#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

Nail Polish Declutter

I have a lot of nail polish. I try and go through frequently and declutter but usually, I will just get rid of anything I had recently used that I didn’t care for. This time, I took the time to swatch (you might have seen on snapchat) every single shade and evaluate the formula and whether I liked the colour or if it had a purpose. I had a goal to get rid of 1/3 of my collection because I knew there was enough in there that I wasn’t using or loving.


  

So as I said, I went through with swatches (by the way, my snapchat is newkeybeauty), but I wanted to go through my process and progress on my blog as well. You will see I have some distinguishable favourite shades but I feel like there is still a variety of colour, texture and brand in the collection. There are also shades I don’t gravitate toward, or that I only go for certain shades of that colour so I was able to get rid of some super similar polishes. How many classic red nail polishes does one person need?


  
One other thing I noticed is how many textured polishes I really had especially for someone that doesn’t LOVE textured nail polish… I really don’t need one in every colour though there are some GORGEOUS exceptions like the two by Julie G. A pet peeve of mine is sheer polish and this exersize really highlighted the polishes that either didn’t end up opaque after even 3 coats, or didn’t dry/bubbled after it did become opaque. The formula just didn’t work for me so those were tossed too.


  
Finally, there were a surprising amount of duplicates that I didn’t realize were duplicates. For example, the Revlon Fearless and Deborah Lippmann It’s Raining Men are incredibly similar but I much prefer the DL formula. I am also leaning towards cruelty free brands more and more so some of my decisions reflected that.


  
I have a handful I am still so on the fence about but for now, that’s over 20 polishes I didn’t need or shouldn’t have out of my collection. Not quite the 1/3 I was hoping for but I am more comfortable with what I have. This also helped me discover what holes I have in my collection  (like a good royal blue?) so if you have any polish brand recommendations, please point me in the right direction. I am looking for CF brands specifically under $20!

Til next time, ttfn x

What’s in my Z Palette?

Hello all! This month is Sephora brand beauty month and though I don’t have a whole lot of their make up, I do have a few other things. For example, their Z Palettes.

Several months ago, I was looking into getting a Z Palette simply to consolidate my single eye shadows. I found that I wouldn’t reach for them and with all of the different shapes and sizes, it was a pain to store them. After some online searching, I happened upon the Sephora Collection palettes in their three different sizes. I have the baby and dome sizes.



Most recently, I picked up the baby sized palette to depot my Benefit Sweet Cheeks blush palette. It was so bulky and I never used it because it didn’t fit in with the rest of my palettes. This medium sized palette stores them all quite well and is about half the width (or more).




Top L to R: Benefit Rockatur, Bellabamba, Dandilion

Bottom L to R: Benefit Hoola, Sugar Bomb, Coralista

In my larger Z Palette are my eye shadows. I have a pretty good assortment of them and a lot of room to grow.




Top L to R: Maybelline Vanilla, Bare Minerals Passion, Muse, MUFE D 850, I340

Middle L to R: Urban Decay Oil Slick, Bust, Guilt, Skimp, MUFE M856, MAC Amethyst 

Bottom L to R: Pop Beauty bronzer, Pacifica Celestial, Opal, MAC Black Grape

I depotted the Bare Mineral Inspiration duo as well as a 500 pt perk from Urban Decay for all of those mini’s at the top. Between these two palettes, I have everything I need to make my look and then some! I hope you enjoyed seeing what was in my Z palettes.

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

The Maybelline the Blushed Nudes eye shadow palette

Hey all! It has been a while since I have done a little swatch and review of my many palettes. In honour of Budget Beauty month over on the Canadian Beauty Blogger network, I thought I would go ahead and review a few of my beautiful but inexpensive shades for you. Let’s get to it!

  
If you have tried any of the Maybelle eye palettes, you know what the formula is like. It is a little sheer, a little chalky, but overall, I think they make for some beautiful looks. Many people boast (myself included) about how pigmented an eye shadow, blush, lipstick, etc is but that’s not always what you want. A good example would be if you’re using black. You don’t want to pile on an overly pigmented black eye shadow. Between the fall out and how hard it is to blend not to mention how unforgiving the shade is, sometimes your better off using something you have to build. It’s a little more fool-proof.

  
That being said, each shade here swatched very well with no other product (eye primer, spray, etc) assistance.

