holiday shop #2 : the stocking stuffer …

December 12, 2014By stephanie 1 Comment

When it comes to gifting, I find I have the easiest time with stocking stuffers. For me, stocking stuffers are meant to be those fun, inexpensive, but totally useful items that people want to buy for themselves but never do in favour of items that seem more necessary – I can’t tell you how many times I have left a Shoppers Drug Mart in tears over having to buy cough medicine and diapers over a bold coloured nail polish or a pretty Burts Bees lip colour. Need versus want. Stocking stuffers are meant to be “needed wants”.

Speaking of Shoppers Drug Mart – that’s the answer to your stocking stuffer questions – your local drugstore beauty aisles. SDM, Rexall, even The Superstore, are filled with budget friendly, colourful, and – best of all – quality items that any beauty babe would love to find in her fishnet holiday stocking.

Don’t believe me? Here are a few ideas :

Maybelline The Nudes Palette ( and perhaps, The Smoke Palettes, if you can find it! ) : any chick who values winged liner and mascara would love to have her hands on either of these palettes filled with the right combination of colours. Just under $15 CAD, it’s affordable but screams luxury!

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick : lipstick makes every girl smile, and with 16 shades to choose from you can mix and match and give that special someone a lipstick wardrobe. Might I suggest Notting Hill Nude, Picadilly Pink, and Heather Shimmer.

Vasanti Kajal Extreme Intense Eye Pencils :  this stocking stuffer is simple (just $18 a pop!) but screams luxe and lovely. These liners come complete with a sharpener and smudging tool on the opposite end which makes this the ultimate tool for dressed up eyes in a flash. Choose the norm core basic black … or do something fun like Graphite Green!

CoverGirl Bombshell Volume LashBlast Mascara : LashBlast is still one of my very favourite mascara lines, and the new two-step system Bombshell Volume Mascara is the perfect present for the lady who loves long and lush lashes. Want to give the recipient a bonus? Why not give a selection of mascaras from the LashBlast line? Team up Bombshell with LashBlast Length and LashBlast Luxe!

Almay Smart Shade Bronzer and Powder Blush : Not that skilled at picking the right colour for that perfect pretty pal? Let’s take the guess work out of the equation for you. During the holiday season, not a single girl can resist fighting off the cold weather by adding in a pinch of colour to the cheeks.   By swirling the three tones in each of the these products, they can sweep on some colour that will adjust to match their complexion. Done and done!

See what you can find in the drugstore beauty aisles? Not to mention, at under $20 a piece,  it’s a beauty goldmine on holiday budget.

Happy Shopping! :)



spotlight on : stephanie lau

July 9, 2014By DJMC

Name: Stephanie Lau

My role with BP: Blog Contributor

How I got into working with BP: Starting out as a newbie beauty blogger, I met Steph at the Blush Pretty Beauty Board in 2013 and it was all uphill from there.

Steph Spotlight

The best part of my job: It’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to test the latest and greatest products.

My secret beauty weapon: The CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara! Finding a decent mascara is tough for my sparse lashes and oily lids. It’s easy to go wrong (think clumps and racoon eyes). The Clump Crusher does exactly what its name says – no clumps in sight. Plus, it’s smudge-proof but non-waterproof, so layering it on top of a potentially disastrous other mascara-that-shall-not-be-named helps to seal it in for the day.

My must-share beauty tip: Try everything! Beauty is all about putting your best face forward and you’ll only know what you like and what looks best if you’re a little adventurous with your makeup.

what’s in my makeup bag : lil steph

February 25, 2014By DJMC

In all truth, I don’t carry a makeup bag around. When I refer to “makeup bag” I actually mean “that place where I keep my daily essentials so that they don’t get lost in the mess that is my makeup collection.”

My daily makeup starts off with the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette in “Light”. It contains 3 handy cream concealers that can be mixed and matched for the perfect shade to hide my morning dark circles.

Next up, I’ve been testing out the CoverGirl Outlast 3-in-1 Foundation in “945 Warm Beige”. It’s high coverage and long-lasting with a matte finish, and I can’t seem to stop wearing it.

For the cheeks, I like to go bold and bright with the NARS blusher in “Desire”. Very little of this blush goes the longest way to add a touch of warmth and glow to dull skin.

I keep the eyes simple with the Smashbox Softbox II Eyeshadow Palette. It’s great for those everyday neutral eyes that won’t clash with my bright blush. The taupey purples and warm metallics are a step up from the regular browns and beiges. Then, I finish off the eyes with winged liner using my holy grail stay-all-day Lancome Artliner in Black Diamond.

And the grand finale…the Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly is the perfect MLBB (my lips but better) gloss that pairs well with any dramatic or simple eye look. It’s ultra-moisturizing and has a little lip-plumping zing to wake me up in the morning.

All in all, the only makeup that I actually carry with me is the Buxom Lip Polish and sometimes a setting powder or blotting sheets. I never take the time or effort to touch up so I choose long lasting products to get me through the day.

