Archives for June 2017

Jun 27
2017

Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift from Tarte Cosmetics

I recently popped into a Sephora and picked up the Sephora Favorites Summer Essentials 2017 Kit which has some amazing sample size products. I posted about the whole kit here, so go on and check it out if you’re interested! Aside from that kit, I also picked up my Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift, and I chose the Tarte option. The other choice was a Caudalie two-piece skincare mini.

The Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift from Tarte Cosmetics

The Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift from Tarte Cosmetics

The Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift from Tarte is also a two-piece mini set that features a blush and  lipstick in special colours. These are exclusive shades designed just for the Sephora gifts. I have been super into Tarte lately and was really excited for this gift.

How beautiful is that blush?

You may have seen me raving about the Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paints that I have gotten in a gift set and Ipsy bags over the past few months. The Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift includes a Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint so it is like a sister to the lippies I have been loving. This one is smooth, opaque, and creamy and is a really pretty light pink nude hue. The colour is called Birthday Suit which is very fitting for the set. 

Swatch of Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in the shade Birthday Suit

Swatch of Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in the shade Birthday Suit

The blush is one of their famous Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes and it is in the shade Paaarty, which is a light pink colour. It is super smooth to apply and gives a lovely flush. It can be layered nicely to add more opacity. 

Swatch and blended swatch of the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in the shade Paaraty

Swatch and blended swatch of the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in the shade Paaraty

Overall I think this is an adorable Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift and am so glad that Sephora has such a great program that offers this.

Have you gotten your birthday gift yet? Let me know if you’d choose this set or the skincare option by leaving a comment below!

Jun 23
2017

Sephora Favorites Summer Essentials 2017 Kit

Today I have a really fun summer beauty kit to show you. I recently spotted this on the Sephora app and website, but it sold out really quickly so I put it out of my mind. This kit is the Sephora Favorites Summer Essentials 2017 Kit, which features 11 deluxe mini size products and one full size for only $33 Canadian. I was in a Sephora the other day in another town, and happened to see this kit on the shelf and I had store credit burning a hole in my wallet, so it seemed like the perfect combination.

Sephora Favorites Summer Essential 2017 Kit

Sephora Favorites Summer Essential 2017 Kit

The Sephora Favorites Summer Essentials 2017 Kit has a range of product types, from skincare to body to makeup. There are 12 different items, all deluxe mini sizes, and they are a variety of brands. Some of them are higher end brands I have never tried, and others are classics. Out of all 12 of the actual products I have never tried any of them so that was a bit factor in the appeal of this kit.

Products in the Sephora Favorites Summer Essential 2017 Kit

Products in the Sephora Favorites Summer Essential 2017 Kit

The products in the Sephora Favorites Summer Essentials 2017 Kit are the following:
– 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Bumble and bumble Surf Spray
– 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray
– 0.14 oz/ 4 g Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick
– 0.5 oz/ 14.8 mL First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Lip Therapy (Full Size)
– 0.5 oz/ 14.8 mL Origins A Perfect World SPF 40 Age-Defense Moisturizer with White Tea
– 0.24 oz/ 7 mL Glamglow Glowstarter™ Mega Illuminating Moisturizer
– 0.25 oz/ 7.5 mL Murad Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture
– 0.23 oz/ 7 mL Tarte TarteGuard Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
– 0.6 oz/ 15 mL Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream SPF 40
– 0.81 oz/ 24 mL Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
– 0.5 oz/ 14.8 mL Tarte Brazilliance™ Plus+ Self Tanner
– 0.24 oz/ 7 mL Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish

I tend to break these kits down into three categories. The first set is the items I am super excited about and was already curious about, researching, and even potentially going to purchase before the kit. The second batch is the middle items, which are nice to have and cool to check out but I wasn’t actively seeking them before the kit. The third group are the ones I never would have checked out if they weren’t included, but being the beauty blogger I am, I will try anything once.

The 4 items I was most excited for in this kit!

With those three groups in mind let’s take a look at group one – the items I was already interested in! I have always been curious about the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray for some beachy waves. I remember researching it a few years ago and just never bringing myself to buy it, so this is a long time coming that I finally get to try it. I am also excited about the Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream since I have the Sol De Janeiro Lip Balm and absolutely love it. I also have very dry lips right now, so the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy sounds amazing. I love Tarte products and have seen a lot of people talk about the TarteGuard Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion so I was pretty interested in that as well.

More great items in the kit!

The middle group of items includes the Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick. I saw this on Sephora’s app recently and debated on if it would be good for my skin and needs. It’s a nice treat to have it included in this set so I can give it a try. The Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray was an awesome surprise in this set, because I have been struggling with super tangly hair lately so this will be great to use.

The Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish, GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer, and Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream are all things I hadn’t heard of before but am interested to try out.

The last item in this middle group is the Tarte Self Tanner, since I am naturally pretty tanned and like to be outside in the summer I never really need self-tanning products. I love Tarte though so I will put this aside and check it out in the Fall when I lose my natural tan.

Showing the size of some of the items in my hand

The last group of items are the ones that weren’t even on my radar before I purchased this Sephora Favorites Summer Essentials 2017 Kit. The Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture and Origins A Perfect World SPF 40 Age Defence Moisturizer both target skin concerns I don’t really have (dry or aging skin) but I will test them out anyways out of curiosity.

