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What’s in My Bag: Favorite Makeup Minis

1 Aug

Favorite Makeup Minis

Like many beauty bloggers, I’ve accumulated a lot of makeup🙂.

When containers start to overflow, it’s time for a “reorg” to refresh my memory as to what I have and decide what needs to go.

During a recent organizing session, I came across a stash of makeup minis.

Instead of storing them separately (in my usual haphazard fashion), I’ve decided to pack these favorite minis in a cosmetic bag so they’re travel or work-ready.

Benefit “That Gal Brightening Face Primer”

If you want to brighten up your skin before applying foundation, Benefit’s lightweight pink primer makes skin look more awake.

Diorshow Mascara

This Dior mascara with its microfiber formula is legendary for its lash-lengthening effect. I like the thick wand for building lashes with a lot of volume.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

This unique serum defends skin against the environment and daily damage. Shiseido spent 20 years studying skin immunity before it developed a blend of ingredients that boosts the defensive functions of skin cells.

Buxom Full-on Lip Stick

I’m a big fan of all Buxom lip products. Although you can apply this lip-pumping lipstick in Brooklyn all over the lip area, I use it as a lip liner because of its creamy texture.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss

This lip gloss comes in the Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette. This shade called Bellini is a nude pink with a pearlescent finish. What can I say: it’s Bobbi Brown ❤️.
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3 Makeup Hacks That Knock Off the Years

21 Jul

Anti-aging makeup hacks

If you’re searching for ways to look younger without going to extremes, here are a couple of easy makeup tricks to get you started.

1. Replace Black Eyeliner with Brown Eyeliner

Lining your eyes in deep black eyeliner is an instant ager, accentuating dark circles and lines. For a soft and natural-looking look, switch over to brown eyeliner.

One of my favorite eyeliners is the Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner. It comes in a few shades of brown and has a creamy texture that lets you draw a straight line in a flash.

2. Apply Peachy Pink Blush to Your Cheekbones

I’m all for contour and highlighting, but it can be tricky as you age. Swipe on too much contour/highlighter makeup, and you look like a hot mess.

A pop of peachy pink color, especially in the summer, is youthful and healthy looking.

One of my favorite new blushes is the NYX Ombré Blush which blends two silky colors into one. The Sweet Spring shade in this line brightens your face and works whether you’re looking for a pink or peach to match your lip and eye makeup.
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Beauty Classics That Never Go Out of Style

11 Jul

Beauty Classics

Do you ever wonder why some beauty products stick around forever, while others just fade away?

Beauty products become best sellers when they work well whether you’re a celebrity, a hair or makeup professional, or a regular beauty junkie. Beauty products also create a loyal customer base when stocking up on them won’t break the bank.

Here are a few cult favorites I’ve come across.

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hair Spray

This beauty classic is the hairspray of choice for professional stylists for runways and red carpets. It comes in many variations now from Extra Strong to Colour Treated.

When I want to lock in a hairstyle and make it last as I traverse the rainforest of Vancouver🙂, I always turn to Elnett (especially the travel size).

Nivea Creme

One of my sweetest childhood memories of my late mother was watching her carefully remove her makeup with Nivea Creme. This timeless beauty classic goes back even further with fans like Marilyn Monroe, who loved it because of its rich and creamy texture.

What’s interesting now is that Nivea is tapped as a dupe for one of the most expensive luxury creams in the world: Crème de la Mer.

Benefit High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter

Benefit’s High Beam Face Highlighter is the first highlighter I ever encountered. Until then, I was familiar with contouring but not using light to accent parts of the face.

IMHO, Benefit’s High Beam highlighter started the whole highlighting craze. Even with all the competition in the HAC market, this satiny pink liquid is still one of my favorites because a little goes a long way.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Is it just me or is using Maybelline Great Lash Mascara a rite of beauty passage? I remember using this mascara (in blue) as a tween and sneaking out of the house so no one would notice🙂.

Now, I use the colorless version to seal my mascara and prevent flakes. For me, it comes in handy when I work on site (I’m a contract technical writer), and I’m unable to check my makeup all day.
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Pretty Palettes from Revlon

4 Jul

New Revlon Palettes

Happy July, beauties ❤️.

When it comes to drugstore brands, Revlon is stepping up their game with recent launches like the moisturizing Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor.

This month, Revlon is introducing a neutral eye makeup palette and all-in one palette:

  • Not Just Nudes
  • Eyes, Cheeks + Lips Palette

I was lucky enough to take a look at these palettes before they hit the shelves. (If you live in the U.S., you may have already seen these palettes at your favorite drugstore.)

Not Just Nudes

You can never have too many nude eye shadow palettes, and Revlon’s ColorStay Not Just Nudes Palette is another palette to add to your neutrals collection.

The Passionate Nudes version contains ten warm neutrals in matte and shimmering finishes, ranging from beige to mocha. Even though the palette is on the slim side, I love that the pans of shadow are still large.

