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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Sephora Spring VIB Rouge Sale Recommendations

I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve as I write this. Except makeup. Help me.

Unlike Christmas, the Sephora sale comes but twice a year for members of the Beauty Insider program. We super-addicted top tier members get an extra day of shopping before the sale starts for everyone else on April 19th. It runs for about a week, and you can take advantage of it in store or online. In this year’s spring sale, VIB Rouges and VIBs get 15% off, and Beauty Insiders get 10% off. (The fall sale usually features a deeper discount.)

Because I’m addicted to makeup, I’ve been prepping my basket for weeks now. Adding things. Removing things. Adding more things…and to make my decisions, I rely on my fellow bloggers’ recommendation posts and videos. At the very last minute, I thought I’d share my top picks for the sale.

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I love perfume. Maybe a little too much. Recently, I’ve been convincing myself not to buy any more full-size perfumes because I have too many. However, as the seasons change, I always find myself wanting to try a different scent.

Enter Scenteor, a Canadian-friendly fragrance subscription service. Although our neighbours south of the border have enjoyed fragrance subscriptions for years, prohibitive shipping costs or unavailable Canadian shipping altogether have prevented me from doing the same. What I love about Scenteor is that they ship to Canada – for free.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit – Swatches on Dark Skin

I think we all know how I feel about highlighters at this point. I love them. They’re my thing and I overdose on the glow on a daily basis.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit formula is one of my faves. Smooth, buttery, and metallic rather than glittery, I own Sundipped and half of That Glow, which I split with a friend. It’s worth noting that I skipped the six-pan holiday Ultimate Glow kit because it was incredibly glittery when I swatched it in store.

When I first saw the ABH Nicole Guerriero collab, I knew I had to have it.

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Two Great Moisturizers for Combination and Oily Skin

To me, the cringiest beauty myth is that oily skin does not need moisturizer. All skin needs to be moisturized and cared for; the trick is finding a moisturizer with an appropriate texture for your skin type.

In the spring and summer especially, I tend to reach for gel and jelly consistencies. They’re lightweight, absorb well, and don’t leave my skin greasy. As a result, they sit beautifully under makeup, too. Now, these consistencies can be a bit light for me in the wintertime, but as we head into spring (hopefully), I’ve been a little oilier than I was in, say, January.

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Depression, Anxiety, and Little Self-Care Things

I’ve veered off-track with my posting schedule these past few weeks, and that’s because I’ve hit a particularly rough patch. It feels so artificial to come on here and pretend to be happy/excited about some product when I’m not really feeling much like doing anything. But this is my blog, and I love it, and I want it to remain a space where I can express myself – even the sad parts. So here goes.

I live with depression and anxiety. I probably have for about 11 years, but I’ve been diagnosed and medicated for six. Some times are harder than others, and this is one of those times. It feels like everything is happening at once. I’m having issues with my physical health (that’s a tale for another time). I ended my year-long relationship for a variety of reasons, but it’s a loss no less. There are family things going on. I need to secure a summer job. Although depression does not have (or need) a “reason,” these are just a few of the things going on with me that I think may have exacerbated the depression I live with on a daily basis.

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Bite Beauty Lip Pencil – Lip Swatches on Dark Skin

Alright, so I’m super late to the game on this one for a variety of reasons and I apologize. One of those reasons is that I like to test a product pretty thoroughly – especially when it was sent to me to review – before posting my thoughts on it.

Bite Beauty – a brand that I absolutely LOVE – recently ventured into the realm of lip pencils. As a lip-centric brand, it’s a launch that just makes sense. I adore lip pencils – the likes of MAC Chestnut and Cork, and ColourPop BFF3 are staples in my arsenal when it comes to making light lipsticks and glosses more flattering, and making bold colour application more precise.

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