Archives for November 2017

Nov 22
2017

RachhLoves Topbox Fall 2017: What’s Inside?!

Today I have a fun beauty box to show you! This is the RachhLoves Topbox Fall 2017 Box and it is curated by Youtuber RachhLoves, who I have been watching a lot over the past few months. She’s Canadian so I like seeing the drugstore hauls and items that really apply to me, plus she’s friendly and fun to watch.

Every season she does a collaboration with TopBox for a beauty box, which you can order as single item as opposed to the typical Topbox monthly subscription. I have never gotten one of her boxes before but after seeing her video on this box I had to get it.

It was $22 Canadian with free shipping and came with a mix of full size and deluxe sample size products. I specifically wanted this box for three of the full size items that RachhLoves mentioned in her video. See the items below to find out what was in the RachhLoves Topbox Fall 2017 box!

NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette (full size): This blush palette has 8 different shades, ranging from light pink, coral, deep pink, and everything else. I have never tried NYX blushes but always eyed this palette at the drugstore. It retails for $27 Canadian on the NYX website so getting this in the box was already a great deal for me!

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara (full size): This mascara is one of RachhLoves’ favourites and I have always liked things I try from Stila. This mascara retails for $30 Canadian on the Sephora website so this was crazy to get a full size in the box.

All of the products in the RachhLoves Topbox Fall 2017 Box

All of the products in the RachhLoves Topbox Fall 2017 Box

Wet N’ Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in shade Precious Petals (full size): I have heard so many amazing reviews about these MegaGlo Highlighting Powders but never picked one up to try. This full size item retails for $5 Canadian so even though I could pick one up myself, it was great to have it included in the box and I was very excited to get my glow on.

GlamGlow Supermud Mask (deluxe mini): This deluxe mini mask came in one of two types (you could choose when you ordered the box) so it was a nice item to try out and see what it does for my skin. I don’t usually spend a lot on fancy masks of skincare so getting to try this out was really fun.

Tarte Creamy Matte Lip Paint in shade Fomo (deluxe mini): I already have quite a few of these Tarte mini Lip Paints from various Ipsy bags, Tarte gift sets, etc. and I love them. I love the formula and wear them all so frequently so getting another one was totally fine for me. I already had the Fomo shade so I will pass this along to a friend.

The NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette and the Wet N' Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

The NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette and the Wet N’ Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Overall the RachhLoves Topbox Fall 2017 box had three full size items, which included a full blush palette and full size highlighter that I have had my eye on for months already. The Stila mascara was amazing to include and a great deal compared to it’s normal retail price. I haven’t tried it out yet but I am really looking forward to seeing if my lashes are going to be huge! I will definitely be posting a review on that soon.

I personally love when a beauty box comes with items you already were hoping to try or had on your wishlist, so this box was a complete hit for me! I will be keeping my eye out to see what RachhLoves includes in her next Topbox collaboration.

Nov 17
2017

Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

Today I have some really cool nails to show you. These are the Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure and they are something I have talked about previously on the blog. I love these nails as an easy way to get great looking nails (and nail art) in a pinch. I always have one or two packs in my cupboard just in case.

I threw out the box before checking the style name or number so unfortunately I don’t have that to share, but I can tell you they were probably about 2 years old so I don’t think these ones are in stores any longer. They do have a ton of new styles out now, so check those out on the Kiss ImPress website.

Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

I tend to use these when I break a nail or two and want to cover them up, or if I have an event to attend and don’t have time to do my own nail art or polish. Applying the Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure takes me about 10 minutes to do on myself and they look amazing. They also last for a full two weeks with almost no wear and tear. I usually paint over them by day 7 or so, which allows me to keep a great looking nail shape and switch up the colour.

Wearing the Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

Wearing the Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

They look so good and only took a few minutes to apply!

I love how simple these are to apply. All you have to do is find the right size for each nail (which can take up some time the first time you use them) and then peel off the tab and stick them on. They don’t need harsh glue or any special supplies, and they don’t do any damage to your nails.

Sizes of the Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

Sorting my sizes!

Usually these kits come with 11 sizes for each hand, so you get 22 nails and only really need 10. Some kits with accent nails or special designs can come with 30 nails, so you have even more variety. There are tiny numbers printed under each nail to tell you the size. I keep a little note in my phone with my nail sizes so it makes the process even quicker for me.

The photo below is on Day 9 of wearing the Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure. After over a week of wearing, including typing, dish-washing, showers, and other daily things that can chip nail polish, these still look pretty amazing. You can see some slight wear and tear at the tips, especially on my pointer finger, and a little bit of growth on my ring finger. Overall though they look way better than a coat of nail polish would have looked after 9 days.

Day 9 of wearing Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

Day 9 of wearing Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

These fake nails are nothing like the old-fashioned ones that ruin your nails, and they are nowhere near as pricey as salon nails. I never have gotten Shellac or Gel nails or any other false nails at a salon, and with these nails at the drugstore I never will. The Kiss ImPress Press-On Nails retail for $9.99 CAD and can be found in Wal-Mart, London Drugs, and Jean Coutu stores.

When you’re in the mood for quick nail art, need to cover up a few broken nails for a special event, or just want to spice up your look, the Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure is an affordable and stylish option.

Nov 9
2017

Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box Full Spoilers

The other day I shared a few of the Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box spoilers and today I have the full box spoilers to show you! I know some people like the surprise factor but I just can’t help myself when I can get a sneak peek of the box. It makes me even more excited for it to arrive and especially with this box. I think the Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box may just be my favourite one yet after seeing these spoilers!

There are a few items with variations in the box, and if you are an annual member you will be able to choose some items. Other products are random for everyone but I will share that info below.

The first two spoilers I talked about the other day were the BB Dakota Poncho and the Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate. The poncho has three colour options which you can see on their website here.

The next item for the Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box is the Doucce Cosmetics Freematic Palette, which will be either Nude or Smoky. The Smoky one has some purple hues and they are both a mix of matte and shimmer finishes.

There are three different designs of a Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug, and they all look adorable. I love that the Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box will have a mug to enjoy on cozy cold nights!

That cozy night will be completed with a pair of Pointe Studio Aloe-Infused Socks, which will be in one of three different colours.

There is a jewelry item in the box, and it comes in two colour options. The Nine Lives Choker Necklace will be either rose gold or silver, and you can see more about it here.

For another skincare type item there will be the Ahava Mineral Hand Cream, which you can learn about on their website here.

In the beauty department there will be one of the following two items: Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle Eye Masks (8 pack) or Nelson J. Beverly Hills Coconut Hair Mask.

The wellness item will be one of the following two items: FabFitFun TV Fitness Ball (with Jillian Michaels videos online) or This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray.

That was a lot of info but let me sum it up for the Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box. This seasonal box will contain the following:

  • BB Dakota Poncho (one of 3 colours)
  • Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate
  • Doucce Cosmetics Palette (one of 2 colours)
  • Ayesha Curry Mug (one of 3 designs)
  • Point Studio Socks (one of 3 colours)
  • Nine Lives Choker (one of 3 colours)
  • Ahava Hand Cream
  • Eye Masks OR Hair Mask
  • FFF Fitness Ball OR Pillow Spray

That sounds like a pretty awesome box whether or not you choose your items. I would be happy with any of the products but I am extra excited to be able to pick my poncho colour, Doucce Cosmetics palette, and necklace colour, as well as choose which beauty item and which wellness item I want. I love the customization aspect and I am definitely looking forward to having my Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box arrive!

If you want to subscribe and get your own Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box you can get $10 off your first box with my code here!

Nov 8
2017

Swatches of the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Yesterday I shared a quick look at the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette and as promised today I have the swatch photos. This palette is full of shimmery, creamy, metallic shades that are just screaming ‘holiday party’ to me. All 20 shades are new and exclusive to this palette, and I love the mix of bold colours and neutrals.

The Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

The Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

The palette is split into two halves divided by the mirror so that is how I swatched the shadows. There are 10 on each side so I went in two columns per side to show you the colours. The pigment and formula was amazing on almost every single one, and they went on so smoothly with barely any touch. A few of the light neutrals were a little trickier to apply but I will note that when I get to them.

Starting with the bright side of the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette we have 10 bold colours. I started with the column on the left and then moved to right, and it should be pretty easy to follow along.

The bright and bold side of the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

The bright and bold side of the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

 

Ground, Spandex, Metalhead, Mullet, and Twisted

In the photo above, from left to right, are Ground, Spandex, Metalhead, Mullet and Twisted. All of these are amazing and I love the jewel tones.  Mullet was a little more sheer than the rest and may need to be built up slightly, but it wasn’t chalky, dry, or patchy.

In the swatch photo below, from left to right, we have Aluminum, Dive, Punk Rock, Amp, and Glamrock. Dive was slightly crumbly but both Punk Rock and Glamrock were extremely impressive and smooth.

Aluminum, Dive, Punk Rock, Amp, and Glamrock

The other side of the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette has more neutral shades, although still very shimmery and gorgeous. Some of these were slightly patchy but I think patting them on rather than swiping may help.

The neutral metallics in the Urban Decay Heavy Metals palette

The neutral metallic side of the Urban Decay Heavy Metals palette

 

In the photo below, from left to right, we have Bass, Demo, Afterparty, Roadie and Scream. Demo was a little bit crumbly but the others in this column were incredibly smooth to work with.

Bass, Demo, Afterparty, Roadie, and Scream

In the photo below, from left to right, the shades are Glory, Starfire, Angelfire, Maiden, and Acoustic. This column was the one with the most issues since Angelfire and Maiden were crumbly and Acoustic was a little bit sheer.

Glory, Starfire, Angelfire, Maiden, and Acoustic

Final Thoughts on the Palette?

Overall out of all 20 shadows in the Urban Decay Heavy Metals palette I found that four shadows were crumbly, but still very pigmented, and two were a little sheer and needed building. All in all that isn’t too bad for an all metallic palette, and the formula overall makes it worth it to me. The majority of these eyeshadows are ridiculously creamy, smooth, and ultra-pigmented, and not to mention they are stunning hues. I love this for a fun palette and am really pleased with it, especially since I redeemed points to get it!

Nov 7
2017

First Look: Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Can you believe it is November already? We only have two months of the year left but I remember celebrating the start of 2017 like it was yesterday. I do love these last few months of the year for all the festive holiday spirit and of course the holiday makeup looks! The get my holiday makeup going I picked up the recently released Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Palette, which is a stunning metallic eyeshadow palette.

The brand new Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette

The brand new Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette

The Urban Decay Heavy Metals palette retails for $72 Canadian but I actually got it for under $20 by redeeming my Shopper’s Optimum Points. I am not sure if I would have paid the full price for it, as it isn’t an everyday palette, but with my points it made it worth it. This palette has no matte hues and many people will need to pair it will another palette or shadows for a complete look, so keep that in mind. It definitely isn’t a one-stop palette for an everyday look, but it is gorgeous and perfect for the holiday season.

Peek into the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette

Peek into the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette

This limited edition palette has 20 brand new eyeshadow shades in an all-new formula. The new formula has a velvet smooth foiled feeling and gives some great colour payoff. This palette has both bright and neutral metallic hues, organized by two separate sides.

Look at how beautiful the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Palette is!

All 20 shades in the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette

All 20 shades in the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette

There are 10 super bright and bold hues on the left, a large mirror in the middle, and then 10 neutral shades on the right. The palette slides out of the purple metallic case and is a unique packaging method. It is quite large and can be difficult to pack or travel with, but I don’t mind the different design. Some people are really unhappy about the slide-out case and the middle mirror, but for me it’s worth it for the funky colours.

Come back tomorrow to see full swatches of all 20 new eyeshadow hues in the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Palette!