Thursday, 29 December 2016

2016 favourites, Primer, Foundation, Blush, Skin care, etc!

Hello everyone!! This is going to be a long, picture heavy post so go get some coffee or tea!!

I have forgotten to photograph a few products. But they will be mentioned in the post!!


My favourite/most used primers of the year, are:

ELF Tone Correcting Green Primer.
Estee Edit Pore Vanishing stick
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Make up Forever Step 1 Mattifying primer.



My favourite/most used base products from this year:

Makeup Forever Velvet Mat + Foundation in #40
MAC Studio Fix Fluid spf15 NC20
Kat Von D Lock it Concealer Creme in Light11
Tarte Amazonian clay foundation in Fair Light Honey
Makeup Forever Concealer Pallet in #1.
Sephora Brand Matte Perfection Powder Foundation in 18 Golden Linen
MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark



My most used blushes from this year are:

Clinique Cola Pop, and Plum Pop
NARS Sin
NARS Liberte
NARS Deep Throat
Physicians Formula Argan Wear blush in Rose.




Most Used Bronzers from this year:

Makeup Forever M-646
ELF Contour Kit
QUO Prismatic Face Pallet
Physicians Formula Argan Wear blush in Light



Favourite Highlighters of this year:

Sephora Brand Baked Luminizor in 01
Colourpop Flexitarian
Makeup Forever ME-512



Favourite Eye shadows:

Sephora Brand Swan Song (Matte light pink)
Makeup Forever Artist pallet #1
MAC Cranbery
Coastal Scents Barista
MAC Woodwinked
Coastal Scents Medieval Gold
MAC Sumptuious Olive




Favourite Mascaras of 2016:

Essensce Plump No Clump (I used this mascara for 5 months!)
L'oreal Millions of lashes
It Cosmetics Superhero



Favourite Eye liners:

Sephora Brand Picnic In the Park (Green with teal sparkles)
L'oral Carbon Black Lineur Intense
Physicians Formula 2 in 1 Liner



Favourite Brow products of the year:

Essence Make me brow in Brownie Brows
MAC Waterproof Brow Set in Brown Ebony
Annabelle Brows to Go in Deep dark



Most used Lipsticks of the year:

Kat Von D Hellbent Studded kiss lipstick
BITE Luminous Creme lipstick in Mulberry (DC)
BITE Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Jam
BITE Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Licorice
MAC Rebel
MAC Twig

 There will be a separate review of this, but this is my ALL TIME FAVOURITE, HOLY GRAIL Lipstick!!

LUSH Santa Baby.




Favourite Skin care of the year:

Tactupump Forte (I went on Acne treatment this year! And this was a god send!)
Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50 Sunblock
Neutragena Clear Skin SPF60 Sunblock
Clinuique Dramatically Different moisturizing Lotion+
Avene Hydrating sleeping mask
Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Serum
Physicians Formula Argan Oil
Bio Oil
Garnier Over night Facial Peel gel
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense


I have found so many amazing products this year!! I'm so grateful for all of the love and support i'v received!!

I hope you all have a great new year!!

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Make Up Forever Artist eye shadows in M-646, D-826, and ME-512 Review!

Hey all!! I hope everyone had a great holiday season!

I went out boxing day shopping today, and I picked up 3 full sized MUFE Artist shadows! I own 9 mini pans, from the Artist Pro 1 pallet, and fell in LOVE with the formula.

It's described as a gel/powder formula. It has a very soft, creamy, buttery texture. I'v seen someone describe them as silicone-y textured. And I can agree to that!!

They have AMAZING pigmentation. And for a crappy eye shadow blender like yours truly, they practically blend themselves!!

For application of the Mattes, I prefer to use a fluffy crease/blending brush and just swoosh them through my crease like I would a "normal" eye shadow.

For application of the shimmers/metallic's I 100% honestly prefer my fingers!! I'll take a clean finger, and pat the shade onto my brow bones, my inner corners, my outer corner, my lids, etc. And then i'll take a fluffy blending brush and just blend everything out!!


Left to right we have: M-646 (Matte light/medium warm brown) D-826 (Metallic reddish purple with sparkles) and ME-512 (Light shimmery gold!)



