Beauty Minimalism as a Beauty Blogger

Beauty minimalism is something I wanted to talk about. I think the definition of minimalism is very personal but is tied with surrounding yourself with things that you genuinely love. The way I want to talk about the idea of minimalism from a beauty standpoint is discussing release fatigue. Basically release fatigue is when you are tired of brands releasing and releasing product (looking at you Colourpop). This is my daily struggle: my content that does well is reviews and hauls, and what else do you review than a new product? However, I battle between wanting maybe one or two products of each makeup category to loving trying and buying new products. I wanted to share some thoughts I have about release fatigue and the over-consumption (me included) of the beauty industry.

According to an article I found on the Allure website- over 3,000 women were surveyed by skinstore and found that women in the united states spend $300,000 on their face over a lifetime. A LIFETIME. I have never counted or added up the value of makeup collection mostly because I could porbably pay a large chunk of my OSAP. When you are not into beauty or skincare to this number is probably terrifying and the amount of makeup I personally own is probably mind boggling – however it is my only hobby that costs me money so I think somehow it balances out! But, to think about numbers like $300,000 shows how much the beauty industry is growing.

I think my biggest gripe with the beauty industry right now is how much companies are releasing. If you take a look at Trendmood’s Instagram you can see photo after photo of new products and new brands – which is great but can be overwhelming. NARS, Colourpop, Morphe are a few of the brands that I’ve noticed have been releasing collection after collection, MAC has always done those limited collections so I don’t get sick of their collections because in my humble opinion I feel like brands have tried to emulate that. I think my main issue is it feels like brands are capitalizing on trends and targeting consumers so they will buy more and feed into capitalism (which again obviously I do this too). However, I think that brands that curate well (like Glossier) do so strategically for marketing purposes. I think Glossier, and Hourglass are a few brands do well with having releases every 3 months or so making it less overwhelming for consumers. When brands like Colourpop (who I will admit don’t compromise quality) release a collection every which way I feel like for the average consumer this can get overwhelming. Even for me, an avid lover of the brand, it can just get overwhelming.

When I say overwhelming I say this for one reason: that someone new to makeup is just going to buy this affordable makeup and then not realize what they actually like. Am I speaking from experience? Yes. Yes, I am. When you first discover the world of beauty YouTube you just want to try everything and that means buying inexpensive products that either don’t work for you or you bought to try because you saw your fave person using or like me you use it once and realize its not your makeup style. Now I’m not saying Colourpop doesn’t make some of my favorite products or in fact doesn’t make products I use on the daily they are merely a good example of a brand that releases collections twice monthly. In fact most of the time I find myself gravitating towards my colourpop items because they are so good – however it is the best example I personally have in my Instagram feed of new releases.

What is the point of this post? I think my point is that I strive to be more intentional with my purchases. At the beginning of 2019 I bought a million drugstore products that didn’t “spark joy” as Marie Kondo would say (still need to read the book and will do so this summer) and then finding myself not gravitating towards drugstore makeup but using my high-end and boutique makeup (like the body shop). I think the other thing for me about trying to not buy makeup is to not buy it as an excuse for “research” for the blog. I built the beginning of this blog on drugstore beauty which I will never not lover but more and more when I picture my “ideal” collection it consists of high-end makeup with some drugstore and boutique brands spackled in there. While I don’t ever see myself losing the drugstore/affordable side of my blog I do think that because the beauty industry has boomed so much I want to start doing quality over quantity as well as treating ALL my purchases with more thought.

I also think that I struggle with the fun of trying new makeup and being creative with only owning what I need. For example, as a blogger, I love finding dupes for holy grail products which then means I am feeding into the mass market to try new things to help my readers find alternatives! Alas, the balancing act continues!

What are your thoughts on beauty minimalism as a beauty blogger?

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6 by Labour Day Project Pan

I love project pans and wanted to start another (actually I have been using these since May 1) but am just late on posting these items. Usually, the classic labour day project pan is a 7 by labour day but I wanted to do 6 as to not have too many things on my plate. This project will end of September 2 so it is a Spring-Summer project.

