My Too Faced Melted Collection (Review + Swatches)

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It’s no secret that I’m desperately in love with Too Faced‘s Melted Liquified Lipstick formula. (In fact, I did this as a guest post on Lipstick & Lullabies last year when I only had four shades!) I picked up my first ones last September and never looked back. From their adorable brightly coloured squeeze tube packaging, to their fantastic range of shades where it seems like every single shade appeals to me, to their phenomenal wear time… well… my current ultimate goal is now to own every single shade. The scary part is that Too Faced keeps coming out with more and it’s starting to make my wallet hurt!

My Too Faced Melted Collection
My Too Faced Melted Collection

So what’s to love about these? Well, they fit quite nicely into the liquid lipstick fad that seems to have taken the beauty world by storm. They also come in a massive range of shades, although they do lean more towards vibrant shades than safe ones (although there are various nude/neutral shades as well).

Too Faced Melted Applicators
Too Faced Melted Applicators

They come in a squeeze tube with an applicator that looks is a fat doe-foot-like device. The product is squeezed out of the doe-foot which can then be directly applied to your lips. The applicator has enough precision to create straight lines, which is fantastic for me cuz I hate hauling around a lip brush. If you want super crisp lines, you could always use a lip brush, but I’ve never felt the need to use one myself. I also love the applicator because I have a nasty habit of breaking my lipstick bullets, and this saves me completely from that ritual massacre.

Too Faced Melted applicator up close
Too Faced Melted applicator up close

The wear holds up remarkably well. I don’t eat with lipstick on, so I can’t tell you if these last through meals, but on me they will an easy five hours (and by then, I’m eating something again so I’ll usually wipe my product off then). These go on the lips slightly glossy but dry down to a matte finish within two hours or so. Once you hit the matte stage these pretty solidly lock onto your lips. They’re not transfer-proof, but you could blot them down to get them to that stage – there’s so much pigment in them that they won’t suffer much from a good blot.

They are slightly drying over time on the lips, but that isn’t a pain point for me. I struggle with super slippy lipstick formulas (aka I end up smearing them all over my face) so I like having something that I know is going to stay put.

I don’t own all the shades (YET!) but I’m swatching out what I have so if you’re interested in any of the ones I own, you may be able to narrow down your choices. (Or do what I do and just try to amass them all!)

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  1. Melted Nude
  2. Melted Peony
  3. Melted Violet
  4. Melted Fuchsia
  5. Melted Fig
  6. Melted Coral
  7. Melted Strawberry
  8. Melted Ruby
  9. Melted Candy
  10. Melted Berry

And on the face:

Too Faced Melted Nude
Too Faced Melted Nude

Melted Nude is a brown-peach shade that suits me better than I thought it would.

Too Faced Melted Peony
Too Faced Melted Peony

Melted Peony verges on a bubblegum pink on my skintone. This is the shade I wear the least because I just feel it’s so… girly (which I realize is a weird thing for a beauty blogger to say).

Too Faced Melted Violet
Too Faced Melted Violet

Melted Violet is what I would call a neon purple and it’s unlike anything I own. However, out of all the Melteds I own, this one has the weirdest consistency – it’s more melty than the others and seems to wear off my lips awkwardly. Maybe I got a bad one?

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia
Too Faced Melted Fuchsia

Melted Fuchsia can only be described as a medium pink transcribed into a neon format. This shade is electric!

Too Faced Melted Fig
Too Faced Melted Fig

Melted Fig is a deeper burgundy purple that tends to look more mauve when it dries down. It’s a fairly unique shade in my collection and I reach for it more often than I ever thought I would.

Too Faced Melted Coral
Too Faced Melted Coral

Melted Coral is not my definition of a coral, but it’s still lovely. This shade is a vibrant orange on my skin and it just blazes with colour. I’ve really liked this paired with some kind of bluey-green eyeliner.

Too Faced Melted Strawberry
Too Faced Melted Strawberry

Melted Strawberry is a strawberry red shade with a pink fade. The pink isn’t strong, but you will notice it on the edges if you look closely. It’s an easy summer red, I think.

Too Faced Melted Ruby
Too Faced Melted Ruby

Melted Ruby is the “Christmas” red (although I think perhaps Melted Velvet would better fit that description but, sadly, I don’t own it).

Too Faced Melted Candy
Too Faced Melted Candy

Melted Candy is my absolute favourite out of the bunch. I can pick this one out on someone else a mile away. It’s a pink fruit punch/cream soda type colour and I LOVE how it looks.

