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De-Cluttering my Makeup Collection: Tossing some things I didn’t like

As I mentioned in my last post, I just bought a house and have to sell my current house, so there’s lots of de-cluttering and packing going on. As I go through my makeup collection, I have been trying to be ruthless about tossing out things I really don’t like and probably won’t use anymore. This post is about some of those “unfavourites”: things I have tried (and in some cases tried and tried and tried) to like, but just aren’t working for me. It was time to say goodbye to:

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher and Concealer

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher & Concealer in “Fair”

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher: Since I switched to liquid foundation, I have been searching for a light, non-cakey touch-up powder to powder my t-zone with, as it can get a bit shiny throughout the day. This powder is definitely NOT non-cakey and looks very obvious over my foundation. I also hate the ginormous packaging which is way too big for my purse and looks ridiculous to use as a compact for a in public touch-ups. $15.99 CAD.
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in “Fair”: I bought this to conceal occasional blemishes (find out how my skincare routine has dramatically reduced those). Again its NOT non-cakey, looks obvious on the skin plus its slightly too dark for my fair skin tone and its their lightest shade. $10.99 CAD.

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil in Translucent

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil in Translucent

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil: I was soo excited about this product because I was a big fan of bareMinerals, but the loose powder can be a pain to carry around and use for touch ups. What could be better than their mineral veil in pressed form, I thought? Hmm…a lot of things apparently. I have really tried to make this work (different puffs, brushes, etc.) but this powder just looks awful on me. Its cakey, breaks down and looks patchy, and doesn’t help reduce shine at all as claimed. Its available at Sephora for $28.00 CAD.

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder: I have had this a while (I got it last year in my theBalm haul). I haven’t been able to part with it because the packaging, like all theBalm packaging, is just so cute. This is yet another touch-up powder that is not working for me for similar reasons as above. And although this is allegedly “translucent”, it does oxidize on me and go a bit orangey. As a stylish, portable compact I give it an “A” but I give the powder inside “F”. It’s also pricey at $26.00 CAD.

Rachel K CC Cream in Fair

Rachel K CC Cream in Fair

Rachel K CC Cream in “Fair”: I ordered this from LisalisaD1 for $39.00 USD plus shipping. I will admit I generally don’t have any luck with primers. I have yet to find one I like that doesn’t irritate my skin and/or cause breakouts (I think I’m likely sensitive to the silicone in them). I didn’t like the smell of the Rachel K, a heavily scented, old-fashioned “makeupy” smell. It didn’t work under my bareMinerals foundation or under my Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. Maybe the ingredients were at odds with each other, but this seemed to repel both foundations and make their application less smooth and even. I am passing this one on to my Mom who really likes primers and maybe she’ll have more luck.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Dandelion Blush: Soft, Pink Perfection

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

As August is drawing to a close, I’m posting somewhat wistfully about the softest, loveliest, most perfect summertime blush, Benefit’s Dandelion. This one has been on my wish list for a while and I finally ordered it a few weeks ago. I don’t know why I waited so long.

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

Benefit describes it as “finely spun with delicate mauves and pinks, this exquisite brightening face powder leaves a petal-like finish”. It’s a soft, light “ballerina” pink that can be used as a blush on fair skin. I love the finish it gives – not quite matte but not shimmery either. I actually think Benefit is right in their “petal-like” description. Everything about this powder is just soft and delicate.

Swatch: Benefit Dandelion

Swatch: Benefit Dandelion

Like all of Benefit’s box powders, it does have a light scent (which I could take or leave). Benefit’s Coralista does not irritate my skin, and so far neither has Dandelion. The box powders are one of the few scented cosmetics that my skin seems able to tolerate.

The Benefit Dandelion Box Powder is $36 CAD.

Which Benefit Box Powder is your favourite?

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Best Nars Blushes for Fair Skin

Nars Blushes for Fair Skin
Nars is known for their blushes and with have such a large number to choose from (close to 30) it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start. I had decision anxiety in Sephora when I bought my first one! I thought I’d share which Nars blushes I really like and that I think work well on fair skin.

Nars blushes for fair skin: Orgasm, Deep Throat, Amour, & Madly

Nars blushes for fair skin (clockwise from top left): Orgasm, Deep Throat, Madly, & Amour

Orgasm: I know that everyone has probably already heard of Orgasm blush, but it really is the prettiest shade. Orgasm was the first Nars blush I ever bought, probably about 10 years ago now, and I have hit pan and repurchased it several times since then. Whenever I wear it, I always get complimented on my “complexion” (Spoiler alert: Its the blush!)

Deep Throat: Rude name aside, this is also a great blush. Orgasm is a peachy pink with a golden shimmer. Deep Throat is slightly more pink with less shimmer. When I’m not feeling so shimmery and want something more subtle, I will pick Deep Throat over Orgasm.

Madly: This blush was actually recommended by a Sephora SA and is one of those shades you might overlook in the pan. A pinky-brown nude, it has a hint of golden shimmer similar to Orgasm. Its often described as “peachy” but I don’t get much peach on my skin tone (which has very strong pink undertones). It’s in the same ballpark as Cargo Tonga or MAC Prism, neutral and subtle.

Amour: I got this one after watching gossmakeupartist’s video How to Pick the Right Blusher for Your Skin Tone. Although it looks intense, this deep reddish pink sheers out to give fair skin a sun-kissed or a been-out-in-the-cold look. Its one of my favourite blushes for fall.

