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Hi all! I am getting mighty lazy updating this thing! Well actually it’s not just all laziness, I’m kind of super busy some days too. Anyways, I went to my friend’s pool yesterday and I thought that I could incorporate that somehow into a blog post.
I recently watched a video on YouTube by Promise Phan (dope2111), Michelle Phan’s sister-in-law. If you haven’t checked out their videos, then get on YouTube now (of course after you read this post!). Basically what Promise did was a waterproof tutorial using products that should stay on after some fun pool time! (You can check out the video here). I totally got inspired to create my own look and see how good it would actually hold up, one because I was curious and two, I’m going to Vegas again at the end of August and plan to just bake in the sun all day.
I used a number of products that I thought would stay on after vigorous pool time and that would have an SPF so I wouldn’t burn.
So let’s get to it!
For the face I tried out e.l.f.’s Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20.
My mom recently picked this up at Target and I thought that because it had an SPF in it it would be great. The moisturizer is very sheer, so it doesn’t present a lot of colour, but I mean that’s fine because you are going to be in the water anyways and you don’t want your face to look cakey. And, for you tanners out there, I found I did have to apply sunscreen on my face throughout the day to prevent burning.
For blush, I chose a cream product. Cream tends to stay on better under water than a powder, it’s something to do with the formulation in the product.
I’m not a cream blush user because I find the product hard to work with. I prefer a powder one because I like just taking my blush brush, swiping it on, and then I’m good to go. The only cream blush I seemed to have in my collection is this mini one from Clinique that I’m sure I got in a gift with purchase. It’s the Blushwear Cream Stick in 01 Glow Blush which is more of a bronzy colour, which is perfect for the sun and beach/pool. All you got to do is dab it on your cheeks and then blend to perfection.
Next is eyes, which is my favourite part! Just like the cheeks, a cream eyeshadow is preferred, however, because I don’t have any cream eyeshadows I grabbed my trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion and dabbed that on my lids instead. I then chose Half Baked from my UD Naked palette for my lids.
I chose a gold colour because it’s very summery and perfect for the pool. Looking back now, I totally should have lined my lower lids with a blue colour for that extra pop of colour to the look (MAC’s Surf, Baby! collection has an excellent waterproof blue eye liner). You can of course choose to use any colour for this look, its not just limited to golds. However, with that being said I would definitely use an eyeshadow primer if you are going to use powder eyeshadow. There are a variety of them out there other than Urban Decay’s (Two Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Paint Pots, Benefit Stay Don’t Stray, etc.)
To finish off the eyes I used a waterproof gel liner. You can choose to use whatever liner you choose whether it’s a pencil, liquid, gel, or shadow, but make sure it is waterproof!
The eyeliner I used was Sephora’s Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner in the colour Must Have, which is just a matte black. I like this product because it’s very creamy and goes on jet black. I personally don’t find a huge difference between gel liner and liquid liner, if I don’t want my liner to smudge then I will go with this one, otherwise I usually stick to my MAC liquid liner.
To finish up the eyes grab your waterproof mascara and coat those lashes! Like I have mentioned before, I have eyelash extensions so I don’t use mascara and they stay curly in the water anyways. I am in the desperate need for a fill though!
For the lips I chose a lipstick with an SPF in it.
I grabbed my Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte in the colour Fetish Pink (# 8). This lipstick has an SPF of 15 in it so it has you covered for the sun (at least for a little bit). I think that the lips are often the most overlooked when it comes to sun protection (for me), so you always want to make sure that you have some sort of lip product that offers a SPF. If if comes in cute colours, then even better!
Alright, so that is all that I applied, here is the finished look.
I thought this look was very bare, it focused on the eyes and lips to create a pop of colour. For my everyday look I use foundation and concealer, so I felt very natural without it. And, I fully expected the lip colour to vanish throughout the day (which it did).
With my face being waterproof and full of SPF, I grabbed my sunscreen and shades and I was on my way!
Alright, so now let’s fast-forward five hours and see how the look held up!
As you can see the lipstick vanished (although not as bad as I thought it would, there was still a hint of colour. The eyeshadow and liner stayed on very well, however, there was some slight smudging under my eyes. The tinted moisturizer wasn’t that pigmented so it wasn’t that noticeable to begin with before and after, and as for the blush it didn’t seem to make it. However, if I used a more full-coverage foundation then the blush/bronzer would have been more noticeable.
Overall, I think the look worked. I believe that Promise mentions a Maybelline foundation in her video to use, so if you want something with more coverage then give that a try. I totally think the eyes worked and would definitely use these products again.
Let me know of any products you know of that hold well under water! Also, keep a look out on my blog in the coming days and weeks, I have some very exciting news coming up!
I got my first MAC eyeshadow when I was about 15 years old. I purchased it at The Bay in Eaton’s Centre in Toronto and the colour was Pink Freeze, a frosty iridescent light pink colour, which I actually still have.
Since then I have collected a few more over the years, not a ton though because MAC eyeshadows are quite expensive in my opinion. They are almost $20 CDN ($17.50) and you only get one. Now as we all know, one eyeshadow is not a lot. You need a base colour, a crease, highlight, accent, and if you really wanted, a eyeliner colour as well. That’s five colours and if you buy five of them from MAC that will set you back $87.50 CDN. That’s a lot for only five eyeshadows (albeit that they do last you a long time).
Enter the MAC Pro Palette. I discovered this beauty a few years ago when my city finally got a MAC store. Previous to the store we only had the counters at The Bay where you had to buy the eyeshadows in the pan or you can buy the special edition palettes.
So what is it?
The Pro Palette is a palette (available in either four or 15 slots) that you put your MAC eyeshadows into. It has a variety of benefits; it keeps your collection together in one handy tool, it’s great for travelling, perfect for organizing, it looks cool, and best of all it will save you money. The individual pans for this bad boy are $14 CDN or $11 USD. The potted eyeshadows cost $17.50 CDN or $14.50 USD. Let’s do some math here.
Let’s say we were to buy the 15 slot palette ($17.50 CDN, $14.00 USD) and 15 shadows to fill it:
CDN: 15 x 14 = 210 + 17.50 = $227.50
USD: 15 x 11 = 165 + 14.50 = $179.50
Okay now let’s compare that to just the eyeshadows alone if we were to buy 15 of them.
CDN: 15 x 17.50 = $262.50
USD: 15 x 14.50 = $217.50
CDN: $262.50 – $227.50 = $35 (the cost of two potted eyeshadows)
USD: $217.50 – $179.50 = $38
I’m in no way a mathematician but clearly the Pro Palette saves you a ton of money on eyeshadows.
So with all these pros there has to be some cons right? The Pro Palettes and the pans to fill them are only available at the MAC stores or MAC Pro stores (stores that sell the Pro line colours and products), you cannot get the pans or palettes at a MAC counter (like in The Bay). Most of the major cities across Canada have a MAC store, but for those who do not and only have a counter you can order online through the MAC website. Also, the limited edition colours are only available in the potted form (some counters will tell you differently, the colours I have ever wanted were unavailable as just the pan).
So what if I have a ton of potted eyeshadows? Well, luckily there are tons of videos on YouTube that show how to depot your MAC shadows. They are actually quite easy, all you need is a hair straightener, some wax paper, and a knife.
Once the pans are popped out you can add a magnet and sticker and write the name on the back and stick it in the palette, it’s that easy!
And that’s not all! You can take the empties and if you have six MAC containers you can take them back to a MAC counter and exchange them for a lipstick of your choice, or at an actual store, an eyeshadow, lipstick, or gloss as part of the Back to MAC program. It’s just win-win all around!
I personally love my Pro Palette, I think it’s a super handy tool and it keeps my eyeshadows all organized, and not to mention, saves me money!
If you have any questions regarding the palette leave me a comment below!
Hi all! So way overdue but I finally got around to my May favourites. It’s already halfway through June but I just had to do one, I’ve just been so busy/lazy! And I’ve also been so excited about other posts I have been doing so I kept putting this one off. Nevertheless, better late than never right? I promise that I’ll get June’s up in time!
MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof!
The thing I love about this colour is you can use it as a highlight, a base, a lid colour, etc. It’s a perfect milky beige colour that should be a staple in everyone’s eyeshadow collection.
NARS Lose Yourself Blush/Bronzing Powder Duo and Lipgloss Set
So remember when I said in my NARS cult collection post that I really wanted the Laguna bronzer? Well, I got a gift card from Sephora for my birthday (thanks Allison!) but I didn’t necessarily want to buy the bronzer because I already have three of them from different brands that haven’t even hit pan. Then I saw this set that comes with a blush/bronzer duo in Laguna and Angelika with a travel-size Angelika lip gloss. So I bit the bullet and got my mom to chip in the rest for a birthday gift. I absolutely love the duo. I don’t think there is anything special in particular about Laguna. Don’t get me wrong, it looks nice but on my skin it looks like any other bronzer I have. I will say however, that it’s not as obvious a bronzer than other ones I have, it’s subtle but in a good way. The Angelika blush is also gorgeous; I use them together for the perfect summer look (I also tried Laguna and Orgasm together and I think they work awesome as well). It’s not as pink as it appears in the packaging and I didn’t notice an abundance of glitter on my cheeks (it’s super glittery in the pan). I would definitely recommend this blush.
As for the Angelika lip gloss. It is definitely more pigmented and longer lasting than Turkish Delight. I also find it stickier than it as well, however, maybe the stickiness makes for the long-lasting wear it presents… who knows? It’s a pretty gloss, not the same shade as the blush, but still a pretty fuchsia pink.
This set is available at Sephora, Sephora online, and I believe The Bay (it’s apparently a “Sephora exclusive” but I think I saw the box at the NARS counter at The Bay).
ELF Taklon Powder Brush
So it seems like in every favourites post I feature an ELF brush. Well, this post is no different. I absolutely love ELF brushes, they are so fantastic and the best part is they are like $3 USD. Amazing right?!
I picked up this powder brush at Target and the thing I like about it is it has a flat top, so it’s perfect for contouring. I usually use this to apply bronzer on my cheekbones and then use a blush brush to apply blush. If you are looking for inexpensive brushes, definitely check out ELF (in particular their Studio line, I wouldn’t bother with the other lines). They are super cheap (in price), soft, synthetic, and vegan-friendly. Whenever I’m in the States I seem to always pick one up. I don’t think they sell ELF items separately in Canada (you can find the gift sets at Winners and Zellers around the holidays), but you can order online, although I heard that it takes forever to ship. If you live near the border and near a Target then I would for sure check them out.
ELF Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths
Speaking of ELF…. I absolutely love their makeup wipes! I find MAC Wipes so expensive for what you are buying so I have never even bothered getting them. For $3 USD you can get the ELF version and they are so great. For the price you wouldn’t think that they would do the job, but they remove even the toughest of makeup and are super gentle. The only thing that sucks about them is that there is only 20 wipes. I need 100! Oh well, for $3 you might as well stock up. Definitely recommend these.
Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Volupte Lipstick in #19 Frivolous Pink
My holy grail of lipsticks, YSL Rouge Volupte may be expensive but it’s worth every penny. From the gorgeous casing to the mango scent to the SPF 15 to the creamy texture, this lipstick is pretty much perfect. I am truly obsessed, so much so that when my friend asked what I wanted from Vancouver I said one of these right away (he got me #8 Fetish Pink by the way). These lipsticks are just so creamy to apply and the colour goes on very pigmented and not to mention long-wearing. They are quite pricey, $37 CDN (my friend’s text – “I got you the #8, 42 dollar lipstick!!!!!!”) but if you want to splurge on something luxurious then this is it.
Matthew James Root Lift Spray
I was given this product by my neighbour who was going to toss it in the garbage because she thought it “smelled bad” so I grabbed it, and I’m glad I did! I’m always skeptical on products that say they “lift your roots”, I figure that a little hairspray and a teasing comb is the trick to volume. That was until I tried this product. This spray is in your hair all day, unlike hairspray which can fall flat after a while. My hair still feels as much backcombed at the end of the night as it did when I first did it in the morning.
To be honest, I don’t know too much about this brand other than you can pick it up in beauty supply stores and salons. But if you see it, give it a try, it really does work. And for the record, I didn’t think it smelled bad…
St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse
I am a huge user of self tanners. I don’t tan very well in the sun and I’m quite scared of using tanning beds, so self tanning is the way to go! I was sent this product at work for review and trial (we featured it in one of our magazines) and I think it is a great tanner. It is quite pricey ($40 CDN I believe) but if you want a good self tanner that gives you a tan right away, this is it. One application of this bad boy will leave you with a gorgeous bronze glow, not orange, bronze. I often apply it at night and then in the morning rinse it off (it says to rinse off after four hours) and if I want something deeper I will apply it twice a week. According to the St. Tropez website it also reduces the aroma of tanner by 70 per cent. It isn’t as noticeable as other tanners out there (Jergens I’m looking at you) but it still has a scent to it (more noticeable if you are working out). I also wouldn’t wear this in a hot tub (but then again all self tanners come off in a hot tub). Anyways, if you are looking for a self tanner that leaves you with a true bronze glow, then this is it.
Phew! Long post! I didn’t think I had that many things to report on but apparently I did! What were some of your May favourites? Have you tried any of the products I mentioned? Love em or hate em? Leave me a comment!
Hi all! So I had a photoshoot today for photos to accompany an article I wrote for Clippings magazine on hair trends. I had so many photos that I thought I would post some on here so I don’t feel like they were wasted. One of the trends I talk about in the article has been seen on everyone from celebrities to even the runways of some of the hottest brands. Wanna take a “wild” guess? Yup, it’s feathers!
Basically what they are are rooster feathers that you can straighten, curl, and wash. They are attached using a microloop and then fastened on a small section of hair. They are relatively inexpensive and add some flair and a pop of colour to your hair instantly. It’s a neat trend for summer for sure and have been spotted on such celebrities such as Selena Gomez, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Ke$ha among others. In fact, they have been so popular that fishermen have been complaining because people interested in the fad have been buying the feathers that are for fishing. It’s being said that the hair industry has single-handedly wiped out the rooster feather industry and there are some shortages to get your hands on those colourful feathers.
Some salons offer them or you can always order the supplies online and do it yourself. There are a number of online retailers and manufacturers that you can get them from. If you don’t want them attached semi-permanetely, you can also get yourself a pair of temporary clip-in feathers from Sultra ($25 USD, available at Sephora).
They are super fun and definitely my go-to hair trend for summer. And, if you want your furry friend to spot that same trend, Puppy Locks offers fur feathers that you can apply onto Fido (Condition Culture, the company that makes Puppy Locks also make Feather Locks for humans). How cute is that? I’m not sure that Ziggy would like it but it’s still pretty cool regardless.So what do you think? Are you on the feather bandwagon or are you gonna let this one fly by?
So for the past few years I have been in love with zebra print anything. And then came Keeping Up With the Kardashians and that totally escalated my love for animal print to a whole new level. I am pretty much obsessed. Seriously. I cannot have too many leopard print anything. Well actually, that’s not true, there is some gross leopard print stuff out there. But the point is, if it is animal print, I love it.
The thing about animal print, although wild, is it’s a nice burst of colour and print. If you don’t like floral things (they can tend to be a bit grandma) then go for some fun leopard or zebra, or even giraffe, I have been noticing an increasing amount of giraffe print clothing and accessories. Now with that being said, make sure you don’t go over the top and do head to toe animal print. It works wonders as a statement piece, not as a whole ensemble. Like take for instance, if you are doing a leopard print top, I would match it with some dark denim and nude pumps or black stilettos. If you do a zebra print dress, pair it some some neutral coloured shoes. As for accessories, make a statement while wearing an LBD with some leopard print heels or clutch. The pairings are endless.
You can have a lot of fun with animal print as there are many ways to wear it. Some of my favourite pieces are a zebra cardigan from Wet Seal (which goes with practically anything), a giraffe print clutch from H&M, leopard heels also from H&M, and a leopard print shirt with 3/4 length sleeves from Forever 21.
If you don’t have some wild patterns in your closet already, go out and pick up some key pieces. My favourite stores to shop for animal print anything are Forever 21 and H&M, not only do they have on-trend items but they are affordable as well. So what are you waiting for? Go wild!
According to Seche Vite’s website:
Seche Vite™ dry fast top coat is widely acknowledged as the world’s finest top coat. Specially formulated to penetrate through nail lacquer to the base coat forming a single solid coating over the nail plate for a much more durable finish. Guaranteed not to yellow while leaving nails silky, stronger and resistant to chipping and peeling.
Seche Vite has quite a cult following behind it (just Google “best top coat”). It is known for being super shiny and super quick to dry.
A few months back I needed a new top coat so I got OPI’s version but I just didn’t find that it made my polish shiny at all. Then I heard about Seche Vite. I didn’t want to get another new bottle of top coat because I basically just got the OPI, but I was at Sally’s Beauty Supply and they were offering a free Seche Vite base coat when you bought the top coat so I thought why not? I can’t remember the Canadian pricing for the top coat (I think it was around maybe $10-11 CDN, it’s 7.99 USD online), but if Sally’s offers a 2 for 1 deal again, I would snag some, it’s so worth it.
Alright, so does it do what it says. I can say wholeheartedly that yes, it presents your nails as super shiny and it takes about a minute to dry. This stuff definitely does what it says and deserves it’s cult status. Your nails look super shiny after you apply it and you don’t have to wait around and not touch anything for at least 10 minutes. It does dry super fast, but I would still be mindful of what you do with your hands or feet at least half an hour after you paint them. It’s not completely dry, but it’s dry enough to go about your day.
Although it looks great over basically any polish, Seche Vite does wonders over China Glaze’s neon polishes, which I find dry very matte. The top coat really makes them shiny and as bright as they are in the bottle when you get them. It also makes the shatter and crackle polishes amazing. When I first used OPI’s Black Shatter I thought it was okay, but not amazing. As soon as I applied the Seche Vite, that made all the difference in the world, I don’t know how to explain it, but the black looked darker and really made the effect stand out. Here’s a tip: If you use a China Glaze neon polish under a shatter polish (like in my Turtle Nails post), put some Seche Vite over top of the colour before you apply the shatter. Shatter works best over shinier surfaces for some reason.
So is it worthy of cult status? Yes! I would for sure buy this again and I honestly haven’t even touched my OPI top coat since I got this. This is the only top coat I’ll use from now on. Like I said, your polish just looks so much better with it over top. It can change a drab polish to an amazing one all with one stroke. It’s hyped up, but deservingly so. This is a staple in my nail polish collection.
Have you tried Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat? If so, what were your thoughts? Love it or hate it? Cult-worthy or over-hyped?
So it’s my birthday coming up in a few days so I thought I would paint my nails to reflect the special event! I recently picked up OPI’s Teenage Dream, a pink sparkly polish from their Katy Perry collection, and I thought it would look great over my favourite polish, Spa Ritual’s Knowledge is Power. I was so right. My nails are like a mix between barbie and cupcake nails. Love them!
And as a final side note, I thought I would post this scary photo!
So nude-toned shoes are a hot trend for spring and summer and I couldn’t be happier. I’m so bored with black and nude throws in a nice change to an everyday outfit. I also love the fact that they make your legs appear longer! I am quite short (5’2) with little stubs for legs so the lengthier my legs look the better!
I have two pairs of nude coloured shoes, one that’s a peep toe with a mary-jane strap and a pair of pumps. I love both of them because although they may be the same colour (albeit not the same shade) they are totally different. I wear the peep toe ones with a cute summer outfit, maybe a pair of capris or a dress and I would wear the pumps with a pair of longer capris or tights.
You can pick up nude coloured shoes basically anywhere now. From Aldo to Forever 21, it seems like every store is stocking them in all sorts of styles, and with a basic colour like this, nude is here to stay.
What are your thoughts on nude coloured shoes? Like em’ or hate em’?
So I have seriously become a huge lipstick fan as of recent, and mostly of the colour pink. I am obsessed, the pinker the better. I love bright baby pinks (think Saint Germain and Viva Glam Gaga I), those are usually my go-to colours for everyday, however, I do have some more fun ones like Candy Yum Yum. With that being said, my collection mostly consists of MAC colours because I find they have the greatest range of shades and I usually the love the pigmentation/feel of them.
Also as of late, I have become a huge fan of YouTube beauty gurus. I love watching them on my computer, on my iPod, on my iPhone when I’m at the gym, etc. They are just so informative and I really find that they are honest about a product. When you see a product in an ad it is often photoshopped (take any mascara ad) and the purpose is to obviously sell you the product, regardless if it actually works or not. I find that when girls are reviewing stuff on YouTube they are more honest and they will tell you the truth, mostly because they are like you and I, real people. As a result,a lot of my recent purchases have been recommendations or “beauty guru favourites”. My newest purchase is no different. I have been hearing a lot of great things about Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) lipsticks. From the colours to the texture to the scent, I have not heard one bad thing about these. So when I recently went out of town I knew I had to pick one up (they don’t sell them in my city).
I made my way to the YSL counter at Holt Renfrew and was greeted by the most enthusiastic sales people ever (that’s another story for another blog post). I actually ended up picking two lipsticks from two different collections, one of which I’m reviewing today. The first lipstick I got was their Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in number 19 Frivolous Pink. I originally was going to get number 7 Lingerie Pink but they were sold out (oh well, another time!).
Okay, let me start by saying that this lipstick is pretty amazing. It shoots MAC so out of the water it’s crazy. Don’t get me wrong, I love MAC lipsticks and I will continue to buy them, but oh man, YSL is on a different level. The texture of the lipstick is just so creamy and soft and the colour glides on. You know some lipsticks that you have to keep swiping on to get good colour payoff? Well not this one, one go around is good enough. It’s just so pigmented and perfect. Another great thing is the scent, it has a mango scent to it that is just a nice touch to add to the luxurious feel of the lipstick.
The packaging is very pretty as well. It comes in a gold case with a ring in the middle that shows the shade of the lipstick. They say that on the top there is supposed to be a mirror, I guess you could use it as a mirror however mine was the same colour of the tube (gold) and it is quite small to use. Everything about this lipstick is just so high-end. From the application to the packaging (it even comes with a little insert on the product) to the price (a staggering $37 CDN), which although was very expensive my birthday is coming up and we don’t sell YSL beauty products (aside from perfume) in my city.
So how is the colour? What you see is pretty much what you get. The lipstick itself is very creamy and shiny it looks like you are wearing a gloss over top. It’s very similar in terms of texture to MACs Creamsheens however, these guys don’t take so much swiping to get good colour pay off.
So would I recommend it? Yes!! I picked up this one and Fard A Levres Rouge Pur number 22 Pink Celebration (which I gave to my mom because she loved it so much) because I couldn’t decide between the two. If you don’t have a YSL beauty counter in your city or town (they are available in Canada at Holt Renfrew and select Bay locations, I know that Sephora sells them as well, not sure about the Canadian locations though) then I would say to splurge a little if you come across them in your travels because although pricey, I would say they are so worth it.
So I painted my nails the other day (orange on fingernails and green with shatter on toes) and then I realized that my toenails match this decorative lawn turtle we have in our backyard.
To achieve this look I used China Glaze’s In the Lime Light (Neon) with OPI’s Black Shatter on top. I also used Seche Vite’s base and top coat (I love their top coat, it dries super fast and makes the polish really shiny). I find that the China Glaze neon colours dry quite matte (and you need like seven coats too!) so make sure that you apply a top coat before the shatter and then after the shatter for a stunning look. The shatter crackles better on shinier surfaces.
And voila! I love this look, I find myself constantly staring at my feet, it’s just so darn cute.
And just for fun…