Challenge Week: A few of my Favorite Things

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Too Faced‘s holiday 2013 palette, A few of my Favorite Things, may be considered old news by this point, but this is one of my favourite purchases in the last year. For the sake of this challenge, I was only strictly going to use the eyeshadows.


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The challenge week started off with a bang – I was extremely pleased with how this one turned out. Tealy blue-greens always looks really stunning – both in person and in photographs. It’s something about the shiny vibrance of the colour that is just really pretty to look at.

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Eyes

  1. Party Time all over the lid (this colour is a lot more sheer than you expect it to be).
  2. Blue Satin Sashes on the outer third of the lid and smudged under the lower lash line.
  3. Pure Glam in a v-shape in the very outer corner and used as a liner on the upper lash line.
  4. Chocolate Milk at the top of the crease.

Cream Colored Ponies to highlight the brow and L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon mascara on my lashes. MAC Feline Kohl Power pencil on the waterline.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: CoverGirl CC Cream in 110 Classic Ivory and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 Light Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand Bronzer
  • Blush: Milani Luminoso
  • Lips: Milani Nude Creme

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Ehhhhhh not as keen on this one. But I needed something not too bold since I was trying to wear a pretty bright lip colour.

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Eyes

  1. Coquet all over the lid.
  2. Crisp Apple Strudel on the outer third of the eye.

Cream Colored Ponies to highlight the brow and Dark Chocolate to lightly line the upper lash line. L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: CoverGirl CC Cream in 110 Classic Ivory and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 Light Vanilla
  • Blush: Tarte Blissful
  • Bronzer: NYC Sun n Bronze in Fire Island Tan
  • Lips: Too Faced Bon Bon

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And a much better (and brighter) one!

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Eyes

  1. Ooh La Orchid all over the entire lid.
  2. Snowflakes on the center of the lid (really pack this one on – it’s very sheer and very prone to fallout).
  3. Chocolate Milk to blend out the crease.

Cream Colored Ponies to highlight the brow and Sephora Full Action Extreme Effect Purple mascara on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: none
  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand Bronzer
  • Blush: Wet n Wild Pearlescent Pink
  • Lips: NYX Merengue

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Another neutral one. This was kind of a “whoopsie” day because I forgot to bring the lip colour I wanted to wear to work and had to make do with whatever was in my drawer.

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Eyes

  1. Buche de Noel all over the lid.
  2. Dark Chocolate in the outer corner.

Cream Colored Ponies to highlight the brow and L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: CoverGirl CC Cream in 110 Classic Ivory and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 Light Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand Bronzer
  • Blush: Tarte Blissful
  • Lips: Revlon Lipstain + Balm in Twilight

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This one was really cool. It’s unlike anything I ever do and as I was throwing in the crease colour I was thinking “oh man, this is going to look like hell…” but in the end I really love it. It’s nice to try something different (to me anyway) every now and again. I’m getting into pink crease colours and it’s given a really neat spin on some eye looks lately.

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Eyes

  1. Tinsel on the inner two-thirds of the lid.
  2. Bluff on the outer two-thirds of the lid.
  3. Taffy through the crease.

Cream Colored Ponies to highlight the brow and L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara on my lashes.


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Last one of the week! I was running out of creative inspiration at this point.

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Eyes

  1. Moon on their Wings all over the lid (I put some Too Faced Glitter Glue down before applying this shade since it’s really flakey and glittery).
  2. Soiree on the outer third of the lid and through the crease.

Whiskers on Kittens to highlight the brow and L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: CoverGirl CC Cream in 110 Classic Ivory and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 Light Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand Bronzer
  • Blush: Bobbi Brown Apricot
  • Highlighter: Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder
  • Lips: bareMinerals Get Ready

And that’s it for this palette!

Ipsy – April 2014 Glam Bag

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Another month, another bag of Ipsy goodies. This month’s theme was “Beauty Rocks” or something to that extent. Aside from the record on the front of the bag (an object I’m not sure the generation after me has even had physical contact with) the theme is slightly debatable.


Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on eye pencil in Black Velvet (travel size)

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on eye pencil in Black Velvet (travel size)

First up, and the item everyone got in their bag, is Urban Decay‘s new 24/7 eye liner pencil in Black Velvet. I’m one of few people who doesn’t actually own an UD liner so I was really happy to receive this. Urban Decay says this is “an ultra velvety, plush version” of their usual liners and this can create “perfectly blended-out or rich, precise lines that are blacker-than-black”.  This is a hefty size sample – in fact it’s only 0.01 oz smaller than a full size product!

Testing out Black Velvet

Testing out Black Velvet

Judging by the picture on the diagram that came with the liner, I assumed I could blur this out to a really smudgy, smoky look. Well… that didn’t actually work out. The pencil is certainly very black, but blending this sucker out was difficult – too difficult. I ended up using UD‘s Blackout eyeshadow to blend out the pencil liner in an attempt to make it smudgy. As you can see, I didn’t really succeed, but I ran out of time that morning and finished it off as quickly as I could. Despite the pencil not actually smudging like I thought it would (or like they implied), I really do like this liner. It’s super black, and it’s wonderfully smudge resistant (hah). It sets really, REALLY quickly, hence why I had problems smudging it out.  The liner didn’t transfer to my upper lid throughout the work day. It also claims to be waterproof, but I didn’t test that bit out. Definitely love this one.


Big Sexy Hair - Root Pump (travel size)

Big Sexy Hair – Root Pump (travel size)

I was excited to try this out as I definitely feel like I need some lift in the roots of my hair and this product looked interesting. Big Sexy Hair‘s Root Pump is a white mousse that dries clear. The instructions indicate to apply it to the roots of your hair while your hair is damp and blow dry your roots away from your scalp. Did that and I think it worked – I certainly seem to have more lift to my hair through the scalp… but now my hair feels like CHALK! Like chalk that’s been smashed into powder, had water added to it and then rubbed into the roots of my hair. I constantly run my fingers through my hair throughout the day and the texture this created in my hair to give it the extra OOMPH just totally freaked me out. (It feels similar to those powder-shaker root lifts, another product I can’t stand.) So while this product DOES work, the texture is so awful to me that there’s no way I’ll use it.


