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3 Unique Ways to Use a Beauty Blender

Hello, lovelies!

A Beauty Blender makeup sponge is a unique, multi-purpose tool that you can have in your makeup kit. Along with blending foundation, a Beauty Blender is useful for a range of creative makeup tricks! Here are three creative ways that you can use a Beauty Blender sponge.

Use it to bake your concealer

I love this trick when setting concealer underneath my eyes! This trick works well with a slightly damp Beauty Blender. It may seem strange to apply the powder with a wet sponge, but water won’t transfer to your skin. Dampen the tip of your sponge, load it with powder, then dab it underneath your eyes to set your concealer.

Use it to blend your foundation and moisturizer

Sometimes, an oil-based foundation won’t blend with a water-based moisturizer, or vice versa. If you use a Beauty Blender to apply your foundation, it will be easier to press the product into your skin after applying moisturizer. This technique blends the products together and reduces the look of a caked complexion.

Use it to apply nail polish for an ombre manicure

Giving yourself an ombre manicure is one of the most creative ways to use your Beauty Blender sponge. Apply your desired colours to the flat end of the sponge and press it into your fingernails for an ombre, colourful nail design.

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About Me

4 Things I’ve Learned in My 20s

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As I approach my mid-20s, I realize that I have learned a lot of lessons in those few short years. I’ve seen so much growth and development in my life and within myself. The woman I was at 20 even feels different from the woman I am at 23. I wanted to share a few things that I’ve learned along the way in hopes that it’ll help any of you who are in their 20s!

Know your self-worth and value

This is something that I’m still learning. Knowing your self-worth is important when you’re speaking up for yourself or advocating for changes. I would be afraid to speak up if I noticed something wasn’t right, or unfolding in a way that it should, and silence only hindered me. Know that you are an asset, and you have so much to share with the world!

It’s okay to make mistakes

I often felt guilty when I made mistakes, and believed that the mistake was my own fault. If I failed an exam, or had an error in judgement, I blamed myself for it. If I could tell my younger self anything, it would be that mistakes are part of the learning and growth process. You will make mistakes along the way, and that is not a sign of weakness.

Take care of your skin 

Love your skin, and it will love you back. This is a huge thing that I wish I’d realized upon entering my 20s. Take care of your skin and it will be worth it. Until a few years ago, I didn’t have a consistent skincare routine, and my complexion paid the price for it. Now that I have a routine that works for me, my skin is brighter, clearer, and much easier to care for.

Follow your own timeline 

I felt like I had my entire path mapped out at aged 20. I know people who graduated university in the standard 4 years, and I was envious. It’s taken me nearly 6 years, and I’m set to graduate this spring. Life is not meant to have a strict timeline, and you often have to follow your own path. It may take longer than expected, but you’ll achieve the same result in the end!

 

 

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil

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I adore testing lip products. I recently bought a full-sized Velvet Matte Lip Pencil from NARS and instantly added into my lipstick rotation! The creamy lip pencil is pleasantly creamy, pigmented and bright.

The Packaging

This pencil comes in a slender, cylindrical tube that is matte black and features the NARS logo. The end of the pencil is reminiscent of the shade contained within. It is lightweight and travel-friendly.

The Formula

My favourite aspect of the pencil is how creamy and pigmented it is. It feels feather-light when applied to the lips. The texture is thin but smooth. Most shades have an opaque finish that does not dry completely matte.

The Wear

This pencil lasts for 4-6 hours on the lips without fading. It stays bright and pigmented throughout the day, but does not last long after eating or drinking.

The Shades

I love the diverse shade range of these pencils! They are available in a range of 23 shades and feature creamy nudes and bright pops of colour. I own the shade ‘Mysterious Red’ – a bright crimson.

Nars Velvet Matte Pencil is a perfect lipstick that is lightweight, long-lasting and travel friendly! Each lipstick retails for $34 at Sephora.

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3 Creative Ways to Use Dry Shampoo

Hello, lovelies!

Dry shampoo is a staple in my morning routine when there just isn’t enough time to wash my hair. Along with eliminating excess oil in your roots, dry shampoo can be useful for many aspects of your beauty routine!

Add faux highlights to your hair

Dry shampoo is available in a range of colours. While coloured dry shampoo is meant to blend into your hair, a few sprays can give the appearance of highlights in your locks.

