Saturday, November 21, 2009

I'm back.....IMATS 2009!

Hi guys! So i haven't posted anything in a really really long time, since September actually which is bad..really bad, lol.
I just haven't really been motivated and theres been a lot with school. BUT since two of my best friends mel and steph update their blogs religiously they have been motivating me to do so too:)
So i wanted to make a post about a really special day that i had was really quite fantastic!

duh duh duh.....


as the obnoxiously large text reads I went to IMATS today with two of my best friends, adriana and melissa!
I had been looking forward to this event like a little girl waiting for christmas since FOREVER..
As you may know, IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show) only happens in 4 countries - in 5 different places.

Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Sydney and London.

I am so lucky to live in a country and in a CITY where it does happen:)

I had such an amazing time there with my friends and I DEFINITELY have to go again next year!! is the stuff i bought from the show!

10 Blush Palette - $20

This is like the Coastal Scents ones- its a little different, the colours are brighter and more vibrant in person!

These colours are a little different than the Coastal Scents ones, since I find these shades run more peachy and a tad darker. I think this blush palette would be amazing for darker skin tones since the colours are so intense!

On my skin they show up very very bright - since I'm quite pale, however you can easily make it work by just limiting the amount you use. Just a swipe, thats all you need:)

The pigmentation is awesome and they're great quality for the price.

I think we bought them at a booth called Auraline Beauty, however I know that many mass retailers sell palettes like these. You can find them at as well as ebay - just search 10 blush palette.

I couldn't resist getting it because its great for my kit, great for using on other people and just a really great steal at $20.

The Infamous Beauty Blender! - $18

I always wanted to try this since it came out, however I never got around to it because having to order it off the internet and get it shipped is sometimes just too much of a hassle.

I purchased this for $18 at the show - at different retailers it usually runs around $22.

It has been stamped as one of Allure Magazine's best beauty buys and endorsed by Hollywood starlets, like Oprah, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Shakira, Diana Ross, Fergie, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Katherine Heigl and many more.

It is supposed to be a dream to use for foundation since the egg shape allows you to get into all the little corners and creases of the face! AND its pink!

Can't get any better than that! Im truly excited to try this product and discover what all the hype is about:)


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Pigment in Frigid and Lip Tar in Hush - $8 and $10

Of course I had to go by OCC! This was the first booth we went to and I was soo excited! Ever since seeing all the videos on YouTube about OCC I've been waiting to see their products in person! I only ended up getting one pigment in Frigid - a light pastel baby blue. I wanted to get all the pigments xsparkage used in her Alice in Wonderland look - but when I saw the other colours in person, I already had something dupable at home (of course) so I just got one.

Hush liptar is probably one of OCC's most wearable lip tar colours. Its a nude peachy pink which is perfect for that nude lip! And a TINY drop truly is all you need! This product will last you forever. I find its a bit drying though, so wear a lipgloss on top. Also this product should be applied with a lipbrush since its so concentrated - not from the tube! The pigments and liptars were a super good deal at IMATS - i paid $8 for the pigment and $10 for the liptar!

Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Powder - $21
Of course I knew that MUFE (Make Up For Ever) was gonna be there. I had heard that MUFE was 40% off at the IMATS in L.A and here in Toronto they didn't disappoint either; everything was 40%. That is nothing less than AMAZING, especially for such a well known brand. Make Up For Ever is an industry favourite and their products are of amazing quality and are used by countless makeup artists in the business. Their products are also quite expensive. The HD Powder usually retails for $34 and I can honestly say that i solely bought this product because of the discount, and because I was a little intrigued about what this product claims to do. This powder is part of their High Defintion line which is specially formulated for the new High Definition nature of television today. It is designed to create an airbrushed finish on skin. It is a colourless powder for all skin tones, used to set makeup and used to give that airbrushed, flawless "soft focus" finish on the skin - perfect for TV and film where all imperfections are magnified. I have not tried it yet, but I am interested to see if it lives up to its claim.

