Tips and tricks

3 Tips to Effortlessly Apply Liquid Lipstick

Hello, lovelies!

I adore liquid lipstick! The fluid formulas are opaque like traditional lipsticks, but last longer and dry to a matte, transfer-proof finish. Liquid lipstick can be tricky to apply at first, so I’m sharing my favourite tips to help make the application a breeze!

1. Prep your lips

This step is crucial, since most liquid lipsticks are drying. I always like to exfoliate and moisturize my lips before applying a lip liner to ensure that my lipstick has maximum wear.

2. Use less product than you think you need

It is better to start with a small amount of product then add more as needed. This will make it easier to apply additional lipstick without your lips feeling caked or dry.

3. Avoid lip balm

Lip balm tends to breakdown liquid lipstick. Rather than applying lip balm throughout the day, you should apply it during your lip prep.

What are your favourite tips to apply liquid lipstick?

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette

Hello, lovelies!

Urban Decay released a new eyeshadow palette earlier this summer called Born to Run. This palette has been an essential component of my makeup collection and it’s enabled me to create an array of eyeshadow looks – from soft to smoky to colourful. I wanted to test this palette for a few months before reviewing it and it’s definitely been a worthwhile purchase!

The Packaging

The packaging of this palette is beautiful! The palette is sleek and compact but it feels heavy when held. The outside of the palette features a collection of photographs from destinations including a tropical beach, Paris, London’s Big Ben clock, and a forest. This collection of photographs truly represents the ‘born to run’ theme of the palette. The inside of the palette includes a large mirror and an array of 21 eyeshadows.

The Formula 

Each eyeshadow is creamy, easy-to-blend and pigmented. There is no fallout present with these shadows and they can be applied dry or with a damp brush to intensify the pigment. This palette contains a combination of matte and metallic shadows.

The Shades 

The shade range in this palette is versatile, ranging from matte coral to shimmery bronze, grey, pink and forest-green. Shades within this palette include:

  • Breakaway – Warm ivory shimmer
  • Stranded – Pale gold with a rose shimmer
  • Blaze – Light metallic gold with a peachy undertone
  • Weekender – Matte beige
  • Still Shot – Matte coral
  • Riff – Matte brown with a nude undertone
  • Good As Gone – Dark brown with a iridescent micro-shimmer
  • Hell Ride – Matte fuchsia
  • Baja – Matte brunt orange
  • Accelerate – Metallic coppery-red
  • Guilt Trip – Grape-purple with shimmer
  • Ignite – Metallic rose-gold with copper undertones
  • Smog – Deep copper bronze with shimmer
  • Wanderlust – Forest green with gold micro-shimmer
  • Wildheart – Matte bright fuchsia
  • Punk – Brown with red-copper undertones
  • Double Life – Metallic rust
  • Jet – Shimmering black
  • Drift – Satin charcoal with silver micro-shimmer
  • Radio – Satin teal-blue with micro-shimmer
  • Big Sky – Frosted green shimmer with gold sparkle

The Wear

When each shadow is applied to the lid, it wears comfortably and doesn’t crease, fade, or flake throughout the day. I’ve worn these shadows for 10-12 hours without experiencing any smudging or flaking. I love that the shadows within this palette are wearable for everyday looks, or bold for a night time look.

Urban Decay’s Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette is a great palette if you are looking for a versatile collection of shades, or a palette that is travel-friendly. It retails for $59 at Sephora.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Hello, lovelies!

Huda Beauty recently released a collection of mini eyeshadow palettes in a wide variety of shades. I bought one of these palettes during the a Sephora haul this summer 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 well-sized mirror. The outside of the palette contains the Huda Beauty logo and photos of each eyeshadow within the 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’s Obsessions Palettes are available in a collection of 6 shadow palettes. I own the Warm Brown Obsessions palette.

  • 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.
  • If you are looking for a travel-friendly eyeshadow palette, or a unique colour combination, I’d recommend trying one of the Huda Beauty Obsessions Palettes! Each palette retails for $35 at Sephora.
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    3 Looks, 1 Palette: Urban Decay Born to Run

    Hello, lovelies!

    Urban Decay recently released a new palette, called Born to Run. Once I saw the shade range, I knew it would be a versatile palette for day-to-night wear! I’ve created various looks with this palette, but here are three that I recently created:

    Look #1

    I began this look by priming my eyelids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I blended the shade Weekender, a light beige matte, into my crease. I blended Baja, a matte burnt orange, into Weekender, I added the shade Still Shot, a bright peach, on top of Weekender + Baja and blended. Next, I applied Hell Ride, a deep fuchsia, into the crease. I used a smaller blending brush to apply Good as Gone (a deep brown with shimmer) to the inner corner of my lid. I fused Jet, a satin black, into the brown shade. I also applied this shade to my inner corner. To complete the look, I pressed Double Life, a copper-bronze shimmer, into the centre of my eyelid.

    Look #2

    I primed my eyelids with concealer before sweeping Breakaway, a warm ivory shimmer, across my entire lid. Next, I applied Riff, a brown matte, to the outer corner of my lid. I blended that shade up into my crease with a fluffy blending brush. I applied Baja, a matte burnt orange, to the outer corner of my lid and blended. I gently pressed Breakaway into the centre of my lid, before applying Big Sky, a frosted teal, to the outer corner.

    Look #3

    After priming my eyelids, I swept the shade Blaze into my crease. Blaze is a light metallic pink with a peachy undertone. I pressed Drift, a charcoal satin with micro-shimmer, into my outer corner using a flat shadow brush. I completed this look by applying the shade Wanderlust (a forest green) on my eyelid.

