Makeup Change Up: Spring Addition

I love all that comes with the change of seasons {ok, not so much from fall to winter because Canada = cold}, and shopping my stash or trying out new, bright tones for Spring is no exception.

I’ve done a few of these posts before {here and here for the most recent ones}  and think you guys like to see what new things I’m trying, or what tends to stay month over month – that’s how you know I’m a huge fan!

What Stayed:

I didn’t keep much around this time and opted, instead, to shake it up for Spring.

  • IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream {I use medium}
  • CoverFX Sample of their Illuminating Primer
  • Life Brand concealer/blemish stick
  • MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose 
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer {I use fair}
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational and Colossal Big Shot mascara {see my review here}
  • Benefit Roller Lash and Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara samples
  • Marc Jacobs Lip Liner in Prim{rose}
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz {not sure of my particular shade}
  • Benefit Eye Bright
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer {this thing won’t die.  Good bang for your buck tho, Tarte!}
  • Bite Beauty lippie in Meringue
  • Sugar Lip Treatment {used before I apply any lip product}
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine {…of course…}

 

What’s New:

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  • Chanel blush in Rose Initial
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed
  • Rimmel Stay Matte powder
  • Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzer
  • Wet ‘n Wild Highlighting Powder in Crown of My Canopy
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Roman Holiday and Never Say Never {great combo together, might I add}
  • MAC Lipliner in Whirl
  • Tom Ford Lipstick
  • Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect lipstick
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Root Beer Float
  • Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo in Dynamic
  • Makeup Forever Aqua Liner
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Liner
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brown{out}
  • NARS single shadow in Ashes to Ashes
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Loose Shimmer Shadow {um, not loose, so great to use} in rose shimmer
  • Surratt Prismatique Eyes in Glamour Eyes

 

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{Just incase you’re curious, here’s what didn’t make the Spring cut}

 

Whew.  If you’re still with me after all that, comment below.  There may be candy in it for you…

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Life Brand Blemish Stick  |  Lash Sensational Mascara  |   MAC Prep + Prime in Radiant Rose  |  Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer  |  Benefit Eye Bright  |  Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12 Hour Concealer |  Bite Beauty Lippies  |  Fresh Lip Treatment  |  Anastasia Brow Wiz  | Chanel Blush and Bronzer | Tarte Blush | Rimmel Stay Matte | Wet ‘n Wild highlighter | NARS Lip Pencils | MAC Whirl | Tom Ford lipsticks | Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect lippie | NYX Butter lipstick | D&G Passion Duo | Marc Jacobs Highliner| NARS Shadow |  Kevyn Aucoin shimmer shadow | IT Cosmetics CC Cream | Suratt Prismatique eyes | Tarte eyeliner similar here | MUFE Aqua Liner

 

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Declaring My Love for Minis

Mini’s.  I love them.  What defines a “mini” you ask?  Well I’m talking sample size.  Any sort of a sample size:  perfume, foundation, highlighter, eyeliner – you name it!   I get most of my mini’s from Sephora – 100 point perks {or 500 point perks, but rarely.  Those sizes are often more substantial, while still deemed a “sample” of the full sized product}.  Occasionally, I get a stellar mini from an Ipsy bag that finds its way to my rotation.   Frequently, I’ve nailed down a product or two from the Sephora line of shame.  Why the “line of shame” you ask?  Because it gets me EVERY TIME.  I line up, buy more than I need, test new things, come back.  Sephora/LVMH – marketing for the win!

Rotation is another word I’d like to define.  How each person uses their mini’s tends to vary, I’d assume. For me, most of my minis end up in my travel makeup bag.  It’s not my 100% travel-all-the-time bag, but rather is my overnight makeup bag.  Perhaps “24 hour makeup bag” is a better moniker.  Anyway, this is not only a way for me to keep some mini’s of my faves in the rotation, but also to try some products I might not get to on the reg.  

{Full disclosure: I use a lot of mini’s even in my regular daily rotation, namely for mascara samples.   It’s not just a travel thing!}

 

I thought the best way to show you just how deep my love of mini’s runs would be to go through my “24 hour” makeup bag with you.  Keep reading for a snapshot of my faves!

 

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray:  this was a one time mini purchase and wasn’t a sample I received for “free” per se.  I fill this with my HOLY GRAIL setting spray {from the bigger size} so I always have it just when I need it.  I can take an eyeliner or an eyeshadow or even a blush and create a look using this as a base, or just use it to lock in my look all day.  

