The 5-Minute Face Revisited

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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!

Review: Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder

One Heck of a Blot Collage

Soap & Glory is an up-and-coming brand. It’s more readily available in the UK, but Shoppers DrugMart carries some products – primarily their body care. However, their makeup has been getting rave reviews in the blogging community, so I was super excited when my mom went to London and grabbed me a few items. (Thanks again Mom!)

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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!

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in “Stellar (501)”

Packaging Collage

I bought this product because of the name. I’m a sucker for a good pun. (But then when they released these in the US they called them Rimmel Show-Offs? They’re still Apocalips in Canada, though.)

I also bought this because it was touted as a dupe for the YSL Glossy Stains; however, since biting the bullet a few months ago and actually buying a glossy stain, I can safely say that they are completely different products.

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The Five-Minute Face Edit

Five Minute Face

This past week was my first week of school after Christmas break, and my sleep schedule was still not quite right. On Friday morning, even though I set my alarm to give myself more than enough time, I ended up with twenty minutes to get ready (including a shower and breakfast!). Despite my panic, it resulted in a cool edit of six must-have products for when you’re in a rush (or if you just like to get your makeup on without much fuss!).

  • A versatile concealer is, in this situation, your complexion-perfecting best bud. My choice is Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in ‘Amande’ (bonus points for the shade name being one letter away from my name). It works under the eyes and to cover dark spots or blemishes.
  • A setting powder that is appropriate for your skin-type is another great idea. I like Rimmel Stay Matte powder because it keeps me matte throughout the school day. If you’ve got dry skin, a loose or brightening powder might be a better option.
  • A fuss-free blush helps give the whole face a pick-me-up without taking up too much time. Benefit Rockateur is like a blush and highlight all in one, and you can pack on the colour without ever looking cakey or overdone.
  • An eyebrow product is a tempting step to skip, but eyebrows frame the face and make you look pulled together. I use NYX Nude Matte in ‘Betrayal’ as a brow powder. It’s inexpensive and super blendable.
  • Mascara is a step I cannot skip. (I think I curled my lashes on Friday morning, too.) It gives you a little definition and helps open up your eyes. In a rush, I skip my mascara trifecta and just go for step 1: Maybelline’s The Rocket Waterproof.
  • A tinted lip balm is something you can swipe on on the way out the door. It’s hydrating, and gives a sheer hit of colour without much effort at all. Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in ‘Coral’ is working nicely for me these days, but I’ve also tried (and nearly finished!) the Berry shade.

    And that’s it! Six products and five minutes for the days where you’re running late but don’t feel like going completely bare-faced.

  • November Favourites!

    November Favourites
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    November has come and gone. To celebrate (or mourn?), here are my November favourites!

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    Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliner in Beige

    Rimmel ScandalEyes

    One of the classic tricks in makeup is to put white eyeliner on the lower waterline to make your eyes look wider and more awake.

    Well, I’ve tried it. And maybe it’s because I have darker skin, but it just made me look like a crazy.

    I’ve found that, regardless of your skin-tone, you can achieve a less unearthly “awake” effect by opting for a beige liner instead.

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