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April Favourites

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April was a great month for makeup. Between the Sephora VIB sale and my London holiday, I was able to pick up a small handful of products. I have been dutifully testing them out throughout the month.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil, Tropical Nights ($58 CAD)

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When the Sephora VIB sale rolls around, I go for products that I may have hesitated to buy because of their price tag.

This time around, I decided to try this illuminating bronzer from Kevyn Aucoin (I initially had my eye on their Sculpting Powder, but it was out of stock during the sale). When I first used this product I was surprised by how cool-toned and pigmented it was. Using a lighter hand with a duo fibre brush, I was impressed by the blendability and smooth application. Since it is so cool toned, I’ve been using a warmer bronzer for all over colour, while concentrating Tropical Nights in the areas I want to appear more sculpted. This is a luminous powder without shimmer or glitter; it leaves a beautiful finish on the skin but I don’t think this colour is for everyone—even those with cool, fair skin might find it too grey.

This product also comes in a warmer shade, Tropical Days.

 

Makeup Revolution Bronze Palette, All About Bronze ($11 CAD)

I won’t lie—one of the most exciting parts about visiting London this spring was the prospect of scoring some coveted products from Makeup Revolution, Sleek, and No7. Staying outside of downtown proved to be advantageous in this capacity, as I was staying within steps of both a Superdrug and a Boots, each fully-stocked and a pleasure to browse through.

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My favourite London buy was the Makeup Revolution Bronze Palette in All About Bronze. This palette has a huge mirror and eight bronzer shades that are a mix of matte, shimmer, and baked formulas. I just love how customizable this palette is! I used a big, fluffy brush to mix and match the shades, applying them around the perimeter of my face for an all-over bronzed look.

Makeup Revolution products are not currently available in Canada, but their online store ships internationally. You might find that the cost of shipping (about $15 CAD to Canada) outweighs the otherwise incredible value of their products.

 

Sleek Blush, Sahara ($9 CAD)

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Sleek blushes featured on every UK beauty must-haves list that I studied before my trip. The Superdrug I visited didn’t have a ton of shade selection, but I was taken by this deep orange matte blush. It’s so different from anything else in my collection. This blush packs a perfect amount of pigment and blends beautifully. For the rest of my trip, my go-to look included pairing Sahara with the Makeup Revolution All About Bronze palette.

Sleek ships internationally, but Canadian shoppers should note that prices are listed in USD and are subject to (wildly fluctuating, currently terrible) exchange rates. Shipping to Canada costs $15 USD.

 

No7 Triple Protection Tinted Moisturizer, Fair ($21 CAD)

Base products are my weakness, but I am particular about the look, feel and staying power of BB creams and tinted moisturizers. Looking at the No7 display in Boots, many of their base products caught my eye. My trick when shopping for foundation is to swatch a bit on the back of my hand while I browse around the store. If the swatch looks dry, crumbly, or starts to settle into lines by the time I’ve had a look around, I know it’s a pass. I picked up this Triple Protection Tinted Moisturizer because out of the few products I tried, it was the only one that appeared undetectable on the back of my hand after ten minutes or so.

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Admittedly, there are a bunch of strikes against this product: the shade range absolutely sucks, it was a little pricey (though Boots had a buy 3 for 2 deal), and I’m not wowed by the low SPF (you won’t use enough of this product to get the stated level of protection; use a separate sunscreen under your makeup). Despite that, I can’t deny that this product offers a great amount of coverage with a very dewy finish. Even applying a light dusting of powder allowed the glow to shine through. For application I usually prefer to use a blending sponge, but this product applied best with my fingers.

 

I have lots of other new products, but I’m still trying to work out whether they’re favourites just yet! Stay tuned for May’s favourites to learn more.
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April 28, 2016
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