#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

5 Ways to Change the Look of an Eye Shadow

Hey all! I don’t know where I got this idea but I thought I would pass on some knowledge to help you get creative with your eye shadow and use the same shade multiple ways for a different effect. These 5 techniques to applying your eye shadow totally changes the look of your shadows making for a more versatile shade.

jesses girl baked eye shadow, benefit bad gal lash, covergirl fixstick concealer, urban decay primer potion, maybelline fit me concealer, rimmel london brow this way
In each picture, I am wearing:

Primer: the Urban Decay Primer Potion under my eye to keep the concealer in place.

Concealer: the Covergirl Fixstick in Light underneath the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair.

Brows: the Rimmel London Brow This Way in Blonde to fill in my eye brows.

Eye shadow: the Jesse’s Girl Baked Eye Shadow in Ocean Breeze.

Mascara: the Benefit Bad Gal Lash mascara.

jesses girl ocean breeze mac 239
First up is the way I imagine most people apply eye shadow and that is by itself with a regular eye shadow brush. I used the MAC239 brush which is your typical eye shadow brush. It is fluffy and therefore, it blends the eye shadow on and deposits just enough product making it less likely to crease or it will at least take longer to crease.

jesses girl ocean breeze
To compare, I used a brush from BH Cosmetics to pat on the eye shadow. As you can see, I already had creasing with this method. That’s because my brush picked up and placed a lot of the eye shadow. This brush is better for packing on the pigment since it has much stiffer bristles which are packed tighter making for a flatter brush.

jesses girl ocean breeze urban decay primer potion
Next up, this is the way I typically will apply eye shadow and that is over a primer. This is the original Urban Decay Primer Potion. A primer will help adhere the product to your eye lid better making it last longer, preventing creasing and as you can see, it makes the shadow appear darker since it is holding onto more product.

jesses girl ocean breeze marc jacobs twinklepop honey bunny
In place of a primer, there is also an eye shadow stick. An eye shadow stick will change the effect of whatever you place on top of it. If it’s white, the pigment will really stand out. If it is shimmery, it will give it some extra shimmer. This is the Marc Jacobs Twinklepop in the shade Honey Bunny which is a champagne shimmer. It brought out the sparkle in the blue shadow while helping it stick just like a primer.


jesses girl ocean breeze mac prep + prime fix+
Finally, you can also use a spray for some eye shadows. With this shade, since it is baked, I knew it would be unscathed if I used a little bit of the Mac Prep and Prime Fix +. With this formula, as you can see, it makes the shadow appear wet on the lid and therefore, enhances any shimmer or glitter in the eye shadow.


bh cosmetics brush mac prep + prime fix + urban decay primer potion mac 239 marc jacobs twinklepop
Most eye shadows can be used any of these 5 ways for a slightly different appearance making each eye shadow more unique and versatile. These can even be combined for different purposes for example, using a primer to keep your shadow in place but also using a cream eye shadow for a different texture. Ugh, I love eye shadow. Let me know what you think!

Til next time, ttfn x