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 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! 

Oct 17
2017

October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Good morning! It has been quite a while since I last wrote a blog post. The Fall came so quick and has been super busy, but I am back on the blogging track now! The first thing to show you is my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

My October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

My October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Even though last year they did a Halloween theme with the bag, this year was much more subtle. I happen to love it. The October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag is a maroon shade with lace pattern imprinted. There is a small Halloween hint with the bat on the zipper.

The adorable little bat on the zipper!

Now let’s see what items I got in my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

Items I got in my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Items I got in my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

  • IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder
  • Skinvolve Phoenician Secret Scrub
  • Tony Moly Peach Hand Cream
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
  • MeMeMe Beautiful Brows Brow Pencil

I haven’t tried any of these items before so this bag was very exciting to open. I love body scrubs and the Skinvolve one is made with coffee and peppermint which are scents I absolutely love. I also love peach things so the Tony Moly cream is awesome. It is pretty small for a hand cream but it’s a good brand and I’m excited to receive it.

The IT Cosmetics powder is pretty popular so that got my interest as well. I typically don’t use a powder to set my makeup but I know I should be, so this works out perfectly.

The Tarte mascara is a classic but I’ve never used it so I am looking forward to that. The last item, the brow pencil, is from a brand I haven’t heard of before but I do want to give it a shot since I have been really focusing on my brows lately. I love that it has a spoolie on one end!

I really like everything I got in my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

I really like everything I got in my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

Overall my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Blag is full of five items I am very excited to use. They are all new to me but nothing is too funky or unique. I feel like this bag really suits my likes and matched to my profile very well.

Did you get a Glam Bag this month? Let me know what you got in the comments!

Sep 25
2017

September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Does anyone else feel like you just woke up and suddenly it was almost through September? It came so quickly and I feel like summer passed by in a matter of minutes. September means the start of Fall, lots of people going back to school, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and of course my September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

I want to start off by saying that I totally love the bag this month! I love the chic black faux leather studded style. It’s cool but still simple and I can see myself using this for more than just miscellaneous storage.

Check out the September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag design

Check out the September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag design

Aside from the cool bag design, I think I got a pretty good bag this month. My September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag has three full size items which is awesome.

All of the items in my September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

All of the items in my September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

The items in my September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag are the following:

  • ColourPop Comsetics Lippie Stix in shade Glam Bag: This is an exclusive colour created in collaboration with Ipsy. It is a beautiful bold magenta hue and has a matte formula. I love ColourPop Lippie Stix (and liquid lipsticks) and have a bunch already so this was something I knew I would enjoy.
  • Hanalei Papaya Enzyme Powder Cleanser: I have never heard of a powder cleanser but this sounded neat. It’s meant to be a super gentle scrub that is safe for sensitive skin so I will be giving this a try.
  • Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer: This is pretty much a primer mixed with a glowing highlighter so it could be pretty cool. I don’t tend to go for radiant finishes since I already have pretty oily skin but I do like other Smashbox primers so I will give this a chance.
  • Manefit Beauty Planner Masks (2 sheet masks): This was so fun to get two sheet masks that count as one item. One mask is Astringent + Pore Care and the other one is Whitening + Brightening. Unfortunately I did try the Astringent + Pore Care one and though it felt nice on it left my skin very tingly afterwards so it might have been a bit strong for me.
  • Pixi by Petra Fresh Face Blush in shade Beach Rose: This blush has a soft rosy shade and is made with hydrating ingredients like Vitamin E. It’s really pretty and I liked the last Pixi brand items I tried, so I am excited about this blush.
Swatches of the ColourPop Lippie Stix in shade Glam Bag and the Smashbox Radiance Primer

Swatches of the ColourPop Lippie Stix in shade Glam Bag and the Smashbox Radiance Primer

Out of the items in this bag I really love the ColourPop Lippie Stix and Pixi by Petra Blush. The blush swatched nearly invisible on my arm, but on my cheeks it was a nice light rosy tint.

The Hanalei cleanser is a unique product I have never tried and I really like the chance to check out new items each month. The Smashbox primer has me a little skeptical due to my skin type but I love seeing this brand in my Ipsy bag.

Overall I think two items are amazing, one is neat to try (the powder cleanser), and two are so-so (Smashbox and the masks). I would say that is a pretty good verdict for my September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag, but I think I liked my August bag better.

