Contour Shades – Sculpting Fair Faces (NC15)

For a while, I struggled to find a contour shade that wouldn’t make me look orange. With my skin tone (fair with yellow undertones- think MAC NC15 or NARS Gobi), I had problems finding a shade that would hollow out my cheekbones, without being too dark or warm toned. Here’s some of the shades that work for me, and swatches!

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NYX Blush in Taupe (Old Formula) – ~$5 CAD

Infamous in the online beauty community, and for good reason. It’s reasonably priced, and creates the perfect shadow on pale skin tones. The shade is a very cool-toned brown. Although the colour is great, I am disappointed by the formula. It’s wear time is only decent. The powder seems to get a hard residue over the top of the pan, making it almost impossible to pick up product, even with just your finger. I’ve heard that you can scratch the hard residue away with a spoolie, though.

Inglot Freedom System HD Sculpting Powder in 502 – $16 CAD

This item is a little bit more pricey than the NYX Taupe, but I find the overall quality of the powder to be better. Inglot 502 is slightly warmer, but I can still get away with this shade as a contour. I need to be very light-handed because the product is very pigmented with a smooth texture. Lasts all day on my face. Definitely remember to tap the excess off your brush.

As a bonus, Inglot has multiple shades in their sculpting range, so if this particular shade doesn’t work for you, there’s lots to experiment with!

NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow in Bare my Soul – $8 CAD

Although it isn’t a face powder, Bare my Soul is the perfect eyeshadow to sculpt the face. It’s VERY cool in tone, more pigmented than NYX Taupe and blends beautifully. This is my favourite of the three, because I love how buildable it is, and the colour really mimics a shadow on your face. Honestly, I thought the swatch looked very intimidating at first, but I’m so glad I tried it out. Doesn’t fade all day! I also use this shade in my brows to fill them in.

I hope this helps someone who has a similar skin tone. 🙂

Spinach Salad with Caramelized Pears, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

This has been one of my go-to salads lately.

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I love the medley of sweet and tangy flavors in this dish. It’s so easy to make, as well!

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Spinach

One Pear

Blue Cheese (or goat cheese, personal preference)

Handful of Walnuts

Balsamic or Raspberry Vinaigrette

1) Slice the pears, and lightly fry them in a pan on medium-low heat with a couple drops of olive oil. Cook them for 5-10 minutes, or until flesh is lightly golden and soft.

2) Prep spinach, blue cheese, and walnuts, toss in bowl with vinaigrette of choice. I used raspberry vinaigrette because I think it goes well with the pears and spinach. Top with warm pear slices and serve.

Dirty Bronze Eyes

Today’s look was inspired by Maybelline’s Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice. Such a beautiful, rich shade; I forgot how much I love the formula too!

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dirty bronze

I also tried cream contouring for the first time with concealer!

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dirty bronze

PRODUCTS:

FACE:

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC15

NARS Sheer Glow in Gobi

Maybelline Master Conceal in Fair

LA Girl Pro Concealer in Medium Bisque (cream contour)

Ben Nye Neutral Set

NARS Laguna Bronzer

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

NYX Taupe Blush

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips in Vegas Strip

TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer

L’Oreal Setting Spray

EYES:

ELF Smudge Pot in Back to Basics

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette (peachy shade as transition)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette (Maroon on outer V, blended through crease and lower lash line. Mixture of Smoky Topaz and Cashmere on the lid and lower lash line. Caviar to deepen outer V. Cashmere to highlight)

NARS Pencil Eyeliner (Black)

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

ABH Dipbrow in Taupe

Falsies from Ebay

LIPS:

Milani Lip Liner in Spice

Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice

Morphe 35 C Multi-Color Matte Palette Review and Swatches

I was very hesitant to try this brand in general. There is so much hype on YouTube for these palettes, but there’s also a lot of affiliations and sponsorships between Morphe and YouTubers, so I was doubtful that the shadows would be as great as they were advertised.

I decided to grab the 35C palette, because I wanted to incorporate more bright eyeshadow in my makeup looks. This was reduced price on Hautelook, so I only paid around $15 for it.

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I had low expectations, but I found myself pleasantly surprised by the quality of the shadows. They are by no means high-end, luxury shadows, but they are definitely better quality than a 88 Coastal Scents Palette. I would compare the texture to Wet N Wild shadows.

They are quite pigmented shades, some need more building than other but overall good pigmentation.

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Slightly powdery, but I found some of them had really like creamy-feeling textures.

I’m so happy to announce that these blend very well. They lasted quite a while on my lids too!

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with this palette for pops of color. I plan to check out their other palettes with metallic finishes!

Subtle Glitter on the Lower Lash Line – Makeup Look

I wanted a pop of glitter in this look!

