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Shiny Hair Tips

The past 10 years of my life I’ve been dying my hair blonde. That amount of bleach over the years has definitely left my hair feeling dull, dried out, and coarse. In the last year or so I have been focusing on making my hair feeling healthy and happy again after all the damage I’ve …

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Spring Staples


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Well, it seems like Spring has sprung in Vancouver, and I could not be more excited! I have noticed myself doing a bit more shopping coming into the Spring season, or reaching for different pieces of clothes. It’s warming up, so the parka’s and rainboots are going back in the closet. Here are some of …

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The In Between

What do you do when you can’t decide between going bold and going soft? Somedays I sit down in front of my makeup collection and I am unsure of exactly what I want. I’m not looking to go with a subtle look, but I also don’t really want to be totally in your face. I want to be the in between. I want to find the delicate balance between calm and loud. Now maybe at first glance you can’t see the balance to which I am referring. A dark blue lip after all, is a pretty loud statement. But when pairing it with a slightly warmer toned eye and face makeup which isn’t overly dramatic, it is not quite the slap in the face some of my looks can create.

I’ve always been instructed not to pair warm and cool toned makeup together in the same look. Believe me, I understand why. They aren’t designed to marry together smoothly. Typically the tones grate on one another and create a harsh look which is not quite right when you look at it. But if you do it just right, sometimes it can work out quite elegantly. The warmer tones in the look are cooled by the cool tones and vice versa.

Take this look for example. The eye look is made up of oranges and golds from my Anastasiia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. The overall effect is rather sunset like in nature. I intentionally did not go overboard with the pigmentation though, not wanting to overweight the warmth of the look. The face was done with the more neutral colors in my collection. Yes, my contour was still a dark shadow meant to create definition on my face. But I kept the shade as neutral as possible instead of choosing a warmer or cooler one. The same goes for my choice of bronzer. Bronzer by nature will always run warmer because, as the name implies, the whole point is to bronze up the look like a tan. But there is still a wide variety of shade options in the realm of bronzers. I found one which wouldn’t be overly warm in nature and went with that. The same process held true for my highlight as well.

The lip is what took this look from subtle to an in between. It is a cool toned shade and it’s quite aggressive upon first glance. But when pairing it with a look like this, it falls into place shockingly well. The tone warms up a little, and it elevates the look out of a purely subtle realm. It also adds an element of surprise to the look. I never like to do the same thing twice. I enjoy surprising people, both with who I am and with my makeup. This is an expression of complexity, of experimentation, of challenging the norms. Not every challenge has to be aggressive. Some rules you can break by pairing together tones which aren’t supposed to work together. I like to challenge people and the norms they ascribe to me. This look is just another way of doing so.

How do you challenge the norms people place on you? Leave a comment below!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

 

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A Single Girls Valentine’s Day

Generally, I’m not a massive fan of Valentine’s day, but this year I decided to do things a little differently.
In years past I’ve spent my single Valentine’s days lonely and envious of those with people to spend the day with. I also went through a phase of referring to the pseudo -holiday as a “capitalist driven scam meant to trick people into spending money on fake evidence of their ‘love'”. I went through a cynical phase, can you tell?
Lately though, I’ve started to see that Valentine’s day is, in fact a day of celebrating love. whether its celebrating the love in a relationship, or celebrating self love. 

The Look:

Even though I’m spending this Valentine’s day in my pjs watching rom-coms, I decided to do a pretty-in-pink look to celebrate the holiday!
For my base, my face, my eyebrows, and my mascara,  I used pretty much all the same products as in my Casual Christmas Look.
Except the highlighter, In this look I used the 
PHYSICIANS FORMULA Butter Highlighter  in Pearl and I am 100% obsessed with it.

