26 Jan 2016

January 2016 Favourites!

Well, the first month of the year came and went incredibly fast for me! I thought I wasn't going to have any favourites this month, but as soon as I looked through my Instagram profile I could definitely tell that there were some products I went back to again and again. Let's get into it, shall we?



So I've got a lotion, a brow product, a blush, a highlighter and two liquid lipsticks. Mostly drugstore this month, wow!



First, the L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper. Wow. I thought my Rimmel one was good, and I was so, so wrong. That one never actually held anything in place. This L'Oreal one did set me back 15 dollars, but it is AMAZING. It tints and plumps the brows with little fibers, and the wand is teeny tiny so you're not smearing brown gel all over yourself. But what really impresses me about this product is how my brows refuse to budge after it sets. It's like they're being held in place by industrial amounts of hairspray. And this doesn't fade or go weird throughout the day. Total win!

The Nivea Soft moisturizer was a bit of a surprise for me. I picked it up for a couple of bucks on a whim, tried it out, wasn't in love and tossed it into the moisturizer-purgatory drawer. However, somehow, this month I realized that this cream is the perfect consistency to mix into my foundation to create my own tinted moisturizer, for days where I'm dry, don't feel like packing on the silicon primer or just don't need to fuss with too much coverage. I'm so glad I found a use for this product after all!



I had a love affair with Becca's Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Moonstone, despite claiming I wouldn't fall for the hype. It's just so flattering, I reached for it all month long. This babe is intense, though, so sometimes it actually makes my camera go out of focus with how bright it is....

The H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blusher in Tawny Peach came in a set, and it wasn't a colour I would have picked for myself at all. However, the formula is just so soft and smooth, and it's a truly unique shade in my collection that adds a nice amount of soft, sophisticated warmth to any look without being distracting. This blush is foolproof!



I tried many drugstore liquid lipsticks this month and these are the two I loved, though for very different reasons. First, the Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream in the shade Crush- let me just take a moment. This is not only my new favourite drugstore liquid lipstick, but my favourite liquid lipstick formula of all time- and I have both Kat Von D and Jeffree Star lipsticks. The name on this one is very misleading- it's not a lip cream at all. It's very runny and liquidy when you apply it, and smells faintly of vanilla. It applies incredibly crisply and you can layer it as much as you want. It dries down in a matter of a minute and then it feels like you're wearing nothing. No transfer whatsoever, no stickiness or tackiness, it's completely bone-dry. That's the kind of liquid lipstick I love. The shade is a vampy dark red-brown that makes me feel like I can take on the whole world.

The Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in Seduction, however, is a totally different ball game. This applies as a highly pigmented, non-sticky, creamy gloss, and dries down after about an hour to a satin finish. And then it stays put. This sucker does not budge through eating, drinking, whatever. I've worn it for 7 hours with only minimal, barely noticeable fading. I'm incredibly impressed with this. It smells like vanilla whipped cream and the shade, a pinky nude, is gorgeous for throwing over a lip liner.



Here's swatches of all of the products. From left to right: Becca Moonstone, H&M Tawny Peach, Milani Crush, Revlon HD Seduction.

Now here's me wearing a few of the products!



Wearing Revlon HD Seduction on the lips.



Wearing Milani Crush on the lips and L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper on the brows.



Wearing Becca Moonstone.

What did you love this month? Any new discoveries? Have you discovered any favourites among the onslaught of Spring 2016 drugstore releases?


16 Jan 2016

What's in my Makeup Bag: Long Weekend Trip Edition!

This weekend I'm at the CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Ontario Semi-Annual Meeting as part of Local 82 (Algoma University Student Union), in Toronto. It's very exciting and I've learned so much- but aside from that, here's what I brought with me for the four-day trip, makeup-wise!





Let's start with eyeshadow. I knew I'd want to do some bright looks, so I packed my Urban Decay Electric palette. For more neutral stuff and smokey looks, I packed the LORAC Pro 2.



For my main transition shades I packed my NARS eyeshadow duo in Madrague, and for my blending out shade/browbone highlight I brought along the Wet N Wild eyeshadow single in Brulee.



I also packed some cream eyeshadow sticks- the NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Black Bean to use as a base under the metallic brights in the Electric palette, the brown Rimmel Scandaleyes pencil to quickly slap on the lid, and the two green pencils because I knew I'd want to do a green smokey eye, and I bought these recently so I figured I'd test them out and play with them on the trip.



The rest of my eye essentials- my Smashbox 24 Hour shadow primer, Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant mascara, my Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer (it's perfect for both wings, and doing the tightline/waterline biz) and my Annabelle Stay Sharp brow pencil.



Now, some face things- my new Wet N Wild Photo Focus setting spray, Hard Candy Sheer Envy Perfecting Primer and 12-Hour primer (it's gonna be some long days- 8am to 10pm)- and my Wet N Wild Coverall correcting wheel.



For my face stuff- Joe Fresh translucent loose powder, Maybelline Fit Me concealer and Wet N Wild Coverall Cream foundation.



Now, for the *fun* face things! My Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer to warm and contour a bit, Cabana Boy blush by theBalm, and essence silky touch blush in autumn peach. I brought my Maybelline Master Hi-light in Nude to top off my blush, and the Josie Maran Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape for when I wasn't going to wear foundation. I surpisingly only brought one highlighter- Moonstone by Becca.



