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My Small Makeup and Skincare Haul

Hey beauties,

I’ve recently purchased a couple much needed beauty and skin care items. I’ll start with skin care. These items were purchased at Starlite Drugs. My skin has been breaking out a lot lately. Partly due to poor diet choices and largely due to stress. So I’ve made an effort to get rid of those factors but I’ve also decided to re-vamp my entire skin care routine. I truly believe that some products just don’t work for your skin, so sometimes we need to try something new. So far I’ve been seeing great results from these products. My breakouts have lessened and my skin feels great. Another key thing I have done for my skin is resume my monthly facials. I’ve found that this is ideal in maintaining the health of your skin.

 

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1. Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser (with Salicylic Acid)

2. Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub (with Salicylic Acid)

3. Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner

I also visited Wonderful World to pick up a couple makeup items.

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  • L.A Colors Chunky Lip Pencil in Plum.I love this product so far and I’m definitely going to get the other colors in the collection.It gives you the look of a lip gloss whilst keeping your lips moisturized.

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  •  City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Lana. My new obsession is Matte Lipsticks so I’m also working on building my matte lipstick collection. What is better than a lipstick that doesn’t move? lol

 

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  • L.A Girl Pro Concealer HD in Fawn and Toffee. Ok these foundations live up to the hype and for the cost I’d say it’s an amazing product. I’ve stopped using my M.A.C concealers because I honestly think these are better.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts….comment below 🙂

Until next time

xoxo

CG

My Favourite Foundations

Hey beauties,

If I got a penny for every time I was asked what foundation I was wearing, let’s just say I’ll be able to buy all the makeup my heart desired lol. Finding that perfect foundation( especially for varied skin tones like us Caribbean girls ) is like finding true love to me. It delights your heart and makes you never want to let go. I’ve been fortunate to find 3 true loves (foundations) in my current lifetime. These are my “go to” foundations after much experimentation and epic failures. In no particular order, because I use them all for different reasons, here are my Top 3 favourite foundations.

1. Revlon Colourstay 24 hrs Combination/ Oily Skin

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This foundation is the perfect everyday foundation but it can also be used as a staple foundation for someone who is now getting into makeup. The price ranges from $60 – $80 TTD depending on where you purchase it. It is lightweight but yet buildable for medium to full coverage. It promises to last for 24 hrs but I’ve honestly never worn foundation for such an extended period of time to know if that works. What I can say is that it leaves your skin with a matte finish and the different shades available are known to match your skin perfectly. This is a really great foundation, especially for the price.

2. L’oreal True Match

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This is my “night, but not special occasion foundation.” This foundation also gives full coverage with a matte finish.The price range is similar to the Revlon Colorstay ( $60-$80 TTD). The shade matches my complexion well but not as perfect as the Colorstay, if that makes any sense.

3. M.A.C Studio Fix

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This is my “special occasion” foundation. I was a bit skeptical about buying this foundation because it is pricey but I can honestly say it is worth it. I purchased this foundation directly from the MAC store last year and it was $250 TTD I believe. Yes it is expensive! It will however last a while and it will give you a flawless finish. A little also goes a long way, so there is no need to be heavy handed with this product. This foundation is also great for person’s with oily/combination skin as it controls shine.

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“Mac’s Studio Fix Foundation applied with a beauty sponge”

What are your favorite foundations? Have you used any of my favourite foundations? Let me know your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time

xoxo

CG

Stay tuned for next week’s post ” How I style my Wonderwall TT pieces”

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How to Wear a Bold Matte Lip: By Makeup by Michol

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The bold lip trend from 2013 is still going strong into 2014; Coral, Fuschia, Cherry Red and Berry are the colours of the season. Matte textures give the look a modern update, however not everyone will feel comfortable in a bold, matte lip, so brightly coloured lip glosses may be an option for you if you are not quite ready to take the plunge.

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For a red lip, my general rule is that everyone can wear red lipstick; it’s just about finding the correct shade, to match your complexion. The classic blue red will suit most complexions, but that does not mean a pink red, orange red or true red is not for you.

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The 2014 Pantone colour of the year Radiant Orchid is a modern and versatile shade, blending both cool and warm undertones and flattering on all skin tones, trying a lip colour in this tone is a definite must; my personal favourite is MAC heroine.

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Dark berry/wine lip colours are actually less in-your- face and are an easier match for most complexions than a true red, but still looks dark, delicious and mysterious!

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Whatever the shade you desire, it’s important that the colour stays on. Just like priming the skin for long lasting foundation, create a base for your lipstick to last. Use a nude lip pencil or a coloured pencil to match the shade of lipstick, then line and fill in lips with the pencil.

