Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist: 2017 Edition

It’s almost that time of year again!  No, I’m not talking about Christmas, Beauty Junkies, nor am I talking about the entire month of November which just happens to be the birth month of yours truly.  Like I have done for the past um…forever…I’m talking about what I wait for ALL YEAR LONG: the Sephora VIB Rouge 20% off sale. I formulate my list all year long.  I have my cart ready to go, and a note in the notes app on my phone where I compile things all year ’round.  I thought I’d share it all with you in case you needed some inspiration or, like me, you’re just nosey and want to see what other people will be picking up.

 

This year, I did something a bit different, and have listed my top 10 12, must have, holy grail products.

 

  • CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – I’ve heard MakeupByTiffanyD rave about this and I’ve had a sample that I really loved.  I’m a die hard Origins Vitazing girl, but just might branch out a little
  • UD All Nighter Setting Spray – an old faithful.  I have to pick it up when it’s on sale knowing I go through 2 or 3 of these a year
  • Perricone MD  No Highlighter Highlighter – another Tiffany D recco!  This is a combo highlighter/skin product, so how could I not love this?
  • BEAUTYBLENDER  Gold Mine – this is a steal for 2 BeautyBlenders and a Blotterozzi.  I know I think might be a gimmick, but it this might also be the perfect time to give the Blotterozzi a try.
  • IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination Cream with SPF 50+ – I use the the regular CC cream and find myself putting a cream highlighter into it for the occasional bump of shimmer now that the seasons have changed and my tan is gone {full disclosure}.  I’d wonder if this would give the same finish to my skin as I so dearly love with the CC cream
  • CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops set – I have to have these.  I just can’t rationalize the full size bottle of this highlighter, and I truly love the way it gives the perfect pop on a variety of skin tones, the versatility of the cream, and the way it blends so smoothly on skin.  I’m afraid if I buy the full size that it’ll go bad before I’m halfway thru.  Here’s the perfect way to have a few bottles without the guilt
  • L’Occitane 4-piece Hand Cream Delights – winter = rough hands and skin for most of us.  This is my ride or die hand cream all year round, and also makes a great gift
  • Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt perfume – this is a new discovery for me and I like the under notes of all JM fragrances.  Wood Sage doesn’t give me any sort of a headache, and can we get more luxe with the packaging?
  • BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick – I have one of these already and quite like it, but the colour pulls a little too nude for my taste {Whip, if you’re wondering}.  So I think I’m going to pick this up in Eclair.
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brownout – I’ve had a couple of these liners before and just love them.  They don’t transfer at all and stay put beautifully – all day – in the waterline.  I’d like to pick up another one, specifically in this shade
  • IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette – I’ve waited sosososo long for IT to come to Canada and have heard about this palette for years.  I think it’s so incredibly versatile and gives hundreds of different options.  What’s not to love?
  • YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick – I have a few of these, and the shade range, creamy texture and long wear time just can’t be beat.  Only BITE so far has provided a slightly longer wear time, but tend to have only matte shades.  Plus, this one smells just divine.
  • SHU UEMURA lash curler – I swear by this for eye shapes of all kinds and it’s about time I pick up a new one
  • Hermes Twilly perfume – While walking thru Saks the other day, I decided to stop and grab a sample after I’d heard Makeup by Tiffany D talk about this.  I’m skeptical about scent reccos from other people just because I’m prone to headaches.  This one has turned out to be a win for sure.  I’ve been in the market for a new perfume and I think this {and the Wood Sage & Sea Salt, of course} will be my new fall scent!

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Clinique Moisture Surge | Perricone MD Highlighter |Urban Decay All Nighter|  IT Cosmetics CC+ Illumination  Cream | CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops Set | L’Occitane Hand Cream  | Jo Malone Perfume | BITE Lippies | IT Naturally Pretty Palette | YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Makeup Change Up: Spring Addition

I love all that comes with the change of seasons {ok, not so much from fall to winter because Canada = cold}, and shopping my stash or trying out new, bright tones for Spring is no exception.

