REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lip Paint

Hello, lovelies!

I bought this liquid lipstick while searching for new brands to test. As you know, I am a huge fan of liquid lipstick. I own an extensive collection of Anastasia Beverly Hills and Kat Von D lipsticks. I bought Tarte Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lip Paint to compare another brand to my collection.

The Packaging 

The lipstick comes in a cardboard case that features a mixture of stripes. Half the stripes are gold. The other half reflect the colour of the lipstick inside. The lipstick itself is in a container with a wand. The wand has a doe-foot applicator.

The Colour 

Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint is available in 19 matte shades. I bought the colour Manbun. Manbun is described as a “dark berry” but appears brown with a hint of berry once on the lips. It gives a great pop of deeper colour.

The Formula

My biggest issue with the lipstick is the formula. It is mousey in texture, and glides across the lips. However, once I applied it, the colour began to patch and bleed instantly. Compared to other liquid lipsticks in my collection, the lipstick is not long-wearing. I did not find this lipstick wearable because of this. The lipstick has a minty flavour. The mousse texture makes the lipstick comfortable to wear.

I did not enjoy this lipstick as much as others that are in my collection. While it does have redeeming qualities, the patchy wear and deep colour did not suit my typical lipstick preferences. I have not tried a lighter colour for comparison, but if you have, let me know in the comments!

 

Tarte Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint retails for $24 at Sephora.

 

 

 

 

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Colour Correcting 101: What It Is and How to Choose the Perfect Colour for Your Skin

Hello, lovelies!

Colour correcting products are useful to conceal redness, dark spots, and dullness. These products are often concealers. Colour correctors come in a range of shades. Each shade fixes a different problem area.

The core colour correctors are:

  • Green
  • Lilac
  • Pink
  • Yellow
  • Orange

Green – The colour green neutralizes redness. Green colour correctors are perfect to diminish any redness in the face. This colour evens the skintone for makeup application. A green-based spot concealer removes redness. If you have widespread redness, a colour correcting green primer will significantly reduce it.

Lilac – Work best to eliminate any unwanted yellowness in the skin. Any yellowness can make the skin appear dull. If your skin has yellow undertones, a lilac concealer will brighten it.

Pink – Pink concealers work best to eliminate dark spots around the eye area. This colour masks signs of fatigue. A pink concealer is a brightening concealer. This makes a pink concealer ideal to give the skin radiance.

Yellow – Yellow concealers are the most general colour. They are ideal for hiding undereye circles or unwanted veins. Because this is a neutral colour, it acts as a base for foundation or eyeshadow primer.

Orange – Orange concealers work best for darker skin tones. The colour reduces dark spots and discolouration. Orange concealer can also work as a liquid bronzer for contouring. This works great on lighter skin tones.

 

What is your favourite method of colour-correcting? 

Erin Angela’s Morning Routine – How I Organize Myself for a Bright, Productive and Energetic Day

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I love reading about other bloggers’ morning routines. This inspired me to share my own. My morning routine changes throughout the year, depending on if a semester is in session. I’ll share my current morning routine. This routine is more relaxed now that my summer season is here.

6:30 A.M. | Publish blog posts + Tend to cat 

I hit ‘publish’ on each blog post at 6:30 local time. My cat tends to wake me around this time each morning, so I naturally wake up. I feed him and sort through any other needs he may have. He settles back into bed with me.  I’ll briefly check social media. I make note any comments or notifications that I need to respond to.

8:30 A.M. | Post on social media

schedule my social media posts at 8:30 AM daily. Scheduling my posts saves time and effort. By this time, I’m ready to take on the day ahead. I spend about a half hour responding to comments, posting, and scrolling through my feed.

9: 30 A.M. | Get out of bed + Make breakfast 

I coax myself out of my warm bed. Anyone who knows me will know that I am consistently cold. It often requires some effort to leave the warmth. I throw on a robe and slippers before heading to the kitchen. I brew coffee and whip up something for breakfast. The coffee provides an energy boost for the day. My typical meals include: A smoothie, an omelette, or a bagel with cream cheese.

10 A.M. | Check e-mail + Monitor blog post 

With breakfast in my stomach, I settle in to my laptop. The first thing I do when I sit is respond to any e-mails in my inbox. I read any newsletters I’m subscribed to. Light reading in the morning keeps me focused. I monitor the status of my blog post and respond to comments on the post. I also begin drafting the next post.

I like to keep my routine quick and simple. What does your morning routine look like? 

