Jan 3

The last batch of my 25 Days of Beauty

Good morning and hello 2018! I cannot believe how fast time has flown by! I meant to finish up my 25 Days of Beauty fake advent calendar, but I have been so busy over the holidays. I actually ended up only getting to share 23 products, but I wanted to finish this out. Today I have products 16-23 to share and discuss, but I won’t be using the photos for all of them. If you are interested they are on my Instagram so you can see more over there!

These last products are the same as before – items I really really love or something exciting that I just had to show you. Most of them are quite old, but some are newer favourites or things that really surprised and impressed me. Let’s get right into my last group of the 25 Days of Beauty products!

Day 16) Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture Perfume: This one was one that really surprised me. I have always seen how popular Juicy Couture scents are but have never once smelled or tried one myself. I got this as a sample through Influenster and was so impressed by the yummy, sweet, vanilla candy smell. I don’t know what I was expecting but I really really liked this one and over the past 2 months I have been wearing it a lot.

Viva La Juicy Perfume

Day 17) Dr. Paw Paw Original Balm: I got this a long time ago in a subscription box and have been using it every night. It has a very unique feeling, and it is a creamy balm so it may take time to get used to, but it is not greasy or oily at all. It sinks right into my hands and I use it so often.

Day 18) Ciate London Liquid Velvet Lipstick in shade Pin Up: I got this from an Ipsy bag and have been absolutely obsessed with it ever since. I love the colour of it but more importantly the formula is incredible. It lasts all day long, through coffee, pizza, snacks, drinks, and more. It applies easily and smoothly, doesn’t dry out my lips, and is one of my all-time favourite lip products.

Day 19) Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette: I got this as a gift last Christmas and I still use it a lot. I have brown eyes so I have always liked gold tones and purples to accent them, so this palette seems like it was made for me. You can see my full review on the palette here.

Day 20) Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer: I had heard so many great things about this bronzer for months and months before actually purchasing one myself. Once I did though I saw exactly what all the fuss was about – it is amazing! Super soft and easy to work with, and it gives a nice glow to the skin without any shimmer or glitter. I use this almost every day and love how it looks, and the yummy tropical scent is a total bonus!

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

Day 21) ColourPop SuperShock Shadow in shade Un: This is by far my favourite ColourPop product I own. This is such a lovely light golden shimmer and I use it so often. I swipe it all over my lid as a quick look, or use it as an inner corner or brow bone highlight with other looks. The formula is amazing, the colour is awesome, and the price was great. The only problem is that I think it was from a limited edition collection and now I can’t find it on the site to repurchase.

ColourPop SuperShock Shadow in shade Un

Day 22) Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Lip Paint in shade Fomo: I love these Tarte lip paints and have a bunch of minis in different colours. I have been using this pretty shade a lot lately and I love the colour, long-wearing formula, and light application. It has a whipped texture so it feels very light to apply and wear, but it lasts for hours and is very pigmented.

Day 23) CoverGirl Oh Sugar! Lipstick in shade Gumdrop: This is a lighter semi-sheer lipstick that I use more as a balm. It really make my lips feel moisturized and soft, which is great in the cold weather. I like the purple hue because it leaves my lips with a nice berry tone flush of colour, without anything heavy or too thick.

CoverGirl Oh Sugar! Lipstick in shade Gumdrop

There we have it, the remaining items in my 25 Days of Beauty products. I did not make it to Day 24 and 25 since it was all over the place at about 5 different family events for Christmas, but I hope you enjoyed the 23 items I did share this month.

After these 25 Days of Beauty I am now ready to jump into 2018 and discover all new favourites for the upcoming year. Leave me a comment and let me know some of your favourite beauty products from the past year!

Nov 28

November 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag: Better Late Than Never!

Did everyone else get their November 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag super late? Mine just arrived a few days ago, which is really late in the month, even with me being in Canada. Aside from the long wait, this bag is actually really great. I checked my item spoilers so I knew what was coming, and I was very excited.

The actual bag itself came in one of two colours. There was a mustard yellow or this teal hue, and they had the plain colour bottom and the shiny, darker top half. The yellow bag has a gold top half and this teal one is more of an inky blue with some sort of metallic-like style. I like the look of the November 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag and I actually was hoping for the teal so that was a fun surprise.

My November 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

My November 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Let’s see what was in my November 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

The five items I got this month looked really exciting in my preview. I got one full size item and four deluxe minis, and two things were from brands I already love and use often.

Items in my November 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Items in my November 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

The item I was most excited for was the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, which came in one of three shades. I got the shade Feisty, which is a dusty rose hue. I got one of these blushes in the Sephora Birthday Gift and I have worn it almost every single day since my birthday in July. I absolutely love it, I love the formula, the long-wear time, the colour, and everything else about it. Even for a mini product it has a lot in it and I have not even hit pan after almost 6 months. The birthday blush has been my go-to blush and I am so excited to have another shade now.

The other item I was really looking forward to was the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip, which I already know and love, and have a ton of (as you can see here). This product is full size and could have been one of two shades. I got the shade Baracuda, which was amazing because I already had the other colour Ipsy was sending.

The next three items in my November 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag were things I have never tried (or even seen) before.

I received a Manna Kadar Cosmetics HD Perfecting Powder which is neat to try out but definitely a small pan for an all-over face product. I will be giving this a shot for sure, since I have oily skin and am always looking for ways to take my shine away. This is meant to be mattifying and help with flashback in photos, so this will be great for upcoming holiday events.

I also got a ‘Tini Beauty Barfly Highlighter in the shade Candlelit, which is a stick highlighter with a light pink shimmery hue. I’m extra into a good glow lately so this will be fun to wear.

