#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

#Finish5 for April 2016

Hey all! It has been a minute since I did a #Finish5 post and I am kind of unsure whether to keep ‘er going but today, I was feeling a little inspired to talk about the 5 products I had been using in February/March and pick out 5 new products for April.

If you’re not following me on Twitter or Snapchat where I have been complaining about it, my eyes are leaking. They just frequently water and I haven’t been able to figure out why. It’s been about a month now that I haven’t worn eye make up (and when I have, it’s been a mess). It isn’t an eye infection so I do still feel safe wearing make up on occasion, but it can be a little frustrating.

  

The reason I feel the need to explain this is that I pretty much have only been wearing brows since they wont be messed up by the river flowing out of my eyes. Because of that, I was able to finish up one of the two Annabelle Skinny Brow pencils in Medium Brown and the Benefit Gimmie Brow in Light/Medium. I have a lot of brow products so I am stoked to get through a few so that I can finish up others. I will always love the Annabelle Skinny Brow and have been through several before. I have picked up the Universal Light shade to try (as you might have seen in my most recent haul…) and I will report back! As for the Gimmie Brow… I don’t really see the hype. It was okay but I am not in need of a gel or length in my brows.I like the brush but otherwise, I wont be picking it up again.

  

I did not finish the other 3 of my finish 5 products simply because barely used any face products. The Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer and Temptu highlight I barely used for sure, and then the Balm Plump your Pucker lip gloss I did infrequently use but simply not enough to finish the tube.

  
Because I am not sure whether my eyes will behave for the coming month (so far, so good), I have picked a few skin care bits to use up. Firstly, a serum that I quite like: the Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum which is running low as it is but I wanted a little bit of variety in skin care. With this, I also have the elf eye refresh because my under eyes need some major TLC.

What is skin care without masks? I have three Real Nature sheet masks from THE FACE SHOP that I am counting as one since they are single use masks. Review coming soon. Keeping with the theme, I also hope to used up this Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask. Finally, just to throw in some make up, I have this nameless Marc Jacobs lip gloss that is running on empty.

That’s all folks. Let me know whether you’re interested in these type of posts! It is motivating to me to finish up some product but I don’t know how much other people care about them.

Til next time, ttfn x

Oh Miley!

Hey all! I don’t know about you, but make up gets me excited (I mean obviously, I am a beauty blogger after all). I don’t have many luxurious brands like Chanel, Dior, Givenchy or the like, but I have made one exception and that is Marc Jacobs. I have a very tiny collection of Marc Jacobs Beauty but I have not ever been disappointed with the brand. In fact, I have very much fallen in love with the sleek brand and for Christmas, my fiance gave me a brand new lipstick shade. I introduce to you Oh Miley!

  
The packaging screams luxury with its magnetic closure, it’s simple and clean design, the unique shaping of the lipstick itself and even how the lipstick glides out of the barrel is no short of magic. The shade Oh Miley! is a beautiful red that pulls a little bit of orange. The finish is your typical lipstick shine which I do love and a whole lot of pigment.



As it wears, the shade transforms from the vibrant, shining red into a softer, deeper red that is equally beautiful. That being said, it lasts very well. It will stay put with no bleeding but it also does transfer onto things (cups, forks, food, skin, etc). There is no scent or taste to this lipstick.

Overall, I love this luxurious lippie. It is beautiful but unfortunately, Marc Jacobs is not cruelty free so I won’t be picking up another. This lipstick is available at Sephora for $38.

Til next time, ttfn x

January 2016 Favourites & Unfavourites

Hey all! I have been pretty quiet around these parts this 2016 but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been playing with new things and rediscovering old. I am going to start with some exciting news (for me at least) and that is…

I will be joining the YouTube crowd starting as early as next week. I am very excited since YouTube is where I started my beauty obsession and ultimately, it’s where I wanted to end up. My first random favourite is actually the reason I am able to give it a try and that is my new Sandisk SD card. I was having a million and one issues getting my camera to film and tried many different things to troubleshoot my problem including but not limited to trying multiple SD cards (including one I had bought off of Amazon before this but it didn’t work either), upgrading the firmware on my Camera, trying every setting multiple times, watching a good 2+ hours worth of YouTube videos to figure out the different settings and what might be optimal, and then finally, going to Best Buy and picking up this 32GB class 10 baby. Ain’t she lovely?


