When I first started wearing makeup, I never used to line my lips. In fact, I use to think it was super pointless and a waste of time. The older I got, the more I realized how important lining your lips is.
Usually with a lip stain you don’t necessarily have to line your lips. But with any kind of lip stick or even sometimes a gloss, a lip liner can make all the difference. Do you ever wonder how to get those perfect Instagram lips? Yes a lot of people now have lip fillers but you do not necessarily need to get the needle for fuller lips! You can simply use a lip liner to overdraw your natural lip line and achieve your desired pout. With a lip liner, you can achieve those crisp edges and create that perfect cupid’s bow. Further advantages of lining you lips include longevity, fuller and shapelier lips, and can correct discolouration. With lining your lips and even filling them in with the lip liner and then topping it with your choice of lipstick or gloss, the colour will stay on much stronger and longer. Some people may also have some discolouration in their lips which can alter any lip colour if applied directly, but using a liner will definitely help. Using a nude liner can easily even out that discolouration and you can rock the lip colour of your choice.
My favourite drug store liners would be by Annabelle, NYX, Milani, Essence, or LA Girl. For higher end options I absolutely love MAC liners, they glide on great and have many colours to choose from. I personally prefer lip liners in the form of a pencil which you can sharpen instead of a retractable liner; I find that I have way more control in a pencil.
Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):
“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’
Cream Highlight: NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator ‘Gleam’
Powder Highlight: Becca ‘Champagne Pop’
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.
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
Highlighting is all the rage and shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon. Not only is it enough to highlight with one product, but layering has also become a trend. I will be reviewing two illuminators, more on the affordable side. The first is by NYX, the “Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam”. Second illuminator we have is by Sephora, “Radiant Luminizing Drops in Ultra Light”.
In terms of consistency, NYX definitely takes the cake! Sephora’s illuminator is a tad too runny and watery. I find it harder to control the product when it comes to application. “Born to Glow” illuminator, by NYX, has a thicker consistency which I personally prefer since it is easier to apply and work with.
Application differs greatly as well, as I mentioned above I do prefer a thicker consistency since I find it easier to apply and blend. I tend to use my finger to apply liquid illuminators and if needed, I use a sponge to blend. Consistency does coincide with application and the Sephora illuminator is just a nuisance to apply. As with any makeup product, pigmentation is a huge factor. This post seems rather one sided 😛 But what can I say, NYX is the better pigmented product. This all does depend on what you are looking for from the product. If you want that extra blinding glow where you use an illuminator as a base for your powder highlight, NYX is what you are looking for as a drugstore option. If you want that subtle glow, great, try out the Sephora illuminator it will give you just that. I have tried layering my powder highlight over the Sephora illuminator and it does not give me my blindly OMG glow. I do believe a good base will provide a good end result.
The powder highlights I use on a regular are “Champagne Pop by Becca” and “Soft & Gentle by Mac”. The one upside with the Sephora illuminator is that it includes a dropper applicator which is helpful when you do not want waste a whole bunch of product. The NYX illuminator is obviously the better product in my opinion. The product itself is pigmented, easy to work with, and affordable!
Prices, without tax, for the products mentioned (CAD):
NYX the “Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam” $10
Sephora “Radiant Luminizing Drops in Ultra Light” $19
I’m back with another review. I have recently discovered the different brands of liquid lipsticks I have acquired over some time and will be reviewing them today. I have included drugstore and non-drugstore brands. Let’s get right into it.
“Echo” by Kat Von D
Kat Von D never ceases to amaze everyone with her makeup collection. “Echo” is an enchanting deep navy blue colour, definitely an eye catcher
Full coverage and long wear
Dries completely matte, but I found it to be too dry for my lips. It’s not a painfully dry feeling, just a tad uncomfortable
“Recollection” by MAC
I do prefer MAC lipsticks in general to other more expensive brands because they glide on much easier and your lips stay moisturized
This is a majestic purple, a colour that leaves an impression
This formulation does not have strong longevity in comparison to Kat Von D’s liquid lipsticks. Nonetheless, it will stay longer than regular lipsticks
“Kiss Fatal” by Rimmel
This liquid lipstick claims to last for 16 hours and is ‘kiss proof’. I have tested two shades from their range, and it does last a pretty long time and it is non-transferrable
This product requires two steps. First, you apply the colour on your lips. Secondly, apply the ‘lock & shine’ step.
Disadvantages: its sticky and not a matte liquid lipstick
I would not re-purchase because there is nothing too special about this product. The colours could be better and more unique and there is definitely better formulation out there for a liquid lipstick
“It’s Happening” by Too Faced
I am in love with this line! This shade is a bright magenta which suits all skin types. The formulation is one of all-time favourites, it’s very comfortable to wear and it is long wear
It dries completely matte and does not dry the lips out
Rich and creamy formula
“Always Red” by Sephora
This has become my all-time favourite red lip product
It dries matte and is not too dry for the lips
Great formulation because the product is very lightweight on the lips and is long wear
There are so many shades of red, but I found this one to be a classic bold red
Will continue to re-purchase for the rest of my life
“Rio” by Anastasia Beverly Hills”
If you’re looking for an electric hot pink with a blue undertone look no further
ABH liquid lipsticks are amazing, long wear, dry matte, great colour payoff and texture
These lipsticks smell great, the products are low in scent which I always prefer
Layering this product up will not do it any good. One or two layers is more than enough
“Soft Spoken” by NYX
The colour is more of a dark nudish-rose, but not brown
Amazing colour payoff and texture
Dries matte with a hint of transfer but nothing too crazy
Long lasting, but might need a bit of a touch up here and there
One tiny complaint would be the smell. It’s a bit of an odd plastic scent but the quality does overcome this small flaw
NYX is a great affordable brand
***I would suggest using a primer before applying any lip product. I use the “Prep and Prime Lip” by MAC, which retails for $20CDN***
What I have learned is that most liquid lipsticks have an odd scent, but nothing too strongly atrocious.
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”)
I did not list all of the makeup I used, just a few products I thought were worth mentioning.
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”.