Quick Mock Photoshoot: Photography & MUA by moi!

In the spur of the moment this beautiful model and I decided to do a mock photoshoot. All I had was 20 minutes to find an outfit (out of her NON-EXISTENT closet), do her MUA and find proper lighting. She just turned 20 and wanted some new pictures.. I figured it was her facebook profile pic..LOL

Whenever your an MUA you have to work with strong-willed people. I really wanted to do a nude or red lip but she wasn't having it!

I'm so mad I didn't take a picture of her eyes.. It was really smokey and nice.. The long bangs aren't helping :|

On the face:
MAC matte gel primer
Makeupforever HD foundation in 178
MAC Mineralized skinfinish in Deep Dark

On the eyes:
Maybelline blackest black gel liner (as a base)
MAC carbon on the lid
MAC Swiss chocolate in the crease
MAC naked lunch as a highlight
Silver eyeshadow in the corners

I'm really loving that Makeupforever HD foundation! It captures amazing on camera!! No sparkles.. No zinc ashy face..lol. Just a flawless canvas.

*For reference this was shot without a flash using a Fuji HD camera.

MAC Lovin' it Lipstick with Lip Swatches

I've always loved the look of nude lipsticks! It amazing when paired with smokey or neutral eyes. It looks effortless.

But...finding the perfect nude lip is sooo HARD! The easiest way to achieve this look is with concealer or foundation. Click here if you want to see a previous post on that.

So all my prayer were answered when last year. I got this lipstick in my charity bag. At first glance it looks kinda frosty- BUT it's not.

Close up. It's it gorgeous. Mac describes it as "a cool neutral"

 FIRST: Always line your lips! It will give it some definition from the lippy. Plus your lipstick will last longer :)
* I used AMUSE cocoa

Add your lipstick and your done!
See how my lips look natural but the lip liner gives it definition :)

That's all folks! Do you wear nudes?

Enter my Birthday giveaway! I'm giving away MAC :)

NYC Clothing Haul 2

I told myself that I will stop at the second haul, so I don't drown anyone with my shopaholic ways LOL

Hot Topic Hello kitty shirt in $8.99

Love her <3

I've always wanted one of these shirts!! I searched all around for a fitted one :)

$5.00 from a vendor

Forever21 $14.99 or under
I'm going to wear this with tights or shorts!

A pair of black ripped jeans From Against All Odds $7.99

One of my favorite purchases were my studded "sandals".  I love the part with the studs!

This can be worn with tights, jeans, shorts or dresses.

I got these in the Bronx :)

These are all fab items for summer? What is your favorite item?

FOTD: White eyeliner & Red lips

This look is clean & polished and perfect for a night out..Currently I have nowhere to go, so walmart will do..LOL

I have really almond shaped eyes, so when I'm tired it shows. I love white eyeliner because it opens them up.

I was often told WOC shouldn't use white because it's too harsh but it's totally up to personal preference. If it looks good do it :)

Products used:
NYX pencil in Dark Brown

Brian Bailey Cosmetics duo in Caramel
Smashbox Eye Brighter
L.A Girl pencil in White
Maybelline gel liner in Blackest Black & 24 hour mascara

Sally Hansen Moist & Matte Liquid Color in Charmeuse

So what do you think about white eyeliner or red lips?

Attention GTA ladies: MAC Warehouse sale June 2010

It's that time again!!!
Mac Warehouse sale is June 4, 5 & 6!
 Markham Fairgrounds

This will probably be the last sale I attend for a while because I have stuff from over a year I haven't touched!!
I'm going to buy brushes because i haven't renewed my MAC pro card yet :P

Want to know where to get Mac sale tickets? Click Here

Hell yes I can wear RED! Sally Hansen Moist & Matte Liquid Color in Charmeuse

For years I stayed away from Reds... Even after going to school for makeup and learning about blue reds & yellow reds, I still didn't budge.

I'll be 25 in next month so time to try new things!

This is Sally Hansen Moist & Matte Liquid Color in Charmeuse.

I got this for a dollar in Dollar Tree. Yup only a dollar.

    Here's a swatch of the lipstick on my lips!

    - classic matte look
    - moisturizing formula makes lips velvety soft

    I'm in love.. Honestly. Perfect Red lip for a NW45 skintone.

    Do you wear reds?

