Thursday, January 31, 2013


Hey Guys!
Today is the day that I announce the winner of my giveaway, partnered with Vivadream! Without further ado, the winner is...


Congratulations! Please e-mail me at and I will set you up with Vivadream to claim your prizes!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dramatic Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Hey Guys!
Only a few more hours and my GIVEAWAY with Vivadream is OVER! I will be announcing the winner tomorrow. If you still haven't entered, be sure to check out the rules here.

In the meantime, here is a video I forgot to tell you about that I posted on my YouTube Channel. This is the look I was wearing in my Best of Beauty 2012 video! I know many of you asked for a tutorial on that look, so here it is! Hope you enjoy and good luck to those who entered my giveaway!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Get Ready With Me Video: Dark Lips feat. MAC Diva Lipstick

Hey Guys! 
This past week I pretty much filmed a "Getting ready with me" video everyday of the different looks I did during the week. Here is the first one and the others will be up in the coming weeks as I have spare time to edit. I hope you enjoy my first look! I'm absolutely LOVING MAC Diva lipstick! It is such a beautiful, dark red, matte shade. 

 Hope you all had a great weekend!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Day to Night Makeup and Hair Tutorial feat. the LORAC PRO Palette

Hey Guys!

In this video I demonstrate a simple day look using the LORAC PRO Palette and how you can easily change it into a night time appropriate look, plus an easy way to put your hair up while still looking stylish and sophisticated. I hope you enjoy this tutorial! Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you haven't already. I have tons of new material every week!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Hey Guys!
I keep forgetting to mention on my blog that I FINALLY have an Instagram account. I picked up the iPhone5 at the beginning of December and have been glued to it every since. If you aren't already following me on Instagram than you should be! 

instagram: makeupbycherylh

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Best of Beauty 2012: My Fave Makeup, Hair, Nail, and Skincare Products!

Hey Guys!
Here is my year end favourites video of all the products I discovered in 2012! A full list of the products will be listed below:

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Naked Palette
Naked 2 Palette
Dior Show Lash Maximizer
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt
MAC Crew Highlighting Powder
Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Perversion
Anastasia Liquid Liner in Jet Black
Guerlain KissKiss Gloss in Sable Show
Revlon Super Lustrious l/g in Pink Pop
Wet n Wild Mega Last Lipsticks
Revlon Lip Butters
MAC Lipsticks: Gaga2, Pleasureseeker, Lady Danger, Viva Glam Nicki, Naughty Saute
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipsticks: Blossom Culture, Insanely It

Vera Wang Lovestruck Perfume
Victoria Secret Body Mist in Love Spell

Sally Hansen Extreme Wear Nail Polish

Fake Bake Flawless Self Tanning Liquid
MAC Cleanse Off Oil
Perricone MD Products

Nume Reverse Curling Wand
BaByliss Jumbo Roller Hair Setter
Red-E To Go All-in-One Treatment
L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray
Macadamia Natural Oil Shampoo, Conditioner, Deep Repair Mask

Let me know your favourite products you discovered this past year!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

MAC Candy Yum Yum Makeup Tutorial

Hey Guys!
I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend! For those of you who haven't seen, I'm hosting a GIVEAWAY partnered with Vivadream Cosmetics. If you are interested in winning some makeup products, it is VERY simple to be entered to win. Check out my post here, for all the details and your chance to win makeup products of YOUR CHOICE from

I also filmed a new makeup tutorial for my YouTube channel featuring some new products that I picked up recently. Here is the video:

Remember to subscribe to my channel if you haven't already!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Vivadream New Years GIVEAWAY!

Hey Guys!
As promised in my previous review on the LORAC PRO Palette, I have some exciting news. Vivadream and I have partnered up to offer a GIVEAWAY to my readers! 

All you have to do is LIKE Vivadream and MakeupByCheryl Facebook pages and leave a comment ON THIS POST saying you have done so!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS (please read carefully)

1) Contestants must first LIKE the Vivadream US Facebook page AND my the MakeupByCheryl Facebook page. Once you have done so, leave a comment below saying you have liked both pages and you will automatically be entered in the giveaway.

2) One winner will be randomly selected at midnight PST on January 31. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If the prize goes unclaimed, a new winner will be chosen.

3) The winner will receive any 2 full-size beauty items of their choice from the American website.

4) If the contestant is also a follower of Vivadream and MakeupByCherylH on instagram at the time of the drawing, they may select any 3rd product from the site as part of their prize package.

5) The winner should receive the products within one week of making selections if shipping with the United States mainland, and within 2-3 weeks if abroad.


Good Luck!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

LORAC PRO Palette Review, Swatches and Comparison between the Urban Decay Naked 1 & 2 palettes

Hey Guys!
I'm back from vacation AND I'm actually writing a post?! Surprised?! It has been quite a while since I've sat down and wrote a post for my blog. YouTube has taken a lot of my attention as of lately. However, recently I have come across some amazing new products and figured it's about time that I write  reviews because many of these items I have been using for months now and think they deserve their own proper review. Be prepared for more in-depth posts on my blog! I'm back!

