Monday, 23 February 2015

My Everyday Makeup Products (Video)

Hey guys!

I uploaded my 2nd video today!  It's all of the makeup products and tools that I use from day to day, so click the video below to give it a watch!

As always, comment and subscribe!


Saturday, 21 February 2015

Review: MAC's Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

Hello everyone!

So recently I splurged and bought myself my FIRST EVER lipstick from MAC.  I know, I'm very late to the party on this one.

I bought Ruby Woo, the ultra-hyped, super matte, universal red.  Of so I have heard.  But does it really do all of these things?

Let's talk about it for a second.

The price, with tax, worked out to just under $22 CAN.  This seemed very pricey to me, and I deliberated for a solid 30 minutes (the sales lady thought I was nuts).  The packaging though, is great.  I love that it's so sleek, and everything about black packaging makes me happy.  It's also a great size for handbags and won't get beat up and gross looking.

The first thing I noticed about the product itself is the smell. Does anyone else think it smells like vanilla sugar cookies?!  Instant bonus for someone with a sweet tooth!

Applying this was... interesting.  I had read that it was insanely difficult to apply, which I don't necessarily agree with but I can see where people are coming from.  This definitely doesn't glide onto the lips, and I did use a lip brush to apply this perfectly.  That being said, I found it really easy to blend out.

The colour is amazing.  I don't find it too yellow or too blue, just a perfect, true red.  It is SO matte, but it doesn't feel dry or heavy.  I actually couldn't even tell I was wearing lipstick, which never happens.

As for wear, I was totally blown away by this.  I wore it to the movies (complete with popcorn and soda) and it didn't budge.  Not an inch.  And I didn't use a lipliner.

I thought this was a fluke.  Honestly.  But then I went out for dinner and drinks, and put it through it's paces and got the same result.  It wore off a little bit, but not so that it looked faded or patchy.  It was so minimal I didn't feel the need to touch up after eating and drinking.  This didn't transfer onto my straw either.

I did a slight reapplication about three hours after the initial one to go to the bar, and after dancing and drinking (water.  I promise.  I was self-appointed babysitter) it hadn't moved.  Still no lipliner, and only one small touch up over the course of about 7 hours.

I am shocked.  This beat all of my expectations, and I completely understand why everyone raves about MAC lipsticks.  I have already planned out which one will be my next splurge (Fanfare.  OMG it's so pretty...) and I am never buying another brand's lipstick.  I am officially a convert!

I hope this helped anyone contemplating buying this.  I cannot say enough good things about it.  I'm very glad I finally decided to treat myself!


***Just to compare, I put Ruby Woo next to Rimmel by Kate Moss shade 01***

(Just for anyone who wants to compare a close drugstore option)

Friday, 20 February 2015

OMG I Did A Thing

Please give it a watch and let me know what you think! :$

I'm super nervous about this, but it's something I want to try.  Follow your dreams and all that!


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Makeup Collection Part 7: Eye Liners

Hello and welcome back to my makeup collection series!

Today's post is all about eyeliner.  I admit, I have a serious problem when it comes to eyeliner.  I have so many!  But on a daily basis, I tend to wear black or brown.  I have fun, coloured eyeliners but I don't use them regularly, especially in the winter.

Let's jump in shall we?

Neutral Eyeliners
I'm very picky about my eyeliners.  When I find one I like, I toss the others and only repurchase the good one.

My favourite brand for eyeliners is Annabelle.  I have the colours Brownie and Black.  These are the smoothest, creamiest, and most pigmented eyeliners I have ever bought from the drugstore.  These don't have even a hint of shimmer in them either, so they're perfect.  They also last for ages, and are super easy to blend out and make smudgy/smoky.

I also really like the Rimmel Kohl Kajals, which you will see throughout this post.  Their eyeliner in 003 Brown is really nice.  It has a hint of shimmer running through it, and is more of a bronze shade than a deep brown.  It's not as long lasting, but it is still really nice.

Another neutral shade is the Rimmel Kohl Kajal in 005 Nude.  This is prefect for the waterline and it really does last all day.  I find that applying one layer, letting it sit, and then sealing it with another layer is the perfect way to apply it.

Coloured Eyeliners
Now on to coloured liners.

I actually have two GOSH liners in Golden Moss.  I have no idea why, and I'm fairly sure I didn't buy either... They might be hand-me-downs from my mom.  Regardless, I really like these.  I don't wear green a lot, but when I do this has the perfect shade to compliment my eyes.  There is a good amount of shimmer in there too, but it's still incredibly creamy and blendable.  And, it lasts all day.