Too Faced Sweet Peach

Too Face Sweet Peach

The first item I chose was the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, particularly the shade luscious and summer yum because I use those shades quite often. This is a lovely palette that I generally use in the spring anyway so I decided to throw it in this project.

NARS Forte De France

NARS highlighter

The second item in this project is one of my favourite highlighters. The NARS highlighter in the shade Forte De France. Quite honestly, I don’t think I will hit pan on this but I do think I have a shot since it does have an existing dip from being in previous projects.

Hourglass blush in incandescent Electra

Hourglass blush open

This is such a lovely blush that it is so easy to wear. It doesn’t have a ton of peach in it but the marbling makes for a nice effect on the skin. I want to see this dip significantly in the next few months.

Anastasia Bronzer in Tawny

Anastasia Beverly Hills Bronzer

This is a lovely matte bronzer and has a nice finish. This does pull red and I like to be light handed with it. I don’t see this hitting pan but I want to use it as much as possible. If you are interested in a full review you can read it here.

The ELF plumping lip gloss in Champagne

Me holding the ELF plumping gloss

I chose this lip gloss because it seemed like one of the easier things to pan. Every time I use it, the product goes down a bit more and the progress is visible.

The Colourpop Supernova Shadow in Running Orbits

Colourpop supernova shadows

I chose this for the project because it also has some progress already. It creates a lovely glittery eye and is super easy to use. I don’t find this creases easily and it makes me look “put together” quickly. I even wear this in a light layer during the day and I love it!

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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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Things I liked and did: October and November

I missed this post last month cause I just didn’t have a ton of stuff to discuss! I decided to combine October and November. I  have had an interesting past few months in terms of life decisions and experiences that are the beginning of this adult life. I also have a flop I wanted to share because it didn’t warrant a full review!

Makeup

Physicians Formula highlighter - open, pearly white shade with a creamy texture
Hourglass ambient lighting unlocked palette - all shades being displayed including finishing powders, bronzer, nude blush, plum blush and champagne highlighter.
Nudestix Pencils three shades
Covergirl Palette - open

The Physicians Formula butter highlighter. Since this is in my project pan 12 Pans of Christmas I have been using this quite a bit. I love it. I liked it when I got it but because I’m always trying new things I often forget to give myself the time to really love something. It gives that beautiful satin sheen to the skin without being glittery and can be built up to full opacity. I really have been enjoying this and want to keep using for my rolling 10 pan in 2019.

Hourglass Ambient unlocked palette. All I can say is this is luxury beauty dreams. This palette isn’t the best value for money but it’s so convenient. It has everything you need for an entire look! Including eye shadow, which is amazing! All the powders seamlessly blend onto the skin and make for that lit from within look. Unfortunately this is only available in select stores now so my review isn’t really needed anymore if you can’t access it! Due to the strike I got this quite late then I was working so alas! If you would still like a review comment below. 

Covergirl Trueblend Super Stunner Highlighting palette in the shade  it’s lit . I talked about this in my highlight round up. These are great highlighters. A bit on the powdery side but don’t come off as powdery on the skin. All the shades work on my skin tone and they have another palette as well. I have been enjoying this also on the eyes as an inner corner highlighter. Can’t recommend this enough. Covergirl also just went cruelty free!

Nudestix eye pencils. Can confirm – these do not crease. Literally every other fricken eye pencil I’ve used creases. Not these! I love all Nudestix products and these are no exception. They blend beautifully with a finger or a brush and give enough dimension to make it look like you have a few different colours on. I also like to use them for that “model off duty” look I attempt to go for.

Skincare

GlamGlow moisturizer - nude shade
Vichy Thermale Cleanser - white bottle, blue cap.

Glamglow mega illuminating moisturizer. I never thought I would buy a $62 moisturizer but I have. This is a beautiful effective moisturizer. It gives the right amount of dew that and sits beautifully under makeup.

