Sunday, January 22, 2012

FAQ: Eyeliner...

Hey Everyone!!

So I have been getting a lot of questions on eyeliner; how it is applied, type of liner and I thought I'd share some tips and tricks of how I apply eyeliner. 

There are many different types of liner such as pencil, kohl, gel, marker and liquid liners. They have many different applicators as well, including brushes, felt tip and brush tips. 

Gel Liner                                 Brush Tip Liner

Kohl Pencil Eyeliner

 Felt Tip Marker Eyeliner

I personally like to use all these different types of liners, depending on the look I want to create. I use liquid liners when I want a strong, definitive "cat eye" look and use pencils when I want a softer, day look. I always use kohl pencils or gel liners on my waterline.

My personal favorite liner right now is L'Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense felt tip liquid eyeliner...I have been using it for about 4-5 months now and really enjoy using it. I would prefer something with a slimmer tip to get even more precise lines but until I find something else, for now, it works well.

To understand what look will look best on yourself, you have to understand what type of eye shape you have. (I probably cover this in a another post). I have almond shaped eyes and the best liner for me is winged/cat eye liner. This helps to elongate the eye and also give it a lifted look. 

Personally, I believe that there are two types of winged liner; one where you follow the natural shape and line of your lid/lash line. The other,  where you follow the shape of your lower lash line...this sounds a bit confusing right now, but I will explain as I go along with the pictures below as I try to explain step-by-step on how to apply eyeliner.

First Step:

The first step in applying liner is to either look down into a hand held mirror, or look straight into the mirror on your wall and tilt your head back as if you were to apply mascara. This gives you more eyelid space to work with and helps you to see exactly where you would like to place the liner. 

Second Step:

Create a small line starting in the middle of your lid moving outward toward the outer corner of the eye (towards the ear).

Third Step:

Then, you want to move slowly along the lash line until you reach the outer most corner of the eye, where the lashes stop growing. Once you have completed that line, you then want to create a very small wing/point to the end of the liner.

Fourth Step:
Now you want to complete the liner by lining the inner most corner of the eye (towards your nose). This step is a bit tricky as you may feel as though you may poke yourself in the eye with the wand...which has actually happened to me before and its not pretty!! just take your time and create small strokes. The trick is to create very small lines and connect them as you go along, as opposed to creating one long line...this is when you tend to get uneven and shaky.

You should now be complete in creating your slightly winged liner. This is something I would wear on a daily basis as it isn't too dramatic for me.


Now to create a more dramatic "cat eye" shape.....

First Step:

Repeat the "First Step and Second Step" above.

 Second Step:

Create a small line starting from the end of your lash line towards the end of your brow. Follow the natural shape of your lower lash line as a guide. You can also use a piece of tape to help you create the perfect angle and shape.

Third Step:

Then you want to create a line connecting the line from the lid/lash line to the top of the line in the outer most corner, creating a triangle shape.

 Fourth Step:

Fill in the triangle shape and complete the "Fourth Step" above. 

This is the difference between the two liner styles. You can see that the liner of the left is definitely less dramatic than that on the right. The liner on the right also creates a lifted look to the eye as opposed to the liner on the left.

Creating that perfect liner/wing takes practice and patience, so if you don't get it right the first time, don't give up, you will eventually be able to perfect it!

I hope that these steps help some of you!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Happy New Year 2012!!!

Hi Everyone!


I know this post is super late but I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful year ahead. I honestly can't believe the year has already come to an end and the new year has already begun...

For most, this is the time where you try to make plans for the next few months to pursue a dream or finally get things accomplished, or for some it just simply means a new beginning and a fresh start. This can be a very overwhelming time for some, but you just have to remember to take things one step at a time. Everything happens with time and great things comes to those who wait - as they say.... After the Christmas rush, this is definitely the perfect time to take some time to relax and get rejuvenated  for the year ahead.

I hardly ever make New Years resolutions, but this year seems to be different....there are so many things that I would like to personally accomplish, big and small, alongside family goals. I just cant wait to see what this year has in store for us....*fingers crossed* :p

I just hope that this year brings all of you happiness, peace, love, prosperity and all that you desire. 

