It’s back to school time for those of us still in school, and the cost of textbooks and other back to school paraphernalia can mean a tight budget for September (or, y’know, always…#studentlife). To give you some budget-friendly makeup inspo, I thought I’d share three drugstore gems that I’ve been loving lately.
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.
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.
As a brand, Glossier is kinda taking the beauty world by storm. Although I’ve become an Into the Gloss reader only recently, the brand’s youthful packaging, curated selection of products, and emphasis on skincare caught my attention long before they started shipping to Canada. Only recently have I been able to get my hands on a few of the products that most caught my attention: the Milky Jelly Cleanser and Balm Dot Com in Coconut.
Like the rest of the makeup-wearing human population, I love a warm-toned palette. Gimme dem oranges, rusts, yellows, and berries any day. But when I saw the Sephora Collection PRO Warm Palette, I had some mixed feelings. Sure the colours were gorgeous, but that $85 price tag? Sephora Collection is to Sephora what Great Value is to Walmart. Mentally, I couldn’t justify the price. But then I swatched it. And I was obsessed.
I really like Kat Von D as a brand overall, so I was excited to get the opportunity to try her Saint and Sinner perfumes. I love perfume. There’s no method to my fragrance madness, except chances are that if it smells like candy or has any hint of vanilla in it, I’m gonna like it.
Back in late winter/early spring, I picked up a few items from The Ordinary. (Yes, it took me this long to write this review, because I only like to test one new skincare product at a time, and I like to test things thoroughly for at least 2-3 weeks!).
I really like Bite Beauty, and their Amuse Bouche formula is easily one of the more comfortable ones on the market. So when Influenster sent me Bite’s new Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick complimentary for my review, I was pretty excited and confident I’d like the formula. In reality, my opinion is kind of mixed on the whole thing.
I was sent three shades to review: Demi-Glace is a chocolatey mauve, Éclair is a midtone rose, and Flambé is a bright, orangey red.
July is gone and my comprehensive exam is happening in 22 days, so of course it’s time to blog about the beauty things I loved this month. I don’t make favourites a regular thing, but there have been quite a few items that I’ve been excited about so I thought I would share.
The original Urban Decay Naked Palette was my first high-end palette purchase; the line holds a special place in my heart. But recently, I’ve discovered better shadows that don’t crease on me and have little fallout – I’m looking at you, Melt and Viseart. The UD Naked formula needed an update, and with Naked Heat, Urban Decay delivered.