DUPE ALERT!

For all of you out there ballin on a budget, I found a dupe for one of my fave lipsticks that will save you some money!

As you all know, I’ve been raving about the Too Faced Melted Matte liquid lipstick in the colour Cool Girl. I’ve been wearing it pretty much every day since I got it and I love it. However, it is a bit pricey. The colour Beeper from Colourpop is a really close dupe and is $20 cheaper! Plus Colourpop’s formula is also really good. It’s a win win really.

PS. for all my fellow Canadians, this may or may not save you money. Ordering on Coloupop means conversion from USD to CAD, then paying for shipping fees. My suggestion is that you do a Colourpop order with a few other friends or your sister or cousin or whoever so that you all can split the cost of shipping!

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Top: Cool Girl ($25) / Bottom: Beeper ($6)
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Beeper
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Cool Girl

💖, B

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MOTD: Limbo

Hey hey! I’ve been studying for an upcoming midterm on Thursday and during my study break (which was definitely longer than it should have been but whatever) I decided to just do my makeup since I’m going out later.

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Basics:

  • Maybelline FitMe Matte and Poreless foundation in 310 – Sun Beige
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop
  • NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium
  • ABH Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown
  • Maybelline Waterproof Liquid eyeliner in Black (obviously lol)
  • Ardell Baby Wispies falsies
  • Covergirl trunaked palette in Nudes
  • Colourpop Ultra Matte lip in Limbo

 

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On my lips, I’m wearing Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Lip in Limbo. It’s a dark chocolate dream, I swear. Like I think this colour would look good on anyone! Then again, I think all dark colours can be pulled off by anyone, regardless of skin tone. The formula of this particular lipstick is more drying than the other matte lips I’ve tried from Colourpop though. I know May is pretty much over and summer is around the corner, so a lot of people are using more summery colours in their makeup looks but I think if you want to rock a dark lip on a sunny day, then do it! I love dark lips and I’m not gonna let a season dictate when I can and can’t wear certain colours!

Since my lips are so bold, I just went really light with my eyes. Then again, I usually always do LOL. I used the Covergirl Trunaked Nudes palette which I actually have been loving! I’m pretty sure it’s meant to be a waaay more affordable dupe for the Naked palette. There’s actually three different Trunaked palettes which means a dupe for each Naked palette. (Anyways if you want me to go in depth, just let me know)

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I used Shell all over my lid, Fawn in the crease and outer lid and Buff just in the middle of my eyelid. I think all these blended really well together and left me with a really simple, natural look, that still brings attention and dimension to my eyes.

That’s it from me! Gotta get back to studying lol I hope you all have a good rest of your day 🙂

💖, B

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes!

I’m not going to lie, I don’t clean my makeup brushes regularly. I’m kind of ashamed to say this, but before today, I can’t remember the last time I cleaned my makeup brushes. I know. Ew. It’s just that I get really lazy and I always put it off. Makeup brush cleaners can be pretty pricey, especially if you’re someone who cleans their brushes regularly, so I thought I would share with you guys my cost effective and super simple way to clean brushes! (When I say “my way” of cleaning brushes, I’m not claiming that I invented this technique, this is just the particular way I choose to clean my brushes… when I actually get around to it)

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So to make the brush “shampoo” all you need is dish soap and extra virgin olive oil. The dish soap is to clean and disinfect your brushes and the extra virgin olive oil is meant to re-condition the bristles. I just put the mixture in a styrofoam plate so I could save time by throwing it away once I’m done with it. I usually just eyeball the mixture, but I looked at a bunch of different websites and the ratio that everyone tended to agree on was 2 parts dish soap to 1 part EVOO, if that helps.

I first cleaned the brush sleeves that came with my elf brushes by rinsing them with water, then squirting some hand soap in the sleeves and just scrubbing the inside with my finger until all the dirt and makeup residue came off.

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BEFORE

Now on to the brush cleaning!

  1. Run the brush under lukewarm water to rinse off any surface dirt and makeup (It’s very important to use lukewarm water the entire time, not too hot or too cold. Too hot will damage your brushes, too cold won’t clean the brushes and kill bacteria as effectively)
  2. Swirl the brush in the mixture, making sure you get enough of the shampoo on the brush to fully clean it.
  3. Rub the brush on your hand in a circular motion to work the shampoo in. I like doing this over the front of my fingers as opposed to my palm because I feel like the ridges of my fingers act like a washing board and help to really clean the bristles. (For my foundation brush, I found that I needed to repeat this step a couple times, because there was still makeup trapped deep into the bristles)
  4. Rinse the brush under the tap, while swirling it in your palm, just to make sure that everything is being rinsed out.
  5. When you’re done rinsing, squeeze the excess water out. If the water that comes out isn’t clear, keep rinsing and squeezing until the water that runs out is clear. Then gently pat the brush with a paper towel and set aside.
  6. Repeat the steps for however many brushes you have.
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AFTER: Squeaky clean ✨

The way you store your brushes while they dry is very important. You shouldn’t store them standing up because water may drip down to the glue holding the bristles together, and will weaken it over time. If you have more expensive makeup brushes, you will probably want to take extra precaution when it comes to this, but since all my brushes were fairly inexpensive, I am not too worried about them falling apart from one wash.

