Beauty Haul Fall/Winter 2017: Part Two – Makeup Products Galore #Beauty #Sephora #MakeUp


Goodmorning, welcome to PART II of my Fall/Winter Beauty Haul Series. I usually do Beauty Haul’s quarterly (I missed summer) so I have many new things to rate and show you for Fall and Winter, although some of the products I used in spring and summer.


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Also, some of the products are ones I have bought while some of them are larger samples I have received through Sephora or through Luxebox. The makeup I buy and spend more money on, I do use up unless the product is absolutely horrible and usually, you can tell this right away and can return the product.

Anyways here’s PART TWO below. To read Part One on IT Cosmetics Products, you can read that in the given link.


1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation – (0.5 -Very Fair Porcelain Shade, Pink Undertones) – http://www.sephora.ca – $49.00 CAN


For this Urban Decay foundation, the Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation, I was not at all impressed. If you’re looking for an excellent Urban Decay foundation, the All Nighter Foundation is so much better! However, for those of who want a light foundation that’s buildable and has properties of optical blurring, so your face looks natural but free of blemishes (etc.) in photographs, this might be the foundation for you.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless
Credit: Sephora.ca – Urban Decay Ultra Definition Naked Weightless Foundation – $49.00 CAN 

You can build this foundation up and it appears decent but I didn’t find it had much coverage at all even after a couple of layers. My IT Cosmetics CC + Cream has better coverage. I also didn’t like that this foundation was a different color than the All Nighter Foundation even though it’s the same shade of 0.5. This Weightless foundation has yellow undertones and the next shade was too dark for me, even with pink undertones.

As well, this foundation is extremely liquid and I prefer one with a bit more of a gel or cream texture, not extremely heavy, but not running off the top your hand where you might apply the foundation from. Stick to the All Nighter foundation for Urban Decay and I do believe they also carry a medium-coverage one now that I haven’t tried. You can also find a better light coverage foundation in many brands so don’t invest your money in this one. I’m mixing it with my CC + Cream simply to use it up and not waste the fifty dollars. I’d give this foundation 2/5 stars. 


2. Buxom Full-On Lip Cream – (Julep) – Sephora.ca – (0.14 oz/4.45 ml) – $24.00 CAN


Buxom Full on Lip Cream in Rose Julop Sephora
Buxom Full-on Lip Cream in Rose Julep – Sephora.ca – $25.00 CAN

Initially, I received a sample of this Buxom Full-On Lip Cream from Sephora and I absolutely loved it and wore it every day. It’s free of Parabens, Sulphates, and Phthalates and is full of moisturizing “hyaluronic (HA) spheres” which are acids that keep your skin looking youthful. These HA spheres “infuse lips with luscious moisture while vitamins A and E keep lips soft, sexy, and protected” and you can find this lip cream in fourteen bright, but not overpowering shades.

I’m a huge fan of this Buxom lip product, especially in the shade I received, Julep, which is a natural lip shade and made my lips red-peachy/pink, but didn’t look as if I was wearing a ton of lip product.

My only complaint is that you do have to apply this lip cream often as it wears off easily. But the flavor is pleasant and the lip cream so hydrating that it doesn’t diminish the value of the product a great deal me. I’d give it 4/5 stars. 


3. NYX Dewy Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray – NYXcostmetics.ca – $10.00 CAN


NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray NYX Canda
NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray – NYXcosmetics.ca – $10.00 CAN

I used to use the NYX Matte setting spray so I decided to try their Dewy Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray so my makeup appeared more light and fresh for every day. Having radiant skin has also been a recent makeup trend, especially in summer and early fall. I love this NYX Setting spray and rarely use the matte spray now as my skin is not as oily as it used to be. I would say my skin is a great deal more dry than oily now.

Also, this setting spray is perfect and as good the Urban Decay original setting sprays. I buy the NYX Dewy at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and it costs $11.99 full price, but I can usually get it for $8.99 CAN on-sale. As you can see the price online is right in-between.

I’m so impressed with the NYX setting sprays. They are professional quality, in my opinion, and have virtually eliminated the need for me to watch that my makeup doesn’t run when I sweat a bit. It also doesn’t rub off on coats or on others when I’m giving them a hug. For that reason, it’s an awesome product alone.

You can apply the Dewy setting spray lightly or more if you’re out all night. I never find the spray dries out my skin. It also helps keep your makeup looking amazing all day and is still flexible enough that you can touch up your blush or under your eyes, if needed at the end of the day. I’d give it 5/5 stars. 


4. Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara – Sephora.ca – (0.30 oz/8.5 g) – $31.00 CAN


So many bloggers and beauty experts have raved about this mascara, The Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara, and I wanted to try it for myself. Luckily, I’ve received about three mini-sized samples of it since summer and this mascara goes a long way, especially if you’re using it with other mascaras. It doesn’t come in a waterproof formula, which is its only downside, but I don’t mind because this mascara works to lengthen and curl your lashes; it’s not for volume.

Benefit Cosmetics Ruller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara
Credit:Sephora.ca – Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara (Black or Brown) – $31.00

This means, I can use it with any waterproof volumizing mascara I like. I love the Roller Lash mascara wand as it actually does cause your eyelashes to curl up and it is also useful in coating every single lash you have, even the small ones in the corners of your eyes.

You can wear it alone for a more natural eyelash look and it comes in black and brown. Or, like me, you can use it with another mascara, or two, to create your perfect long and volumized lash look.

My current favorite, for a long time has been Clinique’s High Impact Waterproof Mascara, which also is a jewel of a mascara and creates loads of volume while being waterproof. Otherwise, regular mascara comes off onto my under eye areas.

