29 Dec 2015

Finish It (Makeup and Skincare) 2015: Conclusion

For 2015, I chose an array of products- makeup and skincare- that I would try and use up throughout the year. For the first half of the year I worked at them diligently, but as my makeup collection expanded I sort of fell off the bandwagon. I don't have pictures of everything in its current state, so I've taken the starting pictures and labeled them.

Blue X= finished.
Green X= given away/tossed.

So first, the makeup.

Ardell Brow Powder: Finished the top and middle shades. Had no use for the bottom one, so I threw it out.

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder: Finished early in the year. I still miss this, the best powder I've ever used.

The Body Shop All-in-One Cheek Colour in Bubblegum: Finished! I can't believe I finished a blush in a year! I've since repurchased it because I can't live without it...

Rimmel Vinyl Gloss: Finished it about 3/4 of the way and then tossed it because I hated the scent.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Black Velvet: Made no progress on this. Passed it along to a friend.

MAC Lip liner in Cranberry: still working on this. Haven't made much progress.

Make Up For Ever HD Blush Sample: Oh my god, the sample that wouldn't end. It got too beat up for me to use the rest, so I tossed it just now.

Too Faced Jingle All the Way Phone Palette: I used this diligently throughout the first half of the year. Finished the matte cream shade, and hit pan on the light brown matte shade, the copper and the purple. Still working on this baby.


Bath and Body Works lotion in French Lavender & Honey: Oh man. I just finished this. Body lotion is so hard to go through! I've stopped buying lotion since.

Estee Lauder Hydra Care Skin Brightening Moisturizer: I hated this, but I was bound, bet & determined to finish it. I ended up using it as a toe cream until it was gone.

Bath & Body Works Hand Cream in Crisp Morning Air: the green line denotes how much I used. Probably going to chuck it or pass it along, I like l'Occitane a lot better.

Vaseline lip therapy in Cocoa Butter: I got about halfway through this and lost it, so sad!

Well, I didn't do the best at this challenge, but I will try again next year. We'll see!

31 Beauty Favourites of 2015: Day 12- Eyeshadow Palettes (Eye Extras)

My day 12 for my favourites of 2015 is supposed to be "eye extras"- so I chose two palettes I've been loving this year!

The first is my Too Faced Jingle All the Way Phone palette. It was part of my use-it-up 2015, so I used this a whole ton in the first half of the year. Here's my (really badly done) review on it- that's all you need to know.

But then... the Lorac Pro 2 palette came into my life around June and changed everything. These shadows are amazing, pigmented and soft. I never did neutral eyes until I encountered this palette, but now I also use it almost every single time I do colourful makeup too!

I mostly used the left side of the palette (I've since hit pan on Buff, the top left shade). Here are some looks I've done with it.

Cool Gray and Lt. Brown are the stars of the show here. Cool Gray is probably my favourite shade in the whole palette- it's so unique!

And here's a look featuring some of the rose-gold-y shades, with Nectar as a transition shade.

I think I'm going to pan this palette in 2016!

What was a palette you couldn't put down in 2015?

31 Beauty Favourites of 2015: Day 11- Mascara

Well, my really late Day 11 for my Beauty Favourites of 2015 is mascara. I fell off the bandwagon with holiday and finals panicking, but I think I'm back!

I'm gonna keep this one short and sweet because frankly, this isn't my favourite mascara anymore. I've found something better, but the fact remains that this was still my favourite mascara of 2015: Benefit's They're Real! Mascara.

It was good, it was bold, it coated the lashes and provided just the right amount of length! The only problem with this mascara is that it's a b to get off. Regardless, it does look amazing on the lashes and didn't smudge.

Here's how it looks on my face! Benefit's They're Real was what I wore on my lashes for a good 7 months out of this year, so of course it qualifies as my favourite for this year. However, stay tuned for my new favourite mascara in my December favourites!

10 Dec 2015

31 Beauty Favourites of 2015: Day 10- Eyeliner

Today's pick for 31 Days of Beauty is eyeliner- and this was a contentious one for me. I really, really wanted to pick Marc Jacobs' Highliner in Blacquer, because I've loved it longer, but my love for the liner I chose burns hot. That eyeliner is the Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner.

This liner is perfection for me, while I agree that it's not for everyone. I don't use liquid liner, or even most gels, because they take too long to set and inevitably smudge on my hooded eyes before drying, or transfer throughout the day. The Benefit's They're Real Push Up Liner is a matte black gel liner that sets immediately.

The slanted tip that deposits the gel is perfect for creating a no-fuss wing, even for a winged-liner amateur like me.

Here it is in action! It really does hug the lashes, I've never seen a liner do this before.

This liner also doesn't transfer throughout the day- another reason why I love it.

I feel like this will continue to be my favourite liner for a long, long time! Also, for anyone who's tried the coloured ones: should I try them?

31 Beauty Favourites of 2015: Day 9- Eyeshadow!

I'm late for today's 31 Days of Beauty Favourites post, but that doesn't mean I love this pick any less! Day 9 is eyeshadow! I thought I'd never be able to pick just one eyeshadow, but slowly, this baby nudged its way into my heart.

