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Best “Nude” Lipstick for Fair Skin

theBalm Girls Lipstick in Mai Billsbepaid

theBalm Girls Lipstick in “Mai Billsbepaid”

I love the nude lipstick look in theory, but as anyone else with fair skin knows, “nude” lips are not necessarily a flattering look. Many popular nude shades, with practically cult followings, on me end up looking like I smeared foundation over my lips or simply make me look ill.

But then, enter theBalm Girls Lipstick in “Mai Billsbepaid”. I first picked this up last year along with several other theBalm products. I have been obsessed with it ever since. I was down to the last little nub, and luckily was able to pick up another one while I was traveling (I can’t buy theBalm where I live). When you have a healthy sized lipstick collection and you use up a lipstick in under a year, it’s a pretty good sign.

Mai Billsbepaid is a pinky-brown nude. It’s the perfect “nude” for me and very wearable for everyday. It has hardly left my purse. I have cool toned skin with pink undertones (I’m an “NC15” but in reality lighter than that). This shade works really well with my skin tone, doesn’t wash me out, and just looks effortless and natural.

Swatch: theBalm Girls Lipstick in Mai Billsbepaid

Swatch Lovin: theBalm Girls Lipstick in “Mai Billsbepaid”

The formula of theBalm Girls Lipsticks is amazing. Very smooth, creamy, super hydrating, and not too opaque and not too sheer. Just right! The finish is slightly shiny. In fact, I think they remind me of the MAC Lustre Lipsticks which I love. theBalm lipsticks also have a pleasant, light scent that fades after you apply it. Sort of a chocolate mint scent. The silver bullet packaging is adorable. It’s the kind of lipstick you just enjoy pulling out and applying over and over again.

theBalm Girls Lipsticks are $20.00 CAD. In Canada, you can get theBalm at London Drugs and Rexall, or online through or Nordstrom.

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Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in “#1 Nude”

“Liquid lipsticks” with a wand applicator that seem to be neither a gloss nor a traditional lipstick (yet typically claim to do everything a gloss and a long-wearing lipstick do), seem to be the latest makeup trend, along with BB and CC creams.  So far, I have had hit and miss experiences with them. I loved the Rimmel Apocalips, but really disliked the Maybelline Color Elixir. So although I am typically a fan of Revlon lip products, I really wasn’t sure what to expect with their ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick.

Revlon describes it as:

  • Food-proof lipcolour with a built-in, ultra-conditioning topcoat
  • One-step application – No topcoat required for comfortable wear
  • Stays comfortable and wears beautifully for up to 24 hours
  • Does not feather or fade; no touch-ups required, even after meals

I can’t disagree that it was certainly long-wearing (24 hours? Who knows. I would never wear a lip product that long) but I can definitely take issue with their claims of being “ultra-conditioning”, and “No topcoat required for comfortable wear”. This did not feel comfortable at all! It was very drying, made my lips stick together, and I constantly had the urge to either apply lip balm or just get the horrible stuff off my lips. My lip balm removed some of the product, defeating the purpose of purchasing something intended to be long-wearing.

I would compare it to step 1 of the Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor or the MUFE Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lipcolor. These are both products I like because *they come with a separate clear topcoat*. It’s like Revlon made a two-step, long-wearing lip product and just left out the step 2. In fact the ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick is SO similar to the step 1 of the ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor, I suspect that’s exactly what they did.

It’s too bad, because the ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick  comes in 20 very pretty shades and has the always awesome Revlon packaging. I just can’t imagine anyone liking how this feels on their lips just on its own. Even if you like a fairly dry, matte lipstick, the ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick has the additional feature of making your lips stick together every time they touch.

The Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick was, sadly, a fail for me. Sometimes when a product doesn’t work out for me but I think it might work on someone else, I will pass it on to my Mom or sister. This one just got binned.

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick retails for $12.99 CAD.

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MAC Limited Edition Lippies: Proenza Schouler & Patentpolish Lip Pencils

MAC Proenza Schouler in Primrose

MAC Proenza Schouler Lipstick in “Primrose”

I don’t typically run out and buy things from MAC’s special collections (there are so many!) but after I saw a review of the Proenza Schouler by Tarababyz I was immediately interested in the lipstick in the shade “Primrose” because it was a Lustre Lipstick (my fav finish) in a deep, rich plum. I’ve been really into plummy, purpley shades lately (see this post or this post for evidence). The Proenza Schouler packaging is very cool – how neat is it to have a MAC lipstick in a square tube? It reminds me of my Burberry lipstick. The shade is so pretty. MAC describes it as “sheer berry plum” which I think describes it perfectly.

Swatch: MAC Proenza Schouler in Primrose

Swatch: MAC Proenza Schouler in “Primrose”

Since I was placing an order, I thought I would get a couple more of the limited edition MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils, since I was enjoying the one in “Sultana” I had picked up while I was traveling. I had, unsurprisingly, gravitated toward the dark grape shade. I ordered “Kittenish” and “Spontaneous”.

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils in "Kittenish" & "Spontaneous"

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils in “Kittenish” & “Spontaneous”

Kittenish was described as a “mauvey pink” and Spontaneous a “soft plum with pearl”. I have fairly strong pink undertones, so on me Spontaneous is more of the mauvey pink. Unfortunately, Kittenish ending up looking more full-on bright pink. It didn’t really suit me so I gave it to my Mom, who has much darker skin than me and blonde hair, and she loved it. I really like these. They are great to swipe on quickly, feel balmy and hydrating on your lips, and the colours are sheer and summery.

Swatches: MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils in "Kittenish" & "Spontaneous"

Swatches: MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils in “Kittenish” & “Spontaneous”

The Proenza Schouler Lipsticks are $26.00 CAD and all four shades are still available on the Canadian site. The Patentpolish Lip Pencils are $24.00 CAD and although Kittenish is sold out on the Canadian site, many of the other shades are still available.

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There’s a MAC Store in Pearson Airport!: Stopover Mini-Haul

MAC Store in Pearson Airport
Is it just me or does anyone else think having a MAC store in Pearson airport where you are literally trapped during stopovers, is simultaneously awesome and dangerous? 🙂

Toronto’s Pearson airport (for any curious non-Canadians) is basically the main hub for travel in Canada. I fly through here changing planes practically anytime I travel. I was returning from British Columbia last week when I discovered a MAC store had recently opened there. Not having a MAC store anywhere near where I live, I was ridiculously excited by this! lol.

I spent half an hour of what would have been an otherwise tedious stopover chatting with the very nice and friendly sales assistants and trying on lipsticks. In the end, I was good and only left with one new lipstick (mainly because I had recently placed an online order which I correctly suspected was waiting for me upon returning home). I discovered Syrup, a super pretty Lustre lipstick, which is my favourite type of finish out of all the MAC lipsticks.

MAC lipstick in Syrup

MAC lipstick in “Syrup”

Swatch: MAC Syrup

Swatch Lovin: MAC Syrup

(Sorry about the creepy clawlikeness of my hand in this swatch pic)

MAC describes this shade as “cloudy pink”. I would say its a cool toned, purpley-pink. It looks a little more mauvey-pink on me, but I think it might be one of those shades that looks more pink or more purple depending on your skin tone. It has that sheer, glossy, hydrating finish that I love about MAC’s Lustres. It feels so nice on the lips.

So…what was waiting for me when I returned home? Check in with me again for my next post to see swatches and reviews of some MAC limited edition lip products! 🙂

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“No Makeup” Makeup for Fair Skin: Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in “Greige”

The May issue of Allure magazine featured two taupe eyeshadows, Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in “Wild Truffle” and Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in “Greige”, in their “Backstage Beauty” article on runway trends for fall 2014. The “soft mix of beige and gray” was described as “pretty much the perfect shade”. Editor Sophia Panych also listed Revlon’s Greige as her “new everyday shadow”.

Always ready to try a new taupe, I picked up the very tiny (1″x1″) Revlon Shadowlink at the drugstore. These wee eyeshadows are very inexpensive ($2.49 CAD). Now I will warn you, if you have dark skin or prefer really pigmented shadows, this probably won’t be for you. But, if you’re like me and sometimes crave a very natural, “no makeup” makeup look and would love a light wash of taupey goodness for that maybe-she’s-born-with-it effect, I would definitely recommend trying Greige. I have a hard time finding shadows that don’t show up rather dark or dramatic against my fair skin. Greige is the subtle, matte shade I have been looking for.