I brought along a veritable army of lip products, these are just the liquid lipsticks. I'm too lazy to check the shade names, but I have a L'Oreal Infallible Matte Gloss in a pinky mauvey shade, a dark rusty brown Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme, Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Blue Velvet, and my Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipsticks in Backstage Bambi and Ayesha.



For the rest of the lip products, I brought along my Colourpop lippie stix in Chi Chi, Brills and Cookie, my Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Slowburn, and my Bite Beauty Line and Define lip primer.

That's it for what I brought! What do you pack when you go to a trip where you know you gotta look good?

10 Jan 2016

December 2015 Empties!

Hey guys! I went through some products I'd been working on for a while in December, so I figured I'd do a quickie post about them!



Dr. Dennis Gross Alphabeta Peel sample: Honestly, they were kinda fun to use, but they're meant to be used daily to see any real results. I don't know why samples like this even exist.

Rimmel Brow This Way: I really liked this, though I don't think I'll be repurchasing. I just don't see the need for a brow gel now that I know how to properly use a brow pencil.

L'Occitane Shea Butter hand cream: I LOVE THIS. I need the full size, my hands are addicted to it. Usually I hate hand cream, especially if it's unscented, but this stuff is just perfect. Adore. Makes my hands feel soft and hydrated in seconds.

Ole Henriksen Featherweight moisturizer
: I really loved this while I used it, but I won't be purchasing the full size because of cost. Regardless, it's a very nice, pleasant moisturizer for daily use.

Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara:
I love this mascara for my lower lashes, but for some reason, I had been using this for about three weeks when the smell went off. Like, it smelled like rancid paint mixed with battery acid. WTF? Guess I won't be repurchasing.

What did you go through in the last month of the year?

4 Jan 2016

Review: OFRA Cosmetics Highlighter in You Glow, Girl!

I went on a bit of an obsessed- er, dedicated- highlighter kick in December, snatching up any highlight I could find. My roommate and best friend, Winter, was very perceptive of this and picked me up a gorgeous highlighter for Christmas!



She got me one of the OFRA Cosmetics highlighters that they did in collaboration with the girls from the dupethat instagram account! She opted to get me the pinky-silver highlight, called You Glow, Girl!



 OFRA has been all the rage on instagram and youtube lately, mainly for their liquid lipsticks and collaborations with beauty mavens. I'm very excited to own something by them! The highlighter pan is about the same size as my Mary-Lou Manizer by the Balm. The packaging feels a little cheap, but the product inside is perfection.



The texture is incredibly smooth and barely powdery at all. Here's a swatch from one angle, showing the pinkiness of the highlight. From here, it almost looks like I could use this as a blush topper!



But shift my hand and... bam! Silvery highlighting goodness!



On the face, this is phenomenal. It's super metallic and pigmented- if you want a subtle highlight you wouldn't like this. It makes my cheeks look almost wet.

Thank you, Winter, for gifting me this beautiful, unique product!

Have you tried anything by OFRA yet?

Project Pan 2016 Starts NOW!

My Project Finish It for 2015 wasn't a total resounding success, but nevertheless, I'm going to do a Project Pan and a Project Finish It this year! Here are the products I'm going to do my best to hit pan on this year!



Mostly eyeshadows, with one blush (that can also be used as a shadow).



This CabanaBoy blush by theBalm was the first non-drugstore blush I ever purchased, and I've sparsely used it since- however, I got onto a kick with it this past December, and I've realized how versatile and wearable this blush is! It's going to be tough to hit pan, for sure, and I know I won't get any use out of this while the weather is warm (I use cream blush in the late spring/summer). But until April, and then again starting in September, I'll hopefully be wearing this baby out. It's a huge blush and I've got no hope in hell of actually finishing it, but hitting pan on it is definitely one of my bigger 'beauty' goals of the year.



This Colourpop shadow in I <3 This is going to be a tricky one. It's a little dried out and doesn't apply very nicely as a result. That being said, it's a pretty unique colour in my collection, and one that's a little out of my normal smokey/matte bright comfort zone (wait, I have a comfort zone?!). So I really want to get more use out of this, even just to broaden my horizons. Thank goodness the pans on these Colourpop shadows are ridiculously shallow.



This NARS eyeshadow duo in Madrague photographs horribly- it just won't freaking sit upright. The shadows inside, though, are two beautiful, blendable matte browns- one cool-toned, one warm- that I use as crease shades. I've been getting a lot of use out of this duo lately and I don't see myself having any problems hitting pan on these shades!



Ahh, la piece de resistance! (I was too lazy to switch my keyboard over to French. Why do I even have my DELF certification again?!) All bilingual issues of mine aside, I've chosen my beloved LORAC Pro 2 palette as my- say it with me- PAN! THAT! PALETTE! Why? Because I can. I love the shadows, and they're easy to pan, honestly (as you can see, I've already hit pan on Buff, the light cream matte shade- I got this palette in June). I'll have a bit more trouble with the dark shades, because they're so pigmented- especially Cocoa, holy crap- and more trouble with the shimmers than the mattes. But panning this palette is an endeavour I desperately want to dive into. I really, really, want the LORAC Pro Matte palette, and I'm not letting myself buy it until I've hit pan on every shade in this palette. Go me!

So, anyway, these are my life priorities. Use my makeup! Honestly, I have so much, that I think it's kind of an admirable goal, and these are fun to do. I'll do my best to post updates throughout the year of how I'm doing- and you can bet your butt I'll be posting to instagram whenever I hit pan on something.

What's something you've been trying to use up? Or something that you find is easy for you to hit pan on?


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