Friday, October 31, 2014

GUEST POST: Sarah's Mardi Gras FOTD

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Today, a most celebratory guest post from Sarah... :D 

Hello, I'm Sarah from Workaday Ramblings. Steph is letting me take over today with a very special Halloween guest post. I've been doing a special Fantasy FOTD series on my blog featuring Halloween looks you can create with regular makeup, and I have a fun Mardi Gras mask look to share with you today. 



Why buy a Halloween mask when a makeup one is hands-free and more comfortable? There is also an endless array of options you can do. My Mardi Gras mask has a simple shape with an easy 3 colour striped look. I paired it with matching gold lips to complete the look.  

I used mostly eyeshadows to create this look, with a few other products thrown in. I started my tracing my mask outline using The Body Shop Gel Liner in black. This is a very opaque black and by using a brush I could create crisp lines to mimic an actual mask. 

I then filled in the entire mask with a layer of NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. This created a sticky white base for my colours to stick to. My top stripe of gold colour was done using Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity True Metals in Gilded. My middle purple stripe was BH Cosmetics in Hollywood, and my bottom green stripe was Pure Fusion Cosmetics in Demeter. My lips were done by layering Essence Dark Romance lipgloss effects in Black Shadow under and over Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity True Metals in Gilded


Overall, this is a fun and rather simple Halloween look that can be customized in any way imaginable. I went with traditional Mardi Gras colours for my mask. What would you go with? Thanks for having me, Steph!

What do you think of Sarah's Mardi Gras FOTD? 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

HALLOWEEN: MirandaSings - Last Minute Costume Idea!

Ahhh Halloween - the perfect opportunity to dress up like your favourite youtube celebrity!  Got less than an hour to figure out a costume? Here's an idea. Overdraw your red lipstick and be MIRANDASINGSHaterz, back off.  Plus, this costume was the perfect opportunity to take a lot of selfies with ridiculous faces for the sake of a blog post. 





To get the look, you need 5 products (3 if you've got perfect skin and lengthy eyelashes) - foundation, red lipstick, black eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. I used my everyday base of the CoverGirl TruBlend Foundation in M3, overdrawn lips with the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage (the messier, the better), haphazardly applied black eyeshadow courtesy of the NYC HD Trio Eye Shadow in 786 Skyrise Steel and to add some definition to the eyes the Annabelle Stay Sharp Twist Up Liner in Cappucino and the CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara

I also created a centre part and widened the shape of my forehead using one bobby pin on each side. Flattering, right? 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

HALLOWEEN: Nails

Even if you're not one for the extravagant costumes (or makeup), you can still celebrate Halloween. Nails and nail art are the perfect way to be festive with minimal effort. Here's two easy ways to get your nails Halloween-ready! 

Dazzle Me, Pucker Up, Hollywood Satin, Treasure Island, Kiss Me Cupid 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Shu Uemura #BraveBeauty Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liners [Violet Purple and Green] // Vision of Beauty Volume 1

Fearless gazes start with these must have shades. Very soft and smooth gel pencil with a waterproof, tear proof gel formula doesn't smudge for 12 hours. requires no brush or sharpener. 

Originally in available in matte black and matte brown, two new, limited edition colours of the Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liners ($36 each) in Violet Purple and Green were launched as a part of the Vision of Beauty Volume 1 - Brave Beauty Collection. 


Firstly...Packaging, packaging, packaging, limited edition packaging. Self-explanatory. My one gripe with the packaging (despite its beauty) is that these eyeliners are not retractable. You've been forewarned, so don't over-twist. 


The Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liners are a slightly harder than something like the Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils and for a good reason...You know an eyeliner is long-lasting when... you apply eyeliner one day, you get lazy in the night, and unexpectedly, the next morning you wake up with near-perfect eyeliner. Story of my life (shame on me but it happens pretty often). These gel pencils last 12 hours and then some, no smudging, no transferring. 

Despite being coloured, these liners are surprisingly wearable. Working these pencils into the lash line for any eye look can help you inject some colour into your everyday makeup routine. 

Overall, the Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Eye Liners are a nice to have product in my books. The Violet Purple and Green might not be for everyone but if you love a subtle hint of colour and the gorgeous limited edition Shu packaging then these are a must-have. If not, the regular Shu range features the Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liners, available in your staple black and brown shades. 

What do you think of the Shu Uemura Limited Edition Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liners? 

