Fall Makeup Favourites.

Hello everyone! Happy Friday!


Truth be told, I am sitting on my couch writing this while it pours with rain outside. Hot coffee in my hand it feels only suitable that I am writing about my Fall Makeup Favorites.


I recently bought the NARS Extreme Effects shadow and have fallen in love with it very quickly. It’s the perfect blend of Fall colors. I love buying from Hudsons Bay because you always receive a bunch of freebies with your order, making it that much more exciting. This time around I got a free eyeshadow primer from NARS and a whole goodie bag from Clinique!

The palette itself is just stunning. NARS is hands down one of my favorite high-end brands. The quality of the shadows are pigmented, yet apply buttery soft.


Along with my NARS eyeshadow, I’ve been obsessed with the NYX Soft matte lip creams. My go-to shades right now are Copenhagen and Stockholm. I had to re-stock these shades because I ran out of my selection from last year. I know this might be different from other opinions, but I really like how light they feel on the lips after they dry. I dont like how some liquid lipsticks feel thick and chalky. These are an absolute dream to wear.

Those colours though! Such a fall aesthetic 😍

Also I’ve been looking at Tik Tok lately… Should I use it? Am I missing out if I don’t?

I feel like it’s going to be something where I don’t like it at first, and then suddenly I’ve fallen deeply into it and totally obsessed. I am still not entirely sure how to use it.

Anyway, TGIF everyone! What are your plans this weekend?

I’m going to carve pumpkins and drink a bit of wine with my friends. 🎃 🥂

Welcoming Autumn

Hello everyone!

I feel like I’m welcoming Autumn with an especially warm hug this year. It’s as though I am finally able to breath deep and catch a glimpse of a more relaxed pace. Does anyone else feel this way?

Besides being relaxed, I am so excited for all the fun Autumn activities we are still able to enjoy during these ever changing times.

Things I am looking forward to this Fall are: enjoying everything in Pumpkin Spice Flavour 😋 Staying in watching movies on stormy nights. And more mushroom picking adventures with Alex and our pup!

What are your favourite Fall traditions? 🎃

June Ipsy Bag!

Hello everyone!

How are you all doing on this lovely day?

With the whole pandemic happening I put a pause on any unnecessary spending for about 3 months. I did this mostly to save just in case anything happened, but I’m not even sure how much I really saved because my makeup budget turned into a snack budget real fast 😂

When I saw that little pink parcel in the mail I was over the moon. What’s that song again?

🎶 Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favourite things. 🎶 … but pink instead of brown… you get the picture lol

I did something I never usually do and had a sneak peak of my bag when Ipsy released the lpreviews. I was so happy with what I saw it definitely fuelled my anticipation.

The bag they came out with this month is so cute! I love the bright yellow colour as it immediately makes me think of summer. And the pattern is just so fun! I’ll definitely be using this to pack all my little Knick Knacks in.

I’ll start with what I was looking forward to the most, and that was the perfume Juliette Has a Gun, in the scent Vanilla Vibes.

Ipsy has never sent me a perfume that I didn’t love. They’re always such a good size sample too, it tends to last me a really long time!

The funny part is that I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect summer scent. Something light and fresh that captures the essence of summer. Then Ipsy sent me this, and I was immediately in love. It was literally the exact scent I’ve been looking for. Usually perfume is just plain overpowering for me but this is honestly just the right combination. It also just smells really good on me, like it goes well with my body chemistry… does that make sense? It’s a thing right? 😂

Anyway I 100% plan on buying a full sized bottle once I’ve gone through the sample. And that is really saying something! They always get the perfume right with me.

Honestly if you’re ever unhappy with your Ipsy bag it’s a good idea to re-do the quiz because

a) It’s just a fun quiz to take in general and

b) It will totally change your bag to what you actually want and are going to get use out of.

Moving on!

The other product I was most excited for was the #inmo Cosmetics Velveteen Dream Shadow in the shade Kween Bee. Starting with the packaging I was obsessed. The little illustration on the front made me think of a Sailor Moon character.

