Sunday, November 1, 2015

My Mac Eyeshadow Quad: Fall 2015

Hey guys! Today I would love to share my new Mac eyeshadow quad with you all. Showing my eyeshadows from Mac is one of my number one requested post from you guys!

I recently picked up a little quad for four of my shadows and I thought this was the perfect time to share them with you.

So as many of you know, from reading previous posts, I do own a 15 shadow palette from Mac. This was a lovely gift from my sister last Christmas and I love all the options I get when I grab for that palette. That being said, it is quite inconvenient to travel with such a large palette so I decided to grab a quad for travel purposes.

The first shadow I have in my quad is Blanc Type. This is a creamy, matte, off white colour that is great to highlight. It is super pigmented and I use it under my brows everyday.

The second shade I have is All That Glitters. This is the perfect champagne lid shade that adds shimmer to a look but not too much sparkle. This is my go-to lid colour.

For my transition shade, I put in Soft Brown. This is a matte warm toned brown which is perfect in the crease. I use it to blend out shadows and it's warm undertones are great for this season.

The final colour I have in my little palette is Sable. This is a shimmery brown with a red/cranberry sheen to it. I love this shade for my outer corner, or if I'm feeling vampy, I'll wear it all over the lid!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Summer to Fall: Makeup Tips

Blackened Plum Lip Colour:
Colour for the bolder of us :) 
Hello everyone! Long time no type. Along with the fact that I have been absent for a small period of time, the leaves have also been changing in that period of time to. We all know that changing leaves = autumn = changing makeup!!

Personally, I adore the deep, dark, vampy colours of fall time makeup/fashion, but like many, I haven't always been as comfortable rocking them in public. Today, I have a few recommendations on how to change up your look for the changing seasons, as well as where to start when trying dark colours.

Berry/Pink Lip Colour:
Easier to wear!

Now we pretty much all know, the most common "change" is the deep, vampy lip colours. Either it's a lip stain, liner or traditional lip stick, every makeup company has dark lip colours to choose from. My first tip for beginners is to either start with a tinted lip balm or apply a very sheer layer of the lip product, versus building it up. Another option would be to choose a more berry/pink shade compared to a almost black purple/cherry colour.

Another easy change is the eyeshadows you wear! For example, choosing more warm toned browns in the crease and orangey, copper shades on the lid make for a festive but wearable look. You can also deepen up the outer corner of the eyes with dark shadow or smudge a little shadow underneath the lashline as well.

Also, don't forget the classic cat eye!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Scentsy Fall/Winter Wishlist

Hello everyone! Today I have a new post for you featuring my wishlist for the new Fall and Winter scents from Scentsy.

  • Coconut Pumpkin Pie: "Fall's most delectable dessert enjoys an unexpectedly exotic touch, as pumpkin puree, grated nutmeg and maple sugar are heightened by a hint of coconut shavings." **This is also the September Scent of the Month and will only be available for a limited time**
  • Black Raspberry Vanilla: "Delicious, sun-sweetened dark berries warmed with vanilla."
  • Pumpkin Roll: "Creamy pumpkin pie filling surrounded with yellow cake, pecans, butter, and spice."
  • Autumn Blaze Maple: "A bountiful harvest of crisp apples and earthy pumpkin with golden maple syrup, warm cinnamon and a ribbon of smouldering oak."
  • Peppermint Dreams: "A warm rush of chocolate cupcake sweetness cooled by a blast of fresh mint."
  • Christmas Cottage: "A cozy, inviting blend of Valencia oranges, raspberries, cloves and spices."

Please leave any more recommendations below or let me know your thoughts on these scents! 
~Mademoiselle Maquillage :)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Back to School: OOTD

Hey guys! Today I have an OOTD for you. This is one of the outifts I wore when I went back to school.

My shirts are a plain light pink racer back tank from Old Navy. Over top, I paired a purple/pink plaid button up. This one is from Aeropostale.

On bottom, I have a pair of dark wash denim. They are skinny jeans from Warehouse One.

I added my rose gold watch and my necklace from my boyfriend to make this look a little more girly.

For shoes, I paired this look with my brown leather boots from Payless. You can find them here:
They have a slight heel on them but they are manageable to walk in. I feel like they give this outfit almost a "cowgirl feel".

