Review: Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes

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This isn’t a review where I dissect a product and determine what I like about it so much as it is a rave review about a product I’ve used daily for over a decade. I don’t often mention products that I use daily (except for one post last year called “The Unmentionables“) because really… it just gets boring. No one cares if you use the same cleanser, moisturizer… because that information almost never changes if you’ve found a holy grail product.

And this Marcelle makeup remover is my holy grail.

Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes
Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes

The Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes has been my makeup remover of choice for going on ten years now. I’ve seen this blue bottle go through several iterations of the cap (it looked like a short, fat pom-pom for a while, then they switched it to a (horrible) flip top that spurted out way too much liquid), but it’s perfect just how it is now. It has a small spout where you can tip the bottle over and apply as much as you like to a cotton pad before swiping it on your eyes.

Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes
Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes

So why do I love it so much?

Well, it’s a bi-phase makeup remover which means it’s got enough power to remove your waterproof mascara and hard to remove liquid and gel liners. This sucker will take ANYTHING off. Over the years I’ve heard a lot of people complain about some liners and mascara being difficult to remove (I’m looking at you Benefit They’re Real!), but this has managed to obliterate anything and everything I’ve ever applied to my face. As with these bi-phase removers, I do get a bit of a film over my eyes after I’ve removed my makeup. I know this can be disorienting to some people, but after years of using this, I barely even notice it anymore. (I’m only mentioning this since it can be a super important detail to some people, however I do not consider this an issue as I’ve found that all waterproof makeup removers do this.)

It’s formulated for sensitive skin so this never leaves me feeling dry or itchy. And for those who monitor that kind of stuff, this remover is also paraben and perfume free, and suitable for contact lens wearers.

I’ve often tried out both high and low-end makeup removers just to see if there *is* something better out there. There isn’t. I keep coming back to this. It’s typically about $15 CAD at the drugstore, which  is getting a bit up there I suppose, but you can always wait for a sale, or when they have a larger bottle promotion that has 33% more in it for the same price as the regular size (which I’ve featured in this post).

If you’re looking for a new makeup remover, I can’t recommend this enough. I will continue to purchase this bottle whenever I run out and I’ve *always* got a backup in my closet. And since Marcelle is a Canadian brand, it gives me that warm fuzzy feeling that I’m supporting something within my own country!

What’s On My Face – Volume 35

A few randoms, some from my vacation in Florida and one from a guest post last month. Enjoy!


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Red and burgundy eyeshadows… I’ll never quit you.

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Eyes
(all Makeup Geek)

  1. Frappe through the crease.
  2. Showtime all over the lid.
  3. Bitten on the outer corner and through the crease.
  4. Vanilla Bean on the brow bone.

I then ran MAC Phone Number eye pencil on the outer corner of my bottom lash line and then ran MUG Bitten over the entire lower lash line. On my lashes is Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in shades 51 Light Vanilla and 52 Vanilla mixed together
  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand
  • Blush: MAC Sea Me, Hear Me
  • Highlighter: Too Faced Candlelight
  • Lips: MAC Mystical

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Playing around with my new Milani Bella shadows. “Rouge” is not nearly as red as I hoped it would be.

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Eyes

  1. Urban Decay Naked through the crease.
  2. Milani Bella Rouge on the middle of the lid.
  3. Milani Bella Navy on the outer corner.
  4. Milani Bella Copper on the inner corner.
  5. Wet n Wild Brulee on the brow bone.

I then ran MAC‘s Phone Number eye pencil along my lower lash line and brushed Bella Navy on top of it. On my lashes is Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: Hourglass Luminous Flush
  • Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt
  • Lips: Bite Fig

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I put this together while on vacation in Florida – it’s one of my favourite combinations from the Too Faced Semi-Sweet palette.

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Eyes
(all Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette)

  1. Bon Bon all over the lid.
  2. Peanut Butter through the crease.
  3. Truffled in the outer corner
  4. Coconut Creme on the brow bone.

On my lashes is Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Highlighter: Benefit Watts Up
  • Blush: Astor Feeling Feline (this is a lip product, but I completely forgot to pack my blushes!)
  • Lips: MAC Barbecue

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Another vacation one!