For the actual shadow, I am always drawn to gold shimmers, they look amazing on any eye colour and skin tone. Unlike other shimmery shadows, this one actually applies amazing and the brush picks it up perfectly. Hardly any fallout and true to colour. Nothing more I could want! It’ll be at the top of my giant collection of gold eyeshadows!

I was very happy to receive the Youth To The People moisturizing cream as I have never tried the brand before. Supposedly this cream is filled with a whole list of superfoods including kale. 🤔 It can be used all over your face, or as a spot treatment for under your eyes. It’s a whipped consistency so it feels light on your skin but leaves you hydrated. I’m using it mostly for my under eyes and since it’s not very heavy, nor is it scented, it feels very refreshing.

Next this in my bag was the lipstick from Real Her cosmetics.

Honestly something about miniature lipstick just makes me so happy. Most people would probably say this shade is nothing to write home about, but to me it is the exact colour that matches my natural lip perfectly. It enhances the natural colour of my lips beautifully 👄 It’s not the longest lasting formula but it feels very comfortable on the lips, as it’s not drying or too smudgy.

Lastly was the Kohl eyeliner by Sugar. I’ll start by saying I’ve never found an eyeliner pencil that has worked for me outside of Makeup Forever or Mac. Unless it’s luxury quality it tends to melt down my eyes immediately… and that’s definitely what happened here. I was looking like a member from Kiss at the end of the day and it was not working on me 😂 I will be sanitizing and putting this is my kit so it won’t be a total loss!

Well I really loved this Ipsy bag and I’m already excited for next months bag 🤩

Does anyone else get Ipsy? I want to know how you’re getting on with your June bag ?

The Perfect No Makeup, Makeup Look ft. MAC and NYX Cosmetics

I wanted to share my personal , perfect no makeup makeup look today. I really love it because it doesn’t use a billion products but just enough to cover all your bases.

I wanted to use beautiful neutral colours and the first thing that came to mind was my quad from MAC that contains Taupe, Espresso and a white and black (which names I’ve forgotten 😂)

The stars of the look are definitely my Rimmel Match Perfection (as always) and my favourite affordable powder from NYX the Stay Matte Powder Foundation. Besides my primer this is the base especially on my good skin days it’s all I like to use.

The biggest reason I love my MAC quad is the multi use I get out of it. The taupe shade is all I wear in my brows (with a tad espresso mixed in) and then I can make a natural eye look, and even more dramatic looks like a smokey eye.

Eyes: MAC Espresso and Taupe

Brows: MAC Taupe

Lips: MAC lipstick in Myth

Face: Rimmel Match Perfection and NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation

Lashes: Rimmel Total Tease Mascara

Do you have any favourite no makeup, makeup products??

Giving My Least Favourite Makeup Another Chance…

Hello loves!

I was recently thinking about the plethora of makeup I own and began to ponder about how much of it I have actually used. (I know dangerous territory haha) I specifically remembered how excited I was when I bought the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette in Los Angeles last year, and the immediate let down I felt when I first tried it. I basically used it twice (maybe) and then put it to rest in the back of my makeup drawer. When I started school in March I put it in my kit in hopes it would get used. It did here and there but not until TODAY have I given it a second chance on my own face.

I created a fun look using the brown and red shades in the palette and I’m not afraid to say I’m loving it… the look that is.

I am still on the fence about a few shades in the palette (specifically the chunky/glittery shades)  but quite a few of them have redeemed them self.

The lighter shades like Stark and Skimp are lovely base and highlight shades. They’re indeed very soft and create a great base for other shadows and the taupe shades like Zone and Anaheim go great in the crease and don’t shift in colour once applied.

Now we move to where I had some trouble…

I tried to add Punk into the crease and things got a little sticky. That shade does not blend well at all. It goes on and stays exactly where you put it. The pigment in the darker colours is almost too much to work with (dare I say something can be too pigmented?). I could feel the yucky disappointment creeping in again but I fought it and spent a few extra seconds (minutes… hours who knows lol)  blending it out. I realized that its insane pigmentation could work better perhaps as a liner than a shadow, and I was right!

