#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

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.

Favourites & Unfavourites for December 2015

Hey all! I recently did a Best of 2015 post in lieu of my December Favourites but I felt like something was missing. I had a few different things I really loved during the month that I wanted to give some extra lovin’ but didn’t make the 2015 list. So, here I am with my December faves (and unfave).
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Bite Beauty has been on my radar all month long. I was obsessed with the Best Bite Rewind set, I received the Bite Discovery set for Christmas which is beyond exciting, and that’s on top of what I already had from the brand. There is no surprise that I have a fave – but I also have an unfavourite. This has happened to myself and others before from what I have heard but the Bite Beauty lipsticks are prone to breaking or melting. I am not totally sure what happened here as this lipstick duo was simply sitting in my purse when I went for dinner, but the tube fell out and the lipstick squished or melted? I went to reapply it (This is the shade Violet) and noticed this had happened but the second side is totally unscathed. Yet another packaging malfunction I guess.

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From the Best Bite Rewind set (swatches here), I am loving the Bite Beauty Matte lip crayon in Torte. This is a beautiful brown pink nude shade. The formulas for these are creamy and comfortable but as I mentioned in my review, not matte as they claim. That doesn’t bother me at all and I have been obsessed with this crayon all month. When I need something with some staying power, I have been reaching for the Hourglass liquid lipstick in Icon. Between Christmas, New Years and everything else, I have been so into the red lips but need something to last through visiting, meals, drinks and kisses. This totally does that and more while it stains the lips.

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I mentioned the Benefit Hello Flawless foundation a lot these past few months but here it is again. I have been wearing this without setting it with any powder (which I can do now that I am less oily) and found it even more incredible. I love this stuff. It is just so worth the $50.

I have been using the Marc Jacobs Twinklepop in Honey Bunny almost too much this holiday season. It is a cream shadow stick that gives your lid this amazing shimmer so of course, for the holidays, I wore this all the time.

A mascara favourite that I may have mentioned a few times as well, we have the Marcelle xtention plus curl mascara**. This is possibly my favourite mascara ever. I have been reaching for it over my Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and it is less than half the price. I will be reviewing this soon to give you an idea on how it compares and wears with other mascaras. I think you might love it too!

peter thomas roth rose cucumber mask
As usual, I am all over masks this month but for a change, I am really into hydrating masks. I have two from Peter Tomas Roth that I have been wearing once or twice a week and can pretty much promise will be empty before February. I first started using the PTR Rose Stem Cell mask after a clay mask to firm up and soothe the skin and was overwhelmed by how nice it felt so from there, I started playing around with the PTR Cucumber Gel mask. These two along have been my outstanding favourites but I have been trying out a few more that you will likely see in upcoming #MaskMonday posts. Stay tuned!

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On my nails, I have been pretty much naked or wearing the Sonia Kashuk polish in the shade Bewitched. I wore this for about a week with my Evergreen nails just before Christmas, but I had also been wearing this before hand to get me in the spirit! I got this before Target closed its doors in Canada but I know there are dupes out there!

Let me know what you have been loving in the comments! I am always open to beauty suggestions!

Til next time, ttfn x

 

Classic Holiday Red

Hey all! Let me ask you this: What is more classic than a red lip? Nothing that’s what. I tend to shy away from red lipsticks through most of the year, but during the Christmas season, I think it is the most tuning thing you can wear. I have quite a number of red lippies from sheer to stain, drugstore to YSL. Here are my absolute faves:

 Tarte Sangria from the Tarte Amazonian Butter lipstick set.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Cherry.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 01.

Bite Beauty Bite for VIB Rouge.

Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Icon.

 J Cat Beauty Big Lip Pencil in Red Rose.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Lip Balm in Standout.

 Each of these is totally different whether it’s the finish, shade, opacity or even price! All of these do transfer with the exception of the Hourglass Liquid Lipstick & they all are ridiculously beautiful! What is your favourite holiday red?

Til next time, ttfn x

December 2014 Favourites & Unfavourites

December went really quickly for me. With all of the holidays, the anticipation of Christmas and finding a new home, there was a lot keeping me busy. When it came time to pick my best beauty products in December, I had a bit of a hard time. I didn’t wear make up too frequently, or buy much for myself as you saw in my haul, but I was able to pick out a few things I loved and a few that I really don’t. I am going to start with the most important thing that happened in December: I got my engagement ring!

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My fiancé and I have been engaged for a few years, but since I proposed to her, I hadn’t received a ring of engagement to call my own. I knew I wanted one, and she knew too, so at the beginning of November, she went out and found this gorgeous ring. I won’t go into details, but closer to the end of November, she serenaded me with a beautiful song she wrote for me, and when I turned to look at her, the box was in her hand. I, of course, cried. However, the ring didn’t quite fit so I had to wait several weeks before I actually got to wear it. I picked it up December 14th and it hasn’t left my finger since. Very unique and beautiful, and definently a favourite of mine for the month.