Uses i'v found for this shade:

Crease shade, Bottom lash line shade, Eye lid shade, Matte bronzer for my cheeks!



Uses i'v found for this shade:

Eye lid shade, Blended up into the crease, Lower lashline shade, Blush.



Uses i'v found for this shade:

Cheek highlighter, Brow bone shade, Eye lid shade.


Now onto swatches!!



Overall I'm in love with this formula, and these shades!!

The only thing I'm NOT in love with, is the $58 CAD price tag for these three bad boys!!

9.5/10

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Happy Holidays! / Christmas Eve FOTD / Mini Haul!

Happy holidays everyone!! I hope everyone is safe and warm and surrounded by lots of loved ones, blood related or not. 

I got payed yesterday, so I picked up a few things I needed!!




I wear at LEAST SPF 60 every day under my makeup, so I go through a LOT of sunblock!! I have extremely acne prone/sensitive skin. I usually buy the Neutragena Clear Skin acne prone sun block, BUT! It's gone up in price $3 since I first bought it. It's currently $14.99 at CHEAPEST. So ya girl branched out! I picked up Coppertone Sensitive skin face sunblock with SPF 60. fingers crossed I don't get a rash, or break out from it!!

I also picked up the ELF Contouring kit. I'v been VERY into bronzing up my cheeks and forehead lately (I have a super small forehead, so I don't know why I'd want to contour it LOL) lately!! So I figured for $8, this would be a good compact thing for all of my travelling!! I am wearing the cooler contour shade in my cheeks, and the warm brown one on my forehead, and the shimmery white on my cheek bones!!

Lastly in this mini haul, I saw a box with my HOLY GRAIL mascara, ( L'oreal Voluminous Million lashes! in the gold tube!) with a full sized L'oreal liquid eye liner for $9.85!!! That's a STEAL. And I'm on the last bits of my current sample sized mascara, so I'm going to put the mascara away until i'm for sure done with my current mascara!! I'm wearing the liquid liner in the FOTD picture. And so far, after using it once, i think I like it!! I need to get the hang of the applicator. But it's pretty darn good!!


Onto my Christmas Eve FOTD!!





Why yes, I AM wearing purple eyeshadow, purple lipstick, AND a purple shirt! LOL. I'm currently testing a new foundation for review, so what do you all think of the colour match? I think it's perfect! 



Anyway!! I'm heading off to go eat chinese food with my loved ones!! I hope you all have a safe and wonderful upcoming weeks!!! 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Urban Decay Crisis Vice Lipstick Review!

I picked up Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Crisis back in September, and i'v worn it quite a bit this fall! It's a beautiful plummy, purpley, shade on me!


I love the packaging, I never had one of their Revolution lipsticks, so I can't compare them, but I like the design of this tube! I also love it doesn't open up in my bag/pocket!!



This is a Cream finish, and it's very creamy, and easy to apply! It smooths onto the lips with ease, depositing not too much, or too little product!!


This is one pass/swipe. You can see it has a natural/creamy sheen to it! On my skin tone, it's a deeper berry/plummy neutral colour! I would feel comfortable wearing this to class!




This is it on my lips, I applied straight from the tube, no lip brush! I think it makes my lips feel and look great!!

It does not heal chapped lips, but is doesn't dry them out further. It also has a almost crayon/waxy smell? If you've ever smelt a clinique chubby stick you'll know what this smells like!!

Over all 8.5/10!

Friday, 16 December 2016

ABC Tag!

I saw this tag on Kissandmakeupbeautyblog, and decided it looked fun so I'm giving this a go!!

A - Age: I turn 20 In early February!

B - Biggest fear: Being abandoned, and Spiders!!

C - Current Time: 11:47

D - Drink I last had: Coffee!! Lots of milk and two sugars please!

E - Easiest person to talk to: My counselor, and my best friend, Lara!

F - Favourite Song: Shut up and Dance - Walk the Moon

G - Grossest Memory: Earlier this year, I was in Toronto for business, and I got food poisoning from a pub/bar I went to ahaha.  

H - Home Town: I don't really know? I was born and lived in Toronto/Mississauga for a bit. But i'v spent most of my life on this earth in Orangeville which is a hour NORTH of Toronto!

I - In love with: My friends, Family, and my Bunnies!!