Secure bobby pins

Bobby pins are often slippery and don’t stay in place. Spritz each bobby pin with dry shampoo before placing it in your hair for a secure hold.

Boost hair’s volume

Dry shampoo doesn’t just have to be saved for oily strands. Flip your hair upside down, add dry shampoo to your roots then concentrate it into the rest of your hair for extra volume.

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3 Signs That It’s Time To Change Your Skincare Routine

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Embracing change is hard. When it comes to your skincare routine, you may have certain steps or products that you rely on each day to achieve a radiant complexion. But, sometimes, it’s necessary to change your routine if your skin isn’t clearing, or you feel that the products you use just aren’t working. Here are three signs to look for if you think it’s time for a new skincare routine!

You’re not seeing results

Skincare should not be rooted in achieving perfection. There are many benefits of a skincare routine, including a clearer complexion, but your routine should not be focused on attaining completely flawless skin. Everyone’s version of improvement is different. If you’ve been applying the same products for longer than 12 weeks without seeing any changes in your skin, it may be time to consider changing the products you use, or how you apply them.

Your skin is suddenly breaking out

All of a sudden, it happens – new breakouts are appearing without any reason why. If you haven’t changed your routine and are suddenly experiencing new breakouts, it could be a result of ‘skin purging’ – a reactive process to a product or step in your routine.

Your skin is overly dry

Spontaneous dry patches on your skin could be a sign that a product you’re using contains the wrong ingredients for your skin type. Certain products may contain ingredients like salicylic acid, fragrances or benzoyl peroxide that increase dryness in the skin. If your skin begins to feel drier than a desert for an unknown reason, you may want to examine the ingredients in your beloved products.

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REVIEW: Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara

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I adore trying new mascaras, but I must admit that once I find one that I love, I tend to repurchase it again and again. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara is one of those products. The unique brush hooks and curls each lash for voluminous length.

The Packaging

This mascara comes in a fun and beautiful tube. The glossy black tube bears the Benefit Cosmetics logo and product name in pale pink cursive. It is lightweight and travel-friendly. The outside of the mascara wand is pale pink with a geometric design. The ‘Hook and Roll’ mascara wand is slightly curved and matches the pink colour of the outside cover.

The Mascara

This mascara gives my lashes curl and volume with a single swipe. It is not clumpy or sticky when applied, and each lash is easily coated. Initially, the formula feels watery-thin and damp but it dries completely matte after a few seconds. This mascara is long-lasting and pigmented.

The Shades

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara is available in Black or Brown. Both shades are pigmented and matte.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara is a staple in my makeup kit. The lightweight formula gives lashes length, volume and pigmentation. This is my favourite mascara to wear on a daily basis and it performs well morning or night! This mascara retails for $33 at Sephora.

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3 Tips You Need To Know If You Have Acne-Prone Skin

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If you suffer from acne, it can seem impossible to control. I’ve had acne-prone skin for ages and have tried various methods of combatting my combination skin. I’ve tried various tricks but here are the top three tips I use to combat acne-prone skin!

Avoid over-drying your skin

Many products meant to combat acne are over-drying, and this can trigger oil production. To ensure your skin retains moisture it is best to avoid alcohol-based products and moisturize immediately after cleansing.

Clean your makeup brushes

Cleaning makeup brushes regularly is an essential step if you have acne-prone skin. Makeup brushes can harbour dirt and bacteria which may exacerbate breakouts. Brushes should be washed once a week with a gentle brush cleanser or shampoo.

Examine your haircare products

Until recently, I had no idea that my haircare products were contributing to frequent breakouts on my forehead, cheeks and neck. Check the list on your shampoo or other haircare products for aggravating ingredients and adjust your routine accordingly to reduce breakouts.

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Erin Angela’s January 2019 Sephora Haul

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Last month I received a few gift cards from Sephora. I’ve been eyeing more eyeshadow products from Tarte and that prompted me to place an online order. After testing all the products in my order, I’m excited to share this haul with you!

Tarte Mermaid Shine Metallic Sea Glass Eyeshadow Set

Once this eyeshadow set arrived in the mail, I swatched it immediately. The set of four eyeshadows has a unique liquid-to-powder formula that feels divine on the eyes! Each shade is sparkly and pigmented.

