My Favourite Lipsticks for Fall

Hey guys! Today is the second part of my favourite makeup product for fall. Today we are focusing on lip products! So I have one lip gloss, three liquid lipsticks and two regular lipsticks. I picked a range of shades as well. So let’s get into it.

In the fall I tend to move towards more matte lip products. After wearing lip glosses and balms I want a change. I also find that it’s windier in the fall and there is nothing worse than getting your hair stuff in your lip gloss. So that’s why I have only one on this list. I picked the Iconic London Lip Plumping Gloss in the shade Nearly Nude. This gloss has a slight taupe undertone which I think pairs perfectly with the warm tones of fall. I love this formula because it isn’t sticky and it’s opaque so I don’t need a lip liner underneath. A great fall gloss.

The first liquid lipstick is one I like to wear year-round but especially in the fall. The Girlactik Matte Lip Paint in the shade Posh is just so beautiful and unique. It’s hard to describe but I would say it’s a brown-based pink. It’s not too bright and it wears beautifully throughout the day. I would wear this with a brown or gold eye look.

Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Verona is my perfect fall brown. It’s described as a mocha nude brown. It has strong warm undertones so it’s beautiful with any orange or gold eyeshadow look. It’s definitely a statement lip, but it can be toned down with a light nude over top as well. This is also the perfect nude shade for those with darker skin tones.

The final liquid lipstick was one I mentioned in my vegan makeup blog post. I love dark, vampy makeup. I think the  KVD Everlasting Lipstick in the shade Nahz Fur Atoo is perfect for those who want to dip their toes into the deeper lipstick. This red shade is described as blood crimson, so it’s not as deep as say a burgundy but deeper than your average red. I think this red is perfect for any gold or brown makeup look or even a simple wing eyeliner. This is the perfect shade is your thinking of being a vampire for Halloween hehe.

The first lipstick is more of the true red if you’re not into a deep red. I think everyone needs a good red lipstick in the makeup collection. It’s timeless and goes with so many different looks. MAC’s Russian Red is the perfect lipstick if you don’t want something warmed toned. The matte formula will also help the colour not slip all over the place.

The final lipstick is one of my all-time favourites. MAC’s Velvet Teddy is a cult classic for a reason. This pinky beige is a my-lips-but-better shade for me. It goes with so many different makeup looks and does a good job of complementing not competing with eyeshadow. The formula is matte but creamy enough where it’s not drying. Because it’s nude it will work for both day and night looks as well.

And those are my six favourite lip products for fall. Let me know in the comments what your favourite lip product is to wear in the fall!

xoxo

Lea

10 things I can’t live without

Hey guys! Today’s post is based on a video that I saw Allana Davison did a week ago. In her video she shared 10 random things that she can’t live without. I loved this idea because I have so many random favourites that I wanted to share with you guys but weren’t sure how or when to mention them. So here are 10 random things I can’t live without.

1. The Calm app

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Guys, I use this app every single day. For those who haven’t heard about this app, it’s a guided meditation app. Except I don’t use it to meditate, I listen to their sleep stories. They are mini audiobooks. The stories are written to induce sleep and the narrators speak in soft voices. They will put me to sleep within 15 minutes. If my mind is particularly active one night, they also have guided sleep meditations that do work.

I use this app almost every single night. The only time I don’t is if I’m sharing my bed or room with someone else (sleepovers, vacations, etc.). You do have to pay to access most of the stories, but the cost vs times used makes it totally worth it. I don’t know what I would do without this app.

2. Tazo Chai Tea Latte Concentrate

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If you are addicted to Starbucks chai tea like me, you need to get this. My friend who worked at Starbucks said that this is what they use in store, but the concentrate they use it a different amount than the one sold in-stores. So while it doesn’t taste exactly the same it’s very close. I make myself a latte probably every other day.

This concentrate is super simple to use. I just add milk and sometimes sugar and it’s ready to go. It’s good both hot and cold. It’s been a godsend during quarantine when I can’t get Starbucks all the time. I have purchased it at Walmart, Longos and Sobeys (for all my Canadians). But it also available on Amazon, just be careful because some retailers will overcharge for it.

3. My Sony Speaker

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I love listening to music – I have two things on this list related to music. I listen to music almost all the time. I prefer listening to music through a speaker than my headphones if I’m not in public/with other people. I find I can think better if I listen through a speaker and then I’m also not restricted by headphone cords (because I don’t own wireless headphones). Listening through a speaker allows me to do things better than with headphones. Portable speakers are also great because I can bring them to the beach or work.

I got my Sony XB30 Extra Bass Portable Bluetooth Speaker for Christmas about three years ago and it still works like brand new. It accidentally fell from on top of the fridge and one speaker got dented but it still works perfectly! It has some colour changing/flashing lights which can be annoying if they are in your peripheral but it’s fun for parties. I love my portable speaker and if mine broke I would immediately buy a new one.

4. Scented Candles

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I love scented candles. And being stuck at home during quarantine has just increased my love of candles. I find having a nicely scented candle just relaxes me and makes me enjoy my space so much more. I always have one burning if I’m in my room.

Even though I love candles, I have a very weak sense of smell so I need strongly scented candles. Bath and Body Works are some of my favourites. They don’t have a Canadian website though so I haven’t had any in a while. Indigo is a great place to get some candles and I’ve enjoyed many of theirs. Some small Canadian brands I have ordered from and enjoyed are Au Natural, Shy Wolf Candles and Natura Soy Candles.

5. Pop Sockets

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I know pop sockets aren’t new anyone, but I still get so many questions about mine from people in real life! Since I first put a pop socket on my phone about three-ish years now I haven’t taken it off. It has changed my life and I don’t think I could ever go back.

