In Search of Budget Options…


Impending motherhood has me thinking about my budget. I’m no math wizard, but I’m pretty sure mypiggy_bank grocery bill is going to go up, and my income is going to go down while I’m on leave. That means making some changes to my spending habits….particularly in the beauty department.

This shouldn’t be too hard; when it comes to things that I use everyday and have to replace often, I try to choose budget friendly options whenever I can. For example, I routinely use drugstore foundation, concealer and mascara. In spite of my thriftiness, though, there are still a few spendy staples that I would like to replace with drugstore alternatives:

1) Urban Decay Primer Potion – This is a tough one, because I’ve used this product for years, and it’s been a real struggle to find something that can stand up to my oily lids as well as this does. I’ve dabbled with others here and there, but I always come back to this one. Today, I’m test driving a promising contender from NYX. I’ll let you know how that pans out.

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Workhorse Brushes: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush


Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

I’m a huge fan of the LM Secret Camouflage Concealer, and I always use it with the matching brush. This is the ultimate concealer brush for blemishes and minor imperfections. It tapers to a perfect point, so you can use it for Lisa Eldridge-style pinpoint concealing, while the flat part of the brush can be used for patting concealer onto slightly larger flaws….not that I have any of those…..okay I have lots of those. I have tons of different flat, synthetic concealer brushes in my collection, but they’re all gathering dust, because I always reach for this one. It’s seriously the best.

Review: Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 1


I love the formula of the Make Up For Ever Artist shadows. They’re smooth, ultra creamy and oh-so-pigmented. The metallic finish ones are my absolute favourite, but they’re all good. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to try a few more of these shadows, and opportunity knocked in the form of a really economical palette!* If you don’t fancy buying a bunch of singles, MUFE has come out with a couple of palettes, one neutral and one bright. I got the neutral one.

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Review: Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Blush


Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Blush in “Fetish”

You want to know what impressed me most about this new blush from Urban Decay? It actually makes a reasonable claim about wear-time! After seeing so many products make meaningless and ridiculous claims to wear for 24 or even 48 hours, it’s nice to see a product make a realistic claim. (If I ever go 48 hours without washing my face, then I’m either dead or camping.)

I picked this up in the shade “Fetish” which is a matte dusty rose with a hint of warmth. It’s the kind of shade I like to wear when I want a blush that’s not going to compete with whatever I’ve got going on my eyes.

Although the colour is nice, the formula of this blush doesn’t thrill me. It’s on the dry side and kicks up quite a bit of powder when you dip your brush in. I also expected more in the way of pigmentation, but it’s pretty sheer. (I really had to build to get the swatch you see below.) I’d say it does make good on its promise to wear for 8 hours, but it doesn’t last much beyond that.

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Workhorse Brushes: RealTechniques Blush Brush


DSC07824Look at this fluffy blush brush! It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die! Despicable Me, anyone?

I love this brush for its intended purpose. I tend to go for this one whenever I want a diffused application of a really highly pigmented blush. It’s tapered so perfectly that you can just pick up the colour on the tip of the brush and then use the rest of the bristles to blend.

Because this brush is so fluffy and tapered, it works really well for other things besides blush. I’ve used it for powder foundation, setting powder and bronzer. Basically any powder product that I want to slap all over my face in a hurry.

And did I mention how soft this brush is? It’s really soft.