Foundations || Full coverage and long wearing

How is everyone?!  I know I’ve been forgetting to post lately but I’ve been focusing on Youtube (elanna pecherle) a lot but I’m going to try to post once a week on here until I sort out my schedule. I’m going to focus on a lot more reviews on new products so that you guys can see if you want to purchase and give it a go. What are you guys wanting to see more of? Comment and let me know 🙂

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Today I’m focusing on my 3 favourite foundations that are FULL coverage and long wearing. They all are absolutely fantastic but I love them for different reasons. Hopefully this is helpful for you guys and especially because we are coming into warmer weather and we want our foundation to last as long as possible.

Maybelline FIT ME Matte and Poreless Foundation

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Price: $8.00 – $10.00

Where to buy: Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal-Mart and Rexall

This foundation is a winner in my eyes for a drugstore foundation. It’s rich formula blends out flawlessly on the skin leaving no streaks. What I love best about this foundation is that you don’t need to wear a primer with it. It smooths out the skins texture and leaves a flawless finish. The colour range is great and it lasts a long time on the skin. For even longer wear try the FIT ME powder to set with. The combo of both products is heavenly if you have oily skin.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

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Price: $40.00 – $44.00

Where to buy: Select Shoppers Drug Mart, The Bay and Sephora

This is my all time fave foundation. On days where I know it’s going to be long and filled with little mirror time (touch ups) I know I can count on this foundation to keep it together for me. The foundation is thick but I always use it with a beauty blender and it’s the perfect consistency. A little goes a long way with this stuff but I promise you that you’ll fall in love. It isn’t too drying but doesn’t make you look too “glowy”.

NARS Luminous Weightless Foundation

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Price: $50.00 – $57.00

Where to Buy: The Bay, Sephora and Holt Renfrew

Yes, this foundation is way too expensive but you use the SMALLEST amount and it’s a beautiful finish. If you have oily skin, this will be your saving grace. It’s a super watery consistency and one pump can give a natural finish, two pumps is heavenly. I know I’ll be loving this stuff in the summer when my skin is over its dry patch stage (clings to any dry skin so exfoliate).

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DATE NIGHT || Valentine’s Day

Ok, NOT SO SINGLE LADIES… Todays post is FOR YOU. Whether your going out with your boyfriend, significant other or husband, here are some steps to getting all sexy and ready for your date.

LINGERIE: 

Obviously not for everyone, but this set from Third Love is to die for.

(THEY ALSO HAVE GIVEN ME A DISCOUNT CODE FOR YOU GUYS FOR 10% OFF, WOO!)

Site: ?utm_source=hawke&utm_medium=influencer&utm_campaign=elanna+pecherle

*Discount code: ELANNAP10

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SCENT: 

These two scents are my absolute favourite at the moment. They’re sensual with woodsy and floral under notes and make you feel like you smell like a goddess.

(Narciso Rodriguez and Miss Cherie Dior)

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NAILS:

If you decided to go a little more casual on the outfit you can always have fun with your fingernails. These colours are great for Valentine’s Day!

(OPI “Feelin hot-hot-hot”, Essie “Bahama Mama“, OPI “Lucky Lucky Lavender“, Revlon “Plum Seduction“)

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OUTFIT #1

Pastel colours are super in right now and I’m really feelin’ this dress. It’s one of those dresses that you can keep classic and simple, or amp it up with accessories.

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Dress: Sirens ( I KNOW $10.00)

Coat: Skirt (no longer available, similar here) –> http://aritzia.com/en/product/lawson-trench-coat/54918.html?dwvar_54918_color=1274#start=6

Earrings: ASOS

OUTFIT #2

If you want to try something more badass and edgy then just throw some sort of leather into the look. Make the look pop more with a fun necklace and shoes.

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Vest: Lush

Dress: Winners

Necklace: Zara

Heels: Zara

Watch: Michael Kors

Foreo Luna Mini Review || What saved my face

Hey guys, I’m back today to talk a little bit about what has saved my face. There is no sarcasm there because my skin was going through absolute hell. Let me tell you what exactly happened…

I finally had found a good skincare routine that I was enjoying (nothing drastic, but was maintaining) and wanted to try out a new cleanser for oily skin types. I was recommended a Peter Thomas Roth one that had 3% glycolic acid in it so I thought, why not? I used it three times in one week and noticed my skin feeling very tight and dry. Not only was it getting dryer and dryer by the minute, I was finding it hard to even open my mouth because of how stiff it made my skin. After a week I legit had lizard skin. It was so corse, rough and overly dry that it started to crack and break out. I kept trying different moisturizers/oils/lotions to try and regain its normal oiliness, but nothing was working. After about three weeks of hell it started to ease up but I found that I was getting acne and blackheads around my mouth/chin area which made me very insecure.

