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Swatch Sunday: Too Faced Clover

Too Faced - Clover

I was soooo excited for the Too Faced Clover palette launch! And then suddenly less excited when I thought it was only a TooFaced.com exclusive item (shipping to Canada, including customs, is kinda pricey on their web site), but I was able to ship it to my in-laws in Wisconsin and picked it up over the holidays!

Of course, I’ve since discovered that the Clover palette is now also available at Ulta, which should make it a little more accessible to people (for us Canadians, it’s worth repeating – Ulta ships to Canada now too!).

Too Faced - Clover
Too Faced – Clover

To celebrate the launch of the Clover palette, the company donated $250,000 to the Best Friends Animal Society which is a national (USA, I presume) no-kill sanctuary for animals.

Too Faced – Clover Swatches

Too Faced - Puppy Eyes
Too Faced – Puppy Eyes
Too Faced - I Ruff You
Too Faced – I Ruff You
Too Faced - Cuteness Overload
Too Faced – Cuteness Overload
Too Faced - Lucky Clover
Too Faced – Lucky Clover
Too Faced - Paw Print
Too Faced – Paw Print
Too Faced - Best Friends
Too Faced – Best Friends
Too Faced - Chihuahua
Too Faced – Chihuahua
Too Faced - Ruh Roh
Too Faced – Ruh Roh
Too Faced - Cuddle Buddy
Too Faced – Cuddle Buddy
Too Faced - Fur Baby
Too Faced – Fur Baby
Too Faced - Love is Love
Too Faced – Love is Love
Too Faced - Daddies ♥ Me
Too Faced – Daddies ♥ Me
Too Faced - #SaveThemAll
Too Faced – #SaveThemAll
Too Faced - Wet Kisses
Too Faced – Wet Kisses
Too Faced - TF Mascot
Too Faced – TF Mascot
Too Faced - Spoiled
Too Faced – Spoiled
Too Faced - Woof
Too Faced – Woof
Too Faced - Good Boy
Too Faced – Good Boy

The Too Faced Clover palette can be purchased on ulta.com for $49 USD or on toofaced.com for the same price.

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Swatch Sunday: Tarte Tartelette Toasted

tarte - Tartelette Toasted

Coasting in on the warm palette steamtrain, tarte has released their Tartelette Toasted palette!

tarte - Tartelette Toasted
tarte – Tartelette Toasted

The tones and idea are similar to the rest of their Tartelette palettes, but obviously this one has more of a rusty, warm edge.

tarte - Tartelette Toasted
tarte – Tartelette Toasted

 

tarte Tartelette Toasted Swatches

tarte - S'more
tarte – S’more
tarte - Cashmere
tarte – Cashmere
tarte - Candle
tarte – Candle
tarte - Sunrise
tarte – Sunrise
tarte - Warmth
tarte – Warmth
tarte - Latte
tarte – Latte
tarte - Sunset
tarte – Sunset
tarte - Flame
tarte – Flame
Tarte - Simmer
Tarte – Simmer
tarte - Crackle
tarte – Crackle
tarte - Cozy
tarte – Cozy
tarte - Fireside
tarte – Fireside

The tarte Tartelette Toasted palette can be purchased on sephora.ca for $60 CAD or on sephora.com for $46 USD.

Holiday 2017: Sephora Collection Sets

Sephora Collection Holiday 2017

An often overlooked brand, for no other reason other than that it is a house brand and therefore automatically gets less attention because of it, the Sephora Collection holiday 2017 items and sets are not to be missed. Compared to the bulk of items carried at Sephora, these items are relatively inexpensive and yet the quality is excellent! I’ve found some new favourites in this lot too, so I’m even more excited to show you what they’ve got out now for the holidays!

Sephora Collection Wonderful Stars set
Sephora Collection Wonderful Stars set

The first item that really drew me in was the Wonderful Stars set ($23 CAD/$16 USD), because who doesn’t love an eyeshadow pan shaped as a star? The overall tone of this is very neutral, but I do love that they’ve thrown in some deeper shades to really help amp up your look. Also, you really cannot beat that price point!

Sephora Collection Winter Queen set
Sephora Collection Winter Queen set

Aside from the cute stars that called to me, this was the other item that screamed my name. First of all, it’s called the Winter Queen set ($10 USD), so obviously I’m over the moon because I love me some winter (seriously, go away summer – I don’t like you). But, aside from the name and the beautiful packaging, it’s the colours inside that really draw me in. The bronzer could potentially be used as a contour shade since it has more of a grey cast than an orange one (a very welcome feature), but I’ve been using it as a bronzer and I love the shade of it. It’s the perfect shade for those of us who are NW20 and lower. The blushes? Equally gorgeous. They’re bright enough to add a pop of colour without being too much. I particularly love the brightest one though (of course lol). And the highlighter? VERY unique and quite beautiful. It’s a grey/silver cast that I find ever so intriguing.

(By the way, I can’t find this on the Canadian Sephora site, so it may be sold out online. Check in stores if you’re Canadian!)

Sephora Collection Mini Cream Lip Stain set
Sephora Collection Mini Cream Lip Stain set

Okay so this set – the Mini Cream Lip Stain set ($15 CAD/$12 USD) – WHAT. A. WINNER. My dear friend Samantha has been telling me about the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains for ages now, but I’ve always got too many lip products as it is, so I never bothered to pick one up. Until I received this set. And now I’m just like “okay NOW I understand”. These are unreal. The colours are beautiful, the lasting power is exceptional, and, while they are a matte liquid lipstick, they’re on the more comfortable side of things. Do yourself a favour and pick this set up, because at 15 bucks… it’s well worth it!

