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3 Essential Tips to Properly Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Hello, lovelies!

Are you guilty of neglecting to clean your makeup brushes regularly? Keeping your brushes clean is a great way to prevent product build-up and maintain clearer skin. Here are three tips you should know when cleaning your brushes!

1. Disinfect

Spritzing an anti-bacterial spray onto your brushes will eliminate bacteria and it will dry quickly. This is a simple method if you are pressed for time! Simply spray your brushes and let them dry.

2. Clean them regularly

I like to use a daily brush cleanser after every use, and deep-clean each brush once a week. This is especially important if your brushes are exposed to air for long periods of time. I gently clean my brushes daily with a daily cleaning spray, and deep clean them weekly with a gentle soap.

3. Reintroduce softness into your brushes

Sometimes brushes can become hard and flat after cleaning. Introduce a dab of conditioner into the bristles of the brush to keep them soft and smooth.

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3 Ways to Get the Perfect Summer Glow with Highlighter

Hello, lovelies!

Highlighter is a perfect product to add a fresh, glowing finish to your skin. I love applying it in the summertime to enhance my tan. Here are three ways to achieve a summer glow with your favourite highlighter.

1. Apply your highlighter with the right tools

Highlight formulas are typically cream-based, powder-based or liquid. Each formula should be applied with a different tool to achieve a luminous finish. If you’re using a cream formula, it is best to warm the product with your fingertips then apply. Powder formulas apply smoothly with a fluffy or fan brush. If you have a liquid formula, press it into the skin with a damp beauty blender.

2. Apply your highlight strategically

Dab highlighter to your cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, and brow bone to achieve a highlight that will catch the light. If you don’t have your favourite highlight on hand, a dab of coconut oil applied to those places will do the trick!

3. Use powder to counteract too much shine 

Getting glitter-happy with your favourite highlighter happens to all of us. To tone-down an abundance of highlighter, dust contour powder over your highlighter for a subtle glow. Alternatively, you can also dust a dry brush across the skin after applying highlighter.

What are your favourite tips to achieve a summer glow? 

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A Comprehensive Guide to the 3 Types of Eyeshadow Primer

Hello, lovelies!

Any great eyeshadow look requires a solid primer. Eyeshadow primer is essential to keep your eyeshadow intact, prevent creasing, and enhance the colour of your shadows. There are various options for eyeshadow primers, and different methods to use your favourite primer.

How to use eyeshadow primer:

  1. Pat a small amount of your eyeshadow primer (or concealer!) onto your eyelid. For me, the most effective way to apply eyeshadow primer is with my fingertips, but it can also be applied with a brush.
  2. Allow the primer to dry
  3. Apply your desired eyeshadow colours

A Guide to Eyeshadow Primer:

Natural eyeshadow primer – Natural eyeshadow primer is the most common type. The formula applies clear, and doesn’t block out the natural colour of your eyelid. Natural eyeshadow primer creates a neutral base for eyeshadow, but it will not tint your eyelids.

Tinted eyeshadow primer – If you’re looking for an eyeshadow primer that creates a neutral base, you’ll want to try a tinted eyeshadow primer. My favourite tinted eyeshadow primer to use is Too Faced Shadow Insurance – it has a subtle beige tint that erases the natural colour of my eyelid. This helps when applying colourful or smoky eyeshadows.

Glitter eyeshadow primer – This type of primer is ideal for pairing with glitter eyeshadows. This primer is specifically designed to prevent glitter from flaking while still providing the benefits of a regular primer. This primer formula will apply clear.

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A Comprehensive Guide to the 7 MAC Lipstick Finishes

Hello, lovelies!

I adore a new MAC lipstick. After recently placing a MAC order (stay tuned for a MAC haul!) I decided to write a post that will help you distinguish each lipstick finish offered by the brand!

Matte – This is MAC’s most long-wearing, opaque lipstick finish. There is no glitter or shine present in a matte lipstick. Typically, a matte lipstick does not feather with wear, but it can feel drying on the lips.

Retro Matte – A retromatte finish is very drying, and it can be difficult to apply to the lips. Retro matte applies fully opaque. This lipstick lasts for 4-6 hours when applied,

Amplified – This formula is opaque, but has a slightly translucent finish. Amplified lipsticks are creamy but have a short wear time.

Satin – Satin lipsticks are highly opaque. They are long-wearing, and offer a translucent finish. Satin finishes are non-drying.

Glaze – This finish is sheer. The colour of glaze lipsticks is not opaque, and offers a glossy finish.

