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Six Months of Boxycharm – Update & Mini-Review

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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.

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October 21, 2016
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Sephora VIB Wishlist + Tips for the Best Sale

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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:

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October 19, 2016
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Fuss-Free Lips with Balm Stains

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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.

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October 18, 2016
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Fall Flops

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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.

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October 15, 2016
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My Go-To Fall Lips

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Count me among the throngs who reach for deeper, more matte lip colour as soon as the temperature starts to drop.

I wanted to share two lip products that I’ve been loving this season. Both are incredible on their own, but together they make a great pair.

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October 14, 2016
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September Favourites

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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.

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October 3, 2016
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Best Empty Palette – Freedom Makeup #ProArtist

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If you’ve ever asked yourself why Z Palettes are so expensive, or why there aren’t many empty magnetic palette options on the market, this post is for you. I recently discovered an incredibly beautiful, sturdy, and practical empty palette that comes at a fraction of the price of other cardboard magnetic palettes.

It took me a while to warm to customizable palettes, since they always seemed a little messy and unruly. I finally bit the bullet when I decided to try Makeup Geek eyeshadows, and I’ve been sold on the idea of making custom palettes ever since. They’re perfect for travel, obviously, but being able to rearrange your eyeshadow singles (and other pan products) on a whim is an oddly satisfying endeavour. I haven’t gotten in to depotting my makeup, but I do love the flexibility and affordability of buying single pans knowing I have the empty magnetic palettes to put them in.

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September 30, 2016
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Carrying Me Into Fall – Sephora Collection Nano Lip Liners

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One of my greatest finds this month was the sale on Sephora Collection Nano Lip Liners ($5 CAD). I have happily paid full price for these in the past, but I couldn’t pass up a $5 Sephora lip pencil (especially since Ebates was offering 16% cash back at the time!).

These liners have it all — pigment, smooth application, lasting power, great colour selection (though several seem to be out of stock; perhaps they’re discontinuing this line?), comfortable to wear. I love that they come in a smaller pencil format; it’s great for travel, sure, but it’s also an inexpensive and non-committal way to try out a colour you wouldn’t normally go for.

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September 11, 2016
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