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2016 Most Wanted: Alyssa’s Picks

2016 didn’t have me branching out a lot makeup wise. I found some favourites and stuck with them and found some new loves along the way.

Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Oil-Free Oxygenating Gel Cream
Philosophy-Take-A-Deep-Breath Oil-free oxygenating gel cream

Finding a good moisturizer that works on my combination skin can be a bit difficult and I was hooked on this one the first time I tried it. It balances out my oily and dry areas and keeps my skin really soft. I’ve taken the travel size with me on vacation and it works for me every season except winter, when I need to reach for something a little stronger. This is quite possibly my favourite launch of the year.

Clinique Super City BB Cushion Compact
Clinique Super City BB Cushion Compact
I don’t wear a lot of foundation and when I do, I’m really picky. I’m really pale so I have a hard time finding foundations light enough for my skin tone that also work with my combination skin. This little cushion is amazing. I can build up to whatever coverage I want, don’t have to use my fingers or a brush and I can take it with me anywhere. I recently cleaned out my foundation drawer and this was pretty much the only one I kept. Clinique is a frequent addition to my Most Wanted lists and there’s clearly a reason for that.

MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Chili
MAC Chili
Last year I went on a hunt for my perfect red lipstick and I finally found it in MAC’s Chili. It’s not a true red, more of a brown-orange brick red but with my complexion, it’s absolutely perfect. The fact that it’s matte is an added bonus and when I thought I had lost it, I replaced it, found the original one and now both my bathroom and purse have one so I can always have it with me.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Rock Chick
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette The Rock Chick

I don’t think there’s a Charlotte Tilbury product I haven’t loved. But there’s something special about the Luxury Palettes. I have three and any one of them could be on my list but Rock Chick is the one I really wanted and bought. The grey-toned shades are great with my blue eyes and my go-to night time smokey look. The combination of both powder and cream shadows in one palette is such a great idea and I have a feeling I’ll end up with all the Luxury Palettes by the time I’m done.

Clarisonic Aria Mia 3
Clarisonic Aria Mia 3

I’ve tried a lot of facial cleansing products over the years, but somehow, never a Clarisonic. I honestly don’t know how I ever lived without it. I don’t use it every day but when my skin feels icky or dried out or just not clean, I use my Aria and my skin ends up feeling amazingly clean but not irritated. I’m still playing around with different brushes but I’ve been pretty happy with the couple I’ve tried.

Makeup Most Wanted November 2016: Alyssa’s Picks

I can’t believe it’s already the end of November; it feels like it was just summer and now we’re working on holiday posts. These are my favourite things from the past few months.

Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir
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Right now my anti-aging needs are mostly preventative but considering I’m a skin care junkie, I love to try new products. Boosters seem to be the new serums lately and I’m seeing them everywhere so I’ve tried a couple. Korres has my favourite of them so far. The Golden Krocus Elixir is pretty delightful. I love everything from the packaging, to the texture, to the slightly spicy scent. Made with Greek Saffron, you really only need a drop or two of this booster to get results. Now obviously I’m not looking for major results in wrinkles in my skin because I don’t have any; but my skin looks brighter, feels smoother and really just glows. It’s so light that it absorbs within seconds and you follow it up with whatever serums and moisturizers you’d normally use. It really feels amazing. I love the scent so much, I’ve been reaching for my unscented options.

Clinique Lash Power Flutter-To-Full Mascara
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I have so much mascara that I actually have trouble on a regular basis deciding which one to use but I’ve been using this one for months and absolutely love it. I generally like Clinique’s mascaras but they all seem to serve only one purpose. I have one for volume and one for length but Flutter-To-Full is kind of a three-in-one. There’s a dial with three options that let’s you control how much intensity you get. The lowest form gives you a barely there, natural look. The next one amps it up a bit but still stays fairly natural and the third gives you major night look drama. I tend to always use the third option because I love big lashes but I appreciate the options. It also stays on forever without smudging or flaking. Clinique says 24 hours and I totally agree with that. They also say it comes off with warm water and I would like to disagree, I have the hardest time getting this one off but that also means I can trust it not to disappear on me.

