Tips and tricks

3 Tips to Effortlessly Apply Foundation

Hello, lovelies!

A smooth, flawless base sets the groundwork for blush, bronzer, and highlighter application. Foundation can be applied with a variety of tools or in different ways, but here are my top tips to achieve perfect foundation!

1. Prep your skin 

Preparing your skin before applying foundation will help the product apply smoothly and increase the wear time of your products. Cleansing and moisturizing the skin before applying foundation will remove dirt and oil, and it will hydrate the skin.

2. Set foundation with a powder 

Setting my foundation with a translucent powder is the main way that I increase the longevity of the product once I apply it. Most liquid foundations wear for 2-3 hours before natural oils start to breakdown the product, but setting foundation with a powder will prevent this and reduce any shine.

3. Stipple the product into your skin

Stippling foundation means gently tapping it into your skin, instead of rubbing. This can be done with a brush or fingertips but this technique will help the product bond seamlessly with your skin. My favourite stippling technique is to warm the foundation on my skin, apply it to a brush, then gently press it into my skin using tapping and rolling motions.

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REVIEW: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

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I typically set my makeup with a setting spray, but wanted to try a setting powder to use on areas of my face that become oily throughout the day. I picked up a travel-sized container of Laura Mercier’s iconic Loose Setting Powder. After only one use, it became a staple in my makeup kit!

The Packaging

The packaging is sleek and sophisticated. The powder is held in a circular jar with small holes vented in the cover to dispense the powder. The jar is embossed with a cedar-coloured cover that bears the ‘Laura Mercier’ logo. The jar feels slightly heavy, which makes the product feel luxurious. Each jar comes with a small, soft puff to apply the powder.

The Powder

The powder feels like a dream when applied to the skin! It is finely-milled and silky to the touch. It blends into the skin seamlessly and does not leave any residue when applied. The powder becomes translucent when blended into the skin and does not appear caky or dry.

How to use it

I like to apply this powder with a fluffy brush. I dip a brush into the small vented holes in the cover, and shake slightly to dispense the product. I sweep it into my skin and blend to set my makeup. If you are new to loose setting powder, I’d recommend tapping off excess powder from your brush or puff then pressing it into the skin using a soft rolling motion.

Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting Powder is a wonderful product to set makeup, reduce shine, and ‘baking’ foundation underneath the eyes. This is my favourite setting powder to use on a daily basis. Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder retails for $48 at Sephora.

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Tips and tricks

3 Tips to Eliminate Shine and Help Your Makeup Last All Day

Hello, lovelies!

We’ve all had moments where the makeup we just applied has smudged or disappeared completely. There are various ways that you can prevent your skin from becoming shiny, causing makeup to smudge. Here are my top tips:

1. Prep your skin 

Prepping your skin with primer is important for all skin types, as it helps your makeup stay vibrant throughout the day. If your skin gets shiny, you should prime the oiliest areas of your skin with an oil-free primer. Other areas of the skin can be primed with the same product, or a primer that is not oil free, depending on what you prefer!

2. Apply powder, but don’t overdo it 

I often powder my entire face, but I concentrate my powder in on my forehead, cheeks, and chin to eliminate extra oil. Applying a translucent powder will control shine and oil but applying too much product may give your skin a powdery hue. I like to apply a small amount of powder with a fluffy brush before blending it into my skin.

3. Stick to products that are long-wearing

Products that contain oil or water may contribute to smudged, smeared or slipped makeup. Look for products that are long-wearing, water-resistant, or water-proof to prevent any creasing throughout the day.

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: Dr. Brandt Pore Refiner Primer

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I recently received a sample of Dr. Brandt Skincare’s Pore Refiner Primer with purchase at Sephora. I’ve used my beloved Smashbox primer for close to two years, so I was excited to try a new brand! This primer is useful for minimizing pores while creating a smooth base for makeup.

The Packaging

This product has a sleek and sophisticated appearance. The primer is packaged in a silver tube that bears the Dr. Brandt logo. I like that is lightweight, travel-friendly, and easy to use.

The Primer

The primer itself is tan-coloured with a faint silicone scent. when I first dispensed the primer, I feared that the product would appear tinted on my skin. To my delight, it applies translucent on the skin. It is lightweight and feels silky when applied. This is a great primer that smoothes, mattifies, and blurs imperfections. I love that this primer gives the added benefit of blurring imperfections while it primes. I have combination skin, and this primer helped to minimize my pores while reducing shine in my skin.

Overall, Dr. Brandt’s Pore Refiner Primer is a great primer to try if you are looking for a product that primes, reduces shine, and creates a matte effect on the skin. It retails for $55 at Sephora.

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Erin Angela’s Latest Sephora Haul: Summer Edition

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I recently purchased a new foundation from Sephora, and while shopping, added a few new items into my cart. Here’s a peek at the summer edition of my Sephora haul!

Smashbox Studio Skin Hydrating Foundation

I switch foundations each summer and winter. I previously used Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup, but wanted a new foundation with more coverage. I bought Smashbox Studio Skin Hydrating Foundation after being colour-matched in store, and absolutely love it! The foundation is lightweight, but provides medium-to-full coverage with one swipe. Stay tuned for a full review, but it’s a holy-grail product for me so far!

Sephora’s 2018 Beauty Insider Birthday Gift: Bite Beauty

I redeemed my birthday gift with this trip. This year, I selected the birthday gift set from Bite Beauty. This set contains a sample sized Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai, a mini Lip Crayon in Glace, and a sample of the Agave Lip Balm. I’ve worn the lipstick a few times, and it is a beautiful mauve-brown colour.

Tarte Creaseless Under Eye Concealer

I’ve always wanted to try Tarte’s infamous Shape Tape Concealer, however it has never been available in Canadian Sephora stores. When my local Sephora debuted Tarte’s Creaseless Under Eye Concealer, it was a perfect time to try it. This concealer is thick, but provides incredible coverage of dark spots and blemishes. I like that it is creamy without feeling watery or stiff.

What items have you purchased from Sephora lately?

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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.

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REVIEW: Sephora Collection Ready to Roll Brush Set

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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.

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