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Skincare Saturday: What’s In My Bathrooms?

Guest bathroom
Guest bathroom

I think we’re all a little bit curious as to what products people keep – be it in their bags, showers, makeup collection, etc. – so I thought I’d take you on a quick tour of my two bathrooms and the products I keep on the counters and in the medicine cabinets.

Sidenote: There’s a lot of PR products in here and most of them I’ve reviewed in the past. I’ll put a star (*) beside each product that was sent to me so you’ll know!

The first bathroom is our guest bathroom and, out of the two we have, it’s the one we use the least (which means it stays clean the longest!).

Guest bathroom - sink area
Guest bathroom – sink area

I like the idea of keeping a fairly clean counter in the guest bathroom (our ensuite is much different) so I don’t have a ton of stuff on display. Tis the season for Live Clean holiday hand soaps, so I’ve got their Vanilla Peppermint hand soap* out for use. I also keep the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Lotion* out in case someone is feeling dehydrated and needs a skin boost.

In my opinion, no bathroom is complete without Q-tips and cotton rounds, so those are there as well!

Guest bathroom - medicine cabinet
Guest bathroom – medicine cabinet

It’s a little bit empty inside the mirrored medicine cabinet, but that’s fine by me! I’ve got a handy Febreze in there because no one likes to leave a bathroom feeling ashamed (more specifically… in someone else’s house!) and honestly that Febreze is about six years old at this point. Those things last forever!

I’ve also got some QUO nail polish remover – I always opt for the hydrating ones if I can find them. Some more lotion in there – Avon‘s Skin So Soft Aqua Express* (love the smell of this one!) and the Be Delectable Hand Cream. Since I also wash my makeup brushes in the guest bathroom, I’ve also got a huge bottle of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo which is my go-to for makeup brush cleaning.

Ensuite bathroom
Ensuite bathroom

Time to move on to our ensuite and this one is a lot more jam packed with products! Once again with the Q-tips and cotton rounds, but this time I’ve got a Bath & Body Works hand soap in Crisp Morning Air which is one of my favourite autumnal scents.

Ensuite bathroom - counter
Ensuite bathroom – counter

To the right of the sink is a lineup of products that I use daily… or that I try to use up (namely some of the hair stuff).

  • The Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads* are one of my favourite quick face washes. The pads come soaked with face wash and have a textured side so you can really scrub at your face.
  • Dermal Therapy Heel Care is VITAL to me. I get heel cracks and this is the only product that will heal them.
  • Bioderma Micelle Solution in Hydrabio* – an absolute daily necessity for me. Helps to clean up my makeup mistakes and great for removing any makeup or oil residue at the end of the day.
  • Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Soap – I usually wash my face in the shower (where I keep another face wash), but if I’m not showering that day I’ll reach for this face wash. It’s kinda neat – it foams up like shaving cream, and thankfully does not smell like eggs!
  • Infusium 23 Leave-in Conditioner*: LOVE this stuff. I was a huge fan of the shampoo and conditioner, but I used those up a while ago. So now I’m finishing up the leave-in conditioner which I spray on my hair when I’m out of the shower. Helps detangle my very-much-in-need-of-a-haircut, far-too-long-hair right now!
  • Sun Bum Sea Spray* – I love using this during the summer to give me some crunchy, salty beach waves!
  • Living Proof Instant Texture Mist – Not a huge fan of this one, so I’m trying to use it up. I much prefer the volumizing cream.
  • Sunsilk Thermashine leave in conditioner: This is actually a bottle of water that I use to wet my hair if I got a kink in it and need to re-style it. I miss Themasilk/Sunsilk though. They were my absolute favourite hair brand through the 90s and 00s.
  • Pantene hairspray – I’m not fussy when it comes to hairspray so I just buy the biggest can out there and it lasts me forever since I only use it when I curl my hair.
Ensuite bathroom - medicine cabinet
Ensuite bathroom – medicine cabinet

Straight into the medicine chests!  There’s a hell of a lot in here, so I’ll keep it brief. I’ll also only be mentioning the products that are mine (which uh…. is most of them).

