May 16
2017

Sephora Favorites LashStash To Go

As you may know from my recent posts I am a huge fan of the Sephora Favorites Lip Kits. I love that these sets that let you sample different brands and formulas, and I always enjoy checking out the different products. I have quite a few of the Lip Kits, but have never tried the mascara set that Sephora is known for. The Sephora Favorites LashStash To Go Kit is a set of five deluxe mini mascaras from some high-end brands, and it includes a voucher for a full size mascara of your choice.

The Sephora Favorites LashStash To Go Kit

The Sephora Favorites LashStash To Go Kit

I think this is an awesome deal for $33 Canadian. I get to sample five fancy mascaras that I normally would never try, and then I get to pick which of the five that I want to redeem the voucher for. With this kit you end up getting 5 deluxe minis and one full size for an affordable price. The full size options you can redeem for are between $25-$35 each anyways so it is a great value to sample the other ones (and still use the minis) as well as redeem the voucher.

What mascaras are included in the Sephora Favorites LashStash To Go Kit?

  • Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara in Black (deluxe mini) — full size $35
  • Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black (deluxe mini) — full size $25
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara in Excessive Black (deluxe mini) — full size $34
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes, 4 in 1 Mascara in Black (deluxe mini) — full size $27
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara in Black (deluxe mini) — full size $27
  • Voucher for full size of one of the above mascaras
A look at the inside of the Sephora Favorites LashStash To Go Kit

A look at the inside of the Sephora Favorites LashStash To Go Kit

I want to take my time analyzing the mascaras in the Sephora LashStash To Go Kit so I don’t have reviews for you just yet. I am working on them one at a time to try them out with and without a lash curler, and see how they look and how they last. I have never tried any of the mascaras included in the kit so they are all brand new to me. I have always wondered if a $30 mascara is really that much better than my usual drugstore picks, so I am very excited to try these brands.

All five of the mini mascaras in the Sephora Favorites LashStash To Go Kit

All five of the mini mascaras in the Sephora Favorites LashStash To Go Kit

Once I have had enough time to try out and compare all five of the mascaras I will be posting a full review on each, with before/after mascara photos of every one.

If you have tried any of these mascaras in the Sephora LashStash To Go Kit I would love to hear your thoughts so please let me know in the comments!

May 11
2017

Julep If Looks Could Thrill Eyeliner Trio

I have been super into glitter lately and while I can’t wear it all over on a regular work day, I can find little ways to sneak it into my look. Glitter liner is a great option for this so I set off in search of some liners that would be sparkly but still simple.  I ended up finding the Julep If Looks Could Thrill Liquid Chameleon Eyeliner Trio and I happened to have a Julep code, so I got this set for an awesome deal.

The Julep If Looks Could Thrill Chameleon Liquid Eyeliner Trio

The Julep If Looks Could Thrill Liquid Chameleon Eyeliner Trio

This set has three liquid eyeliners that are meant to glide on smoothly and dry quickly for a smudge-free look. They are called Chameleon Eyeliners because they are a black based formula with pearl pigments infused to show different colours in the light. The three shades are Black & Silver Chameleon, Black & Gold Chameleon, and Black & Violet Chameleon.

The thin tip of the liquid liner

The thin tip of the liquid liner

I like that the Julep If Looks Could Thrill liner trio is less glitter and more sparkle. The liners don’t have chunky flakes of glitter but rather have the sparkly pigments blended in. The black blase stays in tact so they are full coverage and not patchy glittery spots. You can see the smooth coverage in my swatch photos below.

Swatches of the Julep If Looks Could Thrill eyeliners

Swatches of the Julep If Looks Could Thrill eyeliners in one lighting angle

More sparkly swatches of the Julep If Looks Could Thrill eyeliners in another lighting angle

More sparkly swatches of the Julep If Looks Could Thrill eyeliners in another lighting angle

The chameleon effect seems to be the reflective colour changes in different lighting. In my swatches I have shown them in different angles, where you can see they appear less or more sparkly depending on the view. Sometimes the shades look pretty muted – just a basic liner with a hint of colour and hint of shimmer – but other lighting shows the full sparkle power. I really like this effect and especially like it with the Black & Silver Chameleon shade, which skews to a teal/blue hue in some lights.

