Fall Beauty Haul 2016 Part Two


Welcome to Part Two of my Fall Beauty Haul 2016. These are all products I have tried since the spring. I apologize as I meant to have Part Two out closer to Part One but life has been busy and I’ve been quite exhausted lately due to health issues. Anyway’s here’s my  Beauty Haul Part Two:


1.Make Up Forever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Waterproof Mascara: Dramatic Impact and Graphic Precision – (www.sephora.ca) – $30.00 CAN

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Waterproof Mascara (www.sephora.ca) – $30.00 CAN
I’m most definitely a huge Make Up For Ever Fan. Their products are always awesome quality at a reasonable price. For this mascara, I was able to try a sample-size in the non-waterproof version first. I loved the cone shaped brush and was so excited to try the mascara in the waterproof full-sized version. However, the problem with the waterproof version is becoming used to using the cone shaped brush which is larger than in the sample-sized mascara I first tried. The mascara wand brush is an excellent size in the sample version but too big at the end of the cone brush in the full-sized version.

I don’t find I gain much volume in my lashes from this mascara either, which is odd because I did gain volume with sample-sized version? I’ve become used to utilizing this waterproof mascara and it is alright. I’m not sure it’s worth $30.00 CAN. My biggest issue is that the mascara wand too easily leaves mascara all around your eyes, especially underneath them. I always have to take a Q-tip and clean up around my eye a lot. So if you are going to use this mascara, put it on before your eye shadow, as you don’t want to ruin your eye shadow with the Make Up For Ever waterproof mascara.

I’m becoming better at using the cone brush but I find I need to use another mascara on top of this mascara to get a  volumized appearance, and I have thick lashes. I went and bought a L’Oreal Butterfly Effect Mascara in waterproof. I layer this drugstore product over the Make Up For Ever mascara; the drugstore mascara cost me $8.99 CAN. It helps the Make Up For Ever waterproof mascara look a lot fuller. This a three-star mascara, you can buy better ones. I do like the concept of the brush, but I think the mascara wand cone brush is too big in the full-sized waterproof version.


2. Smash Box Oil Free Photo Finish Foundation Primer  – Pore Minimizing –

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Smash Box Photo Finish Foundation Primer Oil Free – Pore Minimizing (1 0z.) – (www.sephora.ca) – $50.00 CAN
(www.sephora.ca) – $50.00 CAN (1 0z).

I have tried some Smash Box products and been happy. I like there eye shadow as it is highly pigmented and there lip products are wonderful as well. My favourite nude lip gloss is from Smash Box. 

Smash Box was pretty much the first brand to come out with primers for skin. I remember buying their original primer eight or nine-years-ago. Their primers last a long time, even in the sample-size I have been using.

Nonetheless, I have found even if their primers say oil free or pore minimizing, they still make me break-out every single time. It doesn’t matter what primer of Smash Box’s I use. I think if you have drier skin, this might be an okay product for you to use. But personally, the only place I use it after a couple-weeks trying it, is underneath my eyes, so I don’t end up with mascara or eye shadow giving me raccoon eyes later in the day.

If you want an excellent primer that is better for your skin, pore-minimizing and great for all skin types, I recommend the Benefit POREfessional Face Primer for $50.00 for (1.5 0z), a much more reliable buy. It’s also nicer on your skin if you break-out at all. I can wear the Benefit Primer every day and I hardly ever have issues such as I have with Smash Box Primers.


3. BENEFIT cosmetics GIMME Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel (Color 01 Light) – (0.1 oz.) – (www.sephora.ca) – $30.00 CAN

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Benefit Cosmetics GIMME Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel (0.1 oz) – (www.sephora.ca) – $30.00 CAN
It’s always frightening when a makeup brand updates or changes one of your favourite products. Often, I find I don’t like the new product as much. However, I don’t believe this Benefit Cosmetic’s Gimme Brow Gel has changed much with the exception of the outside packaging.

Gimme Brow Gel is my go-to brow gel and lasts me about three-months a container. There are three shades you can choose from besides the one I bought, also medium 02 and Deep 03. It’s amazing product and worth the $30.00 CAN to get a finished looking brow which isn’t too perfect. The product doesn’t cause your eyebrows to appear extremely ‘made-up’ with this Volumizing gel. It gives your eyebrows polish and fills them in.

You can apply Gimme Brow Gel either before or after you fill in your brow with an eyebrow pencil. Unfortunately, I am not happy with the change in the Benefit eyebrow pencils as you know from Part One. But Gimme Brow Gel is a superior product with a brow pencil or without, depending on how much filling in your eyebrows need. Five stars!


4. Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Eye Cream – (www.sephora.ca) – (o.5 oz.) – (www.sephora.ca) – $58.00 CAN

I’ve tried a few Origins samples (for one or two days) of their face creams and have generally,

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Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Eye Cream (0.5 fl oz.) – (www.sephora.ca) –  $58.00 CAN
liked them. This is the first time I had a product of theirs large enough to try over several weeks. I received a larger-size sample of this eye cream and I love it.

I’ve only started to notice my eyes are not as smooth as they used to be. The Origins Anti-Aging Power Eye Cream is gentle on the skin around and over my eyes. It doesn’t burn as some eye creams I’ve tried in the past have. Plus, I wake up feeling my eyes are less puffy and my skin is smoother in my eye area. The eye cream has chamomile and algae in it and is a natural product.

I like it a great deal as well as the fact that it lasts such a long time for a small tube. I think a full-sized product would last months and months. I would consider buying this in the future. I’m impressed by how gentle the eye cream is on sensitive eye skin. And I would agree with the Sephora claim,. after two-weeks or less, you notice a difference in the appearance of skin around your eyes. A well-made product to pick-up if you’re searching for a great eye cream.