J - Jealous of: People with good metabolisms!! Because of my past with Anorexia, my metabolism is SHITE!

K - Kill someone: :~)

L - Longest Relationship: Two years! But, it wasn't a healthy relationship. tbh.

M - Middle Name: Louise (French Origin. Means great warrior") and Hope! (Catholic background, meaning Hope of course :P )

N - Number Of Siblings: 1 amazing older brother, named Justin!!

O - One Wish: To get my tumor removed safely and I don't loose any teeth/feeling in my face!

P -  Person I last Called: It's a tie between my Mama, or my friend Deanna!

Q - Question i'm always asked: "What race are you?" "where are you from?" Gotta love being mixed race LOL.

R - Reason to Smile: I'm alive and pretty darn healthy!!!

S - Song last sang: Anna Sun - Walk the Moon

T - Time I woke up: 7AM!! But I didn't go to bed until 4AM! Hah!

U - Underwear colour: Grey and Teal!

V - Vacation destination: I would love to go to Vancouver!! My Native half lives over there, and I have a bunch of friends over there as well!! My other pick would be Quebec/Montreal. But I'm actually going there next september!!

W - Worst Habit: Licking my lips when I'm anxious!! Ugh!

X - X Ray's I'v had: Because of my tumor, I'v had 6. Just this year. Plus I have chronic nerve pain/damage. So I'v had well over 20 in my young life!!

Y - My favourite Food: Spicy Tofu Pad Thai!! YUM.

Z - Zodiac Sign: Aquarius!! (Everyone says I act very much like a stereotypical Aquarius! Haha!)


I tag ANYONE and EVERYONE who want's to do this!!!!

Monday, 12 December 2016

Current HG Base Routine!

I'v been testing different foundations and primers and concealers for YEARS! And I think i'v found a routine that works super super well for me!!

My skin tone: Light, NC23, with prominent yellow/warm undertones.
My skin type: Oily, Acne prone, Sensitive.


This is my base routine in order of use! As you'll notice most is high end, and that's because I can NOT find something light and yellow enough at the drug store, or stuff that works with my finicky skin!



Primers!!!

I do a primer "cocktail" So I'll use one of the Green primers patted onto my cheeks and fore head. I can't pick which one I like better, out of the ELF tone correcting primer, or the Hard Candy Colour Correcting primer. They are both A+ in my opinion!!

After patting the green primer into my skin, I'll squeeze out some Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying primer and I'll lightly pat this into my fore head/nose/chin/inner cheeks to stop shine!


For Foundation:

I'll squeeze out a SMALL less than a dime sized dot of Make Up Forever Mat Velvet+ foundation (im in the shade #40) onto the back of my hand, then take a real techniques buffing brush and I'll dot this onto my skin then buff it in. This gives me just enough coverage to even out my skin and hide my red ness!!

Then I'll take the Kat Von D Lock it Concealer Creme, and i'll swipe it across the apples of both cheeks then take what's left over on the brush and dot that under my eyes, and i'll blend that all out. I'm in the shade Light11 in the concealer, and it's THE PERFECT shade for me. I can use this as foundation, just a dot or two around my face and buff out!!




For Powder: I love Sephora Brand Matte Perfection Powder Foundation in the shade 18 Golden Linen. It's yellow toned so perfect for me! And it's MATTE. I personally love a MATTE/FLAT base. And then add highlight in strategic places. Because of my oily skin! But this powder is amazing and I will be repurchasing!

For Setting spray: I'v tried all of the Urban Decay setting sprays and I hated them all. I used the Avon Setting spray for YEARS. Until I met Mist and Fix. I like to PACK on the powder, then just spray my face to take away the powdery look, and to add a hint of natural dew back to my skin. And this does exactly that!! My foundation NEVER fades or breaks down. I do get oily, but I'd rather blot then have oils trapped in my pores all day!


These are my current HG Base products. What are your current faves?

Monday, 5 December 2016

Sephora/MAC Christmas Haul!

My family gave me money and said for me to buy part of my Christmas gifts. That way I get exactly what I want/need in the correct size/shade.

Last year, I bought a bunch of "grown up" clothes.

This year, I ordered/bought makeup that i'm missing in my collection!! I own more than enough lipsticks to last me years, and this past year between IMAT's Toronto, and just online sales, I'v built up my eye shadow stash to where I'm super happy!!