My Eyes-
To achieve this pretty pink look I used the 
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette
I started by fluffing Buon Fresco into my crease with a fluffy brush, followed by a slight dusting of Love Letter  lower in the crease and slightly onto my lid. I took a second to blend those two together, and then I placed Venetian Red on my outer corner with a tapered brush. I blended this slightly into the outer part of the crease, but I kept it mostly focused on the outer corner of the eye. After getting all of my mattes placed, I used the URBAN DECAY Al Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray to foil Vermeer , and I placed that on the inner two thirds of my lid, blending the edges slightly. To finish off the look, I used a thin angled brush to create a winged eyeliner effect with Cyprus Umber.  

My Lips-
On my lips I’m wearing the 
HUDA BEAUTY Liquid Matte Lipstick in Crush
I love this formula and I absolutely love this colour, Its a good everyday colour. If I were to do this look again though, I’d use a lip colour thats a little less peachy, and a little more pink.

If you want to see me doing this look, check out my video on Instagram! @jordananne76

Some Tips For Loving Yourself This Valentine’s Day:

When you’re single, Valentine’s day can be a day filled with sadness and jealousy, when it should be a day filled with celebrating self love. So here are a few tips for how you can show yourself a little self love this Valentine’s day.

Take Yourself Out-
If you don’t want to spend this Valentine’s day on your couch, then don’t be afraid to ask yourself on a date!Personally, I love going to movies alone, and I love sitting on a coffee shop patio drinking a SOLO espresso. So I can throughly recommend putting on your favourite outfit,  taking yourself out to your favourite place, and savouring the simplicity, and the silence, of doing something you love, alone. There is no one else to contend with,  and nobody else to wait for, everything is on your time line. Doing things alone also provides much needed time with yourself to nurture the most important relationship in your life.

Treat Yourself To a Little Luxury –
I don’t always make time for the more luxurious things in life, but when you’re nurturing self love, treating yourself is especially important. whether its doing your nails, or getting your hair done, a little luxury can go a long way. A couple specific luxurious things I can recommend for this valentines day are actually things I’ve already mentioned in a couple of my Self Care Sunday posts. Have a bath, or do a face mask. Around Valentine’s day, LUSH comes out with a Unicorn Horn bubble bar and I love nothing more than sliding into a steaming hot bubble bath surrounded by this sparkling scent. I also love getting out of the bath glittery and smelling good. The face mask I’d recommend for this day of luxury are really any of the LUSH Jelly Face Masks specifically, FOMO or Bunny Moon. I love these masks for a little more luxury, because they’re thick and creamy, and I love that I have to mush them up in my hands before I can put them on my face. I also notice immediate results every time I use these masks, and that always makes me feel good.
Luxury is anything that makes you feel luxurious, so really just do something you love, that makes you feel good.

And finally,
Spend Sometime Loving Yourself-
I know a lot of this has been about self love and loving yourself through actions, but today, there should be time for some mindful self love. Look in the mirror and pick out every single thing you love about yourself, or focus on all the things you love while you meditate, whatever being mindful means to you really. No matter what you do, it is important to make time to be mindful in your self love, because it really forces you to sit with it, feel it, and internalize it. 

Even If you’re alone this valentines day, take some time to love yourself. Because In the words of my hero RuPaul,
“If you can’t love yourself how the hell you gonna love somebody else”
Amen to that. 

 

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A First Impression Is A Chance For A Challenge

Bold orange lookIf you want to get someones attention, slap some intense color on there and you’re bound to succeed. One way or another, you’ll be noticed. Oranges are some of my favorite shades to work with because my eye color always pops when I throw orange on my lid. Most people want to make a good first impression no matter the situation. I’ve realized that is not my goal. Like I’ve said before, I challenge people. I utilize all methods at my disposal to test people and see if they have what it takes to stick with me in the long run. I guess makeup is part of that for me now. Going bold with my makeup on a first impression challenges many people. It’s like wearing armor. Are you the sort of person who will see through it? Or will you make assumptions about me?

