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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Purple, Please | Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette

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I like to keep up with what's happening in the beauty world, but sometimes... I just don't care. I was feeling pretty meh about eyshadow palettes for a while. Like, how many warm neutrals does a person need? In my case not many, because I've been very resistant towards the trend. Anyway, I wasn't feeling anything, but then... A vision in purple appeared. You know the one. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Gloss is Boss | Avon True Colour Lip Glow Lip Gloss

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One of my first beauty loves was lip gloss. I remember the heartbreak I felt when a specific Bonne Bell gloss that I LOVED was discontinued (or just no longer carried at my Shoppers Drug mart, either way, it was devastating.) It was a sheer, pale nude frosty number, aptly named Champagne, but smelled of ginger ale. It was one of the only lip products I ever finished, as I was a major product hopper in in my youth. One of my other gloss loves? Avon, of course. With a huge shade selection and usually available for less than $7 (snag 'em on sale!), what's not to love?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Femme & Floral | Givenchy Live Irresistible Blossom Crush

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The colder days of autumn are approaching (yay!) but just for, I don't know, the next 10 minutes or so, let's stay in spring/summer mode. Okay? I say that, because I think the fragrance we're about chat about is technically meant to be a more spring/summer scent, but like so many 'rules'  they're more fun when broken.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

One & Done | Rodial The Icons Collection Face Palette

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I love just about anything in palette form. Actually, no. I like anything powder in palette form. I've never been one to enjoy lip palettes and I did not get on well with that liner palette Smashbox used to do (does anyone else remember that?) Anyway, we're not dealing with creams today, but some rather gorgeous powders in the form of the Rodial The Icons Collection Face Palette. The limited edition collection features a little bit of pretty much everything to take your face from meh to marvelous. Yay for one & done products, right?!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Mix & Mask | Avon Anew Clay Masks

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I LOVE masks. There isn't much needed for an enjoyable mask session, but there are few tidbits that can make the experience extra enjoyable. I like to have a plush headband (with out without animal ears, although with is much more fun) as stray hair or bangs in a mask can be downright disastrous. A tool for applying / spreading masks (like a silicone paddle, or flat style foundation brush) classes up the affair, and keeps fingers out of pots. And, what may just be most important, a little mask-time entertainment. I am blind during mask-time (where my fellow astigmatism gals at?!) so I opt for music. Pro tip: make a playlist the same length as your mask's cure time for easy timing. Timing can be crucial for anything with stronger ingredients or potentially drying formulas, like clay....

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Palette Perfection | Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette

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Ooh, we're getting scandalous today! Okay, no. No we're not. Unless my Brendon Urie based daydreams count (he's just so much fun to look at...) we're keeping things makeup related. It's just that my mind wanders when the word tryst comes about. You can't help but conjure up some sort of romantical rendezvous fraught with adventure and maybe just a little danger. I'm realizing tryst is a really great word and that a lot of chosen descriptors are shade names in the palette... Regardless, we're talking palettes today, with the Brendon Urie level gorgeous (an unplanned, but perfect tie in) Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Better with Butter | Physician's Formula Murumuru Butter Blush & Highlighter

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Whoa, check me out, two days in a row! It's a small victory, but I'll take it. Just know, that I've fought with an overly exuberant calico tween (what comes between kitten and cat?) to try and get these photos taken. It was not easy and only fun for one of us. My prize though? Getting to play with the wondrousness that are the Physician's Formula Murumuru Butter Blush & Highlighters.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Fresh & So... | Clean Fresh Linens Eau de Parfum

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Let's see if I still know how to do this. It's been... a while. With that said, I thought I'd get back to the swing of things with an easy one: perfume. I will admit that I haven't really switched up my scent rotation in a while (I've been sticking to my top three) but the Clean Fresh Linens is a perfect summery number to switch things up with.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Sydney Grace Cosmetics Icy Betch No Joke Eyeshadow Bundle

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If you're a devoted beauty fan, you probably know the trend of the beauty-themed April Fool's Day product. Quite a few brands take part each year, but this past April, Tarte caused a bit of a kerfuffle with their 'Icy Betch' palette. As we know, Tarte tends to stay pretty neutral when it comes to their palettes, but Icy Betch was all about gorgeous green and blue hues. It didn't actually exist, but a lot of makeup fans wanted it to. What's a shadow fan to do? Turn to the indies.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Maybelline Python Metallic Lip Kit | 25 Valiant

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When it comes to beauty 'trends' some just aren't practical You know, the flash in the pan, Instagram-fueled, fun to look at type trends. Like lip art. Nobody is rolling up the bank or work with rainbow glitter dripping lips. Fun to view, not so much do, but it does give us a new perspective, which is exactly what Maybelline has done with their newest lip launch...