      My April Favorites

      From left to right:
      1.  Ecotools is a eco friendly product that is inexpensive. This is from the 6 piece brush kit. The blush brush is super soft & good for the environment :)
      2.  Maybelline XXL 24 hour mascara. This mascara builds volume on my lashes and lasts a long time without flaking on my lower lid. 
      3. Mac Lustre Drops in Sun Rush. The ultimate highlighter for EVERY skintone. This is a peachy bronze with gold pearl.. gorg!
      4. Maybelline Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black. This is amazing! The staying power is crazy, I use mine as a base. I kid you not I can go through a whole day without it budging! Wooo
      5. Balmshell Lipgloss in Shopaholic. Super fab & Canadian! Click Here to read my previous review.
        Have you tried any of these products before?

      FOTD + Annabelle Volumelip Lip Plumping Gloss Review

      This look is pretty simple but Fab in other words.. sexy librarian...joking:

      Annabelle smudgeliner in Ohmygoth!
      Marcelle Volume Precision Mascara in black
      Annabelle Volumelip Lip Plumping Gloss in Cherryoke
      I was recently sent two Annabelle Volumelip Lip Plumping Glosses to try out!
      • The lighter color is Sweet Tweet and the darker color is Cherryoke. 
      • The applicator is clear and slanted. 
      • The tube is hard, so pushing out the product is difficult. (But they currently are changing the tube..woo!)
      • The consistency was not thick but moisturizing.
      • 5 vibrant different shades.
      Annabelle Volume Lip Plumping Gloss in Cherryoke is the lip swatch shown here.

      I love it because it's the color of my glasses :) Also it out of my comfort zone... aka not a clear gloss or neutral nude.

      If your a WOC who is lost at finding lip shades try a berry tone like this one. Berry tones can easily enhance your complexion!

       The other gloss Cherry Tweet is to light for me.  I could either mix it with Cherryoke or use it as a highligher on my lips.

      Overall I like these glosses but I would stick to the dark shades in the collection like Metro Mango, Cherryoke or Vivid Volume. Click here to check out the shades.

      I was sent these products to review by Annabelle/Marcelle cosmetics.

      Brian Bailey Cosmetics Review + FOTD

      Canadian fashion designer, style maker and Project Runway Canada mentor Brian Bailey recently launched of his new cosmetic line Bailey Cosmetics. Bailey Cosmetics was designed to be simple and effective, offering the ‘five easy pieces’ kit to create a fresh, polished look in under five minutes. The products are composed of the purest grade minerals, are paraben-free and are offered in stylish, environmentally sensitive packages. Bailey Cosmetics also offers The Powder of Youth Kit; a bronzer powder that gives the skin a fresh, healthy looking glow and includes a luxurious goat hair Kabuki brush.

      Here is what comes in the five easy pieces kit
      (six shades including fair, medium, tan, golden, warmer & deep):
      - Foundation Duo
      - Eyeshadow Duo
      - Lip Gloss
      - Eyebrow Pencil
      - Blush Duo Bonus: Cosmetic Bag

      I was unable to attend the Brian Bailey Cosmetics launch in April but I was sent a kit to try out some of the items.

      I used the eyeshadow duo in caramel & lipgloss. As you can tell by the FOTD the eyeshadow is very neutral. 

      Perfect for an everyday or office eyes. The colors are matte.There is some fallout when I picked up the shadow but that is a given with matte shadows.

      The lip gloss is light nude pinky nude. The consistency is great! Not sticky or thick. There is no smell.

      The beauty tool kit brushes are amazing quality. Made from soft goat hair and synthetic hair to provide flawless application.

      The kit comes with:
      • Kabuki Powder Brush
      • Kabuki Blush/Bronzer Brush
      • Foundation Brush
      • Eyeshadow Brush
      • Lip/Eyeshadow Brush

      Bailey Cosmetics is a superior makeup line that combines the best of modern cosmetic science with the expertise of makeup artistry and is available at The Shopping Channel.

      I was sent this to review by a Canadian PR company for Brian Bailey cosmetics

      What kinda sunglasses girl are you?

      I love sunglasses! It's so easy to throw on your favorite pair and go outside.

      These are my top favorite sunglasses.

      Nicole Richie made oversized glasses popular..in my opinon.
      Of topic but how cute is her outfit!! 

      I know that this isn't the right word for them. 
      But they are super cute!

