I was going to go into my usual spiel about how I can’t believe how quickly the month has passed, but I’ve come to realize that it’s rather redundant as every month passes by faster than the previous!

I’ve gotten quite a few new products in the past month, but tried to narrow it down to the ones that I’ve been using the most! Many of these are Mac products, because I was introduced to quite a few new Mac products.

 

Eyes

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  • Mac Gently Off Eye and Lip Makeup Remover: this product was demonstrated at the Mac Pro class that I attended a couple of weeks ago. I’ve tried quite a few different eye makeup removers, but so far this one is my favourite! It’s gentle and nourishing, but effective in removing even the toughest of waterproof eye makeup. For you ladies out there who, like me, love a LOT of mascara, this is definitely a great product for you!
  • Mac “Wedge” Shadow: This has been referred to as one of the “must have” mac shadows of all time. It’s a neutral, light taupe/brown that works perfectly as a natural crease contour colour for light to medium skin tones, and is buildable for darker complexions. It’s a matte finish so it looks natural, and really is perfect for a “no makeup” makeup look!
  • Mac Prep + Prime Lash Primer: despite having tried and having sold lash primers many times, I hadn’t actually gotten around to purchasing a lash primer myself. I decided to give this one a try, and am officially a new woman. A lash primer makes such a huge difference! You can expect a full post on that coming up soon!

Lips

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  • Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lip Liner in “Rose”: these liners are amazing. They are smooth, long lasting, retractable, and come with a sharpener on the end as well as a cool little rubber brush to blend out the colour. They are without a doubt my new favourite liners!
  • Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lipstick in “Sweet Pink”: Elizabeth Arden, you have officially gotten me hooked on your lip products. The lipsticks are just as beautiful as the liners. “Sweet Pink” is a gorgeous warm nude-toned pink.
  • Bite Agave Lip Mask: Finding this lip product was essentially like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. I do not know what I was doing with my life before this.  Its 99% natural and has so many amazing ingredients in it. If you suffer from dry lips, this will be your saviour.

Face

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  • Cover FX Illuminating Setting Powder: I don’t typically wear a lot of powder, but I do like to set my makeup. This one is great for all skin types and helps to give a soft, healthy glow. It sets makeup without being matte or appearing dry. For my glowy-skin loving girls out there, this powder is amazing!
  • Clarisonic Mia 2: I finally succumbed and bought a Clarisonic. I have been hearing so many amazing things for years, and it truly is a wonderful device. I will be doing an in-depth skincare post soon featuring the Clarisonic!
  • Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel: This is a new product that replaced their spot-gel treatment. It’s super effective yet it’s not overly drying, which is really rare to find in an acne product. You can wear it under makeup without it being all gross and flaky or appearing scaly. I have dry and sensitive skin, and I use it everyday on my problem areas! It can be used as a spot treatment, or on larger problem areas.
  • Mac “Petal Power” Mineralized Blush: This blush is from the spring collection and has quickly become my new favourite blush. It’s a gorgeous peachy pink with soft gold shimmer, and is beautiful for spring and summer!
  • Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation: I tried this foundation a few months ago and wasn’t a huge fan, but when I recently tried it again I loved it! I find it works the best when applied with a beauty blender. It’s really blendable and gives a gorgeous dewy finish with buildable coverage. Using a beauty blender gives natural to medium coverage, while using a brush will give a more full coverage application. Unfortunately my skin has a tendency to break out with Mac cream and liquid products after a while, but I truly love this product so much that I’ll be saving it as a special occasion foundation!

Fragrance 

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  • Ralph Lauren Big Pony #2 Women’s Perfume: I am completely obsessed with this perfume. It is girly and sweet and perfect for summer! You can read my review on it here. 

 

 

What were your beauty favourites this month?

