Every Day Office Makeup

When looking at your whole beautiful makeup collection, sometimes it can be really hard to pin point what your everyday makeup is.

You may factor in that every now and then you wear this primer…..

….orrrrr for days you’re a little more glammed up, you’ll wear this lipstick….

…and you know, you do rotate what eyeliner your using sometimes…

But now that I start work at 7:30 a.m. and bring my travel bag of makeup and quickly put it on right at my desk more often than I’d like to admit, I’ve stripped down to what products I absolutely need on the regular that make me feel confident and ready to face the day!

Shocker #1 — no tinted moisturizer. A staple for me on nights out, but I like to let my skin breathe — at least for the summer while I have a natural tan going on, it takes less time in the morning.

I start with (most mornings) Tarte Amazonian Clay bronzer, or if I’m up for contouring, benefit Hoola bronzer. I use my real techniques multi-task brush for this.

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I follow that up with my beautiful, Nars Amour.
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I then put on the Revlon Colorstay concealer to cover those purple bags. Definitely needed for that 6:30a.m. wakeup.
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Next, Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencil, followed by my Body Shop brow gel.
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Then I follow with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette for highlight, used with my Body Shop slanted Kabuki brush.
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Onto the eyes, I use Urban Decay’s Naked palette, shades W.O.S. and Naked 2 OR Lancome’s Positive Matte for the base. If I have time in the mornings, I opt for the Naked 3 palette, but it usually comes down to Naked Basics right at my desk! haha
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I then line the eyes with either my L’Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Carbon Black liquid eyeliner or if I am going for a smaller cat eye, my Stila black liquid liner.
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Shocker #2 — Not usually sporting pencil eyeliner at work. As much as I love my Urban Decay Perversion, I just don’t want to have to worry about raccoon eyes that I usually have by the end of the day!

Last of the routine is my fabulous Tarte lights, camera, lashes mascara.
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Finish the look off with the lip colour of the day and Voila! my every day office wear makeup!

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What is in my Travel Makeup Bag!

Since I am currently in the process of moving, I figured it was the perfect time to do a post about what is in my travel makeup bag!

Going back and forth between two cities often lately, it is easiest to only bring the essentials. However, with saying goodbye to the place I have lived for the past years comes goodbye dinners, parties, etc. So I still want to look nice!

First off, this is my makeup bag:
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My sister is AWESOME and gave me one of my favourite Christmas gifts, a Coach cosmetics bag. In purses/wallets I usually go for neutrals, but I am absolutely obsessed with how vibrant/deep this turquoise is. It easily stands out in my large duffel bags or suitcase, and has big enough pockets to store lots of products for a makeup junkie like me.
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(My bag is a bit dirty so I got this picture from online to show the inside!)

Moving on to what is actually in there (makeup only), my essentials are:

  • Primer
  • Tinted Moisturizer
  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Highlighter
  • Concealer
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Eyeshadow Primer
  • Eyeshadow
  • Pencil Liner
  • Liquid Liner
  • Mascara

…Shit, that is a lot of essentials.

Primer & Tinted Moisturizor – laura mercier foundation primer & lightweight flawless coverage tinted moisturizor in Nude
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Primer for T-zone: Benefit – POREfessional
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Blush – Lancome Rose Romantique Powder Blush
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Bronzer – Benefit Hoola
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and currently to test Tarte – Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
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Highlighter – laura mercier
Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact in Highlight
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Concealer – laura mercier Undercover Pot
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Eyebrow Pencil – Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Brow Pencil in Medium Brown
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Eyeshadow Primer – Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance
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Eyeshadow – Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
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Pencil Liner – Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Double Ended Eye Pencil in Perversion and Demolition
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Liquid Eyeliner – L’Oreal Paris Carbon Black Lineur Intense
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Mascara – Two options
1. For daytime: Lancome – Definicils High Definition Mascara in Black
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For a night out: Too Faced – Better Than Sex Mascara
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This list also doesn’t include skincare products, makeup remover, and makeup tools (tweezers, brushes, etc.) — yep that Coach bag is well used! haha

When it comes to your travel makeup bag, it is important to pick the products you’ve come to know and love. The last thing you need is a blush that makes you look like a tomato or a liner that runs and bleeds all over your face when there are no other options around! If you are going to bring along a new product, make sure you have a backup of another brand you know can take it’s place if need be.

