2017 Beauty Favourites

Hello everyone! I’m going to try to keep my 2017 favourites as short and sweet as possible. If there’s something you’d like to know about any of these products that I don’t mention, please feel free to leave a comment with your question! Many of these are definitely Holy Grail status for me and no matter what I buy or get sent, I keep reaching for these:

FOUNDATION PRIMER: Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer ($50 CDN) – I received a deluxe sample of this a while back and instantly loved it (and have already purchased the full size.) It smooths and leaves my skin with a nice bronze-y glow.

FOUNDATION: I have 2 favourites from this year that come from 2 different price points. For drugstore pick, I really enjoyed the Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus Foundation (approx. $8-10 CDN) as well as the Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup ($48 CDN.) The Wet n’ Wild has medium to full coverage on me and was very buildable. Not too heavy and blends well into the skin. The Estee Lauder has light to medium coverage and is VERY lightweight. It also has skincare benefits which makes this a fantastic all around foundation.

CONCEALER: TooFaced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer ($32 CDN) – I received this at Generation Beauty 2016 and it is only now getting down to the last bits in the tube (yes, I had alternated throughout the last year and a half and don’t wear concealer everyday.) No matter what, I kept going back to this one because of the lightweight coverage and the easy application with the wand.

SETTING POWDER: Makeup For Ever Ultra HD Pressed Powder ($45 CDN) – they have since changed the packaging of this powder (it is now in a rounded square matte black tin which I have also repurchased as mine has hit pan in a big way.) I love it because it’s very finely milled which makes it a dream to apply with a big fluffy brush. It doesn’t deposit any colour (hence actually being translucent) and helps set my foundation and concealer.

BRONZER: YSL Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder (discontinued collection, picked it up for $35 CDN at the L’Oreal Warehouse Sale 2016.) This bronzer just won’t give up! I’ve been using it for over a year and it still hasn’t hit pan. It was definitely a great deal and provides a natural looking bronze shade. If you ever get a chance to snag one at warehouse prices or want to splurge, I’d say the quality is definitely worth it.

BLUSH: I kept using different ones and really had no favourites!

HIGHLIGHT: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Brilliant ($48 CDN) – I saw this on a Sephora employee and as I mentioned in a previous post, he looked ETHEREAL. This highlight gives at luminous glow without any shimmer. Definitely a “lit from within” type of highlight. Not too stark white, but not champagne-y.

EYESHADOW PRIMER: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original ($28 CDN) – this has been a HG for me ever since I started wearing makeup about 5-6 years ago. It makes my shadows vibrant and helps them stay on all day.

EYESHADOW: Yet again, the Lorac Pro Palette ($44 USD – not available in Canada anymore) has been my favourite. Extremely versatile with matte and shimmer shades, I’ve definitely hit pan on a few colours at this point. I’m thinking this will be its final year since I did purchase this almost 3 years ago. I may repurchase this when I head down the States sometime this year, however there are so many newer palettes in my life that I may actually be ok (lol.)

EYELINER: Another HG is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper ($25 CDN) – the perfect liquid liner with a brush tip (felt tips irritate my lids now.) I use this EVERY DAY and will continue to until winged liner is no longer my thing.

MASCARA: Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara (approx $6-$10 CDN) – doesn’t weigh my lashes down and keeps the curl at a great price point. ‘Nuff said. (And obvi my Shu Uemura lash curler is also an HG product in my collection of tools.)

EYEBROWS: EcoBrow Defining Brow Wax ($30 CDN) – all natural and when used with their brush (sold separately) is the perfect size for my brows. Not overly dramatic but definitely gives a great brow look. I use it in the shade, Liz, coincidentally and I use this everyday!

RedTooFaced Melted Matte in Lady Balls ($25 CDN) – the perfect bold red in a non-drying matte liquid lipstick. My pick for Jays games and when I just want the classic statement lip.
Berry/plumCharlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Hel’s Bells ($39 CDN) – a demi-matte finish that is hydrating with a beautiful plum-berry shade.
MLBB – Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo in Futurist ($40 CDN) – a retractable lip crayon that is the perfect MLBB. Not too pink, not too beige, hydrating and provides a tiny bit of shine. Definitely a purse essential.

Again, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the products mentioned. I’ve also linked relevant blog posts when possible! Thanks so much for stopping by, and Happy New Year!


EATS: Ladurée Yorkdale

Hello everyone! I had only vaguely heard of Ladurée over the last few years and it was mostly my American friends in NY who mentioned it. So when they opened up at Yorkdale last week, I knew it was only a matter of time until I would finally try their famous macarons. (Long story short: I waited in line so you don’t have to.)There was a line outside the shop that wasn’t too huge when I arrived around 4pm. I ended up waiting for about 20 minutes outside and then roughly 5 minutes once inside to order. While you’re outside, you get a glimpse of the beautiful storefront and the interior.  Continue reading

Physicians Formula 2018 Preview

Hello everyone! I recently attended the Physicians Formula 2018 preview breakfast at Planta in Yorkville. I had been wanting to try this vegan restaurant for a while now so it was great to finally have an opportunity to do so. The interior is beautifully designed and decorated with a really clean and modern theme accented by pops of green. Now truth be told, Physicians Formula was a brand that I was somewhat familiar with, however generally not on my radar as it is typically more expensive than other drugstore brands. After learning more about the brand and their products however, I now have an understanding of how this company came to be. In 1937, Dr. Frank Crandall created makeup products for his wife who needed hypoallergenic options (which, at the time was obviously not readily available.) I didn’t know that their range was great for people with sensitive skin – so hey – if you fall under that category, you’re going to want to give them a closer look if you hadn’t in the past!  Continue reading

OOAKX17 Haul

Hello everyone! It’s the final weekend of the 2017 One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale at The Enercare Centre and if you haven’t gone yet – DON’T MISS OUT! Last night they had their annual Late Night Shopping event where the show was open until 11pm with free parking after 5pm. Obviously I had to come back to shop and here is what I picked up:

Penny Candy Jam: Blueberry <3’s, Lavender and Mint, Pineapple <3’s Jackfruit, and Raspberry <3’s Bay and Lime
Go Tamago: Holiday Spirits card
Stephanie Cheng: Char Siu Bao enamel pin
Vancouver Candle Company: 10.09oz “The Annex” candle
Abokichi: Okazu Chili Miso
Black Angus Fine Meats & Game: Hot Bison and Hot Kangaroo Pepperettes (for the HF)
Claire Manning:cat tote bag

I also purchased a wide variety of Postcard Chocolate Bars from Alicja Confections (they’re not even all pictured, but they’re all going to be included with Christmas gifts!) Her site is currently under construction until Monday, December 4th but will be live for holiday pre-orders from then on!

For highlights of my favourite booths from OOAKx17 as well as a link for $2 off your admission (online ticket purchases only), see my previous blog post here.

What did you pick up from OOAK? Let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by!

EATS: Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse

Hello everyone! It was recently the HF’s birthday and I surprised him with a craft beer advent calendar (yes, I trekked to 6 different breweries) AND of course a fancy steak dinner (I took him to Barberian’s last year.)  This year I decided to take him to Jacobs & Co. after doing extensive research and discovering that they’re pretty much the top rated steakhouse in Toronto. Now of course, there’s always going to be the haters who are basically keyboard warriors. I will tell you this right now: this restaurant is not your run of the mill steakhouse. If you’re pinching pennies, you likely will get hung up on the prices, and therefore will not enjoy the experience. This is definitely a splurge (took some budgeting on my part!) but in my humble opinion – worth every damn cent.It’s very easy to miss Jacobs & Co from the street; we couldn’t see it as our Uber passed, so we got out just a bit down the street. The HF suggested that perhaps it was the building that had all luxury cars in front. He was correct LOL.  Continue reading

Estée Lauder #AllThatGlitters Holiday Preview

Hello everyone! Estée Lauder has been very kind to me over the last year so I was really excited to be invited to their holiday preview event at their Toronto head office. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it until the last 30 minutes of it (my workday doesn’t allow for me to leave early lol) so I crammed in as much excitement into those 30 minutes as possible. When I stepped out of the elevator, I was instructed to follow these adorable gifts on the floor. It was a laid-back event with some tasty treats (maple wrapped Gunn’s Hill cheese? YES PLZ.) and at different points throughout the day, they also had a figure skating performing in the middle of the room.  Continue reading

OOAK Christmas Show 2017 Highlights

Hello everyone! My favourite artisan/craft show is back at The Enercare Centre and you definitely don’t want to miss this. The One of a Kind Christmas Show is on now until Sunday, December 3rd and it is the perfect place to knock off a bunch of people on your Christmas list and hey – while you’re there, why not treat yourself? Instead of doing a gift guide as per last year, I’ve decided to share with you my Top 3 New Artisans as well as my Top 3 Favourites.  Continue reading