My name's Nicole - a Toronto-based makeup addict. Welcome to my corner of the web where I share my love & experiences with all kinds of beauty, makeup & skincare products. Head on over to my About Page to learn more about me.



Saturday, October 29, 2016

Beauty Hacks To Highlight Your Best Features | Guest Post

A path to beauty is filled with trials and errors, but it’s important to experiment and try out different things in order to see what works. From home remedies to little adjustments in the way you maintain your beauty routine, there is a wide field of beauty hacks you can give a chance to. Here are a few of them you can test in order to bring the maximum of your beauty.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Event | #TheNyxShow2016

"Join us for an evening of food, drink, entertainment
and a night that will get you FREAKED!"

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Skincare Saviours

A few weeks ago, my skin had the worst tantrum of life. The skincare routine that I've been using for over a year just stopped working for me all of a sudden. I was breaking out like crazy and I didn't know what to do. I'm saying even my Mario Badescu Drying Lotion wasn't helping me. For months, I've been saying how I was going to venture into some new skincare and with this happening, I was forced to make that a priority and find a fix asap!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

My Go-To Fall Lipsticks

Fall is the best season to bring out your darkest lipsticks, and that is exactly what I do. During any other season, I can't see myself wearing a vampy lip without it looking strange and wrong for the season. But Fall is finally upon us and I'm ready to share my favourite darker lip shades, that I've been waiting all year to wear, with everybody. Oh, and if you're wondering what that shimmery thing is in the bottom left corner of the photo is... It's a lil pumpkin that my little one made! 

Covergirl Lipstick in Euphoria / I randomly picked this up without hearing anything about this shade or the lipstick collection, but fell in love. It's an amazing berry shade that is really creamy and smooth. I was really impressed with the formula as it's a drugstore/affordable lipstick. When swatched beside MAC Rebel, they're almost exactly alike. I would say that Euphoria is a little more on the red side. So if you're on a budget and lusting over Rebel, definitely pick this one up.

MAC Lipstick in Rebel / If you're not on a budget though, go ahead and pick up this cult favourite. It really is a beautiful shade and I totally get why so many people love it. The finish is a satin which I like because it's not drying on the lips. That is especially great since the weather is changing and with the colder temperature, my lips gets drier/chappy. Since it's not a matte formula, it doesn't make my lips look like crap. 

MAC Lipstick in Stone / This may be a weird shade for some but to me, it's beautiful. It's a grey-toned brown with a matte finish. Like I mentioned, I tend to get drier lips so I have to moisturize really well when I use this. But regardless, I stand by what I said that it really is a beautiful shade. I've seen it worn on a bunch of different skin tones and it looks great on them all. If you don't own this one yet, you have to swatch it the next time you're at MAC. 

Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Vampira / This shade is a really vampy, dark red. Just like every other shade I've mentioned, it is gorgeous! I actually wore this yesterday for the first time this season and I fell in love with it all over again. I always say how my favourite liquid lipstick brand is Kat Von D because they doesn't dry my lips out at all, so this lipstick is a double win for me. 

Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Lolita / Seriously, who doesn't love Lolita?! It's another cult favourite and it's a shade that looks amazing on everybody. This shade isn't so dark, but I think it looks really pretty in the Fall season. It's a mauve/rose shade, which I am always drawn to, and again, it's a Kat Von D liquid lipstick.. So it's another winner for me! 

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in LAX / LAX is very similar to Vampira but it's a tad darker. They could definitely be dupes. I think this lipstick looks especially good on gloomier days. One of the best things about this, and the next two lipsticks, is the price point. They're very affordable, but they're still amazing quality products. 

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips in TooLips / Just like Stone, this is a satin formula, which is great for Fall. In the swatch photo, compared to Stone, they look completely different. But in person, they look more similar. Stone is more grey toned, while TooLips is more on the plum side. It looks gorgeous on the lips and the formula of these satin lipsticks are really nice. 

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Tulle / Last but not least, another mauve-y shade. This one is more on the darker side though, which I think makes it more Fall appropriate. I like to wear mauve shades all year 'round because I think it's the best shade to suit my skin tone. This is the perfect mauve option for the season to me. 

L-R: (in order as mentioned)
Do we have the same picks? Leave your go-to Fall lipstick in the comments! 

No comments

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Top Picks | Beauty Brands

Makeup has been something I've been interested in for a few years now. Though I consider myself to have more than decent amount of beauty products in my stash from various brands, I feel like there is still so many other brands I have yet to try. From the bunch of companies I have sampled from though, I've come to figure out which ones I really vibe with and which ones I could care less about. Today, I want to share my favourite beauty brands that have never left me disappointed based on the products I own from them.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Makeup Look: Date Night Glam ft. Tricky Hair Lashes

Who doesn't like going out on dates? Whether it's with your significant other or with a few friends, dates are fun. Personally, I began cherishing nights out a lot more after having a child. It's not too often that my boyfriend and I get to go out for dates, though I'm not complaining. We really love spending time as a little family. But when we do have the chance to go out, just the two of us, I always take my sweet ass time to get ready and do my makeup.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A to Z of Me | Get To Know Me

Lately, I've been doing so many Autumn type posts. As much as I enjoy doing them, I felt like doing something different for today's post. This is a post I've seen tons of other bloggers do and I enjoy reading them. I always thought that this was a fun post for getting to know the person behind the blog a little better. I've done a few posts more about me, which people seemed to enjoy, so I thought this would be a good one to do. And I was also curious if I could even come up with something for each letter. Well, here's my chance (and yours) to find out!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fall 2016 Beauty Trends

I mentioned in a previous post (here) that I love beauty trends, Fall's in particular. With each year, these trends change. Some, however, are still something that's done every year - yup, you know I'm talking about the dark, berry lips. I did some research on what's hot for the season. Low and behold, there are some really good ones this year. Let's get into them, shall we?

