MOTD: August 25/19

Brows: Elf Cosmetics

Lips: Lisa Eldridge

Lashes: Tarte

MOTD: August 29, 2018

Makeup of the day 💄

Brows: @essencemakeup Superlast 24h Eyebrow Pomade Pencil Waterproof in 20 Brown, @annabellecosmetics Brow Show Eyebrow Shaping Gel in Medium Dark

Eyes: @urbandecaycosmetics Eyeshadow Primer Potion In Original, @tartecosmetics Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Palette, @starlookscosmetics Kohl Eye Pencil in Obsidian (isn’t Obsidian such a satisfying name?)

Face: @fentybeauty Pro Filt’R Primer, @hourglasscosmetics Vanish Stick in Nude, @hourglasscosmetics Veil Translucent Setting Powder, @tartecosmetics Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen palette, @coverfx Mattifying Setting Spray

Lips: @urbandecaycosmetics Ultimate Ozone Pencil, @fentybeauty Mattemoiselle Lipstick in Shawty

Smashed a highlighter to look like a sun goddess

Tonight has been one of those nights where I know I have a long list of things I ought to be getting done, but I feel so physically and emotionally wiped that I just know even if I attempt to do them, they won’t be done right and I’ll feel even more out of it. So, feeling inspired by all the Body Lava by Fenty hype, I decided to do a tiny arts and crafts session and smash a highlighter to make my own glowing concoction.

The Body Lava Luminizer, although divine, is so painfully expensive. CAD $69 just seems like too much to make my body shimmer, especially when it’s only warm here for about two months of the year and the rest of the year my body is covered up in layers of sweaters and winter despair. It’s a fun product though, and it reminds me of the Bath and Body Works glitter spray days of my youth (e.g., six years ago, LOL). So I decided to whip up my own shimmery body product.

I recently ordered the Herbivore Citrine Body Oil (CAD $46) and I’m in love! The smell is so sweet and summery, and it soaks into my skin and leaves it glowing and plump. I easily could have used any other oil I had kicking around (sweet almond, argan, etc.) but I have no idea where my bulk sized bottle of sweet almond oil ran off to, so this is what I used.

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Secondly, I’ve had the Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen palette from Tarte for a few years, originally purchased because I swatched the Gator Wings highlight in Sephora with a few friends and we all freaked out over it. However, I never think to use this palette so that lovely little highlighter has just been sitting there, lonely and forlorn, not realizing any of its potential.

So I smashed that baby up, awkwardly deposited the fragments of highlighter into my Citrine bottle with a pair of tweezers, shook it up, and then repressed the highlighter with a bit of rubbing alcohol.

The results?
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Glitter on my pajamas, makeup chair, hands, face, cat, everything. And a cute little bottle of shimmery body oil! My photography skills are not good enough to capture the shimmer via photo, but it left a subtle sparkle on my skin. Not Fenty level shimmer, but a gentle sparkle that with make my skin look like a sun goddess without making me look like a disco ball.

 

Finished Five: OleHenriksen, TooFaced Melted Matte, Atelier Cologne, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Concealer, Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream

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  1. Name: Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub
    Price: CAD $34.00
    Size: 3 oz. 
    Cruelty-Free and Vegan
    For the longest time I loved this scrub. This is my second tube that I’ve used up, and I just love the satisfying feeling of scrubbing the heck out of my face. However, the more I look into exfoliating the more I realize that I’m probably doing a fair bit of damage with this physical scrub, as the walnut chunks vary in size and shape and may be causing micro-tears in my skin. However, if you really like physical scrubs, the smell of this is divine!
  2. Name: Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Matte in Queen B
    Price: $CAD 25.00
    Size: 0.4 oz/11.8mL
    Like any liquid lipstick out there, this one is a smidge drying, although nothing unbearable. This liquid lipstick will last all day no matter what the weather. I wore this formula for 14+ hours at Osheaga the week I purchased it, in hot, humid, sweaty conditions, and it still looked half decent by the end of the evening. This particular shade is a perfect, soft mauve, and I wore this to work nearly every day Summer 2015. I didn’t quite finish this tube, but after nearly three years (24 months past the suggested expiration period) the smell had changed and I figured I better toss it for sanitary reasons.
  3. Name: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Concealer in Light-Medium Neutral
    Price: $31.00
    Size: 0.34 oz/10mL
    This concealer is a very light, thin, liquidy formula. I don’t have a whole lot to say about it. It got the job done, although isn’t really ideal for oily skin. Medium coverage, felt light on my under eyes, didn’t break me out, and lasted about a year.
  4. Name: Atelier Cologne Clementine California Cologne Absolue
    Price: CAD $32.00 to CAD $225.00
    Size: Varies
    I received this scent as a deluxe sample and loved it so much that I ordered the actual product, and selected it as another sample when I ordered the full-sized product. It’s light and citrusy, and immediately reminds me of summertime, which is nice when you’re stuck in the midst of a miserable Saskatchewan winter. I’m a fan of each of Atelier Cologne’s scents, and have been hoarding their deluxe samples for years.
  5. Name: Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream
    Price: CAD $49.00
    Size: 0.47 oz/14.50mL
    Keeping in mind that I am a 23-year-old with minimal “anti-aging” eye area concerns, I really enjoyed this eye cream. It’s like rubbing a fluffy little baby cloud underneath your eyeballs, I swear to god. It kept my under eyes soft, happy, and hydrated, and that’s all I could ask for. Skyn Iceland’s tagline is “Solutions for Stressed Skin”, and I think that their products would be great for those living in Saskatchewan-esque climate as it seems really similar to Iceland’s climate from what I’ve read. We both have very harsh, drying winters in which maintaining hydrated, non-irritated skin is very difficult. I ordered a few more products from Skyn Iceland during the Sephora VIB sale and I’m looking forward to testing them out!

