My Favourite Beauty Products

Excluding #6 and #10, I've been using these products for years and I'm only recommending them because I really enjoy using them. Clothing always comes first for me, so I'm not a huge spender on makeup nor am I an expert on it. (I think I spend under $100 on makeup products per year!) Regardless, I hope I introduced you to at least one new product! : ) 

    1. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler - I bought this a few years ago because it's one of the most popular lash curlers. I don't have much to compare it to since before this, I used my mom's really old one. So far, so good.

    2. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly - I use Vaseline in place of mascara because it holds the curl so much longer than any mascara I've ever tried (but I still occasionally use mascara). There's a common myth that Vaseline makes your eyelashes grow thicker and longer, but I couldn't find solid evidence of this on the Internet. I've been using it on my lashes for years with no problems except for smudging when I wear (sun)glasses. This can be easily fixed by brushing black eyeshadow over the Vaseline to dry it a bit. I actually receive more compliments on how long my lashes look when I wear Vaseline than when I wear mascara!

    3. E.L.F. Essential Smudge Eye Sponge - If I'm too lazy to apply eyeshadow (which is most of the time), I put on black or brown eyeliner and then use this sponge to smudge it for a smokey eye effect. Works like a charm.

    4. Urban Decay Naked Palette - Eyeshadow isn't really my forté, but I really like this neutral colour palette. There's not much I can add to the thousands of reviews already on the Internet, so I'll just leave it at that!

    5. E.L.F. Studio Eyebrow Kit (Light) - The name of this little "kit" is self-explanatory. It's reliable and I love the tiny mirror in the palette.

    6. Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick (Backstage) (c/o Revlon) - I'm on and off when it comes to lipstick. It seems like I can never find a good shade for my skin tone. Revlon sent me a beauty package a while back (thank you!) and this lipstick (shade sent at random) was included. Lipsticks always made my lips dry, but I was never one to spend $$ on "good" ones. This Revlon one is affordable and doesn't dry my lips out so I think I'm going to pick up a slightly lighter shade once I'm sick of this one. 

    If you know of a good affordable lipstick, please share in the comments below!

    7. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets - These come in a pack of 50 and it takes me a few months to finish one pack because my face doesn't get oily often. They're a little pricey in Toronto (about $8 after tax? Forgot.), so I'd love it if you guys could recommend a cheaper pack of oil blotting sheets!

    8. Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Concealer (330) - I used to use drugstore concealer, but none of them never wowed me like this MUFE one did. One of the things I hated with most of the drugstore concealers I used was the white blotch that appears under my eyes in flash photographs. I've been using this MUFE one for a couple of years now and  have no plans on switching.

    9. E.L.F. Essential Lash Kit (Natural) - I always thought these were decent, cheap false lashes (which they are!), but I literally just realized a couple of weeks ago that I can get them in bulk for dirt cheap on eBay. I'm not a daily falsies wearer (don't know how some girls do it!), but I still like a good price - especially for disposable items like this.

    What false lashes do you recommend?

    10. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream (Light) - I've used Skin 79 BB cream (pink bottle) before and loved the scent and how the product felt. Unfortunately, it was too light for my face and made me look ghostly. I was also sent a few BB cream samples from different companies, but none were for me. (FYI, the Stila one has such an unpleasant smell.)

    I read a lot of good reviews about this Smashbox BB cream and asked for a sample at Sephora. LOVED it! I bought three bottles of the travel-sized one NOT because I'm obsessed, but because the Sephora lady told me it's actually cheaper that way. A normal bottle at 30mL is $50, whereas the mini bottle is $22 for 15mL. I saved $9 + 15% during Sephora's Beauty Insider event.

    I love the consistency of this product and its sheer, light coverage. It comes in five different shades (many of the Asian BB creams come in only one). I recommend grabbing a sample at Sephora and trying it for yourself!

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    I'll be writing a post about my favourite skincare products later this month, so look out for that. I just realized that the blotting sheets can be considered as "skincare", but it's already up there so I'll just leave it.

    Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. Though I've previously worked with Shu Uemura and they gifted me a lash curler, I already owned one previously. Revlon also sent me a beauty package, but I was not asked to write about it.

    I'd love to hear your recommendations on some of the bolded questions I asked above! I love learning about new products. : )

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    1. For affordable lipstick, I love Maybelline's color whisper! Shopper Drug Mart Life brand carries blotting sheet and they are my favorite :)

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      1. I've seen the Shoppers blotting sheets before! Don't know why I never thought to buy them. I'll check 'em out. Thank you for the suggestions!

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    2. how do you put vasaline on ur lashes? mini tutorial or instructions would be nice!!

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      1. I'll try to post a mini tutorial by next week! : )

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    3. Hmmm great list I use a few products too like the eyelash curler & concealer! I really want to check out that BB cream...I don't have time to put on a full coverage face anymore hahah. So I really want to know how you put Vaseline on your eyelashes? Please share!

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      1. The Smashbox feels very light. I hope you'll give it a try! : ) And I'll try to post a mini tutorial about the lashes by next week! : )

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    4. New follower! These products are all really great classic items and if I don’t already have them (which I do have most) I am definitely putting the others on my to-buy list! Great post!

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      1. Sounds great! Let me know if they work out for you. : )

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    5. Yes, it would be awesome if you could put a mini tutorial for putting vasaline on lashes! I had tried different mascara, high end or drug store, maybe i didn't spend enough time on curling my lashes, there is just not much difference between wearing or not wearing mascara for me :(

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      1. I hope the Vaseline will help! I'll try to post quick instructions soon

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    6. LOL I'm dark for Asian bb cream too. Thanks for the Smashbox suggestion. I'm heading to Sephora tomorrow. Gonna ask for a sample

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    7. Have you tried the ELF blotting sheets - I prefer them to the clean & clear ones - and I think they cost either $1 or $3. However, I keep those for emergencies - and prefer Boscia Green Tea blotting sheets - the sheets are nice and large & SO effective!

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      1. I've never tried them! Just checked and they're a dollar. I'll look into both of these brands. Thanks for the suggestion!

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