Sunday, December 15, 2013

5 Favs + a Brush for November/December

I feel I have to combine my Favs for November/December since December is already half over and I was really busy the last month.

So without further adieu here are my 5 Favs + a Brush.

 November/December favs

 mac studio careblend pressed powder in medium
I have tried many pressed powders and finally found my fav
this is the third time I have repurchased...that says a lot!

mac beauty powder in too chic
a great highlighter...I use it on top of my cheekbones
not too frosty or shimmery, just a nice glow
swatch of too chic

mac mineralized blush in lured to love
I loooove the mac mineralized blush, I almost have them all
this one is from the divine night holiday collection
so that means limited edition...I wish I bought more!
looks great on light skin tones
 swatch of lured to love
it's not pink and it's not peach, the perfect blend of both!

mac paint pot in layin' low
I have always loved the mac paint pots
so when a new collection came out I grabbed a few more
this one I have used the most
it's great in the summer when my skin is darker
these are great alone as well as used as a base...they last all day

 mac eyeshadow in retrospeck
it is a lustre shade described as beached blonde 
it seems to go with everything!
swatch of retrospeck

 real techniques domed shadow brush
this is a great brush for applying concealer under the eye
it's what I use it for everyday!
it can be used to apply eyeshadow to the lid too!
I love it so much I have 2
 close up

Sunday, October 27, 2013

5 Favs + a Brush for October

I am going to keep a series going every month on my 5 fav products plus a fav Brush.
I am calling it 5 Favs + a Brush.

I see a lot of blog posts on monthly favourites, and knowing me I switch up my routine a lot and find new brushes and makeup weekly.
In a way this will be my monthly favourites, as well as a chance for me to show new products, review them and show old products that I still love!

October favs

 garnier bb cream combination to oily
love this stuff! I use it everyday to replace foundation especially when I am in a rush
covers well and keeps my oily skin matte for most of the day
I am using med/dark now but will have to mix it with the light/medium soon 
and eventually go back to light/medium

maybelline fit me! shine-free foundation stick
I use this if I need a bit more cover after applying my bb cream
right now I am 220 and it seems to blend in perfectly
I used to use my fingers to blend, but now I use the real techniques foundation brush
(featured in this blog)

nars radiant creamy concealer
I splurged on this one because of all the great reviews and it was worth it!
goes on creamy and hides under eye circles as well as fine lines and does not crease!
it really brightens up the under eye making you look well rested!
right now my colour is ginger and will eventually have to start using/mixing with custard

 maybelline volum' express the falsies
great everyday mascara, gives great volume and makes my lashes thick
not a fan of curved brushes, but this one is awesome!

mac mineralized blush in gleeful
back to using this blush again! oldie but a goodie
very pigmented, use a light hand when applying!
makes my face look alive especially when I am feeling tired or blah

real techniques foundation brush
just picked this up at Winners last week
I wasn't sure if I wanted it, I am not a fan of flat foundation brushes
after trying it with several different products it seems to
work best with the Maybelline Fit Me stick foundation
I no longer use my fingers to blend it in!

MAC Lipstick Palette - Update

I just added 2 fresh new colours to my lipstick palette...

Needed some soft pinks after I saw what my palette looked like after I put the first 10 shades in.
lovelorn and angel

angel and lovelorn centre bottom

Sunday, October 20, 2013

MAC Lipstick Palette

I finally purchased a MAC Pro Lipstick palette! 
How exciting that I will be able to bring all my lipsticks in one compact case instead of bringing the bullets and opening each one to see the colours.  So annoying.

This palette I put together is more for Weddings/Brides.
The colours are more neutral.
I will definitely be getting another palette soon and putting darker and brighter colours in!

The "case" has a clear lid so it's easy to see all the colours
The inserts are sold separately
empty pro palette customize x 12 and "case"

bye bye bullets!

 my choices

gotta be sanitary!
I washed the palette with warm soapy water first, let air dry
then sprayed with the rubbing alcohol and wiped with a paper towel

 I chopped off the lipsticks and squished it in the well
some people like to melt it first, but it just seemed like too much work ;)
I think this works just fine!

don't forget to scoop out the rest of it, there is a lot down there!

 see!! a lot!  this is where you get your moneys worth making a lipstick palette

 all done! 2 left! remember at MAC you bring back 6 empties and get a free lipstick!

top to bottom, left to right
Blankety, Cherish, Velvet Teddy, Modesty, Brave, Cosmo
Ravishing, Crosswires, Hot Gossip, Chic

I know they all look the same but, they all have different finishes from matte to cream to frost
I will update with my 2 new colours soon!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Estee Lauder / MAC Warehouse Sale!

A friend of mine I work with was able to get me a "golden" ticket to the MAC warehouse sale! 
I have been to warehouse sales before but I rarely purchase anything. 
This was my first time going to an Estee Lauder and Co. "invite only" and wasn't expecting much except big lineups.  But, I quickly realized there was a lot of MAC stuff that I loved or couldn't get anymore! I ended up getting a lot more than I thought and I can't wait to go again! 

Here is the stuff I purchased and closeups of what I think will be my favs!

left to right starting at the back
cute bag for $2, MAC bag (great for eyeliners), mac volcanic ash exfoliator, mixing medium, lustre drops, all woman eye shadow quad, eyeshadow in sparkle neely sparkle! estee lauder eyeshadow base, dipdown gel liner, blush in pink swoon, blush in poised, blush in taupe (great contour colour), bronzer in bronze, brush #'s 184, 272, 311

 I was so happy when I saw this #184 fan brush!  I wanted one for awhile
 I didn't know MAC had a angle shading brush, so naturally I got it
 I was keeping an eye on this one, perfect for lip or eye lining

cute $4 bag for eyeliners!

great eyeshadow palette, called All Woman and colours I don't have!

thought of my Aunt when I saw this colour, she looks fab in warm browns
this one is called Sparkle Neely, Sparkle! 
great for fall

 Estee Lauder double wear stay-in-place eyeshadow base
I am always a sucker for eyeshadow base, I hope it holds up!

Mmmm lustre drops! great for a highlighter on tanned or dark skin

already have this Volcanic Ash Exfoliator and love it!! I think I should got a couple more

 always wanted to try this, it's a Pro product so only available on Queen St in Toronto or online
now I can play! 
Formula to dilute and mix with M·A·C powder or liquid makeup. Used to create effects from sheer to opaque. Perfect to decorate the face or body. Mix with pigments and powders to create a number of custom shades and colours. It offers sheer, even coverage and long-wearing attributes. Create custom body lotions or use to thin down heavier foundations such as M•A•C Full Coverage Foundation. Use alone to give the skin a satin glow.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Photo Shoot with Local Photographers...

I had an excellent opportunity to work with local photographers Danielle Koren and Gary Collier here in Newmarket back in March.
I was lucky back in December to be a part of an organization called "Help-Portrait" which Danielle organized.
So when she got in contact with me asking to help with makeup again (this time for her personal portfolio)  I could not resist!
We met at Gary's studio in Newmarket and we had 3 models with a few changes of clothes.  One of them being a wedding gown!  So I was able to have some "bridal" shots in there too.

I want to thank Danielle for thinking of me and also introducing me to another local photographer Gary Collier, at Collier Photo.  I hope we can work together again soon.
Also, a big thank you to the was a long afternoon, but so much fun!

The photos were for the "Fashion" category...

Here are a few of my favourites from...

Danielle Koren /