tutorial: simple strobing/non-touring look

tutorial: simple strobing/non-touring look

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today i’m going to be showing you guys a really simple, stripped down look for lazy days, using 80% drugstore products. it features the hot trend of strobing or non-touring which is basically the opposite of the contouring trend. instead of defining your features directly with a bronzer, you just strobe the high points of your face, so that your features are more defined indirectly. it is a lot less harsh than contouring and much more luminous. the other nice part of this look is that it uses only 5 makeup products, so it’s perfect for a lazy sunday or for any day when you feel like wearing a light makeup look.

skin prep (not counted towards 5 products)

1. remove makeup/cleanse w/ Neutrogena make-up removing wipes 

(i skipped the cleanser & toner out of laziness)

2. moisturize w/ three drops of Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, focusing on flaky areas (edges of nose & cheeks, for me), then apply one pump of La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Legere 24hr Rehydrating Fill-In Care all over face

(i skipped the primer b/c i didn’t want to mattify my face at all)

lips (i did this first b/c i wanted to have it on before i applied the highlighter)

1. apply several coats of Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick “710 First Class Nude” all over lips (this formula is super moisturizing, creamy, and dewy)

highlighting 

1. strobe/highlight the high points of your face w/ Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid by FaceStudio Illuminating Highlighter “100 Light/Iridescent” using your fingers (concentrating on the edges of the forehead, especially on the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose, in the cupid’s bow, and a little bit on the centre of the chin)

2. set the highlighting liquid with a Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder “Ethereal Light” using Sephora Multitasker complexion Brush “45” (brush not included in the 5 products–you could easily just use your fingers, as well)

eyes

1. apply Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal by EyeStudio 24hr Eyeshadow “Barely Branded” all over lids as a 2-in-1 primer and eyeshadow

2. apply 2-3 coats of Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara 

  • great dupe for: Benefit’s They’re Real!

as you can see, i skipped a lot of my usual products, including: cleanser, toner, sunscreen (i didn’t leave the house), primer, foundation, concealer, setting powder, brow pencil, brow gel, eyeshadow, bronzer, and blush, because i was feeling pretty lazy.

also, 4 out of 5 of the makeup products used are from the drugstore, and the higher-end highlighting powder could easily be switched out for a cheaper product from e.l.f., for example, which has several powder highlighters and some baked blushes, both of which have received positive reviews online.

there you have it! a super simple, dewy look. i paired it with some messy, undone, day-3 bedhead.

 

 

 

 

 

tutorial: nude daytime look

tutorial: nude daytime look


today i’ll be showing you a daytime look with mostly nude shades and a blend of rusty eye shadow colours. the eye portion is definitely suitable for a night out, but to transition it from day to night i would add a bolder lip, perhaps a deep red colour like Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade “rubino.” as usual, the base is essentially the same as my previous two tutorials but with different eye and lip colours!

skin prep

1. cleanse & tone w/ several drops of La Roche-Posay Micellar Water (Sensitive Skin) on a cotton pad all over face

2. moisturize w/ three drops of Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, focusing on flaky areas (edges of nose & cheeks, for me), then apply two pumps of La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Legere 24hr Rehydrating Fill-In Care all over face 

3. apply a small dollop of Neutrogena UltraSheer Face Sunscreen (SPF 60) all over face for sun-protection (important to use every day, even in the winter!)

4. let absorb for 5-10 minutes

5. apply one small dollop of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer all over face

foundation/concealer/powder

1. apply Clinique Superbalanced Makeup [i use the shade 32 “Breeze” (N)] all over face w/ the large end of Sephora’s 202 “Multitasker face” brush, first dotting and then blending out, gently

2. apply Sephora Collection Bright future Gel-cream concealer [i use the shade 01 “Bavarian cream”] by dotting on blemishes, applying large triangles to the under-eye areas, and blending out w/ the small end of Sephora’s 202 “Multitasker face” brush, for blemishes, and blending out w/ your ring & pinky fingers, for the under-eye area