5. Dove Dry  Spray Soothing Chamomile 48 Hour Odor Protection – Antiperspirant – (www. well.ca or in store at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada) – (1.7 g) – $8.99

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Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant in Soothing Chamomile 48 HR Odor Protection – (www.well.ca or Your Local Drugstore) – $8.99 CAN
I received a full-sized sample of this to try in one of my last Luxebox’s. As you can tell, since I’m writing about it, I liked the product a lot. I don’t like Dove Hair Care but their body washes and deodorant type products are always wonderful. They leave your skin feeling baby soft and they work well throughout the day.

I guess typically, I apply antiperspirant about two or three times a day, depending on what I’m doing that day. But this antiperspirant by Dove lasts long so I think if you wanted you could apply it less.

The Chamomile scent is refreshing and light. Dove has other scents you can choose from. I love that it’s a spray on antiperspirant which makes it easy to apply. Also, unlike stick deodorant, the dry spray truly doesn’t end up on your clothes.

Dove includes their 1/4 moisturizing cream in this product along with Vitamins E and F to sooth underarm skin. Its a wonderful product and I’m sure at your local drugstore, it will even go on sale as it a common drugstore brand.


6. ST. TROPEZ Gradual Self- Tanning Lotion and Body Moisturizer In Light-Medium (6.7 fl.oz)  (www.beautyboutique.ca or Shoppers Drug Mart) – $38.00 CAN

I had heard great things about St. Tropez self-tanning products and I was excited to

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St. Tropez Every Day Body Lotion Gradual Tan Classic (Light -Medium) (6.7 fl. oz.) – $38.00 CAN
try their products having collected about $80.00 worth of Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Reward points in the summer. I purchased two bottles  hoping the lotion would be better than Vaseline or Jergans (for instance) self-tanning lotions because its a more high-end brand.

I am truly pale skinned and fair and with this product (as with other self-tanning products) had to be careful I only applied it every three-days or I looked orange or had orange streaks all over my legs (etc). Honestly, with self-tanning lotions, you cannot avoid the streaks. I even put on regular lotion after the tanning lotion, so my skin is less orange. Especially over areas where tanning lotions seem to stick like your ankles and knees.

The moisturizing quality of the St. Tropez Gradual Self-Tan is superior to drugstore brand moisturizers. It’s an awesome lotion which helped with dry skin in the summer. I would say this product is about a four out of five stars. It works well, but it is a bit pricey for what it actually does. But, I’m happy I bought both tubes.

I looked at other St. Tropez products and they are a bit pricier. I wanted to try the foam for instance (with a glove) and it was around $60.00 for a set or for a large-size of the St. Tropez instant tanning foam alone.

So, this one is up to you, and if you want to put all that work into a tan for summer or vacation. Even if St. Tropez self-tan products are pricier, they are by far more worth it than burning your skin to get a tan and inviting skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer (so I’ve read).


Thanks for reading! Hopefully, see you with more beauty product reviews before Christmas!


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

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Part 1: February to May Beauty Haul 2016 – For Eyes #everydayinspiration


Happy May Long Weekend! I haven’t had a beauty post in a long while.

These products I’ve picked up are from February to the present month of May. I didn’t necessarily buy all these products at Sephora, but it is  easier to search for them all on the Sephora website. As I’ve mentioned, I often buy some of my makeup and skincare at Shoppers Drug Mart or at Beauty Boutique Online, but they do not always carry all the products and brands I use.

This is Part 1 of a beauty haul. I have a second part coming soon with products unrelated to the eyes. Also, a note, I’m using this post to fulfill a Writing 101 prompt to critique something; I’m certainly critiquing these eye makeup products and tools.


 

1. NARS – Dual Intensity Eye Shadow in Andromeda – (www.sephora.ca) – $33.00 CAN

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NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadow in Andromeda -Colour appears less pink than it is. (www.sephora.ca)

I’m fond of NARS blushes and eye shadows because they have fantastic colour pigment. Years ago, I had bought a NARS palette with eye shadows and blush included, but I have never used NARS eyeshadow since I used up that pallete. I was searching for a lighter coloured eyeshadow with a bit of sparkle and shine to it when I saw this NARS shadow at Sephora. The colour Andromeda is perfect for highlighting your brow bone or the corner of your eye. It also is a beautiful colour to wear all over your eyelid if you are looking for a colour to make your eyes pop. Darker colours can make eyes appear smaller (even though darker shadow look lovely in an ombre or smokey eye). Another reason I like Andromeda is because in other eyeshadow palettes I’ve purchased, I always run out of the lightest colours first. My skin is pale so extremely dark colours don’t often suit me unless I’m going out at night but even then, I can only use a bit for effect.For the most part, a medium intensity or lighter coloured eye shadow suits me in the daytime and those of you who have lighter skin tones. I’m able to use Andromeda with my palettes to replace the lighter colours I use up quickly. There are many more gorgeous colours of NARS eyeshadow available at Sephora and I recommend NARS eyeshadow for their quality of pigment and variety of colour.

 


 

2. Make Up Forever – Smoky Extravagent Mascara: Dramatic Impact and Graphic Precision – (www.sephora.ca) – $30.00 CAN

I received this mascara as a sample from Sephora.  It is an excellent mascara due

Beauty - MAKE UP FOREVER - Smoky Extravagent Mascara
Make Up Forever – Smokey Extravagant Mascara: Dramatic Impact and Graphic Precision (www.sephora.ca)

to its wonderful volumizing brush. The shape of the brush is extremely wide at the bottom of the mascara wand and tiny at the top. This means you receive major volume where your lashes need volume in the middle of your eyelashes, but the wand still picks up the tiny lashes in the outer corners of your eyes. I’m extremely pleased with this mascara.

