Monday Makeup Haul—Neutrals and Cult Favourites!! :)

Hi all!

I’ve really been wanting to try out some new makeup products lately, especially some of the cult favourites. Soooo I finally treated myself to my first actual Sephora purchase ever (what?? Crazy, I know), and scooped up the Naked 2 Basics palette, Benefit They’re Real trial size mascara and the companion Push-Up Liner, both in black.

I also finally found the Real Techniques brush starter kit at Walmart! I’ve been searching for these for literally ever! 🙂

Additionally, I took a gander at Rexall because I read somewhere that they sell nyx products. I fell in love so hard with nyx when our local Target opened, but then Target pulled out of Canada and I panicked and hoarded as much nyx as I could during the closing sale but didn’t do proper research to know what faves I really should have picked up. So then I kept seeing “Top nyx products” pins on pinterest and felt so much FOMO. It was bad. Needless to say, I got really excited when I found the nyx aisle in Rexall. I bought the new dark circle concealer/corrector, the skinny black liner, and the jumbo lip pencil in Pecan, which is basically nude on me. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

ALSO The Body Shop went nuts and had one of their crazy sales again (woohoo!), so I was able to pick up their mineral powder foundation for $3. All they had were three tins of the one shade left. I took a gamble on it and GUESS WHAT KIDS, THAT’S MY SHADE. I basically died from sheer happiness.

Takeaway: I’m fairly easy to please.

Here’s a fun little instagram pic I arranged, because we all love those and I wanted to feel like one of those cool famous beauty bloggers:

Feelin’ fancy.

Anyway, down to the first impressions:

Real Techniques buffer brush: it’s super soft, even more so than my Sonia ones that I occasionally rave about to friends. The other brushes in the kit are the same in that sense. I often see these brushes in celebrity beauty bloggers’ instagrams or vlogs so I’m really looking forward to using these. I tried this with my Body Shop mineral powder foundation today and it looked almost airbrushed!! I’m super excited to try the rest of the brushes!

nyx Jumbo Lip Pencil in #719 Pecan: This lip pencil is so soft and buttery! I love the colour (it’s basically my nude lip colour to be honest). I love it with bold brows and minimal eye makeup. Very excited to use this in looks, coming soon 🙂

nyx Dark Circle Concealer/Correcter: This concealer is super orangey, which is supposed to cancel out the blue shadows under your eyes. I’ve tried it twice now and it’s done a bit for my ever-present hereditary dark circles, but it didn’t conceal them entirely. I think I might need a more yellow shade instead!

nyx Skinny Black Liner: This isn’t the most colour-intense liner I’ve seen, but it’s definitely smooth and easy to apply. I do like the skinny liner because it makes for a natural, barely-there, or buildable line. It’s perfect for tightlining. I’m looking forward to testing its staying power!

The Body Shop Mineral Powder Foundation: This isn’t really a first impression since I’ve been using this almost every day for about a year and a half, but hey: this is my absolute favourite sheer powder. It provides sheer, even coverage that smooths over blemishes. Combined with the Real Techniques brush, it looks almost airbrushed!! I love it!! The first time I bought it, it was on sale for $5, and I fell in love right away (I actually think this product might have been the kickstart to my love affair with the brand itself!). One tin has lasted me a year and a half now and I still have a bit left.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics eyeshadow palette: six soft, buttery, colour-rich, matte neutral shades? Count me in. I’ve been longing for this palette for a while!! I’m not as into the shimmer shades that come with the full size palette, and the price tag is a little large ($62 here!) so the basics with just the mattes for $34 was perfect for me. I love the colours and I’m very excited to try the looks I’ve been pinning for so long!

Benefit They’re Real trial-size mascara, black: The wand looks similar to the Flower by Drew Barrymore 3-in-1 mascara wand when it’s straight, which I love and use every day. Since buying this about a week ago, I’ve used it every day, and it’s honestly my new favourite! My lashes stay soft, curled, and not clumpy at all!

Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner, black: This was suchhhh an impulse buy (I honestly probably have like twelve different black liners already), but I did want to try it out. So far it seems smooth, intense, and it doesn’t seem to move around, which is definitely a plus!

All in all: I feel very good about this neutral-themed haul and can’t wait to show you some looks created with these products. Stay tuned!

With love,
Holly

Sonia Kashuk Brushes Review: My New Favourite!

Hi everyone!

So my sisters bought me this set of double-ended brushes from Sonia Kashuk for my birthday a while ago, and I’ve been recommending them to friends ever since. I figured it’s probably time I told the rest of the world too! 🙂

The set I have is called the Sonia Kashuk Double Duty Brush Set, which is currently retailing at $23.79 on the Target US website. They look like this (pic taken from the website as well):

The first brush has a blush end (top) and a stippling brush (bottom). The second one has a foundation end on top and a concealer end on the bottom. The third brush has an eyeshadow crease end at the top, and the bottom end is an eyeshadow blending brush. The fourth brush has an eyebrow comb on top and an angled liner brush on the bottom end. The set also includes a case.

I actually love these brushes. They are so soft! They apply everything so smoothly and they hold makeup fairly well so doing your makeup isn’t messy. I also just love the look of them—they look so classy and expensive to me!!

My favourites are definitely the stippling brush, concealer end, and angled liner brush. I use the stippling brush every day to apply my favourite mineral foundation (The Body Shop). While I was fairly happy before using my e.l.f. all-over face brush for this, the Sonia Kashuk brush just blends everything so flawlessly. You literally can’t even tell that I’m wearing makeup when I use the SK brush.

The concealer brush is another fave because it holds product so well. You only really need a tiny bit because the brush controls it really well. It makes it really easy to blend and pat concealer well for a flawless finish!

The angled liner brush is amazing for when you want a softer eyeliner look. I often get this brush a little damp (not wet!) and then stick it in some black eyeshadow and draw a line that way. It’s softer than pencil or liquid liner and significantly easier to blend, but you can get a really precise line using this brush too!

The only bad thing I have to say about them is that I don’t know how to store them properly. Because they are double ended, they don’t work with the rest of my brushes, which I store standing up in a glass jar on my dresser (so pretty!). I can’t do that with these because I don’t want to ruin the ends, so I just have them in a drawer, which sucks because they’re so classy looking and I’d love to showcase them on my dresser. 🙁

All in all, I love these brushes so so so much. They’re amazing for everything from application to precise lines to blending. They truly give a flawless finish and they will really upgrade your makeup game!

Also: shoutout to my sisters for their awesome find and introducing me to this brand! I love having sisters that love makeup as much as I do! <3

With love,
Holly

Tip: How to Find the Best Cheap Brushes!

Hi all,

Today’s tip focuses on brushes! Brushes are essential to proper makeup application, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune at Sephora (even though I wish I could!). It’s very possible—and quite easy—to find quality brushes for super low prices!

I do like my e.l.f. brushes. They’re fairly decent quality and ridiculously cheap. I can usually find some at the dollar store (I find that Dollarama always has them for $1-3), and they also have craft/paint brushes, which have always worked fairly well for me.

I freaking love Target because they carry a wide variety of e.l.f. products, which are so hard to find in Canada, and I’m sketchy about ordering online because I find that e.l.f. is so iffy…usually it’s awesome, but sometimes the pigment sucks or it’s broken, so I like being able to see the product before I buy it. Target is slightly more expensive than the dollar store (e.l.f. brushes are $4 each here), yes, but there’s a lot more variety for sure.

Forever21 can actually be quite good for makeup tools. I picked up a 5 pack of brushes a while ago for $4.80, and they’re pretty nice!! Mine are a lot stiffer than the ones I have from e.l.f. though, so I generally like to use the Forever21 ones for application and the e.l.f. ones for blending. Love love love it.

So to recap:
1. Dollar stores for craft brushes and potentially e.l.f. stuff
2. Target for e.l.f. brushes
3. Forever21, H&M, and the likes

Shoot me an email or comment below to tell us where you find cheap, good quality brushes!

With love,
Holly