2018 Beauty Favourites – January to June

It’s not quite the end of the month yet, but today I thought I would share with you my beauty favourites from January to June. I don’t think I’ve ever talked about my monthly favourites, largely because I use the same products for long periods of time. However, I feel like within a six-month time frame, I’ve used enough of a variety to share some discoveries I’ve really enjoyed.

All of these products were either new to my collection in 2018, or it came into my collection in 2017 but I didn’t really get a chance to use and form an opinion on them until this year.

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Oribe Texturizing Spray

I have never been into hair products, not even drugstore brands, so I don’t know how I ended up with an Oribe product. I bought this in April from my hairdresser, and I fell head over heels for it right away. It really provides my hair with a lot of texture, and separates my curls exactly the way I want them to, when they tend to clump up together into one large curl when I don’t use product. I haven’t found a product since that works quite as well. Not to mention, Oribe products smell orgasmic! Unfortunately, I used up this travel-sized texturizing spray within a month – I can’t remember exactly how much it was, but it was about $35 for 75mL, which is expensive stuff! If I can’t find a replacement, I think I *will* repurchase this. In the meantime, I’ll keep searching.

Delectable Nourishing Hand Cream – $14.95 (Discontinued)

Canadian beauty bloggers have been talking about the Delectable line forever, but I haven’t had a chance to try anything from them until I found a 6-tube set of their hand creams during Christmas. I specifically loved the scent Snow Sugar, but overall I’ve really been enjoying the formula of this hand cream regardless of the scent. The formula is thick without being greasy, and most importantly, it keeps my hands moisturized very well.

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Review: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Today’s post is a review on the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, which I have been wearing exclusively for the last two months. I purchased this foundation during the VIB sale in April, just as I was running out of the Urban Decay Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup that I was using at the time. Now it’s time to give it an in-depth review for anyone who’s ever been curious about this foundation!

THE BASICS

The Too Faced Born This Way Foundation retails at $49 CAD for 30mL and is vegan and cruelty free. It currently comes in 23 shades, but on June 26th, 12 additional shades will be released in collaboration with YouTuber Jackie Aina. This brings the total shade count to 35. You can find the Born This Way foundation at Sephora, Ulta, and the Too Faced website.

For reference, I have normal to dry skin, with some occasional dry patches, and I prefer foundations that feel light on the skin and have a dewy/radiant/luminous finish.

THE CLAIMS

The foundation is an oil-free, medium-to-full coverage formula that looks natural on the skin and settles into a luminous finish. It is also supposed to be hydrating and wear well for 12 hours. The star ingredients of this foundation are:

  • coconut water – replenishes skin’s moisture levels
  • alpine rose – brighten skin’s appearance and promote elasticity
  • hyaluronic acid – provides long-lasting hydration

I bought this foundation mainly because after doing some research, I found that a lot of people with dry skin said it was their holy grail foundation. Another part of me wanted to try it to see if it lives up to the hype.

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THE PACKAGING

Okay, Too Faced sometimes has super kitschy packaging, but how pretty is this foundation bottle? The foundation comes in a pink and black box with gold trim, and the foundation bottle follows a similar aesthetic. It comes in a frosted glass bottle with a gold trim at the top and gold lettering on the bottle. Both the cap and pump are black, and I really like that the pump is easy to control – it never dispenses more product than I need.

THE FORMULA

I have always exclusively used foundations with a light coverage, but lately I’ve been wanting to experiment with something that has higher coverage. This definitely starts off as a medium coverage foundation, but can be built up to full coverage. The texture of the Born This Way foundation is a lot thicker than ones I’ve used in the past, which were a lot more watery/runny. The best way I’ve found to apply this foundation is to dab it all over my face, then blending it all out with a damp makeup sponge. I feel like the foundation melts into the skin best when applied this way. Using a brush doesn’t work well, at least not on me – I feel like the foundation just sits on top of my skin and looks too heavy. If I try applying it with my fingers, it looks too thick, too fast.

It took me a long time to find a foundation that had a good colour match, so I was quite pleased that this shade is perfect for me. However, when I was swatching all of the shades in store, I did notice that the range in general seemed to lean more yellow, which is a problem for people with cool skin tones. Hopefully the shades released with Jackie Aina’s collection will help with this issue. This foundation has no discernible scent, which is good for people who are sensitive to fragrances.

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I only use about this much on my face every day!

 

One thing I really like about this is that it wears well on my skin all day without fading patchily. It blends in well and looks pretty nice when my skin is more normal with no dry spots, although I feel like it can border on the unnatural side if you want it to be more full coverage. Because I only apply a very thin layer and blend it out with a sponge, I feel like I can get away with it looking more natural – you can still see some of my hyperpigmentation peeking through the foundation. I feel that the luminous finish of the foundation helps it from looking cakey, as well. If I added one more layer, it would definitely start to look like I’m wearing base makeup.

While it does look quite nice when my skin leans towards the normal side, it unfortunately clings to any particularly dry spots or textures I have on my face. I feel like this foundation is best for people with normal to slightly dry skin. For those who get dry patches all the time, or get a lot of them at once, this foundation would probably accentuate your dry patches. On the other hand, I feel like the dewiness of this foundation probably wouldn’t be suitable for people with very oily skin, either.

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PROS:

-Long-wearing
-No scent
-Buildable formula

CONS:

-Expensive
-Clings onto dry patches
-Can look unnatural if too much is used

I really wanted to love this foundation because it is so widely-loved by other girls with dry skin. While I would say it’s a decent foundation, it fell short of my expectations. I don’t see HOW dry-skinned gals are recommending this to other people. I am most comfortable using this foundation on my perfect skin days when I have no dry spot flare-ups, but I don’t really see the point in that, since many people use foundation to cover imperfections.

