Archives for July 2016

Jul 28
2016

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Liya’s Nude Nail Polish

I have a beautiful mauve/grey nail polish to show you that is a total staple in my nail polish collection all year round. The L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Liya’s Nude nail polish is part of the nude collection from a few years ago that focused on nude shades of lipstick and nail polish to match some of the L’Oreal Spokesmodels. There were a variety of different tones to coincide with the different women’s skin tones. They were all great colours but Liya’s Nude nail polish is the one I reach for most often.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Liya's Nude nail polish

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Liya’s Nude

Liya Kebede is an actress, model, and designer that shares the spokesmodel role with other famous beauties such as Blake Lively, Eva Longoria, J.Lo, and many more.

Liya’s Nude nail polish is a medium toned mauve/grey that has the perfect balance between a dusty purple and greige hue. The formula is super smooth and applies like a dream. I love the brush that goes with this polish too, and it makes it so nice to work with. I can get great coverage and shine with just two coats.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Liya's Nude nail polish

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Liya’s Nude

I think that Liya’s Nude nail polish works for summer, winter, and everything in between. It definitely fits into the neutral category and isn’t anything too crazy, but it has something different and cool to it that adds a little edge. I really love the colour and the formula, and for an affordable drugstore nail polish this one is a really great option.

If Liya’s Nude nail polish isn’t the right shade for you there are also nude hues suited to other skin tones in honour of the other spokeswomen, so be sure to check them out! There is also a more recent collection with pink tones in both lipstick and nail polish for many of the spokeswomen.

Jul 25
2016

ColourPop Staycation Matte Lippie Stix Set

Lately I have been super into ColourPop Cosmetics, and I have fallen instantly in love with almost everything I have tried so far. Recently ColourPop launched a few sets online, featuring lip sets or eye sets with some great pieces at a good deal. I have quite a few of the Super Shock Eye Shadows now, which I have swatched and reviewed here and here, but I was really interested in the ColourPop Staycation Matte Lippie Stix Set. I purchased that as my last birthday present to myself a few weeks ago, and it just arrived the other day. I am so excited about it and cannot wait to show you all the amazing shades in the set.

The ColourPop Staycation Matte Lippie Stix Set

The ColourPop Staycation Matte Lippie Stix Set

The ColourPop Staycation Matte Lippie Stix Set

The ColourPop Staycation Matte Lippie Stix Set

The set of Lippie Stix came in a cute little box with a mirror on the inside lid, and it is really nice and sturdy. I like the box a lot and am still storing them in it, but might take out the lipstick tray on the bottom and use it as a box for other items. It is really cute and seems well made, which I was pleasantly surprised with since I didn’t even know it came it a box when I ordered the set.

All 6 shades included in the ColourPop Staycation Matte Lippie Stix Set

All 6 shades included in the ColourPop Staycation Matte Lippie Stix Set

All 6 shades included in the ColourPop Staycation Matte Lippie Stix Set

All 6 shades included in the ColourPop Staycation Matte Lippie Stix Set

Read on for swatches of all the stunning matte Lippie Stix shades!

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Jul 22
2016

Seasonal Summer Babe Box Review

After my first ever Babe Box, where I was left a little disappointed, I decided to give them another shot when they changed into a season subscription instead of monthly. I recently got my seasonal summer  Babe Box at the start of July, and once again I am left a little let down. I really had high hopes for awesome products in this new seasonal subscription, but most of what was included is just semi-interesting. The best part of this box was the mini Essie polishes.

Items in the Summer Babe Box

Items in the Summer Babe Box

What was included in the seasonal summer Babe Box?

  • COLAB Dry Shampoo Travel Size
  • Zevia Ginger Ale
  • Essie Summer 2016 Minis
  • I Love… Raspberry and Blackberry Bubble Bath Mini
  • Pro:voke Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo
  • Vera Wang Lovestruck Perfume
  • Montagne Jeunesse Trial Size Face Mask

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Jul 19
2016

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Deluxe Sampler

Today I am showing you the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Deluxe Sampler that includes 24 of the new UD Vice lipstick shades. I got this as a promo with my recent Sephora order, and have seen a lot of people complaining it was out of stock and hard to get, so I guess I got lucky that day.

The Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Sampler

The Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Deluxe Sampler

I have to start by saying that this was THE hardest beauty item I have ever tried to photograph. In multiple years of writing for other blogs, working at beauty magazines, and everything I have done, this was absolutely the most difficult post to take photos for. My camera was going crazy with all the different colours and trying to catch the correct lighting without reflecting off the little plastic bubbles. I was going crazy trying to get accurate photos. I finally got some acceptable ones, but keep in mind that this was so tough to get the right colours so be sure to check the Urban Decay website for further info on the shades of these lipsticks.

