August 2017 Wish List

Hello, hello!

Today I’d like to share my wishlist for August since it has been awhile since I’ve made one!

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

Wishlist Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Glideaway Cleansing Balm

What is on your wish list this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose, this is just a wish list!

Sephora Spring Anti-Haul

Hello, hello!

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.

Best of 2016 – The Makeup Edit

Hello, hello! Today I’m showing my picks for my “Best of 2016 Makeup” picks, a few are faves from last year, and most are new for this year.

Best BB/ CC Cream:

it cosmetics1

This one made my faves list again this year – the Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF50 from IT Cosmetics. I only use it in the warmer months because the shade Light is too dark for me this time of year. I want to try it in shade Fair, but I have some things to use up first.

Best Liquid Foundation / Best Powder Foundation:

My fave liquid foundation is the Nars Sheer Glow yet again this year. But I have a tie for best powder foundation – the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder (that I recently panned) and the Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation (that I’m close to panning). I’m trying to decide whether or not to re-buy, or to try something new.

Best Concealer:

One of the concealers is a fave from last year, the Nyx HD Concealer in Porcelain, and the other one is the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector, both of which I use daily!

Best Lipstick:

This was a tough one to pick since I have so many faves, but I’ll go with my two most worn lipsticks – both are ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in shades Dopey and Frick n Frack.

Best Highlighter:

ColourPop SuperShock Cheek - Butterfly Beach

Another ColourPop Super Shock Cheek, this time in the shade Butterfly Beach – the PERFECT rose gold highlighter.

Best Blush:

Nyx Ombre Blush

My most reached for blush is from Nyx Ombre Blush in shade Mauve Me, with an honourable mention going to the Essence Silky Touch blushes.

Best Brow Product:

Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara - Espresso

This year I have two picks that I’ve been using sometimes on their own, sometimes together – the Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara and the classic Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil.

Best Palette:

I only purchased one palette in 2016 because I own so many single shadows. I use the Tarte Tartelette Matte palette more than any other shadows in my collection!

Best Mascara:

This year I have a tie between the Essence I ❤ Extreme Volume and the Annabelle Big Show Mascaras – both in the Waterproof versions. Both give my lashes volume, are super black, hold a curl, and don’t clump or flake on me.

So there you have it, my picks for the Best of 2016 Makeup! Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for disclosures, all are identified.

Sephora Wishlist – Makeup

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Today I’m going to show you what is on my Sephora wishlist. Surprisingly, it is a small list of things that I need to go swatch at my local store. *All photos are taken from the Sephora Canada website*

Eyeshadow Palettes:

Anastasia Beverly Hills

 

Tarte

I’m torn between the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette and the Tartelette In Bloom Palette.

Lips: 

Bite Beauty

Oh my, there are so many of the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks that I need to go swatch! So far on my list are: Thistle, Taro, Sugarcane, Molasses, Chai, Verbena, Rhubarb, Sake, Fig and Pepper.

Face:

Tarte

Too Faced

Once again, I’m torn between two products, the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer, and the Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer (which was just reviewed by the lovely Stash Matters).

So there you have it, my current Sephora wishlist. Are you wishing for any of these products? What is on your current wishlist?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose, this is a wishlist, silly.

Best of 2015 – the Make-Up Edit

Best BB/CC Cream:

it cosmetics1

The CC+ Cream from It Cosmetics is my summer Holy Grail item since it contains SPF 50, doesn’t make my skin irritated or greasy, and it makes my skin feel like it can breathe (review). I plan on buying this again in the spring.

Best Foundation:

Nars 4

I’ve tried wearing liquid foundations over the years, and they’ve always made my skin feel like it is suffocating. The Sheer Glow Foundation from Nars is the first one that works for my sensitive skin that I’ve tried so far (review).

Best Concealer(s):

I have three that I use ALL THE TIME. And they are all from Nyx. The first one is for under-eye circles  – the Dark Circle Concealer (review), the second one is for general concealing and highlighting – the HD Concealer (review), and the third one is for any areas that need a little extra concealing power – Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer (review).

Best Lipstick:

I chose ColourPop Lippie Stix because 9 times out of 10, when I reach for a lipstick, it is one from ColourPop (reviews here and here).