I have a similar shade from Bonne Bell in the shade Black Olive.  I don't really like this, honestly, I wanted to give it a try but I'm not impressed.  It's a little too hard in formulation, and it doesn't smudge or last very well.

I have two more Rimmel Kohl Kajals in this section.  I have no idea why I bought 008 Light Blue, I really don't.  It's incredibly pretty, but I'm not sure when I wore it/will wear it again...

The 010 Silver shade is really nice for brightening up the eyes.  I've really likes wearing it in the inner corners of my eyes, or using a little bit under winged liner to make it pop.

My final coloured liner is my only high-end liner.  It's the Estee Lauder Automatic Eye Pencil Duo in Hyacinth Sky.  This is double-ended, but both ends are the exact same shade.  It's pretty, and I've actually used this quite a bit for what it is.  The grey undertones make it a lot more wearable.  It's very creamy, and definitely easy to apply.  I would recommend these eye liners, although I think there are plenty of drugstore options that are just as good.

Liquid Eyeliners
Now on to liquid liners.

I have one black liquid liner that I absolutely swear by, and that's the L'Oreal Lineur Intense liner in Carbon Black.  This makes winged liner so easy, and it lasts for the entire day.  I have a backup in my makeup storage because I can tell this one is almost used up.

Then I have these three liners from Hard Candy.  I did a full review of these in the summer, which I'll link HERE.  These are really pigmented, and last forever.  However, they are stupidly difficult to remove, and application isn't the easiest.  For what they are though, I like them.  They're cheap and fun.

So that's it for my eyeliners! Let me know in the comments if there's one that you think I NEED to try, I love experimenting and finding new products!

xoxo Laura

Saturday, 14 February 2015

What's In My Bag: Valentine's Day


Today is Valentine's Day, and if you're anything like me, you're probably having a Netflix marathon on your couch...

I mean, trying to fit as much crap in your teeny handbag as possible!

Today's post will help you achieve just that.  But, like me, you will have to resist the urge to put 'safety' products in there too (but seriously, you don't need an umbrella, compact rain coat, or an extra pair of socks.  Put those away.)

So for the bag itself, I am using one that was my mom's.  But in the realm of tiny purses, this one definitely fits the bill.  However, you can shove a surprisingly large amount of stuff in there!  I have two purses like this, the other one is white with beautiful beading.  The reason I like this one is because it opens up to a sort of pyramidal shape, so it holds more than it looks like it does.

So let's get into what is actually in this bag!

I will mostly carry around cosmetics.  For me, that means a powder, brush, chapstick, and the lipstick I'm wearing.  Tonight, I have the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, which is great because it's flat and small. The brush I'm bringing is the Real Techniques retractable kabuki.  This is perfect for small purses because it's shorter than most face brushes, and the cap keeps it from getting dirty/dirtying your bag.  Then I've got MAC Ruby Woo and the unscented Baby Lips from Maybelline.

Around my powder I like to secure a hair elastic.  I always need a hair tie, and this way I know where it is and don't have to fish through my bag for it.

Then I like to have a bottle of hand sanitizer. Bath & Body Works have little 29 mL bottles that take up very little space.  In addition, I throw in a few bandaids, just in case my heels are rubbing against my feet and hurt, or if I do something klutzy and end up bleeding (both are likely scenarios).

Finally come the essentials.  Debit, ID and student card are incredibly important, as are keys.  And of course, my phone.  I take the case off when I put it in my teeny purses so that it fits better.

Now to put it all in.  There's a little pocket on the side that I slip my cards, bandaids, and keys into.  Then I slip in my phone and powder, and arrange everything else around them!

Voila!  There's even room to spare!

I hope you enjoyed this post, and no matter what you're doing have a great night tonight!  Those of you vegging on the couch, I recommend 30 Rock if you want to start a series, or The Other Woman if you want a movie.

Have a great night guys <3


Friday, 13 February 2015

Tutorial: (Taylor Swift-Inspired?) Glam Look

Hey everyone!

So I recently posted this photo on Instagram, and SO many people kept complimenting me on it! I thought I'd do a quick post letting you all know how to re-create it.  Follow me on Instagram HERE for more looks being posted and let me know if you want to see any of them!

This look is very simple and yet still super glam, perfect for Valentine's Day :)

For the skin, I used the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, buffed in with the Real Techniques Buffing brush, and set with a small amount of Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder.

