Sunday, December 29, 2013

Beauty Gifts from Christmas 2013

I got a handful of really awesome Christmas gifts this year and I wanted to share the beauty related ones I got with you. If you want a full review on any of the products as I really start trying them out in the next few weeks let me know in the comments below.

First off, my big present was the Clarisonic Mia 2. It was a set from Sephora that came with the Fresh Soy Face Wash and the Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream With Super 7 Complex - also the brush head is the sensitive one. Haven't put these face products to the test yet because I want to use my normal skincare as I implement the Clarisonic into my routine. I've been using it every night since I got it and I can really feel the difference in how clean my skin feels. I can tell I'm already heading into the breakout phase because it's very deep cleaning and it's been purging. I will do an update in a month and let you guys know how my acne/redness is doing. I'm attaching a picture of it from the Sephora webpage because I don't have my camera with me up north and as you can see it's not the same set as mine so maybe that was a limited edition set with Fresh. I also got the hot pink colour of it. 
Next I got the Naked 3! I'm so thrilled and I don't have any swatches for you but you can google it to find 100s of photos of this palette. It's everything I hoped for and more. All the shades show up really well on my fair skin and I think it can work for so many different people. I love using the shade Trick all over the lid, and then limit/nooner mixed together in the crease. If I'm going more dramatic with it I'll pull in some dark shades like Factory and use Blackheart as a liner. 
I got the Nars Guy Bourdain blush palette that I mentioned before previously in my wishlist. I don't want to post too much about it because it was limited edition and it is obviously sold out. It's perfect because it has 4 blushes, one highlighter and a bronzer - i love the formulation and the shades are gorgeous.

Lastly, I received the 500pt perk from Sephora that was the Kate Somerville package. It comes with the Oil Free Moisturizer (0.5 oz), ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (0.25 oz), Detox Daily Cleanser (2.0 oz). I've always wanted to try out the products and these sizes are actually very big. So far I've only tested out the cleanser for a few mornings and I have no complaints. I'll be testing these out in the future and will let you know if I'd repurchase any of this. 

I hope all of you had a fabulous holidays and I'd love to know what beauty related items you got xxoo

Monday, December 23, 2013

Some Favourites From my Benefit Advent Calendar

Now that I only have one day left to open I wanted to go over some of the standout products in the advent calendar. Benefit is a brand that has a ton of really good products with amazing packaging, and I always want to try  more so this calendar was so worth the money. I'm going to be listing out a few of my favourites here but keep in mind over my exam period I haven't tested them ALL out. I don't have any photos to attach so I'm taking a few from Benefit's website.

The blushes are amazing so I'm always happy to get an extra sample size Coralista, you can read my review on the Benefit boxed blushes here. I found that the Hoola bronzer had the same soft texture that's easily blended and it actually works on my extremely fair skin. So glad I got to test this out.

I tested out the Bad Gal liner that's said to be waterproof and it did last on my eyes all day. I smudged it out on top and even brought it to the bottom lash line (always a disaster for smudging) and it actually lasted for the entire 8 hours I wore it at school. Definitely a good dark black pencil liner to get if you're looking for one. It's pretty dark, not as dark and creamy as others but I think it works really well if you want to smudge it out which is the way I typically wear liner because I'm so fair.  Mine did not come with a smudger end but the full size does which is awesome!

I just ran out of eye cream and was waiting for the Benefit It's Potent eye cream. I find it really good for the dryness I get and it feels really good. It hasn't dramatically fixed my dark circles or bags which are awful.. but not eye cream has been able to so I didn't expect that. I'm looking for mainly hydration right now and this did the trick.

As I mentioned here the Stay Don't Stray Primer is really good for me as a primer for my under eye concealer. It doesn't work well for my super oily eyelids but it's amazing under the concealer. But definitely check out my previous blog for more info.

I LOVE Benefit stains, as well as the highlighter high beam. I think these last so long and are so gorgeous. I love using the stains on my cheek because it always gives a gorgeous natural look and it's easily blended/built up. I'm not going to post pictures of all of them but I love them. If you're looking into a really unique multi purpose lip/cheek product you need these. Plus the smell of Benetint I'm obsessed with.

