Deck of Scarlet May Palette: Dream, Number 8 #deckofscarlet @deckofscarlet #scarletlooks #beauty #makeup


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So, a few weeks ago I received my second Deck of Scarlet Palette #8. This one is called the ‘Dream Palette,’ and came with a pretty lip gloss too. Now, I’m on their two-month rotation and won’t receive my next palette until July; but only if I like it ad it’s colors. With this subscription, you always have the option to opt out if you dislike a bi-monthly palette. The website is here http://www.deckofscarlet.com and you can sign up through the link here: Deck of Scarlet bi-monthly Subscription.



I love the portability if these palettes and that you can easily slip them in your purse or in an overnight bag and not have to worry about eyeshadow, blush, highlighter, and lipstick. I love the pink and peachy hues of the Dream Palette. They are so flattering on most any skin tone.



Enchanted is the most beautiful shimmering coral shade for eyeshadow and Myth looks wonderful in your crease, or alone for no-worry eyeshadow. The shade, Crown, is a deep pink, and is pretty in your crease to amp up your look, or too mix with Enchanted and make it more pink . Tiara is a beautiful shade of blush, the most perfect light pink for anyone, and can be worn subtly or more boldly on your cheeks.

The highlighter, Fairy Dust, is a lovely honey-gold shimmer that is subtle. It can be layered for a more intense effect, but works well on your cheekbones, brow bone, nose, and inside corner of your eyes. Both the blush and highlighter are easily usable with other eyeshadows you own. The Fairy Dust highlighter is beautiful on your eyelids with Myth in your crease for minimal eye makeup with a touch of summer shimmer.



Above, you can see the entire palette, including two lipstick shades. Kiss is the perfect nude shade with a bit more pink in it then my last palette’s brown-nude shade. It mixes well with the deep pink shade called Maiden, for an enhanced pink-nude or you can blend the two colors to the intensity you desire.

A deeper lipstick shade Maiden or Maiden with a touch of Kiss is awesome for nighttime events or if you want make your lips pop and keep the rest of your makeup toned down in the office or out and about. One vital point, these two lip shades are not moisturizing as the lipsticks in my first Deck of Scarlet palette, so put gloss on your lips before applying the lipstick. Let it sick-in while you do the rest of your face.



Lips are given a great deal of attention in the Dream palette. For this reason, the boxes extra for the Dream palette #8 this month was this gorgeous shimmer-nude/pinklipgloss called Love Spell. It mimics the sheen of the Enchanted eyeshadow, although, much less intense and more pink.

Put it over top the nude lipstick color Kiss or over your bold lipstick shade of Maiden for a luminous lipstick look. Or, wear the lipgloss colour of Love Spell alone for a nude-pink lip with sheen. The gloss has more moisture than the lipsticks, but I’d still let a lip balm sink into your lips first.



Here’s the pretty packaging of the May Deck of Scarlet Palette #8, so you have good idea of how portable the palette is. Again, the pigment in the palette was excellent, and stays on well throughout the day. It’s easy to carry with you for touch ups.

Around my eyes I tight-lined inside my upper and lower water lines with black (dark brown) and then put a thin line of smudge pot or gel waterproof black (or dark brown) liner along my eyelashes. I blended this second line into my eyelashes with a tiny eyeshadow brush.

In case pink or coral is not so much your color, the liner prevents your eyes from appearing sickly, if the shades are not quite your skin tone colors. What I love about the Deck of Scarlet Palette’s is that anyone can wear these colors in the right way. The tutorials by other bloggers are so helpful for this.



Kim Thai is the Instagram/Blogger who designed the Deck of Scarlet May #8 palette and as last time, I’m posting tutorials below. To note, as before, Deck of Scarlet Palettes are Natural and Cruelty Free.


1. Kim Thai’s Daytime and Night Time Makeup Tutorial with Deck of Scarlet – Dream Palette #8 on YouTube.


2. @21makeupaddictions Dream Deck of Scarlet Palette #8 Makeup Look on Instagram:


3. @Kristineaxmakeup Dream Deck of Scarlet Palette #8 Makeup Look on Instagram — (My favorite!)


