Sep 25
2017

September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Does anyone else feel like you just woke up and suddenly it was almost through September? It came so quickly and I feel like summer passed by in a matter of minutes. September means the start of Fall, lots of people going back to school, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and of course my September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

I want to start off by saying that I totally love the bag this month! I love the chic black faux leather studded style. It’s cool but still simple and I can see myself using this for more than just miscellaneous storage.

Check out the September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag design

Check out the September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag design

Aside from the cool bag design, I think I got a pretty good bag this month. My September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag has three full size items which is awesome.

All of the items in my September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

All of the items in my September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

The items in my September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag are the following:

  • ColourPop Comsetics Lippie Stix in shade Glam Bag: This is an exclusive colour created in collaboration with Ipsy. It is a beautiful bold magenta hue and has a matte formula. I love ColourPop Lippie Stix (and liquid lipsticks) and have a bunch already so this was something I knew I would enjoy.
  • Hanalei Papaya Enzyme Powder Cleanser: I have never heard of a powder cleanser but this sounded neat. It’s meant to be a super gentle scrub that is safe for sensitive skin so I will be giving this a try.
  • Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer: This is pretty much a primer mixed with a glowing highlighter so it could be pretty cool. I don’t tend to go for radiant finishes since I already have pretty oily skin but I do like other Smashbox primers so I will give this a chance.
  • Manefit Beauty Planner Masks (2 sheet masks): This was so fun to get two sheet masks that count as one item. One mask is Astringent + Pore Care and the other one is Whitening + Brightening. Unfortunately I did try the Astringent + Pore Care one and though it felt nice on it left my skin very tingly afterwards so it might have been a bit strong for me.
  • Pixi by Petra Fresh Face Blush in shade Beach Rose: This blush has a soft rosy shade and is made with hydrating ingredients like Vitamin E. It’s really pretty and I liked the last Pixi brand items I tried, so I am excited about this blush.
Swatches of the ColourPop Lippie Stix in shade Glam Bag and the Smashbox Radiance Primer

Swatches of the ColourPop Lippie Stix in shade Glam Bag and the Smashbox Radiance Primer

Out of the items in this bag I really love the ColourPop Lippie Stix and Pixi by Petra Blush. The blush swatched nearly invisible on my arm, but on my cheeks it was a nice light rosy tint.

The Hanalei cleanser is a unique product I have never tried and I really like the chance to check out new items each month. The Smashbox primer has me a little skeptical due to my skin type but I love seeing this brand in my Ipsy bag.

Overall I think two items are amazing, one is neat to try (the powder cleanser), and two are so-so (Smashbox and the masks). I would say that is a pretty good verdict for my September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag, but I think I liked my August bag better.

Did you get a glam bag this month? Let me know what you got in yours or what you think of mine!

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 16
2017

The Shopper’s Drug Mart Teen Pack: Amazing Deal

Today I have the Shopper’s Drug Mart Teen Pack to talk about, and this is an item that I actually look forward to every year. It comes out just before September as a sort of back to school launch. This pack is such a great value for some everyday drugstore items that people of any age would need.

It seems like it’s aimed at teens, young adults, or students who may be going to dorm rooms in college. I have my own apartment and am long out of school but I still buy one every single year.. There is also one called Gear For Girls which has many similar items with a few changes and there is a Boys Pack as well which I buy for my boyfriend every year.

The Teen Pack from Shopper's Drug Mart is such a great deal!

The Teen Pack from Shopper’s Drug Mart is such a great deal!

This package is only $11.99 Canadian and has over $47 value in it. To buy two or three of these items individually would probably cost me the same $12, so to get all of these pieces in one kit is a really great deal.

Let’s take a look at what’s in the Shopper’s Drug Mart Teen Pack!

Everything in the Teen Pack from Shopper's Drug Mart!

Everything in the Teen Pack from Shopper’s Drug Mart!

  • Dial Hydrating Bodywash in Hibiscus Water scent
  • Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm in Strawberry
  • U by Kotex Fitness Liners (10 count)
  • Dove Intense Repair Shampoo
  • GUM Ora-Clean Toothbrush
  • Shick Quattro For Women 4 Blade Razor
  • GUM Flossers (20 count)
  • Masque Bar Luminizing Charcoal Peel Off Mask
  • Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant in Shea Butter scent
  • Purell Hand Sanitizer Gel mini
  • Pixi by Petra LipLift Max in shade Honey Sheen
  • President’s Choice Facial Tissue (10 count)
  • Dove Moisturizing Beauty Bar Soap (2 count)

All of these items are great staple products. There is a body wash, shampoo, new toothbrush, razor, deodorant, soap…. Almost everything you need for a bathroom restock or your new dorm room bathroom.

