Friday, November 14, 2014

Lush Night Before Christmas Set

Lush Night Before Christmas Set christmas eve bubble bar father christmas bath bomb twilight bath bomb Lush Night Before Christmas Set christmas eve bubble bar father christmas bath bomb twilight bath bomb I went into Lush yesterday wanting to try some of their Christmas bath products. I've tried a few things from Lush but I've never tried their bath bombs, bubble bars, or bath melts! To be honest I haven't taken a proper bath in well over 10 years - I prefer showers. But after hearing so many bloggers and vloggers rave about Lush's bath products I finally decided to pick up a few. After being shown some demonstrations of products in the shop by an employee I settled on getting the Night Before Christmas set! This set includes the Christmas Eve bubble bar, the Father Christmas bath bomb, and the infamous Twilight bath bomb. I believe of the three, Twilight is the only one that's available year round. They all smell amazing and I can't wait to try them out!

What are some of your favourite Lush products? I'm always wanting to try more!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set

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Today I've got another holiday palette to share with you all! This is the Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set for holiday 2014. One day when I was in Sephora I had swatched a few shades of this palette and for the next couple of weeks I couldn't get it off my mind! I eventually caved and went to buy it, and I also had a 10% off coupon that I got when I was upgraded to VIB, as well as a $50 mall gift card, so this palette only cost me around $23 of my own money for this! This set retails for $71 CAD.

This set includes an eyeshadow palette with 20 Amazonian clay eye shadows, a full size LipSurgence Lip Tint in Romantic, a full size LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Visionary, a deluxe sample of the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, a deluxe cheek stain in Muse, a deluxe Maracuja Oil, a deluxe Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay finishing powder, and a collector's travel bag! For all that you get in this set it really is an amazing value.

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set review swatches holiday 2014 cosmetics paletteIn this palette you get 20 beautiful neutral shadows. I love the colours in this palette as they range from mauve purpley tones, to warmer neutrals, to cool silvers and grays. You get 12 matte shadows and 8 shimmers, which as a matte shadow lover, I adore!
Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set review swatches holiday 2014 cosmetics palette (Left to Right: Palace of Versaille, Moulin Rouge, I Think I Cannes, My Own Cotes du Rhone, Boudoir Noir, Fall in Louvre, Provence Upon a Time, Eiffel For You, Too Haute to Handle, Bastille in the Night) Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set review swatches holiday 2014 cosmetics palette(Left to Right: Chantilly Lace, Merci You Later, No Champagne No Gain, Take on Bordeaux, French Riviera, C’est la Vie, Marseille the Word, Play Nice, On a Good Notre Dame, Le Cordon Bleu)
Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set review swatches holiday 2014 cosmetics palette (Left to Right: LipSurgence Lip Tint in Romantic, LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Visionary, Romantic with Visionary on top)

Here are a few looks I've created with the palette! It really is so versatile and it's been a lot of fun to play with so far!

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I haven't had the chance to play with the other products in the kit yet but if I end up loving any of them you can expect to see them in my monthly favourites! I thought I'd get this post up while the VIB sale was still on so you can get 20% off this set while you can!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

HAUL: Sephora VIB Sale + Bath and Body Works!

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sephora vib sale 2014 bath and body works winter nars train bleu anastasia dipbrow pomade kat von d tattoo liner This morning I headed to the mall for the Sephora VIB sale! I was upgraded to VIB-status only about a month ago so I'm so excited I was able to shop the sale this year! I've had a few items on my makeup wishlist that I've really wanted to try so I finally let myself buy them. My haul isn't too big but I also got a few items for Christmas gifts (which I will not be showing here in case any of my friends see!), and I'm really happy with the few things I did get. I also went to Bath & Body Works since they were doing 3 for $33.50 3-wick candles and I had a 20% off coupon and a gift card!

The first item I picked up from the VIB sale is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. I wear liquid liner on a daily basis and even though I don't need a new one right now I thought I'd buy this while I could get it on sale so that way next time I run out of liquid liner I can use this! I currently use the Kat Von D Ink Liner which is her felt-tip liquid liner pen (and I love it), but I'm constantly hearing people rave about this one, her brush-tip liner pen that I thought I'd give it a go!

The next product I got is actually my first NARS makeup product! As a fan of both a matte lip and a vampy lip, I had to get the infamous NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu! It's a super deep plum-burgundy that I can not wait to wear.

Lastly, it seems like everyone and their mothers uses and loves Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products, so I finally bought something from their range! I got the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Soft Brown. I wanted to try the Auburn shade but they were sold out, but when I swatched this it looked like it should work for me! I currently use the ELF Eyebrow Kit on my brows and though it works okay, sometimes I notice it smudging or fading by the end of the day. From what I've heard about the Dipbrow Pomade it's exactly what I'm looking for since it's smudgeproof, waterproof, and supposedly lasts all day! I can't wait to do my brows tomorrow and try it out!

I also picked up a Sephora brand sharpener because I left mine at my friend's house recently, and this pink one was too cute to pass up!

From Bath & Body Works I got three holiday candles. I've been good and haven't bought any candles since July, so I let myself get these with the gift card I had! All 3 only ended up costing me around $26 with my 20% off coupon - what a steal! I got the scents Pumpkin Gingerbread, 'Tis the Season, and Mint Mocha Bark. I can't wait to burn them this winter!

