Shop My Stash – Spring Blush Edit

Hello, hello!

Shop My Stash - Spring Blush Edit

Today I have another Shop My Stash post – this time with my picks for warm toned blushes for spring.

Let’s take a look, going clockwise from the top:

Shop My Stash - Spring Blush Edit

 

Milani Luminoso – a classic peachy toned blush with gold shimmer. I tend to only use this one in the warm months. Review is here.

Juice Beauty Phyto Pigments Last Looks Cream Blush 04 Flush – Because I’m so fair, I have to be careful with this cream blush, but lightly applied, really gives my skin a healthy and natural looking flush. Review is here.

Essence Silky Touch Blush 10 Adorable – This one is pinky peach toned, very pretty. Review is here.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Paaarty –  This came in the 2017 Sephora Birthday Gift perk. I really love this one, it swatches more pink toned on me. Review is here

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful – a matte peach blush. I only ever reach for this one in the spring / summer. I admit that I’ve had this one FOREVER. Review is here.

I swatched the blushes far heavier than I would actually wear on my face, just so you can really see the shade differences between them all.

Shop My Stash - Spring Blush Edit

From left to right – Milani Luminoso, Juice Beauty Flush, Essence Adorable, Tarte Paaarty, and Tarte Blissful.

Do you have a favourite blush (or blushes) for spring?

Thanks for reading

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased these things, except for Tarte Paaarty – this was a Sephora Beauty Insider Perk Birthday Gift.

 

 

Shop My Stash – Bronzers for Pale Skin

Shop My Stash - Bronzers for Pale Skin

Hello, hello!

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.

Empties January 2019

Hello, hello!

I’m still working my way through my stash and using things up. I managed to finish up a few things this month. Let’s take a look and I’ll let you know if I’ve repurchased or not, or if I plan on repurchasing eventually, and I’ll include a link to the original review(s).

Empties January 2019

Native Deodorant in Lavender Rose and Cedar Sea Salt – Both myself and the mister finished our first natural deodorant sticks from Native. I’ve already purchased replacements, but this time in Hibiscus and Mint for me, and Eucalyptus and Mint for him. I’m also alternating using the sensitive formula in Cotton and Lily scent. Reviews are here and here.

LaCoupe Moroccan Rose Volume Loving Shampoo & Conditioner – This set took me six months to finish up because I can’t use it all the time as I need more hydration for my hair, nor did not give my hair any added volume – both of which I need in the winter time. I won’t be repurchasing as I have a few other shampoo & conditioner sets in my stash to use up. Review is here.

Empties January 2019

Nyx HD Concealer in Porcelain – I’ve purchased this several times since my original review in 2015, and will probably purchase it again once I use up the concealers in my stash.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara – This got lost in my stash, and I’ve had it open for too long. It wasn’t the one for me as it didn’t hold a curl for my stick straight lashes so I won’t purchase this one. Review is here.

Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm – I love this cleansing balm, and plan to repurchase once I finish up another cleanser in my stash. It is super gentle and removes makeup really well (even waterproof mascara). Review is here.

Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir / Antioxidant Serum – I really liked this serum sample from December’s Petit Vour box and would love to own a full size. But I have a few serums in my stash to use up, so it is going on my wishlist for now. Review is here.

Maison Jacynthe Eau Florale de Rose *PR sample –  I love facial mists / toners. This one is beautiful and a definite wishlist item for me as I have a few facial toners / mists to use up in my stash. I actually finished this one up a few months ago, but the bottle was hidden in my refrigerator so it kept getting left out of my monthly empties. Review is here.

Did you finish up much this month?

Thanks for reading

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Please see original blog post reviews for individual disclosure details. However my opinion is my own, based on my experience with the products.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara Review

Hello, hello!

Today I’m reviewing the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. I got it in an Ipsy bag back when I had a subscription (Oct 2017), but never got around to trying it out until recently!

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes

Just a reminder – my lashes are long and stick straight, so I have to curl my lashes before I apply mascara or else it looks like I don’t have any lashes. As well, my eyes are sensitive so many mascaras irritate my eyes. My eyes water easily, so smudge-proof mascara is a MUST.

I have seven requirements for a mascara:

1. waterproof

2. smudge-proof

3. non-flaking / non-clumping

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black)

5. volumizing

6. must hold a curl

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes

What it is: A lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara. 
What it does: Tarte lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara could be considered a dramatic makeover for your lashes. This high-performance formula is proven to increase the appearance of lash volume by 330 percent—creating strikingly thick, sexy lashes. 

This mascara is not waterproof, but I did not have any problems with smudging, which is a miracle! I also did not have any problems with clumping of flaking. My lashes looked super black and super long, but I don’t think that the mascara was over volumizing, and definitely not 330% more volume! How do they measure that? It held a curl ok, not amazingly well, but my lashes didn’t revert to their normal stick straight. And finally, this mascara did not irritate my sensitive (and allergy prone) eyes.

Overall, I would rate this mascara to be a 5.5 out of 7 for me, with 1/2 a point taken off for not being waterproof – but despite it not being waterproof, it did not smudge on me, and 1/2 a point off each for volume and curl holding requirements. All in all, this mascara is pretty good. It won’t replace my holy grail ones from Essence, but I’ll use it up anyway.

I have to say that this is one of the most difficult mascaras to photograph! You would not believe how many photos I took, and only ended up using two of them – so frustrating!

Disclosure: This came in an Ipsy Glam Bag back when I was paying for a monthly subscription.

 

August 2017 Empties

Hello, hello! Happy September!

August 2017 Empties

Today I have my empties for the month of August. Once again I did not finish up as many things as I had hoped – sometimes a cleanser will last way longer than anticipated! Being away for two weeks in August also meant that I was using far less from my stash.

Skincare:

August 2017 Empties

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Remakable Retinal Serum* (originally reviewed here). This is a great retinol serum, it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I’m currently using the Advanced Retinoid 2% from The Ordinary which also agrees with my sensitive skin so I won’t be re-purchasing this one right now, but it will be added to my wish list.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel (Ipsy unbagging here). This is such a small sample, so I can really only give a first impression of this cleanser – it was ok. Not amazing, not terrible. I wouldn’t purchase the full size because it didn’t wow me.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B6 (originally reviewed here). This is a great and super affordable hyaluronic acid serum. I’m currently testing out the Moisturizing Factors + Hyaluronic Acid from The Ordinary now that the weather is starting to cool down, so I haven’t repurchased this one yet.

Makeup Clearout:

August 2017 Empties

Technically none of the mascaras are empties, but I try to replace my mascaras every three months, sometimes longer if I don’t use it that often.

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara# (originally reviewed here). I won this in a giveaway from Rachael (Helpless Whilst Drying). Despite my preference for waterproof mascara, this one worked pretty well for me, it just did not want to hold a curl for more than four hours for my stubborn, stick straight lashes.

Annabelle Big Show Waterproof Mascara (originally reviewed here). I think that this is my second (or third) tube of this mascara. This tube wasn’t as good as the one that I had originally reviewed. It did not seem to be as volumizing as the first one. I still think that my fave mascara is from Essence (I ❤ Extreme Volume Waterproof) which I just replaced.

Bellapierre VolumeLash Waterproof Mascara (Ipsy unboxing here). This mascara is not the one for me. It is waterproof and a deep, dark, black shade, but I found that it tended to flake a little and irritate my eyes when I used it again recently. It made my lashes look super long, but did not add volume. I won’t be replacing this one.

Milani Color StatementLipstick in 40 Cabaret Blend (originally reviewed here). This one has started to go off. Because it has a fairly strong fruit punch scent, it doesn’t smell fully rancid, just slightly off. I rarely use this one, and have some similar shades in my collection so I won’t be replacing this one.

What did you finish up this month? I have a few cleansers, scrubs  and facial masks that are just taking FOREVER to finish. Hopefully they will be finished by the end of September.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Products marked with * are PR Samples, products marked with # are giveaway wins, and all the rest were purchased by me. All opinions are my own based my my experience of using the product.

Weekly Recap July 3rd to 9th

Hello, hello!

Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out on anything…

Monday July 3rd – June 2017 Empties

Thursday July 6th – Taming My Hair with the Conair Straightening Brush

This coming week I’ll be posting on Monday and Thursday, I’ll be continuing with this posting schedule for the rest of the month.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original posts for product disclosures.

June 2017 Empties

Hello, hello!

I’m still working my way through my stash. This month I finished up a few things…

June 2017 Empties

Three of the products are not cruelty free – The Marc Anthony Grow Long Caffeine Ginseng Shampoo and Conditioner, and the Deep Repair Aloe Vera Conditioning Treatment (Ipsy Glam Bag). I had purchased the shampoo and conditioner at the same time as the dry shampoo, thinking that Marc Anthony products were cruelty free – because they were at one point. See the below photo:

The photo on the left is from the shampoo, the photo on the right is from an older Marc Anthony hair product – see the difference – it used to say no animal testing and they don’t anymore.

Anyways, because I did not realize my mistake until two weeks after purchasing, I used the shampoo and conditioner up rather than throw them out. I won’t be repurchasing because they are no longer cruelty free.

June 2017 Empties

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Moisturizer, reviewed here. This was just ok for me as it was too highly scented for my liking. I won’t be purchasing the full size.