Monday, September 7, 2015

How to: Make Eyebrow Tweezing Less Painful

Hey guys! A question I get asked quite frequently is how to make the daunting task of tweezing your brows, hurt less.
Personally, I have been tweezing/waxing my eyebrows since I can remember. I was unfortunately blessed with a lovely dark brown unibrow at the age of 9 and believe me, it was waxed off by the time I was 10. I'd like to thank my mom for not letting me face the world with a caterpillar between my brows for too long. That being said, eyebrow hair removing can be a painful task and today I am going to share four tips to help ease the pain. 

Tweeze right after a shower! The warmth and steam really helps to open up your pores so the hairs will slide right out when tweezing. If you are in a pinch numbing the skin with ice is also a option in a time crunch.

Tweeze in the direction that you hair is growing. This also helps with allowing the hair to slide out better. It also will prevent ingrown hairs.. yes believe it or not, they are possible around your brows.. YIKES!

Another important step to pull your skin taught when tweezing your eyebrows. This will help ease the pain and you can also apply pressure to the area after plucking out the hair. Gently pulling your skin taught will also prevent you accidentally plucking at your skin. Ouch!  

The final tip is to always use sharp, slanted tweezers. This will result in easy grabbing of the hairs without nicking your skin. You can also flip the slanted tweezers around to use the pointy end to really get in there for the stubborn baby hairs. Those are the worst! 

Thanks for reading guys! Leave me comment down below with your embarrassing eyebrow stories! 
~Mademoiselle Maquillage xoxo 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

Hey everyone! Today I have a review on nailpolish! I recently started a new job which requires a lot of hands on activity. I immediately noticed how quickly my nailpolish will chip when at work. I decided that I want my nails to look nice but still last and the Sally Hansen Gel Polish gives me the best of both worlds.

This polish promises 14 days of colour and shine, easy removal and no UV light needed to cure the gel finish. I agree that this is a long lasting formula but no colour has lasted a full 14 days on me. It does however last a good week to week and a half which is plenty for me. I am the kind of girl that likes to change my polish quite often anyways.

My favourite colour I purchased is Street Flair which is a muted grape purple. It is a mature looking colour which is great for any occasion. I also love the amount of shine the Top Coat adds when applied and that the shine lasts throughout the wear of this polish!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sneak Peek: Upcoming Mac Collections

Guo Pei Collection 
Available in stores: October 1st

Haute Dogs Collection
Available in stores: August 20th
(find more pics here

Vamplify Collection
Available in stores: September 2015

Veluxe a Trois Collection
Available in stores: August 20th 

Thanks for reading everyone!
~Mademoiselle Maquillage :)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

My Thoughts on the "No Makeup, Makeup Tutorial"

covering up acne 
Beauty videos on YouTube have essentially taken over the beauty community. Either it's a product review, collection video or a haul, YouTube is the most popular community for learning all about makeup. The most popular type of videos being tutorials, where you can learn how to apply makeup on yourself and others.

I, myself have a special place in my heart for makeup videos. Nothing like curling up in bed on a Friday night watching "MakeupByTiffanyD" or "emilynoel83" blend out a sexy smoky eye. For that reason, I LOVE makeup videos, just girls like you or me, sharing their amazing talent of makeup.

changing facial features is not "natural" 
Lately, a new popular video has become one of the top searched makeup videos on YouTube; "The No Makeup, Makeup Look". This is where the "beauty gurus" on YouTube film a video tutorial about how to apply makeup to look like you aren't wearing any. They start the video off with "This is a natural look, perfect for a simple date or even just going to the grocery store." 

In my opinion, this "Makeup Look" is really just hiding your natural beauty. A lot of people wear makeup to hide or change their features, but when you are so unhappy with yourself that you can't go barefaced to the grocery store... that is an issue. Nothing is natural about false lashes and contoured cheek bones. 

I think this video needs to be called something else. What about "Simple Day Time Glam"? Something that doesn`t hide that fact that we are still wearing makeup, and essentially just hiding ourselves.

