Apr 16, 2014

More Empties!

I didn't think I would have another empties post for you guys so soon after my last one, but I do! It seems I have been successful in using up more old products while on my spending ban. Most of these are skincare products, not makeup, but it's still an accomplishment!

In the back row there is the Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream for dry skin, the L'Oreal Volume Collagen Body Boost Root Lifting Spray and a bottle of Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner. In the middle row is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Mascara and the Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick. In the front is a Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning lip balm.

Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream: This was a nice light gel cream for the face. I have a review for it here. I have to admit, I didn't completely use all of this cream up. One night while applying my face cream before bed, I accidentally knocked the open jar onto the floor and a ton of it flew everywhere! I probably lost half a jar of product. :( This was a nice cream regardless of that issue though. I might repurchase this product again. It was a really nice refreshing gel, but I love to try new face creams, so we shall see.

L'Oreal Volume Collagen Body Boost Root Lifting Spray: As you can see in the picture, I barely touched this product. I bought this shortly before starting my no 'poo challenge. I also found it didn't do all that much to my hair. I am giving this to a friend of mine to see if she likes it any better. I personally wouldn't repurchase this product.

Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner: This is my favourite toner! You can see liquid in the bottle and that is because I repurposed it to hold my apple cider vinegar and water mixture for my hair. I like the spout part, it makes it easy to get the stuff in my hair. I did use up all of the original product that came in here though. To hear me rave about witch hazel click here! I will definitely be repurchasing this toner as soon as I use up all my samples and other bottles of toner.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Mascara: This was a very run of the mill black mascara. I probably won't be repurchasing it because I love trying new mascaras, but if that weren't the case, I might.

Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick: This is a fantastic foundation. For a full review click here! One thing not mentioned in this review though, is how quickly the product ran out. After about 3 weeks of daily use it was almost completely gone! This does make my foundation routine much faster and leaves a nice finish on my face, but I don't want to have to buy a new foundation every three weeks! For that reason, I probably won't ever repurchase this.

Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm With Kokum Butter: This was a really boring lip balm. There is no flavour or scent to it, which I don't mind, but it also feels like it doesn't do much for your lips. It wears off really fast and doesn't leave my lips feeling any softer. Although I love the rest of the Burt's Bees line, I will not be repurchasing this lip balm again.

That's it for my empties post. If I keep using products up at this rate, I might be able to make this a monthly thing! We will just have to see though. Are there any products that you finished lately? Tell me what they were in the comments!

Apr 15, 2014

Quick Look: April Showers

Today's look reminds me of spring rains. The eyes are mostly blue and green with a bit of yellow bursting through, like the sun through the clouds. This is what the weather here has been like for the last few days. Even though it is warmer and sometimes sunnier than it has been in a long time, the rain keeps randomly bursting out. We even had some pretty crazy thunderstorms yesterday. I hope my eye makeup reflects this a little bit.

Please excuse my gross hair. One side of it seriously needs to calm down!

My entire eye look was done with the Sigma Creme de Couture palette. I feel kind of bad for using it so often because it was a limited edition item, but I have been waiting all winter to bust these colours out in full force! They are just the most perfect shades for spring! I basically used all of the blue shades and the mintier green shades, as well as the yellow. I also darkened my crease a tiny bit with the brown.

I tried something a little bit different with my blush. I applied it along the top of my cheekbones and all the way up to my temples. It gave me an extra flushed look, but I can't decide if it looks cute or like a sunburn. :P To do this I used a mixture of the peach and golden pink shades from my BH Cosmetics Glamorous Blush Palette.

Finally for the lips I used Impulse Cosmetics' lipstick in Psychedelic. This sort of broke the April Showers look up a bit, but I really like how the colours worked together anyways!

This look was especially fun to create because I love the colours, but also because the Sigma Creme de Couture palette is so much fun to work with. The pastel shades in it just make me happy to look at. I hope you enjoyed my pastel version of a spring shower themed eye! I hope your April has been less rainy than mine so far!

Apr 14, 2014

Quick Look: It's Spring!!!

I know I said I wouldn't do another pink eye look so soon, but I was clearly mistaken. Spring is finally here and I was inspired to do this bright look!

For this look I used my BH Cosmetics 88 matte palette again. I used a bunch of colours in the pink rows to do it and finished with a winged eyeliner. On my lips is a lipstick by Impulse Cosmetics in Circus. It is a great pastel teal colour that I think is perfect for spring. And finally on my cheeks is the brightest pink/purple blush from the BH Cosmetics Glamorous Blush Palette. I kept most of the colour concentrated on the apples of my cheeks.

That's it for the look. I hope it got you all in the mood for spring! What colours are your favourite for spring?

Apr 10, 2014

Drag Queen Inspired!

I have a confession to make. I wish I was a drag queen! No really, I want to be a man who dresses up like a lady. I saw my first drag show at around the age of 16 and I have been in love with queens ever since! The giant hair, the bright makeup, the glittery clothes, for some reason it all looks better on a man! :P

Anyways, I have been on a RuPaul's Drag Race binge lately and was inspired to come up with this look:

I took another foray into the world of fake lashes for this look. It wouldn't be a proper drag queen look without false eyelashes! I took me about 3 tries and one eye stabbing to get them on properly though... I also find them very uncomfortable to wear, but they are just cheap-o lashes from amazon. I went with the most natural looking lashes I had since I tried heavier ones first and gave up on those, lol. You can sort of see in the third picture how messed up my eyeliner looks and this is because of all the eyelash issues I had.

