{Beauty Panel} Summer Beauty

If you are like me, you would love to appear above the clear turquoise waters exactly as how you entered: fresh-faced and makeup right where you applied it! But many of you know, this is rarely the case! Even if you avoid the water, after spending a day outdoors in the hot, humid weather, makeup can transfer or melt off.

Here are some tips for waterproof, sweat-proof, sun-proof beauty:

  • To prevent your skin from getting shiny on a hot day, wear a primer or matifyer, such as, Make Up For Ever All Mat primer. To protect your skin from the harsh UV rays, wear an oil-free moisturizer with SPF, such as Marcelle Essentials Oil-Free Multi-Defense Lotion SPF 15. Sometimes I like to mix the SPF moisturizer in with my foundation for a sheer foundation coverage with the UV protection.
  • If you’re spending the day in the water, I would recommend Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in #22E and #28E. Cream eyeshadows will definitely last longer than powder in the water. And say goodbye to raccoon eyes with Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow. I have used this as eyeliner and it survived during both my hot yoga classes and swimming sessions!
  • Wear a lip balm with SPF. My new favourite is Carmex Moisture Plus with SPF 15. But if you decide to wear lipstick, choose a matte formula such as Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate.
  • Set your makeup with a setting spray, such as Urban Decay All Nighter Longer-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.
  • If you’ve started sweating, touching up your face with powder can cause clogged pores. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets are a better way to reduce the shine: just dab the blotting sheet over areas that tend to get oily.


 Testing my make-up in the pool:

^^ Such an attractive photo! 😛
After an hour of swimming, this is what my make-up looked like after I showered:

{Products used}: 

  • Carmex Moisture Plus with SPF 15
  • Marcelle Essentials Oil-Free Multi-Defense Lotion SPF 15 
  • Make Up For Ever All Mat Primer
  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in “#153”
  • Make up For Ever Aqua Brow Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector in “#25” 
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow 
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in “#22E and #28E” 
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in “#06” 
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Longer-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate in “#110”

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    {Beauty Panel} Tips on Wedding Make-up Application

    Makeup application for weddings is slightly different compared to your everyday makeup. The wedding day, whether it’s your special day or someone else’s close to you, is a busy and long-filled day. Whether you are getting your makeup done by an artist or DIYing it yourself, here are some tips to ensure you get the best wearing power from your look:

    • Take care of your skin leading up to the wedding day: drink lots of water, exfoliate, tone and moisturize.
    • For hot spring/summer wedding days, to ensure your foundation doesn’t melt off your face, apply a face primer, like Cover FX Skin Prep Nourishing Foundation Primer. Not only does this act as a great base for a smoother foundation application, it keeps the oils in for a long lasting finish.
    • To avoid eye shadow from creasing due to the oils and heat, apply an eyelid primer to your eyes, Urban Decay Primer Potion. This increases the staying power of your eye shadow as well as makes the colours more vibrant.
    • Stay away from too much shimmer on the eyes, face, and lips. It’s not flattering in photos.
    • If you know you will get teary-eyed throughout the event, waterproof products are the way to go. Try using Make Up For Ever Waterfproof Cream Eyeshadow in “Aqua Black” as your eyeliner and L’Oréal Waterproof Volumunious mascara to pump up your lashes.
    • To avoid applying your lipstick too many times throughout the day, fill your lips in with lip liner to use as the lipstick base, L’Oreal Colour Riche Anti-Feathering Lip Liner. Apply a matte lipstick over it to increase the wear, Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate. Remember to moisturize your lips before applying the lip products; this will help prevent your lips from drying out.
    • To keep your makeup looking fresh all day, set it with a setting spray, Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Spray.
    • If you have an excellent makeup application, all you need to pop in your clutch is a lipstick and blotting sheets, Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets for minimal touch-ups throughout the day!
    • Remember, your makeup should only be an enhanced version of yourself. You want to look and feel beautiful and still look like YOU! 