Swatches: Orgasm, Deep Throat, Amour, Madly

Swatches (L-R): Orgasm, Deep Throat, Amour, Madly

Nars blushes are $33 CAD and available in Canada through Sephora, Murale, The Bay, and Nordstrom.

What are your favourite Nars blushes?

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, & Java

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks

After trying out one of the Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige and totally loving it, I picked up four more. There are 30 shades in total, and I like that there’s such a great selection of neutral shades. I got Taupe (Satin), Cocoa (Satin), Chocolate (Matte), and Java (Pearl).

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, & Java

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, & Java

Well named, “Taupe” is a very light, cool toned taupe with a little bit of sheen. After “Greige” this one is my favourite. “Cocoa” is a cool medium brown that seems a little more on the matte side than a satin as its described. “Chocolate” is more of a warm brown and is completely matte. Chocolate didn’t have quite as smooth a texture as the others. My least favourite was “Java” which definitely had an uneven texture and way too much glitter for me. It didn’t appear that glittery in the pan.

Revlon Shadowlinks Swatches: Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, Java

Swatches: Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, Java

The Revlon ShadowLinks have received a lot of negative reviews. I can understand if you like really intense, highly pigmented shadows, you might not like these. But on fair skin, shadows can show up very dramatically. For example even MAC’s Satin Taupe looks pretty dark on me. The ShadowLinks are great for when I want a subtle, natural look and are great for work. I do think they would probably work best on lighter skintones (at least the neutrals I’ve tried).

They last really well on me, but I do wear them over my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer, like I do with any eye shadow I wear.

I am a fan of these cute little singles and I love the way you can interlock them to form your own palette. I got these four at Shoppers Drug Mart for 2 for $6 CAD.

What do you think about Revlon’s Shadowlinks? Love ’em or hate ’em?

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl
xoxo

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Review of bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation and Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation and Perfecting Face Brush

In terms of liquid foundation, I’m really happy with my Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, but I am such a fan of bareMinerals I wanted to try their new bareSkin foundation. This is one of the things I picked up while shopping in Vegas.

The bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation is “Clinically proven tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one…this ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance. Made with the bare minimum ingredients and formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance.”

I got the brush designed to go with it, which has a little “reservoir” in the center where you’re supposed to drop 1-2 drops of foundation and buff onto your skin in circular motions. bareMinerals says to add more drops to increase coverage.

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush (My advice? Skip it)

So here is the overview of what I liked and disliked about this foundation.

What I liked:

  • Good colour match! bareMinerals has 20 shades and the lightest one, “Bare Porcelain 01”, was light enough for me which hardly ever happens with liquid foundation. And it didn’t oxidize or darken after applied.
  • Squeeze bottle. Very sanitary!
  • Didn’t irritate my skin or cause any breakouts.

What I disliked:

  • The smell! It has an indescribable, unpleasant smell in my opinion.
  • Greasy, oily texture. I didn’t like the texture of this foundation at all. It reminded me of trying to rub in greasy sunblock. Even after shaking it well, it almost seemed like the ingredients were trying to separate.
  • The brush. The Perfecting Face Brush didn’t do it for me. No amount of “circular motions” could get this stuff to look blended and streak free.  Once I gave up on the brush and switched to my Beauty Blender sponge, I had better luck. SKIP THE BRUSH!
  • Difficult to apply/blend. Even with the Beauty Blender, this foundation took a lot of work to look blended and natural. I didn’t particularly like how it sat on my skin.

As you’ve probably guessed, this foundation was a “miss” for me. I have  tried to make it work, but I just don’t care for it. The bareMinerals powder foundation is amazing, but I am disappointed by their liquid foundation.

I paid $29 USD for the foundation and $28 USD for the brush. In Canada, the foundation is $36 CAD and the brush is $35 CAD.

SUBSCRIBER GIVEAWAY: If any of my fair-skinned subscribers would like to try this, I would be happy to mail you the foundation and brush for free  (Canadian addresses only please). I’m not going to use it, so I’d love to be able to pass it on, and maybe you will like it better than I did! First subscriber to leave me a comment, it’s yours! [UPDATE: It’s been claimed]

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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More Vegas Makeup Shopping: Mac Pro

Makeup from the MAC Pro store in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

Makeup from the MAC Pro store in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

MAC Pro store in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

MAC Pro store in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is one of the craziest shopping centres I have ever been in. It’s an entire mall made to look like ancient Rome, complete with a painted faux sky ceiling. There’s a mix of high-end shops – like Burberry, Loubouton, Versace, Dior – and stores regular people like me shop in like H&M, GAP, Sephora, and most exciting of all a MAC Pro store.

I’d never been to a Pro store and it was so cool to see all of the colourful Pro products. I asked the SA about some of the popular Pro products and she immediately asked if I’d tried Peachstock lipstick which she said looks good on almost everyone. I tried it on and I really liked it. I was nervous about the word “peach” in the name, but it has a lot of browney-beigeyness to it, and even though I am quite pale, it doesn’t wash me out. It looks very natural.

MAC Peachstock lipstick

MAC Peachstock lipstick

She also recommended the MAC Sculpting Powder and choose the shade “Bone Beige” for me.

MAC Sculpting Powder Pro Palette in "Bone Beige"

MAC Sculpting Powder Pro Palette in “Bone Beige”

The Sculpting Powder is soo soft! Bone Beige is a lovely shade for fair skin. When I was going through the pics from my trip, I saw one and wondered – hey my blush looks good, what was I wearing?  and I remembered that was the day I went to MAC and the SA had applied the Sculpting Powder. I’m wearing Peachstock too. Here’s what they looked like on:

Enjoying a Bellini at the Bellagio (and wearing MAC Sculpting Powder in Bone Beige)

Enjoying a Bellini at the Bellagio (wearing MAC Sculpting Powder in Bone Beige & MAC Peachstock Lipstick)

I also picked up a couple of lip liners because I have a MAC lipliner problem, Dervish Lip Pencil, a pretty, cool brownish-pink, and Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Staunchly Stylish, a rosey, pinkey-brown. These aren’t Pro products though.

MAC Lip Pencil in Dervish

MAC Lip Pencil in Dervish

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Staunchly Stylish

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Staunchly Stylish

Here are swatches of all four:

Swatches L-R: Dervish Lip Pencil, Staunchly Stylish Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, Peachstock Lipstick, and Bone Beige Sculpting Powder

Swatches L-R: Dervish Lip Pencil, Staunchly Stylish Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, Peachstock Lipstick, and Bone Beige Sculpting Powder

Here’s the price breakdown with approximate $CAD equivalent compared to what I would normally pay in Canada:

  • Dervish Lip Pencil – $15 USD ($16 CAD, regularly $18 CAD)
  • Staunchly Stylish Pro Longwear Lip Pencil – $19.50 USD ($21 CAD, regularly $23 CAD)
  • Peachstock Lipstick – $16 USD ($17 CAD, regularly $19 CAD)
  • Bone Beige Sculpting Powder – $16.50 USD ($18 CAD, regularly $19.50 CAD)

So I saved about $7.50 by shopping in the US 🙂

I hope you’re enjoying hearing about my Vegas shopping escapades! I have a few more posts to come.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate all your likes and comments.

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Jergens Natural Glow: A sunless tanner that works on fair skin?

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer "Fair to Medium"

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer “Fair to Medium”

Let me just start by saying I do not tan. I literally cannot tan. I turn bright red and then go back to white again. I remember in the 1990s when suddenly “self-tanning” or “sunless tanning” lotions were all the rage. I’ll admit, I tried them. What I remember about them is 1. they smelled awful, and 2. they turned my skin an unattractive, patchy and uneven carrot-orange colour. I’d essentially given up on tanners completely.

Then, a lot of people started buzzing about Jergens Natural Glow, which claims to have “no odour” and to “gradually create flawless, natural-looking color”. I am leaving for very hot and sunny Las Vegas today (hooray!), so in preparation for my trip I decided to give this new generation sunless tanner, a mix of both moisturizer and self-tanner, a try.

I can’t agree with the “no odour” claim. It definitely has much LESS of that weird self-tanner smell, but during the day I kept getting slight hints of self-tanner aroma. I have to admit it wasn’t that bad though. I would describe it as “low odour”.

But did it work on my uber-pale skin? It actually did. It applied very easily and was completely streak-free (except for my feet). Just like it claimed, the colour developed very gradually over a couple of weeks and is very subtle. It worked really well on my arms and legs. I applied regular moisturizer over my knees and elbows first and as Jergens advised, used “sparingly” on knees, elbows and ankles. The only place it looks patchy is on my feet.

I don’t think anyone would describe me as “tanned” but my once stark white skin is now glowier and slightly more golden-bronzier, and best of all NOT orange. What more could this pale nerd ask for? 🙂

Jergens Natural Glow is $11.99 CAD and is available in most Canadian drugstores (I picked mine up at Lawton’s Drugs).


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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in "Mood Exposure"

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Mood Exposure”

I couldn’t resist the lure of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes any more. The only thing stopping me was that I didn’t want to splurge without being able to actually swatch them in person. Then, I was traveling for work and had a chance to go to a Sephora and I fell in love with “Mood Exposure”. Look how pretty it is:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in "Mood Exposure"

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Mood Exposure”: Swirly goodness!

“Mood Exposure” is described as “soft plum” but I think its more on the neutral side. It doesn’t look overly “plum” on me. It gives a naturally flushed look. It has a very natural finish (not matte, but not shimmery) and it’s super easy to blend.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in "Mood Exposure" Swatch

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Mood Exposure” Swatch

The Hourglass blush is so soft. It’s the softest powder I have ever felt. Its the kind of blush that can go on lightly at first, but is buildable. You can really control how much you apply, which is great for fair skin. It just feels luxurious and the fancy, mirrored packaging certainly makes you feel like it was worth the splurge. It IS a splurge. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes are $41.00 CAD.

Have you been able to resist the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes or is there a shade you are coveting?

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How Adorable is Benefit’s new Benebalm?

Benefit Benebalm

Benefit Benebalm (with the original Benetint)

I was so excited when I heard Benefit was coming out with tinted lip balms to match their Lip & Cheek Stains. I love Benefit’s Benetint. What could be better than having it in lip balm form? How ridiculously cute is the red and pink polka-dot packaging!?

