Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Orchid

Purple. One of my favourite colours but also to play and experiment with. I love that it is such a universal colour and it compliments all eyes. This eyeliner totally inspired me as well. It is by a brand called Kryolan and the liner is called Dark Orchid. It has to be one the most beautiful purple cream liners that I have in my collection!





Products Used

Eyes
  • MAC Digit Eyeshadow: applied all over the eyelid.
  • MAC Beautiful Iris Eyeshadow: blended on the outer corner and the lower lash line.
  • MAC Stars N Rockets Eyeshadow: applied in the crease and outer corner for dimension and extra pop of colour.
  • Kryolan Dark Orchid Cream Liner: applied on the top lash line and bottom water line for a pop of colour. This cream liner is so beautiful!
  • MAC Show Gold & Bleaming Blush Extra Dimension Skin Finishes: mixed these highlighters together and applied to the brow bone, tear duct and on the lower left corner of the eye.

Monday, 28 November 2016

All Time & New Favourites

I wanted to do a post on my favourite products since I never do posts like this. Honestly, I think I've made one in the past. I don't know what it is, but I feel like monthly favourites are so silly because they're short term favourites. I'm not interested in that. I want to know about products that have been loved and used for several months and several year(s). And since I felt like I have a good number of products that I've loved for a while, I wanted to talk about them... So here we go!



Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil ($58: Sephora)
The best way I can describe this oil is food for your skin. It is very lightweight but extremely hydrating. The ingredient list in this oil is amazing, containing nothing funny or harmful. Avocado oil, Calendula extract and Jojoba Seed oil are just one of the very many beneficial ingredients it contains! Personally, it moisturizes my skin and leaves it smooth. I like to apply this oil in the morning, I will only use it at night if I feel that my skin needs an extra dose of hydration. My skin is naturally dry, so I will also add a drop of this oil into my foundation. I have been using this Jurlique Oil for a year and have seen the improvement it has caused in my skin.

Sonoma Rose Hip Seed Oil ($10-$40: Amazon, I bought mine at Winners)
This oil has changed my skin. This year was the year I discovered Rose Hip Oil and just how good it is for the skin. Its a very hydrating oil that is full of vitamins and antioxidants which are vital for humans. When I was reading up on this particular oil from Sonoma, I discovered that the rose bushes used in the oil, are grown in Chilie. Also, this oil is great for correcting dark spots, reducing scars and fine lines. If you are looking for an extra dose of hydration, you can combine Rose Hip Seed oil with a moisturizer. When I do wear it with another product, I like to give the oil time to absorb before applying another cream or oil. This Rose Hip Seed oil has been in my routine for a year and I love how hydrating it is to my skin.



MAC Face & Body Foundation (120ml $44 MAC)
Face & Body foundation is my favourite foundation that MAC makes. This is a water based formula that is great for all skin types, especially if you are on the drier side. It is very light with a sheer coverage. I love to wear this foundation when I want to give my skin a break or when I'm going for more of a natural, no makeup type of look. Face & Body is perfect for mixing with other products. I love to mix this with my oils, liquid/cream bronzers and highlighters.

YSL Touche Eclat Foundation ($64 Sephora)
Touche Eclat foundation is such a creamy and luxurious foundation. When I apply it to my skin, it doesn't feel like a foundation, but a rich moisturizer. This foundation is a medium coverage and it is perfect for those who have normal to dry skin. I have the old formula, so I cannot speak on the new one. With this foundation you will get radiant skin! This is my second bottle of this foundation so I really do love it.

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation ($37 Beauty Bay - Not including customs)
Skin Base is an old favourite of mine! This foundation lasts quite a long time for me because a little goes a long way. I would describe the formula as light but creamy. It blends really easily and it is quite the perfecting formula. And when I say "perfecting" I mean that it looks like you're erasing any imperfections as you are applying. It has a medium coverage that can be built up to full coverage. Skin Base is made for all skin types. However, I like to add a couple of drops of oil to it, just because I am dry. 