XOXO, I won't be posting until after Christmas so I hope all of you have an amazing holiday. Let me know what Benefit products you love and think I should check out. :)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review of Benefit's Stay Don't Stray Primer

Now that I am DONE my final exams I promise I will be posting twice a week regularly again! I got a mini size of this primer in my Benefit Advent Calender and tried it out multiple times in different ways. I loved how this primer neutralized the colour on my eyelids but for me personally, I liked this way better as a primer for my under eye concealer than as a base for my eyeshadows. I have literally the oiliest eyelids ever, even on days I don't wear shadows I get oil buildup. I use UD primer potion but even with that sometimes I get creasing  even pro longwear paint pots crease on me without using a primer before- I think I need to try the NARS next. I noticed after only about 2-3 hours all my MAC eyeshadows I used had creased. If you have normal eyelids I think this would work great for you, especially because it is a neutral colour to blur out any redness. I found it worked well under my eyes with a concealer on top and then powdered. It made everything look pretty flawless and I was really happy with it. The full size of this sells for $30 CAD at Sephora which is more expensive than most brands of eye primer. You can use other primers like UD and Too Faced under concealer as well but I don't think the texture is as nice for that as this one, so I think if you're looking for a primer that can be used as an eyeshadow/concealer base and you don't have very oily eyelids you'll really enjoy this product!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Body Shop Cleansing Oil Review

I've been wanting to try this product for a while and I got this for Christmas as a gift from my roommate when we did Secret Santa. I've tried the Sephora cleansing water which is really awesome but I wanted to try this one because I love the Camomile line from The Body Shop. It comes in the size of 200ml and it sells for $16 CAD but The Body Shop during Christmas always has amazing deals so definitely look into it.

This is what it says on the website:
This silky-soft cleanser will effortlessly remove make-up from the whole face quickly and effectively, leaving skin feeling clean, refreshed and clear of impurities. It’s the ultimate time-saver.

The packaging is adorable and I love the scent of the product. I usually use 1-2 pumps on my hands and rub it onto my DRY face. It's very thick which it should be because it's called an oil and not a water like the Sephora brand. I typically rub it in for around a minute and even use it over my eyes just make sure you do not get any in your eye. If you're sensitive I might even suggest using eye makeup remover instead of the oil on your eye because it is thicker and it really hurts if you get it in your eye. After I feel like my skins coated in the oil I add water to let it foam off and then I rinse. It gets off I would say 80-90% of my makeup but I always wash with a cleanser afterwards so for me that's not a big deal. I wouldn't suggest using this product as you're only cleanser. I see it as more of a makeup remover for your face and then you cleanse to remove any leftover product. I always use a toner after as well which further removes any leftover product and balances out your skin. This hasn't broken me out and I have incredibly sensitive acne prone skin. I've been it for about 5 days every night and my skin always reacts right away, so since I haven't broken out I definitely won't. Overall, I really like this product as a makeup remover and I'm so glad I got this because I hated always buying makeup wipes and putting more garbage into the environment by using them. This is a really good alternative to cleansing makeup removing wipes!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Body Lotion for a Cause

I thought this would be a really nice gift for someone and it's limited edition! I wanted to post this as soon as I could in case it sells out in stores. The Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter is a Kiehl's classic and you can purchase it year round but for Christmas they changed the lid to be a childrens picture. 100% of the net proceed from the body butter go to charity in Canada, I' m not sure if this is offered anywhere else. The charity is Canadian Association of Pediatric Oncology Camps (CAPOC), and my particular Kiehl's in Sherway Gardens Mall was donating to Camp Ooch which is a camp specifically for children with cancer. The price of the product is expensive, it's $45 CAD but as I mentioned before all the proceed go to charity and the product is really amazing. Christmas is the perfect time to donate to charity, and this way you get a really luxurious body butter out of it.

You can see it online here but it seems to be out of stock online. There was a handful left in my Kiehl's location so I'm sure there's more in store! They had a tester out as well so you could smell it and try it. I love whipped body butters, as they're not super heavy but very hydrating. It has Jojoba in it as well as shea butter and it leaves my dry winter skin feeling great. The smell lingers and it's not a perfumey scent, it's subtle but so nice. You have to smell it in person to actually understand. Also, Kiehl's is good with samples so if you go in to test out this product and buy one, they typically load you up with their little packs of product.

If you click the link I attached above you can see what the lid looks like for the limited edition one I'm talking about.  Definitely a good gift for a friend, family member or even yourself. It's a great body butter for a great cause.

