Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Beach Babe- Spice up Your Summer Beauty!

Sorry for the cheesy title everyone, I couldn't think of anything else! Also, sorry I've been MIA for the past few days, I just didn't feel like writing anything (I'm a bad blogger)

Today I'm going to be sharing a few tips with you that I think make everyone look gorgeous in the summer months. I always like to go for that straight off the beach look in the summer (messy surfer waves, tanned skin) and I'm sure many of you go for the same look. I know I gave you guys some tips and tricks a few weeks ago for Summer beauty, but this post will be different!

For me tanning is the most difficult thing to do, I am very fair naturally and I tend to burn more than I tan. I also wear a lot of sunscreen during the Summer so that obviously keeps me from getting a tan. I like to use self tanning lotions to give myself a warm, subtle glow. Adding just a hint of bronze to your skin makes you appear healthier, and makes you look fantastic! I've only ever tried one self tanner and it turned me a bit orange, so I laid off it for a few days and my skin went back to normal. Experiment with different tanning lotions, and see what works for you!

Get your hair highlighted! If your like me and you have naturally dark hair then add a few warm highlights to your hair. You don't need to get many, just a few framing your face is all you need to add a nice glow. Of course you can get as many as you want, but highlights can be pretty expensive so go for fewer if you can't afford to get your whole head done. I suggest pretty honey coloured ones, maybe a few warm red tones; whatever you want really.

Add some sparkle to your eyes. Summer is supposed to be fun and carefree, so experiment with different makeup looks! If you typically wear dark, matte eyeshadow try some beautiful bronze shimmer instead. Adding that bit of sparkle to your eyes makes all the difference. I personally wear bronze eyeshadow all the time, I think it looks great in any season. But Summer is probably the best time to try it out.

Okay, so I know that this post didn't include a whole lot, just three tips. However I don't think you should be worrying too much about makeup during the Summer, just slather on some sunscreen, dust on some sparkly eyeshadow, and hit the beach!

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that my reviews won't be as frequent for the next few weeks because I'm trying to use up a lot of my older makeup that I shoved to the back of the drawer. I keep buying new makeup without actually using any up, and at the moment I have 5 almost full foundation's. Most of the makeup that I'm using up is stuff I've already reviewed, and I'm sure you guy's don't want me to re-review something. I'll be updating my blog regularly, but I'll be writing more about fashion trends, summer beauty etc. If anyone has anything makeup/fashion/hair related they need help with please write a comment and I'll try and help you out! For example if you don't know what makeup colours suit you, anything like that!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Hello everyone! If you've been reading my blog for awhile you know that I often say I have oily skin, having oily skin also means I have oily eyelids. This creates a real problem for my eyeshadow because it creases by noon. I absolutely hate having creased eyeshadow, but I've never been able to find an eyelid primer that's kept the oil down. I had been wanting to purchase Urban Decay shadow primer but I kept reading reviews that said Too Faced primer was actually better. I decided to give it a shot and ordered a tube from amazon; it was a little expensive ($17 per tube, plus shipping came to about $22) but based on the reviews I had read I thought it would be worth it.

Well, after using it for a few days I've come to the conclusion that....... I have never been more impressed with a makeup product. I'm convinced this primer is a miracle worker, my eyeshadow doesn't crease, smudge or budge from my eyelid all day! The primer also helps bring out the colour of the eyeshadow and makes it really pop. I put on the primer at about 7:30 in the morning and when I go to bed at 11:00 my eyeshadow hasn't creased at all! I know it sounds sort of dumb but I was so excited when I found out how amazing this primer was. I really recommend this, everyone needs this. I love it!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Nars Blush

Hello all! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I'm sure many of you have heard of the cosmetic's company "Nars". I had never bought anything from them, partly because their products are crazy expensive, and also the nearest Nars store is a 40 minute drive from me.

Well, I decided that it was time I tried their blush because I had heard such wonderful things about it. I decided to buy the colour "Orgasm", a cult favorite. I didn't even look at the price when I bought it, because I knew if I did I would decide against buying it. Am I ever glad I bought this blush. First of all the colour I bought is just gorgeous, a light pink/peach with flecks of gold that beautifully highlight cheekbones. Second, the staying power is incredible. I put the blush on at about 7:30 in the morning and it's still vibrant at 11:00 at night. Third, this blush blends so well, and feels light, feathery, and silky as you apply it. I just love this blush, despite the price. I don't want to tell you how much it costs because then no one will want to buy it, but I'll just say it was more than $20 but less then $50. To me though it is worth every penny.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara

Good morning everyone! Today I'll be reviewing one of Rimmel's mascara. I had wanted to try this mascara for about a year before I bought it, but for some reason I never got around to buying it. About a month ago I did, and I really like this mascara. First of all the packaging is cute, but of course that doesn't affect the product. This mascara has a great brush, although it does looks pretty weird when you first see it, you get used to it. The brush coats each lash evenly and I've never had a problem with clumping; my lashes never stick together either. I find that if you curl your lashes before applying this it actually helps curl them even more. It doesn't add a lot of length, but it does make your lashes look very full. I've never had a problem with this mascara flaking or causing raccoon eyes. Overall this is a great mascara, I really like it and will definitely be repurchasing it.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Summer Makeup and Hair Tips

Hi everyone! With summer fast approaching I decided to give you guys a few simple summer makeup tips. Since the weather will be a lot hotter and everyone is going to be a little sweatier (gross but true!) you need to update your makeup routine just a little bit so that it gets through the hot summer days.

1) Use a primer- To keep your makeup from running off your face try out a primer from your local drugstore or department store. I suggest both a face primer and an eye primer, so that neither your foundation or eyeshadow will run and fade.

2) Tinted Moisturizer- Foundation can be a bit too thick during summer months, but a nice tinted moisturizer will help add a bit of colour to your skin without adding a whole new makeup layer (it will soak in) it will also hide minimal imperfections, but you should use a concealer for bigger imperfections. Of course, if you need the heavier foundation coverage just look for an oil free formula.

3) Water proof mascara- You don't need raccoon eyes every time you go to the beach or go in the pool. So look for an inexpensive water proof mascara next time you go to the drugstore. You can probably find your favorite mascara in a water proof formula.

4) Don't spend time on your hair- Summer isn't the time to worry about your hair. The hot, humid weather will probably make any hairstyle a little frizzy, so stick to simple styles! Just throw your hair up in a loose bun or pony tail in the morning and your set for the day. I always think it's odd when people spend an hour on their hair and two hours later it's frizzy. Summer is for relaxing, so give your hair a break!

5) Bright blush- The best way to update your makeup look is to add a new blush. If you stuck to less obvious, natural blush in the winter, try a beautiful bold colour for summer! I`m not saying you should look like a clown, but it`s always easier to wear bright colours in the summer, because everyone is! Just look for a bright blush that compliments your skin tone, blend it properly and you are set!

6) Sunscreen- Tans are lovely, but skin cancer isn`t. I am naturally very pale and I don`t tan, I burn, burn, burn! I always make sure to apply sunscreen before I go to the beach, or if I know I`m going to be spending a lot of time outdoors. Reapply sunscreen throughout the day to keep from burning. If, like me you want more colour during the summer try a sunless tanner, like tanning lotion. Or if you want a professional tan try a spray tan at a tanning salon.

Thanks for reading everyone!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rimmel Fix and Perfect Foundation Primer

Well it's that time of the weekend again, the night before you have to go back to school/work. Ugh, never a fun time of the day. But for the moment I'm going to forget about all the work at school waiting for me and focus on my review!

If, like me you have oily skin or combination skin then you've probably faced the issue of midday shine. You may have even gotten so oily that your makeup starts to run off. I know how annoying it is to constantly be checking your makeup and applying powder or using blotting sheets, especially during a busy day. I bought this primer with the hope that it would help minimize my pores and keep shine at bay.

When I was at the store I opened the tester to try this primer out and was horrified to find that it was a bright orange colour; I don't know about you, but I don't look good as an oompa loompa. I put a little on my wrist and was relieved to find that it blends right in and doesn't leave much colour behind, it only darkened my skin slightly and I don't look orange. So I bought the primer and I've been using it for a few weeks and I'm not totally happy with it. It does make it easier to apply foundation because it smooths out my skin, but that's really all it does. My skin gets just as oily as ever during the day, and my pores don't get any smaller. My foundation doesn't wear off as quickly, but by the end of the school day it's still starting to dissapear from my nose. Overall this really isn't that great, it would probably work better for those of you with normal, or dry skin. I'm going to use up this primer though before I try anything else. I'll probably be trying Smashbox Photo Finish Primer next.

Quick Tip!

