Cranberry Marsala Smokey Eye

Hi everyone! Today I have created this cranberry marsala smokey eye makeup tutorial for Fall and Winter that’s the perfect makeup for the holiday season. It’s super glamorous, fun, and dramatic. I really hope you enjoy!

****This video is giving me some frustration; the makeup looks SOOO much better in person. The dimension and depth is just not coming across at.all. on camera, it’s not picking up on how it truly looks in person. If you have any filming tips on how to fix that, it would be much appreciated! I may even re-film it since it’s giving me that much anxiety!

I wore this on a night out and got SO many compliments, so while a cranberry smokey eye can be intimidating, it’s very beautiful without being too over the top!

I really hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE!!xx

Products Used:

Anastasia Auburn Dip Brow Pomade
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie e/s
Makeup Geek Creme Brulee e/s
Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear e/s
Makeup Geek Bitten e/s
MAC It’s Not Easy Having A Good Time Pigment* LE (MAC Blackened Red Reflects Glitter is pretty much an exact dupe, and MAC Heritage Rouge is extremely close as well!)
Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara
MAC Blanc Type e/s
MAC Vanilla Pigment
MAC Extended Play Mascara
NARS Via Veneto Eyeliner
MAC Teddy Eye Kohl

MAC Prolong Wear Concealer
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
MAC Emphasize Powder
MAC Harmony Blush
MAC Careblend Pressed Powder in Medium Deep
Illamasqua Lover Blush
MAC Vanilla Pigment

MAC Angel Lipstick + MAC Japanese Maple (Center of the lips, for added dimension to the lips)

Here is the Makeup Dupe website. Her site is so amazing, check it out!

The best dupe I found is MAC Reflects Glitter in Blackened Red (they are literally identical) You can get it at and they always have free shipping if you’re worried about that.
Also, if you have MAC Heritage Rouge Pigment it’s extremely similar. This pigment is just a tad more red toned and has more sparkle

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Soft Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

Hi everyone! Today, I’m bringing you a soft smokey eye makeup tutorial that’s perfect to wear for a more casual night out.

A smokey eye never goes out of style and I’m using softer neutral colours that suit anyone. It’s great makeup for everyday wear, a party, and you can dress it up or down to suit you.

This makeup is perfect for any daytime even you have going on, when you want to be a bit more glam, but still keeping the look soft.

I really hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE!!xx

Products Used:

Anastasia Auburn Dip Brow Pomade (Brows)
MAC Painterly Paint Pot (Primer)
MUG Peach Smoothie e/s (Transition Shade)
MUG Creme Brulee e/s (Transition Shade)
Makeup Up For Ever #M-738 e/s – (Crease, Outer Corner)
MUG Glamorous e/s (Lid)
MUFE #D-712 + MAC Fix Plus (Lid)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Noir e/s (As Eyeliner)
MAC In Extreme Mascara
MAC Mylar e/s (Brow Highlight)
MAC Swiss Chocolate e/s (Lower Lashline)
MAC Shroom e/s  (Inner Corner Highlight)
MAC Extended Play Mascara (Lower Lash Mascara)
NARS Via Veneto Eyeliner (Tightline)
MAC NC15/NW20 Chromagraphic Pencil (Waterline)
MAC Prolong Wear Concealer
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
MAC Emphasize Powder (Set Concealer)
MAC Sculpt Powder (Contour)
Bobbi Brown Golden Light Bronzer (Bronze)
MAC Peaches Blush
Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfecter (Highlighter)
NARS El Auga Lip Liner
NARS Anita Lipstick

Hope you enjoyed and please don’t forget to Subscribe! x

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Simple Makeup Tutorial | Perfect For Everyone

Hi everyone! This simple makeup tutorial is perfect for everyone (hooded eyes too) since it really enhances your natural beauty and is so easy to accomplish yourself!

Since we are only using face products on the eyes, this look will flatter everyone, while still looking quite natural. Especially if you decide to switch out the bronze eyeliner with a nude eyeliner instead. Of course, you can adjust this look to suit you!
I hope you enjoy!