Too Faced Melted Berry
Too Faced Melted Berry

Melted Berry has become my more traditional fall/winter colour as I’ve moved slightly away from reds. I don’t think I own a piece of cold-weather clothing that this doesn’t match. Really, really gorgeous.

That’s my whole Too Faced Melted collection and I’m still keenly awaiting the opportunity to buy them all up. Do you ever feel that way about a product line? That you have to Pokemon the shit out of them and catch ’em all?

Travel Makeup Bag: 2015 Ottawa Race Weekend

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I’m taking a(nother) long weekend this coming one to head to Ottawa for Race Weekend. Last year I did the 5k, and this year I’m going back for the half marathon which my father will also be running! And what’s a weekend away if not to bring along some makeup products I want to get better acquainted with?

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff in What's Nude and NARS dup in Mediteranee
Soap & Glory Lid Stuff in What’s Nude and NARS dup in Mediteranee

I’m only bringing along two small eyeshadow palettes because I find I never reach for these on a day to day basis, often opting for my larger palettes. The more neutral toned palette is Soap & Glory‘s Lid Stuff in What’s Nude and the NARS duo is Mediteranee (and the orange in that duo is everything). It won’t make for especially enthralling makeup looks while on vacation, but it’ll be fun for me to play with these shadows a bit more.

Too Faced Melted Coral and Boots No7 Sweet Copper
Too Faced Melted Coral and Boots No7 Sweet Copper

Two options for lips here, and I’m sure this is probably overkill for four days, but anyway… Too Faced Melted Coral (more orange than coral really) and Boots No7 Sweet Copper. They’re both on the orangey-side of things, but I’m okay with that.

essence blush up! in Heat Wave and Hard Candy Hula Hula
essence blush up! in Heat Wave and Hard Candy Hula Hula

I love that ombre blushes give me the option between two colours in one compact (and a third if you swirl them together), so I’m bringing along essence‘s Heat Wave. My bronzer of choice lately has been Hard Candy‘s Hula Hula. I just can’t get enough of how golden and bronzey this makes my face.

The usual (boring) suspects
The usual (boring) suspects

And all the bits and bobs that finish my looks off:

  • I’m giving my Milani eyeshadow primer time to fully prove itself to me.
  • MAC‘s Prep + Prime for lips because I can’t live without it.
  • Urban Decay‘s Black Velvet liner predominantly for tightlining (if it even comes to that).
  • Benefit Watts Up because it’s tiny, compact and packs a punch for highlighting my cheekbones.
  • NYX Micro brow pencil in Taupe
  • Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara (the love affair continues!).
  • essence‘s 2-in-1 liner because I’ve got a review coming up and I want to make sure I put this to the test.

And in looking at this stuff… jeez is it ever boring. I think next time I go somewhere I need to bring stuff that’s wayyyy more interesting to post about! Anyyyyyway, wish me luck on my half! My fingers are crossed that it’ll be cool, even slightly rainy on Sunday!

Challenge Week: Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette

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Yesterday’s Swatch Sunday showed you just how gorgeous the shades in this palette are and hopefully I can show you just how amazing this can look on the lids today!

Quick Review

This is my first nine pan palette from Too Faced, as I only previously had their holidays palette and the Chocolate Bar palettes. The texture doesn’t seem to be the same as the Chocolate Bar palettes which I found to be smoother. That’s not to say that these eyeshadows aren’t great; they are! They all have really awesome pigmentation… EXCEPT for Malted Milk Ball. Of all the shades in the palette, I definitely didn’t expect the “normal” brown shade to be the hardest to work with, but it is. In stark contrast, the actual colours are pretty phenomenal. I’m especially pleased with Macaron and Blue Raspberry. Blackberry is also a fantastic shade for deepening up the outer corner and it’s nice that it’s a deep eggplant instead of a brown.

Worth it? Totally, if the shades appeal to you!

On with the looks!


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I keep stealing Jayne‘s trick of using a different colour to line your lower lash line, and I love how it turns out every time! I surprised myself by pairing this with an orange lip and I’m quite pleased how well they went together.

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Eyes

  1. Peach Fuzz asll over the lid and on the brow bone.
  2. Blackberry in the outer corner and crease.

I used Blue Raspberry on the lower lash line and then created the wing with MAC‘s Blacktrack fluidline. On my lashes is Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Kat Von D Lock It Foundation in shade 48
  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Highlighter: Too Faced Candlelight
  • Lips: Too Faced Melted Coral

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This one’s a bit too… bubblegum pink for me, but it makes for an okay look. I need to figure out a better placement for that pink shade though.

