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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. 🙂

Holiday 2017: What I’m Buying & Passing On

It’s my absolutely favourite time of the makeup year because the holiday collections are coming at us hard and fast! There’s always so much to choose from, and I usually end up making a shortlist (errr something longlist…) of things I want and what I’m going to pass on. Here’s how my list stacks up so far.

The “To Buy” List

KAT VON D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set

Starting off with the set I’ve already purchased – the Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set! I *loved* this set last year and was so, so excited to see that they’ve brought it back again this year. What’s even more amazing is that there isn’t a single duplicated shade from the previous year! I prefer minis because there’s no chance in hell I’ll be finishing a full sized tube any time soon. If you want to see swatches from this year’s line up, I’ll have a full video posted to my YouTube channel tomorrow.

Sigma Creme de Couture Eyeshadow Palette

This is another item I’ve already purchased and it’s currently in transit to me. The Sigma Creme de Couture palette will be my first foray into Sigma products, and it’s long overdue! This palette is actually a re-release from about five years ago. Back then, I had seen Leesha of xsparkage rave about this palette in multiple videos, but I had never pulled the trigger on purchasing it. Since it was limited edition, the palette eventually sold out before I decided to buy it. AND I WAS SO REGRETFUL! Several years passed, and they never restocked it, so it truly felt like one of the ones that got away. Imagine my surprise when, five or six years later, they’ve decided to re-release it! I couldn’t believe it – I’ve never seen a brand do something like this half a decade later! Of course I snatched it up and am eagerly awaiting it in the mail.

Too Faced Unicorn Survival Kit

This one is causing me a little bit of panic because I haven’t seen any kind of release date advertised anywhere AND the Too Faced Unicorn Tears lipstick is an Ulta exclusive item. So does that mean this will only be available at Ulta?? Either way, the Too Faced It’s available on Ulta.com now MUST BE MINE. I’ve been itching to get the Unicorn Melted Latex (which was only recently released on Too Faced‘s web site) and I’m dyyyying to see what that blue-ish-purple highlighter looks like!

UPDATE: It’s available on Ulta.com now! Go get it quickly because I don’t know how much stock they have and they sold out REALLY fast on TooFaced.com!

Too Faced Gingerbread Melted Matte

Ohhh yes! Last year Too Faced released a specially scented Candy Cane Melted Matte with pretty packaging, and this year they’re bringing it back in a Gingerbread version. I really love that they’re creating one new shade and throwing some scent and pretty packaging on it. It feels like a makeup Christmas ritual to me now, and I will be really happy to add this to my collection!

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Palette

This one isn’t actually released yet, but I did receive press information to indicate that this would be released with part of their holiday 2017 lineup. Does the makeup world need another chocolate bar palette? No, probably not. Am I going to get it anyway? Yes, absolutely. I’ll admit the colour assortment in this palette is very odd. I felt like it could’ve done with more pastel brights, but I’ll wait to reserve complete judgement until I’ve tried it out myself. Still, I have to keep my Too Faced Chocolate Bar family together right??

Stila Glitter & Glow Set

I’m about thirty seconds away from screaming bloody murder at this set. I WANT IT SO FREAKING BAD, and yet Sephora Canada has had it out of stock on their web site for going on three weeks now. Although it’s never actually shown up on the Canadian site, it’s readily available on the US side. I freaking LOVE the Stila liquid glitters and I have about four of them in the full size tubes. This set is great because it’s got six shades in mini format so you get a lot of bang for your buck. NOW IF ONLY IT WOULD COME IN STOCK ON SEPHORA.CA! ARGH!

Tarte Tartelette Toasted

Oh man, I want to get my hands on this one so badly too! The tarte Tartelette in Bloom came out of nowhere and slapped me in the face with how good it was, so I cannot wait to see how the Toasted palette is! The shades in this one are a bit more up my alley (although very similar to Urban Decay’s Naked Heat) so I’m super anxious to play around with them! This one should be out fairly soon!