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Eyes
(all Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette)

  1. Mousse through the crease.
  2. Rum Raisin all over the lid.
  3. Blueberry Swirl on the outer corner.
  4. Coconut Creme on the brow bone.

I used Catrice‘s liquid liner in Dating Joe Black to create the wing and applied Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara to my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: MAC Barbecue lipstick (once again… I had no blush with me!)
  • Highlighter: Benefit Watts Up
  • Lips: MAC Barbecue 

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I can’t believe how well this look came out! I did this one for Prairie Beauty Love as a guest post for the month of March. Cross posting it here for my own archives!

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Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Appletini on the inner two thirds of the lid.
  2. Makeup Geek Shark Bait on the outer third of the lid.
  3. Makeup Geek Envy through the crease and right through to the eyebrow.
  4. Shark Bait was then patted and blended along the upper edge of where Envy was blended through the crease.
  5. On the brow bone is Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean.
  6. On the inner tearduct and on the very outer edge of the eye, I applied Naked Cosmetics‘ pale green from the Ivory stack.

To get the dramatic winged liner, I used Catrice‘s Dating Joe Black liquid liner. Go slowly with this! I then lined my upper and lower water line with Urban Decay‘s Black Velvet liner. I applied CoverGirl‘s Clump Crusher mascara to my lashes and threw on a pair of J. Cat lashes in EL13. To amp up the crease, I patted on some Too Faced Glitter Glue and layered on some (super ancient) Tony + Tina silver glitter.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in shades 51 Light Vanilla and 52 Vanilla mixed together
  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand
  • Blush: Physicians Formula Happy Booster in Natural
  • Lips: Wet n Wild 903C Just Peachy with NYX‘s Butter Gloss in Tiramisu on top

My Vacation In Pictures: Panama City, Florida

I’ve been in Panama City, Florida for the last week and I’ve been getting some much needed sun and relaxation. Here’s a few shots from our vacation!

Day 1 - Flight to Atlanta, layover, flight to Panama City. Colour Pop brought over by my in laws!
Day 1 – Flight to Atlanta, layover, flight to Panama City. Colour Pop brought over by my in laws!
Day 2 - Discovering Reese Oreos, hot and humid run, raiding CVS and hitting the beach!
Day 2 – Discovering Reese Oreos, hot and humid run, raiding CVS and hitting the beach!
Day 3 - Yet another beach day!
Day 3 – Yet another beach day!
Day 4 - Trucks on patrol, Better Call Saul finale and oh hey... more beach.
Day 4 – Trucks on patrol, Better Call Saul finale and oh hey… more beach.
Day 5 - Rented a pontoon boat and headed out to Shell Island. Also discovered just how amazing the burgers are at Schooners!
Day 5 – Rented a pontoon boat and headed out to Shell Island. Also discovered just how amazing the burgers are at Schooners!
Day 6 - Visiting Seaside and Pier Park.
Day 6 – Visiting Seaside and Pier Park.
Day 7 - 11k run, beers of choice, Schooners (yet more burgers) and a family dinner.
Day 7 – 11k run, beers of choice, Schooners (yet more burgers) and a family dinner.
Day 8 - Our last full day started out windy and cool, but ended up being beautiful by mid-morning!
Day 8 – Our last full day started out windy and cool, but ended up being beautiful by mid-morning!
Day 9 - Flight back to Toronto.
Day 9 – Flight back to Toronto.

 

Swatch Sunday: Sleek Au Naturel Palette

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While not available at stores in North America, Sleek products can be easily accessed by their online shop (and the shipping is *actually* cheap to Canada/USA!). If you’re lucky enough to live in the United Kingdom, you can pick up Sleek palettes at Superdrug which is where I picked up this Au Naturel palette when I was in London two years ago. With a ton of matte shades alongside shimmers, this palette packs the right amount of punch and variety for a neutral palette.

Enjoy the swatches!