Using the product, I’ve had to use a waterproof mascara over top (as usual) as regular mascara tends to streak around my eyes due to my oilier skin. With the waterproof mascara over top the Smokey Extravagant Mascara, the product stays on well. On Sephora’s website, however; I found a waterproof version of the Smokey Extravagant mascara called Aqua Smokey Extravagant Water Proof Mascara. The price is exactly the same, so if  I bought this mascara in the future I would buy the waterproof version. Using the regular mascara or the waterproof version, Smokey Extravagant is a fantastic mascara, one of the best mascaras I’ve used in a long time. The brush on the mascara wand makes such a huge difference when you apply mascara, not to mention a mascara formula which doesn’t become clumpy over time.


 

3. Tarte – Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 in 1 Mascara – (www.sephora.ca) – $25.00 CAN

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Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 in 1 Mascara (www.sephora.ca)

I received this mascara as a sample from Tarte when I ordered off their website. It is a great mascara. The brush is designed so it picks up every lash and I know many people who rave about this mascara. There is also a waterproof version available on Sephora called Lights, Camera, Splashes, for the exact same price. I was pleased how the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara wand picked up every one of my lashes coating them with mascara. I would have said it was the most awesome mascara, before I tried the Make Up Forever mascara above.The issue is, sometimes mascara wands which pick-up every tiny lash, fail to create volume in your eyelashes where you need it. The mascara itself appeared to be a great formula but I think the Lights, Camera, Lashes brush needs a bit of work. I believe it is an excellent mascara and I would use a sample again if I received it, but after using the Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant mascara, I think the Tarte mascara doesn’t quite measure up .On the upside, Tarte products are made from natural minerals and are a Vegan makeup line so if you’re looking for these aspects and want makeup that is of excellent quality, Tarte is the brand to use. As well, a five dollars difference in price between the two mascaras maybe a deal breaker for some of you.


 

4. Stila – Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black and Midnight Blue – (www.sephora.ca) – $29.00 CAN

Months ago, I was searching for a

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Stila – Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – Intense Black (www.sephora.ca)

waterproof liquid eyeliner to replace my Lancome liner, which changed after many years. I had used the non-waterproof version of the Stila liquid eyeliners and was not impressed. I was hesitant to try the waterproof version, but after seeing how intense the black eyeliner was on my hand, I decide to give the black eyeliner a try. It has become my new go-to for black eyeliner. The felt tip is pointy so you can give yourself a thinner line or build it up to be a thicker line. The Intense Black liner has lasted me four-months and is going strong.

Recently, I have seen a trend in magazines, of blue eyeliner with a paired down eye of basic eyeshadow.  I went and I purchased the same Stila liner I have

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Stila – Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – Midnight Blue (www.sephora.ca)

in the colour Midnight Blue. I probably chose a darker blue than they showed in the magazine, but I’m extremely happy with this Midnight blue liner and have been wearing it everyday since I bought it. It’s dark enough that it doesn’t make your eyeliner completely standout, but the Midnight blue is change enough you notice it isn’t black liner. The colour goes well with blue eyes and I imagine it would appear beautiful on people with  brown eyes, as it is an opposite colour for brown eyes in makeup. I believe these Stila liquid eyeliners are a fantastic investment for eyeliner, whatever the colour(s) you choose. Sephora has other colour options available as well. Also, the waterproof liquid liner stays on your lash line well and works well for giving yourself a cat-eye flick. You are able to wipe a bit of liner away if you’ve messed up your line, as long as you do it immediately after applying. If you’ve waited too long, you can take some concealer on a Q-tip and gently make some of your eyeliner fade and disappear where you messed up.

For those of you who have trouble with eyeliner, especially liquid eyeliner. Here is a helpful YouTube Tutorial I found on Basic Eyeliner this morning:


 

5. Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion in Minor Sin – (www.sephora.ca) – $26.00 CAN

I have used various versions of Urban Decay eye shadow primer for years. Their

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Urban Decay – Eye Shadow Primer Potion – Minor Sin (www.sephora.ca

primers for eye shadow are the absolute best and help your eyeshadow stay put on your eyelid, without your eye shadow fading. I usually use Urban Decay’s basic primer but I chose to buy Minor Sin this time as it has a bit of a shimmery golden sheen to it and can be worn without eye shadow. Layering eye shadow over Minor Sin, also gives your eye shadow a slight sheen underneath, if you don’t apply too much shadow over top. Urban Decay eye shadow primers also last a long time. I usually receive over six-months use out of a large tube.

The only issue I have with  Minor Sin is I do not like  that its tube is not a squeeze tube such as my Urban Decay eye shadow primers have been in the past. Minor Sin comes with a brush and I don’t like the brush. I don’t believe it is as sanitary as a squeeze tube. You shouldn’t place the primer directly on your eyelid/eye area with the brush because bacteria could get into the tube once you put the brush back in. I think the best idea is to put some of the primer on the back of your hand and use your fingers to apply it to your eyes, however; I do not like this method either because it is easy to waste the product accidentally applying too much product to the back of your hand. The squeeze tube was both more sanitary and made the primer last longer as you only used as much primer as needed with the squeeze tube. I love how Minor Sin looks and works as a primer, but I’m not happy with the design change of the tube and brush.