I used Steady as my shimmer shade and I was pleasantly surprised by its creamy consistency. My faith had been slightly restored, to say the least! The shade is beautiful while still being subtle.

All in all, I am happier this time around with the palette than a year ago. I can say that I really like about 75% of the colours and consistency of the palette. 😛

Did you like this second chance kind of blog posts where I bring back an ‘oldie’ and give it another try? I feel like I get caught up in needing to have the newest and best makeup and forget about just having fun and being creative with my writing.

Anyhoo I’d love to hear some feedback!

Face:

Clinique Moisture Surge

Maybelline Fit Me concealer

Sephora Powder Foundation

Rimmel Natural Bronzer

Ciaté London Bamboo Bronzer

Lips:

MAC lipstick in Rubywoo (with a tiny bit of gloss mixed in)

Brows:

MAC shadow in Taupe

*A very old* Rimmel Brow Mascara

Copper Gold Eye Look ☀️🥂

Hello everyone! Happy August to you! ☀️

I know it’s been a while since I posted. School kept me crazy busy with my Airbrushing final project and basically every waking moment I had was spent painting, or planning it. 😅

But I’m back! And ready for a fun post! I recently did a very summer themed makeup look and I really wanted to share it! It’s one of my favourite looks even for Fall because it uses lots of copper and gold eyeshadows. 😊 (not that I’m thinking about fall yet)

Artwork Update: Airbrushing! 🎨

Hello everyone! Remember me? …. maybe?

Well I’m back to share what I’ve been so busy working on (and essentially what’s been taking up my time causing me to *ahem* …neglect this blog 😅)

I started Airbrushing classes in school and time just seems to fly by. It’s been the most incredible time of my life and I still can’t believe that I’m so lucky I get to go to school for this. 😆

I’ve been posting a lot on my Instagram but I have completely forgotten to share here. I know a few of you follow me but in case you don’t my Insta is @missmmua 😘

Learning airbrushing has been the most difficult task so far but the most rewarding. I’m still SO new to it, so if you’re a pro, yes I know these aren’t amazing or industry standards yet but they are huge accomplishments for me 😆 I love learning it, especially because I have a great teacher who is so knowledgeable in her field and will always be honest with how your work looks.

A•I•R ~ B•R•U•S•H

Starting from my first time Airbrushing the body, to my most recent creation.

(Like I said… not a pro, I just like using platforms to keep track of my progress 😊)

I can totally see a pink/purple/blue theme happening 😂 I’ll have to work on trying more colours. I just happen to love that colour combo and it’s the colour palette I’m using for my final exam so the more practice with it the better right? 🤷🏼‍♀️

How I Fixed My Skin. Tips and Tricks ✨

Hello everyone! How are we all doing today?

I feel like the past couple of months have been a heck of a journey for my skin. I took time to really care for my skin and keep on top of a skincare routine. The extra TLC really has made a massive difference! 

I thought I would share some of the things I learned as I always believe knowledge is power and sharing is caring (see I fit in a double cliché 😂)

Now the big thing I have to say is that my skin is always changing, so just because it is good now, certainly does not mean it’s always perfect. Also, our skin doesn’t define us nor does it define beauty. Acne and other skin conditions are things that are purely out of our control sometimes and we all just try our best to take care of it. ✌️✨

Alrighty, my first tip might seem a bit funny but DON’T STRESS. Just chill alright? I know, I know life gets busy, crazy and downright unfair but we wear our stress on our face as much as we do our emotions. I know it seems trivial to say, but I recently had a very stressful period of my life end and my skin has basically been healing since then. I don’t know if there’s actually a direct connection between the two, but I’m going to say yes. 😉

Next, drink lots of water! 💦 I know this is what everyone says, but it wouldn’t be said so much if it wasn’t true. I think it is one of the most important tips for good skin health, as well as overall health. I used to think drinking water wasn’t important to skin health until I made a goal to drink about 2 Litres of water a day for other health reasons. I definitely don’t hit my marker some days but the extra hydration has been a saviour. If you find it hard to drink water I have a tip for that too: use a couple drops of Stevia (a natural plant-based sweetener) and add some lemon or a fruit tea to it. It will make the water a lot more tasty 😋

