Sep 27
2016

The Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Set

A few weeks ago I showed you some awesome lip products from the Sephora Give Me Some Lip set, but today I have something new to show you. This is the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip set – a bright and bold version of the original one!

This comes in the same adorable lip shaped box an has the same number of products. There are 4 deluxe mini items and 2 full size items. Out of the 6 lip products in this set they are a range of colours and finishes, which differs from the original set that was all nude and lighter hues.

The Sephora Give Me Some Bold Lip set

The Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip set

Let’s see the items in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip set!

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Sep 21
2016

Swatches of the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe

Yesterday I gave a quick look at the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe holiday set, and today I have swatches of all 18 eye shadows. I wanted to separate the posts so I could go into more detail about each palette and which colours were the best.

Out of the three palettes – Eggnog Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Gingerbread Cookie – I think I like either the Eggnog or Gingerbread one the best. There are a few really incredible shades in these palettes, and even in the Peppermint Mocha one, but there are also a few that were disappointing.

The three palettes in the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe holiday set

The three palettes in the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe holiday set

Out of all 18 eye shadows in the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe set I would say about 5-6 are thing or dry, but the remaining 12 or 13 are quite nice. Out of those good ones there are 5 that really stood out to me. Let’s take a look at each palette on it’s own and see the 6 shades in each one.

Read on for a breakdown of every shadow in each of the three palettes!

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Sep 20
2016

First Look: Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe

This is probably the one blog post I have been most excited about since the day I started this blog. I am so happy that I got the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe Holiday Set and I have no idea if it was by fluke or not, but I got it so quickly! I have had my eye on this for ages, ever since the very first sneak peak I saw online. This is a set of three holiday scented palettes with an adorable theme and some seriously pretty shimmer and matte eye shadows, as well as two blushes and a bronzer, and a mini Better Than Sex Mascara. I have drooled over photos online for weeks now and to finally have it in my hands is such an exciting thing!

The Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe holiday set

The Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe holiday set

I was so anxious about the release of this because I didn’t know when Sephora would launch it online, and the day Too Faced launched it I wasn’t sure if I should buy it. I checked Sephora.ca about a hundred times that day and decided it was probably not going to launch, and that I would wait until the rumored October release. And then suddenly around 7:30pm I checked completely randomly and there it was. I snatched it up so fast and am so happy I did because within an hour it was offline again. I swear it was an accident that it got put up online but I am beyond happy that I managed to get the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe set that day. Oh yeah – somehow my shipping only took two days so that was even better!

Inside the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe holiday set

Inside the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe holiday set

Keep reading for more photos of this awesome holiday set!

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Sep 14
2016

Julep Maven September Box: Part 2

Yesterday I showed you the pretty eyeliner shades I got in the Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner set from Julep. I chose that as my Julep Maven September box, but I was so intrigued by the September offerings that I ordered a second box as well. The second box I picked was the Cheers to Five Years Mini Lipstick Trio, which I am showing you today.

Julep Maven September box with the Cheers to Five Years Mini Lipstick Trio

Julep Maven September box with the Cheers to Five Years Mini Lipstick Trio

For my second Julep Maven September box I got the lipstick trio as well as a clear lip liner, which is super handy to keep bold colours on your lips and avoid smudging or bleeding. This box was a pre-made one, which I normally don’t pick but it was a good combination so I went for it.

The mini lipsticks in my Julep Maven September box

The mini lipsticks in my Julep Maven September box

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Sep 13
2016

Julep Maven September Box: Part 1

This month I was super excited about the Julep Maven collection. The September sets were in celebration of Julep’s 5 year anniversary, which is a big milestone that they celebrated. In honour of the 5 year anniversary there were some really neat Julep sets to choose from for the Julep Maven September Box, and I had such a tough time choosing one that I ended up getting two!

Julep Maven Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner Set

Julep Maven Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner Set

Today I will show you the Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner Set that I picked for my Julep Maven September box. This set is worth $40 (according to the website) and comes with five different shades of the When Pencil Met Gel Eyeliner. All five of the shades included are brand new, and they have some really cool colours for Fall. I was immediately drawn to the Ultraviolet and Lilac Shimmer.

Julep Maven September Box Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner Set

Julep Maven September Box Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner Set

Julep Maven Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner Set with shades Galaxy Black, Deep Sea Foam, Gilded Gold, Lilac Shimmer, Ultraviolet

Julep Maven Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner Set with shades Galaxy Black, Deep Sea Foam, Gilded Gold, Lilac Shimmer, Ultraviolet

Read on for more photos and swatches of each shade of eyeliner from my Julep Maven September box!

