Recent Beauty Faves & Purchases

  

Hey all! 

Sorry for being M.I.A lately. 

Time some how managed to slip by and I have accumulated a ton of new goodies in the past few months.  🙂 

While I was away, I ended up hitting an all time beauty high (or low if you are my wallet) and reached “VIB Rouge” status at Sephora 😐 

So rather then ramble on, lets just get into the good stuff that you came here to read about!

Face

  
Pur Miracle Mist –  This is my second bottle of this little mist. Smells like oranges and is so refreshing and hydrating. I generally wear it under my primer/makeup or by itself on no makeup days.

  
Aveda Tulasara Wedding Eye Mask- while I haven’t had this product for very long, I loveeeeee it already.  Super rich, super hydrating but not heavy feeling, this mask helps brighten and tighten your eye area. Seeing as I am two years ago from the big 3-0… I figured I better start looking after my skin more and do some more preventative work. 

  
First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer-  I recently purchased this little gem with giftcards I  received for Christmas. I am obsessed with the scent. It smells like Pina Coladas! ( and who doesn’t love that?!) It also appears to be helping my makeup last longer and look smoother.

  
Touch in Sol Feel like Honey Moon Skin Base-  I don’t know know why but lately I have been on a makeup primer and foundation buying spree. I am constantly on the lookout for the best hydrating and brightening primers and this is definitely a great one. 

  
Lise Watier Magic Fix-  Refreshing scent and light mist make this a great makeup setting spray. It helps  any of my makeup from looking too “powdery” .

  
Urbay Decay All Nighter Foundation- this foundation claims to be full coverage and longwearing/waterproof and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. I loved wearing this to stand in my best friends wedding. It photpgraphs well and doesn’t budge, even after dancing all night! 🙂

 

Josie Maran Vibrancy Foundation- While I did buy this almost a year ago, I don’t feel like I have talked about it much. This foundation is beautiful especially on someone with dryer skin (which mine has been as of recently)  It gives just enough glow to the skin without looking greasy or too shiney. 
  
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation and Concealer- another Christmas giftcard purchase. I have to say, I like the foundation, but I definitely didn’t pick the right shade and perhaps I will like it better in the summer when I’m more sunkissed rather then Snow White 😦

Saying that, the concealer is just the right shade of pasty white and is lighweight enough to not crease but enough  coverage to hide my raccoon eyes. 

  
Kat Von D Lock it Cream Concealer- in comparison to the Tarte concealer, this stuff is heavy duty. I haven’t tried to cover any tattoos, but I would say it would do a great job in a pinch. I do like this product, however if you have a lot of fine lines or dehydrated undereyes, I would not recommend this. 

  
Blissful Beauty Mineral Makeup Highlighter in Champagne- if you live on the East coast, I suggest you try out this local gal’s products. I have her foundations, lipglosses, blushes, bronzers and now highlighters. 

Im a sucker for anything glowy. These powders are beautiful and give a natural but noticeable glow to the skin. They are paraben free, hypoallergenic and perfect for anyone looking to support local businesses! Thanks Amanda!!! ❤️
Benefit Rockteaur Box Blush- I forgot to take a picture of this (Sorry!!) While I am not a huge   blush lover and it is probably my least bought type of beauty product, Benefit’s products never disappoint me and this rose gold blush is very wearable and pretty and the packaging can some what be seem above in the first picture on this post.

 

Cèlavi Oval Brushes- Let us take a minute to admire this amazing Winners find. While I have never heard of this brand, I have seen a lot of reviews on this type of brush. So far, I have fallen in love with the foundation and concealer brushes. Not entirely sure how to use a few of the eye brushes, but Im sure I will get the hang of it sooner then later.
Eyes

  

Benefit Browvo Conditioning Primer- I truly don’t know if this has helped my brows grow a bit more or it’s because I’m a hairy beast, but this stuff is great at prepping my brows for any other brow products whether it pencil or powder. 

