Spring Flings 2017

Yes, I am super late to the game on this one (as it is now officially summer) but I thought it was worth sharing anyway. Things have been busy over here between helping with my cousin’s wedding, big changes at work, and enjoying the beautiful weather. That being said, this Spring seems to have really made me fall back in love with make up, nails, and blogging, so I have a few of my absolute favourites to talk about today.

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NYX Liquid Suede in Stone Fox
I have been having a hard time getting out of the winter dark lipstick trend, have you? I have mainly been reaching for cool toned shades whether it is a deep purple hue or this gorgeous grey from NYX. These do transfer, which is the only bummer, but the formula is comfortable and is still flattering as it wears away. I find this easy to apply and reapply on-the-go despite it being a darker shade. All in all, this unique shade is amazing and I recommend it if you ‘re into funkier lipsticks.

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette
I have been going pretty light and neutral on the eyes lately and so this is my go-to palette hands down. These Kat Von D shadows are pigmented, blendable and powdery which is exactly what I look for in an eye shadow. Though these are natural, neutral nudes, there is still a heap of variety in this palette which makes it fun and inspiring. Even when I am feeling like a pop of colour, I can use this palette as a base before going for one of my colourful palettes or single shadows. It pretty much goes with anything.

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Beyond the Nail Polish in Supernova with Starrily Menchie the Cat Nail Polish
I am currently all about holographic nails and so this combination gives me so much life. The pink hues work well together and depending on the lighting, you have a lovely rainbow glow that lasts. Both polishes easy to apply with a smooth formula and are cruelty-free so I recommend trying them out if you haven’t already.

Nars Radient Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
I don’t think I need to go on about this concealer as I have before just like so many others. This concealer just makes your undereye area look smooth and bright while being comfortable and (relatively) creaseless. Although this has definitely been in favourites before, I thought I would mention a little hack that I had learned that is quick and easy to get more from your product. I recommend only doing this when you’re running low on concealer, but when the time comes, remove the little device that removes excess product from your brush. It can easily be removed with tweezers and allows you to dig for more product along the sides.

The Honest Company Deodorant in Bergamot Sage
My new favourite deodorant: the Spray On deodorant. If you haven’t tried a spray deodorant, I recommend it. This one from The Honest Company in particular lasts all day without the feeling of product on your pits. It is lightweight with a bit of an earthy scent (as it is bergamot sage) and it lasts for quite a while. It is natural and cruelty free without the use of coconut oil (which breaks me out and is also in many natural stick deodorants).

ecotools muslin Polishing Cloths
Special mention, though it isn’t pictured here, are the Ecotools Muslin Polishing cloths. These are the gentlest way I have found to wash my face. I plan write an entire post about the various ways I use these to save time, money and being less wasteful (so stay tuned) but they are all I plan to use from now on to clean my skin.

Til next time, ttfn x

#NOTD: Canadian Edition

I’m not gonna lie: I tried and tested about 10 different nail styles before landing on this design. I tried using these decals with glitter, with holo, with creme polish, with and without a peel off base coat (Note: I do NOT recommend using a peel off base coat with nail decals), using the outline of the maple leaf and the maple leaf itself, and even using the maple leaf on the nail and painting a top coat over it. They all worked (except, of course, the peel off base coat) but I determined that this little cut out maple leaf design was my favourite.
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Before going onto the tutorial, I thought I would mention that I received these decals for free and you can too, just in time for Canada day! Claim your nail decals here using this code (valid for 10 people): THVA5KST76
To prevent staining, I did use a regular base coat and waited for it to fully dry. Then, using tweezers, I placed the maple leafs on my nails in various directions. Using Deborah Lippmann’s It’s Raining Men, I painted over each decal and quickly but carefully peeled it off. For my accent nail, I wanted to do something different so I painted the FUN Lacquer Holo top coat on my nail and used the Wet n Wild nail polish in White for the leaf. The part I am not so crazy about is the glitter on top of the leaf so lets pretend that isn’t there and appreciate the rest of the design in all of its glory.
I do really enjoy these decals. They are easy to apply and just sticky enough that there isn’t bleeding but you do have to make sure your polish is 100% dry before application.
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I hope you enjoyed this Canadian NOTD. It was a lot of fun to play around with these decals and maybe next time, I will let you in on the fun!
Til next time, ttfn x

#MOTD: Something Old, Something New

And no, this isn’t another wedding post.

