Friday, 21 March 2014

Video Tutorial: Naked Basics

Hi everyone! I'm not sure if you know this but I do videos up on Youtube! I thought I would start posting them here as well in case you want to see them. My new video was a tutorial using the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. I think it's a great everyday look. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Quote of the day: I am a citizen of the world. - Sylvia Beach

Monday, 17 March 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Fearless Review

Oh. My. Gosh. I am so excited to talk to you guys about this blush. I went shopping at Sephora with my friend the other day and I saw this. It was such an impulse buy, but I don't even care. I noticed that they had 3 new blush colours and I was too excited by the shiny, colourful display. Yes, I am a child at heart.

This is actually my first Tarte blush so I was pretty excited to try it out. I decided to get the blush in Fearless. It looks a bit bright, but it's not that scary when it's on my skin. I really like it because it's a nice coral pink colour. It adds a nice flush to the skin to add a bit of colour so you don't look too washed out. The packaging is really nice. It's really sleek, not bulky at all. There's nothing crazy about it and it could easily fit into my makeup bag if I took it travelling.

And can we talk about the imprint? It's so pretty. I love how simple it looks, and yet it adds a little something extra to the product.

This blush is very pigmented so a little goes a long way. You really don't need to put too much on your brush, otherwise you're going to look like a clown. And no one wants that. It's also really easy to apply. The powder has a very smooth consistency and transitions from brush to skin very easily. It's not a buttery or creamy consistency, so it's kind of hard to describe. I find it lasts all day too. The colour fades slightly, but the colour still looks great. There's nothing like putting blush on in the morning only to have it fade away by the afternoon. I think that's especially great if you're going to an event. You don't have to worry about having to do any touch ups, you're good to go.

This is what it looks like on. As you can see, it adds some colour to my skin without looking like I ran a marathon or went overboard with my mother's makeup. 

The price for the blush is $31 Cdn, which could be daunting. However, I think that the colour pay off, the lasting power, and just the overall quality of the product justify the cost. You definitely get what you pay for here. This product is absolutely amazing and I may be tempted to purchase more of these blushes. 

Quote of the day: Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable. - Clare Boothe Luce

Monday, 3 March 2014

DIY Exfoliating Face Mask

This is my first beauty DIY post! I discovered this face mask a few summers ago on College Fashion (here's the original post). It only has three ingredients and is probably the best thing I have ever discovered for my skin. I will warn you though, it can be pretty abrasive so if you have sensitive skin I wouldn't recommend this for you. You should always test things like this on a small patch of skin anyway to see how you'll react to the ingredients, but if you don't have sensitive skin and aren't allergic to the ingredients, chances are this mask will be fine for you.

The three ingredients are cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey. These ingredients should be lying around the house and, if not, they're cheap to buy. All you need is 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg each and 1 tablespoon of honey. The original mask calls for 1 teaspoon of the spices and 2 tablespoons of honey, but I find that makes too much and ends up getting dumped down the sink when I'm done. Here I accidentally did 1 teaspoon and I found I had way too much.

Combine your three ingredients in a small bowl with a spoon until the spices are no longer dry. You can add some more honey if you need to. It should form a thick paste.

Once that's done just apply it to your face and leave it on for thirty minutes. When your thirty minutes are up rinse off with warm water. Here is where you need to be a bit careful because, as I said earlier, this can be a pretty abrasive mask. I like to rinse it off by rubbing it off in circular motions. That way my skin is getting exfoliated well.

Once that's done I use my regular toner and moisturise like there's no tomorrow! Also, make sure to use this mask on clean skin. It should go without saying that you use any mask on skin that has already been washed with a cleanser.

This mask is great because the honey and nutmeg act as anti-inflammatories, reducing redness and swelling in the skin. They also help with acne scars, which is great if you've just recently had a breakout or are dealing with previous acne scarring. The cinnamon and nutmeg are also great exfoliators.

And that's it! I like to use this mask at least once a week to get rid of dead skin and keep my skin smooth. I don't think I would use it more often than that simply because it's pretty intense. Let me know if you try it and what you think about it in the comments.

Quote of the day: You know how sometimes you lie in bed at night and think, "What if the law of gravity just wears out and lets go and I drift into space?" Does that ever make you anxious? - Elaine May