Sunday, June 25, 2017

Generation Beauty 2017 (vs. 2016)

I've come out of hiding to answer the question...


Is it worth it to go to Generation Beauty Toronto? Indeed, it is. Let me break it down for you. And because I'm a nerd, I've even included a couple tables. 

Generation Beauty Toronto is a two-day conference for beauty lovers and creators held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Saturday, June 24th, and Sunday, June 25th. 2017 is the conference's second year in Toronto. This year, there were 28 brands (compared to 17 last year). 

Monday, April 10, 2017

brb

Hey y'all. You may have noticed that it has been a while since my last post. I'm well but working on a few personal things. Follow me on Instagram for updates! Be back soon :) - Steph

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Physicians Formula Spring 2017

Sad story. This is my second time writing this post. To keep it short and sweet, today I'm sharing several quick reviews of new 2017 products from Physicians Formula. 


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wet N Wild Color Icon Au Natural 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

The Wet n Wild Color Icon Au Natural 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($7.99 CAD) bears an uncanny resemblance to the Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette (and its dupes including the Chi Chi Glamorous Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, Annabelle Smoky Nudes, etc.) 



The formulation of the shadows is smooth and not overly powdery but not buttery soft like Urban Decay or even Wet N Wild's OG palettes like the Walking on Eggshells trio. The powders blend well and can be layered for more/less opacity. However, they don't build up to quite a bold statement as some other eyeshadows in my collection and 100% require a primer. 

Colour and finish-wise, this palette is pretty great. It includes 3 matte-ish and 6 satin/shimmery shades. The lightest two shades are a total write-off. They're sheer and hard to make pigmented on the eyes. Like most drugstore palettes, the mattes are ok - not amazing and the shimmers are where it's at. Those three golden/bronze tones on the left are speaking to me. 


All in all, the Wet N Wild Color Icon Au Natural 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette is a decent palette with a lot of variety, especially for the price. It's not at all unique nor is it the best neutral palette at the drugstore. If you're looking for a solid drugstore eye palette, first I'd recommend CoverGirl's TruNaked Eyeshadow Palettes, Annabelle's Smokey Nudes and then this one from Wet N Wild.

What do you think of this drugstore eyeshadow palette?
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

HAUL: Tom Ford and LORAC on Glambot

Glambot is an online re-seller of new and lightly used rare, limited edition, and discontinued makeup items. The site claims to alleviate the difficulties of swap-lifting, counterfeits, and unusable/damaged items. 

I am by no means a "makeup collector". I do love makeup but I'm not in search of rare or discontinued makeup. The website is a little overwhelming. There are a lot of brands, the brands highly sought-after ones...and brands that are not available in Canada. It's pretty straightforward to navigate but I don't love the fact that "sold out" items are still listed. 


Monday, March 13, 2017

NOT SHAMPOO

aka hair favourites of the moment. There have been a number of exciting launches in shampoo/conditioner science from the likes of brands like Live Clean, GLISS, Pantene, Garnier, and John Frieda and Redken. At the moment, I'm shampoo-ed out and having a hard time determining the difference between Shampoo A and Shampoo B, Conditioner X and Conditioner Y. Lately, what has been standing out to me is everything in between. 



Friday, March 10, 2017

UNBOXING: Foodie Pages The Tasting Box

Gifts of food are always accepted here. Zubie was kind enough to gift me the Foodie Pages X Toronto Life Tasting Box during the holiday months. The Tasting Box is a monthly non-subscription box filled with 5-7 gourmet food items. This particular box was curated by the food editors of Toronto Life Magazine.

It's been quite a while since the holidays but I've finally gotten the chance to try everything in the box. 


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Quo Cosmetics Spring 2017 Collection

Not even half way through March and Spring beauty collections are already in full force. The Quo Spring 2017 Collection is now available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart. The collection features the usual suspects - a brush set, two face palettes, 2 eye palettes, 1 brow palette and 3 matte lip crayons. 




The packaging is groovy. The plastic, quartz/turquoise stone casing is interesting, eye catching and fun. The colours have got me itching for the warmer weather... like an imaginary trip to Las Vegas, Nevada and the Grand Canyon. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Philosophy Amazing Grace and Pure Grace Dry Shampoos

Lovers of Philosophy's Amazing Grace and Pure Grace Fragrances, rejoice! Both are now available in the form of dry shampoo. This is a serious launch for Philosophy, as the dry shampoos are its first ever haircare product! The Philosophy Dry Shampoos ($35 CAD, at Sephora and Philosophy.com) are also a very exciting launch for me because I am often too busy (and too lazy) to wash my hair. Dry shampoo is an absolute staple in my product wardrobe. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter, Ombre Blush and Lip Lingerie

With Spring on the way, makeup is getting dewier, brighter and more playful. Today, I have three pieces from NYX to share with you - a little glow, a pop of colour and a unique lippie.