30.11.12

November Favorites

I've really been loving November, more at the end of November because I get so excited that Christmas is only a month away. I haven't yet started christmas shopping, but more preparing lists of what I want to get everyone. I've been using a lot of the same products this month, so you might have seen them pop up in previous (and future) posts as well. I seem to have picked a good mix of face, lip and eye products  and have been picking them up almost everyday.
Benefit The POREfessional
I've already done an review on this product just before November, so if you're curious, the post is here.
I've been wearing this under makeup or mixing it into the foundation to help smooth out my large pores.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation
This is my favourite foundations I have ever come across. If you can see by the usage I'm about 2/3 of the way done, and I will be repurchasing this in a heart beat once I've finished. I've also done a review on this here.

Prestige My Blackest Lashes Mascara
I purchased this a London Drugs after hearing Sandra talk about it for so long but never knew where to find it. A soon as I saw it, I purchased it and fell in love. This is a big volume mascara, while keeping my lashes looking natural. 

Too Faced 3-Way Lash Lining Tool
I don't think I'll ever be able to not have this product. I'm not a fan of classic eyeliner because you can never see my eye makeup with my almost hooded eyes and this is the perfect solution. It's easy to use while it defines and makes my lashes look extremely thick. I've recently done a post on this product here.
Benefit Hervana Blush
This is the blush I've been wearing all month. I love the way it makes my skin tone look, while not being to shimmy. This gives you a healthy flush shade that is between a rose and berry colour.

Bobbi Brown Corrector
Since I've been working so much, my eyes are starting to show my lack of sleep so I've had to pull out the big guns. This corrects any purple or blue under my eyes. To see how this looks and how I apply it, you can read my post here.

Guerlain Precious Light Illuminator
From what I've seen, this product is very similar to the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Pen, I can't personally tell the difference. When I can get away without my Bobbi Brown Corrector, I've been grabbing this, which is mostly Sunday and Monday before my eyes get the look of fatigue for the rest of the week.

Ciate Nail Polish in Cookies and Cream
I got this mini nail polish in my Ciate Mini Mani Month Calendar, and I've been wearing this every time I go to work since I can't wear bright nail polishes. It is a light greige colour that works so well with my skin tone. The formulation and wear time a really nice to top everything off. 

Essie Butler Please
When I passed the new display for the Essie Winter Collection I knew then that I needed bright icy blue shade. I don't regret buying it because it is such a fantastic colour. I've been wearing this every chance I've gotten. Even though it is bright, I think it works so well during winter. I've done a post wearing polish here

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Golden Luster in #113
Even in winter I like to wear a bright lip, and this is the perfect shade. It's bright yet still looks completely wearable and subtle for a fuchsia shade. If you'd like to see me wearing this shade, you can look here.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy
I honestly wear this product all the time, and I have been since February of this year, and am surprised that I haven't run out of it yet. This is a classic light and sheer berry shade that works amazingly in winter, but also summer. 

What are you're favourite products this month? I sure would love to know! 

Review: Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque

I haven't done too many post about hair care, and it's honestly because I don't do much with my hair. I rarely put product in it, because I get to frustrated with styling products because they never want to work on my thin damaged hair. Lately I've found some really nice products, that have been treating my hair very nicely and greatly improving it to. Other than shampoo and conditioner, I've been using leave in treatments as well as a masques to help repair my still damaged ends from a horrendous product i used a few months ago. If you haven't read my post about my experience, you can find it here.
I've had this product for about a year now, and it had been sitting around unused until a month ago. When we had just moved and I wasn't wanting to spend money, but I needed a hair masque so badly and my hair was suffering, so I was just going to use up my previous masques before I thought of buying a new one. 

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque has been popping up on blogs for a good six months now, and everything had been positive yet I hated it. When I first used this it weighed down my hair, and made it feel way too greasy. When I reached for it again, I used a very small amount, and rubbing it into my ends and working the little product I had left up my hair. I was amazed with how this made my hair feel. My lacklustre, frizzy, unruly hair looked soft, shiny touchable; a complete 180 from what it was the day before. I new then that we would have a fantastic relationship. 
 I am now still using this product every week, and sometimes I can't resist and replace it as a conditioner for a little pick-me-up between uses. I've fallen head over heals for the mixture of macadamia, argan, tea tree, and camomile oils that I used to hate, just because I didn't understand how to make it work for my hair type. Other than good results, it is also cruelty free, paraben free, and alcohol free, I really couldn't want anything more then that. 

