Monday, October 31, 2016

HALLOWEEN: CSI Bloody Fingerprint Nail Art

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! CSI and Criminal Minds were always one of my favourite TV shows as a teenager (and still as an "addult"). So, there's a little nail art ode to the slightly graphic and gory shows.  It's another one inspired by my favourite Youtuber (cutepolish). 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Recover Shampoo & Conditioner #LiveRaw

R.A.W. - Real. Authentic. Wholesome - an all new product line from Matrix Biolage that is 99% biodegradable and 70% to 100% natural-origin with no sulfates, silicones, parabens or artificial colorants. Sounds good to me! 

Is it weird that I find the packaging really funny? The bottles look exactly like those overpriced $10 cold pressed juices. But don't be fooled by the fruity scents. This is shampoo and conditioner (for external use only). In all seriousness, the packaging is rad. Every bottle is made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Clinique High Impact Custom Black Kajal in Blackened Black, Brown, Blue & Green

There's a new eyeliner in town. It's the Clinique High Impact Custom Black Kajal ($21 CAD). 

The brand claims rich, dark, skip-proof colour with 12 hours of staying power. The Clinique High Impact Custom Black Kajal has a deceiving name. Not only available in black, rather there's 3 additional shades - Blackened Brown, Blackened Blue and Blackened Green. It's not the most extensive shade range, but it's great for those who like to keep it simple or switch up their black liner for something a tad different. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

THREE THINGS: Barely There Makeup with CoverGirl

Since starting full time work this month, I've had to dial down my makeup routine quite a bit. I'm in a professional business environment, so I feel the most comfortable at work with a "barely there" kind of look. To help me achieve it, I've been getting a little help from a few products from CoverGirl. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

NYX Soft Focus Tinted Primer in Medium Beige

It's not a foundation. It's not a tinted moisturizer. It's a tinted primer. As a complexion/foundation junkie, I was stoked to try the NYX Soft Focus Tinted Primer, a primer that's said to add a sheer hint of colour while creating a smooth base for makeup application. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

HALLOWEEN: Creepy Cute Cat Nails #ManiMonday

Another Halloween nail art look! Again, it's a CutePolish-inspired look because I'm all about the easy nail art. Cats are cute but something about a bunch of black cats with little green eyes is a little bit creepy! 

Products Used: Formula X Peach Tea, Ceramic Glaze Little Black Dress, Essence Don't Be Shy! 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

HALLOWEEN: the Glampire #GlamToGhoul

This time every year, Make Up For Ever releases 6 easy Halloween looks - three GLAM and three GHOUL. No costume required, just your face and a few makeup bits. 

Make Up For Ever has partnered with Sephora to bring you video tutorials and product recommendations (including Pro SFX) - all of which can be found here. The GLAM looks are the Eternal Goddess, Darling Deer and Creature of the Night. The GHOUL looks are a Sugar Skull, Glampire and the Walking Undead. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Eye Love Eye Cream - Kate Somerville, NSPA, Life Brand, Vichy, Philosophy and more!

For the past 8 months, I've been rotating through 9 different eye creams. Nine is the teensiest bit excessive but I've been testing them all out to see which ones I like best. I'm in my 20s so my focus is wrinkle prevention and a little hydration along with keeping my undereyes looking fresh underneath makeup. So here it is. All the eye creams I've been trying. Different ones for different reasons. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Cargo Eye Contour Eye Shadow Palette in Shade 01

Another neutrals palette? Yes. The Cargo Eye Contour Eye Shadow Palette in Shade 01 ($39 CAD) is, in fact, another neutrals palette. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

HALLOWEEN: Easy Purple Skull Makeup (Chrisspy Inspired)

A skull is one of those really easy Halloween makeup looks that doesn't require an entire costume. It also calls for very little skill (just a bit of blending) and 5 or 6 products that you definitely have in your makeup collection - a foundation, an eyeliner, a black shadow, any other colour of shadow, and a bone coloured shadow are all you'll need. 

