Product Reviews

REVIEW: Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots

Hello, lovelies!

With the holiday season approaching, I like to introduce extra glitter into my makeup routine. I bought a few shades of Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots recently, and they have transformed my eyeshadow looks!

The Packaging

The packaging of these eyeshadows feels luxurious. The shadow is packed into a round transparent pot. I love that this displays the vibrant colour of the shadow inside. The cover of the pot is a gorgeous metallic-gold. Each shadow fits into the palm of the hand and is ideal for travel!

The Formula

Each shadow is composed of pearl pigments that give it a shiny, colourful finish. The shadow feels creamy to the touch and blend easily. After applying the shadow to the lid, it has a beautiful foiled appearance.

The Wear

I did notice a small amount of fallout when wearing these pigments, owing to the looseness of them. Once I applied them with a wet brush, they stayed vibrant and colourful for hours.

How to Use Them

I’d recommend applying Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots with a wet brush for maximum pigmentation. They can also be applied with the fingertips for an intense colour.

The Shades

I adore the range of bright colours in this collection! There are 8 shades in total:

  • Park Ave Princess – Metallic bronze
  • Fire Dancer – Metallic burgundy
  • Martini – Metallic bronzed olive
  • Top Yacht – Metallic champagne
  • Steel the Show – Metallic steel navy
  • Beach Bae – Metallic copper
  • Sun Drenched – Metallic bronze champagne
  • Frose – Metallic rose gold

Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots are a beautiful addition to your eyeshadow collection if you want a burst of pigmented glitter in your eyeshadow looks! I love the wear, pigmentation and longevity of these beautiful eyeshadow toppers. Each single shadow pot retails for $27 at Sephora.

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Tips and tricks

3 Mascara Tips to Enhance Your Lashes

Hello, lovelies!

Even if you weren’t born with long, voluminous lashes, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get them with a few easy tricks. I love experimenting with new tips and ideas to apply mascara to lengthen and enhance my natural lashes. Here are my top tips to enhance eyelashes with mascara!

Twirl your mascara wand for maximum effect 

Twirl your mascara wand inside the tube instead of pumping it to avoid letting excess air into the product. Pumping the wand into the tube increases the likelihood that bacteria will get into the mascara. Twirling your mascara wand inside the tube will also help dispense extra product onto the wand.

Find the best wand shape for your eyes

Not all mascara wands are one-size-fits-all. If you have monolids or a smaller eye shape, a smaller mascara wand will enable to reach all your lashes. The point of mascara is to ensure that it reaches all your lashes. If you have a smaller eye shape, look for a smaller shaped mascara wand.

Curl your lashes for 10 seconds at a time 

Your eyelashes are fragile, so they should only be curled once at a time. Hold your eyelash curler on your lashes for 10 seconds to give them volume without causing them to loosen from your eyelid.

What is your favourite tip for applying mascara?

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3 Facial Cleanser Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

Hello, lovelies!

Applying facial cleanser seems like a basic concept. You may think it’s impossible to make any mistakes when you pump cleanser into your palm every morning, but there are actually a few little missteps you can make that can disrupt your daily routine and your skin. Here are three mistakes you probably didn’t know you were making with your facial cleanser!

1. Rubbing your skin too much

A gentle, circular massage is all you need to work the product into your skin and boost circulation. If you’re rubbing your skin too much while cleansing, there’s potential to irritate your skin. If your skin appears red and inflamed immediately after you rinse cleanser off your face, it’s a good sign that you’re rubbing the skin too much.

2. Storing your cleanser in the shower

It’s convenient to store all your products in one place. However, storing your cleansers in the shower can actually ruin them. If your bottle of cleanser absorbs any shower spray, it could dilute the product. To preserve the integrity of your cleanser’s formula, keep it stored in a cool, dry place.

3. Not removing all your makeup before applying cleanser

It is important to double-cleanse in order to remove all makeup residue. I often double-cleanse by applying a cleansing oil to remove all my makeup before applying my regular cleanser to wash my face. Removing all traces of makeup will ensure that your cleanser is properly absorbed into your skin.

Tips and tricks

3 Coffee Hacks That Will Save You Money

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If you’ve followed my blog or Instagram for a while, it’s no secret that I am a little obsessed with coffee. I drink 1-3 cups per day and am always experimenting with my coffee maker to try new flavours, save money, and rejuvenate my daily coffee-drinking experience. If you love coffee, here are three tips to help you save money on your daily cup!

1. Make your own iced coffee 

This trick is a great method of creating DIY iced coffee. Freeze coffee into an ice cube tray to create coffee ice cubes. Pour hot coffee over the ice cubes to create a quick iced coffee that won’t become watered down.

2. Order a cup of black coffee 

Ordering a cup of hot, black coffee is one of the main ways I save money at Starbucks. A cup of black coffee has the most caffeine and it costs less than fancier coffee drinks. I usually buy a grande (medium) black coffee from Starbucks at a cost of $2.82 and a total of 360 mg of caffeine.

3. Buy a special mug 

Using a special mug every morning will reduce the urge to buy a cup of coffee from the store every day. By using this special mug at home, you’ll save money in the long-run plus you’ll get more use from your at-home coffee machine.

Are there any ways that you save money on coffee?

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette

Hello, lovelies!

When I first saw the layout for Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette, I was instantly drawn to the cool-toned combination of purple, golden, and ruby shades. Most other eyeshadow palettes I own are warm-toned but I was very excited to add these cool shadows into my collection!

The Packaging

My favourite aspect of this packaging is the gorgeous pale purple colour. It is whimsical and delightful. The palette itself is has this pale purple colour with the word ‘Norvina’ stamped in white lettering across the front. This palette contains 14 eyeshadow palettes and a dual-ended brush like its predecessors.

The Shadows

These shadows are buttery-soft, smooth, and apply without any fallout. Each shadow is pigmented. This palette contains a combination of shimmer, duo-chrome and matte shadows. The shimmer shadows are bright while the mattes are bold. Each shadow in the palette blends well without creasing.

The Shades

Each shade in the palette is versatile for daytime or nighttime wear. The shades within the Norvina palette include:

  • Dreamer – Metallic pink champagne
  • Base – Matte eggshell
  • Summer – Metallic golden
  • Soul – Matte wisteria
  • Wild Child – Duo-chrome frosty pink
  • Incense – Matte terracotta
  • Rose Gold – Metallic rosewood
  • Love – Matte cool-toned pink
  • Celestial – Duo-chrome plum with a violet shift
  • Volatile – Matte charcoal with a warm brown shift
  • Dazzling – Duo-chrome bronze
  • Eccentric – Matte burnt orange
  • Drama – Duo-chrome aubergine
  • Passion – Matte deep ruby

The Wear

These shadows remain bright and pigmented while wearing them. They do not fade or crease throughout the day, and I did not notice any fallout when applying each of these shadows! I love that I can create a variety of smoky, bright, or cool-toned eyeshadow looks with this palette. The addition of purple-toned eyeshadows gives the palette a unique colour combination.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina palette retails for $55 at Sephora.

Tips and tricks

3 Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care and Avoid Burnout as a Student or Professional

Hello, lovelies!

If you are a student or a professional, you are bound to experience burnout. It is important to devote time to yourself to lessen the effects of burnout on your mental and physical health. Self-care comes in a variety of forms, but here are a few simple ways that you can implement it into your daily routine!

Wait, what is burnout?

Simply, burnout is physical or mental collapse that results from being overworked. When you experience full burnout, you are unable to function effectively on a personal or professional level.

3 Ways to Practice Self-Care and Avoid Burnout

1. Try to get more sleep

Lack of sleep is a major predictor of burnout. Try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule or a relaxing routine to help you unwind at the end of the day. Once you begin to sleep better, this becomes a key sign that you’re recovering from burnout.

2. Make time for activities that you enjoy 

The key here is to practice activities that are also self-care for you. Find activities that nourish and relax you. Activities that I engage in to relax include exercising, blogging, and journaling.

3. When feeling overwhelmed, do something simple but productive 

When you feel overwhelmed or overworked, do a simple activity to clear your mind. It can be something as simple as checking e-mails, cleaning, or checking messages. These small tasks can help you determine which smaller tasks are ‘doable’ at that moment and clears you mind to let you return to larger tasks.

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3 Products I Use Every Morning to Achieve Clear, Radiant Skin

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My morning skincare and makeup routine is one of the best parts of my day. After many months of trial and error, I’ve finally determined a skincare routine that works for my dry, acne-prone skin. I apply specific products each morning to keep my skin clear, soft, and radiant. Here’s a peek into my morning skincare routine!

1. Tatcha The Deep Cleanse 

I cannot say enough wonderful things about my Tatcha cleanser! I’ve been using this gentle gel cleanser for the past 3-4 months and it has kept my skin clear, soft, and radiant. I often struggle to find cleansers that will not irritate my skin but this one is definitely a winner! I apply it every morning before moisturizer. Not only does this cleanser clear my skin but it also provides a smooth base for my primer.

2. Drunk Elephant Marula Oil

I received a sample of Drunk Elephant’s Marula Oil about a month ago from Sephora. I always hesitate to incorporate oils into my skincare routine but decided to try this one because I’ve heard rave reviews about Drunk Elephant products. To my delight, this fragrance-free facial oil leaves my skin feeling hydrated but not extra oily. I apply a few drops to my entire face and let them absorb into my skin for a softer complexion!

3. Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Booster

Typically, I apply Dermalogica’s Breakout Clearing Booster 2-3 times per week to reduce any new breakouts. This product works as a spot treatment. I apply it directly to my breakouts and after one use, I was very impressed with how quickly my skin cleared! I received this product complimentary of Influenster.

What products does your skincare routine consist of? I’d love to hear about products that you use and how they work for you! 

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Your Ultimate Guide to Makeup Brushes: The Ones You Need and How They Work

Hello, lovelies!

