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June 2016

Bold, Bright Summer Lipsticks

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Top row, L-R: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic; Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in In Vogue; Maybelline Creamy Matte in Craving Coral. Bottom row, L-R: Bite Amuse Bouche lipstick in Persimmon; NARS lipstick in Jungle Red; Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Poppy Nude.

Wearing a bright lip isn’t always easy for me, but if there’s ever a time to just go for it, summer is it.

I poked through my comically oversized collection of lip products and pulled out six of my favourites for summer, which range in colour from red to orange to fuchsia. I was surprised that I didn’t reach for any liquid lipsticks, since I love how long wearing they are. I think it’s because even the most comfortable liquid lipstick can’t beat out the comfort of a lipstick or lip crayon. In the heat, comfort is king.

I loathe fussy lipstick, and can be shy when it comes to colour. Here are six that I find easy to wear, ultra comfortable, and perfect for cheery, summer days.

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June 24, 2016

Easy Way to a Natural and Subtle Sunless Tan

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Two steps to a subtle, sunless tan

I recently discovered a foolproof way to get a natural and subtle sunless tan. As a pale gal, I like using self tanner on my body in the summer months, just to… take the edge off. I always protect my skin with sunscreen while out in the sun, so I rely on sunless tanners if I want a bit of a tan. My goal isn’t to deepen my skin tone dramatically — I just like to add just a hint of colour.

Here is my 2-step method for getting an ultra natural looking sunless tan that will last just as long a traditional sunless tan.

What you’ll need for subtle, sunless tan

  • Exfoliating mitt or cloth
  • Moisturizer
  • Tanning mitt
  • Buffing brush
  • Self tanning mousse

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June 20, 2016

Disappointing Shopping Experience – PÜR Cosmetics


When Ebates had their amazing 15% off deal last month, I jumped on the chance to try out a couple of beauty retailers that I had never ordered from before. PÜR Cosmetics was definitely at the top of my list — their Moonlight Glow Strobe Palette was calling my name. I ordered the strobe palette and a limited edition correcting primer (which is no longer listed on the PÜR site).

Despite my high hopes, shopping on the PÜR website left a lot to be desired and, sadly, so did their products.

Canadians should keep in mind that while PÜR does ship to Canada (and rather quickly at that) their prices are listed and processed in US dollars. Shoppers Drug Mart carries PÜR, but in my experience selection is pretty limited unless you go to a location with a full prestige Beauty Boutique. Otherwise I’ve never seen the brand take up much more space than an endcap.

I’ll cut right to the chase: if you’re interested in PÜR Cosmetics products, try before you buy, and then buy them at Shoppers. I would have passed on everything I purchased had I swatched them in stores or had a chance to see the packaging.

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June 13, 2016

Battle of the Bronze – Marc Jacobs Highliner Dupes

Bronze Liners: NYX, Smashbox, Marc Jacobs

Bronze liner is what I turn to when I want to add a bit of smokiness to an otherwise minimal eye. It’s warmer and softer than black, and provides enough definition to elevate the look without taking it over the top.

I recently purchased the NYX Retractable Eye Liner in Bronze, and when I got it home I realized that I have two nearly identical colour dupes: Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Penny Lane, and Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Ro(Cocoa).

These three liners are so close in colour, and each at a different price point — I decided to put them to the test. Read more…

June 13, 2016

Best Balms

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L-R: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, Clarins Instant Light Comfort Oil, Supergoop AcaiFusion Lip Balm.

No matter the season, I make sure to have nourishing lip balms on hand to ensure my lips stay smooth and moisturized throughout the year. Here are the three heroes that keep my lips from getting chapped in the dry winters and hot summers.

First, the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask ($30 CAD). I use this every night before I go to bed as part of my evening skincare routine. This mask is thick and really stays put; I can still feel it on my lips after a full night of sleep.

The major downside of this product is the packaging. Its tube does not include an applicator, so I squeeze some product onto my finger and apply to my lips. The opening is too small to dispense the thick product easily — it gets better with use but for the first little while, it is really hard to get the product out, especially if its stored in a cool spot. If you have any issues with your joints in your hands, forget this — you’ll find it impossible to use.

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June 6, 2016

H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blushers – Worth the Hype?

H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blushers

H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blushers

When it comes to trying new brands, I’m pretty much guaranteed to reach for blushes, bronzers, or brow products. Maybe BB creams as well. BBBBbbb. These are products that I use on the regular, so I know that if the formula and colour are right, I’ll get use out of them. They could still be duds, but I’ll know that there was, at some point, a hope.

Before I jump in, let me say: H&M does not currently offer online shopping for Canada-based customers. I found these blushes at the newly renovated H&M at the Eaton Centre, which has a full beauty display on the lower level. Do you know of other good beauty sections at H&Ms across Canada? Let me know in the comments.

It was no surprise that my first foray into H&M beauty would be laser focused in the blush category, especially since they seem to be raved about in many an H&M makeup roundup. The H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blushers ($13 CAD) come in a hexagonal black, gold, and cream plastic compact (no mirror here) and contain 5g of product. I picked up Coral, Brown Sugar, and Apricot (on clearance for $5!).

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June 5, 2016

Good News Week for Canadian Beauty!

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Two exciting news items this week!

MAC Cosmetics has joined Ebates.ca, offering 3% cash back. This news was actually more exciting yesterday, when it appeared that MAC was actually offering 6% cash back. Cash back can’t be earned on Pro purchases or combined with discount codes not offered through Ebates. Still, this is better than a kick in the butt. I am definitely more inclined to purchase from MAC now that they’re in the Ebates circle.

BITE founder Susanne Langmuir working on our new Queen West #BiteLipLab location in #Toronto! 🇨🇦

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Bite Lip Lab is a heavenly place that allows you to create your own customized lipstick for about $40 USD. Bite Beauty is a Canadian brand, so it’s always been a bit of a bummer that they didn’t have a lab in Canada. That’s all changing. They are finally opening a location in Toronto!

Bite Beauty also released a Sephora-exclusive, Toronto-inspired shade of their Amuse Bouche lipstick called GTA ($30 CAD). The Amuse Bouche formula is so pigmented and creamy without being slippery.

Between these items and yesterday’s news that Boxycharm is coming to Canada, it’s a good week for beauty in Canada.

June 2, 2016