Faves for Fall 2017

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Today I’d like to share some of my current favourites for the fall season. Since I’ve already shared my lipstick picks last week, I won’t be including any in today’s faves post.

Faves Fall 2017

Let’s take a closer look – skin / body care:

Faves Fall 2017

As I’ve said before I am a lip balm addict and the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask is a must have for year round use, but especially during the colder months! I use this every night before going to bed. The original review is here. (Cruelty free)

The Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely All Over Balm* is a new favourite. It just smells so amazing! I tend to use this wherever my body needs the most hydration. This will be well used as the weather gets increasingly colder. The review is here. (PR sample, cruelty free)

The Natura Siberica Saaremaa Moisturizing Hand Cream was given to me from A’s family when we were visiting Estonia in August. As you can see, it is already well used. I’m hoping that it lasts throughout the winter because it is not greasy, super moisturizing and mildly scented. The review is here. (Cruelty free)

Makeup:

Faves Fall 2017

Can you believe that I have not one, but two non-waterproof mascaras in my faves? This has never happened before! Both the Volume Stylist 18H and The False Lashes Mascaras from Essence are able to withstand my watering eyes without running or smudging. And they give my lashes volume and can hold a curl in my long, stick-straight lashes! Reviews are here and here. (Cruelty free)

The Hey Honey Active Propolis Cream Concealer was a surprise for me. It came in my last Ipsy GlamBag. When I first swatched it on my arm, I figured that I would hate it. It works well to conceal dark circles and hydrate the under eye without creasing on me! I’ve been using this interchangeably with my usual Becca Brightening Under Eye Corrector. And I have just recently tried the two together with good results so far! Review is here. (Cruelty free)

Other:

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These earrings are a replacement for a similar, well loved, pair that I’d recently lost. I had worn the original pair almost daily for several years (8 to 10 years) and was heartbroken at their loss. I found these silver wire earrings from Splurge on etsy, and I could not be happier. I love their simplicity. I also love that they were hand crafted in Canada!

What are your favourites for fall? (Or spring if you are on the other side of the world)

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

 

 

Weekly Recap Oct 23rd to 29th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, October 23rd – Hey Honey Active Propolis Cream Concealer Review

Wednesday, October 25th – Essence The False Lashes Mascara Review

Friday, October 27th – Lip Edit Fall 2017

Guess what? I now have over 2000 followers here! Thank you to each and every one of you that follows, likes and comments! ❤

 

Lip Edit Fall 2017

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Today I’d like to show you my current fall fave lipsticks from my collection, and links to their original reviews in case you want to read them.

Round 1 – The darker shades

Fall 2017 Lip Edit

From left to right – Essence in Adorable Matt!, ColourPop Ultra Satin in Lost, Black Moon Cosmetics in Selene, and Maison Jacynthe in 06 Rosewood

Fall 2017 Lip Edit

Round two – The lighter shades

Fall 2017 Lip Edit

From left to right: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Rhubarb, Sothys Paris Rouge Mat in Rose Lepic, ColourPop Ultra Satin in Frick n Frack, and Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Pepper.

Fall 2017 Lip Edit

What colours are you wearing for fall?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for product disclosures.

Essence The False Lashes Mascara -Extreme Volume & Curl

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Today I have a little review of another mascara from Essence – The False Lashes Mascara Extreme Volume & Curl. [info in italics is taken from their EU website]

Essence False Lashes Mascara

extra volume, extra curl. the curl fiber brush ensures maximum volume and curved lashes with a false lash look.

My lashes are long and stick straight, so I have to curl my lashes before I apply mascara or else it looks like I don’t have any lashes. As well, my eyes are sensitive so many mascaras irritate my eyes.

I have seven requirements for a mascara:

1. waterproof

2. smudge-proof

3. non-flaking / non-clumping

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black)

5. volumizing

6. must hold a curl

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes

So how did this mascara measure up?

The False Lash Mascara is not a waterproof formulation, but despite this, I found it to be fairly water-resistant and smudgeproof for my eyes. If you don’t blot off the end of the wand before applying, you will get clumps. But over all I don’t find it to be overly flaky or clumpy. That being said, I don’t wear more than two coats of mascara – I think that three coats would not work well for this one.

Essence False Lashes Mascara

Colour-wise, it is super, mega, dark black – my absolute favourite. And it is definitely volumizing and holds a curl well for me.  And most importantly, it did not irritate my sensitive eyes.

