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!

Weekly Recap Sept 18th to 24th

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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, Sept 18th – no blog post published –  I was in Nova Scotia visiting my parents for their anniversary from Sept 14th to 19th.

Wednesday Sept 20th The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10% Review


Friday, Sept 22nd – Ipsy GlamBag Unboxing & Review September 2017

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased all the things.

Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing & First Impressions – Sept 2017

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This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag arrived a little later than usual, but it was well worth the wait! This month’s theme was “Like A Boss”, and I love the bag design – black faux leather with its embossed stud pattern and bright blue lining. Info in italics taken from the Ipsy website.

Let’s take a look at what was inside:

Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Deception

  • This futuristic formula is super opaque, seriously shiny, and looks suspiciously like a gel.
  • Daunted by the DIY mani? Don’t be! The brush dispenses the perfect amount of polish on each nail, so it’s pretty much foolproof.
  • We’re not into playing faves, but this no-nonsense, steely gray shade comes pretty darn close.
  • This varnish is vegan, cruelty free, and totes non-toxic.

This is my second product from Adesse New York. I am so happy with this one, the shade is totally something that I would wear, and I don’t already have something similar. Plus it is cruelty free!

E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack

Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017

  • SOKO GLAM COLLAB: Chosen for ipsters by boss babe/Soko Glam co-founder Charlotte Cho
  • Hard work can happen after hours, too. This boss formula takes the night shift, so you wake up with refreshed, hydrated skin.
  • It’s made with 74% birch juice (AKA birch tree sap) which helps quench your skin while you sleep.
  • Our friends at Soko Glam say: “After using it for the first time, I noticed my face felt very soft and looked beautiful and plumped in the morning.”

I’m looking forward to trying this cruelty free sleeping mask out. It barely has a scent – they only use natural fragrances, so it should not irritate my sensitive skin. Review to follow once I’ve tested it out.


Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017

  • We wish we were as good at multitasking as this genius eye brush. Not only does the angled shape help you blend any eye look like a boss, but you can *also* use it for all your fave cream and powder shadows.
  • We’re suckers for anything rose gold, and the pretty handle on this guy looks amaaaazing on our vanity.
  • Have a brush with kindness! This fluffy, synthetic bristled beauty is 100% cruelty-free.

I love getting brushes in my Ipsy Glam Bag, especially ones from Luxie. It is super soft and cruelty free.

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow in Gunmetal

  • Streaks? Creases? #unsubscribe. This velvety baby blends like a dream.
  • Your eye look will be on lockdown. We tested it on an epic errands day and our smoky eye stayed put.
  • Gunmetal is a smoldery, steely gray that *also* looks rad as a liner.

This is a beautiful gunmetal – a shade that I will definitely wear. And it is cruelty free! My only complaint is that it is TINY.

ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Glam Bag

  • You voted, and here’s the winner! This exclusive matte shade was created in collab with our favorite peeps (ipsters like you).
  • The velvety formula is majorly pigmented, which means you get totally opaque, full-coverage color.
  • Even though it’s matte, it’s super comfy and non-drying thanks to moisturizing shea butter and Vitamin E.
Overall verdict:
Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017
Ipsy did a fantastic job this month! All five products are cruelty free, and all are products
that I will definitely use.
What did you get this month?
Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!
Disclosure: I pay for this subscription.

Weekly Recap Aug 21st to 27th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts, in case you’ve missed out!

Monday, August 21st – Ipsy GlamBag Unboxing & First Impressions (August 2017)

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Wednesday, August 23rd – Natura Siberica Saaremaa Moisturizing Hand Cream Review


Friday, August 25th – Natura Siberica Polar Blueberry Beauty Shower Gel Review

Natura Siberica

This upcoming week I have more products to review from my recent trip to Estonia. I still have to go through and edit photos from my trip, so eventually there will be a blog post about that.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original blog posts for product disclosures.

Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing and First Impressions August 2017

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Today I’m unboxing my Ipsy Glam Bag for August – it arrived on the 17th, the same day that I returned home from my vacation. All info in italics is taken from the Ipsy website.

Here’s what was in this month’s bag:

The Balm Voyage Vol. 2 Shadow in Kuwakaribisha

  • Our fave new way to get glowing: this pale peachy powder is super pigmented, shimmery but not sparkly, and is totally buildable (in case you want your highlight to be extra extra).
  • We apply this underneath our brow bones and at the inner corners of our eyes whenever we need to wake things up a lil bit (AKA every day).
  • Looking for a neutral eyeshadow to balance out cat eyes, cut creases, and all that fun stuff? Look no further.

