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Review: BornPrettyStore.com lashes #L-09 & brush

When I got these lashes in the mail, the first thing that I noticed was the pretty mint packing with the clear cover. These are the #L-09 lashes from www.bornprettystore.com & they come in a pack of 5 for $4.99. The lashes itself are really pretty too. They're shorter in the inner corner & get longer + thicker on the outer corner.

I didn't have to cut these lashes because they fit my eyes perfectly, but you may have to cut them depending on the shape of your eye. These look fluttery, natural, & beautiful once they're on. They're perfect if you're not wearing a heavy smokey eye because they add just the right amount of glam like they did to my look as you can see in these pics.
I haven't tried stacking these lashes (wearing 2 pairs on 1 eye at the same time). I feel like they would look really nice stacked too.

The stiff brush was a flop. It's a wooden handle brush for $1.84 & the only thing I would use it for is to apply eyeshadow primer or a cream eyeshadow. Even then I would suggest using your fingers as it would give you better results & would be a lot quicker. The brush handle feels cheap & the brush itself is nothing special. I'd rather spend the same amount of money on a brush by e.l.f cosmetics.

Product list for this eye makeup & the details/pics on the rest of the face will be up next week!


*Disclaimer: This post has complimentary product(s) sent for consideration. The opinions expressed are my own.
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Review: Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector

I like to test out skin care products for a while before I review them since reviewing skin care & makeup products is very different. With most skin care products, you start seeing results after a while & with consistent use. I have been trying out the Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector for over a month and a half now & I'm finally ready to review it.

As per their website:
  • Instantly gives the skin a radiant glow
  • 2 weeks: 89% of women saw an improvement in the texture of their skin, and 78% noticed a more even skin tone
  • 1 month: dark spots look significantly reduced and pores appear tighter and less visible"
Their website also breaks down their claims to perfect & correct in 4 categories: skin tone, dark spots, pores, & fine lines. For more information on specific claims within those categories, click here.
The website also includes some of the key features of the product including hypo-allergenic, perfume free, paraben free, dermatologist tested, & recognized Skin Health Program by the Canadian Dermatology Association.

When I started using the product, the first thing I noticed was the packaging and the tip that dispenses the product. The pink tip is softer than the rest of the tube & allows for spot treatment, which is good if you only want to apply it to areas where you have dark spots, larger pores, or fine lines.
The consistency of the product is like a light weight moisturizer. It's not too runny or thick & does not have any scent to it. Depending on your skin type, you could use it by itself as a moisturizer. However, they do recommend that you apply it prior to your moisturizer, which is what I chose to do since my skin needs extra hydration. I use less than a pea-sized amount for my whole face & I follow that up with a pea-sized amount of my Cetaphil moisturizing lotion. I do this twice a day.
If you look closely, you'll see a slight pink pearlescent finish, which I believe is what adds a slight glow to your skin once applied. The glow is barely noticeable & it just makes your skin look fresh.

I don't really have any sunspots or dark spots besides acne scars. I didn't see a difference in those, but I wasn't expecting them to fade since my acne always scars badly.

My skin was darker around my forehead, mouth, & jawline, but after 2 weeks of consistent use twice a day, I saw that my skin tone was more even. Now after more than a month & a half of use, my skin tone has definitely evened out more & I would feel alright going out just wearing under eye concealer & setting that instead of feeling like I have to wear foundation too. It's an awesome feeling & I would recommend the product for this reason alone.
I've never had large pores, but in the past year I've noticed that the pores on my cheeks (closer to the bridge of my nose) have gotten a bit larger & this product has helped tighten & reduce those pores.
In addition to that, my skin has gotten slightly softer.

The Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector has been available at Marcelle.com & in stores since August 2014 for $24.95. Although the price may seem a bit high to some, this product will easily last me for a little more than 2 months & it's always good to invest in quality skin care products.

Do you think your skin tone, dark spots, pores, & fine lines could use a bit of perfecting & correcting?