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Eyes

  1. Strawberry Ice on the inner corner.
  2. Bubblegum on the middle of the lid.
  3. Sugared Violet on the outer corner and through the crease.
  4. Rock Candy on the brow bone.

I used MAC‘s Blacktrack to create the wing and applied Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch to my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer & Highlighter: Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo #1
  • Blush: Illamasqua Hussy
  • Lips: NARS Rikugien

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Ohhhh yessssss! The orange shade (Macaron) is incredible! Great pigmentation and easy to blend. Unfortunately, the brown (Malted Milk Ball) is really, really hard to apply to the lid.

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Eyes

  1. Peach Fuzz on the lid.
  2. Malted Milk Ball on the outer corner.
  3. Macaron through the top of the crease.
  4. Rock Candy on the brow bone.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: Hard Candy Skinny Dipping
  • Highlighter: Hard Candy Tiki
  • Lips: MAC Hibiscus

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This started out being a replica of one of the eye looks from the booklet inside the palette, but the look was lacking an outer corner shade to give the look any depth, so I added that in. It also really helped the blending between the blue and the pink… without it the whole look was really bizarre.

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Eyes

I first applied NYX‘s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk as a base, then applied:

  1. Blue Raspberry all over the lid.
  2. Blackberry on the outer corner.
  3. Bubblegum through the crease.
  4. Peach Fuzz on the brow bone.

I used Blackberry and Blue Raspberry to line the lower lash line and smudged Urban Decay‘s Black Velvet liner along my upper lash line. On my lashes is Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: Hourglass Luminous Flush
  • Highlighter: Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo #1
  • Lips: Maybelline Stormy Sahara with NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair on top

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I didn’t realize just how much I used the purple in this palette until just now as I’m editing the shots!

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Eyes

  1. Strawberry Ice on the inner corner.
  2. Sugared Violet all over the lid.
  3. Blackberry in the outer corner.
  4. Rock Candy on the brow bone.

I created the wing with Marcelle Dip-Pen in Blackest Black and applied Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch to my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand
  • Blush: Hourglass Diffused Heat
  • Lips: Too Faced Melted Fuchsia

Swatch Sunday: Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette

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The Too Faced Sugar Pop palette is a relatively new purchase for me. I couldn’t refuse the discount that the recent Sephora VIB sale offered so in to my cart this went. A Challenge Week for this palette will be up tomorrow!

Enjoy the swatches!

Too Faced Sugar Pop palette
Too Faced Sugar Pop palette
Too Faced Sugar Pop palette
Too Faced Sugar Pop palette
Too Faced - Rock Candy
Too Faced – Rock Candy
Too Faced - Macaron
Too Faced – Macaron
Too Faced - Malted Milk Ball
Too Faced – Malted Milk Ball
Too Faced - Strawberry Ice
Too Faced – Strawberry Ice
Too Faced - Sugared Violet
Too Faced – Sugared Violet
Too Faced - Blackberry
Too Faced – Blackberry
Too Faced - Peach Fuzz
Too Faced – Peach Fuzz
Too Faced - Bubblegum
Too Faced – Bubblegum
Too Faced - Blue Raspberry
Too Faced – Blue Raspberry

One of my favourite looks ever…

As beauty bloggers, we take a lot of pictures of ourselves. Way too many really. Hell, we probably average around a hundred shots a day between our makeup, our products, our face, our eyes. Every now and again you end up with a shot that you feel is just YOU. The lighting is right, your makeup is right, and you looked at the camera in *just* the right way. This is *that* shot for me.

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And it was all done for a guest post over on Vancouver Eyeshadow Addict! Come check out what I used to get the look above. :)

Fitness Friday: 2015 Sporting Life 10K

This was my second year doing the Sporting Life 10k and I was excited to be back. It’s a lovely downhill course down Yonge Street that nearly guarantees you a new personal best. I had a few odds stacks against me, but I kind of hoped I could somehow bust out a new personal best (pb) regardless.

Sporting Life 10k - looking up Yonge Street at Wellesley
Sporting Life 10k – looking up Yonge Street at Wellesley

With an 8 am start time, this race is slightly awkward to get to since the subway doesn’t actually open till 9 am on Sundays in Toronto. I hopped in a cab to get up to the starting zone and met up with Jenn from A Beautiful Zen who was also running the race. Hooray for beauty bloggers running races! I was glad to have the company before the start because waiting for your corral to start by yourself can be especially boring.