Believe in yourself and you can make anything happen!

Have a great year!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Update!! :)

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick update...I went to New York City last week!!  I was so excited...It's been about six or seven years since I was there last and I absolutely loved it! This time, I planned to do a lot more sight seeing, but I spend the majority of my time spent with family, which was absolutely amazing!!

I hoped to visit the Inglot and OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) stores, but I just ran out of time. I wanted to do a haul and review of the products I would have purchased upon my return, but I didn't pick up anything. There are so many products that are unavailable here in Canada, so the next time I go to NYC (hopefully soon), I will be doing a lot of exploring to see what goodies I can get my hands on!

Also...I do apologize, I know I have been dragging out this contest for a couple months now. I have been so busy with other things and I just haven't had the time to sit down and get everything organized. But I have ordered a few things for prizes and will have the contest up and running in a couple weeks.

Thank you so much for being so patient...just bare with me just a little bit longer and I promise I will have everything ready soon!

Talk to you all soon!! :) xox

Take care,


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

1 Year Anniversary + Contest!!

Hello all my lovely Divine Beauties!!

I am so super excited to say that July 1, 2011 has officially marked my 1 year anniversary of doing makeup professionally!!

It has really been an amazing adventure thus far! I've really learned a lot and of course, there is much more to learn...I cant wait to see what the future has to offer :)

For those of you who leave me such sweet comments and messages, I really appreciate it, thank you!! and for everyone who is part of my Blog, FB "Fan" Page, FB Group, Twitter, Website etc.... I want to thank each and every one of you for all the support and means more to me than you know!! =D

In celebration, I will be holding my first contest as promised!!!
I will post the contest details soon on my FB Group, and here on my blog. I hope you all like what I have in store!!

I just wanted to really show my appreciation and gratitude to all of you by saying (again...hehe),

Thank you SO very much!! xoxo

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

How to Depot NYX Jumbo Pencils...

Hey Everyone!!

So I got this great little tip while browsing through Youtube one night and just thought I had to do depot my NYX Jumbo Pencils!

It really makes it much easier to use and there is no sharpening! Depotting also saves the product that you would normally loose when sharpening the pencils.

So here are a few steps to show you how to depot these jumbo pencils!

What you will need:
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil - in any colour you desire
  • Container with cover/lid
  • Scissors/Pliers/Tweezers - something to hold the jumbo pencil
  • Blow dryer
  • Labels - optional

Make sure you have the containers that you'd like to transfer the product to. I used these plastic stackable containers I purchased at Wal-Mart (which also comes with a carrying case for convenience). But you can use individual or glass containers, which ever you prefer.

I also created labels for my containers, just so I can remember the name of the colour so I can buy it again in the future. (sorry for the horrible nails! lol)

 Then you want to take your pencils and remove the end cap to expose the product, you can do this using the scissors or pliers to twist and pull it off. Also remove the clear cover.

Now place the container in a cup or something a little bigger to hold it in place. Hold the pencil with your scissors and hold it over the container while directing the heat of your blow dryer on to the pencil. (the pencil will get too hot for you to hold with your fingers) Also, don't hold the heat too long over your container as the high heat could melt or deform your plastic container.

Place the heat directly on the pencil for about a minute or two, just to warm it up. It will start to melt and fall into the container. Make sure to place the heat on the sides of the pencil as well, this will allow the product to flow right through the pencils shell.

After, you will see that there is no more product in the pencils shell!

If you have more, then go ahead and repeat the process for the rest of your pencils! :)

Here are the rest of mine....

After, let them set and cool down. Then once cooled you can stack them up and place it in your carrying case!

And now your done! :)

Note: Using heat has not changed the consistency or colour of the product, its still creamy and works great!

*Do not attempt this with NYX eye or lip pencils as the consistency of these pencils do not allow for it to removed using this method. *

NYX Jumbo Pencil Review!!

Hey Everyone!

