Tutorial: New Years Eve Glam with LANCÔME*

For those of you with plans for New Years Eve and want to keep things easy, minimal and quick in the make-up front, then this tutorial would be great for you! 

I wanted to add some sparkle of course to the lids, and pair it with a glossy fuschia lip! The one great thing about this lip lacquer is that even though it may wear off through the night, it is a stain so your lips will still retain the color all night long! 

My favorite part of this look honestly though is the highlighter, can we take a moment to appreciate how truly popping and gorgeous this is? It's buttery smooth and can be worn subtly with a sheer wash or layered to give you even more of that glow! In this look, I layered it twice but as you can see it does not look powdery or cakey at all. I truly just need to own more of these. 

If you're interested in the tutorial and my review, then keep on reading below....

Products Used:
LANCÔME - Blur & Go Stick* ~ If you want to have a smooth and flawless canvas, you need this. It fills in any enlarged pores you have on the face and just makes makeup application effortless. I really hope they do not discontinue this because I will keep purchasing this. 

LANCÔME - Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation (270 Bis W)* ~ I had gotten my friend hooked on this a few years back, and if I was a fan then, I'm still a fan now. This is a great buildable coverage that can help you out if you want a light coverage day to something more full if needed without ever looking cakey and thick. It makes me look airbrushed and I love it - the photos you see above are in NO WAY retouched at all. I wanted you to see how everything performs as is. 

Tarte - Shape Tape Concealer (Light Medium)* ~ a tried and true concealer, will always be my ride or die holy grail. 

LANCÔME - Long Time No Shine Loose Setting Powder* ~ does what it needs to, smoothes out the makeup you applied so that you can continue to layer on other products without anything grabbing to any liquids you put on previously (in this case I used it to set my liquid concealer + foundation). 

Smashbox Cosmetics - The Cali Contour Shape Bronze and Glow Palette ~ I appreciate the all in one slim packaging of this product. Great for travel and on-the-go without having to pack multiple items. This one palette can offer you a contour, highlight (matte and shimmer) and a bronzer with a blush. They are all pigmented, buttery smooth and do not pull orange on me at all. 

LANCÔME - Dual Finish Multi-tasking Illuminating Highlighter (05 Sparkling Peche)* ~ this is a MUST BUY. I want them all! This product is not raved about enough, I swear. In the tutorial you will see it applied in real time, it's GORGEOUS.

LANCÔME - Color Design (Embers)* ~ I have been using their shadows for a LONG time, I still remember I had a satin/shimmer purple finish one that I wore every day when I worked retail and would always get compliments on it, this was about 10 years ago. Embers is a copper matte tone that is pigmented, a little goes a long way as you can see. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty - See-quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow (Gleam Girl)* ~ A great shimmer product that you pat on with a finger. It reflects light in a beautiful way and stays put without flaking off everywhere. 

Fenty Beauty - Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner ~ tried and true, raved about this alot on my blog!

LANCÔME - Cils Booster XL* ~ a great primer for the lashes that helps the short itty bitty lashes like mine lengthen and thicken.

LANCÔME - Hypnose Volume-A-Porter* ~ Lancome makes some of my favorite mascaras and this one is no different. I like how this brush really seperates my lashes while being able to grab and quote each lash as well and lengthen it. 

KOKO Lashes - KOKO ~ I have used these lashes for years, again, tried and true. I have backups of this!

LANCÔME - Fix It Forget It Setting Spray* ~ A great setting spray that feels comfortable on the face without making it feel tight, or dry. It helps my makeup last all day and also does a great job in making the makeup look cohesive and blended together as one without altering the look.

LANCÔME - L'Absolu Lacquer (378 Be Unique)* ~ beautiful high gloss lip lacquer that leaves behind a stain. This is not sticky which is a bonus and having a stain left behind means I won't have to worry about having to reapply product on my lips to make sure I don't look ghastly.

Have you tried any of these products before? I would love to hear from you! If not, is there anything from this video that wow-ed you or made you want to go grab it!

Happy New Year everyone! See you in 2019!

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for review/consideration, all opinions are my own.

Review: The Body Shop Holiday Collection 2018*

The Body Shop is currently having their Holiday Sale which features up to 50% off on select items, so if there was anything you were eyeing, I would suggest checking to see if they are currently on sale right now. I have always wanted to try the Banana series, I have heard such great things about it, and their shampoo, conditioner + mask are all 50% off too but it seems like their shampoo is sold out online! BOO :( 

Review & Swatch: OPI Nutcracker and The Four Realms Collection*

This Holiday Season, OPI has released its limited edition Nutcracker and The Four Realms collection, that features 12 shades and 3 additional glitter top coats.  I have these babies all swatched in this blog post below, and will also let you know how many coats are needed to achieve full opacity! To learn more about these babies, then keep on reading below!

Review and Tutorial: Blue Smokey Eye ft. Brand New Makeup (December 2018)*

Here's another tutorial for my Makeup Monday series featuring more brand new items that were recently added to my collection - mostly it includes Tarte products, Make Up Forever, Charlotte Tilbury and Pat McGrath. If you want to see my thoughts on these items, and whether they are worth the purchase, then keep on reading below!

Product Empties and Review: July - December 2018

In the past 5 months, I am quite proud of the amount of products used up. As usual, I have separated my review in different categories for convenience - facial wipes/puffs, cleansers and moisturizers, body products, haircare, makeup and miscellaneous. 

Holiday 2018 Gift Guide - Home Fragrances*

While my blog focuses on beauty related items, I do know that there are alot of my readers who want to gift items to those in their lives that may not be avid makeup/skincare users. Therefore, this gift guide is dedicated to you!

I am personally a big fan of home fragrances, I used to use candles all the time (before I had my baby), however since then I have transitioned into using diffusers and room sprays. Below I will be introducing you to my favorite brands and products, so if you're interested in learning what they are, then keep on reading below!

Review & Tutorial: Holiday Makeup Look ft. Canadian Drugstore Beauty Items*

I have created a few Holiday posts on my blog already, but none that is strictly dedicated to drugstore products. As such, I decided to do a post now and try out my new ring light my husband got me for christmas and include a short video as well! (for those who are followers already, will know that I do like making minute long videos I can just put onto my Instagram page!) I think that the below look is quite easy to achieve and the glitter lids paired with the red lip (or you can switch it out to a nude one) would be great to add some Holiday sparkle without being too bold!

Below is an overview of all the products used to create the look above and can be found at your drugstore (including the makeup brushes) - If you're interested in seeing my mini review of each products, then just keep on reading below.

Review: OGX x Nicole Guerriero Limited Edition Disco Party Theme Collection*

OGX is a brand of hair care products that I have been using for a while now, and you can read more about my past reviews here. Recently, they have collaborated with the famous YouTuber Nicole Guerriero to launch three limited edition scents - Mistletoe Wishes, Midnight Kisses and Ice Berry Queen in both shampoo and conditioners. Being both a fan of OGX products as well as Nicole Guerriero, I knew I had to try these ones too!

Review & Giveaway: Veet Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler Expert*

While I frequently write about makeup and skincare products, lets not forget about body maintenance products as well - specifically ones to help keep things you know, tidy! Veet has recently released a new beauty styler product, called the Sensitive Precision Expert - which is now the #1 women's electric trimmer in Canada. It is actually an improvement to their first model, and is designed to help trim and precisely shape the hair on your delicate body parts - face/eyebrows, bikini and underarms without the fear of being nicked or cut.  

This trimmer can be used as is, or wet as it is waterproof! It retails for $29.96 (MSRP), and can be found at most Canadian retailers like Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart and Amazon.

The product comes neatly housed in this a plastic container and bag as you see above, and it comes with the trimmer gadget itself as well as 7 separate accessories. I really appreciate brands who take the time to think of the little things that go the extra mile for me, in this case, the pouch. I can easily just toss everything in the bag and store it in my washroom drawer.

While there are instructions in the product packaging itself, one thing I found helpful was the labelled comb attachments. The ones you see below - 2mm and 4mm are horizontal attachments to help you achieve a uniform hair trim. I would recommend this one for the bikini area. The one on the far left, is a comb attachment that gives you two different lengths in ONE attachment itself - more so aimed for the eyebrow. Again it is set at 2mm and 4mm.

One other great thing is that this trimmer only requires ONE battery - yay! and is very easy to use, just align the arrow together at the base of the unit, and twist shut. Also, there is a little brush to help you clean the razor.

The razor itself has a pivoting heat, which means you can adjust it to whichever angle is best for you to take care of the area you need - I know this was beneficial when trimming the brow area as you might not want it straight, but at an angle. One thing I would recommend is to set it at 4mm first, so you can see how you like it. You can always go shorter, but you can't reverse any mistakes if it is cut too short!

Now for the fun part - a GIVEAWAY! One of you lucky readers will be able to win one of these! To enter, simply fill out the ballot below. I am going to make this a quick one, just so that you can hopefully get this before Christmas, so I will pick a winner Friday night!

1. Please do not follow just to unfollow on Instagram, it's unkind and dishonest! I will be checking if you have followed my account (@mirandachan) when the winner is selected. 
2. Giveaway is open to Canadian Residents Only! 
3. Winners have 48 hours to respond to my notification e-mail, failure to do so will result in me selecting a new winner (this is to just keep the ball rolling and not hold-up the process)
4. Prize pack is not mailed out by me, but I will be facilitating with the process with the winner.
Goodluck everyone!

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Review, Swatch and Tutorial: YSL Gold Attraction Collection (Holiday 2018)*

YSL Beauty creates some gorgeous and luxurious makeup and they are known for how beautiful their products are. However, their limited edition collections are even more jaw dropping than their regular everyday items - I have written about some of them before and you can find it here. This time, I am bringing to you some items from their Holiday 2018 Collection, rightfully named Gold Attraction (as you can see from the photos in this post). The sleek black packaging makes the the gold glitter YSL Logo pop! 

To see swatches of this collection and see what my thoughts are, then keep on reading below.

Review, Swatch and Tutorial: Sephora Holiday 2018 Collection*

This Holiday Season, Sephora launched a wide assortment of make-up and beauty items ranging from sponges, lip sets, eyeshadows and more! I was kindly set a few items to review and play with and I have them all swatched for you below! So if you're interested in reading about it, then you know what to do!

Holiday 2018 Gift Guide - All About the Lips*

The Holiday Season is here and one of the things I get asked most is what should I get for so and so, at this or that price point. What I started doing, were gift guides - and instead of bulking everything together into one guide, I thought it would be best to do separate ones for different categories so that .I can break things down into different price points as well. If you're interested in seeing what recommendations I would make for lip products, then keep on reading below!

Review, Swatch & Tutorial: Suva Beauty - Saffron Palette*

SUVA Beauty has been a brand I was recently introduced to a few months ago, and I am so happy that I am continuously able to try their new product launches. I have written about them before, so if you're interested in reading about it, then click the link here. SUVA Beauty creates one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas, they are whipped, weightless on the lips and moisturizing - bonus, they smell like vanilla cupcakes with toasted marshmallow? mmm...This post features their newest product launches, their Saffron Palette, two Hydra Liners and two new Liquid Lipsticks. I have these babies swatched for you as well as applied on the face so you can see how they work and look.