Before we get to the lipsticks – if anyone has any photography tips on how to get these super tricky lighting/colour/reflection problems under control I would totally love to hear them!

Check out the 24 shades in the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Deluxe Sampler

All 24 shades included in the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Sampler

All 24 shades included in the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Deluxe Sampler

The UD Vice lippies come in a wide range of colours (100 shades to be exact) and a bunch of different finishes. From metallic to matte, cream to sheer, and everything in between you are sure to find a shade or two that suits your preferences for any occasion. In this Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Deluxe Sampler I got 24 shades in a variety of finishes, organized into this cute little folded book. They are sort of sorted by shade family, with a page of 8 bold hues like pink and purple, a page of 8 vampy and red colours, and then 8 classic and neutral hues. I like the sorting in the book and it makes it super easy to pick one depending on mood or occasion.

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Jul 16
2016

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens

Matte lips are super in right now and they have been going strong for quite some time now. I am a huge fan of matte lips and rarely go for anything glossy or shiny, but I have one particular lippie that really changes my mind. It’s part of a collection that actually has both matte and glossy lipsticks, and they are some of my all-time favourite lip products ever. The L’Oreal Paris Colour Rich La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens are incredibly smooth and pigmented lipsticks that come in a wide range of shades and two awesome formulas.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens

These lip pens are super slim and don’t need to be sharpened. They deliver defined lip lines and are full of great opaque formulas. The La Lacque Lip Pens deliver a glossy, shiny, slick lip colour without any stickiness. Lacque-y Charm is a warm rosy shade and it has quickly become my everyday lip colour. I can dress it up or wear it casually, and I love the feeling, look, shade, and formula of it. The other lacquer shade I have been loving is Lacque-y You, a bolder and deeper pink shade that almost runs to fuchsia. Both hues are stunning and look great with the sleek gloss of the La Lacque formula.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens from L-R: Lacque-y Charm, Lacque-y You, Matte for Me, Mad for Matte

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens from L-R: Lacque-y Charm, Lacque-y You, Matte for Me, Mad for Matte

The Le Matte Lip Pens come n a range of shades as well, and have a creamy matte finish. They are super opaque and the pointed oval pen tip allows for precise application, which is key for matte lips. The two shades I am loving of the Le Matte Lip Pens are Mad for Matte, a bright and bold red with slightly orange undertones. This one is a strong shade and really pulls off the classic red lipstick look with a trendy matte finish. The other colour, Matte for Me is a hot pink with slightly blue undertones. It really stands out and the pigmentation on the matte shades is ever more than the La Lacque ones.

Swatches of L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens from L-R: Mad for Matte, Matte for Me, Lacque-y You, and Lacque-y Charm

Swatches of L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens from L-R: Mad for Matte, Matte for Me, Lacque-y You, and Lacque-y Charm

With one swipe of any of these shades, I get seriously great colour payoff and smooth application. The shine and gloss from the La Lacque Lip Pens is sophisticated and classy, and feels like an extremely high quality lipstick. I almost relate these to the smoothness of my MAC lipsticks, but they don’t have the thickness or tight feeling that some MAC lippies have. As for the Le Matte Lip Pens they are incredible matte lipsticks that are excellent quality at a drugstore price. Between the two collections you really can’t go wrong with the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens.

Jul 15
2016

July Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing and Review

I have always been curious about the Ipsy beauty subscription service but never bought into it until recently. I decided to finally give it a shot when I saw a promo code online, and a few days ago my July Ipsy Glam Bag arrived. I have tried a few other beauty subscription boxes over the past few years and right now the Julep Maven one is my favourite. Julep boxes only have Julep brand items, where as the Ipsy bags come with a range of beauty brands.

Items in my July Ipsy Glam Bag

Items in my July Ipsy Glam Bag

One interesting thing to note about my July Ipsy Glam Bag is that when I went online for the last few days it showed me the products I was supposed to be getting in my bag, but when the bag arrived they were almost all wrong. I was actually happier with the items I got than I would have been with the ones they said online, but I found it strange that the information was so different. I just went online today (after the bag had been delivered) and they were all correct again, like they had been updated to match the bag I actually got. So strange.

Read on to see more photos and check out my review of the items I got this month!

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Jul 13
2016

ColourPop Super Shock Eye Shadows

After falling instantly in love with my first order of ColourPop Super Shock Eye Shadows, I knew I had to make another one. I ordered five more shades and they recently arrived, and I am just as into these as the first batch. ColourPop Super Shock Eye Shadows are seriously smooth, creamy, and very pigmented. I love the cushion soft formula and am really pleased with such affordable and awesome eye shadows.

