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!

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:




Product Reviews

REVIEW: MAC Matte Lipstick in Diva 


Hello, lovelies!

When I walk into a MAC store, I’m a girl on a mission. I’ve had a specific lipstick colour in my mind for months, and have not located it at my local Sephora. I visited a MAC store during my recent Toronto trip. I found the colour within a few minutes of entering the store. This colour is Diva – a deep red-burgundy.

The Packaging 

This lipstick comes in MAC’s signature black box. The lipstick bullet is sleek, featuring a silver rim with the word MAC written in white lettering. I adore MAC product packaging – it is unique and sophisticated.

The Lipstick 

Upon opening the lipstick cap, I notice MAC’s classic vanilla scent. It is not heavy when applied to the lips. I own two Amplified finish lipsticks, but I prefer the matte finish. Diva is a matte finish. It is long-lasting and lightweight. This lipstick is long-wearing, but it removes with the swipe of a standard makeup remover.

The Colour 

This colour is beautiful. It is a warm-toned burgundy with a hint of maroon. It is versatile. I wear it with both a smoky eye or light makeup. In the photo below, I am wearing Diva with a nude lip liner:


 

I’ve worn this colour a few times, but it will receive heavy rotation into my makeup kit once the weather turns cool. The lipstick is highly pigmented. It lasts on my lips 5-6 hours when I apply it with liner.

MAC’s Diva lipstick retails for $21 from MAC’s official websiteWhich shade of MAC lipstick do you wear most often? 

 

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In the Spotlight: 3 Effortless, Popular Canadian Beauty Brands 

Hello, lovelies! 

Being Canadian, I have a soft spot for cosmetic brands from Canada. I reorganized my makeup storage drawer this weekend, and it inspired me to shine a spotlight on my favourite Canadian beauty brands. 

1. Bite Beauty 

Founded in Toronto, Bite Beauty features natural products for face and lips. The creamy lipsticks are handcrafted with both restorative and nourising benefits. I like that Bite Beauty products are crafted with natural ingredients, but still colourful and moisturizing. 

2. Nudestix

Nudestix are the ultimate busy-morning products. All eye, face, and lip products are formatted as crayons. The makeup range is both easy-to-use and create a flawless base. The Lip & Cheek Duo is long-lasting and creamy. The double-ended pen is lip colour, lip liner and cheek colour. 

3. CoverFX

This brand offers vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics. Each highlighter, concealer and foundation is customizable to fit your skintone. CoverFX was founded in Ontario. 

Tips and tricks

A Quick Guide To the 7 M.A.C. Lipstick Finishes


Hello, lovelies!

I bought my first MAC lipstick last summer, and haven’t looked back. When I travel somewhere with a MAC store, I select a new lipstick to add into my collection. Today I share a quick guide to each of the 7 lipstick finish MAC Cosmetics offers.

1. Cremesheen 

A cremesheen lipstick is smooth and creamy. This lipstick finish is not as pigmented as others. However, it is not the same as a sheer finish. A cremesheen lipstick has a short wear-time, but this finish is hydrating. A creamier lipstick is richer in texture. 

2. Matte 

I favor matte finishes. A matte lipstick can be tricky to work with at first, because this type of lipstick begins stiffly. This finish is highly pigmented. 

3. Satin 

A satin finish is opaque. Satin finishes are hydrating, and give the lips a delicate sheen. A satin finish is versatile. A pale satin lipstick or a richer satin lipstick is easy to wear day or night, 

4. Amplified

Amplified lipsticks are a creme finish. An amplified finish offers an intense pigment without the drying effect of matte lipsticks. This formula is slightly creamier than a satin finish. 

5. Glaze

This formula is lightly pigmented. A glaze lipstick offers a hint of colour with a glossy finish. This finish is similar to a lipgloss. 

6. Frost

A frost finish is a mix of shimmer and gloss. It is not long-wearing, but it is creamy. The high shimmer in this lipstick gives it a “frosty” appearance. 

7. Lustre 

This lipstick finish is creamy but not long-wearing. Pigmentation in a lustre lipstick is limited. A lustre lipstick is sheer and glossy. 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Kylie Lip Kit 

Hello, lovelies!

After months of viewing photos and swatches of Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kits, I decided to try them out for myself. I tested a mixture of both light and dark lipstick shades to compare them.

The Packaging

Kylie Lip Kits come in a cardboard box with the word KYLIE embossed on the front. It features a design of Kylie’s lips with the lip kit colour dripping down them. The lipstick colour contained within is also visible on the top panel of the box. The design is eye-catching. Each package contains a liquid lipstick and matching lip liner. The lipstick itself  cokes in a sleek tube that displays the lipstick colour and a matte cover with a dripping design.

The Lipstick 

The lipstick is vanilla-scented. When I apply the lipstick with the doe-foot applicator, it is smooth. It does not have a mousy texture, as compared to some other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried. The formula has a thin, but this makes it easy to apply. My only complaint about the lipstick is that it tends to be drying.

The Colours 

I tested 4 shades for this review: Kourt K, 22, Dolce K and True Brown K. The wide range of shades in the collection is a great feature.

  • Kourt K – a deep magenta-purple
  • 22 – vibrant burnt-orange
  • Dolce K – beige-nude with a light pink undertone
  • True Brown K – Light chocolate brown

Below is a swatch of each colour:

Kylie Lip Kits retail from Kylie Cosmetics website for $29.

Tips and tricks

A Quick Guide to the Perfect Red Lip: My Top 3 Tips to Achieve the Cherry Pout

Hello, lovelies!

I adore all shades of red lipstick. The colour adds elegance to any outfit I wear, and it elevates my makeup. Today I share my favourite tips yo achieve the perfect cherry pout.

1. Apply powder or concealer to the lips before lipstick 

Blocking out the natural pigment in the lips gives you the truest shade of your lipstick. I dust translucent powder on my lips before applying lipstick to create a white base for the colour. Blot your lips with a tissue to remove any leftover powder.

2. For percise application, apply lipstick with a lip brush

Using a lip brush gives you control over where the lipstick is applied. My lipstick sometimes bleeds outside my natural lip lines when I apply directly from the tube. I like to use a lip brush to apply lipstick to prevent this.

3. Pick your perfect red

The ideal shade makes your teeth whiter and your skin glow. Lipstick shades with a blue undertone flatter all skintones.  Fair complexions usually have a pink undertone. Use blue-based or pink-based reds to compliment the pink undertones in the skin. Light complexions have a yellow undertone, an orange-red compliments this undertone best. Brick-red lipstick suits olive complexions. If you have a darker skin tone, try a cherry-coloured red.

 

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.

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.