Did you get a glam bag this month? Let me know what you got in yours or what you think of mine!

Sep 22
2017

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Kit

Well it happened again. I bought yet another one of the Sephora Favorites Lip Kits! I cannot resist these little value sets. This one is the brand new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Kit, and it has two full size items and 4 minis. It is full of bold hues for Fall and I really love that it isn’t a nude themed kit, since those never actually end up being nude shades anyways.

The new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Kit

The new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Kit

The Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Kit is $33 Canadian which I still think is a good deal. I would never purchase a full size lipstick for over $20, and honestly sometimes I won’t even go over $10. When I have so many colours and like to switch up my lipstick so often it seems silly to spend a lot on one full size when I can spend almost the same on a whole kit. And the kit comes with full sizes too!

The new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Kit

Inside the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Kit

I love these sets for the fact that I get to experiment with different shades, formulas, and brands without committing to one expensive full size product. I got a lot of new to me brands in the recent Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Kit, which had 15 items. In this smaller kit I have tried 3 out of the six products but in different shades, and the other three are totally new to me.

What lipsticks are in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Kit? See below!

  • Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color in shade Vino (full size)
  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in shade Liquorice (mini)
  • Bare Minerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor in shade VIP (mini)
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in shade K-Dub (mini)
  • Too Faced Peaches and Cream Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long-Wear Lipstick in shade Drunk Dial (full size)
  • Tarte Tartiest Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in shade Wannabe (mini)
Lipsticks in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Kit

Lipsticks in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Kit

Out of the above six products I have tried other shades of the Bite Beauty, Tarte, and Kat Von D items. I love the fomula of the Tarte Tartiest Lip Paints and have quite a few from mini sets or Ipsy bags. They have an amazing formula and stay on for hours. This shade, Wannabe is a deep brown matte hue.

Swatches of the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Kit

Swatches of the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Kit

I have a few Kat Von D minis from other sets and really like them as well. K-Dub is a super bright fuchsia colour which is a bit out of my comfort zone but would make a great statement look. Bite Beauty has a great smooth formula in Liquorice, which is a really nice deep burgundy.

From L-R: Nudestix, Bite Beauty, Bare Minerals, Kat Von D, Too Faced, and Tarte

From L-R: Nudestix, Bite Beauty, Bare Minerals, Kat Von D, Too Faced, and Tarte

I have never tried anything from Nudestix so this was super exciting to get a full size product. The shade Vino is perfect for fall and the formula of the Magnetic Matte Lip Color is really opaque and creamy.

I have been eyeing the new Too Faced Peaches and Cream collection so it was awesome to have a full size lipstick in the set. It does have a peach scent but it isn’t the same as the original Sweet Peach palette. This one is more sweet and light, almost like a peach gummy ring candy. The shade Drunk Dial is a bright and bold berry shade which I love for Fall.

How adorable is the peachy imprint on the Too Faced lipstick?!

How adorable is the peachy imprint on the Too Faced lipstick?!

The Bare Minerals liquid lippie is also new to me and is a classic red shade called VIP. The formula is thin and glides on nicely.

Overall I think that if you like bold and bright lip shades then the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Kit is a great option. It allows you to try new brands and colours at a reasonable price.

Sep 14
2017

Brand New Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Set

Look what we have today! Another amazing Sephora Lip Kit just in time for the holidays! This brand new Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Set features 15 different lip products!

The brand new Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Set

The brand new Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Set

The lip products range in shades and formulas, featuring reds, nudes, pinks and everything in between. There are lip glosses, matte lipsticks, glitter formulas, and more. I love the variety in this set and think it is a great way to test out multiple brands and lip products in one kit. It costs $82 Canadian and has 5 full size products along with 10 deluxe minis. It is the priciest of the Lip Kits but it also has the most items in it.

The brand new Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Set

Inside the Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Set

Let’s see what lip products are included in the Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Set!

