#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: Leaves

Hey all! I am going a little make up crazy this month while I can still pull off these warm, rich shades. This look was inspired by an instagram collab with three LOVELY ladies: @xonoelle @lauraissharperthanyou and @stephaniejane.mua. Each of us pulled inspiration from a season and hopefully, you can tell I was inspired by beautiful fall leaves. This look is pretty dramatic and I hope you love it!

Eye shadow primer: Urban Decay Original Primer Potion
Eye shadow: Jesse’s Girl 9 pan Shadow palette in Brown Eyed
Pigment: Mac Blue Brown
Spray: Mac Prep and Prime Fix +
Eye liner: Annabelle Liquid Liner in Espresso, Annabelle Stay Sharp Eye Liner in Bronzey**
Mascara: either Too Faced BTS or Marcelle
Brows: Annabelle Brow Show in Light**, Benefit Gimmie Brow in Light/Medium

Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Colour Correcting primer
Foundation: Benefit Hello Flawless in I’m Pure 4 Sure Ivory
Concealer: Lise Watier Concealer Wheel, Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Ultra Light, Bare Minerals Concealer in Well Rested
Blotting Papers: Sephora Brand Vitamin C+E blotting sheets
Blush: Tarte Amazonizn Clay blush in Mirage
Highlight: Buxom Illuminateur in Divine Goddess, the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Lips: Annabelle Stay Sharp Lip Liner in Java**, Make Up For Ever Lab Shine lip gloss in D16**

Starting with a primer, I used my fave Smashbox Photo Finish all over the face and used the Urban Decay Primer Potion all over my lid and under my eyes. I find it helps keep things in place a little bit better. Continuing with my base, I used some green concealer from my Lise Watier wheel as well as the Ivory under my eyes as per usual. I blended in the Benefit Hello Flawless foundation all over and have found I prefer this without a powder on top so I skipped setting it today.

Further concealing and brightening my under eyes, I used my favourite method of applying the Hard Candy Glamoflauge all over and blending it out before using a blotting paper to take away some of the creaminess that it has. Then I blend once more and set it with the Well Rested concealer. With my base complete, it’s time to fix up my eye brows. I have been using the Annabelle Brow Show to highlight and fill in my brows quite a bit lately and then to set, I am using up my Gimmie Brow.

Onto the eyes, I started strong with the Jesse’s Girl 9 pan palette using a very rich burnt orange (shade #6) in the crease and then brightening it slightly with the true pumpkin orange (shade #3). Then, I used the slightly shimmery nude (shade #2) all over my lid before taking a wet brush (using the Mac Fix +) and putting Blue Brown all over the mobile lid.

To keep the look warm but sharp, I used the Annabelle liquid liner in Espresso which is super matte but does fade a bit and gave myself a nice wing. At this point, I decided I was missing a little something and added Bronzey by Annabelle to my lower lash line and smudged everything out before applying mascara. I do not have any record of what mascara I used but it’s a pretty safe guess that it was my usual Too Faced or Marcelle mascara.

To finish up the face, I took the Buxom Illuminator and tried it as a highlight to no avail. I then went in with the Balm Mary-Lou which never fails me. My blush is Tarte’s Mirage. To finish the look, my lips are a mixture of Annabelle’s lip liner in Java and my vert favoutire lipgloss: the MUFE Lab Shine gloss in D16.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this warm and autumnal look! Please check out everyone elses look on Insta.

See xonoelle.com for the winter inspired look & details!

Til next time, ttfn x

All About Neon Lips

  Lips are a tricky thing to play with colour on. I find that my lipstick choice is what dictates whether I will look crazy or washed out or gorgeous. When it comes to the brights, I always lean towards the more ‘normal’ shades like pinks, reds, purples, and oranges.

  Let’s start with the Revlon Colorburst Matte Lip Balms which I have reviewed (in fact, it was one of my first ever posts) back in September. The two I have my eye on for the sunny, summer months are Unapologetic and Showy. Unapologetic is a bright, neon pink. The finish is very matte and screams summer. Showy is more of a light blue toned purple but I find it flattering on myself. It might even make me look tanned.

  Another one of my go to lipstick formulas are the NYC Expert Last lipsticks. They don’t last very long as their name might suggest, but they are inexpensive, come Ina million colours, and feel amazing. The two I have here are Air Kiss and Pure Coral. Air Kiss is a pure hot pink with a glossy finish. Pure Coral is a bright coral red which I have been very obsessed with as you saw in my May Favourites.

  My final two picks are a few high end options from MAC and Buxom. My MAC pick is a classic called Girl About Town. It is a slightly darker hot pink than my NYC pick and a much matter formula. Pucker Up from Buxom is a somewhat pigmented gloss in a very bright blue toned purple. This is fantastic for mixing with Showy to make an amazing lip look.

  Check out my other two neon posts about nails and eyes and my Sunny Shadow tutorial!

Til next time, ttfn x