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Coordinated Color Combo Looks

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This is a series I’ve been meaning to start for ages. It will be focused on color coordinated combo looks. Sometimes, I will be using matching products, and sometimes I will be using ones that are variations on the same color. Today’s post will be featuring pastel lilacs.

For today’s look, I used the Maybelline New York colorshow nail polish in lust for lilac on my nails. For my lips, I used Mac’s saint germain lipstick in the amplified creme formula.

Lust for lilac, is just that, a lilac pink, that is of a medium brightness, with some pastel flair. It is a cream based nail polish, that takes about two coats to apply evenly and opaquely. It lasts about five days with a top coat. It comes with .7 ml of product in a clear glass bottle with a black plastic lid. This is a great nail polish for summer, and pastels are in right now, if that matters to you.

Mac saint germain is a gorgeous cream based lipstick, that needs to be layered up a bit to get opaque coverage, and I find that is because it doesn’t agree with dry lips.It has Mac’s signature vanilla cake scent. It is a pastel pink with a hint of lilac. It is a bit glossy, but creamy more than anything in finish. it is highly pigmented, and definitely a statement lipstick.

If you are into pastels, this look is for you! It’s fun and bold, and a little bit different. This nail polish and lipstick combo is uniform in texture and related in pigment. It is perfect for a quirky tea party or a day at the beach. I highly recommend this combo. I love this combo, as I’m a huge lilac, lavender and pastel lover. I’ve just been super into thosw colors lately, makeup wise.

Mac saint germain costs $19 at Mac stores, and Maybelline lust for lilac ranges in cost from $4 to $10.

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and lipstick combos in the comments.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows

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Today, I will be doing a review on the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows. These are my fave cream eyeshadows and are very affordable, especially on sale. I will be reviewing the two I own today, and will be hopefully be picking up some more in the future.

I previously talked about the maybelline color tattoo in barely branded in my highlighters post, which I will link down below. It is a gorgeous, champagne colour with a sheen to it. It glides on fairly smooth, thought it does need some blending. It is limited edition, but it is repromoted with many limited edition collections.  It works great as a eye base for eyeshadows, as a standalone cream eyeshadow, as a highlight, and layered with sheer eyeshadows. The maybellinea eye base for eyeshadows, as a color tattoos are said to be a dupe for the mac paint pots, which I am yet to try.

The other maybelline color tattoo is in the colour edgy emerald. I’m pretty sure this one is part of the permanent collecton. It is a vibrant turquoise aqua shade, with a sheen to it. Like barely branded, it glides on smooth but needs some blending. It can be used as a eye base for eyeshadows, as a standalone cream eyeshadow, as an eyeliner, ¬†and layered with sheer eyeshadows. One other thing about these, is they are aptly named color tattoos, as these things stay on all day. They need a good makeup removal to completely get them off.

I recommend these to everyone, from beginner to experienced, as these cream eyeshadows are extremely versatile, and affordably priced. They generally cost $2 to $10, so wait for a sale. I hope this was helpful.

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My 5 Non Beauty Faves

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This will be a list of my ¬†5 non beauty faves, and short descriptions of what I like about them. I hope you enjoy, and maybe let me know some of your non beauty faves in the comments ūüôā

This will be a list of my non beauty faves, and short descriptions of what I like about them. I hope you enjoy, and maybe let me know some of your non beauty faves in the comments ūüôā

1. ihome stereo speaker system: This is a small, purple speaker that I plug into my computer. It helps with the sound quality of whatever I’m watching, whether that be a youtube video or netflix. I find that some shows have very low volumes, so this helps counteract that. This was a gift from my aunt, quite a while back. I rediscovered it a while back, as when I first got it, I honestly had no idea how to use it.

