March 2018 On Instagram

Here’s a recap of my March on Instagram:

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Find me here! 

Today I saw a post on Twitter stating that we’re already 25% into 2018, and it rattled me a little. I honestly feel like it was just New Years Eve, yet we’re already into the first week of April.

March was a busy month, full of birthdays, work, and trying to establish a YouTube schedule. I challenged myself to post a video every week – something I’ve always struggled to make time for with my busy work schedule.

I’m so proud of myself for sticking to it and being able to do it! It definitely helped to reignite my passion for making videos and helped improved my time-management skills.

Here’s a look at my march YouTube Uploads:

Current Makeup Favourites (Cruelty-Free)

The BEST Tofu Scramble & Oil-Free Roasted Potatoes

Easy Everyday Glam – Get Ready With Me Tutorial

Easy Mushroom Stroganoff – Vegan/Plant-Based

Are you addicted to Instagram too? Leave me your links in the comments!

You can find me here,  or as “@raincoatesbeauty” on the app!

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Current Makeup Favourites (Cruelty-Free)

I had initially planned to do a 2017 Beauty Favourites video, but time seemed to escape me. Before I knew it, it was the end of March and I don’t know about you, but that seems a tad too late. So instead I thought I’d do a post talking about some of my current favourite makeup products – most of which were from 2017, but some are new launches.

This video contained many bloopers, which I decided not to edit out. Specifically, my dog knocking over my Jaclyn Hill palette, and the heartbreak and turmoil that followed. I hope you enjoy!

Products mentioned: 

  • Lise Watier CC Eye Primer
  • Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette
  • Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows – “Cloud” and “Starlight”
  • Eyenvy Lash Conditioner
  • Pur Fully Charged Lash Primer
  • Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions
  • Smashbox Photofinish Primerizer
  • The Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer
  • Lise Watier Teint Velours Foundation in “Porcelain”
  • Tarte Shape Tape concealer in “Light”
  • Lise Watier Teint Velours Loose Powder
  • Nude By Nature Radiant Loose Powder Foundation
  • Stila Stay all day liquid lipstick in “Sheer Patina”
  • Fenty Beauty Universal Gloss Bomb
  • NYX This Is Everything Lip Oil

 

Easy Everyday Glam – Get Ready With Me Tutorial

This is my go-to makeup look for every day, when I don’t have a lot of time, or just don’t feel like doing anything particularly dramatic.

It’s easy, and really brightens the complexion (which is great if you’re like me, and have atrocious sleeping habits.)
I’m using a lot of my current favourite makeup products.

Don’t let the long list of products fool you – this really is an easy look to create!

Products used: 

  • Lise Watier extreme hold cc eye primer
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette – “Naked” & “Buck”
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
  • Marcelle Forever Sharp Waterproof Eyeliner “Blackest Black”
  • Pur Fully Charged Mascara Primer
  • Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara
  • The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer
  • Lise Watier Teint Velours Foundation “Porcelain”
  • Pixi Brightening Under Eye Concentrate – Peach
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – Light
  • Lise Watier Teint Velours Powder
  • Hourglass Ambient Light Metallic Strobe Palette
  • Stila Stay All Day Bronzer
  • Essence Satin Touch Blush “Satin Love”
  • Marcelle Eye-Brightening Kohl Eyeliner “Beige”
  • Urban Decay Naked palette “Smog” & “Buck”
  • Lise Watier Waterproof Lip Crayon “Nude”
  • Lise Watier Rouge Intense Supreme Lipstick “Charlize”

Brushes used: 

  • Morphe R3 brush
  • Morphe R40 brush
  • Morphe R42 brush
  • Morphe r3 brush
  • Quo Liner & brow brush
  • Morphe M510 brush
  • Morphe R7 Brush
  • Morphe E4 brush
  • Morphe M508

 

I hope you enjoy! Let me know what your current favourite products are!

 

Check out my previous posts:

Easy Mushroom Stroganoff – Vegan/Plant-Based

February 2018 On Instagram

Kardashian Inspired Glam – Chatty Tutorial

Kardashian Inspired Glam – Chatty Tutorial

I recently got to glam up my friend Jess, so we went for a bronze, Kardashian inspired glam – a sultry, smokey bronzed look paired with a nude lip is very reminiscent of Kim Kardashian’s makeup looks around 2014/2015. This type of a look is what inspired the makeup I did for Jess:

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It’s glam but not overly dramatic, and the gold/bronze tones really accentuate Jess’s gorgeous blue eyes!

This is more of a chatty get ready with us style video as opposed to a tutorial, but I included each product used and a brief description of each step!
We hope you enjoy!

Jess’s channel is currently under construction, so I’ll share that with you as soon as it’s up! Stay tuned for our cooking video!

 

Giveaway #4 – Makeup Galore!

Make sure to read my previous post about Youtube’s changes and how they affect small content creators like myself!