Someone with regular hair should follow the instructions on the bottle; "liberally comb through clean, wet hair and allow up to 7 minutes for penitration before rinsing." However, those instructions didn't work for my thin hair, so adjust it according to your hair type for the best results. 

also...

... there are a few products I have been wanting to get, and since there is a $20 gift card from Sephora because I'm a VIB, there's no point in resisting anymore:

Sandra has made me want to run to and get the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray. (link)

I also need the most beautiful hair product I've ever seen, Ojon Rare Blend Oil. Amelia did a great post on it, which didn't help me resist. (link)

I have been wanting Lush Big Shampoo for awhile, and then I saw Sophias post, and now it's just a lush trip away. (link)

have you tried any of the products mentioned? I'd love to know your thoughts!

27.11.12

My Make Up: The Bright Lip

With the colder months I haven't even looked at the bright section of my lip stick drawer. With the unusual sun out, the brighter colour were calling my name. I wanted a bright pink lip, paired with neutral makeup with a bit more mascara than I usually wear. I used a couple products that I have been loving lately so you'll probably see them popping up in future post as well as the monthly favourites. 

Foundation

My skin is starting to recover from the horrible breakouts that I've gotten since I moved to Vancouver, and have hopefully found products that are working for my skin, more on that later though. Since I haven't had too many imperfections that I've had to cover, I used my Clarins Ever Matte Foundation, which is a full coverage foundation in comparison to my Yves Saint Laurent that I've barely put down the past couple of months. As Ever Matte is a matte formulation the only powder I put on my face is blush and bronzer.                     

Face Color

Blush and bronzer are an odd mix for me. It may sound weird, but I rarely wear both bronzer and blush at the same time. My face was lacking a bit of shape, I added a bit of Benefit Hoola Bronzer into the contours of my cheeks. To add a subtle pink hue to my cheeks I used Benefit Hervana Blush on the tops of my cheeks.  

Eyes

Subtle colors on my eyes mean champagne and light browns. I pulled out a couple eyeshadows that were old favourites that I haven't used in a few months. Before eyeshadow I used my beloved Urban Decay Eye Shadow Potion. For an all over base eyeshadow I opted for a subtle shimmery Bourjois Eyeshadow in 08 a light champagne eyeshadow. Lancome Eyeshadow in Mannequin a medium brown shade with red undertones was applied in the outer corner. To top everything off I applied two coats of Prestige My Blackest Lashes and to the outer corner of my bottom lashes. 

Lips

Now, for the main products that I focused on, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Golden Luster in 113, a slightly sheer fuchsia lipstick. I love this shade, it lasts about 3 hours on the lips which is fantastic for a lipstick that is moisturizing. I also don't need a gloss because this is so shiny by itself. 

Comment below telling me what you're wearing today! I'd love to know!

26.11.12

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers + Update

I love everything about stockings. I love opening them, and I especially love buying Christmas presents for the stockings. There is something so fun about opening a ton of little gifts not knowing what might be inside. I always want beauty products in my stocking, no matter how small or big, cheap or expensive, I love trying new products, or receiving old favourites. The little list I compiled of stocking stuffer ideas are what I'm wanting inside my stocking on Christmas morning.

I've decided to show a few different price points, depending on what you want to spend. The stocking  stuffer ideas don't need to be exact brands.

Under $5
Body Shop Loofah: $3 - these are the softest loofah's I've found yet, plus every one needs one!
Sally Hansen Nail Polish: $5 - really good quality for the money, you can add a lot of them without breaking the bank.
EOS Lip Balm: $3 - such a nice lip balm, and the cute shape circular shape is so cute.
Goody Spin Pins: $4 - one of the best inventions out there to keep you hair from coming undone!

Under $15
Lush Lip Scrub: $10 - to keep healthy lips in the winter, a lip scrub is necessary.
Kissing Elixir: $10 - an amazing addition to the purse to freshen up your breath whenever needed.
Maybelline Mascara: $8 - I personally love Maybelline mascaras, they make the best ones from lower end brands.
Joise Maran Nail Whips: $11 - for the nail polish wearer who can't stand to have chipped polish.

