3 Interesting Lessons I’ve Learned in 3 Years of Blogging

Hello, lovelies!

As I approach my three-year blogging anniversary, I decided to reflect and write a post about the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

1. It’s okay to take time to reset 

I’ve blogged consistently for the past year and a half. In that timeframe, I’ve taken a few breaks. One important lesson I learned from these breaks: It’s okay to step away from your blog, as needed! Instead of feeling down about not posting as usual, a break provided me time to reset and develop new ideas, content, and inspiration.

2. Developing a blogging schedule is a good motivator

Determining a schedule for my blog post topics has been a great way to stay motivated. I know exactly what to write on each day, and it has kept my ideas flowing.

3. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers

Everyone has their own path to success. It is easy to get sucked into the competition surrounding blogging, but it’s important to remember that there is no formula to achieve success. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved so far in my blogging journey, and recognize that everyone achieves different levels of success. (Reaching 1, 000 subscribers has been my biggest accomplishment to date!)

What lessons have you learned since you started blogging?

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REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation is an alternative to traditional, bottled foundation formulas. I use this foundation daily in my makeup routine and it provides buildable, crease-free coverage. I adore this foundation when traveling because the product is a lightweight stick that is shaped like a lipstick bullet.

The Packaging

I love how sleek and sophisticated the packaging is. The foundation itself is encased in a tube that is shaped like lipstick. It is lightweight and features a twistable end. The tube has a glossy, black finish and bears the ‘Anastasia Beverly Hills’ logo.

The Formula 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation has a unique cream formula that dries matte but appears natural on the skin. It is highly pigmented. When you first begin to use a new foundation stick, it feels cakey and does not blend well. However, once you use the product a few times, the formula glides onto the skin and blends with little effort. The foundation covers my blemishes and does not accentuate any dry patches on my skin.

How to use it

I’ve tested this foundation with both a brush and a BeautyBlender. Achieving even coverage is easier with a brush. To use Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation, apply the product directly to the skin and blend it out with a brush. I often hydrate my skin before applying this foundation to ensure the foundation blends well.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation is a convenient, creamy alternative to traditional foundation formulas. It is ideal for travel, and allows you to create both a natural or matte skin finish. The product is available in 30 shades. The shade I own is called ‘Porcelain’ – for fair skin with cool undertones. Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation retails for $33 at Sephora.

REVIEW: John Frieda Volumizing Dry Shampoo

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Dry shampoo is my lifesaver on mornings when I just don’t have time to wash and dry my hair. John Frieda’s Volumizing Dry Shampoo  is one that I’ve used for a long time. Using this dry shampoo is a quick way to remove excess oil from my hair while creating volume.

The Packaging 

I adore how compact and lightweight the aerosol canister is. I can easily transport the product in a purse or overnight bag. Because the product is a spray, the canister contains a nozzle to dispense the shampoo. The canister features teal and black color blocks, with the John Frieda logo displayed on the front.

How to use it? 

Shake well before use. Lift hair in sections then spray the product into hair in short, quick bursts. Use your fingertips to blend the fine powder into your hair.

Why I love it 

My hair is naturally thick. I find that this dry shampoo eliminates excess oil from my hair the best, plus it gives my hair extra volume when I curl it! I also like the small canister size. This size makes it easy to travel with, for touch-ups when I am running errands. Compared to other dry shampoos, John Freida’s does not leave white residue in my hair, nor does it have a talc-like smell.

John Freida’s Volumizing Dry Shampoo is a great product if you want to try a dry shampoo that is easy to use, provides extra volume, and leaves no residue. This dry shampoo can be found in most drugstoresWalmart,  or beauty retailers for $6.72.

3 Tips to Help You Spring Clean Your Makeup Collection

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If you love makeup, you know that your collection of powders, palettes, and lipstick just grows. It’s important to keep your makeup bags, products, and brushes clean. Check out my favorite tips to spring-clean your makeup collection.

1. Deep clean your makeup brushes

Makeup brushes should be cleaned regularly to avoid product build-up and breakouts. There are multiple techniques you can use to clean brushes – from soap to brush cleaner. I often clean my brushes with Sephora Collection Daily Brush Cleaner. It is an easy product to work with, and all it requires is a spritz of the product onto a towel. Gently rub the towel into your brushes and voila! An important note when cleaning brushes is to ensure they are completely dry after you rinse them.

