#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: Millions of Peaches

I’m here this week with a peachy look for Spring. This has to be one of my favourite make up trends so far. These peachy eye looks, palettes, lippies and blushes are gorgeous! They are light but have that pop of colour that I love. 

This was one of the first times I have actually used my Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I am a little disappointed by my lack of inspiration when I look at the shades. Otherwise, the pigmentation is lovely and they blend together like magic. I will need to play around with these shades a little more! Would you be interested in another peachy look? Let me know.

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Bare Minerals Prime Time

NYX Matte Finishing Spray

Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Correctors in Green, Lilac and Ivory

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla

GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation in 11 PORCELAIN

elf Tone Correcting Powder in Cool

Physicians Formula InstaReady BB Bronzer

Wet n Wild Color Icon blush in Pearlescent Pink

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle palette in the shade Sunlight

Urban Decay Primer Potion Original

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

  • White Peach all over the lid
  • Charmed I’m Sure in the outter corner and crease
  • Cobbler in the crease
  • Just Peachy on the lid and inner corner
  • Cobbler under the eye (to set the Annabelle Bronze liner)
  • Luscious on the inner corner
  • Tempting to link the eye (over Annabelle Go Black liner)

Annabelle Stay Sharp waterproof eye liner in Bronze and Go Black

Buxom Lash Mascara

Marcelle Nano Eyebrow Liner in Medium Brown

Quo Brow Focus in Brunette

Essence Liquid Lipstick in Peach Party

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

#MOTD: First Impressions ft Essence

Here I am with another one branch MOTD post but with a twist: this will also be a first impression for most of these products! Let’s get started.

   
 Eye primer: Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base which is way darker and tackier than I thought it would be. I realized later that perhaps I put way too much on.

Eyeshadow: Essence All About Candies eye shadow palette. Starting with the Essense Contour Powder in light, I used the bronze shade in the crease to create a transition shade. Using the yellow gold, I set the rest of the eye shadow primer then covered it with the red/orange shade to neutralize and brighten the lid. With a mixture of the blue and green, I coloured the outter corner in. At the end of the tutorial, I blended out the crease with the purple/blue mix.

       

 
Concealer: Essense Pure Nude Concealer in 10 Pure Beige and Essence Say No to Dark Circles.

Foundation: Essence Pure Nude make-up in 10 Pure Beige plus a little more of the Pure Nude concealer under the eyes.

Blush: NYX cream blush in Glow since I don’t own an Essence blush… yet.

Setting Powder: Essense All About Matt which I have owned for a while but haven’t used too much.

Bronze/highlight: Essence Contour Powder in light for both highlighting and some bronzing/contouring.

   
   
Lips: Essence Liquid Lipstick in Peach Party.

Brows: BH Cosmetics HD Brow Pencil in Blonde.

Mascara: Marcelle Xtention plus Curl mascara.

My overall thoughts really vary between the products. I love the consistency of the concealers but my favourite products of the bunch is the Contour Powder and liquid lipsticks. Both the highlight and bronzer are awesome for my pale skin and the lippies are glossy but pack a punch.

   
   
As for the rest, I did not like the eye shadow or the eye shadow primer. The primer was so pigmented with a very warm beige tone while the eye shadow was barely pigmented. That isn’t the case for all Essence eye shadows but they seem very hit or miss. For this palette, I had to pack on so much pigment that my lids felt dry and you still couldn’t see the shades. I did like the concealers and foundation as well though the foundation was a touch too dark. I will be able to wear it this summer though!

I hope you enjoyed this drugstore make up look. What are you favourite Essence products? I really hope to try out more from the brand soon.

Til next time, ttfn x

#MOTD: It’s Fall

This week, I took a look at some beautiful make up trends to keep an eye on this fall.  Now that the season is officially upon us, I can go wild with some bold and deep colours, new textures and beautiful warmth. I put together this  post totally inspired by Autumn trends I am looking forward to this year.

 I wanted a semi-matte finish base to start so I took my current favourite combination of primer, concealer and foundation combo: the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, Maybelline Coverstick Corrector in Green, Covergirl TruBlend Fixstick in Light and the Benefit Hello Flawless foundation in Ivory. I wanted a more flawless finish so I went a little heavier on the concealer side of things. Under my eyes, I brightened as usual with the Rimmel Match Perfection 2 in 1 Concealer and Highlighter in Fair which I set with the Bare Minerals Concealer in Well Rested. Since the Smashbox Primer and Benefit Foundation give me a luminous shine, I set everything with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder to dull it down a bit and voila, I was left with a glowing matte finish.

   I decided to be bold with the eyes and lips because Autumn is all about being bold. To make sure my shadows wouldn’t budge, I started with the Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over the lid. Next is a palette that I think is perfect for the season: The Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveller Couture palette. For this look, I took Soft Peach all over the lid, then slowly built up a warm crease using Morocco, Noir and Fudge. I tried to do a very soft cut crease look so I used a pencil brush to focused Noir on the outter corner and slightly into the crease. Once everything was blended out to my liking, I patted Metallic on the lid which is an old gold colour that is super pigmented.

 
 Eyeliner is always a must have for fall and I blended these two on my bottom lash line: Urban Decay 24/7 eye liner in Zero and Annabelle Stay Sharp Eyeliner in Bronzey. Though I love these Annabelle Stay Sharp liners, I am not so happy with the Annabelle EyeInk 2 Mistake Proof liquid eyeliner. It was easy enough to apply and the corrector worked very well, but I found the eyeliner formula was just not working for me (as you will no doubt see in the closeup). Before adding the mascara, I created some bold brows using the Quo Brow Focus powder in Brunette and a small angled brush, then some Benefit Gimmie Brow to keep my brows in place.

 Since I was being a little bolder than usual, I wanted my skin to look extra perfected so I used the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders to lightly highlight and contour with. I also used the Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 410 on my cheeks which I am sure you’re used to seeing by now since I have been trying to use it up. Now that all of the powder is down, I finished up the eyes with my #1 mascara: the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. I will just let the picture speak for itself.

 Plum lips are the way to go in Autumn so I picked out a fave: the Revlon Colourstay Moisture Stain in Parisian. That completes this bold but beautiful look that I am really love. What fall trends are you looking forward to this year?

Til next time, ttfn x