28 Feb 2016

February Favourites 2016!

February, the shortest month of the year, has almost come to an end, and while I wasn't enamored with too many products this month, I definitely fell hard for a couple.

So we've got a blush, an eyeliner, an eyeshadow palette and ... a concealer?! Other than Maybelline Fit Me? This may be interesting. And with the exception of the eyeliner, I bought all of these products this month.

I bought the Stila Eyes Are the Window to the Mind eyeshadow palette as a splurge for my birthday, after wanting it for probably a year. I'm so impressed with the quality of this all-matte palette, and now I have no desire to seek out any other matte shadows. These are perfect. The orange shade is my favourite, there are so many beautiful transition shades, the black is such good quality, and that dark plum is such a great, unexpected colour to deepen the outer corner with! Additionally, these blend like a dream. I just, freaking love this palette.

The Urban Decay Velvet 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner in Plushie is a product I've had for a while. It's a beautiful royal purple with a velvety matte consistency that stays put on the waterline for hours and also works to create beautiful, opaque wings (much better quality than UD's regular liner pencils, I find). I found that this liner on the waterline really complemented the neutral looks, both warm and cool-toned, that I created with the Stila palette.

This Joe Fresh Illuminating concealer is the perfect tone for me, pinky fair. It's a gorgeous consistency- less creamy than the Maybelline Fit Me, but somehow even more blendable. I tend to mix the two, but if I weren't wearing foundation and had to pick a concealer to wear, it would be this one. It blends out so naturally and never looks harsh, cakey or stark. It doesn't even crease on me! I picked this up as an impulse purchase on my birthday and it's a total win, especially for ten dollars. New Holy Grail Material?

The Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore was an unlikely favourite. It's much more berry coloured on the cheeks than it is swatched, and it was just so easy to slap on with any look, especially this time of year. It added a beautiful flush with a healthy bit of sheen, too, which was necessary as I was doing mostly matte eye looks this month.

Here are swatches of the Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore and the Urban Decay Velvet 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Plushie.

What products did you love this month?

27 Feb 2016

Review: NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks in Vintage and Stone Fox

The NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks have finally landed in Canada! I picked these two up from Rexall, but I've seen them at Shoppers DrugMart as well. How exciting!

I picked up the shades Vintage and the much-coveted Stone Fox.

The applicator is a long, tilted doe-foot. It makes it very easy to get a sharp lip line, which I really appreciate.

(L-R: Vintage, Stone Fox)

Vintage is a dark, rusty cherry red.

Stone Fox is a steely blue-grey.

Vintage gave me more issues on the wear than Stone Fox did. I found it required two layers to be fully opaque and not patchy, and then it took forever to dry down. I found that it was harder to get a crisp line with this shade due to its lack of opacity.

Stone Fox applied creamier than Vintage, and only required one coat.

Both lipsticks stayed creamy for a while after application, then set to a consistency that wasn't transferproof but definitely reminiscent of a traditional liquid lipstick. My problem with these was the wear time- these wore off strangely, and fairly easily. Vintage got faded and just generally bad-looking on the lips, while Stone Fox was a bit crumbly and transferred off the center of the lips very quickly (something you definitely don't want when you're wearing a grey lipstick).

I'll be using these for photos, as they're very nice colours. But, I'm afraid to wear these out, because of the wear, and I won't be purchasing any more shades. Still, I'm glad that newer NYX products are landing in Canada now!

25 Feb 2016

How I Organize My Makeup

When someone asks me how much makeup I actually have, I tend to just respond with this picture.

I bought this five-drawer organizer at Walmart and it's one of the best purchases I've made. The top two drawers are small, and the bottom three are large.

On the top of the organizer, I have:

-products I need to remind myself to use more frequently in the yellow buckets.
-brushes in the little red organizer my sister made me.
-eyeliners and unopened mascaras in dollar-store pencil holders.

The first drawer holds all of my base things. Concealer, foundation, primer, setting spray, colour correctors, powders, my sponge, and brow stuff as well. The long purple container holds eye primer, eyeshadow penculs, and whatever mascaras I'm using at the moment.

The second drawer is for blushes, contour and highlight products.


The first big drawer- third in the stack- holds my lipsticks in little acrylic organizers, with lip liners in between.

The big drawer below that holds all of my eyeshadows. The back is where I stack all of the palettes, and the front little organizer is where I keep the singles and duos.

The bottom drawer is my odds and ends drawer. This means lipsticks I have yet to try, my cream blushes that I only use in the summer, my lip gloss, my liquid lipsticks and Colourpop lippie sticks that wouldn't fit in the regular lipstick organizers.

I apologize for the quality of these photos but I just thought it would be interesting for you all to see what I keep my stash in!

Review: Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon

Hey guys, long time no post! I'm here today to review the new Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon. This is an interesting product for sure- one of the many new and exciting things Maybelline has put out for us this spring.

The crayon is a short, chubby pencil that is supposed to be a brow pomade in crayon form. There are obviously drawbacks to this design- while it's a cool concept, frankly, the thing is huge. Maybelline definitely should have gone with something a lot less thick.

I got the shade Dark Brown, I believe. As you can see, while the product is sharp now, it doesn't take much to run it down and I fear for the day this becomes too nubby to use (I've been using it on an angle so far).

The formula, however, is pretty gorgeous. It's soft and emollient, but amazingly pigmented. It gives a soft effect rather than a harsh line.

Here are my brows with no product in them.

And here is the Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon applied to them.

I really love how easy this product is for low makeup days- usually, I need a brow pencil and a gel to look normal, but this actually holds my hairs in place while filling in all my gaps. Still, I don't know if I'd recommend this product- it's kind of expensive for the drugstore (I picked mine up across the border for around 9 USD), doesn't hold a lot of product, and isn't very practical in the long run. I definitely have other drugstore brow products that I prefer.

If you're a beginner, I don't know if I would use this product either, as it's easy to accidentally end up with Sharpie brows with such a thick-tipped product.

So, long story short, it's a good product, but at what cost? It's a mixed bag, for sure. I suppose it really boils down to personal preference, whether someone will like this product or hate it, but I've already heard lots of complaints about this product. My guess is it might not stick around for long at all.

Still, kudos to Maybelline for taking a risk and trying new things- even if it doesn't always work out.
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