There are many reasons why I love my pop socket. It makes it easier to hold my phone. Now that I have an iPhone 8 Plus my phone is large and can be hard to hold. The pop socket just gives me something to anchor my hand better. It’s great for walking around and also lying down in bed. I am a klutz and have dropped my phone countless times, but having a pop socket has decreased that a bit. It also helps so much when taking photos. Because I have a better hold on my phone I can better stabilize my hand to take nice photos. The final reason why I love my pop socket is that it’s so fun to fidget with it. Sometimes my friends would borrow my phone just to fidget with my pop socket. I use it every day and I just love it.

6. Scrunchies

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I love my scrunchies. The only time I’ll use regular hair elastics is if I am wearing my hair in braids or I’m going in the water. I love scrunchies because they damage my hair less than hair elastics AND they are cute!

I’ve bought my scrunchies from a variety of places. I have some from Claire’s, Topshop and Forever 21. Some of my favourites are this six-pack that I got from Amazon. They are all of equal quality. I usually just pick what scrunchie I want to wear based on my outfit.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

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I suffer from canker sores. I won’t go into details about them, but I’ve had them since I was a kid. When I’m stress or near my period I get a bunch and they can be super painful. People aren’t sure what causes them and they aren’t any cures. My mom read that apple cider vinegar can help and it is the best preventative measure I have found.

It works because canker sores are affected because of pH levels in your mouth, and apple cider vinegar can help regulate it. I take the Jamieson pills because it’s easier than taking the liquid version. This has made such a dramatic difference in my life. If I forget to take them for a couple of days I will get a few canker sores just like that. Now it hasn’t completely eradicated my canker sores. I still get a few if I am stressed. But it has made such a difference in my life. If you suffer from canker sores I highly recommend them.

8. Birkenstocks/Vikings

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Everyone has a favourite pair of shoes. These are mine. I’ve owned a pair of Birkenstocks or Vikings since I was 15/16. These are the best summer sandal. They are just super comfortable! If you don’t know what Birkenstocks are, they are a cork and rubber shoe that will conform to your foot as you wear it. The thick sole makes them super comfortable. I travelled and spend days at the CNE in these shoes and have had no problems.

I usually buy a new pair every two summers. Because they are cork if they get wet they deteriorate. I worked at an outdoor pool for four summers wearing these and got them wet accidentally quite a few times. Since I get them wet that’s why I have to buy them more frequently. But if you’re careful these shoes could probably last you quite a few years. I currently own a pair of Vikings. I’ve owned both and haven’t noticed a difference in quality. Vikings are cheaper so I recommend those.

9. Spotify Premium

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If you don’t have a Spotify premium account you are missing out! I think I’ve had it for almost four years now. I got premium within a month of downloading Spotify. I couldn’t stand the ads and not being able to skip songs.

As I’ve mentioned before, I love listening to music. I would say that I use this app every single day. It has a huge selection of music. But what I love about the app is the number of playlists. I get tired of listening to the same stuff all the time, so I like the ability to find and listen to new stuff all the time. My favourite is the #ThrowbackThursday playlist. It’s full of throwback songs (obviously) but it’s changed every week to reflect some theme. I always look forward to Thursdays and what songs are going to be on the playlist. Spotify has many different paid plans now from when I first got it, so I would recommend checking out the deals they have.

10. Notebooks

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I learn and remember things best when I write them out by hand. For that reason, I have many notebooks. I used notebooks when I was in school to write notes, to do research and to plan out assignments. The process of physically writing something by hand helps me remember it better. I also used notebooks to plan blog posts and do other random things like research trips. I always have a notebook near my desk.

When I was in university I always used the Five Star 5-Subject notebooks – you can get these from Staples. Now I usually buy my notebooks from Winners or Indigo. I prefer having large notebooks that are the size of a regular sheet of paper. I also like having coils on the side because it folds over nicer. Technology seems like an easy, obvious choice but sometimes it’s nice to put a pen to paper.

And those are the 10 random things I can’t live without. Let me know if you guys use any of these things or what some of your random favourites are!

xoxo

Lea

Sephora VIB Sale Recommendations and Wish List

Hey guys! So I did a poll on Instagram and A LOT of you wanted to see my Sephora VIB Sale recommendations. I also decided to throw in my wish list. I probably won’t pick up everything (if anything) on my wish list, but I thought it would be fun to share it with you guys. I tried to keep things pretty general, but if you want specific product recommendations feel free to DM me! My friends ask me all the time products for their specific skin type or my thoughts on a specific product. I want you guys to make well-informed decisions with your money, especially during this crazy time we are going through.

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Sale Recommendations

1. Beauty Blender and brush cleanser

I love my Beauty Blender. It’s a great sponge and I use it almost everyday. But they unfortunately don’t last forever. I buy a new Beauty Blender every VIB Sale. While you can clean a sponge to help it’s longevity, eventually the sponge either breaks down or because unsanitary. So if you like using Beauty Blender, the sale is a good time to get them.

I also recommend getting a brush cleanser. It’s important to clean your brushes, and might as well get a boring product when it’s on sale. I currently use the Beauty Blender Liquid Cleanser but they are many on the market.

2. Restock favourites

Sale time is a great time to restock on favourites. These are products that I use all the time and can’t live without. They are also ones that I go through quickly. A few restock classics are:

  1. Brow pencils – my favourite is ABH Brow Wiz
  2. Setting sprays – my favourites are Urban Decay All Nighter and MAC Prep+Set Fix+
  3. Mascara – I love all the Tarte mascaras, but specifically Tarteist Lash Paint

Skincare is another great thing to stock up on if you have a favourite product. If you want some skincare recommendations just send me a DM.

