Updated Underrated Drugstore Products

Flatlay - clockwise from the left: Burt's Bees Tahitian sunset, Joe Fresh powder lip product, Joe Fresh concealer, Physicians formula butter highlighter, Annabelle Chrome eyeshadow in rose gold, Annabelle bouncy eyeshadow in booty shake.

Last year around this time I did an underrated products at the drugstore post. I outlined some of the products I think need some more love in the community and I stand true to that now. I have actually decided to part with almost all of the items in that post purely because they just weren’t getting the use they deserve in my collection. They are still underrated and I highly recommend them but they are kind of like those jeans I wear sometimes, but not enough to justify owning anymore.  I do think though, that as I have progressed both financially and my makeup style has changed as well as my skin has changed, I do find myself gravitating towards brands that are mid range to high end or the more expensive drugstore brands like Burt’s Bees and Physicians Formula. In any case, by the poll I did on my Instagram you all wanted to see an updated underrated drugstore products

Annabelle chrome eyeshadow and Annabelle bouncy eyeshadow
Annabelle Chrome eyeshadow in rose gold and Annabelle bouncy eyeshadow in booty shake swatches
Rose Gold, Bouncy Eyeshadow Booty Shake

Annabelle has always been one of my favourite underrated and Canadian brands at the drugstore. They have a ton of amazing stuff in their line. Highlighters, blushes, bronzers. I wanted to highlight their eyeshadows. I have their pressed, bouncy, and metallic ones. I photographed their new bouncy eyeshadow and their metallic chrome ones. They are very different in formula. The Chrome eyeshadows have a bit of a stickier (not in a bad way) texture while the bouncy eyeshadows are literally bouncy feeling. Similar to Colourpop super shock shadows but a bit more creamy.

Joe Fresh Concealer
Joe Fresh Concealer swatch on arm

Another Canadian brand, Joe Fresh. The Joe Fresh illuminating concealer was something I decluttered originally… then repurchased and fell in love. I thought it made my under eyes look dry but at the time I bought this I didn’t really know what I was doing with makeup. Now, when I use this I find it blends out beautifully and is rather lighter coverage, but makes you look awake.

Joe Fresh Matte lip stick and Burt's Bees Glossy lipstick
Swatches of Lip products. Joe Fresh powder matte and Burt's bees tahitian sunset

Two lip products. The Burt’s bees glossy lip pencils. The only person I saw use this is Racchhloves, quite a few years ago when I was just getting into the beauty space on youtube. So naturally, I went out and bought three shades. And naturally, I still wear them all the time. They make your lips feel moisturized and have a good variety of colours. I also wanted to throw in the Joe Fresh Power lipstick. This is such a good lip product. It is right on trend with the blotted lips we are seeing everywhere and again, it’s only available in Canada. I really like the shade of this and how easy these are to wear. This does have a matte powdery finish but I don’t find it dries my lip out.

Physicians Formula Butter highlighter
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The Physicians Formula butter highlighters. I suppose this line, in general, isn’t underrated but I find this product, in general, had its moment and then went by the wayside. There are definitely a ton of videos on YouTube when you search them, but I just don’t see anyone really using this like they use the Butter Bronzer in the same line. I think that these are some of the nicest satin highlighters out there, drugstore or not. The shade range isn’t as big so I hope they expand it because this highlighter is the perfect highlighter when you want that lit from within glow but can be built up to be brighter.


Favourite L’Oreal Products

It is no secret that L’Oreal is one of the biggest beauty brands in the drugstore and one of the biggest owners of other beauty brands. I think that L’Oreal is a somewhat underrated brand because it has been around for so long that everyone is just like “oh yeah that’s the L’Oreal stand”. My bestie loves their infallible matte foundation and I used to love their Lumi true match foundation, alas it expired before I could use it all. However, I notice a few of my favourite products (also bought because of Youtube) are from L’Oreal. They are also one of the few drugstore brands that have more than 6 shades of foundation, the undertones can be a bit iffy, but generally, they have a larger shade range than other drugstore brands.