I actually contoured using a slightly odd technique that I really enjoy.  I use done of those annoying brushes that you get with powders, this one is from a Physician's Formula powder, and used it to create a bold contour.  As well, I didn't use an actual contouring powder, just a setting powder that is for darker skin tones.  I like this techniques because I get a bold contour line, and the powder is never shimmery, it's always completely matte, so it looks more natural.  There is no blush used for this look.

The eyes are super easy, I just used the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded all across the lid and blended out really well.  Then I used the L'Oreal Lineur Intense  in Carbon Black for a really bold winged liner.  The mascara I used is the L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara, and it gives such bold, full lashes.

Brows are entirely the Maybelline Brow Drama in Light Brown.  SO EASY!

Finally, on the lips I have the Rimmel by Kate Moss lipstick in 01.  I think I actually lined my lips too, but I have no idea with what!

And that's all I did!  This was super easy to do, and it looks so glamorous.  And it's definitely more than a little Taylor Swift-esque!

I'll see you all very soon, have a good week!


Monday, 9 February 2015

Tutorial: Sultry Valentine's Day Makeup Using The Smokes Palette

Hello everyone!

The Smokes Palette from Maybelline
Shades Used:
Top row- Black, Champagne, and Purple (all side-by-side)
Today's post is a tutorial, specifically a super sexy, sultry look for Valentine's Day (which is creeping up soon!)  For this look, I have used The Smokes palette from Maybelline.  I really like this palette, I think it has something for everyone and a great variety of shade to create a ton of looks.

Let's get on with it, shall we?

So I'm going to start with the eyes, as dark shades tend to have a ton of fall down that is super noticeable if it gets in your foundation.  I'm going to prime with the Hard Candy eye primer, and then hop right in.

I'm going to start with a transition shade, and for this I'm using the shimmery champagne colour in the palette.  I know transition shades should be matte, but I love this for adding a little extra something to the eyes.

Using a flat shading brush, I'm going to pack this deep, matte purple onto the lid, and use a fluffy brush dipped in the champagne shade to blend it out.  This involves a lot of building up and blending out, but be patient, it's worth it.  This is when a little bit of MAC Fix+ is a godsend.

Next, I'm using a pencil brush to take the midnight black with silver glitter through the outer corner and crease.  I'm using a fluffy brush dipped in the purple to blend this out.  This, again, is a very blending-laborious job but WORTH IT!

I'm going to move on to skin now that I have the basic eye done, then come back.

Obviously, I'm going to prime with my Hard Candy Sheer Envy Perfecting Primer.  I'm basically in love with this.

Major derp face going on here...
For the face, I'm doing my concealer first, and using the Covergirl Fresh Complexion concealer under my eyes to clean up the lines of the eye shadows, and conceal dark circles.  Then I'm using the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation as my base and applying it with a buffing brush from Real Techniques.

Pardon the white spot on my face, it's from the flash.
I'm going to use a flat brush from a face powder compact to apply my contour and blend it out slightly to keep it strong.  Any completely matte shade will do, mine is from a palette and isn't labelled unfortunately.  Then I'm using a stippling brush to apply the Wet n Wild blush in Pearlescent Pink.  Then I like to put a little bit of translucent powder on the t-zone to keep it from getting oily.

Skin: done.  Back to the eyes.

I'm going to use the Maybelline Brow Drama in Light Brown to tame those monstrosities.  This product is great! I have really thick, dark brows naturally, they just need... taming.

To finish up the eyes, I'm using the L'Oreal Lineur Intense in Carbon Black to do a mid-sized winged liner.  I don't want it to look ridiculous, but I want it to be noticeable.  Whether you line the lower waterline is up to you, when I show you the finished look I'll have both so you can compare.  It's all about preference.

Then I'm going to go under the lower lash line with the purple, and blend it out with a pencil brush dipped in the champagne shade.

LASHES!  You can apply falsies if you prefer, I just use the L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara and it works fine for me!

Aaaand lips.  I've just got a Maybelline lipstick in Warm Me Up.  For this look, I really want a nude/my lips but better shade and this is exactly that.

If you want to add black liner on the waterline, this is what it will look like.  This is, as everything, up to your personal preference.  I usually would leave it, but for this look I really like it.

It is stupidly difficult to photograph yourself.
So here's the finished look!  I hope you enjoy, I'll be doing a 'sweet' look in the next few days so stay tuned!