Sunday, 15 October 2017

What's In My Fall Makeup Bag?

Hello friends!!!

Today i'm going to show you all what i'm carrying around in my daily makeup bag, for fall!!


For a base, i'm using a nice thick layer of SPF! Always!

After the SPF sinks in, I'll apply a small amount of Cover FX Mattifying primer all over!


For my foundation, I'm really loving Sephora wonderful cushion! it gives light natural coverage, and is pretty darn good!

I'm also using the last few drops of my SECOND bottle of L'oreal Pro Matte foundation, which is my favorite fall foundation!


For concealer, I like to be a little bit extra. But I use Sephora make no mistake concealer under my eyes, as it's really full coverage. And then MAC prolongwear concealer on any spots or redness!


For powder, I'm using MAC studio Fix powder, and a mix of Laura Mercier and RCMA No colour powder to set!


I could not for the life of me, get a colour accurate photo, so I'm deeply sorry!!!

For blushes, i'm adoring MAC Quikstick in all a flush and here you go as a cream base.

My all time favorite blush, Clinique Black Honey Pop, which is a warm, luminous plum shade!

And my favorite fall blush, NARS Sin! It's a cooler berry/mauve with golden shimmer!


For brows, it's the usual!! Annabelle brow to go, Essence brow pencil and gel! Don't need to mess with the good stuff!!


For eyes, I put aside two palettes! (And mac prep and prime eye primer!) Elf Mad for matte 1 for transition and crease shades. And Tarte Make believe in yourself palette for lid shades! (plus a stunning pinky highlight!)


For lips, I just tossed in a few things, but lips change based on the day! I have Blistex potted lip balm, MAC Prep and prime lip, Hard Candy Velvet mouse liquid lipstick, Colourpop LBB, and MAC Rebel lip glass!


For lashes, I have my new FAVORITE combo. Sephora Great volume, and Benefit roller lash!!!

What are you wearing this fall?

Friday, 13 October 2017

My Version Of The "Ride-Or-Die" Makeup Tag!

Hello all!!! How are you today? I'm feeling very energetic and ready to write!!

Today I'm going to show you all my "If I could only keep one product from each category of makeup" favorites and a look using them all!!


Primer:

Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti Acne treatment - I love this primer!! It smooths my skin, feels light on my oily skin, and doesn't make me extra shiny!

Foundation: 

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Custard - I love using this on long days!! I'll press it onto any redness, and zits on my cheeks. And around my nose for a soft even complexion!


                                                                      Concealer:

Sephora Make No Mistakes High Coverage Concealer in 04 - This is the BEST under eye concealer i'v ever found!! I only need a thin layer and a half under my eyes, and I look so fresh and awake!! It does crease into my deeper lines, but once set it stays put!

Eye Primer:

MAC Prep and Prime Eye Base - I used TFSI for 4 years. But I tried this, and It works the exact same! AND it's cheaper, and contains more product. This is very thick, and tacky!! I love it!

Setting Powder: 

Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder - I love to set my whole face with this powder!! It makes my makeup last longer and break down less.

Pressed Powder: 

MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder in NC20 - This is my favorite oil controlling powder! It's very matte and full coverage. But because it's so matte and full coverage, I can use this while I'm out and about on long days to touch up without making my base go splotchy!! It's amazing!

Bronzer/Contour: 
                                     

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in M-646 - This is THE perfect bronzer for my skintone!! I have very prominent warm yellow undertones. So anything too grey looks straight up ashy and dead on me. This is perfect! It blends out really easily, and adds subtle dimension to my cheeks!

Blush:

Clinique Cheek Pop in Black Honey Pop - This is the best blush I'v ever found!! It's a nice warm plum on my skin. It's so easy to blend out, never looks like too much, and always looks perfect!

Highlight:
                                     

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in ME-512 - This is a stunning gold shade that I use as a highlight on my cheek bones, inner corners, and brow bone. It's blends like butter on toast, and can be sheered out, but can also be intense!

Brow Powder/Gel:
                                     

Annabelle Brow To Go in Medium/Deep - I use the cooler deeper powder in this kit, and I use that to fill in the tails of my brows. Once set it lasts all day!!

MAC Pro Long Wear Waterproof Brow Set in Brown Ebony - This was my first brow gel I ever bought, and now I'm 3 tubes in!! This is the perfect colour for my brows, it isn't crunchy but keeps my thick brows in place. It's also pigmented enough to be used alone!!

Eye Shadow Palette: 

ELF Mad For Matte 1 - As a hooded eye'd gal. I need matte transition, crease, and deepener shades. This is the best palette for me in that regard!! I use this every single day no exceptions. The colours blend out so easily, they don't go patchy or too sheer like some matte shades do.

Single Eye Shadows: 

NARS Malacca Single Shadow - This is basically my favorite lower lash line shadow!! It adds some greenish brown shadow to my eyes that really make my warm hazel eyes pop!!