Makeup brushes are an essential component of my daily makeup routine. I use a variety of brushes to apply my makeup products, and finding the right ones can truly transform the way your makeup looks. It is very useful to have multiple brushes in your collection. This guide to makeup brushes covers everything you need to know about how to use them!

Powder Brush

A powder brush has long, fluffy bristles to distribute powder (think loose, translucent powder) evenly across the face without leaving the skin feeling caked.

Blush Brush

A blush brush is slightly denser than a powder brush, and has smaller bristles. Most blush brushes feature a dome-shaped head that allows you to apply concentrated colour that can be built and blended.

Contour Brush

Contour brushes are usually angled and have softer, dense bristles that allow you to apply a concentrated amount of product to the face. The angled shape of this brush should fit snugly underneath your cheekbones for precise bronzer application.

Kabuki Brush

This type of brush has a flat top with soft, voluminous bristles to apply bronzer, blush or other types of powder products. A kabuki brush works well to buff product into the skin or into specific areas such as the forehead.

Foundation Brush

Foundation brushes come in a variety of shapes (angled, flat, fluffy) but the most common type is flat. The flat shape of a foundation brush is perfect for applying liquid or cream foundation to the entire face before percise blending.

Fan Brush

This type of brush has a dual purpose – it can be used to apply highlight or to clean up any excess powder on the skin. These brushes have lightweight bristles and are shaped like a fan to delicately apply powder highlight to the cheekbones and nose. These bristles also work well to dust away excess powder from the skin.

Concealer Brush

A concealer brush is typically small and flat to enable precise application to the nooks and crannies of your face. This brush is ideal for applying concealer underneath the eyes, near the nose, or the forehead.

Eyeshadow Brush

Eyeshadow brushes come in a variety of shapes. A fluffier eyeshadow brush works best to apply shadow to the lid and blend it out. Smaller, pointed eyeshadow brushes are perfect for applying eyeshadow into the crease or corners of the eye.

Eyeliner Brush

Most eyeliner brushes are slim and ultra-fine. The type of eyeliner brush I use has an angled edge to create thin, precise lines with a cream or liquid eyeliner.

Brow Brush

Angled brow brushes are ideal for applying all types of brow products (think powders, waxes and pomades). These brushes have a spoolie on the end to groom brows and blend the product once applied.

Lip Brushes

These brushes have a pointed tip to precisely apply lip colour from the tube. A lip brush lets you build the intensity of colour, or to outline and fill-in the lips.

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Erin Angela’s Top 4 Eyeshadow Palettes

Hello, lovelies!

Eyeshadow is a staple in my makeup collection. There are certain palettes that I gravitate towards, and create versatile eyeshadow looks with them. Here is a peek into my top four favourite eyeshadow palettes!

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam

The Soft Glam Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills is an essential palette for neutral, smoky eyeshadow looks. I wear this palette whenever I want to create a soft smoky eye. My favourite shades in this palette are ‘Rose Gold’ and ‘Cyprus Umber’.

2. Urban Decay Born to Run

This is one of the most used palette in my collection. The combination of neutral matte shades, glittery metallics and pops of colour make this a versatile palette for every type of eye makeup look. I wear this palette a few times per week.

3. Huda Beauty Obsessions

I love travelling with my Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette! Though the palette only contains 9 eyeshadows, the orange, brown and burgundy shades enables me to create a variety of looks. I used this palette for an entire week while on vacation last month, and achieved a variety of eyeshadow combinations!

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina

The Norvina Palette is a beautiful, cool-toned eyeshadow palette for the fall and winter seasons. I wear the mauve, lavender and shimmering shades for special occasions and daily events. I often pair the cool-toned shades with bright, bold lipstick shades.

Tips and tricks

3 Creative Ways to Use Loose Powder in Your Beauty Routine

Hello, lovelies!

Loose powder is a staple in my makeup kit to lock-down my foundation and concealer while preventing oil buildup on my skin. Loose powder comes in various colours but the most common shade is ‘translucent’ as it does not leave any coloured residue on the skin. I apply loose powder during different stages of my beauty routine and here are a few ways that you can use it too!

1. Plump your lashes

Loose powder can amp up the volume of your eyelashes. Dust loose powder over your eyelashes before applying mascara to increase the fluffiness of your mascara. If you apply multiple coats of mascara, dust powder in between each coat for extra fullness.

2. Bake your makeup

I mainly apply loose powder to ‘bake’ my makeup. This technique involves coating a liquid makeup product in powder to set it. To bake my makeup, I dust a heavy amount of powder over my face after applying wet concealer and allow it to set for a few seconds. Once it is set, I dust off the powder. This helps to seal the cream product onto the skin.

3. Increase the longevity of freshly-applied lipstick

This trick works like an extra coat of lip liner. After applying one coat of lipstick, place a tissue over your lips. Dab loose powder over the tissue and press your lips together to enhance the longevity of your lipstick.

How do you use loose powder in your beauty routine?