Whoo! For obvious reasons I’ve been doing a lot of books and travel lately. I think it’s time for some superficial, super fun time! Here’s all the makeup stuff I love that I haven’t talked about yet. Also, if you need a gift for anyone who likes makeup this is your jam.
Just a disclaimer though, I’m not a beautician, makeup artist, or hair stylist. I’m using this based off what works on my slightly acne prone combination skin and fine, drugstore coloured hair.
For those of you who don’t know what micellaire water is welcome to my life before The third time I went to France. Basically, in the 1910’s (Edwardian era? Any history buffs in the house to tell me what the term is?) The Parisian water was super gross. It still remains quite hard, which is amazing for your hair but sadly super bad for your skin. Thus micellaire water was invented. It’s basically tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water. Because chemistry is a thing like attracts like and all the oil in your skin wants to party with the oil in the micelles. You pop some on a cotton pad and go to town. This stuff is no rinse, so even if you’re super tired, feeling super lazy, or trying to get to bed after an ill advised attempt to see if tequila doesn’t bother you anymore (spoiler: it does. it always does) you can take your makeup off. And feel hella french, which is always the goal. I used to think you can only get Bioderma brand in France- and I’m quite loyal to it as I find other brands tend to be a bit too oily- but you can totally get it at Shoppers.
This stuff is another pharmacy in France find that I figured out way to late you can get in Canada. You can get it at Shoppers, and their beauty store Murale, as well as at the Nuxe website. This stuff does have a scent to it, but it fades quick and I love the scent so much. I use it on my face, hair and body. Even though I feel criminally wasteful using stuff this expensive as a body lotion what it does to my skin is so worth it. I have really ashy skin and this just does everything to make it not bad. It also absorbs super quick unlike bio oil, so you don’t have to hang out in a towel for 30 minutes after you put it on. It doesn’t change makeup colours when you use it on your face. It can get super intense if you put it on your hair though. Literally one drop too much and it’s like you swam in a pot of crisco.
Lollipops is a Parisian makeup brand that is breaking my heart with it’s amazingness. I got this at Monoprix. At least I think it’s this one. The red I got looks darker, but it could be some weird computer screen thing. It’s a moisturizing matte, and the colour is a great pretty neutral red. The quality is amazing, it’s long lasting and has amazing colour payoff for a pretty reasonable price. They need them here. Now.
This is one for people who, like me, love the crap out of exfoliating. I’ve used this for a few months now and it’s almost paid for itself since I don’t buy literally every scrub I see. I had always wanted a clarisonic, but couldn’t justify the cost of the replacement heads all the time. Plus, I’ve heard tons of reports that it’s pretty intense. I have hardy but fair skin that shows redness kind of easily. With this my face feels exfoliated and fresh but never tight or raw. It’s completely waterproof so you can use it in the shower and makes the cheap face wash feel like a million bucks. I tend to use it once or twice a week to deep clean all the gunk out.
This stuff is amazing. The glitter one is amazing too. I don’t know how I used to do the whole cotton pad thing. Literally just stick your finger in it and voila. Nail polish gone. It also smells pretty alright too. Note: watch for cuts on your fingers. Ouch.
I finally broke down and got one. If you haven’t heard of the Beauty Blender before then you’re missing out on life a little bit. It’s a tiny sponge that you saturate with water and use to put on foundation. It doesn’t sop up product the way a sponge or brush does and the result is really dewy and pretty. Highly recommend.
I’m obsessed with face primer so when I saw hair primer I got stupid excited. This stuff does exactly what it says it does. My hair doesn’t get dirty as fast, and it’s a godsend in rainy Vancouver. It also smells amazing. Everything you want in a bottle.
You know the scene in Mulan where she takes off her makeup with a towel and it’s just not there and you’re all “I call the most bullshit.” I take that back because she definitely used this towel.
I have fine hair. Every so often I’ll find a little dreadlock in the top of it and I used to wonder if I should just go with it. Then I remember that I just don’t have enough hair for that and spend painful hours with a comb trying to get them out. Enter Tangle Teezer. It’s magic. It plows through knots and you can use it on wet hair. It’s also great for travel because you don’t have to worry about a brush handle breaking off. Trust me, it’s devastating.
Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
This stuff is amazing for early mornings and late nights. It goes on sheer but you can build up the colour. It’s great if you tend to be really crap at putting on lipstick. Also, I swear, my friends have tried it too and this looks good on everyone.
I got these brushes and IMATS and I’m in love with them. They make makeup better, and they feel amazing on your face. So soft! I also got the brush shampoo and I’m literally growing clary sage so I can smell it all the time.