monthly makeup

First Impressions – Makeup, Skincare and Hair Products!


Hi friends!!

Over the past little while, a few new bits have landed on my doorstep, as well some new products Iโ€™ve picked up! I thought Iโ€™d put together a little first impressions now that Iโ€™ve been using these products for the past month or so.

October was my month experimenting with the smoky eye! To be honest, I wasn’t really sure how much I was going to like it – I’ve always leaned towards more natural, neutral tones when I do my eye makeup. However, two eyeshadow palettes really worked me into the smoky look…

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What’s In My Makeup Bag

What’s in my Makeup Bag – Glow Edition

Heeeeelllo lovelies! How’s it goin?

I typically do a makeup bag shakeup ever week or two so I can cycle through my collection and switch up my products… However I’ve been wearing a few products almost daily and wanted to share my current ride-or-die faves! These products are my go-to’s for my daily morning makeup routine, that keeps me glowing and looking put together during the work day.

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What’s In My Makeup Bag; April

You know the saying…

April showers…windy days, frost, and spontaneous snow bring May flowers! The weather last month was absolutely horrible – every so often the sun came out and flirted with us before disappearing behind a screen of clouds and snow. April has come and gone, and it’s time for me to share my monthly makeup essentials. I almost forgot about this post (as I usually post it at the beginning of the following month), but better late than never, right?

If my April makeup had a theme, it would likely be “Dependable Basics”. Read on to find out more…

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What’s In My Makeup Bag; March

Light & Fresh

March was not a particularly adventurous makeup month. The month came in like a lion, and it looks like it’ll be going out like one as well! The weather was crazy, along with my skin. March was all about soft neutral colours and a light base, along with a focus on skincare. Here are some items that really stood out to me!

Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask

Laneige really saved my skin this month! This mask smells like strawberry pocky (aka absolutely mouthwatering delicious! I have no idea how they nailed this scent so well!) It’s a thin, creamy, lotiony mask that I like to put one during a soak in the bath. Read my full review here!

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Whaaaat? Another Laneige mask? Of course, I had to fit in another product from my favourite skincare brand! This light gel mask is the perfect sleeping mask. It absorbs quickly, smells fantastic, and most importantly calms and hydrates the skin. This was also featured in my post about Laneige 2016 releases, and is also one of the brand’s most popular items!

Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Eyeshadow Palette

I blame Desi Perkins for this one – her snapchats whilst on vacation with Tarte in Hawaii seriously captured my heart! She swatched these and the shades looked gorgeous – I snapped them up when they were on VIB preorder! This is the perfect combination of spring and summer inspired shimmery neutral shades. *happy tear* I swatched and reviewed it here! It’s a bit more warm toned than my Naked 2 palette, which I think works better for me in the summer months.

Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation

As of right now, I’ve been mixing this foundation with a drop of my Armani Luminous Silk foundation… It’s a shade too dark for me (*pale neck problems*) but it’ll work really well in the summer time when I’ve tanned a bit! The formula is really nice and light, but the dropper packaging has proven to be quite messy…

Estee Lauder Pore Vanishing Stick

This stick has lived in my makeup bag ever since it arrived at my doorstep last month! Bye bye pores, seeya never.  Read my review here!

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in 150 Neutralizer

My foolproof neutral concealer. Some days I’ll use this and nothing else! It’s light and concealing without looking cakey, and it lasts all day!

Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Bad To The Bronze

Still a fail proof base! It has worked very well with the Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Eyeshadow palette!

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Tangerine Ink

These lip stains were on the sale section of the Sephora website, so I had to snap up a few more colours (although most were sold out.) I’m pretty sure Sephora has repackaged them in clear tubes, which looks much cheaper and not as luxe as the black tube. Tangerine Ink is a lovely neutral orange-toned shade!

MAC Archie’s Girls Blush in Cream Soda

The almighty holy grail blush that I love love loveeeee!! I could ramble on for ages, but instead, you can just read my blog review here. The absolute perfect neutral coral powder blush.
What products have you been loving this month? I’m pretty sure that Sephora has their VIB sale in April so I’ll have lots of new goodies to feature! Things on my ~list~ include the beauty blender and a new full coverage foundation for con season… I’m thinking Make Up Forever or Kat Von D!


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*This post contains press samples, but as always it’s 100% my honest opinion

What’s In My Makeup Bag; February

All About That Base 

The winter seasons always shake up my makeup routine – I have to compensate for the fact that my skin will be super dry and no amount of green concealer will fix my drippy red nose. I opted to skip out on foundation most days unless going out and interacting with the real world – I didn’t really feel like including it since I’ve only been using one foundation since November (Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 2), so if my posts are sans foundation, it’s likely going to be that.

