Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Get to Know Me

Today, I'd like for you guys to get to know me a little better, so why not share a few facts about me.

Red or White Wine? Neither
City or Countryside? Both
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Sweet or Savoury? Savoury
Dresses or Jeans? Jeans
Heels or Flats? Heels
Beyonce or Taylor Swift? Beyonce 
Tea or Coffee? Tea
Divergent or Hunger Games? Neither
Blogposts or YT Videos? Bit of both, depends on my mood. 
Skincare or Make Up? Make Up
Night or Morning? Night
Pizza or Burgers? Pizza
Books or Magazines? Books
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Summer or Winter? Summer
Digital or Film Photos? Digital

What is your favourite...?
City? I'm not sure...
Book? Too many to choose
Movie? Despicable Me
TV Show? At the moment glee.
Perfume? Marc Jacobs Daisy
Nail Polish? Any, I love painting my nails! 
Skincare Item? Coconut Oil.
Lipstick? Don't have one.
Foundation? Covergirl True Blend
Food? I do love quesadillas
Dessert? Ice-cream is always a good idea!

What accomplishment are you most proud of? 
Starting and running my very own blog. 

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
A teacher. I love helping people with improving their skills.

What are some things that scare you? 
Elevators. For sure.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? 
I'm an extrovert for sure. I like to think I am easy going and out going as well so I have no problem being in large groups of people.

Let me know something interesting about yourself down below! I'd love to hear from you :)  

Saturday, February 21, 2015

My Secret to Removing Eye Makeup

Have you struggled late at night, removing layers of waterproof mascara when all you want to do is go to bed? Do you hate getting little fluffys from cotton rounds stuck in your eyelashes? Is removing makeup the most tedious part of your routine? If so, I have the perfect soultion for you!

Coconut Oil

For the past few months I have been using coconut oil to removed my heavy eye makeup and it has done wonders for me. I could never find a makeup remover that would remove the stubborn waterproof mascara and liquid liner for me, so after seeing some posts on pinterest with the oil method, I decided I would give it a go. 

This is the coconut oil I use for myself 
Tip: Make sure you are using virgin coconut oil. Mine is also organic but you just want to make sure it is in it's purest form. 

So, I start by getting a pea sized amount of the oil on my fingertips and I start massaging it onto my eye lids. 

To tackle the mascara mess, I use the oil on my fingertips and use a "rolling" method down my eyelashes. if you are gentle enough, you shouldn't have eyelashes coming out either. 

After that, I proceed with my cleansing routine and voila! 

Benefits of using Coconut Oil: 
  • affordable
  • mositurizes eye area
  • breaks down makeup quickly 
  • shortens nightime routine 

This oil method I also great or removing lip stains. Coconut oil is often used to cook with, so it is edible, therefore, nothing harmful is going around your mouth. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Rimmel Provocalips 16H Kiss Proof Lip Color

Hey guys! Today I have another review for you on a product I recently bought and fell inlove with! This is from Rimmel and it's the Provocalips 16H Kiss Proof Lip Color. I purchased mine from Target for $7.99 and i have the colour I'll call you. It was a little hard choosing the colour because the tube isn't see through. So just because the packaging is one colour, doesn't mean you will get that exact same colour on the inside, but they are pretty close.

The reason I bought this product is because I like matte lip colours a lot and the idea of having something transfer proof that you could eat while wearing or kiss your significant other, without it coming off or wearing away is mind blowing. 

The idea behind this is that you apply the colour from the one side of the tube, you wait a minute for it to get super sticky and tacky and then you use the balm side to rehydrate your lips and add the glossy shine back. In my opinion, you could wear it matte as well but the balm will improve the longevity of your lip colour as well. 

Overall, my thoughts are super positive. I think they have a good colour range or shades for everyone and the idea behind this is awesome. Many highend companies have come up with lip stains lately but this is the first drugstore product that is similar to the more expensive ones.