What did you think of this foundation if you have used it before? If not, what is your current favourite foundation?

My Wedding Day Wasn’t The Best Day of My Life

I married my husband almost exactly one year ago, and I barely mentioned it on my blog or on Instagram after the wedding day. I know a lot of bloggers who get married do a recap right after the wedding, but I clearly missed that boat. Our anniversary was this past Sunday, which means that our wedding has been on my mind lately. I’ll go into a little detail about our wedding day, but considering it’s been a whole year, ain’t nobody interested in reading that anymore. This post is moreso about my thoughts on expectations surrounding weddings in general, now that I am married. Who knows, maybe this blog post might help future brides out there. I apologize for the click-baity title, but I swear it’s not actually click-bait! Also, it was super hard finding shots from our wedding photos that didn’t show people’s faces; weddings, after all, are about people!

We had a most wonderful wedding, and there were so many things I loved about it. Having all of the people we loved in one room was, of course, the best part. We were blessed with perfect weather. My makeup artist made me look the best I have EVER looked; so polished and yet still like myself. While I chose all of the decor and did all of the DIY, our day-of coordinator and put it all together so that everything looked even more beautiful than I ever could have imagined – I actually gasped when I saw our reception area! Our photographer, videographer, DJ, and photobooth exceeded our expectations by a long shot, and we absolutely loved working with them. The feedback we got from our guests was incredible – some people said it was the most fun wedding they had ever been to (although I’m sure that’s one of their duties as a wedding guest to say that). Even the employees at our venue said it was one of the best weddings they’ve ever hosted there (they probably get paid to say that, too 😝). One of our friends who attended STILL talks about how organized the wedding was (little do they know…) In general, it seemed like everyone had a lot of fun, which was important to us. Our wedding day couldn’t have been what it was without the love and support of our families, wedding party, guests, and all of the vendors.

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Thursday Chats: The (Un)Realities of Social Media

Happy Thursday, everyone! We’ve almost made it to the end of the week! Today’s post is another installment in my Thursday Chats series. This one is a discussion about social media, with a focus on the makeup/fashion/lifestyle community in particular. I tried to be as concise as possible, so I’m sorry if I get rambly!

I think by now, we’re all aware that a lot of the posts we see on social media are not real. Rather, a lot of it is staged snapshots of people’s lives. Much of the content you see online is highly set up, curated, and edited to showcase that “ideal” lifestyle. However, even armed with this knowledge, it comes as no surprise that social media has a negative impact on our mental health. Not only is it addictive for many people, but it is also leads to dissatisfaction with our own lives.

On the surface, social media is a resource used to connect with friends and family and to show other people what we get up to in our daily lives. Unfortunately, like with all technology, it comes with a dark side (Black Mirror, anyone?). In terms of social media, it has inevitably become a means of comparison. We see these beautiful life moments that other people are sharing, and we’ll unconsciously compare our lives to what we see online. It can make the best of us feel that our own lives are inadequate, and can become a breeding ground for feelings like jealousy or inferiority.

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My Summer Makeup Picks

In today’s blog post, I’m sharing my favourite makeup picks for the summer. I didn’t include skincare in this post because my skincare routine doesn’t change too significantly between seasons, but I did include some body care and hair care. I mentioned on Instagram a week or two ago that I’m all about fuchsia in the summer, so you’ll be seeing a lot of this particular shade in this post! Also, the good thing about including so many products in this shade is that I’ll use the word ‘fuchsia’ so many times in this post that by the end of the post, I’ll hopefully know how to properly spell the word without having to spell-check it 🤣

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Feel-Good Friday

Happy Friday, and also happy first day of June! How are we in June already? My mind can’t comprehend it.

An update on my life: honestly, I’m in kind of a weird place right now. I’ve been the most consistent in posting on my blog this year than I ever have, until May hit. This was due to several reasons:

1) Issues with time management. I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve been working longer hours than usual, but in my free time, I’m also trying to focus on building my calligraphy business. Between work, calligraphy, trying to uphold a social life, and regular adulting activities like working out, cleaning and cooking, I’ve had a difficult time trying to fit blogging in.

2) As a general rule, I’ll always love makeup, but I find myself going through cycles where I sometimes LOVE makeup and other times I’m not as excited about about it as I usually am. I’m currently in the “not excited” phase – if I’m not enthusiastic about using it, then how can I be excited about blogging about it?

3) If I’m being honest, I feel a little burned out. By the time I get home from work, I just want time to myself to sit on my couch and watch Netflix without doing something else on the side (like blogging), but I can’t even remember the last time I did that. I always feel pressured to be working on something, and I think I’m starting to run out of steam.

It’s tough, because I’ve finally gained some consistency and have the desire to keep the momentum going, but I don’t have it in me lately. I’ve always said that blogging is and always will be a hobby for me, but part of me doesn’t want to use that as an excuse to not blog just because I don’t feel like it, you know? I know there’s no answer to this, it’s just something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

Anyways, onto the Feel-Good stuff!

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Review: Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm

Today I wanted to share a review of the Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy (which will be shortened to “Green Clean” in this post), which I bought during the Sephora VIB sale last month. I thought about waiting a little longer to do a review of this, since I feel like it takes a few months to see the benefits of skincare, but I decided that cleansers are a little different than products such as serums and moisturizers, because you can usually see how well a makeup remover performs within a week or two of using it.

 

THE BASICS

The Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm is a solid cleanser that can be used for removing makeup. It retails at $44 CAD for 90 mL, and is made in Korea. This product is cruelty-free, and can be purchased at Sephora, Cult Beauty, QVC, Beautylish, and the official Farmacy website.

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