Brushes from Crown Brush - $21

Crown Brush is a company that makes many different brushes at extremely affordable prices. Each of these brushes was around $3-4 and they are all really good quality for their price. Many mass retailers sell these brushes such as Coastal Scents and I already have some so I was happy to pick up some more. I didn't get a lot since I already have SO many brushes - I love makeup brushes though and couldn't resist picking up a few. I also needed a good lip brush for my OCC lip tar.

Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada Pigment Stack - $25

I was REALLY excited to see this brand! I had heard about them from various guru's on YouTube after the IMATS in L.A. Naked Cosmetics is a makeup company which specializes in pigment stacks. They have about 16 different pigments stacks (with 6 eyeshadows stacked) in various different colours. These colours are GORGEOUS. I had to have at least one stack. Normally these retail for $60 and at the show they were selling them for $30 each. However, since i bought 3 stacks - 2 for my best friend Adriana for her birthday and 1 for myself - I got them as a deal for $75. 3 pigment stacks valued at $180 for $75 is an amazing value! I picked the stack in Sierra Nevada which is a gorgeous stack of shimmering earth tones. They are so pretty in person! Definitely check out Naked Cosmetics in the future - I know I want to pick up more of their stuff.

Swatches of the colours with flash

These swatches are done WITHOUT a base. These colours are well pigmented. These swatches don't do the colours justice - they are much more GORGEOUS in person.

Swatches of the colours without flash
Again WITHOUT a base.

4 eyeshadows and a palette - $12
This was also from the stand where I bought the blush palette. They were selling miscallaneous eyeshadows - 4 for $10 which was an absolute steal so I couldn't resist picking up a few! The palette to put them in was only $2 so I got that too! The eyeshadows and palette are magnetized so they pop right in! I got a coppery colour similar to MAC's Amber Lights, a bright deep blue, a matte white highlight colour (MAC Blanc Type) and a matte soft black colour almost identical to MAC's Typographic.
My entire haul from IMATS 2009
I went home VERY happy and very broke, haha but it was an amazing day and I CAN'T wait till next year. If you ever have the chance to go to IMATS, don't hesitate! GO!!!!!!!!!! :)

Till next time,

xox Emm

Monday, September 7, 2009

FOTD (face of the day)

Yesterday i decided to do a look that i had completely forgotten about, but which was the first look that i "favourited" on youtube. Let me tell you, I LOVE THIS LOOK. It looks bloody amazing. As soon as i saw it, i ran out and bought the specific pigment that is used because its just so damn pretty:)


I'm referring to MissChievous on youtube's "Smolder Chocolate Smokey Eyes" ( She uses MAC's Antique Reflects Gold pigment/glitter to create a beautiful smokey eye. The shadows she uses are by Ben Nye, however i duped these for MAC shadows and used those instead. This look is quite possibly one of the prettiest i have ever done, i love love love it and will for sure be doing it again in the future! The boyfriend liked it too;)

Enjoy loveliess:)<3

Products Used

MAC Sharkskin Shadestick (as a base on lid)
MAC Vanilla pigment (highlight and inner corner)
MAC Cork e/s (crease)
MAC Reflects Antique Gold pigment/glitter (pressed onto shadestick on lid)
MAC Saddle e/s (crease)
MAC Handwritten e/s (to deepen colour in outer v)
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (upper lashline)
MAC Brun e/s (used as liner on lower lashline)
MAC Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish (to give glowy cheeks and skin)
MAC Angel lipstick
MAC Underage lipglass


Friday, September 4, 2009

Poison Ivy Inspired Look;)

When i was little i used to be obsessed with superheroes and all those nifty cool things that were out there back in the good ol' 90s, lol. This was in part due to my big brother who loved to include me in all his adventures and was the #1 manipulator when it came to getting people to do what he wanted. He could convince me to do anything, i looked up to him and consequently i loved a lot of the stuff he loved which included superheroes. Batman, ninja turtles, power rangers, you name it- we loved it. Therefore this inspired look seemed completely fitting, especially since its so close to Halloween and because I love dramatic looks.
I woke up this morning wanting to do something green, and mind me, something is wrong if i want to do a green look, cause i never wear green. Never. It may be my green eyes, but i just don't think it looks good on me, period. So today for some reason, i busted out the green eyeshadows, and it actually came together pretty good - i was impressed that it actually looked nice on my eyes. It made me think of sparkling emeralds:) ahah.

