Beauty Haul Winter 2016/2017: Part Two 


Good Morning! I’ve been meaning to do this post for awhile as part one was done before Christmas. I have an interesting selection of beauty products since the Fall Beauty Haul and I hope you find this post useful in your own Beauty Product selection.


1. Make Up Forever Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara – (www.sephora.ca) – $31.00 CAN

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Make Up Forever Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara (0.15 oz) – $31.00 CAN – http://www.sephora.ca

I received this mascara as a sample from Sephora. I adore Make Up Forever products in general so I was excited to try another of their mascaras. As usual, since my mascara never stays on my lashes unless the mascara is waterproof, I put on a coat of a waterproof L’Oreal mascara after applying the sample mascara. I like this Make Up Forever mascara, it’s quite black and the brush does a good job of creating volume for your lashes, but I’m not thrilled by this mascara. It’s a middle-of-the-line mascara and I think if you bought it you would like it, but not be overly impressed. There isn’t a wow factor to it. Honestly, there is not much difference between The Make Up Forever Excessive Lash Mascara and the L’Oreal one I put over top. The brush is the same, the opacity of the mascara the same,  and the only difference is the L’Oreal mascara is waterproof. I’d say this rates about a three out of five stars for a mascara.


2. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil – (www.sephora.ca)- $29.00 – Two Pencils: One in Stingray (Jet Black) and Lion Fish (Deep Bronze Sheen)

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Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner (Pencil) This one one Lion Fish – (www.sephora.ca)- 0.28 g – $29.00 CAN

For the longest time, I always used pencil liners because they were easier to apply than the liquid ones I tried; however, then companies such as Lancome led the way coming out with liquid eyeliners which were easy to apply, they had great foam tipped applicators. I have especially used waterproof eyeliner since makeup brands such as Stila and well everyone else, has come out with wonderful liquid eyeliners which are like fine-tip markers for the eyes (pens). Once you learn to apply these awesome liquid eyeliners, they are usually much more vibrant and remain on your eye better than pencil eyeliners.

Nonetheless, during the Christmas season, I was searching for my trusty Stila liquid eyeliner pen in black and Sephora didn’t have any left except in a Christmas Gift Set that was $44.00 CAN and included Jet Black and Lion Fish eyeliner pencils as well. These eyeliner pencils aren’t’ exactly pencils such as the ones you sharpen. Instead, they’re roll-up, which means the tip remains small and pointed. I love them so much as everyday makeup products, enough to permanently add Jet Black pencil liner to my regular makeup purchases when it runs out.

The reason I love these roll-up pencils so much is that they are similar to smudge pot eyeshadows. They glide onto your eye line smoothly and they leave behind pigmented and rich color which is also waterproof, so it doesn’t rub off as many pencil eyeliners do. They are excellent eyeliners especially if you have trouble lining in your upper water line. The roll-up pencils do a fantastic job coloring in waterlines when you need, and remaining on your waterline, which is an extremely difficult feat for a makeup brand to accomplish.

I love Stila’s Jet Black for use on my waterline and sometimes for regular eyeliner. Lion Fish is a bronzy color which is a great change up for a daytime look from using a black liner. Lion Fish also has a bit of shimmer in it instead of being merely being a matte brown liner.

This gift set was completely worth the purchase for $44.oo because I received both these pencil liners and my black liquid eyeliner pen, a cost of about $96.00 regular price before tax. A definite five out of five stars for the Stila Smudge Sticks.


3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Metallic Luster Liner in Liquid Gold – (www.sephora.ca) – $23.00 CAN

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Metallic Lustre Liner in Liqiuid Gold – (www.sephora.ca) – 0.04 oz – $23.00 CAN

I cannot say Stila is the only pencil eyeliner I was recently impressed with. I had seen that gold eyeliner was a trend for the holiday season. Watching a Pixie Woo’s makeup tutorial on YouTube, I loved how the one Pixie Woo used this Anastasia eyeliner to line her lower waterline and corner of her eyes, it looked fantastic.

But the Anastasia Luster Liner in Liquid Gold was extremely versatile and is a  product and I think I will buy again. It works great on waterlines and the liner stays on with a couple of coats, and it appears beautifully on top of black eyeliner as a bit of a fancy touch. But my most favorite use for this eyeliner pencil was using it on Christmas and New years to fill in my entire eyelid area, then blend it out with other eyeshadow.

I had to be careful doing this as once this waterproof liner sets it remains put. It`s not moving except with eye makeup remover. So if you use the Anastasia liquid gold eyeliner this way, put on most of your eyeshadow before applying the gold liner on your lid. It does take a while to blend other eyeshadow colors into the gold eye pencil if you choose to use it this way. I loved this festive product and think it could be used for special occasions or if you want to add a bit of glimmer to your daytime look in the corner or your eye or your bottom waterline for instance.

I used most of the pencil up over two-months and only have a bit left, but it`s not a product too high priced to purchase again. I`m impressed with how well it works for multiple looks for a waterproof gold eyeliner with such bold and vivid gold color, and not a yellowy gold shade (if you know what I mean). The Anastasia eyeliner also comes in the color Liquid Silver. It was easy to sharpen and it never broke even though the pencil was soft and the color bright.I would give this eyeliner pencil five stars.