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Beauty: Ipsy Glam Bag May 2018 #Ipsy #Ipsybag #amwriting #beauty


This month’s Ipsy bag arrived this past week. If you’re interested you can visit their homesite at Ipsy. Here’s the goodies I received:



Travel Themed Makeup Pouch!



Beaute Basics Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe:


‘Rich pigment, long-lasting, super-blendable,’ all in a ‘buttery satin’ finish. This goes on well and stays on. It’s the perfect brown shade for Smokey-eyes at night, or everyday.



Briogeo Roscarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray:


I love this brand and their hair products. This one’s a great size to take with me to Vegas for a week, as well.

– This spray has ‘hydrating and frizz-fighting benefits’ with a mix of argan, coconut, and rosehip oils.’

– It’s ‘cool milky formula’ isn’t a cream so it’s a light spray that won’t ‘weigh down your hair.’ It’s also a hair ‘detangler’ with a light and fresh ‘tropical fancy-spring cocktail’ scent.



Touch In Sol: Style Sepia Gel-Liner in Jardin:


This Is a great liner for tightlinng and the colors a blackish-brown so it’s Smokey-Eye appropriate.

– This liner also has a ‘subtle green shimmer’ and is indeed, ‘long-lasting’ and mostly ‘smudge-proof.’



Taste Cosmetics Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:


I was so excited to try this for setting my makeup at the end of my routine; I was impressed.

– This setting powder is awesome for any skin type and is made with ‘Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River.’ It controls your skin’s ‘oil production,’ ‘brightens dark spots,’ and ‘balances your moisture levels.’

– The powder also works to ‘mattify makeup, minimize pore appearance, blur skin imperfections, and reduce shine.’ As you can see, the powder is translucent and useful for a variety of purposes. The powder is fine and ‘spreads easily;’ it won’t cause ‘flashbacks’ in photos.



OFRA Cosmetics: Liquid Lipstick in Ipsy Unzipped:


A matte purplish shade that won’t ‘dry out your lips.’ It has ‘Vitamin E to keep lips ‘hydrated, comfy, and soft.’ Not my favorite shade — too dark, but a color that would suit my skin tone, nonetheless.

– This Lipstick is ‘lightweight, long-lasting, and stays put’ for a long time. The shade is a ‘nude-berry shade’ and I passed it on to another lady who likes the shade better. Overall, an awesomeMay Ipsy Bag!


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Beauty: Deck of Scarlet Makeup Palette @deckofscarlet #scarletlooks #beauty #makeup


Happy Monday, again! I hope you’re enjoying spring wherever you are in the world, although, that might mean fall or Autumn in some places of the world!

I came across a cool beauty subscription on Instagram called Deck of Scarlet . You can sign up on the website, if you think it’s something you would love and use. The price of signing up for the subscription is worth it. Most makeup palettes of this quality are so much more money.



Deck of Scarlet’s makeup quality is amazing, vegan, cruelty free, and all those wonderful things that mean the makeup is organic, natural, and better for your skin. I love that this subscription is a palette and not separate beauty products alone.



When you can find makeup that also has excellent pigment and provides you an entire makeup look, or series of looks, in one palette of eyeshadow, blush, highlighter, lip color, and eyeliner and lip liner, as part of the package — this is a smart conceptan excellent makeup subscription service.




Lip Liner


Eyeliner


Not only do subscribers receive a new ‘look’ or possibilities of looks, to play withevery two-months, but they have the choice to skip a month, if they don’t like the palette. If you don’t like it, you skip and don’t pay anything.

The only downside for some people, is remembering to click into the email or visit the site and skip a palette, if you wish. But actually, June’s palette is pretty awesome too. This makeup palette’s from April and contains “exotic . . . Bora Bora hues.”



The other neat thing about this subscription is the makeup tutorials provided by the bloggers who joined up to create these high-quality and on-trend looks for subscribers bi-monthly. The tutorials are what hooked me, I couldn’t get the same look with what I had at home.

