Totally Random Friday – Oct 9

Hey folks. I love doing the Fashion Fridays lately but I thought I’d change it up this week with a Totally Random Friday post. I’ve been seeing some cool things for sale and with Christmas less than three months away, we should all start putting together our lists. Santa, start taking notes!

  1. Kate Spade bedding: The queen of bold colours in simple styles has added a new bedding collection. The colourful but classy pieces can be found on the website here.

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2. All the 80s girls will remember Jem and the Holograms. With the live-action movie set to debut on Oct 23, Sephora has announced a makeup collection including an eyeshadow palette, a lipgloss set, a lipstick and a compact. This limited edition collection has no official release date yet but I’ll be sure to let you know. I definitely need this lipgloss set and the lipstick. Check out the rest of the sneak peek at Temptalia.

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3. Black, black and black seem to be the top three choices of colours for winter jackets so I applaud Banana Republic for putting out this mint coloured one. While I don’t think it would be any match for Winnipeg winters, it would be nice to have a second coat for nice(r) winter days.

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4. I did this post a few weeks ago about which wraps I was loving from the fall Jamberry catalogue. Well since then, they’ve added two glow-in-the-dark wraps to their Halloween collection. The one posted below is Glowing Ghouls.(Psst, keep your eyes peeled for some special Jamberry news being posted soon!)

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5. Disney has released it’s Fairytale Designer Collection which is clearly aimed at adult Disney suckers like me. The elegant items include clothing, mugs, bags and four sets of limited edition dolls priced at $140CDN per set.

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Check out all the dolls and their release dates on the Disney Store blog here.

Are you starting to think about your Christmas lists? Any plans for Thanksgiving? Happy Shopping!

Sephora Favorites: Draw the Line Review

I just received my VIB membership earlier this month from Sephora and with it comes a 10% off coupon. You know me and coupons… that baby was burning a hole in my pocket so I headed to Sephora yesterday and picked up the Sephora Favorites: Draw the Line eyeliner sampler and Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub (which is amazing – review to come soon!).

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I recently ran out of liquid eyeliner and while pencils are ok, they are not my favourite. With this package, I could try out two new liquid eyeliners and four pencils, all of which I’ve never tried before but heard good things about.

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Sephora’s website says:

What it is:
An essential, multi-branded eyeliner kit with six coveted liners.

What it does:
Flick, layer, sweep, or smudge on liner looks with this set’s liquid or pencil formulas. This must-have eyeliner features six eyeliners—including three full-size liners—for a number of eye looks. This eyeliner set lets you explore a selection of Sephora’s bestselling brands and formulas, including Kat Von D’s Deluxe Tattoo liner in Trooper, a liquid black liner with a brush allows for precise pigmented application; a deluxe Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear in Black; a full-size Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Sumatra; a full-size stila smudgestick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray; a full-size of tarte’s lights, camera lashes precision longwear eyeliner in Black and a deluxe, 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Vice.

 

IMG_6954.JPGSo, the swatches from L-R are: Stila Cosmetics Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray; Tarte lights, camera lashes precision longwear eyeliner in Black; Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper; Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear in Black Lace; Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Vice; and Smashbox Cosmetics Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Sumatra.

All of the liners went on very smoothly and came off easily with Julep Bare Face cleansing oil (my makeup remover of choice). I was surprised, however, at the grayness of the Kat Von D liner (third from the left). I had always gotten the impression that this one was the best and the blackest and yet it seemed a little washed out when swatched next to the others. It did seem to have the best control out of all of them and as you can see, it was the thinnest line. I loved the tarte liner immediately. It was extremely black and the tip was flick-y and I could tell it would make an amazing cat-eye.

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Sephora quotes the box as a value of $106. I did the math (cuz I’m a geek like that) and came up with $107.50, so I’m glad that the value isn’t too far off. If you were to buy each of these liners in full size, it would be $132 plus taxes, so even though only three of the products are full size, the others are a decent size. At $36, I think this is an amazing value and am super glad I picked this up.

Have you tried any of these liners? I’d love to hear about your experience. Happy Shopping!

Urban Decay Vice 3 Challenge – Looks 4 & 5

So first of all, I want to apologize for not posting these on Friday like I said I would. The end of the week was crazier than I anticipated not to mention that I didn’t get a fifth look put together last week. I tried to play with the blue shadows and just ended up with a mess and late to work. Experimenting during the week doesn’t always work out. Anyways, I hope you like looks 4 and 5 and that they were worth waiting for.

