Haul: Shoppers Drug Mart!
Let me start of by laying on the blame... Jessiebanana! You had to go and make a blog post about this great YouTuber, gossmakeupartist. Thanks to you and your shenanigans, I'm officially obsessed with YouTube makeup videos and in few short weeks, I've turned into a makeup maniac. Thank you
I managed to finally rack up $150 credit at Shoppers Drug Mart through their points program. (which I think is equivalent to CVS?). Lucky for me, a store with higher-end makeup opened recently so I decided that stocking up on some new great makeup was a great way to spent the $150. Needless to say, I went a bit over board but I thought I'd share my purchases with all the lovely ladies in Sugar-land.
I've always been a tad skeptical of drug store products, but this SDM stocks great brands including Makeup Forever, Dior, Lise Watier, Lancome, Benefit, etc.
I should also mention that while I was there, a wonderful makeup artist helped me pick out each of the products I'll show you below. I think she saw that I was struggling a bit, so she offered to show me some tips and tricks and then did my makeup She used many of the products I've included below, and I must say that this is the first makeup application I've had done where I haven't felt the need to rush home and wash my face (*cough* Clinique *cough*)
I'm going to post a few pictures with my overall impression of each of the products.
For the last few years, I've been paying an arm and a leg for makeup remover from Clinique. Thanks to YouTuber lollipop26, I realized that baby oil was a great alternative that doesn't break the bank. The bottle is larger, the price tag is lower, and it smells better. Because I wasn't too keen on the child proof lid or the packaging, I picked up a pretty pump from Home Sense (for about $6 CDN) to put the product in.
In the past I had been relying on the Clinique 3-step program for my skin care. The wonderful SDM makeup artist pointed out that my skin (particularly my cheeks) were getting damaged from the salicylic acid in each of those products so she recommend experimenting with the LW line. I'm hoping for the best. If any of you have tried the line, let me know what you think.
The foundation (left) is Reint Idole Ultra foundation in Bisque 0 (W) and the concealer (right) is Maquicomplet in Clair II.
Not to pick on Clinique again, but their makeup artists gave me the wrong colour of foundation. I'd been feeling self conscious about the colour of my face versus my neck and tried in vain to convince them it was the wrong colour, but they wouldn't listen. The makeup artist at SDM knew right away the colour was the wrong match and the coverage wasn't right (too pink and too thin). She used this foundation and concealer during my makeup application and I absolutely love it. Both feel light without giving up the full coverage I'm looking for. Plus, they're both oil-free and I'm going on about 8 hours of a shine-free face. Happy!
Lise Watier bronzing powder in Havana. This is the bronzer she used on me. I've never actually purchased a bronzer before, so I'll need to experiment a bit with the application.
Dior 5 colour palette in #609 Earth Reflection. I'm not particularly adventurous colour-wise when it comes to eyeshadow so I was drawn to the earth tones of this palette. Again, my trust SDM makeup artist helped me pick out the right colours for my skin tone. I never realized how much more fun buying makeup is when you have an expert helping you along the way.
Dior 5 colour palette in #708 Amber Design. This is the palette the SDM makeup artist used on my eyes. In the photo, the colour on the bottom left comes out more white than it actually is (a light neutral/gold tone). The palette also includes eye liner (bottom right).
This image is only really useful for the Canadian girls. Quo is a SDM proprietary brand, which usually means ick to me. I haven't had the best experience with store brands in the past, but I must say I love the makeup sponges and brush cleaner. The sponges provide an even application and don't fall apart like those I've used in the past. The brush cleaner is made from tea tree oil which leaves a really nice scent and are antibacterial.
That's about it. Sorry about the length of the post... I seem to be incapable of keeping it short on here.
I hope you all have a great evening