Updated “No Makeup Makeup products”

As I said in my last one of these posts I don’t know how I feel about the no makeup makeup term. I like to think of it as a minimal makeup look – but can use the same amount of products its just the techniques you use to use these products. I like to do this kind of look when I’m just, to be quite honest a feeling a bit lazy that day but still want a bit of something something. Granted, now that I am a new grad and am in a transitional period I have a lot more time to do my makeup and have been doing more fun eye shadow looks and such but I still have some new tried and true makeup I use when I’m not feeling like a full glam look aka no makeup makeup items in the beauty world. I would also like to note this is completely subjective, so what I may use might be way too much for you or way to little! It’s all personal preference!

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The actual base

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The most important step to any makeup routine is skincare. Skincare is so important to creating a smooth and clean surface for makeup. I generally do three (yes three) hydrating products in the morning. I usually rinse my face with warm water, then put on my toner and use a hydrating serum, essence, and moisturizer. Some mornings I do just a serum and moisturizer and other mornings I do the whole shebang, it just depends on my mood. The reason (besides the obscene amount of highlighter I use) that my face glows and is dewy is that I always use a army of hydrating products.

The undetectable base

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Nudestix tinted blur stick. This is hands down and all time favourite of mine. It adjusts to the shade pigments in your skin and it just has this beautiful skin like finish. I hydrate intensely beforehand as I do with most things. Review here

Glowy primer. I am a fan of the glow (as you might be able to tell I’m going to be “dewy until the day I die” – Katie Jane Huges). I have been enjoying the Physicians formula spotlight primer and would like to try the Bare Minerals Foundation Primer brightening next or the Milani strobe and pore minimizing one! This is just a beautiful way to add glow and light to the skin without having to put on a foundation.

As for a concealer, I haven’t quite found one that I’d consider a minimal concealer and that’s because I can always see my concealer – even if it’s really good, I haven’t yet found one that is my idea lazy makeup concealer. If you have an recommendations hit me up here or slide into my dms on instagram.

The cheek products 

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NYX dose of Dew and the Nudestix Illuminaughty. Both of these highlighters leave a nice glossy sheen to the skin and look as “natural” as you can with a highlighter. I like the NYX one slighty more only because it doesn’t stay sticky all day and sometimes I can’t be bothered with such stickiness of my face.

For a blush this has not changed, I’m still a fan of the Body Shop lip and cheek stain, it’s a beautiful rose shade and applies quite sheer to the skin but I do find it disappears quite quickly so I would go a bit overboard and then its perfect. The two other blushes that I have in the mix are the Hourglass Ambient lighting blush in Incandescent Electra and MAC Peachtwist. My Hourglass blush is more of a glow giving blush then a flush blush, as one might say, but I really like that on those minimal makeup days because it’s just a hint of colour.

The glass lips

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Fenty gloss bomb. The Fenty gloss bomb is just the best thing to happen in the makeup world. I  know that everyone says that but it is! I love love love this for no makeup days because it makes your lips look like glass.

MAC See Sheer. Again, the item I didn’t want to love that makes me want to try more MAC products. There is something about the shade of this lipsticks and the formula. I know it is very similar to the PIXI lip balm but I love this for an everyday almost red shade. I love the lustre formula and I would love to find a nice fall shade in this formula as well.

What are your favourite “I don’t feel like full glam today” makeup products?

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Alternatives to NARS Forte De France

Okay, it’s no secret that I love luxury products. I won’t deny that to ya’ll. I do. I admit, when I see the Anna edit using NARS I’m like, well crap I need that now. But, I understand that people might not support NARS as a brand or just don’t want to spend $50 on a highlighter. I’ve rounded up a few alternatives and one, dare I say it, dupe for the NARS highlighter. I also didn’t realize this until I was done searching through my highlighters for a dupe, but these are all cruelty free!

