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 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.

Apr 25
2017

Tarte Tarteist Treats set from Sephora

This is my very first Tarte palette and my whole beauty world is changed. I completely see why everyone adores the Tarte palettes! I just got the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora and it includes the Tarte Pro To Go palette, a deluxe mini Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint, and deluxe mini Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara.

The Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora

The Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora

This set was $33 Canadian, and the Tarte Pro to Go Palette alone is $30, so I got the mini mascara and lip paint for only $3. Plus I had a Sephora gift card so I got this trio for an awesome deal. I have been dying to try Tarte eyeshadow because everyone raves about it and the palettes are so popular. I can totally see why now, and after using the Tarte Pro to Go palette I am completely sold!

What came in the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora

What came in the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora

The Tarte Pro to Go palette is my favourite item of the three included in the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set. This palette is small but it packs a shimmery punch. There are six shades, with three being matte and the other three shimmer.

The Tarte Pro to Go Palette

The Tarte Pro to Go Palette

Swatches of the six eyeshadows in the Tarte Pro to Go Palette

Swatches of the six eyeshadows in the Tarte Pro to Go Palette

I am blown away by the shimmer shades. They are super intensely pigmented with an amazing shimmer that makes them look almost like liquid metal. I love all three of them. I also really like the matte shades, which are also quite smooth and buttery, although I found Drive to be the driest of them all. Overall the six eyeshadows in this palette have an incredible formula and very strongly pigmented colours. I am so impressed!

Another swatch photo of the eyeshadows in the Tarte Pro to Go Palette

Another swatch photo of the eyeshadows in the Tarte Pro to Go Palette

The min Lip Paint is another item I really like, and since I just raved about the Matte Lip Paint called Vibin that I got in my Ipsy bag, it was great to try out the glossy alternative. The shade included in the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set is called WCW and is a lovely berry hue. I always love berry shades on my skin tone and this is no exception. It has a nice light formula and does not feel sticky. It seems more creamy than glossy to me, which I actually like. It has a sleek and shiny glossy look but not a super wet glossy look.

Swatch of the Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in the shade WCW

Swatch of the Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in the shade WCW

As for the mascara, the Tarteist Lash Paint mascara, this is one of Tarte’s top mascaras. I have yet to try it since I have a few other open mascaras at the moment, but I really look forward to checking it out and reviewing it later on.

Overall I think the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set was an awesome deal and totally worth it. I am already in love with the Tarte eyeshadow formula and shimmer shades in the Pro to Go palette, and the WCW Lip Paint is beautiful. If you are looking for a way to get into Tarte and try out a few products this set is a great choice!

Apr 11
2017

Swatches of 14 lipsticks I found in my purse

Do you remember a while back when I found 16 lipsticks that were in my purse? I recently had the same thing happen when I could not find most of my go-to daily shades. I checked my current purse and there they were. Clearly I really like these shades since I keep using them and reaching for them on the go, so I decided to post about them. See below for swatches and more information an all 14 lipsticks I found in my purse!

All 14 lipsticks that were living in my purse

All 14 lipsticks that were living in my purse

There are a few odd shades with bolder hues or something different, but the majority of these are everyday go-to lipsticks. They have been piling up in my bag for about a month now, but I love having them on hand when I need a touch up at work or have a spontaneous dinner date. Almost all of these 14 lipsticks are able to be worn with any look and are shades I can apply in a quick swipe and not worry about. These are some of my most tried and true lipsticks, so keep reading to see the swatches!

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Apr 7
2017

I am so impressed by the Maybelline Velvet Lip Crayon formula!

OMG I have to talk about the creamiest lip crayon I have ever tried! The recent Maybelline ColorDrama Intense Velvet Lip Crayon line has some of the smoothest and most buttery lip crayons I have ever seen. I can’t really find a way to describe it but I was so blown away by how creamy the formula is on these pencils. They glide on like butter (but not in a greasy gross way) and feel light and smooth to wear.

Maybelline Velvet Lip Crayons in shades Nude Pefection, Berry Much, and Red Essential

Maybelline Velvet Lip Crayons in shades Nude Pefection, Berry Much, and Red Essential

Maybe the reason I am so shocked by this is because they are matte lip pencils, and matte lip products in general can be drying but the pencil factor usually makes it worse. That is not the case with these Velvet Lip Crayons at all.