For my eyes I mainly used my BH Cosmetics 88 matte palette, except for the inner 1/3 of my eye and inner corner which is Pistachio eyeshadow by Madison Street Beauty. I used various shades of brown from the palette to do the cut crease and the bottom lashline. I then filled in the centre of my lid with a bright green from the 88 palette.

The most fun I had in this look was with the contouring. I don't know how well it shows up in the photos, but I really contoured the crap out of my face. I first used my ELF Blush & Bronzer Cream in St. Lucia under my cheeks, under my chin, along my jawbone and hairline, as well as in my temples. I set that cream with the ELF Blush and Bronzer powder in the same colour. I then used a medium brown from the 88 matte palette to contour my cheeks further, as well as the sides of my nose and around the end of my nose. I then used a very small bit of the blush side of the St. Lucia duo on the sides of my cheekbones, just for a slight hint of colour in my cheeks.

I filled my eyebrows in with a very dark, almost black brown shade. I made them as arched as I could and blended the inner part downwards into the cut crease line. I then pulled the corner of the blended part further in toward my nose.

And finally, just to keep this look as crazy as possible, I needed to add a bright teal lipstick. I used my trusty Impulse Cosmetics lipstick in Lobotomy. In true drag queen fashion I did go farther outside of my lipline to make my lips look larger. I didn't go very far outside of it though, so my lips still look pretty tiny, but did make my cupid's bow as pointy as possible.

That's it for the look! Do you watch RuPaul's Drag Race? Let me know in the comments below!

Music I'm Listening To

I have never done a post like this, but I thought I would share with you some of my favourite songs at the moment! You guys all know my makeup tastes, so I though you should get to know some of the other things I am interested in. I might also have a slight alterior motive for this post that I will mention at the end.

Music is really important to me. I don't play music myself really (that's my DJ/Musician boyfriend's job) but I spend most of my day listening to some music or other. These are just a few of the songs I have played recently. Not all of them are new songs, but in my opinion they are all great. I may nerd out a bit while describing them though, so you can just skip to the videos if you want.

Ode To The Bouncer by Studio Killers
I love Studio Killers and this song has been stuck in my head a lot lately. It's just a really fun song that makes me want to dance. This is a band made up of fictional cartoon characters, much like Prozzak or The Gorillaz. I am also completely in love with the character who is singing, Chubby Cherry. She is so fabulous! Word is that she is voiced by a man, which I think is awesome. I will definitely have to try and recreate some of her makeup looks soon.



Cookie Thumper by Die Antwoord
Die Antwoord is a South African rap group that I am a huuuuge fan of. I have been listening to their music for years and I think they have finally hit their stride. Their newer stuff is definitely getting a lot better. I will warn you now though, they are not for the faint of heart. This song is much tamer than a lot of their other stuff. If you decide to listen to any more of their music, just be warned that at some point they will say something offensive about almost every group of people you could think of. They aren't actually discriminating people, often it is done to make a point, but many people still end up offended. They also have ridiculous, long intros in most of their videos.



Choosing For You by I Am Legion
A little while ago one of my favourite DJ groups, Noisia, decided to team up with my all time favourite rap group, Foreign Beggars, to create the super group I Am Legion. When I first heard that they were planning this I literally started running around my apartment dancing/freaking out in excitement and they definitely have not disappointed! Here is one of the first songs they released off the new album:



Like The Angel by Rise Against
I am not ashamed to say that Rise Against has been one of my all time favourite bands for many many many years. As far as good (but kinda mainstream) punk goes they are right up there with Bad Religion for me. I think I know every single one of their songs by heart. This is a song of the album Revolutions Per Minute, one of their best albums in my opinion.



And finally I am going to shamelessly plug my boyfriend, DJ Nick Tesla's newest remix of Hero by Pegboard Nerds. He has actually entered a contest with this one, so I am leaving the link to where you can listen to it and vote for him HERE. It would mean a lot to both of us if you took a second and voted!

What did you think of this post? Would you like to see more things like this in the future? Also, let me know what your favourite song of the moment is in the comments below!!!

Apr 8, 2014

Quick Look: Arrrrr Matey!

I posted the pirate makeup I did on my boyfriend for a party last week already and I am finally getting around to posting my own makeup from that night!

I didn't get many good pictures of this look since I was in a hurry, which is a shame because this is one of my favourite looks that I have done lately.

To do my eyes I used Star Crushed Minerals' Wine eyeshadow on my inner and outer corner, leaving the centre empty. I then took Hearts of Black Lace by Notoriously Morbid Cosmetics and used that in my crease and the outer half of my bottom lashline. I then used the shade Tempest from the same company on the centre of my lid for and extra shimmery pop of dimension. I also used that on the inner half of my bottom lashline and right near my tear duct. I lined my waterline with a white pencil and set it with Cloud Coverage by Glamour Doll Eyes. I used that on my brow bone as well. I finished it off with some winged liquid liner and mascara.

I did a pretty heavy contour on my face with the ELF Blush & Bronzer Cream in St. Lucia and set it with the powder version. On my lips is Pandora by Impulse Cosmetics.

I did actually wear a full costume, but forgot to take outfit photos, as usual. Here are a couple of camera phone snaps that show most of my costume though!

I wore my awesome pirate hat that I bought on Etsy a few years ago. It has many ribbons and feathers and adornments! Nick and I took turns wearing it all night because it gets hot when you are dancing. I wore a pirate shirt that is also from Etsy with a black, studded, high-waist belt. I wore a stripey miniskirt, fishnet tights and black boots, all of which you cannot see. Perhaps I will redo this with a full outfit for Halloween this year!

That's it for this look, I hope you liked it!

Apr 6, 2014

My No Makeup Makeup Look! (My Foundation Routine)

Normally, I am used to jamming colours all over my face daily. Often if I am not going to be doing extra bright makeup, I won't wear any at all to go out. I don't have too many skin complaints, other than my disgusting eye bags, so I don't mind going places with a bare face. Sometimes I do need to pull out a nice toned down makeup look. One that makes me look a bit more refined without looking like I have caked on the makeup! Today's look is for those occasions.

I am actually going to walk you through all of the skin products and foundation I use as well. I don't often do that because I want to focus on the eyeshadow, but today we want to focus mainly on skin. The goal is to look as fresh and awake as possible. I will warn you now that this is going to be a really loooong post so that I can thoroughly explain everything.

I will show you the look first, then tell you what I did.

I love my hair like this I think I'm just going to keep doing it this way! It is so easy! If you want to see how it is done click here!

To start my makeup off I make sure my face is cleansed and tones. I use Cetaphil cleanser and have been for years. I find it gentle and non-drying. I then toned my face with Sisley's Floral Toning Lotion. I ran out of my usual witch hazel toner, and had a sample bottle of this stuff, so I am using it up. Once I am clean and fresh I add a layer of moisturizer. I used a garnier for dry skin face moisturizer and the Burt's Bees Radiance Eye Cream on my puffy eye bags. I put a fairly thick layer of moisturizer on and let it sink in for several minutes if I have enough time.

Next comes foundation. I don't use primer unless I am going out at night. For my foundation I used my favourite, Annabelle Skin True in their lightest shade. Unfortunately that means that this foundation is not good for really pale ladies, but if you have medium toned skin, this stuff is perfect! To apply this I use the elf duo fibre stippling brush. I place a pea sized amount of foundation on the back of my hand, then dot that all over my face. With the brush I smooth it over my face first, then I use small circular motions to make it blend seamlessly into my skin.

Now it is time for concealer. I use the BH Cosmetics Jumbo Concealer Pencil in Fair on any spots or redness I have, as well as around my mouth because that is always discoloured on me. I don't often have many spots to conceal but i blend a bit of this, with my finger, over all the red patches on my cheeks and nose that foundation won't quite cover. I then use a undereye brightener/concealer. The one I used today was the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer in the shade Ivory. to apply it I sweep it under my tear bag and on my bigger undereye bag, then pat it in with my ring finger. Afterwards I rub any leftover concealer on my finger onto my upper eyelid.

To set everything I used the ELF HD Setting Powder and the ELF flat powder brush. This brush is huge and has a very flat top. I only use patting motions and apply a very small amount of powder all over my face.

For blush I used the ELF Blush & Bronzer duo in St. Lucia and the small stippling brush from ELf as well. This is a really tiny stippling rush and it is perfect if you don't want to apply too much blush. On heavier makeup days I normally use a larger blush brush. I used only the blush side in the compact. I used circular motions to apply the blush only to the highest part of my cheekbones, bringing it back to my hairline. For a really natural flush I make sure not to apply any blush to the apples of my cheeks only on the sides as high up as possible.

And Now your face is mostly finished! You could really just apply a bit of mascara and go if you wanted to. I did just a few more things though, to make this look a bit more put together. First off, my eyebrows are pretty sparse on their own so I used my Dermafrost Beauty Indellible Brow pencil in the shade taupe then ran a spooly brush through them.

I didn't do any eyeshadow, but I did use a plain black eyeliner pencil to do a thin line across my top lashline. This helps define my lashline and make my eyes look a bit rounder or more open. If you already have very round eyes you can line only the outer half of your lashline. This will make the eye a bit more elongated. I did the tiniest of wings on my outer corner because I just couldn't help myself but you don't have to. I then applied 2 coats of mascara to my top lashes only. You can put a coat on your bottom lashes if you want, but mine are so short that it doesn't always end well.

The finaly thing for this look was a quick swipe of a light pink lip gloss. I used a Burt's Bees Lip Shine in the shade Wink.

And that's it for the look! This post was starting to seem long and wordy so here is a goofy pic to end it.

I hope this post helped a few of you! I often try to end these posts with a question for you guys but I can't really think of any right now.... What's your favourite foundation I guess?