Jan 3
2018

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!

Dec 21
2017

25 Days of Beauty: 11 to 15

Today we have the third set of products from my 25 Days of Beauty Made-Up Advent Calendar! I have been posting a product everyday on Instagram that I really love, use often, or otherwise want to feature this month. I post them in groups of 5 over here so that I can go into more detail and give mini reviews of each item.

Quo Cosmetics Makeup Setting Spray

Today we have items 11 to 15 from my 25 Days of Beauty, which means we have passed the halfway point! Let’s take a look at this group of products!

Day 11) Quo Cosmetics Make-Up Setting Spray: This setting spray is my go-to pick for making my makeup look more like skin. I think it gives a great natural finish and it helps lock my look in place all night.

Day 12) Bite Beauty Multistick in shade Mochi: I love this little multistick even though I tend to use it mainly on my lips. It does work as a nice cream blush if you blend it out, but my favourite way to wear it is to dab it onto my lips using my finger, and blend it out for a softer look. This method helps it stay on like a stain and I get so many hours of wear with this soft matte lip colour.

Bite Beauty Multistick in shade Mochi

Day 13) Charmed Aroma Mango Coconut Body Butter: I love the scent of this and I love the formula too! It’s so creamy and softening, and leaves my skin feeling extremely supple. I use this all over and love the tropical smell it leaves. It also came with a ring which was super fun!

Charmed Aroma Mango Coconut Body Butter

Day 14) Tarte Cosmetics Make Believe In Yourself Eyeshadow Palette: This palette is so shimmery and beautiful for the holidays. I love using these shadows for a night out, and I find them very creamy to work with. This may be more of a special occasion palette as opposed to everyday, but I do use it quite often for evening looks.

Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Palette

Day 15) L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lipsticks in shades 201 Lacque-y Charm and 106 Mad For Matte: I use both of these lipsticks so frequently that I am surprised there is anything left in them. I absolutely love the shade Lacque-y Charm and it is a gorgeous everyday rosy hue. It glides on super smoothly and has a glossy, creamy formula that isn’t tacky or sticky at all. Mad For Matte is also very smooth and not drying at all. It’s a great matte red that isn’t too thick, isn’t crumbly, and is super opaque.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte lipsticks

 

Lacque-y Charm (top) and Mad for Matte (bottom)

So there you go, products 11 to 15 from my 25 Days of Beauty Made Up Advent Calendar! Drop by again soon for the next 5 items!

Dec 11
2017

25 Days of Beauty: The First Five

For the month of December I decided to do a 25 Days of Beauty challenge on my Instagram, kind of like my own made-up advent calendar. I would pick one item from my makeup collection to talk about per day, just to share a quick photo and sentence or two about it. After the first few days I realized I had more to say about some of the products, so I decided to compile a blog post per week, to go over the products in a more detailed way.

For this 25 Days of Beauty I had no particular order in mind. I chose items I either just purchased and was excited about, or things I have has for a while and been really loving. It’s a mix of eyes, lips, nails, and anything in between!

Let’s get started with the first 7 products from my 25 Days of Beauty challenge!

Day 1) Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in shade 03: This lipstick is a gorgeous rosy hue and it has such a creamy formula. It applied in one swipe and had great pigmentation, and was a comfortable matte feeling. It lasted for a long time and I love the colour as an everyday shade that isn’t too light.

Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in shade 03

Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in shade 03

Swatch of Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in shade 03

Swatch of Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in shade 03

Day 2) Catrice Cosmetics Highlighting Powder in shade Champagne Campaign: This was from my August Ipsy Glam Bag and I have been really enjoying it since then. I love the light golden tone, and it isn’t too deep, dark, or intense.

Catrice Cosmetics Highlighting Powder

Catrice Cosmetics Highlighting Powder

Day 3) Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Face Oil: This one is actually empty now, but it was my go-to facial oil for a lovely summer glow. I used it often throughout the summer and also in Fall when I wanted a little bit of a glowy boost on no-makeup days. I did see a difference with it and felt that it gave my face a sun-kissed look, and I am planning to repurchase it for next summer.

Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold

Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold

Day 4) Lush Cosmetics Sleepy Hand and Body Lotion: I love the scent of this and find it so nice and relaxing to put on my hands before bed, however I don’t find any difference in how I sleep or how quickly I fall asleep. I didn’t expect it to just magically knock my out cold so I am not really disappointed, and I do enjoy the soothing lavender smell to end my evenings.

LUSH Sleepy Lotion

LUSH Sleepy Lotion

Day 5) Tarte Cosmetics Lifted Sweatproof Mascara: I actually really love this mascara for a daily look. I don’t wear it for working out so I can’t comment on the sweatproof factor, but it does give my lashes such a lovely fluffy, light, wispy style. I use this so often and am almost done the mini size, so I am planning to get a full size in the future.

