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

Current Beauty Favourites

Hey guys! So I’ve realized that it’s been awhile since I’ve shared my favourite beauty products. I purchased some new makeup during the Sephora VIB sale, but I also went back to some old favourites during my trip in Europe. So this post includes a nice mix of old and new products!

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First is the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer. I kinda hate that I like this product because it’s so expensive but I just love it. I got it in a Boxycharm and I just fell in love. It’s adds the perfect amount of glow to my skin. I’ve tried other luminizing primers and found that they were way too much. This primer just adds a subtle glow under my foundation. I have been using this primer almost exclusively the past couple of months. I just love it.

Next up for foundation has been the Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation. I remember my friend complimented me on my skin while wearing this foundation. I just love this foundation, it’s actually the only one I brought with me to Europe. It feels lightweight, has a light-to-medium build-able coverage and has a beautiful satin finish. It also wears nicely through the day. Since my skin has been clearer lately, I have been enjoying a lighter coverage foundation. The shade I have also matches me really well – if you have neutral undertones this line is really good. I know Physicians Formula isn’t the cheapest brand at the drugstore, but this foundation is so worth it.

To round out my face product, my favourite concealer has been the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I love this concealer because it has good coverage but doesn’t look or feel heavy. For example, while Tarte’s Shape Tape has amazing coverage but can look heavy under the eyes if you apply too much. With the Nars concealer, I find that it look more natural compared to the Shape Tape. This is also the only concealer I brought with me to Europe and I loved it.

A new product to me is the Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Bronzer in the shade Shady Biz. I have the mini because they were sold out of the bigger ones at the time, but man now I wish I had the bigger one! This is my new favourite bronzer. It’s fairly similar to the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, but with a way better shade range. This is the perfect shade to bronze with – it’s warm but not orange. I like that it’s pigmented but not too much because I really like to build up my bronzer. I think that this shade is also perfect for me because when I’m paler I just use a lighter hand but can go heavier once I get tan. I am so happy I found this right before summer!!

Another new favourite is the Laneige Lip Glowy Balm. This might be controversial, but I like this more than the Lip Sleeping Mask! I find it a pain to dig my finger into the jar! This packaging is easier to use and more hygienic. I also just love how this makes my lips look and feel. My lips look so glossy but they are sticky, and it does an amazing job hydrating my lips. I know $20 is expensive for a lip balm, but man this one is sooooo good.

Next is a product that I don’t mention very often but wear the majority of the time of my eyes. I have three Colourpop single shadows that I use all the time as all over shades or just with a little highlight on the lids. Wake Up Call and Made to Last I often just wear all over my crease and lid with just a bit of mascara. Bel Air is slightly darker and cooler than Wake Up Call, and I will usually just a highlight shade on my lid when I wear this shade. This Colourpop single shadows are only $4.50 each, and they are so effortless and easy to use. I have been using them I would say 80% of the time that I wear makeup. I’ve had them for over two years and still haven’t hit pan either. I highly recommend buying some Colourpop single shadows!

My favourite mascara rotates, but currently I am loving the Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara. I like mascaras that give me lots of length with just a hint of volume. I also like how I can apply a little for an every day look or load it up for a night out look. I brought two mascaras with me to Europe, but I found myself reaching for this one more. I really like this one!

My final favourite is somewhat surprising, but it has been the NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray. My skin was quite dry this winter (did not like the extreme cold oof) and I was reaching for more hydrating products. I found that this setting spray made such a huge difference in the look and feel of my makeup. If I ever was looking dry or powdery, this setting spray would just revive my makeup. And it’s only $10 CAD!! I am almost out of my current bottle, and I am definitely going to repurchase it.

And those are my current favourite makeup products! Let me know in the comments what your current favourite products are, I am always looking to try new products 🙂

xoxo

Lea

Best Beauty Products of 2018

Hey guys! Decided to do an extra post this week to share my favourite products of 2018. Last year I only had five favourites, and this year I am up to fourteen! These products are not necessarily new this year, mainly products that I got this year and I’ve been loving. A lot of people said that this year was the year of palettes, and I definitely tried a ton. For me, there wasn’t one palette that really stood out and was my favourite of the year – which is so funny because last year I had two palettes apart of my favourites. Without further ado, here are my favourites!

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First up, my favourite foundation is all thanks to Kathleen Lights. I heard her rave about the Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation, so I decided to try it out. This foundation is a light-weight, medium coverage and have a nice satin finish. I was getting tried of my full-coverage-matte foundations, and this was a refreshing change. The shade range is not amazing, but I do like that they have a mix of warm, cool and neutral toned shades. I’m not a few fan of the massive doe foot applicator, but this foundation is nice enough that I look past it. This foundation wears nicely through the day and I just really enjoy how this looks on my skin. AND it’s a drugstore foundation, so the price isn’t crazy!

My only palette for this year is actually a face palette. I got the Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight and Contour Palette during the Spring VIB sale and I have been loving it. I wanted to try a cream contour and this one has been very easy to use. I have no problems blending it out, and it’s the perfect shade – not too warm, not too cool. I might the bronzer very pigmented, so I don’t use it very often but it’s nice to have in the palette. The highlights in here are beautiful. There are creamy and pigmented, and there is a nice range of shades. If you are looking to try out cream contouring, this is great for beginners and it comes with a bunch of beautiful highlights!

