MY CURRENT FAVOURITES | January 2017

At some point last year I did a post about some of my favourite products. During 2016 I tried a ton of new products so I decided to update my list of favourites!

Favourite Foundation

My absolute favourite foundation right now is the Amazonian Clay 12hr Foundation from Tarte. This full coverage foundation has a whipped texture that makes it blend flawlessly with a lightweight feel and an air brushed finish. It’s long wearing and is great for my oily skin. I’ve applied this and forgotten to use primer but it still blends so smoothly.

Favourite Primer

I’ve been using the Clean Slate Poreless 12hr Perfecting primer from Tarte for a while now. It’s a gel formula which is best for oily skin. It’s similar to the Smashbox Photofinish Primer but I find it makes my makeup slip around less. It helps minimize my pores for a smooth finish. It’s also waterproof; which I’ve never really understood this being a benefit since it’s the very first thing you put on your face. Does it make the rest of your makeup waterproof too? I don’t know.

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Favourite Concealer

My favourite concealer right now is the Amazonian Clay 12hr Waterproof concealer from Tarte. It has a super smooth application, it blends really well, it doesn’t crease, it’s longer wearing and it has great coverage. Plus waterproof is a big benefit.

Favourite Setting Powder

Lately I’ve really been loving the Amazonian Clay Tinted Setting Powder from Tarte. It sets my makeup to keep it from slipping around while giving me a matte finish – but it also adds a sheer coverage to really finish off my foundation without adding any cakiness.

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Favourite Bronzer

The Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Bronzer in Park Ave Princess is my favourite right now. It’s great for contouring. It’s super pigmented but blends so easily.

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Favourite Blush

My favourite blush is the Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in the shade Exposed. It’s the perfect shade for a super natural flush. It’s pigmented but super blendable. This is a shade I always reach for.

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Favourite Highlighter

Right now my favourite high lighter is Gator Wings from Tarte in the Swamp Queen Palette. I also really love the highlighter in the Makeup Collector’s Case. If you’re looking for a new highlighter – Tarte is a great place to start. I also really love the shade Butterscotch from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Kit.

Favourite Liquid Liner

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is my favourite liquid liner. It has a super rich black colour, it’s waterproof and it won’t fade or smudge. It also has this amazing precision tip for easily application – making eye liner easy for even beginners.

Favourite Mascara

I am absolutely obsessed with the Lash Paint Mascara from Tarte. This mascara gives me amazing length, curl and volume with super rich black colour that doesn’t fade or flake. I only wish it came in a waterproof formula.

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Favourite Brow Product

I like the Tarte Brow Mousse. It’s waterproof, it applies super well, it’s super pigmented. I really like the brush that comes with it as well. It smudges on me sometimes. My favourite brow products are from Anastasia Beverly Hills. The Brow Definer is an awesome pencil cause it’s angled for definition, it’s pigmented, it applies really smooth and it doesn’t smudge.

Favourite Eye Shadow

Lately I’ve always been reaching for the Makeup Collector’s Case from the Tarte Holiday Collection. It’s a super versatile palette but it’s no longer available. I do recommend Tarte for your eye shadows though because they’re super pigmented and blend amazingly well. I also really love Urban Decay eye shadow in the colour Virgin – it’s a champagne shimmer.

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Favourite Lipsticks

Kat Von D lipsticks are my favourite because they’re super pigmented and long wearing but also comfortable to wear. There’s also a huge variety of colours. Tarte’s Quick Dry Lip Paint in Bestie is my favourite nude shade right now.

Favourite Setting Spray

The Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray is seriously incredible for keeping my skin matte and helping my makeup last all day long. It’s wild.

Favourite Tools

Tarte Brushes are my favourite! I haven’t heard my Beauty Blender in weeks. Tarte brushes have super soft bristles but each brush has the perfect density for it’s purpose; making makeup easily to apply and leaving you with a nicer overall look.

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Favourite Skincare

Dark Angels cleanser and Tea Tree Water toner from Lush help keep my skin soft and clear. Dark Angels gently exfoliates and deep cleans to rid me of blackheads. Tea Tree toner helps cleanse, soften and keep my oily skin balanced. Deep Dive Cleansing gel is my favourite for removing makeup. It deep cleans to get every bit of makeup off without striping my skin of it’s natural oils. It’s super gentle as well; it doesn’t irritate my skin or my eyes. I also really love the Drink of H2O moisturizer from Tarte. It’s super hydrating and fast absorbing. It doesn’t make my skin greasy either. It leaves me glowing.

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All the products listed here are Cruelty-Free.

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LUSH COSMETICS HAUL XO

A recent trip to Red Deer meant I got to go a little crazy in the always amazing, LUSH. Some of the products that I bought are stuff I’ve tried before and some are totally new to me. Lush also has this great recycling program, return 5 pots with the recycling logo on them and get 1 free fresh face mask!

ALL PRODUCTS

I’ll start with Dark Angels, this is a black charcoal and black sugar cleanser for oily skin. I started using this cleanser back in February and it’s really done amazing things for my skin. My skin is soft and smooth, and it’s been great for clarity. Some girls don’t like the smell, it’s kind of like black licorice. But I hate black licorice and I really don’t notice the smell in this cleanser. I’ve also seen some girls complain that it leaves a black residue but that will only happen if you don’t rinse it off completely, and you’re an idiot if you think that’s a flaw in the cleanser and not just you lacking common sense. The charcoal absorbs excess oil while black sugar gently exfoliates, I use it every day and the exfoliation doesn’t irritation my skin at all.  The glycolic acid in black sugar is also great for tightening skin.

Cupcake is a fresh face mask for oily skin. It calms breakouts and redness while moisturizing. This is a mask I tried for the first time in February and it’s amazing, really loved how soft my skin was afterward and it really did help calm redness, plus it smells like chocolate!

Don’t Look At Me is a fresh face mask for deep cleaning and brightening dull skin. It has a grittier texture so it exfoliates as you scrub. It’s super moisturizing as well. I’ve only used it twice and my skin was already looking smooth, brighter and more evenly toned. Plus the zesty lemon scent is refreshing! I’ve been using this the past double days with Tea Tree Water which is a balancing toner for oily skin. It sprays a little unevenly but maybe the one I picked up just has a crappy cap on it. I really like how this makes my skin feel. I’m left soft, smooth and with clearer skin. My skin is looking less red and generally refreshed.

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The other two masks I picked up are Ayesha and Catastrophe Cosmetic. These are both fresh face masks that I’ve never tried before. I picked up Ayesha because my mom and sister are coming to visit me and I thought it would be relaxing for us to have a little at home spa day. Ayesha is blended for firming and moisturizing mature skin or just for dull, tired skin. Vitamin C rich kiwi for brightening, asparagus to nourish and absorb excess oil while honey soothes, hydrates and calms redness. Cosmetic Catastrophe stood out to me because of the blueberries. It deep cleans while your skin reaps the benefits of nutrient rich blueberries. And the soothing chamomile is gentle on sensitive skin.  Super excited to try these two masks!

Lush products are handmade and cruelty free.

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