      This one is my favorite!!
      p.s I cut my hair from this picture 2 years ago..lol

      Let me know what are your favs below!

      EcoTools BAMBOO 6 Mini Brushes Review

      Eco Tools is a eco friendly product that is inexpensive. I had the opportunity to try out some ECO TOOLS products for the first time from The Makeup Mix shop.

      How cute are these mini brushes?!?

      The first thing I noticed was the soft bristles.

      • The bamboo handle has a low impact on the earth’s resources as it is a highly sustainable plant. According to Wikipedia "Bamboos are also the fastest growing woody plants in the world". 
      • The synthetic taklon bristles are 100% cruelty free. Synthetic brushes are perfect for wet products because the bristles don't cake together :)
      • The sleek ferrule is made from recycled aluminum.
      Close up of the brush 

      These brushes are smaller than the palm of your hand and made out of natural & recycled materials.
       It can be used on:
      • Lips: To apply your favorite gloss or lipstick. (*Tip: They are small enough to get out lipstick from a tube that is almost finished)
      • Face: To apply your concealer to your problem areas.
      • Eyes: To apply cream shadows or eyeliner.
      • Brows: To fill them in.

      I would recommend these because they are small enough to fit in your make up bag. My favorite part about them is the fact that they can be washed and used over and over!

      Ecotools can be found at your local drug store. If your Canadian they are sold at Zellers, Walmart & shoppers. Also check out The Makeup Mix shop for Eco Tools.

      Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. These brushes were sent to me by The Makeup Mix shop.

      What is your favorite lip scrub?

      Hey Girlies,

      I just need some recommendations on lip scrubs. The weather keeps on changing so my lips are slightly peeling! What do you use on your lips? It doesn't matter if it's store bought or made at home.. any help would be great!

      Thanks <3

      Skin Care must have Biore deep cleansing pore strips!

      I've been a Biore fan for the past 10 years!! I remember getting my first Biore deep cleansing pore strips in the mail along with Teen magazine :)

      What do they do:
      • The strips instantly pulls away oil and dirt build-up from your nose in just one use. 
      • Removes pores of build-up and blackheads. 
      • Helps reduce the appearance of pores with regular use.
      • The strips comes in 8 or 14.

      I know that the strips should be used once a week but I use them two - three times a month.

      Get Biore strips here:

      How to use:

      1. Remove strip from pouch. 
      2. Twist strip to loosen and separate slits prior to use. 
      3. After washing your face, thoroughly wet your nose. (The strip won’t stick on a dry nose) 
      4. Peel strip off plastic liner and apply to nose area, smooth side down, pressing down to ensure good contact with skin.  
      5. Let dry for about 10-15 minutes until stiff to the touch—like papier-mâché.  Slowly and carefully peel off starting at edges, pulling toward centre.
      The outcome:

      I'm always so fascinated with the end..like I can't stop staring! LOL
      You can find these at your local the drug store:)

      Have you use Biore deep cleansing pore strips?

      Outfit of the Day + H&M NYC Haul

      In NYC I went to like 4 H&M's.  In Canada everything at H&M is $1.00 to $10.00 more than USA...
      It sucks!! It's same clothes!!!

      Plus get this the sale selection is better than Canada. Things here are regular price are like $5, $10 or $20.
      This is my business chic outfit:

      H&M: Long  filmstrip T-shirt $5.95
      Suzy Shier: Boyfriend Blazer $10.00
      H&M: Skinny pants $10.00

      Here is some of the other stuff I got .. keyword SOME..lol

      Rouched 3/4 sleeve top
      originally $12.95 US $14.95 CDN

      On Sale for $5.00

      Rouching on the sleeves is really popular and current right now. It's the easiest way to dress up an outfit!

      Pair a rouched top tucked in with a high waisted skirt/shorts and heels for a night out :)

      Here is a close-up of the rouching on the sleeves!

      Lace dress
      $17.95 US (I think) $19.95 US

      I love this lace dress but I'm still unsure if it's for me. LOL I dunno or maybe it's not tight enough.

      *May be returned...lol

      Ruffled dress $24.95 US $29.95 CDN

      I love the ruffles and the color on my skin tone BUT this dress is too short LOL. *May be returned...lol

      Close up!

      Last but not least I got some tights :)

      Super fab with dresses!

      So what item is your fav?