Monday, May 14, 2018

Radiant Summer | Avon Summer 2018

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Happy Monday, blog fans! I've been such a sporadic blogger, I can't even remember the last time I've had a post go up on a Monday... I'm working on resolving that starting today with some really fun summer products from Avon. If you're looking to add a bit of colour to your routine, now that the sun is finally sticking around, you really can't beat these offerings.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Put on a Fresh Face | Personal Microdermabrasion with PMD Microderm

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When it comes to skincare, my favourite type of products are always evolving and shifting depending on my skin, but one constant is always exfoliation. I am always up to seeing brighter, smoother, more refined skin and there really is no better way to get there than exfoliation. While chemical-based exfoliation can be a great way to get there, there is something to be said of a little physical action (insert your double entendres here...) Lately, it's the PMD Microderm that I've been a little (or a lot) obsessed with, as the device makes professional level midrodermabrasion an easy at home process.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Givenchy Couture Edition Spring 2018 | Limited Edition Le Rouge & Prisme Libre

Givenchy Couture Edition Spring 2018 Limited Edition Le Rouge & Prisme Libre
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Ah, Spring... much like the rich jewel tones we come to expect in autumn, Spring brings us florals. Even though they always make their comeback (insert that movie quote here) you can't help but look forward to a little floral after a dreary winter. The Givenchy Couture Edition for Spring 2018 brings a lush dark floral packaging that is utterly swoon-worthy.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Body Care + Giveaway

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Happy Spring! Today was the first day that actually felt spring-ish and I'm pretty pleased about that. The snow is pretty much gone (yes, there are a few little patches still clinging to life) and allergy season has already started to creep in, but winter is gone, so things are looking up. I'm sending my winter coat to be cleaned, my boots are being stashed away, and I'm getting the upper hand on the last bit of winter dryness. My elbows (the left one, if we're being specific) have been super dry, along with just about everything else, but the new Palmer's Coconut Formula range has arrived and changed everything. Like EVERYTHING (hint: it's really good!)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Pearlesque Box | May 2018 Delia Organics

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How is this the end of April? My April was a relatively messy month. It was stressful, unorganized, and in terms of my blog life, less than productive. But, as it likes to be, life is unpredictable. What's not though, is Pearlesque Box (see that perfect segue?) I mean, what's a better way to start the month than with a few new skincare goodies? The May box features a second round of Delia Organics (who made their debut appearance last April) and includes four great products.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Un-Nudes | Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Colour

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I know, we're smack-dab in the middle of a gloss come-back, but I'm taking us back to mattes for a moment. We all know they're truly here to stay anyway, right? So, as much as I enjoy a little liquid lipstick, I can't say I've taken any time to venture into the world of drugstore options. Matte formulas can be drying enough without adding in a cheaper formula. No thanks, right? Well, Maybelline will have you changing your minds with their SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Colour. The range has been on the scene for a minute, but the Un-Nudes have won my matte loving heart.

Monday, April 23, 2018

This vs That | Avon Anew vs Mary Kay Sheet Mask Edition

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It's a battle of the ages... Avon in one corner, Mary Kay in the other. To non-beauty people (t seems they really do exist) both brands are basically interchangeable: women (for the most part) selling beauty products to women MLM style. True, but beauty people know there is more that makes the brands. Both do lipsticks remarkably well, but when it comes to sheet masks who reins supreme? I know, you could cut the tension with a knife...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Love Letters | oNecklace Monogrammed Rose Gold Jewellery

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Happy Monday, blog fans! Okay, it might be Tuesday by the time you're actually reading this, so adjust accordingly... Day aside, hopefully it's at the very least decent. It's about to get a smidgen better, if you like rose gold at least. And really, who doesn't? Speaking of, have you seen the new Smashbox Petal Metal Collection? AMAZING! But let's get back on topic... Rose gold is just straight up gorgeous. I think we can all agree. I'll assume all heads are nodding in solid agreement. oNecklace, makers of an impressive range of custom jewellery, know the allure of rose gold. As such, they offer it as a finish on their sterling silver pieces. I am usually iffy about plating on jewellery, as you just never know how it will stand up, but having a few oNecklace pieces (and loving them) I decided to take a chance on a few rosy gems and am so glad I did.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Naturally Happy Hair | Garnier Fructis Hair Treat 1 Minute Hair Masks

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Remember when I said it was the season of hair products? I'm pretty sure I did... Anyway, we've got more hair care to chat about in the form of the cute little Garnier Fructis Hair Treat 1 Minute Masks. Okay, that's a lot of name for a little product, but these conditioning wonders do make for a nice hair pick-me-up.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Summer Pedi Prep | FarmHouse Fresh Pedi Delight Instant Pedicure Sampler

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So, it seems like Spring is going to be delayed... It started lightly snowing last night. You know, the cute, fluffy stuff that usually melts as soon as it hits the ground? Yeah, except it didn't melt. It accumulated. Ugh. I've been so ready for spring that I am not even going to deny that I'm a bit heartbroken . I was stashing away winter clothes, digging out warmer weather shoes... Is everyone else really tired of heavy winter footwear? As ready as I am to slide into something lighter and brighter, I know my feet are in need of a little extra attention. See where this is going?

