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.

Jun 27
2017

Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift from Tarte Cosmetics

I recently popped into a Sephora and picked up the Sephora Favorites Summer Essentials 2017 Kit which has some amazing sample size products. I posted about the whole kit here, so go on and check it out if you’re interested! Aside from that kit, I also picked up my Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift, and I chose the Tarte option. The other choice was a Caudalie two-piece skincare mini.

The Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift from Tarte Cosmetics

The Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift from Tarte Cosmetics

The Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift from Tarte is also a two-piece mini set that features a blush and  lipstick in special colours. These are exclusive shades designed just for the Sephora gifts. I have been super into Tarte lately and was really excited for this gift.

How beautiful is that blush?

You may have seen me raving about the Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paints that I have gotten in a gift set and Ipsy bags over the past few months. The Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift includes a Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint so it is like a sister to the lippies I have been loving. This one is smooth, opaque, and creamy and is a really pretty light pink nude hue. The colour is called Birthday Suit which is very fitting for the set. 

Swatch of Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in the shade Birthday Suit

Swatch of Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in the shade Birthday Suit

The blush is one of their famous Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes and it is in the shade Paaarty, which is a light pink colour. It is super smooth to apply and gives a lovely flush. It can be layered nicely to add more opacity. 

Swatch and blended swatch of the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in the shade Paaraty

Swatch and blended swatch of the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in the shade Paaraty

Overall I think this is an adorable Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift and am so glad that Sephora has such a great program that offers this.

Have you gotten your birthday gift yet? Let me know if you’d choose this set or the skincare option by leaving a comment below!

Jun 16
2017

June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

Today I have another adorable Ipsy bag to show you! Last month was the cute ice cream print Ipsy bag and this month is another really cute design. I am very happy with the items I got in my bag this month. The June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag was a total hit for me! In fact it may be my favourite bag yet! 

As for the bag itself it is a really quirky and cute polka dot bag with a large lip print graphic and black border. I love the look of this and will definitely be using it this summer. It is back to the traditional rectangle shaped bag that Ipsy normally does but I like the size so it works out for me.

June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

My June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

What did I get in my June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag?

The five items I got in this month’s bag are a wide range of items.

  • Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Waterproof Eyeliner in shade Jet Black
  • NYX Cosmetics Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle in shade Cocoa Bean
  • Pure Brazilian Shine Ultra Light Nourishing Oil
  • The Balm Cosmetics InStain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush in shade Pinstripe
  • City Color Cosmetics Shimmer Shadow in shade Cheers to Life

Out of all of the five items I received in my June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag I am really happy with all of them. Not a single item is a disappointment and I like them all, but there are definitely some stand-out products that I want to talk about.

The Balm Blush, City Color Eyeshadow, and NYX Lip & Cheek Souffle

The Balm Blush, City Color Eyeshadow, and NYX Lip & Cheek Souffle

I absolutely love the NYX Lip & Cheek Souffle and was wowed by the super creamy and soft formula. I don’t think I would wear it on my cheeks since it is so shiny and glossy, but as a lip product it is incredible. It has a yummy vanilla cake scent and is smooth to wear. It feels great on my lips and is a really nice nude colour. I think it would be brown on lighter skin tones but since I am quite tanned I usually need a deeper hue to get a nude lip, and this is a really great shade for that. 

The NYX Lip & Cheek Souffle in the shade Cocoa Bean

The NYX Lip & Cheek Souffle in the shade Cocoa Bean

The City Color Cosmetics Eyeshadow really surprised me. First of all it is a huge pan, and second of all the colour is stunning. It is a gorgeous bronze gold hue that has some crazy shimmer/metallic look. I was so impressed when I swatched it and it looks even more incredible in real life.

The Balm InStain Blush is also a huge hit for me, since I have been looking for a long-lasting blush for summertime. I like the shade and love the formula, however the sample size can be a bit tricky to get a brush into. I’ll make it work because I really like the products though!

