Weekly Re-Cap to Apr 24th to 30th

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

My blogging schedule has been a little off this month due to a super busy work schedule and deadlines, I’m hoping that it will be back to normal for May.

Monday, April 24th – Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense Lift Serum Review

Wednesday, April 26th – Ipsy Glam Bag March 2017 (Replacement Bag) Unboxing and First Impressions

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Upcoming blog posts – Spring Cleaning Project Pan Collab (Update #3, and Reviews), April Empties, and more product reviews.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for product disclosures.

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2017 Unboxing / First Impressions

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Yes, you read that right, this is my March Ipsy Glam Bag unboxing. Why? Because my March bag got lost in the mail, and they sent out a replacement bag and it arrived after my April Glam Bag! Ipsy CS had warned me that I might not get the products that were picked for me in my first bag, but surprisingly enough, everything in the replacement bag was what I was originally supposed to receive.

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Bag design: pale pink fold over type bag, with the face having a honeycomb textured weave, and with the back being plain. It is a cute bag. The month’s theme was “You are Beautiful”.

Product #1: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer (cruelty free)

Ipsy Glam Bag Mar 2017

I’m super happy to get this one, I’ve used it before I started blogging and I remember liking it. I’m saving it for my summer vacation, so I won’t be opening it until then.

Product #2: Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Rosé (cruelty free)

Ipsy Glam Bag Mar 2017

At first glance it appears to be nearly the same shade as Birthday Suit (in the 2017 Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift). But I like this shade better. I’ve swatched them side by side for comparison.

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2017

Product #3: Marc Anthony Deep Repair Aloe and Jasmine Conditioning Treatment

Ipsy Glam Bag Mar 2017

I own other products from Marc Anthony that have the not tested on animals logo on the packaging, so something must have changed on the past year since this one does not, nor do other products that I’ve looked at recently. I really don’t like the scent of jasmine in most products, but thankfully the aloe vera makes this passable scent-wise for me. I haven’t done more than just sniff this. I might pass it onto someone…

Product #4: Elizabeth Mott Blending Brush (cruelty free)

Ipsy Glam Bag Mar 2017

I love getting brushes in my Ipsy Glam Bag. This is a cute little blending brush. I wish that the handle was a bit longer, but that is just a personal preference thing.

Product #5: Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow in Marisa (cruelty free)

Ipsy Glam Bag Mar 2017

This is so tiny! The outer packaging made it look like we were getting a nice sized pan, but it is so mini!

 

So there you have it, it is a pretty good bag, for March.

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Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription.

Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense Lifting Serum Review

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Today I have a review of a new Frankincense Intense Lifting Serum from Neal’s Yard Remedies, launching in May 2017. This is my first time trying anything from the brand, so I really did not know what to expect!

First of all, I want to show you the packaging –

The packaging is super luxe, I especially love the gold embossed logo on the navy ground.

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I love that the serum comes in a cobalt glass dropper bottle, again with the gold stamped logo.

Here’s what it says about this serum (info in italics taken from the Neal’s Yard Remedies website):

NEW Frankincense Intense Lift Serum is our breakthrough mindful beauty solution harnessing the ancient power of frankincense and over 15 years of Neal’s Yard Remedies research into its amazing properties. Sustainably harvested frankincense, clinically proven to promote a feeling of wellbeing, is combined with our targeted lifting technology to help you age well and stress less. Plumping hyaluronic acid helps to smooth deep lines while the lifting technology of micro-algae, ribose and linseed oil helps to redefine your facial contours.* 83% agree their skin looks visibly lifted* 85% agree the aroma helps them feel less stressed* 83% agree their deep lines and wrinkles appear reduced, skin looks plumped*

This pale lemon yellow serum smells glorious, and roughly two drops are all you need to cover your entire face. It absorbs quickly into the skin. I’ve been using this serum twice a day for two and a half weeks now and my skin has never looked better! I can’t wait to see the results of longer term usage!

The Frankincense Intense Lifting Serum is probably the most luxurious product that I’ve ever put on my face! It is pricy though, at $149 CAD for 30 ml / 1.01 oz, but because you only need to use such a small amount each time, I can see the bottle lasting a long time.

