Aug 24
2017

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara Review

Today I have a really neat mascara to talk about! This is probably the fanciest mascara I own and I was so excited to try it out. It’s the Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara and it has a really cool feature – a 90 degree bendable wand!

The Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara

The Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara

This mascara has very luxe packaging with a thick rectangular tube and Givenchy ribbon as decor. It’s available exclusively at Sephora for $38 CAD. The 90 degree bendable wand is a neat feature that is meant to help you reach every lash. The Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara claims that it will give you  “a lash extension effect and buildable volume“. I put it to the test and have my results to share below!

The Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara

The Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara With a 90 degree bendable wand

First of all I must mention the scent. It is very strong and smells like a sweet floral rosy scent. I didn’t mind it right away but after wearing the mascara all day I did still notice it and at some points it was a bit overwhelming, so if you are sensitive to scents then this might not be the best choice.

The next item I have to mention is the wand. The 90 degree bend is super neat (we’ll get to that in a minute) but the brush itself is very stiff. This isn’t a bad thing, and in fact I liked it because I could really push it against my lashes, but be warned it is not soft and flexible. The brush itself is very hard and can easily poke your eye so be careful.

The Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara Wand

The wand of The Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara

The 90 degree bending wand is where this mascara gets really cool. I found that I could do my right eye (I’m right handed) no problem with the wand just regularly 180 degrees straight, bit the 90 degree bend was super helpful for my left eye and my bottom lashes. I really found it made it easier to apply mascara on the left, and it got my lower lashes well coated with a lot less hassle than I normally have to deal with.

Lashes with no mascara

Lashes with no mascara

Lashes with The Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara

Lashes with the Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara

The formula of this mascara is thick and very dark. I liked the smooth application and felt like it really coated all my lashes to make them very black and defined. I liked the thickness I got from using the Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara, but did not find it super lengthening. For volume and thickness I really enjoyed it, and I am going to try pairing it with another mascara that gives more length so I can combine the two for my best lash look.

One more look at the Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara bendable wand

One more look at the Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara bendable wand

Overall I would say that I like this mascara quite a bit, but it isn’t my new favourite. I love the 90 degree bend for the left eye and the lower lashes, and love the thick formula. The wand is super cool but I could do without the strong scent.

Have you tried the Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara? I’d love to hear what you think so leave me a comment and let me know!

 

 

 

I received this for testing purposes. All opinions are my own. 
Aug 18
2017

My August 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Today I have my August 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag to show you. I am really happy with the items I got this month and I like the bag design as well.

The bag had three different styles available which were sent out at random. I got the one that says Good Vibes Only, on a blue, pink, and purple ombre background with a gold tassel zipper pull. I like the look and it is fun for the last month of summer. It does feel a little stiff and plastic-like, and it smells a bit like that too, but I think that will fade quickly.

August 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

August 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

The items I received in my August 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag are the following:

  • Catrice Cosmetics Highlighting Powder in shade Champagne Campaign – this is a full size highlighter that is a lovely light champagne shade. It smells like vanilla and I really like how large the pan size is.
  • CLIV Max Hyaluronic Mask – This Korean face mask is meant to hydrate skin and help with anti-aging. I don’t have dry skin so I haven’t tried this yet but it seems like a neat item.
  • The Balm Cosmetics The Balm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow in shade Willkommen – This is a tiny eyeshadow sample but I love The Balm so I don’t mind. The shade was one of two possible ones, and I got the caramel shimmery bronze shade which I was really happy with.
  • SLMissGLam T35 Precise Blending Brush – I have never heard of this brand but the brush is super cute and feels pretty soft. I love getting eyeshadow brushes in my bag since this is how i build my collection of tools.
  • Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara – The only other MUFE mascara i have ever tried (Smoky Stretch) was incredible so I was very excited to see this one in my bag. I have too many open mascaras at the moment bus this is the top of my list to try once I finish a current mascara.
Items in my August 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Items in my August 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

All in all I think my August 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag was a big hit. I am very happy about the mascara, highlighter, brush, and eyeshadow. The mask is neat but not for my skin type so I will be passing that along to a friend. I have 4/5 products that I would absolutely have chosen for myself and am thrilled to have so I definitely consider this month’s bag to be one of my favourites.

