Wednesday, September 2, 2015

My Favourite Makeup Artists...on Youtube!

Being a Youtuber myself I probably spend way too much time on the platform but between filming and managing my own content, I do actually watch a lot of videos! In the last few years, Youtube has grown to include some thoroughly excellent makeup artists who (on top of a busy working schedule) produces wonderfully educational content for us makeup learners and makeup lovers. I've been secretly indulging in their videos for months, even years now and I think it's time to share the treats!

Of course we all have different tastes in beauty and these four are my personal favourites but I love how there is still variety to the looks they present and perhaps you'll find a video or two that suits your aesthetic as well. Truth be told, if you ever see me try out something new, it probably came from one of them. I hope they'll inspire your everyday makeup routine as well.

Keep on 'tubing.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Review: The Murad Cleanse | Foam, Polish, Tone

Murad Skincare Review pbunniep

There are only a few beauty lines out there which garners a cult like following that transcends all ages and Murad is one of them. In fact, long before I got serious about my skin (hello, teenage years) I've heard the hype about the brand with its scientific, results based approach to easy skincare. Over the last few weeks I've been trying out the Murad cleanse myself from foaming cleanser, to exfoliator and of course that very famous toner. Let's talk.

Murad Skincare Review pbunniep

Murad | Daily Cleansing Foam*
Size: 150ml | Price: $30 CAD
Would I (re)purchase: Possibly.

The Daily Cleansing Foam is a softly scented, self foaming product that looks liquid in the bottle but come out as a medium density foaming wash. My gripe with most automatic systems of this design is that the bubbles are never as nice as when I lather up myself but this one was surprisingly wonderful. With two pumps in my palm, I give myself a soothing morning cleanse that lasts as long as I want to because they bubbles themselves don't fade away even when I'm massaging for a minute or two. Perfectly balanced, it leaves my combination skin refreshed but never dry and is a very likable option for delicate skin and it was my cleanser of choice when I had a little skin flare up with the super dry summer season (more on that later). Interestingly this does contain ingredients like lactic acid which is meant to be exfoliating but I haven't noticed any particular results there. As a regular basic cleanser though, I definitely plan on continuing this into the winter if it lasts that long. I find even with just 2 pumps per use I am going through this bottle rather quickly!

Things to note: This isn't a makeup remover and does poorly on that front so only use it for a 2nd step cleansing or as a morning cleanser. This is not oil-free.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Punica Granatum Extract, Alnus Firmifolia Fruit Extract, Glycine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Lactic Acid, Sodium PCA, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Copper Gluconate, Artemia Extract, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Buteth-3, Tributyl Citrate, Tris(Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Benzyl Salicylate, Fragrance (Parfum), Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)

Murad Skincare Review pbunniep

Murad | Skin Smoothing Polish*
Size: 100ml | Price: $40 CAD
Would I (re)purchase: No.

With a soft moussey texture, the Skin Smoothing Polish uses very fine jojoba wax beads (no plastic in here) to deliver a thorough scrub. Now I've always said I prefer grittier products and while those are still my first choice, this jojoba based product is one of the better ones I've used in the category of gentle exfoliators. The beads themselves are small and rounded which means no micro-cuts (for those who are weary) plus there's plenty of them in here to offer a satisfying experience without needing to use a ton of product just to find a few scrubbing particles. Again this has a soft rose like fragrance that lingers slightly on the skin but isn't too cloying or overwhelming in the least. I recommend extending your normal scrub time by a minute or two as the beads are very small and to use less water to make sure the product really sticks to your skin. Now while Murad markets this to "help relieve congested pores", I felt this functions more as a surface level exfoliator and my pores needed something extra.

Things to note: This product is not oil free. Quite expensive for a basic exfoliator.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Silica, Stearic Acid, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylene Glycol, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Cocamide, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Sarcosine, Capryloyl Glycine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Extract, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceteareth-20, PEG-32, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance (Parfum), Red 40 (CI 16035)

Murad Skincare Review pbunniep

Murad | Clarifying Toner*
Size: 180ml | Price: $23 CAD
Would I (re)purchase: Yes.

My favourite product in my Murad routine and the one that has given me the most visible results in the overall quality of my skin has been this cult favourite Clarifying Toner. For those just joining me in my skincare journey, my favourite pore-decloging toner has been the Clinique Clarifying Lotion with whom I've had a tremulous relationship for years. I find my pores clog easily and during those uninvited breakout experiences, an astringent type of toner applied sparingly helped to heal my blemishes faster and take down redness. Yet I was never a fan of the harsh scent and alcohol heavy formulation. Luckily, this Murad toner does everything my Clinique did without the alcohol plus it leaves me with a gentle (non-drying) matte finish which has been great for summer makeup. While this type of product is still not something I would use on an everyday basis in all seasons, it's completely replacing my previous options for a breakout reducing toner when I need a little extra help. Used diligently, it does reduce the appearance of visible pores as well.

Things to note: While the alcohol is gone, why is the menthol necessary? As far as I can see, there's no actual skin benefit to its use other than a censorial cooling effect which temporarily makes you feel like something is happening. Realistically, I'd like to see it gone. This product is not oil free.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Propylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Allantoin, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Menthol, Menthoxypropanediol, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Ext.Violet 2 (CI 60730)

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Find all Murad products at Sephora in stores and online. Products can also be ordered directly from their website and are also available in select spas and salons.

