Some recent looks #4

Posted on March 24, 2016 under FOTD

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I only have two looks for you today, and they’re both a little (or a lot) out there. But that’s probably a good thing, considering I often get stuck in a makeup rut and wear variations of the same thing every day!

St. Patrick’s Day

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Although I am of vaguely Irish heritage somewhere down the line, I don’t particularly care for or about St. Patrick’s Day. But I’ve had this half dry green Colour Tattoo for years now, so I busted it out to give it the barest minimum of love before chucking it. (I really had to scrape it to get any colour payoff; it had completely come away from the edges of the pot.) I went for warm neutrals on the cheeks and lips to complement the eyes, which I think worked well.

I don’t often wear colours on my eyes, but this was a fairly wearable look. I mean, I didn’t feel very weird wearing it to class. I think it’s partially my hooded eyelids – you never get a concentrated shot of colour unless I look down or close my eyes. And, I mean, if there’s any day for un-self-consciously wearing green eyeshadow, it’s March 17.

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Foundation: Rimmel Lasting Finish 25H Foundation in 010
Concealer: L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Concealer in C1-2-3 under the eyes
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte
Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure
Contour: NYX HD Blush in Taupe
Brows: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe; Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara
Eye primer: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eyeshadow: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Edgy Emerald all over the eyelid and on the lower lashline; Urban Decay Faint on the outer V. (I forgot to use my crappy pink star on the image, but Faint is the second darkest shade. When used on top of the green, it turned into a muddy, olivey colour, which was cool.)
Eyeliner: Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black to tightline
Mascara: Lancôme Grandiôse
Lipstick: Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry

Life On Mars?

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The day after St. Patrick’s Day was Bowie Night! “Life On Mars?” is 100%, no doubt one of my favourite songs of all time, so when my roommate, our friends, and I decided to go, recreating the look from the video was a no-brainer. It did require buying a new eyeshadow which I will probably never use again, but Bowie is worth it.

It was slightly difficult to figure out the makeup: the video on YouTube is quite washed out, making it look like Bowie is wearing white foundation – but some of the images on Google show him with his regular (fair) skintone. In the video, the lips look like more of a peachy coral, but in images, they look bright pink. I mainly deferred to the pictures, because I like the bright colours and because, well, I don’t have white foundation.

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I mainly went off these two gifs.

As you can see, my attempts to conceal my brows were not successful. I used a really high coverage concealer and followed all the steps to the T, so I’m not sure what went wrong. My brows are pretty coarse, so maybe that’s it? I think it was a textural issue rather than a colour issue, because I’ve seen people with black brows do it successfully. Or maybe I truly have no idea what I’m doing. That’s possible, too. (My Uber driver at the end of the night took one look at me and said, “What happened to your eyebrows?”, which was #rude. But, I mean, fine, they looked bad. I admit it. Those close-ups are ROUGH.)

I also made a more serious attempt at faking a mullet after I took the makeup pictures:

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It’s certainly not the Hunky Dory-era mullet… those feathered bangs, though.

My only regret is that I didn’t have a powder blue suit.

(Is it just me, or is hot pink blush on the sides of the nose kind of a good look?)

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Foundation: Rimmel Lasting Finish 25H Foundation in 010
Concealer: L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Concealer in C1-2-3 under the eyes; Stila Perfecting Concealer in shade A on the eyebrows
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty
Eye primer: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eyeshadow: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tenacious Teal all over the lid and on the lower lashline; theBalm Metal-ica over NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk on the inner corners
Eyeliner: Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black to tightline and on the lower waterline
Mascara: Lancôme Grandiôse
Lipstick: Revlon Balm Stain in Lovesick dabbed on

Some recent looks #3

Posted on November 18, 2015 under FOTD

It’s been awhile since I last posted makeup pictures, and I have a bit of a backlog. Let’s cut the preamble and jump right into it. As always, shades I used in palettes are marked with a very crude pink star.

All Burgundy All The Time

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I love eyeshadows that look good on their own, that you can just slap on and blend out at the edges and call it a day. I mean, crafting a complex eye look is fun and all, but I don’t always have time for that – yet I don’t want to sacrifice looking like I’m an eyeshadow master. I also love magenta/burgundy/berry/plum, and since it’s fall it just makes sense to put a bunch of stuff in that shade range on my face. I love how this monochrome look turned out!

