My Go To Summer Make Up Look

Hello beautiful people! And Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!

You lovelies may notice a slight change in the look of my blog, I added a few custom touches to give Laauraborealis a little make over! Let me know in the comments what you think!

As we are now officially into summer, I thought I’d show you guys the make-up look I’ve been wearing quite a lot recently. It’s got a nice radiant complexion, with gold eyes and pink cheeks! what more could you ask for in summer time?

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For my healthy glowing complexion I used:
My NARS Sheer Glow foundation in the shade Mont Blanc (which apparently didn’t make it into this picture! woops)
Rimmel match perfection concealer in Ivory for blemishes
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in fair neutral for under the eyes
Anastasia Dip Brow in Soft brown for my eyebrows
Sleek contour kit in light to contour my cheekbones
Hourglass Ambient Bronzer to add a little bit of colour to my face
Urban Decay Afterglow 8 hour blush in the shade Crush for the apples of my cheeks
Becca shimmering skin perfector in Moonstone to add that gorgeous glow to the tops of my cheeks
Rimmel Stay Matte powder (Obviously) to get rid of shine in unwanted places!

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For my eyes I used:
Smashbox 15 hour wear cream eye shadow in the shade Riches
Urban Decay eye shadow in the shade Half Baked – which is my all time favourite gold eye shadow
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper for some winged liner (Again, not photographed here, oopsiesx2)
Covergirl Lash Bloom Mascara to give my lashes some volume and length
Of course my trusty Clinique bottom lash mascara

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Finally for my lips I used:
Fresh tinted lip balm in the shade Berry
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The finished look turned out glowing and fresh with a little bit of edge from the winged liner, which is exactly the kind of look I love to wear in the hotter months!

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Let me know what kind of look you like to wear for the summer in the comments! and also don’t forget to hit all the good buttons and follow the Laauraborealis Facebook page!

Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

What’s In My Make Up Bag – Dinner Edition!

Hello beautiful people!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend! and to my Canadian follower’s I hope you’re enjoying this gorgeous Victoria Day long weekend!

For this post I’ve collaborated with OpenTable Toronto to tell you guys what I have in my make up bag for a dinner out, and what I like to take with me to touch up and all that jazz!
Never heard of OpenTable? well first off, you’re crazy! but basically, OpenTable allows you to search your neighbourhood or city for restaurants and book your reservation online. The amazing thing about this is though, that you can search for tables that are still available the same day! You can also search for specific restaurants or even just the type of cuisine you’re in the mood for! It’s really just a one-stop shop for dinner plans.
OpenTable also has a rewards program, it’s free to join and all you have to do is book and keep your reservation through their site, and you automatically accumulate points which can be used towards meals for future reservations.
OpenTable also has sites for the UK, Japan, Germany and Mexico, and they’re constantly growing! I would definitely suggest looking through their site if your country is available!

Last night, Carmen and I went for a lovely dinner at Canyon Creek, and since we don’t go out that often I thought I’d go slightly more glam than normal with my make – up and rock a darker lip!
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When I go out for dinner and I know I want to wear a bold lip, I actually prefer just to use a lip-liner because they’re so long lasting and have a really beautiful stained look to them.
For this look I used MAC Beet lip liner, which is a really gorgeous red-berry toned shade.
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For complexion I used:
Urban Decay naked skin foundation & concealer
Sleek contour kit
Hourglass Anbient bronzer
Rimmel stay matte powder
Nars blush in seduction
MAC cream colour base in shell
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For my eyes I used:
Anastasia dip brow in soft brown
Stila eyes are the window palette in soul
Clinique bottom lash mascara and Maybelline lash sensational mascara
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I didn’t go too smoky with the eye’s because I wore such a dark lip colour!

I wore my Rebecca Minkoff mini bag to dinner, and for touch up’s I brought MAC beet, my Urban Decay concealer, and the L’Oreal infallible powder because it has a mirror and a little sponge for applying the powder.
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We had a wonderful dinner, and I only had to touch up my lip colour once! Which shows you how long lasting MAC lip liners are.
If you haven’t used OpenTable before I would highly suggest it, it honestly makes life so much easier!
Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

May Favourites!