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Elf Shimmer Highlighting Powder

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Don’t let the word shimmer turn you off of this product. This is the shade Starlight glow. The NARS is shiny and glossy, and is more glossy than this one but if you blend it out and into your skin you can get a very similar effect. The ELF is a bit more powdery to the touch and not as bouncy as the NARS powder. But if you like ELF and want the same effect I’d recommend this one. The price difference is staggering, the NARS is $50CAD and the ELF is $8 US and I’m not sure the Canadian price as I bought it at Loblaws awhile ago but it was definitely under $10.

Annabelle Perfect Glow Highlighter

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This is in the shade Golden Diamond. Fun fact, every time i was comparing my mom always knew which was the drugstore side but she had to go really close up to my face, so from afar these don’t look that different. The Annabelle is more gold than the NARS and not as glossy, but you can make this highlighter look glossy by really blending it into your skin. The price difference again, is a large one, this costs $9.95CAD and I got it on sale for 6.99 so again it’s a $40 savings.

The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer

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The third and final alternative I have for you is the dupe. The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer. When I was asking my mom if she could tell the difference she really had to look and said she couldn’t tell the difference, but would still say the one side was shinier (which I revealed was the NARS side) but she said of all them she couldn’t tell unless she really really looked closely. This is the one that I would use the word dupe for. Not formula wise, but both powders are very smooth. You only have to build the balm Mary LouManizer up a bit more than the NARS to create the same glossy shiny effect. This one is the most expensive of the bunch and costs $22.33CAD on the Amazon website. Though you aren’t saving as much with this one (about $28) you are still saving a large chunk of change and buying from a cruelty free company!

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I realize you can hardly see these because how does one take good photos of highlighter?! In any case from left to right – NARS Forte De France, The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer

Verdict: I love the NARS and its probably one of my favourite highlighter formulas ever (eek what a statement) and I would buy more shades in the future for sure. I won’t be anytime soon because I own many highlighters I want to get more use out of before purchasing more. However, I wanted to do this post for you all because I know that the drugstore has really great highlighter options and you don’t have to break the bank to get that glossy glow!

What is your favourite highlighter formula?


Project Pan 13 by Halloween update 2

Hello all! If you are following this project with other bloggers and YouTubers then you will see they have already posted their updates earlier this month. But I felt that since the finale is Oct 31, I wanted to put this up today so I could actually have a bit more progress to show. I didn’t finish any products this month like I did last update but I made some significant progress.

Joe Fresh Tinted Lip Balm in Mango

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I am so excited about the progress on this product! I have a significant dip in this and I think I can actually get this at least half this size by Halloween. I keep this at my desk so I reapply it throughout the day so that is how I’ve been able to get such good progress.

Nudestix Tinted Blur stick

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I am so happy with my progress on this! I used this at least 2-3 days a week (since I’m also testing other foundations and such) and it has gone down significantly from last update as you can see in the comparison photos!

Nudestix Bondi Bae

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I am happy with my progress on this but I didn’t use it as much as I was planning. I really like this cream bronzer but sometimes it can be a bit too red toned so I usually pair it with its brand counter part versus my tinted moisturizer than can pull orange then it’s just a whole situation.

Cover Fx Loose setting powder

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I thought I would have more progress but unfortunately since moving back to Northern Ontario I really haven’t been using a lot of this one and I was really hoping to have it done by Halloween. I might start using it to set from my crease to my brow bone and continue using as ever so slight amount under my eyes.

Becca Champagne Pop

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I actually have quite significant progress on this. While I haven’t hit pan on it I can see a little dip which is exciting! I think to finish up what would be my second highlighter ever would be amazing.

Garnier 3 in 1 rose moisturizer

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This is going quite well. I use this every single night as my last step and slather it on. To be quite honest, while this feel luxurious I don’t know how much it actually moisturizes. I feel like my Lush celestial does a much better job and my skin the next morning actually feels moisturized so when I’m done this one I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing.

Lush Feeling Younger Skin Tint

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I haven’t been using this as a makeup product but I have been using it mixed in with my morning moisturizer and have quite been liking it. You can see that it has a significant dip and I think I can get even more use this coming month because of the colder weather rolling in I am gonna want even more glow then I like now.