Press sample featured. I originally reviewed this product on BlushPretty.com. This is part of my eyeliner monday series - where I review a different eyeliner every...Monday. :) See more eyeliner reviews here

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In an attempt to look like Lupita Nyong'o... (GIVEAWAY!) // Wet n Wild X #CBBStealtheLook

On of my favourite low-cost beauty brands just launched an app. The app is called Steal the Look (download it at http://stealanylook.com/and the premise of the app is to "steal" beauty looks from any celebrity, friend or your favourite beauty blogger and the app will generate a collection of Wet n Wild products so that you can re-create it. 


It's quite simple. Choose a photo from your phone, select the colours for (1) lips (2) upper lid and (3) crease, choose your skin tone (there's 4 options), and voila! The lip colour was pretty accurate but I find that the app is not so great at matching eye products. Each look that you "steal" gets saved into a little gallery so you can access your looks later. 


Saturday, October 25, 2014

HALLOWEEN: Creepy Cute Doll Makeup

Another Halloween makeup look (see more here!!). Probably one of the most common/cliche Halloween makeup looks I've seen around youtube/the blogosphere - the Creepy Doll. It's one of those weird looks that you can still make "pretty" with pastels eyeshadow and blush. 



Products Used: Hard Candy Sheer Envy Dark Spot Correcting Primer, Hard Candy Single & Loving it in "Oink", Hard Candy All Lid Up in "Lady Like", Hard Candy Top Ten Eyeshadow Palette in "Smoke Out" (Hard Candy products are available exclusively at Walmart), Kiss Ever EZ Lashes in #3, Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in "Flirty", Kiss Eyelash Adhesive with Aloe, Revlon Skinny Liquid Liner in "Blackout", NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in "Milk", GOSH Giant Blush in "Pink Parfait", Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup, Rimmel Apocalips in "Apocaliptic"

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Polishes [Crimson Kiss, Frosting Fancy, Pink Cream, Meet Me at Dusk, Peach Babe, Mint Cream & Got the Blues]

Me and nail polish, we're good friends. New formulas from different brands are always fun. New and shiny at the Body Shop is the Colour Crush Nail Polish ($6 each). The formula boasts "nail-loving" (enriched with Marula Oil) , quick drying, and high gloss. It's also vegan-friendly and 5-free in 24 shades. I tried a combination of brights, pastels, and one dark colour - Crimson Kiss, Frosting Fancy, Pink Cream, Meet Me at Dusk, Peach Babe, Mint Cream, and Got the Blues. 




The brush is square and medium in width, allowing for one layer of polish to be applied in three easy swipes. The nice thing about these polishes is that the formula is consistent. From the darkest to the lightest colours (with the exception of Pink Cream), all of the polishes require two coats for full opacity. Furthermore, the polishes lasted me 4 days before chipping, which is pretty impressive. 

The "quick dry" claims are very, very true. I'm a fidgety person notorious for getting polish on white shirts and laptop keyboards. I can only wait 2-3 minutes between coats. So far, I haven't experienced any sort of smudges or accident. 

The "high shine" claim only just met my expectation. If you like ultra-shiny nails, you'll still want to add a top-coat. As for the "nail loving", I can't really say. None of these polishes stained my nails nor have I seen dramatic results to my nail health. Perhaps we shall see in the long run... 

Anyways, time for swatches!! (warning... very photo heavy!!) :) 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

eos 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a great opportunity to learn more about the breast cancer. eos (evolution of smooth) makes it easy to support the cause with a limited edition three-piece collection for which 100% of the net profits are to be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. The eos 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection ($9.99) is available September 2014 through November 2014 at Shopper's, Loblaws, Target, Walmart, Giant Tiger, Rexall, Lawtons and evolutionofsmooth.com



As mentioned, the set contains three eos products - the Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Stick Lip Balm, Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere Lip Balm (see blueberry acai review, and Berry Blossom Hand Lotion. I've tried two of the three products (everything but the Limited Edition Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Stick). 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shu Uemura #BraveBeauty Look [Peacock-inspired Makeup]

"Be brave in pursuit of beauty." While I take joy in finding the perfect set of neutral eyeshadows, by far my favourite thing about makeup is experimenting with colour. I'm no makeup artist but colour pushes me to explore beyond the bounds of my comfort zone. The Shu Uemura Vision of Beauty Collection Volume 1 - Brave Beauty is the epitome of power and bravery through colour which does nothing but fulfill the colour-crazed beauty fiend in my heart. 

Shout-out to the wonderful boyfriend who bought me some peacock feathers to play with. It made for easy inspiration. The colours of the feather paired perfectly with the greens of the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Eye Palette and its fragility seemed so reminiscent of the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty False Eyelashes. 




