MOTD: Tingus Pingus – MorphexJaclyn Hill Palette

Hey yall! Back with another MOTD using the Jaclyn Hill palette again. I was inspired by this video (LOL):

Porzee is my fave basketball player, and he plays for the Knicks. So as you can guess, the colours of this look were inspired by the Knicks colours! The video is from when he got drafted. Tbh I didn’t know much about basketball, and I still don’t, but the one thing my mans always tells me is that NY fans are intense (clearly). Jokes on them though cause Porzee is cool and good. Fun fact, I’m 7 months older than him. Wild. ANYWAYS, here’s the look:

  • Creamsicle and Orange Soda (from the ABH Soft Glam palette) together all over the lid
  • Twerk from the inner lid to the middle, keeping it below the crease and on the lower lash line
  • Creamsicle to blend everything out!

The lashes I’m using are from Miniso! They come in a box of two and they’re just called “Corner Lengthening”. For $3, 10/10 recommend!!!

Loving the way this look turned out. For my first attempt at a cut crease, I think I did pretty decent! I ‘m loving how vibrant the colours look, and the contrast between blue and orange make them really pop. I’m slowly getting used to the idea of colour hehe. Let me know what you think, and I’ll see you back here in a week 🙂

💖, B

P.S. For anyone who does makeup/takes pics for IG, I need pointers on how to take better pics of my eyes with my phone for these posts! Help a sista out please!!

MOTD: Caramel Apple Eyes – MorphexJaclyn Hill palette

Hey everyone! I’m the kind of person that hoards eyeshadow palettes yet, ends up doing the same neutral look whenever I decide to wear eyeshadow. I thought it would be a good idea to challenge myself to do a different look at least once a week. This way, I can get maximum use out of all my palettes, get more practice in which will allow me to become better at application and force myself to be a bit more active on here. I’ve been lacking inspiration and I think this is a good way to get my creative juices flowing (but mostly, I just really need to practice).


I’m super excited because on my trip to NYC (which I will update you all on eventually), we were able to stop at an Ulta and I was finally able to get my hands on the Jaclyn Hill palette! I know it’s been out for at least a year now at this point, but I didn’t want to pay shipping or hit my credit card with that foreign exchange fee y’knowwhatimsayinnn.

This look is a recreation of Holly Boon’s look on Youtube (click here for the link to the video).  I loved the way she used the green as a pop of colour against the neutral shades in her crease. It also just looked really pretty on her, so I wanted to try and recreate it as the first look of this series. She didn’t really name the look, but I called it Caramel Apple, because the way it looks on my eyes reminds me of those Caramel Apple lollipops I loved as a kid. I won’t go into detail about the steps and which shadows were used, because it’s all included in the video!

 

First of all, ignore the fact that only my eyes are done and not the rest of my face. That would’ve helped balance the look out, but I didn’t, and I’ll do it next time hehe. I also wish I had more dramatic lashes, because I think that would really elevate the look. The green doesn’t appear as vibrant as Holly’s. I think it’s because I didn’t use a light enough eyeshadow primer (I used concealer, but I blended it out first, so that kind of took away the brightness of it). I definitely need to keep practising blending and working on shaping the shadows nicely, so that it doesn’t look like a blob on my eye.

Other than that, I’m pretty happy with how it looks! I seriously never incorporate colour into my makeup (like I said, I’m a warm/neutral hoe), so even that little bit of green was a big change for me. I’m quite impressed with how pigmented and easy to blend the shadows were. I can’t wait to use every shade in this palette!

I still have lots of room for improvement! If you have any tips you would like to share, or looks you think I should try out next, you can leave a comment down below and I’ll make sure to try it out!

💖, B

Does Biotin Actually Work?

Last summer, I was diagnosed with alopecia areata. Basically, this is a disease that causes my body to attack my hair follicles resulting in my hair falling out in large chunks. Specifically, I developed three large bald spots at the top of my head. If you’ve ever had to wait for an appointment with a specialist (in my case, I was waiting for an appointment with a dermatologist), you know just how painstakingly long the process is. I went to my family doctor about it at the beginning of August of last year, and didn’t actually see a dermatologist until the end of November. That’s three whole months of watching helplessly as the spots grew bigger and more of my hair started to fall out.