Here’s the full ingredient list:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Acacia Senegal Gum, Polyglyceryl-3 Rice Branate, Tapioca Starch*, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, Levulinic Acid, Ribose, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Levulinate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Sodium Gluconate, Boswellia Sacra Resin Oil, Boswellia Sacra Gum Extract, Boswellia Sacra Resin Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Citric Acid, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil*, Sea Water Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil*, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Commiphora Confusa Resin Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil*, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Cylindrotheca Fusiformis Extract, Microcitrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Boswellia Neglecta Resin Oil*, Glyceryl Caprylate, p-Anisic Acid, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Dextran, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Trifluoroacetyl Tripeptide-2, Limonene, Linalool, Farnesol, Geraniol. *Organically produced ingredients. Natural constituent of essential oils listed. Made with 71% organic ingredients.

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Have you tried this serum, or anything else from Neal’s Yard Remedies?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Thank you Neal’s Yard Remedies and Alchemy Communications!

Disclosure: PR sample, however my opinion is my own, based on my experience of using this product.

Weekly Re-Cap – Apr 17th to 23rd

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

My usual blogging schedule was completely thrown off this week, my Monday post did not go up until Tuesday (oops), my Wednesday post went up as usual, and I postponed my Friday post because I was not happy with my photos, and ended up re-shooting the photos yesterday. I’m happy with my photos this time around, thankfully. That post will now be going up on Monday instead.

Tuesday, April 18th – Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing and First Impressions – April 2017

Wednesday, April 19th – Deciem Hylamide High Efficiency Face Cleaner

My replacement March Ipsy Glam Bag finally arrived! I’ll have an unboxing and first impressions later in the upcoming week.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for product disclosures.

Hylamide High Efficiency Face Cleaner

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I’ve been testing out this facial cleanser from Deciem / Hylamide since my birthday. In fact, it is from my second birthday Sephora haul – this one was paid for by my awesome parents, but all picks were mine! You might recognize a few things that I’ve already reviewed:

Sephora birthday haul #2Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Rhubarb – reviewed here, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask – reviewed here, and Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift 2017 – reviewed here. Samples – Chloe Love Story, Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine, Cover F/X Illuminating Primer and Sunday Riley C.E.O. Repair Moisturizer – I have not had a chance to test any of these ones out yet.

Ok, onto the review!

The Hylamide High-Efficiency Face Cleaner is supposed to be good for all skin types, even sensitive! Here’s what it says on the Sephora website:

This highly-efficient, crystal-clear micro-emulsion brings together oils, esters, and water-compatible cleaners into one advanced formula that works like an oil cleaner but acts like a water-based one—rinsing off effectively. In a single step, oils work with plant-derived esters to remove every trace of impurity and face/eye makeup. As you rinse off, Amazonian oils and purified tomato carotenoids leave behind an innocuous layer of comfortable, noncomedogenic hydration.

And the usage is super easy – If makeup is present, massage well onto dry face and rinse with warm water. If no makeup is present, massage well onto wet face and rinse with warm water.

Hylamide High Efficiency Face Cleaner

This is a great, super gentle facial cleanser. It feels to me to be somewhere between a facial oil and a micellar water. And it removes make-up easily! I’d say that most mascaras will be removed no problem, and only once or twice did I have to go back and so a second removal for my super “bulletproof” waterproof mascara.

Have you tried this cleanser? I’d like to try more from this brand. It comes in a 4 oz bottle and is $21 CAD (at Sephora) – so it is reasonably priced!

Disclosure: Birthday gift from my awesome parents!

Ipsy Glam Bag April 2017 Unboxing and First Impressions

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This was supposed to go up yesterday, oops! Oh well, better late than never.

This month’s theme is “side show” – hence this month’s bag is a ticket to the “side show”. It’s a cute bag this month, and I’m fairly happy with everything that I received. (Descriptions in italics taken from the Ipsy website)

Onto the contents! First up is the Soothing Aloe Gel from Hanalei (a cruelty free brand):

  • Have you ever used aloe beyond sunburn season? We hadn’t either. But now we can’t live without it.

  • It’s cooling, refreshing, smoothing, and it feels ahhhh-mayyyy-zing.

  • Aloe is naturally regenerative, so it will help balance out any redness or uneven skin tone.

  • The gel texture also makes a killer makeup primer.

Ipsy Glam Bag April 2017

I’m kind of happy to get this one, it is always good to have some aloe gel on hand in the summer time in case of sunburn – even though I am pretty good at always wearing SPF and taking a travel sized one with me to top up. I’ll be saving this one for the summer months.

