#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: Unicorns and Rainbows

Feeling a little inspired by the Starbucks drink and Pride Week which is coming up fast, I decided to create a unicorn look using a variety of colourful shades and glitter. 

I love how glowey and vibrant the eyes were! Both of the palettes I used for this are my favourites if I am going for a colourful look because they apply and blend so easily. 


Eyes: 

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Annabelle Stay Sharp Eyeliner in Snow White under the eye

BH Cosmetics Take Me To Brazil palette 

  • White all over the lid
  • Teal on the inner crease
  • Red, Orange, Yellow, green, blue under the eye

Urban Decay Electric palette

  • Jilted/Urban in the crease
  • Revolt on the lid

Annabelle Stay Sharp eyeliner in Go Black on the waterline

Marcelle Double ended Precision eyeliner for the wing 

Sephora eyeliner in Evening Blue

Buxom Lash Mascara


Face:

BH Cosmetics Blacklight Highlighting Powder in Kween

NYX Strobe of Genius lavendar highlight

Jesse’s Girl Glow Stix in Tangerine

Til next time, ttfn x

#MOTD: My Wedding Day

For the big day, I had to use the products that were near and dear to my heart so many of these are holy grail status make up items. It’s a great idea to use your die hard products on important days (such as a wedding) to ensure you have one less thing to worry about through the day. You know how everything wears, you know it wont cause problems, and you feel and look great.

Before the make up though, I did a spa-like skin care routine to make sure my face was perfectly even, plump and ready for make up. My tip: use a charcoal mask to remove some impurities the night before and a brightening, hydrating sheet mask the morning of.


Photos by Emily Ferriss of Emily Elizabeth Photography

Products Used:

Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer (original)

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Green

L’oreal True Match Super Blendable Make Up in W2 Light Ivory

NYX HD Concealer in CW02 Fair

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 001 Transparent and elf Tone Correcting Powder in 01

Milani Baked Blush in 01 Dolce Pink

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer highlight

Too Faced Shadow Insurance eye shadow primer

ABH eyeshadows in Tempera, Buon Fresco, Vermeer, Venetian Red and Pink Champagne

Marcelle Double Precision Liquid Eyeliner pen in Intense Black

Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Medium

L’oreal Brow Stylist Plumper brow gel in Transparent

MAC Studio Fix +

Bare Minerals Lipstick in Get Ready

I used an eyeliner, mascara and lashes but didn’t record what they were! Oops.


Photos by Emily Ferriss of Emily Elizabeth Photography
I am so pleased with the end result. I felt beautiful and glowing on my big day. I loved having the sparkles and pop of colour on the eyes. What make up did you wear/will you wear on your wedding day?

#MOTD: My First Video

As you may have guessed, this little tutorial here also comes with a video! I am not sure how often I will include a video, whether this is the style I will stick with, and so on, but I hope you at least enjoyed this one!

Primer: I used the Cover FX Calming Primer for the first time here.

Concealer: the BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Perfecting Concealer. I used the yellow shade on my redness and the lightest pinky shade on my undereyes. Following that, I used some Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Ultra Light under my eyes to brighten. After some foundation, I added in a little more and blended it in fully.

Foundation: A recent discovery and favourite is the Gosh X-Ceptional Wear Foundation in Porcelain.

Powder: To set it all, I used the Essence All About Matt powder.

Brows: Quo Brow Focus in Brunette.

Eye shadow primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Eye shadow: I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveller palette. This was limited edition but many shades are still available. All over everything, I used Soft Peach. In the crease and outter corner, we have some Fudge. On the lid, I added Bellini for a little more shimmer and pigment. Going in with two of my favourite shades of the palette, I put Intense Gaze exactly where I put Bellini, then Pink Champagne on top. In the crease, I added Azure quite heavily and blended until I was happy. I had to touch up with Pink Champagne when I was done.

Eye liner: I added a bit of Annabelle eye liner in Espresso.


Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex.

Bronzer: Tarte The Sculpter in Park Ave Princess.

Blush: BH Cosmetics Blush Palette

Highlight: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer.

Lipstick: Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Canvas.


Please let me know what you think of my first ever video and this format for a tutorial. All of the products used were cruelty free, but not all of the brushes!

Til next time, ttfn x

 

#MOTD: That Wing

I’ve done colourful eyeliner before but this spring, I felt like doing something a little different. I’m here today with a full tutorial featuring the best wing I have ever done in my life. I hope you like it!


