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 21
2017

My second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag (Profile Comparison Experiment)

This month I decided to try out a second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag just to see how similar or different they would end up being. I answered the profile almost the same as my original bag, and let the Ipsy gods give me what they wish. I actually ended up with a bag that I really love. I was super excited about 4 out of the 5 items in this bag, and am really pleased with this bag overall.

The April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag that I got with my original account and profile was not as successful, as I only really liked 3 of the 5 items. This new experimental profile ended up giving me a much more tailored bag somehow.

My second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

My second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Let’s see what I got in my second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

OFRA Cosmetics Blush in shade Rendezvous 
This is my first ever OFRA Cosmetics product and I have been so excited about it. It is a very deep peachy shade that looks a lot darker in the pan than it is in the swatch. It is completely matte which is different for me, as I only have shimmery blushes. I really like this blush a lot.

Tarte Cosmetics Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in shade Delish
When I saw this was included in my bag spoilers I was beyond thrilled. I absolutely loved the one I got in my last bag (in the brick red shade Vibin) and was so happy to get another colour. Delish is a medium nude hue and has the same smooth and light formula as the other one I have. It dries down way deeper on my skin than it looked in the tube.

Side note: I really don’t think I would have gotten this item in my other bag because I already had one last month. I am so glad I decided to do my experiment this month!

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow & Highlighter
I was also excited for this product since I like to try out highlighters but I never purchase them myself. This is a smooth shimmery powder with a nice light pale gold hue. I can be used as shadow or highlight and I will definitely be trying it out as both options.

Swacthes of the Tarte Lip Paint in Delish, OFRA Blush in Rendezvous, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Shadow & Highlight

Swacthes of the Tarte Lip Paint in Delish, OFRA Blush in Rendezvous, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Shadow & Highlight

Theorie Marula Oil Transforming Hair Serum
This could not have come at a better time! I was just looking at all my split ends and problems with my hair, and planning to add some light highlights this weekend, so a hair serum is the perfect item to help nourish my locks. This serum is safe for colour treated hair so it will be the first thing I use after I do my highlights!

Dream by PS Cosmeceutical Infused Nail Lacquer in shade Southern Sand
Normally I pass on the Ipsy polishes I get in my bags and give them away to friends and family, but this one I may have to try. I like the colour of it and it seems like a perfect fresh light nude shade for Spring and Summer.

OFRA Rendezvous Blush, Theorie Marula Oil, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer & Shadow Highlighter from my second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

OFRA Rendezvous Blush, Theorie Marula Oil, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer & Shadow Highlighter from my second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Overall with this second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag I am very happy with the OFRA blush, Tarte liquid lipstick, Elizabeth Mott shadow/highlighter. I am definitely going to be using the Theorie hair serum as well, and I like the nude shade of the nail polish.

This bag was a big hit, and I have to admit it was a lot better than my original April bag.

Apr 18
2017

April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

It’s that time again – subscription boxes are arriving in my mailbox and it feels like Christmas. Today I have my usual April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag unboxing and review. The theme this month was Side Show, which seemed to have a circus-like style. The bag itself fit that theme with the ticket design and is actually pretty cute.

The bag is a bright coral colour with lavender writing and the date April 1, 2017  backwards as the barcode numbers on the side. I like the idea and it is a cute colour for Spring.

My April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

My April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

What did I get in my April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag?

Defy & Inspire Wear Resistant Nail Lacquer in shade Paradise Island
This is a lovely bright and light turquoise shade and it is meant to be a long-lasting formula that will resist chips. I normally don’t like the one-off polishes in Ipsy bags because it looks weird being a single brand in my collection, but this shade is really nice. I might give it a shot one day and then pass it along to a friend who will use it more often.

Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Face Toner
I am always a little unsure of skincare items in subscription bags because I never know how I will react to it or if it will irritate my face. This toner is meant to brighten skin, remove bacteria and dead skin, and make pores look smaller. I can’t tell if I will try it yet since I just started a new skincare routine and don’t want to mess with it, but maybe in the future I can check this out.

Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer in shade Palm Island
This bronzer has oil-controlling ingredients and looks like a lovely shade to get a little glow. It has neutral undertones so it won’t make you look orange. I look forward to using this for a bit of a faux glow this season.

Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliner in Black
I am not skilled at winged liner by any means but I am always up to try it again. This liquid liner has a super skinny tip and jet black formula that is meant to stay in place all day. I never buy myself liquid liner so although this may not be the most exciting Ipsy item ever, it is something I will be trying to use.

Tony Moly Liptome LipCare Stick in shade Rose Blossom
Tony Moly is a brand I have been hearing so much about lately! I have been really curious about it and I absolutely love lip balms, so this is super exciting to me. This is a chic looking lip balm that has lots of hydrating oils to keep my lips soft, smooth, and silky. It feels awesome and it smells so fresh and rosy – just like the Benefit Benetint scent.

Tony Moly Lip Balm and Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Tony Moly Lip Balm and Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Overall I am thrilled with the Tony Moly lip balm and will definitely be using the liquid eyeliner and the bronzer. I am not super into the nail polish and am unsure about the facial toner this month. 3 out of 5 isn’t too bag though so I still think my Ipsy bag was a hit this month, but it wasn’t a total hit like it has been in February and March.

Did you get a Glam Bag this month? Let me know what products you are trying!

Apr 13
2017

7th Heaven Strengthen Nail & Cuticle Finger Masques

7th Heaven Strengthen Nail & Cuticle Finger Masques

7th Heaven Strengthen Nail & Cuticle Finger Masques

Have you ever heard of finger masks?! I love face masks, and have been really into hair masks as well, but I have never tried a finger mask until this past weekend. To be honest I didn’t even know that finger masks existed, until I got the chance to try out the 7th Heaven Strengthen Nail & Cuticle Finger Masques.

Now that I have seen and used the product I can totally understand them. These condition your nails, cuticles, and fingers for a super soft feeling. These finger masks make a lot of sense, especially to those who are tough on their nails or work with their hands. Instead of lotion and cuticle oil as two steps, this allows for an all-in-one pampering session for your nails.

The 7th Heaven Finger Masques look a little silly to wear, but the results are really nice. I definitely don’t pay enough attention to my cuticles so this was much-needed TLC on my tips.

All you have to do is stick each finger into one of these oval shaped paper tubes. The inside is coated with conditioning oils and ingredients like pomegranate. The paper tubes are totally dry so you can actually still function while wearing them. After 15 minutes you take off the papers and rinse of the leftover reside, and that’s it!

I definitely felt silly wearing these finger masks!

I definitely felt silly wearing these finger masks!

After using these finger masks my cuticles looked and felt better, my peeling nails were much smoother and also looked a lot nicer. My fingers did feel a bit wrinkly like they do after a bath, but that went away shortly and they were left feeling super soft. For something so simple in concept these little finger masks made a big difference to my nails and I was quite impressed.

These funky looking finger masks will be available at Rexall drugstores this month!

Will you be trying them out? 

Apr 11
2017

Swatches of 14 lipsticks I found in my purse

Do you remember a while back when I found 16 lipsticks that were in my purse? I recently had the same thing happen when I could not find most of my go-to daily shades. I checked my current purse and there they were. Clearly I really like these shades since I keep using them and reaching for them on the go, so I decided to post about them. See below for swatches and more information an all 14 lipsticks I found in my purse!

All 14 lipsticks that were living in my purse

All 14 lipsticks that were living in my purse

There are a few odd shades with bolder hues or something different, but the majority of these are everyday go-to lipsticks. They have been piling up in my bag for about a month now, but I love having them on hand when I need a touch up at work or have a spontaneous dinner date. Almost all of these 14 lipsticks are able to be worn with any look and are shades I can apply in a quick swipe and not worry about. These are some of my most tried and true lipsticks, so keep reading to see the swatches!

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Apr 7
2017

I am so impressed by the Maybelline Velvet Lip Crayon formula!

OMG I have to talk about the creamiest lip crayon I have ever tried! The recent Maybelline ColorDrama Intense Velvet Lip Crayon line has some of the smoothest and most buttery lip crayons I have ever seen. I can’t really find a way to describe it but I was so blown away by how creamy the formula is on these pencils. They glide on like butter (but not in a greasy gross way) and feel light and smooth to wear.

Maybelline Velvet Lip Crayons in shades Nude Pefection, Berry Much, and Red Essential

Maybelline Velvet Lip Crayons in shades Nude Pefection, Berry Much, and Red Essential

Maybe the reason I am so shocked by this is because they are matte lip pencils, and matte lip products in general can be drying but the pencil factor usually makes it worse. That is not the case with these Velvet Lip Crayons at all.