Here are some items that have been living in my makeup bag during the month of February. The makeup bag is from The Face Shop, which was for a sample bag I think!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

I cannot talk about this enough – I think it may just be my holy grail moisturizer! Unscented and quick absorbing, this moisturizer works to rehydrate and rejuvinate the skin. This definitely cured the dry patches on my face, and has been a complete saviour during these cold winter months,

The Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick*

I’ll admit, I don’t like liquid primers that much – I don’t really feel like they do much for me? If anything, it just feels like I’m caking on more makeup. This stick, however, feels ultra-lightweight and non-greasy on the skin. It quickly conceals the look of pores. Read my review here!

The Estee Edit – Beam Team Hydrate & Glow Illuminator*

I’ve been loving this as a highlight on my (non-existent) cheekbones! It creates a subtle glint on the cheeks, and doesn’t look too glittery or overpowering. Read my review here!

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in 150 Neutralizer

My mom originally bought this but it turned out to be too light for her skintone – luckily for me, it seems to be a perfect match! It has been my everyday concealer, super easy to slap on and dash out the door. Does an okay joy of concealing the redness around my nose, so I’m not complaining.

The Estee Edit Flash Photo Transulent Powder Compact*

The blue tint of the powder really threw me off at first because I thought I was going to look ashy – turns out that it’s actually the ideal powder compact that I’ve been looking for! It has a super silky formula and works just as well as my Bombshell Cosmetics loose setting powder to set my undereye area. Read my review here!

Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Bad To The Bronze

I’m super super late on the whole cream eyeshadow trend, and I’m totally in love! $6.99 at Walmart, so there’s no way you can go wrong. For some reason I thought that this was going to swatch as a dark brown, but it’s a light metallic chocolate colour. Very nice for a sheer wash across the lids, especially as a base for another metallic eyeshadow…

The Balm Fit Eyeshadow (sample)

I received this ages ago in an Ipsy bag and decided to reach for it, which led to another month of gold eyelids. (Yeehaaaawwww). This shade is called Fit, and is a sample from The Balm’s Nude Dude eyeshadow palette (which I neeeed, but not really because I have so many similar colours already….)

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Mad Max Brown

My holy grail eyeliner! I’ve been loving the brown for a softer look. I think I need to pick up another one because it’s running a bit dry…

L’Oreal Brow Plumper 

I’m so happy I finally found a brow gel that works for me! I like that the brush is thinner and more controlled, unlike the Maybelline brow gel I tried a while back that had the weird round brush? The fibres in the L’Oreal gel beef up my brows whilst still looking natural.

Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighting Pen in No. 01

For the days where I want a ~fresh sheer glow~ across my eyelids! I almost always use this as an eye product because it’s so easy to use. Very quick and low maintenance, great for those days where you don’t want to put on much eye makeup, and a few swipes on the top of  the cheeks makes for a light highlight.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rush

I had a sad moment with this when I was getting ready in the morning, forgot to twist down the lipstick, and stuck the cap on… RIP the pretty bullet shape. It’s a thick and glossy pink mauve lipstick that is super hydrating and sits comfortably on the lips.

What products have you been loving this month? I predict that March is going to include a lot of Tarte….. I just ordered a few bits from the newly released Rainforest of the Sea collection, so you’ll be seeing those on the blog soon!



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*This post contains press samples, but as always it’s 100% my honest opinion

Whats in my makeup bag? | ft. Revlon, Urban Decay, and NYC

Heya lovelies!

I recently got a new makeup bag, so I thought I’d share some of the products which I’ve been wearing on a daily basis!

My new cosmetic pouch is a cute watermelon pink one from eBay. It’s really nice quality – I don’t mind as much if it get’s dirty (which is inevitable). It’s in the colour “watermelon pink” and has stitched details all across the front! It’s medium sized but can fit everything I need, minus the Naked 2 palette.

So… the contents!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – I recently sold my almost-new Naked 3 on r/makeupexchange and finally bought the Naked 2! I had a 10% off VIB coupon so I figured now was as good as a time to get it.

I’ve been loving the shades YDK, Chopper, Suspect, and Pistol. As opposed to the other Naked palettes, where I’ve been partial to a few shades and didn’t touch the others, I’ve been using all of the Naked 2 shades! Absolutely in love. I think my thirst for eye shadow palettes has been quenched!