2. ¬†big mugs for coffee and tea: There has been a steady stream of large mugs coming into the kitchen lately. I love them because they feel nice to hold, are very nice to relax with, and just hold a lot of liquid. A couple I like are purple and green one with the letter B on it, which acts as a monogram for my name. Also, doesn’t that make you think of the letter of the day on both sesame street and between the lions, two shows from my childhood. Though I still watch them occasionally, because nostalgia is a thing. The other one I really like is a local radio station’s mug that I won when I was at a holiday parade one year.

3. everything floral: I love floral patterned dresses and flora lpatterned headbands. They are perfect for the summer. They look so cute, and go with many looks. I’ve definitely been a floral femme lately. I’ve been on the lookout for a cute sunflower sun dress, but am yet to find one.

4. a blue velvet chair: This little chair is adorable, and I usually sit on it for when I do my youtube videos. It is a curly metal back, and a blue velvet seat. It feels very glamorous.

5. A green plant pot which I got from the remains of a garage sale: This one is sort of cheating as I plan to use it for holding my makeup brushes. However, in ¬†itself, it isn’t a beauty related item, though I do love sunflowers and daisies.

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My Revlon Lip Product Collection

I’ve decided to do my videos on a weekly basis every friday. Today’s video will be featuring my Revlon lip product collection including super lustrous cream and matte lipsticks, a lone lip butter, and a couple colorburst lipglosses. I will be talking about the various formulas, and mentioning some Mac and Rimmel London dupes of the products I own. With that in mind, I hope you enjoy my video as much as I enjoyed making it. I really appreciate every single one of my viewers, and it’s such a privilege to be able to put something out there, that could potentially be helpful or entertaining to folks. Also, please let me know if you want a tutorial of the look I did for this video.

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Mentioned:
Revlon Colorburst Lipglosses in fire and sunset peach
Revlon Lip Butter in gumdrop
Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipsticks in pink pout, stormy pink, mauve it over, and really red
Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in fire and ice

Wearing:
Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in light
L’oreal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara in blackest black
From my Smashbox MasterClass Palette 2:
Blush in carnation
Bronzer for contouring in suntan
Cream Eyeliner in caviar
Eyeshadow in dusk, haze, rose, amethyst, and anchor
Soft Lights Highlighter in shimmer
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in fire

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My Highlighter Collection: cream, powder and liquid

benefit watt's up soft focus highlighter for face

benefit watt’s up soft focus highlighter for face

L'oreal Paris MagicLumi concealer in light

L’oreal Paris MagicLumi concealer in light

Smashbox soft lights in shimmer from the Smashbox masterclass palette 2

Smashbox soft lights in shimmer from the Smashbox masterclass palette 2

Smashbox Lens from the Smashbox masterclass palette 2

Smashbox soft lights in Lens from the Smashbox masterclass palette 2

 

Maybelline color tattoo metal by eyestudio 24hr eyeshadow in barely branded

Maybelline color tattoo metal by eyestudio 24hr eyeshadow in barely branded

brow bone highlight from the Ardell brow defining kit

brow bone highlight from the Ardell brow defining kit

the Balm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer AKA "The Luminizer"

the Balm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer AKA “The Luminizer”

Shade 1 from Revlon colorstay 16 hour eyeshadow quad in inspired

Shade 1 from Revlon colorstay 16 hour eyeshadow quad in inspired

Strange from the Urban Decay naked 3 palette

Strange from the Urban Decay naked 3 palette

 

 

This will be a post on highlighters in cream, powder, and liquid formulas. It will be fairly extensive, as this is my whole highlighter collection. ¬†I will be talking about the ways that they work best for me, and I think some of them work better on the face, and some work better on the eyes. Of course, I encourage you to use them the way that works best for you. Also, some of these are more budget friendly than others, so¬†hopefully you’ll find an option that works best for you in that aspect.

Cream:

This is one of two cream highlighters I own, ¬†and it works like a charm. It is the Benefit watt’s up soft focus highlighter for face. I got mine from sephora in the birthday gift sephora beauty insiders receive. It comes in a small, metal lipstick like tube with pictures of light bulbs on it. It is rather cute. It is a cream stick formula. You get 2.5 grams of product. The full size one is much bigger. I use this on the tops of my cheekbones.I also use it in an upside down triangle shape,and blend it in to highlight under my eyes. ¬†It leaves a gorgeous, bronzey champagne coloured, slightly metallic sheen. This is a great cream highlighter option due to it’s even pigmentation, and it does not emphasize pores.

