What Happened to My skin After only Using Drugstore Makeup for Month

In the name of science, I decided that for the month of April I would use all drugstore makeup for a month. In doing so I kept all my project pan items the same – such as the body shop foundation which is mid-range as well as my pan that palette, palettes, but other than that I switched out my normal high and low routine, for all drugstore affordable products. I Kept my skincare routine basically the same. I did get two new cleansers and a new moisturizer. I also added a new face oil, but that only made my skin feel better. I wanted to say that normally I switch between the IT Cosmetics CC cream and the Benefit foundation as well as my Body shop foundation and my Andalou Naturals cc cream, with a smattering of the Maybelline BB Cream in there. I know – I keep it wild. My reasoning for this project was mainly for the foundations. I wanted to see what would happen to my skin if I used only drugstore foundations, powders, concealers for a month. Mostly – I was curious about the effects of the wide range of foundations I owned price wise.

My skin before the whole experiment taken on April 1st.
Joe fresh concealer and Burt's Bees Goodness Glows foundation product shot

Day 2: new pimples have popped up. Literally, the day after I began using the Covergirl Outlast Active foundation  I got new spots. This is the thing – I wanted to make a more inexpensive drugstore foundation work which I why I used the CoverGirl and the Rimmel breathable foundation for the first half of the month. But, my skin just did not react well. Which is extremely frustrating because makeup should be accessible and affordable and not give your skin wild reactions. While most young people have great skin and don’t need foundation, I am fully aware that teenagers want to wear foundation and yet the foundations they can afford are clogging their sweet young pores.

Day 3

By day 3 I had sprouted new friends on my chin. Alas, I was still using the CoverGirl and Rimmel foundation. I had bought the ELF BB Cream which I actually quite like and doesn’t irritate my skin so that will be on my rotation for after May. I noticed an improvement after I started using the BB Cream and then just using concealer.

Day 15 – a bit more congested than usual, lots of redness and spots.
Physicians formula butter high lighter, bronzer, blush.

By day 15, halfway through the month my skin was visibly more textured and had small breakouts – bare in mind when I used the Burt’s bees foundation for my skin drastically improved. When I returned to the Maybelline BB cream and  Covergirl foundation my skin then turned slightly red and those small breakouts returned. At this point, I decluttered the Rimmel and Covergirl foundations that I knew were causing this and switched to only using the Maybelline BB Cream, and the Burt’s Bees Foundation.

The Last day of the experiment. A few spots but looking a lot less congested

At the end of the month, you can see that my skin had improved – there are a few uncharacteristic spots around my mouth and on my forehead that I never get. However, this was only because I was gifted the Burt’s Bees foundation that is a clean foundation and I bought the Physicians formula healthy foundation that is $20 CAD which resulted in my skin healing. I also was using my L’Oreal shaping stick foundation that has never irritated my skin and is also $20 CAD. As someone who loves affordable makeup but also loves skincare, it is interesting to see the difference in using more expensive products from the drugstore that give my skin a better reaction than that of the less expensive foundations you can find at the drugstore.

L'Oreal shaping stick and Maybelline Instant age rewind
Joe Fresh single eyeshadow

This experiment really taught me the value of ingredients in foundations. CoverGirl by far had the most ingredients but that doesn’t mean they aren’t bad – it just means my skin might react to those differences but other peoples skin might be totally fine. What I did find was that the drugstore does concealer formula’s very well. I know in theory they should be similar formulas to foundations but I found that the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind and the Joe Fresh illuminating concealer were wonderful.

In the name of science, my conclusion is that my skin prefers higher end base products but can handle the powders at the drugstore which tend to not give my skin a reaction – however, I do use the more expensive drugstore products so that is defiantly a factor.

Look out for the end of May when I post about my high-end makeup every day and see the results of my skin then!

