Sunday, November 29, 2020

coca cola x morphe eyeshadow palette (review + video)

Coca Cola is one of the most recognizable and well-known brands in the world. So, when I stumbled across a Coca Cola themed eyeshadow palette? There was no question. It needed to come home with me. Not only was the concept itself intriguing but it was also a collaboration with Morphe (a brand that has been part of my makeup collection for quite a while). I couldn't wait to put the themed colours to the test. Curious about this unexpected release? Want to see inside? Keep reading for a full review, video, and makeup look featuring the Coca Cola x Morphe Eyeshadow Palette. 

Friday, November 27, 2020

simple glitter makeup look feat. lise watier eye collection

Glitter is always a good idea. That is something that I have said time and time again...because it's true! Glitter has a way of making everything more beautiful. It adds an unexpected dose of fun to whatever it encounters. When it comes to makeup and beauty products, glitter is even more fabulous. Though some people prefer matte shades, my world is at least 99% glitter on a good day. Which is why it was extra exciting to be able to test and try a set of five different glitter eyeliners. The Glamorous & Sparkly Eye Collection from Lise Watier was an unexpected and exciting birthday gift. With five different glitters to put to use, it was hard to know where to start. Eventually, I made a decision! Ready to see how it turned out? Here is a recent makeup look that I created using some of the glitters from this oh-so-sparkly set. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

review: infiniti premier conair hair dryer

In the middle of blow drying my hair....poof! My beloved Kardashian Beauty hair dryer stopped working. This was upsetting for a few reasons. Partly because half of my hair was still wet and partly because I really loved that hair dryer. It was something I had used for the last five years or so. Then suddenly, it was time to say so long. When it came to choosing a replacement, I was totally clueless. What did I need? What did I want? How much was I willing to spend? In the end, it was the Infiniti Premier hair dryer by Conair that entered my life. Keep reading to find out what the features are and how the hair dryer performed.

Monday, November 23, 2020

pur x barbie collection (mini haul + review)

Barbie has always been a part of my life. Believe it or not, my very first word was "Barbie." Not mom or dad....Barbie. I guess I have always had good taste! There has always been something about this iconic doll. She could do absolutely anything she set her mind to. Barbie could be a veterinarian, teacher, astronaut, singer, artist. You name it, she could do it. Growing up, I loved everything about her. I loved her positive attitude in the commercials and cartoons. I loved her fabulous sense of style. I loved that she seemed to be able to take on the world! To me, Barbie represented confidence, intelligence, and poise. That's the magical thing about Barbie. She can mean so many different things to so many different people. So, when I was given a few items from the Pur x Barbie collection for my birthday last month, it was beyond exciting. Everything was pink, sparkly, and fabulous. Ready to find out more? Here is a mini haul and review of the items.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

five minute face feat. drugstore + high end products

There is nothing better than the luxury of time. Those moments when your schedule is clear and you have a significant portion of the day to do whatever you want. Sometimes, I spend moments like that writing or writing and other times, I spend moments like that creating a fabulous makeup look. Unfortunately, not all days allow for free time. In fact, most of them have been pretty full lately. So as much as I love spending as long as I want playing with my favourite beauty products...a quick five minute face is sometimes all that there is time for. Recently, I needed to pull together a makeup look that was quick, easy, and still a little glam. So I used some tried and true products and a small neutral palette that I hadn't reached for in a while. Ready to take a closer look at the items used? And see the results of that five minute face? Here is a super simple makeup look that included both drugstore and high end products. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

cold weather skincare guide

Life moves fast these days. It seems like only yesterday, the sun was shining and the air conditioner was on full blast. Now? Temperatures are dropping at a rapid pace and Christmas decorations are starting to pop up in stores. While it’s easy to get excited about the upcoming holiday season, there are some major drawbacks to consider. Like the fact that cold weather and indoor heating can wreak havoc on your skin. Before you stress yourself out....take a deep breath and relax. All you need to do is change up your skincare routine. Say goodbye to dryness, flaky patches, and irritated skin this season. These tips and tricks will keep you looking beautiful from head to toe. Ready to get started? Here is your cold weather skincare guide.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

too faced: salted caramel eyeshadow palette (review)

Whoever said, "Good things come in small packages," must have been talking about the new Too Faced Salted Caramel eyeshadow palette. This limited edition mini-palette has it all. Fabulous scent? Check. Gorgeous colours? Check. Stellar formula? Check. Once again, Too Faced has managed to effortlessly blend fun and fabulousness together. If you've been curious about this salty and sweet 8-pan eyeshadow palette, keep reading for a full review, swatches, and a makeup look.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

my favourite fall palettes + current favourites video

Eyeshadow palettes always excite. Even a not-so-great palette is exciting to test and try. Though there are plenty of makeup must-haves and everyday essentials...eyeshadow is the fun stuff. It is like the sprinkles on top of a perfectly iced birthday cake! Over the years, I have tried many eyeshadow palettes. Some have been incredible and others totally fell flat. Thankfully, there have been more hits than misses. Especially when it comes to those warm, fall inspired colours. Now that the season is fully underway, it is time to shine a light on a few of my favourite fall palettes. 

