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  • Fall Flops

    Perhaps half the reason why I didn’t have many favourites in September is because many of the products I tried were kind of letdowns. Spending money on disappointing products is always a drag. I avoid too disappointment by taking fewer risks with categories I know I’m picky about: eyeshadow, foundation, brows. More research always goes into these buys; I’m way less impulsive with these products. I like to think I’ve learned my lesson (looking at my concealer graveyard is always a good reminder), but there are bound to be some duds even when you’re going after types products that normally work for you. Here are a few items that just didn’t work for me this…

  • New Summer Foundation for a Radiant Matte Finish

    After trying a few new base products (plus incorporating a favourite from July) I’ve discovered an amazing combination that gives me a radiant matte finish that lasts All. Day. Long. The winning combo? L’Oréal’s new Pro-Glow foundation with Laura Geller’s Balance-N-Brighten powder foundation. I’ve been using the L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation in 203, applied with a damp beautyblender. This foundation oxidizes quite a bit — I tried three different shades before finding one that matched me, and even still I’m not so sure it’s perfect.

  • 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…