Beautiful Beauty Bloggers: Top Ten mark.Avon + Avon products I use

5Today is the last day of Pearls and Polkadots’ second volume of “Beautiful Beauty Bloggers” series and although I’m sad to end this wonderful series, I am so happy to provide to you my own beauty post! I love doing series like this with wonderful guest posters and I have found such great beauty blogs through this…which is why I did the second volume!

I am not a beauty blogger by any standards. However, I am a woman who wears and uses makeup on a daily basis, and being a fan of style and fashion, I like to use makeup to compliment my fashion as well. Whether you are big into makeup or not, these products can be used in a multitude of ways, and I am going to show you which ones I love best today.

Why choose mark.Avon/Avon makeup? 

I began using these brands in high school when my Mom signed on as a brand rep. She sells it, so not only did I receive a discount, I had a primary expert on the different products that were available. Once I began to use it (near the beginning of my makeup wearing days), I fell in love with a lot of products in the catalogue. I order regularly and love the quality that Avon provides to me.

Eyes

I don’t tend to rock the eye make up too, too often. Why? I find it to be a hassle, and since I am not amazing at applying eye makeup, I often skip this step in my routine. However, when I am feeling up to it and have a little time, I jump to these products by mark.Avon and Avon.

“On the Edge” Liquid Eyeliner – this liquid liner is my absolute go to. I love the Cleo colour and how it looks so smooth on my eyes. I am terrible with pencil eyeliner, so I converted to liquid liner a long, long time ago. I have tried numerous liquid liners, but this is by far my favourite.

The best thing about this liner is how easy it is to take off. I hate when makeup doesn’t come off easily – I don’t like spending twenty minutes before bed chipping my makeup off, but this eyeliner slides right off with a little eye makeup remover, and in five minutes, you are ready for bed!

“Big & Daring” Volume Mascara – I have been using this mascara for about a year now (not the same one, of course) and I haven’t had any reason to switch. This mascara leaves my lashes nice and full and doesn’t weight them down.

Time and time again, I have used mascaras that either clump or feels heavy on my lashes. It almost mimics a “cakey” feeling on my lids, and that is something that I like to avoid (who doesn’t?). This mascara is light and full which is a highlight for me…

True Colour Eye shadow Quad – this is probably my favourite eye product. Why? Well I will tell you. This eye shadow quad palette is numbered. This is great for a makeup-newbie like me, because I know what can go where. This quad comes in all different shades. My favourite is “Mocha Latte” (not pictured).

Cheeks

I love to wear blush and bronzer (especially in the Winter) to give my face some colour. When the sun goes away (or the hot sun, I should say), the colour is pretty much drained from my face and I rely heavily on products like blush and bronzer to liven up my skin!

Glow Bronzing Pearls – this product is fabulous. If you don’t like a really heavy applied bronzer, this is your product. Because the bronzer is distributed in pearl form, it doesn’t cake on your brush, resulting in a heavy tanned look on your skin. I find that this gives great colour on the skin (and depending on how much you put on the apples of your cheeks, you don’t necessarily need blush).

Touch & Go Shimmer Cream Cubes – I don’t use this product as much anymore…but this was my go-to blush in high school. Why don’t I use it as much anymore? Well, I am lazy and haven’t ordered a new one yet…but this pretty much replaces the need for blush.

Because it comes in a multitude of coloured cubes, it gives you not just one shade, it gives you multiple. It also provides the opportunity for you to mix them together, coming up with a unique shimmer shade for your cheeks. Similar to the bronzing pearls, the cream cubes go on lightly and blend the colour into your skin – just what you want!

Face

Unfortunately, my most favourite foundation was discontinued by Avon last year and I have been scrambling and jumping around to try and find one that I love just as much (have not accomplished that yet). However, there are still some facial products from this brand that I use on a daily basis.

