So I somehow convinced my boyfriend to let me do his makeup. On camera…and publish it on the World Wide Web. Naturally, I had to go all in. Gold smokey eye, big fake lashes, contour, and a bright red lip. Since today is National Boyfriend Day, I figured it was the perfect day to share it with you!
He was such a good sport – in fact, he was more still and patient than many of the clients I’ve worked on.

Make sure to give the video a thumbs up if you want him to do my makeup next!

 

The key products used were the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe eyeshadow palette, the new Lise Watier Teint Velours foundation and powder, the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Vol. II palette, and the new limited edition Tarte Blush Bazaar palette! All products are listed in the video!

 

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Morphe Me Subcription – September Brush Review

This has been my go-to look lately, as I’ve been having so much fun experimenting with the tape & cut-crease techniques! I thought I would put together a quick pictorial on how I created this look! It’s super easy, and helps to make the eyes look so much bigger!

Products used:

  • Urban Decay Primer in “Eden”
  • Brown Pencil eyeliner (a really inexpensive one, unfortunately the name has worn off. It’s a simple brown pencil eyeliner with sparkle in it.
  • Mac “Brown Script” shadow
  • Stila “Sandstone” shadow
  • Mac “Bare Study” Paintpot
  • Stila “Kitten” shadow
  • Stila Stay All Day 24 hr liquid liner
  • Covergirl Clumpcrusher mascara

Steps:

  1. Tape: This may seem like a really weird thing to do to your eye, but I promise that it is an amazing little trick. Take a piece of tape that is a couple of inches long, and place it carefully, so that it forms a clean line from the outside corner of your eye, to just below your eyebrow. I usually like to fold the bottom upwards so that it doesn’t stick too much to my under eye area. This also makes it easier to peel off at the end. Make sure there are as little bubbles/creases as possible.
  2. Line: Using your pencil liner, draw a line beginning from the outside corner (along the tape), and the bring it inwards along the crease, ending at about the midpoint of your eye. Any liner will do as long as it is blendable!
  3. Blend! I prefer a smaller brush to use as it really helps with precision and control. Blend along the tape and into the crease using light windshield-wiper motions. Lightly blend inwards towards the inner corner of the eye.
  4. Deepen: to deepen the brown, I used Stila’s “Sandstone.” To add some warmth, I took Mac’s “Brown Script” and blended it along the crease.
  5. Shimmer: for the shimmery, look, I applied Mac’s “Bare Study” paint pot on the inner portion of the eyelid, and then added Stila’s “Kitten” over top. I find that a thin, concealer-type brush works the best to deposit the colour and shimmer!
  6. Blend again: because the textures of the paint pot and Kitten are quite different than the typical shadow, I like to go in with a little bit of Brown Script and a fluffy brush to light blend any harsh lines.
  7. Line: Apply the eyeliner of your choice! I chose to go with a liquid liner, and use Stila’s Stay All Day 24 hr liner! For a softer look, you could definitely use a pencil liner.
  8. Remove tape: beginning at the bottom, gently lift the corner and pull upwards, as cleanly as possible! This will leave you with a clean and precise line!

Apply the mascara of your choice, and voila! Super easy!

What’s your go-to makeup look?

If you are like me, then you know how deeply frustrating dry lips can be. While most people suffer from this at some point in their lives, certain climates can make this worse than others. Climates like mine, where the majority of the year happens to be a cold, dry winter. Oh, Canada!

This can cause a serious problem for makeup lovers like myself, as nothing looks worse than trying to apply red lipstick to crusty, cracked lips. Now, I’m not kidding when I tell you that my lips get dry. Imagine the Sahara Desert, and then combine it with the Antarctic Dry Valleys. Okay, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration. As a seemingly eternal fighter in the war against dry lips, I thought I would put together a post on how I personally deal with my (unbearably) dry lips. They have a tendency to crack, peel, and get bumpy. In the first image, I am showing you just how dry my lips can be. After wearing lip colour and picking at them all day, they were in quite an unpleasant state. Image While my lips still have some blotchiness/redness leftover, it is a significant improvement from the initial state. The most important steps in combatting lip-dryness are:

 

