Thursday Chats – Beauty Brands & Social Media

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is another installment of my Thursday Chats series, where I talk about issues within the beauty community. Today’s topic is the relationship between beauty brands and social media. With the prevalence of social media these days, particularly Instagram and Twitter, consumers are now able to easily follow and connect with beauty brands. There is no denying that brands are increasingly reliant on social media. I’m willing to bet most of us who have Instagram follow our favourite brands on there to keep up with the latest releases, am I right? While there are really good things about being able to interact with brands on social media, it’s also a double-edged sword.

THE GOOD

Social media is a really good medium for brands to cultivate their relationship with their customers. Not only does it allow brands to give consumers a sneak peek of upcoming releases, but it helps to create a ton of hype for these releases. They do this through sharing information on their own Instagram page, as well as through content creators. Personally, I feel like social media has caused brands to up their game in terms of packaging – your products need to be Instagram-worthy in 2018!

In terms of consumers, social media easily allows customers to interact with brands. I really appreciate it when brands make an effort to respond to customer feedback or questions on Instagram or Twitter – I’ve found that The Ordinary in particular is really good about that (although their remarks can be pretty snide based on what your comment was, but that’s a discussion for later in this post). I personally don’t really interact with brands often, but I love being able to see sneak peeks of products.

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Project Pan – Volume 2

Hi everyone! Two weeks ago, I posted the results of the first Project Pan that I did from January to June. In today’s post, I’m sharing with you what’s in my second Project Pan of 2018. I’ve chosen 9 products to pan during the second part of 2018. Read on to see what I will try to finish these next six months!

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1. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Liar

Part of me is sad to be finishing up this lipstick because UD no longer makes the Revolution formula anymore, but this lipstick is getting old and I should start trying to use it up. I don’t know if my skin tone has gotten darker or if my taste in nude lipstick have changed, but I feel like this is just a smidge lighter than I prefer. I can always mix this with a darker neutral lip – kill two birds with one stone, right? There’s actually not a lot left in this lipstick and I will likely finish it by September, so I think I might try to pan another lipstick once this one is finished.

2. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty

This little guy is also making a reappearance after being featured in my last Project Pan. To be honest, I am getting a little sick of it, but look how close I am to finishing it! I’m probably going to take a break from this for a bit for the rest of the summer, before continuing to push through and finish it.

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January-June Empties

Today, I’m sharing a post on my empties for the first half of the year. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that it takes freaking forever for me to finish my products. Read on to see what I finished in the last few months, and whether I would repurchase them.

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Joe Fresh Nail Polish Remover

I don’t really have a go-to brand for nail polish remover, so I picked this up on a whim one day when I was running low on nail polish remover. It’s not that good; I feel like you really have to scrub harder at certain types of polishes. I’m not talking about glitter polishes, but even just shimmer polishes that usually aren’t too hard to remove with other removers.

Repurchase? No

Shiseido Facial Cotton

This stuff is the creme de la creme of cotton pads. I’ve probably bought two dozen packs of these in my lifetime, and haven’t been able to go without them since I discovered them about 6 years ago. This is why Stashy calls them crack cotton! They are so luxurious, and it reflects in the price. Stashy sent me a pack of the Muji cottons, which are supposed to be a dupe for this. I also found a pack of cotton at Miniso that also looks like it’s supposed to be a dupe, so I will be using those up first before deciding whether I want to repurchase these or not.

Repurchase? Maybe

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Project Pan #1 – Final Update

Hello, everyone! This post was supposed to go up on Monday, but it’s been such a crazy week that I kept forgetting to post it. Today I am sharing with you my final update on the Project Pan I’ve been working on for the last six months. Read on to see my final progress on these products!

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What these products looked like in January
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What these products look like at the end of June.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Crème Highlighter in Moonstone

6 months later, and I’m nowhere close to seeing any pan! It was pretty silly to think I would be able to finish a freaking highlighter, which are notoriously difficult to finish, when it was still fairly new to my collection at the beginning of the year. I enjoyed using this highlighter enormously, but I used it so often that I’ve gotten sick of it – I can’t express how excited I am to start using different highlighters in my collection for the next half of the year!

NYX High Definition Blush in Taupe

Look at this, I’m done with this blush! Okay, so I still have some crumbles to finish up, but would you not agree that it’s fair to say that this one is as good as done? I need to buy another one of these stat, because I’ve gotten so used to contouring that I don’t think I can go without it!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaaarty

Oooh, not quite there on completely finishing this up, but very close on this one! I started seeing baby pan on this at the end of April, and continued making progress in May and June. Hint: Since I’m on a role with this blush, you may be seeing this in my second Project Pan, because I would really like to finish this!

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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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