But I was also skeptical because the last time Benefit came out with lip products to “match” their famous boxed powders, it turned out to be pretty disappointing. The Ultra Plush Sheer Lip Glosses in Dandelion, Dallas, CORALista, Bella Bamba and Hoola were too sheer. I swatched them in Murale and none of them showed up on me 😦

I was not disappointed by the Benebalm! It has a lovely rosey red tint.

Benefit Benebalm Swatch

Benefit Benebalm Swatch

Benefit says it “conditions and hydrates with mango butter and sodium hyaluronate”. I do find it very hydrating and “balmy”. The best part is, it smells just like the original Benetint – that slight rose petal scent. If you are a fan of Benetint, you will probably like Benebalm. If you prefer any of the other Lip & Cheek Tints, there are matching lip balms for them too, in Posiebalm, Chachabalm and Lollibalm. They are $22.00 CAD at Sephora and Murale.

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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 NailPolishCanada.com or Nordstrom.

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Nerdy Librarian Girl

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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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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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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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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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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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Top Five Blushes for Fair Skin (High-End)

My top five blushes for fair skin (high-end)

My top five blushes for fair skin (high-end)

Sorry I haven’t posted much this week. Its the end of semester so work has been very busy. I thought I would share my blush recommendations for fair skin. This post is my top five high-end blushes. I will do my drugstore blush picks soon though!

These are in no particular order:

NARS Deep Throat

NARS “Deep Throat”

I have several NARS blushes and they have such an enormous shade range its easy to find one that works for you. My favourite NARS blush is Deep Throat, a peachy-pink that is similar to NARS Orgasm, but a lot less shimmery. ($33.00 CAD)

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 “In Love”

I mentioned this in a recent post, and I am totally in love with Chanel In Love. I think anyone with fair skin will like this natural, peachy-coral blush with a subtle shimmer that gives you the perfect glow. ($48.00 CAD)

theBalm FratBoy

theBalm “FratBoy”

The deepest of the five shades, theBalm’s FratBoy is a completely matte, corally-pink. I consider theBalm a “high-end” line because its difficult to find in Canada (most drug stores don’t carry it) and the price point is higher than what I consider “drugstore” ($24.00 CAD).

LORAC Exposed

LORAC Baked Matte Satin blush in “Exposed”

Lorac Baked Matte Satin blush in Exposed is a favourite of LisaLisaD1‘s and bought this one from her online shop actually. Despite its name, this blush is NOT matte; it has a beautiful (not too shimmery) sheen. I often use it as a highlight for the tops of my cheeks over another blush. Its fabulous on its own too. This peachy-pink blush is one of my all time favourites. If you’re searching for LORAC in Canada, try the Nordstrom’s site which has reasonable shipping and no additional customs charges. ($27.70 CAD)

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in "Dollface"

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in “Dollface”

I have three of the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes. My Dollface is the “baby” sized version, but its available in the full-size. Dollface is a light, cool-toned, matte pink. It gives a very natural flush to the cheeks and is super long-wearing. ($31.00)

Here they are swatched in natural daylight:

Top 5 blushes for fair skin -  swatches L-R: NARS Deep Throat, Chanel In Love, theBalm FratBoy, LORAC Exposed, Tarte Dollface.

Top 5 blushes for fair skin – swatches L-R: NARS Deep Throat, Chanel In Love, theBalm FratBoy, LORAC Exposed, Tarte Dollface.

For information on where to purchase these brands in Canada, checkout my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians. I’ll be back soon with my top five drugstore blushes!

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I heart L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer

L'Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer

I tried this out after reading reviews that it was similar to the YSL Touche Eclat. I haven’t been able to bring myself to pay $50 CAD for the YSL, but wanted a highlighter pen to brighten my under-eye area after concealing. Since I haven’t personally tried it, I can’t tell you if the L’oreal Magic Lumi is a dupe for the YSL Touche Eclat, but I do know that I really love the Magic Lumi.

Although called a “concealer”, L’Oreal’s description clearly puts it firmly in the land of highlighter: “Awaken your skin with targeted illumination…highlights your complexion and boosts radiance for a subtle glow. Dab it on dark areas or shadows for instant enlightenment.” This is not meant to cover blemishes or dark circles. If you buy it for that purpose I think you would be disappointed. I got it in the shade “860 Fair” and was super impressed with how light it is – actually lighter than my very fair skin. Finally, something light enough to actually work as a highlighter!

L'Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in 860 Fair

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in 860 Fair

After I apply my under-eye concealer, I dab this underneath the area I have concealed, just in that slightly more shadowy area that needs a little extra brightening (you know what I mean, and if not, check out gossmakeupartist’s video on this technique). The Magic Lumi has a light, sheer consistency, so it brightens without adding extra cakeyness. It also doesn’t crease or settle into lines. I do set it and my under-eye concealer with MUF HD Microfinish Powder.

If you have tried the YSL Touche Eclat, let me know if you think it’s worth the splurge. Would you recommend it? Leave me a comment.

The L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer retails for about $12.99 CAD.

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Drugstore Find: Annabelle Lipliners

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 420 Blush, 405 Demure, Nude (Waterproof), and  Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 420 Blush, 405 Demure, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle is a Canadian brand that originated in Montreal. It can be found in most drugstores and major chains. I think their lipliners are totally overlooked and underrated. Personally, I think they are the same quality as MAC’s lipliners – smooth, creamy, easy to wear, and last forever – and they have a fabulous selection of nude and neutral shades. And the best part? They are only $5.95 – $6.95 CND.

I have the shades:

  • 305 Nude Lustre: This is one of their Metallic lipliners, but I honestly don’t notice much difference in the formula or finish of this range vs the regular lipliners except that maybe they are slightly more shimmery. Nude Lustre is a medium warm-toned brown.
  • 405 Demure: My favourite! A soft, cooler-toned, pinky-brown. It’s a perfect my-lips-but-better shade.
  • 420 Blush: A very pretty rosey-nude liner. A “Rosie Huntingon Whiteley” type of shade.
  • Nude (Waterproof): The only difference between the regular lipliners and the waterproof liners is that the regular liners are the traditional wooden pencils, and the waterproof liners are the sharpenable plastic and they cost $1 more. Otherwise, the formula seems the same to me; I think most lipliners are likely waterproof. The actual “waterproof” line has some great shades though, like “Nude” a deep, cool brown.
  • Rose (Waterproof): A deep, rosey-pink.
Annabelle Lipliner Swatches L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliner Swatches L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

I love wearing a liner to fill in my entire lip and top with some lip balm for a 1990’s matte brown lip that stays put for hours. Demure and Nude are perfect shades for that.

Check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for where to buy Annabelle cosmetics in Canada.

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Best Foundation for Fair Skin: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 110 Porcelain Pink

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in “110 Porcelain Pink”

My last post, Foundation Graveyard: Fair Skin Foundation Fails listed all of the liquid foundations I’ve tried that really haven’t worked for me. So I thought I would give us fair-skinned girls some hope and talk about a foundation I am currently loving: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in “110 Porcelain Pink”.

I had mentioned this in a previous post along with some other things I’d been trying. I’ve been using it for over a month now and I can honestly say it’s working really well. The MUF foundation range has 26 shades! The lightest, 110 Porcelain Pink “for porcelain skin with pink undertones”, is the best colour match I have ever found. The best thing is it doesn’t oxidize or shift in colour throughout the day.

It’s also  super long wearing. I don’t even set it with a powder, although I do use the UD Setting Spray. It’s sheer and natural looking, letting your own skin come through, yet also provides good coverage. I apply it with the Beautyblender. The foundation is water-based and very light. So far, I haven’t had any issues with it aggravating my skin.

The only negative is the price: $49 CND. But I have such a difficult time finding a foundation I am happy with, I really feel it is worth it to have something that looks good, matches my skintone, and doesn’t bother my skin. It is a thin consistency and a little also goes a long way, so I feel like it will last me a long time before I have to repurchase (I can keep you updated on that). UPDATE: I am finding that one bottle lasts about 3-4 months.

If you have a recommendation for a good foundation for fair skin, leave me a comment! For where to buy Make Up Forever in Canada, check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians. Thanks for stopping by! ❤

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Foundation Graveyard: Fair Skin Foundation “Fails”

Foundation Fails L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder, Revlon Photo Ready, MAC Studio Sculpt, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Colorstay, Loreal Magic B.B. Cream

Foundation Fails L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder, Revlon Photo Ready, MAC Studio Sculpt, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Colorstay, Loreal Magic B.B. Cream

When I did my review of the Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder and Magic B.B. Cream, I mentioned doing a post on my “Foundation Graveyard” – about all of the other liquid foundations I’ve tried that have been fails – so here it is! As someone with very fair skin that’s also sensitive and prone to breakouts, I’ve always found it a struggle to find a foundation that is actually light enough to match my skin-tone (even the lightest shade is still not light enough) and that won’t irritate my skin. I have typically stuck with my BareMinerals Original mineral powder in “Fair C10”, but find that a powder foundation can be too dry for a Canadian winter.

Here is a quick run-down on why all of these liquid foundations were fails:

  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 in “Natural Ivory 20” – WAY too dark. And orange. It looks soo much more orangey on the skin than in the bottle, almost as if some strange chemical reaction happened as soon as it made contact with the air. I was so disappointed because you can’t get Neutrogena makeup in Canada and I picked this up while I was in Florida visiting my Dad. It had gotten rave reviews,  but sadly the colour range was not meant to include us pale girls 😦
  • Revlon Nearly Naked in “110 Ivory” – Out of all of the liquid foundations I’ve tried, Revlon does tend to have the best colour range and is usually the closest match I can find. Although the Nearly Naked started off as a pretty good match, it seriously oxidized during the day to get increasingly darker and more warm-toned (I’m cool toned). I also wasn’t fussy over the finish of this one. It was too sheer, emphasized fine lines, and didn’t have much staying power.
  • Stila Sheer Colour Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free in “Bare” – The Stila Tinted Moisturizer is very popular. A Sephora SA colour matched me for this one. As you can see from the swatch below it was WAY too yellow and probably the worst of the bunch in terms of a colour match.
  • Revlon Photo Ready in “001 Ivory” – I actually really loved the way this one looked on my skin. The problem: it doesn’t last AT ALL. It was a very close colour match, had a beautiful natural finish, and is oil and fragrance free. But literally within an hour it was totally breaking down and looking patchy.
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free in “Porcelain” – I got this one after reading that the MUA for True Blood used it on actress Deborah Ann Woll who plays Jessica. That girl is PALE! I mean, she’s even a vampire. I thought – well, if it’s light enough for her… Sadly, the Laura Mercier foundations are all very yellow toned. This one is way too yellow and oxidized like crazy to just get darker and darker as the day went on. Even though it’s oil free, it also did not get on well with my skin and caused some clogged pores. Total fail.
  • MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC15 – I really really loved this foundation even though I had to finally admit it wasn’t the greatest colour match. It looked amazing and made my skin feel so soft. I spent a half hour with a MAC SA who tested out the NC15s from EVERY liquid foundation they made on me. They were all too dark except this one. Like the Nearly Naked, it would start off as a good match but then oxidize throughout the day. It was also too moisturizing for my skin and did start to cause some clogged pores and breakouts.
  • Revlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry Skin in “110 Ivory” – The best colour match of them all (nearly perfect), the Colorstay was the only one that did not oxidize or shift in colour throughout the day. It’s also, as the name suggests, very long wearing. I can see why this makes a lot of peoples’ favourites list. The downside: it’s  difficult to remove. After wearing it regularly (I used almost the entire bottle) I was noticing a lot of clogged pores and breakouts.
L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Photo Ready, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, MAC Studio Sculpt, Revlon Colorstay