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gold glitter

FACE

NARS Sheer Glow in Gobi

Maybelline Master Conceal in Fair

Milani Multitasker Powder Foundation in light/medium

NARS Laguna Bronzer

NYX Taupe Blush

Ben Nye Powder Blush in Pink Blush

TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer

L’Oreal Setting Spray

EYES

Milani Eyeshadow Base

Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk ->Used as a base for the inner corner to POP

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette

->I used Samuel in my crease as a transition shade, then packed Saleos all over my lid and on my lower lash line. I also packed on Succubus on top. This palette has the best matte textured eye shadows, like, ever

Lorac Mega Pro Palette

->I used the Sand shade on my inner corner over the white base, and under my brow bone. I can see why people would think it was Mary Lou, because they are almost identical in shade. (Aka you don’t need this limited edition palette to get the same effect)

Stila Glitter Eyeliner in Kitten

->Under the lash line!

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

ABH Dipbrow in Taupe

L’oreal Brow Artist Plumper in Clear

Lips:

LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in Dreamy

Flower Cosmetics Gloss in Lovely Lotus

A Walk in a Dead Forest

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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View of Herring Cove, NS

Today, we decided to hike up a small mountain. The forest was burned in a huge forest fire in 2009. This is what remains.

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View of Halifax, NS

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Mermaid Eyes

Mermaids are very cool mythical creatures that appear in many great fantasy novels.  These sea-people inspired this look today.

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Mermaid eyes

PRODUCT LIST:

FACE:

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC15

NARS Sheer Glow in Gobi

Maybelline Master Conceal in Fair

TheBalm How ’bout them Apples Cheek & Lip Cream Palette in Cider

Milani Multitasker Powder in Light Medium

NARS Laguna Bronzer

Ben Nye Powder Blush in Pink Blush

NYX Taupe Blush

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips in Vegas Strip

TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer

EYES:

Milani Eye Primer

NYX JEP Milk

Morphe 35C Palette

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

ABH Dipbrow in Taupe

Falsies from Ebay

LIPS:

Essence lip liner in Soft Berry

ELF Moisturizing Lipstick in Party in the Buff

Flower Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Lovely Lotus

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Gel Stick Review + Lip Swatches

These lipsticks are fantastic and one of my favourites. It’s a gel-like formula that glides on your lips with ease, has a healthy shiny finish. They are very moisturizing, and last forever. These lipsticks stain my lips when I wear them! However, I don’t find them plumping at all. The formula fills in the lines of my lips, and makes them shiny, but other than that it doesn’t plump them.

Beloved
Bottom to top: Infamous, Idolized, Victorious, Beloved

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You can see the color of the lipstick through the cap. You can also pull it off and there is extra product in it! I don’t find ‘Infamous”s lid to be true to color at all.

I bought these at Walmart for around $6.

Let the swatches begin!

Bare lips
Bare lips
Infamous
Infamous (light classic pink)
Infamous
Infamous
Infamous
Infamous
Idolized (purply pink shade, my favourite!)
Idolized (purply pink shade, my favourite!)
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Idolized
Idolized
Idolize
Victorious (magenta)
Victorious (magenta)
Victorious
Victorious
Victorious
Victorious
Beloved (peachy pink with gold shimmer)
Beloved (peachy pink with gold shimmer)
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Beloved
Beloved
Beloved

Thanks for reading! ❤

Canada Day: Bold Statement Lip Look

For the celebration of my beautiful country, I decided to create a look that focused on my orangey-red lips!

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PRODUCT LIST:

BROWS:

ABH DipBrow in Taupe

L’oreal Brow Artist Plumper in Clear

Angled Brush from Jessup Brushes (Ebay)

Spoolie Brush from ELF

FACE:

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC15

NARS Sheer Glow in Gobi

Maybelline Master Conceal in Fair

Milani Multitasker Powder in Light Medium

NARS Laguna Bronzer

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips in Vegas Strip

EYES:

NARS Laguna (smoked out lower lash)

Milani Multitasker Powder in Light Medium (all over the eyelid)

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

LIPS:

LA Girl Matte Pigment Gloss in Instinct

First Attempt at a Cut Crease

I’ve always struggled with eye shadow placement. Today I decided to step outside my comfort zone and attempt a cut crease.

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PRODUCT LIST:

FACE:

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC15

NARS Sheer Glow in Gobi

Maybelline Master Conceal in Fair

Milani Multitasker Powder in Light Medium

NARS Laguna Bronzer

Ben Nye Powder Blush in Pink Blush

NYX Taupe Blush

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips in Vegas Strip

EYES:

Milani Eye Primer

NYX JEP in Milk

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette (Samael as transition in crease and smoked out on the lower lashline, Saleos to cut the crease)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette (Cashmere all over lid)

Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in Black

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

ABH Dipbrow in Taupe

Falsies from Ebay

LIPS

Essence lip liner in Soft Berry

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Daringly Nude