Tarte Park Avenue Princess bronzer – deluxe sample size. I got this in a previous Ipsy bag! It’s a deluxe sample of their Park Ave Princess bronzer. However, I have the same bronzer in my Rainforest After Dark palette and this sample looks slightly more shimmery? Maybe satin finish? Either way, it’s not the same. I’ve been using it every day and haven’t seemed to scratch the surface. It’s more cool toned than my NYC sunny bronzer and I like the way it looks on my skin.

Chloe Eau De Parfum – my little Chloe rollerball that goes everywhere with me! I’m pretty sure it’s my ~signature scent~. I’ve only got about a third left and I love the clear, simplistic packaging!

I recently went to a makeup warehouse sale and picked up this Revlon Nearly Naked foundation for only $4! What a steal. The warehouse lighting was kind of dodgy but I took a chance and bought 130 Shell. Luckily, it suits my skin tone perfectly!

The bottle is made of glass and does not have a pump….Ugh. I hate this style of packaging. Too much foundation pours out and it gets really messy! ๐Ÿ™ I’d rather have plastic packaging and a pump top instead of glass!

Urban Decay Primer Potion mini – a sample from a sephora order. Helps my eyeshadow last longer!

Anastasia Beverly Hill Dip Brow Pomade in soft brown – a cool toned medium brown which is waterproof and lasts all day! I apply it with an angled brush.

Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Eye Cream – you can read my full review here, but I like using it as a BB cream mini! I use it everywhere as a light concealer to touch up with instead of just using it on the eyes.

And finally, my Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Lovecraft. This is a mini version from a 100 point perk from Sephora, and I fell in love with the colour! It took a tonne of hunting around, calling 7 Sephoras until I found a full size in stock! But for now I’m using up my mini. ๐Ÿ™‚

Those are some of the items that I’ve been loving recently!

Have you tried any of these items? What do you carry in your cosmetic bag? Do you have any holy grail items?

Thanks for reading!



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What’s in my makeup bag ; April

Hey guys! Thought I’d do another makeup bag to show you what I’ve been using in my daily routine. (I know, I did one of these in November, but I love doing them! :D) I think I’ll do a proper what’s in my purse post+video soon!

This is my current makeup bag! I got it from Sephora over the summer I think, they were doing some promotion for sample sized products and they all came in this lovely little red pouch! It’s medium sized and fits everything, even though it does look like it’s bulging out hehe.

 Here are all of the products that I’ve been using in my every day makeup lately! I don’t always use everything, sometimes I just use concealer and power and mascara and I’m out!!

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind dark spot concealer treatment / ItCosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye waterproof concealer in neutral medium / Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation in Light 45 / Smashbox 24 Hour Eye Shadow Primer / Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in 21 Light Beige

Face / base products! I’m still quite pale at the moment because winter only ended here in Toronto quite recently… Although it’s getting much warmer now (in the 20s!) so hopefully I’ll be able to see some sun soon! The second concealer and the smashbox eye shadow primer are sample size, easier to transport in my makeup bag!

 Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector / NYC Bronzer in Sunny / Hikari blush in Tango

Color and cheek products – Becca highlighter for a nice subtle shimmer, NYC Sunny for contouring (it shattered so I have to find another one, but it seems to be sold out everywhere I go!) and a Hikari blush I received in my ipsy bag! It’s a pretty matte pinky coral.
Rimmel eye lash curler / Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner pen / L’Oreal Telescopic liquid eyeliner / Maybelline Rocket mascara / Majolica Majorca Jeweling Eyes eyeshadow quad / Milani Easybrow eyebrow pencil in natural taupe / Maybelline Great Last clear mascara

Fairly standard eye products – nothing that hasn’t been featured before haha. Resorting back to my faves. I like a fairly neutral eye with some subtle shimmer, and I’ve been using a lighter coloured eyebrow pencil to fill in my eyebrows! I found that filling them in with a pencil that matches my hair colour (dark brown) made my face look really intense, since I’m still got my winter paleness! D:

Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm, Dior Addict Extreme lipstick in Riviera 
If you’re looking for a new lip balm, I hiiiighly recommend the malin+goetz mojito one! I originally got a sample in an ipsy bag and totally fell in love. It moisturises and rejuvenates your lips and makes them look really full and nice! The smell is really nice too!
What’s in your current makeup bag? ๐Ÿ™‚ 

What’s in my makeup bag; November

hiyaaa lovelieeesssss

People often ask me on instagram/tumblr about what makeup products I’m currently using! Whenever I find a look that I like, I wear it nonstop for maybe a month or so! I recently threw out at least a quarter of my makeup because it was old. almost finished, or never used. No point in letting makeup sit there if it’s just going to fester bacteria! D:

I’ve really been looking after my skin recently, so I’ve invested some well known brands! I definitely recommend all of these if you want to shell out a few extra dollars. Here are a few products that I’ve been loving recently.

