Apr 3
2017

March Beauty Favourites

Today I want to show you a few of my favourite products from the month of March. These are the items I have been using most often over the last few weeks and a few things I’ve recently added to my collection or rediscovered in my collection. Check out my March beauty favourites below!

My March beauty favourites

My March beauty favourites

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Skin Transforming Powder: I’ve been on the hunt for a foundation that I really like and have had such a hard time finding one. After almost a month of trying different ones and not getting the results I want I ended up going back to this Maybelline powder and I’m so happy with it. I started using this a while ago and posted all about it. I really love it because it’s the perfect colour match, it feels great to wear, it’s light, and it has salicylic acid. I may keep searching for that perfect foundation but in the meantime I love that I have this favourite to fall back on.

Quo Matte Bronzer in Light Tan: This is a new favourite but ever since I got it a few weeks ago I have been using it almost every day. I love the light formula the matte finish in the shade is perfect for a slight warmth I can add to my face. You can see my original post on it here.

Another look at my March beauty favourites

Another look at my March beauty favourites

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal: I got this famous highlighter a long time ago in a Sephora Favorites box and I liked it at the time but never really reached for it. A few weeks ago I decided to grab it again and it quickly became one of my March beauty favorites. I love the glow it adds to my skin and it really is noticeable even though it’s subtle. I don’t know if that makes sense but it seems like such a small item to add to my routine in the morning but throughout the day when I catch myself in the mirror I love the shimmer it delivers. On a regular day with my basic work makeup, or on a night out with a more glam look, using this Becca highlighter really adds something special. Even my boyfriend notices when I wear it because he says I look “extra glowy“.

Swatches of some of my March beauty favourites from L-R: Tarte Lip Paint, Ciate London Liquid Velvet, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, and ColourPop Super Shock Shadow

Swatches of some of my March beauty favourites from L-R: Tarte Lip Paint, Ciate London Liquid Velvet, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, and ColourPop Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Un: This is the shade that I got quite a while back and I loved it when I first got it but it kind of fell to the side. Recently I wanted a slight shimmery wash of shadow for an every day look and this is what I chose. Since then I have been wearing it multiple times per week as a single shadow across my lids to brighten my eyes. It takes almost no time or effort to apply but it really makes a difference to wear ColourPop Un on my lids instead of no shadow at all. This is a great single shadow to throw on quickly and I’ve been loving this as one of my March beauty favourites.

Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint in Vibin: I just got this in my March Ipsy bag and have been absolutely loving it ever cents. I’ve worn it multiple times and I love the light formula, I love the brick red colour, and I love how it feels like I’m wearing nothing even though I have a bold lip shade on. This Tarte Lip paint has quickly become one of my favourite liquid lipsticks that I own, and considering how many I have that is a big deal!

Ciate London Liquid Velvet in Pin Up: This is another liquid lipstick but I’ve been really love it it’s a lighter shade and almost MLBB but more pink. Just like the Tarte one this has a great formula and feels super light to wear. I get so many compliments on this colour as an every day lip look. I got this from an older Ipsy Bag but only recently reached for it.

Another swatch photo from L-R: Tarte Vibin, Ciate London Pin Up, Becca Opal, and ColourPop Un

Another swatch photo from L-R: Tarte Vibin, Ciate London Pin Up, Becca Opal, and ColourPop Un

Overall these six products are my March beauty favourites and I have been reaching for them very often this past month. I like that some of them are newer items and some are older ones I rediscovered in my stash. I love coming back to an old favourite or something that I haven’t used in a while and many of these are great examples of that.

I will definitely be continuing to use these going forward but at the same time I am looking forward to seeing what other products I will be reaching for during the month of April!

Mar 30
2017

My Purple and Pink ColourPop Lipsticks

Hello again! The other day I went through all of my red and brown ColourPop shades and today I have another batch to show you. This group is bigger, with a total of 9 lipsticks in this colour family. I think these shades have most of my favourites and I wear them most often. These are my purple and pink ColourPop lipsticks and they are a mix of different formulas.

