#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

#NOTD: Spring Manicure ft Trust Fund Beauty 

I am honestly not sure what happened but I am back into doing my nails. For a while there, I wasn’t interested in doing nail art and I barely painted them. All that has changed and I blame these Trust Fund Beauty polishes. To honour them (and get a little spring mani happening), I have a quick and easy tutorial. I hope you like it!

Base coat: Essence the gel nail polish base coat.

Nail Polish: Trust Fund Beauty Credit Card Workout** which I applied on all nails except my middle finger. One coat works but I used two. 

Dry drops: Essence Nail Art Express dry drops used between coats except on my ring finger. 

Decals: Beyond the Nail dragonfly nail decals in Light Green. I applied these carefully to my ring finger while the polish was still wet using some tweezers to place them.

Top coat: Essence gel-look top coat on all the completed nails with another dry drop on top.

Stencil: Beyond the Nail Line Vinyl nail guides. These are super easy to use and place if you bend the card at the ends of the strip, you can easily peel a group of strips off and place them on your nail evenly.

With the strips on my nail, I quickly did a double coat of polish and removed the strips after a few seconds. I used the dry drops before adding a top coat to avoid smearing the polish.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my quick and easy spring nail art! Obviously you can use whatever colours you’d prefer but I love the bold shine of this silver.

Til next time, ttfn x

Best of 2015

best of 2015
Hey all! Welcome to the final day of 2015. I hope it is going well. Today, I thought I would talk about my favourite products that I have discovered this year. Some of these are now staples in my collection and you know them all if you have been tuning in for a while. I have mentioned most of these products in previous favourites or reviews which means they have withstood the test of time and I am still loving them. Let’s get into it.

Skin Care

reversa solution for oily acne prone skin vichy normaderm night detox
You may be totally aware that skin care has been priority number 1 for me this year and with that came a slew of products. The start of it all for me was the Vichy Normaderm Night Detox moisturizer that I initially received as a sample from Shoppers in March/April. It makes the world of difference for my skin in terms of acne. I have gone from some pretty painful breakouts to one-two little pimples using this product alone. Another acne fighting game-changer for me has been the Reversa Solution for Oily and acne prone skin**. I have used this both as a toner and an acne spot treatment and it delivers amazing results both ways. Pimples disappear in a day or two and my blackheads are clearing up making for a much smoother complexion. This is also available at Shoppers which I would never have guessed would be my one-stop-shop for skin care.

glamglow lippy girl lip love lip conditioning stick
If you know me, you know masks are my favourite thing and I have so many of them. The Glamglow Supermud clearing treatment is still my number one holy grail mud mask to clear things up but with the improvement in my skin near the end of the year, I see a change on the horizon. Regardless, this was my go-to mask for 2015 and it is totally worth it for you if you have oily/acne prone skin. My final skin care find of 2015 was a lip balm which I don’t think I will ever stray from: the Lippy Girl Lip Love Lip Conditioning stick in Eucalyptus Mint. This is an amazing balm for healing and hydrating and on top of that, it has all the good qualities of a product: cruelty-free, organic, lasts forever, smells great. All the good stuff.

Make Up

smashbox photo finish primers
physicians formula nude rose blush make up for ever ultra hd foundation benefit hello flawless oxygen wow foundation lise watier portfolio corrector wheel

What you’re really here for is the make up. There are quite a few in 2015 that I found and love and as usual, we will start with the primer. No shock here that my number one is the Smashbox Photo Finish primer. Thus far, I have enjoyed the entire line with my favourite being the Colour Correcting green shade to help with the redness I get in my cheeks. I also use the Lise Watier Portfolio Concealer Wheel daily to spot correct around my nose, mouth and cheeks with the green shade. The consistency is lovely with high coverage but no oiliness or cakey feel. I wish I had more uses for the other four shades in the palette but either way, it’s worth it to have this concealer in my routine.

