Givenchy Blooming Fuschia Blush

I’m going through my old makeup while I can, and I came across this Givenchy Blooming Fuschia blush from 2011. It was basically not used, but it’s the most pretty bright pink and perfect to use in these times. This is the blush that I’m using all the time now – it’s cheerful and perfect for spring even though I’m just staying at home.

Have you pulled out any makeup goodies from the past?

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Fashionopolis by Dana Thomas

I read this book while I was on vacation this December, and it’s definitely one that has stayed with me.  Might be a good one to pick up while you’re at home!  Order online and don’t go out if you can avoid it!

Fashionopolis is about the impact that the fashion industry has on the environment and the people who work in it.  Only 2% of people who work in the fashion industry earn a living wage, and a lot of that is because of fast fashion.  The book is an investigative report into the way that clothes are made, but also takes a look at the people in the industry who are trying to do better and have invested in leaving this world a better place through their work in the fashion industry.

The book features interviews with Stella McCartney, whose designs are vegan.  It also takes a look at the brand Reformation, which is a place where I like to shop.  And it visits other brands who are manufacturing materials that are better for the environment via using less water or producing less waste.

This book inspired me to shop less, to recycle, and really be mindful about how I shop.  We vote with our dollars, and so I’ve made a commitment to make less fast fashion purchases and really think about what I need, versus what I want.

I hope you read this book too!


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Indeed Labs InDefense 30 Sunscreen Review Video

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Indeed Laboratories inDefense30 Sunscreen

Finding a good sunscreen for the summer is essential because if you find one that you love and can afford, then there’s a good chance that you’re going to use in on the regular and prevent sun damage.  The year that I said “to heck with it” one summer in Toronto and spent loads of time in the sun was the year that I got the most freckles from the sun, so I’m not doing that again, because I’ve found that the damage is pretty much there for a year if not more. 

I like Indeed Laboratories inDefense30 sunscreen.  It’s a from the Toronto brand, and it’s more moisturizing than the other sunscreen lotions that I’ve tried.  It actually has antioxidants in it which are supposed to help prevent environmental damage anyway.  It also has 7% zinc oxide as the physical sunscreen barrier, and that helps prevent the sun damage.  

Truth be told, the zinc oxide makes for a slight whitish cast on the skin, but I avoid this by making sure that I put this on my neck and my face, and when there’s foundation on top, the resulting effect is just more coverage instead of less.  I also make sure that I blend blend blend, and I don’t use this at night time.  It’s not a sunscreen that I would use on my whole body, but I like it for daily use.  

The ingredients include mica and dimethicone which is nice because one helps reflect light, making your skin look better than ever, and the other one makes for a really smooth application. 

Pick it up at Shoppers Drug Mart here in Canada, or look online to see where they sell it near you.  You can also purchase it directly from their website ($17.99), and if you subscribe to their emails you can get 15% off!

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How I’m Doing My Makeup Even Though I’m at Home Video

I mean, ya gotta look good for conference calls and Facetime right?

Also, I’m still using sunscreen every day because my house is pretty sunny and I want to come out of this with better skin, not worst.

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This is my favourite foundation right now! It’s moisturizing, has amazing coverage, and looks natural. All that in colours that look natural. There’s no spf in this so I wear a sunscreen underneath – using @neutrogenacanada Hydroboost sunscreen in this video. Used @pixibeauty Glow Tonic To Go pads to prep my skin first. Used my fav @bobbibrown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Maui we the blush, and the darkest liner shade from @diormakeup palette. @makeupforeverca lip pencil to line my lips and then @maybelline Superstat Ink Crayon to fill in my lips. The shimmer from the discontinued @diormakeup palette and @essencemakeup Lash Princess mascara. Enjoy. #instadaily #gifted #beautyblogger #instagood #picoftheday #instabeauty #foundation #itgtopshelfie #foundationreview #canadianblogger #foundationreviews #foundationreviewfridays #chooselovely #byrdiebeauty #instablog #beautyeditor #makeuptutorial #IGTVbeauty #IGTVbeautychannel #beautyIGTVchannel #beautychat #beautytalk #discoverunder5k #discoverunder10k #beautyexpert

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A huge thank you to Makeup For Ever for gifting me this foundation and sending it in the colour that I requested. It makes it so much easier to review products when brands send makeup in your colour – it’s not always possible but at least they try.