Primer: it’s not until I use a primer that doesn’t fill my pores that I realize how bad mine are. This is the Guerlain Météorities Perles primer.

Concealer: first, the COVERGIRL Trublend fixstick in light under the eyes and after some foundation, I also added the Rimmel Match Perfection concealer/highlight in Fair.

Foundation: now that I have a bit of colour again, I am trying to use up the L’Oreal True Match in W2. It works much better with a slicker primer…

Highlight: before setting anything, I painted the Temptu highlighter in Pearl Pink just about everywhere.


Powder: then to set, the Rimmel Stay Matte translucent powder.

Bronzer/Blush: I pulled out my Benefit powders in Hoola and Rockatur for the cheeks. I really don’t see what the hype is all about.


Eyeshadow stick: as a base and waterline pencil, I used the Rimmel Scandleyes eye shadow stick in Bulletproof beige.

Eyeshadow: I dipped into the Stila Portrait of a Perfect Eye for this look and took Parchment along the browbone. For the lids, I used Linen with some Vintage in the crease. 

Eyeliner: let’s get to the star of the show. I have the Gosh Intense Eyeliner pen in Blue with some showstopping Sephora eyeliner in Mystic Teal. I have never loved wings so much.

Mascara: Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl is killing it on my lashes – top and bottom.


Brows: a little bit of BH Cosmetics HD brow pencil in Blonde.

Lipstick: in an effort not to be too nude or too bond, I used the YSL Rouge Volupte in number 9.


It might be a tad more make up than you wanna wear in this heat, but I hope you liked it anyway! Let me know what you think!

Til next time, ttfn x

Skincare & More Haul 2016

First of all, I am so sad to report I broke my streak of buying only cruelty-free products. I don’t know what lead me to believe Bath and Body Works was a cf company but upon my research today, I see that they in fact do sell in China and test when required by law. Sad news and a silly mistake on my part, but regardless, I thought I would show you what I did get at the semi-annual sale.


Bath and Body Works was my go to candle store. Their scents are very fragrant and the candles seriously last. However, this time, I did end up picking up a few more products that I don’t usually buy. First off, we did grab two candles of the same scent. This is the Honolulu Sun candle which literally smells like sunscreen and the beach. It is exactly what I want out of a summer candle and since it was on sale for only $11.50, why not grab two?

I also needed a new hand sanitizer for work and with the 3 for $5 sale, I figured I would grab a few here. I ended up grabbing my favourite scent ever, the Black Cherry Merlot, as well as the Sparkling Limoncello and Noir for men which I know might be odd but it smells like their Black Tie candle which is another fave of mine.

The final 5 things we grabbed I’ve never had before but both Ashlee from Making Up Ashlee and Samantha from Samantha Jane had picked up a few Wallflowers in their hauls so I figured it might be worth a try. Here are the Wall Flowers in the scent Honolulu Sun, Bow Ties and Bourboon, Cucumber Melon and White Sand Beaches. With that, there was one Bunny Wallflower plug in on sale for $5 so we grabbed that too.


If you follow me on snapchat (newkeybeauty), you know I also went for my very first facial at the Truth Beauty Company on Friday. I will have a whole blog post about that coming this week but I did also pick up a few things. You may recall from the Battle of the Brands post I did between Tom’s of Maine and Crystal Deodorant that neither were all that good on days where you might be going the extra mile and sweating your butt off. Liz from Stay Gorgeous LC recommended an alternative in the Schmidts Natural Deodorant in Bergamot + Lime. I was initially avoiding it because it contains coconut oil which tends to break me out but after a bit more research, I figure it is worth a try anyway.

I also noticed they had Hurraw lip balms at the Truth Beauty Company and hearing so much about it from Shannon of Shaaanxo, I decided to pick one up in Earl Grey. This smells AH-MAY-ZIN and works like a dream so hopefully, I can pick up the full line soon. Yes, it feels that nice.

I also grabbed a product that Meg, the facialist used on me as a serum/moisturizer. This is the Pretty Rose and Citrus Purifying Facial Serum which I am planning to use as a cf replacement for my beloved Vichy Normaderm Night Detox. This is supposed to help with oil control while still keeping my skin moisturized and so far so good! I will be testing it for a few days to make sure I don’t break out but if you would like to see a review, let me know!


