Dec 14
2017

25 Days of Beauty: The Next Five

Julep Blank Canvas Mattifying Primer

I recently posted about my first five products I picked for my own little beauty advent calendar for 25 Days of Beauty, and today I have the next five items. I already posted these on Instagram but this gives me a little more room to expand on the items and why I chose them. Let’s jump right into it!

Day 6) Julep Beauty Blank Canvas Mattifying Treatment Primer: I love how smooth and creamy this primer feels. It is super soft to apply and makes mys kin feel baby soft, and it keeps some of my shine away. It doesn’t get rid of it entirely, but it definitely helps the longevity of my makeup and keeping my T zone less shiny through the day and night.

Day 7) 7th Heaven Charcoal Peel-Off Face Mask: This mask helps to purify and detoxify skin, and I love the peel-off method. It leaves my skin feeling clear and refreshed.

7th Heaven Charcoal Peel-Off Mask

Day 8) Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation: I absolutely love this foundation, for so many reasons! It has a great colour match for me (Sand) and has a lovely formula, matte finish, and yummy peachy scent. I really like this foundation and feel like it lasts for hours and hours while still looking good and controlling my shiny skin.

Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation

Day 9) China Glaze Nail Polish in shade Snow Globe: This one of my favourite holiday/Winter nail polishes to use. I love the iridescent flakes of glitter and it looks amazing over all kinds of colours. It lasts for such a long time without chips and is an easy way to amp up a holiday manicure for a more festive look.

China Glaze shade Snow Globe

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

Day 10) The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops (Darkening): These darkening drops have been so helpful to me when a foundation is slightly off. I use this with a few different formulas and it never seems to alter the foundation, and it really works to help adjust a shade to suit my skin depending on the season.

These five products have been stand-out items in my collections and I wanted to include them in my own beauty advent calendar for my 25 Days of Beauty. There seemed to be quite a few face products in this batch. Have you tried any of these items? Leave a comment and let me know!

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.

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!