Mini Birthday Haul Part 2 – Herbivore, Tarte

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Today I’m reviewing the samples (both deluxe and regular) from my mini haul (descriptions in italics are taken from the Sephora website):

The first of which I got using a promo code – the Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask – this one has been on my wish list to try for ages!

Herbivore Blue Tansy

 

This mask is designed to clarify and resurface skin with soothing blue tansy, naturally resurfacing white willow bark, and gently exfoliating fruit enzymes. It leaves skin soft and renewed, and skin gains increased clarity and smoothness with continual use.

Herbivore Blue Tansy

This is a lovely blue gel type facial mask. I did a patch test on my arm before testing it on my face, as I wasn’t sure how my skin would react. It really is a cooling and soothing mask, and my skin feels so soft and smooth after using. I’m sure that the increase in clarity will come with continued use. I’ll be adding the full size version to my wish list!

The second deluxe sample I got with my Beauty Insider points – the Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer.

Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Mascara

Give skin a natural-looking glow with Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer. This lightweight facial lotion is formulated with 70 percent water and light-reflecting mineral pigments to quench dull, dehydrated skin while delivering a sheer veil of illumination and radiance. The sweat-resistant formula is perfect for before or after the gym, or even for faking an afterglow without the sweat session. It can be worn alone or under your makeup for a subtle sheen. This hypoallergenic multitasker works to soften, smooth, and deliver a long-lasting surge of moisture without clogging pores.

This is a nice light moisturizer with very fine mica in it that helps add radiance to the skin. Very gentle, and non-greasy. Will I buy a full size? It is nice, but isn’t a must have for me.

Now onto the free samples – perfumes – both have rose notes, perfect for spring!

Chloe:

The fragrance transfigures the mythic rose, infusing it with a resolutely urban spirit. Combined with magnolias and generous peonies, the rose becomes both honey-like and powdery; its petals blossom on the skin. Cheeky, free, and sophisticated, the scent breaks every boundary and vibrates with a woody tone—a signature rose that has become a legend.

I’m in love with this perfume, I love the rose notes in this one.

Stella:

The unique scent opens with top notes of fresh mandarin and frozen lemon, balanced with watery tones of freesia to create a soft, dewy feeling. An infusion of Bulgarian rose essence, crunchy violet leaves, and delicate peony petals brings a freshness to the feminine floral heart, while ambergris base notes reveal a subtle masculine undertone.

This is a perfume that I’ve always liked on other people but never really liked on myself. Until now! This one is also so lovely! I don’t know which one I love more!

Have you tried any of these items?

Disclosure: Items gotten with promo codes, Sephora Beauty Insider points, and free samples with purchase.

Mini Birthday Haul – Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Pepper

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My birthday is next week, and every year I buy myself a little treat. This year, my little treat is from Sephora – of course the day AFTER I placed my order, I got my email about my free birthday gift so I still need to pick that up.

Sephora Birthday Haul - Briogeo and Bite Beauty

As you can see, I bought myself two main things – a full size of the Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème (originally reviewed the sample size here) and a Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in the shade Pepper.

I’ll be reviewing the rest in another post as I haven’t tested everything out yet. Onto the review!

Here’s what it says on the Sephora website:

Swipe on bold, creamy lip color with Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche. Created and crafted by hand, Bite’s small batch, low-heat process preserves a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils that are essential for achieving healthy-looking lips. Made with 12 edible oils and triple milled pigments, this lipstick provides saturated lip color with weightless coverage and a citrus flavor made from fresh pressed fruit.

This is my first lipstick from Bite Beauty and I have to say that it is well worth the money – it is the most luxurious and smooth lipstick that I’ve ever owned!

 

The shade that I picked was Pepper – described as a dusty rose.

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It is such a perfect shade for spring! I absolutely love it, and can’t wait to add a few more to my collection! It is long wearing and comfortable on the lip.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I purchased this!

