Thursday, 27 August 2015

Falling Leaves Makeup Look




I'm such a fall person..people give me all sorts of horrible looks when I tell them I'm actually excited for fall. 
However, it is something that can't be helped when you are involved in the beauty world.

This makeup look was inspired by the colours of all the falling leaves (don't worry, leaves haven't started to fall yet, NOT even in Canada, no need to panic!).

My lovely cousin Jennifer volunteered to be my makeup model for this look, after all, isn't everything better when you have company!


Makeup Products Used: Tarte Mascara - Lights, Camera, Lashes + Anastasia Brow Whiz - Dark Brown + Ardell Brow Defining Kit - Dark Brown + Kat Von D Tattoo Liner - Trooper + Cover Girl Liquiline Blast - Black + M.A.C Paintpot - Soft Ochre + NYX Blush - Coral Dream + NARS Bronzer - Casino + The Body Shop Bronzing Powder - Light Matte + L'Oreal Color Infalliable - Burning Black + NYX Eye Shadow - Rust + Mary Kay Eye Shadow Quad - Autumn Leaves + Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector - Champagne Pop + M.A.C Lipstick and Lip Liner - Whirl

Everyone, meet Jen - ain't she a beauty! <3  This picture also shows you how pigmented Becca Cosmetic's Shimmering Skin Perfector - Champagne Pop is - I'm REALLY in love with this product. See my last post about it:
http://thoughtsfromamyr.blogspot.ca/2015/08/becca-cosmetics-champagne-pop-by-jaclyn.html






How to Achieve Eye Look: 

1. Prime eye with M.A.C Paint Pot - Soft Ochre.
2. Use the gold shade within the Mary Kay Eye Shadow Quad (I sprayed some MAC Fix + to make the pigmentation stronger).
3. Press NYX  Eye Shadow - Rust into the middle of the eyelid.
3. Use L'Oreal Infalliable - Burning Black on outer corners of the eyelid.
4. Press a little bit more of NYX Eye Shadow - Rust into the center of the lid and blend in with the gold and purple shades.
4. Tight line with Covergirl Liquiline Blast - Black.
5. Use Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner - Trooper to create winged liner.
6. Apply Tarte Mascara - Lights, Camera, Lashes.

DONE. 

If any of you try this look, tag me in your pictures on Instagram: @arussel1

cheers, 
amy xoxo. 

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Becca Cosmetics: Champagne Pop by Jaclyn Hill



"Highlight On Fleek"

It was pretty hard trying to track this baby down, since it is so POPULAR! I visited my Sephora a few times to try and purchase this and each time I went in, their response was: "Oh yes, we just got a shipment in this morning, but we are all sold out already". Sephora's 'email me when in stock' worked like a charm in this situation. I FINALLY have my hands on this amahhhzing highlighter.







Packaging: The box it came in was quite appealing to the eye. Regular Becca Cosmetics packaging used for the case.
Pigmentation: 10/10 - you GLOW when you use this as a highlighter. If you want dewy looking skin, this will certainly attain that look. The shade of this product is made to work on every skin tone.
Consistency: Buttery, a little goes a long way!
How to Use: *Top of cheek bones*, along the bridge of your nose (if you want more glow bring a little up onto the forehead and above the brows), across brow bones, cupid's bow.

Let me just add, Jaclyn Hill is an amazing makeup artist - she knows what she's doing - 'nuff said. What are you doing still at your computer? Go, Go, Go - this is a limited edition product - Go before it's too late! Jaclyn is also such a great inspiration, truly genuine, and hilarious. If you haven't already, you should go subscribe to her YouTube channel. I will make it SUPER easy for you: 

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer (a look using this will be up soon)! 

cheers, amy 
xoxo.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Lush Bath Bomb: Lord Of Misrule

Summer is here everyone! 

With that comes the sticky warm weather. Not that I should be complaining about it, where I live in Canada, it was an AWFUL winter! 

Whenever it is really hot outside, I sometimes like to take a bath...you just feel so refreshed afterwards...everything also seems so much cooler when you get out. 

I have a ton of Lush bath bombs stored away. I recently went through a move of apartments, so I didn't have a ton of time to sit back, relax and take a bath. Since it is Victoria Day Long Weekend, I took advantage of the extra day off.

Lord of Misrule was in the Halloween collection that Lush put out in 2014. There are expiry dates to these things...I better start using all of mine up.

This bath bomb turned my bath water into a nice mix of green and deep pink colour, with a slight shimmer to it as well. 








Here is what the website had to say about it:

"Inspired by the ruler of the Pagan Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule brings mischievous revelry to the tub with a spicy herbal blend of patchouli and black pepper oil. As it slowly froths in the water, hypnotic swirling silver luster is released and the deep green exterior soon gives way to a rich, wine-colored center. Just like at the Feast of Fools, when the wine begins flowing, the revelry really begins! Popping candies fizz and crackle, creating a world of magic and mischief right before your eyes".


Here's to hoping they bring this bath bomb back for fall this year, I definitely enjoyed this one! If you aren't in the mood for something floral, or super girly - this bath bomb scent is the one for you!
Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Victoria Day Long Weekend! Back to work for me tomorrow! 

cheers, amy xoxo

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Lazy Autumn Sunday Pamper Day: LUSH, Mary Kay, Bath and Body Works, and More!



Sunday Funday Lazy Day!

My favourite Sundays ...gloomy, autumn day = lazy pamper days!
Every girl needs a little pampering in her life, and it doesn't always have to be super expensive either.


