Merit Signature Lip Reviews – Baby and L’Avenue

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Merit Signature Lip

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen that I did a very small order during the Sephora annual sale. Today I’m reviewing and swatching two of the Merit Signature Lip Lightweight Lipsticks [info in italics taken from the Sephora website].

Merit Signature Lip - Baby

What it is: A sheer lipstick with a satin finish and the benefits of a lip balm—without the heaviness of a traditional lipstick.

Formulation Type: Lipstick Benefits: Hydrating

Highlighted Ingredients: Squalane and Sunflower Seed Oil: Lock in long-lasting moisture. Papaya Fruit Extract: Soothes lips. Raspberry Oil: Moisturizes and adds a soft aroma.

Merit Signature Lip - L'Avenue

There are eight shades listed on the Sephora website, and I purchased the shades Baby (neutral pink) and L’Avenue (berry brown). Baby is the perfect pink toned nude on me, and L’avenue pulls more berry than brown on me. I love them both!

Merit Signature Lip Baby and L'avenue Swatches

These lipsticks are so hydrating! The colour applies sheer, but is slightly buildable. SO comfortable on the lips. It really does feel lightweight. Probably the most comfortable lipstick I’ve ever worn. It isn’t super long wearing, but I don’t mind re-applying as I would with a lip balm.

I’d like to pick up a few more shades at some point – most likely Tiger (brick red) and Fashion (soft berry).

Have you tried these lipsticks?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I purchased these things. And I might do it again!

Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift 2020 – Briogeo Revive & Repair Duo Review

Briogeo Revive & Repair Duo

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Briogeo Revive & Repair Duo

Although my birthday was in early April, I only received my Sephora Annual Birthday Gift in May – there were a choice of a few mini sets, and I chose the Briogeo Mini Charcoal + Coconut Oil Shampoo and Mini Deep Conditioning Mask. [info in italics taken from the Sephora website]

Briogeo Revive & Repair Duo

Great hair starts with this bestselling duo! Detoxify your scalp and deep cleanse with Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo. Restore and strengthen dry, damaged hair with Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, revealing healthy-looking and shiny locks.

I’ve previously tried the Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask and loved it, so I won’t review it today. I’ll just focus on the Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo.

Briogeo Revive & Repair Duo

This unique shampoo infuses binchotan charcoal to draw impurities from the scalp and hair follicle, providing the foundation for optimal scalp health. Vegetable-derived micro-exfoliators remove dead skin cells and product buildup to support a clean, balanced, and healthy scalp, as a cooling blend of peppermint and spearmint oils reduces scalp itchiness. Tea tree oil features anti-septic and healing properties to reduce scalp irritation, while coconut oil delivers superior moisturization to the scalp to combat and prevent dryness and flakiness. Super-vitamin panthenol provides essential nutrients to strengthen the hair roots and shaft.

This is a mega-minty shampoo treatment. My scalp felt tingly and soothed, and super clean. The mini jar contains enough for me to get three or four uses (depending on how much I use each time). I could see myself buying this and using it as a scalp detox treatment twice a month.

Briogeo Revive & Repair Duo

Did you pick this mini kit as your birthday gift, or did you go for one of the others?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: This was a free gift as part of being a Beauty Insider.

Sephora Birthday Gift 2019 – Drunk Elephant Kit Review

Sephora Beauty Insider Annual Birthday Gift 2019 - Drunk Elephant

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I finally picked up my Sephora Beauty Insider annual birthday gift. There was a choice between a Kat Von D kit and the Drunk Elephant kit. Since I’ve head so much about how awesome the Drunk Elephant line is, I knew that I had to choose that one! [info in italics taken from the Sephora website]

Sephora Beauty Insider Annual Birthday Gift 2019 - Drunk Elephant

The kit contains two samples: Mini Protini™ Polypeptide Cream & Mini Beste™ No.9 Jelly Cleanser.

Sephora Beauty Insider Annual Birthday Gift 2019 - Drunk Elephant

Let’s take a look at the Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer:

What it is:
A protein moisturizer that combines an unprecedented array and concentration of actives for improvement in the appearance of skin’s tone, texture, and firmness.
Solutions for:
– Loss of firmness and elasticity 
– Dryness 
– Dullness and uneven texture 
Protini’s proprietary formula delivers revived, younger-looking skin, almost from the first application. Lines, wrinkles, and signs of sun-damage appear reduced, while depleted skin feels strengthened and moisturized. 

