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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MOTD: All Matte Everything

Before you read this, just know that I am aware that I need to invest in a better camera to capture my pictures. My cell phone just doesn’t cut it when I need to zoom in and showcase the colors I used. I’m sorry!!!! Okay, continue.

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve been able to play with my palettes. Maybe it’s cause I don’t normally wear eyeshadow to school, which is where I spend the majority of my time… Either way, this look is the result of boredom, and also because I wanted to practice my blending skills.

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Click the read more to see what products I used!

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MOTD: Keeping it simple

It’s been a while since I did one of these huh. Sorry if you’re disappointed at the simplicity and basicness of this “look” but I wanted to post this because this is pretty much what I’ve been doing since October started. I have been keeping my makeup routine pretty simple. Mainly because I’m at school most of the week, and since my school days are fairly short, I don’t see the point in putting on a full face of makeup. I’m also just lazy LOL it saves me so much time in the morning to be able to just quickly put on a few products and have time for breakfast. I have also gained an appreciation for simplicity. Don’t get me wrong, I am still all about winged eyeliner, bold lips and blinding highlight, but being very minimal with my makeup has made me appreciate the fact that you don’t need tons of makeup to still feel beautiful. (I mean I always knew that, it’s just that now I’m actually living it.) Not to mention that taking off my makeup at night takes me even less time! It’s great!

My simple routine consists of:

Eyebrows

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Concealer

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I use the Smashbox High Definition Concealer in Medium. This was gifted to me by one of my friends since it isn’t her colour and since then I have fallen in love with it. But I’m pretty sure Smashbox discontinued it because I can never find it on their website or at Sephora… or any place that sells Smashbox. So sad. But yeah I just put this under my eyes and wherever there’s excess redness or discolouration.

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I like to bake my face because it seriously keeps the concealer there all day. I don’t know why I haven’t tried baking my face earlier on in life, I feel like can’t leave the house without baking. It helps my concealer last all day and makes it look so flawless. It also just saves me from have to use my UD de-slick spray (because it cost ya girl $18 for a 1oz bottle and I’m not tryna use it on days where I’m not wearing foundation!!!)

Mascara

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I don’t really like wearing mascara, but ever since I got a sample of the Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara in my VIB appreciation bag (you can read about it here if you want to see what else I got) I’ve been using it just because of the fact that it’s there.

Lips

2016-10-11 05.50.40 1.jpgColourpop’s Beeper is just my everyday go to colour. It requires minimal thought and looks effortless which is what I’m kinda going for.

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And voila LOL. It looks like I kinda just got out of bed but I still look kinda put together. Woo! Remember you don’t need makeup to feel good about yourself, but at the same time, don’t let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t wear it if you want to! Live your life! Do you!

💖, B

Revive your dried out Dipbrow!

I’m sure if you’ve ever used the ABH Dipbrow Pomade (or any cream product that comes in a little pot), you know how frustrating it is when it dries out before you’ve used it all up. Rather than throwing the product away, you can always give life back to it by doing this little hack. It’s relatively inexpensive, takes less than 5 minutes to do and should work with most potted products. Keep in mind that if the product you started out with is already EXTREMELY dry (ex. the product is shrivelled and cracked to start with) then do yourself a favour and just ignore this hack and buy a new product as this will not help you.

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All you need is the dried out product (obvs), contact solution or eye drops and something to mix with. I just used a qtip and pulled off the cotton from one side. I wear contact lenses so I always have a huge bottle of contact solution handy, but if you don’t you can always buy a travel sized contact solution, or those really small bottles of eyedrops that cost ~$2-$3.

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Basically all you’re going to do is add 1 – 2 drops of the solution into the product and incorporate it into the product. It’s very important to remember that you can always add solution, but you can’t remove it once it’s mixed in. Start with 1 – 2 drops, no matter how dry your product may be, and only add more if you feel like you need it after you’ve mixed it all together. If I need to add more, which I did in this case, I added in increments of 1 drop. If you add too much, you’re going to end up with a really greasy and liquidy mess. Speaking from experience here. Use your judgement to when you think you can stop adding drops.

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As you can see, after you’ve finished mixing, the product looks unappealing and unusable. With clean fingers and the end of the qtip that still has cotton on it, flatten the product to your liking. The qtip will help absorb any excess solution that makes it’s way to the top of the product. Also make sure to seal the edges and any cracks that appear after you’ve flattened the product. This will prevent any air getting in and drying the product out faster.

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Flattened and ready to use!

Hope this helps anyone out! I’ve heard that storing the product upside down prevents it from drying out so fast. This could be a myth, but I do it anyways so I figured I’d still pass on the knowledge haha.

💖, B