Let me be the first to acknowledge that gift guides aren't really a thing I feature on my own blog and before we delve into it a few things to note: This gift guide is just code for my ultimate wish list. These are the things I would buy if I was rich. I figured I might as well go big for my blog's first gift guide. These are my definition of "I have my shit together" type of splurges. While the items aren't tens of thousands of dollars they're still expensive and I could never justify the cost, employed or otherwise.
If anyone does feel like buying me something expensive, next month's rent would be nice.
Also, this list is a great example of how I would be a terrible sugar baby because everything is under $1000 and the most expensive thing is a mattress. Seriously, I joke that I would become a sugar baby in exchange for a Costco membership and a VitaMix all the time.
I could win the lottery and I would still be all about that “sort from low to high” life while online shopping.
This reoccurring category features cosmetics I liked enough to use up, but did I like it enough to repurchase? I also haven't posted an Empties in a while and this photos are old AF. I really should be posting these every other week just to get through them but I'm not going to because I am bad at blogger.
Items featured in this post are L'oreal Magic Perfecting Base, Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation, Maybelline Better Skin Foundation, Revlon ColorStay Full Coverage Concealer, Maybelline FitMe Concealer and NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray.
"Isn't this review a little late Vicki?"
Um, yeah... I've been busy, okay?! Wunderbrow has been on my "to-review" list for at least 2ish years and I just hadn't had to opportunity to try it out until last week when I found a Christmas set on sale at London Drugs. Yep. That was what bumped this up to the top of my list, the fact that I got all three pieces in a set for $34.99 when the retail value of the brow gel on it's own is $34.99. What can I say? I'm a thrifty bish and love a good deal. I'm also maybe the world's worst blogger because I spend my own money for gimmicky product reviews.
Full disclosure, I do have an advantage when it comes to the brow game because my brows were microbladed years ago and have held on to some of that pigment since then. As one of many people who overplucked in the early 2000's I am all about this full brow Brooke Shields moment. When I finally started filling in my brows I definitely over filled them and couldn't figure out how to apply brow products. I went full Silky Ganache and my brows looked like they were applied with Sharpie. Once I got my eyebrows microbladed I got to say "see ya" to brow makeup for over a year but recently the pigment has been fading and I started wearing brow makeup again. Because microblading is so costly I decided to not get my brows touched up.
Also, this isn't really relevant to the review but I just want you all to know that one time a beautiful drag queen told me I had the nicest eyebrows she's ever seen and it was the best compliment I ever received. I think about that a lot.
This reoccurring category features products I received for free as gift with purchase, deluxe samples or when you trade in all your Sephora points to feel like Oliver Twist asking, "please sir, can I have some more?" Did I like any of these items enough to purchase the full size?
Items featured in this post are Clinque Foam Sonic Facial Soap, Glamglow Waterburst Hydrate Glow Moisturizer, Lance Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/I and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer.
Fuck, for such tiny things they have long-ass names.
The skin rundown before we delve in; I have normal skin with the tendency to be oily at times. I am extremely adamant about wearing sunscreen as well as removing all traces of make-up before bed. I do not smoke and I drink more water than necessary (it's probably actually an excessive amount). While I do get the occasional breakout I would consider myself to have "nice" skin. I don't get any skincare treatments such as facials done anymore because I live in Vancouver and am going to be poor forever.
The Ordinary is an Instagram hyped skincare brand that either everyone has tried or wants to try. Based out of Montreal, The Ordinary is popular among skincare aficionados that swear by the results and extremely low price points. When they first introduced foundation I was eager to try out a $6.90 foundation however they were sold out of my shade for months. Once available I order the coverage foundation because I was curious as to how it would perform in comparison to my other foundation favourites (currently for full coverage it's been the Estee Lauder Double Wear in 3W1 Tawny). I'm not going to lie to you, I didn't go into the store and get shade matched like I probably should. I usually am able to eyeball my shade of foundation pretty well and picked out shade 2.1Y in the Coverage Foundation from The Ordinary.
I opted for the fuller coverage of the two foundations offered by The Ordinary because I've always been a cake that face kind of gal, however if you're looking for a sheer moment there is also a Serum Foundation for sheer coverage.