Ipsy Glam Bag Aug 2017

This is a really pretty shadow / luminizer, so I’m happy to add it to my single shadow collection! *Cruelty free*

Naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Transluscent Powder

  • This finely milled powder is super lightweight so you’ll never look chalky or cakey.
  • We dusted it on before heading to ipsy HQ in the AM and our foundation looked mysteriously good all day. It definitely helps lengthen the wear of other makeup.
  • You can also wear it alone (just dust allover, no foundation needed) to quickly even things out, brighten, and tone down shine.
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara
  • This water-resistant, cruelty-free mascara manages to help curl even the straightest lashes. And if you apply after using a lash curler, it’s even crazier!
  • The curvy brush grabs onto every last lash coating it in jet black pigment.
  • It’s got Keratin and shea butter, which conditions your lashes.
  • The unique squeezy tube packaging means less waste!
This mascara is actually pretty good for a non-waterproof formulation, it doesn’t leave me with racoon eyes. The water resistant claim is true. It is a super dark black mascara (always my fave) and doesn’t make my eyelashes feel dry. However, I don’t think that it holds a curl very well for my stubborn long yet stick straight lashes. I have to curl my lashes, apply the mascara and then re-curl my lashes once the mascara dries.
Vitamasques Face Food Yoghurt Mask Duo
Ipsy Glam Bag Aug 2017

  • Call the crew over for a spa night in because these amazing masks are too good not to share.
  • The Strawberry Yoghurt Mask has (you guessed it) strawberry and yoghurt extract to smooth and illuminate.  
  • The Kiwi Yoghurt Mask works to soften and revitalize thanks to (mhm) kiwi and yoghurt extracts.
Crown Brush SS035 Medium Face Contour Brush
Ipsy Glam Bag Aug 2017
  • The synthetic bristles are insanely soft. Like, cuddling with puppies soft.
  • It really holds onto product which makes application way more precise and way less messy. (No need to clean up your vanity after!)
  • The versatile size works great for blush, contour, highlight, foundation, setting, and more.

Brushes are one of my fave things to receive from Ipsy, so I was super happy with this super soft synthetic brush. *Cruelty free*

Ipsy Glam Bag Aug 2017

This month’s bag was way better than last month! I’m happy that I received mostly cruelty free products.

Were you happy with your GlamBag this month? Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I pay for this subscription.

13 Months of Ipsy GlamBag – A Look Back

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I realized that I’ve had my Ipsy GlamBag Subscription for over a year now – 13 months to be exact. After getting ANOTHER black eyeliner, I got to thinking that I would take a look at all of the GlamBags that I received and tally up how many of each product type that arrived each month, rate the contents of each bag, and see how many cruelty free products that I received.

Ipsy GlamBag 13 months

As you can see, the top three categories are Make-up (31 products – out of which 4 were black eyeliners), Skincare (17 products) and Tools (10 – out of which 9 of them were brushes). And, to the best of my knowledge, 58 out of 65 products were cruelty free.

I took off points if there were non-cruelty free products in the bag, or if there were products that I didn’t like (like eyeliners, or highly scented products, or products that I either cannot use due to skin sensitivity, or products that I just won’t use). Anything that I didn’t like or cannot use, I’ve passed onto someone who will make use of them rather than have them go to waste.

Do you have an Ipsy subscription? How long have you had it? And are you mostly happy or disappointed with it?

Disclosure: I pay for this subscription.



Ipsy GlamBag July 2017 Unboxing & First Impressions

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Today I have my unboxing and first impressions for my July Ipsy GlamBag. (All info in italics is taken from the Ipsy website)

Let’s take a look! The bag itself is pretty cute with Sanrio’s Gudetama, a lazy egg creature.

Here’s the insert card:

Up first is a Crease Brush from IBY Beauty.

  • Wanna step up your shadow game ASAP?! You’ll need the right tools. Thankfully, this blending master picks up what you’re putting down, flawlessly. (No fallout here thankyouverymuch.)
  • Thanks to the dense, domed shape, this is THE brush you need to blend out your darker shadow shades and create fierce definition.  
  • It’s furry friendly! The super soft, synthetic bristles are 100% vegan.

