Mar 20
2017

My Travel Beauty Bag: What I took on my weekend getaway

Happy Monday! Instead of being at work today I am off on a mini getaway with my BF. We like to take small 2 or 3 day trips just to have an adventure and do something special, so we left yesterday for a let weekend getaway. Of course I had to bring a variety of outfits and makeup for all our activities, so I thought I would share what I like to pack in my travel beauty bag for a weekend getaway!

Since I knew there would be a mix of indoor and outdoor activities (including fancy dinners and mini golf!) I had to pack versatile items that could work for all occasions. I love my double-duty products that save space and work for multiple uses.

A look at what beauty products I take in my travel beauty bag!

A look at what beauty products I take in my travel beauty bag!

For my travel beauty bag this weekend I went with my most trusted items that I knew would work for everything I needed. Take a look at what I brought below!

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Feb 20
2017

Last Week in Lipstick: Volume 4

Wow I cannot believe I have been tracking my lipstick for four weeks now! I have been wearing a wide variety of lipsticks, glosses, stains, and more. I love finding old favourites in my collection and it has been a lot of fun to try everything so far. As always, here are my seven different lipsticks I wore this past week, and my thoughts/review on each one.

The seven lipstick shades I wore last week

The seven lipstick shades I wore last week

Monday: ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in shade Mama

I was so impressed with this shade. It was the perfect muted orange red that wasn’t too orange or too red. It looked great on and lasted super long, even through meals. It did not feel drying or thick and had the perfect application with one thin coat that was so crisp on my lip lines. This one quickly jumped up to the top of my ColourPop favourites.

Tuesday: L’Oreal Paris Le Matte Lip Colour in shade Mad For Matte

I wanted a super bold bright red for Valentine’s Day and this was the perfect choice. This is such a creamy formula and even though it is a matte lipstick it feels smooth and soft and more like a balm to wear. I love this L’Oreal line and every time I wear one I love them even more. The bold colour, great formula, long-lasting power, and creamy feel make this one of my favourite lipstick.

Wednesday: ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix in shade Whip

This lipstick looks so crazy and bold in the tube but it actually comes out like a lovely medium purple wash of colour when I apply it. I think it has to do with the sheer formula. I love how shiny and smooth this makes me lips and it really feels moisturizing for quite a few hours. It does have a slightly odd scent when I first apply it but luckily that fades quickly and I am only left with the pretty colour.

Thursday: Maybelline New York SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in shade Enduring Ruby

This lipstick was a total surprise to stumble upon because I ddin not even know I had it. I picked it up because I liked the shade and decided to give it a shot, and ended up really falling for it. I loved the deep red hue but I also loved how shiny it was, how long it lasted, and how great it felt to wear. This might be an older Maybelline release but it is still going strong and I was super impressed with it. I can’t say it lasted 14 hours but it definitely lasted strongly through breakfast, coffees, and lunch.

Friday: Maybelline New York Baby Lips in shade Spice it Up

This is one of my consistent go-to balms because it feels awesome to wear and delivers great colour. I love a lot of the Baby Lips shades but this one is one of my top three because it has a nice spicy red/pink shade that is easily build-able for a more opaque look.

Saturday: NYC Smooch Proof Liquid Lip Stain on shade On Everyone’s Lips

I like this lip stain because it is very light and thin. It ends up looking similar to my regular lip colour but a bit more mauve tinted. It’s easy to work with and lasts me a few hours with a nice colour. It is a browny/mauve hue that can be built up a little with an extra layer.

Sunday: Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in shade Kir Royale

I rarely wear glosses but I picked up this pretty deep red gloss for something different to end the week. I like the shade and consistency, and it feels good to wear. I don’t love the fake cotton candy scent but for such a pretty dark red gloss I was able to forgive that.

The seven lipsticks I wore from Monday to Sunday

The seven lipsticks I wore from Monday to Sunday

Check out the swatches!

Swatches of my lipsticks from last week L-R: Colourpop Mama, L'Oreal Paris, Colourpop Whip, Maybelline SuperStay, Maybelline Baby Lips, NYC Lip Stain, and Buxom Full-On Lip Cream

Swatches of my lipsticks from last week L-R: Colourpop Mama, L’Oreal Paris, Colourpop Whip, Maybelline SuperStay, Maybelline Baby Lips, NYC Lip Stain, and Buxom Full-On Lip Cream

So there we go, my fourth week of tracking my lipstick and I have found some serious favourites. I love the Maybelline SuperStay shade, and seem to be repeating ColourPop Ultra Mattes a lot, and have had some great options with tinted balms. Tracking these lipstick weeks has made me really appreciate my collection a lot more and I am enjoying shopping my stash. I can’t wait to see what shades I pick this week!