Talk to you guys soon!
~Mademoiselle Maquillage xoxo 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Review: Sephora Cream Lip Stain

Hey guys! So today I will be doing a review on a liquid lipstick I just picked up. These are the Sephora Cream Lip Stains. I purchased mine for $16 here in Canada but in the U.S. they retail for only $14. They claim to provide beautiful, long-lasting colour and this past week, I put it to the test. 

I bought mine in the shade 13 Marvelous Mauve and as you can see, it is a gorgeous neutral pink with mauve undertones. This colour is totally on trend right now and is a perfect "Kylie Jenner Lip Colour". 

When applied, this is a thin, watery formula that dries down to a very matte finish. Exfoliating your lips before application is a MUST with this product. The matte finish can accentuate dry patches and flaky skin super easily. I also recommend moisturizing with a lip balm before but removing right before application.

Smooth application with great pigmentation

After eating a meal (spaghetti to be exact haha) my lips still looked great! Even after a saucey meal and continuously wiping my mouth during dinner, my lip colour looked awesome! As you can see, it has worn off a little bit in the center of my lips but that is expected. Plus, it is only noticeable when I make a ridiculous kissy face :) 

After meal 

Inside of lips after a meal 

At the end of the day, this lip stain had lasted well over 9 hours. The colour still looked great and it didn't kill my lips while removing. These did however really dry out my lips which is an obvious "turn off" with a lip product.

P.S. I'm looking forward to trying out the Joe Fresh Liquid Lipsticks next, let me know if you have tried them and what your thoughts are.

Talk to you guys soon!
~Mademoiselle Maquillage xoxo

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Review: Milani Stay Put Brow Color

Hey guys! Today I will be doing a review on a awesome new product I discovered when I went down to the states for a shopping trip! Milani recently released a new product fir brows and it is exactly like the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade! I am shocked by how comparable these 2 products are.

The price point for this bad boy is around $10 and I picked it up at Kmart, but you can purchase from anywhere that sells Milani Cosmetics. The package claims that this product "defines, fills and sculpts brows", that it is "long wearing and waterproof" and it also adds that it comes with a "professional applicator". I bought mine in the shade dark brown and I love how it isn't too warm toned. Many brow products have a red undertone but this isn't the case here. Cool toned brow shades give a more natural finish.

To apply, I coat the end of the brush with a bit of product. This is super easy to use since it almost mimics a gel liner for your brows! I then outline the bottom of my brow to sculpt, and I flick the product up throughout my brow.

To remove, I use my oil based makeup remover that I use to get off my waterproof mascara.

P.s. I just wanted to say hi to all my international readers! It's great being able to communicate with people across the world! Leave a comment down below, letting us know what country you are from! Hugs from Canada xoxo

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wax Melts 101

Hello everyone! Today I will be sharing my latest obsession with you all! Now I know, it doesn't pertain to beauty and makeup but I'd really love to share this with you guys!

Lately, I have been in love with wax melts!! If you are unaware of what these are, it is basically a wickless, flameless candle. You warm scented wax in a melter to release scent into your home! This is a much safer option instead of candles. They still give off a gorgeous scent, without the risk of harming loved ones from the open flames. This is also essential for anyone with pets.

Okay, so the warmer that you use, can really make or break the scent throw. (How strong the scent gives) Warmers come in many different wattages and heat temperatures. One of the most popular warmers uses a tea light in a bottom section to warm the wax on the top section. These still use a form of flame to melt the wax, but the flame of the tea light is enclosed in the bottom compartment.

The other kind of warmer, and my preferred type, features an element with a plate resting on top. I can easily clean out the dish by removing it off the element and this method requires no flame to heat the wax. This type of warmer is the most kid and pet friendly. The particular warmer I am currently using is from Glade. They are available to purchase at your local Walmart and always have $5-$10 coupons out, available for use with your purchase!

The wax that you melt in the warmers can be purchased and found at many different places. You can purchase at a store like Walmart or Target as well as popular candle companies like Yankee Candle. Wax may come in a "clamshell" which will hold 6-8 cubes of wax.  The company Scentsy is also very well known for having clamshells. Depending on the size of the space you'd like to scent up, you can pop in 1-2 cubes to heat in the warmer!

Wax can also come in a tart shell shape! These are popular from companies like Yankee Candle. In this case, you can just pop the whole tart in the warmer to melt and release scent.

