Save Your Money – Shop Sephora

I will point out that this is not sponsored, I just really love Sephora Brand make up.

Over the years I have experimented with a lot of cosmetics. I have combination skin that loves to react very visibly and it loves to itch when products don’t work. I have very dry skin in some areas, very oily skin in other areas and in the middle is just red from sun and wind.

I have tried a lot of drug store brands and have found a lot of them bother my skin, even the $25.00 dollar foundations at the drug store often bother me. So I started trying Sephora brand make up, because it’s also very affordable but it’s quality is certainly higher than drug store.

Sephora 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation

The 10HR Wear Foundation is my go to foundation. It costs $26.50 and it has very high coverage, very little scent, it’s incredibly bendable and it comes in a pump bottle. It has 0.84 oz, which may not seem like a lot, but one bottle will last me months and months of daily wear because it takes so little to cover your whole face.

Sephora Pro Palette

I have one of the Pro Palettes. The pigment is incredible and the pans are very large. It’s 28 0.04 oz pans and it comes at $85.00 for this massive palette. Thankfully, this palette goes on sale fairly often so you can get it 15% or 25% off depending on the time of year. Again, with the amount of pigment, a little goes a long way with this product. I have found that it’s a well matched palette, as almost every shade can be thrown in with another and come out looking polished. They are very easy to work with and I found blending was a breeze. There are three very light shimmer shades in the top left corner of the palette that are almost pigment less, and they make for a beautiful addition over other matte shades in the palette.

Sephora Tinsel Time Liquid Glitter

When I got these I doubted they would be any good because the set of four cost me $9.00, but low and behold, they pack colour on your lids so quickly. One quick pass for a little shimmer, two passes for very visible glitter, three passes and you can’t see the skin underneath! They usually go for $18.00 and they are worth it. I have found after multiple uses that they come off very easily if you just let your make up remover (or micellar water) sit for a moment before trying to wipe them away.

Sephora Make No Mistake High Coverage Concealer

This product called itself high coverage, and it is. A small drop under each eye covers my entire eye region, my nose and forehead. It’s $18.50. I compared it to the Nars concealer when I was in store, and the Nars most comparable coverage was $20.00 more! Save your money, and get this non creasing concealer instead.

I won’t claim to have bought every product in Sephora, but being the little animal I am, I swatch everything when I go to the store, and I have thoroughly enjoyed their holiday palettes this year. I once owned their lip glitter stick and it was just a joyful product, that I admittedly used on my eyes rather than my lips, but I loved it. Do you love Sephora brand? Let me know in the comments. I do just love that they maintain a high standard in their quality, they keep a diverse collection available all year round and they don’t bump up the price to match the brands they carry in their store.

Tell me which products of theirs you love, or which ones you are dying to try!

Back To Basics – Make Up

With Instagram and Youtube beauty gurus, make up has become more and more complex. With contouring, highlighting, cut creases, fake lashes and endless techniques and luxury products it would seem we’ve lost sight of basic make up. The kind you can throw on in the morning and head out. If you are looking for some great finds that go one great, check out my favourite products!

Let’s go back to basics.

In order to have any foundation set nicely on your skin there are two steps. Exfoliating and moisturizing. Exfoliating does not have to take specialty products or enzyme creams, as it is very effective to grab a face cloth, a bar of hypoallergenic soap and some water. Wash your face with soap with your hands, then remove the soap and dead skin on your face with a wet wash cloth. Ta-da! Beautifully exfoliated skin!

Moisturizers often cost upwards of forty dollars when they are designed for the face. Forget that price tag! Grab any thin moisturizer (thick formulas are generally not good for your face) that isn’t scented and massage it gently into your face. I would recommend serums as they are very light and absorb quickly.

I used to believe primer was a waste of money, but after testing out my foundation wear with and without it, a primer is recommended. Again, gently massage this product into your skin.

Sephora Foundation

Foundation! The very foundation of make up. (Sorry for the pun). I know it’s tempting to skimp on this product but I wouldn’t recommend grabbing that five dollar bottle from the drug store. As foundation covers your whole face for the entire day, make sure yours doesn’t cause itchiness or rashes to your face. I’ve been using the Sephora brand foundation (it comes in at about twenty five dollars Canadian) and it has been great on my combination skin without robbing my wallet. It is a medium coverage formula that is buildable and I find I don’t need much to cover my face and neck. (Product shown above). Applying foundation is simple if you have a beauty blender (I got mine at the drug store for three or four dollars). Wet the sponge and blend away!