I’ve done a few of these posts before {here and here for the most recent ones}  and think you guys like to see what new things I’m trying, or what tends to stay month over month – that’s how you know I’m a huge fan!

What Stayed:

I didn’t keep much around this time and opted, instead, to shake it up for Spring.

  • IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream {I use medium}
  • CoverFX Sample of their Illuminating Primer
  • Life Brand concealer/blemish stick
  • MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose 
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer {I use fair}
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational and Colossal Big Shot mascara {see my review here}
  • Benefit Roller Lash and Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara samples
  • Marc Jacobs Lip Liner in Prim{rose}
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz {not sure of my particular shade}
  • Benefit Eye Bright
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer {this thing won’t die.  Good bang for your buck tho, Tarte!}
  • Bite Beauty lippie in Meringue
  • Sugar Lip Treatment {used before I apply any lip product}
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine {…of course…}

 

What’s New:

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  • Chanel blush in Rose Initial
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed
  • Rimmel Stay Matte powder
  • Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzer
  • Wet ‘n Wild Highlighting Powder in Crown of My Canopy
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Roman Holiday and Never Say Never {great combo together, might I add}
  • MAC Lipliner in Whirl
  • Tom Ford Lipstick
  • Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect lipstick
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Root Beer Float
  • Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo in Dynamic
  • Makeup Forever Aqua Liner
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Liner
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brown{out}
  • NARS single shadow in Ashes to Ashes
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Loose Shimmer Shadow {um, not loose, so great to use} in rose shimmer
  • Surratt Prismatique Eyes in Glamour Eyes

 

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{Just incase you’re curious, here’s what didn’t make the Spring cut}

 

Whew.  If you’re still with me after all that, comment below.  There may be candy in it for you…

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Life Brand Blemish Stick  |  Lash Sensational Mascara  |   MAC Prep + Prime in Radiant Rose  |  Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer  |  Benefit Eye Bright  |  Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12 Hour Concealer |  Bite Beauty Lippies  |  Fresh Lip Treatment  |  Anastasia Brow Wiz  | Chanel Blush and Bronzer | Tarte Blush | Rimmel Stay Matte | Wet ‘n Wild highlighter | NARS Lip Pencils | MAC Whirl | Tom Ford lipsticks | Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect lippie | NYX Butter lipstick | D&G Passion Duo | Marc Jacobs Highliner| NARS Shadow |  Kevyn Aucoin shimmer shadow | IT Cosmetics CC Cream | Suratt Prismatique eyes | Tarte eyeliner similar here | MUFE Aqua Liner

 

October Faves

As you all know, I’m 100% about full transparency and 100% honesty on this blog.  How could I possibly be a beauty professional or a trusted blogger in the absence of either of these two things?  So, here’s this month’s honesty: sometimes, it’s really hard for me to find faves to post about.

Why?  It’s simple really – I’m a creature of habit.  When I like something, I find myself using it daily in my rotation and I don’t want to repeat my faves month after month.  That said, I’m making a conscious effort to try new things and rotate through my stash.

Here’s what I loved for the month of October:

 

Beauty Faves

Essence Longlasting Lipstick Nude #05 {Cool Nude}: This little gem cost me a whopping $2.  Yes, you read that correctly.  $2.  Essence is sold here across Canada in Shoppers Drug Mart, often found as an aisle cap or at either end of the makeup aisle, at prices that really can’t be much lower.  I’ve not yet made a foray into these goodies, so I decided to pick this lippie up on a whim following the realization I have not {GASP!} got a go-to nude to apply at my desk.

The formula is long-wearing and pigmented, and keeps my lips moisturized for hours on end.  I love it and am considering another for home!   Check out the whole essence line at Shoppers {likely Target, Ulta and CVS in the States} or online at www.essence.eu

 

COVER FX Custom Infusion Drops in A+ Jasmine for Anti-Aging: These were a gift from a friend who works for the brand, and I have to say, I’m in love.  These drops can bejasmine_antiaging used alone or in products to treat the skin.   They can be mixed with anything liquid that you may use on your face: primers, serums, moisturizers, foundations, the works.   Personally, I’ve been putting them in my moisturizer and directly on my face as a serum at night.  My skin, though not in dire need of anti-aging intervention just yet, is clearly benefiting from the cell turnover supported by the Vitamin A.  A little bit goes a long way, so while the $62 price tag seems hefty, these will last you quite a while.

