Jul 8
2016

Sephora Bronze Bares All Review & Swatches

The other day I posted about my Sephora birthday haul which included two Urban Decay items, a Formula X nail art ombre set, and this amazing Sephora Favourites Bronze Bares All Set. This is a set of 8 products that are great for an all over summer glow look. The Sephora Bronze Bares All Set includes a combination of eye, lip, face, and body products and ranges from deluxe mini sizes to full size items. The shades range from different hues of bronze and nude options, but they all work well together for an overall warm neutral glow.

The Sephora Favourites Bronze Bares All set

The Sephora Favourites Bronze Bares All set

The reason I bought this set was to try a bunch of great brands at a good price. There are a lot of lovely items included that would cost a lot of money to try and buy each one, so this set offers a way to check out some really wonderful bronze favourites without spending a ton of money. For example, the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick costs $35 alone, so to get a full size of that plus other items in the set it makes it super worthwhile. All of the deluxe mini items have enough for many many uses of the products, even the tinted tanning mousse. I love the mini Tarte lipstick to throw in my purse, as well as the mini Becca and Nars items. The full size Smashbox liner is another incredible deal in this set since it would have been $25 to purchase individually.

All 8 great bronze products in the Sephora Bronze Bares All set

All 8 great bronze/nude products in the Sephora Bronze Bares All set

Keep reading to see swatches and more thoughts on everything included in this set!

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Jul 7
2016

Sephora Birthday Haul ft. Urban Decay

In honour of my own birthday this weekend, I decided to buy myself a few beauty presents. I have seen the Sephora Marc Jacobs birthday gift and was super excited about it, but since there isn’t a store in my town I decided to shop online. I have been adding things in and out of my cart over the last month or so but never made an order, so I finally decided to treat myself and place an order. There are so many great deals at Sephora lately and even though I have been eyeing things like the Gwen Stefani Urban Decay palette (on sale!) and considering another Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, I ended up getting a combo of some other great items for my Sephora birthday haul.

Everything I bought in my Sephora birthday haul

Everything I bought in my Sephora birthday haul

The items I ordered in my Sephora birthday haul include a nail art kit, a Sephora Favourites bronze set, an Urban Decay Naked palette, and more. Check out the full list of what I bought below.

What did I get?

 

  • Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette in the shade Native
  • Formula X Infinite Ombré Nail Design Set
  • Sephora Favorites Bronze Bares All Set
  • Mini Marc Jacobs Sephora VIB Birthday Gift
  • Urban Decay Vice Lipstick sampler with 24 lipstick shades to try
  • 3 free samples

These items shipped super fast and I was so excited to get a delivery notification for my Sephora birthday haul just 4 days after I placed the order.

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Jul 5
2016

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips & Ultra Matte Lip

The other week I posted about my very first ColourPop Super Shock eye shadows, and today I finally get to show you my first ColourPop Lip Colours. I was in love with the eye shadows from the moment I opened the jars, and I can totally see why this brand is blowing up based on trying those four shadows. I was a little more skeptical about the lippies and it took me some time to get used to them. I got two ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips and one ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip, in the shades Dopey, Panda, and Avenue.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips and Ultra Matte Lip in Dopey, Panda, and Avenue

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips and Ultra Matte Lip in Dopey, Panda, and Avenue

These are another ColourPop product that gets a ton of hype online and is all over my Instagram feed. I always see gorgeous lip swatches and I heard a lot about the wonderful formulas, so I was really excited to try them. For the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips they are smooth liquid lipsticks which are very opaque, and they come out with a light satin finish. The ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip is super pigmented and smooth but dries to a matte finish. I wanted to try both to see the differences. Luckily the Ultra Satin Lips aren’t too shiny or glossy at all, and they aren’t sticky or tacky. They aren’t completely smudge-proof but for a non-matte lip colour they still stay on quite nicely.

Applicator wand of the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips and Ultra Matte Lip

Applicator wand of the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips and Ultra Matte Lip

The formula on all three lippies was really light and felt nice on my lips, however since they are liquid lipsticks they were a little tricky to apply. With the doefoot applicator these ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips and Ultra Matte Lips are very precise, and the intense pigment means that you have to be extra careful to stay within your lip line.