MAC Snowball Collection

It’s been a long time since a MAC collection really drew me in, but holy smokes the packaging on the Snowball collection is beautiful! I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be picking up yet, but you can check out the entire colour story over on Temptalia.

The “Pass” List

Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette

I can’t quite put my finger on why I’m passing on this palette. I love the crazy ornate packaging, I love KVD‘s eyeshadow formula… and I’ve seen swatches of this palette and it looks hella pigmented and gorgeous. BUT… there’s something about the eyeshadow layout that just isn’t speaking to me. I don’t feel especially inspired about this combination of colours, so I think I’ll just take a pass on it… for now.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops Set

So while I’m passing on this set because I already have two of the shades (Halo and Celestial), I actually think you should pick up this set if you have none of the shades. I freaking LOVE the Cover FX liquid highlighter formula – it has one of the most beautiful finishes I’ve ever seen and the colours are absolutely gorgeous.I’m so glad Cover FX has put out this set because it’s a great way to get access to several shades at once since the cost of this set is equivalent to the price of a single full size bottle!

Too Faced Bossy Lady + all of the items with agendas

I found the whole Too Faced Holiday 2017 collection kinda meh to be honest (which really saddened me). I’m not a paper planner person and I’m so not interested in planner decorating either, so this entire range of products just left me feeling deflated. Although it seems they’ve started manufacturing their holiday palettes in the US again and I believe the quality is markedly better, I just don’t see the point in picking up these sets when I’m super not into the planners. There is, of course, repetition amongst the eyeshadow shades year over year, and since I own the last three years of holiday sets, I don’t really feel like these have anything new to offer me. Instead, I’ll dump my money on the Unicorn Survival Kit and the other items that seem unique to me!

Tarte Blush Bliss Palette

There’s a few things with the palette I’m a bit iffy on. First of, I love the colour selection – those shares are right up my alley… BUT – they’re all too similar. They are way too same samey and I’d like some variety if I’m going to be purchasing a blush palette. Number two… there’s no bronzer. And I realize Tarte hasn’t put in a bronzer since the Off The Cuff palette (which is my freaking favourite), but ever since they did that, I now expect them to put in a bronzer. I bring my Off The Cuff palette with me everywhere I travel, and a large part of that is the variety of shades plus the bronzer it houses. Number three… I think Tarte is still outsourcing their holiday products to China and I’m a bit tired of the quality inconsistencies… so this is just a pass for me.

The “I’m Not Sure” List

Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette

Oh man, I do not know what to do about this one. I have a few ABH palettes that I absolutely love, and there have been a few times where I’ve really kicked myself for not getting some of their limited edition items. However, if this palette is made with the same formula as the Subculture palette (which I did not like and promptly returned), then I want nothing to do with it. So yeah… not sure about this one.

And that’s about it! Phew, that was a long list. Of course, there’s other things I’ve considered, but I think this post was long enough and was really focused on the items that caught my eye the most this holiday season. I’d love to hear what you’re going to be picking up or ignoring this holiday makeup season!

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Swatch Sunday: tarte Tarteist Pro

tarte Tartist Pro

A long overdue swatch post as I’ve already completed a full Challenge Week for this one back in August! This is the ever so gorgeous tarte Tarteist Pro palette!

tarte Tartist Pro
tarte Tartist Pro

tarte switched things up for us and offered 16 matte shades with only 4 shimmer foils! Since it’s usually the reverse of this, I’m very happy to see matte shades being pushed to the forefront here.