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Apply two coats of your lipstick with a brush for precision and blot with thin tissue paper between each coat to seal in the colour. Precision is key with applying a bold lip colour, so clean up any smudges or uneven lines with a cotton swab and concealer around the lip lines.And be sure to have your lipstick on hand to refresh the colour.

*Tip: Keep other makeup simple and minimal and if you are in a rush and don’t have time for eye shadow, a great trick is to just do a bold lip.

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A bold lip will always give you that wow factor, so choosing a bold lip colour is all about the kind of mood you want to evoke, whether it is playful, vampy, elegant or seductive. That aside, most importantly confidence is what wears a bold lip best!

 

 

Until next time

xoxo

CG

Introducing Makeup by Michol

Hey beauties,

This blog features a talented, up and coming makeup artist based in Trinidad and Tobago. I asked her to give me some insight on her style of makeup so that my readers can get to know her on a more personal level. Please check out her Facebook page here and feel free to contact her to get your makeup done. Continue reading below for more 🙂

 

My Approach to Makeup

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“To look like yourself or better, is my style of makeup. My love for makeup stems from reading magazines and watching television and loving maybe just one aspect of a person’s face with makeup, maybe how their eyeliner looked, the shine from a lip-gloss or a slight shimmer on the lid.

When I decided that I wanted to venture into the world of the professional MUA, I sought training from Yvonne Popplewell in 2005. I thought I needed some sort of formal training to be able to not just do makeup on myself, but on others. She taught me the basic principles of contouring and the importance of blending.

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Contouring is not always to be used I believe, it’s a correcting process for maybe a slight( what some people may call a flaw) in their features. To reduce a long chin or to add definition to a round face, or slim the forehead down etc. As well it has it’s uses in theatrical makeup.

 

I have always noticed that beauty makeup for magazines and fashion editorials are either highly theatrical or never too complicated. For technique purposes in trying to recreate magazine looks, I started to look not just at the products used in the shoot, but also at the makeup artist. Researching makeup artists lets you know who is in demand and why they are in demand, which drills down to their techniques.

One thing that stood out to me, was how natural most subjects looked, the pros usually don’t over contour, or at least make it invisible to the untrained eye. Everything in beauty makeup is subtle. The over contoured trend we see today, is just that, a fad, and some people think you are not a real makeup artist if you don’t do makeup that way, when in reality the real art of makeup is using the same principles of contouring to create a flawless look.

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My approach is never to be perfect or to change someone’s appearance, I believe less can be so much more, I also believe more is more, but in a certain context as well. But to me, the sexiest makeup is a bit worn off, when it’s about self-expression and when you do you. Makeup is playful, its fun, it’s never serious. I always want to make a client look the best they can, and that is by understanding the skin, and face shape and using products and creating textures, that do just that.”

Thanks again Michol for this great post 🙂

Please stay tuned to next week’s blog post : “How to Rock A Bold Lip”  by Makeup by Michol

Until next time

xoxo

CG

Holiday Makeup Must Haves

Hello Beauties ,

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. I hope that everyone is having a blast and a half lol. I’ve been having a quiet holiday so far,eating all the wrong things that I am going to regret later lol. I know I am very late with this blog post but considering that it is almost a week before New Years I’m hoping that it will still be helpful.

Let’s get to it then 🙂

N.B I tried to recommend affordable makeup brands that I have tried to help out my budget friendly beauties.

The Red Lip

 I think the red lip can be rocked all year round but it definitely adds that extra sexy for the season. My favourite red lipstick is MAC’s Ruby Woo because I adore matte red lips. This lipstick looks absolutely beautiful on every skin tone.

Other brands to try :Arista, Jordanna , NYX and LA Girl

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Golden Cheeks

I think golden cheeks looks great on every skin tone. It gives that youthful highlight which accentuates your cheekbones.This look can be done using a bronzer or a highlighter of your choice. I’m currently using this one by KleanKolor and it can be used to highlight the brow bone as well.

Other brands to try : M.A.C , E.L.F and Milani

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Coloured Eyeliner

Coloured eyeliner is a fun product that can also be used all year round. I like to use eyeliners which are shades of blue and green for the holiday season. My favourite brand to use for this look is NYX .

Other brands to try : L.A Colours , Milani and LA Girl

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Winged Eyeliner

I prefer to do the winged eyeliner look using either gel or liquid liners. I also find that a felt tip eyeliner gives me the most control. I’m currently interchanging between  NYX , Jordanna and Black Radiance. I think the winged eyeliner paired with the red lip is instant glam.

Other brands to try : M.A.C , LA Girl, L’oreal , Maybelline

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Shimmered Eyeshadow

I think the shimmered eyes are especially lovely for New Years Eve .You can use almost every shade of shimmer available (not at once ) lol . I love the look of gold and silver shimmer for the holidays. My favourite brand to use for this look is NYX but almost every makeup brand offers shimmered eyeshadows.

