Spring Makeup Look

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Hello lovelies!! Things have been crazy lately, which is why I haven't been posting so much. I know that I'm constantly saying "I'm so busy, pls forgive me!!" but honestly, I have been. It's all about finding that balance between life and blogging, y'know?

Spring has been coming around here, slowly but surely. Last week, we were having some lovely weather, like 14C-18C, which is great for spring here. But next week we're apparently set to have some really nice weather, more like 20C to even 26C, which is veryy exciting! I'm hoping to maybe shoot and post a spring lookbook sort of post sometime next week (weather permitting - fingers crossed!), so look out for that!! :)

For now, I thought I'd write up a post talking about my typical spring makeup look.

Jumping right in. I always start off with my eyebrows for some reason haha. I've been using the E.l.f. Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit for about a year now and I'm obsessed. I totally ignore the powder side (lol) and instead use the cream to just fill in the sparse bits of my brows with an angled brush, then I run a spoolie brush through them to disperse the product. The cream is really long-lasting and stays in place, whereas other cream brow products tend to shift on your face which is a no-no.

Next up, I prime my face. I much prefer cream-based primers as opposed to sprays. One of my fav cream primers is the Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime Blur + Illuminate Face Primer (phew, whatta mouthful). Before I apply any face makeup, I just apply this to my entire face, rubbing it all in until it's absorbed. This one, in particular, makes for a really dewy makeup look, which I love for the spring and summer seasons.

Moving on from face, for now, I move onto eye products. I've been really loving the E.l.f. Cosmetics Mad For Matte Eyeshadow Palette (which is now being called the "Mad for Matte Nude Bloom" palette). I love the warm tones of this palette, especially the burnt-orange shade and the pink-y sort of shades. I take that burnt-orange and blend it into my crease, then blend a bit of the dark brown into the outer v. I finish it all off with that pink shade on my lid. Once I've finished with the shadows, I go for a thin cat-eye with my Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. I used to do cat-eye looks all the time in high school, but stopped for awhile, and now I'm back doing it again I guess! Haha.

While I let my liner dry a bit, I go onto my face. I've been using the Rimmel London 25hr Breathable Foundation for the past couple months, which I reviewed here. I blend that all over my face with a blending sponge - I use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - and then I cover up all my spots and such with the Maybelline New York Better Skin Concealer. Once I've finished up with all that, I go in with a bit of bronzer and blush - for bronzer, lately I've been getting a lot of use out of my Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer which I've had for ages, and for blush, I use my fav E.l.f. Cosmetics Candid Coral Blush which I'm sure I've talked about before. After, I brush on some Too Faced Translucent Smoothing Finishing Powder so soften the harshness of my blush and bronzer. And I pop on some E.l.f. Cosmetics Shimmer in Gold on my cheekbones and Cupid's bow.

Going back to my eyes, I like to brush a bit of that orange-y shade from before just under my eyes, with a thin angled brush just to add some depth to the look. Then I go in with an eyelash curler and finish up with a coat of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. 

And that's it! Here's the final look...

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(Don't mind my bangs as they seriously need to be trimmed, haha) So there ya have it. Very simple to do, doesn't take very long at all, and it's a bright look for spring!

Happy last day of April y'all! 

Felicia x

Review: Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Breathable Foundation

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Hello everyone! Snowy weather has officially slithered its way back in southern Ontario. Whyyyyyyyyyyyy. I was almost certain that spring was near, or at least on its way, but now I'm thinking that it's a long way off. Last night, our power went off and back on five times, and this morning, our town is COVERED in snow. Warm weather, where you at? Today, I thought I'd do a little review of the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25hr Breathable Foundation. Prior to this foundation, I have tried two other foundations by Rimmel. First, the Wake Me Up Foundation, which is very illuminating and dewy, and then more recently the Match Perfection Foundation, which is invisible coverage and with more of a matte finish. I was in the market for a fair foundation with medium to full coverage, and I came across this one so I thought I'd give it a shot!

This foundation is available in 15 different shades. I picked up the shade 101 Classic Ivory, which is one of the lightest shades in the range. It costs just under $10 at Walmart, and the same or a couple dollars more at drugstores.

