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.

May 2
2017

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017

You must know by now how much I love the Sephora Favorites kits, specifically the lip kits. I have bought the last few that came out, and when I saw the newest one on the website I just could not resist it! This one is the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 set, and it includes some amazing brands, colours, and formulas. This one might actually be my favourite one out of all the lip kits I have, and I can’t wait to show you why!

The brand new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 Set

The brand new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 Set

In case you’re interested in them, the other lip kits I have include the following ones:

All of the lip products in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 Set

All of the lip products in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 Set

What lip products are in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 Set?

Look at all of these lovely shades!

  • Deluxe Mini: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Kristen (cool desert sand)
  • Deluxe Mini: Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Enamored Hi Shine Lip Lacquer in Sugar Sugar (champagne-gold shimmer)
  • Deluxe Mini: NARS Cosmetics Velvet Lip Glide in Bound (rose pink)
  • Deluxe Mini: Tarte Lippie Lingerie Matte Tint in Revealed (light mocha)
  • Deluxe Mini: Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Spice Girl (pink nude)
  • Full Size: Urban Decay Vice Waterproof Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Trivial (matte pink nude)

Now, the above colour descriptions come from the Sephora site but I actually think some of them are very different. The Tarte Lippie Lingerie is much deeper on me and more of a deep brick brown/mocha shade, not light at all. The Anastasia Beverly Hills gloss in Kristen is much more of a deep terracotta pink shade and the NARS Velvet Lip Glide is more like a mauve pink than rose.

Swatches of the lip products in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 Set

Swatches of the lip products in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 Set

The lip products from the swatch photo above

I love all of the colours in this Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 set. The Urban Decay shade is a beautiful medium pink hue that will be perfect for Spring and Summer. I was surprised by how much I liked the Too Faced Lip Injection shade since usually nude glosses don’t show up well on my tanned skin. The Tarte shade is beautiful but probably better suited for Fall.

All of these have amazing formulas and I am very impressed with these products. The Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick is phenomenal and to get a full size in such a pretty shade is amazing. The NARS and Tarte items are so smooth and feel amazing to wear, and the the Too Faced and ABH glosses are really nice as well. The Marc Jacobs gloss is a little sheer for my taste but it will be nice as a topper over another lip product.

Swatches from L-R: Urban Decay, NARS, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Marc Jacobs, Too Faced, and Tarte

Swatches from L-R: Urban Decay, NARS, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Marc Jacobs, Too Faced, and Tarte

Overall this kit is incredible and I really love every item in it. I have loved the other lip kits as well, but this Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Spring 2017 set has such versatility and some incredible brands. I have never tried anything by Anastasia Beverly Hills before,so that was awesome to try that. I have never tried the NARS Velvet Lip Glide, Urban Decay Liquid Lipstick, or Tarte Lippie Lingerie so those were new formulas for me.

All in all, this set is my favourite of the Sephora Favorite kits I own. I love the wide range of brands, colours, and formulas. Although I definitely don’t consider it a set of 6 nude hues, they are all gorgeous lip products that I am thrilled to have in such an affordable set.

Jan 30
2017

My Last Week of Lipstick: Volume 1

Since 2017 started I have been pushing myself to try more of my makeup and use different items that I own. I know I have some of my favourites (like the Sweet Peach palette and ColourPop lipsticks) but I wanted to branch out and give all my makeup some equal love. One of the ways I have been able to do that is by changing my lipstick every day. No matter how rushed I am I always make sure to grab a different lippie every morning.

This started as an accident almost but by the end of a week I noticed I had a bunch of different lipsticks in my purse, which I wore that week. Since I really enjoyed doing the 16 lipsticks I found in my purse post I decided to start posting about these as well.

So now here we are with my first week in review. I am including little notes on each item and have swatches as well!

Here are all the lipsticks I wore last week!

Here are all the lipsticks I wore last week!

Check out my last week of lipsticks below!  [Read more…]

Jan 26
2017

Using Up My Beauty and Skincare Samples (#ProjectPan)

Good morning beauties! Today I have a bit of a different post for you. I have decided that I really need to start using up my beauty and skincare samples so I laid them all out and am taking a mini inventory! I realize that I have a ton of products that are just sitting in my sample section, waiting to be used.

