3 Quick Tips to Make Your Lipstick Last All Day

Hello, lovelies!

I love wearing vibrant, bright lipstick colours. When I apply my lipstick in the morning, I use a few simple tips to keep it in place all day long. (Just a note about these tips: Despite how many I’ve tried, I have discovered that even my longest-wearing lipstick is not kiss-proof.)

1. Exfoliate your lips

Applying a lip scrub to your pout before lipstick prevents your lips from becoming dry. Use a gentle lip scrub to exfoliate the lips and create a smooth canvas for lip colour.

2. Prime your lips with foundation

If you do not have a lip liner, your favourite foundation is a great substitute for a lipstick base! Apply your foundation to the lips and let dry. The colour will diminish the natural pigment of your lips to create a neutral base for lipstick. Lipstick also tends to adhere to the lips better if it is swiped over a base product.

3. Set your lip colour with powder

Apply a translucent/pressed powder to your lips between lipstick coats to strengthen the base for your colour. A translucent/pressed powder will also help set any liner that you applied to the lips.

What are you best tips for long-lasting lipstick?

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3 Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making With Makeup Wipes

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Makeup remover wipes are ideal for removing makeup in a pinch, but did you know that you might be using them incorrectly? I like to use makeup remover wipes to remove the initial layer of makeup on my skin, but I’ve learned a few little tricks that might be reducing the effectiveness of the beloved makeup wipe!

Relying solely on a makeup wipe to remove all your makeup

We all know that removing makeup at the end of each day is important. How do you remove your makeup? If you’re using just a makeup wipe to remove everything, you may be leaving residual makeup on your skin. A makeup remover wipe works well in a pinch but it doesn’t effectively breakdown makeup enough to cleanse the skin. I notice this whenever I use makeup wipes, and typically have to wash my face immediately after to remove all my makeup.

Letting the wipes dry out 

Makeup remover wipes are pre-moistened. If you leave the wipes exposed to air, there’s a chance that the wipes will dry out and won’t be as effective. Ensure that you firmly seal the package after removing a wipe to prevent the entire package from losing moisture.

Wiping the skin too hard

A big misconception about makeup wipes is that the harder you scrub your skin, the more makeup you’ll remove. It doesn’t take aggressive scrubbing to remove makeup fully and you may end up irritating the skin instead. I like to gently swipe the wipe across my skin in a light buffing motion.

What is your favourite way to remove makeup? Do you like or dislike makeup remover wipes? 

REVIEW: Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil

Hello, lovelies!

I typically only wear liquid eyeliner, but tested Sephora Collection’s Contour Eye Pencil after receiving a sample. This eye pencil is waterproof and delivers intense pigment.

The Packaging

I love that this eye pencil is lightweight. I can easily travel with it, however the cap does not snap closed so I’d suggest being careful when placing this product in your purse! The pencil itself is carbon-black and features the ‘Sephora Collection’ logo. It is sleek, and the product colour is visible.

The Pencil

The formula is silky and resistant to water and heat. It does not feel chalky when applied to my eyelid, and the pencil glides smoothly. Unlike a liquid eyeliner, this one dries instantly. I have not tested the product on my lower lash line, but I was impressed with the 4-5 hour wear time this one gave me when applied to my upper lash line!

Sephora Collection’s Contour Eye Pencil comes in a range of 25 shades. I own the shade “01 – Black Lace” which is a beautiful matte black. Each pencil retails for $10 at Sephora.

3 Lipstick Shades You Need in Your Summer Makeup Collection

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I love testing new, bright lipstick shades in the summertime. The bright hues are fun, festive and add radiance to my complexion. I often gravitate toward red, pink, and orange shades during this time of the year, and can’t wait to share three shades that I love right now with you!

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink – “Romantic”

This matte liquid lipstick dries down to a slightly tacky finish, but when I mean that it lasts for 12 hours it truly lasts through eating, drinking, and even sleeping. My favourite shade from the line to wear is Romantic – a bright pink that is vibrant and pigmented.

