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Make-Up By One Direction


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Named the biggest boy band of our time, has 3 successful chart-topping albums, recipients of countless awards such as many Billboard Music Awards, Brit Awards (including the Global Success award), several MTV awards and has won every award ever nominated for on the Teen Choice Awards, creators of their own fragrance: Our Moment and That Moment and stars of their own film: This Is Us, One Direction is spoiling their fans yet again with their own brand of  make-up called The Looks Collection. 

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The Looks Collection comprises of three tins, each inspired by One Direction’s internationally successful albums: Up All Night, Take Me Home, and their latest… Midnight Memories. Like their first album, the Up All Night make-up tin can easily be described as playful and fun, the Take Me Home tin will give you a simple yet gorgeous ‘Girl Next Door’ kind of look, and the Midnight Memories make-up tin can give you a rock n’ roll look… just as their newest album sounds.

The Up All Night collection tin cleverly has every product named after one of the hit songs on the platinum album and houses all the beauty essentials nicely and conveniently and contains:

“4+1” Eye Shadow Palette: This palette has four powder shadows and one creamy glitter shadow. The palette consists of mostly blues but also has two neutral colors to help balance out. In my opinion, the powder shadows are of lovely quality, however the cream/glitter shadow I find is a little chunky and uneven.. making it difficult to work with, although still a really nice color.

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“Little Black Dress” Mascara: This is the only product in the tin that has a name of one of the boys’ songs NOT in the Up All Night album (this is because I think this mascara is featured in every make-up tin). In my opinion this mascara is average, it does its job well but it’s not something I wouldn’t be able to live without. I felt I had to apply a couple of coats before I was satisfied with my eyelashes.

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“Na Na Na” Nail Polish: This nail polish is a beautiful aqua-teal color (the photo doesn’t do the exact color justice) and although appears quite opaque, it’s actually quite sheer and would probably require 3 or four coats. (The only reason I didn’t put any on my nails is because I just painted mine the day before…oops)!

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“Taken” Lip Gloss: This lip gloss is actually a gorgeous color, it doesn’t appear as bright and bold as you think it would be just by looking at the lip gloss container, but its quite sheer, sparkly and very pretty!

“I Should Have Kissed You” Lipstick: … What an appropriate name for a lipstick! Very clever. Unlike the lip gloss, this lip stick is extremely bold and matte. Because the lipstick is so matte, I would advice moisturizing your lips very well beforehand to prevent your lips from drying out while wearing this bubblegum/lilac pink!

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“Stand Up” Eyeshadow Crayon:  This is probably my favorite product in this tin. It’s a dark blue shadow stick and I was very surprised with how well it worked and how vibrant and pretty it was on the skin. The fact that it was so easy to put on was a bonus!

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Bonus Five-Piece Stencil Set: To be honest I have no idea what these would be for, they could be body stencils or just random stencils. They could be used on paper or even to decorate and personalize your tin (that’s probably what I’m going to do with them). Anyway, it is quite random but a fun add-on to the collection.

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“The Looks Collection” released in the United States on August 11th at Macy’s… International dates TBA.

Overall, I thought that the quality of the tin was right up there with the other drug-store brands. To be honest I would have preferred the “Take Me Home” Tin because the colors are very neutral and gold/brown based which I prefer to wear on my eyelids… but I do think the colors in this tin are extremely fun and easy to work with. The great thing about these tins is that you can try so many different combinations and looks, which is essential in any ‘make-up kit’. I think every Directioner will love these tins as an add-on to their collection, and the quality of the make-up is very nice. I most definitely recommend them.

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To learn more about the Looks Collection and about the international release dates, please visit the Make Up By One Direction Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection

Thanks for reading!

Charmaine xx

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Beach Day Essentials: Part Two

Hello everyone! This is the second and final part to my beach day essential series. In my last post (part one) I focused solely on fashion pieces… In this post I will be focusing on beauty and skincare. Similar to my last post, I will have links below to where you can find the items in case you were interested in where to find them. Hereeeeee we go!

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1. Aveeno Sunscreen Lotion – Obviously sunscreen is a MUST (gotta protect that beautiful skin), but get a moisturizing sunscreen so that your skin is more hydrated… and smoother of course!

