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Sephora Fall 2019 VIB Sale Recommendations & What’s In My Cart

Sephora Fall 2019 VIB Sale Recommendations & What’s In My Cart

Well folks, another VIB sale at Sephora has arrived. It comes at the perfect time to start some Christmas shopping. Most of the gift sets are out already as well, so you can get a lot of value with those. With an extra little discount, […]

Sephora Haul – August 2019

Sephora Haul – August 2019

I had refrained from making any Sephora purchases for a good portion of the year. But with my recent engagement (and subsequent need to get my skincare act together, and a Sephora sale I thought it was as good a time as any to put […]

Sephora Spring 2019 VIB Sale Recommendations

Sephora Spring 2019 VIB Sale Recommendations

Sephora, our higher end beauty mecca, is infamous for having very few sales. Sorry if you fell in love with a $30 mascara but can’t justify paying that every time the suggested 3 month usage period is up. Luckily, Sephora does have a sale in Spring and Fall.

The next sale is just around the corner. For VIB Rouge members, the sale starts April 26th. For the rest of us plebeians, it starts May 2nd. Depending on your reward status, you’ll get 10-20% off your entire purchase.

These are the products I recommend picking up.

Sephora Collection Illuminate Palette

I got this palette a couple years ago and it’s still going strong. At $35, it’s not the cheapest thing at Sephora, but compared to other highlight palettes they carry it’s not too bad. There is great variety in this palette and I use it regularly.

Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Primer and Luminzer

I really like pretty much everything I’ve gotten from the Sephora Collection and this is no exception. I bought this in my last Sephora Haul because it was on sale and I think it’s awesome. It’s a perfect subtle highlight for those days when you want a little glow. Or it’s great to use under a highlighting powder when want a poppin’ highlight.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

This is my favourite high-end mascara. I’ve gone through a couple mini tubes of this mascara that I’ve gotten as samples or in kits. I have a heard time spending money on high-end mascaras, but if it’s something you like to do this is a great mascara.

Sol de Janiero Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

After hearing so much hype about this cream, I thought there was no way it would live up to it. After receiving it in a Boxycharm box, I fell in love. I even bought a backup. It has the most amazing scent, and the cream itself is very nice.

BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask

I love every product I’ve ever owned from BITE. I even went to their Lip Lab in Toronto to make my own lipsticks! This mask is so nice. I mostly use it before bed when my lips are super dry. My mom loves to use it as a lip gloss during the day.

Tarte Mini Eyeshadow Palettes

I love the Tartelette Tease and Tarteist to go palettes. They are perfect for travel, and they’re really high quality which isn’t always the case for mini palettes. You can see I’ve hit pan in the one shadow, which is a first for me with eyeshadow. If I could only have one palette for the rest of my life it would be one of these ones.

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Mangrove

This lipstick was purchased at a MAC store, but it is now available at Sephora! This is my favourite MAC lipstick I own. It’s the perfect orangey-red and it’s a great colour for spring. I personally love the formula of MAC lipsticks.

BITE Beauty French Press Lip Gloss in Dirty Chai

I don’t usually go for lip gloss, but I couldn’t resist this one as a birthday treat to myself last fall. I avoided lip gloss for a long time because I don’t like sticky lip gloss, and it’s hard to find one that isn’t. Thankfully this one is. It looks great over lipstick or on its own. It has a good lasting time for a lip gloss.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

I love this cleanser. It is perfect for everyday because it’s super gentle. I have repurchased this a couple times and will probably continue to do so. The cleanser is featured in a couple FAB sets if you’re looking to try a couple different products.

First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie Primer

God, I love this primer so much. It is moiturizing and it smells wonderful. I want to buy a large size but it’s pretty expensive for a primer, so the sale is a great time to pick it up.

My Wish List

Of course there are a few things I want to pick up in the sale. I think I’m going to pick up one or two skincare focused things. Here is what’s on my wishlist:

What’s on your Sephora VIB Sale wishlist?

Sephora Haul – January 2019

Sephora Haul – January 2019

It’s January. My skin has been shit. I needed some new things to hopefully make my skin less shit, so I paid a visit to our saviour, Sephora with a gift card in hand. Well, the online version of Sephora. It’s January so I try […]

August & September Empties

August & September Empties

I finished up a lot of products in the last two months, which is great. For the rest of the year, and hopefully into 2020 I will focus on finishing up products I already have instead of using 3 or 4 different face washes or […]

Influenster Voxbox – Kat Von D True Portrait Foundation

Influenster Voxbox – Kat Von D True Portrait Foundation

I received these products complimentary from Influenster and Kat Von D for review. I was looking forward to trying a new high-end foundation. I don’t often buy high-end foundation unless it’s on sale, so it was great that this one was coming to my door.

Here’s what I got in the Voxbox:

True Portrait Foundation in Light 018

First of all, the packing on this foundation is truly stunning. I love having it on my vanity just to look out. The foundation – not quite as beautiful as the packaging. The shade match is good for me, but also reminds me how pale I am. The bottle is actually squeezy, and you’re meant to squeeze it on your hands and rub it in. I don’t find that’s really the best way to apply it. I prefer using a brush.

Because it’s liquid-to-powder, I don’t find it layers well and it’s hard to build up. The description says it’s medium coverage, which I think is true. I just don’t find it covers blemishes suuuuper well. The more I use it, the more I like it. It’s decently long-wearing. It’s also suggested to moisturize well before using the foundation.

I don’t think this is going to become my holy grail foundation anytime soon. Nor do I think I would recommend spending over $50 CAD on it.

Go Big or Go Home Mascara

I think it’s time for this mascara to go home, because it does not go big. This is quite possibly one of the most boring mascaras I’ve ever used. It’s supposed to be very volumizing but I don’t agree with that. It’s a nice mascara for low-key, everyday makeup. But no one wants to spend $30 for a basic mascara. Skip this one.

Tattoo Liner in Trooper Black

This is been a favourite liquid liner for a lot of people for a long time. It’s been my go-to black liner for a couple years now. I don’t wear black liner a whole lot. I find it a little harsh on my face. This is a good eyeliner. I have greasy eyelids, and it doesn’t wear off, but I do find it transfers, even if I set it. I haven’t really been able to find a significantly better black eyeliner, so I continue to use this one.

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FabFitFun Starter Box Fall 2019

FabFitFun Starter Box Fall 2019

I love a good subscription box. I’ve been wanting to try FabFitFun for ages, but the price (plus shipping and exchange) has always been a deterrent for me. Sure, you get a lot of stuff with a high value, but if I don’t use it, […]

A (mostly) Colourpop Haul from Ulta

A (mostly) Colourpop Haul from Ulta

Colourpop is one of my favourite makeup brands. It’s incredibly reasonably priced, and I haven’t come across many duds in their line up. It’s not the most easily accessible brand in Canada. With international shipping, duty fees, and exchange rates, the costs can add up. […]

June/July Empties

June/July Empties

Okay, so what if August is almost over??? It’s never too late to let you know about all the products I’ve used up in the last few months. You may argue there is actually never a good time to tell you about them. But I bet if you weren’t even slightly interested, you wouldn’t have clicked this link anyway.

Sol De Janiero Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

I received this travel-size of this infamous cream in a Boxycharm box last year. After all of the hype I heard about it, I didn’t think it was possible to live up to the hype. Well, I was wrong. This is really the best smelling cream I’ve ever used. The cream itself is also very nice. Do I think that the full-size is worth almost $60?? No, not really. But, you can often get a good deal with one of their sets at Sephora (like this one here). Would I buy it again? Who am I kidding, I probably would. I actually bought a similar set to the one linked above last year.

Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base

I don’t really love spending a lot of money on products you can’t see – like an eyeshadow base. This was a decently cheap product, and I’ve heard it worked pretty well. Now, I’ve been blessed with greasy eyelids so a lot of the time eyeshadow just glides right off. This base didn’t really help my case. I thought I was resigned to creased eyeshadow for the rest of my life until I started using this Wet ‘N Wild one that was recommended to me. Now THAT keeps my eyeshadow on. This essence one? Not so much. Would I buy it again? Nope.

ELF Makeup and Mist Setting Spray

This has been my go-to setting spray for a while now, but I think this was my last bottle. I gravitated towards it because it was so cheap. It’s just not doing it for me anymore though. It’s a decent-ish setting spray, but it’s not overly special or anything. Would I buy it again? No.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask

Sheet masks aren’t my favourite. I feel like they’re kind of wasteful, and I never really notice a huge difference. I received 3 of these masks in a Boxycharm box and I was excited to use them. I thought they were find, but not worth their $16 price tag. I don’t think I could ever find a sheet mask that expensive would be though. Would I buy it again? Probably not.

Bath & Body Works Spiced Mandarin Foaming Hand soap

Welcome to this month’s edition of what soap did we use up! This month was Spiced Mandarin. Sure, it’s not the most summery scent that was in the cupboard, but my boyfriend is picky about handsoap scents. I really liked this scent! Would I buy it again? Yes.

April & May Empties

April & May Empties

Another few months have come and gone, and so have a few products. I’m actively trying to finish things before purchasing new ones. It’s easier for me to use up skincare products rather than makeup products. With skincare, I don’t feel the need to have […]