While my favourite foundation is drugstore, my two favourite concealers are high-end. I have two favourites because one is my winter shade and the other is my summer shade haha. The first is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. This concealer is a cult classic for a reason. It has a medium coverage, but it can be built up to provide more coverage. I love this concealer because it makes my under eyes look bright and radiant and blends well with my foundation. Some concealers I find don’t blend well with my foundation, so my makeup doesn’t look as flawless. This concealer makes my under eyes look amazing, even during exams! My second favourite is one I have been using for years – I have been using the Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer before I even started my blog. I recently really got back into using it this year, especially in the summer. This concealer is super long-lasting, my foundation would wear away and yet this concealer would still be in place. This concealer is also great for spot concealing, it does a great job of cancelling out redness. I know both of these concealers are expensive, but they are both excellent concealers.

As an oily girl, I love powder. My favourite I discovered through my best friend. I have just been loving the Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder. This powder is very translucent, it doesn’t change the shade of my foundation. I also love the way it makes my skin look. It gives my skin a beautiful soft finish, and doesn’t make my skin look crazy matte. This powder is just so smooth, I love it. This powder is also great for touch up through the day. Once I finish my mini one I think I might get a full size one. If you are looking for a loose powder, this one is great!

If you read my Best Boxycharm products of 2018 post, then you would know which two mascaras are my favourite this year. The first is the IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara. The mascara is perfect for when I want big, long, full lashes. The second mascara is the Butter London Double Decker Mascara. This mascara is perfect for when I want nice fluffy, natural lashes. Both are great mascaras that I have been loving.

Now I accidentally photographed the wrong highlight. My favourite, which I know isn’t new, is definitely the Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter. I have the shade Rose Gold and I love it. I have tons of gold highlights, but this rose one is different that the other highlights that I own. This highlight is just as creamy and pigmented as my Becca ones. The other highlight I have been loving is a mini I got in a set from Sephora by Laura Mercier. This highlight is a beautiful light champagne shade, and I just love how it looks on my skin. I would recommend both of these highlights.

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I have four favourite lip products – a balm, a liquid lip, bullet lipstick and a lip gloss. First is the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm. This is a thicc lip balm. I use this lip balm when I am in need of some intense lip hydration. What I also like is that the balm is made from food-grade ingredients, and Bite Beauty is a Canadian brand (I love supporting my fellow Canadians). Another product from my Boxycharm was the Girlactik Long Lasting Matte Lip Paint. This liquid lipstick is one of the most comfortable ones I’ve tried. It’s long lasting, matte and budge-proof yet doesn’t leave my lips feeling all dry and gross. I would love to get more shades! Now I totally forget to review the collection on my channel, but I did get some items from Kathleen Lights’ Zodiac collection with Colorupop. The Creme Lux Lipstick in What’s Your Sign was my favourite item. The formula of these lipsticks are just so creamy, and this shade is the perfect slightly-warm nude. My final lip product is the Sephora Collection Outrageous Effect Volume Lip Gloss. This is definitely the best plumping lip gloss I’ve ever tried. It makes your lips tingle a little but nothing crazy that hurts. The shade XXL Nude its a beautiful warm neutral (can you tell what I shade is my favourite).

My final favourite product is actually a pair of lashes! This year I have gotten into wearing false lashes, and PUR PRO Eyelashes have been my favourite. The band is thick but comfortable, and pretty easy to blend in. I just find these lashes so easy to put on, and they look amazing. I have worn them multiple times and they still look good. I definitely want to get another pair!

And these were my favourite products of 2018! Let me know what your favourite products are, I always love trying out new products! I hope you guys had an amazing 2018 🙂

xoxo

Lea

May Beauty Favourites

Hey guys! So for the month of May I did not purchase many beauty products until the end of the month. So most of my favourites come from my Boxycharm this month!

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First is the Convertible Brow from The Brow Gal. I got this item in my Boxycharm so I won’t go into too much detail about it. I like it because it is easy to use and gives a variety of shades so I can create the perfect match to my brow shade.

Next is the Temptu Liquid Glow. I have never tried a liquid highlight before but I am now in love! This one by Temptu is more on the natural side, giving a subtle glow to my skin. I also find that this highlight does not emphasize texture on my skin as much as powder highlights. It also lasts all day! Really loving this highlight, I use every time I wear makeup!

I recently started using the Baby Lips lip balm by Maybelline and I have fallen in love with them again. It makes my lips feel moisturized by not too thick and goopy compared to some other lip balms. Also the coloured ones give a nice wash of colour to my lips. The only thing is that I do not like the scent. Otherwise loving this lip balm right now!

Another Maybelline product that I have been loving this month is the Fit Me Concealer. This is my first time using this concealer and I love it! It is really easy to blend out and lasts all day! It has medium coverage; it covers redness well but I find my dark circles peak through if I’m not using a colour corrector. I’ve only had this concealer for a week and a half but I am already in love!

Finally is the Crown Round Contour Brush from my Boxycharm. I personally use this brush for my foundation and I really enjoy it. I have never used a densely packed brush like this one but now I wan to try more! I find it gives a nice smooth finish and does not sheer out my foundation coverage. A nice cheaper option compared to the expensive Artis Brushes.

And those are my favourite beauty products for the month of May! I have a bunch of new makeup I am testing out for June so hopefully I will find some new favourites 🙂

xoxo

Lea