I would purchase a tube of Roller Lash mascara and think the price-point is in keeping with the Benefit brand and not too expensive for a mascara. I would give it 4/5 stars, only because I think they need to introduce it in a waterproof version for days people would like a more natural lash look but don’t want it all over their under eye area.


5. Tarte: Tarteist PRO-Glow Liquid Highlighter – Sephora.ca – (0.56 oz/15.9 g) – (Exposed – Nude Highlight) – $36.00 CAN


I’m a huge fan of Tarte makeup, their products are Vegan, mineral, good for you skin, for the environment, and cruelty-free. They also have excellent pigment. I received a large sample of this highlighter with a Sephora purchase and I love it. I’m not usually a huge fan of cream highlighters as for me, they fade quickly.

Tarteist PRO-Glow Liquid Highlighter in Exposed Sephora
Credit: Sephora.ca – Tate: Tarteist PRO-Glow Liquid Highlighter in Exposed – Nude Highlight – $36.00 CAN

Tarteist PRO-Glow in Exposed had good lasting coverage and you can put a bit of highlighting powder overtop of it to make it last and to enhance the highlighter. As well, I loved it during summer as the shade Exposed was light and subtle and perfect for a peachy barely-there makeup look. A little of this product goes a long way as it does wear off after a few hours, but compared to many liquid highlighters it’s longlasting and is truly beautiful on your skin.

I liked the shade I had a lot but you can also buy it in the shades Sparkle -Rose Gold and Opalescent. Tarte only had the one shade available all summer so it would be fun to try the other shades as well.

Plus, if you put setting spray over this, it does make this Tarte cream highlighter last longer. And again, I did think for the type of product and its longevity, that it was worth what you would pay for it. I would give it 5/5 stars.


6. Benefit Dandelion Dew Baby Pink Liquid Blush – Sephora.ca – (1 oz) – $38.00 CAN


I had gotten a special Sephora promo code in the summer and the box was full of large samples of Dandelion Benefit products, along with the Roller Lash Mascara. My favorite product other than the mascara was the Dandelion Dew Baby Pink Liquid Blush.

Benefit Dandelion Dew Baby-Pink Liquid Blush
Credit: Sephora.com – Benefit Dandelion Dew Baby-Pink Liquid Blush – $38.00 CAN

Benefit has always led the way in liquid blushes, but this is better than their cheek and lip stains as it’s creamier. Also, it’s a great product to use for a natural makeup look, in summer or on vacation, as it gives your cheeks a natural but visible flush. Also, the liquid isn’t too heavy. It’s also peachy-pink enough to suit many skin tones and has “radiance” so it gives your cheeks a nice dewy finish. 

Moreover, if your skin is oilier it’s not a heavy product so it’s not going to make you break-out. I’ve found most Benefit products are excellent for those who have skin problems and for anyone else.

I love love this blush but will wait until spring and summer to purchase a full bottle, as I’m more likely to use it then. The powder is also available it’s called Dandelion Box o’Powder Blush and I did have a sample of it. It’s not great to wear alone but can enhance how long the liquid blush lasts. Also, you can buy the Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter, which is nice for a subtle highlighting powder.

You do have to put a decent amount product on to be able to see the liquid blush on your skin but not a great deal. A large sample lasted me almost two months so I think a regular-sized bottle would last half a year or a bit less. If you like natural looking makeup all year long, this is the liquid blush to purchase. I would give this product 4.5/5 stars, I loved it!


7. Urban Decay Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Tinted Brow Gel – Sephora.ca – (0.15 oz/ 4.44 ml) – (Neutral Brown) – $24.00 CAN


I don’t love this Urban Decay Brow Tamer Tinted Brow Gel, but I don’t hate it. It’s not as good as the tinted brow gel from Benefit, but apparently, they had an issue and had to pull all of that particular brow gel from the shelves due to allergic reactions from customers. A girl from Sephora told me this a few weeks ago. So, when I ordered Brow Tamer online in early-November, I couldn’t find many brow gels on Sephora as most of them were sold out after their 20 percent off sale.

Urban Decay Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Tinted Brow Gel
Credit: Sephora.com – Urban Decay Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Tinted Brow Gel – (Neutral Brown) – $24.00 CAN

This was about one of the only tinted brow gels left and I like it but I wouldn’t repurchase it. For a neutral brown, the brown I chose is too red for my hair and skin tone. It’s not bad if I mix it with an ashy brow pencil, but alone it’s not good. As well, the lighter shade called Taupe, which is ashier, was too light for my brows as even though I’m blue-eyed and blond with fair skin, my brows have always been darker.

The wand was nice for applying the Brow Tamer gel and it’s lasted about two and half months now which is great for a brow gel. I would recommend you try this but ensure you find the right shade in-store first as sometimes the colors online don’t match up exactly with the ones in-store. They can look quite different in person.

I would give this brow gel 3.5/5 stars and I’m going to use it all as it’s a good product and priced well compared to other brow gels. However, it didn’t give me the volumizing effect of the Benefit BROWtones Instant Color Highlights, which are available again on Sephora but not in my shade of light ash or ash brown. Perhaps, Benefit changed this product? I’m not sure.


8. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Pressed Highlighter – Sephora.ca – (0.28 oz/8.5 ml) – (Champagne Pop) – $46.00 CAN (full-sized)


The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop was a product I bought in summer as a treat and loved it. I only bought a mini and it lasted me three months. Sephora doesn’t have Champagne Pop in the mini-size right now but they do have the full-size which is a better value for your money — in most cases.

I loved this color, it’s a “soft white gold with pink-peach undertones” that can be used as a highlighter and as an eyeshadow. I love it because the pigment is awesome and it was a beautiful color to wear for a nude or natural look. I enjoyed the shimmer and glossiness of the Becca highlighter and can’t recommend it enough. I would like to try some other Becca highlighter shades in the future.