Best Highlighter:

We have a tie for this one, the first being from ColourPop, and the second from Brazen Cosmetics (reviews here and here).

Best Blush:

Milani BB 1

Without a doubt, I will have to choose Milani’s Baked Blushes as the best (reviews here, here, and  here), I love them all equally!

Best Eyebrow Pencil:

My holy grail brow pencil is from Crispy Brows, with the runner up being from Anastasia Beverly Hills (reviews here and here).

Best Palette(s):

To be honest, I don’t own very many palettes. But my most used two are mini-palettes from Urban Decay, one of which I had won in a giveaway from Hello Kaily (reviews here and here).

Best Single Shadow(s):

This is a tough one since I have so many single shadows. But I will have to say that my favourite single shadows of this year would have to be Birthday Girl, Empire and Dare from ColourPop, followed by Stereo, also from ColourPop (reviews here and here). I chose these ones for their pigmentation and staying power.

Best Mascara:

Essence Get Big Lashes

I never actually did a review, but my go-to mascara is from Essence – the Get Big Lashes in the waterproof formulation. Most mascaras irritate my sensitive eyes, and because my eyes water easily (if I laugh, if it is windy out, or if my allergies are acting up), I need mascara that will stay put and not smudge. The price is ridiculously cheap too!

There you have it, my Best of 2015 for Make-Up.

Thanks for reading and have a Happy and Beautiful New Year! ❤ ❤ ❤

Disclosure: Please see individual reviews for disclosure of each product.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil

Hello everyone! Just a short little review for you today on the Perfect Brow Pencil from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil

As you know my holy grail brow pencil is made by Crispy Brows (original review here), but due to the currently horrible exchange rate, I thought that I might try one from Anastasia Beverly Hills since everyone seems to rave about their products. (Also I had the VIB $20 off deal so it lowered the price for me!)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil

Here’s what it says on the ABH website:

With its larger nib and softer consistency, this pencil is ideal for creating straight, long strokes. The vitamin E-infused formula glides on without skipping and dries to a powder finish.

The Perfect Brow Pencil is available in eight different shades on the Sephora Canada website – taupe (cool taupe), blonde (warm gold), caramel (reddish blonde), soft brown (warm golden brown), medium brown (taupe based brown), auburn (medium warm brown), dark brown (dark warm brown) and granite (cool dark brown).

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil

I decided to go with dark brown since my brows are naturally quite dark and taupe based shades cast too grey on me.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil & Crispy Brows Duo Brow Pencil

Consistency-wise, it is a softer pencil than that of the one from Crispy Brows, and is a little darker, but the shade works really well for me, and doesn’t seem to fade or rub off. I find that the Crispy Brows pencil seems to better control my brows than that of the ABH Perfect Brow Pencil. But overall, it is a good substitute for my HG brow pencil (at least until the exchange rate improves).

What do you use for your brows?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Can you believe that I’ve won two more giveaways?

So I’ve never really won anything until August when I won my very first giveaway hosted by the lovely Cat over at My Lip Addiction. My post about winning that giveaway is here.

In the past two months I’ve won two more giveaways! And I wanted to share them with you because I am so incredibly grateful to have won!

The second giveaway was hosted by Amy at Fashionista Budget in September, and I won the following things: an Hourglass The Indestructible Matte Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon and a Tokoyomilk Dark  La Vie en Rose #42 Bee Balm and Jasmine Lip Balm.

Giveaway win #2

And then this month, I won a giveaway hosted by Kaily at Hello Kaily. I won: an Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Eyeshadow Palette, a Wet ‘n Wild Lipstick in shade 902C Bare it All, a mini Tattoo Liner from Kat Von D in Trooper, a Brow Wiz sample pencil from Anastasia Beverly Hills in Chocolate, a Nyx Butter Gloss in BLG02 Éclair, and an E.l.f. Blending Eye Brush *the brush is not pictured because it rolled away and I didn’t notice until I was putting this post together, haha*

Giveaway win #3

So there you have it. I am so grateful to both Amy and Kaily for their generous giveaways! If you don’t follow either of them already, you really should check them out:

Amy – Fashionista Budget

Kaily – Hello Kaily

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