.Make-up By Tess.

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Hard to find the perfect nude?

Tess shares tips on how to find the right shade for you!

|REVIEW| AVON Extra Lasting Lipstick

Does it live up to what it claims?

DIY Wedding Make-up!

Make-up tips on a beautiful, glowing, naturual-looking face! Great for brides, bridesmainds, and guests!

Jun 16, 2014

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

(Top to bottom: Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Antwerp)

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream  is very lightweight on the lips with a creamy velvety touch. Its non-sticky texture makes you feel like you are wearing nothing on your lips. One layer is just enough to brighten up your face and it is definitely buildable for an even more intense look. Its staying power is amazing due to its fast-dry matte finish. Try blotting your lips on a tissue or try kissing the cheek (or lips ;D) of a loved one...It doesn't really transfer! You'll be very impressed!

This impressive lip product can be found at a Rexall or Target near you. It retails for approximately $8.99 each.

If you get it now it's "Buy One Get One 50% off" at Rexall until this Thursday, June 19, 2014! Hurry and get yours now! (I went to two Rexall locations and there selection was running low.)

Apr 15, 2014

LOTD: NYX Matte Lipstick

I like to wear my fave drink on my lips! Now all I need is the sun shining, warm weather and a patio! :-p

Here is my Lipstick Of The Day (#LOTD):

NYX Matte lipstick in "Strawberry Daiquiri"

Quick Review:
  • Matte finish - ensure your lips are moisturized prior to applying lipstick
  • Very pigmented
  • Long-lasting
  • Beautiful shade and flattering for most skin types


Mar 28, 2014

{HAUL}: MAC Cosmetics


Pro Longwear Concealer - "NW30"
Concealer that provides a medium to full coverage; claims to last 15 hours
  • I bought this to cover the darkness under my eyes. My foundation is usually "NC42" but I got "NW30" to correct and brighten the darkness underneath my eyes. This was highly recommended to me by one of my make-up artist friends. I got a little sample and tested it for a few days and loved the coverage and finish. This concealer did not look drying underneath the eyes and if definitely did not enhance my usually-subtle wrinkles which other concealers have done.

Lipstick - "Russian Red" (matte) & "Ruby Woo"  (retro-matte)
Intense & vibrante blue-red  shade
  • I have wanted both shades for a very long time and couldn't decide on which shade to get, so I bought both! They both look very similar in the tube, but when I applied, one is more matte than the other and one is more bright in shade.

Pro Longwear Paint Pot - "Soft Ocre"
Long-lasting, pigmented cream shadow
  • I've been using "Painterly" Paint Pot for years. But noticed that it's sometimes too light for my clients. I have always wanted to try "Soft Ocre" as it's a bit darker and more yellow. I use this as an eye primer to act as a good base before applying eye shadow.

Can't wait to use these products! Have you tried any of these?

Mar 21, 2014

Wear 'Radiant Orchid', the Pantone Colour of the Year!

The Pantone Colour of the Year is 'Radiant Orchid'.

Pantone LLC says,

"Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple — one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates joy, love and health"
Photo credit: www.Pantone.com

How can you incorporate Radiant Orchid in your make-up?

Here is how I wear it — keeping it subtle, natural, and soft with Elizabeth Adren's Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in, "Golden Orchid". 

$24 CAD (NET WT .09 OZ 2.5 g)


I applied "Golden Orchid" on my entire lid. To add more definition to my eye, I took a darker purple shade and applied it in my crease and blended it out for a softer look.

 "Golden Orchid" is a beautiful shade of purple and very close to the actual "Radiant Orchid" shade. What I like about the eye shadow is that it has gold flecks in it which makes it more wearable for an everyday look. The eye shadow doesn't appear too bright on the skin, so this is perfect for those who want a colourful, yet subtle & soft look.

If you are new to Elizabeth Arden's Beautiful Color Eye Shadows, they are:

  • long-lasting
  • crease-free
  • improves appearance of signs of aging (i.e., smooths skin)

How do you incorporate "Radiant Orchid" in your look?


Mar 5, 2014

Spring/Summer 2014 Beauty Trends

How many of you are counting down the days of when Spring will finally arrive? (I am, I am!)
It's been one cccooollldd winter this year and I know many of us can't wait to store our winter jackets and boots and say "hello" to the beauty and fashion trends of Spring!

Curious to know what the Spring/Summer '14 beauty trends are?

Justin German (Patene Pro-V Consulting Stylist) and Amélie Ducharme (COVERGIRL Make-up Pro) share with us the beauty trends that have been seen on the Spring '14 runways.

To see the looks, check out the LOOKING GLASS: www.youtube.com/lookingglass. Justin and Amélie show us how to acheive these beauty trends so you can easily re-create the looks on your own! The LOOKING GLASS is also featured in the March 2014 edition of FASHION Magazine!

One of my favourite S/S '14 beauty trend seen on the runways is: BRIGHT CLUB -- a simple ponytail paired with a strong, bright orange lip.

Here's how to get the look:

Being a part of #BeautyUnited, I was challenged to re-create my favourite S/S '14 beauty look and was given a $50 gift card to buy the exact make-up products used. This was a great challenge because you can get a sense of how the same products look on various skin tones & hair colours!

Here is my re-creation of the BRIGHT CLUB:

Here are the products used to create this look:


  • Pantene Pro-V Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner (note: I used a different product. In the video it is the "Smooth & Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner")
  • Pantene Pro-V with Argan Oil Shine Serum

  • COVERGIRL TruBlend Liquid Makeup in "Caramel Beige (m5)"
  • COVERGIRL TruBlend Fixstick Concealer in "Medium Light (m1-4)"
  • COVERGIRL TruMagic Sun Kisser
  • COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Liner in "Passion"
  • COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Lipstick in "Sweet"
Note: Since I'm more tanned than the model, the bronzer (COVERGIRL TruMagic Sun Kisser) didn't show up on my skin as dark as I wanted. After I applied the bronzer, I took the lipstick and applied a bit of it on my cheeks to brighten up my face (similar to the model's). Lipstick as blush?! Now there's another #makeupbytessTIP for you all! :)

Which S/S '14 beauty trend is your favourite? www.youtube.com/lookingglass
Comment below and let me know! :)

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