamy lipsticks to soft and subtle blushes, check out our thoughts in this Merle Norman 2014 Spring Collection review.

Nothing brings more attention to our faces than a luscious colored lip, and with shades to compliment all skin tones, the long-lasting lipsticks by Merle Norman are perfect. The Creamy Lipcolor Just Right says it all in the name: it is “just the right” shade of neutral with a hint of warm color. This lipstick is great for an everyday look, day or night. The Age Defying Lipcolor The One is a darker shade of pink that leaves an overall warm look. Lipsticks in pop colors are the latest trend and the Creamy Lipcolor Late Bloomer gives us a stunning coral highlight while remaining subtle and delicate, just like spring flowers. The lipsticks leave your lips feeling moisturized and refreshed.

While the three Lipcolors are fabulous, my favorite piece from the collection is the Lip Polish Confection. The sparkly pink gloss goes on smooth and leaves my lips feeling kissable and shiny. You can wear the Lip Polish over lipstick or by itself—either way your luscious lips look dazzling. I topped the Late Bloomer lipstick with a coat of Confection for a glossy finish and loved the romantic look of the lip duo.

The Age Defying Eyeliner Charcoal is lighter than the typical black eyeliner, but still gives you intense and sexy eyes. The long-lasting and defining eyeliner also features a smudger to help intensify the dramatic look.

The Lasting Cheek Color Fancy Free is a great way to add some color to your winter skin. With a light shimmer, the soft pink blush is a perfect shade to top off the newly warm weather glow. The light-weight and oil-free blush looks immaculate and is an excellent tool to help contour cheekbones.

The great thing about Merle Norman cosmetics is that the products are long-lasting and dermatologist tested. The collection ranges from $14 to $20 and is available to purchase at one of their studios located in the United States, Canada, and globally. Make sure you get your hands on these limited colors before they run out! BY TATIANA STEC

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Hugs & Kisses

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Anu Raina’s SS14 collection, Hugs & Kisses, is reminiscent of childish delights. Printed on the Toronto based designer’s collection, including her signature silk scarves, are images of colorful shoes, donuts, and other sweet treats. Mother of two, Raina was inspired by her children, Zuv and Shirin, and wanted to capture the innocent and lively nature of childhood. “Watching my daughter parade around the house in my shoes pretending to be Mommy’s next model, my son’s love for donuts, and the little random things that we enjoy doing together inspired this collection,” Raina said. “When I surprised them with the first hard copy of my lookbook, the smiles on their faces was priceless. I got many more ‘Hugs & Kisses.’”

“I generally don’t follow trends,” Raina said, “but I did love the return of 90’s grunge look.” The vibe was evident in the Hugs and Kisses collection with the silhouettes exuding a 90’s air. Filled with babydoll dresses and loose fits, Raina gives a nod to the decade that was filled with playful experimentation.

Launching her eponymous line in 2010, Raina knew from a young age fashion was a passion of hers. “I knew it as a kid in my heart,” she said. “Playing with colors and making outfits for my dolls gave me immense happiness, but being born in a laid back place like Kashmir, I didn’t know this could actually could be a career.”

Raina’s Indian heritage is evident in her pieces with splashes of color blending together. The designer said, “India is a country of mythologies and color. I guess that’s where the storytelling and playing with color parts comes from. Someday I would love to make a collection inspired by the Indian festival of colors called Holi.”

Raina juggles motherhood and a career, and with Toronto Fashion Week on the horizon, her schedule proves busier than ever. “Right now I’m in the process of negotiating a show date with IMG and fingers crossed if everything works out, I will be showing at Toronto Fashion Week in March 2014. My schedules are always insane especially being a designer, mother, and wife, but I couldn’t live without being either.”

Anu Raina and her designs have been featured in The Globe and Mail, CTV, National Post, and many other publications. Celebrated for her creative work, the future holds many opportunities for Anu Raina. A personal goal for Raina in the future is to have her own store. “I hope to have my own flagship store in next five years,” Raina said.