November favourites: Becca, Maybelline, Charlotte Tilbury (of course) and more

My November 2015 favourites! Sorry about the wonky lighting. I'm still learning how to manage without daylight! Tips welcome. 

So much pretty makeup, and so few days to wear it all! #TheStruggleIsReal. Also, #FirstWorldProblems—am I right? 

This month I welcomed a few new favourites and smiled on a few old faithfuls. Here's my list:

1) Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette

This post and this video sold me hard and fast on the Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette. I'm not usually one for mattes—too plain. Little dull. But the warm and rosy-brown tones in this palette blend effortlessly and seamlessly into a soft, classic smokey eye. Love it.

2) Becca Afterglow Palette

I'm having a moment with highlighters. My pasty-white complexion craves dimension and glooooow. I paid way too much for the Afterglow Palette by Queen Becca on Amazon.ca (it's an Ulta exclusive, so I had to be resourceful), and I don't care. It's preeettttty. Moonstone is really the only shade I can use as a highlighter (and it's a perfect highlighter!), but Flowerchild is one of my new favourite blushes. It's peachy-pink glow that seems to just radiate from within. Then there's Rose Gold, Topaz and Wild Honey, which look gorgeously shimmery on the eye. Mmmmmm.

3) Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation

Surprise! My go-to foundation makes another appearance on le blog. Watch it in action in my last video.

4) Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

I'm late to the party—people have been raving about the Shu Uemura curler for years, but it took me years to try it out because I figured I was doing okay with my Shiseido curler. The Shiseido is lovely, but the shape isn't quite right for my eye. A few lashes on the outer corners of my eyes always ended up with a weird kink. The Shu curler doesn't present this problem. It's perfect. 

5) Hakuhodo J-5533 Blending Brush

I almost squealed with excitement when I found I could afford a Hakuhodo brush or two at IMATS. The J-5533 is like the MAC 217's sleeker, denser, softer best friend. The bristles are fine and smooth, and they come to the most perfect, round dome that nestles into the socket of my eye. Eyeshadow blends itself. Glorious.

6) Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Jaclyn Hill said she loved it, so in spite of the fact that I don't need any more powder, I made this my very last purchase in this fall's VIB sale. (Raise your hand if she's ever enabled you.) It controls oil and blurs my pores like a champ. Where has Laura Mercier's powder been all my life? Thanks, Jaclyn!

7) Charlotte Tilbury KISSING Lipstick in Velvet Underground

Now would I be me if I wrote a favourites post without mentioning the incredible Charlotte Tilbury? If you haven't tried her lipstick, we need to talk. It's the best formula I've ever tried, hands-down. Better than Marc Jacobs Le Creme. Better than NARS Audacious. And this colour, Velvet Underground, is the most incredible fuchsia ever—dramatic and wearable all at once. I wore it last week during an amazing day on the job, and it will forever be my Power Pink. 

8) Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

And finally, a nod to Maybelline. I'm the first to admit that I'm a makeup snob. I turn my nose up at most drugstore brands. But Jessica of Beautezine persuaded me to try this, and I'm so glad she did! $40 mascaras, begone. This stuff, at $10 a tube at the most, is better. Volume, length and lift without smudging? YESSSSS! I pair this with MAC Extended Play Mascara for a bit of extra length and lasting power, and it's near perfection. I almost don't mind that I'm rubbish at applying false lashes and that this is as good as it gets for me. Almost.

What are your favourites this month? Let me know in the comments!

 

My Favourite Makeup Products for June 2015

My favourite makeup products for June 2015.