What's on your VIB sale wishlist? Or what did you get?
Any other holiday scents from Bath & Body Works I should check out?
I'd love to know in the comments below!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Best Matte Lipsticks at the Drugstore!

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maybelline color sensational creamy matte lipstick lust for blush mesmerizing magenta 
Ever since I first heard about these lipsticks a few weeks ago I've been searching my local drugstores high and low for them. I finally came across a display at WalMart (which was mostly sold out), but I managed to pick up two shades! The lipsticks I'm talking about of course are the new Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte lipsticks! 

The two shades I got were Mesmerizing Magenta (swatched left) and Lust for Blush (swatched right). Both shades swatched really smoothly and applied opaque. They also apply really nicely to the lips and don't pull or tug at all which some matte lipsticks are prone to doing. And even though while wearing them they feel really creamy on the lips, they still appear to be completely matte! Since they are a creamier formula they don't wear as long on the lips as some other drier matte formulas, but it's well worth it for the comfort of these, and they're super easy to touch up or reapply as needed. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more shades of these!

Have you tried these lipsticks? What shades should I buy next?

Monday, November 3, 2014

October Favourites 2014

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Can you all believe it's November already? Christmas is just around the corner now, it's crazy! October was probably the best month of 2014 for me though. I got to see some friends I hadn't seen in a while, I went to some really cool shows and events, and it was my 21st birthday on the 19th! Here are some of the items I loved throughout the month!

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle / I've had this on my makeup wishlist for literally years now and I finally got it this year for my birthday! I was planning on buying it soon anyways but I had mentioned to my mom how much I wanted it and she went out and got it for me! I've used it every single day since and it's just as beautiful as I've always dreamed of it being.

Milani Color Statement Lip Liner in All Natural / I'm very slowly becoming a lip liner person, and this one is something I've used constantly this month! Whenever I've done a nude lip I've used this as a liner and to fill in my lips beforehand and it's such a beautiful brown-pink nude! It also isn't too drying as some other lip liners I've tried are. I really want to try some other lip liners from this line!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen / This has become my go-to deep lip colour this month. It's a beautiful deep berry-burgundy-red. I love the formula of the NYX SMLC's as well since they're so long lasting and super matte!

Tarte Pin-Up Girl Blush Palette / I wrote a review on this palette a couple of weeks ago and I've been using it almost daily since I've gotten it. It's a gorgeous palette with 5 beautiful blushes. How could I go wrong?

MAC Nail Lacquer in Double Trouble / I picked this nail polish up when I was in Ohio this summer and I finally got around to using it! It's a gorgeous navy creme that's perfect for fall!

Equate Nail Polish Remover Dip / I've wanted to try something like this for a while, so when I saw this remover dip at Wal Mart for just over $2.00 I had to pick it up! It's basically a tub filled with a sponge soaked in nail polish remover and you just dip your polished fingers into the sponge to remove your nail polish! So quick and easy, I'm really glad I got this!

Buffer Festival / Lastly, my favourite thing of all this month was Buffer Festival. Buffer Festival is a YouTube film festival that took place in Toronto over the weekend of the 17th-19th (which was also my birthday weekend). I went to Buffer last year and really enjoyed it, and this year I was hired as the graphic designer for the festival so I got to see a bunch of things I designed all around Toronto and it was really, really cool. I made a little post about it on my design/photography blog here if you want to see some of the work I did! It was a really incredible weekend though.

What were some of your favourite things in October?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Julep Maven Box | October 2014

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Happy Halloween everyone!! For this month's Julep Maven box, I chose the Core Classics box. This box containted the Bare Face Cleansing Oil, Konjac Cleansing Sponge, and the Blank Canvas Mattifying Face Primer. Since I'm still on a nail polish buying ban, I decided to use up my saved up points to get this box (so it cost me $0!) and try some of Julep's skincare products. The box also contained a little packet of candy corn for Halloween! So far I've only used the Bare Face Cleansing Oil and the Blank Canvas primer, so I'm still trying these products out, but I thought I'd share what I got! If I end up really loving any of these products, expect to see them in upcoming Monthly Favourites posts I do!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Top 10 Fall Lipsticks

10 fall lipstick picks 10 fall lipstick picks For me, fall makeup is all about a bold, vampy lip. So today, I thought I'd share with you 10 of my favourite fall lip colours! These vary in textures, formulas, and prices - ranging from very affordable products to some more high end products. The key to wearing shades as bold as these is to prep your lips beforehand by exfoliating and applying a balm. I usually remove the balm before applying these so they don't slip around, but it helps to create a smooth base for application. My personal favourite texture for bold lip colours is matte. Mattes create a really bold, dramatic look, and also the drier matte formula makes for a longer lasting lip colour as well as reduces smudging and slipping of the lip colour!

From left to right these are: OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia, Kat Von D Vampira, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen, MAC Studded Kiss (LE), Rimmel Kate Moss 107, MAC Rebel, Rimmel Kate Moss 09, Illamasqua Box, Essence Adorable Matt!, and Revlon Raspberry Bite.

The shades I've chosen range from more pink and berry shades, to deep reds and plums. I love playing around with these products and bold colours this time of year and can't wait to use these all season! Let me know in the comments what your favourite bold and vampy lip products are!