What’s in your makeup bag?

stuff from (l’il) steph : COVERGIRL clean whipped creme foundation

December 11, 2013By DJMC

As someone with sensitive skin, I can really appreciate CoverGirl’s latest foundation launch, the CoverGirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation* ($10.99) comes in 10 shades. It’s non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, and didn’t clog my pores for the few weeks I tested it out, not to mention the formula worked nicely with my oily/combo skin. I tried out two different colours – 320 Creamy Natural and 135 Buff Beige.

You’d expect a cream product to be a little thick, but that’s where the “whipped” nature of this product comes in. It’s ultra-lightweight and feels a like it’s been pumped with air when you apply it on the face.

Typically, foundation coverage and lightness are traded off. You can never have both. This product is the exception. To my surprise, one layer was medium coverage and the second was inching near full coverage, yet it still looked and felt natural. Impressive.

Another plus, the finish on the skin sits nicely between that “dewy-like-I-just-got-back-from-a-run “and the “cake-face-matte”. I’ve got oily skin, so lasting power was a so-so 3-4 hours but nothing a little powder over the t-zone can’t fix.

Unfortunately, neither creamy natural nor buff beige were a perfect colour match for me, both were way too pale. In the picture above I’m wearing 320 Creamy Natural. Let’s be honest here, I look a little ghostly (and Halloween has already passed).

Despite the absolute beauty no-no that is wearing the wrong foundation colour, I was pleasantly surprised (and intrigued) by the performance of the CoverGirl Clean Whipped Creme foundation that is pushing me to pick up a shade that that suits my skin tone a bit better.

Stephanie Lau is the creator and writer of FUN SIZE BEAUTY, a blog encompassing beauty reviews, handmade accessories, and the occasional food post. Upon discovering a fuchsia lipstick in her mom’s stash at age 12, she fell in love with all things beauty. She started her blog in November 2012 as a creative outlet to share her thoughts on beauty products and escape from the stress of school.  Aside from blogging and beauty, Stephanie enjoys all things travel, photography, DIY, small business, and sample hoarding.  An undergrad Accounting student at the University of Waterloo and an avid multi-tasker, on rainy days you can find her studying the Income Tax Act, watching food network, recreating makeup looks from magazines, and sipping on tea.

musings from morgan : between blushes …

October 7, 2013By stephanie

Blush is a tricky thing. There are powder blushes, cream blushes, cheek stains, stick blushesI even know people who use lipstick on their cheeks! Between finding what’s right for your skin, the right tone and when to wear what colour, it can be a challenge finding what works – but let’s be honest, experimenting is the best part.

I gave two new blushes a shot this week. The first was a COVERGIRL powder blush, the Clean Glow Blush in Roses 100. It’s described as a lightweight,blendable 3-in-1 product, and it’s part of their Clean collection designed for sensitive skin, which includes liquid, whipped and powder foundations, bronzers and blushes.

I immediately loved the warm, soft tone of this colour– I prefer blush to be subtle and natural looking, and found this shade was just that. I liked the option of three shades in one, but once I swatched each individual colour could see it was ultimately going to be best worn all in one.

Left to right: Darkest shade, Middle shade, lightestshade, All in one

I didn’t find the powder too powdery, and quite liked the texture. As I said, it’s a very natural looking shade on lighter skin tones like mine and went on light, so I did need to build a little for a noticeable flush.

Overall I liked the product. It was a soft, light and natural shade and definitely will make for an excellent everyday blush.

I then tried Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush in Pink Frosting – a soft cream blush packing lots of pigment that blends very well. Don’t be put off by the smallpackaging, as a little goes a long way with this product!

This shade is very pink, but gives a great pinched/rosy cheek look that works well when you want to make your cheeks pop! I was nervous by just how bright the product looked in the packaging, but once on it blends really well, almost like a powder, therefore ensuring it’s not too overpowering.

Its best applied using your fingertips, just be careful not to push too hard on the product – again, a little goes a long way, and it’s much easier to put on too little then build than to take too much and have to get creative with your blending!

I actually loved how this looked on my cheeks – it was just the right amount of pink and would go well with a simple cat eye for a pretty, girly look. I could see myself wearing it out for drinks with my girlfriends or out to date night, or whenever I need a girly pick-me-up! I love how it looks with my blue eyes. I definitely want to try this product in something a little warmer, like the Peach Satin shade.

I find both products have a place in a beauty regimen, depending on the time & place. The COVERGIRL blush will serve me as a useful everyday colour, and I’ll be sure to bust out the bouncy blush when I’m looking to perk myself up. 

Morgan Cadenhead is a self-professed beauty junkie living & working in Toronto. By day, she’s a PR pro who loves all things writing & media, but by night she’s often catching up on her favourite fashion & beauty blogs or hitting up the gym. Her makeup obsession stems from the realization that makeup is a powerful and (most importantly) fun tool – it can make the difference in how you carry yourself, set the tone for a good day and above all, make anyone feel gorgeous! Follow her on Twitter @morgancadenhead or drop her a line at