Mani Monday #2

Hi guys! Today for Mani Monday I am throwing it back to a manicure that I did last summer and loved. I’m currently testing out a nail product that I will be featuring in an upcoming Mani Monday so I had to rely on an oldie.

This manicure is a nice solid blue with a pink floral and polka dot accent. I love any manicure that involves polka dots as they are so simple to do, but depending on what you do with them, look impressive. Even the flowers are made of dots. I always use a set of dotting tools to do my polka dots, but you could also use a bobby pin if you do not have a set.This is the set that I use.

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For this manicure I used:

OPI Chip Skip
OPI Nail Envy Maintenance (1 coat)
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Pacific Blue (the original formula)
OPI Live.Love.Carnival (flowers and polka dots)
OPI Banana Bandanna (centre of flowers)
Cult Nails Wicked Fast Top Coat (since Cult Nails is no longer is in business, Glisten & Glow HK Girl Fast Drying & Super Shiny Top Coat is a great alternative)

The original Pacific Blue from Sally Hansen is gorgeous. It didn’t have the best wear-time but it was easy to apply. It’s a shame they changed the formula. If you can get your hands on the original, it is worth picking up!

What do you guys have on your nails today? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Robyn

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

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Hi guys! Well I certainly did a happy dance when I heard the post drop off my latest Sephora order. I heard the vehicle pull up and actually squealed as I ran towards the door. I finally got my hands on the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette.

Let’s take a second to admire the palette in all of its glory…

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Here is a smoky, dramatic but wearable look that I did using the palette:

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Products Used:
Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in Classic Ivory
Concealer: Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer in Ivory
Powder: Anastasia Beverly Hills Banana Powder (undereye) and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light (all over face)
Blush: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow
Highlight: The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer
Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette – Combust (Crease/transition shade), Slanted (All over lid and smudged undereye) and Smolder (Outer edge/to deepen crease). Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (eyeliner) Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (lashes).
Brows: Milani Easybrow Automatic Pencil in Taupe and L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Light to Medium
Lips: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Obsessed

I’ve tried a few different looks with the Smoky palette so far and I’ve been very impressed. The eye shadows are pigmented and versatile. You can create both softer and dramatic looks with the palette. The only shade I had trouble swatching was Thirteen but that has more to do with my fair skin.

Since I ordered the Smoky palette while Sephora was their VIB Appreciation week, I also got a goodie bag which lots of amazing samples inside! I haven’t tried them all yet but so far I’m loving the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (a product I had been dying to try). I’ve already tried Benefit’s Porefessional and Makeup Forever’s Smoky Extravagant Mascara so those automatically get a thumbs up!

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Did you purchase anything during VIB Appreciation week at Sephora? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Robyn

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Top 5: Lipsticks

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Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you my top five lipsticks in no particular order. Lipstick is one of my favourite parts of my makeup routine. I love how much it can dramatically change your look.

Without further ado, here are my top five:

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Fiend, Urban Decay
Described as a muted rose, I love this colour because it is a fairly neutral colour that you can pair with almost any look. This is one of my go-to lippies that never fails. It is opaque and effortless to apply. This lipstick has a creamy and somewhat shiny finish.

Up the Amp, MAC Cosmetics
Described as a lavender violet, this shade is one of my favourites because of how unique it is. As you will learn over time, purple is my all-time favourite colour. This lipstick is a beautiful, very wearable purple/pink shade. The amplified finish means it is very pigmented and long-wearing. It is creamy and does not dry out your lips.

Turn On, Urban Decay
Described as a rosy pink, this shade is special as it was my first Urban Decay lipstick. It is a beautiful pink shade. Just like Fiend, it is opaque, effortless and has a creamy/shiny finish. Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks rank highly in my collection for this reason.

Annita, NARS
Described as antique rose (is anyone else noticing a rosy trend here?), this lipstick again is a very wearable neutral shade and another one of my go-to lippies. The NARS Audacious Lipsticks are a cut above the rest. They are very pricy, but very much worth it if you are in the market for a opaque, soft and luxurious feeling lipstick. They dry to a matte finish and have an amazing staying power on the lips. You don’t end up using much product when you use them due to the opacity and the minimal (if any) touch up throughout the day.

Lumiere, Colourpop
Described as a dusty mauve pink, this lipstick is a favourite because of how versatile it is. This lippie stick is a collaboration between Colourpop and the talented KathleenLights from YouTube. She describes it better than I can, so I’m including an excerpt from Colourpop’s website: “I wanted a color that both bold and shy people could wear. It’s not a nude..it would look great on EVERYONE​!” Lumiere has a matte finish but does not feel uncomfortable to wear. Colourpop lippie stix are also amazing because of their super affordable price.

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Honourable Mentions: Embrace Me, MAC, Angela, NARS and Brills, Colourpop

All of the products that I have mentioned have significant staying power. They all fade fairly evenly and still look good throughout the morning. I do typically add a coat after lunch before going back to work. As I play with swatching these and then remove them from my arm with a makeup removing wipe, they have left stains, just further demonstrating how long they last.

What are your favourite lipsticks? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Robyn

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Soft & Feminine

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Hi guys! Today I’m going to show you a look that I wore last weekend to a Bridal Shower. I used the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to create a soft and feminine pink look. The end result was very simple and would pair well with any outfit, which was perfect because at the time I had no idea what I was going to wear!

Let’s get into it!

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Products Used:
Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in Classic Ivory
Concealer: Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer in Ivory
Powder: Anastasia Beverly Hills Banana Powder (undereye) and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light (all over face)
Blush: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow
Bronzer/Contour: Anastasia Beverly Hills Java and Fawn
Highlight: The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer
Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – Limit (Crease), Buzz (Center half of lid) and Darkside (Outer half of lid). Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow in Whimsical (small amount in the centre of the lid). Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Demolition (water line). Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (lashes).
Brows: Milani Easybrow Automatic Pencil in Taupe
Lips: MAC lipstick in Chatterbox

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This look was perfect for an afternoon of celebrating my friend’s upcoming wedding! I tend to stick to the first half of the Naked 3 palette when I use it, the pink shades are just so pretty and shiny. The Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow added a perfect hint of colour to my cheeks, while the MAC lipstick in Chatterbox kept the pink theme going strong!

What is your favourite soft and feminine make up look? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Robyn

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Welcome + Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Robyn and I am a make up addict/hoarder/enthusiast. I live at the head of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, Ontario. While it is a beautiful city to live in, our small population doesn’t attract stores like Sephora which makes shopping for makeup a bit difficult. Most of my beauty hauls are from shopping online unless I am travelling.

Please join me as I review beauty products, share my favourites, show tutorials and more!

To get things started I wanted to talk about the widely popular Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows. I purchased the more recently launched shadows and I am beyond impressed. They definitely live up to the hype they have been receiving on YouTube. I was torn between ordering the original launch vs. the newer launch. Since it is summer time I thought I would go for the brighter new ones. Also, they currently have a deal where you can buy the Expansion Set (10 pans) for $89. Considering they cost $9.99 individually you end up saving $10.00 this way.

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The box they arrived in was affixed with a sticker that has the Makeup Geek logo on it. A small detail like this really sets them apart from other packages I have received.

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Inside the box the shadows were bundled together in this stunning presentation.The rose gold packaging is gorgeous.

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