Polished & Pink: Five Summer-Ready Spring Picks | On Our Radar

Set to conquer in three… two… nope

I have zero inherent talent for anything design-related (or even design-adjacent, really), so product spreads are always a little tricky for me. If, by “a little tricky,” you mean “a time suck and a constant source of frustration,” that is.

Despite the sweat and tears and hours and hours and hours that go into these posts, though, I still quite enjoy putting them together — the challenge, when I can come out on top, is incredibly rewarding.

I hope you enjoy this week’s picks (even though I didn’t quite manage to conquer the image).

Skincare sweethearts

This week’s picks started off with the Sweet Leaf Bath Adzuki Bean & Rice Bran Face Polish, which caught my eye as a low-end Canadian alternative to the Tatcha Polished Rice Enzyme Powder ($65 USD). While Sweet Leaf’s version doesn’t have the same wow! factor or enzymatic powers, it’s still a very cool powder-format face polish for those of us on a tighter budget.

Also in the skincare department is the eos 24-Hour Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream, which is a great silicone-free, scent-free shaving cream for those of us who want to keep our showers simple.

Tatcha Polished Rice Enzyme Powder

Pink potential

Less simple are the three makeup picks in this spread, however: you have your YSL Baby Doll Mascara, which comes in four indecently sexy shades (Noir Fétiche, Brun Enjôleur, Bleu Audacieux, and Violet Indiscret), alongside the lovely Annabelle Multi-Blush Palette in Fresh Pink (another great Canadian budget find), and topped off with a summer-collection Lise Watier Light Cap Nail Lacquer in Gulabi, a fresh, eye-catching pink.

Fresh Pink and Gulabi are both limited edition and in stores currently, but the Baby Doll (Babydoll?) release is a little more confusing: it’s permanent, with two shades at Sephora now, four shades in total, and a June release at Holt Renfrew and select The Bay & Murale stores.

What are you loving the look of this month? And, more importantly… what are you trying to conquer?

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  • Ely

    I have to disagree with you there: you did conquer the image! :) me, personally, I'm conquering my shyness at the moment after moving to a new city. Want to meet new people. I know it doesn't have anything to do with beauty, but hey, you asked so I answered haha.

    • Aww, thank you, Ely! I think I can do better, but I'm so pleased that you liked the image.

      Your conquering is way more important (and difficult, and awesome) than mine! :D Good luck making friends in your city — I know how hard that can be, even without moving! I'm sure you'll knock their socks off ;o)

  • I think the image looks great! :-)
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  • Love love the pink theme, and I agree with the previous poster, you conquered the challenge :) I need to really stay away from some of these products but I don't know if I can stay away with some of these being featured and all!
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    • Thank you, Stephanie! You girls are too nice :) What have you hauled so far for spring?

  • BooBooNinja

    Rae, I think you conquered the challenge too. I like the addition of the maple leaf to indicate Canadian goodness.
    Did you have a good Victoria Day weekend?

    • Tee hee, thanks dearling :D I'm always pleased to be able to feature great Canadian brands, but sometimes I forget to mention which ones are Canadian!

      I did; thank you for asking. :) How was yours?

  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    I think you did a great job, Rae. I, on the other hand, am hopeless when it comes to designing a poster. Eeks! I am really drawn to that Annabelle blush. Very pretty :-) You Canadians get the best wallet friendly brands!
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    • Aww, thanks sweetie! I don't know what I'd do without Annabelle :p

      I don't know about your lack of skills, though… I feel like with your eye for images, you'd have to be at least a little bit better at these than I am! (I am so bad at these, inherently >.< )

  • Beautiful result and that little Canadian maple leaf, love! Loving my Diorskin Birds of Paradise duo and trying to conquer the job market! :)
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    • Haha, thanks, lovely! I'm surprised that the maple leaf got feedback, much less positive feedback :p

      Good luck with your job hunt! ♥

  • Sasha

    I'm quite taken by Illamasqua's "Raindrops." It's on its way and hopefully, I'll like it as much as everyone else does. I'm also really liking "Bella Bamba" blush. I know it's an old one, but it's perfect. And I'm trying to conquer this impulsivity to buy things. Ugh. Never used to have this problem, and it really is a problem.

    • Ooh, I hope you love your new polish, Sasha! I'm not really a nail girl, but I hear nothing but raves for the entire Illamasqua line :)

      I think a surprising number of people in the makeup community have problems similar to yours — I haven't, personally, but you're definitely not alone. Have you picked up on any "triggers" that tend to make you want to haul? That's usually a pretty good place to start! :)