Mini Beauty Haul

Ok ok I know I just posted I was saving money, but I went to my local drugstore and got too excited for these products and went ahead and purchased them. I only got 3 items but I’m still very happy.

 

On the left is the Smashbox Cover Shot: Softlight Palette ($35 CAD), and on the right is NYX total control foundation ($16 CAD) and Lingerie lip ($9 CAD).

Let’s start with the eyeshadow palette. I’m a big neutral girl, and as dark as I go is with brown tones. I saw this and thought it was perfect for me.

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I feel like for $35, getting 8 shadows that are good quality and versatile are well worth it. IMG-2142

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I’ll do a look with this soon.

As for the NYX lingerie lip, I got the colour ‘pushup’. It’s very neutral for me and really compliments my skin tone right now. The NYX website describes it as: ” Slip into something seductive with Lip Lingerie, our new weightless liquid lipstick with a plush matte finish. Available in a range of color-kissed nudes…each sultry shade will coat the curves of your lips with irresistibly creamy color.” Um, sounds amazing.

 

Last, but definitely not least the NYX foundation. I’m not sure the acutal name for the colour as I cannot find it on the box to save me, but its code is TCDF07 – I’m fairly light with a tan right now. So its a light beige roughly. The site description is: “From sheer to full, your ideal coverage is just drops away with our new Total Control Drop Foundation! Fine-tune this velvety, matte foundation with the included dropper. Simply adjust the number of drops until you create the look you’re feelin’ today. Want more coverage? Add more drops! Buff expertly using the TOTAL CONTROL DROP FOUNDATION BRUSH for a seriously smooth finish”.

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I love that this gives me coverage options. It totally suits me, some days I want that #nomakeupmakeup look and some days I love my full coverage.

Overall I’m really excited to try these products out and do some looks with them. If you’ve tried any of them let me know what you think!

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Throwback Favourite

I recently repurchased an old favourite, my Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation (seriously only $11 CAD). Its super light weight yet manages to cover anything I need it too, all while making me look so refreshed. It is very affordable as foundations go and is convenient to pick up most places. It also has a pump which I love, so easy to proportion the amount of foundation used. It’s description states: “Our first liquid foundation that visibly reawakens and illuminates skin with a radiant glow and a flawless, natural-looking finish. Visible anti-fatigue effect. With peptides and a Vitamin Moisturizing Complex.” and it’s very true. Definitely one of my favourite drugstore finds.

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Birthday Full Face Makeup Routine*

Hello again!

So I recently turned 23 and although I don’t wear makeup often, it was fun to do it in full for this occasion.

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Let’s get into it.

I started with my Clinique moisture surge moisturizer (not imaged above), and followed up with my Estée Lauder Idealist Serum. I then went in with my Tartelette in bloom eye shadow palette – that I am absolutely still obsessed with.

712-alt-2 I went in with a shimmery light nude (first column, third row) and followed into the corner of my eye with a red-ish brown (fourth column, third row). I blended out with a more matted brown (second column, first row) and highlighted with a nice light shimmer (third column, first row).

I went into the corner of my eye with the NYX wonder pencil to really make it look open and pop.

I then buffed in my BareMinerals Complexion Rescue tinted moisturizer, and covered dark circles and blemishes with my Clinique Beyond Perfecting powder foundation. I love this combination because it is medium coverage yet still looks light and airy.

I finally finished with L’Oreals new Voluminous lash primer (amazing) and topped it with their original black Voluminous mascara. And yes – I completely forgot to take a picture of my finished face.

Overall, this makeup made me feel confident, fresh, put together and I had fun doing it.

 

 

 

 

Review: BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

I will admit, I have bought more makeup than I need in the last week. But I have a new favourite – the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (all in all, a tinted moisturizer). It can be found at Sephora for about $37 CAD. A little pricey but you get 1.18 oz over the usually 1 oz and a little goes a long way – not to mention for higher end beauty products this is quite affordable.

The cream is said to give coverage with skin care benefits and be parabens free. It is hypoallergenic, so great for sensitivity, and has  no oil or fragrance in it – which is huge for me because my skin breaks out so easily with any irritants.

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It only comes in 10 shades, but Sephora matched me to my best choice and I have to say it went on flawlessly and smoothly. It was low coverage but did hide some of the redness from my acne. It made me glow and feel beautiful. It did feel like it was hydrating my skin, but I also used a moisturizer before hand.

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It gives a very natural finish but with a little boost. Overall, I love it and will absolutely re-buy.

5/5 x

Full Face Routine

I posted on Instagram a picture of me with a full face of makeup that I did for Easter gatherings and asked if anyone would like to know how I did it – so here it is!

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Let’s break it down into parts: eyes, lips, face

  1. Eyes – I used a tarte palette (tarlette in bloom) but I basically used a light brown all over and a slightly darker brown in the crease. I didn’t want a sharp line so I didn’t use tape to cut it (favourite trick for a sharp edge). And BLEND. The best part and it creates a soft effect. I then used my skinny eyeliner by Marc Jacobs (Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner). I make dots along my lash line, and then just connect the dots! And I used my Voluminous L’Oreal mascara – a classic favourite.
  2. Lips – Simple. Chapstick. I love Nivea.
  3. Face – I started with my Clinique Moisturizer (moisture surge extended thirst relief), and then my Estée Lauder serum (Idealist) and then my foundation – double wear by Estée Lauder. So good, I have done a review on it and I loved it. I don’t usually conceal I just build up coverage where I need it, which is a great product feature of the double wear. Then I set with powder, I used Rimmel Stay Matte.

I don’t always do a full face, I’m usually a 10 minutes and out the door girl but this was super easy and made me feel great (hence the selfie).

Let me know what you think!

Review: Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation + Concealer *Clinique*

My first semester back at school is finally finished and it is summer! But I have come to love a new product that has me out of the door in 5 minutes or less and provides just enough coverage that my skin is natural but a little livelier.

I suffer from acne, and this does not cover it. But as I get older I am embracing my “flaws” that in reality are not really flaws at all. This powder foundation keeps me non-shiny and oil-free which is great for my skin type. It is so light and refreshing. It prides itself on being non pore clogging and I could not agree more!

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It retails at about $35 CAD – which in hindsight for a higher end product is not bad at all. As a bonus the packaging is super sleek and makes me feel very sophisticated (and who doesn’t love that?)

4/5 thumbs up x

Roc Enydrial Repairing Lip Care Review

Hey again, I’m back.

I went away for a week and then had to play catch up in school. But I am back.

Vacation was lovely, but when I came back my lips experienced something new for me; raw, red and cracked. It was horrible, and even my side creases were cracking – quite painful if you have never experienced this before. So I went into Shoppers to see if they had a remedy (I had been resorting to Nivea at night, helpful but not what I needed). One of the girls there suggested Roc, not a brand I’m very familiar with, always thought it was for much older cliental. HOWEVER, this is not the case. They have some really amazing products that are meant to heal the skin and infuse it with moisture. I tried the Roc Enydrial Repairing Lip Care balm (I think they refer to it as a lipstick but it is definitely more of a balm). I’m obsessed.

This is what their website says

“helps reduce 44% of lip dryness. Its formula protects and moisturizes dry, chapped or damaged lips…Formulated to minimise the risk of allergies…Non comedogenic [meaning doesn’t clog up pores]”

To me this all sounded great. And after using it for literally only 2 days, my lips are far from what they were – so I believe the claims.

It was a little much for a lip balm, but if you read into what you are getting, and understand that there is much more helpful and useful ingredients in this than something like lip smackers, the $7 CAD is worth it.

Overall love this product and will re-buy.