This is the Reboot foundation in the colour Y365. It’s the perfect medium with golden undertones.

What I love about this foundation is that it goes on like a light lotion, and moisturizes your skin while making it look nice and healthy.  I’ve got oily skin so I don’t always go for the moisturizing foundations but this is making my skin look so good that it’s hard to avoid.

The only thing I don’t like is that there’s no spf in this foundation so I’m using my own spf underneath it.  These days it’s Indeed Labs spf 30, although in the video I used Neutrogena Hydroboost.  You could use whatever you have, to be honest.  You could even use one that’s mineral because the foundation will cover up even the slightest white cast that’s in the foundation.

I finished off with Essence mascara, which I’ve reviewed here. I also used this Dior palette for the shimmer eyeshadow and for filling in my brows.  But now I’m using something a little different which I’ll share with you soon.

How is everyone else doing during Covid 19?  Are you getting better at your makeup or are you giving it up for now?

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Dior Brush Cleanser Video

We made a little video about how to clean your brushes using Dior Brush Cleanser.  It’s not great for getting your brushes squeaky clean but it does disinfect so it’s great for using when you’re in a rush or just in between uses.

Enjoy and happy social distancing!

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Old Dior Designer Palette

This is the palette I’ve been using for the past few weeks even though we are staying home because of Covid 19.  I’m finding that it’s still healthy for me to get ready every day, so I’m using what I love!  The top right hand corner of this palette is an intense shimmer, and the bottom right is a cream eyeliner which I’m using to fill in my brows.  The colour is really not intense enough to be an eyeliner so I’m liking it for my brows.

I’m going to be going through a lot more old makeup and wearing it. To stay home.

How’s everyone else doing?  Leave me a comment!

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Sothys Paris Spring 2020 Bronzer

What is everyone up to today during Covid 19?  Leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!

This is the Sothy’s Spring 2020 Bronzer.  It was a little light, a little orange for me, but the texture is silky smooth in case you were thinking of getting it.

Have a great day everyone!

Bronzer is $68.50.

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Some Things I’m Using Right Now

A quick review of some things that I’m using right now.

Kiehl’s BB Cream with SPF 50. I like it because of the SPF, the colour is a bit dark, and it also looks oily on me as the day goes on, so I’m not sure if I’m going to keep using it. It’s ok for once in a while but I do love my Maybelline Urban Cover which is also SPF 50.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Intriguing. My Lips But Better in a matte finish but it’s not long-wearing. I do like it. I wish there was a sharpener in the back or that it was a twist up.

My favourite contour and highlight from L’Oreal Infallible – it’s easy to use and natural-looking.

Under that is the Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Maui which is a warm pink with golden shimmer. I love it but the shimmer doesn’t make it natural-looking.

Dior eyeshadow palette. I like the cream to fill in my brows and the shimmer on my lid.

What are you using right now? See any favourites? I know these are some that I’ve mentioned over the year, and I just keep coming back to them. Except for the Kiehl’s. Not sure I’m keeping that.

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Catrice Cosmetics Self-Made Bae Palette

It’s a great time to get good at doing makeup, and I’m loving playing with some of the colours in this new Self-Made Bae Palette by Catrice Cosmetics. I love that it’s a nice blend of shimmer and matte shades – mattes definitely feel more modern these days, so that’s mostly what I’m using.

What are you doing while you’re staying at home?

These palettes are available at the drugstore – and they are vegan, alcohol-free, oil-free, perfume-free, paraben-free.

You can find the palette at Shoppers Drug Mart. 

The palettes are $16.99 and are super pigmented and silky smooth.  The packaging is cardboard which I find disintegrates really easily, but there’s a nice mirror inside so that’s a luxe touch.

If you’re at home, have you been practicing your makeup these days?

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