Screw Makeup Rules-I’m Never Matching My Lipliner & Lipstick Again!

It’s been driving me NUTS. All year long to be honest-well, the almost 7 months that have passed(HOLY HECK, is time flying by as quickly for you as it is for me?) What’s been driving me nuts you ask? Orange Lipstick. You know, it’s a HUGE makeup trend. And normally I don’t really care all that much about makeup trends to be honest. But I really LIKE orange. A lot! But it looks just all shades of wrong on me. So it’s been a thorn in my makeup side to not be able to participate in this makeup trend.

So the other day, I decided to try something different. Something against ALL the makeup rules. It was like a last ditch effort to make orange lipstick wearable for me.

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HEYYY? I LIKE IT! I think it works! Can ya’ see what I did there?

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MUFE Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil 17C, Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in #885 Vibrant Mandarin, MAC Magenta Lipliner

First I took my MUFE Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil 17C which is the BEST orange lip liner in existence. Seriously, you know I don’t lie. THEN, I took the fabulous Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in #885 Vibrant Mandarin and layered that over top. And the Kicker? I took my unused and unloved(I don’t’ know why, but I forget about this gem) MAC Magenta Lipliner and then lined my lips with that hot, purpley pink. And it WORKS. At least I think it does haha! :D  Here’s the swatches of the colours, so you can see them in their original, almost boring state.  :P

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Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in #885 Vibrant Mandarin, MUFE Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil 17C, MAC Magenta Lipliner

See how they all look so good together?

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Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in #885 Vibrant Mandarin, MUFE Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil 17C, MAC Magenta Lipliner

And who said your lipliner HAS to blend in with your lipstick anyways? You know how I’ve been loving a more graphic eye look lately? Well, how about a more graphic LIP LOOK? I say YES. Screw the makeup rules! Makeup should be FUN.

Let’s do another makeup experiment, shall we? Humour me. Since I quit working, this is ALL the science I get to do lately…

How about my FAVOURITE Red lipstick(which was kind of unwearable for me the last year or so) Make Up Forever #43 Moulin Rouge Artist Intense, which is a really bright red? Well, if I pair it with Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil Fuchsia 16C, it works for me!

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Make Up Forever #43 Moulin Rouge Artist Intense and Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil Fuchsia 16C

Take a look!

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Make Up Forever #43 Moulin Rouge Artist Intense and Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil Fuchsia 16C

Whaddaya think? See how the bright pink lip liner makes that red work for me? From far away it makes the red look more blue-based than it actually is.

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Make Up Forever #43 Moulin Rouge Artist Intense and Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil Fuchsia 16C

One of my favourite reds has always been MAC Viva Glam 1. I mean, Hello Ru Paul was the spokesperson. I love her. And the shade? Gorgeous. But to be honest, a little hard to wear for me since it’s such a brown-based red. A 90s red, if you will.
But I decided to pair it with MAC Magenta lip liner, and YES.

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MAC Viva Glam 1, MAC Magenta lip liner

I kind of like the combo!

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MAC Viva Glam 1, MAC Magenta lip liner

I like it! And it means I can wear Viva Glam 1 again! Who knew?

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MAC Viva Glam 1, MAC Magenta lip liner

So what I’m trying to get at in this makeup experiment of mine, is SCREW the makeup rules. Do what works for YOU. Makeup should be fun! And what’s more fun than experimenting with colour?

What lip liner/lipstick combos will you try this week? I challenge you all to come up with a combo you’d never dream to think of pairing! Let’s get BOLD BABY! Post them to Instagram and Twitter and use the hashtag #BreakTheLipLinerRules and let’s start a new makeup revolution! DO IT. Make me proud!

Beauty Blog Link Love 19/07/14

Phyrra tells you to Be Cool Honey Bunny and check out the new Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection!

Over at Makeup Morsels, MM’s putting some bathtime & bodycare products through their paces. Find out which ones made the cut.