     {Products used}: 

    • Cover FX Skin Prep Nourishing Foundation Primer & Anti-Aging Serum
    • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation “#155” 
    • Lise Watier Portfolio Correctors in “Light”
    • Make Up For Ever HD Powder
    • Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Spray
    • Urban Decay Primer Potion in “Eden” 
    • Shiseido Silky Eyeshadow Quad in “Q10 Desert Winds” 
    • Stila Smoky Eye Palette in “Black Shadow” 
    • Make Up For Ever Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in “Aqua Black” 
    • L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in “Black” 
    • Smashbox Eyebeam Double-ended Brightener
    • Ardell False Lashes in “#128” 
    • DUO Lash Adhesive Waterproof 
    • L’Oreal Waterproof Voluminous Mascara 
    • Benefit Bronzer in “Hoola” 
    • M.A.C Blush in “Dainty” 
    • Estée Lauder Shimmering Jewel Powder 
    • EOS Lip Balm
    • L’Oreal Colour Riche Anti-Feathering Lip Liner in “All About Pink” 
    • Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate in “102”

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    {Beauty Panel} Who is your Celebrity Hair + Make-up Inspiration?

    A celebrity I always look to for hair and make-up inspiration is Eva Longoria. Whenever I want a fresh ‘do, I tend to Google her name, save the photo on my phone and then show the hair dresser.

    One of my favourite hairstyles of hers is when she wears her hair down and curled:

     [Photo Credit: www.people.com]

    My hair is thick and layered and with the right tools and technique I’ve been able to recreate her look many times over. When I’m in a rush, I use both a hot roller set and a curling iron. A hot roller set is so quick and easy to use and the curling iron gives me more curl control.

    Here’s how I do it:

    1. Side part your hair and separate the front section of your hair on both your left and right side. (We will be curling this section with a curling iron later on.)
    2. Take a hot roller set and apply the rollers in different directions (some outwards away from the face and others downwards). Ensure that what you do on one side, you do on the other in order to keep the curls symmetrical.
    3. For this look, I prefer loose curls so the jumbo and super jumbo sized rollers do the trick! Because my hair is medium in length, I tend to just use the jumbo rollers. The super jumbo rollers do not give me as much of a curl for this look.
    4. Once the rollers have cooled off, take them out.
    5. Take your curling iron (1” – 1.5”) and curl the two front sections you kept aside. Curl your hair away from your face as it opens up your face and neck giving it a more flattering look.
    6. Once this is all done, get your favourite hairspray and spray away!
    7. To loosen up the curls, gently and lightly pull some of the curls straight. I don’t run my fingers through my hair because I don’t want to create more volume — my hair is already pretty thick! And there you have it, Eva Longoria-inspired curls!

     Not only does Eva’s hair styles inspire me, but her bronzed, natural makeup is also a look I like to emulate. Here’s a few quick makeup tips:

    • Some people have told me that they are afraid their eyes would look tired with this look because of the brown tones. To brighten up, use an off-white pencil (more natural than white) and rim the inner lower lash line. Also, a few coats of mascara will really help open up the eyes.
    •  To deepen up a bronzy, natural eye look, take a black eye shadow and apply a bit of it on the outer corner of the eyes and gently blend up.
    • If you are limited on products, take your matte bronzer and apply it to the hallows of your cheeks and then sweep it onto the crease of your eyes. This will help warm up those beautiful eyes. 


    {Products used}: 


    • Conair Xtreme Heat Jumbo and Super Jumbo Rollers
    • Palladium Ceramic by Jilbère de Paris
    • L’Oréal Paris Elnette Satin Hairspray
    • Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer in “Medium” 
    • Cover FX Matte Fx in “Medium” 
    • M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish “Sunny by Nature” 
    • Urban Decay eyeshadow in “Twice Baked” 
    • Stila Smokey Eye Palette in “Black” 
    • Nars Eyeshadow Duo in “Surabaya” 
    • M.A.C Fluidline eyeliner in “Blacktrack” 
    • Physicians Formula Eye Booster in “Ultra Black” 
    • Annabelle Expandable Mascara
    • M.A.C Lipliner in “Dune” 
    • L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipstick in “Golden Splendor”

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      {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?

      Vicious Vamp

      Model: sister
       *Just worked on top of her existing make-up
      Products used:
       Eyes – MAC Blactrack, Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Yeyo (white), false lashes (from IMATS)
      Brows – Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Zero (black)
      Lips – Annabelle lip liner in Medoc, Annabelle lipstick in Vino (discontinued), Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Zero (black), Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Yeyo (white)
      Contour – Lise Watier Portfolio Palettes in light & dark
      Blush – Annabelle lipstick in Vino
      As you may have noticed in the product list above, I used some products for multiple things.
      For example:
      Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Zero (black) – I used this to define/contour the outer edges of the lips. I also used this lightly on the brows. My sister’s brows are naturally very dark and coarse, but for this look,  I wanted to make it slightly more defined.
      Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Yeyo (white) – I used it on the lower lash line. I also applied a tiny bit in the centre of the lips to highlight and make the lips more full and defined.
      Annabelle lipstick in Vino – Not only did I use this on the lips, but I used it as blush for the cheeks.
      Don’t be afraid to play around with your make-up and make the products multi-purpose! 
      (The only thing you should be careful with is putting products in your eyes that you aren’t supposed to. :P)

      Happy playing!

