#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

#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)

Estée Edit Pore Vanishing Stick (Sephora – Sample)

Tony Moly BCDation (Jolie – Foil Packet Sample)

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

NYX HD Shadow Base (ipsy – sample)

Trèstique mini highlight stick (ipsy – Deluxe Sample)

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

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

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

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

Urban Decay eyeshadow (Sephora – deluxe sample)

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

Bare Minerals (ipsy)

  • Passion in the outter corner and in the crease

Coastal Scents (ipsy)

  • Greige in the outter corner

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

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

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

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

#MOTD: Millions of Peaches

I’m here this week with a peachy look for Spring. This has to be one of my favourite make up trends so far. These peachy eye looks, palettes, lippies and blushes are gorgeous! They are light but have that pop of colour that I love. 

This was one of the first times I have actually used my Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I am a little disappointed by my lack of inspiration when I look at the shades. Otherwise, the pigmentation is lovely and they blend together like magic. I will need to play around with these shades a little more! Would you be interested in another peachy look? Let me know.

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Bare Minerals Prime Time

NYX Matte Finishing Spray

Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Correctors in Green, Lilac and Ivory

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla

GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation in 11 PORCELAIN

elf Tone Correcting Powder in Cool

Physicians Formula InstaReady BB Bronzer

Wet n Wild Color Icon blush in Pearlescent Pink

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle palette in the shade Sunlight

Urban Decay Primer Potion Original

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

  • White Peach all over the lid
  • Charmed I’m Sure in the outter corner and crease
  • Cobbler in the crease
  • Just Peachy on the lid and inner corner
  • Cobbler under the eye (to set the Annabelle Bronze liner)
  • Luscious on the inner corner
  • Tempting to link the eye (over Annabelle Go Black liner)

Annabelle Stay Sharp waterproof eye liner in Bronze and Go Black

Buxom Lash Mascara

Marcelle Nano Eyebrow Liner in Medium Brown

Quo Brow Focus in Brunette

Essence Liquid Lipstick in Peach Party

Til next time, ttfn x

#MOTD: Monochrome First Impressions

I decided to go grey with this look but the real purpose of this whole thing was to try out a new foundation product: the LA Girl Pro Coverage HD long wear Illuminating foundation in White. First of all, that name is ridiculous. Already, this foundation is trying to be way more than I need and/or want. All I really need in a white foundation is for it to mesh well with whatever foundation I am going to mix it with, and that it sits well on my skin.

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I mixed this foundation with the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour Skin Perfecting full coverage foundation in Light Porcelain (the lightest shade Rimmel offers) which is also a tad too pink for me but I thought I would try it anyway. The two foundations did mix well and ultimately, the foundation did lighten up. The undertone didn’t completely change, but I do think it neutralized it a little bit and the foundation didn’t oxidize as much.

The one thing I didn’t love about this foundation (though it could be the mixture) was how thick it ended up looking on my face. You can absolutely see that I am wearing foundation and how textured my skin is. It is easy to wear too much foundation when lightening a product too because you’re typically using double what you would usually use since you’re using two shades. On it’s own, it does blend well and can be used for so many things: Halloween, an eyeshadow primer, lighten a foundation or concealer, etc.

A few other things to mention about the product itself is the price, smell and the pump. I love the pump, as most people do, but the packaging is on the cheaper side so it isn’t always the easiest pump to use and control. The foundation is also thin and the combination of those two means a potential mess if you’re in a rush. As for the scent, it is similar to the Essence Pure Nude foundation. It is not exactly a bad smell, but it is pretty chemically and it lingers a little bit. It honestly reminds me of some kind of food that I can’t put my finger on (maybe pancake batter). It isn’t the cheapest foundation I have purchased at around the $10 mark, but it is going to last quite a while since I will mostly be using it to mix with other foundations.

Overall, I am happy I picked it up. I am excited to try it out with some of my darker foundations and concealers. I now have a way to use my foundations all year round if I choose and I can try foundations that don’t have a shade light enough for me typically. I recommend picking this up if you find it hard to find a foundation match or if you are simply curious like I was.