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I don’t think these shadows ever end. I see the people on YouTube with such good pan and here I am barely making a dent! Granted I have only been using this 1-2 times a week but I was hoping to see some pan but I don’t think that will happen.

Lush Karma Solid Perfume

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Again I have not been using but I’ve decided to keep it at my desk to apply throughout the day. I don’t think I will hit my goal of make a good dent but hopefully if I have it at my desk I’ll be able to use it a lot more.

Revlon Youth Fx concealer

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I feel like this is a lot lighter in weight then it was at the beginning of the project so I’m confident I will finish it by halloween. Pro tip – if you like to see how much product you’ve used don’t buy this for it has opaque packaging

The First aid Beauty tinted moisturizer

This doesn’t have its own picture because I’ve been bad at marking it off. But it feels like its nearing the end when I squeeze it. The next product again has opaque packaging but I can feel that it is getting quite empty and it feels so much lighter then when I started the project.

The body shop lip and cheek tint

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Again, this has opaque packaging so I can’t really tell how much I’ve used but I can tell that it is a lot lighter in weight and less is starting to come out on the little doe foot applicator.

Products I’ve used up in this project

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The ordinary hyaluronic acid and B5

Thanks for reading! What are you trying to use up?!

 

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Perfect Palette Tag

Okay I get it, tags are over on YouTube, or at least the tags that I enjoy watching are pretty much nil now. But I really like the idea of tag blog posts and videos because I think it really forces us to think about our collections and then actually shop your stash versus buying a new palette. I also wasn’t tagged but alas I shall do this anyway.

Best Packaging

Naked Heat outside packaging

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This was a difficult one because I do quite enjoy a lot of eye shadow palette packaging but the Naked Heat takes the cake for this one. When this came out I was like, wow, what a beautiful seasonal palette (which arguably could be worn all season). I love it particularly for fall and winter looks, but I think the warm matte terracotta shades can be used for all seasons.

Best colour pay off

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I feel like this is a hard one because a lot of the palette I own have some shades that are better then others in terms of colour pay off, and I can’t pick the sweet peach for all of them so I’m going to go with the Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette. Every single shade in this palette has great colour pay off and you can create a range of looks with it.

The most versatile palette

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This again, was a hard one because it really depends on my mood and what I’m feeling that day. However, I think in terms of if you are a working gal and need something soft and subtle for work I would say the Joe fresh neutrals palette. This palette is such a staple in my collection for when I want to do a simple eye look. You can also really amp up the shadows and the mattes and shimmers are equally beautiful.

Best Palette for travelling

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I almost picked the soft glam for this but then I thought to myself, whenever I travel I use one shade of eye shadow and one highlighter so I picked the 100% pure naked II palette. This is a simple, 3 in one palette. There is a blush, highlighter, and three shimmer shades (so if you require a matte this might not be for you).

Mt biggest palette regret

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Okay, as I’ve mentioned before I slightly regret buying the wet n wild comfort zone palette. I know it is super inexpensive but I just don’t know why I bought this. Its not that I’m not an olive eye shadow fan, but since trying so many other great palettes and while these eye shadows are wonderful, I never use this anymore.

Best colour names

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Of course, I have to hand this one to the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. They have sweet names (lets not get to punny but did you see that pun). Names like peaches n cream, puree, summer yum, and the descriptions are so accurate. The shade candied peach is the perfect description of the colour because its peach with a bit of pink and a bit of shimmer.

Least used palette

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This would have to go to my Illamasqua reflection palette. I love the shadows in this palette but I just never find myself reaching for it, I have used this only a handful of times and while I got it on sale this wasn’t a very well thought through palette.

Most used palette

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I would say for this one I’m going to do what a lot of people did and combine it with my most loved and that is the Naked 3 palette. I know a controversial palette with a cult following, but I used this probably more often than any other palettes (save for my sweet peach and my soft glam). I love this palette and use it all the time. Whenever I have no idea what to wear I am able to create look that I know I will transcend any occasion.

