Natalie’s beauty insider for 2020

If there is anything I enjoy more in life is trying out new skin-care products and cosmetics.  I have always been a “girly girl” in the sense that I love a nice, sheer lip gloss and an even better moisturizer.  My signature look is simple:  clean, classy and polished.  I think self-care is so important; not only does it make you look good on the outside but it also makes you feel good on the inside!

I wanted to share with you some of my top picks for Winter 2020.   I like to try a range of products that are available from department stores to your local drug store.  Sometimes you can be surprised with the things you can find at places like Shoppers or Rexall.

I also wanted to reiterate that this is in no way an advertisement, nor was this blog post sponsored by anyone.  I am simply a girl sharing with you some of my favourite products and essentials from my make-up bag that I have been using this season.  Consider this tried, tested and true!


From left to right:

  1. YES Studio Lip Balm “Uh Huh Honey” – I happened to find this at Indigo over the holidays and picked it up as some stocking stuffers for some friends.  I thought why not try it out myself?  It’s probably one of the best lip balms I have tried to date.  It feels like you are putting a serum on your lips and is very moisturizing and not too balmy.  Approximately $10.00 at Chapters/Indigo.
  2. Bobbi Brown Skin Long Wear Foundation – I thought nothing could top Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation but then I happened to find it.  My brother gifted me Masterclass for Christmas this year and I chose Bobbi Brown’s make-up class.  What I have learned thus far from the class is that beauty comes from within and Bobbi’s take on cosmetics is to enhance your beauty; not to alter your beauty.  Well thats basically what this foundation does is enhances your skin and just gives it a nice finish.  You can find it at the Bay for about $58.00.
  3. NYX Precision Brow Pencil – sometimes I love a good drugstore find and this is definitely one of them!  I love the flat tip on the applicator and makes for a smooth and easy finish.  It also comes attached with a brow brush on the other end.  I would think this is somewhat comparable to other brow pencil’s I’ve tried in the past such as MAC and Anastasia.  For $12 bucks this product is great for your brows!  Available at most drug stores such as Shoppers.
  4. PUR 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20:  I do not like heavy coverage and some days all I want is a nice, clean, sheer finish.   I also suffer from seasonal allergies to the point where my skin does not tolerate products with heavy ingredients well.  The beautician at Shoppers Drug Mart suggested I try PUR.  I absolutely love this product and wear this on most days.  It’s light and easy and a little bit goes a long way.  Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.
  5. Christian Dior Lip Maximizer Hyaluronic Lip Plumper – nothing feels more luxurious than this!  This product really does deliver good results.  I am not much of a lipstick person, but I do love a good gloss and this one does not disappoint.  In addition, I find it does not get sticky and it also does give that plumping effect.  I picked this product up at Sephora.
  6. Vichy Mineral 89 Skin Fortifying Daily Booster – as stated in the previous paragraph, I have really sensitive skin, especially around the eye area and for years I have been using Vichy’s skin care line.  I love this product and it really does deliver and make your face nice and plumped.  One to two pumps of this product is all what you need followed by some rolling motions from my Hadaka Quartz Face Roller that I picked up at Angel’s Beauty Bar in downtown Hamilton.  I do this routine twice a day and I have noticed some pretty good results.
  7. The Colossal mascara by Maybelline – I also suffer from eye allergies so I have to clean all my brushes and change mascaras quite regularly.  It can get quite expensive.  One day I was in a rush and stopped at a nearby Rexall and came across this mascara which was on sale.  I thought I would give it a try.  I was quite pleased with the results.  I like that it is not a plastic brush.  When I applied the mascara to my eye lashes I truly thought they looked pretty real (the jingle “maybe its Maybelline” came to mind!). I also like that it is not clumpy. Maybelline is known for making pretty good mascaras, specifically Great Lash, but I personally think this one is better.
  8. Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Moisturizing Cleanser – I literally just started using this yesterday and I love it.  My skin felt nice and smooth and did not dry my face out like most cleansers do.  I found it to be quite gentle and it basically did the job.  Available in most drug and grocery stores but Walmart has the best price for this product online.

What are your favourite cosmetic and beauty essentials?  Share in the comments below!

Much love,


Weathering the storm: my top picks for winter 2018-19

Weather got you down? Not enough sunshine to help you get through this winter? Well here are my top picks in skin care and cosmetics to help you brace winter 2018-19!

Burt’s Bees Wax Almond & Milk Handcream

Hands down, this is by far the most amazing hand cream I have ever tried. I get really dry and cracked hands during winter and this product is a life saver. Really, a little bit goes a long way with this one. It has a very hard texture, almost wax-like, but once you apply it to your hands it melts like butter, seriously. It’s very moisturizing even on the coldest of days. Retails for about $13.00 CDN.

Kosmea Australia Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Someone once told me try rose hip oil as an alternative to expensive serums. Rosehip oil is meant to stop the signs of early aging, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars and help reduce sun damage. Within days of starting this product, I noticed a huge difference in my skin- it looks brighter and more vibrant. Even some of my acne scars started to fade. I love this specific formula made by Kosmea for its pleasant smell as opposed to other rose hip oil products that have a stronger smell. This product goes for about $14.90 CDN for a 10 ml bottle.

Revlon Kiss Balm/Beauty Treats Sugar Lip Scrub

This duo is a must to battle chapped lips during winter. I get super chappy lips to the point I need to use a scrub to get rid of all the dead skin cells. Look no further than to the Sugar Lip Scrub, available at Ardene. After I scrub my lips, I lather Revlon’s Kiss Balm with coconut oil. It acts as a nice barrier between myself and the cold. It also has 20 SPF so it’s great for summer time too. Plus it has a super silky finish that’s superb!

Beauty Treats Sugar Lip Scrub retails for about $6.00 and the Revlon Kiss Balm is about $5.00.

Considering Christmas is only a few days away I couldn’t help but share my favourite shades and cosmetics for the winter season.

For my day-to-day make-up, I keep it simple and like to wear a nice BB cream that is hydrating and gives minimal coverage. L’Oreal has a product that does just that- Magic Beautifier BB Cream. It’s super affordable too, retailing at about $19.00 CDN.

On the other hand, if I am going out for dinner or if I have an event, then I’ll go for a foundation that has a bit more coverage that lasts longer. Lancome’s Teint Idole is by far my all time favourite foundation. Why? Because it gives your skin the right amount of coverage without feeling too heavy. It’s hydrating and it has SPF 15. Talk about a winning combo! This foundation is so good, it feels like silk! It costs about $57.00 CDN.

Lately I’ve been really feeling the Roller Lash Mascara by Benefit ($30 approximately). I really like it’s curved brush and the bristles get to every lash. It leaves my lashes looking nice and long, and gives the effect that I curled them, without any clumps.

Can’t you tell that I love MAC? I love the quality of their products and that they literally stay on your face all day long. During winter, I am drawn towards darker shades such as burgundy and plum. This pallette by MAC, Burgundy Times Nine, retails for about $42.00 and has a lovely combination of both matte and shimmer shadows in my favourite winter colours. I also love MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Sweet Enough, which gives nice coverage and colour. This specific shade gives a nice rosy colour to your cheeks. This product retails for about $33.00 CDN. Finally, I am obsessed with Creamsheen Lipstick in Party Line. This colour is great for a holiday party, or when I just feel like wearing dark lipstick. This gem retails for about $23.00 CDN.