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in “Greige” (natural daylight)

Swatch: Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige

Swatch: Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in “Greige”

I think Greige is a hidden gem of the drugstore. Have you tried any of the other Revlon Shadowlinks? Are they worth checking out?

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Ipsy May Glam Bag Review

May Ipsy Glam Bag: Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil, Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo, Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer, Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 sunscreen

May Ipsy Glam Bag: Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil, Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo, Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer, Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 sunscreen

The May Glam Bag’s “Fresh Picks” theme was all about natural beauty. I nicknamed mine the “hippy glam bag” because all my products seemed to be of the all-natural, sustainable, ethical, organic, cruelty-free variety. Even the cosmetic bag was unbleached cotton with a green leaf design. My bag also contained more skincare products then any of my previous bags. Only one item out of the five was a makeup item. I received:

  • Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil (travel size): $14.00 CAD
  • Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in “Moonbeam” and “Unicorn” (unable to find a price)
  • Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask (10ml sample size): $38.00 CAD for full 50ml size
  • Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer (15ml sample size): $60.00 CAD for full 50ml size
  • Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 natural sunscreen (sample size): $14.00 CAD for full size

Retail prices are in CAD and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

The total retail value of the May bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $126.00 CAD. That is without the Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo which had no price available.

The Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil is silicone-free and uses essential oils like Sesame, Grapeseed, Jojoba, and Tamanu and certified organic ingredients. Its cruelty-free and has recyclable packaging. I have super frizzy hair and generally like hair oils. I found the scent of this one a bit off-putting – a very sinus-clearing eucalyptus. I could not find where this brand might be sold in Canada. We can’t order online, but their website says you can call or email to place an international order, but beware they ship using UPS.

The Pacifica eyeshadow duo is not on their website, so I suspect it was an item specially created for Ipsy. The brand’s products are gluten-free, 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and don’t contain “FD&C color, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan, and other ingredients you do not want on your skin” and they are really environmentally and ethically conscious.

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo 2 in "Moonbeam" and "Unicorn"

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo 2 in “Moonbeam” and “Unicorn”

Their mineral eyeshadow duo, infused with coconut water, was literally a hit and a miss. The darker, purpley-taupey shade was quite nice and wearable, with a very smooth texture and satin finish. The other half of the duo, a glittery cream shade, was awful! That shade was everything I dislike in an eyeshadow: scratchy, uneven texture; chunky; patchy to apply; and over-the-top sparkly. Pacifica is available through and may be at some Target stores in Canada (not mine).

I love getting facial masks in my Ipsy bag. The Hey Honey brand uses honey as the main ingredient in all their products, so I am excited to try out the Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask. The Hey Honey site ships to Canada using USPS for very reasonable shipping ($8.99 USD) and with USPS there aren’t additional import or customs fees.

Pur-lisse is quite a high-end brand. One of the great things about getting samples in my Ipsy bag is that I can try out expensive products to see how my skin reacts before dropping a lot of money on the full sized product and then discovering it irritates my sensitive skin. The Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer does contain natural fragrance oils so we will see how it goes.

I was excited to get a sunscreen in my Ipsy bag. Being a very pale girl, I practically never leave the house in summer without at least an SPF 30 on (and prefer an SPF 50 or even 75). The Hang Ten Classic Sport contains some organic ingredients, is Oxybenzone, Paraben, and Retinyl Palmitate free, and has a “a signature beach themed all-natural non-synthetic scent”. It smells delicious! Again, I am glad I get to test this out first to see how my skin reacts. Although I couldn’t find where to purchase this brand in Canada.

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Shiseido Facial Cotton Dupe

Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads

Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads

Do you love the Shiseido Facial Cotton pads, but don’t exactly love the price? Me too. But once you feel the soft yet indestructible fluffiness of them, you don’t want to touch any other cotton pad to your face ever again.

Until…I heard Youtuber LisaLisaD1 mention the Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads and how they are remarkably similar to the Shiseido. I found them at my local Shoppers Drug Mart. Right away I thought the shape, size, and feel of the packaging was just like the Shiseido. They also both have exactly 165 pads in three “stacks”. When I opened the Quo and compared the individual pads, they are the exact same shape, size, and thickness.

LEFT: Shiseido Facial Cotton RIGHT: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

LEFT: Shiseido Facial Cotton RIGHT: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

TOP: Shiseido Facial Cotton BOTTOM: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

TOP: Shiseido Facial Cotton BOTTOM: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

The Quo feels just as soft as the Shiseido. When I was using one to remove my makeup it held up as well too; it didn’t start to disintegrate. I cannot imagine that these two products aren’t manufactured in the same factory. Especially since even the packaging is identical.

The Shiseido Facial Cotton is $11.00 CAD. The Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads are $7.00 CAD. Quo is only carried by Shoppers Drugmart and Murale, but the square Luxury Cotton Facial Pads don’t seem to be available to order online.

Have you tried the Quo cotton pads? Do you think they are a dupe for the Shiseido?

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My Favourite Goat’s Milk Soap

Slice Soapworks Goat Milk & Oatmeal Soap

Slice Soapworks Goat Milk & Oatmeal Soap

I have been using goat’s milk soap for years. If you have sensitive or dry skin, soap made with goat’s milk is much gentler and moisturizing than soap made with water. The important thing is to find soap made with fresh, liquid goat’s milk, not processed or powdered like some of the mass-produced brands in the drugstore. Goat’s milk is very beneficial for your skin. It contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids that help remove dead skin cells, vitamin A, and the high fat content makes it super moisturizing. It won’t dry your skin like regular soaps will.

I would find hand-made goat’s milk soap in specialty shops or farmers markets. Then, about 2 years ago while I was in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, I went to a farmer’s market and found, literally, the best goat’s milk soap ever!

Slice Soapworks is run by a lovely lady named Terri-Lynn who I met at the market. She has a farm in Falmouth, Nova Scotia, where she raises her own adorable goats and even keeps her own bees to make honey to add to her soaps. My two favourites are her fragrance-free Goat Milk & Oatmeal soap with honey and certified organic oats (which smells naturally AMAZING all on its own) and her Honey, I Love You! soap imprinted with a honey comb pattern on the top.

The Slice Soapworks website is currently undergoing a make-over, but you can order soaps by simply sending them an email and arranging payment through Paypal. That’s what I do. These all-natural, hand-made soaps are $5.00 CAD.

I thought I’d leave you with some pictures of the actual goats borrowed from their blog. Look how frickin cute they are!

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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

I love the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, so I was excited when I saw this new line of ColorBurst Lacquer Balms. Described as “High Shine Lacquer. Moisture Rich Balm” with Shea, Coconut and Mango butters, these are like a shinier, glossier version of the Balm Stains.

I picked up “Ingenue” a warm, caramely brown.

Swatch: Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Ingenue

Swatch: Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in “Ingenue”

The Lacquer Balm feels similar to the Balm Stains – balmy and moisturizing with that slight minty scent. “Ingenue” is sheer and shimmery and is a very natural looking shade. Although described as “high shine” I was relieved that it actually wasn’t super shiny (I find that a bit much). The Lacquer Balm was just a little glossier than the Balm Stains.

“Ingenue” didn’t stain my lips, but some of the darker more intense shades might. I’m thinking of getting “Coy” or “Enticing” next 🙂

The Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balms are $9.99 CAD.

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Cargo Yukon Eyeshadow

Cargo Eyeshadow in Yukon

Cargo Eyeshadow in “Yukon”

When Lawtons Drugs began carrying Cargo Cosmetics, I tried several of their products. But as I mentioned in my previous post, their eyeshadow single in “Yukon” immediately sold out. I have been back a few times with no luck, but finally was able to get my paws on this popular shade. A favourite of Youtubers like Kristen Gehm and GlamLifeGuru among others, would this taupe eyeshadow live up to the hype?