*Disclaimer: This post has complimentary product(s) sent for consideration. The opinions expressed are my own.
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Brown Smokey Eyes & Bold Lips for the Spark Sessions Conference

It's no surprise that I've been slacking at blogging, but you may have noticed that I'm trying to get back into the groove of things. If not, then click either (or both) of the links below that will take you to my recent posts - they will open up in a new window, so you won't be interrupted.

I'm planning on updating the blog regularly starting next week. I have a few ideas for posts, but if you'd like to see something specific, leave a comment below or get in touch through any other social media accounts that you follow me on.

Now that I'm trying to blog more, I thought I'd enter a contest to win a trip to attend the 2014 Spark Sessions Conference, which is Canada's fashion & beauty blogger conference. It's about time I took this blog to the next level & I think that being able to attend the conference would be the perfect opportunity to push me in the right direction.

This is my entry for the contest - a makeup look that I would most likely wear to the conference. Now, this was a bit hard for me because when I travel I usually I tend to pack way more products than I would need & do my makeup depending on my mood that day. Am I the only one who does this?

The look that I decided on was a smokey brown eye, winged black eyeliner, falsies, lots of mascara on my bottom lashes, & bold red lips. It's classic & it would go with any outfit. The look is quite dramatic so I filled in my eyebrows slightly to pull the look together.
& of course, I can't forget the heavily contoured & highlighted cheeks. It's my favourite part! Although, I will have to remind myself to go easy with contouring & highlighting my cheekbones - that's one thing I tend to go a bit overboard with.

Do you think I should add some colour to the look if I win? *fingers crossed*

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Eid-ul-Fitr 2014 makeup look

This Eid I won't be getting as dolled up as I usually do, so I thought I'd post the makeup look that I did on Eid-ul-Fitr this year. It was my first time stepping outside my house wearing winged eyeliner on the inner corners of my eyes. Usually I rub/scratch the inner corners of my eyes when I'm tired so I've always been slightly afraid that I'll rub it off, but luckily that didn't happen - phew!

Eyeshadow primer: Too Faced shadow insurance
all eyeshadows used are from the Urban Decay (original) Naked palette
Under brow + tearduct: Virgin
Browbone: Buck
Lid + inner 2/3 of lower lashline: Half Baked
Outer 1/3 of lid: Smog (applied over Half Baked)
Crease: Hustle & Darkhorse
Outer 1/3 of lower lashline: Hustle
Upper lashline + tightline: Mary Kay gel eyeliner in Jet Black
Waterline: Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in 005 Nude
Lashes: L'Oreal Voluminous Original (upper & lower lashes)
Falsies: Huda Beauty lashes in 01 Giselle

Revlon Colorstay foundation for combination/oily skin in 250 Fresh Beige
Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 25 Medium (under my eyes & around my nose + mouth)
e.l.f. High Definition Powder in Clear (to set my concealer & the areas where I get oily)
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate (to contour my cheeks, jawline, & temples)
Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in 129 Tiki (cheekbones)

YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in #25 Soft Beige

Eid Mubarak my loves!

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Coral Lips at the Shooting Range

I went to a shooting range 5 months ago (April) & I wanted to keep my makeup light for the occasion. I went with lots of mascara, a bright inner corner/tearduct area, slightly contoured cheeks, & a light coral lip.

Usually I prefer matte lips, but since the rest of the look was simple, I decided to try out some coral lippies sent by Mary Kay's PR to add a pop of colour. The names of these products are so cute!

I lightly applied the Mary Kay At Play lip crayon in Coral Me Crazy. This lip crayon has a lot of shimmer & I don't like shimmer in my lip products at all. The lip crayon also made the dry patches of my lips stand out more.
So I decided to top off that lip crayon with a bit of the Mary Kay At Play jelly lip gloss in Poppy Love in hopes of toning down the dryness. I loved this jelly lip gloss right away. It made my lips look 5 times better than when I just wore the lip crayon alone. The jelly lip gloss is a bit sheer, so it added the right amount of colour (& would look gorgeous when worn alone). The gloss is also a bit sticky though, but it was not uncomfortable.

