March 9, 2016

january/february beauty buys

Bite Beauty Lipstick in "Cava"
After seeing a friend rocking this shade last time I was in Sephora, I was like - I need that colour now. It's a lilac-grey-beige, definitely not your typical nude colour, but that's why I love it! It's subtle yet striking, and the formula is SO moisturizing!
Sephora, $23

Kiss Blooming Lash KBH02
Even though I have eyelash extensions, sometimes I like even more drama and I'll add a pair of strip lashes, and these intrigued me on a stop at Walgreens when I was in Vegas. They are multi dimensional and seem like they would look very natural yet gorgeous!
Walgreens, $5 (USD)

Wet n Wild Contouring Palette "Dulce de Leche"
This 2 colour palette is compact and perfect for traveling and was only $5!
Walgreens, $5 (USD)

Maybelline FitMe Concealer "Sand 20"
A very creamy, blendable concealer, and this shade is perfect with my skin tone. Love it!
Shoppers Drug Mart, $6.99 (on sale)

Quo Professional Fan Brush
This brush is part of the 'professional' series of Quo brushes available at Shoppers. I find they are made a little bit better than their silver handled counterpart, and the brush selection is much better. I would never trade them in for my MAC or Sephora Pro brushes, but they aren't terrible.
The Beauty Boutique, $20

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Last Lip Colour "Teaberry", "Crimson" & "Neverending Nutmeg"
I tried the colour Neverending Nutmeg after reading a recommendation from Beyonce's makeup artist, and LOVED it! The colour was a perfect nude, and the formula did not budge or crack for all day wear! I picked up this colour plus a brick red and a plum to keep in my makeup kit.
Shoppers Drug Mart, $8.99 (on sale)

No Dark Shadows Complexion Enhancer
A multipurpose cream highlighter to brighten shadows and crevices on the face, perfect for the eye area. I haven't tried it yet so don't have an opinion but the texture seems nice. It's definitely an affordable alternative to my fave Guerlain Precious Light Illuminator which retails for $60!
Shoppers Drug Mart, $19.99

Smashbox Brow Tech Shaping Powder
I was so intrigued when I came across this brow product on my last trip to Shoppers! It was so unique... a fine tip applicator that mimicked a pencil, yet it was a powder formula. It went on my hand precise, smooth and pigmented, so I just had to try it! If it has a long wear formula (a la dipbrow) then I'm sold!!
The Beauty Boutique, $30

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
I've heard amazing things about this foundation, how it's great coverage and truly leaves a matte finish for us shiny girls, so I can't wait to try it.
Shoppers Drug Mart, $14.99 (on sale)

NYX Concealer Palette "Light"
NYX HAS LAUNCHED AT SHOPPERS! Let us all rejoice!! By the time I got to check it out, the shelves were half empty (no surprise), but I managed to pick up a few dece things. This concealer palette caught my eye since it seems to have a nice cool shade for cream contouring, and a trusty salmon colour for correcting under-eye circles.
Shoppers Drug Mart, $12.99 (on sale)

NYX Butter Gloss in "Creme Brûlée"
I totally forgot the reason I never picked these up before, even though they've been talked about for so long - they smell! They all come in different scents that take after fruit or desserts, and to be honest that's my nightmare. It worked in grade 6 when my lipgloss smelled like birthday cake, but those days are long behind me.
Shoppers Drug Mart, $9.49

NYX Eye Pencil "Deep Purple" & "Deep Blue"
These two seemed like good additions to the kit for people that wanted something other than the traditional black eyeliner, and the creamy formula claims to be waterproof which is a must!
Shoppers Drug Mart, $8.49

NYX Lip Pencil "Nude"
Nude lip pencils are great because even if you aren't wearing lipstick, you can still use it to contour your lips to make them seem larger. This also claims to be waterproof which is good for lips.
Shoppers Drug Mart, $8.49

L'Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow "Grand Bleu 211"
I was flipping through the latest issue of Allure magazine, and at the very back cover a big L'Oreal ad featuring this gorgeous blue eyeshadow caught my eye, and I knew then I had to pick it up and recreate the look myself! It's a part of their new series of eyeshadows that celebrate colour, and are supposed to be very pigmented and very smooth. I recently did a look with this shadow and am so impressed! The colour is fab and it truly has the pigmentation you would expect from a luxury brand.  (Check out the look I did out on my INSTA page)
Shoppers Drug Mart, $7.99

Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer
I am obsessed (as is the rest of the world) with matte lipsticks right now, so this is a must have to give you that all matte, all the time look with ANY lipstick! That's right, you're fave shade that's in a glossy finish (ew) can now be matte!!
The Beauty Boutique, $26

Precision Beauty Stippling Brush
This type of soft, flat top brush is great for applying and blending cream, liquid or powder foundations. I love my beauty blender but like to switch it up sometimes with a brush and this one is a great choice! I picked this up at Winners (you can sometimes find amazing beauty buys here FYI) and it was only $7.99!
Winners, $7.99

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