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. 🙄)

Continue Reading

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – Swatches on Dark Skin

abhmrclosed

A few months ago, everyone lost their minds over the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, and with good reason.

When it comes to pigmentation in palettes, ABH have a pretty strong track record (the World Traveler palette is still my bbg), and Modern Renaissance taps into the warm-tone palette craze. That’s fine by me, because there are few things I love in this world the way I love an orange crease.

Continue Reading

Where Is Pore? Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo

I have pretty decent skin. I have occasional breakouts and it acts up from time to time, but overall, I’m fairly happy with it…with the exception of the minefield of clogged pores on my nose.

I’ve tried tons of clarifying masks. You name it, I’ve tried it. With the exception of a professional facial with extractions (ouch on the skin and on the wallet), nothing has worked and my desperation has increased.

In this desperation and based on good reviews on the Sephora website, I picked up the Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack.

Continue Reading

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème

Look. I adore Kat Von D. I had the biggest crush on her on L.A. Ink because she was so cool and laidback and funny. Her liquid lipsticks are some of my favourites in my collection (um, hello Lolita). Nothing beats her Tattoo Liner. The original Lock It Tattoo Concealer is my favourite for covering blemishes. However, her foundation and powder shades for dark skin tend to be hopelessly out of touch with what actual dark skin looks like, and her contour kit is way too light to contour anyone darker than an NC40 or so.

So when I heard that Kat was reformulating her complexion line, adding shades, and bringing out a new Concealer Crème, I was excited and hopeful! Concealer is one of my staple makeup products, so you can bet I was down to try hers.

Continue Reading

Worth The Hype? Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops

This review is inspired by my friend Vanesa’s Worth The Hype? reviews over on The Beauty Anecdote. And what better place for me to start my version of the series than with the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops?

They’ve been ubiquitous on social media, and I absolutely adore highlighters, so I had to get my hands on them.
The shade Candlelight – a true, pale gold – seemed like a safe choice, especially considering the fact that I am generally pretty skeptical of liquid highlighters.

Continue Reading

Get the Glow Without the Grease

It may not officially be summer yet, but don’t tell that to my face.
I’m already battling the oil. My skin is technically combination because, no matter what I do, around my nose and mouth is Sahara-level dry. In the summer, though, the rest of my face, which is usually moderately oily, goes into overdrive and reaches well-greased-baking-pan levels. Because of this, I have a well-curated arsenal of oil control products. Today, I’m showing you the new kids on the block.

Continue Reading