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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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Things I liked and Did in January

January was a whirlwind interesting month for me. I made life decisions and have fulfilled my goal of trying more career things and have contracted yet another cold, hence the little hiatus of posts on here! I’m attempting to balance this new 8:30 – 4:30 job life with the blog and such.  I found and discovered many products, surprise, surprise, the drugstore impulse purchases got me this month … February is a new month and I shall try to buy fewer drugstore items. Have no fear I will be doing more posts this month!

Makeup

Revlon Candid Concealer, Maybelline Bronzer in 200, Annabelle Hydarting Illuminating Viel
Revlon candid concealer, Maybelline bronzer package open, Annabelle Illuminating veil
Maybelline Matte Ink lipstick

I have a lot of Maybelline products I discovered this past month. I don’t know what it was, was it Mariah Leonard raving about the bronzer or ttsandra holding the Maybelline Matte Ink in her classy way, but both of these are in my favorites. I don’t love liquid lipsticks, but Maybelline came out with all these new colours and I decided to try one (on a whim of course) so I got the shade self-starter, both for the colour and the name. It is a beautiful salmon pink coral shade that makes me happy. It also lasts all day without drying out my lips. The Maybelline bronzer is new to their collection and I have the medium shade (in my opinion they could come out with a few more shades. This bronzer is really nice and does a good job shading while not looking too heavy. I would say if you want a cheaper version of the Physicians formula butter bronzer this is a good option.

L'Oreal Lash Paradise and Annabelle Jelly eyeshadow
Close up of the Maybelline matte ink, L'Oreal Lash paradise, Maybelline City Bronzer, Annabelle Bouncy eyeshadow

The Revlon Candid concealer. WHAT. OKAY. SO. You know my feelings on the Too Faced Born This way sculpting concealer, it’s fine but not any better than any of my drugstore concealers. I tried this concealer and LOVE the finish. It’s satin so you don’t really have to set it but if you do set it, it doesn’t cake up. I know a lot of folks love the foundation but as an avid concealer as foundation wearer this is great. I also have two Annabelle products that I have been loving. Their new Hydrating illuminating veil is what I imagine to be a MAC strobe cream? I don’t know that might be an invalid claim but I find it rather hydrating and of course illuminates the skin. I have the Annabelle bouncy eyeshadow in the booty shake which surprise surprise is a bronze shade because I am unoriginal. Along with the eyes I love the L’Oreal Lash Paradise. I know – I’m a broken record in the beauty community but this really is a great product. It is the most comparable mascara I can personally find to the Lancome Monsieur big. While it is not a dupe, this is my only mascara that makes my lashed volumized and holds a curl.

Fashion

Makeup alongside a purple lavender shit and the American eagle jeans in onyx black

I don’t usually do fashion favourites but I wanted to give a shout out to the American Eagle Super High Waisted jeans in Onyx Black. I find American Eagle (and all jean brands) vary in sizing. I own the same type of jeans in a 10, 12, and my black ones are in a 14. I suggest trying these on before buying. However, I find these to be some of the most flattering jeans. While I do love the Topshop Jamie Jeans, I like the American Eagle a smidge better because they have various washes and fits.

Now, does anyone remember eclipse? This store has been around for years but I only ever shopped there for tops for school dances. However, my bestie got a shirt there and I just couldn’t stop thinking about it so I bought. It’s called the SuperSoft Sweater with a Crisscross back. It is so soft and easy to wear. I don’t know if they got a new supplier or buyer but regardless they have such cute, soft, casual tops!

What did you like in January?

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Products Worth the Splurge

I did a post last year (eek) about products I’m not willing to splurge on. I wanted to do another one about products I am willing to splurge on and why they are worth it. I get it, spending $45 on a blush is wild, it is, but I will say with no shame that I have spent that amount of money on a blush. Now, don’t splurge if you can’t afford it, but for me there is something about wonderful saving for that one item and buying it.


Blush

Two of my favouite blushes are in this (overpriced) palette

I love blush, while I do own mostly drugstore blushes, I love me a good high end blush. My favourite are the Hourglass Ambient lighting blushes and their palettes. These have this light reflecting technology that gives you a glow from within.


