Browns, neutrals, and oranges have ruled the cosmetics roost for so long, it’s no wonder I find myself completely drawn to the emerging trend of pinks, lilacs, and iridescent tones, especially on the eyes. I love the effortlessness with which you can play with these unexpected hues; no need for an arsenal of brushes or transition shades or micellar water on cotton buds. Just swipe over the lid with your finger, and voilà!
Here’s a roundup of my favourites, from soft ballet pinks to strong, iridescent periwinkles.
I get a lot of visitors to Plateau Beauty looking for information about Boxycharm in Canada. In my original review, I said that while I liked the box, I probably wouldn’t continue my subscription beyond the two months I had planned.
I ended up sticking around for six months. While I did enjoy my subscription while it lasted, I thought I would assess the items I loved and determine whether the $200+ I spent was worth it.
For a few days each November, Sephora offers a cool 20% off all purchases to its VIB and VIB Rouge members. It’s a great time to stock up on beauty staples, buy a few gifts, or try things you wouldn’t normally buy. For the past few years, I’ve used the November VIB sale to score holiday value sets, along with pricier items for which I’m not too keen on paying full price.
If this is your first time shopping the sale, here are a few tips:
One of my favourite ways to get a bold shot of colour on the lips is with balm stains. These crayon format lip products come in a ton of colours and finishes, and the best part is that it seems to be a popular product for drugstore brands — there are so many affordable options.
Here I’ll share some mini reviews, including lip swatches, of crayons according to three different categories: matte, shine, and cream formulas.
Perhaps half the reason why I didn’t have many favourites in September is because many of the products I tried were kind of letdowns. Spending money on disappointing products is always a drag. I avoid too disappointment by taking fewer risks with categories I know I’m picky about: eyeshadow, foundation, brows. More research always goes into these buys; I’m way less impulsive with these products. I like to think I’ve learned my lesson (looking at my concealer graveyard is always a good reminder), but there are bound to be some duds even when you’re going after types products that normally work for you.
Here are a few items that just didn’t work for me this month.
Thank goodness September is over. Juggling life and work this month was hard. With my husband away on business and my own work schedule apparently on steroids, the time I normally spend attending to my personal life and hobbies (such as trying new products and writing this blog) was in short supply. I turned to many of my old standbys most days, so this list of favourites isn’t too long. Shopping my stash seemed to be the primary method for (re)discovering products that found their way into my daily routine.