In this video I’m sharing some of my best eyeliner hacks, tips & tricks for mastering winged eyeliner! Eyeliner is one of the most popular elements of makeup, yet it’s something that can be difficult to master. Whether you’re wanting a really natural look or a dramatic smoked out liner, I show you how to use 1 eyeliner to create 4 different popular eyeliner styles!

There’s a look for everyone, and I break it down step by step to show you how to create each look, and correct any mistakes!

There’s a soft, natural look, 2 variations on the classic cat eye, and more of a smoked out liner!

 

Products used:

Sigma E06 Winged Liner Brush

Sigma Wicked Gel Liner

Sigma E25 Blending Brush

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – Raw Sienna, Cypress Umber, Tempera

What’s on my face:

Smashbox Primer Oil

Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation mixed with Pur Hydra Fluid Foundation 

Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer 

Lise Watier Teint Velours Loose Powder

Sigma E06 Winged Liner Brush

Sigma Wicked Gel Liner

Sigma E25 Blending Brush

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – Raw Sienna, Cypress Umber, Tempera

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer 

PIXI Glow-y Gossamer Duo

Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush

Lise Watier Waterproof Lip Pencil – Nude

Smashbox Primrose Lipstick 

Eyelure Silk Marquise synthetic lashes from Ulta

 

Check out my cruelty free Sephora shopping guide:

The best affordable makeup organizers:

 

 

*this post is not sponsored! I did receive the Sigma Eyeliner and Brush for free, but all opinions are my own. This post may include affiliate links in which I can earn a small commission if you choose to purchase through my links, at no extra cost to you! You are in no way obligated to, but if you do choose to it is much appreciated!* 

If you’re addicted to makeup like I am, you know how easily it can be to get lost in makeup clutter. Even if you have a small makeup collection, having an organizer or makeup storage system that works for you can make storing your products so much easier (and let’s face it: it looks way nicer!)

As the beauty industry has grown into the giant it is today, there are so many more options available for makeup storage. Unfortunately, most of the stores I’ve been to charge ridiculous amounts of money for the same products you can find on Amazon –  for a fraction of the price.

 

I’ve scoured the depths of Amazon to find you the best affordable makeup storage organizers and makeup holders!

So how do you know what type of makeup organizer to get? There’s an organizer for seemingly every type of makeup. Lipsticks, palettes, eyeshadows, powders, and more! The kind you’re looking for really depends on how much makeup you have and how you’re looking to store it.

Click on the photos to see where you can buy them!

Drawers:

These are one of the most common types because you can put nearly anything in them! Lipsticks, eye products, whatever you desire. I have the one on the left that I use to store the products I reach for daily, or products I want to use more!

Have a small makeup collection? That’s completely okay! You can neatly store all your makeup goodies in units like these.

Palette organizers:

This is an organizer I’m missing in my collection and will be ordering immediately! I love the idea of storing your favourite, or special palettes on top of a shelf. Whether it’s eyeshadow palettes, face palettes, etc. it’s a great way to have your palettes easily accessible!

Lipstick Organizers

These are one of the most common types of makeup organizers, but they come in an array of shapes and sizes. I love the left and middle, as they look so much nicer and take up less space. It’s great to store your lip products in holders like these, as it allows you to easily see what colours you’ve got!

 

 

Drawer Organizers

If you’re makeup collector or store your makeup in drawers, you will definitely want to invest in drawer organizers. These are the best way to keep your products organized and your drawers tidy! I like to separate my products by type – for example, I’ll have all my cream eyeshadows in one drawer organizer unit, powder eyeshadow’s in another, etc.

For this reason, these are seriously one of the best ways to keep your collection tidy and easily accessible!

 

Makeup organizing is one of my favourite things – so I often struggle with always putting things away. I’ve recently been trying to declutter my makeup collection and get rid of the products I no longer like or use.

You can take a look inside my makeup collection and see what products I’m getting rid of here! 

What are your favourite ways to store your makeup products?

 

 

 

*This post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own. Affiliate links may be used, in which I earn a small commission if you choose to purchase products through my links, at no extra cost to you!*

This is a super easy, quick summer makeup look using cruelty free brands. It’s great for days when you wake up feeling (and in my case, looking) like you walked off the set of The Walking Dead. It’s my go to look for the summer, using a simple trick to make the eyes look bigger and brighter!

Products used:

Promo Codes:

Azeredo Cosmetics Lashes – Use code “MeganC10” to get 10% off!

Sigma Beauty: use code “RAINCOATESBEAUTY” to get 10% off!

*This post is not sponsored, but contains some affiliate links in which I can make a small percentage if you choose to purchase, at no cost to you! – you are in no way obligated to use my links, but it is super appreciated!*

I got to do my best friend’s makeup for her University graduation, and she let me film it! We did a trial run to test out the look she wanted. It’s a SUPER easy  glam look, with a matte eye, some winged liner, and a berry coloured lip.

As an easy glam look, it’s simple enough that anyone can do it! It’s great for beginners and can be customized in a million different ways. For example, adding a shimmery or sparkly eyeshadow instead of the matte will instantly make it more glamorous. Deepening the crease colour of the eyeshadow will make it more dramatic or smokey, and pairing it with a nude or red lip will change up the look!