Sleek - Au Natural Palette
Sleek – Au Natural Palette
Sleek - Au Natural Palette
Sleek – Au Natural Palette
Sleek - Nougat
Sleek – Nougat
Sleek - Nubuck
Sleek – Nubuck
Sleek  - Cappuccino
Sleek – Cappuccino
Sleek - Honeycomb
Sleek – Honeycomb
Sleek - Toast
Sleek – Toast

 

Sleek - Taupe
Sleek – Taupe
Sleek - Conker
Sleek – Conker
Sleek - Moss
Sleek – Moss
Sleek - Bark
Sleek – Bark
Sleek - Mineral Earth
Sleek – Mineral Earth
Sleek - Regal
Sleek – Regal
Sleek - Noir
Sleek – Noir

 

Fitness Friday: Staying Active on Vacation

I’m at the tail end of a week long stay in Panama City Beach, Florida, where I’ve been partaking in plenty of eating and drinking, loads of sunbathing, sticking my toes in the ocean and overall just sitting around on my duff a lot. It’s been fabulous, and I’m sure I’m overdoing it on my caloric intake, but I am doing my best to at least stay somewhat active.

Over the last year, I’ve made it a point to find a race to do while on vacation so that I could take part in a fun event, stay active and (more than likely) see a new area that I wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to. Running is phenomenal for this! While not everyone is gungho on racing, running is still one of the easiest activities there is to do. All you need is some running shoes and (if you’re female) a sportsbra and you’re good to go. I wasn’t able to lockdown a race while in Panama City, but I did make it a point to head out for two separate runs.

5k run along Thomas Drive in Panama City, Florida
5k run along Thomas Drive in Panama City, Florida

My first run out was rather bracing. Having come from a “just above freezing” Toronto to a 21C degree early morning temperature with 100% humidity Florida… well… my lungs were dying. I had intended to do 8k or so, but could barely manage 5. But hey, it’s a start right?

11k loop around the lagoon, Panama City, Florida
11k loop around the lagoon, Panama City, Florida

My next run was far more ambitious. Thursday morning I woke up determined to do a full loop around the lagoon – an 11k jaunt, once again in 100% humidity. Since I was out of my element, I kept my pace incredibly slow. I also brought along cash so I could buy some water at a gas station at the halfway point and that really helped me out. So while my pace was nothing to write home about, I still managed to crank out 11k and see some vistas that I otherwise wouldn’t have explored. And I sure did look like a tomato by the end of it!

I have managed to go to the gym at the resort as well, but aside from doing a few dumbbell exercises, I really haven’t gone over the top. It’s mostly just been nice to keep up with some minimal lifting while away so that I don’t feel like I’m going back to square one once I get back.

So what am I getting at? Well, number one is that running is a fantastic way to stay active and explore new areas on vacation. Number two, that it requires very little in terms of equipment and can be done in almost any weather conditions outside. Maybe consider bringing your running shoes the next time you leave for vacation!

Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

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I was first introduced to Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum by the wonderful people on YouTube. Beauty guru after beauty guru would rave on and on about the wonders of this gel foundation. When I was in Ireland a few years back (yeah, I’m that late reviewing it) I saw the foundation in Boots and decided to pick it up in two different shades since I wasn’t sure what shad would suit me.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in shades 51 Light Vanilla and 52 Vanilla
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in shades 51 Light Vanilla and 52 Vanilla

The shades I picked up are on the bottom of the range (of which there are really not a lot of shades); 51 Light Vanilla and 52 Vanilla. The shades lean decidedly yellow; none of them seemed even remotely pink.

The first thing I noticed with this foundation is the scent – it’s incredible! I can’t pinpoint the smell exactly, but it’s a pleasant fruity scent. For those concerned about the longevity of the scent on their skin; don’t be. It dries down quickly and the scent goes away immediately.

No makeup on my face
No makeup on my face

So here’s the deal with my foundation-free face (above): My skin is slightly darker than my neck, and definitely more pink. I have some redness, but nothing symptomatic of larger problems. I have moles I was born with that don’t bother me and freckles I love. My skin has been rather dry this past winter, but can get a bit on the oily side in the summer, but nothing excessive. When I look for a foundation, I’m essentially looking for something to give me a blank canvas to work from because it makes pictures look so much better. All this to say, I do not have any large problems I’m trying to cover up so I don’t need a full coverage foundation.

