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REVIEW: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

Hello, lovelies!

I adore testing mascaras that promise long, fluttery eyelashes. I recently received a sample of Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara from Influenster and instantly fell in love with the product. This is the first mascara that I’ve tried in ages that gave me voluminous, pigmented, and fluttery eyelashes.

The Packaging 

The packaging is sleek and sophisticated. The mascara comes in a sleek black tube that features a shiny finish. The tube bears the Marc Jacobs logo and is both lightweight and travel-friendly. I love the unique design of the mascara wand – the bristles are tightly-packed to dispense mascara onto each individual lash. This is the first mascara I’ve used where I’ve effortlessly reached the curved lashes near the corners of my eyes with ease!

The Mascara 

I adore the formula of this mascara. It feels thick when applied to the lashes, but it does not become clumped or sticky. The mascara has a rich black pigment and it is not watery. This mascara has a unique formula – it contains the Flash Volume Complex that prevents the mascara from smudging.

The Wear

I’ve worn this mascara throughout the day and it does not flake, clump, or disappear with wear. One small issue I encountered with this mascara is that the wand occasionally picks up a lot of pigment. As a result, my mascara may apply thickly but it can quickly be thinned out with a tiny amount of water.

If you are looking for a high-end mascara that packs volume, length, and pigment I would recommend Marc Jacob’s Velvet Noir Mascara! Each individual tube retails for $32 at Sephora.

 

 

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3 Tips to Eliminate Shine and Help Your Makeup Last All Day

Hello, lovelies!

We’ve all had moments where the makeup we just applied has smudged or disappeared completely. There are various ways that you can prevent your skin from becoming shiny, causing makeup to smudge. Here are my top tips:

Prep your skin 

Prepping your skin with primer is important for all skin types, as it helps your makeup stay vibrant throughout the day. If your skin gets shiny, you should prime the oiliest areas of your skin with an oil-free primer. Other areas of the skin can be primed with the same product, or a primer that is not oil free, depending on what you prefer!

Apply powder, but don’t overdo it 

I often powder my entire face, but I concentrate my powder in on my forehead, cheeks, and chin to eliminate extra oil. Applying a translucent powder will control shine and oil but applying too much product may give your skin a powdery hue. I like to apply a small amount of powder with a fluffy brush before blending it into my skin.

Stick to products that are long-wearing

Products that contain oil or water may contribute to smudged, smeared or slipped makeup. Look for products that are long-wearing, water-resistant, or water-proof to prevent any creasing throughout the day.

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3 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

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Blogging takes time and effort. I’ve learned a few lessons since I began my blog, and have compiled a breakdown of some of things I wish I’d known when I started my blog that I will share with you.

Maintaining social media can be tiring

It takes time and work to maintain various social media accounts. As I write this post, I mentally note that I’ve barely opened my Instagram app in days. I sometimes feel pressure to consistently post on my blog and social media, but it is a good idea to take a break from posting. Consistently posting and preparing content can feel draining and it’s important to acknowledge that it’s okay if you don’t have posts prepared for every day of the week!

Be passionate

Writing about topics that you are passionate about will majorly benefit your blog. If you aren’t passionate about your niche and ideas, you’ll find it difficult to make it as a blogger.

Joining social media groups in your niche will be helpful 

I’ve joined multiple Facebook and Twitter groups related to beauty and lifestyle topics since I began my blog. These groups are beneficial for multiple reasons. First, it’s wonderful to have a place where other bloggers share the same ‘language’ as you do. I also adore these groups when I’m stuck for inspiration. Finding new bloggers or content to read is an excellent source of inspiration when you encounter writer’s block.

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REVIEW: Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes

Hello, lovelies!

Huda Beauty recently released a collection of mini eyeshadow palettes in a wide variety of shades. I bought numerous palettes from Sephora and was excited to see how it compared to the brand’s traditional palettes!

The Packaging

The eyeshadow palette is small and travel-friendly. The shadows are enclosed in a compact that includes a square mirror. The outside of the palette contains the Huda Beauty logo and photos of each eyeshadow within the palette. The palette features a matte black colour that pops against the coloured designs on each palette.

The Wear

The eyeshadow formula is creamy and pigmented. The mattes do not feel chalky or stiff, and the shimmers are bright. The shadows do not flake or crease throughout the day.