Check out my update on this product here:

Update: Rimmel Provocalips 16H Kiss Proof Lip Color

Hello there! Since, my recent review on the provocalips, a few things have... went down hill. I just wore it to a family get-together and after only a little snacking, my sister brought to my attention that there was 2 patches of my real lips showing through. This is so weird to me because I exfoliated before application! When I went to take a look at the patchy mess on my lips, I noticed how much my lips hurt. They stung and burned so bad. I don't know what happened, I loved these lippies so much but I ended up having a reaction to them.

Let me know if you liked this "update" style post. Sometimes products don't always work out, even though I may have initially liked them. In the future, I'd love to come back with an update post for other products I review!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Review: Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder

newproduct.product_base_nameHello everyone! Today I have another product review to share with you guys! I recently bought this pressed powder from Essence at Shoppers Drugmart for $3! I have been wearing foundation every day lately but my Mac MSF is a little too dark for me, in combination with my foundation. So, I decided to buy a translucent powder that wouldn't provide any extra colour.

This powder does a great job of blurring imperfections and setting my foundation in place. It also keeps my face matte without giving it a flat look throughout the day. The best thing about this is honestly the price. You can't beat the price tag! Plus this product is apparently comparable to the Makeup Forever HD Setting Powder which is a wopping $40!!

To conclude, this product is worth trying out for the small cost but it is also very effective. I love the finish it gives to my face and how it keeps me matte all day long!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

What's New at the Drugstore: Spring 2015

Hey Guys! How have you been? This weekend I was out shopping and popped into a lot drugstores and woah, These drugstore brands have been releasing crazy amounts of new products! So today, I am here to share those new products with you. If you would like a review on any one of these products, please let me know in the comments below. I would love to do that for you!

Revlon Photoready Airbrush Effect is one of the newer foundations released. It is inspired by their original photoready makeup but this one is supposed to give a flawless, seamless look to the skin. Revlon has also just released a new stick foundation as well.

Rimmel London has been stepping it up this Spring with many new products and shade additions. The Provocalips 16 Hour Kiss Proof Lip Colours have just hit the drugstore here in Canada! They claim to be, food proof, kiss proof and transfer proof with long lasting colour for 16 hours! (I have a review on these coming soon, and spoiler alert: they are fabulous!!!) 

Moving over to Maybelline, the addition of Lash Sensational Mascara to their line has been a huge hit with many beauty bloggers. As well as their FitMe Matte and Poreless Foundation and Powders which is now their FitMe formula for oily and combo skin girlies like me! This also has some really great reviews. To go along with their foundation and powder, Maybelline has also released 3 Master Prime primers to give your makeup a flawless base.

L'oreal Infallible Foundation, Powders and Concealer have also made their way into the drugstore. With quite a hefty price, they are a splurge in the drugstore world but definitely something to try out in the future.

I have also just found out that Maybelline Brow Drama now comes in transparent as well!

Once again, if you guys would like me to review any of these products please let me know! I highly suggest you go check out your local drugstore to get your hands on these products before they are gone! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

MAC : Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015

MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015

Lipstick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

    MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015
  • Oxblood Light peachy nude (Matte)
  • Barbecue Vivid orange red (Matte)
  • Victoriana Mid-tone pink red (Matte)
  • Tenor Voice True classic red (Matte)
  • Opera Dark red (Matte)
  • Sin Deep blood red (Matte) (Permanent)

MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015

Lipglass ($16.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Oxblood Light peachy nude
  • Barbecue Vivid orange red
  • Victoriana Mid-tone pink red
  • Tenor Voice True classic red
  • Opera Dark red
  • Sin Deep blood red

MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 U.S. / $53.00 CDN)

  • Fresh Blade Pale frosted yellow (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Gorgeous Gold Muted yellow gold (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Savant Mid-tone mustard lime (Satin)
  • Vicuna Light neutral olive (Frost)
  • Charcoal Brown Muted taupe brown (Matte)
  • Sushi Green Charcoal olive with multi-dimensional pearl (Velvet)

MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015Moodyblu Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 U.S. / $53.00 CDN)

  • Midnight Snow Pale silver (Frost)
  • Idol Eyes Silver violet with gold (Lustre)
  • Deep Truth True dark blue (Frost)
  • Knight Divine Black with silver pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Exotic Purple Dark navy (Satin)
  • Indigogo Blackened navy with multi-dimensional pearl (Veluxe)

MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015Violetwink Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 U.S. / $53.00 CDN)

  • Sweet Allure Soft l ight pink (Satin)
  • French Clay White grey (Frost)
  • Stars ‘n’ Rockets Purple with pink pearl (Velxue Pearl)
  • Tendersmoke Muted silver lilac (Frost)
  • Frizzyplum Dark violet with multi-dimensional pearl (Frost)
  • Overnight Cool black (Matte)

MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015Blush Ombre ($32.00 U.S. / $39.00 CDN)

  • Ripe Peach Light coral
  • Azalea Blossom Light cool pink
  • Kindergarten Red Crimson into pale nudeMAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Designer Purple Iridescent violet
  • Chlorafill Green line with pearl
  • Petrol Blue Deep navy with pearl
MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015

Modern Twist Lash ($24.00 U.S. / $29.00 CDN)

  • Vinyl Black
  • Caligrafy Navy
  • TarotPurple
  • Chlorafill Lime

MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015Nail Lacquer ($13.50 U.S. / $16.00 CDN)

  • Faint of Heart Palest milky nude (Cream)
  • Venus Red Clean true red (Cream)
  • Vixen Deep burgundy red (Cream)

MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015

Brush ($38.50 U.S. / $46.00 CDN)

  • 129SE Powder/Blush Brush

Makeup Bag ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CDN) (Select MAC Stores)

  • Makeup Bag Isabel and Ruben Toledo
Availability: Online January 29th, in-stores on February 5th at all MAC locations; for international, March 2015 (excluding France, Mexico, Spain)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Review: Real Techniques Setting Brush

Hey guys! So today I have a review for you all on a new brush I got for Christmas. It is a setting brush. I use this mainly for setting my under eye concealer with the ELF HD Undereye Setting Powder. I adore the powder and I had been using an oversized fluffy blending brush to apply it prior to receiving this brush as a gift.

The thing I like the most about the brush is the size. It fits perfectly under my eyes and into my inner corners to set my concealer for the day. Honestly, there isn't much to say about this brush. I think it is useful in my routine since I use it everyday!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sneak Peek: MAC Cinderella Collection

Hey guys! Mac is already coming out with a ton of their new collections for 2015. I will be slowly sharing pics with you guys. To stay up to date on the new collections, I would suggest you follow me on twitter to get a sneak peak --->

The first collection I know about is something I am super excited for... The Cinderella Collection! I assume the packaging will be blue and maybe metallic or just something magical.

Release Date: March 2015 (the new Cinderella movie launches in March so I assume it's sometime around then)

What will you be picking up??

How To: Depot Mac Blushes

Hello Everyone! Today I will be showing you how to depot your Mac Blushes. For Christmas, my sister got me a palette from Mac so I could transfer my blushes in the compacts, over to a sleek, travel friendly palette. 
I started off with my regular blush from Mac in the little pot. I used a pairing knife and wedged it right in between the black part and the purple part as you can see. I used a limited edition blush here so you can see the demo better with the purple and the black, compared to Mac's standard, just black.  

 I just wiggle my knife back and forth a bit in the space there and it will lift out and pop right out.

After that, I take the little part that popped out and I set it on my flat iron on a piece of wax paper, or parchment paper, it doesn't matter. I leave it on my flat iron for a few minutes. 

 While that is doing it's thing, I cut out some circles on a sheet of adhesive magnetic tape. You need this to put on the back of the pan afterwards so it will stick in your palette.

When you are waiting for the pan on the flat iron, you will know when it is ready. You can pull it off and you will see a little ring forming in the center on the bottom. That is where the plastic has started melting.

