Underrated Drugstore products

Essence prismatic highlighter: I bought this on a whim in good old shoppers drug mart. What a great place, it takes all your money. I bought this because I thought this might be a dupe for the Nudestix illuminaughty highlighter, but alas its not. BUT I really like this, I wear it almost daily mixed with other highlighters (the ones in my project pan). It has a blue/pink duochrome shift, and isn’t sticky at all.

essence prismatic highlighter

Essence matte bronzer: I bought this bronzer last summer because my Physicians Formula butter bronzer was too light to give me any of that sun kissed warmth I was seeking. It smells exactly like the butter bronzer and while a bit more warm, it’s not so ridiculous that you like you have had a bad tanning experience. It’s also extremely affordable.

Essence bronzer and Milani earthy elements

Milani eyeshadow palettes: I have the Milani earthy elements palette, its BEAUTIFUL. If you are looking for a cruelty free palette, at a drugstore price that actually has good matte shades, these palettes are for you. Now, I only can attest to the earthy elements one but it’s BEAUTIFUL. Now, because of my embarrassing amount of palettes I don’t use this as often now a days, but the shades are unique (trust me they don’t dupe the naked heat palette but they give a similar effect), are easy to blend and last all day! They are also pigmented even if you don’t use a primer which is a bonus.

Elf studio blushes

Elf studio blushes: I was raiding my collection and was thinking: what blush do I have that isn’t talked about at length in the beauty community. I came across my Elf Studio Blushes. These are so underrated, they are pigmented but no so pigmented that you are startled when you slap it on to your cheeks. They come in several different shades and again, like most things in this post, is affordable.

Wet n wild oaks on you cream “contour stick”: I first saw this on Youtube but it wasn’t very well liked. It wasn’t hyped at all, I only saw on YouTuber use it and it looked amazing. Of course I bought it cause I was curious. If you are not wanting to spend the money on Nudestix Bondi Bae or the Milk Makeup bronzer stick I’d say this one has you covered. I like to apply it buy swirling a flat kabuki brush and then swirling it on all the bronzer places.

Pixi Tinted lip balm

Pixi tinted lip balms: I really like these lip balms. I find they actually moisturize my lips, they smell good and are all beautifully pigmented, but not too pigmented which is what I like in a tinted lip balm (hence the name). These come in a few shades and every time I wear them I get a compliment on my lip colour.

What are your favourite drugstore products?

 


Favourite Workout Leggings

Once you go lulu you never go back. Yes. I know. They are extremely expensive, like too expensive. But, they without a doubt, always fit. ALWAYS. Yes my size varies, but anytime I need a pant, lulu always comes through. I have been thinking, what are the best leggings for running? The gym? Etc. But not all leggings are made equal

So for running, I have a very specific criteria: can’t fall down, must feel comfortable and not constricting on my legs, should have a drawstring. This will be a future post because my expectations for running clothes are a lot different then for gymwear.

For working out/HIIT/lifting/personal training: My only criteria is comfort and breathability. More specifically, I also like a pant that doesn’t fall down while I’m working out.

Brand wise: I like Lululemon, Gymshark, and Adidas. Ah such a wide range. My personal problem with a lot of brands is they just don’t flatter my body. I find that Lululemon really knows how to make a legging that has a nice wide waistband and flattering on the behind. I honestly, have religiously worn Lululemon pants for everything. These leggings are ranked by favourite fit.

Lululemon aligns (for typical gym wear, a quick spin session, some weights). They are buttery soft, flattering and of course highly overpriced. But, I really like these for general gym wear. YES I would say if you are sweating a lot these will show sweat, but not to the point that I feel uncomfortable which I think is great. 

Gymshark seamless, lululemon aligns, lululemon fast and free

Lululemon crops, the fast and free and the pacer crop. Both of them are amazing and feel like you are wearing nothing. They also don’t fall down at all, they are good for ALL types of exercise and running, which is a bonus. I mean shouldn’t they be good at everything considering the price? I think yes.

The Gymshark fit and seamless legging. So I was very skeptical about purchasing Gymshark. Mainly because there is no physical store and its USD prices but I was convinced that I should try some stuff. AND THAT I DID. The seamless collection is my personal favourite, I have the blue and “black”. The blue is great, squat proof and sweat proof. I also enjoy the fit legging. While not as popular as the flex and seamless, I really like them.  I have heard a lot of people say they aren’t squat proof, but I have the black with the lilac waistband and they fit perfectly don’t budge during my intense HIIT workouts, and aren’t sheer, I give them an A+. I also recently got the ombré seamless: these also hide sweat. I’m very impressed.

Purple Gymshark leggingsMy adidas mid rise climalite leggings. They feel similar to the align pant just slightly thicker, ever so slightly. Link is similar but not the exact pair I have.

What are your favourite workout leggings!?


