REVIEW: Sephora Collection Eye Brush Set

Hello, lovelies!

I bought a new eyeshadow brush set a few months ago and wanted to test the brushes for a while before reviewing the set. The set I bought contains 4 lightweight, multipurpose brushes.

The Packaging

The brushes are packaged in a standard clear plastic box. The packaging of this product is unremarkable, but I do like how sleek and travel-friendly each brush is. The brushes have slim, matte handles in various shades of pink.

What is it?

This brush set contains four brushes to apply eyeshadow and eyeliner:

  • Crease brush
  • All-over shadow brush
  • Smudge brush
  • Liner brush

The Brushes

The quality of this brush set is surprising, given the small size of each brush. The bristles are soft, pliable and smooth on the eyelid. Each brush is small, but the size makes them ideal for precisely applying and blending eyeshadow.

Tips for using each brush

I typically use each brush for a specific type of eye makeup. The liner brush has a flat, slanted tip to apply eyeliner. I use the fluffier smudge brush to blend shadow into my lid and crease. I mainly use the all-over shadow brush to apply shades to my lid and brow bone. The smudge brush is ideal for layering darker shadows on the outer corner of my eye.

Sephora Collection Eye Brush sets are perfect if you are looking for brushes that are smaller, light and easy to use. The 4-piece set retails for $20 at Sephora.

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3 Tips to Help You Minimize Your Morning Beauty Routine

Hello, lovelies!

My makeup and beauty routine definitely consumes most of the time I dedicate to getting ready each morning. Some mornings I go makeup-free. On days when I want a hint of colour on my bare face I employ a few simple tricks.

1. Gather a small, well-chosen team of products

Select 4-5 products that you always wear daily. I pare down my essential products to: concealer, mascara, blush and lipstick. I wear a full-coverage concealer that I apply to my entire face to double as foundation. Lining the lids with mascara quickly transforms it into an eyeliner dupe. If I want a little colour on my lids, I dot my favourite blush onto them.

2. Befriend a good dry shampoo

Dry shampoo works in a pinch when there’s no time to hop in the shower. It helps add volume to strands while reducing oil buildup. A quick tip when using dry shampoo? Spray it into the roots of hair before combing it through. This will distribute the product without leaving residue. I’ve tried a few different brands of dry shampoo, but my favourite one is John Frieda Volumizing Dry Shampoo

. 3. Plan a weekly maintenance night

If there are beauty habits you engage in weekly, it’s a good idea to devote a specific night to do them. Setting aside time to paint your nails and shave your legs saves you valuable time throughout the week.Do you engage in any beauty hacks to save time during the week?

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette 


Hello, lovelies!

When Anastasia Beverly Hills announced the launch of a new eyeshadow palette, the colour selection drew me in. The palette is filled with a mix of unique colours – mustard yellow, teal, and dark purple. I read a lot of mixed reviews before buying the palette myself, and despite the negative ones, I’m so glad I did!

The Packaging

Subculture contains the same type of cardboard packaging as its predecessor, the Modern Renaissance palette. The outer cover of the palette features teal velvet with the word ‘Subculture’ and Anastasia Beverly Hills logo in yellow lettering. The colour combination of teal and yellow is eye-catching and elegant. Inside the palette are 12 wells filled with eyeshadow, and a generously-sized mirror. This palette comes with a dual-ended brush, one side for blending and the other for packing shadow onto the lid. I personally do not prefer the brush’s rough texture.

The Shadows 

This palette contains 14 shadows, with a mix of matte and shimmer colours. Each colour in the palette is unique.

Shadows:

  • Roxy – Matte muted coral
  • Electric – Duo chrome lime with gold reflect
  • Fudge – Matte chocolate-brown
  • New Wave – Matte citron orange
  • Untamed – Matte deep green
  • Edge – Matte gold-mustard
  • Rowdy – Matte deep purple
  • Axis – Matte teal
  • Mercury – Matte grey with a hint of lavender
  • All Star – Matte wine
  • Adorn – Bronze with chunky gold flecks
  • Destiny – Matte sage green
  • Dawn – Matte sand
  • Cube – Duo-chrome pink pearl

How do the shadows perform? 

Each shadow in this palette is very pigmented. Most of the matte shades are slightly powdery, but once I apply to the lid, the colour payoff is strong. I quickly noticed that the easiest way to work with this palette is to softly tap your brush into the shadow to pick up pigment. You only need to a small amount to achieve a rich, intense colour. Some of the shadows blend easier than others but overall they are not difficult to work with. I do not experience any fading or creasing when I apply shadows from Subculture and set with a setting spray.

Here are three looks I created with using the Subculture Palette:

Shadows used: Cube on the lid, Rowdy in the mid-outer corner. I deepened the outer corner using Mercury. 

Shadows used: I applied Destiny to the entire lid, and deepened my crease with Untamed.


Shadows used: I applied Cube and Roxy as base eyeshadows. I then applied Dawn and New Wave to add depth. 

 

Overall, I am impressed with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. While it does require a little more creativity and patience to use, the eyeshadows are beautiful and provide a rich colour payoff. I’ve easily integrated it into my daily makeup routine and use it to create unique day or night eyeshadow looks!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette retails for $55 at Sephora. It is also available on Anastasia Beverly Hills official website.

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? 

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!

FACE 

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!

EYES

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

LIPS

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!

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.

Moisturizer 

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

Concealers 

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.

Foundation 

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.

Eyeshadow 

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.

Mascara 

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.

Eyeliner 

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.

Lipstick 

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.