L’Oreal True Match Blush in Bare Honey

Blush in bare honey

In general L’oreal mascaras and cheek, products are what I gravitate towards. I love blush … as we know… and finding a great nude blush is a bit difficult when it comes to the drugstore. The shade bare honey was used by Estee Lalonde years ago and of course, I bought it. This blush is intended to be for people with a warm undertone. I have more of a neutral undertone but I find this blush is a simple, fail-safe blush for the daily grind. It has a nice peach undertone without being fully peach. It is also lightly pigmented so I don’t need to worry about overapplying in the morning.

The L’Oreal Glo Lotion

L'Oreal glow lotion in pink tube

I love me a good glow giver. I resisted buying this for a while because I didn’t really know if it was worth it or not. But after seeing Allana Davison always glowing wearing this, I bit the bullet and spend the $17 on it. Not a drugstore price in my opinion, but I love this for a nice glow to the skin on no makeup makeup days and on days where I’m going for a bit more of a full coverage look.

The L’Oreal Lash paradise

From bottom left in a clockwise direction: L'Oreal Lash paradise, L'Oreal true match blush, L'Oreal Lumi Glotion

The first mascara I’ve worn where my mother complimented my lashes. This mascara does dry out within 3 months. I mean technically you are supposed to replace your mascara 3-6 months into the tube but I like to get mine teetering on 8 months. (I Know fam I know). This is cheapest on amazon.ca but can be found at shoppersdrugmart and walmart. This gives me the best, fanned out, volumized lashes. I really enjoy this and it doesn’t smudge on me unless user error hits like accidentally smacking your eye with it, it never gets on my lids or on by bottom lash line.

What are your favourite products from L’Oreal?

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Project 10 pan update 1

Alas, the project pan update is here. This project is actually going quite well and I’ve finished two products and expanded the pans on others! I’m still attempting to reach my goal on most of these products but things have been going well. I also want to explain how I rotate these products into my daily makeup routine. I don’t use these every day – I use them 2-3 times a week on a rotating basis. Particularly the cream products I will use for layering instead of on their own, thus getting use out of those.

Physicians formula butter bronzer

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This bronze WILL NOT END. It just keeps going. I could repress it, but I like to see the pan expand. As you can see a bit more pan is exposed compared to the intro.

Physicians formula butter blush

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This has some progress. You can tell that it is being used quite a lot, but this will take awhile to hit pan on.

The Body Shop Cream blush

I am pleasantly surprised at the progress on this product. The stick is going down steadily and despite not using it every day, I feel like this has really great progress and I think this is something I can use up this year.

The Rimmel contour kit

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I have only been using the bronzer in this. To be honest … I use this bronzer almost every day and yet it still has no signs of pan! I really enjoy it. This is a nice, glowy bronzer that isn’t too pigmented. I will hopefully hit pan on this eventually but alas I am going to enjoy it as I use it!

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

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This is such a nice, subtle highlighter. I wear this to work quite often because it is glowy but it isn’t glittery. You can tell there has been some use on this. I don’t see myself hitting pan on this for awhile but in the meantime its a great highlighter for that glow within look.

The Joe fresh highlighting stick

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There is such minimal progress on this. Despite the fact that I use this almost every day under my foundation, the stick has hardly shrunk! This is a nice highlighter, it is a bit more a dry cream so I think that is why the progress isn’t as evident as the body shop blush.

Becca Champagne pop

This is almost done! I just have a bit left in the corner to finish off. Again, this was a bit of a “cheat” simply because it broke and I had to repress it. However, it is really nice that this will be done by the next update because I can roll something else in.

Products I’ve finished

The Nudestix tinted blur stick. I LOVE THIS. Once I am done my obscene base products I will be repurchasing this. It is the perfect, skin tint that creates a lovely undetectable canvas for the rest of your makeup and I actually finished it!

The First Aid Beauty Tinted Moisturizer. This is definitely more of a summer product for me. I think that it was nearing its expiry when I finished it because the texture and finish changed. I will say this pulls a bit orange on me so I won’t be repurchasing this. Hopefully, they come out with some more shades!