To create a look like this I have to have a full coverage foundation to start with. For a bold look to come across correctly the intensity has to be consistent across the board. I’ve never felt good about bold eye looks when wearing a light coverage foundation because the rest of the look won’t have the same intensity. Contour won’t be as strong, highlight is more dull, and there is a lack of cohesiveness to the face. So, to create the perfect base for this bold look, I employ my best primer, full coverage, and translucent powder. Then, as per usual, I have to do up my brows with my tinted brow gel. I’m considering making the switch to a brow pencil here soon just to play with shape and fullness, but as of now I’m sticking with my gel.

Now, for some color. Eyes are the best way to get a bold flair introduced to your look. For this look, I grabbed my modern renaissance paletteBold orange look looking down to play with. To be honest I didn’t entirely have a plan this go around. But I knew I wanted to use the orange. It was just calling to me. So I started with some dark brown up through my crease and my outer corner to create some definition. I took the brown shade in pretty far to give myself some room for experimentation then grabbed the orange with a flat shader brush. I took the orange over almost all of my lid, leaving only the inner quarter of my eye exposed. I also packed on more then one layer of orange to ensure the color payoff was intense. Then I decided to try a new technique which I know everyone else has been using: the foil.

I snagged some of my friends setting spray, which I typically do not use, and sprayed a detailing brush with it lightly. Then I picked up a shimmery gold shade and took it into my inner corner and up through the inner quarter of my eye. It definitely was effective in increasing the intensity of the color payoff with the shimmer. Something felt like it was missing though. There just wasn’t enough dimension to make me happy. So I took some black from another palette into my outer V and that tied it together. All that was left was highlighting the brow bone.

I go through my typical face routine. A nice, classy contour paired with bronzer, blush, and a matte highlight. The final touch of the look is the lips. The most important part of making the lips last is using my lip primer. When using a liquid lip in winter, you have to keep your lips moisturized under a liquid formula. So I use my primer then throw on my tarte liquid lip.

And that’s how I put together this bold look! How do you make a first impression? Comment below!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

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Get Ready With Me: An Everyday Makeup Look

 

Everyone needs an easy, throw it on makeup look in their arsenal for everyday wear. While I don’t typically wear the same look on a day to day basis, I definitely have learned how to throw on a quicker face of makeup for the days I’m running late, or I’m too tired to come up with a full face look. It’s designed for faster application and runs on the more natural side. Well, except for my eyeliner. That will probably never be all-natural looking but hey, we all need a trademark, no? Waterline- a black waterline is mine without a doubt. My face looks weird at this point without black goo smeared along my bottom eyelid. Anyway, above is a time lapse of my ‘everyday’ makeup routine. Let’s be real though when I say ‘everyday’ I mean my lazy face. Still gotta love it though!

Below is the finished look. Not the most perfect look I’ve ever presented you with but it’s not meant to be.Lazy day makeup I’ve made a few key changes to speed up the process which make a noticeable impact on the quality of the finished look. Frankly I’m quite content with the look like a garbage human somedays so I may not be setting the highest bar for myself there. But as far as ‘throw it on in fifteen minutes then run for the bus stop’ looks go this is pretty on point.

Important changes are made to ensure this look can be accomplished in the most efficient manner possible. First, and probably most important, I switch out my Foundation for a BB Cream. BB Cream is lighter, and often quicker to apply. Mine goes on easily with my hands (and better to be honest). When using a brush I find I waste more product with the BB Cream formulas. This saves me a minimum of five minutes. Foundation is a lot of work, and while it’s worth it when you’re after a flawless finish it’s not always right for this look.

Another notable change to my typical routine is abandoning my winged liner. This can save me anywhere from two to seven minutes depending on what kind of day I’m having. Wings take measuring and precision and often times, correction. One does not have time for such foolishness when late for school. I also tend to go simplistic on the eyeshadow. A light eye contour just for some definition and we’re set. Trust me, this is quite a sacrifice in my book. I love eyeshadow. Finally, if I’m really, really in a hurry, I’ll leave out my lip primer. But that is a big sacrifice for me because of my dry skin and not wanting to constantly reapply. But hey, sometimes I guess being on time is important too. Or so I’m told.