The tarte Tarteist Pro palette can be purchased on sephora.ca for $69 CAD and on sephora.com for $53 USD.

tarte Tarteist Pro Swatches

tarte - Classic
tarte – Classic
tarte - Innocent
tarte – Innocent
tarte - Whimsy
tarte – Whimsy
tarte - Smoked
tarte – Smoked
tarte - Ethereal
tarte – Ethereal
tarte - Vintage
tarte – Vintage
tarte - Fierce
tarte – Fierce
tarte - No Filter
tarte – No Filter
tarte - Vamp
tarte – Vamp
tarte - Glam
tarte – Glam
tarte - Chic
tarte – Chic
tarte - Profesh
tarte – Profesh
tarte - Mod
tarte – Mod
tarte - Drama
tarte – Drama
tarte - Minx
tarte – Minx
tarte - Indie
tarte – Indie
tarte - Bold
tarte – Bold
tarte - Edgy
tarte – Edgy
tarte - Punk
tarte – Punk
tarte - Trendy
tarte – Trendy
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tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner (Review & Swatches)

tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner

This product isn’t new, but it’s something I had been meaning to try out ever since it was released several years ago. The tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner is a very interesting hybrid product to me: it’s got a squeezy tube like a lip gloss, it’s a gel liner (but not quite) and it’s got some kind of well-shaped contraption at the top of it!

tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner
tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner

In its essence, the Tarteist Clay Paint Liner is a “waterproof cream eyeliner with a unique blending tip that is inspired by an artist’s palette”. They say cream, but I feel like it’s less viscous than that. It’s like a thicker liquid – and I would never mistake this to be a gel texture either. It’s not so liquid that it runs and spills everywhere though – more like it’s got enough thickness so that it holds in place in that well area at the tip.

tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner has a tip with a well
tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner has a tip with a well

The well, in my opinion, is a genius idea. While I have traditionally liked gel pots (and really loved the tarte gel liner as well), I find that you often struggle with getting the right amount of product on your brush while also shaping the brush into my preferred flattened edge so I can get a crisp line on my lid. The well tip helps me flatten out my brush without disrupting anymore product (like I would in a pot) and I can vary just how much I get on my brush by wiping it on a clean edge.

tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner with angled liner brush
tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner with angled liner brush

Rather conveniently, the Tarteist Clay Paint Liner comes with a mini angled liner brush inside the packaging. I wasn’t expecting that at all since I didn’t think the product packaging was big enough to hold a brush! So that was a nice surprise… however I’m not personally a fan of angled liner brushes, so I did resort to using one of my own straight ones for application.

tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner - swatch
tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner – swatch

Swatched out you can see how the product is drying to a matte finish (it’s a bit glossy at the top where the thicker blobs are still drying). THIS IS SUCH A RELIEF FOR ME! I prefer matte black liners above anything else and I’ve been continuously annoyed that I can’t seem to find matte black waterproof liners (I’ve yet to find a gel liner that is truly waterproof). While I’d prefer this texture and feel in a pen style brush tip liner, this is the next best thing and I am so, SO happy by how matte it gets.

tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner - winged liner
tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner – winged liner

On the eye, the Tarteist Clay Paint Liner is as deep and black as I could ever need! It doesn’t go watery on me, which means I get a solid line in one swipe. I also didn’t initially realize this was waterproof and was quite surprised at work one day when my eye watered and I pressed a tissue to the corner of my eye. Usually I get some liner peeling off my eye and onto the tissue – not the case this time! My liner stayed fully intact on my face and had zero transfer. Although I’ve not tested it by dunking my head in water to test the true waterproofness of the product, all I personally really need is something that will hold up to my eyes watering, and this did it!

Final Thoughts

Suffice to say – I’m a fan. The tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner is a wonderfully matte black waterproof formula that is easy to apply. If you’re a fan of gel liners (or any type of potted liner that requires a brush) I think you’ll be a fan of this one. I had no fading throughout my work day and it actually didn’t pick up a ton of my shimmery lid shade either (which can sometimes be a problem for me with hooded lids).

The tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner can be purchased at sephora.ca for $29 CAD and on sephora.com for $24 USD.

