Weekly Re-Cap (Jan 9th to 15th, 2017)

Hello, hello!

Just a little re-cap of the week’s blog posts in case you missed anything.

Monday, January 9th – Saje Natural Wellness Pocket Farmacy

Wednesday, January 11th – blog post went into outer space and never came back!

Friday, January 13th – Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker and the Glow All Out Highlight & Sculpt Cheek Highlighter 

Friday’s post was a re-write of the missing Wednesday post (Sexy Mother Pucker), combined with my planned Friday post (Glow All Out). Thankfully it didn’t take me very long to re-do.

I’ve been doing the Yoga with Adriene 31 day #yogarevolution, and so far I’ve managed to do yoga every day!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews.

 

Project Pan 12 – Week 6 Review

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Today I’m reviewing the 6th of 12 products for my Project Pan 12 collab with these lovely fellow bloggers:  Ingrid from CurlySpringBlossom, and Stashy from Stash Matters, and Chanelle from ChanelleHayleyyy!

Basically, the Project Pan 12 goal is to use up (or at least make a good attempt to use up) twelve products over the course of twelve weeks, and to review one of the products each week. After the product review, I’ll give a very short comment on the remaining eleven products just to account for whether or not I’ve been successful in using each of the products.

Onto the review! Nyx Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam – deluxe sample size

Capture that sexy glow with our lightweight multi-functional illuminator. Use as a foundation base or over cheekbones décolletage or cupids bow for that refreshing luminosity that’ll have everyone talking.

I received this in a recent Ipsy Glam Bag, and really only started using it since starting the Project Pan 12 Collab. My favorite way to use this is to mix it into my foundation to give my skin an extra bit of luminosity. I really like this liquid highlighter. I’d actually like to try the sunbeam one which seems to be more of a silvery pink whereas gleam is more of a rose gold highlighter. I will probably end up buying a full size of either sunbeam or gleam if I manage to finish this sample. You only need the smallest amount for a subtle glow.

Update on the remaining 11 products:

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1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder – Used daily. Reviewed week 1 (here)

2. Essence Cosmetics Bloom Me Up Shimmer Powder in 01 Rose it Up – still using daily! Reviewed week 2 (here)

3. Organic Surge Perfecting Facial Polish – finished week 5! Reviewed week 3 (here)

4. Brazen Cosmetics Organic Mineral Foundation in Crazed (0N) – I finshed this week 5, and reviewed week 4 (here).

5. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc – used daily, reviewed week 5 (here)

6. Urban Decay Mini Palette in Urban Vices – did not use

7. Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Mini Palette* – used 1x

8. Ren Purity No. 1 Cleansing Balm – did not use

9. Sukin Rosehip Day Cream – used 1x.

10. Haus of Gloi Hair Oil in Cozy Sweater – did not use.

11. Atelier Cologne in Rose Anonyme – used 1x.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Don’t forget to check out my fellow collaborators:

Ingrid from CurlySpringBlossom

Stashy from Stash Matters

Chanelle from ChanelleHayleyyy!

Disclosure: I purchased all products except for those marked with * (giveaway win).

ColourPop SuperShock Cheek in Butterfly Beach (Review)

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Hello, hello!

Last week I gave a sneak peek at my ColourPop order that arrived last week – in it were five of liquid lipsticks (two Ultra Metallic, two Ultra Glossy and one Ultra Satin) as well as two Super Shock Cheek (highlighters). I’m only going to be reviewing three of the liquid lipsticks, and one of the highlighters as the rest will be going into my soon to be announced giveaway. Today I’m reviewing the SuperShock Cheek in Butterfly Beach.

It is described as:

Soft peach with highlights of gold and silver, a shout-out to our favorite So Cal Beach.

In the package the colour seems a little dark, so I was afraid at first that it would look terrible on my fair skin.

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But swatched it is a beautiful rose gold, and can be as subtle or as extreme as you want it to be. I’ve been wearing it to give me a subtle glow.

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As for application, because this product has a weird bouncy texture, it is easiest to apply with my fingers, and then blend it out with a synthetic brush if I applied too much.

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It looks great paired with the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso.

I think that this colour would look amazing on a wide range of people from fairer to darker skintones. On the website they have a swatch of it on three different skintones and I think that it looks stunning on all three!

