Silicone-free creme foundations UPDATED AUG 2017

    It has been far too long since my last silicone-free list, so today, I have an extra special post for you: a list of some a whole heckin’ bunch of the silicone-free creme foundations that I’ve come across recently! (Here’s the original list.)

    All of these silicone-free foundations are currently available for purchase in North America, and to my knowledge, none of them contain silicones. That being said, I always recommend checking the ingredients list before you buy, because products often get reformulated without a disclaimer. My favourites are listed in bold.

    This silicone-free foundation list will be updated as I find new products (and as older ones get discontinued), so please feel free to mention your favourite solid, creme-based silicone-free foundations in the comments below.

    Silicone-free foundations: creme formula

    Product namePriceBuy it
    Ben Nye MediaPro HD Sheer Foundation$22 USD CRC
    Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick$44 USDSephora
    Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm$54 USDNordstrom
    Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation$42 USD | $49 CADSephora
    Dermablend Quick Fix Body$29
    E.L.F. Cosmetics Moisturizing Foundation Stick
    $6 USDe.l.f.
    Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup$36.50 USDDillard's
    Graftobian Hi Def Glamour Creme Foundation$15.50 USDCRC
    Graftobian Theatrical Creme Foundation$9.49 USDCRC
    Honest Beauty Everything Cream Foundation$30 USDUlta
    Iman Second to None Cream to Powder Foundation$16
    Joe Blasco Ultrabase Foundation $27 USDCRC
    Kett Fixx Creme Compact Makeup $15-30 USDAlconeCo
    Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer Makeup$48 USDNordstrom
    Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation$68 USD | $93 CADThe Detox Market (US)
    Kryolan Ultra Foundation$13.50 USDCRC
    Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen $45 USDSephora
    Space NK 
    Mally Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation$40 USDUlta
    Make Up For Ever Pan Stick Foundation $32 USDAlconeCo
    Max Factor Pan Stik Foundation $9.93 USDAmazon
    Mehron Celebré Pro HD Foundation $13.95 USDAlconeCo
    Nu Evolution Pressed Powder Foundation $45 USD Credo Beauty
    NYX Mineral Stick Foundation $9.99 USD Ulta
    Nvey Eco Cream Deluxe Flawless Finish Foundation$30 USDUlta
    RCMA Makeup Color Process Foundation $18 USDBeautylish
    RMS "Un" Cover-Up$36 USD | $45 CADThe Detox Market (US)
    Rodial Airbrush Make-Up Heavy Duty Foundation Paste  | review
    $45 USD | $50 CADRodial
    SDM Beauty Boutique
    theBalm timeBalm Foundation$28 USDNordstrom
    Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation$44 USD | $55 CADThe Detox Market (US)
    The Detox Market (CA)
    Viseart Teint Magistral Foundation $42 USDMuseBeauty
    W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation $28.99 USD | $38.50 USDThe Detox Market (US)
    The Detox Market (CA)


    Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte review, swatches, photos

    Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte review 103, 105, 109

    The product: Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks in 103 Warm Beige, 105 Rosewood, and 109 Praline

    The Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte formula promises “insane color payoff and crazy long wear,” if you ask Sephora. (If you ask Make Up For Ever, they use the terms “high colour payoff” and “20-hour, comfortable wear” instead.)

    Both of those statements set Make Up For Ever up for failure, which is always a nice place to start a review off, so let’s start there!

    Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Liquid Lip Colour review

    Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte swatches 103, 105, 109

    Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick swatches: 103 Warm Beige, 105 Rosewood, and 109 Praline

    The Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte formula

    If you’re expecting 20-hour wear out of these lipsticks, you’re going to be disappointed. Hell, if you’re expecting half that, you’re still going to be disappointed.

    Make Up For Ever 103 Artist Liquid Matte swatch makeup look review

    Make Up For Ever 103 Warm Beige Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick review

    I can get through about two hours with these lipsticks still looking perfect, and four and a half (plus a meal!) with very minimal signs of wear. It begins to feel a bit dry after five, and visible wear on the inner lip becomes visible after six. All in all, I’d say that these are comfortable for six flawless hours of wear–which is great, but falls slightly short of the promised 20.

    You know. Like, a little short. A tiny bit. A tiny, fourteen hour time gap.

    The formula contains avocado oil and glycerine for comfort and moisture, silicone resin and wax for long wear, and silica, kaolin, silicone oil, and mineral clay for a matte finish. It also, apparently, contains hope and delusion (because 20 hours?? Really, Make Up For Ever?)

    Make Up For Ever 105 Artist Liquid Matte swatch makeup look review

    Make Up For Ever 105 Rosewood Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick

    Make Up For Ever 109 Artist Liquid Matte swatch makeup look review

    Make Up For Ever 109 Praline Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick review

    The Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte shades

    For all of my complaining about details, I do really enjoy wearing these lipsticks. They’re not a “weightless” lip, but they’re comfortable and very, very matte.

    I tried three of the range’s more neutral shades, starting with 103 Warm Beige, a warm, apricot-toned nude. It’s very orange, but not too light–it’s not a death nude from the 90s. (Now introducing Liquid Matte and their intro band, Death Nude.)