Full disclosure: I was also sent a few bits of skin care from Nip+Fab and Real Chemistry which I plan to review for you guys. I am honestly so excited to try the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads** which I suspect might be a bit of a dupe for the Dr Dennis Gross peel I used about a week ago. Already a pro for this product is that it smells amazing (like grapefruit). I will keep you updated for sure.

I also have two bits from the Dragons Blood range which first off, sounds very intense, but also is supposed to help with brightening, plumping and hydrating the skin. Here I have the Nip+Fab Skin Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum** and Nip+Fab Skin Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask**. Nip+ Fab is cruelty free and can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart!

The two products I received from Real Chemistry are peels: one for body and one for face. These are NOT masks, but more like a scrub to help reveal softer, brighter and smoother skin. These are the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-minute peel** and Real Chemistry Luminous 3-minute peel body**. I haven’t really tried anything like this before so I will absolutely let you know how it goes.


Of course, a staple for me is the COLAB Sheer Invisible dry shampoo in Rio which was on sale at Rexall. I again was influenced by Making Up Ashlee and picked up a Flower Beauty Win some, Rouge some cream blush in Pure Petunia. I am a sucker from cream blush and haven’t actually tried anything from Flower beauty before!

As you may have seen in my empties haul a few weeks ago, I ran out of my Reversa Solution for Oily and Acne prone skin** which was fantastic as a toner but I plan to use more for break outs in the future. I also spilled the Vichy Toner I was trying to use up in last months #Finish5 and so I had to pick up another toner. I spotted the Alba Botanica Hawaiian facial Toner which I am so excited to try! Another really exciting find for me was this brush cleaning pad from Danielle Creations. I have already tried this out and it was absolutely worth every cent!

These other two products are actually Roxanne’s but I plan to try them at some point as well. Here is the Skin Blossom Gentle Cleansing Milk and the North American Hemp Co. Smooth Cleanse Smoothing shampoo – both cruelty free and at least 91% organic.

I hope you enjoyed this haul which was very influenced by YouTubers. Let me know what you want to see a review on first. I would love to hear what things you’ve picked up lately.

Til next time, ttfn x

 

#Finish5 for May

I feel pretty accomplished this month. Though I did totally bomb and forget to use 1 of the 5 products, I did actually finish 4! Any guesses?

  
I completely forgot to use the elf Eye Refresh the entire month. You know how sometimes you just can’t for the life of you remember something? No matter how many times it comes up or you google it or whatever, you just can’t? I swear I referred back to my Finish 5 blog post over 10 times to try and remember what to use up and I still managed to forget.

It did do me some good though because in the end, I completely finished the Murad Essential C serum, the Marc Jacobs nameless lipgloss, all three of THEFACESHOP Real Nature masks and I dipped into the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Face mask. My skin was extremely hydrated as you can imagine.

I actually was able to finish off the Murad serum within a week. I love the Murad Essential C line – the smell, the feel, the results. The only thing I am not such a fan of would be the price. If I were to recommend one product from the line, I would go for the moisturizer over the serum.

I had a bit of a fail moment when I threw out the two out of three sheet mask packages that I was using for this Finish 5 but I did get to use them and I have a full review coming soon. The one thing I will say is the Red Ginsing mask is my absolute least favourite. I wouldn’t recommend!

  
Though I didn’t completely empty it – perhaps I will tonight – I do like the PTR Cucumber Gel mask. It feels amazing on the skin, makes me face feel soft and plump afterwords. I do like it but will likely not purchase it since it is not cruelty-free.

Lastly, I did finish my Marc Jacobs lipgloss. It isn’t sticky, it feels lovely, but for a lipgloss, I would look to a less luxurious brand personally.

For the next round of my #Finish5, I have a good mixture of skincare and make up. I picked these 5 non-cruelty-free products because they are already running low and I want to finish up what I can that isn’t CF!

  
For skincare, I had the Vichy Normaderm toner but funny story, I spilled it last night so let’s just pretend this is a picture of the Vichy Normaderm cleanser. I also have an Origins Retexturizing mask with Rose Clay to use up. Both are sample/travel sized as is the Vichy Idealia BB cream in Light which I received as a sample from Shoppers last year. I am so heartbroken that Vichy isn’t cruelty-free since I do love their skincare products. 

Finally, the two full sized products are the Smashbox Photofinish primer and the Rimmel Brow This Way brow gel in Light. Wish me luck!

Til next time, ttfn x