Make Me Up

“The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”

Yves Saint Laurent

How true, is it not? This world is not only obsessed with looks, it prefers painted faces. That’s what my Dad calls it when I put make up on – I’m painting my face. Yet now it makes sense to me. My face is the canvas and I am putting blotches of paint (liquid, powder, etc.) to enhance my features. Cover those uneven skin tones, those red spots, and make my skin as smooth as a porcelain doll. Give my cheeks colour. Sculpt my lashes for the perfect curl. In other words, make me beautiful, make people notice. Even the ‘natural’ look implies that one ought to cover what is not considered beautiful though they may happen naturally. Not that my Dad is sexist, but for him, it’s like seeing new paint on an authentic Mona Lisa painting (for example), because Leonardo Da Vinci clearly didn’t make her more beautiful in the first place. If you’re an arts and history lover like I am and you’d heard someone did that to the Mona Lisa, would you not scream in horror? πŸ˜‰

Yet YSL is right: cosmetics are easier to buy. When I became an adult, I had lots of fun playing around with make up. How will I change my look? It’s like playing a different character each time.

I’ve been following WWKD (What Would Kate Do)’s beauty bag reviews on the products that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge uses. I’ve been inspired to do my mini reviews on products I’ve tried from this list and from my own discoveries. In this post, I’ve taken the cosmetics list from Purple Daisies’ Kate Middleton’s Beauty Regimen and have included the price (before taxes) & a few places to buy these in Canada (mostly Vancouver). Please note that I will not be mentioning these products that Kate uses since I have no need for them:

  • Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Ivory, Rock Star, Slate
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmering Brick in Pink Quartz
  • Xen Tan Spray
  • Urban Retreat Airbrush Tan

1. Tinted Moisturiser


My review: I’ve only sampled the Tinted Moisturiser in Bisque and found it to be more like a foundation that doesn’t dry your skin. Since I have combo skin and it’s currently winter, I don’t find it to be too oily but come summer, I might prefer to sample the oil-free tinted moisturiser. It really blends well into your skin and makes your skin feel soft (no sticky feeling). As I don’t feel the need to use make-up every day, I don’t think I’ll need 70ml either. P.S. There’s also the illuminating tinted moisturiser and I’m not sure why, but I felt as if I looked like a sparkly plastic Barbie doll. :/ Read WWKD’s review.


My review: I received a free facial from Origins and got to try VitaZing. I was amazed that this tinted moisturiser, which appears almost greyish-white at first, blends into your skin colour! The saleslady, for instance, has fair skin and mine’s medium. This is especially useful for someone whose skin tans in the summer and lightens in the winter. I hate having two different foundation colours that I’ll hardly use anyway. Unlike the Laura Mercier, this won’t cover your blemishes but the sheer tint will give you a nice even skin tone. πŸ™‚ This is definitely my favourite and I can see why it’s so popular!

2. Foundation


  • Bobbi Brown: Moisture Rich Foundation SPF 15
    Price: $?
    Where to buy: Holt Renfrew, Sephora

I’ve never used this so I can’t say anything about it! Bobbi Brown is a good brand though! πŸ˜‰ Read WWKD’s Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 review.


My review: When my skin was pretty blotchy, corrective foundation in Nude was good for me. It goes on quite thick though so it might not feel comfortable knowing there’s lots of product on your skin (covering all your blemishes though!). Since my skin is doing much better, I’ve stopped using Dermablend.

My review: This would be the closest thing to the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser. When I do need it, it’s a nice light cover-up that still leaves my skin fairly moisturised. Like I said, I don’t really need a lot of foundation so this has lasted me a long time. πŸ™‚

3. Corrector/Concealer


  • Bobbi Brown: Corrector
    Price: $30 CAD for 0.05oz
    Where to buy: Holt Renfrew, Sephora

Never tried this before. Apparently, it brightens dark circles and goes on before the concealer. That’s one too many products for me, even if I have tired looking eyes. Read WWKD’s review!

Kate’s alternative. Also never tried it. Read WWKD’s reviews!

Never used this either but I hear people love it! Read WWKD’s review!


My review: If there’s something my tinted moisturiser or foundation won’t cover, then all I have to do is dot the red bumps (acne). They dry out and they’re gone. Win! πŸ™‚ I carry this around in my purse for those unplanned times!

4. Blush


  • Bobbi Brown: Pale Pink Blusher
    Price: $29 CAD for 0.13oz
    Where to buy: Holt Renfrew, Sephora

Never tried this before. When I checked the website for the shade, it looked very pink to me! πŸ˜›


  • Nars: Orgasm Blush >Orgasm (peachy pink with shimmer)
    Price: $32 CAD for 0.16oz
    Where to buy: The Bay, Sephora

My review: Shocking name for a blush but I love it (I rarely use blush unless I need to dress up)! It’s a peachy pink with shimmer so it’s like a blush-bronzer in one.

  • Benefit: Benetint
    Price: $36 for 0.42oz
    Where to buy: Sephora, beauty stores, Shoppers Drug Mart

My review: I find this rosy tint most natural for the cheeks but I use it on my lips more often! πŸ™‚

5. Eyeliner


Seems risky!

Read WWKD’s review here. Apparently it’s great so I’m tempted to try it!