The Palette Options

Huda Beauty originally released the Obsessons Palettes in 2017. In September 2018, the brand expanded the collection to include the Precious Stone Obsessions Palettes. The entire collection features 10 palettes. I own the Warm Brown Obsessions and Amethyst Gemstone Obsessions Palette. Other palettes include:

  • Gemstone Obsessions – A combination of creamy, metallic and duochrome shadows. This palette features ruby, sapphire and emerald shades.
  • Coral Obsessions – A combination of matte and shimmer shades. This palette features bright, warm colours that include hot pink, burnt orange and rust-red.
  • Warm Brown Obsessions – Features copper, warm-brown and deep red matte shades.
  • Mauve Obsessions – This palette contains a combination of matte and shimmer shadows. This palette features soft plum, violet and dusty rose shades.
  • Electric Obsessions – Features bold matte and shimmer shadows in shades that include hot pink, bright yellow and teal.
  • Smoky Obsessions – A combination of matte and metallic shadows. The shades include carbon-black, shimmering gold, and silver.
  • Amethyst Obsessions – A combination of matte and metallic shadows that include mauve, sparkling amethyst, and bubblegum pink.
  • Topaz Obsessions – A combination of creamy matte and metallic shadows that include tan, orange, turmeric and sparkling gold shades.
  • Emerald Obsessions – This palette contains matte and shimmer shadows in varying shades of green.
  • Ruby Obsessions – This palette contains matte and metallic shadows in shades that range from ruby-red to sparkling champagne
  • Sapphire Obsessions – A combination of matte and metallic shadows that are mainly blue-toned with pops of silver and lime-green.

If you are looking for a fun, travel-friendly eyeshadow palette I’d highly recommend the Obsessions Palettes from Huda Beauty! Each individual palette retails for $35 at Sephora.

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3 Effective Ways to Promote Your Blog on Social Media

Hello, lovelies!

Social media is an effective tool to promote your blog, connect with other bloggers, and expand your readership. I regularly cross-promote my blog on my social media channels and it’s exponentially increased my blog traffic! Here are three effective strategies to promote your blog on social media:

Integrate your blog and social media accounts 

Integrating your blog and social media accounts bridges the gap between each platform and your blog. People who are visiting your blog need an easy way to connect with your social media channels, and connecting both accounts ensures that the transition from blog to social media is seamless. I offer links to my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook on my blog banner, and link my blog on each of my social media accounts.

Join social communities 

Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites are good platforms to promote your blog’s content and connect with other bloggers. If you are new to social media communities, start out by joining conversations with other bloggers before promoting your content.

Update your blog posts regularly

When you share your own content on social media, it’s helpful to repost older blog posts. This is helpful if you have new followers who have not read the posts previously, or if you are planning to revitalize previously-shared content.

Do you have any tips to promote your blog on social media? 

 

 

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4 Essential Beauty Products to Travel With This Season

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The inspiration for this post came while I was sorting through my makeup collection. With summer approaching, I began to consider which items in my collection are travel-friendly and compact. Here’s a list of my favourite beauty products to travel with this season!

1. Tarte Cosmetics Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette

I typically travel with separate blush, contour and highlight compacts. This set is ideal for travel as it contains all three makeup products in a single compact. It is lightweight and small enough to place in my handbag.

2. Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Full-sized eyeshadow palettes can be difficult to travel with. Huda Beauty’s new Obsession Eyeshadow Palettes contain 9 pans of shadow, and a mirror for travel. I love that these eyeshadow compacts are versatile and lightweight.

3. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Mini

I love packing mini mascara tubes in my makeup bag when I travel. I’ve used mini tubes of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara for a few months now and they are quick and easy to apply.

4. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Mini

Laura Mercier’s iconic setting powder usually comes in a heavy jar. I was delighted to find a travel-sized jar during my latest Sephora trip. This mini version of the powder is small in size, and lighter than the full-sized jar. This is a perfect travel-friendly setting powder if you don’t like travelling with full-sized jars of loose product.

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REVIEW: Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume

Hello, lovelies!

I search for a new fragrance every few months and vary the scents I wear based on the season. I found Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume at Sephora. Upon testing the fragrance, it reminded me of spring. Viktor & Rolf are an Amsterdam-based design team. Flowerbomb is their debut fragrance.

The Packaging 

The glass bottle containing the perfume is transparent and octagon-shaped. The perfume is a beautiful pale-pink that is reminiscent of a peony. The geometric pattern on the bottle is fun and unique. The bottle bears the name of the perfume in crisp lettering.

