Ace Beaute Glimmer Shadow Review (Iced Latte)

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Today I have a little review and swatching of another one of the many goodies that I won in Rossy’s (Ayr Galaxy) giveaway awhile back – the Ace Beaute Glimmer Shadow in the shade Iced Latte. [info in italics taken from the Ace Beaute website]

Ace Beaute Iced Latte1

High pigmented soft shadows with a creamy texture specially designed for ultimate color pay-off. These shadows provide bold color in one swipe without fallout, creasing or fading.

Use a shader brush or your finger to apply to the desired area. For a foiled effect, spray brush lightly before picking up shadows

Ace Beaute Glimmer Shadow Iced Latte

The Glimmer Shadow reminds me of the Colour Pop Super Shock shadows as they have  a similar bouncy texture. The Iced Latte shade is a really pretty coppery bronze metallic shade – perfect for holiday looks!

Ace Beaute Glimmer Shadow Iced Latte

Synthetic brush and / or finger application seems to work best with this type of shadow. I find that some primers make it hard to blend this type of shadow out, so using a setting after applying and blending works to help lock it into place!

Have you tried anything from Ace Beaute?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the very beginning, this was one of several things that I won in a giveaway awhile back (thanks Rossy!).

Shop My Stash – Rodial Smokey Eye Pen

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Today I have another installment of Shop My Stash. I’ve been using the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in the shades Perversion and Zero for several years now, and ignoring all of the other black eyeliners in my stash (most of which I got when I had my Ipsy Glam Bag subscription). In my quest to use things up, I re-discovered the Rodial Smokey Eye Pen in my stash. [info in italics taken from the Shopper’s / Pharmaprix website]

Shop My Stash - Rodial Smokey Eye Pen

Enhance the eyes with super-rich pigment and gel-effect definition with this dark […] smokey eyeliner. This long-lasting soft formula easily blends for a buildable smokey eye effect with all day hold.

Shop My Stash - Rodial Smokey Eye Pen

The pencil goes on super smooth, and it is mega dark black – very pigmented. I mainly use it in my lashline and it stays put until I remove it at the end of the day.

Shop My Stash - Rodial Smokey Eye Pen

As you can see from the swatch above, you can smudge it a bit for a smokey effect, but only when first applied, it seems to “set” and then doesn’t budge! Despite being long wearing, it removes easily and doesn’t leave a dark residue behind. I think it is my new Holy Grail black eyeliner – I’m so happy that I re-discovered this one!

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Comparison swatch from left to right – Rodial Smokey Eye pen thick, Rodial Smokey Eye Pen thin, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Zero, and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Perversion.

Have you tried this eyeliner?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: This came in an Ipsy Glam Bag, that I paid for.

Shop My Stash – Bronzers for Pale Skin

Shop My Stash - Bronzers for Pale Skin

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I’ve been digging through my makeup stash and doing a bit of decluttering, and rediscovered my small bronzer stash.

Shop My Stash - Bronzers for Pale Skin

I’m super pale, so I have to really use a light hand when applying bronzer, but I have a few that actually work for my skintone once I get a tiny bit of not quite a tan, but less ghostly pale, haha!

Shop My Stash - Bronzers for Pale Skin


Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer in the shades Sweet Tea (got it at Generation Beauty, Toronto 2016) – a shimmery bronzer, the lighter of the two shades works better for me. Original review is here.

Ciate Bamboo Bronzer in the shade Palm Island (Ipsy Glam bag sample) – a matte bronzer. Original review is here

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in the shade Park Avenue Princess (I’ve had this in my stash forever, I got it from Sephora a zillion years ago) – slightly shimmery, not quite matte bronzer, probably the first bronzer I’d ever tried! Original review is here.

the Balm Bronzer in the shade Bahama Mama (Ipsy Glam bag sample) – another matte bronzer, very similar to the one from Ciate. Original review is here.

Shop My Stash - Bronzers for Pale Skin

Swatches from left to right – Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer shades Sweet Tea 1 & 2, Ciate Bamboo Bronzer in the shade Palm Island, Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in the shade Park Avenue Princess, and the Balm Bronzer in the shade Bahama Mama.

Do you have a fave bronzer?

Disclosure: All products disclosed above, none are PR samples.