Anyway, that’s really all there is to it! My quick and easy, everyday makeup look. What are your time saving tips? Comment below!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

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Pretty In Pink

Pretty in pink makeup selfieSome days, I want to be soft. Instead of going bold and edgy, I want to go more subtle. Like I always say, when putting on a makeup look, it always makes a statement. Going soft is a much less frequent occurrence in my life. I don’t usually go for a look which projects the image of softness because what I’ve noticed is it makes me feel vulnerable. When applying this type of look, I typically find myself in a friendly mood. Subtle looks are more inviting. They don’t serve to challenge people. They’re easy and welcoming.

To take a look into the soft sphere there are a few immediate stylistic changes I make. For one, I steer away from intense, dark colors. Instead, I trend towards warmer colors like dusty pinks and soft browns. Nude lipsticks also decrease the level of drama. I also tend to veer away from dark, sharp contours. Some shadow and shape is still important to the face, but I don’t want the contour to overtake the look. The most noticeable change to my typical look is my eyeliner: instead of a thick sharp liner, I simply line my eye instead. These changes create a drastically different feel to my makeup look then what many people expect to see from me on a daily basis.

So much of what I do stays similar throughout the process, it’s just less. I contour my eyes and face with softer browns, I use less bronzer, less blush. I use less eyeliner, less bold colors, a less matte finish. The result is a warm, welcoming makeup look. This one in particular revolved around a soft pink eye look. Choosing the right type of pink was key to keeping this look soft. I could do everything else exactly the same, but with different shadow decisions, the look would send an entirely different message. Dusty rose is a wonderful shadow palette to work with. The soothing variety of pink is more welcoming as opposed to the abrasive nature of bright pinks. It also brings out the blue in my eyes, which I find to be quite fabulous. The edges are also more blended then usual to ensure a softer look. Shimmery shades can also have a softening effect. Not glitter mind you, however a soft shimmer is somewhat whimsical in feel and can add to a more kind appearance.

The look on my face tends to follow the same steps as usual, I just try to go for less and apply with a delicate touch. You can always layer more product on as needed but removing it is challenging. After still applying my foundation and powders and the works, contouring is the first step in creating a face with some dimension again. Remembering to go lighter is the key to keeping with the theme of the look. But it’s not always the shade which needs to be lightened, it’s just how you apply. Feathering it on creates a softer shadow which you can always deepen as needed. The same goes for bronzer. Over bronzing can ruin a look because it can draw too much attention. A very light blush can be applied to give some color to your cheeks as well. The final touch for the face is highlight. No soft look would be complete without highlight. Not wanting to stray from my ways, I still utilize my lovely matte highlighting shades. However, I tend to go for a brighter one to brighten the face. There is something angelic about the outcome which perfectly suits the look. And of course, no look would be complete without lipstick. A nice nude lip pulls it all together without overwhelming the face but still finalizes the face.

Sometimes it’s okay to be soft.

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

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90s Makeup Inspired Look

Picture showing a dark contoured eye shadow look with a pale pink nude lip

As a baby born in the late 1990s, I missed the makeup trend of that era. However, revamped 90s makeup has been in style lately. While I’ve never been much one for trends, I have been quite intrigued by many of the styles coming forward with this era focus. So I thought up this contoured eye withe  nude lip and just went for it!

My style tends to embody the bold and the badass. With my makeup being the main style point in my daily repertoire I love exploring different avenues for expressing my inner badass woman. Being bold doesn’t always have to mean bright colors, sparkles, or all the shades of darkness. This week I decided to try a contoured, 90s inspired matte eye look paired with a pale nude lip. The winged liner and darkened waterline brought in some of my signature style and added in the 2017 wist to the look. While it’s a very different look from the last one I posted it still made me feel powerful and proud.

