Andrea’s August Favorites!

August was a pretty damn alright month if I do say so myself. My brother and sister-in-law bought a new home, my husband and I FINALLY got our hands on a copy of Betrayal at House on the Hill, I’ve started a provoking art collaboration with an amazing friend of mine,  my daughter went on a 10 day camping adventure with her aunt, and last but not least we found out that two lovely friends of ours are going to be parents. We Phaneufs live a blessed and charmed life that is for sure.

In the midst of everything I even had time to nail down some monthly favorites, and let me tell you. These will all be in my collection for quite some time. My apologies, the products may be a bit dirty but let me assure you that is only because they are heavily used. Woooo favorites!

Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder in 01

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This is by far the best powder I have ever used. When you look very close you can make out a bit of sparkle and luminosity. When applied to the face it just looks natural. you can build up this powder to cake-face level and it will never look unnatural. It isn’t the greatest at keeping oil at bay, but still retains the ability to prolong the wear of foundation.

 

Sephora Micro Smooth Baked Luminizer in “Stardust”

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I had received some gift cards for my birthday and I had decided that I wanted to purchase a subtle golden highlighter. I had finally settled on purchasing Nars “Albatross” as it was the exact shade I was looking for. Before heading to the Nars section at my local Sephora I decided to do some snooping in the Sephora Brand products. Let’s just say I nearly peed myself I was so excited. This luminzer is an EXACT dupe for Albatross and a fraction of the price. It is STUNNING as well.

 

TONYMOLY Intense Care Dual Effect Sleeping Pack

 

 

This is my holy grail nightly moisturizer. I am not kidding when I say that this stuff makes a difference overnight. With just one nights usage I find my skin to be incredibly hydrated, and the texture to be far smoother. And I also may be crazy, but I find out I break out a lot less when I use this product.

This is my holy grail nightly moisturizer. I am not kidding when I say that this stuff makes a difference overnight. With just one nights usage I find my skin to be incredibly hydrated, and the texture to be far smoother. And I also may be crazy, but I find out I break out a lot less when I use this product.

Sleek Makeup Pout Paint in “Milkshake”

If you are a fan of the OCC Lip Tars then you will love this lip product. Intensely pigmented, easily mixable, and a flat out gorgeous color. this is easily sheered out depending on the level of opacity you are looking for, non-drying on the lips, and they smell like oranges! Milkshake is a beautiful peachy-pink color that I think a tonne of different skin tones could pull off.

If you are a fan of the OCC Lip Tars then you will love this lip product. Intensely pigmented, easily mixable, and a flat-out gorgeous color. This is easily sheered out depending on the level of opacity you are looking for, non-drying on the lips, and they smell like oranges! Milkshake is a beautiful peachy-pink color that I think a tonne of different skin tones could pull off.

Match Perfection Skin Tone Adapting Concealer

I have been using this exclusively as my under eye concealer for this entire past month. I don't find it to be too overly pigmented, but it is very brightening. I enjoy the fact that it doesn't crease as well as creasing is the bane of my existence.

I have been using this exclusively as my under eye concealer for this entire past month. I don’t find it to be too overly pigmented, but it is very brightening. I enjoy the fact that it doesn’t crease as well as creasing is the bane of my existence.

 

Lightning Round Random Favorites Andrea Thinks You Should Check Out!

Song- Florence and the Machine “Shake it Out”

Internet Find- “Don’t Let Me Down Kid”

Movie- Afflicted 

Memory- Early on in the month I took part in a 12 hour board game marathon with my husband and daughter. Sweatpants- Mandatory.

Charity- PTSD Association Canada . Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

 

So there we go! Have you used any of the products I have listed above? Let me know in the comments below.  Here’s to back to school and cooler weather!

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My handsome husband and I at a lovely August wedding!

My handsome husband and I at a beautiful August wedding!

No Makeup? Yeah right.

Nothing makes the inner me laugh harder than when someone tells me I “look SO much better without makeup on!”, while I’m sitting there with tonnes on my face. No makeup, makeup is an art and I feel as if I have perfected it. Let’s be honest. I’m a 31 year old mother who doesn’t believe in plastic surgery, so of course that is going to show on my bare face. I just don’t feel as if people need to know that. What are your ‘no makeup, makeup’ tricks? Let me know in the comments below!

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Liebster Schmiebster.

If you aren’t a blogger, you probably don’t know what the Liebster award is. Essentially it’s a chain letter that flows around the blogosphere masking itself as an award. You answer questions if you are tagged, and then ask questions and tag other bloggers. Here is a link explaining more thoroughly.  I’ve avoided taking part for the last two years , while sitting at my laptop rolling my eyes. It has since occurred to me that this “chain letter” is an excellent way to promote other bloggers. Why not? I’ll tag em and bag em, and if they would like to take part they can! I will do this on one condition only though. I will only refer to it as the “Super Fun Time Excellent Good Nice Blogger Fancy Person” Award. So there.

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First let me address the questions that were asked of me:

1. What is your favourite thing in your entire makeup collection?

Would you ask a mother which of her children she loved the most? NO.

2. What is your go to makeup routine?

I like to apply it on my face. In gentle circular motions.

3. Do you contour?

Ohhhhh guuuuurl. Wouldn’t you like to knoooow?

4. What is your favourite colour to wear?

Glitter.

5. How do you prefer to accessorize everyday?

Pffft. I don’t even wear my wedding ring (Disclaimer: I love my husband, and my marriage. It’s a long story)

6. Do you do your makeup differently if you wear glasses?

No.

7. What is your favourite way to style your hair?

I prefer when I am not required to style it and I can throw it in a bun so I can accessorize it with my sweatpants.

8. Do you have any nightly beauty routines?

Cream of Newts Breath, and necromancy rituals.

9. What is the most important thing for you in your makeup routine?

To be able to wash it off.

10. What is your favourite part about doing makeup/hair/beauty?

Everything.

11. Have you ever thought about making a YouTube channel?

I’m a 31 year old Canadian woman who doesn’t like Starbucks. The YouTube doesn’t accept our kind.

 

YASSSS. So here are my questions for the people I tagged!

1. Where is it?

2. Can you please hand it to me?

3. What is your favorite sandwich topping?

4. Did you think Seanson 3 of ‘Heroes’ was terrible or horrifyingly awful?

5. Why am I so sexually attracted to Jeff Goldblum?

6. Why do flammable and inflammable mean the same thing?

7. Would you rather sweat mayo or have to poop a softball?

8.  Why do you think you deserve  the Super Fun Time Excellent Good Nice Blogger Fancy Person award?

9. Do you know where I left my keys?

10. Yes?

Have you made it this far? Are you still reading? WOW! Here is the list of the people I have so generously tagged to answer my stupid questions. Click below to see how they answered!

Sophistically Styled (I’ve created a Liebster paradox)

Dancing in Dior

Everything Caila

Manchester Flick Chick

Kannelise

 

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Oh the Possibilities

Sometimes a girl needs options.

With the Coastal Scents 252 palette that is EXACTLY what you get. Let’s be realistic. Who has the money to pay for 252 high end eyeshadows because they want to have their cake and eat it too? Not me that’s for sure. Well let me tell you this palette is probably the item in my collection that has given me the most bang for my buck. For only $39.95 on the Coastal Scents website, this palette has been exactly what I need when I need options. I’ll be honest, they aren’t the highest quality shadows I have ever worked with. They are powdery at times, and most certainly require a primer. That being said, the pigmentation is excellent- making this palette worth every penny. Below I have posted a picture of the 252 palette, along with just a couple of different looks I was able to create.

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Smoke Series

Who doesn’t love a smokey eye? Nothing makes me feel sexier, or more authoritative than a nice smokey eye makeup. The options are endless too. You can wear them soft, strong or colorful and always finish with different impact.  I decided to try some different colors and shapes to show this.

Which smokey eye is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

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Bird of Paradise

My husband and I often have very different imaginations. He asked me to do a bird of paradise look. Specifically he was inspired by this video. After I had finished snorting and laughing I sat down and got to work. I’m pretty sure when he asked me he had something pretty and fluttery in mind. I’m known for my stubborn qualities, and I did not want to disappoint. 20140627_151728 20140627_151642

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