Product Reviews

REVIEW: Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots

Hello, lovelies!

With the holiday season approaching, I like to introduce extra glitter into my makeup routine. I bought a few shades of Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots recently, and they have transformed my eyeshadow looks!

The Packaging

The packaging of these eyeshadows feels luxurious. The shadow is packed into a round transparent pot. I love that this displays the vibrant colour of the shadow inside. The cover of the pot is a gorgeous metallic-gold. Each shadow fits into the palm of the hand and is ideal for travel!

The Formula

Each shadow is composed of pearl pigments that give it a shiny, colourful finish. The shadow feels creamy to the touch and blend easily. After applying the shadow to the lid, it has a beautiful foiled appearance.

The Wear

I did notice a small amount of fallout when wearing these pigments, owing to the looseness of them. Once I applied them with a wet brush, they stayed vibrant and colourful for hours.

How to Use Them

I’d recommend applying Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots with a wet brush for maximum pigmentation. They can also be applied with the fingertips for an intense colour.

The Shades

I adore the range of bright colours in this collection! There are 8 shades in total:

  • Park Ave Princess – Metallic bronze
  • Fire Dancer – Metallic burgundy
  • Martini – Metallic bronzed olive
  • Top Yacht – Metallic champagne
  • Steel the Show – Metallic steel navy
  • Beach Bae – Metallic copper
  • Sun Drenched – Metallic bronze champagne
  • Frose – Metallic rose gold

Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots are a beautiful addition to your eyeshadow collection if you want a burst of pigmented glitter in your eyeshadow looks! I love the wear, pigmentation and longevity of these beautiful eyeshadow toppers. Each single shadow pot retails for $27 at Sephora.

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Tips and tricks

3 Mascara Tips to Enhance Your Lashes

Hello, lovelies!

Even if you weren’t born with long, voluminous lashes, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get them with a few easy tricks. I love experimenting with new tips and ideas to apply mascara to lengthen and enhance my natural lashes. Here are my top tips to enhance eyelashes with mascara!

Twirl your mascara wand for maximum effect 

Twirl your mascara wand inside the tube instead of pumping it to avoid letting excess air into the product. Pumping the wand into the tube increases the likelihood that bacteria will get into the mascara. Twirling your mascara wand inside the tube will also help dispense extra product onto the wand.

Find the best wand shape for your eyes

Not all mascara wands are one-size-fits-all. If you have monolids or a smaller eye shape, a smaller mascara wand will enable to reach all your lashes. The point of mascara is to ensure that it reaches all your lashes. If you have a smaller eye shape, look for a smaller shaped mascara wand.

Curl your lashes for 10 seconds at a time 

Your eyelashes are fragile, so they should only be curled once at a time. Hold your eyelash curler on your lashes for 10 seconds to give them volume without causing them to loosen from your eyelid.

What is your favourite tip for applying mascara?

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3 Facial Cleanser Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

Hello, lovelies!

Applying facial cleanser seems like a basic concept. You may think it’s impossible to make any mistakes when you pump cleanser into your palm every morning, but there are actually a few little missteps you can make that can disrupt your daily routine and your skin. Here are three mistakes you probably didn’t know you were making with your facial cleanser!

1. Rubbing your skin too much

A gentle, circular massage is all you need to work the product into your skin and boost circulation. If you’re rubbing your skin too much while cleansing, there’s potential to irritate your skin. If your skin appears red and inflamed immediately after you rinse cleanser off your face, it’s a good sign that you’re rubbing the skin too much.

2. Storing your cleanser in the shower

It’s convenient to store all your products in one place. However, storing your cleansers in the shower can actually ruin them. If your bottle of cleanser absorbs any shower spray, it could dilute the product. To preserve the integrity of your cleanser’s formula, keep it stored in a cool, dry place.

3. Not removing all your makeup before applying cleanser

It is important to double-cleanse in order to remove all makeup residue. I often double-cleanse by applying a cleansing oil to remove all my makeup before applying my regular cleanser to wash my face. Removing all traces of makeup will ensure that your cleanser is properly absorbed into your skin.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Hello, lovelies!

With colder weather approaching, I like to incorporate products into my daily routine to moisturize my lips. I’ve always loved Laneige products and couldn’t wait to try the Lip Sleeping Mask after I bought it at Sephora last month.

The Packaging

The packaging of this lip mask is fun, travel-friendly and eye-catching. The lip mask comes in a rounded jar that fits in the palm of your hand. The jar itself is a gorgeous pale pink and bears the Laneige logo. It is lightweight and can be easily carried in a purse, makeup bag, or even your pocket!

The Mask

One of my favourite aspects of this lip mask is the texture of the mask. It feels like a balm, and it is soft to the touch. When applied to the lips, the mask feels moisturizing, lightweight and buttery-soft. It doesn’t feel heavy or sticky after it is applied. It smells faintly of fresh berries, owing to the raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and cranberry extracts packed into the mask. After wearing this mask both morning and overnight, my lips were soft, plump and smooth.

