Jan 31

January 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

It’s still technically January so I can still post this! Today I have my very late January 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag with five items that I have been using over the past little while.

Before we get to the items, let’s take a look at the actual bag. The January 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag is a blue mesh bag with lime green and pink accents. It has a sporty-chic 80’s aerobic vibe which I have to admit I am into.

The January 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag has an 80's neon aerobic vibe!

The January 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag has an 80’s neon aerobic vibe!

What was in the January 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag?

The Coffee Scrub in Coconut: This exfoliating body scrub is right up my alley. I love coffee, I love coconut, and I love body scrubs. I have never tried this brand but I really like it a lot. I find scrubs like this one (similar to Frank Body scrubs) are a bit messy but I enjoy using them so I don’t mind

Vasanti Cosmetics Kajal Waterline Eyeliner in Intense Black: I can’t recall how many black liners I have gotten in an Ipsy bag, but here is another one. Although I haven’t tried the brand I will probably just pass this along to a friend because I don’t need another one.

Preventive Measures 101 After Hours Lip Balm: This is a passion-fruit scented lip balm and in this Canadian Winter weather I can always use another balm. I like the scent and it doesn’t feel greasy, slimy, or too thick to wear.

Swatches of the Hola Neon Liquid Lipstick (top) and The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (bottom)

Swatches of the Hola Neon Liquid Lipstick (top) and The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (bottom)

Hola Neon Velvet Liquid Lipstick in shade DF: This matte liquid lipstick is a really nice shade. It claims to be mauve but I find it quite deeper in colour. I think it would be a great Fall colour and I do like the light smooth formula.

The Balm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer: This highlight has had rave reviews all over the beauty blogging world and I have never tried it until now. I love The Balm and even though they have quite tiny sample pans, I am thrilled to finally have this famous highlighter.

Final Thoughts

Overall I love The Coffee Scrub and Mary-Lou Manizer, and am pretty pleased with the lip balm and liquid lipstick as some nice basics. I could pass on the repetitive black eyeliner but in general this bag was decent. Two loves, two likes, and one pass. Not bad for the January 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag but I do look forward to seeing what February can bring.

Nov 9

Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box Full Spoilers

The other day I shared a few of the Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box spoilers and today I have the full box spoilers to show you! I know some people like the surprise factor but I just can’t help myself when I can get a sneak peek of the box. It makes me even more excited for it to arrive and especially with this box. I think the Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box may just be my favourite one yet after seeing these spoilers!

There are a few items with variations in the box, and if you are an annual member you will be able to choose some items. Other products are random for everyone but I will share that info below.

The first two spoilers I talked about the other day were the BB Dakota Poncho and the Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate. The poncho has three colour options which you can see on their website here.

The next item for the Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box is the Doucce Cosmetics Freematic Palette, which will be either Nude or Smoky. The Smoky one has some purple hues and they are both a mix of matte and shimmer finishes.

There are three different designs of a Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug, and they all look adorable. I love that the Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box will have a mug to enjoy on cozy cold nights!

That cozy night will be completed with a pair of Pointe Studio Aloe-Infused Socks, which will be in one of three different colours.

There is a jewelry item in the box, and it comes in two colour options. The Nine Lives Choker Necklace will be either rose gold or silver, and you can see more about it here.

For another skincare type item there will be the Ahava Mineral Hand Cream, which you can learn about on their website here.

In the beauty department there will be one of the following two items: Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle Eye Masks (8 pack) or Nelson J. Beverly Hills Coconut Hair Mask.

The wellness item will be one of the following two items: FabFitFun TV Fitness Ball (with Jillian Michaels videos online) or This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray.

