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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Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: Over Troubled Waters #amwriting #paranormal #flashfiction


Thanks to Priceless Joy for hosting FFftAW:

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“When you’re down and out / When you’re on the street / When evening falls so hard /I will comfort you (ooo) / I’ll take your part, oh, when darkness comes / And pain is all around / Like a bridge over troubled water / I will lay me down / Like a bridge over troubled water / I will lay me down.” – “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Simon and Garfunkel 

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Wes called up to a young woman sitting on the bridge ledge. 

He gulped and climbed up beside her, assessing her. She shook her head, “I’m not here to jump, it’s only peaceful up here.” 

He settled beside the woman on edge. “I’m Wes,” he said, “I’m not a fan of heights. I don’t understand how you can sit here and find it tranquil.” 

She laughed, “I’m Becca, Wes. Scoot back and look at everything from this gorgeous view.” 

“See, the moon’s a giant light in the sky illuminating everything so the bridge doesn’t feel eerie at night. Now, look at the water below you.” 

He peered down: “I see darkness, turbulence, and fear. I see a river where too many people have jumped and drowned in.”

“You see this bridge as dangerous Wes. But without the bridge, no one would get across to the otherside. Without people in our life–our friends, loved ones, God, helpful strangers –we wouldn’t make it through troubled waters.

“Yeah, I know Becca,” he said.”It’s like the song by Simon and Garfunkel.” 

“Sometimes, we help ourselves, with a little effort.” 

“What?” 

“You stopped yourself, having every intention of jumping before you saw me,” Becca said gently. 

You saved me Becca,”  Wes admitted. 

She shook her head and smiled, disintegrating. He gasped, carefully, moving off the ledge onto the bridge’s walkway. 

Wes ran home; he had hope.

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Mineral Makeup: Is It A Good Option for Your Skin?


Bare Minerals Powder
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Powder http://www.sephora.ca

Mineral makeup is not a ‘new’ thing as many of us believe. “Bare Escentuals” sold it’s mineral makeup in the “1970’s,” launching a new powder foundation they claimed was more “natural” than traditional makeup. Mineral makeup began as an alternative to regular foundation. It’s popularity is due to an increase in people’s knowledge of mineral makeup and demand for makeup with as few artificial ingredients as possible. Although makeup with artificial ingredients has an upside, so does the use of mineral makeup.  Mineral makeup has an absence of “filters” such as “talc, chemical dyes, binders, and chemical preservatives,” as well as having “health benefits,” for the user.

Traditional makeup it is most effective in covering up blemishes on the skin. These products provide coverage but they may prevent the skin from breathing and can “worsen redness, blemishes, and dryness of the skin.” In turn, you may need to wear more traditional makeup products due to these issues if they arise.

Natural makeup on the other hand, can give you similar or better coverage in comparison

Clinique Even Better SPF 15 Liquid Foundation
Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 http://www.sephora.ca

to traditional makeup. Often mineral makeups such as foundations, have a buildable coverage. Many woman claim that mineral makeup gives them a more “natural” appearing makeup look. As if, you are not wearing any foundation at all.

Mineral makeup also has an increased shelf life because it does not encourage the growth of bacteria in the product due to how mineral makeup is made. Products aren’t contaminated as they are with the use of traditional makeup products. Aspects of daily life such as heat, rain, and tears, may cause some traditional makeup to melt off or smear. The same issue does not occur with natural makeup which is resistant to unforeseen aspects our makeup goes through on a daily basis.

Becca Mineral Blush
BECCA Mineral Blush http://www.sephora.ca

When applying mineral makeup, a little goes along way. It is best to build coverage in small shear layers until you have the coverage you desire for your foundation. Always wait until your moisturizer has absorbed into your skin first, before applying mineral makeup.

Nonetheless, “Perry Romanowsksi, author of Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm? Top Cosmetic Scientists Answer Your Questions About the Lotions, Potions and Other Beauty Products You Use Every Day,” doesn’t think mineral makeup is as great as consumers think.'”All makeup is mineral makeup,'” Romanowsksi says. “‘You’ll find the same mineral ingredients — titanium-dioxide, zinc-oxide, mica, and iron-oxides — in conventional products.'”

