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Boxycharm January 2020

Boxycharm January 2020

After seeing the spoilers, I thought I would sign up for Boxycharm for the month of January. I thought I’d be pretty satisfied with any of the variations I was seeing online. Plus, they had a pretty good sign up deal with a few free […]

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, […]

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.

A few years ago, Colourpop came into select Ulta stores. I live pretty close to the border, and take a few trips to Ulta throughout the year. I also prefer Ulta’s points system to Sephora. With every 100 points, you get $3 off your purchase. It’s usually 1 point per dollar spent, but they do promotions where you can get 2 or 3 times the points. They also almost always have a coupon of some sort going on.

Here’s what I got on my latest trip.

Nars Matte Lipstick in Pour Toujours

Pour Toujours is described as a warm pink, but I definitely find it a little more cool-toned on my skin. This was the September birthday gift this year. I’ve honestly never LOVED any of my Ulta birthday gifts until this one. It’s a great lipstick. I love the colour. The formula is long-lasting but it doesn’t feel super drying like many matte lipsticks.

Colourpop BFF Liquid Liner in The Hills

I like experimenting with coloured liners, but I never really want to spend a lot of money on something that I won’t be wearing all the time. The other coloured liners I’ve used, specifically the NYX Vivid Brights ones, didn’t really live up to my expectations. They would dry and crumble, and the applicator was not easy to use.

I found that this liner was exactly what I was looking for. I loved the green colour of this liner. It was super easy to apply, and lasted throughout a work shift without any primer underneath. I would absolutely get the black one next time I’m in need.

Colourpop Brow Boss Gel in Light Brown

I have previously purchased this brow gel in the clear formula and quite liked it. I was hoping that getting it in light brown, it would act like the Benefit Gimme Brow and I could skip using an eyebrow pencil. That’s not really the case though. It doesn’t build up my brows much, but it holds them in place nicely.

Colour Pop Blush Stix in Under Pressure

I’ve been wanting to try out the blush stix since they were released and was waiting for the next free international shipping promotion to try one. So I was very excited to see them in Ulta! The one I chose is a bright salmon pink. It has a lot more shimmer than I was expecting, so I skip highlighter when I wear it. I like the colour, and the stix are pigmented but blend nicely. I don’t really need any more blush, but I’d definitely consider getting another one of these.

I cashed in some of my points and I had a $3.50 off coupon, so all of this came to around $14.50.

Check out a past Colourpop haul here.

MAC Cosmetics @allanaramaa Canadian Originals Set

MAC Cosmetics @allanaramaa Canadian Originals Set

I’ve been a follower of Allana Davison for a couple years now. I enjoy influencers, especially Canadian ones. Allana is known for makeup and lifestyle posts and videos. I like her style, it’s very classic with a twist. I find her approachable and fun. She […]

Project Pan 2019

Project Pan 2019

I have a lot of makeup products that I need to use. I get a deep sense of satisfaction when I finish products up. I can pretty easily finish up foundations, concealers, lotions, and anything else I’m using on a regular basis. I have a […]

January/February Empties

January/February Empties

I didn’t have to many empties pile up over the last few months. heck, one of these wasn’t even empty, it was just v v v expired.

Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand Soap in Winter Candy Apple and Twisted Peppermint – The foaming hand washes are an absolute staple in our household. Over the holiday season we had these two because we wanted to carry our festiveness into the bathroom, as one does. I really like the scent on both of these. They’re not too strong, and I think Twisted Peppermint will become a winter staple. Would I buy it again? Yes, and I already have a cupboard full of them.

Finesse Superior Hold Firm Hairspray – I use so little hairspray on a regular basis that this bottle has lasted me at least two years. I prefer a non-aerosol hairspray and the price point on this is unbeatable. It does exactly what I need it to do. Would I buy it again? Yep! I got a back up for Christmas.

Real Techniques Dual-Ended Sponge – I picked up this sponge at Ulta after my trusty Beauty Blender came down with a mold issue. I had heard good things about Real Techniques sponges and they are muuuuch cheaper than the OG Beauty Blender, so I decided to go for one of those. I thought that dual-endedness of it was cool. It was much firmer than I was used to, and I thought it would get softer with time. I used it for much longer than recommend because that’s just the type of person I am. When I received a new off-brand beauty sponge that I’m sure my boyfriend paid no more than $5 for for Christmas, I made the change and only then did I realize how much I hated this RT one. The new one is much softer and applies my make up better. If you’re looking for a Real Techniques sponge, get one of the classic ones, not this one. Would I buy it again? Never.