Sephora Collection Double Time Double Ended Brush Set
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I think one of the most underrated things about Sephora is their variety of Sephora brand brush sets. There’s something for every need and every budget and while they’re not always the highest quality, they usually do a decent job. I really love this Double Time set because each brush is double ended, so you get twelve travel brushes that look like six full size ones and handle like full size. This is a great set for travel because you have every brush you could need in one place and the faux leather is super soft and durable; just like the brushes themselves.

Avon Skin So Soft Winter Soft Nourishing Hand Cream
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I think one of the first hand creams I ever used was from Avon (my mom sold it when I was in high school) and it’s really nice to know that it still works as well as I remember. I’m so picky about hand cream and this one works quite nicely. It goes on smoothly, absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy. It has Shea Butter, Babassu Oil and Vitamin E to soften and hydrate your hands. While it doesn’t last 24 hours for me like it claims, I only have to use it a couple times a day and my hands don’t feel dried out.

Maybelline The Loaded Bolds in Gone Greige
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As much as I love a matte liquid lipstick, the winter dryness isn’t really letting me use them as much as I did in the summer, so I’m back to a creamier, more traditional lipstick. Maybelline’s The Loaded Bolds aren’t really a typical lipstick. They’re matte but they’re also extremely hydrating and comfortable. I keep forgetting that I’m wearing them because they feel like lip balm. The shades are also incredibly pigmented. One swipe and I have full coverage and zero patchiness. But it’s my favourite shade that surprises me the most. Greige anything doesn’t look good on me, it really washes me out and makes my skin, well, grey. I tried Gone Greige because I really wanted to love it. It’s such a 90’s inspired shade and I am a 90’s kid. So I was completely shocked when the grey-ish brown actually looked good on me. I hope they end up releasing more shades, because ten just doesn’t seem enough. At least I have a winter lipstick that I’ll be using a lot. And it’s not red.

Clinique Super City Block BB Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 in Fair

Clinique Super City Block BB Cushion Compact
I’ve been a huge Clinique fan since high school and while I love some of their products an insane amount, they haven’t released a ton of things that have completely changed the way I wear makeup. Until now. I haven’t used many of the new foundation cushions because the one’s we get are always too dark for me. Luckily, Clinique sent over the fair shade of their new Super City Block BB Cushion and at first glance, I was convinced that it was too dark for me as well.
Clinique Super City Block BB Cushion Compact - Fair
It’s actually the perfect shade for my face! Using it is a dream. You tap the puff on the product and you can build up to whatever coverage you want. The SPF 50 in it is a physical sunscreen, so it actually works (I still use another one under it). The finish is dewy and healthy.

I don’t usually wear foundation on a daily or even weekly basis and when I do wear it in the summer, it’s usually a tinted moisturizer. This Super City Block Cushion though lasts so long in the heat and is so easy to apply that I’ve been using it extremely regularly. I don’t normally love face makeup but this is going to be something I use for years to come. I love that fact that it’s refillable as well.

Right now these are only available online and will be hitting stores soon. But you can’t wait that long, trust me.