      Close-up taken on my iPhone:

      {BlushPretty Photoshoot} Low-end or High-end?

      When it comes to anything in general, people tend to get caught up in name brand items.
      But what most of us sometimes disregard is, with name brand items, comes extra cost. Whether it’s a vehicle, purse, shoes, groceries, or make-up does expensive necessarily mean better?

      In my opinion, when it comes to make-up, high-end (departmental) make-up doesn’t necessarily mean it trumps low-end, affordable, drug store brands. With low-end brands, the quality of the actual make-up could be just as good or even better. The only difference might be when we buy high-end make-up we are paying for better packaging, the ability to try before we buy,  and of course, the “name”.

      Some of the BlushPretty (www.blushpretty.com)  make-up artists were put to the challenge of creating a high/low look. We had a theme (mine was Bronzy Beach Babe) and had to do one look with high-end products and one with low-end products.

      High-end look: I used products such as MAC, NARS, Shiseido, Urban Decay, etc.
      Low-end look: Elaine (www.fromelainenextdoor.com), sales rep for Avon/mark, provided us with affordable products that anyone can use! !

      Here are the two beautiful models. Have a look and let me know which one you think is the high-end look and which is the low-end look. Feel free to comment below or tweet it (@makeupbytess) . . .

      Can you tell the difference?

      Photo #1

      Model: Stephanie
      Creative Director: Stephanie Daga
      Production Coordinator: Elaine Atkins
      Photographer: Dimitris L.
      Makeup: Tess Lopez
      (www.makeupbytess@blogspot.com // www.tessmakeup.com)
      Hair: Stephanie Daga
      Jewellery: Maria Wing for Stella and Dot

      Photo #2

      Model: Melissa
      Creative Director: Stephanie Daga
      Production Coordinator: Elaine Atkins
      Photographer: Rhommel Bernardino (www.torontophotographer.net)
      Makeup: Tess Lopez
      Hair: Monica Dan Le
      Jewellery: Maria Wing for Stella and Dot

      I’ll post the products I used in another post! 🙂

      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

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      Fun & Colourful Eye Look

      So I thought I’d do something a bit more fun and colourful!
      But still something you can wear out in public without looking like a CLOWN! ahaha

      Products used are:

      Make-up Forever eye-shadows (I apologize I don’t have the exact name/number):
      – blue
      – purple
      – pink
      – yellow

      MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
      Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on pencil in Yeyo (white)

      MAC Cherish Lipstick
      MAC Babied Laquer


      Holiday Look – Smokey Green

      Hi everybody!

      So, it’s been a bit of a pain for me when making this YouTube video. This video that you will see is actually my second try. The first time I did it, my camera (for some reason) stopped recording within 40 seconds of my video and I didn’t know until I was done!!! (It still had the red video camera image on the screen stating it was recording….so I don’t really know what happened! :P) So I had to do it again.

      I apologize if I’m not as enthusiastic in this video as I had to rub off my make-up and do it again and it was really late at night! 😛 I also babbled too much to the point where the video was too long to upload so I had to edit the video to make it shorter. I lost a lot of good info I wanted to share with you….but I’ll just make short tip videos in the future because I feel like these tips will be very helpful!! 🙂

      Anyway, enjoy the video!!

      Products used:

      Foundation: Make-Up Forever HD Foundation in 155
      Powder: Prescriptives in Level 3
      Bronzer: Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Dark
      Blush: Nars Orgasm

      Eye base/primer: Mac’s Painterly Paint Pot
      Eyeshadow: Nars Key Largo Duo Palette (base and crease), Smashbox Electric Quad Palette (crease – green and brown, base – yellow), Nars Kilimanjaro – inner eye highlight), 88 Palette (lime green)

      Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on pencil in Zero
      Mascara: Maybelline’s The Colossal Volume Express

      Lip liner: Estee Lauder in Spice Writer
      Lip Gloss: Mac Monodramatic

      Thanks for watching! 🙂