{HAUL}: MAC Cosmetics


Pro Longwear Concealer – “NW30”
Concealer that provides a medium to full coverage; claims to last 15 hours

  • I bought this to cover the darkness under my eyes. My foundation is usually “NC42″ but I got “NW30″ to correct and brighten the darkness underneath my eyes. This was highly recommended to me by one of my make-up artist friends. I got a little sample and tested it for a few days and loved the coverage and finish. This concealer did not look drying underneath the eyes and if definitely did not enhance my usually-subtle wrinkles which other concealers have done.

Lipstick – “Russian Red” (matte) & “Ruby Woo”  (retro-matte)
Intense & vibrante blue-red  shade

  • I have wanted both shades for a very long time and couldn’t decide on which shade to get, so I bought both! They both look very similar in the tube, but when I applied, one is more matte than the other and one is more bright in shade.

Pro Longwear Paint Pot – “Soft Ocre”
Long-lasting, pigmented cream shadow

  • I’ve been using “Painterly” Paint Pot for years. But noticed that it’s sometimes too light for my clients. I have always wanted to try “Soft Ocre” as it’s a bit darker and more yellow. I use this as an eye primer to act as a good base before applying eye shadow.

Can’t wait to use these products! Have you tried any of these?

Wear ‘Radiant Orchid’, the Pantone Colour of the Year!

The Pantone Colour of the Year is ‘Radiant Orchid’.

Pantone LLC says,

“Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple — one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates joy, love and health”
Photo credit: www.Pantone.com

How can you incorporate Radiant Orchid in your make-up?

Here is how I wear it — keeping it subtle, natural, and soft with Elizabeth Adren‘s Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in, “Golden Orchid“. 

$24 CAD (NET WT .09 OZ 2.5 g)

I applied “Golden Orchid” on my entire lid. To add more definition to my eye, I took a darker purple shade and applied it in my crease and blended it out for a softer look.


 “Golden Orchid” is a beautiful shade of purple and very close to the actual “Radiant Orchid” shade. What I like about the eye shadow is that it has gold flecks in it which makes it more wearable for an everyday look. The eye shadow doesn’t appear too bright on the skin, so this is perfect for those who want a colourful, yet subtle & soft look.

If you are new to Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Eye Shadows, they are:

  • long-lasting
  • crease-free
  • improves appearance of signs of aging (i.e., smooths skin)

How do you incorporate “Radiant Orchid” in your look?


Eyes of the Day (EOTD)

Today’s eye make-up look is featuring Annabelle Cosmetics Quad Eyeshadow in “Chai Chai Chai”.


Annabelle Cosmetics Quad Eyeshadow

  • Very pigmented: Extremely impressed with the pigmentation and color pay-off of this product.With just a light touch, you get a lot of product on your brush. 
  • Silky touch: Very soft and silky and when you apply it on your lids there is little to no “fall-off”.

Check out Annabelle’s Quad Eyeshadow on www.annabelle.ca to see other shades they offer.
Currently on special for $8.95 (reg. $10.95).

I paired up Annabelle Quad Eyeshadow with Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara.

I highly recommend this palette. This eye shadow quad has been my go-to, everyday palette to achieve a natural smokey-eye look for months now. It can be taken from day to night by adding more smokiness with the darkest brown colour giving a sexy, sultry look.This product exceeds my expectations for a drugstore palette and is excellent quality for the price you pay. Thumbs up all the way!

Long-lasting? Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil

One of my favourite black pencils, Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil, is on my eyes today.

This pencil is not just a pencil, but it is a creamy eye shadow in a pencil form — a jumbo pencil form to be exact!
My all-time favourite colour of them all is Licoriche. It’s not just black, but it’s super black! Very pigmented, opaque and it glides on like buttah (butter)!
It’s easy to blend to create a gorgeous evening smokey-eye or a subtle daytime smokey-eye (like the one I’m wearing today) and it stays put ALL day. It can even act as the perfect eye shadow base all over your lids and can be applied to your waterline!
These pencils come in a range of different colours (click here) so you can definitely have lots of fun playing with your eye make-up!
Pick up your Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil at your local drugstore ($8.95) and give it a try!
Here is my quick Instagram photo of today’s eye look:

{Beauty Panel} The “No Make-up” Make-up Look

I have exciting news!

I have been asked to be a part of www.fashionmagazine.com‘s Beauty Panel team which launched on March 7, 2013!

What is the Beauty Panel?

It’s a team of Canadian Beauty Bloggers who answer questions about make-up, hair, and nail polish!