Becca Shimmering Skin Pefector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop
Credit: Sephora.ca – Becca Shimmer Skin Perfector, Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop – $46.00 CAN

I should note that I went in-store and tried out tens of highlighters in the summer, attempting to find the perfect peachy color for me and Champagne Pop was it. I bought it online (it was out-of-stock in-store) and was so happy with the purchase.

Again, if your unsure about a Becca highlighter color, visit Sephora in-store first and try out the colors in store. I prefer buying online because of the greater range of sample makeup and skin care products available and because of the coupon codes I receive by email for larger samples. Becca highlighters are amazing stuff, and perfect for a non-heavy and dewy makeup look.

For the large-size, or even the smaller-size, it’s not a cheap highlighter but when I was trying out all these highlighters in Sephora I found that often, the more expensive highlighters had much better pigment. They also lasted a great deal longer on your face throughout the day. I would give it 4.5./5 stars as it is still a tad expensive, even though the pigment is excellent.


STAY TUNED for PART III. I Promise, it won’t take as long as PART II did!!


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Beauty: Luxebox Winter 2017/2018 #beauty #amwriting


Happy almost Christmas everyone! Only ten days to go. I hope you will enjoy the holidays with friends and family. Today’s beauty post is showing you what I received in my latest Winter 2017/2018 Luxebox beauty box.

For those of you who don’t know, Luxebox is a Canadian Beauty Box subscription that I believe is available to the U.S. and possibly other countries. You can check out their website HERE if you’re interested in signing up! It’s a quarterly subscription which I prefer to monthly ones both cost wise an because having a monthly subscription means that’s a lot of products that don’t always suit a person or someone they know.


My entire Luxebox. There packaging has become sleek and less wasteful over time so I like receiving my beauty items in this box much better than their previous bags or thicker boxes.


Barefoot Venus: Mega-Moisture Intensive Hand Repair, Planet Derived with Shea and Mango Butter, Olive and Soybean Oil; in Lilly Pilly

– I love receiving excellent hand creams a great deal. Even if it’s not my favorite, I know someone else will like it. I have so far enjoyed this hand cream A it’s thick and moisturizers well. I also like the scent which isn’t too strong but smells delightful. It’s also a product made in Canada.


Laritzy Cosmetics SiliconeMakeup Blender

– I’m undecided about this product. They say it’s easy to clean but I’m unsure what would keep it clean and get rid of any bacteria, and not damage the Blender. I guess if I’m going to blend my makeup I much prefer makeup brushes or the new curved sponge beauty blenders when I want lighter coverage. I’ll give this a try today though and if I love it, it may be in one of my beauty hauls.


Hollywood California: GlamGlow – Youth mud Tingle Exfoliant Treatment

– This is not bad. I always love a good exfoliater and I love the tingling sensation, but I’ve tried their masks and facial products before and sometimes find that since they’re mud based they can dry your skin out in Winter. However, their products are great for summer, breakouts, or for those with oily skin.

Peppermint Bliss Bath Bomb – Sweetie Products Inc.

I love the scent of peppermint and bath bombs are so nice to use when relaxing and taking a bath. I haven’t used this yet but I’m looking forward to using it in the near future.


Medusa’s Makeup: Cruelty Free Lipstick in shade: Sugar Daddy

– I like nude lipsticks but found this color better for someone with more yellow undertones as opposed to pink/blue undertones. It’s too brown for me but if I mix it with some pink lipstick the color might be okay. However, the lipstick is Smooth, moisturizing, and nice feeling on your lips. It’s just not a shade that is the right nude shade for everyone.


Cougar Eyeshadow Contour Set by Paula Dunne: 6 Shades of Nude

I love this eyeshadow palette a great deal. Most of the colors work great as shimmery nudes and those that are not quite my color can be blended with others colors. A beautiful palette especially in the light. I’m not sure about the color payoff but most eyeshadows work much better with primer, foundation, or concealer underneath to set and hold the color.


Morgan Taylor: Professional Nail Lacquer in Fit for a Queen (Red)

I love this product most of all it is the absolute perfect Christmas red and I have tried the brand before and been pleased with their nail polish. It’s so difficult finding ones right shade or red be it nail polish or lipstick but for me, this shade of red is perfect and I love the shimmer. I think many other women could pull of this shade or red too. The polish lasts a good week if you put a layer of your top coat overtop your manicure mid-week


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Beauty Fall/Winter 2017: Part One – IT Cosmetics Haul #beauty #amwriting


Wow, has it been a long time since I have been able to do a beauty post. I think back in Spring I did one, but this is the first time since then that I have had the opportunity to tell you about some of my more recent beauty finds. This will at least be a three part series so, enjoy and let me know what you think of some the products. Have you tried any of them? What did you think?


1. IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50 + (In Fair) – (www.sephora.ca) – $49.00 CAN


My wear all the time foundation for the last couple of years was an excellent Urban Decay Foundation called “All Nighter,” but I purchased this Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream from IT Cosmetics, as soon as the brand became available in Canada in spring. I had read from countless beauty bloggers with a similar fair skin, hat they loved this CC + cream both for its anti-aging benefits and because it functioned as a matte foundation.

IT Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better CC Cream
Credit: Sephora. ca – IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better CC+Cream with SPF 50 + UVB/UVA Ray protection – $49.00 CAN (Matte Coverage).