  • Secret Deodorant: Spring Breeze is my favourite scent and I haven’t strayed from it in about a decade!
  • Sekkisei Enriched Lotion*: Using this as my daily toner. It seems fine, but I don’t notice much of a difference in my skin. I do like using toners for some reason though.
  • Lierac Hydragenist Spray*: I don’t use this super often, but it’s a great hydrating spray when you need an extra boost.
  • Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil: It works really well at breaking up makeup, but I do notttt like the smell of it.
  • Marcelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes: The BEST makeup remover in the world, hands down. Been using this for more than ten years and they had better continue to make this throughout my entire lifespan!
  • MAC Cleansing Oil: Tiny baby sample I got with one of my orders.
Ensuite bathroom - medicine cabinet
Ensuite bathroom – medicine cabinet

And the last two shelves… phew!

  • Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream*: I use it… but I have no idea if it’s doing anything like removing wrinkles. It does help to rehydrate my eyes if I’ve worn makeup too much that day though.
  • Bioderma Hydrabio Gel-Creme*: Super moisturizing. I tend to put this on on days where I don’t wear makeup.
  • The Body Shop Drops of Youth – Youth Concentrate Serum*: Just trying to use this serum up. It’s okay, but it tightens my pores and I’m not a huge fan of that sensation.
  • tarte Lip Facial* and Mary Kay Satin Lips*: Two lip scrubs I just pulled out but haven’t used yet (just finished my Lush one the night before).
  • Korres Wild Rose Face Oil*: Almost done with this one and I really like it! It’s lightweight so you can wear this one throughout the summer as well. I usually apply it a few times a week at night.
  • Maison Jacynthe Eau Florale de Lavande*: I’m not huge into lavender, but the scent of this is refreshing and soothing. I occasionally mist my face with it in the mornings for a boost.
  • Embryolisse Emulsion Hydra-Mat*: This stuff is WILD. Super moisturizing but also mattifying. I don’t know how that works, but it does!
  • Bioderma Hydrabio Creme*: Feeling seriously dehydrated? This is the moisturizer for you! I only apply this at night because it’s SO thick and does’t play well under makeup.
  • Philosophy Take A Deep Breath*: This is a lovely gel cream that is my current daily moisturizer. It works really well under makeup, smells nice and is hydrating.
  • Embryolisse Eclat du Regard*: Super buttery eye cream that I’ve used a handful to times, but will be in full rotation when I finish up the Clinique one

Phew! That’s it! When I thought of this idea for a post, I hadn’t really stopped to consider just how many products I have in my bathrooms! Hope you liked the quick tour of the products I’m currently using on the daily. 🙂

Skincare Saturday: New Soap & Glory Launches at Shoppers

New Soap & Glory products!
New Soap & Glory products!

Although Soap & Glory has been at Shoppers Drug Mart for a long while (look for it near the end of the bath aisle, sometimes on an endcap!), the selection can end up being a little bit limited (and I’m still waiting on the full makeup range!). They’ve recently added a few more items to their range and I was more than happy to test some of them out.

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub & Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss
Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub & Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss

Let’s start off with my absolute favourite products!

The number one new item I tried was the Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub ($18 CAD). This stuff is absolutely UNREAL. And maybe it’s because I’m Canadian, and this scrub has a maple scent, but the Breakfast Scrub is absolutely to die for. It smells edible (it’s not though – so don’t!) and it works like a dream. This has actually become my new favourite body scrub (sorry Tree Hut – you’ve been upstaged!) because the combination of the texture (dense but spreadable and plenty of exfoliation to leave you feeling smooth) and the scent makes this top notch in my book. If there’s only ONE thing I could encourage you to try out in this post, it’s the Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub!

The Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss ($14 CAD) is going to be for those looking for a little more plump in their lips. I know not everyone can handle the feeling of topical lip plumpers (and I’m not especially sensitive to them so keep that in mind) but this one in Spun Sugar felt a bit different from the ones I’ve tried in the past. It doesn’t burn, but it almost feels like my lips are constantly moving? It’s a bit of a hilarious feeling… almost like the product in the gloss that causes the plumping is jumping around for fun on top on my lips. It does plump mine a little but nothing too extreme, which is good in my books! I do notice the sensation disappearing after about thirty minutes, so you’ll need to reapply if you want to feel that active plumpness happening on your lips.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Lotion & The Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing Moisture Lotion
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Lotion & The Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing Moisture Lotion

I’ve started using The Fab Pore on the daily as my morning moisturizer and I was really impressed with the performance of it. Not only from a “kept my face hydrated” perspective, but also because it performed really, really well under foundation. (And when I was done trialing it for the week or so for this review, I went back to the moisturizer that was currently in my rotation and quickly realized just how BADLY that one performs under foundation, so heck yes to The Fab Pore!) Part of the performance may be chocked up to the ingredients which help to mattify the skin and tighten your pores.

The Sugar Crush scent isn’t new to Soap & Glory‘s range, but it is one of their most sought after scents. I believe it was previously only available as a body butter, but now it’ sin the more fluid body lotion($16) format with a pump top (thank you!). The Sugar Crush scent is slightly intriguing to me: with a name like Sugar Crush you’d expect it to me syrupy-sweet, but that’s not at all what it is! It’s more of a lime scent with a sugary edge. It’s one of the more unique fragrances out there simply because no one really makes lime-scented products!

Soap & Glory Body Spray in Original Pink and The Fab Pore T-Zone Cloths
Soap & Glory Body Spray in Original Pink and The Fab Pore T-Zone Cloths

And lastly, we have the Soap & Glory Body Spray in Original Pink and The Fab Pore T-Zone Cloths.

The Body Sprays ($10 CAD) come in Original Pink (pictured), Smoothie Star and Sugar Crush. The Original Pink scent is identical to Hand Food scent (which I think is the original smell? I see it now in Sugar Crush-scented, but I’ve only tried it when it smelled this way). For me, this is a bit too much as a body spray – I like when my moisturizer smells this way (and I LOVE Hand Food), but I like to keep that scent localized to my hands. If you’re a huge fan of the Original Pink scent though… then more power to you and get to spraying because the scent is very consistent with the hand cream!

It feels funny to end this review by mentioning a product I haven’t tried yet, but hey – here we are. I’ve got way too many packages of makeup wipes open right now and don’t want them to dry out so I’ve avoided opening The Fab Pore Triple Action Purifying T-Zone Cloths. ($10 CAD). Interestingly, these wipes are not fundamentally geared towards makeup removal – these seemed to be advertised as wipes to help purify and clean your face while also tightening your pores. If you’ve tried these out, let us know how you feel about them in the comments!

And that’s everything brand spanking new by Soap & Glory in Canada! I’ve been using their products for years and am never disappointed. I am so, SO glad to have discovered my new favourite scrub in this roundup of products!

For those of us in Canada, Soap & Glory can be purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart and some of their products are available online via beautyboutique.ca. If you’re in the USA, you can find a wide array of Soap & Glory at ulta.com.

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration. Affiliate links are included.

2015 Gift Guide: Gift Sets

2015 Gift Guide: Gift Sets

Alright guys, this is it! This is the last post in my 2015 Gift Guide series. Curious about the others? You can check them out here:

This time I’m talking about Gift Sets. Gift sets are a great way to either indulge the person you’re gifting, or give them something that gives them a lot of options to try out. Let’s dive right in.

Sephora Collection Stand Up and Shine Brush Set
Sephora Collection Stand Up and Shine Brush Set
Sephora Collection Stand Up and Shine Brush Set
Sephora Collection Stand Up and Shine Brush Set

Nothing screams luxury like giving someone a full set of makeup brushes! The Sephora Collection Stand Up and Shine retails for $163 CAD and it comes with  four face brushes and eight eye brushes. The texture of the brushes is quite soft, although I did find a few of them were a bit too longhaired (particularly the eyeshadow blending brush). The general overall quality is excellent however. They come encased in a beautiful box that also contains a brush holder with protective flaps and a zip close.

Sephora Collection Stand Up and Shine Brush Set
Sephora Collection Stand Up and Shine Brush Set

Even better? The brush holder can be used to actually STAND your brushes up and keep them at the ready. Super convenient for travel and it doesn’t run the risk of falling over (while I love Real Techniques brushes, their stand up kits were always terribly made).

This set is fantastic for someone who needs a lot of brushes all at once. So while the set is pricey, you save the cost of having to buy each one individually.

Elizabeth & James Nirvana White
Elizabeth & James Nirvana White
Elizabeth & James Nirvana White
Elizabeth & James Nirvana White

My favourite perfume discovery this year has been the Elizabeth & James collection. Sephora has $75 CAD sets of both Nirvana White and Nirvana Black (my personal preference) which includes the perfume oil, the mid-sized perfume bottle and a small roller ball. The box and presentation are luxurious – it looks absolutely stunning when you lift the lid off the box to display the three perfume bottles. If you know someone that likes either of these scents, this is a sure-fire win!

Soap & Glory Bright and Bubbly
Soap & Glory Bright and Bubbly

You really can’t go wrong with a bath set either! The Soap & Glory Bright and Bubbly gift set (approximately $20 CAD) contains sample sizes of The Righteous Butter, Scrub of Your Life, Clean On Me, Hand Food and a full sized shower poof. The whole set comes in a beautiful pink and white box with a sparkly silver lid. The box is sturdy too, which is always a nice surprise in a gift set. You could reuse the box to store personal items or for decoration. As for the products themselves, each one smells glorious and feels wonderful on the skin. Plus… who doesn’t love small sized products?? Soap & Glory sets and products can be purchased at Shopper’s Drug Mart.

Quo Contouring Craze
Quo Contouring Craze
Quo Contouring Craze
Quo Contouring Craze

The contouring fad only seems to get stronger and stronger every year (strobing was but a brief interlude), and Quo is helping to fill in that gap from the drugstore side. Their Contouring Craze kit contains 3 powders (a dark powder, a medium powder and a light powder) and two brushes for $30 CAD. I’ve been using the dark powder to contour and the medium one to bronze up my face, and these powders make it so easy for me to do so! While the brushes are soft and great for on the go, I’ve been sticking to my longer handled brushes just because I’ve been doing my makeup at home. This set is perfect for anyone who wants to get into sculpting their face, but doesn’t quite know where to start. All of the powders are finely milled and are wonderfully matte. Quo can be purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Sephora Sleeping Mask Discovery Set
Sephora Sleeping Mask Discovery Set

The Sephora Sleeping Mask Discovery set is an adorable gift set that can be given as a single item, or split up into multiple stockings. Retailing for $25 CAD, you get six overnight masks that are intended to target individual skin problems (mattifying, anti-blemish, soothing, brightening, etc.) Perfect for the individual who likes a little extra pampering!

Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder gift set
Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder gift set
Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder Set
Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder Set

Forgive my promo shot, I lost the picture of the original packaging, but I *had* to show you what it looks like because it’s such a gorgeous presentation! Josie Maran‘s Whimsical Wonder gift set contains five products that are a fantastic introduction to the brand. The Coconut Watercolor items (blush and shadow) are some of the most luxurious products I’ve ever tried (the blush blends seamlessly with my skin and the eyeshadow is a solid opaque colour that didn’t crease on me!). You also get some well know items by the brand: their Pure Argan Oil Light and Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer . Available at Sephora for $41 CAD, this is a *phenomenal* deal for trying out so many products by Josie Maran. Well worth the money.

Thanks for reading through all my gift guides this holiday season! I hope you found something you were interested in giving (or that you even want for yourself!) Happy holidays everyone. 🙂

This post features sets that were sent for consideration.

What I Bought This Month – October 2015 Haul

There’s some exciting things in this haul! I got a bunch of stuff from overseas and that’s always enough to make me start squealing!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin CC Cream in Fair to Light (free)
Neutrogena Healthy Skin CC Cream in Fair to Light (free)

This Neutrogena CC Cream was such a surprise to me – it was in my Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon goodie bag! At first I thought it was just sunscreen, but nope – it’s definitely a tinted cc cream. SO COOL! I’m excited to try this one out.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($7.99 CAD)
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($7.99 CAD)

Time for my yearly repurchase of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge! I’ve started picking them up whenever IMATS happens, but they were only taking cash at the Farley Co and I hadn’t brought any this year. So anyway, I picked this one up at FTB Beauty and I’ve already started using it. As a note, if you take care of your sponges, they do last a really long time. There was nothing inherently wrong with my old Complexion Sponge as I clean it frequently enough, but after a full year of use, I just wanted a fresh one.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation - 52 Vanilla (£10.99)
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation – 52 Vanilla (£10.99)

The next few items are via Natalie of Ivory Avenue! She was in England for a little while and she managed to snag me every single item on my wishlist. What a champ!

So the first item of my list was the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation in shade 52 Vanilla. I LOVE THIS STUFF. I ran through an entire bottle this year and when I finished it I was so so sad. This stuff is freaking magic on the skin (full review over here) and I am so happy to have it back in my collection. I still have a few other foundations I want to finish before I get to use this one but YES – SO HAPPY! Also, the reason I asked her to pick it up for me in the UK is because even with our Canadian dollar being pretty shitty right now, it’s still cheaper to buy it in the UK than it is to get it in Canada. How frustrating is that??

Bourjois Delice de Poudre (£7.99)
Bourjois Delice de Poudre (£7.99)

The other item I wanted to try was the Bourjois Delice de Poudre. I’m a bronzer fiend so every time I see something new or unique, I want it. Not that this powder is especially new on the market, but since I hadn’t picked it up before, it’s new to me! The powder is supposed to smell like cocoa or chocolate, but honestly? I smell coconut. Lots and lots of coconut. It also comes with a whopping 14g of product (a bronzer normally has 9-10g) and looks like chocolate. Adorable.

Soap & Glory - Glow All Out (£11)
Soap & Glory – Glow All Out (£11)

Soap & Glory‘s Glow All Out is kind of weird to me. When you open the compact you’ll notice the powder is full on PINK. So I was a liiiitle bit skeptical this would work as a highlighter and not a blush. As it turns out, the pigmentation of the actual colour is fairly weak (which is good!) and it instead packs a bunch of shine. It’s pretty, but more of a subtle highlight.

Soap & Glory - Solar Powder (£11)
Soap & Glory – Solar Powder (£11)

Annnnd another bronzer. Soap & Glory‘s Solar Powder bronzer has a dark side and a light, but really… I’m just going to end up swirling my brush through both of them.

Soap & Glory - Sexy Motherpucker in Nudist (free)
Soap & Glory – Sexy Motherpucker in Nudist (free)

I had asked Natalie to find me Soap & Glory‘s Sexy Motherpucker in Nudist since I loved my Raplumzel so much. She wasn’t able to, but she gave me HERS instead! I wasn’t expecting that at all and yet I’m so pleased because this colour is stunning on me. It’s a gorgeous translucent nude that adds just a little bit of colours but a whole lot of shine. Plus the scent is to die for. By the way, I don’t know if these are discontinued now, but they’re no longer on Soap & Glory’s UK site and Natalie was saying they were sold out almost everywhere. :s

No7 Foundations: £18.75 for both (buy one, get one 50% off!)
No7 Foundations: £18.75 for both (buy one, get one 50% off!)

If you made me pick a favourite foundation I’d be tempted to say the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum…. but this is sliiightly better since it provides a touch more coverage. Boots No7 Instant Radiance foundation is freaking BOMB and you can’t find it in Canada anywhere or at Target in the US (they don’t have the Instant Radiance line). This is the foundation that I always notice makes my skin flawless in photos. I ended up getting Cool Vanilla and Warm Ivory because sometimes I feel Cool Vanilla is too pink. I’m so, SO happy to have these back in my arsenal!

Wet n Wild Color Icon trio in Sunset Junction (free)
Wet n Wild Color Icon trio in Sunset Junction (free)

And lastly, a cast off from another blogger’s collection: Wet n Wild‘s Sunset Junction. Not sure what I think about it yet, but hey, I love trying new things.

That’s it for this month! Have you picked up anything exciting recently?