Which palette would you use for the rest of your life?

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Ah, the last question, the final frontier if you will.  This was so hard because I love my palettes equally, but I would have to go with (contrary to what you might have thought this answer was) with the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I feel like this palette has all the things you need for a whole look. All of the colours work well together in this palette and there are so many one wash wonders which is what I do 90% of the time.

If you want to do this tag! Join in the fun and shop your stash. Which palette would you use for the rest of your life?!


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Why Personal Training is a Great Investment

Personal training. I think when many people think of it they think of the biggest loser, someone telling you how to eat, someone yelling at you all the time. This is all goal dependent. When I got my personal trainer last year my goal was to do military style push ups. Currently I can do them marginally well and currently I do not live near my trainer anymore so sad times, but alas what she has taught is transcending even 8 hours away!

At first, I was so sore – after every session. Then after a few months I wasn’t as sore anymore! Just felt like I knew I had good work out, but wasn’t sore. At some point I kind of gave up on running simply because my back was acting up and I fell down the stairs hurting my ankle, and my cardio was a lot more minimal. However, doing the strength has definitely helped with starting back up again this month!

I put on muscle throughout the year and have become stronger in my upper body then I have ever been before. I’m proud and happy to be a bit thiccer than I was but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t happy with my body before either. It just means as people our bodies are always changing and dependent on what we do and how we do it.

Investing in personal training, especially with my trainer, made it less about my body and how I looked, and more about getting me to this goal of doing the military style push up and working on push pull drills and generally learning to enjoy fitting in workouts. For example, I used to dread running after work or the thought of going to the gym because I could be doing “something else” but working out with my trainer made me look forward to fitness again. My trainer made me like going to the gym again, she made me like exercise again, and made me feel accomplished and we became friends in the process! YES running is something I will always do but her training has made my running and me as a person so much more confident to try new things. It’s not to say that I had some big transformation in my body, but I did gain muscle, and as my bestie puts it “I’m a machine now” and I’m going to keep doing strength and running because I like it, and of course my newly found love for Yoga with Adriene.

My main point of this post is if it suits your budget (as fitness is very privileged but I won’t get into that in this post) get a few sessions with a personal trainer to even just show you how to use equipment at the gym. I only saw mine once a week and it made a huge difference in my confidence and my workout habits. Did I still probably eat too many chips and a few too many chipotle nights – yes, but my overall thing here is that getting a personal trainer (even if it’s just for a few sessions) is a great way to create confidence in the gym and set small goals until you reach your larger goal!


Tips for Wearing Peach Blush in the Fall

We all have a habit of seasoning our makeup – burgundy eye shadow in the fall, darker more mauve blushes, deep berry lipsticks, but I say let’s keep wearing peach! I was looking through my peach blushes and notice I have ones that work extremely well for a fall looks. I don’t think there is anything wrong with seasoning blushes! I do it too! But I’m not ready not drop some of my peach blush love just yet. I wanted to outline a few tricks and swaps I’ve made in my peach blush life to transition them from summer to fall.

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For the spring and summer months I like to go the Milani Luminoso route, or shall I say the baked glowy blush route. I had four powder blushes I rotated through along with a few cream ones, that I would either wear on their own or wear in combination with the glowy blushes in my arsenal. The main difference between the peach blushes I’m bringing into fall and the ones I’ve been rotating through are application.

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My four blushes of choice for the summer and throughout September are the Hourglass Incandescent Electra (not pictured), the Kiko Gold Waves Coral sunset, Milani luminoso and the Elf blush in Twinkle Pink. All of these blushes have something in common – they all come across of as cheek toppers versus blushes that are adding that flush to your cheeks that is generally thought of in the Fall-Winter months.

To transition your peach blushes into fall I suggest viewing blush as a mixing medium. For example, I have been panning my Body Shop lip and cheek tint which is a natural rose shade and topping it off with the Hourglass blush. I also have a few shades I suggest that give the same peachy vibe but in a fall esque way.

