Beauty, How To Guide

10 Makeup Tricks for when you’re sick

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As I’m currently laying in bed and battling a terrible cold, I figured I’d share some tips and tricks I use on days that I’m feeling sick and don’t want to wear makeup! Usually, this is the LAST thing on my mind when I’m under the weather but I swear by these when I’m just not feeling it!

  1. Tinted Moisturizers: These are probably the ONLY thing I wear when I’m sick. Seriously, these are miracle savers because not only does it hydrate your skin but it adds colour to a dull complexion! My favourite ones are by Charlotte Tilbury and Origins. The Charlotte Tilbury one adds a glow to your face and literally makes you feel better! The Origins one adds a boost of energy to my skin and my day!
  2. Tinted Brow Gel: I use these not only when I’m under the weather but also in between getting my brows done! I love Glossier’s boy brow because not only does it shape and tame the brows, it also adds colour! So simple and easy to polish up your sick day!
  3. Mascara & Lash Curler: Curling your lashes opens up your eyes and basically wakes you up right away! Mascara defines the lashes and if you wiggle at the base it adds a little bit of colour to the base of your lashes!
  4. Concealer: Dabbing concealer that matches your face shade on red spots is amazing! I love Tarte’s shape tape & YSL’s Touche Éclat!
  5. Setting Powder/Spray: When I’m battling a cold, I usually wear a blurring primer with flesh toned setting powder and then call it a day! Seriously, this evens out your skin tone and makes you look less fatigued. I swear by MAC’s mineralize skin finish in Medium Deep. It’s the closest to my skin tone! As for setting spray, I can’t seem to use anything other than the Urban Decay All Nighter. This doesn’t let your makeup move, even if you’re battling the sniffles!
  6. Tinted Lip Balm or Blotted Lip: On days I don’t feel like wearing makeup or am not feeling well, I’ll either wear a blotted lip or a tinted lip balm. For the blotted lip, I love using a nude shade (like this one). I put some lipstick in the middle of my lips, then I use my fingers to blend. This gives it a stained lip effect and lasts all day! I am also loving Maybelline’s BabyLips tinted Lip balms too.
  7. Bronzer: This is a multi-use product and it’s probably my go-to on days I’m not feeling that great at all! You can use it as a bronzer, as an eye shadow, as a contour or as an eye liner! Seriously, the possibilities are endless! Benefit’s Hoola and NARS’ Laguna bronzer are my favs!
  8. Blurring Primer: All hail whoever created these because THIS is the real MVP of sick days/fatigue days/days you’re not feeling it. I cannot stress how much wearing this (after your moisturizer) changes the appearance of your skin! Too Faced’s Hangover Primer is one of my favs! I also love Benefit’s Porefessional and Milk Makeup’s Blur stick are great too. The best part about these is you can wear these by themselves and you’ll get the same effect!
  9. Eye Cream: NOTHING beats a good eye cream to depuff those under eyes on a sick day! Seriously, I cannot stress how much this will make you feel better instantly! I swear by Origins’ Ginzing Eye cream but lately I’ve been loving Bobbi Brown’s eye cream too!
  10. Face Mask/Facial Mists: Nothing makes me feel better than a face mask! Plus, this pulls toxins out of your face to give it a healthy glow! Sometimes, I use the Origins’ Retexturizing Face Mask and then follow through with my skincare routine on sick days! I love a good facial mist too! Mario Badescu’s facial sprays wake me and my skin up, making the day SO much better!

If none of these are doing it for you, don’t even bother with makeup! Put on a good moisturizer and go about your day!

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Skin Care

Review: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

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First Aid Beauty has been raved about for a while now and even though I heard a lot about it, I had never tried any of their products! So when I saw that Sephora’s 500 pt gift set was a First Aid Beauty Skin care set, I jumped quickly to give them a try! One of the products in the gift set was this particular product. After using 10 pads of this, I knew I had to buy the full size!

