June 2016 Empties

Hello, hello!

Can you believe that June is nearly over already? This year is flying by so quickly!

June 2016 Empties

This was supposed to be yesterday’s post, but I was away over the weekend, and didn’t get my photos taken and edited until this morning. Oh well, better late than never!

Onto the empties – I finished up quite a few products this month. I’ve been really trying to clear out my stash of things before buying new ones.

 

Nuworld Botanicals Stress Relief Multi-Mineral Bath Soak* – I loved these bath salts, and once I finish clearing up my stash, I plan on replacing them. Original review is here.

Caprina Fresh Goat’s Milk Foaming Milk Bath+ – I received this as a birthday gift in April. I don’t think that I reviewed this one already but it was ok. I had to use nearly half a bottle to get a decent amount of foam to happen. I probably won’t purchase this one.

Haus of Gloi Haus Amber Pumpkin Butter – I absolutely LOVE Haus of Gloi stuff! I have a few more Pumpkin Butters in my stash to use up, but I’ll definitely replace them once finishing up a few more.

Oz Naturals Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut Body Butter* – I loved this one, especially on days that I did not want to wear a scented product. I would buy this one again, but not until I clear out my stash. Original review is here.

Haus of Gloi Bubbling Scrubs in Snow Wolf and S’mores – I will always buy the Bubbling Scrubs from Haus of Gloi. I LOVE THEM. Again, I have a few more in my stash, but as soon as I’m nearly finished, I’ll be making a Haus haul. I don’t think that I’ve ever reviewed these scrubs, I’ll have to put that on my list!

Lush Rehab Shampoo (Restauration) and Veganese Conditioner (Vegetalien) – I would buy the Rehab Shampoo again, but the Veganese Conditioner is too light for my crazy mane of hair. Original reviews are here.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Shampoo and Conditioner* – I did like both of these as they really helped keep my hair colour bright and refreshed. I’m testing out some new shampoo / conditioner combinations right now, so I’m not going to be replacing these ones any time soon. Original review is here.

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask – This is one of my holy grail skincare items for winter. But really, any time my skin needs a moisture boost. I’ll be buying this one again in the fall / winter. Original review is here.

Shiseido Facial Cotton+ – These cushy facial cotton pads were a part of the runner-up prize that I won from Stashy’s awesometastic giveaway. These are super mega luxurious! I’m sad that they are gone, because even though I loved them, I normally buy whichever ones are on sale. Original review is here.

Paula’s Choice Resist Cellular Defence Daily Moisturizer with SPF 25 – I liked wearing this with just powder, but it did not play nicely with liquid foundation. I’ve had this for quite awhile now and the last bit started to go off, so into the empties bin with this one. I probably won’t replace it, as I prefer to use a higher SPF.

Skinfix Inc Ultra Rich Body Butter* – Another beautiful body butter, so rich but not at all greasy. This one is totally stash worthy. I’ll be picking one up! Original review is here.

Au Naturale Creme Concealer – I haven’t used this one in ages. I remember really liking it when I got it. But it has since dried out so it is getting pitched (and the container will be recycled). Original review is here.

Elf BB Cream – I really liked this one, but won’t be re-purchasing as I prefer a high SPF in my BB Creams. It worked well with my skin and didn’t feel too heavy. Original review is here.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

I’ll be back on Thursday with my June Favourites – I know, my Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule is off this week. Next week I plan on returning to my usual schedule.

Disclosure: Most (but not all) of these products were purchased by me.Products marked with an asterix * are either freebies or PR samples given for testing and review purposes. Products marked with a plus sign + are either personal blog giveaway loot or were gifted to me.

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!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

e.l.f. BB Cream, HD Uplifting Concealer and HD Undereye Setting Powder

Good morning / afternoon / evening lovely people!

Just a little three-fer review of a few e.l.f. products that I’ve gotten in recent mini-hauls (here and here)

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First up is the e.l.f. Studio BB Cream with SPF 20 in shade Fair.

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I decided to try this one out as a replacement for my it cosmetics CC cream with SPF 50 in shade light for a two main reasons: price ($6 USD / $7.99 CAD versus $38 USD), shade (once the weather changes, I revert to a lighter pale and I’ve noticed that the CC cream was already starting to look too dark for me). If you want to read the review of the CC cream (here).

Prime, protect, moisturize, and perfect your skin with this multitasking cream. Infused with key anti-aging ingredients like Vitamin E, Jojoba, Aloe, and Cucumber to hydrate and nourish the skin. The smoothing formula minimizes fine lines and provides a natural tint of color for seamless coverage.

It has a more sunscreen type scent than the gorgeous lemony scent of the CC cream. If I apply it with my fingers it can be a little streaky, but applied with a damp sponge it applies smoothly with a light coverage.

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Shade-wise, it blends well with my skintone, and looks very natural. If you need a medium or full-coverage, then this is not for you unless you plan on using it as a primer only. It is hydrating, but if you have oily skin, it might be a little bit much – I had some oiliness issues on my nose while wearing this on a super hot day. Nothing that a blotting paper or powder touch-up can’t handle.

Up next is the e.l.f. Studio High Definition Lifting Concealer in shade Fair.

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In the tube and on the skin it looks really dark to me until I blend it into the skin.

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This high definition, skin firming concealer hides imperfections and regenerates the skin for added radiance. Minimizes fine lines and helps even skin tone for a youthful look. The formula is infused with key ingredients Vitamin C, Green Tea and Mulberry for lifting and soothing benefits, and to help improve skin texture.

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I don’t know if it actually firms the skin or not, but it seems to work well at concealing fine lines, redness / blemishes, and uneven skin tone on me.

And finally we have the e.l.f. Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder.

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This light-diffusing powder camouflages fine lines, dark circles and imperfections, perfect for on camera or everyday wear. The silky powder adds a velvety finish ideal for wearing alone or setting in cream concealer. The Vitamin C & K infused formula helps to restore and strengthen skin for a revitalized appearance.

I’m kind of on the fence about this one. I’ve tried it alone, over the BB Cream, over my Nyx Dark Circle Concealer (review here), and over the HD Lifting concealer. I’ve applied it with the tiny brush that it came with (brush is not delicate under eye skin friendly), a concealer brush, a larger powder brush and with my fingers. Some days I find I can get it applied without creasing, but other days, eesh, holy creasing batman! Maybe with practise I’ll be able to figure out the right combination. I’m not giving up on this one yet.

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

Disclosure: I purchased all of these products!

Mini Haul X2

Just a short and sweet post for you all today – my two mini hauls:

The first is from well.ca.

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e.l.f. BB cream in fair

Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Cream

The second mini haul is from Jean Coutu (a pharmacy here in Quebec) that FINALLY carries Nyx.

I almost squealed out loud in the pharmacy when I spotted the display!

Nyx Mini Haul

I didn’t have much money with me, so I limited myself to just two things:

Nyx butter lipstick in Pops

Nyx stay matte but not flat powder foundation in nude

Reviews to follow once I’ve has a chance to try everything out!

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

Mini Haul of Recommended Makeup and Skincare

Happy Friday everyone!!!  Just a quickie post today.

I placed an order with well.ca earlier this week, and it just arrived! I think that everything that I purchased were products that were reviewed by one or more of you lovely people.

mini haul

Reviews to follow as soon as I’ve had a chance to test things out long enough to have a solid opinion on.

Also, my friend who was visiting me from Toronto gave me a gift card for Lush, so I’ll probably be heading to the Lush store over the weekend to get some bubble bars and bathbombs!

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