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

Eight neutral eyeshadows housed in a single, travel-friendly palette, all for $12. Sounds like a steal, right? Meet the Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette ($12 CAD). 


The Packaging: Gold, envelope-shaped, cardboard packaging a little larger than my hand. By my terms, it's fun size (i.e. good for travel, perfect for tossing into your purse). The only things it's missing is a mirror and some space for a little brush or sponge-tip applicator, perhaps. 



The Product: The palette includes 8 shadows in varying iridescent and matte finishes. The taupe grey and the black are matte, the rest have varying degrees of shimmer.  Pigmentation and blend-ability is good, albeit a touch chalky. The top row contains soft browns, while the bottom shades are more smokey. Although the 8 neutrals aren't entirely unique, they're a great combination of shades to create a day look. The addition of a matte blending shade and a matte highlighting shade to this palette would make this palette even more versatile. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Annabelle Stay Sharp Self-Sharpening Waterpoof Kohl Eyeliner in Cappuccino

The Annabelle Stay Sharp Self-Sharpening Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner ($9.95) is the latest of Annabelle's 5 varieties of pencil liner. You may have noticed that the Annabelle Stay Sharp Self-Sharpening Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner bears an uncanny similarity to last week's eyeliner feature, the Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner. Annabelle's version is less than half the prices but the packaging and self-sharpening functions are very much alike, so the Smashbox Always Sharp will be the basis for comparison. 


The Annabelle Stay Sharp Eyeliners are available in 6 shades (as opposed to 8 from Smashbox) - Go Black, Cappuccino, Graphite, Midnight (blue), Ultraviolet and Forest (green). Pictured above is Cappuccino. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HALLOWEEN: Bleach (Manga) Ichigo Hollow Mask Makeup

It's that time of year again - that time when you can make-up yourself into anybody you want. HALLOWEEN TIME! Check out last year's Halloween looks here. Yep, I'll be doing a series of Halloween looks and first up is a Hollow Mask (for HOLLOW-EEN... eheheh I'm so punny). If you're familiar with the Anime/Manga Bleach (see here), then you'll know that a "Hollows" are "corrupt spirits with supernatural powers which devou the souls of both living and deceased Humans". Pretty fitting for a spooky occasion like Halloween, right? :) 





Tools Used: Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush #154, Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush, Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush, Real Techniques Detailer Brush, Eco-Tools Travel Eyeshadow Brush, Shu Uemura Lash Curler


FACE: On half my face, I applied my go-to full-coverage foundation (the MUFE Mat Velvet Plus). I coloured the other half of my face with the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in "Milk" and evened it out with the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush making sure to cover both the eyebrows and the lips. 

EYES: For the black and red details I used a combination of cream/liquid products and set with a corresponding eyeshadow. For the sharp winged liner, I drew the shape with the NYX Collection Liquid Black Liner, filled in lines with the Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil in "Black" and set everything with the darkest shade in the Hard Candy Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection in "Smoke Out". For the red detailing, I used a detail brush to draw narrow triangles with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in "Grand Cru" and set with the Madison Street Beauty Eyeshadow in Pink Tulip

For extra contrast, I "prettied" up the other side of my face using a purple shade from the Hard Candy Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection in "Smoke Out", some KISS false lashes, and a little  Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil in "Black"


LIPS: On the lips, I drew teeth with the Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil in Black



I had a few realizations when creating this Halloween makeup look: (1) some of my eyeliners are actually solid black, some are not (I would highly recommend the ones I used) and (2) everything needs to be set with powder if you don't want it to move around. 

All in all, a fairly easy Halloween look inspired by the manga/anime Bleach. You could totally wear this makeup look to a fan expo, too! 

Do you or did you watch/read Bleach? What do you think of this look? :) 

Press samples are highlighted . 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in 08 Grand Cru

Keeping up with fall trends means...busting out the matte deep red lippies. Lately I've been wearing the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in 08 Grand Cru ($24). The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Liquid lipsticks are also available in five more shades Peach Club, Pink Pong, Frambourjoise, Personne ne rouge, and Nude-ist. 


The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in 08 Grand Cru, put simply, is a heavily pigmented deep red. The lippie has a slight sheen when applied but the hint of gloss wears away within the first half an hour. Because the product is so heavily pigmented, it takes a steady hand and a little concentration to get perfect lip lines. This is NOT a product to attempt to put on when you're in a rush. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in 3D Galaxy

It's another installment of eyeliner monday! The Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in 3D Galaxy ($23) was featured in the 2014 Chatelaine Beauty 100  as the most "innovative" eye product.  Innovative, why? The Always Sharp 3D Liners are innovative because the sharpener is conveniently located inside the cap, so every time you close your liner, it will be sharpened and ready for the next time you want to use it. 