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The first one I am going to talk about is the Burt’s Bees blush in Bare Peach. This blush looks matte in the pan but to me has a more satin finish. It is a darker peach so it gives a more edgy vibe then a bright peach blush like Milani Luminoso. In that way, you can wear this with any fall eye look, presuming its a complimentary shade such a warm brown, neutral brown, or monochromatic with peaches, coral peaches, and borderline cherry red shades as well as and even pinky shades.

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Another blush that falls into the vein of fall blush is MAC peachtwist. This is the perfect fall peach blush. It is a more golden peach blush that can go with many eye looks including a peachy eye, a cranberry eye, neutral browns, and monochromatic looks. These blushes are sheertone blushes so they are buildable so that you can go ham and then easily blend them out. Another blush that transcends the fall and is in the peach-honey family is the L’Oreal True Match blush in bare honey (not sure if this colour is available anymore but they always have tons of shades at Superstone in Canada). I bought this because of Estee Lalonde’s old videos where she raved about them and they are very similar to the MAC blush in application and finish. This blush is borderline bronze but is a light shade that is specifically designed for warm undertones. I think that we too often limit ourselves to the season, and if you do that that’s awesome! But there shouldn’t be a pressure to always have to change out your makeup and I think that peach can transcend seasons.

What is your favourite peach toned blush?


Review: Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette

REVIEW TIME. Okay y’all I know my last few reviews haven’t been the most positive, but this one I assure you is very positive. I wanted to review this palette that I have had for about a month now. The Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions palette caught my eye ever since it was release (and more are being released which are definitely on my list). I don’t have many expectations for eye shadow palettes. I don’t mind an all shimmer palette because I’m a fan of one shimmer shade on the lid and that being my whole look (hence my love for the Naked 3).

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First, the Sephora description: “Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions: Featuring two duo chrome shimmers and seven creamy, matte shadows, this palette combines warm shades of burnt orange and dusty pink, for a daring look that delivers a warm glow”. Everything about this description is accurate. I wanted the palette for the yellow shade and I have been enjoying wearing it as one wash of colour with a shimmer in the middle, either from this palette or from another single shadow.

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I feel like this might be an odd time to review a coral palette because we are going into fall, but I think this palette has the fall tones we all love. It has this beautiful burnt yellow shade along with a rustic orange and dusty pinks that can take you into any fall look.

The formula. The mattes are just as creamy as described. They blend out beautifully on the lid and I love starting with a tapping motion and then once the colour is dispersed buffing it all over. The real stars of this palette though are the beautiful duo chrome shades. The two shimmery shades are every so slightly different but both look like you are wearing more than one eye shadow shade on your lid. The first shade in the first row is more of red coral shade with a rose gold shift whereas the second duo chrome is a coral peach shade with reflective specks of yellow.

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Longevity. This palette lasts all day. I always use a primer so take that into account, but I find these last well and still look good at the end of the day!

Overall rating. 5/5 stars. I know its been awhile since I’ve allotted such a grade to a product. I love this palette and this formula. From my friend who have the other shades, they say the formula is wonderful so I don’t think it will vary no matter which colour story suits your fancy. I think these would be good work palettes as well, if you work in a creative environment or are just living on the edge with your makeup on the day to day, these are perfect. Not to mention the travel friendly size and the wide colour selection!  


Are MAC Lipsticks worth it?

The age old question, are MAC cosmetics lipsticks worth it? In the YouTube and beauty blogging space MAC was such a thing at the beginning times. Everyone had a “my favourite MAC lipsticks” video and a “MAC products you need”. I personally have had a few MAC products before including their lip liner in Strip down and their brown pencil in fling. I broke down during the Sephora sale and bought two MAC products, their sheer tone blush in peach twist and a lustre lipstick in See Sheer (thanks Sam Ravndahl).

