Tuesday, 29 December 2015

MAKE UP FOR EVER Lash Show Review

Reviews-Day Tuesday is here!  It's been a while since I've done reviews, or tutorials, or anything that involves photographing my face, thanks to my mystery allergic reaction.  I've been itching to do a review, and luckily, my allergic reaction has left the area around my eyes (ugh, it wasn't fun), so I can review some falsies.

These are the N-403 Lash Show False Lashes* from MAKE UP FOR EVER.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Fave Purple Products

My favourite beauty trend as of late, and let's be honest ever, has been the purple lip trend.  Purple lipstick was the first colour that I was ever complimented on, when wearing a sparkly purple Minnie Mouse lip gloss that I got from Disney World, when I was 10.  So I'm glad that this purple trend is back, and I'm hoping that it never goes away.

Here are some of my fave purple makeup products, fresh from my battle station.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

It's New To Me! Shopping My Stash

As part of my effort to not share any photos that include my face until my skin clears up (read all about what happened HERE) I've had to get a bit more creative with my posts.  It's been tricky, because usually my creative outlet is my makeup, so I've been up a creek with no paddle, as of late.

Sometimes, you have to dive deep into your beauty battle station, and re-discover some of your overlooked babies, that you forgot that you own.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

All I Want For Christmas Is....

It's about time that I make my official makeup wishlist.

Here's to hoping that Santa uses this as a reference.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Current Makeup Routine - Dealing with Skin Problems

It's been a little while since I've posted a makeup review, or a face of the day - and there's a reason for that.

Ever since the last week of October, I've had this mystery allergic reaction developing on my face.  It's been freaking me out, because it was similar to the reaction that I had when I found out that I was allergic to benzyl peroxide.  But this time the reaction was constantly changing - super dry one day, moist *ugh, I know we hate that word* the next, patchy, bumpy, UGH!  Of course, I want to pile on the colour correcting makeup, but I know that I have to be very sparing with my coverage, as to not anger my skin any further.

I didn't want to completely hide the allergic reaction, because that would require A LOT of makeup, and could have resulted in making the reaction worse.  My goal has been to make it look like I'm just trying to cover up a bit of a break-out, and not a create a caked-on, full fledged "my skin is rejecting itself" look.

So here's what I have been using to disguise the red-ness.

Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer - My only attempt at balancing out the red-ness.  This primer is my one and only, and never lets me down.  It applies with a creamy consistency, and although it doesn't make the discolouration in my skin disappear, it gives my skin a great starting point.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

DDM Cosmetics - Ana Golja Collection Launch

Last week was the official launch for the latest from DDM Cosmetics.  They collaborated with actress Ana Golja and created a line of 8 new liquid lipsticks, inspired by all things Ana.

Click through for pictures form the event, and some sneak peek swatches.

MAC/Estee Lauder Warehouse Sale - Winter 2015 + Haul

I braved the crowd and attended the MAC/Estee Lauder warehouse sale, in Markham, Ontario, this weekend, and it was bonkers.

I wanted to go on the Sunday (the last day of the sale), because they are known to have extra discounts on certain items.

Estée Lauder Introduces the Modern Muse Le Rouge Makeup Collection

Estée Lauder is excited to announce the launch of the Limited Edition Modern Muse Le Rouge Makeup Collection exclusive to Hudson’s Bay.  The collection is inspired by the high-impact red hue of the iconic Modern Muse Le Rouge fragrance bottle. 

This “capsule” collection of bold and provocative shades is perfect for the holiday season.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

What's In My Everyday Makeup Bag?

I'm someone who doesn't like to carry a big heavy purse, so I carry a relatively small bag on the daily.  But whenever I'm on my way out, I always grab my little makeup bag that is filled with essentials that I might need to help maintain my makeup for the day.

Here are some travel-friendly products that I have with me at all times.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Hot Off the Presses Part 7

It's that time again!  Swatches of three hand-pressed shadows by yours truly.

As I type this, I'm getting pigment all over my keyboard, because I swatched these about 20 minutes ago.  This is why we can't have nice things.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Dave Lackie's Toronto Follower VIP #ClarinsBeauty Dinner

Last week I attended Dave Lackie's VIP follower dinner, featuring Clarins beauty.

