The Makeup Addict Tag

At the end of last month, Jenn posted her answers to The Makeup Addict Tag and I loved reading her responses so much that I immediately added it to my list of future blog posts, and this was the perfect fit for today!
1. Which product do you still keep buying more of despite having plenty in your collection?
Eyeshadow, especially nude eyeshadow palettes. I see a brown-ish shade (especially copper right now, gawd) and I go all must have it. I think I could live without ever buying another nude eyeshadow and I wouldn’t run out.
A selection of my eyeshadow, I still have a drawer for the singles and smaller palettes....

A selection of my eyeshadow, I still have a drawer for the singles and smaller palettes….

2. What’s the one product you can’t live without?
Concealer, absolutely. I have 7 different concealer’s on the go right now, plus a colour corrector. Heh…
My lovely acne-prone skin just needs it, though I’m definitely less concealer crazy than I was a few months ago. Or at least, I’m more lazy about it now.
3. Favorite makeup brand?
Have other people answered this questions successfully? Because I don’t feel like I could say this at all. I mean, right now I’m really enjoying L’Oreal, but I don’t have a favourite. I feel like in order to say I had a favourite I would have to try everything from every brand ever and that’s just not possible, plausible or something I ever want.
4. How big is your makeup collection?
It’s a good size. Non-beauty bloggers would call it excessive, beauty bloggers would probably go yup. I feel like it’s lacking a few things (cream blushes, looking at you) but it’s definitely in excess of others. *cough* lipstick *cough*
5. And how do you store it?
I have a set of acrylic drawers that I keep smaller things in – lipsticks and single eyeshadows – and a plastic drawer set that I keep face products and random bits and bobs in. I keep my larger palettes on my desk, my brushes in various round-ish containers and my mascaras and eye pencils in old candle jars. My nail polish is kept in a metal box with products I’m testing in an old memebox on top of it. I keep the hair products I’m using on my desk in an old Luxe Box…I’m not very happy with how it’s organized but I doubt I ever will be.
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6. How many items of makeup have you got in your handbag at the moment?
Blotting papers (that I never use…), deodorant and a rollerball (do those count?) and a lipstick. I also usually have at least one lip balm in there but I cleaned it out recently. I love playing with makeup but if I have to maintain it throughout the day I get annoyed/I just won’t do it.
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7. If you could raid another blogger’s stash, who would it be?
Ohhh this is fun. Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup would probably be on the top of my list because we like a lot of the same looks, but also Kayln’s, Julie’s (all the MAC), Chelle’s, Jenn’s…I could honestly probably list everyone on my bloglovin’ feed.
8. How long does your usual makeup routine take and how many products do you use?
It depends on how much I want to play vs do my quick every day look. It can be anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. (Usually closer to the 20 minutes unless I’m really focusing on covering up all my spots/doing an intense eye look.)
primer –> foundation –> eye primer –> eyeshadow (1-3) –> concealer –> eyeliner –> mascara –> brow pencil or powder –> powder to set concealer –> bronzer –> sometimes blush –> lipstick/balm/whatever –> setting spray. So…12-15? Yikes that’s a lot more than I thought.
9. Have you ever bought makeup knowing you wouldn’t use it?
No, the only makeup I ever buy is something I’m excited to try!

10. Tag a few other makeup addicts to do this tag!
Anyone who wants to do it can! Let me know if you decide to take it on 🙂

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Guest Post: Red, White and Neon Pink

Hey guys! I’m Chelle, and I blog about makeup with a side of fitness over on Makeup Your Mind – come say hello! I’m taking over Jodi’s blog today to share my take on the CBB theme of the month – “red, white and pink”.

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Obviously the theme was built around Valentine’s Day. Not being one for especially subtle makeup (and I’m DEFINITELY not a pink person), I opted to incorporate my shades as vibrantly as possible.

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And what better way to be vibrant than to use some hot neon pink, black and stained lips?