The second cream highlighter I own is the Maybelline color metal tattoo by eyestudio 24 hr eyeshadow in barely branded. It comes in a little glass jar, weighing in at 4 grams. It is a decent amount of product, and has lasted me a very long time. From what ¬†have heard in the beauty community, it is comparable in formula to the Mac paint pots. This is a much more budget friendly option, as these can run anywhere from $2 to $10. The highest still being significantly cheaper than its Mac counterpart. It is a true champagne, colour with micro sparkles in it. It is easily built up.Another thing to know about this highlighter is that the tattoo name is accurate, it takes a really good makeup remover to remove it. ¬†It can be used as a brow bone highlight, all over the lid, as a base for your eyeshadow, used in the inner corner of your eye, and as an eyeliner. It is extremely versatile, as my use for it on the eye is seemingly endless. This is one of those products that I recommend to everyone I know, as it is such a staple in my kit. This is made for the eyes, so I’m not sure how it would fare on the face.

Powder:

The first powder highlighter I will be talking about is the eyeshadow strange from my Urban Decay naked 3 palette. It is a buttery smooth very softt pink eyeshadow with yellow undertones and micro sparkles.It weighs 1.3 grams. I use it to highlight my brow bone, all over the lid, on the inner corners of my eyes, and just as part of any given eyeshadow look. It is easy to work with, and there are numerous dupes out there for this kind of highlighter.

The second powder highlighter I will be talking about is shade 1 from the Revlon colorstay 16 hour eyeshadow quad in Inspired. This is another light champagne colour with micro sparkles. It is perfect for the inner corners of the eye, or as a brow bone highlight. This is not as pigmented as some other eyeshadows I have tried, but this palette in general, is good for layering with other eyeshadows, or on top of the Maybelline 24 hr color tattoos.

The third powder highlighter I will be mentioning is the brow bone highlight shade from the Ardell brow defining kit. I use it exclusively for highlighting my brow bone. It is a very subtle champagne colour with micro sparkles. The subtleness of it works well for the brow bone, as I personally am looking for that feature in my brow bone highlight. I’m guessing it could probably be used on the eyes. ¬†I got this kit at Marshall’s on sale, but they are also sold at London Drugs.

The fourth powder highlighter I will be talking about is the Balm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer AKA “The Luminizer”. This highlighter is a gorgeous champagne buttery smooth champagne colour with a metallic sheen to it.I wear it on the tops of my cheekbones, and on my eyes. It comes in a 8.5 gram mirrored compact. ¬†Unfortunately, it emphasizes my pores and irritates my skin. However, it doesn’t irritate my eyes, even when applied all over my eyelids. Therefore, I would only recommend it for the eyes.

The fifth highlighter I will be talking about is the NYC Color Wheel mosaic face powder in translucent highlighter glow. You get 9 grams of product. ¬†This highlighter is a very affordable option that comes in a plastic compact with a removable lid, very similar to that of the Rimmel London stay matte powder.It doesn’t emphasize my pores. ¬†It is several colours mixed together. It is a pretty subtle beigey slightly sparkly colour. I wear it on the tops of my cheekbones, and it is slightly irritating to my skin. I would recommend this if you don’t have sensitive skin, or just wanna see how it goes.

The sixth powder highlighter I will be talking about is soft lights in lens from the Smashbox the masterclass palette 2, though it can also be bought as a standalone product. It comes with 10 grams of product. It is very pigmented. It feels buttery. It is a pinky peach shade with some glitter, and it has a lot of fallout.It doesn’t emphasize my pores. ¬†However, it is a gorgeous colour and could be used as a blush or highlight. I usually use it on the tops of my cheekbones. It is a good deal when bought in the palette, but fairly expensive, when bought on its own.

