Hello Summer! I’ve missed you so much! (No offense, Fall and Winter- it was great while it lasted. Spring – you were fantastic, too).
Never have I enjoyed shopping for makeup and beauty finds so much than these last couple of years. I mean, I can’t lie…I definitely miss being given full Seasonal Collections and full size samples for free to try out and show off to my clients (and having a very useful product allowance!) in the Philippines. I find that some of the brands we’ve been enjoying in Asia, are still fairly new or haven’t even entered Canada yet!
But the freedom to be able to walk into my previous brand competitors’ stores and actually buy stuff off their shelves felt part naughty, part overwhelming to me… Sounds silly – but I was surrounded by almost everything I could ever need for Hair, Body, Skin Care and Makeup needs in the Company’s Brands I had worked for in the past, and such was my work ethics that ..well…it felt so wrong, not to support my teams and to buy from competitors! When I did – I felt like I was cheating on my other half! *Gasp*
While I was at Yorkville School of Makeup & Esthetics last Winter, a couple of my classmates and I would go shopping together at various beauty nooks and boutiques like Hiscott’s Beauty and theatrical supplies and Pir cosmetics at 25 Belair St. (where I get my supply of Mario Badescu Skin care!) as well as popular mall spots like at the makeup artists’ candyland, Sephora, 363 Queen Street’s MAC Pro Store (which was a victim of Vandalism by G20 Protestors or just out-of-town thugs causing problems and bringing Toronto down) and Holt Renfrew.
I’ve learned to be disciplined when purchasing makeup, after painfully having to throw bags of some of my fave brands’ lipsticks and foundations away after they’d gone rancid (you’ll know if you take a sniff and a waxy smell hits you in the back of your throat! If it’s off or turning, toss it.) after I hauled my kits over from the Philippines to Toronto. You can have too much makeup, people. Trust me. Keep your collections selective and keep them out of direct sun/heat exposure, and avoid drastic temperature changes. (Philippines to Canada = Drastic Temp change = Very sad Merry and a lighter makeup kit).
A new year and a new Season brings on new finds and my trusted old friends. Here are my Summer Must-haves that I had Tweeted about in the past month:
Last but not least… (ohh, and there are so many more, but I’ll stick to these for now or I’ll be here all night! Ooh, Sun Block! Comes in Spray-on and Stick forms now – How easy can it get to just apply and enjoy safe sun?)…
What are your Summer Cosmetic Must-Haves?