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: Spring Manicure ft Trust Fund Beauty 

I am honestly not sure what happened but I am back into doing my nails. For a while there, I wasn’t interested in doing nail art and I barely painted them. All that has changed and I blame these Trust Fund Beauty polishes. To honour them (and get a little spring mani happening), I have a quick and easy tutorial. I hope you like it!

Base coat: Essence the gel nail polish base coat.

Nail Polish: Trust Fund Beauty Credit Card Workout** which I applied on all nails except my middle finger. One coat works but I used two. 

Dry drops: Essence Nail Art Express dry drops used between coats except on my ring finger. 

Decals: Beyond the Nail dragonfly nail decals in Light Green. I applied these carefully to my ring finger while the polish was still wet using some tweezers to place them.

Top coat: Essence gel-look top coat on all the completed nails with another dry drop on top.

Stencil: Beyond the Nail Line Vinyl nail guides. These are super easy to use and place if you bend the card at the ends of the strip, you can easily peel a group of strips off and place them on your nail evenly.

With the strips on my nail, I quickly did a double coat of polish and removed the strips after a few seconds. I used the dry drops before adding a top coat to avoid smearing the polish.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my quick and easy spring nail art! Obviously you can use whatever colours you’d prefer but I love the bold shine of this silver.

Til next time, ttfn x

August 2015 Favourites & Unfavourites

It’s the end of summer! These past few days and weeks, our household is looking ahead to fall. It’s all a little crazy to think about how fast 2015 has gone but I am getting pumped for the coming season! This past month, I was really into natural make up so I have a lot of basics. It’s time to take a look back at what products I loved and didn’t love so much for the past month.

First off, I have a foundation and primer. This Rimmel Stay Matte Primer and Benefit Hello Flawless foundation don’t work very good together unfortunately, but with other products, I have loved the results. The Rimmel Primer really keeps my face mattified and keeps the foundation and concealer on my face where it should be. I definitely like how it looks with the L’Oreal True Match! Make Up Forever Ultra HD foundation (review coming soon) or Rimmel Clean Finish Matte foundation so far but with the Benefit foundation, it ends up feeling cakey and making my skin a little dry looking (which I have never had happen).

This Benefit Hello Flawless foundation is actually my #1 foundation and one of the only Benefit products I really love. Their fairest shade in I’m Pure 4 Sure Ivory colour matches me perfectly, feels great, has good coverage and wear time and isn’t totally matte or totally dewy. If you have a yellow undertone, take a look at this collection of foundations because chances are, they will match you beautifully.

One of my recent brush favourites is one of the first brushes I ever owned and that is the Ecotools Stippling brush. I love using it with my cream blushes and have been just about every day. The application is perfect using this because it only picks up a bit of product with the longer bristles and then blends everything out using the short bristles. I haven’t seen any other stipping brush quite like this before. The size is perfect and the dramatic difference in bristle lengths makes this perfect for me!

This is more of a concealer routine favourite that I have for you. I have been using the Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair under the eyes and blending it out with the Ecotools Eye Perfection brush. I then set it with the Bare Minerals powder concealer in Well Rested with the perfectly fitting Real Techniques Contour brush. I love the effect this. It stays all day with very minimal creasing, is quick and easy to apply, has amazing coverage and the only thing I can see as a con is that it might not be brightening enough for some people. I do switch out the concealer often enough if I want more coverage or a brighter look but the brushes and powder are absolutely phenomenal.

One product I have discovered I really don’t like is the L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara. This does nothing for me. I have used it a few times hoping that it will impress me and it just kind of flops. It creates really thick lashes that go everywhere and doesn’t add length though it does have some lift. It also stinks which I can look passed if I liked the mascara but…no.

August was the month of negative space manicures for me. I purchased a few Vinyl nail strips from Beyond the Nail at the end of July and since they arrived, I have been using them every time I paint my nails. The effect is really awesome and these make the process a million times easier then doing it free hand or using tape. Speaking of nails though, I have finally come to the conclusion I don’t like the Revlon Diamond Strength top coat. My nails do have more shine when I use it but unless I use 2 or more coats, my nails just chip. It doesn’t make my nail polish look an smoother or last much longer. With 2 coats, it gets a little gloopy and takes a while to dry. Even glitter nail polish chips off after a day or two with 2 layers.

My skin care favourite is probably no surprise if you read the review I just recently posted. The Reversa Solution for oily and acne proned skin is my #1 toner. I love it. You can’t argue with the results I have had. I will be posting an updated skin care routine next week to round up all of the amazing skin care finds I have been using lately to heal my face and reduce my acne and scarring so stay tuned.

A rather odd favourite I have had this month is lipgloss. I noticed that I completely ran out of one of my Bite Beauty lip glosses near the beginning of the month and that set off an obsession with wearing all of these different lip glosses. I didn’t realize I was using it so much before but obviously if I finished a tube then I must have been applying it pretty frequently.

That’s everything! I predict that my September favourites will have a few fall items hanging around. I also see a certain concealer making its way in there!

Til next time, ttfn x

Try This Pin: Faux Negative Space Manicure

The past few weeks, I haven’t been keeping up on my manicures. First off, I stained my nails so badly and thought they needed a bit of a breather. I also unexplainably had really itchy cuticles which turned into extremely dry and peely cuticles which was just a gross mess. I have figured out the culprit since then, but it wasn’t until now that my nails are feeling more moisturized (thanks to the Flexitol foot cream – that stuff is heavy duty).


Anyways, after that hiatus, I wanted to get right back into things full force so I started scoping out nail art ideas and different versions of the negative space nail art that I could try my hand at. Like anyone, I turned to Pinterest and was inspired. This super beautiful manicure is glamorous and exactly the feel I was looking for. Just before this, I had placed an order with Beyond The Nail for a nail polish unlike any I have ever seen before, and a few nail decals and guides. I picked out my colours, my base and top coat, grabbed the line vinyl nail guides and gave it a try for myself. All you need is a glittery polish, a cream polish (nothing too similar to each other), the vinyl nail guides and tweezers.
    
I started with Essie’s Grow Faster base coat followed by this gorgeous glitter named Bare It All from Pure Ice. Once the glitter is 100%, I applied 2 nail guides with a thin space between them alternating on each nail whether they were positioned on the top or bottom of the nail. I used the tweezers to place them just to makes things easier. As I do, I left one accent nail totally glitterfied with 3x coats of polish.

    
With the guides in place, I applied two coats of OPI’s Amazon, Amazoff on top and quickly removed the guides with tweezers. This way, the polish dries a little flatter. After a generous amount of dry time, I applied the Revlon Diamond Top Coat on each of the nails and voila! The nails are done and this colour combination was perfect. Still bright and eye catching but not the intense neon that I usually associate with summer.


The nails do look a little textured from the glitter. That can happen depending on the glitter you use. For a smoother finish, I would add a thin layer of top coat on top of the glitter to smooth things out. It won’t work miracles but it will flatten some of the rougher edges. I opted to add a second layer of top coat instead and think it worked very well! Let me know if you want to see more Pinterest or nail tutorial posts in the future! I think a home décor DIY will be my next Pinterest post to tackle.
Til next time, ttfn x