3. set w/ Loreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Powder [i use the shade n1 “ivory”] by applying w/ still Spa Essentials Powder 001 brush

eyes/eyebrows

1. brush brows w/ spoolie & fill in brows w/ short, quick strokes of NYX Micro Brow Pencil [i use the shade MP05 “Ash Brown”]

2. groom brows with Loreal Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara [i wear shade “Medium to Dark”]

  • great dupe for: Benefit’s Gimme Brow since it also has a small brush/applicator

3. apply Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal by EyeStudio 24hr Eyeshadow [in the shade “Barely Branded”] all over lids with rings fingers as a base/eyeshadow primer

4. using your middle fingers, pack NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow [in the shade “Dayclub”] all over the lids

5. using the ELF Blending Brush, blend NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow [in the shade “Showgirl”] into the outer corners and up into the creases

6. apply two to three coats of Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara 

  • great dupe for: Benefit’s They’re Real!

contour

1. apply one short line in the hollow of each cheekbone of NYX WonderStick dark colour [i use shade “WS01 Light/Medium”] and blend out with fingertips to contour

  • tip: suck in your cheeks to find the hollows

2. lightly dust Benefit’s “Dallas” Blush [i use it from the Benefit Cheekathon Palette] onto apples of cheeks with Quo Professional Blush Brush

  • tip: find the apples of your cheeks by smiling

3. pack Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder “Ethereal Light” onto cheekbones with fingers

lip

1. apply one coat of Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick [in the shade ‘fresco’] all over lips

and that’s the look! it pairs particularly well with blue eyes, as it has golden/brown/peach undertones. it wears well, holding up against sweat without budging.

 

 

tutorial: day-to-night winter makeup

tutorial: day-to-night winter makeup


today i’ll be showing you a more dramatic look, which is more typically suited for a night out; however, in the winter, i look to wear more intense, dark looks from day-to-night. the basis for this look, overall, is similar to my previous tutorial (“valentine’s day date makeup:” https://makeupasmedicine.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/tutorial-valentines-day-date-makeup/), but the different eye and lip colours also make them quite different at first glance. it also features one of my favourite statement makeup products: black lipstick! while i tend to wear it year-round, most people prefer to experiment with it in the colder months, when deeper colours are more trendy.

1. cleanse & tone w/ several drops of La Roche-Posay Micellar Water (Sensitive Skin) on a cotton pad all over face

2. moisturize w/ three drops of Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, focusing on flaky areas (edges of nose & cheeks, for me), then apply one pump of La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Legere 24hr Rehydrating Fill-In Care all over face 

3. apply a small dollop of Neutrogena UltraSheer Face Sunscreen (SPF 60) all over face for sun-protection (important to use every day, even in the winter!)

4. let absorb for 5-10 minutes

5. apply one small dollop of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer all over face

foundation/concealer/powder

1. apply Clinique Superbalanced Makeup [i use the shade 32 “Breeze” (N)] all over face w/ the large end of Sephora’s 202 “Multitasker face” brush, first dotting and then blending out, gently

2. apply Sephora Collection Bright future Gel-cream concealer [i use the shade 01 “Bavarian cream”] by dotting on blemishes, applying to the under-eye area, and blending out w/ the small end of Sephora’s 202 “Multitasker face” brush, for blemishes, and blending out w/ your ring fingers, for the under-eye area

3. set w/ Loreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Powder [i use the shade n1 “ivory”] by applying w/ still Spa Essentials Powder 0o1 brush

eyes/eyebrows

1. brush brows w/ spoolie & fill in brows w/ short, quick strokes of NYX Micro Brow Pencil [i use the shade MP05 “Ash Brown”]

2. groom brows with Loreal Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara [i wear shade “Medium to Dark”]

  • great dupe for: Benefit’s Gimme Brow since it also has a small brush/applicator

3. apply NYX HD High Definition Eyeshadow Base & blend into lids w/ ring fingers

4. using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette, pack “Undone” onto the lids with Quo All-Over Eyeshadow Brush and use ELF Blending Brush to blend it up into the crease

5. apply two to three coats of Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara 

