The Vacation Get-Ready-With-Me

Vacay Dinner Face

I recently went on vacation with my family, and on the night I went to dinner with my boyfriend – which was basically the only time I wore makeup – I relied on a few favourite products to get me ready.  [Read more...]

The Accidental Mini-Haul

Sephora Mini-Haul & VIB Rouge

I’m not a hauler – I don’t go out and buy a whole bunch of stuff at once. In fact, rarely do I walk out of Sephora with more than one item at a time.

But I was $30 away from VIB Rouge, needed to return Benefit’s LolliBalm, and was hoping to pick up on a fantastic Origins set. Check, check, and check…and a little more. Read more!

The Not-Gel Gel Top Coats

Not-Gel Gel Top Coats

I must confess, I’ve never had a professional gel manicure. I don’t get manicures all that often, because I feel like I can do an equally effective job at home thanks to the magic of YouTube. As such, I’m especially fond of at-home gel options (like the Sally Hansen one); however, gel that you cure with a UV light can be incredibly difficult to remove, and I’m just not about that life.

Enter the gel-wannabes. Read more!

The Neutral Gal’s Intro to Colour

New Mac Eyeshadows

I recently made a trip to the MAC counter to pick up two new shadows to fill my 15-pan palette. Although that means that the palette works out to costing over $170 once filled, I like MAC’s system for two reasons.

The first is, of course, that you can choose your own shades. The second is that you can decide virtually any time, “Oh, my makeup life is boring. Why don’t I pop by MAC and grab a new colour?” Not a lot of readily-available brands offer that at such a palatable (ha ha) $11 price point. Read more!

The Empties Vol. 1

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I love a good empties video. It’s fun to see people’s trash what people used up, liked or disliked, repurchased or will avoid for the rest of eternity. Read more!

My Favourite Sephora 500-Point Perk Yet

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This post is part review, part public service announcement.

Most high-end beauty lovers know how Sephora’s Beauty Insider works – sign up for free, collect points every time you make a purchase, cash them in for deluxe samples in set increments, and get a bonus birthday gift. I’ve been part of this program for years – I remember when only 100-point samples were available. Since then, they’ve expanded the program so that you can redeem in 250, 500, and even 1000-point increments. Read more!

The Underrated Lip Balm

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When it comes to lip products, I’m a little high-maintenance. Or, rather, my lips are. There are very few products that agree with them and don’t make them flake and peel like crazy. Even so-called hydrating formulas don’t work for me. As such, it’s remarkably difficult to find lip balms that work. When I do, I have to share. Read more!

The Matte BB Cream

Tarte BB tube

Modeled after the Asian skincare phenomenon, Western BB creams have been popping out of the woodwork over the past few years. Largely, though, I’ve been disappointed with them for three main reasons. Read those reasons.

The Curly Hair Routine…2.0.

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You might recall this post, but now, it’s in video form (plus a few product changes!). Read more!

The “My Lips But Pinker” Lipstick

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I can’t be the only Canadian makeup lover who stalks drugstores waiting for products I heard about from US bloggers to drop, can I? Read more!

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