Unboxing, BoxyCharm July 2018

Price: $21.00 USD (+$5.00 shipping to Canada)
Number of items: 4-5 full-size items

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box of full-size makeup, skincare and beauty tools. The theme for this month is “Roadtrippin”. Being in the middle of summer and it being absolutely gorgeous and warm weather I have been wanting to plan a fun summer road trip.

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ALL PRICES IN USD CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END

Farmacy Beauty Bright On Mask (made exclusively for BoxyCharm)
MSRP: $38.00 USD

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OH WOW! I’ve always wanted to try Farmacy Beauty but their products are so expensive! Luckily I get to test it out now with this mask. This is a vitamin C clay mask that turns from purple to green. This helps to remove impurities and buildup while improving skin’s brightness. I’ve been needing something like this for my skin because I have been breaking out lately.

Crown Brush Fuego Eyeshadow Collection
MSRP: $29.99 USD

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The pan sizes of this palette are pretty large and it does carry some weight (it’s 20g Net). Now, I’ll be honest, as someone who has a lot of palettes this one isn’t too exciting for me.

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The warm tones are beautiful and I did see some positive reviews for the palette but it’s not exciting for me. It would be something I would save to gift a friend who I know doesn’t have the same amount of makeup as I do.

Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara
MSRP: $24.00 USD

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I love mascaras with curved wands because they work the best on my lashes. I actually like the tube style packaging because then I can get to all the product inside.

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This has ingredients to condition and moisturize the lash. It’s also supposed to be clump-free, flake-free, smudge-proof finish and won’t dry out. I can’t wait to test it out!

Note Cosmetics Luminous Silk Compact Blusher
MSRP: $11.99 USD

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This is designed to work for all skin types, it’s a luminous, paraben free blush. This is a really nice compact. It comes with a cute little brush. This has argan oil.

I do really like the colour of this blush. It’s a pretty rose shade that I think will look very nice on.

Chella Beauty Eyebrow Cream in Tantalizing Taupe
MSRP: $26.00 USD

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I am loving this compact packaging. This is as big as a lip gloss but inside is a brush and eyebrow cream.  It’s actually great for on the go.

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I think this colour will work really well with my hair colour because it is a bit more cool tone. I usually don’t use eyebrow creams but ever since trying Clinque’s Pretty Easy Powder Brow product and liking it, I’m open to trying new formulas. You can see my review of Clinque’s Brow Product here.

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My Thoughts

Except for the eyeshadow palette which I will save for someone else, I’m so excited for everything in this box especially the Farmacy Mask because my skin needs it.  I think the brow cream will be great for travelling and The blush could really work on my skin tone.

Did you BoxyCharm this month? What was in your box?

Lots of love,
Dal

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Review, L’Oreal Blend Artist Infallible Foundation Blender Sponge

For the most part, I don’t stray away from using my Beauty Blender to apply foundation. I do at times use a foundation brush, which I will share soon but I gravitate more towards my sponge. What I like to do is pump foundation on to the back of my hand, then dot it over my face with my fingers. I then use a sponge to blend out the foundation.

I have tried a few other makeup sponges in the past that I have enjoyed including the Real Techniques Makeup Sponges and Sephora’s Makeup Sponges but I always go back to the Beauty Blender. I am always interested in trying new sponges because I don’t like spending close to $30 every time I need a new Beauty Blender.

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I was shopping in Walmart when I saw the L’Oreal Blend Artist Infallible Foundation Blender Sponge and I figured I would try it out. I put my Beauty Blender to the side and tested out the L’Oreal sponge exclusively for the last three weeks

What it is

A non- disposable, makeup sponge applicator with an exclusive plush material. Designed to be used for liquid and cream foundations it has an easy to grip shape and rounded edges for guaranteed effortless blending (amazon.ca)

Price

This is on Amazon.ca for $13.99 but I’m sure when I got it from Walmart it was about $10.00-11.00 CAD. This is about half of the cost of a Beauty Blender and I’m all about that!

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Application

If I compare the texture of this sponge to ones I’ve tried, I’d say it’s very close to the Beauty Blender. It’s very plush-like and porous which makes application of foundation very even. But unlike the Beauty Blender, it doesn’t appear to absorb too much of my liquid foundation and I get more mileage from one pump.

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As far as size goes, it’s about the same as my Beauty Blender Pro when dry. It expands a lot more than the Beauty Blender does when wet. Granted the pro blender that I’m comparing this to is a bit different from the original pink blender, but for side-by-side comparisons, I figured it was worth sharing. I think this makes it quicker for applying foundation because the surface area is greater.

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Now comparing the bounciness of the sponge, the L’Oreal sponge is not as squishy as the Beauty Blender but it’s soft enough that it bounces on my skin. I’ve tried sponges in the past that are just so hard you feel like your punching yourself with it. Not the case with this one, there is just enough give that it feels really comfortable when applying foundation.

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One thing I really like about the L’Oreal sponge is that the sides are indented. This makes it easy to grip and control. The tip of this is small enough that when I squeeze the top of the sponge I can get it to blend out foundation or concealer under my eyes.

It’s a bit too fat to get a sharp contour or highlight, but if you’re like me and prefer a more subtle or blurred-out look it’s great for that. I use my Beauty Blender in the same way so it’s not so different here.

My Thoughts

I’m pretty surprised at how much I like this sponge. I didn’t do any research before buying it so I didn’t know if this was going to be good or not. For the cost, I would feel comfortable buying this again. This is probably the best alternative to the Beauty Blender that I’ve tried so far and I might start to use this more than my Beauty Blender (at least switching the sponges back and forth so that I’m cleaning one sponge daily).

What beauty sponges are you enjoying lately? What recommendations for sponges do you have?

Lots of love,
Dal

Project Pan: 18 for 2018 Update #2

We are over half-way through 2018 and I’m here to share an update on my Project Pan. I meant to post this in June but as you probably know from my previous posts, it was a really busy month. Well, I’m here now and ready to share some updates! I will break down the items that have had the heaviest usage to the lowest.

If you wanted to read my original post you can here, and you can read my three-month update here.

Emptied Item!

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Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation. Hurray! I was able to empty this guy back in May! I even unscrewed this and started picking any product on the side and bottom that hadn’t pumped out.
Was 1/4 full, now empty!

Most Used Items (5-7 days a week)

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MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power. I really enjoy the colour of this blush and how it looks on me. I have been using other blush colours in between as I like more corals for summer but I still reach for this guy when I don’t want to think about it.
Was 7/8 full, now 3/4 full

Physicians Formula Super BB InstaReady Bronzer. I continue to work my way through this and I do notice a difference between the beginning of the year and now. I have used other bronzers in between since I do like a bit of a darker bronze in the summer.
Was 3/4 full, now 5/8 full

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in 220 Powerful (deluxe size). I threw this guy in my purse in the springtime and wore it every morning. I think I made a little dent but wow can I not seem to go through lipsticks!
Was 1/2 full, now 3/8 full

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Bite Beauty Multi-Stick in Almond (deluxe size) I switched to using this exclusively on my cheeks. At times I wear all cream products and I find this makes a beautiful blush.
Was 3/4 full, now 5/8 full

CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight (deluxe sample) In my Update #1 post I received a few suggestions to mix the drops with my foundation and I did. I really enjoyed the overall glow it gave my skin so I used it a few times. I also started using this more for a highlight on the cheeks and over the eyes so I think I’m making progress!
Was 7/8 full, now 3/4 full

Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Powder in 100 Teint tres Clair. I continue to use this powder to set my undereye or over an eye primer.  I think the logo is completely gone now but it still feels like there is so much even with regular use.
Was 7/8 full, now 3/4 full

Medium Use Items (2-4 days a week)

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Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay in Exposed (deluxe sample) Since I’m using the Cover FX drops as a highlight, I’ve neglected to use this as much. When I do use it, I tend to put it on all the high points of my face for an overall glow.
Was full, now 7/8 full

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector. I started using my mini blender to blend this under my eyes and I like it only slightly better but it’s still not my favourite formula so it’s difficult to use this.
Was 2/3 full, now 3/4 full

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Marc Jacobs Black Liner (deluxe size). Another item I don’t really enjoy but am trying to use up. I have put this in my waterline and as eyeliner to try and use this up. I think I’m making some progress.
Was 1/3 full, now 1/2 full

Smashbox Covershot in Golden Hour. I continue to see the three lightest shades get more and more empty since they are the ones I use the most often. The gold one is becoming my summer go-to colour.
Was 3/4 full, now 3/4 full

Least Used Items (0-1 days a week)

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Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Candy (deluxe size)  I wore this once just to check on the formula. I think it’s old so I’m not going to use it anymore.
Was 1/2 full, now 1/2 full

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish (deluxe size) I use this once a week when I’m pampering my skin to exfoliate my lips.
Was 2/3 full, now 2/3 full

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 611 Yogurt.  In April I was using this a little more frequently, but lately, I haven’t been wearing this at all. I’m going to try to be more conscious of that and wear this more!
Was 3/4 full, now 5/8 full

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Colourpop Lippie Pencil in Aquarius. I don’t wear enough lipstick to wear this lip pencil as often. I love the colour so sometimes I will wear it when I’m wearing my lipgloss.
Was 2/3 full, now 2/3 full

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace. I wore this once after my last post and I broke out around my lips. I think this guy is old which is a shame.
Was full, now full

Teeez Cosmetics Material Girl Lipstick in Hyped Taupe. I love this colour but it’s a bit deep for summer, so it’s being put on hold for now.
Was 7/8 full, now 7/8 full

Lost Item

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Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Lip Balm in Spilled Wine. I threw this in my purse and used it all the time but somehow this went missing in mid-May! I’m pretty sad because I really love this product and would have likely made good progress.
Was 2/3 full, now lost 😦

Thoughts

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I continue to work through my products and think I’m making OK progress. I guess I’ll never underestimate the size of a lot of makeup products because even with daily use it’s very difficult for me to get through anything.

Are you doing a Project Pan? What is your progress been so far?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Bye Bye Empties, June 2018

It is finally summer! Woohoo! The last few days in Toronto have been HOT and I love it! I’m naturally always cold so I enjoy being really warm. It’s been a busy month for work, but now that our move is done I can go back to focusing on more personal items. I have some fun stuff planned for July and depending on what I end up doing I might share some of them on the blog.

Last month I used up so many products that I wasn’t surprised I only had 5 empties for June. I still wanted to share them because then I can let you know my thoughts and I personally like to keep a record of it for myself too!

Skincare

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L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion. Last month I used up the brightening daily pads and this month I’ve used up day lotion. I’m sure next month I’ll use up the night cream and daily scrub that came in this range I received from Influenster. This has 30 SPF which isn’t high, but was still good for at least the winter and early spring when I was using this the most. Unlike a lot of creams I own this one didn’t absorb into my skin as quickly as others I’ve used, but it was really mositurizing and I did like the added sun protection. I do have other daily lotions I enjoy so I wouldn’t repurchase this one.

Yves Rocher Sebo Specific Ultra Clean Purifying Cream Cleanser. I used this maybe once a week whenever I wanted to deep clean my skin. It has a clay-like consistancy with little micro-exfoliants. I really did enjoy this so I would repurchase it.

Clinque Super City Block 40 SPF. Over the past few years I’ve been wearing this under my makeup to protect it in the sun. If you’re interested in a full review of this product you can read it here. The consistancy was a bit thick so I would mix a little bit of my moisturizer in this. Since first testing this product I’ve tried many other daily moisturizing sunscreens that I prefer, including one from Garnier which you can read about here. I won’t be repurchasing this.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate. According to Shiseido’s website this strengthens skin against daily damage and visible signs of aging for skin that’s 28% stronger in just 1 week. I always just think of it as a magical skincare product because it just works so well on my skin to enhance the effects of whatever moisturizer I wear. I feel like my skin feels a lot firmer whenever I use this. It’s a very nice serum. It’s a pretty expensive product, but I’ve been collecting little sample sizes of this so I still have a few more before I run out. One of these tiny 10ml bottles actually lasts me about two months because you don’t need to use to much.

Oral Care

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Marvis Toothpaste. For my birthday a few months back I asked for Marvis toothpaste and my cousins were sweet enough to get me a trial set of their different flavours (my pack had licorice, ginger, lavendar and various mint flavours). My first empty of this line is the Ginger Mint which I thought was really tasty! I don’t really like a lot of toothpastes because the mint in them can be harsh, but the mint taste in the Marvis toothpaste is stuble and the ginger flavour isn’t overbearing or spicy which I liked a lot. It leaves me with fresh breath and super clean feeling teeth. If you dislike most drugstore toothpaste you might enjoy these. I’m currently testing other flavours but I think I’m hooked for life and would continue to repurchase these.

So that’s it! Only five empties to share for the month, but I have a feeling I’ll have more for next month. What products did you use up in June? Ever have a month where you don’t use up as many items as you hoped?

Lots of love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, June 2018

It is gorgeous outside as I write this but it is so warm in Toronto! I love it! Although I received my BoxyCharm about a week and a half ago, I’ve been pretty busy so I finally made time to post this unboxing!

Price: $21.00 USD (+$5.00 shipping to Canada)
Number of items: 4-5 full-size items

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box of full-size makeup, skincare and beauty tools. The theme for this month is “Caribbean Queen”. The products are very Caribbean inspired and makes me feel summer vibes!

ALL PRICES IN USD CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END

Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Palette
MSRP: $28.00 USD

I am so in love with the packaging of this palette! It has 8 intensely pigmented shades, with colours that are inspired by Cuban beauty and culture. I swatched a few colours and thought they were so pretty and bold! I really can’t wait to start using this on my eyes.

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I’ll have to share a look on Insta when I do. Beside each shade, name is either a sun or water droplet symbol. All of them can be used dry, but the ones with a water symbol can be used with a wet brush.

Battington Monroe Silk Lashes
MSRP: $28.00 USD

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These are handmade 100% silk lashes which explains why they are so pricey. I probably would never pick them up, but I’m willing to try them since they came in my BoxyCharm. I think the packing is really nice on this too. The lashes themselves are really soft and look very natural looking.

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
MSRP: $10.00 USD

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I LOVE this cream! I have a large tub of this in my bathroom that I love using it all over my body. It leaves me feeling really hydrated. This contains a tiny amount of mica that when applied over the body gives a little glow (it looks like micro-sparkle). The scent of pistachio caramel is soooooo good! I love this little tub because I can take this with me when travelling!

Luxie 3 Piece Flawless Complexion 
MSRP: $42.00 USD

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I love Luxie brushes and I’m really excited to receive them in this month’s box! The 660 Precision Foundation Brush has less bristle density that makes it good for applying powder and liquid foundation to create a soft, diffused look. The 522 Tapered Highlighting Brush is really fluffy to apply highlight on the high points on the face. The 516 Duo Fiber Powder Brush is good for applying cream or powder products for a softer diffused look. Although the 522 and 516 look the same, the 516 does feel denser which is good for applying cream products. If I used cream blush I might like this more. I have a mineral foundation that I want to try the 660 brush with and I actually want to use the 516 to buff out eyeshadow to give me a softer look. I wish at least one brush was a bit larger to make it more suited for foundation application.

Jonteblu Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil
MSRP: $5.00 USD

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I love brown eyeliners and as I use up the one I currently have, I’m glad to have a new one ready as a backup. This is 100% vegan and waterproof.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Verona
MSRP: $21.00 USD

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With the bright eyeshadow that came in the palette, I can understand that BoxyCharm decided to add a nude lip colour. I like getting Ofra items because I would not necessarily buy anything from them although I hear really good things about their products. I think it’s because I’d rather go into a store and buy their products to test out and they don’t sell in any store I know of.

My Thoughts

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I am so happy with this box! It really stuck to the theme, offering items that remind me of the Caribbean.  I also like that I can create a look using the items offered. It was a really well thought out box! Total Value $134.00 ($176.29 CAD!)

Did you receive BoxyCharm this month? What was your favourite item from this box?

Lots of love,
Dal

Tarte Cosmetics Blush Bazaar Palette: Palette Collection Review Series

Although I really love blush I never had a variety of shades in my collection. I was getting tired of using the same two blushes (MAC’s Fleur Power Blush and Benefit’s Daisy Blush) so when Tarte Cosmetics put this holiday palette on sale I instantly picked it up.

Even if this limited edition holiday palette is no longer available, I know it won’t be long before Tarte releases another similar palette. Since this is the same Amazonian Clay formula as their full-size blushes, I figured it would also be a good way for me to review my thoughts on Tarte blushes as a whole.

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What it is

A ten-pan cheek palette (8 blushes and 2 highlighters) in a mix of warm and cool tones. This includes the Amazonian clay formula which the brand claims to increase longevity.

Price

This was originally $57.00 CAD, but I got it on sale for Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) for $19.58 CAD. When it comes to Tarte, I definitely suggest waiting until items go on sale because the discount is worth it. This has 0.84 oz of product. The pan diameter seems to be about the same as the deluxe size blush.

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Packaging

I love the Moroccan style theme that was part of the 2017 Holiday collection from Tarte. The pattern is so pretty. This is a circular palette that is about 4.5″ diameter, just slightly larger than the Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow palettes. It is a nice plastic packaging in reflective gold.

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There is a plastic sheet that separates the two sides of the palette. I like this packaging because when I open it up I can see all the different colours laid out in front of me.

Colour

I’m not crazy about blush colours being too wild so I like the variety of shades in this palette. There are bright corals and pinks but there are also subtle nudes and peaches as well.

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I really love the highlight colour whimsical as an inner corner highlight for the eyes.

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My favourite shade to wear is fortunate because the orange shade looks really pretty with any peach colour I wear on my eyes. I also like dainty because it comes out very natural on my cheeks. Even though some shades look really similar in the pan, they look different on the cheeks.

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Application & Wear

You really need to be careful with the application of these blushes because the pigmentation is very strong and it can be patchy if you don’t build them up slowly, especially with the brighter or darker shades. This happens to me with colours like endless. I use a very light hand with this palette and a really fluffy brush because I’d rather put a little and add more. Lighter shades like angelic are a bit more forgiving. When blended out well, these look so pretty on the cheeks. As they warm up against the skin, they seem to melt it so beautifully. It’s a very dry formula that can look powdery on the cheeks if you don’t take the time to blend it in. I like the way this applies on the cheeks though and I can see why so many people rave about the Tarte blushes.

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This wears very well on me, even better than my MAC blushes. I’ll notice at the end of a workday that this is still going strong.

The Breakdown

The Pros

  • natural looking shades
  • long lasting

The Cons

  • can be patchy if don’t build up slowly

My Thoughts

I’m happy that I have this palette because it gives me a variety of shades to choose from that work with the majority of looks I like to wear. It’s even better that I got this palette for such a good deal.

I was asking myself if I would get more blushes from Tarte now that I’ve tested out the formula. I don’t know I will. I’ve honestly got more blushes than I possibly need now and the formula on the cheeks didn’t completely blow me away that I would rush out to get more blushes.

Have you tried any Tarte blush products? What do you think of them?

Lots of love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox, June 2018

This last week has been so busy! My office moved locations and over the weekend I spent all of my time managing that. As the week progressed I was focused on ensuring the transistion to the new space went smoothly and people were happy. It’s left no time for me to really focus too much on the blog.

I’m back now, but I’m going to keep today’s post really short and sweet and share what I received in my Topbox. I have some reviews coming up which I’m excited to share and maybe some other fun personal items too!

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Price: $12.00 CAD (plus tax, free shipping) 4 items.

Topbox is a Canadian monthly beauty subscription service. Each month you have the option of getting a surprise box or to swap it for a prive box where all the products are from one brand or fall within a theme and you know what they are.

This month I opted for the Athleisure Derm box and I got it! These are gym ready kits that you can find at Shoppers Drug Mart that contain products designed to work with an active lifestyle. I think it’s great because whether you enjoy products made for pre and post gym care or know someone who does, it’s fun to pick up a set that you can throw into your gym bag!

Prices are in CAD

Avene Trixera Nutri-Fluid Cleanser
Full Size: $29.00 (400 ml), Deluxe Size: $7.25 (100 ml)

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You can use this for the face and body making it a great cleanser for after the gym. This is designed for dry to very dry sensistive skin. It hardly has a scent which I really like. I would use a product like this for vacation.

Avene Thermal Spring Water
Mini Size: $9.80 (50 ml)

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According to the description, this is good to sooth and cleanse the skin before exercising and cools and refreshes during your exercise and after. This sounds good for those hot summer days when you want to cool and refresh your skin as well.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Full Size: $15.50 (150 ml), Sample Size: $5.17 (50 ml)

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This is probably a staple for me for when I work out because I love using dry shampoo to refresh my hair afterwards. This is gentle on the hair because of the addition of oat milk and helps to volumize and add texture to the hair using absorbing micronized powders.

Elancyl Slim Design Night
Full Size: $60.00 (200 ml), Sample Size: $2.10 (7 ml)

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This little packet reduces the look of dimples and cellulite. I’m not sure how much you are supposed to apply every night but I’m hoping I might get about 2-3 nights worth of product in here if I’m being sparing with the product. We will see but I’m not sure I’ll see any major changes.

My Thoughts

I wanted this box and I’m really happy I got it. I mostly wanted it for the first three items I mentioned so I’m not too bothered that the Elancly cream is in a tiny packet. Total Value of my box;  $24.32

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Did you get Topbox this month? Have you tried any of the items mentioned above? Let me know your thoughts!

Lots of love,
Dal

Bye Bye Empties, May 2018

This is coming out a tad late but I figured I still wanted to share my empties for May 🙂

May was an amazing month! The weather has been gorgeously warm and sunny and it makes me so excited for summer!

June is going to be crazy hectic for me (which is partially why this is going up late). So much is happening at my work. We are moving our head office, expanding our branch office, and hiring new people which all fall under my responsibility. I also have some fun birthdays coming up! June is going to be super busy 🙂

Now let’s get through some empties!

Skincare

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Marcelle Make-Up Removing Cleansing Cloths. I was really surprised by how well this worked for removing my make-up. I used to have the liquid Marcelle Makeup Remover which didn’t work as well for me.  However, these wipes work wonders at removing makeup. The cloths are thick and soft and feel super good against my skin. I would repurchase this.

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Biotherm Life Plankton Sensitive Emulsion. I thought this was OK. This had a light texture but it’s not as hydrating as I would like it to be so I won’t be repurchasing it.

Yves Rocher Elixir 7.9. This is an eye creamI wore every night before bed. I didn’t take a photo of it but I liked that it had three little roller balls at the end which helped to message the product into my skin. In true Yves Rocher style, I think this is now discontinued or it’s been rebranded at the Elixir Jeunesse. If you click here you will see what it looks like on the YV website. I have so many other eye creams that I need to get through so I won’t be repurchasing this, and I am not sure I can.

Saturday Skin Daily Moisturizing Cream. This little Sephora sample packet lasted me about three uses. I liked using this in the morning because it absorbed into my skin quickly and it kept me feeling hydrated. I have a lot of skincare so I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this.

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Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream. I love Fresh products, I’ve been using them for a long time and I always pick up the newest sets from Sephora. I used this cream every single night after my serums and it just helped lock in all the moisture in my skin. I would repurchase this.

L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Pads. I received the whole Revitalift line via Influenster a while ago and after some time sitting inside a drawer I finally moved this guy to my bathroom counter and used it up! I liked using this every evening after I had washed my face of makeup and before I applied my skincare. The pads were smooth on one side and textured on the other. I also love the added glycolic acid to help reduce fine lines. If I didn’t have another toner to use right now I would have probably repurchased this!

Body Care

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Kiss My Face Active Life Deodorant. I recently dedicated a post to my favourite deodorants and this was one of them! I absolutely love this deodorant and have two backups ready to go!

Fragrances

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Estee Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Parfum. I love the scent of this perfume and wore it everyday! It’s such a nice clean scent. Notes include; Jasmine Accord, Woods Accord. I would repurchase this. I also have the Modern Muse Le Rouge that I wanted to use up!

Dolce & Gabanna Dolce Eau de Parfum. This is maybe one of my all time favourite scents! I fell in love with this from the first sample I tried. I love the travel size spray bottle. I’ve taken it with me on every trip I’ve been on because it’s such a great scent on me. Notes include; Neroli Leaves, Papaya Flower, White Amaryllis, White Daffodil, White Water Lily, Cashmeran, Musky Notes, Sandalwood. I am repurchasing this.

Makeup

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Givenchy Noir Inderit Mascara. You can read my full review of this mascara here. It’s so expensive for what it is, $38.00 CAD for mascara isn’t really worth it to me when there are more affordable options out there. Granted I loved the way it applied and it was nice for everyday looks and I did enjoy the parfume scent. At the end of the day, the bending brush didn’t make it any easier or better for applying mascara and the formula was too thin so it didn’t give me big flirty lashes which I prefer.

So that’s it! All my empties for May! I think I did a decent job of using up some products.

What did you use up in May? Have you tried any of the products I mentioned above? If so, what are your thoughts?

Lots of love,
Dal

Kat Von D 10 Year Anniversary Palette: Palette Collection Review Series

I may not wear them all the time, but I’m drawn to colourful eyeshadows. When I saw Kat Von D’s new 10 Year Anniversary Palette in the Just Arrived section of Sephora I just knew I wanted it for my collection! I’ve been playing with this for the last few weeks and I wanted to share my thoughts. I know this is a limited edition palette but it’s currently still available on Sephora.com.

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What it is

16 bold, blendable shades in honour of the brand’s 10th Anniversary. In honour of this milestone, Kat hand-picked a special selection of shades inspired by and named after 16 of her muses—people of all backgrounds, ages, genders, and skin tones—representing the many faces of Kat Von D Beauty. (Sephora.com)

Price

$62.00 CAD (0.96 oz/27.2 g). Compared to the Sinner and Saint holiday palette, which I reviewed back in November (you can read it here) this palette is $20 less for the same amount of product. This breaks down to $2.28/gram.

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Packaging

This is my favourite packaging so far from Kat Von D Beauty. The palette is compact with a beautifully hand-drawn image on the front. I love the gold colour of the package. I do wish the colour name was on the front but you can see them on the back. It also has a nice large mirror on the inside.

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Colour

Each of the colours is beautiful and bright. I enjoy the addition of neutral and everyday shades that can be used to build up the colour eyeshadows in the palette or worn on their own. I think this is probably the best colour arrangement for me and I would probably use this solely if I was to travel because I would have everything I need in one palette. Compared to the Sinner and Saint Palette, I think these ones are much richer. When swatching, lala and carolyn are not as pigmented, but they do apply better on the eyes.

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Application & Wear

I wore two different looks in the photos below but each one was super easy to put together. There is little fallout for the mattes and the colour payoff is fantastic! Not all the colours swatch as well, but on the eyes, I thought it looked really nice (which is really what matters). I was worried that a lot of the colours were similar to the Sinner and Saint Palette but after I compared the two I did find they were different, with no two shades being alike. Not to say there aren’t reds, blues, oranges and purples in both palettes but I think the ones in the Anniversary palette are a much more vibrant, and better laid out in the palette. I find I can make more cohesive looks with this palette without thinking too hard about it.

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One thing I noticed is that when I first used the metallic shades I had a lot of fallout and I mean half the shadow was on my face! To remedy this I tried using Mac Fix+ which did help but I found they were best applied with my Too Faced Glitter Glue underneath. That’s something I didn’t experience as much in the Sinner and Saint Palette.

I wore these for evenings out and each time they latest and looked very good after a few hours. I did wear primer which I know helped with longevity.

My Looks

 

 

The Breakdown

Pros

  • good pigmentation
  • compact packaging
  • good colour arrangement

Cons

  • pricey
  • metallic shadows need a glitter glue

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My Thoughts

I am so happy to have this palette in my collection. If you wanted a palette that could be a go-to for everything, this might be it! From everyday shades to fun and colourful ones, for me, this is a perfect palette for me to take on vacation.

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I also picked up the Tattoo liner in the anniversary packaging because I thought it was super cute. I’ve reviewed this liner before which you can read here but I really love it and use it all the time.

Let me know if you’ve purchased this palette and your thoughts!

Lots of love,
Dal

 

Daisy Love, Summer Fresh Fragrance

It’s gorgeous weather in the city. I’ve been enjoying so many days walking around in the warm sun and spending fun evenings outside on porches and patios laughing with friends and loved ones.

If I could capture all of this in one scent I swear it would be Daisy by Marc Jacobs. I won this in a giveaway and I feel like this is going to be my summer fragrance for 2018.

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Key Notes:
Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Jasmine

I usually don’t gravitate to fruity or floral scents, but I’m drawn to this. It has a really clean and subtle scent, nothing too overwhelming which is why I love it for this time of year. It smells like summer! The scent is so bright, fun and fresh.

I wear this every morning and it lasts me throughout the day. The packaging is also so adorable! I love the gold and white daisy flowers on the top. This sits on my vanity because I think it’s so beautiful to look.Daisy (3)

What’s your scent for summer? What fragrances are your favourite?

Lots of love,
Dal