Dec 19
2016

Loving Lately: 16 Lipsticks In My Purse

A little while ago I cleaned out my current purses and emptied out all the lipsticks I had been carrying around lately. In two purses and my work bag I ended up finding 16 different lipsticks that I’ve been wearing a lot lately. I had quite a few in each bag and I have been rotating through these shades for the last few weeks. I thought it might be fun to swatch them all for a quick post, and I ended up doing mini reviews on a few of them too.

16 lipsticks I've been loving lately!

16 lipsticks I’ve been loving lately!

Out of the 16 lipsticks there are 8 different brands mixed in. I sorted them by brand in my swatch photo because that seemed easier than going by colour. Somehow I added the Maybelline Baby Lips tot he end of the row but everything else is sorted properly. If you see any that you want to see side-by-side feel free to ask and I can compare those!

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Nov 9
2016

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Feline Mascara

Today I have a mascara review and some before/after photos to show you. I love trying new mascaras and have had some great success with drugstore ones lately, including the Essence Lash Princess Mascara and the CoverGirl Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara. I have found some I really love but there are also some that don’t seem to do a lot for my lashes. Today I have one that lands right in the middle. The L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Feline Mascara is the latest mascara I have tried and while it isn’t bad, it just doesn’t blow me away.

The L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Feline Mascara

The L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Feline Mascara

Keep reading to see the before and after photos of what this did to my lashes.

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Aug 5
2016

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nude Lipsticks

Last week I showed you one of my favourite nail polishes for any season, the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Liya’s Nude nail polish, from the nude collection with some of the famous L’Oreal spokeswomen. Today I have 4 of the coordinating lipstick shades to show you, including Liya’s Nude lipstick. All four of these L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche nude lipsticks are very different in colour, which shows you how the word nude can be really confusing when it comes to different skin tones.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nude Lipsticks by Doutzen, Liya, Eva, and Freida

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nude Lipsticks by Doutzen, Liya, Eva, and Freida

This is an older collection but the idea still rings true – in fact L’Oreal Paris recently released a pink collection that offers different pink lipsticks suited to some of their famous spokesmodels.

The four shades I am swatching today are from four incredible women: Doutzen Kroes, Liya Kebede, Eva Longoria, and Freida Pinto. It is fascinating to me to look at all four of these L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche nude lipsticks on my own skin and see the massive differences. There are actually two more lipstick shades from this collection, which are by Julianne Moore and J.Lo, and the J.Lo one is the one that suits my skin tone the most. I actually had that one as well but my boyfriend’s mother really loved the colour so I gave it to her.

Swatches of L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nude Lipsticks by Doutzen, Liya, Eva, and Freida

Swatches of L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nude Lipsticks by Doutzen, Liya, Eva, and Freida

You can see clearly that the lightest shade by Doutzen is much more pink hues and would be suited to her fair skin and blond hair. Eva’s Nude is much more suitable for my olive skin and dark hair, while Liya’s Nude would be quite dark on me. Out of these four shades Eva’s Nude and Freida’s Nude lipsticks are the ones I prefer for my colouring, however all of the lipsticks are really smooth and have good pigment. When I am in the mood for a little retro 90’s brown lipstick look then Liya’s Nude works great on me.

Swatches of L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nude Lipsticks

Swatches of L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nude Lipsticks

Overall the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche nude lipsticks are really great idea because it offers a range of nude hues to suit different skin tones which is important. Nude is not a colour, and it can’t be defined the same way for all women, so the variety in these lipsticks is really helpful.

If you are looking for a nude lipstick to suit your skin tone, or even a pink lipstick, these L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche lipstick collections are a great place to look for your next perfect shade.

Jul 28
2016

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Liya’s Nude Nail Polish

I have a beautiful mauve/grey nail polish to show you that is a total staple in my nail polish collection all year round. The L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Liya’s Nude nail polish is part of the nude collection from a few years ago that focused on nude shades of lipstick and nail polish to match some of the L’Oreal Spokesmodels. There were a variety of different tones to coincide with the different women’s skin tones. They were all great colours but Liya’s Nude nail polish is the one I reach for most often.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Liya's Nude nail polish

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Liya’s Nude

Liya Kebede is an actress, model, and designer that shares the spokesmodel role with other famous beauties such as Blake Lively, Eva Longoria, J.Lo, and many more.

