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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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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November Favourites

November has been a crazy month (but I feel like that’s what I said in my October favourites… and every other favourites post I’ve made) and I haven’t been as active as I would like for that reason. I was looking at my planner and realized there’s only two more weeks left of school, like this semester has just flown by. Regardless, here are some things I’ve been loving this month!

Ardell 120 Demi lashes

2016-11-27 03.33.22 1.jpgI had the worst luck with lashes in October. I went through three pairs in the span of two weeks! Take it from me, never fall asleep or cry with fake lashes on. Anyways, as most of you know, the Ardell Baby Wispies were my go to lash, but I swear, every time I went to WalMart they were A L W A Y S sold out. I even resorted to going to an actual drugstore, where I knew they would be more expensive, because thats how desperate I was. They weren’t there either, so I ended up just buying these the next time I went to WalMart. They’re a bit longer than the Baby Wispies, which I didn’t think I’d like, but I don’t mind the length. They’re pretty natural looking, so if I wear them without eyeliner, it kind of looks like I’m wearing lash extensions. These are one of those lashes that I always get compliments on whenever I wear them!

Maison Margiela REPLICA – Lipstick On

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I am currently on a quest to find a new scent, so when I placed my order during the VIB sale, I added this perfume sample into my cart. I’m not even going to try and attempt to describe the scent because I know I’ll fail really badly, but I will say that when I wear this, I feel mature and feminine. It’s not the lightest scent, but it isn’t overpowering either and it lingers all day. I haven’t smelled anything like it and I think that’s why I like it so much. I don’t think I’ll purchase the full size just yet because I haven’t gotten around to testing out other scents and the full size of this is $135! But I have been wearing it everyday for the last part of November and I’ve really been enjoying it.

Momentum

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I was introduced to this Google Chrome plugin earlier this month and I really like it. It replaces your home/new tab page with a nice picture of a location the current time. It also displays other things, depending on what you set it to. Mine displays the temperature, a to-do list and a quote. It’s just something nice to look at that helps you be a little bit more productive.

Bruno Mars – 24k Magic

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I was disappointed at first because there are only 9 songs on the album, but my brother pointed out that it’s about quality, not quantity. And this is definitely a quality album. I was seriously in love with every song. The entire album sounds like it was made in the 80s/90s, and I love old school music. I couldn’t stop playing it as soon as I heard it, it was pretty much on repeat the entire month. You all need to take a listen!!! My favourite song is That’s What I Like.

With the end of November and the start of December, it means one thing… Vlogmas! I don’t know if I’ll be doing it again this year, but we’ll see how it goes. Also I CANNOT believe that 2016 is almost over. I remember the first day of the year as if it was yesterday. So many things have changed since then, but I guess that’s the beauty / curse of time. Let me know some of your favourites this month and until then take care! I hope this month hasn’t been as stressful for you as it has been for me. Which also reminds me that I really need to start taking better care of myself. The effects of stress have been showing in my body and mind and it isn’t pleasant… Maybe I should take it easy on the wine LOL.

💖, B

 

MOTD: Brown and Gold halo eye

I wanted to attempt to do a halo eye, and I know this is not the greatest halo eye out there but for a first timer, I think I did a really good job! I wasn’t planning on posting this (I don’t usually like to post twice a day haha) but I ended up really loving this look and will probably wear it when I get a chance. This seriously just motivates me to do more eyeshadow looks because I genuinely had so much fun creating this look!

*Side note: I need to invest in a better camera… taking pictures without natural light on my phone makes everything look so harsh and unflattering*

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I prepped my eyes with my Maybelline Fit Me concealer (I don’t have any eyeshadow primers, but I think this works pretty good, especially if you’re someone who doesn’t do eyeshadow regularly) and set it with some pressed powder. Then I used Shell from my Covergirl Trunaked Nudes palette as my transition/base shade all over my lid. It’s a light cream, almost white, so I figured the colours would show up a bit better.

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The flash in this picture washed out all the colours 😦 but I figured I’d add it anyways

So for the outer and inner corners of my eyes, I used NYX Nude Matte Shadow in Dance The Tides. This wasn’t as pigmented as I had hoped for it to be, so I had to really pack on the shadow. I tried my best to keep a prominent space in the middle empty for the halo. I also made sure to blend every so often to avoid harsh lines.

For the “halo”, I used the Loreal Infallible eyeshadow in Hourglass Beige. Suuuch a pretty golden/champagney colour and looked really nice with the matte brown.

I wanted to add some dimension, so I added my NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium in the crease to kind of deepen the look. I also used this in the lower lash line. This bronzer is crazy pigmented so I think it works perfectly as an eyeshadow alternative.

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That’s it for the eyes. All other details are listed below:

  • Foundation: Milani Conceal+Perfect foundation in 06 Sand Beige
  • Highlight: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop
  • Contour: NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium
  • Lashes: Ardell 120 Demi
  • Lips: Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Kae

Guys I literally came up with this look at like 10 at night and I regretted it because I wanted to wear it out but I had no where else to go. Oh well.

💖, B

P.S. I guess that would make this a MOTN? Hahahahaha. I love myself.

 

Products I Regret Buying

So far, my blog has been about products I love and products I think everyone should own. But today I’m gonna talk about products I regret buying. Spread the awareness yall! I think my main message from this post is to ALWAYS read reviews before purchasing any beauty products, and use your discretion when buying it. If I had read the reviews about these products before I bought them, then I never would have bought them in the first place because these all had pretty bad reviews. But learn from my mistakes!

*DISCLAIMER: These are products that haven’t worked for me and products I really don’t like. If these have worked for you, then awesome. Not trying to put anyone down in anyway for liking something that I don’t like haha.

