Wednesday, 29 July 2015

June Favourites

I've only got a few favourites this month. 


NARS Laguna Bronzer Mini - I've had this for awhile and I always felt like it was too dark for me. I've discovered, with a light hand, it's great for the summer.

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Liner in Velvet Black - I've had a hard time finding waterproof liners in my stash. This one was hiding in there so I figured I'd use it up in a Project Pan.

Estee Lauder Duo in Mascara and Gloss - The gloss is the favourite of the two. The shade is "Rock Candy" and it goes well over my coral lipstick that I have in my purse. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Birchbox - June 2015

June's Birchbox actually arrived super early. I'm not complaining mind you; it was just weird.


Included in this month's box:
  • Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer - sample size 20mL $18 - full size 50mL $45 
  • Parlor Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray - sample size 1oz $5.51 - full size 4.9oz $27
  • EMI JAY Hair Tie - sample 1 tie $2.80 - full size 5 ties $14
  • Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleanser - sample size 1oz $1.88 - full size 8oz $15
  • Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel - sample size 0.17oz $5.80 - full size 1.7 $58
  • Cynthia Rowley Beauty Brightening Illuminator - sample size 0.04oz $11.64 - full size 0.11oz $32

Retail value of this June's box:  $45.63 ($7.73 more than last month)

Everything will go into the use up pile. The salt spray will end up being a dry shampoo in a sense because they just dry out my hair. I'm interested in trying the peel and I might do it some Friday night when I have no weekend plans, just in case it fails miserably.

Friday, 24 July 2015

ipsy- June 2015

When June's bag arrived, it was really heavy. I had totally forgotten that I spent 1250 points on stuff!


Klorane Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair - My favourite dry shampoo; figured I'd grab one.

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels - I can get pretty bad bags until my eyes. Figured I'd give this a try.

Oscar Blandi Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm - I destroy my hair with dye. It's super dry all the time. Can't get enough!

Now onto June's bag!


Included in this month's ipsy bag:

  • LAVANILLA The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla - sample size 0.85oz $2.41 - full size 6.7oz $19
  • JCat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain in Hikilicious - sample size 12g full size 12g $5.99
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer - sample size .25oz $9 - full size 1oz $36
  • Trestique Mini Shadow Crayon in Kona Coffee - sample size 0.02oz - full size 0.02oz $13
  • itCosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrown Pencil - sample size 0.07g $12 - full size 0.14g $24
Retail value of June's bag: $42.40 ($7.71 less than last month)

Everything except the primer will just go into the use up box. I keep getting similar products every month. I want some colour!! Brown shadows month after month.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Finish 5 By Fall - The Beginning

Ok let's try this again! I tried to do a project in the Spring and failed miserably. Let's see if the Fall challenge will work.


Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara - This is the mascara of the gloss/mascara duo that I got in a beauty box awhile ago. I just started it,so it's full. I should have no problem getting through a mascara by Mid-September. 


Cover Girl Quad in Country Woods - The colour I've been working on forever is called Mink. I'm determined to have it gone. Maybe even hit pan on another shadow.


Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Liner in Black Velvet - This is a little travel size. I just want to use up another black liner since I seem to get a new one every month. I've only sharpened it once.


Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow in Penny - This looks really nice with the Quad so I figured I'd pair them together. I haven't sharpened it yet.


Calgon Body Mist in Moon Petal Musk - I've had this an embarrassing long time. It needs to go. I've been using it mostly as a room spray as I really don't like the scent on me.  

Monday, 20 July 2015

May Nail Polish Colours

There was a lot of nail painting going on in May!


Style Essentials in Teal? - Teal Cream? - I hate this random brands that subscription boxes send out. This is an ok colour, it takes a few coats to get opaque. I wore this on my toes.


CND Vinylux in Impossibly Plush - Nude Cream - It's the wrong shade for me. I wore it on my toes.


Essie in Beach Bum Blu - Blue Pearl - I loved this colour when I picked it up. I wore it on the toes for two weeks straight.


Sinful Colours in Bianca - Pink Cream - it's a pretty colour, but it doesn't get truly opaque.


Sinful Colours in Dancing Nails - Rose Metallic - this is really pretty and goes on nicely.


Joe Fresh in Lavender - Lilac Cream - this is one of my favourite colours. I wear it all the time.

Friday, 17 July 2015

May Favourites

Oh lookie-here. I got some Favourites!


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly - this stuff has been a God-send. I haven't been wearing much foundation lately and I've never found a BB Cream light enough, so I've really only been using concealer where I need it. At the rate I'm going, you may see this in an empties by the end of the summer.

Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow in Penny - I've been using this as a lower lash liner for when I use my Cover Girl Quad in Country Woods. Keep your eye here for a post about that in the near future.

Beauty Blender - Sorry, not sorry, that it's dirty. I've been using it and loving it!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose (the first edition) - I've had this for years now and I still haven't hit pan. I was going to buy a back up when they brought it back out, but it was a different shade! The new one was much more peach. It made me sad.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

May Empties

May wasn't a bad month for empties. I'm still going through the huge piles of travel/sample sized products.


Very Irresistible by Givenchy - Usually I'm not a rose-scent kinda girl, but I don't mind this one. It's one my Sephora wishlist.

Lola by Marc Jacobs - I've never liked this perfume and I keep getting samples of it. I push through it and sometimes use it as a room spray.

Stila Forever Your Curl Mascara - I loved the wand but the formula is too wet for me. I had to let it dry out for awhile before using it.

Crest Pro-Health - I liked this and I have more sample sizes to get through before buying a full size.

Annanaturals Glowing Mama scrub - It was ok. The sample was big enough for half of my body in the tub.

Quo Cosmetic Pads - I liked these because they don't shed. I still have a bunch of them from Christmas (my stocking was full!) so I won't have to repurchase for awhile.


The only one I would buy again of the teas is Sugar Plum Forest, which I already have lots of back ups.


Avon Candle in Dewy Lilacs - this was a nice candle that burnt rather well.

Mahogany Teakwood and Leaves from Bath and Body Works - I will definitely be buying these again.

Monday, 13 July 2015

ipsy - May 2015

Sadly, I didn't take a picture of the bag itself, but it says "Contents: My Life". I don't mind it; it'll be a good travel makeup bag.


Included in this month's ipsy bag:
  • Urban Decay Ozone 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil - sample size 0.03oz $18 - full size 0.04oz $24
  • Luxie Beauty Tapered Blending Brush - sample size 1 brush - full size 1 brush $12
  • Bellapierre Cosmetics Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pencil - sample size 1.8g - full size 1.8g $14.99
  • Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioner - sample size 1oz $3.92 - full size 5.1oz $20
  • Amie Skincare Morning Dew Moisturiser - sample size 10mL $1.20 - full size 100mL $12
Retail value of May's bag: $50.11 ($2.44 more than last month)


This month was another take it or leave it month which is not good. I might have to give up on ipsy if June's bag doesn't improve.


Friday, 10 July 2015

Birchbox - May 2015


This month Birchbox collaborated with Cupcakes & Cashmere. I hadn't heard of her blog before, but I'm glad I did. I enjoy it a lot and it's a daily read now.


Included in this month's box:
  • Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray - sample 30mL $5.10 - full size 200mL $34
  • Not Soap, Radio Joy Inducing Body Wash - sample 44mL $2.19 - full size 402.5mL $20
  • LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour - sample size 0.07oz $17.50 - full size .1oz $25
  • Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion - sample size 1.5oz $4.31 - full size 8oz $23
  • Benefit Cosmetics It's Potent! Eye Cream - sample size 0.1oz $8.80 - full size 0.5 $44
Retail value of May's Birchbox: $37.90 ($16.68 less than last month)

This was an interesting box. I'm never tried a hairspray that wasn't aerosol, so that'll be interesting to see how that works. The body wash and the lotion scents actually go quite good together. The lip crayon I have gotten in the past from a TopBox, but this one is the colour I actually wanted. Good ol' Benefit Eye Cream that hates my eyes; I'll give you another go once I get rid of some sample eye creams. 


Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Birchbox - April 2015

April's Birchbox was a nice mix of products this month.


Included in this month's box:
  • Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Repairing Conditioner - sample size 40mL $4 - full size 210mL $20
  • Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Moisturizing Shampoo - sample size 60mL $4.20 - full size 258mL $19
  • Mereadesso All-In-One Moisturizer Travel Size - sample size 12mL - full size 12mL $28
  • Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter - sample size 4mL - full size 4mL $16
  • BeeKind Shower Gel in Honey and Organic Lemongrass Extracts - sample size 1oz $2.38 - full size 8oz $19
Retail value of April's box: $54.58 ($18.52 more than last month's)

I doubt much could beat last month's box, but this box wasn't bad. I doubt I'll use the highlighter, but the rest will go to good use. 

Monday, 6 July 2015

ipsy - April 2015

April's bag looks every summery! Reminds me of  beach bag my Mum had when I was little


Included in the month's ipsy bag:
  • theBalm Nude Dude Eyeshadow in Fit - sample size 1g $3.75 - full size palette 9.6g $36
  • Mica Beauty Eye Primer - sample size 4g $22.48 - full size 8g $44.95
  • Mullen & Sparrow Lip & Cheek Tint - sample size 0.25oz - full size 0.25oz $10
  • Julie G Nail Colour in Damsel - sample size 10mL - full size 10mL $3.99
  • Crown Brush Oval Concealer Brush - sample size 1 brush - full size 1 brush $7.45
Retail value of April's bag: $47.67 ($12.37 more than last month)

I could have took it or left this bag. The bag itself is cute, but I've lots of copper shadows and pink polishes. The eye primer might be interesting. The lip tint has really no tint to it. The brush could also be interesting. It's a soft brush, but I doubt I'll use it for concealer.

Friday, 3 July 2015

April Empties

Not much in the way of empties this month. Finishing products wasn't my goal I guess in April.


Crest Pro-Health Travel Size - sample from the dentist. I'm slowing working through a bunch of these. The pile seems to be never ending.


I finished a bunch of teas this month. None of which stood out enough to repurchase.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

April Nail Polish Colours

Moving and Nail Polish don't mix. I promise May will have lots of nail colours.