Apr 10
2016

Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points Haul ft. Urban Decay Naked Smoky

Yesterday I got the ultimate Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points haul! It was a bonus redemption day so my 50,000 points that would normally value $85 were able to get me $100 instead. I have been eyeing the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette for a long time and this was the perfect time to get the palette, worth $66, for free. To reach the full $100 I was able to add a bunch of other beauty goodies to my haul and ended up getting some great items that I have been dying to try.

Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points Haul ft. CoverGirl, Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette, Essence Cosmetics, and more!

My recent Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points haul ft. CoverGirl mascara, the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette, Essence Cosmetics mascara, and more!

In my Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points haul I got the following items:

  • Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette: $66
  • CoverGirl Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara: Normally $10.99, on sale for $7.99
  • CoverGirl Bombshell Powder Brow & Liner: Normally $10.99, on sale for $7.99
  • Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara: $4.99
  • Essence Liquid Eyeliner: $3.99
  • Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm: Normally $4.99, on sale for $3.99
  • Softsoap Wild Basil and Lime Soap: Normally $4.99, on sale for $3.99
  • New York Color Smooch-Proof Lip Stain: Normally $5.99, on sale for $4.99

The total of those items at the sale price was just over $100, and with the Optimum bonus I only had to pay the tax. I ended up spending only $17 on a ton of items that would normally cost over $100! That is crazy! My Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points haul was a huge success and I am thrilled with everything I got.

I had been wanting to try the Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara to compare it to the Lash Princess Volume Mascara which I love. You can see my review on that here. The Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette is a huge deal itself because when else can you get that iconic palette for under $20? The rest of the items are either essentials (like the hand soap and Nivea lip balms) or items I have been curious about for a while but just hadn’t purchased.

Apr 8
2016

Review: Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara

The first thing that drew me to the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara was the adorable packaging. The tube has a really cute corset design at the top and it is super pretty. The second thing that appealed to me was the price – $4.99. With those two factors and my Shoppers Optimum card in hand I was sold!

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara

The Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara was pretty much just a purchase I made on a whim because it looked super cute, but man am I glad I got it! This mascara is amazing and with one single coat I had great lashes. It was so cheap that I worried there would be nothing to it but it totally delivered. I got long dark lashes with no clumps. The brush is neat and has a curve to it, which I really like. With a great wand and a great formula this has turned into one of my favourite mascaras.

Close up of the curved brush on the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara

The curved brush on the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara

You can see for yourself the difference between my bare lashes and one coat of mascara. I didn’t use a curler on them before applying the mascara so any volume you see is completely from the mascara.

My lashes look like I have a completely full fringe and I can’t stop checking them out in the mirror. It really looks like I have a ton of lashes and I definitely don’t have that effect all the time. For a mascara that was under $5 this was a total steal. Long, dark, defined full lashes – what more could you want for a five dollar bill?

There is a Lash Princess False Effect Mascara but it was sold out when I was shopping. I wonder if that one would be even better than this one so I might have to check it out one day.

Have you tried the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara or any other one from Essence Cosmetics?

 

Apr 6
2016

Julep Maven April 2016 Nail Polish Subscription Box Review

Today I have the Julep Maven April 2016 box to show you. This month I got the ‘It Girl’ box, which contained all nail polish and no cosmetics. I chose this one on purpose because I was really excited about the new Vivid Sheer nail polishes.

The new Julep Vivid Sheer line of polishes are translucent shades that look almost like a jelly. They remind me of popsicles and they come in bright bold hues. In the Julep Maven April 2016 box I got three of the Vivid Sheer nail polishes and a plain white polish. The white polish was Brigitte, and it was intended to go under the sheer colours to give them more of a pop.

Julep Vivid Sheer Nail Polishes in Shanna, Ari, and Delaney

Julep Vivid Sheer Nail Polishes in Shanna, Ari, and Delaney

The three Vivid Sheer nail polishes included in this box were Shanna, Ari, and Delaney.

  • Shanna is a perfect bold grape hue that just screams summer to me.
  • Ari is a hot pink fuchsia shade that looks super juicy.
  • Delaney is a super bright ocean blue that looks like something you would see in the Caribbean.

They all look a lot darker in the bottle, especially Shanna and Delaney, so I was surprised when I first swatched them and saw how bright they are.

Julep Maven April 2016 box Vivid Sheer Nail Polishes in Shanna, Ari, and Delaney

Julep Vivid Sheer Nail Polishes in Shanna, Ari, and Delaney

On their own these polishes are definitely sheer and give just a light soft touch of colour. With the white underneath they really pop out and become so bright and bold. I already have some great nail art ideas for some white space manicures that these would look great with.

Julep Vivid Sheer nail polish swatches in Delaney, Ari, and Shanna

Julep Vivid Sheer nail polish swatches in Delaney, Ari, and Shanna

Julep Vivid Sheer nail polish swatches in Delaney, Ari, and Shanna shown over one coat of Brigitte (plain white polish)

Julep Vivid Sheer nail polish swatches in Delaney, Ari, and Shanna shown over one coat of Brigitte (plain white polish)

I am really happy with the Julep Maven April 2016 box and look forward to seeing what I get next month!

You can see the difference between the plain Vivid Sheers and the ones with Brigitte underneath. My preference is definitely with the white base but all three polishes are really nice on their own. Have you tried any of the new Julep Vivid Sheer nail polishes? Let me know what your favourite shade is!

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Apr 4
2016

Welcome to Lemonberry!

Welcome to Lemonberry… a bright, fresh approach to makeup, nail polish, DIY, and more!

I’ve loved beauty products and nail polish for many years now and am always interested in trying new trends. From stamping nail art to freehand, hot pink lipstick to plum, I’ve tried it all and am excited to share that with you! I own over 500 bottles of nail polish, hundreds of lipsticks, and every eye shadow shade you can imagine. 

I’m looking forward to sharing my beauty product reviews, nail polish, and nail art with you!