Becca Ever-matte Poreless Priming Perfector

Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer

Lise Watier Portfolio Correctors in Lilac and Ivory

LA Girl Pro Coverage HD long wear Illuminating foundation in White

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour Skin Perfecting full coverage foundation in Light Porcelain

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla

Essence All About Matte fixing compact powder

LA Girl Strobe Lite

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Benefit Dandelion Blush

Allabelle Smokey Nudes palette

Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Silver Sky

(Pixi nude all over my eye, Annabelle in Taupe in the crease, Annabelle Grey in the crease, Pixi taupe on the lid, Pixi navy in the crease, Pixi nude to blend out the crease, Pixi white as a browbone highlight)

Annabelle Smudge Liner eyeliner in Armour

Marcelle Double Precision liquid Liner in Black

Buxom Lash Mascara

NYX Liquid Suede lipstick in Stone Fox

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Perversion

Til next time, ttfn x

Playing With Lipstick ft Bite Beauty

I am not typically a person who will play around with my lipsticks. I own only a handful of lip liners and my lip real estate isn’t too big. This Valentine’s day, I decided to give it a try.

If there is one thing I do know about lips, it is that they love to be moisturized so I started with this mini Bite Agave Lip Mask. This was my first time trying these particular lip liners and lipsticks so I started simply by lining my lips with the lighter Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil in 20**. This gave me a feel for the creamy formula which has a bit of a satin finish. Following that, I drew a heart with the deeper, red toned brown in the shade 44**. Due to the creamy finish, the colours blended together to create a softer, pinky hue.

To darken both the heart and the rest of my lips, I used the coorisponding lipsticks from Bite Beauty in the Amouse Bouche formula in Honeycomb** and Whiskey**. 

To finish it off, I threw a Bite Beauty gloss on top (my favourite shade in Honey) of Whiskey for some extra dimension and voila: my Valentine’s day lip!

Since this isn’t exactly wearable, i mixed it all together to create one of my favourite lip colours: A mauve-grey gorgeous colour.


I hope you enjoyed my lippie look! I loved creating a design that ended up meshing together so well. That just shows the creamy nature of the formula. 

til next time, ttfn x

**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

#MOTD: Silver & Gold🎶

Most people would think of greens and reds when you’re talking about Christmas, but I wanted to do something a little different this year and draw inspiration from my favourite Christmas Tune: Silver and Gold. I am all kinds of nostalgic about that little tune.


But other than simply loving the song, I thought I would challenge myself to come up with different ways to incorporate the two shades. I’ve gotta say I’m pretty pleased with the result! Would I wear this to my family Christmas dinner? Probably not. That doesn’t make me love it any less. 


For the products, I love that I was able to use so many favourites of mine while doing something different than I usually do. I was also able to use products I haven’t had the chance to wear yet like NYX Stone Fox which is so much better than I thought it would be! For anyone keeping track, I was able to do silver shadow and lips, and gold liner and highlight. My blush also has some gold sparkle to it of course. This look is also almost entirely drugstore products!


Products used:

Gurlain Meteorites Perles primer

Covergirl Trublend Fixstick in the shade light

Rimmel Lasting Finish Full Coverage Foundation in Light Porcelain

Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer in Ultra Light

BH Cosmetics HD Brow Pencil in Blonde

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

Lorac Pro 2 shades Beige, Cool Grey, Charcoal, Silver, Chrome

L’oreal Infallible pigment in Hourglass Beige

NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Gold

J Cat Sparkling Cream Palette in SCP107 Suzie (I used the gold shade)

Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in Dirty Talk

Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara in Black

Wet n Wild Fergie Shimmer Palette in Hollywood  Boulevard

Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink

Physicians Formula Super BB Insta Ready Bronzer

L’oreal True Match Blush in C 1-2

Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder

NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in Stone Fox (with some Lorac Silver Shadow on top)

I hope you enjoyed this different look in time for the holidays. Let me know what you plan to wear this Christmas!