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FINDING THE PERFECT CONCEALER!

I am not one to wear foundation every single day; it’s just too much sometimes. So on my more chill days I love putting some concealer under the eyes and skipping foundation for the face. I especially love this for spring and summer where you just don’t feel like wearing too much makeup. With this in mind, I have tested out a few concealers and figured out what works for me and what does not. So I will be sharing my fave concealers and others which were a fail for me. Let’s begin!

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“Hard Candy” is a brand which you can find at Walmart. I heard about a concealer they have in their collection and is supposedly very high coverage. This concealer is quite pigmented so WARNING ALERT, a little does go a long way. This is a heavy duty concealer and the coverage is great but they do not have a lot of shades to choose from. So if you are more of a deeper skin tone it will not work out with this concealer. That is the main downside. Overall this concealer is very full coverage and super pigmented. Another issue with this concealer is that if you do not use it long enough or put it way it does become watery and the next time you go to use it, a bunch of liquid will just come out. Shake it well before use. This is definitely not the best drugstore concealer in my opinion but the coverage does speak for itself.

Everyone is well aware of the “Maybelline Age Rewind” concealer; I do remember how much hype there was and still is surrounding this product. Unfortunately when I tested it out a few times I absolutely hated it. I do not like the consistency of it or the blendability of this product. Even when I blend it in as much as I can it still does not look seamless and it does crease. There is also not a large selection when it comes to finding your perfect shade. It doesn’t give off a natural finish, rather it brings more attention to your under eyes in a bad way. I would definitely not recommend this product to anyone looking for a new concealer, you can find a much better ones either drugstore or higher end.

My all-time favourite and go-to concealer is the “Rimmel Wake Me Up”. I have repurchased this product more than 4 times and use it almost every time I apply makeup. It gives me great coverage and it blends well. It comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator which is perfect to target specific areas. The only down side would be that Rimmel’s shade range in the concealer is very minimal. They only have light shades, which is a bummer for those looking for a deeper colour.

A new drugstore concealer I’ve been loving recently is the “LA Girl Pro Concealer”. There was also a lot of hype around this product being amazing and very affordable. The consistency is great, very creamy, and blends out wonderfully providing good coverage, but not full. LA Girl also came out with so many shades that you will definitely be able to find your perfect colour. This concealer has not creased on me and always offers a smooth finish to my skin. I cannot wait to try out the deeper tones for contour, as I have heard great reviews for using this product as a cream contour. For those more natural days I love skipping foundation and just popping concealer under the eyes and this one would be great.

Let’s talk about one of the most popular concealers at the moment, the “Tarte Shape Tape”. This does live up to the hype that it received. This product is only available online on the Tarte website. It comes with a good amount of product (10mL) and has a doe foot applicator. I would prefer a smaller sized applicator; I was quite surprised by it. I bought the shade “Tan Sand” and next time I would buy a shade lighter just so I can highlight as well. This concealer is full coverage and blends out well. It is scented, but not too strong. I am a bit fragrance sensitive, but it’s not extreme and I have no problem applying this concealer. Make sure to always set your concealer with either pressed or loose powder so it doesn’t crease or budge.

“Mac Pro Longwear Concealer” is one of those concealers that never seems to fail me.  It does provide quite a bit of coverage and lasts a long time. I love how this concealer does not cake up. I use this concealer for under the eyes and anywhere I may have redness. It blends out very well and is light weight. The downside for this product would be that it comes with a pump; I just hate getting it everywhere. Concealers should stick to doe foot applicators. You will see in the picture down below that I have the shade ‘NC42’ but I typically use ‘NC35’, it just that the MAC artist gave me the wrong shade so ‘NC42’ does not brighten my under eyes only provides coverage.

The best high end concealer I have ever tried would hands down be the “NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer”. It does not crease, blends amazing, and there is such a wide range of colours to choose from. I love that it does not dry out my under eye area, it hides any imperfections and redness. I can rave on and rave about this concealer but if you have not tried it you really should. This concealer trumps every other concealer I mentioned above. It is pricier and convincing yourself to continue to repurchase this product is difficult sometimes 😛 Nonetheless, the formula does speak for itself and I have not found a high end concealer that trumps NARS.

Let me know what concealers you love or would love to try next.