Inspired by Beauty With Emily Fox on YouTube, I took a look through my old favourites from the past few years that I have been blogging and put them to the test to see what I still liked and what was just a phase. Where does the ‘something new’ come in? I had to fill in the gaps with some of my current favourites from my collection. Enjoy!

Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer Original (January 2016)

This primer is still as lovely as ever. I wouldn’t say it is my number 1 primer as I do find that my skin can look a little dry and my pores are still a little bit visible, but I have kept it because I love how it feels on the skin.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation in 110 Porcelain (January 2016)

My favourite thing about this foundation is the colour match. Other than that, I wouldn’t say this is gives me either a matte or poreless finish and it doesn’t feel great on my skin. I no longer support the company as it isn’t cruelty-free but regardless, I am not in love with this product anymore.

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer (February/March 2015 and again in October 2015)

For inexpensive and full coverage, I don’t think you can beat this. It does separate a little and the packaging isn’t ideal, but I do like how this looks under the eyes.

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Glow (August 2015)

This was my wedding day blush so you know it is still my number 1. I love how this blush gives life to my skin with a bit of a glow without the oil slick. I prefer cream blushes and find that this one is one of the more pigmented with fantastic staying power.

elf HD Undereye Setting Powder and Tone Correcting Powder (CURRENT)

I am blown away that I haven’t raved about these two inexpensive, cruelty-free powders. I rarely will use anything else. They both set my make up well without oxidizing or drying out my skin. They are easy to use and apply, and keep my oily skin under control. I do need to touch up through the day (I use blotting papers to do so) but these look and feel so good.

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighter (July 2015)

That glow though. I still love this highlighter. It has a gorgeous, healthy shine to it while being a good balance of natural and glamourous.

Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Medium (pictured is Universal Taupe – January 2016)

This is my go-to and it is drugstore. I am constantly using these up and repurchasing them. If there is one item you try from this post, it should be this.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance (February/March 2015)

This is another product that I use every day and have multiple backups of. It is my favourite eye primer because of how smooth it feels on the lids and how beautifully pigment sticks to it.

March Jacobs Twinkle Pop in Honey Bunny (February/March 2015 and again in December 2015)

This isn’t quite an every day product for me, but when I need a pop of glossy, glittery shine, this is the only thing I reach for. I set this with a few shades in the ABH MR palette (next) here but the cream shadow still shines through. It is simply gorgeous.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette (Fall 2016)

Who doesn’t love this palette? It has so many warm tones, a good variety of colour and neutrals, and the formula is simply one of the best.

Annabelle Stay Sharp Metallic eyeliner in Bronzy (September 2015)

This entire range of Stay Sharp products from Annabelle are 100% worth checking out. I have loved everything I have tried. This particular shade is my favourite because it works so well with my eye colour, but they all stay put and are easy to apply.

Marcelle Double Precision Liquid Liner (CURRENT)

I forgot how much I am in love with this matte, drugstore liner. It is easy to apply and pigmented. I don’t know how I haven’t mentioned this one before either because it has been a favourite since highschool.

Buxom Lash Mascara (CURRENT)

This is a super dark, lengthening mascara that doesn’t disappoint. If you are not a fan of the Too Faced BTS mascara because it is clumpy, here is your not-so-clumpy dupe (to clarify, I do love them both).

Bite High Pigment Pencil in Madeira (May 2015)

This shade isn’t available but I am sure Bite has a similar shade in their permanent collection. Bite specializes in lip products so of course, they are amazing. The one and only issue I have is the wear time but honestly, they feel so lovely to apply that I don’t mind.

Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Lip Gloss in D16 (January 2015)

This lip gloss line is no longer available but luckily, I have found a new favourite that is pretty similar and there is no surprise, it is from Bite. The Bite Lush Fruit Lip Gloss line is the same thick and glossy shine that lasts which is what I loved about the MUFE gloss.

I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past – I know I did! Let me know which ones you’ve tried.

Til next time, ttfn x

Smashbox Photo Finish Primers

The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer was one of my first big girl make up purchases. In 2013/2014, I was just getting into the make up scene on YouTube (as a viewer, of course). I wasn’t quite blogging yet but so many popular YouTubers had been recommending this and the Benefit Pore-fessional. I had received a sample of the Pore-fessional through ipsy and was not into it at all, but it did make me want to find a primer that worked. In the end, I was ready to give the Smashbox Primers a shot, despite the steep $44 price.

Guess what? I loved it. I was relatively unfamiliar with primers at that time and with few drugstore options, I was excited to find one that worked for me so quickly but the price was painful. It was only after that I discovered the amazing deal that was the $20 travel-sized ones and after my success with the original, I decided to pick up two more: the Pore Minimizing and Colour Correcting formulas.  After two years or so, here I am with what has been my favourite primer. What’s there not to love? With all three of these formulas, I find that my make up lasts through the day, my pores are minimal even with simply the original formula, just about every foundation and powder work well with it and it is comfortable. The Smashbox Photo Finish Primers all give you that soft, silicone look and feel which I like. The one complaint I have heard from many oily-skinned bloggers and friends is that is does give your face some shine before the end of the day. That is absolutely true in my case too, but I don’t mind the look. Once it gets out of control, I simply use a blotting paper or a tissue and it is as good as new.
 The differences between all three are minimal. As you can tell here, the consistency of the Pore Minimizing Primer is not the same silicone as they other two are (in fact, it is a fluffy texture). In my experience, it makes my face much slicker, but also shiner through the day. Of the three, it is my least favourite. For me, the Colour Correcting formula is where it’s at. I have some redness especially around my nose and chin that this ever-so-slightly helps with, but it has the same slippery texture as the original.

This post is in celebration of Smashbox changing their status to what I consider to be a cruelty-free company!

Til next time, ttfn x

#MOTD: Samples and Travel Size Beauty

Though I don’t post empites on my blog anymore (I use Instagram and Snapchat for that), there is no better feeling than finishing up a product. It’s almost as exciting as trying a new product. That’s exactly why I love trying out sample and travel sized products.
Because of that, as you can imagine, I have quite a few to go through. I have enough to make an entire look using around than $60 while using mainly high-end products. I have listed below where I received these products/whether they were a sample or travel sized. I hope you enjoy the look!

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Clarins Hydra-Essential Cream (Influenster – Deluxe Sample)

Smells lovely but is not cruelty-free!

Estée Edit Pore Vanishing Stick (Sephora – Sample)

Did not leave my skin very smooth as you can tell. Also hard to use and not cruelty-free.

Tony Moly BCDation (Jolie – Foil Packet Sample)

Not quite a colour match but it felt lovely.

NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla (Travel Size – $16)

Love this concealer for under the eyes!

NYX HD Shadow Base (ipsy – sample)

It is more of a cream than I am used to but little/no creasing.

Trèstique mini highlight stick (ipsy – Deluxe Sample)

Felt a little thick and chunky. It’s subtle compared to what I am used to.

Make Up For Ever HD powder (travel sized – $24)

I find that this oxidizes my foundation and doesn’t do a whole lot to control shine.

Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarry (Sephora birthday – deluxe sample)

This is a lovely natural blush that lasts!

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil medium/deep (Sephora – deluxe sample)

I am not a huge bronzer user, but this smells nice and isn’t too dark!

Marc Jacobs highliner gel in Blacquer (Sephora birthday gift – deluxe sample)

I feel like this is a standard liner but I do like that it is a twist up rather than one that you have to sharpen!

Urban Decay eyeshadow (Sephora – deluxe sample)

Skimp is a great shade to set any cream shadow or primer, but I was a little disappointed in the quality of these shadows.

