Review: Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Smoky

Hello Dolls! Hope you’re all doing great! I’ve got a few things for you in this post. Obviously, this is a review…duh! BUT I’ve also got a corresponding swatch video for you as well (you can click here, if that’s all you want to see). So without further adieu, let’s get in!

First Impressions

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When I heard that Shay Mitchell was teaming up with Smashbox to be the face of their new cover shot eyeshadow palette line, I was excited! Although, I’m sad that all these colours aren’t in ONE big palette, I’m still glad they’ve released them based on different eye trends out there. I obviously wanted to purchase the Smoky palette because I have an unhealthy obsession with jewel toned shadows. I know I say this about most things I love but I genuinely fell in love at first swatch! These babies were smooth and pigmented so I couldn’t say no!

Product Application and Formula

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If I could describe this palette in one word then it would definitely be PIGMENTED. I can’t explain to you, actually I can…when you look at the swatches, how gorgeous these shades come off! The formula is buttery smooth and it blends into one another flawlessly. I love that it has two matte basic shades in this palette. It’s not super powdery and it’s just perfect. The quality of these shadows are impeccable! The smoky palette includes everything you need to create the perfect smoky eye. I also LOVE that it has some shimmery shades, given glitter is the IT thing right now. With an amazing eye shadow primer, these shades stayed on my eyes the whole night and came off only when I used makeup remover. I will say that there was a tiny bit of fall out BUT I’m willing to let it slide because the shades are so perfectly curated and they complement each other so well.

Rating: 9.5/10

Swatches and Packaging 

I think this video speaks for itself don’t you think? BUT if you insist, I’ve also included photo swatches and a little bit about each shade here.

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  • The two big matte shades in this palette are Feature (matte milk chocolate) and Instinct (matte cream). These can be used as bases, highlights for your brows and even as a crease blending shade
  • Headline is a shimmery maroon. Hell Ya is a metallic brown and Rock Me is a metallic silver.
  • STFU is a shimmery green and probably one of my favourite shades smashbox has put out. Slayer is s matte slate grey colour and Big Night is a black with shimmery glitter.
  • The packaging is literally one of my favourites because it’s sleek, easy to carry and has a big mirror. Also, the holographic cover is literally one of the coolest covers I’ve seen!

Rating: 10/10

Price: $35 (CDN) and you can purchase it at any Smashbox retailer, I got mine at Sephora.

Final Verdict

Do I think you need this palette in your life? YES. Do I think you can achieve the easiest most gorgeous smoky eye with this palette? YES YES. Is the price incredibly reasonable? YES YES YES! Honestly, this is easily one of my favourite launches from Smashbox! If you want these gorgeous shades, I suggest you head on over and purchase this palette ASAP!

Overall Rating: 10/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

 

How To Get The Perfect Smoky Eye!

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I love this classic look that Eva Longoria is rocking here. The smoky eye paired with a nude lip does wonders for her. This look is so trendy and classic that it will never go out of style. Once you’ve mastered the method, you can play around with different colours. Below you will find a series of steps to achieve this look along with some of my favourite products.

Happy recreating this make up look Dolls! x

The Smoky Eyes

  1. Prime eyes with your favourite eye primer. (I cannot live without Urban Decay’s 24/7 primer potion).
  2. Apply your favourite soft silver eye shadow all over your lids.
  3. Line upper lash line with a black liner. It doesn’t have to be perfect but make sure you apply generously. This one is my favourite for smokey eyes because it’s waterproof and comes with a smudge tip on the other end!
  4. Take a clean liner brush and start smudging the line you just created (in slow small circular motions). Once at the outer corner of the eye, make a backwards “C” into the crease line, stopping mid way on the lid.
  5. Take your favourite charcoal shadow (if you’re feeling bold go with a dark matte black), and with a crease brush apply to your outer corner of your eye (the curved part of the backwards C) stopping at the middle.
  6. Keep blending until harsh lines are gone.
  7. Take the same Black eyeliner and apply to the bottom lash line (including the water line).
  8. Take the same liner brush used before, and smudge out the bottom lash line so that the line is a lot softer; join with the top lash line you drew (the outer corner where it ends)
  9. Take a highlight colour (why not Shroom by MAC?) and apply to the brow bone.
  10. Take a clean crease brush and blend so that there are no harsh lines.
  11. Apply a volumizing mascara to finish the look (if you want you can apply false eye lashes); My favourite mascara for a smoky eye look is this one.
  12. Fill in eye brows as you would normally do.
  13. If there is fall out around the eye, take a tissue paper and wipe it off.

