Beauty Buzz is a little late this February, as I am on a path to beat the beauty blues with Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, accompanied by a curated selection of cosmetics to lift everybody’s spirits, and help us survive the tundra cold of our fair city.
The new releases in beauty are beginning to be announced and so many new products are on the horizon; many that I am already testing out for my upcoming stories, this should be an exciting year for beauty in general.
Last year, as I began my cosmetic writing assignments for Best Kept Montreal, I could never have imagined how intensely this beauty journey would end up changing my experience and my relationship with the cosmetic products I had taken for granted, as practical tools of my trade.
We are in a new era of cosmetics, an era where practicality is no longer the determining factor for purchasing makeup or skincare.
Certain products come in packages and components that make the product instantly desirable, a collector’s item, something to be admired and appreciated for its packaging alone; let alone the actual product it holds.
So many of the products I see and the brands launching have inclusive visions, with a dazzling number of foundation shades to suit every skin tone and packaging, designed to enhance the sensory experience of applying the product itself.
The Fenty Beauty Empire
Last summer I began trying out both Fenty Beauty by Rihanna and Fenty Skin for the first time and I won’t lie, I had reservations, simply because it was a celebrity brand. I decided to begin trying out the various products that were sent to me, so graciously, and I am a convert and fan, ever since.
Rihanna’s electrifying Half-Time Show at the Superbowl was the incredible reminder of her undeniable, musical legacy on our modern culture. Hit after hit, Rihanna kept the energy mounting and ended with her iconic song Diamonds, which gave me goosebumps and chills.
My favorite moment from that show was when she gave herself a quick check in her own brand’s Invismatte Instant Setting + Blotting Powder, this Fenty Beauty by Rihanna powder is killer and eliminates any unwanted shine; the white, sleek compact makes it chic in any purse or pocket, on-the-go.
However, my most recent favorite products from Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, are the newest additions to the family, the Fenty Icon The Fill Semi-Matte Refillable Lipstick; these lovely shades have wonderfully pigmented colors that wear beautifully on the lips and feel comfortable for long periods of time.
The Fenty Icon The Fill Semi-Matte Refillable Lipstick comes separately from its component, the Fenty Icon The Case Semi-Matte Refillable Lipstick, which is currently available in a nice variety of shades at Sephora.
Not only does the component itself have a playful mechanism to unleash the color, the creaminess of the texture of the product, as it spreads over the lips is a heavenly feeling; especially during these dry winter months.
And I am happy to announce that Fenty Eau de Parfum is now a permanent addition to the current Fenty Beauty by Rihanna offerings at Sephora, I wrote about this stunning, floral fragrance in my previous story, read all about it, here.
Fenty Skin has a beautiful Valentine’s Day launch with the limited edition version of the Butta Drop Vanilla Dream Whipped Body Oil with Tropical Oils + Butters.
This version of the fan-favorite Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream with Tropical Oils + Butters, features a Vanilla scent and is very luminous upon application to the skin. The Butta Drop Vanilla Dream Whipped Oil Body Cream with Tropical Oils + Butters comes in a muted, raspberry pink component that will make it a must-have item for many a Fenty Skin fan.
The Butta Drop Vanilla Dream Whipped Oil Body Cream with Tropical Oils + Butters is lush, lustrous and luminous on my skin and it smells delicious.
Once applied to my skin, this cream leaves my body feeling well hydrated and protected; I have been loving this body cream since I was lucky enough to test it out.
A Telescopic Lift For Your Lashes
L’Oréal Paris recently released their latest Telescopic Lift Mascara in a variety of shades and a Waterproof version as well. This brilliant mascara is a wonder to separate the lashes and give them great length and lift.
The L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Lift Mascara comes with a unique and thin, curved brush that works at separating the lashes and coating them individually versus clumping them together.
In my opinion, I find that L’Oréal Paris makes some of the best mascara formulations in the world. The products are always affordable and have great pigmentation and are easy to apply. When it comes to mascara, L’Oréal Paris is a true pioneer and leader in the beauty industry.
This is an excellent mascara for adding precision to the lashes and bringing the attention back to your eyes; to help you stare boldly into the eyes of those around you, and mesmerize them with your defined gaze.
Affordable Bold Lip Color
I love finding high-performance products that do not break the bank for my stories. As much as it can be very fun to indulge in higher end products, it is very rewarding to discover products that work just as well, and cost a fraction of the price.
e.l.f Cosmetics has been creating winning and viral products for ages now. They have released, in the last year alone, so many new products that have completely surpassed my performance expectations.
The O FACE Satin Lipstick from e.l.f. Cosmetics is available in a selection of 20 shades, with colors to suit natural makeup lovers and those who love impacting, bolder colors equally.
The O FACE Satin Lipstick by e.l.f. Cosmetics features a richly pigmented, long-lasting formula that is infused with Marula Oil, Squalane and Jojoba Esters; all perfect ingredients for retaining hydration and locking in the moisture for your lips.
The O FACE Satin Lipstick by e.l.f. Cosmetics comes in a stunning selection of varying shades to suit every palette and occasion, making this an affordable color you can take from the boardroom, to the boudoir, and back again.
These lipsticks feel lux and have a magnetic closure that elevates them, making the O FACE Satin Lipstick a great option that can dupe and outperform most higher-end lipsticks. Well worth the investment, the comfort and quality pay off brilliantly, e.l.f. Cosmetics has delivered another winning product.
An Affirmative Fragrance Experience
I have been exploring more fragrances than ever and my olfactory senses are in complete sublimation these days as I have so many wonderful fragrant options to discover and explore.
A standout for me is the Yes I Am Eau de Toilette from Cacharel, the exquisite bottle holds a scent that is a spicy, oriental delight on the skin.
The Yes I Am Eau de Toilette from Cacharel is a spicy, dreamy desire that is faceted with notes of Jasmine and Gardenia and Ginger Flower Accords, combined with notes of Mandarin and Raspberry to create a unique statement on femininity and self-assertion.
The Black Honey Secret
The Black Honey Almost Lipstick by CLINIQUE has been around forever, a product for the ages that returns in popularity and is re-introduced to a new generation of beauty shoppers, who fall in love with its properties every time.
This product is amongst my favorites because it is soothing on the lip and gives the lips a wonderful, tinted hydration that simply deepens the natural color of the lips and adapts itself to the coloration of one’s lips.
The Black Honey Almost Lipstick by CLINIQUE holds a lot of moisture, and its formula makes it feel lightweight and smooth once applied to the lips, it also deepens the natural flush of the lips and never looks overbearing or too deep, even though it appears a deep burgundy in the tube.
A product I had slept on for decades if I am being honest, I completely understand the hype now and have since become a true convert of the Almost Lipstick in Black Honey from CLINIQUE, once you try it, you’ll never want to wear anything else, it is just that comfortable on the lips.
Remember to Love Yourself
The winter start of the year is often harsh and brutal for many people and in February, the incessant Valentin’s Day reminders can easily make anyone who is not in a successful relationship, feel like they are out of place.
Do not let such thoughts sit with you too long, this is a great time to do little things to make yourself happy, little attentions to improve your mood or well-being and give yourself some love.
Sometimes we need a little retail therapy to indulge ourselves in a little newness to brush away the dull blah of the winter blues; sometimes we only need to treat ourselves kindlier and allow ourselves more grace to get through the colder and more trying times.
So go out there and do you, be yourself and make yourself happy, whenever I have a bad day, I love cranking out some Madonna on my Spotify and I begin playing with my favorite makeup pieces; it helps me to reconnect to my present moment and enjoy one of my biggest passions.
So next time you’re feeling a little down, give yourself some self-indulgence and some beauty time, you’ll be amazed how it can brighten your mood and lift your spirits, and before we know it Spring will arrive and begin thawing us out again to live wildly, all through next summer.
Until next time my lovely readers, stay warm and stay beautiful, in whichever way you see fit for yourself!
Lead image courtesy of Fenty Beauty by Rihanna.
Montreal nightlife royalty and Mother of the legendary House of Pride. Master makeup artist and beauty guru extraordinaire, Jackie shares tips and tricks, knowledge and know-how to introduce you to the best Montreal beauty secrets.