Easy NYE Makeup Look

Hey, friends! I hope you all had a magical Christmas & holiday season. I’ve been in London visiting family over the holidays, getting some much needed R&R! Luckily, I don’t have to go back to work or school until next week, so this two week vacation has been incredible! As much as I’d love to bask in all that is Christmas, I can’t help but look forward to the upcoming celebrations for the new year. If you’re like me (which I think you are), and plan your sparkly outfits beforehand – makeup is usually something that you just kind of wing on the day. Even before my love for dressing up, makeup has always been my passion. In fact, I attended makeup school & worked in the cosmetics industry before I returned to complete my arts degree. It’s fun and creative, but more importantly, makeup is a lot less intimidating than everyone makes it out to be! If you’ve been scouting YouTube or Pinterest for festive makeup inspired looks, I have one more look I’ve prepared for you guys. This easy step-by-step holiday makeup tutorial, which you can definitely adjust and customize for yourself! It may take a bit of practice, but I promise once you get the hang of it – this look will only take you 10 minutes tops!! And you can easily transition this look for evening makeup looks in the new year.

Are you ready? LET’S DO THIS!

I’ve already applied my BB Cream and made up my eyebrows. I suggest that if you’re just starting out, to hold off on the BB Cream, foundation, or concealer part. If you’re new at handling a makeup brush, you MAY get some eyeshadow fallout below your eyes which can be a pain to remedy once you’ve already applied your foundation. I recommend starting with your eyes first, and then applying your foundation after for a flawless finish. I’m still recovering from studying from exams and Christmas binging, so apart from some lighting adjustments, I’ve left out the heavy photoshop and filter effects to give you guys the most realistic outcome for this look (so please excuse the eye bags)!

The first item I used was the 24 Hour Extended Eye Base by Mac Cosmetics ($27 CAD). I can’t even begin to explain my love for this product! I’m a huge fan of makeup primers (perhaps I’ll do a post on that soon), & this one is my ultimate favourite to apply before eye products. I have hooded eyes, so my eye products have a tendency to bleed onto the skin near my brows. When I use this eye base however, I never run into that issue. I also have normal to dry skin, and often I find that primers flake on my skin. With this product, there is no flaking, OR greasy residue if you tend to have oily eye lids. It can easily be applied with clean finger tips.

The second product is the Pro Paint Pot by Mac Cosmetics ($26 CAD). It’s a highly pigmented, long-wearing eye base which can be applied on its own – or before eyeshadow. Adding two primers at this point will really ensure your eye makeup will last all day/night! The colour I used was a limited edition called Fancy Frosting, but you can find similar reflective shades in Vintage Selection (frosted peach), and Bare Study (gold pearl). You won’t be needing too much of this product anyway, since we will be dipping into eyeshadow as well. But as you can see, it allows us to work on a sparkly base from the start.

On top of the base, I added a light dusting of the Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Eyeshadow in White Pearl ($3 CAD). I’ve had this product for YEARS, and I still have SOOO much left. For $3, it will seriously last you your lifetime. To apply this, I used the #239 brush by Mac ($30 CAD), but it’s hella overpriced, & any eyeshadow brush will do! I also recommend putting just a bit in the inner corners of your eyes to really make them pop!

Next, on the outer edges of my eyelids I very gently applied Makeup Forever Artist Shadow in Black ($26 CAD), which is a matte finish eyeshadow that is easily blendable. This product is very pigmented but as you can see, I applied very little to the corners of my eyes. Feel free to go in with more if you prefer! It’s always better to start off with a little amount and build up the colour, as opposed to going straight in with a ton of product on your brush. Remember, it’s easier to add than take away product, so slowly keep building up. If you find that it looks a bit muddy, use a clean brush and apply a  flesh tone eyeshadow colour on it, while making small circles surrounding the muddy area with your brush to clean up the look.

As you can see, I’ve cleaned up the eyes a little with a lighter eyeshadow which is similar to my skintone, entitled Vanilla by Mac ($16 CAD). I also applied just a touch of a taupe colour called Coquette to the outer corners to give them more depth. You can definitely add any brown, grey, or taupe colours to the corners if you want to add to the look.

I then applied one of my favourite black liquid eyeliners called Scandal Eyes by Rimmel London. You can easily purchase this product from any major drugstore or department store. Adding liquid eyeliner really makes the eyes pop with contrast! Pro tip: apply black eyeliner pencil on your top eye line (just under your eyelashes), for added drama. 

I then used another product which is no longer available from MAC for my mascara, BUT good news, it wasn’t my favourite. On a side note, I’m currently loving Hydra Lash Nourishing Mascara by Joe Fresh ($12 CAD), which is available Shoppers Drug Mart. It’s enriched with argan oil, and gives lashes a softer finish, which I prefer.

At this point, our eyes are done and we’re ready to move to my favourite part …. LIPS!!!

