Summer Makeup & Half Top Knot Hair Tutorial

photo 3 (8)In this post here, I show you how to achieve the half-up top knot hair tutorial, as well as show you some simple summer makeup I’ve been wearing lately. Enjoy!

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First, I prime my face. I’ve been testing out the Maybelline Master Prime and so far I’m liking it. Maybelline is one of my favourite lines from the drugstore, so I’m always willing to try their products over others.

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Next, for a lighter summer foundation, I’ve been mixing my L’Oreal Lumi True Match foundation with the Covergirl BB Cream to give me some light to medium coverage whilst still not having my makeup feeling “heavy” overall. After this, I add my usual Rimmel concealer stick to cover up any blemishes or zits on my face. For my under eyes today, I used my Lancôme concealer (which I had misplaced for months now, but finally found!).

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I set my foundation with my Rimmel Matte face powder and then added the new bronzer I’ve been trying from their line, as well as the Hard Candy Fox in a Box blush in the shade Skinny Dipping to my cheeks.

Moving on to the eyes! By this point I’ve lightly filled in my brows using the Made for Mocha shade my Maybelline. I primed my eyes with Nyx’ jumbo eye pencil in the shade Milk to make the shadows pop, and smudged it out with my finger.

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I’ve been texting out this Wet N Wild palette I bought in the name California Roll. The top two colours I used all over my lid. The orange colour I lightly swept over my crease blending it out. Finally, I added in the red colour with a pencil brush in the outer v and into my crease where I blended it out with a blending brush.

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After I curled my lashes and then added my favourite mascara over top!  Next, moving on to the hair.

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To start you’ll need: a curling wand, hair spray, a thin hair tie, teasing comb, and some bobby pins.

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You’re going to start off by sectioning out the top portion of your hair and securing it with the hair tie.

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Next, you want to take your teasing comb and tease individual sections of that pony tail.

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Now’s the tricky part: you want to take your pony and wrap it around the base of it (where the tie is) until you come to your desired bun shape. It can take a couple tries. It took me about 5 mins or so to finally get my bun right. Once you have the shape, you’re going to secure it with bobby pins. Just start pinning the heck out of it until you feel like it’s not going to fall out if you move around. I probably have about 10 pins in my hair here. So, you could keep your hair like this and be done, but my hair doesn’t really have volume so that’s why I decided to curl it.

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First, I just section off my hair right side from left, and tie one side with another hair tie so it doesn’t interrupt me while I curl the other section.

Then, I take individual sections of hair in each portion and curl it with my wand. I like to curl a few pieces towards my face and a few away from my face to add more volume.

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I do this to both sides of my hair until voila! it’s all done. I spray the heck out of my bun and my curls and I’m ready to go!

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Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! I hope to continue to get the urge to post again soon! 🙂

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UD Naked3 Tutorial

I thought I would try out a picture tutorial for you guys today! So, I created a look using my Urban Decay Naked3 Palette. Hope you enjoy!

Here is my face! Haha, so I usually moisturize first with my Neutrogena Oil Free moisturizer and then I prime my face with my Hard Candy colour correcting primer.

Next, I apply my foundation. On Monday I went out and bought the new Maybelline Fit Me Matte foundation (shade 115) and I am in love! I’ve also applied my under eye concealer: Covergirl’s Ready Set Gorgeous, my blemish concealer (Rimmel’s coverstick) and my face powder (Rimmel’s Stay Matte in Translucent).

Next, I fill in my brows. I use a single eyeshadow from Maybelline called Made for Mocha (or something along those lines). And although you can’t really see in this pic, I’ve added my bronzer (Rimmel’s natural bronzer in the shade 021 Sunlight) and my blush: NYX’s Peach.


Before I apply any shadow, I always use some sort of base. Today I used the UD original primer potion. Then, the first shade I use all over my lid is Strange.

IMG_2492 IMG_2491Next, I take my diffused crease brush and add Limit into the crease.

IMG_2493 IMG_2494 Here I’ve taken Nooner and also added it into the crease.

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Next, I’ve taken a little bit of Liar and Mugshot and I’ve added them to the outer V of the lid.

IMG_2499Finally, I add mascara and eyeliner and I’m finished. Voila!

