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.

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3 Tips to Create a Perfect Smoky Eye and Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Hello, lovelies!

A smoky eye can appear tricky to master, but there are a few simple tips you can implement to craft an edgy look. Here are my favourite tips to help you create a perfect smoky eye!

1. Clean up your lines

Applying dark eyeshadow is often messy. To avoid smudging impacting the rest of your makeup, apply your eye makeup first to clean up any fallout. I like to use makeup remover or a Q-tip to clean up my lower lash line after applying eyeshadow.

2. Play with colours

A smoky eye doesn’t have to consist of black or grey eyeshadow. Try experimenting with rich, dark colours like plum, bronze, or brown to elevate your eye makeup.

3. Apply primer to stay smudge-free

Primer is a lifesaver when I create a smoky eye. Applying primer to your eyelids will ensure that dark shadow stays in place, and won’t crease.

What is your favourite tip to create a smoky eye?

Erin Angela’s Latest Sephora Haul

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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?

Erin Angela’s Updated Makeup Routine for Spring and Summer

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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.

REVIEW: Sephora Collection Ready to Roll Brush Set

Hello, lovelies!

I upgraded my brush set a few months ago and have absolutely loved my Sephora Collection Ready to Roll Brush Set. I searched for a set that contained every brush I needed, along with being portable and lightweight. When I tested this set out in store, I immediately knew that I found the perfect brushes. Each of the 10 brushes in this set are high-quality, durable, and apply makeup flawlessly.

The Packaging

The packaging is both sleek and travel-friendly. The brushes are held in a soft, pliable black leather roll that features a cross-hatch design. A small tassel closes the brush roll and it can be rolled loosely or tight. The ‘Sephora’ logo is embossed on the roll. My favourite aspect of the packaging is that there are spaces to fit all 10 brushes, plus any additional brushes you may have. When I first began using this set, the packaging had a strong leathery smell that faded after a few days.

The Brushes

The quality of the brushes is perfection. Each brush is soft, durable and easy to use. The grip on the brush handle is sturdy and the name of each brush is embossed on it. Each brush is dense but feels light on the skin.

This set contains 10 brushes:

A powder brush

A complexion brush

Angled blush brush

Fan brush

Highlight & contour brush

Eyeshadow brush

Fluffy smudge brush

Crease brush

Concealer brush

Angled liner brush

Each brush is ideal for applying and blending makeup. I use them daily in my makeup routine, and experience zero bristle fallout. I adore the portability, ease of use and easy cleaning of this brush set. If you are looking for a full-sized set to introduce into your makeup collection, Sephora Collection Ready to Roll Brush Set retails for $88 at Sephora.

REVIEW: Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

Hello, lovelies!

Desert Dusk is the second palette released by blogger Huda Kattan. I bought this palette a while back, and it’s been a perfect palette to create casual, glittery, or smoky eyeshadow looks. I love this palette for its combination of warm-toned shadows, and it’s versatile for day or night.

The Packaging 

The packaging of this palette is stunning. It is sophisticated, colorful and sleek. The outside of the palette contains a graphic of Huda Kattan’s eyes, along with the name of the palette. Upon opening the palette, you will find the eyeshadows and a large mirror. The palette is lightweight and easy to travel with.

The Eyeshadows

Each shadow blends easily, and there is no fallout from any of the shadows when I dip a brush into them. However, the shade Cosmo is a pure glitter – I noticed some fallout when I applied the shadow to my lids without using a glitter glue first. I often wear the eyeshadows for 8-10 hours, and the colors do not crease or fade. I apply the matte shades using a shadow brush, but often apply the shimmer, duo-chrome and glitter shades with my finger for a maximum color payoff.

The Shades

Desert Dusk contains 18 shadows. The shadow selection is a combination of matte, pearl, duo-chrome and glitter textures.