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Sep 9
2016

Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liquid Liner

As much as I adore makeup and love playing with all kinds of beauty products, there has always been one thing that I could never get quite right. Liquid eyeliner has been the toughest thing for me to figure out, and no matter how hard I try and how many brands or items I have used, I have never ever mastered a cat eye. Unfortunately I still haven’t yet but I am getting much closer to that goal since I picked up the new Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liquid Liner. This eyeliner has been by far the easiest one for me to use, and as a seriously liquid-liner challenged person that is a huge accomplishment.

The new Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liquid Liner

The new Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liquid Liner

I wish I could say that I just suddenly mastered Gigi Hadid level eyeliner with this new product but I definitely think my skills need a bit more work. I have however finally figured out how to get a smooth and thin line of crisp black liner with the Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liquid Liner. The name of the item is a mouthful but the results are near perfection.

Read on to see the swatches and the cool applicator tip!

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Sep 6
2016

7th Heaven Chocolate Mud Masque

At the end of a long weekend there is nothing better than relaxing and getting yourself refreshed for the week ahead. Some people have their ‘me time’ with bubble baths but I always go for a face mask to relax and wind down. I like that they are helping my skin and I always feel super renewed after using one. To close out this past weekend I used one of my favourite masks, the 7th Heaven Chocolate Mud Masque which smells amazing!

The 7th Heaven Chocolate Mud Masque

The 7th Heaven Chocolate Mud Masque

This is an affordable and incredible face mask that brings the spa experience right to your living room for a fraction of the price.

The scent of this mask is so delicious and the feeling it leaves on your skin is amazing. I love 7th Heaven masks because they are pretty natural and I don’t worry about what I am putting on my skin when I use them. The 7th Heaven Chocolate Mud Masque is made of nourishing ingredients including cocoa butter, cocoa beans, and shea butter, so it leaves skin super soft.

Want to know something else awesome about this mask? It is super affordable coming in at $1.99 per mask! I also really like that it comes in a single serving pack because I can take it travelling and just toss it once I use it, instead of fumbling with a container once my hands are all sticky from applying the mask.

With this mask I got to enjoy a yummy scent, smooth creamy mask, and get great refreshing skin as a result. The 7th Heaven Chocolate Mud Masque is a perfect way to end a weekend.

You can purchase this mask, and tons of other ones, on the website here or check out some of the retailers below:

  • Select Apple Drug Mart
  • Select Pharmasave
  • Select Uniprix
  • Select Value Drug Mart
  • Walmart
  • and many more
Sep 2
2016

Swatches of the Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set

Yesterday I posted about the 6 lip products in the Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set, and today I have swatches and further reviews on each of the 6 items. There are 4 deluxe minis and 2 full size products included in this set. It was a good deal for me and I am pleased with all of the items in it, as well as the shades.

Let’s start with the full size products included in the Sephora Give Me Some Lip set. The two full size items are the Lancome Juicy Shaker in the shade Boom-Meringue, which smells slightly like lemon. This is a lip oil which is super trendy right now, and it is the first lip oil I have ever tried. It doesn’t have much colour even though it is a nice pink hue in the bottle, but it basically acts as a soft, smooth, clear oil that keeps lips moisturized. I like the feeling and scent of it, and I don’t mind that it’s clear. It’s nice for everyday use and something totally different than anything I own.

The 6 lip products included  in the Sephora Give Me Some Lip set

The 6 lip products included in the Sephora Give Me Some Lip set

The other full size item is the Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in the shade Stepping Out. This was the real stunner from the Sephora Give Me Some Lip set, at least in my opinion. This is a super smooth liquid matte lipstick that truly lasts and works like a charm. This lipstick is the perfect nude shade and once you apply it you don’t have to worry for hours. I loved the look of this and the formula, and am thrilled with this full size item being included in this set.

The deluxe mini items in this set range from a classic red lip balm to a Too Faced Melted Matte, and I am generally happy with all 4 of them. As I mentioned in my previous post, my Mom loves the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in the shade Rikugien, and although I like the colour I find it too sheer for my skin tone. She’ll be getting this one from me and I know she will get some good use out of it.

Swatches of the Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set

Swatches of the Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set from L-R: Lancome, Smashbox, Kat Von D, NARS, Fresh Sugar, and Too Faced. 

Another item I have already used from the Sephora Give Me Some Lip set is the Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment. I used to have one a long time ago and was excited to get another. It has a lovely scent and very light rosy colour, with the feeling of a balm. It’s soft, smooth, and has SPF 15 so it is an awesome everyday lip product for any season.  It offers a hint of colour but nothing dramatic or bold.

The Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in the shade Chihuahua is a smooth liquid lipstick with a great formula and applicator. I have a few of the Too Faced Melted lippies which I love, so this was great to get a nude hue. I like the colour of it but the soft formula is what really gets me. This applies so nicely and I really like how it feels super light and soft on my lips while still delivering lots of pigment.