Sothys Paris Fall Winter 2017 Makeup Collection

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I was recently contacted by the Canadian PR team for Sothys Paris to see if I wanted to test out their new fall-winter 2017 makeup collection – Reflet (Reflection).  [Info in italics has been taken from their press release]

For this new season, Sothys holds up a mirror to a beautiful reflection and magnifies your powers of seduction.

First up is the Cream Blush ($45 CAD).

A cream formula that transforms into a powder for a guaranteed healthy glow.

Velvety texture / Soft, satiny finish / Buildable coverage

An Old Rose shade that warms up and brightens the complexion beautifully. It has a smooth, easy-to-apply texture that melts onto the skin.

Sothys Paris

This is the first true cream blush that I’ve ever used. The Old Rose / Voile de Rose shade is very wearable, and I can see it working for a wide range of skintones. Because I’m quite fair, I have to apply with a light hand. I apply it with my fingers first, and then blend it out with a synthetic brush.

Next is the Smoky Eye Duo which is composed of the Contour Eye Pencil and Smoky Eye Pencil in Plum ($48.50 CAD).

Sothys Paris

Creamy texture / Iridescent Finish / Long-lasting

A smoky eye pencil and an eye contour pencil in matching shades for a chic, sophisticated look. A jumbo pencil for easy application and perfect coverage. A retractable eye contour pencil with a fine lead for drawing precision strokes.

Sothys Paris

The Smoky Eye pencil applies smoothly, and can be easily blended out with a synthetic brush. I love the metallic plum effect. The contour eye pencil can be used for a cat eye, or for lining the bottom lashes for a dramatic smoky eye look.

The Velvet Effect Lipstick in Rose Le Pic ($35.95 CAD).

Velvet texture / Matte finish / High coverage

This formula offers a comfortable velvet feel added to a matte, second-skin effect. Elegant packaging with red velvet pouch.

This lipstick is so beautiful – from the packaging to the embossing on the lipstick. It is a super hydrating, velvety matte finish. The shade Rose Lepic is so perfect for fall!

Sothys is available at institutes and spas across Canada (and worldwide).

Here is their statement on animal testing [from website]:

Sothys formulates all its products and treatments without animal testing. Sothys does not believe in this testing method, instead using in vitro and human patch testing to assure its users of its product safety and efficacy.

Disclosure: PR samples, however my opinion is entirely my own.

Sephora Spring Anti-Haul

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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


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


This looks absolutely gorgeous. But at that price, it is not going to happen!

Nars Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette $62 CAD


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.

January 2017 Empties

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I’m trying to stick to a low buy, and use up products before buying anything else, because I have a bit of a stockpile of makeup, skin, body and haircare products. I finished up a few things this month, and am really close to finishing up several more.


January Empties 2017

Nyx HD Concealer in Porcelain, reviewed here. Already repurchased!

Annabelle BigShow Waterproof Mascara, reviewed here.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, reviewed here. This mascara was a holy fail for me.



Consonant Antioxidant Superhero Serum, reviewed here. This was a gift. It is on my wishlist for when I use up more of my stash.

Consonant Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Cream, reviewed here. This was a gift, and it is on my list for when I use of more of my stash.

Mychelle Dermaceuticals Pumpkin Renew Cream, reviewed here. This was a PR sample.

Hair Care:

January Empties 2017

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair, reviewed here. This was in a recent Ipsy Glam Bag.

CO Lab Dry Shampoo, it has appeared pretty consistently in my monthly empties.

Hask Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo, reviewed here.

Bath and Body:

January 2017 Empties

Zabana Essentials Lime Berry Basil Deodorant Stick, reviewed here.

Primal Pit Paste Royal & Rogue Deodorant Stick, reviewed here.

January 2017 Empties

Haus of Gloi Bubbling Scrub in Rosy Cheeks Scent. I love the Bubbling Scrubs from Haus of Gloi. I have a few more in various scents in my stash, so I won’t be repurchasing until I use up a few more.

IQ Natural Lavender White Sugar Scrub, PR sample, reviewed here. This was lovely!

NuWorld Botanicals Anxiety Relief Whipped Borage Oil Hand & Foot Butter, PR sample, reviewed here. On my wishlist! Love this stuff so much!

Health, wellness, aromatherapy:

January Empties 2017

Saje Natural Wellness Liquid Sunshine Diffuser Blend, reviewed here. Repurchase? Already have, in a larger size bottle.