To begin, I use Mac Prep + Prime Lip ($17.50 CAD). Enough Mac products yet? Haha. Hands down, this is my favourite product EVER. Even if I’m not wearing lipstick, this product doubles as a lip chap. I used to never wear matte lipsticks because my lips flaked, and it just made my lips look awful by the end of the day. Not to mention, I hated how dry they felt. This product has allowed me to fall in love with matte products because it makes such a soft base to apply matte products, and I seriously never need to reapply my lip products if I’m wearing this! 10/10 I WOULD RECOMMEND.

I then applied Ruby Woo Lip Liner ($17.50 CAD), all over my lips!

I then used Red Jade Retro Matte Lip Colour ($21 CAD), which is a liquid-suede lip colour that is true to colour and super long-lasting! After applying lip products, we’re done!!

Selfie Ready

And there you go, guys! A super-easy makeup look just in time for NYE!!! What are your plans? Any sparkly parties I NEED to be aware of? I’ll probably just be staying in with family, which has always been my favourite way to bring in the new year.

Let me know if you guys try this look, or if you’d like to see more beauty How-To Tutorials in the future!

Take care & keep warm!! <3


My Take on Facials: Blitz Facial Bar

As a professionally trained Makeup Artist, I know all too well that a great makeover depends on great skin. I’m still fairly new to facials, and have only  tried a few in the past year. I travelled to Japan last year, and booked a facial knowing my skin could use some extra hydration after the thirteen hour flight. I hate to admit it, but I did not enjoy my first experience at all. I actually did quite a bit of research and booked my facial at a highly credited spa, so it was unfortunate as to how unprofessional the service was. I loved how my skin felt after my treatment, so I really wanted to get the same results from a friendlier establishment.

Since then, I had been on the hunt for a spa in Toronto that not only makes my sensitive skin happy, but also provides excellent service. And Guys, I found it!

Blitz Facial Bar is exactly what I’ve been searching for. Blitz does a body AND a facial bar. I tried their Leslieville location since I live in walking distance, and could easily go to and from make-up free. After finishing exams, I thought Id treat my face to this relatively new place in the area. From their list of facial services, I tried The Extractor with a Plump it Up booster. I have never been so relaxed getting my face touched in my entire life (I don’t like my face touched at all!). I’m pretty sure I fell asleep ha ha. I had a few extractions which were pain-free, and the plump it up booster was a hydrating glass of water for my face!

The service here is  wonderful. Everyone was friendly and really professional. They were also kind enough to let me photograph the bar. I really enjoy the bright interior aesthetic of Blitz, but that’s just an added bonus. There was no pressure to purchase the bar’s facial products. I find that whenever I’m at a spa, the staff really push their products on me as a selling point, which I really dislike. Since the products were explained to my during my treatment (again, in a non-sales pitch way), I asked about the moisturizer myself. I purchased the Repairing Moisturizer for $50, and it’s 50ml of heaven. I can moisturize my entire face with one pump, and it’s done a fantastic job at keeping my skin hydrated during the dry winter season. As I mentioned earlier, I also have sensitive skin and I have had no issues with it.

I highly recommend Blitz Facial Bar to anyone wanting to treat themselves to a pampering experience. They’re more than just a pretty facial!

Why do I love facials?

  • My skin feels softer than a baby’s bottom
  • My face looks like I drank 10 glasses of water
  • It looks like I got 10 hours of sleep!
  • The results last quite a while… or until exams. 

You can definitely re-create the experience and benefits at home. I will perhaps do another post on this in the future. 🙂

If you guys have any questions on facials OR have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments. I always love trying new places, although I’ll be back here asap.

This post was not sponsored by Blitz Facial Bar. All opinions are entirely my own. 

Winter Season Pink Lipsticks from M.A.C.

As a professionally trained Makeup Artist, I can honestly say I have more lipsticks than I’ll ever need in three lifetimes. With Winter here in full force, I like to incorporate bright colours into my makeup looks to lighten the dreary mood. A lot of fair women believe that they can’t do intense pops of colour and should instead opt for pastels. While it’s true pastel pinks look beautiful on us, there’s just something so striking about a bold, pink lip on anyone!

Left to right:
Shanghai Spice (creamy muted pink), Show Orchid (very hot pink), Mehr (dirty blue pink)

These are my top 3 pink lipstick picks for the winter season from M.A.C. Cosmetics. Shanghai Spice is a lovely neutral pink that offers moisture for your lips if you’re like many and experience dry lips in the winter. Show Orchid is for the daring girl who doesn’t mind turning heads. This cool pink tone adds fun to any look. Mehr is a matte lipstick so it will last through all of your sips of vino! Because Mehr can translate as a pink-brown, it is especially beautiful as a neutral pink on South Asian skin tones.

I’m wearing Show Orchid in this post.

Have you guys tried these colours, what did you think? What are some of your favourite pink lipsticks for winter? I’d love to know! In the end, wear whatever makes YOU feel the most beautiful and happiest!