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I was happy with how this turned out. I’m much more of a graphic and bold makeup wearer and struggle with overly girly makeup looks so this was perfect for me.

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As you can see, I struggled a bit with blending. The matte Morphe shades are on the chalky side, so just be as patient as possible.

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I used the Morphe 36 Glam palette for this look since it has some especially electric shades. None of the shades have names however, so please use the diagram I’ve provided above to clarify which shades I’ve used.

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Eyes

First off, I applied an eyeshadow primer, then layered NYX‘s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil inMilk all over the lid. Pat that in, then proceed:

  1. Makeup Geek Creme Brulee through the crease.
  2. White on the inner third of the eye, brought heavily around the inner tearduct.
  3. Neon Pink on the middle of the lid.
  4. Black on the outer half of the eye and lightly through the crease to tie it all together.
  5. Pale beige on the brow bone.

I used Kat Von D‘s Tattoo Liner in Trooper to create the wing on the upper lash line, then used MAC‘s Phone Number pencil lightly on the outer corner of the lower lash line. On my lashes is Too Faced‘s Better Than Sex mascara.

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Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in shades 51 Light Vanilla and 52 Vanillamixed together
  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand
  • Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat
  • Highlighter: Hard Candy Tiki
  • Lips: Too Faced Melted Ruby (this was applied lightly, rubbed onto the lips with my finger and then blotted off with a tissue – I wanted it to be more of a stain than a flat out lipstick)

Is this something you’d try out? What kind of makeup looks do you like wearing throughout February?

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The Cold Season Saviours

Earlier this month I had a cold that just would not leave me alone – three weeks of sniffling, coughing nastiness, ick. I did all of the usual the usual remedies – drinking extra water, popping vitamin C, trying to get more sleep, dayquil, nightquil, cough drops, vicks vapo rub etc etc etc but nothing was giving me any relief.

Enter the Cold & Flu Comfort Tea Sets from David’s Tea.

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These little boxes of tea were the only things that have been keeping me sane. (Well, that and that Korra has become very cuddly!) These teas make everything a little bit better – if I’m exhausted from coughing the night away, there’s caffeinated teas to perk me up. If my throat is sore, Cold Zing and Liquorice Twist soothe it. If all I want to do is fall asleep, The Big Chill lulls me there.*happy sigh* But let’s get a little more in depth, hmm?

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Cold Zing is a citrusy green tea that I’ve been having every morning to try to help my cough and sore throat combination. It’s been really nice to soothe just everything – throat, tummy….

Ingredients: Green tea, lemongrass, peppermint, orange pieces, eleuthero root, echinacea, natural lime flavouring.

Honey Bee is a creamy, honey flavoured mate that is so delicious and is really nice on the throat too. I’m not normally a huge fan of rooibos but mixed in with the rest of this tea it just adds the perfect amount of creaminess. It’s a mate so it’s packed with caffeine which is always nice, but especially when you’re feeling under the weather.

Ingredients: Red and green rooibos, honeybush, green mate, lemon myrtle, lemon bits, calendula petals, blue cornflowers, natural and artificial flavouring.

Secret Weapon is a tea that you need to be careful with how long you steep it – it gets too sweet pretty fast. That being said this is a deliciously sweet tea that is easy on the stomach. I wouldn’t necessarily save this for colds because it is just that tasty.

Ingredients: Almonds, white Bai Mu Dan tea, orange peel, goji berries, cocoa nibs, liquorice root, blue cornflowers, natural and artificial flavouring.

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Organic Cold 911 was my first foray into tea that makes you feel better and while I wasn’t blown away at first, there is something about it that just helps you feel a little bit more yourself. I feel like it’s the combination of peppermint and orange that just puts a bit more a spring in your step.

Ingredients: Organic peppermint, apple, juniper berries. With natural eucalyptus and orange flavouring.

Licorice Twist has been my night time pick since getting this cold. It is sweet but not over poweringly so and is a miracle worker on sore throats.

