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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ipsy June 2015 Unboxing


The theme for this month's bag is Swim into Beauty.
 
The bag is cute again this month. The material reminds me of scuba suits, it'll be perfect for bringing to the beach throughout the summer. I love the pop of colour on the zipper, the neon pink really stands out.
 
BioRepublic fibre masks. This is what I am most excited for! I got the Aloe Rescue Revitalizing, Green Tea Detox Purifying, and Cucumber Breeze Soothing. Getting to try 3/4 of the masks this company offers is fabulous! These will be put to good use for sure!
 
trèStiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Marimoto Pink Pearl. As the shade name suggests, this is a pearly pink eyeshadow crayon. It is very shimmery, and blends beautifully. The packaging is cute too, it looks like a crayon.
 
J. Cat Beauty Liptitude 24/7 Hydrating Lip Stain in LLS117 Hikilicious. Not a fan of the packaging. It has a flat doe foot applicator, which I think should work good. The colour is a very bright pink, so I'm not sure how much I will actually wear this.

LaVanila The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla. I've tried the LaVanila deodorant, and wasn't the biggest fan of it. This body butter smells wonderful, I hope it's hydrating (as it should be).

Smashbox Photo Finish primer. This is an oil-free primer meant to fill in pores and fine lines. I like to apply these types of primers in my T-zone, so I'm curious to see if this will hold up throughout the day.
 
What did you get in your Ipsy this month?
 


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Spring Favourites

Today I'm going to share with you the 10 products I've been loving this Spring.


Olay Age Defying Instant Hydration Eye Cream - Not that I'm overly concerning myself with anti-aging products, but this was a nice, hydrating eye cream, and I'm almost through the whole tube.

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail polish in Lacey Lilac - I've talked about this before, here, so I won't go on about it again. Great colour, wore it on my nails a lot this spring.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in 60 Brightener - Brightens beautifully, blends like a dream. Not the biggest fan of the sponge, I prefer doe foot applicators, but it does distribute the right amount of product.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude - This is fabulous! Provides a surprising amount of coverage for a tinted moisturizer. Contains SPF, win. Lightweight and blendable, win. Wear throughout the day, win.

NYC Sun n Bronze in 709 Montauk Bronze - Though I was first put off by the shimmer in this bronzer, I've been loving how if reflects the light in these sunnier days we've had. Great for warming up the skin.



elf HD Undereye Setting Powder - $3, yes $3! Again, I was put off by the shimmer at the start. However, this sets my concealer great, and the shimmer isn't too noticeable unless you're up close and personal, but it does reflect the light, making your undereyes look even brighter!

Stila Convertible Color in Peony - This is a cheek/lip product, though I've never used it on the lips. This is a great cream blush. I've been applying with a duo fibre stippling brush. Blends out great, and looks more natural on the skin than a powder.

LUSH Mint Julips lip scrub - This tastes like mint chocolate - yum! This has done a good job at smoothing out my chapped lips.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 055 Cupcake -  Light, cool toned pink. Upon close inspection this has a touch of shimmer but it doesn't show. The lip butter smells great, and feel amazing on the lips.

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Rosé - This is the perfect 'no makeup makeup' lip product for me. Just a shade or two darker than my natural lip colour, it gives a bit of life back to my face for an everyday look. Super nourishing, and smells like lemon meringue pie - yum!

I was thinking of starting monthly favourites as opposed to seasonal. Thoughts?

What have you been loving all Spring?



Saturday, June 13, 2015

My First Mac Products | Mac Haul

These are my first ever Mac products. I know, where have I been? It's not even that I don't have any higher-end beauty products, but something about entering a Mac store was too intimidating. 

Even now, I'm cheating a bit because Jeremy bought me these items as a gift. My gruff, country boy mechanic braved the Mac store donning his camo hat and greasy stained jeans. When he returned he said he got some weird looks and giggles, but also a "Wow, you must love her! My boyfriend would never buy me makeup - but he is now!" I have the best man!

Enough blabbering - onto the products:

These are all products that have been at the top of my list of items to try from Mac, there are a few other things I'd like to pick up eventually. Some lipsticks of course, Fix+, and the prolongwear concealer to name a few.


Lip Pencil in Whirl -  Described as a 'dirty rose' shade. I love these types of colours, and wear them frequently. It made since to pick shades I would wear the most, especially when trying out a brand for the first time.

Powder Blush in Melba - A matte coral, peachy blush. Standard. I have too many of these in my collection, but as I said, better to pick shades I know well. It'll help me make a firm decision on whether I like the product itself. 

Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly - a nude beige base. It matches my skin tone pretty well, though I'm a bit more yellow, if that makes sense, so I will probably pick up Soft Oaker as well. This is great as an eye shadow base, and will prevent my shadow from creasing throughout the day. 

What are your favourite Mac products?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Review | Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chisled to Perfection Face Contouring and Highlighting Kit

 I hauled this contour kit in my last post, and promised a full review - so here it is!
I bought this palette at Sephora (here) for $50CDN

The reason I chose this particular contour palette over say, the Anastasia one, or the Kat Von D one was because it was cheaper, and contains the shades I would get the most use out of anyway. Also, the individual powders contain more actual product (per shade, not entire palette).