Skincare

Caudalie Essence and Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

I have a few high end skincare items including items from Caudalie and Summer Fridays and I love them. I splurge on high end skincare with good ingredients because my skin loves it. I know, it’s a bit ridiculous to spend $34 on a cleanser or $50 on an essence, but I don’t know what to tell you my skin enjoys it. It’s not to say I don’t have drugstore skincare favourites like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum or the Cerave hydrating cream and lotion, but I don’t feel bad when I spend money on skincare. The biggest benefit to buying skincare from higher end brands in the formulation of the products and the sourcing of the ingredients. Sometimes less expensive products can have the same ingredients, they are just formulated differently and sometimes diluted to be less effective. However, this doesn’t mean their aren’t great drugstore skincare products

Eyeshadow palettes

There are some great drugstore eyeshadow palettes out there, but I have no problem splurging on a high end palette. I love the Anastasia eyeshadow formula, the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, and the Urban Decay Naked Heat and Naked 3. The interesting thing about high end eyeshadow palettes is while the drugstore is catching up, I find that anytime I wear a high end palette my eyeshadow actually lasts all day, despite wearing the same eyeshadow primer.

Tinted moisturizers and BB Creams

FAB Tinted Moisturizer and Nudestix Tinted blur stick

Okay, I only own two of these, the First Aid Beauty Tinted Moisturizer and the Nudestix Tinted blur stick, but I would repurchase both. The First Aid Beauty does pull a bit orange so I’m on the hunt for a tint that isn’t orange so I can round them up for you. The Nudestix meets that bill but I want to find a tinted moisturizer that also meets the criteria.

Highlighters

NARS Forte De France, Anastasia Amrezy, Anastasia Nicole Guerriero glow kit, Nudestix nudies

I LOVE highlighters and because I rarely use them up, spending a bit more on a good quality powder doesn’t really bother me. Now, I realize that the drugstore makes amazing highlighters. Trust me, I have some that are among my favourites but I think that for powder highlighters you can get a really beautiful sheen and glossy finish from high end highlighters vs the drugstore where tend to come across as a bit more powdery. My personal favourite formulas are Anastasia, NARS and Nudestix. However, highlighters like the Essence Pure nude and the Annabelle Cream highlighters are wonderful. However, if you want a tried and true, easy to use highlighter I would go for high end.

All of these products are what i personally don’t mind splurging on. I think that it is ridiculous the amount of money products cost. However, despite my issues I take with capitalism and elitism, beauty that costs a lot and feels so nice to use, these items get me every time, congratulations to the marketing people for selling overpriced items so well (not being sarcastic, it’s impressive). What is your favourite splurgy item?

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2019 Goals

Okay, I don’t want to sound like one of THOSE people but the word resolutions irks me because it’s assuming you want to solve a problem or make a super firm decision. I like to call them goals simply because using this language makes me personally feel less bad if I don’t complete a resolution. I have a few goals for 2019 that I think are attainable but aren’t things that I’m really resolving they are things I’m adding. NOW if you jive with the word resolutions by no means am I passing judgement, for me personally, I just prefer the language and connotation of the word goals better. These are my four main, attainable goals for 2019, but I am going to be trying to achieve smaller ones throughout the year.

12 books to read from my book collection

First. Read more books. Dear me, this is literally my goal every year. EVERY YEAR and I fail EVERY YEAR. I want to try to read at least 1 book a month, this should be possible but I find getting a good book can be difficult. I did just borrow a new series from my cousin so I’m excited to read them as well as to crack into books on my bookshelf I haven’t read!

Second. Do more yoga with Adriene. I know this is rather specific, but I really like her practice and her approach to the mat. It makes me feel good after I do any of her videos and the practice is easy on my back.