 

Tarte Clay Paint Liner in Bronze: just tried this for the first time today.  I’ve been a long time fan of Tarte.  I love their blushes.  I love their liners, whether clay pencil liner or a clay gel liner.  Their eyeshadows are highly pigmented and pop even without a primer.  This liner came up as a point perk from Sephora {sorry, not sure the level} not too long ago, and so I jumped as soon as I saw it.  I find that with my hazel/brown eyes, copper coloured liners just make them look brighter and wider. It’s an optical illusion, but it just works!

 

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment: you’ve seen me post about these before; it’s no secret they’re a staple for me whether full sized or not.  Having one of these in my “24 hour” bag ensures that my lips are perfectly primed for whatever I throw on them – lip gloss, lip stick, lip pencil.  Oh, and if I throw in one with a colour base {as I sometimes do – depends on what I have} it can double as a daily lip colour.


Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder: see above for my love of Tarte.  Their setting powder is the bomb dot comb.  I hate to use that phrase, but it’s just the best to describe it succinctly.  I use it all over to set a concealer {see below for foundation/concealer caveat} or just for my under eyes alone.  

 

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick: {not sure, but I think this is in the colour ‘Shadow’} Bobbi Brown is, I think at least, an under-rated stellar brand.  Her esthetic is set to simply enhance your natural beauty.  What’s not to love?  This can double as an eyeliner, but I often use it as a base when I want to amplify the Costal Scents shadows. All of her products are buttery smooth and last for-ever.  I love them and will purchase {not this particular shade} a full sized pencil for sure in the future.

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Costal Scents shadows: {Revealed Palette Sampler} these have the most insane pigment for the price.  These retail for $11.95 USD in full size; lord knows what a mini would be! I got them in an Ipsy bag if I remember correctly, and have used them religiously for the last year or two.  

 

Nars Orgasm/Laguna duo: two of my faves in a compact little package.  I wish I could have one of these everywhere!  Oh wait, I do.  I have one here, in my purse, at my office, and in my makeup collection.  I’m able to easily bronze up any look, do a light contour {see brushes above!} and warm up the cheeks with the universally flattering Orgasm {don’t let the name turn you off. You NEED this in your collection}.  

 

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: I’ve posted about this before.  I do quite like the mascara, just not enough to justify purchasing the full size from Sephora.  I love the long, separated look it gives, and is perfect for every day.  I have a few of these in my backup stash.  It wears wonderfully all day, but just doesn’t quite give the volume I look for in a mascara.

 

MAC Lipliner in Dervish: I think I may have said it before, but, incase I didn’t here it is: I’m not MAC’s #1 fan.  I just think there are so many better brands out there, even a few at a lower price point.  Their lipliners aren’t anything to write home about but I’ve recently found myself with a few {extra} in my collection.  I’ve got many brands I prefer over MAC, so instead of de-stashing this one, I put it in with my 24 hour makeup collection just because this particular shade is wonderful all over the lip a ‘Your Lips But Better Shade’, if you will.  This way I can pop on a bit of liner and the Fresh Lip Treatment over top and give my lips a little pick me up on the fly.

 

Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Mood Light: this one was a Sephora 100 point perk, if I’m correct.  And know what?  I love it.  I’m actually debating a purchase of a full sized {which is, undoubtedly, super $$}.  It gives a subtle glow to the skin and keeps hold of any later applied makeup perfectly.

 

Eyeliner Mini’s: Marc Jacobs Highliner {unsure of the shade} and MUFE Aqua XL in black – both of these liners wear so well on the lash line and the inner rim, so keeping these in here is a no-brainer.  With the copper Marc Jacobs shade and MUFE black liner, I can compliment any look or vamp up any day for a night on the town.

 

Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer with SPF 50: if you’ve been reading a while, you’ve seen my post on why good skin care is essential.  That’s why I’ve got this in here.  Plain and simple!

 

Chanel Glossimer in #166 Amour: is this not the absolute cutest mini in history?  I think so!  I have a couple of these that I’ve received from the Chanel counter.  I love Chanel glosses and this poppy pink shade looks far brighter in the tube than it translates onto the lips.  It gives enough of a shine to the lips to wear with any eye look and keeps them moisturized.

