Thursday, 31 July 2014

ipsy - June 2014

June's ipsy theme was Pretty in Paradise and the bag was designed by Rebecca Minkoff. It's an okay bag. I might take it down south this winter or something.





Included in June 2014's ipsy bag:

  • Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray - sample size 45mL $3.59 (approx.) - full size 125mL $9.99
  • clariSEA Sea Salt Solutions Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant - sample size 1oz $4.50 - Full size 4oz $18.00
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel - sample size 8mL - full size 8mL - $5.00
  • Jesse's Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black - sample size 5mL - full size 5mL - $6.99
  • Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara in Black - sample size 7g - full size 7g - $15.00
Retail value of this month's bag: $35.08 ($4.26 less than last month)

This one wasn't too bad. Three full sized products. I'll be giving them all a go. Into the use up bag they go.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

May Nail Polish Colours

I only painted my nails once in May; for my best friend's daughter's 2nd birthday.


Joe Fresh Nail Polish in Neon Pink - Pink Cream - Two Coats. Pretty colour, I'll be keeping this one around.

Avon Opal Top Coat - Glitter Topcoat - One Coat - What a pain to put on! The glitter is really chunky and I had to dab it on verses just paint it normally. It's getting kind of tacky too so I may just throw it out by the end of the year.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

May Favourites

May was a pretty low-key month when it came to makeup. I was working crazy hours at all times of day so the basics came into play.


Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Mat Black - I've had this for a long time and I'm trying to use it up but I do really like it. I can get a nice thin line with it, which is how I like my daily liner.

Laura Mercier Eyebrown Pencil in Auburn - I'm back to be a redhead and this is a great colour for me.

Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25 - I'm trying to use this up too. Since it's summer and I need a sun block, why not make it tinted.

Sensodyne Pronamel Whitening Toothpaste - I have sensitive teeth and I'm an ex-smoker so I'm trying to whiten my teeth.

Avon Glow Bronzer in Sunkissed Glow - I'm new to bronzers and I was kinda chicken to try a darker one. Now I just put this all over my face because it's about the same colour as my summer colour.

Monday, 28 July 2014

May Empties

May was an okay month for getting through products. I'm trying to get through the ton of perfume samples I have.


Avon Bubble Bath in Fresh Peach - I actually don't like Avon bubble bath but I have a lot of it from over the years. 

Avon Naturals Refreshing Shower Gel in Peach - I do like Avon shower gels. They're cheap and they lather nicely. This was a mini that I had for traveling.


La Fresh Travel-Lite Facial Cleansing Wipes - October 2013 BB5 - I had these in my purse makeup bag because when I work the open shift, I have to get ready at work. They were okay. I can't get them locally, so I can't see myself buying the full size.

Balea Detoxifying Face Mask in Lotus Flower & Ginseng - This was ok. Not my favourite so I probably won't repurchase.

up and up Exfoliating Cotton Rounds - I finished another bag. Staple in my routine.


Benefit they're real! mascara mini - I'm not fan of this one. The label totally wiped off all over my hand too. Boo Benefit.

J'Adore Voile de Perfum and Eau de Perfum - I couldn't tell the difference really but I liked the Voile better.

BlackXS Eau de Toilette - I liked this and so did hubby BUT I can't find it anywhere :(


Just one tea this month. Too hot I guess. Hot Toboggan - it was good but I have soo much tea,

Friday, 18 July 2014

Beauty Box 5 - May 2014

May's theme was Fresh and Focused.


Included in the May BB5 box:
  • MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask - sample size 1 mask - full size 1 mask $5.99
  • H20 Plus Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel - sample size 8mL $1.20 - full size 120mL $18
  • Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths - sample size 3 cloths $0.89 (approx.) - full size 10 cloths $2.97
  • Harvey Prince Hello perfume - sample size 0.05oz $0.48 - full size 5.7oz $55.00
  • Cattiva Precision Eye Liner in Black - sample size 0.012oz- full size 0.012oz $20.00
Retail value  of May's BB5 box: $28.56 ($15.03 more than last month)

I'm not a huge fan of sheet masks, but I will use this one as I like the company. The wipes I may stick into the camping gear. The rest will go into the use-up bin.


Sunday, 13 July 2014

ipsy - May 2014

Ipsy's May theme was "Beauty's Fresh Picks". I didn't take a picture of the bag this time, but it's almost a burlap material with green leaves on it.



Included in May 2014's ipsy bag:

  • derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub - sample size 1oz $16.25 - full size 2oz $32.50
  • Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Moonbeam and Unicorn - sample size 2g $2.97 (approx.) - full size palettes $14-17
  • Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask - sample size 60mL - full size 60mL $12
  • Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 - sample size 1oz $2.17 (approx.) - full size 6oz $12.99
  • Olive Natural Beauty Lip Balm in Refreshing Rosemary - sample size 0.07oz - full size 0.07oz $5.95
Retail value of this month's bag: $39.34 ($24.29 less than last month)

This bag wasn't so bad. I like scrubs and hair masks. I always need lip balm and sunscreen. The eyeshadow is just okay. I like the pearl shade and will use it as a highlight but the purple doesn't swatch well.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Topbox - May 2014

Topbox had the $10 addon again this month, and since last time was an amazing deal I figured, why not?