 

6. Sephora – Must Have Powder Eye Shadow Brush #60 – (www.sephora.ca) – $19.00 CAN

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Sephora – Must Have Powder Shadow Brush #60 (www.sephora.ca)

My last fluffy eye shadow brush I bought was from Shoppers Drug Mart and I still have it and use it. But Shoppers Drug Mart didn’t have the same brush available so I went to Sephora, whose brushes I have found to be better than Shoppers Drug Mart brand makeup brushes anyways. I didn’t choose Sephora’s top of the line brushes as I have with some of my makeup brushes such a foundation brush or a blush brush. I do not find it necessary to have top quality makeup brushes with eyeshadow brushes, which don’t go through the wear and tear other brushes do. I wanted another fluffier powder brush to blend eyeshadow above my lid and this brush works perfectly for the job.It’s not as fluffy as the Shoppers Drug Mart brush but it it is good enough and washes up well with dish soap. No hairs have fallen out of the brush so I believe for the price point and design, the brush is excellent.


 

7. Sephora – Crease Eye Shadow Brush #73 – (www.sephora.ca) – $20.00 CAN

Much of what I said with the last eyeshadow brush applies with this crease eye shadow

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Sephora – Crease Eye Shadow Brush #73 (www.sephora.ca)

brush. The crease eye shadow brush is used to blend a darker shade of eyeshadow into your crease area. I have and use my first crease eyeshadow brush from Shoppers Drug Mart and I like it better than the one I bought at Sephora.

Although, the Sephora brush is nice and the hair doesn’t fall out when you wash it, the brush is a bit big and fluffy for blending eye shadow in one’s eye crease. It works, but it is easy to accidentally apply too much eye shadow in your crease with this brush. But for my purposes, this brush is fine. I use it to go in after I have used my original Shoppers Drug Mart crease brush, and blend all the eye makeup in my crease together. The reason I bought both brushes was for blending purposes and not to actually apply eyeshadow, although; I will probably use the brushes for both jobs. I’m happy with both brushes, but wish the crease eye shadow brush was smaller and less fluffy. For the price point and quality, they are both excellent brushes.

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for Part 2.


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

Makeup Mini Haul December 2015


I have picked up a few items makeup wise lately. I also have received a couple large samples in Luxebox or with other makeup purchases that have been excellent. So, I wanted to share those purchases/samples with you here today.

Tarte Eyeshadow Palette 2015
http://www.tartecosmetics.com Tarte Eye Shadow Palette

Tartlette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette (www.tartcosmetics.com) -$54.00 – I have been impressed by Tarte’s choice of palettes this holiday season. They had some great ones in summer too. I gave away a couple palettes with bronzer, highlighter, eye shadow, and blush combined, to a couple of friends this year and they were well loved Birthday and Christmas presents. When I saw this matte palette I was immediately drawn to it because it had a fair amount of light colours in the palette. The issue I find with many palettes of eye shadow is that they have too many medium and dark colors and not enough light colors. And it is important to have a good amount of light colours to choose from because those are the colours that go all  over your eyelid before you put on a medium color on your lid and darker colour in your crease. You may even use more of the light colour to blend your eye shadow at the end of your eye shadow process.

So, I’m pretty happy with this eye shadow palette. Basically, each row is a different kind of eye shadow look you can achieve. Although the palette does come with instructions on how to do and everyday eye with the purple colours and a nighttime eye with some of the skin tone and brownish colors. The very darkest colours are excellent if you use those colours to line your eyes. But I don’t really do that nor have I ever. I usually go with a liquid liner in black, brown, purple, or grey and I think it is so much simpler to do your eyeliner with a makeup designed to be a liner ergonomically. So, those dark colours are useless colours in the palette for me. But I do like the first three colours in each row. I have tried all three looks out and they are superb. Plus, Tarte has such pigmented eye shadow. You have to be careful you don’t use to much especially of the darker colours.

The only thing that I would change about the palette would be to make the lighter colours larger in size. Because what always happens  is you run out of the lighter colours earlier and have these medium and dark colours left because you use less of the colours due to the dark pigment. I also wouldn’t have minded maybe a colour in each row that was even lighter then what is provided, for the corner of your eye and your brow bone (instead of a colour to line your eyes). It would give your eyes that extra glimmer that is so refined. I was very happy to buy this palette at 30 % off. They are sold out on Tarte’s website  right now but you might be able to find it full price at Sephora.

Tarte Cheek Stain (Skintuitive) in Energy – (www.tartecosmetics.com)

Tarte Cheek Stain
http://www.tartecosmetics.com Tarte Cheek Stain

– $36.00 – For the picture of the cheek stain I could not get the picture in the colour I have which is called Energy and is a bubblegum pink. I usually do not like wet or cream blushes but I have found a couple of options that are actually nice. One of them is this Tarte cheek stain which I got a large sample from Tarte in the summer. What is neat about this Tarte Cheek Stain  is it is “Skintuitive.” So, you take the lid off and put it right on your cheeks or use a blush brush and really buff and smooth the blush in so it looks natural. You cannot leave the blush how it is at first or it looks like you have neon pink streaks on your cheek. As you blend the colour in, the colour adapts to your skin colour so that you get your perfect shade of pink (or whatever colour) for your cheeks. I am not sure if all Tarte Cheek Stains do this or simply the sample and colour I have but either way the Cheek Stain is a great product, remains on your cheeks all day, and doesn’t rub off easily. The product sinks into your skin and stays put. The process of applying this blush is actually easier then powder blush to apply once you get the hang of the product. Tarte has about eight different colours you can choose from on their site and Sephora may have even more.