 

Urban Decay Lipstick in Naked: this is just a wonderful nude-pink shade that goes well with the tone of my lips.  It seems to work day to night, and while I’m not over the moon with the lippie formulation, it certainly does the trick.

 

NYX Sculpt and Highlight Brow Countour in Light Beige/Espresso: y’all know I hate to be without brows, so when I found this little duo product in the NYX store, I had to pick it up.  If I do nothing else on my eyes, my brows are always done.  This isn’t a HG product of any sort, but it does the job well and the highlighter pencil on the end helps tie any look together.

 

Misc tools: Tweezerman Mini tweezers {cause you never know when you gonna get a stray hair!} and Sephora travel eyelash curler.  This lash curler isn’t my fave but it certainly works in a pinch.  I’ve not only got one in here, but one in each of my purse makeup bags too.  Hair tie – I’ve got thick, somewhat unruly hair.  ‘nuff said.

 

Various brushes: these are hard to narrow down, but have, generally speaking, come from larger makeup purchases {Dior and Chanel!} or as a gift with purchase.  They make great purse-sized additions or are the perfect “24 hour” makeup bag substitution for the real thing!

**Foundation/Concealer caveat:  I often use the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind all over – under my eyes, on my face, wherever it needs to go.  It blends so seamlessly and conceals perfectly.  What’s not to love?  I don’t often wear foundation, but if I did, I’d grab a MUFE mini from Sephora and throw it in!  If I’m in particular trouble, I use what’s left of a Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque**

 


 

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Urban Decay All Nighter Spray | Tarte Clay Liner {similar here} | Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment |

Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder| Coastal Scents Revealed Palette {full size} |

Nars Orgasm/Laguna Duo | Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara | MAC Lipliner in Dervish |

Hourglass Primer | Chanel Glossimer #166 | NYX Sculpt and Highlight Brow Contour

 

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Fall Makeup Change-Up

If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I like to post about changing out my makeup seasonally or just when I feel like I’m in the mood for a change.  This time, I suddenly got excited for the upcoming Fall season {not sure why – it’s cold, my birthday is coming and I’ll be a year older, and a frigid, Canadian winter is imminent}, and decided it’s time for a change.

I started by eliminating any products I deemed to be “summery”.  This included bright lippies, eyeshadows, or blush.

I decided to retire {and by retire, I just mean put back into my massive collection}:

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  • a Too Faced Melted lipstick in Peony and a NYX Intense Butter Gloss;
  • a long-time fave eyeliner from Tarte;
  • my NYX Brow Pencil;
  • Tom Ford lippie;
  • Laura Mercier’s Rose Gold Metallic Eye Creme Color;
  • L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Amber Rush;
  • my new absolute fave blush – Colour Pop’s Never Been Kissed;
  • Too Faced Love Flush mini-blush;
  • Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold highlighter {was a LE item, unfortunately}.

 

This is really the only way I can work my way through what I’ve got and be sure everything gets the love it deserves!

 

As always, a few things got to stick around.  I guess you could call these some of my Ride or Die {I can’t make that phrase happen.  Still hate it…} products, or some I’m just trying to use up or am testing for future bloggity posts:

  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer;
  • Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer;
  • Chanel Les Beiges All In One Healthy Glow Fluid {discontinued, but they kept No 20, my shade!};
  • MAC Prep n Prime in Radiant Rose;
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory;
  • Life Brand Clear Action Acne Treatment Concealer Stick in Light;
  • Carmex;
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Primer;
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara with a curved brush in Blackest Black;
  • Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara {I’m thinking I’m gonna do a review on this one…comment below if you want one!};img_0119
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara {not sure of the shade, likely very black – can’t read it};
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown;
  • Lipstick in Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect and Bite’s Meringue;
  • Lipliners from MAC in Soar and MUFE in 3c;
  • NARS Satin Lip Pencil {not sure of the shade};
  • Various samples, and a dirty-azz set of Q-tips and a slightly dirty mini BeautyBlender.