Me at my work space ft my art behind me

Third. I want to try and test all the career things while I’m still young. I think that often, young people are rushed into jobs and careers because obviously, the plight of the millennial is finding full time work that pays enough to pay of loans. That is why as I live at home, I have the room to explore options and try things, while being in the safety of my home and not being concerned about the financial woes that comes with living on your own.

Fourth. Continue consistency with the blog and Instagram. Since currently and for the foreseeable future I work in slightly stressful environments so I love having the blog and the Instagram community as a hobby that is entirely outside of work. I want to continue the consistency and improving my content because I love it! I posted a comparison photo for you showing my photo improvement because it motivates me!

What are your goals for 2019?


12 Days of Blogging Day 8: L’Oreal Shaping Stick vs. Maybelline Super Stay Foundation Stick

I wanted to review a few stick foundations – because for some reason I can’t get enough of buying them from the drugstore. Instead of just reviewing one, I wanted to throw these two newish foundations head to head.

I have tested each under several conditions: 12 hour shifts, night out makeup, with primer, without primer, and the resounding verdict it the Maybelline just isn’t as great as the L’Oreal. You would think being from the same parent company (L’Oreal owns Maybelline) they would be similar. However, you would be wrong. My skin is normal-dry for reference.

The claims for the Maybelline:  “Multi-Use Foundation Stick is formulated with a cream-to-matte finish and pointed blender sponge for easy and quick application at home or out on the town”. This has 12 shades.

The claims for the L’Oreal Shaping Stick: “The ultimate multi-use makeup – Conceal imperfections or cover all-over to create your perfect base – Go 1-2 shades darker to define and sculpt your features – Go 1-2 shades lighter to brighten and enhance•Create a perfectly defined, longwear look that feels weightless on the skin – Up to 24 hours, medium to full buildable coverage•Glide-on application melts into skin, providing smooth, flawless coverage that’s never cakey or draggy•Longwear makeup sticks for buildable coverage and shaping allow you to cover, conceal, highlight, and contour – Build to your ideal level of coverage•In 12 shades to cover, conceal, highlight, and contour – Shape your face for a perfectly defined makeup look”

Both foundations don’t have a wide shade range, in fact I don’t know who exactly could buy these other than white folks. So there’s that. Which is my first resounding con to both foundations. They are both like 9 shades of beige and a few semi dark shades so not great there.

I will say, in terms of formulation, neither are lying. The maybelline is very matte – much more matte than the L’Oreal as I wore them one day side by side. The L’Oreal stands up to the claim of feeling weightless and it doesn’t get cakey despite having a bit fuller coverage than most foundations in my collection. The Maybelline really clung to weird spots. Even when I hydrated more than usual – this foundation did not look nice on my skin?

Left to right: Maybelline Super Stay Foundation 110 Porcelain, L’Oreal Shaping Stick 401 Ivory
Both foundations on – L’Oreal on the left side of my face and Maybelline on the right ft my bushy ass brows
Maybelline
L’Oreal

The application: For the Maybelline this doesn’t blend out with a sponge, or brush, so my best mode of blending was my fingers or the small sponge at the end of the foundation. The L’Oreal on the other hand blended out beautifully with a brush and sponge and left a more dewy finish than the Maybelline.

Also the size and the price. The Maybelline foundation stick is $16CAD for 7 grams of product which works out to $2.28 per gram and the L’Oreal is $20CAD for 9 grams of product and works out to be $2.22 per gram. The L’Oreal you are technically getting better product for less per gram despite the $20 price tag (unless my math is totally wrong than ignore this entire paragraph). However, I think these are priced too high for drugstore foundations, however this is a huge trend in drugstore prices and L’Oreal has always been super pricey.

Overall: The L’Oreal shaping stick wins for me out of the two foundations. I think that you can achieve that dewy look with this one with the ease of application that the stick provides. I would say – go for the L’Oreal if you have drier skin but if you have oily skin I’d go for the Maybelline.


