#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: 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: 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

5 Ways to Change the Look of an Eye Shadow

Hey all! I don’t know where I got this idea but I thought I would pass on some knowledge to help you get creative with your eye shadow and use the same shade multiple ways for a different effect. These 5 techniques to applying your eye shadow totally changes the look of your shadows making for a more versatile shade.

jesses girl baked eye shadow, benefit bad gal lash, covergirl fixstick concealer, urban decay primer potion, maybelline fit me concealer, rimmel london brow this way
In each picture, I am wearing:

Primer: the Urban Decay Primer Potion under my eye to keep the concealer in place.

Concealer: the Covergirl Fixstick in Light underneath the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair.

Brows: the Rimmel London Brow This Way in Blonde to fill in my eye brows.

Eye shadow: the Jesse’s Girl Baked Eye Shadow in Ocean Breeze.

Mascara: the Benefit Bad Gal Lash mascara.

jesses girl ocean breeze mac 239
First up is the way I imagine most people apply eye shadow and that is by itself with a regular eye shadow brush. I used the MAC239 brush which is your typical eye shadow brush. It is fluffy and therefore, it blends the eye shadow on and deposits just enough product making it less likely to crease or it will at least take longer to crease.

jesses girl ocean breeze
To compare, I used a brush from BH Cosmetics to pat on the eye shadow. As you can see, I already had creasing with this method. That’s because my brush picked up and placed a lot of the eye shadow. This brush is better for packing on the pigment since it has much stiffer bristles which are packed tighter making for a flatter brush.

jesses girl ocean breeze urban decay primer potion
Next up, this is the way I typically will apply eye shadow and that is over a primer. This is the original Urban Decay Primer Potion. A primer will help adhere the product to your eye lid better making it last longer, preventing creasing and as you can see, it makes the shadow appear darker since it is holding onto more product.

jesses girl ocean breeze marc jacobs twinklepop honey bunny
In place of a primer, there is also an eye shadow stick. An eye shadow stick will change the effect of whatever you place on top of it. If it’s white, the pigment will really stand out. If it is shimmery, it will give it some extra shimmer. This is the Marc Jacobs Twinklepop in the shade Honey Bunny which is a champagne shimmer. It brought out the sparkle in the blue shadow while helping it stick just like a primer.

 

jesses girl ocean breeze mac prep + prime fix+
Finally, you can also use a spray for some eye shadows. With this shade, since it is baked, I knew it would be unscathed if I used a little bit of the Mac Prep and Prime Fix +. With this formula, as you can see, it makes the shadow appear wet on the lid and therefore, enhances any shimmer or glitter in the eye shadow.

 

bh cosmetics brush mac prep + prime fix + urban decay primer potion mac 239 marc jacobs twinklepop
Most eye shadows can be used any of these 5 ways for a slightly different appearance making each eye shadow more unique and versatile. These can even be combined for different purposes for example, using a primer to keep your shadow in place but also using a cream eye shadow for a different texture. Ugh, I love eye shadow. Let me know what you think!

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.

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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.

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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

#MOTD: The Tutorial I Didn’t Publish

Hey all! It’s time for a bit of a change. My blog layout is staying put and so is my name, but my writing and perhaps sometimes my format will be a bit different (like perhaps videos?). There are some technical difficulties to be worked out so in the mean time, let me reintroduce myself. Hey, my name is Amy and I am a make up hoarding, colour loving, plus sized beauty blogger.

  Today, I wanted to go back and do a tutorial that I thought looked awesome but never actually posted! This is the blue Make Up For Ever eye liner look from the pop of colour post I did back in June. I know, I know, I am a little behind. This can be done with any colour you want of course, but I drew inspiration from the palette I planned to use for my eyes: the Maybelline The Smokes palette and that jean-blue shade.

   

  

 Eye Lid Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye Shadow: Maybelline The Smokes palette

Pencil Eye Liner: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in 15L

Liquid Eye Liner: Make Up For Ever Ink Liner** (totally drool worthy)

Mascara: Make Up For Ever Smokey Stretch mascara**

  I always prime my eyes first to keep my colours in check. I was going for a cool toned eye shadow look that was pretty light so the blue would really pop. First, a grey all over the lid (top row, shade 2), then a slightly darker grey/silver (Top row, shade 6) in the crease to add dimension. I wanted the lid to be a little lighter so I added the nude of the palette (Top row, shade 4) all over the lid before blending in the jean blue colour that I bought this palette for (top row, shade 1) in the crease as well.

I put the blue MUFE Aqua Eyes liner in my waterline and smoked it out with the left over jean blue (top row, shade 1) and finished the eye off with a small cat eye flick and some fantastic mascara.

  I wish I knew what lipstick I wore here as well because daymn, I am loving it in this picture. The foundation on the other hand… not so much. Let me know whether you like this style of tutorial!

Til next time, ttfn x

#MOTD: Eyes or Lips ft. L’Oréal

  Today is a first! Though I have done a few one brand tutorials before, this tutorial is in collaboration with the always amazing Natalie from Ivory Avenue! I reached out to her out of pure love for her blog and style and humor and together, we have created two different dramatic looks using only L’Oreal products! I hope you love them as much as I do!

As always, I start with a primer and this is an old fave. This is the L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer. This is obviously very brightening which I adore and goes well with the foundation I am using. As you might have guessed, I have the L’Oreal True Match foundation in W2 (though I think W1 would work a little better for my pale skin). I applied it with a dense angled brush that I found on Amazon forever ago and have been using for years now. I love these two and use them all the time.


Next is potentially my new favourite concealer. This is the L’Oreal True Match concealer in fair/light (W1-2-3) which I used with this amazing Ecotools Eye Perfecting brush. To set my entire face including the under eye, I used the L’Oreal True Match powder in W1 with again the Ecotools Eye Perfection brush and the Ecotools Powder brush.


I did not have a coloured eyebrow product from L’Oreal so I used this Brow Stylist Plumper brow gel in translucent. I also wanted to finish up the face so I picked up this L’Oreal True Match blush in C1 on this Real Techniques blush brush which I haven’t really gotten the hang of yet. I didn’t have a L’Oreal highlight (and frankly, I have only heard bad things about their new ones) so I used this eyeshadow. This is the L’Oreal Infallible pigment in the shade Hourglass Beige on a small blush brush from Sephora. It didn’t give me the effect I wanted but I still love how the foundation worked out.


For the eyes, I used this quad from L’Oreal in Army Brat and the MAC 239 and a Sephora eyeshadow blending brush. I took the cream colour all over the lid as a base, then the grey colour into the crease. To darken the outer corner, I took the green shimmer shade and topped the lid off with the gold colour. It’s darker than I usually go for but I think it turned out quite lovely. 

For mascara, I used the L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga and I really do not like this mascara. It doesn’t look too bad I suppose but it was hard to work with because the wand is so strange and flimsy. It doesn’t give me much length, my lashes kind of clump together and it goes everywhere. Ugh, it was so frustrating.

Onto a product I do love from L’Oreal, I have the L’Oreal Colour Riche Natural lipstick in 235 Nude and the L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Golden Splendor in the centre for an extra little pop.


A big thanks to Natalie for doing this little post with me! She created a dramatic lip look featuring L’Oreal and it turned out beautifully! Find her look here. If you liked seeing what brushes I used for each look, let me know!

Til next time, ttfn x