Vichy 3 in 1 cleanser. This was a product I bought on a whim at shoppers. I was curious about its effect as it’s a three in one cleanser. I have to say since I’ve started using this my skin has been a lot clearer than it used to be. Not that it was bad before but I find this is so nice and gentle my skin isn’t the slightest bit irritated

Other stuffs

Being a coach again! I still love coaching and learn something new each time from my former coach and mentor. I love teaching the skaters and giving them life lessons while I’m at it (just like my coach used to do for me). It’s nice to be home and be able to volunteer at a place I love volunteering for.

The flop


The biggest flop of the past two months is the Covergirl Trueblend liquid foundation. This is the one shoppers sent me and it’s not what I ordered … and they never responded … in any case I kept it because upon swatching it on the back of my hand it was fresh and dewy. I thought great maybe a dupe for the Body Shop Fresh nude foundation (I really must do a review on this one as I haven’t yet). wrong I was. This foundation gave my skin quite the reaction and looked horrible on my skin. It was breaking up and emphasizing peach fuzz and also it didn’t sit well under powder. I really wanted to like it but alas tis a flop.

Up next: Project pan roulette update 1, Beauty gift guide


Sephora VIB Sale Haul

This haul is kind of cheating – I bought a few of these items after the sale but I wanted to include them in this haul! This is a very skincare heavy haul but I have been wanting to revamp and try a few new higher end skincare items. First I will start with the sale items then go into the items I picked up after the sale.

The skincare

I fell into the Instagram aesthetic trap. I bought both Summer Fridays masks. The Jet lag mask and the overtime mask. I have tried both a few times and they are wonderful. I haven’t formed my full thoughts to do a review just yet but will in the future. The next two skincare items are got are both hydrating products. I bought the GlamGlow illuminating moisturizer in nude glow. It smells like a creamsickle and is AMAZING. It gives a beautiful glow and I like to use this when I have an early shift. I also picked up the Kiehl’s ginger and hibiscus firming mask. I used a sample of this and it was great.

The makeup

I broke ya’ll. I picked up the Hourglass Ambient lighting edit unlocked palette. I wasn’t going to pick this up but couldn’t resist the late night shopping so alas it happened. I LOVE this palette. I want to do a full review in due time because it is so beautiful and these are all new powder shades which is even more exciting.

The non sale stuffs

I really love Nudestix and want to do a brand focus on them. Their products are lovely and their brand story is great, and as an added bonus they are Canadian. I got both of their new limited edition holiday sets. The gloss balm set and the smokey golden eyes set. I really like both of these so far and can’t wait to try them out a bit more. The second product I got is the Too Faced Hangover Rx setting spray. I know what you may be thinking – Chrisinda you just got the Rimmel one. Unfortunately the Rimmel one makes my skin feel and look quite dry so it’s going to just have to be an eye shadow intensifier.

Did you pick up anything during the sale?


The Joy of Makeup

I was inspired to do this post by the Full Coverage Podcast when they talked about products that brought them joy. I love all makeup, obviously I have this beauty blog and love product but I have to say there are products I put on that make me feel BADASS. I’m talking the MAC lipstick in See sheer, I’m talking that Carrie Mathison post intense day lipstick application. Homeland is hella problematic, but it gets the joy of makeup totally right.

Burts Bees MAC

I love popping on a beautiful blush and a bold lip to take on the day. It’s not that I want to cover up my face as a lot of society thinks beauty is, but its like when I wear my paper bag pants; I feel good. I wanted to talk about enjoying makeup again. I have always enjoyed makeup but I sometimes feel the release fatigue that a lot of beauty lovers feel. When a new collection is dropping day in and day out, it makes you forget about those old gems and beautiful products that perk you up on a bad day, or make you feel more confident for a presentation or just the day in general.

luxury powders

MAC Lipstick

I personally love Hourglass, they don’t release products too often and when they do they never do any wrong. I love and still use their ambient lighting edit from a few years ago. I still use and love it despite the fact that it was limited edition. This was my very first luxury product and I love all the powders. I can use this for literally every step of my makeup.

hourglass palette

Flatlay two

A good high end lipstick gives me so much joy. I know  the drugstore makes amazing lipsticks, but I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for packaging! I love the sleek black lipstick MAC tubes and the soft matte feeling of the Bite Beauty lipsticks.

