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…

Sara’s Beauty Favourites 2018

2018 was a year full of product testing for me. SO MANY FUN PRODUCTS! Actually, there are so many products I love from this last year that I could (and will) do an exclusive skincare favourites post later on. For this one, I decided to stick with products I’ve used most frequently this last year…

Sarah’s Beauty Favs 2018

We started off this blog with a round-up of beauty favourites from 2017; it’s only fitting we should kick off the new year reflecting on beauty favourites from 2018. I worried, when I put together my list of Beauty Busts, that I didn’t try a whole lot this year, but going through my make-up drawers,…

First Impression: Juvia’s Place Magic Palette

I bought this palette during a cyber Monday sale aaaaand opted for the faster shipping like a total nut. The palette arrives, and it’s super meticulously packaged in bubble wrap and foam (barf). I rip everything off and open up the palette. I’m in awe of the colours, but intimidated. They are SO pigmented. SO…

Mom Hair (really, I don’t care…sometimes)

Everyone can probably tell I’ve really taken a backseat on the blogging train, and Sarah has done a beautiful (no pun intended) job of making sure there’s content. Love her. My beauty regimen has also taken a back seat (everything from brushing my teeth regularly to waxing the hair on my upper lip and exfoliating),…

Review: Australis Eyeshadow Primer

I was nearing the end of my Urban Decay Primer Potion, but before I could go back to Sephora, Sara took me to Regina’s own Blush Beauty Bar. Blush carries a number of brands, among them being Australis, an Australian-owned cosmetic company. Their eyeshadow primer was selling for the same price as UD’s Primer Potion…

Indie Brands + Local Loving

Sarah will tell you that if I have even the tiniest opportunity, I’ll pick local shops or indie brands over a chain when it comes to any occasion or shopping experience. Restaurants, coffee, and beauty are my biggest go-tos for localizing my purchases. When it comes to beauty brands, I love to tout the little guy…

Review: “Natural” Nail Polish + Indie Beauty Product Love

About a year ago, I purchased a stockpile (I’m not exaggerating, a stockpile…minimum orders for wholesale were 100 bottles) of natural, vegan, water-based, odorless, fast-dry, peel-off nail polishes from a company called Little Ondine out of the UK. PS, if you’re looking to try a few of these out yourself, use the coupon code “PRAGMATIC”…

The DivaCup Chronicles

I’ve been using this magical time-of-the-month gadget (can I say that?) called a Diva Cup for a decade. It feels like a healthy long-term relationship. It’s taken me through every kind of period under the sun and has turned me off of tampons and pads forever. Yes, forever. In an effort to consciously minimize personal…