Ramblings of a Beauty Blogger: Winter Edition

How is it mid-February already? This long and never-ending Canadian winter is putting a serious crimp in my beauty blogging motivation. But I’m trying ladies. I’ve been trying to add some spice to my looks on a daily basis as a way to motivate myself, and here’s a few things that stood out to me:

  • There’s nothing like a bright lipstick to brighten my day. As soon as I have a bright lipstick on, I feel more alive. In the last month, I’ve rediscovered old favourites like MAC’s Girl about Town and Viva Glam 1 (top left picture). I’ve worn these regularly, including on outings to the grocery store with the fam. After all, why not glam it up while buying broccoli? ;-)
  • I am addicted to lipstick/lipbalm/stain crayons. From NARS Satin Lip Pencils to Clinique Chubby Sticks, to Revlon Laquer Balm Stains to Annabelle Twist-Ups, my collection of these hybrid pencils continues to expand like there’s no tomorrow. I think I might love pencils more than tubes of lipstick. I love the colours and formulation, and I love how portable and easy to use they are. Ground-breaking, I know, right? Read more

Review: Maybelline Master Hi-Light in Pink Rose

Through the years, I’ve acquired dozens of blushes. The sad thing is that I just came to the realization that I don’t apply enough. I guess that’s better than over applying, right? So, here I am, the mistress of blush acquisition yet you would never know it by looking at my face on a daily basis. D’oh! Anyway, I’ve been trying a little harder to add a little bit more glow and I think I’m making progress.

One product that has captured my blush-loving heart is the new Maybelline Master Hi-Light by Face Studio blushes.

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What I Wore: Bright Lips, Glowy Skin

Ah Canadian winter, I’m over you already. The snow, and the bitter cold continue to wreak havoc and I’m done with it. To cheer myself up, I decided to brighten things up with a hot pink lip, and glowy skin — all inspired by a hot pink pencil skirt. ┬áIt was a very simple but fun and cheery look, much needed for the beginning of the week.

I still find it funny though that the more natural you want to look, the more product you need to achieve it. ;-)

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Bargain Beauty Alert: NYC CityProof Twistable Intense Color Crayon in Fulton St. Fuchsia

I’ve got to stop being such a makeup snob. I tend to stick to my tried and true brands, often dismissing brands that have really low price points. Maybe it’s from years back when I first became makeup obsessed and bought cheaper products that didn’t wow me with their quality. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned through beauty blogging, it’s that you can’t judge a product by its price point or where it’s sold. There are gems to be found at all levels of makeup. One brand that I’ve typically ignored for no reason really is NYC or New York Color.

When I first laid eyes on NYC’s version of a lip crayon, I wasn’t that excited. Sure it looked pretty but it couldn’t be as good as my beloved pencils from NARS, Annabelle or Clinique. No sirree bob. But I was wrong. NYC’s CityProof Twistable Intense Color Crayon in Fulton St. Fuchsia* is a winner.

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Sneak Peek: Avon’s Ultra Color Absolute Lipsticks

Every day I wear a different lipstick. That’s just how I roll. But this week, something happened. I wore a colour two days in a row. Ground-breaking right? That rarely, and I mean rarely, happens. The lipstick in question is from Avon. It’s called Pure Orchid, a lovely bright purplish fuchsia pink. I love how it looks, and I love how it feels and I can’t stop wearing it!

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