Sephora Haul + First Impression

I recently made a Sephora order which resulted in me becoming VIB (which I’m pretty pumped about), although my bank account isn’t as pumped. Anyways…I’ve had these products for a few months and have finally gathered my opinion on them so here we go!

Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette ($64.00 CAD)

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I love this contour pallet, although I wish there was a highlighter in it. I love that all the shades are very blendable and able to give a flawlessly chiseled look. One thing I have noticed about this pallet though is you only need a little bit of product, trust me it goes a long way!

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette  ($62.00 CAD)

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I love the idea of having a contour palette for my eyes (is that weird? Like I know you can just use regular shadows to achieve it but I just love that I own an eye contour palette) anyways…I love the pigmentation of these shades! I am able to do very versatile looks with the different shades but again a little goes a long way!

Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 CAD)

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Can we just take a second to appreciate how f*cking gorgeous this palette is?! Honestly, I bought it because I wanted to try a Tarte palette and I liked the colour scheme of this one and oh my god I’m so happy I did! I love this palette and it’s quickly become one of my most used palettes! The colours are pigmented and very blendable, def a favourite!

Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette ($59.00 CAD)

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I was fighting with myself over if I wanted the Chocolate Bar palette or if I wanted the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette but I ended up going for the original (obviously) and honestly…I’m so happy I did. I own a lot of neutral palettes but I still find myself reaching for this one over a lot of my other one!

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette ($52.00 CAD)

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I was so excited about this product and unfortunately, I’m a little disappointed. I only use the one on the far left because I find it’s the only one that gives me a beautiful highlight however the blush shade isn’t bad, it’s just not my favourite (but at least it smells good!).

SEPHORA Collection Cream Lip Stain in 13 Marvelous Mauve ($18.00 CAD)

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I love this lip product, the only thing I will say is (since it’s a stain) it tries darker than the product in the bottle and it stays a little tacky so you can feel in on your lips but it’s such a nice product that I still find myself reaching for it. It is dry but not as drying as the Colourpop Matte Liquid Lipsticks which I find very drying!

 

 

Hair Care Routine 2017

Hello, all you lovely people! It’s been a long time since we’ve posted really…anything and for that we are sorry! We are back though and we have some really cool posts coming up now so make sure you click that follow button so that you can receive notifications for when we post! Now onto my hair care routine!

Last August I cut 8 inches off my hair and while I loved it, I will admit I missed my long hair instantly.

My hair has gone through quite a bit of transition this year from colours to cuts to bleach and I’ve managed to not only make it grow faster but also stronger by changing up a few things in my hair care routine and also some lifestyle changes.

First, dry shampoo has become my new best friend! My favourite is the Batiste Original Dry Shampoo because it instantly refreshes my hair without leaving any weird residue (although I will tell you that the XXL Volume dry shampoo does leave a weird feeling in your hair and is not brush friendly!). Anyways, back to the Original Dry Shampoo. It retails for roughly 8 dollars and is a complete game changer. I find my hair reacts weirdly to dry shampoos and this is the first one I have never had any problems with! With this dry shampoo, I can get away with washing my hair once to twice a week!

Second, I’ve changed my shampoo and conditioner. I’ve switched to using purple shampoo and conditioner to help tone my transitioning blonde hair. I use John Frieda’s Colour Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo and Conditioner and have found that it has really helped keep my blonde from turning brassy (which is not a good look!).

Third, my hairdresser swears by BC Hairtherapy Repair Rescue and I have to agree! I use a small amount of product and run it through my hair after a shower, really working it into my ends. This has helped prevent my hair from getting dry, frizzy and my ends from splitting.

Fourth, I only colour (foil) my hair every 5 – 6 weeks which helps prevent breakage since my hair is given a nice break between sessions and isn’t completely bleached to hell (pardon my language).

Fifth, gummies. Yep I said it, gummies. Every day I eat 2 Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies with Biotin and I have noticed quite a difference in not only my hair but my nails and skin as well so those are a plus! My hairdresser even commented on how quick my hair has been growing these past few months!

Finally, I use a lot less heat than I used to! I let my hair air dry most days as it’s naturally wavy. I use the lowest heat setting on all my tools when I do use heat (although I have to get in the habit of heat protectant because I seriously slack there!). I have found hairstyles that require little to no heat (keep an eye out for that post soon!) and have found my hair thanks me for it!