Hello beautiful people! I know I said this in my last favourites post but I really cannot believe how quickly the months are going by!!
I have a few new and revisited favourites to share with you guys so I’ll just dive right into it

First up is the Sleek face contouring kit in the colour light. I’ve talked about this in a previous post but I recently re-discovered it and I absolutely love this duo! The bronzer is a matte brown that has great colour pay off, since I’m super pale I use a duo-fibre brush to pick up less product, but it is totally buildable and gives you a gorgeous bronzed effect. Sometimes I’ll contour with this or I’ll just bronze up my face for a sun kissed look. The highlighter it comes with is a nude colour that gives the most amazing glow on the cheek bones, down the nose, in the cupid’s bow wherever you want to highlight. It’s not an overly dramatic highlighter but like the bronzer it’s definitely buildable to create a really dewy and glowing effect or you can use a small amount and get a nice natural radiance. This duo is also ridiculously cheap ($9.99), we don’t have sleek in Canada so when I went to order this and a few other things off their website a few months ago I couldn’t believe the prices! If you’ve never checked out their stuff I would highly recommend giving it a little look because their products are incredible.
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** Sorry you can’t really see the highlighter!

Next is the Hourglass ambient lighting blush in the colour luminous flush. This is a pretty deep pink, don’t be fooled by the way it looks in the pot, the pigmentation on these things is hard core! I literally tap my brush into it and apply it because that’s all you need. The formulation is wonderful; it feels really silky and buttery and gives you a gorgeous flush to your cheeks, it’s all I’ve been wearing in May. The name is actually the perfect explanation of what it looks like on the skin. These are pretty pricey at $41.00 but if you’re looking for a luxurious blush than I would say this is definitely a good one to be checking out!
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I love my Naked 2 palette, it’s definitely a go-to for me but sometimes, and I’m ashamed to say this, I neglect some of the colours in it. But NO MORE! I discovered the shade Chopper in the month of May and learned to never take a palette for granted again, because even though something doesn’t look nice in the pot does not mean it won’t look divine on your eye lids. This eye shadow has been all I’ve wanted to wear this month; it’s a beautiful copper-toned colour with shimmer and glitter. The glitter isn’t big and is really hardly noticeable, but the colour is just so summery and lovely and I personally think it suits my skin tone wonderfully. So I sincerely apologize to Chopper and promise to never forget you again! If you own this palette (or don’t) I would suggest try it out or going into the store to swatch the whole palette because it’s just the best.
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Last beauty product is the Maybelline pumped up colossal volum’express mascara ( Jeez their mascaras have long names) This recently hit the stores and I have to say I’m really impressed. I’m already a fan of Maybelline’s mascaras in general but I really liked this one because the brush is HUGE which I love, and the formulation is nice and the price is right ($7.99). It’s super black and creates volume without clumping and in only a few coats. I do find I get some flaking but I’ve lost all hope in finding a mascara that doesn’t flake. I think it might be because I wear glasses, and maybe my lashes are hitting my frames… hm.. do any of you wear glasses and find you have this problem? Let me know in the comments.
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I think I’m a little late to the game on this favourite but I’m not sorry that I picked it up at all and it’s the novel The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. My friends have been telling me to read this, especially because the film is coming out, but I was all like “mehhh.. it’s probably not worth the hype” well that was foolish of me because this is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I won’t give anything away in case some of you want to read it/see the film but I will say that I laughed out loud, I sobbed like a baby, I honestly gained a whole new perspective on terminal illness and how it can affect people (teenagers in this case) and how they can handle it with wit, a sense of humour and grace. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read it and what you thought! I really can’t wait to see the film and would 100% recommend reading the book first because in my experience the book is always better.
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That’s all for now Mi Amigos, let me know what posts you’d like to see next or if you have any questions! I always love to hear from you guys, also feel free to follow me on twitter or Instagram! Just gotta click follow on the right hand panel! Don’t forget to hit like and follow my blog while you’re at it!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo