Monthly Favourites: January 2018

Sometimes I find monthly favourites can be a bit repetitive – despite the contents of this blog, I’m actually pretty boring and tend to use the same core set of products every day. So although I won’t commit to doing them monthly, there are several items I’ve been really loving this month, so I thought I’d share.

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Review: iPhone X

Back in October, I decided to kiss my iPhone 6 goodbye and pre-order the iPhone X. When I was deciding between the iPhone 8 and X, a lot of the reviews out there were very good, but were done by men. (Such is the tech industry, unfortunately.) I decided that it might be good to put my perspective out there – as a young woman, a grad student, a beauty blogger – in the hopes of helping other people like me make informed decisions for such a big purchase.

Instead of doing a comprehensive review, I thought I’d touch on the most important points: big and controversial changes in this model, and features I’ve been loving and hating.

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Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Palette – Review and Swatches on Dark Skin

Ever have a makeup product you just can’t get out of your head? That was me with the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Palette. I’d see vloggers like Jackie Aina and Aysha Abdul post about how great the palette was for dark skin. Then I’d go to Sephora and swatch it, and I’d be underwhelmed by the feel and the swatches.

After literal months of indecision, I decided to pick it up, and I’m so glad I did.

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MAC x Patrick Starrr “Mama Starrr” Lipstick – Review and Swatches on Dark Skin

It’s so exciting to see MAC collaborating with more influencers, and particularly POC. They have even more collabs on the horizon, probably thanks in part to the success of the MAC x Patrick Starrr Collection.

The starrr (ha ha ha) of the collection was really the setting powder, which is currently sold out almost everywhere. Oddly enough I didn’t pick that up because I didn’t think I needed a fourth translucent loose setting powder, but you know what I thought I did need? A 300th rose-y brown lipstick. Don’t judge, okay?

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Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Palette – Review & Swatches on Dark Skin

I slept on the Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Palette the first time, and because my bestie got it and liked it, I knew I wanted it if it ever came back. When CR announced its return in the summertime, I tried to get my hands on it only to have it sell out.

I think we all know how I feel about hard-to-get makeup at this point. (I don’t like it.) I’m a little more forgiving when it comes to indie brands, and I of course have a soft spot in my heart for Black-owned brands like Coloured Raine. I think the whole thing was poorly-handled, but ultimately they did the right thing making Queen of Hearts a permanent palette in their lineup.

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My Top 10 Products of 2017

I thought I could do a top 7 to be cute and match with last year’s top 6, but I couldn’t okay? I just. Couldn’t. It’s been a flaming pile of garbage of a year, so just allow me this.

This year, I branched out with my blog a whole lot more. I talked mental health. I talked sex and dating. While I tried to hold it together, I kept trying new products. Most of these will be familiar, but some I use so often I just take them for granted and never talk about them. In any case, in no particular order, here are my favourites of the year!

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Review: The Womanizer Pro40

I follow a few sex bloggers and YouTubers, and I like to do my research before investing in a new toy the same way I do my research before buying a new foundation. Most of the time, toys that get a lot of hype don’t catch my attention, or seem to have mixed reviews. But this one is a little different, because it really delivers. The Womanizer Pro40 is the Fenty Pro Filt’r Foundation of sex toys: so worth the hype.

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Benefit BeneFaves VoxBox – Ka-BROW, The Porefessional, They’re Real Mascara, Hoola Bronzer

When I was a wee preteen first discovering the addictive wonderful world of Sephora, Benefit caught my eye. With their ultra-feminine packaging and adorable displays, they were among the first few items in my budding collection. However, I quickly discovered that not all their products are for me, and this isn’t simply a matter of taste – it’s a matter of skintone.

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