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With all of the holidays, my next fav has for sure been glitter. A little glitter here, a little sparkle there. I was completely into it all month long. My manicures all month were soaking in shine though none so much as my Christmas Day nails. How spectacular is that? And to top these nails off, I had the pleasure of using another amazing product: the Sally Hansen Triple Shine Top Coat. The number 1 most perfect thing about this product is that the formula is consistent. Not once has it been kind of gloopy or messy. It dries quickly with a gorgeous shine while protecting your nails to boot. The brush is also huge and can cover just about your entire nail in one swipe. If you haven’t tried one of the Triple Shine polishes, you’re missing out. Simply put, I love it – and the price.

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Staying with nails, I want to briefly mention these amazing nail wraps. As you know, OMG Nail Strips had graciously sent me a few wraps to try in December. Not only are they super cute, but the most amazing part to me is how easily you can take them off. Most other nail wraps are sticky and chunky when taking them off – OPI, Sally Hansen, and Essie to name a few – but these are a dream. They come off easily using nail polish remover but otherwise, they last for at least a week and a half. I will absolutely be picking up some more (actually, I am awaiting the arrival of a few…) so this isn’t the last you’ll be seeing of these!

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Since the weather has started to take a turn for the chilly, I have been using a lot more lip balm. Though I have about 3-4 on rotation at a time, this one has stood out above the rest. The Lippy Girl Lip Love Lip Conditioning stick is a life saver. I don’t know what it is, but the texture is perfect, the eucalyptus scent is amazing and is so hydrating on my lips. I put it on at least when I wake up and 2-3 times before bed and if I miss a day, you can be sure I notice. Add to the fact that it is organic and cruelty-free, I am sold.

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A sample piece of skin care that I have been using has also made the list. If you remember last month (or last year, if you wanna play that game), I rambled on about this Kate Somerville miracle worker and how much I loved it. It turns out that I was able to snag another sample of the HydraClear Hydrating Acne Gel to further test out whether I want to drop so much dough on this skin care product. I still am on the fence because so many reviews have said the sample worked wonders, but the product then disappointed. Yikes. But this little sample is saving my skin one zit at a time. It is not drying in the least, a little goes a long way, and as a spot treatment, it works wonders. My acne simply shows up and once this product goes on, it quickly develops and then disappears. By quickly, I mean overnight or for the really big, bad, painful pimples, after a day or so. It’s an amazing product and if you have the $80 (or can get it on sale), I highly recommend it.

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Some of you may judge me for this, but I was never all that into the Harry Potter series. I did see each movie one, some in theatres and some with a few friends on the couch. For the most part, I never really got into them. I just didn’t care for the story. This December though, my fiancé and I decided to sit down and marathon the movies over a few days to get us into the Christmas spirit. Perhaps that is a bit odd, but I quite a few people do this so I don’t feel too weird about it. Anyways, after popping in each movie, getting sucked into the storyline and watching them in succession, I surprised myself in really liking the series. My most beloved one has always been the Chamber of Secrets which may be the only one I had seen more than once (before now), but I completely understand what everyone was so excited about when these books and movies came out. I am so pumped for the next time we decide to watch them. They are just so good!

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Last up, we have the make up. I am entirely aware that I am the minority in this case, but my first unfavourite of the month is this Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer. Obviously, I have had it for some time and used it almost entirely, but this month I came to the conclusion that it just isn’t for me. Let’s start with the packaging: it is messy, unhygienic and wasteful. Look at all of that product that I will never be able to use. I don’t know why mine is like that when no one else’s seems to be, but I have two shades of this and the same thing has happened to both. It is annoying. The most complained about thing I have heard about with this product is the applicator sponge. It’s something you have to use each time but you can’t really clean it. That is a little disturbing if you ask me. But the reason that this is in my list of dislikes for the month is because for whatever reason, this concealer has decided it wants to have a pool party on my face. I only use this concealer underneath my eyes and for some reason, it has started to pool and crease and move around throughout the day. It simply doesn’t settle. I have tried several primers and setting powders and different ways to apply it but it just doesn’t seem to want to stay put. How annoying is that?

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A newly discovered concealer of mine that has me hooked is this Covergirl Trublend fix stick that I found at the Dollar Store of all places. I always check out the make up aisle at dollar stores because sometimes, they have amazing little gems like this at a great price! I have never been very into Covergirl for whatever reason but this is a game changer. Coverage? Amazing. Colour? Perfect. Consistency? Creamy and thick and soft and supreme. I am in love with this stuff and am now seeking out the foundation to match. It covers all of my acne with ease and any discolouration (as you can see on my vein). I highly recommend giving it a try. You will not be disappointed.

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Speaking of disappointed, my last product is a bit of a bummer. I purchased the Bite Beauty lip gloss trio to use for gifts but of course, ended up keeping one for myself. I have a few other Bite products which I haven’t used too much, but have liked. When this $12 set came out, I figured it was a great time to give the gloss a try but the results were less than amazing. It’s just really not for me. I don’t know if it is the colour which doesn’t show much or last on my lips, but the consistency and smell don’t help either. The swatch is pretty pigmented here but on the lips, it just doesn’t do anything for me. It isn’t worth the usual price tag in the slightest. I also found that the bit of colour that is there sinks into lip lines very quickly which isn’t really a look I am going for.

Overall, December was a fantastic month and it has left me very excited to see what 2015 brings. If you have a December or 2014 favourites post, link it below so I can see what I may be missing out on! I love reading about all of the best products out there!
Til next time, ttfn x