Products Used:

Anastasia Auburn Dip Brow Pomade (Brows)
MAC Painterly Paint Pot (primer)
Bobbi Brown Golden Light Bronzer (transition)
MAC Gingerly Blush (crease)
Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow Highlight Powder (lid)
MAC Mylar e/s (brow highlight)
Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara
NARS Via Veneto Eyeliner (tightline)
MUG Cocoa Bear e/s (lower lashline)
MAC Nylon e/s (inner corner)
MAC Teddy Eyeliner (waterline)

MAC Prolong Wear Concealer
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
MAC Emphasize Pro Powder
Bobbi Brown Golden Light Bronzer
MAC Gingerly Blush
Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow Highlight Powder

MAC Japanese Maple Lipstick + MAC Creme Cup Lipstick


Would you wear a simple look like this?

Tell me anything else you’d like to see!

Hope you all have a lovely day!

Everyday Makeup (Good For Hooded Eyes)

Hi everyone! I created this everyday makeup (good for hooded eyes) that’s perfect for everyone. It works on every single eye shape because of the blown out placement on the eyes. It’s super easy to create since there’s not too many colors or steps involved.

It’s also a great look for those of you with hooded eyes, we’re really elongating the eyes, and making the eyes appear as though they are larger, which makes it look amazing on hooded lids. I give a ton of tips & tricks in this tutorial as well so I hope you really enjoy it!

We’re using no winged liner or false lashes so it’s very practical for everyday wear!

Also don’t forget to like and subscribe. It really does help me out if you do that!

And also let me know if of anything you’d like to see! I have a list going, and will certainly add to it!

Remember you don’t have to do everything I did. You can always change up the colors to anything that you have in your own collection, you can always adjust a look to suit you!

Products Used:

Anastasia Auburn Dip Brow Pomade (Brows) –…
MAC Painterly Paint Pot –
MUG Creme Brulee e/s –…
MAC Brownscript e/s –…
MAC Amber Lights e/s –…
MAC Mylar e/s –…
MAC 3D In Extreme Extra Black Mascara –…
NARS Via Veneto Eyeliner –…
MUG Cocoa Bear e/s –…
MAC Nylon e/s –…
MAC Chromagraphic NC15/NW20 Eyeliner –…

MAC Prolong Wear Concealer –…
MAC Face & Body Foundation ( ) + Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (mixed) –
MAC Emphasize Pro Powder –
MAC Medium MSF –
MAC Sculpt Powder –
Bobbi Brown Golden Light Bronzer –
NARS Torrid Blush –
Bobbi Brown Beige Shimmer Brick –

MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil + MAC Japanese Maple Lipstick –

Disclaimer: Some links are affiliate link, but I would never recommend a product I wouldn’t purchase myself.

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I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what you think! xx

Eye Makeup Must-Haves

I finally uploaded my first youtube video, so I’ll like it in here with all the products mentioned and a few other products I recommend as well!

It’s all about my eye makeup favorites. Things I would definitely recommend to any beginner who is looking for the best products to start their eye makeup, or just anything you want to add to the collection you already have.

As always, just ask if there’s any video you’d like to specifically see and I’ll add that to my list to do!

Also, don’t forget to subscribe and like it… if you do!

Hopefully I wasn’t too awkward for this video, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it as time goes on! Same with getting used to the whole editing/lighting situation.


