MY FAVOURITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS… FOR NOW!

I always wanted to do a post about my favourite makeup products. People who know me, know that when Sephora came to Montreal, I was screaming of joy (ok well not literally but in my head that is)! Makeup is sooo much fun and makes everything more colorful. I like to try new things and experiment with new colors but I also have a few staples that I rely on a daily basis.

Here are my favourite makeup products (for now):

NAKED Eye Makeup Palettes by Urban Decay

These have become a staple in my makeup repertoire. Whenever they made a new one I had to be the first to get it. So far my collection includes NAKED 1: neutral/cold hues, NAKED 2: warmer hues and NAKED 3: rose gold hues, then there is a Smokey palette and a Heat palette that came out in 2017. The reason I love these palettes is that there are sooo many colors to choose from per palette and they are perfect for whatever look you are going for whether it’s subtle, more glam or matte for work. Plus they are great for travelling, why bring only one shade when you can bring 12!

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Hourglass Immaculate Oil Free Foundation

I juggle between my foundations and I like to switch it up occasionally. For the moment, I love the Hourglass Immaculate foundation. It works well for my skin type, which tends to be on the oily side. I also have acne-prone skin (yes, even at my age!) so I’m extra careful as to what I put on my face. I love the coverage and they have so many shades to pick from. It also does a great job of staying in place throughout the day and you can build it up if you want more coverage.

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DiorShow Pump & Volume Mascara by Dior

I’m always on the lookout for the best mascara out there. I want one that does it all. This one comes pretty close to doing it all: thickens, elongates and even curls my lashes. Lancôme Hypnose Drama comes in as aclose second and I often alternate between the two.

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Makeup Forever Ultra HD lip booster (tinted color 01)

I fell in love with this product the moment I put it on. It is silky not greasy and the color looks very natural, sheer but with a subtle tint. It is amazing for winter dry lips. It is also a serum so it has wonderful ingredients that make your lips soft and smooth. I also like the Dior Lip Glow colors. Although their colors are a bit brighter, they are definitely pretty and do a great job at moisturizing your lips as well.

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M.A.C Petal Peony Blush

This blush is the prettiest Winter pink. If you are looking for that rosy Winter cheek effect, this one is perfect. I have olive skin so pinks are a bit tricky because some simply don’t show on my skin tone and others look too chalky. This is suits olive skin tones perfectly and adds that cool contrast to our tone.

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Stila All Day Waterproof liquid eyeliner (in jet Black)

I have tried a gazillion liquid eyeliners and this one beats them all. It’s brush like tip and dark pigmented ink is amazing. I have to mention that this is particularly for the black shade. I tried the dark blue and the effect wasn’t as intense. The other great thing about this liner is that it lasts and lasts and lasts. I know you are supposed to throw away your liners every 6 months to a year but this one goes well beyond that and the ink is nowhere from fading! Like a magic endless bottle of liner!

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Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof eye liner

If you prefer a pencil, my fav is Lancôme. Not only is the tip retractable (so no sharpening required) but there is also a sponge tip on the other end which works perfectly for smudging. I have these in black, brown, and grey. I’ve been using these for years and they never disappoint. They even have an amazingly bright indigo blue which I have yet to try!

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So there you have it. Trust me, I have tried and tried a vast array of all of these makeup products, so I know what I’m talking about… until the next new batch of products comes in… stay tuned!!!

And since I’m always on the lookout for new products, tell me what is your go-to/can’t live without makeup product?

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful

Remember that Pantene ad in the 80’s where a model flipped her hair, stared at the camera and said with a smile: Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful! I never fully understood that ad as a child. I wondered why would people NOT like her because she is beautiful? As an adult, unfortunately, the concept has started to sink in. Over the past few months, since making my fitness/health journey public, I’ve heard many words of encouragement and compliments (more in the lines of being fit and healthy). However, I’ve also heard comments along the lines of “I laughed so hard when I heard YOU were starting a fitness program”, “You look so happy and fit, I hate you!”, “Bitch”, “Do you eat?” And you know what? I’m actually happy that people are reacting this way because it means that, at some level, it is creating discomfort or at the very least a reaction in them. And when someone ignites that uncomfortable feeling in you then you either act on it by joining them or deleting them from all communications. I speak from personal experience when I say that I strongly believe that when we judge and criticize others, it is more a reflection of our own “things” we are unhappy about than about the person we are criticizing.

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In my case, I can’t blame people to say or think these comments. I myself have been guilty of saying them about others, even about myself. I even had the same thoughts towards my now coach whom I love! I, myself, still can’t believe I am doing this whole fitness thing! Believe it or not, it’s funny to me too! ME… Alex… the girl who NEVER exercised, the girl who faked tendinitis in CEGEP to get out of gym class for an entire semester, the girl who considered shopping a sport, the girl whose ab workout consisted of laughing really hard, the girl who ate at the food court more days than not, the girl who would rather buy Spanx or loose fitting clothes than do something about the last 10 pounds, the girl who rolled her eyes whenever someone posted a picture of themselves working out on social media,..I can go on and on. I was the other extreme of who I have become today. And that’s why I get both sides.

Don’t get me wrong, I am by no way a fitness expert or the strongest, fittest person around. I still step out burpees, I can’t do a full regular pushup, I modify the moves of my workouts half the time, sometimes I even modify the modified move! The point I am trying to make is that I finally found something I could do and stick with. I believe THAT is the key to making a change. It’s never too late, it took me 40 years to find a formula that works for me and if I can help others find the same and give them the tools that worked for this former lazy-ass girl, maybe there is something there. Ever heard: “What people think of you is none of your business”. And it isn’t any of my business… and if you are afraid of being judged and criticized by others for taking action then you can just say: Fuck that shit! And move on and do your thang, girl! The best compliment someone can give me today is telling me “If YOU, Alex (of all people), can do it, then I surely can!” And that was the point of me starting this fitness thing from the beginning!