Look 4:

I have the Maybelline Nude palette, which I love but these four shades from Vice 3 have become my go-to for when I need a nude look.

 Other products include: Anastasia Dipbrow in Taupe, So Susan Universal BlushSmashbox Full Exposure mascara and Julep Fluid Eyeglider eyeliner.

Look 5:

Somehow the top two shadows look way orange. Prolly the light in my bedroom this morning when I took the pictures.

I really love this look. It’s definitely going in my regular rotation. Other products include Wet n’ Wild Face Primer (purchased at Rexall) and Benefit blush in SugarBomb.

 

So those are my five looks. Head to Rebekah’s Instagram to view her five looks. I feel like we could totally do this challenge a second time. I probably only used about 2/3 of the shadows and didn’t touch any of the blues or greens in the palette.

Which was your favourite look? Happy Shopping!

Feature image borrowed from Temptalia

Urban Decay Vice 3 Challenge – Looks 1 – 3

Hey folks! Rebekah and I are doing a challenge this week: using makeup we already own instead of buying something new. So we are each bringing five looks that we created using the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette to show you how versatile it is and prove to ourselves that what we own can be just as good as something new.

Look 1:

  Here is my first look using Lucky on the inside corner, Reign on the outside corner and Vanity patted over the lid. This picture also remind me to stop taking pictures in fluorescent lighting even if there’s a window.

 I’m also wearing Anastasia Dipbrown in Taupe, Benefit blush in Dandelion and Burt’s Bees lipgloss in Autumn Haze.

Look 2:

I especially love this look. I’m addicted to pink eyeshadows and this palette has a great trio to creating a bright look.

 Also wearing: So Susan Universal Blush, Julep Fluid Eyeglider and Smashbox Full Exposure mascara.

Look 3:

  My final look for this post is a neutral smoky eye, perfect for daytime.

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Rebekah is posting her looks on Instagram. Check them out here. I’ll be back on Friday with the last two looks. Happy Shopping!

Beauty Products to Take on a Hot Vacation

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing the word, “Mexico” come out of my mouth by now. Although, from the title of this post, you should’ve guessed I was going to talk about the trip again. I thought I would share with you what I took to Mexico for beauty products and what I used and what could’ve been left at home.

Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. I took three different types of sunscreen. As someone who is very fair, I burn like crazy and I get sun/heat stroke. Double whammy! It means I’ve always got a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen on. First, I picked up Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 for my face. For my (and my husband’s) pale body, I picked up a Life Brand sunscreen in SPF 30 and a spray sunscreen also in 30. I wanted to be sure we were covered heat to toe. Lucky for both of us, we just lightly toasted – no burns or heatstroke to worry about!

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My no-makeup, sunscreen-lathered face… and a waterfall.

I took makeup for evenings out and thought maybe I would put some on for day time. But between sweating and dips in the pool, I never bothered to put on any (other than sunscreen) during daylight hours. It just wasn’t worth it. I also don’t own any waterproof mascara, which if you are a mascara addict, I would insist on.

I did do up my face for evenings out but even that felt not worth it some evenings. The lights were all really low (tons of mood lighting, even in the hotel rooms) and most people were getting pretty drunk by dinner and wouldn’t notice either way. lol

I also put Jamberry wraps on my nails the night before I left so I didn’t have to drag along polish and remover and I’m really glad I did that. Even though some peeled off before the end of the week, it was still nice to have something on my nails. I was also able to paint the wrap-less nails when I arrived home and it still looks nice:

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Jamberry nail wraps in Cheetah-Licious and China Glaze in Don’t Honk Your Thorne

I also purchased this great makeup bag at Target before I left. It’s part of the Kiera Orly collab. I loved the print and the two large zippered compartments that were large enough to hold multiple eyeshadow palettes as well as the small brush compartment in the middle. It was perfect for this trip:

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One side for lotions, shampoos, conditioner, makeup remover, deodorant, emergency Tide, etc.

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One side for makeup.

Things I’m glad I took:

Urban Decay Vice 3 palette: this was great, had lots of different combinations for a smoky eye, neutral eye and colourful looks.

So Susan Universal Blush (review here): This was a good choice as it worked well for both night and day is pretty compact.

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer: always a must

Teeez Easy On The Eyes Eyeliner (review here)

bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara (full review coming soon)

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara: great for evening!