A closer look at the eyeshadow, highlighter, and brush in my August 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

A closer look at the eyeshadow, highlighter, and brush in my August 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Feel free to browse some of my past Ipsy Glam Bags 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 26
2017

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara Review

Today I have a new mascara to show you that I received from Influenster to check out. This is the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara and it is meant to give oversized and extended lashes. I haven’t tried a drugstore mascara in a while so I was really excited to try this one out. I have seen it online a lot and the #RevlonxLashes tag is getting lots of traction on social media. With my curiosity in full force I gave this mascara a go – and here we are!

The new Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara has a really nice brush!

The new Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara has a really nice brush!


I have to say that right off the bat I loved the brush of this mascara. I really liked the triangular type shape where the tip is thinner and the base is wider, but all very straight. It isn’t curvy or rounded like a lot of other mascaras and I appreciated the simplicity of this brush. I also really liked the sleek and simple packaging, The tube is like a flattened oval and the black part has a more matte texture which I quite like. Overall this mascara tube and brush look pretty straightforward so I was very curious to see what the results would be.

After trying the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara just once I was pretty happy with it. I have now been wearing it daily for the past two weeks and have been really liking it for an everyday look. I can use one coat or two and get great lashes in just a few swipes. I did not find this mascara to be chunky or flaky, and it really did seem to separate and lengthen my lashes. It did not add Anton if volume or oomph so I don’t think this is a special occasion mascara, but for everyday at work I really like it.

Bare lashes with no mascara (it was a really early morning - can you tell?)

Bare lashes with no mascara (it was a really early morning – can you tell?)

Lashes with one coat of the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

Lashes with one coat of the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

I have to say that although it doesn’t look like anything crazy or fancy from the outside, this mascara delivers solid results. I really like the way my lashes look with the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara and it was super easy to work with and apply. I think this is a good drugstore option.

Unfortunately it doesn’t quite beat out the Maybelline Lash Sensational and Essence Lash Princess mascaras that I love so much. I think the difference is in the formula – the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara is a  little more dry whereas the other two I mentioned are more of a wet formula.

 

 

This product was provided to me from Influenster complimentary for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

Apr 25
2017

Tarte Tarteist Treats set from Sephora

This is my very first Tarte palette and my whole beauty world is changed. I completely see why everyone adores the Tarte palettes! I just got the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora and it includes the Tarte Pro To Go palette, a deluxe mini Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint, and deluxe mini Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara.

The Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora

The Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora

This set was $33 Canadian, and the Tarte Pro to Go Palette alone is $30, so I got the mini mascara and lip paint for only $3. Plus I had a Sephora gift card so I got this trio for an awesome deal. I have been dying to try Tarte eyeshadow because everyone raves about it and the palettes are so popular. I can totally see why now, and after using the Tarte Pro to Go palette I am completely sold!

What came in the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora

What came in the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set from Sephora

The Tarte Pro to Go palette is my favourite item of the three included in the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set. This palette is small but it packs a shimmery punch. There are six shades, with three being matte and the other three shimmer.

The Tarte Pro to Go Palette

The Tarte Pro to Go Palette

Swatches of the six eyeshadows in the Tarte Pro to Go Palette

Swatches of the six eyeshadows in the Tarte Pro to Go Palette

I am blown away by the shimmer shades. They are super intensely pigmented with an amazing shimmer that makes them look almost like liquid metal. I love all three of them. I also really like the matte shades, which are also quite smooth and buttery, although I found Drive to be the driest of them all. Overall the six eyeshadows in this palette have an incredible formula and very strongly pigmented colours. I am so impressed!

Another swatch photo of the eyeshadows in the Tarte Pro to Go Palette

Another swatch photo of the eyeshadows in the Tarte Pro to Go Palette

The min Lip Paint is another item I really like, and since I just raved about the Matte Lip Paint called Vibin that I got in my Ipsy bag, it was great to try out the glossy alternative. The shade included in the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set is called WCW and is a lovely berry hue. I always love berry shades on my skin tone and this is no exception. It has a nice light formula and does not feel sticky. It seems more creamy than glossy to me, which I actually like. It has a sleek and shiny glossy look but not a super wet glossy look.

Swatch of the Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in the shade WCW

Swatch of the Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in the shade WCW

As for the mascara, the Tarteist Lash Paint mascara, this is one of Tarte’s top mascaras. I have yet to try it since I have a few other open mascaras at the moment, but I really look forward to checking it out and reviewing it later on.