Over $20
Beauty Blender: $26 - One of my holy grail make up tools.
Benefit Lip and Cheek Stain: $36 - Amazing makeup product, but great for the purse to do touch ups.
Kiehls Hand Salve: $23 - I personally love this hand cream. It doesn't feel greasy and lasts up to 3 hand washes.
Lady Million Roller Ball: $25 - This is one of my all time favourite scents.

What are you wanting to find in your stocking this year? I would love to hear!

I also wanted to let you all know where I've been the last couple of days. I always try to get posts up every day or every second day, but my weekend and extra time has been spent in the hospital visiting a couple family members. My aunt had a heart attack, she is now fine and at home recovering. My grandpa is in remission due to his cancer, and will be leaving us at some point this week the doctors are telling us. I do apologize, but I hope you now understand. xoxo

22.11.12

My Makeup: The Brown Side

I stay away from anything brown unless it is on my eyes, I'm good with brown mascara, eyeshadow and eyeliner but below eye level I'm weary and tend not to bother. I even stay away from most bronzers since I can easily look like an Oompa Loompa straight out of Loompaland, or in other words, orange.

Today, something weird happened. It started out like every other morning, I do the same routine, foundation, eyes, cheeks and lip, but something changed when I reached my cheeks. I grabbed a bronzer instead of a blush, almost un-heard of in these cold months, as well as I took out the only brown lipstick I own. By now, you're thinking, that's not brown lipstick! But, it is! I cheated a little with it being a brown lipstick, its actually a sheer brown, so it still lets out a some of my naturally pink hued lips. 

I'm liking this little change to my makeup, and will possibly venture into the brownish shades that I never really looked at the next time I'm shopping around.

Face:
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Gosh Brow Pen
Bobbi Brown Corrector 
Mac Mineralize Skin Finish

Eyes:
Nars Kalahari Duo
Too Faced 3-Way Liner
Prestige My Blackest Lashes

Lips:
Lancome L'Absolu Nu #203

I also wanted to sneak in a little peak of my nails today. I am incredibly in love with this new Essie nail polish, Butler Please, a gorgeous Colbalt Blue.It is probably one my absolute favourite bright shade I've ever worn. I also love how it can be worn in the winter, as well as the summer!

I was a little hesitant on buying this nail polish because I don't like spending money on myself during the holiday season, but my boyfriend loved the colour so much, he ended up coming home with it the next day for me as a little surprise. Thats personally better than chocolates!
psst, sorry for the blurry picture!

20.11.12

Essie's Fiji: Worth The Buy?

 If you haven't already guessed what shade is on my nails right now, you've still probably heard of it somewhere, It's Essie's iconic shade Fiji. I've heard so much about this nail polish, and I think it's one of the most talked about shades alongside Mint Candy Apple. I've seen so many posts featuring Fiji that go on and on, raving about this light, baby pink nail polish. This nail polish is one that enhances a tan, and for a girl that has never had a tan, I sometimes wonder if I've gotten one in the middle of winter, and then I realize that is just Fiji.  
However, I have had a different experience with Fiji. I was a quite disappointed with the formulation of this. It is goopy, and extremely hard to get an even surface on the nail. To get a even surface I had to apply close to 5 coats of nail polish, which made the drying time drastically longer. The drying time took so long, that after I took the photos for this post, and sat for a little while, I still completely ruined them, even though I had waited for about 30 minutes before I touched anything.

I've had this polish for a while now, and I've always had the same experience. I'm not sure if I've got a faulty bottle or not, but I don't think that this is worth the hype, and I'm not too eager to run out and buy another $10 bottle just to see if it does the same thing. 

I really love the shade, and am so sad that I can't wear it as much as I'd like because I don't always have the patience or the time. I have so many Essie nail polishes that I know it's not the brand and only the colour, which is even more heartbreaking. 

Have you tried Fiji? What are your experiences with this shade?

19.11.12

Too Faced 3-Way Lash Lining Tool: Review + Photos!

This is probably the most excited about a product I've been in a very long time. This is something that makes me look at eyeliners differently. Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool is marketed as a liner that can be used in 3 different ways; dotting along the lash line to make your lashes look thicker, lining the eye, and tight lining along the water line. Well, I agree with 2 of these claims, but would only use it for 1. I don't think that you can tight line with a liquid eyeliner, as it will get into you eyes and not stay on. I've tried this, and it's more dangerous then anything. You can line you lash line, but so can any other eyeliner, so I won't be wasting product on something another product can do. The dotting technique is what makes this product a must have to me. 
The 3 pronged eyeliner allows you to get in between each lash. How I apply this is going from underneath the lashes, and wiggling the eyeliner to fill in any gaps. It gives you the most amazing results because it gives you the effect of lining your eyes without compromising any eye lid space.

What I mean by not compromising eyelid space, is that when you're looking forward, and little eyelid is exposed, you can see more of the eye make up that you took so much time and effort to apply. This is especially amazing for me because of my difficult eye shape. When my eyes are completely open and looking forward, you can barely see any lid, so when I wear normal eyeliner, all that you can see is a thick line that hides the beautiful coloured eyeshadow beyond the eyeliner. It may seem like a small feature to some, but it can make the biggest difference.

This product lasts all day on me, it's not waterproof, but it withstands any element other than if you're sitting in a theatre, and the flood gates open at a heart breaking scene. Then, you might run into trouble! 

I also love using this eyeliner technique when you don't want to wear eye makeup and only have thick, luscious lashes. The 3 Way Liner helps deceive others into thinking it's only mascara and your lashes, without any extra help. 
 I wanted to include a picture of a close up of my eye, so you can see how well that this eyeliner gets in between the lashes.

It might seem a little odd to use this product at first, but after a few uses it becomes extremely easy to use. The application is very easy, and it takes a little longer to use, but the results are completely worth it. Now, if this came in different shades, I would be over the moon. But, I'm not expecting that any time soon.
Have you tried any type of 3 pronged liner? Do you think this will stay, or become just a fad? Let me know! 

My Top 3 Foundations!

If you don't know already, foundations are one of my biggest weaknesses. I've bought countless bottles almost always being disappointed in either the shade selection or the formulation. I wanted to share my top foundations that I have found over the years. Ever since I was little, I've always had discolouration in my skin tone. Being fair, my skin shows every imperfection I have. While I'm still working on finding the best skin care regimen for me, I rely on the second best thing to make the world think I have flawless and glowing skin, foundation.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation. I've had this foundation for almost three months and the only flaw I've found is that I've been using it way to fast. The usage can't be seen on the bottle, but I've used just over half the bottle now. Touche Eclat Foundation is a medium coverage foundation that can built up or sheered down depending on application and how much foundation you apply. I'm left with a healthy glow throughout the day, and with powder in the morning, I rarely look oily. 

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. Even though this says 'glow' in the name, it has a matte finish. I use this when my skin is either extra red, or more oily than normal. I wear the shade Siberia, and since it's a bit more yellow than my skin tone it will cancel out any extra redness that my skin has. Because this has a matte finish, it lasts on my skin all day, and luckily no oil has come through yet.

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup. This is the ultimate just-like-skin foundation to me. While it's quite similar to Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua I prefer the colour range, as well as the finish. Invisible Fluid doesn't wear off as quickly as Vitalumiere Aqua which makes it win in my book. I prefer using this when I don't want to look like I have makeup on, but still wear makeup. 

In the future these will have to go up against some serious competition, who knows if they will stay in my top 3, but if something happens, I will definitely be letting you know! 

16.11.12

One For The Boys

Anyone I see this month sporting a moustache I presume is participating in Movember. I love seeing so many men participating in a cause. I've seen some pretty interesting styles out there but a well groomed moustache is key in not looking like an 80's porn star, and I don't think anyone wants that. Mens skin is quite interesting, most of the time they don't have to do anything and it looks perfect, plus they are also blessed with those luscious lashes; the universe really isn't fair. I'd switch eyelashes with my guy any day! Okay, back to skin. There are roughly three categories that I've noticed men will fit into when it comes to skincare.

To take care of their skin they will want;

... to do nothing. Usually they will likely shave with a beard trimmer, and sport the 5 o'clock shadow until someone makes them properly shave. They also won't wash their face or moisturize.

... something simple. They will cleanse, shave and moisturize. This tends to be the most common among men.

... advanced skin care. They will want to do everything, cleanse, exfoliate, shave, use a masque, anti aging, eye creams, toners, the list goes on. 

Whatever category a guy might fall into, there are 3 things they need to know;

Try to use skin care catered to men. A mans skin is three times thicker than a woman's so you need special moisturizers.

Beard hair is thick and course. Washing your face will soften the hair and make for an easier shave, but also make your blades last longer. Beard hair is as strong as copper wire that's the same diameter.

Exfoliate your skin to prevent ingrown hairs and get a closer shave. Use an exfoliator before you shave when using a blade razor. This will clean around the hair follicle and also raise it to get a closer shave. (Follicle = where the beard hair comes out of the skin, or beard root) Exfoliate your skin after you shave when using an electric razor to clear away dead skin.

Hopefully this helps you with the rest of Movember! Let me know if you have any questions, and I'd be happy to help! 

Do you or the guys in your life use skincare? What category would you/they fall under?

I have tried to get my boyfriend to use skincare for years. He won't have any of it until recently when he started getting bad ingrown hairs, he now happily has a little shaving routine going on! I would still say he fall under the category of wanting to do nothing, but I'm sure once Movember is over, he will go back to using a beard trimmer. 

15.11.12

My Makeup: The Happy Medium

Today, I've really been in the holiday spirit. Around this time of November, I allow my self to start making lists, checking them twice - okay, that's a bit cliche - but I actually do start making mental lists for christmas presents for various people. The ground has hues of autumn, and the air has a nice crispness to it, and it sure is starting to translate into the shades I've been reaching for in the morning. With all of the Starbucks drinks I've been getting to warm me up as I walk to work, I've been loving lip stains. The true test that they are working is when no product comes off as I sip my drink. The product that has recently made the cut is Laura Mercier Lip Stain. I've been happily wearing the shade Sugar Violet, a berry shade with purple iridescent shimmer - hence the 'violet' in Sugar Violet. 

I've also been wearing, you guessed it, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation. This has easily become my highest rated foundation, and I've been talking about it for months now, so I'll stop my self before I can't. A surprising addition to my make up is a smokey eye, using Urban Decay Pistol and Verve, both from the Naked 2 palette. I rarely have two focus points of my makeup. I either choose lips or eyes, but I chose both and toned them down enough so I didn't scare small children. This is a new look for me as I'm closing in on my comfort level. I have a fine line between to much makeup and just enough, and my pale skin darkens and intensifies everything I put on it, so I always have a soft hand. 
Full Face List:

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat in B10
Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Light
Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched

Eyes: 
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Verve & Pistol (Naked 2 Palette)
Prestige My Blackest Lashes
Gosh Brow Pen in Brun

Lips:
Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Sugar Violet 

Urban Decay Verve / Urban Decay Pistol / Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched / Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Sugar Violet
So there you have it. I'm getting closer to widening my comfort zone and learning to love dark dark-ish lips. Maybe I'll start wearing black eyeliner on a daily basis - I am loving my 3-Way Liner right now, so you never know. I'll be taking each step in moderation as I slowly but surely start reaching for the dark side of shades.

13.11.12

Tutorial: 15 Minutes, 15 Products!

 I've reached the end of this series, which makes me kind of sad. The rain hitting my window right now defiantly doesn't help. I've love doing tutorials, and I didn't do them for some time, so maybe I'll start fitting them in more. 

I would like to believe that this is close to my day-to-day makeup, but I'm never consistent. Some days I can't be bothered, and won't wear anything at all, and sometimes, I'll spend an outrageous amount of time perfecting every inch of my face. So here's the look I would like to achieve on a daily basis, but I won't try and fool any of you!

Base


Foundation and powder go hand in hand with my oily skin. I rarely ever where foundation without putting some sort of powder, so I won't have a bare face by the end of the day. Right now, I've been using two of my favourite products; Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation (1), to create a glowy flawless finish, and Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Natural (2), which will help my skin later in the day to continue looking glowy, instead of greasy. Unfortunately, that's a fine line and I'll tend to look greasy after a long. I added a flush of colour to my skin using Benefit Hervana Blush (3). The two tools I used, I have also been reaching for on a daily basis. The Beauty Blender (4) is by far the best tool to seamlessly blend foundation into the skin, it makes any foundation look like skin. The Lancome Blush Brush (5) is an amazing versatile brush. Whether it's to add blush, powder or highlighter, it will never grab too much product, but always the perfect amount.

 Eyes

Almost everyday, I put the most effort into my eyes. I think they are my best feature, so I like to give them extra special attention. I never tend to have more than three eyeshadow at a time. I like to have a highlight, lid and crease colour. I also haven't been wearing eyeliner much these days, but this was a good excuse to try a new addition.                                                                                                              

Probably the most important part, and that's not really a part of the eye, is the brows. Brows definitely make or break a makeup look in my humble opinion. I used my favourite brow product, the Gosh Brow Pen (6). It's waterproof and smudge proof, so in this rainy weather, it's perfect. I highlighted my inner corner with Stila Kitten (7), my Mac 229 (8), and with the same brush I used Mac Hypnotized Eyeshadow (9). With a Mac 217 (10), I applied Chanel Fauve (11), which is a darker version of Mac Hypnotized (9). Beneath all of that makeup is the product that holds it all together, Urban Decay Primer Potion (12). Because my lashes lack volume, length and all that nice stuff, I've been using some products to make the illusion that I do have good lashes. A new product I've been using is Too Faced 3-Way Lash Lining Tool (13), which I've used a couple times, but I think I'm going to be using it a lot. It can make my lashes look naturally thick, but also allows for making a really thin line of eyeliner. To help my lashes look long, I reach for Lancome Definicils (14). The formula has fibers in it that attach to the tips of my lashes to elongate them, while the brush separates my lashes.

 Lips

I'm not a fussy person when it comes to lip products. I have a lot of them, but you will never see me reapplying lip gloss, or lipstick. I will use lip balm if need be, but I'll normally walk around with bare lips, and a full face of makeup after the product has worn out. 

I've had Benefit Jing-a-Ling (15) in my collection for quite some time, and it is one of my most consistently worn lipsticks. The shade is similar to my lip colour, with a hint of bubble gum pink to it.
You can also find my 5 Minutes, 5 Products here, and 10 Minutes, 10 Products here.

 What do you think of the 15 minute makeup, using 15 products?  Have you used any of the products I've mentioned? Let me know!

12.11.12

Beauty Bloggers Tag!


Hi Everyone! I haven't done a personal post in a little while, although I do have little snippets of information in posts, I thought it would be fun to do the new tag going around lately. Sophia who writes Tattooed Tea Lady created this great tag! If you haven't already, check out her blog, you won't be sorry! xx

Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?
I started Blush Bug at the end of March this year. It took me a long time, and a lot of encouragement from my boyfriend, Jeff, to start one. I finally decided to because I thought if I didn't, I would always regret not starting one, just because I was afraid to put myself out there.

Whose blog did you fall in love with first?
I first fell in love with Karen's blog, Make Up and Beauty Blog. After reading her blog everyday, and never missing a post, I went on to search for more blogs because I couldn't get enough. Thats how the obsession grew!

What was the first blogosphere hyped about product you bought and was it worth the hype?
I can't remember exactly what product, because I seem to always buy into the hyped products. I think it would either have to be Bioderma, or Revlon Lip Butters. The Revlon Lip Butters came out months before in the states, and I went to the drug store pretty much everyday to check if they came in. When they did, I bought pretty much  every single shade I wanted without hesitation. 

What are your favourite five things about blogging and being a beauty blogger?
1. Each and everyone of my readers. I get so excited about every tweet, comment, or new follow I get. It's overwhelming sometimes because I never expect it. 

2. Loving photography again. I was really big into photography for quite some time. I then go busy, and slowly didn't find time for it anymore. Taking product or tutorial photos is one of my favourite things to do. It's also incredibly relaxing for me. 

3. Feeling beautiful and confident. It's one thing for my boyfriend to say nice words to me, or even my family, but when it comes from people who I've never met before, it really is something. 

4. Leaning about so many new things. Either it be a new technique, product or brand. I also love reading review by someone who isn't paid for it, such as magazine editors. Being introduced to products because other people love them. 

5. Lastly, and the most important, the beauty community. I've loved creating so many friendships with other people who have the same interests and passions as I do. I also love knowing that there are so many other people that I have yet to talk to and connect with. 

What have you learnt from being a beauty blogger?
Of course! So many things have changed. I've learnt so much about blogging, html, writing and social media since I've started. One main thing is to have an open mind. Knowing that there is always going to be new and great products out there. Some will work, some won't. Realizing that my blog will never be perfect, even though I'm always unhappy with one aspect, when/if I change it, something new will arise.

Have you changed anything since being a beauty blogger?
Of course! I look at products differently, I tend to know what will work for me in makeup and skincare. I've changed how I look at skincare as well, it used to not be important to me, now it is. I've also changed my day to day schedule. I fit in a lot of time for blogging.

What advice would you give to a beauty blogger just starting out?
To know that you're most likely not going to make a living out of this, so blog for the passion of what you're writing about. Know that you don't need an expensive camera to start out. Get involved in the Beauty Community, and be nice. The people you talk to are going to be the most rewarding part of blogging.

Name your top five brands!
Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Revlon, Nars and Urban Decay.

Recommend your top five favourite beauty products!
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation, Beauty Blender, Lancome Art Liner, Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Natural, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine.

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10.11.12

Ciate Mini Mani Month: Review, Swatches + Photos!

 I decided to treat myself to the Ciate Mini Mani Month Calendar! I was really excited to try this, as I've never tried a Ciate nail polish before, although I've seen so many good reviews from other bloggers. I love how Ciate made a advent calendar that is more than just sweets. I'm never good at waiting each day, so I opened all of the doors, so I could try them out, but also show you all what you are getting if you decide to purchase this! If you want the surprise of different colours, then this post probably isn't for you, but if you want to know what you're getting, before spending almost $70 for this, then keep reading!

I do warn you that this post will be quite picture heavy! xx

You can purchase the Ciate Mini Mani Month at Sephora for $64!
 The packaging that you get for the Mini Mani Month is similar to the quality you would get with a classic advent calendar that houses chocolates inside. The material is thin and wobbly, but I doubt this will fall apart on you! Behind each door, you will find a pretty, mini Ciate nail polish, on the back of the door you will find a different fact or quote related to nail polish. 
You will find 20 nail polishes in a variety of colours, and finishes, as well as 4 bottles of caviar pearls. With the box, you also get a funnel to put excess pearls back into the bottle. Among the nail polishes you will find:

- 10 cream finishes
- 2 sheer cream finishes
- 4 glitter or shimmer polishes
- 4 sheer glitter polishes
- 3 shades are exclusive to this set

A lot of these nail polishes were fantastic quality. Some didn't do it for me, as they became streaky and didn't want to cooperate. The brush on each nail polish was easy to use, it was on the larger, thicker side of nail polish brushes. I found with a few of the shade, a few of the brushes bristles came tangled up with each other, which didn't make the nail polishes apply very nicely. 

There is a really good mix of nail polish shades. Brights, neutrals, darks, and glitter; you've got everything. I would have liked to see more christmasy shades, since the set is promoted to be for the month of December. 

The 3 exclusive shades for this set were a let down for me. Magic Carpet, Enchanted Rose and Glass Slipper all look really nice in the bottle, but I wasn't wanting a clear base with glitter in them. I was hoping they would be opaque nail polishes, except they are hard to use, goopy glitter polishes that I probably won't get much use out of.The other let down in the set was the two sheer shades, Cookies and Cream, and Cutie Pie, they were both streaky.

Other than the few let downs, this is a great set! I've come to appreciate mini nail polishes, because I'm more likely to use them up instead of them wasting away in a drawer.

Each nail polish swatch is shown with two coats.  
What do you think of the Ciate Mini Mani Month? Will you be purchasing it? What is your favourite colour?

9.11.12

October Favorites

I'm a little late on my October favourites, because I've been busy with my new job, applying for schools, and just life in general. Life favourites;

+ Having the best boyfriend in the world. 
+ Reducing my spending is becoming easier and easier. Although the Sephora %20 off coupon isn't helping.
+ Loving my new job!
+ My cuticles have been extremely nice lately, but haven't changed any products in my routine.
+ Re-discovering products I've had in my drawers for awhile.
OPI Bubble Bath - Since I'm only able to wear neutral nail polishes at work, I've been wearing Bubble Bath a lot recently, it makes the nail so elegant looking. Swatches of Bubble Bath here.

Essie It's Genius - I recently did a review here about this nail polish. It has been one of my most worn nail polishes when I have a day off. 
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy - I've been loving all of my Coco Shines, but I've been reaching for Boy the most. The beige pink works really well with every fall look I've been wearing. 

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm - With the colder weather and crisp air, my lips get more and more chapped every month. I've been using this thick, extremely moisturizing lip balm before bed every night, and during the day if need be. It's been working wonders.
Bourjois Blush in Rose de Jaspe - I love this rose pink is one of the easiest blushes to wear. It's lightly pigmented, so you can't over use it to easily, but it also highlights the cheek area. 