All in all I think that for $33 CAD this set is a great deal I have four items I was already actively looking into and considering getting, so these deluxe mini sizes are an awesome way to try them before buying a full size. There are six items in my middle group, which means I am very interested in them and glad to see them included in the kit. The last group only has two items, which I will try out anyways even though they aren’t items I normally would pick up. Overall the Sephora Favorites Summer Essentials 2017 Kit has a lot of great brands and some really cool products that I am looking forward to using this season.

Jun 16
2017

June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

Today I have another adorable Ipsy bag to show you! Last month was the cute ice cream print Ipsy bag and this month is another really cute design. I am very happy with the items I got in my bag this month. The June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag was a total hit for me! In fact it may be my favourite bag yet! 

As for the bag itself it is a really quirky and cute polka dot bag with a large lip print graphic and black border. I love the look of this and will definitely be using it this summer. It is back to the traditional rectangle shaped bag that Ipsy normally does but I like the size so it works out for me.

June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

My June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

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

The five items I got in this month’s bag are a wide range of items.

  • Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Waterproof Eyeliner in shade Jet Black
  • NYX Cosmetics Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle in shade Cocoa Bean
  • Pure Brazilian Shine Ultra Light Nourishing Oil
  • The Balm Cosmetics InStain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush in shade Pinstripe
  • City Color Cosmetics Shimmer Shadow in shade Cheers to Life

Out of all of the five items I received in my June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag I am really happy with all of them. Not a single item is a disappointment and I like them all, but there are definitely some stand-out products that I want to talk about.

The Balm Blush, City Color Eyeshadow, and NYX Lip & Cheek Souffle

The Balm Blush, City Color Eyeshadow, and NYX Lip & Cheek Souffle

I absolutely love the NYX Lip & Cheek Souffle and was wowed by the super creamy and soft formula. I don’t think I would wear it on my cheeks since it is so shiny and glossy, but as a lip product it is incredible. It has a yummy vanilla cake scent and is smooth to wear. It feels great on my lips and is a really nice nude colour. I think it would be brown on lighter skin tones but since I am quite tanned I usually need a deeper hue to get a nude lip, and this is a really great shade for that. 

The NYX Lip & Cheek Souffle in the shade Cocoa Bean

The NYX Lip & Cheek Souffle in the shade Cocoa Bean

The City Color Cosmetics Eyeshadow really surprised me. First of all it is a huge pan, and second of all the colour is stunning. It is a gorgeous bronze gold hue that has some crazy shimmer/metallic look. I was so impressed when I swatched it and it looks even more incredible in real life.

The Balm InStain Blush is also a huge hit for me, since I have been looking for a long-lasting blush for summertime. I like the shade and love the formula, however the sample size can be a bit tricky to get a brush into. I’ll make it work because I really like the products though!

Swatches of The Balm Pinstripe Blush (blended and just swiped) and the City Color Eyeshadow in shade Cheers To Life (swiped and blended out)

Swatches of The Balm Pinstripe Blush (blended and just swiped) and the City Color Eyeshadow in shade Cheers To Life (swiped and blended out)

The Pure Brazilian Oil is great for my hair in the heat of summer. I tend to need extra care during these warm months and I spend a lot of time in the sun and water, so this nourishing oil will be great to help my hair keep it’s shine and save my ends from frying.

The Skone Cosmetics Eyeliner is neat to check out and since it is such a staple item. It isn’t super unique but black liquid liner is a classic for a reason, so I am glad to have this in my bag.

Overall my June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag was a total win and I like all five items I received. With this bag being such a great one it makes me very excited to see what July has to offer!

What did you get in your June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Jun 12
2017

Julep With A Twist Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara

Today I have a really neat mascara to show you guys! This is an item I got in my June Julep Maven Box, and I picked it because it had a cool concept and was a new launch. The Julep With A Twist Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara is a multitasking mascara that has a wand you can customize. You can twist it one way for volume and the other for length!

The new Julep With A Twist Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara

The new Julep With A Twist Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara

This is a new launch from Julep and you can read more about it here.

I have never tried a two-way mascara so this was very neat to check out. The volume brush is shorter and slighter fuller, while the lengthening one is longer with smaller bristles. it was very easy to twist the cap and change the wand. The difference is not extremely noticeable but if you look closely you can see the size difference in the two photos below.

The shorter and wider volume brush

The shorter and wider volume brush

The longer brush for lengthening

The longer brush or lengthening

I actually really liked the results I got from the Julep With A Twist Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara. You can see in my before and after photos that it did give me some really nice lashes. I also found the formula very smooth and easy to apply, and my lashes stayed all day.

Bare lashes before using the Julep With A Twist Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara

Bare lashes before using the Julep With A Twist Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara

Lashes after using two coats of the Julep With A Twist Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara

Lashes after using two coats of the Julep With A Twist Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The formula also has bamboo extract and other ingredients that are meant to boost lash health and and encourage longer lashes over time. I can’t tell if it is doing any of that yet, but I do plan to keep using it because I really love the results.

Have you tried the Julep With A Twist Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara? Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this multitasking mascara!