If you don't live in Canada is your Kiehl's doing anything like this? Have you found any other products that are limited edition like this that donate the proceeds charity?


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Favourite Eye Makeup Remover

December is a bit crazy with me since I have finals but I'm still trying to post at least once a week - definitely not on the typical days. I wanted to upload a quick post about what eye makeup remover I love to use. So here's a bit of background on me: I am a contact lens wearer, I have really sensitive eyes and do not wear waterproof eye makeup on a regular day basis. I hate eye makeup remover that feels super oily , most drugstore makeup brand ones I've tried have bothered my eyes like crazy because they feel so greasy when I use it. I need a really gentle makeup remover and I hate using scented eye makeup remover near my eyes because they're so sensitive. I finally found a really good one that you can also purchase in a formula that can be used for waterproof eye makeup as well.

The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. They've made the packaging prettier since I bought my last bottle. It lasts a really long time, I use one cotton round saturated with this and it removes all my eye makeup on both eyes. I hold it to my eye for about 2-5 seconds and then wipe, mostly everything comes with it but sometimes eyeliner and mascara needs to be rubbed a little more with it. This is seriously the most gentle eye makeup remover I have ever used and it's the only one that has not bothered my eyes. It doesn't have a harsh fragrance either. It retails for $16 CAD but The Body Shop always has really good sales and right now on the website it's 40% off and priced at $9.60. I highly recommend to all of you contact wearers with extremely sensitive eyes!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

I am so behind! I am heading into my exam period so my posts will be less frequent and probably very short. My first exam is on the 5th but I have essays and quizzes to get done before that. I wanted to quickly talk about my experience with the Stay all day lipstick by Stila. My mom got the Stila 500 point kit from Sephora and she doesn't wear red lipsticks so she gave me this in the shade Beso. It's 0.03 fl oz so it is a lot smaller than the full size (0.10 fl oz) and it retails for $29 CAD full size. My experience with it is that it dries very quick to a perfect matte finish. It does not transfer it lasted through me eating and drinking, with minimal fading in the centre of my bottom lip. I really like this product except that the applicator is a little hard to use. I'd suggest maybe using a red lip liner and a lip brush to fill the outside of your lips first because the applicator makes it hard for precision. I had to bring out a ton of q tips and concealer to hide my mistakes from it. Layering of the product is super easy to build up for a deeper tone, but even one layer is super pigmented. It is a bit drying on your lips but relative to other brands I'm extremely happy with it. I use lip balm before I put any form of lipstick on anyways especially now that winter is hitting Canada. You can always add a gloss or thick balm on top if your lips are dry but this will obviously not last as long on your lips if you do.Beso is a gorgeous "true red" and when it dries to the matte finish it has a really retro vibe which I love! I find it really hard to find true reds, as most of them usually have too much of an orange tone so this was a nice surprise. It is currently sold out on the Canadian Sephora website so it must be super popular! I want to test out other colours because I liked the formulation so well!

Have you tried this liquid lipstick before? What are your favourite shades?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Estee Lauder Event and Gift!

Hey everyone! I promised I would try to get a new post up and even with my hectic night I'm able to quickly update you on how the weekend went. It was so much fun and I want to thank Robin and Pat at the Erin Mills Hudson Bay location again for having me! People came and signed up to have image consulting from Shelley - to learn more about her go to her website here, and with that came a before photo, a consultation, a makeup application and an after photo. I helped in any way that I could and talked with clients about makeup application/style as well as cleaning makeup brushes for the artists when we got overbooked and behind. I wasn't able to even take photos during the event because the Estee Lauder booth got so busy. I had sore feet all day yesterday from wearing my 5 inch Michael Kors boots for the entire afternoon. At the end of the event I was presented with an amazing Estee Lauder gift that I wanted to share with you and talk about - it even included a personal note from Lisa that made me feel extremely special. I haven't tried much Estee Lauder makeup but I did get a full face done with it on Saturday and it lasted all day I was shocked. The red lipstick in Scarlet was my lip of the day and I loved it - plus it was a long wearing one and it lasted until I got home around 7.

I literally took this the second I opened it and yes I know the quality sucks but I didn't have my camera so bear with me guys.
This cleanser is amazing for oily skin - me and my sister both own it.I love to use it if I notice that my makeups not sitting right and I want to get a good exfoliation in but it is also gentle enough to use daily. This whole line has the best fragrance. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants a gentle exfoliator that can be used daily.  

I've been testing this toner out, I've only ever used the EL toner that was pink but that was discontinued. This one definitely feels just as luxurious, it doesn't break me out. I use this as my morning toner to refresh and balance my skin. It smells so fresh and clean as well.  

I know I've changed it up a bit and put pictures above my written but I figured it would be nice to see the pictures first. The packaging of their makeup products feels so fancy and I'm almost afraid to touch it too much because I don't want to smudge the reflective gold case. It's a gorgeous pink shade that has a sheen and a tiny bit of glitter in it, nothing too crazy though. You don't need a highlight when you wear this blush because of the satiny finish with the little bit of sparkle. It can be built up for a heavier blush look or really blended out for a flush. Definitely recommend if you're in the market for a high end blush. 

I was most excited about this product because look at those gorgeous colours. I'm obsessed with plums for this season and I love glittery shades. The light pinky purple actually has a tiny bit of glitter but it's more of a satin, the glitter seems to wear off once you tap your brush into a few times, which makes it a really nice inner corner highlight. They size the shadows based on base/highlight, eyelid and then outer v but I think the outer v shade could just as easily be used as the eyelid colour. I think it has more burgundy tone to it, with the middle being a little more deeper with some brown tones in it.I feel like this will easily turn into my night time trio when I'm going out and want a sparkly deep eye look.

Have any of you tried Estee Lauder makeup or skincare? What are your favourites?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Benefit Boxed Blush Collection and Review

I'm getting a new post out early today but I figured since I had a break in between writing up reports and studying I'd gladly write my post early for all of you. As I sat here listening to Christmas music I realized I haven't been giving much love to my blush collection - which is totally strange because blush is my second favourite product after lipstick. I love a strong blended blush look because it gives me colour which I normally do not have. Now I love Benefit boxed blushes. They all smell so darn good (especially Coralista) and they're so easily blended you can't really go overboard unless you wear 10 layers and don't blend them out right away. I own 3 - dandelion, Hervana and my sample size of Coralista.

Now Hervana is probably my most worn shade right now because I've been into the really pretty pink cheeks now that winters around the corner. At first I thought it would be scary with the purples in there but it's a gorgeous pink that suits my pale skin and doesn't look crazy. I definitely recommend it for fair to light medium skin tones, it might show up too fair for darker skin tones but I'm not entirely sure!

It's hard to see how gorgeous it is because its 930 pm here and I'm using a really bright light so you can see. A slight sheen but definitely not a shimmery blush.

Now, Coralista is my spring, summer, fall, winter shade. Whenever I need a pick me up in blush that I want to have a sheen and make me glow I choose this one. It smells heavenly, it makes me happy to just sniff it to be honest. It's a gorgeous coral and I think this and hervana are top shades for everyone. This shade is definitely more wearable for darker skin tones, my sisters medium skin toned (a 4.0 in the Naked Skin foundation) and it wears beautifully on her.

See how much of a sheen Coralista (right) has compared to Hervana on the left - it's beautiful! A must have.

Lastly, if you can't tell by the photo it's probably the boxed blush I've had the longest. It's definitely a classic light pink and I love it. I definitely like the newer packaging of the blushes better as they're magnetic and they don't completely remove. 

Dandelion is the top, Hervana the centre and Coralista the bottom.

These blushes are pretty long wearing, I don't see fading but I typically don't have a problem with that since I use a setting spray. They smell awesome, the shades are pretty and for $36 CAD I think they're worth it because I've had dandelion for years and I'm nowhere near close to done. There's so much product in each box that they'll last you forever... literally. I highly recommend going out and getting these blushes since they're one of my favourites. I definitely need to get my hands on more - I am quite taken by the newest member to the family; the Rockateur and I'm probably going to cave and purchase that soon.

Let me know which blush boxes are your favourites and if you have any other different ones you'd recommend me to try.XOXO

Monday, November 18, 2013

Christmas Wish List

Now that my roommates and I finally put up our tree and decorated for Christmas, along with drawing names for secret santa I've decided that I should upload a christmas wish list with the hopes that many of you will be able to let me know if they're worth the price. I'm currently on Songza listening to the country christmas playlist - Songza's really a great phone app/online website for when you just want to listen to a mix of different artists.

1. First up would have to be the Nars Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition One Night Stand Cheek Palette because I'm quite sad that I own nothing Nars and getting 4 blushes, 1 bronzer and 1 highlight seems like reason enough to splurge on this one. The colours are gorgeous.
NARS - Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition One Night Stand Cheek Palette
2. Continuing with my love for the new Nars collection I have to throw in the NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Promiscuous Lip Pencil Coffret. 4 velvet Matte lip pencils and one velvet gloss lip pencil. I've never tried any of Nars' lip products but have always wanted to and I absolutely love lip pencils - they're so much easier to apply and wear.
NARS - Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Promiscuous Lip Pencil Coffret

3. Sigma Premium Brush set containing 15 pro brushes. I need to invest in some good quality brushes and Sigma has really good reviews. It ends up coming out to 12.60 per brush because the set costs $189 USD. This is cheaper than all of the quo brushes at Shoppers Drug Mart within Canada and I'm not a fan of the quality of those ones either. I have to see if I can get them for a better deal shipping from a Canadian website rather than the Sigma, I bet the shipping will be ridiculous like usual. Also want the Sigma F80 brush, the flat top kabuki, I'm sad it's not included in the kit as it's probably got the most hype out of all sigma brushes.

4. I'm in need of a new eye cream and I like both the Kiehl's creamy avocado eye cream, as well as the Origins ginzing one. I'll probably pick up whichever one is cheaper!

5. The new NAKED 3 Palette by Urban Decay has recently hit the online world with no exact information about the release date. It will sell out as soon as it hits shelves which means I will probably have to wait until after Christmas but I love the rose shades. Very me. For a great review on the new naked 3 click here. Temptalia has a fabulous review and swatches all of the shades. If you love rosey shades but don't want to have to wait the LORAC Unzipped palette has beautiful rose gold shades that are all very neutral. 

What's on your Christmas wish list this year? Am I missing anything that you think is a must have for the Christmas season?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Liebster Award

I have been nominated for the LiebsterAward by the wonderful Ashleigh from MurdockTalks. Her blog features all sorts of different things from candles to makeup and I love it, you can check her out Here! This is basically an award for new bloggers to be recognized and connect with more viewers!

The Rules of the Liebster Award are:
  1. You nominate someone with less than 200 followers. 
  2. You must then put the logo somewhere in the post and on your blog so others know you've been nominated. 
  3. Write 11 facts about yourself
  4. Answer the 11 questions the blogger who nominated you set for you to answer.
  5. Also link the blogger who nominated you. 
  6. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  7. Finally, you must write 11 questions for the nominees to answer. 

11 Facts about me:
1. When I was a kid I drew all over the bathroom wall with lipstick.. I think it was a sign about my future addictions in life.
2. I am a sample hoard. I will go to Sephora and stealthily get 5-6 samples that I keep for months as back ups (mostly do this with eye creams)...
3. My favourite colour always has been and always will be pink. Nothing makes me happier than every shade of pink.
4. I have this obsession with Ellie Goulding. She has a song for every emotion and I've been listening to her non stop the past few months. 
5. The Great Gatsby was my favourite novel from high school english classes. Gatsby will always be one of my favourite book characters.
6. My top 2 favourite females of all time have to be Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth the First. 
7. I have a golden retriever named Tia and she is a serious princess/diva you'd have to see it to believe it.
8. I bought my first pair of Prada shoes this summer in Milan (during that European sale time of course..)
9. My favourite beauty blogger/youtuber has to be EmilyNoel83 - I started my youtube and blog obsession with her
10. I'm in love with the scent of rose and will buy anything if it smells like them.
11. I met my boyfriend from a group project in our business class that we were assigned to back in our first year of University. The best group project I ever had to do.

11 Questions from Ashleigh:
  1. How did you choose your blog name? I randomly stumbled upon it when my mom was listing off ideas on names that I could use. I checked to make sure it wasn't taken and that was the beginning of Dreaming in Beauty by Sarah. The By Sarah part had to come in when dreaminginbeauty appeared to be taken.. sadly. 
  2. Who are your favourite bloggers? Definitely would have to be EmilyNoel83 (That's her youtube name) - her blog is beautybroadcast. I also love Temptalia - i think her website has phenomenal reviews and I check it out always before purchasing any sort of product because her rating scale is amazing. Check them out!  
  3. What is your dream job? I definitely want to get into Sales, so a dream job would  be to work for a makeup company in sales. 
  4. One beauty product that you could not live without? Lipstick. Wear it all day, everyday. 
  5. If you could only have products from one makeup brand, what would it be? That's a tough one. I love different brands for different reasons  but I would have to say MAC. MAC carries my favourite lipsticks of all time and that's the most important part of my makeup. I also love their powders and eyeshadows so I think it's an all around good brand for my types of makeup looks. 
  6. What is your favourite season? Why? Fall. I love the outfits and makeup in fall. I hate being super hot and sweaty, I prefer when its cooler and the views are better.
  7. What is on the top of your Wish List? The Sigma premium brush set. I want to see what all the hype is about. 
  8. Gold or Silver? Gold. 
  9. What is your favourite candy? I love chocolate (does that count?)... Frey chocolate from Germany is the best but if I don't have that Smarties do the trick.
  10. What movie did you last watch at the theatre? Meet the Millers I think with my boyfriend.
  11. What are you looking forward to? Christmas.... I want exams OVER so I can bake for 5 days straight and wear my Italian wine apron. Also Christmas means I can wear over the top glittery makeup and I don't have to worry about looking like a disco ball. 

I Nominate:
It is so hard to find people who haven't been nominated that I think have amazing blogs! So I did my best and I was only able to come up with five. 

11 Questions for my nominees:
1.  If you were stuck on a desert island what is the one palette you would bring with you?
2.What's your favourite lip colour? (Can be stick or gloss)
3. Dogs or cats?
4. What's your favourite makeup brand and what would be one product you would recommend to me?
5. If you had to only wear clothes from one store what would it be?
6. How did you get into blogging?
7. Favourite quote?
8. Who is your role model?
9. What is your favourite dessert?
10. How would you describe your style?
11. Tea or coffee?

Hope you guys enjoyed this and definitely check out the blogs I've nominated for this award. XOXO

Friday, November 15, 2013


I wanted to just let you know about an event in the Mississauga area, for any of my readers that might live close to there! I am actually going to be working at the Estee Lauder counter on Nov 23 for the Beauty Express Gala at Hudson Bay within Erin Mills Mall. I will be there alongside Shelley Jarret of SJ Magazine who will provide consultations on how to look and feel good this season! I will attach the flyer below for everyone to check out. It's going to be a great time. XOXO

Monday, November 11, 2013

MAC Mineralize Concealer Review

I'm crazy busy this week and just had time for a really short post! Since I did my MAC haul awhile ago I've been testing out this concealer for under my eyes and on any scarring or acne spots. It's a very light texture and it's not thick at all. It blends extremely well under the eye and over any spots, without any caking up. I do find that if I don't set this properly under the eye it will crease but almost every concealer creases on me so I don't find that to be a deal breaker. I have shade NW15 which is my skin tone, I typically put a tiny bit of the Maybelline lumi pen in radiant on top to do the brightening aspect because I need quite a bit of coverage on my undereye. The applicator is a flexible brush so you can swipe it on everywhere but for my acne spots I typically put in on my hand and then use a brush to dab it on so that I don't get any of the bacteria back into my product. The coverage is really great and it hides any dark circles and acne spots I may have. I would definitely repurchase this and highly recommend it as a nice creamy light concealer.

Let me know what you're favourite concealers are! I will be doing a giveaway when I reach 100 followers so definitely follow me on GFC and bloglovin to make that sooner xxoo

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cupcake to the Rescue!

So I'm currently experiencing one of the worst breakouts ever. I haven't implemented anything new into my skincare regimen or changed anything in my diet so I'm assuming the change in weather here has to do with it because I know a few of my friends have experienced the same thing. I was home last weekend and I knew I had to start the healing process of the acne thats come up only on my jawline and cheek of one side of my face (weird I know). I decided I needed to pick up the cupcake face mask from LUSH which I've samples of before and knew helped with some breakouts.

It's fresh, it looks look chocolate on your face, its only $6.95 CAD but it only lasts 2 weeks. You can use it roughly 2-3 times a week so I'm probably going to lean more towards 3 times a week to dry out my spots. It's not drying on the skin and you're skin feels great and clean after you use it, all the ingredients are natural, hence why it goes bad so soon. I've noticed in a week my spots have shrunk, not gone away but I didn't expect them to magically disappear since they were really bad. My pores feel less clogged and I've noticed I'm less oily since I started implementing this into my weird breakout period.

 I'm not sure how this mask would work on cystic acne because I don't have it anymore since I went temporarily on an oral medicine over the summer from my dermatologist. The medicine seemed to stop them from returning even after I stopped using them which was nice. Cystic acne is from within so I don't feel like this mask would help much for it. I do however recommend it to anyone with oily acne prone skin that's suffering a breakout or just wants to be prevent any spots from coming up due to a weather change or hormonal stress issues. It's definitely the best fresh face mask from lush I've used, I wasn't a fan of catastrophe cosmetic (the blueberry one I think), it did nothing for my acne and I know it bothered my sister and made her face feel tight after which is bizarre because it's meant for sensitive skin.

What are your secrets for battling a breakout? Have you tried Cupcake mask?

Monday, November 4, 2013

My Custom MAC Palette

Hey everyone! I had a busy birthday weekend and during it my boyfriend took me the to the MAC store and I invested in a customized MAC quad with the most gorgeous shades. The shades I picked up were Satin Taupe (obviously), Star Violet, Nocturnelle and Twinks. Some really beautiful plummy shades along with a gorgeous taupe and reddish brown. I've never owned a MAC palette so it's extremely exciting for me and I wanted to go with wearable shades that I didn't have in my naked palette and others. That's why I stayed away from too many brownish neutrals and went for more taupes and plums.

Left to Right - Top: Nocturnelle, Twinks
Bottom: Star Violet, Satin Taupe

Nocturnelle, Twinks, Star Violet and Satin Taupe
Left to Right
This was taken in daylight

Nocturnelle, Twinks, Star Violet and Satin Taupe
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 (Here you can see more of the shimmer in the last 3 shades, as well as more of the red tones in Twinks)
This was taken in an area without light and did not use flash

Star Violet is similar to Cranberry (which they were sold out of) but it's lighter which is probably going to work better on my fair skin because I can't ever go too too dark with makeup or I look insane. Satin Taupe isn't translating as gorgeous on camera as it is in real life, same with Twinks. Satin Taupe and Violet have the most shimmer/sheen and Twinks has a light sheen. Nocturnelle is completely Matte.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the shades that I picked out personally. What colours do you have in your MAC palette?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Birthday Gifts Haul

I know I've been doing a few hauls lately but with my birthday coming up I have been spoiling myself. Last night, my family met up with me where I go to university and we had a birthday dinner. They’re leaving for a trip tomorrow and obviously Halloween isn't an ideal night to come up anyways. I’m heading out to a Halloween event tonight and I’m going as Tinkerbell!  What’s your costume if you’re going out?
Birthday dinners with my parents and sister always result in a bag full of gifts. Of course most of my gifts are makeup so I’ll be showing these on here! The pictures might suck because the weather is horrid today and I’m not getting any proper light in my windows.

Here’s a list of all the products I got:
I got my makeup for ever mat velvet +in shade 25 – which I mentioned in a previous post that I absolutely adore and couldn't wait to get my hands on it.
Yes my bedroom light is on... I know it's super dark... You should see how gross the weather is today. 

Also , I got the Laurier Mercier oil free primer which is amazing!

A while back when MAC’s Antonio Lopez collection came out I really wanted the 3 Lips/Red palette but didn’t have the money to buy it. My family bought it for me then and just kept it until now! So excited to have 3 different shades of red lips to wear now.

I got a bottle of Urban Decay de-slick which is hands down the best makeup setting spray EVER. Seriously, if you’re oily and nothing helps, go out and buy this.

My sister knows how much I adore Illamasqua and so she got me a lipstick from there! She got it in the shade Atomic for me which is a bright redish pink. The formulas awesome and longwearing. I highly recommend going out right now and stocking up on this brand. New favourite!

I have never bought myself Ro’s Argan body conditioner… It’s always been a luxury product I've wanted but felt guilty splurging. I’ve tried it out in sets and in samples….. My sister surprised me with this and I actually can’t wait to go shower after posting this so I can use it. My favourite scent in the world is this one.

Lastly, I got the Benefit advent calendar! 24 days of pure makeup heaven in December is the best way to get through the awful exam period.

So excited to break these products out ASAP.