My Holy Grail Items: Make-Up
I have always liked makeup, ever since I was a child I was always enthralled with the colours and the textures of these product that enhance your beauty, change your face and can really boost confidence and self esteem. The past few years I have started to really pay attention to the products I use and it has been an adventure in trial and error. It is because of this increased awareness I really have found Sephora to the be makeup provider I frequent most. They offer a wide variety of brands, their online store is simple to navigate and the customer service in my experience has been unparalleled.
Some of you may know, I am a pretty die hard Sephora fan; and if you didn't know before reading my gushing remarks you do now! I used to flip flop between Sephora, MAC and some drugstore brands for my beauty regime but I recently discovered MAC tests their products on animals and that does not really jive with me. That was when I made the switch to purchasing most of my cosmetics from Sephora and also expanding some of my drugstore purchases to cruelty free brands.
Holy Grail Foundation: Kat Von D 'Lock-it Foundation'
I started wearing this foundation early this year after leaving MAC's Studio Fix Fluid in the dust. I have a pretty tricky skin tone to match, so I need a brand that offers a wide array of colour options. This is a high pigment foundation, 21% of the formula is pigment; this means there is a lot of coverage. I prefer a high coverage foundation because I have dark under eye circles and some hyper pigmentation around my nose area.
Before switching foundations I did a lot of research because I really did love my MAC foundation and I was hoping to make a seamless switch. The general consensus was, this foundation is ace! I honestly have had a lot of success with most Kat Von D products. I also think the marketing is top notch and the packaging is sleek and beautiful.
I apply this foundation with a damp beauty blender and have also had to apply it with my fingers when I have left said beauty blender at home when travelling. It is long lasting and when I set it with a bit of translucent powder it does not crease or settle into fine lines. The product's container comes with a built in pump and because of the way it comes out there is little product waste. You also only need to use 1-2 pumps because this foundation is so pigmented.
Cost: $42.00 CAD
Holy Grail Lip Balm: Rosebud Perfume Co
I have not found a lip product from Rosebud Perfume Co that I have not liked. I honestly purchase a tube every time I place a Sephora order and toss it into a bag. Everyone of my purses or bags has a tube of this lip balm in it waiting to be used! There are a ton of different scents and anytime I find a new one I snatch it up. The classic rose is subtle and lovely, the strawberry is fresh and yummy, rose and mandarin is spicy and fragrant and the menthol eucalyptus tingles! You can purchase this lip balm from Sephora, Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie.
Cost: $7.50 CAD
Holy Grail Eyebrow Product; Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo
Defined eyebrows can make or break your makeup look. While a well done eyebrow can make you look polished and give your face structure we have all seen some really great eyebrow fails. I have a pretty good natural shape to my brows but I find I need a little bit of colour; enter the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo. I find this product looks very natural when applied correctly and with a light hand. You need a small angle brush to define the shape of the brow and then I dust some all over my brows to a little colour.
A lot of beauty bloggers swear by the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade, I have purchased this product and I did not love it. You need the precision of a surgeon and I sadly do not have that capability. I also found it looked far less natural than the powder. The powder comes in a variety of different colours and the dual colours in the compact make it so you can blend to find the perfect shade for your brows. With this product a little bit goes a loooong way.
Cost: $30.00 CAD
Holy Grail Mascara: Almay Get Up and Grow Mascara
Almay is a great drugstore brand that does not test on animals and has a few products that are really great quality. This mascara does not clump on my lashes and the natural bristle wand helps to lengthen and separate my lashes. I prefer to wear brown mascara and this brands brown looks really natural on my lashes. I find that I get a lot of sample size mascaras from Sephora and I always prefer the sample size wands to the full size and this mascara is the exception. The full size works will with my lashes and lasts me a while, I am pretty cognizant about expiry dates on my eye make up.
Cost: ~$13.00 depending where you shop
Holy Grail Eye Shadow: Naked Basics 2
Of all my eye shadow palletes I find myself reaching for this little guy almost everyday in some capacity. The matte shadows allow for really subtle 'no makeup' makeup but the darker brown hues make a really lovely smokey eye. The colours are cooler toned browns that are easy to blend and do not fade throughout the day.
Holy Grail Blush: Milani Luminoso
I loooove this blush, I find it very youthful and it gives me peach tinged cheeks and a subtle glow without making my face look dirty or overly brown like bronzer. Milani is another drugstore brand that does not test on animals and I find their products are packaged attractively and they have some really beautiful shades of blush. Luminoso is their most popular blush and I can see why; the formula is nicely pigmented and can be used in a variety of different ways and works on a wide array of skin tones.
Cost: $8.50 CAD