Extra Lasting Concealer – I only tend to wear concealer on my ‘running on four hours of sleep’ days. However, it’s not just for those times you need to cover up your dark circles. If I am going out, I will use it as a highlighter under my eyes to brighten up my skin (a trick I learned from my fellow beauty bloggers…).

This concealer really does what it says it does – lasts. I don’t have to worry about reapplying throughout the day, it stays exactly where I put it on in the morning (provided I don’t actually touch my skin…but that goes without saying for any type or brand of makeup).

MagiX Face Perfecter SPF 20 – my face tends to experience shine in multiple areas on my face (bridge of my nose, apples of my cheeks, chin), and this is the product to minimizing it. I like to use a combination of this face perfector, as well as a setting powder on my entire face.

I have been using this for awhile now. This is a staple product for me in the Summer…why? The SPF that is included within the cream. I am so pasty and subject to burning frequently, so SPF in any facial product I use is extremely important. SPF 20 for my face is good and keeps me from burning to a crisp in the hot, hot sun.

Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation – I don’t use this as my primary foundation. I find that I need liquid foundation to cover all my imperfections (that I see, at least) and powder doesn’t work for that as well (on me). However, I like using this as a finishing powder. I always buy this powder in a slightly lighter shade than my foundation, so that afterwards I can dust it on lightly and it will lighten my skin a bit.

It’s interesting because one day, I will put on the bronzer to tan myself…but other days, I don’t really feel like appearing tan or “bronzed”, so I use the lighter powder foundation to finish off my light skin look.

Lips

I cannot leave the house without a little lip colour. Lip colour is extremely important to me for my outfit posts that I do daily for my Instagram account (click here to check it out). I love rocking different colours each day like red, hot pink, even peach! Avon is my primary source for lipstick, since I love how it glides onto my lips so easily and it lasts as well!

Ultra Colour Lipstick – Whether I am rocking a matte or satin lipstick, this is the stick I go for. I have colours such as “Matte Ruby”, “Berry Berry Nice”, or “Rosedew”…and all three are the perfect shades. I was recently looking for classic red lipstick, and the colour that I couldn’t stop wearing was Avon’s “Matte Ruby” – it is my favourite red stick and I have been using it non-stop this year (not pictured).

Ultra Colour Indulgence Lip Colour – I don’t really prefer this over my previous lip pick,  but I will say that this stick’s colour tends to come out more vibrantly. Whereas the colours are a bit muted in the Ultra Colour Lipstick, this lip colour is very bright and ‘in your face’. They both last equally well, but my favourite feature of this colour stick is how compact it is.

It fits right into your clutch, whereas the Ultra Colour Lipstick is more bulky (more suited for large totes or makeup bags).

There are my top ten favourites… 

I love collecting makeup (even though I am not the best at doing it) and so happy that I got to host these four lovely ladies this week! Look forward for volume three of the “Beautiful Beauty Bloggers” series coming to you soon!! I love the feedback I get from the series, and love to unite bloggers together from different niches, so hopefully we can do this again for you guys!

If you want to dive into the world of mark. by Avon and Avon…check out their site here and find a brand rep in your area!!

Beautiful Beauty Bloggers: Fall 2015 Colour Trends: Makeup and Nails – Guest Post

2This is the second day of Pearls and Polkadots’ “Beautiful Beauty Bloggers” series. I have Ashley from Mommy’s Vanity guest posting today! She keeps everything light, fun and interesting with her take on nail trends and fashion along with much, much more! You have to stop by her blog next to check it out! Happy Reading!!


 

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Hi all! I’m Ashley, blogger behind Mommy’s Vanity. I’m thrilled to be guest posting today on Pearls and Polkadots and bring you some Fall makeup and nail colour trends!

Before becoming a stay-at-home Mom, I worked as an Esthetician, so I have a strong passion for all things beauty. I’ve been doing some research to see what kinds of colours are going to be trending this Fall and I’m so ready to dig into those rich, darker colours! Although I love the warm Summer weather, there is just something refreshing about the crisp Fall air, changing leaves and of course switching up my beauty routine to reflect the season.

