Thursday, February 28, 2013

Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful Kit Review, Photos and Swatches

Hey Guys!
I am a HUGE fan of Anastasia products. Anastasia is best known for their amazing brow products, but I feel as though they get overlooked for their other products (i.e., eyeshadows and palettes). I rarely ever hear fellow bloggers or vloggers talk about Anastasia Palettes/Kits and I think they are a great way to try out a variety of their products for a reasonable price. Anastasia brow products alone can be quite expensive, but in the kits that come out, you can try travel size versions and see if you like them, plus, you get other products such as eyeshadows, eyeliners...etc. depending on the kit. I have previously reviewed the Want You to Want Me Eye Shadow Palette that came out for the holidays and really have been enjoying that. This review will focus on the Bold and Beautiful Kit.

"A luxurious book set for perfect beauty. Features a palette for perfectly grooming and defining your brows and a palette with shimmering and matte neutral shadows for the eyes."
Vol. 1 Bold Brows
Brow Powder, Pomade, Mini Duo Brush, and Mini Tweezers allow you to sculpt, define, and beautifully layer color for perfect brows. 
Vol. 2 Beautiful Eyes
Four matte and shimmering shadows in versatile neutrals are the perfect shades to finish any look. Layer them wet and dry to create anything from a subtle, sheer wash of color to an intense, nude smoky eye.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February Favourites!

Hey Guys!

Here is my monthly favourites video. I missed January AND December (because I put up a yearly favourites), but I plan on getting back into doing these kinds of videos monthly. Hope you enjoy! Let me know what products you have been loving this month in the comments section below!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Megan Fox by Troy Jensen Inspired Makeup FOTD

Instagram photo inspired by Troy Jensen's makeup look on Megan Fox

Hey Guys!

I was planning on doing a makeup tutorial for this look on my YouTube channel, but I ended up just filming a Get Ready with Me as I tried to recreate this beautiful look celebrity makeup artist, Troy Jensen, achieved on the gorgeous Megan Fox. I'm pretty sure I posted about this look when it first came out 2-3 years ago, but I couldn't find it on my blog (I can't say I looked too hard though). Anyways, I came across this look again when I was on Pinterest and looking at one of my favourite bloggers pins, Andee Layne from The HONEYBEE. I swear her and I have the same taste in pretty much everything. After repinning the look, I decided to find more pictures of the makeup and try and recreate it. Here are some pictures of the makeup look I came up with. Troy Jensen gave a breakdown of the EXACT products he used, but since I didn't have anything he used, I had to be creative. I tried using products which a lot of people have (i.e., Urban Decay Naked 2 palette). I hope you enjoy this look and keep your eye out for the video featuring it!

Products used by Troy Jensen:

Benefit High Beam
Cle De Peau Beaute Concealer
Cle De Peau Beaute Foundation
Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating Pearls
Cle De Peau Beaute Translucent Fae Powder
Cle De Peau Beaute Eyebrow & Eyeliner Compact
Guerlain Brow Shaping Kit
Clinique Quick Eyes Cream Shadow in Sparkling Nude
Guerlain Teracotta Mineral Shadow in Holy Smoke
Gueralin Summer Splash Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Divinora Liquid Eyeliner
Guerlain Le 2 de Guerlain Mascara
Dior Glossy Liner in Soft Nude Beige
Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect Lipgloss in Beige Velvet #127

Products I used:

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Laura Mercier Radiance Primer
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Medium Ivory
MAC Light Boost Highlighter Pen
MAC Select Cover Up in NW25
MAC Comfort Mineralize Skin Finish
Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid
MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base

Anastasia Bold and Beautiful Brow Kit
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
- Bootycall (lid, tear duct, lower lash line)
- Chopper (crease)
- Snake bite (outer v)
- Black outer (outer v)
- Foxy (brow bone highlight)
- Half Baked (lower lashline)
MAC Spot Lit Pressed Pigment
Phyicians Formula 2-in-1 Eyeliner Pen
Dior Show Lash Maximizer Primer
L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara
Red Cherry WSP Lashes
NARS Larger Than Life Eye Pencil in Rue Bonaparte

MAC Oak Lip Liner
MAC Brave New Bronze Lipstick
Guerlain KissKiss Gloss in Sable Show

I realize Megan Fox has really dark eyebrows, but I've been LOVING using either MAC Charcoal Brown eyeshadow or Anastasia Bold and Beautiful Brow Kit (basically the same colour as MAC) on my eyebrows lately so I opted to keep it a tad lighter. The pictures don't do the look justice. It is really gorgeous in person and I thought it looked spot on for what Megan used.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

MAC Alpine Bronze Mineralize Blush Review, Photos and Swatches

Hey Guys!