Frost – Frost lipsticks contain sparkles, which gives the lipstick a pearlescent finish. This lipstick has buildable coverage.

Cremesheen – Cremesheen formulas are creamy, and semi-opaque. These lipsticks are moisturizing but they have a short wear-time.

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REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Pink Matte Lipstick Set

Hello, lovelies!

I typically only wear liquid lipsticks from Anastasia Beverly Hills. However, when the brand announced release of new mini matte lipstick sets, I knew I had to try one! I bought the Pink Matte Lipstick set recently. The set of four mini lipsticks come in a variety of gorgeous pink and berry shades for summer.

The Packaging

Each lipstick is encased in a sleek bullet that features a black and metallic-gold design. The top of each bullet bears the Anastasia Beverly Hills logo. The lipsticks are lightweight, small, and travel-friendly.

The Shades

This set contains a beautiful combination of four pink shades:

Cotton Candy – Bubblegum pink

Orchid – Magenta with purple undertones

Plumeria – Deep plum

Stargazer – Bright hibiscus pink

The Wear

Before buying this set, I’d never tried a matte lipstick from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I was curious to compare the formula to the brand’s liquid lipsticks! The lipsticks glide smoothly onto the lips, and set to a matte finish that doesn’t feel drying. The formula wears for 4-5 hours without fading.

This lipstick set is a travel-friendly combination of summery colours. The size of each lipstick is small, but it is ideal for tossing into my purse each morning! Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Matte Lipstick Sets retail for $21 at Sephora. The set is also available in nude shades.

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Skincare 101: A Guide to Clear Skin Based on Your Skin Type

Hello, lovelies!

Skincare should be an essential component of your beauty routine. Taking care of your skin can be a daunting task if you don’t know your skin type, or the products that work best with it. Today I share my top tips to care for sensitive, oily, dry, and combination skin.

Dry Skin

If your skin is dry, it is important to avoid over washing it. Instead, you should replenish moisture in the skin. Washing your face the night before then applying a moisturizer or serum in the morning helps maintain a delicate balance between your skin’s moisture barrier.

Oily Skin

Excess oil produced by the skin can actually be beneficial! The oil produced by the skin contains antioxidants and vitamins. If you’re trying to reduce oil production without exacerbating it, a foaming cleanser will help. Applying a toner following cleanser will gently exfoliate while balancing the skin’s natural moisture.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is usually more flexible – meaning that your skincare routine often changes each season. Tips for both oily and dry skin will work if your skin is combination. A face wash containing glycolic acid will balance both the oil and dryness.

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4 Face Masks I Use to Achieve Clear, Glowing Skin

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Glowing skin and a clear complexion are two of my skin care goals. I like to add face masks into my weekly skin care routine to clarify, detoxify, and moisturize my skin. As a self-proclaimed beauty lover, I’ve tried a variety of masks. Today I share the masks that made it to the top of my ‘must-have’ list.

1. GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Mask

This was the first hydrating face mask I’ve ever tried. This product is from GlamGlow, and I’ve used various masks from their collection. I immediately loved how it added extra moisture to my skin without weighing it down. The THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment  leaves my skin hydrated. glowy and smooth. I typically use this mask 1-2 times a week to supplement with my regular moisturizer.

2. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask 

I adore Tatcha’s Water Cream Moisturizer and was excited to learn that the brand also has a range of face masks. The Dewy Skin Mask is actually a lightweight sheet mask. Because it does not require rinsing, it is a great skincare option for busy mornings. This mask has the consistency of a serum – perfect for dry skin.

3. GlamGlow YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment 

GlamGlow’s YOUTHMUD mask is unique. You apply the mask like others from the GlamGlow collection, but it works differently. Upon contacting the skin, the mask begins to tingle! This mask is excellent for brightening. I enjoy using this mask to exfoliate and clear any blemishes.

4. Sephora Collection Face Masks 

Sephora Collection offers single-use sheet masks for the face, eyes, lips, hands, and feet. I like to rotate face masks from this collection into my skincare routine for an instant refresh. Each face mask is reminiscent of a flower, and the names of the masks range from Lotus to rose. My favorite mask from the collection is the Rose mask – it moisturizes and brightens my skin while preventing blemishes.

Do you use any face masks as part of your skincare routine?

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3 Tips to Help You Spring Clean Your Makeup Collection

Hello, lovelies!

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?

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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.

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3 Essential Tips for Wearing Dark Lipstick

Hello, lovelies!

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?