What I Bought This Month – September 2015 Haul

September… you were a painful month for my wallet. Not only did ALL of the makeup brands decide to launch ALL of their freaking holiday palettes (like actually – they totally all did), but it was also a month I traveled to New York City (so obviously I had to take advantage of brands that did free shipping within the USA) AND Toronto IMATS happened. I’m actually physically removing my credit card from my wallet as of today because that poor thing has been rung up so many times I’m worried it’s going to burst into flames shortly. So despite my money flying out the window, this haul is actually a lot of fun because there’s a LOT of fun things in here.

As always, the haul is in chronological order, so there’s a lot more interesting things halfway down the page!

Johnson's Baby Shampoo ($2.99 CAD)
Johnson’s Baby Shampoo ($2.99 CAD)

The least interesting thing I bought this month is Johnson’s Baby Shampoo so that I can finally clean my brushes again. I ran out at some point last month and waited till it was on sale to pick up the large bottle.

Jealous Body Scrub - Grapeseed + Macadamia (free - swap)
Jealous Body Scrub – Grapeseed + Macadamia (free – swap)

The next whack of items are marked as swap, which some of them are, and some are just overflows from other beauty bloggers who want to pass on some of the love (de-stashing, as it were). I really like the Jealous Body scrubs, so I snagged this Grapeseed and Macadamia one. I’ve reviewed their latest scents right over here.

L'Occitane - Verveine body cream and shampoo (free - swap)
L’Occitane – Verveine body cream and shampoo (free – swap)

I grabbed these two L’Occitane products simply because of the name. Verveine (French) is actually Verbena in English, and I’ve somehow found myself sucked into The Vampire Diaries recently and they use verveine to ward off vampires. It made me giggle, plus I liked the scent… soooo… mine!

Mark - Crazy for cranberry scrub, Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean, Live Clean Creamy Cleanser (free - swap)
Mark – Crazy for cranberry scrub, Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean, Live Clean Creamy Cleanser (free – swap)

I’ll never ever turn down free body care, so I looted the mark Crazy for Cranberry body scrub, the Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk and the Live Clean Hydrating Creamy Cleanser. Because I don’t have sensitive skin, I am afforded the luxury of trying whatever skincare products happen to cross my path. Lucky me when someone else doesn’t want them!

Rimmel Provocalips in Make a Move, Rimmel Stay Blush! in Pop of Pink, Maybelline Rebel Bloom in Coral Burst and a pressed pigment of Rustic Copper by NYX (free - swap)
Rimmel Provocalips in Make a Move, Rimmel Stay Blush! in Pop of Pink, Maybelline Rebel Bloom in Coral Burst and a pressed pigment of Rustic Copper by NYX (free – swap)

Random assortment of makeup in here:

  • Rimmel Provocalips in Make a Move: THIS IS INCREDIBLE! It has unbelievable staying power and it’s not super drying like most liquid lipsticks. The colour is “fall appropriate” and I absolutely MUST have more in my collection. LOVE.
  • Rimmel Stay Blushed in Pop of Pink: These cream blushes intrigued me but aside from the texture and tube, there’s nothing particularly unique about the shade. Quite pretty on the cheeks though.
  • Maybelline Rebel Bloom lipstick in Coral Burst: OH MAN. I wanted this shade so badly from the Rebel Bloom collection but told myself I didn’t need it because I’m sure I have a near dupe in my collection somewhere. So I was mighty happy that someone had a duplicate of the shade and was more than happy to toss it my way! (And yes, it’s fairly similar to a lot of other lipsticks I own.)
  • Shawna pressed me a pigment (using my own tutorial!) from NYX. I think the shade is Rustic Copper… and it’s GORGEOUS.
Soap Stories (free - swap)
Soap Stories (free – swap)

Soap Stories soap… because who doesn’t want free soap?

Sonia Kashuk - Jewel of an Eye and Lise Watier Expression palette (free - swap)
Sonia Kashuk – Jewel of an Eye and Lise Watier Expression palette (free – swap)

The Sonia Kashuk Jewel of an Eye palette. I wanted it for SO LONG, but Target Canada never had it as far as I ever saw and I kind of figured it just wasn’t meant to be. Until a blogger destashed it and I was like OH YESSSSSS!