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows from the top left to the bottom - D-926, D-826, and D-868 - If I had to pick ONE single shadow as my only one. I'd pick D-826 Fig. But I really adore all four of these shades!!! They all work SO well with my warm, brown/hazel eyes!!

Mascara: 

Benefit Roller Lash/Sephora Collection LashCraft Big Volume Mascaras - I know, I'm cheating. I couldn't just pick one!! I have crappy lashes. They are thin, and short. So I use the thicker/creamier Sephora Mascara first, and do two coats of that. Then I do two coats of Roller Lash to thin out and separate my lashes! And I get HUGE lashes with this combo!! Both do not smudge, flake, or transfer!

Lipstick: 

LUSH Santa Baby Lip Tint - This isn't a shock to ANYONE here. But this is my all time favorite lip stick!! It stays all day, doesn't dry my lips out, and is a stunning colour!


The look I created with these products:








What do you think of my Ride or Die list? What's your ride or die products!?

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Curly Hair Winter Hair Care Routine - Tips And What I Use

Hello all!! Today I'm bringing you a post on winter hair, and hair care plus some expert tips from hair dye company, Esalon, from Esalon.ca . This is a topic that I personally adore! I have 3A type curls, with a normal to oily scalp, and dehydrated/dry length and ends!




This is my natural hair texture! This was a wash and go day, just to give you a reference!


-Limit washing your hair so you don't risk stripping your hairs natural oils.
-Rinse with cold water!!! It's chilly but really helps with frizz!


-BE GENTLE!!! When your hair is curly, it's VERY easily damaged and broken. Use a comb and gently work through any tangles!

-I'v never done this, but LOADS of curly gals rave about using a diffuser to dry and add volume!

-Use a microfiber cloth to SQUEEZE the moisture out of your hair. Do not RUB!!


-Use a volumizing mouse at the roots to help plump and make volume!

-Dry shampoo is your BEST FRIEND.

-heat protection is IMPORTANT!!


Now, this is my personal curly hair routine. It may or may not work for you!! Everyone's curls are different!


I wash only the hair that touches my face/scalp once a week, with Got2B Oil-licious shampoo! It's a low lather shampoo, that doesn't make my scalp feel that stripped "squeekey clean" feeling! I'm left with soft, managable hair!


After I wash my scalp, I'll gently squeeze out extra water so the conditioner stays on better! Then I'll take about 5ml of Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner, and work that through the length around my ears. Then I go back and get MORE conditioner, and I'll work my way down my hair shaft making sure every strand is conditioned.


After I get out of the shower, I'll squeeze out as much water as I can from my belly button length hair, then flip my head over, and gently squeeze with a microfiber cloth to soak up extra water! My hair is super thick so this takes a bit!!

After I get my hair slightly damp, I'll part my hair. Then pump or squeeze out a dime sized amount of hydrating curl cream. (I use Deva Curl Styling Cream, OR Macadamia Curl Cream) and smooth that over the bottom half of my hair, lightly shaking out sections as I go!


Next, I'll squeeze out a nickle sized amount of Deva Curl Light Defining Gel into my palm, press my hands together. Then I flip my hair over and start scrunching sections. This gel gives enough hold to make my curls look defined, but not too much where my hair looks wet or crunchy!


For Second day hair, I'll take Deva Curl Mist-er Right Refreshing Spray, and I'll spray it through section by section, and lightly scrunch my hair back into shape!

This is my curly hair winter routine! What do YOU do differently in the winter for your hair?

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

I Went Up North!! - What Was In My Travel Makeup/Liquids Bag?

Hello all!!!

In the time between my last update, and today, I have flown up to nothern ontario. And have flown back home to southern ontario!

I had a BLAST. I met with a bunch of First Nations youth, and got a lot of info to take back home!

Anyway! Since I was only there for a handful of days I flew Carry On! And I figured I'd show you all what I brought with me!


This is what was in my liquids bag! There's a few things here, that didn't NEED to be in here, but I put them in just to be safe!

I brought:

Shampoo Sachet
Deep Conditioning Hair Mask Sachet
Devacurl Mist-er Right Curl refresher
Alterna Caviar CC Hair Cream
Face Wash
SPF50 SunBlock
MAC Eye Shadow Primer
Essence Make Me Brow
Hand Sanitizer
Sephora Make No Mistakes Concealer
The Ordinary Vitamin C serum
Body Cream
Squeezey Tube Tinted Lip Balm From First Aid Beauty
SuperGoop SPF50 setting spray
Smashbox face primer
Cover FX face primer
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose perfume
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
Sephora Wonderful Cushion Foundation.


Now onto the products in my travel makeup bag!