NARS Laguna Liquid Bronzer ($52 Sephora)
This has got to be my favourite bronzer ever made! Being a liquid bronzer, it is really soft and gives an effortless and natural tan. The consistency is light and creamy and you can apply this directly on the skin or mix into your foundation. The colour is so perfect, I am able to use this all year round. The bronzer contains tiny gold flecks which look beautiful on the skin and do not disrupt any other makeup. I've been using this for almost a year now and I will continue to repurchase this when it runs out!

Benefit Hoola ($36 Sephora)
I like to use Hoola to set my NARS liquid bronzer to ensure that my tan lasts all day! This bronzer has a really beautiful colour to it, which is why I love it so much. I love that it doesn't contain an orange or red tinge to it. It looks very natural and blends really well. The powder is so smooth and has a soft texture. Hoola will compliment a lot of skin tones from someone who is very fair to someone like me, who has a medium skin tone.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder Medium ($57 Sephora)
Oh this is something I'm really obsessed with! Ladies and gents, this is the best contour powder I've experienced! I have been using this for a while now and love it just as much as I did when I first tried it. The formula of this powder is beautiful- light, smooth and easy to blend. If you are someone who likes a light contour, this is perfect. If you are someone who likes a heavier contour, it is still perfect. The colour is not too cool where it looks like it's going to be grey, and not too warm where it seems like you're using a bronzer. I know it comes with a steep price but I can tell you that I don't use any other contouring powders. Also, I have had this for almost 2 years and it still looks like it's new- a little goes a long way!



MAC New Romance Blush ($33 MAC)
I don't know what it is about this blush, but I love it so much! The colour of it is very natural with a flattering and luminous rose like flush. It has a warm mid-tone pink colour that is perfect for every day use. This blush is a mineralize formula, so it is buttery soft! It is great for anyone with sensitive skin and it never looks patchy.

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel ($3 Shoppers)
Best brow gel award! Seriously, from the formula to the price, it is perfect. The gel holds the shape of the brows in place all day long. The formula is light and the brush is small which I prefer. Just buy it and try it, you won't be disappointed!



MAC Beaming Blush & Show Gold Extra Dimension Skin Finishes ($38 each, MAC)
These highlighters are the newest editions to the MAC highlighter family. I am so obsessed with them. They are holographic highlighters with amazing colour and payoff. And you don't have to stick to just using them as highlighters... I sweep these beauties on my eyes as eyeshadow! I'm not going to go into too much detail about them, I want to do a separate review once I get one more shade. Just know they are gorgeous and you should try them!




Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eyeshadow ($28 Sephora)
This product is unreal! I remember when it was available in my local Sephora and just how fast it sold out! I love this product for several reasons. One of those is that it is super to use and you don't have to be a makeup artist to know how to apply it. It is double ended, one side contains a metallic base and the other contains a chunky glitter. You can wear both products on the eye and it will look magical, or just the metallic base if you want a more natural look. I wore this so much during the summer when it was too hot to wear a bunch of makeup on the face. I can't wait to try out the rest of the shades!


MAC Reflects Teal Glitter ($26 MAC website or MAC PRO store)
Reflects Teal (& Reflects Antique Gold) are the best glitters MAC makes! I used and abused this beauty so much this year. This is a very fine milled glitter that you can wear alone or in combination with something else. If you do combine it with another eyeshadow, it will make your eyes look magical. I am so obsessed with this glitter that I also apply it to my face as a highlight and it's equally stunning. Whether you are a makeup artist or a makeup lover, you will have so much fun with this product!

Just an fyi, all prices are Canadian!
<3

Monday, 21 November 2016

Cranberry Velvet

Velvet. The inspiration behind this look. It has got to be one of the most beautiful fabrics! My model here requested for me to play with cranberry, autumn like shades and this is what we came up with.


