Current Beauty Favourites

Hello everyone! It’s been a while but if you’ve been following me throughout the years – you know that it’s a bit of a challenge to blog regularly during the school year. The good news is that summer is just around the corner so I’ll be able to focus on my blog more. Anyway, I figured I would share my current beauty favourites! 

-Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Foundation Primer ($50 CDN) – This primer makes my skin glow and works really well even on its own. It smooths, it brightens, and keeps my makeup on all day.
-Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation in Light-Medium Neutral ($47 CDN) – This was my go-to a few years ago, not surprisingly because Estee Lalonde had mentioned it several times on her channel. I love it because as the weather gets warmer, I want my skin to be as light as possible in terms of product and I just wanted to take a break from liquid foundations. This one is a loose powder which provides buildable medium coverage.
-Glossier Stretch Concealer in Medium ($22 CDN – purchased at their Toronto pop-up) – To be honest, this is just the concealer that I’m using now because it’s the right shade and I need to use it up before buying a new one. I do enjoy that it’s lightweight and helps conceal redness as well as dark circles, however I think I’d prefer a traditional wand + bottle as opposed to a little pot. It’s a fine concealer – I would possibly repurchase if they came back to Toronto, but I probably wouldn’t order it online (US $$ + shipping.)
-Anastasia Beverly Hills x Amreezy Highlighter ($36 CDN, LE) – I first wrote about this magical highlighter a couple of months back since it was an early birthday present to myself. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be available anymore but this highlighter is probably one of the best I’ve used in a while.
-Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Brilliant Nude ($45 CDN) – I bought this because Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog wrote about it as an Unsung Makeup Hero. I love it because it looks super natural however gives my cheeks a healthy glow along with just a touch of warm colour. It blends beautifully and would highly recommend it!
-Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude Waterproof Mascara (approx. $6-$10 CDN) – I like the more slender and curved brush with this newer addition to the Lash Sensational range. The waterproof formula definitely helps keep my lashes curled; however this does not add volume. The effect is pretty and more natural this way.

All of the products mentioned are available at Sephora with the exception of Glossier (online only for Canada) and Maybelline (which can be found at your local drugstore!) Please let me know if you have any questions about anything I’ve mentioned, or if you also share any of these favourites!

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BEST MAKEUP BAG EVER: Lay N Go Cosmo

Hello everyone! It was recently my birthday and my absolute favourite gift I received this year was one from the HF. I’d been getting increasingly more annoyed with my usual travel makeup bag because unless I dumped everything out, it was hard to find what I needed. Those days are gone as he got me the Lay N Go Cosmo. I had seen this on Instagram within the last year and was intrigued and man – it is definitely worth the hype.

When closed, it is pretty compact (smaller than my previous Rebecca Minkoff x Holt Renfrew makeup bag) and everything is secure. When opened, it lays round and relatively flat making it so much easier to do my makeup since I’m not wasting time rummaging through a mess. There are elasticized straps for my brushes and I love that the bag has “walls” so that nothing can roll away. 

As you can see, it fits a pretty fair amount of makeup (this is everything that I would use for full-face.) I love this bag and would highly recommend it, especially if you travel a bunch.

You can order the Lay N Go Cosmo on Amazon.ca (approx. $29.95CDN – this is NOT an affiliate link! I just really enjoy this bag LOL.)

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OOAK Spring Show 2018 + HAUL

Hello everyone! If you blink, you might miss the Spring One of a Kind Show and Sale. It began on Wednesday, March 28th and only runs until this Sunday, April 1st at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. It’s a great time to replace anything you’ve gotten rid of during any spring cleaning (LOL) or just to check out some great handmade goodies.  Continue reading

EATS: March Break in #HamOnt

Hello everyone! Hamilton is my 2nd home and I was glad to have a staycation there for the entire March Break. I seized this opportunity to really enjoy myself and eat ALL of the delicious things in and around this great city (yes, I went to Burlington a couple of times during the break.) Here was my week at a glance:

SATURDAY: Pintoh Cuisine (399 Elizabeth Street, Burlington)
We were lucky to have been able to come here during the last weekend of Taste of Burlington. I had been to Pintoh before with TasteHamont and I was determined to bring the HF here too. Before this night, he had never actually had authentic Thai food so I was so glad to finally introduce him. It was a fantastic prix fixe deal – $40 per couple! They have something similar regularly called The Pintoh Experience for 2 (which we will definitely try the next time.)

We started off with Nam Khao Som Moo (which I just learned is actually Laotian in origin) which is my new favourite dish. It is a fried curried rice salad that was spicy and savoury but very well balanced with acidity and ginger and that awesome fermented sour sausage. Seriously – if you had asked me 5 years ago to eat anything that was “fermented” I would’ve been very suspicious. This is a MUST ORDER.  Continue reading

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Amrezy Highlighter

Hello everyone! My birthday is coming up next week and I decided to treat myself to some early birthday presents (I’m turning 32 – woohoo!) One of the goodies I snagged was the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Amrezy Highlighter since one of the makeup artists I follow (who is also a friend of a friend) had been raving about it and demo-ing it in her IG story. I love a good gold highlight and I can’t wait to rock this when I’m super tanned in the late spring/summer. Truth be told, I am not exactly sure who Amrezy is but the highlighter is what dreams are made of. I love that it’s not a super yellow gold and it is not subtle. The product itself is gorgeous with the rippled texture in the pan.  Continue reading

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution: The Queen

Hello everyone! When I saw this lipstick in store, I was very dramatic. I had first seen Charlotte Tilbury’s The Queen on Instagram and I was sad that it was an online exclusive (I generally try not to order much when it’s in US dollars…although it seems like they may charge in Canadian dollars now…will have to confirm.) Fast forward to just a few weeks ago when I was walking through the makeup department at Nordstrom and when I saw it, I literally said out loud, “Oh my God. The Queen is here!”

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