Makeup Most Wanted May 2016 : Alyssa’s Picks

I can’t believe this year is flying by and it’s already June (but it feels like July in Toronto). Here’s what I used the most in May.
Clarins Multi-Active Day and Night creams
Clarins Multi-Active Day-Night
I’ll be honest and say I don’t always follow the moisturizer day and night cream rules. I find them interchangeable for the most part and just go by what my skin feels like it needs. But the Clarins Multi-Active Jour (day) is just light enough for daytime while keeping my skin feeling really hydrated while the Multi-Active Nuit (night) is a little heavier for night but not as heavy as a lot of night creams are. Using both of them has really helped keep my combination skin moisturized while not letting it get greasy. These smell so amazing but if you have issues with scent, keep away.
Live Clean Multi Boost Shampoo and Conditioner
Live Clean Vitamin Multi Boost Shampoo
Spring is a weird time for my hair. It’s not as dried out, the humidity makes my frizz pop and my roots get a little oily. Live Clean’s Multi Boost line kept it looking healthy and it stayed pretty manageable. I would recommend this to someone whose hair falls into the normal category. It’s not quite enough for really dry hair and those with oily scalps might have some greasiness. I love that I can add vitamins to my hair though and that it’s sulfate and paraben free.
Clinique Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour + Primer in Sprinkle Pop
Clinique Pop Glaze Sprinkle Pop
I’ve been wearing most matte liquid lipsticks lately but on days when I don’t want to bother but still want a pop of colour on my lips, I reach for Sprinkle Pop. It’s a really pretty, medium bright pink that goes on super sheer but still leaves some colour. It’s not a traditional lipstick, more like a tinted lip balm that you apply like a lipstick. Even after the colour wears off, it leaves a slight hint of colour but tons of moisture. I can leave my lip balm at home when I put this one on. My lips are moisturized for hours.
Rimmel Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder
Rimmel Clear Complexio Clarifying Powder
With spring and summer come humidity and my skin ends up on the oilier end of the spectrum and I get seriously shiny. Rimmel’s Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder is one of the few powders I’ve tried that actually leaves me looking matte for a long period of time without getting cakey. I wish it came with some kind of applicator so I could throw it in my purse but even when I put it on before I leave the house I know I won’t look shiny for most of the day. It’s also supposed to minimize breakouts thanks to it’s Pureskin complex.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo Concentrated Crayon in Bronze Truffle
Maybelline Colour Tattoo Concentrated Crayon Bronze Tattoo
I love the original Colour Tattoo shadows but I hate applying them for my fingers. From the first time I tried the Concentrated Crayon, I was hooked. You get the same colour payoff and staying power as the pots but it’s so much less messy and you can throw it in your purse for touch ups. Bronze Truffle is a great shade that takes me from day to night. I use a little in the morning and layer on more at night for more intensity. I have a couple shades of the crayons and this one is by far my favourite.

Most Wanted 2015: Alyssa’s Picks

2015 had a lot of products I was obsessed with, but not that many that I used on a daily basis. That means picking my favourite products of 2015 was a little easier this year. These are my absolute faves of last year.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream
I’ve tried so many moisturizers over the years that I’ve lost count but the second I tried Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost, I was hooked. This gel cream literally saved my crazy combination skin. It moisturizes for hours, melts into your skin in seconds and completely balances out my oily and dry areas. It also gets rids of my flaky patches and it smells amazing. If they ever discontinue this I’m in big trouble.
Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara
Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara
Mascara is the one piece of makeup I won’t leave the house without wearing but my eyelashes are hard to work with. One eye has perfect long (though pale) lashes and the other eye has a couple little empty patches. Clinique’s Chubby Lash was the only mascara this year to give me extreme volume on both eyes. This is one of the biggest, straightest brushes I’ve ever used and it works every single time without clumping. Jumbo Jet is a perfect dark black but I’ve also been using Bodacious Black Honey during the day. It looks reddish brown in the tube but it’s a dark brown on my lashes.
MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation
MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation
I’ve tried a lot of foundations in the past year and a lot of them dried out my skin so much I thought my face was going to crack. MAC’s Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation gave me great buildable coverage while still being hydrating and comfortable.
Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil in Blonde
Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil
I’ve always hated doing my eyebrows. They’re extremely pale, so I know I should give them a little colour on a regular basis, but it always seems like such a pain. Until I tried Smashbox’s Brow Tech Matte Pencil. From the first day I tried this dual ended pencil, I’ve been doing my brows a lot more often. It takes me less than a minute to get perfectly penciled in brows and it really does make a difference. Plus, Brow Tech stays put until I take it off, even without the addition of a clear brow gel.
Too Faced Melted Metal in Metallic Dream House
Too Faced Melted Metal Lipstick in Metallic Dream House
Too Faced was basically my brand of the year. I could’ve included at least four different products on this list but 2015 was the year I went out of my comfort zone with lipstick and I mostly ended up wearing different shades of Too Faced’s Melted and Melted Metal Lipsticks. Metallic Dream House was in my purse at all times during the summer and I got so many compliments on it that I lost count. This lipstick is so easy to apply, has a great selections of shades, lasts forever and smells like candy. I can’t wait to try the new Melted Chocolate shades.