MAC Prolong Wear Concealer –
MAC Painterly Paint Pot –
Z Palettes –
MAC Blanc Type e/s –
Makeup Geek Creme Brulee e/s –
MAC Brown Script e/s –
MAC Amber Lights e/s –
NARS Via Veneto Larger Than Life Eyeliner –
MAC Teddy Eye Kohl –
MAC Costa Riche Eye Kohl –
MAC NC15/NW20 Chromographic Eyeliner –
Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara –
MAC In Extreme 3D Extra Black Mascara –
Anastasia Auburn DipBrow Pomade –
Kevyn Aucoin Lash Curler –


Highlight (light matte/shimmer) shades
MAC Shroom e/s –
Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean e/s –

Crease/Transition (light-medium matte) shades
MAC Saddle e/s –
Makeup Geek Frappe e/s –
Makeup Barcelona Beach e/s –

Definition/Depth (medium-dark matte) shades
MAC Handwritten e/s –
Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear e/s –
Makeup Geek Mocha e/s (MAC Ground Brown dupe) –

Lid (shimmer) shades
MAC All That Glitters e/s –
Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan e/s (MAC Expensive Pink dupe) –
Makeup Geek Twilight e/s –

Disclaimer: Some links are affiliate links. I would never recommend anything, I haven’t personally used/purchased myself.

I hope you enjoy! x

I’m Back!

I’m back! I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve updated my blog and I do apologize, but I wanted to give myself some proper time to get settled into working my new job at MAC. Which, by the way, I love! I also wanted to really take in all the tips, tricks, and knowledge from fellow makeup artists and teachers; and really educate myself with all things makeup . I wanted to gain confidence being a professional at makeup artistry, and I feel like I am there. I absolutely love my job, and for the first time I am excited and passionate about my future.

Sadly, I’m suffering from a broken ankle right now and am also on crutches. Unfortunately, I need to take off a few weeks of work because of this injury. I figured while I have the time, I will get back into blogging; working it into my normal routine. I love writing, and really want to start doing it more often, like I was before. Now, I will have a consistent schedule which I am looking forward to.

On top of that, my you tube channel is finally coming together! I created a new account and would be so pleased if you subscribed! I will be updating that regularly as well, and already have my first video ready to upload! I’m taking all suggestions on what you’d like to see, so please do subscribe and welcome all of your questions/comments. I will have my first video up within the next day or two!

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Thank you all so much!

4 Makeup Trends To Try This Spring

First things first, I want to apologize for my posting being very sporadic lately. It’s been a busy few months, but things should be winding down shortly! I will do my best to post weekly.

Second, I got a new job at MAC Cosmetics. To say I’m excited is an understatement. The interview process was pretty intense, but I am SO, so happy I now have the job. Anyways, I’ll go into more detail about this later.

Today, let’s talk Spring trends.

With Spring finally here, the 2014 Spring trends are popping up everywhere. When taking inspiration from fashion shows, the looks can be a bit on the extreme side in terms of daily wear. Instead, I chose a few of my favorite yet wearable trends that you can add into your routine.


Orange Lips.

jessica alba orange lipstick{ Source }

If you hadn’t heard by now, orange lipstick is a huge trend this Spring. Hearing the word orange can totally scare people off, but keep in mind there is at least one shade of orange that will work for you (I swear it). It may just take some experimenting to get it right.

Remember, it doesn’t have to be a straight orange lip to be on trend.

Anything with an orange hue goes – Corals, sheer orange, bright orange, peaches, apricots, nude orange, coral pink, and even red oranges. Wearing any of these shades and not straight up orange will still keep you on trend this season.

Choosing the right orange is important and will add a gorgeous warmth and brightness to the face. The orange lip isn’t going anywhere thing Spring and adds such a fun and glamorous look.

Even though the orange is seen as “harsh” it’s actually very wearable on most skin tones. The trick is finding the right shade for your particular skin tone. I will go into more detail on finding the perfect orange in my next post.

Doe Eyes. 

audrey hepburn makeup

The idea behind this trend is to add brightness to the eyes; which will make our features stand out. Wearing anything soft, light, or nude will add an instant angelic, innocent, yet glam effect to the eyes.

This look is achieved by using a white eyeliner placed in the waterline. This will make the eyes appear larger (rounder) and more awake. If you’re like me and don’t love the white eyeliner look, use a nude eyeliner; which essentially does the exact same thing, but will appear more natural since it’s skin toned.