That was a lot of info but let me sum it up for the Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box. This seasonal box will contain the following:

  • BB Dakota Poncho (one of 3 colours)
  • Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate
  • Doucce Cosmetics Palette (one of 2 colours)
  • Ayesha Curry Mug (one of 3 designs)
  • Point Studio Socks (one of 3 colours)
  • Nine Lives Choker (one of 3 colours)
  • Ahava Hand Cream
  • Eye Masks OR Hair Mask
  • FFF Fitness Ball OR Pillow Spray

That sounds like a pretty awesome box whether or not you choose your items. I would be happy with any of the products but I am extra excited to be able to pick my poncho colour, Doucce Cosmetics palette, and necklace colour, as well as choose which beauty item and which wellness item I want. I love the customization aspect and I am definitely looking forward to having my Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box arrive!

If you want to subscribe and get your own Winter 2017 Fab Fit Fun Box you can get $10 off your first box with my code here!

Oct 17

October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

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

My October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

My October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

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

The adorable little bat on the zipper!

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

Items I got in my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Items I got in my October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 1

Two Faves From The Body Shop Spa Of The World

Today I have two recent products from The Body Shop that I want to talk about. I have always really liked The Body Shop and love seeing all of the new skin care products they launch. Between the famous Body Butters, my go-to Tea Tree 3-in-1 Face Wash and Mask, or the delicious Satsuma scent, there are a lot of favourites from The Body Shop. I haven’t checked anything new in quite a while so I was really excited about the Spa Of The World Collection launch with a whole ton of new products. I am definitely behind on this as it has been out for a long time now, but these products have been what I’ve been reaching for all summer.

The Body Shop Spa Of The World African Ximenia Scrub

The Body Shop Spa Of The World African Ximenia Scrub

One of the products I want to talk about today is the The Body Shop Spa Of The World African Ximenia Scrub. This is a softening and exfoliating body scrub to be used after cleansing and then be rinsed off. I have used these types of scrubs before from other brands and there was something in them that seemed to be almost slimy and sticky, and it never quite seems to rinse off. I was worried about that when I first tried this one but luckily that wasn’t the case. This Spa of the World African Ximenia Scrub has a wonderful fresh and clean scent that reminds me of a classic bar of soap. The scrub is not too grainy and is mixed into a really smooth formula that reminds me of the Body Butters.

I really liked the formula and texture of the African Ximenia Scrub

I really liked the formula and texture of the African Ximenia Scrub

I use this on clean wet skin and give it a gentle scrub before rinsing off. My skin feels super soft and smooth and has no oily residue. I love this product for summer since a lot more skin is out and I find t great for a smoothing and exfoliating cleanse after a day at the beach. I use this on my arms, legs, and just about everywhere in between.

The other product I wanted to mention is The Body Shop Spa Of The World Hawaiian Kukui Cream. I found the scent of this to be very similar to the Shea Body Butter scent, and the formula was quite similar too. It has the same super smooth and nourishing feel of the classic Body Butters but this one feels a little bit thinner and lighter. I actually quite liked that, as sometimes I do find the Body Butters can be thick and tricky to really blend all over my skin. The Hawaiian Kukui Cream is lighter in texture but still ultra-moisturizing and has a really nice smell. I have been using this after the African Ximenia Scrub and I love the combination.

The Body Shop Spa Of The World Hawaiian Kukui Cream

The Body Shop Spa Of The World Hawaiian Kukui Cream

Something that I really love about The Body Shop is that instead of putting out gimmicky products or flash fads, they create high quality staple items. These two products remind me just how much I love The Body Shop for skin care basics and every day items that I continually use. Both of these Spa Of the World items have become summer staples for me over the past few months and I am really enjoying them.


Have you tried anything from The Body Shop’s Spa Of The World Collection? Leave a comment and let me know!

Jul 22

Seasonal Summer Babe Box Review

After my first ever Babe Box, where I was left a little disappointed, I decided to give them another shot when they changed into a season subscription instead of monthly. I recently got my seasonal summer  Babe Box at the start of July, and once again I am left a little let down. I really had high hopes for awesome products in this new seasonal subscription, but most of what was included is just semi-interesting. The best part of this box was the mini Essie polishes.

Items in the Summer Babe Box

Items in the Summer Babe Box

What was included in the seasonal summer Babe Box?