Double Cleansing is my next biggest tip! I think I spoke about this in an earlier post but I decided to put it to the test and practice it regularly. I’ve always had texture on my forehead and it has been a big insecurity of mine. I started to use a charcoal face wash with a soft face cloth to do my second cleanse at night and I really noticed a big difference. I don’t want to sound like a crazy person but I swore I saw results as early as the next morning! It’s also important for face cloth users to make sure you wash your face cloths on the regular. Bacteria grow in damp, warm environments and a yucky face cloth could be causing breakouts.

Lastly is being aware of how much you touch your face. This is so important! I know because my worst habit is touching my face and the acne always follows. Now I don’t mean not touching your face again, but be aware. If you’re out in public, bacteria gets on your hands, and then easily transported to the face when we try to smooth out some creased concealer or scratch that itch on our chin. If I know I’m going out I’ll pack a small brush to do any touch ups and keep a hand sanitizer with me as well.

(Ignore my chippy polish haha 😂)

I was just wearing a bit of moisturizer, bronzer and highlight in this photo. ✌️

Do you guys have any tips you live by? 😊

May Favourites 🌵

Hello everyone!

It feels like I just did a favourites post! I have no idea where time has gone. 😱

April and May have gone by in a blink and I’m not sure how I feel about that haha! Looking back they were 2 of the best months I’ve had in a long time and things just keep getting better! I’ve been cleansed of many nuisances and reconnected with myself and what makes me truly happy. I got to put my priorities first for the first time in a long time, and I feel like myself again.

Life update over haha! Onto this May’s favourites! This month is heavy on skincare and home decor.

My first favourite has been my saving grace at school and at home for removing makeup. It is the Garnier Micellar Water in the normal to sensitive formula.

At school, we are putting on makeup and taking it off all the time. Sometimes 2 or 3 times a day! We have to do it quickly but thoroughly, and that can be a tough combination to find in a skin cleanser.

This is so gentle yet removes all the makeup and dirt from my skin in one soft sweep. I feel polished and clean after but not dried out.

Next will be no shock at all and it is The Ordinary skin care line, specifically Buffet, the Caffeine Solution, and my newest love the 100% Plant-Derived Squalane hydrating oil.

I have already raved about Buffet and the Caffeine Solution in this blog post HERE 

The 100% Plant Derived Squalane Oil has really changed my skincare in ways I never thought it could. I have always had dry-ish skin and thought that it was normal. Never getting better, but never getting worse. One day our teacher was raving about how amazing the Squalane oil was and how it was a perfect primer to put on before makeup. I couldn’t help but be in awe at the effects it had on our skin and bought it the first chance I had. I’ve been using it every night and its provided SUCH relief to my skin! I wish I knew about it sooner. It is a thin oil that you smooth on your skin after moisturizing (I use it just before bed). I have seen such a difference I feel like it has rekindled my love of wearing makeup because my skin looks so amazing and healthy. This is definitely my #1 favourite for May and will probably continue on into June 😛

My next two favourites are homeware items and will be no surprise to you if you follow me on Instagram or here. They are the Coconut Leaves candle from Bath and BodyWorks, and my cute Cactus Mason Jar cup that I picked up from the dollar store. I love the fresh tropical scent of the Coconut Leaves candle, I never get tired of it. Along with that, my Cactus Mason Jar cup is just the perfect vessel for a mojito cocktail or mocktail.

Next, I have totally gotten back into making my own face masks! It’s so satisfying to create your own customized face mask and to know all the ingredients are organic and ethically sourced. This mask specifically is made with Spirulina Algae.🌿

May’s favourites were definitely very skincare heavy but it has been paying off! I feel like a brand new person!

Hope you had a fabulous month of May! Did any of my favourites make it on your list too? 😛

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Makeup for a Hot Summer Day… ☀️ How to Make It Last 💄✌️

I’ve been trying to think of a much shorter, more intriguing title than this but I’m coming up blank for now 😅

We’ve had our first heat wave in Vancouver, and I’m trying not to complain about it since we just survived our usual 7 months of winter.

