Clean Skin Makeup Review

I always try to find natural makeup products (usually free of parabens and talc) but it can be hard to find things reasonably priced, that are the right colour and natural. My go-to natural makeup brand is Physician’s Formula but since it’s been winter in Canada FOREVER and I haven’t been outside, most of their skin products are not pale enough for me. So I ventured out to try new products and I’m very happy with what I got!

The products

I find skin makeup quite confusing, do I want powder, BB cream, tinted moisturizer, foundation or just concealer? I decided to try powdered foundation because I had read it’s great for sensitive skin and I like the ability to build it up for more coverage without looking cakey, but having the options of it not being heavy for days when I don’t need a lot of coverage. And I also got a concealer to cover dark circles, pimples or any other blemish.

Powdered Foundation

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Loose Powder, Translucent Light, 0.49 Ounce

This powdered foundation is honestly magical. You tap a little bit of the powder into the cap and use a big fluffy brush to distribute it all over your face. Then after the first layer, you can add another layer to places where you want extra coverage. With just a little bit of product, it covers so well. It doesn’t feel like you’re wearing makeup at all and it also doesn’t come off while sweating. Both concealer and the foundation have lasted hard workouts and looked better than any other skin product I’ve used. The only downside is that if you apply it and you’re wearing a dark colour it might become a little powdery. But that’s not too bad for the benefits of this product! Before applying, cover your face in moisturizer and wait for it to absorb in, then that way the powder has something to stick to and you get the hydrating of moisturizer.

Concealer

Marcelle Cc Concealer + Corrector, Light To Medium, 3.5g

The concealer I often find is too yellow or orange toned for me but this one is a great fit! The coverage is also very good and it can be added on top of the powdered foundation for maximum coverage and a flawless look. Marcelle products are on the higher end of drugstore but definitely worth it for natural products that are gentle on sensitive skin.

Do you have a favourite natural cosmetics brand?

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Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick Review

Liquid lipsticks are my favourite because they go on very smoothly and last a very long time. Here are 3 of the brands that I’ve tried

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick-Prized Peach (065)
I really did not like this one, so much that I threw it out and didn’t take a picture. It did last a while but it got almost crumbly, it flaked off throughout the day. The flakes would smear all over, too, so it was not pleasant.

Rimmel London Provocalips 16-Hour Kiss Proof Lip Color, Just Teasing, 1-Count
These have been some of my favourites for awhile and I’ve had lots of people ask me about them. It comes in 2 parts, one with the colour that is matte and one that’s a gloss to go over the top if you want a shine. I find it lasts longer without the gloss and I like matte lips better so I just use the colour portion. Each colour is very opaque and lasts so long that it won’t need any touching up after eating and having it on all day. The downside is, it’s really hard to get off at the end of the day, but that’s the price you pay for long-lasting colour.

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Maybelline New York Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color, Dreamer, 0.17 fl. Oz.
I just bought this and it is my new favourite! It’s very smooth and doesn’t feel like you’re wearing any lipstick. It lasts so long and doesn’t flake or need touching up. I would highly recommend this. The colours are very bright and you get more product for the price compared to the Rimmel ones where it’s only partially the lipstick.

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The cat really enjoyed this photo shoot.

Are there more liquid lipsticks I should try?

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I Changed My Hair?!

Changing up hairstyles or colour is a lot of fun. It can be a huge change and make you feel 100x more confident and it makes life a little more exciting by changing up hair. I’ve done purple ends, multicoloured ends, blonde ends and almost ombre, and a few other colours on the ends, but this is the first time I’ve dyed my full hair! It took a lot of YouTube videos and reading about how to DIY your own hair to do these, but definitely worth the research!

 

Getting to blonde

At the start of 2017, I had the ends of my hair dyed a turquoise that wouldn’t come out, apparently blue toned colours are very long lasting. It took several rounds of bleaching but, eventually, the ends became very white and I kept that for a while as almost an ombre. In the summer I dyed a bit more blonde and decided that I would go fully blonde later on in the fall. The first round of dying all of my hair turned out pretty well, but now I’m changing it to make it even better.

 

The process and products used

What I’m doing in these steps is taking my yellow-ish platinum blonde to a cooler blonde that will look more natural and re-dying the roots.

I used Argan Oil Powder Lightener from Sally’s Beauty, it doesn’t smell too bad or burn your eyes when it’s in the air so I quite like it, it’s also super strong and lifts colour off nicely. Lightener powder must be mixed with a developer, I used Argan Oil Cream Developer in volume 20. It also doesn’t smell too bad and it goes on very nicely, I just chose 20 because it was in the middle of the volume options but it works really well. I mixed a little bit together and kept adding more powder and cream as I went because if it sits in the bowl for too long it all dries up, then I applied it all over my hair with my hands while wearing rubber gloves. Personally, I find just using my hands works a lot better than the little brushes or combs, you just have to make sure that you’ve massaged the colour in and it is blended nicely.

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Waiting for the bleach.

 

Then it’s waiting time. I’m really bad at keeping track of how long the bleach has been on for, they recommend 30 minutes, but I ended up leaving it for much longer in order to get all of the colour out and the blonde that I was going for. After it had sat for awhile, I washed it all out and let my hair dry naturally for a bit while I ate lunch, then blow dried it until it was completely dry.

At this point, you can just leave it, but that’s when the blonde has yellow tones to it making it look less natural. So I decided to tone it. Toner is a mix of very light purple, blue or pink-ish dye and a little bleach. When you first apply it, it is white then it changes to the colour you wish to tone your hair after it sits. I used Blond Brilliance Lilac Toner, I let it sit for around 45 minutes to an hour then washed it all out and applied a hair mask.

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Lilac toner in and waiting for it.

 

After bleaching your hair it helps so much to use a hair mask to seal in the colour you apply ( or in this case tone ) and help heal the hair again. I used Inebrya Ice Cream Color Mask Tuttifrutti ( I couldn’t find any links to this so they might not make it anymore?? )  and let it sit for 5 minutes then once my hair was dry it was very soft, so I highly recommend this one! And that’s it for dying my hair! It turned out almost grey at first and after washing my hair for the first time after the toner it settled out to a white-blonde.

 

 

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The final product – white blonde!

 

 

Have you DIYed your hair or want to try any fun colours?

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’40s Fever

The fashion of the 1940s and ’50s has always fascinated me with its puffy skirts and bold red lipstick. I attempted to time travel through makeup and recreate a Marilyn Monroe-esque look.

 

Quick ’40s makeup history

Makeup had become pretty mainstream and acceptable since the 1920s and had to be more practical since lots of women were working in the war effort and didn’t have time to spend doing elaborate makeup. Eyes were kept more neutral, with the lid highlighted slightly and the crease darkened a bit with beige or light brown shadows. Eyebrows were more towards natural brows after the pencil thin, kind of scary, 1930’s brows. But, they were darkened with pencil and heavily arched. Bright lip colours were encouraged to keep morale up during the war. Younger women wore bright and brilliant reds. Pinks or corals were popular natural options. The look that is now mostly associated with vintage makeup is bolder than the everyday look of the 1940s but, still follows the style from then.

 

How I did this look

I wasn’t planning on doing a post for this since I hadn’t tried to do vintage makeup before and I wasn’t sure how well it was going to turn out, so I didn’t get any pictures of the of applying the makeup. Just products will have to do for now!

 

Skin

Foundation had recently become easily available in the 40s making flawless skin popular. Powder was worn in a light shade to make the face paler than usual. The first step I did, was applying a green concealer to any red spots or pimples. Green contrasts the red colour. I used Maybelline Coverstick Concealer. Then I covered my whole face in foundation. The one I use is old and the label fell off so I’m not too sure what it is and as I’m writing this I just remembered that they say you should throw makeup away after awhile. Oops! It appears to be a Rimmel London foundation. After foundation, I used Rimmel London Hide The Blemish Concealer in 001 Ivory to cover pimples then Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer in fair under my eyes to cover dark circles. Bright blush was applied towards the ears on the cheek bones as opposed to on the apples of the cheeks like what’s common now. I used a combination of two colours from a NYX kit that I got on clearance. After blush, heavy powder is key to make sure everything is very matte. I used NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder.

 

 

Eyes and brows

I started by using a flat thin brush and lining my waterline and cover the lid with a pale shimmery shadow from a random pallet that I got as a gift once.

 

Then in the crease, I used a combination of several shadows from the above-mentioned NYX pallet to create just the right shade of brown. If you have blue or grey eyes, cool shades like grey or silver would be better for this step but since my eyes are green the brown brings the colouring out.

 

Leaving the under eye completely clear except a line of Maybelline Eyestudio in brown just 1/4 of the way to make the eye appear wider. On the top lid, I used an unidentifiable black liquid eyeliner to create a wing. Using the Maybelline eyeliner and a Rimmel London Eyebrow Pencil in black I filled in my eyebrows making sure to arch them quite a bit. For the finishing touch, I used false eyelashes instead of mascara because I am obsessed with false eyelashes!

 

Lips

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Lips were so important in the 1940s. Women were encouraged to kiss letters they were sending to soldiers, leaving lipstick prints, to keep morale up. Tutorials in magazines suggested using lipliner to overline your lips and make them look fuller. I used NYC Lipstick in 432 Red Rapture. It’s darker than fire engine red but I think this is a more flattering colour on me.

 

 

Finished look

 

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Let me know what you thought about the makeup tutorial! Should I do more? And what decade is your favourite for style?

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Face Masks

People seem to be pretty obsessed with face masks. Often on Instagram or Snapchat people will have pictures of themselves with face masks. I don’t really have acne so I haven’t done much for skin care, but I do have lots of blackheads and pretty dry skin. I decided to try out some DIY masks and see how they are. This is what hours of being on Pinterest does to you.

 

Cinnamon mask

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This one was kind of terrifying looking. I mixed about a tablespoon of cinnamon with 1 tbsp honey and lemon juice until it became a paste the I could spread around. Honey moisturizes, cinnamon has antibacterial properties and lemon lightens scars. This mask burned. Which I guess meant it was working? Or just that it was so spicy from all the cinnamon. I didn’t see any visible changes after using it once, maybe after a few more times it’ll show up. All day after this all I could smell was cinnamon, too, it was super hard to wash it all off.

 

Gelatin mask

I’ve always been really curious about gelatin masks. There are a lot of recipes on Pinterest for different gelatin based masks so I just winged it.

 

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Gelatin mask recipe

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp non-flavoured gelatin

2 tbsp milk

Mix everything into a thick paste in a microwavable bowl, then microwave the paste for 30 seconds. Mine bubbled up a lot so I would just watch it to be sure that it doesn’t bubble over. Once it’s cooled down a little spread paste all over your face or on places that have blackheads.

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The paste it made was very weird and after awhile it dried up into a jelly, it was more like dried glue on my face. The gelatin is supposed to stick to blackheads to get them out, honey is sticky too and moisturizing and I’m guessing milk helps with the moisture as well. Again I didn’t see any visible difference after doing this one time, my face just felt very stiff, but it was better than the burning of the other mask.

 

Do you have any favourite face masks?

 

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