Overall I think the Tarte Tarteist Treats Set was an awesome deal and totally worth it. I am already in love with the Tarte eyeshadow formula and shimmer shades in the Pro to Go palette, and the WCW Lip Paint is beautiful. If you are looking for a way to get into Tarte and try out a few products this set is a great choice!

Apr 3
2017

March Beauty Favourites

Today I want to show you a few of my favourite products from the month of March. These are the items I have been using most often over the last few weeks and a few things I’ve recently added to my collection or rediscovered in my collection. Check out my March beauty favourites below!

My March beauty favourites

My March beauty favourites

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Skin Transforming Powder: I’ve been on the hunt for a foundation that I really like and have had such a hard time finding one. After almost a month of trying different ones and not getting the results I want I ended up going back to this Maybelline powder and I’m so happy with it. I started using this a while ago and posted all about it. I really love it because it’s the perfect colour match, it feels great to wear, it’s light, and it has salicylic acid. I may keep searching for that perfect foundation but in the meantime I love that I have this favourite to fall back on.

Quo Matte Bronzer in Light Tan: This is a new favourite but ever since I got it a few weeks ago I have been using it almost every day. I love the light formula the matte finish in the shade is perfect for a slight warmth I can add to my face. You can see my original post on it here.

Another look at my March beauty favourites

Another look at my March beauty favourites

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal: I got this famous highlighter a long time ago in a Sephora Favorites box and I liked it at the time but never really reached for it. A few weeks ago I decided to grab it again and it quickly became one of my March beauty favorites. I love the glow it adds to my skin and it really is noticeable even though it’s subtle. I don’t know if that makes sense but it seems like such a small item to add to my routine in the morning but throughout the day when I catch myself in the mirror I love the shimmer it delivers. On a regular day with my basic work makeup, or on a night out with a more glam look, using this Becca highlighter really adds something special. Even my boyfriend notices when I wear it because he says I look “extra glowy“.

Swatches of some of my March beauty favourites from L-R: Tarte Lip Paint, Ciate London Liquid Velvet, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, and ColourPop Super Shock Shadow

Swatches of some of my March beauty favourites from L-R: Tarte Lip Paint, Ciate London Liquid Velvet, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, and ColourPop Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Un: This is the shade that I got quite a while back and I loved it when I first got it but it kind of fell to the side. Recently I wanted a slight shimmery wash of shadow for an every day look and this is what I chose. Since then I have been wearing it multiple times per week as a single shadow across my lids to brighten my eyes. It takes almost no time or effort to apply but it really makes a difference to wear ColourPop Un on my lids instead of no shadow at all. This is a great single shadow to throw on quickly and I’ve been loving this as one of my March beauty favourites.

Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint in Vibin: I just got this in my March Ipsy bag and have been absolutely loving it ever cents. I’ve worn it multiple times and I love the light formula, I love the brick red colour, and I love how it feels like I’m wearing nothing even though I have a bold lip shade on. This Tarte Lip paint has quickly become one of my favourite liquid lipsticks that I own, and considering how many I have that is a big deal!

Ciate London Liquid Velvet in Pin Up: This is another liquid lipstick but I’ve been really love it it’s a lighter shade and almost MLBB but more pink. Just like the Tarte one this has a great formula and feels super light to wear. I get so many compliments on this colour as an every day lip look. I got this from an older Ipsy Bag but only recently reached for it.

Another swatch photo from L-R: Tarte Vibin, Ciate London Pin Up, Becca Opal, and ColourPop Un

Another swatch photo from L-R: Tarte Vibin, Ciate London Pin Up, Becca Opal, and ColourPop Un

Overall these six products are my March beauty favourites and I have been reaching for them very often this past month. I like that some of them are newer items and some are older ones I rediscovered in my stash. I love coming back to an old favourite or something that I haven’t used in a while and many of these are great examples of that.

I will definitely be continuing to use these going forward but at the same time I am looking forward to seeing what other products I will be reaching for during the month of April!

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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Feb 28
2017

My February Ipsy Glam Bag

I haven’t posted about my Ipsy Glam Bags in quite a while since I have been so busy but I finally got back into it with my bag this month. I am pretty happy with the items I got in my February 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag, although I am not very excited about the bag itself. Let’s take a look at what products I got this month!

The bag itself is a pretty basic style. It is a denim bag with neon orange lining and border, which is alright but definitely not February themed in any way. They could have gone with a Valentine theme, anything red, even something Winter themed. But neon orange and denim? That seems way more summer fun to me. Either way, I like the contents of my February 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag so I can ignore the bag itself.

