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Are You Afraid to Wear Purple Shadow? Here are Some Tips That Will Show You How

27 Oct

Sometimes, I think purple eyeshadow gets a bad rap.

Since it showed up in mod makeup in the 60’s, purple eyeshadow has evolved into a flattering shade for just about everyone.

Here are some tips to make wearing purple eyeshadow a breeze.

Purple Makes Your Eye Color Pop

If you have hazel or green eyes, purple-based shadows are made for you. If you have gold tones in your eyes–even better, add a hint of pink and your purple shadow will accentuate your eyes even more.

If you have brown eyes, purple shadow is a great contrasting option. For those with blue eyes, a purple shadow with slight bronze undertones does the trick.

Brightness and Skin Tone Make a Difference

Generally, if you have darker skin, you can go for a brighter shade. If you have lighter skin, go lighter (but not too light as it can wash out your skin).
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Three Primers That Help Makeup Stay Put

24 Oct

Favorite Primers

Hello beauties!

In the summer, I use a primer to control shine. In the fall and winter, I use different primers because my skin needs some hydration 911!

Here are a couple of my favorite primers that help makeup stay put during the cooler weather.

NYX Cosmetics Lip Primer

I have a lot of love for this lip primer 💕. There’s something about the texture that creates just the right canvas for lip color! It also smoothes out any dry areas.

Not only does the NYX Lip Primer help make my lip product last longer, it also prevents feathering!

The lip primer is available in two shades: nude and  deep nude. I use the nude shade, which helps retain the true color of the lip product I’ve applied.

e.l.f. Mineral Infused Primer

Who can resist an effective face primer for under $10?

e.l.f.’s Mineral Infused Primer is a silicon-based primer, which contains a mineral formula to help fight dryness. 

I use the Clear shade daily, but this primer also comes in other shades:

  • Tone Adjusting Green minimizes redness and corrects blotchy skin.
  • Brightening Lavender evens out skin tones and brightens dull or yellow tones.
  • Radiant Glow (with shimmer) creates a luminizing effect on dark spots and uneven skin tones.

Note: There’s one more reason to check out this primer. All ingredients in e.l.f. cosmetics are veganfriendly and cruelty-free 🐰 .

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is legendary and a favorite of makeup artists because it guarantees more vibrant eye shadow that lasts for hours.

It’s an easy-to-use shadow primer packaged with a doe applicator that goes on smoothly.

What’s the “magic” potion? The formula comes in an ultra-sheer base that glides on and disappears instantly.

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Halloween Makeup Using Products You Already Own

20 Oct

Halloween Makeup

If you’re planning on creating a special makeup look for Halloween this year, you probably already own what you need to get the job done.

I took a look at my personal makeup stash to see if I can repurpose any items for a spooky Halloween look.

Here’s what I found. Boo!


A thick eyeliner with a felt tip, like the Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liquid Eyeliner, is your best friend for Halloween. With a pigmented black formula, it can help create different makeup looks such as:

  • Scary spider webs
  • Wicked winged cat eyes
  • Beguiled button noses


If your costume is a Zombie princess (with a magic wand), you probably want to wear clumpy lashes.

Use your favorite mascara to bulk up your lashes. Remember to rotate the wand, so you can coat every lash.

If you’re lucky enough to have picked up the Maybelline The Colossal Spider Effect Mascara, it has cone-shaped bristles that help group lashes together.


Lip gloss can take Halloween makeup to the next level.

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Beauty that Gives Back: Estée Lauder Pink Perfection Color Collection

10 Oct

Estée Lauder Pink Perfection Color Collection

When it comes to breast cancer awareness, Estée Lauder is one of the leading beauty brands raising more than $65 million globally to support research, education, and medical services.

Every October, Estée Lauder introduces a few pink products with 100% of the retail price going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

I couldn’t resist this year’s Pink Perfection Color Collection, a chic zippered palette with everything you need to highlight lips, eyes, and cheeks.

The four piece mirrored pink ribbon set includes:

  • Four PC Envy Eyeshadows:
    • Ivory Power 1
    • Provocative Petal 3
    • Ivory Power 5
    • Untamed Teal 3
  • One PC Envy Blush in Pink Ingénue
  • One full-size PC Envy Lipstick in Powerful (I love the magnetic case!)

BCRF, founded by Evelyn H. Lauder, is dedicated to advancing the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. Visit

Trend Alert: Big Lashes for the Fall

6 Oct

Shiseido Mascara and Eyelash Curler

If you like to stay on top of the latest in makeup, mascara (and plenty of it) is a big trend for this fall.

