22 Jun 2015

Low-Makeup Challenge? Week 1

There I was, hopped up on my ADHD medication, when I thought I had a great idea. I dumped all of my makeup onto my bed and arranged them into piles by category: lippies, blushes, eyeliners, etc. Then I grabbed three ziploc freezer bags and labelled them 'WEEK 1', 'WEEK 2' and 'WEEK 3'.

I grabbed a small handful with my eyes closed from each pile and dropped one handful into each bag. I theorized that for a whole week, all I'd be able to use was what was in each bag, and an eyeshadow palette of my choice. I'll also be able to use my project use-it-up items. Here's what I chose for this week.

There's the assortment.

Sadly two of the blushes are really bright, when I'm trying to make the eyeshadow palette the star of my looks. I've got e.l.f. shimmering facial whip in Lilac Petal as my highlighter, a sample of EveryDay Minerals blush in Cameo, essence silky touch blush in Life's a Cherry. and Joe Fresh mousse blush in Melon.

Here's my lip products. I'm upset because all but the Bite Beauty ones are very drying. I have Kat Von D Everlasting Love liquid lipstick in Backstage Bambi, Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Rose Bud, Bite Beauty lipstick duo in Tangerine/Lingonberry, and OCC lip tar in Kava Kava.

Eyeliners: Eek. These are bright and won't go with my eyeshadow palette. There's Sephora Collection Colourproof liquid liner in Love Song, Sephora Collection 12hr Contour Eye Pencil in Banana Split, essence liner in Berry Merry, and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil in Deviant.

And here's the star: I'll be doing a challenge week with this one. This was my first high-end eyeshadow palette and it's been very neglected as of late; the Urban Decay Ammo palette. I'll be doing my best to create different looks for each day of the week. 

So, how do you think I'll do? And what do I call this challenge?

21 Jun 2015

Neon Liner with Urban Decay

The CBB's Theme of the Month and Brand of the Month for June fit very well together: neon, and Urban Decay. I recently expanded my UD liner collection and I'm glad I did- here's a neon look using all of them.

These are the Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on eye pencils. From left to right I have Black Velvet, Deviant, Woodstock, Asphyxia and Freak.

It doesn't look like much right here- it's actually very wearable. I would even go so far as to say that's it's a good look for a brights beginner, if it weren't for the fact that it's 100+ dollars worth of eyeliner I'm holding in my hand there (though I did NOT pay anywhere near full price for most of them- more on that later).

Here's the double-wing from the side- Deviant on the top, Woodstock on the bottom.

As you can see, I did my darnedest to blend Asphyxia into Deviant, and then Freak into that.

You can see Freak a lot better here.

Whoop, quick wardrobe change. I used Black Velvet to line my lower waterline.

Those wings look like the're going to fly off my face! On the rest of my eyes is the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and Urban Decay Perversion mascara. A full UD eye look! On my lips is Marcelle Jezebel.

Hope you enjoyed this quick look! I'll get back to reviews when school's over, I swear, guys.

17 Jun 2015

Neon FOTD!

Hey guys! Just a quick pop-in post today- I'm going to share a random neon look with you. I was feeling frisky one day, grabbed some products I hadn't played with, and painted the town neon!

Here's a good face shot.

I went a little tame on this look, actually, to make the brows stand out. On my brows is essence teal colour flash mascara.

On my eyes I used Sephora Collection Eye Contour Pencil in Banana Split and Colour proof waterproof liquid eyeliner in Love Story.

On my lips is MAC's So Be topped with a lilac gloss from the Bite Beauty Watercolour Lip Library.

Overall I think the look is quite successful! I'm excited to do more neon looks for this month. 

12 Jun 2015

Lip Swatch Friday: Urban Decay Sheer Ladyflower

Hey folks! I'm going to be starting a series (and hopefully keeping up with it) where I post a lip swatch+mini review each Friday. I had a sample of UD's Sheer Ladyflower so that's today's!

Here's a swatch of two swipes. It's very creamy but sheer, like a tinted lip balm. 

It feels good on and gives my lips a rush of subtle colour.

It's very glossy! 

Hope you enjoyed the swatch!

11 Jun 2015

June Guest Post: Neon EOTD with Amanda!

Hey there! It's Amanda from Ginger Chic. It's that time of the month again when the Canadian Beauty Blogger members get to guest post for one another. This month I get to guest post for the beautiful Megan! June's Guest post theme is Neon. The first thing I thought of was my extensive collection of neon nail polishes but I decided to try a fun neon makeup look instead.