The seventh and final powder highlighter I will be talking about is soft lights in shimmer, also from the Smashbox masterclass palette 2. It comes with 10 grams of product. It has good pigmentation. ¬†It can also be bought on its own in a compact. It feels buttery, ¬†and has a pinkish champagne colour. It has a lot of fallout.It doesn’t emphasize my pores. ¬†It would recommend these, but they are on the pricier side.

Liquid:

I’ve gotten to my last, but certainly not least highlighter, which is my only one with a liquid formula. It is the L’oreal Paris MagicLumi concealer in light. It comes in a click pen, and has 0.05 fluid ounces of product. I use this as a highlighting concealer under my eyes in an upside down triangle shape blended in, and as a base for my eyeshadows. It could probably also be used as a face highlighter. It is a lightweight formula that dries down matte. It is very blendable. This was fairly pricey for a drugstore highlighter. I recommend it if you can find multiple uses for it.

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Blistex DCT spf 20 Lip Balm Review

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Today, I will be doing a review on the Blistex DCT spf 20 lip balm. This is a product that I’ve been using since I was a kid, and I’m surprised it doesn’t get talked about more in the beauty blogger/youtuber community.It’s one that my mum and I both use, and though the smell is a bit off putting, it works really well. In the winter, this stuff works great on dry and/or chapped lips. ¬†It has a decent spf for a lip balm, and comes in a little 7 gram tub. The DCT stands for daily conditioning treatment, which is pretty self explanatory. Basically, one should use it every day. It glides on easily, and has a menthol and ¬†vanilla sort of scent. If you look at the pictures above, the first one shows my plain¬†lips, the second shows me wearing the blistex, and the third shows me wearing blistex underneath my revlon stormy pink matte lipstick. It keeps the matte texture of the lipstick intact, whilst helping the lipstick glide on evenly,¬†whereas the coverage of the lipstick is less even when worn on its own. I wouldn’t quite put this at hg level, but it’s pretty close. This is a great lip balm, or those who don’t find tub packaging, want something that has spf, and need something that keeps the matte lipstick ¬†formula intact.

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My June Favourites

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This will be the first post of many, in my monthly favourites series.

1. Cathy Van Zeeland Purse: This purse is a white, faux leather, studded purse that I got at the winners in Ottawa a few years back. It can hold quite a few necessities in it. This is the purse I’ve using lately. It can be worn with one strap or doubled up, like the Chanel 2.55 purses. It has two pockets in it, perfect for storing my cell phone and various cards. It has a striped, ¬†mustard yellow and olive green interior. There is a zippered pocket on the inside and outside. It closes with a metal snap button. I’d definitely recommend checking out the Cathy Van Zeeland brand and/or your local winners.

2. Neutrogena All-In-One Make-Up Removing Cleansing Wipes: These are decent on my sensitive skin, and remove my face and eye makeup fairly well, apart from my mascara. They are sold in bulk at Costco. I prefer these to the Kirkland Signature makeup removing wipes, as those sting my eyes and irritate my skin. They are really cheap though.

3. Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting serum: This is a serum I use as a primer. It smells like Tresemme ¬†hair products. It sinks into my skin quickly. It also has some decent anti aging products, which I guess are more preventative in my case. It comes with a pump built in, which I generally prefer for any liquid skincare and makeup. Costco did sell this serum, but I’m not sure if they still do.

3. Revlon Colorburst Lipglosses in fire and sunset peach: These are a rediscovered product for me.These are super highly pigmented, especially for lip glosses. They work well on their own, or over a lipliner or lipstick. I have two, one in sunset peach, a shimmery peach shade, and fire, a bright yellow based red. These look like super glossy lipsticks. The darker shades are more opaque, but all of them have very even coverage. These have a really nice, wide doe foot applicator, and one swipe of gloss is plenty. You don’t even have to dip back into the tube. I got mine at London Drugs on sale.