Ingredients: Licorice root, nana mint, fennel seeds, anise seeds, cocoa, candied pineapple, ginger, peppermint, nettle leaf, chilli, bruised pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, safflower blossoms, marigold blossoms.

Organic The Big Chill is Dylan’s favourite of the bunch – it seriously puts you to sleep. It’s the perfect before bed tea any time, but it’s especially nice when you’ve got a cold because it again has a bit of sweetness to it but the mint in there takes the tea up another soothing notch. This might have even replaced Sleepytime in our tea repertoire.

Ingredients: Organic apple, lemon balm, silver lime flowers, apple mint, mango, lemon myrtle, peppermint, apricot, valerian root, sunflower. With natural vanilla flavouring.

Now I just need to get my hands on the Tummy Troubles set and I will be prepared for anything…

How do you deal with being sick?

Tub Time: Valentine’s Day Edition

This post contains products that were sent to me for my consideration. Go here for my disclosure policy.

This Tub Time is going to be a bit different – instead of posting about what I used in my last bath, I’m going to write about what I plan on using. Valentine’s Day isn’t that huge of a day in the Butler-Ames household – we usually stay in – but I like to do a bit of pampering as well, and I wanted to showcase some of my recent favourites in advance of the big day to inspire you to do some pampering as well!

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Starting with the bath products…I was recently sent Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Solution in the lavender scent and guys guys guys these bath salts are so beautiful! I’m not usually that keen on bath salts (I want BUBBLES DARN IT) but this seriously made me almost fall asleep in the bath tub. These salts actually dissolve (which hasn’t happened in the past for me) and give such a beautiful lavender scent – and not the fake lavender scent that I initially thought either. It smells fresh and lemon-y at the same time in only the way real lavender does and it was just perfect, even without the bubbles.

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But if you do want bubbles (cus duh, they’re awesome), try out Calgon’s Take Me Away Gift Set in Hawaiian Ginger. It doesn’t technically have bubble bath in it but I like to use body wash as bubble bath occasionally anyway. The body wash smells like summer in a bottle – somewhere along the mango + aloe scent spectrum. It’s refreshing and not too sweet which is perfect for my picky nose. And the formula is nice and hydrating too, which is so wonderful for cold winter nights.

The gift set also comes with a loofah (it’s so tiny and cute), body lotion and a body mist in the same scent. I’m not usually one to enjoy using body mist, but this scent is really refreshing and light. It doesn’t linger for a long time but it still makes me feel quite lovely regardless. (Which is really the point, isn’t it?) The body lotion is light, but nourishing, and smells just like its body wash counterpart.

If the Hawaiian Ginger scent isn’t your thang but you still want to smell real nice, give Body Fantasies Signature’s Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Spray. This scent isn’t my fave – it’s too floral for me – but I can definitely see why others would like it, especially if you really enjoy floral scents! Plus it’s the perfect size to toss in your bag for on-the-go spritzes. *thumbs up*

It’s not a true pamper sesh without a face mask and I have been really smitten with LUSH’s Catastrophe Cosmetic fresh face mask recently. This is a refreshing blueberry mask that aims to calm down your skin and although it’s a little drying it really does help my skin from being so angry. The last time I used it I had one of those really angry spots that hadn’t come to a head that just hurt whenever I moved my face. I slapped this on one night and when I took it off the spot didn’t hurt any more. Whaaaaaaaaaa. I could’ve hugged it. If it wasn’t, y’know, a face mask.

While that mask is working it’s magic, don’t forget the lips. Mine are so dry from the winter nastiness outside but Lypsyl’s Lip Balm in Aloha have given them some life again. I’ve been loving this lip balm so much that it has become my constant pocket body. It goes everywhere with me. It’s in my jeans when I go to work, it’s beside the couch when I get home, I even put it on my night stand when I go to bed. It’s kind of ridiculous, actually, but that’s how much I am enjoying it. It smells like summer, for one thing, which is what I’m longing for at the moment. (I just wrote that as I glared at the snow blowing outside.) As a bonus it really does add a nice hit of moisture to your lips – nothing outrageous or mind blowing, but perfect for on the go top ups.

