Sunday, April 12, 2015

MARCH EMPTIES



Friday, April 3, 2015

Let's Be Honest...

Please note this isn't about one particular youtuber, this isn't about hating, this is just about being honest.

For the past couple of months i've been feeling really BORED of youtube. There, I said it. I used to get so excited to see my favorite youtuber's new uploads popping up in my subscription box. But this morning I realized that I scrolled through my subscription's new videos (20 or so videos) and I didn't want to watch a single video. Why have I been feeling like this??

Sponsorship. I really feel like it's gotten out of control. I have absolutely NO problem with bloggers accepting products, being paid to promote them, I AM a blogger so I totally understand that these people need to support themselves financially. The issue is that it all seems very hidden from the viewers. They sneakily put in (in fine print you have to look at with a magnifying glass) that they were paid to talk about a product. Or sometimes they don't admit it at all. Like I said, the problem is not that they were paid, the problem is that they aren't upfront about it--which therefore has me feeling like the youtubers I once trusted, are no longer very trustworthy--to put it bluntly. I can't go ONE favorites video without wondering--do they REALLY like this product or are they just paid to say they like it? I can't tell what's real or honest anymore and I find that extremely frustrating. So now--i'd rather just not watch.

I've found that i've gone back to the youtubers I watched when I first started getting into youtube, which happens to all be girls that focus mainly on makeup tutorials. Lisa Eldridge, Carli Bybel, Jaclyn Hill, Sona Gasparian, etc. I love that even though i'm sure they were sent a lot of the products they were using for the makeup look, they can create something unique and different by doing a tutorial rather than a "THIS IS A GREAT PRODUCT YOU SHOULD BUY IT!" monthly favorites. Do you know what I mean?

Let me know your thoughts on this matter, i'm curious to see if anyone else has been feeling the same way. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Shoot: Kinetic Fashion


I thought it would be a good idea to introduce a new part of my blog where I share images from select photoshoots that I do makeup and yes, sometimes hair for, and share a few products that I used to achieve this look. Today's image was taken by Marcus Freedman at Spawl Photography and the model is Krystal.

Some of the products I used on this shoot:
-Mac Face & Body Foundation in N1
-Mac Prolong wear Concealer in N1
-Naked 3 shadows in Blackheart & Mugshot
-Nars Guy Bourdin Palette for blush, highlight & bronzer
-NYX Butter gloss in Tiramisu




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Feature: Annie Young Cosmetics





This past Thursday I had the pleasure of checking out the launch of Odacité (post coming soon!) at Annie Young Cosmetics located in Westmount here in Montreal. Here's the scoop.

Montreal is an amazing city, full of unique shops and restaurants, but one thing i've felt it was lacking was beauty stores. That's why I was so thrilled to be invited to the launch at Annie Young Cosmetics so I could check out the beauty scene in Montreal. I was not disappointed! As soon as I entered I was warmly greeted by Sharleen, the daughter of Annie Young herself, and was immediately drawn to the store's gorgeous decor and of course: it's products! Annie Young Cosmetics offers many services (which I intend to try by the way) including makeup, brow shaping, makeup lessons, lash extensions and more! 

Not only are their services what draw people to their store, but the products they sell are covetable. I was particularly drawn to their Kevin Aucoin section, which Sharleen informed me that they are the only Aucoin retailer in Montreal. I may have to go back and pick up the sculpting powder and candlelight highlight! They also sell their own range of Annie Young makeup, endless skincare brands, and now Odacité skincare, which i've been testing out and loving! 

If you live in the Montreal area or are visiting, I highly recommend you stop by Annie Young and check out their services and products! Please note I was not sponsored to write this post, I simply loved the store and asked them if I could take some photos for my blog!

Here is their website: http://annieyoung.com/ 




Thursday, March 12, 2015

GET THE LOOK: Bold Blue



I created this bold blue eyeshadow look on Shanelle, which is slightly inspired by Beyonce's Haunted music video eyeshadow look. Here's the product breakdown.

