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A Single Girls Valentine’s Day

Generally, I’m not a massive fan of Valentine’s day, but this year I decided to do things a little differently.
In years past I’ve spent my single Valentine’s days lonely and envious of those with people to spend the day with. I also went through a phase of referring to the pseudo -holiday as a “capitalist driven scam meant to trick people into spending money on fake evidence of their ‘love'”. I went through a cynical phase, can you tell?
Lately though, I’ve started to see that Valentine’s day is, in fact a day of celebrating love. whether its celebrating the love in a relationship, or celebrating self love. 

The Look:

Even though I’m spending this Valentine’s day in my pjs watching rom-coms, I decided to do a pretty-in-pink look to celebrate the holiday!
For my base, my face, my eyebrows, and my mascara,  I used pretty much all the same products as in my Casual Christmas Look.
Except the highlighter, In this look I used the 
PHYSICIANS FORMULA Butter Highlighter  in Pearl and I am 100% obsessed with it.

My Eyes-
To achieve this pretty pink look I used the 
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette
I started by fluffing Buon Fresco into my crease with a fluffy brush, followed by a slight dusting of Love Letter  lower in the crease and slightly onto my lid. I took a second to blend those two together, and then I placed Venetian Red on my outer corner with a tapered brush. I blended this slightly into the outer part of the crease, but I kept it mostly focused on the outer corner of the eye. After getting all of my mattes placed, I used the URBAN DECAY Al Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray to foil Vermeer , and I placed that on the inner two thirds of my lid, blending the edges slightly. To finish off the look, I used a thin angled brush to create a winged eyeliner effect with Cyprus Umber.  


My Lips- 

On my lips I’m wearing the HUDA BEAUTY Liquid Matte Lipstick in Crush
I love this formula and I absolutely love this colour, Its a good everyday colour. If I were to do this look again though, I’d use a lip colour thats a little less peachy, and a little more pink.

If you want to see me doing this look, check out my video on Instagram! @jordananne76

Some Tips For Loving Yourself This Valentine’s Day:

When you’re single, Valentine’s day can be a day filled with sadness and jealousy, when it should be a day filled with celebrating self love. So here are a few tips for how you can show yourself a little self love this Valentine’s day.

Take Yourself Out-
If you don’t want to spend this Valentine’s day on your couch, then don’t be afraid to ask yourself on a date!Personally, I love going to movies alone, and I love sitting on a coffee shop patio drinking a SOLO espresso. So I can throughly recommend putting on your favourite outfit,  taking yourself out to your favourite place, and savouring the simplicity, and the silence, of doing something you love, alone. There is no one else to contend with,  and nobody else to wait for, everything is on your time line. Doing things alone also provides much needed time with yourself to nurture the most important relationship in your life.

Treat Yourself To a Little Luxury –
I don’t always make time for the more luxurious things in life, but when you’re nurturing self love, treating yourself is especially important. whether its doing your nails, or getting your hair done, a little luxury can go a long way. A couple specific luxurious things I can recommend for this valentines day are actually things I’ve already mentioned in a couple of my Self Care Sunday posts. Have a bath, or do a face mask. Around Valentine’s day, LUSH comes out with a Unicorn Horn bubble bar and I love nothing more than sliding into a steaming hot bubble bath surrounded by this sparkling scent. I also love getting out of the bath glittery and smelling good. The face mask I’d recommend for this day of luxury are really any of the LUSH Jelly Face Masks specifically, FOMO or Bunny Moon. I love these masks for a little more luxury, because they’re thick and creamy, and I love that I have to mush them up in my hands before I can put them on my face. I also notice immediate results every time I use these masks, and that always makes me feel good.
Luxury is anything that makes you feel luxurious, so really just do something you love, that makes you feel good.

And finally,
Spend Sometime Loving Yourself-
I know a lot of this has been about self love and loving yourself through actions, but today, there should be time for some mindful self love. Look in the mirror and pick out every single thing you love about yourself, or focus on all the things you love while you meditate, whatever being mindful means to you really. No matter what you do, it is important to make time to be mindful in your self love, because it really forces you to sit with it, feel it, and internalize it. 

Even If you’re alone this valentines day, take some time to love yourself. Because In the words of my hero RuPaul,
“If you can’t love yourself how the hell you gonna love somebody else”
Amen to that. 


Christmas look

A Casual Christmas

I know this is a little late, because it’s February,  but lets just ignore that. I wanted to share the makeup look that I did for Christmas dinner this year, because, well I loved it, but also because I thinks it’s a fairly easy, casual glam look that is definitely family appropriate. I also want to take this oppurtunity to share the makeup products that I got for christmas, and how I used them!
I spent Christmas this year at my families cabin, so clearly I didn’t need to go full glam, but I also wanted to look my best for such a special occasion. This, combined with the amazing presents I got, created a need to do my makeup, and in turn, created the above face. I wanted to do a post on this look, both because It’s what I wore for christmas, but also because it’s a very low key natural glam look, and I wanted to share how I achieved it.