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What is it: This is a daily treatment pad that contains lactic and glycolic acids to exfoliate, tone and brighten all skin types. This has been created for people who are looking to improve dullness in their skin as well as uneven skin tone. You can use this twice a day or once a day. It’s completely up to you! The formula also includes cucumber and Indian gooseberry, which targets toning your skin. It also has lemon peel and liquorice root for a bright glowy complexion! Not only does it target uneven skin tone, it also helps improve skin’s texture! It’s safe to use for sensitive skin!

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The Good: OMG. This has improved the texture of my skin overnight. Like not even kidding. Initially, I was worried that it might break me out but it did nothing of that sort. After two weeks of using it day and night, I found the dark spots around my mouth start to fade. It was not drastic but I could definitely see a difference. My skin felt brighter and healthier. I found that this layered with other skin products and makeup so well! The smell isn’t overpowering and these pads are SO easy to use. I use the exfoliating part to wipe first and then with the smooth side I do one last swipe. I just loved how it made my skin feel! I’m on my second container now!

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The Bad: Nothing!

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Overall Rating: 9/10 ($37 for 60 pads & $18.50 for 28 pads, I got mine at Sephora)

Beauty

Review: Esqido Gel Eyeliner in Black & Brown

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When Esqido sent me these babies to try out, I was so excited! If you have been long time readers of this blog, then you already know how obsessed I am with eyeliners! Seriously. I cannot go anywhere without some sort of eyeliner on my lids or waterline!

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What is it: These eyeliners are gel eyeliners that come in two shades: Black and Brown. It is pigmented, silky smooth and comes in the form of a retractable and sharpenable pen! One of my favourite things about these liners are the fact they come with an air-tight silicon ring closure around the top of the pencil. This helps the liner not dry out and last long! The pencils also come with a built-in sharpener attached at the bottom of the pencil! You can buy these online on Esqido’s website for $16 a pop (be sure to visit their website soon because they’re having a promo for these liners where you can get them both for the price of one!).

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The Pros: Let’s talk about how gel liners are literally the best thing ever created on this planet. Gel liners are perfect for everyday use because they glide on smooth and are extremely easy to use. Although, the down side to gel liners are that they tend to dry out a lot sooner than most eyeliners. This is NOT the case with Esqido’s liners. I have never been SO impressed with a gel liner! Even though these were sent to me, I can definitely tell you that I will hundred percent purchase these once I’m done using the two colours. The formula of these are incredible! It’s smooth, soft and super pigmented! One of the main reasons why I love these so much is because they lasted all day and all night on my eyes without smudging at all! I used them on my waterline and it stayed put! One swipe is all you need for these because they are incredibly pigmented. Also, I love that it’s retractable, making it easy to use when you’re traveling! If you want a precise tip all the time, you can use the sharpener attached at the bottom of the pencil (it’s SOO easy to use). These also pair well with ANY make up looks and false lashes! Another thing I loved about this was that it blended super well when I was doing a smoky eye look. This didn’t irritate my eyes nor did it dry out! Seriously, if you’re in the market to try a good gel liner this is it! They’re also matte. It definitely was waterproof because I wore these to a wedding last weekend and it did NOT smudge through the tears.

The Cons: GIVE ME MORE COLOURS! Currently, it is only available in Brown and Black but I can’t wait for bold colours, Esqido make this happen!!

Overall Rating: 10/10

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You can purchase yours here!

Beauty

Review: Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer

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What: The Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer is a makeup primer that helps your makeup last longer all while blurring your skin. Along with doing that, it also acts as a protective wall to keep makeup out of your skin so that you don’t get breakouts! This is a super high-end primer, retailing for $62 CDN at Sephora. The balm is packaged in a big circular case and it comes with a disc, which you can use to get the right amount of primer for your face! You can use this all over your face, your eye lids and your lips for a flawless makeup application. This blurs pores, controls oiliness and evens out your skin tone. The primer contains silk extracts too nourish the skin, leaving a smooth base for your makeup giving you a soft focus finish. There are also anti-pollution natural active ingredients in this primer. This creates a barrier between the world and skin. It also has hadasei-3 which is made up of great tea, rice and algae extracts; giving you a youthful and healthy skin!