Milk Makeup Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask

I decided to try a new face mask and added the Matcha Detofixying Mask from Milk Makeup into my basket. I’m eager to add this to my skincare routine. I used it for the first time today and my skin is brighter, smooth, and refreshed.

Urban Decay Quick Fix Complexion Prep Priming Spray

This hydrating priming spray helps invigorate and prep my skin for makeup application. The spray-bottle format allows for better hydration than a traditional primer, and my skin feels dewier and makeup applies smoother.

Sephora Collection Lash Curler

I’ve never tried an eyelash curler before and was curious to test one! I bought a gorgeous gold-coloured lash curler from Sephora’s own brand, and it is easy to use while giving my lashes extra volume.

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REVIEW: Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow

Hello, lovelies!

I recently tried a sample of Make Up For Ever’s Aqua XL Colour Paint Shadow, a unique cream eyeshadow. I rarely wear cream eyeshadows, so I was excited to try this one in comparison to my usual eyeshadows! This highly pigmented, creamy eyeshadow is a must-have if you want to try something a little different from your standard eyeshadows!

The Packaging 

The product comes in a lightweight triangular tube that bears the Make Up For Ever logo.  It features a black cap and a small slanted nozzle to dispense the product. The product is travel-friendly and easily fits into a handbag, tote, or makeup bag. I love that each tube is coloured differently to represent the shade of the shadow inside.

The Shadow

The shadow initially feels creamy but not oily. It dries down to a matte finish once applied to the lid and does not flake or crease throughout the day. My favourite aspect of these shadows is that the colours stay vibrant and pigmented throughout the day. I’ll admit that I was initially curious about how the formula would dry down, but was pleasantly surprised by how quickly it dried!

The Wear 

Each shadow is pigmented and wears comfortably for 10-12 hours without fading. I tested each shade I own with a eyeshadow primer base, and the shades did not budge! Because these shadows dry quickly, I would recommend placing the product exactly where you want it to sit on the eyelid. I love that each shade can be built-up to achieve the desired level of pigmentation, allowing you to create versatile eyeshadow looks.

How to Use It

I adore the ease of use with these shadows! Apply the eyeshadow in thin, sheer layers and allow each layer to dry. I’ve applied them to my eyelid with both a brush and my fingertip and have achieved consistent, vibrant colour. I have, however, noticed that the shadows appear more pigmented when applied with my fingertip.

The Shades 

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Paint Shadow is available in a variety of 19 shades:

  • M-10: Matte black
  • M-16: Matte white
  • M-20: Matte dark blue
  • M-24: Matte turquoise
  • M-52: Matte beige
  • M-56: Matte taupe
  • M-60: Matte brown
  • M-70: Matte orange
  • M-72: Matte red
  • M-82: Matte fuchsia
  • M-90: Matte purple
  • L-14: Lustrous white
  • L-22: Lustrous dark blue
  • L-30: Lustrous khaki
  • L-54: Lustrous taupe
  • I-12: Iridescent steel-grey
  • I-42: Iridescent coppery-gold
  • I-50: Iridescent warm beige
  • I-80: Iridescent pink-beige

Make Up For Ever’s Aqua XL Shadow is a unique product that is perfect cream eyeshadow! The shades are vibrantly pigmented, and the shadows are easy to apply. I adore using these eyeshadows when I’m travelling and don’t want to carry a bulkier eyeshadow palette! Each tube of eyeshadow retails for $31 at Sephora.

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3 Natural Ways to Remove Makeup At the End of the Day

Hello, lovelies!

Just as you apply makeup each morning, you need to remove it at the end of the day. But did you know that finding a good makeup remover doesn’t have to be costly? Here are three inexpensive ways to remove your makeup!

Coconut or olive oil

Oil dissolves oil. The basic idea behind dissolving your makeup with an oil is that it will mix with the oils in the makeup to remove it. Apply a small amount of coconut or olive oil to a cotton pad and gently wipe your face. Once makeup has dissolved, rinse with water to clean the skin.

Create a cucumber cleanser

Toss a cucumber slice into the blender to create a paste before mixing it with olive oil. This method will remove makeup while the cooling agents in the cucumber will reduce puffiness.

Craft a DIY makeup wipe

Combine aloe vera, witch hazel, liquid soap and coconut oil in a jar before shaking well. Stack round cotton pads into the jar and shake to coat them.