I’ll have to figure out better lightening when I do one of these again. My desk faces a wall and a window is behind me, so I use desk lamps for light instead of natural sunlight. But I thought I would try this out and see out it goes! 🙂

Products I’ve Been Loving Lately: Go-To Favourites

Hello! Today I have a new “favourites” post which mostly consists of products that I almost always end up reaching for with a few new products thrown in as well.

The L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer is a new addition to my makeup collection, but it’s proven to live up to its hype! I like the soft sheen/glow it gives me and it really adds to the fact that L’Oreal is a great makeup line! A little of this product goes a long way!

 

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I’ve also been loving the L’Oreal Studio Secrets Matte Primer. At first I was a little weary of how much product was in the jar because I hit pan early, but I’m still using it after about a month and half. I like that it helps to mattify my foundation, especially on long shifts at work. I’m actually surprised by how much I prefer this primer now to the others that I’ve tried (including Tarte and e.l.f.)!

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My every day blush that I reach for is Hard Candy’s Fox in a Box – Skinny Dipping. This is a combination bronzer/blush package, however the bronzer is a little glittery and tends to come off more as orange so I don’t use it. But the blush is an orange/coral colour and I’m constantly reaching for it. It’s nice to use in the spring and summer when coral colours are on point.

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I’ve been using the Maybelline Made for Mocha eyeshadow to fill in my brows with lately. I had hit pan on the taupe colour from the Lorac pro palette and wanted to try to savour any of that eyeshadow left so I needed to find another brown shade quickly. I picked this up about a month ago, and I think it looks great on. It doesn’t make my eyebrows look wonky or out-there so I think I will continue to use this product.

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The last three products I’ve been loving and using a lot lately are the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, the Maybelline Gel Eyeliner and Revlon’s Lash Potion in Black.

I’ve been wearing some bold eye looks often and using Milk has helped for the eyeshadows to appear brighter and stop with creasing. It’s a fave for sure in my collection!

I’m rocking the winged eyeliner recently too, and I’ve had the gel eyeliner for quite some time but usually only wear it a couple times a month. But I’ve been using it a lot lately and since I don’t have a dedicated eyeliner application brush, I like using the brush that comes with it. For how long I’ve used eyeliner, I’m still not that good at making symmetrical wings on each eye though…. hmmm.

Lastly, I still love my Wet N Wild mascara, but I have been changing it up recently and selecting the Lash Potion to wear. It’s supposed to help grow the lashes I think (not sure if that part works – me thinks not!) but it gives my eyelashes the boosts it needs for a day’s work!

Quick Haul

When I’m bored, I like to wander around Walmart and look at stuff which usually ends in me buying some makeup/hair products. So here are a few things I picked up this evening. I’ve been trying not to spend a lot of money lately so I tried buying only things I either really needed, were on sale, or that I’ve been after for a while.

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The first thing I bought is the Be Better Professional Argan Oil Conditioner. I’ve heard positive reviews about using products with argan oil/macadamia oil in them so I thought I would try this product out. Also helped that this was on sale for $3.99!

         

I picked up another Wet N Wild Megalast Lipstick in the colour Think Pink. I now have a total of seven from the collection; I think I’m addicted.

The next thing I bought was one of the single eyeshadows from Maybelline in the shade Made for Mocha. I thought that this would be a good colour to fill in my brows with. I’m currently using the Taupe colour from the Lorac Pro palette and I’ve started to hit pan which makes me anxious, so I thought finding another colour for my brows might make me a little less worried if that makes sense. This eyeshadow was $4.50 from Walmart.

I’m clearly addicted to buying foundation products. I have about 3 and a half on the go currently, but I decided I needed another one. So, I’m going to test out the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream. I really enjoy using my Aveeno BB cream, but I would like to try another out and Maybelline has always proved me right in its foundation products. (I used the Rimmel Matte BB cream, and it’s absolutely horrible in the fact that it breaks me out every time I’ve used it, so hopefully this one is much better.) This was $7.69 from Rexall.

I have wanted to try the L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer for ages and decided to splurge and buy it. I’ve heard great reviews from beauty gurus on YouTube about this product and cannot wait to try it. I’m hoping that although I have combo skin that the pearly finish won’t make my skin look too oily but rather dewy instead. This was $13.96 from Walmart.