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From left to right: MAC See Sheer, Marcelle Delirium, Pixi Natural Rose, Mineral Fusion Flicker, Burt’s Bees Rose Falls, Burt’s Bee’s Suede Splash, Bite Beauty Beet Root

The science experiment we are doing today is answering the question: Are MAC lipsticks worth it? First I will tell you what I look for in a lipstick. In general I have been liking more sheer and cream formulas while I used to love super matte liquid lipsticks, hence the lustre formula. I like a buildable colour but for bold lip shades I do prefer more of a matte finish.

Okay so first the smell of MAC lipsticks are iconic. They kind of smell like a light vanilla scent mixed with something else sweet that I can’t put my finger on. They actually smell extremely similar to the Pixi Shea butter lip balms and even both have the same sheer buildable coverage on the lips. As you can see, I have been hunting for alternatives (I don’t want to say dupe because these options aren’t exactly dupes) so I’m calling these lip products alternatives.

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First up, the closest dupe in formula and application the Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick in delirium in the pearl finish (not a colour alternative, this colour isn’t available anymore but they have a lot of pearl finish lipsticks). While these don’t go on as sheerly they give the same glossy effect as the Lustre formula and you can put them on without a mirror. Second, the Pixi shea butter lip balms. These lip balms are closest in smell but are actually a bit more pigmented upon application and a bit more matte than the Lustre formula. If you want a good cruelty free alternative these are a good one to try.

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For a third alternative I would say the Mineral Fusion sheer moisture lip tint are a close second for formula. They have a mint scent but have that same sheer to full colour application as the MAC. They tick all the boxes but as with all of these alternatives do not come in a wide variety of shades. You can apply these without a mirror which is one of my favourite things when it comes to lipstick.

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The fourth alternative I have for you today is the Burt’s Bees Glossy Lipstick. Again this one doesn’t come in many shades. Again a beautiful sheer and glossy option that has buildable colour. I really like these lipsticks and they are a great drugstore alternative. The fifth is another Burt’s Bees lipstick in Suede Splash that is a satin formula and I would say has a similar application to the MAC but not as sheer and buildable.]

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Finally the last alternative to the MAC lipstick line as a whole is Bite Beauty. Now if bite beauty came out with a sheer lipstick formula I would be all over that. They are all in general a matte-satin formula and smell so yummy. I put this one in this post because if you are again MAC then Bite Beauty will have great, clean, cruelty free options in their line.

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Okay so what is my answer? Ya’ll I didn’t want to love See Sheer as much as I do… but I do. It’s easy to apply, it smells good, and it’s a good price. It’s not drugstore prices but in Canada it’s pretty damn close for some brands that are charging upwards of $16 for a lip product. I think that if you want a variety of shades, in beautiful colours, the MAC lipsticks are for you! All in all I’m giving this a 5/5!

Have you tried any MAC lipsticks? If so what are your favourites?!


My favourite brands: Sephora Edition

I wanted to highlight some brands from sephora (cruelty free and accessible in Canada) because I often get asked, what is your favourite brand? I can’t choose just one because that is like choosing a favourite breed of cat!  I decided  to highlight a few brands that I love and use every day.

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Nudestix. Is this a surprise to anyone on this blog? Nudestix is Canadian and cruelty free, all their products are vegan and they have a wide variety of shades for all skin tones. They originated in Toronto, founded by two daughters and their mother and was created in 2014. If you want to listen to an awesome podcast about the brand Breaking Beauty did a great one! My favourite products are the tinted blur stick, the Nudies All Over Face Colour in Bondi Bae and the cream lip and cheek stain in saint! I am definitely going to pick up more products in the future! In Canada it can be bought at Sephora and online on their website.

Hourglass

Hourglass. More on the luxury side of things. Hourglass was created in 2004 by Carisa Janes (yes another female founded brand, can you see a pattern here) and is now in more than 500 stores world wide. The brand is cruelty free and most of their products are vegan, there is a pretty decent shade range and every product I’ve tried as been beautifully made. My favourite products are the blushes, the Ambient lighting powder and the bronzer! The best place for Canadians to buy hourglass is Sephora because from Nordstrom and their website duties usually apply (Canadian probs).