  • COLAB Dry Shampoo Travel Size
  • Zevia Ginger Ale
  • Essie Summer 2016 Minis
  • I Love… Raspberry and Blackberry Bubble Bath Mini
  • Pro:voke Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo
  • Vera Wang Lovestruck Perfume
  • Montagne Jeunesse Trial Size Face Mask

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Jun 27

The Body Shop Summer Tote

I recently ordered my usual face wash and a few skincare items from The Body Shop and I happened to see a promo on for a summer tote with some great products included for $30. In The Body Shop Summer Tote, which is a cute Canadian flag themed bag, I got 8 customer favourite items including a Body Butter and Body Sorbet. The value of the items is $128 and I paid $30 for the items and the cute bag, so I definitely got a deal. I also was going to purchase a Body Sorbet anyways since I just finished my mango one, so this seemed like a good way to get a new one and some other great products. The Body Sorbet alone would have been $16 so basically I bought that and paid and extra $14 for a ton of items.

Everything included in The Body Shop Summer Tote bag,

Everything included in The Body Shop Summer Tote bag

What did I get?

The items included in The Body Shop Summer Tote are as follows:

  • Strawberry Shower Gel, 250ml
  • Shea Body Butter, 200ml
  • Satsuma Body Sorbet, 200ml
  • Satsuma Body Polish, 200ml
  • Hemp Hand Protector, 30ml
  • Vitamin E Moisture Cream, 50ml
  • Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, 250ml
  • Cream Bath Lily

Out of these items I know I like the Shower Gel, Body Butter, and Body Polish. I love the Satsuma scent so I was really happy about those items, and a Body Polish sounds like a good item for hot summer days. I am always looking for a good hand cream so the Hemp Hand Protector will be nice to try. I am not sure about the Moisturizer or Eye Makeup remover but I will give them a shot. I also love the current Bath Lily that I have so I don’t mind having an extra for when it comes time to replace mine.

Makeup Remover, Shower Gel, and Body Butter in The Body Shop Summer Tote bag

Makeup Remover, Shower Gel, and Body Butter in The Body Shop Summer Tote bag

My favourite Satsuma scent in The Body Shop Summer Tote bag.

My favourite Satsuma scent in The Body Shop Summer Tote bag

Overall I think this was a good deal for some items I already know and love, and a few new things to try. At the end of the day I am already happy with 5 out of the 8 products right off the bat so that is a good deal for $30. The others I look forward to trying soon and will be sure to review. The Body Shop Summer Tote is an online exclusive so be sure to visit thebodyshop.ca to grab one before they are gone!

Jun 1

Unboxing my first Babe Box

Have you heard of the newest beauty subscription box? Babe Box is a Canadian company that I discovered on Instagram a few months ago. They are a new brand that offers a beauty subscription box that arrives at your door each month with some fun goodies. I ordered the very first Babe Box they offered back in May, and here it is to show you!

I already subscribe to the monthly Julep Maven boxes, which have nail polish and beauty products, but I was curious about this new beauty box too. I love my Julep Maven boxes and have reviews them in April and May.

The neat thing about Babe Box is that it doesn’t only have one type of product. There are beauty, nail, hair and other items included which give it a nice variety.

The products I got in my first Babe Box

The products I got in my first Babe Box

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Apr 20

Review: Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner by LUSH

I used to use a lot of LUSH products and kind of took a break for the past few months, but recently I got back into them. One of the items I picked up was Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner and I am quickly falling in love with it. The rose scent is so good and it makes my showers feel a little more luxurious when I use a product like this.

Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner

Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner

This product has a 4.7 out of 5 star review on the LUSH website and it gets a ton of great comments. I just liked the scent of it, and had previously enjoyed using a Nivea in-shower body lotion so this sounded similar. It comes in a typical LUSH pot and I actually preferred that because I was able to scoop out the amount I wanted, whereas the bottled one like the Nivea one made it harder to guess how much I was squeezing out.

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