Just a few extra tips! If you find your hair is dry or damaged there are so many hair masks you can use to help but also coconut oil is amazing as well! My sister has extremely curly, thick hair that tangles a crazy amount and she puts coconut oil in her hair for 10 minutes, washes it out and goes on with her hair washing routine and she can actually run a brush through it and it’s softer!

I hope you found this helpful and maybe found some new products to try! What are some of your must-have hair products? Leave a comment and let me know!

Michaela Kathleen

 

 

 

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics

I have been so excited about this palette since Urban Decay announced it a few months back. I am obsessed with all my Naked palettes so I knew it would only be a matter of time before this one was added to my collection.

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I am in love with this palette! The colours are perfect for any look (either day or night) and they all go together so beautifully. The colours are pigmented while still remaining buildable, it’s easy to create a full eye look with just this one palette.

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The brush that comes with this palette may be small but it’s still such an amazing brush! I like using the smaller side to blend colours into my lower lash line.

This palette isn’t long like the other Naked palettes but it’s still compact enough that it doesn’t take up much space in a makeup bag or drawer.

In my opinion, if you have this palette you are set, however I do plan on doing a post to compare the Naked 1, 2, 3 and this palette so if you’d like to read that just give this post a like or comment below!

This palette retails for $68 on the Urban Decay website. 

Review: TheBalm Nude’Tude Eyeshadow Palette

I purchased this palette a few months ago but I never actually really started using it until recently. I don’t know why I haven’t used it recently because it’s amazing!

dsc_0306TheBalm (in my opinion) make some of the best eyeshadows on the market. They are pigmented and easy to blend and the colours are just beautiful. I could go on forever but for now let’s focus on the colours in this palette.

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The first six shades (from the left) are all fairly light and perfect for a daytime look. I love using Snobby on my lid and Stubborn in my crease with a little bit of Sultry in my outer corner. I finish it off with Sassy on the inner corner, apply a coat of mascara and then my eye look is complete!

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The last six colours are perfect for a night look and adding that extra bit of drama you might want. I usually use a pretty natural base like Naked from the Urban Decay Naked 1 and then add Seductive on top of that and apply Sexy in the outer corner and crease. I sometimes like to add winged liner (which I make Adrienne do since I can’t do eyeliner to save my life), add some mascara and you’re done!

What I love about this palette is you have your nudes and your darks so this is a very versatile palette and it isn’t bulky so it’s easy to through  in your makeup bag. I feel that this palette has a wide range of colours to use for a variety of looks and that you are getting a great quality product for a reasonable price.

This palette retails for $36.00 on TheBalm.com

Love it or Leave It: Lip Products

I was recently going through my makeup collection and realized that I have a lot of lip products so I figured I would share with you which products I thought were worth the money and what ones I could do without.

 

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from left to right: Tea & Cookies, Pink Lust, Sway, Vintage, Stone Fox

 

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks ($10.00)

NYX became available in my city around 6 months ago (roughly) and it’s safe to say my obsession with this brand is unreal. The liquid suede cream lipsticks were the first product I tried by NYX after receiving Pink Lust in my March Ipsy bag. After trying that I went out and purchased Sway and Vintage. Vintage quickly became a staple colour I wore constantly. I love the colour pay off of most of the ones I’ve tried and don’t regret buying any of them except Stone Fox, it doesn’t seem to have the same pay off as the others and it looks more blue than grey.

 

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from left to right: Ibiza, Stockholm, Istanbul, Prague

 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams ($9.00)

I love these, straight up! I love how soft they feel on my lips and how amazing the colour pay off. The color you see is exactly the colour you get. I love how small they are as well because they are perfect to throw in your book bag or purse or clutch and they don’t take up much space. These are some of my top lip products I own right now!

 

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left to right: Honeymoon, Bedtime Flirt

 

NYX Lip Lingerie ($9.00)

These just became available in my city about a month ago and I know quite a few people who swear by these. I bought Honeymoon (a brown nude) and Bedtime Flirt (a pink nude) and I must say I’m not disappointed. I tend to grab Bedtime Flirt before Honeymoon but both are awesome colours. My only complaint about these is that there isn’t a wide range of nudes in the collection. They all look fairly similar which I’m upset about because the formula is amazing!