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick – “Obsessed” 

I bought a mini set of Pat McGrath Lipsticks and this shade was included. It is one of the most unique lipstick colours that I’ve ever worn. It is described as a bright orange red, but when applied to the lips the gorgeous hue pulls slightly warm as a bright red.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick – “Gazpacho”

I will forever adore red lipstick, especially those that are true red shades. The shade Gazpacho from Bite Beauty is a true blue-red. I love pairing this lipstick shade with both dark and bright eyeshadow shades. This shade always adds a hint of warmth to my skin and works well in winter or summer.

3 Surprising Reasons Why Your Skin Keeps Breaking Out

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We all know the importance of maintaining a skincare routine, but what happens when your skin still breaks out despite the care you give it? For all of you who suffer from acne and blemishes, I empathize with you because I continue to experience regular breakouts! Before you toss your beloved skincare products, check in with yourself! The causes of your breakouts may not be what you imagined. Here are four surprising reasons why your skin continues to breakout:

You don’t change your pillowcase regularly

Just like your cell phone, your pillowcase can contain bacteria that causes breakouts. Even if you wash your face every night before bed, the natural oils from your hair and skin can accumulate on your pillowcase. Once they build up over time, they lead to breakouts. Pillowcases should be changed or washed weekly to keep them clean.

You skip moisturizing 

It took me a long time to realize that moisturizer is actually good for my acne-prone skin. It is easy to assume that too much oil causes breakouts, but this actually is not true. Excessively cleansing the skin removes natural oils, causing rebound dryness that can further irritate acne. Applying moisturizer reintroduces natural oil back into the skin and balances it.

You never clean your makeup brushes

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? It is important to clean all your beauty tools at least once a week to prevent makeup, oil, and bacteria from causing breakouts. If you don’t have a fancy makeup brush cleaner, a small amount of water and soap will do the trick!

MAC Prep+Prime Skin Base

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I received a sample of MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin Base with purchase over the summer, and I was very excited to try a gel lotion primer. This product is a unique lotion that evens out skin redness and discolouration while adding radiance. I replaced my moisturizer and primer with this product to test it and loved the results!

The Packaging

This product is sleek and lightweight. The product is packaged inside a bottle that mimics an aerosol can, however the nozzle functions similar to a pump. It features the MAC logo and contains 30 ml of product. My favourite aspect of the packaging is the multi-coloured shimmering particles on the bottle that results in a glittering effect when the bottle is turned.

The Product

The primer itself is white but has small golden flecks in it. It feels very lightweight and soft when applied to the skin, drying down without feeling sticky. This primer gave my skin a luminous glow underneath my makeup.

How to use it

I like that this product is easy to apply and dries down quickly. To apply, smooth the product over your face after moisturizing. The product can be applied with the fingertips, a brush, or a sponge.

MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin is a unique primer that evens out skin tone, provides a glowing radiance to the complexion, and feels soft to the touch. I enjoyed trying this product as a primer and it is quite unique compared to other primers that I’ve tried! MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin retails for $31 on MAC’s official website.

3 Quick, Effective Ways to Soothe a Sunburn

Hello, lovelies!

Where I live on the east coast of Canada, we get approximately 10 days of summer weather. When the weather is hot and sunny it is inevitable that you’ll spend time outside. Sunburns are often synonymous with summer, but you don’t have to suffer long with the burning, blistering sensation that the burn often leaves! Here are three quick ways to sooth a sunburn.

Apply a cooling sensation

Applying a cold compress or wet washcloth to the skin is a quick way to sooth the stinging, burning sensation from a sunburn. This method is more effective than applying ice to the skin, as it can damage your skin and irritate the sunburn even more.

Take an anti-inflammatory 

This is a quick method to use when your sunburn is inflamed and painful. Taking an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or Advil will help reduce swelling and inflammation in the skin.

Drink a lot of fluids 

Drinking more fluids when you have a sunburn will help replenish the moisture that leaves your skin when you are sunburned. Increasing your fluid intake will also prevent you from becoming dehydrated. I like to keep a reusable water bottle nearby when lounging in the sun to maintain my fluid intake.