Even if it is just for a couple of days and you don’t really think you need something you normally wear, I recommend bringing it anyway if it’s possible. You never know what might happen on this trip, and could thank yourself later on for having your normal makeup routine around.

Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer

Review time! So, you may have seen recently I did a pretty large haul at Sephora. After testing out the products extensively, I decided it was time to address & assess! The first up to trial would be none other than:

ADDRESS: TARTE Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
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ASSESS: I was super excited to try this baby, since it gets nothing but rave reviews on Sephora and by many of the beauty gurus I watch. I was a tad worried when opening up the package, for it is a bit darker than I expected (and we all know from my Arbonne experience, too dark of a bronzer does not please me!). However, when applied with a light hand onto my medium/olive skin tone it looks just right!

I got this bronzer in the Tarte To-Go Kit that came along with a mini-self tanner for $12.00, and I have to say this is my proudest bargain of a purchase from my haul! The duo are like PB & Jelly, since this bronzer absolutely reminds me of the summer months, giving off that sun kissed glow with the golden shimmer. I think the light yellow pigment in the bronzer is complementing my skin my type wonderfully.

I feel like I am getting a good amount of both products to really test the product out before deciding to make the full purchase — which I do plan to eventually do. On that note though, it is only 0.11 of product, so it won’t last forever. I can just fit my bronzing brush in there, which is perfect for deciding if you like it or not, or for travelling.

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Highly recommend!

No Thanks to Arbonne Bronzer

I was starting to feel a little silly that as a blog about true, unbiased reviews, I have so far said the exact same thing about every product so far, that I loved them. I am glad to finally say I am now writing about something I feel quite the opposite of love for.
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I think Arbonne as a whole is a complete and total scam, suckering in these consultants to spend hundreds of dollars themselves on products in promise of soon making them rich by how easy it will be to sell the overpriced line to others. Priding themselves in being “pure, safe and beneficial” and using natural ingredients in their products, sales tactics often include pointing fingers at other big cosmetics companies and the harmful things they put into their products.

Yet, for some strange reason Arbonne still refuses to sign the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a commitment to manufacture personal care products free of known and suspected toxic chemicals. Hmmm.

That being said, I didn’t always feel this way about the company, and embarrassingly have to admit, I too, fell for the scheme and dove right into divulging in a variety of their makeup and skincare products.  Some of there products ARE decent. Overpriced? Yes, but decent.

ADDRESS: Arbonne Bronzer
$40.00 9.3g

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ASSESS: This bronzer is absolutely not one of them. A friend of mine was a consultant, and after trying some of her other products from the line, I stupidly decided without even testing it I’d order a bronzer since I was in need at the time.  (**Please note this was before my obsession with makeup & skincare, I would NEVER do this now)

Since Arbonne consultants only make money through a sale, often they will say anything to get you to that purchase. Rest assured that this bronzer fit to almost any skin type, mine fitting perfectly into that mix, I was persuaded and forked out the $40.

You see, Arbonne has a grand total of one colour option for bronzer. One. In pictures it looked like what I had wanted, but even in the summer months it proved much too dark for my medium-olive skin. Not just dark, but more orange than I would have liked, leaving my skin looking unnatural. It feels more like a loose powder than regular bronzers, and with strong pigmentation, a little goes a long way. So much so I found it a challenge to put it on without looking harsh (this once again can be attributed to how off the colour looked).

While there are some upsides, such as the shimmer in it is just enough to provide a subtle glow, and the fact its vegan friendly and made with vitamins A, C and E, I absolutely cannot get over how off the colour looks on my skin at such a steep price. And the fact that I can get a variety of high-end brands for LESS money in the perfect colour for my skin tone, I would never ever consider purchasing this again.

I suppose if you had the right skin colour to complement the bronzer it MIGHT work out well, but with only one colour to choose from, I feel like the the majority of us should look elsewhere.