MOTD: February 13, 2018

I have TWO days in a row off starting today which hasn’t happened in probably close to six months. I’m so excited to just hide away in my apartment and spend some time with my cat and my tortoise and get the introvert-recharge-time I’ve been desperately needing for the past two weeks.

Here’s my makeup of the day! My skin is definitely not this clear without makeup, but I’m finding that it’s already becoming smoother since incorporating glycolics into my skincare routine. Once I’ve given the glycolics a good go I’m going to share my experience with glycolics and hormone-based acneic skin that is very oily and give a little background on the products I tried.

Here’s what I used:

Face: BECCA First Light Priming Filter, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation,  BECCA x Chrissy Palette, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Concealer, GloSkinBeauty Pressed Base, Hourglass Ambient Palette

Eyes: ABH Modern Renaissance Palette, Ciate Wonderwand Mascara, Giorgio Armani pink concealer, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Concealer

Brows: Marcelle Duo Eyebrow-PRO

Lips: TooFaced Melted Matte in Queen B

Project Pan April 2018: Check In #6

What I’ve managed to cross off my list:

  1. Maybelline Master Prime 300 Redness + Blur Control
  2. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  3. Tarteist Contour Palette (mostly used, then expired)
  4. Laura Mercier Eye Primer Mini
  5. UD Naked 3 Palette (half used, then expired)
  6. Bare Minerals Mascara Mini
  7. ABH Brow Pencil
  8. L’Oreal Infallible Setting Spray

What remains:

  1. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Concealer
  2. Sephora Brand Bronzer
  3. Becca Luminous Blush in Brushed Copper
  4. Rituel de Fille Ghost Light Luminizer
  5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Mood Light
  6. Essence Make Me Brow

All in all, I’m making progress. I’ve had a couple of duds, but a couple of products have grown on me. I wasn’t the hugest fan of the Rainforest of the Sea concealer for awhile, but I’m beginning to like it again.

Outside of my goal project pan products, I’ve always used up these in the past week or so:

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I don’t mind the Infallible setting spray, but the spray on it is a bit aggressive and can leave your face quite wet if you’re not careful. Young Living, as we all know, is trash, and I’m getting close to using up all of my old products of theirs. I think I’ve got about four bottles of essential oils left from them, and then I should be good. I recently learned a lot of terrifying information about the founder of YL that includes everything from false medical practices to drowned babies, and if even half of it is true, then I am even more embarrassed for having supported this company in any way. I adore how fluffy and smooth the OleHenriksen Transform Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer is! I nearly bought it to use as a night moisturizer today, but I opted for a product from my workplace instead (gotta love work discounts!). The Clinique pep-start sample moisturizer was pretty good, but Clinique does unfortunately test on animals so I avoid buying from them. The Biophora Light Hydration Serum was pretty decent, and I had no complaints! It didn’t really stand out to me, but it definitely got the job done.

Today I caved did a bit of Boxing Day shopping, but after today I think that’s it for makeup shopping until 2019. I’m excited and terrified to see how long I can last in a year-long no buy and how it will change my perspective on what I currently own, my social media consumption, my bank balance, and even my conversations with makeup-loving friends.

MOTD

Face: 

  • Tarte BB tinted treatment 12-hour primer in light
  • Giorgio Armani Master Corrector 1
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer in light-medium neutral
  • glo-minerals beige dark pressed base
  • Becca blush in Wisteria
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter palette
  • Rituel de Fille luminizer in Ghost Light

Eyes and Brows:

  • Laura Mercier eye primer
  • Natasha Denona Lila Palette
  • Almay brow pencil in 802 brunette
  • Essence make me brow eyebrow gel mascara
  • Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black

Lips:

  • Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Freckle from the Creators Collection

Some thoughts:

I am loving the glo-minerals pressed base. I’ve been wearing it nearly every day since I got it at work, and it has held up really well against my oily t-zone. Even on days like today where I was on my feet working in a hot, crowded store, only the smallest amount of oil poked through. It’s not as full coverage as a liquid foundation, but I find that pairing it with my tinted primer has been working really well lately as my skin has been somewhat clear.

I don’t give enough of a damn about my eyebrows to buy expensive brow products, so I have been finding a lot of drugstore brow products that in my opinion work just fine.

I love the pigment of Nudestix, their packaging, how they apply, and how long they last, but they are ever so drying. And of course once my lips start to dry, they start to flake. I still continue to wear them because I love the colour, I just put on a thick layer of lip balm first.

If there was a fire in my apartment, the first few things I would grab as I ran out would be my tortoise, my childhood blanket, my cell phone, and my Natasha Denona Lila Palette.