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?
As you may already been able to tell, I'm having a serious moment for bold lip products! A lot of my recent instagram & blog posts have been focused on the lips more than anything else. It's been lots of fun experimenting with how to style and pair unconventional colours. ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Marshmallow is no exception to this trend I'm on at the moment.
Marshmallow is described as a greyed-out lavender, and that's pretty accurate if you ask me. It is a cool toned, pale purple definitely leaning more grey - a very unique shade that I think is unlike anything else on the market. And for only $7.75 ($6 USD) it really is cheaper than almost anything else. The fact that it pulls quite grey makes it very easy to pair with so many different colours and is suitable for all year round, I think it is an amazing summery shade or a refreshing tone for winter.
Needless to say, ColourPop done good with this shade. It's so unique and pretty flattering considering what a crazy colour it really is! The formula is so comfortable and lasts well! I wore this one for 4 hours before taking it off, it didn't really seem to set, but being that it is a satin formula, I didn't expect that at all. It's comfortable and eye catching and fun, and that's just about all I could ever ask for!
The easiest way to pair a bold lip is to go with something fairly simple on the eyes, and I've done just that in this look. It was created using minimal but effective products. Both the upper and lower lash lines are quite smudgy and blown out, with loaded up lashes, but nothing heavy, bringing the all the attention to those bold lips! I actually filmed a kind of get ready with me style video on this, so stay tuned for that for all the products & techniques used!
I do want to experiment with more dramatic looks using this lippie in the future for sure. Any recommendations on shadows or products to pair this lippie with? Please let me know or leave links to ways you've used this shade if you own it too!
Well it is no secret that I am obsessed with the formula of NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. Nope, it is not a secret at all. I have written about them here many times, posted about them on my instagram and even mentioned them in my current faves video a few weeks ago!
About 2 weeks ago I found myself wandering through a new Shopper's Drug Mart and noticed that they actually carried a larger selection of shades than the Shopper's I frequent (yes, I go there a lot) which were a bolder and more diverse than the shades I have seen most often, so I picked up 2 new additions and I still want more, let's be honest!
Left to right: Moscow, Ibiza, Stockholm, Milan, San Paulo
The formula is so creamy, rich and easy to work with. These lip colours set and last a long time and are very easy to reapply and layer. I seriously cannot get enough of this formula, as it's so comfortable, yet long lasting and truly matte. The colour applies evenly (only the deep shade Moscow requires 2 layers to get full opacity) and the shades are so gorgeous. There is some serious magic in these tubes, I'm telling you! I own 5 different shades at the moment, and have my eyes on a few more which will be mine in time.
Have you tried this formula? What are your thoughts?
These 4 cleansing products have been on rotation in my cleansing routine for the last few weeks. My skin is looking pretty good (much, much better than in the past) and I must say I'm attributing a lot of that to all these products.
There are 2 makeup removing cleansers in this round up however these cleansers are very different from one another. Makeup removing is the first step in my makeup routine each night and is so very important to achieve clean skin! First up I have been using the Garnier Micellar All-in-One Cleansing Water to remove eye and face makeup pretty much everyday. It is so gentle, and honestly acts as effectively as the much more expensive alternative, Bioderma Crealine H2O, my previous favourite micellar water. I love this product because it is so easy to work with - just soak a cotton pad and swipe over the entire face for makeup to just melt away! It's prefect for days with less makeup, or let's be honest when I'm feeling like doing the bare minimum skincare at the end of a long day.
The next makeup remover is Shisedo Perfect Cleansing Oil, which I'm enjoying, but truly not loving. It is gentle and does remove my makeup, but it hurts my eyes, and other oils I've used in the past did not do that at all. I do like that it leaves my skin feeling clean but never oily or stripped. I just want to be able to use it around my eyes and not get as irritated as I do. It really probably could work for less sensitive people, as I've only ready good things, so it's obviously my flaw and not the product!
My everyday, morning and night cleanser is NeoStrata Oil Free Gel Cleansing, which I truly think is the sole product that is really has been helping my skin. It cleanses my skin so throughly without leaving my ski ever feeling stripped or too dry, like other cleansers can. I love the fact that it contains glycolic acid too! It's a completely underrated product that I just can't get enough of. I definitely want to try more products from this line.
Lastly we have the most recent addition to my cleansers, Yes to Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub, which is not so much a cleanser as it is a treatment, but I thought was fitting for this round up regardless. This is a product I use very rarely, but I do get the desire for a physical exfoliant from time to time so this is a good solution to that need. I love that although the particles are quite large, there are actually very few of them and it is not a harsh scrub at all. Better yet, these are not microbeads!
What are your current favourite cleansing products?!
So I've now worn this look twice because I absolutely am in love with this unexpected colour combination. Bold sea foam green in the waterline pairs effortlessly with the bright gold on the lid and in the inner corner. The whole look is tied together with the lips, crease and cheeks as they all have a brown, dusty pink shade. These are all such rich tones, yet pair so perfectly together, and feels seasonal without being a standard summer look.
This makeup look is quite ColourPop heavy, as I made a recent order and am playing around with the new additions still (and just generally have a ColourPop obsession). When I ordered these items, I didn't know how perfectly they would work together, so it was a bit of a happy accident.
