#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: Monochrome First Impressions

I decided to go grey with this look but the real purpose of this whole thing was to try out a new foundation product: the LA Girl Pro Coverage HD long wear Illuminating foundation in White. First of all, that name is ridiculous. Already, this foundation is trying to be way more than I need and/or want. All I really need in a white foundation is for it to mesh well with whatever foundation I am going to mix it with, and that it sits well on my skin.

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I mixed this foundation with the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour Skin Perfecting full coverage foundation in Light Porcelain (the lightest shade Rimmel offers) which is also a tad too pink for me but I thought I would try it anyway. The two foundations did mix well and ultimately, the foundation did lighten up. The undertone didn’t completely change, but I do think it neutralized it a little bit and the foundation didn’t oxidize as much.

The one thing I didn’t love about this foundation (though it could be the mixture) was how thick it ended up looking on my face. You can absolutely see that I am wearing foundation and how textured my skin is. It is easy to wear too much foundation when lightening a product too because you’re typically using double what you would usually use since you’re using two shades. On it’s own, it does blend well and can be used for so many things: Halloween, an eyeshadow primer, lighten a foundation or concealer, etc.

A few other things to mention about the product itself is the price, smell and the pump. I love the pump, as most people do, but the packaging is on the cheaper side so it isn’t always the easiest pump to use and control. The foundation is also thin and the combination of those two means a potential mess if you’re in a rush. As for the scent, it is similar to the Essence Pure Nude foundation. It is not exactly a bad smell, but it is pretty chemically and it lingers a little bit. It honestly reminds me of some kind of food that I can’t put my finger on (maybe pancake batter). It isn’t the cheapest foundation I have purchased at around the $10 mark, but it is going to last quite a while since I will mostly be using it to mix with other foundations.

Overall, I am happy I picked it up. I am excited to try it out with some of my darker foundations and concealers. I now have a way to use my foundations all year round if I choose and I can try foundations that don’t have a shade light enough for me typically. I recommend picking this up if you find it hard to find a foundation match or if you are simply curious like I was.

Becca Ever-matte Poreless Priming Perfector

Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer

Lise Watier Portfolio Correctors in Lilac and Ivory

LA Girl Pro Coverage HD long wear Illuminating foundation in White

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour Skin Perfecting full coverage foundation in Light Porcelain

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla

Essence All About Matte fixing compact powder

LA Girl Strobe Lite

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Benefit Dandelion Blush

Allabelle Smokey Nudes palette

Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Silver Sky

(Pixi nude all over my eye, Annabelle in Taupe in the crease, Annabelle Grey in the crease, Pixi taupe on the lid, Pixi navy in the crease, Pixi nude to blend out the crease, Pixi white as a browbone highlight)

Annabelle Smudge Liner eyeliner in Armour

Marcelle Double Precision liquid Liner in Black

Buxom Lash Mascara

NYX Liquid Suede lipstick in Stone Fox

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Perversion

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?

#MOTD: Brozed beauty for pale skin

It’s summer and that means it’s time for even the palest of people to look a little more bronzed up. I am and never have been a big bronzer user but my opinion has totally changed with the addition of a few new products that are perfect for this season. Here is my bronzed up look for all of the pale people out there!


Foundation: I skipped out on a primer to get the full benefits and natural look of the Murad Oil Control Mattifier with SPF 15 plus the Derma E BB Creme with SPF 20 in light. This combination is you skin but better plus things out the BB cream which is slightly too dark on its own.

Concealer: I used the Essence Say No to Dark Circles concealer under my eyes. Yes, I have extremely dry skin under one of my eyes. It is annoying. Let’s ignore it.

Eye primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Powder: Elf Tone Correcting Powder in Cool to do a little bit of colour correcting since this BB cream is a touch dark for me still.


Bronzer: The star of the show is this Physicians Formula #Instaready Super BB Bronzer. Both super natural and just overly stunning.

Highlight: Wet n Wild Fergie Highlight in Hollywood Boulevard.

Blush: Summer means cream blush and I took a page from Nancy (aka Spiffykerms) book and used NYX Cream Blush in Glow.


Eyeshadow: I used the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Eye shadow palette. Starting with the taupe browbone shade in my crease then deepening it us with the gorgeous brown crease shade on the left. On my eye lid, I wanted something a little bronze so I went with the eyelid shade.

Eye liner: I used a thin layer of the Annabelle Stay Sharp eye liner in Bronzey in my waterline with some of my eyelid shade on top.

Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex.


Brows: For my brows, I used the Annabelle Browshow liner and highlighter on my brows and brow bone.

Lipstick: A combination of the Annabelle Stay Sharp lip liner in Java and the Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Get The Look for that extra boost of colour.


This look is rather simple considering how luminous and perfected I felt! All of these products were totally pale-skin friendly and animal friendly (cruelty-free). I hope you enjoyed this look! Let me know what I should do next.

Til next time, ttfn x

 

#MOTD: My First Video

As you may have guessed, this little tutorial here also comes with a video! I am not sure how often I will include a video, whether this is the style I will stick with, and so on, but I hope you at least enjoyed this one!

Primer: I used the Cover FX Calming Primer for the first time here.

Concealer: the BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Perfecting Concealer. I used the yellow shade on my redness and the lightest pinky shade on my undereyes. Following that, I used some Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Ultra Light under my eyes to brighten. After some foundation, I added in a little more and blended it in fully.