12 Days of Blogging Day 2: AM skincare routine

As you may or may not know, one of my goals of 2018 was to find a skincare routine that works. That meant that I would have to try and try different products. I think I have finally found a AM skincare routine that works for me. I also have a PM skincare routine I shared on Instagram (cheeky plug you should follow me) in the little highlights section. But I plan on doing a blog post about that later! The biggest question I get on the daily: is how is your skin so glowy. The answer is skincare! It sounds cliche but it’s true, I using hydrating products, I drink water, and most importantly I was blessed with pretty blemish free skin due to my genes.

Something that I stopped doing when I moved out and started uni was using a cleanser in the morning. Instead I bought an obscene amount of face cloths and I started using a warm cloth in the morning. I find that by doing this I’m not stripping my skin of any of it’s natural oils but again if you want to use a gentle cleanser in the morning go right ahead, it’s all about what works for your skin. 

Next I used a toner. I have been loving the Thayers toner because it’s gentle balancing and hydrating. I use my hands with my toner, the K-beauty way. I usually squirt a bit into my hands and press it onto my face. After this I will spray my face with the Avene thermal water (which yes is a can of overpriced water

My next step is moisturizing. I use a lot of moisturizer. Like probably a bit too much. First I used about four pumps of my Neutrogena hydro boost serum and really press it into my skin. I will say, after using this serum for about 4 months my skin has greatly increased in hydration. I feel like when I don’t use this, I notice that my skin is a bit more dull. Again, this is personal preference but I like to use this every day morning and night. I don’t know if that’s too much but I do it!

After my hydrating serum I use a moisturizer. Usually about a pump and half of the Cerave moisturizing lotion. I’d like to try the cream as well as I’ve heard it’s a bit thicker and hydrating. The lotion is great for under makeup, it has hyaluronic acid and ceramides making it the perfect protector and hydrater in one.

What is your favourite skincare item? 


12 Days of blogging Day 1: The Beauty Gift Guide

I wanted to do another gift guide – one for your friend or really anyone that would like these items. I wanted to curate something for you all if you are stumped on what to get someone in terms of beauty, body and skincare! Of course I candle is sauced in here too – because we all love candles. I didn’t want to name this a gift guide for her, because beauty is for ALL, not matter your gender identity beauty should be a space for folks who want to practice self care or just like makeup.

My first item is little eye shadow palettes – drugstore or high end. The one I have chosen for this guide is the Rimmel Crimson palette purely because of it’s festive nature. This is also a nice stocking filler as well.  Now – this isn’t by any means the palette you need to buy nor do you have to buy it, but I think that if you know someone that enjoys makeup or would like to foray into eye shadow any drugstore palette would be a great option. Covergirl (also cruelty free) makes AMAZING eye shadow palettes. I have hit pan on almost every shade of their nudes palette and two shades on their roses palette. Rimmel makes good ones, as does Milani. NYX has a variety but they are more on the pricier side.

The second suggestion I have is some skincare. I for one LOVE trying and buying new skincare. I think that if you know someone in your life who loves skincare – the Summer Fridays Jet lag mask or the Summer Fridays Overtime mask is are two great options. They are pricey – but in my opinion anyone would like them. The Jet Lag mask is perfect for hydration and I have rather sensitive skin and it works really well for me. Same with the Overtime mask (which I always use after night shift) and it just refreshes and brightens my skin. I also wanted to throw in a Lush product. Now, Lush makes so many good things – and is a brand that I can always get behind. They also sell a lot of other things like bath bombs, body creams, body wash, shampoo, face masks. Anything skincare and scented, Lush is your one stop shop for literally everyone on your list. The next skincare related item is the Fresh lip balms. These are hands down the BEST lip balms that I have ever used. They are again pricey, but I feel like if you want to get someone that one nice item they will use all the time, getting them a beautifully packaged lip balm is a great gift.