Moreover, when I purchased this CC+ Cream with some other IT Cosmetics loot, I was extremely pleased with their products. The original CC+ Cream works well, providing the full coverage of a foundation. However, it also has moisturizer and anti-aging ingredients plastic surgeons and dermatologists use in their cosmetic skin treatments. For me, the moisturizer and anti-aging products were a plus as the last couple of years my skin has tended to be more normal and less oily. Since my skin is drier, and the extra moisturizer keeps my skin hydrated. I loved that the product had such a high SPF of 50+ as I burn easily and protecting your face from sun damage and future wrinkles is essential in the summer and all year round.

As well, for those of you who do not know the difference between a foundation, a CC cream, and BB Cream I’ll define those briefly. Foundation is extra coverage on your face to make your skin appear flawless and have an even skin tone. It can come in a cream, liquid, stick or in other version but it does not have extra moisturizer or anti-aging benefits. A BB Cream, however, ss essentially a moisturizer with light coverage and a CC cream has anti-aging products, moisturizer, and buildable or full coverage similar to the coverage of light to medium coverage foundation.

This specific CC+ Cream by IT Cosmetics, is one of the best CC + Creams I’ve ever used and it superior to many foundations, providing full matte coverage that stays most of the day. The product descriptions notes that along with having SPF 50 + UVA/UVB rays, the CC+ Cream works to “clinically increase hydration,” give skin a”smooth[er] texture, and enhance [skin] brightness.” As advertised, I have never found this CC + Cream to crack or crease and its great at hiding imperfections.

As well, the matte CC+ Cream from IT Cosmetics is anti-aging and the ingredients in the product include “hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and antioxidants” that diminish ” wrinkles” and the size of pores.

If you wear makeup almost every day, a tube of matte CC+ Cream from IT Cosmetics lasts three months and feels lighter than my Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation which I save for when I’m going out and wearing my makeup for 18 to 20 hours. This CC+ Cream is a light feeling makeup for in the day and I definitely recommend it. Its price is also comparable in price to most foundations and the benefits of anti-aging ingredients, make thee CC+ creams one of my new favorites for almost every occasion. I give it 5/5 stars!


2. IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination Cream with SPF 50 + (In Fair) – http://www.sephora.ca – $49.00 CAN


The second time I ordered the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination Cream I noticed they had a new version of the CC + Cream out so I decided to try it as it promised full coverage but with a “radiant finish.” I was as happy with this CC+ Cream as the one above, it still had great anti-aging ingredients such as Collagen and Hyaluronic acid which are essential to your skin staying youthful. However, I also liked that the Illumination formula felt a tad lighter on my skin.

IT Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better CC Illumination Cream
Sephora.ca – IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better C+ Illuminating Cream SPF 50 + UVA/UVB Protection (Radiant Finish) – $49.00 CAN

I don’t notice that is less matte than the original CC+ Cream or that it shows more glowiness or radiance. However, comparing the two together the first CC+ cream is actually a bit heavier in coverage while this one feels a bit more natural and mixes better with a liquid highlighter cream. The original CC+ Cream doesn’t mix well with liquid highlighters and tends to remain quite matte. However, to get that ‘radiant’ finish a person does have to add their favorite liquid highlighter. Tarte has a great one if you’re interested, check it out HERE.

I have continued using this CC+ Illuminating Cream into Fall and Winter, for the lighter feel and finish of the CC+ Cream compared to the initial CC+ Cream. I ordered it a third time this month and like the original cream, it lasts about three months.

Especially now that its winter, I notice I need the extra moisturizer and after a few months of using both CC+ Creams I do notice my skin is smoother and feels nicer. Also, if you are worried about breaking out I hardly break out with either CC+ Cream and when I attempted to switch back just to a light coverage foundation, it wasn’t comparable to either the illuminating or original CC + Creams not having the moisture or extra anti-aging products.

I have the  color fair in either CC+ Cream and its perfect for my pale skin but the product can be applied lightly enough so that if you were going on vacation somewhere hot and needed good coverage with the  SPF  50+ and UVA/UVB protection, you could use a darker shade of the CC+ cream or add a few drops of a darker foundation to the product. I give the Illumination CC+ Cream 4/5 stars only because I was expecting more luminance from it.


3. IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better CC + Airbrush Perfecting Powder SPF 50+ (www.sephora.ca) – $45.00 CAN


When I had oilier skin I went through powder almost as often as I used foundation and I had never found a product comparable to Clinique’s Almost Powder Makeup until I used this Perfecting Powder from It Cosmetics. One of my favorite things about the powder in summer was that the packaging is designed so that sponge has a little place beneath the powder compact so no germs or bacteria end up in the powder.

Also, I used the color fair which was perfect for me. It gave me coverage where I needed, say when using concealer beneath my eyes or over a concealed blemish.

IT Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better CC Airbrush Perfecting Poweder
Credit; Sephora.ca – IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better Airbrush Perfecting Powder SPF 50 + – $45.00 CAN

I do put a bit of powder on my skin for contouring and in only in certain areas of my currently normal skin type. When it was warmer, I put the powder where it might be oilier or where my makeup might fade. Now, I simply use a small powder brush to set concealer under my eyes, on my forehead, chin, and under my contour and blush and it lasts me the entire day.

Also, I love that powder feels light and but has excellent coverage. Again, in a warmer place where you tan, a darker powder would work to keep your face more matte. I liked this powder better than the illuminating powder for its coverage in areas a person needs.

My current compact, purchased in spring, has lasted almost a good six months. I’m only now getting down to the bottom of the package which I bought in early spring. IT Cosmetics also has a colorless powder if you don’t like the skin toned powder and don’t need it. As well, if you use the powder all over your face with one of the CC+ Cream it improves the coverage of your makeup a great deal

As well, the powder is made with “skin-loving Drops of Light Technology” that “transform” the appearance of your skin with “optical-blurring pigments that visually camouflage pores, dark spots, and fine lines.” When I put this powder on certain areas or if you put it on your whole face, it most definitely makes your skin appear “soft, flawless, and luminous” as advertised on Sephora.ca.

