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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.

  • 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…

  • Mini Review – The Artist’s Studio Hydrating Lip Tint

    Summer, to me, is exponentially more enjoyable with a fuss-free beauty routine. That means sunscreen, tube mascara, waterproof brows, and a sheer balm on the lips that can be reapplied without a mirror. Enter The Artist’s Studio Hydrating Lip Tint, which I found at Anthropologie for $14 CAD. (Do not buy from the website, since prices are listed in USD and it’s still $14.) These balms come in bullet form, in the most wonderfully designed cardboard tubes. Each colour in the collection features a different summery design, with mid-century-inspired bathers and graphic motifs illustrated by Lou Taylor. The packaging is so striking and adorable, I found myself trying to decide on a design rather than a…