My Sephora VIB Haul: Winter Edition

Hello, lovelies!

It all started when my dog, Bear, ate my favourite blush compact. I glanced at the email advertising the Sephora V.I.B. Sale but did not take particular notice to it because I had nothing to buy. The following morning, my beloved NARS blush fell to the floor and was quickly destroyed. Bear ate the compact’s contents before I cleaned them up. Off to Sephora I headed.

My main purchase was a new blush, but I did select additional items while I browsed. Here is a peek into my VIB Sale Haul:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio 

This blush compact features 3 gorgeous pink-toned colours. My biggest concern when buying blush is finding colours that compliment my pale skin. The three shades in this compact deliver delicate pink tones. I normally skip very pink blush colours, but I decided to try them with this compact. The compact I bought the compact called Pool Party. This collection offers a mixture of coral, bright pink, and tan shades.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation

Finding a product that doubles as a concealer and foundation is a dream come true. This foundation is formatted as a stick, which makes it easy to apply to the face. I wore it as my foundation and concealer yesterday and it delivered a comfortable, full-coverage finish. It dried matte but not cakey on my skin. I bought this foundation in the shade Porcelain. This shade is suited for fair skin with cool undertones.

Too Faced Under the Kissletoe Liquified Lipstick Set

I was not initially a fan of Too Faced Liquid Lipstick formula. That being said, I decided to test out a few different formulas in the range. The Under the Kissletoe set is part of their holiday collection. The colours in the set range from a deep burgundy to a glossy nude. This fun set contains 4 lipsticks:

  • Melted Liquid Lipstick in the shade Chihauhua – Dusty mauve
  • Melted Lipstick in the shade Chocolate Honey – Warm-toned nude with brown undertones
  • Melted Latex Lipstick in the shade Hopeless Romantic – Glossy beige-nude
  • Melted Matte Lipstick in the shade Drop Dead Red – Matte burgundy

What did you buy during the Sephora VIB Sale?

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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:




REVIEW: Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer 


Hello, lovelies!

A good primer smoothes the skin for foundation application and blurs imperfections. Smashbox Iconic Finish Primer is part of the companys Photo Finish lineup. I use it daily to prime my skin before applying makeup.

The Packaging 

The primer is contained within a clear tube. The design is elegant and features black striping and the Smashbox logo. It is triangular shaped and lightweight. This design allows you to easily see the gel inside.

The Primer 

This primer is oil-free, meaning it will not clog pores. I was worried about this when I began using the primer. To my delight, my skin does not break out when using the primer! This Smashbox primer is silky in texture and leaves the skin feeling smooth. 

How to use it 

I dispense the primer on the back of my hand. I then blend it into my skin using my fingertips for even coverage. I blend the primer over my entire face. 

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is my go-to primer. You only need a tiny amount each time you use it. It will stay in my makeup drawer for a while! It retails at Sephora between $16-$49. 

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.

Your Ultimate Makeup Brush Guide: The Ones You Need + How They Work

Hello, lovelies!

With a variety of makeup brushes out there, it can be overwhelming to find the perfect one for you. Each brush comes in a different shape, size, and format. Today I offer a complete guide to the types of makeup brushes and how to use them.

1. Angled Blush/Foundation Brush

This type of brush is angled to distribute blush into the apples of your cheeks. Dip this brush into your favourite blush then hold it at an angle and brush along your cheekbones. Angled foundation brushes achieve the same purpose for foundation.

2. Concealer Brush

A concealer brush has rounded edges. This shape makes it easier to apply concealer to the nooks and crannies in the face. To use on blemishes and under the eye, apply the concealer in a patting motion.

3. Round Buffing Brush 

These rounded brushes are stiff, yet soft. Use this brush by buffing makeup into the skin in small, circular motions. A buffing brush is multipurpose. It may be used for foundation, concealer, blush, or powder.

4. Stippling Brush 

Bristles are long, soft and flexible. Stippling brushes contain duo-fiber bristles. Use a buffing motion with this brush to blend product into the skin.

5. Blush Brush

These brushes are rounded with sofr bristles. The shape allows for easy blending. This type of brush is ideal for applying blush, highlight, or bronzer. A blush brush is shaped well to blend product. It is also a good shape to apply powder with.

6. Fan Brush

A fan brush is flat and fanned out. It is flexible for gentle contouring or to sweep away excess powder.

7. Foundation Brush 

Foundation brushes are flat and dense, with rounded ends. This type of brush works best when using small brush strokes to apply and blend. A foundation brush is suitable to apply foundation and concealer. It is also useful to blend cream products into the skin.

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REVIEW: Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush

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Hello, lovelies! Welcome to December. 

I bought this brush with my Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation. The Edge foundation brush is part of Kat’s line of Edge brushes. Other brushes in the collection include: two powder brushes and a concealer brush. The dense, fluffy bristles are perfect for distributing the foundation. The density evenly buffs the foundation into the skin, and you can distribute it into every crevice. The combination of Kat’s Lock-It Foundation and this brush ensure flawless makeup application.

Each aspect of this brush was carefully considered in its design. The handle is considerably weighty, but this contributes to a feeling of sturdiness and precision. Kat’s brushes are an inky colour, with a pointed stiletto tip. The ombre brush hairs are a unique addition. Each edge of this brush is angled – this gives variability in your makeup application. The flat base is perfect to apply foundation on your entire face; the angled edges helps with application in tighter areas like the base of the nose.

I immediately recognized high-quality in this brush. The brush feels soft to the touch, but the brushes retain a density for makeup application.

 

Kat’s Lock-It Edge Foundation brush retails for $43 at Sephora.

 

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REVIEW: Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation 

 

With the changing weather, I spent this past weekend searching for a foundation with a fuller coverage. I re-tested my Colour I.Q. at Sephora to match with a shade from Kat Von D’s collection. This foundation provides full coverage with a matte finish.

The Packaging 

This foundation features Kat Von D’s signature packaging. Black rose petals accent the crisp, clean background of the package. The foundation bottle is clear, with swirled embellishments. The foundation features a airless pump.

The Colour 

I bought the foundation in the shade Light 44 Cool. This shade is described as a fair alabaster with cool undertones. The foundation is thick when first dispensed, but spreads well and blends nicely.

The Coverage 

This is a full-coverage foundation. A single application conceals any dark spots, redness, or other imperfections. Despite being a full-coverage foundation, this makeup doesn’t feel heavy once applied. I don’t need to apply concealer following this foundation, unlike other foundations I own. It dries to a matte finish.

The Wear

I’ve worn this foundation twice since I bought it. It is long-wearing and comfortable on the skin. It does not feel heavy or thick. The foundation doesn’t fade or crease throughout the day. When applying this foundation, it is best to work quickly as the foundation dries fast. This is a great foundation to wear if you are working long days, or are spending a night out.

 

Kat Von D’s Lock-It Tattoo foundation retails from Sephora’s website for $42. It is available in a range of 38 shades.