Sephora Haul: First Impressions

Dior Nude Air Foundation / Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil / Make Up For Ever Primer in Radiant Yellow / Becca Highlighter / Lavanila Deodorant

I thought I’d share with you all a little peek in to my recent Sephora purchase. It has been quite some time since my last visit to Sephora, which is highly unlike me, but I had quite a long list of products that I wanted to purchase so I made my way over there the other day! I’ve since used these products only a handful of times and so I thought I’d share some of my first reactions with you all! I should preference this by saying that I usually do my homework before going to Sephora. I like to research products and know if it really is something I want to buy and if I’ve heard good things about it. I think this is oh so important and can really help you save time and money while you’re there!

First Impression: Love it! This is exactly what I was hoping it would be. It’s a light and sheer to medium coverage foundation that honestly makes your skin just look like a better version of itself.
Pros: The finish it gives your skin is amazing and I find so far it lasts all day!
Cons: It would probably work best with a setting powder. Only a con because I don’t own any setting powders!
Continue Using: Absolutely!

First Impression: Well I cheated a little on this one since I already own one of her brow pencils, however this one is in a darker shade. I’ve been loving using this darker shade on the outside of my brows with a lighter shade on the inside.
Pros: Super easy and quick to fill in your brows and the spooley end makes blending and shaping your brows so simple!
Cons: Not as long wearing as her dipbrow pomade.
Continue Using: You betcha!

First Impression: Definitely provides a radiant glow to the skin like it says. I really like the formula and consistency of it as well!
Pros: Nice radiant finish and seems to make my makeup go on smoother and last longer!
Cons: If you are oily this could definitely be over the top and be too dewy.
Continue Using: Most definitely, but I will probably be a bit cautious with it on hot days where I might get oily.

First Impression: Absolutely amazing. I’ve used their highlighting powders before and I have to say I think this is even better!
Pros: Beautifully highlights the areas you apply it to. Super easy to add a few dots of it and blend out with a beauty blender.
Cons: Be light handed because a lot can go a long way (no really a con but just some advice)!
Continue Using: Most definitely!

First Impression: I admit I was a little skeptical of this at first and if it would actually work. I’m happy to say its been great and has easily replaced my old deodorant!
Pros: It’s all natural with no aluminum and it smells pretty great!
Cons: Different formula/texture then my usual deodorant. Just something to get used to!
Continue Using: Definitely will finish off the bottle, but I might try and test different natural deodorants afterwards.

April Favourites

Tangle Teezer / Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick / Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Brush / Maybelline Lipsticks

Tangle Teezer: I was a little skeptical when I first got this and wasn’t sure if I’d really use it or not. I try not to brush my hair often, and when I do I usually use a wide tooth comb. However, recently my hair has been insanely tangly and dry, and the Tangle Teezer has been the only thing that can actually take the tangles out. It’s so gentle and doesn’t make me feel like I’m ripping my hair out. Hopefully these tangles will go away soon with the help of some new products I’ve started using but I’ll share more of that on the blog later, so stay tuned!

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick: This is an oldie but definitely a goodie! I used this shimmer brick a bunch when I first bought it and than it slowly moved to the back of my drawer. I reached for it after my trip to Florida, since I had a good tan and thought this would compliment it nicely. Ever since then I’ve been using it everyday and I remember just why I bought it. It bronzes, gives a nice colour to your cheeks and more importantly gives you the nicest highlight and glow.

Anastasia Brown Brush: I picked this brush up a few weeks ago when I realized the one I had been using was just too thick. I love that this brush is very thin, which makes it easy to fill in your brows and that the other end has a spooley to blend and brush through your brows.

Maybelline Matte Lipsticks: A few months ago Maybelline released a line of matte lipsticks in a few different shade. I picked a few of those up and instantly fell in love. Luckily, they recently released more colours and I of course ran to the store to grab a few more shades! The colours of these lipsticks are so pigmented and the formula is creamy and doesn’t dry your lips out like some other matte lipsticks. I highly suggest giving these a try and since they’re drugstore products you don’t have to feel bad grabbing two… or three different shades!

Simple Eye Makeup

The other day I was finishing my makeup and realized that I’ve been doing my eye makeup the same for the past few weeks. It has definitely become my go to look, probably because of how simple and easy it is, but also because it lasts all day. I don’t always apply a full face of makeup, but on those days that I do, I always reach for this eye makeup look. Keep reading to see how I achieve my simple eye makeup look.

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I first start by applying a cream eye shadow all over my lids. This is hands down my favourite step because the cream shadow acts almost like a primer for your lids, which will help keep your shadow on all day. I also love this cream shadow by Smashbox (Maybelline has very similar ones too), and I love the colour and shine of it. Feel free to use a brush or just your fingers like I do to apply the cream shadow.

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Next I like to take a darker brown shadow and apply that to the outer corner of my eye and throughout the crease. I use my favourite Smashbox palette and mix two colours together to create the perfect brown shade. Make sure you blend blend blend! Feel free to add more or less shadow depending on your preference. I tend to lean on the lighter side when it comes to makeup, as I like more of a natural look.

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After, you’ve applied a darker shade to your crease, you could definitely stop here, apply mascara and be done. However I like to add a lighter shimmer shade to the inner corner of my eye and blend it in to the middle of the lid. I again combine two shadows from my Smashbox palette, starting from the inner corner and making sure I blend it out well towards the darker outer corner.
*You may want to go over your outer corner and crease again with a darker shade if you want it more defined.