Makeup wipes: I didn’t want to take a bunch of face products with me so I opted for makeup wipes – easy to use and dispose of when finished with them.

Things that could’ve stayed home:

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette: Since I this is my go-to day palette and I hardly ever wore makeup during the day, this wasn’t really used during the trip.

NYX milk pencil: This was to use with the Naked 3 palette and since it didn’t come out much, neither did this pencil.

Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast and Physician’s Formula Organic wear®100% Natural Origin FakeOut™ Mascara: two mascaras were more than enough, I did not need to bring four

amika dry shampoo: Since it was warm and humid and our hotel rooms did not have hair dryers, my hair just frizzed like crazy. Dry shampoo seemed ridiculous in hindsight as it was in a ponytail almost all the time.

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One of the few pics of my hubby and I all dressed up for dinner.

Overall, I don’t feel that I overpacked. Are you going on vacation? What makeup are you planning on taking? Happy Shopping!

Winter 2014 Luxe Box

With the craziness of Christmas and Mexico, I keep forgetting about my Winter Luxe Box. So now I’ve had it over a month and I still haven’t tried all the products AND I’ve given some away. Saying that, overall I was very happy with the products this month and the value on my box.

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So here’s a breakdown of the products:

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Profoundly Purple NICOLE BY OPI

Sample Size: $3.99 / 3.75 ml

DESCRIPTION

This deep eggplant has soulful beauty. Nicole by OPI puts salon quality at your fingertips…from the colorful world of OPI.

I never get tired of purple nail polish. I’m sure I have a dupe in my collection for this colour but that didn’t dampen my excitement on getting another one. I’m getting enough minis that I should put them in my desk at work for emergency manicure situations. This one ended up going to my mother. She loves vampy purples even more than I do!

Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser SUKI SKINCARE

Sample Size: $10.95 / 30 ml

DESCRIPTION

the suki® difference: : our soft sugar crystals (sanding sugar) provide both granular & AHA cell renewal without tearing skin. granules melt into skin to help lift toxins & dead cells for safe & effective deep cleansing. 

solution: helps smooth & even skin tone, reducing the appearance of dull, dry skin build-up, signs of most blemishes & flare-ups. addresses aging concerns & jumpstarts collagen production while rejuvenating the complexion.

This sample size was perfect to take to Mexico with me. It smelled great and was an excellent exfoliator and face wash. Slightly oily after but very mild, not greasy.

 

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Eyelash Curler LOOSE BUTTON

Retail Value: $20.00 / Full Size

DESCRIPTION

Give your lashes their biggest curl and best volume ever with our Loose Button eyelash curler.

I like that the Luxe Box includes a Loose Button tool. Last quarter, the fan brush was one of the few redeeming qualities of the box. But I’m not big on an eyelash curler. I’ll keep it and I might try it again but it’s not going to be a go-to tool.

 

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Ruby Murray Moisture Matte Lipstick BUTTER LONDON

Retail Value: $25.00 / Full Size

HOW TO USE

 Full coverage, ultimate colour payoff in a velvety matte finish.  Specialized pigments extend colour wear. Long-lasting, non-drying formula does not feather or bleed.  Revolutionary gel-capsule technology delivers colour and moisture for smooth, silky application and maximum comfort. Triple Butter Complex is used for rich, creamy, lasting moisture – Mango Seed Butter, Murumuru Seed Butter, and Cupuacu Seed Butter

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I chose not to upgrade to the full size for an extra $10. I did like the sample but probably not enough to buy it. The matte finish was nice and the colour was long-lasting but I found it to be drying and I wanted to put on lipgloss after about an hour. Flattering colour though.

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Hydro Cool Firming Face Gels for Smile Lines SKYN ICELAND

Sample Value: $8.75 / 2 Gel Patches

DESCRIPTION

Turn back the clock by visibly filling in smile lines for up to 24 hours, with this intensive weekly treatment that delivers instant wrinkle erasing results–without a needle in sight. In just ten minutes, these peptide-packed transdermal patches infuse deep facial creases with a concentrated dose of line-plumping ingredients to firm, tone and flatten expression lines you have, while preventing future ones from forming.

I put these on one night while watching Gilmore Girls (again, on Season 6 now).

Obviously I look dead sexy. It was a neat product but I didn’t really notice any difference in my laugh lines after one use. Maybe with multiple uses but at $35 for 8 patches, it’s unlikely I will be purchasing this product.

