Sick-Day Beauty (When Taking a Sick Day Seriously Isn’t an Option)

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The 2014-2015 cold and flu season has been a doozy for me. It started with a cold the week before Christmas. Then in February I had a nasty flu that morphed into a cold. (That sickness lasted about two weeks). Now, I’m just getting over yet another cold. Hopefully this will be my last bout of sickness this year. When I’m really feeling ill, I do try to stay home and spare everyone else my germs, but, as I’m sure all of you hard working people out there know, sometimes taking a sick day just isn’t an option. Duty calls! Besides, colds tend to drag on forever, and you have to go back to work and face the world eventually. Below are a few of the products that helped me get back to work looking more or less like myself in spite of the sniffles. Read on for my sick-day beauty tips.

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Review: Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette in “Cuir Cannage”

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dior quintWhen I first saw this Dior quint on Sephora, I think I drooled a little bit. I thought: look at those rich, silky neutrals. I must have it!

As it turns out, it is a very nice palette, but the texture of some of the shades is not as rich and buttery as I expected. The standout shades are the medium, slightly taupe-y brown in the centre and the dark plummy brown in the lower right. Those two have excellent colour payoff. The centre shade is truly exquisite. It has a smooth, buttery texture that is rare among matte shadows.

The other three shades aren’t bad, but they’re not great either. They have a slightly drier texture and aren’t quite as pigmented as I thought they’d be. It’s funny, because I bought this palette along with a Chanel quad on my trip to Vancouver last month, and I thought that this Dior one would be my fave and that the Chanel one would be just so-so. Turns out the opposite is true. I adore the Chanel quad, and this one is just so-so. Click through to see swatches.

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The Joy of Brush Cleaning with Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner

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Confession: I HATE washing makeup brushes! It’s such a chore, and sometimes I put it off longer than I should.

Enter: Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner. On a whim, I added this to my last Sephora order just to sbc2qualify for free shipping. (Don’t judge! We’ve all done it.) When I first opened it, I thought: this is a $17 bar of soap. I’m such a sucker. However, it’s actually a fantastic product. I usually just use plain bar soap to wash my brushes, but this works so much better. Just a small amount goes a long way and it’s easier to rinse off than regular soap, so I’m finding it takes less time to clean my brushes. Epic winning!

Bonus: It comes with this textured scrubby pad thing that works really well for working the cleanser into the bristles, especially when cleaning dense brushes that hold a lot of product. Bonus 2: It smells like fruit punch! Love it!

Ciaté Mini Mani Month #6: Pillow Fight (With a Twist)

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“Pillow Fight” by Ciaté

I haven’t done one of these for a while, because I’ve been giving my nails a break from polish, but here is the latest shade I’ve tried from the Ciaté Mini Mani Month set. “Pillow Fight” is a creamy combination of blue-grey-purple. I really like it. It’s a unique shade and is eye-catching but still understated. It has a glossy finish on its own, but I took things a step further and applied a matte pearl topcoat from Revlon just to kick things up a notch.

Click through to see the effect of the top coat.

 

 

 

 

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Battle of the Sponges!

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spongesSince I’ve been getting back into using liquid and cream foundations, I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with makeup sponges. In other words, I’ve jumped on the sponge bandwagon. Big time. I started with the realTechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge followed by the Precision Makeup Sponge (a London Drugs knockoff of the Beauty Blender). Finally, I took the plunge and went for the real deal, ordering the Beauty Blender from Sephora. I’ve thoroughly tested all three sponges and am ready to weigh in with my thoughts on each. Do the less expensive knockoffs measure up to the Beauty Blender? Does the Beauty Blender live up to all the hype? Read on to find out!

 

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