Moreover, the Air Brush Perfecting Powder’s anti-aging ingredients include “hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, and silk,” and the coverage of the powder is buildable. I do not have many lines or any wrinkles yet but the product also claims not to settle into lines or wrinkles which is always a bonus.

This is my new favorite powder and comparable in price to my old Clinique Almost Powder makeup as it lasts longer. It also feels lighter on my skin and my skin still feels soft when wearing it. A 5/5 star product for sure!


4. IT Cosmetics – Ombre Radiance Bronzer – http://www.sephora.ca – $44.00 CAN


My first impressions after ordering this Ombre Radiance Bronzer mid-summer was that the Bronze color would be too dark for me even though its a bronzer for most skin tones. I’m quite pale so something too orangy or dark looks ake on my skin especially for bronzing or for contouring.

IT Cosmetics - Ombre Radiance Bronzer
Credit: Sephora.ca – IT Cosmetics -Ombre Radiance Bronzer – $44.00 CAN

However, what I loved about this product as I used it was that it was ombre so that I could essentially mix the bronzer so I used about a medium shade of the ombre on my skin for contouring and the lighter more radiant end for bronzing. If I wanted a look not too matte but a little glowy, I could also mix the light bronzer and the dark bronzer together. Overall the ombre bronzer works well and is a good concept for a bronzer. However, having fair skin I have to be careful not to use the dark and matte end of the bronzer alone.

I liked that the bronzer was big in size for blending in the palette and I also felt like I was receiving my money’s worth. Nevertheless, the cover is similar to a clear bubble and is difficult to put away with other makeup as it sticks up and doesn’t lie flat.

Overall I think the IT Cosmetics Ombre Radiance Bronzer excellent product with 3.5/5 stars. I do think there should be two shades of this bronzer, one for skin with blue or pink tones (and less orange) and one for skin tones that are warmer. It would make it a more effective product for all women. As well, the packaging could be changed to make it easier to store.


5. IT Cosmetics – Brow Power  – Universal Brow Pencil (Universal Taupe) – http://www.sephora.ca – $32.00 CAN

IT Cosmetics - Brow Pow - Universal Brow Pencil
Credit: http://www.sephora.ca – IT Cosmetics – Brow Pow Universal Brow Pencil – $32.00 CAN

This Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil is absolutely one of my favorite brow pencils that I have ever used. It’s not quite a pencil that you sharpen but a thicker brow pencil turning out of the penciled cover with an “ovalled tip.” The pencil is easy to apply to shape brows and to fill in sparse eyebrows.

As brows are a huge makeup trend right now, finding your perfect brow pencil is difficult. However, this pencil is wonderful for many skin tones unless your eyebrows are black or have a warmer tone such as those women who are redheads or have more red in their natural hair color.

As well, if your brows are on the lighter side, you can apply less of the brow pencil. For instance, you can use it to shape your brows and then take the spoolie at the end of the pencil and brush through your brows, using the outside pencil shaping to fill in your naturally lighter toned brows. However, if your eyebrows are naturally a little darker such as mine, you can outline your brows and fill them in a little in the middle, for a more natural looking brow with a bit more definition.

Also, if you wanted a full-on brow look, shaping and filling in your brows with the pencil all over, will give you this bold look.  Moreover, it is my opinion that a brow gel such as Benefit’s Volumizing Brow Gel gives your brow hairs a more defined look and more volume with the Benefit Brow Gel or a similar product. You can also use less brow pencil inside your brows when using a volumizing brow gel.

IT Cosmetics writes that their Universal brow pencil is infused with “proprietary Brow Power™ Technology and brow-enhancing ingredients.” These include ingredients such as “biotin, saw palmetto, and antioxidants.” The “oval tip” of the pencil is also meant to “mimic” the “look of real hair” and the formula of the pencil is “budge-proof” and long-lasting.

My only thought was that a person who has a warmer skin tone might need a brow pencil that is a warmer brown and not a cool taupe. For me the Brow Power IT Cosmetics brow pencil is perfect and I would give it 5/5 stars.

It also lasts a bit over 2 months which is excellent for a quality brow pencil and the price is comparable to say the Anastasia Brow Definer or Benefit Goof Proof Easy Shape and Fill Brow Pencil which tends to be around $30.00 but come in more shades.


6. IT Cosmetics – Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain – High Shine Finish – (Color: Je Ne Sais Quoi) – http://www.sephora.ca – $25.00 CAN

If you’re like me, you might not be a big lipstick person. Partly because you choose not to focus on your lips in your makeup routine, or partly because you want a more natural lip color that moisturizes and stays on your lips. Although this Vitality Lip Flush is a neat product as it alters lip color to your natural PH level, and your best pink lip color, it’s only moisturizing when you have it on your lips.

IT Cosmetics - Hydrating Lipstick
Credit: Sephora.ca – IT Cosmetics Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain with High Shine Finish – $25.00 CAN

It is not long lasting and once it wears off your lips, they tend to feel dried out even though this lip product is supposed to hydrate well. The Lip Flush appears beautiful when you have it on but it needs to be re-applied every half hour or so. It’s also anti-aging and creates a “pink stain” on your lips which looks pretty, natural, glossy, and healthy.

The product is created with IT Cosmetics’s “Hydra-Luxe™ technology” with ingredients such as “plum oil, cherry oil, shea butter, aloe, and jojoba” that are all supposed to “hydrate, condition, and nourish” your lips. For me, I didn’t like how my lips felt when the product had worn off.

On the upside, it is a great product for all skin tones as it adapts to your perfect pink lip color. It’s not a bad product and I do think its benefits outweigh its ‘cons’ so I would give the product 3 /5 stars as its extremely versatile and moisturizing for the time it remains on your lips.