This week at theNotice, Rae has found the perfect neutral quad. You heard her: it’s perfect. And you’ll never guess who it’s by.

Jenny from My Funny Valentine explores the Pantone 2014 Colour Of The Year with a FOTD featuring purples, pinks, grey and gold.

Summer is the best time to check out new beauty products! Jenn from Spicedbeauty finds three that she’s obsessed with.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed discovers the hassle-free joy of a lip stain – check out her swatches and decide if not having to reapply lipcolour all day would make your world a better place!

Beauty Info Zone shares beauties from a name we haven’t heard from in a long time Vincent Longo. They’ve developed gorgeous new products and reformulated many of our old favorites. With a discount code too, you can’t help but love Vincent Longo Cosmetics.


ArtDeco Miami Collection for Summer 2014

Apparently for some people-those who like summer and hot weather that is-Miami is the place to be. There’s no way I’d survive in Miami. I’d melt. But thanks to the ARTDECO Miami Collection for Summer 2014, I can wear the bright summer colors of the fashion trend location without having to visit. Thank you!

The limited edition ARTDECO Miami Collection is very summery indeed! With iridescent eyeshadow sticks, colorful eye liners, waterproof mascara and sensual lip gloss pencils the products  are long-lasting and/or waterproof as well.

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ArtDeco Miami Collection Summer 2014

ArtDeco Long-Lasting Eyeshadow Stick No.35 Cruise Ship is a creamy, water-resistant and long-lasting eyeshadow stick. The smokey purple shade is great for a fun evening look! It’s really creamy and blends quite easily before it sets so you have plenty of time to blend.

ArtDeco Liquid Liner No.22 Cool Atlantic is a mineral textured liquid liner containing silica and calcium which makes it waterproof. It has a flexible foam tip that makes it quite easy to apply. You have to shake it first though! And it takes a bit of time to dry, but once it does that eyeliner won’t budge until you take it off.

My favourite part of the ArtDeco Miami Collection Summer are the Glossy Lip Colors. These are a long-lasting, wet-look cream gloss in stick form. Upon application, they feel a bit sticky and thick. The formula kind of hugs your lips, and really reminds me of those MAC Huggable Lipstick Crayons that were released some time ago. If you like those, then you’ll like these as well. The sticky feeling settles down after a bit, and for me becomes quite comfortable actually. Your lips feel really protected and I like that a lot! They stay put with no bleeding or feathering, which happens to me a lot when I wear a glossy lip crayon. Not with these! I really like them!

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ArtDeco Miami Collection Summer 2014: Liquid Eyeliner No.22 Cool Atlantic, Eyeshadow Stick Cruise, Glossy Lip Colors in No.32 Glossy Havana, No.16 Glossy Pink Grapefruit

Swatchy Time!

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ArtDeco Miami Collection Summer 2014 ArtDeco Long-Lasting Eyeshadow Stick No.35 Cruise Ship, Liquid Eyeliner Cool Atlantic, Glossy Lip Colors Glossy Havana and Glossy Pink Grapefruit

Here are what my favourites, the Artdeco Miami Collection Glossy Lip Colors in Glossy Pink Grapefruit and Glossy Havana look like on my lips:

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ArtDeco Miami Collection Summer 2014: Glossy Lip Colors in No.16 Glossy Pink Grapefruit and No.32 Glossy Havana

You can find the ARTDECO Miami Collection at select Shoppers Drug Mart Stores across Canada right now! Get it while you can!

Friday! Finally! It’s been a long, LONG week for me. How about you? Any plans this weekend?

*products sent by the lovely PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray(40z $35, 8oz $49) is a new, lightweight silicone-free spray makeup primer which I was pretty excited to try! I have some pretty large pores on my nose, so the idea of ditching a heavy, pore-clogging primer that I usually need to fill in those pores sounded pretty cool to me!

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SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray

SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray is a breathable, silicone-free and paraben-free makeup primer spray that’s loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and their temperature-control technology. It’s clinically-proven to soothe redness, prevent breakouts, control the appearance of oil, even-out skin tone and reduce large pores over time. I’m just gonna say it, because you know I can’t HELP myself: C’mon… nothing can make your pores smaller people, I hope we all know that one by now, right? Products can make your pores appear smaller, but I’m sorry that’s just a bunch of malarky. Why companies still try to feed us that misinformation really and truly baffles me…  :(


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SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray

SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray applies in a really nice fine mist! So fine that it’s kind of hard to even feel it hit your face. Guess I’m too used to getting slapped in the face by MAC’s Fix+ every day hahaha! :D  But don’t spray too much of the stuff like I did the first time, because you’ll be waiting forever for the stuff to dry! I now know better, and use 2-3 sprays tops. I spray an X and then just straight down the centre of my face. It still does takes a couple of minutes for just 2-3 sprays to dry, and it leaves a bit of a tacky feeling when you touch your face. It’s kind of weird, because you don’t actually feel anything on your face until you touch it and then feel the tacky. It does seem to make pores look smaller, but it doesn’t make them disappear. Nor does it make them smaller over time. I’d type my whole pore rant here again, but it’s late, and I think I got my feelings on the subject across pretty well, hey? :D

What SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray does do is reduce redness nicely, and you know I need me some of that! I don’t really notice my makeup going on any smoother to be honest, but it does seem to help it last longer, especially powder foundation like Bare Mineral Matte which I’ve been favouring over the last while. Usually mineral foundations disappear on me after 8 hours, but not when I use this primer. So, I guess it works! But I do find that it’s a tad drying for my skin, which makes sense since it’s supposed to reduce the need for makeup touch-ups and blotting. I do like that there’s no oil, parabens or sulfates in it, but I do wish there wasn’t any alcohol in there as well. I think that’s a big reason why I find it rather drying for my skin.

I like SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray! But to be honest, I prefer their makeup-setting sprays like Urban Decay Chill and All-Nighter. I use one of them every day and love them! This I kind of forget to use, and I think it’s just that I’m not used to a spray primer. Most of the bloggers that have reviewed this seem to really adore it though! So, it’s worth a try I say, especially if you have oilier skin.  I think you’d really like it then! And by the way, if you want to try this new primer, now’s a good time!

SKINDINAVIA are offering 20% off  their makeup sprays + get a free travel size as well! But just until Friday July 18th, so better hurry up! Order online HERE. They ship pretty much everywhere too!

 Whaddaya’ think? Intrigued? Have you tried this and love it? Do you use a primer? 

 *product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine, especially the pore rant.  :D

How About a Unisex Beauty Routine With Eraclea Skincare

Eraclea skincare is a new skincare line that I’ve recently been introduced to. Each product by eraclea contains a combination of hyaluronic acid sponges and hyaluronic acids of various molecular weights, called the HylaSponge System. The HylaSponge System acts like a “second skin” or equilibrium barrier. It hydrates the skin’s surface layer and helps push hydration toward the skin’s deeper layers.

What’s cool about eraclea, is that you could use them, or your hubby or SO could use them. Heck, if you find that your guy is dipping into your skincare anyways, why not both of you use the same skincare line then? Totally possible with eraclea!

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eraclea skincare

Eraclea has found that products like its Pure Hydration are excellent for men after a close shave(no stinging!) and a day in the sun, so that got them thinking about a unisex skincare regimen for the summer. Now, this is a great idea if you both have the same skin type! These three products from eraclea are great for you couples that both have oilier, or combination skin.

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eraclea pure hydration serum/zinc

Eraclea Pure Hydration Serum/Zinc ($80) is a great moisture-intensive serum that rejuvenates and replenishes the skin, promotes healing and reduces redness. It’s a thin, watery serum with no fragrance at all. It absorbs instantly, leaving a smooth finish to skin. It’s perfect for those that don’t like that dewy, tacky feeling that serums and moisturizers can leave on your face. I love it. I put my sunscreen, or a BB Cream on top of this serum and I’m good to go. No suffocated skin! No breakouts! And my hubby loves it as well. He has very acne-prone skin, and this lightweight serum he actually uses since it feels like nothing on the skin.

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eraclea skincare daily bamboo exfoliant

Eraclea’s Daily Bamboo Exfoliant($40) helps increase skin cell turnover rate and resurfaces the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, age spots, discolorations and acne scars. This is my favourite product and it’s really great! I love using a manual exfoliator like this, although every day is too much for my sensitive skin. This one is really gentle though, and not overly abrasive at all. It’s great for guys to use to get an even closer shave. If there’s one skincare product you should get for your SO, an exfoliant like this one is what I recommend for sure. And this has none of those plastic beads that are clogging up lakes. Perfect!

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eraclea skincare intensive repair and protect serum/vitamin c

Eraclea’s Intensive Repair and Protect Serum/Vitamin C ($75) works to protect against cell damage, accelerate cell renewal and improve texture.  It has a nice and thin texture with no fragrances and absorbs quickly. Man, it works really well! I think Vitamin C is a must in skincare, and not a lot of guys use it. Let your SO use this one and he’ll be asking for more I promise! It evens out skin tone, reduce wrinkles, and will help make sunscreen more effective. A must have for both of you!

Kind of a neat idea, hey? Sharing? Especially when traveling I think it’d be nice to be able to share skincare products for sure. And if you can’t fathom sharing, or are too attached to your current skincare products, then just get some eraclea for your SO. Most of the skincare that’s out there and targeted towards men really does nothing for them. These products will actually give them results!

Do you buy skincare for your SO? 

*products sent by PR for consideration, thoughts are mine as always! :D

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon (Luna)Tic 64

I’m not a huge fan of the whole Marc Jacobs thing. Clothes, purses, shoes, and now makeup-nope. Not something Tracy likes. You know, it’s the whole logo/branding thing. I can’t stand that stuff. The old punk in me starts to get all jumpy whenever I get near that kind of stuff, so I try to avoid if I possibly can. I don’t like being a walking advertisement for some rich A$$whole.  :D  See? PUNK. ALWAYS A PUNK.

But these Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayons are something that have intrigued me ever since the makeup line debuted last year at Sephora. I like pencil eyeliners. A lot. But at $30 a pop, you know, it’s just a RIDICULOUS amount to pay for an eyeliner. Until one day, you’re browsing through Sephora and have OBVIOUSLY lost your freakin’ mind…and swatch one and then think HEYyyyyy baby, you look like really pretty and BAZINGA! It’s jumped into your little evil basket(I think those baskets are the DEVIL’S invention. They just make you buy more stuff. Say NO to the Sephora basket people. NOOOOO.)

That’s my story of how I ended up with Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon  (Luna)Tic 64 and I’m sticking to it. That and the name. How could I resist the name Lunatic for an eyeliner? It’s just freakin’ impossible. The only problem though? Every time I use this eyeliner I can’t help singing:You may be right! I may be crazy! But it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for! Sigh. And I’m not even a Billy Joel fan you guys. Seriously, I’m not. Remember, PUNK. But it’s amazing how song lyrics just stick in your head and remain there 25 years later… dang radio and the whole playing a hit song 50 times every hour in the 80s. I should sue you for damages….  :P

For some reason though, I can’t find a picture of my Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon (Luna)Tic 64 in my pictures folder? I have no idea why? But here’s a stock photo from Sephora’s website for you in case you need to see what a pencil eyeliner looks like. :P I’m horrible, I know. But seriously. It’s a pencil. Eyeliner. Not much else to show you, except it’s silver? And kind of long?

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon (Luna)Tic 64


Swatchy time! Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon (Luna)Tic 64 is a pale, metallic, sparkly lavender. Which is another reason why I got it. I have no such shade in my vast collection of eyeliners.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon (Luna)Tic 64

So, these Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayons are supposed to be like a gel pot eyeliner encased within a crayon, and have extreme-wear, and waterproof.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon (Luna)Tic 64

You know what? I have to agree. Wow, these are SOFT. So be careful when you first use this! Don’t twist up too much, or you’ll break it. Like I did and BAM, there goes like $5 worth of eyeliner on the freakin’ floor. Yup. Not kidding. Be careful.

There’s a built-in sharpener on the end, so you can get a nice pointy tip if you like. But honestly, I don’t think these are made for precision eye lining. Which is ok with me. Soft liners like these are great for under the lash line, or for smudging on the top lash line. And that’s precisely how I use my Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon. Plus, sharpening this expensive eyeliner just wastes precious, expensive product! Don’t do it, unless you absolutely have to.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon (Luna)Tic 64 lasted through a 30 minute run on the treadmill today, and I even dabbed at my sweaty face and it was still there. And then? I went for an hour long walk after dinner with the hubby. It was 26C out. Liner STILL there. Not entirely intact, but there. This liner is no joke people. It’s the real deal. Although, I have to say if I were to intelligently think this kind of expensive purchase through, I’d have chosen a shade with no sparkle. You know why? Because it’s just so TENACIOUS and long lasting, that it’s actually pretty hard to remove it all! Sparkles and liner, they both like to stick around like nobody’s business. Even after a shower and using an oil-makeup removing cleanser I STILL had to use a makeup wipe to take care of some stray sparkles under my eyes. Wow.

Is Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon (Luna)Tic 64 worth the $$$? If you think it is, then that’s what matters. I personally am really loving this shade! The eye look you see up there, is pretty much all I do these days; I just change the eyeliner up so I don’t get bored. And this eyeliner doesn’t bother my eyes at all since it stays put so well, sparkles and all. So for me that’s a yay!

Are you a Marc Jacobs Beauty Fan? Or just an MJ fan in general? I do like his Spongebob Squarepants tattoo. I love Spongebob. One of my favourite cartoons to be honest. And guess what college the creator Stephen Hillenberg went to? Yeah, that’s right! CalARTS. The same college Marky is going to! Speaking of which-tuition is due. GULP.

The Body Shop Girls Night Out Event and Contest!

The Body Shop will be hosting a Girls Night Out event in ALL their stores across Canada on Thursday, July 17th. The event is a chance for customers to find out about new launches, get free mini makeovers and take advantage of exclusive deals.

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The Body Shop Girls Night Out Event

Here are details about The Body Shop Girls Night Out!

When: Thursday, July 17 2014, 4.00 PM – close

Where: ALL The Body Shop stores across Canada

There’s going to be all kinds of deals ar The Body Shop Girls Night Out like mini makeovers, $5 off Fab5, $5 off Body Sorbets and a Free Japanese Cherry Blossom Bundle too! If you’re a Love Your Body Member(Memberships cost $10) you can get $5 off Instablur, $5 off Instablur Eye, $5 off Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet, and $5 off Tea Tree BB Cream. Loads of deals and fun to be had!

And I have a really special giveaway from The Body Shop just for Canadian Beauty Reflections readers!

Tweet/Instagram a picture of yourself at any Girls Night Out with #TheBodyShopGNO hashtag, and tag @TheBodyShopCA and me as well @BeautyReflectTS to be entered to win a hamper of The Body Shop Summer Must-Haves worth $100! You can also tag me on Instagram @beautyreflections too! I want to see all of you having a blast at The Body Shop Girls Night Out Event on Thursday, July 17th!

So mark the date on your calendars! Get to your local Body Shop on the evening of July 17th and tweet me a pic! The best picture wins! :D

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