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Feeling Festive? A Christmas Makeup Look

Red and Greek Makeup Look - Festive Makeup - Christmas Makeup

Just a couple of weeks ago I posted a smokey metallic makeup look that I wore to my husband’s work Christmas party.  By the time my work party rolled around, I was ready to mix it up.  I wanted to play with some colour and ended up with a very intense, bold and festive makeup look.

Christmas Makeup - Red and Green Eye Makeup Look

Red and Green eye makeup look

What I used to get this look:

Colorful Christmas Makeup

Holiday Makeup/Christmas Makeup

How about you, are you being adventurous with your makeup this holiday season?

I really hope you all like this fun makeup look for Christmas!  After all there is really only one time of year that this makes any sort of sense at all and that is right now, during the holidays!  I’m sure some people would argue that there is no time of year that this look makes any sense haha…but I had a lot of fun with it regardless and I do believe that is the point!!  So make sure you remember to have a little fun too. 😉

Thanks for reading!




Feeling Earthy? (a rainforest makeup tutorial)

how to apply eyeshadow

It feels like forever since I’ve done an eye makeup tutorial.  This one is super simple and fast to do.  I tried to make a season appropriate look for this time of year, but still have some fun with it.  With this eye shadow combination I still get my “necessary” pop of colour with the bold green, but the look is grounded by the brown eye shadow.


I used 3 eye shadows from MAC Cosmetics – Swimming, Humid and Mystery.

MAC eye shadow swatches - "Mystery", "Swimming" and "Humid"

But you can certainly recreate this look with any similar combination of shadows.

How to create this super simple look:

green and brown eye makeup

*follow any of the links below for swatches, where to buy and other shades available*

  1. As always, fill in your brows first to help frame the area.  I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics for this.
  2. Prime your lid and all the way up to your crease.  I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.  It is super important to use a primer if you want long wear time and to avoid creasing.  Your shadows will also apply more vibrantly and stay true throughout the day/night.
  3. Using a flat eye shadow brush, dab Swimming eye shadow by MAC all over your lids. (from the inside of the eye to the outside of the eye).  Any bright green will work for this, you don’t need this specific shadow.  Just make sure it is not lime green, you want it to be more of an earthy tone.
  4. Using the same brush (brush off all the green pigment first on a kleenex) use your Mystery eye shadow (any dark brown matte eye shadow will do) throughout the crease and up onto your brow bone.
  5. Then, using a fluffy crease brush, sweep Humid eye shadow (or a nice dark forest green) gently back and forth through your crease. This will help meld the dark brown and the bright green together, creating a more fluid and blended look.
  6. For eyeliner I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner (available at Ulta in the US and at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada) on my lid.  I didn’t apply any on the lower side of my eyes.  I wanted to create a softer and more open look rather than closing off my eye.
  7. Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara.  I used They’re Real! mascara by benefit.
  8. (Optional) Add false eyelashes to your look.  I get such volume and curl out of this mascara I decided not to bother with lashes.

how to apply eyeshadow

How to get the rest of this look:

Face > For my under eye concealer I used Erase Paste by benefit in shade No.1.  Then, all over I used Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer in shade 01 topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade Light Plus.

Cheeks > Margin Blush by MAC Cosmetics (a frost powdered blush)

Lips > Bite Lip Shine in shade “Vintage”

rainforest makeup

What do you guys think?  Are you a fan of this combination or do you hate it?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Tell me, what make-up are you sporting this fall??

Thanks for reading!


A Look for Spring

soft spring updo for long hair

My husband and I had a date night planned last night for a simple dinner out.  I felt like doing some experimenting with both my hair and makeup.  I came up with this very soft and feminine look that I think is perfect for Spring.

spring makeup and hair

As I sat down at my vanity I thought pastels would be a nice change for my eyeshadows and promptly realized my options were limited.  So I pulled out my Sweet Dreams Palette by Too Faced and found a couple of shades there that would do the trick.

Sweet Dreams Palette swatches and review

makeup look using Sweet Dreams palette by Too Faced

The four shades I used for this look are In the Buff, Peach Fuzz, Cut the Cake and Cop a Teal – which you can see on my swatches below:

swatches of Too Faced eyeshadowsToo Faced eyeshadow swatchesToo Faced Sweet Dreams Palette - review and swatches

How to get this look for your eyes:

peach and purple eye makeup

  1. Start out by filling in your eyebrows so you can see the area you are working with.  I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics.
  2. Prime your lid all the way up to your brow bone.  I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
  3. Dust Peach Fuzz eyeshadow all across your lids.  (Any nice peachy shade will work for this step.  Something like Naked Lunch by MAC would work.)
  4. Then, take Cut the Cake eyeshadow and blend this shade through your crease and at the outer edge of your eyes.  (Again, any soft lilacy purple will do the trick here.)
  5. Line your upper lash line and waterline with a black liner.  I used Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC.
  6. Take a nice dark contrasting colour to smudge into your lower lashes.  I used Cop a Teal for this step.
  7. Highlight your brow bone and very inner corner of your eye with a soft, sheer white shade.  I used In the Buff eyeshadow for this.
  8. Finish with Mascara on both your upper and bottom lashes.  I used Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara.

how to create a soft pastel eye makeup look

This really does create a soft and subtle makeup look with just enough colour to keep me sane.  🙂  There is nothing overpowering about this look and is something that would work for anyone, no matter how you feel about bold colours.

peach and purple eye makeup

To complete my look, I used the following:

For my Skin > Erase Paste by benefit as my under-eye concealer, Makeup Forever HD Foundation in shade #118, topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade “Light Plus”

For my cheeks > Sweet Pink blush by Too Faced

For my lips > Buxom lips bareEscentuals in shade “Leslie”

curved dutch braid and messy bun hairdo

For the hair I wanted to try out a look that was shown off recently by Brittany and Amber over at Makeup Geek.  They put up a complete picture tutorial on how to create this look.  You can find it here.