Not even remotely along the same lines, I have been loving the Jasmine scent from Demeter**. It seems to have mixed reactions but honestly, I just love it. This is a lovely scent for the home or to wear and I can foresee me wearing this quite a bit in the spring. It is floral but very fragrant so blending it with other scents to tone it down might be your best bet and that’s what I do.

For skin care, there have been two major key elements joining my regular routine: serums and sheet masks. I have tried both before but didn’t care about them enough to incorporate them into my daily or even weekly regimen. This time around with my mind a little more open to the possibilities, I started using the many THEFACESHOP sheet masks I ordered on Boxing day. These sheet masks seem to stick to my skin and fit my face shape well. Each mask does actually appear to do something different too which was my first question when I ordered the amazing variety I did. They are a variety of hydrating, plumping, cooling, soothing, and have been a very enjoyable experience thus far with my favourite of them all being the Cucumber sheet mask.

As for serums, I switch daily between the Murad Environmental Shield and Philosophy Time in a Bottle. If I had to pick, I prefer the consistency of the Philosophy serum since it is easier to spread evenly across your skin. My skin is noticeably brighter with both of these under my morning moisturizer and that’s how I like it.


I have an oldie, a goodie and a newie eye product to talk about. For the oldie, I have been using the Annabelle Skinny Brow pencil in Universal Medium every single day. It can’t be beat. Quick, easy, lovely results, a good price, great shade range and cruelty-free to boot. I do think a decent spoolie on the end would make this product that much better but otherwise, it’s perfection.

The Voluminous Miss Manga mascara from L’Oreal is a goodie. I totally changed my mind about it since I used it the first time (what a mess) and have been using it pretty consistently since as early as November for some pretty gorgeous lashes. I don’t like how the wand bends still personally, but the formula and head work much better now for me.

What palette is that? Too Faced The Return to Sexy eye palette that’s what. I generously received for Christmas this 2015. Talk about glitter but I can’t get enough. If all Too Faced eye shadows are like this, sign me up. I will let those colours speak for themselves now…


I hate to basically bash a single brand but I tried to do a full face of make up using exclusively Benefit products and I just can’t. The Bad Gal lash, Watts Up highlighter, Positint, Stay Flawless primer and Fake Up Concealer just totally failed on me. Either they were underwhelming, patchy, not right for my skin tone or felt disgusting. Just to prove it, this is one of the pictures I took before washing it all off and doing something totally different.

You can tell by my face how I feel about this look. Other than that, I also discovered that the Rimmel Stay Matte primer isn’t for me after all. I may have liked it initially but at this point, I feel like my skin looks dry and even cakey when I use this with most if not all foundations in my collection. Their isn’t enough of a benefit to using this primer for me to keep trying so I will be passing it along.

The Essie polish you might have spotted is Parka Perfect and it is a beauty but I can’t get it to work. It will either bubble or wreck before it dries or both so despite the shade, I wont use it again.


Lets finish the post with my favourite face products and the show stopper this month is absolutely Oh Miley! from Marc Jacobs. This creme lipstick is flawless. The packaging is pure luxury but the formula and shade are right on as well. I don’t think I could possibly say enough good things about this lipstick.

I finally pulled out a new primer and foundation to try and discovered they are both winners. The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation should come as no shock. Everyone seems to love this stuff and I am no exception. It is a good shade for me and sits pretty well on my skin throughout the day. I feel like there is some oxidizing, but nothing out of hand. As for the primer, I feel like the Bare Minerals Prime Time is similar to my beloved Smashbox Photo Finish but a touch more lightweight. It almost seems more water based rather then silicone but it does give that slick finish you get with silicone primers.