Hi everyone! I just have a quick tip right now, I'll be doing a review on a primer later today. A few weeks ago I purchased Vera Wang Princess perfume, (review in archive) and I really love it, I wear it everyday! The only drawback is that it doesn't last very long on me, and that really bugs me. I read somewhere that if you put a little Vaseline (petroleum jelly) on your skin before you spray on the perfume it will last longer. I tried this out and it works! I just rubbed a little Vaseline on my wrists and then sprayed on the perfume and ta-da! It's been about 5 hours and it smells just as strong as it did when I first put it on. Try this out if you have a perfume that doesn't last!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara

Happy weekend everyone! Hope you've all had a great Saturday. Last weekend I was at the mall and received this mascara as a gift from Clinique, I love getting free things, and I love Clinique so I was excited to try this out. Now I'm sure you can all tell from the name that this mascara is supposed to make your eyelashes thicker and more voluminous, but it doesn't really achieve this. The formula is too wet and when I put it on it gets all over my eyelids because it takes so long too dry. Also, I don't notice any volumizing when I use this, but it does help make eyelashes look longer. However, this separates lashes really, really well and doesn't clump at all. I'm really glad I was able to try this for free, in a sample size so I didn't have to spend $20 to try it out. Overall this mascara is great if you just want a natural look, but for me it's not ideal.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Icing by Claire's- Neutral Palette

So I'm really starting to like my new blog background, It makes me feel so Summery! Now on to the review. Last weekend I went shopping with my mom and we stopped off in a little accessories store called "Icing by Claire's" I just went in expecting to find jewelry, but my mom discovered that they also sold makeup! She was pretty excited because it was really inexpensive, but I was a little hesitant about it because I prefer to buy makeup from brands that I know. Anyway, I ended up buying one of their eyeshadow palettes (because my mom bought it for me!) and I am actually really pleased with it. To be honest I wasn't expecting much, but for the past few days I've been using it and it works just as well as many other eye shadows I own. In the palette there were three eye shadow's, and eyeliner, two eyebrow fillers and tweezers. I've only used the eye shadow, eyeliner, and tweezers because I don't need eyebrow filler. The eye shadow has wonderful, gorgeous colours that blend easily and go on smoothly without fading during the day. When I use all three colours together they make a really pretty natural look. The eyeliner is pretty good, it goes on really well and doesn't tug at your eyelid, but it does fade after a few hours; it's a nice dark brown that goes well with the eye shadow's. The tweezers are just like any other tweezers I've ever used, so they're fine, and I can't say anything about the eyebrow fillers because I've never used them. All in all this is a really good palette that I plan on repurchasing again and again.

I'll add a picture later, I couldn't find one on the website so I'll have to take my own!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Background!

Hello my lovely readers! So as you can see my blog background has changed, I just thought it would be fun to try out a new peppier, brighter background for Spring. I'm going to give myself a few days to get used to it and if I don't absolutely love it I'll go back to my old background.

Monday, April 5, 2010

CoverGirl Cheekers Blush

Hello! Today I'm going to review CoverGirl's cheekers blush. I've been trying to experiment more with blushes lately because most of mine are the same colour. I bought this blush simply because it was inexpensive, and came in a large range of colours. I've been really happy with it so far, I bought the colour "Natural Rose" which is a gorgeous baby pink. What I like about this blush is that it goes on very sheer, and you can intensify the colour by adding more blush. One of my pet peeves is blush that goes on too boldly when you first apply it. Also, this blush has a great texture, it's really smooth and easy to apply. I'm in love with the packaging as well, it's compact and easy to carry along with you in your purse. However, the brush that comes with this is absolute crap, so use your own brush! Aside from that though this blush really just gives a beautiful, natural and healthy glow.

The colour selection is fantastic, I'm planning on buying "Sierra Sands" and "Plumberry Glow" next time I go to the drugstore. For those of you who like brighter colours I wouldn't suggest this blush for you because most of the colours are quite sheer; but for those of you who want a natural glow this blush is for you!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick

Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend, and looking forward to yummy Easter treats tomorrow! I've had a long but fun day shopping with my mom and I bought two new cosmetic products (reviews on them in about a week).I also received a gift from Clinique, and my mom bought me an eyeshadow palette! So I have lots of new products to review. Since I bought a foundation from Clinique and received one of their free gifts I decided to review one of their products. Oh, and before I go on I just want to say that everyone who bought something for more than $26.50 from Clinique received a free gift, not just me.

Anyway, on to the review. I buy a lot from Clinique because they are just a really wonderful company, and a few months ago they were having one of their buy something get a free gift event. This blush was included in the gift and I was really excited to try it because I had never tried a cream blush before. I was sort of impressed with this product, but I wouldn't go out and purchase it. It's very hard to blend and it feels a little sticky when it goes on, however it does give a really nice natural glowy finish. The colour disappears after a few hours, so that was pretty disappointing. It was nice to try a product like this out just to see what it was like, but I'll just stick to powder blushes from now on because they always work for me!