Mermaid Halloween Makeup

Happy Halloween!!

This year when we were planning our Halloween costumes we knew we wanted Cash to be a turtle so we wanted all of our costumes to relate to a turtle!  From that we went with an ocean themed family costume, and I landed on a mermaid with Clayton being a snorkeler and Cali being a Lobster haha!

Products I Used:

Fishnet stockings for the scales

BH Cosmetics Palate for the Eyes & Colour of the scales

Rhinestones from Michaels for the head crown

Lipsense in Purple Reign and BH Cosmetics Palate for the Lips!

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Thanks for reading!

Sarah xo

No Makeup Monday: Skincare

I made the decision shortly after Cash was born that I was going to start taking better care of my skin. I am now barely wearing makeup, maybe a couple days a week if that and it became evident my skin needed a bit more love and care if I was going to age gracefully 😉 Im coming up to my last year in my twenty’s (yikes)!!

I set out to find a natural, plant based skincare that was Vegan, did not test on animals and would not break the bank. This is where I started and ended up reconnecting with The Body Shop. I truthfully have not shopped at the Body Shop since high school but was really surprised at the quality of product and the range of products they offer.

I knew for skincare I wanted to find a cleanser, moisturizer and something additionally to help revitalize my skin. I decided on the Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash (literally so creamy and so soft!)  I wanted something I could use everyday that would not irritate or dry out my skin, that I could use throughout the year regardless of season and I have to say I absolutely love this cleanser!!

Next up is the moisturizer! I wanted a mattifying moisturizer to help with reducing oil/breakouts on my skin so I decided to go with the Seaweed Oil-Control Mattifying Gel Day Cream. It has a creamy gel consistency and applies great however I have to admit I love it, it does its job well but I needed more moisture so on my next purchase I will be going with the Vitamin E Moisture Cream.

Lastly I wanted to add an extra pop and decided the Drops of Youth Serum would be it after reading all of their amazing reviews. I lovvve this product, one drop in the morning and one at night it glides over your skin to help boost the surface skin cell renewal!

For masks, I decided on these two, the Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask and the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask. Two masks, two totally different purposes which is what I wanted. I use each mask once a week and because I still tend to break out every once and a while so I wanted an exfoliating, clarifying mask to help with my breaks out and the plumping mask to help enrich moisture back into my skin for a more youthful and brighter glow.

I already have my eyes out for my next trip to the Body Shop and plan to include the Camomile Gentle Makeup RemoverCoconut Body Milk Lotion and the Almond Milk & Honey Calming Bath Milk!

Overall I am absolutely ecstatic with my purchases minus the one change to a Vitamin E moisture cream for added hydration. I have already noticed the quality of my skin has improved, its smoother, more even and definitely more hydrated. I highly recommend you go to your local Body Shop and check out all of their amazing products as there is sure to be a winning combination. Lastly their pricing is so reasonable, as a mom on maternity leave I do not have hundreds of dollars to spend that being said I wanted a quality product and found it at the Body Shop!

Hope you have a great week!

Sarah xo

*This is not a sponsored post*

Easter Berry Makeup Look

It has been a while since i did a berry lip and with Easter and all of the spring colours coming out, this is a great transition lip from winter to spring, not too bright but bright enough to pop! I like to do a muted eye when I do a bolder lip, it gives the look a more natural finish and lets the lip speak for the look! It also allows the look to transition from day to night flawlessly!

With Easter just around the corner I love this look for a brunch celebration or dinner with the family! Just enough colour on the eye for it to pop but not overwhelm the look! The L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss 310 in Forbidden Kiss is one of my favourite lip consistencies, it is so easy to put on and so hydrating and pigmented for a matte gloss finish, and an added bonus is the reasonable price!!

Ive linked all my makeup details below as well as linked my off the shoulder top and gorgeous earrings and bracelets!

Sarah xo

Makeup Details

Face:

Body Shop Seaweed Moisturizer

Tarte BB Tinted Moisturizer in light

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in W3

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

Ben Nye Setting Powder in Cameo

Too Faced Matte Bronzer in Milk Chocolate

Morphe Brushes Blush Palette

Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Face Palette (Discontinued)

Makeup Tools Used:

Real Techniques Beauty Sponge (2x $14CA)

Morphe E2 Powder Brush ($19.99US)

Morphe E4 Blush Brush ($13.99US)

Morphe E61 Pointed Highlight Brush ($7.99US)

Eyes:

Mac Eyelash Curler

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer in Minor Sin

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (Strange over the entire eye, Limit in the crease and Nooner on the outer corner of the crease.)

Tarte Mascara Primer

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Waterproof Mascara

Makeup Tools Used:

Morphe M200 Deluxe Crease ($4.99US)

Morphe M332 Fluffy Crease ($4.99US)

Morphe M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff ($5.99)

Brows:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in Ebony

Makeup Tools Used:

Morphe M165 Brow Brush ($1.99 US)

Morphe Brush M224 ($2.99) with concealer to line under brows

Lips: 

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss 310 Forbidden Kiss

 

 

Outfit Details

Top:

Pink Blush (Similar here)

Earrings:

Eliasz and Ella Corona Studs

 

Bracelets:

Eliasz and Ella Bangin Bracelets White & White Patterned

Real Techniques Complexion Sponge Review

The first thing you should know about me is that I cannot live without my beauty blender. I use it to apply my foundation, concealer and finishing powder for a flawless finish. If I could take one beauty tool to a desert island this would be it!