If you need something a little more heavy duty (and don’t mind petroleum based lip products), I’ve also been liking Lypsyl’s Tea Tree Lip Balm. It comes in one of those squeezey tubes, which makes it less portable than it’s twist up kin for my uses, but the formula is still nice. I’m not a fan of the tea tree aspect – it makes the lip balm tingly in that peppermint-y sort of way and when I’m trying to get hydration into my lips that isn’t something I want, but in a different flavour this would be a great lip balm for parched lips.

Now last but certainly not least, your fingers and toes need a bit of TLC too. I’ve been off painting my nails for a few months (my nails have been peeling, urgh), but it is time to hop back onto the band wagon and I have found nail polish that doesn’t chip instantly on me! I mean, when even gel hybrids chip I thought I was doomed to two day manicures. But the new Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color formula (featured here in 457E She Sells, 474C Nuclear War and 476E Red Red) doesn’t chip on my nails!! It lasts for four whole days before I have to take it off – and this is with a very hands-on job. I’m seriously gleeful. I think I’m going to have to collect more of the shades. (And at Wet n Wild prices I can certainly do that!) Is there anything Wet n Wild can’t do well? It’s starting to become my favourite all around makeup brand.

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As for the actual shades…474C Nuclear War is a perfect true orange that is begging to be used in nail art. I am actually trying to dream something up to use it in (even though I am seriously nail art inept) because it’s so pretty. My favourite of the trio,  476E Red Red is a beautiful bright red is actually my new favourite nail polish. It instantly brightened up my hands and it just looks so cheerful! I haven’t put 457E She Sells on my nails yet but this looks like a pink I might actually wear – it isn’t too in your face and has a bit of a neutral feel to it, so I’m actually almost looking forward to wearing it. (Almost – because pink and I have an on-again off-again relationship.)

Well that was certainly a busy Tub Time, wasn’t it? I hope you’ve stuck with me because there is some serious pampering to be done this Valentine’s Day (and don’t forget the candy!) and this is what’s on my menu.

How are you spending Valentine’s Day?

January 2015 Favourites

January 2015 Favourites

When I first started thinking of this post I didn’t think I had any favourites for this month. I really made sure to try different things throughout the month so there wasn’t something that immediately came to my mind. It took a bit of reflection, but I’ve remembered some bits that I really loved – mostly in the maintenance genre.

Andalou Naturals Clarifying Toner I really love the whole clarifying line from Andalou Naturals but this toner is definitely my favourite. It’s refreshing and slightly tingly and I really do notice a difference in my skin’s health after I use it. AKA – not as spotty. 😉

COLAB Volumizing Dry Shampoo I hadn’t realized that the COLAB line was coming to Canada until I found this in Marshall’s around mid-month. I nearly squealed with delight and instantly picked it up. This dry shampoo gives you hella volume, like holy smokes. It makes my flat hair look awesome (at least until I have to put a toque on…sigh). It also doesn’t leave a residue while leaving some grit for styling purposes. Is it weird if I want to collect all the scents to try out?

L’Oreal Paris Gentle Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup Remover The cleansing balms I’ve been using have started to sting my eyes when I use them so this has replaced that for my eyemakeup removal purposes and it works surprisingly well. I don’t usually like traditional makeup removers but I do this one. It’s gentle but effective so what’s not to love? There’s also something really fun about shaking it up and seeing the solution mix together…

January 2015 Favourites

Pixi by Petra Silky Eye Pen I am so bummed that Target is leaving Canada in general but especially because it means that it is going to be so hard for me to replace my new favourite eyeliners. The Pixi Silky Eye Pen’s are gorgeous – silky and smooth as you’d expect from the name that sets and does not budge. You have enough time to be able to smudge it out before it sets to make a lovely smokey eye and it’s perfect for tight lining because it doesn’t transfer. I have the brown and plum colours and I just want them all.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust the formula on these needs a bit of work in my opinion – they crease without an eye primer really badly – but the pigmentation is on. point. This has been my absolute favourite swipe and go eye look this month. I love the redness but that it’s still a very wearable marsala-esque shade.

