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.
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!
For years I never bothered to paint my nails. It just seemed like such a hassle. Now, for some reason, I do it about once a week.
My favourites nail polishes are from Essie for the simple reason that they last the longest. They can be a bit hard to work with; it’s hard to achieve the same opacity on each nail, but it’s worth it to persevere.
I have a lot of lipsticks, balms, glosses, stains, etc. It all started with Lip Smackers when I was a teenager and 100 20 some odd years later the addiction continues.
Lately I’ve been loving Revlon. I’ve tried a lot of different brands, high end and drugstore lines, of lip products and I have to say that Revlon kills it. I’ve yet to buy a Revlon lip product that I don’t like.
I have two lip butters, in the shades Sugar Plum and Wild Watermelon. I love both but reach for Sugar Plum more often because it’s an easy, goes-with-everything shade.
I have one Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the shade Lovesick. This is a lot pinker than I thought it would be, it’s pretty bold, but I still use it fairly often. The formula of these is really cool. They go on like a balm but, as the glossiness fades, you’re left with a long lasting stain. Neato.
I have one Revlon lipstick. The formula is called Super Lustrous and the shade is Fire and Ice. It’s an orangey red and I love it as a statement lip with just mascara and light blush.
Left to right: Sugar Plum, Wild Watermelon, Lovesick, Fire and Ice.
I love me some blush. I think that blush may be my favourite type of make-up. Maybe.
I’m completely addicted to my Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush. I have the shade Fearless.
It’s peachy pink and it’s a great everyday colour. There’s no glitter and it’s really well pigmented. The really great thing about this blush is that it’s a long lasting formula. They say it lasts for 12 hours and they’re not lying. I put this on in the morning and by 8:00 pm or so, when I get around to washing my face, it looks the same as it did when I put it on.
I’ve been thinking about doing some sort of theme week or something like that for a while. I ended up deciding to do 10 Days of Favourites. 10 because I got tired of taking pictures after taking that many. Obviously I am methodical when it comes to blogging.
So, my pets, welcome to the first post of my 10 Days of Favourites (do you think I can blog 10 days in a row?)!
Day 1: Hair
I just downloaded a new photo app for my phone so prepare yourselves for some tackiness slickly edited pictures.
I’ve been a devoted fan of Sebastian’s Potion 9 for some time now. This is a fantastic product for evil curly hair. It provides hold without crunchiness. You can wet it and rework the product throughout the day if your hair starts to frizz, which is the best thing about it. It smells divine. DIVINE. You know how when you visit your hairdresser they always have shampoo that smells amazing? Potion 9 smells like that. Light, fresh, yummy.
L’Oreal Evercreme Nourishing Leave-In Spray is new to my arsenal but I really like it. I ran out of my AG leave-in conditioner last week and didn’t want to break the bank replacing it. One of my favourite bloggers, Essie Button (www.essiebutton.com), raves about this line and I’ve been keen to try it. I’m converted. For a drug store product this stuff is fantastic. It tames frizz, gives curls definition, and isn’t too heavy. It smells like caramel. Yum.