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The Good: Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a makeup primer like this before. I’ve had a ton favourites but I think this one takes the cake for me. It was super cool to apply, with the disc and all. But most importantly, my makeup looked flawless. This was the first time (in a LONG time) that I had practically everyone who talked to me ask me how I achieved the perfect makeup look. Seriously. Now you know. It’s because of this product. My skin felt smooth, soft and this was super easy to apply. A little goes a long way. The texture of this formula is incredible! It’s silky smooth (duh) and it blends flawlessly when applied to your face, lids and/or lips. My makeup lasted all night long. In fact, I had to use makeup remover to take all of it off! I know a lot of people might stay away from this because of its price tag…but honestly, think of it as an investment for your skin in the long run! In the past couple months, I’ve learned that the only way you can get flawless makeup is if you work on your skin. Using products that benefit your skin is important and this product will do that for you! I have extremely sensitive and combination skin; and this did not irritate my skin at all! No breakouts, no redness, no nothing! My face was radiant and my skin felt good! The packaging is cute! It comes with a disc and instructions on how to use that disc to get the right amount of product for your face. I’ve used this primer sooooo many times and I have yet to make a major dent! Honestly, this is literally the best primer I have ever used! There’s no leftover residue on your face and it feels super lux!

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The Bad: NOTHING!

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Overall Rating: 10/10

Beauty

Review: MAC’s Hyper Real Glow in Flash+Awe & Get It Glowin’

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When MAC finally decided to come out with highlighter palettes, I wasn’t sure of what to expect. Individually, MAC highlighters can often be a hit or a miss for me so I was a little skeptical. I finally got my hands on both of these palettes and I’m here with a review of BOTH the palettes for you!

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What is it: MAC cosmetics put out two highlighter palettes, one in a pink shade zone and the other in a gold shade zone. Each palette comes with three shades and a mirror (score, you know how much I love my palettes to always have mirrors). Hyper Real Glow in Flash+Awe is a pinky/champagne highlighter palette. Hyper Real Glow in Get it Glowin’ is a golden highlighter palette. Both palettes claim to have formulas that will work for any skin type and tone. Although, the golden palette is geared towards darker skin dolls and the pink palette is for the lighter skin dolls. You can use these shades together or individually to get the most natural glow!

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Flash+Awe Shades: Light Of The Party is a flesh toned shimmery peachy pink. Rosy Glow is a medium toned shimmer shell pink. Flash+Awe is a pale pink with silver shimmer.

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Get It Glowin’ Shades: Rosy Cheer is a rich golden bronze with fine gold shimmer. Get it Glowin’ is a peachy nude with fine gold shimmer. Gold Coasting is a champagne gold with gold shimmer.

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The Good: Okay, remember how I said I was skeptical about these palettes at the beginning of this post? Well, I was wrong. I shouldn’t have been skeptical because these highlighters are actually so good! In fact, all six shades did not disappoint! Of course, it’s up to you individually to decide which shade you want to use to highlight what…but I can safely say, each one of these shades looked radiant on my skin tone! The formula of these babies are amazing! It’s buttery soft to touch and I noticed I had zero fall out (even though MAC claims there might be some). Also, because they’re so smooth and soft, it’s incredibly easy to blend! Every time I’ve used any of these highlights, I always get asked what I’m wearing! Not only can you use this to highlight the high points of your face, you can use these as eye shadows (add fix+ and get foiled shadows!). Rosy Cheer can used to highlight your neck and legs too! Rosy Cheer is perfect to add to the centre of your lips when you’re rocking a super matte lip to add some definition. As you can see, I’m all about versatile products especially when you’re paying a pretty high price for these palettes! I love the look of these highlighters on my face. I find them to be natural and not glittery (despite having shimmer). The packaging of this product is pretty sleek! I love how I can slip it into my makeup bag if I’m traveling. All in all, both these palettes are pretty good!

(Flash+Awe Swatches)

The Bad: The price point might be a little bothersome for some. But you don’t have to get both of them, you can get one based on your skin tone!

(Get it Glowin’) 

Overall Rating: 9/10 (you can get yours at MAC for $48 a pop)

 

Beauty

Review: Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Tan Sand & Light Medium

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You guys, these might be the best concealers I’ve ever used. Tarte’s Shape Tape Contour Concealers have been raved about ever since they were introduced into the beauty world!

