Review: Real Techniques Buffing Brush

Real Techniques Buffing Brush

Real Techniques is yet another brand released by a beauty blogger that has taken the beauty world by storm. Sam and Nic Chapman of Pixiwoo are responsible for these brushes. As I peek over at my makeup brush jars, I realize that I have quite a few of them in my collection and that they figure quite prominently into my daily makeup routine.

And it’s no wonder why. They average at about $10 per brush. When you consider that a MAC brush – formerly considered the brush be-and-end-all – will cost you at least $20, Real Techniques is a bargain. Read more!


Top Four Posts in Four Months of Blogging

Top 4

Sometimes I marvel at the fact that people actually read the stuff I write, look at the photos I take, and return to see what I have to say the next day.

When I started blogging, I didn’t expect to be successful largely because I tried to start a beauty blog in the past and didn’t stick with it. But lo and behold, I write things, I enjoy writing the things, and you lovely folks seem to enjoy reading the things I write, which is super cool.

These are my four most popular posts, according to WordPress.

1. Review: Urban Decay DeSlick Setting Spray – Setting spray is important, particularly for nights out and in the summer months. I like DeSlick because I tend to get an oily T-zone situation. This post was featured on Temptalia’s Sunday Link Love. I nearly died when I found out because Christine is one of the most disciplined, thorough, and all-around best beauty bloggers out there.

2. Review: Doctor Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer (Eye Cream) – I got this product before it was available at Sephora or on the Origins website because I have an Origins counter near me that tends to get new products early. (For the curious, I still love the stuff.)

3. Review: Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm – I reviewed this cult product in one of my very first posts, and I was not impressed. It was $30 and did nothing at all for me, so I ended up returning it. I think the cult status and hefty price tag had me expecting miracles. I’ve since become wary of lip balms, particularly pricey ones.

4. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Swatches, Thoughts & a Naked Comparison! – When the Naked 3 Palette came out, I went to extraordinary lengths to acquire it. Then, like any normal person, I blogged about it. I still use it frequently, and switch it out with my Naked 1 often. I believe I mention in the post that 1 and 3 are my favourites – and they still are.

If you haven’t read these posts, they might be a fun read; other people seem to like them!

February Favourites

February Favourites

February is only two days shorter than an average month, but it’s a wonder what a difference those two days make because it always seems to just fly by.

Hopefully soon we’ll be seeing some spring weather in Ottawa, because I’ve been feeling spring in my skin and makeup choices this month. Read more!

Review: Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Gloss

UD Gloss

The world knows by now that I don’t like lip gloss, but I’ve been feeling the urge to wear lip products lately. This has prompted me to give the gloss another go.

The world also knows that I love Urban Decay’s Naked palettes. 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!

Review: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation


Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation has been touted as a dupe for Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation; the fonts are even similar, and of course the names are, too. However, I do find that they are quite different. Read more!

My Go-To Eyeshadow Look (featuring Naked 1)

Naked Look Collage

Today in one of my classes, I have to give a presentation. It’s only five to seven minutes, but I hate presentation-giving. I really don’t like getting up and speaking in front of people (says the girl who broadcasts her ideas on the internet…but that’s different!). To help make myself feel better when picturing the audience in their underwear inevitably fails, I always try to wear my hair, makeup, and outfit in styles that make me feel comfortable, confident, and put-together. It may sound silly, but this really helps me.

When I woke up this morning, I knew exactly what eyeshadow look I was going to do. Despite the fact that I’ve used pretty much nothing but Naked 3 for the past two months, I busted out my trusty Naked 1.

It never fails me. It’s probably my favourite eyeshadow palette because the golden undertones really compliment my skintone. Read more!

My Foundation Routine

My Foundation Routine

I don’t wear foundation in the summer, but in the winter, I find my skin gets splotchier and grayer, and I do need it more. Even so, I’ve found ways to cut corners because I don’t like the feeling of foundation all over my face.
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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Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Swatches, Thoughts & a Naked Comparison!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Case

Everyone and their mom is excited about this palette. And with good reason.
Read more for swatches, a comparison of all three Nakeds, and recommendations!