Some of my favourites from this kit are the Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm, the Pixi by Petra Lip Lift Max and the Masque Bar Luminizing Charcoal Mask. I also love the Dove shampoo, the Dove soap and the Shick Quattro razor.

My favourites from the Teen Pack

My favourites from the Teen Pack

Overall I think the Shopper’s Drug Mart Teen Pack is super great deal and comes with a lot of good quality everyday items that you can use at home or away at school. . It has a great price tag and some really good brands included. I personally wait for this every year to buy myself one and the boy pack for my boyfriend. I think it’s a really good value and if you haven’t checked it out yet I would definitely suggest stopping by your local Shopper’s Drug Mart to pick one up.

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!

Jul 6
2017

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 Set

It happened again. There was another lip kit at Sephora and of course I had to get it. I absolutely love the Sephora Favorites lip kits and have bought quite a lot of them (which I talked about in this post) so it should come as no surprise that I picked up the latest one. This one is the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 Set. I did buy this as a birthday present to myself and it was only $33 CAD.

The new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 Set

The new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 Set

In this new lip set there are six items in total – one full size product and five deluxe minis. As a makeup addict and blogger I have a ton of lip products so I actually prefer minis since I never use full size lipsticks up.

Before I get to the swatch photos I do want to say that this really isn’t a nude hued kit. Honestly I don’t find many of these kits to make sense with the name, since the shades seem to vary from beige, brown, pink, mauve, and everything in between. I prefer it this way because I like the variety and I wouldn’t want a set of six lip products in the exact same nude shade, but I do find it odd that Sephora keeps having the same name for the sets when they definitely have a wider variety of colour.

Inside the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 Set

Inside the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 Set

One last thing I have to say before the swatches. The Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 Set, and many of the previous lip kits, seem strongly suited to lighter skin tones so with my tanned skin the shades can look very different. Some of the lighter nude hues don’t look good on me at all, and other hues pull in totally different ways on my skin tone that they would on a fairer skin tone. Just keep that in mind as you look at the photos, since a few shades may look way different on me than they do on others.

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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 23
2017

Sephora Favorites Summer Essentials 2017 Kit

Today I have a really fun summer beauty kit to show you. I recently spotted this on the Sephora app and website, but it sold out really quickly so I put it out of my mind. This kit is the Sephora Favorites Summer Essentials 2017 Kit, which features 11 deluxe mini size products and one full size for only $33 Canadian. I was in a Sephora the other day in another town, and happened to see this kit on the shelf and I had store credit burning a hole in my wallet, so it seemed like the perfect combination.

Sephora Favorites Summer Essential 2017 Kit

Sephora Favorites Summer Essential 2017 Kit

The Sephora Favorites Summer Essentials 2017 Kit has a range of product types, from skincare to body to makeup. There are 12 different items, all deluxe mini sizes, and they are a variety of brands. Some of them are higher end brands I have never tried, and others are classics. Out of all 12 of the actual products I have never tried any of them so that was a bit factor in the appeal of this kit.

Products in the Sephora Favorites Summer Essential 2017 Kit

Products in the Sephora Favorites Summer Essential 2017 Kit

The products in the Sephora Favorites Summer Essentials 2017 Kit are the following:
– 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Bumble and bumble Surf Spray
– 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray
– 0.14 oz/ 4 g Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick
– 0.5 oz/ 14.8 mL First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Lip Therapy (Full Size)
– 0.5 oz/ 14.8 mL Origins A Perfect World SPF 40 Age-Defense Moisturizer with White Tea
– 0.24 oz/ 7 mL Glamglow Glowstarter™ Mega Illuminating Moisturizer
– 0.25 oz/ 7.5 mL Murad Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture
– 0.23 oz/ 7 mL Tarte TarteGuard Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
– 0.6 oz/ 15 mL Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream SPF 40
– 0.81 oz/ 24 mL Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
– 0.5 oz/ 14.8 mL Tarte Brazilliance™ Plus+ Self Tanner
– 0.24 oz/ 7 mL Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish

I tend to break these kits down into three categories. The first set is the items I am super excited about and was already curious about, researching, and even potentially going to purchase before the kit. The second batch is the middle items, which are nice to have and cool to check out but I wasn’t actively seeking them before the kit. The third group are the ones I never would have checked out if they weren’t included, but being the beauty blogger I am, I will try anything once.

The 4 items I was most excited for in this kit!

