Simple Holiday Look ~

I know this time of year is crazy for most people, so I like to simplify my makeup look all while still feeling pretty and pulled together. I know it may look like a lot, but it is so quick and to the point that you could pretty much be out the door in 20 minutes.

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My items:

  1. tartlette bloom palette by tarte
  2. bronzer powder by MAC
  3. highlighter by MAC
  4. green colour correction by Naked
  5. idealist skin serum prep by Estée lauder
  6. Power foundation by Clinique
  7. mascara by Maybelline
  8. cream eyeshadow by Revlon
  9. under eye concealar by Maybelline
  10. Tinted moisturizer by Bare Minerals
  11. Chapstick by Roc

If you want to know details, ask below and I’ll let you know – but I just want this to be general so you can substitute your own likes and what you have.

Throw on some christmas music and off we go!

I started with moisturizing my lips and applying my pore minimizing serum. I then went in with my tinted moisturizer and blended that all out. I dabbed on a light layer of my cream eyeshadow which was a brownish metallic. I blended it out of course. I then went in with my green concealer and dabbed on some acne that popped through the tinted moisturizer. I concealed with my age rewind stick under my eyes and over those couple of acne spots. I honestly don’t mind having some show through because I like the bare face feel, but a little coverage is nice. I then went in with my palette. All over the lid I applied ‘rebel’ and dabbed ‘rocker’ into my inner corners. For some flare I added ‘firecracker’ dead center of the lid. I finished off by blending some ‘flower child’ into the crease to lighten it up and for just under the eyebrow I put ‘charmer’.

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To finish off I concealed over my acne, T-zone and under eyes with my powder foundation by Clinique.

The finished look:

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Happy Holidays guys!

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Nude or Nothing?

I prefer natural eyeshadow bases and mixes. I recently picked up the Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette and it’s not bad. It only retails for around $12 CAD which for a palette is a steal. However, the pigmentation needs a lot of build up; but for $12 we can afford a little more product usage.

Below are the swatches compared to the palette colour:

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All shadow swatches are with one layer directly to skin. As you can see some barely show, and some show just sparkle. After layering a bit and warming up the colours however they really start to pop. Overall I say worth the money.

3/5 thumbs up

Stay Matte and Flawless with $8

Back to the good old roots of budget friendly yet good quality. I found this Stay Matte Mousse Foundation by Rimmel and it is great! It can be risky with mousse and oily skin to not look glowing but shinning. This claims to be a lightweight shine control foundation – bonus points.

img_8159  Before: As you can see my skin naturally shines, and is acne prone with some under eye circles (not severe but there). I look for in a foundation, one that covers acne, controls the oil and stays put.

I have found this in my $8 CAD purchase.

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This is purely foundation and mascara. No blush, bronzer, powder, anything. As you can clearly see it covers quite well and keeps the shine away. As I wore it through the day, I did add some powder and found no issues. There was a little under eye loss of product but nothing major or devastating.

Overall, 4/5 thumbs up.

Holiday Full Face

Hello ! Ok so getting right back into it – it’s thanksgiving in Canada and soon to be America. So here was my full face of products to look amazing and flawless.

I start with my Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Serum and layer my everyday moisturizer on top. I then go in with my Tartelette palette by Tarte and use lots of browns, nudes, and of course some gold or silver. I then exfoliate my lips with a tooth brush to get off dead skin and apply some lip balm (I love blistex). As I’m letting this soak in I then move onto my face. For a flawless but buildable look I use the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation. It’s incredible (I did a review previously). I’m using a new powder by Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin pressed powder. This has some coverage as well, which is great as my acne-prone skin is breaking out with all the turkey, stuffing and ham happening. I then touch up with some Mac Bronzer and finish with some highlight. I love the Clinique powder, no I have not been able to find it again – I place it only on my under eyes instead of concealer. It does not crease or slide off by the end of the night. I finished with some liner by Rimmel and a dark burgundy lipstick. And finally my love of mascara Voluminous by L’Oreal. I set everything with my L’Oreal Infallible finishing spray.

This routine for my oily skin not only provides non-cakey coverage but lasting coverage and gives me confidence for all the lunches and dinners that come with holidays.

 

Fall Essentials.

I love summer don’t get me wrong, but I am the girl who enjoys her pumpkin spice flavours, fall colours, cozy sweaters and warm blankets. Here are some of my fall essentials so far…

So I’ve started to use a new foundation and serum combination (review to come) but I think I’m in love. It is the Estée Lauder serum – Idealist Pore Minimizing and the Estée Lauder foundation – Double Wear. This combination is mind blowing.

Of course candles are on the list of fall essentials. I’m a huge fan of any scent most of the year round but especially during fall – lavender and mint, marshmallow, and just got a new creme brûlée scent!

Sweater weather. Two key words, with not much explanation needed.

Food wise, classic grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup. It is warm and comforting and all those great childhood feelings wrapped into a meal.

Another go-to is having a girls night in, loving netflix and a good early 2000’s show ‘Scrubs’. It is a hospital comedy – really amusing.

I also have been enjoying journalling more and writing down whatever comes to mind. This could mean to-do lists, blog ideas or just how my day went. This with meditation is very stress relieving and calming.

Who doesn’t love to feel good?

$9 Life Saver

If you have been following my posts, or even just skimmed through, you’ll know I am on a budget and really like to save money. I also have posted before that I am prone to acne (even in adulthood) and tend to have more oily skin. So let’s just state: I love matte finishes.

I was trying to think of something I use that I really loved and have been using a long time, and I instantly thought of the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder. It is literally $9.

It can look a bit heavy if you really pack it on, but used in the right manner it is outstanding. It leaves a smooth matte finish, and is even ok to reapply once later in the day for touch ups. It’s compact so easy to bring on the go. Definitely a winner and one of my staples.

4/5 thumbs up