You can play up this trend even more by using shimmery nudes, champagnes, or even light pinks over the eyelid to help achieve this classic, yet natural looking glow. Even if you don’t use white, these shades will still add a youthful and open-eyed look, which will bring lots of positive attention to your eyes.

Glowing Skin.

jennifer lopez glowing skin

Highlighted skin is a classic Spring look and will never go out of style. It’s just lovely. This trend adds this amazing radiance to the skin, while adding a youthful appearance to the skin. Highlighting is an ultimate pick me-up; making your skin appear brighter, enhancing your beautiful features.

When applying highlighter remember, less is more. Only apply to certain places on the skin – high points of the cheekbones (if you do anything, it must be this!), down the bridge of the nose, tip of the nose, cupids bow, brow bone, inner corners of the eyes, and a light tap on the center of the chin.

This technique creates more dimension and brightness, again, to enhance our features we want to stand out.

There are many options to choose from when picking out a highlighter; creams, liquids, and powders oh my. However, that’s another topic for another day.

A Pop Of Colour On The Eyes.

makeup with a pop of color{ Source }

Any pop of colour added to your routine will put you right on trend this Spring. Try anything bright; such as magenta, green, purple, orange, or even get daring with a little red (this is actually one of my favorites). The possibilities are endless.

If your aren’t totally ready to commit fully to a bright green or blue eye look, try adding just a hint of green, blue, purple, etc. across the lid or along the waterline to give a more subtle pop of color. If all else fails, cover up that pop of color with black or brown eyeliner and you’re back to a neutral look.

And never forget about the oh so sultry cat eye. Play up your typical black winged liner with a fun pop of color instead.


There are many more trends I didn’t mention, but I wanted to list my favorite this season.

Make sure to look out for my next posts, where I will break down these trends and show you how to make them workable for you.

It’s totally fun to experiment and switch up your makeup each season. Doing the same old thing is definitely the easier, and more reliable route, but it’s much more fun to experiment with your look.

At least try it for a day, and it you don’t like it. Well, it’s just makeup and there’s always tomorrow to go back to your same daily look.


What are your favourite beauty trends this Spring?

Which one of these looks are you most willing to try?

MAC Lipstick – Pink Nouveau (My perfect pink)

This post is dedicated to one of my favorite lipsticks; MAC Pink Nouveau Lipstick. I’ve mentioned it before, and probably will again considering it’s a must have in my makeup bag. 

This lipstick is simply stunning. For sure in my top 5 go-to’s.

MAC Pink Nouveau Lipstick

MAC describes this lipstick as a “bright pink”.

To me, this is a cool, mid toned pink that is very wearable. It’s definitely a bold lip colour, but the shade of pink is one you can easily pull off. Not one of those shades that draws a lot of attention (like say Candy Yum-Yum – which I also love). If it’s your first few times experimenting with bolder lipsticks, this is a shade I’d recommend.

MAC Pink Nouveau Lipstick vs Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick

{ For comparison sake; Pink Nouveau swatch on top, Candy Yum-Yum on the bottom – don’t judge the goosebumps, it was cold outside! }

It was love at first application. Pink Nouveau has a satin finish; meaning it’s very pigmented yet keeps the lips conditioned, leaving you with a semi-matte finish. Satin finishes are like the Goldilocks of lipsticks – they’re just right. Not too matte you feel like your lips are crazy dry, and not super moisturizing that you’re reapplying every 30 minutes. The perfect in between.

MAC Lipstick Pink Nouveau

{ The shade on me – As you can tell, it definitely looks different on the lips versus a straight up swatch on bare skin }

Without lip liner, this lipstick lasts a good 4.5 hours. It also leaves a nice stain to the lips once it’s worn off which is nice to still have a little pigment once the colour starts to fade.

It’s no surprise to me that Pink Nouveau is one of MAC’s best selling lipsticks. Almost anyone can pull it off. From the fairest of skin, to darker complexions; I’d say this is one lipstick with a lot of wiggle room in regards to looking good on different people. Even my Mom loves this colour, so if you’re a mature Women (or Man) definitely don’t shy away from this shade.