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Jun 29
2016

CoverGirl Katy Kat Eye Mascara in Perry Blue

I have always loved the look of coloured mascara but it seems hard to show up on my dark lashes. I have tried a few in the past that delivered little colour, or very faint colours, but nothing that really wowed me and stood out over my dark lashes. Recently I spotted the CoverGirl Katy Kat Eye Mascara and knew that I have to give it a shot. I really liked the demi-matte lipstick from the CoverGirl Katy Perry line, which I reviewed here, so I was hoping this mascara would be just as good. The shade I chose was the bright blue, called Perry Blue. It actually only comes in this shade and two black hues, but I am glad to see a coloured option.

CoverGirl Katy Kat Eye Mascara

CoverGirl Katy Kat Eye Mascara

The CoverGirl Katy Kat Eye Mascara has a chic clean white tube that I love. I loved the lipstick packaging for the same reason, and this mascara is just as cool. Aside from the bold packaging, it has a really cool brush too. The brush on this mascara is rounded with a little spiral to it and I actually quite liked it. This mascara is advertised to give you dark and full lashes with 10x the volume, but I never really believe the 10x or big claims like that. All I want is a nice fringe and some bright blue colour.

CoverGirl Katy Kat Eye Mascara in Perry Blue

CoverGirl Katy Kat Eye Mascara in Perry Blue

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Jun 27
2016

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 23
2016

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy High Stakes Nail Polish

Recently I have been focusing a lot on nail polish and have some great bright hues that are perfect for summer. Although I love the bold yellow of Essie Aim to Misbehave and bright turquoise of Julep Phoebe lately, I always have a special spot in my stash for this on particular polish. This gorgeous dark green polish is one of my favourite drugstore nail polish shades. This is Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy High Stakes, and it is a deep forest green hue that is super shiny.

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy High Stakes nail polish

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy High Stakes nail polish

The formula is great and it has a really nice glossy look to it once you apply it. Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy High Stakes took me two coats to get this slick shiny look.  The formula is smooth and very fluid so it applies really nicely and works well for thin coats that dry quicker. The colour is so pretty and I love how intense and deep the green is. It is really dark and has the slightest hint of teal almost, but it definitely is a green. It isn’t emerald green or too bright or bold, but a nice rich green shade that I love with my tanned skin. It works year round and I reach for this polish frequently.

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy High Stakes nail polish

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy High Stakes nail polish

Aside from the great colour and excellent shine on this polish, I also really like the brush and bottle. It is small enough for me to hold and handle with ease, and the brush fits my nails perfectly so I pretty much only have to use one swipe to cover the entire nail surface. Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy High Stakes may be one of the most basic nail polishes in my massive collection (over 500 bottles last time I counted!) but it is one of my favourites.

Jun 20
2016

My First ColourPop Eye Shadows!

ColourPop, ColourPop, ColourPop. OMG. I have been hearing about this brand and seeing amazing photos on Instagram for months now, but never made the plunge to purchase anything until just recently. I filled my cart online many times but never made it to checkout, and finally a few weeks ago I just couldn’t delay any longer. I needed to try ColourPop eye shadows and lipsticks!

ColourPop Eye Shadows in the shades KathleenLights, Mooning, Birthday Boy, and BAE

ColourPop Eye Shadows in the shades KathleenLights, Mooning, Birthday Boy, and BAE

I ordered three lipsticks and three eye shadows, and there was a promotion to get a special anniversary eye shadow free. I chose the shades very carefully and even though there are so many that looked incredible I finally was able to settle on the ones I wanted to try. I was so excited for my order to arrive and haven’t been that happy to get a shipping notification in a long time. Today I am just going to show you the ColourPop eye shadows that I got because I want to do proper lip swatches of the lippies for their own post.

Once my order arrived and I opened the ColourPop eye shadows I knew immediately why this brand was blowing up online. ColourPop is freaking fantastic! The formula on the shadows is the creamiest, softest, most amazing formula I have ever tried and the colours pay off incredibly. The four ColourPop eye shadows I got were BAE, KathleenLights, Mooning, and the free Birthday Boy one to celebrate 2 years of ColourPop being in business.