Murad Skincare Review pbunniep

               After a triple product trial, I think my first Murad experience went better than expected. As someone who tends to be weary of cult favourites (there's a lot of hyped up products that do nothing for me), the brand has proven itself to be a solid contender with well balanced formulations that are simple to use yet gentle on the skin. Murad prides itself on a truly scientific approach to skincare and while there's enough variety for everyone, there isn't too much to make you feel completely overwhelmed. I think it's fair to mention that the Murad brand has received quite a bit of critique from the Cosmetic Cop (Paula Begoun) and I'll leave the link to that series here but from a results based perspective, I found all three products to work well and the Clarifying Toner to be particularly excellent. There is a unifying aesthetic appeal to Murad products and while a few frivolous ingredients do slip into the mix I think it's still a worthwhile brand to test out at some point. Start off with a basic product to see if it incorporates well into your per-existing routine before delving into their higher end treatment range which can be quite pricey. Overall, none of these three products are going to be life changing but I'm very happy to have found a new favourite breakout toner.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

That Pinterest Life : My recent boards

The last few weeks have been filled with work, work and the occasional beauty event (of which I have yet to edit photos for but that's a minor detail, right?). On the other hand, Instagram would have told you that I am on a serious bedroom revamping mission on everything from better closet organization to DIY-ing a new filming backdrop. For a little daydreaming, I've recently been all over Pinterest and wanted to share with you a few of my favourite boards right now.

If you didn't get the hint from my last Style Bite post, I'm having a skirt moment. In particular I've always been swooned by the midi skirt and sweater combo which is both comfortable yet stylish whether you take it girly or modern. Of course there's something undoubtedly vintage about this pairing which makes me love it even more.     

The Charmed Life is one of the first boards I've made and I wanted it to be an amalgamation of beautiful homes and interiors that will hopefully one day inspire my own. It has also been a great way for me to pin down my personal aesthetic by looking at reoccurring colours or styles that has made it on my board. Lately, backyard planning has been an interesting side track and I adore browsing all the innovative layouts which makes for a multi-purpose yard. No more boxed in, rectangular garden in my future that's for sure.

Surprisingly The One About Faces, is actually quite sparse but I've pinned a few makeup looks to try plus a few artsy ones just to spice things up. It's funny how I tend to be most picky about this board but only because I wanted every single post here to be something spectacular. (That's a bit of my inner perfectionist peeking through.)

Let me know what you've been pinning lately. Don't forget to follow my boards to see what new things I'm into and share with me your favourite boards as well!

Happy Pinning.

Friday, August 7, 2015

StyleBite #1 | Soft Drape & Classic Shapes ft. Handmade Skirt

Beginnings are always exciting, daunting but tinged with a slight edge of anticipation. While I've (un-creatively) titled this Style Bite #1, this is not the first time I've posted about outfits. For those long following my Youtube channel, I occasionally post short snippets of outfits in video form but I do love the subtle detailing of photography and thus, Style Bites will be my version of daily outfits and pairings, shared with you here.

Peach Skirt Grey Blazer - handmade sewing - vancouver blogger

This entire outfit really revolves around this lovely skirt. Non-descript as it may seem, this is actually the very first item I've completed in my Wardrobe Architect Sewing Challenge ; there is so much sweat and labour behind its peachy exterior. Cut from a stretch cotton twill that has great drape, this skirt has a 4 gore construction that makes it just short of a circle skirt with plenty of swing.

Peach Skirt Grey Blazer - handmade sewing - vancouver blogger

Peach Skirt Grey Blazer - handmade sewing - vancouver blogger

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Monolid Makeup | Basic Tips Tutorial + Video

Monolid Eye Makeup Tutorial - pbunniep

This post has been a long time coming. In fact, I may even say years. One of the biggest hurdles in my makeup learning curve has been how to work with my monolid...yes, one. Just one. If you've been keeping a sharp eye on my makeup tutorials you may have noticed that I have one single eyelid and one double eyelid. 

Makeup looks for monolids have traditionally be sparse and really restricted to just a few standard looks, often involving heavy eyeliner or tons of lashes but in starting out my Monolid Makeup Series, I wanted to bring you the most paired down, no frills version of an anytime look that requires no blingy extras. Here are my top 5 makeup tips to get you started.

  • ANASTASIA | Brown Wiz Pencil (reviewed)
  • SMASHBOX | Full Exposure Travel Palette "M6" (reviewed)
  • DOLLYWINK | Liquid Eyeliner
  • SHU UEMURA | Eyelash Curler* (reviewed)
  • NYX | Prismatic Eyeshadow* "Girl Talk"
  • ILIA | Lipstick* "In My Room"

Monolid Eye Makeup Tutorial - pbunniep

Monolid Eye Makeup Tutorial - pbunniep

The biggest thing to keep in mind when working with monolids is that it's not so helpless. Granted, in the western world its easy to feel left out of makeup looks and magazines but it doesn't mean you can't enjoy makeup just as much as any other person. It just take a bit more experimentation to find the specific tweaks that makes a look work for you whether that means colour placement or changing up your eyeliner. Of course, monolids actually also come in different subtle variants from full monolids (like mine) to down turned lids, hidden crease lids and even partial crease lids. I'd love to hear any of your revelations and favourite makeup looks for monolids. 

Want to see a specific monolid topic or makeup look covered? You know where to find me!


Saturday, August 1, 2015

#WAChallenge: My Vintage Sewing Books

Wardrobe Architect Vintage Sewing Books

Taking a break from the hands on sewing of the Wardrobe Architect Challenge (see here), I thought we'd take some time today to discuss my collection of vintage-retro sewing books. My small but sentimental collection came from my mother, who once worked in the textile industry and had access to what was then rare gems only available through special order. Books were borrowed, bartered, photocopied and treasured. Granted, while she made me plenty of clothes growing up (single child privileges), I don't think she particularly loved to sew but rather it was the desire to dress her daughter in one of a kind pieces that fueled many trips to the store and the stash of sewing equipment. And while our old vintage sewing machine is long gone, I'm relieved that these papers made it through the purge and have lasted long enough for me to grow up to an age to really appreciate them.