Favourite Eyeshadow Palettes for Travel

My favourite eyeshadow palettes for travelling:

👁👁 @natashadenona ‘s Tropic Palette is a favourite because of its colour selection. There’s a beautiful assortment of neutrals great for if you are travelling for work, but there are still those pops of colour in the bottom row for something a little more fun. The huge mirror is also a plus. ND eyeshadows can be a smidge more delicate, so I always wrap them in a bunny hug (hoodie for the rest of the world) and pack them in my carry-on, not checked luggage.

👁👁 @urbandecaycosmetics ‘ Born to Run palette was created for travel and it lives up to its name. It’s hefty packaging will not be easily damaged, and similar to the Tropic palette it boasts a variety of neutrals and pops of colour. I took this to Montreal and had no problems creating both cute daytime tourist looks and brighter Osheaga worthy eye looks.

👁👁 @nyxcosmetics ‘s Perfect Filter Olive You palette is sleek and compact, taking up very little room in your already crowded toiletry bag. The brown shade is excellent for a crease shade and can double for a bronzer if you’re really short on space.

👁👁 @beccacosmetics This is one if you are opting for minimalism when travelling! The Becca x @chrissyteigen palette is a face palette complete with bronzer, two highlighters, and a flattering blush, and all of these work wonderfully on the eye for a light, summery look. The packaging is sturdy, and this is the mirror I use daily to apply my makeup. It gets the job done, no fuss!


MOTD: August 31, 2018

A small child asked me why I was wearing pink leaves on my ears today 😂

Ten minute makeup of the day:

Face: @elfcosmetics Poreless Face Primer, @fentybeauty Pro Filt’R Face Primer, @gloskinbeauty Satin II Foundation in Golden Light, @gloskinbeauty Pressed Base in Golden Dark, @beccacosmetics x @chrissyteigen Glow Face Palette, @physiciansformula Murumuru Butter Bronzer in Sunkissed, @wetnwildbeauty Photofocus Matte Finish Setting Spray


@tartecosmetics Tarteist Lip Paint in Rosé

Earrings: @metanoiamalas in Moose Jaw



@tatcha The Essence Plumping Skin Softener is a pricey little treat coming in at C$114 but she is delightful. She’s got lactic acid to very gently exfoliate, and the essence leaves your skin feeling happy and quenched. I used it in my routine after toning, and one bottle does last at least a few months. I patted it into my face, neck, chest, and even shoulders and back if I accidentally poured out too much. My routine would survive without it, but it’s a lovely “treat yourself” item!

@coverfx Mattifying Setting Spray does what it claims it does. Sets makeup on oily skin pretty well and lasts as long as the other leading sprays on the market (for me, this is about 4 hours—I am excessively oily). It gets the job done, but so do drugstore setting sprays at half the cost. Not a shabby product by any standards though 😊

MOTD: August 29, 2018

Makeup of the day 💄

Brows: @essencemakeup Superlast 24h Eyebrow Pomade Pencil Waterproof in 20 Brown, @annabellecosmetics Brow Show Eyebrow Shaping Gel in Medium Dark

Eyes: @urbandecaycosmetics Eyeshadow Primer Potion In Original, @tartecosmetics Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Palette, @starlookscosmetics Kohl Eye Pencil in Obsidian (isn’t Obsidian such a satisfying name?)

Face: @fentybeauty Pro Filt’R Primer, @hourglasscosmetics Vanish Stick in Nude, @hourglasscosmetics Veil Translucent Setting Powder, @tartecosmetics Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen palette, @coverfx Mattifying Setting Spray

Lips: @urbandecaycosmetics Ultimate Ozone Pencil, @fentybeauty Mattemoiselle Lipstick in Shawty

MOTD: August 26, 2018

Feeling like garbage today—not sure if I’m sick because of the smoke floating in from the BC forest fires, or if it’s just previous weeks of stress catch up to me. Not entirely sure why I did my makeup only to nap on my couch all day, but ya gotta do something to pass the time 😂

Brows: @essencemakeup Superlast 24hour Eyebrow Pomade Pencil Waterproof in 20 brown, @annabellecosmetics Brow Show Eyebrow Shaping Gel in Medium/Dark

Eyes: @tartecosmetics Creaseless Concealer in Medium, @hourglasscosmetics Ambient Lighting Palette, @urbandecaycosmetics Born to Run Palette

Face: @fentybeauty Pro Filt’R Primer, @hourglasscosmetics Vanish Stick in Nude, @hourglasscosmetics Veil Translucent Setting Powder, @beccacosmetics x @chrissyteigen Face Glow Palette

Lips: @sephora Cream Lip Stain in Mandarin Muse

Acne Regret #1: Overdoing it with actives and prescriptions

Over the past decade I’ve made a number of regrettable decisions when it comes to treating my acne, and I wanted to share these regrets in a series of posts for all my of acneic friends out there!

I used to blast my skin with every sort of active ingredient and prescription ointment known to humankind because I was so frustrated with the negative feedback I received about the way my acne looked, and the physical irritation of cystic acne was no joy either. Because of this, my skin barrier was super fragile and my skin became quite dehydrated, red, and sad. My skin never had a moment to breathe and repair itself, and it showed. •

In a bout of desperate online searching I came across @liahyoo ‘s video “Clear Acne without Acne Treatment: Minimal Acne Skincare Routine”, and it entirely changed the way I viewed and treated my skin. Following Liah’s instructions I tried downsizing my skincare routine to just a cleanser, toner, hydrating product, and sunscreen for a number of weeks to see what would happen.

This little skin rest gave my skin barrier a chance to chill the hell out, and my skin became less irritated and dehydrated. Only after a long break using just the basics did I begin to gradually (VERY gradually) incorporate AHAs and retinol back into my routine. Even now that my skin is relatively clear, I still revert back to my barebones routine of @tatcha Deep Cleanse, @herbivorebotanicals Jasmine Green Tea Balancing Green Tea Toner, @zoskinhealth Rozatrol Normalizing Serum for red, sensitized skin, and whatever sunscreen isn’t breaking me out at the moment.

If you’re in the same boat I was, or are overwhelmed by the hoard of skincare products in your bathroom cabinet, sometimes it’s nice to just press pause and keep it simple for a bit. It’s been a long, LONG process but I’ve finally gotten my skin to a point where it doesn’t physically irritate me, I have minimal breakouts, and my redness is at a fairly manageable, healthy level.