The star of the show in my opinion is the colour in the waterline, ColourPop Creme Gel Liner in Zulu, which brightens my eyes and this placement makes wearing a bold colour super simple to incorporate into any look! This colour would definitely look amazing on all eye colours and pair with so many neutral shadow shades. I've created a halo shape placement on the lid, and mimicked that on the lower lash line using Makeup Forever Artist Shadow in M-600 on the inner and outer portion as well as in the crease. This colour diffuses so effortlessly and perfectly that there is no need to use a transition shade. On the centre of the lid, inner corner and centre of the lower lash line, I've gone for ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Telepathy to bring a lot of light and super shine to contrast the matte brown pink. Several coats of Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara finish off the entire look. Lashes are not necessary when using this mascara! No contour or bronzer in this look, just Benefit Dallas Blush in a bronzer/contour/blush placement. This shade is great for sculpting without sculpting, you know what I mean?
Don't these shades just look so amazing together?! I personally think they look regal, yet extremely playful. I just want to keep using these colours in different ways because they compliment one another so perfectly!
What do you think about this look? Please let me know in the comments!
Today I've got a bit of a different format! I'm talking about my current favourites in a VIDEO! It was scary and weird and exciting to film. I like the idea of sharing videos from time to time as I can show techniques and be more lengthy in my descriptions of products. Click the video below to see the things I'm chatting about!
I personally think although it is slightly terrifying, it also is lots of fun, so I'd love to keep trying to do these if you guys want to see them! If there's anything specific you'd like for me to talk about or show you, let me know! Looking back, I'm very confident talking about products, it's just the intro and outro feel so forced. So hopefully I can get used to that.
Thanks so much for watching! I'd love to hear feedback!
It's not often that I get time to sit and just play with makeup so when the time comes I do create more dramatic looks like what I've done here. I wanted to play with a summer look but without going the obvious route of using light, warm tones. So I simply started playing and piecing colours together, and I think the final result is a playful yet fresh look without being seasonal. Green and brown perfectly compliment one another and yet feel so unique and make for an interesting pairing.
In this look, I am wearing Freak from the Urban Decay Electric Palette on the bottom lash line and outer half of the lid with Colourpop Supershock Shadow in Koosh on the inner portion of the lid and inner corner. These shades look amazing together - I'm so glad I discovered this pairing because I will be wearing it a lot over the summer! It really brings out the green in my eyes and doesn't feel too heavy even for daytime (in my opinion, although I'm sure some would disagree). I used Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss to create a wing, which I immediately regretted as I personally think it takes away from the lightness of this look. I've kind of gone off black liners entirely so not sure why I tired it out, but that's what happened.
For the cheeks I used 2 colours from the Benefit Cheekathon Palette, Hoola to contour, and Dallas just barely on the apples of the cheeks. I highlighted just about everywhere using The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer because it just kind of is the best! On the lips is the not-so-summery colour ColourPop Grunge Lippie Stix but it just tied the blush in so well so I gravitated toward it. This look would be amazing with a peach, coral or nude too of course!
I'd love to know what you think of this look!
The Benefit Cheekathon palette is everything you will ever need when it comes to their boxed blushes all wrapped up in one adorable package for a great price of $75! This value set contains 5 FULL SIZED products and one brush. There are 4 blushes Dandelion, Rockateur, Dallas and Coralista, for a diverse colour selection to add flush to the cheeks, as well as my long time favourite Hoola bronzer to add warmth to the face or to create a natural contour. The colour selection is perfect to use the colours alone or together and there is enough tonal range that these colours can be used year round. The brush is the standard one that comes with all of their boxed powder products, I personally use it with Hoola to contour.
Left to right: Dandelion, Hoola, Rockateur, Dallas, Coralista
I completely finished a full size of Hoola a few months ago and was on the fence about repurchasing simply because I have a lot of other contour and bronzing shades to use up. I figured I'd save myself the $36 to get use out of more items in my collection. However, when I saw that this palette contained a full size of that shade as well as 4 other blushes, I couldn't refuse. I also happened to have $85 worth of Shopper's Optimum Points, so I opted to use them and came home with this palette for free! I do not own any of the Benefit boxed powders in their individual packaging so I needed to give in and buy this gorgeous palette! After having had the chance to play around for the last while, I am so impressed and I understand why there is so much hype about Benefit blushes. I am in love with the formula of each colour and know I'll be getting tons of use out of this palette!
One from the blopper reel! Louie sneaks in almost every time I'm taking photos!
This palette is limited edition, so if you are thinking about picking it up, I suggest you do it soon! These individual powders cost $36 each and the whole palette is only $75, so I feel as though you get nearly 3 full sized products for free, which you just can't beat!
Will you be picking up this palette? What are your thoughts on it?
Well this look definitely is vivid and a whole lot of purple going on! Playing with NYX Vivid Brights Liquid Liner (review here) in Vivid Violet tends to get a little out of hand for me, because the colour is so saturated and bold! I will be the first to admit that my application is a little messy, but it was a fun look to try and even though not the most precise (that's kinda my style anyways) it still looks fun! For me, makeup isn't about perfection, it's definitely about experimentation and play, and that's exactly what this look is.
The rest of the eye look is ultra neutral and blended almost into nothingness to really let the purple be the centre of attention. I personally love this tone violet liner as a summer alternative to blacks and browns because it's lots of fun, and let's be honest it really brings out the green in my eyes which is something I will never object. This colour is a true statement, so I used only 3 shadows to compliment it perfectly. I used 2 matte shades from the Lorac Unzipped Gold Palette - Undressed and Undeniable - to neutralize my lid and subtly define the crease. The last colour I used was Colourpop Crimper on the inner corner and really buffed out the colour to diffuse it in every direction. The yellow gold tone and shimmer of crimper is a great compliment to the matte, vivid violet that nearly surrounds the eye.
This look was a lot of fun to create! Have you tried these liners? What colours are your faves?