Smile for it All is on Instagram!

Anna Sui Rose Cheek Colour (blush) in 303

Anna Sui Rose Cheek Colour (blush) in 303

Hello everyone!!

It’s been way too long since I last wrote a post and I cannot tell you how nostalgic it feels to be sharing something with you all again.

First, I want to say thank you to the few of you who have been following my blog for oh-so-long. I love that I can share my hobbies and something that I get joy out of with those of you out there, reading this now. (Insert awkward internet hug here.) Your likes, comments and views just make me grin.. so thank you!

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog as much as I wanted. Life has gotten busy and time has been going by like the snap of a finger. However, today I’m excited to share a new adventure with you all, one that I hope you will join me on. Smile for it All is now on Instagram!!

For the last year I have ooh-ed and ahh-ed over Insta beauty accounts, pouring over mini reviews, face of the day/night posts, product swatches, beauty shoutouts and so much more. I love how quickly, beautifully and easily people can share what they love. After a while of liking and commenting (I’m definitely one of those I-like-everything-always Instagram users), I felt an urge to join in and share my thoughts. That idea is finally becoming a reality and I am SUPER excited.

For those of you who enjoy beauty posts on Instagram, I would love for you to follow me @smileforitall and let me know what you think! And if you have a beauty account, please do comment below and let me know so I can ooh-away at your pictures as well.. because if it’s about makeup there is a pretty big chance I’ll become obsessed. #truth

Again, thank you to those who have read my posts in the past. I do hope to start blogging again. In the mean time, my camera and my makeup bag will go side-by-side.

Take care and hope to see you all on Instagram!



Essence Makeup is Essentially Great!

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While re-organizing my makeup, I recently re-discovered some Essence gems that I purchased a while ago. As a relatively new brand to Canada, I haven’t had the chance to try many of their products. But what I have tried has left me thoroughly impressed!

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Essence Stay With Me Longlasting Lipgloss in Candy Bar

The Stay With Me Longlasting Lipgloss in Candy Bar is a beautiful sheer coral-pink shade, which really lifts the complexion. The texture of this gloss is bang on- smooth, non-sticky and with no gritty glitter. It’s got a sweet scent and as a bonus, is really hydrating.

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Essence Mono Eyeshadows in Cappuccino, Please! (left) and Party All Night (right)

The mono eyeshadow in Cappuccino, Please!, which is described as a “shimmer effect” shadow, is a beige with a slight sheen. A popular dupe of MAC’s eyeshadow in Shroom, this can also be used as a highlight on fairer skin tones (with a light hand).

Party All Night, described as a “metallic effect” shadow, is a bronzey-taupe shade with an intense frosty finish.

Both the shadows are incredibly pigmented, have a smooth buttery texture and do not feel gritty at all. Party All Night takes some effort to blend, but once it is blended it is beautiful. Overall these products have left me with a good impression of Essence, and I’m looking forward to trying more products from their line. If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them below!

Bold or Sheer- A Red Lip for Every Girl

A red lip is classic, timeless and elegant. Texture, to me, is just as important as colour. Whether you prefer a bold pop of colour or a sheer stain, there is something out there for everyone.
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For a bold look with staying power: Lip Cream
Lip creams (also known as liquid lipsticks) are excellent if you want something that will stay on for the day and throughout meals.  I like the Avon “Glazewear” cream lip line, particularly in the shade Passionate. It applies as a gloss and sets within minutes. Because it’s quite creamy, it can smudge without a lip liner. If you prefer something that will not budge, Hourglass and NYX matte lip creams are great options.

For a classic lip: Lipstick
You can’t get more timeless than a red lipstick. Although it may not have the staying power of a cream, the feel and finish is much lighter- with the same amount of pigment. I’m a huge fan of the Rimmel by Kate lipstick in 09 which is not drying and has great staying power. Clinique’s Colour Surge lipstick in Wild, Bite Beauty’s Cranberry and Revlon’s Wine with Everything are also beautiful shades. If you’re not keen on searching around, MAC is known for its classic reds: Russian Red and Ruby Woo.

