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!

Jul 26
2017

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara Review

Today I have a new mascara to show you that I received from Influenster to check out. This is the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara and it is meant to give oversized and extended lashes. I haven’t tried a drugstore mascara in a while so I was really excited to try this one out. I have seen it online a lot and the #RevlonxLashes tag is getting lots of traction on social media. With my curiosity in full force I gave this mascara a go – and here we are!

The new Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara has a really nice brush!

The new Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara has a really nice brush!


I have to say that right off the bat I loved the brush of this mascara. I really liked the triangular type shape where the tip is thinner and the base is wider, but all very straight. It isn’t curvy or rounded like a lot of other mascaras and I appreciated the simplicity of this brush. I also really liked the sleek and simple packaging, The tube is like a flattened oval and the black part has a more matte texture which I quite like. Overall this mascara tube and brush look pretty straightforward so I was very curious to see what the results would be.

After trying the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara just once I was pretty happy with it. I have now been wearing it daily for the past two weeks and have been really liking it for an everyday look. I can use one coat or two and get great lashes in just a few swipes. I did not find this mascara to be chunky or flaky, and it really did seem to separate and lengthen my lashes. It did not add Anton if volume or oomph so I don’t think this is a special occasion mascara, but for everyday at work I really like it.

Bare lashes with no mascara (it was a really early morning - can you tell?)

Bare lashes with no mascara (it was a really early morning – can you tell?)

Lashes with one coat of the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

Lashes with one coat of the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

I have to say that although it doesn’t look like anything crazy or fancy from the outside, this mascara delivers solid results. I really like the way my lashes look with the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara and it was super easy to work with and apply. I think this is a good drugstore option.

Unfortunately it doesn’t quite beat out the Maybelline Lash Sensational and Essence Lash Princess mascaras that I love so much. I think the difference is in the formula – the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara is a  little more dry whereas the other two I mentioned are more of a wet formula.

 

 

This product was provided to me from Influenster complimentary for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

Jul 19
2017

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

Okay, I have to begin with saying that I know I am super late to the game with this palette. The Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette has been around for a while now (even though it says limited edition) and I have had my eye on it for a long time. It came in and out of my cart on multiple occasions but I always talked myself out of it somehow. Until now. Spoiler alert: I absolutely love it!

The Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

The Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

I bought this Tarte palette as an early birthday present to myself when Tarte was having a recent sale. I got it at a great price ($33 Canadian when it usually is $52) and was pretty excited to finally get it. I have heard and seen a lot about it and always was interested, but when it finally arrived at my doorstep and I opened it up I was totally blown away. This palette it way better than I pictured it to be, and swatch photos online did it no justice. I was so impressed and happily surprised with how much more I loved this palette in person. I am so glad that I bought it and it had become one of my absolute favourite palettes in my collection now.

The Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette comes with 10 eyeshadows and one highlighter. The highlighter is intended for eye and cheek use and although at first I hardly noticed it, I actually ended up really liking it.

There is one strange thing about these 10 eyeshadows and I think everyone notices it right away when they see this palette. It has 9 shimmery metallic shadows and one random plain matte. I think that is such an odd choice, since this easily could have been an all shimmer fun palette. The one lonely little matte shadow (a nude light brown) is so out of place. It isn’t enough to really make a whole look with only one matte shadow so it probably could have been left out completely. I don’t find this a big deal but wanted to point it out because it did strike me as kind of strange and funny when I first got the palette.

Aside from one single matte hue, the other 9 shimmery shadows in the Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette are absolutely stunning. I am not kidding that I sat on the floor staring at the swatches and practically drooling over how gorgeous they are. Even now I keep scrolling back through photos of the swatches and just shaking my head at how amazing they all look. There are metallic, duochromes, mermaid hues, and more. Whatever you see in these swatches just imagine it amplified by 10 in real life.

To swatch the Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette I started from the top middle and went clockwise. I have the first five eyeshadows together followed by the other 5 shadows and the highlighter.

The first five shades in the Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

The first five shades in the Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

From L-R: Myth, Magic, Wings, Marvel, and Trance

Swatches of Myth, Magic, Wings, Marvel, and Trance

Swatches of Myth, Magic, Wings, Marvel, and Trance

Out of the above five shades my favourites are Magic, Wings, and Marvel.

The remaining five eye shadows and one highlighter from the Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

The remaining five eye shadows and one highlighter from the Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

All of these swatches are so gorgeous!

From L-R: Fairy, Mystic, Dream, Crystal, Pixie, and Believe (the highlighter)

I can’t really pick favourites in this bunch. I seriously love them all and am so into the blue mermaid hues, the lighter duochromes, the bold metallics, and even the highlighter.

As for the formula of these shadows they are all pretty smooth and easy to work with. Myth (the matte hue) was noticeably drier and a bit chalky, but the 9 shimmers are great. I found some to be almost like cream shadows, where they felts a bit thicker and tackier, but in a smooth and creamy good kind of way. A lot of these reminded me of the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadows which have a similar almost creamy feeling and intense metallic/shimmer payoff. The creamiest ones were Magic, Wings, Mystic, and Dream, but all of the shimmers were really nice.