Face 

  1. Apply your favourite foundation primer. This one is my fav!
  2. Apply a brightening under eye concealer and blend (why not the Maybelline under eye concealer?)
  3. Follow with your favourite foundation routine; use a concealer to cover any blemishes or inperfections.
  4. Apply mauvey pink blush on the apples of the cheek like Eva. My favourite one is Flush by Tarte. Tap lightly for a faded flush.

Lips

  1. For a natural nude look: use a lip stain that is the same as your lip colour only better. I love Exposed by Tarte because it is matte and has intense longevity.
  2. Apply a pinky nude gloss on top for a sheen. I love this one in either bare naked or bare pink (and it pairs perfectly with the Tarte Lip surgence!)

Finishing touches:

  1. Apply a setting powder first and then setting spray so nothing budges! I love the Urban Decay All nighter spray and Makeup forever’s HD setting powder.

Remember: You can always modify this make up look based on what works best for you. If you are still at a loss, you can invest in a smokey eye palette (what I did when I was first learning how to master this look). Urban Decay has the Naked Smoky Palette which is fantastic for beginners. 

Best Dressed At The Oscars 2017

Hello Dolls, I know it has been a while! Today’s blog post is going to be all about my favourite looks from the Oscars last night. I know everyone is still reeling from the awkwardness of the best picture debacle BUT…I’m all about the fashion trends in this post so…on to my favourite looks from last night. This was really hard for me to choose because practically everyone brought their A game to the red carpet and it was pure perfection to watch. There were definite trends seen last night (hello gold and white gowns). Without further adieu, here are my favourite looks from last night (no mix up here, I promise…lolz).

Taraji P. Henson

89th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsThis was one of my favourite looks from last night! Taraji’s necklace is literally one of the best pieces of jewellery I’ve ever seen on the red carpet. It’s very Oscars and this whole look is brilliant! I’m in love with how gorgeous her makeup looks!

Viola Davis

viola-davis-academy-awards-2017I love when stars wear red on the red carpet. Seriously, this bright red gown looks stunning on Viola and I can’t be any happier! The accessories, the hair, and everything in between is great!

Priyanka Chopra

priyanka-chopra-academy-awards-2017I’m always raving about Priyanka’s outfits that I’m actually left speechless with this whole look. Taking risks isn’t something we always see PC do, but here this is one fashion risk she took and it worked incredibly well in her favour. She looks flawless!

Emma Stone

emma-stone-academy-awards-2017-ftrEmma Stone came dressed to win in this gorgeous beaded gold gown. It looks stunning on her and I can’t get enough of how well this whole look was styled! The side swept waves and that bold lip pair perfectly with this dress!

Kirsten Dunst

89th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsAHH! I WANT THIS DRESS. Seriously, this was one of my favourite looks from last night. Kirsten looks incredibly gorgeous in this all black ensemble. I’m particularly obsessed with her shoes! Look at those! Also, that necklace is beautiful! Everything here is beautiful!

Felicity Jones

felicity-jones-academy-awards-2017I tweeted about how I literally would wear this dress everyday, everywhere if I could. It’s princessy, it’s pretty, it’s delicate and it’s just perfect on Felicity! The shoes, the hair and the minimal jewelry is correct for this look. I’m also loving her makeup! That lip shade is gorgeous on her!

Chrissy Teigen

chrissy-teigen-academy-awards-2017Chrissy NEVER disappoints me. She is one of the very few celebs who actually make it their purpose to take a risk on the carpet. Sure, it doesn’t work for all but she somehow always manages to look incredible! The high slit, the work on the dress and the makeup is gorgeous!

Nicole Kidman

nicole-kidman-academy-awards-2017This has to be one of the prettiest dresses I have ever seen on Nicole. The high-necked gown is impeccable on her. Despite being a super light and pale colour it doesn’t wash her out and I love every bit of it! The bright bold lip and the updo is perfect with this look!

