Ipsy’s exciting beauty convention, GenBeauty came back to Toronto for its second year, and I was there to soak up all the excitement. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Ipsy is a company created by Michelle Phan, who made her name on Youtube as a “beauty guru”. Ipsy is a monthly subscription service that gives you a couple makeup products every month in a cute makeup bag, allowing you to try different brands or new products from brands you already love. A few years ago, they started doing beauty conventions in Los Angeles and New York, and last year they had their first GenBeauty Toronto! I went to the first one and thought it was totally worth it, so when I heard they were coming back for round two I grabbed tickets.
I’m feeling the Snow White vibes looking at the photos in this post! It’s time for another section of the Pale Girl Diaries, and this time we’re going bold. I wanted to keep building on this series because it’s been really successful so far! So in this post I have six red lipsticks for fair skin that will hopefully help you find your perfect shade and formula.
When I’m looking for a red lipstick, I want longevity and pigment. I haven’t found a sheer red lipstick that I’ve fallen in love with (if you have a recommendation you think will change my mind, throw it my way!) so I tend to stick to what I know. In my opinion, a liquid lipstick is your best option for rocking a red lip, so there’s quite a few of those in here. I’ve also included two traditional lipsticks for those of you who aren’t into a liquid formula.
I’m back with more tips for my fair-skinned friends out there. I know the struggle of thinking a blush is absolutely gorgeous, only to have it be a blazing red stamp on your cheek when you apply it. Blushes are one of the more deceiving beauty products in the pan, and in my opinion, are one of the hardest products to buy. It’s really difficult to know just how a blush is going to apply and look on the skin! Which is why I’ve collected my favourites to share with you. If you need more Pale Girl Diaries instalments, be sure to check out The Best Nude Lipsticks and The Best Highlighters for fair skin! Let me know what other products you want included in this series. Without further ado: here are The Best Blushes for Fair Skin.
Well, May is over and we’re onto June! I had a lot of products that I fell in love with in May, so I decided to put together my May Favourites for you. There’s a bit of everything in here, from clothes to makeup, and I think I’m going to keep doing these every month (provided I have fallen in love with enough new things to tell you about!)
For some context, I was travelling for almost the entirety of May. I went to Europe for a little over three weeks, covering 5 countries and loving absolutely every second of it. I’m working on some travel posts already so be sure to keep an eye out! I did do a bunch of posts on my travel essentials before I left as well, with my travel makeup bag, travel palettes, and travel skincare, so be sure to check those out.
After a long wait, I finally have my hands on these. The KKW x Kylie Cosmetics lipsticks. I ordered them on release day, along with so many others that were excited at the idea of a Kim and Kylie collab. Kim Kardashian, whether you love her or hate her, is a huge influence on cosmetic trends. If she wears a look on a red carpet or in a candid photo, you can believe that it’ll start popping up everywhere. When I saw that she was going to be making a lipstick collection (with other things yet to come, *wink wink*) with her sister, I was on board.
The KKW Collection is a set of four liquid lipsticks in a formula that’s brand new to Kylie’s brand. Backing away from the matte look her brand is known for, these are in a créme formula. The lipsticks are meant to be four different nudes, to go with Kim’s trademark lip look.
For reference, I absolutely love the Kylie Cosmetics liquid lipstick formula (Two of her lipsticks are in my favourite nude lip roundup). I’ve bought from her brand several times, and I’m a fan of the quality and the price point. I’ve been really loving the look of glossier lips lately, but I hate the sticky feeling of most lipgloss, so I was hoping to find a perfect hybrid in this collection!
When I’m looking at what to pack for travel makeup, I’m looking at portability and maximum efficiency. This is true with makeup palettes especially. I shy away from bringing single eyeshadows, because they take up a lot of room and it’s not the smartest option. If you want different looks, make sure you have palettes that will help you achieve those. Make sure you check out my post about my travel makeup bag too! Here are the palettes that I’m currently travelling with:
When I travel, I still want to keep up with my skincare. The inconsistency of planes, hotels, and trains can really do a number on your skin. It’s important to me that I take care of my skin whether I’m at home or out of the country. Travel skincare needs to be small, effective, and simple to use.
Enter the Drunk Elephant Littles, my new best friends. These little lifesavers retail for $100 at Sephora in Canada, with a $130 value behind that price tag. If you’ve never heard of Drunk Elephant before, let me tell you a little bit about why I like their brand so much.
If you’re a makeup lover, you know that this is the hardest bag to pack: the travel makeup bag. I’m notorious for agonizing over what to bring. What if I want to wear this eyeshadow? What if we decide to go out somewhere nice and I want a shimmery lipgloss to complete the look? Total first world problems, I know. Well, today I’m packing for a three week trip to Europe, and let me tell you: picking my makeup items was ridiculously hard.
This post is going to be a long one, so buckle up.
When I first saw the Kat Von D Pastel Goth Palette I dismissed it. The colours didn’t jump out at me, and I already own the Urban Decay Electric Palette, so I didn’t really see the need for another brightly coloured palette. It wasn’t until I watched JKissa and Shannon Harris‘ videos on the palette that I fell in love. This is why I feel the need to tell you guys about this palette. It really is an absolutely beautiful collection of colours, and the formula is good as well, considering pastels are notoriously hard to formulate.
Spring is the perfect time to highlight natural beauty, or at least that’s what I’ve heard. I like wearing less makeup in the warmer months, and I try to embrace more of a natural glow. I’ve also really been trying to amp up my skincare, which is a losing battle when you’re a University student with little to no expendable income. Good quality products can be expensive, but investing in products that actually work is really important. The following products have become staples in my morning routine, and I’d wholeheartedly recommend them if you want a fresh faced glow!