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Low (Budget) Glow featuring Avon, Maybelline & Hard Candy

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I LOVE highlighter, radiance boosters, glow serums, liquids, powders, creams... If it gives skin a glowy, radiant je ne sais quoi I want it.  I know I'm not alone, but I've come to the point in my collecting hoarding that I don't really need to spend a ton to get my glow on. Sure, I still do every so often (I'm weak...) but there are some excellent budget-friendly options out there, like these little gems from Avon, Maybelline & Hard Candy

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Luxe for Less | Kristin Ess Hair

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As a blogger, I've found I go through seasons where one particular product is the most abundant. This Spring, it seems like everything has gone to hair. I've been testing and trialing so many new products it's almost ridiculous (in the best way, clearly.) There has been a constant stream of new products in and out of my shower, but the ones that have sped their way into my heart? Kristin Ess.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Build a Better Lip Wardrobe with Lise Watier

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Spring is slowly starting to come around... Even if we're still dealing with record breaking cold, it does feel like winter is starting to fade away. I know my urge to spring clean has sprung up already, and this year I'm doing a full on beauty purge. I've done my mascara drawer (proof I probably had too many if they needed their own drawer, right?) concealer and cream shadow drawers too, Lipsticks are next, which is perfect timing because the new lip goodies from Lise Watier are so good. Scratch that. SO. GOOD. that they're going to be in constant rotation.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Clean Team | Neutrogena Cleansing Wipes

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The humble cleansing wipe (or cloth, towelette... whatever). It never used to be a staple in my routine, but when it comes to getting makeup off post-clean (a la the double cleanse method) they get the job done quickly, and can be essential in your 'I'm too tired for my whole routine' routine, which we all should have. It never hurts to have a backup plan. Neutrogena is proving they're your go-to brand with an impressive selection of options.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Geek N Pretty | The Pretty Deluxe Box

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Who loves Korean beauty & skincare? Given its rise in popularity, I guess I should ask who doesn't, but you get my gist. I've been a fan ever since my fist sheet mask, so it was easy to get excited about the new Geek N Pretty subscription boxes which are all about Korean beauty.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Drugstore Lovin' | Revlon Edition

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I have to admit, it's been a minute since I've actually gone to the drugstore (sorry Shoppers) and it's actually a little sad. I mean, the drugstore can be a glorious place for new beauty and a great way to play around with formulas, colours, and products similar to the bigger (and pricier) brands without feeling too terrible if they end up being duds. Revlon has quite a few new releases hitting shelves, and I have to say, not a dud in sight.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mary Kay Spring 2018

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Spring is taking its sweet time arriving (as per usual) but at least spring makeup is still rolling out on schedule. Mary Kay has taken a pared down approach with their 2018 collection, but it does feature a few bits that are perfect for reviving your stash.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A Rosy Glow | Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl Rose & Noir Révélateur

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When my addictive-leaning beauty collecting began, I was all about lip gloss. There was no such thing as too many, even if they all kind of looked the same in the end. i eventually moved on from the glossy stuff, and like most everyone else, favour a liquid lipstick more often than not. That said, in recent months I've come back around to a glossier look and the ease of a little gloss. New to my glossy gang are two rosy options from the Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl range.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Maybelline Total temptation Collection | Spring 2018

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Who needs a new mascara? I never really do, as I always have something waiting in the wings, but I am very much guilty of not tossing a tube when I should. It's just so easy to use a favourite a little longer than the recommended three months. I did do a recent clear-out though, and was hoping the new Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara could be a new favourite, but does it take have it what it takes? Read on for my thoughts...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Urban Velocity | Lise Watier Spring 2018

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Who loves a little holo? I mean, how can you not? Lise Watier is all about the play of light this spring, as evidenced in their new. limited edition, Urban Velocity collection that just happens to be dressed in holographic gorgeousness. Of course, the insides don't lack appeal either, with a palette of pretty neutral-with-a-twist type shades.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

LaCoupe Naturals Collection | Moroccan Rose

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Once upon a time, I was the lowest of low maintenance when it came to my hair. Shampoo, conditioner, the occasional box of at home dye and that was about it. Seriously. I've since moved up the maintenance chart, a good many rungs actually, and have amassed an army of beloved (and pricey) products in doing so. The thing is, I still like to save a few pennies whenever possible, so finding a few drugstore hair-care options is always on my to-do list. The answer? Read on to find out...