This combo stayed on my lips for about 4 hours. When everything wore off, the shimmers from the lip crayon stayed behind, which I wasn't a fan of. Both products are buildable, which I really like. I think the lip crayon would look nice by itself on light skintones - just make sure you exfoliate your lips before applying it though.

Do you tone down your makeup looks depending on where you're going?  I find that I've started doing that a lot.

P.S. I posted this look/products on Instagram the night these pics were originally taken - months ago. Click here to see that pic. I'm def way more active on Instagram, so follow me there for more updates.

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DIY Canvas Wall Art: Glitter, Photos, & a Quote

This eye-catching Pinterest inspired weekend project added the wow-factor to my room without much effort.

Ever since I saw the DIY Glitter Chevron Art by 'Penny Pincher Fashion' pinned on Pinterest over 1 year ago, I knew I had to try it. After that, I kept seeing DIY photo canvases, which I really liked too. So I used both ideas to come up with a little weekend art project.

Recently, I posted pictures on Instagram with these canvases in the background & my friends asked me/complimented me on them. {picture 1 • picture 2 • video}. Check out the video that I just posted too.. you can really see how the glitter sparkles when the light hits it -- so pretty!
Since I had taken a lot of pictures during the process from my cell phone, I decided to blog about it. I've included the steps, but feel free to contact me if you need any clarification.

First up, the red chevron glitter & the purple striped glitter canvas wall art pieces.
I used acrylic paint. & the glitter that I used is glitter used for art (from Wal-Mart).

I knew I wanted one of the canvases to be a mix of both the red & purple colours with a quote on it. I chose the following quote by Sam Levenson: "For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people."
While painting the canvas itself, I used the same foam brushes that I used to paint the other 2 canvases above, but just lightened my strokes as I got to the halfway point on the canvas.

Lastly, I knew the photo canvases would be easier to make, but I wanted to add my own touch to make them stand out a bit more. In most of the tutorials that I've seen online, they paint the edges a certain colour or apply coloured strips.
Since I was working with glitter & going with a gold theme in my room, I decided to do glitter edges. Also, I feel like glitter edges are so versatile because they will look good with almost any decor.
The steps for these will be listed below the picture because they're a bit lengthy.

Photo canvases with glitter edges:
Step 1 - the glitter edges: Place a lot of glitter on a newspaper in the middle area (where the newspaper was folded). Apply tacky glue to one edge of the canvas. Firmly place the edge covered in glue on the glitter, press it down, & move it around to ensure that edge is covered in glitter. Repeat for the 3 other edges.
Please note: you can apply paint on the edges before you start this process so that none of the canvas shows through.
Step 2 - the photo: Apply a generous coat of mod podge on the canvas & place your 8 x 10 photo on top. I left the canvas face down with a heavy book on it overnight.
Step 3 - the finishing touches: The next morning, I applied a coat of matte mod podge on the photo & on the edges. The mod podge acts as a sealant. Also, using a matte mod podge will avoid any glares from the lights in my room.

A few points:
  • When painting the canvases, cover the edges and go over a bit to the back so that if someone's looking at the canvas from the side, the unpainted canvas doesn't show.
  • When working with tacky glue & glitter: work in small sections & cover the entire area that you've applied the glue to with a thick layer of glitter by sprinkling it over generously. Tap off the extra glitter on a newspaper/paper & pour this back into the jar of glitter.
  • If you're applying glitter to the edges of the canvas, make sure you press down on the glitter firmly so the edge gets coated well & the white from the canvas doesn't show through. (Alternatively, as mentioned above, you can also use a gold paint as a base first to hide the white canvas if you want).
  • The mod podge applies white, but don't stress. I won't lie.. this part scared me a bit when I applied the mod podge over the glitter & the photos & it was white. But as you can see from the final result, it really does dry clear.

