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May 2016

Mini Review – The Artist’s Studio Hydrating Lip Tint

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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!

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May 29, 2016
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My Minimalist Face Routine

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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.

Biore AQUA RICH Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++ Sunscreen, $14 CAD

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.

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May 26, 2016
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Bronzer Roundup for Light to Medium Complexions

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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.

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May 20, 2016
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5 Tips for Buying Single Pan Eyeshadows

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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.

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May 13, 2016
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