There you have it, all of the things that I’ve managed to finish up this month!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

August 2016 Empties

August 2016 Empties

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It’s time for my monthly empties post. I’ve really been trying to finish up some of the things in my stash rather than let them go to waste.

August 2016 Empties


August 2016 Empties

Haus of Gloi Hair Oil in Aether (unscented) – I have another one in my stash with the Cozy Sweater scent to use up. I really love this hair oil, and mostly use it in the cooler months. Original review is here.

Co Lab Dry Shampoo in Rio scent – This one has already been replaced. I finished one of these last month as well.

Zabana Essentials Dry Shampoo in Lavender Citrus Mint – It works really well, but I find the delivery system to be too messy, so I won’t be replacing this one. Original review is here.

Alterna Caviar CC Cream – This has been in my stash forever. I finally used it up! I won’t be replacing this one as I don’t think that this brand is cruelty free.


August 2016 Empties

Personnelle Brand Cosmetic Pads – Great for removing eye makeup and nail polish. I usually just buy whatever ones are one sale. These have already been replaced.

Oz Naturals Amino Herbal Hydration Mask – I really loved this mask. I haven’t replaced it yet, as I have a few facial masks to use up before I buy any new ones. Original review is here.

Not Soap, Radio When life gives you too many lemons (and you’ve misplaced your happy place…) Joy Inducing Hand / Body Lotion – I received this in my July Ipsy Glam Bag, and LOVED it. I have several hand and body lotions to use up, so I won’t be replacing this one for awhile, but it is added to my wish list. The review is here.


August 2016 Empties

Pur Volume Vixen 4-in-1 Mascara – I got this at the Generation Beauty event in May. This mascara doesn’t work well for me, and it has been abut 3 months since I first opened it, so it is going onto the trash. I won’t be replacing this one. Original review is here.

Brazen Triple Threat Antioxidant Skin Perfecting Primer – I got this primer just before I started blogging. Despite the brownish tone of this primer, it goes on clear. I really liked this primer but have a few in my stash to use up before even thinking about purchasing another one. I’ve never actually reviewed this primer.

So there you have it, all of my empties for the month of August. Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Reminder – My giveaway closes tomorrow at noon (eastern standard time). If you haven’t entered it yet, what are you waiting for? Go here to enter!

Disclosure: All things were purchased by me with the exception of the Pur mascara which I received at the Gen Beauty Event (that I purchased the ticket for).

Weekend Away Makeup Bag

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I just thought that I would show you what I’ll be bringing with me makeup-wise for my little weekend away in Toronto for the Ipsy Generation Beauty show. I’m trying to travel as light as possible by bringing only a backpack (with a foldable bag inside in case of shopping, of course).

I chose one of my makeup bags with the hope that I would be able to fit everything into it. And my brush roll case for my makeup brushes. I picked the makeup that I wanted to bring, photographed it, and then attempted to fit it all into my makeup bag at the very end.

Makeup bag:

Weekend Away Travel Makeup

Face products:

Weekend Away Travel Makeup

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation (review)

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream (review)

Nyx Dark Circle Corrector (review)

Nyx Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer (review)

Weekend Away Travel Makeup

Milani Rose Blush (review)

Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzer (review)

Eye products:

Weekend Away Travel Makeup

Concrete Minerals Electric Eye Primer

Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Smokeout (review)

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette (review)

Weekend Away Travel Makeup

Shu Uemera Eyelash Curler

Essence Cosmetics I ❤ Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara (review)


Weekend Away Travel Makeup

Crispy Brows Dual Pencil (review)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil (review)

Lip products:

Weekend Away Travel Makeup

Black Moon Cosmetics Liquid to Matte Lipstick in Wrath and Selene (review)

Nyx Matte Lipstick in Tea Rose (review).

Here’s the makeup bag with everything in it. Miraculously, EVERYTHING managed to fit!


Weekend Away Travel Makeup

*Not pictured is my brush roll (and brushes). I photographed them yesterday, but the photos have mysteriously disappeared, or got lost in the transfer from my phone to my Macbook. *

There isn’t going to be a post on Friday as I’ll be on the train to Toronto in the early morning hours for the Ipsy Generation Beauty show. I’ll be back on Monday to tell you all about it! Have a great weekend!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews, but I believe that everything was either purchased by me, or were giveaway winnings (from personal blogs).






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! ❤

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

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

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

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.

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

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.

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

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.

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

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! ❤