A Few Goodies from NYC…

The boyfriend and I just spent a few days in NYC to chill out and get away for a bit, and of course, like any other trip to the Big Apple, money was spent. Unfortunately for us Canadians, the exchange rate is dismal. It takes $1.30 CAD to = $1.00 USD, so I tried to curb myself so it wouldn’t hit the wallet quite so hard. My first stop was at H&M, where they had the full beauty line, and I wanted to go nuts, but didn’t. I picked up a couple of the little mask pods – the Witch Hazel and Liquorice and Sugar, both for oily skin. I think it’s a neat way to go about trying out new skin care products and I’m excited to see how they go. The other thing I just couldn’t resist was the High Impact Eye Colour in the shade Shiitake, which is a softly metallic taupe that blends out quite sheer. Love it, and sadly, I just took a gander at the Canadian H&M website, and neither of these products appears to be available yet in Canada. So if you’re curious, I’m sorry, you’ll have to pop over to the US or Europe to get your hands on these. Hopefully they’re coming soon!

I also had to pop over to Sephora – the Times Square location is so large I probably could have spent all day in there swatching and playing – good thing I didn’t as I was primarily there to pick up a gift for a friend, but of course couldn’t resist grabbing an adorable bottle of Ciate’s Mini Paint Pot Nail Polish in Mineral Love, and a mini set of the Perfect Formula Nail Essentials Duo, which is a brand I’ve always been curious about, since I have such weak, flaky nails.

On the non-cosmetic side, I randomly decided to pop into Aldo and pick up a pair of sunglasses, which I sorely needed, and to the huge Times Square LOFT, where I grabbed this great summer shirt 40% off.

Have you tried any of these products, and what other shopping would you recommend in New York?

Sheer Spring Lips

As spring is finally here – despite the relatively cold weather in these parts, I’ve been inspired to dig to the back of my lipstick drawer and pull out some favourites that I only really tend to wear during the warmer months. Sheer lipsticks are some of the easiest to wear – you barely need a mirror, they’re moisturizing and they make your lips look nice and juicy. The majority of the ones I have tend to be on the pink or coral side, which is a nice transition into summer, since I find matte lips to mostly be too much work in the summer when my face is melting off. They’re also less sticky than lip gloss, so I really do love me some sheer lips.

On the pink side, some of my faves include the Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss in the shade 20 Pink-Light. The idea behind these is that they have lip shades (Berry, Pink, Nude and Red) for Light, Light/Medium and Medium skin tones, so that it takes the guesswork out for you. I most definitely tend more to the Light/Medium side of things, but this sheer pink shade is so lovely I think anyone can really get away with wearing it. It’s cool-toned without being too bubblegum, and the formula is super sheer and moisturizing so it’s comfortable to wear all day. Next is the Bite Beauty Lush Lip Kiss in the shade Juice, which is a great mid-tone pink and is intended to tint the lips while delivering a ton of moisturizing elements. A bit different is TheBalm’s Stainic, which I received a mini of in a BirchBox. It comes out feeling like jelly, and then dries down to a thin, comfortable stain on the lips. Last, and certainly not least, is the Maybelline Color Whisper in Pin Up Peach, which is basically just a warm-toned pink that feels somewhere between a lip balm and lipstick.

For the corals, I have another great Maybelline Color Whisper in Coral Ambition, which quite light but looks great with a tan. Another drugstore favourite is the Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya – pictured is my second tube of the stuff because I love it so much. It’s the perfect coral for most skin tones. If you want to go full orange, however, the Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in 04 Orange is great. It looks intimidating in the tube, but because it’s so sheer, and depending on your natural lip colour, it ends up looking peachy-coral anyway.

What are your favourite spring lip colours?

The Q1 Clearout

I’ve said it over and over again, but my goal this year has been to both stop buying so many beauty products as well as use up / throw out any old products I have in my collection, so as it’s been about three months since my last clearout, pictured are all the products I either used up or got way too old/gloopy/separated to use anymore. Some notable favourites –

The Revlon Lash Potion mascara has now been discontinued, since they’ve replaced their entire line of mascaras with matching bottles and different coloured caps. Haven’t tried any, but I really did like the Lash Potion – it’s one of the only mascaras I’ve ever repurchased, but now that won’t be happening again.

The Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer is a good one – quite pricey but honestly you don’t need much, and this travel sized tube lasted me forever. If I ever run out of primer I’ll be sure to pick this one up again.

Skincare is hard to use up sometimes, especially spot treatments, and this is a very old and battered tube (probably my third bottle of the stuff) of the DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel 5%, which is no longer available on Sephora. I found that this specific formulation of 5% BP was the most effective I had tried, but I know it’s easy to get benzoyl peroxide from the drugstore, so I won’t be repurchasing.

What have you used up recently and have you bought anything new that has replaced it?