2016 Beauty Favourites and Blog Anniversary Reflection

January isn’t done yet so I think it’s still acceptable to have a round up about the things I loved (and still love) in the past year.

January 2016 was when I first started my blog. I was reading my 2016 goals and I told myself to MAYBE start a blog. That “maybe” became a reality that I never thought I would do. I didn’t just start a blog, I also filmed 1 video! That was scary. I remember being so scared about what would people say and how would people judge me behind their screens. I would always tell myself that starting a beauty blog was so far-fetched and impossible. I couldn’t fathom being that annoying girl who blabs about makeup all the time! I swallowed everything and did it anyway. Because why not!

I want to take this moment to thank everyone who clicked on this post and took a little bit of their time to hear (read) what I have to say. Even if you’re just here to grammar-check me, or point out all my flaws, I still appreciate you being here! People have unexpectedly been very supportive about my beauty blog that it makes me want to continue on with it. It was fun and became something I look forward to. It also made me buy more makeup with an accompanying rationalisation that I NEED it for blogging. All the more reason to buy more makeup, hemayreyt??

I admit that I have been MIA for the past couple of months mainly because things got busy with life. With that, my interest in makeup and beauty diminished.  I noticed that I had too much makeup that I’m not even using and had to purge out almost half of my stuff before we moved to our new place. I wanted to use up everything I have on hand before I buy anything (living minimal is a new goal. Lol). Does that mean I have to blog less?  I don’t think so. I’d like to think that it’s going to help me squeeze out my creative juices. Blogging not just about makeup, but also about life. This 2017, I want to make this blog more personal – a lot about beauty and little bits about my life. Who knows what I’ll say in a couple of months and who knows where my blog will go. I suggest we all sit back and let it all play.

Enough about me! Let’s start talking about my beauty favourites for the year 2016 (and beyond)

Some of these products are my holy grail too. Y’all have probably seen these products pop up often on my blog. It’s a long post so I’ll try and make it super easy to read by writing it in bullet form!

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Highlighter Collection

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Okay,it’s not much of a collection since I only have 3. I’m limiting myself from purchasing more because I know I wouldn’t be able to  go through highlighters fast enough to need more. But I do love ’em! Just the act of putting on a highlight lifts my mood and makes me feel all light and sparkly!

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Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

Definitely a YouTube-made-me-buy-it product! Bought this because KathleenLights raved about it, of course.  Although not wow-ed about it, I like it for days when I don’t feel like beaming too much. It doesn’t look like it would do much on the pan. But when swatched, it’s a smooth and natural highlight. The texture is like a matte sheen without being too metallic. It’s for days when you want a natural healthy glow. It’s not glittery in any way which is a plus. Another big plus is the price! I got this for only C$4.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart. It stays on pretty well but found that it didn’t last the entire day. One thing I also noticed about this highlighter is that it doesn’t accentuate all the texture and pores on my face. I found that highlighters that are very metallic could potentially do that. This particular highlighter didn’t highlight things that I didn’t want to be highlighted. (if that makes sense. lol)

PROS:

  • Natural highlight
  • Doesn’t highlight the bumpy things on mi face
  • Very affordable
  • Not glittery

CONS:

  • Not as strong of a highlight
  • Not as metallic

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Wisp

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The Super Shock highlighters are more creamy and buttery to touch. It is geared towards the more metallic type of shine. It could be intense but it seems to go on lightly when blended out. I don’t reach for it too often because of the fact that I have to use my fingers to apply it. This colour, Wisp, is a bit too dark for my skin tone that it could be used as a peachy blush. This is probably the most intense highlight out of the three and it lasts all day. I’m the kind of person who touches my face all the time. I always see a transfer of glitter on my fingers and/or my clothes but the highlight is still on and beaming!