I didn’t have very many options available to me, so I decided to try biotin. My intention was to use it as something to offset my hair loss, not as a cure (currently, there is no known sure for alopecia!). I’m sure most of you know that biotin is supposed to promote healthy skin, hair and nails, or you’ve at least seen one Sugarbear Hair ad on Instagram or Youtube. Being the skeptic that I am, I wasn’t about to spend money on Sugarbear hair because I didn’t trust it. So I just went to my grocery store and bought straight biotin supplements.

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I bought the Jamieson Biotin supplements, and each little tablet contained 10, 000mcg of biotin. There were 45 tablets and I took one everyday until I ran out. Then I went and bought biotin gummies at a lower dosage (which I still have because I stopped taking them, so they kind of just sit on my shelf). And long story short, I didn’t notice any change in my hair. There wasn’t anything growing where the bald spots were, and I didn’t notice a change in the length or thickness of my hair either.

IMG_5825 But, I did notice that my nails were stronger and grew faster than normal. I normally wouldn’t be able to grow them out as long because they were usually brittle and broke easily. My nails in this screenshot may not look very long to some, at least in comparison to the claws I have now, but back then, this was considered a big achievement for my natural nails (so you could imagine how cheesed I was that I broke one of them).

From my personal experience, I can vouch for the positive effects biotin has on nails but it didn’t do anything to help my hair. Obviously, my circumstances were quite different from the average person, but I didn’t lose all my hair, so I expected at least some change to occur.

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Taken from: https://www.sugarbearhair.com/collections/popular-vitamins

In terms of Sugarbear Hair, I can’t speak on it because I have never tried it before. On their website, they do have a breakdown of all the ingredients in the gummies. They use more than just biotin in their gummies, so maybe the combination of ingredients helps to better promote hair growth. But I would still take this with a grain of salt. Keep in mind that while Sugarbear Hair says that their products are manufactured in facilities that use FDA approved guidelines, they aren’t actually an FDA approved product.

I asked my dermatologist about biotin at my first appointment, and he said that there hasn’t been solid, conclusive evidence and research that shows that biotin actually helps your hair. And I’m not going to lie, I did try to look for research articles using my school’s database (yes, I ACTUALLY researched this… old habits die hard) and I couldn’t find many articles that supported the use of biotin for hair growth. In fact, a lot of the ones I came across concluded that there is a lack of evidence to support healthy individuals taking biotin for hair growth, and that biotin supplementation is actually unnecessary in healthy individuals as the daily amount that we need is usually obtained through our food.

My hair is still in the process of growing back, no thanks to biotin, but from the Kenalog injections I receive from my dermatologist. My take on this is that I personally don’t think biotin products work for hair growth. I trust my own results and what has been presented in scientific research. I’m not trying to bash anyone that uses or wants to try biotin supplements. But if you want to try other options, my dermatologist told me that Rogaine works (don’t be fooled by the fact that there is a Rogaine for men and women, he said that women can use the men one, and it’s cheaper too), and there’s some evidence (not conclusive) that fexofenadine aka Allegra aka a type of allergy medicine, can help with hair growth in alopecia areata patients as well.

DISCLAIMER: Please use common sense, and don’t start popping allergy medicine like candy or start using a men’s hair growth cream, before talking to your doctor. This advice was given to me by my dermatologist because I was dealing with a disease resulting in major hair loss. Strong hair is nice, but health is wealth!

I hope this post has helped to open your eyes on this topic and I’m curious to know your thoughts on this. If you’ve ever tried Sugarbear Hair or biotin supplements, did they actually work for you?? Let me know!

💖, B

What I Got in my Radiance Voxbox!

Hey everyone! I wanted to show you all what I got in my Radiance Voxbox from Influenster and share my thoughts on each product! (In other words – a review. It’s been a hot minute. I miss this.) I’m super pumped because this could not have come at a better time. I just finished my last semester of school, and every single product I received is perfect for a much needed day of rest and recovery.

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for Influenster! It’s a great way to connect with other like-minded people about all things beauty, fashion, food and more. It’s the first place I go to read reviews about products I want to try out, and I always make sure to leave my own honest reviews on products to help other people out. The best thing is, everyone has a chance to receive free products. Who knows, by the time Influenster’s next Voxbox launches, I may be reading one of your reviews!

