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, […]
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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. […]
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 recently released a set with Canadian brand MAC Cosmetics, that is only available here in the Great White North. It’s rare that something comes out just for us! When I saw the set, I could see myself using every single product in it. The set itself is $65, but the value is $141.
I love MAC lipsticks, but I had never tried anything else from them. Sets are an awesome way to try a bunch of different products for a good price. I was really excited to try a few more things.
Here’s what is in the set:
This shade is a sheer, creamy neutral pink that is perfect for everyday wear. I don’t usually go this basic with lipsticks, but I love having a colour like this around. I prefer to wear it over a nude lip liner.
Teddy is described as an intense bronze eyeliner. I don’t even feel like I’m being hyperbolic in saying this is the best eyeliner I’ve ever tried. It makes me wonder if I’ve only ever tried bad eyeliners before? It’s so creamy, but long-lasting. The colour is so stunning. This is my favourite item in the box, and I didn’t really expect it to be.
This is a cool-toned beige-pink blush. It’s a really nice colour that I think would work well on a variety of skin tones. It’s buildable, but it doesn’t go on too strong right off the hop. I enjoy this product a lot.
Woodwinked is a warm antique gold shadow. If I HAD to say there was a disappointing product in this set, I think this might be it. Don’t get me wrong, I still like it and I’m going to get a lot of use out of it, but compared to everything else I find this just a touch lackluster. I just wish it was a little had a little more impact. It’s great for all over the lid.
This eyeshadow is a peachy soft neutral that is the perfect transition shadow. I was pretty impressed with how pigmented this shadow is. I really didn’t think it would make much of an impact.
I knew I was going to love this mascara. It has the plastic bristled brush that I gravitate towards, and it’s touted as a lengthening mascara. I love the look it gives me eyelashes. It comes off easily at the end of the night, but doesn’t transfer during the day.
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 not to go outside.
Here’s what I got:
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay – I’ve tried this cleanser before, and I really liked it. It’s a bit pricier than I usually go for, but it worked really well. Whenever I have a break out, I use this and it calms my skin down.
Sephora Collection Aloe Vera Sleeping Mask – I haven’t used this yet but I’ve had good luck with the Sephora Collection sleeping masks in the past (and all of their skincare products). The Aloe Vera Mask promises to be quenching and replenishing which I could really use right now. I can usually get 3 or 4 uses out of one sleeping mask, so for $5 it’s a great value.
Morphe M441 Pro Firm Blending Crease Brush – I’ve enjoyed the few Morphe brushes I’ve gotten, and I am excited that they’re now available on the Sephora website. This is my favourite brush I’ve used from Morphe. I thought it might be too stiff at first. I think this is the perfect tool for a one brush eye look. It blends nicely and I am happy with this brush.
Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Primer – I threw this in the order to bring me up to the free shipping mark, and it might be my favourite buy of the order. I love products that have more than one use. This can be used as a primer, a foundation mixer, or a highlighter. I like it for all of these things. There is some shimmer in it, but I don’t find I look like a Cullen out in the sun when wearing it. As a highlighter, it’s a really nice, subtle highlight. I’m so glad I got this, and when i eventually use it up, I’m going to be so disappointed when I go to replace it and it’s been discontinued.
AHAVA Renewal Peel – I’ve never tried any kind of peel before so I was a little nervous. From what I understand, this was a pretty gentle one. It definitely made my skin feel softer. There was enough in this package to get a couple uses out of it.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer Sample Size – This was one of the most-hyped products of 2018 and I’ve been wanting to try it. But at $50 a bottle, it’s hard to justify buying something I’m not sure if I am going to like. So when a deluxe sample was available with a code, I knew I had to try it. I love this. It’s very moisturising, which makes makeup go over it nicely. I don’t know if I will buy a full-size, but I will continue to enjoy this mini.
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Do Me Baby – This is probably one of the worst names of a lipstick I’ve ever seen. I got this as a 100 point perk. The Nars lip pencils were the Sephora birthday gift a couple years ago and I liked them quite a bit. And I love a mini lipstick. This colour is described as a “chestnut rose”. It’s a gorgeous dark, nude pink that I am going to get a lot of use out of.
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. It was a chore to get through. Would I buy it again? Nope!
First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser – I love this cleanser. I originally got in a gift pack with some other FAB products. It’s an excellent daily cleanser. It’s not too harsh on the skin, but it works well. This was my second tube. Would I buy it again? Yes! I already had the bigger size of this cleanser ready to go, and I got another back up for Christmas. I’m seriously considering the jumbo size next time I buy it.
Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate – I got this little sample as part of my birthday gift from Ulta last year. I thought it was a good morning moisturizer. But I didn’t feel like it did enough at night. Would I buy it again? Probably not.
The Ordinary Serum Foundation in 2.0N – This is my go-to foundation. I like the light, yet buildable coverage. I think it makes my skin look really nice and blurs everything out. Also, it’s ridiculously inexpensive. At $6.70, it’s cheaper than most drugstore foundations. It is tough to try and figure out what your shade might be, so if there is a store close to you, go in and swatch test. Would I buy it again? Yes! I got it in a winter and a summer shade.
Alba Botanica Acnedote Face & Body Scrub – I’ve been using this scrub for YEARS. It wasn’t available in Canada, so I would pick up a bottle in the States whenever I’d go. It worked well for me. Sometime last year, my skin completely changed. I now have combo skin, when it used to be exclusively oily. This scrub is now way to harsh for me. Would I buy it again? It makes me sad to say it, because I’ve repurchased it so many times, but no. this was my last bottle.