The Revlon Youth Fx Concealer. I forgot to take a photo of this but I did finish this concealer. I really like this concealer and would repurchase. It has a nice satin finish and though most people don’t like sponge applicators

Things I’m adding

Since I finished three products I am going to add three products into this project. The Andalou Naturals CC Cream and the Body Shop Fresh Nude foundation. I am also adding the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. I love this concealer and find it similar to the Revlon.


Things I liked and did: February and March

I decided to combine my February and March faves into one post, simply because in February I didn’t really do or try anything. Alas I decided to combine them. The past two months have been such a 360 from the previous months at the end of 2018 … I just can’t believe it! Enjoy my favourites fam!

Lifestyle

I want to first give a shout out to Popsugar fitness on YouTube. Since starting my new internship (Which I am liking quite a lot), I have had minimal days during the week that I can actually workout. I now understand why people go to the gym at lunch … in any case because I am an intern I like to hop on anything I can work wise so I haven’t been exercising really at all during the week, except for Saturdays and Sundays. For those workouts, I have been doing the PopSugar fitness 30 min or longer workouts. I really like these workouts because while their jobs on this channel are fitness, they are also are sweating and tired. I like that they are authentic workouts and kick my butt. I am still trying to balance the hours I work with working out so I’d like to start doing something at lunch: whether that is going to the gym to bike or even running at lunch eek!

The Knix wear bras. OMG I HAVE FINALLY FOUND A BRA TO FIT MY BREASTICLES. I tell you, since gaining a bit of weight finding any bras that fit has been a struggle. These bras fit perfectly, cover everything and look great under anything you’ll be wearing. I think I will only buy these from now on. The best thing is is that these bras are from a Canadian company that uses women of all different shapes and sizes to model their bras. So when you click on size 8 it shows someone who is a 34D who is actually a 34D etc.

Articles of Society jeans. I have the fit called Sarah. I have never found a pair of jeans not from American Eagle that actually make me feel good about my body. As soon as I put these on in the change room I actually felt good about my body. They aren’t super high rise but they are high enough to make me feel good. I am eyeing a few more pairs to get later this year! I want to try their high rise ones.

The makeup

The benefit hello happy foundation. This is a lovely foundation. It has light coverage and a natural finish. It isn’t matte, but creates a nice satin radiant finish  (at least on my skin). It is my first truly high-end foundation and I couldn’t be happier with it.

The Colourpop single shadow in ringer and the naked 3. This is a specific combination that I rather enjoy. I love layering the shade from Colourpop over anything from the naked 3 palette. It gives the look a bit more life and creates a nice glossy effect on the lid.

Elf Beautifully bare face palette. I have been using this for traveling and have been loving it. It only works for fair skin which is extremely unfortunate. The formula of these powders is so nice. They are smooth and look lovely on the skin.

Dior lip glow. This. is. The. most. Luxiourous. Lip. product. I love it. I have been wearing this every day. This is the product that apparently reacts with your bodies chemistry and gives a custom colour to match your skin tone. I can’t exactly attest to this, but the shade I have is 004 Coral and it creates my perfect sheer coral shade (at least in my eyes).

Anastasia Amrezy highlighter (this is so sad but it’s no longer on Sephora rip). Ughhhh I keep forgetting how great this is. It is a glossy sheen that lasts all day. It is a unique formula in that I find it is so smooth it almost gives a wet look to the skin. Highly recommend. This also can last a 14 hour day and leave you glowing at the end of the night.


Too Faced Hangover Rx setting spray. A Again … eating my past words. This is a great setting spray. It makes my makeup last all day. I’m talking 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. My mom said one night after I got home from work “your makeup still looks perfect”. I attribute it to this and my next favourite.

Skincare

There is one lonely item in the category, but its a goodie! That product is the The Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream. Amazing. There is nothing like this moisturizer (at least that I’ve tried). I have been a die hard drugstore moisturizer gal. Then, with all the driving I do and the office air, I realized I needed to step up my game. My skin had been flaking on my chin by 1 or 2 p.m. each day. Now, with this, my skin is moisturized for my 14 hour days all day with no flaking. A huge win and it will be a painful day to repurchase when it runs out, but I shall be investing in this again after I run out.

What did you like in the past few months?!

