Thursday, 20 July 2017

High Strung (Metaphorically and Actually) FOTD

Good morning everyone!!!

I wanted to show off a look I did today!! I am currently running on coffee, and haven't slept in 30 hours. Pray for me y'all!!



To start off, I washed my face with a non foaming lotion-y face wash. Patted dry, then applied a good amount of Josie Maran's Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter to moisturize and sooth my skin. I then applied 4 pumps of Coppertone Clearly Sheer SPF50 sunblock, and once the Coppertone SPF had set, I applied Shiseido's Wet Force SPF50+ Sunblock!

After the skincare had set and soaked in. I squeezed out a dime sized amount of Make Up For Ever's Green primer, and smoothed that all over my face to neutralize redness. Then pressed Make Up For Ever's Smoothing Primer into my T-Zone to blur pores. For foundation, I squeezed a small amount of Garnier Oily skin BB cream in Light/Medium onto the back of my hand, and took a flat topped foundation brush and stippled/pressed that into my skin for light coverage. Next, I took CoverFX N60 cream contour shade, and buffed and circled that along my cheek bones, and temples. Next, I took my NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Custard. And pressed that under my eyes to hide the dark circles. To highlight my cheek bones, I used a mixture of CoverFX N20 and Starlight Illuminater and pressed that along the high points of my face. I quickly powdered using Laura Mercier Loose Translucent powder, pressing it into the skin.

Moving forward, I re-defined the contour, using Jawbone from the Basquiat blush palette, blending upwards!!! I added some colour to my face, using NoHo, a plummy purple blush. And highlighted with Wet N Wild Precious Petals highlighter!



For eyes, I primed with Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and pressed a matte bone shade into the primer to set it. For all of my crease shades, I used the ELF Mad For Matte 1. For a transition shade, I took shade #4, a matte light peachy tan shade and buffed that in my crease and up my hood. For the first crease shade, I used shade #3, a matte light brown. And I buffed that through my crease and onto my hood, but not as high as the transition shade. Switching to a MAC 217, turned it on its side so it was flat, and I took shade #6, a matte deep brown. And placed that directly into the crease andi  outer corner of my mobile lid. I took a Real Techniques blending brush, and did one last blend through, then I picked up ELF's liquid Eye shadow in Rose Gold, and put some on the back of my hand then tapped the cream shadow onto my inner 3/4 of my mobile lids. This is the base shade for this rosey gold look. Next, I pressed Colourpop High Strung a metallic rose gold powder shadow, onto the cream base. This intensified it, and grabbed the shadow and locked it into place! To take the look to the next level, I tapped some of Colourpops Birthday Cake Super Shock Shadow, which is a soft rose with silver glitter, onto the inner parts of my mobile lids. Three layers of mascara on the upper and lower lashes later, the eyes are done!!

For Brows. I took an ELF Neutral Brown Eye Brow Pencil, and lightly filled in my brows, to add depth to them. And set them with Essence Make Me Brow!



For lips, I took BITE Lip Pencil in 016, and filled in my whole lips. then I tapped MAC Twig onto the center of my lips. Lightly blended,

AND WE'RE DONE!!!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

What Makeup I Wore In 35 Degree Celsius (95 Degree's Fahrenheit!) Weather?

Hello all!! Long time not post, Because I was away for a week with work!

But I am home, and I am ready to sleep for a week.

While I was away, I was In 35 Degree weather, which for my Canadian self, IS WAY TOO GOD DAMN HOT! But I thought it would be a good idea to post what I wore, and what lasted all day, plus some tips!



In order of application, I wore:

Coppertone Clearly Sheer SPF50 Face Sunblock - This dries to a matte, non greasy finish! It doesn't break me out, and it doesn't burn my sensitive face! Overall, my favourite facial SPF!

Make Up For Ever Redness Correcting Primer + Smoothing Primer - I applied a light layer of the green primer all over my face, to correct the natural minor redness I have. Then pressed the Smoothing primer into my "pore" areas, so my nose and inner cheeks!

Too Faced Shadow Insurance - This is the only eye primer that works for me. So This was applied next!

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer Custard - This was applied to my right cheek, to cover the two cystic acne spots that popped up before I left. I applied this with my fingers in a tapping motion.

Tarte Shape Tape Light Medium Honey - I used THREE small dots of this under each eye and blended it up onto my eye lids to cover darkness around my eye area. I used a flat topped foundation brush to tap this into the skin.

Sephora Collection Colorful Cheek Ink Gel Peony - I took a stippling brush and applied this liquid blush to my cheeks next, before powdering.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder - I dusted this under my eyes, and onto my eye lids to set the concealer there and lock it into place.

Sephora Collection Matte Perfection Powder Foundation 18 Golden Linen - I took a flat topped powder brush, and pressed this powder foundation all over my face, next to cover up the redness in my cheeks, and set the concealer that I tapped onto my cheeks.