    Product Reviews

    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.

    Product Reviews

    REVIEW: Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

    Hello, lovelies!

    I often try new mascara brands, and I was excited to receive a sample of Urban Decay’s Troublemaker Mascara. This product is a gorgeous, lengthening mascara.

    The Packaging

    The mascara comes in a unique, geometric tube. It is lightweight, and a kaleidoscope of color. The mascara wand contained inside features soft, rounded bristles.

    The Wear

    I adore this mascara! The bristles are thin, making it easy to apply the product to my lashes. This mascara applies well, but I must note that it tends to flake after multiple hours of wear. I’ve noticed that it lasts longer if I apply a primer before, and this adds extra volume to my lashes. One of my favourite aspects of the mascara is that it is easy to remove at the end of the day.

    Urban Decay’s Troublemaker Mascara is a fun, unique product. It is the main mascara I use, and it is a great everyday product. This mascara retails for $24 at Sephora.

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    Erin Angela’s Latest Sephora Haul

    Hello, lovelies!

    While this post is a Sephora Haul, it will mainly focus on skincare products because I needed to replenish them all at the same time! Today I’ll the new products I’ve incorporated into my routine, plus extras I bought while in store.

    GlamGlow Waterburst Hydrated Moisturizer

    Before I discuss this product, I must tell you all that it smells like blue raspberry candy! I needed a new moisturizer that was lightweight and didn’t feel sticky on the skin. GlamGlow’s Waterburst Moisturizer has a unique, lightweight formula. After a few uses this moisturizer became part of my daily skincare routine.

    Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

    This is a perfect travel-friendly eyeshadow palette for the summer months. I decided to add Huda Beauty’s Warm Brown Obsessions Palette to my collection after testing the warm coral, mahogany and brown shades. The small palette contains 9 shadows that are a combination of matte and shimmer finishes.

    Tatcha The Deep Cleanse

    I love Tatcha’s The Deep Cleanse already! I have difficulty finding skincare products to soothe my dry, acne-prone skin. This cleanser contains natural fruit extracts to remove impurities while gently exfoliating. The formula of this product is unique – it’s a gel cleanser that contains an exfoliant that doesn’t feel scratchy on my skin. I’ve combined it with GlamGlow’s Waterburst Moisturizer and my skin feels smooth, clear and silky!

    What products have you recently bought from Sephora?

    Product Reviews

    REVIEW: Too Faced Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray

    Hello, lovelies!

    I recently ran out of my beloved Mac Fix+ setting spray, and searched for an alternative to use until I can restock it. I decided to try Too Faced 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray and it has been a perfect multi-purpose product to prime and set my makeup.

    The Packaging

    I adore how lightweight, and travel-friendly, this product is. It comes in a bottle with a nozzle to dispense the product onto the skin, meaning it is mess-free. The packaging is bubble-gum pink and bears the Too Faced logo – it is bright and fun.

    What is it?

    This multipurpose product is a weightless, coconut-infused water mist that primes, sets, and refreshes makeup while hydrating the skin. Because it is infused with coconut, it has a light coconut scent.

    The Benefits

    This product performs as both a primer and setting spray. The spray has three benefits:

    Primes the skin for makeup

    Sets makeup

    Refreshes makeup when used during the day

    How to use it

    This product works similarly to my MAC Fix+ Setting Spray. Shake the product well then hold the bottle 6-8 inches away from your face. Mist the product onto your skin and let it dry. To use it as a primer, apply it to the skin before makeup. To set makeup, apply it after you’ve finished your makeup. It can also be misted onto the skin anytime throughout the day for an instant refresh.

    I use this product as both a primer and setting spray. It leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed, while holding my makeup in place all day! It is a great primer/setting spray combination to use without leaving the skin feeling oily or overly dry. Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray retails for $40 at Sephora.

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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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    Erin Angela’s Updated Makeup Routine for Spring and Summer

    Hello, lovelies!

    I like to update my makeup routine each season. I’m a little late transitioning into my spring makeup, but I’ve begun wearing softer colours and wearing more lightweight products. Today I’m sharing my updated makeup routine for the spring and summer seasons!

    Face

    I prepped my face with Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer to create a smooth base for my makeup. I applied Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in the shade ‘Porcelain’ to add warmth to my skin. Next, I covered blemishes with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Chantilly (this concealer has been my go-to for the past few years!). I applied bronzer along my hairline, and underneath my cheekbones. The bronzer I used for this look was Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer in the shade ”Rich Amber’. For my blush, I dusted Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush in the shade ‘Party’ across my cheeks. I completed my face makeup by applying Aurora Glow Kit as highlighter. I mixed the shades ”Lyra’ and ‘Orion’ together to create a unique combination.

    Eyes

    I love experimenting with bright, smoky, or glittery eyeshadow combinations. I kept my eyeshadow bright but subtle for this look using Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette. I started by blending the shades ‘Rustic’ and ‘Dusty Rose’ into my crease. I pressed ‘Sienna’ along my entire lid before adding a touch of glitter with the shade ‘Glistening’. I applied this shade to the inner half of my eyelid. I finished my eye makeup with Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara to add volume to my lashes.

    Lips

    I kept my lipstick soft and neutral. I applied the shade ‘Kiss’ from Anastasia Beverly Hills Nude Matte Lipstick Set. This shade is a soft nude with a peachy undertone.