Top row, shade 1: a super pale cream pink with a tiny bit of a sheen to it.

Top row, shade 2: a baby pink shade with some sparkle.

Top row, shade 3: a dusty pink with a metallic shine.

Top row, shade 4: a muted baby pink matte shade.

Top row, shade 5: a red bronze metallic.

Top row, shade 6: my favourite, the metallic dark rosey pink shade.

Bottom row, shade 1: paper grey shade with some sparkle.

Bottom row, shade 2: a warm taupe with a bit of a metallic shine.

Bottom row, shade 3: a bronze shade with glitter.

Bottom row, shade 4: a true taupe grey.

Bottom row, shade 5: a medium deep brown.

Bottom row, shade 6: dark brown with red/pink flecks of glitter throughout.

  
The top row is mainly pink shades where the bottom leans more toward taupes making this a pretty good mix of colours. I will be the first to admit I don’t use this as often as I should simply because I don’t think the beautiful pink shades are what look best on me personally. I think many people fell for how gorgeous the shades look in the pan with both this and the UD Naked 3 palette but don’t actually reach for such rosey shades.

  
That being said, overall, I do like this palette. It is very likely the only palette I have with this much pink and I do love me some pink. Please let me know if you want to see another look using this palette because I do have a very lovely one in mind (if I do say so myself).

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

Maybelline Products Worth Buying

Hey all! I have done similar posts like this before with other brands but this time, it’s a little more special. Krystal-Marie from embraceandignite.blogspot.ca and I decided to do a round up of our fave Maybelline products to share with you just before the holidays. Krystal-Marie is first and foremost extremely sweet and friendly but she also happens to be a fellow Canadian Beauty Blogger out of Nova Scotia. I have been following her for quite some time on Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin’ and so when the chance came to potentially collab, I was very interested! Her blog includes SO many helpful blogging tips as well as beauty picks like this so if you want to go take a look, click away!

As for this post, you will definitely notice a theme in the products I have liked from Maybelline (or at least, I did). I actually have a whole list of products I still want to try from Maybelline but haven’t quite gotten to so if something is missing from this list, that could be the reason. None-the-less, I thought it would be interesting to read about my faves from this brand and I would love to know yours as well!

maybelline the blushed nudes and the smokes palettes

Starting off with the product I use the most we have the Maybelline Smokes and Maybelline Blushed Nudes eye shadow palettes. I believe both have been some awesome new drugstore shadow options from 2015 (or perhaps late 2014). I get much more use out of the Maybelline Smokes palette as perhaps you have seen here or here, but both are stunning in their colour selection and have very buildable colour. Keep an eye out for a swatch type post coming soon!

maybelline colour tattoo metal inked in pink
Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal in Inked in Pink was actually a total YouTube-Made-Me-Buy-It purchase. When the UD Naked 3 and Maybelline Blushed Nudes came out, it seemed like everyone paired the shadows with this cream base. Every time I saw it, I was totally floored by the finished look that I had to have it. It just looked stunning together so before the Blushed Nudes were even available in Canada, I snatched this up. I do use this with a primer but it stays pretty well on its own. It is a metallic pink, need I say more?

color whispers berry ready lust for blush swatches
maybelline color whispers berry ready lust for blush

The Maybelline Color Whisper lipsticks in Berry Ready and Lust for Blush were favourites of mine before I started blogging. They provide a lovely wash of colour that is thin feeling on the lips and totally lovely looking. They are buildable as well for a mildly glossy look.

maybelline dream bouncy blush peach satin plum wine
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin and Plum Wine swatches

Finally, the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin and Plum Wine are beautiful cream blushes. They are very easy to work with and last pretty well on even the oiliest of girls (like myself). I am really into cream blushes and these are one of my faves. They have many gorgeous shades but these two are all I have thus far.

maybelline pink products

From looking at the swatches, you may notice how totally wearable these Maybelline products are. I think that’s where the brand shines the most. They are wearable and very affordable but can be built up or combined for a more intense look. That makes them a little more useful in my opinion. They may not be overly bold, but they are absolutely beautiful.

Check out Krystal’s Maybelline faves over on her blog! She has a much bigger Maybelline collection than I and can tell you what works and doesn’t. If you have some faves, let me know what I might be missing.

Til next time, ttfn x