There are a bunch of colour options for the Maybelline Velvet Lip Crayon and they all have great pigmentation. They glide on and don’t feel thick or heavy to wear. The crayon shape allows for more precise application which is awesome. They feel like the most buttery lipstick but apply much more crisply and simply with the pencil shape.

I honestly was worried that these may be dry or tough to apply, especially since the colours looked almost dusty when I first opened them. It was some sort or weird haze on the top layer but in a second it went away and the true colour and formula came out.

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Apr 5
2017

Drugstore Fave! Essence Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

A long time ago I posted about my first Essence Cosmetics mascara – the Lash Princess Volume Mascara – and I absolutely loved it. It was $5 at the drugstore and performed amazingly well. I was blown away by the product and decided to try out a very similar item when I recently finished my mascara. This time I went with the sister mascara – the Essence Lash Princess False Effect Mascara. This is also only $5 and has the same cute corset design that drew me to the first one.

Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

Essentially the two mascaras look like twins. One has orange text and design and the other has light green. They look so similar on the outside so I was super curious to see if they performed the same. I did notice one huge difference between these two mascaras. The brushes are totally different with the Essence Lash Princess Volume version being curved and the Essence Lash Princess False Effect mascara having a straight brush.

In terms of formula and application I find that the Essence Lash Princess False Effect Mascara is pretty foolproof. It has a smooth formula that glides onto lashes and it isn’t to watery or too thick. The colour is a perfect crisp black and I only need one coat to get great results. It doesn’t smudge or flake at all (at least on me) and it wears well all day long.

In order to show you the true impact of the mascara I did not curl my lashes so what you see in the photo is just the mascara on my bare lashes. You can see in the before shot that my bare lashes are nearly non-existent, so all of the length, definition, and volume comes from the mascara.

Bare lashes with no mascara

Bare lashes with no mascara

Lashes with one coat of Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

Lashes with one coat of Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The results of this super affordable drugstore mascara are almost identical to the results I got with the twin product. The Essence Lash Princess False Effect mascara does not give very different lashes than the Lash Princess Volume version, but the results are still amazing. For under $5 I am thrilled with how long and full my eyelashes look. I can swipe on one coat of this mascara and look wide-awake and bright eyed in no time.

I do have to note that the CoverGirl Plumpify Blast Pro mascara gave me slightly more in terms of length and separation, but it is almost double the price of the Essence options. The difference is quite small so for the bug price drop and ease of application I think I will stick with the Essence Lash Princess False Effect mascara for now.

Do you have any other recommendations for a great drugstore mascara? I’d love to hear them so be sure to let me know in the comments! 

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 30
2017

My Purple and Pink ColourPop Lipsticks

Hello again! The other day I went through all of my red and brown ColourPop shades and today I have another batch to show you. This group is bigger, with a total of 9 lipsticks in this colour family. I think these shades have most of my favourites and I wear them most often. These are my purple and pink ColourPop lipsticks and they are a mix of different formulas.

The purple and pink ColourPop lipstick shades I have

The purple and pink ColourPop lipstick shades I have

In this batch I have Lippie Stix, Ultra Matte Lips, Ultra Satin Lips, and one more Ultra Metallic Lip. Keep reading to see swatches of all 9 of these purple and pink ColourPop lipsticks.

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Mar 28
2017

All of my Red and Brown ColourPop Lipsticks

Good morning beauties! I have something pretty exciting to show you today! I have been super into organizing my makeup and playing with my lipstick collection (remember the weekly lipstick posts?) and I have had this idea for a little while. I decided to organize and swatch all of my ColourPop Cosmetics lip products and ended up with three different colour families. Of course I will be showing them all, but today I wanted to start with all of the bold and beautiful red and brown ColourPop lipsticks that I own!

My red and brown ColourPop lipsticks

My red and brown ColourPop lipsticks

I wasn’t sure how I would go about this but I figured this was the best way. I sorted them mostly by shade but some turn out way different in a swatch than in the tube so keep that in mind. I have a few photos of the swatches in order to show you the colours in different lighting. I was definitely surprised by the swatches of some of these red and brown ColourPop lippies, since I actually thought I had way more red than I really do.

Check out swatches of my red and brown ColourPop lipsticks below!

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