Weekly Recap (Mar 20 to 26th)

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Just a little re-cap of the past week’s blog posts in case you missed out on anything…

Tuesday March 21 – Spring Inspired Lip Edition

Thursday March 23 – Sephora Spring Anti-Haul

My March Ipsy Glam Bag STILL has NOT arrived! The tracking has not updated since March 5th. I’ve already been in touch with their customer service so hopefully they will be sending me a replacement bag.

This upcoming week is super busy work-wise, so I will only be posting on Tuesday and Thursday.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for product disclosures.

Sephora Spring Anti-Haul

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Today’s post is my anti-haul of the some of cruelty-free makeup launches from Sephora (all photos are screencaps from the Sephora website):

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye and Cheek Palette $52 CAD

Tarte

I love Tarte, but I won’t be picking this one up. Why? Two main reasons, the first being that I probably already own dupes for all of the shades. And the second being the price.

Farsali Unicorn Essence $67 CAD

Farsali

This looks absolutely gorgeous. But at that price, it is not going to happen!

Nars Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette $62 CAD

Nars

Another stunning palette from Nars, but I already own some similar shades, and the darkest shade would be way to dark for my ghostly face!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette $62

Anastasia Beverly Hills

I like the concept, but I don’t like lip palettes, they are difficult to keep from getting messy. Give me lipstick in a tube or a liquid lipstick any day!

Will you be purchasing any of these new products?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose, this is my opinion only.

Spring Inspired Lip Edition

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Just a quick little post for you all today – a spring inspired lip swatch fest! We had a huge snowstorm last week, but this week everything is melting, and spring is in the air!

Here’s a selection of spring inspired shades from my collection – starting with traditional lipsticks – I chose all pink, nude, mauve shades:

 

 

 

Milani  – Nude Crème (reviewed here)

Nyx Matte Lipstick – Tea Rose / Rose Thé (reviewed here) *One of my absolute faves*

Nyx Butter Lipstick – Pops / Explosif (reviewed here)

Moving onto the liquid lipsticks in my collection:

 

Elizabeth Mott Color is Bae – Mauve Moxie (reviewed here)

ColourPop – Dopey (reviewed here) * One of my most worn lipsticks*

Nyx Liquid Suede – Tea & Cookies (reviewed here)

Black Moon Cosmetics – Wrath (reviewed here) *Another one of my most worn lipsticks*

Ciate Liquid Velvet – Pin Up (reviewed here) *Been wearing this one lately*

Nyx Lip Lingerie – Embellishment (reviewed here)

Hopefully these spring inspired lip shades will inspire you as well!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for disclosure. All have been purchased by me, or came from my Ipsy Glam Bag subscription that I pay for.

 

 

 

 

Weekly Re-Cap (Mar 13th to 19th)

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Just the usual weekly re-cap in case you’ve missed out on something…

Monday March 13th – Briogeo Curl Charisma Review

Wednesday March 15th – Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Deep Conditioner

Friday March 17th – Saje Diffuser Blends Reviews

So there you have it, this past week on the blog, thanks for reading!

I will only be posting on Tuesday and Thursday this coming week.

Disclosure: Please see original blog posts for product disclosures.

Saje Diffuser Blend Reviews

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Today I’m reviewing a few of the Saje Diffuser Blends.  I bought myself an Aroma Gem  diffuser / nebulizer from Saje for Christmas (review is here), and I’ve since purchased and tested out a few more essential oil blends.

Saje Diffuser Blends

Glow  (Enticing Diffuser Blend)

 

SWEET. SPICY. DECADENT.
Indulge with the sweetly comforting and uplifting aroma of this vanilla-based blend that brings warmth and calm to the body and mind.
Ingredients:
  • vanilla 10% infusion (vanilla planifolia fruit extract)
  • peppermint (mentha piperita)
  • ginger (zingiber officinale)
  • patchouli (pogostemum cablin)
  • peru balsam (myroxylon pereirae)
  • cinnamon (cinnamomum cassia)

Saje Glow Diffuser Blend

This one really does have a spicy scent to it. I don’t smell the peppermint note at all. I like this one, but I don’t love it. I find that this blend can become overpowering really quickly unless you use the smallest amount.

Peppermint Twist (Refreshing Diffuser Blend) –

MINTY. FRESH. SWEET.
Relish in this refreshing blend that inspires feelings of walking in a winter wonderland. Peppermint and orange invigorates the senses, while benzoin adds a sweet touch of joy.
Ingredients:
  • peppermint (mentha piperita)
  • orange (citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil)
  • spearmint (mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil)
  • benzoin (styrax benzoin resin extract)

Saje Peppermint Twist Diffuser Blend

I absolutely love this one, it is so fresh smelling. I think that it might be my favourite one that I’ve tried thus far!

Liquid Sunshine (Cheerful Diffuser Blend) –

UPLIFTING. CITRUS. FRESH.
Fill your room with cheery radiance and uplifting spirits. Bright, citrus notes of grapefruit, lime and a dash of bergamot will bring the feeling of a fresh spring morning to mind.
Let happiness shine through.

Ingredients:

  • grapefruit (citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil)
  • bergamot (citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil)
  • orange (citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil)
  • lime (citrus aurantifolia (lime) peel oil)
  • mandarin red (citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil)

Saje Liquid Sunshine

Liquid Sunshine was my fave until I tried Peppermint Twist. I still love this one, especially on dreary cold mornings. It is a such bright and happy scent!

Energy Boost (Revitalizing Diffuser Blend) –

INVIGORATING. UPLIFTING. FRESH.
Seeking stimulation? Look no further than the energizing power of citrus and herbal notes in this uplifting, invigorating blend designed to revitalize your mind the natural way.
Stay sharp.
Ingredients:
  • lemon (citrus limonum)
  • rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis)
  • peppermint (mentha piperita)
  • basil (ocimum basilicum)
  • bergamot (citrus bergamia)

Saje Energy Diffuser Blend

This one is a weird blend, but it somehow works. It is another bright scent, but the herbal notes make it stand out. I tend to use this one in the afternoons, rather than have a cup of coffee for a boost while I’m working.

I really do need to buy a second diffuser. I’m always moving my Aroma Gem between the bedroom and the livingroom / workspace.

What is your fave diffuser blend? I’ve only tried ones from Saje so far.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased these things.

Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Deep Conditioner Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Deep Conditioner from Hask.

Here’s what it says on the website:

This deep conditioner is a super-moisturizing, clarifying treatment that will nourish and soften all hair types, (including color treated hair). Charcoal, derived from coconut shells, combined with citrus oil, absorbs impurities and helps restore hair to its natural radiance. We promise, the charcoal washes out!

Hask Charcoal with Citrus Purifying Deep Conditioner

I did not know what to expect with a charcoal and citrus blend – something like burnt lemons I guess. But this deep conditioner smells really AMAZING.

This one doesn’t look the most appealing as it is a pale gray with black specks.

Hask Charcoal with Citrus Purifying Deep Conditioner

I applied the conditioner and left it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it out. I applied my Briogeo Curl Charisma and styled my hair as usual, letting my hair air dry.

The result?

My hair felt soft and did not feel weighed down or waxy. I like this one, but I think that I prefer the Argan Oil one the best for deep conditioning (reviewed here), even though the Charcoal one has the best scent!

Hask Charcoal with Citrus Purifying Deep Conditioner

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this.

Briogeo Curl Charisma Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème from Briogeo that I used my Ipsy points for last month. Here’s what it says on the website:

Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème hydrates, defines, and weather-proofs curls while maintaining touchable movement and light, flexible hold. Mollis leaf and tomato fruit ferments smooth and seal the hair cuticle to lock out frizz-causing environmental moisture to promote consistent curl formation. Ultra-hydrating avocado oil helps hair retain moisture and increases elasticity to protect against damage.

Briogeo Curl Charisma

I absolutely LOVE this stuff! It works really well to tame my hair. It leaves my waves super soft and frizz-free. No crunchy, dirty feeling waves! I need the full sized tube of this stuff asap!

Have you tried this one? So far I’ve loved everything that I’ve tried from Briogeo!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Purchased with Ipsy points from my monthly subscription that I pay for.