First things first - gotta set the mood. Light a couple candles and can't have a proper pamper day without the correct tunes...lol - the app Sonza helps me with this. I chose from the playlist Winding Down (was perfect!).


For my shower: I use my Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy Shampoo - I use the Damage and Colour Repair. Then I use my Lee Stafford For Hair that Never Grows Past a Certain Length Treatment. I use a generous amount, from the tips to the roots of my hair, let my hair really soak it up for a good 5 minutes then rinse thoroughly. My hair always feels so soft after I use this combination. (P.S. I have really noticed quicker hair growth since I started using Lee Stafford's line.) 


Always shave my legs when it's pampering day. I use my Venus Embrace Sensitive razors and Satin Care shaving gel in Floral Passion. The scent of this shave gel is so perfect for a pampering day - it's so girly, floral, and fresh (it's pink too...). This combination leaves my legs super soft and smooth. Next I use my body scrub from The Body Shop in Chocomania on my legs. This helps lock in moisture and smooth my skin out even more. I have a blog post on this already in case you are interested: http://thoughtsfromamyr.blogspot.ca/2014/07/the-body-shop-chocomania-body-scrub.html


I make sure my face is thoroughly washed by using my Mary Kay 3 in 1 Cleanser. This cleanses, exfoliates, and refreshes all in one step. I massage the exfoliating beads into my skin with a circular motion and I concentrate most on my blemished areas.


After I dry off, I use my Bath and Body Works Triple Moisture Body Cream in Pumpkin Latte and Marshmallow Comfort. This is such a perfect scent for the fall season! I let this soak in - I'll read a few magazines, catch up on Instagram, finish up my laundry all whilst drinking this amazing tea from Davids Tea: Pumpkin Chai Latte.




Then believe it or not, I go back for some more relaxation. LUSH bath bombs are the perfect addition to any day dedicated to pampering.

I chose to use the bath bomb Northern Lights from LUSH's fall collection. It was MAGICAL...









After this routine of pampering, my mind is clear, my body is relaxed and ready to take on the next week.

cheers && try to set aside some pampering time for yourself on this sunday.

amy xo



Thursday, 9 October 2014

FOTD: Autumn Neutrals with Mary Kay



"I'm so glad I live in a world where 
there are Octobers." Anne of Green Gables

I can't tell you how excited I am that the leaves are turning colours, falling, and crunchy. This upcoming weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving. I have put together a make up look with the new Mary Kay Eye Shadows my previous post was about ( http://thoughtsfromamyr.blogspot.ca/2014/10/brand-focus-mary-kay-mineral-eye-shadows.html ). 




I used Sweet Cream as the base shadow.

 I used Hazelnut to start emphasizing my crease.

I used Truffle to add more definition to my crease. Blended into the Hazelnut colour.

I used Rosegold right under my lower lashline, to give more of a 'smokey' effect. Blend, blend blend.

I used Glistening Gold (the most sparkly shadow I purchased out of the whole lot) in the inner corners of my eyes to make them appear farther apart and I applied to the middle of my lid to bring attention to my iris and to make my eyes look bigger (gives an anime effect).





Lastly, I used Mary Kay's Lash Love Mascara in I <3 Plum. Plum is such an autumn colour and I thought it could spice the look up a little bit. It's very subtle, which is nice. You can only tell that the lashes are plum in certain lights - you could totally get away with wearing this at work. The formula of the mascara is just like any other Mary Kay Mascara - wet, pigmented, easy to apply, and it is lengthening as well. However, Mary Kay Mascaras...are a whole other blog post that will be coming soon! ;)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! 

cheers && go ahead and try a different coloured mascara to spice up your thanksgiving FOTD.

amy xo

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Brand Focus : Mary Kay Mineral Eye Shadows



Happy October Everyone! 

I hope everyone is enjoying their fall so far - we all know fall is a major season within the beauty world!

I happened to treat myself to a little neutral eye shadow shopping spree... I wanted to know what the Mary Kay Mineral Eye Shadows were like. I needed to see if they could compare to my oh so over loved Urban Decay Naked Palette. 

Let me tell you, I was not disappointed!

I photographed all of the pictures before I took the shadows out of their original packaging - this is how they would be delivered to you. (Mary Kay happens to sell THE most convenient, compact, magnetic palettes too!)






Swatches!!

Shades Left to Right (in all photos below): Amber Blaze, Sweet Cream (matte), Espresso (matte), Lavender Fog (matte), Driftwood (matte), Hazelnut (matte), French Roast




 Shades Left to Right (in all photos below): Chocolate Kiss, Glistening Gold (sparkle shade), Rose Gold, Copper Glow, Truffle, Honey Spice, Granite




 Overall Review:

Really good pigmentation, they don't crease, work really well on their own or with a base cream shadow/primer. Amazing dupes for the Urban Decay Naked Palette! All Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colours sell for $8.00 (that's a steal!!!).

The Mary Kay website says: "The mineral-based formula is famous for its oil-absorbing properties, ease of application and excellent coverage. Plus, these long-lasting, crease resistant, fade resistant shades look fabulous on every skin tone"  

In my perspective: definitely crease resistant (as I mentioned before), long wearing (I go from day time to night time without reapplying...ever), and I rarely notice any oil build up on my eyelids while wearing these - let's just cut to the chase - I am very impressed and the Mary Kay website is true to their word.

Happy October everyone and I will see you in my next post! 

cheers and go ahead and try a Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colour. 

amy xo.