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).

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: 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!

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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Weekend Hair | 3 ways

When it comes to the weekend I love dressing chill and trying fun things with my hair. Of course if I have to work or go to an event then I’ll amp it up, but for the most part, weekends are for RELAXING.

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This is 3rd day hair for me so I added some light waves for some extra texture.

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Take the middle section of your hair and put it into a ponytail, leaving out 2 inch pieces at either sides of your head.

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Taking strands from each section, start twisting them and lightly running your fingers up and down to rough them up a bit.

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Wrap the twist around your pony and secure with a bobby pin or tuck it into the elastic.

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Continue this until your elastic is fully covered. Take different size twists so that it doesn’t look too uniform.

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This is a great way to spice up the regular pony.

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Or braid

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and fishtail.

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xo

Five Faves : Lip Balm

We all know that with colder weather comes dry, cracked lips. This is probably one of my least favourite things about the colder months but there are ways to combat it! Down below are some of my favourite lip balms and a great lip scrub that I use all Fall and Winter. You really can never have enough of them, so with that being said, enjoy!

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1. DIOR Rose smoothing balm 

This product is a little bit on the pricey side but it is worth every penny. It really soothes any irritations or dryness and lightly plumps my lips while doing so. Can’t say no to bigger looking lips. To top it off it has a slight rose scent to give it that luxe feel.

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2. VASELINE Lip Therapy 

When in need, use Vaseline! We all know this product to be deeply hydrating and completely soften up the lips. I like to use this like a mask before I go to bed because it’s so dense in texture and really soaks into my lips leaving them soft and kissable in the morning.

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3.  C.O. BIGELOW Rose Salve

Can you tell I have a thing for rose scented products? This lip balm is great because not only does it hydrate my lips but I love prepping with it before I put on my lipstick for the day. It also has a light red tint to it so it can also be worn on its own for a more natural look. Only downside to this product is that it can be really hard to open.

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4. EOS Strawberry

Of course I had to include the famous EOS lip balm because, lets be real, we all have one. This is a great product to carry in your purse or bag because it’s so easy to find and apply. No messy fingers after applying, just a quick swipe of this on your lips and you’re good to go. It isn’t as moisturizing as the previous balms but does the job and smells good while doing so.

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5. LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub

Now, I know this isn’t a lip balm but it goes with any of them to really get that extra soft lip. This exfoliator is all natural and really takes off all the dead skin from your lips without over doing it. It is made with real sugar and tastes like mints so you can just eat it after your finished exfoliating. Mixing this with any of the lip balms will make the texture less abrasive.

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Fall Makeup // Burgundy Wine

We all know that the best part about Fall is the beautiful colours. Burgundy wine coloured anything reminds me of rich, luxurious things. I love having it in my wardrobe and especially in my makeup. This look it extremely easy and a great way to introduce colour into your look. Enjoy!

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STEP ONE:

After priming your lids, apply a medium coloured brown into your crease. Really blend out this colour.

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STEP TWO:

Taking this beautiful pigment from L’oreal called “Glistening Garnet” I put it onto the tops of my lid. If you want a more opaque effect then spray some MAC fix plus on your brush.

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STEP THREE:

Using a berry coloured liner (you can use any colour) I rimmed my upper and lower lash line and extended it at the corners.

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STEP FOUR:

For some highlight I used MAC vanilla pigment in the inner corners of my eyes and the centre of my lids.

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STEP FIVE:

I wanted this look to be glam so I added some fake lashes but that’s completely up to you.

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STEP SIX:

Mixing MAC’s Diva and Up the Amp to create the perfect burgundy/wine colour.

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GOOD LUCK

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Hair Care Routine

If you haven’t already noticed I’m slightly obsessed with hair. I was always the girl that would play with their friends hair and want to try out new styles and fun things. When I was younger I never really had products to take care of my hair other then shampoo, conditioner and the occasional hair mask. Now that I’ve matured in that department, here are a few of my essential hair care products that I’ve been loving!

(all products will be linked to where you can purchase them with their original description).