ExfoliatingThroughout the day, our skin and lips are exposed to a lot of things, the majority of which are not exactly gentle. As we talk or lick our lips, our saliva and the air can have very drying effects. For my fellow lipstick-wearers, wearing lip color all day has a tendency to settle into fine lines and cracks and contribute to dryness. Exfoliating helps to remove all the excess dead-skin to make your lips softer, smoother, and more plump. However, be careful not to over-exfoliate! As with facial exfoliation, it’s best to do it no more than a couple of times a week, and take extra care to be gentle while doing so. My favourite lip exfoliator is the Lush Lip Scrub! Image

 

Moisturize: The importance of properly moisturizing your lips really cannot be overstated. The skin around the lips (in a way much like the skin under the eyes) is very think, and contains no oil glands. This means that lips don’t produce the same natural oils and thus have a difficult time staying hydrated. Basically, a good lip moisturizer should mimic the effects that sebum has for the skin-to keep moisture in the skin and protect it. That being said, there are ma ny lip products containing ingredients that are not helpful. Try to avoid:

  • Alcohol
  • Fragrance
  • Parabens
  • Menthol
  • Salicylic acid
  • Camphor

Ingredients that are recommended by dermatologists:

  • Moisturizers (beeswax, ceramides, vaseline)
  • Humectants (glycerin, urea)
  • sunscreen
  • cocoa butter
  • coconut oil, jojoba oil, or hemp oil

As tempting as it might be, try to avoid picking or peeling at your lips, as this can make the problem worse and cause tenderness and bleeding. Some of my favourite lip products are:

What are your favourite lip balms/products?

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I recently purchased the “In The Light” palette by Stila, and have been absolutely in love with it! I shall be doing an in-depth review on it soon.

On the eyes: I used “Kitten” all over the lid, and “Sandstone” in the crease. The liner is also by Stila, and is the Stay All Day liquid liner in black! Mascara is Covergirl’s Clumpcrusher. For the brows, I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in “Chocolate”

On the face: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide foundation, Benefit Erase Paste Concealer, Tarte Amazonian Clay concealer in “Deep” to contour, Cover FX Setting powder, Mac “Gentle” blush.

Eagerly checking the mailbox everyday for its arrival was growing rather tiresome after several weeks, but after what has seemed like an eternity, I FINALLY received my M.A.C Pro Card in the mail! 

To say that I was much like a child in a candy store would be an immense understatement. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that I experienced a genuine adrenaline rush, with goosebumps and all. Are these symptomatic of being a shopaholic? Perhaps. 

Now, I tried to resist the urge to buy absolutely everything, so this shall be the first of many M.A.C hauls to come in the future. I really have tried to pace myself over the last two months, and it has taken an immense amount of restraint. I was so excited to try these things, so mostly all of them have been used and are therefore not in a pristinely new condition. Sorry, but I just could not resist! 

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The first purchases were cheek products:

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  • Extra Dimension Skinfinish in “Superb”- I fell in love with this as soon as I saw it in the Magnetic Nude collection display. It photographed darker than it really is, so in person it’s a lighter, peachy-ish nude with multidimensional shimmer. It looks a tad similar to “Soft and Gentle” and makes an absolutely gorgeous highlighter. 
  • Sheertone Blush in “Gingerly”-I’ve been on the hunt for a good blush to wear with bold/red lips; so, one that doesn’t overpower or clash with a red lip. Gingerly is a tan tone with just a hint of peach to add a nice glow without looking flat or brown. 

Next, were eye products! 

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  • “Vintage Selection” Pro Longwear Paint Pot: A frosted, “dirty peach” shade, that has a bit of greyish-pink tone
  • “Bare Study” Pro Longwear Paint Pot: So far, this has been my absolute favourite. It’s a neutral, light-beige tone with soft shimmer. When applied over the natural pink-tone of the eyelid, it turns into a beautiful light champagne colour. 
  • “Perky” Pro Longwear Paint Pot: a creamy, coral-pink with a white pearlescent glow. This would make an absolutely gorgeous base for a pink eyeshadow look! 
  • “Blanc Type” Matte eyeshadow: a creamy, off-white beige with a pure matte finish. I think a colour like this is a must-have! 

Last, but definitely not least: lips! 

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  • Lovelorn: a light, blue-pink with a lustre finish
  • Diva: a rich, red-brown burgundy with a matte finish 
  • Morning Rose: a soft, brown-pink rose colour with a slight shimmer (very soft, not sparkly at all!) 
  • Heroine: a gorgeous, bright purple with a matte finish