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For a shiny, plump pout: Lip Gloss
A great option if you’re not ready to commit to a full out red lipstick, a gloss will give you noticeable colour and a lot of shine. My go to red gloss choices include the Sephora Ultra Shine lip gloss in Gorgeous Red and the Estee Lauder Pure Pops gloss in Berry Twist.

For a sheer colour that lets your lips shine though (and doesn’t stain a cup): Liquid Stain
Liquid stains are the ideal product if you want a long-lasting tint of colour with a natural finish.  I like Benefit’s Benetint, which can be used on the lips as well as cheeks. If you’re in the UK, Me Me Me makes a great dupe called Pussy Cat.

For a subtle hint of colour: Tinted Lip Balm
Just think of this as your basic lip balm with a slight hint of colour. Maybelline’s Baby Lips line has a gorgeous red shade called Cherry Me which not only looks great, but smells like candy (bonus points!).

Lip Liner
Last but not least, if you’re reaching for a heavier product like a lipstick or a lip cream, a lipliner is a must! But before you  run over to the MAC counter, take a peak at the Annabelle lip liner in Cherry. It’s a beautiful shade that’s priced at an amazing $3.

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Whether you’re looking for the ‘wow’ factor or something a bit more subtle, remember that there is something out there for you. And if you’ve already found your go-to red, I’d love to hear what it is below!

Bite Beauty- Best of Bite Lip Set Review (Holiday Limited Edition)

With the holidays approaching, stores are going nuts with holiday beauty sets. Whether you’re into skincare, eye makeup or a mix and match of everything, there is something for everyone. I’m a huge fan of holiday sets, as I find you generally get a good bargain when it comes to products vs. price. I recently spotted this Bite Beauty Best of Bite lip set ($28) while birthday shopping for my best friend and fell so in love with it that I had to get one for myself.

The set contains four miniature sized High Pigment Matte Lip Pencils in Madeira, Rhubarb, Quince and Cranberry. Each of the pencils is highly pigmented, creamy and hydrating. Madeira is a pink-toned nude colour, Rhubarb is the perfect my-lips-but-better pink shade, Quince is a bright fuchsia pink and Cranberry is a holiday red. Each full sized pencil on it’s own is $28, which makes this set a great buy. The lip pencils come in a small metal tin (around the size of an iPhone) with a mirror inside the lid- really convenient to pop into a purse on the go.

– pencil design makes for easy and precise application
– creamy formula is hydrating and does not chap lips (impressive for a ‘matte’ pencil)
– formula does not contain any frost/shimmer/glitter
– pencils have a twist bottom and don’t need to be sharpened

– creamy formula can smear easily, so a lip liner is necessary
– the formula can cling to dry/peeling patches (but doesn’t highlight them)

Overall, I think this set is a great buy for anyone who is into lip products or wants to branch out with a new brand. If you’ve tried this set or other Bite Beauty products, do let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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Products with metal tin (above) and printed sleeve (left). Lip pencils from left: Madeira, Rhubarb, Quince and Cranberry.

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From left: Madeira, Rhubarb, Quince and Cranberry.

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From left: Madeira, Rhubarb, Quince and Cranberry.

MAC Indulge Collection Event, Makeover & Meeting Eman MUA!

Apologies in advance for the longer than normal post- but yesterday was an incredible day and I am about to tell you why.

During my lunch break I decided to go window shopping at Toronto Eaton Centre- but instead stumbled across a MAC event right in the middle of the mall! Celebrating their newest fall collection, Indulge, they had set up a launch party to promote the new line. Being the MAC fan that I am, I had to check it out.

Indulge is described as a fall colour collection that is a “surreal feast for the senses, where no taste is too extravagant and no behaviour beyond limits”. The collection includes metallic and jewel-tone shades of eye, cheek, lip and nail products. Classic choices for fall.

