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Looking back at all of the posts from this year, I realized just how many products we’ve actually reviewed–and there are a ton!

Originally, I was going to do a top 10 list, but there are so many great products old and new that I’ve loved.

Continue reading BEST OF 2014 // AMANDA’S PICKS


It’s cheaper than a complete closet overhaul

It’s a New Year! New you, right?? And all that crap. Everyone goes through that post-Christmas slump of no-money January when all we really want to do is buy a new wardrobe from all the Winter clearance sales. Unfortunately, though, no money=no new closet.

But…you can probably afford between $5-$30, right? Behold the lipstick, the mini-makeover wonder! With one of these small, coloured bullets, you can revamp your look with a new lipstick. A bold, bright or dark lipstick can change everything about your outfit–including your attitude.

I find that with a red lip on, I’m way more graceful with my movements. It’s like wearing a pair of heels–you need to be more conscious of how you conduct yourself. You probably want to walk instead of run, you’re not gonna shove that lunch in your mouth, you’re going to be ladylike and use your fork.

Plus, it totally changes your outfit and adds an eye-catching detail to your face. Is that white frilly dress too saccharine? Add a dark, plum lip and now you’ve transformed into a goth angel princess (like Rooney). Does your white shirt look too “normal” and corporate yuppie? Add a bright lip to a clean, bare face (messy hair helps too) and now you’re a cool french girl.

Yes, it’s higher maintenance, but with the right application method, your perfect pout doesn’t have to budge and a tube of lipstick is wayyy cheaper than dropping your whole paycheck on the new arrivals at Aritzia and Topshop.


Lipsticks we love: Chanel, Lipstick Queen, NARS, Lancôme, Urban Decay, Aerin, Rimmel


I love metallic makeup (it’s the ex-figure skater in me), especially eyeshadows, but they aren’t always the easiest to pull off in everyday life without looking over the top. Now that the holidays are coming, we have a bit more of an excuse for glittery golds, silvers and bronzes, but wearing them in an understated way can be fun and unexpected.

When I first saw Aerin’s gold eyeliner from their winter collection, I immediately fell in love with it. This product is the key to making an everyday subtle, brown eye into something with a bit more sparkle. After applying a few of the brown shades from Urban Decay’s Naked Palette, and applying some brown eyelineralong the top lash, I lined my waterline and tight line with the gold pencil, taking it all the way to the inner corners of my eye. This trick draws attention to the eye, without looking obvious.
Although not a traditional metallic colour, I applied Lipstick Queen’s Red Metallipstick, from their new metallic lipstick collection. It’s the perfect holiday red infused with a metallic, pearlescent glow to kick the regular red lip up a notch. It leaves a pretty satin shine, so no gloss needed!


This is ridiculous. New bag (old faithful is getting repaired), new lip products, new post. No fewer than 7 lip products this season. A girl’s gotta have options! And for all of those who think I’m too vain for having 7 lip options, well, haters gonna hate.
RMS LipShine in Sacred: Even though it is now Fall (how is it so cold already?), I still love this hot pink. Buildable colour and shine, and fades to a pretty stain. Instant glamour and a pop of colour for when Fall makes your face look sad and pale.
Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Rosé: A super-hydrating, pretty pink. This balm has been a mainstay since Sephora offered it as the VIB birthday gift two years ago. I somehow managed to snap up a second birthday gift from that year and have not yet to purchase one of these balms yet. When the day comes that I run out of tube #2, I will finally go to Sephora and actually purchase one in full-size.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel: So hydrating, with the most luxurious texture and prettiest most delicious smell. Definitely my best impulse grab from France.
Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm: Great for when you’re all business and just need a quick swipe of balm. Hydrating and gives you a slight 90’s frosted lip (like Angela Chase). What’s not to love?
Elizabeth Arden 8-hour Cream: This cure-all has stayed in my bag since last winter, when I got eczema on my eyelids. I apply to protect my lids from the cold winds, to my cuticles, to my lips, or mixed into some hand cream.
Rodial Glam Balm Multi: Similar to 8-hour, this magic all-in-one has so many different uses, from lips, to face, to body.
Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Medieval: The newest addition to my purse collection. It’s quick and easy (it’s a balm and lipstick in one) and the perfect subtle red– a great colour to have in my purse for Fall.
Also in my bag: Eye drops, Matte FX and Stila Retractable Powder Brush, Snagless Hair Tie.


Right out of the gate, this “lipstick” was one of my new favourites.

Ever wanted red lips, but wanted them to look natural (kinda sounds like a contradiction, right? Red lips are usually for the bold)?. This lipstick-quasi-balm gives translucent colour reminiscent of a stain, making it something you can wear every single day (and perfect for the girl who is scared of lipstick). Poppy, the creator of Lipstick Queen, was inspired by medieval women who used to stain their lips to a see through blood red with lemons since lipstick was considered a sin.

This magic lipstick matches every single skin tone, and instantly makes your face look clearer and your teeth look whiter, thanks to the bluey tones. Plus, I totally appreciate not having to apply lipbalm first and then lipstick–this product is super hydrating since it is basically all Vitamin E and applies like a balm, making it totally foolproof and will spruce you up in a jiffy. It’s the perfect subtle red, and a great colour to have on hand for Fall.