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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, […]

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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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 […]

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 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:

Lustre Lipstick in Patisserie

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.

Eye Kohl Pencil in Teddy

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.

Sheertone Powder Blush in Blushbaby

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.

Eyeshadow in Woodwinked

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.

Eyeshadow in Tete-a-Tint

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.

In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara

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.

Bite Beauty Lip Lab

Bite Beauty Lip Lab

I’m a lipstick fiend. There is nothing I am better at than convincing myself that I don’t already have that colour of lipstick. One of my favourite brands, BITE Beauty, has a place in Toronto where you can make custom lipsticks. For my birthday a […]

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.

Influenster Voxbox – Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Primer

Influenster Voxbox – Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Primer

I was super excited to receive this voxbox complimentary for review from Marc Jacobs Beauty and Influenster Canada. I, not being that bougie, have never tried anything from this brand before. They sent over the new Velvet Noir Primer along with the classic Velvet Noir […]