Join us to see how we created this look, and for embarrassing stories of my adolescence!

 

 

Products used:

 

Check out my previous posts:

Free Downloadable July Wallpapers

Self-Hosting Vs. Free Hosting – Which Is Better For You?

Makeup Declutter – Eye Makeup I’m Throwing Out

 

 

One of my goals for 2018 was to re-commit to my blog and content creation; to get re-acquainted with that I fell in love with about blogging in the first place. While I definitely found my spark again, I found myself experiencing a bit of a disconnect; because the vision of what I wanted my blog to look like just didn’t match up with what I was capable of setting up myself. Self-hosting was something I had heard of but really knew nothing about. To be honest, I found the whole thing confusing and intimidating.

I knew I needed a change, but I had no clue where to begin. I’ve contemplated switching to a self-hosted blog since first starting my blog, but again, had no clue where to begin that seemingly overwhelming task. Now, I would consider myself pretty competent with technology and setting up a blog, designing images, etc – but when it comes to coding, creating themes, and the inner workings of web design or set-up, my brain shuts down with a hard “NOPE.”

Free Hosting vs. Self-Hosting:

When you’re starting a blog, you typically have two options:

1) Hosting through a free website like Blogger, WordPress.com, Tumblr, etc. where they do all the hosting and set up for you.  I think of this like renting an apartment, or living with a friend – you can call it home but you don’t own it. You are limited to what you can and can’t do, and technically can be kicked out at any time.

This is a great option for beginners and those just wanting a simple hobby-type blog, because the site you choose essentially does the work for you. You sign up, choose your theme, your name, and are ready to start blogging.

You do have options to purchase your domain and upgrade to premium packages that give you more control and freedom (such as adding custom coding/html, monetizing your site, etc). There will likely be ads from the free hosted site (for example, when using WordPress.com there will be WordPress logos and ads on your site unless you upgrade to a paid plan.) However, in order to access any of these features, you may end up having to pay quite a bit extra to upgrade.

It can also be limiting in terms of monetizing your blog. Google Adsense, for example, typically will not work with free-hosted WordPress.com blogs. While this is definitely not a deal-breaker for most, for those trying to build their blog into a business this definitely be a problem.

2) Self-hosting is having a blog that resides on your own server, usually done through a hosting account with companies like SiteGround. To self-host on WordPress (otherwise known as WordPress.org) is kind of like owning your own place – you’re buying a “home” on the internet.

You have control over your site, how it’s set up, the design, coding, and more. You are free to download plug ins, which are amazing (usually free) add-ons for all sorts of features that can help your site!

While the initial set up can seem daunting, you can find great guides on how to set up a self-hosted blog easily. Blogger 2 WP is a company that has a step-by-step guide, or they offer technicians who can do this for you for a very affordable price.

Since I originally had a free hosted blog on WordPress.com, I was scared to mess up my site by trying to switch to self-hosting on my own. I’m so happy I found Blogger 2 WP, as they were able to quickly and painlessly transfer everything over for me! I highly recommend them! Stay tuned for a full review of this coming soon! 

 

Price Comparison:

Free hosting –  will be cheaper initially as you can start a blog completely for free. However, if you’re wanting your blog to become your business with monetizing, advertising, owning your own domain name (the .com instead of wordpress.com for example) you will be very limited with free hosting.

You will have to upgrade to paid/premium packages in order to take the hosting ads off your site, access monetization, editing html, using plug-ins, etc. can cost approximately $5 per month to $25 per month.

Here’s a look at the WordPress.com plans you can upgrade to:

As you can see, the Personal plan is very limiting. Upgrading to the Business plan (which basically has all the features you can get when you self-host) will cost you approximately $276 per year.

Self-Hosting –  when self-hosting, you have 2 main expenses: your domain, and your hosting.

Purchasing your domain – this is where you purchase the site address.  You can purchase your domain for as little as $8.99 a year with iDotz.Net for example!

Hosting – There are many companies that offer web hosting – I personally use SiteGround, and absolutely recommend them.
Web Hosting

I like SiteGround because they’re fast, secure, and offer great support. Their basic plans start at as little as $3.95 per month, which is less than $5o a year.

Self-hosting can be as cheap as $58 a year – which is the equivalent of getting 6 lattes from Starbucks. Compared to the $276 a year to access the same features, it’s pretty clear which is the more financially wise decision.

So Which Is Better?

Ultimately, the decision is yours! Do your research, and see what will fit your needs the best. Blogging can be an extremely successful business – what may start as a hobby could become your full-time dream career! For this reason, I definitely recommend self-hosting your blog. I wish I had done that from the beginning!

 

Check out my previous posts:

Makeup Declutter – Makeup I’m Throwing Out!

Colorful Pride Makeup – Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette

*this post is not sponsored, but may contain affiliate links in which I can earn a small commission if you choose to purchase product, at no extra cost to you. You are in no way obligated to use my links, but it is greatly appreciated!*