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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, […]

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.

Here’s what I got in the Voxbox:

True Portrait Foundation in Light 018

First of all, the packing on this foundation is truly stunning. I love having it on my vanity just to look out. The foundation – not quite as beautiful as the packaging. The shade match is good for me, but also reminds me how pale I am. The bottle is actually squeezy, and you’re meant to squeeze it on your hands and rub it in. I don’t find that’s really the best way to apply it. I prefer using a brush.

Because it’s liquid-to-powder, I don’t find it layers well and it’s hard to build up. The description says it’s medium coverage, which I think is true. I just don’t find it covers blemishes suuuuper well. The more I use it, the more I like it. It’s decently long-wearing. It’s also suggested to moisturize well before using the foundation.

I don’t think this is going to become my holy grail foundation anytime soon. Nor do I think I would recommend spending over $50 CAD on it.

Go Big or Go Home Mascara

I think it’s time for this mascara to go home, because it does not go big. This is quite possibly one of the most boring mascaras I’ve ever used. It’s supposed to be very volumizing but I don’t agree with that. It’s a nice mascara for low-key, everyday makeup. But no one wants to spend $30 for a basic mascara. Skip this one.

Tattoo Liner in Trooper Black

This is been a favourite liquid liner for a lot of people for a long time. It’s been my go-to black liner for a couple years now. I don’t wear black liner a whole lot. I find it a little harsh on my face. This is a good eyeliner. I have greasy eyelids, and it doesn’t wear off, but I do find it transfers, even if I set it. I haven’t really been able to find a significantly better black eyeliner, so I continue to use this one.

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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 […]

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 […]

MAC Cosmetics @allanaramaa Canadian Originals Set

MAC Cosmetics @allanaramaa Canadian Originals Set

I’ve been a follower of Allana Davison for a couple years now. I enjoy influencers, especially Canadian ones. Allana is known for makeup and lifestyle posts and videos. I like her style, it’s very classic with a twist. I find her approachable and fun.

She recently released a set with Canadian brand MAC Cosmetics, that is only available here in the Great White North. It’s rare that something comes out just for us! When I saw the set, I could see myself using every single product in it. The set itself is $65, but the value is $141.

I love MAC lipsticks, but I had never tried anything else from them. Sets are an awesome way to try a bunch of different products for a good price. I was really excited to try a few more things.

Here’s what is in the set:

Lustre Lipstick in Patisserie

This shade is a sheer, creamy neutral pink that is perfect for everyday wear. I don’t usually go this basic with lipsticks, but I love having a colour like this around. I prefer to wear it over a nude lip liner.

Eye Kohl Pencil in Teddy

Teddy is described as an intense bronze eyeliner. I don’t even feel like I’m being hyperbolic in saying this is the best eyeliner I’ve ever tried. It makes me wonder if I’ve only ever tried bad eyeliners before? It’s so creamy, but long-lasting. The colour is so stunning. This is my favourite item in the box, and I didn’t really expect it to be.

Sheertone Powder Blush in Blushbaby

This is a cool-toned beige-pink blush. It’s a really nice colour that I think would work well on a variety of skin tones. It’s buildable, but it doesn’t go on too strong right off the hop. I enjoy this product a lot.

Eyeshadow in Woodwinked

Woodwinked is a warm antique gold shadow. If I HAD to say there was a disappointing product in this set, I think this might be it. Don’t get me wrong, I still like it and I’m going to get a lot of use out of it, but compared to everything else I find this just a touch lackluster. I just wish it was a little had a little more impact. It’s great for all over the lid.

Eyeshadow in Tete-a-Tint

This eyeshadow is a peachy soft neutral that is the perfect transition shadow. I was pretty impressed with how pigmented this shadow is. I really didn’t think it would make much of an impact.

In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara

I knew I was going to love this mascara. It has the plastic bristled brush that I gravitate towards, and it’s touted as a lengthening mascara. I love the look it gives me eyelashes. It comes off easily at the end of the night, but doesn’t transfer during the day.

April & May Empties

April & May Empties

Another few months have come and gone, and so have a few products. I’m actively trying to finish things before purchasing new ones. It’s easier for me to use up skincare products rather than makeup products. With skincare, I don’t feel the need to have […]

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 […]

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 not to go outside.

Here’s what I got:

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay – I’ve tried this cleanser before, and I really liked it. It’s a bit pricier than I usually go for, but it worked really well. Whenever I have a break out, I use this and it calms my skin down.

Sephora Collection Aloe Vera Sleeping Mask – I haven’t used this yet but I’ve had good luck with the Sephora Collection sleeping masks in the past (and all of their skincare products). The Aloe Vera Mask promises to be quenching and replenishing which I could really use right now. I can usually get 3 or 4 uses out of one sleeping mask, so for $5 it’s a great value.

Morphe M441 Pro Firm Blending Crease Brush – I’ve enjoyed the few Morphe brushes I’ve gotten, and I am excited that they’re now available on the Sephora website. This is my favourite brush I’ve used from Morphe. I thought it might be too stiff at first. I think this is the perfect tool for a one brush eye look. It blends nicely and I am happy with this brush.

Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Primer – I threw this in the order to bring me up to the free shipping mark, and it might be my favourite buy of the order. I love products that have more than one use. This can be used as a primer, a foundation mixer, or a highlighter. I like it for all of these things. There is some shimmer in it, but I don’t find I look like a Cullen out in the sun when wearing it. As a highlighter, it’s a really nice, subtle highlight. I’m so glad I got this, and when i eventually use it up, I’m going to be so disappointed when I go to replace it and it’s been discontinued.

AHAVA Renewal Peel – I’ve never tried any kind of peel before so I was a little nervous. From what I understand, this was a pretty gentle one. It definitely made my skin feel softer. There was enough in this package to get a couple uses out of it.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer Sample Size – This was one of the most-hyped products of 2018 and I’ve been wanting to try it. But at $50 a bottle, it’s hard to justify buying something I’m not sure if I am going to like. So when a deluxe sample was available with a code, I knew I had to try it. I love this. It’s very moisturising, which makes makeup go over it nicely. I don’t know if I will buy a full-size, but I will continue to enjoy this mini.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Do Me Baby – This is probably one of the worst names of a lipstick I’ve ever seen. I got this as a 100 point perk. The Nars lip pencils were the Sephora birthday gift a couple years ago and I liked them quite a bit. And I love a mini lipstick. This colour is described as a “chestnut rose”. It’s a gorgeous dark, nude pink that I am going to get a lot of use out of.