Emma Roberts

emma-roberts-academy-awards-2017Is anyone else getting a Julia Roberts vibe from this look? Emma looks stunning as usual in this black and cream gown. It looks super classy on her and I love the work on the bottom half of this dress. Also, can we please appreciate her gorgeous hair and makeup?

Andrew Garfield

andrew-garfield-academy-awards-2017He’s such a cutie. I have a thing for men in bow ties (which is probably why the other two guys made it on this list too). Andrew is rocking a classic tux in the most classic way ever and I am surely in love with this ensemble.

Ryan Gosling

ryan-gosling-academy-awards-2017He’s a classic man, 😍. I think Ryan can wear a garbage bag and still make it work at a formal event. What I love even more about this look is the ruffled shirt! It’s super stylish and looks great on Ryan!

Riz Ahmed

89th Annual Academy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 26 Feb 2017I seriously have a thing for men who choose not to wear a black tux at a formal event. I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s classic but it becomes stylish when you do something different on the carpet! Riz looks handsome in this navy blue tux. Also, bow ties on men are a weakness for me…lolz.

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

(images courtesy of HollywoodLife and People)

Best Dressed At The Grammy Awards 2017

Hello Dolls! Hope you’re having a splendid day! As per tradition, I’ve got all of my favourite looks from The Grammy Awards for you! The show was okay, nothing super spectacular but the fashion was incredible last night. Also, let us all take a moment and appreciate the phenomenon that is Beyonce. That performance was amazing and left pretty much the whole world speechless, just like queen B likes it. ALSO, ADELE. Is there anything she can’t do? Okay, without further adieu:

Beyonce & Blue Ivy Carter

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Adele

59th GRAMMY Awards -  ArrivalsOmg. Adele finally wears something other than black and I am in love with this gown. The details, the shade of green and the hair makes me incredibly envious. I cannot handle the perfection of her makeup which is making me want to contour my cheeks like this everyday!

Hillary Scott

Hillary ScottThis dress has sparkly stars on it. You already know I would like it just based on that! The hair, the makeup and the cut of this dress is flawlessly gorgeous! I love the dangly earrings too! Way to go!

Camilla Cabello

700000159CC00256_59th_GRAMMWell she clearly is doing great post fifth harmony break up. I mean this is EXACTLY how you should shade your ex or group or whatever. I love the colour of this princessy prom inspired outfit! Camilla looks great…and that choker though!!

Paris Jackson

paris-jackson-grammys-2017This outfit was straight up 🔥. Like seriously, who thought Paris Jackson of ALL people would slay the red carpet. The colours, the way this outfit looks, her hair and minimal makeup make this outfit one of the best of the night!

Carrie Underwood

Carrie UnderwoodHonestly, does this woman ever dress bad? I think she’s made every one of my favourite looks during any award season. This is how you wear RED at a RED carpet event. It’s sparkly and pretty just like Carrie’s style.

Chrissy Teigen

The 59th GRAMMY Awards - Red CarpetI love everything she wears no matter how crazy it is because Chrissy is one of very few celebs who wears her dress with confidence rather than the outfit wearing her (hopefully that makes sense). The cutouts are gorgeous and I love that hair!

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

(images courtesy of People and Hollywoodlife)

 

Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Liquid Lipstick

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Hello Dolls! Hope you’re having an awesome day! If you haven’t checked out my previous post, make sure you do by clicking right here. And as always, follow me on all my socials listed at the top of this page. In this post, I’m finally bringing you a review (it’s been a minute) of one of my favourite liquid lipstick brands. Anastasia Beverly Hills changed the liquid lipstick game, when they released these babies. They’re practically always sold out and these are the ones I’ve been able to get my hands on. So without further adieu…

First Impressions

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Remember when I said this was one of my favourite makeup brands ever? Well these products are one of the main reasons why. Initially, I picked these up because the Sephora worker suggested I try “Carina”, since I was in the market for finding a bright pink lipstick. As always, I fell in love with first swatch and decided to pick up 3 more shades I was dying to try. They were Dusty Rose, Catnip and Kathryn (more on the shades individually below). Not only do these swatch well but they feel great on your lips too!

Product Formula, Application, Packaging and Swatches

The formula of this product is incredibly awesome. Like I cannot even explain to you how great these feel on your lips. They keep your lips moisturized and they dry incredibly quickly on your lips. They also stay put. That means it’s food, smudge, drink, kiss, etc. proof and you know how much I love products that doesn’t require me to reapply them. I’ve had these babies on for HOURS and never had to reapply them once. And I’m not speaking just for one shade but ALL four of these shades. The product application is simple and just like your typical liquid lipstick. The applicator is generic, so nothing surprising there. The packaging is also pretty generic, so nothing too extravagant. Which is fine because I’m always more interested in what the product does versus what it looks like. Let’s break down the individual shades. They’re all matte and they look gorgeous.

  • Kathryn: I think the best way I can describe this is a brick reddish-brown.
  • Dusty Rose: Pretty much the same as its namesake. It’s a dusty rose nude.
  • Carina: Literally one of my favourite shades ever. A bright watermelon pink
  • Catnip: A mauvey plummy nude.

Each one of these shades swatch incredibly well. In fact, every swatch you see below is just one swipe of the colour. All four of these shades are my most worn lipsticks ever. Below you’ll see the picture of the shades without and with flash:

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Availability, Accessibility and Price

You can pick yours up at Sephora or any Anastasia Beverly Hills retailers for $26 (CDN)!

Overall Rating

I am in love with all these shades and can’t wait to add more colours to my kit! The price is great, the swatches are super pigmented and they feel super natural on your lips. I mean what more can you ask for?

Overall Rating: 10/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

 

 

My Gym Playlist-Bollywood Edition

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Hello Dolls! Hope you’re having a splendid day! If you didn’t check out my previous blog post, then you can do so by clicking right here. Also, keep up with me on Instagram! As I mentioned in this post, I’ve finally got an updated gym playlist, Bollywood edition, for you (this was on my playlist before...has it changed? You tell me)!

  1.  The Humma Song
  2. The Breakup Song
  3. Nashe Si Chadh Gayi
  4. Kala Chashma (I am always jamming to this)
  5. Tu Meri
  6. Baby Doll
  7. Ok Jaanu (Title Track)
  8. Kar Gayi Chull
  9. Tukur Tukur
  10. Cutiepie
  11. Mauja Hi Mauja
  12. Sau Aasmaan (I forget I’m at the gym and I’m in Lala land with Sidharth Malhotra)
  13. Diamond Koka
  14. Desi Thumka
  15. Gulaabo
  16. Dilliwali Girlfriend
  17. London Thumakda
  18. The Disco Song
  19. Yeh Kali Kali
  20. Chura Ke Dil Mera (LOL the dance moves)

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

My Gym Playlist

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Hello Dolls! Hope you’re having a splendid day! If you didn’t check out my previous blog post, then you can do so by clicking right here. Also, keep up with me on Instagram! As I mentioned in this post, I’ve finally got an updated gym playlist for you (this was on my playlist before...has it changed? You tell me)! Here are all the tunes that keep me motivated at the gym…even on those sluggish days. I’ve linked them, so you can click on the names and listen. Please don’t blame me for an impromptu dance party though 😏

  1. Play Hard- David Guetta ft. Ne-Yo & Akon
  2. Hotline Bling- Drake 
  3. Shake It Off- Taylor Swift
  4. Shape Of You- Ed Sheeran (IN LOVE)
  5. Not Nice- Partynextdoor
  6. Formation- Beyonce
  7. Just Like That (Part 2) – Roy Woods
  8. Worst Behaviour- Drake (I honestly forget I’m working out and I’m speaking to everything negative that’s in my life lolz)
  9. Run Up – Major Lazer ft. Partynextdoor & Nicki Minaj (this one’s a new one I’m obsessed with!)
  10. Bossy- Kelis
  11. Flawless- Beyonce 
  12. The Greatest-Sia
  13. Started From The Bottom- Drake
  14. Sorry- Justin Bieber
  15. False Alarm- The Weeknd
  16. I Just Wanna Love U- Jay Z ft. Pharrell 
  17. Only Girl- Rihanna
  18. Fade-Kanye West
  19. 24K Magic- Bruno Mars 
  20. Crazy In Love – Beyonce and Jay Z

Now you know the real reason why I’m always jamming out at the gym 😛

See you in the post!

kisses,

S

PS…a bollywood version is coming your way 😉