This look posed a few challenges I don’t typically encounter. For one, the blending had to be so much smoother then usual. With the center of the lid being almost nude and highlighted, any harsh lines or messy application of the darker shadows would be glaringly obvious. The key to contouring my eyes is blending. The liner also needed to be flawless because there was less shadow to hide mistakes with. There can be no gaps in the line, no smudges, and a perfect line. Any mistakes would be too obvious with no way to hide. However, mastery of the eyes meant the look should go off without a hitch!

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: First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

Applied with my hands

Foundation: Estée Launder Double Wear 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): Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

-Saleos in the Crease

Applied with Sephora Collection Pro Blending Brush #27

-Shax in the Outer V

Applied with Zoeva 231 Luxe Petite Crease Brush

Blended with Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush

-Lazarus across the the Lid

Applied with Zoeva 232 Luxe Classic Shader

-Liberatus 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

Applied with Product Applicator

Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Black

Applied with Product Applicator

-The Face

Contour: Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette in Sombre

Applied with Zoeva 127 Sheer Cheek Brush

Bronzer: Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit (Light/Medium) Bronzer Shade

Applied with Sephora Collection Pro Contour Brush #79

Highlight: Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette in Lucid

Applied with Sigma F03 High Cheekbone Highlighter Brush

Blush: Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette in Unleashed

Applied with Sigma F50 Duo Fibre Brush

-The Lips

Primer: Bite Beauty Line and Define Primer

Applied with Product Applicator

Lipstick: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Cava

Applied with Product Applicator

 

A Bit About The Process

While I may not have wanted to go to class today the prospect of some me time with my makeup helped pull me out of bed to get ready for the day. Despite feeling grumpy I knew rocking a great makeup look would make help me have a better day. So to start I ran through my morning skincare routine as per usual then applied my new primer! My skin has been much happier and makeup application has been much smoother since starting to use my new primer. If you want some more in depth information about this product I wrote a review you should check out!

After my primer sets on my skin, I use my flat kabuki brush from sigma to apply my foundation. The double wear foundation from Estée Lauder has a very full coverage and sets matte on my skin. I find this optimal for the base of a look. Then I quickly brush some translucent powder across my face and move forward to my eyes and brows!

The eyes are the best part of this look but also the most challenging. I started by applying my primer with a light layer of translucent powder to my eyes before doing my eyebrows while the primer sets. Having inherited my dad’s bushy Indian eyebrows my brows are pretty easy to do. A few quick swipes of a pigmented brown gel and I’m done!

Now that the eyeshadow primer has set it’s time to begin the process of eyeshadow! The first step is to slowly start building the crease color with Saleos from the Kat Von D palette. For this look to work, I built the eyeshadows slowly together and spent a lot of time on blending. I used a fluffy brush to pick up some shadow and knocked the fallout off (as one always should). Then I lightly feathered it through my crease. I continued repeating this process until I was happy with the crease shade. Then I picked up a tapered blending brush and picked up the shade Shax. This is where things could have gone wrong. The goal with this dark color was to actually create the shape for my eye. I started at the very outer corner of my eye and began building the color. I slowly but surely was able to create a V shape in the outer v of my eye. Using a clean blending brush I softened any hard edges and and ensured the shades were blended together well. Next I used a shader brush to pack Lazarus across the rest of my lid. This neutral base shade created a nice highlighted effect across the lid which opened up the eye shape nicely. The final step was to use a fluffy brush to highlight the inner corner of my eyes and brow bone with Liberatus.

With my eyeshadows coming off better then expected I moved on to eyeliner and mascara, two things no makeup look is complete without in my book. Creating a line from the direction of my lower waterline, I drew on the lower line of the wing. I took it out pretty far knowing I wanted to go for a dramatic wing. Then I switched the angle of the eyeliner pen and drew the upper line in towards my eye. Then I proceeded to carefully fill in my liner and much to my excitement it went off without a hitch! What can I say miracles do happen! Next: my waterline. To line my waterline I use a gel crayon liner. I find it goes on easier then a pencil because of its gel consistency. To avoid pulling harshly on my eyes I press my index finger against my lower lash line instead. This tends to roll the waterline out without the pulling effect. Then I run the gel along my waterline. I know many people will argue fully lining your waterline with black closes your eyes off but I love the way it looks so I do it anyways. A few swipes of mascara on my upper and lower lashes and boom eyes finalized!

