My my my,
I realize it is the end of March, but it’s been a while since my last post so I figured a yearly beauty discoveries post was in order. The end of 2019 brought upon us a whole decade to reflect on. What do we want, what truly makes us happy, what were some amazing victories, mistakes we learned from, and how are we really?
This past year I’ve learned it’s important to celebrate small victories, to complain less and be more appreciative of things in my life, especially now. For this photo series, I was inspired to challenge myself by a fabulous jewelry-meets-beauty editorial in December 2019’s US Harper’s Bazaar. Below is an entirely new take on my flatlay styling and some of my favourite work to date. I hope you enjoy.
H & M Blush in ‘Spicy Pepper’
This blush was a total random find, I was trying to find tights in H&M and naturally wandered by their newly renovated beauty display. It’s not often a bright red blush causes an impulse buy, but the colour is so inviting! Also the compact is truly chic an expensive looking beyond it’s $14 price point. Get it here.
Natasha Denona Mini Gold Bar Palette
Finally a more accessible Natasha Denona palette. I’ve always wanted to try her shadows and the mini gold bar palette did not disappoint- even for it’s small size. The pans are surprisingly generous and the colour payoff rivalled my favourite ABH formulas. The middle gold shade is the main event and is a true showstopper when applied with the fingers. Love.
Gucci Beauty Rouge a Levres Satin Lipstick
Another fabulous beauty discovery, this Gucci Beauty lipstick is one of the most stunning creations I have seen. The engravings are reminiscent of something from the elves in LOTR (sorry I had to). It is just exquisite all around! I snagged the shade ‘200 Blaze of Noon’ from Saks Fifth Avenue in New York as my trip souvenir. As this is a satin formula, the staying power is only a few hours, but it’s worth the investment just for the pure luxury of the packaging.
HOLLYWOOD FLAWLESS FILTER
If there is one product in this whole post that surprised me as a new holy grail, its the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter. Is it a highlight? A foundation? It’s definitely a gorgeous highlight or lovely addition to a foundation. I wouldn’t use this as only a foundation as it’s suuuper luminous. But applied with the doe-foot applicator on the cheekbones….It. Is. Stunning. The formula is almost gel-like and not hard to work with at all so you won’t have to worry about stripping away your foundation as your blend this on top. Major lit from within vibes. Trust me.
AN EAU DE PARFUM MOMENT
I have become a total fragrance snob over the years to the point where body mists have left my vocabulary, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue is now too mainstream and anything found near a checkout of a retail store now evokes suspicion.
I fell in love with two eau de parfum scents this past year, the first being Guerlain’s Le Petite Rob Noir Eau de Parfum Intense. This won my heart as soon as I read it was a special release with candyfloss, blueberry and vanilla. It is a true gourmand scent but dries down heady and seductive, nothing like you would have worn as a teenager. This is an exceptionally hard to find scent now but Shoppers Drugmart’s Beauty Boutique still carries it! (Get it here).
Is there anything more lavish and recognizable than a Tom Ford Private Collection fragrance bottle? I’ve gushed about Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum to infinity since discovering the scent. It truly is a very sexy, very expensive summer in a bottle. Notes include pistachio, bergamot and coco de mer. Get it here.
As a side note, eau de parfum does also require a higher price tag as it contains 12-18% pure perfume oil, vs. eau de toilette’s 8-12%, and therefore lasts longer on the skin. You’ll notice the new Eau de Soleil Blanc is priced nearly $70 less than it’s Eau de Parfum original. I’m dying to smell this and compare!
It Cosmetics was a new brand discovery for me (finally) this past year and I must say, the Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara was and is truly a favourite! It lengthens, separates, volumizes and doesn’t clump. The wand is also tapered so you won’t have to worry about stabbing yourself or making a mess. I used to adore the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Lash Mascara (read my review here), but now I find this one similar with less clumps and slightly less aggressive volume. It Cosmetics also often has promotions you can probably score this in a bundle if you buy from their website.
The fairest of them all
This past year, my life was changed for the better when I discovered True Fiction Cosmetics at my local Shoppers Drugmart. For someone who hates the typical spiky, cheap-looking drugstore lashes but is morally opposed to paying $30 per pair of falsies, this brand hit a home run for me! True Fiction is based in my home Vancouver, BC and they create stunning Korean silk lashes! Above is the style, ‘Bridgette’, one of my absolute favourites. You can order them online with free shipping and I also have an affiliate code if you care to save a little $$ – enter ‘dolledupbyj’ for 10% off.
Fini. I hope you enjoyed reading about my beauty product discoveries from last year. Better late than never!