For foundation, I have to go with the Benefit Hello Flawless and Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation. I love the coverage, the colour match, the lasting power, the finish and everything else for both of these. Though quite pricey, but I don’t think anything else I have tried quite compares. I prefer the Benefit Foundation far more when used without powder with its super yellow tones but when I am going for a more mattified complexion, the MUFE foundation is perfect. Another favourite face product would be the Physicians Formula blush in Nude Rose. This is a natural but very pink blush that I go for way more often than I would ever have guessed. It is hard to go to heavy handed with this blush because it is so nude-wearing but it gives a super pretty finish in my opinion.

annebelle stay sharp eye liner bronzey snow white too faced shadow insurance primer abh world traveller palette
For the eyes, it may not be a surprise that the Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveler palette was my number one this year. It stole the show. The warm neutral but still bold shades and amazing pigmentation while still being soft and blendable. Seriously out of this world and I want to buy everything ABH has in powder form. Holy cow, I still can’t get over how beautiful this is. Before shadow comes primer and my eye shadow primer of choice is the Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer. It doesn’t look or feel cakey and it makes my shadows stick without ruining my blending which is something I haven’t found in other primers yet.

I have neglected eye liner a little bit this year but I still have a pencil and liquid fave. Annabelle totally blew me away with the Annabelle Stay Sharp eye liners of which I have a deep and undying love for Bronzey**, their brown metallic shade. It is water proof and doesn’t disappear through the day. It simply always looks flawless. My number one liquid liner I do not have anymore (ran out unfortunately) but still deserves a mention. It is the Make Up For Ever Ink Liner** and it is everything perfect in a liner. Easy to apply, black as it gets, matte and budge proof. It isn’t, however, waterproof.

Everything Else

colab dry shampoo rio new york
I have a hair and nail favourite that I thought should mention. For the hair, I pretty much stick to dry shampoo and my number one is totally COLAB Sheer Invisible or Xtreme Volume in Rio. I find the Xtreme Volume line harsher on my hair but when I need that volume, it is just the best. I don’t find their to be any white residue, it smells great and feels fantastic too. In terms of nails, the Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops have become a staple when I do my nails. It is awesome on my cuticles and dries my nails quickly with little mess. Did I mention it is only $3?

Why not also throw in a trend favourite of 2015? I personally love the chunky boot style that I have seen this year and have picked up 2 pairs this fall that I adore. I don’t typically wear heels or care about shoes but these two from Spring are insanely comfortable and so beautiful. The Galiredien and Kingsmore styles are both on sale and I totally recommend giving them a try!

2015 as a year was pretty amazing and I can only hope to have another year like it for 2016! Let me know what you have loved this year so I can give them a try. Happy New Years all!

Til next time, ttfn x

Whatcha Think About Ecotools Brushes?

How many moms spend their hard earned money on beauty essentials? Not enough, I bet. Though make up is fun and often a confidence booster, the brushes can make or break a product. Does your mom use the little sponge applicators that come with her eye shadows? Or her fingers for foundation? What about those tiny odd shaped brushes for her blush? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade…

There is a lot of importance on the consistency of cosmetics and not enough on the application of your brushes and sponges. Improving your make up application could be as simple as an upgrade to a quality brush. Trust me on this though, you don’t have to spend a lot to get a quality brush.

 

Take the Ecotools line for example. That stippling brush and eye shadow shading brush were 2 of my first brushes. Ever. They come in a pack of 4 with a lash/brow grooming brush and lip brush (and are still available for only $17 – incredible). They have held up through a whole lot of use, washing, traveling and everything else. I can honestly say that I haven’t seen a decrease in their quality or even a stray hair.

This spring, they have come out with a new line of brushes, one of which I was lucky enough to receive from Farleyco. The Ecotools Complexion Collection includes the Eye Perfecting brush** ($9.99) which I received, the Correcting Concealer brush ($6.99), the Skin Perfecting brush ($9.99) and Mattifying Finish brush ($11.99). These brushes are distinguishable by their beautifully designed ferrules. To show you how lovely these are to apply with, I did a little impromptu make up tutorial using almost exclusively these 5 Ecotool brushes.

Primed my face with the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

  

Coloured my lid and lined underneath my waterline with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Freak before applying Comet from the BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Palette all over my lid. Applied a bit of Meteor to the inner corner and blended it underneath my eye where I had eyeliner. Blended Mars into the crease and Astoroid into the outer corner. Lined my lid with Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner in Smog. 

  

Left side is with Ivory concealer, right side is without.

Applied the Green and Lilac colour corrector a fro the Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Corrector wheel before applying Dior Forever Flawless Perfection foundation in 021. To conceal under my eyes, I used Ivory from the same colour wheel. To contour, I used Dark Beige around my temples and under my cheek bones.


