There really isn't a better time of year than right now to be wearing everything black. As Halloween approaches, I've been trying more creative makeup looks and colour combinations and I'm having so much fun with it! I am always drawn to black pieces for my wardrobe as it's safe and easy to pair, but I've definitely never ventured enough to try black lips before now. I'm really not certain why I even decided to buy this true black lipstick, but I've been having some fun exploring how to use it!
When it comes to using a black lipstick on my light skin, the lips are entirely the focal point. I find it's important to balance the lipstick without going to heavy but that's just my style. Bold eyes and bold lips can look awesome too!
In this look I'm using Colourpop Lippie Stix in Bull Chic which is a flat matte colour. The Colourpop matte Lippie Stix in my opinion are more of a satin finish, and I quite like that for these bold colours. The slight sheen makes it appear less harsh and is way more forgiving! I've paired this daring lip with a crisp black wing on the outer corner using Ciaté London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner. This full size product came in my ipsy bag this month and I have been so impressed by it's opacity and ease of use. I smudged it out on the centre of the lid using Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Perversion to soften the look because I prefer my makeup to look a little undone. I think the smudgy liner has this effortless style that elevates a very dramatic look and it seamlessly blends into the inner corner this way as well! Definitely a different kind of effect, but one I think I want to try more often. It's all about texture even though the shades are the same!
My original intention with this look was definitely to keep it all matte and black, but at the last minute I opted to bring some contrast and colour in with Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Telepathy, a green-gold metallic shadow that looks SO cool with black, I've used it here for a softer look as well. I think this addition elevates the whole look, but it isn't actually necessary at all, I just decided to use it for a fun twist! A frosty mint or duochrome purple would look equally as amazing too!
I think this is a great look to wear over Halloween weekend, so I'll likely be replicating it again then or trying out a new pairing with black lips. How would you wear this lipstick?
I've posted a close up and another shot of this look on my instagram because I'm obsessing over it!
What do you think about this bold look?
I love seeing empties posts! There's definitely a satisfaction in seeing a product used up, especially if you're like me and use a lot different things on an everyday basis. Recently, a ton of products came to their end all at once, so I wanted to share with you those things!
For makeup, there is definitely a theme in this collection. Nothing too interesting here but this grouping of products is a pretty good display of the hot summer we just experienced. There are 2 powder foundations I used right until the end - Kat Von D Lock-it Powder Foundation in Medium 52 and the much more affordable NYX Stay Matte but not Flat Powder Foundation in Natural. Both of these are great powder foundation options with great coverage and longevity. I honestly can't say I prefer one over but the Kat Von D offering was slightly deeper so I would apply it in the morning and the NYX was a lighter shade which I prefer for mid-day touch ups. Another product I used a lot this summer was setting sprays. 2 of which I finished were Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray and NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray, both of which lock your makeup in place so it lasts very well even through oil & sweat! I loved the Joe Fresh Illuminating Concealer in Light/Medium (read a review here) which had great coverage and is super affordable! I used up yet another NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown which is probably my very most favourite brow product, yet have yet to repurchase, I'm trying out something new at the moment. And lastly, I completely finished a pan of NYX Cream from the Highlight & Contour Pro Palette (review of the palette here) which I have already repurchased and have popped into the palette!
For skincare and other beauty products there truly isn't a theme, it's kind of a strange collection of things but here we go! I was sent Kismet Coco Rinse and used up all the packets promptly, you can see my full thoughts here. I've already repurchased another of the NeoStrata Oil Free Gel Cleanser 4% Glycolic Acid (post here) because I am obsessed and think it's so effective for my skin! I mentioned in my last empties post that I had picked up the Garnier Micellar Water and I've already finished up 2 bottles! It's super effective and affordable, and I think it's a great alternative to other more expensive options.
The last 3 things are products I didn't find to be particularly special or impressive to me, but of course, I wanted to touch briefly on them - First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer was a decent product, but didn't do anything that made me want to repurchase it. I just finished it because I had it, simply put. The Manic Panic Hair Colour Cream in Cotton Candy Pink is a weird one to throw in here but I did use it all and it didn't really work for me at all! I was so disappointed that the colour only ever lasted about 2-5 days for me and I applied it on 3 different occasions hoping it would hold. The colour would fade before I had even washed it! So I'm hunting for a longer lasting hair colour option if there are any suggestions! And lastly after hearing raves about the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask i picked it up over a year ago and just finished it a while ago. There are more effective masks out there that don't have such a steep price tag!