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1. Live Clean Age Resist Shampoo and Conditioner

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Transform your hair with Age Resist Shampoo and Conditioner. Shampoo gently cleanses without stripping hair as it nourishes and strengthens hair, while the Recovery Conditioner restores hydration to hair. Infuses hair with certified organic Rosehip Oil and powerful antioxidants of Pomegranate, Gogi and Blueberry extracts to help restore life to hair. Further enriched with Anti-Oxi Fruit Blend ™ of Pomegranate, Gogi and Blueberry, as well as Hydrolyzed Wheat & Corn Protein to thicken, condition and protect hair from free radicals from the inside out. Give your hair the lift it needs.

http://www.live-clean.com/products/professional/age%20resist%20shampoo%20and%20conditioner#.VFpL9CldUt0

2. Kevin Murphy BODY.MASS

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BODY.MASS uses eyelash thickening and lengthening technology to strengthen hair, making your hair appear thicker and fuller instantly, whilst improving the quality over time. This dual-purpose product is rich in Oleanolic acid that helps to fortify and strengthen the hair at the root to prevent thinning and falling hair.

http://kevinmurphy.com.au/product/body-mass/

3. Dove Frizz-Free Shine Proof Serum

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Dove Style+Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum with Nutri-Style Complex delivers the nourishment of a cream with the shine benefits of a serum. Our lightweight formula gently nourishes and protects hair to smooth frizz and fly-aways without weighing hair down. The result — a satin-smooth, shiny hairstyle that lasts all day long.

http://www.dove.us/Products/Hair/Style-Care/Frizz-Free-Shine-Cream-Serum.aspx

4. Nexxus ProMend Leave-in Treatment Creme

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ProMend Leave-In Treatment Crème provides daily repair for split end problem areas. Use after each shower to bind split ends back together before styling, so ends look beautifully healthy and strong.

http://www.nexxus.com/product/detail/286527/promend-leave-in-treatment-creme

Taylor Swift Inspired Makeup

Taylor Swift is taking over the music world at the moment so I thought it would be perfect if I recreated her iconic makeup look. To be honest I’m usually not the biggest fan of her music but her latest album, 1989 is great! She’s been known to rock a sultry cat eye with her famous red lip and I can’t say no to that, so here it is!

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Step One:

After applying foundation and concealer I started with my Make Up For Ever aqua shadow stick in 22E and constricted it to the outer corner of my eyes. This will create an outline for our cat eye.

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Step Two:

Taking the gold shadow in my Maybelline Nude’s palette I pressed it in all over my lid but really concentrating it in the inner corner of my eye.

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Step Three:

Take your favourite black liner and create that wing! Don’t bring it further then the middle of your eye because we want this wing to make our eyes have more of an almond shape.

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Step Four:

You don’t have to add lashes but I wanted to add more to the cat eye so I chose a pair that really wing out at the sides. Coat with your favourite mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

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Step Five:

Using MAC’s “Give me sun” bronzer I lightly contoured but really just wanted to give my face some colour. Instead of blush I just popped the bronzer onto the apples of my cheek.

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Step Six:

For the perfect red I used NARS “Dragon Girl” Lip pencil. Taylor Swift actually uses this colour so it’s perfect!

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* I didn’t cut my hair but just pulled my shortest top layers to the front so it looks like a have a bob.

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Doe a Deer || Halloween Makeup

This Halloween look was so much fun to create and I’m so happy with the final result! I’ve seen lots of people do it and I wanted to give it a try and make it my own. If I was to go all out for a Halloween party I would definitely be rocking this makeup for the night, I love it!

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Step one: After applying my regular foundation routine, I used white face paint and a beauty sponge and blended it around my eyes and the bridge of my nose.

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Step two: This is where you can get creative. I used brown gel eyeliner and just mapped out where I wanted everything to go. Check out Pinterest for some other peoples Deer makeup.

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Step three: Using a blending brush and a matte brown shadow, I then softened up the harsh lines of the eyeliner so that it looked more 3D.

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Step four: Taking dramatic spiky lashes (this is optional) I then placed them under my eye to give the illusion of “doe eyes”. I also put a regular pair of lashes on my upper lid as well.

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Step five: Taking the white face paint and the back of a brush, I placed spots on the highest part of my cheek bones and in the centre of my forehead.

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Step six: To give that dark brown deer like colour, I took a really dark matte bronzer and really contoured my cheek bones and temples. This step would be better before the spots but I forgot, whoops!

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Step seven: For your lip colour you really can choose anything you want but I kept it simple and actually used my eyebrow pencil to outline my lips then filled with Bobbi Brown Beige lipstick.

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Hope you enjoyed. Good luck!

xx