Saturday, October 15, 2016

ASOS A/W16 Wishlist | Part I

Before submerging myself into the beauty/fashion blogging world, I hadn't heard much about Asos. Now, almost everyday I see it mentioned on a few blogs that I follow. Of course that led me to go check out what they carried. And holy crap, they have a load of lovely pieces. A lot of times I find myself browsing through the site and adding a few articles of clothing into my basket. I've never actually purchased anything from the site yet, but I feel like I will be very soon. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

My Love/Hate Relationship With Autumn

Oh look, another Autumn post. Ah, Autumn is one of the seasons I love to hate....and also hate to love. If I had to rank the four seasons, I think Fall would come in second to best (obviously with Summer coming in first). There's so much things to love about the season. Then again there are a few things I don't like so much about it. Enough rambling though, here are those 'things':

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Lush Haul

There's officially a local Lush store near me! And by 'local' I mean a 5 minute walk from my house. Can't tell if that's a good thing or a bad thing (for my pocket) yet. I have a small confession though.. It was my first time actually going in longer than 5 minutes and buying something. The only other time I went into a Lush was a few years ago and I went in knowing absolutely nothing. I ended up buying the Bubblegum Lip Scrub, which was actually a good buy. But anyways, fast forward a few years later, it was extremely different this time around.

Monday, October 10, 2016

October Goals & September Update

Ah, hello October! It's Halloween season with Christmas slowly creeping around the corner. But before we go too far into the future, let's talk about September and how much of a successful (or unsuccessful) month for me. Last month, I mentioned how it was going to be a productive time for me but if you read my last post, you would know it was anything but that because of me binge watching the crap out of a show on Netflix.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

A Few Bits I've Been Loving

I don't regularly do the whole 'monthly favourites' thing but I sometimes find it nice sharing some of the things I've been obsessing over as of late. I absolutely love reading people's non-beauty favourites  as much as I enjoy reading their beauty favourites. So here's a little curation of goodies that I've really been fond of: 

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Hourglass Veil Mineral Vs. NYX Angel Veil

If you're a regular reader of mine, then you're probably sick and tired of hearing about my holy grail primer aka the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Well, today my favourite primer is sharing the spotlight with a product that everyone claims to be a dupe for, the NYX Angel Veil Primer. A lot of people have told me that these were basically the same thing, so I of course got curious and decided to put them against each other for myself.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Keys To Long Lasting Makeup

I have never met someone who said that they'd prefer short lasting makeup. Really, why would anyone ever say that? Everyone strives for their makeup to last all day, especially if their look is absolutely flawless that day. Thankfully, there are a couple of ways to keep your work of art on your face longer than you think.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Makeup Look: Berry Eyes & Pink Lips

As of late, every time I go on bloglovin' to check out all the new posts, at least one blogger is talking about something 'berry'. Whether it's berry lipsticks, berry eyeshadow, berry blush, etc. I guess that's natural whenever Autumn rolls around. I have to admit, berry is the colour I think about when I hear the word 'Fall' or 'Autumn'. Well, orange is when I'm talking to someone who's not into makeup. But  definitely berry when it does come to a makeup junkie. Enough rambling though, here's another 'berry' blog post for ya!

Sunday, October 02, 2016

The Beauty Rundown | September 2016

I picked this up after seeing it on another beauty blog. I remember the swatch being really pretty and I was really starting liking glosses at the time, so I was determined to get my hands on this the next time I went into NYX. I'm so glad I did. The shade I snagged was Chocolate Crepe, and what a beautiful shade it is. The colour payoff of this is amazing! It also doesn't feel heavy or too sticky on the lips. NYX definitely did a good job with the formula. It gives the perfect glossy look to your lips. I'm for sure going to be picking up a few more shades.

On the same visit to NYX as mentioned above, I also went ahead and purchased this Ombre Lip Duo from them. It was mentioned on Snapchat by one of my favourite YouTube beauty gurus. The shade looked absolutely beautiful on her, so of course I had to get it. To be honest, I think this particular shade doesn't suit me as well as it did her but the formula, wow. The product itself is very creamy and easy to blend, so achieving an ombre lip with this is made extremely easy. To make this work for me, I like to pair it up with a light gloss and it makes the worlds difference. If I find a better shade option, it will be going home with me! (I actually have my eye on Rags & Riches)

I mentioned this foundation in my 'Minimal Makeup Day' post. I've used this a lot, especially on days where the weather was unbearably hot but I still wanted to put something on my face. The coverage is light to medium, but it is buildable. The finish to this is very natural, like you have a healthy glow. The foundation stays put on my face for my whole wear without budging and does not look cakey at all. This is definitely going to be my go-to for future summer months!

Read last month's beauty rundown here.

This month I'll be trying out and reviewing these products:
  • Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation | Sephora, $56
  • L'oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation | Drugstore, $13
  • Pur~lisse Blue Lotus Essential Daily Moisturizer* | Beauty Box 5, $55

No comments

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Inside My Z-Palette | Makeup Geek Collection

Makeup Geek shadows are the first individual pan shadows I've ever purchased. I went through a phase where I spent a bunch of money on just MUG products in a span of a few weeks. Definitely no regrets but I accumulated so many shadows from them and didn't have anywhere to store them, so I decided to buy myself a z-palette. The palette is currently pretty much filled and finished, so I decided to share the contents of it with my readers.
© The Glam Surge • Theme by Maira G.