Elizabeth Mott - Pop! goes the shadow in Champagne (full size)

Elizabeth Mott – Pop! goes the shadow in Champagne (full size)

A lot of people are going to love this colour I’m sure, but I’m only so-so on it. Elizabeth Mott‘s Champagne eye shadow is a barely there shade that adds a little bit of shine on my lids, but not a whole lot of colour payoff. It swatches okay, but the end result on the lids isn’t spectacular even with a primer. ( In the shot above, the shadow was applied all over my lid right up to my brows.) I was happy to try it out though, and I’ll give it a shot as a cheek highlighter as well.


Starlooks Luscious Longwear Lip Pencil in Naked (full size)

Starlooks Luscious Longwear Lip Pencil in Naked (full size)

Since I discovered MAC‘s Prep + Prime for lips I don’t have a massive need for lip liners (as a result, I only have two!). As a result, this item was actually pretty welcome in my bag as I didn’t have a colour like it for the times where I do want to add some extra wear time to my lip colour or even just to wear a liner under some gloss. Starlooks Naked lip liner is a peachy-pink colour that slid onto my lips without any tugging (which isn’t something I can say about MAC‘s pencils… those suckers tug at my lips!). It does have a bit of a plastic taste to it which is a bit meh, but not enough to prevent me from wearing it.


Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion skin exfoliant (trial size)

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion skin exfoliant (trial size)

I had to look up what the heck microdermabrasion was in comparison to a regular exfoliator and it turns out microdermabrasion utilizes smaller beads and is stronger than a regular exfoliator. Dr. Brandt‘s microdermabrasion feels really lovely on the skin and I can definitely feel the granular difference between this and the cheapo exfoliators I buy at the drug store. It also, incredibly, smells just like Sabon‘s Lemon Mint body scrub which makes this an absolute PLEASURE to use.

The full price of this product, however, is a whopping $78 USD. I love trying out this luxury brand, but let’s get real – this is a sample in a $10 a month beauty bag – most of us are not looking to spend nearly $80 on one skincare item. So it seems out of line with the clientele, but what do I know?

I used this once on my face and it felt wonderful, but I’m going to restrict the use of this to a pesky milia pearl I’ve got on one of my lower lids and see if this will work to get rid of it with prolonged use.


Ipsy April 2014 Breakdown
(all prices in USD)

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on eye pencil in Black Velvet (0.03 oz @ $15, full size is $20 for 0.04 oz)
  • Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse (50 ml @ $3, full size is $17.95 for 300 ml)
  • Elizabeth Mott Pop! goes the shadow – Champagne ($12.99 USD, full size)
  • Starlooks Luscious Longwear Lip Pencil in Naked ($14, full size)
  • Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion skin exfoliant (7.5 g @ $9.75, full size is $78 for 60 g)

BAG TOTAL = $54.74

My Thoughts

Yet another good bag put together by Ipsy! I loved trying everything out even if some of them didn’t work out for me (I’m looking at you specifically Root Pump). Double pencils (eye and lip) was a bit of a let down at first but once I used them I was really happy with them. The Urban Decay one definitely lived up to the brand’s reputation and I love the microdermabrasion product – I just wish the full size wasn’t so expensive because I could never bring myself to spend that much on an exfoliator. Definitely staying subbed!

5 Blushes for Spring & Summer

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Is it time for bright cheeks yet? Could it be that spring is finally going to happen at some point? (Sources say no based on the amount of snow that Toronto got this past Tuesday… yikes!) Maybe we’ll skip right into summer – either one is fine, let’s just feel some heat already!

Stack 'em up!

Stack ‘em up!

These are my top blush picks for the spring and summer. I’m a sucker for coral and orange shades, which, conveniently enough, is the theme of every spring and summer EVER!

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First up is Hard Candy‘s boxed powder blush (which they refer to as Fox in a Box) in the shade Skinny Dipping. The left side is more of a bronzer really and has a sheen to it. The right side is bright orange that seems rather matte. You could use them independently of each other, but I prefer to swirl my brush into the two shades and get the combined muted peach shade. It’s almost a boring shade – it really doesn’t look like much in my swatch does it? But this shade is really surprising on the cheeks. There’s an instant pick-me-up vibe to the shade that is really refreshing. This has been one of my most surprising blushes (in the sense that I wasn’t expecting to look as amazing as it actually did!

MAC - Petal Power

MAC – Petal Power

MAC recently came out with a collection for the spring called Fantasy of Flowers and this blush in Petal Power was part of that limited edition collection. Unfortunately it’s sold out online, but you may be able to still find them at free standing stores or counters. Petal Power is one of their mineralize blushes which usually means it has more dimension to it than a normal blush by MAC. Petal Power is no exception – this is a bright hot pink/coreal shot through with gold shimmer (not glitter). Personally, I find mineralize blushes can be pretty hard to apply so I have to use a stiffer brush to apply them to my cheeks otherwise I don’t get enough product onto the brush. The nice thing about this shade, aside from the fact that it’s stunning, is that since there’s so much gold in the product, you don’t need to add highlighter to your cheekbones as the gold flecks in this product will set off your cheekbones anyway.

Tarte - Blissful

Tarte – Blissful

This is the first blush I ever owned and it’s my absolute favourite to this day. Tarte describes their Blissful blush as “warm peach”, but to me this is the very definition of the colour coral. The shade is completely matte and goes on the cheeks wonderfully. Tarte‘s Amazonian clay formula is pretty stiff in the pan, so I use a duo fiber brush to really stab at the product before buffing it onto my cheeks. This isn’t to say that the product doesn’t blend nicely, it does! It’s just something with the formula that seems to make it a harder blush. On me, this blush looks especially good in tandem with a shimmery bronzer.

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Revlon‘s Photoready cream blush in Coral Reef is a strong orange coral. The texture of this product is pretty neat – it has a slightly waxy but slippery slicone-y feel. Fingers or a synthetic brush work really well to blend this into the cheeks. It goes on smooth and can be built up in light layers if you’re afraid of the vibrancy of the colour. Me though? Pack that on and blend out the edges and you’ll get a wonderfully flushed look.

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Hourglass‘ Ambient Lighting blush in Diffused Heat was such a huge shocker to me. In the pan it looks like a bright vibrant pinky-coral mixed with the Diffused Light powder. As a result, I  was expecting coral *something*. Instead, this swatches out, and applies like, a pale pink. This is almost a bit of a relief to me as I tend to focus too much on coral blushes and as a result don’t end up with much variety.

