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!

 

 

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. 

August 2016 Ipsy Bag

Honestly where did the month go?! I’ve just returned home from Orlando so I finally was able to check my mail and look through my Ipsy bag for the month of August! So without further ado here is my first impressions for the August 2016 Ipsy bag!

Pacifica Sundreams Lotus Infused Bronzer in Sunkissed

Product Description:

This bronze is as good as gold. Smooth and super blendable, it gives that perfect sun-kissed glow without weighing skin down.

  • Natural color, so you can avoid the fake-and-bake look
  • Build-a-tan. The more you add, the more you glow.
  • Universal shade works perfectly for most skin tones

First Impression: 

My first impression of this product is that I’m head over heels in love with the packaging. Packaging plays a huge role for me when deciding on if I should get the product or not (kind of like the whole “don’t judge a book by its cover” but I totally judge). The bronzer is beautiful and seems like it will be really easy to blend and easy to build. I’m quite excited to try this out with future looks!

Winky Lux Diamond Complexion Powder in Light 

This Product’s Amaze Factor

#NoFilter necessary. This diffusing powder infused with crushed diamonds makes light of your imperfections. A girl’s best friend, indeed.

  • Buildable, so you can pick the amount of coverage you want
  • Soft-focus effect and shine-free finish
  • Lightweight texture feels like velvet and won’t clog pores

First Impression: 

This powder is amazing (the swatch I did anyways!) and I can tell its going to be an important product in my every day makeup routine!

Organic Surge Perfecting Face Polish

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Product Description:

This Product’s Amaze Factor

An olive branch for your skin. Made of finely ground olive stone, it gently removes dirt, impurities and dead cells to give a peaceful glow.

  • Rosemary and lemon oils purify your complexion
  • Chamomile and ginkgo biloba soothe and soften
  • Almond oil adds extra hydration
First Impression:
love facial scrubs so this is already a big win for me! The smell is an amazing mix of rosemary and lemon giving it a very fresh scent and leaves skin feeling polished and cleansed!

IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Mini Gel Eyeliner

This Product’s Amaze Factor

We don’t want no tugs. This smooth formula glides on without damaging your delicate lids. And did we mention it’s waterproof? Line us up.

  • Works its magic on the inner and outer rims of the lash line

  • Includes good-for-skin ingredients hydrolyzed collagen and silk proteins

  • Free of skin irritants (parabens, fragrances and sulfates)
First Impression: 
I hope I stop receiving eyeliner at some point because I never wear it however this is a nice creamy liner and I would recommend it to those who wear eyeliner regularly.

Ciaté London Paint Pot in Spinning Teacups

This Product’s Amaze Factor

This cult-fave nail polish is fit for a queen (we’re talking about you).

  • Pumps you up. Adds volume to your nail beds.

  • High-shine all the time

  • The tapered precision brush allows for easy and more controlled application.
  • Spinning Teacups: No shrinking violets here. This lovely lavender will give your fall wardrobe a hit of whimsy. Let the purple reign.

First Impression:

I’m so excited that I received this (and I just can’t hide it!) because it is the most beautiful purple ever! I’ve wanted to try this brand since Adrienne shared this video of her polish (which I still need to try) so I’m so excited for this colour to be on my nails, I think it will be perfect for all seasons!

July 2016 Ipsy Bag

I know it has been literally months since I reviewed an Ipsy bag and I’m really sorry about that. However the July bag is just too incredible so I have to share it with you!

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Cheeks Blush in Peach Pink

Product Description: It’s time to blush up on your game. Start with this universally flattering and foolproof shade. And build a glow that goes from subtle sheen to full-on flush.

  • Irridescent finish with subtle sparkle
  • Long-lasting color that takes you from day to dancefloor
  • Cruelty-free and never tested on fuzzy friends

First Impression: My first impression of this blush is that it is gorgeous and perfect for a subtle glow (but as the description says you can build it). The only thing I dislike about this blush is the packaging. I’m not sure if it’s the regular packaging or not but the packaging it came in through Ipsy is a cheap plastic packaging that can be difficult to open. However the product itself is incredible! Also a huge bonus is that this product is cruelty-free and never tested on animals, gotta love that!

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in No Filter

Product Description: When people say we have no filter, we take it as a compliment. This soft violet shade paints your tips in the perfect light.

  • Skip the double coat. Delivers an opaque effect in a single swipe.
  • Thick formula dries fast to super shiny finish
  • 10-free and fabulous (aka none of the typical toxic ingredients)

First Impression: I love getting nail polish and I love TrustFund so receiving this was a win win! I love the colour and the only way I can think how to describe it is really weird so just bare with me. You know when you open a blueberry yogurt and you mix it all together and it makes a really pretty pale purple? That’s the colour of this polish. Or if you want you can just describe it as “soft violet” like the description says and is the perfect shade! The formula is beautiful and the application is clean with minimal mess & it’s cruelty free!

theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in Matt Kumar

Product Description:  Triple milled just sounds attractive, doesn’t it? It means this shadow is super fine, making it smooth and easy to blend.

  • Ultra-matte color
  • Perfect on your lids, in the crease or as a transition shade
  • Velvety texture that’s as soft as it is stunning

First Impression: I love theBalm Cosmetics so I was super excited to see this in my glam bag this month! The colour is a beautiful matte cranberry colour that I know I will be wearing a lot (especially in the fall) that is also cruelty free! You don’t need a lot of this shadow on your brush, a little goes a long way!