The first question is: 


Mine is what I call, the “No Make-up” make-up look!
A look that is very natural, easy-to-do, and presentable for a day in the office

To see the actual post on www.fashionmagazine.com click here

Products used:

Moisturizer – Embryolisse – Lait Crème Concentrè

Foundation – NARS Firming Foundation in Syracuse
Concealer – MAC Select Moisturecover in NW30
Powder –  MAKE-UP FOREVER HD Microfinish Powder (set under-eye concealer) & MAC Blot Powder in Dark (face)
Bronzer – Annabelle Perfect Bronze in Sun Goddess
Blush – MAC in Gingerly


Primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Eyeshadow – MAC Malt and Shroom
Eyeliner – Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in Brown
Mascara – MARCELLE Power Volume Mascara in Black


Lip balm – Aveeno Essential Moisture Lip Conditioner in SPF
Lipstick – Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Voluptè SPF 15 in Beige Ultimate (#3)

To see entries from the other beauty bloggers on Beauty Panel, click here

What is your everyday make-up look?

Bang for your Buck Palettes

Ready-made palettes are such a good way to get a ‘bang for your buck’.
It can add up to be much cheaper than to purchase these eye shadows individually.

Urban Decay’s Naked Palette 1 & 2 were a big craze in the beauty world, but here is an affordable dupe that has been recommended by other make-up lovers.

$26.99 CAD

20 neutral eye shadows and 10 lip colours

Nude On Nude Palette

The palettes I will show you below are beautiful neutral palettes that I have been hearing a lot about. These palettes can be found at Sephora

PRO Palette
$55 CAD

Eight shimmer and eight matte eye shadows in all the shades

This set contains:
– 0.17 oz Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Shadow Primer
– 0.32 oz PRO Eye Shadow Palette (Top row matte colors: White, Cream, Taupe, Light Pink, Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black; Bottom row: Nude (Shimmer), Champagne (Sparkle), Gold (Shimmer), Lt. Bronze (Shimmer), Pewter (Shimmer), Garnet (Shimmer), Deep Purple (Shimmer), Slate (Shimmer))

Laura Mercier
Artist Palette for Eyes
$60 CAD

The top row features a range of dark to light shimmer shades in Chocolate, African Violet, Sable, Guava, Cameo and Sunlit, while the bottom row includes light to dark matte finishes in Vanilla Nuts, Plum Smoke, Café au Lait, Coffee Ground, Deep Night, and Rich Coffee.

This set contains:
– 12 x Eye Colours in Chocolate, African Violet, Sable, Guava, Cameo, Sunlit, Vanilla Nuts, Plum Smoke, Café Au Lait, Coffee Ground, Deep Night, Rich Coffee

The Master Class Palette
$68 CAD

28 Photo Op Eyeshadows, four brow tech powders, eight cream eyeliners, two blushes, three soft lights, and four lip glosses.

This set contains:
– 28 x Eyeshadows (starting at top left corner) in Vanilla, Frost, Butter, Parfait, Ambiant, Frambois, Peacock, Cabernet, Serpent, Aubergine, Azure, Ash, Opal, Linen, Flirt, Nectar, Granite, Golden Orchid, Dusk, Cinnamon Toast, Blackout, Chestnut, Haze, Roast
– 4 x Brow Tech Powders in Bliss, Bare, Sable, Sumatra
– 8 x Cream Eyeliners in Ivy, Guilt, Picasso, Lava, Midnight Purple, Image, Midnight Brown, Caviar
– 2 x Blush in Posy Pink, Warm Apricot
– 3 x Soft Lights in Lens, Prism, Shimmer
– 4 x Lipgloss in Buff, Bitten, Guava, Mulberry

Have you tried any of these palettes?
What is your must-have palette?

* photos and information taken from nyxcosmetics.ca and sephora.com

2012 Beauty List

In 2011, I think I was pretty good with my beauty product purchases — my make-up envelope of receipts were not as THICK as previous years, which means I did good! Plus, I believe almost all my purchases were on sale or discounted meaning the total amount spent must be way less in comparison to the past.  (Must pat myself on theee back.)

Now that it’s a new year, I’m looking to stay on track with budgeting and hopefully do even  better than last year. To help me with that, I figured I should make a 2012 Beauty Purchase List so I don’t go off the tracks with my buys.

I’m not the beauty lover who needs (aka wants) to buy or try everything and anything new on the market. I’m very selective on my purchases and am willing to spend more money on certain items, such as on foundation than on lipsticks, etc. I also love a great deal, so if I’m willing to wait until products go on sale.

Here are a few products I’ve been wanting to try for a while now, which I may purchase this year: 

1. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Photo credit: www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com

I am definitely a cat-eye kinda gal! For years I’ve been going back and forth with MAC’s Blacktrack Fluidline and MUFE’s Aquablack Cream Shadow. Love these two products, but one liner that also tops the charts is the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. I’ve been meaning to try this water-resistant, smudge-proof liner for years now, so if Sephora has any of their deals (20% off or $15-$20 off deal) or if I go to the U.S., I think I may cross this off the must-purchase list! 

2. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Photo credit: http://www.dermalogica.com

 I’ve been using the St. Yves Gentle exfoliator, which I’ve heard mixed reviews about. I’ve used their new formulation which now have tinier granules that make it more gentle on the skin, so I don’t have much to complain about. But I’ve heard great things about this Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. It’s different than the typical exfoliator — it’s powder. Apparently, you are supposed to mix it with your wet hands to create a creamy paste and apply it onto your skin resulting in a smooth, bright, soft layer. I still have to look into the price, but all I know is that it’s waaaaaay more than the St. Yves exfoliator! (This means, I’ll have to cut down on my bubble tea consumption haha)

3. INGLOT Eye Shadows

10 Square Eye Shadow

Rainbow Eye Shadows (in many colours)
Photo credit: http://inglotcosmetics.com

I’ve seen these eye shadows on so many blogs and YouTube make-up tutorials.  They seem to be very pigmented and have a good range of colours!  There is no Inglot in my city and I’m not one to buy items online so the next time I go to Montreal or the U.S., I’m going straight to INGLOT!

That’s pretty much it for my 2012 list! Short, I know!! 😀

Okaay…there is one last product.

The product below, I’m a little iffy on purchasing (I know most of you might think I’m crazy because this product is like the ‘talk of the town’ right now!)

4. Urban Decay’s Naked2 Palette

Photo credit: www.urbandecay.com

I love Urban Decay’s eye shadows. They are very pigmented! As much as I’d like to jump on the Naked or Naked2 bandwagon, I’m a little hesitant on this purchase because of the price and the amount of matte shadows there are — only three in the Naked2 palette (even less in the Naked palette). Plus, I already have a few of those eye shadow colours from another palette. So to be quite honest, I would rather purchase the INGLOT eye shadows if I had to choose.

The products above are the first to pop up in my mind when I quickly think of products I would like to try. So I think my 2012 list is pretty good because it’s limited! But who knows, it’ll probably grow throughout the year. :S

My list is to be continued …

So, what’s on your list?

How was your holidays? 
Mine was filled with family, friends, and lots of food … which you could probably tell with my tired eyes and chubby cheeks! HAHA
This is “tired” me with only 3 hrs of sleep …
 Wishing you a year of good health, happiness, inspiration & love! 🙂
It’s a new year … so let’s do the things we love, try things we’ve never tried before, and surround yourself with with positive & motivating people!

xoxo TESS

L’Oreal’s Le Couleur Infallible Eye Shadows

“Only four weeks after launching in Summer 2011, La Couleur Infallible eye shadow became the #1 selling eye shadow in Canada!”


Intense pigmented colour
Velvety texture
Lasts 24 hours

What is Tess’ take on these eye shadows?
I initially had the chance to try these eye shadows at the Luminato Event. I had the opportunity to get my make-up done by, none other than, Eddie Malter (Official Make-up Artist of L’Oreal Paris in Canada) and he used two colours on me which looked absolutely gorgeous! Click here for my Luminato post.

A few weeks later, I had the opportunity to test out more of the eye shadows and I saw many beauty bloggers writing posts about it. It was pretty much unanimous – we absolutely loved them!

So, what’s great about these eye shadows?

It’s like a cross between a loose pgiment eye shadow and a cream eye shadow. It is finely milled and it seems as if it has a bit of moisture to keep it in its place. When you open the container, the product is densely packed. It’s not super loose and messy like other pigments. Once applied, there is only a tiny bit of fall-out. It literally feels like it melts to the touch with such a pigmented colour and pearlescent/shimmery sheen. After hours of wear, the eye shadow still looks fresh with no creasing or visible signs of fading.

See how densely packed it is?

  • Dampen eye shadow brush to intensify the colour or to apply as an eye liner
  • To reduce chance of fall-out apply with a patting motion
  • Apply eye shadow first before your foundation so you can clean off any fall-out
  • If you are wearing lip stick/lip gloss, apply a tiny bit of eye shadow  in the centre of your lips to give the illusion of fuller lips

I wore these eye shadows to the L’Oreal’s Holiday Cocktail Event the other day. I applied the make-up earlier on in the day (2 pm) and didn’t take it off until midnight. By the end of the night, I inspected my make-up and it was still flawless (I’ll try to remember to take a photo next time). There was no creasing, fall-out, or fading. This was only 10 hours of wear compared to the 24 hours they claimed. (I don’t know if I’d ever wear make-up for 24 hours! Lol). I was extremely impressed with the long-lasting power. My eyelids have been quite oily lately (even after I wear a primer) and I was afraid you would see creasing by the end of the night. But there were no crease lines in sight! 🙂

Eddie Malter commented on my make-up that night and said he really loved it! (Thanks, Eddie. That means a lot! :D). To be quite honest, I was so tempted to leave it on and just wear it the next day because I was so impressed! (But I can never sleep with make-up on so I ended up taking it off.)

