February Favourites

February Favourites

February is only two days shorter than an average month, but it’s a wonder what a difference those two days make because it always seems to just fly by.

Hopefully soon we’ll be seeing some spring weather in Ottawa, because I’ve been feeling spring in my skin and makeup choices this month. Read more!

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MAC 217 vs. Sigma E25

MAC v Sigma Collage

Sigma as a brand essentially got famous by riding on MAC’s coattails: replicating their brushes and doing it at a third of the price. I’m not necessarily saying that that’s a bad thing. From what I’ve tried, MAC brushes are lovely, but they are undoubtedly super expensive (thus why I own two of them). Sigma brushes, on the other hand, are much more affordable, and I have an entire set that I use daily.

Because of the exorbitant price of MAC brushes, Sigma carved out a niche for themselves in the market by doing dupes of MAC brushes for much, much cheaper. There are blogs and blog posts out there dedicated to telling (and showing) you which Sigma brushes are the equivalents of MAC brushes. 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!

Review: MAC Huggable Lip Colour in ‘Out for Passion’

Mac Huggable 'Out For Passion' cap off

Not long ago, MAC released their Huggable Lip Colour Collection.

I bought into it partly because of the name…I won’t lie. It’s adorable! “Huggable” is a fantastic word.

The other reason I purchased one is because of the claims. A moisturizing lipstick with shiny, buildable colour? Sign me up! Read more!

The Beauty Radar #1

The Beauty Radar 1

This is a new little series I’m trying out; it’s all about the products that’ve been on my radar (or my wishlist…but radar sounds so much more intense and professional).

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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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Long Live the Bold Lip: How to Make Bold Lipstick Last All Day (+ The Walking Dead mid-season finale death[s])

Red Lipstick on Dark NW 45 Skin

I remember when I bought my first bold lipstick.

I had just gotten into Mad Men. Enough said.

It was three or four years ago, when I was 16 or 17. I went to my local MAC counter and purchased MAC Red lipstick and Cherry lipliner after receiving a mini-lesson from a makeup artist on how to apply it.

Of course, I fiddled with it myself at home, and like to think that I’ve got a pretty great system going on that keeps my lipstick going strong all day.

But wait, there’s more!

My Favourite Makeup Brushes!

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Brushes in Pot

When it comes to brushes, I’m a bit of a rebel, in the sense that I don’t always use them for what they’re designated for. What can I say? I don’t like to be told what to do.

In fact, that would probably be my biggest tip: if you purchase a brush that is designed to be used for one thing but you think it might work better for something else, go for it! Makeup is a trial and error deal. Figure out what works best for you!

These brushes work well for me. Contrary to popular belief, in the brush world, MAC is not the be and end all. As you’ll see, I only have one MAC brush, and most of (all?) my other brushes are a lot less expensive than their MAC equivalents. They work for me!

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My Neutral MAC Palette (& an American Horror Story: Coven ramble)

It's taken me years to build this beauty up to 12 shadows that I love.

It’s taken me years to build this baby up to 12 shadows that I love.

My MAC palette is a staple in my makeup collection, and actually holds some of my favourite shadows of all-time.

The palette itself costs $10, while the divider to hold the pans costs $2. Each shadow in just a pan costs $12. It’s nice because you get to save a bit as opposed to buying shadows in the little plastic pot, although of course you can do that and depot the shadows to put in your pro palette.

Here’s a breakdown of my thoughts on each shadow:

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