3. Face masks

I love a good face mask. Sometimes masks can be pricey if you are not using them on the daily. So that’s why buying them during a sale is a great time to get them. I have three that I love and would recommend:

  1. Origins Out of Trouble – if you have oily skin get this mask. It is amazing at helping heal and deal with active breakouts.
  2. Caudalie Instant Detox Mask – this mask if great when your skin just feels blah. Resets the skin and leaves it feeling smooth and clean after. Also it’s pink!
  3. Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Sleeping Mask – I don’t like this as a sleeping mask, I only use it for 10 minutes. It does a great job of evening my skin texture. My face feels like a baby’s bottom after.

4. Palettes

Eyeshadow palettes can be expensive. So that’s why getting them during a sale is the best time to get them! Everyone likes different things when it comes to eyeshadow palettes, so it’s really personal preference. But if I had to recommend one, I would say the ABH Soft Glam palette. I have gotten a lot of use out of it. They colour palette is also very approachable and wearable for both everyday and glam looks.

5. Perfume

Once again, perfumes are expensive. So might as well get it while it’s cheaper. I wanted to add this recommendation because I recently got a new perfume for my birthday! I got the TOCCA Florence. I got it as a sample with Sephora and I fell in love. I don’t normally like florals, but this one is so fresh. The bergamot and pear balance out the gardenia so it’s more clean than sweet floral. This is a great spring/summer scent.

My Wish list

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I have quite a few items on my wish list. The first is pretty random, but I wanted the Origins Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream. I love body lotion and I use it all the time. This one is described as “a relaxing body lotion created to spread warmth as tangy ginger embraces your body and nourishing oils surround skin in softness.” Like YUM sign me up. The reviews are also amazing! The only thing holding me back is that its $50 CAD, ugh. One day I’ll purchase it.

I have been loving cream blush and I have my eye on two others. The first is the MAC Glow Play Blush. I have seen a few people use and love this blush. It is said to apply like a cream and finish like a powder, which I love. They are currently sold out of a lot of the shades so I will probably wait. The other blush is the new Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush. I have seen a bunch of people talk about them but not a lot of reviews. But I just know that these would be good.

Continuing the cream train, is the Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer. I have so many people rave about this and I have almost bought it so many times. I will one day buy this product as well.

I have heard everyone and their mother talk about the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. This is apparently one of the best hydrating masks and it’s suitable for combo/oily skin folks as well. I do have a sample of it, so I will try it out and if I like it I will probably purchase it.

The final item on my wish list is the Olehenrikson Truth Juice Daily Cleanser. As soon as it launched I knew I wanted to try it. I have been loving all the Olehenrikson products that I have tried. It’s supposed to be purfying and brightening AND smell amazing. I think once I finish my current cleanser I’m going to pick this one up.

And those are my recommendations and my wish list. Let me know in the comments what you guys are thinking of getting or have already purchased!

xoxo

Lea

My Favourite Makeup Brushes

Hey guys! Today I am sharing my favourite makeup brushes! Brushes are a super important part of doing your makeup. Good brushes can make a huge difference in the application process. Brushes are also an investment piece. They are something that if you take good care of can last you for years. Brushes can also be used for any use you want. Something you will notice is that I use brushes for different uses then they are created. Like painting, it’s not about the shape but how you use it. Today I am sharing 33 different brushes. You don’t need every brush I am sharing, but these are just what I like!

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First are makeup sponges. Sponges are very multiple functional. They can be used for any cream product and even powders too. I mainly use my sponges to blend out foundation, concealer and set up under eyes with powder. My two favourites are the Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques Sponge. The Beauty Blender is classic, and the Real Techniques one is the best drugstore dupe I have found. I find it a little softer but also absorbs more product. Both are great sponges.

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Next up are my cream base brushes. My absolute favourite foundation is the Morphe Y6. This flat-top brush is dense enough to blend over a large space quickly and doesn’t leave any brush strokes. If I’m not using a sponge for concealer (which I usually do), I use my Luxie 660 Precision Foundation. The pointed tip fits perfectly under my eyes and blends my concealer while keeping the coverage. For cream bronzer, I like the Real Techniques Stippling Brush (also note: on Amazon it’s expensive, but I got it on sale at Rexall for $9). This brush does a great job of blending out a cream bronzer without moving my foundation underneath. For cream blush, I use the Stilazzi Duo Fibre Mini Blender S302. For blush, I am much more precise than bronzer, so I like using this mini brush. The final brush is for cream contour. I like a limited edition Tarte brush. The wide and rounded brush allows for a tight, angled contour.

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Next is my powder brushes. As an oily skin girl, I love powder. When I want to pack on the powder, I will use a makeup sponge. For under the eyes I like the Luxie 522 Tapered Highlighter and the brightening brush in the Alamar Cosmetics Complexion Brush Trio. Both have a slight point and fit perfectly under my eyes. The Luxie brush is round while the Alamar brush is flatter. For all other the face my favourite is the Aesthetica P12. The tapered oval shape makes it perfect for loosely applying powder over the rest of my face.

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To finish off the face are the rest of my favourite powder product brushes (aka bronzer, blush and highlight). My favourite bronzer brush right now is the MODA Limited Edition Powder brush (apart of a set). This super fluffy and soft brush is perfect for great an all-over glow to the skin. For a more defined bronzer or contour look, I like the Elf Angled Blush Brush. It’s fluffy but narrow. For blush, I have two favourites. The first is the MODA Pro BMX-130 Pointed Blush. My other favourite is from a random kit that I got from Winners. It’s similar to the Elf one but just slightly fluffier. To highlight my ultimate favourite is the Luxie 512 Small Contouring. I know that it’s technically for contour, but it’s so good for highlight too. I own two of this brush and use one for powder and the other for cream highlight. My other highlight brush is the Morphe R31. I like the shape, the only thing is that it has gotten rough and scratchy with use.

The next category is crease brushes. All of these brushes are great, they are just different sizes. If you have larger eyes, you might like the larger brushes and vice-versa. Also having a bigger brush is nice for transition shades, and smaller brushes and nice for getting in the crease. Starting from the biggest is the Luxie 250 Large Eye Blending (apart of a set). Next is the Alamar Cosmetics Fluffy Blender (apart of Ojitos Brush Trio Vol 1). An average-sized crease brush is the Luxie 205 Tapered Blending Brush. Slightly smaller is the MODA Pro BMX-430 Crease brush. The smallest crease brush that I would still use for blending is the Luxie 229 Tapered Blending. The second photo shows all the brushes up close so you can see the different sizes.

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The final category is eye brushes that are not crease/blending brushes. The Sephora Collection PRO Allover shadow 12 doesn’t exist anymore but it’s great. I use this to set my eyeshadow base with a skin colour shadow. Next is the Luxie 141 Mini Round (apart of a set). I use this to pack shadow is my crease for a cut crease or to smudge out my lower lash line. The Luxie 237 Blending is a tiny brush that I like to use to apply highlight to my inner corner and brow bone. It’s fluffy which means it won’t pack on too much product. The next two brushes aren’t even eye brushes. First I the Simply Simmons Spotter brush, which is a paintbrush, do to eyeliner and fake freckles. Next, I use the Morphe M170-4 Oval Lip Brush to cut my crease with concealer for cut crease looks. Another brush from the Alamar Ojitos Brush Trio that I like is the flat tight liner. This is perfect for tight-lining both my upper and lower lash line. Whenever I use gel eyeliner, I use another discounted Sephora Collection brush – the PRO Gel liner 26. To finish off this long blog post about brushes, my two favourite flat brushes are the Alamar flat painter brush (also from the Ojitos Brush Trio) and the Luxie 245 Small Shader Brush (apart of a set). Both are great brushes, the other difference is that the Luxie one is slightly pointed.

And those are all my favourite brushes. Make sure to check out my Instagram because I will be talking more about my favourite brushes there this weekend. Also if you have any questions about brushes let me know in the comments down below!

xoxo

Lea

My 2019 Beauty Favourites!

Hey guys! Today I am sharing my 2019 beauty favourites! This year was a crazy year for makeup launches, there seemed to be a new palette every week! But this year I tried to be smart with my money and only purchase items I was sure I would love. So surprisingly there are no palettes this year! Instead, I focused a lot on my skin and my base products. I also revisited products that I already had in my collection. I am going to start with skincare, and then go through base, eyes and then lips. So without further ado, here are my 2019 beauty favourites.

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My favourite moisturizer is hands down the Laneige Water Bank Hydro Gel. I have noticed such a difference using this moisturizer. My skin just looks and feels so hydrated. I love how lightweight and cooling this feels. My favourite part of my skincare routine is applying this moisturizer.

My favourite mask is the Lush Mask of Magnaminty. When my skin is looking and feeling gross and I have a ton of breakouts, I like to use this mask. I feel like it does a great job of cleaning my skin and help heal active acne. The only con is that because it’s full of natural ingredients, it dries out pretty fast. So I just buy the smaller version because I can’t finish the large.

Another Laneige favourite is their Lip Glowy Balm. This may be controversial, but I like this more than their Lip Sleeping Mask. The squeezy tube is much easier to use. This product is a beautiful hybrid between a lip balm and a lip gloss. It hydrates my lips but makes them look juicy and glossy.

My favourite primer has to hands down be the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizerprimer. I didn’t think I was going to like this primer as much when I got it in my Boxycharm, but I just fell in love. It illuminates my face without emphasizing my pores. It is such a natural, radiant glow. I have almost finished this primer, which is impressive since it comes with an ounce of product. This is basically the only primer I use anymore.

My two favourite foundations this year are the Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation and the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation. The Physicians Formula foundation was apart of my 2018 favourites and it’s back again. I love the medium, satin finish. It helps even out my skin but I can still see it underneath my foundation. And the duo-foot applicator just makes it so easy to apply. My other favourite foundation is the Smashbox one. The shade and undertone matches me sooo well. It’s more matte compared to the Physicians Formula one, but I mix it with a serum to help thin it out.

If I had to pick the one product I used the most this year, it would probably the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. This is not a new concealer, but this is the hands-down the one I used the most.  This concealer is great because it has medium coverage so it’s not too heavy or cakey looking under the eyes but does a great job of brightening up the area. For 2020 I am going to try and expand my concealer selection, so please give me your concealer recommendations!

For powder, I liked the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder. I remember seeing it on everyone’s 2018 favourites and I knew I had to try it out. This is a very smooth powder. It’s perfect if you have dry skin because it’s not a very mattifying powder.

This year I fell in love with the Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Bronzer. First I love that there is a range of shades and undertones, so I think anyone can find their perfect shade. I like this bronzer because it has the perfect amount of pigmentation. I find a lot of bronzers are too pigmented, so I have to use a light hand. But I prefer bronzer that I can build up on my face to get the glow that I want. It’s a great matte bronzer!

The next two products are creams. This year I fell in love with using cream products. I find that they just last longer on my skin and look more natural. I do find them a little harder to use than powders, but I like the effect especially in the summer. My favourite cream blush is the Colourpop Blush Stix. I have the shade Splash and next time I order from Colourpop I want to pick up and peachy shade. My favourite liquid highlight was a limited-edition collaboration between Boxycharm and Temptu. I think it gives me a natural glow and is easy to blend out.

2019 was the year that I realized I do like volumizing mascaras. My three favourites are the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, the Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara and the Covergirl Exhibitionist Mascara. The Too Faced and Covergirl ones are both quite similar in that they give good volume. The Tarte one less voluminous but more lengthening. I also like the Tarte wand better because I don’t get mascara on my lids as much. I have been alternating between all three of the mascaras this year.

And finally, my two favourite lippies. The first is Colourpop Just a Tint lip crayons. I have the shade Rise N Shine, which is a peach shade. I love these lip crayons because they are super hydrating and comfortable on the lips. These lip crayons are sheerer than their Lippie Stix, but give more pigmentation than a traditional tinted lip balm. They are the perfect everyday lipstick, and I will purchase more.

My other favourite is the Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in the shade Light My Fire. This bright orange-red is my go-to bold lip now. The red works with my skin tone, but the formula is also great for a bold lip. It’s a very liquidy liquid lipstick, that dries down into also a bright stain? I’m not sure how to describe this formula, but it’s unlike any other liquid lipstick that I have tried. It doesn’t dry out my lips or emphasis my lips, and it wears off very well. I would eat dinner and then just use my finger to blend out the edges and it would look good as new. This lipstick is amazing and while I don’t wear it every day, whenever I do I feel so fierce.

And those are my 2019 favourites! Let me know in the comments what your favourite beauty products were this year? I hope everyone had a great year 🙂

xoxo

Lea

Boxycharm 2019 Favourites

Hey guys! Today’s bonus post is my favourite Boxycharm products that I have received this year. I picked seven products that I like and would recommend purchasing!

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From February is the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. I know this mascara is a holy grail product for many people, but I have never personally tried it. Well, I fell in love with this mascara. It makes my lashes look full, long and fluffy – everything I want in a mascara. I love the packaging. It’s simple but also feels heavy and luxurious in the hand. The only thing I don’t like is that the wand is very large, so I have to be careful not to get mascara on my eyelids. But overall I like this mascara!

The second product from February is the Sol de Janerio Coco Cabana cream. I love this cream. The consistency is a little more gel-like than the original but still very moisturizing. It’s also not your typical coconut scent, the hint of praline makes it more complex. I brought this cream with me to Europe so now it just reminds me of that trip!

From March is the Cover FX Perfector Face Palette. This is the best travel face palette. I brought this to Europe and Punta Cana with me. The mirror is the perfect size to see my whole face. The blush and contour are very pigmented, so I use a light hand with them. But the highlights are gorgeous and I like that there is a pink and gold shade. The brightener shade is perfect for the inner corner and brow bone. The only shade I don’t like is the finishing powder. It’s full of glitter and I would prefer a matte shade. The packaging is very sleek but does get dirty which is annoying. But I will always pack this with me from now on because of the mirror and highlights.

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In May I received the GlamGlow GentleBubble Daily Conditioning Cleanser. This has become my shower cleanser. I use this cleanser whenever I’m having a shower, usually after I workout. I’ve had this since May and I’m still pretty impressed that I haven’t finished it yet. It does a good job of washing my face without making my skin feel stripped. The scent is a little weird but it’s fine for the shower. But this is one of my favourite products mainly because of how practical it is and how much I can use it. I don’t use fancy face masks all the time, but a cleanser is something I use all the time. So I feel like I got my money’s worth with this product.

The next favourite is from August. I like the Ace Beaute Glimmer Shadow Duo Set! I accidentally left Cotton Candy in Punta Cana, but that’s okay because Iced Latte was my favourite anyways. These remind me of the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows. The main difference is that the Colourpop ones have more glitter but don’t have as much pigment to them. These Ace Beaute ones have more pigment to them with glitter as well. These shadows are super easy to use but very impactful. I really like them!

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From October is the Dose of Colours Baked Browns palette. I’ve always wanted one of these palettes and they did not disappoint. I love warm browns so this isthe perfect palette for me. And I can just add a shadow like the Ace Beaute one to create a full look. Sometimes the basic neutral palettes are the best!

Now I haven’t posted my review yet, but spoiler I love the Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier Water Cream from my December box. This reminds me of my favourite Laneige moisturizer, but even more gel-like. My skin just loves gels moisturizers. It leaves my skin looking and feeling hydrated. I look glowy and all I’ve used is a moisturizer. I would definitely recommend!

And those were my favourite Boxycharm products. Let me know in the comments what were your favourite products that you received from Boxycharm this year! 🙂

xoxo

Lea

My Favourite Boxycharm Products from the Past 3 Years

Hey guys! This October marks three years of subscribing to Boxycharm! I have received over 180 products from Boyxcharm over the past three years! That’s crazy! To celebrate, I have chosen eight of my favourite products from the past three years. Most products I picked were from past years. I will be doing my annual favourite products of the year in December. Also, I have one item not pictured because it broke – more on that down below.

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November 2016 – Studio Makeup On-The-Go Eyeshadow Palette

The first product is from my second box ever and is the only eye shadow palette I decided to feature. I have received many eye shadow palettes from Boxycharm, but the Studio Makeup On-The-Go eyeshadow palette has survived multiple makeup declutters. I’m not a huge cool-toned person, but this is the palette I always reach for when I want to do cool-toned makeup looks. There is a serious dent in the middle shadow because I have used this palette a lot. I received tons of palettes from big brand names and palettes with fun bright colours. But this basic palette does the job!

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January 2017 – PUR Cosmetics Mineral Glow Bronzer

Rest in peace my beloved PUR bronzer. This bronzer broke back in April and I have missed it ever since. This bronzer was the bomb. It was my summer-bronze-goddess-glow bronzer. It’s darker than the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, so I like to use it in the summer to deepen my tan. It also had the most beautiful slight shimmer to it. It made my face look so bronzed and health. This was such a bomb product. I decided to not repurchase it because I’m trying to go through some of my other bronzers, but this was a good one.