Sarah’s Soaps Bamboo and Orange Blossom Facial Toning Mist – Sarah’s Soaps is a local, handmade brand (I would recommend a lot of her products!) I bought this at a craft show a while ago (hence the expiration date passing, the ingredients are all-natural after all!) It’s a hydrating, priming, and toning all-in-one product and I quite liked it. I fell out of the habit of using it after I had some skin issues caused by another product. It’s the perfect primer for the summer because it’s so light and hydrating. Would I buy it again? Yes! I should go get a bottle.

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 […]

Boxycharm – January 2019

Boxycharm – January 2019

I had taken a couple months off of my Boxycharm subscription. It was time to take a break. It is one of the pricier beauty box subscriptions out there (totally worth it IMO), but I figured with the doom and gloom of January that I […]

Tarte Haul

Tarte Haul

I didn’t take advantage of many Boxing Day sales this year, but Tarte usually has a pretty good sale. They had free shipping and an extra 25% off their sale section. I also used ebates to get a little money back, so all in all it ended up being a pretty good deal.

Here’s what I got:

Limited-edition Tarteist Treats Color Collection – One thing Tarte does really well is kits. I love kits because I prefer to get smaller sizes of products, I never really go through make up that fast anyway. They make it easy to try a bunch of their products for a really good price – especially when you get it on sale!

This kit contains:

  • Tarteist PRO to go Palette – My holy grail palette is the Tartelette Tease Palette, the eyeshadows are great quality, and oftentimes, this is the only palette I will travel with. I’ve had my eye on this mini since it came out, but it’s hard to justify buying such a small palette for $30. In early December, this palette was one of Sephora’s weekly deals and it was on for half-price. I wasn’t quick enough to snap it up then. I really love this little palette. For only having 6 shades, I feel like I can make quite a few looks with it. I find the mattes are smooth and the shimmers are amazing. I am really happy with this palette.
  • Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara (Deluxe sample) – My favourite high-end mascara is Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes, so I wanted to try another one of Tarte’s mascaras. I don’t like to buy high-end mascaras, because I don’t feel like it’s ever THAT good to justify the price. I like this mascara, but I’m not obsessed with it. It’s very lengthening and it uses a rubber bristle brush – two things I like in a mascara. I find the packaging on the deluxe sample a little odd. It doesn’t twist close like normal packaging, and product really gunks up on the end of the wand.
  • Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in WCW (Deluxe sample) – I didn’t realize that this was going to be a gloss until I received the package. I was expecting one of the Creamy Matte Lip Paints. I was happy to get a gloss though, I tried these glosses before and they are really nice. The gloss is super pigmented, and it lasts pretty well for a gloss.

I’ve actually almost picked up the kit a few times at Sephora, but I’m glad I waited! I ended up getting this kit for about $13.50, which is a pretty insane deal. Even without the extra 25% off, $18 is really good for this kit. if this palette looks like something you’re interested in, I would definitely recommend this kit.

Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation in Light Neutral – I don’t tend to have a lot of foundations in my makeup collection. I find one I like and I stick to it. This foundation was on super sale on Boxing Day so I thought it would be a good opportunity to try something different. I’ve had fairly dry skin the last year or so, but am still prone to break outs so I went with the hydrating formula over the matte formula. I was expecting a dewy foundation, but it is not that. I still really like it and am super happy I bought it. Coverage is nice without it being too heavy. I would say it’s solidly a medium-coverage foundation. I thought I was going to love the doe foot applicator for a foundation but I am not a fan. I find I have to dip into the bottle a lot. The shade match is perfect for me, and the formula feels very nice.

I usually really like Tarte products, I haven’t found really anything that I absolutely hate. I do find that with ordering from the Tarte website itself, shipping tends to be a little slow. Once, I had a product break and because it was sold out it couldn’t be replaced, but they gave me my money back. I’ve been pretty satisfied with their customer service.

I really like everything I got in this order, and I will be regularly using every product.

December Empties

December Empties

Yes to Carrots Nourishing Shampoo and Pampering Conditioner – I got this for Christmas literally years ago. I had picked it out based on recommendations from friends. I didn’t like this shampoo or conditioner. I felt like it didn’t make my hair any less dry. […]