Have you tried this one from ColourPop?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

July Faves (2016)

Hello, hello!

I cannot believe that it is the end of July already! This summer is flying by!

Today I’d like to show you my faves for the month.

Skincare:

Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner – this facial mist is so refreshing and soothing. I use it after I was my face, and during the day whenever I feel that I need a blast of soothing goodness. Especially great during the past two weeks of super hot and humid weather. Reviewed here.

Sukin Purifying Facial Masque – I’ve been multi-masking these days, using this one everywhere except for my nose and chin. Reviewed here.

Pixi Glow Mud Mask – I’ve been using this one on my nose and chin along with the above mentioned Sukin Facial Mask. I’m going to be sad when this one is finished since I haven’t found anywhere that carries Pixi since the closure of Target. Reviewed here. *

NuWorld Botanicals Multi-Nutritive 3-in-1 Oil in Energy Boost – I’ve been using this one a LOT these days, in the bath, or applied after a bath or shower, even in my hair. I just love the scent! It is a definite mood lifter!  Reviewed here. *

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant – I just reviewed this on Monday, but this is a definite fave. Especially after the hot and humid weather! Best deodorant that I’ve EVER used. Review is here.

Make-up:

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Frick’n’Frack and Dopey. This summer I’ve been all about rose toned lips. Reviewed here and here.

Nyx Ombre Blush in Mauve Me. I’ve been wearing this one a lot, it gives a subtle glow when applied. Reviewed here.

Wet n Wild Coloricon “Bronzer” in Reserve My Cabana. This has been my go-to highlighter nearly every single day this month. I can’t thank Stashy enough for this one! Reviewed here. %

What were your faves this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Mostly purchased by me, except for items marked with * (Freebies and/or PR samples given for review) and % (giveaway loot winnings).

Giveaway Haulage from Stash Matters!

So the lovely Stashy recently had an insane giveaway extravaganza to celebrate her one year blogiversary, and I was lucky enough to win a runner-up prize package. And I have to say, it was extremely generous and filled with loads of awesomeness! I’ve had a chance to try almost everything out, and I wanted to show you what I won as well as to express my gratitude to her. THANK YOU STASHY! ❤

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First of all, there was a lovely card and note inside the package.

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A package of super swanky facial cotton pads from Shiseido. As I said in my recent empties post, I normally just buy whichever facial cotton pads are on sale because I figured that there wasn’t a huge difference. Well, let me tell you, I was so wrong! These facial cotton pads are LUXURIOUS! So soft, and non-linty.

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A tube of the most amazing hand cream that I’ve ever used! The Intensive Therapy Organic Hand Cream from Consonant is so good, I’ve been using it non-stop. It has a lovely mild herbal scent (despite being called “unscented”), and it is non-greasy and moisturizes my poor dry hands like BUTTAH! I will definitely be buying a replacement tube of this.

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A travel sized bottle of The Perfect Sunscreen, also from Consonant! I haven’t tried this yet as I’m saving it for the warmer weather, but if it is anything like the hand cream in terms of quality, then I’m probably going to love it. Plus it is SPF30, so it will be put to good use.

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A super soft little makeup brush from Anna Sui! The handle is to pretty – the end looks like a rose.

A sweet little pair of earphones. I had recently broken mine, and had not gotten around to replacing them, so this was perfect! Look how cute and colourful they are!

A mini kabuki type make-up brush from The Body Shop! It is so soft, I’m always playing with it because I cannot believe how SOFT it is!

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

A Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzer SPF15 in shade Reserve Your Cabana! As Stashy said, this is a highlighting shade, not an actual bronzer.

The pan is ENORMOUS! I think that I’ve worn it just about EVERY SINGLE DAY since my package arrived, it is a perfect shade for me!

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

This was a runner-up prize, can you believe it? AMAZING AND AWESOMETASTIC!

Thanks again Stashy! ❤

 

Best of 2015 – the Make-Up Edit

Best BB/CC Cream:

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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:

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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:

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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.

 

500 Followers Milestone and Giveaway!

I am super thrilled and beyond grateful to tell you all that I have reached the 500 followers blog milestone! Thank-you to each and every one of you who has followed, liked and commented on my posts!

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As a little thank-you, I am holding my very first giveaway. Up for grabs is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Glow Palette featuring Champagne Pop x Jaclyn Hill.

