Archives for May 2017

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.