  • great dupe for: Benefit’s They’re Real!

contour

1. apply one short line in the hollow of each cheekbone of NYX WonderStick dark colour [i use shade “WS01 Light/Medium”] and blend out with fingertips to contour

  • tip: suck in your cheeks to find the hollows

2. lightly dust Benefit’s “Dallas” Blush [i use it from the Benefit Cheekathon Palette] onto apples of cheeks with Quo Professional Blush Brush

  • tip: find the apples of your cheeks by smiling

3. pack Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder “Ethereal Light” onto cheekbones with fingers

lip

(funnily enough, the black lipstick that i usually use is actually meant as halloween makeup, so it comes in a costume makeup kit.)

1. apply several layers of Walmart’s Black Lipstick from Walmart’s Black Lipstick and Nail Polish Halloween Makeup kit

  • compared to Covergirl’s Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in the shade “Perry Panther KP11,” i honestly prefer the halloween lipstick in terms of colour payoff and texture.

and that’s the look! if you wanted to modify it to be a bit less intense for the daytime, you could wear any lighter lipstick that you have on hand (this look uses both cool and warm tones, so there shouldn’t be any lipstick that will particularly clash!) and then swap it out for the black lipstick when you go out at night-time.

 

 

tutorial: valentine’s day date makeup

tutorial: valentine’s day date makeup


this is my first tutorial: valentine’s day date makeup! it features a glowy cheek, matte eyes, and a bold lip. let’s get to it:

skin prep

1. cleanse & tone w/ several drops of La Roche-Posay Micellar Water (Sensitive Skin) on a cotton pad all over face

2. moisturize w/ three drops of Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, focusing on flaky areas (edges of nose & cheeks, for me), then apply two pumps of La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Legere 24hr Rehydrating Fill-In Care all over face (i skipped the sunscreen step since i’m going out in the evening)

3. let absorb for 5-10 minutes

4. apply one dime-sized bit of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer all over face

foundation/concealer/powder

1. apply Clinique Superbalanced Makeup [i use the shade 32 “Breeze” (N)] all over face w/ the large end of Sephora’s 202 “Multitasker face” brush, first dotting and then blending out, gently

2. apply Sephora Collection Bright future Gel-cream concealer [i use the shade 01 “Bavarian cream”] by dotting on blemishes, applying to the under-eye area, and blending out w/ the small end of Sephora’s 202 “Multitasker face” brush, for blemishes, and blending out w/ your ring fingers, for the under-eye area

3. set w/ Loreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Powder [i use the shade n1 “ivory”] by applying w/ still Spa Essentials Powder 0o1 brush

eyes/eyebrows

1. brush brows w/ spoolie & fill in brows w/ short, quick strokes of NYX Micro Brow Pencil [i use the shade MP05 “Ash Brown”]

2. groom brows with Loreal Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara [i wear shade “Medium to Dark”]

  • great dupe for: Benefit’s Gimme Brow since it also has a small brush/applicator

3. apply NYX HD High Definition Eyeshadow Base & blend into lids w/ ring fingers

4. using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette, pack “Primal” onto the lid with ELF Blending Brush and blend into crease as well

5. apply two coats of Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara 

  • great dupe for: Benefit’s They’re Real!

contour

1. apply one short line in the hollow of each cheekbone of NYX WonderStick dark colour [i use shade “WS01 Light/Medium”] and blend out with fingertips to contour

  • tip: suck in your cheeks to find the hollows

2. lightly dust Benefit’s “Dallas” Blush [i use it from the Benefit Cheekathon Palette] onto apples of cheeks with Quo Professional Blush Brush

  • tip: find the apples of your cheeks by smiling

3. pack Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder “Ethereal Light” onto cheekbones with fingers

lip

1. apply Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick [in the shade “rubino”] all over lips

and that’s the look! hope that you enjoy it and that you also had a wonderful valentine’s day.