Available shades (8): 3D Black (black with silver pearl), 3D Sparks (black with gold pearl), 3D Billionaire (antiqued green with green and gold pearl), 3D Pacific (seafoam mint green), 3D Neptune (intense blue with black undertones and blue pearl), 3D Orchid (black with pink pearl), 3D Gemstone (midtone brown berry with gold pearl) and 3D Gunmetal (black grey with silver undertones)

Smashbox also offers the Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liners ($23), which come in 8 more shades, and are presumably the non-glittery version of the Always Sharp 3D Liners. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils in Milk and Cottage Cheese

My first ever enabled-by-the-internet beauty purchases were the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils in Milk and Cottage Cheese (~$5 each). Currently, stick eyeshadows are a thing nowadays but I'm pretty sure the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils pre-date a majority of them. 

I've put these on the backburner for a while but Halloween blog posts (see here) and the need for a stark white base have forced me to shop my stash and pull out these beauties. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

STRIKE A POSE IN STOCKHOLM - Jet Set into Fall with Revlon + INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

I'm all for an adventure (a makeup one that is!). Revlon challenged me to create a look inspired by somewhere far, far away - Stockholm - using and reviewing a few of their latest product launches. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED (obviously). I've never actually been to Stockholm, but it's on my bucket list.

Below is the the look. You can win all the products used by (1) finding the photo on my instagram (2) liking the photo (3) following me on instagram (4) and if you want you can tag a friend!...You must be Canadian, 18 years or older, and the contest closes October 14th, 2014 at 11:59pm :) GOOD LUCK. 



THE LOOK. A burnt red lip with a piercing eye (Strike a pose in STOCKHOLM). The eyes could be quite a bit more piercing but a thin, sharp wing of liner is more flattering on my eye shape. I've clearly put all my focus on the look of the deep, glossy lip. 


THE PRODUCTS. Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Onyx and Bone ($3.49 each), Revlon Color Stay Skinny Liquid Liner in Blackout ($10.49), Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara in Blackest Black ($10.49), Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Stockholm Chic ($13.59), and Revlon Color Stay Gel Envy in Double Down, Ace of Spades and Diamond Top Coat ($8.39 each)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Annabelle Smudgeliners in Purple Storm, Armour, Atomic Surf & Sea Green

Eyeliner, eyeliner, eyeliner. By the time Autumn rolls in, I'm all about the eyeliner. Annabelle Cosmetics is too! So much so that Annabelle has a whopping 5 varieties of pencil eyeliners with multiple shades of each variety. Since I've been wearing so my eyeliner, I'm setting out to briefly explore a few of Annabelle's options. First, the Annabelle Smudgeliners ($8.95) in Purple Storm, Armour, Atomic Surf & Sea Green. There are a total of 12 Annabelle Smudgeliner shades available. 


Purple storm (dark purple), Armour (lilac-grey), Atomic Surf (light aqua), Sea Green (medium green) 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Shu Uemura #BraveBeauty Satin Radiant Stick [Pink & Light Pink] // Vision of Beauty Collection Fall 2014

Yet another beauty from the Shu Uemura #BraveBeauty Collection, the Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Sticks ($55) are a product to gawk at. In terms of aesthetics, one look at the vibrant packaging, and the rest is pretty self-explanatory.


The Satin Radiant Sticks are available in 4 shades: 


  • light pink - for a fresh, youthful looking natural flush
  • bronze gold - add sun kissed radiance any time of the year
  • pink - a natural looking rose flush that enhances complexion
  • orange coral - effortlessly paint on for a natural yet alluring look

Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Stick in Pink and Light Pink 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Make Up For Ever Sens'eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleaner



Seldom do I review makeup removers (because I'm addicted to a combination of Shu Cleansing Oil + Bioderma), but I feel like the Make Up For Ever Sens'Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleaner ($11 for 1.01oz) deserves some recognition. The MUFE Sens'Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleaner is a gel-based, fragrance-free eye makeup remover. The product comes in a handy pump bottle and when dispensed, it looks like a milky, blue lotion. 


Make Up For Ever Artist Liner in M-80, Annabelle BIG SHOW Waterproof Mascara, Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil, Lancome Liquid Liner, Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic