December & January Empties

Hey folks! I’m back this week with my very first empties post and I am super excited about it! Doesn’t talking about empties sound so much more fun than blogging about empties? 😉

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So, which of the products have you tried? Which did you love? I’d love to hear your thoughts, please leave me a comment! Happy Shopping!

Items:

Julep Love Your Bare Face Cleansing Oil

Sephora Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Eyeshadow Primer

Benefit they’re real! remover

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe

Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien

MAC Lipglass in True Tease

 

5 Minute Face #3

Hey folks, sorry I missed my usual day of posting yesterday. Let’s blame it on taking extra time off for my birthday. 🙂

Anyways, today I have my third 5 Minute Face for you. And it’s styled in my favourite colour: purple! I wanted to show that you can have a bright look in under 5 minutes as well.

Hope you like the purple look. Would love to hear from you, please leave me a comment. Happy Shopping!

Products Used:

Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original

Eyeko Eyebrow Gel (no longer available)

Provici Matte Eyeshadow in Hyacinth

MAC Brush 213

L’Oreal Infallible® The Super Slim by Infallible Black eyeliner

Buxom Lash Mascara

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in Fair

Too Faced Melted Metal Lipstick in Melted Metal Violet

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!

Smashbox Spring Edit palette

Hey folks, a couple of weeks ago I picked up the Smashbox Spring Edit palette and here’s some of my thoughts about it.

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While I really love the palette, I’m going to start with a couple of complaints. One, it doesn’t come with any brushes. The sales lady at Shoppers made the comment that it would be perfect for travelling when I bought it but you still need to pack brushes so, it isn’t.

Secondly, it has a magnetic closure which is fine if it’s just sitting in the makeup drawer but if you use it for travelling then you want something that’s not going to come open in your suitcase/purse.

Here’s two eyeshadow looks that I’ve created with the palette:

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This one I used the pink in the inner third, the gray in the middle third and the purple on the outer third. (liner is MAC Fluidline in Avenue)

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Here the pink is the inner half and the gray is the outer half. I used the purple smudged underneath my lower lashes.(Again, liner is MAC Fluidline in Avenue – it’s my go-to fav)

 Just a couple of comments about the colours. They are all highly pigmented and go on really well. The light pink colour is more of a peach but is still really gorgeous. On to lip colours:

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This is the Panoramic Pink Lip Enhancing Gloss. It mostly just added alot of shine, not really any colour. Good, smaller size, easy to throw into your purse. [On a side note, I never really noticed that my lip is not symmetrical until today. Weird, eh? I assure you, I am not sneering.]

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This is the Inspiration lip colour. It looks like a mess because I couldn’t find my lip brush and had to smear it on with my finger. Again, a brush in the palette would’ve been handy. It is a pretty, bright pink, slightly on the matte side.

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And here’s Inspiration with the Panoramix Pink Lip Enhancing Gloss over it. I like the shine that it adds.

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This is the Primrose lipstick. It’s a nice peachy nude that’s also slightly on the matte side.

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Here’s Primrose with the Panoramix Pink Lip Enhancing Gloss over it. This is my favourite colour combo. A little bit of colour but shiny and not overwhelming. I think I’ll be wearing this quite a bit.

Overall, I really like this palette and will probably be using it alot over the summer. I’ll let you know if I actually pack it when I leave the city, it will probably mostly stay in my makeup drawer.

Happy Shopping!