There were a lot of amazing makeup options to choose from in June. Between IMATS and generally just being a gleeful little shopper (oops), I had a lot of beautiful things to enjoy. For you all, I whittled it down to five essentials (clockwise from the left):

1) Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

I picked this foundation up at IMATS Vancouver. I don't think it's available in store just yet (sorry!), but I promise it will be worth the wait. This foundation (I have the shade R210—the R stands for red) has quickly become my favourite; I've reached for it nearly every day since I got it. I can't compare it to the original HD foundation (I don't have it), but suffice it to say that it delivers medium, buildable coverage (one pump is enough for me), it lasts well even in Vancouver's humid heat (note that I typically use a Step 1 primer), and—my favourite part—the finish is beautiful. I know all foundations are supposed to look like skin but better, but this foundation really does! It looks natural and flawless with just the right amount of luminosity for me. You need to try it. 

2) Clinique Cheek Pop Heather Pop Blush

I may have a problem, my lovelies. I now own five of Clinique's stunning Cheek Pop blushes (Plum, Berry, Pansy, Pink and Heather Pop). In addition to being ridiculously pretty (who can resist that daisy?), convenient (it's easy to see the colour you want) and compact, Cheep Pop may be my favourite blush formula ever. It's not the most pigmented blush, it's true, but that makes it foolproof. I can pop it (ha!) on in the mornings without thinking too hard, and I can build the colour if I wish. The best part is the finish—it's a powder, but it has the glowy-but-not-too-shimmery finish of a cream. It's SO beautiful and flattering, and I think it would work for any skin type. Heather may look a little boring in the pan, but its mauvey, pinky goodness looks gorgeous and completely natural. It goes with almost anything, and I love it. 

3) NARS Deep Throat Blush

NARS Deep Throat is Orgasm's peachier, less shimmery cousin. I know I'm a little late to the party; Deep Throat has been around forever. But my word. I love this blush—more than I ever thought I'd love something with a peachy-ish tone (I have pinky skin, so blush can look "wrong" if it's too warm). I've reached for it more than any other this month. It's pigmented, lasts the day, looks beautiful and natural, and goes with absolutely everything. I went redhead recently, which made me a little less confident wearing my typical pink blushes. I love the rosy-cheeked, doll-like look, but the bold pink cheeks just didn't seem right with my fiery red locks (they've since been toned down—long story). An artist at the NARS counter tried Deep Throat on me with a bold navy smoky eye, and I was hooked. I haven't looked back.

4) Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow in Bette

Charlotte Tilbury. Oh, man. I haven't been as excited about a launch in a very long time. I have to say I'm a little disappointed with my Dolce Vita Palette (fallout and average pigmentation for a whopping $70 all said and done—sigh), but my Eyes to Mesmerise shadows are a different matter entirely. They're soft, they blend and last well, and a little tiny bit goes a LONG way. But the most important thing: They are so beautiful. I have both Mona Lisa (taupe) and Bette (gold), and Bette has been my go-to this month. It's the perfect wash of shimmery brownish-gold that just looks….mesmerizing! What can I say? Quick tip: After much trial and error, I've found the best way to apply this is with my finger. I blend the edges with a synthetic eyeshadow brush.

5) Tom Ford Cream Eyeshadow in Spice

Let me just start by saying that the price of Cream Color for Eyes—in the neighbourhood of $60—is absurd. Ridiculous. I don't know what came over me, but after reading the reviews, I just had to have Tom Ford's Naked Bronze duo. It was sold out (sob!), but this single shadow, Spice, is exactly the same as the cream shadow in the duo. It's the most beautiful, rich bronze colour in existence (at least for today!), so I let myself cave and approach the Tom Ford counter at Holts just this once. Worth it. It's a keepsake. And a stunner. Consistency-wise, Tom Ford's Cream Color for Eyes is very much like the Charlotte Tilbury cream eyeshadow. It's very soft and creamy—worlds away from a MAC Paint Pot. Additionally, it's extremely pigmented, so start with the tiniest amount on your finger and build.

Here are a few swatches:

Left to right: Clinique Cheek Pop in Heather Pop, NARS Blush in Deep Throat, Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Shadow in Bette, and Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in Spice. Top: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in R210.

Have you tried any of these? What do you think? Let me know what your favourites were this month, or link to your posts below. I'd love to read them!

Disclosure: These products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.