Dec 18, 2014

LOTD: Mac Living Legend

MAC Cosmetics Living Legend


Today's look is featuring a bold lip using MAC Cosmetics new matte formula lipstick in Living Legend. I love wearing bold looks they are a really great statement "piece" and you don't have to wear alot of makeup along with it. Now that we are into the colder season wearing matte bolder shades of lipsticks are one of my favourite things to do. Just a bold liner clean polished skin and lips, which is comes in handy for days that you don't have time or want to get dolled up. As usual all products used to complete the look are below.

Face:


Korres greek yoghurt nourishing primer
Mac prolongwear foundation- nc42
Maybelline Fit Me #330
Ben Nye luxury powder- Olive Sand
Dior Shimmer Powder- Amber Diamond
LA Colors mineral blush- Spice Rum
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Powder- Copper Brown
Cinema Secrets Super Sealer Setting Spray


Eyes:



Urban decay primer potion
NYC liquid liner- black
Miss Adoro lashes- DW
Make up for ever aqua brow- #30
Elf Eyebrow Kit- Dark
Mac Prolongwear waterproof eyebrow set- brown ebony
Cover Girl full lash bloom mascara


Lips:

Mac Cosmetics Lip Liner: Night Moth
Mac Cosmetics Lipstick: Living Legend

Dec 15, 2014

Avon Glow Sunkissed and LIght Bronze Powder

Avon Glow Sunkissed and LIght Bronze Powder


A good Bronzer is something that is sometimes hard to find. Its either too shimmery, to ruddy or too red. Now that the winter months are here to live for the next few months. I have been playing around with 2 products from the Avon Glow line that both give warmth to the skin and highlight without looking overly done.

Avon Glow Light Bronze is more of a matte bronzer with a slight bronzy sheen its very pretty on the skin and applies beautifully. Avon Glow Sunkissed and a yellow tones highlighter/luminzer also more on the matte finish with a beautiful sheen. I've been using this one to double up as a setting powder on top of the setting powder for my under eyes. It gives the skin such a pretty glow with that halo effect. It usually retails for $15.00 however its currently $9.99 online at www.avon.ca

This is defintely a bronzer and highlighter worth checking out.

What are some of your favourite bronzer and highlighters to use? Let me know in the comments below.

Dec 13, 2014

Mark. Cosmetics Holiday Makeup Gift Ideas

The holidays are right around the corner and many of us are looking for products to achieve holiday looks or they're looking for gifts for friends and family. Today I have a few items on my favourite list that I like to use and would recommend for gifts. Mark. Cosmetics has a few items that are perfect for holiday looks that can also be gifted. They are inexpensive quality items that are great for newbies or for those looking to try a new brand of cosmetics.




Mark. Cosmetics Holiday Makeup Gift Ideas

If you're looking for glosses that both plump the lips and leave a nice wash of colour these are perfect for you as well as doubling as great stocking stuffers. They retail for $10 CAD and can also be "hooked up" meaning you can remove the cover and place another cover on to be attached to another item that also has "hook up" capabilities.

The liners and cream shadows are also long wearing and water proof. They come in a variety of different colours and can also be "hooked up" to other items. The ideal hook up would be to bring your favourite lip gloss shade and liner with a cream shadow for the days where you are strapped for time and in a hurry. Or again if you are gifting you can give one of each to complete a simple look. They also retail between $10-$12 CAD you can purchase these items from www.avon.ca and along with your order you will also receive a free connector to bring along your favourite items



