New This Week: Silicone-free colour-correcting & custom foundation palettes!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Custom color correcting foundation palette

It’s always interesting to see which trends are going to rear their heads each season, but I can’t remember the last time something hit quite as hard as colour-correcting. It’s a technique that has been around for decades, of course, but it used to be tough to get your hands on really good colour-correcting products.

Now, though? Now colour correctors seem like they’re a dime a dozen. You can pick up tinted primers (Make Up For Ever and Clinique do some really popular ones, and I hear the NYX dupes aren’t all that shabby); redness neutralizers (everyone still always says green, but I swear yellow is what you really want); even brightening powders (in violet or the classic banana yellow) to even out whatever tones your foundation isn’t quite covering. 

Despite the current trend, however, it is still next to impossible to find a good colour corrector that’s silicone-free. So, I thought I’d share with you guys what I’ve been doing for colour-correcting!

I really love using theatre foundations on skin that’s picky about silicones, because the older formulas (always make sure to check first) tend to be creamy, ‘cone-free, and cheap. The colour palette that I put together for myself features samples of products from Camera Ready Cosmetics to keep the costs even lower; the half-empty pans look a little dingy, but because I rarely actually finish products, it was a good choice for me.

(I’ve had this palette for about a year and I haven’t needed to replenish any of the correctors yet, so I guess I wasn’t wrong!)

Silicone free foundation palette

Silicone-free theatre foundation review palette

For anyone making their own colour correcting palette or bruise kit, this entire palette cost me about $20 USD, and works well for my NC15-ish skin. It includes:

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A-Derma Epitheliale AH, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer, and more | New 27/02/16

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Happy Saturday, folks! I know I’ve been dragging my feet when it comes to posting this month (I messed up my abdominal muscles and man, it is really hard to blog lying down), but here’s a little “New This Week” instalment to keep you going for a while!

It’s been a couple of months since the last time I did one of these, if I’m not mistaken — did you miss ’em?

And two products that have come across my desk recently that I (cry) can’t use because of silicones…

A-Derma Epitheliale AH Duo Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer`

I was super excited for both the A-Derma Epitheliale A.H. Ultra-Repairing Cream, which is designed to accelerate skin repair and reduce the formation of scars (something that I desperately need), and the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer, which brightens under-eye circles and comes in both correcting and concealing shades, so I’m really bummed that I won’t be able to review them for you guys!

I’ve heard amazing things about the new Ultra HD Concealer from a few of my fellow bloggers, but I’m afraid I haven’t heard much about the A-Derma Epitheliale. Have any of you guys tried it? Or, if not…

What’s your favourite product to prevent (or reduce!) scarring?

My EPIC 2015 Sephora VIB sale & holiday recommendations list | Weekend hauling

Saturday, November 7, 2015

If you’ve been living under a rock recently, have I ever got a surprise for you: it’s the Sephora annual holiday sale again, and that sale starts with 20% off your entire order for all VIB Rouge members.

I’ve broken down my top picks into three simple categories: things I bought, things I want, and things that would make super badass Christmas gifts!

Not a VIB Rouge? Try these other weekend sales! 25% off at Jurlique until the 12th, L’Occitane pre-holiday sale, $10 off at DHC on all orders over $40!

Sephora haul

What I picked up (and you totally should, too!)

  • B. Balenciaga ($20 USD on sale), whose fleeting celery top notes I completely fell in love with this summer (I was a good girl and only picked up the rollerball), and
  • The much-loved Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer ($38.40 USD on sale), which I’ve been mixing with my moisturizers and serums to make just the most gorgeous tinted moisturizers in the morning. My current favourite blend? Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX02 + Hylamide SubQ Serum ($38 CAD) + Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentré ($12.80 USD on sale), for a fuller finish that I can get throw on and head out the door with.

Sephora FF wishlist

Things I’m coveting

Make Up For Ever Nudes You Need palette

Sephora VIB sale picks

Things that would make super badass Christmas gifts »

Perfumed objects & pretty lipsticks | New 27/09/15

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Objects of pleasure

And then there’s the Hermès Rêverie collection. I’ve been noticing more and more brands offering perfumed objects recently, from Lisa Hoffman’s Fragrance Earrings to the Frederic Malle Rubber Incense strips, and Hermès is the latest to jump on the trend.

This fall, the brand is offering ceramic pebbles & paper origami horses, pre-perfumed with scents inspired by perfumer Céline Ellena’s daydreams. (Yes, that Céline Ellena — as in perfume royalty; the Different Company; daughter of Hermès’ in-house perfumer, Jean-Claude Ellena.) The origami horses, for all of you perfume nerds out there, are actually far more affordable than I had expected: $79 USD for a set of four.

Feather eyeliners, New Dimensions, and eye palettes galore | New 03/08/15

Monday, August 3, 2015

New this week: leather-feather-tipped Stila eyeliner brushes (so lovely, but weirdly expensive for just a liner brush, no?), matte pastel finishing powders, and New Dimension lifting products (but more on that soon).

And that new NARS NARSissist palette and Sephora brushes — mmpfh. Five kinds of oh-so-pretty!

Besame Boudoir brushes, Formula X Infinite Ombré, and more | New 01/06/15

Monday, June 1, 2015

Can you believe that it’s already June?! Because dude, I cannot. It is way too soon for this, and I am not ready.

In other news, though, here’s what’s new this month at Nordstrom and Sephora! Sephora has actually done a great job of picking up niche beauty brands again this year, which is really exciting — I feel like they were definitely moving away from that for a long while, but with weird new products like that Eborian Pâte au Ginseng mask, those Besamé Boudoir brushes, and the Make Up Eraser (I’m dying to know if that works), they’re definitely branching out into niche finds again.

I also have my eye on the Formula X Infinite Ombré Nail Design Set, which makes me think of the new OPI Color Paints. It doesn’t look like much at first glance, but some of the looks Sephora has up on their Beauty Board make it look really cool.

Formula X Infinite Ombre kit

What’s your favourite unexpected beauty find?

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