Liya’s Nude nail polish is a medium toned mauve/grey that has the perfect balance between a dusty purple and greige hue. The formula is super smooth and applies like a dream. I love the brush that goes with this polish too, and it makes it so nice to work with. I can get great coverage and shine with just two coats.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Liya's Nude nail polish

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Liya’s Nude

I think that Liya’s Nude nail polish works for summer, winter, and everything in between. It definitely fits into the neutral category and isn’t anything too crazy, but it has something different and cool to it that adds a little edge. I really love the colour and the formula, and for an affordable drugstore nail polish this one is a really great option.

If Liya’s Nude nail polish isn’t the right shade for you there are also nude hues suited to other skin tones in honour of the other spokeswomen, so be sure to check them out! There is also a more recent collection with pink tones in both lipstick and nail polish for many of the spokeswomen.

Jul 16
2016

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens

Matte lips are super in right now and they have been going strong for quite some time now. I am a huge fan of matte lips and rarely go for anything glossy or shiny, but I have one particular lippie that really changes my mind. It’s part of a collection that actually has both matte and glossy lipsticks, and they are some of my all-time favourite lip products ever. The L’Oreal Paris Colour Rich La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens are incredibly smooth and pigmented lipsticks that come in a wide range of shades and two awesome formulas.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens

These lip pens are super slim and don’t need to be sharpened. They deliver defined lip lines and are full of great opaque formulas. The La Lacque Lip Pens deliver a glossy, shiny, slick lip colour without any stickiness. Lacque-y Charm is a warm rosy shade and it has quickly become my everyday lip colour. I can dress it up or wear it casually, and I love the feeling, look, shade, and formula of it. The other lacquer shade I have been loving is Lacque-y You, a bolder and deeper pink shade that almost runs to fuchsia. Both hues are stunning and look great with the sleek gloss of the La Lacque formula.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens from L-R: Lacque-y Charm, Lacque-y You, Matte for Me, Mad for Matte

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens from L-R: Lacque-y Charm, Lacque-y You, Matte for Me, Mad for Matte

The Le Matte Lip Pens come n a range of shades as well, and have a creamy matte finish. They are super opaque and the pointed oval pen tip allows for precise application, which is key for matte lips. The two shades I am loving of the Le Matte Lip Pens are Mad for Matte, a bright and bold red with slightly orange undertones. This one is a strong shade and really pulls off the classic red lipstick look with a trendy matte finish. The other colour, Matte for Me is a hot pink with slightly blue undertones. It really stands out and the pigmentation on the matte shades is ever more than the La Lacque ones.

Swatches of L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens from L-R: Mad for Matte, Matte for Me, Lacque-y You, and Lacque-y Charm

Swatches of L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens from L-R: Mad for Matte, Matte for Me, Lacque-y You, and Lacque-y Charm

With one swipe of any of these shades, I get seriously great colour payoff and smooth application. The shine and gloss from the La Lacque Lip Pens is sophisticated and classy, and feels like an extremely high quality lipstick. I almost relate these to the smoothness of my MAC lipsticks, but they don’t have the thickness or tight feeling that some MAC lippies have. As for the Le Matte Lip Pens they are incredible matte lipsticks that are excellent quality at a drugstore price. Between the two collections you really can’t go wrong with the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens.

May 16
2016

I have 11 mascaras to talk about today

I recently had a big beauty cleanup and found 11 mascaras that I no longer use or are well past their expiration. Some of these I haven’t touched in a long time and others I used up diligently until they were empty. These 11 mascaras are from a variety of brands and have been some of the most popular mascaras in the past few years. Lately I have been loving the Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess Volume Mascara but before that I was playing around with any number of these 11 mascaras on any given day.

Out of these 11 mascaras there are four Maybelline ones, two CoverGirl ones, and a Rimmel London, Tarte, Sephora Collection, New York Color, and L’Oreal Paris one. In terms of mascara I do usually tend to look at Maybelline brand, but recently have found great formulas with Rimmel London, Essence Cosmetics, and L’Oreal Paris.

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