The 15 products in this kit are as follows:

  •  0.16 oz/ 4.5 g Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Vintage (full size)
  • 0.13 oz/ 3.8 g Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color in Brocade (full size)
  • 0.06 oz/ 2 mL Dior Lip Maximizer in Pink 001
  • 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Huda Beauty Liquid Matte in Bombshell (full size)
  • 0.05 oz/ 1.5 g Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in Influencer
  • 0.09 oz/ 2.75 g Laura Mercier Cosmetics Velour Lovers Lip Colour Sensual in Muted Pink
  • 0.035 oz/ 1 g Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • 0.04 oz/ 1.3 mL SEPHORA COLLECTION Cream Lip Stain in #01 Always Red
  • 0.03 oz/ 0.9 mL Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat
  • 0.1 oz/ 2.8 g tarte™ Rainforest of the Sea™ Quench Lip Rescue in Nude (full size)
  • 0.1 oz/ 3 mL Too Faced Melted Latex Liquified High Shine Lipstick in Shade Hot Mess
  • 2 x 0.05 oz/ 1.5 mL Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil Lipstick Duo in #5 Jasmine and Brownie
  • 0.03 oz/ 1 g Urban Decay Cosmetics Vice Lipstick in Big Ban
  • 0.14 oz/ 4.08 g Wander Beauty Wanderout Dual Lipstick in Nikki Beach (full size)
  • 0.03 oz/ 1.2 g Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in N 01, Le Rouge
Look at all the beautiful lip products in this set!

Look at all the beautiful lip products in this set!

Out of all 15 lip products in the Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Set I have only tried a few of them. Some of them I have had minis of in previous Lip Kits, such as the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue, and Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick. They were all different shades though so that makes every item in this kit a new colour for me.

Swatches of the Laura Mericer, Sephora Collection, Marc Jacobs, Tarte, Too Faced, and Urban Decay

Swatches of the Laura Mericer, Sephora Collection, Marc Jacobs, Tarte, Too Faced, and Urban Decay

Out of all 15 I was most excited for the Too Faced Melted Latex, Huda Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick, and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Gloss. I was surprised by how much I liked Bobbi Brown lipstick and it’s heavy luxurious packaging.

Swatches of Touch in Sol (matte and metallic), Bobbi Brown, YSL, and Wander Beauty (dual ended)

Swatches of Touch in Sol (matte and metallic), Bobbi Brown, YSL, and Wander Beauty (dual ended)

With my tanned skin tone I tend to find some of these kits to have very light shades that don’t work on my colouring, and this did happen in this case as well. I found that Laura Mercier lipstick was much too light and I was surprised that the Tarte one was nearly a clear balm.

Swatches of the Dior, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Smashbox, Huda Beauty, and Hourglass

Swatches of the Dior, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Smashbox, Huda Beauty, and Hourglass

Overall the Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Set has a whole bunch of great brands and formulas to try out. I really like almost every item in the kit and although it has a hefty price tag it does include 5 full size lip products and 10 minis, so I think it works out. I love getting to try out a mix of brands, colours, and formulas with these sets. I think this one would be a great Christmas gift idea, either for one person or for a group of friends to split up. It has a little something for every preference and is a fun way to get higher end brands without dropping big bucks on just a single lippie.

A few of the pretty lipsticks in the Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Set

A few of the pretty lipsticks in the Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Set

If you haven’t seen them before you can check out all of my Sephora Favorites Lip Kit reviews here!

 

Aug 11
2017

A Few Summer Favourites

Since we only have a few weeks of summer left I decided to share the products I have been continually using and loving so far. Some are new, some are new to me, and some are quite old, but these are the items I have been reaching for day after day in the summer weather. Keep reading to see a few of my summer favourites so far!

A few of my summer favourites that I have been loving lately!

A few of my summer favourites that I have been loving lately!

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer SPF 30 in shade Medium: I’ve had this for a while now and really like it a lot. It’s super light and very creamy, but doesn’t feel thick or heavy to wear. I get light to medium coverage and I like that it has SPF. It doesn’t keep my oily skin completely matte but it does make it significantly better, especially in the summer heat.

Tarte TarteGuard Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30: This is something I have been really loving so far this summer. I got this mini in the Sephora Summer Essentials Kit and it has been a great on-the-go sunscreen. I don’t think there is anything super unique about it but I wanted to include it since I’ve been using it a lot lately.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in shade Paaarty: I keep reaching for this blush and have used it almost every day since I got it in my Sephora birthday gift. It does have quite a lot of pigment and I have to be a little light with my application, but I love the colour and really enjoy using it. I wear this for everyday looks and more glam looks, and can pretty much apply it without even thinking. The shade is a very nice light pink and has a lot of colour, so just a few swirls on my cheeks gives a really great colour payoff.