I really like the Julep If Looks Could Thrill Eyeliner Trio and love the pop of sparkle that they provide. Nothing too wild or festival-looking, but definitely different than a basic black liner look. This trio was a great deal for me and is on sale on the Julep site now for $20 so check it out if you are looking for a way to amp up your black liner looks.

May 2
2017

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017

You must know by now how much I love the Sephora Favorites kits, specifically the lip kits. I have bought the last few that came out, and when I saw the newest one on the website I just could not resist it! This one is the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 set, and it includes some amazing brands, colours, and formulas. This one might actually be my favourite one out of all the lip kits I have, and I can’t wait to show you why!

The brand new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 Set

The brand new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 Set

In case you’re interested in them, the other lip kits I have include the following ones:

All of the lip products in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 Set

All of the lip products in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 Set

What lip products are in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 Set?

Look at all of these lovely shades!

  • Deluxe Mini: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Kristen (cool desert sand)
  • Deluxe Mini: Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Enamored Hi Shine Lip Lacquer in Sugar Sugar (champagne-gold shimmer)
  • Deluxe Mini: NARS Cosmetics Velvet Lip Glide in Bound (rose pink)
  • Deluxe Mini: Tarte Lippie Lingerie Matte Tint in Revealed (light mocha)
  • Deluxe Mini: Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Spice Girl (pink nude)
  • Full Size: Urban Decay Vice Waterproof Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Trivial (matte pink nude)

Now, the above colour descriptions come from the Sephora site but I actually think some of them are very different. The Tarte Lippie Lingerie is much deeper on me and more of a deep brick brown/mocha shade, not light at all. The Anastasia Beverly Hills gloss in Kristen is much more of a deep terracotta pink shade and the NARS Velvet Lip Glide is more like a mauve pink than rose.

Swatches of the lip products in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 Set

Swatches of the lip products in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 Set

The lip products from the swatch photo above

I love all of the colours in this Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 set. The Urban Decay shade is a beautiful medium pink hue that will be perfect for Spring and Summer. I was surprised by how much I liked the Too Faced Lip Injection shade since usually nude glosses don’t show up well on my tanned skin. The Tarte shade is beautiful but probably better suited for Fall.

All of these have amazing formulas and I am very impressed with these products. The Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick is phenomenal and to get a full size in such a pretty shade is amazing. The NARS and Tarte items are so smooth and feel amazing to wear, and the the Too Faced and ABH glosses are really nice as well. The Marc Jacobs gloss is a little sheer for my taste but it will be nice as a topper over another lip product.

Swatches from L-R: Urban Decay, NARS, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Marc Jacobs, Too Faced, and Tarte

Swatches from L-R: Urban Decay, NARS, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Marc Jacobs, Too Faced, and Tarte

Overall this kit is incredible and I really love every item in it. I have loved the other lip kits as well, but this Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 set has such versatility and some incredible brands. I have never tried anything by Anastasia Beverly Hills before,so that was awesome to try that. I have never tried the NARS Velvet Lip Glide, Urban Decay Liquid Lipstick, or Tarte Lippie Lingerie so those were new formulas for me.

All in all, this set is my favourite of the Sephora Favorite kits I own. I love the wide range of brands, colours, and formulas. Although I definitely don’t consider it a set of 6 nude hues, they are all gorgeous lip products that I am thrilled to have in such an affordable set.

Apr 25
2017

Tarte Tarteist Treats set from Sephora

This is my very first Tarte palette and my whole beauty world is changed. I completely see why everyone adores the Tarte palettes! I just got the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora and it includes the Tarte Pro To Go palette, a deluxe mini Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint, and deluxe mini Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara.

The Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora

The Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora

This set was $33 Canadian, and the Tarte Pro to Go Palette alone is $30, so I got the mini mascara and lip paint for only $3. Plus I had a Sephora gift card so I got this trio for an awesome deal. I have been dying to try Tarte eyeshadow because everyone raves about it and the palettes are so popular. I can totally see why now, and after using the Tarte Pro to Go palette I am completely sold!

What came in the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora

What came in the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora

The Tarte Pro to Go palette is my favourite item of the three included in the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set. This palette is small but it packs a shimmery punch. There are six shades, with three being matte and the other three shimmer.