Monday, March 5, 2018

Scratch & Sniff Beauty | Hard Candy Fox in a Box Marbleized Baked Blush

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Happy Monday, blog fans! Let's start the week with something a little fun, yeah? I mean, there are luxe products, budget products, boring products... you get the idea, but there are also those that are just plain fun. Hard Candy gets it, and has injected a little extra in their newly hatched version of Fox in a Box Marbleized Baked Blushes.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Pearlesque Box | March 2018 C. Lavie

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I am always open to new skincare, but when that skincare happens to be a cruelty-free, organic, and French brand with cute meets luxe packaging... I get very happy. So, it's pretty fair to say that the March Pearlesque Box is pure happiness, as it features two full size C. Lavie products.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Spring Fling | Avon Spring 2018

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Hello, blog fans! Clearly, I've had an imbalance when it comes to my blog / life balance, but I'm getting back in to the swing of things. I've got some really great posts in the works (think amazing drugstore liquid lipsticks, a luxe holo clad spring collection, and so much more!) But first, we're chatting up some cute spring goodies from Avon. I know, florals for spring, groundbreaking... but, so necessary. They're exactly what's needed after a few months of snow and gloom.

Friday, February 16, 2018

StriVectin Multi Action Stress Defense Hydrating Water Gel

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Once upon a time, there was a girl who tried a really great lightweight moisturizer. It could have been a perfect match for her, but the Evil Queen of the North cursed the girl and the lands she called home (this is where you gasp, it's a shocking plot development.) The once fruitful earth was left a dark, cold land blanked by ice and snow. The girl was left feeling flaky, dry, and in need of more moisture, forcing her to leave the weightless formulas of warmer days behind her, until...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Taupey Twosome | Make Up For Ever Artist Colour Shadow

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Everyone has 'their' colours. The shades you are always drawn to, no matter how many similar hues may already call your collection home. Taupe is one of those colours for just about everyone. I mean, how can you not submit to the call of a great taupe? There are almost limitless ways to do taupe (more grey, more brown, cool, warm....) so you really can't deny yourself just one, or two, more options, right?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

This, That & Other Stuff Vol. 12 | Valentine's 2018 Edition

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I know, Valentine's is super close, but I've been patiently awaiting a few more of the products du jour (or a l 'amour, if you will.) I'd rather a late gift from the heart than nothing at all, right? Regardless, I've got a selection of some excellent little giftables for a special someone or yourself (aka the other special someone in your life.)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New & Haul-Worthy at Shoppers Drug Mart

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Every Canadian beauty fan is a card carrying Optimum club member (okay, I know they've recently changed the whole system, but you get the gist.) Shoppers Drug Mart is the first place we honed our cosmetic purchasing skills and thanks to the fact that they can be found in even the smallest of towns, a place most of us still visit on the regular. And with good reason, since they carry everything form the big brands to your average drugstore fare, including a few in house options (that can be surprisingly great.) I just happen to have a haul-full of new bits, so read on for the 411.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Outsmart the City | Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart

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I don't get a whole lot of opportunities to talk skincare IRL, so I make the most of the times I do. I was immersed in one of those glorious moments not too long ago and was shocked (to my core, even) when a friend mentioned that she 'just didn't get the point of sunscreen year round.' The horrors of such a statement left me feeling a little light headed and that I had failed miserably as a blogger. How could such awful words come of out someone I know?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Mark by Avon Rebel + Ice Bath & Body Collection

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It seems to be fitting that on a day when everything is a wintry, icy mess, we're going to be chatting up the Mark by Avon Rebel + Ice Bath & Body Collection. A happy accident really, but the little collection has a surprisingly great scent to see you through the seemingly endless cold days ahead.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Berry Good Skin | FarmHouse Fresh Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic

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Most every skincare product makes me happy, but I do love a little mist. Facial spray. Tonic. I don't have any particulars name wise, just let me at it. Once upon a time, mists were rare creatures. They weren't the most popular product, but luckily times have changed and more brands have come around to the misty ways. FrmHouse Fresh is one of those brands, with the launch of their Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2018 Year of the Dog | Givenchy Lunar New Year Collection

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Lunar New year (aka Chinese New Year) doesn't officially roll around until February, but Givenchy is treating us to their Lunar New Year Collection bright and early (aka now.) The limited edition goodies bring a dose of added luxe to already some otherwise... okay, they were already pretty luxe, but the special edition packaging is gorgeous.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Best 17 of 2017 | A Year in Reviews

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Happy New Year, blog fans! I know, you've had a bit of time to get accustomed to 2018, but still... I'll admit I had lofty goals of getting this together over my blog-break, but *gasp* that didn't quite happen. The siren call of Black Mirror (so good!) and my reading list made me one lazy (but happy) lady. Anyway, 2017 was a beauty-filled year, so I've rounded up the top 17 posts, as chosen by you (aka via Google Analytics.) Ready? Let's go...