What were some of your favourite products last month?

The Sunday Post: Lipstick February

Happy Sunday friends! I’m actually writing this on Saturday and we have the most beautiful snow coming down in Halifax right now. It’s light and fluffy and swirling down gently – it’s completely picturesque and Korra is loving watching it fall to the ground.

The past few weeks have been particularly snowy with lots of snow and ice storms coming through the Maritimes. The poor city doesn’t know what to do with itself covered in snow – it’s definitely not equipped to handle it like the prairies! I’ve actually been enjoying the snow (other than having to tromp through it to get to work) because it doesn’t get as cold here as I’m used to so I’m not completely miserable. I think I might actually like winter in Halifax, strange huh?

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that Natalie, Zoe and I are using a different lipstick every day this month in an attempt to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and use more of our products. It’s been really fun so far! I’m not sure if I will get the full 28 days of new lipsticks or not purely because I don’t often wear much makeup on the weekends, so it’ll likely be more like 20 days of lipstick. But anyway, if you want to follow along you can follow me on Instagram or look out for the hashtags #lipstickFebruary and #28daysoflipstick on Twitter and Instagram.

Would you be interested in a Lipstick February round up every week?

Review: Kiss Me Organics Matcha Powder

Kiss Me Organics Matcha Powder

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This post contains products that were sent to me for my consideration. Go here for my disclosure policy.

I adore green tea, but until a few weeks ago I had never tried matcha powder. It remained a foreign entity to me only pursued by much braver tea aficionados. I didn’t even want to think about the different brands I could try, not to mention the endless questions about how to even make it. Do I need the bamboo whisky thing? Do I just dump it in some water and stir? Why is it so fancy??

So when Kiss Me Organics Matcha Powder popped up on Brandbacker I surprised myself by requesting to review their product. I didn’t even know if I’d be able to make matcha, let alone write a post about it. Luckily I have friends who have more experience with matcha than I and gave me some tips.

First: the reason for the bamboo whisk is so you don’t bruise the matcha. Makes sense, huh? I don’t have a bamboo whisk but I do have a tiny silicone one that I like to use for mixing icing up so I figured that’d work if I was gentle.

Second: there are different grades of matcha. Now this makes complete sense but it didn’t even occur to me. Zoe told me that some matcha’s are made for baking in, while their finely milled, more expensive counterparts are the ones you’re meant to drink.

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I believe the matcha from Kiss Me Organics is the baking kind. At least I couldn’t figure out how to make it without it being very bitter. I boiled the water like I normally would for green tea – bringing it to a full boil, letting the water rest for 1 minute and then adding it to the matcha powder. I played with the amount of powder I used – 1 teaspoon, half a teaspoon, 3/4 teaspoon, 1/4 teaspoon…but no matter what I did it just didn’t taste good.

Luckily I made some amazing sugar cookies that have made me a matcha convert – at least for baking purposes. Not only are the cookies super tasty, but the are incredibly filling and give me a burst of energy from the matcha. Is that the perfect cookie, or what? The matcha is also pretty darn tasty in fruit smoothies (I like mango, strawberry and pineapple with it personally) and I’m looking forward to trying out muffins next.

Because I’m not drinking the matcha I expect the 4 oz that I received from Kiss Me Organics will last me a long time, so I don’t know if I will actually end up repurchasing this or not. I guess it totally depends on how addicted to baking with matcha I become! I think I’d really like to try out more matcha to see if I like the taste as a drink too, do you have any recommendations on matcha you’ve loved?

If you’re interested in trying out the Kiss Me Organics Matcha Powder you can order it from Amazon (US) (UK).