My favourite part of summer is that everything seems so much more special. Any night of the week becomes a good night to grab a gelato on the pier, and the only reason is because of the beautiful weather. We all celebrate it!

Well… most of us. The select few of us makeup lovers may see it as a very hot, melty time not to be celebrated. I personally love getting dolled up to go out but the heat admittedly can get in the way.

So I thought I’d share my favourite ‘heatproof’ makeup and tips with you today! This is what I’ve been wearing the last week and a half and it’s perfect to wear casually or spruce it up a bit for an evening out. 🥂 (I don’t know why I use this emoji so much because I never drink haha, it just looks like a cute/fun emoji 😝)

I love dewy foundations and my two favourites to use are the Nars Sheer Glow and the Clinique Moisture Surge (SPF 15). I do think it is important to find a foundation with a good SPF, and to find a formula that works for you. A lot of the time when Sunscreen is added to foundation it tends to change it. I found the Clinique to be my personal perfect fit. Sometimes it just takes a bit of searching! Keeping our skin protected from the sun is so important! Clinique has a light to medium coverage and Nars has medium to full coverage being very buildable.

When it comes to Summer, I find sheer coverage to be more comfortable on the skin. I’m not looking for major coverage because I find that my skin becomes much more healthy in the warm weather. Do you guys have that happen too?

Like I said the key is to keep it light. To me, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. The more you put on, means more product to potentially cake up. (I’m not saying that full face coverage is bad, this is just what works for me personally :p)

Only conceal areas that really need it, and set everything with a light loose setting powder right away. To me having a loose setting powder is the most important tip. Compact powders tend to be full of fillers (that’s how they stick together in the pan) and that filler gunk is what makes makeup look cakey. My favourite cheapy loose powder is the e.l.f High Definition Undereye setting powder, but I use it all over my face too. It’s mostly matte, but there’s a tiny bit of glitter they snuck in there that is barely noticeable.

I like my concealer to also act as a highlighter, hence why I adore the Match Perfection Concealer from Rimmel. It has a light consistency but is very pigmented, which makes it look so flawless under the eye while still being so thin. I don’t know what they do with the formula but I keep re-buying it!

Along with an undereye highlight, I take this opportunity to use a highlight all over my face (it almost acts as an extra setting powder). For this, I love the e.l.f baked highlighters. They aren’t too intense so you can apply them all over and they look spectacular.

For the bronzer/contour, a simple matte bronzer does the trick. I like to use a matte bronzer for a look like this so it doesn’t look too ‘busy’ on the face. My favourite right now is from Ciaté and its the Bamboo Bronzer.

For hot days I avoid any undereye liner or anything that might smudge at the *literal* blink of an eye.

It might sound crazy, but all I wear on my eyes is either a little bit of the same bronzer I am wearing or a bit of the highlight. It looks natural and pleasing to the eye, especially for a natural look like this. I won’t blab on about the mascara, it’s just my favourite mascara. 😛

Now the lips are a different story. In fact, they’re the total opposite. I keep them matte, budge-proof and smudge proof. There’s nothing worse than trying to sip on your favourite iced delicacy and having to put your mouth on that weird ring of lipstick that we get on the straw. Nope, not today. I want that cupids bow staying where it needs to be and not melting off.

It’s a no-brainer that the Colourpop liquid lipsticks are my go-to lipstick for these days. They don’t budge (unlike their disappearing label haha) and they aren’t heavily drying on the lips. My fave right now is Bumble. 💋

My last items are not related to makeup at all but help with the scorching heat. I keep a small perfume rollerball in my purse just for extra freshening up. I always like to have a perfume on hand just in case, especially now that the busses are getting hotter. Right now my favourite has been Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker. I think the reason I love it so much is because I wore it to Los Angeles last summer and now it always reminds me of that trip!

Lastly, a cool pair of shades are always the finishing touch. Believe it or not, these came from the dollar store and I’m not afraid to admit it!

The weather keeps getting nicer, and I keep getting happier!

~M