Boxycharm is a highly coveted beauty subscription box that was, until today, only available in the US. Now, Canadians can subscribe to receive a monthly box of makeup and skincare items whose retail value usually far surpasses the monthly cost of the box.
How can it be that a month has already passed since my first post on Plateau Beauty? May zipped by, that’s for sure, but it’s been an exciting mix of warm weather, long weekends, and new ventures. I can’t complain.
This month’s favourites features a mix of new, new-to-me, and rediscovered products.
Let’s jump in!
Summer, to me, is exponentially more enjoyable with a fuss-free beauty routine. That means sunscreen, tube mascara, waterproof brows, and a sheer balm on the lips that can be reapplied without a mirror.
Enter The Artist’s Studio Hydrating Lip Tint, which I found at Anthropologie for $14 CAD. (Do not buy from the website, since prices are listed in USD and it’s still $14.)
These balms come in bullet form, in the most wonderfully designed cardboard tubes. Each colour in the collection features a different summery design, with mid-century-inspired bathers and graphic motifs illustrated by Lou Taylor. The packaging is so striking and adorable, I found myself trying to decide on a design rather than a colour!
For every day, I prefer a skin-focused makeup look that enhances my natural features. Here are the products I use to get a fresh, minimalist face every day.
First thing’s first. I never go without applying sunscreen to my face, and this is my go-to. This sunscreen has a strong alcohol smell when you first apply it, but it dissipates quickly and somehow isn’t drying at all. I have zero tolerance for the powdery or gritty finishes that some sunscreens leave; this one absorbs fully into your skin the way a moisturizer would and doesn’t interfere with makeup.
One of my favourite places to browse for beauty and wellness is Urban Outfitters. They always stock unique brands that I’ve either never heard of or seen in person, and the displays always convey such a serene, relaxed mood. Bath teas and salts, masks, aromatherapy—perusing the displays is a lovely reminder to take time for yourself; to settle down and unwind.
HOW is this still in stock?! A full size lip primer, three mini Amuse Bouche lipsticks (Gazpacho, Verbena, Beetroot), a mirror, and a makeup case? Bite Beauty always has the best value sets, and this Spring Fling set is no exception. Even better, it’s on sale at Sephora right now.
I have a bit of a bronzer problem. Bronzer is my go-to category, so I’ve acquired a bit of a collection. Here’s my roundup of tips and favourites.
Bronzer is one of those products that needs the right tools. Most other products can withstand a bit of improvisation, like using those horrendous sponge-tip applicators that come with drug store eyeshadow (they work in a pinch!). Bronzer is not one of those products. Do not use the silly brushes that come with some bronzers, they are completely useless. If you have the right brush, your bronzer will look great even if you don’t have quite the right shade.
Before I jump into sharing my product recommendations, let me start with my two favourite brushes for applying bronzer.
From now until May 21, 2016, enjoy 20% off at CoverFX.ca as part of their Friends and Family sale (minimum purchase of $20; no code required). Free shipping in Canada over $75, plus 2 samples.
I thought I’d post a quick review of my shopping experience at Beautyboutique.ca. Obviously I’ve browsed the aisles of many a Beauty Boutique inside various Shoppers Drug Mart locations, but had never actually tried ordering online.
Want to build your own custom eyeshadow palette? Here are my tips for getting started.
I know I’m in the minority, but eyeshadow palettes don’t really do it for me. I have an extreme minimalist aesthetic when it comes to eyes, and most palettes contain too many shades that I know I won’t use. I once spent my Shoppers Optimum points on the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, and gave it away six months later because I just never, ever used it.