 

Pantene Volume High Lifting Hairspray: Another fab drugstore find this month.  I’ve just finished up this can that I purchased about 4 months ago, so you can see that it truly lives up to its claim of 24 hour frizz and humidity protection.  Is it really 24 hours?  Likely not.  I wouldn’t expect anything to last that long, in fact, I’d be scared if it did.  However, this holds all day without weighing my hair down and leaving a greasy residue the next day.  That’s why I love this so much!   Initially purchased in pursuit of a drugstore dupe for my beloved Aveda, this has really become a staple for me.  This is perfect for every day.  I can apply it for a flexible hold that keeps my style in place, and I don’t have to worry about it leaving a film that weighs my hair down – a key selling feature for those of us with bangs, I’d say.

This can be found in a drugstore near you or wherever you pick up your Pantene products.  The best part is, it’s often on sale!

 

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Lifestyle Faves

Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candle in Bergamot Waters

I didn’t realize this is a permanent scent, but a little research online reveals that it’s in BBW’s regular rotation.  AMAZING!  Pick this one up {hint: it’s on sale now!} if you can.  I’ve been burning it non-stop lately, and it reminds me {in the best way} of Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue perfume.  The scent throw isn’t as far as Leaves, or other candles I’ve tried, but it certainly smells fresh and pops hints of a stronger Bergamot undernote.  I happened to get mine in a marble jar that looks like it may be a limited edition.  Nevertheless, the smell is the same, but try to pick this up if you can and upcycle the jar – it’s gorgeous on a desk, a bedroom, or even for storage in a modern bathroom.

 

What failed this month, you ask?  Well that one’s easy.  It’s NIVEA Skin Firming Gel-Cream with Q10: This stuff sucks and doesn’t work. Bottom line.  Perhaps it was user error {though the directions are simple and I consider myself a reasonably intelligent end user, so keep that in mind…}, but  irrespective of that, for the amount of time used and if the product was any good, you’d think I’d see some sort of a result.  Nothing.  Zip.  Zilch.  Zero.  I’d initially hoped this would reduce what little cellulite I have on my thighs, but so far, it’s not made anything firmer.  In fact, I think my Body Shop Body Butter does a better job overall.  Luckily I was able to find this on sale.  Skip it and stick to the basics:  good moisturizer, regular exercise, and keep hydrated.


 

That’s it for me!  What have you been loving?  Tried something new?  I’d love to know about it.  Sound off in the comments below!

 

 

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Essence Lipstick  |  COVER FX Custom Infusion Drops |

Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candle  |

Body Shop Body Butter {I prefer nut, which is now discontinued, but this one is a close second}

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Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist

It’s almost that time of year again!  No, I’m not talking about Christmas, Beauty Junkies, nor am I talking about the entire month of November which just happens to be the birth month of yours truly.

I’m talking about what I wait for ALL YEAR LONG: the Sephora VIB Rouge 20% off sale.  It’s the one time of the year I can save a significant amount on products I love and those that I’ve equally lusted over all year long but just haven’t pulled the trigger for one reason or another.  In true beauty junkie form, I’ve had my list ready for a few weeks now.  I thought I’d share it all with you in case you needed some inspiration or, like me, you’re just nosey and want to see what other people will be picking up.