The Lise Watier Expression palette is full of pastel shades that I probably won’t get around to playing with for a while, but they looked super pretty so I thought I’d give them a shot. Plus I don’t tend to have muted versions of my bright shadows, so this’ll help with blending.

Bite Beauty Lip Lab Colour ($36 USD)
Bite Beauty Lip Lab Colour ($36 USD)

And now we come to the New York City portion of this haul. While visiting some friends out in New York, we went over to the Bite Beauty Lip Lab to get some custom lipsticks made. (You can read about that experience here if you like!) In the week I’ve been back I’ve already worn this shade three times. I’m amazed with just how much I love it!

Colour Pop Ultra Mattes in Mars, Tulle, Bumble, Donut, Trap ($6 USD each), Lippie Stix in Toucan ($5 USD), Super Shock Shadow in Coconut ($5 USD)
Colour Pop Ultra Mattes in Mars, Tulle, Bumble, Donut, Trap ($6 USD each), Lippie Stix in Toucan ($5 USD), Super Shock Shadow in Coconut ($5 USD)

Of course, what’s a visit to the US without placing a Colour Pop order? I ordered several of the Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks because EVERYONE is raving about them. The colour range I ended up with is a little strange for me, but I did manage to cut it down from 10 shades….

I also grabbed one of the Lippie Stix (Toucan) because the smell of these is intoxicating and I didn’t own any. And, lastly, the Super Shock Shadow in Coconut because I’ve seen it on two bloggers in person now and it’s STUNNING.

Houses of Lashes Iconic ($12USD), and three sets of Bombshell ($18 USD)
Houses of Lashes Iconic ($12USD), and three sets of Bombshell ($18 USD)

I recently went through a false lash meltdown: I was going out one night and I was trying different lash brands on… and nothing was working. The bands were too inflexible, they looked too plastic, etc. etc. Seriously, I tried on four different brands and I got so annoyed I ended up throwing everything out that wasn’t House of Lashes (which have never failed me). So I had an order placed and shipped to my friend in New York where I picked it up. The Bombshell ones are my favourite so far so I got a three pack. I’m also eager to try out the Iconic lashes because a lot of people seem to like those.

Milani eyeshadow primer ($7.79 USD)
Milani eyeshadow primer ($7.79 USD)

I also picked up a Milani eyeshadow primer at a Duane Reed while on vacation because I just don’t have access to it in Canada and lately it’s the only primer that’s been working for me.

Sabon Body Scrub in Lemon Mint ($33 USD)
Sabon Body Scrub in Lemon Mint ($33 USD)

Sabon is a bodycare brand that I first fell in love with in New York about a decade or so ago. I was happy to stop in and pick up some stuff but I kept it to a single item because the USD to CAD version is absolute BALLS right now. This is my absolute favourite product by Sabon: their Body Scrub in Lemon Mint. Between the scent and the feel of the product, I’m in absolute heaven!

Too Faced Star Dust palette by Vegas Nay ($45 USD)
Too Faced Star Dust palette by Vegas Nay ($45 USD)

And the last item I had shipped to a friend was the Too Faced Star Dust palette by Vegas Nay. I wasn’t originally sure I wanted this palette, but the price tag along with the extras (primer,  glamour dust and mascara) were enough to win me over based on value.

Too Faced Star Dust palette by Vegas Nay ($45 USD)
Too Faced Star Dust palette by Vegas Nay ($45 USD)

And I am so very glad I picked it up. The Too Faced holiday palettes aren’t really doing it for me this year so I’m considering this my “Too Faced holiday palette”. It’s phenomenal. The pigmentation is incredible and the shades are wonderful. While it could be considered a neutral palette, there’s still a lot of fun ways to play with the colours. Oddly, the two warm brown shades (Millenial and Girl’s Night) are my absolute favourites – those colours work MAGIC in the crease!

