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

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

February Favourites!

Hello beautiful people!
Hopefully you all had fantastic weekends! I actually bought my first car yesterday! I’m very excited to be adding a little bit more responsibility to my life, and to have a car of my own of course.
Since its March first (already!) I figured it was time for my February favourites post.

My first favourite is a fragrance that I picked up at Anthropologie towards the end of January, and I absolutely love it! It’s the Royal Apothic fragrance in Kensington Gardens ($36); for all my British followers – each scent is named after a famous place in London! Normally I don’t stray from my Marc Jacob’s scents, but this one just had to come home with me. It smells very fresh and floral with slight hints of sweetness but it’s also a bit spicy, which is why I liked it so much, and the price is much better than a Marc perfume. I also LOVE the packaging of this perfume, the little squeeze puff makes it feel very vintage and feminine, and the bottle has a map of Kensington Garden with a picture of the Queen on the back. If you have Anthropologie near you I would suggest checking these fragrances out, or you could look on the Royal Apothic website!
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Next is the L’Oreal Infallible eye shadow in the shade Amber Rush, this pressed pigment is so beautiful! It feels soft like butter and blends over the lid without any skipping, one or two swipes of your brush or finger into the pot will do your whole lid without fail. It has incredible pigmentation and is super shimmery which I think is beautiful for spring, or a night out with something darker blended through the crease. This shadow lasted over 12 hours on my lids yesterday without a single crease, so for the $8.00 I paid, I would say this product was well worth the money! I will definitely be picking up a few more shades!
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Staying with the L’Oreal Infallible line, the new 16hr matte powder is so good, it may take the place of Rimmel stay matte in my Holy Grail category! I know, that’s a big claim, but this powder is actually that good! It’s very finely milled which makes it feel super lightweight and invisible on the skin, but the formula really stays in place without feeling cakey. I’m not sure this lasts 16 hours if you have combo/oily skin like I do, but this definitely lasts a good 8 without any signs of shine. I do find after that point I need to touch up through my t-zone, but other than that this powder is fab.

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You guys know how much I love Origins, so when they came out with the new Original Skin Renewal Serum ($48), I had to give it a try. I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older my skin has definitely changed, I find I have a lot more congestion and difficulty with skin texture, so when I read about this serum I thought it could do wonders for my skin – and it has! This is created with willowherb and Persian silk tree to help rejuvenate the skin, allowing its natural radiance to come through, which improves tone, texture and shrinks the look of pores. I’ve been using this around 4 weeks and I’ve really noticed a difference in the appearance of my skin! I like this serum a lot because it’s actually more a gel formulation than the classic liquid serum, so one pump is all you need for your face and neck, and your skin automatically feels softer and smoother. If you’re looking for something to add a healthy glow to your complexion I would suggest giving this a try!
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I know I’m definitely not the only one whose been loving the new Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation ($7.99). I picked this up around the beginning of February because I was so excited that it had finally come to Canada, and I was not disappointed. This foundation has great coverage without being too matte, it still allows some radiance to come through which is something I personally love in a foundation! I definitely don’t think it lasts 25 hours, but it’ll definitely last for the day, or for a night out! It photographs well, it blends nicely onto the skin without sitting in your pores, and it hardly oxidizes so the colour stays true to the bottle. I’ve been reaching for this all month, so if you can get your hands on this I would definitely recommend it!
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My last favourite is a bit of an introduction into my next post, it’s the Saje Natural Wellness headache remedy called Peppermint Halo. (I’m going to be doing a full review/informative post on Saje for later this week so come back for that one!) Basically this is a rollerball of essential oils that help to relieve headaches in a natural way, it has peppermint oil, lavender oil, rosemary, and eucalyptus oil to help with tension headaches. You apply this to your temples and the scent will help your headache to go away, you can also apply this to the back of your neck and it will help with any neck or shoulder pain you’re having. I was always the kind of person who would just pop an ibuprofen when I had a headache or shoulder pain, but after seeing how effective a natural remedy can be, I don’t think I’ll be so keen to reach for that little plastic bottle anymore.
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Those are my February favourites!
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these/what kind of posts you’d like to see in March!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

** Here are some photobomb’s courtesy of Woobie! Enjoy
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First Impressions!

Garnier skin renew dark spot overnight peel
I bought this about a week ago and so far I think it’s working out pretty well, I have noticed my skin has broken out a little bit but I’m pretty sure it’s because it’s a new product and my skin isn’t use to it, and also because it’s helping to purge my skin of impurities.
It has a thin consistency and smells really nice, and it’s gentle enough that you can use it every night. I’ve been using it after I cleanse with my clarisonic and then I follow it with a moisturizer because that’s what it says to do on the bottle, and it does leave your skin feeling a little bit tight as it’s a gel like formula.
I’m excited to see how this continues to work throughout the rest of the bottle, it costs around 20$ but you only need one pump for your whole face.
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Glam Glow – Youthmud (Black)
I’ve used this once and I wasn’t completely impressed with it. This is the formulation that “Tingles” but really it stings and feels like your face is on fire a little bit. When I went into the store and asked about this they made it seem like after one use my skin was going to look radiant and transformed but really it kinda just looked shiny. It goes on a dark grey colour and has tea leaves in it as well as volcanic rock so it does look gritty on the skin; you’re supposed to leave it on until it dries and turns a lighter colour. Then you wet your face with warm water and rub the mask in with circular motions to exfoliate your skin. My skin felt super soft after and the general tone of my skin felt better but I didn’t have the “wow” reaction I was hoping to get. ALTHOUGH I have only used it once so I’ll keep you guys posted on how I continue to like it. I have the little sample jar that’s only 0.5oz as I didn’t want to commit to buying the full size without trying it.
I’m also interested in trying the other kinds of glam glow, let me know if you guys have tried them and what you think!
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Stila Stay All Day waterproof liquid eye-liner
I bought this on the recommendation of my best friend Amber, because she uses it and it’s become one of her holy grail products. I myself have always been a Kat Von D trooper fan, but I thought I’d try something new and unfortunately I don’t like this liner as much as the Kat Von D one. Stila’s liner has a foam applicator whereas Trooper has a brush applicator which I find much easier to use. The foam applicator seemed really stiff and hard to maneuver along my eye lid, but Amber promises me that over time the applicator becomes softer so I will continue to give this one a try and hopefully come to love it as much as she does.
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Loreal True Match Lumi foundation
I have a terrible addiction to products that have luminous or radiant in the name and or claim to create radiant and luminous skin. Even though I have combination skin I’m really partial to more radiant foundations as opposed to matte ones. I bought this one at Target about a week ago and I’ve been wearing it every day since and I really like it! I have the colour W1-2 porcelain/light ivory which is the lightest colour in the line. It definitely doesn’t have LONG wear, and I do have to powder it throughout the day but I really love the way it makes my skin look. I also like that it comes with a pump as a lot of foundations don’t and you end up wasting product, I use about 2 and a half pumps of this all over my face and it has a gorgeous effect which I think will be perfect for spring and summer. I would say this has a medium coverage, but as I said before it’s not a long wear foundation. It also has SPF 20 which is always a bonus in foundation as you should always have a little bit of SPF on your skin. This will definitely be staying in my collection throughout the hotter months.
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Those are my first impressions on some of the new products I’ve been trying out! Let me know in the comments if you guys have tried any of these and what you think!
until next time, xoxo
-Lo