Friday, May 23, 2014

Tarte Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush in Glisten


Long time no blog... It's been over two weeks! Epic fail.  I'm back with a post on the Tarte Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush in Glisten.  I recently went shopping in Buffalo, New York and hit up the Sephora there.  The price of makeup in the USA vs. Canada is very drastic so I went HAM.  I will be doing a bunch of reviews on some of the products that I picked up (mascara, MUFE makeup setting spray, Naked 1).  So check back in a couple days!

On to the review...

I'm still growing my blush collection and I had heard really good things about the Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush on Reddit and other blogs so I knew I wanted to buy it when I stepped into Sephora.  I went with the shade Glisten because it seemed to be the only non-matte shade which I already own a lot of.

This blush is a gold shimmery peachy/pink and very pigmented.  I'm fairer skinned so the first time I used this I overdid it.  It can be very frosty if you apply too much.  I think this blush will look best with a nice summer tan.

There is little to no pigment fallout which is nice, NO MESS!  It is also formulated WITHOUT mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, triclosan, sodium laurel sulfate and gluten.  Tarte is known for being a more natural brand which is awesome.  The packaging and colour are also beautiful.  It's just nice to look at, ya know?  This is my first Tarte product and I can't wait to try out more from the brand!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Battle of the Brows | Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz vs. Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner


Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Light  VS.  Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Ash 

If you're a fan of the Brow Wiz and you have yet to find a drugstore dupe of this amazing brow pencil... Canadian girls, you're in luck!  Annabelle has a very similar product called the "Skinny Brow Liner" for an affordable 8.95 Canadian!  It offers the same ultra thin crayon-like tip as the more expensive $27 dollar Brow Wiz pencil.  The thin tip of these pencils allows you to create thin lines imitating actual hairs, so your filled in brows look super natural.  LETS COMPARE!

THE BRUSH
BROW WIZ:  The Brow Wiz has a more traditional-like brush which is perfect for shaping those brows into the perfect angle.  A negative point would be that product builds up on this brush as you can see in the photo above, so it gets dirty fast.  

SKINNY BROW LINER:  The Skinny Brow Liner has an nontraditional plastic brow brush.  It's considerably smaller than the Brow Wiz brush.  I originally thought I wouldn't like this brush, but it's good for fixing individual hairs that are out of place due to it's small size.  It's also easy to clean because it's plastic.   

WINNER | Skinny Brow Liner 

THE PACKAGING
BROW WIZ:  The Brow Wiz packaging is a lot more luxurious looking with the black and gold colour-way.  I also like how both the lid and brush caps are black.     

SKINNY BROW LINER:  Somewhat boring packaging.  The packaging colour matches the eyebrow pencil shade which is good for a drugstore product as this liner does not have in-store samples.  

WINNER | Brow Wiz

THE COLOURS
BROW WIZ:  Brow Wiz comes in 7 shades to cover all hair colour types.  Here is the breakdown:  

Taupe (formally Ash Blonde): For light to dark blonde Hair
Medium Brown (formally Medium Ash) is for light/medium brown or silver hair
Caramel: Warm light brown, auburn or strawberry blonde hair
Soft Brown: Medium brown hair
Dark Brown: Medium brown to black hair
Ebony: Dark brown to black hair
Granite: Very dark brown to black hair with ashy undertones.  

I'm currently using Medium Ash (Medium Brown) because I accidentally picked up the wrong shade at Sephora (I was using Taupe before).  Medium Ash ended up being the perfect match to my natural ash light brown eyebrows (I'm a natural dirty blonde). 

SKINNY BROW LINER:  This liner comes in three shades.

Universal Light 
Universal Medium
Universal Dark

The Annabelle website unfortunately, does not have any colour descriptions of this liner.

WINNER | Brow Wiz,  Annabelle needs to release more shades to compete!