L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Photo Ready, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, MAC Studio Sculpt, Revlon Colorstay

If you’re a cool-toned (pink undertone) fair skinned girl like me, I hope this helps you out knowing some foundations you may want to skip. My next post will be about the liquid foundation I have found that ISN’T a fail…stay tuned!

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Cargo Cosmetics now at Lawtons Drugs

Cargo Cosmetics Blush in Tonga, and Essential Palette in Cool Neutral

Cargo Cosmetics Blush in Tonga, and Essential Palette in Cool Neutral

I was exited that my local Lawtons Drugs began carrying Cargo Cosmetics. I had never seen it in “real life” before. I knew I had to try one of their blushes. Although “Catalina” is apparently one of their most popular/best-selling shades, seeing it in person I was hesitant. It was a really bright pink! I decide to go with the “Tonga” blush instead, which to me seemed much better suited to fair skin. Cargo describes it as “pink terracotta”.

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush

Tonga is a completely matte “earthy” pink – a brownish-pink with a hint of mauve. Here it is compared to two shades from Nars: “Madly” (also a soft, brown-pink) and “Orgasm” (a shimmery peachy-pink). Tonga is similar to Madly and very different from Orgasm, to give you some points of reference.

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush Swatch

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush Swatch

I love it. It looks totally natural on fair skin. I love the packaging too, and it’s awesome that you get a ton of product: 8.9 g. I go through a lot of blush 🙂 A MAC blush is 6 g (for $25 CND) and a Nars blush is 4.5 g (for $33 CND). So although the Cargo blush is $26 CND, it’s actually inexpensive considering how much product you get. Cargo is about $2.89/g, MAC  $4.17/g and Nars $7.33/g.

I had really wanted to get an Eye Shadow Single in “Yukon”, but they were already sold out of that shade. The Essential Palette in Cool Neutral caught my eye though. I have a hard time finding cool-toned eyeshadows, especially in neutral/brown shades and especially in a palette.

Cargo Cosmetics Essential Palette in "Cool Neutral"

Cargo Cosmetics Essential Palette in “Cool Neutral”

Cargo Cosmetics Eye Palette Cool Neutral Swatches. L-R: Browbone, Lid, Crease, Outer Corner.

Cargo Cosmetics Eye Palette Cool Neutral Swatches. L-R: Browbone, Lid, Crease, Outer Corner.

The “browbone” shade is an exact dupe for MAC’s “Brule” one of my all time favourite shadows. It doesn’t show up in the photo because it’s basically an exact match for my skintone. It is a pale, matte cream/beige shade that’s perfect for blending out other shades and for a highlight.

The “lid” colour was a little disappointing because it just doesn’t show up as well as it does in the pan. It’s very light on the skin, almost as light as the “browbone” shade.

The “crease” colour is beautiful. Mostly matte with just a hint of sheen, it is a perfect cool taupe shade. The “outer corner” shade is deep, cool brown. I didn’t use the shades in the way the palette suggests, with the exception of the browbone shade.

I don’t think these shades are very dupe-able. As I mentioned, it’s tough to find cool-toned neutrals. I also love that these are mostly matte and none are super shimmery. It’s such a wearable palette. The quality of the shadows are excellent; very pigmented (with the exception of the “lid” shade) and very soft, smooth, and blendable. There also wasn’t any fall-out when I was applying them (a big pet peeve of mine).

The palette is a bit pricey at $39 CND, but I think, totally worth it. And again, like the blush, you do get a ton of product. Each shade is 3.7 g. A MAC eye shadow is 1.5 g for $18 CND. So four MAC shadows would be $72. You get way more product for a lot less with the Cargo palette.

I am looking forward to heading back to try out some more Cargo products. If you have any recommendations, please leave me a comment!

Check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for where to buy Cargo Cosmetics in Canada.

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NEW! Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush in Natural

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush in Natural

While in my local Lawton’s Drugs, I saw a display of a new line from Physicians Formula. Their “Nude Wear” line includes finishing powder, bronzer, blush, and a “Touch Of Glow” concealer/highlighter/touch-up tool.

I picked up the blush in “Natural”. The blush did initially have the slightly raised words “Nude Wear” covered in a light, sparkly over-spray, but that was swept off the very first time I applied the product.