The first product I will be reviewing is the LORAC PRO Palette. I received this palette in the mail the day before I was leaving for my trip to Cancun, Mexico and decided to unpack the two Urban Decay Naked palettes I initially had in my luggage and take only the LORAC PRO palette along with me for vacation. I used this palette every single day and used all colours but one (slate) so I feel I have a good grasp on pigmentation, application, and overall wear-time of the eyeshadows contained in this palette.

"Go PRO with the LORAC PRO Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 Shimmer and 8 Matte Eye Shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC's velvety-smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO. 
PRO Palette contains 16 Eye Shadows and a Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Primer for stay-true color that lasts, a PRO must-have."

0.32 oz PRO Eye Shadow Palette. Top row matte colours, bottom row shimmer.
0.17 oz Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Shadow Primer
Formulated WITHOUT:
Synthetic Fragrances
Synthetic Dyes

The first thing I noticed when I opened up the palette and looked at the colours was that half the eyeshadows were matte. I personally prefer matte eyeshadows so this is a huge bonus. The second thing I noticed was that many of the colours were extremely similar to colours in both the Naked and Naked 2 palettes. On closer inspection, I noticed that the colours contained in the LORAC PRO palette that were similar to the ones in the Naked palettes were actually my most used and favourite colours in the Naked palettes. For me, the LORAC PRO palette contains my most used shadows from both the Naked and Naked 2 palette and is very well suited for me in terms of my taste in eyeshadows.

Packaging: the packaging is thin, sleek, and perfect for travel. The palette stays securely closed with the use of magnets (reminiscent of the first Naked palette). Inside is a large mirror, similar to that of both the Urban Decay Naked palettes. I personally prefer the packaging on the LORAC palette versus the Urban Decay ones because of how compact, thin sleek, and simple the set up is. Upon opening, you can easily tell the matte shadows are separated from the others with a full row along the top.
Formula: All the eyeshadows are very pigmented but EXTREMELY powdery in texture. Some eyeshadows are better formulated than others as well. I find the colours closest to the right side of the palette are better in terms of application and texture. The colours closest to the right side are also the darker colours. A delicate hand is needed when picking up product with a brush because a lot of product is picked up with even then gentlest of touches. This being said, I can see hitting pan on many of these eyeshadows in no time at all. I wish the eyeshadows weren't so powdery because I could honestly say I would just ditch my Naked palettes and use only repurchase this. However, if I could only afford one palette, I would choose the LORAC PRO, only because the colours are more wearable for me. I find the Naked 2 palette to be too cool toned and I don't typically use silvery colours and the Naked palette is easily dupable. As said previously, the LORAC palette contains similar colours from the Naked and Naked 2 palettes, ironically my most used colours in those palettes.

Left to Right: (matte) White, Cream, Taupe, LT. Pink, Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black

Left to Right: (shimmer) Nude, Champagne, Gold, LT. Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate

The colours are extremely easy to blend and I would have to say the overall quality of the shimmer shades are better than the matte formulas. The wear time is great. The palette comes with an eyeshadow primer which works just as well as any other primer I have used. All-in-all, this palette is a great addition to any makeup collection. If you are looking at only picking up one palette between the Urban Decay Naked palettes and the LORAC PRO, I honestly would go with the LORAC since it has the best of both the Naked and Naked 2 colours contained.

Retail Value: $42 on Vivadream Cosmetics

Vivadream Cosmetics has kindly offered to sponsor a GIVEAWAY for my readers! The winner will receive ANY 2 full size beauty products of their choice from the website! I will be posting all the details in the next day or two so be sure to look out for that for your chance to win!

Here are some looks I created, only using the LORAC PRO palette, during my vacation in Mexico:

Disclaimer: This product was sent for consideration for review by Vivadream Cosmetics. As always, these are my honest opinions.

Friday, January 4, 2013

A Year in Beauty: 2012 Makeup, Hair, and Fashion Slideshow

Hey Guys!
I have another video for you! YES, I do plan on filming a Best of Beauty 2012 video showcasing all my favourite products from 2012, but I have yet to film it. I hope to get that done this weekend and have it up early next week. Today I compiled hair, makeup, and fashion photos from this past year into a video slideshow. Most of these looks were featured on my blog so if you are curious as to a product breakdown, you can take a look at my FOTD, OOTD and Hair categories and you should see more information and pictures for each look. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will be back tomorrow with an actual REVIEW post as well as a GIVEAWAY!

Love you to pieces,

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions

Hey Guys!

I asked you in my November Favourites to leave questions in the comment section on my YouTube channel of questions you wanted me to answer. Here are the questions I will be answering in the video in case you are curious to see what I will be answering:

1) What do you do for work?
2) Fitness/Health advice?
3) If you were stranded on an island what 3 things would you have to have?
4) How did you and Charles meet?
5) What got you started into makeup?
6) What were you like in your teen years?
7) Favourite movie?
8) Favourite singer?
9) What do you usually eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
10) What made you want to start YouTube?
11) What do you do in your spare time?
12) Do you like to cook and if so, what is your fave recipe?
13) Are kids in your future?
14) What is your heritage/background?
15) Are your lips naturally full or do you use fillers?
16) Do you dye your hair?
17) Pets?
18) Boyfriend/husband?
19) What beauty upkeep do you prefer to do yourself and what do you prefer to be done by a professional?