2. BadGal Waterproof Mascara – I am being 110% honest when I say that I hate waterproof mascara…. UNLESS I am going swimming! Lets be honest here… raccoon eyes are so not cute.

3. Sea Salt Spray – It’s really easy to get sexy beach waves with this spray. I actually own this and it works really well when you scrunch your hair when it’s a bit damp. It separates strands of hair from each other and allows it to stay in place. Hellllllllo beach waves!

4. Anastasia Brow Wiz – I have heard people RAVING about this product, and apparently it’s the best eyebrow pen out there right now. I wouldn’t necessarily call this a “must-have” for the beach… but eyebrows frame your entire face so it’s a must-have in general.

5. Complexion Water – Okay yes this sounds weird, but it’s a hydrating mist for your face. There are two different types you can buy from Fig and Yarrow, both in which hydrate your face, smooth out lines, and overall improve your complexion and the tone of your face! Gotta keep that skin hydrated… especially while laying out in the sun!

6. Nivea: A Kiss Of Protection – Basically any lip product with SPF is great for a day in the sun. I just chose this lip balm because nobody really wears lipstick to the beach do they? Also it’s really cheap! Bonus!

7. Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara – Although it says mascara… this product was actually chosen for the eyebrows! After filling them in or whatever you do to your eyebrows, set the hair in place with this. Great to wear on the beach especially because of all the wind you’ll encounter.. It’s subtle and it allows your hairs not to go all wonky.

8. Rimmel BB Cream – I LOVE BB cream!! It’s better for your face than foundation and it goes on really easily. This product actually has SPF 25 in it, so you don’t have to apply sunscreen over it (which is a disgusting feeling, trust me) and comes in three different shades (I’m a cross between medium and light). If one of these three don’t come in your shade, browse around, there are plenty of BB creams with SPF!

 

And Although this isn’t necessarily a ‘beauty’ product it’s common sense to bring this to the beach on a hot day and I… as well as your mother, would recommend bringing a bottle of water!! No questions asked.

All the items shown can be found at the links below:

Thanks for reading, and hope this helped you in one way or another (I hope this song gets stuck in your head…HA!)

Thanks for tuning in,

Charmaine x

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The Perfect Pamper Evening

Hello Hello!

So this evening I have decided to do a little pampering. I’ve had quite a long day today and I am exhausted, but after pampering myself I feel ten times better! I try to do a pamper evening at least once a week, and it usually lands on a Friday or on a Sunday. Now usually I’m okay with just doing a face mask, but today I felt extra pamper-y. If you want to start doing pamper evenings, or you do, and want to learn some tips, tricks, or new things to do on your pamper evening… then please read on 🙂

1. Nails! Nails! Nails!

So the first thing I did was take off my sad, chipping nail polish. Nobody likes chipped nail polish, it looks gross, unprofessional, sloppy and it just irritates me to look at.. especially on my own nails! So I try to repaint them every week once they start chipping and my nails have gotten a little too long. Doing nails is common sense really, I’m sure everyone knows to remove the nail polish, cut/file the nails, wash hands, and put on the new nail polish. But one thing I always do is use a nail buffer block .  A nail buffer block is something you use on the surface of the nail. There are four sides to the block used for different purposes (i.e. one evens out the nail, one is for buffing etc.) and normally you start  buffing each nail on the one side labeled: 1 and work your way up to 4. When you’re done buffing your nails they should be smoothy smooth and it should be very easy to put on nail polish (no bumps or creases!).

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Nail Polish Remover: Sally Hansen Moisturizing – Nail Polish: Essie Tart Deco – Top Coat: Essie All-In-One – Buffer Block: Lawtons Drug Store

I don't understand why the camera has to completely change the color of things. But this is not a pale orange it is a bright coral-y orange!

I don’t understand why the camera has to completely change the color of things. But this is not a pale orange it is a bright coral-y orange!

This is what the color really looks like!

This is what the color really looks like!