Products Used

Face
  • MAC Strobe Cream: applied all over the face for hydration and glow. The Strobe cream contains iridescent flecks which gives the skin a luminous look.
  • YSL Touche Eclat Foundation: started by applying the foundation in the centre of the face and blending it out all over the face.
  • Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer: applied under the eyes and in the centre of the forehead.
  • MAC P+P Pen in Medium: applied under the eye and around the nose to add additional light to the skin.
  • NARS Laguna Liquid Bronzer: applied to the edges of the forehead and cheekbones for a natural tan and definition.
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium: applied to the edges of the forehead and cheekbones for a sculpted look.
  • MAC New Romance Blush: applied to the apples of the cheeks. I love this blush, it gives the skin such a beautiful and youthful flush!
  • MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Strobe Powder: applied in a C shape around the eye and also added to the brow bone.

Eyes

  • MAC P+P 24H Extended Eye Base: applied a small amount all over the eye, to hold the eye products together.
  • Inglot Pigment #86: applied on the first half of the eyelid. I used a flat synthetic brush to press the pigment because this way of applying pigment will give the best quality of pigmentation and colour.
  • Makeup Geek Morocco Eyeshadow: applied in the crease for warmth and depth.
  • Makeup Geek Steampunk Duochrome Eyeshadow: applied to the second half of the eyelid.
  • Makeup Geek Bitten Eyeshadow: applied to the outer corner of the eye to give this makeup a smokey effect. Bitten was also smudged in the lower lash line.
  • Sephora Sly Like A Fox Gel Eyeliner: applied to the lower waterline.
  • MAC Motif Eyeshadow: applied to the tear duct for a pop of colour. 

Lips

  • Lime Crime Shroom Liquid Lipstick: applied to the lips.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour


The Laura Mercier sticks are a treasure that I've discovered. An asset to both, a makeup artist and makeup enthusiast. I really wanted to make a post on these guys for a while now. I've had them in my makeup collection and I find myself grabbing them for both myself and clients.

In total, there are 11 shades of the Caviar sticks. One stick has 1.64 g of product and retails for $35 CAN.  Currently, I have 2 shades in my collection.



Moonlight (left) and Copper (right)


Moonlight and Copper in natural light


Moonlight (left) and Copper (right)


Copper (left) and Moonlight (right) in direct sunlight

Moonlight is a cool metallic champagne while Copper is a warm metallic bronze. The Caviar sticks have a creamy formula that dries waterproof when it sets. The consistency is light and it applies evenly. They both give off an opaque and pigmented burst of colour. Both are easily blended and easy to work with. Once they set however, there is no moving them. With that in mind, you have to blend them out before they dry to their waterproof finish.

They can be worn on the eye as an eyeliner or in the waterline for a pop of colour. The Caviar Sticks work great as an eyeshadow base and it is easy to incorporate other eyeshadows or pigments on top of them. Also, they can be worn on the lid alone, as eyeshadow to brighten up the eye.


Swatches of Moonlight (top) and Copper (bottom) in natural light


Swatches of Moonlight (top) and Copper (bottom) in direct sunlight

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Runway Inspiration: Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2017

Giambattista Valli show was undoubtedly sweet as can be. The outfits themselves were flirty and the prints screamed girly... And the heels, oh the heels were gorgeous and tall!

My favourite pieces:


It screams sweet!


Love the off the shoulder dress with a peek a boo of the bra!




Love, love, love...




Pretty little things...



Ahhh... I'm dying at this point!






I love how flowy this is.



Watch entire collection: 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Runway Inspiration: Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2017

This was so beautiful... from the set, to the sounds of the ocean and of course, the clothes. Everything was thought of and artistically crafted!

My favourite pieces:



I love this little jacket!



Love, love this coat!




That bustier!


I would like this entire outfit in my closet. Please and thank you :)





Just beautiful...


Ready to cry now...




Love, love, love...


Watch the entire collection: