I've been working on this post for a long time- as long as I've been harboring my love for DAVIDsTEA. I hope to integrate beauty and tea on my blog a little bit, and I figured this would be as good a start as any- connecting the two! Here are some makeup looks inspired by my top 5 fruity-flavoured teas from the brand DAVIDsTEA, in ascending order.
#5- Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait
Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait was one of the first teas I loved from DAVIDsTEA. Its yogurty, fruity smell pulled me right in and I had to try it. Sadly, it's heavy in hibiscus, which I'm not overly crazy about. I tend to make my first cup of this tea as an iced tea, and then use the second steep for a latte as the hibiscus has been steeped out, so as to not cause the milk to curdle (which has been the source of much debate, trust me).
Big chunks of strawberries and yogurt pieces make this herbal infusion positively scrumptious. For the makeup look, I wanted to evoke a latte made with this tea.
This look was a fairly simple one. I used Swoon from the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette in the crease and outer corner, with Girl Talk Prismatic Shadow by NYX on the lid. On the inner corner is the OFRAxdupethat highligher in You Glow, Girl! The wing was made with the Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner. I tried to go for a dewy look, so I mixed some of the BECCA Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector in with my foundation, and highlighted my cheekbones with the same pinky-toned highlighter I used in my inner corner. For blush I'm wearing the Body Shop All-in-One Cheek Colour in Bubblegum, and on the lips I have the LORAC Alter Ego lipstick in Girl Next Door topped with a milky pink lipgloss by Bite Beauty.
#4- Sunny Citrus
I feel bad for mentioning this tea since it's been discontinued for a while- I received it in a swap. However, Orange Creamsicle from T By Daniel is a good dupe for the flavours.
Sunny Citrus is a gorgeous mix of orange, lime, and ... vanilla? A lot of people like it iced, but I prefer it hot so the hibiscus isn't as apparent and you get a lot more of the vanilla flavour.
For this look I used primarily my Urban Decay Electric palette. Thrash is the lime green I applied heavily to the lower lashline- I also lined my waterline with a green MAC eyeliner (can't remember the name, but it was LE anyway). I used Slowburn all into my crease and lid, using Makeup Geek Chickadee as a transition colour. I also put Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (foiled) on the inner half of my lid. I think I highlighted my inner corner with BECCA Moonstone. On the cheeks is Joe Fresh cream blush in Melon, I believe, and the lips are MAC Morange lipstick.
#3- Serenity Now
I fell in love with Serenity Now, an herbal infusion, as soon as I tried it. I originally bought it because of my love of Seinfeld, but this tea is such a good staple while remaining one-of-a-kind. I find it to be more satisfying than "relaxing", with its mellowed-out blend of mint, strawberry, and a hint of lavender.
Plus it's very, very pretty.
For the look, I wanted to play up the lavender and mint. I used my Swoon from the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca palette in the crease, and the Shiseido cream shadow in on the lid. On the lower lashline are both shadows from an unnamed Maybelline duo, and on the inner corner is Muse from the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette. On the cheeks is the Clinique Cheek Pop in Pansy Pop, and the OFRAxdupethat highlighter in You Glow, Girl!
For the lips, I used the Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid lipstick in Ayesha and then patted the Shiseido cream shadow over it for a bit of iridescence.
#2- Electric Lemonade
There's a reason Electric Lemonade is second on my list of favourite fruity teas- I love everything about it. It's a maté, which means it's energizing as all hell, and its flavour is complex while still being delicious and not overwhelming. The same leaves will steep multiple times as well, making this tea very cost-effective.
The flavour of this tea is definitely lemonade inspired, but it's so much more than that. Now, I'm not usually a berry fan, but there's something almost blackberry-wine inspired to this lemonade iced tea. It's unique and certainly addicting.
For this look, I needed to make the "lemonade" part clear, but I also wanted to convey how much of this tea tastes like delicious bright berries.
For the eyes, in the crease and outer V are Swoon from the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette and Savage from the Urban Decay Electric palette. On the lid and inner corner is Telepathy Super Shock Shadow by Colourpop (part of the Where the Night Is quad in collaboration with KathleenLights). For the lower lashline, I lined my waterline with Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in Piggy Bank and then smudged some of Anthem from the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette onto the lashline. Cheeks are a mix of Pansy Pop from Clinique and Hussy by Illamasqua. Lips are the Milani
#1- Caribbean Crush
Caribbean Crush was undoubtedly the fan favourite out of the 2016 Summer Collection, and I'll fight anyone who says that I'm not its biggest fan. This fruit infusion packed with cranberries, pineapple and papaya smells like pure heaven. I wish DAVIDsTEA had made a candle or body cream that smelled like this tea- I even keep the tin by my bedside so I can smell it when I'm going to sleep. I'm totally in love with it. It's just.... yummy? Fruity, yet different, and incredible when oversweetened just a tad. I can't put my finger on what makes this tea so unique and amazing, but I've been replenishing my stash high and low from anyone who will give me some, as this tea has been discontinued (as it was LE).
For this look, I wanted to capture the happiness that this tea makes me feel- the deliciousness of the Carribean, an explosion of fun colour and flavour.
This look was pretty complicated, on the eyes, anyway. Tutorial-worthy, I'd say, if I were patient/skilled enough for that sort of thing.
I used mainly the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette, so when I reference a shade without telling you what brand, that's where it's from.
I started out with Illamasqua Single Shadow in Creep, a periwinkle blue, using it heavily as a transition shade through my crease and blowing it out. I then deepened up the crease with Synth, and in the spur of the moment, decided that Misfit (a true matte green) would look great on the outer corner and pulled into the crease. For the lid, I used two single shadows by essence: the 3D shadow in Irresistible Mermaid Kiss all over the lid, and the Metal Glam shadow in Jewel Up The Ocean for the glitter.
The lower lashline was a bit more tricky to make it not look muddy. I used a white sticky base (NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk), and then, starting at the inner corner going to the outer corner of the lower lashline, placed and blended in order: Fran (yellow), Analogue (orange), and Destroyer (red). I lined my lower waterline with Piggy Bank Creme Gel Liner by Colourpop and put Makeup Geek's Foiled Eyeshadow in Fortune Teller on the inner corner.
On the cheeks is essence Heat Wave, BECCA Champagne Pop and the Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer. I decided to do a few different lip options- in the photos above is MAC's Morange, and on the bottom is the Milani
Which look was your favourite? How do you feel about the fruity iced tea craze? Do you like makeup looks inspired by other things? Let me know in the comments below!
22 Aug 2016
16 Aug 2016
Today (night?) I'm melding two posts I've been meaning to do into one: a disappointing products post, and a post about products that the internet 'made me buy' or otherwise influenced me to purchase (whether it be general hype or a specific recommendation from an idol or friend). And to get even more specific, this post will feature all face products, because I've got a lip and eye post coming later on! So let's just jump into this, shall we?
I excitedly anticipated the release of the L'Oreal Pro Glow foundation after I saw the preview on instagram. I was sure it would become my new Holy Grail foundation. It claimed everything I wanted in a foundation, it was drugstore, for dry skin, had some very pale, cool shades, and it came in a squeeze tube. What more could I have asked for? My excitement doubled when I heard youtubers reviewing this foundation- actually going somewhat in-depth- and raving about it. They said it lasted all day and made their skin look gorgeous.
I finally got my hands on it after three weeks of stalking the local Wal-Mart. I was so sure that I would love it, that I applied it before work that day without testing the wear first. That was a mistake. This foundation seemed to eat up any powder I set it with. It looked decent for an hour and then gummed up in all of my lines- and worse, it started to wipe off my face in huge clumps. It was like my skin was repelling the product. I looked like hell for a good half of my work shift.
And then..... it broke me out. I'm not particularly acne-prone, but suddenly I had red and white pimples all over my cheeks, chin, and in between my eyes. It took a week for the breakout to be appeased with masks and spot treatments. The whole texture of my skin was thrown off and irritated. In short, I'm never going to wear this foundation again. I wanted to do a full review and wear test, but I just can't bear to put this stuff on my face again.
Another product that I was excited to buy (okay, let's face it, for someone like me, every new makeup purchase is exciting) was the NYX HD Photogenic concealer. My Youtube idol, Kayla Hagey, used it all the time to highlight her face and conceal blemishes and it looked awesome. Sadly, it doesn't agree with my dry skin- I found it clung to patches that I didn't even know were dry, even with a smoothing primer underneath. This made the coverage look cakey no matter what I did. I'm still willing to give this one another chance, but after hearing it be hyped up for so long, this concealer was a huge letdown.
(photo credit: amazon.com)
I don't actually have my own product picture since I already gave the product away, but the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso has been a cult favourite of Youtubers and bloggers alike for years. It's supposed to complement and give life to any skin tone- but it seems I have one of the skin tones it just isn't flattering on. Now, I love orange blush, but this is a shade of peachy-orange that on me, makes it look as if I applied patches of a too-dark foundation to my cheeks. I can't make this look good on me no matter what I do. At least in this case it's not a dud product, just a shade that's unflattering on me personally.
Kathleenlights is one of my favourite Youtubers, and she loves the NYC Smooth Skin Powder. I'd seen her using it in a few tutorials recently, and had been running out of my favourite loose powder. I figured I couldn't go wrong with a huge tub of loose powder for around five dollars... well, apparently I could. I found my makeup looking just... bad, somehow, whenever I used this powder, and then I figured out that it was making my concealer and foundation oxidize really badly. It also exacerbated wrinkles I didn't even know that I had! It made me feel ugly, and that's the opposite of what makeup is supposed to do, so I'm not going to use this product anymore and consider it disappointing.
My last disappointing product is one that I still use regularly, but one that I could definitely live without as it didn't live up to my expectations. Hold the rotten tomatoes- that product is none other than BECCA's Champagne Pop. It was recommended to me by several of my blogging friends in the CBB, but I don't fault them for that. ;D
I just don't know how to feel about this product. It looks gorgeous and reflective on everyone else- just watching Chelle of Makeup Your Mind apply it in her videos is a religious experience. But on me, it's just okay. The powder has glitter in it, which I don't like, and I find myself reaching for this highlighter only out of obligation. I much prefer BECCA Moonstone to Champagne Pop, and that might just be because of my skin tone, but I find the product itself to be dry and a little powdery. I don't know if I regret making this purchase, necessarily, but I do know that I was disappointed with this product.
What's the last product you bought because of the online world of beauty influencing? Did you love or hate it? Tell me in the comments!