All you have to do is pop your pairing knife in the center and push. If you have a hard time, put it back on the iron to heat up again but the pan should be pushing out from the other side by now. 

BE CAREFUL!!! The pan is VERY hot and you can burn yourself very easily. I just push it, pop it out and let it cool off on another piece of wax paper. 

Next we want to get the sticker off the back of the compact so you know what shade of blush you have. 

I just simply hold the compact on the iron for a few seconds and it melts the glue a little bit for me. Then you can just peel it back. 

I then place the sticker from the original blush compact onto the magnetic side of the magnet paper circle. 

Then you can stick the circle onto the back of your blush pan and you are good to go!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas (Blogmas Day 25)

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a very joyful holiday season and cherish all the memories you make!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Supple Skin in the Dead of Winter (Blogmas Day 23)

Everyone knows that our skin changes depending on the season and the weather, but what some of us may not know is how to combat the cold, dry months.

Skin feels dry and irritated because of the dry air outside. Heat inside in the winter can also be very drying and your skin struggles to stay hydrated.  Some tips to battle the winter:

  • Limit shower time and use warm water, not hot
  • Exfoliate off the dead skin with a loofah or body scrub
  • After you have a bath or shower, lather up in lotion 
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture back into the room 

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Most Beautiful Bun (Blogmas Day 24)

Hello everyone! I can't believe Christmas is already tomorrow! This is also my second last Blogmas post. Today I will be sharing a super easy hair style that will pull your hair out of your face so you can eat and visit all you want. 
  1. Brush your hair into a low ponytail
  2. Take the end of your ponytail and coil it around the elastic band
  3. Tuck the end of the pony into the bun
  4. Hold the bun in place while adding bobby pins to secure it to your head

Don't Be a Hothead (Blogmas Day 22)

Hey guys! How many of you love to fry your hair on the daily with tons of heat tools? Follow these rules and you won't get fried.

  • blow dry your hair only after you've squeezed out any excess moisture to save time and energy
  • use an iconic hair dryer, it dries your hair faster because iconic energy breaks down the water
  • always keep your hair dryer moving and never fixed in one spot for too long
  • make sure your blow dryer is at least six inches away from your head
  • use your diffuser to send heat evenly throughout your hair 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Favourites of 2014: Face Products (Blogmas Day 21)

Hey guys! Today is the start of my favourites from throughout the past year! It has been quite difficult remembering all the way back to the beginning of the year. Makeup is something I am very passionate about and I would love to share my all time faves with you all!

Primer Pick: I actually never used a primer until 2014 and the only one I have tried so far is Maybelline Baby Skin. It does a great job of making my face smooth and filling in the pores so this was a must for me.

Foundation Picks: I had to choose two for this category, I just couldn't pick one to share with you guys. The first fave of mine is the NYX BB Cream. I first discovered this in the beginning of the year when I went to the states and have been inlove ever since. My second choice is Covergirl TruBlend Foundation. I found my perfect shade super easily and I love the natural finish it gave my skin!

Concealer Pick: 2014 is the year I finally found my holy grail concealer.. MAC Prolongwear Concealer. It covers so well and seriously lasts well over a good 10 hours for me. I am obsessed.

Powder Picks: My favourite all over face powder is the MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural. I use this to set my foundation and also by itself on days I want light makeup. The other must have powder is for setting my under eye concealer. This is the ELF HD Undereye Setting Powder which I have mentioned a ton this year. It makes the area so bright and smooth.

Blush: My drugstore pick is from NYX in the shade Desert Rose. This is perfect for the fall and winter months. For all year round, I do love MAC Prolongwear Blush in the shade Rosey Outlook. It is the perfect peachy pink that looks good with any look.

Highlighter Picks: Highlighters have been my most recent discovery and it is now one of my favourite makeup products to have in my collection. My cream highlighter pick is Benefit Whatts Up stick highlighter. The powder product is the MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in the shade Soft and Gentle.