After many different recommendations I decided I didn’t want to try out anymore products but realized I needed a deeper cleanse. I wanted to try out the Clarisonic Mia but wasn’t really into having to purchase a new brush head every three months so I was told to try out the Foreo Luna Mini. To be extremely honest I didn’t think twice about the $159.00 price tag and just thought, what do I have to lose? Let’s just say, I could cry with the transformation my skin has made (in the best way possible).

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First of all, the colour selection is fantastic, I went with the dark purple colour but they have lots to choose from. You only have to charge it once every 500 uses and only takes an hour to charge. It’s compact, travel friendly and completely waterproof. It has three silicone touch-points for a safe and gentle or deep cleanse. It has anti aging properties, removes dead skin cells, helps the appearance of pores and leaves your skin bright and radiant. Basically what this does is cleanse your face 7x’s more effectively than what your hands can do.

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I use the Philosophy Cleaner with it and love the effect. It unclogs my pores, gets the hard to reach areas and leaves my skin feeling rejuvenated and extremely soft. I use it before I go to bed and also when I wake up, and within three days I noticed a difference in my complexion.

 

How to use:

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There are two levels on the luna, a faster vibration for a deeper cleanse and a lower speed for a more gentle cleanse. On both levels there are 15 second intervals so that you don’t over cleanse one area over another. I like to do 15 seconds on my left and right cheek, chin and lip area and forehead and nose. This gives me a total of one minute of cleansing. Sometimes I’ll put it on the lower speed and do 15 seconds under each eye in an upward motion as well.

If I wanted a deeper cleanse I just flip it so that the thicker touch-points can really get all the problem areas.

Overall, this product has seriously changed my life. As dramatic as that is, it’s true. I highly recommend this to anyone who is suffering with blemishes, oiliness, blackheads or any kind of skin issues. Not to mention it comes with a two year warranty so you know you can trust this product and how it’s made.

How to: CONTOUR

Last year I posted a “how to contour” step by step, but I thought it would be great if I showed you my updated routine. Instead of using cream products (which sometimes is a little heavy and too much effort) this way is super easy and everyone can do it.

The most important part of contouring is remembering that everyone has a different face shape. For example, if you have a a larger forehead and narrow chin, you’ll want to contour your forehead and really highlight your chin so that it brings proportion to the face. Wherever you use a dark shade it creates a shadow and makes that area look defined and sculpted and wherever you want to highlight and lift you use a lighter shade.

Hope this helps and you can all give it a try!

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STEP ONE:

The most important step of contouring is to have a perfect base. Use a heavier foundation and really create a flawless finish.

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STEP TWO:

Using a very pale highlighting concealer ( I used Maybelline Instant Age Rewind) map out the areas of your face that you want to highlight and lift. I did under my eyes, nose, forehead, above my lip, chin and lower cheek.

After your blend out the concealer make sure you set with a yellow tone powder. I used banana powder from Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit.

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STEP THREE:

Taking a grey tone brown start blending it in the areas you want to contour and sculpt. I put it under my cheek bones, sides of my nose, temples and jaw line.

I used fawn from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit.

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STEP FOUR:

After your happy with your highlight and contour then add a pop of blush to your cheeks and some highlighter to the high points of your face for added effect.

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GOOD LUCK

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Blake Lively Inspired Ponytail

Blake Lively is definitely one of my hair inspirations and I loved this look she wore a while back and thought it would be perfect for the Holidays. This is for the girls who are daring and “ballsy” with their hair. It would be perfect for some one who is going strait from work to a Holiday party. Hope you enjoy and try it out even if you don’t think it’s your style, you may change your mind!

STEP ONE:

Gather all your hair into a regular ponytail. You can choose to make it slick and tight, or loose and textured.

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STEP TWO:

Back comb the pony so that it will appear thicker.

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STEP THREE:

Taking the top half of the pony, braid it into a fishtail braid. *OPTIONAL

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STEP FOUR:

This is where you can have fun. Taking clear elastics start creating balls in your pony. You can make them all different sizes or keep it uniform.

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GOOD LUCK!

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Christmas Twist || Easy Updo

This hairstyle is super easy to do and it looks like you spent a lot longer than you actually did on it. Great if you’re running late for a dinner or party, this hairstyle is chic, elegant and perfect for the holidays.

STEP ONE:

Starting off with the bottom section of your hair, roll it around your fingers in one direction and pin into place.

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STEP TWO:

This hairstyle works best in sections, so depending on how thick your hair is will decide how many sections you should do. Make sure you roll every section in the same direction. This will create the “french twist” effect.

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STEP THREE:

With the top and final section, back comb the roots so that you have volume. I like to feather out some pieces so that it looks more effortless and tousled.

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STEP FOUR:

Twist the final section and secure with bobby pins.

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GOOD LUCK

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xx

Holiday Makeup || Red lips

Well, it’s almost ONE WEEK till Christmas. Can you believe it? I still haven’t done my shopping, definitely a last minute person in that department. I hope you are all as excited as I am and that you all have the most wonderful day.