 

2. Clean Yourself Up!

The next thing I did was hop in the shower quickly for a quick scrub using Dove’s Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash in Coconut Milk with Jasmine Petals (I love it), but I didn’t wash my hair (you’ll see why later). Now normally I would go for a bath on a pamper evening but today for some reason I wasn’t feeling it tonight.  When I do take baths I loooove  lighting some candles, reading a book or putting on calm music, drinking a beverage (whatever beverage you may choose, wine, water, sangria (yum!), and soaking up the bubbles. My favorite bath products from LUSH are the Rose Bubble Bar (makes your skin sooo smooth and it smells amazing!), Dragon’s Egg  (seriously one of my favorite scents, and its glittery and shimmery (a bit messy) and just makes baths so much more fun and exciting!), Bunch Of Carrots (Seriously my favorite vegetable! These bubbles are soo easy to use (no crumbling), just run it under water and save the rest for later!… Oh and they smell WAYY better than actual carrots.), and my ABSOLUTE favorite Brightside  (I can’t even explain this wonderful scent to you except that this bubble bar smells like citrus and all things fresh… it makes the bath look so bright and happy and it just lightens your mood and makes you feel so much better out of the tub!) Okay I will admit after writing this I regret not having a bath, oh and that I’m drooling just imagining how good those products smell! (how embarrassing.) The next step is crucial, if you guessed it then you get… 1o bonus points… MOISTURIZING! I can not stress to you enough how important it is to moisturize as frequently as possible! (Trust me your skin will thank you one day). Whether you’re coming out of the bath, or shower always always always moisturize your body! The product I used to moisturize was a Victoria’s Secret product and I can honestly say that all their lotions work very well, they are very hydrating and you will smell like a dream after you use them so I definitely recommend them. (The scent below is my FAVORITE for sure!)

 

3. Best Face Forward

Okay so for some reason I’m not very smart and I forgot to take my face scrub into the shower so I just did it after I got out of the shower and moisturized and put on clothes. The scrub I used is one that I have never used before, it was recommended to me by my good friend Alex who works at Sephora. On the day I went in to see her, we were standing by the face scrubs and face masks and I was just being typically me, opening things, looking at things, and smelling things all while attempting to remain engaged in a conversation, when I opened a product called Ole Henrikson Walnut Complexion Scrub , it was the smell that got my attention. It smells like sweet delicious heavenly walnuts if sweet walnuts are even a thing, but anyways intrigued by the smell I had to ask for a sample.  So after just trying it now, I can say with my honest opinion that it works fantastic! I’m a big sucker for face scrubs, I love trying them and I love the way they make my face feel, but this product by far had the best results. Immediately after using this scrub my skin instantly felt so soft, smooth and exfoliated. The best part was that my face didn’t feel dry and it didn’t feel like it needed moisturizer right that second. In this scrub there are several exfoliating beads so only using a little bit of it can go a long way. 

This is what the sample bag looked like.

This is what the sample bag looked like.

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4. Even Better Face Forward!

After cleansing and exfoliating my face I then steam it, with a hot face cloth to open up my pores and then… Yay! My favorite part: Face masks! I love face masks, after using them my face feels so fresh and relieved from oils and dirt from pores, and it feels great. I’ve been trying a few face masks out lately to hopefully soon discover my true love. Lately I have been testing AND loving GlamGlow. This mask is crazy good… the mud comes from Hollywood California, and is known for it’s amazing results on several A-List celebrities. They have a couple different kinds of GlamGlow face mask products depending on what kind of results you’re looking to see. The kind I have been using is the Supermud Clearing Treatment (the one in the white container). The best part of these face masks besides their great results and how great the skin feels after using them is that you can actually see it working right before your eyes. As the mask starts drying (it dries a lighter color than originally applied) you will start to see darker dots emerging…these darker dots are the oil, dirt and other gunk that were hidden deep down in the pores and are now being surfaced. (It is seriously disgusting… but really awesome). I do face masks every week and I am still surprised at how much stuff gets clogged into pores in just that amount of time (gross!).

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It starts drying...... (please pardon my face)

It starts drying…… (please pardon my face)

Notice the dots that were once oil and dirt clogged into my pores but are now gone... muahaha

Notice the dots that were once oil and dirt clogged into my pores but are now gone… muahaha

And it's dry!