ELF Mist and Fix Setting Spray - I did a few Spritzes of this setting spray next. To get rid of any powdery look!

Tarte 12 Hour Amazonian Blush Sweet - This is a shimmery coral pink blush. I knew I wanted a blush with a sheen, so I could skip on highlighting. I applied a few sweeps of this to my cheek bones next!

ELF Brow Pencil Neutral Brown - I filled in my brows lightly next. I spoolied them, then filled them in, and spoolied again to blend!!!

Essence Make Me Brow Brownie Brows - I locked in my brow pencil next, with this tinted brow gel! This lasts FOREVER on my oily skin!

ELF Mad For Matte 1 - I used the cream shade, and the 3 lightest brown shades from this palette to highlight my brow bone, and to re-create a crease!!

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows - I used these three shadows for my eye looks! I used the first one on my lower lashline every day (I think this is my perfect and favourite lower lash line shadow ever!) The burgundy shade, was used on my lids for a more "dramatic" night look for dinner, and the light pinky champagne shade was used for day time looks!

Essence Lash Princess Mascara - One of my favourite, long lasting mascaras!!

LUSH Santa Baby Lip Tint - My Holy Grail All Time Favourite lipstick!!! It's a matte, orange red. That lasts 9 hours on me, without drying out my lips, and needing to be re-applied!

ELF Mist and Fix Setting Spray - As the very last step I would spritz my face with this setting spray again!!

My tips for when you're in extreme heat, for long days:

Skip foundation if you can!! I find if I just spot conceal, and under eye conceal, my base lasts so much longer without getting patchy!!! Plus, I was able to re-apply SPF every 3/4 hours no problem!!

Layer creams with powders!!

Keep a little pouch with SPF, powder, lipstick, etc in your backpack/purse/bag and carry that with you!!

Less is more!!

Use tried and true favourites!! Don't test new makeup when you need it to last 12 hours in the heat!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

ELF Mad For Matte 1 Review

Hello all!! I'm here with a quick palette review today!




These eye shadows are smooth, silky, and slightly powdery!

They blend out exceptionally well.

I have severely hooded eyes, and I love to use this palette to carve out my crease, and make my lids look less puffy!

Overall: 7.5/10!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

ELF Liquid Eye Shadow In Liquid Gold, Rose Gold Review

Hey all!!

Today we're going to talk about two liquid eye shadows I really like!

At first use, I HATED these! But I figured out HOW to use them correctly!



These are liquid eye shadows in a tube with a doe foot applicator. Texture wise, these really are liquid-y.

First time I used these, I took the doe foot and smoothed it over my whole mobile lid, then tapped it out with my fingers. Which resulted in a sheer, glittery, patchy mess!

Now, I take the doe foot, and dab it onto the back of my hand, then pick up the liquid shadow with a flat, stiff synthetic brush. And tap that onto my lids!

This results in a glowy, dewy lid look!!!

I have zero issues with these creasing on my oily, severely hooded lids!!

Overall: 8/10

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye and Cheek Palette Review

Hey all!!! I'm back with a review, of one of my current fave palettes!






From left to right swatched is:

Myth - Matte pinky taupe
Magic - Dark golden bronze metallic
Wings - Copper Metallic
Marvel - Minty green metallic
Trance - Silvery taupe metallic
Fairy - Blue Purple Metallic
Mystic - Light icy blue Metallic
Dream - Blue Shimmer (This one was the least shimmery out of the shimmers!)
Crystal - Golden Lilac Metallic
Pixie - Pink with Gold shimmer
Highlighter - Opalecent white



Look #1 - Trance, Magic, and Wings!




 Look #2! - Fairy, Mystic, Dream, and Marvel.





Look 3# - Myth, Crystal, Magic,




Cheek Swatch of the highlight.



Overall: 9.5/10!!! 

This is a smooth, creamy, easy to blend palette!!!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Venetian Red FOTD - I'll stop doing FOTD's and actually write reviews soon I promise!

Hello friends!! :D

I wasn't planning on doing this post today, but I loved my look so much I had to share it with you all!

Lets jump right in!



For skincare, I washed my face, then I applied three pumps of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. Then a full dose of La Roche-Posay SPF60 sunblock.

After that sunk into the skin, and set. I applied a thin layer of Hard Candy Ultra Light formula primer over the center of my face to smooth and blur pores.After that dried, I applied Becca Backlight Priming Filter to my whole face for some glow! For "foundation" I swiped my Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer in Light/Medium Beige onto my cheeks, around the sides of my mouth, my forehead and between my brows! I took my Wet n Wild flat top foundation brush and tapped/buffed everything out. I took my clean ring finger, and tapped some of my NYX dark circle corrector concealer under my eyes, focusing on my inner corners where I'm darkest. I switched to a flat paddle brush, and tapped a super thin layer of Tarte Shape Tape under my eyes and into my inner corners. To set my undereyes, I took ELF's highlighting brush and rolled that in my MAC loose powder, and then lightly rolled it under my eyes. For the rest of my face, I used a fluffy powder brush from Real Techniques and pressed the powder all over my face!