While I sadly didn’t meet the threshold for Youtube’s new Partnership requirements, I wanted to do one last big giveaway as a thank you to everyone who has followed me and helped support me!

This is the giveaway I was most excited for – it’s a full face giveaway! There are products for eyes, lips, brows, cheeks, and even skin!

 

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To enter, all you have to do is:

  1. Be subscribed to my YouTube channel

  2. Be following me on Instagram

  3. Comment on this post or on my Instagram post letting me know you’ve entered!

This giveaway is open worldwide! I will be contacting the winner personally.

If you’re a small blogger like me and will be affected by this change, leave your channel name in the comments so we can help each other out!

Giveaway #3 – Thierry Mugler Angel

Make sure to read my previous post about the new Youtube updates, and how small bloggers like myself will be affected – and also how these giveaways are my way of thanking everyone for helping to support me! Thank you so much to everyone who entered my previous giveaway!

For my third giveaway, one winner will receive a brand new, full-size refillable Angel Eau De Parfum from Thierry Mugler.

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Angel launched in 1992, and revolutionised the fragrance industry. It’s truly one of the most unique fragrances on the market.

Classified as an oriental vanilla, it has notes of bergamot, vanilla, red berries, caraway, nutmeg, sandalwood, patchouli, tonka bean, praline, and more. It’s sweet and strong, lasting all day long due to the high concentration of perfume oil in every drop!

Here’s a tip for the Mugler fragrances: do not spray multiple sprays directly on the skin. It’s simply way too strong when applied this way as the perfumes are so concentrated. Instead, spray a little in the air before you get dressed, and walk through it!

I’m also including a mini sample – that way you can try it before opening to see if its the right fragrance for you!

To enter, all you have to do is:

  1. Be subscribed to my YouTube channel

  2. Be following me on Instagram

  3. Comment on this post or on my Instagram post letting me know you’ve entered!

This giveaway is open worldwide! I will be contacting the winner personally.

If you’re a small blogger like me and will be affected by this change, leave your channel name in the comments so we can help each other out!

Stay tuned for my next giveaway!

Giveaway #2 – Balenciaga Rosabotanica Perfume

Make sure to read my previous post about the new Youtube updates, and how small bloggers like myself will be affected – and also how these giveaways are my way of thanking everyone for helping to support me! Thank you so much to everyone who entered my previous giveaway! 

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My second giveaway is a 100ml bottle of the Balenciaga Rosabotanica perfume. This fragrance is perfect for floral lovers! It’s fresh and floral, inspired by rose with a slight spicy twist. It has notes of blue hyacinth, fig leaf, pettigrain, rose, grapefruit, pink pepper, cedar, amber, patchouli, and more.

This is such a unique fragrance, and is surprisingly super lightweight on the skin! It lasts all day, without feeling or smelling overpowering like it may seem from the bottle.

To enter, all you have to do is:

  1. Be subscribed to my YouTube channel

  2. Be following me on Instagram

  3. Comment on this post or on my Instagram post letting me know you’ve entered!

This giveaway is open worldwide! I will be contacting the winner personally.

If you’re a small blogger like me and will be affected by this change, leave your channel name in the comments so we can help each other out!

Stay tuned for my next giveaway!

Giveaway #1 – Lancome La Nuit Tresor & Grandiose Mascara

*Giveaway now closed*

I’m sure many of you have heard of the new Youtube update – which will demonetize and lose the YouTube Partnership features for anyone with less than 1000 subscribers.

I went into full detail in my previous post, which you can read here. 
For a microblogger like myself trying to turn this into a career, this is really frustrating and disheartening. It means we will have to work even harder to be able to access basic features that we used to automatically have. It means we won’t be able to earn any income until we reach the threshold and reapply.

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In the midst of this, I realized now is the perfect time to give away the products that have been sitting there neglected and unused – giveaways I’ve been meaning to do for months now.  A perk of working in the cosmetic industry is you get quite a bit of free product – product I just don’t use or need. I would much rather give these products to those who will truly be able to use and love them.

This is a small way for me to show my appreciation for all of you who have supported me, and those new to my channel. I’m so close to 1000 followers and keeping my Youtube Partnership – if you’d like to help me out, these giveaways are the best way I can say thank you!

Throughout the next month, I will be giving away ALL these goodies and more to you lovely people! All I ask in return is that you’re subscribed to me on YouTube and Instagram.

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The first giveaway is 2 full-sized, brand new (of course!) Lancome products.

  • Lancome La Nuit Tresor L’eau De Parfum Caresse 50mL (a sweet, fruity floral gourmand scent, with pink pepper, Damascus rose, jasmine, almond blossom, tonka, and vanilla)
  • Lancome Grandiose Limited Edition Blue Mascara

 

Again, to enter all you have to do is:

  1. Be subscribed to my YouTube channel

  2. Be following me on Instagram

This giveaway is open worldwide until Wednesday January 24th! I will be contacting the winner personally.

