#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

Sephora, Farley Co and Make Up For Ever Haul

Happy February! February is always such an exciting month with Summer creeping closer, Valentine’s Day and, of course, my birthday. This year, the excitement of moving is absolutely overshadowing everything else but I am now packed up and ready to go. Back to January though, I decided to do some shopping near the end of the month plus received some fantastic goodies from Make Up For Ever and Farley Co, both of which I love. From Christmas, I also had $50 Sephora give cards to spend and finally gave in while shopping with my cousin on her birthday. I’m gonna start off with the most exciting thing I got…

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My first choice isn’t usually nudes or neutrals, but it always happens that when I get something nude/neutral from someone/a brand, I end up obsessed. This Make Up For Ever Tease Me Lip Set** in Innocent is phenomenal. In truth, I have only tried the lip liner and gloss (which was featured in my Favourites), but the look is fantastic and sophisticated. It is also my new favourite lip gloss by far and hopefully, I can get my hands on a few more soon!

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Mid January, I placed a Sephora order when I saw that this Boscia 500 point perk was available. I have been obsessive over skin care and cleansers lately so this little pack of samples was right up my ally. Inside is about 2 oz worth of product between the Detoxifying Cleanser, Purifying Nose Strip, Luminizing Mask and Revitalizing Hydration Gel samples. It isn’t available as a perk anymore, but I know from experience that the brand has great masks so I am pumped to try this out.
With the perk, I got another piece of skin care that I had been thinking about for a little bit. I love the Murad Essential C line from what I have tried thus far and was taking a look at some peels that could help with my scarring. Cue the Murad Intensive C Peel. I haven’t tried it but Murad is one of my go-to skin care brands so I have some pretty high hopes. Perhaps I will review it over the next few months.

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Trip number 2 to Sephora ended with even more skin care, a liner and a foundation I have been swooning over for months. As I said, those gift cards were burning a hole in my pocket, so I decided to take the plunge and pick up the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation. I have tried samples several times and it always felt great and matched my skin tone fantastically. I really hope that the results are the same now that I have purchased. To my surprise, it even came with a sample of the primer!
While browsing, we ended up in the Urban Decay section where the UD 24/7 Glide On Eye Liner in Freak caught my eye. Colourful liners pull me in every time and this one is such a unique green with a yellow pearlescent glow is unlike anything I have seen. I’m planning a pretty wicked eye look using this eye liner when it gets closer to the summer. What a beautiful piece to add to my collection.
Of course, even more skin care from the aisle of doom, I picked up the Skin Cleanse To Go box of goodies. Before purchase, I had tried the First Aid Beauty Cleanser and the Glam Glow Duel Cleanse Mask and knew I liked them both. Since purchase, I have also tried the Ole Henriksen cleansing clothes and am amazed. I really love these things and may have to splurge for a full sized pack. They removed make up and exfoliated my skin so well. Also in the pack was a Ren Renewal mask. I haven’t read up on it yet, but I have only heard good things about Ren so I am interested in giving it a go. Overall, totally worth it.

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Farley Co has also sent me a few goodies for Valentine’s Day. I will be talking about the two COLAB dry shampoos in Rio and London** in an upcoming post, so let’s talk about the I Love… Raspberry and Blackberry spritzer**. It is so fruity and sweet but not sickly. If you prefer a light and flirty scent, it’s perfect especially for an event like Valentine’s Day. The name describes it pretty well I would say so if you’re into the fresh and fruity body sprays, this is right up your ally. There are also a few other unique scents in the line that are available too! I would imagine the Coconut and Cream fragrance would be divine too.

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And last, a few impromptu items I picked up at Walmart. The Glamoflauge concealer from Hard Candy is a very popular full coverage concealer that I finally decided to grab and test out. My concealer and foundation are two things I seriously want to improve this year so I figured it was a good time to grab a few different ones to try. That is why I also picked up the Rimmel Clean Finish Matte foundation. I have tried it a few times and so far, I don’t know whether I am a fan or not. However, there hasn’t been much buzz about it that I have seen so I thought it may be good to try out and decide for myself.
That’s all I got in the month of January! I hope you enjoyed and have a few ideas what to splurge on next. Don’t forget that the $160 PayPal giveaway winner will be announced today so check out Twitter today. My Deborah Lippmann nail polish giveaway is still going strong too so feel free to give that a look too!
Til next time, ttfn x