Step One: Primer
My first makeup step is always primer, and because I’m a combo girl, I use two primers. I do this because If I only use a matte primer, my skin gets insanely dry and I look cakey and just not cute. On the flip side of that though, If I only use a hydrating primer, my T-zone, specifically my nose, wont hold onto makeup and ends up looking like I missed foundation on my nose, and rubbed it with oil instead.  When I discovered multi priming, it changed my life.
The first primer I go in with is the 
DR. BRANDT SKINCARE pores no more® pore refiner primer 
I use this primer to help control the oil on my nose, but I only put it down the bridge of my nose, and on the sides of it, I make sure to stay away from the creases at the base, because I’m dry there, and my find my foundation blends better there if its over a hydrating primer.

The secondprimer I go in with is the FIRST AID BEAUTY Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer
I use this primer on the rest of my face. It is an amazing hydrating primer, and it allows any foundation (even matte) to smoothly blend into my insanely dry skin.

Step Two: Foundation
In this look I’m wearing shade number 1 in the URBAN DECAY Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation
I’m typically drawn to buildable medium coverage foundations because I don’t love the way full coverage foundations feel. In fact, I normally wear a fairly light weight skin tint from Pixi ,  but sometimes I want something a little more, and thats is where this foundation really shines. For Christmas this year, and for any casual glam look, this foundation serves as a perfect base for a light contour, and a blinding highlight. 

Step Three: Concealer
My all time go to concealer is the 
URBAN DECAY Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer.
I wear the shade “Fair Neutral” because its slightly lighter than my foundation shade, and I use it to highlight. I have gnarly under eye circles, and this concealer dose an amazing job of, well, concealing them. I’m going to do a more in depth review of this product in a let post, so I’ll leave it there for now. The take away from this for now is that I love it.

Step Four: Powder
On a daily basis I use the Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder In Translucent 
I love this powder because its extremely affordable and I can bake my nose (yes I bake my stupid oily nose),  set my under eyes,  and I can powder my face. It makes me look smooth, and it allows my other powders to blend seamlessly. Theres really not much else to say about it, but my fellow Canadians are going to have to order this in amazon, and its not quite as affordable, but you get a lot of really good product, so its worth it.

Step Five: Contour
Now, this product was one of my christmas presents, and I’m already obsessed with it. The first time I used it was in this look, and now I can’t stop
To contour I use the 
TOO FACED Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection
I have the light/medium pallet and its perfect for my skin tone. I’m super pale, I’m normally the lightest shade in any foundation, and contour powders tend to look orangey on me, or they don’t blend. This contour shade is amazing though, it looks like a true shadow, and it blends like butter. Again, there will be a full review of this product coming soon, so keep in touch and look for it! 

Step Six: Blush
Typically I like a peachy-pinky blush, and I used just that in this look.
In this look I’m using the 
TOO FACED Sweet Peach Papa Don’t Peach Blush
I am absolutely obsessed with this blush. I got it last summer and I haven’t stopped using it since.  The peachy shade and the shimmer make it the perfect blush for everything from a glowy everyday look, to a shining, highlighted soft glam. It is the perfect base, and it works with just about any warm toned eye.

Step Seven: Highlight
Highlighter is easily my favourite step in any makeup routine that I do. I love the glow. I have played with a ton of highlighters, but the one I’m using the NARS Highlighting Blush In Albatross
I love the golden undertones, and the extreme glow that this highlighter has when applies with the proper brush. I prefer to use a tapered highlighting brush rather than a fan brush with this, because it allows the glow to be a lot more intense.  

Step Eight: Brows
I love my eyebrows in this look, I mean I love them in general, but they are perfect in this look. It took me a long time to find an eyebrow routine that I liked, but this look is an amazing example of what I do with my brows all the time.
As a base, I’m using the 
NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil – Taupe
I use this pencil a lot, and it is my all time favourite thing for doing my brows. I love that I can define, and fill in my brows with it. Because my brows can be naturally kinda wonky, I appreciate something that helps me even them out.

As a finishing touch in this look, and to add a little kick, I’m using the BENEFIT COSMETICS Gimme Brow in 3 – Medium
It looks like this products is on a hiatus (hopefully briefly), but I truly love it, so I hope its back soon.