There are a bunch of colour options for the Maybelline Velvet Lip Crayon and they all have great pigmentation. They glide on and don’t feel thick or heavy to wear. The crayon shape allows for more precise application which is awesome. They feel like the most buttery lipstick but apply much more crisply and simply with the pencil shape.

I honestly was worried that these may be dry or tough to apply, especially since the colours looked almost dusty when I first opened them. It was some sort or weird haze on the top layer but in a second it went away and the true colour and formula came out.

Keep reading to see the swatches of these Maybelline Velvet Lip Crayon shades!  [Read more…]

Apr 5
2017

Drugstore Fave! Essence Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

A long time ago I posted about my first Essence Cosmetics mascara – the Lash Princess Volume Mascara – and I absolutely loved it. It was $5 at the drugstore and performed amazingly well. I was blown away by the product and decided to try out a very similar item when I recently finished my mascara. This time I went with the sister mascara – the Essence Lash Princess False Effect Mascara. This is also only $5 and has the same cute corset design that drew me to the first one.

Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

Essentially the two mascaras look like twins. One has orange text and design and the other has light green. They look so similar on the outside so I was super curious to see if they performed the same. I did notice one huge difference between these two mascaras. The brushes are totally different with the Essence Lash Princess Volume version being curved and the Essence Lash Princess False Effect mascara having a straight brush.

In terms of formula and application I find that the Essence Lash Princess False Effect Mascara is pretty foolproof. It has a smooth formula that glides onto lashes and it isn’t to watery or too thick. The colour is a perfect crisp black and I only need one coat to get great results. It doesn’t smudge or flake at all (at least on me) and it wears well all day long.

In order to show you the true impact of the mascara I did not curl my lashes so what you see in the photo is just the mascara on my bare lashes. You can see in the before shot that my bare lashes are nearly non-existent, so all of the length, definition, and volume comes from the mascara.

Bare lashes with no mascara

Bare lashes with no mascara

Lashes with one coat of Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

Lashes with one coat of Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The results of this super affordable drugstore mascara are almost identical to the results I got with the twin product. The Essence Lash Princess False Effect mascara does not give very different lashes than the Lash Princess Volume version, but the results are still amazing. For under $5 I am thrilled with how long and full my eyelashes look. I can swipe on one coat of this mascara and look wide-awake and bright eyed in no time.

I do have to note that the CoverGirl Plumpify Blast Pro mascara gave me slightly more in terms of length and separation, but it is almost double the price of the Essence options. The difference is quite small so for the bug price drop and ease of application I think I will stick with the Essence Lash Princess False Effect mascara for now.

Do you have any other recommendations for a great drugstore mascara? I’d love to hear them so be sure to let me know in the comments! 

Apr 3
2017

March Beauty Favourites

Today I want to show you a few of my favourite products from the month of March. These are the items I have been using most often over the last few weeks and a few things I’ve recently added to my collection or rediscovered in my collection. Check out my March beauty favourites below!

My March beauty favourites

My March beauty favourites

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Skin Transforming Powder: I’ve been on the hunt for a foundation that I really like and have had such a hard time finding one. After almost a month of trying different ones and not getting the results I want I ended up going back to this Maybelline powder and I’m so happy with it. I started using this a while ago and posted all about it. I really love it because it’s the perfect colour match, it feels great to wear, it’s light, and it has salicylic acid. I may keep searching for that perfect foundation but in the meantime I love that I have this favourite to fall back on.

Quo Matte Bronzer in Light Tan: This is a new favourite but ever since I got it a few weeks ago I have been using it almost every day. I love the light formula the matte finish in the shade is perfect for a slight warmth I can add to my face. You can see my original post on it here.

Another look at my March beauty favourites

Another look at my March beauty favourites

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal: I got this famous highlighter a long time ago in a Sephora Favorites box and I liked it at the time but never really reached for it. A few weeks ago I decided to grab it again and it quickly became one of my March beauty favorites. I love the glow it adds to my skin and it really is noticeable even though it’s subtle. I don’t know if that makes sense but it seems like such a small item to add to my routine in the morning but throughout the day when I catch myself in the mirror I love the shimmer it delivers. On a regular day with my basic work makeup, or on a night out with a more glam look, using this Becca highlighter really adds something special. Even my boyfriend notices when I wear it because he says I look “extra glowy“.