Project Pan Roulette

Recently I discovered a AMAZING YouTube channel called Rebecca Morgan and her blog morerebe and Alexandra Sjosten (she is so cool). Please check out their channels and blogs! They are both great! They have a series called “project pan roulette” and since this was my first time hearing about it, I thought gee that would be a cool thing to join in on! So I messaged Rebecca and she was so kind and authentic and said of course! She kindly sent me the categories and I put them into random.com like they did and voila got my project items! The project lasts four months so this will be ending on July 9th!  I have really loved discovering YouTube channels about shopping your stash and project pans and am so happy they let me join on this project!

So my goals: hit pan on two items and use each of them so that they have visible progress.

Annabelle Lip GlossCategory 1: A product you don’t like. For this I chose the physicians formula sportswear mascara. I bought this because I was looking for a mascara, with good ingredients and that was more waterproof than my beloved organic Mascara from them. But this wand IS REALLY SWORD, every time I use it it’s like a super poke but I’m determined to try and use it!

Category 2: A product you received as a gift. For this one I chose the balm mary luminizer. She’s beauty and she’s grace, she is the balm Mary luminizer. Honestly this was my first champagne highlighter. My first one was my body shop bronzing dome in champagne (which is now done). I got this from my aunt a few Christmases ago and I can see the rings so I think I can hit pan by July

wetnwildcomfortzonemilaniblushhighlighterCategory 3: A product from a previous project. I chose Milani luminoso for this category.  I have never had a previous project BUT this is something that last summer I was determined to get use out of so I chose it for this category. Again, my first blush ever that wasn’t something my mom bought me! And the first item I bought because of YouTube hype. It’s actually got quite the dent in it and with spring (theoretically speaking) just around the corner I thought why not?

Category 4: A product you wouldn’t repurchase. So this might be a bit odd, but I went with the Wet n Wild comfort zone palette. Yes, I know, in the beauty world this is a cult classic. BUT I just never use it…like ever…..so my goal for this is to use one of the crease shades and the dark burgundy shade. It is high quality and a lot of the shades are dupes for MAC (which is a part of the reason I bought it) however realistically I don’t wear green eyeshadow or cool duochrome ones. So I’m going to focus on the more neutral shades and hopefully hit pan on the one shade! Goals friends, goals.

annabelleeyshadowCategory 5: An item from your favourite brand. One of my favourite brands in  Annabelle. I chose their chrome eyeshadow in rose gold. Again, I love this item. It’s more of a summer item but I think that I will be able to make even more of dent in the next four months

Category 6: A product of your choice. This was ambiguous but I chose the Annabelle lip lacquer in Adore Simply. This is most underrated brand in my opinion and one of my dare I say, favourite brands? I have been wanting to get more use of this one and have been really into lipgloss lately!

annabellelipgloss

What are you trying to use up?


Things I liked and did in February

Ah February, or as i like to say, the shortest month in the universe. It was a decent month. I had reading week (my last one ever, tear) and it was basically my last month of semi – relaxing. March is all the events and all the assignments. But you know what, I am also (hoping) to start training for my half marathon. However, I had an incident with the stairs so I’m put on hold currently.

Whittle Buttons bo-boosk. My wee kitty bitty! I saw her on reading week, (my very last one) and I also got to see my mother and my bestest friend. Whenever I go home, I really appreciate the home vibe. I love the throwback to when I used to skate, and the easiness of having an at home gym set up and laundry. Back to Buttons, she is a lovely wee bean and is just such a little girl and is so affectionate! She also has the cutest meow (okay I will stop now but just look at this adorable photo) IMG_0755.jpg

While I was at home I did some cardio workouts in the basement because my town was an ice rink and I wore my blue gymshark seamless leggings. I have to tell you they didn’t show my sweat – at all. This was so impressive to me because I have long since been a hardcore black or super dark blue workout pant gal; but these impressed me. Good job gymshark, thank you for diversifying my bottom half of my workout wardrobe. 

My physicians formula butter bronzer. Gee I forgot how great this was. Fun fact: this was my first bronzer EVER that’s right it’s probably 2 years old when I got it at Walmart two summer ago. It’s LITERALLY the never ending bronzer. It’s more of a sculpting bronzer than one that warms you up but I really like it for daily use, and then layer on a shimmery bronzer if I feel like it. They came out with a few more shades which is tempting but I must resist!

Decluttering lipsticks. Ahh letting go of my liquid lipstick phase. I finally parted my Colourpop liquid lipsticks, they just smelled so bad and same with my Too Faced one in Queen B! The only ones I haven’t brought myself to get rid of are the NYX soft Matte lip creams…they are just so good and creamy! I have tried time and time again and I just find myself not wanting to get rid of them. They are probably (embarrassingly) around two years old so its probably time for them to do, but I predict during spring cleaning I may have to part with them. But decluttering has really been enjoyable and at some point I’m going to have to move so decluttering was inevitable!

My project pan. This has really made me think about product, value and what I gravitate towards (hence my ongoing decluttering of products to pass onto friends). And it’s not that the colours or formulas of the products I’m not using are bad, but they are just not things I gravitate toward in my everyday. Which relates to the first point: when moving I want to lighten my load in all aspects of my material life.

What have you been liking and doing this month?