I adhered these using double-sided tape right above my desk. They add a fabulous touch to my otherwise blah room - not only because of the glitter & the quote, but because I have my loved ones right there at all times :)

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Heavy Cranberry Eyes & Nude Lips

I've noticed that I keep reaching for MAC's eyeshadow in Cranberry whenever I want to do a heavier eye makeup look. I either apply it all over the lid or on my browbone. When I did this look, I was rushing to get ready so I applied Cranberry on my entire lid & smoked out the look using a dark brown eyeshadow.

Most of the time I pick a lip colour that's at least a shade or 2 darker than my natural lip colour, but this time I decided to go really light since I didn't have enough time to search for a darker lippy that would complement my outfit well.

The Cranberry shade on the eyes along with a pinky-nude lip would go really well for Valentine's Day as well if you're trying to play up your eyes but don't want to look overdone.

This look is actually from a wedding that I attended in September 2013 - yikes! I should really get my shit together & blog more. Anyway, I did update my Instagram with this look that night itself, so click here to see the picture that I had posted & click here to see the video that I had posted. You can see the outfit a bit more in the video :)


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2AM Experiments

That night when I decided I'll try smudging my brown pencil eyeliner that I had on all day just to see how it looks before I take my makeup off & go to bed. & then one thing led to another...

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NYX Glitter Mania - Blue look

I've always seen the NYX Cosmetics Glitter Mania powders & thought they were amazing but never bought them because I knew I'd hardly use them. A few months ago I saw them on clearance for around $1.50 CAD each, so of course I couldn't resist. I bought 5 of them: Disco Ball, Purple, Blue, Gold, & Hot Gold.

As soon as I got home that night, I wanted to try applying the glitter on my eyelid using lash glue as a base because I don't have glitter glue. I used the Blue glitter & came up with this look in 5 minutes. Sorry for the crappy pic quality - it was late & I was a bit lazy.

The glitter was way more sparkly in person. You can see the sparkles better in the video I posted on Instagram when I did this look: http://instagram.com/p/eRHV-OrQ3z/. Yikes, just realized that I posted that video 2 months ago. That tells you how much I've been slacking with blogging.. oops!

Even if I don't use these glitters myself, they are great to have in my kit now that I'm a certified makeup artist.

Have you tried these loose glitters or any other NYX Cosmetics' products?

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Date Night Neutrals

As much as I love experimenting with colours & the majority of the makeup looks on this blog have been colourful, on a daily basis I tend to favour browns (that's if I'm wearing eyeshadow at all). Usually if I'm in a rush but want to wear some eyeshadow, I grab a dark brown eyeshadow & blend that into my crease with a large blending brush & I'm done!

Then there are those days where I still want to keep it neutral but I wanna look good!
This is the makeup look that I did on one of those kinda days. It's a great look if you're going on a date night with your girlfriends or even with a special someone because we all want to look hot on date night but not overdone - I mean, we're not going out; just dressed to impress.

For the eyeshadows, I used a large blending blush to apply MAC eyeshadow in Cranberry in the outer two-thirds of my crease + on my browbone + on my lower lashline (you could only see a hint of this colour depending on the lighting). I then applied Senna Cosmetics' Glow Eye Colour in Flare on my entire lid + inner corner of the eye + whatever was left on the brush under my brow. Lastly, I took BH Cosmetics' eyeshadow in MM17 on a smaller blending brush & blended that into the outer two-thirds of my crease + outer one-third of my lower lashline.
I finished off the eyes by applying a liquid eyeliner, mascara on the top & bottom lashes, tight-lining, & filling in my brows (using Senna Cosmetics' Sketch-a-Brow pencil in Mink) ever so slightly.

For the cheeks, I used Too Faced's Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer to contour my cheekbones, temples, & jawline. The blush I used is Barry M's Blusher in BL1 - Pink Orchid.
Lastly, for the pout I used one of my fav lip products at the moment: Senna Cosmetics' Lip Lacquer in Mulberry.

I also wanted to take a quick moment to thank everyone who has encouraged me to get back into blogging or even just asked about why I've been such a bad blogger. It's because of those comments & chats that I'm motivated to get back to blogging, so THANK YOU & lets do this.

Kisses to all of you!

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