My one minute eye shadow trick for a smoky eye

This little trick was a total accident but it worked like a charm. I used the new Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Leather 24HR Eyeshadow in the shade Deep Forest and accidentally gave myself an instant smoky eye. I got so many compliments on my eye makeup that day and it was one of the simplest looks I’ve ever done.

Here’s what happened: I had some black eyeliner on from the day before (but you can use fresh liner too!) and I quickly smudged the Color Tattoo over my whole lid, covering up some of the liner. Deep Forest is a greige-green shade and the part over the black liner got a littler darker. I blended it over my whole lid using my fingers and then dabbed a little bit more on my crease. Since this shadow can be layered it made the crease darker, the lid fairly neutral, and the part over the liner was smokier.

Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Leather 24HR Eyeshadow in shade Deep Forest

Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Leather 24HR Eyeshadow in shade Deep Forest

I’m already a fan of the Maybelline Color Tattoo shadows but this one was really great. I never would have imagined such a good look from this shadow because it looks fairly plain in the pot. It ended up being quite versatile and the colourwas great to build on for different opacity.

With a bit of mascara I was good to go (and in a rush) but somehow my quick fix to cover up old liner made some sort of smoky eye look that worked. I got a bunch of compliments at work that day and it was such a simple look. Having one great shadow that can be used in multiple ways is a huge time-saver and great multi-purpose product. I will definitely be using this Colour Tattoo again to recreate the look, this time on purpose!

Sephora Wish List: July

It’s that time of year again when I start browsing at all the pretty new products Sephora has and I start compiling a wish list for myself. There’s so many things I want to check out and a bunch of products I have heard great reviews for, so I have quite the wishlist.

Sephora Wishlist July 2014

Sephora Wishlist July 2014

Check out the products I’m pining for this month.

1. Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick, $25. This lipstick looks amazing. It’s essentially a liquid form of lipstick so it’s shiny like a gloss but stays on like a stain. The perfect hybrid to last through hot summer days.

2. LANCÔME Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette, $55. I’m super interested in this palette in the Pink Envy shade, since it has some fresh summer colours that are quite similar to the Pantone Colour of the Year, Radiant Orchid. I also think these shades would look good on tanned skin and brown eyes, so it’s perfect for me.

3. Sephora Collection Upside Down Mascara, $28. What an interesting concept.. this mascara has two wands so your lashes go in between them to get full coverage. Out of sheer curiosity this one made the list.

4. Kat Von D Shade Shifter Set, $18. Shade shifting eye shadow? Sign me up. These shadows have chameleon-like colours that change shades in different lights. They can also be used in a more dramatic way when activated by water. The possibilities seem endless with these shadows.

5. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss, $22. I have always wanted to try an OCC Lip Tar but with this being a glossy version that’s even more exciting. Said to be more translucent than the original Lip Tar stains, this one seems like it could be more of an everyday product.

If you have any of these or have any helpful comments I would love to hear your opinions, so please don’t be shy!

 

Have You Seen The Newest Baby Lips Collection?

The well-loved Maybelline New York Baby Lips Lip Balms are getting some new addition that you’ll be sure to love. Baby Lips are great moisturizing lip balms that come in a wide variety of shades ranging from clear to sheer to opaque. Joining the Baby Lips Electro, Baby Lips Dr. Rescue, and the original Baby Lips collections is the new Baby Lips Crystal Collection.

Maybelline New York Baby Lips Crystal Collection shade Beam of Blush

Maybelline New York Baby Lips Crystal Collection shade Beam of Blush

The shade shown above is Beam of Blush, a medium toned pink. The fun part about the Baby Lips Crystal lip balms is that they contain a hint of shimmer. You can see little glitter particles in the balm, and although it isn’t super noticeable on the lips it does offer a slight shimmer that previous Baby Lips shades didn’t have. 

As usual these balms are super soft, the formula goes on smoothly, and they smell fruity and delicious. The colour can be built up a little bit or left sheer, so they’re great for everyday wear. 