  
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil- by far my favourite brow pencil I have ever tried to date. Currently using up my second one of these bad boys. With a thicker, slanted pencil side and spooly on the other end, this does in fact make filling in your brows “goof proof” .

 
 Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigment in Rose Gold-  What a mouth full for a product name. Beautiful, pigmented and shimmery. Just a few words to describe this shadow. While kind of on the pricier side for an individual shadow ($24) this is definitely worth the money. Another product that stood the test of time and sweat on the dancefloor of while standing all day in a wedding. 
  
Mac Nutcracker Pigment Christmas Set- So sparkly, so pretty, such cute packaging. My brother and sister hit the nail on the head with this gift. I have always loved Mac’s loose pigments and this kit is no exception. They can be used wet or dry to suit whatever type of look you are going for.

  
Kiss Looks So Natural “Flirty” lashes- these lashes are very light weight and wispy. I love how these looked when I wore them to a recent Brad Paisley Concert. I will be willing to bet, I will be repurchasing these lashes for wedding parties and brides this summer. 

  
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics- This All matte, all pigmented palette is by far my favourite Naked palette from Urban Decay. There are 12 shades in a beautiful rose gold package. It also comes with a double ended brush and a huge mirror which are always nice bonuses.  I “basically” wear this pallete every day and it has quickly become one of my all time favourite products ever. Period. 

Lips

  
Stila Stay All Day Mattieficent Lipstick in “Coquille”- a taupe nude shade is my go to colour for any look. Whether dramatic or natural. This lipstick stays put on your lips and isn’t as drying as a liquid lipstick formula. It also comes in a variety of other pretty and wearable shades to suit anyone.

  
Bite Beauty Gold Creme LipGloss- while I understand Gold lips aren’t for everyone, I love the look of this gloss. 

I could be wrong, but I do believe this was a limited edition shade but if you have a chance to try any of Bite Beauty’s Creme glosses, check em out! 

And if you have made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back for getting through all my talking. 

I seriously need to go on a makeup buying break/hibernation  😦 I feel I have accumulated enough to get me through the winter and to keep my makeup bag full and happy till spring! 

(I don’t know if I’m kidding myself or not, guess time will tell… Or if I win the lottery hahahah) 

To anyone living in the maritimes region reading this, stay safe with this crazy blizzard that is pounding us currently and to anyone traveling down south, I hate you. Jk…. Sort of.

Till next time folks,

Love always,

-Nicole 🙂 

  

Contouring & Highlighting for Dummies

(For the record, I am one of those dummies.)

Contouring and highlighting is something I have yet to completely master. However , I have been asked to write a post on the topic and I am going to try my darnedest to give you all the information I’ve got. 
Contouring is one of those things that if it’s done right, it makes a person’s face look sculpted, proportional and symmetrical.  

If it’s done wrong, one can look like a muddy, blotchy mess. This has happened many of times to me. I usually don’t realize this till I see myself in a picture after going all day thinking I look like the bomb.com!! Soo, sooo wrong 😦 
The tricks are to find the right products and tools to help you achieve those nice high cheek bones, small forehead, tiny nose and strong jaw line. 

And also to understand the basics of shadows(contouring) and light(highlighting).

If you want to disguise or make something look smaller or more sunken in, you contour (add shadows/dark colour) .
 If you want to bring out something and put emphasis on it, you highlight. (Add brightness/light colours) 
Pretty simple right?
If you understand this concept, you can contour and highlight your face. It just takes practise to make it look perfect! 
Since these techniques have become more common and more mainstream, a lot of companies have developed products for the everyday woman.
There are powder and cream options. It’s just personal preference on what you would like to use. 

I prefer to use creams first and then setting them with powders in similar shades. Double the work but double the pay off!!!! 🙂

Recent favourites I have been reaching for are:
Cream – Stila Contouring kit, Maybelline Foundation Stick in Coconut, Maybelline Better Skin Concealers ( in fair or light)
Powder- Kat Von D Shade and Light pallet , NYX Taupe Blush( yes, a blush!) The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer, Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer. Besame vanilla brightening powder, The Balm Betty Lou Luminizer highlight powder and Mac’s soft and gentle.

