Friday, August 31, 2012

Most Worn Things of Summer 2012



Hey Guys!
I was tagged by two of my favourite girls on YouTube, leighannsays and sabbrinaxo to do this video. Hope you enjoy this video and subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you haven't already!


Also, I will be gone all weekend to a cottage up North. I won't have internet to post videos or blog posts BUT I will have tons of R&R time to edit and write! Look out for lots of new material next week.

 Have a great long weekend!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

COVERGIRL LineBlast 24 Hour Eyeliner Review


Hey Guys!
I was in the market to try a new liquid eyeliner and saw this product at my local Walmart and thought I'd give it a try.
"Our long-lasting liquid liner formula will get you noticed hour after hour. Use with LashBlast 24 Hour Mascara for a total look that lasts up to 24 hours!" - Covergirl.com
  • Lasts up to 24 hours
  • Creates precise lines from bold to fine
  • Suitable for sensitive eyes


Packaging: I give the packaging an A+ because it is small, portable and extremely easy to control due to its size. You can basically palm this eyeliner, that's how small it is! If you need to get close up to a mirror to put on your eyeliner, this little bullet shaped felt-tip eyeliner will allow you to do so without hitting your  applicator off the mirror. I would highly recommend this product for beginners as the formula dries fast and won't transfer to your lid. I really love L'Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Liner in Carbon Black, but find the formula to take a while to set into my lash line and it sometimes transfers to my lid. There is nothing I hate more than liquid liner or a really wet mascara that ends up transferring to my lid after all the time I put into blending my eyeshadow.

Formula: The formula is great as long as you get a nice flow of product to the felt tip. As long as you keep the product inverted so the liquid can saturate the felt tip, you shouldn't have a problem with the product streaking. If you hold your eyeliner horizontally, like I do, you will need to hold the product vertically, at some point, to saturate the tip again. That being said, this is the only thing I dislike about the product because it takes some time out just to get the tip saturated again. However, the formula itself is very black and extremely long wearing. I have yet to wear this 24 hours, but so far it holds up 16 hours without fading or smudging!

Retail Value: $9.99 CAD at Walmart

Currently available in two shades: Enduring Black and Eternal Brown


What are some of your favourite liquid eyeliners?


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Date Night Outfit and My Favourite Makeup EVER!


Hey Guys!
This past weekend I celebrated my husband's birthday. I recently picked up a few new articles of clothing and accessories and couldn't wait to wear them for the first time! I purchased the taupe and black peplum dress from Forever 21. It is still available online, in select sizes, on the Canadian website, here. The dress is really affordable and retails for $21.80 and is both sexy and elegant at the same time. I paired the dress with coordinating black and gold accessories. Many of you have already seen my OOTD video on my YouTube channel, but for those of you who have not, I will include it in this post as well. I was also asked to give a breakdown of my makeup. Luckily, I took a bunch of closeups to show you the look I wore out to dinner. I absolutely LOVE how my makeup turned out this particular day and will be doing a tutorial for it in the coming weeks, as many of you also liked the look.




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What I'm Wearing:

Black and Taupe Peplum Dress - Forever 21 / Black Leather Platform Heels - Steve Madden "DejaVu" / Black Patent Leather Bow Belt - Forever 21 / Gold and Black Resin Necklace - House of Harlow / Black and Gold Disc Earrings - Forever 21 / Black Leather and Gold Hardware Purse - Rebecca Minkoff / Scarf - Burberry

Nails:

Sally Hansen Insta Dry - Pacific Blue

I know my makeup probably looks the same in a lot of my FOTDs because I LOVEEEE to use neutral  colours, but this makeup turned out better than most looks I've done in the past BECAUSE I used pigments. Currently I'm OBSESSED with MAC Pigments and am waiting on a huge sample order to come in the mail so I can work with them more. Pigments are very easy to blend and really stand out versus your ordinary eyeshadow. I can't wait to do more looks with pigments! I am also using and LOVING the new Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation. I will have a full review on it soon!

Makeup:


FACE:
Origins VitaZing Moisturizer 
Tarte Primer 
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation in "Natural Tan" 
Chanel Vitalumiere Pressed Powder in 004 
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer 
MAC Equilibrium Blush 
MAC Vanilla Pigment


BROWS:
Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eye Brow Corrector #3


EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance 
MAC Tan Pigment 
MAC Bronze Reflects Glitter 
MAC Chocolate Brown Pigment 
MAC Vanilla Pigment 
MAC Teddy Eye Kohl 
Urban Decay Perversion Eye Pencil 
Urban Decay Blackout e/s 
Urban Decay Naked e/s 
Dior Show Lash Maximizer 
Benefit They're Real Mascara 
Ardell Demi Wispies


LIPS:
MAC Gaga 2 l/s 
MAC Ready or Not l/g


Tutorial NOW available!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara Review

Hey Guys!
One of my best friends swears by this mascara. After hearing her rant and rave about this product for quite some time, I decided to pick myself up a tube on a recent trip to Walmart. For under $4 per mascara, this is one of the cheapest mascaras you can buy at the drugstore! A very long time ago, I tried the original Great Lash and remember liking it, but I must have not loved it because I never purchased another tube. I can definitely see why this is my BFF's HG mascara, and here's why:


I look for the POSITIVE requirements of a mascara:

1. Volume
2. Length
3. Separation

Next, I look for the NEGATIVE attributes of a mascara:

1. Does it clump?
2. Does it flake?
3. Does it smear?
4. Does it hold curl?


In short, this mascara meets 5/6 of my requirements. Does it give volume? Yes. Does it give ENOUGH volume? No. I would say this is my new "everyday" mascara as it gives a very clean, separated look to my lashes. I have seen my lashes MUCH fuller (i.e., Maybelline Falsies), but that mascara doesn't give me as good of separation as this one does and it tends to look clumpy. For night time, I need a mascara that gives me great volume, therefore I don't see myself reaching for this for a night out, unless I plan on wearing falsies (which I normally do anyways).


Why You'll Love It 
"Introducing a Great Lash innovation - Great Lash Lots of Lashes. American's favourite mascara now gives the look of more lashes than ever, thanks to the exclusive Great Little Grabber Brush. In just one swipe, the Grabber Brush easily reaches all lashes - even in the corners - for a multiplied lash look without the clumps. The result? Great lashes with lots of impact and not a lot of work."
For Best Results 
"Sweep brush from root to tip of lashes. Continue building volume until the desired lash look is achieved. Do not let dry between coats. Removes easily with soap and water."


One thing that really stood out about this mascara was  how long my lashes looked when using this product, even without a primer. As always, with a lash primer, I liked the results even more. I can't stress to you enough how much a good primer makes a difference in your lashes. I use Dior Show Lash Maximizer everyday, and since I started, my lashes are longer, more numerous, and overall in a better condition than how they were before using this product. I have a full review on Dior Show Lash Maximizer you can view here. Back to the mascara, it also has a great ability to separate each individual lash, and this can be attributed to the unique design of the brush. The find the plastic spoolie brushes are always best for separation, and since this brush is tapered, the point is good for reaching all the inner corner lashes as well as coating your bottom lashes. Typically I avoid putting mascara on my lower lashes because they are VERY long and look odd, but this brush lets me control how much of my lower lashes I want to be coated with mascara.

In terms of the negative attributes you look for in any new mascara, this has ZERO negatives. It holds curl well, and it doesn't clump, flake or smear. A word of caution, don't let the mascara dry between coats or else it WILL get clumpy and unmanageable. Also, a clean lash comb works nicely at combing through your lashes if you do apply one coat too many and it starts to look a bit clumpy, so keep one handy.

Without primer

With DIORSHOW Lash Maximizer

This mascara isn't one of those mascaras you can just grab and use on the run. This is a very fussy mascara and I say this because you MUST apply consecutive coats one after the other so that the formula does not try, and also, if you have long lashes like I do, the formula tends to get all over your lids if you aren't VERY careful. In short, you are going to need some time to apply this mascara so if you are in a rush, I would reach for something else.

I will be repurchasing this mascara because it is a great "day-time" mascara and for under $4 a tube, you can't beat the price and quality. A special thanks to my good friend Jasmine for recommending this to me!

Have you tried any of the Maybelline Great Lash mascaras? 
Which one is your favourite?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Lucy Hale Cosmopolitan Magazine Cover Makeup Tutorial



Hey Guys!

Happy Friday! Here is a tutorial featuring a look I recreated for the September issue of Cosmopolitan! Lucy Hale is on the cover and I was requested to do a Lucy Hale makeup look, so I thought, what perfect timing for Cosmo to feature here!

Hope you enjoy!





FACE:
Estee Lauder Double Wear in "Tawny"
MAC Studio Finish Concealer NW25
MAC Emote Blush
NARS Gina Blush
MAC Lightscapade MSF


BROWS:
Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eye Brow Corrector #3


EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
Wet N' Wild "Knock On Wood" Eyeshadow Palette
NYX Milk Jumbo Pencil
MAC Jest e/s
MAC Lightscapade (highlight brow bone)
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
MAC Teddy Eye Kohl
Dior Show Lash Maximizer
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Ardell #116


LIPS:
Revlon Life's a Peach Lip Gloss


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

HAUL: Body Shop, Bath & Body Works, H&M, La Senza...etc



Hey Guys!
I filmed a little haul for you...Hope you enjoy! Please comment, rate and subscribe if you haven't already! I appreciate all you guys coming from my blog over to my YouTube channel for support. It means the world to me!



Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bronze Smokey Eye Tutorial


Hey Guys!
As requested, here is my signature "Going out" Bronze Smokey Eye Tutorial. One of you also asked that I do a bronze makeup look using the Urban Decay Naked Palette, so I kinda killed two birds with one stone by recreating my signature smokey eye using the Naked Palette. Hope you enjoy! Be sure to subscribe, "Like", and leave a comment if you have any requests!