It is a little difficult to remove than some non-waterproof formulations, but since I usually wear waterproof mascaras, it is nothing that a bit of coconut oil can’t remove.

Overall I would rate this one at 6.75 out of 7 – even higher than the Essence Lash Stylist 18H Curl & Hold Mascara (review is here).

What is your fave budget friendly mascara? For less than $5, I think that Essence mascaras are a great choice.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Hey Honey Active Propolis Cream Concealer Review

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I received the Hey Honey Active Propolis Cream Concealer in my October GlamBag and I’ve been wear testing it for several days and feel ready to review it. This is the second product from Hey Honey that I’ve gotten from Ipsy. [info in italics is taken from the Hey Honey website]

WHAT IS IT:
An active cream concealer that minimizes the appearance of dark circles and other discolorations around the eye area. 

WHY USE IT:
This highly pigmented cream treatment concealer combines a special blend of amino acid Proline and Vitamin E to provide an anti-wrinkle effect for a smoother appearance. Emollient oils support the lipid layer of the skin, minimizing visibility of fine lines.  

WHO IS IT FOR:
Normal to Dry Skin Types

HOW TO USE:
Gently squeeze cream from the tube onto a clean fingertip. Apply a small quantity to the under-eye area. A second layer may be applied, until perfect coverage is achieved. Can be used alone, under or on top of foundation. 
I always use an undereye concealer, even on days that I’m not wearing foundation – my usual one is the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector (review is here). So how does the Hey Honey one compare?
As you can see in the swatches below – the Hey Honey concealer is peachy toned, whereas the Becca concealer is more pink toned. Both blend well with my skin tone.
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I was surprised by how moisturizing this concealer is. A little goes a LOOOOOONG way, the first time I tested it out, I had enough concealer for days, haha! It works well to conceal dark circles and brighten the under eye. I haven’t had any issues with creasing either. All in all, I think that this is a great under eye concealer!
It seems to only be available in one shade – natural tone.  I’m doubtful that it would work for darker skintones, but maybe I’m wrong. I’d like to see it swatched on several different skintones to know for sure.
Have you tried this concealer?
Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!
Disclosure: This was a part of my monthly Ipsy GlamBag subscription that I pay for.

 

 

Weekly Recap Oct 16th to 22nd

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Just a recap of this past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, October 16th –  Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash Review

Tuesday, October 17th – * Halloween Nail Vinyls from Nail Polish Canada

Wednesday, October 18th – Satya Organic Eczema Relief Review

Friday, October 20th – Ipsy GlamBag October 2017 Unboxing & First Impressions

Ipsy GlamBag Oct 2017

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Items marked with a * are PR samples, everything else purchased by me. My opinion is always my own.

Ipsy GlamBag Oct 2017 Unboxing

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My Ipsy GlamBag arrived yesterday, so let’s take a look to see what I got:

The theme for this month’s bag is Spellbound, and the bag is a burgundy faux lace print with a bat zipper pull. It is cute, but I don’t think that it really conveys the theme of Spellbound.

Ipsy GlamBag Oct 2017

First up is the Water Luminous Jelly Cleanser by JMsolution:

Ipsy GlamBag Oct 2017

  • Did someone say “foam party?” The jelly-like formula felt so refreshing on our skin, and then bubbled up like crazy when we mixed it with water.
  • It’s made with hyaluronic acid (lots of it) which helps keep your skin hydrated even after you wash it off.
  • It deep cleans, but it’s way gentle so you can use it alll the time—perf if you have sensitive skin.
Second is the Hey Honey Trick and Treat Active Propolis Cream Concealer:
  • Under eye circles? To the left. This lightweight concealer is insanely hydrating (which helps to soothe and soften them) and has buildable, believable coverage.
  • It’s made with active propolis. Active what? That’s an ingredient honey bees collect from flowers while they’re buzzing around. It helps restore your skin’s structure and protects against damage. Aww thanks, bees!
  • It’s also got Amino acids, vitamin E, and nourishing oils. Your face will thank you.

This looks super dark on my pale skin but it actually blended in nicely on my arm. It kind of reminds me of the Becca Undereye Brightening Corrector. I’m going to give it a wear test tomorrow. Hey Honey is cruelty free but not vegan (due to the honey content).

Third up is the Firma Beauty 201 Tall Blender Brush:

Ipsy GlamBag Oct 2017

  • Because we’re not all artists (does paint by numbers count?), this bomb brush makes blending your eyeshadows a cinch.
  • Its bristles are gentle, soft and synthetic—so it’s made with mad love for the animals.
  • Try using it to blend shadow onto your lower lash line. Instant smoke.
Fourth up is the Tarte Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 in 1 Mascara:
Ipsy GlamBag Oct 2017
  • Lengthening. Curling. Volumizing. Conditioning. This mascara seriously made our lashes look longer, fatter, and lifted in a few quick strokes.
  • The awesome “MagniLASH” wand was designed to coat, separate, and define everyyy last lash. You’ll be shocked at how much of a difference this little brush makes.
  • No animals were harmed in the making of your fab lashes. This cruelty-free formula is totally vegan.

I haven’t tested this mascara out yet, I’m going to wait until I use up another mascara in my stash. But this one sounds great, so I’m hopeful despite it being a non waterproof formula. This one is cruelty free and vegan as well! This mascara was so difficult to photograph.

The fifth and final is the Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer in Light:

  • You’re killing it with your eye look, so why not make it last? This lid primer (yes, that’s a thing) prevents creasing and holds your shadow in place wayyy longer.
  • You know how sometimes makeup shades look different in the palette than on your skin? This evens out your lid tone to make shadows look bolder and brighter when you apply them.
  • It was developed by professional photogs to make eye makeup look flawless in photo shoots, so it’ll DEF help you step up your selfie game.

I was excited to get this one since Smashbox just got their cruelty free status back. But I just don’t know about this one, it is super thick and cakey and dry. Did I get an old or dried out sample? I don’t know, but this one is going into the bin! Yuck!

I cashed in my points to get a Glass Nail File from Margaret Dabbs. It seems to be a standard glass nail file, so I look forward to using this.

Ipsy GlamBag Oct 2017

I decided to cancel my Ipsy subscription after this bag. I’ve been thinking about cancelling for a few months now.

I’ve decided to sign up for the Petit Vour subscription box that only sends cruelty free products – can’t wait until next month to get my first one!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I pay for this subscription!

Satya Organic Eczema Relief Review

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Today I have a review of a the Organic Eczema Relief from Satya Organic Skin Care, a Canadian company. [info in italics is taken from well.ca]

 

As you all know, I have super sensitive skin, and over the summer started reacting to the baking soda in my natural deodorant – my underarm skin became red, itchy, and started to look like eczema. Up to now, it has mostly healed except for one spot that continued to flare up. My mother suggested that I use cortisone, but I wanted to try something more natural. A friend (thanks Miss A) suggested that I try this one since it is organic and has minimal ingredients.

 

Satya Organic Eczema Relief balm helps to relieve inflammation, itching and irritation, while retaining moisture and reducing flaking.  It also helps to restore suppleness to dry and damaged skin.  

Satya Organic Eczema Relief

  • Certified organic
  • Fragrance free
  • Proven eczema relief
  • Treats eczema, skin inflammations, irritations, severe dryness and rashes

Ingredients: Organic: Calendula, Collodial Oatmeal, Beeswax, Sweet Almond Oil & Jojoba. 

 

I’ve been using this for over a month now, and it has helped so much to soothe and calm my skin irritation. It is a balm consistency and melts into the skin. The scent is very minimal, and slightly odd (I can’t quite place what the scent reminds me of). I had thought that it would smell like sweet almond oil, but it doesn’t! (the scent fades quickly though)

My complaint is that the because jar is fairly tall, it will be difficult to reach once it gets used up more than halfway. I guess I’ll figure it out as I use it up.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this.

 

Halloween Nail Vinyls from Nail Polish Canada

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Today I have something fun for you – Nail Polish Canada has teamed up with a bunch of Canadian bloggers for a Halloween freebie promotion. I have a coupon code for 10 of my Canadian readers to receive a free set of Halloween Themed Graveyard Nail Vinyls by What’s Up Nails. (sorry international readers, you must have a Canadian address for this one)

This is a fun and super easy way to have Halloween themed nails – especially if you are like me, and are not skilled at nail art!

Here’s the link to claim your set: http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/products/free-graveyard-nail-vinyls-1-sheet-20-stencils-by-whats-up-nails.html

Coupon code: N8A8GA5KZ77O2

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[Above image was taken from the Nail Polish Canada website. All other images taken by me.]

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR sample and coupon code (not an affiliate code).