March 2016 Beauty Favorites
- Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown ($23 CA) – I used to not like this stuff because it was too emollient for my taste. used the Essence angled brush and I picked up too much product – turning my bare brows into thick, bold brows that didn’t match my face in seconds. Now that it’s been a year, and the product has hardened a bit, I pick up just the right amount of product for a natural look. I choose this product over my other brow pencils and powders because it lasts the longest on my brows and is easier to work with in my opinion. Although the Anastasia #12 angled brush ($23 CA) isn’t a necessity, I do think that it helps with application.
- Nyx HD concealer ($8 CA)– This concealer is awesome! I remember hearing great reviews on it, particularly Jessica Braun’s video comparing this to the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (she thought it was a great alternative version). The shade I have leans pink (as seen in the swatch below) and I prefer that in my concealers because they can correct discolouration I have beneath my eyes and cover at the same time
- Aussie 3 Minute Miracle ($3.46 CA) – I’ve heard about this product since I started watching youtube when I was in high school. Tons of Youtubers would rave about it and comment on its effective performance and cheap price. You can imagine how excited I was when I realized that they came to Canada. This stuff seriously works. It smells like tropical coconuts and it always leaves my hair feeling extra soft and shiny the next day.
- L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss ($11.96 CA) (review) – Although the finish is not completely matte without blotting, I love the finish of this. I’ve been picking up the shade Statement Nude for when I’m going for a nude brown lip. For an alternative that is more matte, I would go for the Revlon HD Matte Lipcolour (review).
- The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil ($12, psst…stock up during the buy 3 get 3 free sales!) – I’ve probably gone through about 6 of these little guys. I use this in my night time skin care routine to disinfect and treat my pimples over night. While I have found that this loses it’s effectiveness after years of use, I keep this in my routine because I love how it’s a natural alternative to the many harsh chemical-filled acne treatments out there.
- Wet n Wild Contour Palette in Dulce de Leche (~$5 CA I threw the receipt away…whoopsie)(review) and Nyx HD blush in Taupe – The Wet n wild contouring palette is warmer than the NYX taupe blush. The Nyx blush is slightly more pink toned than typical cool toned powders. Sometimes I feel like I don’t need to apply a blush after putting this on because it brings a light warmth to my cheeks. Both are great drugstore alternatives if you are looking for cheaper options to the many higher end contouring products. Click the review hyperlink above for swatches comparing the two.