Swatches of some of my March beauty favourites from L-R: Tarte Lip Paint, Ciate London Liquid Velvet, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, and ColourPop Super Shock Shadow

Swatches of some of my March beauty favourites from L-R: Tarte Lip Paint, Ciate London Liquid Velvet, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, and ColourPop Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Un: This is the shade that I got quite a while back and I loved it when I first got it but it kind of fell to the side. Recently I wanted a slight shimmery wash of shadow for an every day look and this is what I chose. Since then I have been wearing it multiple times per week as a single shadow across my lids to brighten my eyes. It takes almost no time or effort to apply but it really makes a difference to wear ColourPop Un on my lids instead of no shadow at all. This is a great single shadow to throw on quickly and I’ve been loving this as one of my March beauty favourites.

Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint in Vibin: I just got this in my March Ipsy bag and have been absolutely loving it ever cents. I’ve worn it multiple times and I love the light formula, I love the brick red colour, and I love how it feels like I’m wearing nothing even though I have a bold lip shade on. This Tarte Lip paint has quickly become one of my favourite liquid lipsticks that I own, and considering how many I have that is a big deal!

Ciate London Liquid Velvet in Pin Up: This is another liquid lipstick but I’ve been really love it it’s a lighter shade and almost MLBB but more pink. Just like the Tarte one this has a great formula and feels super light to wear. I get so many compliments on this colour as an every day lip look. I got this from an older Ipsy Bag but only recently reached for it.

Another swatch photo from L-R: Tarte Vibin, Ciate London Pin Up, Becca Opal, and ColourPop Un

Another swatch photo from L-R: Tarte Vibin, Ciate London Pin Up, Becca Opal, and ColourPop Un

Overall these six products are my March beauty favourites and I have been reaching for them very often this past month. I like that some of them are newer items and some are older ones I rediscovered in my stash. I love coming back to an old favourite or something that I haven’t used in a while and many of these are great examples of that.

I will definitely be continuing to use these going forward but at the same time I am looking forward to seeing what other products I will be reaching for during the month of April!

Mar 30
2017

My Purple and Pink ColourPop Lipsticks

Hello again! The other day I went through all of my red and brown ColourPop shades and today I have another batch to show you. This group is bigger, with a total of 9 lipsticks in this colour family. I think these shades have most of my favourites and I wear them most often. These are my purple and pink ColourPop lipsticks and they are a mix of different formulas.

The purple and pink ColourPop lipstick shades I have

The purple and pink ColourPop lipstick shades I have

In this batch I have Lippie Stix, Ultra Matte Lips, Ultra Satin Lips, and one more Ultra Metallic Lip. Keep reading to see swatches of all 9 of these purple and pink ColourPop lipsticks.

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Mar 28
2017

All of my Red and Brown ColourPop Lipsticks

Good morning beauties! I have something pretty exciting to show you today! I have been super into organizing my makeup and playing with my lipstick collection (remember the weekly lipstick posts?) and I have had this idea for a little while. I decided to organize and swatch all of my ColourPop Cosmetics lip products and ended up with three different colour families. Of course I will be showing them all, but today I wanted to start with all of the bold and beautiful red and brown ColourPop lipsticks that I own!

My red and brown ColourPop lipsticks

My red and brown ColourPop lipsticks

I wasn’t sure how I would go about this but I figured this was the best way. I sorted them mostly by shade but some turn out way different in a swatch than in the tube so keep that in mind. I have a few photos of the swatches in order to show you the colours in different lighting. I was definitely surprised by the swatches of some of these red and brown ColourPop lippies, since I actually thought I had way more red than I really do.

Check out swatches of my red and brown ColourPop lipsticks below!

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Mar 22
2017

All of my single eyeshadow swatches from MAC, ColourPop, Makeup Geek and more!

This is a project I have been wanting to do for ages. I have pictured it and daydreamed about it and planned for it but never actually managed to get it done until now. I finally have put all of my single eyeshadows into a palette and am thrilled with the result. Today I have 20 single eyeshadow swatches to show you, and my beautiful custom palette with all my pretty singles in it!

All 20 of my single eyeshadows organized into a custom palette

All 20 of my single eyeshadows organized into a custom palette

These single shadows come from a variety of brands including ColourPop, Makeup Geek, Sephora brand, and MAC. I had a few in smaller palettes, such as MAC quads and a recent ColourPop quad, but I have always wanted them to be all together so I could use them more often. I finally bought a medium sized Make Up For Ever metal palette from Sephora and organized all of the single eyeshadows.

Keep reading to see more photos and swatches of all 20 of these shades!  [Read more…]