Tips and tricks

3 Tips to Easily Apply Red Lipstick

Hello, lovelies!

Red lipstick is a makeup chameleon. The shade is classic and can transform any modern, edgy, bright, or romantic makeup look. Despite the beauty of red lipstick, it can be a pain to apply thanks to feathering, smudging or streakiness. If you’re planning to rock a red lip this season, here are a few tips you need to know!

Powder the lips to prevent feathering 

This is a unique trick that I rely on when my lip liner is running low. To prevent feathering or bleeding lipstick, apply powder to the lips before applying lip colour. The powder gives the lipstick a base to adhere to which helps the colour stay in place.

Prep your lips first

Red lipstick adheres best to smooth and hydrated lips. Apply a lip scrub to exfoliate, then follow up with a balm to hydrate before selecting your favourite shade of red to ensure maximum colour payoff.

Apply a lip liner that matches your lipstick shade

Red lipstick is not forgiving when it comes to lines or mistakes. If your lipstick bleeds often, apply a lip liner to your pout to prevent lipstick from fading or emphasizing lines or texture.

What are your top tips for wearing red lipstick?

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3 Surprising Reasons Why Your Skin is 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!

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Hello, lovelies!

I love trying new products to hydrate my skin during the winter months. I recently bought a travel-sized jar of Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask and immediately incorporated it into my weekly skincare routine. I’ve loved every Laneige product I’ve tried, and this unique mask is no exception!

The Packaging 

The first word that comes to mind when I view the packaging is calming. The mask comes in a rounded jar that is a gorgeous pale blue. The jar bears the Laneige logo and is lightweight and travel-friendly. I love that it is lightweight and can be easily carried in a purse.

The Mask 

The mask is lightweight and hydrating. It feels cooling when applied to the skin and does not dry down completely. It smells faintly of fresh flowers, owing to the orange flower, rose and sandalwood that the mask is infused with. After wearing the mask overnight, my skin feels supple, smooth and hydrated. A small amount of the mask goes a long way, and you only need to apply a few dabs to the skin to achieve the full effect of the mask.

How to use it

I apply this mask 2-3 times per week. I apply it evenly to my face and leave it on overnight. I then rinse the remaining residue the next morning and apply a moisturizer to lock-in hydration from the mask. It absorbs into the skin without feeling sticky.

Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask is a unique product to add to your skincare routine. It is hydrating, easy to use, and lightweight. The mask leaves my skin soft and plump after each use. Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask retails for $33 at Sephora.

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3 Essential Online Shopping Tips

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We all love online shopping – it’s convenient, a timesaver and easy. Whether you are a seasoned online shopper or completely new to the phenomenon, it is a common activity in our modern society. With the holiday season approaching, online shopping is becoming more prevalent. Here are my top tips for the best online shopping experience!

Subscribe to mailing lists 

Receiving continuous e-mails from mailing lists can be annoying, but most retailers offer discount codes and promotions for their online stores. Mailing lists are a great way to stay updated on upcoming sales, discounts, and promotions from your favourite retailers without having to venture into the store. If you find that these e-mails are annoying, I’d recommend starting with subscribing to stores you shop at regularly.

Read reviews 

I love reading customer reviews before I buy a new product. This is especially helpful when buying items online, especially because the item is not immediately tangible. I often read reviews of the product I’m interested and photographs to determine if it is the best product for me.

Start with small items

If you are new to online shopping, or have reservations about it, start with smaller items to get started. New jewellery pieces or a wallet are great places to start when shopping online for the first time.

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3 Confessions of a Blogger

I enjoy blogging. Since I began my blog, I’ve been able to share my creativity, experience new things, and I’ve even been occasionally noticed by beauty brands. Despite the positive aspects of blogging, there are often secrets that bloggers keep to themselves. Today I’m sharing a few ‘secrets’ that I’ve unearthed as a blogger.

It is not all sunshine and rainbows

Blogging takes a lot of work and effort. Creating new content regularly then promoting said content is time-consuming and it requires a lot of attention to detail. In addition to this, becoming a blogger will not guarantee that you’ll gain instant recognition and sponsorship from brands, which is a common misconception.

We, too, suffer from blogger brain

I constantly think about writing. If I’m not thinking about content for my next post, I’m checking my WordPress dashboard for new content, engaging with blogger groups on social media, or updating my social media feeds. Sometimes this can feel overwhelming and it’s not uncommon for your brain to feel ‘zapped’ from this cycle.

Support is a wonderful thing

We love when a new post is liked or shared, it makes everything we do as bloggers worth it! From my own experience, I read every single comment that is posted on my blog posts and feel grateful for each like I receive. Support from other bloggers or readers is a powerful thing, and it means a lot.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

Hello, lovelies!

I love trying new setting sprays. I usually set my makeup with MAC Fix+ but decided to try Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray about two months ago. After one use, I knew this product would become an integral part of my makeup kit. Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray is the main product I set my makeup with each day and I’ve completely fallen in love with it!

The Packaging 

I adore the packaging of Urban Decay’s Setting Spray! The spray comes in a round bottle with a nozzle for easy use. The packaging itself features a sleek, matte black colour with the Urban Decay logo and the product name embossed on it. I love the swirled, light purple lettering on the bottle. This bottle is lightweight and easy to travel with.

The Mist

The weightless mist feels refreshing on the skin. It is formulated with a unique Temperature Control Technology that lowers the temperature of makeup to increase its longevity. The mist does not feel heavy when spritzed onto the skin and dries down completely when applied. It is completely transparent and does not leave any residue when applied. The product has a pleasant cooling sensation when sprayed into the skin, owing to the mist’s unique Temperature Control Technology.

The Wear 

Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray has revolutionized my makeup routine. It sets my makeup for the entire day, and my makeup does not fade or crease. Further, the product doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin! I spritz the product onto my skin in the morning and my makeup stays vibrant for 10-12 hours.

How to Use It 

Shake the bottle well before use. Hold the bottle a few inches away from the face and mist the skin 2-4 times in an X and T formation then allow to dry. I also regularly apply this product to my eyeshadow brushes before use to intensify the colour of shadows.

Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray has revolutionized my makeup routine. The spray increases the longevity of makeup, refreshes my skin and makes my makeup look vibrant and fresh! The spray is available in multiple sizes at Sephora. The mini sized bottle retails for $19, the standard sized bottle retails for $40 and the jumbo-sized bottle retails for $50.

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3 Primers I Use Weekly to Perfect My Skin

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Primer is a staple in my makeup kit. I wear primer underneath my makeup to smooth my skin, and to increase the longevity of the products I apply. I use a variety of primers throughout the week to create a matte, luminous, or dewy finish. I alternate between these three primers:

Urban Decay Rebound Collagen-Infused Complexion Priming Spray 

I bought a travel-sized bottle of this priming spray recently, and instantly loved it! This is the first primer I’ve tried from Urban Decay and it will not be my last. The spray makes my skin feel refreshed, hydrated and soft. I apply it to my skin before makeup and my foundation and concealer appear dewy and radiant.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer 

Smashbox’s iconic Photo Finish Primer is a staple in my makeup kit. It is lightweight, non-greasy and absorbs into my skin quickly. The primer creates a smooth base for makeup, and it helps to even my complexion before I apply foundation. I love that the silky formula of the primer translates to my skin when applied.

Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer 

I adore this protective primer! It is a velvety balm that sinks into my skin and instantly makes it feel plump and smooth. The product eliminates excess oil in my skin and gives my complexion a matte finish.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

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Until recently, I’d never tested the iconic Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced. I received a sample of the mascara at Sephora earlier this season and immediately returned to the store to buy a full-sized tube! Once I began wearing this mascara, it became a staple in my makeup kit.

The Packaging 

The mascara comes in a fun frosted-pink tube with the Too Faced logo and product name embossed into it. It is lightweight and travel-friendly. The mascara wand contained inside features compact, elongated bristles.

The Formula 

After it is is initially applied, the mascara feels very wet and sticky. Once the product dries down it feels lightweight and dries to a matte black colour. The formula is not clumpy and it is easy to apply the product to each lash.

The Wear 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara curls my lashes easily and gives them a bold, matte black colour. The mascara wears well throughout the day, but does tend to flake with extended wear. I love that a little product goes a long way – you only need a small amount of mascara to achieve length and volume!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is a daily essential in my makeup kit! This is the only mascara I’ve worn for the last few months and it certainly does not disappoint. If you are looking for to enhance your natural lashes with mascara, I’d definitely recommend trying this mascara! Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara retails for $31 at Sephora.

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3 Useful Tips to Grow Your Blog, Create Good Content and Gain More Followers

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As a blogger, I’ve learned a lot. While I’ve found plenty of ideas and tricks that have not worked, I’ve also discovered strategies that have grown my blog. Today I’m sharing the essential tips that I apply daily to help grow my blog!

1. Use tags and categories

I use this feature daily when writing new blog posts! By adding up to 15 relevant tags and categories to your post, you will increase the visibility of your posts in search engines. Once my blog began to grow, I gained more regular readers by adding relevant tags to each post.

2. Create an eye-catching title

Creating a title that is unique and eye-catching is also a great method to increase the search ability of your posts. A great post title also shares the value of your writing with your readers. One tool I rely on to create SEO-friendly titles is CoSchedule.

3. Hyperlink previous blog posts

I find this tip most helpful when I am writing a blog post that contains similar content to a post that I have already shared. Hyperlinking to previous posts helps to showcase older posts, but also keeps older content active.

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3 Things I Do Every Morning For a Productive, Energized Day

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The way you start your day has a significant impact on how the rest of it unfolds. I enjoy taking charge of my day by engaging in a morning routine that makes me feel both energized and relaxed. If I am intentional about my morning, the rest of my day usually unfolds smoother. Here are three things I do every morning for a productive, energized day!

Have the tools I need for the day organized and within reach 

This applies to every aspect of my morning routine. For example, when my coffee cup is right next to my Keurig, or when my face cleanser is within reach on my bathroom vanity, I feel much more organized. I like to ensure that items I use every single morning are easy to find.

Drink coffee

I adore coffee, and would consider my Keurig as one of my best friends. Drinking coffee each day is a staple in my morning routine for two reasons. First, the caffeine gives me an energy boost to start the day. Second, drinking coffee has become a routine task for me each morning and I feel relaxed and ready to take on the day once this task is complete.

Get dressed and apply makeup 

This one may seem obvious, but I feel more energized when I am completely ready for the day. Just making myself look productive after dressing and applying makeup instantly leads to feeling productive.