Next is a Highlighting Powder from Mica Beauty in shade #3 (cruelty free):

  • Get all candlelit and dreamy in seconds. Just sweep across your face and chest with a big fluffy brush.
  • Sure, it’s makeup, but it’s also packed with antioxidants to protect and nourish your complexion (almost like skincare).
  • You can use it as an eyeshadow, too. Just apply with a damp brush for added intensity.
  • Skin kinda sensitive? Prefer chemical-free makeup? This highlighter is for you! Only pure mica and minerals are used in this all-natural powder.

I didn’t have a gold toned highlighter in my collection, so I’m pretty happy about this one – plus it will make a great eye shadow!

Ipsy Glam Bag April 2017

Next is a lip balm – Bésame Mucho from Hey Honey (cruelty free):

  • When a product name translates to “kiss me a lot,” you know it’s going to work wonders for your lips.

  • Heard of propolis? We hadn’t either. It’s an extract from beehives that both hydrates and is antibacterial. This balm has loads of it, plus shea butter.

  • Lips feeling parched? Slather on a super thick coat to turn this into an overnight lip mask.

Ipsy Glam Bag April 2017

You all know that I’m a lip balm addict, so I’ll make use of this one as soon as I finish up one of the ones currently in use!

Next is the Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush #660 (cruelty free):

  • We wish we were as good at multitasking as this genius brush! You can use it for all your liquid, cream, or powder foundations, concealers, highlighters AND bronzers. NBD.

  • Earn brush bragging rights. The pretty periwinkle handle looks amazing in your kit, but even better on your vanity.

  • Pssst! We think we know why it’s called “dreamcatcher.” (It’s because it makes all our makeup application dreams come true!)

  • Have a brush with kindness! This fluffy beauty is 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

Ipsy Glam Bag April 2017

So there you have it, my April Ipsy Glam Bag! What do you think? Did you like yours this month?

Ipsy Glam Bag April 2017

If you want to subscribe, here’s my referral code: here (no pressure, just if you want to, I’ll get points not cash if you do).

Supposedly my replacement March bag might arrive this week, it is FINALLY tracking.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

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Weekly Re-Cap April 10th to 16th

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

Monday, April 10th – Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Review

Wednesday, April 12th – Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Rhubarb 

Friday, April 14th – Wet ‘n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick Review

This upcoming week I’ll have my April Ipsy Glam Bag First Impressions, and two skincare reviews. My replacement Ipsy Glam Bag for March still has not arrived, and I highly doubt that it ever will.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews.

Wet N Wild Silk Finish Lipstick

Hello, hello! Today I have a little review of a Silk Finish Lipstick from Wet N Wild.

I was at my local dollar store last month and for once they had some Wet N Wild lipsticks, so I knew that I had to grab one! (Description in italics taken from the Wet N Wild website)

We’ve never quite understood why others make you spend over 20X as much on something that we give you for next to nothing. Our lipstick formula contains all the same things as the other guys: rich color, vitamins A & E, aloe vera, and really feels like putting silk on your lips. If you’re already thinking “That is a crazy bargain,” we’ve now added macadamia nut oil that contains antioxidants to hydrate your lips for a smooth, supple pout. Are we just crazy? Have we gone too far? Or do you deserve it? We definitely think so! One try, and we guarantee you will declare this your best lipstick brand of life.

Wet N Wild Silk Finish Lipstick

There wasn’t a huge shade selection, but I picked the shade Will You Be With Me because it looked like a fun light pink shade for spring.

Wet N Wild Silk Finish Lipstick

It really is a silky smooth lipstick, and doesn’t feel waxy like a lot of cheap lipsticks often feel. And for less than $2, it is a steal of a deal! I’m going to have to go back to see if any new shades have been stocked.

Have you tried any of these lipsticks? What do you think of them?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Rhubarb

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So yeah, I ended up getting a second Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick – this one is also from the Sephora mini haul as the Agave Lip Mask (birthday gift from my parents, review here).

Since I just reviewed my first Amuse Bouche lipstick recently (here), this is not so much of a review, but more of a swatching, because like the shade Pepper, this is the most luxurious and moisturizing lipstick formulation that I’ve ever tried!

I picked the shade Rhubarb, which is described as a rich plum rose (description from Sephora).

It photographs a bit lighter than it swatches – but it is still a gorgeous colour!

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Rhubarb

I’m so in love with the Amuse Bouche Lipsticks, and can’t wait to try more!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Part of a birthday gift from my awesome parents!