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Project Pan Roulette Finale

I am extremely late to the game for this finale…work has been very busy and getting all my updates up on time has been a challenge (full time workers and bloggers how do you do it). I am done with this project and am unsure if I’m going to join the next round or not. It starts on April 15th so I have some time! Again, as I say in these posts each time, this was started by Rebecca Morgan and Alexandra Sjosten.

Something in your Favourite Shade

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This has zero progress. I have decided to declutter this product purely because it just isn’t something that blends well and I didn’t use it at all during the last four months.

A Product You’ve Already Hit Pan on

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I made some good progress on this. This bronzer is pretty hard press so I found it hard to go through. I love this for a light glowy wash of colour on the cheeks and for a wash of colour on my eyes.

A Drugstore Product

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This blush is never ending. I love it and will keep using it as this is in my 2019 year long project pan. I love that it is neutral and gives a lovely flush to the cheeks.

A Collab Product

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The Colourpop cornelius supershock shadow is one of my favourite basic one colour looks. I have put this back in my collection for now and am using the shade Truth now.

An Old Favourite

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Still love this lip stick. The Burt’s Bees Lipsticks are exactly what I need in my life. They are easy to wear, don’t require a mirror and are the perfect go to shades for the gal on the go. This is staying in my everyday rotation.

A Product You Always Buy on Sale

I generally buy mascara on sale. I liked the Maybelline Lash sensational but it was super difficult to get off. It didn’t smudge which is a huge plus and made my lashes look nice, but alas I’ve had this since June 2018 so I think it’s time to part with it.

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Revlon Mythic Lights Ethereal Makeup Look and Product Reviews

Spring is in the air…. Or is it friends. We just don’t know here in Canada. Spring is approaching and alas peach blushes are approaching and pastel eye shadow is in the horizon. I will be using some new Revlon products for this Mythic lights ethereal spring look! I am so excited because I haven’t used a ton of Revlon products, just their concealers and a few lip products and these colors are TOTALLY out of my comfort zone.

What does ethereal mean? According to the dictionary, this is what it means: “extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world”. The ethereal aesthetic is almost like the glossier aesthetic or the fairy aesthetic. I went for some inspiration on Pinterest for this look. I’m not a makeup artist but it was fun to create a look that was outside of my brown and pink eye shadow comfort zone.

I started the look with the skin. Revlon sent me their Colorstay Full Cover foundation*. I was really surprised by the formula of this foundation. It was light and airy and didn’t dry out my skin at all. Granted, I use a hella expensive moisturizer so that could be why my skin didn’t dry out using it. I also used the Revlon Candid concealer (not sent to me, simply a concealer I love).

I then went HAM with the highlighter palette. The galaxy dream palette* was sent by Revlon for me to create this look. I actually quite like this, however, it is not as glossy as it could be but it does the trick for fun color-shifting shades. It is a bit powdery, but still blends into the skin nicely. I piled on the 3 shade from the top and it has a beautiful purple-pink shift to it. I’m still a newb at capturing makeup on camera so you can’t really see it in the photos but these highlighters have a beautiful shift to them. Too keep with the ethereal glowy theme I used the darker purple blush in the hourglass ambient lighting palette from this year.

I used the darker cushion lip tint* in 290 extra violet and mixed it with the Fenty lip gloss. They also send the shade 230 Naughty Mauve* which I have been loving for work! These give a beautiful wash of colour on the lips and aren’t drying.

Attempting to show the purple highlighter

For the eyes, I used the galaxy dream palette and the two cream eye shadows in the package. The colors are 750 and 760. Shade 760* is called earl grey. It is a beautiful silver that creates a lovely smattering of glitter of the lid. The other shade, 750* is called Vanilla. It is a light white shade that is perfect for the inner corner. I really like these. They are pigmented and beautifully sparkly without being too chunky. I used the purple-pink highlighter in the inner corner.

Are you into the ethereal look for Spring?

Products denoted with a * were sent to me for consideration



New Skincare I’ve Been Trying

As you may know, I love skincare. I have been working on finding a skincare routine that works. Like makeup, I enjoy trying and buying skincare but I do this much less frequently than I do with makeup.