Lancome: Le Stylo Waterpoof Eyeliner
Price: $29 CAD
Where to buy: The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Sephora

My review: I had initially bought the Khol eyeliner to test it out. When I realised there was a waterproof eyeliner, I went back to exchange my eyeliner. I have this waterproof eyeliner in Cafe Noir, which is a dark brown. I use this on my eyebrows as well to fill in the spots. I can’t say if this is actually waterproof. I find it smudges more easily (this eyeliner comes with a smudger at the end) or ‘disappears’. I’m not sure if I want to keep this; I might end up switching for the Khol instead.

6. Mascara


  • Lancome: Hypnose
    Price: $26-31 CAD for 0.22oz
    Where to buy: The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Sephora, London Drugs

My review: Lancome seems to have quite a few different Hypnose mascaras. I decided to try the Hypnose waterproof mascara ($31CAD) and was amazed how it not only lengthened (as in, brought it out) my eyelashes (which are usually hidden or downcast), but it had actually curled (more like lifted for my straight lashes) my lashes. I actually don’t need to use an eyelash curler! Lancome gave me a free ‘mini’ (more than enough for me) Hypnose Drama mascara which did just about the same thing but made the lashes darker/thicker (somewhat clumpier?).

I was lucky to find a discounted Hypnose Custom Volume mascara at Winners ($19.99 CAD!) and I have to say, this is my new favourite. It’s like waterproof but not as sticky and my lashes definitely appear longer! I still can’t get over how wonderful Lancome’s Hypnose mascaras are. No wonder they’ve been a bestseller for 6 years! NEW!

P.S. I’m told the Canadian Women’s Olympic Synchro team uses Make Up Forever Paris’ Aqua mascara. It’s supposed to do the same as the Hypnose waterproof mascara (lengthen, volumnise, curl) but is much cheaper at $25 CAD. I didn’t test it out though!


  • Bobbi Brown: No Smudge Mascara
    Price: $30 CAD for 0.22oz
    Where to buy: Holt Renfrew, Sephora

My review: After being duped by so many ‘waterproof’ mascaras – no matter how lovely they made my lashes look – I finally read about the tried and true No Smudge Mascara. Just about every woman said they didn’t end up with raccoon eyes. Rainproof. Tearproof. So I bought it and won’t use any other mascara – until recently (see my review for Hypnose!). πŸ™‚

7. Eyebrow Fillers


Didn’t know she needed to!


My review: I think this takes too long to fill in, especially if you’re in a rush somewhere and I certainly won’t try to do this on the bus! Filling in the eyebrows with powder looks more natural though. Also, I would never spend this much. Thankfully, I received it free!

  • Any brand: Eyebrow pencil
    Price: varies
    Where to buy: The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Sephora, London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, beauty stores

My review: I prefer to use eyebrow pencils because I can at least control the eyebrow shape. It’s fast too!

7b. Eyebrow Gels

I’ve used these brands to keep my eyebrows from going astray! πŸ˜›

8. Lipliner


Never tried their lip liners before.


My review: I used to think lipliners were dry pencils that would chap your lips. Then I was introduced to this precision lip definer in Rouge and was surprised to find how easily it glided. If you fill your lips with lipliner (with the help of their attached brush), you wouldn’t have to worry about getting lipstick on your teeth! πŸ˜‰

9. Lipstick


My Review: Focus on one or the other they say. I prefer to focus on my lips. πŸ™‚ I’ve tried my Mum’s BB Creamy Lip Colour before and remembered it as the creamiest lipstick I’ve ever tried. No wonder she loves them! I recently visited BB and found my perfect lip shade (i.e. ‘nude’ lips): Rose! Read WWKD’s review here.


  • Chanel: Rouge Coco
    Price: $38.50-39 CAD
    Where to buy: The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Sephora

My review: I love reds and I believe that if you have lips, they shouldn’t be blended into your skin or lifeless. That would go against the ‘focus on eyes or lips’ rule though, but I don’t care. This is my BB alternative, the hydrating lip creme colour in Gabrielle. πŸ™‚

My review: I love how smooth and moisturising it is. I picked Coral and wear this in the summer. πŸ™‚

My review: I’d been trying to find a coral shade and ended up with Zinfadel – electric coral. It’s quite bright for me so I try not to put too much on. Apparently, this is a ‘healthy’ lipstick that you can eat. πŸ˜›

10. Lip gloss


  • Bobbi Brown: Crystal Lip Gloss
    Price: $25 CAD for 0.5oz
    Where to buy: Holt Renfrew, Sephora

I can only imagine that this clear lip gloss does wonders. πŸ™‚ Read WWKD’s review.


  • Yves Rocher: Luminelle Deligloss
    Price: 3,95 Euros (or on sale for 1,95 Euros)
    Where to buy: Bought mine in Germany

My review: I have no idea where to buy these lip glosses in Canada. I thought I saw Yves Rocher listed in Richmond but I haven’t seen it around. One of my favourite lip glosses is a nice tint of Raspberry (smells good) that not only makes lips glossy, but keeps them fairly moisturised. Nowadays, however, I don’t bother with lipglosses. It was a fun phase though!

I’d like to conclude with a few beauty tips from one of my favourite women, Audrey Hepburn:

“For beautiful eyes

look for good in others,

For beautiful lips

speak only words of kindness,

And for poise

walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”


On make-up, she says that “make-up can only make you look pretty on the outside but it doesn’t help if you’re ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the make-up.”

Don’t forget:

I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.

– Audrey Hepburn

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