The Tarte Pro to Go Palette

The Tarte Pro to Go Palette

Swatches of the six eyeshadows in the Tarte Pro to Go Palette

Swatches of the six eyeshadows in the Tarte Pro to Go Palette

I am blown away by the shimmer shades. They are super intensely pigmented with an amazing shimmer that makes them look almost like liquid metal. I love all three of them. I also really like the matte shades, which are also quite smooth and buttery, although I found Drive to be the driest of them all. Overall the six eyeshadows in this palette have an incredible formula and very strongly pigmented colours. I am so impressed!

Another swatch photo of the eyeshadows in the Tarte Pro to Go Palette

Another swatch photo of the eyeshadows in the Tarte Pro to Go Palette

The min Lip Paint is another item I really like, and since I just raved about the Matte Lip Paint called Vibin that I got in my Ipsy bag, it was great to try out the glossy alternative. The shade included in the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set is called WCW and is a lovely berry hue. I always love berry shades on my skin tone and this is no exception. It has a nice light formula and does not feel sticky. It seems more creamy than glossy to me, which I actually like. It has a sleek and shiny glossy look but not a super wet glossy look.

Swatch of the Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in the shade WCW

Swatch of the Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in the shade WCW

As for the mascara, the Tarteist Lash Paint mascara, this is one of Tarte’s top mascaras. I have yet to try it since I have a few other open mascaras at the moment, but I really look forward to checking it out and reviewing it later on.

Overall I think the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set was an awesome deal and totally worth it. I am already in love with the Tarte eyeshadow formula and shimmer shades in the Pro to Go palette, and the WCW Lip Paint is beautiful. If you are looking for a way to get into Tarte and try out a few products this set is a great choice!

Apr 21
2017

My second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag (Profile Comparison Experiment)

This month I decided to try out a second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag just to see how similar or different they would end up being. I answered the profile almost the same as my original bag, and let the Ipsy gods give me what they wish. I actually ended up with a bag that I really love. I was super excited about 4 out of the 5 items in this bag, and am really pleased with this bag overall.

The April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag that I got with my original account and profile was not as successful, as I only really liked 3 of the 5 items. This new experimental profile ended up giving me a much more tailored bag somehow.

My second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

My second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Let’s see what I got in my second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

OFRA Cosmetics Blush in shade Rendezvous 
This is my first ever OFRA Cosmetics product and I have been so excited about it. It is a very deep peachy shade that looks a lot darker in the pan than it is in the swatch. It is completely matte which is different for me, as I only have shimmery blushes. I really like this blush a lot.

Tarte Cosmetics Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in shade Delish
When I saw this was included in my bag spoilers I was beyond thrilled. I absolutely loved the one I got in my last bag (in the brick red shade Vibin) and was so happy to get another colour. Delish is a medium nude hue and has the same smooth and light formula as the other one I have. It dries down way deeper on my skin than it looked in the tube.

Side note: I really don’t think I would have gotten this item in my other bag because I already had one last month. I am so glad I decided to do my experiment this month!

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow & Highlighter
I was also excited for this product since I like to try out highlighters but I never purchase them myself. This is a smooth shimmery powder with a nice light pale gold hue. I can be used as shadow or highlight and I will definitely be trying it out as both options.

Swacthes of the Tarte Lip Paint in Delish, OFRA Blush in Rendezvous, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Shadow & Highlight

Swacthes of the Tarte Lip Paint in Delish, OFRA Blush in Rendezvous, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Shadow & Highlight

Theorie Marula Oil Transforming Hair Serum
This could not have come at a better time! I was just looking at all my split ends and problems with my hair, and planning to add some light highlights this weekend, so a hair serum is the perfect item to help nourish my locks. This serum is safe for colour treated hair so it will be the first thing I use after I do my highlights!

Dream by PS Cosmeceutical Infused Nail Lacquer in shade Southern Sand
Normally I pass on the Ipsy polishes I get in my bags and give them away to friends and family, but this one I may have to try. I like the colour of it and it seems like a perfect fresh light nude shade for Spring and Summer.

OFRA Rendezvous Blush, Theorie Marula Oil, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer & Shadow Highlighter from my second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

OFRA Rendezvous Blush, Theorie Marula Oil, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer & Shadow Highlighter from my second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Overall with this second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag I am very happy with the OFRA blush, Tarte liquid lipstick, Elizabeth Mott shadow/highlighter. I am definitely going to be using the Theorie hair serum as well, and I like the nude shade of the nail polish.

