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Lip Monthly September 2020

Lip Monthly September 2020

I missed the cutoff date for cancelling the Lip Monthly subscription for the month of September. I think this bag worked out to be between $17 and $20 CAD. Which feels, uh, very not worth it? IDK. This bag arrived the first week of October […]

Sephora Haul – February 2020

Sephora Haul – February 2020

I’ve had a pretty crazy 2020 so far. Because I’m very good at justifying things to myself, I thought my hard work so far this year deserved a treat in the form of a trip (online) to Sephora. Bite Beauty Changemaker Foundation in L40 I […]

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 products. Also, I had enough charms to use for a free product and thought I might as well use them up because I don’t think I will be getting Boxycharm too often this year. I only ordered 2 boxes is 2019.

The price has gone up with Boxycharm. It is now 25$ USD per month. With the 5$ shipping and the exchange, it ends up being about 40$ a month. So I have to be pretty confident I will like whatever variation of the box I will get.

As expected, I was pretty happy with what I received in my January Boxycharm. Here is what I got:

Base Box

Too Faced Cosmetics Diamond Light Highlighter in Fancy Pink Diamond

$36.00 USD

I really didn’t need more highlighters in my collection. I’ve been kind of getting away from using them on a regular basis. I think if you like a really blingin’ highlight, this won’t be for you. I actually really like it because it’s not super hardcore. It blends nicely and looks pretty natural. The packaging is pretty cute, but a little bulky for storage.

Ace Beaute Eyeshadow Palette in Scarlet Dusk

$34.99

I find a couple of shades in this palette are pretty similar to the Modern Renaissance palette, which I have so I was hoping to get the Vintage Dawn palette. But after receiving it and using it I am really happy with the palette. There are a couple shades in it that makes this one different. I love it!

Wander Beauty Trip For Two Blush and Bronzer Duo in Daquiri/Tulum

$36.00

This is my favourite thing I’ve received in the box. They were sending out a lighter version of this palette as well, so I’m glad I got this one. I really love both the bronzer and blush in this palette. I can see myself taking this on a lot trips. I will say that I don’t know how someone even a bit darker than me would be able to use this palette. I wish there were a few more options.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask Mini

$22.00

I was really excited to get this in the box. I’ve been hearing about it for a while now, but never really wanted to shell out for it. I’m glad it’s the mini version – I still feel like this is going to last me a long time. I love this sleeping mask. It makes my face feel so nice after using it.

Grande Cosmetics Grandedrama Intense Thickening Mascara

$25.00

This was probably the thing I was least excited to receive. I have a lot of mascaras, and I haven’t heard too many great things about this brand. I’ve been using it, and it’s a decent mascara. Nothing too special, but nothing bad.

Subscriber Gift

Luxie BC 3-Piece Brush Set – Gaea

$30.00

This was what really sold me to get the January box. I love Luxie brushes, and was really excited to get 3 more. This set features the 510 classic Foundation Brush, the 250 Large Eye Blending Brush, and the 246 Precision Crease Brush. I’m really excited to use these. I will probably use the foundation one for highlighter.

Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Eyeshadow Palette

$35.00

I got this palette in a previous box. I thought it was a nice neutral palette. But I have a couple of those so I had actually given it away recently. I probably won’t hold on to it.

Charm Room

Stila Stay All Day Lipstick in Pantina Shimmer

$22.00

I wanted to use my charms to redeem something, and I liked the look of this lipstick even though I don’t usually go for a shimmer. It’s nice and pretty neutral. I had to pay $5.00 for shipping for this.

Sign up for Boxycharm here and check out the rest of my Boxycharm posts here.

2019 Favourites

2019 Favourites

Books My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite This was a really interesting read. It had a really different style than I was used to. My Sister, the Serial Killer had short chapters and it was a really quick read, but it was gripping […]

Everything I’ve tried from BITE Beauty

Everything I’ve tried from BITE Beauty

I am a lipstick fiend. Sorry, I can’t help it. I love all of the bright colours. I love the way lipstick makes you feel. Because of this, I have accumulated many, many lip products. One of my favourite brands is BITE Beauty. BITE Beauty […]

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, it sweetens the deal.

If you’re looking for a little extra money back, use my Rakuten code to sign up for the program and get money back every time you shop online. (I get a referral bonus if you use this link)

Here’s what I recommend to you and what’s in my cart.

Recommendations

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks

These are one of my favourite lipstick formulas. It seems like Bite is reformulating these, so all of them are on sale right now for half off. When you add in the extra discount it’s a great deal.

First Aid Beauty Fablantis Set

I love First Aid Beauty skincare products, and their gift sets are alwaus amazing. They’re a pretty decent price and you get to try a whole array of their products to see what you like.

Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

I love these mini palettes. There’s a great variety of colour stories, so you’ll be able to find one that suits you. The mauve obsessions one is my favourite, and I love the look of the new Nude Obsessions.

Sephora Collection Instant Masks

I’m trying to not buy sheet masks anymore. I bought one of these because they discontinued my other favourite face masks. I quite like them, and do find they make a difference. They’re a perfect stocking stuffer.

What’s In My Cart

Tarte You’re a Total Knockout Skincare Set

I’ve been struggling with my skin the last couple months. I got a sample of the Knockout Tingling Treatment Toner in my last order, and I’ve found that it works really well for me. It’s hard for me to resist a set!

The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicon Primer

I love this primer. I’ve gone through a couple of these already. It’s incredibly affordable as well.

There’s also a few Christmas gifts I am picking up, so I can’t list them here! What are you going to pick up in the sale? Check out my other Sephora Recommendations and Hauls here.

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. […]

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.

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 […]