    I also tested out 105 Rosewood, which has a strong, interesting grey-violet tone, and 109 Praline, which was my favourite of the lot. Praline is a warm, dusty red, and it’s a very wearable shade (even on my fair skin). I would love to see Praline on a darker skintone, because I think it would be gorgeous and super goddess-y.


    Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick swatches: 103 Warm Beige, 105 Rosewood, and 109 Praline

    The Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte verdict?

    I’ve been wearing really vampy shades recently, so I haven’t been getting a lot of wear out of these–but they’re great. They’re really pigmented and comfortable, and the price point isn’t bad.

    I refuse to believe that these are best liquid mattes on the market, but I like them and I find they wear well. If you find a shade in this range that speaks to you (and there are a fair few, especially if you like dark violet lips), then I say go for it!

    Availability: $20 USD/$25 CAD at Sephora. New permanent as of January 2017.

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    Le Petit Marseillais review, photos | French pharmacy favourites

    Le Petit Marseillais review photos

    The product: Le Petit Marseillais Extra Gentle Shower Crème in Lavender Honey and Orange Blossom; Extra Gentle Shower Gel in White Peach & Nectarine

    Le Petit Marseillais (pronounced “mar-say-yay”) has been a French pharmacy staple for years. Born in the south of France, this body wash line is the #1 best selling body wash brand in France.

    Le Petit Marseillais lavender honey shower cream review

    Getting your hands on Le Petit Marseillais

    Beauty lovers have been smuggling bottles of Le Petit Marseillais back into Canada for years, but the brand is finally available in stores in Canada and the US. You can pick these babies up at Rexall at $7.99 CAD for 400 mL, which is a pretty good deal–these babies are huge. (In the US, you can get 700ml for $8.50 USD at Walgreens.)

    I find the Le Petit Marseillais formulas to be pretty easy on my skin, but they’re still shower gels. They’re designed to be pH-neutral, but if I wash with them and I don’t moisturize adequately, my skin still gets quite dry.

    Le Petit Marseillais review white peach nectarine shower gel

    Le Grand Marseillais

    The Le Petit Marseillais range isn’t actually so small–in France, they currently offer 22 different shower gels and shower crèmes. But here in Canada and the US, you can get your hands on five. My favourites are the Orange Blossom Shower Crème (the brand’s bestseller) and the White Peach & Nectarine Shower Gel, but I’ve also been keeping the Lavender & Honey Shower Crème around. I can’t stand honey-scented products, but it’s just a really interesting scent–not something that you’d usually find in the drugstore.

    There are two other scents that I didn’t photograph for this review, but will be cracking into once I run out of these: Vanilla Milk Shower Crème and Cotton Milk & Poppy Shower Crème. I’ve heard that the Vanilla Milk Shower Crème is particularly hydrating, so it’s definitely the next one I’ll be using.

    Le Petit Marseillais orange blossom shower creme review photos

    The Le Petit Marseillais verdict?

    I really like the Le Petit Marseillais body washes, but I don’t love them. And I have one big reason why I don’t: their size.

    While the line’s packaging is super cute, it’s also super big. These bottles are 400 ml, and I am constantly dropping them in the shower when I tip them over. I’d LOVE to see these in 200 ml packaging–or even better, 400 ml packaging with a pump!

    Availability: $8.50 USD/$7.99 CAD. Find them at Rexall and Walgreens.

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    Burberry The Essentials review, swatches, photos | Get your elven glow on

    Burberry The Essentials review

    The products: Burberry The Essentials Fresh Glow Highlighter and Lip Colour Contour Pen

    This spring, Burberry introduced a capsule collection that was right up my alley: The Essentials. It’s a makeup collection, and it’s the antithesis of a makeup collection. There are no bright colours or bells and whistles here; just really luxurious basics.

    The Essentials is all about priming, contouring, and highlighting. As someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis (unless I’m product testing for theNotice), I love a collection that’s all about the basics.

    Burberry The Essentials review, makeup look

    Burberry The Essentials makeup look – Fresh Glow Highlighter No. 01 White & Lip Colour Contour in No. 01 Fair

    Burberry The Essentials Fresh Glow Highlighter ($68 USD/$72 CAD)

    The Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighter is a new product that was introduced in The Essentials collection, and like any Burberry highlighter, it’s pretty damn lovely. What really sets these highlighters apart, in my opinion, is the hype. The compact is weighty and comes in a luxurious, velvety pocket with room for a brush. Its sharp lines feel well-made, and there are no flaws in the packaging: no extraneous seams, no lines that don’t quite line up.

    Burberry The Essentials Fresh Glow white

    The Fresh Glow Highlighter itself is honestly pretty standard. It’s beautiful, ethereal, and finely-milled, but the silvery-white highlight doesn’t contain any hidden depths. What makes it truly special is the intricate lace design pressed into the powder. The highlight that it delivers is lovely and subtle (you could even go so far as to call it magical), but it’s just not what sets this product apart.