Talk to you guys soon!
~Mademoiselle Maquillage xoxo

Friday, July 24, 2015

Favourite at Home Zumba Videos

Hello everyone! Today, I have gathered up a list of my favourite videos to zumba at home. This is perfect for people who don't have access to a gym or community club where zumba classes may be offered.

I highly recommend you try these out and just have fun with them! :)

This is a great starter one! Super fun and the steps repeat so it's easy to catch on and follow. 

A upbeat one but still easy to keep up. Great tune! 

A lot of hip shaking ;) a girly take on fitness! 

I like this one for a warm up or cool down. This one is super fun and doesn't have a lot of intense jumping! Woo hoo... haha

Talk to you guys soon!
~Mademoiselle Maquillage xoxo

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Strobing 101

What the heck is strobing!?! After just mastering how to slim down our face by contouring, makeup trends take a sharp turn and contouring is out the window for this summer. But let me tell you ladies and gentlemen, highlighting is here to stay!
Strobing is the new fancy word for highlighting... but like highlighting on steroids. This is perfect for summer since glowing, bronzed skin looks most natural. 

Some points on the face to highlight to achieve strobing are:
  • bridge of the nose
  • top of the cheekbones
  • under the bottom lip
  • cupids bow (above upper lip)
  • center of the forehead 
  • under the brow bone 
This look can be achieved with cream products if you have dry skin and powder products if you have oily skin. Anything that is a light shimmery shade that will reflect light is perfect! 

Happy Strobing! <3

Talk to you guys soon!
~Mademoiselle Maquillage xoxo 

Friday, July 10, 2015

DIY: Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

 Hello everyone! Today I have a super exciting recipe to share with you all! This is a quick and easy snack to make that is easy to take on the go.

  • ⅔ c. old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp. flaxseed 
  • ½ c. natural creamy or chunky peanut butter
  • 2-3 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ c. mini chocolate chips or M&Ms, 
  • Optional: coconut shavings 
  1. Place the oats and flaxseed in the bowl.
  2. Add peanut butter, honey and vanilla. Stir until combined.
  3. Carefully fold in chocolate chips and M&Ms. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Favourite Shadow Combos: June 2015

LORAC PRO Palette 2Hey guys! So this is a new type of post I decided to give a try. Here I share some eyeshadow combos that I have been loving the past month. If you have any of these shadows, try pairing them together!

Let me know what you think!

Lid: Honey Lust
Crease: Satin Taupe
Browbone: Blanc Type
Inner Corner: Nylon
Notes: Could use sketch to deepen outer v

Lid: Retrospeckt
Crease: Tempting
Browbone: Blanc Type
Inner Corner: Nylon

Lid: Beige
Crease: Light Brown
Inner Corner: Snow
Browbone: Buff
Outer Corner: Cocoa

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June Favourites 2015

Hello everyone! Yet again, I have another monthly favourites blog post for you! June went by super fast, the weather is warming up, it's staying lighter for longer into the night and everyone is just generally in a better mood! Woo hoo!

My first favourite for this past month are the NYX Lip Pencils. They have been a staple in my makeup collection since I've been wearing brighter, bolder lip colours. I like having a clean crisp line when rocking my lipstick and these are amazing lipliners. For only $4.99, these have great pigmentation and last a very long time. Let me know if you want to see a post of NYX lip pencils that match Mac lipsticks.

 in color The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette has been another fave of mine this month. I especially enjoy using the dark brown shade "Faint" to line my eyes. This is a new trick Iv'e been loving lately because it makes my lashes look thick and it isn't as harsh as my usual liquid liner.

I've also been loving highlighting my face lately. My favourite products for this are the Mac Mineralized Skinfinishes. They aren't overly shimmery and don't appear glittery on the skin.

My final favourite from this month is the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation. I blend it onto my face with my beauty blender and it gives a natural, medium coverage look that is perfect for summer!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

MAC Haul: Snob Lipstick

Hello everyone! Today I Back-2-Mac'd for a free lipstick! Now if you are unaware of this program, all you need to do is bring in 6 MAC containers that have plastic on them to redeem for free products! If you go to a mac counter, for example in The Bay or Macy's; you can redeem for a free lipstick. If you go to a pro store, which can be found in many big shopping malls, you can redeem for a lipstick, lipglass or even eyeshadow! If you have any other concerns, I recommend checking out Mac's website for more specific information. 

