VIDEO: Get Summer-Ready!

Hello beautiful people!

I have finally finished my third year of university, and does it ever feel good! Sadly, however, summer just does not want to come. So, because of my great longing for warmer weather, I’ve been daydreaming about what products I’ll use once summer is finally here. I always like thinking ahead and being prepared (I’m the list-making type), so while it’s still a little bit early, here is a video with some of my must-have summer products.

Enjoy!

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I Heart Drugstore Makeup

It is the last day of Christmas vacation for me, and yet it’s a happy day because….I’m posting a new video! I decided to do the “I Heart Drugstore Makeup Tag”, because I use a lot of drugstore products in my day to day routine. So here are my thoughts on a few of my favourite drugstore products.

Enjoy!

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NEW YEAR’S EVE Emerald Smokey Eye

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I always have so much fun getting all dolled up for New Year’s Eve, which also happens to be my birthday, and this look is great for an evening out or a festive house party with friends and family! Because the eyes are so intense, I decided to go with a nude lip. Also, red lips can be a hassle to maintain with all the eating that goes on!

First I applied Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over the lid as a primer, and then I applied Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Tough as Taupe in the outer corner and crease of my eyes. From my Lancome Colour Design eyeshadow quad I applied “Designer”, a deep shimmery emerald colour,  over the centre of the lid, and then I applied “Volcano”, a deep shimmery taupe colour, in the outer corners and crease. Over top of Volcano I applied “IT List” in the very outer corners and took it just lightly through the outer crease. Above my crease line I applied the darkest shade from my Clinique Colour Surge eyeshadow duo Chocolate Kiss, and blended it out. To highlight the brow bone, I applied “Latte” just below the arch in my brow. I lined my outer lower lash line with “Volcano”, and then in the centre of the lower lash line I applied “Designer” and blended the two colours together. To finish, I applied a thin line of black eyeliner on my top lash line and smudged it out to increase the smoky effect, and then finished with several coats of mascara.

Have fun recreating the look, and happy New Year!

x B

Products used:

FACE

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer for Sensitive Skin

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation ( to spot conceal)

Rimmel Stay-Matte Pressed Powder

NARS Laguna Bronzer

Clinique Blush in Smoldering Plum

Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighting Stick

ELF Studio Makeup Mist & Set Spray

EYES

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Tough as Taupe

Lancome Eyeshadow quad (Latte, Designer, Volcano, “It” List)

Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow duo in Chocolate Kiss (the darker shade)

Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Jet Black

Sephora Outrageous Volume Dramatic Volume Mascara

LIPS

ELF Matte Lip Colour in Natural

Revlon lip gloss in Bellini

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REVIEW: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

When you’re drinking your coffee for a morning pick me up, do you ever wish it would also awaken your skin at the same time?

I’m quite a huge Rimmel London fan, and recently have read several great reviews on their Wake Me Up foundation. So, when my mum gave me a $1 off coupon for any Rimmel product, I knew it was fate giving me a nudge. I wasted no time, and headed on over to my local Wal-Mart to take the plunge. This product has quickly become my go-to summer foundation, and I will tell you why!

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It is long lasting, so I don’t need to worry about it slipping around on my face or melting off with the heat of the day. Also, it gives a beautiful glow and healthy appearance to the skin, which illuminates the face and adds dimension. Now, it does have shimmer, which is something I usually try to avoid, but the shimmer is so fine and not overly obvious that I don’t find it to be a problem. In fact, I quite like it.

The coverage is light to medium (and buildable), so it’s not heavy or cakey on the face. As for the smell, it has a nice fruity scent that isn’t too overpowering and doesn’t last long after application. And finally, my favourite part, the packaging is so cute! It comes in a curved glass bottle, with an agreeable pump, meaning the more you press down the more foundation comes out, so you get to decide exactly how much you want to use. And the lid and pump are ORANGE!

One thing to know about this product is if you have oily skin you will need to powder: because the foundation creates radiant skin, it will cause your skin to appear slightly on the oily side. I like to pair it with my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder, to balance out between a glowy and a matte look. And if it’s really hot out, I’ll lightly reapply the powder every few hours or so.

I’ve been really impressed with this product, and will certainly repurchase once I finish my first bottle. Well done, Rimmel!

What’s your favourite summer foundation?

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NARS Haul

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I can’t even begin to explain how many countless hours I have spent reading through NARS product reviews, and daydreaming of my first NARS purchase. This is quite typical of me, as I’m in no way an impulse buyer, and usually put a good deal of thought and research into products before the big purchase. It’s quite a good thing really, as it means I’m not reckless in my spending habits. However, the downside is that I become unreasonably obsessive about certain things until I finally just get up the nerve to go ahead and buy them.

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So a  few days ago all of my NARS related obsessing ended when I took a day trip to Toronto with some friends to see a Jays game, and to shop. Now, it may come as a huge shock to some of you, but we actually left the baseball game early in order to squeeze in some extra shopping. I know, I know, favour shopping over sports? Who would have thought. As I mentioned already, I’d been planning for a long time what NARS products I would buy, so when I finally got to Sephora it didn’t take me long to make my purchase.

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I bought NARS Sheer Glow (how original) in the shade Deauville. The specialist there helped me pick out the colour, and it’s a perfect match for me! I was a little nervous about choosing a colour, because I’ve been matched to the wrong foundation shade before and I really didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money on a foundation in the wrong colour. But luckily it all ended well.

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I also picked up a bronzer in Laguna. And I’ve got to admit, I feel like such a beauty conformist, as both the NARS Sheer Glow and the Laguna bronzer seem to be in the makeup bag of every beauty blogger. But, when I hear about must-have products, I usually can’t stay away for long!

It turned out to be my lucky day, because they were giving away a free gift with every NARS purchase, which was a mini lipgloss in the colour Gold Digger.
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Reviews of these products will be along in the next few weeks once I’ve given them a good try. So make sure to keep an eye out!

What are your favourite NARS products?

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