Monday, September 30, 2013

Makeup Monday : Benefit Concealers and Primers

Welcome to Makeup Monday! I had every intention of creating my own YouTube beauty channel but I decided to wait until I bought my new computer to start editing and filming!
Here is a little Benefit haul full of concealers and primers. Benefit Cosmetics is probably one of my favorite makeup brands. I love everything from the packaging to the product itself.
Shoppers Drug Mart now offers Benefit in their beauty boutique section, so it's nice to not always have to go to Sephora to buy this brand.
When I went into Shoppers Drug Mart my intentions were to buy the Fake Up concealer (even though I didn't need it) and The POREfessional primer. I had already bought the Erase Paste a few months back, but never mentioned it in my blog, so I decided to add it in my haul.

First up : Fake Up

I loved how it has a moisturizer around the concealer. I have super dry skin and I hate when I'm dry around my eyes and then when I try to apply makeup it gets all cakey and gross. I loved how this moisturized but at the same time concealed my under eyes. It is super moisturizing, so much that I didn't like using it in the summer. I felt it would just slide off my face or rub off quickly. I love it now however that it's getting colder and my eyes are starting to look tired and dry. I like to mix this with another concealer and I love the benefits of the moisturizing effects. With regards to it concealing, it does a really good job, however I think Boi-ing (their other concealer) is better for coverage.
I still love this concealer because I like to mix it with others.

Next Concealer : Erase Paste

Again, this concealer is very moisturizing. Not as much as Fake Up because Erase Paste is more "pasty" which again, I don't like using in the summer. I feel its too cakey in the summer so I stick with this for winter. However I must admit if I were to pick Erase Paste verse Fake Up, I would pick Fake Up. Erase Paste can be a bit too much for what I need. However, if you need some dark circles covered this baby will do the job.
Between the concealers I have tried I prefer Boi-ing, then Fake Up and keeping Erase Paste last. I will still use up all these concealers because they are still great concealers!!

First for primers : That Gal

When I went into Shoppers my intention was to buy The POREfessional and ended up leaving with That Gal. I was so mad I didn't end up getting the POREfessional but the lady working said I didn't have big pores and should try That Gal. I loved how That Gal had a brightening aspect to the primer but when I went home I realized I like the consistency of The POREfessional better. I still think That Gal is great and I could definitely see my face was brighter which is always great for when my skin gets dull in the winter. That Gal felt like a moisturizer more than a primer. My makeup wasn't smooth to apply like The POREfessional but it did keep my makeup on all day.

The lady at Shoppers Drug Mart ended up giving me a sample of The POREfessional which I wasn't sure was a good thing, because I preferred it way more than That Gal. I do have black heads on my nose which I hate and this covered them up completely. It actually evened everything out and made my skin flawless. I barely even had to put on any concealer or highlighter.
In the end yes, I wish I bought The POREfessional but I will use That Gal up because of the brightening aspect. 

The lady also gave me a sample of Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation and it's great. I usually don't wear foundation as I usually don't need it and I hate caking makeup all over my face. If I were to buy anything it would be something very light and sheer, which this one is. I loved it and although the colour was slightly darker than my pale skin, I blended it to work. The combination of The POREfessional and this on top is absolutely stunning. My face looked fake and flawless but in a good way haha. It was very light but also gave a nice coverage and I'm pretty much sold on repurchasing this in a bigger size. I also love to get samples of foundations because they usually break me out. It's nice to see if this one will break me out before spending money on a full size. So far, so good!

Check out my Sephora haul (here) for my other Benefit reviews!

What are your favorite Benefit products!?
-Sydney xo

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Classic Fall Sweater

Here is my look for today!

As my title says, this sweater is truly the most classic fall sweater. I am in love with the colour combo and print on this sweater. The colours of fall!! I purchased this beautiful sweater at the boutique I'm running this year at The Loft along with the most comfortable jeans by Mavi Jeans. I use to hate wearing jeans! I would live in leggings and nylons for the fall/winter, but these changed my mind on jeans. We sell them at the store now and I've already bought three pairs because I love how flattering but comfortable they are!

Sweater : Gentle Fawn (The Loft) 
Jeans : Mavi Jeans (The Loft) 
Boots : Topshop
Sunglasses : Ralph Lauren 
Yellow Diamond Ring : Lia Sophia
Spike Bracelet : Cocoa Jewelry 
Long Sleeve : American Eagle
Orange Ring : (Value Village)
Bag : J. Furmani (Value Village)

-Sydney xo

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fall Favorites

Here is some "fallspiration" for you! These are my fall favorites outfits from last year!
Fall is my absolute favorite time for fashion, I'm sure many people can agree with me. Sweaters, leggings, jean jackets, nylons, leather jackets, boots, plaid, army print, faux fur, big scarves and the list goes on. I feel like you can do so many things with fall fashion. I have a list on my phone bursting of all the fall outfits I plan on showing you all these past two months :) 

Don't forget to check out my fall outfits from this year :)

-Sydney xo

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Glamour at the Pumpkin Patch

 Here is my some what glamorous outfit for the pumpkin patch. I toned it down though with some riding boots, so I could go out in the field to pick out my pumpkin. 
My beautiful hounds tooth coat is from Value Village along with my riding boots. These are my recent scores from Value Village. I'm a sucker for anything hounds tooth. I was also on the hunt for some new boots, which I was going to pay full price for. When I found these I decided I should just stop looking in regular stores and stick to Value Village. These boots are legitimate riding boots worth $150-$250 and I got these babies for $12.99 :)

Sunday was the first day of fall and I was just itching to celebrate and do something that screams fall! Of course what better way to do that, then to go pumpkin picking!! I just went to one of my local farms near my house, where you can also go apple picking.

Coat : (Value Village)
Boots : Aigle (Value Village)
Bag : (Value Village)
Sunglasses : (Salvation Army)
Riding Pants : Jacob
Yellow Ring : Lia Sophia
Gold Bracelet : Lia Sophia
H Bracelet : Hermes

When I got home my mom popped open some Muskoka Harvest Ale. Super festive, but I'm not the biggest fan of this type of beer. Makes for a great fall photo though :)

 I also just bought a new phone case. A black cat! I try to get phone cases for each season, so I thought a black cat would be nice for fall/halloween. My phone case is called Binx, like Thackery Binx from Hocus Pocus. Yes I name my phone cases. I decided to introduce my own black cat Dill, to my new black cat in my life.

He wasn't pleased.

-Sydney xo

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Officially Fall

It's officially fall and I'm officially a happy girl! I love fall and I love to make a list of things I want to accomplish, during this beautiful season! I decided to share with you my list this year and to recap on my last years fall season.

7. Pick out the best Halloween Card
Every year my sister and I try to pick out the most "halloweeny" card for each other. Last year we ended up giving each other the same one.

8. Buy festive Candles and Warm up by the Fireplace

9. Go for lots of Fall Walks

10. Create an Amazing Thanksgiving Place Setting

11. Watch all my favorite Fall/Halloween Movies

12. Come up with an awesome Halloween Costume
This was a costume my mom made for me when I was younger. She bought a long blonde wig and transformed it into this, for Cindy Lou Who.

13Bake lot's of Fall/Halloween Treats
Check out all my past fall/Halloween treats. This is my cake I created two years back :)

concentrate and keep up to date with my blog. My computer broke..again, but I'm going to buy a new one next week. It's time for me to really go hard and give all my lovely viewers a post everyday!!!

What is on your fall to-do list!!?

-Sydney xo