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What is it: A full-coverage concealer that brightens and smooths your skin for a flawless matte finish! The reason why it’s called “shape tape” is because these concealers can also be used to contour and literally “shape” your face. It’s perfect for all skin types and skin tones. No matter what your skin problems are, these babies will help you achieve the makeup look you’re looking to create! In fact, they claim you don’t even need to set these concealers at all! Ingredients include mango seed and shea butters that are meant to naturally illuminate your complexion! I picked up the shade Tan Sand and Light Medium. I use Tan Sand during the summer as well as to cover any blemishes. I also use it as an eyeshadow primer and if I want to do a cut-crease look! I use Light Medium under my eyes and as an eyeshadow primer, IF I want brighter eyeshadow colours to pop!

 

The Good: Y’all. This concealer is amazing. Like I can’t even stress how amazing these are! The formula of these are so creamy. It’s easy to blend and it doesn’t feel like you have anything on! My favourite part about this product has to be the applicator wand! It’s so easy to apply that even someone who knows nothing about concealing and contouring can master it! The other thing I love about this is the fact that it doesn’t move once you’ve applied it. I’ve never had it crease! It also stays on for what seems like forever and I’m all about this! I honestly think everyone should own this concealer. It’s matte. It’s so blendable. It’s perfect. The concealers aren’t watery are very opaque without being cakey!

The Bad: N O T H I N G!

Overall Rating: 10/10 (You can get yourself one at tartecosmetics.com or your local Ulta store for $27, that’s where I got mine!)

Beauty

Review: Charlotte Tilbury’s Unisex Healthy Glow Hydrating Tint

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I think I’ve found the perfect way to get the ultimate sun-kissed look without the hassle of a self tanner courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury. When the lady at the Charlotte Tilbury counter at Holt Renfrew tried this on me, I had to do a double take. My skin looked like it was transformed into something I had never experienced before…and with that kind of result, I knew I had to have this particular product in my life!

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What is it: The Unisex Healthy Glow is described as an “all-year hydrating summer tint moisturizer”. Now, I wouldn’t really call this a tinted moisturized because it’s a one shade fits all product. When you squeeze the product out, it comes out like a moisturizer. There’s no visible “tint” but when you start working it in your face, it starts adding a tan type glow to it. It truly is magic. This product is unisex and morphs into any skin tone for the perfect natural looking glow! It’s hydrating and has natural moisturizing activates which contain a combination of moisture regulating ingredients that mimic bouncy lipids in your skin. The packaging is small enough to fit into your makeup bag! You can wear it alone or under foundation.

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The Good: Okay, remember earlier when I told you I had to do a double take when I first tried this product on? Well, I still do it every single time I use this product. The moment I blend this onto my skin, I find that my pores disappear. My skin looks like it’s got a natural glow! In fact, every time I have this on, I get complimented on how glowy my skin looks! In fact, none of the people believe me when I say it’s makeup and not my skin! I’ve used this under makeup and by itself…and personally, I prefer to use this product by itself. I find it doesn’t really do anything spectacular for my makeup if I use it as a primer but when I use it on its own, it’s like magic! My skin is smooth and even toned! The colour blends perfectly and I love this for days I don’t want to spend time on makeup. The formula itself is hydrating and really easy to use. I recommend using your fingers vs. using tools to apply it, just to get it to blend better. If you have oily skin, I suggest you set it because I did find about after 8 hours, it did crease a tiny bit! Other than that, this is a phenomenal product! You get the perfect natural glow without all the extra makeup products and that’s mainly why I love using this. A little bit goes a long way with this product. I use about 3 drops on my face to achieve the perfect glow! It does give my face a little bit of colour but nothing that’s super overwhelming or wacky! It’s really natural and very easy to blend.

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The Bad: The only thing I don’t like about this product is the fragrance. It smells like the coppertone sunscreen I used to lather on when I was younger. I hope in the future, they make it fragrance free!

Overall Rating: 9/10 (You can get yours at Charlotte Tilbury’s website or at your local Holt Renfrew cosmetics department!)