I had signed up for the 50-55 minute corral months ago. This was… ambitious. My time last year on this course had been around 56:20, and my all time personal best was around 55:10 (Toronto Island 10k). I had expected to train a bit better throughout the winter months in order to get under 55 minutes, but I knew I hadn’t done a good enough job by the time race day hit.

I caught my husband offguard!
I caught my husband offguard!

As it stands though, corrals are determined by yourself, and no one else. Some people sign up for the faster corrals (sub 50 minutes) who don’t even have a hope in hell of completing the race in under an hour and a half, so it’s a bit frustrating at times. (Which leads me to an upcoming post I’m going to make to vent out my frustrations on racing etiquette…)

ANYWAY. My corral started out around 8:20 and it was… HOT. Hot, humid and just all around nasty feeling. My first 2k were fine, but there’s that nasty slight uphill around the 2.5k mark that got me last year and it got me again this year. It just feels so unexpected to suddenly be climbing in such predominantly downhill race.

My husband was waiting, camera in hand, at the 5.5k mark at the intersection of Yonge and Wellesley. It’s actually a rather emotional experience to see him while racing, but it’s a good one. Unfortunately, by the time I saw him, I knew this wasn’t going to be a good race. My 5k split time was just over 28 minutes and I ALWAYS slow down in the second half of the race, so I knew I was going to be well over 56 minutes for a finishing time. Ugh.

And away I go. Mmm check out that back sweat.
And away I go. Mmm check out that back sweat.

Unfortunately, although I wasn’t feeling especially terrible despite the disgusting humidity and heat, I just couldn’t pull it out to run any faster. The extra ten pounds I’ve been carrying on my frame since Christmas just haven’t fallen off and it was definitely causing me to slow down a little bit.

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I finished with a disappointing 58:53. Roughly 3:45 slower than my best 10k and 2:30 slower from last year’s race. It also feels especially weird that I turned out such a poor race when my 5k in March was such a good one!

Oddly, despite my time being significantly worse than last year, I actually MOVED UP in the ranks. How weird is that? Last year I was in the top 25% for both my gender and category placement, but this time I clocked in around the top 21%. Additionally, I finished in the top 30% overall, whereas last year I was in the top 36%. This has given me some much needed perspective! While my race time might have been highly disappointing to me, I can see that other people struggled on the course this year, and I’m pretty happy that I moved up in placement compared to last year!

In the end though… I’m not happy at all, and it’s given me the push I need to really up the ante with my training. I can no longer just “go for a run” really – I have to be focused on tempo runs and intervals which aren’t fun, but seem to be necessary for improving my speed.

Right after the finish line. Not looking terrible, but not overly impressed either.
Right after the finish line. Not looking terrible, but not overly impressed either.

Race Summary

  • Finish Time: 58:53
  • Pace: 5:53 per kilometer
  • Overall placement: 7754/25802
  • Age group placement (Female, 30-34): 520/2435
  • Gender placement (F): 3158/14963

What’s On My Face – Volume 37

Loads of Makeup Geek (no surprise there), MAC and some Colour Pop thrown into the mix this week!


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My absolute favourite YouTuber – Sharon Farrell – does some ridiculously stunning makeup tutorials. She often has neutral makeup, but she knows how to bust out a bright look too. I fell in love with her Desert Sunrise tutorial when she posted it in January, but never got around to trying it out. I finally did, and I loved the results!

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Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Mesmerized through the crease.
  2. Makeup Geek Sin City on the inner third of the lid.
  3. Makeup Geek Roulette on the middle of the lid and on the middle of the lower lash line.
  4. Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose on the outer corner and on the outer half of the lower lash line. The outer corner is also darkened up a bit with Makeup Geek Corrupt.
  5. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean on the brow bone.
  6. Inglot Matte 370 on the inner corner with L’Oreal Infallible in Goldmine on top.

I tightlined my inner lash lines with Urban Decay‘s Black Velvet liner and used the same product to line my upper lash line. I applied Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara to my lashes and then added in some individual Ardell lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: MAC Ripe Peach
  • Highlighter: Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch

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I pulled out this “traditional” look because I was headed to my cousin’s baby shower and wanted to wear something flattering (the eyeshadows) while still wearing a really bold colour on the lips.

