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!

{Beauty Panel} 90s Beauty Make-up is Back! What 90s make-up trend would you try?

When I think of 1990s makeup, I think of Brenda Walsh from the original 90210, Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell, and Daisy (Neve Campbell) from Catwalk— all beautiful women! (Did I just reveal my age?) This week’s inspiration is a bit of Brenda and Daisy mixed together: sexy and sultry with a blend of grunge.

What makes this look? Soft smoky brown eyes and deep red wine lips.

Part of the 1990s beauty trend this season is a focus on the lower lash line. So grab your favourite neutral eye shadow palette—one of my favourites is the Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone palette. It’s very pigmented and super affordable!

After you apply eye shadow on your lids:

1. Take a dark brown eye shadow with an eye liner brush and apply it to your lower lash line. Concentrate the colour closest to your lash line and then blend down diffusing the colour.

2. Take a lighter brown eye shadow and apply it slightly under your lower lash line. This will help achieve the gradient smoky affect, going from dark to light.

3. To keep this ’90s look modern, add a lighter colour on the inner corner of your eye to brighten up the look.

4. Apply your favourite mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

If you want to go a step further with the 1990s beauty trend, add a wine-coloured lipstick. This was definitely a staple in Brenda Walsh’s purse!

{Products used}



  • Nars Firming Foundation in “Syracuse” 
  • CoverFX Matte Powder 
  • M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Dark”
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow Pencil in “22E”
  • Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone Palette
  • Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in “72 Brown” 
  • Annabelle Expandable Mascara
  • Elizabeth Arden Shadow “Fawn 02” 
  • M.A.C Lipstick in “Destined”

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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

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.

False Lashes

Last month I posted a poll on my blog:

and as you can see, about 50% of you who voted, thought that FALSE EYE LASHES are the most difficult to apply.

I always thought applying false lashes on other people was a sinch! But on myself, well, that’s another story! For one thing, I thought it was a struggle because I had only ONE EYE open, so I felt I couldn’t see properly. PLUS, I could never get my “closed eye” to relax so it was ALWAYS twitching. This resulted in GLUE everywhere! Very MESSY, I tell you. So whenever I would wear false lashes, I would get my experienced “hawaiian dancer” friend to put it on me! (For all you hawaiian dancers out there, you know you love your false lashes! :P).

False lashes are one of those things most people don’t wear on a daily basis. So I too, thought they were one of the most difficult things to apply on yourself. But after you get the hang of it….it’s actually quite easy!

Here is how I apply false eye lashes on myself:

I get many clients asking me how to remove false lashes. No need to fear, I promise you this CAN be painless! 😉

Here is a quick and easy way to remove false lashes:

I hope these tutorials helped!
Once you get the hang of it, it’ll be extremely easy for you!

For those of you who voted on my poll, thanks for your feedback! xoxox

Favourite Make-up Set (thus far) . . .


Kit includes:
– Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss
– Lash DNA Mascara (Jet Black)
– Eye Palette (Encore)
– Photo Finish Foundation Primer (Travel Size)
– Blush/Soft Lights Duo (Style/Icon)


Eye Shadows – In these pictures the colours look a tiny bit yellow due to my flash. So just picture the colours a little more deep….especially the deep burgundy (4th colour from the left).

(FYI – I like the pigmentation way better than MAC eye shadows!! )

Eye Shadow palette also comes with a black (gel-based) eye liner and a cute little travel brush (one end is an eye shadow brush and one end is an eye liner brush)….this beats those CHEAP LOOKING spongey applicators that come with other eye shadows!! 🙂

Blush/Soft Lights Duo (Style/Icon)

Tess’ Quick Review:

– Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss

  • Love the texture
  • Not sticky like MAC lip glasses
  • Beautiful pearlescent sheen
  • Looks nice on bare lips (without any liner or lipstick) and gives a nice shine when wearing over liner or lipstick

– Lash DNA Mascara (Jet Black)

  • Double helix brush is a cool concept, but I feel the brush is too big for my small eyes making it a little hard to apply properly
  • Does add volume to my lashes
  • Loves how DARK my lashes look

– Eye Palette (Encore)

(Eye Shadows)

  • Love the colours
  • Very pigmented
  • Extremely versitile – you can create many different colour combos and looks
  • Use this palette both day & night
  • Easy to travel with and it comes with a big size mirror.
  • Like the tiny eye liner and eye shadow brush it’s waaaay better than the crappy sponge applicators that other brands provide!)

(Eye liner)

  • Does not last as long as the MAC’s Blacktrack Fluidline
  • They claim it’s smudgeproof, but I think it still smudges
  • Great to use as a base over your eye lid for a smokey eye look

– Photo Finish Foundation Primer (Travel Size)

  • Favourite primer so far
  • Loves the texture – leaves skin looking smooth and feeling silky
  • Reduces size of large pores (really notice it on my nose)
  • Helps make my foundation last longer throughout the day

– Blush/Soft Lights Duo (Style/Icon)

  • Not super pigmented which creates a natural look
  • It’s buildable so you can add more layers if needed
  • Colours create a soft and natural look
  • Brightens up my face
This kit was purchased from Shopper’s Drugmart’s Beauty Boutique for $68!!!
The value is close to $200!!! This was an awesome deal!

Hopefully you guys can still find this kit. If so, let me know what you think about it!

Thanks for stoppin’ by!

xoxox makeupbytess