I have been using the Jurlique Balancing Rose Water spray throughout the month as a boost of hydration and to bring a little more life to my skin when it’s looking a little on the dead, dry and cakey side. It feels nice and gives my skin a little more dew without going totally shiny. I am not much of a rose-scent lover but this is pretty alright in my books.


I think that’s about it for January. I can tell you now that February will be quite the mix of things if these first 11 days are any indication! Let me know what you’ve been loving lately. More importantly, let me know if I should keep doing this favourites posts!

Til next time, ttfn x

Favourites & Unfavourites for December 2015

Hey all! I recently did a Best of 2015 post in lieu of my December Favourites but I felt like something was missing. I had a few different things I really loved during the month that I wanted to give some extra lovin’ but didn’t make the 2015 list. So, here I am with my December faves (and unfave).
bite beauty violet

Bite Beauty has been on my radar all month long. I was obsessed with the Best Bite Rewind set, I received the Bite Discovery set for Christmas which is beyond exciting, and that’s on top of what I already had from the brand. There is no surprise that I have a fave – but I also have an unfavourite. This has happened to myself and others before from what I have heard but the Bite Beauty lipsticks are prone to breaking or melting. I am not totally sure what happened here as this lipstick duo was simply sitting in my purse when I went for dinner, but the tube fell out and the lipstick squished or melted? I went to reapply it (This is the shade Violet) and noticed this had happened but the second side is totally unscathed. Yet another packaging malfunction I guess.

bite beauty torte hourglass icon
From the Best Bite Rewind set (swatches here), I am loving the Bite Beauty Matte lip crayon in Torte. This is a beautiful brown pink nude shade. The formulas for these are creamy and comfortable but as I mentioned in my review, not matte as they claim. That doesn’t bother me at all and I have been obsessed with this crayon all month. When I need something with some staying power, I have been reaching for the Hourglass liquid lipstick in Icon. Between Christmas, New Years and everything else, I have been so into the red lips but need something to last through visiting, meals, drinks and kisses. This totally does that and more while it stains the lips.

marcelle curling and lengthening mascara marc jacobs twinklepop benefit hello flawless foundation
I mentioned the Benefit Hello Flawless foundation a lot these past few months but here it is again. I have been wearing this without setting it with any powder (which I can do now that I am less oily) and found it even more incredible. I love this stuff. It is just so worth the $50.

I have been using the Marc Jacobs Twinklepop in Honey Bunny almost too much this holiday season. It is a cream shadow stick that gives your lid this amazing shimmer so of course, for the holidays, I wore this all the time.

A mascara favourite that I may have mentioned a few times as well, we have the Marcelle xtention plus curl mascara**. This is possibly my favourite mascara ever. I have been reaching for it over my Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and it is less than half the price. I will be reviewing this soon to give you an idea on how it compares and wears with other mascaras. I think you might love it too!

peter thomas roth rose cucumber mask
As usual, I am all over masks this month but for a change, I am really into hydrating masks. I have two from Peter Tomas Roth that I have been wearing once or twice a week and can pretty much promise will be empty before February. I first started using the PTR Rose Stem Cell mask after a clay mask to firm up and soothe the skin and was overwhelmed by how nice it felt so from there, I started playing around with the PTR Cucumber Gel mask. These two along have been my outstanding favourites but I have been trying out a few more that you will likely see in upcoming #MaskMonday posts. Stay tuned!

sonia kashuk bewitched
On my nails, I have been pretty much naked or wearing the Sonia Kashuk polish in the shade Bewitched. I wore this for about a week with my Evergreen nails just before Christmas, but I had also been wearing this before hand to get me in the spirit! I got this before Target closed its doors in Canada but I know there are dupes out there!

Let me know what you have been loving in the comments! I am always open to beauty suggestions!