The quality of The Deck of Scarlett Palette’s is what will keep me purchasing makeup palette’s every two months, should most of the palette colors be ones that I can use; and should the tutorials remain relevant to me.

Also, if your vacationing somewhere, this is the perfect low-maintenance and space-saving makeup palette to bring with you for an easy everyday and evening look all in one. Add some mascara, CC cream, and concealer and your set.


Eyeshadows (on top) – Starry Eyed, Bora Bora, and Bronzed.

Highlighter/Eyeshadow – Roxstar

Blush – Lovesick


If you want a bit more makeup or your skin tone is more fair, black eyeliner to tight-line on your upper water-line, and a bit of pink-lipstick and (or) gloss, to mix with either lip shape provide is great.


Lip colors– Smooch and Swept Away


P.S. This isn’t a paid promotion, I just love the Deck of Scarlet palettes. They are seriously amazing!


Here’s few favorite tutorials for April’s Deck of Scarlet Makeup Palette 🙂


1. By @Kristinaxmakeup on Instagram – Look 1 (This One Had Me Hooked!).


2. Also By @Kristinaxmakeup – Look 2 (Also, love this ‘look’ for more color!)


3. By @HannahJensen – Look 3 ( A third option — they’re many!)


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#NaPoWriMo Day 20/Tale Weavers: Poem – Free Verse – “Ember of Glory” #amwriting #poetry #MLMM #TaleWeavers


For #NaPoWriMo Day 20 the Prompt is: ” to write a poem that involves rebellion in some way. The speaker or subject of the poem could defy a rule or structure that’s been placed on them, or the poem could begin by obeying a rule and then proceed to break it.

Also, combining with Michael from MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie TaleWeavers Prompt “exploring the concept of longing. What is it you long for? Health, holiday, freedom, love, understanding, acceptance.”


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These cubicles, they’re full —

But outside there’s fresh -air and freedom.

A world to explore, to engage to the core,

Outside these thin walls is liberty.

No more work burdens to bear,

So, the mountains and city steps I’ll climb.

And these cubicles, I’ll slice them full of holes,

Tacking up scenic pictures to inspire my soul.

Nature’s vibrant purple-skies as storms roll in,

Waterfalls that crash, and streams that gurgle.

Cars that absorb the grind of the rocky-road,

Spring zipping through the highways on four-wheels.

All in all, I’m forlorn, for the wide-great outdoors,

Scented pine-needles and decaying earth.

Wings of bubble-bees as they hit the breeze,

And flutter into pale-pink roses.

I’ll knock down these walls with hammers and saws,

Because no architect supposed workers crave sunlight.

No builder thought windows were essential to breathe,

That these gray walls, dense recycled air —

Aren’t places for humans to exist;

To flourish and grow, to be creative and problem-solve.

They’re the prisons where we labor to earn —

The visage of sunlight on rippling waters.

Oceans crashing against rocks —

The flow of rivers down the banks,

And the hustle of people as they swarm live-festivals,

Scamper for cool beer and watermelon.

When we peer to the ceiling, we’re searching for the sky,

So, you can call security, but either way, I’m escaping.

The green-grass is sweet and calling to me;

My heart beats for the tides’ ankle-deep caress.

And a tangerine sunset, it lives inside me,

The ember of glory that leads the way,

Through the dull-dread of each dreary workday.


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#NaPoWriMo Day 4/Tale Weavers: Poem – Free – Verse – “Infinite Fallibility”#amwriting #poetry #TaleWeavers


For Day 4 of NaPoWriMo the prompt is: “to write a poem that is about something abstract – perhaps an ideal like “beauty” or “justice,” but which discusses or describes that abstraction in the form of relentlessly concrete nouns. Adjectives are fine too!

I’m combining with Michael from MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver #162 about an item of magic. To me, something that is ‘ideal,’ has a kind of magic.


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Helen of Troy,

Fairest woman.

The ideal as —

The poet Homer,

The Philosopher Plato’s ‘just’ society;

Yet, the word means,

Not enough;

Not,

Mr. Hawkins’ anomalies,

Nor Virgil’s Aeneid,

Leading Dante on the path —

Purgatory, Hades, and Paradiso.

