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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, […]

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 in an order. A few items were purchased before the sale, and a few were purchased during.

Here’s what I got:

BITE Beauty Outburst Longwear Lip Stain in Strawberry Frozé

I’ve had my eye on this lipstick since it was released. I love BITE Beauty products – I even made my own lipsticks with them last year! I would have probably bought the Orange Fizz shade if it wasn’t sold out, but I do love this hot pink. The formula is very nice. It’s creamy but very long-lasting. The first time I wore it I got a bunch of compliments on the colour. If they weren’t $30 a pop (I know, I know – that’s ridiculous) I would buy the whole collection.

Sephora Collection Glow Peel Pads

I was looking for a chemical exfoliant that wouldn’t be too tough on my skin, and this seemed like the perfect thing. After one use, I liked the results and my skin didn’t freak out so I’m happy to keep using them.

Sephora Collection Bright Skin Exfoliating Scrub

While I was at it, I also got a physical exfoliator!! I just wanted something that would be a nice little scrub to use a couple times a week. I like it so far, but I’m not obsessed with it or anything.

Sephora Collection All Day Hydrator

I think I’m obsessed with the Sephora Collection skincare collection? It’s pretty reasonably priced for Sephora, you know? Anyway, I really like this moisturizer. It’s pretty light-feeling. But it maaaay be breaking me out, I’m not sure yet.

First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub

I have been blessed with breakouts on my back from the tender age of 13. Over the last few years, since I’ve been a real-life adult, it hasn’t been as bad as it was when I was a teen. But it’s still not totally gone, so I figured I would try this scrub to see if it would help. This is a HARDCORE scrub though, wow.

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 […]

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 couple months ago, we visited the BITE Beauty Lip Lab.

There are a couple options to make your lipstick – 1 custom colour, 2 custom colours, or 2 bespoke lipsticks. I chose to make 2 custom colours. With the bespoke service you are choosing the exact mix of pigments, creating a brand new shade. This comes at a price, and it was quite a bit more than creating 2 custom shades.

With the custom shades, you talk to your artist about the colours you are going for, and what finish you want. I knew I wanted one satin and one matte. The colours I wanted were an orangey-coral, and some sort of wearable purple. The artist, Kat, suggested that the purple be matte and the coral be the satin.

We started looking at pigment colours, and we went through a few before we nailed down what I was looking for.

When the mixing was done, a scent was added. I chose cherry for the coral, and vanilla for the purple. I kiiiind of wish I chose the violet scent for the purple, you know to stick with the theme.

Then the mixes were microwaved to melt them, and poured into the mould before freezing.

Then they are tubed.

And then you have your lipsticks!!! Check out the final products.

I haven’t named them yet, any suggestions?

Some may think that $80 for two lipsticks is absurd, and I am with you for the most part. BITE lipsticks usually retail for $30 each, so to pay $10 more for it to be customised isn’t THAT absurd. This isn’t something I’m going to be doing every week, and I’m so glad I did it!

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 […]

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 […]

Boxycharm – January 2019

Boxycharm – January 2019

I had taken a couple months off of my Boxycharm subscription. It was time to take a break. It is one of the pricier beauty box subscriptions out there (totally worth it IMO), but I figured with the doom and gloom of January that I deserved a treat (I am very good at justifying things) and thought a Boxycharm would be a great treat. All of the products had been released at that point, so I knew what would be coming in the box, and I was pretty excited about all of the products.

Here’s what I got:

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eyeliner in Black * – $19 USD – It’s never a bad thing to receive a regular black eyeliner. It’s definitely going to go to use. It’s not the most life-changing eyeliner I’ve ever tried, and I wouldn’t pay $19 for it, but it’s decent. I like that it’s a roll up eyeliner rather than one you have to sharpen. I’m usually too lazy to sharpen those ones when necessary and end up scraping wood shards across my eyelids.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Strength + Moisturising Leave-in Mask 2oz *– $16 USD – I was really excited to get this. I’ve never tried anything from Briogeo – they tend to be a little more expensive than I’m willing to pay. I love leave-in hair masks, and I find that it works well.

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Havana Nights * – $20 USD – This was my favourite thing in the box. It was a variation product, so you could have also received a different colour of this formula, a BITE Amuse Bouche Lipstick, or a Smith & Cult Lip Gloss. This is the lipstick and colour I wanted most. I’ve received an OFRA lipstick in a past Boxycharm and I loved it. This colour is a deep brick red and it is STUNNING. OFRA has a very comfortable, yet long-wearing liquid lipstick formula.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Highlighting Eyeshadow Palette V.3 – $36 USD – There was 3 variations of this product in the boxes this month, and I would say I received the blandest version of it. It’s okay though, it’s a nice palette. The shimmers work well, but you can’t really get a variety of looks from it, since a lot of the shades tend to look the same on the eyes.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Face Mask (2-pack) – $24 USD – Let me start off with I would never in a million years pay $12 for one face mask, unless it started printing out dollar bills. That being said, it was a reaaaally nice mask and my skin felt so good after it.

I was happy with this month’s Boxycharm, and it’s a great treat for me every once in a while. The total value of the box is $115 USD, the cost of it is $21 USD. For me, with conversion and shipping it usually works out to be $35 CAD. The true value depends on whether or not you feel like you would get use out of most of the products in the box, and I felt like this was the case with this box. I feel like I will regularly use everything I received.

If you want to sign up for Boxycharm, use my link here.

*Variation Product

December Empties

December Empties

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. […]