Mark. Cosmetics Holiday Makeup Gift Ideas


Mark. Cosmetics Holiday Makeup Gift Ideas

Dec 9, 2014

e.l.f. Studio Baked Highlighter in Blush Gems Swatches & Review

e.l.f. Studio Baked Highlighter in Blush Gems

Highlighters are essential for me. Next to lashes its the one thing that ties a look together. Especially when applied to specific areas of the face. e.l.f. has brought us some of the most beautiful baked highlighters in my opinion. They blend beautifully and they are also packed with colour. With 3 shades to choose from I chose Blush gems mainly because it didn't look as frosty as the other 2 did. Depending on how you apply and how much apply you will get a more frosty finish rather than a glow.
Blush gems is more of a bronze finish and looks beautiful on skintones that range from medium/medium dark. The overall texture of the Baked highlighters is more on the smooth velvety type feel. I found that the best way to applying the highlighter is to dampen my fan brush or highlighting brush with makeup setting spray, then applying it where needed. Doing so gave a more softer sheen and highlight to the skin as well its a great tip for those who have a more textured skin that don't want the emphasis on it. With a price tag of $3 if you are looking for a Dupe for MAC Cosmetics MSF in Soft & Gentle this is a great alternative to that without the $30 price tag.
As for the packaging I hope that the team at e.l.f. really rethink the packaging because it isn't sturdy at all. Especially with baked products it is a constant worry for me of dropping it and watching it shatter into a million pieces, 
I do plan to pick up the other two in the line and I definitely recommend them to everyone. 

e.l.f. Studio Baked Highlighter in Blush Gems



e.l.f. Studio Baked Highlighter in Blush Gems

Dec 8, 2014

Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette in Not so Neutral



Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette Not so Neutral


Avon's 8- in 1 Eye shadow palette it a fairly new palette that has just been launched. This palette offers 4 matte shades and 4 satin/shimmer shades in travel size packaging. The 8 shades are also a mixture of cool and warm shades which will cater to fair to medium/dark skin tones.

The pigmentation is okay. You definitely need to use a really good primer underneath to get good colour pay off. For someone getting into makeup this would be the perfect introduction  into makeup. Within the palette you have the option to turn day time looks into night time looks in one small palette.

The Avon's 8- in 1 Eye shadow palette is offered in 3 shades Plum Essentials, Not so Neutral (pictured here) and Starry Nights all sold for $15.00 each which is suitable for those who are looking for dupes for some of the higher end palettes. Now my impressions on this palette are like this. Being that this is a neutral palette normally neutral palettes do pack some moderate intensity. The Avon's 8- in 1 Eye shadow palette in this case didn't live up to my expectations fully. I found it very hard to swatch without a primer and even with a primer some of the matte shades (first 2 top shades) took alot of work to even get somewhat of a colour pay off. The shimmers swatched pretty good but also still needed a little bit of work. The price I felt could have been a little cheaper given the performance and quality of the palette.

Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette Not so Neutral

The packaging I thought was really pretty and compact. Overall I would pass on this palette as there are other alternatives that would be better in quality as well as performance. You can order this palette online at www.avon.ca



*this product was sent for review purposes

Dec 5, 2014

Christmas With Lush Holiday Collection 2014

lush christmas 2014

With Christmas nearing I wanted to share with you some of the holiday items that Lush will be carrying this season. A little peek at what Lush has this year that I love.


 Father Christmas $6.40
A Jolly Bath Bomb which turns from Bright Red to Vivid Green with a sweet scent of Lush's snow fairy to prepare you for the holiday fa la la's
lush christmas 2014 Father Santa


The Dashing Santa $5.25
This Bath Bomb will dash long your bathtub with an uplifting scent of sweet mandarin, bergamot and Orange absolute. With a bit of snow flake luster to give your bath time a sparkle.
lush christmas 2014 Dashing Santa

The Melting Snowman $5.95
For another holiday return this skin softening bath melt infused with Shea butter and Almond oil will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. Just drop under the water and watch Frosty melt away, carrot nose and all.
lush christmas 2014 The Melting Snowman