NARS Highlighter

Physicians formula products

A good NARS product always suits my fancy. The soft matte packaging and the heavy weight of it makes me so giddy. If I’m being honest I don’t get the giddy feeling from a lot of my drugstore products. There are definitely drugstore products that are awesome, and that formula wise rival their higher end counterparts such as the collection lasting perfection concealer and the Revlon YouthFx concealer. However, this post is about the joy of makeup and the experience. I think it’s so exciting to save up for that one obscenely (and trust me I know this is a whole capitalist operation and luxury makeup is extremely overpriced) priced beautifully packaged highlighter or blush. I love that sleek, black heavy packaging or the gold shiny square packaging that is hourglass’ signature look. This isn’t to say that I don’t love drugstore and mid range makeup, I LOVE the Physicians formula butter line, the highlighter, blush and bronzer are all beautiful and I love the whole Burt’s Bees Makeup line (except the foundation) and those also bring me joy. There is just something about putting those luxury items in your cart and waiting for the Sephora Sale to roll around to get your luxury makeup – or rewarding yourself for running 12 km with a luxury product! (you can tell I’ve restarted my journey)

What products make you feel giddy?

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Makeup Stash Fridays: Fall Blushes

In the second installment of makeup stash Fridays I’m going to take you through the blushes I’m officially focusing on in the fall. Of course, there are several peach blushes but I’ve also pulled out some of my mauvy toned blushes for the season.

The rosy mauve shades

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The three blushes in this category are a bit different but all have a nice mauve undertone. First is the Milani powder blush in romantic rose. In some lights in the pan this blush looks purple-mauve but in other lights it looks like a nice light rose shade. Upon swatching this blush is a beautiful rose matte shade. Second is the Physicians Formula Butter Blush in Vintage Rouge. This is a beautiful buttery blush, I love love love this blush. I haven’t used it much since I bought this in the beginning of the summer but I have been wearing it and it’s literally the perfect (DARE I SAY) flush to the cheeks. Its neutral enough to pair with a lot of eye looks and looks beautifully smooth on the skin. Then we have our most cool toned blush the ELF cosmetics studio blush in Berry Merry. This is supposedly a dupe for NARS sin (which I don’t own) but I’m glad I own the more inexpensive version because I didn’t reach for this much last fall but I want to get more use out of it this season. It is a purple shade with a gold shimmer running through – perfect for darker skin tones.

The pumpkin blushes

peach-blushes

I recently saw alwayscleia mention that she thinks of her peach makeup as pumpkin makeup and I was like BRILLIANT OMG. Hence the title of this category. I have three peachy blushes to talk about. First the MAC blush in PeachTwist. This is a sheertoned blush which I love. I can build it up and go ham so I don’t have to worry about going overboard. The second blush I have is the L’Oreal true Match blush in Bare Honey. This blush is a nude peach blush with shimmer (not chunky at all) and looks beautiful on the skin. I also love the Burt’s Bees Blush in bare peach. While at first glance in the pan this blush looks matte its actually a beautiful satin finish. Then as a blush topper I can’t stop won’t stop with the Hourglass blush in Incandescent Electra. This blush is definitely more highlighterish then blushish but I just love it on top of these darker peach and mauve shades to add an extra glow.

What are your favourite fall blushes? p.s no swatch photos because gosh darn it just wasn’t working

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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?


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.

nudestix

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).

Naked-Palettes

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. 

bite-beauty

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?!

 


Blune Day 23: The beauty Tag

I saw this tag floating around the blog world and didn’t actually get tagged, but I thought this was a fun post to do for day 23. It will allow you to learn a bit more about my beauty life!

