November Makeup Bag

November 2014 Makeup Bag


Despite already being halfway through November (definitely a little behind on this post!), I thought I would go ahead and share with you the products that in my November makeup bag. For me, November means acknowledging that winter is indeed coming/here (it’s snowing outside as I write this), and that’s reflected in my makeup choices.

Benefit Rockateur Blush – This is a rediscovery from my collection. I purchased it last winter, but it ended up getting pushed to the back of my drawer. I love the shade, it’s a dark rosey tone with a little some simmer to give it dimension. I’ve been wearing this non stop, it pairs perfectly alongside the darker lips and eyeshadows I’m wearing this month.

Almay Smart Shade Luminous Primer - With the colder weather, my skin needs all the luminosity that it can get. This primer is great, because not only does it give my skin a much needed glow, it also helps my makeup last all day.

Flower Cosmetics Eyeshadow Quad in EQ3 Foxy Browns - I was super excited when Flower Beauty launched in Canada, and immediately rushed out to pick up some of the products. This quad is perfect for the smokey eye looks that I love for the cooler months. All the shades are super buttery and pigmented.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Hunk – These butter lipsticks are amazing! They’re pigmented and glossy, but can be worn sheer or build up. As with October, I’ll still in love with dark lips, this shade reminds me a sheer more hydrating version of MAC’s Heroin.

Clarins Instant Concealer in 01 – In addition to needing some serious glow, I also need to hide the redness that comes with winter skin. This concealer is a new favourite! It’s not drying on the skin, and offers serious lightweight coverage. Fast becoming a favourite.

Maybelline Brow Drama – This fall has been all about the brows for me. I’ve always maintained them, but now I’m starting to actually work with them, and not just ignore them. This brow mascara is perfect, because it defines, fills in some sparser areas and sets everything in place, in one smooth motion. Perfect for 6am makeup time.

So there you have it, the items featuring prominently in my November makeup bag.

What products are you reaching for this month?

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Nude Lip Combo

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu and L'Oreal JLO Lipstick


I’ve always shied away from wearing a t true nude lip, I thought it would wash out my already pale complexion. What I’ve discovered is that I just hadn’t found the right nude. The nude lip combo of L’Oreal Colour Riche Collection Exclusive lipstick in JLO’s Nude and the NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu have made me a nude lip lover.
I recently picked up JLO’s Nude (it’s Cheryl’s Nude in the UK) on a complete whim; I usually prefer lip balms and glosses to traditional lipsticks, but this one caught my eye. It’s the perfect pinkie nude for my skin tone, and the formula of the lipstick itself is quite lovely. It’s creamy and applies smoothly, and doesn’t feel drying on the lips.
I’ve raved about the NYX Glosses multiple times, but Tiramisu was probably the one I wore the least, it’s just not a colour I gravitate towards. Recently while swatching my Butter Glosses, I realized how similar Tiramisu and JLO’s nude were. I had a little Aha! moment, and decided to try layering the two together, they looked amazing together. The glossiness of Tiramisu combined with the shade of JLO’s nude just made the perfect glossy nude lip. Alone they’re great, but together they are even better.
NYX Butter Gloss and JLO Lipstick Swatches

L-R: NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu, L’Oreal Lipstick in JLO’s Nude, the two layered together

This nude lip combo has made me a complete nude lip convert, and all I had to do was find the right shades!

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