Two Faced Lip Stick in Marshmallow Bunny
http://www.twofaced.com Two Faced Lip Stick in Marshmallow Bunny

Two Faced La Creme Lipstick in Marshmallow Bunny – (www.twofaced.com) – $32.oo – I have been using sites for these Makeup finds other than Sephora. I love Sephora but it is Christmas time and you can often find deals on a brands home website as I did with Tarte. Two Faced is having deals every day until Christmas. Today’s deal is: FREE Flat Buki Brush with any Love Flush Blush! Code: TFBEAUTY11. In case, you wanted to check that out. What is awesome about this lipstick is it is creamy and good for keeping dry lips away. It hydrates your lips as well as acting as a lipstick. I was looking for the perfect pink lipstick and I found this shade Marshmallow Bunny. The colour is pretty opaque and longer lasting but does need to be applied every few hours. The best part about this lipstick  besides the colour is it’s creaminess so your lips won’t dry out while wearing it. There are 32 different colours on the Two Faced website to choose from. I have slowly been trying out some of Two Faced Makeup and have been happy with it. I like their eye shadow sets and am particularly found of a highlighting powder they carry.

Bioderma Hydrabio Lait: Moistuirising Cleansing Milk for Sensitive

Bioderma Cleansing Milk
http://www.murale.ca Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Cleansing Milk to Cleanse and Remove Makeup

Dehydrated Skin: Cleanses and Removes Make-up, moisturisers – (www.murale.ca) – $21.95 – Bioderma skincare products come in many types for different skin. This particular Cleansing Milk which removes makeup well, is for dry skin. I don’t have dry skin but I have not found the product to be oily or anything close to it. Generally, I use wipes to remove my makeup but a couple of posts ago I told you guys about a mascara from Dior that I was using. It was so hard to take off my eyelashes and sometimes got on my skin around my eyes. Bioderma Cleansing milk is amazing and will remove any makeup on your skin or eyes. The only problem I found when removing my eye make up,  with some of the cleansing milk on cotton round,  was that if you swipe to hard,  your contacts will pop out. First world problem! I was not expecting much from a makeup remover that acts like cold cream but I have been impressed by this product and Bioderma. Perhaps it merits looking into some of their other skincare products. They are priced well. But Murale was the only place I could find that carried the products.

Blinc Brush it On Slide it off Eyeliner
http://www.blincinc.com Blinc Brush it on. . . Slide it Off Liquid Eyeliner

Blinc Brush it on Slide it Off Eyeliner – (www.blincinc.com) – ($26.00) – I received this Blinc liquid eyeliner in a Luxebox as well. The sample is a bit tiny but the Liquid eyeliner is awesome. Blinc products are not waterproof they are “water-resistant.” When you put the eyeliner on your lash line you are putting on a water-resistant “layer” of eyeliner. Blinc says their product doesn’t  “fade, smudge, run, or flake even if you cry or rub your eyes.” When you want to remove Blinc it slides off effortlessly into your hand. It is an interesting product. There are five shades of eyeliner of this type. I am wearing black and the black was intense. Even though I accidentally got some on my brow bone, it was easily removed smudging it with my fingers. I don’t know how taking it off will be tonight since today is the first day I have worn it. But I am happy with how well the product looks on my eye. The black is bright and shiny. And it was easy enough to apply, the wand is a good size. S0, look into Blinc makeup and let me know what you think.

Delectable (miracle material) Ultra Nourishing Coconut and Cream

Delectable Body Lotion
http://www.beautyboutique.ca Delectable Coconut and Cream Triple Moisture Body Lotion

Body Lotion (www.beautyboutique.ca) -$14.00 – I couldn’t find the exact product I was looking for, but this will give you a close idea of what I have been using. Delectable is a new brand that I received in Luxebox and it can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart across Canada and on their Beauty Boutique website. The lotion I have is for hands and it works so well! I never had dry hands after using this lotion and the Coconut smells so good! Not to mention it is not very expensive for a small tube and because it is Christmas Delectable has a bunch of sets you can get that contain different flavours of their hand and body lotions for gifts. You can also find the full-sized lotions in Shoppers. It’s a nice product I am glad I’ll be able to buy when I run out.

 

Righteous Butter with Softening Shea Butter and Aloe Vera
http://www.beautyboutique.ca Soap and Glory: The Righteous Butter with Softening Shea Butter and Aloe Vera

Soap and Glory: The Righteous Butter with Softening Shea Butter and Aloe Vera – (www.beautyboutique.ca) -$18.00 – I bought this Body Butter   at Shoppers Drug Mart. I used to love buying the Body Butter at Victoria Secret and it came in so many great flavours such as ‘Love Spell.’ But the problem is Victoria Secret is not making  body butter under the  brand they were making it under before. So, until I can try their new body butter brand I  needed something to last me. So, I tried this Soap and Glory Righteous Butter. While $18.00 is a bit pricey for a body butter which I wear everyday and put on after each shower, there is actually a good amount in the container (300 ml). I enjoy the smell,  it is not too overpowering. Righteous Butter smells a little citrusy but only a bit. It works great. My legs are always silky smooth after using Righteous Butter. I also think since, Victoria Secret’s new body butter is $18.00, I might be using this brand if their  is more butter (lotion) in the container. I am a huge fan of Soap and Glory. They have great lip, body scrubs, and creams. The only item I have not liked from them have been cleansing clothes, which were not damp enough and not substantial enough to remove makeup well. But the body butter I am extremely satisfied with using.

Hope you enjoyed my mishmash of products. I would like to try sharing some of the good products I receive in Luxebox a bit more. Sometimes I forget about them and the products are the same products that are available online, in your local drugstore, Sephora or Ulta.

Merry Christmas!

Amanda

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Poem: “Beautiful for him.”



This is the day before I meet you, this is a day we could remember someday down the road. But lets meet first.

I have showered using fragrant shower gel; I have scrubbed my body and my face. I have shaved and waxed so carefully all to have the smoothest skin you’ve ever touched.

I am slathering myself up in sweet smelling body butter, my toes are a pedicured gold and my fingernails passion pink.

My hair has been washed and conditioned twice, and towel dried before I put my products in (spray in conditioner and moose).