The set up was fantastic. In the front, a magnificently decorated dinner table hosted beautiful models in over-the-top clothing and makeup. Dr. Draw, an electric violinist, entertained the crowd with his skills and quick fingers. In the back were rows of tables and makeup chairs where you could get your makeup done by a MAC artist. To get this makeover, you had to agree to a minimum $50 purchase. However, the lady who signed me up was kind enough to give me an appointment without requiring me to make a purchase (happy wallet, sad heart haha).

I had my makeup done by a talented MAC artist, Helen Kotsopoulos. Canadian folks, if you’re ever in Markville Mall, go and find her at the MAC booth in The Bay. She’s super talented and really listened when I said I didn’t want anything too nuts since I was taking the subway home.

Helen decided to give me a soft bronze smokey eye, winged liner and big lashes. She also gave me golden shimmery cheeks and a very nude lip. Below I’ve listed the products she used, with a * by the products from the collection.

Camel Coat Paint Pot (primer)
*Divide Decadance eyeshadow (bronze on the lid)
*Gilty Morsel eyeshadow (champagne shimmery highlight)
*Fluidline in Blacktrack (gel liner for wing)
False Lash Mascara Waterproof
Technikohl Liner in Graphblack (waterline)

Trace Gold Blush (shimmery golden beige blush and highlight)

Studio Finish Concealer  (under the eyes and on the nose to brighten)
Mineralize Skinfinish Powder (Medium Plus on the middle of my face, Medium dark around the perimeter)

Boldly Bare (warm brown lipliner)
*By Design (frosty beige lipstick)
*Ultimate Dish (nude lipgloss)

Overall the look was sultry and gorgeous! I loved how it turned out and I’m already counting the days till I have saved enough to get Trace Gold blush. For those of you who are big MAC fans already, you may find some of the shades to be repeats of old releases/products. But I would still suggest checking the products out in store.

Finally, the part put the cherry on an amazing day- I got to meet makeup artist, beauty blogger and YouTube beauty guru- Eman! I saw her at the event and waited until I could run over and fangirl-style swoon (haha). I’ve been a fan of hers for years and have always looked to her videos for makeup inspiration. I highly recommend everyone to check her channel, she is beyond amazing!

Below are a few photos of the event set up, the makeup area and some products used on me, so check them out! And if you happen to check out any of the products from the collection, please let me know in the comments below!

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Lips, Lipstick, Lipgloss & Lippies

My mum, while being a makeup minimalist, has always had a weakness for good lipsticks. When I first started wearing makeup years ago, her advice was simple:  no makeup look is complete without some colour on your lips.

Perhaps her advice is the reason I’ve been wearing more lip products recently. Or it might just be because I have been lazy and haven’t wanted to fiddle around with liquid liners and brushes. Whatever the reason, I have been regularly sporting a bright or bold lip on nights out these past few months.  Here are some of the products that I have been reaching for!


1. MAC Lipstick in See Sheer
A sheer coral that looks different on everyone. On me it looks like a peachy coral but on my friend who has very red lips, it looks like a bright tangerine coral.

2. Essence Stay With Me Longlasting Lipgloss in Candy Bar
A pigmented, bright coral lipgloss that is hydrating. Is has no glitter or shimmer, which makes it great for day wear. And the price point is fantastic! Can you really ask for more?

3. MAC Lipstick in Captive
One of the first MAC lipsticks I ever bought and one of my favourites ’till today. Similar to my own lips, it’s a pink with berry/plum tones.

4. Milani Colour Statement Lipstick in Uptown Mauve
Colour statement is right! This lipstick is bold and I love it! Smooth, creamy, great smell, strong pigmentation and sleek packaging. Plus it’s not drying. All around ten.

5. Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate in 06
A deep red that leaves a stain as it fades- which is great for when you can’t always run to a mirror and re-apply. Funny enough, my boyfriend bought this for me. He was never a huge fan of red lips but this baby changed his mind.

6. Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Lollipop
A buttery, smooth formula in a bright hot pink. My only word of caution with this line is that the buttery texture of these lippies can cause them to bleed and smudge, so a lipliner is necessary.

That’s all for now! If you’ve got a colour you’ve been loving recently, comment below! I’d love to hear.

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the contests from my last post if you haven’t already! Good Luck!