I keep going back and forth to loving shimmery eye shadows vs. matte eye shadows. The past year, I’ve been into matte eye shadows, but I think the L’Oreal Infallible eye shadows just made me fall back in love with shimmer.
BUT – for all you MATTE fans, L’Oreal has now come out with L’Oreal Infallible MATTE eye shadows!! YAAYYYY!!! I can’t wait to try them! In-stores now are only three colours, but a black matte eye shadow will be coming out in February 2012!
Here are the colours I had the chance to test:


*Note: I heard in other countries (i.e., Europe, the colour of the names are different but the numbers are the same).

There are many more colours out now, so check ’em out at your local drugstore! 🙂

This is just with one swipe! See how pigmented it is?
 What are Tess’ favourites out of the collection?
I love these three colours – 006 ALL NIGHT BLUE, 005 PURPLE OBSESSION, and 013 BURNING BLACK. They each look awesome as a smokey-eye look! Just dampen the brush and you get an even better colour pay-off!

So, does Tess think it lives up to what it claims?

Intense pigmented colour
Velvety texture
Lasts 24 hours (well, I know it lasts for 10 hrs!) 

I highly recommend these eye shadows. It’s such an amazing quality for a really affordable price (retail value: $10.99). Give it a try and let us know how you like ’em!

Limited Edition: Pari Beauty Holiday Palettes (Review to come)

Yesterday, I received two Pari Beauty *Limited Edition* Holiday Palettes to review …
Tricks of the Trade Palette & the Black Tie Palette.

{LEFT: Tricks of the Trade palette RIGHT: Black Tie palette}

A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of joining some Toronto beauty bloggers to attend a Pari Beauty event. They talked about their products currently on the market as well as the reveal of their new holiday palettes. We got to see these palettes first hand, swatch some of the products and see a live demo.

Some products stood out more than others for me that day (ahem…ahem…their bronzer which is included in the Tricks of the Trade palette!! :D), but you can’t really get a feel for it unless you actually try it on yourself. I’m really excited to test these babies out!

This morning, I tried three eye shadow colours and the highlighter (bronzer duo) from the Tricks of the Trade palette. First impression?Pretty pigmented! Way more than I expected!

My heart melted when I opened the Black Tie palette. It was as if I saw it for the first time. I’m diggin’ the neutral colours in this palette. Can’t wait to try them!

Stay tuned for a full review. 🙂
Exciting News!   
Exclusive to my readers: Discounted promotional offer until December 30th

If you are interested in purchasing any of these limited edition Holiday palettes, Pari Beauty is offering a 15% off discount exclusive to all my readers (not valid in-store)!

Tricks of the Trade Palette
Reg Price: $38.25 CAD
Disc. Price: $31.50 CAD
Retail Value: $150 CAD

8 highly pigmented eyeshadows
2 ultra gloss lip colours
2 silky soft blushers
1 full size Precious Glow illuminating and intensifying eye primer
1 Duo Mineral Highlighter Bronzer (New)
1 Double ended make-up brush
card to explain how to use the kit

Black Tie Full Face Kit
Reg Price: $69 CAD 
Disc. Price: $58.65 CAD
Retail Value: $200 CAD

10 neutral and smoky eye shades
1 full size high shine lipgloss
holiday edition bronzer/contour powder
1 illuminating face highlighter
mirror and applicators
card to explain how to use the kit

This would be the perfect time to give this new Canadian cosmetics company, Pari Beauty, a try if you haven’t yet or better yet, be generous and give it as a gift this holiday season!

Send me an e-mail if you are interested in purchasing this palette or have any questions.
Please include your name, palette name, quantity, shipping address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Remember, this discounted is only exclusive to my readers from this website and not valid in-stores.

Green With Envy

I had a pleasure to work with Clarissa, a beautiful aspiring model yesterday. I had a lot of fun doing her make-up. We did different looks from natural to glamorous to creative!  She did not have a creative look in her portfolio, so I was really happy that she was open for anything.
I purchased these really funky lashes – black lashes with BRIGHT GREEN polka dots when I went to IMATS last year. I was dying to use them and I thought she would be the perfect candidate! 😛 As you can see in the picture below, I just used the lashes on the outer corner of her eyes. That was by default. Initially I had used the full length lashes on her. As I was removing one of the lashes to fix it, a piece of it fell off….and DING DING DING!!! I had an even better idea!!! So this is what the creative look ended up looking like!!
Model: Clarissa
MUA: Tess
Photographer: Tess
Location: Norm’s Workshop

Big thanks to Norm and Clarissa. Also, the photographers who guided me and encouraged me to take some photos. (I initially just brought my SLR to take before and after shots of my models, but near the end of the day a couple of photographers taught me a little bit on taking photos with lighting and other equipment.)