 

REVIEW: Origins Skin Re-Texturizing Mask

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I received a sample of this mask about a month ago. I’m already a fan of Origins Active Charcoal Mask and wondered how this one compared. This mask contains nourishing clay and beads to refresh the skin.

The Packaging

The first thing about this mask that caught my eye? The pink colour. I hoped this mask was packaged in the same format as the charcoal mask – the colour of the tube is the same colour as the product. To my delight, the product is a pale pink. The tube I own is travel-sized.

What is in the mask?

Origin’s Skin Re-Texturizing Mask contains Mediterranean Rose Clay, Willow Herb (sourced from Canada) and jojoba beads. The jojoba beads gently exfoliate the skin.

How to use it

Wash your face with water then massage into the skin with your fingertips. I massage enough product into my skin so that it turns a light pink. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. I use this mask 1-2 times per week.

I noticed improvement in my skin. My skin feels healthier and supple. It is smoother. This mask is starting to reduce my pores and imperfections. The jojoba beads provide a gentle exfoliation without scrubbing.

This Origins mask comes in two different sizes at Sephora. A 10 ml pouch retails for $5.00. The full-sized mask contains 3.4 oz of product. It retails for $32.

 

 

3 Tips You Can Action Right Now to Use Instagram Stories as a Blogger or Business

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Instagram introduced a Stories feature last August. This feature combines photo and video. Stories contain tools that are useful to help a blogger or business elevate their brand. I use the feature to capture a project I’m working on, share snapshots of my day, and to showcase my latest posts. Here are three tips to help you elevate your blog, brand, or business:

 
TIP #1 – Share behind the scenes of your latest project
 
Instagram’s Stories feature is perfect to share your current projects. you have a unique work process, this is a great way to attract potential readers/clients. Sharing your latest project creates interest in the end result.
 
TIP #2 – Use the “@” mentions feature
 
This feature is a great way to share content with your friends or favourite brands. When other users click on the “@” they can view the feed of the account you mention. I often use this feature when I am shopping in a certain store, or drinking Starbucks.
 
TIP #3 – Geotag your stories to increase exposure
 
If you are travelling to another city/country, geotag your stories. This feature increases your exposure to accounts in your niche. It is ideal for accounts that may not be already following you. Geotagging also lets your followers track your adventures!

Do you use Instagram Stories? What is your favourite aspect of the feature?

 

 

Your Ultimate Makeup Brush Guide: The Ones You Need + How They Work

Hello, lovelies!

With a variety of makeup brushes out there, it can be overwhelming to find the perfect one for you. Each brush comes in a different shape, size, and format. Today I offer a complete guide to the types of makeup brushes and how to use them.

1. Angled Blush/Foundation Brush

This type of brush is angled to distribute blush into the apples of your cheeks. Dip this brush into your favourite blush then hold it at an angle and brush along your cheekbones. Angled foundation brushes achieve the same purpose for foundation.

2. Concealer Brush

A concealer brush has rounded edges. This shape makes it easier to apply concealer to the nooks and crannies in the face. To use on blemishes and under the eye, apply the concealer in a patting motion.

3. Round Buffing Brush 

These rounded brushes are stiff, yet soft. Use this brush by buffing makeup into the skin in small, circular motions. A buffing brush is multipurpose. It may be used for foundation, concealer, blush, or powder.

4. Stippling Brush 

Bristles are long, soft and flexible. Stippling brushes contain duo-fiber bristles. Use a buffing motion with this brush to blend product into the skin.

5. Blush Brush

These brushes are rounded with sofr bristles. The shape allows for easy blending. This type of brush is ideal for applying blush, highlight, or bronzer. A blush brush is shaped well to blend product. It is also a good shape to apply powder with.

6. Fan Brush

A fan brush is flat and fanned out. It is flexible for gentle contouring or to sweep away excess powder.

7. Foundation Brush 

Foundation brushes are flat and dense, with rounded ends. This type of brush works best when using small brush strokes to apply and blend. A foundation brush is suitable to apply foundation and concealer. It is also useful to blend cream products into the skin.

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REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer

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I received a sample of Tarte Cosmetics Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer at Sephora. This moisturizer is oil-free. It is a daily moisturizer that illuminates and hydrates the skin. (I adore multipurpose products!) Tarte’s Brighter Days Moisturizer launched earlier this year with Tarte’s Athleisure skincare and makeup line.

The Packaging 

This product comes in a tube with a gold-coloured cap. Its lavender container is fun and bright. The moisturizer itself is white and creamy. The full-sized tube holds 1.69 oz of product. It is unscented.

