I’ve been trying to shop my stash lately to make use of and enjoy my extensive makeup collection a bit more. I’ve also been enjoying a few things that I’ve picked up recently. These are four – a mix of old and new – are some things I’ve been loving over the past few weeks.
Although Anastasia is the Queen of Brows, Benefit is a strong contender for that title, especially with their huge brow collection release in 2016.
Ka-Brow aside, my true favourite item from Benefit’s brow lineup is an old favourite: Gimme Brow. It’s a tinted brow gel with volumizing fibers in it that you swipe on with an itty-bitty brush. And that’s what makes it amazing.
I went to New York City over Christmas Break, and I of course went shopping for makeup and beauty things while I was there.
I hit up Sephora, MAC, Target, and Ulta. I was particularly excited about Ulta and Target, which we don’t have in Canada. I thought I’d share what I picked up while I was there!
I love a cult-fave, hyped up product as much as the next person. Really, I do. Look at the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, or the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette, or the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation: all popular, all hyped up in the makeup world, and all products I love!
That being said, the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer is one popular product that I’m just not getting along with.
When I initially heard about the MAC Star Trek collection, I was excited. I’m not a huge Star Trek fanatic or anything, but I did watch the series after school during high school. It’s iconic in the scifi genre, and MAC is iconic in makeup – it’s a match made in heaven, right?
If you skip toning in your routine, you might want to reconsider.
I get it. Who has time for an extra step? Or maybe you’re asking yourself why would you smear a magical water on your face. Personally, I have very little patience for products that don’t give me results. That’s why I’m jazzed about Pixi Glow Tonic and Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray.
I really enjoy the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, so I was super excited to give their Infallible Total Cover Foundation a try. In this video, I swatch the colours and give my first impressions on the product itself.
Overall, the product – formula, coverage, even packaging – are really quite good. It baffles me why they wouldn’t put it in the normal L’Oreal Infallible foundation packaging, but that’s not a dealbreaker. What leaves something to be desired is the darn shade range, as you’ll see in the video. As with the Pro Matte foundation, there is a significant difference between shades 311 and 312 and I fall somewhere between the two. I could probably get away with just 312 in the summertime, but it is so persistently orange that I would definitely have to bring it down onto my neck. (And chest. Maybe shoulders. I’ll need a bigger bottle because I’ll have to make myself a totally different colour if I try to wear 312 alone, ok?)
In Canada, you can get this baby on Amazon or in your local drugstores soon. (Unless you’re looking for shade 312, in which case, online or a trip across the border are your only options.)
It’s no secret whatsoever that I love nude lipsticks. And when it comes to liquid lipsticks, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are some of my favourites (Lolita and Bow n Arrow mixed together are everything). So I had to pick up one of her new shades, Sanctuary, during the first round of the Monthly Everlasting Flash program.
DevaCurl is where I got my curly start. I bought and read Lorraine Massey’s book The Curly Girl Handbook cover to cover shortly after I started wearing my hair curly regularly. So when my boyfriend and I planned a trip to New York City, you can bet I booked a trip to the DevaCurl DevaChan Salon in Soho.
I feel like we can all pretty much agree that 2016 was a dumpster fire of a year. There was some good makeup, though.