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Some girls are lucky enough to have perfectly plump and defined lips, and can apply lipstick with ease. (For a tutorial on how to fake bigger lips with makeup, click here!I, however, am not one of those girls. Lip liner is a must for me, as my lips as my natural lip lines are very undefined and when I apply lip colour, it has a tendency to bleed and look rather messy – as you can see from my “without lip liner” picture. Not exactly the cleanest or most polished look!

Why lip liner is so important: lip liner is absolutely crucial for those of us who do not have perfect lips. It helps to define, reshape, and perfect the lines and contours of the lip, as well as to create a barrier for your lipstick to stay within. It’s basically a sneaky way to cheat your lip shape and achieve a more precise, polished, and longer-lasting look!

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How to apply lipstick in 4 basic steps: 

1. Moisturize: If you’re going to apply colour to your lips, make sure they are hydrated. Nothing looks worse than bright lipstick on cracked, crusty lips. You can read my post on how to fix dry lips here!

 

2. Prime: Not everyone thinks that this step is crucial in the sense that you need to go out and buy a lip primer, BUT make sure to let your lip moisturizer absorb and sit for at least a few minutes before applying lip colour. I prefer to use a lip primer, as I find it helps to go that extra mile to smooth and improve the texture of my lips. My favourite is the Mac Prep N Prime for lips: it’s so nice and smooth and helps to fill in lines.

3. Line: The most important step! Carefully trace your lips with a lip liner.  This usually matches the lipstick that you plan on wearing, however different coloured liners can be used to create different looks (such as an ombre lip). Look for a liner that has a moderately smooth texture (if it’s too rough or dry, it can be difficult to apply).  The “x” shape on the top lip below the cupid’s bow helps to make the cupid’s bow appear more defined.

It’s okay if the inside lines are not perfect, as the lipstick will blend and cover it anyway!

4. Fill: Fill in your lips with the lipstick of your choice! If your lips are on the smaller side, you might find it easier to apply your lipstick with a lip brush, as this can help it apply more precisely and cleanly.

My favourite products for a red lip: (updated to my new favourites, and cruelty-free!)

Some Extra Tips

  • Most people find it easier to begin lining the sides of the top lip using light strokes, and then moving towards the cupid’s bow
  • Lightly pursing your lips in a slight “o” shape usually makes it easier to line the sides
  • Filling in your whole lips with the liner helps lipstick last longer
  • For longer wear: after applying a layer of lipstick, lightly blot lips with a tissue to absorb the excess, OR lightly dust lips with powder to create a matte finish, then apply another layer.
  • To make lips look bigger, use either a lighter lipstick or a light/white eyeshadow and lightly dust the centre of your lips with it (this is what I have done in the last picture).
  • Use a q-tip to clean up the edges around your lips to make the lines even more precise and clean. To take this even further, you can apply a light concealer or powder around your lips.
  • Make sure the tip of your lip liner is always sharpened or pointed, as this will make application MUCH easier!
  • If your lip liner is not a perfect match to your lipstick, use a lip brush to blend the liner into the lipstick.
  • If you’re going out for the day or night, make sure to bring your lipstick and liner with you, just in case you need to do any touch ups!
  • “Matte” finishes tend to be more drying, so keep that in mind if you have very dry lips

Click here to learn how to fake big lips with makeup! 

 

 

 

 

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Soft Holiday Glam

To me, “holiday” and “glamour” go together like peanut butter and jelly. I am a huge fan of red lips during the Christmas season, and have been absolutely loving playing around and experimenting with different techniques and looks!

While I love dramatic cat eyes, fake lashes and glitter, I’m also a huge fan of a soft look. For this look, I went with a softer cat-eye using a bit of black pencil liner, followed “Blackout” from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette on an angled brush, and smudged it along my lash line. The Eyeshadow is a soft neutral-white, with Mac “Dazzlelight” and “Strange” from the Naked 3 palette.
For the lips, I went with a red lip liner by Lise Watier, followed by the Lime Crime Velvetine in “Red Velvet”

I’ve gotten quite a few questions asking how to get cleaner, longer-lasting red lips, especially for people (like myself) with smaller or less-defined lips. So, I thought I’d put together a step-by-step pictorial on how I apply red lipstick to make my lips look bigger and more defined.

