#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

 

 

My first ever Make Up Geek haul ft. Sephora, Nail Polish Canada

This may or may no surprise you but I have never made an order for Make Up Geek products before. It’s a little crazy how quickly MUG blew up but I never did get swept into all the hype. I’ve heard so many good things but most commonly that they are very similar to MAC at half the price. I planned on checking them out sooner or later and finally, I found the deal I had been waiting for.

  

Top L to R: In The Spotlight, Bedrock, Masqurade. Middle L to R: Shimma Shimma, Mermaid, Peach Smoothie. Bottom L to R: Mai Tai, Poppy, Phantom.
I had a good idea of what I wanted but hadn’t taken the plunge until I saw a beautiful-fantastic-amazing sale: 9 shadows for $30. Here is a similar deal but this exact set is no longer available (the individual shades are). The best part about this deal was that 5/9 shadows were ones I was eyeing up.

In The Spotlight: I hadn’t heard about this shade before but it might just be my favourite of the bunch. It is a wildly intense rust/gold duo-chrome.

Bedrock (wanted): I don’t know exactly what drew me into this matte taupe-grey but I am glad to have one in my z palette!

Masqurade: I hadn’t heard about this shade either but all you had to say was purple foiled eye shadow. Sold!

Shimma Shimma: I had heard endlessly about this shadow and now I totally understand why. It’s a GORGEOUS champagne sparkle that stands out.

Mermaid (wanted): I am not a frequent blue-eyeshadow girl, this is so unique and stunning. It is an amazing aqua gold pigment.

Peach Smoothie (wanted): Has anyone not heard of peach smoothie? I wanted to try this orangey peach shade and see what all the hype is about.

Mai Tai: This is really subtle baby pink/peach shadow that is freaking gorgeous.

Poppy (wanted): Who could resist a rorange like that?

Phantom (Wanted): This shadow is rightfully named. This goes from a soft lilac to a vibrant frost depending which way you’re looking at it. A very stand out shade.

  

Top: Voltage. Bottom: Dirty Martini.
Then of course, while I was at it, I wanted to pick up a few singles that caught my eye.

Dirty Martini: I can honestly say I don’t have anything this colour in my collection. When this khaki/olive shade started trending in the fall, I fell deeply in love with it. I have a lot of plans for this beauty.

Voltage: This is a very interesting white/yellow duo-chrome that I am excited to play around with.

  

Top L to R: Voltage, Mermaid, Shimma Shimma, Dirty Martini, Peach Smoothie, Poppy, Bedrock. Middle L to R: Mai Tai, Phantom. Bottom L to R: In The Spotlight, Masqurade.
  
From Nail Polish Canada, I had to pick up an essential: the Lippy Girl Lip Love Lip Conditioning stick. Roxanne and I are hooked on this and it lasted us forever. Vegan, cruelty free, amazing quality. To bump me up to free shipping, I also picked up the elf blush brush for blush and the Real Techniques Setting brush for highlighting.

Unfortunately, I also picked up the LA Girl Pro Conceal in the wrong shade (Light Ivory is the second lightest shade and it is WAY too dark for me – oops!). In my next order, I will pick up Porcelain and see how that goes.

   
   
Is any haul complete without some Sephora goodies? Somehow, I was able to convince myself that I needed even more eye shadow so I picked up the ABH Artist Palette. I am in love with their eye shadow formula like you wouldn’t believe so it really was a no brainer.

While I was at it and I had 15% off (Thank you VIB Rouge status), I also picked up one of the few available Too Faced Melted Matte lipstick in Drop Dead Red. I shockingly have no lip products this colour so I didn’t feel too guilty picking it up plus I get to try out their newest creation. So far, I haven’t worn it out but the colour is just as perfect as I imagined. I originally went online looking for the Urban Decay Corrector Fluid in Green that I was drooling over in store the previous week. It seems to be like a liquid concealer but it dries down to a beautiful matte that you don’t really have to mess around with. It’s kind of perfect.

   
  I hope you enjoyed this mid-spring haul. I know I certainly did! All products mentioned are cruelty-free (as far as I am aware). Have you tried any of these products? What do you think?

Til next time, ttfn x