How to Wear Lipstick

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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine told me she was scared to wear lipstick. I sympathize, because believe it or not, sometimes I’m still scared to wear lipstick. As much as I love it, sometimes trying new colours, wearing lipstick somewhere I haven’t before (like to school, or out to dinner). There are a few tricks I’ve found useful to help with that little fear.

1. Practice. Practice, practice, practice. I started wearing lipstick when I was about twenty, I think. Before I wore it out, I’m pretty sure I wore it just around the house for a few weeks. It took a while for me to get used to seeing myself with those bright red lips. Every time I purchase a colour I haven’t worn before, I wear it at home for a bit, just to test it out.

2. Start small. If you’re still unsure about all that new colour on your lips, why not try something smaller? There are some really great tinted lip balms out there that will give your lips some colour, but aren’t so pigmented that they will be in your face.

3. Know what you like. If you like red, wear red, If you don’t, that’s okay. I have learned over the past few months that I don’t like nude lipsticks. I can’t stand the 90’s lip trend, because it looks terrible on me, and honestly, I’d rather wear a bright pink. Like all makeup, lipstick is meant for the individual. There will be a lot of colours or formulations you won’t like, and that’s okay.

I hope these tips helps if you if you’ve been scared to wear lipstick. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or more suggestions, I’d love to hear from you!

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What’s in My Makeup Bag?

I find that day to day, even week to week, I am a creature of habit when it comes to my makeup. Of course my base is always the same, but even though I have a lot of eyeshadows and mascaras to play around with, I generally find something that works one day and continue it for a while until I feel the need to switch it up. So, starting today, I thought I would start sharing what I’ve been using on the (almost) daily.

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Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara (001 Blackest Black). I purchased this a month or two ago, when my lashes were growing back from falling out due to allergies and the wrong makeup remover (this was before I discovered Boscia’s Makeup Breakup Cleansing Oil), and wanted a simple mascara that would just give me good lashes. And that it does. I’m not sure if I can give this credit for the full lashes I have had all month (seriously amazing for me), but I can give it credit for the effect is has on giving my lashes the length and volume that I crave.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer (Brightener). Because everyone (and I mean everyone) in the beauty blogger world raves about this guy, I picked one up a few months ago and have been using it ever since. It’s not too thick that it gets cakey, but it’s not too thin that it doesn’t cover anything. I only use this for under the eyes, as the pinky shade isn’t ideal for covering blemishes. It also is good as a highlighter, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Urban Decay Basics Palette. This tiny little palette packs quite the punch. It is deceivingly simple, which is what I love about it. If I didn’t have the desire to own everything, I could be quite happy with this one. Because of the spectrum of colour, though neutral, this can easily go from a barely there to a dark smokey eye in a pinch. Simply delightful.

Benefit Cosmetics Longwear Powder Shadow in Thanks A Latte. A think I bought this last year, maybe. But after I bought it, I thought it was too dark, and didn’t use it. Until this month. I wasted a year of not using it, and I’m pretty sad about that. Described as a “golden brown”, this is just perfect. Of course the formulation is beautiful. Great colour payoff, a hint of shimmer, and little to no fall out — a dream come true.

Flower Beauty Raise Some ‘Brows Defining Brow Pencil in Dark Brown. This month I ventured into filling in my brows for the first time in my life. Before investing in a more high end product, I thought I would dip my toe in the pool of eyebrow pencils with a drugstore brand first (does anyone else do that?). I especially like using this when I am wearing a bold lip, because I feel like it evens out the colours on my face, if that makes sense. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to the ‘brow department though, so I am looking forward to testing out some new products as the year goes on.

Urban Decay All-Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. I love using this as my last step of my daily makeup routine. Not only does it feel nice on the skin, it helps to smooth things out on days when I’m a little powder happy, or if the powder I’m using is not setting properly. I also feel like this guy is going to last me forever. I’ve used it nearly everyday for the last two months and I’m pretty sure it’s not even half empty. Great for only spending $15!

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. When I ran out of my original Urban Decay eyeshadow primer (I do still have the champagne coloured one, Sin), I thought I’d check out what Nars had to offer, since the lovely Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup swears by it, and I certainly trust her opinion. So far, I have really liked it. I’m not sure if I like it more than Urban Decay, but I’m pretty sure I don’t like it less. It definitely gives my eyeshadow a good base, aiding in blend-ability, and it definitely keeps it from disappearing or creasing, which is all we really want, isn’t it?

Rimmel Stay Matte Long-Lasting Pressed Powder. I had to go to three different stores to find this one (I wanted Translucent, and everyone seemed to be out of it every time I checked), but it was so worth the wait. The powder I was using before I picked this one up wasn’t really doing it for me, so I decided to get this one after hearing great reviews from many different sources. For a product that is under $10, this does wonders. It doesn’t keep my face shine free for an entire day, but it doesn’t set my base makeup beautifully without a hint of being cakey, so that is definitely worth the very small price tag. It is also great on reapplication, which is also wonderful to see.

Stay tuned for my next post when I discuss my January Favourites. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Think Pink

As I said on Wednesday, I am ready for spring. Even though January is one of those weird months where yes, it is still winter, I don’t necessarily want to keep wearing berries and reds all the time. (I’m talking lips, by the way. My eye makeup stays the same pretty much all year, so I just change it up season to season with lip products). I’ve been trying to find a good pink shade, as I find most pinky neutrals either have too much brown in them, aren’t pigmented enough to show up on my lips. While looking for something completely different at Shopper’s the other day, I decided to look at Revlon’s lipsticks because they were on sale (horray!) And guess what? I came out with four different shades of pink, and I love each of them.

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(L-R Strawberry Shortcake, Gentlemen Prefer Pink, Sultry Samba, Sweet Tart)

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2014 Favourites: Nails & Lips

I suppose I could have included today’s post with yesterday’s, but with the amount of favourites I had in these two categories last year, I felt they deserved their own. I have always been obsessed with nail polish, and 2014 was no exception. I probably doubled my collection over the last year and found great new colours and formulas.

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1. Essie Lilacism

I probably wore this shade at least five times last year. That might not seem like a lot, but if you’ve seen my collection, that you would know that that is in fact a high compliment. This is the perfect purple shade with a slight grey tone to it, so it can be used in the spring and fall, even summer and winter. Also great if you’re shy about bright colours but want something fresh.

2. Formula X Thrilling

The perfect nude. That is all.

3. Formula X Farenheit

At last I have discovered my perfect Christmas red! The formula of this is amazing. It lasted more than a week. And the colour! Beautiful. It’s deep without being too dark, and bright without skipping the richness.

4. Essie Absolutely Shore

This was my one of my favourite summer shades, especially for my toes. It has an almost minty green look, but much lighter which I feel makes it so fresh. Perfect for your summer pedicure.

5. Essie Mint Candy Apple

Ah, my other favourite summer. This bright shade just makes my heart happy. Waiting patiently (or impatiently) for spring to start wearing this beauty again!

6. Essie Cute as a Button

The perfect shade when you need a pick-me-up. This is one of those shades that I can’t stop looking at when I put it on. Smiles for days with this one.

Now, for lips. In the last few months of the year, I really got back into wearing lip stick and coloured glosses. As I said yesterday, I’ve become more confident in wearing makeup in the last year, and one of the biggest parts of that is lip colour. I don’t wear lip stick or gloss every day, but when I do, these are the ones I reach for.

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1. NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Dolly Pink

The perfect bright pink lip. Love, love, love.

2. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in  Rose Shimmer (01)

My new favourite gloss. How did I live without this? I’m not sure. Because my natural lip colour is quite pigmented, the light pink colour of this gloss doesn’t really show up on me. But, this is the perfect gloss for days when you want something extra on your lips, but don’t want to try too hard. I may have to pick up a few more colours.

3. Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 in Mango

I use this (along with the original or cranberry) on no makeup days, before going to sleep, or when I need a shot of hydration to my lips. It sinks in, but also adds a nice bit of shine. Perfect for everyday.

4. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie

Depending on your skin tone, and lighting, this one can be either a berry or a reddish pink (or pinky red, I suppose). Either way, this is a great one. And the formulation is great. It’s creamy, and nourishing the lips. Just all around a lovely pick.

5. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Berry Couture

The perfect shade for venturing into the berries of lip colour. This one is a lighter (but not sheer) wash of colour that is definitely build-able, which I love. I was super nervous about wearing berry hues, but this one gave me the bug and now I can’t wait to experiment with more berry tones next fall.

6. EOS Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry

When I was working, I used this every day. It smells delicious, and it works really well at keeping chapped lips at bay — perfect when I was working in a dry bookstore.

7. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

I am obsessed with this company (though not with the price tag). Everything I have tried is just amazing and this balm is as amazing as the rest. So hydrating, so smooth, so perfect. This is especially great after using the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish.

8. Revlon ColorStay Lipliner in Red and Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout

This is seriously the perfect pairing for a Christmas red lip. Normally, I go for a brighter red lip, but I decided to venture out of my comfort zone and go for a deeper shade. So glad I tried this one. They’ll see you a mile away with this one (in the best way possible).

9. Covergirl Lipperfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Berry Twist

Perfect for just a hint of colour. This is a great sheer balm that can definitely be built up into a deeper colour.

There you have it! I suppose I could have narrowed it all down a bit, but it’s so hard to choose when I found so many good nail and lip products in 2014! What were your favourites?

2014 Favourites: Makeup

Favourites week continues with the next instalment: makeup. In 2014 I feel like I really figured out a lot in regards to makeup — from being more confident wearing it, and not wearing it. I learned what I like, what I don’t like, and what I can and can’t live without. Here’s what made the short list:

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1. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer 

For years I have been searching fora good foundation or tinted moisturizer. After many failed attempts, I finally found one that works. This stuff is so great. I love it because a) it evens out my skin tone and b) my skin still looks like my skin. I am not a lover of full coverage foundations that hide everything because it’s just too much work for me to keep up, and also I’m not very good at putting on makeup, so stuff like that honestly scares me a little bit (am I the only one?). Back to the product. This stuff is lovely. My skin feels so soft after applying it and it doesn’t have that weird smell that some foundations or tinted moisturizers can have.

2. Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palettes

This. Stuff. Is. The. Best. Seriously, a life changer. Honestly, you could get away with owing just one (the original is probably the most versatile of the three), but I couldn’t resist getting all three. I use these every day that I wear makeup. There’s no going back. If you are looking for some really good quality eyeshadow, Urban Decay is where it’s at.

3. Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer

I tried a few different primers in 2014, but this was the one that worked the best overall. If you need a little bit of extra hydration, this is great, but it doesn’t feel like an extra layer of moisture, if that makes sense. This primer definitely helps to keep my makeup stay on, and look as smooth as possible.

4. Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara

My makeup drawer in our bathroom is full of at least five mascaras right now. I kept buying new ones and being disappointed with almost every one. Then I got this guy as one of my beauty rewards from Sephora and I have not stopped using it since. The brush is a fibre one, which Iprefer and the formula isn’t very wet, so it doesn’t get all over your lids. Though I’m not a fan of the price tag for the full size, I can definitely see that it is worth it.

5. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

I’m not sure how I lived without this magic stuff! Using this primer, there is much better colour payoff from my shadows,and even by the end of the day, there is no creasing. Before using this primer, my eyeshadow would be creased and barely visible within a few hours. No more!

What great products did you discover last year? Anything you can’t live without?