What products have you finished recently? Do you have any suggestions for products I should replace these ones with?
If you're into seasonal makeup trends, you'll know that berries and reds are the rage at the moment. Let's take a break from the trends and try a few other shades that are not as traditional for this season. These colours are all perfect for fall, and best of all they are affordable ways to try something a little different!
Milani Amoire Matte Metallic Lip Creme in Matte About You is the perfect shade (and finish) as we transition from summer into autumn. The bold coral usually reserved for summer takes a fun twist with it's unique gold shift and warm undertone. Although this formula does set matte, it has so much luminosity in the finish! It would be totally wearable all year round in my opinion and I really think that you should try to rock this shade this fall as I know I'll be wearing it lots! It's so comfortable and lasts sets down matte, making it pretty much fool proof for day or night!
Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Dr. M is the most unexpected lip shade no matter the season. This deep green shade is the most experimental colour I've ever tried personally and I actually quite love it and wish I had more confidence to wear it out because it is SO COOL. The formula is a little difficult to work with or maybe it's just this shade (this is my first and only Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip - not sure why I picked out green) as it is the most extreme matte formula my lips have ever felt. A balm is definitely mandatory before application and for about 3 weeks after removal, but it is so worth it! Colourpop is so inexpensive, and offers tons of unique colours, they are my go-to because who wants to spend more then $10 on a lip product you might not use more than a handful of times?
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Transylvania offers the feel of a traditional autumnal lip, while still having a hint of edge and grunge which is my kind of makeup. This shade is a deep violet with a lot of punch! I love how comfortable this formula is (I raved all about them here) and I highly recommend trying this out so you can get comfortable with a colour like this. As with the other deep shades in the Soft Matte Lip Creme line up, it can go on quite streaky, so you have to work in layers and not apply too much product at once. This colour would pair well with so many different types of looks, I can't wait to play around with it more!
I feel like I haven't done a round up type of post like this in a very long time! What other kinds of posts would you guys like to see from me? Let's chat!
What are some of your unexpected lip colour picks for fall? I can't wait to try more fun shades!
There is no denying that the embossed design of the powder products in the Physician's Formula Argan Wear line is absolutely stunning and exactly the reason I picked up these items when I saw them. Physician's Formula did an amazing job when designing these products, so I couldn't resist adding them to my collection.
I picked up the Ultra Nourishing Oil Powder in Beige and the Ultra Nourishing Argan Oil Blush in Natural. The shade selection is so limited, with only 2 shades to pick from the powder and the blush. Both of these products claim to improve skin texture and brighten dullness. I typically just roll my eyes when I see such nonsense, as these claims never impact my decision when it comes to buying makeup. The infusion of argan oil made me very curious to see how it would make the products perform and last.
With the limited colour selection, it is near impossible to be steered in the wrong direction. The shades are definitely best suited from fair to light-medium skin, as I find the pigmentation to lacking. In the swatches below, you can see how minimal the colour payoff is for both products, or can you even see the face powder, on the left? There is one darker shade in the blush, but when I saw it in store, it looked very similar. I don't think that sheer coverage is a bad thing whatsoever, and I like products that are buildable instead of packing on too much punch from the start, but I do dislike how it is only suited to a small spectrum of skin tones which is a common theme I have seen and heard with Physician's Formula as a brand.
Unfortunately, for me, the fragrance (I assume the argan oil) in these products is far too strong which really disappointed me. The blush was blendable and adds a lovely hint of glow, and the powder was nearly undetectable on my face and for these reasons, I've tried to wear them several times and the scent just lingers all day. I don't like the scent upon application, and I surely do not like it after being at work for 8 hours. I will have to pass these off to someone who isn't as sensitive to scents, and hope she gets some use out of them!
Have you tried these products? Are there other products in the line you recommend?
When I heard about Kismet Essentials Coco Rinse, I found myself excited and curious to bring oil pulling into my morning routine. I read a lot about the brand, and a lot about the product because I have tried oil pulling in the past, and loved it in theory, but just couldn't keep myself committed. The convenient packets that Kismet provides and minty flavour seemed to be better upgrades my previous experiences with oil pulling and so I opted to give the kit a try!