Fall Face Care Most Wanted

Fall is the time for updating and modifying your skin care routine. Whether you try all of these new products or just think one or two are important, I have gathered products that will make transitioning to the cold months a little bit easier on your skin.

Ponds Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Keep your face super moisturized this season with this new classic cream. The Pond’s cream looks heavy, but it’s really light on your face. I love the cool feel and the powdery smell. Instead of leaving skin oily, it’s moist and dewy. It’s no wonder Pond’s is one of the most beloved products available.

Burts Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes

I have been a huge fan of Burt’s Bees for years, but I had no idea that they offered face cleansing towelettes. I was really excited to see them. I used the Cucumber and Sage towels that are meant to soothe your skin as well. As I expected from Burt’s Bees the wipes work great. My face feels clean without being dry and my skin looks great. I can’t wait to try a few more scents.

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B. Kamins Corrective Primer

Just because it isn’t as hot anymore doesn’t mean that my skin doesn’t still get shiny. This Corrective Primer from B. Kamins has been my secret weapon against skin for the last few weeks. This clear gel primer goes on easily for an instant mattifying effect. The shine on my face is toned down right away. I’m left with the perfect finish for applying my makeup.

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

Sephora has modernized the concealer with their new gel serum. I find a lot of concealers heavy and thick. This gel concealer is light and airy on your skin. It sits on top of the skin as opposed to getting stuck. It brightens the area and covers up dark spots under the eyes (or anywhere else on your face). I can’t believe there isn’t more concealers like this. Luckily I found this one!

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

If you aren’t sure exactly what type of eye treatment you need, this Smart eye treatment is your new best friend. This treatment is an all-in-one for all eye issues that targets whatever you need. I always thought I needed to brighten my eyes, but it was the contouring that really impressed me. It goes to show that sometimes you need to trust your products!

Fall’s Must Have Face Oils

Oils aren’t new to the beauty aisle, but somehow face oils became a silent trend to the market. Many companies are now releasing oils based moisturizers and cleansers. As someone with fairly oily skin to begin with, this wasn’t a trend I was excited about. I tried four very different oils to see if this trend could win me over!

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil

This treatment oil is part moisturizer and part serum for serious dry skin. You only need a few drops of this oil to cover your whole face. I read some reviews that said that this oil was a bit harsh on people’s skin. While I have tough skin and didn’t see that as a big problem, this treatment oil did make my face a bit red when I applied it. It faded really quickly though. This oil is serious on its moisturizing properties though. I would only recommend it for the very driest of faces. Getting it in the summer, when my skin is normally oilier wasn’t great, it was just too much. It you have a problem with very dry skin, especially in the winter, this is the oil for you!

Leaves Of Trees Facial Cleansing Oils

Leaves Of Trees Facial Cleansing Oils

For a softer and more moisturizing way to get clean skin this winter, there are cleansing oils too! All natural company Leaves Of Trees has an organic cleansing oil that is filled with lovely natural ingredients like argan and rosehip that get me all excited! The smell of this oil is really strong! If you are sensitive to that kind of thing, be warned. This cleansing oil, like many oil products, is perfect for sensitive and dry skin. This oil gives you a very light clean that leaves your skin feeling moisturized and not at all dried out like some cleaners.

Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil

Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil

Oils can also be a new alternative to your daily moisturizer. This super affordable Skyn Iceland oil  promises to hydrate and repair gently. My skin is sometime oily, so an oil based moisturizer was worrisome. I didn’t want to add oil on top of oil. This Arctic Face Oil is actually quite light. I would recommend leaving some time for it to absorb before applying any makeup because it does take longer to dry. Otherwise though, my face felt really nice after wearing this oil.