Ardell Brush On Lash Adhesive

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This product is the reason why I will never sacrifice quality for price EVER again. I’ve mostly used DUO or Revlon lash glue, but the day I bought this, I decided I’d rather pay $3 instead of $7. BIGGEST MISTAKE OF LIFE. First of all, this glue dries SO. FAST. So if you don’t apply the lash as soon as you apply the glue, you’re gonna find yourself having to re-apply glue. Also the glue doesn’t dry tacky, it dries crusty and hard. So it is so painful taking this off your eyelid at the end of the night, and I’ve ruined the band of a pair of lashes trying to remove the glue. Nor to mention that if you get this in your eye it BURNS. Literally burns. It feels like you have literal acid in your eye, which makes your eye tear up, and this glue isn’t waterproof, so it ruins the stickiness and you gotta go through the process of reapplying again. Ugh. I’ll keep this just in case I ever run out of glue but I will NOT be reaching for this ever.

Rimmel London Wonder’Lash Waterproof

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I love anything with Argan oil in it, which is why I was compelled to buy this mascara. But then when I used it, I was extremely disappointed. By extremely disappointed I mean that this is the worst mascara I’ve ever used lol. It didn’t do anything for my lashes. It didn’t lengthen or define them. Even when I curled my lashes, it would make them droop. Real talk the only thing this did for me was maybe darken my lashes (I mean they’re already black so how much darker can they get…) and left me looking like a raccoon throughout the day. I don’t know why Rimmel hasn’t just discontinued this already…

Essence How To Make Nude Eyes makeup box

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I’ve written a MOTDs that feature this eyeshadow palette, but now that I think of it, I really do regret buying this palette. The shadows are not very pigmented and of the six shades you get, all of them are shimmery and are very close in colour. This is not to get confused though because I think other people may really like this palette, especially someone just starting out, but I think I would’ve benefitted more if I used the money spent on this palette on something else.

My Favorite Night Balm

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This is from Bath and Body Works and their Co Bigelow Apothecaries line. You are supposed to apply this before you sleep for “intense overnight moisturization”. While it did provide some moisturization, I wouldn’t say it was intense. I prefer using Vaseline on my lips before bed, and that’s what I’ll be sticking to and spending my money on from now on.

I hope this was a bit helpful for you guys. If you’re ever on the look out for new things to by, now you know a few products to avoid. Let me know if you have any products that you regret buying and I will definitely read reviews and maybe avoid them myself. Have a good night!

💖, B

May Favourites!

WOW it’s been a minute! And I am wayyyy behind on this so I apologize haha. I’ve been stressing a lot over school and life and have been trying to fill my time by spending time with loved ones to get myself out of this funk, but I’m back! Let’s get started lol.

Beauty

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Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick: I won’t go into detail abut this because I wrote a review on it right here. What I will say is that I love this lipstick and I have been wearing it pretty much every day this month. It’s the perfect nude for me and looks good with any look! (I’ve also been recommending this to everyone I come into contact with.)

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop:  The very first time I put this on my face, I became Lizzie Mcguire cause all I could say was “THIS IS WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF!!!” (I literally said that. No one was around to prove that I did, but I promise I did.) There’s really not much to say about it just know that the hype is worth it.

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Ardell Baby wispies: These are exactly like the demi wispies, just shorter. A perfect everyday lash for me because they look pretty natural and the length isn’t super long to the point where it weighs down my eyes and I’m getting annoyed (does anyone else have that problem? I swear I’m the only person I know who prefers shorter, non dramatic falsies, which many would argue defeats the purpose of wearing fake eyelashes in the first place LOL) I love the thin, clear band and how easy it is to apply these babies (ps I’ve trimmed the band because I have small eyelids, if any of you are wondering why they look significantly shorter than normal

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Covergirl Trunaked Nudes Palette: I love this palette for creating a simple everyday look. I love all of the colors in the palette, none of them are intimidating LOL.This is also a dupe for the Naked2 palette yall! They also have palettes that mimic the original Naked palette and the Naked3, so if you aren’t ready to commit to the Urban Decay price tag, I recommend buying this first. Really good quality, pretty good pigmentation, fair price point and the I love how there’s an equal amount of matte and shimmer shades. I

Clothes

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Urban Outfitters bralette: I’ve had this for about two years, but this past month (and also in April) I have been gravitating towards wearing this bralette instead of a bra. It’s been abnormally hot and when it comes to shirts, I’ve been trying to wear ones that are loose and flowy and light to try and combat the heat. This is the perfect match for these types of tops (I think) because they’re so dainty and light, super comfortable and don’t add any extra bulk that may contribute to your body overheating. I wouldn’t say that this gives your boobs any support but I have tiny boobs so that doesn’t really apply to me haha. Also when it pokes out of the top of your shirt, the lace just looks so pretty! Find it here (you could also check ebay or amazon if you’re on a budget! I know they have ones that look very similar for a fraction of the UO price)

Music

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Coloring Book – I’m not musically inclined at all so I can’t get technical about this mixtape, but all I can say is that I love Chance the Rapper and I love his voice and I love this mixtape. I literally love every single song on here. (I was about to list my favourite songs but then I realized I was listing off half the mixtape. My number one favourite song is No Problem though). If you’re looking for something new to listen to or want to expand your music taste, I recommend giving this a listen. I haven’t heard any bad reviews on it.

Sorry again that this is so late. I’m almost done school so I will have more time to put content out. I have so many ideas! Hope you guys had an amazing May, and let’s all celebrate the fact that Mercury is out of retrograde and things are beginning to look a bit better. It’s so crazy that we’re halfway through the year, time is going by so fast!

💖, B