Foundation: A recent discovery and favourite is the Gosh X-Ceptional Wear Foundation in Porcelain.

Powder: To set it all, I used the Essence All About Matt powder.

Brows: Quo Brow Focus in Brunette.

Eye shadow primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Eye shadow: I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveller palette. This was limited edition but many shades are still available. All over everything, I used Soft Peach. In the crease and outter corner, we have some Fudge. On the lid, I added Bellini for a little more shimmer and pigment. Going in with two of my favourite shades of the palette, I put Intense Gaze exactly where I put Bellini, then Pink Champagne on top. In the crease, I added Azure quite heavily and blended until I was happy. I had to touch up with Pink Champagne when I was done.

Eye liner: I added a bit of Annabelle eye liner in Espresso.


Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex.

Bronzer: Tarte The Sculpter in Park Ave Princess.

Blush: BH Cosmetics Blush Palette

Highlight: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer.

Lipstick: Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Canvas.


Please let me know what you think of my first ever video and this format for a tutorial. All of the products used were cruelty free, but not all of the brushes!

Til next time, ttfn x

 

My first ever Make Up Geek haul ft. Sephora, Nail Polish Canada

This may or may no surprise you but I have never made an order for Make Up Geek products before. It’s a little crazy how quickly MUG blew up but I never did get swept into all the hype. I’ve heard so many good things but most commonly that they are very similar to MAC at half the price. I planned on checking them out sooner or later and finally, I found the deal I had been waiting for.

  

Top L to R: In The Spotlight, Bedrock, Masqurade. Middle L to R: Shimma Shimma, Mermaid, Peach Smoothie. Bottom L to R: Mai Tai, Poppy, Phantom.
I had a good idea of what I wanted but hadn’t taken the plunge until I saw a beautiful-fantastic-amazing sale: 9 shadows for $30. Here is a similar deal but this exact set is no longer available (the individual shades are). The best part about this deal was that 5/9 shadows were ones I was eyeing up.

In The Spotlight: I hadn’t heard about this shade before but it might just be my favourite of the bunch. It is a wildly intense rust/gold duo-chrome.

Bedrock (wanted): I don’t know exactly what drew me into this matte taupe-grey but I am glad to have one in my z palette!

Masqurade: I hadn’t heard about this shade either but all you had to say was purple foiled eye shadow. Sold!

Shimma Shimma: I had heard endlessly about this shadow and now I totally understand why. It’s a GORGEOUS champagne sparkle that stands out.

Mermaid (wanted): I am not a frequent blue-eyeshadow girl, this is so unique and stunning. It is an amazing aqua gold pigment.

Peach Smoothie (wanted): Has anyone not heard of peach smoothie? I wanted to try this orangey peach shade and see what all the hype is about.

Mai Tai: This is really subtle baby pink/peach shadow that is freaking gorgeous.

Poppy (wanted): Who could resist a rorange like that?

Phantom (Wanted): This shadow is rightfully named. This goes from a soft lilac to a vibrant frost depending which way you’re looking at it. A very stand out shade.

  

Top: Voltage. Bottom: Dirty Martini.
Then of course, while I was at it, I wanted to pick up a few singles that caught my eye.

Dirty Martini: I can honestly say I don’t have anything this colour in my collection. When this khaki/olive shade started trending in the fall, I fell deeply in love with it. I have a lot of plans for this beauty.

Voltage: This is a very interesting white/yellow duo-chrome that I am excited to play around with.

  

Top L to R: Voltage, Mermaid, Shimma Shimma, Dirty Martini, Peach Smoothie, Poppy, Bedrock. Middle L to R: Mai Tai, Phantom. Bottom L to R: In The Spotlight, Masqurade.
  
From Nail Polish Canada, I had to pick up an essential: the Lippy Girl Lip Love Lip Conditioning stick. Roxanne and I are hooked on this and it lasted us forever. Vegan, cruelty free, amazing quality. To bump me up to free shipping, I also picked up the elf blush brush for blush and the Real Techniques Setting brush for highlighting.

Unfortunately, I also picked up the LA Girl Pro Conceal in the wrong shade (Light Ivory is the second lightest shade and it is WAY too dark for me – oops!). In my next order, I will pick up Porcelain and see how that goes.

   
   
Is any haul complete without some Sephora goodies? Somehow, I was able to convince myself that I needed even more eye shadow so I picked up the ABH Artist Palette. I am in love with their eye shadow formula like you wouldn’t believe so it really was a no brainer.

While I was at it and I had 15% off (Thank you VIB Rouge status), I also picked up one of the few available Too Faced Melted Matte lipstick in Drop Dead Red. I shockingly have no lip products this colour so I didn’t feel too guilty picking it up plus I get to try out their newest creation. So far, I haven’t worn it out but the colour is just as perfect as I imagined. I originally went online looking for the Urban Decay Corrector Fluid in Green that I was drooling over in store the previous week. It seems to be like a liquid concealer but it dries down to a beautiful matte that you don’t really have to mess around with. It’s kind of perfect.

   
  I hope you enjoyed this mid-spring haul. I know I certainly did! All products mentioned are cruelty-free (as far as I am aware). Have you tried any of these products? What do you think?

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