 My little quilted makeup bag! Same one that I used in my last “what’s in my makeup bag” post. Now that I look back at that post, it was almost exactly one year ago!

For my birthday, my friend Mika bought me this Kat Von D Lock It Powder Foundation in Light 2! I was looking for a powder foundation opposed to liquid foundation so I could have something quick to apply but still give good coverage. She works at a Sephora and recommended it because it was her favourite powder!! Pretty packaging ๐Ÿ˜€ Reminds me of the Kiss Me Heroine powder compact that I used back in high school!

 It’s a very finely milled powder with pretty good coverage! I have combination skin that gets pretty oily in my t-zone so this helps to control that. It’s great for the days when I wake up late, covers the redness on my face pretty well. Comes with a soft squishy sponge!!

 Milani blush in Rose D’oro – applies fairly sheer with a fine gold shimmer, very pigmented and buildable so you don’t need a lot! I used it quite often over the summer and it hasn’t gone down at all!! Also loving this make up forever mini lipstick (came in the Sephora free birthday gift this year).

 Lovely red/brown toned lipstick, I think it really suits my skin tone! It’s only a tiny size which is great to pop in my handbag/ carry with me. I’m thinking of looking into the full size version once I finish the mini one, I’m in love with the colour.

Bought the Naked Basics palette because I’m a total sheep and love following hype trains hahaaaaa…. One of my friends bought it and kept talking about it and made the mistake of letting me use it because I fell in love and couldn’t stop thinking about it for the following two weeks lol. It’s mostly neutral matte shades and I love them, super versatile and has all the colours I need!

Mini makeup forever mascara that came in the Sephora birthday gift with the lipstick. It’s pretty meh, doesn’t really do much for me. Slightly extends my upper lashes but does nothing for my non-existent lower lashes. And finallllyy the It Cosmetics bye bye undereye concealer which I reviewed here, total godsend product!!

But yeaaa that’s what I’m mainly using at the moment!! What are you using at the moment? Recommendations are always welcome!


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What’s in my makeup bag?

Hello lovelies!
Recently, I received a few requests to show what’s inside my makeup bag! I haven’t done one of these posts in a really long time so I figured now would be a good time to do an updated version! Also included a mini commentary/review thing…? 
The makeup bag itself is a pouch by Junichi Nakahara. It came as a gift with a magazine. I love it! So cute.

The contents: 
 1.  Soap and Glory Brow Archery in Brownie Points – has a gel brush side and a crayon side, basically saved my horrible eyebrows.
2.  NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny- works great as a soft brown eyeshadow as well, has a big mirror
3. Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner in black – favourite liquid eyeliner! 
4. Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Illuminator in Rose Illumination – found this baby for a total steal in Winners! Lovely rose gold highlighter.
5. Maybelline Great Lash clear mascara – used as a brow gel to hold everything in place! 
6. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer in light – tried this because UK beauty bloggers rave about it. Super creamy + fantastice coverage.
7. Majolica Majorca Jeweling Eyes eyeshadow quad – perfect mix of neutral colours!
8. Benefit Watts Up highlighter (sample size) – I mostly use this as a touchup highlighter or eyeshadow base. Came in the sephora birthday gift 2013 thing,
9. Benefit They’re Real Mascara (deluxe sample size) – Came with the Watts Up. Best mascara I’ve tried, tempted to get full size.
10. Etude House Tear Drop Liner in Sun Light – great for a boost of shimmer along the eyes.
11. Benefit Dandelion lip gloss – ok lipgloss, light peachy pink, was a magazine sample.
12. Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara – kinda crap, doesn’t really do anything for me. Just trying to finish it so I can get a different one.
13. Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro – Very pretty shimmery blush+highlighter. Lovely rose gold.
14. Majolica Majorca Puff de Cheek tin blush in Peach – pretty matte peach colour!

 I usually only have 1 of these in my makeup bag, but for some reason they were all crammed in there so I decided to include them haha. my go-to for the spring/summer is the peach blush, whereas I’m using the Milani rosegold blush more in fall/winter! I don’t really carry the Elizabeth Arden highlighter too often, I usually just bring it because I like the mirror.

 Closeup of the colours.
This is my everyday lipstick! It’s an semi-sheer orange-red lipstick. I love it!

If there are any items you’d like a review on that I haven’t already done a review/swatches for, please let me know in the comments!