April 2017 – OFRA Cosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter

I received this highlight back in the craze of blinding highlights. To this day OFRA Rodeo Drive is one of the most blinding highlights I own. Just a little creates the most beautiful bright glow. The formula is so smooth. The highlight is not chunky and doesn’t have any big glitter particles in it. It is also a super flattering colour for my skin tone – a gold-champagne. While I don’t use this highlight as often anymore, I still pull it out whenever I want a really bright highlight.

December 2017 – Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

You know it’s a good product when you repurchase it. I’ve received a lot of good mascaras from Boxycharm over the years, but I decided the Tarte Tarteist mascara is my favourite. This gives me volume and length without making my lashes clumpy. My lashes are prone to getting clumpy, so I don’t often like volumizing mascara. But this one just makes my lashes look amazing. This is my everyday mascara, I love it.

January 2018 – Girlactik Long Lasting Matte Lip Paint

The reason why I like Boxycharm is that I get to try products I would have never had the chance to try. This Girlactik liquid lipstick is a prime example. It doesn’t sell at Sephora, and I probably won’t bother to ship it into Canada. But because I have Boxycharm I was able to discover this amazing liquid lipstick. This is probably one of my favourite formulas because it’s so comfortable on the lips. I also always receive so many compliments on my lipstick whenever I wear it. So while I could have picked many different lipsticks as my favourite, that is why I picked this one.

June 2018 – Battington Lashes

It was a tie between these Battington lashes (in the style Monroe) and my Lashoholic lashes for my favourite pair from Boxycharm. I chose the Battington pair since I recently talked about the Lashoholic ones in my September Product Empties. I love receiving lashes in my Boxycharm because I generally don’t buy them myself. But these lashes have lasted me so well! I recently ripped them (RIP lol). But they lasted me almost a year, definitely worn them like 30 times. A really good quality pair of lashes.

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September 2018 – Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Man, I use this blush almost every day and it looks like I’ve barely made a dent in it. I have mine in the shade Tropic Hues and it’s so beautiful. This was the first blush that made me realize it’s nice to have a little shimmer in a blush. It makes me look so healthy and awake. I sometimes forget I received this in my Boxycharm box since I use it on the daily.

February 2019 – Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream

I love this cream. What I like about Boxycharm is that sometimes I receive a product that I wanted but hadn’t bought yet for myself. I love the original Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum cream, and when I saw that they had released the Coco Cabana Cream, I knew I wanted to try it. I decided to wait, and bam I got it in my Boxycharm box! I love this formula because it’s also different than the original, so it’s not the exact same product. I brought this cream with me to Europe, and now every single time I smell the cream it reminds me of my time there! I also decided to repurchase it as well once I finished the one I got in my Boxycharm box!

And those are eight of my favourite products that I have received in my Boxycharm! Should I do a part two? Or maybe my least favourite products? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Lea

Revisiting Old Makeup Favourites

Hey guys! So the other day I decided to revisit some of my old favourite makeup products. I feel like makeup, like any industry, is always focused on the new. A new palette comes out and every forgets about their old ones. Makeup has definitely improved in quality over the years, but are the old favourites bad or still pretty good? I decided to go through some of my old favourites and let you guys know my thoughts, whether they’re still good or not.

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First is the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette. Everyone went crazy when this palette came out a couple of years ago. I actually waited out and bought this palette used in makeup-selling group for $25. Everyone was in love with the peachy shades and smell. So how do I feel now? Honestly, the peach smell is not strong it’s a little much if you ask me. But I still love the matte formula. The mattes are just so incredibly smooth. They have the perfect amount of pigmentation and blend beautiful on the eyes. The shimmers are definitely not like what I remember. Shimmer shades in palettes nowadays are super pigmented/metallic/foiled/glittery looking. The shimmers are still nice, don’t get me wrong. The perfect for a softer look. This palette is still great, and I definitely will still use it, but I don’t think you have to run out and get it for yourself.

I think a really underrated product is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. I have the shade Deep End and I think it’s absolutely gorgeous. They glide on so well and are easy to smudge. But they also stay put so well, even on the waterline. They are just as good as the Marc Jacobs ones – they are $4 cheaper which isn’t much but still cheaper! Like this eyeliner has been out for almost ten years, that must mean that it’s good if people still use it.

The OG favourite primer for me was the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I have been using a dewier primer but I recently used this Smashbox primer again. There is a reason this is a cult classic. It does such an amazing job at smoothing out my pores. My foundation also lasts way longer when I use this primer over a dewy one. I don’t think I’ll be converting back over full time, but when I need my makeup to last I will definitely use this primer.

A foundation throwback is the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation. I loved this foundation so much that I bought both a summer and winter shade. First I forgot how full coverage and matte this foundation is. I feel like the makeup community has been into much more lighter coverage and dewy skin lately, so it was a fun change to wear something else. I do still like this foundation because it makes my skin look so good. I think next time I am going to use a dewy primer and a beauty sponge to lighten up the coverage a bit.

A concealer favourite was the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer. This was my concealer of choice during the Tarte Shape Tape craze. I couldn’t get Shape Tape in Canada, so this was my go to high coverage concealer. I forgot how high coverage this concealer is. I have been using my Nars concealer lately, which is definitely more of a medium coverage. I think I need to get a different shade in this concealer because it was looking pretty yellow on my skin.

A powder favourite was the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Powder. This was actually the first powder that I ever bought. I have tried so many since that I forgot how amazing this powder is. It makes my face look and feel sooo smooth. It also doesn’t leave me looking cakey afterwards. As you can see I’ve almost finished this powder, but I am definitely going out and repurchasing this.

