Products I can't resist

I think we all know I have a bit of thing for makeup, a bit of an affinity for shiny and pretty packaging and certain brands. I saw Michelle Wang do this video, her titled is products I’m a sucker for, and have had it on my list to write on the blog for a while. I wanted to go through some of the products I just cannot resist. Now, this isn’t comprehensive because we know that I love eyeshadow palettes but I wanted to write about a few product categories that I always seem to be drawn to in 2019.

Potted eyeshadows

The first product I am always buying is potted shadows. Whether that is the Colourpop supershock shadows, the Hourglass Scattered light shadows, or the Maybelline colour tattoos I just cannot help but be attracted to little pots of pigments. When it comes to these I have no self control. When I’m on the colourpop website I guarantee that I probably have at least 3-4 supershock shadows in my cart … and I click check out. 

Multi-use Face Sticks

The second product category I love is cream blushes (well and powder but let’s just say creams). I accumulated quite a few of these over the summer and just love the way that they sit on my cheeks. They are easy to blend and fast to use in the morning, as well as are generally multi-use.  Some of my favourites include the nudestix nudies sticks and the colourpop blush stix.

Face palettes 

There are some people who just aren’t smitten with a good face palette. But I love me a good easy to use face palette, whether is a highlighter palette, an all in one palette or what have you, they are all just so wonderful and easy to use. What I love about face palettes his that you can do an entire look using a face palette without having to reach for other products.  My personal favourite palette currently is the MAC Cosmetics Star dipped face palette. It has beautiful pink tones perfect for my skin tone. I also have been enjoying the Hourglass ambient lighting face palette. I also really enjoy the Cheekbone beauty palette, it has two highlighters and pinky highlighter that I used a blush topper.

Rose nude lip products

I buy the same lip colour basically anytime I buy a lipstick or lip gloss. I love rosy nudes and peachy nudes. They just speak to me on a deep level. I always find myself wanting to try new lip products and formulas but then just buying the same colour. I’ve been attempting to cut back but if we are being real, I still find myself grabbing a new lipstick when I’m in the drugstore. I have been loving easy to use lip products (I mean this is not new for me but alas I’ve only been wearing nude lipsticks). I used to be a lot more adventurous with lipsticks, but as a career women I find the tints and glosses have been my go to for the daily.. I love my classic Fenty gloss bomb and the Colourpop lip tints if I want more colour on my lips.


Day Dreamer Palette by Hilary Duff x Nudestix Review

flat lay of all products including the makeup bags.

When I saw that nudestix was doing a collab with Hilary duff I knew I had to order. Hilary duff was my favourite actress growing up and she still is. I also love Nudestix so what a better collab to spend my money on? Seriously name one. I pre-ordered this and it came in such a cute box with instructions and the inspiration behind the collection. What I love about nudestix is it’s for the person who is on the go, who is constantly working or going through life and is short on time. I check all of these boxes. There products in my opinion are all easy and simple to use with good pigment but are fool proof.

closeup of half moon calendar
close up of body language blush

This is what the website says about this palette: “The Daydreamer Palette brings your makeup routine to the next level, with fresh new shades that range from gorgeous burnt ambers to subtle soft pinks and beyond. The kit includes three shimmery eye pencils, a matte blush, a pearl highlighter and a multipurpose lip balm — giving you everything you need to get glowing skin, pink glossy lips and delicate, earth-toned eye makeup”.

Let’s start with the eye pencils. These come in three new shade. The shades are called Prism, night dweller and bright eyes. I think what I like about these pencils is the simplicity but with my oily eye lids these definitely crease so I wear a primer underneath. I find that the shades of these are bright but not too intense so I can wear them to work (not that I believe in makeup rules but it’s the best way to describe them). The lip pencil is such an easy, balmy pinky rose shade. Definitely is a work staple.

left to right: Night eyes, prism, night dweller, secret keeper, half moon, body language
left to right: Night eyes, prism, night dweller, secret keeper, half moon, body language
swatches of the face products: sunset strip, body language, half moon, illuminaughty,
left to right: sunset strip, body language, half moon, illuminaughty

There is a nudies matte all over colour in body language. This is a new shade and is just slightly lighter and more neutral then sunset strip. It has a beautiful satin finish (though they call it matte) with ease of use for all parts of the face including eyes, lips and cheeks. The nudies glow in half moon is such a pretty highlighter. This one is more iridescent than illuniaughty which I would classify as more Of a glass skin type highlighter. Half moon has duochrome lavender undertone but because of its white base I find it completely “wearable” for my day to day life.

close up of the eye pencils and lip pencil

Price: $89 CAD for the set including the eye pencils, lip pencil, and two face products plus a makeup bag and the sharpened and tins. I think that this is worth it simply because when added up all of these products are $204 CAD. A good value in my opinion. The overall rating for this product is 5/5 stars for me bravo Nudestix and Hilary Duff.

The looks

me showing the eye products
have not ventured into using the green yet!
me wearing the products

Thanks for reading! Did you pick this up? If so let me know how you liked it!


What Happened to my Skin after One Month of High End Makeup

I said this would be up at the end of May beginning of June but here we are in July! Life got ahead of me, have no fear I still had my notes from the month of May and documented how my skin reacted in May. During the month of April, I did an entire month using drugstore makeup items. In the month of May I decided to use all high-end makeup. I used the It Cosmetics CC Cream, the Charlotte Tilbury Magic away concealer, the Kosas tinted face oil, the NARS highlighter and the Anastasia highlighter among a few other bits and bobs from my collection. I wanted to do this contrast to my previous project because I wanted to see: does your skin get a more positive effect from using high-end makeup versus drugstore makeup. 