Til next time, ttfn x

 

Sparkle and Shine

Hey all! Though we are nearing the end of December, I wanted to round up some of my favourite glistening, glittering make up products that you can use for New Years or any other celebrations you may be celebrating in the early months of 2016.

essie hor d'oeurves
I have talked about some of my beloved Nail Polish glitters before but didn’t get to include Essie’s Hour D’oeurves. This gold sparkle mixed with silver chunky glitters has shown up in a fair number of my own nail polish posts before but it truly deserves the attention. It’s quite the unique shade and a staple in many collections.

elizabeth mott you're so fine liner marc jacobs twinklepop
elizabeth mott you're so fine liner glitterati marc jacobs twinklepop honey bunny swatch

For the eyes, I had to mention the stunning Marc Jacobs Twinklepop shadow stick in Honey Bunny. I first saw this in a Vintage or Tacky review of the Twinklepops and it was literally love at first sight. I do not understand how someone could look over this and not buy it even with the hefty price tag. It is totally different from other products and totally luxurious.

With this is the Elizabeth Mott You’re So Fine liquid liner in Glitterati. Not going to lie, this kind of smells funny but it has from day one. I received it in an ipsy bag and love using it for a black liner that pops.

mufe lab shine d16
mufe lab shine d16 swatch

I very recently was heartbroken when discovering these were discontinued but I wanted to talk about it anyway. This is the Make Up For Ever Lab Shine lipgloss in D 16. Literally my favourite lip gloss ever. I am crossing my fingers and praying the Plexigloss that replaced these are just as good or better. This gloss, however, is a fantastic sheer nude with glitter throughout and it just enhances anything you pair it with.

milani dolce pink blush the balm mary-lou manizer
dolce pink mary-lou manizer swatch

I couldn’t leave out the cult classic Mary-Lou Manizer highlight from the Balm. It is an intense glow as you likely have seen before since this is the most popular highlighter ever. Another cheek/face product I love would be the Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink. With my acne, I do have to ensure that my cheeks are free and clear when I wear this but when the situation is right, it is totally stunning.

Those are my top dog sparkling products that I totally recommend from Sephora to drugstore. I hope there are some gems in here you’re looking to try!

Til next time, ttfn x

 

 

#MOTD: Simple New Years Eve

Hey all! Every beauty blogger/YouTuber is giving their two cents when it comes to what they are wearing this New Years and I thought it would be fun to join in. This is pretty subtle compared to a lot that I have seen this holiday season but I thought I would showcase two products I have loved this December: the Marc Jacobs Twinklepop in Honey Bunny and Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Icon.

nye motd
face make up

Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer with L’Oreal Magic Lumi primer on top for some glow.

Eyeshadow Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance on the lids and under the eyes.

Concealer: the BH Cosmetics Concealer Wheel in Light using the lighter pink under my eyes.

Concealer 2: the Lise Watier Portfolio Corrector Wheel in Light using the green shade on the redness around my mouth, nose and cheeks.

Foundation: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow in I’m Pure 4 Sure Ivory.

face and lip make up 

Brows: Annabelle Browshow in light to draw in and highlight and setting with the Benefit Gimmie Brow in Light/Medium.

Blush: Physician Formula Nude Wear blush in Rose generously on the cheeks.

eye make up
Cream Eyeshadow: Marc Jacobs Twinklepop in Honey Bunny all over the lids and blended in with a dense brush.

Powder Eyeshadow: the Stila Portrait of a Perfect Eye. Using Rosewood (dark, matte brown) in the crease to deepen and blend the shadow in a little more then Linen (light champagne shimmer) on the MJ Twinklepop to set it and further blend into the crease.

Liquid Liner: the Elizabeth Mott You’re So Fine eye liner in Glitterati to create a long wing with some new years glitter.

Mascara: a current favourite, the Marcelle Curling and Lengthening xtention + curl mascara.

Lipstick: the Hourglass liquid lipstick in Icon which stole the show in my classic red lipstick recommendations.

new years motd
This look features that bit of champagne glitter that every New Years Eve should have PLUS a super kissable set of red lips that will stay in place. To bump this up even more, a highlight and some false lashes would look stunning with this!

I hope you liked my tutorial! I haven’t totally found my writing style when it comes to tutorials so let me know how you liked this one! As always, be sure to let me know how you feel about the products used as well.

Til next time, ttfn x