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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.

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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.

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. […]

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?

March Empties

March Empties

I am currently trying to pan some of my makeup products, but here are some of the things I finished up in the month of March. Joico Blonde Life Brightening Shampoo I got this shampoo as part of a set for my birthday last year […]

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 […]

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 Volume Mascara. They both run for $33 CAD each.

I was skeptical about the primer, I don’t particularly like eyelash primers. I was excited to try out the mascara, I’ve heard good things about it. The packaging on both of these is really sleek.

I tried the primer with the Marc Jacobs mascara, as well as my current favourite one. I also tried the Marc Jacobs mascara without the primer. I thought the primer worked shockingly well. I didn’t find it made my lashes TOO clumpy, which I find primers usually do. I used a light hand while applying it though. I found that it made a difference in how long and thick my lashes worked.

Would I ever spend $33 on an eyelash primer? Absolutely not. It’s just not important enough of a step in my routine for me to ever spend that much on one. I wouldn’t even spend $5 on a primer. But if you like eyelash primers, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in this one.

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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 […]