Another Maybelline favourite was their Facestudio Master Blush Colour and Highlight Kit. I love this face palette when I first got it. The highlight is a nice pinky shade that isn’t too icy. My favourite of the blushes was the first peachy one. It is still gorgeous now. It has a very buildable formula, so I’m not afraid that I will apply too much. It also has a light sheen to it – don’t glittery but more than a matte. I don’t really use the other two shades that much so I’m not sure I would say it’s the best palette. I still like it and I think I will start using it again.

The final old favourite is the OFRA Cosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter. I still have the old packaging for this highlight, that’s how long I’ve had it! This used to be everyone favourite highlight. It’s just so blinding on the skin. I have definitely noticed that blinding highlights are not as popular anymore, but like man this is still a good highlight. It’s just so smooth, it doesn’t look chunky on the skin or make my skin look textured. I definitely use a lighter hand but I still really like this highlight.

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I was able to create this really fun look using some of my old favourites. Let me know if you guys would like to see a part two of this, I can definitely dig up some other old faves!

xoxo

Lea

Recent Netflix Faves

Hey guys! Today I am sharing some of my recent favourite shows that I have watched on Netflix, plus one bonus that is not available on Netflix but that I highly recommend you all to watch immediately. As some of you may or may not not, I studied Communications in university, which is basically media studies. One of my favourite courses was actually a course on television. I like watching tv way more than movies, but I am enjoy reviewing and recommending different tv shows to my friends. Now I’m not going to lie, I have a pretty niche-ish taste in tv shows (my faves on historical dramas and teen dramas) but I have decided to share my recent faves that you can watch on Netflix. Let me know if you guys are interested in seeing an all-time fave tv post!

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1. Brooklyn 99

I mean you must be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of Brooklyn 99 yet. I’m not much of a comedy person, but I actually find this show hilarious. Back in first year, some friends on my floor and I watched the first season together. That winter break I binged the rest of the show with my brother who also feel in love. I just recently finished the sixth season. Like I can’t just say ‘cool’ anymore, I say:

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For those of who you don’t know, Brooklyn 99 follows a group of dectectives who work in NYPD’s 99 prescient. A lot of the humour is based on crime television, a genre full of tropes. The main character is played by Andy Samberg, so if you like Lonely Island you would like this show. The characters are all love-able but complex. Comedies can sometimes rely on stereotypes for characterization, but all the characters are quirky and hilarious. Finally, Brooklyn 99 also tackles some serious issues using humour. It discusses sexism, racism and also portrays some LBTGQ characters quite well. If you wanna laugh, check out this show.

2. Medici

If you want a historical drama that is more heavy on drama than history, then check out Medici. The first season, Medici: Masters of Florence, follows Cosimo de Medici and he figures out who murdered his father, Giovanni. The second season, Medici: The Magnificent, follows Cosimo’s grandson Lorenzo de Medici. First, I like the show because both seasons are only eight episodes long. It doesn’t draw on forever, it’s a quick and addictive watch. I binged both of the season within a week each. I also like the show because it is full of drama, romance and mystery. There is a lot of shit that goes down in the show. But finally will it might not be the most historically accurate, I still learnt a lot of the Medici and the Renaissance. For those who don’t know, the Medici where the big ruling family of Florence, Italy, and they sponsored many of the thinkers and artists of the period. It was super cool going to Florence this past spring and seeing some of the building and artwork mentioned in the show.

3. The Last Czars

If you loved Anastasia as a kid, then you definitely need to check out this mini series. Part reconstruction and part documentary commentary, the show explores the life and downfall of the Nicholas Romanvo, the last Czar of Russia. Now the mix might not be for everyone, but I personally enjoyed it. As someone who didn’t know much about the Russian Revolution except for the basics, I found this highly educational. But the presentation style was also highly enjoyable. The costumes and cinematography was beautiful. I did find the acting a little cheesy, but I do enjoy cheesy. I felt like The Last Czars was a good introduction into the topic, and now I want to learn more. At six episodes, it’s a quick and enjoyable watch.

4. You 

If you weren’t one of the millions of people who watched the show when it came to Netflix this past winter, then I recommend you go back and watch it. This show is so gripping and creepy yet dumb and ridiculous at the same time. The show follows Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager who becomes obsessed with a girl named Guinevere Beck. The show is creepy because Joe’s obessesion with Beck is crazy, and the steps he goes towards stalking her and controlling their relationship is insane. What is most conflicting is how the viewer is repulsed yet also silently cheering on Joe through the show. The viewer watches Joe help his kid neighbour who has an abusive dad, but then he goes and beats up Beck’s boyfriend. And the ending is such a surprise, not one I saw coming. I am curious what the second season will be like.

5. Outlander

I decided to start reading the books after falling in love with this tv show. This historical time traveler series follows Claire Randall, a World War II nurse who falls back in time to 1730s Scotland. Claire meets James Fraser, a Scottish Highlander, and she becomes involved with the Jacobite risings. Sam Heughan, who playes James Fraser, is extremely attractive so this show is very easy on this eyes. The show has a little bit of everything, with romance, action, political intrigue and a dose of history. If you like Game of Thrones, I feel like you would be a fan of Outlander as well. I personally found the third season to be a little slow, but really liked the fourth season. Also fun fact: my last name is also Randall, so it’s funny to watch the show and see characters sharing your family name.