My favourite eyeshadow of 2015 has to be Makeup Geek's Foiled Eyeshadow in Fortune Teller. It's an intensely metallic yellow eyeshadow, super smooth, with a gorgeous reflective golden sheen.

Seriously, look at that swatch. That's just from me dipping my finger into the pan. See that glow? How can you not love it?

Here's another swatch where you can see the sheen.

And one that shows more of the true colour of the eyeshadow.

When I first ordered a bunch of Makeup Geek's foiled eyeshadows, I totally thought that my favourite was going to be the same as my friend's- Flamethrower. Or something, you know, less out-there than a freaking yellow. But when you see how this shadow looks on the lids, you'll see why I absolutely adore it.

Here it is as the center of a halo-inspired look.

And washed out for sheerer, sparklier coverage. This shadow is also great for a liner or an inner corner highlight. I loooove it!!! The texture of it is perfect- buttery and smooth and blendable.

Well, that's the end of my love letter to my favourite eyeshadow of 2015. If you haven't checked out Makeup Geek's foiled eyeshadows yet, you really need to!

8 Dec 2015

31 Beauty Favourites of 2015: Day 8- Eye Primer

Day 8 of my 31 Days of Beauty Favourites is dedicated to my favourite eye primer!

Practically the only eye primer I used in 2015 was the Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer. One deluxe-sample sized tube lasted me the entire year! I had a brief, couple-of-day flirtation with the Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Eye Primer but it didn't do anything close to measuring up to my beloved Smashbox. I've heard this is great for oily eyelids, which means it must be even better for my dry lids! It keeps shadow on like nothing else. If you know you're going to be wearing makeup for more than 8 hours, seriously, get this primer! My shadow doesn't fade or crease at all throughout the day, even through sixteen hours of activity and even a nap or two. Plus, you need barely any product to get this effect. I've found my eye primer soulmate, and it's the Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer!

7 Dec 2015

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31 Beauty Favourites of 2015: Day 7- Highlighter

It's the day to talk about my favourite highlighter of the year! I waffled over this for a bit, because this really was the year I got into highlight (since it's the first year I really started applying foundation, and on me highlighter just makes my uneven skin texture stick out like a sore thumb if I'm not wearing primer and foundation. I had another one that I really loved, but I just had to go with my theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer.

It's the first highlighter I ever owned and she's gorgeous. An intense golden shimmer that lights up the cheeks!

This picture I took a few days ago- I actually hit pan today! This picture was supposed to demonstrate just how much of Mary I've used.

Here's some swatches- the blended-out one is one the bottom.

And here in the sunlight, so you can see her glow.

And here's me wearing her. Ba-BAM! I think you can see why she's the highlighter I wore the most this year. I also love using this product on my inner corner.

See you tomorrow!

31 Beauty Favourites of 2015: Day 6- Blush

On the 6th day of beauty... I talk about my favourite blush of the year! Well... my three favourite blushes. Blush is a very seasonal thing for me, so I picked one favourite blush for each season, excluding winter, which hasn't even landed in my city yet (is this what living in BC feels like?)

My favourite blush in the springtime was hands-down, my Joe Fresh colour adjust blush in Coral. It's a beautiful blush, a bit powdery, super pigmented and the colour of a ripe peach. In the spring, it wouldn't change colour on me much- it looked pretty much the same on my cheeks as in the pan. But once I tried to wear this is the summer (to my job at a pizza place, no less) and the heat of my face turned it bright pink. It looked awful! But for the spring, I just couldn't get enough of this blush.

Aaand here it is on my face!

The blush I couldn't get enough of in the summertime was the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape. It looks incredibly sheer in the swatch I'll show you, but it's gorgeous. It honestly looks like a watercolour paint on your cheeks! It's so flattering and gives me a healthy flush. I find that it doesn't go over foundation very well, which is why it was my easy slap-and-go summer blush. Honestly, I can't wait until next summer so that I can wear this beautiful product again.

Here I am wearing it!

My favourite fall blush was a surprising one- essence silky touch blush in Autumn Peach. Love this one! It's one of the two peachy blushes I own and has an incredible golden sheen. I love it so much more than I could ever love NARS Orgasm, I just think it's a hundred times prettier and has a better formula. It paired with almost every look and I still wear it frequently as we're going into winter.

Here it is on my face.

Here are swatches of the three, from the top: Joe Fresh coral, Josie Maran Pink Escape, and essence autumn peach.

3 Dec 2015

31 Beauty Favourites of 2015: Days 1-5

Hey guys! I've got finals this weekend, so I thought I'd lump a bunch of favourites for the year into one post. I won't be providing swatches in this post, sadly, but when I get to more "interesting" things- blush, eyeshadow, lipstick- I will. Here are five ultimate favourites I've used or discovered in the year of 2015!

Day 1: Foundation Primer

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer- Radiance

This primer is gorgeous, and while I can't use it everyday- if my skin is too dry or uneven-feeling, I use a smoothing primer- when I do use it, it imparts such a radiant, healthy glow to my face that I love. I try to use this whenever I can!