ColourPop Super Shock Eye Shadows

ColourPop Super Shock Eye Shadows

The new colours that I got in my last order are the following:

  • Doe-A Deer: Blackened violet in a Matte Finish
  • Luckfully: A bright cobalt blue in a Pearlized finish
  • Sequin: A copper penny like shade with silver and gold glitter
  • Un: A soft champagne sprinkled with silver multidimensional glitter in a Metallic finish
  • Deux: A mid tone warm brown in a Satin finish

Read on for more of my thoughts and the swatches!

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Jul 8
2016

Sephora Bronze Bares All Review & Swatches

The other day I posted about my Sephora birthday haul which included two Urban Decay items, a Formula X nail art ombre set, and this amazing Sephora Favourites Bronze Bares All Set. This is a set of 8 products that are great for an all over summer glow look. The Sephora Bronze Bares All Set includes a combination of eye, lip, face, and body products and ranges from deluxe mini sizes to full size items. The shades range from different hues of bronze and nude options, but they all work well together for an overall warm neutral glow.

The Sephora Favourites Bronze Bares All set

The Sephora Favourites Bronze Bares All set

The reason I bought this set was to try a bunch of great brands at a good price. There are a lot of lovely items included that would cost a lot of money to try and buy each one, so this set offers a way to check out some really wonderful bronze favourites without spending a ton of money. For example, the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick costs $35 alone, so to get a full size of that plus other items in the set it makes it super worthwhile. All of the deluxe mini items have enough for many many uses of the products, even the tinted tanning mousse. I love the mini Tarte lipstick to throw in my purse, as well as the mini Becca and Nars items. The full size Smashbox liner is another incredible deal in this set since it would have been $25 to purchase individually.

All 8 great bronze products in the Sephora Bronze Bares All set

All 8 great bronze/nude products in the Sephora Bronze Bares All set

Keep reading to see swatches and more thoughts on everything included in this set!

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Jul 7
2016

Sephora Birthday Haul ft. Urban Decay

In honour of my own birthday this weekend, I decided to buy myself a few beauty presents. I have seen the Sephora Marc Jacobs birthday gift and was super excited about it, but since there isn’t a store in my town I decided to shop online. I have been adding things in and out of my cart over the last month or so but never made an order, so I finally decided to treat myself and place an order. There are so many great deals at Sephora lately and even though I have been eyeing things like the Gwen Stefani Urban Decay palette (on sale!) and considering another Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, I ended up getting a combo of some other great items for my Sephora birthday haul.

Everything I bought in my Sephora birthday haul

Everything I bought in my Sephora birthday haul

The items I ordered in my Sephora birthday haul include a nail art kit, a Sephora Favourites bronze set, an Urban Decay Naked palette, and more. Check out the full list of what I bought below.

What did I get?

 

  • Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette in the shade Native
  • Formula X Infinite Ombré Nail Design Set
  • Sephora Favorites Bronze Bares All Set
  • Mini Marc Jacobs Sephora VIB Birthday Gift
  • Urban Decay Vice Lipstick sampler with 24 lipstick shades to try
  • 3 free samples

These items shipped super fast and I was so excited to get a delivery notification for my Sephora birthday haul just 4 days after I placed the order.

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Jul 5
2016

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips & Ultra Matte Lip

The other week I posted about my very first ColourPop Super Shock eye shadows, and today I finally get to show you my first ColourPop Lip Colours. I was in love with the eye shadows from the moment I opened the jars, and I can totally see why this brand is blowing up based on trying those four shadows. I was a little more skeptical about the lippies and it took me some time to get used to them. I got two ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips and one ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip, in the shades Dopey, Panda, and Avenue.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips and Ultra Matte Lip in Dopey, Panda, and Avenue

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips and Ultra Matte Lip in Dopey, Panda, and Avenue

These are another ColourPop product that gets a ton of hype online and is all over my Instagram feed. I always see gorgeous lip swatches and I heard a lot about the wonderful formulas, so I was really excited to try them. For the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips they are smooth liquid lipsticks which are very opaque, and they come out with a light satin finish. The ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip is super pigmented and smooth but dries to a matte finish. I wanted to try both to see the differences. Luckily the Ultra Satin Lips aren’t too shiny or glossy at all, and they aren’t sticky or tacky. They aren’t completely smudge-proof but for a non-matte lip colour they still stay on quite nicely.

Applicator wand of the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips and Ultra Matte Lip

Applicator wand of the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips and Ultra Matte Lip

The formula on all three lippies was really light and felt nice on my lips, however since they are liquid lipsticks they were a little tricky to apply. With the doefoot applicator these ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips and Ultra Matte Lips are very precise, and the intense pigment means that you have to be extra careful to stay within your lip line.

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