Tarte Maracuja Oil, reviewed here. I like this facial oil, but I won’t be purchasing right now as I have a few facial oils in my stash currently.

Derma MD Enzyme Cleanser*, reviewed here. I liked this facial cleanser, but again, I have several cleansers in my stash to use up.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Perfect C Serum 17%*, reviewed here. I really liked this C serum, but I loved the 25% one. I want to try a C serum from The Ordinary, before deciding whether or not to purchase MyChelle Dermaceuticals Perfect C Serum 25%.

Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butter in Haus Amber – The Pumpkin Butters form Haus of Gloi are my absolute fave body butters. I have a few more in my stash to use up.

Nuworld Botanicals Multi-Nutritive 3-in-1 Oil for Bath, Body & Hair in Anxiety Relief*, reviewed here. I love these multi-purpose oils. I mostly used this one in the bath. I have a few more bath and body oils to use up, but this is on my wishlist.

Have you finished up much this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Products marked with * are PR samples.

 

May 2017 Empties

Hello, hello!

I’m still working my way through my stash of all things skin, body and haircare. And I’m still mostly only purchasing things as I use them up.

Let’s take a look at what I managed to finish this month:

Empties May 2017

SKINCARE:

Empties May 2017

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Refining Sugar Cleanser  (PR sample) – original review is here. I absolutely loved this gentle scrub! I have this on my wishlist to replace once I use up a few more things in my stash.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads – original review is here. I think I’m going to buy the full size of this one.

Tarte Brighter Days Moisturizer – original review is here. This was just ok. I won’t be buying the full size of this one.

BODY AND HAIRCARE:

May17 Empties3

Ingenium Naturals CuraTif Body Salve (PR sample) – original review here. This is so good when my skin is dry. I loved this one! I still have a bunch of body lotions / creams to use up, so for now this is going on my wishlist.

Marc Anthony Clear Dry Shampoo – I bought this and used it for two weeks before I realized that it might not be cruelty free. I have some older hair goop from Marc Anthony that says that they don’t test on animals, but newer products no longer have that on the label. I won’t be re-purchasing. The CoLab dry shampoos are my fave so far.

MAKEUP:

Empties May 2017

Tokyo Milk Dark Lip Elixir – I won this in a giveaway back in 2015. I loved this lip balm, but I have so many to use up!

Nyx HD Concealer – original review here. I love this concealer and I’ve already re-purchased it, this time in the shade light (I had porcelain in the winter).

Have you tried any of these products?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: All purchased by me except for products identified as PR samples.

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2017 Unboxing / First Impressions

Hello, hello!

Yes, you read that right, this is my March Ipsy Glam Bag unboxing. Why? Because my March bag got lost in the mail, and they sent out a replacement bag and it arrived after my April Glam Bag! Ipsy CS had warned me that I might not get the products that were picked for me in my first bag, but surprisingly enough, everything in the replacement bag was what I was originally supposed to receive.

IpsyMar17 1

Bag design: pale pink fold over type bag, with the face having a honeycomb textured weave, and with the back being plain. It is a cute bag. The month’s theme was “You are Beautiful”.

Product #1: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer (cruelty free)

Ipsy Glam Bag Mar 2017

I’m super happy to get this one, I’ve used it before I started blogging and I remember liking it. I’m saving it for my summer vacation, so I won’t be opening it until then.

Product #2: Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Rosé (cruelty free)

Ipsy Glam Bag Mar 2017

At first glance it appears to be nearly the same shade as Birthday Suit (in the 2017 Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift). But I like this shade better. I’ve swatched them side by side for comparison.

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2017

Product #3: Marc Anthony Deep Repair Aloe and Jasmine Conditioning Treatment

Ipsy Glam Bag Mar 2017

I own other products from Marc Anthony that have the not tested on animals logo on the packaging, so something must have changed on the past year since this one does not, nor do other products that I’ve looked at recently. I really don’t like the scent of jasmine in most products, but thankfully the aloe vera makes this passable scent-wise for me. I haven’t done more than just sniff this. I might pass it onto someone…

Product #4: Elizabeth Mott Blending Brush (cruelty free)

Ipsy Glam Bag Mar 2017

I love getting brushes in my Ipsy Glam Bag. This is a cute little blending brush. I wish that the handle was a bit longer, but that is just a personal preference thing.

Product #5: Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow in Marisa (cruelty free)

Ipsy Glam Bag Mar 2017

This is so tiny! The outer packaging made it look like we were getting a nice sized pan, but it is so mini!

 

So there you have it, it is a pretty good bag, for March.

IpsyMar17 7.jpg

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription.