Tag Archives: beauty

Product Review: First Aid Beauty Coconut Primer

Product Review

The Product: First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

Rating: 4.3

Skin Type: Dry as the Sahara Desert

Primer is one of the essentials in the world of makeup. It protects your skin, provides a base for your foundation, and assists with keeping your makeup in place for the duration of the day. There are tons of primers out there too, so finding the right one can be really challenging. It’s not always the primer you’re first handed, or the one matching your foundations brand, or the bestseller. But when you find it, the right primer can revolutionize your makeup routine.

I initially used the same primer until the day it expired. It worked pretty well for me, but I was also too afraid to deviate from what was working. But then it finally expired. I could tell because my skin went ballistic and it smelled real funny. Off to Sephora! I explained my skin type, past debacles, and fears to the ever patient Sephora sales person and she whisked me out of color and over to skin care. Behold: we had arrived at First Aid Beauty, my trusty skin care brand. After a full run down of pros and cons, a swatch, and a few comparisons, I decided to jump in with the new First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer.

Having such dry skin, a moisturizing primer seems to be a logical plan. But I had had an unfortunate run in with a moisturizing primer which had led to greasy foundation and a less then matte finish to say the least. So I was apprehensive. My old primer was not moisturizing, which displeased my skin greatly, but did result in bulletproof foundation.

The first time I put the FAB Coconut Primer on I was immediately pleased. The smell was delightful and it was soothing to my skin. In the past, applying my primer had meant gearing up for a dried out face. But just applying the primer, I noticed an almost instant change in my skin. The tone evened out, my skin became a bit more glowy, and the redness calmed down. While this was a good start though, the real test was yet to come.

After letting it set, I began applying my foundation. Joy and celebration! My beloved foundation was applying evenly, blending smoothly, and still looked how I excepted. I love my foundation so this was an exciting moment for me. As the rest of my routine progressed everything went off without a hitch. The finished product was definitely up to snuff. There was a visible difference between the finish of my old and new primers, but sticking it out seemed like a good option, for the sake of my skin.

Over the course of the day, my makeup stayed in place quite well. As is to be expected, my eyeliner smudged under my eyes a bit but I don’t fault my primer for that. Where we receive the small deduction here is my face did get a bit shiny. This has never been a problem for me before. However, this is probably because I have been constantly drying my skin out with products which are not suited to it. Would it be more ideal if I could avoid getting shiny AND stay moisturized? Of course. But I’m taking this as a win for now.

This product review comes on the heels of purchasing the product so I will come back farther down the line with an update for you. As of now, I’m quite happy. My skin is doing markedly better then usual, my makeup still looks as kickass as ever, and I smell nice to boot. Have you ever tried this primer? What did you think? Give it a try if you haven’t! I’m certainly enjoying it!

Leave a comment below!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

The post Product Review: First Aid Beauty Coconut Primer appeared first on Beauty As Art.

Process Post 4

A blog is nothing without its audience. I spend my time creating makeup looks, taking pictures, and typing out my thoughts on it all to create content for other people to enjoy and learn from. The beauty of an audience for Beauty As Art is my content will grow and change as I do. My makeup style and looks never remain the same. I rarely wear the same look more then once, meaning I have a nearly endless supply of content brewing in my own imagination. As I age, my style will continue evolving as I do. The best part about this is I will be able to carry an audience with me into the future. As we all grow together they can continue consuming my content because it will be forever changing. The fluid nature of this content will also help my audience grow over time because new styles, products, inspirations, and so on will attract new people.

When I picture my audience as of now, I mainly imagine people who want to change their relationship with makeup for the better, want inspiration for new looks, information on different products, or maybe even learn some new techniques. Makeup isn’t limited to any one type of person. Not by gender, age, race, or anything else. While currently my type of makeup may be suited for people in my age range, I think anyone can take inspiration from the looks and adapt them to be uniquely their own. I don’t want to cultivate an audience who feels I am telling them what they are and are not allowed to do. I hope to provide a little inspiration and information for them to work with. This is a place of creativity for anyone to venture into who is willing. The information is not limited to any one group.

I’ve just been being me as best as I can through this semi frantic typing on my computer. Whoever wishes to enter is welcome. I am as true to myself as possible in my writing. I’ve tried to design a blog which is blatantly honest from the moment you open it about what you’re getting yourself into. Both in my design and writing I’ve tried to say: this is me. Because that is the true heart of Beauty As Art.

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

Peer Review #2 – Rise and Design

Izzy Chan’s Rise and Grind greets its reader with a playful and beautiful homepage that plays with blocking and colour to create an almost mosaic feel. This colourful pattern combined with the “Well, hey there!” that greets the reader fosters a comfortable and inviting design. I love that the homepage directly introduces the aspects of the blog. being greeted with a large clear menu is helpful, and it makes me want to explore her blog more throughly. 

However, if I could change one thing about the homepage, I’d change aspects of the typography. While I like the font in combination with the blocky spaces, I wish the tracking was a little bit tighter, and perhaps looking at the sizing of the font could help with the awkward letter placement in the blocks. The only other note I’d like the make is on the coral colour, maybe look at a different shade so its a little bit more cohesive? But all of these are just personal opinions, take what you will.

As I explored deeper into Izzy’s blog I found an extraordinarily clean, yet colourful blog. I thoroughly enjoy many of her design features including her use of colour and the alignment of her text. Throughout the blog I found myself loving her typography and colour pallets. The readability of the black text on white background is extraordinary, as well the white text on her coloured aspects. Her individual blog posts have a large block of colour as header, this colour matches the colour of the preview to the post itself, I like the continuity this brings. I like the colourful touches in the header.

Though I do enjoy her use of colour, I also find there to be a lack of colour in certain aspects of her blog. I’m not 100% sure what exactly it is, but something about Izzy’s blog leaves me craving more. I love the playful and almost whimsical touches in her blog, but I want to see more of them. While yes, many of her blog posts include pictures, the ones that don’t feel almost empty, a quick fix I personally would suggest for this is adding a little bit of her already existing colour pallet into the side bar.

I just feel like will liven up her blog as a whole, while adding continuity because the whimsical theme she is fostering will be present throughout all aspects of her blog.

Izzy’s design alludes well to the content she promises to portray, it is incredibly crisp, clean, and strong, while still being soft and playful. I see the aspects of strength as well as well as her playful side in her blog, and I absolutely love that her design mimics this.

The photo that represents strength and beauty the most to me comes from “No, I Don’t Karate Chop”. This photo captures the strength and power in Izzy, while still keeping her beauty and grace. I want to see more of this throughout her blog, but I can already see it getting there!

Overall, I’m deffinatly going to be keeping up with Rise and Grind, Because in a world where “everything looks the same” (Travis Gertz  Design Machines How to Survive the Digital Apocalypse), Rise and Grind is a playful pastel breath of fresh air.

 

How I Deal With Makeup When Running Late

Successful Transit Makeup

I am chronically late. And I am not a morning person. AND I will always chose 10 more minutes of sleep over doing my makeup. But then I will still try to get on a face of makeup knowing full well I am going to make myself late. This semester I have been making a real push to address my chronic lateness because you know, school is important. However, having the expectation of getting up everyday without fail to throw my face together is unrealistic. Don’t get my wrong, there is many a morning I will choose to just not with the makeup and charge into the day barefaced and proud. But sometimes I want to wear my makeup! But I also want sleep! What is one to do?

I have an answer: transit. Figuring out I can do my makeup on the bus and skytrain was a borderline terrible realization because my brain has translated it as: I can now sleep in because we have the skytrain. I can promise you there are several bus drivers and daily commuters who know my makeup routine by now. Over the last month I have learned, through a dangerous game of trial and error (or trial by fire as there is zero margin for error on the skytrain), what the perfect makeup routine is when I am doing my makeup on transit.

First and foremost: the key to transit makeup being successfully completed is getting my foundation on before I leave the house. Blending foundation takes a long time to do and I have to apply it to the back of my hand and I use a liquid foundation which is messy. Basically it is not wise to attempt foundation on the transit system and it is also not an efficient use of my limited time. So primer, foundation, and translucent powder are typically all applied before I leave the house. If I have the time I’ll make a run at my eyeshadow primer too so it will have more time to set. Another key to transit makeup is not having to run to catch the bus. Sweat is not an awesome addition to your face part way through a makeup routine.

The first leg of my transit is a bus ride and it’s not the best leg of the trip for makeup application. The drivers are typically running a minute or two behind schedule and it is all downhill, making it unsteady to say the least. My eyebrows though, are one of the lower maintenance pieces of my routine and, lucky for me, don’t require too much precision. This means brows are a perfect first leg step to accomplish. Once I’ve safely made it to the skytrain, the real work begins.

I chill out on the millennial line for quite a while when transitting to my downtown classes (which is also when my transit makeup routines tend to occur). The best news about the millennial line: the track is smooth and the trains tend to remain at consistent speeds. The bulk of my makeup application tends to occur while on the millennial line: the millions of layers of eyeshadow, the eyeliners, and mascara. Those three items are an absolute must on the millennial line. If I don’t get my eyeliner done before the switch to the expo line I could be in serious trouble. If I’m lucky I will also be able to get my face done but that is entirely dependent on the eye look I’ve gone for.

The expo line is not great for makeup time. It is much more crowded and the ride is far from smooth. The train cars tend to jerk around a bit and are rarely consistent with speed. Applying my face makeup can be fine on the expo line though. Ideally, contour should be done on the millennial line because it requires a bit of precision, but bronzer, highlight, and blush are totally doable on the expo line if needed. Lip primer is also easy to apply on the expo line because there is no pigmentation in the primer, so it’s basically impossible to mess it up. When applying lipstick I try to apply while stopped at one of the stations, to avoid uneven lip lines or you know… looking like wannabe clown.

With any luck I will be done as I role into waterfront station! There has definitely been a time or two I’ve been applying lipstick while walking through a crosswalk, or have missed steps to save time, but I am definitely getting the hang of it! In the past I’ve always had to choose between sleep/being on time and doing my makeup because I either needed to drive (and no I do not do makeup and drive at the same time) or I was living on campus. Now though, I seem to have found a happy medium on days when I really need an extra half hour of snoozing my alarm. I know I can’t be the only one who’s ever faced this sort of struggle. If anyone else has time saving suggestions, feel free to comment them below!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

Invincible.

Somedays you wake up feeling ready to take on the world. You feel invincible. On those days I go for dramatic color. I experiment with the rules surrounding which colors should and shouldn’t go together. Sometimes it goes awry, but other days it comes off well. This look reflects feeling like I can fight any dragon or climb any mountain. It is loud and proud. Unapologetically bold. The product of trusting my gut. I didn’t have to look to anyone else for the inspiration to create this look. No one had to tell me it was okay. I just took a brush to the colors and let myself create it.

I often look to other beauty bloggers or youtubers for inspiration when getting bored of my everyday looks. I rarely take the initiative to just do it myself because I’m afraid of what my face will look like at the end. However, over the last two years, I’ve learned so much about how to apply makeup well and what just really doesn’t work. Until recently I haven’t had the faith in myself to trust the combination of my creativity and skills. But this is a look I am exceptionally proud of.

Of course, as always there is room for improvement. Namely, I would have liked to deepen the outer v of the eyes a bit to create more depth. Additionally I would have liked to leave a bit more room for vermeer to shine on the inner third of the lid. And my lips could have been a bit more clean. But those small critics won’t stop me from posting this look with pride. I’ll do this look again someday and attempt these changes. I will royally mess up many a makeup look. I’m not perfect. But who cares?

To learn more about how I created this look you can see a list of products and read a bit about the process below:

The Products

-The Base:

Primer: Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer in Redness Correcting

Applied with my hands

Foundation: Estée Launder Stay-in-Place Makeup in 1C1 Cool Bone

Applied with my Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki Brush

Powder: Makeup Forever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder in Color 1 Translucent

Applied with a Makeup Forever 130 Large Powder Brush

-The Eyes and Brows

Primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original with some loose powder to set (from the base)

Applied with Fingers

Eyebrows: Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Color 03 Medium

Applied with Product Applicator

Eyeshadows (in the order applied): Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette

-Warm Taupe in the Crease

Applied with Sephora Collection Pro Blending Brush #27

-Red Ochre in the Outer V

Applied with Zoeva 231 Luxe Petite Crease Brush

Blended with Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush

-Venetian Red across the Outer Third of the Lid

Applied with Zoeva 225 Luxe Eye Blender

-Love Letter across the Middle Third of the Lid

Applied with Zoeva 225 Luxe Eye Blender

Blended with Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush

-Vermeer across the Inner Third of the Lid

Applied with Zoeva 232 Luxe Classic Shader

-Tempera in the Inner Corner and to Highlight the Brow Bone

Applied with Sigma E25 Blending Brush

Upper Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Applied with Product Applicator

Lower Eyeliner: Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer 42

Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Black

Applied with Product Applicator

-The Face

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit in Light/Medium

-Contour

Applied with Zoeva 127 Sheer Cheek Brush

-Bronzer

Applied with Sephora Collection Pro Contour Brush #79

-Highlight

Applied with Sigma F03 High Cheekbone Highlighter Brush

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

-Blush: Unleashed

Applied with Sigma F50 Duo Fibre Brush

-The Lips

Primer: Bite Beauty Line and Define Primer

Applied with Product Applicator

Lipstick: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Dagger

Applied with Product Applicator

 

A Bit About The Process

Before I apply any of these products to my face I always go through my morning skincare routine. Let’s be honest, makeup isn’t the best for your skin, so taking care of it before and after application is extremely important. I usually give my moisturizer at least 30 minutes to set into my skin before beginning makeup application because my foundation doesn’t sit as well if applied straight after moisturizer. Primer is an essential step to long lasting makeup looks and, as an added benefit, protects your skin from your foundation. Again, I tend to let my primer settle before slathering my foundation on. Next I use an angled brush to apply my foundation all over my face, also fading it down my neck. Then, using my giant, fluffy powder brush, I apply my loose translucent powder. I find my foundation does enough for coverage, so I don’t need any further pigmentation with my powder. It’s there to set the foundation, keep my makeup from getting shiny throughout the day, and create a powder base for applying my powder face products later down the line.

Next come the eyes and eyebrow portion. I do this step before completing the face because in my experience, it’s easy to correct any errors or wipe away fallout if it’s just the base, but can be much more challenging to rectify when blush, bronzer, highlight, and contour come into play. First I apply my eyeshadow primer, and top it with a touch of translucent powder to set, so it can set while I do my brows. My father gifted me with his bushy brows, so while I have to wax them every two weeks, they are quite easy to do. I just brush some colored brow gel through them like mascara and I’m done!

Then comes one of favorite bits: the eyeshadow. Eyeshadow is where I get to have the most fun with colors and experimentation. For this look I took warm taupe from the modern renaissance palette through my crease, accounting for the asymmetrical nature of my eyes of course. Then I applied red ochre to my outer v. Working shadows into my outer v took me a long time to learn, but if you start with a small amount of product and build it you will be much more successful with it. Also remember to use a light hand and to feather your strokes so it blends easier. Then I used a sigma brush to blend warm taupe and red ochre together a bit more seamlessly. Changing brushes, I then sweep venetian red across the outer third of my eyelid, and blended the shadows again. I repeat this process with love letter on the middle third. Using a shader brush, I pack vermeer into the inner third of my lid, adding some light to the look. To finish off the shadow, I highlight the brow bone and inner corner of my eye with tempera.

With the shadow complete, it’s time to apply liner. For my upper lid I almost exclusively use liquid liner because of the crisp application and appearance. With this look I also utilized the oh so magical winged liner. To perfect this look, I draw the wing on first. Following my lower lash line, I draw the bottom line outwards to my desired length. Then, I reverse the liner pen and draw on the upper line towards my eye. If all has gone smoothly I color in the wing and line the rest of the eye. It’s important to match the thickness of the line to the thickness of the wing and to make sure they are connected. This is the most successful method I have found for mastering the art of winged liner. Once my liquid liner eyeliner is done, I take my eyeliner pencil and line my waterline. Some people say you shouldn’t do this because it closes off your eye shape, but it looks great on me so I do it anyway. Last but not least, is mascara. I coat both my upper and lower lashes because nothing ties the eyes together quite like mascara.

Now onto the face! At this point I sort of resemble the moon as the foundation has wiped out all color from my face. First thing is first: contour. The world may be obsessed with highlight right now but I will never lose my love for contour. I use a slightly fluffy, angled brush to apply my contour because my contour tends to be pretty subtle in the daytime. I apply contour just under my cheekbones, to the outside edges of my forehead, and under my jaw. Next is bronzer. I am a fan of bronzer! I think it adds nice color to the face. I bronze my forehead, the outer half of my cheekbones, very lightly along my jawline, my chin, and to my nose. As with eyeshadow, a good rule of thumb is too apply a little and build it up so you don’t look like to you have a bad fake tan. Then comes highlight. I haven’t quite climbed abroad the ‘shiny unicorn’ highlight train yet, however I am a fan of a nice matte highlight. I think it can add more dimension to your features which is always fun. I tend to take my highlight shade across the top of my cheekbones around my temples, and a bit above my brows. To complete the face, it is time for blush. I use my sigma duo fibre brush to apply my blush because I’ve found the best method for applying blush to be stippling. Basically instead of brushing the product across your skin in a sweeping motion, you dab it on like you’re using a beauty blender. So I lightly swirl my brush in the blush then pay it onto my cheeks for a seamless finish.

Last but certainly not least, is the lips. Part of my skincare routine involves putting on lip balm which by now has entirely sunk in. So first I apply my lip primer all over my lips and let it set. Then comes the lipstick! I’m lucky because my lips have a nice full shape, so I don’t over line my lips. First I apply to my lower lip, following the lip line and coloring in the whole lip. When doing the upper lip, I start by drawing a small X from either side of my cupids bow, so I know how high to make both sides. Then I draw on either side of the lipstick and color in. If all has gone well I have two sides of my lips which match!

And thats how I created this look! If you have any questions or comments feel free to write them below! I’ll see you with another look next week!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

A Vision For Beauty As Art

When imagining my blog I knew it was going to be centered around makeup. Over the years, my passion for makeup has grown and execution has improved exponentially. Sharing this passion seemed like a fabulous idea! But I didn’t know how to infuse myself into it; how to ensure it wouldn’t be a typical makeup blog. I wanted it to reflect my relationship with makeup. So I started brainstorming the words I associate with sitting down in front of the mirror when I know I’m going to get to do my makeup.

Self Expression: first and foremost, makeup is a form of self expression in my life. Different looks I create change the way people perceive me as well as the way I carry and present myself. I can create a look that says I am bold, or I am assertive, or I am calm, or I am mature, or I am happy, or I am angry. I can be closed off or welcoming. You would be shocked how my makeup changes how people interact with me. It’s a great way to express myself without words because sometimes words aren’t what you need.

Beauty: when I put the final touch on my face there is an inevitable surge of pride. Because there is beauty in what has been created. Not because it is more beautiful then my bare face, but the face I have put together with my makeup is beautiful in its own right. They do not have to be in competition. Feeling pride in my face with makeup on does not take away from the beauty of my face without. Beauty is just evident in both.

Confidence: after applying a flawless face, I strut around with a slightly overinflated ego because I know how fantastic it looks. I feel confidence in both my skills and in my appearance for the day. It is empowering to not feel like I have to wear makeup to fit a standard, but to wear it for myself. Anyone who says I am insecure because I smear makeup onto my face is making quite a few assumptions without taking the time to know me. I am a  confident woman. I march around with makeup on and I march around without it.

Art: for me, makeup is another form of art. I have never had a knack for visual arts. When appraising my drawing skills (and my handwriting), my kindergarten teacher patted my mom on the arm and told her there is just no hope for some kids. I’ve accepted it. But I am excellent at makeup, both for my face and for others. I constantly break the ‘rules’ of makeup to find a new look. Sometimes it works, sometimes the lesson is rules are there for a reason. But I love creating art and my face is my canvas.

Passion: discovering new products and creating new looks gets me so excited I hardly know what to do with myself. I can lose myself entirely while creating a new makeup look for myself. Talking to others around me and teaching them brings me absolute joy. I am passionate about doing makeup, about the artwork I create. It’s a passion I want to share.

Love: makeup is also a form of self love and self care for me. When I’m feeling down, or bored, or irritated or don’t want to leave the house, I can always boost my spirits by focusing some time and attention on some ‘Me Time.’ The time I put into my makeup lifts my spirits, without fail.

Strength: makeup seems to be a somewhat controversial topic for people. For women I know, some look down up those of us who choose to indulge in makeup. Words like ‘insecure’ and ‘vapid’ and ‘materialistic’ and ‘shallow’ are often associated with people who take the time and energy to apply makeup. However, I am a strong woman who wears makeup. It is for me. No one else owns what I choose to do with my own face. It is a form of self love, passion, creativity, and joy in my life. And no one gets to take those things away from me.

Makeup is part of who I am. I am excited to share it with you through Beauty As Art. This is the home of self expression, creativity, rule breaking, and excitement. Not every look will pan out. Not every look will speak to you. Not every look becomes part of my daily life. I don’t love every product you’ll see here. But it will be a wonderful journey never the less.

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

What’s in my Pouch?

Hello beautiful!

Today, I’m here to share with you guys what I carry around my makeup pouch everyday 🙂 Whether I go to school, work, or to just hang out, I always have my makeup with me, so I can touch up. Depending on the day and the bag I carry, I leave some products out and only carry a few. Now, let’s get started to dig in my makeup bag!

This is the makeup pouch I’ve been carrying around lately. Ted Baker is one of my favourite brand because I just love the classic style they always have. I’ve receive this as a birthday present from my friend recently and I love it!

These are the products that I usually carry around to touch up my makeup during the day. Nothing too crazy but just enough to fix my makeup on the go!

These 3 face products are a must have for me. Being a girl with oily skin is not easy. I always have to blot and fix my makeup because it always want to melt off.

  • Mac Cosmetics, Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC25
  • Etude House, AC Cleanup Mild BB Cushion in Natural Beige
  • Gatsby, Oil Clear Sheet

I’m a lip product junkie, so I have so many lip products that I carry around. It always changes depending on what I’m wearing that day, but I’ve been carrying these products because they are so easy to apply on the go!

  • Lancome, L’absolu Rouge in 290 Poeme
  • YSL, Rouge Pur Couture in 204
  • Sephora, Goji Lip Balm

Miscellaneous Products:

  • ON: The Body x Kakao Friends Hand cream
  • Elizabeth and James Nirvana Roller ball Perfume
  • Eye drops (I wear contacts everyday and my eyes are super sensitive + dry)
  • Hair tie (Always need an extra hair tie in case anything happens)

 

These are all the products that I carry around in my makeup pouch. Like I said, it depends on the day but these are the products that I enjoy to touch up my makeup. I usually never touch up my eye makeup but my skin and lip are the two that I constantly check.

Did you guys enjoy looking into my makeup pouch? Comment below and tell me which products that you guys carry around everyday! I would love to hear 🙂

Always, thank you for reading!

K-Beauty Favourites

As of you guys know, I am Korean, living in Canada and I must admit that Korean beauty products are my favourite! There are so many Korean beauty products that are so affordable with great quality and overall, they have such a diverse range of products. I can definitely say that half of my makeup collection is Korean and whenever I visit Korea, I make sure I stock up on my favourite beauty products! Don’t get me wrong,  I love Western/American beauty products as well but something about Korean products interests me more because I think it suits me better because it targets to Asians skin tones and such. K-Beauty products have definitely been trending all over the world lately and it’s very interesting to see how many people love the products!

Here’s a sneak peak to my favourite K-Beauty products. It was tough to narrow it down, but I managed to pick my all time favourite 6 items.

 

Product #1 & #2:

#1: The eye shadow pallet is from Etude House. I’ve picked the shades I want individually and bought a separate quad pallet to put them in since it’s more convenient.  There’s a nice, big mirror (which I covered for photo purposes). This is my everyday neutral colours that I grab for in my make up routine!

#2: Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner, #1 Beige Shine by Clio. This is a champagne-pink eyeliner that I love to use as my inner corner highlight. It’s very subtle but enough to brighten my inner corner. It’s definitely a pick me up kind of product.

Product #3 & #4:

#3: Color My Brows Max #04 Natural Brown, by Etude House. This brow mascara is a very natural brow mascara and apply smoothly. I’ve used this product countless times and I’m still reaching for it. It’s such an affordable product that I can’t say no to it. I always need a brow mascara to help me match my hair colour and this product does the trick!

#4: Skinny Waterproof Mascara by Innisfree. This mascara has the tiniest mascara wand that you’ll ever see. It’s made to target the small lashes that you can’t get with a big mascara wand. I use it for my lower lashes and works wonders. It’s a great concept that works well with my short bottom lashes.

Product #5 & #6: 

#5: Akma Base Cushion, Lalavesi. Cushion foundation has been a trend that started the K-Beauty trend and hands down, this is one of the best cushion foundations in the market. This brand is a hard brand to reach, however their products are phenomenal. There’s a lot of formulas, colours to the actual cushion compact case you can choose from. It’s a medium to full coverage cushion foundation and I have definitely used more than 5 refills of this.

#6: Teatree Care Solution Essential Mask, MediHeal. This sheet mask has been my ultimate favourite sheet mask ever. I always stock up on this product whenever I make a visit to Korea. It calms the skin as well as moisturize it and fits to your face like a glove. The brand MediHeal is famously known for their sheet masks and has a massive collection of it. I highly recommend you try their sheet masks!

 

These were my top-pick K-Beauty products that I wanted to share with you guys. Let me know down below if you guys have Korean beauty products that you want to share or let me know which products I should try!

Always, Thanks 🙂

 

El Arco

In April 2015, I went to Los Cabos, Mexico with my mom and sister. It was fabulously hot and I spent most of my time in various bodies of water. One day, we went into Cabo San Lucas (we were only about a 45 minute bus ride away from the city) and took a boat ride to see the famous arch of Cabo San Lucas, known locally as El Arco or Lover’s Arch. It’s a distinctive rock formation that has tons of limestones that all jut out at various angles as well as a prominent arch formed on one end. It’s really cool to see in person. Our boat cruise went all the way around it and we even got the pleasure of seeing some seals!

The famous El Arco
This was on the other side of the arch. Notice the beautiful blue water!
Some seals just minding their own business.
This guy couldn’t care less that we all watching him. He had found a great spot to lay and be damned if some tourists were going to come disturb him.

It was never fully explained to me why the arch is called Lover’s Arch. We weren’t allowed to actually stop and get off the boat – the water was too rough close to the rocks. So I don’t think that people really step foot on the arch. Maybe it’s just one of those names that no one knows why it’s named that. Or maybe it was made up to get tourists to come and visit. Regardless, it was a really awesome experience getting to taking a boat ride around the beautiful rock formations just off the Baja California Peninsula. They are there as a result of weathering and erosion and one day, they may erode completely (this reminds me of Malta’s famous Azure Window which just collapsed). It’s a good reminder to enjoy Earth’s beautiful treasures while we can!

 

 

 

Worth it? ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip

ColourPop is probably one of the most popular beauty brands on market right now. Their appeal? Inexpensive liquid lipsticks, that are often dupes of expensive lip products, along with blinding highlighters and they’ve recently released affordable eyeshadows.

Ah there’s the word: affordable. As a university student who is a self proclaimed lipstick aficionado (seriously it’s on my resume) and shamefully obsessed with makeup, ColourPop is my wallet’s dream. But they’re an American, and charge roughly $14 for Canadian shipping before duties. I mean…

via SIZZLE

I am that meme, and that meme is me. BUT regardless, I do find ColourPop liquid lipsticks worth it. Here are my pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Awesome colour selection
    • If you’re the type who enjoys buying 10 of the same colour in different shades (me), then this. is. your. sh*t.
  • Aesthetically pleasing packaging
    • Look at them!!! So pretty.
  • Constant Trendy Collaborations with famous people
    • One of my favourite shades is chi with was a collaboration with model Karreuche Tran!
  • They’re cheap and affordable
    • I may love lipsticks, but I don’t particularly love buying more than 5 $30 lipsticks at. one. time. This is a good(?) alternative…good for my makeup needs,  bad for my wallet.
  • They have a steady stream of discount codes and sales that happen year round
    • If I can, I’ll wait till there’s free international shipping, or ill take advantage of promotions of when you buy x amount and get free shipping!

Cons

  • You have to pay for shipping, duties, and shipping takes forever.
    • It takes 20-27 days give or take… that’s three more days till one month. Shipping from across the world is faster.
  • They discontinue colours without notice
    • Seriously. Not COOL.
  • They formulas aren’t consistent
    • They literally tell you – “it’s so cheap you can buy another one.”
  • They can be drying, smudgy, and runny.
    • Lip primers are the solution but still… crusty, messy lips aren’t too cute.
  • Shades can be out of stock forever.
    • Sometimes, you have to stalk their social media pages, FOR ONE COLOUR THAT NEVER COMES BACK IN STOCK.

Okay… there may be a little more cons than pros than I thought but every beauty addict should have at least one ColourPop lipstick. Persuade a friend, or persuade me, and place a bulk order to avoid shipping costs. If you’d like to see swatches, let me know! My arm is always willing and ready to be swatched with lipsticks.