Here are some of the top colour trends you will see coming up for Fall:

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Makeup:

Wine: This is undeniably one of the most popular colours coming up for Fall and rightfully so!  I particularly love this lip colour paired with a simple eye look so the daring lip is the focal point. (Shown:  MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Labradorable & Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Sparkling Blackberry)

Flushed Cheeks: Add a pop of pink on the cheeks to make it look as if you just spent the afternoon on the ski hill! A natural flush is easy to achieve with a powder blush or cheek tint. (Shown: Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Justify my Love & Sephora Colourful Cheek Ink Gel in Peony)

Bronze Glow: A shimmering bronze shadow is proving to be a huge trend this Fall. It can be a fun way to add a little sparkle to your Fall makeup routine! (Shown: Colourpop Cosmetics Eyeshadow in On the Rocks & NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Oaxaca)

Soft Smoky Eye: This Fall, the traditional smoky eye is a little less dramatic. Using softer browns and grey’s instead of a harsher black can take the smoky eye to a wearable everyday look! (Shown: Urban Decay Smoky Palette & elf Everyday Smoky Palette).

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Nails:

Woodsy: One of my personal favourite nail colour trends for this Fall is Earth Tones. Rich chocolate browns and mossy greens will be my go-to polishes this season! (Shown: Zoya Cinnamon & China Glaze Take a Hike).

Metallic Jewels: This trend has been making an appearance for the past few years, and I’m glad it’s back again! Gorgeous jewel tones like vibrant purple and aquamarine, and metallic shades in bronze and silver are showing to be popular. (Shown: Zoya Giada & OPI Venice the Party?)

Sheer: Something a little different this year is a pretty, simple and sheer manicure. These nail strengtheners help protect and strengthen nails while adding just a hint of colour. Available in shades of taupe, nude and porcelain pink. (Shown: Formula X Sheer Strength in Mighty and Powerful)

Blues: Blue is back this Fall in an array of shades! I’ve never been a huge lover of blue, but it’s starting to grow on me! Pale blue, cobalt, indigo and navy are all front runners this year. (Shown: OPI Gelato on my Mind & Essie Bell Bottom Blues).

Wine and Berry: Again, deep reds are showing up in almost every Fall nail polish collection and I love it! Purple-toned and brown-toned reds are seemingly most popular. (Shown: Marc Jacobs Rita & Deborah Lippman Miss Independent).

Which Fall colours do you most look forward to sporting this Fall? Let us know in the comments!

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What’s in my Makeup Bag? + New Series

BannereLet’s start by saying this…I am not a beauty blogger. I blog about fashion, style and even in some cases…DIY projects. However, when it comes to beauty, I let the professionals educate me on that! I have learned a ton from watching YouTube videos, reading beauty blogs and talking to various beauty bloggers. I’ve even started thinking about using some sort of eyelash serum thanks to these videos, one of them mentioned something called Xlash? Point is, as a whole I let the expert beauty bloggers take the reigns with this subject as a whole.

However, I do have a super cute new makeup bag that I won in a #TeamPineapple giveaway…and I want to share it. I am going to give you a little looksey into my makeup bag and detail some of my favourite products that I am currently using and have found very useful over the summer.

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I have tried a lot of different products since I began wearing makeup, but the products I am going to show you today are my favourite so far!! I change up the products I use pretty frequently, but this summer, I have really stuck by these brands and I will tell you why!

Brushes: e.l.f., Bella Piere, & mark.

You can never have too many makeup brushes! I have found the best brushes for such a great price! There are some that I have owned for a while, and some that I have collected this summer. mark. is an Avon brand, and I have been using their brushes for years! They maintain their soft quality and don’t shed.

