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!)

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Fashion, Lifestyle

Best Dressed At The Grammy Awards 2018

Did you check out the Grammy Awards last night? You know I did! Here are all my favourite looks from last night!

Beyoncé beyonce-grammys-2018-3 Let us all learn something about personal style from Queen B. Slay.

Logic & Jessica AndreaGettyImages-911522148_master.nocrop.w515.h670.2x The cutest couple and also one of the best dressed (duh). I love that these two are all about fun!

Hailee Steinfeld GettyImages-911499234_master.nocrop.w447.h670.2x This outfit would’ve been SO boring if it wasn’t for the holographic purple boots. Way to go Hailee. This is how one makes a style statement.

Trevor Noah60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals I’m all about men trying different printed jackets and Trevor looks incredibly handsome in this ensemble!

Lana Del Reylana-del-ray-grammy-awards-2018 She literally looks like she stepped out of heaven. What makes this whole ethereal outfit even more angelic is the star halo on her head. It just goes and isn’t extra at all!

Zayn Malik60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - ArrivalsI mean when you’re this good-looking, you can wear a garbage bag and still make it work on a red carpet. I love that Zayn didn’t wear a conventionally boring black suit. Also, those socks doeeee!

Rita Ora60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet I love a classic black gown on a red carpet. Her hair and makeup is what makes this whole outfit gorgeous!

Chrissy Teigen & John Legend GettyImages-911508014_master.nocrop.w445.h670.2x Again, one of my favourite red carpet duos. These two never disappoint and I’m all about this sparkly gown. Also, you already know how I feel about bow ties.

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals Pulling an all white suit ensemble is tough, but Donald Glover/Childish Gambino does it with such ease! Again, that bow tie…so cute!

Alessia Caraalessia-cara-grammy-awards-2018 I love Alessia’s “I-don’t-care-about-heels” attitude. Alessia stays true to her personal unique style by making fashion comfy…and I’m all about it.

Thomas Rhett & Lauren AkinsGettyImages-911498198_master.nocrop.w461.h670.2x I love when couples coordinate outfits at these events. Something just screams “be jealous we’re adorbs”. These two look adorable!

Anna Kendrick60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals Anna has been killing the red carpet style game lately! I am dying to recreate this outfit solely because it looks so chic and gorgeous!

 

Images courtesy of People.com, Hollywoodlife.com & Huffingtonpost.com

Skin Care

Review: Tarte Cosmetics’ Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask

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When I saw that Tarte was adding a face mask to their line, I didn’t know exactly what to expect but I was definitely excited. I’m still a newbie when it comes to face masks because it is so time-consuming. But what I learned with this particular face mask duo was that anything that is time-consuming for your face will have results…and I’m all for it.

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What is it: Tarte’s Tight & Bright clay mask comes with two clay masks (score!). It’s got a purple/lavender side and a gold side in the pot. I won’t lie it’s really pretty to look at! The lavender mask is a detoxifying and purifying mask that is targeted towards your T-zone to combat excess oil and tighten pores (hence the ‘Tight’ part of its name). It’s the detoxifying part of this multi-mask duo. The gold side is a firming gel mask targeted towards any dry parts of your face as well as any delicate parts (like under your eyes) that need an instant boost of brightness! Both these masks have Amazonian clay in them. The gold gel has hyaluronic acid that helps restore your skin’s natural moisture balance for a supple, soft, and energized look! You can use these two on its own or together to get the perfect at-home facial. You need to leave this mask on for 10-20 min for best results.

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The Good: My favourite part of this duo is the fact that I can use one product to target all my skin concerns all at once. This alone should be the reason why everyone should own this, if not at least try it out once. I promise, you will not be disappointed. I used them together and by themselves…but I won’t lie…I find that they work best when you use them together. I put the gold gel on my cheeks and under eye. I put the lavender on my T-zone and chin. The formula of both these masks are incredible. The gold gel is so smooth and easy to apply on your skin. It also feels really nice. The lavender mask has microbeads in them, which I find is a great way to exfoliate dead skin when I rinse it off. When I use them together, I leave it on for about 15-18 minutes. Remember how I said anything time-consuming for your face is always going to get you results? Well, let me tell you the results of this mask were incredible. My face was soft to touch and it felt super hydrated, despite using a clay mask! The brightening part brightened and the tightening part tightened (LOL) and I can’t say I was disappointed at all! My face had this gorgeous glow and I can’t see myself not incorporating this into my skincare routine going forward. Also, the packaging is super cute! I love that it’s in a pot!

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The Bad: The only downside is the price. But look at it as an investment! Also, I wish it came with a spatula or brush to apply this mask.

Overall Rating: 9/10 (You can pick yours up at any Tarte retailer, I got mine from Sephora for $52 CDN)

 

 

Fashion, Style

Favourite Looks From the AMAs 2017

AHH! Although I missed watching the AMAs this year, I did get a chance to look through all the fashion! Here are 6 of my favourite looks from the red carpet! All pic credits belong to HollywoodLife.com!

Selena GomezAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Nov 2017I’m all about this new Selena. The subtle yet super edgy look is working on Sel.

Nial HoranAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Nov 2017 Okay, readers of this blog already know how I feel about men wearing unique suits…I’m all about it.

Kathryn HahnAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Nov 2017  I love everything about this, from the colour of this dress to her hair and makeup: FLAWLESS.

