Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics

I have been so excited about this palette since Urban Decay announced it a few months back. I am obsessed with all my Naked palettes so I knew it would only be a matter of time before this one was added to my collection.

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I am in love with this palette! The colours are perfect for any look (either day or night) and they all go together so beautifully. The colours are pigmented while still remaining buildable, it’s easy to create a full eye look with just this one palette.

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The brush that comes with this palette may be small but it’s still such an amazing brush! I like using the smaller side to blend colours into my lower lash line.

This palette isn’t long like the other Naked palettes but it’s still compact enough that it doesn’t take up much space in a makeup bag or drawer.

In my opinion, if you have this palette you are set, however I do plan on doing a post to compare the Naked 1, 2, 3 and this palette so if you’d like to read that just give this post a like or comment below!

This palette retails for $68 on the Urban Decay website. 

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

September 2016 Monthly Favourites

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a favourites post but that’s because I haven’t had many favourites that were new between the months of June and August. However, September has seen a few new favourites that I’m excited to share with you! So without further ado, let’s get to it!

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Sephora Haul + First Impressions

Recently I made my first Sephora order (crazy I know) and I have already fallen in love with every product I’ve ordered!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in Lolita and Bow N Arrow ($24.00 CAD)

I have raved about these liquid lipsticks before so it’s no surprise that they found their way into my basket. I feel like you can’t own one of Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks without owning Lolita so after very little debate with myself I added it to my basket and quickly feel in love with Bow N Arrow which also found itself in my basket before I even had time to think. I won’t go into a lot of detail about these because I’ve already talked about them in depth in this post but I can assure you that trying one of these is something you will not regret! I am a big fan of Kat Von D Beauty, especially since they are cruelty-free and never test on animals!

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Queen B ($25.00 CAD)

I’ve wanted to try the Melted Lipsticks from Too Faced for a while so I decided to add one to my basket. My first impression of this product is that it’s a long wear liquid lipstick that is very pigmented however I found it left a sticky residue on my lips. It felt more like a gloss than a lipstick which threw me off a bit. However, the amount of compliments I got on the colour (plus how much I loved the colour myself) made it worth the price to me even though I’m still unsure whether or not I’ll be repurchasing this product in the future.

Edit: I wore this lipstick for a night out and to work and my entire view on this product has changed, I will certainly be purchasing again! There is very little transfer and the colour stay pigmented, even with eating and drinking!

Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush in Your Love Is King ($32.00 CAD)

I honestly couldn’t believe I spent $32 on a blush but once I saw this blush in action, I realised I would have paid a lot more!I actually bought the wrong one, I meant to buy How Deep Is Your Love however I’m not even mad that I accidently ordering Your Love Is King  love this blush! The colour is perfect, it has amazing pigmentation and is easy to blend.

I also received 3 samples that I can’t wait to try!

Urban Decay NAKED ILLUMINATED Shimmering Powder for Face and Body in Aura ($35.00 CAD)

I didn’t order this from Sephora but was given it from a friend who felt the product just wasn’t for him. Originally I didn’t even pay much attention to the product itself, I focused more on the fact that I was getting an Urban Decay product (that I’ve wanted to try) for free! Now the actual product is full of shimmer which is to be expected from a shimmering powder and I won’t lie, I’m kind of in love with this! It’s perfect for that hint of shimmer for a night out!

July 2016 Ipsy Bag

I know it has been literally months since I reviewed an Ipsy bag and I’m really sorry about that. However the July bag is just too incredible so I have to share it with you!

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Cheeks Blush in Peach Pink

Product Description: It’s time to blush up on your game. Start with this universally flattering and foolproof shade. And build a glow that goes from subtle sheen to full-on flush.

  • Irridescent finish with subtle sparkle
  • Long-lasting color that takes you from day to dancefloor
  • Cruelty-free and never tested on fuzzy friends

First Impression: My first impression of this blush is that it is gorgeous and perfect for a subtle glow (but as the description says you can build it). The only thing I dislike about this blush is the packaging. I’m not sure if it’s the regular packaging or not but the packaging it came in through Ipsy is a cheap plastic packaging that can be difficult to open. However the product itself is incredible! Also a huge bonus is that this product is cruelty-free and never tested on animals, gotta love that!

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in No Filter

Product Description: When people say we have no filter, we take it as a compliment. This soft violet shade paints your tips in the perfect light.

  • Skip the double coat. Delivers an opaque effect in a single swipe.
  • Thick formula dries fast to super shiny finish
  • 10-free and fabulous (aka none of the typical toxic ingredients)

First Impression: I love getting nail polish and I love TrustFund so receiving this was a win win! I love the colour and the only way I can think how to describe it is really weird so just bare with me. You know when you open a blueberry yogurt and you mix it all together and it makes a really pretty pale purple? That’s the colour of this polish. Or if you want you can just describe it as “soft violet” like the description says and is the perfect shade! The formula is beautiful and the application is clean with minimal mess & it’s cruelty free!

theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in Matt Kumar

Product Description:  Triple milled just sounds attractive, doesn’t it? It means this shadow is super fine, making it smooth and easy to blend.