I have blow-dried my hair carefully to get volume in the back. Rolling the brush around my blonde strands before curling them artfully with a curling rod.

My face is tonerized, moisturized, serumized, and I have used makeup primer, there’s no way my makeup is coming off.

I have delicately put on foundation, concealer, and barely there eye shadow. I made my makeup subtle with a light pink lipstick — I don’t want my lipstick to show up on you.

I wanted to look natural because men like their woman not to look overdone. But I know an extra coat of mascara makes my eyes look bigger.

I sprayed on my favourite perfume Chance by Chanel and sprayed my hair loosely in place. Just enough, you can run your fingers through it.

I am dressed casually so it looks as if I didn’t try too hard. But you know that casual is hard work. Well I’ll know, you’ll glance at the time on your phone in the car for the third time. . .

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But then, you’ll call to say that we cannot meet today, you are going away. After, I was getting ready for you. To make a good impression.

You said this to me so last minute, I thought maybe you don’t wan’t to meet me for real. But I remembered you said you thought I was cute.

So here am I, dressed up with no place to go. That’s the last time I dress and beautify myself for a man. Next time I’ll only do it for me.

That’s what I say, until the next guy I like…

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Too Faced Boudoir Palette and Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation


Too Faced Boudoir Palette www.sephora.ca
Too Faced Boudoir Palette
http://www.sephora.ca

1. Too Faced Boudoir Eye Shadow Palette – $45.00- http://www.sephora.ca – I absolutely love this palette it gives you three options of three different shadows for three varied looks. The look I use the least is the everyday look because I am so pale and the main color used for this is a whitish color that blends with my skin. However, it is still pretty and nice and light for those who don’t like to wear much eyeshadow. Along with the palette is a little booklet that tells you how to do each look so don’t fear if the three colors associated with a look seem intimidating. Too Faced makes it easy for those girls who aren’t so gifted with eye shadow to make themselves look fantastic. The second look is my favorite. You get to put this shimmery gold color all over your lid and lower brow and then a purplish color on your lid and then you shade in your crease with grey. It’s the normal look and it is fantastic. Also, I tend to use the going out look a lot when I am headed out in the evening. The main color is a light sparkly brown and of course black is used in the look in the end to highlight cat eyes or give a smokey look to your makeup. This palette is great. I have had it since Christmas and there is still tons of color left in even the smallest eye shadow. All the colors have cute little boudoir names and the whole thing comes in a great compact little tin. I completely recommend the palette and brand which I had never tried previously.

Bobbi Brown Liquid Foundation SPF 15  www.sephora.ca
Bobbi Brown Liquid Foundation SPF 15
http://www.sephora.ca

2. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 – $51.00-$56.00 – http://www.sephora.ca – I have found the foundation I will use as long as it exists. It is light, almost a bit runny, and it comes in 00 alabaster for pale skinned girls like me. There is such a variety of different shades and my shade is extremely hard to find so when I order (which I’m usually forced to do) I order two of the foundation. I put a little bit on the outside of my had and it blends into your face skin so nicely. It seems like it doesn’t quiet blend at first but let it sit on your face a few seconds then blend down with a brush and it will sit perfectly and flawlessly on your face. It doesn’t get very greasy if you  have oily skin and it doesn’t make you break out. Even though it is a bit of a runny foundation it covers flaws well.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 Stick www.sephora.ca
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 Stick
http://www.sephora.ca

If liquid foundation is not your game then you can try the same foundation in stick form for a little cheaper. It goes on smoothly and you don’t have to put it everywhere just in a few places on your face like your forehead, cheeks, chin, and tip of your nose and not every single space on your face. Then you blend it after with a brush on your face. I am using it right now because I couldn’t find my color in the liquid foundation and I’m very happy with the stick version. It is also great if you are vacationing because the pump on the liquid version won’t accidentally get pushed and get foundation everywhere.

My only concern is with how long this foundation lasts for the price. The liquid foundation lasts about two months but I think that the stick foundation is just going to last over a month and it is only five cheaper then the liquid. Nonetheless, it’s my favorite foundation ever and I recommend to everyone. I know I did a blog on the liquid foundation before but I wanted to compare it with the stick foundation since that is what I am using now.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Makeup Splurge


Recently, I found a coupon for Tarte makeup on Facebook for 30% off. Kate at http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com (one of my favorite blogs) has always raved about their Amazonian Clay foundation so I was pretty excited to try the foundation which is usually $49.00, for a cheaper price. I also purchased a shade of the Amazonian Clay Blush, and a Liquid Eyeliner Pen (the pen which I have already blogged about). Later, I read a blog on a Limited Edition Tarte Eyeshadow Palette and although it wasn’t available on http://www.tarte.ca I was able to purchase it on Sephora. I am happy with all my purchases and I would like to share the 3 I haven’t shared with you previously today.

1.

www.sephora.ca
http://www.sephora.ca

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12H- Full Coverage Foundation – $49.00 – (sephora.ca) – I was pleasantly surprised by this foundation for several reasons. First of all, it comes in many shades with both yellow and pink undertones. The ivory color with the pink undertones was perfect for me and is the best foundation match I’ve had in a long time.

The foundation is a bit different than other foundations I’ve tried because it is a cream foundation and not a liquid or a BB cream. It is quite thick so a very little goes a long way to spread across your face and give great coverage that leaves your skin UVA/UVB SPF 15 protected. You can also build up this foundation if you want thicker coverage.

In my mind, that this foundation is usually almost $50 works against it but what totally makes it worth it is the fact that you don’t need much foundation for each use. You do need to blend the foundation very well because of its viscosity and I recommend a great foundation brush to blend the foundation well.