 

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from top to bottom: L.U.V, Echo, Lolita, Bow N Arrow

 

Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick ($20.00)

In my opinion, these lipsticks are some of the best on the market, for the most part. I only have 4 (for now) of the collection (I believe there are 24 colours total) and I still keep gravitating towards them no matter how many times I try to broaden my horizons with lipsticks. The only colour I “regret” (I use regret loosely) is Echo because it isn’t the blue I wanted, however, it’s still a beautiful colour. The formula of these lipsticks are long lasting and doesn’t dry out my lips.

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from left to right: Roach, Bang, After Dark

Urban Decay Lipsticks ($21.00 approx.)

I love Urban Decay, everyone knows that, however,  I can’t decide if I love their lipsticks. I find both Bang and After Dark very drying and the formula isn’t that great. Roach on the other hand,  is one of my favourite lipsticks ever. It’s a beautiful cream lipstick whereas Bang and After Dark are both matte. Overall, while I love Roach, I don’t think these lipsticks are worth the price.

 

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from left to right: 105, 107, 110, 45

 

Kate Moss for Rimmel London Long Lasting Lipsticks ($7.00 approx.)

These are some of my favourite drugstore lipsticks! For the longest time, I was constantly reaching for 105 because it was the perfect wine colour for fall or winter. The only one I wouldn’t suggest getting would be number 45 from the nude collection because the colour payoff isn’t great, you can barely tell a difference from before you put it on to after. Overall for $7.00 you can’t go wrong with these lipsticks.

September 2016 Ipsy Bag

I won’t lie, when I first saw the sneak peaks and bag design of the bag for September I wasn’t all that excited. However after looking through and testing out the products my whole view on this bag has changed. Here are the products I received this month and my thought on them!

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Teaser

Product Description:

Hello, wide eyes. A matte chestnut shade that’s ideal for creating the perfect doe-eyed look. If Bambie used shadow, it would be this one.

First Impression: 

You all know my love for DLS ever since I got their baked highlighter a few months ago. This eyeshadow is beautiful and is perfect for a transition shade for any eye look.

Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum

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This Product’s Amaze Factor

Zen relaxation for the face. Incredibly soothing, it keeps skin hydrated for a full 24 hours (for reals)—all the way through shavasana.

First Impression: 

This isn’t the first time I’ve received this product as a sample (I received it from my local Shoppers Beauty Boutique) and from what I remember it was a nice formula. I will give a more in-depth review if I end up loving this product!

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme

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This Product’s Amaze Factor

Ready to compete in the next pout-off? Win by a landslide thanks to this incredibly effective formula that glides on clear and leaves lips plump and pink.

First Impression:

I’ve never been a fan of lip plumpers because I don’t enjoy the burn or tingle that comes from using these types of products BUT when you are given a TOO FACED product you have to give it a go so that’s what I did. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I love this product. It does make your lips noticeably fuller, but not over the top! And the best part is it doesn’t sting or tingle, or at least I didn’t notice it did anyways. Also, unlike every other lip plumper I’ve tried, this one doesn’t leave your lips with a sticky residue.

tre’StiQue Mini Highlight Stick in Maldives Luminescent

This Product’s Amaze Factor:

Glow and go. This soft cream-gel formula glides on gently—brightening with what we call “adult shimmer,” perfect for any age or time of day.

First Impression: 

I love this highlighter! It is such a creamy formula with amazing payoff that is perfect for any look. It’s especially perfect for the bridge of your nose and on your upper lip.

Living Proof Perfect hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

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This Product’s Amaze Factor:

Anyone can get a PhD (Perfect hair Day), thanks to this styling treatment that smooths, volumizes, conditions, strengthens and polishes. #SmartStuff

First Impression: 

I haven’t tried this product yet, if I end up loving it I will do a more indepth review!

Overall Opinion:

This wasn’t one of my favourite bags but I did get 3 products I’m quite excited about so over all I can’t complain.

If you’d like to join Ipsy and receive a glam bag every month click here 

 

 

September 2016 Monthly Favourites

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a favourites post but that’s because I haven’t had many favourites that were new between the months of June and August. However, September has seen a few new favourites that I’m excited to share with you! So without further ado, let’s get to it!

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