Swatches of ColourPop Eye Shadows in the shades Mooning, BAE, KathleenLights, and Birthday Boy

Swatches of ColourPop Eye Shadows in the shades Mooning, BAE, KathleenLights, and Birthday Boy

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Jun 18
2016

Essie Dotted Nail Art

I have posted a few times in the past about the #31DC2016weekly nail art challenge that I have been doing on Instagram, and today I have another nail look to show you that is from this challenge. The look today is an Essie dotted nail art look, which I did using three of my favourite Essie nail polishes. The prompt for the theme this week was geometric, and although that can be interpreted many different ways I decided to go simple with a dotted manicure.

My Essie Dotted Nail Art Look

My Essie Dotted Nail Art Look

What colours did I use?

My base coat is two coats of Loot the Booty, a recent release from the summer collection. This shade on it’s own is a gorgeous navy shimmer with really pretty flecks of colour. I loved it alone and will be sure to swatch it soon. I got too excited to do my Essie dotted nail art so I jumped right into the design before taking any photos of the polish plain.

My Essie Dotted Nail Art Look

My Essie Dotted Nail Art Look

This Essie nail art look only required three polish colours and a dotting tool. To do my dots I used two different sized dotting tools, which I got on eBay ages ago. They have been my go-to for super simple nail art looks and I have gotten great use out of them over the years. One of the colours I chose to dot with was Apres Chic, which is an amazing silver metallic Essie polish. I love this shade alone and it looks like melted metal on the nail. It is a little thin but once you get the nail covered it looks incredible. The other shade I used was Viva Antigua, which is a super bright turquoise shimmer that looks like a crystal clear Caribbean ocean.

I love the combination of the navy and turquoise shimmers with the chic silver. This Essie dotted nail art look was so easy to do and didn’t really take much time, but it looks intricate and very neat to look at.

Jun 16
2016

Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons

Most of us are familiar with the Maybelline New York Color Tattoo 24 Hr Cream Gel Shadows, and they happen to be some of my favourite eye shadow products ever. Recently, Maybelline New York released a new line of Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons and I was super excited. Similar to the original Color Tattoo line, these crayons are shadow sticks with intense pigment and creamy formulas.

Four of the Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons

Four of the Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons

The Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons are extremely similar to the original Color Tattoos, but the biggest difference seems to the be packaging. These come in twist up crayons, while the originals were in little jars. I found those easy to use but very messy, and when the jars got low it was tricky to get in and get the shadow out. I also had some of the original Color Tattoos dry out in the little jars, which wasted good product. With the crayons I can apply directly to my eyes and it saves me the mess of using my fingers. I did have a tiny issue with the tip of one of my crayons breaking off, but I was able to put it back in the tube and I just won’t be able to turn it up once it gets low.

Today I have four shades of the Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons to show you. The formula on all four of these is super smooth and creamy, and they all deliver opaque colour. These shadows are metallic hues and they have a great sheen to them. The four shades are Pink Parfait, Grey Crystal, Charcoal Chrome, and Bronze Truffle.

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Jun 14
2016

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

A few weeks ago I posted about the Too Faced Sweeter Side of Sexy Set that I got for an awesome deal. It included 4 full size Too Faced products, including the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. The whole set of 4 pieces was less than the palette itself on the Too Faced website, so it was a great deal for me. Today I want to show you the swatches of the gorgeous Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette and take a closer look.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

The one thing I had in the back of my mind when I got the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette was the chocolate scent. I am not a huge chocolate fan in real life and wondered if I would like, or even notice, the famous chocolate scent that the shadows have. I have never had scented eyeshadow before but I had heard so much about this and was super curious. When I finally got the palette and opened it I was pleasantly surprised. You can really smell the chocolate! The reviews weren’t exaggerating – the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette really does have a delicious chocolate scent to it. I couldn’t believe how accurate it smelled or how good it really was!

Aside from the yummy scent of the palette, the shadows included have some great shade variety. There are highlight shades like beige and pale gold shimmers, as well as darker chocolate browns, and even a blue. The wide variety in the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette make it a great palette for day and night, and it isn’t specific to any season or skin tone. There are a total of 16 shades in the palette, with 2 being in larger pans. These seem to be the most classic highlight shades which would be able to be used with any combination of the other colours.

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