Soft and Romantic Make Up Look!

Hello beautiful people!

I hope you all had wonderful weekend’s, and that you’re spending this lovely Sunday relaxing!

Today I thought I’d share a make up look that I’ve been wearing A LOT lately.
Now, I love a winged eye and fake lashes as much as the next girl, it’s such an edgy and sexy look, but sometimes I really love wearing this kind of buffed out, soft and romantic look that makes me feel super pretty and feminine.

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This is a look I really love to wear when I want to feel super girly and really just enhance my natural features. My sister refers to this as “looking like a Fairy” whenever I do this look for her, because it’s just soft and sparkly and really beautiful.
I also figured that Valentine’s Day is coming up, and this would be a great look to wear out with your partner, or on a first date or even if you’re just hanging with your girlfriends ( or really just anytime, because it is so gorgeous).

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dscn3687For my Complexion I used:
– Becca blacklight Priming Filter to give my skin that radiant “lit from within” look. (This is just a sample but I love it and will definitely be picking up the full size)
– My trusty Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in the shade 0.5
– Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in the shade 1 Fair for blemishes and redness
– My holy grail Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in the shade fair/neutral for under the eyes
– L’Oréal Infallable pro-matte powder through my t-zone to prevent shine
All of these products together make my skin look healthy and glowing without looking like I have a tonne of make up on.

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– Benefit Ka-brow in number 2 to create my something from nothing eyebrows
– Benefit Gimme Brow in the shade light to define the hairs that are there and all a bit of volume
These babies have changed my brow game hard! Benefit has really upped their brow products and I am so impressed.

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– Burberry Earthy Blush in the shade Light Glow to contour my cheekbones
– Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow in the shade light to add some warmth and glow to my skin
– Clinique blush in Peach Pop on the apples of my cheeks to add a girly and healthy pink flush to my skin

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– Urban Decay Primer Potion to prep my lids
– Urban Decay & Gwen Stefani eye shadow Palette
(Swatches from left to right : Pop, Bath Water, Steady, Anaheim, Zone and Punk)
I used steady all over the lid, with Anaheim and Zone buffed into the crease, outer corner and under my eyes. I patted a bit of Pop into the center of the eyelid to add a bit of glitter, and I used Bathwater to highlight the brow bone and inner corners of my eyes. Finally, I used Punk along my lash line to make my lashes look thick and add a bit of definition.
– For mascara I used Maybelline Lash Sensational and of course my Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

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– Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in the shade Sable which is a really pretty rosey pink shade

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The finished look!! I love wearing this so much!

Let me know in the comments what kind of look you love to wear to feel pretty and girly.

That’s all for now my loves,
Until next time, xoxo
-Lo

March 2016 Favourites!

Hello beautiful people!
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend and no one has pranked you too hard today!

It’s time for another monthly favourites post! I haven’t written one of these in ages, so I have quite a few beauty/skincare/random favourites to share.

I’ll start with skincare as I’ve really been having quite a difficult time with my skin this winter. I don’t know if it’s because of the weather, or that I’m getting older or what but it’s really been getting me down! I’ve had a lot of annoying breakouts, some random redness and lots of little dry patches, which makes all my foundations look awful on my skin. Finally in the passed couple of months I’ve found a few products that seem to helping the situation!

The Clinique take the day off cleansing balm ($36CAD) is what I’ve been using as step one in my skin care routine lately, and I’ve really been loving it (as you can see by the crater I’ve dug out of the middle). It’s the consistency of wax, but when you rub it in your palms, it kind of warms up and melts to turn into this really nourishing oil that melts away all your make up!
I like to massage this onto my skin for about a minute to make sure I’m really getting all that make up off, and then I’ll wet my hands and it kind of emulsifies into this lovely milk, which then cleanses the skin without stripping it at all. I love my micellar waters, but can find them to be a bit drying, so this has been working wonders for me as it doesn’t dry out my skin at all! a little goes a long way as well, so this tub should last me another 3 months or so!