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Lip Crayon BURT’S BEES®

Retail Value: $9.99 / Full Size

DESCRIPTION

Introducing six creamy, full-coverage shades of matte lip color in a modern crayon. Lightweight moisture for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil. It’s color that truly cares for your lips!

*Creamy matte color and moisture-rich wear *For everyday wear either alone or layered under a Lip Gloss or Lip Shine *Precise application in a playful form without the hassle and mess of sharpening *No added flavor or fragrance *Hydrates and moisturizes lips, leaving them feeling soft and smooth

I loved the pencil. It was soft and creamy and went on well. And then I would wipe it off because the colour wasn’t right for me. Luckily I have a friend who I knew it would look amazing on, so I gave it to her. I’ll have to pick up another colour now that they are released in stores. (Read Julie from Swatch and Review’s post on all six colours here)

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Perk Up Dry Shampoo AMIKA

Sample Value: $10.00 / 30 ml

DESCRIPTION

Freshen dirty hair, create extra volume, and extend your beautiful blowout with a touch of amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo. The only dry shampoo on the market with no aluminum and no talc, once you try it you’ll never go back to your old stuff.

I love dry shampoo. I’ve found ones that I liked better than others but none that I’ve hated, so this product is a win for me. This is one of the nicest smelling dry shampoos that I’ve used. And it’s a very light formula. There’s also no white powder finish that there traditionally is with dry shampoo. I will definitely be buying this.

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Clinical KP Treatment Cloths PAULA’S CHOICE

Sample Size: $14.00 / 10 cloths

DESCRIPTION

Wipe your KP woes away. And banish “bacne”, too. These easy-to-use keratosis pilaris wipes get rid of those little red bumps (aka chicken skin) and reveal smooth, even skin anywhere on the body.  

 Treats keratosis pilaris, acne breakouts, and redness

  • Combines 8% lactic acid and 2% salicylic acid to reduce and potentially eliminate bumps and breakouts

I have those bumps on the back of my arms… at least I thought I did until I went to look and realized they aren’t there anymore. Then I wondered about two things: (1) when did they go away? and (2) when was the last time I looked at the back of my arms?? Now not sure what to do with these… I’ll check the backs of my friends’ arms and see if anyone else can use them.

According to this, that puts my Winter Luxe box value around $80 CAD, which is pretty good. I paid $26 plus taxes, which comes to $29.12.

Sorry for the number of pics from the Luxe Box website. I gave some things away before I took pictures of them. And it’s so dark in the evenings that the few pics I took aren’t that great anyways. I promise to do better!

If you are interested in signing up for Luxe Box, I would love it if you would use my referral link here. Next quarter they are promising Benefit products, I’m really looking forward to that! Happy Shopping!

Review of Topbox’s Limited Edition LOULOU 10th Anniversary Collection

As most makeup collectors and beauty bloggers, I am a sucker for limited editions. And special packaging. And trial sizes. So when Topbox added all these things together in a Limited Edition LOULOU 10th Anniversary Collection box, I knew I had to get it.

IMG_5063.PNG I don’t normally subscribe to Topbox but I love checking out their limited edition boxes. I previously purchased their Flare and Sally Hansen one in the spring (which I just realized, I never took pictures of… whoops).

In this box was some items I am super excited to use. So, onto the products! IMG_5110.JPG

B.Kamins Bio-Maple Maple Sugar Body Scrub (12 g) $3.50 – Looking forward to trying this out. Plus, it’s made in Canada.

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Barefoot Venus Assorted Shea Butter Hand Cream (60 mL) $6 – This smells like a trip to the beach, which is nice. I don’t feel there’s a lot to say about it. It’s lotion, I’ll use it. When researching the cost of the product, I found out it’s also made in Canada, which I always like. Check out their webpage for a retailer near you.

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essie sleek stick™ (full size) ~$10: I’ve  tried these before and not been a big fan. I’m sure I’ll wear them sometime but I’m not totally excited about this product.

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essie Under The Twilight nail lacquer (full size) ~$10: This is a gorgeous navy/purple cream with crazy amounts of shine. It lasted a couple of days with no topcoat. I think this will get a lot of wear, it is a perfect colour for winter.

IMG_5126.JPG Eyeko Black Magic Mascara (4 mL) $13 – This was one of the products I was excited to try from the get-go. It is gorgeous and does exactly what mascara should do: It lengthens and the staying power is great.