2. Check the expiration dates

Most products have period-after-opening (PAO) symbol that will indicate how long the product will last. This symbol is found on the back or bottom of the product. If you are unsure of the exact date of expiry, here’s a quick guide to makeup expiration dates:

Foundation + concealer: 2 years

Mascara: 3 months

Eyeshadow: 1-2 years

Eyeliner: 4-6 months

Lipstick: 1 year

3. Re-organize your collection and make products more visible

When reorganizing my products a few weeks ago, I picked up a few items that made me think, “Oh, I forgot about this!” When most of your collection is not visible, it is common to forget about products. It is a good idea to place all products in a single, highly-visible area. I keep my makeup on a shelf that is eye-level, to continuously remind myself of which products I have/have not used recently.

What are your tips for spring-cleaning your makeup collection?

3 Looks, 1 Palette: Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette has been perfect for creating soft, spring eyeshadow looks. I’ve spent a lot of time testing this palette and creating different color combinations. For this post, I decided to show you three of the main looks I’ve achieved while using this palette (plus steps to achieve them!)

Look #1: Soft Smoky Eye

First, I applied eyeshadow primer to my entire lid. I then blended Orange Soda into my crease, carefully creating a winged shape in my outer corner.

I applied Rustic into the crease and blended it into the outer corner.

Using a flat shadow brush, I applied Cyprus Umber to the outer corner, smoking it into the shape created by the previous shadows. I transitioned the shade across my entire lid before softly blending it onto the crease.

Look #2: Pink Passion

I started this pink halo eye by blending Burnt Orange into the crease. I built up the intensity of this eyeshadow to create a halo-shape. I then packed Dusty Rose on top of Burnt Orange before blending the two shadows.

I placed Raw Sienna into the outer and inner corners before diffusing the color into my crease.

I applied Mulberry to the inner and outer corners, blending it into the shade Raw Sienna.

I then set the colors with concealer before pressing Rose Pink onto the center of my lid. Next, I blended Glistening into my crease.

To finish this look, I blended ‘Sienna’ and ‘Noir’ into both the inner and outer corners of my eyelid.

Look #3: Gold Glam

I applied Burnt Orange into the crease, and topped with Sienna. I blended both shades lower onto the lid.

I then pressed Mulberry into both the inner and outer corners of my eye before blending it. I applied Noir on top of Mulberry and blended again.

I applied Bronze to the centre of my eyelid, pressing lightly. I then applied a second layer of the shade to intensify the pigment.

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette

Hello, lovelies!

I often favour eyeshadow palettes with bright, unique shades. That all changed when Anastasia Beverly Hills released the Soft Glam palette. This palette contains a combination of neutral, everyday eyeshadow shades. (Although, I’ll admit, the shade that initially attracted me to the palette is the carbon black shade ‘Noir’.)

The Packaging

I adore the unique colour of this palette. Soft Glam contains 14 eyeshadows, and the same velvety cover as its predecessors. The palette is an eye-catching mustard-yellow. The palette features white lettering.

The Shades

Each shade is versatile. The shades in this palette are wearable during the day or night. The palette contains a combination of matte, duo-chrome and metallic finishes:

  • Tempera – Ultra-matte velvety beige
  • Glistening – Shimmering gold with a pink-pearl reflect
  • Orange Soda – Matte peach
  • Rose Pink – Rose-gold with light pink shimmer
  • Sultry – Chocolate brown with a satin-metallic finish
  • Bronze – Gold shimmer
  • Mulberry – Matte wine
  • Dusty Rose – Matte lilac with pink undertones
  • Fairy – Shimmering champagne
  • Burnt Orange – Matte deep orange
  • Sienna – Matte earthy-brown
  • Rustic – Matte cinnamon
  • Cyprus Umber – Matte dark brown
  • Noir – Matte carbon black

The Performance

I hesitated to try this palette. The last palette released, Subculture, received criticism due to the patchy quality. To my delight, each shadow in the Soft Glam palette was soft, buttery, and blended well. The shimmer shades were bright and pigmented. Each of the matte shades blended easily, though I did experience small patches with the shade Mulberry. There was no fallout or creasing with any of the eyeshadows.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette is a versatile, beautiful palette. The combination of shades pair nicely. I enjoy that I can create softer eyeshadow looks or a bolder, smoky eye. This is a great palette if you prefer softer eyeshadow colours but it also contains a perfect selection of darker shades. If you’ve tried any of Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow singles, you will notice that this palette contains some of those shades.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette retails for $42 at Sephora.

My Sephora Haul: Spring Edition

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My most recent trip to Sephora involved restocking my makeup essentials. While I browsed, I added a few additional items to my cart. In today’s post, I’ll break down the products I restocked and the new additions to my makeup collection.