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • Hard Candy Glamoflauge ‘Tan’ (20mL): $7
  • Maybelline Age Rewind ‘Neutralizer’ (6mL): $14
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up ‘True Ivory’ (7mL): $9
  • LA Girl Pro Concealer ‘Creamy Beige’ (8mL): $7
  • Tarte Shape Tape ‘Tan Sand’ (10mL): $31
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ‘Medium 2 Ginger’ (6mL) $37
  • Mac Pro Longwear Concealer ‘NC42’ (9mL): $26

Until Next Time!


-Suman

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A Colourful Soul

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”      

-Marcus Aurelius

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.

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Products used:

Eyes

  • 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’

Face

  • 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’

Lips

  • Lipglide: NARS ‘Bound’

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.


Until next time!


-Suman

Lipstick or Lip Gloss?

Find your own way, have an open spirit, and believe in your own beauty -Francois Nars

Everyone has their favourite brands and for some time now NARS has definitely made its way onto my list. So when I heard they were launching a new lip product I was immediately interested and could not wait to get my hands on it. NARS launched its “Velvet Lip Glide” not too long ago and it’s somewhat of an ingenious product. I purchased two colours, “Bound” which is a nude rose pink shade and “Unspeakable” which is a beautiful berry shade.

What makes this product unique is definitely its formula! The Lip Glide is a semi matte product, which is great for anyone who is sick of the matte lip trend. Personally, I got over the matte lip a few months ago it was just too drying for me. This is the perfect option since these Lip Glides are very hydrating but still has great pigmentation like a matte lip would. Typically I would assume a lip gloss to be more on the sheer end of the spectrum but this product is true to the shade you see in the bottle.

The product feels weightless on your lips, hydrates at the same time and goes on effortlessly with its doe foot applicator. True to its name, it does “glide” on well. Another upside to this product is that it isn’t sticky. Does anyone else absolutely hate that sticky feeling some lip products give? Definitely one of my pet peeves! The NARS Lip Glide has become a new fave lip product because it offers a great selection of shades, from neutrals to darks, it feels very comfortable and hydrating on your lips, and there is no false advertising for the shades. In terms of smell, the Lip Glides give off more of a sweet scent but not too strong where people who are sensitive to fragrance, such as myself, would be unable to wear it.

Do keep in mind that this product is not transfer proof, so if you are eating or drinking the product will surely come off a bit. NARS also does not advertise that the Lip Glides will stay on for a certain amount of hours so do not be surprised if you find yourself reapplying, it is of course the formula of a lip gloss not a matte lip. What I have noticed is if the product does comes off, your lips are still tinted with the shade you had on quite a bit. I especially found this more with the darker shades, such as “Unspeakable”. I personally do like the tint because even if the product comes off, there is still some colour and your lips are not naked.

The Velvet Lip Glide is a perfect blend of a lipstick and a gloss and hopefully a new trend for 2017.

Prices, without tax, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • NARS Velvet Lip Glide: $34

Until next time!


-Suman

Fashion Show Vibes

Hola!

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:

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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”.

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  • 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!


-Suman

Summer Journal Part II: NYC August 15, 2015

Header - Copy FINALI am birthday CRAZY! I am the type of person who will count down the days and make sure everyone is aware that my birthday is coming up. When I was younger, I use to start a countdown months and months before. Now that I have grown up a bit, I only start counting down a month or two earlier. I don’t know what it is but something about my birthday gets me so excited and happy. This summer has been quite interesting and somewhat of a roller coaster, but my birthday just made everything perfect and I entered a utopia. I know it may sound a tad crazy, but I will never-not be excited for my birthday. I can never wrap my head around people who are not excited and could care less about their birthday. I tend to get “birthday withdrawal” the next day and it sucks so much! Right when midnight hits and it is officially my birthday, I cannot sleep at all. I actually cannot sleep the day before, which does have its disadvantages.

My birthday this year was exceptionally special! My brother bought two tickets for New York and the crazy part was we only went for 24hrs. It was insane. We planned a whole day of activities to see New York City in one day and I would say we did pretty well, in terms of site seeing. In terms of luggage, all we had was one backpack each and it was perfect. All we had in our bags was identification, passports and a sweater (in case it got chilly). I loved not having so much stuff to carry, 24hr trips are the best.

In terms of fashion, I dressed very casually. A pair of ripped jeans, paired with a white t-shirt and my favourite sneakers. Of course, a red lip was the cherry on top. On the lips I first applied NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella and topped it off with Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 01.