I switched up my foundations and used solely my Charlotte Tilbury Magic away concealer and the CoverFx duo. The main thing I noticed was my skin wasn’t as clogged as it previously was using the more inexpensive drugstore foundations (think the CoverGirl and Rimmel). I found that using the Kosas and the It Cosmetics my skin did not break out as much, but I did have some skin issues on my chin because (at least I think) my skin was recovering from its previous experiment. My skin definitely likes higher-end base products better than the least expensive side of the drugstore. I would like to do an experiment where I only use say $20 drugstore foundations (because that is what they are in Canada) and see what happens then because near the end based on my previous experiment where my skin vastly improved once I began using the more expensive foundations. 

Day 1
Perricone MD No Highlighter Highlight, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer , CoverFx peach duo

Now, the main difference I used what the way the products felt on my skin, in particular, the concealer and powder products. By the end of the day, my fave didn’t feel clogged. However, I was also playing with some other things in my life and so my chin spots persisted. 

Day 2 – note the friends on my chin

To be honest, my skin spots persisted on my chin, but my skin did not appear to have such a dramatic difference as it did in the drugstore makeup for a month. I don’t really know if this is attributed to the different ingredients or to fewer fillers and preservatives (presumably) in the makeup I used. 

It Cosmetics CC Cream, Kosas Tinted Face Cream, Perricone MD No highlighter highlighter, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away concealer, CoverFX duo in Dirty Peach
Last day of the project
Urban Decay Naked 3, Nudestix Matte eye pencil in Putty

For example, comparing the Kosas Tinted Face oil to my Maybelline BB Cream the ingredients are visibly different. This could be attributed to the fact that the BB Cream is not part of the clean at Sephora, but I would say that the It Cosmetics CC Cream has just as many or more ingredients than the Maybelline BB Cream and I don’t really know what to think about that. While I do find myself reaching for high-end products because I don’t feel that on my skin versus the drugstore products. 

I can say, that by the end of the experiment my skin was good, but I do think I did these experiments a bit close together and did not let my skin fully heal from the foundations that did irritate it! I also added a few products in my skincare routine so it’s really a mystery. 

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Sephora Haul: Mini Reviews

I did a bit of shopping over the past few months at good old Sephora. I have been near a Sephora about twice a month for the past 6 months for work training, and I always took the opportunity to do a little bit of a pop in at Sephora. I got a few of these products online (during the Sephora sale) and a few in store during my journey’s there. I wanted to do a few mini reviews rounding up my thoughts on these products. I will do some more in-depth reviews coming in the next month! 

In Store Purchases

Mac fix plus and nudestix nudies matte

Mac Fix plus: This is an iconic product. I have heard on several makeup podcasts that its purpose is to not actually set your makeup but to refresh your skin and melt the powders together. I really like this, however, because it is not a setting spray it makes me miss my beloved Too Faced Hangover RX setting spray. This doesn’t irritate my skin and has a lovely scent. 

Nudestix nudies matte in sunset strip: This was a YouTube made me buy it product. As soon as I saw Jamie Paige Beauty and Samantha Ravndahl use this, I knew I was going to “need” it in my collection. This is a lovely, coral blush that is the perfect summer flush (or any season flush). It is creamy, and while it claims its matte I don’t find it to be a flat matte, it is almost like the Physicians Formula butter blush in a cream stick version. 

The Online VIB Sale Purchases

Clockwise: Kosas tinted face oil, Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar bronze and glow, Bite Beauty lip balm, Charlotte Tilbury Magic away concealer, Coverfx matte and shimmer blush duo

CoverFx Matte and Shimmer blush duo: This duo, again, something I saw on Instagram and it immediately piqued my interest. I love the idea of having the option of using a shimmer or matte blush or layering them. I also like to use these on my eyes as well. Full review and comparison coming soon! 

close up of charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze and glow
coverfx matte an shimmer blush

The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow: This has been on my list of things to get for YEARS. Since I saw Allanarama use this back in 2016 I have been eyeing it ever since. Now, that Charlotte Tilbury is finally in Sephora (and I finally could justify this in my budget) I bought it. This is a lovely product. The sculpt shade is the perfect contour without being too grey that I feel I can wear on its own or paired with bronzer. The highlighter is beautiful and glowy, without being metallic or glittery. This is the perfect palette for work!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away concealer: Oh mama. This concealer. Is. Magic. See what I did there? This concealer creases so minimally and spreads out so easily while maintaining excellent coverage, I don’t know if I ever want to go back to any other concealer… although you know me I’ll always be trying more. However, I think that this is going to be my new holy grail concealer … it’s just lovely! 

Kosas Tinted Face Oil: This has mixed reviews from various sources. However, I really like this. It does tend to look greasy so I usually set my t zone when using this. I was concerned that this may break down on my skin but honestly, it lasts really nicely throughout the day. I don’t recommend this if you already have oily skin, but if you have normal to dry skin this is a lovely light coverage base. Full review to come! 

Bite Beauty Agave and Daytime Lip Balm: I got this because I needed a good lip balm. This is nice, but I find that it doesn’t really hydrate my lips as much as I thought it would. I wear this in the morning as I’m doing my makeup. I find that my favourite lip balm is still the Fresh one in terms of actually hydrating my lips. I will use this up but I’m not sure if I would repurchase this!

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