  

To finish off my face, I powdered with the MUFE HD Microfinish Powder, added some of the Colourpop Super Shock blush in Aphrodisiac. Finished off the eyes with the MUFE Smokey Stretch mascara. On my brows, I combined my beloved Annabelle Skinny Brow liner and the Benefit Gimmie Brow. Lastly, on my lips is a combination of Bite Beauty’s Violet lipstick and Annabelles Stay Sharp lip liner in Java.

   

The Ecotools brushes are made of Bamboo, cruelty free bristles and recycled aluminum ferrules which I thought was quite unique and fantastic. I used all 5 of these brushes in this tutorial and I am sure you can see the quality of the brush.

Til next time, ttfn x

#MOTD: Spring Has Sprung ft. Make Up For Ever

 make up for ever make up 

Lately, I have been in the mood to try out something new so I figured I would do a full face tutorial using one of my favourite brands: Make Up For Ever. A few of these are new items, others I just haven’t tried before and a few are staples in my collection. This look will be pretty summery too since I am SO excited for the season. Enjoy!

 applying step one primer 

Base – Step One Skin Equalizer** in Blue Radiant for a beautiful glow.

 Too Faced Shadow Insurance 

Shadow primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance to hold my shadows in place.

 concealer fishy face

 Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Corrector 

Concealer – Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Corrector on my redness and under eyes.

 l'oreal true match w2 

 loreal true match w2 applied

Foundation – L’Oreal True Match in W2.

  

mufe eotd

Shadows – MUFE Artist Shadows in D850 I340 M856 for bold, summery eyes. I340 in the inner corner, M856 all over the eyes, in the crease, and under the eye. D850 on the lid for some sparkle!

 mufe ink liner and eye shadow 

Liquid eye liner – MUFE Ink Liner** to make the eyes pop even more. Also, look how pigmented the eye shadow is on the brush!

 mufe hd powder

Setting Powder – MUFE HD powder to set everything and give a flawless finish.

 mufe smokey stretch mascara  

mufe smokey stretch mascara swatch

mufe smokey stretch mascara apply

Mascara – MUFE Smokey Stretch Mascara** for some volume and lots of length.

 mufe hd blush in 410

Blush – MUFE Sample HD blush in 410 for a dewy glow.

 Annabelle Skinny Brow liner in Universal medium 

Brows – Annabelle Skinny Brow liner in Universal medium.

 MUFE Aqua Rouge  

Lips – MUFE Aqua Rouge** to showcase the eyes while giving a shine to the lips.


Let me know if I should do more tutorials and make up looks! I love doing them but think they may not be everyone’s thing.

 mufe full face 


Til next time, ttfn x

Pretty Spring Pastels

  

With the change is season comes a change in colour pallets and spring is all about the soft and girly pastels. While not all of these are exactly a pastel, I think they are all soft and beautiful for the next few weeks of spring.

  

Traditionally, red doesn’t yell spring, but this soft tomato red from Revlon in Fearless has been catching my eye for the past few weeks. I love the colour so much though it isn’t your usual sort of red. That’s what makes it pretty perfect for this time of year!

  

A fantastic orange find is the Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect polish in Sorbet. It reminds me of a popsicle more than orange sorbet, but all in all, this very light orange is the perfect addition to this list. I couldn’t resist.

  

Yellow nail polish is a tricky thing to find but this one has done me no wrong yet. OPI’s I Just Can’t Cope-acabana is a perfect light and bright spring colour that doesn’t look odd on the nails! I am wearing it on my toes right now too.

  

This could be argued but Mint Candy Apple by Essie to me is a blue and you really can’t convince me otherwise. It’s a beautiful pale Aqua that is an Essie classic. Regardless of what colour it is, it is perfect for the spring time with its lightly tinted hue.

  

And onto my favourite colour, purple. Another Essie favourite of mine is Under Where? which is a fantastic powdered purple pink that I have already dug into. 

  

Lastly, a pinky shade that I have talked about before: Cardshark by Revlon. Recognize it from my Matte Me Crazy review? The formula for these are the best for staying power and smooth application. 

 

That’s my Roy G. Biv of spring colours. I almost had one for every colour! What colours have you been aching to wear now that the warmer weather is on its way?

Til next time, ttfn x