Dab it everywhere, then get to patting it in!
Dab it everywhere, then get to patting it in!

My favourite way to apply any and all foundations is with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Lately I’ve been doing two pumps of 52 Vanilla, with one pump of 51 Light Vanilla. (Although on further reflection, judging by the shots below, I should’ve been doing it 50/50.)

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum fully applied
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum fully applied

And here’s the product completely blended in to my skin. You can still see some of my darker freckles, and certainly some of my moles but if you’re that desperate to cover those you could always use a concealer. On me, Healthy Mix Serum is a light to medium coverage foundation that has enough coverage to even out my skin, but still lets me feel like my skin is still my own skin. Unlike with other foundations where I routinely experience itchiness from daily wear, this foundation doesn’t do that. More often than not, I forget I’m wearing anything, and for me that’s a huge relief because I really struggle with the feeling of heavyweight foundations on my skin.

Close up to show texture
Close up to show texture

And here’s a close up shot that will hopefully show you the texture of my skin and the degree of coverage I achieve with one layer of foundation applied. I do experience some product rubbing off throughout the workday as I am prone to touching my skin a lot, or holding a phone to my ear where the receiver will eventually hit my face. I don’t use powder however, so you could probably set it with one to increase the longevity. That being said, this does last an entire work day if you’re not prone to touching your skin. At the end of the day when I take this off, I end up taking a LOT of pigment off on my makeup wipe which tells me that it clung to my skin very well throughout the day.

In short, I love the way this smells, feels and wears. I’m sad that I’m close to finishing these two bottles and will definitely repurchase it once I’ve cleared a few other foundations out of my collection. I do wish they had more shades though, since the range is very, very limited.

Do you have any recommendations for Bourjois products? I’m definitely wanting to explore this brand a bit more!

Event: NeoStrata + Lole (Fashion Week)

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Two weeks ago, I opted to attend a NeoStrata skincare event at the Ritz-Carlton (oooo fancy) that showcased the launch of their new SecureWhite line.

NeoStrata press set up
NeoStrata press set up

We were served drinks and appetizers while they ran us through their new line up which introduced SecureWhite, a line releasing in May 2015 that focuses on brightening up your skin’s complexion. One of their comments really struck me the most – (paraphrased) they said they want women to be the best version of themselves which means working from the skin up. It’s not as much fun to wear makeup if you’re trying to hide some of your features such as your skin, so they want to help people enjoy who they already are, just a better version of said self.

Oh hai
Oh hai

SecureWhite was designed to fill a demand from customers “for a uniform and flawlessly radiant complexion”. The fast acting products claim to produce results in two weeks (particularly that dark sports will be visibly reduced by 52%, skin tone is evened out and overall skin brightness is increased by up to 42%).

NeoStrata's presenters
NeoStrata’s presenters

NeoStrata points out that this line is non-comedogenic, non-irritating, and paraben free. It’s a gentle line, so it’s also suitable for all skin types – more importantly, it was actually tested out on sensitive skin (so you’ve got a little more reassurance if you’ve got touchy skin).

A selection of products from NeoStrata's SecureWhite line up
A selection of products from NeoStrata’s SecureWhite line up

Obviously, results will depend on the severity and receptiveness that your  skin has towards the products. Since I personally don’t feel that I have especially dull skin and definitely no dark spots, I passed the products on to my 63-year old mother who was more than delighted to try out the products. Despite my lack of knowledge in regards to the brand, she knew of them and was extremely pleased to be trying out products by such a highly revered brand.

Roy Thomson Hall during fashion week
Roy Thomson Hall during fashion week

As a bit of a surprise to the attendees of the NeoStrata press event, we were also invited to the Lole fashion show during Toronto’s Fashion Week. Apparently NeoStrata has teamed up with Lole as a collaborative partner for their 2015 Lole White Tour and will support them throughout their events for the year.

Attending the Lole fashion show
Attending the Lole fashion show

Having never been to fashion week before, I really didn’t know what to expect. In the end, I learned I’m really not the kind of person this is geared towards. Despite being an athletic person (Lole is yoga wear similar to Lululemon), I am not suited towards being around fashion show people. They’re all seriously well dressed (so very much not me) and all look like they could use a burger or two. Possibly five.