  
Contouring and highlighting can be tricky because everyone’s face shapes are not all alike. I have an oval face. Meaning, it is more long then it is wide. I have deep dark undereye circles and I’m not a fan of my nose. The above  picture is generally how I cream contour. I apply my primer, foundation then my darker contour shades and light concealers.

Once you figure out what placement of colours works best for you, the next step is Key;

BLEND, BLEND, and BLEND Some more! When you think you are done blending, blend it again!  Whether you use brushes or sponges, it’s up to you! I really like Stila’s double ended contour brush and Real Techniques Beauty blender sponge. I also use a Mac contour brush I have had for years and the # has worn off 😦 

                                                                           

face shapes and a general guide to contouring


I hope this helps anyone that is nervous or someone who is not clear on how contouring and highlight works. I could ramble on and on with this topic, but I’ll spare you the torture and tell you to go to YouTube and watch tutorials on it. That is how I was taught. Practise makes perfect with this, so try it out. 🙂 

 

Summer Essentials

Summer Beauty Essentials: Top 5 drugstore/ Top 5 High Endimage

Hey there folks! 🙂

Summer is finally upon us and life has become very busy and somewhat hectic! (Work wise and personally!)

So let’s just get in to it shall we?!

Here is a quick post on my Top 5 Summer Essentials!! (Drugstore & High End versions)

Drugstore

1- Loreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray( now there’s a long title!)
I have been using this in place of my beloved Urban Decay setting sprays and I love it. The price is right and It will especially be good for the summer months when you want to really lock in your face makeup and also give yourself a nice cooling mist!

2- Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara
This bad boy comes in clear and also hair colour shades. I bought mine in “Deep Brown”
This is perfect for those lazy (and hot) summer days when you don’t want to worry about filling in your brows so precisely but also don’t want to leave them looking unkept. The lasting power is pretty impressive too! Definitely a summer essential!

3- Loreal Infallibe Pro Matte Foundation
If you are anything like me, you can somewhat turn into an oil slick in the summer. I have heard many good things about this foundation, told my mother to try it out and then I finally purchased it after she said she liked it. It’s a Demi-matte finish that doesn’t look or feel overly cakey. For a drugstore foundation, it isn’t too shabby! 😉

4- NYX Wonder Pencil
This little fella can be used as a concealer, eye brightener and reverse lip liner ( says the packaging) An extra bonus is it can be used to help carve out and highlight your eyebrows! Multi use products in the busy summertime can be your best friend!

5- Maybelline Master Prime Primers
These come in three different formulas that you can choose based on your skin and the affect you want to achieve. I purchased the “Blur and Illuminate” for a healthy glow. There is also a “Blur and Smooth” and “Blur and Redness control” which I think would be great, especially if you get too much sun and your face looks kind of lobster-ish 😉

High End

1- Aveda Tidepool Eye Definer
Pops of colour are huge for the hotter months. Aveda’s Spring/summer 2015 are definitely evidence of that! The easiest way to achieve thhis look is with a little blue eyeliner, either on the top or lower lash line!

2- Mac Gingerly Blush
This is an easy way to add a little summer colour to your face . I have been obsessed with this blush since I was given it. It’s somewhat of a shear peachy or “ginger” colour. I find it is neutral enough to go with any makeup look ( especially that pop of blue eye liner I just mentioned 😉 )

3- Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder
If you have read any of my previous blogs, you’d know I love my foundation from this brand! So naturally I went out and purchased the powder as well! It’s soft and matte finish will be perfect for when the temperatures start to rise and the makeup starts to melt!

4- The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter
This is not just a summer essential, but a LIFE ESSENTIAL! Beautiful highlighter, but be warned, this stuff is highly pigmented. A little goes a long way! ET will be able to spot your glowing cheekbones from space!! Ps..this doubles as a beautiful eyeshadow! You’re welcome!!!!!

5- Aveda’s Dragon Fruit Nourish-mint Lip Liner in Dragon Fruit
Second product from the Spring/summer 2015 Rare Bloom Collection. Beautiful pink liner that I use all over as more of a lipstick.

Bonus Favourite!
Last week I took a very exciting course in scalp massage! Our instructor, Andrea Olivera was amazing! Along with using Aveda products, we got to use some of her very own product line! Me, being a product junkie had to purchase one of her botanical perfumes! “Magdalina” is my new favourite scent. I am obsesseddddddd with it and seriously need to slow down on spraying it before I run out too fast!

Anyway,

Hope you enjoyed this little post. It feels good to write again (more then a month off is too long)

Take Care!

-Nicole xo 😉

Favorite Online Shopping Spots! :)

Hi there!

Just sitting here window shopping online and thought maybe I would share a few of my favorite websites and stores! Just in time for the Holiday Season 🙂 …You’re welcome!

Some I have ordered things for myself(surprise!!)  and some I use to purchase gifts for others!

Women’s/Men’s Clothing

~Forever 21- I don’t know too many girls that don’t love this site for inexpensive clothing, shoes, accessories and even beauty now.

http://www.forever21.com/shop/ca/en

~Go Jane- Another inexpensive site that carries a wide variety or merchandise. (women’s only)

http://www.gojane.com/

~Tobi- I have never actually ordered anything from this site (yet!) but I find myself making many wish lists. Tobi.com has beautiful dresses!! Check em out! (women’s only)

http://www.tobi.com/

~LuLu’s- another great site if you are looking for a special dress or outfit! Prices are reasonable! (women’s only)

http://www.lulus.com/

~Suzy Shier-  this store/website is pretty well my go to spot. I always find something there that I like. (women’s only)

http://suzyshier.com/

~The Bay- The store here in Sydney is half decent (much better now then previous years) but the website has much more selection!

http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay#!/

~American Eagle – a great site for affordable men’s and women’s clothing.

http://www.ae.com/web/canada/index.jsp

~The Gap- a staple in my bf’s closet.

http://www.gapcanada.ca/

~Old Navy

http://oldnavy.gapcanada.ca/browse/home.do?ssiteID=GAP_CA

~Lululemon – If only I was rich and could buy $100 jogging pants all the time. *le sigh*

http://shop.lululemon.com/home.jsp

~H & M- I love this store, its shame they don’t have online shopping in Canada yet….

http://www.hm.com/entrance.ahtml?orguri=/

 

Makeup/Beauty- my favorite thing to shop for…makeup always fits.

~Sephora- I love thee. I would be even poorer then I am now if there was a store in Sydney.

http://www.sephora.com/

~Mac- A favorite of quite a few people I know.

http://www.maccosmetics.com/index.tmpl?LOCALE=en_CA

~Camera Ready Cosmetics- a great site for any beauty junkies out there. So many different brands and things a makeup artist would really need.

http://camerareadycosmetics.com/

~Nail Polish Canada- Lots of different brands of polishes and all things nail related. ALSO, there are a few different makeup lines they carry.

http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/

~Lime Crime- I am obsessed with all Lime Crime’s fun and different colored lip products.

http://limecrime.com/

~BH Cosmetics- Great deals and steals on pretty decent makeup.

http://www.bhcosmetics.com/

~Makeup Geek- A Youtube Guru’s Makeup Line. Lots of dupes for Mac products for a fraction of the price.

http://www.makeupgeek.com/

~Morphe – another site I have yet to order from but find myself making huge wish lists. Affordable makeup brushes and $2 eye shadows!!

http://morphebrushes.com/

 

MISC.