My February 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Contents

My February 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Contents

What did I get in the February 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag?

This was an odd month for sizes of products because if you look at what I got nearly every item is full size. I can’t remember the last time that happened but I love that it did. This is awesome to get almost an entire bag of full size items for such a low subscription price, and all of the items are really cool.

The items I got this month include the following:

  • NYX Butter Lipstick in the shade Lifeguard (full size)
  • BellaPierre Cosmetics VolumelashWaterproof Mascara  (full size)
  • Biobelle Sheet Masks (2 full size single use masks)
  • IBY Beauty Highlighter in the shade Bubbly (sample size)
  • LAW Beauty Essentials Nail Polish in the shade Leave A Text (full size)

The full size lipstick is a super creamy bold red that is quite popular. I have heard many rave reviews about the NYX Butter Lipsticks and have yet to try one myself, so this was fun to get in my bag. I love bold red shades (have you seen my Instagram post with 15 red lipsticks?) so adding one more to my collection is perfect for me.

The full size waterproof mascara is another neat item to have in my bag. I love mascaras in general but I never ever buy waterproof formulas. Every once in a while I need one, especially in summer or on vacations, so this will be a good item to store until that time comes.

The sheet masks are pretty cool. I have never heard of Biobelle before but I love masks and I know how trendy they are lately. Sheet masks are a nice change from my usual LUSH masks or other creamy ones, so these will be nice to try out on a relaxing evening soon.

The IBY Beauty highlighter looks like a nice colour and I definitely will try it soon. I am trying to get more into highlighting and using more face products instead of just focusing on lipstick (like I have the last few weeks). I am looking forward to putting this to good use soon and getting some glowy shimmering cheekbones!

Overall I am very happy with this month’s bag and look forward to see what I get in March!

Dec 22
2016

Too Faced Mystery Bag 2016: Unboxing and Review

I had a little bit of a shipping issue with my recent Too Faced order so this is coming in a little late. You may have seen it by now but this is the Too Faced Mystery Bag 2016. This bag was offered on Black Friday and was $49 CAD. The shipping and international fees were pretty crazy (over $20 each) but I had a discount code for Too Faced and it got me the bag plus all shipping/fees for $63. Still kind of pricey for a mystery bag but the brand claimed it would be worth over $100 in products.

Let’s take a look at the items included in the Too Faced Mystery Bag 2016!

What I got in the Too Faced Mystery Bag 2016

What I got in the Too Faced Mystery Bag 2016

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Nov 21
2016

My November Ipsy Glam Bag

I always find that I get my Ipsy bag much later than everyone else online, but none the less here it is. My November Ipsy Glam Bag has some great finds in it, and I got a really good value this month. There was recently an update of the Ipsy quiz so I don’t know if that changed what I got but I am pretty pleased with the items in this month’s bag.

The bag itself has a cute starry print with little designs of makeup compacts, brushes, lipstick, and more. It looks really cute and has a foamy type of fabric which is different than past bags. If you’re curious about past designs you can see my previous bags from October, August, and July.

What did I get in my November Ipsy Glam Bag?

November Ipsy Glam Bag

What I got in my November Ipsy Glam Bag

Let’s take a look at what I got this month:

  • Elizabeth Mott Color is Bae Lip Lacquer in Moxie Mauve
  • Bonvivant Botanical Pure Masks
  • Bésame Cosmetics Brightening Vanilla Face Setting Powder
  • Skone Cosmetics Brow Wand Eyebrow Pencil in Chocolate
  • TheBalm Cosmetics Mad Lash Mascara

I am most excited about the Elizabeth Mott Lip Lacquer and the Mad Lash Mascara from TheBalm. They seem like the products most similar to ones I would buy for myself. I have heard a lot about the Vanilla Face Setting Powder as well so I am curious to check it out. The masks are also a great addition to my November Ipsy Glam Bag and it is awesome that I got three different ones that counted as one item.

The Bonivant Botanical Pure Masks I got in the bag are the Chamomile + Tea Tree Mask, the Sodium Hyaluronate + Lotus Mask, and the Collagen + Olive Mask. These should be fun to check out when I get some time to relax!

Overall this bag is much different than my previous bags but I like the variety included. From mascara to brows, lips, and masks, this bag has a little bit of everything.