Another skin care saviour I’ve been loving is the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($74CAD). This is quite pricey, but may very well be the nicest thing in my skin care collection. As you can see from the photo (which looks slightly like drugs) it comes in a powder form, which you then add water too and create this lovely and gentle exfoliant that you can use every day. I’ve been using this at night after my cleansing balm to help get rid of any debris, dry skin or extra make up, and let me tell you my skin feels incredible! This is formulated with rice protein which helps to get rid of dead skin and promote cell turn over for a more radiant and smooth complexion!
This is also a bit of a 3-in-1 product, the girl at the store told me you can add a lot of water for a more gentle exfoliant to brighten the skin and gently cleanse, or you can use a little bit of water for a rougher more physical exfoliant 3 times a week, or you can add a little bit of water and leave it on as a 5 minute mini mask! If you ask me, I think for that many options it’s well worth the price.

Last but not least in my skin care favourites is the Kiehl’s Hydro-plumping re-texturizing skin serum concentrate ($60CAD). This serum literally feels like you’re rubbing water into your skin, it’s so light but so hydrating at the same time. Usually things that hydrate feel really thick and sticky on the skin, but this just sinks right in and gives my skin the drink of water it’s really been needing, and I’ve definitely noticed less dry spots on my face. This stuff is also meant to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but I’ve only been using it about 2 weeks so I’ll have to see about that!

On to make up favourites!

This is a fairly new purchase for me, but I absolutely love it. The By Terry touch expert advanced ultra-radiance active concealer ($59CAD) in the shade 1 is the absolute perfect concealer for getting rid of dark circles. This is very expensive, but Toronto just got Saks Fifth Ave, and they had a By Terry counter and I just couldn’t resist (sorry not sorry). I got this kind of bisque shade because I wanted a little extra something to cover up my dark circles, and this literally makes them disappear – if I’m being honest, my under eye circles are not that bad, but this stuff just makes them non-existent and makes me feel super awake and fresh! It has similar packaging to the YSL Touche Eclat pen with the little pump on the bottom that forces the product up and into the brush, which I think is really classy and lovely. The product itself smells really fresh and clean, and blends into the skin like a dream! A little goes a long way with this stuff as well so you can get your moneys worth!

I wasn’t a huge fan of the first Tartelette palette, but when I saw the new Tartelette In Bloom palette ($54CAD) I absolutely had to have it! The shades in this are a mix of shimmer, glitter and mattes, with nice warm neutral shades. I was really feeling the matte shades in this palette throughout March, I’m not usually one to wear an all matte look, but the formulation of these shadows just blends like butter so they look really soft and lovely on the lid. If you’re looking for a new palette I would definitely suggest giving this baby try!

Last but not least is the Kat Von D everlasting liquid lipstick in the shade Bow n Arrow ($24CAD). I wore this non-stop in March, it’s just the perfect bold lip to transition into spring without being too red or berry toned. It dries down to this beautiful ashy, burnt rose colour which I absolutely adore! It lasts all day long, through eating and drinking, and it doesn’t dry out your lips at all! If you haven’t given her liquid lipsticks a try I would highly recommend any of the shades because the formula is spot on!

My final March favourite is actually a TV show that I literally binge watched through February and March because I just couldn’t get enough! Parks and Rec is probably one of the funniest TV shows I’ve watched in a long time, it stars Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari and a bunch of other amazing actors/actresses who just work so well together. It’s about a group of people who work in the Parks Department in this tiny town in Indiana and it just catalogues their day to day activities, which sounds boring but is actually amazing! If you watched the office, or are a fan of any of the actors I mentioned I think you could get into Parks and Rec!

That’s it for now my loves!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Lazy Sunday Make Up Look

Hello beautiful people & happy Sunday!
I don’t know about you guys, but I love Sundays. You can be cozy and stay in all day, or you can run errands, or have brunch with friends – Sundays are just the best for so many lovely and relaxing things; including a lazy make up look.

This is a look I usually do on Sunday’s if I’m going to be leaving the house, and just want to highlight some of my natural features without all the contouring and winged liner (which I absolutely love, don’t get me wrong), but sometimes it’s just nice to have a “less is more” kind of day!

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This look is super fresh and pretty, but also super fast if maybe you slept in for a little too long, or you’re a mom on the go – or if you’re like me and just want to have a little something going on to run errands and do laundry!

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For my complexion I used:
Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in the shade 0.5 – to even out my skin tone
Urban Decay Naked skin concealer in the shade fair/neutral – for blemishes and under my eyes
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow – I only used the bronzer from this duo to add a little colour to my face
MAC blush in the shade Warm soul – To add a little flush and shimmer to my cheeks
Laura Mercier loose setting powder – To make sure there’s no shine where I don’t want it

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For my eyes I kept it super simple and only used a few products:
L’oreal brow style definer in the shade brunette – To add some definition to my brows and fill in any sparse areas
MAC Teddy eye kohl – Just smudged along the upper lash line to add the illusion of volume
Covergirl Full lash bloom mascara Clinique bottom lash mascara – To make my lashes look as fab as possible
Rimmel Scandaleyes kohl kajal in 005 nude – I used this on the water line to make my eyes look bigger and more awake

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Finally for the lips I used Tanya Burr’s lipgloss in the shade Chic to add a nice natural juiciness to my lips!

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I absolutely love the way this look turned out, and really you could wear this any day of the week because it really emphasizes your natural beauty – but I particularly like it for my lazy and lovely Sunday’s!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day!
Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

 

Fun and Flirty Valentine’s Day Make Up Look!

Hello beautiful people!

Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and wether you’re celebrating with your sweetie, spending the night with your girlfriends or going on a first day, I have a look that will make you feel fabulous and wow whoever you’re with!

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I wanted to create a look that was playful and flirty without being too glam, because then it can really suit any outing!
I went for a more natural eye look with some glitter and winged liner to add that flirty feel, with some really natural wispy lashes to play it up just a little bit more. I wanted my skin to be glowing and flushed, with a nice rosy matte lip which is transfer proof if you’re going to be doing any smooching this v-day!

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For my complexion I used:
Rimmel Match Perfection foundation in the shade 010 porcelain
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly for my blemishes
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in Fair Neutral for under my eyes
Laura Mercier loose setting powder in translucent to set everything in place
Burberry Earthy Blush in No.7 to contour
Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Bronze Light to bronze up my face
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in fetching to add a really pretty flush to my cheeks
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone to add that glow I was going for on the high points of my face

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For my eyes I used:
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in Brunette to fill in my brows
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani palette for shadows – I used baby all over the lid, with anaheim and punk through the crease and lower lash line, then I pressed a bit of pop glitter all over the lid to add some sparkle
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper for my wings
CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom mascara for my top lashes
Clinique bottom lash mascara for the bottom lashes
I used some of the Tanya Burr Limited Edition false lashes that came in her advent calendar and unfortunately don’t have a name

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Finally for lips I used the new Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip colour in the shade devotion which is a gorgeous dusty rose that just added the perfect pop of pink for this look!

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I’m so happy with how this look turned out, and I’ll definitely be re-creating this on Sunday for whatever Carmen and I decide to do!

Let me know what you’re planning to do this v-day!
Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

Product Empties #3!

Hello beautiful people!
Did you all have a lovely weekend? Mine was pretty quiet, just running errands and cozy evenings in, which was really nice after a hectic week. The weather here was pretty chilly this weekend too, so it was nice just to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea after dinner.

I seem to have gathered up a few more empties I thought I’d share with you guys!

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Batiste Dry Shampoo $6.99
I love this stuff! It keeps my hair fresh between washes, and the original scent is really fresh and nice without being too over powering. It is white in colour, but I like to just spray it into my roots, sit for a minute or two and then really work it into my hair with my hands, and you can’t see any white at all. This gives a nice amount of volume to second or third day hair as well, and it doesn’t build up on the roots or scalp which I really like. I’m currently using a Cake dry shampoo, but once I’m finished with that I’ll definitely be repurchasing this guy!  (I think this sells for about $11 dollars at shoppers drug mart, but you can find it all the time at Winners for $6.99!)

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Origins Original Skin Serum $48
This was my second bottle of this, and I’ve already purchased a third. I love love love this serum, I’ve definitely raved about it before so I wont ramble too much. It’s helped even out my skin tone, made my skin softer and smoother, helped keep breakouts at bay and definitely brightened my complexion! If you have not tried this, please do, it’s amazing!

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Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizer $78
I don’t think I ever mentioned this in a post while I was using it, but this was a really lovely moisturizer. Super nourishing, quite a light consistency that absorbed quickly. This was an expensive cream, but it made a difference in my skin in terms of keeping it well hydrated and soft; while I was using this my skin felt pampered all the time, and make up layered on top of it beautifully. I didn’t repurchase this right away, but if I’m ever feeling like my skin really needs a pick me up I’ll definitely be getting another bottle of this stuff.

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Living Proof PHD 5-in-1 Treatment $18
This treatment is my hair saviour! But, again I’ve reviewed this before so I wont ramble. This cream makes my hair softer, smoother and easier to style! It also keeps it feeling cleaner for longer when you use the shampoo and conditioner with it. I’ve repurchased this because my hair does not preform the same way without this stuff! A bottle lasts a long time because you only need a pea sized amount for your locks!

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Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara $12
This little guy is a holy grail product for me, I could not do without this in my collection. It adds the most incredible definition and length to my bottom lashes, and the tiny little brush allows me to coat every single one of my lashes! The formulation of this does not move, you can rub your eyes, go swimming, work out – doesn’t matter, your bottom lashes will still be perfect!

That’s all for now my loves,
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Sephora.ca Haul #3 : VIB Rouge sale part 1

Hello beautiful people!
I’m sorry I’ve been away for a while, but I hope while I was gone you’ve all done incredible and exciting things!

So, as many of you may know, Sephora recently had a sale where VIB’s and Rouges either got 10% or 15% of their purchases. (I’m a VIB Rouge so I received 15% off all purchases from April 13th to the 21st!)
When I received this glorious news, I thought to myself, what kind of beauty blogger would I be if I didn’t utilize my discount to the fullest? Meaning, this is actually only the first half of my haul because I placed a second order on Monday which will be coming in the mail later, so once I get that I’ll do a second post if you guys are interested in seeing that!
I did re-purchase a few of my holy-grails but I also got a few new things too!

Let’s get to it, shall we?

First thing I picked up was the new Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in the shade Luminous Bronze Light ($60).
Now, when I swatched this, I was slightly nervous because it looked really orange, and the shimmer in it seemed very chunky. BUT when I applied it to my skin with a brush I fell head over heels in love with this product! It adds the most natural and radiant glow to my face, it doesn’t look orange on the skin at all, and the shimmer is almost non-existent!  This is very pricey (hence waiting for %15 off) but for me, well worth the price, because as a woman with a fair complexion, I find it very hard to find beautiful bronzers, but this baby is going to be adding a bronze glow to my skin for the foreseeable future!
I believe they have a shade for darker skin tones as well, but if you’re interested in trying these I would suggest actually applying them to the face with a brush, as opposed to swatching them with your fingers!
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Next up is something that won’t be a shock to those of you who have been reading Laauraborealis for a while. The Clinique bottom lash mascara ($12), I can’t use anything else on my bottom lashes! This teeny-tiny brush separates my lashes like a dream, it coats them evenly and without clumps. Not to mention the formula is literally like concrete, this stuff does not move from your bottom lashes! I wish Clinique would use this formula for one of their regular mascara’s; I would be on that in a snap!
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You all know I love my NARS radiant creamy concealer, but I’ve re-purchased it so many times that I thought I’d give something else a try during the sale, so I picked up the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Cover Concealer (that’s a mouthful) in the shade fair neutral ($34). This concealer is super impressive; it has a light weight texture with incredible coverage! I wouldn’t say it has as much coverage as the NARS concealer, but sometimes it’s nice to have something smoother under the eyes, and this blends out really nicely. It has a doe-foot applicator which makes it easy to apply, and it lasts all day without creasing, all in all I’m really enjoying this!
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Obviously when I placed this order, I completely forgot about my bathroom drawer full of make-up bags and got myself another one! I will say though, that this one was just too cute to pass on! It’s a Sephora make-up bag that says ‘life is short, wear more make up’ ($18) They had a couple of more with different sayings, but I liked this one the best.
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The next two products are re-purchases as well, and I’ve definitely talked about them before so I won’t ramble on too much.