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Until next time beauties

xoxo

CG

Wonderful World Haul !

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Hey Beauties,

I treated myself to some goodies this week from  Wonderful World. I was also excited to try the new makeup line ” City Color” after watching this video . Check out the video and take a look at my purchases below. Leave a comment if you have tried any of many new buys 🙂 .NB * All prices are in TTD*

 

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Waterproof Cosmetic Bag : $18

 

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Kleancolor Double Addiction and Sharpener in Topaz :$10

 

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L.A Colors Advanced Growth Garlic Nail Treatment : $16

 

 

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Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat : $43

 

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City Color’s lipstick/lipgloss in red and pink (there are no names on the product) : $10 each

 

 

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City Color’s SLIM Eyeshadow compact in Collection 4 : $15

 

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Ponytail holders ( I like this kind because they do not rip out my hair ) :$15

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Orly’s nail polish in Passion Fruit :$42 and Orly’s Bonder Basecoat :$28

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Jordanna Easyshine liptint in Watermelon Juice : $18

 

That’s it for my haul I’m excited to review all products so please stay tuned to my blog :). Also like us on Facebook for product swatches and more.

 

 

Until next time

xoxo

CG

 

Losing my MAC Virginity

Hello lovelies,

I have a confession . I lost my virginity , my MAC virginity lol. Last month I went to the MAC store in Westmall with one of my girlfriends.  She is a certified makeup junkie so I knew that she would be  the perfect person to take along with me . Initially, I decided that I would only purchase two items ( foundation and concealer ), but I have to admit the sales strategy got to me …it got me y’all lol. As a marketing student I should have known better but as a shopaholic I fell for it hook , line and sinker . So let me just give a synopsis of what happened. I walked in , they sat me down and I looked fabulous afterwards . Let me just say that I wanted every product used on my face  (the only thing I didn’t purchase was the makeup artist lol. )Sigh . Despite the hefty bill , I felt that this was an investment and the products have definitely made a huge difference in my makeup routine. I definitely believe in the mantra ‘Look good , Feel good’ .

MAC Spiked ( Eyebrow Pencil)

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I have been searching for the perfect eyebrow pencil and when the makeup artist at MAC used Spiked on me I instantly fell in love with it . I have been using it for the past month and it is definitely easy to use and matches my eyebrow hair perfectly . One tip for using this pencil is  that this is NOT like the typical retractable pencils as it does not retract down , once you retract it up that’s it!

MAC Studio Fix Foundation in NW43

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I also picked up what I went in the store initially for lol , the Studio Fix Fluid Foundation . Now the first thing I noticed with this product is that it covered up all my skin imperfections . Honestly there is no need for any concealer with this product . Another thing I noticed is that my shade was not what I expected. I honestly expected to be in the NC family but it seems that I am in the NW family. Upon doing research I found out that NC stands for Neutral Cool and is for skin which has a slight golden glow and NW is for skin which is Neutral Warm , pink beige skin. Now in retrospect when I was born my mother said that I had pink skin so I am still unsure . I plan to ask the MUA at MAC at my next visit . Also when applying this foundation , to me it takes a while to settle and blend into my skin not like my Revlon Colorstay (Caramel) foundation which blends instantly . Here is a pic of me with the foundation applied and as you can see it does eventually blend in.

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I also purchased two types of concealers  Studio Finish Spf 35 Concealer . I use this for my eyebrows and I got the Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW 35 for my skin imperfections and under my eyes .

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I also purchased the Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in dark. This has to be my absolute favorite product in this haul. This product makes my skin glow . I love love love this product ! Best powder I have ever used.

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Finally I got two lipsticks . The ever popular Ruby Woo  which is a matte red lipstick and a lovely fuchsia lipstick from their supreme sheen line called Zen Rose.

Ruby Woo

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 Zen Rose

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Until next time lovelies
xoxo
CG

My first Halener Rustique Haul

Hello lovelies,

I recently purchased some makeup essentials from Halener Rustique, a Trinidadian based beauty company . Orders can be made via  Facebook and the company offers a wide variety of products from popular makeup  and beauty brands such as Coastal Scents , E.L.F , NYX,Urban Decay and Bath and Body Works.

All the items I purchased , I have been wanting for a while and I was absolutely pleased with the quick and efficient service offered by the company ( for a small fee my purchases were delivered to my office the next day) .

I ordered :

1. NYX Blush ( Cinnamon)-  Exceptional pay off

2. ELF’s Eyebrow Kit ( Dark)Great for defining your eyebrows

3. The Beauty SpongeA dupe to the beauty blender ,gives you a flawless finish

4. Rice Powder Great for my combination skin , used only in my t-zone

Definitely check out Halener Rustique for your beauty needs

CG

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