Although, initially, the foundation change made me break out a bit after about a week my skin adjusted to the foundation and I have loved it ever since. I love that it stays on all day, does not come off easily, and provides excellent coverage even when you have a bit of a break out.

What made me extremely excited to try this foundation is that it is a mineral foundation made from Amazonian Clay and is free of Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic fragrances, Petrochemicals, Pthalates, GMO’s, and Triclosan — all things I would rather not have on my skin. Best of all, all most all of  Tarte’s make up is made without some of these unwanted ingredients.

2.

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http://www.sephora.ca

Tarte Limited Edition Amazionian Clay EyeShadow Palette Limited Edition V1 – ($46.00) -(Sephora.ca) – I just received this palette last week and was really thrilled with it. It is a more neutral type palette so it has a lot of sparkly and matte browns as well as some skin colored shades that are sparkly and matte; it  also contains a beautiful sparkly purple and sparkly gold and copper.

There are many mixes of eye shadow looks that I (and you) can do with this palette and it’s 16 shades. The eye shadow has excellent pigmentation and sticks well, especially if you put an eye shadow base underneath your eye shadow — this eye shadow is budge proof.

It comes in a cute purple box with a pink ribbon and is also the perfect gift for a birthday or Christmas present for a special woman on your list. This eyeshadow is formulated without Parabens and Pthalates.

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www.sephora.ca
http://www.sephora.ca

Tarte Amazionion Clay 12H Blush – (31.00) – (www.sephora.ca) – This long wear solar baked blush is amazing because it has great pigment and comes in so many shades. I bought it in a purplish-pink shade since I was out of that color and I have been very happy with the blush.

It is infused with natural clay from the Amazon river and it minimizes oil around pores on your face to keep the blush color in place. It is also nutrient rich and has nourishing and hydrating properties which is great for girls with dry skin. It is free of Parabens, Sulfates, and Pthalates.

I can attest to the long-lasting skin calming effects of this blush. It never makes my skin oily or causes me to break out. I would like to get a couple more blushes  in a more pinky and a more apricot shade.

All in all, I am extremely impressed with Tarte makeup and highly recommend it to any one who is considering using the products. Most of Tarte’s products are priced well and the one’s that are more expensive are worth the cost. You can also check on http://www.tarte.ca for more Tarte makeup products, as this is where I used the coupon code I found. I also recommend liking Tarte on Facebook.

Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter & BAD gal Mascara/ Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Reviews


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http://www.sephora.ca

1. Benefit Watt’s Up – Soft Focus Highlighter for Face – ($36.00) – I purchased this highlighter after buying Benefits Girl Meets Pearl highlighter and not being that impressed with how much the highlighter appearred on my face. I found the liquid to be roughly the same color as my foundation so it didn’t end up being the best product for me although I still use it when I want a more subtle highlight. On the other hand, Watt’s Up is great and a fantastic highlighter! It comes in a cute purple container with a sponge tip at one end to spread the highlighter out when you apply it to your cheek bones, forehead, nose, cupid’s bow, and middle of your chin. On the other end of the highlighter is a cream to powder highlighter that makes the areas you put it on look shiny and glimmery. It is a fantastic wonderful highlighter and I am highly impressed by this product as I have used many highlighter products and not been that happy with many, especially on my lighter skin. It is perfect for sculpting the face in a soft “champagne glow” and because all Benefit makeup products are mineral makeup products Watt’s Up is good for your skin and won’t cause it to break out or clog pores. The only thing you have to be careful  about is that you don’t apply too much highlighter and that you blend well. While Girl Meets Pearl  is on one end of  the highlighter spectrum as being a very weak highlighter, Watt’s Up is at the other end of the spectrum as a very potent highlighter.

Benefit BAD gal Waterproof Mascara – ($26.00) – Benefit’s BAD gal Waterproof Mascara is a “smudge proof, a waterproof, and a

www. sephora.ca
www. sephora.ca

tear proof” mascara. After trying Benefits They’re Real Mascara I was looking for a Mascara that was as voluminous as it was  but didn’t come off on my eye area, particularly under eye area, as much because my skin is oilier. I am not 100 percent sold on this Mascara either. It’s good but it doesn’t provide enough volume to your lashes. Although, it is waterproof and does not come off nearly as much as They’re Real Mascara it still tends to come off on my eye area and because it is waterproof it is difficult to get off your skin even if you dab it with a Q-tip fast. So this mascara is ‘so so’ but I am still liking my Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long Wearing Formula ($19.00) more because it comes off easier at night but not in the day compared to the  waterproof mascara and ,therefore, is easier on your eye lashes which can take up to 6 months to grow if you lose a few. I am still searching for that perfect mascara, I will have to try a different kind next time I need mascara.

www.sephora.ca
http://www.sephora.ca

Urban Decay Naked 2 Eye Shadow Palette – ($62.00) This palette features a dozen taupe and grey-beige neutral eye shadows. I love Urban Decay’s Naked Palette but after using most of the matte shadow in the eye shadow compact up I wanted to try the Naked 2 as it had more similar colors and some that were sparkly. I can do my usual Naked  eye shadow mixes on my eyes or I can jazz it up with whatever sparkly or different shading shade I want to use. I love it! The variety of colors available are great and it comes with a decent 2-ended eye shadow brush. My favorite neutral colors are  Bootycall, Verve, Pistol, Busted. and Half-Baked. I also continue to use what little color I have left in my Naked palette with the colors in Naked 2Although, it is a bit pricey it is well worth the price for these excellent pigment rich eye shadows that can be worn to work, school, or going out, depending on how you choose to do your eye makeup. For instance, Pistol, would make a great grey-tinged sparkly smokey eye. While Bootycall is the perfect pinkish color to put all over your eyelid in the day create a great subtle pink-nude shimmer.

