Budget beauty works well for most items like lip balms and makeup wipes.
When it comes to makeup brushes, you just may want to pull out more bills.
Why? High-quality makeup brushes make application easier and they’re designed to last longer. Most importantly, they don’t damage your skin.
Two high-end makeup brush sets to get started with are the Dior Backstage Brushes Collection and the Bobbi Brown Mini Brush Set.
Another cult favorite for makeup brushes is IT Cosmetics, a brand that designs luxurious brushes that give new meaning to air brushing. The brushes are 100%, cruelty-free, and anti-microbial.
Maybelline has been on a roll with their latest brow collection.
First, came the Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara that lets you define and tint eyebrows at the same time.
Most recently, Maybelline has launched the Brow Drama Pro Palette and the Brow Drama Pomade Crayon, which I picked up.
If you’re looking for a quick way to sculpt your brows, Maybelline’s new pomade crayon contains a pigmented formula in a creamy texture to help you create your fave brow look.
The texture and size of the crayon lets you easily add drama and tame your brows as it colors. The color stays put until you remove it.
The Brow Drama Pomade Crayon is available in three natural looking shades:
Happy Monday, beauties.
Have you noticed that your under eye circles and bags appear worse in the winter?
Blame it on less sunlight in winter which causes paler skin and more emphasized dark circles.
The best strategy to deal with under eye circles is to use a concealer with an orange tint to hide under eye darkness, especially the deep blue associated with dark circles.
My favorite concealer for this type of job is NYX Dark Circle Concealer.
I like this concealer because the formula is creamy and non-tugging. It also has color-correcting pigments and light-deflecting particles without looking too thick or obvious.
It looks like the nude makeup trend is still going strong.
Maybelline knows that which is why they’ve introduced another nude eye palette :).
The Rock Nudes eye palette isn’t your typical neutral palette.
It contains 12 cool nudes in different textures (shimmer, glitter, and matte) that will help you create an edgy, smoky look.
How many mascaras do you own? If you’re a makeup junkie like me, the number keeps climbing.
Mascaras are multifunctional now, and each mascara I wear fits a different occasion.
Here are some of my favorites and when I like to wear them.
If I want my lashes to enter the room before I do :), I use Buxom Lash Mascara.
The curvy, hourglass-shaped brush evenly coats lashes with a formula that darkens and thickens.
I love using this drugstore mascara on casual makeup days.
It has a brush with flexible bristles that does a good job of separating lashes. This mascara also lengthens and nourishes lashes with argan oil.
Hey fellow beauties. How is the winter treating you so far?
I live in Vancouver, where we’ve experienced a lot of rain this winter (as usual). Even though our winter seasons are on the mild side, I still need to adjust my skincare routine for the cooler temps.
Here are some of the essentials in my winter skincare routine. If you have any winter faves, let me know.
I’ve been a big fan of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion forever, so I was very excited when Clinique launched a hydrating version of their skincare classic last year.
After cleansing, my skin absorbs DD cream very quickly and it doesn’t have any greasy residue. Find out more about the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream here.
If you’re going to invest in an eye cream, this is one of my favorites. Fresh always sources the most natural and effective ingredients. The ingredients in this formula, like Kombucha, help soften lines and reduce puffiness.
TIP: If your eyes are super puffy in the morning, keep this eye cream in the fridge to deflate undereye bags even quicker.
I’m loving the pocket palette trend (like the Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette from Bobbi Brown here).
Smaller palettes let you do a test run on a brand, and you can’t beat their portability.
I’ve had my eye on Tarte eye shadows because I like the eco-chic factor that comes with Tarte products. Also, the shadows look so pretty!
The Tartelette Tease contains the same clay-infused shadows found in the bestselling Tartelette palette. It features four everyday matte shadows and two shimmer shadows so you can transition your look from day to evening.