The rules are simple:

You must be following this blog via wordpress (I will plan a giveaway on other platforms at a later date as this is my very first giveaway and I want it to be as uncomplicated as possible), and you must leave me a comment with your answer to following two questions to enter: 

  1. Nude or vampy lip?
  2. Cream or matte finish?

The giveaway is international, and will be open until Saturday, December 5th at midnight eastern standard time. I will announce the winner on Sunday, December 6th.

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

Disclosure: This giveaway prize was purchased by me and is not sponsored by any company.

ColourPop Mini Haul Nov 2015 – Super Shock Cheeks

Continuing on with swatching of my recent mini-haul from ColourPop (Lippie Stix review here) , today I’m showing you the Super Shock Cheek products that I purchased. It is next to impossible to get an accurate colour representation of these two highlighters in the packaging, despite taking the photos from different angles.

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The Super Shock Cheek products have that same weird bouncy texture as their shadows. Here’s the application instructions:

Fingertips will provide the highest amount of coverage. Brush suggestions: Use a flat synthetic cheek/ foundation brush or a duo fiber brush; flat synthetic brush will give more coverage and the duo fiber brush will give a more sheer, air brushed effect. WHEN FINISHED: Close that sucker up tight! Don’t leave the jar opened for long periods of time; you may lose some of the magic that makes the Super Shock Cheek Pearlized so amazzzing. Colour builds from natural to a more intense look. … Build to your heart’s desire!

Now onto the swatches. When I first swiped my fingers over both Sticky Sweet and Stole the Show, I thought to myself, “oh my, this is definitely outside my comfort zone!”

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First up is Sticky Sweet: Ooey gooey, sticky sweet, sticks to your cheeks and not your feet (haha we tried) – a deep violet with pink duo chrome finish. Second up is Stole the Show: Light cool-toned gold with luminous flashes of pink, silver and gold. They’ll want an encore when you put this on.

In the two photos below, both Sticky Sweet and Stole the Show are heavily swatched on my arm and the photos taken from different angles to try to show the depth of the pigmentation, and to try to capture the sheen. Aren’t they GORGEOUS?

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The next two photos are the same swatches, but blended out.

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I think that both Sticky Sweet and Stole the Show would work beautifully on a wide variety of skin tones. Applied with a light hand, and blended out, both are gorgeous and very wearable, even if you are pale like me.

Have you tried either of these Super Shock Cheek highlighters from Colour Pop?

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

Disclosure: I purchased these things.

Highlighter Love – Brazen Cosmetics

Good morning, or afternoon, or evening, depending on where you are! I just wanted to quickly share my favourite highlighter with you – the X Factor Complexion Illuminator in Pink from Brazen Cosmetics. I ordered this highlighter in January of this year, and have been using it daily since then!

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It is a very fine, loose powder, and gives my skin a soft luminosity without making me look like I’m covered in glitter, not that that is a bad thing, but sometimes you want a subtle glow and not a full-on glitterfest.

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Below is a the Complexion Illuminator swatched on my arm – both with and without flash, hopefully the lighting will show the colour accurately. I think that it is photographing more white, but in real life it is more pink toned.

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I purchased the full size version, a 20g jar with sifter for $11.99 (USD plus shipping). It is also available in a smaller size jar. It is currently not on their website as they only list products that are currently in stock.

It is made by Brazen Cosmetics, an indie brand from the United States.They are a cruelty-free company, and some of their products are vegan. Their products are available in their online store (they offer international shipping). Here’s a little blurb about the company (taken from their website):

BRAZEN: (bra`zehn)

1) Shameless and bold. 2) Marked by flagrant and insolent audacity.

Brazen is your top stop for kick ass indie cosmetics for stage and street! We love creative and trendy makeup and scents! Why blend in?! We specialize in professional formulas, intense pigmentation, and long wearing shades.

Our founder and chief formulator has over 15 years experience formulating cosmetics of all variations so you get the benefit of years of research and testing. Brazen Cosmetics were created for the daring confident girls (or guys) who demand a lot from their makeup and don’t settle.

Our products work HARD to bring you high pigmentation, long lasting wear, unique colors and makeup that actually IMPROVES your skin! One swipe and you’ll be hooked. Unleash your inner drama queen and strut your stuff in style!

Disclosure – this was purchased by me!