New Flurt Articles: Perfect Eye Shadow, Graduating, Abercrombie Scandal, and Montreal


Hey Everyone? What do you think of the new blog theme? I am not so sure about it but haven’t had the time to change it to something I like better. I miss my picture being front and Center – the red shoes and red apples. So, I’ll have to get that back. Anyway’s for your reading pleasure some of my recent Flurt articles

The Perfect Eye Shadow

http://www.flurtsite.com/2013/05/the-perfect-eye-shadow/

Here’s To The Night Your Graduating

http://www.flurtsite.com/2013/05/heres-to-the-night-youre-graduating/

Attractive and Fat: Abercrombie & Fitch

http://www.flurtsite.com/2013/06/attractive-fat-reacting-to-the-abercrombie-fitch-scandal/

Montreal la belle province

http://www.flurtsite.com/2013/06/a-trip-to-montreal-in-la-belle-province/

Please enjoy and comments are always welcome.

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My Eight Favorite Beauty Products


Pink nail polish.

1. Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body: The Best thing about this product is the fact that it is antibacterial so it stops acne from spreading on the face or body. It is also gentle on skin so it does not cause your skin to dry out. Although I do not use Clinique’s entire acne line I do use the Acne Solutions soap in place of the Type III soap for oily skin for these reasons. It also comes in a cleansing foam which is nice, but it runs out faster. For around $17 or $18 dollars this soap will last about 6 months.

Acne Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body

2. Clinique New Turnaround Concentrate Skin Renewer:

NEW Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer

The Clinique website calls the Turnaround Concentrate a

Fast acting exfoliating serum [that] instantly creates a luminous-from-within radiance . . . [and] works to optimise natural cell renewal, gently, continually, unveiling skin that’s brighter, healthier, more uniform. Becomes softer, younger over time.

I would have to agree. I love the Turnaround Concentrate not only in the serum that you can wear both day and night but also in the Turnaround night cream. My skin always feels softer after using this serum and I hardly break out since the serum premotes increased cell turnover on on my skin. Sells for around $50.00 but is well worth the price! ( See www.clinique.ca)

3. MAC Eye Shadow A ” highly pigmented” eye shadow that comes in tons and tons of colors; colors that are matte, colors that are sparkly, colors that are luminous. It blends well, lasts all day, and is “really” full of pigment that stays on your skin. It sells for about $18.00 but can also be bought in a smaller portion with other shades and made into your own personal palette, which is a really fantastic idea – you can stick all your favorite eye shadows together, instead of searching your makeup bag for them. Eye Shadow

4. MAC Eye Pencil – Any and all MAC eye liners in liquid or pencil form are great! All sell for around $20.00 and actually stick and stay to your eyelid. Though I did find that the pencil eyeliners wore off a little bit towards the end of the day, it was easy to reapply quickly. Eye Pencil (see www.maccosmetics.com)

5.  QUO Professional Make up Brushes –  At Shopper’s Drug Mart QUO has an amazing line of makeup brushes (different from their regular line) that are absolutely fantastic. The bristles are made of “natural” and “synthetic” fibres that apply makeup well and stay soft even after washing. The brushes wash out well with brush cleaner or even just shampoo and retain their natural shapes without losing bristles. They are a bit pricer around $25.00 to $40.00 but are completely worth the cost as they will not need to be replaced for a very long time. Applying makeup with is like painting; they handle very well.The perfect foundation brush - quo professional, shopper's drugmart  ( See http://www1.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/Beauty-And-Body/Brands/Quo/Collections/Brushes.aspx)

6. OPI Nail Polish – If you haven’t used it already its the best stuff. OPI Nail polishes have extremely good pigment, so it takes less coats to cover your finger nails and toe nails. Also, I have found that I have had bottles of it for 2 or 3 years and the nail polish has not seperated, and is just as good as when I first bought it. Usually, it sells for about $12.00 a bottle but I have gotten deals for it for $7.00 a bottle if you buy three. I also find that I would rather have 1 or 2 really good nail polishes then a whole bunch of not so good one’s that flake off all the time and take along time to get the correct color saturation on my nail. (See www.OPI.com)

7. Tend Skin – Tend Skin is a great product that can be used after hair removal to prevent ingrown hairs, and razor bumps in particular. The Sephora website claims that Tend Skin is:

The solution for any cosmetic problem related to hair removal. Men can use it on their face, neck and back of the head while women find it useful on legs, bikini line, underarms and anywhere else hair removal causes razor bumps. Use in conjunction with shaving, waxing electrolysis or epilating. Caution: If you have an allergy to Aspirin (hives, itching) do not use this product.

It has been a great product for me and huge help, especially after waxing courser hair. Costs anywhere from $17.00 to $50.00 and can be found at www.sephora.com and at Merle Norman Cosmetics.

8. LOVE Fury perfume by NineWest – My new favorite scent from Ninewest smells sweet and florally and you only need to wear a little of it to get a good smell. (See  www.ninewest.ca) Costs $52.00 or $63.00 depending on the size.On the ninewest website ninewest describes the perfume as:

.  . . a mix of luscious fruits and decadent florals,blended with the warmth of seductively addictive woods, a truly intoxicating signature. 50 ml eau de parfum spray housed in a beveled-edge glass bottle with a black cap that replicates that heel of a shoe

Hope you like it  and all these other products as much as I do!

Works Cited:

Clinique. www.clinique.ca. 4 April 2012.

MAC. www.maccosmetics.com. 4 April 2012.

Nine West. www.ninewest.ca. 4 April 2012.

Sephora. www.sephora.com. 4 April 2012

Shoppers Drugmart. www.shoppersdrugmart.ca. 4 April 2012.

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