COLOUR COMPARISONS & DUPES
Universal Light / Caramel:  I purchased Universal Light thinking it would be perfect for my light brown ash eyebrows.  Boy was I wrong.  This liner has red undertones so I think it would work best for auburn or strawberry blonde hair like the Brow Wiz in "Caramel".  Unfortunately if you're blonde, this liner may or may not work for you.   

Universal Medium / Soft Brown or Dark Brown: I haven't personally tried Universal Medium but I think it would work better with my eyebrows than Universal Light, although I still think it would be to dark (us Blondes have it hard in the eyebrow department).  I would recommend Universal Medium as a dupe for Soft Brown or Dark Brown.      

Universal Dark / Ebony:  The darkest Annabelle liner shade is Universal Dark which is for dark brown hair to black hair.  This is a dupe for the shade Ebony.    

THE PRICE
BROW WIZ: 27.00 CAD
SKINNY BROW LINER: 8.95 CAN (online)

WINNER | Skinny Brow Liner


THOUGHTS
Overall, I'm going to have to recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, that is until Annabelle releases more shades.  Three is just not enough!  If you have lighter eyebrows or are a blonde you might want to avoid the Skinny Brow Liner because finding a colour match will be more difficult.  If you have medium to dark brown or black hair the Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner might be a great option for you!  Especially if you want to save a whopping $18 dollars.  

Let me know if this post was helpful and if you want more dupe/product comparisons posts because I love doing them!

Friday, May 2, 2014

E.L.F Studio Makeup Clutch Palette + Blue/Teal Eye Look!





I found this ELF Makeup Clutch palette at Winners yesterday for a whopping $15 and I couldn't resist.  Seriously, my basket was full of products and it took all of my self-control not to buy it all.  But, I've been looking into purchasing more eyeshadow as I usually only wear browns/nudes and I thought this would be a good gateway kit.

I love the size of this clutch.  It's small, portable and the quality is great for the price.  It comes with 32 eyeshadow colours, 2 blushes, 1 bronzer, 1 face shimmer, 6 lip colours, an eyebrow cream and power (which were way to dark for me) and 3 useless eyeshadow applicators.  It's a good kit to throw in your bag for going out after work.     

I used this ELF kit for my whole face minus my base (foundation, concealer, powder, etc).  Here's what I used to get this look: 

EYES
1.  Light brown/gold shimmer all over the lid
2.  I used the dark chocolate brown for the crease and slowly built up the pigment
3.  Light shimmery pink for my brow bone
4.  I placed a bit of black in the crease to darken it up a bit more and blended it all out
5.  Light shimmer teal colour for the inner bottom last line
6.  Bright blue for the remaining half of bottom lash line to create an ombre effect 

FACE
7.  I used the bronzer to contour my cheeks and create a overall glow
8.  I love this peach blush, it's very subtle and shimmery
9.  Not sure how I feel about this clear gel face shimmer yet, because it was awkward to apply.  You can see it clearly on the bridge of my nose though, which looks ultra highlighted in the photos above! 
10.  Last but not least, I used this peach/orange lip gloss (it looks a lot more orange than it applies).  It was not sticky at all which I liked, as I'm not normally a gloss person.

I can't wait to try new eyeshadow looks with this palette, especially a nice dark black and grey smokey eye.  

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation Review


I recently picked up this L'Oreal True Match Lumi foundation after hearing amazing things about it via the blogosphere!  It was also on sale and I couldn't resist.  After wearing it the past two days, I have to say this foundation definitely lives up to the hype.  

I bought the shade N1-2 Soft Ivory/Classic Ivory which matched amazingly to my skin.  It is super lightweight and feels like you're wearing nothing.  The coverage was medium to full and left my skin feeling incredibly soft (like seriously, so soft) and even looking.  It gives off a dewy looking finish and feels moisturizing probably due to Vitamins C&E which are included in the formula.        

It's on the higher end of the drugstore price scale at a whopping $17-$18 per bottle in Canada.  Luckily, I bought it on sale for around $13, which is actually why I ended up getting it.  If you want a quality product but don't want to spend $50+ on a foundation, L'Oreal Lumi is a great option.  It's very comparable to the Makeup Forever HD Foundation (my other fav right now) in my opinion.  

