Hey hey! I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand a lot of makeup on my face during the warmer months; I always feel like I’m melting away. So I’ve condensed my makeup routine into only 10 minutes for those days where I have work or just want to look a bit more alive. Here are my steps to a simple summer makeup look:
- Moisturize, consider something with SPF already built in, if not remember to always apply sunscreen and protect your skin.
- Product of choice: “Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream” by REN
- Prime, I usually apply primer under the eyes and around the noise. Anywhere I want to smooth before correcting.
- Product of choice: “Photo Finish Foundation Primer” by Smashbox
- Concealer, during the warmer months I despise foundation, it’s just too heavy on the skin. The only time I would wear foundation during the warmer months is if I have an event to attend.
- Product of choice: “Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer” by Becca
- Setting Powder, make sure the concealer does not budge!
- Product of choice: “Stay Matte Pressed Powder” by Rimmel
- Mascara, adds a bit of a lift to the eye.
- Product of choice: “Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt” by L’Oreal
- White Eyeliner, in the waterline to make my eyes look a bit bigger.
- Product of choice: “Kohl” by Rimmel
- Highlighter & Blusher
- Product of choice: “Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette” by Becca
- Product of choice: “Ultra HD Gel Lipcolour” by Revlon in the shade Vineyard
I am absolutely in love with the Becca concealer, its lightweight with a good amount of coverage and so hydrating. It covers my panda eyes and dark spots. This product has become a new fave and possibly even earned a repurchase in the future.
What’s your summer makeup routine? Let me know in the comments 🙂
Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):
- “Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream” by REN: $56
- “Photo Finish Foundation Primer” by Smashbox: $50
- “Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer” by Becca: $36
- “Stay Matte Pressed Powder” by Rimmel: $8
- “Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt” by L’Oreal: $10
- “Kohl” by Rimmel: $6
- “Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette” by Becca: $54
- “Ultra HD Gel Lipcolour” by Revlon: $12
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There used to be a time in my life where I was obsessed with mascara, loved trying new ones and finding the most perfect formula for my lashes. I, unfortunately, am not blessed with beautiful long lashes so it can be tricky to find a mascara which holds the curl well. Nowadays, I typically apply fake lashes because WHY NOT. I love that extra amount of drama to my eyes! I have tried so many mascara both drugstore and high end including Dior, Benefit Cosmetics, Too Faced, IT Cosmetics, Maybelline, and many more. But I find myself always reaching for the same ones each and every time. I believe last year I did review the Dior and L’Oréal Miss Manga mascara and L’Oréal was the better formula but this year I have fallen in love with another mascara.
My go-to mascara for my top lashes is the “L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt”. No disrespect to the “Miss Manga” mascara, that will always be a favourite. The Butterfly Sculpt formula is amazing, not too running and not too drying either. But what is really amazing is the wand. This wand is quite innovative. The bristles do not go all the way around, instead stop halfway and there is a nice edge where the bristles end. This will all make more sense when you look at the picture down below. What the edge allows you to do is really get to the root of your lashes and coat as much as you can to ensure the most volume. With this edge, you can kind of get a tight line effect which only helps to make you lashes look more full. I need all the help I can get in the lash department, since mine aren’t the most noticeable without mascara.
For my lower lashes I do use a different product, only because I find that some mascaras can bleed on your lower lash line and just create an unnecessary mess. I use the “Wet n Wild MegaLengeth Mascra”, I love this wand for my lower lashes because it’s so small and thin it coats my lashes perfectly without getting on my under eye area. Isn’t that just the worst when you’re almost done your makeup and mascara just makes a mess everywhere and you have you in with a cotton swab and salvage everything?
Both these mascaras are awesome and very well priced. I’ve learned that just because a mascara is $40, it doesn’t mean it’ll do wonders. I do tend to stick to my drugstore faves but of course there are some amazing higher end favourites, such as “Too Faced Better Than Sex”.
Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):
- L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt: $10
- Wet n Wild MegaLengeth Mascra: $6
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“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Valentine’s Day is coming up and I don’t know if I’m excited yet. Is that weird? This happens all the time and I’ll probably get more excited closer to the date. For this day, we always see the usual Valentine’s Day makeup, whether it’s a smoky eye or a soft eye look with the classic red lip. That’s all fine and dandy, but maybe you want to try something a bit more different and maybe even ‘out of this world’. I came up with a fun and unique purple glittery eye look paired with a nude lip, with the skin looking fresh, and glowing. With this look you’ll definitely knock out any date, and isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about 😛 I added a matching purple bindi, a decorative symbol worn on your forehead in Eastern cultures, which is completely your decision to wear. I do enjoy mixing Eastern and Western cultures; at times they can complement one another quite well.
- Eyeshadow Primer: Too Faced ‘Shadow Insurance’
- Crease: ‘Sketch’ by Mac
- Lid: ‘Stars’ N Rockets’ by Mac
- Topped with loose glitter:
- Mascara: L’Oréal ‘Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt’, Wet n Wild ‘Megalength’
- Eyeliner: Beauty for Real ‘Black Magic’
- Lashes: Ardell ‘105’
- Moisturizer: Pur-Lisse ‘Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer’
- Primer: Benefit Cosmetics ‘Pore-fessional’
- Mac Strobe Cream
- Foundation: Rimmel True Match Perfection ‘203 True Beige’
- Concealer: Rimmel Wake Me Up ‘020 True Ivory’
- Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder ‘001 Transparent’
- Cream Contour: NYX Wonder Stick ‘Deep’
- Powder Contour: Sleek ‘Medium 885’
- Bronzer: NYX Matte ‘Dark Tan’
- Blush: City Colour ‘Fresh Melon’
- Cream Highlight: NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator ‘Gleam’
- Powder Highlight: Becca ‘Champagne Pop’
Whether you are planning a date with you “sig-fig” (significant figure), your bff, or even a chill night at home, glamming up is always fun. And remember that at the end of the day makeup comes right off, so don’t be afraid to experiment and step out of your comfort zone.
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There seems to be massive hype for Laura Geller’s highlight in ‘Gilded Honey’. I decided to try it for myself and see just how amazing this highlight was! Will it blind onlookers, or just match up to any other highlighter on the market? When I bought this product, I was very surprised by the size of it. I did expect it to be bigger for some reason. It contains 0.16 oz or 4.5 grams of products, and is sold for $26 (USD). There is no mirror included and the packaging is not extravagant or really worth mentioning. I first heard about this product through a few of my favourite YouTubers, including, Desi Perkins and Amanda Ensing and just had to have it like a lot of other makeup products.
I was rather disappointed when I first applied it because it didn’t give me that OMG blinding highlight that other products offer. I found myself having to apply a lot more of the product to get a good glow. In comparison to my favourite highlighter at the moment, ‘Champagne Pop’ by Becca, it wasn’t all that amazing. I would definitely not label this as a bad product or never use again, but personally it wasn’t worth the hype it was receiving. I would stick to my trusted ‘Champagne Pop’ and if I wanted that extra highlight add a bit of NYX Illuminator as a base. ‘Gilded Honey’ has a very smooth texture and goes on very evenly, it’s not patchy whatsoever. It has pigmentation, even when swatched, but not has strong as ‘Champagne Pop’. There are much better highlighters on the market, whether they cost more or even less. For a drugstore comparison, ‘Gilded Honey’ is much better than L’Oreal’s True Match Lumi Illuminator (pressed powder) in ‘Rose’ and Wet n Wild’s Illuminating Palette in ‘Catwalk Pink’.
Prices, without tax, for the products mentioned (CAD):
- ‘Gilded Honey’ by Laura Geller: $33
- ‘Champagne Pop’ by Becca: $46
- ‘Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam’ by NYX: $10
- ‘Rose’ by L’Oreal True Match Lumi: $15
- ‘Catwalk Pink’ by Wet n Wild: $7
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The world of fashion has taken a step back into an earlier decade! The 90’s have snuck their way back into our lives once again. Who didn’t love the 90s? Life seemed much simpler back then. Let’s be real, who didn’t want to live in the world of Friends? It would be great to live in an era where technology wasn’t everything, and one would meet their friends at a nice coffee shop to hang out and catch up. Alas, that is not the world we live in today. But traveling back in time is not difficult through FASHION!