Sure, samples are great for travelling – but what if I don’t have anywhere to go? Instead of keeping these forever and letting them wait around I have decided to start using them now.

I know some of these beauty and skincare samples are items I already have used and like, but many are brand new to me. I don’t think I would want to be trying a new face mask or skin cream on a trip anyways, since it could react badly to my skin and end up making it worse. I would rather do my experimenting at home. The few ones I know I like and will use can wait for a trip since they take less space for packing, but anything new or unknown to me has to be used up at home. So far the only ones that I feel confident to travel with are the Smashbox primers and Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I also think I could wing it with the mini Urban Decay Lipstick and Sephora eyeliner pencil since those are pretty generic and I can work with any shade.

Tons of beauty and skincare samples I am going to start using up!

Tons of beauty and skincare samples I am going to start using up!

These photos are what is left of my samples after a mini purge – I set aside a bunch of masks and skincare for my mom and best friend, and took out any foundations that were not my shade. Check out the long list below of all the beauty and skincare samples that I decided to keep.

I tried to organize in a top to bottom/left to right listing so it should be pretty simple to follow along!

Beauty and Skincare Samples Pictured Above:

  • Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturizer
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (x4)
  • Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo
  • Sephora Contour Eye Pencil: Suede Shoes
  • Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup Foundation: Silk Sable
  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation: Sable and Light Beige
  • Caudalie Instant Detox Mask
  • Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer
  • Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self-tanning Face Oil
  • Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask: Vanilla Apricot
  • Urban Decay Vice Lipstick: Venom
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid: Peach and Green
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
  • Sephora 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation: Beige and Walnut
  • The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
  • The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow: Matt Kumar
  • Murad Instamatte Oil Control Mask
More beauty samples to start using up!

More beauty samples to start using up!

An open shot of the beauty samples

An open shot of the beauty samples

Beauty Samples Pictured Above:

  • Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eyecolor: Mist, Magnolia, and Purple Dawn
  • Make Up For Ever HD Blush: 410
  • Clarins Rouge Prodige Lipstick: Raspberry Sorbet, Coral Tulip, Red Prodige, and Redwood
  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner: Black Ink and Steel Ink
  • Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick: Red Door, Pretty Pink, and Neoclassic

Almost all of these are the samples I get from Sephora orders and some have been sitting around for nearly 6 months. A few items are from subscription boxes and they just snuck in here accidentally, since I usually keep those in separate sections.

I am really excited to start using these up and look forward to trying some new beauty and skincare items. This is kind of a mini start to a panning challenge or#projectpan as I always see on Instagram. I have no idea how long this will take me or if I will discover any new favourites, but I will be keeping you posted along the way! Wish me luck to start making some serious progress on these beauty and skincare samples!

Jan 16
2017

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip 2017

As you may know by now, I really like the Sephora Favorites Lip sets. I have the Give Me Some Bold Lip, Give Me Some Lip and Liner, and the Give Me Some Lip set from 2016. I really have enjoyed all of these sets and love getting to try multiple brands and lip products for one price. Today I will be showing you the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip 2017 set, which just came out a few days ago.

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip set

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip set

As usual this set comes with a mix of full size and deluxe mini size products. This time around the full size items were an Urban Decay Vice lipstick and an Estee Edit Lip Liner. Both items were very intriguing to me, and made this set worth the price tag. For $33 Canadian I got two full size and four deluxe mini lip items, and the full size ones alone are worth $21 and $24 respectively, so they make the set worth it.

Let’s take a look at what comes in the Give Me Some Nude Lip set!

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Aug 4
2016

Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box

Today I have a really old eye shadow palette to show you. This is the Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box, which was originally released way back in the day. Quite a few years ago.  I don’t remember when I bought it, but I know I got it on sale at Sephora and it was one of the very first Urban Decay products I ever bought. Another old Urban Decay palette that I love is the Urban Decay Smoked palette, which I reviewed here.

Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box

Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box

The Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box is full of 9 incredible shadows that have such a silky feel. The formula on these is incredible, even after how long I have had it, and the pigment on all of the shades is so nice. There are 3 neutral hues and 6 bold colours in this cute little box, and it came with two little eye shadow sponges and a mini Urban Decay Primer Potion. I have long since used up the primer, but the shadows have been taking a back seat for the last few months/years.

The Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box

The Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box

The Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box is by far the most unique and bright palette I own. The 6 bold shades are the most different from my normal makeup collection. The variety of original shades in this palette are super colourful and the only real neon shades I own in my entire makeup collection.

Read on for details on each eye shadow and more photos, including swatches!

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Jul 19
2016

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Deluxe Sampler

Today I am showing you the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Deluxe Sampler that includes 24 of the new UD Vice lipstick shades. I got this as a promo with my recent Sephora order, and have seen a lot of people complaining it was out of stock and hard to get, so I guess I got lucky that day.

The Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Sampler

The Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Deluxe Sampler

I have to start by saying that this was THE hardest beauty item I have ever tried to photograph. In multiple years of writing for other blogs, working at beauty magazines, and everything I have done, this was absolutely the most difficult post to take photos for. My camera was going crazy with all the different colours and trying to catch the correct lighting without reflecting off the little plastic bubbles. I was going crazy trying to get accurate photos. I finally got some acceptable ones, but keep in mind that this was so tough to get the right colours so be sure to check the Urban Decay website for further info on the shades of these lipsticks.

Before we get to the lipsticks – if anyone has any photography tips on how to get these super tricky lighting/colour/reflection problems under control I would totally love to hear them!

Check out the 24 shades in the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Deluxe Sampler

All 24 shades included in the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Sampler

All 24 shades included in the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Deluxe Sampler

The UD Vice lippies come in a wide range of colours (100 shades to be exact) and a bunch of different finishes. From metallic to matte, cream to sheer, and everything in between you are sure to find a shade or two that suits your preferences for any occasion. In this Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Deluxe Sampler I got 24 shades in a variety of finishes, organized into this cute little folded book. They are sort of sorted by shade family, with a page of 8 bold hues like pink and purple, a page of 8 vampy and red colours, and then 8 classic and neutral hues. I like the sorting in the book and it makes it super easy to pick one depending on mood or occasion.

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Jul 7
2016

Sephora Birthday Haul ft. Urban Decay

In honour of my own birthday this weekend, I decided to buy myself a few beauty presents. I have seen the Sephora Marc Jacobs birthday gift and was super excited about it, but since there isn’t a store in my town I decided to shop online. I have been adding things in and out of my cart over the last month or so but never made an order, so I finally decided to treat myself and place an order. There are so many great deals at Sephora lately and even though I have been eyeing things like the Gwen Stefani Urban Decay palette (on sale!) and considering another Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, I ended up getting a combo of some other great items for my Sephora birthday haul.

Everything I bought in my Sephora birthday haul

Everything I bought in my Sephora birthday haul

The items I ordered in my Sephora birthday haul include a nail art kit, a Sephora Favourites bronze set, an Urban Decay Naked palette, and more. Check out the full list of what I bought below.

What did I get?

 

  • Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette in the shade Native
  • Formula X Infinite Ombré Nail Design Set
  • Sephora Favorites Bronze Bares All Set
  • Mini Marc Jacobs Sephora VIB Birthday Gift
  • Urban Decay Vice Lipstick sampler with 24 lipstick shades to try
  • 3 free samples

These items shipped super fast and I was so excited to get a delivery notification for my Sephora birthday haul just 4 days after I placed the order.

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May 7
2016

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Swatches

Yesterday I showed you a quick look at the stunning Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette that I got for only $17 and am super in love with. Today I want to show you all twelve of the gorgeous shadows in this palette and talk about some of my favourites.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

The eye shadows in the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette range in shades and finishes. There are some matte finishes, some shimmer, and some satin. The shades include light highlight colours and dark smoky ones, and the overall variety is great for both daytime and evening eye makeup looks.

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