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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 […]

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 […]

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.

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. […]

Joe Fresh Beauty

Joe Fresh Beauty

What I really want from a grocery store is: Excellent selection of food The ability to at least look at make up to break up the searching for food Thanks to Joe Fresh Beauty, this is possible. This line is also available at select Canadian […]

Ipsy – September 2018

Ipsy – September 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve received an Ipsy bag – so long in fact, Ipsy sent me an email offering me a free bag. I’m not one to say no to free things. If you think that I am getting this up too late, since we are a third of our way through October and I am just now posting about September, well that’s not my fault. It didn’t get here until last week. I got the email on September 22. My tin foil hat theory is that they had a bunch of bags leftover and they were trying to unload them. ANYWAY, let’s get on to the stuff.

First of all, I love this bag. It is very cute. I will definitely be using this. And now what’s in the bag.

In my September Ipsy, I received:

HAYADI Weightless Smoothing Cream – full size $17.50 USD, Ipsy size $4.40 USD – I haven’t tried this yet. I don’t have crazy frizzy hair, that I need to use a smoothing cream every day, but I do like having one on hand for flyaways. This is going to be great to travel with and I am happy to get this.

Luna by Luna Cosmetics Translucent Powder – full size $18.00 USD – So, mine came broken. Not totally smashed, but it was no longer fixed to the packaging. Some powder had gotten on the bag. It has a pretty heavy scent, and I didn’t find it made my make up last any longer. I found it actually wore away faster than my usual powder. I would also worry about flashback with a product this white, but I haven’t tested that out yet. I also can’t figure out if this is the full size or not, if it is, there’s no way it’s worth $18.00 in my mind.

Trestique Mini Lip Glaze in English Rose – full size $11.75 USD – I’m always happy to get a lip product in a subscription service. You can never have too many is what I always say, but definitely not what everyone else in my life says. This is a nice berry-red tone that is fairly sheer for a red. I like this product a lot, and it’s good for my low-key-but-I’m-still-obviously-wearing-make-up days.

Lord & Berry Line/Shade Eye Pencil in Flash Purple – full size $19.00 USD, Ipsy size $2.37 USD – I don’t really wear eyeliner like this very often. But purple is my favourite colour and I’m always looking for ways to incorporate it into my looks. I am fine with a mini size because I will never go through a full purple eyeliner.

Luxie Beauty Wonder Woman Detail Tapered Brush – full size $20.00 USD – I really love Luxi brushes and was very excited to see I would be receiving one in the bag. It met my expectations and I am happy to have it.

My bag total was $56.52 USD (although I am dubious about the price of that powder)

So, will I be getting Ipsy again? Probably not for a while. I was happy to try it out again. To get the bag, it works out to be around $20 Canadian. I would rather pay the extra $15 to get Boxycharm and get 5 full-sized products. Another thing I appreciate about Boxycharm is that, although there is some variation in boxes, it does have some overlap. There was 55 products that were in September Ipsy bags. That makes it hard to recreate looks, or do tutorials, or whatever. If you live in the States, and just want to try things out for not a whole lot of money, Ipsy is great. They also do take your make up preferences into consideration, which is awesome. I found that my specific bag did cater to the type of things I like.

Price breakdown and full product list here.

Boxycharm September 2018

Boxycharm September 2018

Well, it’s almost October, so why wouldn’t this be the most perfect and definitely relevant time to give my thoughts about the September Boxycharm? I was looking forward to getting this box, it was going to be my last one for a while. After only […]

Boxycharm August 2018

Boxycharm August 2018

Hello and welcome back to another Boxycharm review! Let’s get right into this. Boxycharm has rocketed to the top of my list as my favourite beauty subscription box, for the main reason of the value for what you pay being so astronomical, but the value […]

Boxycharm July 2018

Boxycharm July 2018

I truly never intended to get the July box. I really wanted the June box, and then I thought it was going to be one and done with Boxycharm. Not because it wasn’t good, but because it’s just a little tough on my budget. Don’t get me wrong, Boxycharm has an outrageous value for what you pay ($21 USD, for Canadians it works out to be around $35 with shipping and exchange.) Anyway, I forgot to cancel and my card got charged so I was like okay cool whatever I’m in. And I’m soooo happy I got this box.

In the July box I received:

NOTE Cosmetics Luminous Silk Compact Blusher in Desert Rose – $12 USD – I am in love with this Blush. It is such a gorgeous, unique colour and very silky and smooth. I find it has good staying power throughout the day. I don’t think the price is too crazy either.

Dr. Brandt Needles No More Eye De-puffing Gel* – $42 USD – I always need a little extra help with my under eyes. I tend to have dark circles thanks to my bouts with insomnia. I liked this product. The orange colour really helped to brighten my under eyes, but I don’t know if I really noticed any de-puffing action going on.

Crown Brushes Fuego Eyeshadow Palette* – $30 USD – I was happy to get this variant in my box (the other option was a priming mist). Because I, and the rest of the world, are very into warm-toned shadows lately, I was loving the colours in this palette. The palette DOES have a pretty chemically scent to it though.

Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara – $24 USD – It’s always nice to have an extra mascara kicking around, and I quite like this one. I love the tubes like this, because it makes me feel like I’m going to be able to get all of the product out of it. I don’t find it smudges throughout the day, but it’s also pretty easy to get off at night.

Chella Eyebrow Cream in Taupe – $26 USD – I didn’t think I was going to like this product. When I first tried it out, I over-applied it. Now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, I love it. I still hate the packaging though.

This was another solid month from Boxycharm. The total value of the box is $134 USD. If you want to subscribe to Boxycharm, use my referral link here.

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Boxycharm June 2018

Boxycharm June 2018

As a lover of beauty products and getting things in the mail, I am obviously a huge fan of subscription boxes. I’ve taken a long break from them for various reasons – they will no longer ship to Canada, I wasn’t excited about the products […]