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I recently began to use e.l.f. brushes – mainly because they are great brushes for such a great price online! Bella Piere is a new brand that I have discovered, and only because I purchased a “Starter contouring kit” which came with a little kabuki brush. It has proved to be really good at blending my bronzer and blush together! The purple blending sponge is probably the best thing I have ever purchased – beauty wise. I will never apply foundation with a brush again after using this sponge. I picked this little beauty up at Shoppers Drug Mart about two months ago, and I haven’t stopped using it since! Such a staple.

Foundation, Mascara, Blush, and Bronzer: Avon & e.l.f.

This summer, I kept it really light on the foundation. Besides, you don’t want to clog up your make up when you’re sweating in the sun! However, it’s nice to smooth everything out…which is why I opt for the e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation. I actually began using the e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation, and when I ran out, I resorted to using the stick! Well, I loooved it! It’s a lot faster to throw on and blend!

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I have always used Avon mascara. This particular line that Avon sells – Big and Daring Waterproof Mascara – is perfect for my lashes. It makes them full and long and I don’t even have to curl them!! Plus, what other option is there than waterproof mascara?? This e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder has been a staple in my makeup bag this summer. Even though it is for contouring, I like to use it just to give my skin a little glow. Dusted on lightly (because it is rather heavy), it gives the perfect finish!

Eyeliner, Highlighter and Setting Powder: mark., e.l.f., & Rimmel

Eyeliner isn’t part of my every day routine because I have not nailed a quick way to do it just yet, but when I do put it on, I always use mark. on the edge Hookup liquid eyeliner. I definitely love liquid as opposed to pencil eyeliner, and this brand makes a great product! I have used many different brands and I find that this product lasts the longest on my eyes, without rubbing away!

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This highlighter is more than just a highlighter. I would actually use the term “highlighter” loosely, as it really doesn’t serve just one purpose. The e.l.f. Essential Shimmering Facial Whip can be used on your lips, eyelids and cheeks – anywhere that needs a little shimmer, to be honest. I have used the facial whip in all three of those places, and I have never been disappointed! This Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder is absolutely essential and definitely an everyday product for me. It is the last product I brush across my face before I rush out the door. It keeps the shine away from my nose, forehead and cheeks and keeps everything looking perfect!

Concealer and Primer: e.l.f. & Rimmel

Lately, (as you can see) I have been really into e.l.f. product, and the first product that turned me onto this amazing brand, was the e.l.f. Studio Complete Coverage Concealer palette that comes with four different shades. You can use the four different shades to transition between seasons, but I like to use each shade depending on the look I am going for that day. Typically, I use the lightest shade to brighten up under my eyes and cover my slight dark circles…but I have also used the darker shades as a slight contour!

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Probably the most important thing in my makeup bag is my Rimmel Fix and Perfect Pro Primer. I make sure to apply a good layer of primer before I put anything on my face. My skin has definitely thanked me for it, and that’s why it holds a place in my makeup bag always. There are many great primers out there, but this one is well priced and always available at any drug store!

I love makeup, but have never really been amazing at it. These products that I have featured in my bag today really have helped me step my game up! You can get all of these products by clicking on the embedded links throughout my post – I have made sure to link pretty much everything to make it easy for you to find!

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So if I’m not a beauty blogger…than why am I doing this? Good question! I am writing on the beauty topic because, my darlings, I am kicking off a Pearls and Polkadots original series called “Beautiful Beauty Bloggers”!! Yes, that’s right – for the next five days, I will be hosting five lovely beauty bloggers who are going to tell us about select topics! I am so excited and cannot wait to make this a regular series for Pearls and Polkadots!

We’ll have to see where it goes! Stay tuned throughout this week for more – I want this series to become a showcase for beauty bloggers out there to show off their talent and knowledge (because what is style without beauty?).

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Cheers beautiful people! I am out for the week, but these ladies will make sure you get your daily Pearls and Polkadots fix! Who is posting tomorrow?

Who is posting tomorrow? You will meet Ashley! Have fun!

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