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Makeup for cold nights and hot drinks

Hey Everyone, Long time, no type. So I’ve been thinking about what to blog about next, and figured since it’s been quite cold lately, even some snow, which is rare where I live, some winter/holiday makeup suggestions are in order.

Don’t you love the lipstick print of a bold lip on your mug while you wrap yourself in a leopard print snuggie whilst marathoning through revenge. Well, at least that’s me lol. Point being the holidays and winter in general are the perfect time to break out the bright red and berry lipsticks that can sometimes feel too intimidating most of the time. I mean, wear whatever you like whenever. That’s what I do. But there’s something special about that ultra matte ruby woo lipstick form mac. Or whatever your go to bright bold lipstick is. I recommend wearing a decent lip balm, as the cold weather tends to reek havoc on even the smoothest of lips.

Eyeshadow wise, I’ve recently gotten into golds, greens, burgundies,silvers, and blues. Gold eyeshadow is surprising flattering on most people, and just seems sort of fancy. An excellent glammed up neutral palettes is from Illamasqua called the neutral palette. It contains a matte brown, shimmery gold, mostly matte black, and a matte off white. It is rather glamorous due to the gold, and matte browns are a definite staple for adding definition to the crease. Silver and gold can take any look from day to night in mere strokes of your fave eyeshadow brush.

I love contouring, and think it’s a great way to add definition to one’s face, while also highlighting your gorgeous cheeks. I love shimmery champagne highlighters like the balm’s mary lou manizer. Rose gold highlighters look gorgeous on many.

Blush wise, I love a dolly look, so right on the apples of the cheeks. Something really bold like the bright fuschia pink of giorgio armani’s cheek fabric in 509. I’m told it’s a dupe for tom ford’s narcissist which was limited edition. The kind of flushed look like you just were outside is what we’re going for.

For nails, a bright shade is best. Or glitter. Glitter is always good. Golds and reds are classic. However, a barney purple like revlon colorstay gel envy in up the ante is rather daring.

So there you have it. My holiday makeup suggestions. This post was a bit all over the place but so are the holidays.  Let me know your fave holiday bold lip in the comments.

Have a good one 🙂

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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.

I hope this post was enjoyable for you, and that you let me know your fave nail polish
and lipstick combos in the comments.

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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 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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Finding Your Comfort In Bold Lips

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This post will be about finding ways to feel comfortable wearing bold lips in one’s everyday life. This post was inspired by Amanda of amandarobots.

So, I am a huge fan of bold lipsticks. I think they can really complete a look. Whether I’m wearing a full face, or just a little blush, bold lips give every look that little something extra. I don’t wear them every day, but most days that I wear lipstick, chances are it will be bold.

Bold lipsticks can be really intimidating to wear for many. I know it’s taken me a while to get used to them. They are worn on one of the most prominent features of the face, pretty much in the centre. Even with a subtle lipstick, it will be more noticeable than many other kinds of makeup.

Bold lipsticks can be really intimidating to wear for many. I know it’s taken me a while to get used to them. When you’re first getting into bold, or just more bright lips, it’s important to start slow. One thing that can work really well is just wearing an opaque lip gloss. The idea of lipgloss just feels more simple. I wore lipgloss before lipstick when I was younger. It is a stepping stone to lipstick for many. One has more control in application of a lipgloss. The Revlon Super Lustrous lip glosses are a great option, as they are highly pigmented, opaque, and not too sticky. They do not fade either.

Another thing to consider is wearing a lip liner all over your lips. It makes a great matte option, and is easy to apply as long as you follow the lines of your lips.

Wearing a neutral toned outfit and minimal makeup can make your bold lipstick the centre of your look. This can make it so you don’t feel you’re putting yourself in the spotlight too much. Another tip is to find a formula that works for you. One that you love. Choose one that you have neutral or softer shades in, so that you can get used to the formula, and feel more comfortable in it. Then, when you are ready to bolden it up, choose a a bright version of that shade, and in that formula. It’s a way to ease yourself into that gorgeous, bold lipstick, without feeling the lipstick on your lips too much.