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Products used: Arbonne Lip liner in “Cherry,” lipstick in “Strawberry red,” concealer in “Light” and Natural Radiance Mineral powder in “Porcelain” (not shown)

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1. Exfoliate and moisturize lips prior to any colour application! (Especially important with a bold lip: nobody wants cracked or flakey lips!)

2. If your lips have more of a natural pink-colour to them, cancel this out by applying a small amount of foundation or concealer to neutralize the lip colour, and allow the lipstick’s true colour to show.

3. Line the lips! This step is crucial if your natural lip lines are not particularly defined, or if you have smaller lips. Using a lip liner helps to get a much more precise look, helps to correct lip shape, and can make your lips look dramatically bigger! The little “x” shape helps to create a more defined cupid’s bow. My lips look totally different in the first and last picture! If your lines are not 100% perfect, that’s alright as you will be filling the lips in and correcting lines after.

4. Fill the rest of the lips in with the liner. This helps to work as a base, allowing the lipstick to stick better and helping your look to last longer!

5. Apply a layer of lipstick. I choose to apply mine with a lip brush, as I find it’s a lot easier to control!

6. Clean up the edges using a q-tip!

7. Using a translucent/sheer powder, LIGHTLY dust your lips (I choose to use a fluffy brush as this distributes the product more lightly). This helps to set the product, prolonging the wear.

8. Apply another layer of lipstick!

9. Clean the edges/lines using a small amount of concealer

And voila! It’s amazing the difference that liner and lipstick can make!

I recently got the chance to try a whole bunch of Arbonne products!

For those of you who may not know about Arbonne, it’s an international independent company that has skin care, makeup, vitamins, and so much more! It’s a similar concept to companies like Avon in the sense that products are sold through a network of independent consultants. Arbonne has been around for over 30 years, and is branched all around the world. But what I find the most interesting and impressive is that it is a green, vegan-friendly company that uses no animal products or by-products, and does not test on animals.

The first products that I tried were the lipsticks, and I thought I would do a photoset of how they look on the lips!

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The textures are beautifully soft yet pigmented, which is often difficult to find with softer, more moisturizing lipsticks. The lipsticks glide on smoothly, don’t look drying, and sacrifice no color payoff while doing so! I wouldn’t say that they are extremely long-wearing, as they are more of soft, moisturizing type of lipstick-but when paired with a lip liner and set with a powder, the staying power is great!

Here are some more swatches:

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My favourites are “Rose Petal” “Candy” and “Jam”!

Lip Liners:

If you have lips that are on the smaller/less defined side (like mine), I definitely recommend using a lip liner first-this makes SUCH a huge difference! It defines and perfects your lips, and helps the lipstick stay longer, and makes your lips look fuller as well as looking more clean and precise.

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From left to right:

  • Cherry
  • Café
  • Rum Raisin
  • Ginger
  • Pink Mauve

I’m super impressed with the lip liners. They twist up, but also come with a sharpener on the bottom end to sharpen the tip (am I the only one who ever gets frustrated with twist-up tips never being pointy enough?) which I thought was a really smart addition. The texture is firm, allowing you to get a really nice line, but soft enough that they are blendable and and really easy to work with. A good lipliner is crucial to a successful lip, and I am definitely loving these lip liners!

Last, but definitely not least: The Arbonne Lip Polishes! These are probably my favourite: silky, smooth glosses with absolutely no stickiness! While I love the colors of the Mac Lipglasses, I just can’t stand how sticky they are. I am so so impressed with the color payoff and texture of these Lip Polishes!

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Here are my favourites:

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Overall, I’m very impressed with the Arbonne lip products. The colours and textures are all so gorgeous and easy to work with! If you’re looking for a really good quality product with safe ingredients, definitely give Arbonne a try!

If you’re interested/have any Arbonne questions, definitely contact Amanda!