~Target- the happiest place on earth. Especially if there is a Starbucks inside.

http://www.target.ca/en/

~Walmart- pretty self explanatory. Before I was the “Target Queen”,  I was the “Walmart Queen”

http://www.walmart.ca/en

~Ebay- Ebay is like a black hole of shopping. You can find yourself lost and buying random things on there. I love finding inexpensive Jewelry on here.

http://www.ebay.com/

~Amazon- Ebay’s twin sister.

http://www.amazon.com/

~Etsy- If you want anything personalized or home made and cute, this is the site for you.

https://www.etsy.com/

~Haute Look- I loveeeeeeeeeee this. If you download the app, consider your Credit Card bill to increase…..Lots of Discounted Designer and non Designer Brands of Clothing, shoes, home decor, beauty, etc.  You have to sign up in order to see the deals and they change daily, so if you want to buy something, better grab it quick!

https://www.hautelook.com/

~Beyond the Rack- another discount website that you need to sign up for to see the deals.

http://www.beyondtherack.com/event/calendar

 

CB Local

Got to give two little stores from Cape Breton a nod!

~The Ugly Mug- Cafe and Gift store! I spend a lot of my pay in here between the coffee, food and all their unique things in their gift section (which I usually buy as gifts for myself )! 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/UglyMugCafeEmporium

~La Quaintrelle- the cutest little boutique in North Sydney.

http://laquaintrelle.ca/

 

IPhone App

~Makeup Alley- this little app can help you while shopping for anything makeup, hair, skin or nail care related. It gives prices, reviews and where to buy info on almost anything! (Thanks Kelsey for the Info on this 🙂 )

 

And there you have it. Some of my favorite places to spend my time and money. I’m sure I am forgetting a few in there somewhere though!!

If anyone else has any Shopping suggestions out there, let me know! I’d gladly appreciate it:)  ( Especially gift options for a Boyfriend who literally has everything he could ever want and need!!!)

 

Chow!

-Nicole xo 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Lipsticks!!!

It shouldn’t come as a huge shock to anyone that I love my fair share of lipsticks and lip products!! (but what girl doesn’t!!!)

At any given time I may be carrying 5, 10, 20? options in my purse ( excessive I know, but one never knows when you may need a color!)

Darks, Lights, Brights,  Glosses, Mattes, Balms, Scrubs! Anything goes!!… I Love em all equally!

For this post, I am going to name off some of my top picks for this Fall/Winter season! Which are typically more on the dark side, but I threw in a few nudes and light mauves as well.

Hope this helps anyone that is looking for some new products to try out. I have some drugstore and a little higher end lippies on my list!

Top Lipsticks (Non Drugstore)

Mac “Ruby Woo” (Matte) , Mac “Cyber” (Satin) , Mac “Viva Glam IV” (Frost)…All can be purchased either in store or  maccosmetics.com 

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Aveda Smoothing Lip Colour “Sheer Muscadine” (Local Aveda shop or Aveda.com), Kat Von D Studded Kiss “Love Craft”( Sephora.com ), Lime Crime Vegan Lipstick in “Styletto” ( Limecrime.com) ….Again, these are all roughly around $20-$25.

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Top Lipsticks ( Drugstore)

Milani “Sangria”&  Milani “Red Label” (both purchased at local Lawtons Drugstore), Wet n’ Wild “Cherry Bomb” and “Vamp it Up” (Walmart) …Under $10 🙂 🙂

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Top Glosses

Gerad Cosmetics Colour Your Smile Gloss in “Nude” (gerardcosmetics.com )Forever 21 Love and Beauty “RED”, Revlon Colour Burst “Bordeaux” ( Walmart) ..Prices vary from $5-20

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Liners

Mac “Night Moth” and “Whirl”…If you want “Kylie Jenner-esque lips…Whirl is a MUST!!!

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Milani “Spice”, Avon “Wild Berry” & “Deep Plum” ….for some reason these swatch pictures would not turn out! 😦 Sorry! Just take my word that these are nice!!!

Misc.

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub ( Lushcosmetics.com )… If you are going to be trying out a lot of the dark lip colours for Fall, you need to keep you lips well hydrated and flake free…this stuff is great for that! Also, its edible and who doesn’t like that!!!!!??

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and there you have it! some of my Favorite Lip Products for Fall/Winter 2014!

