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  • Anastasia Brow Wiz VS. NYX Micro Brow Pencil

    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.

  • Bronze Liners: NYX, Smashbox, Marc Jacobs

    Battle of the Bronze – Marc Jacobs Highliner Dupes

    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.

  • Best Solid Brush Cleanser – Japonesque

    Yes, it’s a chore, but keeping your makeup brushes and sponges clean is a non-negotiable side effect of being a beauty junkie. Brushes used regularly should be washed at least once a week—especially face brushes, especially if you’re acne-prone. Beauty sponges, on the other hand—why aren’t you washing yours every day? I cringe so hard when I see janky, foundation-soaked beauty blenders in YouTube tutorials. Yuck! You run it under water every day anyway. Why not add some soap to the mix and keep it in the best shape? One of the products that has helped me keep my brushes and sponges looking brand new is the Japonesque Solid Brush Cleanser ($25 CAD). I have repurchased this product three times…