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Cerulean Boutique delivers brands, service

cerulean boutiqueCerulean Boutique, 12 St. Joseph Street, St. Albert http://www.ceruleanboutique.com

I had the opportunity to pop into Cerulean Boutique on the weekend, in time for their Alexis Bittar jewelry trunk show. What a treat!

I’m a huge fan of Alexis Bittar jewelry – and if you haven’t experienced it yeBC44B016__PRODUCT_01--IMG_1200--MuseDorGoldCrystalStuddedSpurLaceCuff-1640366058t, please take a look. Intricate patterns, innovative uses of semi-precious stones and lucite, and stunning signature pieces form the collection. I picked up a Muse D’ore gold crystal bracelet, similar to this (at right), but in a smaller size. Gorgeous!

The boutique owners Kelsey and Jill – and their staff – really know their stuff. I was treated to clothing suggestions from designers such as Ted Baker, Diane von Furstenberg, Eileen Fisher, Elie Tahari and others.

It’s so great to access these beautiful designers in the Edmonton area. Even better to find retailers who know their merchandise and offer stylish suggestions and exceptional customer service. If you’re looking for a fresh spring wardrobe, I highly recommend Cerulean Boutique, located in downtown St. Albert on St. Joseph/St. Thomas Streets.

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Is the bare-faced makeup trend for you?

051413-bare-faced-olga-kurylenko-400_1Runways and magazines regale us with articles and images featuring fresh-faced, no-makeup makeup look. The minimal look does require makeup, however. The secret is a light touch and natural tones that match skin tone. In our image, right, the model is wearing ivory tones on face and eyelids, with a hint of blush on her cheeks.

But is this look for you? Maybe… but mature women have certain skin issues, such as wrinkles, age spots or rosacea to manage. While mature women can also benefit from a light touch on makeup, try these guidelines:

Don’t:

  • use frost or shimmer shadows on eyes
  • attempt the ‘smoky eye’ look which is usually too intense for mature skin.
  • use blue or green shadows or trendy purples or pinks
  • white eyeliner, glitter or sparkles, which are not age appropriate
  • attempt ’60s cat-eye eyeliner (on the general principle that if you wore the trend the first time, you should avoid it the second time around)
  • use heavy foundation as it can settle in creases and wrinkles making them more pronounced
  • wear dark lipsticks, such as plums or deep reds

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  • use natural beiges and browns on eyelids to create contour.
  • use brown or black eyeliner near the upper lashline to help define lashes
  • use brown mascara if you’re a blond or redhead – it’s more natural looking
  • use blended creme blush which is nicer on mature skin than heavy powders.
  • dust a light loose face powder to reduce shine and even skintone

By all means, experiment with your look. Make one change at a time until you feel comfortable.