  • Ultra-matte color
  • Perfect on your lids, in the crease or as a transition shade
  • Velvety texture that’s as soft as it is stunning

First Impression: I love theBalm Cosmetics so I was super excited to see this in my glam bag this month! The colour is a beautiful matte cranberry colour that I know I will be wearing a lot (especially in the fall) that is also cruelty free! You don’t need a lot of this shadow on your brush, a little goes a long way!

BeFine Food Skin Care

Product Description: This ultra-lush cream goes on like buttah and recharges your skin while you sleep. So feel free to hit snooze a few more times.

  • Natural estrogen works to reduce wrinkles and prevent premature aging
  • Allergen free fragrance
  • Improves circulation in the skin for healthier color and tone

First Impression: I have never heard of this brand before so this is the first product I’ve tried from them. The cream is really nice and leaves your skin feeling soft and refreshed however I don’t like the smell of this product. It isn’t strong but it is noticeable however it doesn’t last long so if you aren’t sensitive to smells you should be fine with this product.

ML Cosmetics Felt Tip Eyeliner in Emerald Isle

Product Description:  Green with envy? Everyone will be—when you steal the spotlight in this emerald shade. It doesn’t just make your outfit. It IS the outfit.

  • Smooth formula glides easily across your lid
  • Control freak. No-slip grip means you can apply precisely.
  • Stays put and won’t bleed. Perfect for trying a pop of color for the first time.
First Impression: Let’s just give ML Cosmetics a round of applause for creating the most gorgeous liquid liner I have ever seen in my life! The only issue I have with this liner is the name. It’s called Emerald Isle and to me it isn’t emerald, it is more sea foam green however it’s still beautiful!
The Bag: This is probably one of my favourite bags I’ve ever recieved and the actual bag itself is the perfect bag for summer! Well done Ipsy!

Summer Essentials!

Summer is here and it seems to get hotter by the day so here are my summer essentials!

Sunscreen

I know what everyone is thinking “Obviously Michaela”but I can’t stress how important protect your skin from the UV Rays. I hate the feeling of sunscreen but once I found a sunscreen that smelt nice I found it didn’t bother me so much. My personal favourite is Sun Bum!

Pro Tip: If you burn easily (like I do) I suggest buying a bottle of aloe vera gel and keep it in the fridge or put it in ice cube trays to freeze, it feels amazing on burns!

BB Cream

Honestly BB Cream is the most important thing to me because in the summer I do not want to be wearing foundation so having a BB Cream makes it so I can even out my complexion but also be protected from the sun as most BB Creams have SPF in them! My BB Cream of choice for the past few summers has been the Rimmel London BB Cream in Light.

Oil Blotting Sheets

I won’t lie, I sweat a lot in the summer. I work in a summer program where we are outside more than we are inside so naturally in the 35 degree weather I’m going to need to blot my face. My 2 favourites are the Palladio Rice Paper Oil-Absorbing Blotting Tissues with rice powder and the Neutrogena Deep Clean Shine Control Blotting Sheets.

Setting Spray

With summer time comes open patios where you eat and drink and of course, sit in the sun so it’s necessary to have a setting spray in your life. During the winter I rarely set my makeup because it doesn’t go anywhere but in the summer I spray my face daily! My favourite setting spray to date is the NYX Matter Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray.

Face Masks

While face masks are a necessity all year round, I find myself reaching for them more in the summer time. I love the feeling of refreshed and clean skin and masks are the perfect way to achieve that. I’ve recently been loving the Life Brand masks from Shopper’s drug mart.

Deodorant: 

I can’t stress this enough please wear deodorant. I’m not trying to be rude but it’s hot out and you are going to sweat, always have deodorant!

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Baked Highlighter

I received this highlighter in the shade Bellissima in my June Ipsy bag (sorry I haven’t posted any Ipsy reviews in the past few months!) and honestly at first I wasn’t all that impressed because frankly I never really understood the hype around highlighters. However after trying it out on a whim one night, I instantly fell in love!

This isn’t the first highlighter I’ve received but it is by far my favourite. My favourite thing about this highlighter is that it has a touch of pink to it so it isn’t like someone just threw glitter on your face (which is how I feel about most highlighters). Truthfully this is my favourite highlighter I’ve ever used, I actually prefer it after my Pixi highlighter and my TrustFund Beauty highlighter.

This highlighter retails for $9.00 on the Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics website.