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I always like to apply some sort of liner to my eye, I find it gives my eyes more definition and I personally just like the way it looks on me. This is completely a personal preference, so feel free to skip this step if you want! You can apply a liquid liner, a pencil liner or use an angled liner brush like I did and apply a thin line of shadow to your eyelash line.

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Finally, grab your favourite mascara, add a few coats and you are good to go! My go to mascara right now is hands down the Lancome Grandoise mascara, but my all time favourite mascara is the CoverGirl LashBlast mascara.

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A simple, quick and easy way to finish off your makeup look! I love how subtle this look is, and it can be easily built up for a heavier smokier look if you want. My favourite thing about it, probably that it takes me all of 5 minutes to apply! You can’t go wrong with that!

Best Ways To Keep Your Hair Out Of Your Face

I wanted to share with you a few different ways I style my hair when I just want it up or out of my face. Anyone else feel this way sometimes? When your hair is either just not working that day (hello bad hair day) or you just need it off your face. Well I think I feel like this more often than not and over the years I’ve come up with some ways to get my hair out of my face yet still have a polished and put together hairstyle. So, here are my best ways to keep you hair out of your face.

BRAID IT BACK: This is definitely my go to option when putting my hair back. I’ve been doing this for many years now (thank you Lauren Conrad for starting this trend). Once you’ve mastered a standard french braid, than you should have no problem doing this. Trust me it’s a lot easier than it looks! I love braiding my hair back like this and I find it’s also a great way to pull your hair in to a low bun. If you’re feeling up to it, than try a different take on this and do a fishtail braid instead.

WEAR A FUN HEADBAND: I have a few headbands in my drawer and love reaching for them when I really want all of my hair out of my face. I admit it too, this always makes me feel slightly like Blair Waldorf, and that’s never a bad thing right? There are so many cheap options out there for fun headbands (think Forever 21). Some of my favourites are ones with flowers, bows or fun patterns and colours.

USE A PRETTY CLIP: I came across this beautiful bow clip at Henri Bendel a few months back and have been incorporating it in to my hairstyles ever since. This is definitely the easiest way to pull your hair back. Simply grab a small section from the front and clip it back. I love using a fun clip instead of plain bobby pins, since it adds a little something extra.

PUT IT IN A PONYTAIL: I think this is probably everyones go to style for getting your hair up and it definitely is the most effective. There’s nothing better (especially in the hot summer) than having all your hair up, off your neck and out of your face. I usually switch between two ponytail styles, the one pictured above or I go back to my cheerleading roots and do a very high ponytail.

TRY A TWIST: This is another long time style of mine and I started doing it because it was a quicker way to achieve the look of braiding my hair back. When I’m in a rush or dare I say it my hair isn’t the cleanest, this is the perfect way to get your hair out of your face. I love the way a twist looks and it can easily be done to both sides to really get your hair back. Like the braid above this is also another style that goes great with a low bun.

February Favourites

This months favourites are products that I’ve had for a while (minus the Lancome Mascara) and I’ve really realized how much I love them this past month. These products are slowly becoming some of my staples in my makeup collection and what’s even better is that most of them are all from the drugstore! Yay for saving money….. and then going out and buying more makeup (anyone else with this problem?). Let me know any products that you guys have loved in the month of February! I always love hearing about new products!

Sonia Kashuk Brush (similar here) / Lancome Mascara / CoverGirl Lipstick in Euphoria / Milani Blush in Berry Amore

Sonia Kashuk Brush: This brush was from their Fall Anniversary set. I’ve had it for a while now, but have only really started using it this past month. It’s become my favourite brush to apply my bronzer and use for a light contour. I’m still getting used to contouring and only do it on days where I want a full face of makeup. This brush has been great for learning and slowly easing in to contouring. I apply my bronzer with it in a line on the hollows of my cheeks (suck in your cheeks and you can see the natural line from your ear to mouth). I then use a smaller brush to blend it out. It’s been working pretty well and I love that it gives a more natural look.

Lancome Mascara: Ok, I might have mentioned this before, but I’m a bit of a mascara snob. I always think I like to try new mascaras and will reach for new samples or testers. However, after trying them a few times I always regret purchasing them and go back to my tried and true CoverGirl Mascara (my holy grail). So, of course when I had heard so much about this Lancome mascara I just had to give it a shot. At first I was honestly not impressed and again went back to my CoverGirl mascara. However, I made myself try it again and guys I think I might have found a new favourite. This mascara is amazing, it makes your lashes longer and gives them crazy volume. I’m still on the fence if it’s worth the $40 or so dollars for it, so I’ll get back to you on that!

CoverGirl Lipstick: I honestly don’t even remember when I bought this lipstick… I think sometime in the fall? But I rediscovered it this month and have been loving it. It has such a great colour and I love that I can make it really strong or just dab it on my lips a few times for a light stained look.

Milani Blush: This is another product I’ve been using for the past few months but never knew how I really felt about it. However, I was applying it the other day and realized just how much I love it. I’ve been really loving more purple toned makeup colours this winter, and this blush gives off an amazing plum colour. It also has some bronzer and highlight to it, which is perfect for winter since my skin needs all the colour it can get! (If you’re in Canada and looking for Milani products, I found mine at the Superstore)