The Scent 

Flowerbomb is a delightful combination of warm, floral notes. The fragrance has hints of jasmine and orange blossom but the scent profile subtly changes as the perfume dries down. The fragrance begins with hints of woodsy bergamot and bright mandarin. As it dries, the fragrance releases notes of amber, jasmine and freesia.

The perfume is long-lasting. It reveals different fragrance notes as it dries down. I enjoy the scent. Floral perfumes are often cloying and overpowering. This one is the opposite –  light and mild.

This fragrance is is just one of the company’s perfume sets. Other perfumes available in Viktor & Rolf’s collection include the Bonbon Collection and the Spice Collection. Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb Perfume retails at Sephora for $198.

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3 Creative Ways to Use Blush In Your Daily Beauty Routine

Hello, lovelies!

Blush is for more than just adding colour to your cheeks. There are multiple ways to add blush to your daily makeup routine. A beautiful blush shade is a versatile for the eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Turn your favourite shade into a nail polish colour 

Crush a small amount of blush to turn it into a powder before mixing it into transparent nail polish. After adding the blush, shake the nail polish bottle well to blend the colour. Apply it to your nails the same way as other nail polishes.

Blend out tan lines

Do you have any unwanted tan lines? To cover (or blend out) tan lines, dip a large, fluffy brush into a light blush shade. Blend the blush into your skin to block out tan line.

Create a monochromatic colour palette 

Blush is an ideal tool for creating a monochromatic makeup look. With just one product, you can add more vibrance to your face. Apply your favourite shade of blush to the eyes, lips, and cheeks for monochromatic makeup. I like to create this look with peach or pink blush.

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3 Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making With Moisturizer

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Moisturizing is one skincare step that is easy to follow. However, there are many ways that you can go wrong when using this product. An incorrectly chosen formula and careless application can lead to breakouts, sagging skin, and dullness. Here are three steps you didn’t know you were making – and how to fix them!

Mistake #1: Pulling on the skin

Vigorously rubbing moisturizer into the skin can wreak havoc on your complexion. Pulling on the skin in a downward motion can contribute to premature wrinkles. To prevent this, apply your moisturizer in upward, circular motions. Gently tap moisturizer into your eye area to prevent redness or wrinkles.

Mistake #2: You don’t apply moisturizer regularly

It seems logical to stop applying moisturizer once your skin is hydrated, right? Wrong! If your skin is already dry, it’s likely that there’s a layer of dead skin on the surface that will make it harder for the product to reach your skin’s moisture barrier. Aim to moisturize 1-2 times per day (depending on your skin type) to maintain supple skin.

Mistake #3: You don’t switch your moisturizer

I’m guilty of using the same moisturizer year-round. The fact is, the same moisturizer you use in the summertime may not be hydrating enough in the winter months. The effectiveness of your moisturizer can plateau if your skin becomes used to the ingredients, if the weather changes drastically, or if your skin type changes. It’s important to switch moisturizers with different active ingredients to maintain effectiveness. I apply a cream-based, thicker moisturizer in the winter months, but switch to a light, water-based formula in the summertime.

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REVIEW: Caudalie Instant Detox Mask

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I recently received a sample of the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask from Sephora. While my skincare routine is fairly regimented, I enjoy trying new masks to clarify and detoxify my skin. This mask contains a variety of natural ingredients to clean the pores and reduce excess oil.

The Packaging

This packaging is quite earth-toned and soothing. The mask comes in a mint-green tube that bears the Caudalie logo and a floral design. This tube is lightweight and travel-friendly. My favourite aspect of the packaging is that the mask can be dispensed onto my palm without placing my fingers into the product.

The Mask

The first thing I noticed about this mask was its beautiful pale pink colour. This mask has a gritty texture that feels deep-cleaning when applied to the skin. It contains grape marc to detofixy, pink clay and coffee to absorb dirt and excess oil, and papaya to brighten. These natural ingredients feel soothing and non-irritating on the skin. After using this mask, my skin felt clearer, brighter and smooth.

How to use it

I like to use this mask 1-2 times per week. I apply a thin layer to my skin, leave it on for 5-10 minutes then rinse.

Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask worked well to clear my skin, and did not feel chalky or tight like other masks I’ve tried. If you’re looking for a soothing mask to add into your skincare routine, I’d recommend this one! Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask retails for $47 at Sephora.