Top 10 Colourpop Eyeshadows of 2016

Anyone who has been following my blog knows that I LOVE Colourpop eyeshadows.  With their unique moussy formula, they are easy to apply, sparkly (well, many are), opaque, affordable, and have crazy lasting power!

While writing my Best Makeup of 2016 post (stay tuned!), I couldn’t decided which of the many colours I should pick as the 2016 winner….so I decided to “take the easy route” (which actually wasn’t easy at all when I love ALL their shades) and make a separate short post featuring the top 10 shadows that I most frequently used and loved in 2016. (Note:  I only included shadows that are still available for purchase in January 2017).

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Holiday Makeup Tutorial (with eyeshadow swatches)

For today’s post, I wanted to share with you how I created my December 25th, 2016, makeup look.  When creating this look, I decided to use warm festive colours with a touch of sparkle. I spent the day and night with my family (we went to see a move and then had dinner and played games at my uncle and aunts house)  so I wanted to select products that last all day knowing that I wouldn’t have time for a mid-day touch up. 

To prime my face, I first I applied Sheer Transformation Creme by Ole Henriksen all over my face and neck and followed it with Hourglass Mineral Primer Veil on my face.  I then dabbed a bit of all Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer on the my eyelids and upwards toward my under eyebrows.

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Sneaky Sneaky LUSH! A fave renamed and reformulated.

Angels Delight Soap (photo from http://allthingslushuk.blogspot.ca/2013/05/review-angels-delight-soap.html)

 

My all time favourite LUSH product is Angels Delight, a bright pink holiday seasonal soap with blocks of  blue and yellow that smells like fruity heaven (it reminds me of mango and citrus).

Every winter, I would go to the store and purchase the biggest block I could find…no, not just their medium size pre-cut pieces…I bought one of the HUGE blocks and would take it home and cut it into smaller usable soap squares to have for the entire year until they relaunched it for the next holiday season.

Last year, I was incredibly disappointed to learn that, for the first time in YEARS, the product was not available.  The store staff tried to sell me on a couple other soaps but I left empty handed (well, let’s be honest, not totally empty handed, I bought a couple bath bombs and shampoo bars,….just without soap).

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5 Minute Makeup Routine

Let’s be honest, not everyone has 30+ minutes to put on their makeup every day.

I love the artistry of makeup, so I don’t mind getting up a little earlier and spending the extra time to achieve a certain look….that being said, I have the luxury of time…as I don’t have kids.

Mom’s are often so focused on taking care of their kids, that they forget the importance of doing things just for themselves.  Even just spending 5 minutes doing something, like applying makeup, that makes you feel good about yourself can make all the difference in your overall happiness and self-worth.

I’m definitely not saying that women “need” makeup to feel good, however, if you do enjoy putting on makeup and/or just like the way it makes you look….why should you have have to give that up when you have kids?  Well…you don’t with my 5 minute makeup routine.

I’d like to thank my friend Eva Shortt, the owner of Modern Mommy Events, for inspiring this blog!

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Luscious Lashes (UPDATED)

“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” (Audrey Hepburn).

When applying makeup, I always focus on my eyes – trying to make them standout, look bigger, and more open.   I’ve never been a fan of fake/false lashes because they rarely look natural, so for me mascara is key!  Mascara darkens, thickens, and lengthens lashes which ultimately opens and enhances your eyes. Having big bold eyes with long luscious lashes makes me feel feminine, flirty and glamorous!  In fact, psychologically we are generally more drawn to people with a full set of lashes as they appear more youthful, healthy, feminine and trustworthy:

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Colourpop Colour Comparisons: Nude Eyeshadows

I’m putting my Colourpop addiction to good use!

Colourpop has recently taken the beauty world by storm.  This is awesome because they make incredible and innovative products however they only sell online and regularly change up their colour options (bringing out new colours and discontinuing old)…so sometimes it’s difficult to compare colours to see if a new shade is worth buying.

A couple weeks ago, I posted swatches of some of the Fall 2016 Colourpop eyeshadows.   The post got more readers then any other of my posts and I received feedback through my blog and social media sites that people appreciated the swatch comparisons.

So, I’ve decided to start a new blog series called Colourpop Colour Comparisons.  In these posts, I will be swatching and comparing Colourpop eyeshadows or lipsticks.   I have an embarrassingly large collection of Colourpop products, that I purchased myself, so hopefully they will he help you decide what products are worth spending your money on.

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My Sephora VIB Fall 2016 Sale Haul

It’s that time of year again….the SEPHORA VIB SALE!

Twice a year Sephora launches a brief 20% off sale for their VIB and VIB Rouge Beauty Insiders (ie. second and third tier loyalty members).   I took advantage of this sale and picked up a selection of my beauty essentials, new favourites, splurges, an anniversary gift, and a free point purchase.

In today’s blog, I decided to only include images and descriptions (from the Sephora website) instead of including my full reviews and/or swatches of each product, like I usually do.  I thought this would be a great opportunity to hear from you about which of the listed products you would like me to review, swatch, compare to competitors…etc (not to mention, prevent this post from being insanely long).

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