How to use it

I usually apply this mask in the morning and evening as a part of my skincare routine. The full-sized jar comes with an applicator to apply the product. I have a travel-sized jar and apply it with my fingertips. Simply apply the product to the lips and let it absorb. I love that it does not need to be rinsed off. I apply it to my lips and let it do the work!

Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask is a wonderful product to keep the lips smooth, hydrated and plump. This mask is perfect to travel with, and can be applied morning or night. I love applying it daily as part of my skincare routine. Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask retails for $24 at Sephora.

Tips and tricks

3 Coffee Hacks That Will Save You Money

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If you’ve followed my blog or Instagram for a while, it’s no secret that I am a little obsessed with coffee. I drink 1-3 cups per day and am always experimenting with my coffee maker to try new flavours, save money, and rejuvenate my daily coffee-drinking experience. If you love coffee, here are three tips to help you save money on your daily cup!

1. Make your own iced coffee 

This trick is a great method of creating DIY iced coffee. Freeze coffee into an ice cube tray to create coffee ice cubes. Pour hot coffee over the ice cubes to create a quick iced coffee that won’t become watered down.

2. Order a cup of black coffee 

Ordering a cup of hot, black coffee is one of the main ways I save money at Starbucks. A cup of black coffee has the most caffeine and it costs less than fancier coffee drinks. I usually buy a grande (medium) black coffee from Starbucks at a cost of $2.82 and a total of 360 mg of caffeine.

3. Buy a special mug 

Using a special mug every morning will reduce the urge to buy a cup of coffee from the store every day. By using this special mug at home, you’ll save money in the long-run plus you’ll get more use from your at-home coffee machine.

Are there any ways that you save money on coffee?

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Erin Angela’s Sephora Holiday Bonus Sale Haul

Hello, lovelies!

Sephora’s annual fall VIB Sale took place for two weekends this season, and it was a perfect opportunity for me to stock up on essentials in my makeup bag! Here’s a look into my Sephora VIB Sale Haul:

Tarte Creaseless Concealer

Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer is a staple product for me. Out of every concealer I’ve tried, this one from Tarte is the only one that does not crease throughout the day. It provides a full-coverage finish while concealing any blemishes or dark circles. I’ve repurchased this concealer twice this year and stocked up when I noticed my current concealer was running low.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

I’ve re-purchased Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner multiple times, and this product always gives me sharp, smudge-proof winged liner. This liner lasts throughout the day without fading. I can definitely count on this eyeliner to stay vibrant and long-lasting. I continually buy the shade Trooper, a satin black shade.

Laneige Good Night Lip Mask Kit

I’ve never tried any of Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Masks and decided to pick this to try the brand. This is a travel-friendly set that contains a mini Lip Sleeping Mask and a mini Water Sleeping Mask. I tried the Lip Sleeping Mask once, and the balm-like product left my lips soft and hydrated!

BareMinerals Mineral Veil

This loose setting powder is sheer with a luminous finish. After testing it once, it beautifully blurred imperfections while setting my makeup. The finely-milled powder is lightweight and gives the skin a matte finish. I’m eager to test this formula against my beloved Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder.

Did you buy anything during Sephora’s Holiday Bonus Sale?

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette

Hello, lovelies!

When I first saw the layout for Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette, I was instantly drawn to the cool-toned combination of purple, golden, and ruby shades. Most other eyeshadow palettes I own are warm-toned but I was very excited to add these cool shadows into my collection!

The Packaging

My favourite aspect of this packaging is the gorgeous pale purple colour. It is whimsical and delightful. The palette itself is has this pale purple colour with the word ‘Norvina’ stamped in white lettering across the front. This palette contains 14 eyeshadow palettes and a dual-ended brush like its predecessors.

The Shadows

These shadows are buttery-soft, smooth, and apply without any fallout. Each shadow is pigmented. This palette contains a combination of shimmer, duo-chrome and matte shadows. The shimmer shadows are bright while the mattes are bold. Each shadow in the palette blends well without creasing.

The Shades

Each shade in the palette is versatile for daytime or nighttime wear. The shades within the Norvina palette include:

  • Dreamer – Metallic pink champagne
  • Base – Matte eggshell
  • Summer – Metallic golden
  • Soul – Matte wisteria
  • Wild Child – Duo-chrome frosty pink
  • Incense – Matte terracotta
  • Rose Gold – Metallic rosewood
  • Love – Matte cool-toned pink
  • Celestial – Duo-chrome plum with a violet shift
  • Volatile – Matte charcoal with a warm brown shift
  • Dazzling – Duo-chrome bronze
  • Eccentric – Matte burnt orange
  • Drama – Duo-chrome aubergine
  • Passion – Matte deep ruby

The Wear

These shadows remain bright and pigmented while wearing them. They do not fade or crease throughout the day, and I did not notice any fallout when applying each of these shadows! I love that I can create a variety of smoky, bright, or cool-toned eyeshadow looks with this palette. The addition of purple-toned eyeshadows gives the palette a unique colour combination.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina palette retails for $55 at Sephora.