Biotherm Balm-To-Oil Deep Cleanser & Makeup Remover

Biotherm Balm-To-Oil Deep Cleanser & Makeup Remover

This is my favourite of all of the oils that I tried. This cleanser comes in a balm consistency with little smell and just a simple creamy texture. As you massage it into your dry face, it transforms into silky oil that removes dirt and all makeup. It’s so light on your skin. Add a little water and it turns into a milky cleanser that you can rinse away easily. It doesn’t leave you with any greasy feeling on your face. It left me with all of the benefits of oil cleansers and moisturizers, while also acting as something really unique to the market!

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer

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I love a product that does double duty so I couldn’t wait to try Clinique’s new Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer. You can tell from the name that it’s a lipstick and primer in one but it also feels like there’s a lip balm added.
Clinique Pop Open
We got to try two shades, Fab Pop (a super light pink creme) and Poppy Pop (a mid-tone orange creme). Both shades had extreme pigmentation and were super creamy. The colour doesn’t quite live up to the eight hour claim and it’s not transfer-proof but I didn’t have to reapply nearly as often as I thought I would with a lipstick this creamy.
Clinique Pop SwatchesPoppy Pop is by far my favourite of the two shades I tried. Although I hate orange, it really does suit my skin tone and makes my eyes, well, pop. Fab Pop on the other hand just completely washed me out and showed every tiny line in my lips.

With the way Poppy Pop just brightens up my face I’m going to be using it a lot this summer and it makes it so easy to get the perfect summer lips in one step.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation And Concealer

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Very few makeup brands can change the way that you think of makeup. Clinique’s new foundation is doing that for me. It’s changing everything, because it’s not just a foundation. This is a foundation and concealer from Clinique.

What does that mean you might ask? It means that this foundation is incredibly thick. It’s not heavy on your skin, just thick. For how thick it is, it actually feels very natural on your skin. A little goes a long way, we are talking a very little!

I have been so used to thin foundations. I have been so used to layering on thin foundation all over my face praying that eventually I will have an even skin tone. With Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation I have stopped doing that. I’m not long applying makeup all over my face. I am only applying this foundation where I need it. You can blend it in in such a way that your face comes away looking, well, perfect.

It has been making me feel all glamourous and camera ready just lately. I even looked good under the harsh light of a change room at the mall (which we all know is the worst!). I don’t know how I’m going to go back to my old ways and other foundations again.

Makeup Most Wanted 2014 – Stephanie’s Picks

Yves Saint Laurent Wildly Gold Complete Makeup Palette (Limited Edition)
YSL Wildly Gold Complete Makeup Palette
Yves Saint Laurent finally made their first makeup palette this year and it was definitely worth the wait. The leopard print palette is so sexy in a way only YSL can do. The shadow colours are dramatic, but neutral enough that everyone can wear them. The blush is a perfectly pretty pink. The lipsticks are daring and sexy. Everything about this is hot, hot, hot!
Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation
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This is hands down my favourite product of the year. I am addicted to this foundation. Some might say it’s too thick and heavy, but I think it’s just right. This rich, creamy foundation gives complete coverage leaving me with the perfect complexion. I don’t have to worry about redness or blemishes. It leaves me feeling so confident! Thanks Rimmel!
See our original review here.
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction
This is the coolest makeup collection of the year without a doubt. Inspired by Quentin Tarentino’s cult classic everything about this collection screams cool. The palette is the coolest to look at with it’s movie quotes in the box. It’s got a diagram on how to get Uma Thurman’s Mia Wallace look from the movie. My personal favourite is the red lipstick though. It lasts a long time and gives you a red that won’t quit.
See our original review of the collection here.
Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick
Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick
This was the year of matte lipstick for me. I didn’t realize that I was obsessed with matte lips until 2014. I love the way they look. I love how they feel. I love that I can start with matte and add a lip gloss if I want. Of all of the matte lipsticks that I collected this year, Clinique’s Soft Matte Lipstick collection was the one to beat. The bright pretty pinks were my favourite, but all of the colours are winners.

Stay tuned for more of our Most Wanted 2014 posts!