April Haul and Low-Buy

Today’s post is a combined haul and low-buy post for the month of April. The big event this month, as you all already know, was the Sephora VIB sale. I started this month off knowing that there wasn’t anything I was particularly excited about buying at Sephora. I went into the store 4 separate times for inspiration, and each time I left feeling uninspired!

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SEPHORA PURCHASES

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

This is a  constant in my Sephora VIB purchases for me – it’s my favourite liquid liner, and I always replenish my stash of these during the sales. I think this is my third (or fourth?!) one.

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Makeup I Packed on My Long Weekend Trip

Back in January, a girlfriend of mine (also my MOH) surprised me with a trip to Vegas that she had booked for us over the Easter long weekend, complete with an itinerary that she had already thoroughly planned – is she not the absolute sweetest?? The main objective of the trip? To see the Backstreet Boys in concert! I finally got to fulfill my childhood dream of seeing them, and it was even more epic than I could have imagined.

Anyways, now that I’m back, I wanted to share what makeup and skincare I brought with me on our short trip. As far as travelling goes, I tend to bring products I know I can rely on. I hate the idea of having to deal with faulty products or products that give me an adverse reaction while I’m on vacation.

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March Low-Buy and Anti-Haul

At the beginning of 2017, I set March to be a no-buy month for me. I thought this would be really hard after doing a no-buy in February, but we’ve been too busy for me to even worry about shopping for makeup, so it hasn’t really been an issue! Although it’s not quite the end of the month, I’m 100% sure I’m not going to buy anything in the last three days, which means I was able to stay true to my no-buy! *throws confetti* Since the lack of purchases makes my March no-buy post pretty much non-existent, I thought today I would stick with the theme of not buying anything and do an Anti-Haul post. The idea of the anti-haul is sharing popular beauty products that I will NOT be buying! This does not mean that any of these products are bad or poor-performing at all – they just don’t interest me enough to purchase.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Prismatic Amethyst – $46

This one might be a little controversial because of all the hype surrounding this. I really love the quality of Becca highlighters, and this one actually looks gorgeous. However, I’m not sure I’m into the lavender highlighter trend as of late. It would be a stunning shade for people with fair, cool-toned skin, but this would look so off on me!

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February No-Buy

Today’s post is on how I fared for my February no-buy. I was good this month and actually didn’t buy anything, although there were moments when I seriously considered breaking my no-buy, which I’ll talk more about below! I thought it would be really, really hard to get through a no-buy month, but we’ve had a lot going on this month and my mind wasn’t even really thinking about makeup at all.

The only makeup items I acquired in February were gifts from my fiancé for Valentine’s Day. We usually don’t buy gifts for one another for Valentine’s Day, but since we didn’t really buy anything for each other for our anniversary OR Christmas this year (trying to save money for the wedding), we decided to give each other a wish list for Valentine’s Day, and this is what he picked for me.

He gifted me four Makeup Geek highlighters, which I’ve been dying to try! He said the reason why he picked these out of all the things on my wish list was because they were having a sale at the time he was checking out their website – LOL!

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Eye Look: Smokey Purple Duochrome

Sorry for the lack of posts this last week! I’ve lost my memory card, and thus all the photos that I’ve taken for the posts I’ve been preparing. I’m working on finding it, but in the meantime, I’ve been working on retaking some of the photos so that I can continue posting.

Today’s look is a purple eye featuring the Teeez Spectrum of Stars eye shadow in Wisteria Shadow, a purple eye shadow with a mint green duochrome. I bought this eye shadow last month and was so excited to start using it. Just look at this shade! The Tarte Tartelette palette was also used heavily in this look.

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Best of the Best: 2016 Favourites

Although we’re already into the middle of January, today’s post is on my favourite products of 2016. This post focuses on my favourites in each makeup category, although there are a few categories that I did not include because I either did not try anything new in that category, or I didn’t find anything I loved during the year. A few of these products you will have also seen in my two bi-annual favourites posts.

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FACE PRODUCTS

Foundation Primer: Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer

I discovered this primer in early 2016, and although I’ve only used up sample after sample of this primer, I’ve fallen in love with it. It goes onto the skin feeling like a moisturizer, and applies smoothly without giving that typical silicone feeling that a lot of primers do. It feels very hydrating on my dry skin, and I’m really glad I still have a few tubes of samples left of this before I need to start purchasing it!

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Matte Taupe Eye Look

Today’s eye look is something I’ve been wearing a lot lately. I almost never wear an all matte eye look as I can’t do without some bling on my face (aka shimmery shadows). However, lately I’ve been inspired by a coworker, who wears a very dramatic matte eye look to work. She has a very different eye shape (more more deep-set than mine) and does her eye makeup much more dramatically than I would, but I wanted to give a go at doing my own version.

For this look, I pulled out my trusty Tarte Tartelette palette. Even though I rarely r do all-matte eyes, I use this palette nearly 95% of the time I do my makeup in some way – I’m either borrowing a transition colour from here, a darker shade to deepen up the out V, or using it for the matte highlight shades. It has definitely become a regular part of my makeup routine. This is a simple look using only three shades.

 

 

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Products Used:
All-Over Lid Colour: Super Mom
Transition Colour: Force of Nature
Crease Colour: Power Player
Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
Mascara: Shiseido Full Lash Volume Mascara

  1. With a fluffy crease brush, apply Force of Nature as a transition shade from the crease to just below the browbone.
  2. Apply Super Mom all over the lid, making sure not to go over the crease. Also take this onto the browbone as the highlight shade.
  3. Take a smaller crease brush and apply Power Player right in the crease area, so that it acts as a transition shade between Super Mom and Force of Nature. Also apply this lightly to the inner and outer half of the lid, so that Super Mom is only showing in the middle of the lid. Take Power Player onto the lower lash line with an angled liner brush.
  4. Do a winged liner on the upper lash line using liquid or gel liner.
  5. Apply mascara to the upper and lower lashes.

If I were to do this look over again, I would definitely put down a white cream base first (which I don’t own) to make Super Mom stand out better, and I would probably use a starker white shade instead of a cream.

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