So today, I returned a lipstick and 5 blushes for my free lipstick! WooHoo!! Thanks to depoting all my blushes and placing them in a palette, having 6 empty products wasn't that difficult! 

So the lipstick I chose was the colour Snob. Mac describes this colour as a "light neutral pink" and I think it is an appropriate daily lipstick colour for many skintones. Snob is a satin finish, which is my favourite finish from Mac. It is almost matte looking on the lips but still has a creamy texture. Unlike a cremesheen finish, this has a bit of "slip" but will stay put. I find this finish very low maintenance! 

Natural Light

As you can see, in the photo taken with flash, the colour shows up more purpley. On me personally, it pulls more blue based which can make your teeth look whiter, but if you are more warm tones, this could pull yellow based. "Neutral" like Mac says. I personally would describe this as a "light lilac-pink".
With Flash

If you haven't tried Back-2-Mac, I would check it out. It's very rare that Mac has sales so take advantage of this and get free products!

My question for you guys, is if you know of any good matching lipliners to go with this lipstick! I love a clean, crisp line when rocking my lippie!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Zumba Classes.... My Newest Obsession?

Hey everyone! How have you all been? Lately, I have picked up a new hobby that has become a new love of mine! ZUMBA!!! 

About 2 months ago, I discovered a Zumba program at a community club in my area. I was going into this looking for something new, that I hadn't tired before but still fitness related... and this my friends, is exactly what I was looking for!

My number one reason I love zumba is the music. It makes zumba feel like you're dancing and you don't even realize the instructor includes a squat or lunge here and there. The music is upbeat and the pace is fast but everyone does their own thing. The important part is to keep moving and keep your heart rate up!

Also, my instructor is super friendly and positive! She will demonstrate a low impact vs. high impact version of a move. For example, jumping up and down with a fist pump, can just be bouncing on the spot and grooving to the music.

Now I obviously haven't lost a ton of weight from this, but that's not what I am looking for. I just wanted something to do to stay active and be fit.

Here is a recent song we have been working on. This isn't my class in the video but these are the moves we follow! Enjoy!

I definitely recommend looking in a leisure guide in your area or something like the YMCA to find out if they offer weekly classes.  

I believe this can be something for everyone! All ages are capable of grooving to some cool music! :)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Upcoming MAC Collections 2015

Hey guys, long time no talk! I have some super exciting news of some new Mac collections launching later on this year! 

The first is a collab with the famous singer Ellie Goulding. This collections focuses on all neutral hues which is right up my ally! This collection will be a crowd pleaser I'm sure. 

Another upcoming collection is Miley Cyrus' Viva Glam 2. Check out a swatch of the lipstick here. This lipstick will be launching around September. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Pressed Bronzer

Hey guys! Today I have another makeup review for you on a product that has recently become a holy grail makeup item for me. I use it almost every single day and have been absolutely loving it! If you haven't already guessed from the title above, it's going to be about a bronzer.

Today I will be raving about the Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Pressed Bronzer. I picked mine up on sale at Shoppers Drugmart for only $12.99. That is such a great deal because at Walmart, this exact same bronzer is priced at $17.99...and I thought Walmart was the cheap place!!

So let me start off my telling you my history with bronzer. When I first got into makeup, many years back, I was devoted to watching makeup videos on YouTube and would generally buy mostly everything people talked about on there. Even if I only had watched one review, I was convinced. So my first bronzer purchase was NYC Smooth Skin Sunny Bronzer. Now let me tell you, that bronzer was ORANGE. It looked incredibly fake and just horrible. Ever since then I have been scared to add bronzer to my daily makeup routine.

After watching many more than just one bronzer review on YouTube, this one seemed to be popping up in everyone's favourite videos and I now know why! It is absolutely perfect! The shade is neutral so it isn't going to look too warm toned (orange) or too cool toned (grey). It really looks like you've just spent a little time in the sun. It shows up just enough on my light skin but you could definitely build it up for some more colour.

Also, look for a special mail in rebate for $10 back on certain Physician Formula Bronzers. I mailed mine in and it virtually made my bronzer $3!!