The MAC Duo Edit

Two Most Used Eyeshadows

I have a lot of eyeshadows.

What can I say? I like to have options based on outfit, overall look, mood, season, and so on and so on.

I have primarily neutrals, with some pinks and purples – and even some greens! – thrown in there. But by far, my most used shadows are neutrals. I just find them most comfortable and flattering for me personally, and I know a lot of makeup-wearers – though by no means all – feel the same way.

Today I thought I’d share my two most used eyeshadows of all time: MAC’s Patina and Cork. Read more for details and swatches!


One-Shadow Eye Look featuring L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in “Amber Rush”


Every so often, I stumble across a shade so beautiful that it can be worn on its own for a minimal makeup look that still packs a punch.

I love those shades. MAC’s “Patina” is one for me – just the right a mount of eye-brightening and subtlety.

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in “Amber Rush” is one such shade – and it’s so gorgeous that I just had to share. Read more!

“Excuse me while I powder my eyelashes…”


We beauty junkies aren’t above doing some pretty strange stuff if it yields results. Read more!

The Glam Night Out

The Glam Night Out Collage

As much as I love natural-looking makeup, some events in life just call for the full shebang. Read more!

MattifEYE: Matte Eyes for Beginners

matte eye full look
Matte eyes can be both intimidating and beautiful.

When I first delved into the world of matte shadow, I was pretty intimidated. I soon discovered that the matte eye look gives you some new options, though. Using matte eyeshadow to create a look means that the shapes you create will be the focus, since there’ll be no glitz to distract the eye. It also means that you can place shimmery products on other features – like cheeks or lips – without looking like Ke$ha. Read more!

‘The Hunger Games’ Cinna-Inspired Look

Cinna Look Comparison Collage

I only recently watched The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, so I’m super late into the whole fandom. Also, I got the opportunity in one of my classes to give a presentation on Marxist undercurrents in The Hunger Games, which was an analysis that I had a lot of fun with. Needless to say, I’ve had THG on the brain.

In any case, despite his small amount of screen-time, Cinna is probably my favourite character. I love that he uses his talent to contribute to the rebellion, whether he knows it or not. That takes its own kind of bravery. Character analysis aside, I feel like his makeup look is bold and unique enough to fit the dystopian setting, but it isn’t Effy-style over-the-top. Of all the substantial-makeup-wearing characters, his look is probably the most wearable in day-to-day life.

Gold is a flattering colour for me and therefore one of my favourites to wear, so I had to give the gold liner look a try. Read more!

My Go-To Eyeshadow Look (featuring Naked 1)

Naked Look Collage

Today in one of my classes, I have to give a presentation. It’s only five to seven minutes, but I hate presentation-giving. I really don’t like getting up and speaking in front of people (says the girl who broadcasts her ideas on the internet…but that’s different!). To help make myself feel better when picturing the audience in their underwear inevitably fails, I always try to wear my hair, makeup, and outfit in styles that make me feel comfortable, confident, and put-together. It may sound silly, but this really helps me.

When I woke up this morning, I knew exactly what eyeshadow look I was going to do. Despite the fact that I’ve used pretty much nothing but Naked 3 for the past two months, I busted out my trusty Naked 1.

It never fails me. It’s probably my favourite eyeshadow palette because the golden undertones really compliment my skintone. Read more!

EpicProduct!Review: Benefit Gimme Brow

Benefit Gimme Brow

Before trying this product, I had never used a brow gel. My thought was that setting them wasn’t necessary because the few hairs I have weren’t likely to rebel.

Then I came across a brow gel that is supposed to beef up your brows, not just set them. Benefit Gimme Brow is kind of like a fibre mascara for your eyebrows. It’s got teeny tiny tinted fibres in the formula that adhere to your natural eyebrow hairs, making brows look fuller. Since I’m crazy about fibre mascaras, I had to give this brow gel a shot.

I had high hopes, and I was not disappointed!
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My 2013 Beauty Favourites!

With the end of the year comes about a million end-of-year posts. Although I’m away from most of my beauty products and all of my photography equipment, I didn’t want to miss out! So I decided to compile a list of some of my favourites from 2013. This was originally going to be one post, but it snowballed and I’ve decided to make it two: beauty and non-beauty favourites.
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Review: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Packaging

As I sit, enjoying a Santa’s Secret latte and trying out a new face mask this Christmas Day Eve, I thought I’d write up a quick post about a mascara I’ve been thinking about.

It’s Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. The gimmicky, sex-themed mascaras have been hitting the market lately. First was Benefit’s They’re Real mascara, which I didn’t think was super impressive — any mascara that claims that you’ll get a false-lash effect doesn’t usually meet my expectations, because frankly, my lashes suck to begin with and they’re set up for failure.

Too Faced Better Than Sex makes a bold claim as well, but it doesn’t claim a false-lash effect. Maybe that’s why I’m more impressed with it.
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