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My Cleansing Routine

I often talk about what foundation I’m wearing, or, some new cosmetic product that I’m trying out, but what about what I use when I’m not wearing makeup? What’s underneath it all? Do I use thousands of products or just water? Hmm….keep reading.

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Before I apply my foundation I always cleanse my face first. I start by using the Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleaner. fullsizeoutput_1547

I really like this cleanser. It smells so fresh and clean. It reminds me of fresh cut lemons. I have really bad acne so this helps to calm it down and it makes my face look so fresh and clean. On the back, it says “For oily skin, use 2-3 times per week and rinse off with warm water”. This cleanser is really strong, so I wouldn’t recommend anyone using it too much. You can shop it Here

Next I Exfoliate…..

For this I use St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

I really love this scrub. Every time I know I’m going to be putting on makeup I use this.

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Whenever I use this, my face looks so bright!It’s like I just visited the Dermatologist’s office! And I LOVE  it when my face looks bright. I feel like this just makes my makeup look 10 times better because it makes my face look like its glowing. I use this maybe 3-4 times per week. It’s not harsh on my skin and it smells really nice.You can shop it Here

So there you have it folks, this is how I cleanse my face before makeup. In 2 easy steps. There’s no fuss, there’s no hassle. It’s easy! I’ve been doing this for 2 years now so it’s tried and true.

Disclaimer : This is not a review post, I’m just sharing with you what I use to cleanse my face before makeup. These are all my thoughts, there are no affiliate links in this post.

What cleansers do you use? What new brands do you want to try? Do you use cleansers or just water?

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Brushes Vs Beauty Blenders

Do you use a Brush to apply your foundation or do you use a Beauty Blender? This is the question of the ages. I swear, every time I watch a Makeup Youtube tutorial, there’s always some people who hate using beauty blenders and vice versa. Or, if you watch those Vogue beauty videos, some people prefer to use their fingers (Yeah, I find that really weird). Which one do I prefer? Hmmm…….Keep reading to find out.

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When I first started getting into wearing makeup, I was all into the brushes. I would go to the Nyx Cosmetic store or my local drugstore to see what the best brushes were and so on. I lived by the code that “Brushes were the best for me”, and, no one could tell me otherwise. I had tried beauty blenders before, but I didn’t get why people were so into them. I didn’t really know how to use them either. I was like “What’s the use of this?”. So, I kept on using my brushes.

I didn’t immediately start watching Beauty Tutorials until one day my friend told me about the biggest Youtube Gurus and said ,”Ok, let me check this out”. I started watching the videos and saw the different techniques  they used to apply their makeup and saw how they used the beauty blender. I said to myself, “Oh ok, that’s how you’re supposed to use it Raceen”, haha. I then proceeded to order some from Amazon.

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After I received them in the mail, I tried to use them, but I still wasn’t satisfied, so I went back to using my brushes. Until the hair in my foundation brush started falling out. I was panicking, wondering “Omg what am I going to use now”. Then, I looked down and saw my beauty blenders and it was like a light bulb had switched on. I  then started to really learn how to use them because I really didn’t have a choice at that point. You know what I’m saying?  Now, I love them.

Below, I’ll show you my experience with the Beauty Blender Vs A Brush

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Applying my Fenty Beauty Foundation with my dampened beauty blender
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After – It looks really smooth and blended Out

The Brush……

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Applying the foundation with the brush
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After – As you can see, it looks patchy and not really blended

My conclusion? Beauty Blenders are Better! Yeah I said it! Haha.

But that’s just my personal preference.

Brushes don’t work for me anymore because it just makes my foundation look patchy and grainy.

Maybe there will be some new applicator  that’s invented  in 2030 that is even better than beauty blenders and brushes. Haha.

Using a  beauty blender makes my foundation looks so smooth. I really love it.

Here’s my entire makeup look

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Which do you prefer? Do use a Beauty Blender or a Foundation Brush? What has your experience with a beauty blender or brush been like?

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My Eyeshadow Collection

I’ve probably said this a gazillion times but I’ll say it again, “I don’t really wear eyeshadow”.  I don’t really know why. I wear foundation, lipstick basically everything else, but you will rarely, ever see me wear eyeshadow. Do I hate it? I don’t think so, I guess I’ve never really found the use for it, because I like my makeup really simple. I’m not trying to bring out my eyes OK? Haha. Recently though, I’ve been trying to step out of my comfort zone. Keep reading.

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Today, I want to show off My Eyeshadow Collection. I blog a lot and I find that wearing eyeshadow, brings out my eyes and makes my pictures stand out more. I just love the dramatics of it all. This is not a review, I’m just showing off my growing eyeshadow collection. Here it goes!

Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Spice Edition – I recently bought this from my local drug store. I like this eyeshadow palette, because of the rustic colours. There’s a lot of red, burgundy and brown. I find that these colours look the best on me. Shop it Herefullsizeoutput_1464.jpeg

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Huda Beauty Eyeshadow and Powder – I found this in my local dollar store. YES, the dollar store sells makeup ya’ll. This is mostly glitter but I love it.I like using this for special occasions. I put on some of the red glitter for Canada day to match the flag and I felt like I really stood out. I bought 2 palettes for $4 eachfullsizeoutput_1466

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Rimmel London’s Magnif’eyes Mono Eyeshadow – This a brown shimmery color that I love wearing. I wear this every time I put on eyeshadow. I use it as a base to put on other eyeshadow, or I  wear it by itself. As you can see, it’s almost done because I use it so much. Shop it Here

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Quo Colour Wonderland Eye, Lip and Cheek Collection – My brother bought this for me for Christmas last year and I absolutely love it. There are so many colours to choose from! It’s insane. I like this because whether I want to go simple, or, dramatic there’s a color for that. This is from my local Shoppers Drug mart.

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Elf Cosmetics Eyeshadow Collection – I found this in my local shoppers drug mart about a year ago. I was going to an office party and I wanted to spice up my look so I bought this. I like that it has a lot of bold colours. You can shop similar palettes Here

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This is not a review. I’m just sharing my growing eyeshadow collection. I’ll be showing more creative looks soon.

This summer, I’m all about embracing and trying new things. You only live once.

What eyeshadow brands do you use? Do you wear more bold colours or more natural colours?

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MAC Prep + Prime Fix + Matte Spray

Setting sprays aren’t my thing. I usually just bake, brush off and go. I’ve tried setting sprays and I just end up being more oily. Oiliness is not my thing, you know what I’m saying?

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I went into the MAC store on Sunday  to try  out the spray because I had heard  a lot of great stories about it but I wanted to try it before buying it. I mean, who wants to waste $30?

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When I went into the store, I saw the bottle but I was going to try the one that makes your skin glow.  The sales rep then came up to me and asked if I need help. I told her that I have oily skin and then she told me that she too had oily skin and that she uses the Fix + matte. I told her that I wanted to try it first. Haha I had no idea what to do. I was just spraying. She was like “No hun, you have to hold it 20 cm away from your face”. I was laughing at myself.

After I sprayed it on my face I waited for about 5 mins. I didn’t really notice anything but my friend said to me “Wow, your face looks so good”, I said, “Hmm I don’t really see a difference” and she said “Raceen, you know me, I would never lie to you”. So I purchased it.

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On Mac’s website it’s described as “A lightweight mattifying spray that refreshes skin while instantly controlling shine and oil on the surface without disturbing makeup. The innovative formula contains powders, silica and other oil- absorbing agents to help set makeup, rebalance and mattify skin“.

I must say, I’m really liking this spray. You have to shake the bottle before using it. I’ve used it twice so far and it makes my skin matte for about 4 hours until I have to use it again.

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You can shop it Here

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Review : Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Imagine for a second that lipsticks were never invented. There would be chaos. Girls would be walking around with their lips dry, there would be no color to brighten up your face. Horrid, right? Let’s not imagine that.

Lipsticks are probably my favourite part of makeup. If I don’t have on lipstick I feel really weird. I have really dark lips so wearing  lipstick makes me feel more confident.

Today, I’ll be reviewing the Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick.

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I bought this lipstick sometime last year, and I must say, I really love it. The color that I purchased was Griselda. I chose this colour because I don’t like bright lipstick. I like when my lipstick looks dark. It’s a kind of dark berry color and it looks great with my red hair.

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On sephora.com the lipstick is  described as “An ultra-slim lipstick with a long- wearing, petal- soft matte finish, created in a rainbow of weightless, color-intense shades designed to flatter all skin tones. The size is 0.06 oz/1.7 g. The cost is $23 Canadian dollars.

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I like the fact that there is a lot of product on the stick. It’s  not like Mac lipsticks where, there is barely anything on the stick. It’s matte, but it doesn’t go on matte like mac lipsticks (Sorry for the constant comparisons mac). It’s very creamy when you apply it then it becomes matte. Genius, right?

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When it dries it’s matte but it’s not dried out matte like Mac matte lipsticks. EVERY TIME I wear mac lipsticks I always have to apply lip gloss over it because it’s so dry!. With this, when its dries it’s not that dry. It’s creamy, you know what I’m saying?

It’s really smooth and it doesn’t clump. I really love the dark colour and they have a wide range of colours. So if you want to go ratchet, there’s a colour for you or, if you want to be girly there’s a color there for you as well

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I also like the shape of the lipstick. The way it’s shaped makes it easier to apply the lipstick to the corners of your lips. I feel like the shape also helps me to keep the lipstick within the correct lines.

Below, are some pictures of me wearing it.

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I’ll give this lipstick a 5/5 stars. It’s not as matte as Fenty Beauty’s Stunna lip paint but I REALLY love the formula and I don’t really love super matte lipsticks anyway. I’ll definitely go back to sephora, to try out some new colours as well. Oh Rihanna please  don’t take all my coins.

You can purchase it Here

What kinds of lipsticks do you use? What brands are your favourites?

