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  • Fuss-Free Lips with Balm Stains

    One of my favourite ways to get a bold shot of colour on the lips is with balm stains. These crayon format lip products come in a ton of colours and finishes, and the best part is that it seems to be a popular product for drugstore brands — there are so many affordable options. Here I’ll share some mini reviews, including lip swatches, of crayons according to three different categories: matte, shine, and cream formulas.

  • August Favourites – Travel Picks

    The air of nostalgia, so typical of August’s end, struck me more than usual this year. My husband and I spent the weekend in Montreal — our first visit since we lived there three years ago. I admit to being overly sentimental the entire time, as we passed the landmarks where so many memories were made. I couldn’t help myself! It’s a spectacular city, it felt like fall, and our visit reminded me of how much I loved my life there despite having been eager to move back to Toronto. I vow to visit again before another three years pass. My August favourites are almost entirely composed of old standbys, which seems appropriate for this time of…

  • July Favourites: Grass Is Greener Edition

    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,…

  • Bold, Bright Summer Lipsticks

    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…

  • Best Balms

    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…

  • May Favourites

    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!

  • My Minimalist Face Routine

    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.

  • Bronzer Roundup for Light to Medium Complexions

    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…