I’ve divided this into two sections – must haves and might haves {a sort of ‘needs’ and ‘wants’, if you will} – in a feeble attempt to limit my spending to just what I should pick up because I know I’ll use it as a backup once I’m done a current fave.  Without further ado, here goes:

 

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  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue*
  • UD All Nighter Setting Spray – an old faithful.  I have to pick it up when it’s on sale knowing I go through 2 or 3 of these a year
  • Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits Shimmering Skin Perfector Mineral Blush Duo in Prosecco Pop/Pamplemousse – you guys know I’m a true fan of Champagne Pop, so I want to give Prosecco Pop a go and why not do it with a blush combo?
  • Marc Jacobs Primrose lip liner – this is a staple for me.  It blends flawlessly with almost any lippie I own and I don’t ever want to run out of it
  • Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Night Fever/Hot Stuff – besides having crazy cool names, this looks like a perfect plum pink shade I’d like to have in my collection, perfect for the fall!
  • Mugler Angel perfume refill – I wear this daily and it’s my signature scent.  I’m about due for a refill, so this should last me all year
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz and Dipbrow Pomade – I wear each of these, mostly the pomade, and need want backups.  I’ve yet to find a perfect dupe and so I’ll keep purchasing this one; it’s not crazy expensive and a little bit goes a long way

 

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  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Chase – this comes highly recommended from Allie Sevdalis.  We have similar skin tones and makeup tastes, so I’d like to pick this up if I can
  • Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Powder in #01 – this comes highly recommended from both TiffanyD and LisaSz09, both on YouTube.  If I’m so inclined, I might give this one a try and see how it compares to my beloved Champagne Pop!
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brownout – I’ve had a couple of these liners before and just love them.  They don’t transfer at all and stay put beautifully – all day – in the waterline.  I’d like to pick up another one, specifically in this shade
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal light – I have the palette of last Christmas and this one isn’t included, yet I’ve seen it as one of the best reviewed and most accurately translated to a number of different skin tones.  I would like to add this one since I love the finish of these so much.  This particular product just might get switched to the ‘Must Have’ list…
  • s1845668-main-lheroHourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light – again, a highly recommended Hourglass product.  And can we just take a moment for this packaging, PLEASE?  It’s just gorgeous.  {side note: I’m developing an un-healthy obsession with marble.  More on that later} This provides a blush {which I know I love} and a fairly large Hourglass bronzer {yet to try those}, alongside more of the beautiful Ambient Lighting finishing powder and a strobing powder {again, yet to try this one}.  The price-tag, however, is the only thing stopping me.  Maybe, just maybe I’ll get some $$ for my birthday and take the plunge

 

That’s it for me…well…so far at least.  I’ve got my cart ready to go.  What are you planning to pick up?  If you’ve got any reviews on anything above, too, please share in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Bite Beauty Lipstick | Urban Decay Eyeshadow and Setting Spray  |  BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Duo  |  Marc Jacobs Lipliner, Highliner, and Blush |  MUGLER Perfume in Angel  |  Anastasia Brow Wiz and Dipbrow  |  Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Powder | Hourglass Lighting Powder and Palette

 

 

 

Lovin’ Lately: September Faves {and a Fail}

Just like that summer came and gone.  While I’m excited for the seasons to change, I’m not excited that fall coming means cold weather and my birthday…I’m a year older.  I HATE getting older!  I used a few newbies last month and I’m excited to share what I loved in September:

 

Beauty Faves

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer:  I saw a few Insta posts from other beauty bloggers about this and coulef6d2607-7145-4c74-bed1-2a62eb009ffc_1.19d663c1d7aee506c276a52e82e81e0b.jpegdn’t resist picking it up for $6 at my local Wal-Mart.  That’s the only place I’ve found it so far.  The formula is white, and it goes on relatively lightly right out of the tube.  All it takes is one sweep and it creates a fantastic base.  It makes black shades blacker and makes the curl last all day.  The formula also purports to condition lashes, and I have to say that I’ve seen my lashes improve {albeit slightly} in just one short month of use.  A bonus – it makes my fail product from last month wearable.

 

Chanel Les Beiges Powder:  I love this stuff.  It goes on super light and keeps my makeup locked in all day, whether used to set under eyes or all over the face.  It’s expensive.  I get it.  But it’s worth the hype.  I’ve already bought a replacement!

 

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue:  You’ve seen me post about this before.  I can’t find a dupe no matter how hard I try.  I just love the creamy formula and it lasts all day.  It’s my perfect nude and keeps my lips moisturized, and the light vanilla scent and flavour is just an added bonus.  I’m hoping to get a backup and try some of the other shades when the VIB sale comes along in November.