This look was inspired a bit by the 90s, more specifically, high waisted ripped mom jeans. Mouthful, am I RIGHT?! Nonetheless, I paired these jeans with a retro-esk red striped sweater and accessorized accordingly.
- Jeans: TopShop (“Mom High Waisted”)
- Sweater: H&M
- Hat: H&M
- Sunglasses: Aldo
I did not list all of the makeup I used, just a few products I thought were worth mentioning.
- Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte (“105-Natural Beige”)
- Lips: NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick (“Vintage”)
- Contour: Sleek Face Contour Kit (“Medium 885”)
- Highlight: Becca (“Champagne Pop”) & MAC (Soft & Gentle)
- Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt (“Black”)
Until next time!
March 31st I attended a fashion show in Hamilton, Ontario. It was organized by Style at Mac, which is a club at McMaster University, for which I am a trend blogger. This show is an annual event showcasing fashion from across the city. This year it was held at the Cotton Factory, which continues to be a historic complex in the city. The Cotton Factory was formerly a cotton mill in the early twentieth century and now is the center for creativity. It’s historic and authentic atmosphere makes for one impeccable venue. The fashion show showcased designers such as: “White Elephant”, “Josette Cacino” and “Mendocino”. I decided to escape my norm of wearing all black all the time and went with a light grey bodycon dress. I KNOW, WHAT A DIFFERENCE. FROM BLACK TO GREY :O Spring is here and I’ve got to open myself up to a bit more colour! Nothing crazy of course, but grey is a great start.
For makeup, I went all out! If you know me you know I do not apply foundation often but I pulled out my fave, NARS Sheer Glow in Syracuse. It started with foundation and ended with highlighter by Becca in Champagne Pop and everything in between. I am talking contour, eyeshadow, THE WHOLE SHABANG 😛 The only thing I was missing were my false eyelashes. But they decided not to work with me so well, so I tossed them aside. For the lips, I went BOLD with Kat Von D’s Everlasting LipStick in Echo. This Lipstain does not budge but can be drying. So I suggest using Mac’s lip primer prior to applying the stain. Not too many pictures were taken that night, unfortunately, but this is what I did manage to take. Hope you enjoy:
I paired the dress with my black platform booties from Forever 21. I showcased my boots in one of my previous blog posts titled “Something Different”.
- Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
- Primer: Benefits Pore-Fessional
- Concealer: Rimmel
- Eyeshadow: Naked Palette 3
- Eyeliner: Rimmel
- Highlighter: Becca in Champagne Pop
- Blush: Estee Lauder in Pink Kiss
- Contour: NYX Wonder Stick & Sleek MakeUp Contour Kit
- Bronzer: Rimmel
- Mascara: Miss Manga by L’Oréal & Too Faced Better than Sex
- Botton lashes: Wet & Wild
- Lip primer: Mac
- Lips: Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Echo
Until next time!
Looking for a Mascara? Don’t be fooled by the price. I recently purchased the Dior Blackout Mascara, which sells for $31 plus tax from Sephora, and my first impression of it was not good. The formula is excessively creamy and does not keep your lashes up, even when curled. I do not have the fullest of lashes but I thought this mascara would bring them out since the colour is extremely black. When I first used it, I took it off immediately because it did nothing to my lashes. Taking it off was difficult and messy! The only positive thing about this mascara was the packaging and the intensity of the colour.
The packaging is simple and chic, two of the best combinations for makeup.
If you’re looking for a good mascara try the L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga. This mascara has a great formula for keeping your lashes up and costs less than half of what Dior would cost you. This has become has everyday choice for mascara.
The formula is amazing! It keeps my lashes looking good all day. Taking it off at the end of day is a breeze. In terms of makeup remover I stick to my Quo! The Quo eye makeup remover is gentle and effective.
The expensive makeup isn’t always the best. Never underestimate drugstore brands. Sometimes you just might find the perfect product for you! I would give the Dior Blackout Mascara a 2 out of 10, just because the cololur is intensely black but nothing else about this mascara is good. I would not recommend this product to anyone. I would definitely rate the L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara a 10/10, I absolutely love it!
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