Friday, November 13, 2020

using my sephora points (mini haul feat. nars and clinique)

How many points?! It was only recently that I discovered my Sephora account had racked up tons of unredeemed points. Since it is rare that I actually leave the house these days (thanks to the pandemic)…when I visited an actual Sephora location, I redeemed 600 Sephora Beauty Insider points. It seemed like the most logical decision. Why not score some bonus products to test and try? Lucky for me, there were a few exciting items to choose from. The first was a 100 point item from NARS and the second was a 500 point set from Clinique. Not a bad way to redeem some points that had just been sitting there. Ready to take a closer look at the items and find out how they performed? Here is a mini haul featuring some high end items.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

harry potter hufflepuff candle (charmed aroma: review + reveal)

Are you a Harry Potter fan? The books and movies have been a part of my life for years and years. I still vividly remember attending book release parties and midnight screenings. Oh, youth! Even though I am older (and possibly wiser)…Harry Potter is still a significant part of my life. I love to re-read the books every once and a while and the movies always make me smile. Plus, I have the Monster Book of Monsters and a replica wand on display in my home office. Needless to say, Harry Potter is something I never outgrew. Which explains my more recent purchase from Charmed Aroma. It is a Hufflepuff themed candle with a necklace inside. Now, this isn't my first time purchasing a Harry Potter themed item from the brand. Their cauldron candle revealed a sparkly potion bottle ring that I reviewed here. Want to find out what was inside the Hufflepuff candle? Keep reading for a Charmed Aroma review and reveal. 

Monday, November 9, 2020

2 looks 1 palette: one/size visionary eyeshadow palette

One/Size is a relatively new makeup brand. It launched in mid-summer and has since released a small handful of products. One of those items is the Visionary Eyeshadow Palette. This isn't something that I was certain about at first, but I took the plunge. Thank goodness! This is an eyeshadow palette that has some seriously unexpected takes on neutral shades. Along with a bold blue shade to mix things up. (You can take a closer look at the palette and read my full review here.) Since I have been making good use of this eyeshadow palette only made sense to do a 2 looks 1 palette post dedicated to it. So, here goes! Two looks created using the One/Size Visionary Eyeshadow Palette.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

review: sephora birthday gift (milk cosmetics)

One Sephora-related perk? Birthday gifts. Each year, Beauty Insiders are given the choice between a couple of small sets during their birthday month. This year, there was a hair care set and a skin care set...but makeup will always have my heart. So, I chose a few sample products from Milk Makeup. This isn't a brand that I have a ton of experience with (minus a sample of their highlight in the shade Turnt. It recently made an appearance on my early fall favourites list) so I was curious to find out more. Ready to dive into this Milk Makeup set from Sephora? Here goes....

Thursday, November 5, 2020

love it or leave it? gabrielle union

These days, it is much harder to be stylish. Especially as a celebrity! There aren't as many reasons to go out anymore. No premieres, no photoshoots, and no reason to get your glam on. Despite that, stars like Gabrielle Union are still finding ways to shine. She recently stepped out for dinner in West Hollywood wearing lots and lots of animal prints. Since fashion is something that I have been missing lately (thanks pandemic for making most days ultra casual) it seemed only right to feature this look in a love it or leave it? post. So...let's take a peek at this glamorous evening look and decide if it is love or a leave.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

clinique sample review + everyday makeup look

Honestly? Clinique makes me happy. Not only do they have a wide range of skin care products to choose from (even ones that are specifically designed for dry skin) but they have an awful lot of makeup items as well. Every now and then, Clinique will offer various samples with purchase. Since I was in need of a hand cream...this worked out well. This time? There were six samples and a colouful makeup bag included with the hand cream. On that note...if you're curious about the Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream, be sure to check out my review post from last week. Now? It is all about the samples. Find out which beauty samples performed well and which ones fell flat. 

Sunday, November 1, 2020

one/size visionary eyeshadow palette (review + swatches)

Honestly? I wasn't sure about One/Size. At first, it was exciting to hear that Patrick Starrr had started his own makeup line. After all, I've been watching his channel for quite a while and have one of his collections with Mac in my makeup collection. (Take a peek at that review and makeup look here.) Part of me really wanted to support the brand. The other part of me wasn't totally sure about the first round of releases. One/Size initially introduced makeup wipes and a makeup removing spray. Not exactly thrilling. Shortly after, they announced additional products, like eyeliners and liquid eyeshadows. Though those items looked nice enough.... I still wasn't sold. Then the eyeshadow palette launched. I saw photos of it online and was a little underwhelmed. A neutral palette with a pop of blue. Eh! It wasn't until Patrick Starrr posted a YouTube video with live swatches from the Visionary Eyeshadow Palette that I began to change my mind. The colours appeared to be a little more unique when swatched. There was something about it that made me wonder. Could this be a different take on a neutrals palette? Would it be a noteworthy addition to my day-to-day routine? Get ready to find out. Here is everything you need to know about the One/Size Visionary Eyeshadow Palette.