Nick JonasAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Nov 2017 All the heart eyed emojis here.

Kelly Clarkson2017 American Music Awards - Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Nov 2017 I’m all about the sequins here…and can we talk about her flawless makeup?

Shawn Mendes

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  He is so DREAMY. I’m loving the printed blazer.

Beauty

Review: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella & Dragon Girl

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These lip pencils have been a cult favourite for years and when I got my hands on them, I completely understand why. NARS is one of my favourite makeup brands because of how much the brand values quality over quantity.

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What is it: These two lip pencils are from NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil line. It’s essentially a matte lipstick in the form of a pencil. I picked up the shade Dragon Girl, which supposedly Taylor Swift swears by, and I was given Cruella, a deluxe sample size. Dragon Girl is a bright poppy red and Cruella is a Scarlett red. These retail for $33 (CDN) and can be picked up at any NARS retailers (mine’s from Sephora).

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The Good: I now know why Taylor Swift swears by Dragon Girl. That red is probably one of the most gorgeous reds I’ve ever used. The staying power of these lip pencils are incredible. Both these shades stayed on my lips until I used makeup remover to remove it and I can’t be any happier! These pencils are SO pigmented. The colour you see is the colour you get. The finish isn’t completely matte but it’s matte with a hint of sheen (if that even makes sense). I love that it’s not the size of a lip liner pencil and is a little bit bigger…making it perfect for applying all over your lips with ease. The formula is incredibly smooth and does not dry out your lips at all. I’ve used these shades alone, I’ve paired them with one another and I’ve paired them with other lip products….and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Cruella and Dragon Girl are so different from one another, so when you pair them together…you are left with a unique red shade and I am all for it! These shades felt so light on my lips, that I forgot I had red lips on (lol).

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The Bad: The only downside with this product is the fact that you have to sharpen it. I am hoping at some point NARS comes out with a retractable version of these lip pencils because sharpening them is a little hard (make sure you use a legit jumbo sharpener for makeup products). Other than that, nothing was terrible about this product.

Overall Rating: 9.5/10 

Beauty

Review: Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio in Tan (Truffle, Caramel & Rum)

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I, along with the world, am slowly falling in love with practically every product that’s in Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line. When I saw that Fenty Beauty had a curated “contour” kit, I just couldn’t resist and had to see what it was all about!

 

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What is it: This cream-to-powder contour kit includes everything you need for the perfect contour. Fenty Beauty came out with 4 curated skin tone shade kits and I picked up the shade Tan because it seemed like it would work for my skin tone. The kit includes a Matte contour match stix in Truffle, a matte Concealer match stix in Caramel and a Shimmer highlight stix in Rum. All three of the “stix” are full-sized and are retractable. In addition to all that, they’re also magnetic, which makes it perfect for traveling!

 

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The Good: OKAY. THE FORMULA OF THIS PRODUCT IS EPIC. Yes, I needed to write all of that in caps to get my point across. No, seriously, the formula is amazing. It’s creamy enough to blend extremely well on to your skin but hard enough for it to not break off (hmm KKW needs to learn a thing or two from this range). Not only does this blend extremely well, it’s also buildable…which makes contouring super easy for newbies. The highlighting shade is SO pretty and you can definitely wear it as an eyeshadow too (bonus points for versatility). The longevity of these products are great! It definitely stayed on my face without any movement until I used makeup remover to take it off. It wasn’t cakey and I love how all three shades go so well with one another. And can we talk about the packaging? The fact that it’s magnetic is what sold it for me because I tend to lose products when I travel and *hopefully* I won’t now that they’re all stuck together (lol). Also, these stix are SO pigmented. You only need one swipe of this to do the work for you!

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The Bad: One of the only things I had a teeny issue with is the shade Caramel. Now, for me, it’s pretty much the same skin tone…so if you’re looking to have a brighter under eye look, then this is not going to do it. But needless to say, as a concealer to cover up acne or scars, this was great!

Overall Rating: 10/10 ($67 CDN at Sephora….the price is totally worth it)

 

Lifestyle

How I Get Ready For A South Asian Wedding Event

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I open my closet and start pulling out outfits that make me look like Priyanka Chopra in my head…cuz you know ain’t nobody like a desi girl.

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It’s time to game plan. There are different types of outfits one can wear when going to a South Asian wedding event. If I know the bride/groom personally, then you best know that I’ll be rocking that lehenga or glitzy saree. If I’m a plus one for my parents (yes, it’s a thing), then I’ll taper the look down in a kameez or a glam saree.

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Once I’ve chosen at least 3 outfits as options, I’m going to start taking MySpace-esque mirror selfies to see which one looks the bombdotcom…because….hello Instagram?

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…and I’ll send them to my most trusted squad members….because the squad has to approve right? Also, they’ll most likely tell me if I’m too scandalous #noscandalizedauntieszone

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Outfit done. Time to get my makeup on. Popular to contrary belief, I rarely know what makeup look I’m going for. Almost always, I’ll pick the lipstick I want to use and base my whole look around that.

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Daaang, makeup did. Now to get my hair did…cue the Beyonce playlist now…#feelingmyself.

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Hair did. Face beat. Now for the bling. For me, it’s all about the glitz…because I’m that extra.

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Time to Instagram…it’s about that #OOTD life.

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And now I’m ready to get into the car and head to the event! Peace out! See you in the next post! x

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