So this review is long overdue!! I've been talking about NYX jumbo pencils for a while now and now your finally going to find out why I love them soo much! :)

So, I purchased my pencils on eBay where I purchased 10 pencils for about $30, which is about $3/pencil. It was a bit difficult trying to find a pharmacy/outlet store here in the GTA that sell them. But after some research and a helpful tip from a friend, I finally did find a store! The store is in the Breamlea City Centre in Brampton, its on the upper level of the mall and its called Designer Cosmetics. The pencils retail for about $3.99 there. They also sell other NYX products like the single shadows, glitter liners, lipsticks etc. but I will do a review on those products later! :)

This is what the Jumbo Pencils look like, and this colour in particular 'MILK' is my favourite!

They come in a variety of colours and all work wonderfully...

I use these pencils more as a base rather than a cream eyeshadow because, if its not set with a shadow or powder they tend to it definitely makes a great base!

Its a very creamy product therefore it glides on very smoothly on the skin/lids.
Also, a little goes a long way, so don't apply too much as this can cause creasing as well.

It definitely holds the colours in place and makes them really pop!
I love to used this as a base under my 120 Palette shadows, it makes the colours that much more gorgeous! :)

I also use these pencils to create other designs on my face, depending on the look I want to create, such as Halloween or more avante garde looks.

The NYX White Eyeshadow Base is similar to 'Milk' but its a bit more sticky which allows the shadows to adhere to the base and lid a little more than the pencil, and theres not sharpening!

As for maintaining and sharpening these Jumbo Pencils, it can definitely be a task and a bit of a pain! But there are definitely sharpeners that can sharpen these pencils. I actually have the NYX dual sharpener. It works well, but the pencil still tends to get stuck or break off into the sharpener, which is why I like to depot my pencils!
(read my next post to learn how to depot these pencils)

These pencils are definitely a great alternative to those more pricey eyeshadow bases such as Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC Paint Pots. I personally like how well they allow you to blend the colours without loosing its pigmentation or brightness.

Hope this has helped some of you!

Thanks for reading! :)

*Here are a few pics on how I have used these Pencils*

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

10 Color Camouflage and Concealer Palette Review...

 Hey Everyone!!

So here is my review for the 10 Colour Camouflage and Concealer Palette!
Below is a picture of what the product looks like and the colours that are available with this particular palette.

The colours definitely vary from very pale white with pink undertones to dark chocolate with yellow undertones, which makes this palette perfect when creating different looks or using it with clients with varying skin tones.

Here is a picture of some colours I swatched (sorry, it isn't the best quality picture!)
The first colours is the second colour in the top row.
The second colour is the fourth colour in the top row.
The third colour is the third colour in the bottom row,
and the last colour is the last colour in the bottom row.


The consistency is very creamy and blends really well. It can be applied with a brush or with your fingers. I like to take some of the product out of the palette with my spatula tool and place it on the back of my hand. Then I take a synthetic concealer brush and apply it where needed. I then take my fingers and blend it in, just to warm up the product and create a smooth finish. I always use a translucent loose powder to set this product, therefore the colour is not distorted and it doesn't look too cakey.


This palette is also great for highlighting and contouring. I personally use the second colour in the swatch to conceal my dark circles, and highlight. I also use the last colour in the swatch to contour. All you need is a little bit, so don't over apply this product as it can then turn into a very cakey look, which isn't very attractive...

With the variety of shades that this palette provides, you can definitely create your own custom shade by mixing and experimenting with the colours.

I have also used the lighter shades of this palette to create a lot of my Halloween looks, such as a vampire/goth. There are endless possibilities for this palette, you just have to use your imagination!

Where you can purchase this product:

I personally bought my palette on eBay, the prices vary for every seller, but seems to stay within the $10-$18 US including shipping range. The shipping time is about 3-4 weeks to Canada as it is coming from Hong Kong. This palette can also be found on other beauty/cosmetic sites, but I think it is the exact same thing.

The price for the product on the Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics website is about $16.95 US plus shipping. Sometimes they have specials on where the price can be lower, so you can check in periodically to see what they have available and in stock.

I hope this was helpful to some of you!

Thank you again for reading and Enjoy! :)

*Here are some pictures of how I used this palette*