Elf Mad for Matte 1 palette
Colourpop Thirsty Girl, Nillionaire, Valley Girl, and Peekaboo Super Shock Shadows
Marc Jaboc's eye liner pencil
Benefit Boing Brightening concealer
Essence brow pencil
Clinique chubby stick
BITE liquid Lipstick in Supreme
Colourpop Mars Blush
MAC Qukstik Cream Blush Duo
ELF Bronzer
Wet N Wild Precious Petals highlighter
Clinique Black Honey Pop Blush
Clinique Pressed blot powder
Cover FX mattifying setting powder
ABH Stick foundation
And lastly, Supergoop SPF Powder!


For brushes, I brought:

Powder brush, Buffing brush, angled blush brush, Synthetic stipple brush, Eye brow comb, Lid Brush, and a Crease Brush!~

What do you pack when you fly carry on? What would you pack!?

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Tumor Update - Remission, Recovery, and Relapse.

Hello all. I wanted to make this post to apologize for my absence. But I had a very valid reason for poofing.

August 2016, I was at my family dentist for the first time in 2 years. And there it was discovered I had a very large tumor in my right side of my jaw bone.

September 2016, I started a YouCaring to help my family pay for the treatment expenses, as I needed to pay $3000 out of pocket for 5 root canals in my lower right molars.

November 2016, I underwent a biopsy. And had a chunk of my tumor removed, and it was sent to University of Torontos science section.

January 2017, I was put into Brampton Civic Hospital, where I underwent a 8 hour surgery to remove a 8 inch tumor in my right side jaw. Where it was discovered, it had eaten a hole straight through my jaw bone.


Pictured here, is the results of my CT scan done on my head. Where it shows where the tumor was growing and eating my jaw bone.

February, March, April 2017, I went back to my surgeons office monthly for check ups on how my incisions, and my bones were healing, and everything was going really well!

September 2017. I went to see my surgeon for the first time since April, this month. And he had finally gotten the results of my Biopsy back. And my tumor is NOT the type that I was originally diagnosed with.

I have a MUCH more aggressive tumor than originally thought. And the specialist as University of Toronto said I will need to have a "very aggressive" treatment, and very "invasive" and "major" surgery on my jaw.

ALSO. The worst part. My surgeon, who had removed 8 INCHES of tumor, just 9 months ago, did an xray of my jaw on a hunch. And from there it was obvious that my tumor has grown back FULLY in the last 3/4 months. And it's in a different part of my jaw. More along the hinge.

As I'm writing this, it is Sunday September 24th. And on Tuesday September 26th, I will be going in for 3 more root canals. And paying $300 out of pocket.

Im going to have a VERY tough road a head of me with regards to recovery, and remission.

I have some photos taken and ready to be posted, But please please have patience with me right now. While I'm undergoing major health issues.

I love you all so so much!!!

EDIT OCTOBER 4TH 2017: I have seen my new surgeon at sunnybrook. And he has told me, that for treatment, and to get rid of my tumor COMPLETELY. I will have to have my whole jaw bone removed, and have the un healthy bone cut off, and metal plates put in, and THEN a bone graph done to fill in any more gaps.

I may lose all of my bottom teeth, I'm going to be in the hospital for a while after the surgery. It's NOT day surgery. So I'll be stuck in a hospital bed.

I have a LONG road to recovery up ahead, y'all!!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Two Fall Looks - Hello Fall!

Hello friends!! Sorry I'v been MIA. September 4th was the second anniversary of my grandfathers death. And I decided to take time off of the internet.

But I am here, and I'm showing you all two fall inspired makeup looks I did this week!!!

Here in my part of Canada, it gets chilly pretty darn fast!! It's already at the warmest 16 Celsius here!! BRR!

Look one, Vampy lips -



For the eyes, I did Colourpop Bel Air (a light brown) as a transition, Coastal Scents Barista (medium brown) at the crease shade. And then patted Colourpop Glitterati (A white/gold duochrome) all over my mobile lids. Then took a small pencil brush and patted Coastal Scents Amber Bronze (Deep metallic bronze) on the outer corner of my lids, and slightly into my crease. I also ran Amber Bronze along the lower lashlines. Added some mascara to the upper and lower lashes, did my brows. And then added Huda Beauty Famous to my lips and was done!!


Second Look - Jewel Eyes


Sorry for the lash of close up photos, But these were all I had at the time!!

I did the exact same transition/crease routine here, then I took a small pencil brush and added Coastal Scents Chocolatier, and deepened my outer V. I then patted Colourpop Babykinz (sparkly metallic cranberry) all over my lids. I blended out any harsh lines, with a TOUCH more of Chocolatier. Then I buffed Colourpop Patchwork (deep navy glitter) under my lower lashline. Did my brows, added mascara, and then applied a coat of BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquid Lipstick in Chutney to my lips!

What do y'all think of my fall looks?