According to the Rimmel London website, the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25hr Breathable Foundation is:

"an ultra air light texture that lets your skin breathe. The unique air-light serum formula defies the expectations of long-wear foundation, delivering medium natural coverage with a soft to touch weightless feel that allows skin to breathe. The cushion applicator helps to gently tap on the non-transfer, humidity and sweat resistant formula to give your complexion an even and flawless finish for up to 25 hours."

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PACKAGING & APPLICATION

The packaging of this foundation is quite nice. The bottle is quite cute and the twist-on cap seems pretty tight so I won't have to worry about it spilling or leaking while I travel.

The application is interesting. As opposed to a pump, the Lasting Finish has a doe foot applicator. At first, I was really put off by it. I thought it was kinda weird to apply foundation that way. Although I've gotten used to it now, it's still not my favourite way to apply foundation.

FORMULA

The formula itself on the skin is nice. It is medium coverage, as they claim, which is exactly what I was looking for. It doesn't look caked on at all and with a bit of concealer, I can easily disguise any blemishes that need hiding. It's very lightweight and although I haven't been able to test the "humidity and sweat-proof" claims yet, it so far seems to be pretty transfer-proof plus it is quite long-lasting. Maybe not for 25 hours, but still for quite awhile. Lately, I've been pairing the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge with this foundation. I find that it does a good job of blending and dispersing the product evenly over my face. I haven't tried this foundation with a brush yet and I wonder if I'd get different results that way.

However, I find that the formula is quite watery. When you remove the applicator from the bottle, you have to be quite careful to wipe all excess makeup off on the rim or else it will literally drip all over the place. I didn't love that about this foundation, especially after the tester bottle in the store dripped watery foundation all over my boots.

All things considered, I think that this is a good foundation for the price. I love the natural, medium-coverage finish and how long-lasting it is. I think that if there wasn't a wand applicator and if the foundation was not so watery, it would be a fantastic drugstore foundation. Hopefully they will fix that up in the future!

Have you guys tried the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr foundation? What did you think?

Felicia x

Autumn Berry Makeup Look

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Happy Halloween everybody!! Whether you're spending the holiday at a costume party, or sitting at home eating sweets, I hope you have a great night! Myself and my family will be handing out candy to the kids in our neighbourhood while eating chocolates and watching films. Today I want to do a quick post, going over one of my favourite autumn makeup looks. It's a berry/rosy kinda look, which is very flattering but also ever-so-simple to replicate, especially if you're rushing off in the morning to work or to class.

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To prep my face, I use theAveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer, after washing my face with either the Olay Clearly Clean Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Scrub or the Olay Deeply Clean Mineral Face Cleanser. Once my face is prepped, I go in with the Maybelline Better Skin Concealer under my eyes, around my nose, basically anywhere that I need to conceal any redness or blemishes. I blend that out with a Real Techniques Contour Brush and then move onto my eyebrows.

For my eyebrows, I've lately been using the e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit with the e.l.f. Eyebrow Duo Brush. I use light strokes, following the shape of my eyebrows and the directions of my eyebrow hairs, and then I brush the product through with the little spoolie. Once I've finished, I go back in with the Maybelline Better Skin Concealer and apply it below and above my eyebrows, blending it out with a Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush.

For my eyes, I've been using the Too Faced Natural Love Palette a lot recently, as I think the colours are very autumnal. I blend the colour Honey Butter, which is a neutral pink, in my crease - then I blend the burgundy-coloured Makeup & Chill into the outer corner of each eye. I finish off with applying Honeymoon all over my lid to give my eye that extra pop. If I have time, I'll do a cat-eye flick with my eyeliner, using the Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Waterproof Eyeliner. Once I've finished my eyeliner, I complete the look with my Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara on my upper lashes.

For my face, I use the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, which I apply all over my face using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush or the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I set my foundation with Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder, and then apply the contour shade of the Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit to the contours of my cheeks. Lastly, I apply Dripping in Gold from the Anastasia Beverly Hills That Glow Glow Kit to my cheekbones.

The very last step is applying my lipstick. I typically opt for the Colourpop's Lovebug Ultra Matte Lip, as it's a perfect burgundy shade for this season, and for this look.

Felicia x