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Graduation time is approaching for many – for those of you graduating, it can be a time of excitement, apprehension, and let’s face it: stress. As a makeup artist and beauty advisor, one of the biggest stressors that I hear about for any special event is skin. Everyone wants their skin to look perfect for that special event.

I thought I’d put together a post sharing my skincare arsenal of tips, tricks, and product recommendations!

These tips can be applicable to everyone and for any special event, not only those graduating!

First things first:

Helping Your Skin: 

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I am genuinely shocked to be doing a summer favourites post already. I swear the school semester just ended, and the possibilities of my free summer months seemed wonderful. Yet suddenly it’s September 13th, and I’ve already been in school for two weeks.

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure where the summer went. I wish I could look back on this summer with a feeling of wistful accomplishment, but my summer seemed to fly by with little to show for it. It consisted mainly of working, and lying on the couch in my pyjamas. Also Netlfix. Lots and lots of Netflix.

On the plus side, one thing I did do a lot of this summer was shopping. And I mean a lot. Something about shopping for makeup always boosts my mood, no matter how bad of a day I’m having.

Since I was trying so many different products throughout the last couple of months, rather than doing an individual monthly favourites, I thought I would combine my favourites into one big summer favourites post!

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I usually always have a problem with oily eyelids (strangely it’s the only part of my skin that has ever been oily), and find that my eyeshadow rarely lasts more than a few hours. It fades, creases, and wears off no matter what primer I use.
I like to combat this by always wearing a cream shadow as a base, and then adding a powder shadow over top.
While I absolutely love my Mac paint pots, I wanted to try something different. I’ve always been drawn towards shadow pencils, such as the Clinique Chubby Stick or the Lise Watier shadow pencils, because they’re so easy and convenient to use.

For this look, I tried the Marcelle Lux Cream Shadow sticks-and it was love at first swipe. Unlike some shadows in stick-form, it didn’t stick or clump on my eyelid. The texture is incredibly smooth and glided perfectly over my eyelid. Once it sets (after approximately 30 seconds) it stays in place. 

The colour I used is “Ballerina” and is a gorgeous soft champagne/pink with light shimmer. 

Over top, I added the L’Oreal Infallible Shadow in “Hourglass Beige”. It’s a beautiful light beige-toned colour with very fine shimmer. This has been one of my holy-grail shadows for well over a year now. I absolutely LOVE the Infallible shadows, they are so beautifully pigmented and they really do last all day. I will be doing a full review on these soon! 

This photo was taken after wearing it for over 9 hours! 

The products are gorgeous by themselves, and work even better as a team! If you have oily eyelids or struggle to keep your shadow lasting, definitely give these a try! 

I am ridiculously addicted to monthly favourite videos.
Seriously. It’s an addiction. If I could calculate the amount of time I have spent on youtube watching videos about monthly favourites, product reviews, hauls, etc, I am fairly certain that I would be sent to a rehabilitation facility for an addiction to the internet.

So, I decided it would be fun to try my hand at making a monthly favourites video. I had been planning which products I wanted to include since the beginning of July, and eagerly awaited the end of the month so that I could film.

My second attempt at making a video was only slightly less awkward than the first, but I enjoyed doing it, and that’s what counts, right?

This month’s favourite products:

-Maybeline Color Tattoo eyeshadow in “Bold Gold”
-L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in “Hourglass Beige”
-Marcelle Lux Cream eyeshadow in “Ballerina”
-Marcelle Dip Pen Liquid eyeliner in “Blackest Black”
-Billion Dollar Brows brow powder in “Taupe”
-Almay Liquid lip balms in “Cantaloupe Cream,” “Blooming,” and “Just Plum”
-Bed Head Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo
-Bed Head Sugar Shock Bodifying and Texturizing Sugar Spray

Thanks again to everyone who has been encouraging and supporting me during this, all your kind messages mean so much!

Make sure to watch in HD!

A little while ago, I had the lovely opportunity to do one of my best friend’s makeup for her high school graduation. She has beautiful blue eyes, so I was extremely excited to play around with colours to accentuate them, since It would be a bit more of a challenge than my own hazel eyes.

We decided to go with a gold with a little bit of smokey eye to really make the blue in her eyes and gown pop, and paired that with a neutral-pink lip and soft pink cheek.

We had an absolute blast, and Caitlyn did a beautiful job on her hair.

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She looked like a princess, and we wanted her to feel truly beautiful, inside and out.

To create this look, here are the products I used:

Face:

  • Smashbox Photofinish Face Primer
  • Lise Watier Concealer Wheel
  • Revlon Photo Ready Foundation
  • IT Cosmetics Under Eye Concealer
  • Arbonne Radiance Mineral Face Powder
  • Too Faced Bronzer in Chocolate Soleil
  • Mac blush in “Dame”

Eyes:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo in “Bold Gold”
  • L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in “Goldmine”
  • Nyx Gold Ultra Pearl Mania loose pigment
  • Lise Watier Eyeshadow Pallete-a dark brown colour (unfortunately the names have worn off the packaging!)-for the crease
  • Urban Decay “Blackout”-for the crease
  • Marcelle Dip-Pen long wearing liquid liner in black
  • Lancome Hypnose Mascara

Lips:

  • Lush Exfoliating Lip Scrub
  • Burt’s Bees lip balm
  • Mac Prep & Prime lip primer
  • Mac’s Angel lipstick
  • Nyx Liplgoss in “Beige” (I have no idea why it’s called beige; it’s a bright pink)

 

I applied Bold Gold first all over the lid, and then added Goldmine and the Nyx pigment to really make the gold pop. I applied the dark brown into her crease and blended it inwards. Then in the outer corners of the crease, I blended Blackout.

This was our first time using the Revlon Photo Ready Foundation, and I must say we were both very impressed. Her makeup lasted all day long and looked absolutely flawless in photos.

I couldn’t have been happier with how her makeup turned out, and I am so pleased to have gotten the opportunity to experiment with new techniques, especially those dazzling blue eyes!

 

Congratulations again, Dina!