In fact, dramatic lashes were all over the 2016 fall fashion runways like the show for Jason Wu, where mascara was applied to models for spidery-style lashes.

Not ready for clumpy lashes? You can still get a big lash look with full-definition mascara and an eyelash curler.

Here’s a combination that works for me.

Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition

It’s all about the brush with this mascara. The dual-textured brush grabs every lash (even tiny lashes).

On top of that, the formula creates a lustrous finish so you can’t miss getting big lashes when it comes to volume, separation, and length.

The non-clumping formula lets you apply multiple, smooth coats. It’s also smudge-proof (yay!).

Shiseido Eyelash Curler

This curler is my go-to eyelash curler. It lets me fit and grab all of my lashes right down to the base, and curls them beautifully.

Like most eyelash curlers, Shiseido’s curler comes with a replacement pad. You can also purchase eyelash curler pads separately.




Tone and Hydrate: New Products from Nip+Fab

3 Oct

Tone and Hydrate: New Products from Nip+Fab

When it comes to something new for skincare,  Nip+Fab is always on the frontline.

Who would have thought, for example, that kale would be such an effective ingredient for removing make-up like the Kale Fix Make-Up Removing Pads?

Nip+Fab has recently launched two new products featuring breakthrough skincare ingredients:

  • Bee Sting Fix Toning Pads
  • Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot

Bee Sting Fix Toning Pads

Nip+Fab toning pads go beyond traditional facial toners.

Besides keeping your complexion refreshed, they also help skin retain hydration after cleansing.

How does Bee Venom fit in? It not only adds a tingly sensation when you apply these pre-moistened pads, it helps to plump and smooth the skin (like nature’s Botox).

Each pad is infused with skin healers like Witch Hazel and Propolis to tighten pores. These ingredients deep cleanse skin from the daily accumulation of dirt and oil, while boosting skin clarity.

For me, this simple step after cleansing was worth it just for the extra clean and glowing skin.

Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot

Another way to pump up skin hydration as the shorter days and cooler temps kick in is with an intense moisture serum.

The star of the Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot is Dragons Blood, a sap found in the Amazonian Croton Lechleri tree that helps protect and heal the skin from environmental aggressions. It also kickstarts skin cell regeneration and reduces redness.

Another key ingredient is 50% Hyaluronic Solution, which adds a whole lot of skin plumping by enabling molecules to lock in water and hold up to 1,000 time its  weight.

One click to retrieve, then once to release the product boosts your day or night moisturizer.

Or, you can apply the serum directly to skin as a targeted overnight treatment with almost instant absorption . . . and gratification!

In Canada, Nip+Fab products are available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.

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Smart Illumination: NYX Strobe of Genius

19 Sep

NYX Strobe of Genius

If you weren’t born with it, one way to capture the “glowy” skin look is with an illuminating palette that helps to create depth and dimension with light.

The Strobe of Genius palette from NYX Cosmetics comes with seven versatile shades to master the art of strobing (or highlighting).

Even though the palette looks like an explosion of shimmer, the shades are surprisingly soft and flattering without leaving a heavy finish.

The palette contains cool and warm tones that go beyond basic white and pink, including:

  • Top Row: Gold, champagne, lilac, rose gold (cool)
  • Bottom Row: Copper, bronze, ivory (warm)

If you’re keen on strobing through the fall, this could be your go to kit with so many possibilities (plus you can use the shades as eye shadow, bronzer, or blush).

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Eye Contouring All-in-One: Benefit Cosmetics Big Beautiful Eyes

8 Sep


Since it’s #ThrowbackThursday, I thought I’d cover one of my favorite eye shadow palettes.

Like all beauty bloggers, I have a few eye shadow palettes 🙂. However, I always take out Benefit’s Beautiful Big Eyes from my crowded makeup drawer for special occasions.

As matter of fact, I’ve bought this palette a few times because it’s so good at helping to contour and define the eye area.

The Big Beautiful Eyes kit contains:

  • Boi-ing Concealer (one shade suits most)
  • Alabaster pink eye shadow (soft pink shimmer shade for highlighting or applying as a base all over the eye area)
  • Cocoa shimmer eye shadow (soft brown shimmer for contouring)
  • Rich chocolate eye shadow (deep brown for lining and defining)

Benefit has also included a decent mini concealer brush and a double-ended contour/liner brush, plus step-by-step application instructions.

Overall, the shadows are long-lasting and suit any skin tone.

Tip: If you prefer lining your eyes with a pencil, apply the liner side of the double-ended brush with the rich chocolate eye shadow to seal your eye liner.