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Sephora Haul – Fall 2020

Sephora Haul – Fall 2020

There’s nothing like buying makeup when you’re not leaving your house, and when you do you’re wearing a mask, right? With a gift card and an expiring free birthday gift, it seemed like a good time to place a Sephora order. Here’s what I got: […]

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 love BITE Beauty products. I was really excited to see that they were coming out with a foundation. The foundation had some great reviews and it’s described as “A clean, long-wearing foundation with gentle micellar technology that mimics skin texture for a natural, flawless finish.” It has medium coverage, and it’s made for all skin types.

I prefer a more light-wearing foundation, and I don’t usually opt for anything super full-coverage. I don’t have the best skin around, but I just don’t like the feeling of a full-coverage foundation, and I don’t think they look particularly good on my skin.

I think the BITE foundation is a really good fit for me. I like the feeling of it, and it has the perfect amount of coverage for me. I do have to go over it with a beauty blender for it all to sink it. It does have a scent, so beware of that if you are sensitive to scents. There is a good variety of shades so you will probably be able to find one that matches you.

It’s worn pretty well – and I’ve been testing it through some pretty harsh conditions (you’ve got to love working outside in the Canadian winter!)

Check out my post about all of the BITE Beauty products I’ve tried here, and my trip to the BITE Beauty Lip Lab here.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Mini

I’ve been on the hunt for a nice setting spray, and I haven’t found one I love yet. The Christmas ornament version of the cult fav All Nighter setting spray was on sale so I thought it was worth a shot.

Even though it was the mini version, it didn’t have that much less product than the drug store ones I had been using. So I feel like the value is pretty decent.

I like the spray too. It has a nice even spritz. I do think it improves the wear of my makeup throughout the day.

Stila Beauty Boss Gloss in Elevator Pitch

I got this trial size lip gloss by using a code on the Sephora website. It’s described as a sheer peach duo-chrome with fire opal shimmer lip gloss.

I wasn’t overly excited about this, I don’t reach for gloss a lot. Also, it seemed pretty glittery. I actually love this product and have been reaching for it a lot. It’s a perfect gloss on its own. It’s not too sticky and it has a nice scent.

Beauty Blender THE LEVELER Pore Minimizing Primer

I used 100 points to pick up this VERY TINY primer sample. I was kind of surprised at just how small it was. For the product itself, I like it. I know not everyone cares for a pore-filling primer, but I can get down with them. In my opinion, this is the nicest pore-filling primer I’ve used.

Check out my other hauls 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.

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 […]