See You For Part Two of My Fall/Winter 2017 Beauty Haul!!


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Music Challenge: Poem – Wrapped Refrain (2) – “Those Pink Sunglasses” #dverse #poetry #musicchallenge 


Thanks to Lillian of #dVerse Poet’s Pub for the September 12, 2017 prompt onto use the words rain, reign, rein in a poem. Also combining this prompt with MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie last Music Challenge with the song “Pink Sunglasses” by Miranda Lambert. Going for the triple threat with Bjorn’s Bjorn’s #dVerse Poet’s Pub prompt on using an extended, well known metaphor without “like” or “as.” I’m going to pick up on Miranda Lambert’s metaphor of “pink sunglasses” which I think very much overlaps with wearing “rose colored glasses.” 

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Credit: Pinterest.com

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Miranda Lambert “Pink Sunglasses” 

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Rein in your white horses, the Queen of Pink’s going to reign 

She’s pretty classy, kind of sassy, in a bubblegum way. 

All around her is dreary pain, 

She doesn’t blink or feel the rain

Pouring down, plastering her —

See-through t-shirt, guys inferring, 

More than needs saying about her — bright pink sunglasses worn, 

Her way to see the world, the old rose glasses cracked, ignored. 

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Pink is so much better, forget about rainy weather, 

Giggle, leave behind the tragic, drink pink champagne whether —

You’re sad or too glad, pink masks —

Ironies, truth is, life is glass

It shatters far too easily, 

Rose lenses dimmed as pink’s appeased. 

Cause you can buy plastic pink sunglasses to view the world, 

For $9.99 they’re so easy to replace, cheap pearls. 

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Appearing in my pocket when I go anywhere ’cause —

There’s power in plastic pink shades, curing the bad that was. 

Put them on when people are mad, 

Wear them when you’re feeling quite sad. 

Ignore naysayers without the pink, 

Bringing rude negative thinking. 

These pink babies don’t shatter or crack, if they do buy more —

Best placebo I’ve had while out loving life exploring. 

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Don’t care about the truth, reality is annoying

I’ll pass by you dancing ’cause without pink, life quickly destroys. 

Addicted to living with thick —

Sweet sugar coating of plastic. 

Through the pink I see what I want, 

And I do whatever and I flaunt. 

Rose glasses go away, pink is brighter, it doesn’t fade, 

My shades, wearing them I reign unafraid, I’ve got it made 

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Luxebox Fall 2017 #beauty #beautybox #amwriting


Time again for my Luxebox Beauty Box. It’s a beauty subscription that arrives seasonally. Lately, I find since the boxes have changed appearance most of the items are less big name brands. Many items are more cruelty free,vegan based, or free of certain ingredients. 

Here’s this Autumn’s box: 
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The packaging

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Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment – If you’ve oily skin a good mud mask to clear out your pores — For me a bit too drying.

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Laritzy Cosmetics- UndressedLiquid Lip Stain in Pebble – Cruelty and Paraban Free – Love getting lipstuff but considering I fill out a survey with my skin tone and hair color, it wasn’t a lip color that should have been included in my box. This is a lovely lip stain worn thick or with less brightness but for Autumn skin tones – yellow undertones.

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Barefoot Venus – Green Tea Body Wash in Gingerly – Gifting this it smells nice and most everyone can use extra body wash if the Green Tea scent suits you.

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Avry Beauty – Shea Butter – Everyday Luxurious Hand Cream – Smells nice and softens your hands well. Not as thick as some hand creams but still, extra hand cream is always nice!

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Manna – Beauty Simplified – Glo Illuminator (Step 3) Perfect – A disappointment – Its alright to mix with your foundation for a bit of a gleam but it’s not much of a highlighter on its own, on the tops of your cheeks, your nose, Cupid’s bow, or brow bone. As a highlighter it isn’t impressive despite being a lovely color.

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Douccee Punk Volumizer Mascara – Mascara is always great to have for free and the brush looks fantastic for volume!

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer with Hardners – Street Style Princess (Color) – I wasn’t sure I’d like this but the light gray color is flattering with two coats. I know the matte skin tone like colors are in but I put sparkly silver polish overtop and it looks awesome! Love that the polish dried so fast.

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Garner Skin Active – Moisture Bomb – Dry Skin Gel Cream – I haven’t tried this yet. My skin usually doesn’t react well to Garnier skincare products but I might use it around my eyes later.

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Fall Fashion Part Two September 2017: Sweaters, Cardigans, & Shirts  #fashion #style #beauty 


Hello again. I’m here with some more fashion picks this time with sweaters, cardigans, and shirts for fall. Some of them are simple basics, while others are more colourful or have an interesting design. 

Please enjoy! Thank you!

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Sweaters, Cardigans and Shirts – (left to right): 