Step Nine: Eyes
My eyes, oh my eyes. I love doing my eye makeup, especially when its a warm look. For this look I picked something warm and casual.
To create this look I used another christmas present, the TARTE Tartelette™ Flirt Eyeshadow Palette
I’ve been looking for a small travel  palette for a long time, and when I found this one I knew I needed it. It’s the perfect palette for an every day, and a dramatic look. For this look I fluffed “Gaze” into my crease with a fluffy brush, and then I took “Hotline” on a slightly more tapered brush and placed is a little bit lower than “Gaze”. I blended these together, and then blended “Playful” on my outer corner. Finally, I used a dense brush to put “Passion” on my lid, and an angled brush to smudge “snuggle” along my lash line.
and to finish the eyes, I used the 
L’OREAL Lash Paradise Washable Mascara –  Blackest Black

HEY! I’m planing to do a more in depth tutorial on a warm eye look, so make sure you subscribe if you don’t want to miss that!  ‘

Step Ten: Lips
I chose a warm, deep rose, nude for this look because it offsets the eyes well, and it adds something to the look as a whole.
The exact lipstick I’m wearing is the ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLSLiquid Lipstick In Allison
But unfortunately,  this shade was limited edition. So I looked up some dupes for it.
In my search for dupes I found an article on This article suggests quite a few potential dupes, and it also provides a percentage rating on how similar it is. Overall, I love this website and I’ll definitely use it again if I’m looking for a dupe for a limited edition product.
The two most similar dupes in the article are:
The COLOURPOP Lippie Stix In Cami at a 95% match
and The NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment In American Woman at a 93% match
The formulas are obviously not going to be the same because neither of these are liquid to matte lipsticks, but the colours do look very very similar, and I think either would look amazing with a this eye look, or one similar to it.  

Step Eleven: Setting spray
The final step to this look, or any look really, is setting spray. I wanted to lock this look in, and make sure my oily nose could hold onto foundation.
The setting spray I’m using in this look is the 
URBAN DECAY All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
I love this setting spray because the spray is light even, and it melts the excessive amount of powder into my face. I truly love the finish it gives my face. Just make sure your mascara is dry before spraying it, I’ve made that mistake before, and its not pretty.

So there you have it! My causal glam look!
Again, I know its February, and way too late to be posting a Christmas look, but I still wanted to post this as a casual glam look that I just happened to be wearing on christmas.
I hope you enjoyed it, and maybe you even learned something. If you have any suggestions or requests make sure to comment them below! And if you recreate this look make sure to tag me on Instagram  @jordananne76 so I can see it!


My Everyday Makeup Routine

I don’t wear Makeup every single day because, lets be real, sometimes I’m lazy and just can’t be bothered. When I do wear makeup though, I like to have fun and tend to go a little extreme. Don’t get me wrong, I love a Smokey eye and a bold lip, but its not always the most appropriate thing for running errands or going to the doctor. For a long time, I’ve had two looks, nothing or everything. For a while this worked for me, but I decided that I wanted to find that in-between place, enough makeup to feel a little more put together and equipped to handle the world, while still looking fairly natural and understated. A makeup routine that I can just throw together when I’m in a hurry. So for the last little while I’ve been experimenting with products and looks in order to create my everyday makeup routine. So let’s stop the stalling and get into the look!


Step one: Primer Primer Primer!

My skin is fairly normal, I struggle with a little texture, but other than that I don’t tend to have too many problems. My nose though, oh my nose! Is insanely oily, like we’re talking oily in minutes, makeup refuses to stay on oily. So obviously, I’m a huge believer in multipriming, because I can’t use a mattifying primer all over my face, but if I don’t use a mattifying primer on my nose I’m so oily you could fry a banana on my face by the end of the day. On the rest of my face I like to use something a little more hydrating. Primer is defiantly part of my everyday routine.

My current favorite mattifying primer is the
DR BRANDT SKINCARE pores no more® pore refiner primer



and my favorite all over primer is the
TOO FACED Hangover Replenishing Face Primer 





Step Two: BB Cream

I love me some foundation, but on a everyday basis I prefer a light weight BB cream. I’m extremely lucky to have found a skin care routine that takes care of my skin, but I also don’t worry if imperfections are showing on aneveryday basis, so I don’t worry about a lot of coverage on an everyday basis.

The BB cream I’ve been using everyday is the Pixi BY PETRA H2O Skin Tint – In Cream                        NOTE: I picked mine up at Shoppers Drug Mart (I’m Canadian) but I couldn’t find it online so I linked the actual Pixi website.



You can apply this with your hands, but I really like using the
E.L.F Ultimate Blending Brush to apply because its fast and easy to blend.





Step Three: Concealer!

I have dark under eye circles, so concealer is an important part of my everyday routine. On a daily basis I like something more lightweight, but still has coverage. I also look for something that I can apply with my fingers because ain’t nobody got time to mess with a beauty sponge when they’re in a hurry. To apply with my fingers, I just use the applicator to place products under my eyes and then I use my ring finger (it’s the gentlest for the under eye because it has the least strength of all your fingers) to tap and blend it in. My everyday concealer is the

URBAN DECAY Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer- In Fair Neutral



Step Four: Powder!

On top of having an insanely oily nose, my under eyes also like to crease. Because of both of these things, powder is a non negotiable for my everyday. The Pixi Skin Tint tends to dry down matte, soI usually only powder my under eyes and my nose. My everyday powder however, is something that I picked up the last time I was in the Seattle, and Ihaven’t been able to find it in Canada. I picked mine up at a Walgreens in Seattle, but I did find it on! So I’ll link that for all my Canadian people. BUT if you can pick it up in an American drug store I highly recommend that because its much cheaper than buying it on amazon.

My Current Favorite powder is the                      COTY AIRSPUN Loose Face Powder – in translucent             


I use the
REALTECHNIQUES Powder Brush to apply it



Step Five: Blush!

I love blush, and it really does add good colour to the face. for everyday I like to use something “foolproof” i.e something lightly pigmented and, lately, I’ve been enjoyingpeachy tones. I like lightly pigmented because I don’t have to be super precise when I’m in a hurry, and I like peachy because I know it flatters my skin tone, and frankly, I like the way it looks.

I tend to change my blush out a little bit day to day, but the one I’m using the most right now is the TOO FACED Sweet Peach Papa Don’t Peach Blush 



To apply this, I just use a large duo-Fiber stippling brush. I have like three of them and I can’t for the life of me find any of them online, so I’m going to link one by the same brand as one of the ones that I have, but its not the exact one I use.But it’s the
BH COSMETICS Brush 9 – Duo-Fiber Stippling Brush  Again, Not the exact one I use, but I feel like every brand makes one, so this was really just to show what I meant when I said “duo Fiber stippling brush”.


Step Six: Highlighter!!!

Here’s where my everyday routine gets a little less “everyday”, because I love highlighter. In fact, I LIVE for highlighter. So clearly my everyday face is highlighted so you can see it from across the room. This is the product that I change up the most in my everyday look, but lately I have fallen head over heels for a specific one and I’ve been using it non stop.

My current favorite highlighter is            NARS Albatross 



To apply this, I’ve used a fan brush, but I find I get the best pigmentation and look with a tapered brush that I got in a set from BH COSMETICS. It’s the 125 brush from the BH COSMETICS 10 Piece Sculpt + Blend 2 Brush Set




Step Seven: Brows!

On an everyday basis I don’t go for a super bold brow, I tend to lean towards a feathery, natural look. With my everyday makeup look one of my goals is speed, in order to make doing my eyebrows more time efficient, I maximize on having a lot of natural brow hair and I just use a gel to darken and define my brows.

The product I’m currently using to do my brows is the BENEFIT COSMETICS Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel – In 3




Step Eight: Mascara!

I’m one of those people that is Very particular about mascara. So when I find one I like, I tend to stick to it. Because I’m naturally blonde, my natural lashes or quite light, so I tend to go for a dark mascara that can define my lashes, while still adding volume and length. I like to avoid clumpy lashes, and I also can’t stand mascaras that cause “failure flakes” (a term coined by one of my best friends Meera C. check out her blog here:  ). A mascara that can hold a curl is also a must!

The mascara I’ve been using, and loving is the
L’OREAL Lash Paradise Washable Mascara – In Blackest Black






Step Nine: Setting Spray!

Even when I’m in a hurry, I don’t like to skip out on setting spray. I feel like is melts all the powder into my skin, and the one I use gives me a dewy healthy glow. I also love setting spray because it really does help to lock makeup in if you use the right one.

The setting spray I use on a daily basis is the
FRESH Rose Floral Toner

Yes, technically its called a toner, but the product comes with a spray nozzle and the instructions say it doubles as a setting spray so that’s how I originally tried it, and I fell in love.



Step Ten: Last but Not Least, Lips!

Sometimes I’ll wear a liquid lip with this look, but mostly, I just throw on chap stick or a lip gloss on the bus because I ran out of time before I had to leave. On the days that I’m doing this look my lips probably need a break anyway. The problem is, I hate most lip glosses. Don’t know why, I just do. So when I finally found a formula I liked I stuck to it.


Pretty much the only lip gloss I actually wear (not the only one I own though) is the
NYX Butter Gloss – In Vanilla Cream Pie


it’s the perfect softly pigmented pink that just gives a healthy natural shine.



And there you have it! The everyday look of a makeup obsessed girl. If you want more in depth reviews on any of these products just let me know in a comment!

I wear makeup because it gives me that extra boost I need to get through the day sometimes, and I genuinely enjoy applying it, but if you feel good without any makeup, then don’t wear any! Do what makes you feel amazing, because you are amazing.