Benefit BeneFaves VoxBox – Ka-BROW, The Porefessional, They’re Real Mascara, Hoola Bronzer

When I was a wee preteen first discovering the addictive wonderful world of Sephora, Benefit caught my eye. With their ultra-feminine packaging and adorable displays, they were among the first few items in my budding collection. However, I quickly discovered that not all their products are for me, and this isn’t simply a matter of taste – it’s a matter of skintone.

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My Everyday Face

I have way more 8:30 classes this semester than I would like, and also I’m on campus 4 days a week, which means that I like to try to look (and feel!) polished, but I also like to sleep, you know? So I’ve inadvertently put together a pretty streamlined* routine, doable in 20 minutes before running out the door to the bus. My routine is base-centric – I’m all about flawless, glowing skin, and skip eyeshadow in favour of a perfect bronze/blush-highlight most days. But the beauty of this routine is that you can build on it – if I have extra time, I add winged liner or a simple shadow look. In any case, these are my go-to products for my go-to look.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers

simplehuman sensor mirror pro, $300 | Livia, $159 | Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, $40 | Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette, $66 | Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Liquid Lipstick Set, $33 | Laneige Hydration Kit, $26 | DevaCurl Super Curly Mini Transformation Kit, $15 | Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, $23 | All images belong to the brands in question

Confession: I hate Christmas. It stresses me out. So, I started my Christmas shopping last week. I feel like it’s early to start listening to Christmas music and stuff, but it’s basically never too early to start making progress on the list of gifts I’ve got to pick up.

I have no idea what to get my hockey-loving preteen cousin, or my uncle who has everything…but I do know what beauty lovers want. Or, at least, I know what I’d want, so I’ve put together a little list of recommendations with reviews of the products where applicable. Just in time for the Rouge/VIB/BI Sale at Sephora!

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On Comparing Myself to Others, Blogging, Toxic Masculinity, and Current Favourites

I think that most of you know it, but I’m a full-time grad student, and blogging is just my hobby. Every so often, I get stuck – in blogging, in life – and for the past two months, the exact nature of the “stuck” is comparing myself to other people. As a result, I haven’t felt like blogging. So I thought I’d blog about it. (You can also skip to the faves if you’re just here for that.)

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Liquid Lipstick Set – Dazed, Hudson, and Bittersweet – Swatches on Dark Skin

I have a love-hate relationship with ABH liquid lipsticks. I ordered them from the ABH site when they first came out – before Sephora carried the whole line – and found them to be super drying, patchy, and prone to crumbling and flaking.

Every so often I fall in love with a colour from them and pick it up, though, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that they’ve since improved their formula. It’s still super-matte, but now it’s thin, lightweight, and feels surprisingly comfortable all day. It wore well, too, looking fresh and pigmented all day.

Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Holiday 2017 Mini Liquid Lipstick Set is right up my alley, colour-wise. #noodz

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Yes, *Another* Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Review – Swatches on Dark Skin

Y’know, when the photos of the palette were first leaked, I wasn’t that interested. I love me some warm shadows, so Modern Renaissance is definitely more my jam. But then #Subculturegate2017 happened, making this THE most controversial palette to release this year, and I had to get in on it. So I picked the palette up when it was released in stores and gave it a good solid try before weighing in.

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Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara Review

Here’s the thing – sometimes I like gimmicks, and sometimes I don’t. I like them if they work and make sense, and I dislike them if they don’t. In a mascara market that’s completely saturated, brands only have the formula, the brush, and the packaging to set themselves apart from the competition. So I don’t blame Givenchy for creating the Noir Interdit Mascara and equipping it with a wand that bends at a 90 degree angle.

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