This makeup look today is such a classic look that you can wear to a Christmas party or even New Years (don’t worry I’ll still do a NY look). I added a bit more sparkle to the eyes because, why not?!

Hope you enjoy!

STEP ONE:

After applying your foundation routine, really sculpt out your cheeks. This look looks awesome with a defined contour.

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STEP TWO:

Take a neutral brown and use it as your transition colour. Take your time and really blend this out.

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STEP THREE:

Taking “swiss chocolate” from MAC I concentrated the colour on the outer and inner corner of my eyes. Leave the centre of your lids clear because thats where the sparkle will go. Mimic what you did on the upper lid onto the lower lid as well.

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STEP FOUR:

BLEND. BLEND. BLEND.

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STEP FIVE:

Take a light gold shadow and press it onto the empty space we left earlier and then coat a couple layers of gold sparkles on top. (My camera didn’t pick up the full intensity).

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STEP SIX:

I added some false lashes and a bit of liner to the upper and lower water line (optional). I used “ruby woo” from MAC which is a matte red to complete the look. Feel free to add gloss on top but I loved how the matte contrasted against the sparkly eyes.

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Good luck!

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How To: Fake Fishtail

This post is for all those girls out there that have a hard time doing cool braids or fishtails with their hair. This is seriously the easiest hairstyle and it looks EXACTLY like a fishtail but even better. I hope this helps you out and that you love it as much as I do!

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Step One:

Starting at the back of your head, grab two pieces of hair and tie them together with a clear elastic (you can get these at shoppers for $5.00). Once you’ve secured it with the elastic, pull the lower half through the hole that the upper pieces leave in between.

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Step Two:

Grabbing another two pieces do the exact same thing. Make sure the hair you grab is all different sizes so that the end result has more texture.

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Step Three:

Continue the first step all the way to the ends of your hair and secure with an elastic. This method of using elastics ensures your hair will stay all day where as a regular fishtail can fall out if you don’t have all one length hair.

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Step Four:

For extra fullness, lightly tug at random pieces to make it more messy and effortless.

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Good Luck!

Mermaid Hair | Review

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of this Mermaid Perfume products being talked about on some of the blogs I follow, so naturally I wanted to try it out myself. Who doesn’t want to be a Mermaid anyways?

I ordered the Mermaid perfume and Mermaid hair shine spray just to test out a couple of their products. What is great about their site is that it IS free shipping (hallelujah) and it came in good time. Also right now all products are 10% off and you receive a tote bag with a $50.00 purchase or more. When I first opened the box I wasn’t too thrilled on the packaging… it is sweet and simple but looks a wee bit cheap. Other than that I was pleasantly surprised with everything else.

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MERMAID PERFUME:

Now $45.00

Fragrance : Orange Blossom Flowers

When I first sprayed this perfume I wasn’t crazy about the scent, but as it began it sink into my skin and wear a little more I fell in love. It’s a romantic and feminine smell and actually wears on my skin/clothes/hair all day which is amazing!

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https://www.mermaidperfume.com/mermaid/product/42-mermaid-perfume-spray

MERMAID HAIR SHINE SPRAY:

Now $25.20

Fragrance: Coconut and Orange Blossom Flower

I was super excited about this product in particular because I’m crazy for anything coconut. After trying this product I really want to get their Shampoo and Conditioner since it smells like coconuts as well. The shine spray really softens my hair while giving it a beautiful shine and incredible smell.

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https://www.mermaidperfume.com/mermaid/product/52-mermaid-hair-shine-spray

Holiday Sparkle

The Holidays are approaching and with that comes the parties! This look is great to add a little glam and sparkle to your look but isn’t too much for all the natural makeup girls out there. I will be doing a couple different makeup and hair looks that would be great to rock at any Christmas party this year. Hope you enjoy!

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STEP ONE:

After applying an eye shadow base, take a taupe brown and really blend it. Really constrict this colour JUST to the crease because we want to create a “cut crease” effect.

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STEP TWO:

This is where you can have fun. Taking the Stila foil shadow in the rose gold colour I placed it on the lid. I really layered this product on so that it was the main focus of her eyes.

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STEP THREE:

Taking a medium bronze colour, blend it under the lash line to give definition to the eyes.

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STEP FOUR:

 I felt like the look could use a bit more drama so I gave her a cat eye to really show off the sparkle on her lid.

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STEP FIVE:

To finish off the eyes I added a pair of edgy lashes to compliment the cat eye liner. This part is of course optional.

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STEP SIX:

For Erica’s face I just used a tinted moisturizer, warm colour bronzer and my Givenchy highlighting pen. For her lips I kept it neutral and lined them with MAC Stripdown liner and filled with Buxom Lip foundation in Undressed.

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Good Luck!

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