You want something that is non drying, possibly hydrating, and either a matte and cream finish. Those are the best for emphasizing the shade the most, and also are the longest lasting formulas. You don’t want to mess up your lipstick, as it will look messy, and possibly stain below your lips, particularly with a bold shade.

You can see some of the ways I wear bold lips, in the photos above. I take a lot of selfies, and that in itself, is a form of self care. It makes me feel better, or just even able to function, when I take a selfie. it validates my look, and myself, and how I want to express myself. Never feel ashamed for taking selfies. If people are criticizing them, that’s pretty disrespectful, especially when you’re putting yourself out there. Do it for you.

Some great bold lipstick options are matte. NYX soft matte lip creams apply wet, and dry to a matte finish. They smell like vanilla frosting, and don’t feel overly drying for at least 4 hours. They last 5-6 hours, before fading. They come with a doe foot applicator, so you can apply them like you would a lipgloss. A more pricey option are the Mac matte and retro matte lipsticks. The matte ones are creamy as far as matte lipsticks go, and slide on quite well. They last very well throughout the day. I recommend wearing a lipliner underneath them, to add staying power. The retro mattes last for hours, as they are the most matte lipsticks I have ever tried. These I also recommend wearing a lipliner with. The Revlon matte lipsticks are similar to the Mac matte ones, and they are cheaper. They are fairly creamy, though I recommend wearing a decent lip balm under them to create a more even application.

Some cream lipstick options are the Rimmel London Kate lipsticks. These are highly pigmented, opaque, and last very well through eating and drinking. They are non drying, and perfect for a starter bold lipstick. UI highly recommend them. Both NYC and Wet “N” Wild lipsticks are very pigmented, emollient type formulas, and last fairly well through eating and drinking, These do not stay within the lip lines as well, so it is advised to wear a lipliner under them. The Mac amplified cremes are my favourite lipstick formula. You simply cannot go wrong with these opaque, highly pigmented, creamy, and long lasting beauties. They leave a beautiful even stain behind.

Making sure you are feeling the lipstick on any given day is important. Go with the environment you’re in, and the mood you’re feeling. If it’s a school day, you can never go wrong with a classic, blue based, red lipstick. If you’re going to a party, try something fun, like a bright lavender, or a fuchsia pink. If you’re going out, a vampy, burgundy or purple is a great option.

Don’t push yourself to go bold, if you’re not feeling it. Try it on a day where you’re feeling good, so you feel a bit better.

Bold lipsticks can also be a form of self care. Whether I’m sitting on my bed, or going to school, I love to wear a bold lipstick. It makes me look more intense, even if I’m feeling low. There’s something very relaxing about applying lipstick carefully, and with as much precision as you can manage. If you don’t apply it perfectly. Don’t worry. You can always wipe away the excess, or draw a lip liner around your lips. Find your you in a lipstick, and use it.

Doing a bold lipstick is for you, and nobody else (unless you want it to be). It is a big thing, especially as a femme to embrace my over the top, excessive lipsticks. I used to be really nervous wearing lipstick at all, feeling “too feminine”. There is no such thing. Also, wearing makeup isn’t inherently feminine, masculine, or anything inbetween. It’s what you want it to be. I love being too much, and embracing what others look down upon. It’s for me, and that is a good thing.

I think the thing you can take away from this is find a formula you like, build up to a bold shade slowly, and do it for you.

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Mac please me matte lipstick review

Hey All!
For my first review, I thought I’d delve into my lipstick collection, and pull out a classic that’s been getting quite a bit of use lately. The Mac please me matte lipstick is a rather creamy formula, as far as matte lipsticks go. I find particularly with mac, that they tend to be quite drying. Please me is definitely an exception to the rule. It is a baby pink nude colour. One coat is enough for this versatile lipstick. It works perfectly for the spring and summer as that little something extra that brightens up the face without overpowering the rest of the look. It is extremely wearable, and is definitely a staple in my collection. It is vanilla scented as are all Mac lip products.

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