Review: TheBalm Nude’Tude Eyeshadow Palette

I purchased this palette a few months ago but I never actually really started using it until recently. I don’t know why I haven’t used it recently because it’s amazing!

dsc_0306TheBalm (in my opinion) make some of the best eyeshadows on the market. They are pigmented and easy to blend and the colours are just beautiful. I could go on forever but for now let’s focus on the colours in this palette.

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The first six shades (from the left) are all fairly light and perfect for a daytime look. I love using Snobby on my lid and Stubborn in my crease with a little bit of Sultry in my outer corner. I finish it off with Sassy on the inner corner, apply a coat of mascara and then my eye look is complete!

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The last six colours are perfect for a night look and adding that extra bit of drama you might want. I usually use a pretty natural base like Naked from the Urban Decay Naked 1 and then add Seductive on top of that and apply Sexy in the outer corner and crease. I sometimes like to add winged liner (which I make Adrienne do since I can’t do eyeliner to save my life), add some mascara and you’re done!

What I love about this palette is you have your nudes and your darks so this is a very versatile palette and it isn’t bulky so it’s easy to through  in your makeup bag. I feel that this palette has a wide range of colours to use for a variety of looks and that you are getting a great quality product for a reasonable price.

This palette retails for $36.00 on TheBalm.com

Favourites: February 2016

This month of February has come and gone (pretty sure I slept through most of it) and it’s that time for the monthly favourites! This month I haven’t really tried any new makeup products but that doesn’t mean I don’t have any favourites for you!

The Balm Cosmetics: Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Committed ($17.00)

I only have the sample size of this product (shout out to Sylvie for giving it to me) and I’m obsessed! I can’t wait to get my hands on the full size product. Ok so why do I love this liquid lipstick? It’s long lasting (as it says in the name) and the colour is amazing! I don’t normally buy any nude or light pink lip products10376503_10205692855064969_1092790893_o (I’m all about the dark or bright colours) but this colour is so beautiful, it is my go to lip colour when I don’t feel like blinding people with hot pinks or purples. Here’s a picture of me wearing Committed on my lips (ignore my brows, I know they are a mess. I promise I’m getting them done soon!).

BC Hairtherapy Repaire Rescue Sealed Ends ($20.00 approx.) 

This is my favourite hair product I’ve ever had! I have quite long hair and I’ve been growing it out for a while and I honestly believe this product is one of the reasons I haven’t had to cut my hair for months (literally). This product is made to help keep your ends from splitting and breaking. I usually apply it to wet/ damp hair after towel drying my hair. I have found when I don’t use this product I can feel it as my hair isn’t as soft and doesn’t look as healthy. I’ve been using this product for about 2 years and I highly recommend it!

NYR Mineral Foundation in Light Cool ($42.00)

Ok I will be 100% honest, I have no idea where this product came from. I found it in my bathroom one day (I’m assuming it’s my mother’s from when she was visiting me back in January) but one day I couldn’t find my setting powder so I said “screw it” and used this to set my under eye concealer and I have used it every day since! It’s a really light weight foundation (obviously because it’s mineral) and it’s so beautiful. Now I have no idea what I’m going to do when this runs out because hello I’m in love with it. It doesn’t settle into my fine lines and helps keep my dark under eyes covered without being cakey. The only downfall is it’s £22.50 and that converted is about $42 CAD which is quite a lot but never the less this has been a favourite product of mine this month!

February Favourites

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Luxie Beauty Flat Definer Brush 221: I received this makeup brush in my February ipsy bag, and I already own roughly 30 makeup brushes so it wasn’t like I needed the brush or anything, but it’s a great brush. This one specifically is for defined application, and cost $12.00 on their website, however you can purchase a set of 5 brushes for $45.00 on their website, as well. The bristles are extremely soft, and the brush itself is probably the prettiest brush I have ever owned and even looking at it makes me very happy. Also, the brushes I already owned cause a lot of static electricity when they come in contact with my hair, which the Luxie brushes don’t. AND, they’re cruelty free. #loveanimals

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Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion: I don’t have  a picture of this product, so I used a photo from The Body Shop’s website, which shows how often I use this product. Tea Tree is my favourite brand, so you’ll be seeing a lot of Tea Tree products form me with my favourites. This month, I’m writing about my absolute favourite product by them, the blemish fade night lotion. I’ve been buying this product for years. It’s a small bottle and costs $20.00 at The Body Shop, which can seem like a lot but it is so worth it. I apply it at night before bed and don’t wash it off until the next morning either when washing my face or showering. It cleans your pores overnight and diminishes the look of blemishes while you sleep! I don’t do anything extra other than one squirt or the lotion and rubbing it in (which feels great, by the way). The bottle will last me anywhere between 3 months- a year depending on how often I use it and how much I use per night.

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Baléa 3 in 1 Cleansing Cloths: I like this product for similar reasons as to why I love the Tea Tree Lotion: because it’s easy to use with minimal effort. Whenever I go to a friends house or a friend comes to mine, I don’t really feel like going to the washroom and spending 10-20 minutes washing my face. What I do instead is grab a face wipe, and rub off all of my makeup using it. I replace washing my face with this product when washing just seems inconvenient. It’s also an eye makeup remover, so it works with taking off tough makeup, like mascara, eyeliner, and eyebrow products. It’s also very moisturizing and feels great when using it. The only downside is that it only comes with 15 wipes in a pack, so they don’t last long.

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CoverGirl Clean Sensitive Skin Pressed Powder: This is the pressed powder that I have been using almost my whole walk with makeup. The reason behind this is because it is so cheap and still works! It’s made for sensitive skin, so my skin is never irritated when using it. It also evens out skin tones and red spots if you’ve got any, and has a flawless finish that does not make me look like I’m covered in makeup and is in fact looks very natural. I buy it at Walmart for $6.97 and one compact can last for 6 months- 1 year. As you can see in the picture, it’s time for me to get a new one. I literally use this product every day, because it looks so natural. Putting it on does not agree to a commitment of applying a whole face worth of makeup, because it blends right in.