Tarte Lifted Sweatproof Mascara

Tarte Lifted Sweatproof Mascara

That’s it for my first five days of the 25 Days of Beauty I started on Instagram. I will be back soon with the next batch, and continuing throughout the month until we cover all 25 products.

Nov 28
2017

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!

Nov 22
2017

RachhLoves Topbox Fall 2017: What’s Inside?!

Today I have a fun beauty box to show you! This is the RachhLoves Topbox Fall 2017 Box and it is curated by Youtuber RachhLoves, who I have been watching a lot over the past few months. She’s Canadian so I like seeing the drugstore hauls and items that really apply to me, plus she’s friendly and fun to watch.

Every season she does a collaboration with TopBox for a beauty box, which you can order as single item as opposed to the typical Topbox monthly subscription. I have never gotten one of her boxes before but after seeing her video on this box I had to get it.

It was $22 Canadian with free shipping and came with a mix of full size and deluxe sample size products. I specifically wanted this box for three of the full size items that RachhLoves mentioned in her video. See the items below to find out what was in the RachhLoves Topbox Fall 2017 box!

NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette (full size): This blush palette has 8 different shades, ranging from light pink, coral, deep pink, and everything else. I have never tried NYX blushes but always eyed this palette at the drugstore. It retails for $27 Canadian on the NYX website so getting this in the box was already a great deal for me!

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara (full size): This mascara is one of RachhLoves’ favourites and I have always liked things I try from Stila. This mascara retails for $30 Canadian on the Sephora website so this was crazy to get a full size in the box.

All of the products in the RachhLoves Topbox Fall 2017 Box

All of the products in the RachhLoves Topbox Fall 2017 Box

Wet N’ Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in shade Precious Petals (full size): I have heard so many amazing reviews about these MegaGlo Highlighting Powders but never picked one up to try. This full size item retails for $5 Canadian so even though I could pick one up myself, it was great to have it included in the box and I was very excited to get my glow on.

GlamGlow Supermud Mask (deluxe mini): This deluxe mini mask came in one of two types (you could choose when you ordered the box) so it was a nice item to try out and see what it does for my skin. I don’t usually spend a lot on fancy masks of skincare so getting to try this out was really fun.

Tarte Creamy Matte Lip Paint in shade Fomo (deluxe mini): I already have quite a few of these Tarte mini Lip Paints from various Ipsy bags, Tarte gift sets, etc. and I love them. I love the formula and wear them all so frequently so getting another one was totally fine for me. I already had the Fomo shade so I will pass this along to a friend.

The NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette and the Wet N' Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

The NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette and the Wet N’ Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Overall the RachhLoves Topbox Fall 2017 box had three full size items, which included a full blush palette and full size highlighter that I have had my eye on for months already. The Stila mascara was amazing to include and a great deal compared to it’s normal retail price. I haven’t tried it out yet but I am really looking forward to seeing if my lashes are going to be huge! I will definitely be posting a review on that soon.

I personally love when a beauty box comes with items you already were hoping to try or had on your wishlist, so this box was a complete hit for me! I will be keeping my eye out to see what RachhLoves includes in her next Topbox collaboration.

Oct 17
2017

October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Good morning! It has been quite a while since I last wrote a blog post. The Fall came so quick and has been super busy, but I am back on the blogging track now! The first thing to show you is my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

My October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

My October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Even though last year they did a Halloween theme with the bag, this year was much more subtle. I happen to love it. The October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag is a maroon shade with lace pattern imprinted. There is a small Halloween hint with the bat on the zipper.

The adorable little bat on the zipper!

Now let’s see what items I got in my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

Items I got in my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Items I got in my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

  • IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder
  • Skinvolve Phoenician Secret Scrub
  • Tony Moly Peach Hand Cream
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
  • MeMeMe Beautiful Brows Brow Pencil

I haven’t tried any of these items before so this bag was very exciting to open. I love body scrubs and the Skinvolve one is made with coffee and peppermint which are scents I absolutely love. I also love peach things so the Tony Moly cream is awesome. It is pretty small for a hand cream but it’s a good brand and I’m excited to receive it.

The IT Cosmetics powder is pretty popular so that got my interest as well. I typically don’t use a powder to set my makeup but I know I should be, so this works out perfectly.

The Tarte mascara is a classic but I’ve never used it so I am looking forward to that. The last item, the brow pencil, is from a brand I haven’t heard of before but I do want to give it a shot since I have been really focusing on my brows lately. I love that it has a spoolie on one end!

I really like everything I got in my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

I really like everything I got in my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

Overall my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Blag is full of five items I am very excited to use. They are all new to me but nothing is too funky or unique. I feel like this bag really suits my likes and matched to my profile very well.

Did you get a Glam Bag this month? Let me know what you got in the comments!

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.

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!