The ColorStay formula is long-lasting and lets you blend the wearable shadows without creasing, fading, or smudging. Tip: If you apply an eye primer, you can make the shadow last even longer.

Kudos to Revlon for including a professional style dual-ended brush with this palette. You can use this brush to apply eye shadow in two ways:

  • Use the flat side to apply eye shadow exactly where you want it.
  • Use the round side of the brush for contouring and blending.

Eyes, Cheeks + Lips Palette

Whether you’re running late for work or heading out for vacation, Revlon has managed to include everything you need for a finished makeup look in one convenient palette:

  • 6 eye shadows
  • 1 blush
  • 2 lipsticks
  • 2 lip glosses
  • Mini applicators and a mirror

The six ColorStay eye shadows in the palette include matte and shimmery shades in bronze, taupe, purple, and chestnut colors. The shadows are on the sheer side but still blendable whether you want to create a natural or more dramatic look.

The peachy blush matches well with the neutral lipsticks and lip glosses.

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London Drugs Annual Beauty Preview: #LDBeauty

16 Jun


Happy Thursday, beauties 💕.

Last night, I attended the annual London Drugs beauty event in Vancouver, which features upcoming beauty releases from prestige and drugstore beauty brands.

This was my first time attending the #LDBeauty event and I was so excited (and honored) to join dozens of local media and beauty bloggers.

As soon as we arrived, London Drugs got down to business and handed us an empty goody bag to hold all of the amazing samples from the beauty vendors who set up booths at the event.

For the next couple of hours, I was lucky enough to check out each brand’s booth and discover what we’ll be seeing on London Drugs’ shelves in the next few months.

I know all of you love to read about products that are launching soon, so I can’t wait to share some of the highlights from the #LDBeauty 2016 Beauty Collection (stay tuned for more in future posts).

The bottom line is that the next few months of beauty are looking good🙂.


I’m already a big fan of NYX Cosmetics so I was pumped to check out the latest from their professional makeup line. The products in their latest launch have a bit of an edge like their gradient Ombré Blush, inspired by the ombré trend.

There’s also a slew of vibrant Soft Matte Lip Creams including a Vancouver shade (woo hoo!), which is an amazing deep purple color.


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Stila Sun-kissed Favorites

9 Jun

Stila Sunkissed Favorites

Happy mid-week beauties.

Since we’ve had a glimpse ⛅️ of summer in Vancouver this week, I’ve been thinking it’s time to switch over to some hot weather favorites.

For me, Stila definitely comes to mind for an easy on-the-go sun-kissed look.

Stila Eye Shadow Trio (in Rose-Gold Glow)

To switch up my summer bronze glow, I picked up the baked Stila Eye Shadow Trio in Rose-Gold Glow for a metallic look with a rose gold tone.

This eye shadow combination features a pearl pigment for just the right shimmer and contrast. The neutral shades, which can be applied dry or wet for a bolder look, include:

  • Soft pink
  • Cool taupe
  • Rich brown

You can use these shades as a base, crease shadow, and eye liner.

Stila Baked Cheek Duo (in Pink Glow)

This cheek color duo has been designed to work with the eye shadow trio. Since it’s also baked, it has a sheer, smooth application that easily adds radiance as a pink blush or a bronzer for deeper color.

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Match Made in Heaven: Tarte Picture Perfect Duo

6 Jun

Tarte Picture Perfect Duo

If you’re serious about mascara, you know that once in a while your lashes need a little TLC.

To get the job done, you don’t have to give up your eyelash curler and mascara permanently.

The Tarte Perfect Duo with an ergonomically designed eyelash curler and a sample of tarte’s lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara is the perfect match to give your lashes a break.

Tarte Eyelash Curler

The Tarte eyelash curler has grip handles and a silicon pad that helps to apply just the right amount of pressure (and not too much) so that your lashes are evenly curled.

The design with a curved angle and wide mouth suits all eye shapes so you won’t overwork your lashes with too much pinching and crimping.

TIP: For the perfect curl, place the open curler close to the lash line. Squeeze the handles tightly together, then release.

Tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara

I’m already a fan of Tarte’s 4-in-1 mascara. I use this mascara when I want to be gentle on my lashes but still get all the perks: lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning.

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Summer Ready Makeup: Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner

2 Jun

SEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner

I love the Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner any time of the year, but especially during the summer weather.

With its creamy texture, this waterproof eyeliner pencil glides on smooth and stays put without smudging or fading for the entire day (no makeup meltdown).

If you struggle with drawing a defined line (like me), this eyeliner is a game-changer. The texture of the liner makes it easy to draw a straight line on the first try that almost looks like a liquid liner. Leave the line as is or use the smudge tip for a smoky evening look.

Even though it’s a retractable pencil, you can also create a super-fine tip using the built-in sharpener. And talk about an extensive color range:  the eyeliner comes in 22 matte, shimmer, or glitter shades.

Three of my favorites shades are (from left to right in the photo):
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