Urban Decay - Urban Spectrum ($65 CAD)
Urban Decay – Urban Spectrum ($65 CAD)

And now we come to the holiday palette debacle. WHY MUST BRANDS RELEASE THEIR HOLIDAY PALETTES IN SEPTEMBER??!?!? This is Urban Decay‘s Urban Spectrum palette. It’s available on the brand’s web site or on Sephora’s site for VIB and VIB Rouge members.

Urban Decay - Urban Spectrum ($65 CAD)
Urban Decay – Urban Spectrum ($65 CAD)

Shade-wise, I prefer this a lot more than the Vice 4 palette (that’s coming below), but it’s definitely not a standalone palette. Every single shade in this palette has shimmer of some sort. They’re gorgeous, there’s no doubt about that, but you’re going to need some mattes if you don’t want to look all shiny all the time. I didn’t pick up the Anniversary palette a few years back, and this has the shades I wanted from that  so I’m really glad to own this one now.

Urban Decay Vice 4 ($70 CAD)
Urban Decay Vice 4 ($70 CAD)

I can admit it, it’s the packaging that sucked me into this one. Urban Decay‘s Vice series always has a wonderfully large mirror, a well layed out palette and gorgeous packaging. I love how all Vice 4s will have a slightly different colour pattern on the top too – feels very unique.

Urban Decay Vice 4 ($70 CAD)
Urban Decay Vice 4 ($70 CAD)

But the shades themselves… are weird. Last year, the Vice 3 felt very cohesive. The shades were layed out nicely, there were colour gradients and complimentary colours… but this year I can’t figure out what the hell I’m looking at. There’s no brow bone shade (not for me anyway – that top left shade is more of a grey-pink pearl colour) so that’s awkward. I love the two oranges in the bottom left hand corner but that’s kind of it… There’s three oddly similar greens/aquas/seafoams in the middle row that kind of make me feel like they could’ve aimed for a bit more variety. I don’t know man… it’s a WEIRD palette. And I really only got it for the outer packaging. What a doofus.

The wait is OVER!! The #MiVidaLoca REMIX palette is available NOW on sephora.com!! ❤️💙💛💚💜

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Argh, I forgot to take a picture of the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette ($71 CAD). This is the palette I was most excited about for Holiday 2015. The shades in this palette are to die for and I cannot wait to swatch them all and create a bunch of makeup looks. It’s a bit on backlog though as I work through the other palettes first! The only thing I’m not keen on is the packaging. It pulls out like a record, which sounded cool and all… until you tried to use it and then it was just annoying. Ah well, you can’t beat those shades!

Viseart Editorial Brights ($80 CAD)
Viseart Editorial Brights ($80 CAD)

The remainder of this haul are items I got from IMATS! When I found out that Viseart was going to be available via Frends, it became my number one place to stop. When I got there, they didn’t even have the palettes available to swatch yet (or even out of their crates), but I knew exactly which one I wanted – the Editorial Brights. It’s a spendy item, but it’s still cheaper than buying it at Sephora! Looking at this one just makes me so, so happy.

Lit Cosmetics glitter in ABBA, Peacock, Heartbreaker, Soul Sister, Disco Diva, Goth and Mary Jane ($50 USD)
Lit Cosmetics glitter in ABBA, Peacock, Heartbreaker, Soul Sister, Disco Diva, Goth and Mary Jane ($50 USD)

A bit of a random assortment of glitters from Lit Cosmetics. I originally bought three, but ended up going back later in the day for more. I’d like all their colours, frankly, but I’ll have to deal with building up my collection relatively slowly. In hind sight, I wish I’d gone for more of the neons, but hey, I gotta start building up this collection somewhere.

Zpalette - Large ($20 CAD)
Zpalette – Large ($20 CAD)

Grabbed a Z-palette because I’m running out of space for my Makeup Geek shadows!

Metal spatula ($4 CAD)
Metal spatula ($4 CAD)

And finally, a tiny metal spatula to help me get products out of containers when I’m getting down to the bottom.

/covers face with hands

That was… a lot. A LOT. I’m happy with what I bought and got, but damn son, I need to chill out cuz this kind of spending is not sustainable! How about you? Are you happy with all of the holiday releases? Or do you feel like they’re being released far too soon like I do? I feel like we kind of got dumped on this year and no one was prepared for it!