Chrisspy's rendition of this easy skull makeup was done with a warm brown and a black. I chose to do my re-creation in purple, because what's life without a little bit of colour? 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

eos Delicate Petals Hand Lotion

Just launched in late August, the eos Delicate Petals Hand Lotion ($3.99 CAD) is a new product from evolution of smooth. I reviewed the eos Hand Lotion in Berry Blossom years ago. The Delicate Petals Hand Lotion is really quite similar, just a brand new scent. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse Liquid Lipsticks in Queen of Hearts, Truffle and Smoke & Mirrors

Metallics are all the rage this season. Particularly metallic lipsticks in liquid form. Want to get on the trend without spending an arm and a leg on shipping (or a lipstick that you'll only wear once)? Try the Hard Candy Metallic Mousse Liquid Lipsticks ($7.98 CAD).  


Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Smoke & Mirrors, Queen of Hearts and Truffle

Monday, October 17, 2016

HALLOWEEN: Jack Skellington Nightmare Before Christmas Nail Art

It's been a minute since I've watched the Nightmare Before Christmas but it's my all time favourite Halloween movie because I'm too much of a 'fraidy cat to watch anything else alone. This nail art look is particularly simple, as it's a re-creation of a very old CutePolish tutorial. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

THREE THINGS: Sephora Collection Fall 2016 Bits & Bobs - Foot Masks, Hair Ties and Brushes

By "bits and bobs", I mean all those things that you find in Sephora's AISLE OF DOOM (the infamous shelving near the checkout counter). Some things in the aisle of doom are absolute pieces of poop, while others are total gems. I'm here to help you distinguish which ones are which. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

EVENT: #HardCandyFalliday2016

Put fall and holiday launches together in a room and what do you get? Falliday! 

Last week, I attended Hard Candy's Falliday 2016 event at Wish Restaurant in downtown Toronto, featuring yummy food, runway-inspired makeup demos, and a whole lot of exciting new makeup. If you missed all my Snaps/Insta-stories (@stephh_lau on both platforms - shameless plug), here's a quick recap:

Hard Candy Fall 2016 Launches

Seeing the Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-In Pigment Makeup Drops ($7.98 CAD) made me so happy. I've wanted to try the CoverFX drops but they're not particularly affordable. Hard Candy's are. I swatched a couple shades and they're pretty darn potent. The Makeup Drops are available in 12 shades. 

The Hard Candy Metallic Mousse ($7.98 CAD) is an affordable, accessible metallic liquid lipstick alternative for those of us that don't want to splurge $20+ on something we'll wear twice or don't want to pay the hefty ColourPop shipping. Available in 7 shades including a purple and a bronze! 

In lip prep, there's the Hard Candy Instant Lip Fix ($7.48 CAD) featuring a scrub and oil, as well as the Hard Candy It Takes Two Lip Primer Duo ($7.48 CAD) which includes a glossy lip primer and a creamy lip primer to prevent your lip products of any finish from fading. 

I've been in love with lip oils lately, because they're the perfect way to perk up your lips and add a bit of shine and colour without going all out. Hard Candy puts a twist on the traditional lip oil its new Blooming Lip Oil ($7.48 CAD), which goes on clear and reacts with the pH of your lips to create a unique hue. Available in 2 shades - zen strawberry and calming peach. 

Hard Candy is ahead of the curve with its unique lip colours. They've released new shades of existing products like the Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lip Gloss ($5.98 CAD), Hard Candy Plumping Serum ($6.98 CAD), Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick ($5.98 CAD), and Hard Candy All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain ($5.68 CAD). Noteworthy mentions include the Fierce Effects Lipsticks in White Out and Twisted Metal (pure white and a glittery chrome) and the All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stains in Cuckoo for Cocoa and Stix and Stones (a wearable brown and purply nude). 

Other Fall launches include the Hard Candy Top Ten Satin Eyeshadow Palettes ($6.58 CAD), the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Instant Eye Fix ($7.48 CAD), and the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Lotion ($9.98 CAD). 

Hard Candy Holiday 2016 Launches

Halloween and Holiday are my two favourite times of the year for makeup. Halloween hasn't even passed yet but if you're one of those super keen holiday shoppers, you'll probably want to know that Hard Candy has gift sets for as low as $2.97 CAD for lip gloss, nail polish and eyeshadow ornaments up to just $19.97 CAD for the Jingle Nails Set (19 nail polishes), the Glam Kit Supreme which includes 54 eyeshadows, 10 eyeliners, a shadow brush and a sharpener or the Best of Holiday Kit which includes 14 Hard Candy Best Sellers.


For the face - Hard Candy Blush, Contour and Conceal & Correct Kits ($4.97 CAD each)

For the lips - Hard Candy Flavoured Lip Balms ($2.97 CAD), Have a Ball Lip Gloss ($2.97 CAD), Get Your Lip On Set ($4.97 CAD for plumping serum, hydrating stain, shimmering gloss and a cosmetic bag), Lips of Love Set ($4.97 CAD for 3 x shimmer lip gloss, lip stain or daring gloss and a cosmetic bag), Size the Sparkle Set ($4.97 CAD for 3 x nail polishes) and the Glossing All the Way Set ($9.97 CAD for 20 mini lip glosses)

For the eyes - Glam Kit ($4.97 CAD for a palette of 9 shadows), Glitter Gel Palette ($4.97 CAD for 3 glitter gel palettes), the Party All the Way Set ($9.97 CAD for 9 eyeshadows, 6 liners and a cosmetic bag)

For nails - 12 Days of Nails Advent Calendar ($9.97 CAD)

All in all, Hard Candy has some super fun stuff coming out this Fall/Holiday season. I took home a few things to test out, so stay tuned for reviews coming up shortly. Happy shopping! 

What Hard Candy Fall/Holiday things are you excited for? 

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Friday, October 14, 2016

THREE THINGS: the NYX Maroon Lip

As soon as the temperature drops anywhere below 15C, my lip colour palette goes from very mauve and nude to something much darker. Oftentimes, it's a maroon or burgundy (the difference... I'm not quite sure). Today, I have three picks from NYX to share with you - the NYX Retractable Lip Liner in JewelNYX Butter Gloss in Red Velvet, and NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Club Hopper

Thursday, October 13, 2016

An Introduction to MUJI Skincare

Minimal packaging. Quality ingredients. These are the cornerstones of the MUJI skincare range. While many brands pour all of their money into marketing, branding and packaging, MUJI says that they choose a more minimalist approach to packaging and branding, preferring to invest in the ingredients to let the product speak for itself. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Caryl Baker Enchanted Colour Collection

Fall collections are in full swing. Caryl Baker has released the Enchanted Colour Collection for Fall 2016 which features warm neutrals and deep, matte lip colours - tis the season! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

THREE THINGS: Breast Cancer Awareness Month with eos, Travalo and Cashmere

1 in 9 Canadian women are expected to develop breast cancer during their lifetimes. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual initiative by major breast cancer charities to raise awareness and raise funds for research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of the disease. 

Their are a plethora of ways to show your support for the cause such as volunteering, leaning about breast cancer, direct donations and also donations through the purchase of of products. Today, I've got three different Breast Cancer Awareness items to share with you. 

eos Body Lotion ($4.99 to $8.99 CAD) - 100% of the net profits from the sale of the eos Berry Blossom Body Lotions will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Internationally, there is a separate donation program supporting breast cancer research centres. This was my first experience with the eos Berry Blossom Body Lotions. They're fairly lightweight and remind me a lot of the eos Hand Creams but in bigger bottles. The formula is whipped and contains shea butter, vitamin E, avocado oil, coconut oil, macadamia seed oil, soy bean oil, flower seed oil. Available at Loblaws, Walmart, London Drugs and FamiliPrix in two sizes, 200mL with a flip top cap and 350 mL with a pump. 

 ($19.99 to $49 USD) - For this month, all sales of the Travalo Excel, Classic HD and Milano pink models will be donated to Bright Pink, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to save lives by empowering women to live proactively at a young age. If you're not familiar with Travalo, it's the perfect way to make your heavy glass bottle of perfume travel-friendly. The refillable atomizer allows you to refill it directly from any fragrance bottle with a removable spray head. Travalo is available at

Cashmere Ultra 3 Pink Bathroom Tissue - 25 cents from each purchase of the limited edition 3 ply bathroom tissue is contributed to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (up to $35,000 per year). The bathroom tissue is hypoallergenic and dermatologist approved.  3-ply is fancy. I know it seems strange to be talking about toilet paper but I recently attended the Cashmere White Collection 2016 Fashion Show, featuring 16 Canadian designers that made season-inspired designs crafted in Cashmere Bathroom Tissue. My favourite was a floral high-low gown by Narces! You can also vote for your favourite design at and $1 for each vote will be donated to the CBCF. 

Will you be picking up any of these pink products?

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Sephora Formula X #ColorCurators Collection 2016 with Huda Beauty #ColorCurators

The October, November and December Formula X Color Curators Collection will feature the one and only Huda Kattan of Huda Beauty. Huda Beauty is what many would consider the top  world's top beauty influencer with 15.2 million followers on Instagram. Formerly working in finance, Huda Kattan is currently a Hollywood trained makeup artist and also has her own cosmetics brand featuring lashes, lip products, henna tattoos and an eyeshadow palette. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

this works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

It's another highly-raved about product from across the pond - the this works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray ($22.08 USD on this works is a UK brand that produces natural products using ingredients sourced from British farms. The brand sells various skincare, bath and body and wellbeing/aromatherapy products. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Zoella Beauty Soak Opera Bath Soak & Shower Creme + Blissful Mistful Solid Fragrance

In case you missed it, Youtuber Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella) has a bath and body range. There's something about listening to a British person speak that is quite charming and calming (hello, Lisa Eldridge, Pixiwoo, etc.). Despite no longer watching all of her videos, I'm not embarrassed to say that I've been subscribed to Zoella for quite a while. 

Yes, Zoella is British. But Canadians, don't you fret. Zoella Beauty is available in Canada at select Brunet, Familiprix, Guardian, IDA, Lawtons Drugs, London Drugs, Pharmasave and Uniprix stores in addition to Today, I've got two items from the range to share with you - the Zoella Beauty Soak Opera Bath Soak & Shower Creme + Blissful Mistful Solid Fragrance!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Ole Henriksen POWER Bright 3-Step Professional Brightening System

While most skincare systems are specific to skin types or skin issues like acne, dryness, wrinkles, oiliness, etc., everyone could use a little skin brightening in their lives. The Ole Henriksen POWER Bright 3-Step Professional Brightening System ($66 CAD) promises just that. It claims to be a solution for dullness, uneven skintone, fine lines and wrinkles. 

The Ole Henriksen POWER Bright 3-Step Professional Brightening System contains 2 sponges plus 6 sets of three one-time use products - the Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask, the Ole Henriksen Truth 25% Vitamin C Concentrate, and the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser. The Sugar Glow Polishing Mask and Pure Truth Melting Cleanser are also sold separately.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm in Candied Casis and Pink Framboise

The Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm ($24 CAD) are two products in one adorable macaron-shaped package. One side is a sugar scrub. The other is a lip balm. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

HALLOWEEN: Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad) Makeup + Video

This one's for all the Suicide Squad and DC Comics fans out there. I was into the messy, crazy, pretty look for Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and the movie and got inspired to re-create it.  It was fun, and fairly simple to do without buying any new beauty things! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Paul & Joe Beauté a Stroll in the Park in Paris Collection for Fall 2016

A Stroll in the Park in Paris by Paul & Joe Beauté isn't your typical fall collection. It's sweet, chic and not at all vampy or intense. The collection is inspired by colourful autumns in Paris - nudes and neutrals to accent the elegant and romantic shades of the season. 

The collection contains 3 Paul & Joe Eye Color CS ($26 CAD), 2 Paul & Joe Cheek Colors CS - like the Guerlain Meteorites but with CAT shaped pearls ($48 CAD), 3 Paul & Joe Lipstick Refills CS ($21 CAD), 3 Paul & Joe Lipstick Cases CS ($7 CAD) and 2 Paul & Joe Hand Creams ($17 CAD). 

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Month in Nail Art - September 2016 - Marc Jacobs, Blair Eadie, and more!

It seems like I've dubbed this month as "Striping Tape September"... 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush in Lines & Last Night

My proudest nail art moment this month! I was looking at the stunning Marc Jacobs Air Blushes and had an epiphany. I thought to myself, "How pretty would this striped pattern look on my fingertips? SO PRETTY?". It turned out exactly how I imagined and the execution was quite simple. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

IMATS Toronto 2016 Photos, Haul and #NYXAfterDark After Party

Every year, the International Makeup Artist Trade Show is held in several cities all over the world including New York, Los Angeles, London, Vancouver, Sydney and [most importantly] Toronto. Located at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, my third year at IMATS Toronto was similar but different from the previous two years.