For cheeks, I took a round foundation buffing brush and dipped into my matte bronzer, and then buffed that up-ward just under my cheek bones, to add warmth and some definition. Next I took a thin angled blush brush and dipped into the reddish plum matte shade from the ELF Dark Blush Palette, tapped off the excess lightly brushed it on my wrist. Then I ran that along my cheek bones for some colour! I highlighted my cheek bones, nose and upper lip with Physicians Formula Light Bronzer.





Eyes were ALL The Modern Renaissance Palette. Yet again! I started off with the last few swishes of Tempera all over. Then took my favourite crease brush and swished two layers of Raw Sienna in my crease and hood as a transition. Next I took the SMALLEST amount of Red Ocher, and I lightly applied that to my outer crease/hood. Switching to my 217 I buffed and blended everything out next. Going back to my crease brush, I fluffed the lightest bit of Love Letter through my crease for more pink/warmth. For the lids, I took a flat synthetic brush and pressed Colourpop Paradox into the modile lids. To "set" Paradox, I dipped into Venetian Red, and pressed that over top. I went back to my 217, and buffed and blended the red up into my crease slightly. I took a pencil brush next, and lightly circled Cyprus Umber into the very outer portion of my eyes to deepen and darken.

I applied a quick layer of mascara next, I only did a light layer because I knew i'd be putting on falsies. After the top dried, I applied some to the bottom lashes. Popped on some falsies.

Added MAC Twig to my lips.

And the look is done!! What do you think?

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Fig FOTD

Hello all!! I wanted to show off an eye look I did today that I really enjoyed!

I started with a clean face, (which might I add my bare face is looking better and better lately! :D)




For Skincare, I washed my face with a gentle non foaming cleanser (Marcelle cleansing gel) then I applied three pumps of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion to my face, and once that sunk in I applied a generous amount of Shiseido Wet Force Sunblock SPF50.




After my SPF had dried, I used a small amount of Hard Candy's Ultra Light Primer, and smoothed that over the center of my face. I then took a very small amount of Make Up For Ever Mattifying primer and tapped that on my inner cheeks, and my nose. At this point, I also applied Too Faced Eye Shadow primer!

For foundation, I used a small dot of L'oreal Total Cover (I'm in the shade 305!) and a flat top foundation brush, and I stippled and tapped that into my cheeks, jaw, and forehead to even out my skin. Next I took Tarte Shape Tape (I'm in the shade Light Medium Honey) and did three dots under my eyes and tapped it to blend out with a flat paddle brush.

I set my undereyes with the pink shade from the ELF illuminating palette. It's a satin finish powder and I'm really digging it! The rest of my face was set with Rimmel Stay Matte Powder pressed into the skin.

For my cheeks, I took a rounded foundation buffing brush and contoured my cheeks. I find with my face shape this technique works really well!! I can find the hollows of my cheek easily. Blush was Clinique Cola Pop applied lightly to the cheek bones. Highlight was Physicians Formula Argan Wear Light bronzer (Its a shimmery super light gold. It's 100% a highlight on my NC23 skintone!)



Brows were combed out with a spoolie, and then I took an angled brush and filled them in with the cooler darker shade in the Annabelle Brow to Go Kit in Medium/Dark. After I finished filling them in, I combed through them again and then added brow gel!

Eyes were already primed, so i pressed a matte bone shade from lash line to brow bone into the lids. Then I went in with MUFE M-646 (Matte light warm brown) and started carving out my crease. I switched to Coastal Scents Barista (Matte medium warm brown) and deepened the outer crease. Next was taking my 217 and buffing and blending everything out. Then I switched to a pencil brush, and added a dot of Coastal Scents Amber Bronze (A metallic deep bronze) to the outer corners of my mobile lids. After placing Amber Bronze onto the mobile lids, I SLIGHTLY brought it up onto my outer crease/hood. I again picked up the 217 and buffed everything out. Next is the main event! I took a thin, synthetic flat brush. And packed MUFE D-826 (Fig. A metallic/glittery plum/purple/burgundy) onto the mobile lid. I lightly blended out the edges. Added MUFE ME-512 (a metallic gold) to my inner corners and a SMIDGE on my brow bone. I switched to a stiff pencil brush, and I sweeped MUFE D-826 under my lower lashline from outer corner to inner corner. Adding a touch of Amber Bronze on the very outer corner of the lashline. Two coats of mascara on the upper and lower lashes later, I also popped on some mystery falsies.

And we're done!

What do you think of this look? :)