 

What’s new for the fall?  A few things, but it looks like I kept most things around, huh?  The staples above seem to be pretty common in all of my change-out posts, so it doesn’t leave much room for new products.  I did, of course, make due with the circumstances and managed to find room for a few newbs in the daily rotation:

  • Kevin Aucoin eyeshadow in #108 Faded Heather {I love this shade all year round.  It’s so unique, but especially wonderful for fall};
  • Chanel Ombre Essentielle in #90 Fauve;
  • Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in #89 Canaille {this translates to “Cinnamon” and is a welcome departure from my normal pink shades.  I love it, though, and have re-discovered this in my collection for sure!}img_0122
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta {y’all know I couldn’t stay away entirely from pink!};
  • BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal;
  • Benefit Eye Bright {yes this is old packaging, but I sharpened and sterilized it}.  This was totally inspired by Tiffany D and an old fave re-discovered;
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Khaki {another gorgeous shade for hazel eyes and for fall}  How I love this formula!;
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown;
  • Charlotte Tillbury eyeliner in Verushka Mink;
  • Chanel Precision eyeliner in Violet Smoke;
  • NYX Lip Lingerie in Ruffle Trim;
  • NARS Velvet Matte lippies in Roman Holiday and Never Say Never.

 


 

Whew!  There you have it.  Another seasonal change out done and I’m ready to rock and find some old new loves in my current collection.

 

What are your faves for fall?

 

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{selected links to products mentioned}

various NYX products | Tom Ford lipstick | Colour Pop Never Been Kissed |

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer | Various Chanel Products |

Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade | MAC Products | NARS Lip Pencils |

Charlotte Tilbury lippie in Bitch Perfect | Bite Meringue | Kevin Aucoin eyeshadow|

Hourglass Blush | BECCA highlighter in Opal | Benefit Eye Bright |

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Khaki | Anastasia Brow Wiz |

Charlotte Tilbury Rock’n Kohl in Verushka Mink

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Review: MUFE Smoky Extravagant Mascara

If y’all follow me in Insta {which I know you do, but in case you don’t, click here and make that happen!} you know that I love a good sample.  I especially love a sample when it’s of a high end mascara that I can compare to my BELOVED drugstore fave: Lash Sensational!

I always keep samples – sometimes just to try something new, sometimes ‘cause they’re an old fave and a staple in my purse – in a special place within my collection.  This post that follows is my review of a long touted high-end cult fave from Make Up Forever (MUFE).

This beauty, Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant, retails {in full size} for $30 CAD at Sephora. While not crazy expensive, it is creeping up towards the top end of my preferred high end mascara budget. I’ve heard people rave for years about the MUFE Smoky mascara, and so when this lil sample of the Smokey Extravagant found its way into my Sephora cart, I knew it would be a must-try.

The website touts the product as a clump-free, volumizing mascara that delivers long-lasting wear in one stroke. Using 4D technology, an exclusive microdefining wax complex envelopes the lash surface in ultrablack pigments for far-away impact and up-close precision. The dual-purpose, cone-shaped brush has a precision tip that separates lashes as the rounded base creates extravagant volume from any distance.

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Here’s a close up of the brush – the shape is big at the outer end to give a cat-eye curl, but I’m not sure it works as intended

Let’s focus on that last little bolded part: the brush.  I found it really, really hard to work with.  Perhaps it’s just due to the shortened handle on the sample size, however I think it may be the fact that the shape is odd and the brush is HUGE.  I have eyes on the bigger side and long lashes and this really took some getting used to.  The actual application isn’t clumpy, so that’s a plus.

In terms of the formula, it goes on smooth and is easy to layer without the dreaded spider effect.  Beyond the initial adjustment time to the brush, I found it easy to work with {again, easy is a relative term – I had to get used to the brush first!} and a great mascara for every day.

I think the colour deserves a mention as well: it’s not super black and it’s certainly not far away impact.  In fact, I think that my Lash Sensational is a bolder black, really.  BUT, it’s not terrible.  It’s just a meh sort of a very average black tone.  Nothing special, if you ask me.

The wear time isn’t terrible.  It didn’t seem to clump on me, and only left a few black marks under the eyes following some super humid weather days in Toronto.  Again, if I’m paying the high end price, it shouldn’t smudge.  At. All.   It also doesn’t hold a curl as well as other mascaras.  That may be a function of the aforementioned humidity issue {you think flat lashes are bad, you should see my super curly hair in this humidity}, but I did try it on days when the weather was normal – the curl didn’t stay and it still smudged, for what it’s worth!

 


 

The Verdict:  Don’t buy this unless you want to spend $30 on something that’s just average.  If you get a free sample, go ahead and use it!  The product doesn’t entirely suck, but it’s certainly not worth $30.  The brush is hard to work with, the formula is smudge-y, and it doesn’t dry to a firm curl.  Skip this one and save your hard earned dollars!

 

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