  • Desert Sand – Matte pale cream
  • Musk – Matte sandy light brown
  • Eden – Matte pale peach
  • Amber – Matte red
  • Blood Moon – Pearl crimson
  • Oud – Matte rust red
  • Celestial – Duo-chrome orange with gold reflect
  • Nefertiti – Gold shimmer
  • Twilight – Lavender duo-chrome with pink reflect
  • Amythest – Matte purple
  • Royal – Purple shimmer with pink undertones
  • Retrograde – Duo-chrome silver with pink reflect
  • Cashmere – Pale gold shimmer
  • Angelic – Pale peach shimmer
  • Cosmo – Pure red glitter
  • Turkish Delight – Bright red shimmer
  • Saffron – Matte bright red
  • Blazing – Matte orange

Huda Beauty’s Desert Dusk Palette is versatile, eye-catching and sophisticated. It offers a combination of shadow finishes to create an array of eye looks. The palette retails for $85 at Sephora.

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?

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.

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette

Hello, lovelies!

I often favour eyeshadow palettes with bright, unique shades. That all changed when Anastasia Beverly Hills released the Soft Glam palette. This palette contains a combination of neutral, everyday eyeshadow shades. (Although, I’ll admit, the shade that initially attracted me to the palette is the carbon black shade ‘Noir’.)

The Packaging

I adore the unique colour of this palette. Soft Glam contains 14 eyeshadows, and the same velvety cover as its predecessors. The palette is an eye-catching mustard-yellow. The palette features white lettering.

The Shades

Each shade is versatile. The shades in this palette are wearable during the day or night. The palette contains a combination of matte, duo-chrome and metallic finishes:

  • Tempera – Ultra-matte velvety beige
  • Glistening – Shimmering gold with a pink-pearl reflect
  • Orange Soda – Matte peach
  • Rose Pink – Rose-gold with light pink shimmer
  • Sultry – Chocolate brown with a satin-metallic finish
  • Bronze – Gold shimmer
  • Mulberry – Matte wine
  • Dusty Rose – Matte lilac with pink undertones
  • Fairy – Shimmering champagne
  • Burnt Orange – Matte deep orange
  • Sienna – Matte earthy-brown
  • Rustic – Matte cinnamon
  • Cyprus Umber – Matte dark brown
  • Noir – Matte carbon black

The Performance

I hesitated to try this palette. The last palette released, Subculture, received criticism due to the patchy quality. To my delight, each shadow in the Soft Glam palette was soft, buttery, and blended well. The shimmer shades were bright and pigmented. Each of the matte shades blended easily, though I did experience small patches with the shade Mulberry. There was no fallout or creasing with any of the eyeshadows.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette is a versatile, beautiful palette. The combination of shades pair nicely. I enjoy that I can create softer eyeshadow looks or a bolder, smoky eye. This is a great palette if you prefer softer eyeshadow colours but it also contains a perfect selection of darker shades. If you’ve tried any of Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow singles, you will notice that this palette contains some of those shades.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette retails for $42 at Sephora.

My Sephora Haul: Spring Edition

Hello, lovelies!

My most recent trip to Sephora involved restocking my makeup essentials. While I browsed, I added a few additional items to my cart. In today’s post, I’ll break down the products I restocked and the new additions to my makeup collection.

NEW ADDITIONS 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette 

This palette is a perfect combination of subtle earth-toned shades, sparkling rose-gold and matte black eyeshadows. I do not have a set of neutral mattes in my collection. Two initial shades drew me to this palette – a matte carbon-black and a rose gold with an iridescent finish. This palette will be an essential component of my spring makeup! I often do not wear neutral eyeshadow tones, but this will be a perfect place to start.

BareMinerals Matte Liquid Lipcolor Mini 

I received a sample of this liquid lipstick from BareMinerals. I always enjoy trying new lipstick formulas to determine how they compare to my favourites. This sample is in the shade Fire. This shade is a beautiful orange-red that is different from shades I typically wear.

RESTOCKED 

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner 

My beloved eyeliner lasted me a long time. I have worn the Tattoo Liner formula for the past two years, and knew I would return to this Kat Von D product once my eyeliner dried out. I restocked the eyeliner in the shade Trooper – a crisp, matte black. I actually did not realize my eyeliner was beginning to dry out until I tried the new pen. In comparison to the tube I’ve always used, the new one delivered a bold, crisp line.

What products have you recently purchased from Sephora?