Do you remember your first makeup item?  I think it was this PUR intro set that my mom bought me from the shopping channel

What kind of coverage do you prefer from a foundation? Super sheer to light, when I am having a bit of a day with my skin I will go more medium

Favourite high-end brand? Hourglass hands down. Its cruelty free and pledges to be vegan by 2020! I have never been disappointed by their products

What cosmetics brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t?  RMS beauty. I always see the Living Luminizer and the Lip2cheeks but just haven’t taken the plunge.

Favourite drugstore brand? E.L.F because their products are always in my makeup bag. But I really love ColourPop (I know not a drugstore brand technically) but their prices are amazing and the quality is comparable to high end.

Do you wear false lashes? Only for skating!

Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without? Hmmmmmmmm I don’t know how to answer this. I think that I prefer not going to work with a bare face, but I will. And I run errands all the time completely bare faced. If I am running late to work I always try to swipe on some mascara. 

What is your most cherished beauty product? All of my Hourglass products and my high end palettes.

How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there, or get lots of goodies at once? I definitely shop more at the drugstore then Sephora. Though this year Sephora has been a bit more. I usually do an item here or there but at Sephora when the VIB sales are on are get quite a few things.

Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely? I definitely try to budget my beauty and I think I stick to it quite well. I wouldn’t say there is a specific number because I tend to buy mostly drugstore or the Body shop, but at Sephora I’d say I only go big when its the VIB sale and I’ll buy a few things here and there between them.

Do you utilize coupons, reward cards, and sales when you shop for cosmetics?Shoppers optimum points are the best. They are connected with Loblaws as well so you get points even faster to get money off.

What type of product do you buy the most of? Concealer. 

Is there a brand you absolutely can’t stand? I wouldn’t say there is a brand I can’t stand, but there are brands I wish were all cruelty free like Maybelline, L’Oreal, Rimmel, Covergirl, because I really like some of the principles of these brands i.e having a wide foundation range, making quality drugstore eyeshadows as well as mascara. Yes I do own things from these brands, but alas I try to keep it 90% cruelty free. 

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics, like parabens or sulfates? Yes 100%. Its really hard to find something is clean and meets my other standards. Sulfates Im not too concerned about because I don’t have coloured hair and it’s really a concern as they can be drying. I definitely try to do paraben free but if its a product like Lush Let the Good Times Roll  that have Talc and fragrance, but I will buy it because it doesn’t irritate my skin.

Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup? Shoppers drug mart and Sephora

Do you like trying new skin care products or do you keep a certain routine? There are a few I like to religiously repurchase, Thayers Lavender witch hazel toner, the Body Shop Tea Tree scrub but I’m in the process of perfecting and finding the perfect cleanser and moisturizers and serum.

Favourite bath and body brand? Lush hands down.

What brand do you think has the best packaging? Ou this is a hard one. I love Hourglass packaging but I also love Glossier packaging. I don’t own anything from them but love their aesthetic and brand story.  

Do you belong to any online makeup communities? I guess as a spectator the Youtube community and I think since I’ve been re-inspired with my blog the blogging community.

Favourite beauty gurus  Melissa Alatorre, Crueltyfreebecky, Samantha Ravndahl, Jamie Paige Beauty, Kelly Gooch, Allana Davison, Estee Lalonde (so many amazing people out there)

Do you like multi-functional products like lip and cheek stains? Yes they are my fave. I love lip and cheek stains particularly from the Body Shop and Nudestix.

Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? My eyeshadow blending can be questionable.

Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes? Yes always!

How many hair products do you use on a typical day? Usually 1 or 2, Batiste dry shampoo and some sort of texturizing spray

What do you apply first, concealer or foundation? I never really wear a full on foundation on the daily, but rather a concealer and glowy primer, possibly a tinted moisturizer.

Would you ever consider taking makeup classes? Yes! It would be so cool!

What do you love about makeup?  I love that it is such a layered concept. There are so many feminist interests in the beauty world and I love exploring those through my blog and through theoretical and practical ways. I also love glitter and its socially acceptable to be wearing a blingy highlight during the day.