The Illumination 

I read reviews stating that the moisturizer is glittery. Once I applied the moisturizer to my skin, it gave a light sheen. I particularly enjoyed this aspect of the moisturizer. I use highlighter as part of my beauty routine. I like that this shine/highlight didn’t overpower my skin.

The Texture 

The gel-like texture dries fast. Because it is oil-free, the moisturizer is not slick on the skin.

How to Use It 

Apply a thin layer onto the face and neck after cleansing the skin. I sometimes dab it into my cheekbones to substitute for highlight. This achieves a soft glow. The product is perfect to wear on its own, or underneath makeup.

I am impressed with this moisturizer. It left my skin softly illuminated and refreshed. Tarte Cosmetics Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer retails for $42 from Sephora.

What is your favourite moisturizer?

 

5 Simple Style Tips for the Petite Girl That Will Make You Look Better Than Ever

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A question for my fellow petite girls: Do you ever find that clothes just don’t fit your frame ‘right’? If you’re like me, you’ll know that finding clothes to fit a small frame isn’t a simple task. My 4’10 frame doesn’t take long sleeves, skirts, or dresses well. From experiencing years of ill-fitting clothes, I’ve put together a few tips to make shopping a better task.

TIP #1: Combine high and low pieces 

High-waisted items elongate the body. Combining a high-waist skirt and low v-neck top adds great dimension to an outfit. This combination accentuates your features. I have a dainty bone structure. I like to pair a high-waisted skirt and top with a deep neck to accentuate my collarbones.

TIP #2: Know where to shop 

Bookmark your favourite brands that design clothing specifically for smaller silhouettes. Stores with a Petite section include: H & M, Laura Canada, and TJ Maxx. These stores offer a wide variety of basics and trendier items. It’s always a good idea to try on items before you buy to determine the fit.

TIP #3: Avoid loose fitting clothes 

Tops or dresses with floated arms are gorgeous pieces. Items with excess fabric around the arms or waist will consume your look. If you favour a looser fit, define your waist with a small belt or piece of satin.

TIP #4: Elongate your legs

Pair tights with the same colour shoes to elongate your legs. (My favourite combination is pairing a black tight or legging with black shoes). A colour-combination gives the illusion of a longer legs.

 

Get the Look with Erin Angela: A Soft Spring Makeup Tutorial That Is Achievable in Less Than 15 Minutes

Hello, lovelies!

Today I want to share a tutorial of a makeup look I featured on my Instagram last week.

FACE

After cleansing and moisturizing, I applied Benefit Cosmetics the Porefessional Face Primer to my imperfections. I used Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation as a base. I concealed with Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I apply this concealer to my t-zone and underneath my eyes, in a triangle. I completed my face with NARS blush on my cheekbones and Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit on the high points of my face to highlight. (143 on my cheekbone and bridge of nose.)

EYES

I started by shaping my eyebrows and filling them with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I primed my eyelids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I used my Modern Renaissance palette to perfect my eyeshadow: Vermeer all-over the lid, covered with a mix of Buon Fresco and Love Letter. I dotted Venetian Red on the centre of each lid. To finish my eye makeup, I applied Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and Lancome mascara.

LIPS 

I swiped on a lip balm before applying Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi.


 

REVIEW: BECCA Glow on the Go Highlighter Set

Hello, lovelies!

While browsing Sephora last month, I noticed this set from BECCA Cosmetics. The kit contains a mini powder compact and liquid highlight in the shade Opal. The colour in this kit is a “golden opal pearl”.

The Packaging 

Both products come together in a cardboard box. The compact has the word “BECCA” stamped on the cover and features a small mirror inside. The liquid highlight is in a tube, like a lipgloss. It has a doe-foot applicator.

The Compact 

The compact version of opal is a pressed powder. It is soft and smooth to the touch. One swipe of the compact dispenses a lot of product onto a brush. I find a light touch or pat works best when applying the product to a finger or brush. The colour is a champagne-gold.

The Liquid Highlight 

I have not tried a liquid highlight before this product. To my delight, it did not feel wet or sticky on the skin. When applied to the skin, the product has a slight cooling effect. It dries down within a few seconds. I blend the liquid highlight into my skin after I apply it to evenly distribute the product. A small amount of product goes a long way.

I like the colour in this set. It will be a perfect option for summer – a subtle, shimmery highlight. The travel-sized kit is ideal. Other highlighters I own are full-sized, and are more difficult to pack into my makeup kit.

This kit retails for $20 at Sephora

Have you tried BECCA products before? Thoughts?