If you’re a small blogger like me and will be affected by this change, leave your channel name in the comments so we can help each other out!

Stay tuned for my next giveaway!

Morphe Me Subscription – January 2018 Brush Review

I’m so excited to be sharing the first Morphe Me package of 2018! I’ve been subscribed to this monthly brush package for over a year now, and while I definitely don’t need any more brushes, I just can’t bring myself to cancel the subscription. It’s such a great value, and I’m a serious brush-junkie.

To ring in the new year, this month’s brush package includes 3 different face brushes from the gorgeous Gunmetal collection. These brushes also feature Morphe’s sleek new logo font.

  • G39 Deluxe Foundation: synthetic bristles. This smaller, slightly dense brush offers a unique shape that is neither dense nor fluffy, but a great middle ground.  ideal for blending out foundation and concealer. It’s not round or puffy, but thicker and fluffier than your standard flat paddle-style foundation brush. Flat paddle brushes tend to just wipe foundation on the skin, leaving a streaky finish. The G39 is a much better alternative, as it diffuses liquid products really well, especially if you’re seeking a soft and natural finish! This is my favourite brush from this month’s package.

 

  • G5 Pointed Powdersynthetic bristles. This fluffy brush has a rounded, tapered end. The fluffiness makes this ideal for powder, but the size and tapered edge mean it can be used all over the face! It’s great for setting concealer under the eyes, setting foundation, or applying blush to the cheeks. I personally love a brush like this to blend away the excess powder used when baking your contour. They’ve launched a few brushes that are similar in shape, however I have none in my collection with this exact size, fluffiness, or tapered top. It initially looks similar to the E3 and the Real Techniques brush, however these 2 are larger, less dense, and not as tapered.

 

  • G42 1” Flat Contour: this thin brush has a flat top, and is a perfect shape for contouring to sculpt out your features – especially the nose area. Personally, I find a shape like this to be a tad too small and precise for contouring my cheeks, but it works perfectly for the nose. This is the big brother to the G41 (which came in the May 2017 Brush package!) The G41 is tiny compared to this one; the G42 is large, a bit thicker, and has slightly longer bristles. I use a brush like this to contour my nose every day – and this might just become my new favourite!


All of the brushes are extremely soft, and the Gun Metal collection feels very sleek and luxurious. To check out the previous Gun Metal brushes included in the Morphe Me subscription, you can read my review here! 

Another new feature Morphe has added is the ability to skip certain brushes from each month and swap them for a different one! You can read more about that here. 

If you’re thinking about joining the subscription, you get a free brush if you join through my link here! 

Related: 

Morphe Me Subscription – October Brush Review

Morphe Me Subcription – September Brush Review

Morphe Me Brush Subscription – August 2017 Review

December 2017 On Instagram

2017 is a wrap! I can’t say I’m too sad to see it go, as it was certainly a trying year for the world. Though by this point, I’m sure you’re sick of posts talking about how unfortunate of a year it was.

I’d much rather focus on the positive aspects, and wrap it up with an optimistic hope of what 2018 may bring! I’m currently trying to harness all of my creative energy into getting back into blogging and YouTube. I don’t know about you other content creators out there, but I found it hard to find and channel inspiration throughout much of 2017. Even my Instagram suffered, and I posted much less frequently than I had hoped. That’s my first goal of 2018: to post more on Instagram and my blog!

Here’s a recap of my December on Instagram:

Dec 2017 On Insta
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I hope you all had a happy and fun holiday season, and I wish you the best for 2018!

 

Let’s be friends on Instagram! You can find me here, or as “raincoatesbeauty” on the app! 

Tarte Limited-Edition Blush Bazaar Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte recently launched this holiday season’s limited edition blush palette – 8 shades of blushes and 2 highlighters for $57 CAD!

The breakdown: 

  • $57 CAD
  • 8 blushes (0.084 oz/ 2.4 g each)
  • 2 highlighters (0.084 oz/ 2.4 g each)

It features Tarte’s Amazonian clay blush formula – one of my personal favourite blush formulas on the market – in a double-sided palette with an array of tones.

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Sephora 2017 VIB Rouge Sale – Wishlist

It’s that eagerly anticipated time of the year – the Sephora holiday sale! If you’re a VIB Rouge member, you’ve likely already received your sale cards in the mail or eMail.

The holiday season is typically the most launch-heavy season, with endless amounts of gift sets, limited edition packaging, and holiday products. With so many exciting launches, it can be hard to decide what to buy.
For this year’s holiday sale, I cultivated a list of the most recent/noteworthy launches, along with value sets I definitely think are worth the price. These are all products I personally have my eye on – and all are from cruelty free brands (because it’s 2017, and testing on animals is cruel and unnecessary.)

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