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation - I've been raving about this blush ever since I purchased it two months ago. I'm completely in love with it, and use it almost every day. It blends into my skin seamlessly, and gives me the perfect coverage. Full review here.
Lancome Art Liner in Ice Black - If you've been reading Blush Bug for awhile now, I'm sure you know this is my favourite eyeliner ever. The colour, lasting power and application are perfect. I won't go on though. If you want to see what this looks like on, you can see that here.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze - I've been loving these cream eyeshadows ever since they came out, and Bad to the Bronze is by far my favourite shade. These apply amazingly well, and stay on forever. 

What are your October Favorites? Do you have any suggestions? I'd love to know!

8.11.12

Tutorial: 10 Minutes, 10 Products!

I've been loving doing these limited time, limited product posts! They've really been challenging me to find easy to use products in my makeup collection. It's also been a challenge to decide what products and tools are the most universal. I decided to do a more christmas themed look, green eyeshadow and red lips! 

I've already done, 5 Minutes, 5 Products so take a look at that if you'd like!

1. Base

Foundation and colour are always essential to start off a makeup base. I started off with Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup Foundation (1) and buffed it in using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush (2). To add colour to my skin, I used Guerlain 4 Eclats Blush in Rose Plein Vent 05 (3), I applied this golden peach shade with my Lancome Powder Brush (4). I also added Benefit Hello Flawless! Powder (5) with the same Lancome Powder Brush (4) to combat any shine. 

2. Eyes

Eyes became my most challenging aspect of this look. I started off with my favourite eye primer, Urban Decay Primer Potion (6), to prep for eyeshadow. Since I didn't have enough items available to use multiple eyeshadows and brushes. I chose Benefits Where There's Smoke Eyeshadow (7) because its an eyeshadow that doesn't need any other shades to make it look amazing. I applied the eyeshadow with a MAC 239 (8), a medium dense flat head brush. I chose the 239 because I can place the eyeshadow exactly where I want it, and still blend it out so there is no harsh lines. I also applied two coats of Prestige My Blackest Lashes (9), to add to the dramatic eye.

3. Lips

Lips are always the easiest to chose, I personally don't need multiple products for my lips so one product is perfect for me. Since I decided to wear red lips with this look, I wanted a softer red lip, instead of it being bold. I thought with a bold eye and lip, it would be to much. I chose a Clinique Chubby Stick in 05 Chunky Cherry (10).

What do you think of these Tutorial? Do you see any products you would like separately reviewed?

7.11.12

Sunday Wishlist

Okay, okay! I know it's not Sunday, it's wednesday! I don't know about you, but I pick one day of the week where I completely pamper myself, a head to toe spa day mostly in my tub. That day for me is Sunday, hence the 'Sunday Wishlist.' These spa days sure make the blues go away! I've been lusting after some new specialty products, not products I'd use every day, but the ones I pull out for full relaxation. 

With the Sephora VIB 20% off coupon being sent out, I might look into getting some of these! 

1. Lush Roots Hair Treatment. This new lush product is a treatment for fine, thin hair, which I defiantly have. I get quite a bit of product build up, and since this product claims to give dull, fine and thin hair volume and shine, It sounds perfect for me!

2. Clarisonic Mia. For two years I've been thinking about getting this, as there have been so many rave reviews about it, saying it's changed peoples skin dramatically, but I've never purchased one. To be honest, I've gone into Sephora to buy it, and walk out with a hand full of other various makeup items.

3. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask. I love laying around, with a face masque on. It's so relaxing, and the laughter of my boyfriend seeing me in a a new shade of face masque is something I always look forward to, as silly as that sounds. I've actually never tried a oatmeal face masque, and have pretty high hopes for this one. Crossing my fingers!

4. Kiehls Creme de Corps. Have you felt this before? It's so nice! I'm really not a body cream person, I don't really ever use body moisturizers on a daily basis. I know I should, but I'm too lazy! What a horrible excuse. This has a fantastic scent, and it lingers on the skin forever.

5. L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil. As I said above, I don't moisturize my skin, so why not do double duty. I love the Idea of a shower oil, if I like it enough to go through the expensive bottle so often, I might just use it regularly! It also doesn't help that I walk by a L'Occitane store to and from work. Resisting it becomes hard. 

Do you have a designated 'pamper' day? What are your favourite body products? Let me know!