With those three groups in mind let’s take a look at group one – the items I was already interested in! I have always been curious about the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray for some beachy waves. I remember researching it a few years ago and just never bringing myself to buy it, so this is a long time coming that I finally get to try it. I am also excited about the Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream since I have the Sol De Janeiro Lip Balm and absolutely love it. I also have very dry lips right now, so the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy sounds amazing. I love Tarte products and have seen a lot of people talk about the TarteGuard Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion so I was pretty interested in that as well.

More great items in the kit!

The middle group of items includes the Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick. I saw this on Sephora’s app recently and debated on if it would be good for my skin and needs. It’s a nice treat to have it included in this set so I can give it a try. The Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray was an awesome surprise in this set, because I have been struggling with super tangly hair lately so this will be great to use.

The Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish, GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer, and Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream are all things I hadn’t heard of before but am interested to try out.

The last item in this middle group is the Tarte Self Tanner, since I am naturally pretty tanned and like to be outside in the summer I never really need self-tanning products. I love Tarte though so I will put this aside and check it out in the Fall when I lose my natural tan.

Showing the size of some of the items in my hand

The last group of items are the ones that weren’t even on my radar before I purchased this Sephora Favorites Summer Essentials 2017 Kit. The Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture and Origins A Perfect World SPF 40 Age Defence Moisturizer both target skin concerns I don’t really have (dry or aging skin) but I will test them out anyways out of curiosity.

All in all I think that for $33 CAD this set is a great deal I have four items I was already actively looking into and considering getting, so these deluxe mini sizes are an awesome way to try them before buying a full size. There are six items in my middle group, which means I am very interested in them and glad to see them included in the kit. The last group only has two items, which I will try out anyways even though they aren’t items I normally would pick up. Overall the Sephora Favorites Summer Essentials 2017 Kit has a lot of great brands and some really cool products that I am looking forward to using this season.

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!

May 29
2017

May 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

Today I have my May 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag to show you. I am pretty happy with my items this month. If you recall in April I did a little experiment where I got two bags to see if I would get different items with a different profile. You can check out those two bags here and here.

For this month’s bag I am very happy with two of the items, pretty content with two others, and a little indifferent about the last one. Overall as a whole I think the May 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag is a success for me and I am happy with it, and I am especially happy with the bag itself.

My May 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

My May 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

Let’s take a minute to talk about the bag. I have to say I am in love with the design of the May 2017 bag! It is a clear pouch with a black zipper and is covered in prints of ice cream cones and popsicles. I think it is super cute and can totally see it being used at the beach or pool. It is a different shape than the typical rectangle Ipsy bags and I like that a lot.

Now onto the items in my adorable ice cream print bag!

What did I get in My May 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag?

  • Mellow Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lipstick in shade Posh
  • Beauty & Pin-Ups Fearless Hair Rescue Masque
  • Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in shade Opal Overcoat
  • Pacifica Island Life Eyeshadow Palette
  • Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in shade Surfer Girl
Three of my favourite items from my May 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Three of my favourite items from my May 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

The Pacific Island Life Eyeshadow Palette is an amazing items to get in my Ipsy bag because it has 5 shadows and they are all really beautiful. Instead of a usual eyeshadow sample which may be a mini duo or even a single magnetic pan, this is a five shade palette. The colours are gorgeous and have some lovely shimmer. The shades in this Pacific palette are great for an everyday look and I can see myself getting a lot of use out of these.

Swatches of the Pacifica Island Life Eyeshadow Palette

Swatches of the Pacifica Island Life Eyeshadow Palette

The Pixi by Petra Eye Pen (which is actually an eye pencil) is a really smooth, creamy eyeliner and I think that the shade I got is pretty unique. I don’t have anything like it and it goes pretty nicely with the Pacific palette hues. This Pixi by Petra Eye Pen also came in a black shade but I am happy that I got the Opal Overcoat shade instead. It is a lovely champagne shimmer hue that is very opaque. 

Swatches of the Mellow Comsetics lipstick and the Pixi by Petra eyeliner

Swatches of the Mellow Comsetics lipstick and the Pixi by Petra eyeliner

The Mellow Cosmetics Lipstick and the Hair Masque are nice to have, and I will give them a shot. I love matte lipstick and enjoy trying out a new brand so the lipstick is nice to try. The Hair Masque is something a bit different and in the summer I can use all the help I can get for my hair. I think I like getting this type of item in my bag because it isn’t something I would normally purchase.

I am not super excited about the nail polish, although it is a really pretty colour, it seems very similar to the polish I got last month in my April Ipsy Glam Bag. I do get that this turquoise shade is hot for summer but I basically got two of the same polishes in a row so I think this one will be passed onto a friend.

Overall I am happy with my May 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag and am already excited to see what June has coming!

Did you get an Ipsy bag this month? Leave a comment and let me know your items!