During January I did an order on Wishtrend to try a few Korean skincare products. I have been curious about Korean skincare and as you know, have been using the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop so I wanted to try a few more items from the website. I ordered the Gentle Vita Exfoliator from Skin and Lab. This is such an interesting product. It is an exfoliator that you use on dry clean skin (so after your double cleanse) and it literally balls up your dead skin and cleans off that layer of dead skin. I also ordered the Klairs SPF but have only tried this once (it’s winter what do you expect). It was really nice and no heavy so I will report back when I used it a few more times. Along the cleansing line, I bought the Camomile Waterproof eye and lip makeup remover. This is nice, but to be honest I like the Marcelle Micellar water much better than this one. This removes mascara but not nearly as easily as the Marcelle, even the waterproof mascara. If you want to try anything from the camomile line I would go with the cleansing balm.

I received the Vichy Mineral 89 from Top box circle, and this has been a lovely source of hydration for me. Would I repurchase this? Yes, I would. However, I don’t see a huge difference between the effect of this product and the Neutrogena hydro boost. However, the ingredients list for the Vichy is much shorter meaning the hyaluronic acid is more concentrated (at least from my understanding). It is also 89% their thermal water which creates a boosting effect.

I have also been trying the Body shop Himalayan clay mask. This is a really nice, clarifying, nonirritating mask. I used to the love the L’Oreal red clay mask but I found that unless my skin was super angry, it slightly burned. This mask does not burn upon application and leaves my skin feeling rejuvenated and brighter.

This post includes items sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own. This post contains an affiliate link for items bought on wishtrend.com.


3 Looks 1 Palette: Urban Decay Naked 3.

The Urban Decay Naked 3 is undoubtedly the least popular of the naked palettes. I understand the controversy: this palette doesn’t work on darker skin tones and creates the same look every time. For me and my skin tone, this is a great palette for every day. Sure, I usually only use one to two shades on the daily, but I love all the shades in the palette. I wanted to create 3 looks for you all that while they aren’t extremely different, they use some different shades in the palette to create a darker look to a lighter “daytime” look.

Look 1

For the first look I wanted to do something that I would regularly do as well. This is a lighter wash with a hint of depth on the outer corner. I started with the classic limit in the crease. Then did a slight wash of mugshot over the whole lid. I then put dust in the inner corner. I also mixed Burnout and dust for the lower lash line.

Look 2

For the second look I wanted to do something that I would typically where on the daily. I went for a light wash of Limit in the crease. Then put trick all over the lid. I then went in with Liar on the outer corners.

Look 3

For the third look I wanted to do more of a cool toned taupe vibe so I went in with a few of the shades from the darker end of the palette. I started with the classic limit in the crease. I think mixed liar and mugshot together for the outer corner. I wanted a bit of pizazz in the inner corner so I used strange and dust.

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February lip challenge: A recap

A very popular “trend” right now in the beauty community is a buy less mentality, particularly in the project pan community where the goal is to use and love your collection. The goal is also to shop your stash and realize that you don’t need the new shiny thing. I am not good at this (shameless haul plug here) but I am trying to strike that balance of new products and the being more creative with my blog posts by using makeup I already have, curating more lists and doing more in-depth reviews on products. For the month of February, I wanted to do a wee experiment with my obscene lipstick collection. If you follow me on Instagram I posted on my stories or my grid each day showing what lipstick I chose

In January I went through my lipsticks and picked ones that I wear often, and the ones that I never wear (looking at you Marcelle velour liquid lipsticks that I bought in July). I created an excel document and wrote down all the lipsticks I wanted to wear for the month. I also forgot to take a photo of the Pixi lip balm in peach for my flatlay but I did take a pic of it on my lips.

I tried to theme the weeks into reds, berry’s, and nudes because those are the categories I wear the most often. I wanted to do this experiment because lipstick is very difficult to use up when you have a lot of them. I really wanted to challenge myself to wear a different lipstick every day instead of the same 4-5 I rotate through on the weekly. To be honest I did this to determine if there are any lipsticks I should declutter but I did use a lot of tinted lip balms which are my absolute favorite to wear to work so none of those will be decluttered. That was a bit of a blunder on my part. I have learned that while I love super bold lipsticks, I prefer ones that I can simply slap on with no mirror and know it is going to look semi alright. That is why I love the Burt’s Bees lipsticks and balms, as well as the CoverGirl sultry sienna nude lipstick because they are so easy to wear.