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Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Grandstand all over the lid.
  2. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear on the outer corner and through the crease.
  3. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean on the browbone.

I created the wing with Catrice‘s Dating Joe Black liner and applied Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara to my lashes. I then added in some Bombshell lashes by House of Lashes (my first time wearing House of Lashes… and holy crap I’m in love!).

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: I think it was Hourglass Diffused Heat, but I’m not positive.
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft & Gentle
  • Lips: MAC Relentlessly Red

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A quick re-post for posterity… I did this pastel rainbow look for Workaday Ramblings for April’s guest post.

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Eyes

  1. Too Faced Milk Chocolate through the crease.
  2. MAC Sushi Flower on the inner corner of the lid.
  3. Inglot Matte 334.
  4. MAC Fade.
  5. Sleek Cricket on the outer corner.
  6. MAC Dazzlelight to highlight the brow.

I used MAC‘s Blacktrack fluidline to create the wing and then tightlined my upper waterline with Urban Decay‘s Black Velvet liner. I coated my lashes with Make Up For Ever‘s Smoky Stretch mascara.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 52 Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: essence Pinky Flow
  • Highlighter: Hard Candy Tiki
  • Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair

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Jill of Beauty Vixen was headed off to Mexico, so I helped her out with this look that was inspired by the flag of Mexico.

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Eyes

  • Makeup Geek Creme Brule through the crease.
  • Makeup Geek Whites Lies on the inner half of the lid.
  • MAC Landscape Green pigment on the outer half of the lid.
  • Makeup Geek Bling on the brow bone.

I created the wing with MAC‘s Blacktrack fluidline and then tightlined my upper and lower lash lines with Urban Decay‘s Black Velvet liner. On my lower lash line I applied MAC‘s Strike While Haute eyeshadow and blended it out the edges with Makeup Geek‘s Creme Brule. On my lashes is Make Up For Ever‘s Smoky Stretch mascara.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in shade 52 Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: essence Life’s a Cherry
  • Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt
  • Lips: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

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Stop the presses! I have been after a neon red eyeshadow for a very long time. A lot of shadows have come close, but have never really quite hit the mark. Then came along Colour Pop‘s Erotic, and suddenly my search is over! Technically it’s a pressed pigment, but that’s never scared me away from using a product on my eyes. Erotic is incredible – it’s a neon red that has tiny specs of orange and pink glitter.

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So the eye look is easy on this one – the only shadow I’m wearing is Colour Pop‘s Erotic! I then created the wing with Kat Von D‘s Tattoo Liner in Trooper and lined my inner rim with Urban Decay‘s Black Velvet liner. On my lashes is Make Up For Ever‘s Smoky Stretch.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: MAC Warm Soul with Milani‘s Coral Cove on top
  • Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt

Review: Real Techniques Sculpting Brush

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Oh boy. Okay so… I don’t contour my face. I never have, simply because I’ve seen a lot of bad contours in my day and I *don’t* want to be the woman on the street with terrible unblended streaks on her face. So when I was sent the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush to try out, needless to say… I was slightly intimidated.

HOWEVER! I spend sooo many hours of my day watching makeup video after makeup video on YouTube that I feel like I’m armed with enough information to give this contouring business a try.

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush
Real Techniques Sculpting Brush

Where do we start? Well, a brush is as good as any. The relatively newly released Sculpting Brush from Real Techniques has the basic shape to get you off on the right foot.

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush
Real Techniques Sculpting Brush

It’s a fat, dense brush, but it’s pinched neatly so it can get into the crevices of your cheekbones. It’s not so stiff that it’ll give you grief while blending, but it’s not so floppy that you can’t get any definition. In my eyes, this makes this brush perfect for newbies like myself.

Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach eyeshadow

Essentially, the idea behind contouring is to make your face look more gaunt. It helps to slim out our features, pop out our cheekbones and recede anything that we don’t want to draw attention to on our faces. The best way to do this is to use products (powders, creams, etc.) that have a natural grey-cast to them. Ideally, you should be contouring with a product that is darker than your own skin; one that can cause the effect of a natural shadow. Shadows aren’t orange or brown in colour, nor do they sparkle, which is why bronzers are not recommended for contouring. That’s not to say they can’t be used, but orange and glitter definitely don’t scream “shadow”, do they?

Contouring guidelines
Contouring guidelines

So here’s what I did: I took Makeup Geek‘s Barcelona Beach eyeshadow on my Real Techniques Sculpting Brush and drew a line along the areas I wanted to recede. This included my jaw line, the hollow (not that I have much of one) UNDER my cheekbone and, because I forgot what I was doing, the sides of my forehead (an area I normally bronze. Oops!).