1. Gapcanada.com – Softspun cold-shoulder Tee (White) – $39.95 CAN 

2. Bananarepublic.ca – Machine Washable Merino Boyfriend Cardagin (Blue) – $105.00 CAN

3. Gapcanada.com – Bell Sleeve Sweater (Milk Shake Pink) – $54.95 CAN 

4. Bananarepublic.ca – Button Backed Belted Shirt (Light Blue Stripe) – $95.00 CAN 

5. Bananarepublic.ca – Stripe Bow-Neck Couture Sweatshirt (Blue Stripe) – $74.00 CAN

6. Gapcanada.com – Ruffle Crew-Neck Pullover ( Dull Rose) – $64.95 CAN 

7. ModCloth.com – Cafe Parfait Top in Noir – $29.99 US 

8. ModCloth.com – Back Road Ramble Tunic in White – $44.99 US

9. Bananarepublic.ca – Merino Button-Cuff Cardigan (Cocoon) – &105.00 CAN 

10. Bananarepublic.ca – Silk Cashmere Vee (Raspberry) – $105.00 CAN 

11. Bananarepublic.ca – Machine Washable Merino Boyfriend Vee (Pink) – $95.00

12. Bananarepublic.ca – Machine Washable Merino Peekaboo-Sleeve Crew (Bright Teal) – $95.00 CAN 

13. Bananarepublic.ca – Machine Washable Merino Boyfriend Vee (Robins Egg) – $95.00 CAN 

14. Bananarepublic.ca – (Similar) Riley Fit White Pleated Bell- Sleeve Shirt – $95.00 CAN

15. Bananarepublic.ca – Machine Washable Cashmere Blend Hoodie (Navy) – $215.00 CAN

16. Bananarepublic.ca – Fluted Pleat-Sleeve Sweater (White) Top – $110.00 CAN

17. Bananarepublic.ca – Dillon Fit – Poet- Sleeve Shirt (Pop Pink) – $110.00 CAN

18. Everlane.com – Cotton Crew T-Shirt (Navy) – $18.00 US

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See Fall 2017 Dresses and Jumpsuits here. 

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Fall Fashion Part One – September 2017: Dresses and Jumpsuits #fashion #shopping #beauty


Good Afternoon! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a fashion piece so every couple of days I’m going to provide my picks from a certain categories in ladies fall Fashion. 

I liked too many clothing, shoes, and accessories to put everything in one or two blogs posts or to put all pictures on one mood board. I have tried to have a variety of price points, to some degree, as well. 

If I have time I’ll try to do some men’s fashion after the ladies! Enjoy! 

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Dresses and Jumpsuits — (left to right):

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1. Zara.com – Stripped Jumpsuit with Ruffles – $69.90 CAN

2. Bananarepublic.ca — Bi-stretch Racer- Neck Sheath Dress – $170.00 CAN 

*NOTE: in the US and Canada, Banana Republic often has sales. There is pretty much a sale going on 75 percent of the time. Sale prices range from 30 percent off to 40 percent off. Sometimes at Christmas are Black Friday items are 50 off. 

3. ModCloth.com – Joyous Journey Midi Dress – $59.99 US

4. Zara.com – Lace Jumpsuit Dress – $69.90 CAN

5. ModCloth.com – Ruffled Pin Up Sheath Dress – $84.99 US

6. ModCloth.com – Collective Effortless A-Line Midi Dress  – $74.99 US

7.  Bananarepublic.ca – Stripe Strappy Handkerchief Hem Fit-and-Flare Dress – $160.00 CAN

8. Zara.com – Jumpsuit with Faux Pearls in Burgundy – $89.90 CAN

9.  Gapcanada.ca – Denim Utility Jump Suit – $79.00 CAN

*NOTEThe Gap also has awesome sales most of the time from 30 percent off to 60 percent of when they’re clearing. 

10. Zara.com – Short  Jumpsuit – $49.90 CAN

11. Zara.com – Jumpsuit with Lace and Ruffles – $69.90 CAN

12. Zara.com – Flowing Polka-a-Dot Jumpsuit – $69.90 CAN

13. ModCloth.com – Chiffon Handkerchief Midi Dress in Black – $79.99 US

14. ModCloth.com – Bugle Joy Midi Skirt in Scrarlet – $59.99 US

15. Gapcanada.com – Stripe Bell Shirt Dress – $89.95 CAN 

16. Zara.com –  Jumpsuit with Trim Detail – $69.90 CAN 

17. Zara.com – Dress with Ruffled Lace Trim Sleeves – $49.90 CAN

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Tale Weaver: Poem – Lunes – “A Day Shopping” #taleweavers #poetry #shopping #amwriting 


Thanks to Michael of MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie for hosting August 26, 2017 Tale Weaver prompt on shopping

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Shopping Loudge Unsplash
Credit: Loudge via Unsplash

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Much is proffered buying, selling —

Various types clothing, 

Makeup, perfume, jewelry, and scarves.

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If the price’s too rich, 

We’ll window shop, 

Try on Channel, Dior, anyways. 

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Perhaps we’ll wait until they’re —

Sales in stores, 

We can afford buying from.

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Buy what we love quality and —

Better priced, classic —

Natural fabrics, Aubrey Hepburn styles. 

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Maybe we’ll test perfumes floral, 

On papers, wrists, 

Apply thirty facial highlighters glimmering.

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Perhaps we’ll find the right —

Shade, skintone for —

Foundation that’s wonderful, covers perfectly. 

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Maybe we’ll smother ourselves in —

Silk scarves with —

Rainbow colours; every size, shape. 

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Trying on high heels our —

Legs appearing long, 

Gorgeous, aching feet all night. 

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What about something delicate, silken —

To sleep in;

Matching five-inch Jimmy Choos. 

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Silk blue sweaters, wool coats, 

Little black dresses —

Hugging curves; cotton-stretch v-necks,

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Knee-high leather boots winter’s —

Calling; gold sandals —

For summer’s heat, beach vacation. 

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Rose-gold necklaces polished, tangled, 

Pearls rings gleaming; 

Nail polish, pink blush, lipsticks —

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Matte or moisturizing, sparkling, holographed. 

Moisturizer, anti-aging —

Serums with Retinol, Vitamin whatever. 

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How about we stop driving —

Home; explore the —

Market, pet the dogs, purchase —

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Crisp baby carrots, fresh corn.

Peaches and cherries; 

Blushing nectarines, just-picked raspberries. 

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Homemade wine, high alcohol content —

Breath in reds, 

Touch of tartness, sweet white —

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Rieslings; homemade tequila or moonshine, 

Slushy strawberry margaritas. 