The last deluxe mini in this Sephora Give Me Some Lip set is the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in the shade Lovecraft. I had been hearing about this shade for a while and was definitely surprised when I saw what it looked like in real life. It has a lavender hint to it and is a very light pink nude, which is different than anything I own. I haven’t decided yet if it suits my skin tone but I am excited to experiment with it.

Swatches of the Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set

Swatches of the Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set

Overall these 6 lip products in this set are all really different items, and as I said previously this set was a great deal at $33 for all of the included items. I got some really awesome brands and a variety of nude shades and formulas, so I feel like I am set for Fall with these lippies.

Sep 1
2016

Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set

I recently made a Sephora order and was super impressed to have my items arrive in 2 days! How quick is that? I never get that type of delivery with other brands and it was great to get my products so quickly. One of the things I ordered, which I want to show you today, is the Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set which included 6 lip products in deluxe mini sizes and full sizes. Out of the 6 items there are 2 full size ones, and with the set retailing for $33 that is a pretty good deal.

The Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set featuring 4 deluxe minis and two fill size items

The Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set featuring 4 deluxe minis and two fill size items

Speaking of a good deal – I got this when there was an eBates bonus for 16% cashback at Sephora.ca, and I am really pleased with that. I have had eBates for about 6 months now and gotten over $60 in cashback just from my regular online shopping, nothing special or big ticket items. If you’re interested in checking it out and earning a little extra makeup money then you can use my link here and sign up.

Out of the items included in the Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set I have tried 2 of the 6 exact shades included, but I wasn’t disappointed with them being in the set. I got the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien from the birthday gift last year and although I liked it for a sheer colour, my Mom really loved it and I gave her mine. We have been looking for dupes since then but with this set I got another one so I can just pass that along to her and she’ll be happy.

The other item I have tried is the Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Tint, which I actually really liked from the Sephora birthday gift a few years ago. I have either lost it or gave it a friend since then, and recently have been wanting to get a replacement so having it in this set was great.

The 6 lip products inside the Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set

The 6 lip products inside the Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set

I have a few of the Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipsticks and most of them I really love, so getting another one is great. I don’t have Melted Chihuahua yet so this was a good one to get.

The other items in the set are brand new to me but things I have been hearing about and reading about for months. I have wanted to try the Lancome Juicy Shaker for a while now, since I am super curious about lip oils. I have heard a ton about Kat Von D Lovecraft and wanted to try the shade out for myself. It seems to be a favourite for a lot of people. I have also heard that the Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick is super long lasting and works like a charm. Spoiler alert – it’s true! This lippie lasts forever and it looks amazing!

Overall for $33 I got two deluxe minis that I have used and liked (or my Mom liked), two deluxe minis that I haven’t tried but am pretty sure I will enjoy, and two full size items that have been on my radar for a long time. The Smashbox lippie alone is $28, as is the Lancome Juicy Shaker, so to get them both full size in this set with all the other items made this totally worth it for me. The Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set is a great set to go into Fall with and I look forward to using all of the products.

Check back tomorrow for a swatch post! I wanted to talk about each shade individually so I saved the swatches for a separate post.

Aug 29
2016

ImPress Gel Manicure Press-On Nails Oval Edition

I have been a big fan of the ImPress Press-On Manicure sets for a long time, and recently I discovered that they make another kind of press-on set that is even better… oval shape! These ImPress Gel Manicure Oval Edition sets have the same easy application and stylish designs, but they come in a new nail shape. How cool is that?!

ImPress Gel Manicure Oval Edition Press-On Nails

ImPress Gel Manicure Oval Edition Press-On Nails

Side note: I have no idea why they are called Gel Manicures now, since they are still the peel-off/press-on nails.

I have always wanted oval shaped nails but I cannot seem to grow my natural nails out that way. As chic as it looks on Kylie Jenner, I had given up all hope that I would ever have oval nails. When I found out about these ImPress Gel Manicure kits in the new oval style I was so excited.

ImPress Gel Manicure Oval Edition Press-On Nails

ImPress Gel Manicure Oval Edition Press-On Nails

I absolutely love how quick and simple these press-on nails are to apply, and I have it down to a five minute process. They are waterproof and last for a full week without falling off, and I usually get away with almost now tip wear. They come in a ton of patterns and designs, with different colours and accent nails in some kits.

ImPress Press On Manicure in the style Boogie Down

ImPress Press On Manicure in the style Boogie Down

You can see my full review on ImPress Press-On Nails here, where I wrote about the style Boogie Down, which is a bright coral glitter with a chevron accent nail, shown to the left.

I wrote a full post including instructions on how to do the simple application process. It seriously takes five minutes and it lasts for a full week!

I reserve my use of fake nails like these to only times when I really need them, so I am saving these amazing oval shaped Impress nails for the next time I have a big event or break a nail badly. I cannot wait to wear these stylish shaped nails and you can bet I’ll be posting all over my Instagram when I get a chance to wear them.