Five Drugstore Makeup Products | Haul

Happy Saturday, Everyone!
I had a quick dentist appointment yesterday morning and had some time before work, so naturally I popped into my favourite drug store and picked up a handful of makeup products.

There wasn’t really a rhyme or reason for the items I bought. These are all things that happened to catch my eye.

First up is the Covergirl Tru Naked Waterproof Eyeliner Duo in Espresso and Cashmere.

I’m looking forward to trying these out at the same time. It’s a huge pet peeve when you want to brighten your lower waterline but darken your upper water line, blink, and you end up with a greyish colour all around your eyes from the two mixing together. Hopefully this waterproof claim will be true, stay tuned!

Next is the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nude Flush.

It looks quite glossy when first swatched on my hand but it’s actually more of a mousse. When it dries down it looks matte but not dry since it retains it’s mousse-y texture. I wore this at work yesterday and it did transfer onto my coffee cup but left a nice even stain on my lips, so it’s a winner!

I grabbed another “mousse-y” liquid lipstick but this time it’s the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Liquid Lip Color in Devotion. I already have these in two other shades (a nude; Seduction, and a red; Passion), but I wanted a fresh spring colour.

The formulation of these is on point. They dry down nicely and leave a surprisingly bouncy matte look. It’s hard to describe but basically they don’t make your lips look dry or shrivelly *shudder*. Side note: the colour is a lot more pinky in natural light.

A foundation managed to sneak into my basked somehow, despite the fact that I have around a dozen already. I’m not sure why but I feel like I need a different foundation for every occasion, or every mood, or every type of skin day. Today’s foundation happens to be the Maybelline Dream Velvet in the shade 05 Warm Porcelain.

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I didn’t include a swatch for this because it really didn’t show up on camera. I’ll need to test this on my face to give more thoughts. First impressions are that it seems to be light to medium coverage with a mousse texture (why did I buy so many mousse textured things?).

Last but not least is NYX’s The Go-To Palette in 01 Wanderlust. Oooh, with a name like that I’m curious to see how it lives up!

I swatched these quickly on my arm and I do have some opinions. I started with the eyeshadows and was really impressed. The shimmers are well pigmented and go on smooth. The mattes weren’t as pigmented as my higher-end ones, but still workable, which is awesome for an affordable brand. I got down the line to the highlighter and was also pleasantly surprised, but then… The blush and contour. I rubbed my finger over them and they chalked up. Maybe with a soft brush over the cheeks that won’t happen. Once again, I’ll have to give them a real try before passing final judgment. Overall, definitely glad I picked this up! It would be great for travel since it has a nice shade range for different eye looks.

Keep an eye on my social media which is where I’ll mention what products I’m wearing/loving #FOTD (Face Of The Day).

Have a fantastic weekend, Everyone!

Which type of makeup product sneaks into your basket most often? Let me know in the comments below!

Throwback Drugstore Foundation | Review

Today’s post is a major #TBT, I bought a foundation I haven’t worn in years! The L’Oréal True Match Foundation.

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I bought the shade W1 Porcelain. I like to start off with a really light base and build colour on top such as contour, bronzer, and blush. To be honest, right now all my foundations are just too dark. It’s that awkward time at the very end of winter when your skin hasn’t seen the sun in the longest amount of time possible, haha.

I’m loving this so much right now. I find it has a satin finish. Not too matte that it looks cakey or like a mask and definitely not dewy which is nice since I have oily skin.

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Pardon my horrifically banged up nails, getting them done soon, I swear!

At $17.99 this is a great mid-range price for a foundation. I find this really easy to blend with a brush like the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (so reasonably priced and amazing). I’ve also applied this with fingers but I find the blending takes more time and it can streak if you aren’t careful.

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 I’ve been reaching for this over my NARS Sheer Glow, so that ought to tell you something!

What’s your current favourite drugstore foundation? Let me know in the comments! 

Current Beauty Must-Haves | Mini-Review

Welcome back, everyone!

I’ve put together a small pile of my current must-have products. Some of them are staples that I’ve repurchased many times, and others are new found loves. There are many more in my stash but one blog post for all of them would be huge! I look forward to doing more posts like this in the future.

I need these!
I need these!

I think I’ll go in the order I do my makeup so we’ll start with a moisturizer.

my holy grail moisturiser...
my holy grail moisturizer…

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer: This is a product I’ve repurchased multiple times and it was my introduction to the Origins range. I am obsessed with this! It’s a gel cream formula with an incredible orange scent. It moisturizes effectively while being lightweight and non-greasy. It’s also a fantastic base for makeup. I love it for my oily, acne prone skin.

a primer that does what it says...
a primer that does what it says…

Maybelline Master Prime in 300 (Blur + Redness Control): This primer has a slight green tinge that helps cancel out redness and yes, it does blur imperfections slightly. It’s not a miracle product but it does what it says and helps my makeup last a few hours longer than when I go without.

my first NARS product...
my first NARS product! sorry it’s so grubby, it is well loved…

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Mont Blanc: The name of this foundation is somewhat misleading. This foundation is all day (a workday, at least), and definitely weightless, but it is not luminous. For me, that’s a wonderful thing! I have very oily skin and this foundation resists shine for an incredible amount of time without touch-ups. It has medium to full coverage and is buildable. Be sure to moisturize as this product does cling to dry patches.

best powder I've used...
best powder I’ve used… ignore the dent (accidentally stuck my nail into it, *sob*)

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder: The thing I like best about this powder is that it doesn’t alter the colour of my foundation or add any extra coverage. There are some days when I want more coverage/colour but on the days I don’t, this powder is perfection! It softens the look of my skin and never looks cakey. It also keeps me matte for hours on end without touch ups. This is a new love and one I know I’ll continue reaching for.

another holy grail, this time for brows...
another holy grail, this time for brows…

Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep: This tinted gel has fibers that add volume to my brows. Whether I’m using it over a powder, gel, or pencil product, it goes on like a dream and adds definition back to the individual hairs. It doesn’t have any red pigment which keeps everything looking a natural shade. When I use it on its own, it looks fantastic as well. This will forever be in my collection.

holy grail eye shadow by far...
holy grail eye shadow by far…

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze (or On and On Bronze in the UK): In case you didn’t know, I’m from Canada! Despite the name differences, this cream eyeshadow is an absolute necessity to me. The colour looks a little darker in the picture than it actually is. It’s a lovely shimmery (not glittery) gold/bronze. I swipe a bit of this on my lids and it stays put for 8 hours. I don’t even use an eye shadow primer. I wear this on a daily basis unless I decide to try something new for fun.

waterproof mascara is new to my collection...
waterproof mascara is new to my collection…

L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara in Waterproof Blackest Black: I bought this mascara during a recent drugstore haul and have been amazed with it! It holds a curl all day and into the night, adds tons of length and great separation. It’s a bit more difficult to remove but I think it’s definitely worth the effort!

an "out of my comfort zone" lipstick...
an “out of my comfort zone” lipstick…

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Let Me Pink: I normally go for nudes or reds when it comes to lipstick. I decided to venture out of my comfort zone with this one and I’m so glad I did! It’s a wonderful flush of pink on my lips that I’m absolutely loving for spring. It’s not shimmery and has a velvet finish on me. The lasting power is quite good and when it does fade, it leaves a stain of colour on the lips that still looks nice.

Alright everyone, I think I’ve bombarded you with enough favourites for now. I’ll keep you updated on my current favourites and I hope you’re all having a great week so far!

What are your current favourites? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments below!