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Urban decay. Okay so I only own Urban Decay eye shadows (it is what they built their brand on after all) and I love them! WOW another female founded brand what a suprise. The brand was founded by Wende Zomnir. They were one of the first brands to dabble with colour in the 1990s and consistently have eye shadows for years and years (the Naked palette has recently been discontinued but I smell a reformulation coming). My favourite Urban Decay products are obviously their famous Naked palettes, which can be controversial but nonetheless they are my favourites. I love the Naked Heat for its warm rustic tones and it transcends all seasons. The Naked 3 holds a special place in my heart and I will forever love using this palette. Now, I haven’t tried anything else from the brand but am certainly curious about their naked skin concealer and their blushes. This brand can be found in Canada at Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart. 

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Bite Beauty: Bite beauty is a Canadian brand mainly focused on lip and cheek products and is of course, as seems to be the pattern, founded by a women. It was founded by Suzanne Langmuir.  Bite beauty makes natural (a contested word) lipsticks that are healthy enough to eat. Its true folks. They are all handcrafted in Toronto. They come in a large variety of shades and they even have newly launched French Pressed lip glosses! I personally enjoy their agave lip mask and their Amuse Bouche lipstick in beetroot! I would love to try the lip gloss next and more of the multisticks. You can find bite at Sephora or on their website.

What are some of your favourite brands from Sephora?!

 


Bits I Tend to Buy From The Drugstore

I saw the YouTube channel Too Much Tash do this as a video quite a while ago and she was talking about products she doesn’t splurge on. I thought it was a fun idea but I wanted to put my own spin on it.  None of these are hard and fast rules, but as it stands I have certain items in my collection I find myself going to the drugstore for vs. sephora or a department store. My collection is mostly drugstore but I do foray into high end items for a few areas of my routine.  I wanted to take you through a few areas of my collection that I tend to go to the drugstore when it comes time to repurchase

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Concealer. I feel like I go through concealer rather quickly and it’s something I need to replace more often than a blush or highlighter. I often find myself having on my to “buy next” list, high end concealers, but when it comes to taking the plunge I always end up getting a drugstore one. I would love to buy a more pricey concealer but as you might know from my Too Faced review it hasn’t been going well (however I may have found a way for this concealer to work and will report back). I haven’t noticed a huge difference in quality in terms of the too faced compared to other concealers.

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Setting Spray. I always have big plans to try a more high end setting spray but always end up going with something drugstore to mid range. Currently I’m alternating between two of the Body Shop’s setting sprays, the mint matte and the rose dewy glow face mist. I can’t say as if these two setting sprays are any better than high end because I haven’t tried any. I would love to find one that is soothing and made with clean ingredients but it is hard to justify spending money on one when I use them so often (I douse myself so I run through setting sprays super fast).

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Brows. I am not a super large brow person, I am a brow gel kinda gal, and usually use whichever drugstore one I’m fancying. Again, this is another product I always find myself buying at the drugstore – like the Annabelle one that is my current fave. I would love to try Glossier boy brow or the Milk Kush brow gel but alas for now I find myself gravitating towards the drugstore. 

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Foundation. This only applies to full coverage foundations because I don’t wear them that often. Currently I have been using the Wet n wild photo focus and the Gosh foundation drops (rip these are no longer in Canada) which are both drugstore priced!  I buy mid range to high end tinted moisturizers (looking at you FAB Tinted moisturizer which I love), but for a foundation I can’t at the moment see myself purchasing a super luxury foundation because the majority of what I wear are skin tints, B.B creams or tinted moisturizers.

Finally Mascara. I always have great intentions of buying a brand new high end mascara once I finish my others but I always find  myself back at the drugstore attempting to find the perfect volumizing mascara. I always find myself going with a Maybelline or an Essence mascara, or a Covergirl!

What do you like to buy at the drugstore?!