Using the lines as a guide, I then blended upwards and downwards to soften the streak I had created. This is highly necessary, otherwise you end up looking like a badly done up drag queen.

Contouring completed!
Contouring completed!

And here’s how it came out. Seeing myself with contouring for the first time is very weird. My first reaction is that I feel like I overdid it, or that it wasn’t blended in enough. As I look at the pictures more over time, I get used to looking at my face like that and it seems less stark than I had originally thought it was.

With and without contouring
With and without contouring

On a side-by-side comparison, I can see how much it chiseled out my jaw bone and created a definite recession underneath my cheekbone. I’m not a huge fan of the forehead business, but I can live with it. Amazingly, I don’t think it makes me look dirty either, which is something I half expected to see.

I don’t see myself contouring my face on a regular basis as I just don’t feel it’s a step that I need (or want to do!) on a daily basis. I can see how much of an impact it can make though! I’m really happy that the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush made this a relatively simple job to do. And I mean that, I don’t think contouring my face took more than 3-5 minutes, which is pretty good for a total rookie.

So how do you guys contour? Or do you not bother with it?

Swatch Sunday: Sleek Original Palette

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The Original Sleek palette. I can see why this company got off on such a good foot, and developed such an amazing reputation, if it all started out with this palette! As this was amongst the original palettes, none of the shades have names and I have the old waffle-cut version – I believe they now come pressed flat.

Take a look at the swatches, it’s really hard to not be impressed by them!

Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette
Sleek Original palette

 

Inglot + Mamma Mia!

On April 24, 2015, Inglot launched their Gimme! Gimme! Glitter collection and just this past Tuesday, I was invited to attend an event at their Toronto location to view a demo of the products on actual cast members of the musical!

Inglot's new Gimme! Gimme! Glitter Collection
Inglot’s new Gimme! Gimme! Glitter Collection

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Inglot. Before they were available in Toronto at Dundas Square (and even moreso now on their online shop for Canadians), I’ve gone to many a country in search of their products (you may think I’m kidding, but I’m really not – I’ve picked up Inglot products in Ireland, Austria and the U.S.). So getting invited to one of their press events? Kind of feels like I’ve achieved a life goal!

I... I can't.... Gyahhhhh
I… I can’t…. Gyahhhhh

Inspired by the Broadway musical Mamma Mia!, the collection includes 35 pieces in blues, silver whites, pinks and purples. I was drawn in by the amazingness that is their specially re-done Freedom System palette that focuses on every colour of the rainbow. If ever there was a palette with my name on it, I would hope that it would be this one. (For those interested in the individual shades, they are: 474, 362, 59, 51, 372, 495, 371, 441, 388 & 35.)

Beauty bloggers invade Inglot!
Beauty bloggers invade Inglot!

While the palette was the absolute showstopper for me, there’s also a lipstick palette, and a variety of other products that are not only enticing, but also incredibly vibrant (nail polishes, lipsticks, gel liners, pigments and a duochrome blue tinted lip gloss!).

Inglot + Mamma Mia!
Inglot + Mamma Mia!

One of the things I liked most about the collection and display is while the colours are certainly vibrant (and I would expect nothing less from Inglot really), they’re also placed there in a way that really makes you think about the colours. I’ve never worn blue lipstick, but this display definitely made me consider it (for one very brief, very small moment).

Emily Price (Ali) getting her makeup done at Inglot
Emily Price (Ali) getting her makeup done at Inglot

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to stay very long since I had nipped out of work on my lunch hour to attend the event. Several of the Toronto-based beauty bloggers were attending the event, so it was nice to catch up while we oogled the new collection from Inglot. I said my hellos and goodbyes within 45 minutes and then begrudgingly headed back to work to finish up my day.

CBB does it up at Inglot! (l-r: Zubie, myself, Shawna, Julie, Megan, Laura and Jordana) Photo courtesy of meganjoy.ca
CBB does it up at Inglot! (l-r: Zubie, myself, Shawna, Julie, Megan, Laura and Jordana) Photo courtesy of meganjoy.ca

Unfortunately, I’m ashamed to say I’ve never actually seen the musical, although I know I’ve seen the movie a few years back. Does this Mamma Mia! collection speak to you? The vibrancy of that palette is really, REALLY calling my name!