The packaging is high quality.  It comes in a glass bottle with a pump top, which I prefer as I can easily apply it directly to the flat top kabuki brush I use for foundation.   

I'm curious to know what my readers are using as I'm always looking to try new foundations!  Comment below!

Friday, April 25, 2014

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Tokyo



I love love love the NYX Matte Lip Creams.  Unfortunately in Canada, or at least where I buy my NYX products (Rexall), the selection is limited.  I will be stocking up on all of the unavailable NYX products on my next trip to the US. Yee haw!

I paired the NYX lip liner Rose with the Soft Matte Lip Cream in Tokyo to create this neutral peachy pink look.  The lip liner is a tad darker than the lip cream so it creates a bit of depth.  Tokyo's application is a bit streaky but a quick dab over with my finger and it was perfect!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

OUTFIT | Baby Grey



I'm still on my neutral kick (don't get me wrong I still love me some bright blue or red jeans) but lately it's all about the black, white and grey.  All except for my manicure that is, I brightened this look up with some yellow matte nails.

Neutrals are interchangeable so I'm able to create tons of outfits with minimal items.  I'm loving this super long cardigan by New Look.  It's the nicest grey, very light and not your average boring cardigan.  Of course I paired it with my go to faux leather pants and a baseball hat, keeping it casual.

I'm loving these grey suede shoes from Aldo.  I love this style of shoe because my feet are ugly (like for real) so it covers them up, but it's still sandal-like and cute for Spring/Summer.  Win!

CARDIGAN | New Look from ASOS
TANK | Top Shop
RINGS | Lola's Vanity
NAILS | Pippa by Zoya
PANTS | H&M
HAT | H&M
SHOES | Aldo
WATCH | Fossil

Monday, April 21, 2014

Foundation Face Favourites!


Today's post is about my foundation face favourites! Below is the breakdown of what I do to get the perfect full coverage face makeup.  To be noted:  I don't do this routine everyday, it's mostly for going out with friends and for work.

I actually filmed a YouTube video of my current foundation routine but it wasn't great (and I'm a perfectionist), so I will be re-filming it tomorrow and will update this post with the video. Yay!

Allllrighty then... here we go.

STEP 1
Apply a small amount of PUR Correcting Primer all over the face.  I like this primer because it's has a light moisturizer-like formula rather than a gel formula.  It absorbs fast and doesn't leave my skin feeling heavy.

STEP 2
Dust the NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder all over.  This powder is translucent and will absorb any excess moisture left by the primer as well as fill in your pores.  It makes your foundation LAST.  I found this technique (powder before foundation) via one of Wayne Goss' YouTube videos and ever since, I've been hooked.  

STEP 3
Apply foundation.  I use a flat top kabuki style brush to apply my foundation, it gives that flawless airbrushed look.  The reason I like applying foundation before concealer is because I can use less concealer afterwards.  I let the foundation cover up as much as possible and only use minimal concealer to avoid looking cake-facey.  This Makeup Forever HD foundation is my ultimate favourite, the coverage and formula is amazing.  

STEP 4
Apply concealer.  I've been using the Benefit Boing concealer for under my eyes and blemishes because it has more coverage and the NARS concealer as a highlighter.  I apply the NARS on my t-zone, under my chin and along the cheeks to brighten up my face.

STEP 5 
I use the MAC Skinfinish all over my face to help blend the foundation and concealer and to set my makeup.  I prefer a matte finish as my skin is more oily, which this product gives me.  I use this bad boy everyday it's AMAZING.

THE STUFF
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder
Makeup Forever HD Foundation
Benefit Boing Concealer
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish
PUR Correcting Primer 

P.S - I will be posting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (and then some) from this week on.  I've been trying to get on a better posting schedule and I think every other day is very doable for me.  So keep checking back!

Thanks for reading!