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MeMeMe – Elegant Eyes Eyeshadow Trio (full size) $8 – Keeping with the winter-colour theme of the box, this purple/gray/black eyeshadow trio is great for making a smoky eye. The colours have good staying power and show up pretty brilliantly. My only complaint would be, there was lots of dust leftover after using the colours and that always feels wasteful when eyeshadows do that. Here is the colours blended into a smokey eye: IMG_5078.JPG Love this combo! IMG_5105.JPG

OSiS+ Session Label Dust It Flex Mattifying Powder (10 g) $20 – I have tried several dry shampoos over the last year and so far OSIS powders have been my fav. The powders tend not to smell as much as the ones in aerosol cans and I find them easier to apply. I don’t notice much of a difference between this powder and the other OSIS one but I like this product and will definitely use it all.

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philosophy hope in a jar moisturizer for all skin types (7 mL) $10 – This stuff is lovely. Out of all the things in the box, this might be the one thing I buy again after. It smells like you’ve been to the spa and works great. My skin feels moisturized but not oily. And you only need the amount of a pea for your whole face so even this sample has lasted a couple of weeks.

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Teeez Easy On The Eyes Eyeliner – Black (full size) $13 – This is a great liquid liner. It stays all day, even after work and bootcamp. It reminds me a lot of the Eyeko The Skinny liner . Here I’ve pair all three eye makeup items from this box: the mascar, liner and the eyeshadow.

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Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto Eau De Parfum (1.5 mL) $3.50 – I never actually received this. I got an email a couple of days before it shipped telling me this wasn’t in my box and telling me that they would send two samples along later. Which is great if I like it…. but not so great if I’m not crazy about it. So, I guess we’ll see.

So, you’ve seen the dollar amounts next to each description. I paid $35 plus taxes for this and the total dollar value for the products I received is $97. Add that to the four issues of LouLouMagazine that I will receive in the mail and the value of this box increases to $105, which is a great deal. You can also choose to get a digital subscription for a year (8 issues) instead of the 4 print issues or you can send the subscription to a friend. Overall, I am really happy with this box. Head over to Topbox and get your own before they ship on Nov 17th. Happy Shopping!

Fall 2014 Luxe Box Review

I feel like a lot of my blog is, “Oh my goodness!, I totally love that product. You should try it. This is amazing. You should try it. I totally recommend this.” etc, etc, etc. This is one post where I am not happy.

My fall Luxe Box was HUGELY disappointing. After such great spring and summer boxes, I was a little pissed when I opened my box. Then I decided they must’ve missed something and I would email them and they would send whatever I was missing along and it would be okay. Then I checked my dashboard.

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No, I wasn’t missing anything. All I could think was, are you kidding me? I got dollar store lotion and a travel-sized hair spray?? What’s luxe about that? And Burt’s Bees? That I could find at the drug store. It was hard for me to even try these products to write this review. But here goes:

Fan Brush LOOSE BUTTON

Retail Value: $18 (Full Size)

This brush is designed to dust, wipe, and redistribute powders along your features making it the perfect tool for all the finishing touches. The flat fan shape allows for even and soft definition, as well as, fanning away excess product, such as, eye makeup fallout.

I’ll probably use this for the latter suggested use rather than the former. I’ve always thought about buying one so I’m fairly happy with this product. It probably won’t be the most used brush I own but it’ll come in handy sometimes and that reason only is worth having it in my collection

Aqua Cream AMARTE

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Sample Value: $10.00 (5 mL)

Aqua Cream® is designed to deliver a smooth radiant glow. This antioxidant-rich rejuvenating moisturizer with 1% retinol uses the botanical ActivExtract® arbutin to enhance clarity through melanin reduction. Functional organic ingredients control skin’s oil-moisture balance and increase softness. 

This is actually almost gone. I really liked it and I think I’ve seen some improvement in my skin while using it. That being said, it smells like it has some kind of citrus oil and I’m allergic to orange oil so prolonged use probably wouldn’t be suggested. I definitely got more than 10 uses out of this sample size. With this a little went a really long way.

Aqua Veil Pure Hydration Serum AMARTE

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Sample Value: $4.30 (5 mL)

Aqua Veil® Pure Hydration Serum is a light and fresh hydrating serum. Rich in natural herbs and intensive moisturizing ingredients, this deeply hydrating formula optimizes skin’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.  A visible magic-water veil is formed immediately upon application with resultant coolness and softness.

I haven’t tried this, simply because i wanted to see the results of the two serums separately. I’ll let you know how it is.

Universal Blush SO SUSAN

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Retail Value: $17.50 (Full Size)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

A micronized, jet-milled blush that works with your skin’s natural chemistry to create a universal healthy flush that is flattering on all skintones. Made with Buriti Fruit Oil to repair the epidermis and improve skin elasticity. No Mineral Oils, No Phthalates, No Animal By-Products, Fragrance-Free, With Buriti Fruit Oil & Pink Kaolin Clay, Hypoallergenic, Non-comedogenic.

This is a nice blush. It’s sheer but easily buildable and lasts most of the day. It has a bit of a shine to it that I’m not completely crazy about. The first time I put it on, I put powder over it to get rid of some of the shine but the second time I wore it, I just tried to rock it. It could be more like a shimmer vs. a shine but it’s not my favour blush finish. I’d be interested to see reviews from anyone who can compare this to the Nars Orgasm blush, which is also supposed to be universal and is well-loved.

Lip Gloss in “Ruby Moon” BURT’S BEES®

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Retail Value: $12.99 (Full Size)

Rich, pearlized colour combines with natural oils rich in nutrients to leave your lips soft, shiny and 100% naturally beautiful. Available in 12 gorgeous shades.

This is nice. The colour is a really deep berry and perfect for this season. I probably will end up wearing it a few times. But overall, the product does not blow my skirt up. It also has a little bit of a woody smell, you know, like when your lipstick is starting to go off but not quite there yet. I’ve never tried Burt’s Bees before so maybe all their products smell like this, I’m not sure.
AG Hair – High & Dry MATTE VOLUME AND FINISH SPRAY

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Sample Value: $8.00 (50 mL)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

AG’s all new High & Dry is a versatile, high-grip, spray that infuses hair with natural lift and a matte texturized finish. The non-powdery and non-sticky spray creates the perfect balance of volume and texture.

So, I haven’t tried this yet. But really, it’s a hairspray. That I’m pretty sure I saw on sale at Chatters the other day.
Tropical Scents Body Lotion LILA GRACE

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Sample Value: $4.00 / 65 ml

Keep your skin feeling silky soft and delightfully scented with this moisturizing body lotion that takes you away to the tropics.

This is the product I’m pissed about. I googled it and you can buy it at Kohl’s in the US. Imo, that’s like saying you can pick it up at Winners here. It’s not exactly a high-end product. It’s like a gift that your great-aunt buys for you at Christmas time cuz she saw it and forgot you aren’t 14 anymore. This particular scent smells just like your great-aunt too.

So, that was my review of my Luxe Box. Extremely disappointing from my perspective. Nothing I would buy again. According to Luxe Box, the value of my box was just about $75. Which is below the previous boxes at $83 (Summer) and $90ish (Spring).  According to me, it was barely worth the $25 + GST that I paid for it. All this being said, two outta three ain’t bad. So I’m going to wait and see what Christmas brings.

If this has somehow inspired you to buy a Luxe Box subscription, I’d love for you to use my referral code here.

Happy Shopping!

Makeup box subscriptions

So, 2014 seems to be the year that I’m dabbling in the world of box subscriptions. I’ve been a magazine subscription junkie (up to 8 at once) but this is new to me. Right now I’m only subscribed to Julep and Luxe Box but I’ve been eyeing up some others. Here I’ll go over the two that I receive and talk about a couple of others that look interesting but I haven’t tried.

First of all, there’s Julep. Julep is a nail polish company (that is also dabbling in beauty products) and has a monthly subscription box. The box retails for $24.99 USD and there is no shipping costs. On the 20th of each month, Julep opens the Maven reveal and Mavens (subscribers) can view the items available for each box and pick one of the styles that suits them. It’s usually one beauty product and two polishes or three polishes or two full-sized beauty products. The styles are named: It Girl; Boho Glam; Classic with a Twist; Modern Beauty; and Bombshell. When I take their quiz, I fall in the “It Girl” category but I’ve taken boxes in all the categories over the last five months.

There seems to be a love-hate relationship going on with Julep and their customers right now. People seem to love their products but hate the company they came from… weird. Julep admits that they’ve grown too fast in the last six to 12 months and are trying to catch up with demand. Which means they have problems. Problems like boxes taking weeks to get to Mavens (subscribers) or boxes having incorrect or missing items in them or all three problems. So far, Julep has been pretty good to me. Yes, my boxes take ages to arrive (usually three weeks, just before the new Maven window opens). I had a broken polish a couple of months ago and Julep replaced it, no problem. I’m missing some polishes this month and I have no doubts they will send out the polishes promptly.

