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Beauty Finds of 2019 (Budget Friendly & High-end)

I'll admit it: I am a MAKEUP ADDICT! And by that, I don't mean that I am always wearing makeup because if you end up seeing me anywhere, I'm usually rocking my natural look. I mean MAKEUP ADDICT, as in I love love loooove adding more to my makeup collection. I love testing, experimenting and having multiple options to choose from when it comes to makeup.

However in 2019, I feel like I focused a lot more on my skin care, which is an absolute must in my opinion as it creates a good foundation for any makeup look. The tail end of 2019 was a really tough and stressful year due to some personal health reasons. You can only imagine all the breakouts and acne scars that continue to haunt me.

Anyway, let's move on from all that to talk about the real content of this blog post : My 2019 Beauty Finds. These are products that I have already restocked, or plan to continue adding to my basket. In this list there are some amazing budget friendly beauty/skin care finds, as well as some high end beauty/skin care finds.


♥  Translucent Powder - Laura Mercier
♥  Setting Mist- Morphe
♥  Himalayan Charcoal Face Mask & Cleanser - The Body Shop
♥  Coffee Face Mask - The Body Shop
♥  Glitter Eye shadow palette - Pixi Beauty
  ♥  Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C - The ordinary
♥  Vitamin C Glow Moisturizer - ORIGINS
♥  Concealer - Maybelline

☆  Translucent Powder - Laura Mercier
The Translucent Powder has been a game changer in my makeup routine. I had always heard a lot of good things but never felt the need to add it to my routine. Last year, I decided to give it a try as a sample reward from Sephora. Next thing I knew, two months later, I was going back to Sephora for the regular size. I use it every time I wear makeup, and unlike the conventional way of using the translucent powder to bake all over the face, I only use it under my eyes. I find the powder to be best applied lightly with a fluffy eyeshadow brush.
Price $51

☆  Setting Mist - Morphe
Not that I am an absolute fan of James Charles, but I do recognize his talent as a makeup artist. I discovered the Morphe Setting Mist while watching one of James' videos, and decided to give it a try. It is an affordable/budget friendly setting mist on the market. Just like James Charles, I fell in love with the mist as opposed to the spray of other brands. Trust me, you just have to give it a try to notice the difference.
Price $20

☆  Himalayan Face Mask & Cleanser - The Body Shop
I had the amazing experience to collaborate with The Body Shop last year and review some of their new products. The Himalayan Charcoal face mask and cleanser were some of my favourites during that collaboration that have made their way into my routine, and are constantly being added to my basket. I love the Himalayan Charcoal face mask to treat my skin for acne. It is a very drying face mask however, so I would not recommend it for people with very dry skin. I use it on parts of my face where I deem it to be needed the most.
The Himalayan Charcoal Face Cleanser is perfect to remove makeup, to freshen up the skin with a quick wash and remove any impurities after a makeup remover. It works perfectly to clean up makeup brushes as well.
Face Mask - Price $28 $19.60
 Cleanser - Price $18 $12.60

☆  Coffee Face Mask - The Body Shop
Being a dedicated coffee addict, I absolutely had to try this. I would say I use it more as a face scrub refresher as opposed to face mask. With the coffee texture, it works as an amazing exfoliator and does what it's meant to : awaken the skin. It leaves you with an amazing fresh radiant glow and makes you look less fatigued - just like coffee 
Price $28 $19.60

☆  Glitter Eyeshadow Palette - Pixi Beauty
I had heard a lot of reviews about Pixi beauty from YouTube videos and Instagram bloggers. However, I am not very fond of buying makeup online. I prefer in person, in store as not all goes with my skin complexion as I think it would. I was excited to find some Shoppers Drugmarts in Canada carrying them. I lucked out with the glitter eyeshadow palette, which I got from Winners for almost half the price.
Pros : The palette is extremely pigmented. A little goes a long way.
Cons : I would prefer the palette even more if it carried some basic warm matte eyeshadow. Only glitter eyeshadows in a palette feels more like a highlighter palette. Instead whenever I use the Pixi beauty glitter palette, I always have to combine it with another eyeshadow palette in order to create a look.
Price $24


☆  Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin C- The Ordinary
Hyaluronic Acid has a lot of benefits for the skin.  It attracts and holds on to moisture which allows the skin to feel more hydrated and plump. I found out about this product from a YouTube video of Melissa Alatorre dedicated to her skin care. I gave it a try since this product was so budget friendly. I mean it was too good to be true : both products for a little over $10 #MindBlown. Since then, I have always had this product stocked up, I constantly use it during the day to refresh my skin and TBH I just love it since it gives my skin such a glowing and hydrated finish.
Hyaluronic Acid - Price $6.80
Vitamin C - Price $5.80

☆  Vitamin C Glow Moisturizer - fresh
Moisturizing is a MUST for me; makeup or no makeup. It's the most basic and most needed step in my everyday beauty routine. After brushing my teeth in the morning, I always moisturize. If I got in the shower midday, I moisturize again. Before putting on makeup, I moisturize, after I take my makeup off, I moisturize again. Ever since summer last year, I've fallen in love with the Vitamin C Glow Moisturizer from fresh. I use it religiously every day. I have already restocked this item 4 times and I always keep a back up in case I run out. I know, right? Obsessed much?
Tip : Always make sure to moisturize your neck as well (Avoid those wrinkles and dryness)
Price $55

☆  Concealer - Maybelline
Along with my amazing budget friendly Sephora Concealer, I discovered the Maybelline Concealer - the drugstore concealer. I decided to give it a try. Fair warning though, I had to try 3 different ones to find my shade. It's tough to find a match since you cannot swatch or try it. It's a trial and error at first but once you find your shade, it's a smooth ride from there.

While writing this blog post, I discovered a fun little trick on the Shoppers Drug Mart website. They have a virtual try on, where you could either do a live try on or upload a photo and you'll have an idea how the shade looks on you.
Pros : It lasts really long. A little goes a long way. It's very buildable if needed.
Cons : I find it to be a tad bit dry for my taste but it does the job 😏
Price $12.99

That's all for my Beauty Finds in 2019. Have you tried any of these products?
I would love to know some of your amazing finds as well. Let me know 💋



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