I created this neon inspired look using shadows from the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Artist Palette and the new Makeup Geek Foiled shadow in Pegasus.
 For this look I started with the ABH Artist palette. I used the fluffy end of the brush that came with the palette and blended Dusty Rose into the crease. Then, using my finger as I find it gives the best application, I applied Pegasus all over my entire lid and used Dusty rose to blend it up into the crease. I then blended Unicorn, which is a beautiful periwinkle blue, into the crease and lower lash line and deepened the outer corner with Blue Velvet. Then I decided to kick it up a notch by adding a bright yellow inner corner. I achieved this by first laying down a base with NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk and then used the opposite end of the ABH shadow brush and applied the bright yellow color called Phresh over top until I was satisfied with the pigmentation. I kept going back into Pegasus and reapplied any pigment that was blended away. I used my Physician's Formula liquid liner and made a very thin line with a tiny wing, applied a coat of mascara and finished it off with a big dramatic pair of lashes. I used the Ardell 202 lashes.

((Oh my gosh! Amanda, you gem! I love the look, especially the inner corner, and the colour selection really brings out your eyes! I also envy your ability to put on falsies. Please go check out Amanda on her blog!))

6 Jun 2015

Colour of the day: seafoam

These colour of the day posts were a good idea, but they could get a bit overwhelming. From now on I'll be sticking to not only specific colours for them, they'll be colours forecasted by Pantone for the season. As we end spring and go into summer, the perfect transition colour is seafoam.

Admittedly I have a small seafoam collection, but just enough to make my eyes pop.

I won't number these, but from top to bottom they are:

-Wet n Wild I Dream of Greenie browbone (LE)
-Wet n Wild I Dream of Greenie crease (LE)
-Maybelline Icy Mint Colour Tattoo (LE)
-Stila Stay All Day Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner in Turquoise

Out of these, I wear I Dream Of Greenie the most. It's just so wearable (okay, for me, I acknowledge that seafoam doesn't fall in the range of what most people would consider 'wearable'). I don't reach for Icy Mint at all because I forget it exists most of the time. Stila Turquoise is a great pop of subtle colour on the lashline, but it only really works if you're not wearing eyeshadow.

What do you think of seafoam?

4 Jun 2015

Neon Lasers Nail Art

Whoa, a nail art post?!

I was inspired by the CBB's theme of the month, which is neon! I was inspired by a rave show.

I used some neon Stripe Rite stripers from Sally Beauty Supply to create 'lasers' over a sky blue Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish.

And there's some shots over my galaxy-print leggings to add to the theme. 

Well, I hope you liked my first and probably only nail art post on this blog!

3 Jun 2015

Monthly Favourites: May 2015

Here we are, children. June 2. I'm sharing today my favourites from the past month- with very blurry, low-quality pictures, courtesy of the awful, dark, stormy weather.

And here they all are! I've got some makeup, skincare and polish. This month is less about specific shades and more about general products, formulas and brands.

Makeup Geek Foiled Shadow in Fortune Teller

I can't believe I almost didn't get this one. I made a medium-sized MUG order and it arrived this month, and I immediately became obsessed with this bright yellow-gold foil, Fortune Teller. It's perfect. 

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Harlot

I picked Harlot as my favourite here because it's gorgeous on the lips, but really, I've rekindled my love for lip tar. I now own 16 shades and want to wear them every day!

Country Cabin Candles and Soap Moisturizing Lotion in Sweet Orange Chili Pepper

I discovered this brand in early May and quickly became enraptured. It's a local skincare company made in Val Caron, Ontario. I love everything I've tried from their brand- their cute soaps, their wax melts, their body butter and their lotions. All the scents are amazing and this is one of the four lotions I own. It's my favourite scent, playful, fresh and sultry. 

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick duos in Fig/Date, Violet/Palomino and Tangerine/Lingonberry

I can't choose between which duo I love the most, but seriously, go pick these up. They're one of the longest-lasting lipstick formulas I've ever tried, even in bright shades. They have a sweet taste, feel good on the lips and are addicting to buy at 15 bucks a pop for two shades. I love them and hope Bite comes out with more duos!

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Enamel in Ginger Melon

Oh, Parfumerie, I'll never quit you. This is my second-favourite parfumerie polish after Lime Basil.  It was an easy shade to reach for this month.

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in Coral

This was used as a blush topper for my two favourite Joe Fresh blushes, it provided the exact right amount of sheen!

Well, that's my favourites. Whew! I look forward to next month.
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