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Before I go into detail about this fail, I’ll say it outright: I know I’m in the minority.  I used to wear this in high school and decided to try it again.  It’s not expensive – it’s from the drugstore – but if it doesn’t work, it’s wasted money nonetheless.  I realize this is a cult fave, so take my opinion for what you will, but I just couldn’t make it work no matter how hard I tried:  L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara.  I just didn’t get the volume I wanted, nor did it last all day.  I found it transferred and that the curl would drop as the day went on.  I won’t be re-purchasing it at all, but will consider using it up {I haven’t decided if I want to throw it out…so sue me, I’m cheap!}.

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Lifestyle Faves

I’ve been loving Podcasts this month.  I work rather long hours daily at a desk, so it helps the time go by and gives me something other than music to listen to.  My fave this month has been Real Crime Profile, namely their investigation into the JonBenet Ramsey case.  Here’s a rando fact about me:  I’m a true crime junkie.  This is right up my alley!  The experts on this Podcast discuss cases in detail and provide hypothesis and commentary based on their vast real life experience; it’s much different than your run of the mill true crime genre discussion-based Podcast.  I highly suggest listening here or search it on your preferred Podcast app.

 


 

That’s it from me this month.  Short and sweet!  What were your September faves?

 

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L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer | Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue

 

 

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Lovin’ Lately: August Faves {and a Fail}

I know you’ve likely heard this a million times already, but here it is to make it a million and one:  how is it September already?  Summer just flew by!  For me, it was the best summer in so many ways, due in no small part to the insanely warm, sunny {and oft too humid} weather here in Toronto.  I’m a little sad to see it go if I’m being honest, but can’t wait for warmer fall clothing, scents, and, of course, makeup looks.

I’ve got a few faves from August and a bonus {is it really a bonus?  Really?} fail for y’all.

 

Beauty Faves

Truth be told, I’ve never been a fan of dual ended brushes.  Yes, I understand that they essentially serve 2 functions, save space, and are often better priced, however I don’t like turning the brush around to use the proper side, and hate the fact that one end of the brush has to be crushed while stored in a brush cup or belt.  My Crown AC012 Shadow/Crease Duet brush is the one exception,  yet I don’t use it for it’s intended purpose.  Instead, I use this brush for my daily nose contour – the pencil brush end applies a pigmented line of my bronzer {or your contour product of choice!} where I put it, and the fluffy blending end blurs that line perfectly.

 

I think I’vefig posted about my next fave in some iteration before.  FRESH Sugar Lip Tints are the bomb and I LOVE them.  I love the formulation, I love the colour range, I love the lasting power, and I love the brand as a whole.  If you follow me on Instagram {if you don’t, go over and doooooo it} you’ll know that a friend brought this over as a gift a month or two ago.  Yes, us beauty junkies don’t like normal hostess presents.  I have kept this at my desk for mid-day application all month long.  Every time I apply it, the colour just perks up my whole look and lasts until I re-apply or a solid two hours, at the very least.  I love this.  It’s a staple in my purse in a different shade, and now a staple on the daily in Fig.

 

A little late to the bandwagon on the ColourPop line, I put in an order for a few bits earlieSuperShockCheek-NeverBeenKissed_e15420f8-242d-4801-bf44-77ebd0f6ad0c_1024x1024r this year and have only just now gotten around to trying them out.  I guess that’s what happens when you have a massive collection to make your way through!  While almost every single Colour Pop product has beena hit with me, nothing has struck me more than this blush – Super Shock Cheek Blush in Never Been Kissed.  It’s described as a dusty coral in a Matte finish, and I’d say that’s pretty bang on.  Application is a 10/10 – it’s smooth and buttery.  Packaging is a 10 too – it’s uber cute and closes tightly to keep the product fresh.  Payoff – well that’s a 10 too.  It gives a glow to the skin that complements the light tan I’ve got going on.  I can apply as little or as much as I want; the product is really easy to layer and, as you’d expect, even easier to work with.  You can’t beat the price either, at $8 USD.