    Burberry The Essentials lip colour contour review

    Burberry The Essentials Lip Colour Contour ($31 USD/$33 CAD)

    The Burberry The Essentials collection also includes four lip colour sticks, which range from light to dark. They’re designed to be the “perfect nude” for each skintone, and I love how basic they are.

    I tried Fair No. 1, which I really enjoyed using. It’s such a “nothing” product. It’s a medium-opacity nude lip colour in a satin-matte formula, and like any good nude, it does make my lips look fuller. It can be used as a lip primer, but honestly, I really enjoy it on its own.

    The one caveat that I have for this product is that Burberry says that it delivers up to six hours of moisture. I personally find it to be a little drying, so I like to touch up or add lip balm after two hours.

    Burberry The Essentials lip colour fair swatch review

    Burberry The Essentials swatches – Lip Colour Contour in No. 01 Fair; Fresh Glow Highlighter in No. 01 White (heavily/lightly). Swatched in indirect sunlight.

    The Burberry The Essentials verdict?

    Saying nothing of the price of these products (because I know Burberry is expensive, but it’s Burberry; nobody walks into that equation going “oh hey, I thought this would be a deal, eh?”), I really enjoyed using these products.

    If you’re looking at getting one of the Fresh Glow Highlighters for that beautiful lace print, my top recommendations would be either the Nude Gold No. 02 or Rose Gold No. 04–the white leaves a little something to be desired. However, it’s worth noting that these have seen a big price increase from the original, tartan-pressed Fresh Glow Luminous Highlighting Powders (from $52 USD to $68 USD), which is a little disappointing.

    If you’re looking at getting one of the Lip Colour Contours, I say go for it. I’m really happy with mine, and I’m never happy with skintone-based nudes.

    Availability: The Essentials is available at select Hudson’s Bay, Nordstrom, and Sephora stores as of March 27th, 2017.

    Burberry The Essentials fresh glow highlighter white


    My top dating apps & sites | Where to find love, using nothing but your thumbs

    Top dating app recommendations

    The Tinder Superlike: Good for your self-confidence, bad for the size of your massive ego

    *sponsored by SwingTowns

    As a sex blogger, I get asked for my top dating apps on social media on a pretty frequent basis. My general answer is “they’re all good, for different reasons,” but it’s hard to put into 140 characters just what those reasons are. So, here’s a full post on my top dating apps (and sites)!

    I met my honey on Tinder, so I’m always going to have a fondness for it–but every dating site and every dating app has its pros and cons. Here are a few quick pros and cons of the three most popular dating apps that I’ve found, plus a couple of niche sites to consider.

    great tinder profiles

    A few great Tinder profiles that I’ve seen recently

    A comparison of a few top dating apps


    PROS: 7 million monthly users (Bustle), easy to use, and connected to Facebook and Instagram. Both users must swipe right to chat, which I find minimizes harassment.

    CONS: Only offers binary gender options.

    NEUTRAL: Younger user base, user interface prioritizes photos, has a reputation for being a hookup app.

    okcupid review dating app tips

    A few screen grabs from OKC. That’s right; my main personality traits are “aggressive” and “kinky.”

    OK Cupid

    PROS: 2.5 million monthly users (Bustle). Focuses much more on your profile’s text than on your pictures and tries to calculate compatibility based on your responses to questions. Accessible online and through the app. Offers multiple gender options, as well as the ability to link your account to a single partner’s.

    CONS: Anyone can contact anyone. I loved the way that OKC prioritizes personality over photos, but left it after a couple of weeks due to the sheer volume of harassment I was receiving on it.

    OKC gender and sexuality options

    Ok Cupid’s gender identity options


    PROS: Only female-identifying individuals can initiate conversations, which is designed to minimize harassment. It also has a feature called BFF, where you can swipe to make friends!!

    CONS: Bumble’s user base is much smaller than Tinder’s–as of 2016, it takes up 3.6% of the market, to Tinder’s 25.6% and OKC’s 10% (Medium).

    NEUTRAL: Bumble’s user base skews younger (18-29), with a higher percentage of their users in this category than Tinder or OKC.

    her lesbian dating app review

    A few screens from Her

    Niche dating sites

    If you’re dating within a more specific niche, there are sites and apps for that, too. FetLife is a big one for kinksters, but from what I’ve heard, its user base skews older and male.

    For people in open/poly relationships who aren’t necessarily kinky, there’s also SwingTowns, who have sponsored this post. SwingTowns offers both free and paid memberships, and it’s designed to be used by singles, couples, or polycules on the same account. It offers a large user base (for a niche site) as well as a wide range of gender and orientation options.

    For men seeking men, the biggest app out there is Grindr, and for lesbians, bisexual women, and trans*/gender-nonconforming/non-binary folk, there’s Her.

    If there are others that I just haven’t heard about yet, I’d love it if you could leave them below in the comments!!

    Where do you click to meet people? 

    Edited 01/08/17: This post originally went up with a line break in the wrong place in the “Tinder” section, which mistakenly listed “only offers binary gender options” as a pro instead of as a con. This error has been fixed, and I really regret that the post went up with it–it’s one of my biggest issues with Tinder, and I would never intentionally imply that that was a pro.