Here are some photos of my boxes but apparently I didn’t start taking photos of my boxes until July:

July box: The Poolside Collection

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August box: The Wanderlust Collection

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September box: The Art Walk collection

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I’ve also bought several beauty products, usually through add-ons and mystery boxes. I have  the face primer, the eyeshadow primer, the lip primer and the eyeliners, most of which I intend to review at some point. Overall they are good products and I like them. (Leave me a comment if you have one in particular you would like to hear about and I will do that one first.) If you are interested in trying your own subscription box to Julep, I’d love for you to use my subscription referral link here. You can get your first Maven box free with the code FREECITY (but I think you have to pay shipping, which is minimal).

Next up is Luxe Box by Loose Button. This is a quarterly subscription (one every three months: March, June, Sept and Dec) and is one of the few Canadian subscription boxes out there. Apparently they used to be monthly but then switched to quarterly last year. I haven’t had any problems with Luxe Box at all. The price tag is $25 CAD plus tax  and I believe the value is in the products you get to try.

Here is my Spring 2014 Luxe Box (Read the full review here)

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And here is my Summer 2014 Luxe Box. (Read the full review here)

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If you wanna give Luxe Box a try, I would love it if you could use my referral code.

So those are the two I do try. Here’s some info on two that I’ve been debating.

Ipsy Glam Bag is a monthly makeup box for $10 (seems to me that Canadians also have to pay $5 shipping). I’ve been watching reviews for months now and they are seriously all over the place. Some people love their monthly bags and some people hate them. Three of my favourite beauty bloggers get the Ipsy bag consistently so if you were really interested you could head over and see what they thought about it: Rebekah at Lipsticks and Lullabies; Kalyn Lord; and Julie from Swatch and Review.

The last one I want to talk about isn’t really a subscription box and it isn’t about makeup. It actually doesn’t really belong here but I want to talk about it and it’s my blog. Popbasic puts out monthly(ish) micro-collections of three clothing and accessory items. I look at them every month and every month I talk myself out of buying it as there is one item in the box I have no use for. But I really loved the t-shirt and the black pencil skirt in the Jane Collection. And I’m still kicking myself over not purchasing the Paloma collection. And while I didn’t think I like the vegan leather skirt in the Ashbury collection, I’m sure I would’ve found a use for it. Shipping is apparently free for these collections (which sadly are all sold out). I would love to hear if anyone has shopped at Popbasic and hear their thoughts.

Any subscriptions boxes that you tried and loved? Or hated? Happy Shopping!

Mascara Review #2 – Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara

Mascara review number two is of the Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara.

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So, looking at the intial pictures, it would appear that this mascara is amazing and works great and should be in everyone’s makeup boxes. But really, I think it has a great marketing campaign and that’s about it.

The first few swipes were great, I was sure I was going to love this product and not be able to stop raving about it. But then my lashes started sticking out at weird angles and not looking nice. I grabbed my eyelash curler (which I hardly use) and tried to even them out by curling them. Then I took an old, clean mascara brush and tried to brush them out and that seemed to work, or at least even them. It’s hard to explain but the lashes didn’t want to go where they were supposed to go. And I hardly ever have that problem. Finally I got them looking halfway normal and snapped the pictures you see here. I feel like this is somewhat fraudulent representation because I haven’t used my eyelash curler or a different mascara brush for any of the other reviews. But dammit, I couldn’t go to work with crazy looking eyelashes!

So, anyways… halfway through the day I was fiddling with my eyelashes, which is something I do a lot since I got Lasik and don’t have to wear glasses anymore. And to my dismay, my mascara started to flake off. And because I am a picker (which is why I wear nail polish, to give my nails a chance to grow!), I had to see how much would flake off. Do you see how much is gone between the right eye vs the left eye?

Yikes. That’s a big difference. And I had seriously only put it on about six hours earlier.

Then I went to bootcamp and when I got home I realized most of my mascara was underneath my eyes. Not cool.

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It came off easy enough with makeup wipes which makes sense cuz there was hardly any left on my lashes at all.

Overall, I think this mascara layers well and is good for adding one last coat before heading out for a (short) night on the town but crappy for all day when you need it to last. Don’t waste your money. Happy Shopping!