Oil pulling is most effective when done in the morning before any eating or drinking or even brushing your teeth, so for 2 weeks, it was the first thing I would do in my morning routine. The packets make it easy to know exactly how much product to use and allow you to warm the oil under water or between your hands to liquify it which makes the oil so much easier to use! Coco Rinse features a cool mint flavour, which tastes like your mouth is getting clean right from the first moment! I think the addition of mint is ingenious because it makes oil pulling feel like the standard oral care products we are so used to.
Coco Rinse great because of the upgrades they have given the traditional oil pulling method and yet still retains all the amazing benefits coconut oil provides. Fresher breath, whiter teeth, a cleaner mouth and healthier gums are just a handful of the benefits and you can read more of them here. Not only is this an effective and innovative oil pulling kit, it also is so well packaged and branded and it makes oil pulling more approachable for everyone.
If you've been curious about oil pulling, or have tried it in the past, but didn't enjoy the taste or consistency, definitely give this kit a try! After using it for 2 weeks, I have found my teeth to be whiter and my smile looks brighter! I love that I can get clean teeth and fresh breath while I'm in the shower or curling my hair or reading a book.
Have you tried this kit? Please let me know your thoughts below!
As someone who struggles a lot with acne and uneven skin, I am constantly checking out skincare products and ingredients, hoping that they will help to reduce my break outs. A few months ago, I discovered the new NeoStrata offerings that contain glycolic acid as the main ingredient and opted to pick up the Oil Free Gel Cleanser. I had heard lots of things about glycolic acid in the past, but it was not an ingredient I had ever tried in my own skincare routine. I had often heard the term "chemical exfoliant" associated with the ingredient, but didn't entirely know what that meant until I had the chance to use it myself! This acid effectively removes dead skin cells, in turn making the skin appear more fresh and feel less congested. I found that my skin felt so clean after using the cleanser, and so after a few short weeks, I ended up adding the Cleansing Foaming Water and Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Lotion into my skincare routine. These products have been working wonders to keep my skin clean and combat breakouts! I've found this range to be very effective in my nighttime skincare routine, and am so pleased to finally feel like my acne is under control!
Have you tried these products? What items from this range do you recommend?
The All Nighter Liquid Foundation, the newest foundation launch from Urban Decay, had me very curious as soon as it hit the market, so of course I had to pick it up and give it a try! This formula makes some major claims that seemed to suit for my uneven, slightly oily and quite sensitive skin. Phrases like "modern matte" and "3 times the pigment" were all I needed to hear to be convinced that this was the foundation for me! I've now been trialling and testing it for 2 weeks, so I've definitely got a lot of thoughts on this formula. This is going to be a bit of a rambly post.
With 24 shades, there's a certainly a close match for everyone! The shades seem to be either quite yellow or pink, with little neutrals in the selection. After swatching a few shades, I opted to pick up 3.5 (above) which is actually a cool undertone when first applied, but it does oxidize to a more neutral shade. So be weary of that when picking out a shade, it will change! I was very happy to have walked around the store with 3 different swatches on my arm before making my final choice.
When it comes to application, I have found that it is best applied with a damp Beauty Blender as the formula is a little too dry to work into the skin with a brush. Mixed with moisturizer it does apply better with a brush, but that does sheer out the coverage and diminish the longevity of wear time. I have tried it with and without a few different primers, but haven't found there to be any dramatic benefit to using one with this formula.
As for all it's claims relating to coverage, they are so true! In the after picture here I have concealer under my eyes, but nothing on my spots! It is full coverage, but doesn't look too much, if you know what I mean. Generally, there is no need to build this formula, but you can add a light layer on those areas that are more pigmented for maximum coverage.
The longevity is great and I find that it requires fewer touch ups than most liquid foundations I've used in the past. I don't have issues with the product shifting or disappearing off my face whatsoever, but oils do still come to the surface, which I don't mind at all. I'm curious to see how this holds up in the colder months, and will definitely have to do an update then!
Overall, it's a great base for those of us with lots of pigmentation, redness or acne as it covers everything up in one easy step and lasts very well. A definite favourite of mine so far!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this liquid foundation if you've given it a try too!