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush in Natural

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush in Natural

I was drawn to this blush for a similar reason I was attracted to the Physicians Formula Sexy Glow blush; the super cute and super pink packaging. Luckily I am much happier with the Nude Wear blush! It is fragrance free like I’ve come to expect from their products. With the exception of the Sexy Glow, I normally really like Physicians Formula blushes.

The Nude Wear in Natural is a reasonably pigmented, flattering, peachy-pink shade that is perfect for fair skin. As I’ve mentioned before, too much pigment can be difficult to work with when your very pale. It has a mostly matte finish with that little bit of sheen (but not sparkle). I have found it very long wearing so far.

Swatches L-R: Each square individually, and then all four swirled together

Swatches L-R: Each square individually, and then all four swirled together

The Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush retails for $14.99 CAD. Check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for where to buy Physicians Formula in Canada.

Have you tried any of the other Nude Wear products? What do you think?

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Trying out The Body Shop Cosmetics

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip Balm and Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in "01 Light Matte"

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip Balm and Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in “01 Light Matte”

I had never tired any of The Body Shop’s makeup line, but after watching one of Canadian Youtuber, essie-button‘s videos, I felt compelled to check out the Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder which she continually mentions as one of her favourites. She is pretty fair-skinned, and it’s difficult to find bronzers that work on us pale skinned gals, so I thought I would take her advice and give the Honey Bronzer a whirl! The Body Shop had a buy one get one half off promotion, so I couldn’t resist also nabbing a cute little Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip Balm for $5.00 CND (regularly $10.00).

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip Balm and Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in "01 Light Matte"

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip Balm and Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in “01 Light Matte”

I really, really like the Honey Bronzer. I don’t know if it contains any actual honey, but how cute is the honeycomb pattern???

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in "01 Light Matte"

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in “01 Light Matte”

The packaging on both of these is just beyond adorable. The lip balm looks like a little honey pot! And I love the rich, brown packaging. You don’t see that colour used that often. I also thought the price points were very reasonable (the Honey Bronzer is $20.00 CND).

I am enjoying the bronzer. It’s not at all orangey or muddy, and does in fact work very well on cool-toned, fair-skin. It’s completely matte; no shimmer. I find I can use it as a contour or a blush. It doesn’t seem to contain any fragrance and has not irritated my sensitive skin. Thumbs up for The Body Shop so far. Leave me a comment if you can recommend any other Body Shop makeup products!

There are tons of Body Shop locations in Canada and you can also order online on their website.

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Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in "Fair Honey" and the Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush

Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in “Fair Honey” and the Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush

I am a huge fan of the Bare Minerals Original Foundation. I have been using it for years. I do love it, but as I get older, I’m finding it a bit drying in the wintertime. When I heard Youtuber and fellow Canadian beauty blogger, essie-button, rave about the new Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation I just had to try it out. I picked it up at Sephora for $43.00 CND (but I did have a gift certificate my lovely sister gave me for xmas).

In the Bare Minerals, I use the lightest shade “Fair – for the fairest porcelain skin with pink undertones”, so I got the Tarte “Fair Honey – fair skin w/peach undertones” which is also the lightest shade in the Tarte foundation. I also got the accompanying Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush for $31.00 CND.

The shade is a very good match for my extremely fair, cool-toned skin and it doesn’t seem to oxidize throughout the day (one of the reasons I love mineral makeup). I agree with essie-button that it looks very flawless and natural when first buffed into the skin. A friend’s teenage daughter literally reached up and touched my face while I was wearing this foundation and said “your face just looked so soft”. Can’t beat that kind of evidence! 🙂

However, at the end of the day, I don’t think this mineral makeup holds up any better than my Bare Minerals. It isn’t any longer lasting, and tends to look a little dry and patchy as the long, cold, dry February days wear on. I would say it’s about the same as the Bare Minerals in terms of staying power. I also am not as happy with the packaging. You really would have to splash out for the $30 Tarte kabuki brush because I seriously don’t know how else you would ever manage to apply this stuff with any other shape/size brush.

So, I like this foundation, but it’s quite a bit more expensive than other brands of mineral makeup and I’m not convinced that it’s worth the extra money.

Tarte cosmetics are available in Canada at Sephora.

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Shoppers Drug Mart BeautyBOUTIQUE/Chanel Haul

I was recently in Toronto and had a chance to go to the new Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUE in the Eaton’s Centre. Its beautiful! Check out Toronto Shopkeeper for a great review and some photos of the swanky new space. I also really like the new beautyBOUTIQUE store locator site where you can search by brand, because not all of the locations carry certain brands.

The best part of going to a beautyBOUTIQUE is that you can redeem your Shoppers Optimum Points there! I had $170.00 CND worth of points to redeem, and unlike some other points programs, you get to choose the products you would like to spend your points on. I headed straight for the Chanel…

Redeeming Shoppers Optimum Points for Chanel Makeup at beautyBOUTIQUE

Redeeming Shoppers Optimum Points for Chanel Makeup at beautyBOUTIQUE

Joues Contraste Powder Blush, Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow, Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick, Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour, Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow

Joues Contraste Powder Blush, Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow, Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick, Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour, Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow

Chanel Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Chanel Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Let’s start with my favourite. This is my first Chanel blush. I got the shade In Love, a light, corally-peachy shade with slight shimmer. I knew I wanted this shade after seeing actress Rose Byrne wearing it in this pic.

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Everyone always talks about the scent of Chanel blushes, so I was a bit nervous that I might find it too strongly scented or that it might irritate my sensitive skin. No worries there. The blush is very lightly scented and once applied, you don’t notice it at all. I really like the scent. It doesn’t smell like anything else. Just a lovely, sophisticated this-is-probably-really-expensive smell. So far, it hasn’t bothered my skin at all.

The blush has the same scent as the Chanel lipsticks. I already had a Rouge Coco Shine in 74 Parfait (a light shimmery pink) that I love. I picked up another Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami, and a Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle, and  Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle, and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle, and  Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle, and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami

Mademoiselle is a popular shade (it’s the one Vanessa Paradis is wearing in the original ad!) and I can see why. It’s a flattering, deep rosy neutral that would look great on many skin tones. The lipstick is very creamy and, like the description says, very hydrating.

Bel-Ami is beautiful mauvey, plumey shade. The Coco Shines remind me of the Revlon Lip Butters.  They are super moisturizing, sheer, and can be swiped on quickly without needing a mirror. I’ve worn this one non-stop since I got it.

The most interesting and unique Chanel product for me was the Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire. Whenever you see a celebrity on the red carpet or a magazine cover and read which products their MUA used, you often see the Illusion d’Ombres mentioned.

Chanel Illusion d'ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire.

Chanel Illusion d’ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire

The Illusion d’Ombre goes on smooth and creamy and then dries to more of a powder finish. It’s a bit more shimmery than I normally wear, but that’s the “luminous” part I guess 🙂 The shade Illusoire is a beautiful, rich, cool taupe. I have worn it on its own and as a base for eyeshadow quad.

Chanel Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude

Chanel Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude

Chanel Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude

Chanel Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude

Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude: This is the only thing that I was a little bit disappointed in. Although I love the colours, for a high-end brand, the pigmentation and staying power of these shadows are somewhat lacking. After the Burberry eyeshadow (think: buttery, richly pigmented, long wearing) the Chanel quad seemed sheer and definitely didn’t wear as well as my other eyeshadows, even with a primer. I will still wear them and enjoy them, but unlike the other items I got, I don’t think it’s quite worth the price.

So here is a breakdown of what I WOULD have paid, if I hadn’t had all of those sweet, sweet Optimum Points:
Joues Contraste Powder Blush: $48.00 CND
Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick: $39.00 CND
Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour: $39.00 CND
Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow: $38.00 CND
Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow: $62.00 CND

In Canada, Chanel is available in stores at The Bay, Murale, and some Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUES. As far as I know, there are no websites that ship Chanel makeup to Canada. UPDATE: You can order online through The Bay!

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What’s in My MAC Blush Palette?

Let me start by saying that I really love MAC blushes. I like that they are not as super crazy pigmented as some other blushes because when you have very fair skin, that can actually be a good thing. I find them easy to apply and build up so you don’t have that “whoa! that’s too much blush” moment. The range of colours and finishes is also pretty much unbeatable. There are sooo many great shades of MAC blushes for fair skin, but here are the six I have in my MAC blush palette:

Top row, L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen. Bottom row, L-R: Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

Top row, L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen. Bottom row, L-R: Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

Top row, L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen. Bottom row, L-R: Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

Top row, L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen. Bottom row, L-R: Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

  • Buff (matte): MAC describes this as “soft muted pinkish-peach”. I think “muted” may be code for brown. I actually use this one for contour, not blush. I was considering MAC Harmony, but it just looked too dark for me. Buff is very, very light, and not orangey-brown, so it works well as contour/bronzer on fair skin. I also sometimes use Benefit Hoola.
  • Dollymix (sheertone shimmer): MAC describes Dollymix as “pure candy pink”. It looks a little scary, but because it is a sheertone finish, it is literally sheer and natural looking. It has more sheen than shimmer. Very pretty.
  • Peachykeen (sheertone shimmer): MAC calls this one “very baby peach”. I find it similar (not an exact dupe) to NARS Orgasm. It is more shimmery than Dollymix and the most shimmery of the six.
  • Cubic (satin): MAC’s description is “soft muted pink”. This was my first ever MAC blush and was picked out by the SA. It may not wow you in the pan, but is a very natural looking, neutral blush for fair skin.
  • Well Dressed (satin): I got this one because youtuber Tanya Burr (pixi2woo) used it in so many of her tutorials. It’s a fairly popular shade and is basically a perfect, pretty pink.
  • Melba (matte): Melba is a “soft coral-peach”. I wanted to round out my MAC palette with a coral blush.

And now for the swatches…

L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen, Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen, Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen, Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen, Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

I also added a cute little sticker to my MAC blush palette so I can easily tell it apart from my eyeshadow palettes:

MAC blush palette decorated

The classic black palettes like this are no longer available and have been replaced with new palettes with a see-through lid (which are pretty nice too!). An empty pro palette is $10.00 CND, and the blush x6  insert is $2.00 CND.  Then you can have fun collecting your pro palette pan blushes which, at $21.oo CND each, are slightly less expensive than the individually packaged blushes. If you want to go all out, you can customize your own palette all at once for $138.00 CND, or just have fun playing with MAC’s drag-and-drop virtual create your palette webpage!

Thanks for stopping by! ❤

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