NEW ADDITIONS 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette 

This palette is a perfect combination of subtle earth-toned shades, sparkling rose-gold and matte black eyeshadows. I do not have a set of neutral mattes in my collection. Two initial shades drew me to this palette – a matte carbon-black and a rose gold with an iridescent finish. This palette will be an essential component of my spring makeup! I often do not wear neutral eyeshadow tones, but this will be a perfect place to start.

BareMinerals Matte Liquid Lipcolor Mini 

I received a sample of this liquid lipstick from BareMinerals. I always enjoy trying new lipstick formulas to determine how they compare to my favourites. This sample is in the shade Fire. This shade is a beautiful orange-red that is different from shades I typically wear.

RESTOCKED 

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner 

My beloved eyeliner lasted me a long time. I have worn the Tattoo Liner formula for the past two years, and knew I would return to this Kat Von D product once my eyeliner dried out. I restocked the eyeliner in the shade Trooper – a crisp, matte black. I actually did not realize my eyeliner was beginning to dry out until I tried the new pen. In comparison to the tube I’ve always used, the new one delivered a bold, crisp line.

What products have you recently purchased from Sephora? 

REVIEW: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Face Cleanser

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My skincare routine changes all the time. When I used the last of my go-to face cleanser, I searched for a new product that is gentle but effective. I bought this one-step face cleanser from Philosophy and instantly loved it.

What is it?

A 3-in-1 facial cleanser that cleanses, hydrates and removes makeup.

The Packaging 

This cleanser comes in a transparent bottle with a black lid. It is lightweight and simplistic. The transparent bottle displays the cream-colored cleanser inside. The written text on the bottle features the product name (Purity Made Simple) and a brief description of the brand.

The Cleanser 

I’ll admit – I was skeptical to use this cleanser. I often notice that pure cleansers do not clear my skin well, but this one did not disappoint. The cleanser has a gel consistency that gently lathers when dispensed onto your palm. It gently removes excess oil and makeup without stripping the skin of moisture. After I rinsed the cleanser off my face, my skin immediately felt softer and looked clearer.

The Scent 

The cleanser has a delightful, light citrus scent, thanks to the glycerin and meadowfoam seed oil. It is refreshing and clean.

How to use it 

One aspect of this cleanser that I love is how easy it is to use. Simply wet your skin, apply the cleanser using circular motions then rinse. A little product goes a long way when using this cleanser. I typically use a quarter-sized amount each morning.

I’ve used this cleanser daily for the past 2 weeks, and have noticed an improvement in my skin. It prevents breakouts while maintaining my skin’s natural moisture.

Philosophy’s Purity cleanser retails for $32 at Sephora.

3 Essential Tips for Wearing Dark Lipstick

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I adore dark red lipstick. When I first began wearing lipstick, that was not the case. Deep-toned hues can be intimidating to wear. Today I share tips to pull off a dark-coloured lip.

1. Exfoliate your lips

An important tip for wearing dark lipstick is to start with a smooth base. Exfoliating your lips ensures that the colour won’t settle into any dry patches. I often exfoliate my lips with a lip scrub or clean toothbrush.

2. Apply concealer to the edges of your lips to reduce any mistakes

Dark lipstick can get messy. If your lipstick bleeds, apply concealer to the natural lip line to reduce discolouration.

3. Prime the lips

Applying primer to the lips will ensure that lip colour will show its true shade. Priming the lips with a translucent colour also prevent feathering. If you don’t have a lip primer, a light concealer will work in a pinch!

Do you have any tips for wearing dark lipstick?

Pretty in Pink: Erin Angela’s Top 3 Rose-Toned Beauty Products

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I’ve become increasingly fond of the rose-toned makeup products in my makeup bag. I usually rotate through different color tones in my makeup palette. Rose tones are the central color this month, and today I share three products I use to achieve it.

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio 

Each Blush Trio offers a combination of pink blushes that are highly pigmented. I own the Pool Party compact. It features pink tones that range from bubblegum pink to coral. This blush is one of my favorite pink-toned products – it adds a beautiful tint to my cheeks without the color appearing too pink. I wear these shades daily, but they compliment any pink-hued eyeshadow.

2. Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette 

This eyeshadow  features nine pink-toned shades. The shimmery pinks and matte mauve shadows are an ideal base for a rose-colored eye makeup. I often mix the pink pearl shades with my Modern Renaissance palette to create a soft, warm smoky eye.  My favorite shades from this compact are coral, mulberry, and a shimmering icy-pink.

3. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb 

I rarely wear lip gloss but I picked up this gloss to compliment some of my matte lipstick shades. This gloss from Fenty Beauty is a shimmering rose-nude. It gives my lipstick shades a soft rose undertone. I use this product to add a hint of pink to my lips, and it is ideal to balance a smoky eye.

What beauty products do you use to achieve a rose-toned look?