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?
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.
Previous releases from Pat McGrath Labs, although gorgeous, haven’t quite been my cup of tea for various reasons. The initial highlighter release wasn’t available in Canada, if I recall, and then there was like one shade of lipstick that I was interested in, but I didn’t think it was worth it for the price.
The Metalmorphosis Kit in Bronze, however, is exactly the kind of thing I need in my life. So I got in on the Pat McGrath goodies.
There are few things I love more than a polarizing palette. It makes me determined to get to the bottom of things. Although the colour selection (and price – yikes!) of Huda’s debut palette didn’t draw me in, the mixed reviews got me interested.
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.
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.
ABH has been hitting it out of the park lately in terms of palettes. The Modern Renaissance is one of my all-time favourites, so I had to pick up the Master Palette by Mario or I knew that I’d regret it. And if you don’t pick it up, so will you.
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.
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.