US Haul – Ulta and Drugstores

Occasionally, I find myself in the United States for various reasons, and I almost always buy makeup. I can’t help it – there’s so much that we miss out on here in Canada, especially dark foundation shades and products geared towards Black women. So when I went to Philadelphia to visit my family last week, I made sure to hit up an Ulta and a Rite Aid in between stuffing my face with cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, and water ices.

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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Medium Deep

I, like the rest of the makeup-wearing population, love the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in all its skin-mattifying, pore-blurring, bake-worthy glory.

My one complaint was that because it was white, the original shade would leave me looking ashy (especially in the summer when I get my tan on). Normally, I’d bronze up the outside of my face to warm things back up – there’s almost always a way to make it work, but the point is that (dark-skinned) people of colour shouldn’t have to make things work when things just work for light-skinned folks, y’know? But that’s a different blog post altogether…

Tl; dr (do people still say that?): Laura Mercier finally came out with a shade of Translucent Setting Powder that doesn’t go Casper on darker skin, and it’s glorious.

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Livia – The Off Switch for Menstrual Pain?

I’ve suffered through excruciating menstrual cramps every month since my very first period at age 9. Like, debilitating. So bad I’d throw up at times. I took birth control to manage the pain for about five years, but when I went off the Pill (for a variety of reasons), the cramps were back in full force. Normally, I take an extra strength Advil every six hours or so to manage the pain on days one, two, and three of my period.

In desperation, last June, I contributed to Livia’s Indiegogo campaign.

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3 Bronzers for Dark Skin

It’s that time of year again: my Instagram feed is flooded with posts talking about bronzers and self-tanners to get that sun-kissed glow in a safe way. However, very rarely do these posts talk about bronzers for dark skin.

This is partly because, unfortunately, being darker is still stigmatized within POC communities. I remember getting very dark as a child on summer vacations and being teased for it. It’s also partly because many companies exclude dark-skinned POC from their shade ranges altogether.

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Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse

I love double cleansing. Nothing gets my skin quite as clean. I also love Caroline Hirons. I’ve read her blog for years and have absorbed and incorporated her love of acids into my life.

This year, she came out with a collab with Pixi Beauty, and even though it was tricky get my hands on, I knew I’d have to try it.

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Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette (AKA The Worst Eyeshadow Palette I’ve Used in My Adult Life) – Swatches on Dark Skin

So here’s the thing – when it comes to eyeshadow, I don’t really do colour, as evidenced by my profound love of the likes of the ABH Modern Renaissance and Master Palette by Mario, Too Faced Sweet Peach, and other brown/bronze/beige-based palettes. But I want to dip my toes into the world beyond the bronze, so when I saw swatches of the Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette on Instagram (on dark skin, no less!), I thought I had to have it. I was so wrong.

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