These powders are super blendable, which is exactly what I look for in a contour and bronzer powder. You don't want to end up with a muddy looking streak under your cheekbone!

The mirror is a good size, and will be handy during travel, or even if you were doing your makeup away from your usual mirror.

The packaging is a sturdy cardboard, and it has a magnetic closure. I'm a big fan of the magnetic closure because it keeps it from sprinkle the powders throughout my makeup drawer, and it's just fun.

Lastly, before I get into each shade, I need to rave about the smell! This is my first chocolate product I've tried from Too Faced, and they weren't kidding! This makeup smells like the most delicious chocolate. Yum.

[Left to right: Light Cocoa, Medium Cocoa, Dark Cocoa, Pop of Light]

Light Cocoa - as you can see in the above swatches, it is a few shades lighter than my skin tone. I use this powder for setting my under eye concealer, when I want that brightening effect. I will even drag it up my cheekbone for an almost matte highlight. If you look closely at the powder in the pan, it does seem to have a slight shimmer to it, but it's not that noticeable on the skin, except for providing the brightening effect.

Medium Cocoa - this is the cool toned sculpting powder in the kit. This is a great contour shade for my skin. The 'shadow' looks pretty natural or realistic.

Dark Cocoa - this is the warm toned sculpting powder in the kit. I use this is a bronzer to warm up my complexion. It is a bit dark, but using a light hand, I don't have any problems with it.

Pop of Light - this is an intense highlight. I'm not the biggest fan of this powder to be honest. It is just too glittery for my taste. I will still use it occasionally on the cheekbones, and probably as an inner corner highlight. I just wish they but less actual glitter in it, and made it more glowy, if that makes sense.

Overall I'm extremely happy with this purchase, and will be getting a lot of use out of this palette!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

All I Needed Was a Toner... | Mini Sephora Haul

Recently ebates.com celebrated their birthday by offering special deals on their site. If you haven't checked them out before - you definitely should! One of the deals was 16% cash back at Sephora.com - how could I resist?

The only product I actually 'needed' was a hydrating toner but Sephora offers free shipping for orders over $75 so obviously I need a splurge item as well .. right? 


Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic - I have heard great reviews on this product and needed a hydrating toner, especially to use before applying my makeup. It contains lavender which calms and refreshes, and serine which promotes softness and moisture balance. So far I'm liking this; it's refreshing, hydrating, and I find the light scent is pleasant.

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chisled to Perfection - This was my splurge purchase. I've been wanting a good contour kit for awhile as most of my bronzers are too warm toned to work well. I was looking into different palettes such as the Anastasia one, or the Kat Von D one. In the end, I chose the Too Faced one and I'm pretty happy with my choice. I will be doing a full review and swatches in my next post, so be sure to come back for that.

Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Nourishing Primer - Don't forget to check the Beauty Deals page when shopping online at Sephora! Many of the deals offered allow you to get an extra sample of a popular item as long as you are spending over $35, which we almost always do. Just enter the given code during your checkout. I actually ordered the mattifying one as I have oily skin, but they ran out of stock. I will still put this nourishing one to use as I do have a few dry patches along my jawline.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Review | Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil Frizz Defy

I've been using this hair oil for about two months, and I thought I'd share my opinion.

To start, the packaging is quite nice. I love the bright orange bottle (it's my favourite colour), and the pump gives the perfect amount of product to where it doesn't leave your hair greasy with one pump. The bottle is made from a thin(ish) plastic, and I feel that if you dropped it from any height, it may crack open - now that would be an awful mess!

This product claims to be a "treatment for frizzy, unruly hair, with custom-blended Amla & Jojoba oil, smooths and tames frizz."
 
Now, my hair is not what I'd call unruly, but it does get frizzy living so close to the ocean, and I feel that this product does tame the frizz. To tame the frizz I apply one pump through the lengths of my hair and style as usual.

However, the main purpose I like to use this product for is to smooth my split ends and restore softness. It has been a very long time since I've gone in for a haircut, and this product has allowed me to extend this even more by keeping my split ends from breaking further up the strands.

For a deeper treatment, I will apply two pumps throughout my hair a few hours before I wash it, and twist it up in a tight bun. Afterwards, my hair is incredibly soft again.

No this product is not a miracle worker by any means, it has not completely restored my hair from the damage it's sustained through the years, but I do feel that my hair is healthier and has extended the time between necessary haircuts. If you're looking to tame frizz, want your hair to feel softer, or are looking to grow out your hair, I would recommend this product.

There are also two additional Marvelous Oils in this line, Deep Nourish and Color Illuminate, which you can read about on the website
 
I picked my bottle up for 50% off because they changed the packaging slightly (you can see the difference between my picture and the website), so you may still be able to get that deal as well. You can purchase this here, or at your local drugstore or supermarket.

Hope this was helpful for some of you!

 

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