Friday, 24 October 2014

Beauty Basics: 5 Essential Eye Brushes

A few months ago I shared my must-have brushes for the face, so I'm back today to share my 5 essential eye brushes for completing your look!

Want to get the most out of your coloured shadows? A flat shader brush is a staple for packing on opaque colour to the eyelids. These brushes can be found from so many different brands at so many different price points. From my experience, I would recommend checking out the Sigma E55, the ELF shadow brush or the MAC 239.
Having a smaller tapered blending brush is perfect for if you like to add some dimension to your eyes. Use it to focus darker shades on the outer third of you eyelid and drag the colour into your crease. Keeping the brush tapered means it is great even for people with smaller eyes/limited eyelid space! My favourites are the Quo crease blender, the Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff, and the MAC 217.
A larger fluffy blending brush will be your eye makeup's best friend. The more blended and seamless your shadows are, the more finished and flawless your look will be! Make sure you find a brush that is nice and soft, as blending can be a lengthy process and you don't want to irritate your eye. I'm a big fan of the Sigma E40 and Coastal Scents Classic Blender Natural.

Finally, a stiff angled brush is great for multi-purposing. Use it to perfect your liquid liner or with eyeshadow for a softer look. If you love the smudgey and smokey side of things, you can apply your favourite soft eye pencil and easily control the blending process without looking like you're in black eye territory. The Coastal Scents Classic Angled Liner and the EcoTools Bamboo Flat Liner Brush are my tried and true.
Even though I love and use constantly all of the above. If I were to choose one brush to rule them all, it would be the MAC 217. I have yet to come across something that quite measures up to it's fantastic shape and texture. Just remember, if you're using a brush for multiple colours/purposes, a brush spot cleanser will be your best bet to keep everything from looking muddy. Every brand will have their own version, or you could just DIY your own. Let me know in the comments if you'd like a recipe! 

What is your #1 must have eye brush?

P.S I'm already full swing on The Blogger Closet for the weekend! Check it and Amanda the brilliance behind the account out and follow along!
 
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Sweater Weather

A few weeks ago Alyssa asked me to do the Sweater Weather TAG, and since I've been super busy with work trips lately, I thought this would be the perfect time to put together this fun fall Q&A. Thanks Alyssa for unofficially tagging me!

Favorite candle scent?
I'm not a huge fan of the "traditional" fall scents, they're usually much too sweet or overpowering for me my tastes. My favourite warm and cozy candle smells like Moroccan Oil and is made by a local candle company, but like I mentioned in my September Favourites I recently found that B&BW Black Opal is the closest I've ever found to a similar scent!
Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Tea, tea and more tea please.

What's the best fall memory you have?
This is so difficult! If I had to narrow it down to a set of memories, it would probably be heading up to my cottage for the Cranberry Festival almost every year since I was three. I love perusing the craft markets, eating all the fair food and visiting the petting zoo. And yes, I still visit the petting zoo. It's also the most beautiful time to see all the trees changing colour in the Muskoka area.

Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner? 
I love both, but I wear winged liner basically every day no matter the season so I'll go with dark lips just because it's something different. These are a few that I am rocking this year!

Best fragrance for fall?
I'm not a huge perfume person to be honest, mostly because I always forget (or in too much of a rush to remember) to put it on before leaving the house. I always keep Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb rollerball at my desk in case I feel like it's necessary.

Favorite Thanksgiving food?
We have already had Canadian Thanksgiving here, and is there really anything better than mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie?

What is autumn weather like where you live?
From September to mid-October it hovers in that beautiful not-too-cold-not-too-hot stage that is my absolute favourite to dress for, but as of now it's all wool coats, scarves and rain boots because it is cold and damp.

Most worn sweater?
In public? It would probably be this green wool cardigan that I found in the men's section of the thrift store over three years ago. It's warm, easy to wear and it's pretty cute for a grandpa sweater.
Must-have nail polish this fall?
I'm not going to lie, I've been rocking Essie's Bahama Mama all month long and I'm obsessed. Here are some of my other favourites for the season if you haven't seen them already.

Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
Well I'm not much for football, so process of elimination...

Skinny jeans or leggings?
Until I recently I would have said leggings all the way. Then I found the American Eagle jeggings and they changed everything. They're thicker than leggings but just as stretchy and comfortable, and they come in tall sizes. Hallelujah!

Combat boots or Uggs?
I don't own either so I'm just going to cheat and say riding boots.
Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
PSLs just taste like coffee to me and I don't drink coffee, but I've been eating these Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats for weeks now and I'm loving them!

Favorite fall TV show?
I don't really watch much live TV these days, but I was definitely most excited to see Homeland come back again. Tyler and I aren't watching until the season is over because we can't stand the cliffhangers week to week, so no spoilers please!

What song really gets you into the fall spirit?
This may sound strange but anything on Drake's Thank Me Later album really reminds me of homecoming which was always at the beginning of the fall semester. Say Something and Up All Night always give me major nostalgia and make me miss my beautiful roommates who are now spread out across the country. 
And that just about wraps it up for the Sweater Weather Tag, don't forget to check out Alyssa's vlog-style version! Now I'm curious, what song gets you in the fall spirit?
 
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Monday, 20 October 2014

Cold Weather Companion

Layering is my best friend when it comes to living in the Great White North. Already our temperatures this weekend were heading down to the single digits, and there were clear signs of frost in the morning.  I will say though, if it weren't for the cooler whether we wouldn't have some of the most gorgeous fall views like I shared this weekend Twitter and Instagram. As someone who is definitely a dress girl, I have to get a bit creative to keep the bulk down and the warmth factor high.
Dress & Blazer: Forever 21{similar dress/similar blazer} | Tights: Target {exact} | Scarf: Jessica {similar}
Locket: Gift {similar} | Belt: Local Boutique {similar} | Boots: Spring {exact on sale!} | Bracelet: Ebay {similar}
This dress is one of my favourite layering pieces in the fall & winter. It's made of a thick, warm material but is also sleeveless so it works great over collared shirts or thin sweaters. Here I topped it with a classic slim cut blazer and chunky scarf, and finished the look with my favourite new taupe riding boots to compliment the cool hues. With a neutral base the possibilities are endless!

What is your biggest tip for layering?
 
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