MOTD: August 25/19

Brows: Elf Cosmetics

Lips: Lisa Eldridge

Lashes: Tarte

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.

MOTD: July 23, 2018

Face:
Becca First Light Priming Filter
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation in 180 and 220
Chrissy x Becca Face Palette
Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray

Eyes:
Elf Brow Pencil
Annabelle Brow Show
Urban Decay Born to Run Palette
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Bare Minerals Lash Domination

Lips:
Bite Beauty Lip Primer
Bite Beauty Aries Lipstick

MOTD

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Eyes: UD Primer Potion, ABH Master Palette by Mario, Natasha Denona Lila Palette, Deck of Scarlet Liner, Ciate London Wonderwand Mascara

Brows: ELF Dual Ended Brow Pencil, Annabelle Brow Fiber Gel

Face: Fenty Pro Filt’r Primer, Fenty Profilt’r Foundation, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Concealer, Becca x Chrissy blush, UD Naked Skin Contour Kit, Becca Light Chaser Highlighter in Topaz Flashes Gilt

Lips: Bite Beauty Multistick in Almond with ND Eyeshadow