 

 

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Lifestyle Faves

Does it mean you’re the epitome of lazy when you can’t be bothered to apply lotion after a shower?  I guess so, yeah.  If it’s wrong, though, then I don’t wanna be right!  Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin has changed my body lotion game.  When I first came across this product, I was truly skeptical.  I couldn’t understand how a moisturizer could do its proper job when I’m rinsing myself and, arguably, still soaked with water.  Alas, my skepticism was soon turned around and this has become a staple in my shower.  I still elect to apply a thicker Body Butter once or twice a week.  However, for the quick showers on a busy morning, I have been applying this lotion and it’s kept my arms and legs silky smooth.  My personal fave is the coconut scent, but either one of the two seems to work just as well; I’m merely going on scent.

 

I know what you’re thinking: “no one needs a frivolous Louis Vuitton agenda.  The price is ridiculous”.  You know what?  You’re right.  No one NEEDS it, but I wanted it and I’m glad I bought my LV Desk Agenda.  I use a Target agenda {yes, the irony of the price juxtaposition isn’t lost on me…} inside on one side, and a Moleskine notebook on the other to keep track of blog posts, personal and business administration notes, miscellaneous to-do lists and other notes.  The planner itself is great, and perhaps deserves a shout out all on its own, however it’s this Desk Agenda that allows me to keep all of my important paperwork and physical calendar all in one place, housed in a chic cover.  There’s secretarial pockets on the one side and credit card pockets on the other – another organizational feature I love.  I’ve had the GM agenda in the past, but found it too heavy and cumbersome for every day use.  The Desk Agenda allows me to keep the essentials with me and doesn’t weigh me down.

 

And now…the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the August fail:

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I’m a bit of a mascara fanatic.  Y’all know that.  I’ve tried this particular mascara before and was recently browsing through Saks when I crossed the Chanel counter and thought I’d give it a go again.  Bad move.   For this price, it should come with a personal assistant to apply it, and should last all damned day.  Straight up, that doesn’t happen; the product is crap.  It volumizes, I’ll admit.  However, in terms of wear – it ends up on my face a few hours after application, and if it doesn’t smudge, it flakes.  I can’t even fathom wearing it on my bottom lashes simply because I fear raccoon eyes so very deeply.    I’ve read reviews and it seems I’m the only non-fan that I can find.  Sorry, Chanel.  Usually you’re tops on my list, but this little guy makes certain I stick to my beloved drugstore mascara that does it all.    Don’t waste your hard earned cash.


 

That’s it for this month.  What have you been lovin’ lately?

 

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Crown AC102 Shadow/Crease Duet {search C476} | Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Fig

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Blush in Never Been Kissed |  Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin {coconut}

Louis Vuitton Desk Agenda {available in limited quantities}

 

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Ride or Die Makeup Tag

Full disclosure: I kind of really hate the phrase ‘ride or die’.  I’m making an exception for use of the term just this once, however, since it’s the title of the tag and this is all in pursuit of beauty.  Make no mistake, you won’t likely see it used here in the future, just sayin’.

This was a lot harder than I thought it’d be.  I have just so many fave products in my rotation and in my collection that I don’t use often, but instead save for client use only.  So, I’ve considered products from both categories and had to dig deep through my makeup stash over the past day or two to determine just what the few products I can’t live without would be.

Let’s get into it – what are my ‘ride or die’ faves? Here’s your answers:

 

PRIMER

Too Faced Primed and Poreless.  I’ve been using this for years on all different skin types.  It allows for a flawless application and makes your look last all day. I tend to use it on all of my clients with the exception of those with acne prone skin.  Even then, it helps mattify the t-zone fabulously.

 

FOUNDATION

YSL Tient Touche Eclat.  Hands down.  This works well on my skin because Im not oily; it provides a dewy, glowy finish and doesn’t cake on.  As a bonus – it photographs like a dream! I will often mix it in for clients whose big days are being photographed or who have a long day ahead of them – it just adds a much needed ‘pop’ to a look.

