31 days to a prettier 2017 : Choose your signature lip …

January 2, 2017By stephanie

Alright – so you’ve cleaned out your makeup bag and edited your stash. Now it’s time to determine your signature lipstick.


Day 2 : January 2

A signature lipstick is best defined as that one lip colour – whether it be a gloss, a stain or a modern matte formula – that makes you feel the most confident. Think Gwen Stefani’s bright red, or Jennifer Lopez’ effortless nude. It’s the shade that you always rely on to bring your whole look together and it should always be flattering whether you’re wearing a full face of makeup, or nothing but moisturizer. It’s the colour you get the most compliments on, and the colour that makes you smile when you apply it.

You’re probably wondering why I’m telling you to pick out your signature lipstick if its a colour or shade you’re constantly wearing.  Well, here’s the thing : you probably have several different variations of your signature shade. For example, I love a nice plum … but I have about 5 variations of it. Same goes with bold pinks … and don’t get me started on red.

Your job today is to nail it down to one specific tube or pot of everyday hotness.

First : Determine what shade it is – is it a dusty rose or an electric pink? A sweet mauve or a deep violet? Is it a subtle warm you up nude … or fire engine red? Whatever shade you choose in the end, it should be a charmeleon colour – you’ll feel just as proper wearing it at the grocery store as you would during a girls night out, and it never looks out of place on you!

Second : Get the right tone. Again, if you are a hoarder of lipsticks like I, chances are you have several versions of the same shade which simply vary in tone. For example, you might have reds that are a bit more brown, and others that are more orange or blue. A nude might have a little more pink or peach in it than the next one. It might be silly and you may be thinking “red is red and I can apply whichever one I grab first”, but tone makes a difference because it will make your lipstick look like its an extension of your look, style, and taste … not something you are simply wearing like an accessory.

Third : Choose your best formula. This step is somewhat optional since most of the time finding the right shade and tone ends up being one specific lip product from a brand, but sometimes you find the right colour but unfortunately the formula is all wrong for you. Or perhaps the brand and shade you have chosen DOES offer options of the same shade in different formulas. The best way to choose the formula is to determine what is easiest for you to wear. A minimalist might prefer a sheer glossy formula, whereas someone who loves to make a statement prefers a stain or matte. Choosing a formula that is friendly to you and your lifestyle is the difference between wearing out a tube over 3 months rather than 3 years.

So, you’ve nailed down shade, tone and formula in the form of a shiny tube of lipstick, what now?  Carry it with you everywhere. Build makeup looks around it. Replace it before you hit the bottom. This will forever be the shade that you use when you need anything.

Need to get ready in five minutes and you just got out of the shower? Apply it.

Need some courage before a big meeting at work? Apply it.

Need to look perfect when your crush unexpectedly asks you out? Apply it.

You’ll be super surprised at how a tube of lipstick can change your life.

TIP : If you love love love a lipstick, buy two. One for the vanity table and one for the purse.

HOMEWORK : Sometimes, and I know plenty of women whom this is happened to, a signature shade gets discontinued for no reason … and your world will feel like its crumbling all around you and you have nothing to live for. It’s like super tragic. So, keep your eye out for dupes (shades that are super similar) to your chosen lipstick and take note of the brand and name of the shade. Keep these handy in case of a lip-threatening emergency.

if you must : bite beauty …

March 4, 2016By stephanie

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting the people behind Bite Beauty, Canada’s very own lipstick mega brand. Little ol’ me was treated to a tour of the lab and offices, and had a behind the scenes look at how their incredible formulations, colours and products all come together. As a person who values their worth in the amount of lipstick I own … this was a BIG deal for me. Huge!


Since Bite Beauty’s new Amuse Bouche line becomes fully available at Sephora today … I thought I would share a couple of photos from my visit. I’d really like to thank the crew at Bite Beauty for their hospitality and couldn’t be more appreciative that they let me into their space. If you are a fan of all things Bite, you should know that every single product you purchase is carefully prepared, crafted, and packaged, and judging by what I saw yesterday, always made with a smile (or lots of laughs!).

bite1I didn’t take a selfie in my lab coat to prove I was there,
but if you look you can see my reflection taking this shot. Ha ha!
My first love about Bite – the minimalist+modern office layout,
and their own pieces on the walls!

bite2We all know by know that after 10 years of this blog …
photography IS NOT my strong suit.
Sure, the sign is cutoff, but I agree, Handmade IS better.
This is the sign that graces the hall before one goes into the lab!

bite3Tubes and tubes of gloss. Um. Yes please!

bite4My favourite shot of the day … not only were these ladies smiling
the entire time and dancing for my picture …
but when I say friendly and fun crew …
check out the wave and smile of the “photobombed” all the way in the back!

Thanks again Bite Beauty Crew! And beauty junkies, if you must … get to Sephora today and check out Bite’s new Amuse Bouche Lipsticks!
I mean – it’s the weekend – just do it!


p.s. for pics of some of the shades of the Amuse Bouche Line,
please click over to our Instagram page for my LOTD pics!

musings from morgan : pure color lip shine

June 24, 2014By DJMC 1 Comment

I’ve always been a bit intimidated by orange and coral lip colours, although I’m not exactly sure why. I have no problem trying on bright purples, pinks and reds, but I tend to tread carefully with anything of the orange variety. I think one of the reasons is because it seems too easy to mess up – I really think it’s trickier to find an orange that complements your skin tone than any other colour. Maybe I’m over-thinking it.

My trepidations aside, I gave Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Lip Shine in Mandarine a shot all in the name of beauty blogging. That, and the fact it was a sheer lip product more like a balm than a lipstick made me feel like I was merely dipping my toes into orange-lip territory versus cannon-balling.