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Challenge Week: Tarte Tarteist Pro

This post is looong overdue! I’ve had a few requests to do a Challenge Week using the tarte Tarteist Pro, and while it’s taken me far too long to do it, here we have it!

Look 1

The first thing I wanted to do was go for the shades I was most drawn towards, and that was definitely a warm red eye with a pale lid.


  1. Innocent through the crease.
  2. Whimsy also in the crease.
  3. Glam on the lid.
  4. Mod on the outer corner.
  5. Drama to deepen up the outer corner.
  6. Classic on the brow bone.

I used the Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blaquer to coat the lower lash line and smudged it out with a pencil brush covered in Mod to help make it more red. I created the wing with the ARTDECO High Precision Liner, applied the essence The False Lashes Mascara Dramatic Volume Unlimited mascara to my lashes and popped on a pair of Ardell falsies.


  • Foundation: Wet n Wild Photofocus foundation in Shell Ivory
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
  • Blush: Tarte Natural Beauty
  • Lips: Too Faced Melted Matte in Drop Dead Red

Look 2

For this one I wanted more of a golden look that most people seem to gravitate towards during the summer months.


  1. Bold through the crease.
  2. No Filter through the crease.
  3. Ethereal on the lid.
  4. Drama on the outer corner
  5. Vamp in the outer v.
  6. Classic on the brow bone

I created the wing with Physicians Formula Eye Booster and applied Revlon’s Mega Multiplier mascara to my lashes. I’ve also popped on a pair of KISS Poise lashes.


  • Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way in Porcelain
  • Bronzer: Tarte Park Avenue Princess
  • Blush: tarte Darling blush
  • Highlighter: Tarte Spellbound Glow
  • Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect

Look 3

For this look, I was headed out to a concert and didn’t have a whole lot of time to get ready. While I LIKE the look of a single colour on the eye, I don’t often opt for it because I feel like I’m not playing with my makeup enough. However, for needing to get out the door fast? It’s a winner!


  1. Bold through the crease.
  2. Trendy all over the entire lid.
  3. Vamp to deepen up the outer corner.
  4. Ethereal on the inner corner.
  5. Classic on the brow bone.

I applied Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint mascara to my lashes.


  • Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way foundation in Porcelain
  • Bronzer: NYC Sun n Bronze in Fire Island Tan
  • Charlotte Tilbury Chic to Cheek blush in Love is the Drug
  • Highlighter: tarte Spellbound Glow
  • Lips: Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Kim KW

Look 4

I was trying to pull back and go for an easy/simple eye look… but uh… yeah. This is as easy as I get!


  1. Chic through the crease.
  2. Glam on the lid.
  3. Whimsy outer corner and crease.
  4. Classic on the brow bone.

I created the wing with Physicians Formula Eye Booster in Ultra Black and applied tarte’s Tarteist Lash Paint mascara to my lashes.


  • Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way in Porcelain mixed with Illamasqua Skin Base in 6.5 (which I quickly discovered is EXACTLY the same shade!)
  • Bronzer: NYC Sun n Bronze in Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: NYX Soft Flush Ombre Blush
  • Highlighter: Tarte Spellbound
  • Lips: Maybelline Shocking Coral

Look 5

And to round it all out: my absolute favourite look I came up with. I stuck with matte and raspberry shades and it made the perfect eye look!


  1. Chic through the crease.
  2. Mod on the outer half of the lid and pulled through the crease.
  3. Vintage on the inner half of the lid.
  4. Drama to deepen up the outer corner.
  5. Classic on the brow bone.

I created the wing with Physicians Formula Eye Booster in Ultra Black and applied tarte’s Tarteist Lash Paint mascara to my lashes.l/4621/


  • Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way foundation in Porcelain
  • Bronzer: NYC Sun n Bronze in Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg Multiple Tint in Jeanette
  • Highlighter: tarte Spellbound Glow
  • Lips: tarte Color Splash Lipstick in Daiquiri

And there we have it! Hope you enjoyed all five looks using the tarte Tarteist Pro palette!

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