New Products/ Favourites!

I was going to wait until the end of the month for this post, but I couldn’t wait!

I’ve purchased a couple new products that I have either recently come to love or have re purchased.

*Disclaimer: These thoughts are my personal opinion and has no reflection of my employment at Sephora.

New products:

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Stila: Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – (Fiery) $29.00 CAD

I used to use Maybelline 24 Hour Superstar Lipstick, my issue with it was that it would start balling up and sticking to itself on my lips after 30 minutes, so my hunt began for a new long wearing lipstick. Stila’s has great staying power and the only time I feel I have to touch up is after a meal. I have worn this the last 4 days (Every day since I purchased it) and I have received SO many compliments on it. It’s a beautiful deep red. It looks good on fair and tanned skin. My next colour will be patina which is a dusty rose, unfortunately it’s so popular it’s been sold out.

*In my instagram section you’ll see a post with me wearing it with a masquerade mask I wore for a work meeting this morning.

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I was having a hard time deciding between this set or the “Everything Nice” pallet. Both sets are beautiful and highly pigmented. I chose this one because while I don’t typically wear shimmer shadows anymore, I was in love with the colours. “Boxes & Bows” and “Sugar Plum Fairy” are so pretty (As are many of the colours). The biggest surprise for me was the “Better than Sex” Mascara. I have tried many “designer” mascaras in the past and they’ve all fallen short in my opinion to the $9.00 “Voluminious” that has been mentioned previously. I really like the formulation “Better than Sex” and the volume and length I get from it. I’ll be purchasing the full size when the mini runs out.
*Word of warning: “Luminous Peach” Blush is very pigmented, so cautiously build it until your ideal colour.*

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tarte: Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara $24.00 CAD

I was skeptical of this mascara, the wand is small and isn’t as fancy as other high end mascaras but it works. The mascara doesn’t clump or flake, it isn’t dramatic, but it lengthens and separates – you can build it up until you get some extra volume, but it creates more of a natural lash. It strengthens and hydrates your lashes while you wear it. I love this mascara on days I want a natural look (especially in summer).


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Josie Maran: Argan Milk $70.00 CAD

I love the original Argan Oil but this one extremely hydrating and works well under my makeup. I have oily/combo skin and my foundation doesn’t move over it. For those with dry skin, it’ll give your skin a nice glow under your foundation. I use this both AM and PM. All I can say is: It works great!

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Stila: Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer $57.00 CAD

While I liked Makeup Forever HD Foundation, right now I’m loving the Stay All Day line. I haven’t used the brush it comes with yet, but I love that the lid comes with a concealer that is the same shade so it doesn’t compete against the foundation colour. The concealer is thick and holds nicely on the skin. I apply the foundation by spraying my real techniques brush with Urban Decay’s “All nighter” spray, then stipple the foundation all over my face and finally buff it into my skin. It creates a flawless finish, and once it dries… it’s not going anywhere.


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Josie Maran: Argan Cleansing Oil $38.00 CAD

I wrote about this oil in my March Favourites. Over the last couple months I’ve tried other oils and gels, this one still works the best in my opinion. It’s gentle on the skin and breaks up the makeup very easily. I follow with Philosophy: Purity Made Simple (I’ve purchased 2 more since my March Favourites).

I’ll probably have a couple more posts in the coming weeks on new products I come across as I learn more about products and try them for myself!

My Favourites ♡

Hey Everyone!
I have gathered a list of a few of my FAVOURITE products, that I cannot be without in my makeup drawer, hope you enjoy it! The majority of these products were purchased from Sephora. I have to admit, one of my all time favourite brands is Urban Decay, with Make Up For Ever in close second.
This is the Vice Palette 2, it’s more of a colourful palette from Urban Decay. The reason Urban Decay is a go to for me (and some people may disagree), I find their product is highly pigmented, so you don’t go through it as quickly and it lasts longer than most palettes (especially with the eyeshadow potion and setting spray – you’ll see those in a sec ;) )
Urban Decay’s Naked Palette has more neutral colours (if you want more of a natural look) with a light shimmer, brightening your eyes. I’ve had this palette for about 1.5 years and use it quite often (as you can tell). Urban decay also has a Naked 2 Palette with a couple different colours, as well as a Naked Basics Palette that has neutral matte colours if you choose to forego the shimmer.
This was one of my luckiest pulse purchases (I’ll admit, I’m notorious for those). I have very oily skin, and after a couple of hours, chances of my makeup looking the same isn’t even a question. If you have that issue, I highly recommend this product for you, my makeup stays put! This is Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Urban Decay has 2 others as well, I recommend either testing them all or reading their description to decide which one will work best on your needs and skin type!
Last, but certainly not least, for Urban Decay; is their Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Used under eyeshadow, it helps dramatically prevent creasing (my eyeshadow used to crease after about 2 hours). This helps set a base so the eyeshadow appears more pigmented while helping it last. With the tinted potions you can either use them under eyeshadow, or by themselves as a quick brightening tool.
My Favourite Foundation and Power is Make Up For Ever’s High Definition Foundation and their Pro Finish Powder. The liquid foundation blends extremely well into the skin and doesn’t cake, so you barely notice you’re wearing makeup. I use the Pro finish powder to set the foundation, but also use it on it’s own and it has great coverage for a powder. *Just a tip for the liquid foundation – once you get close to being out (or when the pump starts pumping), do not throw it out! You still have about about 30-40 uses by taking a makeup brush and scraping the bottom and sides! :)
You Typically only need 1-2 pumps for your entire face to have great coverage!
If you’re looking for a good contour/ highlight palette, I personally like Make Up For Ever’s Sculpting Kit.
One of my favourite blushes is Nars’ Super Orgasm, its a nice pink with a bit of gold sparkle, to add a nice glow to your face. That being said, you will want to use it sparingly- as if you use too much, the sparkle will make you look like you’ve been rummaging around your christmas decorations.
Like I’ve said in my previous post, I am not necessarily kind to my hair, but this makes my hair feel SO much better! I’ve tried a couple different brands of “Argan oil” but it didn’t even come CLOSE to how Moroccan Oil makes my hair feel, shop around to get the best price- a lot of hair salons mark it up ridiculous amounts. You can either purchase a small or large bottle.
Who ever said you had to pay an arm and a leg for great mascara? I have tried probably 20 different mascaras over the years, some from the drug store, many from Sephora at $20+. To this day L’Oreal’s Voluminous Carbon Black mascara is still my favourite. I have sworn by this mascara for about 7 or 8 years and it doesn’t break the bank! :)
Last but not least is NYX’s EBPB01 one colour fits all eyebrow pencil & highlighter. I purchase mine from Target. If your eyebrows are lighter, apply lightly, if you’re going for a darker look, apply a littler more ;)
Hope this post helped in some way, these are just my personal favourites, if you have any questions, or requests, just comment and I’ll try my best to answer!