Here are some pictures from my birthday in New York:

On route to JFK International AirportPassportsOn the plane to JFKLanding in NY and super excited about riding the NY subway11903367_10204698589641589_643132994_nWe walked around West Village and the scenery was beautiful, the city has so much character!West VillageI was and still am a huge Wizards of Waverly Place fan and to walk passed Waverly place was a dream come true 🙂WaverlyWashington Square Park was the first sight we saw and it’s beautifully surrounded by NYU buildings. There were so many street performers, it was very entertaining. Washington Square ParkTHEN CAME TIME SQUARE 🙂 Time square was AMAZING! If you are an anxious individual, it may get a tad overwhelming with the huge crowds but it’s definitely worth visiting. 11917318_10204698767206028_1728691975_nAnd my brother & I got a picture with the NAKED COWBOY!11911376_10204698767126026_1339211285_nThere is also a huge statue of the famous Time Square kiss. 11896897_10204698657403283_1796991873_nThere were so many characters walking around and I got a picture with Spiderman, Luigi & Iron ManTime Square charactersAfterwards, we explored the ever so enchanting Grand Central TerminalGST banner GCT full viewGCT selfieI felt as if I was in King’s Cross Station, catching the train to Hogwarts! GC SubwayNext stop: Central Park! My brother and I were exhausted so we decided to take a break and chill out a bit. It was very relaxing.  11938205_10204698813527186_515740398_nCentral park selfieWe continued our New York adventure and came across an actual cupcake ATM :O #greatestinventioneverCupcakeWe ended our night with Starbucks and of course took another selfie to capture the moment!Last starbucks selfieWe had to take the subway to Queens and from there we had to bus it due to construction.QueensWe said our farewell to New York, but not forever. This crazy 24hr journey my brother and I had made for one amazing & unforgettable birthday. This was an impeccable birthday present and I am greatly appreciative of my older brother #thanksbro

Here’s an eye from the sky, leaving NYNYC leaving plane photo Yes, we were intensely tired but I still managed to take one last picture 🙂 Leaving nyc plane selfie harp sleepingAmazing trip! Even though it was very tiring, I would definitely take another 24hr trip 🙂

Until next time!


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-Suman

NARS FEVER

I finally got the sheer glow foundation by NARS, in the colour Syracuse. I’ve been wanting to get foundation for a while now and did tremendous amounts of research on which would suit my skin type the best. I’ve heard so many people raving about NARS, including many youtubers and close friends. I absolutely love how you can either use this foundation for a light coverage or really build it up. Unlike many other foundations I’ve tried, NARS does not dry out my face and evens out my skin very well. On a daily basis I tend to stick with concealer for under my eyes and any blemishes I might have. I use my NARS foundation for when I attend events such as weddings or birthday parties.

FinalI am crazy about finding great quality make-up brushes for an amazing price! It can become challenging to build up a high street make-up brush collection. I’ve recently stumbled upon two amazing brands which are reasonably priced, Real Techniques and Coastal Scents. Earlier this summer I bought a 12 piece make-up brush set from Coastal Scents and the total cost, including shipping and tax, came to about $35 Canadian! That is an amazing price for a set of make-up brushes. I’ve tried them out and I am pleased to conclude that they’re amazing. The hairs don’t come out and stick to your face. My most used ones would be the flat foundation, blush and concealer brush.

A couple days ago I got my Real Techniques stippling brush and this cost around $10 Canadian, which is a great price. I’ve only heard good things about the Real Techniques brushes and they’re so affordable. I’ve used this brush to apply both my foundation and concealer and its worth buying.

Here I’ve included both the Coastal Scents flat foundation brush and the Real Techniques stippling brush:

brushes finalBefore applying my foundation or any make-up, I always apply my Sephora moisturizer. Now my skin is in between dry and oily, so I always apply this 8hr moisturizer. I absolutely love how this product blends so well into your skin that it doesn’t leave a layer of cream on your face or any oily residue.

moisturizer finalThis is a mattifying moisturizer and it definitely does its job to prevent shine. This cost around $30 Canadian, including tax. There are so many moisturizers out there but always keep in mind that it’s better to spend a little bit more on products you’ll be using on your skin.

Lastly, in relation to foundation, PRIMER! I use the Luminous Foundation primer by Sephora, which was around $20 Canadian. I used this primer once and its nice. It gives a bit a glow and sparkle. It’s more of a subtle glow, but of course one can finish their make-up with some highlighter.

primer finalDepends on the occasion, but I do prefer a more dewey finish which I accomplished using both the moisturizer and this primer.

I absolutely love all the products which I shared above, they were definitely worth buying. I cannot wait to try out other brands and products, hopefully in the near future.


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-Suman