Attack of the Jumbo Lip Pencils

Jumbo Pencils

One of the biggest trends in modern beauty is the jumbo lip pencil.

It usually sits somewhere between a conventional lip pencil, a lipstick, a stain, and a balm. Some are shinier than others, some are more pigmented, and some stain long after the balmy finish has worn off.

I took a look at my jumbo pencil collection and realized that I have quite a few from a number of different brands. I decided that this presents an extraordinary comparison opportunity. Not only that, but I’ve done a lot of the comparing in my head already because I value some over others for particular reasons.

I’ll quit dawdling and get on with the comparison. (Skip to the end for the TL;DR.) Read more!

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Chiaroscuro: How to Contour and Highlight

Contour Highlight Blush Collage

All my artists out there, you know what’s up.

The fancy term is from my grade 9 art class. Chiaroscuro means creating strong contrast between light and dark.

In the makeup world, the way to do that is with contour and highlight. Contouring means creating dark areas that appear to recede, usually using a bronzer or contour product (in cream or powder form). Highlighting uses a light or shimmery product to make certain areas of your face ‘pop’.

The usual way to do this is by contouring your cheekbones, temples, and jawline. I then like to highlight my nose, cheeks, and Cupid’s bow.

Here’s a step-by-step of how I like to do it, complete with weird faces! Read more!

The Glam Night Out

The Glam Night Out Collage

As much as I love natural-looking makeup, some events in life just call for the full shebang. Read more!

The Do-Not-Buy List Vol. 1

The Do-Not-Buy List

With a beauty obsession hobby comes the inevitability of not liking products. Luckily, most high-end stores like Sephora have phenomenal return policies where even if you’ve opened a product and tried it, they will take it back if it didn’t work out for you.

As a result of this return policy, I don’t actually have most of the products I regret buying, as I’ve taken them back and exchanged them for products I now love. Nonetheless, here’s my cautionary tale: the products I would not recommend. (Do note that these products might work for you – they just didn’t work for me!) Read more!

10 Products I Would Repurchase

10 Products I Would Repurchase
The concept is simple, ubiquitous, and mildly terrifying to product junkies everywhere: if all your makeup disappeared, which ten products would you repurchase (first)?

I’m going to keep mine simple and narrowed down to only makeup (simply because there are probably 10 hair products alone that I regularly use and love…*cough*).
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EpicProduct!Review: CoverGirl TruMagic

CoverGirl TruMagic

Please excuse the overexcited title. This product excites me, you see. It’s CoverGirl TruMagic, and it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen at the drugstore, so it takes a bit of explanation.

Mally Cosmetics makes a similar product, so if you’re familiar with that, feel free to skip over this description. If not, read on!

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New & Exciting Products

As a lover of all things beauty, I keep my eyes open for new launches. I don’t like to buy items right away, because that’s when I tend to regret the products the most. Like some kind of makeup-crazed lion, I like to lie in wait of the inevitable onslaught of YouTube and blog reviews (check the links in the sidebar for my trusted sources!). Nonetheless, I still get excited about the products when they’re launched and in the starting stages of release. Here are a few I’m currently excited about!
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My First Bronzer: CoverGirl Queen Collection Bronzer in 03 ‘Ebony’

CoverGirl Queen Collection Ebony Bronzer

Recently, my complexion’s been looking a little blah. It’s because winter is the worst and despite my MegaBright and Never A Dull Moment usage, I still can’t shake it.

In any case, I’ve been wanting a bronzer of some sort to warm it up. I needed a bronzer that’s darker than I am, which as it turns out, is not easy to find (even with my pale winter skin). I wasn’t 100% set on it being designated as a bronzer, either; I was willing to use a brown-toned blush, or even a face powder that’s a few shades darker than I am. But I couldn’t find any of those that were reasonably priced, either.

Then I remembered the CoverGirl Queen Collection.
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