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Guest Post: Raise your hand if you need makeup tips?

So excited to have Shireen guest posting for me today! I love makeup tips so I was so excited that her post is all about makeup today! 

 I am guest posting over at her blog showing you how I do my curly/wavy hair :) 

Hi everyone, I'm Shireen the quirky, sometimes sharp tongue author of Reflection of Sanity. I would like to say a special thank you to Candace for the opportunity to hijack her blog for today. I promise I won't be naughty...maybe.

I migrated from Malaysia to Canada in September last year so this whole business with four seasons is very new to me. One might think with my background (Malaysia is a hot, humid tropical country) I would thoroughly enjoy Summer however, I must say pfft! to the heat. The crazy heatwave that we've been experiencing has not helped and I could not be more eager for the arrival of Autumn.

So today I'll be sharing about my go to Summer look. It's quick and very easy because as a mum of a 16 month old, time is a sacred luxury.


Hada Labo Air BB Cream SPF50 PA+++ has been the only base product that I've been reaching for. It's light with medium coverage and the biggest bonus is it comes with a high spf. Concealer is any mum's best friend and my HG concealer is Maybelline Instant Age Rewind. It's creamy with medium coverage and doesn't crease or settle into fine lines which at my age, I have one too many. To avoid looking like an extra from The Walking Dead, I rely on NYX Powder Blusher in Dusty Rose and finally, I set my base with my latest obsession, City Color HD Powder. I rarely use powder due to my dry skin but this HD powder leaves my skin feeling so soft and matte even after a sweaty yoga session.


I always prime my eyes before eyeshadow application and Essence I Love Stage Primer is my  main drugstore choice, it's dirt cheap but great quality. This will be followed by a quick swipe of shimmer on my lid to crease with Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color in shade Glit and then I'll use Light Brown shade from Dr. Hauschka Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette to blend at the crease. I am in love, love, love with this palette because it's so versatile! The soft grey shade is also perfect for my brows, as I said, it's very versatile.

As for eye liner, I am currently head over heels in love with Avon Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Charcoal. Grey is a less intense option instead of the usual black and brown eye liners. My current favourite mascara is CoverGirl Super Sizer which is surprisingly good. I have to be really picky with my mascaras no thanks to my stick-straight, short and sparse lashes but Super Sizer gives length, volume and separates my lashes beautifully. And finally a quick swipe of Benefit Gimme Brow gives me a put together brows, ready for the day.


Last but not least, I always prime my lips with Carmex which has SPF 15 (yay to SPF!). I usually apply it before I start applying my makeup so by the time I am ready to apply lipstick, the lip balm has prepped my lips. My favourite Summer lipstick has been Milani UpTown Mauve, it's bright, bold and just gorgeous.

The end look is very soft, natural with a bright lips. What is your go to Summer makeup?

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Thanks for sharing these tips, Shireen!! Go show her some loveeee :)


I linked up some of the products she used so you can find them easily down here.


  1. Love your makup. So pretty. Love the lipcolor.

  2. Hi Shireen. Most unexpected to hear you say that you don't like the summer, but I know how you feel. I dislike the summer too. Nearly over now thankfully.

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  3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind is legit my favourite product of all time. i wear that with a swipe of mascara every day!

  4. What a gorgeous lip shade! I swear by the Age Rewind and always have an extra ready to go so I don't run out. Love the tips!

  5. Lovely beauty look (:

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  6. Great tip you look pretty in that amazing lipstick and cannot believe you do not like Summer maybe is those humid days lol.

  7. What a beautiful finished look! That's just how I like mine too, eyes natural and a bold lip, or bold eyes & a natural lip. This is my first time visiting, but what a lovely blog. Nice to see my dear friend Shireen on here and I enjoyed your post, Candace, on Shireen's blog.

  8. I am all in for soft makeup and bright lips throughout summer. Or anytime, really.

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  9. Beautiful makeup...I love the lip shade!

  10. I can't believe you moved here just under a year ago and with an infant! Your English is amazing! I have now been in Canada just over 20 years. Love the lipstick!

  11. I'm so with you on the Summer business. Lets go Autumn!

    Lovely look! That lip color looks great on you. I don't think I have a go-to Summer look. I just kind of do whatever. Is that weird? But the soft natural look with bright lips is totally a winner. :)

  12. Your go to summer look rocks Shireen! Something Id love to donas well. The lips are so cool in that shade and u look very lovely, well done! xo

  13. It's been pretty hot in my corner of the world too. Starting to cool off some thank goodness! Lovely makeup and great products.

  14. It's nice and warm today, but London hasn't been very great lately. I wish we had a heat wave.
    You look super lovely and I love the lipstick on it!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  15. Love this look! The lipstick shade is just beautiful. x

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  16. Such a great look! That Nyx blue is one of my favorites as well..

  17. So glad to find here my friend Shireen and loved your post about perfect curls Candace! Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog - Valeria Arizzi

  18. Loved this look Shireen! I still need to get onto that Maybelline concealer!!



  19. I haven't tried a eye primer yet, I'd like to give the Essence one a try! You look gorgeous Shireen! I love the eye shadow and the bold lips!

  20. I love how she applies her make up, it's so simple and so not caked on. I've never tried the eyeliner from Avon, but I'm sure that it's amazing because I use an eyebrow liner from them, and I am so in love with its effect.


  21. Loving your cherry lips Shireen. I also have to get myself that cramex primer for my lips.

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