Mineral makeup includes ingredients such as “titanium-dioxide” and “zinc-oxide.” These are both products found in sunscreen and can protect the wearer of mineral makeup from the damaging and aging effects of the sun. Romanowsksi suggests, however, that a zinc-oxide mine does not exist, “zinc-oxide is synthesized in a lab.” Also, titanium-dioxide, may start out in a mine but it is refined in a lab undergoing an “extraction and purification process” and this Romanowsksi believes is a healthy procedure because titanium-dioxide from the mine can be “contaminated with mercury and lead.”

One of the best reasons to wear mineral makeup is because it is”non-comedogenic” meaning it is oil free and will not clog pores because it allows the skin to breathe. Although, one should note, many foundations and products that are not mineral products are also non-comedogenic.

What mineral makeup lacks, is what makes it so perfect for your skin. It doesn’t have

Omorovicza Mineral Touch Concealer
Omorovicza Mineral Touch Concealer http://www.sephora.ca

“artificial colours, oils, perfumes, or preservatives to clog pores and irritate skin.” A unique combination of “zinc-oxide, iron, mica, iron-oxides, and titanium-dioxides” that have “anti-inflammatory properties,” are helpful for those with problematic skin.

Mineral makeup can help stop conditions such as “acne, eczema, rosacea,” or those with skin which is “sensitive to sun” because of procedures such as “chemical peels.””‘[M]ineral makeup,’ New York dermatologist Neal Schultz, MD says, ‘ . . .is less likely to cause a reaction [for] women with sensitive skin.'” Because mineral makeup “‘doesn’t contain oil, it won’t aggravate acne-prone skin.'”

Tarte Palette
Tarte Energy Noir Clay Palette http://www.sephora.ca

Today, mineral makeup cannot only be found as a loose powder foundation. You can find “blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, lipstick, liquid foundations,” and other makeup items “presented as mineral products.”

Oddly enough, since mineral makeup has become uber popular, many cosmetics companies have added back to their formulas “the ingredients they omitted when they first introduced mineral products. For instance, after reading the list of [twelve] ingredients in a so-called ‘mineral eye shadow’ from a drugstore” it was hard to tell the difference between the mineral eyeshadow and many other regular drugstore eyeshadows –noted Ni’Kita Wilson.

Wilson says, “it’s impossible for mineral makeup companies to create a liquid foundation with a pared-down ingredients list because microbes thrive in water.” This means many liquid mineral product “formulations . . .include some kind of preservative.” Wilson says, “[w]ithout [preservatives], in liquid foundations [etc.] contaminated products [could] lead to skin infections.”

So, if you have “sensitive skin,” you could see how a “loose mineral foundation” works

Viseart Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Eyeshadow Palette http://www.sephora.ca

for you. Your best bet is to search “for products with the shortest ingredients list.” Even mineral products with a “longer list of ingredients,” mean that there’s a greater chance  “your skin [may] react to” an ingredient in the formulation of the product.

Mineral makeup can also be a good option with people who “don’t have sensitive skin” issues. But you probably want to keep your expectations low. One mineral product such as mineral foundation isn’t going to correct all your skincare problems such as “large pores” or “uneven pigmentation.” You will still need products such as a good primer, concealer, and a “skincare regimen.”

I wanted to provide you guys with a list of some good mineral makeup brands you can take a look at, keeping in mind some of the facts I found out about mineral makeup as I researched it. Many brands only have certain products that they classify as mineral makeup. You can take a look at some of these products from Sephora and then research into the brand to see if they carry other mineral products. Hopefully this list will get you started. You can also go into your local drugstore to see if any drugstore brand makeup carries mineral products. One brand I can think of is Physician’s Formula. Thanks for reading!

1. Amazing Cosmetics: Amazing Concealer Flawless Face Kit,

2. Amazing Cosmetics: Powder Set,

3. No Cosmetics: No Dark Shadows -Complexion,

4.Hour Glass: Veil Mineral Primer,

5.Bare Minerals: Mineral Veil,

6.Omorovicza: Mineral Touch Concealer,

7.Clinique: Even Better Makeup Liquid Foundation SPF 15,

8.Laura Mercier: Mineral Pressed Powder,

9.BECCA: Mineral Blush,

10. Tarte: Energy Noir Clay Palette,

11. Viseart: EyeShadow Palette,

12.Sephora Collection; MicroSmooth Baked Foundation Face Powder,

13.Josie Maran: Argon Black Oil Mascara,

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http://www.cosmopolitan.com.au/beauty/makeup/2011/5/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-mineral-makeup/

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/makeup/the-lowdown-on-mineral-makeup?page=1

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