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Foundation: Revlon Nearly Naked in 110 Ivory
Concealer: MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC15 on blemishes; Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Brightener under the eyes
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte
Blush: Sleek blush in Flushed
Contour: Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow
Highlight: NARS Illuminator in Copacabana
Brows: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe
Eye primer: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eyeshadow: theBalm Alice Copper all over the eyelid and on the lower lashline
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof liquid eyeliner in Intense Black on the top lashline; Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black to tightline and on lower waterline
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnôse (original)
Lipstick: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria

One-Shadow Olive

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Remember how I said I’m into one-shadow looks? Yeah. Here’s another one. This was also my attempt to get more into my BalmJovi palette, which has some gorgeous shades shades that were just made for fall. Since the eyes on this one were pretty dark, I went for a light lipstick to balance it all out.

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Foundation: Revlon Nearly Naked in 110 Ivory
Concealer: MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC15 on blemishes; Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Brightener under the eyes
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte
Blush: Benefit Dandelion
Contour: Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow
Highlight: theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer
Brows: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe
Eye primer: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eyeshadow: theBalm Lead Zeppelin all over the lid and on the lower lashline; theBalm Iron Maid-In on the inner corners
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof liquid eyeliner in Intense Black on the top lashline; Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black to tightline
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnôse (original)
Lipstick: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss #17

Celebratory Gold Glitter

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So, you may have heard that Canada has a new Prime Minister. Like most Canadians in my demographic (students living in a big city), I was vehemently opposed to Stephen Harper, who was PM for almost ten years. This was my first federal election, and while my local candidate did not win (:() and while I’m not a huge Liberal supporter, I’m excited just to be done with Harper! My American roommate was into the election too, and we watched the entire thing together.

The next day I decided to go all out with the gold and glitter to celebrate the fact that Canada can put Harper behind us. I also went with a warm red lipstick and peach blush, because they were pretty together and made me happy.

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Foundation: Revlon Nearly Naked in 110 Ivory
Concealer: MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC15 on blemishes; Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Brightener under the eyes
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte
Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
Contour: Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow
Highlight: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone
Brows: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe
Eye primer: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eyeshadow: From the LORAC Pro palette: a mixture of Gold and Light Bronze all over the lid; Mauve in the crease (as a transition shade); Sable on the outer corner and lower lashline; Light Bronze in the inner corner; Little Mix by Collection Rock It Liner in Leigh-Anne all over the lid for glitter
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof liquid eyeliner in Intense Black on the top lashline; Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black to tightline
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnôse (original)
Lipstick: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic

Grad Photos

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This is actually a really similar look to my Justin Trudeau-is-PM look, but it’s a classic for a reason! I had my grad photos taken a few weeks ago and obviously I went all out. I decided to do my makeup as close to quintessential Clem as possible. (This is harder than it sounds considering I switch it up all the time!) I like to experiment with eyeshadow, but I would say I’m most comfortable with a light, slightly shimmery, neutral look – so I went with that. Most people said I should go for a natural lipstick colour, but I went with my gut and chose something more me – naturally, Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red. I’m glad about it, because with how fair I am and how washed out the lighting made me I think the red helped make me look alive:

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(I ordered the one on the right!)

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Foundation: Revlon Nearly Naked in 110 Ivory
Concealer: MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC15 on blemishes; Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Brightener under the eyes
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte
Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat
Contour: Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow
Highlight: Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polished
Brows: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe
Eye primer: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eyeshadow: From the Stila In the Light palette: Kitten all over the lid and in the inner corner; Bliss in the crease; Sandstone in the outer corner and on the lower lashline
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof liquid eyeliner in Intense Black on the top lashline; Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black to tightline
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnôse (original)
Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red

And that’s what’s been on my face this fall!

Cold Weather 2015 Favourites

Posted on November 16, 2015 under Favourites

I know it feels like fall has just arrived in a lot of places, but here in Montreal winter could come at any moment. We haven’t had real snow yet, just a tiny bit that melts as soon as it hits the ground, but it’s imminent. I suppose these are my fall favourites, but let’s call them cold weather favourites as most of them will transition well into winter.

theBalm Balm Jovi Palette

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This palette has been in my collection for years and is tragically neglected, so I’ve been making a point of pulling it out these past few weeks. It contains some perfect fall shades, and the shadows are generally of a great quality – pigmented and blendable. A bunch of these shadows make for beautiful one-shadow looks, a few of which you’ll see in an upcoming post.

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A few of my favourite shades: Alice Copper, Lead Zeppelin, and Moderato.

Wet N Wild Silent Treatment trio eyelid colour

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I predicted this would get a lot of use this fall, and so far I have been correct. It’s one of my favourite eyeshadow colours, period – this shimmery taupe-y purple is just so special and absolutely beautiful on the lids. It’s neutral but still interesting. It’s also gorgeous to work with; it’s so soft and blendable, and true to the colour in the pan. I sneak this into my makeup year-round, but I think it’s especially suited to fall.

Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil

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My coworker received this as gratis but gave it to me because she doesn’t like waterproof eyeliner, and wow am I glad. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! I use this pencil to tightline every day and it lasts all day without transferring to my lower waterline. It’s creamy and does not irritate my eyes whatsoever. On my top lashline, it transfers a bit, but it’s honestly the least transfer I’ve ever experienced from a pencil liner. It’s definitely a pretty penny, but I’d repurchase it for sure. (Also, it has since been sharpened. This picture was taken post-Halloween, when it was used to scribble all over various faces.)

Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment*

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My lips have never been in better shape and that’s all there is to that. If you’re interested in the full review, I went more into detail in a previous post.

Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry and MAC Lipstick in Rebel

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Sultry and Rebel could not be more different if they tried, but I have been wearing both of them non-stop this fall. Sultry is a gorgeous mixture of brown, pink, and red – I never know quite how to describe it. On my colouring, it’s a bit more deep and dramatic, but still on the neutral side of things. It’s the type of colour that goes so well with the rich browns and bronzes of fall. Rebel is obviously a statement shade, and it’s been one of my favourites for ages. It’s the most beautiful, singular magenta, and it’s my favourite lipstick colour ever. It suits this time of year so well, and it basically has not come off my lips in weeks.

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Sultry on the left, Rebel on the right. Obviously.

Oversized mug

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As you may know, I am big on staying hydrated. But when it gets colder, drinking a bottle of cold water is often the last thing I want to do. However, it’s tedious to continually make small cups of tea that amount to tiny volumes of water. Remembering the big mug I had in Glasgow last year (purchased from Primark, in case anyone is on the hunt), I hit up Dollarama to replace that sucker. This mug holds 500mL of tea, and it keeps me very, very warm. I am in love with it.

(Also, don’t mind Justin Trudeau staring at you. It’s a long story that involves cutting a 5 foot campaign sign down off a post at 3am and bringing it into our home. Okay, that’s the story. It’s actually pretty short.)

H&M Blanket Scarf

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I’m pretty sure that whoever invented blanket scarves was Canadian, because there is nothing more suited to this nation. I think the best coping mechanism for a Canadian winter is to just encase yourself in as many textiles as possible. And also to cry at the fact that the sun goes down at 4:30pm and it’s -40 degrees outside. Blanket scarves are, obviously, perfect for outdoors, but they are also extremely versatile when inside. Mine basically has not left my body since I purchased it. Multiple times, I have found myself on my sofa, nodding off after 17 hours of readings, and covered myself with the scarf and had a very warm and comfortable nap. And there is just something very, very appealing about literally wearing a blanket outside.

Zara Glitter Boots

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Just look at these boots and try to tell me that they aren’t the answer to every possible question or problem life could ever come up with. They are perfect. Granted, they were me settling because I can’t afford the Saint Laurent version that Harry Styles wore in SNL in December 2013, but they’ll do.

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These are like four billion dollars.

Theorem

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It seems that I am a fan of weird foreign 1960s films, a fact about myself which I kind of hate. But there’s no denying it – my favourite film of all time is Daisies, a Czech new wave film.

I watched Theorem for my Italian cinema class, and I was blown away by it. Given that it’s an art house film, it’s the type of thing that must be watched to be understood. The plot is very simple: an Italian bourgeois family is mysteriously visited by a stranger, who sleeps with each of them and who leaves abruptly. His departure makes each family member realize that there is a massive void in their bourgeois existence. It doesn’t sound like anything special, but it’s a beautiful film. There’s hardly any dialogue; most of it just music and images. Definitely the best thing I’ve watched for school this semester.

Baking and Cooking

I know I’m not the only one who always develops a time-consuming interest at the end of the semester, as a distraction from the piles of work I have to do. This semester I have been very into baking, which is productive and delicious enough that I can’t be too mad about it. My roommate and I have also instituted weekly Adult Nights where we cook a real meal together, and although I normally dislike cooking I always have such a good time when we cook together. Here are some of the creations to come out of my kitchen recently…

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I’ve made four pies so far and I have finally perfected a flaky, wonderful crust. Pictured is pumpkin pie with a brown sugar pecan glaze.

Katie and I made white pizza last night and it was AMAZING! The thin crust recipe we used was perfect, and our toppings of garlic, onion, mushroom, broccoli, and chicken were absolutely delicious. We still have 4 slices leftover, so that’s a few dinners sorted…

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At 9pm the other day I got a bee in my bonnet about bagels, and so I made some! It took me about two hours, but it was worth it. They’re not quite as good as St. Viateur, but I’m really impressed with the recipe.

Next up: scones.

Those are my recent favourites – a bunch of stuff that has been keeping me warm, inside and out, in the increasingly cold weather.

Product marked with an asterisk was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions remain my own.