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Sephora VIB Sale Haul!

First of all, let’s ignore the fact that I’ve been missing for three months. That’s a story for another post. I wanted to show you guys the things I got from the Sephora VIB sale! I’m actually super pleased with everything I managed to grab, despite some of the things I had my eye on selling out (ie: the four pack of Clarisonic brush heads for $80… til next time I guess 😢). We all know that ya girl LOVES a good deal, and I can confidently say that I got my money’s worth this time around! I saved $45 on everything, which is pretty good considering I got a lot of things.

Also, something that I learned this time around is that the Sephora app and website are not that accurate when it comes to stock in store.

  1. Some things I wanted on the app said that no store in my area had the item in stock. Which was a lie because I went to two different stores on two different occasions, and they still had the items.
  2. Also, I found an item in store that had the “online only” label on it on the app/website

Trust no one!!! Jokes. Don’t go to those extremes. But from my experience, I’m probably just going to do my VIB sale shopping in store from now on.

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My Current Beauty Faves!

Hey everyone! I feel like it’s been quite some time since I’ve done a monthly favourites post. With everything going on this summer, I feel like I haven’t had enough products to include in a single favourites post, and I wasn’t trying to waste your time by having you guys only read about a single product. So I’ve compiled a list of beauty products that I have been loving over the past couple of months and put them all in one post. Enjoy!

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Coming Out Strong | MOTD & Colourpop Eyeshadow First Impression

One of my favourite songs on Future’s HNDRXX is his song with The Weeknd, called Coming Out Strong. This MOTD was inspired by that song, in particular by my favourite line in the song that says “They said I couldn’t reach Mars, so I turned to a star”. When I think of turning into a literal star, I think of a lot of glow and brightness, and I thought it would be fun to translate that into a makeup look. I also got a bunch of new Colourpop shadows, so I really wanted to incorporate them into this look. I haven’t done a MOTD in a while, and it was fun to use new products, as well as products I already own, but don’t use on an everyday basis. Kind of challenging, but I am so pleased with how this look turned out. If you’re curious to see how the look turned out, hit that read more!

💖, B

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Get The Perfect Wing – Everytime!

I think the most frustrating, yet rewarding part of doing my makeup is creating the perfect wing. Most days, I miraculously get it right on the first try, and other days I’m struggling for ten minutes before I give up and leave the house with janky eyeliner (which I don’t recommend lol NEVER give up on your eyeliner if you can help it). So I’ve compiled a bunch of tips and tricks that I use to help me create my wing the way I like, and maybe it’ll help you too!

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Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick | Review

Hey yall! I’m back with another review for Wet N Wild week. This time, it’s their new liquid lipstick, the Liquid Catsuit! Read on to see my thoughts, and let me know how well you liked it if you’ve tried this out before 🙂

💖, B

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Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder | Review

I have been waiting for these highlighters to be released in Canada for literally nine months. They have finally arrived and I managed to get my hands on one rather quickly, for a product that has been hyped up for a while now! It seemed like Wet N Wild just dumped a bunch of new products on me, and while I also wanted to buy their other new products, ya girl is saving for her trip to Mexico, so I held back and just bought the highlighter (and a liquid lipstick, which will be posted about on Friday). Read on if you want to see how well I liked it!

💖, B

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My Skincare Routine (and why it’s so important!)

Last week, I posted a guide on how to develop your own skincare routine (click here if you haven’t read it yet!) and I said that I would make a post about my skincare routine and why I think routines are so important. So here it is! My own personal insight on why I think developing routines is so important, as well as all the products I use, why I like using them and how I apply them to my face. Enjoy!

💖, B

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My Foundation Free Week

My skin is something that I have always been pretty self-conscious about. It isn’t terrible, but I think that the years of bad, painful breakouts when I was younger have scarred me into covering it up behind makeup (Don’t get this confused though! I wear makeup because I like it, not because I am insecure about my skin. They just happened to compliment each other!)

As far as my face goes, most of the time I wear foundation, and if I’m not wearing foundation I usually have on a bit of concealer for my dark circles and little spots. This week I really wanted to challenge myself to go foundation free. I’ve been trying to inch out of my comfort zone little by little, and the thought of being in public places without foundation intimidated me.

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