Tips and tricks

4 Tips to Effortlessly Apply Eyeshadow

Hello, lovelies!

Applying eyeshadow is one of my favourite steps in my makeup routine. I have a few eyeshadow palettes that I mix-and-match on a daily basis. Working with a new palette or application technique can be daunting. Here are four tips I always come back to when applying eyeshadow!

1. Create a smoky eye using just two eyeshadows 

A smoky eye can involve a more complex routine, but if you’re short on time, it doesn’t have to. Start by creating a base with a neutral eyeshadow colour or liquid concealer to even out the eyelid’s colour. Apply a darker eyeshadow to the crease, then use a rounded brush to blend the colour inward until you reach the middle of your lid.

2. Clean up excess fallout 

Eyeshadow often flakes from the lid onto the lower lash line. You can clean any excess using a makeup remover wipe, or tissue. Another quick trick is to bake your shadow. This involves applying setting powder underneath your eyes, extending to the cheekbones. This quick trick will catch any excess shadow that falls. When your eye makeup is complete, simply brush away the excess powder.

3. Highlight and darken eyeshadow in the right places 

Lighten your eyes by accentuating the brow bone and inner corner of your eyes. I often use a white or other bright shade for this. Highlighting the eyes in the right place masks imperfections and can brighten your entire look.

4. Keep dark eyeshadows to the outer corner 

If you apply eyeshadow too close to the lash line, it can make your eyes appear smaller. Keep base eyeshadow colours light, and work darker shades up into your crease and outer corner to create the appearance of a full, big eye.

Do you have any tips for applying eyeshadow? 

About Me

Erin Angela’s Updated, Simplified Makeup Routine for Summer Days 

Hello, lovelies! 
The number of steps in my daily makeup routine change with the season. I’ve tried to condense my routine for the warm summer season. While standing in front of my mirror yesterday morning, my boyfriend Grant inspired this post. I can hear him say, “Are you almost ready? What’s that glitter you’re putting on your eyelids?” Today, I’ll reveal exactly what that ‘glitter’ is!


The first step in my makeup routine is cleansing. I apply Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser. This gel cleanser keeps my skin soft and clear of blemishes. I supplement this step with a moisturizer – often Tarte’s Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer

I simplify the rest of my facial makeup. I’ve used Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup for the past two years. It is a great medium-coverage foundation that lets my skin breathe. I buff the foundation into my skin using a buffing brush. I dot Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer underneath my eyes and cover any blemishes. I complete my face makeup by sweeping highlighter onto my cheekbones. I switch between different highlighter products, but my current favourite is Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit. It is luminous, with a beautiful range of colours!


I never apply eyeshadow without priming my lids. My primer of choice is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I switch between different eyeshadow palettes each day. The palette I use most often is Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance. This palette contains creamy, blendable shadows that range from brick red to glittery gold.   I line my waterline with Sephora Collection Waterproof Eyeliner. I complete my eye makeup with a swipe of mascara. My mascara of choice is Smashbox Full Exposure


I line my lips with Bite Beauty’s Lip Pencil in a nude shade. Selecting a lipstick to wear each day is the hardest aspect of my makeup routine. I swipe on a shade that matches my outfit to complete my makeup. 

Below is a before and after comparison of my makeup routine:


A Quick Guide to 3 Popular Makeup Trends for Summer 2017 

Hello, lovelies! 

Makeup trends traditionally leaned toward bronzed skin, coral lips, and gold eyelids. The common trends this season are beginning to change. For summer 2017,  pastels and graphic cool tones are popular. Each colour trend is versatile. The colours are perfect to wear subtly or enhanced. 

White eyeliner 

Coloured eyeliner makes the eyes pop. The colour white gives the eye a crisp, fun look. White eyeliner is versatile to wear with coloured eyeshadow or your favourite earthy shades. Sephora offers various white liners. My favourites include: Sephora Collection Colourful Wink-It Felt Liner and Nars Velvet Eyeliner

Sunset Eye 

Summer is encapsulated in this trend. A sunset eye features warm hues reminiscent of a summer night sky. This trend is bold but wearable by toning down makeup on the rest of the face. To achieve a sunset eye, mix warm shades like red, burnt orange, and yellow. 

Holographic Makeup 

This trend is inspired by shine and metallics. Core colours used to create this makeup look include silver, pink, blue and lilac. Holographic makeup is reminiscent of princess sparkle and prisms. This hue is featured in highlighter, eyeshadow and eyeliner. My top holographic picks from Sephora include: Kat Von D Alchemist Palette and Milk Makeup Holographic Stick

Which summer trend are you wearing this season? If you’re wearing a trend I did not mention, let me know about it in the comments!

Tips and tricks

A Complete Guide to Makeup Expiration Dates, and Why You Need to Toss Expired Products ASAP

Hello, lovelies!

Have you been clinging onto your favourite mascara longer than you should? All makeup expires. The expiry date depends on how the product is stored, when it was opened, and the packaging.


Most moisturizers last about a year. If you notice any discolouration or separation before the year passes, you should discard the product.


Concealers use oils and hydrating agents (e.g. Shea butter) to achieve the silky, smooth texture. A concealer typically lasts for a year. If the concealer dries out, becomes cakey, or changes texture you should throw it out. Despite the products purpose of concealing breakouts, using an expired one can make breakouts worse.


The type of foundation you use affects the expiration date. A powder, liquid, and cream foundation each have different lifespans. Liquid and cream formulas last between 6-12 months. Powders can last up to 2 years.

Powder and blush 

Most powders/blushes last two years. To prevent contamination, you should clean your makeup tools regularly. You should never leave the product exposed to air. To prevent this, close the lid tightly.

Brow Pencil

A brow pencil lasts about 2 years. You should sharpen the pencil regularly to keep it in good condition. Closing the cap tightly after use will also prevent any breakage or bacteria.


Eyeshadows last between 6 months and 2 years, depending on the formula. Cream shadows contain hydrating agents that provide moisture. These shadows last about 6 months. Powder shadows can last up to 2 years.


Mascaras have a short shelf-life, approximately 4-6 months. Pumping your mascara wand forces air into the tube, drying out the product. Try slowly moving the wand in a circular motion into the tube for full coverage.


The lifespan of eyeliner is between 4 months and a year. Liquid eyeliners last between 4-6 months as it is more susceptible to contamination. You should discard an eyeliner if you notice any change in texture, colour, or smell. Pencil eyeliners can last up to 2 years.


Most lipsticks last up to 2 years. To care for a lipstick, you should use a lip brush when possible to avoid unnecessary contact with your skin. It is also a good idea to occasionally remove the top layer of product with a makeup wipe.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette 

Hello, lovelies! 

I began the hunt for a new eyeshadow palette a few months ago. My main requirement for a new palette was that it consisted of a wider colour selection. I found that in Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon Palette. This is the third chocolate-inspired eyeshadow palette to join the Too Faced collection. 

The Packaging

The cotton-candy pink case caught my eye immediately. It features heart-shaped sections, remiscent of the shadows contained inside. The case has a magnetic closure. 

The Eyeshadow 

Each shade is pigmented and soft. Depending on the brush you use, the shimmer shades are require a little more blending than the others. This palette contains a mix of matte and shimmer shades. The 16 eyeshadows are named after sugary candy confectionaries:

  • Almond Truffle – Matte mauve-toned taupe
  • Satin Sheets – Pearly white with a pale yellow undertone 
  • Sprinkles – Pale pink with a gold shimmer 
  • Molasses Chip – Metallic bronze
  • Malted – Matte brown
  • Cashew Chew – Satin light beige 
  • Cotton Candy – Bright pink with a cool undertone 
  • Cafe au Lait – Taupe grey shimmer
  • Bordeaux – Rust-red 
  • Mocha – Warm matte brown
  • Black Currant – Shimmery purple
  • Dark Truffle – Earth-brown with shimmer 
  • Pecan Praline – Matte light grey
  • Totally Fetch – Hot pink shimmer 
  • Earl Grey – Teal shimmer 
  • Divinity – Matte ivory 

I adore the colour selection in this palette. The chocolaty scent of the shadows is a great bonus. The palette comes with an insert containing instructions to create three eye looks. This is useful for creating looks with the stronger colours in the palette. If you enjoy a wide colour selection, this is the perfect palette for it! 

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon palette retails for $49 at Sephora. It retails for $59 in Canada. 

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts? 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette 


I finally have my hands on this palette! After having no luck finding it at my local Sephora, and the Sephora in Montreal, I ordered it online. (At 6:30 in the morning, no less.) The eye shadow palettes I currently own have cool tones. I’d been searching for a warmer-toned palette for a while, and the colours drew me to this one.

The Packaging

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance comes in a pink box with white lettering. The palette itself has a pink velvet cover. This palette may be difficult to keep clean, but time will tell. The double-ended brush is a good size, but does not feel as smooth compared to other brushes I own.

The Eyeshadows

The 14 shadows in this palette are an array of reds, taupes, and other earthy tones. This is the first warm-toned palette I bought. The colour selection is what initially drew me to this palette.

Below are swatches of the colours:

From left to right:

  •  Tempera – Matte beige
  • Golden Ochre – Earthy yellow with a matte finish
  • Vermeer – Metallic iridescent shell
  • Buon Fresco – Matte lavender
  • Antique Bronze – Metallic sable with a satin finish
  • Love Letter – Matte raspberry
  • Cyprus Umber – Matte coffee
  • Realgar – Matte brick
  • Warm Taupe – Matte earthy beige
  • Venetian Red – Matte crimson-red
  • Red Ochre – Matte sienna
  • Primavera – Metallic shimmery gold
  • Burnt Orange – Matte orange
  • Raw Sienna – Matte neutral amber

The Wear

In the pan, these eyeshadows appeared powdery in texture. I worried that they would flake. After applying the eyeshadows to my lid, the shadows stayed vibrant and did not flake. These shadows are pigmented. The texture is surprisingly buttery and smooth. The shimmery shades may need an extra application, but the colour payoff is excellent.

This palette delivers a new spin on neutral colours. These neutrals mix with pops of red, orange, and pink.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance is available on Anastasia Beverly Hills official website for $42. It is available from Sephora’s official website for $55.



Product Reviews

REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette Tease palette 

As part of my Sephora purchases last week, I bought the Tartelette Tease palette . The full-sized In Bloom palette was beautiful. I did not buy it as I already ordered the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. I purchased this palette after reading reviews, but I was also interested in the size. My current palettes are generally difficult to transport when travelling. This one fits right into my purse!

The Packaging

This palette comes in a sturdy, gold-coloured cardboard case. The cover is fun and colourful. This palette is compact, making it ideal for travelling. Included in this palette is a mirror, and a magnetic closure.


The Eyeshadows

Tartelette Tease contains six shadows – two lustre shadows and four matte shadows. The shade BFF is a light plum. FIRST KISS is a shimmering mauve, while WINK is a a matte soft pink. CRUSH is a taupe shimmer. WHISPER is a pale pink. The final shadow, HEARTBREAKER, is an earthy brown. Both CRUSH and FIRST KISS are lustre/shimmer shadows.

Tartelette tease

Each of these shadows are formulated with Tarte’s signature Amazon clay.

Below are swatches of each shade. From left to right: Whisper, Crush, Heartbreaker, Wink, First Kiss, BFF. 

Tarte Tartelette Tease Palette swatches

The Wear 

These shadows are highly pigmented, and give a great colour payoff. They have a soft texture, making them a little difficult to apply. The second time I wore these shadows, I applied a primer underneath. This increased the longevity of the colours. Each of these colours blends into the lid without creasing. These shadows are vibrant.


Tartelette Tease is available for $25 from Tarte Cosmetics official website or Sephora’s official website.

If you have tried Tartelette Tease or Tartelette in Bloom, I’d love to hear about your experience with the palette!