Apple-pies warm, mince-meat pie —

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For Dad; with shortbread that —

Melts slowly on,

Our tongue, gourmet chocolate gelato. 

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Dog treats for ‘good dogs,’ 

Organic peanut butter —

Grandma’s homemade raspberry jelly too. 

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How about honey straight from —

Bee hives dripping, 

Into hot tea at night.

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They’re various heavenly delights,

But only so —

Much money in our pockets. 

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Poem – Terzanelle – “For the Love of Pretty Shoes” #amwriting #shoes #poetry #dVerse


Thanks to Kim881 of Poet’s Pub #dVerse prompts for the prompt about fabulous shoes.  

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Credit: Pinterest.com from Etsy.com

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Ivory lace and pearl ribbon, pretty shoes I love, 

Flower of delicate lace on folded silk peep toes;

Jewels, silken straps, elegant wedge most beloved. 

Black lace, four-inch gold heels, length of legs to behold

Fluffiest white bed, a blue corsette, soles bright pink, 

Flower of delicate lace on folded silk peep toes. 

Burgundy patent red heels with red wine, wink! 

Malbec sliding down your throat, cheese, bread, chocolate! 

Fluffiest bed in blue corsette, soles bright pink. 

Glorious silver sparkling shimmer mocking

Until I wear them graceful on stilts, platforms slim. 

Malbec sliding down my throat cheese, bread, chocolate. 

Tall black boots, supple leather hugs my calves –winners!!

Knee-high boots prized, heels sturdy yet in winter slip, 

Until I wear them, graceful on stilts, platforms slim. 

Divine pieces of art, solve vexing mishaps, 

Ivory lace and pearl ribbon pretty shoes I love. 

Knee high boots prized, heels sturdy yet in winter slip;

Ivory lace and pearl ribbon pretty shoes I love. 

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Beauty: Summer Luxebox – JUNE 2017


Sharing my latest beauty box from Luxebox. It’s a beauty product box delivered seasonally. It was awesome when I started receiving the box a few years ago but this last year hasn’t been so good. But they have changed things up and redesigned the box. 

The current Luxebox was packed prettily and filled with the wonderful items, the brands and items I signed up with Luxebox to receive. I hope it continues to surprise me with excellent makeup, haircare, and body care items. 

If you are interested in Luxebox you can check out the Luxebox site here. If you’re Canadian the box is charged in Canadian dollars and if you’re American it’s a great deal as your dollar is higher. See below what I received this month:

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Credit: The Sleek New Luxebox Packaging

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Credit: My Prettily Packed Luxebox Inside

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Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion: Triple Hydration Coconut & Cream – Includes: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera (60 ml/2 fl.oz) – Cruelty Free

This Delectable Cream is something Luxebox has given in several boxes I’ve received from them, in different kinds (hand cream, body lotion, etc.) But it’s the best cream ever and I’m never sorry to receive it. It smells wonderful and moisturizers well. It’s also expensive (for body/hand cream) so receiving a big tube of this is completely worth a third of the box! 

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Sweet Suds Co. Popsicle Soap – @SweetSudsCompany.com

I’m a bodywash person but I don’t mind a fruity smelling soap once in a while. This one smells great and hopefully is moisturizing too! 

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Belif (Believe in Truth) – The True Cream – Aqua Bomb: Light Gel Cream For The Face – Increased Hydration Level – Dermatologically Tested (10 ml/0.33 fl.oz.)

I’m a huge fan of this facial moisturizer because it’s so light, is ‘a gel.’ It’s moisturizing and perfect for summer because it’s light and not at all greasy. It smells divine and a little gel goes a long way. 

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Sajahan Organic Ayurved Blend Restorative Eye Cream – Brighten, Restore, Protect ( 8 mL/0.27 fl oz)

I’ve been using this eye cream for a few days and it’s a nice cream. I’m not sure about the weird color but it’s thick enough to be a moisturizing, which is needed around the eyes. Like many eye creams, it takes time to see how they work. But I would never turn down free eye cream as it is one product I don’t buy as of yet. So far the product is good but not completely impressive as eye creams go . . . Yet 🙂 

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China Glaze Nail Polish – Nude Brown (14 mL/0.5 fl.oz.)

This is a dependable higher-end nail polish brand and probably worth another third of the box alone. I find with China Glaze the coats are thin so you do need to apply about four coats of polish before a topcoat. However, the color wasn’t for me so I gave this to my mom. This color suits her Autumn skin tone much better than my winter skin tone. 

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Medusa’s Make-Up: Witch Lash – Cruelty Free Mascara – Black – (12 mL)

Only tried this mascara a few times. Basic black mascaras are a dime – a – dozen and this one is fantastic as it is a basic volumizing formula with a volume- providing brush. I still have to use waterproof mascara overtop but it’s neverva bad thing not to have to buy new  mascara. I do love that it’s cruelty free. 

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LARITZY Cosmetics – Paraben Free/Cruelty Free – Lip Pencil In Retro Lip

This product was just what I needed but didn’t want to buy. I don’t wear red lipstick often but when I do, a red lip liner pencil is essential. If you don’t use it to line and fill in your lips you can end up with clown lips. So, I was glad to receive this and it’s the perfect red for me, on the cooler side and not too warm.

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Avry Beauty: Jelly Spa Beauty (Lavender) Heat/Aroma Therapy Step 1 (50 mg/1.76 oz) 2). Dilution Mineral (Lavender) Heat/Aroma Therapy Step 2 (50 mg/1.76 oz)

I’m not sure if this is for a footbath or if can be used for taking a bath too? Either way it smells lovely and one night I’m excited to relax and try it out. 

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