Undereyes, Locked and Loaded

Undereye circles, the bane of my existence, other than the oily, blemish-prone skin I’ve been naturally blessed with. I’ve mentioned before that my dark circles are so bad that I regularly get asked if I’m either ill or tired when I’m wearing no makeup…. not fun. To counteract this, I have been using the Tarte CC Undereye Corrector in Light-Medium, which I have blogged about before. It’s the best and a perfect salmon colour for my skin tone. I’ve hit pan but it’ll still take a long time to use up. What I tend to do on the day-to-day is to apply foundation first, and then dip my fingertip into the Tarte and dab some under each eye. Then, I grab my beautyblender and blend it in properly. This counteracts the darkness I have going on in that area. While it does take a bit of work to blend due to its thick texture, the pigmentation is phenomenal and it doesn’t look too cakey.

If I want some added brightness for special occasions, I also paint on a few stripes of the Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Nude, which adds a ton of brightness, but layers well because it’s a thinner consistency. Sometimes I will use just this one for a lower-key look, but combining the Maybelline and Tarte works so well it basically transforms my whole face.

A new tip that I picked up and have been using for the past couple months (and it TOTALLY WORKS) is to set the undereye area with some loose translucent powder, with the tip of a damp sponge rather than a brush. My powder of choice for now is the Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, which works a treat and prevents any sort of creasing I get. This is an awesome trick and it works amazingly well for all day wear.

Have you tried this, and what are your tips for hiding undereye circles?

Raspberry Lips and Tips


My favourite colours of nail polish and lipstick seem to converge a lot these days, especially in the summertime – anything not quite pink and not quite red. Corals and deep berries are the best, so I try to make an effort to pull out all these colours when I can in the hot weather. Raspberry pink is one of the most flattering colours and I think it suits all skin tones, no matter how pale/deep/warm/cool your skin may be.

I’ve spoken about Essie’s Haute in the Heat before, which is probably my favourite nail polish colour ever. (Bold statement). I’m glad it became permanent as it was released as part of a summer collection a couple years ago. It is beautiful and rich, and is really perfect for year round.

The new product here is the NYX Matte Lipstick in Bloody Mary. I’ve been slowly acquiring NYX products since they only launched in Canada in a big way a few months ago. So far I’ve been really enjoying their lip products, and this one is no exception. It’s not too drying, the pigmentation is crazy good, and it’s under $10. What more could you really want in a matte lipstick? The shade of raspberry is really wonderful too and I will be wearing this one in every season as well. In fact, I sometimes wear the lipstick and nail polish together because I’m that crazy about the shades.

What are your favourite raspberry-coloured products and have you tried either of these?