 

CONCEALER

Can I have a tie?  Yes I can.  It’s my blog.  High end fave is Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer.  It’s a liquid concealer that applies like a cream concealer. It covers even the darkest of spots and blends into the skin very easily.  The Chanel concealer is most definitely a splurge item for me, and – I’ll admit – is hard to justify when the drugstore has a veritable competitor: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind.  A little goes a long way and it doesn’t fall into creases or fade as the day goes on.  Most importantly, the price is right!

 

FACE POWDER

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish.  This one was the easiest to narrow down!  It applies a fine layer of powder and locks my concealer and foundation {when I wear it} in place.  The price is sort of middle-of-the-road, but one compact lasts a long while.  It can be used to bake under the eyes or just as a basic setting powder.

 

UNDER EYE SETTING POWDER

I don’t really use a separate one daily {see above} and instead opt to go with whatever face powder I’m currently using.  Does that make me a bad junkie?

For clients – I like Bare Minerals’ Well-Rested on those with oilier skin.  On those with a drier or normal skin type, I’ll stick to the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

 

BLUSH

NARS Orgasm.  It’s so universally flattering and matches my skin-tone no matter what the season.  I can adjust the impact of the colour so easily and blend it out for a quick pop of colour; it doesn’t get much better than this.  If I only could keep one blush, this would be it!

 

BRONZER

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.  This. Smells. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Good.  But that’s not the reason I love it so much.  It creates such a natural, soft glow with just a hint of shimmer.  I can use it all over and apply it with a more dense brush to contour the face naturally even after I’ve lightly bronzed up a complexion.

 

HIGHLIGHT

BECCA’s Champagne Pop.  No surprise here!  {check out other posts here and here oh, and here too} There’s no other highlighter on the market like this one.  True to its name, it pops on the face and just a little goes a long way.  Champagne Pop gives the best colour payoff when catching the light at just the right angle.

 

MASCARA

Ooooh another tough one.  This one is no secret:  Maybelline Lash Sensational.  If we’re talking high end, it’s a tie between Benefit They’re Real and Armani Eyes to Kill.

 

LIPSTICK

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Meringue.  I have 2 of these {which is a lot for someone with a lippie collection of this magnitude!} – one for my purse and one for every day application.  {EDIT:  I’m down to one.  I lost the other one…}

I can so easily change the tone of this pink with a lipliner, but on its own it’s the most perfect pink-nude on the market.  In my humble opinion, of course.

 

LIQUID LIP

Not a huge fan of liquid lipsticks so um…I don’t have a fave…but if you do, leave it below!

 

GLOSS

Any of the NYX Butter Glosses are great.  In particular, I’m a fan of Tiramisu. It’s a perfect purse shade: it can go on top of anything and you don’t really need a mirror to apply it.  The undertones of pink in the shade really make my lips look great and, true to their names as well, they’re buttery soft.  These glosses last longer than any other gloss I’ve tried.

 

LASHES

I don’t often wear lashes for myself, but for my clients, Ardel 120s are my go-to for a natural look that pops in photos without looking over the top false.

 

EYESHADOW PALETTE

Urban Decay Naked – the original.  This palette has so many great shadows that I’ve used time and time again on brides and print models alike.  It’s just so dang versatile!  I can use the darker colours as liners, the lighter ones to bronze or brighten an eye, and they all apply like a dream regardless of their shade.  What’s more is that all I need for a long trip is this one palette and I can create a different look every night without trouble.

 

SETTING SPRAY

Urban Decay All Nighter.  I’m not a true believer of different sprays for different skin types.  I’ve used this on myself and clients – all with different complexions – with no concerns.  It keeps my makeup going all day, even when I’ve worked 10+ hours and walked in the dense Toronto humidity.  Plus, a spritz of this just freshens up a whole look and rejuvenates the makeup you’ve applied hours before.

 

PERFUME

Theirry Mugler – Angel for every day, absolutely.  It fades quickly to a subtle vanilla scent, at least with my body chemistry.  I catch whiffs of it throughout the day and get compliments on it almost every time I wear it.

 


 

Did you do the Ride or Die Makeup Tag?  If you did, leave it below.  Thanks to Jaclyn Hill for this super fun and rather difficult to answer set of Q’s!