Holiday Glam…

Holiday Glam…

Hey guys!

Here is a makeup look I have been gravitating to this holiday season! ( please excuse my eyebrow… I didn’t realize I had smudged it LOL)  P.S I am not a makeup artist, no desire to be one lol( I just like playing around with cool products 🙂

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First, I prepped and primed my skin. I used the Hangover Rx Replenishing Primer all over my face with the exception of my t-zone. For my t– zone ( forehead, nose and chin) I used the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. I have combination skin that leans more to the oily side so the primer mixing helps to keep my oils controlled.

Hangover Rx Replenishing Primer: $45.00 ( 1.35 fl oz)
Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector: $28.00 ( mini size)

I followed up with the Too Faced Comfort Matte Foundation in the shade Cocoa. This is a medium coverage foundation which is what I prefer these days. Not too heavy on the skin and leaves the skin looking dewy.

Hangover Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation: Normally $48.00 but currently on the Sephora website for $38.50!

Next, I concealed some trouble spots with my Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer in the shade 470. This helped to cover up any blemishes the medium coverage foundation may have missed. This is my favourite concealer at the moment! So creamy, moveable and a little goes a long way.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer: $35.00

On my eyebrows, I used an Essence eyebrow pencil in the shade brown. Easy to use and to create a soft natural-looking brow. I found this at my local Shoppers Drug Mart.

Essence Eyebrow Pencil: $2.49

On my eyes, I used a combination of two palettes. The Naked Heat Palette by Urban Decay and the Morphe 15d Day Slayer Artistry Palette. I honestly mixed and matched different colours. I don’t remember what I used but I wanted bold rosy colours to offset my red dress.

Naked Heat Palette by Urban Decay: $68.00
Morphe 15d Day Slayer Artistry Palette:  This was a  limited edition palette but I believe I got it for around $25.00

To line my eyes this day, I used the Sephora Collection Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner in the shade Black lace, which is a matte black liner. 

Sephora Collection Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner: $16.00

For mascara, I just used the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara in the shade Glam Black.

Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara: $6.00 at Walmart.

On my lips, I used the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Lolita and Lined my lips with MAC’s Chestnut lip liner. 

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick: $26.50
MAC’s Chestnut lip liner: $22.00

Finally, to set my face I used the Too Faced Mattifying Setting Spray.  Love how this spray works with this foundation but nothing beats my tried and true MAC Fix+ 🙂

Too Faced Mattifying Setting Spray.  $20.00 ( mini size)

 

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Are They Worth The Hype: MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours

Hey lovely people!

I am back again with another edition of , ” Are They Worth The Hype?”. This edition features the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours.

Not too long ago MAC re released their collection, adding some new shades. The first release that they came out with, I was not impressed… at all! I found the formula ( especially in the darker shades ) were extremely streaky and not long lasting at all.

I had a gift card to MAC, and was in the market from some new products, so I decided to give these liquid lipcolours a try once again.

I love liquid lipsticks. There are three things I look for when purchasing a liquid lip product:

1:  Are they long lasting?
2:  How do they feel on the lips? Are they super drying?
3: How do they apply ?
4: Packaging?

 

1: These liquid lipcolours are SUPER long lasting! I wore this product for about 8 hours ( a full work day) and  I didn’t have to reapply once! I even had a sub sandwich for lunch and drank a soda without a straw and make lipstick was still intact.  Towards the end of the day, I did start to see a little feathering around the sides, and a little bit missing from the middle. But it wasn’t super obvious.

2. The first time I tried these products, they were super uncomfortable for me . Extremely drying and streaky and crumbly. But this new formula is completely different.  They were very comfortable on the lips  throughout the entire time of wearing it. The fact that they are more of a matte suede finish, I think helps them not to dry out my lips.

3.The liquid lip colour has a doe foot applicator which makes for a smooth and easy application. The applicator holds a lot of product so I would suggest that you wipe off some of the product before you apply.

4: Let’s talk about the packaging. I’m not impressed at all. We all know that MAC lipsticks have that classic packing:  matte black tube with the silver line in the middle and the silver branding.  The liquid lip colour packaging  basically kept the black matte top and a clear plastic tube .  I guess they wanted to keep their products packaging consistent but to me it kinda fell short!

