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August 2016

Anastasia Brow Wiz VS. Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil

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Here we go! Welcome to Part 3 of my brow showdown series, where I compare the Sephora Collection Retractable Brow Pencil in Midnight Brown ($16 CAD) to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown ($27 CAD). The ABH Brow Wiz has been my favourite brow product for some time. Unfortunately, the packaging keeps breaking, which renders its dual-ended design all but useless. I’ve been on the hunt for a dupe that offers comparable colour, texture, and pigment in a package that lasts for the life of the product.

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August 27, 2016
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Deal Alert: Ebates Turns 4

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Ebates is celebrating its 4th birthday with 4x the cash back on select retailers, this week only. Here’s a rundown of the best beauty deals:

Lots of other retailers are offering 4x cash back as well.

If you’ve never used Ebates, sign up here and start earning cash on your regular online shopping. I’ve been using Ebates for about two years now, and I’ve earned over $250 cash back!

August 25, 2016
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Anastasia Brow Wiz VS. NYX Micro Brow Pencil

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Fun Fact: Anastasia’s DIPBROW Pomade was my gateway product to makeup addiction. I learned a lot about skin care and makeup during a brief period of underemployment, and despite wanting all of the things, I had no choice but to exercise extreme restraint. When I drifted past a Sephora after receiving that first pay check in a while, I popped in and treated myself to ABH DIPBROW in Dark Brown.

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August 22, 2016
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Ordering Online from Camera Ready Cosmetics

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There are a few professional makeup brands—along with a handful of cult favourites—that can be tricky to get in Canada. I placed an order with Camera Ready Cosmetics in order to share my experience with ordering to Canada with you.

I was after the RCMA No Color powder, just like everyone else, after KathleenLights recommended it on her channel as an amazing translucent powder for people with dry skin (hi).

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August 19, 2016
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New Summer Foundation for a Radiant Matte Finish

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After trying a few new base products (plus incorporating a favourite from July) I’ve discovered an amazing combination that gives me a radiant matte finish that lasts All. Day. Long.

The winning combo? L’Oréal’s new Pro-Glow foundation with Laura Geller’s Balance-N-Brighten powder foundation.

I’ve been using the L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation in 203, applied with a damp beautyblender. This foundation oxidizes quite a bit — I tried three different shades before finding one that matched me, and even still I’m not so sure it’s perfect. Read more…

August 13, 2016
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July Favourites: Grass Is Greener Edition

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I can’t remember the last time I was in the US for long enough to visit Target and Ulta, so you can imagine my glee when my family decided to take a road trip to Chicago to visit my cousins whom we hadn’t seen since my wedding almost three years ago. In the intervening years, Target has come and gone in Canada; Shoppers Drug Mart has begun stocking NYX, and the brand has opened a number of standalone stores. H&M Beauty has massive displays in flagship locations, Toronto has its own MUJI, which carries lovely skincare staples and beauty accessories. Yet it’s still near impossible to get certain coveted brands and items in Canada.

I, uh, went a lil ham, but… when in Rome. Before my trip, I researched the most recommended items from brands I knew to be difficult to get in Canada, like Sonia Kashuk, Pixi, and Laura Geller. Despite having a specific list of things to look for, I couldn’t resist a few impulse buys, and good thing — they ended up being my favourite items from my US haul. Here they are!

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August 1, 2016
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