#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

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: 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

#MOTD: Fall Haul First Impressions

Let me start by saying I have some strong feelings about a few of these new products. Some of them I enjoyed, one product I have already gotten rid of, and quite a few of them were just a little disappointing.

Though I didn’t just pick up the Marc Jacobs Hiliner or the Smashbox Full Exposure mascara, this was my first shot using them. On application, both of these products were fantastic, but I find when I wear the Smashbox mascara for any length of time, it smudges under my eyes. It was disappointing since I love how it makes my lashes look initially. I still am undecided about the Marc Jacobs liner.


I like how my complexion looks here using the Physicians Formula Argan Wear BB Cream and the LA Girl Pro Conceal. My one issue with this BB cream is that I break out in painful spots. I am not sure the reason since I have had success with other BB Creams and Argan oil products. It also does separate in the tube so it is a mess to apply. The concealer on the other hand is quite good, but a tiny bit cakey.


I enjoyed all but one of my new Colourpop goodies. My biggest issue is this liquid lipstick. I picked up two of the Ultra Matte lips and only have an issue with Love Bug in particular. It literally crumbles off (which you can see on my chin). It is also not a flattering texture for my lips so I have already said goodbye to this lippie.

I’ll end this post with my two favourites of the bunch: The Annabelle Blushon and the Colourpop Where The Night Is quad. They apply beautifully, look bomb, stay on and stay put all day. The pigment is there and as long as you are ok with applying make up with your fingers (which I am usually not, but for these, it’s worth it), I totally recommend. The colours in this particular quad are so unique and phenomenal, and of course, Kathleen Lights is one of the YouTubers I watch constantly.


What I’m Wearing:

Murad Oil Control Mattifier mixed with the Physicians Formula Argan Wear BB Cream in Light

LA Girl Pro Conceal concealer in Porcelain

Essence I Heart Stage Eyeshadow Base

Colourpop Supershock Cheek in Lunch Money

Make Up For Ever HD Powder

Marcelle Eyebrow Liner in Medium Brown**

Annabelle Blushon in Lotus (As per Rae’s recommendation)

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Love Bug (browner)

Annabelle Smokey Nudes eyeshadow palette in Light Pink, Nude and Bronze**

Colourpop Supershock shadow in Porter and Weenie from the Where The Night Is Quad

Marc Jacobs Hiliner Gel Crayon in Blacqeur

Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in Dirty Talk

Marcelle Double Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

 

 

Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick

This review is long overdue. I am here today to look at a line of stunning classic lipsticks that totally make an impact. Several months ago, Marcelle sent me a few of their new Marcelle Rouge Xpression lipsticks** to try and at first glance, I was a little intimidated. They are very bright and bold. To me, they scream spring. So here we are, with spring in bloom (well, not really) and I have been testing these lovely ladies out for you.

The packaging itself is sophisticated and sleek but easily damaged (you may be able to see the scratch marks on the matte black from them being in my bag). They look a little bit similar to the NARS Audacious lippies but since I have never tried any from NARS, I can’t say whether or not they are dupes.

Regardless, they stand out. The three shades I have are extremely pigmented with a cream finish similar to most lipsticks. They seem to be consistent and feel lovely on the lips.  They also end up being pretty true in colour from the bullet to the swatch to the tag on the end of the lipstick. Online, they are a little darker.

French Rose is the lightest of the three. It is a bright baby pink shade. I tend to have problems with this type of shade but with a lip liner, it works much better. There is a little bit of a frosty look to it as well but that could just be me!

Vivid Coral is exactly that: a beautiful and vivid coral shade. It is bold but not too crazy and actually, I have nothing even similar to this!

Fuchsia Flare is my favourite of the three. It is a berry-like fuchsia that is super easy to wear. As you can see, it comes off kind of light bit still very colourful.

I don’t think I could say one bad thing about these lipsticks and that includes the price ($12 approx per lipstick).

  

One swipe of colour each. From L to R: 825 French Rose, 970 Vivid Coral, 880 Fuchsia Flare.

There is a large variety of shades for every skintone. If you haven’t already, try these out! Marcelle is a cruelty-free Canadian brand which I love and support.

Til next time, ttfn x

Addicted To Blush Tag

Back in March, the lovely and beautiful Melanie from I am not a beauty guru tagged me to do the Addicted To Blush Tag! This tag has been floating around the beauty community lately so I was super excited to be tagged to join the fun!

1. What colour blush suits you the most?

I really love the wind-burned, frost-bitten type of look on myself and to achieve that, I go with a red-pink. I typically will achieve this look with the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape which comes off very natural but still quite strong.

  
2. Pressed/cream/loose blush?

I have never tried a loose blush but I tend to love a cream blush. Though I am oily and it doesn’t always last on me, I find it looks so much more natural and feels better on my skin. I will top it with a powder blush for double the lasting power.

3. Favourite shimmery blush?

I gotta go with the Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink. With my acne scarring and large pores, I stay away from shimmer but it’s just a gorgeous shade and an awesome formula.

  
4. Favourite matte blush?

It’s so hard to pick a matte blush shade that is my number one but I think I am going to go with the Too Faced How Deep Is Your Love? I love the formula of these blushes and they are one of the few matte blushes I own.

  
5. Favourite cream blush?

I have to go with the Josie Maran blush I mentioned earlier. I love the natural but noticeable flush of this blush.

6. Favourite drugstore blush?

I have to say my favourite and most used blush is Physicians Formula Nude Wear in Rose. It is definitely a light pink shade that I don’t typically go to but something about it looks so subtle and goes with everything.

  
7. Favourite high end blush?

Though I haven’t dabbled too much into the high end world of blush, I do love the Too Faced Love Flush blushes. They last hours, I love the company, the packaging is the most adorable thing ever, and of course, they have great pigment. What’s not to love?

8. Favourite bright blush?

If I am going bright, I am going for something bold so I would go with one of the two bright shades in my BH Cosmetics blush palette. One is a cool toned pink and one is a super bright orange.

  
9. Biggest blush disappointment or regret?

Though this isn’t exactly a blush product, I am disappointed in the two blushes from the BH Cosmetics Contour and Blush palette in Light. First off, they are the exact same shade so it is useless to have both in the palette but they are also so pigmented and intense, it would be hard not to look like a clown. I bought this for the highlight/contour shades though so I am not entirely disappointed.

  
10. Best blush packaging?

Totally 100% going with Too Faced again. I can’t deal with how adorable their stuff is and heart shaped things are totally my thing.

11. What’s on your blush wish list?

I have definitely not tried enough high end blushes so I am going to have to go with some of the Urban Decay Afterglow blushes or the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecting blush. I have some serious heart-eyes for these two.

12. Number 1 holy grail blush?

I am not sure I could pick one blush or even one brand that is my holy grail because I love different blushes for different reasons. Every company I have mentioned here is fantastic and bonus, they are all cruelty-free!

If anything, I hope this tag introduced you to a few less-talked about gems! I am always interested in recommendations so leave them for me below! If you would like to do this tag, go for it and leave your link below! I would love to hear what you’re faves are. Thanks again to Melanie for tagging me!

Til next time, ttfn x