Minimal Makeup For A Quick Trip…

Minimal Makeup For A Quick Trip…

Hey guys!

As I write this post, I am procrastinating packing my suitcase for my quick little vacay that I leave for… wait for it… Friday. I haven’t even looked at ( or for) suitcase yet…. sigh I do this every time (lol)

Yikes! I have decided since this is a quick trip, I’m not checking a bag. I’m strictly bringing a carry on! I’m doing my very best to pack lightly, and that includes my beauty/makeup products.

If you’ve ever travelled with me, you know I usually pack my ENTIRE makeup collection because I just don’t know what look I want to go for. Well, this time, I’m putting my foot down on myself (lol) and packing the minimal essentials to get my face together for a simple day brunch or a night on the town.

Here are the tips I have for packing lightly on in the makeup department

  • Pack Palettes if you can: If you have a palette that has a combination of products combined. For example a blush and highlight palette  or an eyeshadow palette instead of a bunch of single shadows.
  • Bring a medium/full coverage foundation that can possibly also double as a concealer.
  • Bring one universal lip liner and limit the number of lip products you bring ( this is visually impossible for me!)  Bring one red/ bold lip colour, a nude lip colour and a sheer gloss.
  • Bring travel sized items like, cleansing balm ( as opposed to liquid makeup remover) setting powder, setting spray etc..
  • Bring multi purpose brushes instead of 25,000 different brushes. Take stock of our actual daily makeup routine and bring the brushes you need.
  • Have an idea of the makeup look you are going for ahead of time so that you don’t over pack items you most definitely won’t use.

This is what I will be bringing with me on my trip: 

For my eyes:  
Tartelette in Bloom Palette
Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in “Onyx”
Better Than Sex Mascara

On my face: 
Clinique 2 in 1 Foundation and Concealer in the shade “Clove”
L.A. Girl Concealer
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Kylie Cosmetics Kylighter in Chocolate Cherry

On my lips: 
Red: Beso by Stila
Bold: Bauhau5 by Kat Von D
Nude/Gloss: Spite by MAC Cosmetics
MAC Chestnut lip liner
Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer

That’s 12 makeup products that I can do countless looks with! 12 may seem like a lot but its really not!

Let’s hope I can actually stick to this! Wish me luck folks! Until next time…



Beauty Blog: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Products…

Hey y’all!

Well winter has returned with a vengeance where I live, so much so that my workplace is closed for the day! ( Woohoo for Snow Days!)

With winter for me, comes extremely chapped lips! I have always sworn by my DIY Brown Sugar and Honey Lip Scrub, but being the product junkie that I am, I wanted to try out the Bite Beauty Agave Sugar Lip Scrub and The Agave Lip Mask.

Let’s start with the Agave Sugar Lip Scrub: 
What is it:  A gentle lip scrub designed to exfoliate and moisturize  the lips. It is main ingredients are brown sugar (raw) and agave sugar.  It also has some exotic oils that support the moisturizing effects.


This product retails for $20.00 ( Canadian) and is sold in Sephora stores and on The packaging is basic yet cute!  Do you want my honest opinion on this product? Save your money and make it yourself!! Not saying that it’s a bad product (because it’s not), but is it worth twenty of your hard earned dollars? No!

Here’s my recipe for my go to DIY lip scrub!

2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar ( $0.99/lb at my local Bulk Barn)
1 Tablespoon  Liquid  Honey  (  I use the Natural Honey Farms brand that retails for approximately $7.00 at my local grocery stores) 

How to make/use it:  Add the sugar into a dish and slowly add the honey and mix together until it is a thick and tacky  paste like consistency . Spread the paste on your lips and let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Then using a wash cloth, in circular motions rub the paste off of your lips1 Voila you’re done! ( I always like to moisturize with vaseline afterwards)

So there you have it! For less than half the price, you can make basically the same product on your own at home! However, it DIY isn’t your thing, you could check the Bite Beauty product out! I for sure will not be repurchasing 🙂

Next up, the Agave Lip Mask: 
What is it: A leave on lip mask that is formulated to return moisture to the lips. Using various oils in addition to the agave honey, this products thick consistency helps to hydrate and smooth out the delicate skin of the lips.


This product retails for $30.00 ( Canadian) Thank goodness I had a gift card , cuz thirty dollars for a lip mask??? No ma’am! (l0l) I really like this product though! If you have the means to purchase this , then I would definitely recommend it. I have been using this product daily for about 2  weeks and have already noticed a huge difference in my ashy lips (lol) I find this product works best when put on at night and left to do its thing while you rest! When I wake up in the morning my lips are smooth and when I have to brave the frigid elements outside, my lips stay intact! I even find that my lipstick applies so much smoother after using this product.

Don’t want to spend thirty dollars on one lip product? ( trust me I don’t blame you)  I have found 2 drugstore brand lip products that kind of do the same thing. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm which retails for about 8 dollars or the good old tried tested and true Carmex Classic Lip Balm! That is a holy grail product for sure ! It usually retails for about 7 dollars at my local Walmart!


Well that’s it folks! If any of these things don’t work for you, you can always use good old Vaseline ! Vaseline will never let you down ! 🙂


Beauty Blog: Make Up Products I Just Can’t Live Without…

Hey guys!

So there’s been this Youtube tag floating around for some time now where some beauty influencers have been talking about their “Holy grail” makeup products or in other words makeup products they just can’t live without!

I decided to jump on the bandwagon and share some of my must haves with you! Enjoy!

Let’s start with skin care:

Facial Cleanser: Hands down it would have to be my Cetaphil  Gentle Skin Cleanser. Nothing handles my oily skin situation like this product!

Micellar Water: Simple  Micellar Water is perfect for getting off all ( and I mean all) of your makeup and excess oils.

Makeup Wipes: I just tried these wipes and they have easily become my favourite ones to use. They are the Clinique “Take the day away” micellar wipes. Basically the same thing the micellar water does , but in a wipe form! Great for travelling! A little on the pricey side for makeup wipes but for what they do its well worth the money.

Face Masks: Oh how I love a good face mask! I am forever indebted to my friend Vanessa for creating her very own skin care products and for her introducing me to her ginger mousse mask! Heaven in a jar for my skin! If I’m ever out of that mask I also swear by the Origins Charcoal Mask, its made from activated charcoal that really helps with deep cleansing and the opening up of pores!

Ok now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff!!!

Lips:  ( I had to break down the lip products in 2 sections lipsticks and liquid lipsticks)

Lipstick: Two lipsticks that I absolutely can’t live without are both from MAC cosmetics. MAC’s Ruby Woo ( bold red with a matte finish) and MAC’s Flat out Fabulous (bold fuchsia pink shade) Ruby Woo is an all year staple while I always grab for Flat out Fabulous in the summer months!

Liquid Lipsticks:  There are three that if I was stuck on a desert island, it would visually be impossible to choose. I wear each one at least one time a week 🙂

Beso ( Stila Cosmetics) : A deep red! Similar to Ruby Woo but the formula is long lasting and not as drying as Ruby Woo.
Lolita ( Kat Von  D): The perfect mauve colour, looks especially beautiful on women with darker complexions ( like moi!)
LAX ( Colourpop Cosmetics)  A deep vampy brownish-red perfect for the fall and winter months.

Foundation: Make Up Forever Matte Velvet Foundation: Bae…. enough said! 🙂

Concealer : L.A. Girl Pro Concealer. Cheap and literally the best concealer I have ever used! ( well the Nars concealer is a close second :P)

Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder: THIS IS BAE!!!! I absolutely love this product! It sets my makeup perfectly and doesn’t leave me looking ghostly like some other products can leave women of colour looking! For All over my face on the days I just want some shine control I tend to reach for my Bare Minerals Matte loose powder.

Eyeliner: If they ever discontinue this product I don’t know what I’ll do lol! It is Maybelline’s Unstoppable Eyeliner in the shade Onyx! Amazing!

Mascara: Maybelline  The Falsies Push Up Drama.  Makes your lashes look like you are wearing falsies.So great!

Eyeshadow Palette : Naked One Palette. This palette is so versatile and especially works well for women with deeper complexions.

Lashes: On the days I do wear them, I always reach for the Ardell demi-wispies.

Highlight : I l always reach for Champagne Pop by Jaclyn Hill. Looks amazing on my melanin rich skin!!!