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.

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! 

Mar 20
2017

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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Aug 8
2016

Essence Cosmetics Prize Pack

Good morning and happy Monday! I have a super short week ahead of me because I leave for the cottage on Wednesday and get to spend a whole week away! I am really excited and hoping for some good weather to enjoy my time off. In the meantime I have scheduled some fun blog posts for you, starting with this one today. I recently got the great news that I won a giveaway hosted by the amazing Angela over at Raincouver Beauty! I am a huge fan of hers, and she was celebrating 1000 followers on Instagram which is a really impressive milestone. Somehow I must have been super lucky that day because I won one of her generous prizes – the Essence Cosmetics Prize Pack.

All of the goodies in my Essence Cosmetics Prize Pack!

All of the goodies in my Essence Cosmetics Prize Pack!

I was really excited about this prize because I already know the brand quite well and have enjoyed almost everything I have ever tried by Essence Cosmetics. One of my favourite mascaras ever is the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara which I reviewed a long time ago.

The Essence Cosmetics prize pack came in a cute clear makeup bag which I will actually be using to go to the cottage this week. The bag was full of some really neat looking items and it was fun to check them all out. Aside from the nail polish and the liquid eyeliner everything else was new to me. I didn’t even know that Essence Cosmetics made a makeup setting spray or lip oil so those were extra interesting to find. The Essence Pure Nude Highlighter is pretty much screaming my name and I can’t wait to use it.

A better look at the Essence Cosmetics Prize Pack I won

A better look at the Essence Cosmetics Prize Pack I won

There was a ton of makeup goodies in this prize pack and I am really looking forward to playing with every item and hopefully reviewing some of it soon. Thank you again Angela for the the amazing Essence Cosmetics prize pack, and congratulations on such a milestone with Raincouver Beauty!

Apr 10
2016

Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points Haul ft. Urban Decay Naked Smoky

Yesterday I got the ultimate Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points haul! It was a bonus redemption day so my 50,000 points that would normally value $85 were able to get me $100 instead. I have been eyeing the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette for a long time and this was the perfect time to get the palette, worth $66, for free. To reach the full $100 I was able to add a bunch of other beauty goodies to my haul and ended up getting some great items that I have been dying to try.

Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points Haul ft. CoverGirl, Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette, Essence Cosmetics, and more!

My recent Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points haul ft. CoverGirl mascara, the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette, Essence Cosmetics mascara, and more!

In my Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points haul I got the following items:

  • Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette: $66
  • CoverGirl Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara: Normally $10.99, on sale for $7.99
  • CoverGirl Bombshell Powder Brow & Liner: Normally $10.99, on sale for $7.99
  • Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara: $4.99
  • Essence Liquid Eyeliner: $3.99
  • Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm: Normally $4.99, on sale for $3.99
  • Softsoap Wild Basil and Lime Soap: Normally $4.99, on sale for $3.99
  • New York Color Smooch-Proof Lip Stain: Normally $5.99, on sale for $4.99

The total of those items at the sale price was just over $100, and with the Optimum bonus I only had to pay the tax. I ended up spending only $17 on a ton of items that would normally cost over $100! That is crazy! My Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points haul was a huge success and I am thrilled with everything I got.

I had been wanting to try the Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara to compare it to the Lash Princess Volume Mascara which I love. You can see my review on that here. The Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette is a huge deal itself because when else can you get that iconic palette for under $20? The rest of the items are either essentials (like the hand soap and Nivea lip balms) or items I have been curious about for a while but just hadn’t purchased.

Apr 8
2016

Review: Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara

The first thing that drew me to the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara was the adorable packaging. The tube has a really cute corset design at the top and it is super pretty. The second thing that appealed to me was the price – $4.99. With those two factors and my Shoppers Optimum card in hand I was sold!

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara

The Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara was pretty much just a purchase I made on a whim because it looked super cute, but man am I glad I got it! This mascara is amazing and with one single coat I had great lashes. It was so cheap that I worried there would be nothing to it but it totally delivered. I got long dark lashes with no clumps. The brush is neat and has a curve to it, which I really like. With a great wand and a great formula this has turned into one of my favourite mascaras.

Close up of the curved brush on the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara

The curved brush on the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara

You can see for yourself the difference between my bare lashes and one coat of mascara. I didn’t use a curler on them before applying the mascara so any volume you see is completely from the mascara.

My lashes look like I have a completely full fringe and I can’t stop checking them out in the mirror. It really looks like I have a ton of lashes and I definitely don’t have that effect all the time. For a mascara that was under $5 this was a total steal. Long, dark, defined full lashes – what more could you want for a five dollar bill?

There is a Lash Princess False Effect Mascara but it was sold out when I was shopping. I wonder if that one would be even better than this one so I might have to check it out one day.

Have you tried the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara or any other one from Essence Cosmetics?