DINNER IS SERVED: A Decadent Round Up of My Best Beauty Discoveries in 2019

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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.

hm blush in spicy pepper black compact drugstore blush

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 palette with jewelry detail and lion ring

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 satin lipstick engraved gold tube with shade 200

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.

charlotte tilbury airbrush flawless filter foundation flatlay with jewels

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.

tom ford soleil blanc white gold perfume bottle guerlain le petitie robe noir intense

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).

tom ford soleil blanc private collection eau de parfum

TOM FORD

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 superhero mascara with hm spicy pepper blush flatlay with jewels

SUPERHERO MASCARA

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.

true fiction cosmetics lashes out of case dolledupbyj flatlay with jewlery and bar open bottle opener

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!

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28 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 24, 2020 / 8:18 am

    You’re my fave

  2. March 24, 2020 / 1:10 pm

    That natasha denona palette is stunning!!!! I love all of these colors. So gorgeous!

    • March 26, 2020 / 10:38 am

      Isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. March 27, 2020 / 10:51 am

    That gold palette is gorgeous, but to be honest I love it all – even the red blush, which I wouldn’t usually go for! Stunning photos by the way.

    • March 28, 2020 / 1:47 pm

      Isn’t it nice? And yes, the blush is super unique but lovely! Thanks for the sweet words 🙂 xo

    • March 28, 2020 / 1:46 pm

      Thank you so much! xo

  4. March 27, 2020 / 4:26 pm

    I don’t think I’ve tried any of these products so thank you for the suggestions! I love posts like this that reflect on the whole year, it feels so much more thorough than a monthly favourites x

    Sophie

    • March 28, 2020 / 1:46 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Yes, I find monthly favourites a little too quick and a lot of products aren’t talked about after. xoxo

  5. March 27, 2020 / 9:24 pm

    They are all on my list! 🙂 Lovely review!

    • March 28, 2020 / 1:45 pm

      Thank you for reading 🙂

  6. March 28, 2020 / 3:09 pm

    Stunning photos! The H&M blush looks so vibrant and such a lovely warm shade too. x

    • March 28, 2020 / 4:08 pm

      Thank you! It was an idea that came to me from an editorial I saw. Glad you enjoyed 🙂 xo

  7. March 28, 2020 / 3:14 pm

    It is so cool that H&M is also in the makeup industry. OMG!!! I have the same Gucci lipstick. Their packaging is adorable. I love how they feel – though they don’t last as long. Thanks for sharing these faves~! Love the setup of this post :).

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • March 28, 2020 / 4:08 pm

      I know right, Tati has raved about the makeup so that’s why I tried this blush! Isn’t the lipstick stunning?? Thanks for visiting 🙂 xo J

  8. March 28, 2020 / 4:48 pm

    All of these products look so amazing! I love that golden palette! I just got one similar and it has quickly become one of my favorite eye shadow palettes!

    • April 1, 2020 / 12:01 am

      Isn’t it so pretty? It’s amazing how one shade can just pop so much and make a whole look. Thanks for reading!

    • April 1, 2020 / 12:00 am

      Awww thanks a lot! Yes, most of them I’ve just had laying around and are from stores like Aldo and H&M tbh! Love the gold in the palette. Thanks for reading 🙂

  9. March 29, 2020 / 4:23 am

    What a great selection of products! You have taken some beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing!

    • March 31, 2020 / 11:59 pm

      Thank you so much that means a lot! xo J

  10. Melissa Kacar
    March 29, 2020 / 3:19 pm

    All of these products look stunning! I would love to try the H&M blush and the Gucci lipsticks! I love the theme of this post and your photography style! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    melissakacar.blogspot.com

    • March 31, 2020 / 11:58 pm

      Thank you so much that’s really sweet to hear! And yes highly recommend both 🙂 xo

  11. April 1, 2020 / 1:46 am

    Your photos are AMAZING!!! I love those eyelashes, too. I’m definitely going to invest in some good lashes after we’re out of lockdown.

    Al x

  12. April 21, 2020 / 12:50 am

    That Gucci lipstick looks gorgeous, the pigment is so strong! Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing your best beauty discoveries 🙂

    • April 21, 2020 / 11:33 pm

      Isn’t it so stunning? Thanks for stopping by and reading 🙂

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