BONUS: The Handmaid’s Tale

So this is a bonus because it’s not on Netflix, but if there is one show you should watch off this list, its The Handmaid’s Tale. Based on Maragret Atwood’s novel of the same novel, the show is a dystopian future where a highly conservative and religious government has taken over the USA, forcing fertile women into slavery. With all the stuff that is happening in the US, this show is a scary look into what our society could be like. The first season can be a little confusing if you haven’t read the novel, but the next two go past the plot of the novel. This series if very dark and serious, so it’s not for leisurely watching. It is beautiful filmed – fun fact it is actually filmed in Southern Ontario. I’ve driven by one of the main houses multiple times, and one scene was filmed at my university.

But anyways, if you are looking for a show for academic reasons, this one if also perfect. It is full of imagery and symbolism, and full of bible references. Many people are also drawing parallels to Trump’s America as well. I wish I had watched this show while in my television class, because this would have been great to write about. This is definitely a more intellectually inclined show, but I would still highly recommend because I think the narratives and themes are highly important. Please watch so I have someone to discuss the show with.

And those are my recent Netflix recommendations! Let me know in the comments some of your current favourite shows!

xoxo

Lea

My Fave Youtubes

Hey guys! So I watch a ton of Youtube. Like in university I would watch Youtube whenever I ate a meal and whenever I wanted a study aka all the time. Now I watch a variety of Youtubers, but today I am sharing some of my favourites. The ones I will be sharing today are all beauty and fashion/lifestyle. If you are curious what some of my other fave Youtubers are, let me know and I can always do a part two!

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Probably My Favourite Youtuber – Allegra Shaw

I have a lot of favourites, but I think Allegra Shaw might be my favourite. Allegra is known for her fashion content, pretty sure she got famous for her changing videos. But the reason why I like Allegra is because of her personality. She posts weekly vlogs that are just so simple and show her personality so well. Some vloggers do vacation vlogs with drones and fancy shots, while Allegra’s are just simple clips of her and her friends hanging out. She is also a Canadian Youtubers based in Toronto, so it’s so cool seeing her around the city. Like I just want to be friends with her.

My Other Favourite Youtuber – Allana Davison

Another Canadian queen. I actually found Allana Davison through Allegra. Allana is also very down-to-earth and super funny. Like during her videos she makes durpy faces and funny noises. Plus I love her cat. Allana posts a variety of videos, ranging from beauty, fashion and vlogs. Allana is also get about talking about Canada things and products, so she feels super relate-able to me. Finally, Allana does simple but cool makeup, so it is easy to recreate her looks. She doesn’t wear crazy falsies so she is very approachable for the average makeup-wearer.

I Always Laugh but also Learn Something while Watching her Videos – Samantha Ravndahl

Guys, I just have a thing for Canadian Youtubers okay? But actually Samantha Ravndahl is amazing. Her humour is so similar to mine, she always manages to make her laugh out loud. Sam is a trained makeup artist, so she does beautiful tutorials and is really good at reviewing products. I find her videos to be very informational. I’ve shared so many of her videos with my friends because she is amazing at explaining. I also recommend reading her description boxes because they’re really funny too.

The First Beauty Youtuber that I Watched – RachhLoves

I found RachhLoves about four years ago, when I really started to get into makeup. I found her because I was looking for some drugstore makeup, and as a Canadian she suggested products I could actually purchase. I find that she is very through in her reviews, and I have bought some many good products from her recommendations.

Queen of Product Reviews – Tati

I known that some shady stuff went down with her and James Charles back in May, but at the end of the day I trust her opinions so much on makeup. Tati is such a great product reviewer. I have bought some many products that she has recommended. She is extremely through, giving wear tests and will often give dupes/similar products for expensive items. A great Youtuber to check out if you are interested in makeup reviews.

Crazy Makeup Fun Girl – Keilidh MUA

I find Keilidh MUA so inspirational. I get so many ideas for makeup looks from her. But she is also so fun to watch. I also lover her Irish accent. I think a big thing is that Keilidh is only a year older than me, so I relate to so many things that are going on in her life as well. Keilidh is great if you are looking just for some fun makeup related videos.

Alexa, Play Glam&Gore

Listen, I am awful at SFX makeup. But I still watch all of Mykie’s (Glam&Gore) makeup tutorials because she is hilarious. Mykie is currently on break, but I am literally counting down the days until she comes back. She is a fabulous storyteller, but also super creative. I laugh the whole time as she does her makeup, and then I am amazed at the end at the final product. Not for the faint of heart, because some of her looks are crazy good. Come back soon Mykie!

Does Tutorials That You Can Actually Recreate – Kathleen Lights

Kathleen Lights does the most beautiful makeup looks and tutorials, but they are actually are pretty simple and easy to re-create. Kathleen also reviews tons of drugstore/affordable makeup, so I can actually afford her recommendations. Plus she is actually the reason I decided to get Boxycharm, because I love watching her reviews of the boxes.

Another Canadian Queen – Alex Centomo

What can I say, I love Canadian Youtubers. Alex is from Montreal, which is where my mom’s side of the family is from. Even though she’s English, she still reminds me of my French Canadian family. I also love her style, I find that is very similar to mine. I also like how Alex is very vocal about mental health, talking honestly and openly about it. She discusses a wide range of topics, so it’s not always the same thing on her channel. I really enjoy the variety.

My Idol, Who I Strive to Be Life – SunbeamsJess

I want to be like Jess. I discovered her when she was finishing up her last year of university. It was motivating to watch her balance Youtube, a blog and post-secondary education. She also discusses a wide variety of things on her channel. She does fashion content, beauty content, book reviews and vlogs. It was watching her that I kind of realized that I don’t have to pigeon hole myself into one niche. I can talk about makeup but also do book reviews at the same time. She also have the most soft, soothing British accent, it’s very calming to watch her videos.

And those are TEN of my favourite Youtubers! Let me know down in the comments below who your favourite Youtubers are!

xoxo

Lea