The metallic lip trend has come like a wave so quickly only in recent months. I've been curious about trying the trend (even though I'm definitely a matte lips lover) but after seeing the NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Metals Lip Creams on the brand's website about 6 weeks ago, I've been on the hunt for this new offering. The high shine, opaque coverage, bold colour claims sounded so amazing. NYX is a brand I know I can trust as their products are generally very good and are always affordable.
Above left to right: Speed of Light, Solar Energy, Fuchsia Fusion and Asteroid Aura
With 11 shades available, there really is something for everyone. There are some adventurous and futuristic colours available (like olive green and dark grey) but I opted to pick up the shades I personally consider to be more wearable so I can get the most use out of these products. And it's safe to say I'm happy with my choices as I am in love with all 4 of the colours. Speed of Light an ultra-metallic copper (although NYX describes it as rose gold) which pairs with a bold dramatic eye or minimal makeup look. I'm low-key obsessing over this shade. It's my favourite by far. Solar Energy is a true orange with a coral shift. Fuchsia Fusion is likely going to be a favourite in this group because it's a true hot pink that seriously pops with it's purple undertone. And finally Asteroid Aura is the most bold shade of my selection as it is a bright purple.
Above: Asteroid Aura on the perimeter of the mouth and Fuchsia Fusion on the inside for extra dimension and a fuller looking lip!
The pigment is so rich with these lip creams, with an even shiny finish in one swipe. These are a cream formula, and so never feel like they fully set, but do feel comfortable without being too sticky or slippy either. I personally would not recommend these for drinking and eating as the product transfers easily, yet leaves behind the glitter, and will require lots of touch ups. Reapplication is easy, but these can't be built up with more than 2 layers without looking (and feeling) thick.
Overall, I am very happy with this new launch from NYX! For only $10 CAD each, the metallic lip trend is affordable and approachable for everyone! This unique formula allows everyone the ability to create a very fun look, perfect as we approach Halloween and the festive season.
Have you tried these metallic lipsticks yet? What colours should I pick up next?
I'm finding myself very inspired by deep, rich colours at the moment when it comes to makeup. This look is great for the transition between summer and fall, leaning slightly berry but still feeling fresh. The gold liner and yellow inner corner keep this look light, but perfectly compliment the deep crease tone.
My favourite part of this eye is the gold liner. The colour and opacity are gorgeous, but upon application I realized that it needed a little bit more depth so I created a very minimal double winged liner to amp it up. That small addition totally amped up the impact of this eye. The rest is very hazy and smokey which allows the pure yellow to transition into this deep cranberry shade.
The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer
NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in STFU
NYX Mauve N'Out Blush
The Balm Matte Kumar Eyeshadow (sample)
NYX Glam Aqua Luxe Liner in 24 Karat
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Dark Brown
Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 104
Aren't those shades just perfect together?! It's something bold and experimental without being too OTT in my opinion. I am so happy with the result of this look and can imagine I will be wearing it lots! It's quite simple to achieve and can be changed up for any colour palette!
What are your favourites for autumnal makeup looks?
There are some things you can always rely on Colourpop for - fun colours and a good price. Like all of their products I have tried, the Creme Gel Liners totally live up to that! The brand offers an array of bold, unique colours as well as essential neutrals in their Creme Gel Liner formula for just $5 USD or about $6.60 CAD at the moment [insert crying face] per pencil. Although the conversion to CAD at the moment is so dramatic, these liners are still significantly less the price of a lot of drugstore brand liners cost now! I currently have 5 shades from the line up - Zulu (pastel sea foam green), HoneyDude (warm nude), Exit (true white), Boots (hot pink) and No Shame (blackened violet) - all of which are fun, pigmented and creamy shades.
In this look I've created a gradient using No Shame, Boots and Exit, and HoneyDude in the waterline. To see Zulu in action, check out this post.
These liners are very creamy which makes them easy to apply and blend without tugging on application. However, it makes the actual product very prone to breaking, so be very aware not too press to firmly or to advance the liner too much. They glide onto the eyes effortlessly, so there really is no need to be harsh. You don't have a ton of time to smudge them around, so be sure to work fairly quickly because these set and do not budge! I am very grateful for that, as most formulas tend to slip and slide on my waterline and lids.
