Don’t be a tool

10 Days of Favourites #5: Brushes

Your make up is only as good as the tools you apply it with. That’s an expression right? I’m pretty sure someone important said it. Marilyn Monroe, or Ghandi, or someone. I’m positive.

Anyway, I don’t actually believe that, but not all brushes are created equal. For ages I used the Quo Brushes, which can be purchased at Shopper’s Drug Mart. They are not cheap, and they are not nice. The bristles are kind of prickly and they don’t hold their shape well.

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For some time now, the beauty world has been abuzz about Real Techniques Brushes. They weren’t available in Canada for the longest time. Then one happy day I found them at London Drugs! They’re an absolute steal at about $20 for a kit of three or four. I grabbed the Travel Essentials Kit and a fluffy blush brush. Sold. These brushes are fantastic. Soft, easy to clean, and they hold their shape really well. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get yourself some great tools!

Have you tried Real Techniques?

Sweet Kiss

Ok lovelies, today we’re talking lippy. I used to be all about gloss. For years I wore super glossy, sweet lip glosses. Lately though I’ve been  interested in slightly more matte lips. Slightly more matte, as in balms and lipstick. I don’t think I’ll ever be someone who wears a completely matte lip.

I’ve tried a few different lipstick brands, most recently Revlon which I adore, but most often I find myself reaching for my Bourgois Sweet Kiss lipsticks. I have two of them and I love them both.

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The first is in the shade Rose. Rose is a really nice daytime appropriate pink. It’s an easy one to wear and I like to use it if I’m meeting friends for brunch or lunch or something. It’s got quite a lot of chunky gold-toned glitter in it, so if sparkle isn’t your thing this shade isn’t for you. I don’t find it to be overly shimmery on the lips though.

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The second is in the shade Fuscia Class, kind of an odd name but I didn’t come up with it. This is my favourite of the two. This is a super bold, super bright dark pink. I love it for nights out. I wear it out to dinner, out for drinks, to shows, and just about anywhere else you’ll find me of an evening. This shade has no shimmer and it lasts for ages. The formula is creamy and glides on smooth; it doesn’t cling to dry patches or flakes.There’s no need to reapply, which is just so fantastic! 

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So there you have it! You can purchase these babies at your local Shopper’s for about $18. The price is slightly steep but these lipsticks are worth every single penny.

What are some of your favourite shades?

Just a dusting

So I’m not that into sparkle – on my face. I feel like my skin is shiny enough on its own and I certainly don’t want to make that any more evident. Honestly,  NASA could use my face to direct rockets home. But I digress.

I’ve recently become obsessed with the idea of a powder highlighter. Nothing too shiney (like a certain Benefit product that shall remain unnamed Highbeam), and nothing too crazy expensive. I went into Shopper’s a couple weeks ago with intent of using up my beloved Optimum points to replenishing a few necessities. $60 worth of points later I walked out with one blush and one highlighter. I’m a practical girl you understand. *Ahem*.

The highlighter? Smashbox Soft Lights Shimmer. This stuff is pretty dreamy. I’ve worn it every day since I bought it. It’s a super pale pinky shade with just the barest hint of shimmer.

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The formula is nice. It’s pretty soft and takes to the skin well. If you’re looking for something understated this is a good choice. There is a lot of product, which is always great. The price point is in the $30 range which is spendy but it’ll last for a long time. I give this highlighter two thumbs up.

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Are you into the sparkle?

Drugstore Faves

Hello! Did you think I’d died? Well, excellent news: I am alive! I moved to a new apartment about a week ago (LOVE it) and that kept me pretty busy for a while there. I also just needed a bit of a breather – you know? I’ve been feeling pretty stressed lately, and without going into a lot of gory detail, it’s taken a bit of a toll on me.

Anyway, I’m back and badder than ever. Today’s post is a little different but I think some of you will appreciate it. I’m going to talk about some drugstore favourites. A few of these are products that I’ve talked about before, but I’m mentioning them again so you can reference them all together mmmmmmmmkay?

1. Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butters

I’m on my second one of these bad boys and I love it as much as the first. I’m not often a repeat customer because I like to try new things, but I’m a devotee of these lip butters for life. The colours are gorgeous, the formula is moisturizing, light, and non-greasy. The price point is also a little bit of alright. They’re usually priced at under $10.

You can read my full review here.

2. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

I could wax lyrical about this stuff for days. I first discovered it over on Katelyn’s blog and am I ever glad I decided to give it a whirl. I find most powders too heavy looking for my taste, but as a greasy gal I kind of need it. This stuff is light, and just a dusting gives me a little extra oil free time (we’re not talking hours here but it certainly helps a lot). I’m on my second pan of this stuff as well!

You can read my full review here.

3. Quo Facial Blotting Tissue

I’ve tried a lot of blotting tissues. A LOT. I’ve tried Biore (kind of weird and plasticky), The Body Shop blotting papers (too powdery), and Sephora brand blotting papers (too spendy) and I always come back to the Quo Facial Blotting Tissues. They are quite thin, which I like. I can do my entire face with two sheets. They’re about $6 which is a pretty fair price. There’s not a whole lot to say about these but they’re cheap, effective, and should be part of every oily girl’s arsenal. The Quo brand is exclusive to Shopper’s Drug Mart.

4. Gosh Velvet Touch Lipstick

As I’ve said before, I love me a bold lip. Nothing finishes off an outfit like a bright pop of colour on your kisser. I’ve tried a lot of different reds but my favourite, by far, is from Gosh. It stays put friends. This is a lippy that’s going to last through an evening of debauchery fun. It goes on a little glossy but leaves your lips with a good stain of colour as it wears away. This is a lipstick that does not have to be reapplied. It’s so great that when I lost my first one, I went out the next day and replaced it.

6. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

I’m a bit of a mascara junkie, never leave home without it. The Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (it’s the pink and green one) is such a classic. I love its tiny brush, which is also great for using on your itty bitty bottom lashes. It’s not clumpy, doesn’t flake, and stays where you put it. For about $6 this mascara is an absolute steal of a deal.

What are some of your drugstore faves?

Pretty in Pink

I picked up the Bourjois Paris Little Round Pot Blush in Rose D’Or at Shopper’s Drug Mart some time ago when I was hankering for, but too skint to afford, the Nars blush in Orgasm. It’s a lovely shade of Barbie pink with gold shimmer in a cute round case. It gives you that really pretty “I’ve just stepped in from the cold” flush. I like this blush for the winter when I’m even paler (think underbelly of a dead fish) than usual.

The blush goes on nicely with no streakiness or clumping, and I find that one sweep over the cheeks usually does the trick. The only minor compaint that I have about this product is that it fades after a couple of hours, and has to be reapplied.

The verdict? For around $20 it’s not a bad value. I’d buy it again.