I received a full-size Stila Stay all day waterproof liquid eye liner in Intense Black. Sephora sells this for $26. Good deal! I will definately use this too because my MUFE one is almost done.


May 2014 regular TopBox:

  • Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes in So Black  - sample size 4mL $19.38 (approx.) - full size 6.5mL $31.50
  • Kinetics Nail Colour in Top of the Wave - sample size 15mL - full size 15mL - $9
  • Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion SPF15 - sample size 5mL - $4.80 - full size 50mL $48
  • Benefit Cosmetics Posiebalm Lip Balm - sample size 0.5g $3.67 (approx.)- full size 3g $22
They also gave us a couple for a sample of Lancome foundation BUT one has to go to a Hudson's Bay store and that's a rather long bus ride for me, so no-go for me. It was an extra, thankfully.

Retail value of this month's box: $36.85 ($5.70 more than last month)

So a nail polish or similar product 3 months in a row. WTF? Into the polish collection it goes. The rest will go into the use up bin. I may cancel TopBox soon if it doesn't start getting better.

Friday, 11 July 2014

April Empties

April was a pretty good month for empties. I'm getting through the samples pretty fast and there's even some full sized products :)


Balea Detoxifying Face Mask in French (Montmorillonite) Clay - I like clay masks and these are cheap and last a few uses. I found this one was nothing special though. 

Balea Deep Cleansing Face Mask in Dead Sea Salt and Seaweed - I liked this mask. I will most likely repurchase. 

SmashBox Photo Finish Foundation Primer - Sephora Sample - Tiny sample. Only lasted one use so it was kinda pointless. I've lots of samples of primer to get through before trying it again. 

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray - I love this stuff! It works wonders for me. I've repurchased in both travel and full size. 

Cover FX Anti-Aging Primer - September 2013 TopBox - it worked pretty well and I may try it again when I get through all my samples. 

Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Oil - November 2013 TopBox - I didn't really like this. It worked to get off my makeup but I felt I had to wash my face again after using it. 

Michael Todd True Organics Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub - An old favourite but I'm trying to buy less online so I'm trying out some new samples of different exfoliators.  

Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile -  This did nothing for me. I didn't find it toned or cleansed or moisturized. 


Alterna Bamboo Volume Abundant Volume Shampoo and Conditioner - Sephora Sample - One use samples so it was hard to make an opinion. 

Avon Advance Techniques Daily Shine 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner - Avon Sample - My hair is too dry for a 2-in-1. I needed a separate conditioner.  


Gillette Satin Care Dry Skin Shave Gel - I don't use much shave gel. This worked. I didn't really form much opinion. 

The Healing Garden Mandarin Therapy Shower Gel - I've had this so long that I don't even think this company is still around. It lathered nicely. Soap's soap, I guess. 

Dove Go Fresh Cool Essentials anti-perspirant - This left a residue on all of my shirts and was a pain to get out. Won't repurchase. 

Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming Body Wash - November 2013 Beauty Box 5 - I didn't find this smelted like lavender. Didn't really moisturize. It cleaned as well as anything else. 


Cover FX CC Cream in Light - November 2013 TopBox - it was the first time trying a CC Cream. Can't say I'd run out and buy this one, but it's opened my eyes to the idea.

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Black - Sephora sample - this was nothing special to me and dried out quickly. 

OPI Nail Envy - staple in my life. I use it almost daily to keep my nails hard since they're in water most days all day. 

Fairy Drops Scandal Queen Mascara - this mascara has fibers in it but I don't need that. The wand was these little bumps and curved. I wasn't a fan of that. 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

April Nail Polish Colours

April was a month for trying to wear polish but failed miserably. Hopefully with summer coming I can wear more.


Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Forget-Me-Not Blue - Royal Blue Metallic - Two coats. Really pretty blue, might make it to my toes later on in the summer.


Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Inspired Iris - Pinky-purple Metallic - Two coats. My bf's niece's fav. It's pretty shear even with two coats, which is fine.


Cuccio Colour in Jamaica Me Crazy - Periwinkle Cream - Two coats. I'm still undecided about how I like Cuccio polishes. Sometimes they work for me, sometimes they don't. It's a pretty colour though.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

April Favourites

This month is mostly skin care related since my face has been freaking out all month.


Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster - This is a Vitamin C serum. I had a sample of it awhile ago and my skin loved it. After not using it for awhile, I noticed some of my redness came back so I broke down and bought the small bottle. This has become a staple in both my morning and evening routines.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser - This is the first cleanser in my hunt to not make my face all tight and dry right after washing. I have dry-combo skin, so tight is never a good thing. I will be repurchasing it unless I find something better in the other minis that I have to get through first.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base - I've been breaking out a lot as of late and this stuff has covered everything. I've discovered that I really like the cream concealers for blemishes and my redness because it's thick and it stays put. I got this in my March BB5 and I've made quite a dent in it already. I probably won't buy another since I can't get it local, but I'll definitely be looking for something similar when I run out.

Origins A Perfect World Age-defense treatment lotion with White Tea - When I finally ran out of all of my Clinique toner, the hunt was one. This is the second one I've tried and I'm loving it. It cleans, tones, reduces my redness and yet doesn't dry out my skin. Just what I wanted!

B. Kamins Corrective Primer - I think I got this in a TopBox sometime last year, since it's a Canadian brand. It's been working really well hiding my pores on my cheeks, since they've gotten rather large lately.