This bag was a big hit, and I have to admit it was a lot better than my original April bag.

Apr 18
2017

April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

It’s that time again – subscription boxes are arriving in my mailbox and it feels like Christmas. Today I have my usual April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag unboxing and review. The theme this month was Side Show, which seemed to have a circus-like style. The bag itself fit that theme with the ticket design and is actually pretty cute.

The bag is a bright coral colour with lavender writing and the date April 1, 2017  backwards as the barcode numbers on the side. I like the idea and it is a cute colour for Spring.

My April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

My April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

What did I get in my April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag?

Defy & Inspire Wear Resistant Nail Lacquer in shade Paradise Island
This is a lovely bright and light turquoise shade and it is meant to be a long-lasting formula that will resist chips. I normally don’t like the one-off polishes in Ipsy bags because it looks weird being a single brand in my collection, but this shade is really nice. I might give it a shot one day and then pass it along to a friend who will use it more often.

Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Face Toner
I am always a little unsure of skincare items in subscription bags because I never know how I will react to it or if it will irritate my face. This toner is meant to brighten skin, remove bacteria and dead skin, and make pores look smaller. I can’t tell if I will try it yet since I just started a new skincare routine and don’t want to mess with it, but maybe in the future I can check this out.

Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer in shade Palm Island
This bronzer has oil-controlling ingredients and looks like a lovely shade to get a little glow. It has neutral undertones so it won’t make you look orange. I look forward to using this for a bit of a faux glow this season.

Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliner in Black
I am not skilled at winged liner by any means but I am always up to try it again. This liquid liner has a super skinny tip and jet black formula that is meant to stay in place all day. I never buy myself liquid liner so although this may not be the most exciting Ipsy item ever, it is something I will be trying to use.

Tony Moly Liptome LipCare Stick in shade Rose Blossom
Tony Moly is a brand I have been hearing so much about lately! I have been really curious about it and I absolutely love lip balms, so this is super exciting to me. This is a chic looking lip balm that has lots of hydrating oils to keep my lips soft, smooth, and silky. It feels awesome and it smells so fresh and rosy – just like the Benefit Benetint scent.

Tony Moly Lip Balm and Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Tony Moly Lip Balm and Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Overall I am thrilled with the Tony Moly lip balm and will definitely be using the liquid eyeliner and the bronzer. I am not super into the nail polish and am unsure about the facial toner this month. 3 out of 5 isn’t too bag though so I still think my Ipsy bag was a hit this month, but it wasn’t a total hit like it has been in February and March.

Did you get a Glam Bag this month? Let me know what products you are trying!

Apr 13
2017

7th Heaven Strengthen Nail & Cuticle Finger Masques

7th Heaven Strengthen Nail & Cuticle Finger Masques

7th Heaven Strengthen Nail & Cuticle Finger Masques

Have you ever heard of finger masks?! I love face masks, and have been really into hair masks as well, but I have never tried a finger mask until this past weekend. To be honest I didn’t even know that finger masks existed, until I got the chance to try out the 7th Heaven Strengthen Nail & Cuticle Finger Masques.

Now that I have seen and used the product I can totally understand them. These condition your nails, cuticles, and fingers for a super soft feeling. These finger masks make a lot of sense, especially to those who are tough on their nails or work with their hands. Instead of lotion and cuticle oil as two steps, this allows for an all-in-one pampering session for your nails.

The 7th Heaven Finger Masques look a little silly to wear, but the results are really nice. I definitely don’t pay enough attention to my cuticles so this was much-needed TLC on my tips.

All you have to do is stick each finger into one of these oval shaped paper tubes. The inside is coated with conditioning oils and ingredients like pomegranate. The paper tubes are totally dry so you can actually still function while wearing them. After 15 minutes you take off the papers and rinse of the leftover reside, and that’s it!

I definitely felt silly wearing these finger masks!

I definitely felt silly wearing these finger masks!

After using these finger masks my cuticles looked and felt better, my peeling nails were much smoother and also looked a lot nicer. My fingers did feel a bit wrinkly like they do after a bath, but that went away shortly and they were left feeling super soft. For something so simple in concept these little finger masks made a big difference to my nails and I was quite impressed.

These funky looking finger masks will be available at Rexall drugstores this month!

Will you be trying them out? 