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer: This is not a new product but it was new to me when I purchased it in a Shopper’s Drug Mart points redemption. I had heard so many people raving about the product, and I love tropical coconut scents, so I knew I had to try it. I have now had this for a few months and have used it almost every single day. I love the light formula, the yummy scent, and the colour it delivers. I use a big fluffy brush and can build up the bronzer to get as much glow as I want. I love using this for light makeup days as well as full faces for evenings. This is probably the one product I have used the most often since the day I got it, and with a makeup bag as big as mine that is a big deal.

Julep Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with Turmeric: I have used this so much since I got it in my July Julep Maven Box. I love the coverage and it works great as an undereye concealer and for spot concealing. It lasts all day and is easy to apply and blend.

Essence Lash Princess False Effect Mascara: This is such a great product and it’s been one of my go-to mascaras for months now. I love both the Lash Princess Volume and Lash Princess False Effect mascaras equally and they give me incredible results for such an affordable price.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara: This is a mini from the Sephora Favorites Lash Stash set and it’s the one I have been using the most. I haven’t yet redeemed my voucher for a full size but this Urban Decay mascara has gotten a ton of use so far.

So there we have it, a few of my summer favourites. I have been really liking these products and reaching for them all very often over the past few months and weeks. I know that my beauty routine will change when Fall comes but for now I am loving these summer favourites and will continue to use them this season.

Aug 1
2017

Two Faves From The Body Shop Spa Of The World

Today I have two recent products from The Body Shop that I want to talk about. I have always really liked The Body Shop and love seeing all of the new skin care products they launch. Between the famous Body Butters, my go-to Tea Tree 3-in-1 Face Wash and Mask, or the delicious Satsuma scent, there are a lot of favourites from The Body Shop. I haven’t checked anything new in quite a while so I was really excited about the Spa Of The World Collection launch with a whole ton of new products. I am definitely behind on this as it has been out for a long time now, but these products have been what I’ve been reaching for all summer.

The Body Shop Spa Of The World African Ximenia Scrub

The Body Shop Spa Of The World African Ximenia Scrub

One of the products I want to talk about today is the The Body Shop Spa Of The World African Ximenia Scrub. This is a softening and exfoliating body scrub to be used after cleansing and then be rinsed off. I have used these types of scrubs before from other brands and there was something in them that seemed to be almost slimy and sticky, and it never quite seems to rinse off. I was worried about that when I first tried this one but luckily that wasn’t the case. This Spa of the World African Ximenia Scrub has a wonderful fresh and clean scent that reminds me of a classic bar of soap. The scrub is not too grainy and is mixed into a really smooth formula that reminds me of the Body Butters.

I really liked the formula and texture of the African Ximenia Scrub

I really liked the formula and texture of the African Ximenia Scrub

I use this on clean wet skin and give it a gentle scrub before rinsing off. My skin feels super soft and smooth and has no oily residue. I love this product for summer since a lot more skin is out and I find t great for a smoothing and exfoliating cleanse after a day at the beach. I use this on my arms, legs, and just about everywhere in between.

The other product I wanted to mention is The Body Shop Spa Of The World Hawaiian Kukui Cream. I found the scent of this to be very similar to the Shea Body Butter scent, and the formula was quite similar too. It has the same super smooth and nourishing feel of the classic Body Butters but this one feels a little bit thinner and lighter. I actually quite liked that, as sometimes I do find the Body Butters can be thick and tricky to really blend all over my skin. The Hawaiian Kukui Cream is lighter in texture but still ultra-moisturizing and has a really nice smell. I have been using this after the African Ximenia Scrub and I love the combination.

The Body Shop Spa Of The World Hawaiian Kukui Cream

The Body Shop Spa Of The World Hawaiian Kukui Cream

Something that I really love about The Body Shop is that instead of putting out gimmicky products or flash fads, they create high quality staple items. These two products remind me just how much I love The Body Shop for skin care basics and every day items that I continually use. Both of these Spa Of the World items have become summer staples for me over the past few months and I am really enjoying them.

 

Have you tried anything from The Body Shop’s Spa Of The World Collection? Leave a comment and let me know!