Covergirl Loose Powder

Setting your foundation shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg so use something like the Covergirl Loose Powder. It’s inexpensive and can be found at your local drug store. This too can be applied with a wet sponge or you can use a large brush.

Eyes! It seems now days you need fourteen colours on your lid to make a masterpiece, but for a daily look, two or three tones are more than enough! For a professional and more natural look, grab three tones of brown. one dark, one medium and one light. Use your darkest colour in the crease, the lightest above the crease and the middle shade on the lid of the eye and you have a simple and quick look!

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Eyeko Black Liner

Cat eyes have been quite the rage for the last years, but it isn’t needed for a daily look. A simple kohl pencil liner across the lash line is enough to give you the contrast you’re looking for. As for your water line, I’ve always found a white liner opens up my eyes (with the help of some coffee of course).

Make Up Forever Mascara

Lashes. Oh we love our fancy lashes, but reality is, a drug store mascara and a steady hand is a much more natural look that goes well with this whole quick routine we’re going with.

Lipstick or gloss? I would put a lip gloss in your bag and start your day out with a lip stick close to your actual lip colour, so as it fades your lips still look like human lips!

Below is a video done to go over the basics of applying cosmetics that focuses on budget friendly approaches and a few laughs.

That’s the basics. A return to the simple and quick! I hope you enjoyed this article and I look forward to hearing from you! Subscribe below to make sure you never miss a post!

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My Favourite Make Up Products – June 2019

I love these products and the results that come with them. I enjoy that they don’t cost an arm and a leg and that they all lend well to each other.

I’ll start out with saying, I don’t wear cosmetics every day because I don’t feel any need to on a daily basis, but I do truly love wearing it. My mother taught me to wear make up to enhance what you have, and these products down below do that very well. This article consists of my staple products that I could not live without. I’m not a fan of spending the big bucks on cosmetics, but with fairly sensitive skin I’ve found some drug store products do cause me some discomfort and breakouts, so most of the products are middle of the line in cost and quality.

My Favourite White Liner

NYX White Eye Liner

This NYX liner was under the 10 dollar mark, as you can see, mine has been used a lot. I’ve found it really opens my eyes, especially when I’m groggy and tired looking.

My Go To Blush

Tarte Blush in Feisty

This formula is very buildable and blend-able which is good, because I tend to be very heavy handed, so a more sheer blush has been my favourite. This particular shade is more of a coral colour, which works well for me but this shade won’t work for everyone.

My Buildable Highlighter

Morphe – High Impact Highlighter in Spark

This highlighter is once again a buildable base that doesn’t hit too heavy with it’s bronze and gold tones that look lovely on my winter skin (which is incredibly pale) as well as my summer tanned face.

The Ultimate Cat Eye Liner

Eyeko – Skinny Liquid Liner in Black

This little guy packs a lot of pigment. Sleek black inky formula with a skinny tip, perfect for cat eyes. This liquid liner is so easy to use even I can nail a cat eye on the first try.

Pack On The Powder

Covergirl – Loose Powder in 105 (Translucent)

Loose powder is a strange product. You waste as much as you use every time you apply (or at least I do), so I don’t like spending a fortune on it. This guy was under 15 dollars and applies great with a brush or wet beauty blender.

Endless Lashes

Make Up Forever – Excessive Lash

This is the newest addition to my love list of products. Coming in at 28 dollars it is also the priciest. This formula is very buildable for ladies who like to do many thin layers for long, stiff lashes. I’ve yet to wind up with clumpy lashes or spider legs hanging from my eyes with it, though it is sometimes a little difficult to remove (and this isn’t the water proof formula).

Ready SET Face

Nyx Matte Finish Setting Spray

If you love Urban Decays All Night Setting spray but hate the price tag, this is the spray for you. It really sets my face with zero effort on my part. What more could you want?

Cover Me Up

Sephora 10 HR Wear Oil Free in 22 (Light)

I’ve never had a foundation that sets so perfectly into my face. With combination skin I’ve had a mirriad of issues with different formulas that would flake or look incredibly oily on my face, but this one has a nice satin to matte finish and it blends beautifully with a brush, sponge or your fingers, though it is quick drying, so blend quick.

I love these products and the results that come with them. I enjoy that they don’t cost an arm and a leg and that they all lend well to each other. It’s a very casual look when they are used without any shadows or lipsticks, but one I enjoy.