The first couple of weeks were more subtle nudes, the Marcelle Velour Liquid lipsticks, Mac See Sheer (a beautiful sheer pink) and other rose nudes. The second half of the month floated more into my reds, darker berries, and mauve shades. Mauve shades are something I used to wear ALL the time.

What have I learned

I love wearing bold lipsticks but with a blotted effect. For example, with Bite Beauty Beetroot, I didn’t wear it to it’s fullest opacity because I was at work. While I easily could have, it just felt right to pare it down a bit. I am trying to rotate through my entire collection and lipsticks are by far one of the largest parts of it. I love buying and trying new formulas, but lately, since I’m working an 8:30-4:30 job I’ve found that I pick a few standard ones and use those during the week and my “fun” shades get left behind. I want to continue to try and wear fun and bold shades (not a red as my Burt’s Bees Scarlet Soaked is my most favourite low maintenance red) like my dark berries and brighter pinks. Also, I have an affinity for rosy, beige nudes and it shows. Below are the lipsticks I wore every day in order!

What is your favourite type of lipstick?


Makeup look using old faves

I am trying (despite my last post) to shop my stash. When I run out of something I am valiantly trying to no go and buy something new. However, that can be hard when blogs do well on hauls and new items. BUT I am attempting to strike a balance so that is why I try to do project pan and shop your stash posts as well as new product posts. I wanted to create a makeup looking that I used to do all the time during the 2016-2017 school year! Spoiler alert: I was into contour and rather enjoyed the blown out smokey eye for an everyday look! Some of these products weren’t from that year but were favorites that fell by the wayside.

The Base

I used to love the Ordinary Serum foundation. This is a really good foundation, super light coverage but enough to even out the skin. When I tried it again I still had the same feeling – it wears nicely throughout the day and doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. I also didn’t really have an old favorite for concealer so I just used my normal Maybelline age rewind. For bronzer, because I still use my Physicians Formula butter bronzer, I decided to use the Soap and Glory wonder bronze (I got this in the UK I don’t know where you can get it in Canada). This isn’t old but it is something I loved and used for a month and then it fell by the wayside. I really like this, it has a beautiful warmth to it that makes you look super glowy. I also pulled out an old love, the Kevin Aucoin Sculpting powder in Medium. I remember I bought this with my $25 coupon from Sephora and used it every day because I aspired to the level of Allana Davison cheekbones. I also only used to own one blush which was the Milani Luminoso blush. It is still beautiful and while I know this is coming to its end since I’ve had it for a while, it still has a soft spot in my heart.

For the highlighter. I have two that I used to love. The first is the Body Shop Honey Bronzing dome (still a fave but I haven’t used it in a while) and the second is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero glow kit. I was very into super metallic see from space highlighters and admittedly I still lam, but I don’t wear the kit as often simply because these are true metallic, wet highlighters that for work I feel I don’t especially need for the day which I why I lean towards more subtle and glossy highlighters. For this look, I only used the glow kit, but just know I used to use the Body Shop Honey Bronzing dome almost every day before I discovered the world of highlighting at both the drugstore and Sephora.

The eyes


We all know my love affair for the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I do still use and love this palette. But I used to wear this every damn day. I bought this on Valentine’s day in 2017 (yes I went back in my orders and found when I bought it) and damn is it ever nice. I really love all the shades in this palette. I don’t tend to use the green but I’ve dabbled in all the shades. For the look I did I used the shade puree in the crease and lightly swept it in back and forth motions. I then swiped the shade luscious across the lid. After that, I darkened up the outer corner with the shade cobbler. To top it off I used the shade nector as an inner corner highlight as well as a bit of the shade glow-getter from the Anastasia glow kit.  I used to be very into liquid lipsticks but have since decluttered a lot of them so I didn’t have one to use for this look.

The Final Look

What are some of your old favourites?