This moisturizer is super lightweight, almost gel like in texture, and it sinks into my skin quickly, but at the same time it is very hydrating. It works well with my foundation and powder too. I really like this moisturizer, and I can see how long term use could be really beneficial.

Now onto the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser:

An innovative jelly cleanser that removes all traces of makeup, excess oil, pollution, and any other grime from the day. Free of SLS, fragrance, and essential oils, Beste™ No. 9 is totally non-irritating, non-sensitizing, and appropriate for all skin. 
Solutions for:
– Oiliness
– Makeup removal 
If you want to know more…
With a unique blend of mild surfactants and makeup-dissolving emollients, this gentle formula rinses away without an ounce of residue, leaving skin clean and soft. 

This is such a great cleanser, very gentle and perfect for my sensitive skin. It removes makeup easily and doesn’t make my skin feel dry or irritated. I can see this cleanser working for every skin type.

Sephora Beauty Insider Annual Birthday Gift 2019 - Drunk Elephant

Have you tried anything from Drunk Elephant?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Free Sephora Beauty Insider annual birthday gift.

Weekly Recap to April 2nd to 8th

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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, April 2nd – Monthly Empties March 2018

Empties March 2018

Wednesday, April 4th – Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner

Friday, April 6th – Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gifts 2018

My birthday was on Friday, and most of the day involved me being curled on the couch with a blanket, my Ipad, Kindle and Netflix. I got hit with a terrible chest cold, so instead of going out for a birthday meal as originally planned, we ended up getting sushi to go from my fave little place.

All of the birthday wishes on various social media channels helped lift my spirits, so thank you!

We were supposed to go to Mr. A’s family’s place for a birthday brunch, but decided to postpone as I was still quite ill, and did not want to risk infecting them. So we will be celebrating with them next weekend instead. Surely by then I’ll no longer feel like death warmed over!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original blog posts for product disclosures, all are identified.


Sephora Birthday Gifts 2018

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This year Sephora added more choices for their Beauty Insider 2018 Birthday Gift Selections – there is a Glam Glow Clearing Treatment and Moisturizer Set, a Bite Beauty Lip Set and a Bumble and Bumble Shampoo and Conditioner Set.

Of course I picked the Bite Beauty Lip Set! Info in italics taken from the Sephora website.

Bite Beauty Lip Set - Sephora Birthday Gifts 2018

Mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai, Mini Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé, and Agave Lip Treatment Sample Duo

Bite Beauty Lip Set - Sephora Birthday Gifts 2018

A kit of lip essentials made with good-for-you ingredients. Experience high-pigment, creamy color in two exclusive shades with a moisture-rich lipstick and lip crayon. Exfoliate with a conditioning scrub, then soothe with a hydrating balm.

Bite Beauty Lip Set - Sephora Birthday Gifts 2018

  • .05oz/ 1.55 g Mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai
  • .031oz/ .89 g Mini Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé
  • .018oz/ .50 g Agave Lip Balm
  • .018oz/ .50 g Agave Sugar Lip Scrub

Bite Beauty Lip Set - Sephora Birthday Gifts 2018

Both the Mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai and the Mini Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé are perfect shades for me. And I didn’t already own either shade!

I’ve been saving the Agave Lip Balm and Agave Sugar Scrub to use today (my actual birthday) – and wow, I need to get my hands a the full sizes ASAP!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Annual Beauty Insider free birthday gift from Sephora.






Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift 2017

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So as you all probably know Sephora has a Beauty Insider program and one of the perks is that you get a little gift on your birthday. There was a choice between a mini makeup set from Tarte, or a skincare set from Caudalie. I chose the Tarte set.

In it you have a mini Amazonian Clay Blush in the shade Paaarty (the mini is 1.5g / 0.05oz, and a full size blush is 5.6g / 0.20oz) and a mini Tarteist Lip Paint in the shade Birthday Suit (mini is 1ml / 0.034oz, full size is 6lm / 0.20oz).

I love the Amazonian Clay Blushes as they are highly pigmented, and long wearing. The shade works perfectly on my for a very natural flush.

The Tarteist Lip Paint is very comfortable on my lips, but personally I think that the shade is a little too pale nude on me. It swatches much darker on my arm then it does on my lips. I prefer more pink toned nude shades for me.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Sephora Beauty Insider Membership Birthday Gift perk.


