Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Daytime Makeup Look Feat. Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette

Now that September is over; everyone should be back into the grind of things. Whether you work or go to probably want something that won't take away from your beauty sleep, yetttt will still make you look put together and chic. So go on and wear your leggings, cozy sweaters, and combat boots - here's a makeup look to go with alllll of those things! 

Meet my dear friend Mikayla, I'm so lucky to have such beautiful makeup models!

I wanted this look to be something easy to achieve and affordable. I used the Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette, so all of the eye shadows are conveniently in one place (automatically saves you some sweet morning zzzz's). Here is a link to my full review of this fabulous little palette: .

Products Used:
1. L'Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer
 2. The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream
3. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
  4.  Maybelline Color Tattoo: Bad to The Bronze (use this to prime lid)
5. Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette (I go into full detail on which shadows I used below)6. The Body Shop Bronzing Powder - Light Matte

7. NYX Blush - Coral Dream
8. Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector - Champagne Pop
9. Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara - Black
10. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz - Light Brown

How to Achieve This Eye Look With The Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette

(Click on the pictures in order to make them bigger, sorry if you can't see them!)

Step 1: Pack this baby all over your lid.

Step 2: You want to use windshield wiper motions to blend, blend, blend
the heck out of this colour in order to create a nice smooth transition shade.

Step 3: Add this to your crease, use windshield washer motions for this as well,
make sure there are no harsh lines. 

Step 4: Add to the outer V area of your lid, blend into the previous shade.
This will add more definition to your look.

Step 5: Use a definition brush to line the lower lash line.

Step 6: Using a pencil brush, smoke out that last shade we just used. Go ahead, SMOKE it out! Now that lower lash line won't be as harsh.

If you followed all of those steps, you should end up with this easy, peasy, fall makeup look:

(Can I just say...highlight on fleek girrrl!)

So go ahead and enjoy a little extra zzzzz's in the morning, but still look FABULOUS for your day! ;)


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette

Happy Fall Everyone! 
It is officially here, I no longer have to feel ashamed for wearing all of the fall make up looks in the summer. I can now proudly parade around in all the blacks, browns, reds, and oranges as much as I want!

Maybelline's The Blushed Nudes Palette: Let me first start off with saying, it's the same thing as you get with most drug store palettes...some AWESOME pigmentation with some of the shades and some very, very poor pigmentation with others. There is an initial sort of seal on top that you kind of have to work through before you get the real quality of the shadows. I find this is another general issue with any sort of drug store eye shadow. So if you are planning to buy this, or already have and aren't really happy with the results...stay patient and work through the top layer of the shadow. 

I have created a couple looks with this palette that I am really very happy with. *They will be going up on the blog soon*! 

The packaging is simple, yet very cute. The writing is cool and the size of the overall palette is quite small, so very easy to travel with. 

It's got all the shades you need to create a very neutral look or a dark and vampy look. Perfect for fall I might add. None of these shades are very matte, although some have more shimmer in them than others. 

Here are the you can tell the lighter colours have the poorest pigmentation (plus I'm super pale, so they don't show up as well on my skin tone as they would on others' #palepeopleproblems. All you milky white people, you feel me?)

As for the darker shades, I'm quite impressed with the pigmentation! The colours are beautiful as well, I use a lot of the rose gold colour and the darker pink shade in a lot of my looks.

Overall, I am quite happy with this palette, I really didn't know what to expect as I didn't purchase the original Nudes Palette from Maybelline. For such a small palette, you can really get a lot of good makeup looks out of it! 

Let me know what you guys think about this palette :) ! 
amy xoxo. 

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:

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.


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

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 

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 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 - 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:

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