Tips

-When wearing a darker lip colour, go for a more neutral coloured eye. This will have you avoid looking gothish! (unless you are going for that look of course!!) Halloween is around the corner after all 🙂 🙂

-Apply a lip treatment or balm when you first begin your makeup….after it is done and you are ready to apply your lipstick, wipe the balm off. This way the treatment has time to sink in and preps your lips for a  longer lasting application.

-The key to wearing a different coloured lipstick such as black…is not giving a crap what other people think! If you have the confidence, you can wear whatever you want!!

-Make sure your skin is well covered and your complexion is even. Dark colours and reds tend to emphasize any imperfections if you have any. So, foundation and powders are a must!

-Blot lipstick with tissue after you apply it, to avoid any excess from smearing on your face or teeth ( THE WORST!!!)….also if you are the friend of said person wearing lipstick, please tell them they have something on their teeth…there is nothing worse then looking in the mirror and realizing you have been talking to everyone with a big gob of lipstick on your pearly whites….or in my case, all over my chin after I eat! 😦

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-Nicole xo 🙂 🙂

MOTD/FOTD

 

Here is a pretty boring entry on today’s Makeup of the day.(Just In case anyone is wondering what I wear on a regular, everyday basis, this is pretty well it! (Plus or minus a few other things) The majority of the products are drugstore and the odd high end product.

I had a pretty easy going Sunday today…spent some time in Target(SHOCKER!!!) then watched some hockey games(Go Tradesmen!)  and went out to dinner at my parents for our usual Sunday get together. Roast Beef(Yuck!) and Blueberry Crumble(Yum!!)

Outfit– As casual as it gets for me. Black Puma Tights, Under Armour Tee, Lulu Lemon Hoodie(embarrassingly enough, the only hoodie I own) and white H&M sneakers…Also threw in a lulu headband because I was feeling extra fancy and my hair was feeling extra gross and today was not a good “hair wash” sort of day, but seriously, when is it ever!

Anywho, Lets jump in to the makeup details.

SKIN

1)  Primed with Loreal’s Revitalift Miracle Blur (Oil-Free Version) I hated primers till I tried this one out!

2) Concealed my bags and circles with Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in the Shade Neutralizer (Holy Grail!!)

3) Covered with Stila Stay all Day HD Beauty Balm. Talked about this product in my Summer Faves and Raves.

4) Camouflaged my one teeny tiny breakout( Yey for good skin lately!) with The Balm’s Time Bomb concealer in light/medium…I have had this stuff for forever….I literally use the tiniest bit and it covers fairly well.

5)Set my whole faces with Rimmel’s Stay Matte pressed powder in 003 Natural!

6) Bronzed all over with Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer.

7) For Blush I mixed a combo of Makeup Geeks new blush in Honey Moon (LOVE!) and Aveda’s limited edition face accent in Hibiscus!

8) Cheek Highlight and inner tear duct was compliments of Mac’s Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle (cult classic!)

EYES

1) Prepped with NYX jumbo pencil in Milk. Not a necessary step, but I feel when I wear light or no eye shadow, it covers the redness and veins on my eyelids.

2) The One and only shadow used was “Strange” from my Naked 3 palette

3) Lined Just my outer lids in a black pencil by Essence. Super affordable and one of the few pencils that doesn’t smear all over my lids.

4) Of course, curled my lashes with my handy dandy lash curler…which is ancient and I have no idea where it came from.

5) Three-ish coats of Hypnose Star Mascara in Black (also another summer fave! 🙂 )

6) Brows were brought to you today by “Brow Bar to Go” by Whitening Lightning.

LIPS

1)  Rimmel East End Snob Lip Liner…somewhat of a nude-pink shade.

2) Last but not least, I applied Mac’s Cream Cup Lipstick 🙂

 

THE END

and for those who managed to not nod off while reading this, Thanks!

I sometimes find myself lacking inspiration for posts lately. I WANT to write on a more regular basis, and have a list of topics to talk about, but I’m not sure if they would bore readers half to death. So what I am trying to say is, I am more then open to suggestions! Let a girl know, folks!!!!

 

-Nicole xo 🙂