Weekly Re-Cap (Mar 27th to Apr 2nd)

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Just a little re-cap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out on anything:

Tuesday, March 28th – Mini Birthday Haul Part 1 – Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Pepper

Thursday, March 30th – Mini Birthday Haul Part 2 – Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask and Tarte Brighter Days Moisturizer

This coming week I’ll be back to my normal blogging schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Friday posts.

How was your week? Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews.

Mini Birthday Haul Part 2 – Herbivore, Tarte

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Today I’m reviewing the samples (both deluxe and regular) from my mini haul (descriptions in italics are taken from the Sephora website):

The first of which I got using a promo code – the Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask – this one has been on my wish list to try for ages!

Herbivore Blue Tansy


This mask is designed to clarify and resurface skin with soothing blue tansy, naturally resurfacing white willow bark, and gently exfoliating fruit enzymes. It leaves skin soft and renewed, and skin gains increased clarity and smoothness with continual use.

Herbivore Blue Tansy

This is a lovely blue gel type facial mask. I did a patch test on my arm before testing it on my face, as I wasn’t sure how my skin would react. It really is a cooling and soothing mask, and my skin feels so soft and smooth after using. I’m sure that the increase in clarity will come with continued use. I’ll be adding the full size version to my wish list!

The second deluxe sample I got with my Beauty Insider points – the Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer.

Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Mascara

Give skin a natural-looking glow with Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer. This lightweight facial lotion is formulated with 70 percent water and light-reflecting mineral pigments to quench dull, dehydrated skin while delivering a sheer veil of illumination and radiance. The sweat-resistant formula is perfect for before or after the gym, or even for faking an afterglow without the sweat session. It can be worn alone or under your makeup for a subtle sheen. This hypoallergenic multitasker works to soften, smooth, and deliver a long-lasting surge of moisture without clogging pores.

This is a nice light moisturizer with very fine mica in it that helps add radiance to the skin. Very gentle, and non-greasy. Will I buy a full size? It is nice, but isn’t a must have for me.

Now onto the free samples – perfumes – both have rose notes, perfect for spring!


The fragrance transfigures the mythic rose, infusing it with a resolutely urban spirit. Combined with magnolias and generous peonies, the rose becomes both honey-like and powdery; its petals blossom on the skin. Cheeky, free, and sophisticated, the scent breaks every boundary and vibrates with a woody tone—a signature rose that has become a legend.

I’m in love with this perfume, I love the rose notes in this one.


The unique scent opens with top notes of fresh mandarin and frozen lemon, balanced with watery tones of freesia to create a soft, dewy feeling. An infusion of Bulgarian rose essence, crunchy violet leaves, and delicate peony petals brings a freshness to the feminine floral heart, while ambergris base notes reveal a subtle masculine undertone.

This is a perfume that I’ve always liked on other people but never really liked on myself. Until now! This one is also so lovely! I don’t know which one I love more!

Have you tried any of these items?

Disclosure: Items gotten with promo codes, Sephora Beauty Insider points, and free samples with purchase.

Mini Birthday Haul – Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Pepper

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My birthday is next week, and every year I buy myself a little treat. This year, my little treat is from Sephora – of course the day AFTER I placed my order, I got my email about my free birthday gift so I still need to pick that up.

Sephora Birthday Haul - Briogeo and Bite Beauty

As you can see, I bought myself two main things – a full size of the Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème (originally reviewed the sample size here) and a Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in the shade Pepper.

I’ll be reviewing the rest in another post as I haven’t tested everything out yet. Onto the review!

Here’s what it says on the Sephora website:

Swipe on bold, creamy lip color with Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche. Created and crafted by hand, Bite’s small batch, low-heat process preserves a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils that are essential for achieving healthy-looking lips. Made with 12 edible oils and triple milled pigments, this lipstick provides saturated lip color with weightless coverage and a citrus flavor made from fresh pressed fruit.

This is my first lipstick from Bite Beauty and I have to say that it is well worth the money – it is the most luxurious and smooth lipstick that I’ve ever owned!


The shade that I picked was Pepper – described as a dusty rose.

Birthday Haul8

It is such a perfect shade for spring! I absolutely love it, and can’t wait to add a few more to my collection! It is long wearing and comfortable on the lip.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I purchased this!