If you are an active member of the online beauty community, than the next person I'm going to mention to you should be no stranger: Jaclyn Hill. JaclynHill1's videos popped up on my home feed a few weeks back and I've been ADDICTED to her channel ever since. I think she is one of the most beautiful and talented ladies out there and already I have learned so much in just a few short weeks. I personally have seen an improvement in the way my makeup looks because of products she recommends and techniques she applies. If you haven't checked out her channel by now, I highly HIGHLY recommend you do. I know as soon as you watch one of her videos you will subscribe right away. 

With that being said, Jaclyn has been talking about the MAC Mineralize Blush in Alpine Bronze that came out in the Apres Chic collection. She mentioned this had to be her favourite blush of all time, and since she works at MAC, I take her word for everything she says because I'm a crazy fanatic of MAC Cosmetics, as you already know. You can still find Alpine Bronze under the Mineralize Blush section of the MAC Cosmetics website, however, it says SOLD OUT. I was stalking the MAC website and magically more of the blush became available so I quickly snagged one up. If you are dying to get your hands on this blush, I suggest stalking the website until more become available or going to your local MAC counter and seeing if they have any more in stock.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Classic Smokey Eye with a Twist Makeup Tutorial feat. MAC Nehru Eyeshadow

Hey Guys!

Today I uploaded a new video on my YouTube channel! My favourite videos to film, but also the most time consuming are makeup tutorials. I'm happy that I'm doing both YouTube and Blogging now because doing tutorials on a makeup blog is even MORE time consuming because you have to take pictures of every step. I love that now it is much easier to actually demonstrate some of my favourite makeup looks through video tutorial for you guys. I hope you enjoy this makeup tutorial where I demonstrate how to create a classic smokey eye, but using coloured eyeshadow. For a night out I usually reach for the standard black or brown, but love how dark blue eyeshadow looks smoked out on the eyes. Don't be afraid to try some colour next time you are creating a smokey eye!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Review, Photos, Swatches and How to Make it More Wearable!

Hey Guys!

I recently picked up MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2. I never intended to buy Nicki 2 because after seeing the colour, I new I would never wear it and it just wasn't my thing...UNTIL...I went to my local MAC counter and the MUA showed me how she paired Nicki 2 on top of Magenta lip pencil. I instantly fell in love and had to buy both Viva Glam Nicki 2 and Magenta lip pencil. Those MAC MUA really know how to sell their product!

"Embrace Nicki's colourful style with her new limited-edition shade of VIVA GLAM Nicki 2. It's a vivid pastel lavender pink, with a subtle sexiness and satin finish that's so Nicki. Every cent of the selling price goes toward helping women, men and children, living with and affected by HIV/AIDS." - 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Purple Statement Lips feat. MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 FOTD

Hey Guys!

Today is Family Day, a holiday here in Canada, so I decided to do some filming so I had to get "camera ready". Typically when I decide to film more than one video I will wear heavier makeup just so that it shows up better on camera. In the end, I thought this would be a great look if you are going out at night/going clubbing. I've never used these shadows in combination before, and many of them are new, but I really liked how it turned out! I also wanted to show you guys how to make MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 more wearable by applying it overtop of a lip liner. I ended up filming a "Get Ready with Me" for this look, but now regret not making it a tutorial. Regardless, there is a film coming for this look so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don't miss it!

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Hourglass Primer
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC40
MAC Prolongwear Foundation in NW25 (conceal under eyes)
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC35 (conceal blemishes)
IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Tan
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (to set under eye concealer)
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
MAC Alpine Bronze Mineralize Blush
MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

My skin was GLOWING with this cheek combo!

MAC Charcoal Brown e/s
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

Charcoal Brown is my new favourite shadow to use on my brows!
I can't believe I'm not using my MUFE Aqua Brow!

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Soft Ochre p/p
MAC Samoa Silk e/s
MAC Charcoal Brown e/s
MAC Carbon e/s
MAC Swiss Chocolate e/s
MAC Nylon e/s
Maybelline Gel Liner in Black
Dior Show Lash Maximizer
L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara
Red Cherry Wispies
Duo Dark Tone Eye Lash Adhesive

MAC Magenta l/l
MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 l/s

Also, how gorgeous is the detailing on this dress?! I picked it up for only $15 at Sirens! 

