Productivity in the Covid-Times

Lifestyle posts on this blog have always given me trouble. I never know what topic is appropriate or acceptable or on-brand, and Googling lifestyle trends always fills me with a huge sense of alienation and self-consciousness. Is a new treadmill or fitness watch or sofa really popular in terms of people’s lifestyles? Seriously?  This goes…

First Impressions: Melt x Beetlejuice

In the span of a year, I’ve gone from owning 0 to 4 Melt palettes, and I love them all. The colour stories, the formulation, the finish, the packaging – that’s right: I actually love the packaging on them, and it’s not glossy black plastic. Everything about these palettes is utter perfection. I even tried…

Review: Naked Kitty

…well, I’m back. I think there’s a longer post to make about the effect of the pandemic on creative endevours, how all those feel-good posts as things started closing at the end of March about finishing novels and living your best, more productive life during quarantine were absolute trash, but that isn’t this post. Over…

Review: Cheekbone Beauty

Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned cosmetics company operated out of Toronto by founder Jennifer Harper. Launched in 2016, Cheekbone offers products for brows, contouring, and highlighting, but its stars have always been liquid lipsticks and glosses, each named for Indigenous Warrior Women activists. Part of the company’s mission is to improve access for First Nations…

Skincare Savvy: Spousal Edition

I finally had the opportunity to trade in several years worth of Lush pots for a complimentary face mask. Rather than enjoy the spoils of my hard-earned victory by myself, I asked my husband to join me in the process. And rather than blog about my experiences with the face mask, I thought I would…

Review: Naked Reloaded Palette

The Naked palettes have always been on my radar but never in my collection. I’ve waffled between Naked 2 and Naked 3, loving the shadows but never being able to justify the cost. A neutral palette, in my humble opinion, should be affordable and include shades ranging from highlighters to black. Every neutral palette should…

Review: Essano Rosehip Gentle Facial Cleansing Micellar Water

I made a point of traveling with an abridged version of my skincare routine this trip. I should know better by now: there are ways of shortening the process I’ve established, but certain products are essential to maintaining my complexion and overall health of my skin regardless of how much they weigh in my bag….

Sarah’s Beauty Favourites 2019

Hello again! Happy New Year! Our hiatus has finally reached an end, and Pragmatic Beauty is getting back on track with new posts about skincare, cosmetics, and lifestyle for the year 2020. Sara and I had a very busy 2019, some of which we’ll probably be talking about here. But I thought it would be…

Temporary Hiatus

Hello, all! Sara and I are very sorry that the blog has been silent for the past couple of months. We’re both busy with our own projects: Sara, with her baby and her business, and me with school. Sara would like to add that she has been so busy, she has not brushed her teeth…

Review: Fenty Pro Filt’r Powder and Concealer

Last year was easily the Year of Fenty. I loved every single thing I tried from them, with few exceptions. Yes, the formula of the Stunna Lip Paint was a little thin, and yeah, the Flyliner had a little too much sheen for my liking, but overall, I found myself several new standards. I went…