And it’s dry! (For some reason the mask on my one eyebrow wouldn’t dry hahaha)

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Seriously I actually attempted to make better facial expressions but we all know how difficult it truly is to move your face with a face mask on! After rinsing off the face mask I put on some moisturizer. The moisturizer I’m using I’ve been using for a while, it does it’s job well and it prevents future break-outs which I love!

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5. Long hur don’t cur

This is the last and final step to my pamper evening extravaganza: Hair Mask! Okay honestly, I have never done a hair mask before and would have never known how to do it and why to do it if I didn’t observe my best friend Alyssa do a hair mask a couple weeks ago. She used coconut oil on her hair which I’ve heard people raving about, although it is quite messy, I figured I would do some research on it and give it a go. After research, I’ve learned that coconut oil promotes hair growth, attempts to repair split ends, creates a healthy-looking shine, and makes hair stronger and healthier (all factors that are necessary when I’m looking for something to put in my hair). So of course, all-in-all the best product to put in your hair, I figured I would go out and buy a tub of coconut oil (plus I wanted to try it for all it’s other uses!). Once you put the oil in your hair, you’re supposed to leave it for a minimum of two hours and a maximum of however long you want to leave it. Excited to attempt this… in my bathroom I took a spoon and dug it into the hard solid tub of oil, rubbed it in my hand (it turns to oil very very fast) and quickly applied it to my roots first and made my way down to the tips of my hair, making sure I had it all the way through. Surprisingly enough it wasn’t as messy as I thought it would be, you just have to make sure you do it over the sink. In just a short amount of time I managed to get it all throughout my hair, success! (Except for the massive amounts of hair on the counter and on the floor… yes, you will shed, and you will shed a lot, and you will have to clean it up because nothing is more disgusting than stray hair… especially oily stray hair). After I cleaned up my hair off the floor, counter and on my clothes, I began to braid my super greasy, oily hair so that I could pin it up. 

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After pinning my hair up (because I plan on sleeping with my hair like this) I put a plastic bag over my hair so that the oil won’t spread all over my pillow… yes, I’m talking to you with a bag on my head, and I feel like a weirdo and I should probably look into investing in a shower cap.

 

Thank you everyone for tuning into my weekly pamper evening routine! I hope you at least learned something or at least enjoyed reading this! …. My mom just told me that mice were going to eat my hair because apparently the scent of the coconut oil can be detected from quite far for mice… Thanks mom.

 

Adios,

Charmaine xx

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Soap & Glory’s Sugar Crush Body Buttercream

Hello everyone!

Today I am going to do a review on Soap and Glory’s Sugar Crush Body Buttercream. I have heard a lot of great things about the Soap and Glory products, but I have never really tried any of them. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Soap and Glory products, they are bath, body and cosmetic products that originate from the UK. So about a week and a half ago I decided to head on over to Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up one of their products. Standing at the Soap and Glory ‘section’ or whatever you’d call it, (I don’t know really, it was like a little stand at the end of the body wash and deodorant isle,) I was observing the products.  At this stand they had all of their products, and although their cosmetics looked very promising I was looking for more of a lotion or body butter type thing. So naturally I began to open every lotion-like product and started smelling everything. Through my strong sense of smell I can assure you that every single Soap and Glory product smells amazing (now I know I am not the only one, when shopping for lotions, who completely disregards the label and focuses on the scent of the product … Guilty!). When I opened the lid for the Sugar Crush Body Buttercream I swear, I died and went to heaven. It smells AHH-MAAAAZING! If you can imagine sweet fresh limes (not sour ones) and a creamy vanilla milkshake, and threw the two together… this is what it would smell like! I could not put it down after smelling it the first time, which yes, sounds incredibly creepy and weird but once you smell it you will understand… so of course I bought it with no hesitation what-so-ever. Price-wise, normally I wouldn’t spend this much on a product such as lotion, but my $20.00 bill had this written all over it. After using it for just about two weeks now, I can honestly say that I love it, it’s not sticky once you put it on and it absorbs into the skin very quickly. My new favorite!!

Here are a few visuals of my new best friend.

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In terms of where to find this and other Soap and Glory products… In Canada: Shoppers Drug Mart, in the US: Sephora, and in the UK: Boots… or you could check out their website here.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Adios,

Charmaine xx

 

 

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