Next is body care. Personally, as I said before I love the Lush body creams (particularly dream cream) but the Body Shop ones are just a great. I LOVE their Christmas scents this year. I think that if you don’t know what to get someone, the body shop is always a good bet. If you know they don’t like scents go with the Almond Milk and Honey or the Aloe range. If you know someone that loves a good festive scent – go with the Peppermint range!
Ah yes the non beauty related one but a self care favourite. I know you can’t access these candles…but I swear you can use any candle but I think a great addition to any gift is a beautiful festive scent. Personally, I love the Forest Glen Candle co Flannel scent and basically any of the scents. I think it’s always a nice touch for anyone you know to add a nice scent onto any gift.


Local Gift Guide

If you didn’t know or haven’t figured out by I live in a really small town. Similar to Stars Hollow without a Luke’s (which by the way would be a great idea) but I guess the 17 is sort of a similar vibe if you were looking for something like that. In any case if you have seen on my Instagram – I sometimes say my location is in Blind River. My hometown, that I never really wanted or thought I would end up in but have somehow found a job in my field and am living at home, so really it was a blessing in disguise! I really wanted to do a local gift guide – and while most of you can’t access these wonderful items I think it’s really important to emphasize a shop local mindset. When I can, I like contributing to local businesses in my town and support local people. I wanted to highlight some great little stores you can get some holiday shopping done at!  As a disclaimer, I wanted to say that I understand that local shopping can be pricey and this comes from a privileged point of view to be able to shop local. I am in no way opposed to shopping big box stores because for a lot of folks that is the most affordable for the majority of people. Without further ado please enjoy my little curation of local gifts for everyone on your list. 

The Birch Tree

This is your classic knick knack store. It’s really not comparable to other stores I’ve been in. The closest I could think of is Claire De Lune but even then The Birch Tree has a really good variety of things. Clothing, jewelry, candles, decor, food items, purses, scarves. soap! Anything you might want to buy someone – they even sell olive oil and balsamic vinegar they order from a store in Sudbury. For this gift guide I got a few knick knacks they sell. My personal favourite items to buy from the Birch Tree is soap from the Old Soul Soap Company. They sell wonderful smelling bar soap, shower steamers, body butters, breathe easy chest rubs, lip balms and bath bombs! The best thing about this soap is it really moisturizes your skin and doesn’t leave your body feeling stripped. If you are looking for some great stocking stuffers their unique food items like the gourmet coffee from Orange Grate that’s located in Mississauga ON and an Onion Chive dip mix are great bits to put in someones stocking! They also sell little zero waste tools such as beeswax wraps and bowl covers!

Le Beau Corset

The local bra store – might be seen as scandalous to some but it’s a great little shop. My mom loves their bras and I love their underwear. They sell lovely brands that you can find at big box stores but are right here in our little town. I personally love the blush underwear in the hipster style and the blush bralettes. They also sell skincare and personal care items. If you are looking for a more zero waste or low waste beauty item this is the place to go. They have face cream, body cream, and serums! I bought the shampoo bar. They sell a brand called the Naked Beauty Soap Co where everything is made in a near by called Thessalon that makes zero waste beauty items!

Haggars

The local clothing store. My mom also loves this store. She tends to buy me items from here. They sell your run of the mill brands including Silver Jeans, Under Armour, Bench and Columbia. I recently bought a few clothing items from there and love them! They also sell the classic roots style socks there and fun printed socks for men and women. You can find gifts for everyone on your list- they sell scarves, jewelry, accessories and both men and women’s clothing.

Forest Glen Candle co

My favourite candle place. This is ran by a young women named Courtney who is about a year older than me, amazing! She makes great, clean candles that fill the whole room with the scent. I need to go buy more winter scents…in any case they have expanded into selling reusable produce bags and other Eco-friendly goodies. Don’t forget there is also a beautiful photography studio done by Courtney’s friend Sarah who is a wonderful photographer! If you have a friend that loves scents and zero waste goodies this is a great place to check everyone off your list. 

