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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.

  • Surratt Beauty “Custom” Contour Palette

    In my 30 Beauty Questions post, I mentioned that Surratt Beauty was among the brands I was curious to try. Shortly after posting, I found myself in front of the Surratt display at Sephora. Surratt Beauty, among other things, makes a selection of shadow, blush, and contour products, which you can customize to place in their empty compacts. In theory, I love this. I have pretty specific (and narrow) taste when it comes to eyeshadow, so being able to customize a palette is an attractive option for me. Many other brands offer similar custom systems: MAKE UP FOR EVER ($25 CAD for 0.07 oz, plus significant volume discounts), Buxom ($15 CAD for 0.05 oz),…

  • Anastasia Brow Wiz VS. Colourpop Brow Pencil

    In this series I compare my favourite brow pencil — the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz — to similar products. In the first instalment I compared the ABH Brow Wiz to the NYX Micro Brow Pencil, which is often cited as a dupe. Here I take a look at the Colourpop Black N’ Brown Pencil.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • So, So, So Soft – NYX Pro Brushes

    Holy Grail brushes have evaded me until now. My regular rotation includes a few favourites, but none that I would be particularly sad to never use again. My go-to blush brush is a no-namer from Winners; I purchased an IT Cosmetics blush brush thinking it was an upgrade, but I prefer the cheap find. I’ve been slow to warm to high end options. I returned the Sephora + hakuho-do brushes that I purchased because they were scratchy and the shape confused me. I totally bought into the Morphe hype and was disappointed by most of my selections. I love the G3 tapered contour brush for cream products (the image on the website, by the way, looks nothing like the brush I…