But, I have very little base or face products! I find foundation, concealer, powder etc very boring compared to my beloved lipsticks. I have ZERO foundations that match my winter skin. All of my foundations match my very tan summer skin. And I go through Powder like WATER, because of my oily skin!

Enough chatting! Lets see what I'm getting for christmas!

From MAC (Which was 25% off the last four days so I saved $55 CAD) I got:



Blot Powder Medium Dark (I'v used this before in Medium, and it was way too light. But I adore this powder)
217 blending brush (I got the smaller handled one, But I'v been on the market for a nice blending brush)
Brow Set in the darkest shade (I'm all out of my current brow gel. And this was $15 with the sale so!)
Set Powder (It's 30g's of loose powder. My oily ass skin is in heaven!)




Duo fiber blush brush (My current blush brush, is 10+ years old and rest in peace it's starting to shed like mad)
Brush cleanser (I currently use a bar of soap to clean my brushes, but I want to try this for between washes)
Studio Fix Fluid spf 15 In NC20 (I use NC25 in the summer from about May to September, so I'm going to try this shade for the in-between months)
And for a sample, I chose Prep + Prime Radiance Yellow primer (I'm ALWAYS down for new primers!)

Moving on to Sephora! I had my VIB $20 off card and used that towards this purchase!



Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick (I had a sample of this, and I fell in love! so I'm going to try the full size)
Make Up For Ever 5 Pan Concealer/Corrector pallet #1 (I choose the yellower one, with the green concealer as I'm yellow toned with redness!)
NARS Sin Blush (I'v ALWAYS wanted this blush. Oh my goodness. It's a berry with a golden shimmer. Perfect for this time of year!)
BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Jam (I had a mini of this lipstick, and I wore it every day for a week until it broke. So I'm purchasing the full size!!)




Three perfume samples! I'm in LOVE with two of the perfumes/colognes, and the one I want to try!
3 Piece BUXOM Lip gloss/stick set (This was a throw in, But I do want to try the formula's and the shades are total shannon shades!)

Lastly!


BITE amuse Bouche lipstick mini in Licorice (I wanted to try this shade as well! So I figured why not!)
Urban Decay Naked Smokey Pallet (50% Off! I know this got mixed reviews, but I figured for half off I'll try it, and the shades in it are TOTAL Shannon shades as well!)
Benefit PoreFessional (Again I'm a face primer Hoe! So I'v been wanting to try this for a long time!!)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip gloss in Potion (I redeemed 100 points and got this mini as well!! I'v always wanted to try these lip glosses because of Christine from Temptalia. So I'm super excited!)


That's it for my haul!! I'm extremely happy with what I'v ordered and will be getting on Christmas day! 

Sunday, 4 December 2016

How I do my winged liner on severely hooded/monolided eyes!

I have severely hooded eyes, and my one eye has half of a monlid. So winged liner can be a bit of a challenge!!

I ALWAYS apply mascara first THEN do my eye liner. I find that makes it SO much easier!!

I don't show it in the video, but for my partial monolid, I tilt my face upward, and just go thicker under the flap of skin to make it visible!


Thank you for watching, and I hope this helps!

Friday, 2 December 2016

My Eyebrow routine!

I get asked about my brows a lot on my personal blog.

I have full, thick, dark brows naturally. So I just lightly fill them in to add colour back to them after doing foundation and powder!


I hope this video was helpful!!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Most used/Favourite eye shadows!

I am a warm, green, neutral lover when it comes to eye shadow!!

Nothing makes my heart race more than a shimmery mossy green, a shimmery golden brown, or a matte warm brown!!


These are my most used shadows here!!! I could just use these and get so many looks!!

From left to right:

Sephora brand Swan Song
Sephora brand Hidden Treasure
Coastal Scents Balsam




Coastal Scents Medieval Gold
Coastal Scents Elvin Gold
Make Up Forever D-562




Make Up Forever S-102
Colourpop Nillionaire (I completely finished my pot/pan of this so that's why the swatch is shit!)
Colourpop Paradox



Coastal Scents Barista
MAC Humid
MAC Embark


These are my usual/most used shadows! What are your favourite must haves?