I said it the last time I mentioned this blush, but I’ll say it again: This blush is idiot-proof. The swatch above is heavy, but it doesn’t apply like that. It goes on softly and can be built up in intensity. The powder swirled into the mix ensures that the blush isn’t as stark or as bright as you would expect it to be by looking at it in the pan. This is an incredibly easy colour to wear and on my fair skin it’ll match pretty much any eye look I come up with.

My blush picks - click to enlarge

My blush picks – click to enlarge

  1. Hard Candy’s Fox in a Box in Skinny Dipping
  2. MAC – Petal Power
  3. Tarte – Blissful
  4. Revlon – Coral Reef
  5. Hourglass – Diffused Heat

That’s my roundup! Any blushes you’re loving for the warmer months?

What’s On My Face – Volume 14

MOAR LOOKS

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I really like how this one turned out. Inglot‘s AMC Shine 24 is ridiculously amazing – one of my favourite eyeshadow colours ever. I love seeing how it pairs up with other colours and this one turned out to be a good match!

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Eyes

  1. Inglot AMC Shine 24 all over the lid.
  2. MAC Sushi Flower at the top of the crease.
  3. Makeup Geek Simply Marlena in the outer corner.
  4. Makeup Geek Burlesque to darken up the outer corner on top of Simply Marlena.

MAC Shroom to highlight the brow and L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska (Light 2)
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster in Light/Medium
  • Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat
  • Highlighter: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle
  • Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait

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I wish I knew how to photograph MAC‘s Vanilla Pigment – it has a beautiful pinky, orange sheen to it that just never seems to come across in photos I take. It’s a seriously stunning pigment, even though it looks rather white-ish here!

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Eyes (all MAC)

  1. Vanilla Pigment all over the lid.
  2. Charcoal Brown in the outer corner.
  3. Gorgeous Gold blended between the pigment and Charcoal Brown (that being said, I really don’t think it showed up all that much).
  4. Cork through the crease.

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Revlon Colorstay (Combination/Oily) in Buff
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster in Light/Medium
  • Blush: Tarte Exposed
  • Highlighter: Dior Amber Diamond
  • Lips: Revlon Cherries in the Snow

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This eye look turned out better than I expected, but I’m not showing you the full face shot because holy crap did I ever choose a bad lip colour to match with this (do NOT use MAC‘s Darkside, I looked ridiculous). Despite the bad lip choice, this is a really beautiful combination.

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  1. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini all over the lid.
  2. Makeup Geek Bitten in the outer third, through the crease and brought slightly down to the outer lower lashline.

MAC Shroom to highlight the brow bone and L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara on my lashes.


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 A play around with some of the goodies from Ipsy’s March 2014 bag.

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Eyes (NYX‘s Love in Rio - Segredos De Giselle)

  1. The cream coloured shade from the trio all over the lid.
  2. The brown shade in the outer corner and crease.

Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies to highlight the brow, Chella Indigo liquid liner to create the wing (this colour is amazing) and Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Primer: Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer
  • Foundation: MUA Matte foundation in Shade 1 Soft Sand
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster in Light/Medium
  • Blush: Sleek Chantilly
  • Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt
  • Lips: Nothing

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This lip combination is seriously having me rethink no longer buying any lipglosses, especially when layered over a lipstick.

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Eyes (Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette)

  1. Cherry Cordial on the inner and outer third of the lid.
  2. Creme Brulee in the middle of the lid.
  3. Haute Chocolate through the crease.

Too Faced Champagne Truffle to highlight the brow bone and L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: CoverGirl CC Cream in 110 Classic Ivory mixed with Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 Light Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster in Light/Medium
  • Blush: Wet n Wild Pearlescent Pink
  • Lips: Wet n Wild Red Velvet (901D) with MAC Strawberry Malt lipglass on top

Fitness Friday – Spring Run

FINALLY! After a horrifically long winter that is still sort of hanging around, we have *finally* had some decent weather in Toronto. The very last day in March was beautiful, so I yanked on my running gear and headed out.

Awkward attempt to show you what I was wearing... suddenly made better by Nemo coming in the room and then running away as I tried to snag him!

Awkward attempt to show you what I was wearing… suddenly made better by Nemo coming in the room and then running away as I tried to snag him!

So it was about 6 degrees, sunny, and I had some vague idea that I was going to head down the Don River Trail. This was a mid-distance run day, so I had to get in about 7 kilometers.

Waiting for my Garmin to connect to a satellite

Waiting for my Garmin to connect to a satellite

With all my devices connected (Garmin, iPod with Nike+), I was ready to go!

Headed out through Cabbagetown

Headed out through Cabbagetown

I first headed out through Cabbagetown since the area is really pretty and the houses are quite beautiful.

Riverdale Park West

Riverdale Park West

Made it down to Riverdale Park West…

Riverdale Park almost flooded and completely muddy

Riverdale Park almost flooded and completely muddy

…where it turned out to be totally soaked. I couldn’t take the path to the left because it was flooded and the baseball pitch was equally muddy and soaked. That little plank in the bottom right shot? Total saviour for getting across to the dry-ish pitch. Then I had to climb through the soaked dug-out to get to the other side and up to the bridge. Eesh. I’ll be avoiding this park until this city is a lot dryer.

Down the bridge and onto the Lower Don Trail

Down the bridge and onto the Lower Don Trail

Off the bridge and onto the trail, where hopefully it’d be smooth sailing for a long while. Thankfully, it wasn’t too bad, but there were some flooded areas that caused a few problems.

Midway through the Lower Don Trail

Midway through the Lower Don Trail

I think this section is right before the trail loops back to the downtown core. There were a decent number of runners and cyclists out on the trail as well. I love running past other runners as they come towards me – there’s always the mutual recognition of “hey you, you’re doing a good job out there exercising!” – whether it’s a nod of the head, a wave, or a full blown smile, it’s always nice and super encouraging!

Yep, that's the CN Tower, and yep, that's snow on the left side of the path!

Yep, that’s the CN Tower, and yep, that’s snow on the left side of the path!

My favourite part of this trail is where it crosses the train tracks and then runs parallel to them. I used to rollerblade on this trail to work every day when I worked in the Beaches and there were a few times when the train would cut you off and you couldn’t cross. OR, the fun times where you’d race the train and try to beat it to the crossing! This sounds more dangerous than it actually was… because this is so close to downtown, the train was barely crawling along the tracks. Still fun though.

Trail run by the Gardiner Expressway

Trail run by the Gardiner Expressway

Finishing up along the trail alongside the Gardiner Expressway.

Off the trail and back through downtown

Off the trail and back through downtown

And headed right into the heart of downtown to run back to the apartment.

Garmin mapping of my run

Garmin mapping of my run

Job done = 7.3k completed.

David's Tea in Peaches & Cream

David’s Tea in Peaches & Cream

I spoke about tea the last time I blogged about a run so you’re going to think I do this every time, but I really don’t. That being said, I recently tried out Peaches and Cream from David’s Tea and it’s by far the best flavour I have by them. I could go on and on about it, but really… just go get some. It’s delicious and helps to rehydrate after my run.

I’m hoping the weather stays good in Toronto and doesn’t drop into the negatives again. The bright sunshine was really, really nice on this run.

The Unmentionables

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I absolutely adore these products. I use them every  single time I do my makeup. But it gets incredibly repetitive saying that I use them every time I do a makeup look because really… these products aren’t changing in my routine any time soon and it’s not like you need to hear what primer I used unless I actually change it up, right?

So here are my unmentionables… and they’re only unmentionables because they’re too well loved!

The Tools - Tweezerman eyelash curler and an old mascara wand

The Tools – Tweezerman eyelash curler and an old mascara wand

Nothing glamorous about these two but they’ve ingrained themselves into my daily makeup routine.

The eyelash curlers are self explanatory – They’re a pair of Tweezerman ones I picked up at Shoppers Drug Mart several years ago. I’ve run out of the rubbery things to replace on the band, but they’re still working just fine as far as I can tell. (Although… side note, where the heck do you actually get replacement rubber thingies?!)

The old mascara wand is from a tube of L’Oreal Voluminous that I cleaned up and use as a spoolie for running through my brows when I’ve applied too much powder through them. Works like a charm, so why bother paying for an actual spoolie?

The Eye Primers - Urban Decay Primer Potion and NARS Pro Prime

The Eye Primers – Urban Decay Primer Potion and NARS Pro Prime

Double primers because, for whatever reason, using only one of them no longer seems to work on me. I use the NARS one first, allow it to dry, then apply the Urban Decay one on top. These two together ensure that my eyeshadows don’t budge all day.

The Lip Primer - MAC Prep + Prime for lips

The Lip Primer – MAC Prep + Prime for lips

MAC‘s Prep + Prime for lips has been an absolute lipstick saviour for me. I was a really timid lipstick wearer until about three years ago. My major problem was that my lipstick, no matter what brand I used, would slide all over the place and bleed outside my lip lines. Lip liner never worked for me. Nor concealer. Someone at a MAC counter eventually suggested this primer and I was incredibly skeptical… how much better was this REALLY going to be? Well… it is. It just flat out is. My lipstick stays on my lips and doesn’t bleed outside my line. I won’t wear lipstick without this now!

The Brow Filler-Iner - MAC eyeshadow in Omega

The Brow Filler-Iner – MAC eyeshadow in Omega

I’ve been using MAC‘s eyeshadow in Omega to fill in my brows for the last two years and I’m only just now getting to the bottom of the pan. The colour is a perfect match for my barely there blonde eyebrow hairs. I’ve been surprised at the longevity of this product too – it doesn’t wear off during the day and that’s a necessity for me since my brows are so blonde it looks like I’ve overplucked them to hell and back. (I haven’t, the hairs just don’t seem to grow where the tail of my brows are supposed to be.)

All of these products are part of my daily routine and won’t be changing any time soon. They’ve all attained holy grail status in my collection. Is there anything you use in your daily routine that you can’t be without? I’m at the point where I don’t even want to test out replacement products or tools because these are already so good as is!

What’s On My Face – Volume 13

Another week, another set of looks. I even tried out some of the new spring trends that everyone keeps mentioning (white eyeshadow, orange lips). Keep on reading if you’re looking for some kind of inspiration!


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This is my absolute favourite look that I’ve come up with from the Laura Mercier Artist (2013) palette. I don’t usually apply dark(er) colours on the lid because I think it’ll interfere with the crease/outer corner colour, but when I do, I usually like the result!

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Eyes (all Laura Mercier)

  1. Bamboo all over the lid.
  2. Espresso Bean in the outer corner.
  3. Fresco through the crease.

Vanilla Nuts to highlight the brow bone. MAC Blacktrack fluidline to create the wing, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara on my lashes and MAC Omega eyeshadow through my brows.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: nothing
  • Blush: Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush in Natural
  • Lips: Maybelline Vivids in Neon Red

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… this is the kind of bright, vibrant look that just makes me outright happy. I got back from trip to the US and just had to dive straight into the vivid Inglot shades I’d picked up.

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Eyes

  1. Inglot 343 all over the lid.
  2. Inglot 317 in the outer corner.
  3. Makeup Geek Creme Brulee very lightly at the top of the crease.

MAC Shroom on the brow bone. Tarte Amazonian clay waterproof gel liner in Black to create the wing, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara on my lashes and MAC Omega through my brows.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: CoverGirl CC Cream in 110 Classic Ivory mixed with Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 Light Vanilla
  • Blush: Milani Luminoso
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster in Light/Medium
  • Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee

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I first saw this look on Sharon Farrell’s YouTube channel (direct tutorial link here). I think it looked really simple and stunning on her (and apparently it’s trendy right now), but I think it looks a little stark on me. That being said, zoomed in on the eye, I really love it. No eye guide for this one because it’s ridiculously simple!

Eyes

  • NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow pencil in Milk all over the lid, smooth it out for your finger or a brush.
  • Using the white from the Sleek Acid palette, apply it right on top of Milk. I had to really, REALLY pack this on so I can’t say I recommend this white shade. Use another white with more pigment if you have it. Blend it up to the brow, but don’t actually cover the brow with it – make sure it fades out before it hits your browbone.
  • I then applied a lot of coats of Too Faced‘s Better Than Sex mascara on my upper and lower lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: CoverGirl CC Cream in 110 Classic Ivory
  • Bronzer: Revlon Photoready in Bronzed & Chic
  • Blush: Illamasqua Hussy
  • Highlighter: MAC Silver Dusk

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Another trend for spring (as I keep hearing, I’m really not trendy at all) is orange lips. This is the most wearable orange lip I have so I decided I’d start with this one before trying out another one I’ve got that’s a lot more vibrant.

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Eyes (all Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette)

  1. White Chocolate all over the lid and to highlight the brow.
  2. Salted Caramel in the outer corner.

Tarte Amazonian clay waterproof gel liner in Black to create the winged liner and L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: none
  • Blush: MAC Gingerly
  • Highlighter: Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlight powder
  • Lips: Maybelline Vivid in Vibrant Mandarin

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There’s a MAC shade in my collection that I’m desperate to get rid of (Fade) so I tried to construct a look around that shadow.

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Eyes

  1. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Waves of White on the inner half of the lid.
  2. MAC Fade on the middle of the lid.
  3. MAC Freshwater on the outer third of the lid.

MAC Blanc Type to highlight the browbone, L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara on my lashes and Chella Indigo liquid liner to create a very thin line.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: none
  • Blush: Physicians Formula Happy Booster in Natural
  • Lips: Sephora Color Reveal Balm in Unique Pink

How Much Does My Face Cost?

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I saw this kind of topic years ago and always thought it was hilarious. If we really added up how much crap we put on our face, would we be shocked? More than likely. It’s funny how much makeup adds up, and how many more products get added into our routine over time.

I took these pictures after I got home from work yesterday and thought I’d add everything up afterwards. This was a semi-typical day: I didn’t like the makeup look enough to photograph it for a “What’s On My Face” post, but it wasn’t a total bomb day in the sense that I didn’t wear more or less products than any average day.

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Face Breakdown

  • Foundation: Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2 in 1 Foundation – CC Cream in 110 Classic Ivory ($22.49 CAD) mixed with Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 Light Vanilla (€14)
  • Blush: Cargo – Mendocino ($26 CAD)
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster in Light/Medium ($14.95 USD)
  • Highlighter: Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder ($38 CAD)
  • Brows: MAC Omega eyeshadow ($18 CAD) + Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel in Clear ($18 USD)

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Eye Breakdown

Primers:

  • NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base ($29 CAD)
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original ($24 CAD)

Eyeshadows:

  • Makeup Geek Lemon Drop ($5.99 USD)
  • Makeup Geek Goddess ($5.99 USD)
  • Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear ($5.99 USD)
  • Makeup Geek Brule ($5.99 USD)
  • MAC Shroom ($18 CAD) 

Liner: MAC Dipdown Fluidline ($19 CAD)

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara ($~10)

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And finally, the only remaining thing…

Lips: Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Sunset Peach ($10.99 CAD)

Converting all of the different currencies by today’s exchange rate, I get…

Grand Total: $299.38

WOW. That was actually way higher than I thought it was going to be. I didn’t think I was wearing anything especially expensive as the eyeshadows were pretty cheap and so was the lip products. And that’s not even including any brushes! Has anyone else added up how much product they whack on their faces every day?

March 2014 Favourites

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Not a ton of favourites this month, so let’s keep it short and sweet.


Benefit - Watts Up

Benefit – Watts Up

The mini size of Benefit Watts Up was part of Sephora’s 2013 birthday gift. Its’s a hefty sample size yet in iiiitty biiiiitty packaging. Without having tried this, I brought it with me on vacation. And wow did it ever not disappoint! This is essentially the cream version of MAC‘s Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle. It’s easy to blend in (I use my finger) and practically goof proof.


Tarte - Dollface and Park Ave. Princess (from the Off The Cuff palette)

Tarte – Dollface and Park Ave. Princess (from the Off The Cuff palette)

Another vacation favourite! Dollface, despite being a colour I am completely not interested in, is really, really nice on my skin. Park Ave. Princess, one of Tarte‘s bronzers, was equally nice. It does have a slight orangey tint depending on the light. It also has some kind of a sheen to it so apply lightly!

It goes without saying that Tarte‘s products are wonderful. Their blushes do have a bit of a harder texture so I have to use a stiffer brush since a regular blush brush just won’t do the job. Oddly, I don’t find that’s the case with the bronzer so I wonder if they have slightly different ingredients.


Laura Mercier - Plum Smoke, Fresco and Bamboo (from the Artist 2013 palette)

Laura Mercier – Plum Smoke, Fresco and Bamboo (from the Artist 2013 palette)

I used Laura Mercier‘s Artist palette (2013 version) exclusively for two weeks straight and I’ve got some new found love for Plum Smoke, Fresco and Bamboo. Bamboo is especially great for a smokey eye look. If you were lucky enough to get your hands on this as it rapidly sold out during the last holiday season then you know how lucky you are. And if you didn’t, I’d be keeping your eyes peeled for the next holiday season!


So that’s it for this month. And here’s a peek at what was actually happening while I was trying to take photos for this post: ;)

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What I Bought This Month – March 2014 Haul

This is a massive haul. Epic even. I went to the U.S.  for two weeks and it was basically a “no holds barred” kind of deal. I mean… when everything is just naturally cheaper, even when you factor in the exchange rate, what the heck else are you supposed to do? Dive right in, throw money at things and have a damn good time doing it!

So buckle in. This is a big one.


Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-up Remover ($7.99 CAD)

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-up Remover ($7.99 CAD)

And to start us off… the boring stuff. I haven’t seen my usual Marcelle makeup remover on sale in a while so I decided to pick up the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-up Remover since it was on sale instead. I’m a bit confused how this is oil free and yet there is two distinctly differently liquids inside that need to be shaken up.  I’ve not used it yet as I have a minuscule amount left in my Marcelle bottle.


Nivea Milk & Honey ($2.99 CAD)

Nivea Milk & Honey ($2.99 CAD)

I bought Nivea‘s Milk & Honey balm specifically for my vacation in March as I didn’t have a lip balm in a tube anymore; they’re all in pots which are really just too messy for travel. It’s okay… nothing overly special though. I’m not over the moon about the scent like a lot of people are, but it’s a serviceable lip balm and that’s all I needed.


Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks - Jelly Bean, Bon Bon and Coral Fire ($22 USD each)

Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks – Jelly Bean, Bon Bon and Coral Fire ($22 USD each)

My first stop in the U.S. was to Sephora. And I dove right for the Too Faced display. I had heard many good things about their La Creme lipsticks but (like a lot of things in this post) the Canadian price tag had made me go “NOPE”. I picked up Coral Fire from their original line and from their spring collection I picked up Jelly Bean and Bon Bon. They are unbelievably creamy and they have a smell/taste unlike any other makeup product I have ever sniffed – it’s lemon-y! I love it! Totally unique and completely unexpected.


Too Faced - Chocolate Bar palette ($49 USD)

Too Faced – Chocolate Bar palette ($49 USD)

I hemmed and hawed over Too Faced‘s Chocolate Bar palette for a few months. For one, it’s yet another neutral palette and I prefer brights. For two, I have a lot of eyeshadows to begin with. And then the buts started. But it smells like chocolate. But it’s so pretty. But it’s cheaper in the US. But it’s got a matte brow bone shade. But it has more than just neutrals (*cough*notreally*cough*). In reality, I didn’t need it, but I wanted it. I tend to skip over palettes because they’re “expensive” and I could usually buy more items with that money (even if it is less bang for your buck). But I really do like palettes and I want to have more of them and less single eyeshadows. I’m really enjoying this palette so far and probably the most boring shade (Salted Caramel) has been really lovely.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat ($35 USD)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat ($35 USD)

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes are just too pretty to pass up. I’ve heard nothing but good things so I picked up the one that suited my tastes the most – Diffused Heat.  On first swatch I was not impressed at all: The blush is way less coral than anticipated and actually looks mostly pink, a light pink in fact. I was a little incensed, even though I knew that this was supposed to be pretty paled-out considering it’s mixed with a face powder. In the end, the colour is beautiful on me and is an incredibly easy colour to wear. It must be because of the swirled in face powder, but I dare say this blush is idiot proof. I restrained myself to only one in this line… although I really would like more of them…


Bobbi Brown - Apricot blush ($25 USD)

Bobbi Brown – Apricot blush ($25 USD)

Bobbi Brown‘s Apricot blush was what I was expecting Diffused Heat to look like on the skin. I picked this up as it’s been mentioned a few times in Essie Button‘s videos. This is my first Bobbi Brown product and so far I’m impressed. I thought this would be similar to my Illamasqua blushes, but it’s (thankfully) not the same. I *never* get compliments on my blush, but this one garnered instant compliments at work when I wore this.


Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Gel Liner in Black ($24 USD)

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Gel Liner in Black ($24 USD)

I picked up Tarte‘s Amazonian Clay Gel Liner in Black because they claim this is waterproof. MAC‘s Blacktrack is definitely not waterproof, and I wanted to give another gel liner a shot since I can’t seem to find a matte black pen style liner. I dare say this is darker than MAC‘s Blacktrack, but it is definitely not waterproof. At least not to the extent that MUFE‘s Aqualiner is (although that’s shiney and so disappointing in that area). I’m pretty pleased that the liner actually comes with a double ended brush that’s actually completely serviceable. Love that little extra.


Formula X for Sephora nail polish - Lightning & Turbulent ($12.50 USD each)

Formula X for Sephora nail polish – Lightning & Turbulent ($12.50 USD each)

I’d heard amazing things about Formula X for Sephora but since I’m not a massive nail polish junkie (I wear it frequently enough, but it doesn’t get me excited like face makeup does) I hadn’t ever really considered picking it up. And at $15 CAD a pop, you had better damn well LIKE it for it to be worth it. Well, I was finishing up my rounds at Sephora and just happened to spot these.

I knew the green (Lightning) was a winner as soon as I saw it, and bought it with St. Patrick’s Day specifically in mind. It’s chockful of glitter in a green jelly base – it. is. STUNNING. The black and blue one (Turbulent) is supposed to be a top coat, but I wear it as is and it’s also amazing. I’m so stunned by how awesome these polishes are that I really, *really* want more. The price tag is a bit over the top, but the ones that I picked out are totally unique to anything I own.


Real Techniques  - Silicone Eye Liner and Miracle Complexion Sponge ($5.00 USD each - BOGO 50% off)

Real Techniques – Silicone Eye Liner and Miracle Complexion Sponge ($5.00 USD each – BOGO 50% off)

Next up, Ulta! They were having several deals so I made sure to take advantage. Real Techniques were buy one, get one half off. I really wanted the dual fiber brushes but couldn’t seem to find them (or they’d been totally wiped out by the sale). Instead I picked up the silicone liner brush (first impression… not great, although it’s a very unique idea) and the miracle complexion sponge (first impression… this is AWESOME).


Revlon Colorstay foundation in 200 Nude and 220 Natural Beige ($11.99 USD each - BOGO 50% off)

Revlon Colorstay foundation in 200 Nude and 220 Natural Beige ($11.99 USD each – BOGO 50% off)

I need to stop buying other brands of foundation because Revlon‘s Colorstay is by far my favourite. So for that reason, I picked up two shades for when I fluctuate skin colour throughout the spring. I snagged 200 Nude (Combination/Oily) and 220 Natural Beige (Dry Skin, because they were out of the Combination one). I’m curious to see what the actual difference is between the two types.


Maybelline lipsticks in Maple Kiss & Stormy Sahara ($7.49 each)

Maybelline lipsticks in Maple Kiss & Stormy Sahara ($7.49 each)

Maybelline‘s The Buffs have been out for a while now buttttttt since Ulta was also having BOGO 50% off at Ulta I waited to pick them up there. Unfortunately, all of the paler shades were sold out, so I only snatched up Maple Kiss and Stormy Sahara. Maple Kiss is really brown. Browner than I had expected. But Stormy Sahara seems to be a good neutral on me, although I’ve only swatched it on my lips once.


Rimmel Apocalips in Nude Eclipse and Luna ($5.89 each)

Rimmel Apocalips in Nude Eclipse and Luna ($5.89 each)

Next up are two Rimmel Apocalips (called Show Offs in the U.S.) shades that weren’t released in Canada – Nude Eclipse and Luna. I already love the formula of the three other shades I have, so I’m happy to add to my collection.


NYX Butter Lipstick in Fizzies ($5.99 USD)

NYX Butter Lipstick in Fizzies ($5.99 USD)

NYX‘s Fizzies was the one Butter Lipstick I knew I wanted for sure from that line. Fizzies is gorgeous, although the texture is a lot less buttery and creamy than I had expected. It actually slides on a bit stiff! That being said, the lasting power is longer than I had anticipated and this particular shade is really, really pretty. I wish I had bought more shades but I tragically opted for more Milani lipsticks instead (further below).


Tree Hut - Shea Sugar Body Scrub in Brazilian Nut ($7.49 USD)

Tree Hut – Shea Sugar Body Scrub in Brazilian Nut ($7.49 USD)

I’ve heard of this brand, but never been able to find it in Canada. Tree Hut‘s Shea Sugar Body Scrub in Brazilian Nut smells so bloody good that I actually want to eat it (funnily enough, it does say “DO NOT EAT” on the tub).


Anastasia's Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde ($18 USD)

Anastasia’s Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde ($18 USD)

Anastasia‘s Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde was a challenge and a half to find. Sephora didn’t have it. Two Ultas didn’t have it (and one Ulta actually had a note on their Dipbrow display saying they were out of stock indefinitely because the product was in way too high of a demand!). As a last ditch effort, we stopped in yet another Ulta and I managed to get my greedy paws on the last Blonde Dipbrow sitting on the shelf. I’m not much of a brow person – the only brow product I have ever used is MAC‘s Omega eyeshadow to fill them in, so I’m excited to try something new out. I’ve used it once and the colour match seemed quite good.


Milan lipsticks - Sweet Nectar, Flamingo Pose, Hot Pink Rage, Sangria, Naturally Chic, Nude Creme ($2.99 - $5.99 USD each - BOGO 50% off)

Milan lipsticks – Sweet Nectar, Flamingo Pose, Hot Pink Rage, Sangria, Naturally Chic, Nude Creme ($2.99 – $5.99 USD each – BOGO 50% off)

Well I bought into the hype of these Milani lipsticks – I just wish I hadn’t gotten so many of them.

Milani Lipstick Line-up

Milani Lipstick Line-up

They smell like fake watermelon and it doesn’t go away on the lips. The colours are beautiful, but they’re actually quite stiff to apply on the lips. They’re sealed in the store so I couldn’t even get a whiff of them before I bought all six of them. Kind of kicking myself now because I would’ve preferred more of the NYX Butter Lipsticks. Ah well.


Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks - Pink Velvet, Snow Peach and Black Cherry ($6.99 USD each)

Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks – Pink Velvet, Snow Peach and Black Cherry ($6.99 USD each)

Hands down my favourite brand/type of lipsticks. Revlon‘s Creme Super Lustrous lipsticks are better than anything I’ve ever tried, including MAC. I got the Black Cherry and Pink Velvet at Ulta (again, BOGO 50%) and then had to HUNT for Snow Peach since it’s part of Revlon‘s re-released collection. (Honestly, took about 12 different drugstores before I finally found the display.)


JulieG nailpolish in My Private Palace & Golden Sunset ($3.99 USD each)

JulieG nailpolish in My Private Palace & Golden Sunset ($3.99 USD each)

I love Julie G‘s YouTube videos and wanted to support her nail polish at Rite Aid. I have another shade from a previous trip to the U.S. (Mermaid’s Tale) and the quality of the polish was excellent. The new shades I picked up are My Private Palace and Golden Sunset. Golden Sunset is supposed to be textured but is definitely not (not a complaint really, I prefer smooth nail polish, but it struck me as odd that it would be advertised as textured when it’s decidedly not).


Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks in Just Peachy and Red Velvet ($1.99 & 0.99 USD - BOGO 50% off)

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks in Just Peachy and Red Velvet ($1.99 & 0.99 USD – BOGO 50% off)

So you can actually get Wet n Wild products in Canada a lot more readily now, but I don’t tend to think about them when I’m in Rexall and I thought they’d be cheaper in the U.S.. They weren’t, but I picked some up anyway (because vacation money isn’t REAL money right?!). Just Peachy (903C) is much raved about by Tati of GlamLifeGuru so I thought I’d give it a shot, and Red Velvet (910D) is just a beautiful red all around. As a warning though, I wore the red while on my trip and it stained the everloving crap out of my lips. To the point where I woke up the next day and look like I’d been eating raspberries all night!


Wet n Wild Coloricon Blush in Mellow Wine and Pearlescent Pink ($2.99 and $1.49 USD - BOGO 50% off)

Wet n Wild Coloricon Blush in Mellow Wine and Pearlescent Pink ($2.99 and $1.49 USD – BOGO 50% off)

I own one of Wet n Wild‘s blushes, but wanted more, so I snatched up Mellow Wine and Pearlescent Pink. Out of all of Wet n Wild‘s products, these are the most awesome ones they have. Aside from the fact that they only have four blush colours, the pigmentation is wonderful. Highly recommended.


Wet n Wild eyeshadow in Brulee ($0.99 USD)

Wet n Wild eyeshadow in Brulee ($0.99 USD)

And lastly from Wet n Wild, I picked up single shadow in Brulee because I often just need a single eyeshadow to pack with me on vacations if the palette I’m bringing doesn’t have a matte brow highlight shade.


Milani blush in Luminoso ($8.49 USD)

Milani blush in Luminoso ($8.49 USD)

I felt like the last person alive to own this blush. Milani‘s Luminoso blush seems to be the love child of every beauty blogger and YouTuber alike. This was another item that was hard to find. It was either sold out or broken at almost every drugstore I went to. I did finally find one intact and snatched it up immediately.


Inglot - Mattes: 383, 370, 343, 317, 334 ($7 USD each, $12 for the palette)

Inglot – Mattes: 383, 370, 343, 317, 334 ($7 USD each, $12 for the palette)

We ended up at the Inglot in Chelsea Market in Manhattan, which meant it was completely empty and we had the run of the entire store. It was in a 5th floor loft area and it was wonderful! I put together a five pan palette of completely matte vibrant shades. With the neutral overdose of palettes lately, I needed a bright combination to make me feel alive again. I didn’t have a list of things I wanted, so I just went for colours I didn’t think I had. The one in the middle looks quite similar to MAC‘s Bitter which is the primary reason I wanted that one.


Inglot - Pearl: 393, 420 ($7 USD each, $7 for the palette)

Inglot – Pearl: 393, 420 ($7 USD each, $7 for the palette)

This Inglot duo isn’t for me, but for my mom. The left shade turned out way peachier than I thought it was in the store, but ah well. She’ll love the sponge tip brush that comes with it too.


Inglot - AMC Lip Gloss 541, 544 ($8 USD each)

Inglot – AMC Lip Gloss 541, 544 ($8 USD each)

And these. How could I pass these up? These Inglot AMC glosses reflect crazy, crazy colours and I had to have them. The pink one is completely wearable, it’ll catch some orange reflections, but mostly it just looks pinky-red. The white/blue/purple one… I have noooo idea what I’m going to do with that one, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out!


Inglot - Gel liner in 79 ($12 USD)

Inglot – Gel liner in 79 ($12 USD)

As the cashier was collecting all my items, I asked him what their best selling products were, or what Inglot was most known for. He took me straight to their gel liners which he said were so waterproof that he used them all the time for underwater photoshoots and they don’t come off the models’ eyes. I was pretty sure I’d heard mixed reviews, but thought I’d try one out anyway. Since I’d already picked up a black gel liner on this trip, I decided to go with the red so I could try out some new things. I’ve worn it once since then, and I have to say the gel texture is totally unlike any other gel liner I’ve ever used. It’s far more liquid in texture (not a problem, just odd) and if you don’t clean your brush off after you use it, all the hairs will fuse together. I love the colour and pigmentation, but I’m unclear on the waterproofness though.


e.l.f. Daily Moisture Stick ($3 USD)

e.l.f. Daily Moisture Stick ($3 USD)

e.l.f.’s Daily Moisture Stick is a weird one. It looks like a glue stick, it applies like a glue stick, it smells vaguely like a glue stick, but… it’s a moisturizing balm. I picked it up on Emilynoel83′s recommendation and so far it has definitely helped me out with some nasty dry patches around my mouth.


e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator ($3 USD)

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator ($3 USD)

My friend was picking up the e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator and I decided to be a copycat. It smells so good you’d want to eat it. The product was a bit rough on my lips as the sugar granules are quite large but I’m sure I’ll get used to it after a few uses.


MAC Prep + Prime for lips ($16 USD)

MAC Prep + Prime for lips ($16 USD)

My standard lip primer. I’m close to finished on my current MAC Prep + Prime for lips so I needed a backup.


Duo eyelash adhesive in Clear-White ($4.49 USD)

Duo eyelash adhesive in Clear-White ($4.49 USD)

Another replacement for a product I own. My current Duo eyelash glue is quite old and needed replacing. I prefer the white/clear version, so that’s what I bought.


Nivea - Berry Swirl, Olive Oil and Lemon & Caramel Kiss ($2.99 USD each)

Nivea – Berry Swirl, Olive Oil and Lemon & Caramel Kiss ($2.99 USD each)

More Nivea chapsticks! None of these flavours are available in Canada so in my basket they went!


Neutrogena makeup removing wipes  (~$6 each)

Neutrogena makeup removing wipes (~$6 each)

More makeup wipes (they’re about half the cost in the U.S.) for my stockpile.


Makeup Geek eye shadows: White Lies, Vanilla Bean, Bleach Blonde, Preppy, Frappe, Goddess, Burlesque, Mango Tango, Simply Marlena, Lemon Drop, Sea Mist ($5.99 USD each)

Makeup Geek eye shadows: White Lies, Vanilla Bean, Bleach Blonde, Preppy, Frappe, Goddess, Burlesque, Mango Tango, Simply Marlena, Lemon Drop, Sea Mist ($5.99 USD each)

Makeup Geek shadows! Yay! I already own nine from my haul back in December and I had to have more. These are quickly replacing my MAC eyeshadows, and at the price point, you really can’t argue. These are softer, more pigmented and just work better than MAC. Highly, highly recommended – to the point where I don’t actually think I’ll be purchasing many more MAC shadows unless they’re a truly unique shade. Also grabbed a larger Z-palette to fit all my shades.


Makeup Geek pigment - Vegas Lights ($6.99 USD)

Makeup Geek pigment – Vegas Lights ($6.99 USD)

Along with the Makeup Geek eyeshadows, I ordered a pigment in Vegas Lights. On first glance, it looks very similar to MAC‘s Coppering which is a favourite shade of mine. Unfortunately I forgot to buy the new sifters for the pots, so this’ll be a bit messy whenever I use it.


Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser (x2), Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up! and Olay Fresh Effects Out of this Swirled (~$6 USD each)

Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser (x2), Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up! and Olay Fresh Effects Out of this Swirled (~$6 USD each)

Various facial cleansers that are (once again) cheaper in the U.S.. The Clean & Clear cleansers are ones I’ve used for many years. The Olay ones sold me with their pretty packaging.


Rumbles is very interested....

Rumbles is very interested….

Last up is a Fortune Cookie Soap order I put in to have shipped to my friend in Baltimore. As I’ve said before, the shipping cost to Canada for any kind of FCS order is so ridiculously high that there’s no way I’d place an order to myself in Toronto. So I took advantage of having a U.S. address for a short week and had a box full of items I wanted to try shipped to my friend.


Fortune Cookie Soap (prices vary between $2.99 - $3.99 USD each)

Fortune Cookie Soap (prices vary between $2.99 – $3.99 USD each)

Various Fortune Cookie Soaps I can’t wait to try out.


Fortune Cookie Soap - Tick Tock Whipped Cream, $10.99 USD

Fortune Cookie Soap – Tick Tock Whipped Cream, $10.99 USD

FCS’ Tick Tock Whipped Cream smells like clean laundry to me. I knew it was supposed to smell fresh, but other than that I didn’t really know how I’d like it. It’s okay, but not something I’d order again. I wish I had ordered the Make It Rain Whipped Cream (the one that came in the Spring Soap Box), but they were completely out of it when I placed my order.


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FCS also sent a sample of their Trendsetter Bath Bomb with my order.


HOLY MOLY. And that’s it. That was my ginormous March haul. I’m slightly ashamed about how much I bought, but the scary thing is that’s actually my tailored down list of items I wanted to pick up (!!!!). The next few months will likely not be that interesting in terms of hauling as I’ve certainly picked up enough items to play with for a very long time!