Go On a Morrocan Vacation With the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Moroccan Spice Market Collection

With rich colours and exotic shades the new Sally Hansen limited edition Insta-Dri Moroccan Spice Market collection will have you dreaming of a sunny vacation. These quick-drying polishes are bold, bright, and perfect for hot summer days and sexy summer nights.

Sally Hansen Moroccan Spice Market Collection

Sally Hansen Moroccan Spice Market Collection

The incredible Insta-Dri formula is famous for it’s 60 second dry time and great opaque shades. Most only need one coat to get an intense colour, and with the ease of application you’ll be able to switch up your look in no time.

Sally Hansen Moroccan Spice Market Collection

Sally Hansen Moroccan Spice Market Collection

From left to right the shades shown are Sizzlin’ Saffron, Poppin’ Paprika, Surspice,and Pep In Your Step. Each of these shades are gorgeous, rich, and great for fingers or toes. The colours compliment each other but still offer a bold range of shades to choose from, so pick up one, two, or the whole set and start sporting some spicy summer manis soon!

 

I bought myself a birthday lipstick!

My birthday is coming up and to celebrate it I bought myself a pretty lipstick from MAC Cosmetics. I wanted something pink and bold, but not too crazy, so I settled on a Retro Matte Lipstick called All Fired Up.

MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in All Fired Up

MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in All Fired Up

This lipstick is a bright, warm pink that is super opaque. The matte formula isn’t drying and it doesn’t flake, and it leaves a little bit of a stain on my lips after wearing it for a few hours. It does fade after a while (3-4 hours) but even then there is still some colour left over. I could leave it for a lighter look or reapply, and I have been using both methods since I bought it.

MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in All Fired Up

MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in All Fired Up

It feels nice on my lips and not too heavy or sticky, and the matte formula makes it just a little different than a regular pink lipstick. I’m glad I picked this one and now that I know how nice the Retro Matte Lipsticks are I might need to look for another shade soon.

 

My Favourite Mascara This Summer: L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a beauty product. This new mascara has quickly become my absolute favourite mascara on the market and I just can’t get enough of it. The L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara is my new best friend, and it could easily become yours too. There are so many great things about this mascara and if it impressed me that’s really something. I recently counted over 28 mascaras in my makeup drawer, so you can trust me when it comes to lashes and lengthening formula – I’ve tried it all and I know my mascara!

This mascara has a few major selling points, but let me start with the one thing that made me fall head over heels for it – the colour. The L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara comes in some great colours, including purple and turquoise. Coloured mascara has always been an obsession of mine, but with my super dark lashes they never really worked for me. This one does. The turquoise shade is bright, bold, and beautiful. It shows up from miles away and gives me a crazy pop of colour on my lashes. I am so thrilled to finally have a coloured mascara that shows up on my lashes.

L'Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara

L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara

Keep in mind coloured mascara isn’t for everyone. When I wore the turquoise one over the weekend my Mom was on the fence and my boyfriend thought I was auditioning for the Hunger Games. Coloured mascara is a little bit of a bold choice but I personally love it and will absolutely be wearing it this summer.

L'Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara

L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara

Aside from the fun factor of colour, this mascara is just as impressive in a basic black shade. The formula reminds me of paint since it really coats every little lash. It separates, defines, volumizes, and lengthens lashes to give a gorgeous fanned out look. I feel wide-eyed and flirty with this mascara, and really what else are you looking for in a mascara?

The wand is awesome too. It reminds me a little of the wand from the recent L’Oreal Paris Butterfly Mascara, but also has a similar style to the big brush on the Maybelline New York Big Eyes Mascara. Of all mascara wands I have used (at least the 28 currently in my drawer) this one has been the easiest to use and given me the best results.

With an incredible formula, smooth and clump-free application, and colour choices this mascara has stolen my heart. You have to try it to get the full effect for yourself, but trust me you won’t want to miss out on this one. The L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara has managed to impress me, and with my mascara experience that is a huge feat to accomplish. L’Oreal Paris, you’ve really wowed me with this one.