But, most of all it reminded me of Poison Ivy from Batman, one of the sultry villains with her bright green outfit and fire engine red hair. So i decided to create the look inspired by her, and I pulled the colours from her look and made them into my own which can be used for halloween or even for a night out on the town:) if you want to make it more day-to-day wearable, just wear a more muted lip. Its just that simple;)

Aren't you just loving the red wig?;) Ahahaha, i figured i'd get into the part of ms. Poison ivy
I think it just adds a little something something, don't you agree? ;)

And now with my normal blonde hair, haha:)

What i used
Too Faced Shadow Insurance (as a base)
17 Dazzle Dust in Lucky Clover (all over eyelid) - i think you can only get this stuff in the UK
Coastal Scents 88 Palette - dark green (in the crease and with angled liner brush on lower lashline)
MAC Vanilla Pigment (to highlight browbone and inner corners)
Physicians Formula Baked Pyramid Matte Bronzer
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Redhead (as blush and highlighter)
Lauren Hutton Lipliner
Revlon Certainly Red lipstick
MAC Red Devil lipgloss

Ignore that i have lipstick on my tooth, oooopss:) ahah.
I wanted to end off with a smiley picture, so you guys know that i do smile! Ahaha i look so serious in the other photos cause i wanted to show off the makeup! Anyhowww i hope you enjoy:)
Let me know if you guys would like to see other inspired looks!
xo Emm



About 2 weeks ago, on August 20th, I went to see Britney Spears live in concert with my besties!
and it was AMAZINGG!:)<3
trust me, i don't care if you don't like britney or if you think shes crazy or can't sing or whatever.
don't care. i love her and have always loved her since "baby one more time" came out and she was an innocent little schoolgirl shaking her thing, ahah.

I have ALWAYS wanted to see her and got lucky enough to get tickets to her show on the 20th. Thank you parents, you are amazing hehe:) anywaysss, since this was such a special day, i of course had to do my makeup a little elaborate. Very sexy and smokey, just like britney;)

Heres the makeup i wore!

NYX Jumbo eyeshadow pencil in Black Bean (as a base)
MAC Smoke & Diamonds e/s (all over lid)
Elf Brightening Eye Quad in Drama (the dark grey colour used in the crease) - you can use any dark grey colour, i.e. MAC Knight, Knight Divine, Copperplate, etc.
MAC Carbon e/s (used in outer V area and just the outer part of the eye to darken it up)
MAC Nylon e/s on browbone as highlight and in inner corners
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline (on upper lashline)
MAC Carbon (used again with angled eyeliner brush on lower lashline)
MAC #7 lashes

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Medium (buffed into skin with kabuki - MAC 182)
MAC Select Cover-up Concealer in NW20 (used under eyes)
MAC Blot Powder
Physicians Formula Baked Pyramid Matte Bronzer in Baked Tan (this stuff doesn't make you look orange!!!!!)
MAC Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish (as blush and highlighter)

MAC Colour Crafted lipstick
MAC Peroxide Lipglass (a tiny bit)

And here is what i wore!!! :)
Shirt from Sisters Point
Black leggings
Shoes from Bianco

the concert was amazing! we danced sooo much and had so much fun!! Britney looked amazing, she looked so hot and was in great shape. Its nice to see her looking so good again! The show was incredible and there was always something to look at with all the dancers, circus performers and great effects like a ring of fire, people swinging from the air, etc.
If you get a chance to go see her, do! It was such a good experience:)

for my poison ivy inspired look coming up;)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hi Everyone!

Hey Everyone!

My name is Emilie and i'm a fellow beauty addict.
If you stumbled across my blog, i bid you welcome and i hope that you will share in the addictive world of all things makeup and beauty related. This is after all, a beauty blog ;)

A little bit about me.

I'm a first year university student who has a gigantic addiction and love for makeup and all things makeup related. For ages I have been watching youtube tutorials and reading blogs about my addiction and I have always thought "hey why aren't I doing this??" so I'm starting this little blog, merely for my own enjoyment to share my hobby with myself and the world:)

Gingerbread couple on plate, elevated view