Yet both were ideal teachers,

For Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Or, consider Coco Channel,

Sewing pockets,

In women’s suits,

Not for decoration,

A utility, women of old —

Weren’t given.

Or Cleopatra the seductress,

Survives Caesar and Marc Anthony;

Her beauty, their destruction; her death.

Or, Shakespeare’s plays,

Ideal comedies, with —

Brilliant histories and tragedies;

Satisfying Queen Elizabeth I’s whims.

And Beowulf’s writer,

Binding the need,

For heroic deeds, boasting —

Revenge and deeds as immortality.

Clashing with,

Holy Scriptures;

And the lone ideal, one man,

From Bethlehem.

Who many still claim,

“He’s a fraud — for freeing me.”

Forgiveness, with heroism,

We have the modern Ulysses;

James Bond, Jason Bourne.

Disney Princesses,

Merida, Elsa and Moana;

Yet, there is no ideal,

On earth we can prefect.

It’s inherit in our existence,

Ideals are lost.

Twisting Milton’s truth,

To Pandemonium.

While Helen’s stare,

Perceives angel- skeletons,

Blaspheming prisoners;

Jews worked, starved to death;

Their figure’s the epitome,

Of models,

Even, ‘Twiggy’s’ bones rattle, and rage.

Yet, Helen smiles,

With visions of new ideals,

Yet, no ideal,

Is ever ideal;

For, to be ideal is to be in paradise.

Not, alive as we are now —

Imperfect as we are.

Our flaws bind us,

In fallibility.


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Beauty: Luxebox – Spring 2018 Reveal #beauty #beautybox #Luxebox


So, a couple of days ago I received my Spring Luxebox. I haven’t been overly pleased with them. When you receive four a year, it’s important that each one is full of stuff you can use, yourself. I’ve had too many products that don’t suit my skin-tone. Also, products a few products that were repeats.

This never used to be the case with Luxebox, so I’ve cancelled. I’m going to try Ipsy bag for a while, starting in April. Also, from the research I did, it’s rated better than many other monthly or seasonal boxes.


Anyways, here’s what I received for Luxebox Spring 2018:


Tadaa!!


1. China Glaze Nail Lacquer with Hardeners – Worth $14.00/14 mL – Color is Orangy-Brown with Shimmer — I gave this to my Mom, it suits her Autumn skin-tone well.

2. LARITZY Cosmetics Eye Pencil (Laritzy.com) – Worth $18.00/1g (pencil) – White Shimmer — It’s a hard pencil, but a pretty color for tight lining on your bottom lid, and the corner of your eye, if you can soften it enough. So far, not much luck.


3. The Beauty Crop: GRLPWR Liquid Lipstick (@thebeautycrop) — Worth $10.00/14 mL – Deep Burgundy Red — This color was also quite brown. The photo is misleading. I gave it to a girl my Mom works with; it suits her skin-tone much better.


4. MANNAKADAR Beauty: Lash Extending Primer – $24.00/8g – White like most lash primers.

I’ve never found one I like, but I will give this a try as the formula includes proteins to strengthen hair follicles and moisturize your lashes. Sounds good to me 🙂


5. Voesh New York: Pedicure in a Box — Green Tea Pedicure – 3 pouches in a box — I’ve never tried this, but I’m excited too. One great item at least!


6. Professional Sebastian Shaper Plus Extra Hold Hairspray — 1.5 oz for Travel size.

The full-size is about $20.00 CAN at the Drugstore. I’ve tried it before and I like it a lot. The price is right, a full-sized spray bottle lasts a long time, and it’s hairspray you can brush out at night or if you’ve over sprayed. Two good items 🙂


7. Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream: Sweet Mint Cream — With Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Ana Aloe Vera – $6.00/6 mL

Again, not a bad item unless coconut isn’t your favorite scent. I’m not a huge fan. Nevertheless, hand cream is useful, and a great gift, as this is a full-sized product. It works fantastic too. My complaint is that I’ve received this almost exact same product in four different boxes.

But all in all, a good Luxebox for Spring 2018!


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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 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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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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