I absolutely love getting brushes in my Ipsy GlamBags, especially when they are cruelty free and vegan.

Second is the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet from Caudalie

Ipsy Glam Bag July 2017

  • Cult classic alert! This bestselling baby helps hydrate, soothe, and soften ALL skin types. (Shout out to all you hyper-sensitive peeps!)
  • We love a cooling, refreshing sorbet in the summer, and this is no exception! It’s totes lightweight, so your skin will feel rejuvenated and oh-so fresh.
  • Forever young? Yes please! This moisturizing gem is legit loaded with a patented cocktail of organic grape water and grape-seed polyphenols, which protect your skin from icky wrinkle-causing free radicals.
Third is the Illuminating Highlighter from Nomad Cosmetics in the shade Midnight Sun:
  • This summer we’re taking it #overeasy, so we’re all about that maximum glow potential with little-to-no effort. (Sorry not sorry.) That’s why we’re OBSESSED with this gorg golden highlighter that makes us look dewy AF in a flash.
  • Glittery, shimmery highlighter is SO not chill. The finely-milled powder is infused with a nutrient-packed Nordic superberry for a totally natural looking, lit-from-within finish.
  • Wanna go for a beach babe-tastic monochromatic glow? This golden wonder also works as an eyeshadow!

Ipsy Glam Bag July 2017

I’ll start with the good, this highlighter is a soft and finely milled highlighter that is cruelty free, and the shade is beautiful – similar to the one that I recently reviewed from Maison Jacynthe. The bad is that this is so tiny. It is miniscule!
Fourth is the Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel from Tarte:
Ipsy Glam Bag July 2017
  • Dissolve waterproof makeup with this hypoallergenic, non-drying cleanser that’s ideal for daily use.

  • Seafood? It’s vegan, so antioxidant marine ingredients like algae and marine flower extract are the only food we see! (It’s food for your skin. Don’t eat this gel, even though it smells amazing.)

  • Turn your medicine cabinet into a mermaid’s treasure trove with the irresistible under-the-sea packaging.

Again, I’l start with the good – this cleanser sounds really amazing, I plan on taking it with me on my upcoming vacation next month. And it is cruelty free. The bad is how disappointingly tiny this sample is.
The fifth and final product is the Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner in Black from Ciaté London:
Ipsy Glam Bag July 2017
  • Black liners are a dime a dozen, but we’ve never seen one like this. TBH, this *wonderwand* is giving us maj Wonder Woman vibes. (Like the kind of wonder woman who can create an amazing cat eye and make it look effortless.)
  • You can literally create ANY eye look (from slept in and smudgy to razor sharp flicks) with this magic wand. It’s double-ended with a rich, inky black kohl formula on one side and a blending/smudging brush on the other.
  • Real talk: We expect a LOT from our liners, and we simply won’t stand for anything less than long-wearing. We wore this one to our BFFs wedding and it stayed on point all. damn. day.
YET ANOTHER BLACK EYELINER. It is cruelty free at least. But I’ll be passing this onto someone who will use it as I have more eyeliners than I will ever use in my lifetime.
This photo shows my overall feeling towards the bag:
Ipsy Glam Bag July 2017
I’m happy with the inclusion of mostly cruelty free brands, but I’m rather meh about how small the samples are – I don’t feel that this month’s bag was worth the $20 CAD (with the exchange rate) that I paid. And I’m super annoyed that I got yet another black eyeliner.
I plan on keeping my Ipsy monthly subscription for another couple of months to see if they redeem themselves.
Disclosure: I pay for this subscription.

Weekly Re-Cap (June 5 to 18th)

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Just a little re-cap of the past two weeks worth of blog posts as I didn’t post a re-cap last week.

Monday June 5th – Spring Cleaning Project Collab – Month Four Update & Final Thoughts

Wednesday June 7th – Schmidt’s Naturals Deodorant Sensitive Skin Formula Review (Lavender Tips)

Friday June 9th – The Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer Review

Monday June 12th – The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review 

Wednesday June 14th – The Ordinary Buffet Multi-Technology Peptide Serum Review

Friday June 16th – Ipsy GlamBag June 2017 Unboxing & First Impressions

So there you have it – all of the past two weeks worth of blog posts. Coming up this week, I have a few more skincare products from The Ordinary to review.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