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!

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Out the Door in 3 Minutes

Sometimes we wake up late and sometimes we just seem to run out of time but we need go-to’s to feel put together in a hurry. I have broken it down to a 3 minute routine with only 3 products. It is my essentials – mascara, concealer, lipstick – that’s it.

I used the Clinique High Impact mascara, which feels light but makes your eyelashes look beautifully long and natural.

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Then my all time favourite concealer, boi-ing by Benefit. It’s super creamy and high coverage, so I place it under my eyes to lighten the dark circles, and over a couple of blemishes. I find even with acne-prone skin, this concealer doesn’t break me out and allows for my natural skin to be more prevalent while covering some blemish areas.

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Finally lipstick. I love this colour, I got a sample from Sephora of this Marc Jacobs lipstick in the colour berry rouge. I will be purchasing the full size once this is complete. Love the smooth and easy application, and it doesn’t dry your lips out so there are no cracks and flakes.

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The final product, is as follows. You can still see some under eye area but that’s the point, we do not need to look flawless. It’s about enhancing what we love most in ourselves, and feeling confident. And it helps that this routine is under 3 minutes. img_8603

Simple Fall Look

Red lip? Check. Winged liner? Check. Warm eyeshadows, and a glow? Check and Check.

This is my simple fall look, still slightly sun-kissed but ready for the fall season.

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First I wash my face, and prep with my Neutrogena Moisturizer that’s oil free.

Then for the eyes I use small pieces of tape to define a winged edge from the outer corner of my eye to the end of my eyebrow. I used my Walmart branded Natural Eyes palette which is always extremely pigmented and worth $8 CAD. You can use any palette I just used a light brown as a base and layered on the outer corner some darker browns and blended it all out with a shimmery taupe.  I then go in with my Estée Lauder Idealist face primer to minimize pores. And today I decided to use an old favourite, my L’Oreal True Match in Classic Ivory (N2).

To finish up I use my lovely Marc Jacobs sample (216, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), and dust some MAC bronzer over my nose, forehead edge and cheek hollows. To complete the look on my cheek bones I lightly apply highlighter, this one is Lumi by L’Oreal.

Winged Eyeliner Revamped

I previously did a post about how to do the perfect winged liner, now its time to step it up and review some handy liners that actually don’t make your life difficult.

My first step in this process was tight lining with the Marc Jacobs liner. It is small and compact and allows for a fine line. It is also very workable and easy to fix mistakes with a quick q-tip swipe. After this I used the thicker Maybelline liner. I sometimes struggle with the thickness in creating a finer line, but paired up with the Marc Jacobs in order to extend into a wing – is excellent.

The textures are creamy, and thicker making it not likely to slide off your face when oil or water comes into play. Although not water proof they have both proven to be durable. The Marc Jacobs liner usually retails around $31 CAD and the Maybelline is under $10 CAD.

What’s great about the Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner by Marc Jacobs is it comes in your basic blacks and browns and then fun colours like purple and blue. This to me is an added bonus.

Marc Jacobs 4.5/5

Maybelline 3.5/5

the small stuff

So recently I signed up for a Sephora card (much excitement). I went in to try a higher end concealer and ended up with the benefit boi-ing concealer. It retailed for about $26 CAD. But I am in love. It is so creamy and smooth and the coverage is amazing. I do use it sparingly, so under eyes and on those lovely red adult acne spots. 

Now with Sephora you get little “freebies” every so often and I got some for my birthday. This was the Marc Jacobs lipstick and eyeliner. The lipstick hands down has become one of my favourite and I will be purchasing it for full price once this is done (name is ‘kiss kiss bang bang’). The eyeliner is also beautiful but not a favourite. As a fair newbie to eyeliner I do not find it as user friendly as some of the drugstore brands. Although once applied it is stunning – I am a quick out the door kind of gal, and this is not for me. 

Summary:

concealer – 4/5

lipstick – 5/5

eyeliner – 3/5