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The Liebster Award

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Thank you to  iblissmakeup for nominating me. I’m truly thankful that you thought about me. This is a great way to meet other bloggers and network. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you
  • Share 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Create 11 new questions for the nominees to anwer
  • Let them know they’ve been nominated

11 Facts about me

  • I was born with 12 fingers, I had surgery when I was a baby to remove them. I still have the scars.
  • Black is my favourite colour, (Yes I know it’s technically not a colour but it’s my favourite).
  • I’m  an extrovert
  • I love going out, I hate staying in, when I stay in I start to feel depressed
  • I love my family, I don’t know where I’d be without them
  • I love hot weather because I love the sun, in Canada we don’t get a lot of sunshine so when it’s here I’m happy
  • I’m a very bubbly person, in a room of people I’ll be the one laughing
  • I LOVE fashion
  • I have more guy friends than girl friends
  • I love dancing even though I can’t dance
  • I love to talk about things, discussions about any topic are my favourite

Questions to me 

  1. What made you enter this community…. what inspired you? I read blogs all the time from fashion to relationships and I love taking pictures and I love clothes so I thought why not start a blog? So I bought a camera and did my research and now here I am.
  2. What kind of music do you like? I like all kinds of music, I like pop, alternative, gospel, EDM, basically almost anything except hard rock, metal and scream.
  3. Besides blogging what do you do? I also have a full time sales job
  4.  Are you a “stay at home person” or a party person? I’m not a stay at home person I hate staying at home but I don’t party either. I like doing adventurous things like going around the city and exploring or going to dinner or movies
  5. What inspires you in life…. what drives you? God and my family are what drives me. I want to make my mom proud and God is the one who gives me the strength to keep pushing
  6. Are you a sneaker person or a heels person?  I love heels, I’m not really a sneaker person, the only sneakers I have are converses
  7. What’s your dressing style like? My style is a mixture of sophisticated, edgy and cool
  8. How do you like your makeup….. what’s your makeup style? I like my makeup simple, typically I don’t wear eyeshadow at all and if I do it’s usually a sublime colour. My makeup is usually just foundation and contouring.
  9. What do you like to do when you’re bored? I like to sleep when I’m bored
  10. Do you have pets? No I don’t have pets but I want a rabbit and puppy and an elephant Lol
  11.  Describe yourself in 3 words I’m intelligent, fashionable and I love helping people.

I would love to nominate

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My questions to you

  1. If someone gave you enough money to start a business – no strings attached – what kind of business would you want to start and why?
  2. What makes you happy?
  3. What matters to you most?
  4. How do you like to do your makeup?
  5. What’s some of the best advice you’ve ever been given?
  6. What’s your ideal weekend?
  7. What made you start blogging?
  8. What’s your favourite quote?
  9. What’s your life story in 2 sentences
  10. What’s your favourite beauty product right now?
  11. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

This was really fun I hope you’ll enjoy doing this as I have.

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Makeup Organizer

Being organized is hard, for me. If you googled the least organized person, my name would probably come up. You know what they say, “Bad habits die hard”.

I’ve been trying to become more organized recently, and I must say, it makes my life easier.

I recently  moved about 3 months ago and I didn’t really know how to organize my makeup or where to put them. I wondered if I should just leave them on my dresser? Do I put them on my washroom counter? Do I just throw them outside? These are the questions, I asked myself.

Well, I found the solution to my problem. Upon researching on Amazon, I saw these really cool plastic organizers, but I didn’t purchase them. One day, I went into the dollar store to get something and I saw similar plastic organizers, I was so happy! And the best thing is that they were so much cheaper than Amazon! Woohoo! Who doesn’t love cheap things?

Below, are some pictures of the organizers I purchased from my local Dollarama store here in Canada.

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These are little plastic drawers. I use them to store my foundations, concealers, mascaras etc. It makes my life so much easier.I don’t have to be searching all over the place to find my makeup. I have 3 of them but I’m going to purchase more.

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The top drawer is where I put all my concealers and my eyebrow gel. This is where all my Nyx concealears, NARS concealer and Rimmel London eyebrow gel are.

 

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Below my concealers are my Fenty Beauty match stix and shimmers. I have one for concealing, one for contouring and one for my highlighting. For my concealer I use the shade Latte, for my contouring I use the shade espresso and for my highlight I use the shade Sinamon.

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I put my foundations in the other drawers. I use Fenty Beauty, Maybelline and Loreal Infallible foundations. The drawers are clear, so it’s really easy to find everything.

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So where do I put my brushes, beauty blenders, lipsticks  and setting powder? Well, I also found another little treasure in the dollar store. Here’s a picture below.

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This organizer has little pockets where I can put my lipsticks and the bigger pocket is where I put all my 10 brushes. In the middle is where I place my 4 beauty blenders, setting powder and setting spray.

I’ve probably said this a thousand times but this does make my life easier. I don’t have to be searching all over for my makeup. Everything is just there, in front of my face. The drawers are big enough to hold enough products and I love it.

You can find similar ones Here and Here

What do you use to organize your makeup?

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