It was a lovely night filled with makeup tips, a fantastic dinner, and great company.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Lisa's Cosmetics Warehouse Sale: Fall 2015 + Haul

I just got back from the Lisa's Cosmetics warehouse sale, and I took lots of pictures to share!

This year sale is located in Markham, on 135 Commerce Valley Drive East, in Markham, Ontario.  I went right at 12:30 pm, and there was tons of parking and no lineup to get in (on my way out, around 2:45 pm, it was much busier - less parking, and a lineup in the building).  Click through for tons of pictures!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

#ManiMonday - Abstract Painting

Happy Mani Monday to us all!  Today I'm sporting an abstract style nail art on my claws.

Click through to see what I used :)

Saturday, 14 November 2015

MAKE UP FOR EVER Holiday 2015 Collection

The holiday season is officially upon us, and MAKE UP FOR EVER has some brand new holiday sets for 2015.

Give the gift of gorgeous glamour this holiday season with MAKE UP FOR EVER’s wide range of Limited Edition Holiday 2015 sets. Featuring an extensive range of bold and brilliant sets at every price point, MAKE UP FOR EVER has you covered for every beauty on your gift list this season.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Face of the Day - Everyday Sparkle

Today I am sharing my current go-to look.  It seems like lately I've had a new go-to look, which I stick to for about a week, then switch it up at the beginning of the next week.

This one features the hands-down best sparkly product I have ever used - it's not too "in-your-face", so it's perfect for an everyday look.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

#ManiMonday - Black Roses

Happy #ManiMonday, friends!  I wish I could do more Mani Monday posts, but I am in the process of growing out my claws, and my index & middle finger nails keep breaking!  Grrrr *shakes fist*.  Fun fact: Right after I took these photos, I had a small break on my index finger nail.

Click through for all the details.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Hot Off the Presses Part 6

Hello Tea Mates!  It's Saturday, which means that I'm home during daylight hours for swatching, so let's get to it.

You know the drill - three eyeshadow pigments, hand-pressed by yours truly.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Face of the Day: Fun with Falsies

Well......it finally happened.  I wore falsies for the first time today.  It was time.  Although I didn't apply them perfectly, I'm all about sharing my adventures in makeup with you - and that includes sharing times when  it didn't turn out 100% on point.  Don't get me wrong, I'm still happy with this look, and this won't be the last time that I wear falsies, I just wanted to document the beginning phases of the learning process, because we all have to start somewhere.

As I look at myself in the picture, all gigantic & starting into my own soul, I can definitely see some area that I need to focus on, next time I wear falsies.  Basically, this is more of a "note to self" post.  Details on what I was sporting in this look....

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Hot Off the Presses Part 5

Happy Halloween, everyone!  The weather isn't too cold today, which means perfect trick or treating weather for the little ones, and decent swatching weather.

Unlike the last two 'Hot Off the Presses' posts, where I accidentally swatched colours that I had already written about, there are no repeats this time.  I have a list written of what I have previously swatched, so hopefully I never have to make that mistake again.  Here are my latest hand-pressed shadows:

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Go #GlamToGhoul with Make Up For Ever, This Halloween

With Halloween just a few days away, I know there's a bunch of us who still don't have a costume.  Fear not, because Make Up For Ever is switching it up this Halloween by encouraging you to wear a simple costume with a 'knock it out-of-the-park' makeup look.  In addition to inspiration photos, Make Up For Ever is giving you pro tips, to achieve this look.

Let's start with the glam looks.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Face of the Day - MAC Fabulous Three

Happy Saturday, all!  Here is what I've been sporting on my face as of late.

More pictures, and full face details...

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Deep Clean Your Makeup Brushes for Cheap!

Any makeup fan knows how important it is to wash their brushes.  And a fair amount of us are guilty of not washing our brushes as often as we should - including yours truly.  Yes it's a chore, but it's something you have to do if you want to reduce the chances of getting an infection from bacteria build-up.  I graduated from using my palm to lather up my brushes, to using a mini version of the Sigma Glove, which I received in a Sigma brush order.  However, I found that the Sigma brush didn't give my larger brushes a deep enough clean.  Brushes like my buffing brush, and my powder brush were only getting partially clean - I'm talking like 30% clean, and I'd see a build-up of makeup in the 2/3 closest to the ferrule.  What's a girl to do?