Cargo Eyeshadow in Yukon

Cargo Eyeshadow in “Yukon”

First of all, it is a very pretty colour. A slightly cool-toned, not too brown, not too gray shade without any purple, “Yukon” really is a true taupe. From how it appears in the pan, I really wasn’t expecting it to be as shimmery though. That was a surprise. I got a bit of fall-down and what was under my eye was almost sparkly. On the eye, it definitely has a sheen. It was also slightly on the sheerer side; not quite as pigmented as, say, a MAC shadow. But I found I could build it up, and it did stay on all day with an eyeshadow primer.

Swatch Cargo Yukon Eyeshadow

Swatch: Cargo “Yukon”

Overall I really like it. I can understand why it is a favourite, mainly because taupes are elusive. “Yukon” is a very flattering, natural looking type of shade.

The Cargo singles retail for $19.00 CAD which SEEMS expensive at first, but its huge – you get 3.5g of eyeshadow. By comparison a MAC single is only 1.5g for $18.00. So you will have loads of taupe! 🙂

I haven’t tried any other Cargo eyeshadow shades. Have you? Which would you recommend?

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Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin

Moisturizers for sensitive skinI have sensitive skin that’s also fairly dry. I’m always searching for good moisturizers that won’t irritate my skin or, if I’m using it on my face, won’t cause breakouts. Here are some of my favourites:

  • Complex 15: This is my go-to moisturizer for my face that I use daily. Its water-based (so it won’t cause breakouts), lightweight, and fragrance-free. It was actually recommended by my dermatologist. I’ve been using it for years. Its available at most Canadian drugstores (Shoppers Drugmart, London Drugs, Lawtons Drugs), Walmart, and online through Its also very inexpensive. PRICE: $7.99-$9.99 CAD
  • Impruv Cream: Specifically for dry, sensitive skin it contains no dyes, perfumes or preservatives. It has shea butter which can be a little rich, so I don’t use this one daily. But it is great in winter or on those days when my skin needs extra hydration. I get mine at Shoppers Drug Mart. Its also available online through PRICE: $16.50 CAD
  • Oilatum Cream: Made for the treatment of eczema and dry skin conditions, Oilatum is fragrance-free and contains 6% light liquid paraffin and 15% white soft paraffin. I picked this up while I was in England and its my favourite hand cream. I love the way the paraffin feels. Oilatum is a UK brand and sadly its been discontinued in Canada, but it is available on PRICE: $13.28 CAD
  • Bio-Oil: Advertised to “improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks”, I have no idea if Bio-Oil can actually do that, but it sure can moisturize. I really like using this on my elbows and feet. Its does have some fragrance, but hasn’t irritated my skin. Its available at most Canadian drugstores (Shoppers Drugmart, London Drugs, Lawtons Drugs), Walmart, and online through PRICE: $12.99 CAD
  • Bioderma Sensibio Light: Water-based, preservative-free and fragrance-free, I tried this after I started using Bioderma Sensibio H2O (love it!). Bioderma is available at Shoppers Drug Mart and online through Murale. PRICE: $29.95 CAD

Do you have a favourite moisturizer for sensitive skin?

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Review Revlon ColorStay Concealer

Revlon ColorStay Concealer in Fair

Revlon ColorStay Concealer in “Fair”

Revlon’s ColorStay Concealer is meant to “conceal blemishes and dark circles” and provide “full yet undetectable coverage”. I purchased this to use for concealing blemishes. I was disappointed with it, especially since the Revlon ColorStay foundation is actually really long-wearing. The concealer is not.

It has quite a thin consistency for a concealer (its similar to the foundation), so I found it a bit difficult to apply over blemishes to achieve “full coverage”. It tended to look cakey, not “undetectable”. It didn’t stay put all day. Worst of all, I think it actually aggravated any blemish that I tried to conceal!

At $11.99 CAD, I think this concealer is a pass. I didn’t use it as an under-eye concealer, so I’m not sure if you would have better luck with it used in a different way.

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Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets

Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets

Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets

I ordered two wrap bracelets online through the Victoria Emerson site. I was a bit skeptical because although the “regular” prices are listed as $199.00, they’re ALWAYS on sale for $24.99-$29.99. I ordered two bracelets: Midnight Mist (on sale for about $27.50 CAD) and Silver & Black Pearl (on sale for about $33.00 CAD).

