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)

 

 

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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

American Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Nov 2017

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

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 

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)

 

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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My Skincare Routine

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Morning Skincare

  1. Clinique 3 Step: Cleanser, Toner & Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel in that order.
  2. Tarte’s Tarteguard: I’m like on my third bottle now and I can’t stress enough how important it is to use sunscreen for your face everyday…no matter the season!
  3. Origins’ Ginzing Eye Cream: Coffee for your under eyes. No joke.
  4. Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub: This is such an interesting lip balm. It’s got sugar bits that literally melt on your lips keeping them soft! Perfect base for using liquid lipsticks (which are my go to for the work week).
  5. If I have a pimple or some sort of breakout, I’ll use the Clean and Clear Advantage spot treatment.
  6. Clinque Pep Start: I love using this before I apply makeup or even on its own because it legit blurs all the pores on my face!

Night Time Skincare

  1. Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser: I swear by this cleanser at night because it really cleans out my skin without damaging or drying it out.
  2. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: I’ve been using this for years and I can’t seem to stop.
  3. Currently I’m alternating between Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum and Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. Both are great, both do different things for my skin…so it really comes down to how I feel on the night of. If I want a radiance boost or my skin is super dull looking, then I’ll go with the radiance serum otherwise I’m always using the Estee Lauder.
  4. Estee Lauder Advanced Repair Eye Cream: This makes my under eye area feel super awesome the next morning!
  5. Clinique Moisture Surge Gel: If my skin is feeling extra dry or I’ve used like every makeup product I own on my face, then I’ll use this. It adds hydration to my skin instantly!
  6. One a week, I’ll use Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask to add back any hydration I’ve lost during the week!
  7. Lush’s Honey Lip Scrub: Again, because I use liquid lipstick so much…I feel like I need to use a lip scrub once every 3 days.
  8. Dior’s Creme De Rose: I apply this to my lips right before I go to sleep!

 

My Favourite Contour Palettes

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I will be the first one to admit that I cannot contour properly. You’ll always find me making fishy faces or staring at my Instagram feed trying to figure out how to perfectly contour. But what I will say is these 5 palettes have helped me big time. I know I’m SO late to the contouring game (but honestly, who FOLLOWS trends right? It’s all about making them) but here are 5 of my favourite contour palettes that work best for a novice like me!

  1. Sleek Makeup’s Cream Contour Kit in Medium: I picked this up at Ulta and I am in love with how simple and easy it is to use. It’s also the cheapest palette out of these and my wallet cannot be any happier!
  2. Urban Decay’s Shape Shifter in Medium Dark: This impulse buy ended up being one of my favourite UD purchases in a long time. This is perfect for travel because it has both cream and powder contour shades plus a gorgeous highlight shade!
  3. Kat Von D’s Shade+Light Palette: This is the holy grail of contour products. These powders feel like butter and blend perfectly on your skin. You can also use the lighter shades to bake!
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Medium to Tan: This was one of my first ever contour palettes I had ever purchased and I always go back to it. I love that it’s buildable and perfect for my skin tone!
  5. NARS Contour Blush in Paloma: This one is my favourite for everyday mainly because it’s super simple to use and it looks like I contoured without even trying (that’s how you’re supposed to rock this trend right? lolz).