Here's an in-depth comparison, and my thoughts on why the cheaper way is the better way.

Monday, 19 October 2015

U.S. Mini Haul

It was a long weekend over here in Canada, so I packed a bag and drove down to the U.S.A. for a weekend of shopping, pizza, and Netflix.

Click through to see what I picked up.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Hot Off the Presses Part 4

Hello friends!  It's slowly turning into fall here in Toronto, and when I say fall, I mean 2 days of fall, followed by frigid winter-like weather.  Even though it was SNOWING (that's right - in mid-October), I went outside and took some swatch photos from my latest hand-pressed shadows.  The last time I did this post I only shared two, because I accidentally took photos of a shadow that I had already shared, and guess what?  I did it again *shakes head*  From now on, I'm making a checklist.

More details, and a closer look after the jump.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Double Duty Beauty - My Secret Makeup Tricks

Do you like to think outside the box when it comes to beauty products?  Sometimes I like to play around with my makeup and skincare products, and used them for something else other than their main purpose.

Click through and check out which products from my stash are secretly living a double life.

Monday, 5 October 2015

#ManiMonday: Tropical Crelly

Happy Mani Monday!  Today's nail look was inspired by my freshly-opened eos lip balm.

Click through for the nail polish details.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Hot Off the Presses Part 3

Overcast weather?  Perfect time to swatch two new lovelies that I pressed with my own two loving hands (and two gigantic books).  Was it freezing outside when I took these swatch photos?  It sure was.  But good lighting is good lighting, so let's get to it.

Click through for the details.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Irresistible Me Hair Extensions Review

Happy Reviews-Day Tuesday!  This review is for the brand IrresistibleMe, who specialize in hair extensions, accessories, hair tools, and more.

Curious about what this first-time-hair-extension-wearer learned?

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Jaclyn Hill Fall Favorites Tag

Plain and simple - the queen said to do it, and her wish is my command.

Let's go!

Monday, 21 September 2015

#ManiMonday: Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Mani Monday is here again, and for this mani I played with my newest stamping plate.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Face of the Day: Playing with Colour

This week, while continuing my effort to embrace colour, I found my eye inspiration and went to town.

More details after the jump!

Monday, 14 September 2015

#ManiMonday - Saved By the Bell Style

Hi all!  It's been a while since I've posted my nail art, so what better way to get back into the swing of things then to participate in 'Mani Monday'?  Here's what I came up with.

Click through to see what polishes I used.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Hot Off the Presses Part 2

Happy Saturday, friends!  Saturdays are my one day off, so I'll be taking it easy - doing some blogging, hanging out in my pjs, and watching some Netflix.  Today I have part 2 of my 'Hot Off the Presses' series (Part 1 HERE).

Click through to see which pigments/shadows I used to make these bad boys.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick in 'Desirous' Review

Happy Reviews-Day Tuesday, friends!  Today I am reviewing a product that embraces one of my favourite trends of the moment, matte lipstick - more specifically, the *Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick in 'Desirous'.

Click through for product details, swatches, and a review from yours truly.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Too-Torial w/ Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette

Hello friends!  Today I'm sharing a look that I created using a bunch of Too Faced products.

Click through to see how to put it all together.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness 2015 Products

Hi friends!  Oooh, have I been waiting on bated breath to share this information with you - the Breast Cancer Awareness products.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and this year thirteen brands from the Estée Lauder Company are joining together to release limited edition products.  In addition, portions of the the sales will be donated to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Click through for all the details, including brands, products, prices, and more.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

ObsessedCanada Sigma E25 Review

Happy Reviews-Day Tuesday, friends!  Today I'm reviewing the E25 blending brush from Sigma*, which is now easily accessible to us Canadians, thanks to ObsessedCanada. *happy dance*  Honestly, anything that'll bring Sigma brushes a bit closer to home deserves a little celebration.