 

 

review: stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (‘rubino’) *perfect valentine’s day lip colour*

review: stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (‘rubino’) *perfect valentine’s day lip colour*

today i’m doing my first review: stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (in the shade rubino). this shade is the perfect colour for tomorrow–valentine’s day!

format

i actually bought this lipstick as a part of a holiday set called the Stay All Day, Sparkle All Night Liquid Lipstick Set. (i paid $51 CAD for the set from Shoppers Drug Mart: roughly $9/product–it comes with 5 shades of liquid lipstick and a glitter topcoat.) the whole set is fantastic, but the shade that stood out the most to me was rubino. the lipstick comes in a small 0.05 fl. oz/1.5 mL format, which is perfect for taking on the go!

shade

rubino is the perfect red lipstick for my skin tone. for reference, my skin has both warm and cool undertones (as i am both half-spanish and half-irish), so red (a warm colour) with purple (a cool colour) undertones tends to look the best on me. by comparison, a red lipstick with orange (warm) undertones doesn’t suit me as well.

formula

this formula is far and away my favourite liquid lipstick format! it is not too dry, but still matte. it stays well. it doesn’t make my lips look flaky. i absolutely love liquid lipsticks for matte finishes, but they often make my lips extremely dry. by comparison, i have also used:

  • NYX Lip Lingerie: great staying power, great price point, but extremely drying, and the formula is a bit difficult to apply. (would not re-purchase.)
  • Too Faced Melted Matte Liquefied Lipstick: decent staying power, not too dry, easy too apply, but it left my lips with a really strange, filmy texture which wasn’t very comfortable. (i was really disappointed with that one because it was pretty expensive and the salesperson at Sephora raved about it, calling it their best liquid lipstick.) would not re-purchase.

valentine’s day

red lips are always a staple look, but even more so on valentine’s day! it’s a great day to try a bold lip. stay tuned for my valentine’s day makeup tutorial tomorrow, which will definitely feature this shade!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my daily (winter) skincare routine

my daily (winter) skincare routine


as somebody who lives in canada, my skin type actually changes in the colder months: from oily-combination to dry-combination. the cold dries out my skin and leaves me with tons of flaky patches. this means that, come winter, i actually need to switch up which products i use. after much trial-and-error, here is my current routine:

makeup remover/cleanser/sometimes toner: La Roche-Posay Micellar Water (Sensitive Skin). this baby is an all-in-one product: it removes my makeup, cleanses my skin, and, when i’m too lazy to use a separate toner, tones my skin, as it balances pH levels. it’s an all-around great product, suitable for sensitive skin (i’m not sensitive, but i do like their products). i would recommend it with one caveat: it’s not the best as an eye-makeup remover. i would recommend using a separate eye-makeup remover, especially one with oil in it. mid-level price range.

toner: Avene Thermal Spring Water. this is a lovely, refreshing product. great in the winter as a toner, or great anytime as a refresher. also works well in the summer to cool down. suitable for sensitive skin. would recommend. mid-level price range.

moisturizing steps: 

  1. serum/oil: Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate. this product is my new holy grail winter skincare product. i couldn’t find anything to soothe my flaky patches until i found this face oil. i use a few drops after my toner and before my moisturizer. highly recommended. it is a bit on the pricey side.
  2. moisturizer: La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Legere 24hr Rehydrating Fill-In Care. this moisturizer is great for dry-combination skin: not greasy and not too thin. would recommend. mid-level price range.

sun protection: Neutrogena UltraSheer Face Sunscreen (SPF 60). this is a fantastic sunscreen for combination skin, as it is not greasy or sticky. mild sunscreen scent. would recommend. quite cheap, as far as sunscreens go.

primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. this product is well-loved in the online beauty community, so i won’t say too much. it’s a fantastic primer, especially for combination skin, as it adds a bit of moisture while reducing shine and minimizing pores. highly recommended. a bit on the pricey side.

extra step (exfoliator): Vichy Normaderm 3-in-1 Scrub + Cleanser + Mask. this is another great all-in-one product. in the warmer months, it is my everyday cleanser, but in the colder months, i use it weekly as an exfoliator. also doubles as a mask! would recommend. mid-level price range.