FOTD: Quick and Casual

Yikes, I haven’t done a FOTD post in ages.  A couple weeks ago I instagrammed a pic of a simple look I often throw on whenever I’m just running around doing errands.  People seemed to like it so I thought I’d show you how I put that together today.

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I’m going to skip details about my base here since my last post was all about my winter foundation routine.  For my eyes I used my beloved Naked 3 palette.  I applied Liar all over my lid and then added just a touch of Mugshot to the outer corner and lower lash line.  I threw on a quick coat of mascara and that was it for the eyes.

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For the cheeks I applied Mac’s Peachykeen, one of my all time favourite blushes.  I always grab this blush whenever I don’t want to think too much about my look.  It works well with everything so you can never go wrong with Peachykeen.
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I created a nude lip using two minis from the Sephora Give Me Lip set.  I started with Urban Decay’s Naked Revolution Lipstick. This is such a pretty pinky nude.  I love this lipstick on it’s own but wanted to add a hint more colour and a bit of sparkle so I layered on Marc Jacob’s Lust for Lacquer in Kissability.
And that’s the look!  It takes me less than ten minutes and I’m out the door looking put together but not overdone for errands.  What’s your quick and casual makeup look like?

Winter Foundation Routine

My skin works in extremes. In the summer it’s super oily and in the winter it gets ridiculously dry.  So, when my skin changes, my foundation routine must change as well.  I’ve shown you my summer foundation routine before that’s all about oil control and mattifying my face.  Now that those days are gone my foundation/base routine is all about hydration.

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My makeup routine starts the night before by prepping my skin with really good overnight moisturizers and oils. I’ve been using the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum regularly for several months now and love it.  Treating my skin overnight makes really helps to combat my dry skin and makes my makeup routine the next morning a whole lot easier.

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In the morning I apply my regular moisturizer and instead of applying a face primer I’ll spritz a couple sprays of Mac’s Fix + on my face. This adds a bit of extra hydration to the face, reduces redness, and primes all at once.

Once that’s all been soaked into my skin I apply my Covergirl 3-in-1 Outlast Foundation. I’m a big fan of this foundation right now because it’s a sunscreen, primer, foundation combo that dries to a semi-matte but still natural finish…and it’s not drying.

Of course, I use my trusty Maybelline Fit Me Concealer to cover up any imperfections and dark circles and I finish off my face with a light dusting of finishing powder to set everything in place.  I use Dim Light from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette.  In the winter I prefer to use a pressed powder to set my face since loose powder tends to absorb natural oils more and therefore can highlight dry patches.

If I notice my face looking or feeling particularly dry throughout the day a quick spray of Mac Fix + normally does the trick.  It adds a quick bit of hydration to my face while also refreshing my makeup.  It’s a win win!

And that’s my defense against dry, winter skin. Do you change up your foundation routine when the dry weather hits? How do you combat parched skin?

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer

I’ve been stock piling my Sephora points for a year now. Not on purpose but none of the redeemable gifts have ever peaked my interest. That changed this past weekend when I picked up the mini Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer for 100 points.

The shade is simply called Coral and that’s exactly what it is…a simple, pretty coral pink that will suit all skin tones. It’s a really great everyday lip option. As for the formula, the Sephora website describes is fairly accurately as “a long-wear, lip-hybrid formula with high-impact staining pigments for color that goes on as a lacquer and then adjusts to a stain for eight hours of color”.  I wouldn’t say it lasts for eight hours, but this lacquer is glossy and pigmented and all around a solid lip product. Even though this sample is teeny tiny it’ll last a good while because you only need a little bit for a punch of colour.

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While I do think the eight hour claim is a bit of an exaggeration (as those claims tend to be) I was pleasantly surprised at the lasting power of this lip lacquer. After about four hours, even though the gloss had faded, the colour was still going strong. Note: I was drinking coffee during this time which I’m sure expedited the fading of the gloss, otherwise it would have lasted longer.

What I really like about this lip product is that instead of fading dry and matte, it actually fades into almost a balm like finish. My lips don’t feel the slightest bit dry after having this lip lacquer on for hours and while much of the shine disappears my lips still have a plush look to them.  I wanted to take a picture hours later to show how great this lacquer wears throughout the day but the lighting was just not working for me.  You’ll just have to trust me :)

I’ve always been impressed with Smashbox lip products and this little laquer is no different. Lovely colour, nice longevity, non-drying, need I say more? If you have a spare 100 sephora point burning a hole in your wallet, so to speak, I’d definitely recommend trying out this Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer deluxe sample.

