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  • Six Months of Boxycharm – Update & Mini-Review

    I get a lot of visitors to Plateau Beauty looking for information about Boxycharm in Canada. In my original review, I said that while I liked the box, I probably wouldn’t continue my subscription beyond the two months I had planned. I ended up sticking around for six months. While I did enjoy my subscription while it lasted, I thought I would assess the items I loved and determine whether the $200+ I spent was worth it.

  • 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.

  • September Favourites

    Thank goodness September is over. Juggling life and work this month was hard. With my husband away on business and my own work schedule apparently on steroids, the time I normally spend attending to my personal life and hobbies (such as trying new products and writing this blog) was in short supply. I turned to many of my old standbys most days, so this list of favourites isn’t too long. Shopping my stash seemed to be the primary method for (re)discovering products that found their way into my daily routine.

  • Best Empty Palette – Freedom Makeup #ProArtist

    If you’ve ever asked yourself why Z Palettes are so expensive, or why there aren’t many empty magnetic palette options on the market, this post is for you. I recently discovered an incredibly beautiful, sturdy, and practical empty palette that comes at a fraction of the price of other cardboard magnetic palettes. It took me a while to warm to customizable palettes, since they always seemed a little messy and unruly. I finally bit the bullet when I decided to try Makeup Geek eyeshadows, and I’ve been sold on the idea of making custom palettes ever since. They’re perfect for travel, obviously, but being able to rearrange your eyeshadow singles (and other…

  • Ordering Online from Camera Ready Cosmetics

    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).

  • Review – Boxycharm in Canada

    UPDATE: Click here to read my 6-month review of Boxycharm.  When I posted last month about Boxycharm coming to Canada, I wasn’t convinced that subscribing to the beauty box was worth it. But so many people have ended up on Plateau Beauty searching for information on the Canadian Boxycharm experience — I decided to sign up so that I could post a review of the service. This isn’t a review of products in the box, since for the purposes of this post, the particular products are irrelevant — this review is for Canadian customers who may be considering subscribing to the Boxycharm beauty box.

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

    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…

  • Good News Week for Canadian Beauty!

    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! 🇨🇦 A photo posted by Bite Lip Lab (@biteliplab) on Jun 1, 2016 at 1:19pm PDT Bite Lip Lab is a heavenly place that…

  • Boxycharm Now Available in Canada

    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.