Lole fashion show
Lole fashion show

We were all crammed into a very hot room where we sat on benches and pretended we were fabulous. Really, we were just sweaty. It was not an experience I’d like to “enjoy” again. That being said, I was impressed enough with Lole‘s sportswear and have ordered a tank from their site to see how it’ll work out for my weightlifting or running.

How about you? Have you used NeoStrata’s products before? How about Lole? Any experience with their activewear?

Swatch Sunday: Tarte Off The Cuff Palette

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A limited edition run during the 2013 holiday season, Tarte’s Off The Cuff felt like it literally flew off the shelves into the waiting hands of beauty obsessed consumers. I was lucky enough to get my hands on it!

Tarte Off The Cuff Palette
Tarte Off The Cuff Palette
Tarte Off The Cuff Palette
Tarte Off The Cuff Palette

 

Tarte - Crave
Tarte – Crave
Tarte - Dazzled
Tarte – Dazzled
Tarte - Darling
Tarte – Darling
Tarte - Dollface
Tarte – Dollface
Tarte - Park Ave. Princess Bronzer
Tarte – Park Ave. Princess Bronzer

Travel Makeup Bag – Panama City, Florida

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I’m heading down to Panama City, Florida for spring break today and despite this being a week-long beach vacation, I still feel the need to pack some makeup. While I definitely won’t be wearing makeup on the beach (cuz, ew gross), I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities to check out some bars or go shopping and I’ll definitely want to play around with my face then!

I’ve packed everything into my usual makeup bag from MAC. This was a limited edition bag that came out with the Give Me Liberty of London collection in 2010. Because the outside of the bag is a plastic-type substance, this thing really never gets dirty (although inside is a completely different story). The bag’s not enormous, but it’ll fit enough products to satisfy me for a week.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette

Despite loving the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette to pieces (even moreso than the original), I never get the chance to use it as much as I would like to because I feel like I’m eternally reaching for something either more vibrant, or something to use up, or something new that I just bought. The good thing with a vacation is that if you commit to bringing one palette, you are definitely not going to have the choice to try something different out. And really, I love this thing!

Three blushes for eight days... makes sense, right?
Three blushes for eight days… makes sense, right?

This is so overkill. Who needs three blushes for an eight day vacation?

MAC Ripe Peach, essence Pinky Flow, Revlon Coral Reef
MAC Ripe Peach, essence Pinky Flow, Revlon Coral Reef

But I mean… how could I not bring two ombre blushes with me? MAC‘s Ripe Peach is the colour of eternal summer to me, essence‘s Pinky Flow ombre will more than likely actually be the most flattering shade on my face and I still felt the need to bring along Revlon‘s Coral Reef cream blush just to have some extra variety. I’m sure that, in the end, I’ll maybe use ONE of these. But… options man, options.

Astor Feeling Feline, MAC Barbecue, MAC Relentlessly Red
Astor Feeling Feline, MAC Barbecue, MAC Relentlessly Red

They’re all different! I swear!

First up is Catrice‘s Feeling Feline which is a lovely coral shade with a balm-like texture. I’ll likely end up wearing this one the most since it’s an easy one to wear on the go. MAC‘s Barbecue is for some added variety since it’s more orange-toned. And MAC‘s Relentlessly Red is because I refuse to be separated from “MY SHADE”. I am also bringing MAC‘s Prep + Prime for lips, but I completely forgot to photograph it.

Hard Candy Hula Hula, Benefit Watts Up
Hard Candy Hula Hula, Benefit Watts Up

Benefit Watts Up is actually my favourite highlighter, but I only ever think to use it when I go on vacation because of the small sample size I have. This product gives me the most incredible sheen (and, if you read Vibrant, Vivacious, Veracious Beauty Blog, I almost always gasp in awe when Jen uses this on her cheeks).

The bronzer is a deep dive into my darker bronzers for the season. Since I’ll be (hopefully) getting some sun through all the sunscreen I’ll be applying, I pulled out Hard Candy‘s Hula Hula bronzer because it’s one of my darker, more reflective bronzers. It’s shot through with gold shimmer, so in my eyes that makes it perfect for the beach.

Top to bottom: Catrice liquid liner in Dating Joe Black, NARS Primer, Urban Decay Black Velvet liner, Urban Decay primer, Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara, Anastasia Brow Whiz
Top to bottom: Catrice liquid liner in Dating Joe Black, NARS Primer, Urban Decay Black Velvet liner, Urban Decay primer, Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara, Anastasia Brow Whiz

The usual suspects here. The Catrice liner because it’s pen style and matte black (although not waterproof), two primers (Urban Decay, NARS) because my eyelids are creasy little fuckers, a black pencil liner for the waterline/tightlining, my now beloved Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara and finally, the Anastasia Brow Whiz. I opted for the Brow Whiz instead of my usual Dipbrow because I don’t want to fuss with a pot on vacation and I figured less strong brows would probably suit me a bit more in the sun.

Things I decided to skip:

  • Foundation. I have no idea how much sun I’ll get so colour matching would be a nightmare. And really… I just don’t need it. It’s fun to play with, but it’s a step that I don’t feel is totally required.
  • False lashes. Primarily because I ran out of lash glue…

Posts will continue throughout the week I’m gone as I have them pre-written and post-dated so I hope you enjoy those! If you’re curious to see vacation photos while I’m gone, feel free to take a gander at me over on Instagram (@mu_your_mind). :)

March 2015 Favourites

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March was a total blur. I had fun celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, ran a pretty decent 5K race, attended a blogger event and hung out with some awesome people. It was a whirlwind month, but a lot of fun!

Urban Decay Naked 3
Urban Decay Naked 3

It’s funny how a month can pass in which you totally forgot what you did or wore. I completely forgot I used this palette so much in the early half of the month until I checked my notes (which I have to keep for favourites posts, or I won’t remember anything) and realized that I had used this palette constantly. Urban Decay‘s Naked 3 is one of those items where I really don’t know why I bought it. I’m not a pink person, I don’t salivate over rose-gold everything and yet… I bought it anyway. I probably got caught up in the hype of it when it first launched.  But in reality, this is such an easy palette to wear that really doesn’t require outside help – even moreso than the original Naked (which doesn’t have a matte or satin highlight shade) or the Naked 2 (which has shades that blend together into the same shade), this palette offers you the opportunity to stick with pinks and taupes, but without demanding that you WEAR PINK.

And those pink-tinged mattes? Do a wonder of good for the crease and blending out shades.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara
Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara

Well this one isn’t any secret – I love this sucker. Make Up For Ever‘s Smoky Stretch mascara came out of left field when I was gifted it at a blogger event this past month and slapped me right across the face. Despite having purchased my beloved Clump Crusher this past month, I’ve barely touched it because I keep opting for the MUFE one. This mascara is incredible – volume, length, true black… and the wand pulls through my lashes in the most satisfying way. You can see my full review on the Smoky Stretch mascara here.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation in Shade 51 Light Vanilla & Shade 52 Vanilla
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation in Shade 51 Light Vanilla & Shade 52 Vanilla

I feel like makeup lovers go through this eternal cycle of wanting to try new products, then they go back to old products they loved, and wonder why they ever stopped using them. (And yet, you know the next time something shiny and new comes along, you’ll drop that beloved product again!) Such is the case with the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundations I own. I added these foundations to my Use Up 2015 pile because I’ve had them for about two years and it was time to cycle them out… but since I’ve started to use them again, I’m wondering why I ever stopped. Healthy Mix Serum is a lightweight medium coverage foundation that smells incredible (seriously, like fruit). I picked mine up at Boots in Ireland a few years ago, but you can buy the brand at Shoppers Drug Mart here in Canada.

My favourite look from the month of March
My favourite look from the month of March

And to finish up the month, my favourite look was this one that I created for Prairie Beauty Love.  It may be outside of most peoples’ comfort zone, but I love how well this turned out. I don’t normally get the opportunity to get this creative with my makeup, but I decided to just go balls out for this post and was super proud on how well this translated onto my eyes.

Onward into April we go!