Review: bareMinerals Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

On a recent trip to Sephora this bareMinerals Pure Brightening Serum Foundation sample was thrown into my bag.  Normally I don’t ever try foundation samples for a few reasons: 1.  They are rarely the right shade for my colouring 2.  Most foundation samples come in those messy, rip-open, one-time-use packages which I hate and 3. I already have my favourite foundations that I love so why stray?  This bareMinerals foundation sample, however, came in tiny little bottle that holds enough product for probably three or four uses so I thought I’d give it a whirl.  I mean, how cute is this bottle?!

While at first this shade looked too light for my skin, it actually turned out to be not a bad match once blended in.  It’s a really watery formula, meant to be used with the fancy bareMinerals Perfecting Skin Brush, the one with the “unique fluid reservoir” (aka, a hole in the middle of the brush to hold the foundation).  I don’t have this brush so I used my regular Real Techniques Buffing Brush and it worked just fine.

The coverage on this foundation is on the lighter side but definitely buildable.  I applied two layers and that was enough to cover all my redness and blemishes.  I didn’t need to conceal anything (except my under eyes) after I applied this foundation which I was very happy about.  A little also goes a long way with this foundation.  I used just a few drops for each layer I applied.

So far so good right…except…I found this foundation to be a bit drying.  Minutes after application I noticed dry patches around my nose had already formed.  This isn’t a problem with my regular foundation and I had moisturized beforehand just like I always do so I knew it was the foundation.  So, that was a bit of a bummer since I liked everything else about the foundation up till that point.  Here’s my face with the Pure Brightening Serum Foundation on.

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Does this foundation brighten my skin like the name suggests?  Not really.  It does leave a nice, natural finish to the skin but I wouldn’t say my complexion noticeable brighter or more youthful as the website suggests.  But despite that, and despite the dryness issue, I still really like this foundation.  I loved the amount of coverage I got from such a lightweight product.  I mean, any foundation that covers well enough to allow me to skip concealing afterwards gets major points in my book.   This foundation definitely deserves a second chance in the spring so I can see how it performs outside the dry conditions of winter.

Have you tried the bareMinerals Pure Brightening Serum Foundation?  Does the fancy pureSkin Perfecting Skin Brush make a difference?  Do you find it a bit drying??

Billion Dollar Brows Best Seller Kit Review

If you’ve ever read any or all of my FOTD posts you’ll have probably noticed one vital step missing from my normal routine – brows.  As a beauty blogger I feel I am committing some sort of cardinal sin by admitting that I very rarely (as in never) do my eye brows.  Besides the occasional clear gel, I’ve just never felt the need to do anything with my brows since they’re relatively thick and filled in on their own.  But recently I was sent the Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit* to review and it may have just convinced me that taking the time to do my brows is actually worth it.

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The kit includes a universal brow pencil, a duo highlighter/concealer pencil, a smudge brush, and a clear brow gel.  The claims is that these products will work with all hair colours and skin tones.

I’ve always been wary of any beauty product that claims to be universally flattering.  I tend to have trouble with these types of products given my light blonde hair but I have to admit that this brow pencil actually seems to work for me.  The mechanical pencil is really soft and applies lightly so it can be used to gently fill in brows for a quick and natural look. And that’s why I think it works for me – it never looks like my brows are ‘done’, they just look a little more put together.  See the pic below.  I have one brow done (the right).  There’s not a huge difference between the two but the one on the right looks just a tad more groomed.

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I also really like that the spooly is on the opposite end of the brow pencil.  It just makes for really quick pencil, brush, pencil, brush movements.

Also making use of the double ended pencil is the highlighter/concealer duo.  Both ends of this pencil are really soft and blendable.    The highlighter is a matte creamy vanilla shade.  I prefer to highlight my brow bone with a satin or shimmery finish (something that will catch the light) but would totally use this matte highlighter to balance out a busy or heavy eye look.  I use the concealer to define the shape of my brow but I don’t use it to conceal anything else on my face.  I just find pencil concealers don’t work all that will for in me terms of covering spots and blemishes.

The smudge brush is a nice little tool to include in this kit.  It’s meant to be used with the duo pencil.  Personally, I just use my fingers when using the duo pencil but the brush would definitely come in handy if you wanted to define a really precise brow shape.

And finally, you want to set all your work with the clear brow gel.  I don’t have too much to say about this.  It seems to be a fairly standard brow gel.  It works without getting crunchy or flakey.  No complaints here.

And here are my finished brows!

What’s your go to brow product?  Pencil, powder, gel?  Have you tried any Billion Dollar Brows products yet??  You can check out their brown kit here:  http://billiondollarbrows.com or http://kohls.com

* This product was sent to me for review.  My opinions are 100% honest and my own.