Curved Dutch Braid

This was my first time trying this look out on myself and I think it turned out okay for my first attempt.  Because I don’t have bangs but I didn’t want my face completely bare, I decided to leave out a couple of small strands to curl so I could still have a soft frame around my face.

soft spring updo for long hair

updo for long hair

I am one of those people that has had long hair their entire life and I like to wear it down 99% of the time because it is how I feel “pretty”.  I’ve never liked how I look with my hair pulled back in a pony tail or into a bun.  But with a soft messy updo like this, I can keep my hair up and off my neck (which is amazing for hot days outside) but still feel pretty and feminine.

How about you?  What is your favourite makeup look this Spring?  How do you deal with your hair in the heat?



Erase Paste by benefit (Before and After Pictures)

lightest shade of Erase Paste

Concealer is one of those steps that I generally cut out of my everyday makeup routine for work, simply because I never seem to have enough time in the morning.  But pretty much for any other occassion, if I am putting on a face, I am using a concealer.

I have horrid under-eye circles that like to sport a purplish tinge and I haven’t had the best success with drugstore concealers in the past.  So I picked up Erase Paste by benefit in shade “No. 1 Fair”.  I had high hopes for this product, given it’s price tag of $30 CAD ($26 USD).  So I decided to take some before and after pictures so you guys could see how it faired for yourselves.

benefit concealer - erase paste in "fair"

But first, let’s take a peek at what you receive when you purchase Erase Paste by benefit:

  • 4.4g (0.15 oz) Erase Paste in a very cute plastic pot
  • tiny spatula for scooping out the product
  • lesson guide to assist with application

You can purchase this product at Sephora (online or in-store).  In Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart also carries the benefit brand so you can pick it up there as well if that is more convenient for you.  You can also order internationally on benefit’s official site.

Erase Paste is described as a “brightening camouflage for eyes and face”.  “A concentrated creamy, blendable concealer for instant brightening.  Signs of stress & fatigue are a thing of the past with this innovative formula.”  It is available in 3 shades: fair, medium and deep.


I purchased “fair”, the lightest of the three shades.

lightest shade of Erase Paste

Lesson Guide

Instructions for using Erase Paste by Benefit

Step 1: Under eye concealing & brightening for dark circles

  • Use spatula to scoop out a tiny amount.  Place the paste on the back of your hand.  With your ring finger, take erase paste and make a dot on the inner and outer corners of the eye.  Delicately blend by following the arrows above.  For complete under eye concealing, connect the dots.

Step 2: “Marionette grooves” camouflage those shadow areas from nose to corners of the lip

  • Use the side of your finger to draw three “cat whisker” strokes in an up & outward motion across the shadowed grooves.  Blend lightly in soft, upward strokes with your fingertips.  Tip: run your fingertips under warm water to heat them up before blending.

Step 3: “X” markes the spot to conceal spot imperfections

  • For blemishes and spots of discoloration use the side of your finger to draw an “X” on top of the imperfection.  Pat & blend with your ring finger.  Tip: Apply 10% more erase paste than necessary – by the time you get to where you’re going, you’ll look perfect.

The Before and After Pictures using Erase Paste

I wanted to document my under-eye circles first hand and I figured for you to see this product in action, the best way would be to shoot some Before and After pictures.  I took pictures both in natural light as well as with flash.

First, let’s take a look at the BEFORE:

purple undereye circles

Under-eye Circles in natural light

purple under-eye circles without concealer

Under-eye Circles with flash

Now, let’s take a look at the AFTER:

Under-eye Circles in natural light, after using Erase Paste by benefit

undereye circles after using a concealer

Under-eye Circles with flash, after using Erase Paste by benefit

My thoughts:
Erase Paste by benefit is thick enough that it covers like a concealer, but is blendable like a foundation.  And because it is so thick, a little goes a long long way – you won’t need to replace/repurchase anytime soon.  The consistency is a touch oily, but I find this really helps with its blend-ability.  Any shine (like in the picture above using flash) disappears once you set your make-up with a powder, there is no shine at all in natural light.  And remember, Sephora has a 30 day return policy for any products you aren’t happy with.  So if you buy it and find it isn’t ideal for your skin, then simply return it.  No harm no foul.   The shade range is a little limited though with only three options.  The lightest shade has pink undertones which is good if you are cool toned, but if you are warm toned and are more used to yellow undertones, this might not be the product for you.  Best to try it out in store if you live close to a Sephora.  All in all though, it is a very versatile and easy to use product.  It proves to be long lasting throughout the day and this pot will last me forever it seems.  If you are in the market for a new concealer – give it a try, what have you got to lose?

Have you tried this product?  What did you think?  Do you have a favourite concealer that works wonders for you?