4. Almay intense i-color powder shadow for blue eyes: This is another rediscovered product of mine. This is one of the highest pigmented drugstore eyeshadow palettes I have tried, and I have tried many. These go on smooth, and take little effort to blend. This particular one comes with a light blue shade, a dark blue shade, and a burgundy shade.  These are a great starter palette for anyone new to makeup. You can find these at most drugstores.

5. Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal 24 hr Eyeshadow By Eyestudio in barely branded: This is a limited edition cream eyeshadow that keeps getting repromoted in new collections. It is a champagne shade with a sheen to it. It works great as an eyeshadow base, for lighting, or all over the lid. They are often compared to the Mac paint pots, which I am yet to try. These range from $2 to $10, depending where you shop. They can be found at most drugstores. These are a great staple for any beauty lover.

6. Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Empire: This shadow pencil, which I use as an eyeliner on my lower lash line, glides on smooth, and leaves a nice pigmented line. The one issue with these, is that they fade within an hour or two. But then, I just have a smokey eye look afterwards. This is my favourite eyeliner just because it is so easy to apply.

7. Nars blush in Orgasm: This is a cult favourite in the beauty world. It looks good on so many people. It is a peachy pink shade with micro glitter in it, though on the face it just shimmers. It doesn’t emphasize pores, and lasts for hours. It is subtle, but very buildable. I absolutely adore the ¬†Nars signature rubberized, matte packaging. It comes with a built in mirror, which is handy for touch-ups on the go. I wear this blush almost every¬†day. I got it at Sephora, and you can also find Nars products at The Bay.

8. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire and Ice: This is a classic,, bright, ¬†yellow based, red lipstick. This lipstick came out in 1952. It is iconic, and classic in style. It is highly pigmented, as are most of the revlon creme lipsticks in the super lustrous formula. Revlon makes amazing red lipsticks. I highly recommend their matte lipstick in really red, which is a decent dupe for Mac’s ruby woo, but a bit less matte and less drying. This is a staple for those who love red lipsticks.

9. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: This is my first Urban Decay palette, and it has become my hg (holy grail). It is so versatile, full of rose golds and bronzey shades. Some of the shades have some fallout. I highly recommend it for those looking for a versatile palette. It works amazing for night and day looks, with a range of dark and light, shimmer, glitter, metallic, and matte shades. The palette is a rose gold looking tin, with a built in mirror. it even comes with an incredible double ended brush. I usually don’t like dual ended brushes, but this is the exception. It is a fluffy, blending brush on one end, and a small, shader brush on the other. These shadows ar buttery smooth, and super pigmented. I bought this at Sephora during a beauty insider sale.

10. Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light: This is my current favourite standalone powder, and finishing powder. It is lightweight, and feels soft to the touch. It definitely has some fallout. I wear it over my olay serum, or on top of my foundation. It feels nice on my skin, and doesn’t emphasize my pores. It is lasting me so long, and I can’t wait to buy another with the new packaging as it now includes a mirror, and mine is just a mirrorless compact.

11. Ardene’s flower patterned headbands: I have been really getting into headbands lately. Most exacerbate my chronic migraines, but these I can wear for a fair bit of the day before I have to take them off. They have cute bows attached to the. I bought them at Ardene’s on sale. They are very cheap on sale, under $1 each. I love how cute they are, and the femme in me loves flowers.

12. Ardell Brow Defining Kit Palette: I got this brow kit at Marshall’s on sale, but London Drugs also sells them. The kit comes with a wax pencil and a dual ended, angled and spoolie brush, but I’ve mostly been using the palette. It’s packaging is very similar to revlon palettes, with where the mirror is place and styled inside of it. It comes with a mini angled brow brush. It contains a light, cocoa coloured matte brown shade, a sparkly black shade, a matte chocolate brown shade, and a highlighting,¬†sparkly¬†shade. I mostly use the cocoa shade. It works perfectly with my brows, emphasizing them just the right amount.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my June favourites. Tell me your favourites in the comments.

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