Apr 11
2017

Swatches of 14 lipsticks I found in my purse

Do you remember a while back when I found 16 lipsticks that were in my purse? I recently had the same thing happen when I could not find most of my go-to daily shades. I checked my current purse and there they were. Clearly I really like these shades since I keep using them and reaching for them on the go, so I decided to post about them. See below for swatches and more information an all 14 lipsticks I found in my purse!

All 14 lipsticks that were living in my purse

All 14 lipsticks that were living in my purse

There are a few odd shades with bolder hues or something different, but the majority of these are everyday go-to lipsticks. They have been piling up in my bag for about a month now, but I love having them on hand when I need a touch up at work or have a spontaneous dinner date. Almost all of these 14 lipsticks are able to be worn with any look and are shades I can apply in a quick swipe and not worry about. These are some of my most tried and true lipsticks, so keep reading to see the swatches!

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Apr 7
2017

I am so impressed by the Maybelline Velvet Lip Crayon formula!

OMG I have to talk about the creamiest lip crayon I have ever tried! The recent Maybelline ColorDrama Intense Velvet Lip Crayon line has some of the smoothest and most buttery lip crayons I have ever seen. I can’t really find a way to describe it but I was so blown away by how creamy the formula is on these pencils. They glide on like butter (but not in a greasy gross way) and feel light and smooth to wear.

Maybelline Velvet Lip Crayons in shades Nude Pefection, Berry Much, and Red Essential

Maybelline Velvet Lip Crayons in shades Nude Pefection, Berry Much, and Red Essential

Maybe the reason I am so shocked by this is because they are matte lip pencils, and matte lip products in general can be drying but the pencil factor usually makes it worse. That is not the case with these Velvet Lip Crayons at all.

There are a bunch of colour options for the Maybelline Velvet Lip Crayon and they all have great pigmentation. They glide on and don’t feel thick or heavy to wear. The crayon shape allows for more precise application which is awesome. They feel like the most buttery lipstick but apply much more crisply and simply with the pencil shape.

I honestly was worried that these may be dry or tough to apply, especially since the colours looked almost dusty when I first opened them. It was some sort or weird haze on the top layer but in a second it went away and the true colour and formula came out.

Keep reading to see the swatches of these Maybelline Velvet Lip Crayon shades!  [Read more…]

Apr 5
2017

Drugstore Fave! Essence Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

A long time ago I posted about my first Essence Cosmetics mascara – the Lash Princess Volume Mascara – and I absolutely loved it. It was $5 at the drugstore and performed amazingly well. I was blown away by the product and decided to try out a very similar item when I recently finished my mascara. This time I went with the sister mascara – the Essence Lash Princess False Effect Mascara. This is also only $5 and has the same cute corset design that drew me to the first one.

Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

Essentially the two mascaras look like twins. One has orange text and design and the other has light green. They look so similar on the outside so I was super curious to see if they performed the same. I did notice one huge difference between these two mascaras. The brushes are totally different with the Essence Lash Princess Volume version being curved and the Essence Lash Princess False Effect mascara having a straight brush.

In terms of formula and application I find that the Essence Lash Princess False Effect Mascara is pretty foolproof. It has a smooth formula that glides onto lashes and it isn’t to watery or too thick. The colour is a perfect crisp black and I only need one coat to get great results. It doesn’t smudge or flake at all (at least on me) and it wears well all day long.

In order to show you the true impact of the mascara I did not curl my lashes so what you see in the photo is just the mascara on my bare lashes. You can see in the before shot that my bare lashes are nearly non-existent, so all of the length, definition, and volume comes from the mascara.

Bare lashes with no mascara

Bare lashes with no mascara

Lashes with one coat of Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

Lashes with one coat of Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The results of this super affordable drugstore mascara are almost identical to the results I got with the twin product. The Essence Lash Princess False Effect mascara does not give very different lashes than the Lash Princess Volume version, but the results are still amazing. For under $5 I am thrilled with how long and full my eyelashes look. I can swipe on one coat of this mascara and look wide-awake and bright eyed in no time.

I do have to note that the CoverGirl Plumpify Blast Pro mascara gave me slightly more in terms of length and separation, but it is almost double the price of the Essence options. The difference is quite small so for the bug price drop and ease of application I think I will stick with the Essence Lash Princess False Effect mascara for now.

Do you have any other recommendations for a great drugstore mascara? I’d love to hear them so be sure to let me know in the comments!