Swatches of The Balm Pinstripe Blush (blended and just swiped) and the City Color Eyeshadow in shade Cheers To Life (swiped and blended out)

Swatches of The Balm Pinstripe Blush (blended and just swiped) and the City Color Eyeshadow in shade Cheers To Life (swiped and blended out)

The Pure Brazilian Oil is great for my hair in the heat of summer. I tend to need extra care during these warm months and I spend a lot of time in the sun and water, so this nourishing oil will be great to help my hair keep it’s shine and save my ends from frying.

The Skone Cosmetics Eyeliner is neat to check out and since it is such a staple item. It isn’t super unique but black liquid liner is a classic for a reason, so I am glad to have this in my bag.

Overall my June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag was a total win and I like all five items I received. With this bag being such a great one it makes me very excited to see what July has to offer!

What did you get in your June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Apr 21
2017

My second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag (Profile Comparison Experiment)

This month I decided to try out a second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag just to see how similar or different they would end up being. I answered the profile almost the same as my original bag, and let the Ipsy gods give me what they wish. I actually ended up with a bag that I really love. I was super excited about 4 out of the 5 items in this bag, and am really pleased with this bag overall.

The April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag that I got with my original account and profile was not as successful, as I only really liked 3 of the 5 items. This new experimental profile ended up giving me a much more tailored bag somehow.

My second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

My second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Let’s see what I got in my second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

OFRA Cosmetics Blush in shade Rendezvous 
This is my first ever OFRA Cosmetics product and I have been so excited about it. It is a very deep peachy shade that looks a lot darker in the pan than it is in the swatch. It is completely matte which is different for me, as I only have shimmery blushes. I really like this blush a lot.

Tarte Cosmetics Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in shade Delish
When I saw this was included in my bag spoilers I was beyond thrilled. I absolutely loved the one I got in my last bag (in the brick red shade Vibin) and was so happy to get another colour. Delish is a medium nude hue and has the same smooth and light formula as the other one I have. It dries down way deeper on my skin than it looked in the tube.

Side note: I really don’t think I would have gotten this item in my other bag because I already had one last month. I am so glad I decided to do my experiment this month!

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow & Highlighter
I was also excited for this product since I like to try out highlighters but I never purchase them myself. This is a smooth shimmery powder with a nice light pale gold hue. I can be used as shadow or highlight and I will definitely be trying it out as both options.

Swacthes of the Tarte Lip Paint in Delish, OFRA Blush in Rendezvous, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Shadow & Highlight

Swacthes of the Tarte Lip Paint in Delish, OFRA Blush in Rendezvous, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Shadow & Highlight

Theorie Marula Oil Transforming Hair Serum
This could not have come at a better time! I was just looking at all my split ends and problems with my hair, and planning to add some light highlights this weekend, so a hair serum is the perfect item to help nourish my locks. This serum is safe for colour treated hair so it will be the first thing I use after I do my highlights!

Dream by PS Cosmeceutical Infused Nail Lacquer in shade Southern Sand
Normally I pass on the Ipsy polishes I get in my bags and give them away to friends and family, but this one I may have to try. I like the colour of it and it seems like a perfect fresh light nude shade for Spring and Summer.

OFRA Rendezvous Blush, Theorie Marula Oil, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer & Shadow Highlighter from my second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

OFRA Rendezvous Blush, Theorie Marula Oil, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer & Shadow Highlighter from my second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Overall with this second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag I am very happy with the OFRA blush, Tarte liquid lipstick, Elizabeth Mott shadow/highlighter. I am definitely going to be using the Theorie hair serum as well, and I like the nude shade of the nail polish.

This bag was a big hit, and I have to admit it was a lot better than my original April bag.

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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Oct 21
2016

My October Ipsy Glam Bag

I am a little late in the month but today I have my October Ipsy Glam Bag to show you. As with previous glam bags I have gotten, I do like some items and others I am not in  love with. I think I need to review the items I get so I can tweak my future bags.

My October Ipsy Glam

My October Ipsy Glam

This month the actual bag is a really cute Halloween theme bag. It is pale pink with little black designs on it that are really festive and cute. I typically don’t like Halloween but this is cute enough that even I love the look of the bag!