I set out looking for an alternative that was a bit easier on the bank account but just as flawless in application. Introducing Real Techniques Complexion Sponge. I purchased the two pack on Amazon however it is available locally at London Drugs.

At first glance it is larger than the Beauty Blender but still has the pointed tip for application around the eyes or lining finishing powder. Its absorption of water I would rank higher than the beauty blender, I found I had to really pat it on a towel otherwise it was too damp. Lastly the Real Techniques sponge has a flat bottom which I have found perfect for baking under the cheeks to draw a straight line along the jawline.

In terms of pricing, the Real Techniques sponge is much more affordable, I bought two for $15, where as one Beauty Blender retails for $28.

Overall, I have been extremely happy with the Real Techniques sponge after using it this past month. I would not hesitate to continue buying this brand and would definitely recommend this sponge for anyone looking for a quality sponge at an affordable price!

PS The key to using any blender or sponge is to use it damp. It allows an even application of both liquid and powder without soaking up all your product!

I hope you have enjoyed this review!

Have a great week!

Sarah xo

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Sephora Haul + Holiday First Access

My mom and I visited the Sephora at Kingsway this past weekend to attend their VIB Holiday First Access event! It was a great event with coffee, snacks and tons of new goodies to explore!

Lets see what I walked away with!!

Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collectors Makeup Case $77 (Value $543.00)

This gorgeous kit has you covered on all fronts, 24 stunning limited edition eyeshadows, a waterproof micro liner, Tarteist lash paint mascara, goosy lip paint ANDDD a four piece cheek kit to, accentuate contour and highlight!

Pro’s

This palette literally has everything you need, a one stop shop with beautiful, quality made products. Tarte is one of my favourite brands and with a variety of colours and shades, it offers every skin tone an option for a minimal or full face makeup application!

Con’s

The package is beautiful but not fully travel or wear proof. With the fabric front cover my fear would be it getting dirty very quickly, also with the magnetized closure, there is no way to secure the kit shut so I would definitely not be bringing this with me on any trips.

Verdict

If you are looking for a great kit for the makeup lover, a palette that can be used relentlessly everyday, I would definitely recommend it. When you also consider the value of this palette at $543, for only $77 it is a deal hard to walk away from!

 

Bite Beauty Set $29 ($64 Value)

This was the first kit I instantly gravitated towards. I have heard great things about the quality and consistency of their Bite products so it was a no brainer and also a great price and kit to try out their products! This kit comes with four shades, varying from nude to plum as seen below and i already love the pigment and feel of these lipsticks.

Pro’s

Great starter kit to try out the products (their lipsticks start at $30 each) so to be able to try four shades for $29 its a great deal!

Con’s

The only negative I would mention is that they are quite small, great for travel but if you fall in love with a shade you’ll definitely need to go ahead and buy the larger size as it won’t last you long!

Verdict

Great product, very reasonable price, a win win!

 

Last up is the Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks! These were not included in the holiday access however Ive been eyeing these for a while and wanted to take advantage of the 4X the points until September 19th!

The first one i opted for was the Project Chimps Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. I researched this shade online and it has unbelievably good ratings and now I know why! The colour is absolutely stunning and perfect for fall. I also am so in love with the fact that 20% of the price of every lipstick is donated to Project Chimps, an organization that helps retire biomedical research chimps to a life of freedom. Win, Win, Win!

The second shade is Bow N Arrow, another liquid lipstick that has a great reputation. I am really loving browns this fall and this is the perfectly nude/warm shade!

Verdict

Both are worth the investment as the quality, pigment and longevity of these shades is fantastic!

 

I hope you guys have enjoyed this Sephora haul and you all have a great week!

Sarah xo

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Review

I am so excited to be talking and sharing this foundation with you guys!! I have been a long time Tarte Foundation user and after seeing and hearing about this foundation I had to give it a whirl! The verdict… Its amazing!!

I initially purchased this foundation online because Sephora was not carrying it in store until recently but thank god they have it in store now!! I ordered Rattan which is pictured on the left and works great with my self tanner or when I have had a bit of sun. After awhile I ended up grabbing Bone too for my non tanning days. The brilliant thing about having two colours, you can customize your own colour depending on the season and your varying skin tone! I would highly recommend doing this for any foundation you love as our skin is always changing especially throughout the seasons and temperature changes!

For application I always use my damp beauty blender (see my full review on the beauty blender here) to apply, it evenly distributes and pushes the foundation into your skin without lines or the loss of product. If you are going to mix your foundation, mix it prior to my application and then use beauty blender to blend!

My favourite things about this foundation include the coverage, the hydration, the variety and the finish. It looks natural without being heavy or looking caked on, they have 30 different shades so you are sure to find the perfect tone for your skin and it leaves a beautiful matte finish canvas to work with!

If you are in the market for a new foundation I highly, highly recommend the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation!! Link (here)

Hope you enjoy! xo

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