 

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I purchased the shade “Oh Lady”  and I absolutely love it! I will definitely think about investing in a few other shades.

These products retail for $21.00 ( Canadian)  and you get  5 ml of product in each tube.

Would I repurchase this product? Absolutely! Are they worth the hype? Yup!!

I love liquid lipsticks! What are some of your favourite brands?

xoxo

Style Sunday: The Mustard Body Suit…

Style Sunday: The Mustard Body Suit…

Hey Guys!

I’m back again with a quick Style Sunday post. This one features an absolutely stunning mustard yellow body suit that I purchased from…. say it with me long time readers…. Forever 21! ( They really should sponsor me lol…. Forever 21 if you’re listening , I’m ready 🙂 )

I really love this colour, especially against my deep skin tone. It’s such a rich warm colour that is just perfect for fall!

This keyhole cut out body suit is made from a blend of rayon and spandex which makes it super comfortable and lightweight. This body suit can be worn in many different ways. It can be dressed up ( like I wore it today) or can even be worn with jeans and flats for a more casual approach.  This body suit retails for $20.90 Canadian. If your interested, you can purchase it here

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Today , I chose to pair this body suit with a black pencil skirt and some nude pumps. These pumps I purchased from Aldo and honestly guys, these are actually the most comfortable pair of shoes I have purchased in a very long time. I especially like the lace up details of the shoe as well as the suede material, and the 4″ heel is just right for me. Run out and get you a pair, you won’t be disappointed !

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I curled my hair with Flexi-Rods ( bendy rollers, curling rods..) for a little more glam look than my everyday loose waves. I used a mix of the purple, blue and skinny orange ones to achieve this look. I felt like glamming up my face a little bit today so I did! I especially love this “new” MAC lipstick I purchased called “Antique Velvet” . It is very similar to one of my favorite Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks ,Vampira.

 

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xoxo

Style Sunday: Casual Weekend Outfit…

Style Sunday: Casual Weekend Outfit…

Hey guys!

Quick style post for you this week! This weekend was a much needed relaxing weekend! I had no weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, etc….. to attend, bf out of town ( this is the last “free” weekend I have until about August) so I took full advantage of the fact that I had no obligations to do anything. I could chose to do ( or not do) anything I wanted!

I chose to spend time with two of my girlfriends. One I met for breakfast and the other for dinner. ( it seems that in my free time I like to eat LOL! I better stay busy so I can keep my figure 😛 )

For both outfits I chose to wear my favourite pair of blue distressed jeans. It was quite warm, so I decided to cuff them at the ankles. Of course, my jeans come from my favourite store Forever 21.

In the morning I paired the jeans with a leopard print top that I’ve had in my closet for years. I don’t remember where I got it from but I really love and I just can’t get rid of it.  I threw on a Red lip ( Good ol’ Ruby Woo from MAC) some gold hoops and I was ready to go.

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In the evening, I switched out the leopard for a plain olive green t-shirt from a store called Bluenotes. This shirt is a basic cotton shirt, but what I really liked about it was the slits on the side. Honestly guys, this shirt is so soft and versatile! You can dress it up or keep it casual. I bought this shirt in black, white, and gray in addition to the olive green ( hey when I find something I like, I buy multiples!)

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The shirt is quite plain, so to dress it up I added a statement necklace from ( say it with me folks….. ) Forever 21 😛  This piece caught my attention because its gold and kind of has a tribal/ hippie feel to it! I can see myself pairing this with a flower crown and a romper…. hmm ideas… : )  This is a recent purchase so you can still find it in stores and online here

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On my feet I wore an open- toe ballerina flat in a cognac shade. I purchased these from a store called ” Call It Spring) I really like these shoes but if you are thinking of purchasing them, I would get the little insoles that go on the ankle because I’ve got quite the blister on my ankle now : (  ( click here for a link to purchase)

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So that’s what I wore this weekend! I kept my slay simple : )
Happy Styling!
xoxo

Beauty Blog: Battle of The Red Lips!

Beauty Blog: Battle of The Red Lips!

Hey guys!

I’m back again with another beauty blog! In this blog I am going to discuss my absolute favorite and timeless beauty trend: The Red Lip! The first lipstick I ever purchased with my own money was a red lipstick. I know pretty bold for someone who up until about 2012 NEVER wore anything but lip gloss from Bath and Body Works or EOS lip balm or the tried and true Vaseline (hangs head in shame)

But then one day, I collected six empty containers from MAC ( MAC has a recycling program. If you return 6 empty containers , you can choose a free lipstick!) and I said let me step way out of my comfort zone and try a red lipstick. Growing up with Jamaican Christian parents, big bold lipsticks like the red one I chose was totally out of the question as a teen. But in 2012 as a twenty something year old woman, their opinion no longer mattered LOL.

So, I asked the lady at the counter which red lipstick she would recommend for me and she led me in the direction of the gorgeous and timeless shade of Ruby Woo!!!  I fell in love! That started my lipstick junkie journey! I now own over 20 MAC lipsticks 😛 . But, it really started my love affair with red lipstick. I actually don’t own that many, just 3. ( I’m not including MAC Diva because its more of a burgundy/ brown to me even though its classified as a red)

The three red shades I have all come from different companies. I have of course the shade “Ruby Woo” by MAC Cosmetics. I also have “Fiery” from the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Collection and “Outlaw” from the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick” line. Each one of these products has its pros and cons. Let’s go through them together

Let’s begin with Ruby Woo: Ruby Woo is a very pigmented matte red shade with blue undertones. The pros of Ruby Woo are as follows:

Pros:

  •  very long-lasting
  • super pigmented
  • fantastic coverage
  • compliments all complexions
  • makes your teeth look super white! 😛

However it does have a few cons:

Cons:

  • Extremely drying formula ( must exfoliate lips well before using this product)
  • Has a tendency to feather and fade after a few hours of wear. ( nothing that can’t be rectified with a lip liner or lip primer)

Next up “Outlaw” by Kat Von D. Outlaw is a described as a brick-red shade. A true “pin-up” red.

The pros and cons for this product are as follows:

Pros:

  • super long-lasting ( I mean it takes divine intervention to remove these!)
  • extremely pigmented
  • non-transferable
  • compliments all if not most complexions

Cons:

  • very drying formula ( easily rectified with a lip scrub/vaseline primer prior to application. If you don’t moisturize your lips beforehand, it will show every crack and crevice on your lips.
  • You need a very steady hand to apply because if you make a mistake, you will have to start all over. It will stain your face too lol
  • really need a lip liner to help keep this from feathering
  • Will rub off if eating something especially greasy.

Lastly, “Fiery” from the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick line. The pros and cons are as follows:

Pros:

  • Long lasting
  • very pigmented
  • feels very light on the lips
  • Doesnt need a lip liner

Cons:

  • fades easily if eating food that is greasy
  • will stain if not applied with a steady hand.

Okay now that I’ve laid out my pros and cons for these products let me rank them from least favorite to  most favorite. Drum roll please ( insert drum-roll lol)

3. My least favorite is “Outlaw” . I’ve tried to manipulate it by using lip liners and a lip primer but I just don’t like the formula of this particular Kat Von D Shade. ( all the others I own I absolutely love) I would probably never repurchase this lip product. I give it a 2 out of 5 stars.

2. The one that lands right in the middle is “Fiery”. I love the way it feels so light on my lips. I love that is super pigmented. I guess i’m just kind of indifferent towards this shade. I wouldn’t lose any sleep if this shade was discontinued,but I would reach for it randomly if it was around 🙂 4 out of 5 stars.

1. That of course leaves my beloved Ruby Woo! I love everything about this lipstick. I love that I can wear this as a stand alone or I can pair it with a brown or plum lip liner and change the appearance. Ruby Woo is a lipstick my makeup kit can never be without. As long as the shade is in production , I will own it. Ruby Woo is fierce! Fantastic! 5 out of 5 stars.

You may stray away but you always come back to your first love! Ruby Woo, you my boo!! 😛

What’s your favorite red lipstick?

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xoxo