Above you can see just how saturated and vivid these colours are! Left to right I've swatched - Zulu, HoneyDude, Exit, Boots and No Shame. I admire that Colourpop releases adventurous shades that I don't see from other lines. And for such a great price point, why not try colours out of your comfort zone?!
I am looking forward to trying out more shades, I am especially interested in some of the metallics for something different. If you've tried these colours, or any others, please let me know your thoughts!
This is a colour I couldn't resist. I loved the look of the vibrant red colour on the bottom of the bullet and when I filled it over to see the name, Neon Red, I just knew I needed to bring this colour home. It is just the kind of colour I have been missing from my lipstick collection, I don't have anything else like it! This colour is so bold and definitely grabs attention. There's something so contemporary about it, this red does not feel like a classic shade at all because of it's vibrancy. This shade is not for those who are colour shy! It is a warm red, with just the slightest hint of orange.
At Shopper's Drug Mart, unfortunately there aren't testers for the shades of Joe Fresh Beauty, so I purchased this simply based on the swatch at the bottom of the tube - and thankfully it is so accurate! I got exactly the colour I was expecting. As for the formula, it's quite different than I anticipated. This is labelled as a matte formula, when in fact it is more of a satin. In these photos, it's obvious how much sheen there is in the finish. It never truly sets or dries, which means lots of maintenance and for someone like me, lots of worry whether it's sitting still on my lips or somehow wandered across my chin or cheeks (it's happened too many times before)!
I still really love it, even though the formula is very slippy. I'm curious to see whether the formula differs between colours or if this is what they are all like. The glossy look makes this shade more wearable as it's more forgiving! Sheered out, it creates a totally new look for this shade and it's so beautiful and effortless for both lips and cheeks actually! I love the colour so much and how versatile this product can be, so the price tag of $10 seems pretty fair to me.
PS I know I am having a bit of a lipstick moment. I can't seem to stop posting about lip colours and I'm not even sorry about it!
Have you tried this bright red colour? If you've tried other colours from the range, I'd love to hear your thoughts too!
The Electric Pressed Pigment Palette by Urban Decay features 10 bold, saturated, unique pressed pigment shadows. The range of colours contained in this palette are so diverse so there are endless ways to combine the shades with one another or alongside any other eyeshadows. These are very vibrant colours, so definitely not for the average everyday look, but for $50 for 10 stunning shadows, (hello, that's only $5 a piece - cheaper than ColourPop with the CAD exchange) this palette really is worth picking up and having in your makeup collection, no matter how often you reach for these kinds of shades. Personally, I did not anticipate I would use it as often as I do, so it's been a great surprise and it truly has given me the opportunity to think more creatively. This is definitely an underrated palette - I know it's been on the market for quite some time, but I am honestly surprised I haven't seen more people talk about it over the years!
How amazing is the packing though? The bold colours on the front just make me want to bathe myself in colour every time I reach for it. The case is very sturdy with a magnetic closure, inside there is a double ended brush a most importantly a HUGE mirror!
As I mentioned, there are 10 colours in this palette, 8 of which are exclusive to this collection, and the other 2 are re-releases from previous limited edition palettes by Urban Decay. For the most part, these colours are shimmery, but there is still a variety of different textures. Urban Decay was really on the ball when they came out with this palette. These are pressed pigments, so I think it is understandable that there is some fallout on application occasionally. Savage and Chaos are the only 2 that are lacking the super rich pigmentation I was expecting, however they still preform unbelievably well! The colours in all their glory, are swatched below:
Because they are pressed pigments, these colours can be used as eyeshadow, liner or blush. I've even used Revolt over lipsticks to create a metallic look just for fun and loved the result! This palette just means playtime and experimentation, so go ahead and try things out of the norm!
I have had this gorgeous palette for about 2 months now, so have had a lot of opportunity to really play around and experiment with all the colours. Only now do I feel like I can accurately review it, even though it has been in my possession for quite some time. In the last 2 months I have done so many experimental looks trying to see just what this palette is capable of - and believe me, the possibilities are unlimited! I've already featured some of the looks here and here and can't wait to share more!
Do you have this palette or will you be picking it up?