BeFine Food Skin Care

Product Description: This ultra-lush cream goes on like buttah and recharges your skin while you sleep. So feel free to hit snooze a few more times.

  • Natural estrogen works to reduce wrinkles and prevent premature aging
  • Allergen free fragrance
  • Improves circulation in the skin for healthier color and tone

First Impression: I have never heard of this brand before so this is the first product I’ve tried from them. The cream is really nice and leaves your skin feeling soft and refreshed however I don’t like the smell of this product. It isn’t strong but it is noticeable however it doesn’t last long so if you aren’t sensitive to smells you should be fine with this product.

ML Cosmetics Felt Tip Eyeliner in Emerald Isle

Product Description:  Green with envy? Everyone will be—when you steal the spotlight in this emerald shade. It doesn’t just make your outfit. It IS the outfit.

  • Smooth formula glides easily across your lid
  • Control freak. No-slip grip means you can apply precisely.
  • Stays put and won’t bleed. Perfect for trying a pop of color for the first time.
First Impression: Let’s just give ML Cosmetics a round of applause for creating the most gorgeous liquid liner I have ever seen in my life! The only issue I have with this liner is the name. It’s called Emerald Isle and to me it isn’t emerald, it is more sea foam green however it’s still beautiful!
The Bag: This is probably one of my favourite bags I’ve ever recieved and the actual bag itself is the perfect bag for summer! Well done Ipsy!

Summer Essentials!

Summer is here and it seems to get hotter by the day so here are my summer essentials!

Sunscreen

I know what everyone is thinking “Obviously Michaela”but I can’t stress how important protect your skin from the UV Rays. I hate the feeling of sunscreen but once I found a sunscreen that smelt nice I found it didn’t bother me so much. My personal favourite is Sun Bum!

Pro Tip: If you burn easily (like I do) I suggest buying a bottle of aloe vera gel and keep it in the fridge or put it in ice cube trays to freeze, it feels amazing on burns!

BB Cream

Honestly BB Cream is the most important thing to me because in the summer I do not want to be wearing foundation so having a BB Cream makes it so I can even out my complexion but also be protected from the sun as most BB Creams have SPF in them! My BB Cream of choice for the past few summers has been the Rimmel London BB Cream in Light.

Oil Blotting Sheets

I won’t lie, I sweat a lot in the summer. I work in a summer program where we are outside more than we are inside so naturally in the 35 degree weather I’m going to need to blot my face. My 2 favourites are the Palladio Rice Paper Oil-Absorbing Blotting Tissues with rice powder and the Neutrogena Deep Clean Shine Control Blotting Sheets.

Setting Spray

With summer time comes open patios where you eat and drink and of course, sit in the sun so it’s necessary to have a setting spray in your life. During the winter I rarely set my makeup because it doesn’t go anywhere but in the summer I spray my face daily! My favourite setting spray to date is the NYX Matter Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray.

Face Masks

While face masks are a necessity all year round, I find myself reaching for them more in the summer time. I love the feeling of refreshed and clean skin and masks are the perfect way to achieve that. I’ve recently been loving the Life Brand masks from Shopper’s drug mart.

Deodorant: 

I can’t stress this enough please wear deodorant. I’m not trying to be rude but it’s hot out and you are going to sweat, always have deodorant!

June 2016 Favourites

I realize I haven’t posted anything in a while and for that I’m sorry. Here are my favourites for the month of June (and honestly some of them I’ve been loving them for a lot longer!).

 

1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in the shade 1.5 ($40.00)

This is my first high end foundation and it’s become a quick favourite of mine. It gives me the right amount of coverage while remaining buildable if needed. I love the feel of it on my skin, or rather the fact that I can’t feel it on my skin. I put foundation on in the morning and go to work (I work at an Afterschool program where I run around with kids) then after work, I go to the gym and sweat and I swear this foundation do not move. It stays all day and you honestly don’t need to set it ( I usually don’t). The only downfall for me with this foundation is it’s very liquidy but if that’s what you are looking for then this is for you!

2. Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($36.00)

I recently purchases this bronzer when I was visiting my sister in Ontario and I love it! I often use this with whatever I’m using to contour with for an over all healthy glow. I also really love the brush that comes with it.

3. Smashbox Full Exposure Water Proof Mascara ($22.00)

I LOVE THIS MASCARA! I have mentioned before how I have zero eye lashes and how much my lashes suck however this mascara does wonders for me! It’s lengthens and adds volume to my lashes and I actually look like I have lashes for once in my life. This is my holy grail mascara and I honestly don’t think I will ever purchase a different mascara in my life. I will warn you though, this mascara is different then the regular full exposure mascara from the brush to the formula however both are amazing.

4. Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Now Perfume ($52.00)

When I went to Victoria’s Secret a few weeks ago they were having a special that if you bought a bra and panty set you received a free perfume so naturally I had to do that. I chose the Very Sexy Now perfume and I am in love with it! The notes for this perfume are coconut water, pink lotus and warm sand accord so it’s essentially summer in a bottle. To me this perfume is exactly what I think about when I think of a beach day.

5. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm ($9.00)

I’ve been looking at the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams for a while and finally caved when they were on sale from $9 to $7 at my local Shoppers. I had a difficult time choosing between London and Stockholm and finally decided to try Stockholm and I am so happy I did. I love this lip cream. The feel of it on my lips is soft and it dries beautifully. I will definitely be purchasing more of these in the near future!