The Timber Village Museum

This is perhaps one of my most favourite places to find locally created art and gifts. You can find anything for everyone on your Christmas list. I picked up a few items I think would make great gifts. First is a sugar scrub in the lavender scent from Lakeside acres goat milk soap products. I love everything I have tried from this brand. This is a perfect gift for anyone on your list and smells lovely. The museum also has different art shows and most recently (it’s still going on) is an acrylic on canvas show created by two local artists. I bought two of the mini paintings. These would make a great gift for anyone that loves art! The knick knacks here are great for stockings, if you know someone that loves ornaments why not buy a nice handmade one? As well they have a variety of cards that are different. This gives a card a special edge if they are handmade and you are supporting a local artist!

What is your favourite place to shop where you live? 


Products on the chopping block

I have seen Andrea Matillano do this video a few times, and she was talking about products she had on the chopping block and I thought what a great idea. I have so many impulse, drugstore purchases that I just don’t reach for anymore or products that I thought were great and then discovered better alternatives. I thought I would give these products one last test for two weeks to see if they really have value in my collection. I would also like to say, these products (mostly not the Burt’s Bees foundation) are good products, but for me it’s like when you have been wearing more inexpensive running clothes, then you discover lululemon pants and just can’t go back. If these are your favourite items yay! More for you! But for me these are products I’m on the fence about and just don’t know if I will keep.

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When putting this post together the first two  are two foundations. The Wet n wild photo focus foundation and the Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows foundation. The Wet n Wild foundation is okay, but it smells like paint thinner and while it looks gorgeous when you first put it on, it doesn’t wear nicely throughout the day. Again, we all know I reviewed the Burt’s Bees foundation – I’m going to give it another go and have since before writing this post, but again I just can’t make this work. My experience with this foundation was it clung to weird patches on my skin that aren’t normally dry.

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Next are some more wet n wild products. I am by no means trying to slam this brand – they are a great affordable drugstore brand and some of the best products are from the brand. Their cream blushes in rose and peach. I originally bought to test out for a post i never ended up doing so they’ve gotten lost in my collection. I found that these disappeared as soon as I put them on so alas I’ll give these another try, if I use these in combination with a powder blush they do last well, but again if I’m going to use a cream blush I don’t want to set it.  The ELF baked bronzer. Frankly, I should just declutter this because it doesn’t show up on my skin. I’ve scraped off the top and it still doesn’t show up at all. I will try it again but alas it might be time for it to go.

The ELF Baked highlighter in blushed gems. This is a beautiful highlighter – but I have more that I like better than this. This was one of my first highlighters and at the time I really liked it but I just never reach for it anymore. I have worn it for the past few days and it is a beautiful more subtle highlighter which is sometimes what I want on certain days. I will update you in two weeks if this is staying or going.

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The Rimmel contour face palette in Golden Sands. This is actually a beautiful palette but it is very powdery and has that classic drugstore powder smell. The bronzer in this palette is really nice which is what I will try to use over the course of this two week test.  I have such an affinity for face palettes, with all the bases covered but  I find myself using this one sporadically. I have a few other face palettes I love but since this one has pretty delicate powders I can see myself possibly adding this to a project pan in the near future and attempt to hit pan on the blush and bronzer shades!

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The other face palette is the ELF contouring blush and bronzer duo in Fiji matte. This was $3 at Loblaws so I bought it on impulse. I don’t know why because I literally never wear matte blushes and the bronzer isn’t the best formula wise but I will test it a few times to see if I want to keep it around.

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Finally, the Wet n Wild comfort zone palette. This is the old one, there is a new one now with a new formula, but I bought this when I first started watching Youtube in 2016 and of course, it is beautiful but after trying more and more eye shadows I find myself not reaching for it. I tried to pan it in my first project pan roulette and didn’t have much luck progress wise. I probably should just declutter it right now because I haven’t used it since that project. I might try and use it again but I swear, even with a primer these eye shadows fade quite quickly on me even with an eye primer.

What products are you on the fence about?

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