Wearing Wonderful Stars on the eyes
Wearing Wonderful Stars on the eyes & one of the cream lip stains

In the shot above I have the Wonderful Stars set on my eyes and on my face for blush and highlighter. I’m also wearing the Blackberry Sorbet Cream Lip Stain from the mini cream stain set.

Wearing another of the lip cream stains
Wearing another of the lip cream stains and the Winter Queen palette on my face

In the shot above I’m wearing the Cream Lip Stain in Vintage Rosewood and I have the bronzer, blush and highlighter from the Winter Queen palette on my face.

Sephora Collection Winter Flush set
Sephora Collection Winter Flush set

If you’re gifting (or buying for yourself) to someone who likes a lot of cheek options, the Winter Flush set ($16 USD) may be the right option. Each pan in the palette has a matte  and shimmer shade which (obviously) can be used alone or swirled together. I love that the colours are actually varied – you’re not just getting the same colour in different tones – you’re actually getting an assortment of shades.

Sephora Collection Midnight is Coming set
Sephora Collection Midnight is Coming set

And lastly, the tiniest, littlest, babiest eyeshadow palette you ever did see – the Midnight is Coming set. It’s currently sold out on both Sephora Canada and Sephora USA, but the shops generally have tons of stock, so check there. With three eyeshadows in a small enclosed magnetic flap box, this makes an easy to purchase stocking stuffer for any beauty lover

So there you have it! I hope you’re intrigued by what Sephora Collection has to offer. Not only do they do amazing holiday sets, but they also do them for incredibly reasonable prices. They’re easily giftable and won’t break the bank, which is something we can all appreciate during the holiday season.

Let me know if you’ve tried out some of their items – from the holidays or otherwise – because I really do feel like Sephora Collection needs a whole heck of a lot more exposure!

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Holiday 2017: Hard Candy Sets + Giveaway!

Hard Candy Holiday 2017

Hard Candy is one of those brands that releases an incredible amount of products in a variety of sets for the holiday season. They’ve even gone so far as to a dive into some skincare products this year as well! If you need an inexpensive but fun gift, a stocking stuffer, or just a little addon to another gift you’re giving, you can bet that Hard Candy will have you covered!

Hard Candy - Bath Bomb Tree
Hard Candy – Bath Bomb Tree

One of the movie intriguing things launched by Hard Candy this year was the Bath Bomb Tree ($14.97 CAD). I’ve never seen Hard Candy do bath stuff like this before so I’m super into trying this out. With 16 bath bombs in the shape of a tree? You really can’t beat how cute this is!

Hard Candy - Glam Kit Supreme
Hard Candy – Glam Kit Supreme

Need a reasonably priced makeup starter kit for a newbie to makeup? The Hard Candy Glam Kit Supreme ($19.97) comes with a whopping 48 eyeshadows, 10 eyeliners and a sharpener. There’s a decent mix of neutrals with some brights in there (in both the eyeshadows and liners!) so you’ve giving them the option to play with colour which is something that always makes me happy!

Hard Candy - Best Of Kit
Hard Candy – Best Of Kit

If you’re looking for something a little less eyes-focused and a bit more well-rounded, then the Best of Kit ($19.97) is for you! There are minis of some of my favourite products in here: the Tiki “bronzer” (it’s actually a highlighter) and the blush/bronzer/highlighter trio. There’s a glamouflage concealer (which has quite the cult following on YouTube), an eyeshadow primer, face primer, setting spray, eyeshadow palette, pencil liner with sharpened, beauty sponge, gloss, mascara and a cream shadow. This definitely covers a LOT of bases in one shot!

Hard Candy also does a ton of smaller items, sometimes in sets, and sometimes just by themselves, which make great little addons to other presents.

  • Tiki bronzer: THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER. I’ve had a full size of Tiki forever in my makeup collection and it’s one of my absolute favourite highlighters. Get thing tiny little baby mini for only $1.47 CAD!
  • Highlight & Contour Face Sticks: $3 CAD gives someone the opportunity to try out contouring without breaking the bank.
  • Seize the Sparkle nail polish set: Also comes with a makeup bag for $4.97 CAD.
Hard Candy - Lip Gloss Ornament
Hard Candy – Lip Gloss Ornament

They also do cute little ornamental items such as this lip gloss duo for $3 CAD. I love me a good pattern or swirl in a product, so these candy cane-esque twirls in the gloss are too cute to resist.

Of course, it’s not just these sets that are reasonably priced by Hard Candy – they’ve got a massive collection of items that are all placed in a completely reasonable price point.

Hard Candy Giveaway

The team at Hard Candy reached out and wanted to do a holiday giveaway alongside this post! One person will win the following:

  • Hard Candy 12 Days of Eye
  • Hard Candy Glossing All The Way
  • Hard Candy Fizz Smoothie
  • Hard Candy Blush + Bronzer Kit
  • Hard Candy Glam Kit Supreme

Giveaway Rules

  • This giveaway is open to Canada only!
  • This giveaway starts on December 18, 2017 and runs for one week.
  • Please be aware that all entries will be double checked to ensure fairness.
  • One winner will win the Prize Pack pictured and described above
  • The winners will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail. If they fail to respond within that time frame, I will pick another prize winner. (And so on.)

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