Overall I am truly impressed with this palette and really glad I finally bought it. I love all of the colours, I love the formula, and the shimmer shades are seriously out of this world. I don’t own anything else like it and the colours are beautiful. The Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette has quickly become my favourite Tarte product and one of my favourite palettes I own.

Do you own this palette or are you interested in getting it? Leave a comment and let me know!

Jul 12
2017

July Julep Maven Box featuring 2 Brand New Julep Items

This is slightly different than my usual Julep box posts because two of the items I chose for my July Julep Maven Box are brand new launches! I chose the two new face items for my monthly box picks and added on a lipstick since I had a credit to use. Both face products are a little more expensive than the usual Julep choices of nail polish, lipstick, liners, etc so I could only pick two items instead of the normal 3 per box.

My July Julep Maven Box including two brand new items!

My July Julep Maven Box including two brand new items!

Let’s start with the lipstick that wasn’t quite part of my July Julep Maven Box. This is the It’s Balm Full-Coverage Lip Crayon in the shade Cardinal Red. This lip crayon is a creamy bold red hue that has a smooth balmy feel. The core is a hydrating treatment with vitamin E and sunflower butter, which combines with the outer colour that has a ton of pigment. I like the formula and the feeling, and it leaves my lips with a shiny but non-sticky finish. This lip crayon feels super smooth and moisturizing. It packs a lot of pigment and is a very bold red shade. The It’s Balm Full-Coverage Lip Crayons come in 18 different hues so you can get the same great formula in a variety of colours.

The Julep It's Balm Full Coverage Lip Crayon and the Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector

The Julep It’s Balm Full Coverage Lip Crayon and the Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector

The next two items that I chose for my July Julep Maven Box are brand new launches. I got them early in my box and was super excited to check them out. The first one is the Blank Canvas Mattifying Treatment Primer, which is meant to smooth skin, prep it for makeup, and absorb oil. I am oily to begin with and summer heat makes it much worse, so a mattifying primer is a must-have for me. I really like the feeling of this primer and it is lightweight. I did see a bit less oil throughout the day but my shine is not completely gone. My makeup did look great overtop of it, and I wore it on no makeup days as well. Overall I do like the Blank Canvas Mattifying Treatment Primer and am glad I picked it for my box.

The Julep Blank Canvas Mattifying Treatment Primer

The Julep Blank Canvas Mattifying Treatment Primer

The second new launch that I got in my July Julep Maven Box is the Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with Turmeric. This is a multitasking product that is meant to conceal, correct, illuminate, and more. I wanted ti more so for concealing and brightening my under eye area, but I also may use it to spot conceal. I love the cushion tip applicator and the formula is lightweight, smooth, and easy to apply and blend. The coverage is light to medium but is buildable. For my under eye use I actually was quite pleased with this and have been reaching for it a lot lately.

Swtaches of the Julep It's Balm Full Coverage Lip Crayon int he shade Cardinal Red and the Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector in the shade Sand

Swtaches of the Julep It’s Balm Full Coverage Lip Crayon int he shade Cardinal Red and the Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector in the shade Sand

Overall my July Julep Maven Box, and add-on lip crayon, have been great additions to my summer makeup bag. I have used all three items a lot and will continue to do so. I liked the little switch to face products this month instead of my usual nail polish picks, and I loved getting to try the new launches in my box. I definitely am pleased with my July Julep Maven Box choices and look forward to what my August options will be!

Jul 6
2017

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 Set

It happened again. There was another lip kit at Sephora and of course I had to get it. I absolutely love the Sephora Favorites lip kits and have bought quite a lot of them (which I talked about in this post) so it should come as no surprise that I picked up the latest one. This one is the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 Set. I did buy this as a birthday present to myself and it was only $33 CAD.

The new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 Set

The new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 Set

In this new lip set there are six items in total – one full size product and five deluxe minis. As a makeup addict and blogger I have a ton of lip products so I actually prefer minis since I never use full size lipsticks up.

Before I get to the swatch photos I do want to say that this really isn’t a nude hued kit. Honestly I don’t find many of these kits to make sense with the name, since the shades seem to vary from beige, brown, pink, mauve, and everything in between. I prefer it this way because I like the variety and I wouldn’t want a set of six lip products in the exact same nude shade, but I do find it odd that Sephora keeps having the same name for the sets when they definitely have a wider variety of colour.

Inside the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 Set

Inside the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 Set

One last thing I have to say before the swatches. The Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 Set, and many of the previous lip kits, seem strongly suited to lighter skin tones so with my tanned skin the shades can look very different. Some of the lighter nude hues don’t look good on me at all, and other hues pull in totally different ways on my skin tone that they would on a fairer skin tone. Just keep that in mind as you look at the photos, since a few shades may look way different on me than they do on others.

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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.