Egyptian Magic

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My body is a paradox. My face will sometimes get so greasy, I may as well have set my makeup with cooking spray. My body, on the other hand, is dry and itchy 24/7, 365. My legs in particular are a problem area – they’re dry, cracked, and – on the very coldest days of the year – painful. I struggle to find a moisturizer that lasts more than a few hours.When Egyptian Magic reached out to me with an offer to try their product, I knew exactly where I’d try it first.

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Maison Margiela REPILICA Lipstick On Fragrance Review

My love for cosmetics started early. As an only child, I grew up mostly around women, and I looked at them – with their beauty routines and rituals – as the epitome of femininity. A few things stand out in my mind about this time. My mom’s red nail polish and extensive perfume collection. Trying on my granny’s high-heeled shoes. The smell of my aunt’s bright orange lipstick when she would talk to me. The smell of little old ladies at Church, a precariously-balanced mix of hairspray, perfume, dusting powder, and makeup.

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Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Deep – Swatches on Dark Skin

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On a recent trip to Philadelphia, I made it my mission to pick up the Ulta-exclusive Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer. The internet was collectively losing it over this concealer, and since we don’t have Ulta in Canada, my other option was to order this concealer directly from the Tarte website and pay the astronomical shipping, which is no bueno.

In any case, I’m glad I picked it up, because this concealer has quickly taken its place among my favourites.

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BITE Beauty Lip Lab Toronto Experience – Swatches on Dark Skin (and Lots of Photos!)

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Bite Beauty is an awesome Canadian brand using all food-grade ingredients. I have wanted to go to the Bite Beauty Lip Lab in New York to make a custom lipstick since I learned of its existence a few years ago. So when I heard that there was a new flagship Bite Lip Lab in downtown Toronto, I asked my mom if we could go when I was visiting her for Reading Week. I knew I wanted to make a rosey-brown, everyday colour similar to MAC Whirl, because #noodzarelife. But upon learning that one lipstick is $55 CAD and two are $80, I opted for two, and settled on a berry for the second one.

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OPI Washington DC Collection with Kerry Washington for Fall 2016

It’s been an extremely long time since I’ve gotten really excited about an OPI collection. Not since 2011’s Katy Perry collab (hello, Teenage Dream) have I been foaming at the mouth, waiting for a collection to drop. That coupled with my recent love of DIY gel manicures (do we want a blog post on that, by the way?) means I really haven’t been buying much from the brand.

Enter this fall’s Washington DC Collection. Most of the shades in the collection are permanent, but the limited edition shades in collaboration with Kerry Washington (and Squeaker of the House, which is permanent) really got my motor going.

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MAC x Taraji (AKA MAC’s Big Mistake)

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I am 200% here for Taraji P. Henson, but MAC messed up. Big time.

Taraji is a badass Black woman playing a badass Black character and she’s beautiful to boot. MAC doesn’t release a lot of collections in collaboration with Black folk, and I love seeing people who look like me represented, so I knew I needed something from this collection. I settled on the blush, Taraji Glow, because I thought the highlighter (Highlight the Truth) was dupable elsewhere and not that special. So when the collection came online, I ordered Taraji Glow. Imagine my confusion when a highlighter labelled “Taraji Glow” showed up a few days later.

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

At the end of August, I went to Philadelphia for a conference. Naturally, I was insanely excited for US makeup. One of the things I was excited for was the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation, which we totally have in Canada, but Canadian drugstores do not carry the darkest shade of this foundation, which I thought was closest to my match. (Because, y’know, Black people don’t live north of the border. 🙄)

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