MAC Pink Nouveau Lipstick swatch

{ Here is a swatch of Pink Nouveau by itself }

However, I do always recommend trying on any lipstick before buying; just in case it’s not your taste.

I’ve been thinking about doing a post about eye makeup to wear with a bold lip, if you all would be interested in that? Let me know.

Are you a bold lip fan?

If so, what’s your favourite shade?

If not, what are your favourite colours to play with? I’m always looking to add to my collection!…even though I probably don’t need to. My collection is ridiculous.

NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Red lips to me, are the ultimate holiday essential.

It’s a classic for a reason. A red lip never goes out of style and looks great on anyone. And this NARS lip pencil is the perfect tool for this seasons red lip. Honestly, I have nothing negative to say about it.

NARS Cruella lip pencil

There are 15 shades available in the velvet matte lip pencil line, and Cruella is described as a matte, cool toned medium-dark scarlet red.

First off, this velvet matte pencil is so easy to apply, has great longevity, and is super flattering on different skin tones. This red color absolutely steals the show the show.

My favorite thing about this pencil, is that it’s not necessary to apply lip liner beforehand. When using a red lipstick, it’s almost a must to use lip liner before applying the colour, but not with this pencil. It’s a dream to apply and just glides right over the lips.

nars cruella matte lip pencil

Secondly, I was very impressed that it’s a matte shade but not nearly as drying as most matte formulas are.

If you do happen to have dehydrated lips, I would suggest applying a light layer of lip balm underneath.

I was able to wear this shade for a good 5 hours without need for touching up, and after that the color started to fade, but I was left with a really nice red stain to the lips.

NARS Cruella lip pencil

Cruella is different from the normal reds I tend to reach for. Being that it’s slightly darker and deeper than other red lipsticks I own.

It was a great new option for those reasons, and the fact that it’s bold, bright, and the perfect addition to this holiday season.

Overall, I highly recommend this product. If you love matte red lips, you must check this out.

Have you tried any of the NARS lip pencils?

What is your favorite red lip color or lipstick?

MAC Rebel Lipstick

Let’s talk a little lipstick shall we?

MAC is definitely my go-to when it comes to finding a lipstick I know I’ll love. The two just go together like peanut butter and jelly.

MAC Rebel lipstick isn’t a new colour by any means, it’s been available for years now.

Mac Rebel Lipstick

The wonderful thing about Rebel is that it isn’t a true plum, nor is it a true red. It sits right in the middle, so you can get that slightly sultry colour, without it looking too vampy.

It also has a fantastic quality in that it doesn’t play favourites to a certain skin tone or hair colour. It honestly looks great on just about everyone. As long as you have the confidence wearing this lipstick, it will look amazing on you. Swear.

Rebel is described as a “midtonal cream plum with a satin finish”. I love Mac’s satin lipstick finishes; they leave a slightly “glossy” look when applied to the lips.

mac rebel lipstick

There are a few things I adore about this lipstick: For one, it’s long wearing – meaning it will last hours on the lips, no touchups necessary. However, because of this, it’s very drying. You will want to make sure your lips are very moisturized before applying this shade.

This beautiful colour also happens to be very creamy and buildable. Being that it’s highly pigmented, your fingers are the perfect tool if you want to have a more sheer application for a lighter plum look. You also have the option of making it more dramatic of a look when you apply it straight from the tube.

When rocking a plum like this, makeup can really depend on what you’re in the mood for and the time of day. During the day, I’d say it’s always a safe option to keep the eyes on the neutral side (stay away from the shimmer), but at night, you’re pretty much free to play around how you please.

Like I said earlier though, confidence is a must when you are wearing a bold lip. As long as you are rocking that, you will look great in whatever you choose to wear.

*If you don’t want to pay the full price for Rebel, Wet N Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum Fairy is a pretty close dupe.

What’s your favourite Fall lipstick? Do you have a go to lip colour?