What is on your holiday gift list from Lush? Let me know in the comments below

The Lip Bar Dark N Stormy Lipstick Review and Swatches

The Lip Bar Dark N Stormy Lipstick Review and Swatches

This year at  IMATS I came across a brand that I've seen around but never had the opportunity to try out. The Lip Bar is a company that was founded by Melissa Butler. Her vision for this line was to create a line that was hand crafted to provide quality ingredients in lipstick colours that were out of the box. 
The colour that I am featuring in this post is called Dark N Stormy. Its a rich matte grey with a slight blue undertone. I have always wanted a grey lipstick in my over flowing stash so I was really excited to get this in my possession. The packaging it very original in the sense that I have never seen any lipstick packaging that has such intricate details. It almost looks like a stain glassed window without the stained glass.
The wear of the lipstick was amazing. I wore it without reapplication for about 5 hours. My lips still felt moist and there wasn't any caking in the corners like some matte lipsticks leave after hours of wear. I love that there was really no scent to the lipstick and the fact that its made with love using quality products to makeup the quality of wear and the feel on the lips amazing.
To purchase more from The Lip Bar you can visit their website https://thelipbar.com/

The Lip Bar Dark N Stormy Lipstick Review and Swatches


The Lip Bar Dark N Stormy Lipstick Review and Swatches



Dec 3, 2014

LOTD: Holiday Glitz and Glamour



Hey guys! today's look is holiday inspired. I posted this look on Instagram HERE and got alot of compliments on it, so I thought to myself that this would be the perfect look for a holiday party or dinner. With the holidays coming closer I would imagine that everyone will be searching the web for their signature look that doesn't look too over done. Below I have left all of the products that I used to complete the look.

Face:

Korres greek yoghurt nourishing primer
Mac prolongwear foundation- nc42
Maybelline Fit Me #330
Ben Nye luxury powder- Olive Sand
Dior Shimmer Powder- Amber Diamond
LA Colors mineral blush- Spice Rum
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Powder- Copper Brown
Cinema Secrets Super Sealer Setting Spray

Eyes:

Urban decay primer potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots- New penny(lid) Oktoberfest(transition) Cherry Chocolate(crease) Caramel(highlight)
Too Faced Glitter Glue
TKB Trading glitter- Bronze reflects
NYC liquid liner- black
Miss Adoro lashes- DW
Make up for ever aqua brow- #30
Elf Eyebrow Kit- Dark
Mac Prolongwear waterproof eyebrow set- brown ebony
Cover Girl full lash bloom mascara

Lips: 

Maybelline Creamy Matte lipstick- Darling Nude
Urban decay 24/7 glide on lip pencil- Illegal


Nov 30, 2014

LOTD Tutorial : Get Ready With Me {Daytime Makeup}


Hey Guys today's tutorial is from a look that I did last week HERE. I wanted to share with you the steps I did to complete the look. Don't forget you can always subscribe to my You Tube channel for more Tutorials!




Finished Look


Nov 26, 2014

COLOR SENSATIONAL® CREAMY MATTES

COLOR SENSATIONAL® CREAMY MATTES

I finally got my hands on the Color Sensational Creamy Mattes from Maybelline. For months I have been swooning over them online and stalking my local Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart. On my way to the doctors this week I popped into Shoppers Drug Mart and was completely elated when I saw the display for the Creamy Mattes. I decided to pick up 6 shades because I have similar ones in my collection of the other 2. Can I say amazing! these lipsticks are so creamy, they almost feel like a creamy, buttery matte mousse for the lips. I do wish that there was a wider colour variation in this collection in Canada instead of the limit of 8. I do know that in the US there are 10 shades in the collection. I know that with the Vivids collection I had to do a hunt on Ebay to get shades that were not carried in Canada so I may just have to do that again.

I love the way they wear, some shades do leave back a stain where as the lighter shades don't I haven't experienced any dryness or feathering while wearing them either. You can find the them for about $8-$9 depending on where you find them. The packaging is still the same however the cover comes in matte brown to identify the matte finish of the lipstick itself.

Another amazing collection from Maybelline and a definite pick up for the Makeup collection! an A+ in my beauty book!

COLOR SENSATIONAL® CREAMY MATTES


COLOR SENSATIONAL® CREAMY MATTES swatches Daring Nude, Touch of Spice, Lust for Blush, Ravishing Rose, Mesmerizing Magenta, Siren In Scarlet
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Daring Nude, Touch of Spice, Lust for Blush, Ravishing Rose, Mesmerizing Magenta, Siren In Scarlet