#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?

Pastel Lipsticks for Spring

Pastel coloured lipstick can go one of two ways: They are either way so light that you look a little bit like a corpse or you look extra tanned and bronzed like a goddess. Since I’ve recently discovered a new fave pastel pink, I thought I would share a few that I love that make me feel pretty awesome. Added bonus, they are cruelty-free!


From lightest to darkest, we have

Essense Lipstick in Get The Look which is a rather sheer but very cool toned pastel pink. This looks best over a darker lip liner as a highlighted pop of colour.

Cargo Cosmetics lipgloss in Anguilla which is the truest baby pastel pink of the group but it is a seriously beautiful colour for spring/summer.

Marcelle Rouge Xpression lipstick in French Rose** is one I talked about pretty recently. This is a slightly frosty blue toned pink that again looks good for a little pop of colour with a slightly more neutral lip liner.

Essence Liquid Lipstick in Colour Party is one of my newest favourites. This is a colour you can wear on its own that is still very light and bright. It isn’t matte – in fact none of these are – so you also get a lovely glossy look for Summer.

NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel is a bit more peachy and sheer, but again gives you a beautiful pinky gloss for this season.

Essense Lipstick in Wear Berries! is more of a pastel purple shade. Since it is quite sheer but dark, it’s a little more subtle then the others but still lovely.

This one is a bit of a stretch but I wanted to include it in here as another option. Too Faced Melted Fig is a very unique kind of colour. Though it is a deep purple colour, it is a similar concept as Essense Wear Berries. It is a nice wash of colour that mixes very well with any of the lighter shades I mentioned earlier. 

Through there are no mattes to be found here, there are a few different finishes and types of lip products giving you a pretty good selection to choose from. Onto the lip swatches, but this time, by type.



The formulas, through different, are all pretty outstanding. Let me know what your favourite pastel coloured lipsticks are or perhaps your spring go-to shades. I would love to hear any suggestions! 

Til next time, ttfn x

Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick

This review is long overdue. I am here today to look at a line of stunning classic lipsticks that totally make an impact. Several months ago, Marcelle sent me a few of their new Marcelle Rouge Xpression lipsticks** to try and at first glance, I was a little intimidated. They are very bright and bold. To me, they scream spring. So here we are, with spring in bloom (well, not really) and I have been testing these lovely ladies out for you.

The packaging itself is sophisticated and sleek but easily damaged (you may be able to see the scratch marks on the matte black from them being in my bag). They look a little bit similar to the NARS Audacious lippies but since I have never tried any from NARS, I can’t say whether or not they are dupes.

Regardless, they stand out. The three shades I have are extremely pigmented with a cream finish similar to most lipsticks. They seem to be consistent and feel lovely on the lips.  They also end up being pretty true in colour from the bullet to the swatch to the tag on the end of the lipstick. Online, they are a little darker.

French Rose is the lightest of the three. It is a bright baby pink shade. I tend to have problems with this type of shade but with a lip liner, it works much better. There is a little bit of a frosty look to it as well but that could just be me!

Vivid Coral is exactly that: a beautiful and vivid coral shade. It is bold but not too crazy and actually, I have nothing even similar to this!

Fuchsia Flare is my favourite of the three. It is a berry-like fuchsia that is super easy to wear. As you can see, it comes off kind of light bit still very colourful.

I don’t think I could say one bad thing about these lipsticks and that includes the price ($12 approx per lipstick).

  

One swipe of colour each. From L to R: 825 French Rose, 970 Vivid Coral, 880 Fuchsia Flare.

There is a large variety of shades for every skintone. If you haven’t already, try these out! Marcelle is a cruelty-free Canadian brand which I love and support.

Til next time, ttfn x

#MOTD: Pop of Purple ft. Drugstore brands

Hey all! I have done two drugstore brand tutorials in my day (Rimmel and L’Oreal – two of my faves) but today, we’re just talking just drugstore products and hopefully, you’ll get to see me use a few new things.

  
Primer: Rimmel London Stay Matte 003 all over the face.

Concealer: COVERGIRL Trublend Fix Stick in Light under the eyes to start. After foundation, I used the Rimmel London Match Perfection highlighter and concealer in Fair.

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation in Porclin.

Powder: Rimmel London Stay Matte Translucent powder. Forever a staple.

  
Eyeshadow Primer: Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal in Inked in Pink all over the lid as a base.

Eye Shadow: Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette. Starting with the true taupe shade in the crease then to set the base I used the dusty rose shade in the crease and on the lid. For some additional sparkle, I blended the light baby pink all over the lid as well to finish he eye.

Eye Liner pencil: Almay Intense i color in Purple Amethyst. I don’t know how I didn’t have a purple liner before.

Liquid eye liner: Annabelle Liquid liner in Black Spark to create a little itty bitty baby wing.

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara on the lashes looking gorgeous, if I do say so myself.

Eye Brows: Quo brunette brow powder to fill in my brows and set with the L’Oreal Brow Stylist gel in clear.

   
 Highlighter: NYX Mosaic highlighter in 01 on my cheekbones.

Blush: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine, a totally gorgeous berry shade.

Bronzer: Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sunlight. Yes, I used bronzer in the usual spots: temple, under the cheekbones and jawline.

Lip liner: Annabelle Stay Sharp lip liner in Strike a Rose to lighten the lipstick a tad and help it stay put.

Lipstick: Marcelle Rouge Xpression in Fuchia Flare** to finally finish.   

  
    

 

Let me know what you think! I plan to review a few of these goodies in the next few weeks so keep an eye out!

Til next time, ttfn x

Canadian Mascara Win

Hey all! I think I have found a new mascara that I love. It’s Canadian, it’s relatively new and it’s AMAZING. I am talking about the Marcelle Xtention Plus Curl mascara**. Now, I have talked about this mascara several, several times before but the more I thought about it, the more I was aching to give it its own separate review. Why? Let me tell ya.

First off, how often do you find a total mascara gem at the drugstore? This product is Canadian, cruelty-free, inexpensive and virtually flawless. It fights a lot of issues that people seem to have with their lashes: it curls, it lifts, it is pretty black but not clumpy, it separates, lengthens, defines and it stays put. For me, I am a length and lift lover. If my lashes aren’t close to touching my brow bone, I am not happy. But this does that and not with a whole lot of layering or effort either (I am not about that life).

Something else I will address is the wand because I haven’t used anything like it before. It’s not unique but it isn’t my usual preference. The wand itself is pretty dramatically curled and has rubber bristles. I usually am anti-rubber because they can be pretty painful but the shape prevents all contact with your skin while allowing the bristled to get right into your lashes. Root to tip.

The formula of this mascara isn’t usually what I go for either. It’s not super wet but it also isn’t dry. It’s almost like Marcelle figured out a way to get the wet-mascara-after-a-few-uses-and-it’s-perfect formula down pat. It works well but also doesn’t get all over the place like some of my favourite mascaras do.

The one flaw that is easy enough to deal with is the packaging. It is a little ugly and I think there is potential for it to start looking dingy since it has a peel and stick label on it. I don’t know why Marcelle didn’t put that extra effort into the packaging but hey, it’s what’s inside that counts.


I am pretty lucky and do have length and curl to my lashes so this may not totally be putting the mascara to the test, but if you’re in a similar boat as I am or just interested in what the mascara will do for you, I really think it’s worth the try. Let me know if you have tried any of the Marcelle mascara’s lately! This is my first but certainly not last.

Til next time, ttfn x