My last item was a Kensie Deluxe Mini Purse Sprayer, which is handy for on-the-go. It was bigger than I pictured it to be, and the scent is a nice fresh and sweet smell that isn’t too sickly sweet or overpowering.

Swatches of the 'Tini Beauty Highlighter, Tarte Blush, and ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip

Swatches of the ‘Tini Beauty Highlighter, Tarte Blush, and ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip

I really think my November 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag was a great one. I loved the full size ColourPop product, and loved that I got the shade I was hoping for. I am over the moon about the Tarte blush and am really pleased with the Kensie fragrance and ‘Tini Beauty Highlighter. The Manna Kadar powder will be nice to try but wasn’t overwhelmingly exciting, but still good to get.

Even though it took forever to arrive this month I really do love my Ipsy products for November. Did you get a Glam Bag this month? Leave me a comment and let me know what you got!

Sep 25

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!

Apr 11

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 3

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

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

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

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.

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Mar 20

My Travel Beauty Bag: What I took on my weekend getaway

Happy Monday! Instead of being at work today I am off on a mini getaway with my BF. We like to take small 2 or 3 day trips just to have an adventure and do something special, so we left yesterday for a let weekend getaway. Of course I had to bring a variety of outfits and makeup for all our activities, so I thought I would share what I like to pack in my travel beauty bag for a weekend getaway!

Since I knew there would be a mix of indoor and outdoor activities (including fancy dinners and mini golf!) I had to pack versatile items that could work for all occasions. I love my double-duty products that save space and work for multiple uses.

A look at what beauty products I take in my travel beauty bag!

A look at what beauty products I take in my travel beauty bag!

For my travel beauty bag this weekend I went with my most trusted items that I knew would work for everything I needed. Take a look at what I brought below!

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Feb 20

Last Week in Lipstick: Volume 4

Wow I cannot believe I have been tracking my lipstick for four weeks now! I have been wearing a wide variety of lipsticks, glosses, stains, and more. I love finding old favourites in my collection and it has been a lot of fun to try everything so far. As always, here are my seven different lipsticks I wore this past week, and my thoughts/review on each one.

The seven lipstick shades I wore last week

The seven lipstick shades I wore last week

Monday: ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in shade Mama

I was so impressed with this shade. It was the perfect muted orange red that wasn’t too orange or too red. It looked great on and lasted super long, even through meals. It did not feel drying or thick and had the perfect application with one thin coat that was so crisp on my lip lines. This one quickly jumped up to the top of my ColourPop favourites.

Tuesday: L’Oreal Paris Le Matte Lip Colour in shade Mad For Matte

I wanted a super bold bright red for Valentine’s Day and this was the perfect choice. This is such a creamy formula and even though it is a matte lipstick it feels smooth and soft and more like a balm to wear. I love this L’Oreal line and every time I wear one I love them even more. The bold colour, great formula, long-lasting power, and creamy feel make this one of my favourite lipstick.

Wednesday: ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix in shade Whip

This lipstick looks so crazy and bold in the tube but it actually comes out like a lovely medium purple wash of colour when I apply it. I think it has to do with the sheer formula. I love how shiny and smooth this makes me lips and it really feels moisturizing for quite a few hours. It does have a slightly odd scent when I first apply it but luckily that fades quickly and I am only left with the pretty colour.

Thursday: Maybelline New York SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in shade Enduring Ruby

This lipstick was a total surprise to stumble upon because I ddin not even know I had it. I picked it up because I liked the shade and decided to give it a shot, and ended up really falling for it. I loved the deep red hue but I also loved how shiny it was, how long it lasted, and how great it felt to wear. This might be an older Maybelline release but it is still going strong and I was super impressed with it. I can’t say it lasted 14 hours but it definitely lasted strongly through breakfast, coffees, and lunch.

Friday: Maybelline New York Baby Lips in shade Spice it Up

This is one of my consistent go-to balms because it feels awesome to wear and delivers great colour. I love a lot of the Baby Lips shades but this one is one of my top three because it has a nice spicy red/pink shade that is easily build-able for a more opaque look.

Saturday: NYC Smooch Proof Liquid Lip Stain on shade On Everyone’s Lips

I like this lip stain because it is very light and thin. It ends up looking similar to my regular lip colour but a bit more mauve tinted. It’s easy to work with and lasts me a few hours with a nice colour. It is a browny/mauve hue that can be built up a little with an extra layer.

Sunday: Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in shade Kir Royale

I rarely wear glosses but I picked up this pretty deep red gloss for something different to end the week. I like the shade and consistency, and it feels good to wear. I don’t love the fake cotton candy scent but for such a pretty dark red gloss I was able to forgive that.

The seven lipsticks I wore from Monday to Sunday

The seven lipsticks I wore from Monday to Sunday

Check out the swatches!

Swatches of my lipsticks from last week L-R: Colourpop Mama, L'Oreal Paris, Colourpop Whip, Maybelline SuperStay, Maybelline Baby Lips, NYC Lip Stain, and Buxom Full-On Lip Cream

Swatches of my lipsticks from last week L-R: Colourpop Mama, L’Oreal Paris, Colourpop Whip, Maybelline SuperStay, Maybelline Baby Lips, NYC Lip Stain, and Buxom Full-On Lip Cream

So there we go, my fourth week of tracking my lipstick and I have found some serious favourites. I love the Maybelline SuperStay shade, and seem to be repeating ColourPop Ultra Mattes a lot, and have had some great options with tinted balms. Tracking these lipstick weeks has made me really appreciate my collection a lot more and I am enjoying shopping my stash. I can’t wait to see what shades I pick this week!