The Living Proof PHD 5-in-1 leave in treatment ($18 for 1 oz) is my absolute favourite leave in conditioner. If I forget to use this, or run out of it, my hair is a frizzy and dry mess; my hair is so much smoother and softer when I put this in after I shower!
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Finally, the Urban Decay de-slick oil control setting spray ($36) Honestly, if you’ve never tried this stuff you need to! My make-up stays in place all day long with no shine when I use this! It’s absolutely a Holy Grail product for me; I cannot be without this stuff in my collection!
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Alright my loves, let me know if you want to see the second half of this haul and I’ll definitely write a post when it comes in the mail!
I have lots of posts planned for the upcoming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

My favourite mascaras

Hello beautiful people!
I was talking with my friend Nicole a couple of weeks ago about make-up and she went through my mascara collection and asked which ones I liked the best, and that made me think that I should write a blog post about my favourite mascaras! So I’m going to give you guys my review on my top 4 favourites, 2 for volume and 2 for every day.
I’m sort of doing it so that there’s a drug store brand for each and a higher end mascara for both as well.
alright lets get this party started

every day mascara #1
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Revlon lash potion mascara
I love this mascara for every day use because it’s not overly dramatic but still makes your lashes look fantastic. It has a really cool brush which is shaped a bit like a star/triangle, that has longer and shorter bristles which allows every single one of your lashes to be coated as you jiggle and turn the wand. I have the colour black and in waterproof, which I find is really nice with my eye colour/skin tone, but I believe they make a darker one and a blackish brown as well.
I really like the effect this gives me, because my lashes look full and long without looking clumpy, it’s also really affordable, around the 10 dollar mark which is great because the tube is a pretty good size.

Every day mascara #2
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benefit bad gal mascara
I’m sure you’ve all heard of this mascara, it’s probably one of benefits top selling products and I totally agree that it should be! it has a really big wand, which allows for optimal lash grabbing without having to use too many coats to achieve the look you’re going for. I like to use this when i’m going for a little bit less eye shadow, so my lashes are sort of the focus of my face because this mascara allows for a little bit of drama without too much volume, and I believe it’s about 26 dollars, so a little bit on the pricier side but I think it’s absolutely worth it. It comes in black and I believe it comes in a burgundy colour as well, and I don’t think it’s waterproof, or at least the one I have isn’t.

Volumizing mascara #1
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maybelline the falsies mascara
I use the newest edition of this mascara which comes double sided, one side for the upper lashes and one side for the bottom lashes which comes with a smaller wand, and I’ve been loving using it recently.
since we’re getting into the colder months here in Canada I’m finding I really like going for a more smoky and sexy look with my makeup and the falsies makes my lashes look amazing to compliment whatever eye shadow look Im going for, and I think it’s about 10 dollars as well. It comes in a few different colours and waterproof or not waterproof, depends on your preference, I use the black waterproof one.
I do find sometimes it can be a little clumpy so I always make sure I don’t have ANY left-over mascara on from the day before and I always curl my lashes beforehand because I don’t often wear actual false lashes. I like to use this on days I’m feeling like I want to look a little more glamorous! And I can definitely seeing myself using this a lot more as we’re getting into the holiday season what with parties and fancy dinners and things (I also just feel that the holidays are a time where you can look glamorous whenever you want)

Volumizing mascara #2
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Clinique high impact extreme volume mascara
The name is very long but also verrrry accurate. This is probably the most volumizing/dramatic mascara that I own and I absolutely love it. It gives my lashes an intense and full look without looking like I put on the whole bottle. It doesn’t flake or have any drop down if I’m wearing it on a night out or if I’m going dancing with my girlfriends, it stays put which is exactly what a girl needs on a night out! The wand is made of a stiff plastic with tons of tiny little bristles, and I find I only need to put on a couple of coats of this on my top and bottom lashes to achieve the effect I want. I believe it costs about 23 dollars, but it comes in a very large tube, I’ve had mine about 6 months and it still hasn’t dried out or anything so I think it was a good investment to make. It only comes in one colour and it’s not waterproof so it’s super easy to get off at the end of the day/night which is a bonus, because there’s nothing worse than rubbing your eyes for 10 minutes to get your mascara off!

These are my top 4 mascaras for every day or for volume, I would love to hear some of your favourites so leave a comment and let me know! I hope this helped you guys if you’re looking for a new mascara or you just wanted a little pick me up for your lashes.
Until next time
xo