April Beauty Favorites
1. E.L.F Angled Blush Brush (C$4)– Although this is labeled as a blush brush, I use this as a contour brush. The brush is fairly dense so the surface area of the brush isn’t so big that it creates a dirty looking contour. Also, the angle makes it really easy to blend your contour up towards the cheekbones after you’ve placed the colour down. I’ve been getting a lot of use out of this brush, and it never sheds when I wash it (as expected with the quality of the E.L.F Studio line brushes). A great choice for those who want to invest in good quality brushes that don’t break the bank!
2. L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper (C$10.96) – Looking for a reasonable dupe for the Benefit Gimme Brow? Look no further. This gem does a great job with volumizing my brow hairs which gives me an illusion of fuller, more filled in brows – perfect for those “no makeup” makeup days. Although this is no super glue for super unruly brows, if you only have the occasional odd hair sticking out, you can use the Brow Stylist Plumper to tame it.
3. Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe (C$45) – This item is priceeeyyy I would probably skip it if you’re not a blush addict like me. However, if you are, this is perfect for any blush you’ll ever need, all year. You’ve got your plummy, “just been outside in the cold” blush for winter, a sunkissed, healthy peachy blush for the summer, and everything you’ll every wish for in between. The formula does not last on my cheeks as long as I hear it does on other people (6-8 hours), but it does last a decent 5 hours.
4. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (C$31) – This has probably been the best mud mask I’ve used for my combination skin. It helps keep my oil t-zone at bay, and helps with acne, but it doesn’t dry out the drier areas of my face. A little product goes a long way – I’ve had this for about a year, using it once a week and I think I’ve gone through less than half the bottle.
5. Mac 217 brush (C$30) – Paying $30 for a brush? If this brush didn’t make my eyeshadow looks so flawless, I would call myself crazy. When I first looked at the 217, I thought that it would drag any crease colour I’m applying too far up and make my eyeshadow look messy. Well after using this brush for 3 months, I can say that this little guy can perfect any eyeshadow look even without a mirror. You just bring it back and forth in your crease (windshield wiper motions) and you’ve got a seamless transition.