Read on to see what I think of the items in my bag!

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Sep 20
2016

First Look: Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe

This is probably the one blog post I have been most excited about since the day I started this blog. I am so happy that I got the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe Holiday Set and I have no idea if it was by fluke or not, but I got it so quickly! I have had my eye on this for ages, ever since the very first sneak peak I saw online. This is a set of three holiday scented palettes with an adorable theme and some seriously pretty shimmer and matte eye shadows, as well as two blushes and a bronzer, and a mini Better Than Sex Mascara. I have drooled over photos online for weeks now and to finally have it in my hands is such an exciting thing!

The Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe holiday set

The Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe holiday set

I was so anxious about the release of this because I didn’t know when Sephora would launch it online, and the day Too Faced launched it I wasn’t sure if I should buy it. I checked Sephora.ca about a hundred times that day and decided it was probably not going to launch, and that I would wait until the rumored October release. And then suddenly around 7:30pm I checked completely randomly and there it was. I snatched it up so fast and am so happy I did because within an hour it was offline again. I swear it was an accident that it got put up online but I am beyond happy that I managed to get the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe set that day. Oh yeah – somehow my shipping only took two days so that was even better!

Inside the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe holiday set

Inside the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe holiday set

Keep reading for more photos of this awesome holiday set!

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Aug 10
2016

Julep Maven August Box

Last month I skipped my Julep Maven box because I wasn’t super interested in the products, but this month I got back into it. I chose all of the items in my Julep Maven August box, and am really pleased with it. I chose two holographic polishes and another one of the Skip The Brush Stick in the shade Passionfruit.

My Julep Maven August Box

My Julep Maven August Box

The two holographic nail polishes I chose for my Julep Maven August box are Zori, a pale pink holographic shade, and Stephanie, a bright cherry red holographic glitter. I don’t have any holo polishes in these colours so I was really excited to get these. Zori is much more holographic than Stephanie, but in the right lights Stephanie can really shine too.

Look at the stunning holo shade Zori! It’s so pretty and has such a beautiful rainbow of colour going through it. Stephanie has more subtle holo flecks but they show up a little stronger in real life. Holo is super hard to capture on camera!

Stephanie and Zori nail polish shades from my Julep Maven August box

Stephanie and Zori nail polish shades from my Julep Maven August box

I specifically chose another Skip The Brush Creme to Powder Blush Stick because I really like the one I got in my June Julep Maven box, which you can check out here. I chose the shade Passionfruit because it would be a good blush hue for my tanned skin. Passionfruit is a warm deep berry shade with flecks of shimmer throughout it. In the swatch below it is just a plain swipe of product on the left and blended out on the right.

Swatches of the Julep Skip The Brush Creme to Powder Blush Stick in the shade Passionfruit

Swatches of the Julep Skip The Brush Creme to Powder Blush Stick in the shade Passionfruit

Overall I am quite pleased with my Julep Maven August box. 2 great holographic nail polish colours and a cream to powder blush stick will be perfect to help me finish off the summer.

Jun 3
2016

Julep Maven June 2016 box review

Another new month, another Julep Maven box! June has just begun and I have been really loving the hot weather we have gotten lately. I have also been loving my Julep Maven boxes since I started getting them back in April, and today I have the Julep Maven June 2016 box to show you. In this one I got two nail polishes and a Skip The Brush cream to powder blush stick.

My Julep Maven June 2016 box

My Julep Maven June 2016 box

I personally prefer to choose what items I get in my Julep boxes, as opposed to picking one of the pre-made Julep Maven June 2016 box selections. The selections are nice and I would be happy to get them, but I always like picking each item out myself. Sometimes I am feeling more nail polish and sometimes I like the beauty products. This month I was really interested in the Skip The Brush cream to powder blush, but I wasn’t sure the shades in the pre-selected box would suit me, so I made sure to pick that out in a shade that would work with my skin tone. I also chose two pretty polishes that were different than what I have been wearing recently.

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