  • Skimp all over the eye
  • Guilt all over the lid

Bare Minerals (ipsy)

Fantastic quality and colour!

  • Passion in the outter corner and in the crease

Coastal Scents (ipsy)

These are extremely pigmented and blendable. I am impressed!

  • Greige in the outter corner

Buxom Lash Mascara (travel sized but no longer available – under $25)

Similar to the Too Faced BTS mascara but less chunky/clumpy. A new favourite!

Kat Von D Bow and Arrow liquid lipstick (travel sized but no longer available – $25)

My first time using a KVD liquid lipstick. I am not a matte lip lover but the colour was lovely and it didn’t feel like my lips were gonna peel off like some other liquid lipsticks. Definitely a success.

I hope you enjoyed this look! Do you have enough sample sized products to create a full face?

Til next time, ttfn x

The Best of Real Techniques

It’s not too often that I talk about the tools of the trade, but today, I have a few drugstore recommendations for your brush collection. I have found many inexpensive brush brands are just as good, if not better, than the popular MAC or Sephora type of brushes and these are no exception.

Real Techniques is one of my go-to brush brands because I trust in the quality. The brushes are cruelty-free, durable, soft, secure and reliable. Some of these brushes are here since I started my make up collection over 4 years ago and are still going strong. I have tried quite a number of their most popular brushes but found that these four brushes are the ones I consistently use and return to.

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Contour Brush

When I do want some extra colour and reach for the bronzer, I find this brush is the perfect size. It diffuses my bronzer without making it look muddy or getting too dark. It fits perfectly along my hair line, on my temples, under my cheekbones and around my jawline. If you are paler or afraid to go overboard with your bronzer, I highly recommend giving this a try.

Detailer brush

This pointed, tiny brush is my go-to for detailed work. It is small enough to fit wherever I need it to go like my inner corners but large enough that it deposits all of the pigment you need. It is fantastic for smudging, or placing colour wherever  you need it.

These two brushes came in the Real Techniques Core Collection set.

Base Shadow Brush

The Base Shadow brush is my go to for blending out cream eyeshadow. In fact, this is the only brush I will use. It is both dense but fluffy making it fantastic at diffusing the colour without removing it. This is now available in this convenient eye shadow brush duo**.

Setting Brush

I am not sure how I used to apply highlighter without this. Most people use this to set their undereye concealer but I find that it doesn’t pack it on the way I prefer. For me, this is perfect for blending out highlighter. I like a strong highlight personally, but this small brush allows for a lot of colour to be placed on the skin, but keeps the glitter under control. This is sold separately but is worth every penny.

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One final thing to mention: if you already had any of the brushes now available in the duo packages, the brushes are similar but with slightly redesigned packaging. They work just as well and feel just as lovely as they always have. I am excited to have a backup Base Shadow Brush and Deluxe Crease brush to use when mine are dirty. I recommend trying them out if you haven’t already!

Til next time, ttfn x

#MOTD: Unicorns and Rainbows

Feeling a little inspired by the Starbucks drink and Pride Week which is coming up fast, I decided to create a unicorn look using a variety of colourful shades and glitter. 

I love how glowey and vibrant the eyes were! Both of the palettes I used for this are my favourites if I am going for a colourful look because they apply and blend so easily. 


Eyes: 

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Annabelle Stay Sharp Eyeliner in Snow White under the eye

BH Cosmetics Take Me To Brazil palette 

  • White all over the lid
  • Teal on the inner crease
  • Red, Orange, Yellow, green, blue under the eye

Urban Decay Electric palette

  • Jilted/Urban in the crease
  • Revolt on the lid

Annabelle Stay Sharp eyeliner in Go Black on the waterline

Marcelle Double ended Precision eyeliner for the wing 

Sephora eyeliner in Evening Blue

Buxom Lash Mascara


Face:

BH Cosmetics Blacklight Highlighting Powder in Kween

NYX Strobe of Genius lavendar highlight

Jesse’s Girl Glow Stix in Tangerine

Til next time, ttfn x