Top 5: Brands I Tried in 2020 for the First Time

Finally, the never ending year is coming to as close! 2020 wasn’t what anyone wanted, but during quarantine I had more extra time than usual to try new makeup products. I explored several new brands I’d never tried before. I thought it would be fun to look back on the new brands I purchased from in 2020. Some of these brands won’t be new to many people, but they were new to me. Let’s take a look back at some of the brands I tested in 2020!

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Too Faced: Cinnamon Bear Collection Review

Introducing the Too Faced Cinnamon Bear Limited Edition Eye, Cheek and Lip Makeup Collection. This collection has everything! Adorable embossed bears, cinnamon scented lipstick and a cute little red bag perfect for travel. I’m a big fan of berry tones and pink eyeshadow, so this collection was basically tailor made for me. Let’s find out if this cinnamon themed palette can warm my heart.

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How Much is My Face Worth?

How much is my face worth? It’s an intriguing question. I’ve seen this tag go around the Youtube/blogosphere for a few years now. Before now, I’ve never been brave enough to sit down and add up the total amount of money the makeup I put on my face costs. So, I thought there’s no better way to spend a quiet quarantine day than to total it all up! I’m busting out my calculator because I know the total is going to be too high for me to add up mentally.

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Too Faced: Pumpkin Spice Palette Review

Pumpkin Spice and everything nice! This gorgeous 18 pan palette is filled with warm, Fall shades that make me want a Pumpkin Spice latte stat. This palette does have strong Fall vibes. Despite this, Winter is settling in where I live. Let’s find out if this palette can fight off my winter is coming blues.

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Swatch Gallery: My Urban Decay Lipstick Collection

Dusty rose, mauves and the occasionally pop of outrageous colour – that sums up my lipstick tendencies. I’m not as adventurous as I’d like to be when it comes to lipstick. I usually stick to neutrals, (medium mauve and me go together in perfect harmony). I own far too many neutral lipsticks but somehow I can always justify picking up another – (albeit slightly different), shade.

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Urban Decay: On The Run Palette in (Shortcut) Review

Urban Decay never fails to grab my attention with their eyeshadow palettes. Lately, I’ve been trying to add functional palettes with lower shade counts to my collection. For that reason, I was beyond pumped when I saw the On The Run palettes announced. I had a hard time choosing which of the three new On the Run palettes to pick up – (I wanted them all). In the end, the rust and rose tones were speaking to me so I settled on Shortcut.

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Christmas Haul: Huda Beauty, Urban Decay + the Balm

Christmas 2018 has come and gone – luckily for me that means I have a few new palettes in my collection to play with. I’m extremely lucky to have brothers who are willing to buy me makeup and they made some good choices (I wrote a wish list). I had three new palettes under the tree this year! I’m stoked to finally try out Huda Beauty and add to my mountain of Urban Decay palettes. 🎄🎁✨🎅🏻


Huda Beauty Emerald Obsession – This pocket-sized palette packs a massive green punch! I’ve had my eye on this palette for a while and I was so happy to receive it for Christmas. I have light brown eyes, so I find green shades really pop on me. Brands rarely release green shadows, let only an entire palette offering a variety of greens with different finishes. The shades didn’t swatch particularly well but I found they applied well to my eyelid. I’ll be doing a full review of this palette once I’ve played with it more so stay tuned for that soon. Check out my full review here.










Urban Decay Naked Heat  – I’m one step closer to my goal of owning every palette in the Naked line! I was on the fence about buying Naked Heat for myself but I’m so glad it was under the tree this year! The packaging of Naked Heat is so beautiful and looks so stylish compared to my older Naked palettes. 

I’m late to the party but all the hype seems true with this one! The shadows are an improvement on the Naked formula for sure. All the shadows swatched beautifully, though some of the darker shades were dryer in texture. Some shades do look similar in the pan but when swatched or applied I can see the differences in them. I recently purchased the Naked Petite Heat (review here Urban Decay: Naked Petite Heat Review) when it was 50% off and a lot of the shades in Naked Heat are nearly identical. The quality seems awesome but I definitely have very similar shades in other palettes. 










The Balm Foiled Again  – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a huge sucker for packaging. The Balm does unique and cute concepts better than almost any other brand. The detail and thought that went into the Foiled Again palette is fantastic! I love that the outside looks like a comic book and the inside looks like a newspaper. Even the shade names tell a story! Each row has a little narrative being told using the shade names. I just love when brands are creative with their presentation it makes using the palette that much more fun. 

The Foiled Again palette contains eight foiled shadows and four mattes. The foiled shadows are gorgeous and the mattes are perfect for my skintone. I used this palette for my Christmas day look. The shadows I used performed blended well and lasted for 8+ hours without fading on me. I can’t wait to get more use out of this crime fighting palette. Check out my full review here.










I love the products I received this Christmas. All three of these palette were things that I really wanted to try for different reasons. I love eyeshadow more than any other makeup product and I’m always so excited to add to my collection. Here’s hoping Santa is as good to me next year as he was this year! 🎅🏻🤩

To view other products I purchased this holiday season, please see the links below: 

Wander Beauty: Wandress Chill Palette Review

Introducing the Wandress Chill palette from Wander Beauty. Just looking at this palette gives me cool, winter vibes. The majestic mountain range on the cover of Wandress Chill looks as pretty and serene as the shades inside. This is my first purchase from Wander Beauty – the brand name alone caught my eye as a serial traveller. I thought I would give this enchanting, travel inspired brand a shot.

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ABH Ride or Die Brow Duo Review: Upgrading My Brow Game

I was meandering around in my local Sephora when I noticed a value set I hadn’t seen online yet – the ABH Ride or Die Brow Duo set. I’ve always wanted to try out Anastasia brow products but I couldn’t convince to buy something my plethora of brown eyeshadows and an angled brush could do. So when I eyed this set at only a $33.00 CAD price-tag – I was on it like glitter on glue! 


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Urban Decay: Naked Petite Heat Review

Urban Decay’s Naked Petite Heat has completed my Naked Basics collection! This little fireball was on sale at Sephora for 50% a few weeks back and I decided to pick it up. Who can resist an Urban Decay palette priced at only $18.00 CAD – I certainly can’t. This mini Naked Heat is packed with shades to support any warm, fiery eye look. 


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Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Review: Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

Trust Too Faced to release cuteness overload for their 2018 holiday collection. The Gingerbread Spice palette is one of the hottest releases of the holiday season. Nothing says the holidays are here like a gingerbread cookie and Too Faced is channeling that joyful energy with this release. Let’s see what’s inside this holiday themed palette!


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