Day 2: Foundation 

Wet N Wild Coverall Cream Foundation in Fair

My old faithful. I've tried other foundations, but nothing matches my skin tone, undertone, desired amount of coverage and skin type like this does. And for five freaking dollars! It doesn't cling to any dry patches, blends out super nicely, isn't too thin or thick, and looks great throughout the day. Plus it's in a squeeze tube, which is super efficient for getting the last of the product and for hygiene! I don't have a single complaint about this. I love you, Wet n Wild Coverall.

Day 3: Concealer

Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair 

I could sing similar praises about Maybelline Fit Me concealer. It's the perfect amount of coverage, perfect for use both on blemishes and underneath the eyes, and the perfect creamy consistency. I've been through three tubes this year. Oh yeah, did I say it's perfect?

Day 4: Face Powder

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in 1-5 Cream 

My Holy Grail powder, which is now discontinued. It provided an amazing amount of non-heavy-looking coverage. I finished my last backup this year and haven't found anything as good since. RIP.

Day 5: Bronzer 

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

I seriously thought I would hate this. I don't use bronzer, especially not one this dark! But since it's matte, I've found it's the perfect contour shade for me. And since it's one of the only two bronzers I've used this year- I guess it merits the top spot! Yay!

I'll be updating throughout the month with my favourites of the year!

2 Dec 2015

November 2015 Empties!

It feels like this month that I've been running on empty, so I might as well share with you all what products I've emptied lately. Let's just get right into it!

First, the boring- makeup wipes. I finished 2 packs of Up & Up Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths. These are my favourite wipes- soft, thick, and wet enough, and don't really sting the eyes. I have 10 packs of backups.

Then I went through one pack of Up & Up Eye Makeup Remover Pads, which are good for after my regular makeup wipes if I went hard on the eye makeup that day. I also use them to clean up eyeshadow fallout under my face and to clean up the edges of my crease.

Makeup!!! Yay!

I FINALLY went through this deluxe sample size of my Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer. This tube lasted me over a year, and it's the best eyeshadow primer I have EVER tried. Keeps my shadow on, vibrant and crease-free for up to 14 hours, I find- never tried it for the full 24! And you hardly need any of it to get that effect, which is why the tube lasted me so long. I've already got another tube of this started.

I finished another tube of my HG concealer, the Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair. The most amazing concealer- blends out like a dream, full coverage, good for blemishes AND under the eyes. LOVE. Already have another tube cracked open.

Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder- a good translucent powder for under the eyes. I prefer loose powders for my face, though, so while I might repurchase this, it'll be a while before I do.

Two mascaras- a deluxe sample size of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which was just okay. The wand is just to big for my li'l wee eyes. And essence Maximum Definition mascara- It was also okay for days where I wanted to just go natural. It was a little TOO dry (and I prefer my mascara on the drier side.)

And I thought I'd throw this in too- my roomie and I finished up a Bath and Body Works handsoap in Maple Sugar Kiss because it smelled DELICIOUS.

Well, that's what I finished this month! Not too exciting, but I have this weird beauty blogger curse where I can't throw out my empty packaging until I've posted about it.

That's all, folks!

30 Nov 2015

November Favourites 2015!

Well, November is over, and so finals begin. I jumped right back into makeup as a coping mechanism while writing my term papers- so here are my favourites for this month!

Only a few things this month, and the majority of them eye stuff! I finally learned how to do eye shadow properly this month and got really excited- thank you, YouTube tutorials. I finally learned what transition shades and blending were....

Let's get to it!

I fell back in love with my Electric Palette by Urban Decay- particularly the shades Urban (blue-purple) and Fringe (the teal, which I'd never particularly liked before). I discovered the magic of layering these shadows over a black base. It's incredible!

Here are some looks I've done with the palette!

Said black base is the NYX Jumbo Shadow pencil in Black Bean. This base is the bomb. Fully opaque, matte black, a little sticky, smudgable, and makes shadows pop! NYX's Jumbo eye pencil in Milk (white) is already my Holy Grail go-to for a white base under colourful shadows, and Black Bean is just as good for making shimmery shadows intense as hell!

One such shadow is the MakeUp Geek foiled eyeshadow in the shade Center Stage, a beautiful foiled sapphire. I bought this shade and never really used it until this month- now it's one of my favourite eyeshadows! It looks amazing over NYX's Black Bean, and is an amazing, unexpected pop of colour for smokey eye looks.

Remember how I was saying that I learned what a transtition shade was? Well, this is pretty much the one I used all month. MakeUp Geek's Peach Smoothie is insanely pigmented and smooth, and makes my shadows blend out beautifully.

Lastly, I have the Wet N Wild Contouring Palette in Caramel Toffee. The lighting in this picture is making the colours go off- the highlight side is a lot more pink than yellow in person, and the contour a lot cooler-toned. I've been using this a lot, just the contour side, but I'm not totally sold- it's good for a very subtle contour, easy to use and blend, but you almost have to scrape your brush against the powder to get any product.

Well, that's what I've been loving in the month of November! What were your favourite products this much?

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