20160523_135533.jpgI placed my Real Techniques brushes in the travel case that they came with, but I stored them upside down instead of right side up. For my elf brushes, I just laid them flat to dry. Some of the larger brushes came with brush sleeves, so I put the brushes in the sleeves to maintain their shape. Like I mentioned, I had cleaned the sleeves prior to cleaning my so I wouldn’t be putting clean brushes back into dirty sleeves LOL.

Anyways, I really enjoyed cleaning my brushes. It felt really therapeutic and made me wonder why I don’t do this more often. Maybe it’ll inspire me to start cleaning my brushes regularly. I hope this was informative, and leave any comments if you have other ways of cleaning your brushes, or have any suggestions, I would love to hear them! Hope you have a great rest of your week 🙂

💖, B

 

My skin care essentials

One thing I really love to do is take care of my skin. That may seem strange to some people, but to me, skin care is like a ritual that I cannot go a day without. I’m far from having perfect skin, but I can say that my skin has improved soo much (Let me know if you would be interested in seeing a post about my skin progress or tips and tricks I do to help maintain my skin, I would be more than happy to share!) Skin care is something I cannot cut corners on. It’s the one thing I will spend a bit more money on if I need to because I DO NOT want to compromise the state of my skin more than it already has been. And sometimes, the more expensive products do the best job at helping me achieve the skin I want. Anyways, today I just wanted to share with you guys some of the products that I swear by and a little bit about how and when I use them. Get ready, this will be a lengthy one!

I guess I should also that my skin type is combination at the moment. My skin has been going through an identity crisis since the beginning of the year, so my skin type fluctuates. Maybe I’ll expand on that in a later post.

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MOTD / Review ft. Essence

Today’s MOTD is also going to be a review of Essence’s How To Make Nude Eyes make up box.

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I bought this on a whim at Superstore for $10. I’ve never heard of Essence before, and the packaging of all the products definitely stood out to me. I would compare it to being like Benefit’s little cousin. I took my time looking at all the products they had laid out, and with some convincing from my friends (let’s be real, I already wanted to get it, I just needed someone to tell me I should), I decided on the How to make Nude Eyes make up box.

IMG_8577.jpgIt comes with six shimmer shades, a double ended applicator brush and also two “look” cards. The look cards are basically a guide you can follow to achieve an everyday look or a night time look (which the box refers to as an “everyday beauty look” and an “eyes night out look” LOL) using the shadows in the box. To be honest, I was a bit unsure about the fact that all these shadows have shimmer in them. Mainly because I keep telling myself that if I use only shimmer eyeshadow, my eyes are gonna look like a disco ball and be reflecting light everywhere. But the shimmer in these shadows give your eyes a gentle glow and you definitely do not look like a disco ball haha.

When I was applying the shadows, I found that they were not very pigmented. I don’t know if this was because of the formula itself, or just the fact that they were shimmery shadows. I found that, for the lighter shades especially, I had to really pack the product onto the brush and on my lid to get the intensity I desired, and even then, it didn’t stand out as much as I wanted it to. However, these were super blendable. All the colours just look so seamless on your eye when you’re done blending, and the end result is really pretty. It also didn’t create fall out, on my face or in the box.

Overall I think this is a decent product. Definitely good for beginners, but the sheerness of these shadows frustrates me a bit. I wish there was at least one or two matte shades, but I really do like the colours in the box. You get a good amount of product, but I think for the price, you might be able to find something a bit more pigmented that would really be worth your money. I would give it a solid 7/10, but I would not repurchase this again.

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Reasons why I hate HD cameras: you see everything. EVERYTHING.

So I recreated the “everyday beauty look” today. Eye light beige on the entire eyelid to the browbone, Go for gold in the crease, An eye on apricot on the inner eyelid and blended into the crease and Team nude on the outer half of the lash line.
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I wore this exact look at work yesterday, but used Cream from the Lorac Pro palette (which is just a matte cream shadow) as a base instead of Eye Light Beige from the box and I found that the colours stood out so much better, and you could see how nice the colours transitioned into one another. I was helping this woman in the fitting room and she stopped me to say that I had beautiful eyes and if you know me, you know how much I love when people, especially strangers, compliment my makeup. Mainly because they aren’t forced to say you look nice, like a friend or boyfriend might have to (but I have drilled it into everyone’s minds to spare me the trouble and just tell me when something doesn’t look right, so that I’m not walking around thinking I’m on fleek when there’s actually something off about my makeup. But that’s a different story.)

Anyways, I hope you guys had a good and relaxing weekend. Mine was stressful to be honest with you, but the past is the past. Hope yall have a good rest of your week, and as always, thanks for taking time out to read this!

💖, B

 

MOTD: The result of boredom

I am notorious for putting on makeup but never actually having plans to go out. Or I will have plans to go out, but it’ll be a small hangout with friends at someone’s house and my face will be beat to the heavens. Today is one of those days. The only thing I’ve done differently from my regular, everyday routine is eyeshadow! I honestly have no idea what I’m doing but I think the result came out pretty decent, and hopefully in the future I’ll feel more adventurous with colours. (PS the quality of these pictures kills me too, I couldn’t find my camera so I had to use my phone lol)

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