The purple and pink ColourPop lipstick shades I have

The purple and pink ColourPop lipstick shades I have

In this batch I have Lippie Stix, Ultra Matte Lips, Ultra Satin Lips, and one more Ultra Metallic Lip. Keep reading to see swatches of all 9 of these purple and pink ColourPop lipsticks.

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Mar 28
2017

All of my Red and Brown ColourPop Lipsticks

Good morning beauties! I have something pretty exciting to show you today! I have been super into organizing my makeup and playing with my lipstick collection (remember the weekly lipstick posts?) and I have had this idea for a little while. I decided to organize and swatch all of my ColourPop Cosmetics lip products and ended up with three different colour families. Of course I will be showing them all, but today I wanted to start with all of the bold and beautiful red and brown ColourPop lipsticks that I own!

My red and brown ColourPop lipsticks

My red and brown ColourPop lipsticks

I wasn’t sure how I would go about this but I figured this was the best way. I sorted them mostly by shade but some turn out way different in a swatch than in the tube so keep that in mind. I have a few photos of the swatches in order to show you the colours in different lighting. I was definitely surprised by the swatches of some of these red and brown ColourPop lippies, since I actually thought I had way more red than I really do.

Check out swatches of my red and brown ColourPop lipsticks below!

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Mar 22
2017

All of my single eyeshadow swatches from MAC, ColourPop, Makeup Geek and more!

This is a project I have been wanting to do for ages. I have pictured it and daydreamed about it and planned for it but never actually managed to get it done until now. I finally have put all of my single eyeshadows into a palette and am thrilled with the result. Today I have 20 single eyeshadow swatches to show you, and my beautiful custom palette with all my pretty singles in it!

All 20 of my single eyeshadows organized into a custom palette

All 20 of my single eyeshadows organized into a custom palette

These single shadows come from a variety of brands including ColourPop, Makeup Geek, Sephora brand, and MAC. I had a few in smaller palettes, such as MAC quads and a recent ColourPop quad, but I have always wanted them to be all together so I could use them more often. I finally bought a medium sized Make Up For Ever metal palette from Sephora and organized all of the single eyeshadows.

Keep reading to see more photos and swatches of all 20 of these shades!  [Read more…]

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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Mar 16
2017

St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Nail Art

My freehand Leprechaun nail art for St. Patrick's Day!

My freehand Leprechaun nail art for St. Patrick’s Day!

Have you seen my St. Patrick’s Day rainbow pot of gold nail art yet? I did those a few days ago and then decided to follow up with another themed look today! This time I have St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun nail art to show you, which I did freehand again.

I normally don’t go all out for St. Patty’s but I had the idea for these and I figured they were just too cute not to try!

For this look I used China Glaze 2030 as my gold, Zoya Veruschka for my green, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Pumpkin Queen for my orange. The white of the leprechaun’s eyes was done with Essie Coconut Cove and the black on his eyes and hat was done with Orly Liquid Vinyl, which has quickly become a staple polish for my nail art looks.

Keep reading to see more on this leprechaun nail art look!  [Read more…]

Mar 15
2017

March Ipsy Glam Bag

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today I have my March Ipsy Glam Bag to talk about. I love this bag and and really thrilled with most of the items in it – and a little creeped out by one item! I love the bag design this month and am very pleased with my Ipsy subscription lately. Have you seen my February bag? That one was also full of great products!

The bag itself is larger than the normal Ipsy bag and I love the bigger size. The others seem more like a small and flat pencil case, where as this one looks more like a clutch. The bag is a lovely soft pink with a rose gold zipper, and one side is plain velvety fabric while the reverse side has neat mesh-like netting. I think this is really cute and I will actually use this as a little clutch. I think this is the first bag I can really use in all of my months of Ipsy!

What I got in my March Ipsy Glam Bag!

What I got in my March Ipsy Glam Bag!

So what did I get in my March Ipsy Glam Bag?

The five items in my bag this month are the following:

Marc Anthony True Professional Deep Repair Aloe Vera & Jasmine Oil Deep Repairing Conditioning Treatment: I have been eyeing my split ends and frizzy hair for a few weeks now so this came at a perfect time. I can’t wait to try it out and it is a really good size for a sample bag!

Tarte Cosmetics Tarteist™ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Vibin’: I was so excited when I saw this in my March Ipsy Glam Bag preview, and when it arrived it was even better than expected. Vibin’ is a lovely brick red hue and the formula of this lip paint in awesome. It is super light and smooth, and it dries so quickly. It feels light to wear and has an awesome colour, and lasted for such a long time with no smudging at all.

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Satin: This eye crayon is a smooth and creamy formula that has a nice sheen to it. I like this a lot and it was really nice to apply. It went on semi-sheer at first but I was able to build it up for an awesome colour. The shade is a metallic grey silver and I am really looking forward to doing a smoky eye with this crayon!

Swatches of the Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Satin (top) and the Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint in Vibin' (bottom)

Swatches of the Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Satin (top) and the Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint in Vibin’ (bottom)

Beau Gâchis Tapered Blending Brush: I love getting brushes in subscription boxes because I need to build my collection without breaking the bank. This brush is soft and fluffy and has a nice tapered shape.

Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream: This is the one item that creeps me out a little! This is a face cream that uses snail secretion as an ingredient to help heal damaged skin and improve your complexion. This is a Korean beauty brand and is something many people swear by, so hopefully I can get enough guts to go ahead and try this out.

So there we have it, my March Ipsy Glam Bag full of some great items this month!

I’d love to hear from you guys – would you use snail cream on your face? Leave me a comment and let me know! 

Mar 13
2017

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Pot of Gold Nail Art

St. Patrick's Day themed rainbow pot of gold nail art!

My freehand St. Patrick’s Day themed rainbow pot of gold nail art!

 

It’s another #ManiMonday and I have more nail art to show you! Today I have some St. Patrick’s Day nail art to share with you. I did this cute rainbow pot of gold nail art completely freehand and was pretty happy with the result.

These nails are fun and simple for St. Patty’s Day and I like the bright colours and variety of shades used.

Keep reading to find out how I did this rainbow pot of gold nail art look!

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Mar 8
2017

New Quo Spring 2017 Beauty Products

Today I have a few new Quo Spring 2017 beauty products to show you. I am really excited about these because they all are spot on to the items I have been looking into for Spring. A setting spray, bronzer, and translucent powder have all been on my beauty list for a while, and as I step up my foundation game these are some great items to work with.

Some of the new Quo Spring 2017 beauty launches

Some of the new Quo Spring 2017 beauty launches

Let’s check out some of the Quo Spring 2017 launches!

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Mar 6
2017

Mani Monday: Purple Paisley Nail Art

Today I have some simple nail art to show you. This was super easy to do and didn’t take very long at all but I think it looks pretty good. Check out my purple paisley nail art below!

Purple Paisley Nail Art

Purple Paisley Nail Art

To get this purple paisley nail art I used one base shade, one stamping plate, scraper, and stamp, and one polish to stamp with. Super easy and quick!

The base polish is Formula X in the shade A Little Sexy. This is a metallic lavender silvery blue that looks great on its own and only needed one coat for full opacity! How much do you love one coat nail polishes? It makes painting my nails so much easier and I love finding shades that are that opaque. I wish I had snapped a photo of this polish before I stamped over it since it is such a nice colour.

I always forget how much I love Formula X polishes since I only have a few, but using this one made me want to pull out my others soon.

The stamping plate I used to get this purple paisley nail art look is a Konad image plate, number m64. I also used the Konad double ended stamper (I used the large end) and the Konad metal scraper.

Supplies used for my purple paisley nail art

Supplies used for my purple paisley nail art

purple paisley nail art

Purple Paisley Nail Art

 

The polish I stamped with was Zoya Pinta. I love this nail polish shade on it’s own but had never tried it for stamping before this look. I wasn’t sure this would work to stamp since it isn’t super thick or opaque in one coat on my nails, but for stamping it seemed to work. I think it may have to do with the fact that this polish is pretty old. Whatever the reason it ended up working out perfectly to give me crisp lines in this purple paisley nail art look!

I was really pleased with the way this turned out and even though these were random choices to use for this look, they worked well together.

What do you think of this nail art? Leave a comment and let me know!