Products Used

FACE:
Foundation: Mac Face & Body in N9
Concealer: Graftobian Concealer 
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte 
Contour: Graftobian HD Foundations (cream based)
Highlight: Mac Soft & Gentle
Blush: Nars Blush in Sangria


EYES:
Primer: Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Shadow Palette: Smashbox Master Class: blue and navy shades, Essence Metal Glam in Jewel up the Ocean on top. 
Liner: Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes in Black
Mascara: Makeup Forever Smokey Lash 

LIPS: 
Lipgloss: NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu
Lip Liner: NYX in Pale Pink




Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Review: Jealous Body Scrub



I was kindly sent this body scrub from Jealous Body Scrub and I thought i'd share my views with you guys! My first impression of this scrub is the intense smell of coffee. If you're like me and you LOVE the smell of coffee--this scrub is for you. The scrub is made of Premium Robusta Coffee, Organic Coconut Oil, Raw Brown Sugar, Sea Salt, Vitamin E & Minerals. 

I recommend wetting the skin a bit before applying, otherwise I felt it was a little harsh on dry skin but when applied over wet skin it felt great. I applied it all over my body (apply it while standing in the shower for easy cleanup), as well as my face and the results were amazing. I was particularly satisfied with the results on my face. I felt like the coconut oil soothed my skin after being exfoliated and the next day my skin looked brighter. 

Definitely a great product that's coming in handy at the moment because i've been testing out some self tanners (more on that another day). 

You can buy the Jealous Body Scrub here: http://jealousbody.com/ with Free shipping to Canada and USA. 

*This product was sent to me to be reviewed. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

CHALLENGE: Finish 6 By Summer




I'm sure most of you beauty addicts can relate to having wayyy too much makeup in your collection. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, and a lot of products end up going to waste because they aren't even used! Here's a solution.

If you can relate to having a billion lipsticks, 10 different foundations, and god knows how many nail polishes, this post is for you. This year i've been trying to actually --gasp-- use up some of the products I purchased! What a concept! I think if you're like me and you love to experiment with makeup all the time, it can be really challenging to finish products. So here's the deal: choose 6 items from your collection that you love but neglect, and use them up by summer time! (Lets say June 1st) I've chosen 6 products that i've already used up quite a bit of, so it will be a bit easier! I encourage you guys to choose 6 products from your own collection and post about it in your blog/twitter/instagram, so we can keep up with each other's progress and feel the satisfaction of actually finishing them!

Here's my list: 

1. Revlon Nearly Naked: i'm about halfway done with this foundation, and I shouldn't find it too hard to finish by summer. I had to choose a foundation because I have way too many that I don't even use!

2. THREE Mascaras (counting as 1 of the 6!). As someone who loves to try out mascaras, i've ended up with quite a lot. Keep in mind that mascara is only supposed to be good for 6 months, so it's ridiculous to have more than 3 at a time. I'm going to use up L'oreal Telescopic Carbon Black, L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black, and Maybelline Falsies. 

3. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Perfume: My friend gave this perfume to me because she didn't like it on her, and as it is quite old now I just want to use it up already!

4. Nuxe Rêve De Miel Lip Balm: I have like 30 different lip balms at the moment, so this was a no-brainer. Funny thing is, now that i'm using it all the time I realize how much i'm obsessed with it! Hah!

5. Essence Stay Matt Powder: I like this powder but not as much as the Rimmel Stay Matte, so I just want to use this up before switching back to the Rimmel one. 

6. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze: I think this one will be the hardest to use up because there's so much product and a little goes a long way. Doesn't every girl have this product? Has anyone actually used it up? I doubt it. 




Monday, February 9, 2015

GET THE LOOK: NATURAL, SOFT MAKEUP



I created this natural, soft look on my friend Sarah to show you what products I use for simple, pretty, and fresh makeup. This look is perfect for brightening up the face during those cold winter months. 

Products Used

FACE:
Foundation: Mac Face & Body in N1 & C1, 
Concealer: Coastal Scents Camouflage Palette, a touch of Rimmel Stay Matte under the eyes. 
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte 
Contour: Just a touch of the medium brown color from Coastal Scents Camouflage Palette
Highlight: Benefit Watts up
Blush: Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink


EYES:
Primer: Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Shadow Palette: Smashbox Master Class: Drizzle, Royal, Pebble and Smoke
Liner: Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack
Mascara: L'oreal Shocking Extensions 

LIPS: 
Lipstick: Mac Fanfare
Lip Liner: Essence Wish Me A Rose