Exam season is upon us (us being college and university students in Canada and some parts of the US), so I thought I’d make a little post of some of the products I reach for regularly when I’m stressed and sleep-deprived.
This doesn’t have to be just for students, either; anyone can use these products, any time. They’re all tried in the most rigorous of conditions, so you can be confident that they work!
Today’s post is about an oft-overlooked step in a beauty routine: setting spray.
Now, setting spray does not replace a setting powder. Rather, it’s a final step that sets everything you put on your face — foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, mascara, all of it.
New launches from Origins always get me excited.
New launches from the Mega-Bright line get me doubly excited.
The Mega-Bright eye cream* is brand new. I always thought this line should have an eye cream, and now it does.
I’ve been using it for about two weeks now, which is about how long it takes me to know how I feel about a skincare product. And so far I really like it!
I recently left a job I had for six months where I had to wear only natural-looking nail polish. And don’t get me wrong, I love a good neutral. Beiges, pinks, french manicures — lovely. But sometimes I need to spice things up, you know?
There’s just something about dark nails that looks so polished — forgive the pun — and chic. It’s edgy but classy and because dark nails have been in for a few years, I think they’ve become quite classic.
Brushes brushes brushes.
When it comes to brushes, I’m a bit of a rebel, in the sense that I don’t always use them for what they’re designated for. What can I say? I don’t like to be told what to do.
In fact, that would probably be my biggest tip: if you purchase a brush that is designed to be used for one thing but you think it might work better for something else, go for it! Makeup is a trial and error deal. Figure out what works best for you!
These brushes work well for me. Contrary to popular belief, in the brush world, MAC is not the be and end all. As you’ll see, I only have one MAC brush, and most of (all?) my other brushes are a lot less expensive than their MAC equivalents. They work for me!
Oh, Essie Penny Talk. How I wanted to love you.
When this polish was released, it was hyped up as the perfect rose gold polish. I, like the rest of the planet, love rose gold. Naturally, I chased it down. In a ton of different drugstores. Until I found it.
Choirs of angels sang that day, my friends.
I used to buy cotton pads from the drugstore for about $3 every month. I use facial cotton pads daily for my Bioderma and toner. On average I would use about 2-3 pads for each task because they would fall apart, leave their cottony residue on my face/eyes, etc. This contributed to how quickly I would go through these pads.
I started using the Shiseido cotton after a friend who works for the company convinced me that it was literally the best. However, I was skeptical. $11 cotton? But the way she sold it to me was that because I would only be using 1 piece of cotton per task, I would end up buying the cotton once every three months, which works out to roughly what it did when I was buying drugstore cotton.
Every so often the drugstore brands release an arsenal of new lip products. They always come out in the US first, which results in me hearing about them online and stalking my local drugstores like a crazy person waiting for them to arrive here in Canada.
I got super excited when I saw these at my local Shoppers Drug Mart. They’re the Maybelline Colour Elixir lip glosses. And they’re pretty great.
I love Marc Jacobs fragrances. They’re youthful but sophisticated, unique but trendy. I have quite a few of them, although that’s a tale for another time.
So my Ultimate Lip Balm Hunt has been stagnant and unsuccessful for a few years, as illustrated by the Dior Crème de Rose flop. However, the balm I’ve been using for the last few years has been working for me. I suppose that begs the question of why I’m on the hunt for a better one… I like lip balm, okay?