It goes on buttery smooth, and really does provide a sheer, tinted layer of colour you can build as you like. It finishes with a subtle shine that’s perfect for summer, and to be honest – I really loved how it wore! I think because it’s a tinted product instead of something more pigmented, it’s more likely to suit many skin tones and give all of us a chance to try some orange on our lips. It also leans more towards the red end of the orange spectrum, so it’s not too far out there if you’re hesitant to try a shade like this.

Since it’s lightweight and sheer, it’s perfect to take with you wherever you go this summer to add a splash of colour and moisture – I’m thinking beach trips, days at the flea market and patio drinks with friends. It also comes in a deep plum shade, Luscious Plum, which looks like it could be a great transitional colour for Fall come late August. Find it for $24.00 CAD online.

Disclosure: These products were sent to BlushPretty.com for editorial consideration. We tested and reviewed the product to share our honest opinion with you (our fabulous readers) and would only ever recommend or review products we truly believe in!

stuff from (l’il) steph : caryl baker notorious beauty

September 10, 2013By stephanie

The Caryl Baker Visage Notorious Beauty Collection is… FIERCE! What does Notorious Beauty mean? “guaranteed to give people something to talk about…Sometimes, it’s OK to have a reputation. We all want to be fun, flirty and mysterious; the kind of girl who makes an impression and gets people whispering (for the right reasons!)”

 From Top to Bottom: Blush in Dial M for “Makeup ($22.50), Lip Gloss in Corruption ($17.50), Lip Pencil in Desire ($18.00), Eyeshadow trio in Smoldering, Sabotage, and Silhouette ($18.00).

The Eyeshadow trio was a little hit and miss for me. Silhouette (a matte light grey) was a slightly chalky and hard to pick up on a brush and thus, hard to work with. Sabotage (a deep cool brown) was the most buttery of the three and also the most pigmented but had a lot of fallout. Smoldering (a warmer and deeper brown with shimmer) was not quite as smooth but equally pigmented as Sabotage. Each shadow was a little different in terms of formulation, but the colours work well together to create a neutral smoky eye.

The Lip Pencil in Desire is a deep raspberry. The texture of the product is a little on the hard side, but the bold pigmentation makes up for any sort of textural downsides. The Lip Gloss in Corruption is nowhere near as deep dark burgundy in the tube, however it still works well with the lip pencil and smells exactly like a MAC lipglass – a sweet vanilla flavouring. Applying Corruption over the liner, gives the lips a little added shimmer and dimension for a fuller lip.

The Blush in Dial M for “Makeup” is the underdog in this group of products. In the pan, it looks kind of plain, but the matte rose is a kind of “Blonzer” – an odd blush and bronzer hybrid that works perfectly as both a blush and a bronzer colour. I found this blonzer to be extremely long wearing, plus the versatile colour is great for everyday use and very work appropriate because of its subtlety.

All the products in the Siren range work cohesively to create a sultry yet elegant look that’s perfect for the fall season. I think this sort of combo of products makes me look like I mean business. In a nutshell, I love it! The Caryl Baker Notorious Beauty Collection is notoriously beautiful. 

Stephanie Lau is the creator and writer of FUN SIZE BEAUTY, a blog encompassing beauty reviews, handmade accessories, and the occasional food post. Upon discovering a fuchsia lipstick in her mom’s stash at age 12, she fell in love with all things beauty. She started her blog in November 2012 as a creative outlet to share her thoughts on beauty products and escape from the stress of school.  Aside from blogging and beauty, Stephanie enjoys all things travel, photography, DIY, small business, and sample hoarding.  An undergrad Accounting student at the University of Waterloo and an avid multi-tasker, on rainy days you can find her studying the Income Tax Act, watching food network, recreating makeup looks from magazines, and sipping on tea.

this just in : what i’m loving right now …

August 1, 2013By stephanie

It’s pretty easy to tell what styles, products, and pieces I’m loving … you just need to follow me on Instagram.

For example, as a die-hard fan of NARS Cosmetics, I took an hour or two … maybe three … to get comfortable in their Bleecker Street boutique during a recent trip to NYC. I walked away with a small haul: three lip pencils and a soft touch eyeshadow pencil plus some freebie treats from their on-location makeup artist, Joey. While I’m swooning over each colour I chose, I’m in love with the red lippy Joey suggested for me: Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. It’s a true Hollywood glam red. It glided on like silk but stuck like crazy glue and didn’t budge through a whole day of wear.

If you don’t find me in my TOMS, then perhaps you might see me parade around town in a pair of Nike Dunk Sky Hi shoes … I own like three pairs. Sporty enough to be comfortable, sexy enough to wear from day to night. Plus, they add height to my vertically challenged disposition. Yessssss …

I love a good piece of jewellery. It doesn’t have to be the finest gold, the prettiest platinum, or the sexiest silver. I meant, that IS nice, but I love pairing my authentic and vintage gold/silver pieces with $5 finds at random boutiques, street vendors, or vending machines. Okay … well … maybe not the last one – but you understand what I am trying to say, yes? I found that eye-catching skulls+wings piece (above) at Drama Queen by the studio – that store has great pieces at reasonable prices and I always find something that will add some edge to a basic outfit.

And to end, I am not me without a really really great purse. I adore them all from big to little, slouchy to structured.  My recent infatuation is with my new Alexa bag by Kooba – with convertible straps I can make it a cross-body, a shoulder bag, a top handle … annnnnddd … a clutch. And with it’s neutral colour that is neither the standard brown, camel, or black, I can pair it with almost anything in my closet, and any style. Now THAT’S an investment piece, right?