Tips and tricks

3 Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care and Avoid Burnout as a Student or Professional

Hello, lovelies!

If you are a student or a professional, you are bound to experience burnout. It is important to devote time to yourself to lessen the effects of burnout on your mental and physical health. Self-care comes in a variety of forms, but here are a few simple ways that you can implement it into your daily routine!

Wait, what is burnout?

Simply, burnout is physical or mental collapse that results from being overworked. When you experience full burnout, you are unable to function effectively on a personal or professional level.

3 Ways to Practice Self-Care and Avoid Burnout

1. Try to get more sleep

Lack of sleep is a major predictor of burnout. Try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule or a relaxing routine to help you unwind at the end of the day. Once you begin to sleep better, this becomes a key sign that you’re recovering from burnout.

2. Make time for activities that you enjoy 

The key here is to practice activities that are also self-care for you. Find activities that nourish and relax you. Activities that I engage in to relax include exercising, blogging, and journaling.

3. When feeling overwhelmed, do something simple but productive 

When you feel overwhelmed or overworked, do a simple activity to clear your mind. It can be something as simple as checking e-mails, cleaning, or checking messages. These small tasks can help you determine which smaller tasks are ‘doable’ at that moment and clears you mind to let you return to larger tasks.

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3 Products I Use Every Morning to Achieve Clear, Radiant Skin

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My morning skincare and makeup routine is one of the best parts of my day. After many months of trial and error, I’ve finally determined a skincare routine that works for my dry, acne-prone skin. I apply specific products each morning to keep my skin clear, soft, and radiant. Here’s a peek into my morning skincare routine!

1. Tatcha The Deep Cleanse 

I cannot say enough wonderful things about my Tatcha cleanser! I’ve been using this gentle gel cleanser for the past 3-4 months and it has kept my skin clear, soft, and radiant. I often struggle to find cleansers that will not irritate my skin but this one is definitely a winner! I apply it every morning before moisturizer. Not only does this cleanser clear my skin but it also provides a smooth base for my primer.

2. Drunk Elephant Marula Oil

I received a sample of Drunk Elephant’s Marula Oil about a month ago from Sephora. I always hesitate to incorporate oils into my skincare routine but decided to try this one because I’ve heard rave reviews about Drunk Elephant products. To my delight, this fragrance-free facial oil leaves my skin feeling hydrated but not extra oily. I apply a few drops to my entire face and let them absorb into my skin for a softer complexion!

3. Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Booster

Typically, I apply Dermalogica’s Breakout Clearing Booster 2-3 times per week to reduce any new breakouts. This product works as a spot treatment. I apply it directly to my breakouts and after one use, I was very impressed with how quickly my skin cleared! I received this product complimentary of Influenster.

What products does your skincare routine consist of? I’d love to hear about products that you use and how they work for you! 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner

Hello, lovelies!

I adore lip liner. After losing more than one lip liner recently, I purchased a new one from Smashbox. I was excited to try a creamy liner, and this one packs incredible staying power when applied!

The Packaging

Smashbox’s Always Sharp Lip Liner is lightweight and easy to use. The liner is formatted like a pencil, and has a cap that self-sharpens when twisted into place. The liner is sophisticated and bears the ‘Smashbox’ logo.

The Lip Liner

The lip liner is creamy and long-wearing. Because it is a self-sharpening lip liner, it automatically sharpens each time the cap is closed. Unlike pencil lip liners, this one does not tug when I apply it to my lips. It dries down without feeling crumbly or tacky.

How to use it

To sharpen the lip liner, twist the cap closed until it clicks. To apply the lip liner, trace along the lines of your lip to achieve the desired pigment.

The Shades

I love the diverse shade range of these lip liners! This liner is available in a range of 15 shades:

  • Nude Dark – Deep chestnut
  • Nude Medium – Medium beige
  • Nude Light – Beige pink
  • Audition – Neutral rose
  • Safe Word – Rose nude
  • Rosebud – Mauve pink
  • Stylist – Rose
  • Crimson – True blue-red
  • Figgy – Red grape
  • Fireball – Bright orange red
  • Pinch Me – Bright coral
  • Screen Queen – Burgundy-red
  • Violet – Berry
  • Plum Role – Dark plum
  • Punked – Deep grey
  • Nude Fair – Light pink

Smashbox’s Always Sharp Lip Liner is a perfect alternative to traditional lip liner formulas if you want a creamy liner that doesn’t dry out the lips. I love wearing this product daily to increase the longevity of my lipstick! Each liner retails for $26 at Sephora.