PRICE: US$8 (C$10 – C$11)

PROS:

  • Smooth, buttery, creamy
  • Intense highlight
  • Lasts all day

CONS:

  • Too dark for my skin
  • Application method

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

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Champagne Pop one is by far my favourite of all three. The consistency so buttery to touch and applies smoothly. It’s like a hybrid of a cream and a powder highlight. As you can probably tell, the pan has been wildly pressed on. I already noticed it cracking so I’m trying to prevent “accidents” by pressing it all back to the pan. I have already seen a lot of posts about this highlighter breaking easily because of the formula. I would never want that to happen to me! With that being said, I always store mine facing up and I never travel with it. Any method of application works great. The formula is good and provides a high shine that lasts throughout the day!

PROS:

  • Smooth and buttery
  • Super reflective and metallic
  • Lasts all day

CONS:

  • Price: C$46 ugh why is too expensive!
  • Breaks easily
  • Not travel friendly

 

SWATCHES COMPARING THE THREE

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Becca, Essence, Colourpop
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Becca, Essence, Colourpop

What is your favourite highlighter??

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How I Wash My Makeup Brushes

We’ve heard somewhere that we should clean our makeup brushes every so often. But if I’m being honest, I probably do it once every month or every other month. Forgive me if that sounds nasty but I don’t use my brushes everyday anyways so I think that counts? Lol. Enough of my confessions here and I’ll start taking you through an easy peasy way of  how I wash my brushes.

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– brush egg (bought from forever21 for about C$5) I believe it’s also available on eBay
– hard soap (freebies from hotels) or body wash/liquid soap/baby shampoo
– towel

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IMATS Toronto 2016 Haul and Experience

I’ve been having second thoughts about posting this because it’s already been 2 weeks since IMATS. I have already used some of these products and have been loving them so far!

It was a crazy IMATS experience! I got there at 9am, and was shocked about how many people there are lined up all for makeup. I got inside at about 10:10am and went straight to the Morphe booth. That’s even a crazier line. My feet were so sore that I ended up sitting on the floor while I was in line! I switched turns with my friend so we can go around while the other stayed in line. That happened for about 5 hours. I noticed the Morphe staff started stopping people from lining up at 11:30am because they think that people wouldn’t be able to get on to the booth before it closes. It’s that crazy. I got inside the booth at about 3pm and reached the end at about 4pm. I’ll stop rambling now and show you guys what deals I got!

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L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation Review

Foundations are probably my least favourite makeup products. I rarely invest in an expensive foundation and usually tend to stick to the drugstore. I think I’ve only finished one or two bottles of it in my life because I’ve always had the mindset that foundations will make me look too “makeupy” and it’s only for special occasions . Clearly, I haven’t ventured into hunting the perfect foundation for my skin type.

Luckily I found a gem in the drugstore. The hype is real and I am LOVING this foundation!

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The L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation is a great foundation for us dry skin type girls. It smoothes over those dry patches and has a glowy finish. It’s the bomb.com! I’m using this foundation almost every day and I rarely do that with foundations. That’s already saying a lot about this product! It is indeed lightweight as it claims and it doesn’t weigh down my face like other foundations. I would say it feels almost like a BB or CC cream but with more coverage. Speaking of coverage, this foundation is impressively buildable. It could go on sheer to a medium coverage.

From the picture above, you could already tell that the consistency is very watery. I’ve heard somewhere that watery foundations are better applied with a brush. I personally use a Beauty Blender to apply it and it has been amazing. I’m using the shade 203 Nude Beige. I would say that the longevity is pretty good but I’m not the one to judge fairly because I touch my face all the time.

PROS:

  • Medium Coverage
  • Buildable
  • Super blendable
  • Doesn’t cling to dry patches
  • Glowy finish
  • Lasts all day
  • Super lightweight
  • For dry to combination skin.
  • Travel-friendly squeeze tube

CONS:

  • Pricey for drugstore (C$16.99)
  • Not for oily skin type

I highly recommend this foundation for people with dry skin! Has any of you tried this yet??

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