MOTD: January 17, 2020

#motd featuring the @glamlifeguru @tatibeauty 曆 and one of my favourite @lisaeldridgemakeup
Velvet lipsticks
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EYES: Soothe is my favourite row in the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol 1 palette, by far! I used Soothe Matte on a fluffy brush in and around my eyelid crease and Ritual Matte to deepen up the outer V and inner crease a smidge with a smaller, dense brush and then blended it out with a fluffy brush. With my finger I patted on Soothe Sequin, and then dotted on Aura Metallic in the inner corner and under my brows with a flat eye brush. Memory Matte with an angled brush for the liner, topped off with a quick eyelash curl and mascara. My eyeliner wings are technically pointing in two different directions but I don’t think my cat or my four year old are gonna judge me on that today, lol. ——-
BROWS: @alyblairbeauty just did my brows this morning so they are nice and sleek! I filled in bare splotches (from anxiously pulling at my eyebrows, not a good habit ) with my @elfcosmetics Ultra Precise Brow Pencil in Neutral Brown. I like this one because it has a teeny tiny tip and the brown shade isn’t too warm. Swiped on some Elf Wow Brow Gel in Medium Brown. ——-
FACE: Elf Poreless Putty Primer, @coverfx Gripping Primer, @shiseido Self Refreshing Foundation in Alder and Concealer in 202 Light, @hourglasscosmetics Ambient Trio, @fentybeauty Match Stix in Sinamon, @physiciansformula Butter Bronzer and Blush in Vintage Rouge.
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LIPS: @gloskinbeauty Lip Precision Pencil in Natural and @lisaeldridgemakeup Velvet Lipstick in Velvet Fawn 歷
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EARRINGS: From a local creator, @thisoldhousemarket !

Review: Glo Skin Beauty Flat Top Kabuki Brush

I am so disappointed that this Glo Skin Beauty flat top kabuki brush is already falling apart! I’ve had it for less than a year, and went through such a hassle to get it. I had told the person ordering the brush the name of the brush. She says, “Don’t you mean this brush?” and shows me a brush with a similiar name that is not the brush I want. I say no, this brush. I write down the name, spell it out, give her the number. She still shows me the wrong brush. I go and get the tester brush, bring it to her, visually show her, and she says, “Ohhh, okay, got it!”. When the brush arrives, it’s the wrong brush. I finally get it swapped out for the right brush.


I’ve used the brush for several months and have loved it for foundation application. Lovely soft bristles that blend like a dream! But when I was cleaning my brushes last night everything kind of came unglued and started sliding around and shedding like mad. I was surprised because I’ve washed my brushes the same way for years. I have Eco-Tools brushes (that I paid WAY less for) that I’ve literally had since highschool that still look like new and haven’t fallen apart, so I don’t think I’m being overly aggressive with my brush cleaning. I ended up chucking this because there was no way to use it without getting hair stuck in my foundation. It is disappointing, but there’s not much you can do! I’ll be sticking with my good old cheap Eco Tools from now on.

Empties August 25/19: Biossance Squalane+Tea Tree Cleansing Gel, ELF Bounce Back Jelly Cleanser, and Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil

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  1. Biossance Squalane+Tea Tree Cleansing Gel
    Rating: High-end Hero

    My skin right now is probably the worst it has been in my life, or at least the worst it’s been since the really awful breakouts of my teenage years. I can’t vouch for whether or not this will help with acne as literally nothing is helping with my acne at the moment due to a chronic hormonal condition I am working on getting sorted out, but it did give a nice cleanse and minimized a bit of oil. I really like Biossance’s squalane-strong products. The only potential beef I’ve got with the product is the tea tree oil, as tea tree can be an irritant to so many folks. However, it’s not like they tried to sneak it into the formulation, it’s right there front and centre in the name of the product and prominently featured in the product description online. Though it didn’t help with my breakouts, I did enjoy it’s gel consistency and gentle foam, so I am going to mark it as a high-end hero.
  2. ELF Cosmetics Bounce Back Jelly Cleanser
    Rating: Bargain Beaut
    This cleanser comes highly recommended from a number of skincare Youtubers I follow, including Gothamista. This is a non-foaming gel cleanser that I really enjoyed as a first cleanse to remove makeup. I found it to be fairly gentle, and enjoyed the strong coconut smell. For less than $10, I really can’t complain about it. The only red flag I noticed with my very limited knowledge in the ingredients list was the parfum. So, if you’ve got sensitivities to fragrance, just be mindful of that.
  3. Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil in Dark Brown
    Rating: Bargain Beaut
    I love most products that I’ve tried from Essence, and I wasn’t disappointed by this one. It retails for less than $3 Canadian, so even if you don’t end up liking this purchase, you’re still only out less than the price of a cup of coffee. It’s a soft pencil, had decent staying power, and I enjoyed the way it looked. The dark brown shade wasn’t too warm-toned, which is often the case with brow products. I think it is slightly less environmentally damaging as it is a wooden pencil that you sharpen, so the only waste is the small plastic cap and the thin plastic wrap it comes packaged in. Though not perfect or zero-waste, I imagine it is slightly less damaging than the plastic twist-tubes many brow products come in. The brush on the cap was the right balance of firm and soft, and I did end up using it a fair bit to smooth out and blend the brows after pencilling them in.

NO BUY 2019: Success in May!

Drumroll, please!

I made it through the entire month of May without purchasing any beauty products. None! Whatsoever!

May went entirely the opposite of how April went, and unfortunately I can’t contribute my no buy success to my willpower alone. I came down with pneumonia in the first half of the month and had quite the time with it. It took about a week until I was diagnosed and prescribed antibiotics, and throughout the entire illness I was still having to work partial days at work because of short staffing issues. I was so exhausted from being sick and feeling like crap from working while so sick, that by the time I came home I just slept and had no time to even contemplate online shopping. On the few days that I was able to take off to recover, I still was so wiped out that I did not buy anything. As well, there was also the pressure of missing out on so much pay from taking time off work, making it easier to stick to my budget and prioritize paying for the bare essentials.

Here’s what I used up and purchased in May:

May purchases: None!

Total dollar value of products purchased as replacements or otherwise: $0.

May empties:

  1. Essence Instant Matte Setting Spray ($6)
  2. Glo Skin Beauty Daily Power C ($126)
  3. Drunk Elephant Protini Peptide Deluxe Sample
  4. Laroche Posay Toleriane Ultra Fluide ($34)
  5. Nude by Nature Flawless Foundation Powder ($32)
  6. Laroche Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel ($25)
  7. NuFace Gel Primer ($17)

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Total dollar value of products used up: $240

Definitely my best month yet! As for replacements for cleansers and Vitamin C, I have a number of samples and trial sizes that I plan on using up and clearing out first, and then have some very low cost options I plan on purchasing eventually. We’re heading into summer, so I’ve been transitioning into my summer shades for powder and foundation, and have plenty to use up from last summer. For setting spray, I have plenty of facial mists to use up and a number of setting powders to substitute as well. I’m really hoping I can keep this frugal momentum going as we head into June!