Over the summer I went a little crazy with my Shoppers Optimum points and found some really great products that have quickly become favourites. These were total staples in my makeup kit. They were perfect for keeping me fresh-faced, dewy and youthful-looking all summer long, and I definitely plan on keeping them handy through the fall. They are all super affordable and high-quality, so you know you’re getting your money’s worth, or points’ worth if you’re like me!
L’Oréal 24hr Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe
This has been one of my staple eyeshadows over the summer. Not only does it provide long-lasting wear even in the heat, but it’s right on trend with its smoky grey bronze colour. Metallics are all over fashion, so why not in your makeup, right? This colour is perfect alone or as a complement to spice up your smoky eye. You can even tap some gloss over top and get a ’90s grungey look.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles
This is one of my secret weapons I keep for those days after you’ve spent a night on a patio drinking perhaps more than you should! I use this in combination with a concealer. The slightly pink tint is what gives this product its magic—the pink tones cancel out any blue/grey tones under the eyes, instantly boosting and brightening to make you look refreshed and rested. It’s a perfect colour corrector for fair skin tones.
L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow 24hr Foundation
If you have skin on the dry side, this foundation is your holy grail! If you tend to the oilier side, you should opt for the cousin of this foundation, appropriately named Pro-Matte. This foundation was the perfect match for me. It’s got a slightly “wet” finish which provides that dewy glow everyone is craving this summer. For the price this foundation is a steal: it has great coverage, a delicious finish and lasts all day and even through a night of dancing!
L’Oréal True Match LUMI Liquid Glow Illuminator in Ice
Highlighters have become such a huge trend in makeup that literally every brand has hopped on the bandwagon. Save your hard-earned money and get yourself this amazing liquid one. It’s creamy, so applying it with a damp beauty sponge or a finger will work best. Once applied to the desired areas it’s magic, the colour is perfect and it catches the light in the most beautiful way.
L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara in Blackest Black
The formula and brush combo of this new edition have me falling in love with Voluminous mascara all over again. The brush grabs every lash while sweeping them to give a sexy winged cat eye look. This mascara pulls my lashes to their limits, giving me the most length and volume I can achieve with my natural lash, and it only takes 2 coats to get there.
NYX Strobe of Genius Palette
This palette is the perfect investment: it combines a bunch of different colours that complement different skin tones, and they can be layered to create a unique highlighter. It’s great if you don’t want to invest in several single highlighters—you get a combination of tones that look great in everything from natural daylight to dim candlelight.