Top 10 Favourite MAC Eyeshadows [Permanent]

Hey Guys!

After I posted on instagram that I finished filming my Top 10 MAC Eyeshadow video, I had a lot of requests to upload it as soon as possible. I answered your requests and edited the footage today so that I could have the video up ASAP! Hope you guys enjoy this video! It was next to impossible for me to narrow it down to only 10 eyeshadows as I have quite a few favourites. 

Top 10 Permanent MAC Eyeshadows

1) Brule
2) Shroom
3) Nylon
4) Grain
5) Wedge
6) Soba
7) Brun
8) Saddle
9) Nehru
10) Carbon

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in #870 Shocking Coral Review, Photos, and Swatches

Hey Guys!

I saw Maybelline had released the new Color Sensational Vivids lipsticks a little while ago, but past them in the store because I didn't think I needed another lipstick. I was wrong. I started seeing swatches of the 10 shades that are in this new line of lipsticks and realized I needed to pick up a few. 

The shades include: #860 Pink Pop, #865 Fuschia Flash, #870 Shocking Coral, #875 Vivid Rose, #880 Electric Orange, #885 Vibrant Mandarin, #890 Neon Red, #895 On Fire Red, #900 Hot Plum, #905 Brazen Berry. 

"Now bright goes gorgeous, never garish. Brighter color from our exclusive vivid pigments. Creamier feel from nourishing honey nectar." -
From Left to Right: Shocking Coral, Fuschia Flash, Pink Pop

I ended up picking up three shades, but may go back for one or two more: #860 Pink Pop, #865 Fuschia Flash and #870 Shocking Coral. This review will focus solely on the later, Shocking Coral

Thursday, February 14, 2013

IKEA Vanity Redecoration and Makeup Storage

Hey Guys!
A lot of you have been asking questions about my new IKEA Vanity that I put together this past weekend after I posted a photo of it on my instagram. To answer all your questions, I will be putting the names, prices, and links to all the products I picked up from IKEA so that you can easily navigate the website and find the pieces I purchased. I hope this gives you ideas for your own vanity and makeup storage! I am so excited I finally have a nice system in place. It is also the perfect set up for taking quality photos for my blog. I love how everything is all white, crisp and clean looking. I'm am already in the process of writing reviews for my blog so check back for those! Enjoy!

I have before and after video if you watch my "IKEA Vanity Redecoration and Makeup Storage" video at the bottom of this post.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Soft and Sweet Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial

Hey Guys!

Here is a look I came up with for Valentine's Day! It's both day and night appropriate, plus great to wear any day in general. In this video I show you that you can use MAC Soft & Gentle MSF not only on the face as a highlight, but also on the lids as an eyeshadow as well! Hope you guys have a great Valentine's Day and if you recreate this look, tweet me or instagram me at MakeupByCherylH.

Love you!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Little Black Bag Review + GIVEAWAY!

Hey Guys!

I just reviewed a new subscription service called Little Black Bag. I'm sure many of you have heard about it since there has been tons of buzz on YouTube as of lately, but I was fortunate enough to test out the service for review AND provide a giveaway for my viewers! You can check out the video below to find out more about Little Black Bag OR you can simple enter my giveaway which I'm hosting. The giveaway runs until Valentine's Day (February 14th) so be sure to get your entry in ASAP! I hand picked out a bag I liked just for one of you guys, so I hope you enter the giveaway and like the bag I chose.

Click link to enter my GIVEAWAY to win your very own Lionel Carolyn Studded Shoulder Bag:

Good luck!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My Mascara Routine for Long, Thick Eyelashes that stay Curled

Hey Guys!

A few of you have been asking for my mascara routine and mascaras I would recommend. This is what I do on a daily basis and I finally found a mascara routine that I use regularly enough that I feel I can share and recommend it. Hope you enjoy! Let me know your favourite mascara combo in the comments section below.

Monday, February 4, 2013

What's in my Bag?!

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The last time I did one of these tags was back in November 2010 and I've surprisingly haven't changed much. When I find things I like I usually stick to them. I probably carry less in my bag now just because I realize that I don't need to carry the world with me because I never end up using all the random stuff I used to bring. I personally love seeing what other girls carry in their purse. If you are curious to see what I bring along with me on a daily basis, check out my new What's in my Bag video on my YouTube Channel!

Thanks for Watching!