With taxes and very reasonable shipping ($7.71 CAD) it worked out to a total of $74.75 CAD. I didn’t incur any additional customs charges and I received them in about a week.

Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets. Top: Silver & Black Pearl. Bottom: Midnight Mist

Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets. Top: Silver & Black Pearl. Bottom: Midnight Mist

I really like them. They look pretty much like the photos on the site. I believe they’re real leather because they smelled like leather. I have no idea if they actually are “hand made” as claimed. The fastener seems like good quality and has three loops to accommodate different wrist sizes. They are comfortable to wear.

Do I think they are worth paying $200 for? Absolutely not. Do I think they are worth paying $25-$35 for? Absolutely! Fortunately the “sale” seems to be perpetual 🙂

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Top 5 Drugstore Blushes for Fair Skin

Top 5 Drugstore Blushes Fair Skin
After starting with my Top 5 High-End Blushes for Fair Skin I said I would return with my top 5 “drugstore” picks. Let me start by admitting that my choices are definitely on the higher-end of what is available in drugstores in terms of price. Although I have plenty of favourite inexpensive makeup products, I find that every time I search through lower priced blushes I have a difficult time finding shades suitable for fair skin. For some reason, lower-priced blushes tend to be either very, very bright or very, very dark. I would love to receive suggestions for good drugstore blushes in more subtle shades that work on lighter skin tones.

Anyway, here are my top five best blushes for fair skin:

NYX Angel blush

NYX “Angel”

The one really big exception in my search for drugstore blushes would be NYX. I love NYX powder blushes and find they wear longer on me than any other blush I’ve tried, including high-end blushes. After 8-12 hours it looks exactly like it did when I first applied it. There are so many shades (at least 25 I believe) but NYX Angel is my absolute favourite. It a unique “neutral” type of blush, with a subtle sheen, that I can only describe as peachy-pinky-apricotty perfection! NYX describes it as “matte soft pink” which I think is totally inaccurate 😛 ($6.50 CAD)

Benefit Coralista Blush

Benefit “Coralista”

Benefit Coralista is a beautiful coral blush with a bit of shimmer. The Benefit blushes have a slight scent that fades after applied. It has not irritated my skin, but I don’t wear it everyday, just in case. I know the price point on this one is high, but in Canada, Benefit is available at all Shoppers Drug Marts. Plus, you could redeem your Optimum points for this and get it for free! ($36.00 CAD)

Cargo Tonga Blush

Cargo “Tonga”

I mentioned this one in a Cargo haul. I have been obsessed with it since I got it. Its a completely matte “earthy” pink – a brownish-pink with a hint of mauve – that is perfect for fair skin. Again, expensive, but in Canada, only sold in drugstores. ($26.00 CAD)

Physicians Formula Rosy Glow Mineral Blush

Physicians Formula “Rosy Glow” Mineral Wear Blush

I heard about Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Blush in “Rosy Glow” when it was mentioned as a drugstore favourite by Tati (GlamLifeGuru). What I like about the Physicians Formula blushes is they are fragrance-free, long-wearing, and come in really light and natural shades. What I don’t like about them is the bulky, unwieldy packaging. “Rosy Glow” is a very natural looking, mostly matte, light pink. ($15.99-$19.99 CAD)

Bourjois Radiant Rose / Rose Eclat

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in “Radiant Rose / Rose Eclat”

I picked up several Bourjois blushes last year in England (view post). Although Shoppers Drug Mart carries Bourjois, I don’t think the shade Radiant Rose – a matte, warm pink, which turns out to be my favourite – is available in Canada. They do have lots of other shades that work well with fair skin though. ($19.00 CAD)

Here are all five side-by-side, swatched in natural daylight:

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Swatches (L-R): NYX Angel, Benefit Coralista, Cargo Tonga, Physicians Formula Rosy Glow, and Bourjois Radiant Rose

For information on where to purchase these brands in Canada, checkout my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians.

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I’d love to hear what your favourite blushes are for fair skin!


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