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



{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



Charlotte Tilbury Faves

Charlotte Tilbury. I feel like this is some secret that movie starts and our friends across the pond and in the US have been keeping from Canadians for years. A secret that shouldn’t be kept, mind you. The brand has recently made its debut in Canada sold exclusively through Holt Renfrew stores, so once I heard this, you know I had to check it out and don’t you know girl: I’m hooked!

Let me start off with the booth itself – it’s done in this rose gold and maroon motif with pops of rose gold on all of the vanity-lit mirrors. It all just looks so posh! Every time I manage to hit Holts, the booth is crazy busy. I guess my observations were directly reflected in sales and traffic for the brand {a good thing, mind you!} – so there’s now two CT booths in the Holt’s on Bloor – a discovery I stumbled upon while wandering shopping on Saturday.

As I said above, I’m truly in love with the brand. It’s high quality, designed for people who aren’t adept at creating complicated looks, and focuses on highlighting features instead of making over an entire face. The packaging, while looking high-end, does feel sort of cheap if I’m being honest. Namely the lipstick tubes, and not so much the blush containers. This is an easy remedy, though, and it won’t keep me from loving CT so much.

Let’s start with my little {aka soon to grow exponentially} collection:

  • IMG_2493Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blushers in Love Glow and Love is the Drug: I hope I’m not the only pervert that thinks one looks seriously like a boobie. Anyone? No? just me? Ok. Moving on.   These retail for a cool $50 online {I believe that’s USD so doing the CAD exchange right now would terrify me} and the intent of the product is to swirl your brush around the outer colour and then pop the inner, darker, complimentary shade on just the apples of your cheeks. These give the cheeks a multi-dimensional glow that’s difficult to achieve with a standard single blush or even a combination of two.


  • Rock ‘n Khol Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Veruschka Mink: These liners are a pencil with a gel like formula that’s easy to smudge before it dries, but sets to a formula that doesn’t budge and looks like you’ve put it on with a brush and gel pot. This is especially great when I put this on someone and show them just how easy it is to use! The liners retail for $32 online {again, likely USD} and come in a variety of colours. The shade I have is particularly unique, or at least I think so! It’s a gray with purple undertones that give my hazel eyes a much needed and subtle pop without looking overdone. A serious win in my books!IMG_2507


  • Colour Chameleon in Amethyst Aphrodisiac for Green Eyes: This is touted as a shadow pencil and liner on CT’s website. These last for-EVER on the eye. That I can certainly vouch for and it’s really easy to create a look using just the one product – smudge the purple lightly on the eye using a finger and line with the pencil, both top and bottom lash lines. Pop on a little mascara and voila! These retail online for $32 and this particular shade is noted to be infused with Synthetic Sapphire, a mineral gemstone with natural soft-focus powers, for a smooth, perfect finish. You can actually see the subtle sparkle when you swatch it on your skin – insane!
  • Last but not least – K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks: I’ve got Bitch Perfect {of course I do} and Penelope Pink. Before I move on with the formulation and stellar ingredients may I pause and say how cool it is that she’s named the line for icons – Penelope Cruz, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn come to mind. ThIMG_2504ese lipsticks are AWESOME. They are enriched with ingredients from the Lipstick Tree {which, if I’m not mistaken, is Canadian} an anti-oxidant that naturally protects lips from UV damage and external pollution leaving them cashmere soft and irresistible. The lipsticks are blended with special waxes and clever light-diffusing pigments for pert, full-bodied, ultra-brilliant lips. These last all day. My particular go-to on the daily is Bitch Perfect {OFFFFF COURSE} and I’m currently on the hunt for a dupe. Got any ideas? Comment below, would ya?? They retail for $38 online and are worth the price if you ask me.


Now, I wouldn’t be a resident beauty junkie if I didn’t have a wish list a mile long for any and all things beauty. So here’s a snippet of what I’ve got on my list for the CT line:

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What are your CT faves? Let me know in the comments. Oh, and if you’ve got a dupe for Bitch Perfect, lemme know mmmmmmk?



Have I Narrowed it down to ONE Top Product of 2015?

I’d originally intended to do a 2015 Beauty Faves post as a conclusion to the year and thought it would be best served to welcome the 2016 bloggin’ year.  Instead, I’ve decided to do a little something different: my most favourite beauty find of 2015.

This was hard {that’s what she said}!  I couldn’t really narrow it down to one particular product off the top of my head and it’s taken me a couple of days to really determine what I was going to choose.  When I really sat down and thought about it, I knew that this product needed to fit criteria:

  • Consistent performance
  • Worth the price
  • Multi-use
  • Easy to find


There’s really only one product in my vast beauty arsenal that hits all of the points:  Argan Oil.   I love this stuff.  I’m head over heels.  There, I said it.  I use this on my skin, in my hair, to heal cuts, and even in a pinch as a sub for moisturizer.


Personally, I use this one argan-oil-morocco-penetrating-oil  from OGX {formerly Organix, I believe}, which retails ever so hefty price of $5.75 USD {ok, so that’s like $8 CAD.  Still.  Cheap-o}.

I’ve been a slave to Origins skincare for years. YEARS.  I thought I’d go back to my Vitazing for the winter given that I could use a little “pick me up” in the skin department for the winter months.  I tried it for a few days and noticed that my t-zone was visibly oilier since I’d made the switch. It certainly couldn’t have been the heat {yes it was crazy warm in December, but not that warm}, nor was I working out enough to justify gross face-sweat on the daily.  Once I reverted back to the Argan Oil on my face, BAM, oil was significantly reduced.

Yesterday’s hair not quite in need of dry shampoo but could use a little “refining” on the ends?  Use Argan Oil.  I did it this morning.  I also use it following a full shampoo and conditioning – just on the ends, enough to keep my hair silky.

The only thing I don’t think I can do is eat the stuff.  I guess I could if I switched to coconut oil, huh?!


What’s your 2015 Fave?