Click through for a full review.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Anna Sui Fall 2015 Bells Ring Nail Colour

Can you believe it?  Summer is almost over, and while that makes me a little sad, we always have fall releases to look forward to.  Today I have the details on Anna Sui's upcoming nail polish collection.

Click through and read all about the 34 nail colours.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Reviews-Day Tuesday ft. essence the Gel Nail Polish

We all know that I love a good bargain, so ever since essence cosmetics came to Canada, I've been smiling ear to ear.  A little while ago I shared some pictures from inside the #essencepaintnite, and today I've got the details and some nail art with essence's new line of gel nail polishes.

Click through and read all about essence the gel nail polish*.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Reviews-Day Tuesday ft. Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion #LipstickEnvy

Good afternoon, friends!  Today's review is a lip product from Estée Lauder, that you may have seen a sneak peek of in my Estée Lauder Fall/Winter 2015 Preview post.

Click through for product details, swatches, and a review of the new Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion*.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

I remember a couple months ago hearing some chatter in the beauty world about Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, so of course I had to investigate.  Coincidentally, I met the Global Ambassador to the brand, Derek Selby, a few months later, and I got to ask him all of my questions about the product.  What is it?  What does it do?  What's with all the hype?

Click through to seize your #dropportunity, and get the scoop on this innovative product.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Estée Lauder Fall/Winter 2015 Preview

Last week I attended the Estée Lauder media preview, and got to learn about the latest innovations from the brand.

Click through and read all about the new releases from Estée Lauder, including the New Dimension skincare line, which teaches you how to get your #BestAngle, with the face of the collection, Eva Mendes.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

essence Fall/Winter 2015 Preview #essencepaintnite

Last week I attended the fall/winter 2015 preview for essence Cosmetics.  Along with taking a look at what's to come this coming fall, I got to be all creative, and get my paint on.

This fall/winter 2015, essence is all about embracing the nude trend.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Annabelle Cosmetics Fall 2015 Launches - Eyebrow Edition

As some of you may know, it's fall 2015 launch season.  Today I'm giving you a sneak peek of some upcoming products from Canadian brand, Annabelle.

Click through to see what Annabelle has in store.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Face of the Day: Purples-a-Plenty

Afternoon!  Today's face of the day is all about wearing purples, but in a subtle way.  I absolutely LOVE this bold purple lip renaissance thing, but I agree that there is a time and a place for a lilac purple lip, and that time and place isn't every day, at an office job.  So I put together a few purple products and created a more subdued and professional look, while still sporting my favourite colour of the moment.

Click through to see what I used.

Friday, 17 July 2015

New Perfume Alert - Fantasy BRITNEY SPEARS™ Intimate Edition

The Britney Spears Fantasy Circus was the first celebrity fragrance I ever purchased.  In fact, it was my first perfume purchase altogether.  I loved the smell, and the fact that it was something that Britney Spear endorsed - it was even featured in my April 2015 Faves.  Well, today I have the newest addition to the Britney Spears fragrance family.

Want to see what it looks like?

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Introducing Irene Kim, Estée Lauder Global Beauty Contributor‏

Estée Lauder is excited to introduce Irene Kim as the brand’s new Global Beauty Contributor. TV personality, social media star and influential beauty voice and now we can add Estée Lauder's new Global Beauty Contributor.

Those nails!  I MUST re-create them - it's like a negative-space/skeleton-esque mani.  Keep reading!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

MAC Lipstick - "Enjoy It All!"

Hello friends!  About a month ago I ventured to the MAC warehouse sale (check out my haul, and vlog HERE).  In the charity bag was a couple of lipsticks, so when I got home that day, I looked up some lip swatches online.  Unfortunately, I could not find much information about one specific lipstick.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Outfit of the Day: Feelin' Floral

Here's my outfit of the day that I wore a little while ago, but totally forgot about! *shakes head*

Click through for the details.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Hot Off the Presses Part 1

Hello all!  Today marks the first of a series of posts called "Hot Off the Presses", which will document my adventures in hand-pressing my own eyeshadows.  Each post will include a macro shot of the pan, an arm swatch in natural light, and details on what pigment/powder I used.  Here are today's three eyeshadows.

Want to see how to make them yourself?