I’m on Vacation!

Hello, hello! Sorry for the bit of a hiatus on the blog, I’ve been on vacation for the last couple of weeks, and will continue to be a bit MIA for the next several until my vacay is over. I’m off on another solo European vacation, and if you’re curious as to where I’ve been and where I’m going, check out my Instagram @subitamaria.

Ciao for now! ❤



Lipstick That Doesn’t Come Off?! 12hr+ Wear Test


Let me tell you, this lipstick was one hell of a wild ride – from first impression to fully formed thoughts.

I was first intrigued by Maybelline’s Matte Ink liquid lipsticks while watching this video by Bailey B. This unique fiery orange-coral colour is right up my alley, and so on impulse, I picked it up at Walmart.

Price: CAD 11.99

Read on to see my thoughts, and a wear test!

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I’ve Got a Confession.

There I go again with the click-bait title!

I’ve got an Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick to talk about today!


The Ultra Slim in the title is code for so little product for quite a lot of money! For $/oz, it is one of the most expensive lipsticks on the market as in total, it’s only 0.03 oz/.9 g.

Ridiculous, eh?

I’m the sucker who clearly doesn’t care because ooh, pretty packaging!

Price: CAD 42.00 and 28.00 for the refill only

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Blending Shadows for Brown/Tan Skin


A good eyeshadow situation consists of many small details coming together to form a full, cohesive, well blended look. Often the shadows discussed are the quarterbacks of the makeup game; the stars of the show, so to speak.

Today, let’s talk about some of the unsung heroes who work hard at pulling together a look. Of course, these shades obviously will have to vary if you have very pale skin, or very deep skin, but for those of you who, like me, are on the medium-tan spectrum, I think they will serve you very well!

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How to Fake No Makeup | PUR 4-in-1 Powder Foundation

Talk about an impulse purchase. You ever have a moment where you walk into a store, a product catches your eye, and then all of a sudden you’re paying for it and taking it home?

This is what happened to me with the PUR 4-in-1 Foundation (Light Tan)…no research, nothing.

Price: CAD 39.99

So what is the 4-in-1 claim?

  • Correct, prevent and interrupt your skin concerns
  • Smooth away the look of lines and wrinkles
  • Plump, lift and firm the skin’s appearance
  • Balance uneven skin tone

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I Put Butter on My Face

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer that is! What, you thought the delicious yellow stuff?


Price: 18.99

Holimoli, look at that price! That’s hella expensive for a drugstore bronzer, but man, the hype was real. I’ve been seeing this product all over Youtube and the rest of the interwebs, annnnd then the temptation overtook me and I bought it.

So does it live up to the hype?

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The Best Concealer for Instagram Pics?

I’m talking about Physicians Formula #InstaReady concealer of course. I’ve been running low on my ride or die combo of LA Girl Pro Conceal (Pure Beige) + Collection (#3) so I finally picked this up recently.


Let’s be real PF, the shade selection is crap. I bought the darkest shade, Medium 3 – yet it is still light and brightening for me. You need to come through for my darker complexioned, make-up loving ladies.

Price: CAD 13.97

Now let’s talk about whether or not this concealer stands up there with my HG (holy grail).

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You Need This Makeup Brush!


I never knew one could derive joy from the soft bristles of a brush, but apparently I can…I know, it’s as ridiculous to type as it is to read, but it’s true.

Price: USD 6.00

The ELF Pointed Powder Brush is a multi-tasker makeup lover’s dream. Ok, I’ll stop gushing over the damn thing already and tell you how I use it and what propelled it to HG status. I purchased this brush on a whim whilst browsing the ELF website, and it reminded me of the MAC 138 that Sharon Farrell always raves about. It’s not actually very similar (this brush head is larger), but they’re both tapered for multi-use ease, and they’re both exceedingly soft. The ELF brush has the added bonus of being hella cheap!

Although it’s titled a ‘powder brush’ I quickly came to realize that I actually liked it for a variety of uses. To be honest, I use it the least for setting powder.

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How To Plan An Inexpensive Vacation

Anybody who knows me, knows that I have the travel bug. It may have bitten me before university, but I really got the fever after my student exchange in my third year of uni. Since then, I’ve done a 2 month solo trip through 8 countries, and am gearing up for another (shorter) trip relatively soon.

Solo travel is on the rise for 2017, particularly for women, and I could not advocate for it enough. It is such an enriching experience to (essentially) be selfish when travelling. You can make your own schedule, spend as much time as you like, wherever you like, and learn that you are strong enough, and brave enough to handle anything. Travelling alone also opens up your eyes to the kindness that strangers display, while making it easier to let a new culture really envelop you. I want everybody to find that same joy in travelling that I do, and now it’s easier than ever!

All of these experiences have made me an excellent planner when it comes to vacations. In my regular life, I’m fairly laid back and am happy to go with the flow, however, when planning a trip, research is key! Let me make it easy for you by breaking it down into categories.

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Light | Review on Dehydrated Skin

Geez, for somebody who doesn’t wear foundation everyday, I sure seem to be testing out quite a few! I know I said I found my HG foundation (linked here) but that was in the winter, and I am getting antsy to see if there is something better out there. So far, I’ve found this one to be equally as good.

Turns out there’s a third one I’m loving!

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