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

Laura Mercier Holiday Set Review

Hello beautiful people!
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week, I got home from my trip to Texas on Saturday and spent the last couple of days catching up with friends and family.
I had a lovely week in San Antonio with my mom, we really couldn’t have had better weather, everyday was in the high 20’s and very sunny which was a nice change to the colder weather here in Canada, but I was very happy to come home to beautiful changing leaves and cooler temperatures.

Before I left I did some shopping and realized it’s officially the time of year when all the amazing holiday sets come out, so when I went into Sephora of course I couldn’t stop myself from leaving with this one.
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The Laura Mercier set of mini caviar stick cream eye shadows is so beautiful, you get 4 minis in pretty neutral colours with three that are shimmery and one that’s matte.
When I swatched these in the store I knew I had to have them, they’re super creamy with great pigmentation and they blend like a dream. You can definitely wear them on their own, or layer a shadow on top for a more intense look.
I took these to Texas with me and wore them almost every day because they don’t budge, even in the heat I only had a tiny bit of creasing at the end of a 12 hour day.
The set is $46 dollars but a $72 dollar value, and unlike most gift sets you can buy all of these in full size if there’s a colour you love the most, not a single one is limited edition.
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From left to right : Rosegold, Moonlight, Amethyst, and Cocoa

I also think if you’re looking for a gift for someone who is either a beginner with make up or a pro this would be a beautiful idea, or you could use them as stocking stuffers of even break them up and give them to 4 individual people as an add on. Set’s like this are so incredible for their versatility, not to mention the great price point and exceptionally quality of the product. I am over the moon for these little guys and will definitely be buying the full size of a couple of the shades, I would highly recommend taking a look at this set because it is incredible.

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Don’t forget to hit all the good buttons and leave me a comment because I love to hear from you guys, and I did a little bit of shopping in Texas so if you’d like to see a haul let me know!
Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

August Favourites!

Hello beautiful people! Happy September! I cannot explain how excited I am that we’re finally getting closer to fall; I actually couldn’t wait and put my fall bed sheets on yesterday! (yes, I have seasonal bed sheets) To those of you who are off work today, I hope you’re enjoying your labour day Monday; to those of you starting school this week I hope it goes well and good luck!
September is going to be a super excited month here on Laauraborealis because I’m going to be posting some of my “Fall Top 5’s” every Sunday of the month, so keep your eyes open this Sunday for the very first one!

In the middle of August I actually went through my whole make up collection and threw out a bunch of stuff that was far too old to still have, and gave a lot of things I wasn’t loving away to friends and family which gave me a perfect opportunity to re-discover things I had in my stash that I had completely forgotten about and to pick up a few new things of course, haha!

First up is something that’s fairly new in the drug stores (In Canada) and since most of the products I threw out were mascara’s I thought I’d pick up a new one. The Revlon Bold Lacquer by grow luscious mascara(12$) is a product I was super excited to try because I used to use the original formulation and completely loved it so seeing this one I just had to get it. It’s a great mascara for everyday if you’re looking for length and I’d say a medium build up of volume, this is definitely not the most voluminous mascara I’ve ever used but I don’t like tones for my day to day looks so I’m really enjoying this. It doesn’t flake too much and I don’t get any transfer underneath my eyes or under the brow bone which is a huge bonus in my books. It separates and lengthens my lashes beautifully and coats evenly in a gorgeous super black formula which adds a tiny bit of drama to the look which I like a lot, honestly, I just love Revlon in general so I really didn’t expect to be disappointed in this product.
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This next product is a bronzer that I got last winter but wasn’t sure I really loved it and then forgot about because I was so on the fence about it, BUT I re-discovered it in August and am so terribly sorry that I ever neglected it. The Laura Mercier Bronzing powder is a gorgeous shimmery bronzer that come’s split into two different shades, a lighter kind of muddy brown shade and then a darker shade that’s a little bit similar to NARS Laguna. I was really weary about this because of how dark it seemed in the pan and the amount of shimmer in it since I have such a fair complexion. To be honest, I need to be VERY light handed when applying this, and I definitely do not use it to contour but when I’m applying the smallest amount sort of all over the high points of my face and down my neck it gives me the most gorgeous sun kissed look. I was reaching for this over my matte bronzers all month because it just makes my skin look so healthy and radiant, and the shimmer doesn’t come out on the skin as intensely as it looks in the pan at all. Unfortunately they don’t actually make this one anymore and I can’t remember how much it cost, but she does have a baked bronzer in her collection that is absolutely gorgeous and if it’s anything like this one I’ll be getting it.
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The last make up item is a lipstick and it’s from the L’Oreal collection privèe line ($9)which is a line of nudes inspired by certain celebrities and their skin tones. I chose the Julianne Moore nude because she is fair and light haired/eyed like myself, and I have absolutely been loving using this as my everyday lipstick. It’s quite a pink nude, but a very your lips but better kind of colour, you definitely can’t really tell that I have lipstick on but my lips just look nice with a little pop of pigment. It smells quite floral which I don’t mind and the formula is super creamy and hydrating, this doesn’t dry my lips out at all. I don’t love the packaging, it feels quite cheap and plastic but the lid locks really tightly so I don’t have to worry about it coming off in my purse. This shade is a great addition to my collection and it’ll definitely keep a place in my make-up bag through September.
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My one and only skin care favourite for August is the Origins Eye Doctor eye cream, this stuff is absolutely incredible. I use this at night and wake up with the most hydrated and smooth under eyes ever, it has a really light feel which allows a little to go a very long way and it smells like cucumbers which I find so refreshing especially right before bed. It just feels so luxurious and like you’re really doing your eyes a solid, although it is quite pricey at $40 BUT as I said the size of a rice grain will hydrate your whole under eye area so it will last you a while. If you suffer from dry under eyes or even just have a tendency to get a little dry when the weather changes I would 100% recommend this because it’s probably the best hydrating eye cream I’ve used in a long time.
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My final favourite is a tool and it is not new to me or the beauty world but I’ve just been absolutely obsessed with using it all month. The Real Techniques expert face brush (12$) allowed me to apply my foundation so beautifully throughout august that I just never want to use any other brush. I don’t know what it was but whenever I used something different I didn’t like my complexion as much as when I used the expert face brush! I love this brush because it’s a great density that really allows you to buff the product onto your skin but it’s also not shaped perfectly round it’s almost ovular which really lets you get into the smaller nooks around your nose and gives you great control because it’s not too big of a brush head. The real techniques brushes in general are so soft and easy to clean; they’re definitely my favourite drug store brushes.
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That’s it for my August favourites! Leave me comments because it makes me smile when you do & don’t forget to follow laauraborealis on blog lovin’ aswell!
You guys are the best, have a great week ❤
until next time, xoxo
-Lo