For the face I start with contouring. I’ve recently picked up the Kat Von D contour palette and have been experimenting with it. The shade Sombre is an excellent contour shade for me. With sombre contoured under my cheekbones, under my jaw, and above my forehead, I move to bronzer. The middle shade of the Smashbox step-by-step palette is excellent for bronzing in fall as my face still has some color left from summer. I swipe the shade across my forehead, the back third of my cheekbone, along my jaw, my chin, and on my nose. Filled with joy and the return of color to my skin I move forward to blush. Using a stippling brush, I dot unleashed across the apples of my cheeks. Finally, I highlight my cheekbones and just around my temples.

Finally, we finish off this look with the lips. Having moisturized them before starting my makeup, I apply my lip primer all over my lips and let it set. Then I use my pale pink nude Bite Beauty lipstick in Cava to put the final touch of the look. I run the lipstick across my lower lip then create an X across my cupids bow to set up the upper lip lines. Using the peak of the cupids bow as a guide I apply the color to my upper lip and smile proudly at my creation.

And thats how I created this look! What sort of 90s makeup looks have you tried? 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.

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Unapologetically Me.

There are many people who run makeup and beauty oriented blogs. So, why me? Why am I here, writing this blog? Why is makeup an important enough piece of my life for me to center my whole blog around it? Where did this idea come from? What makes me any different from any other person playing with their makeup? Well, I’m going to tell you. You deserve to know who it is writing to you. I know I always feel more connected to the authors of my favorite content when I know them. So, this is me letting you get to know a bit about me so you can understand what I’m writing and why.

I grew up in a small town where I didn’t really fit in. My whole life, I’ve been loud, outspoken, opinionated, and somewhat aggressive. It wasn’t exactly the most accepted in the community where I grew up. But I made the best of it. At the end of middle school though I made the choice to switch from my small community to going to a private high school in the city. My parents were in support because they have always believed in me and wanted the best for me. So, I started going to high school downtown at an all-girls catholic school.

There were a lot of pros to making that decision in my life. The main one was many of us did not care about makeup or fashion. We were too focused on trying to get great grades and find time to sleep to bother. The daily uniform tended to revolve around sweats. The benefit of this was twofold: more sleep in the morning and not learning to rely on makeup to cover up my insecurities. I struggled through high school and puberty based insecurity and a whole other host of struggles without using makeup as a crutch. I believe this let me develop a very different relationship with makeup and beauty over my adolescence.

Believe it or not, I didn’t actually start really using makeup until I was 18 years old. I had used a product here and there for events and such, but I didn’t become invested in it until after I graduated from high school and had been forced to face most of my ‘I’m ugly’ demons. So, makeup was never, and has never become, about making myself more beautiful. My relationship with makeup is about one thing: self expression. I discovered YouTubers and bloggers, like Zoella and Tanya Burr, and started learning from them. I loved seeing the different things they would express with different types of makeup. It was inspiring.

The summer after my senior year I spent hours watching videos, researching products, saving up money, practicing techniques, and slowly but surely figuring out what I was doing. I love allowing my makeup to reflect what it is I am feeling. Makeup can send a message to everyone around you, whether they are your best friend or a stranger you pass on the street. It is a powerful form of art. And it is a form of self love for me. Because I do not allow others to dictate what I do and do not put on my face. My style is mine and mine alone. I am me and no one will ever take that away from me.

So, that is why I am here. Makeup is my passion. Makeup is my art. Makeup is a part of who I am and how I show myself to the world. Wearing makeup does not make me weak or insecure. It does not make me a liar or a fraud or shallow. I am here, writing this blog, in the hopes that inspires other people to express themselves freely and fiercely. I am a highly flawed person. But I do not let that stop me from being myself. And neither should you. Let’s be unapologetically who we are together.

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

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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.

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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.

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.