4. Origins: High Potency Night-A-Mins™ Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream – (www.sephora.ca) – $55.00 (1.7 oz/50 ml) 

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Origins High-Potency Night -A -Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream – (www.sephora.ca) – 1.7 oz/50 ml – $55.00 CAN

So it’s Winter which means for many of us in colder climates, we are experiencing dryer skin. I usually have skin oily enough that it doesn’t seem to require much extra moisture, expect maybe applying my Clinique moisturizing gel twice every few days. This year I had a bit a different experience and found at night, I required a solid moisturizer but one that would not cause me to break out. So I used some of my Sephora points and received a large sized sample of the Origins Night cream and it lasted about a month, so I think the product itself even though it’s $55.00 for the smaller size, would last a person the entire winter.

I had tried eye creams and other one or two day samples from Origins and I have always liked their products and how my skin reacts to them. They are great to moisturize dry skin and even though it was a night cream, I did use it in the day sometimes. It felt wonderful and smelled great. As well, I like that the cream is made out of plant minerals. I have always found these type ingredients to be fantastic indicators of a quality cream/lotion/or gel. I completely recommend this product for dry skin, especially at night. I would give the Origins Night Cream four our of five stars. I can use this in the winter, but not in the summer or spring when the weather seems to indicate I need less moisturizer.


5. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil  (Eye Shadow)- 611 Yogurt – (www.ulta.com) – $4.49 US ($6 or $7 CAN at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada)

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NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil (Eye Shadow) in 611 Yogurt – (www.ulta.com) – 0.18 oz – $4.49

I’ve heard good things about NYX as a cheaper makeup brand. I adore their matte setting spray for makeup so I thought I would try something else from their line. I wanted a base color that I can put on before my other eyeshadow, which is the reason I bought this pencil.

Unfortunately, I bought the wrong shade, it’s a bit too yellow for me and I should have bought a similar shade with more pink in it. But it’s not bad for a shimmery base color and I’ve worn it a few times. The only problem is, I’ve worn the eye pencil down and would think you could sharpen it, but I do not own a sharpener which can fit the jumbo pencil in.

The eye pencil color stays on your eyelids well and doesn’t come off easily. You can blend other eyeshadows of various types into it as well, and the color is easy to cover up if you don’t like the shade but are using it as a base.

I’m not sure where to find a sharpener which fits the NYX jumbo pencil, or if it even can be sharpened? If you know let me know. I think as with most products in the makeup industry, you get what you pay for and the NYX jumbo eyeshadow pencil is an example of this with only a two-star rating.


6. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Balm With Calming Camomile Extract – Sensitive Skin – MakeUp Remover – (www.thebodyshop.ca) – $16.00 CAN

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The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Balm With Calming Camomile Extract for Sensitive Skin – (www.thebodyshop.ca) – 90 ml – $16.00

My last product to share was part of a gift from a friend with many lovely Body Shop Products. They definantly have some nice products and not only lotion and body wash. I was really thrilled with this cleansing balm I received. I wasn’t sure what it was at first.

But, it’s an awesome makeup remover and is also extremely moisturizing at the same time. I have doubts about using it in spring and summer, but right now it’s exactly what my skin needed. I usually use cleansing clothes to remove my makeup and right now I use both. I put the balm all over my face with my hands, including my eyes — it’s awesome at removing any and all eye makeup especially waterproof makeup. The balm feels as if it might be a bit greasy, but it’s not at all. It cleanses your face completely of makeup and works well with the cleansing clothes you can throw away.

The cleansing balm leaves your fast moisturized and feeling great, not to mention, it smells fantastic. If you can get your hands on some I recommend it. Four stars our of five.


If you haven’t read Part 1 of my Beauty Haul it was in December and can be found HERE.


©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved.

Luxebox: September 2016 – Trends Box #beautybox #beauty #skincare #haircare


I was lucky this month. I received two Luxebox’s for the price of one Luxebox. So the first Luxebox I received is called Trends Box and it has common but for the most part, well working skincare and hair care products, you could find at most any drugstore. So they aren’t expensive which is nice. But for instance, beyond their deodarent and skincare products, I’ve never found Dove hair care products to be any good. But it’s all a matter of opinion. Tomorrow I will post my regular Luxebox products, beyond this extra box of goodies. 

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Dove New Dry Spray Anti-Perspirant in Soothing Chamomile (I like this very much!)

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Simple Sensitive Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes – Tough on Makeup – Gentle On Skin (Also, like this product a lot. So soothing and gentle!)

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Vaseline Intensive Care for Healthy Hands and Stronger Nails (Wonderful product I’ve used it for years. Great to keep at your desk, or near your work area).

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Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerative Nourishment Conditioner and Shampoo (Not a huge fan of Dove haircare but I’ll keep them for sleepovers!)

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Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash with Nutririum Moisture (I do lov their bodywashes). Also, Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerative Nourishment Serum in Oil (I only use oil on the ends of my hair to tame fly aways. i guess this will work?).

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6. 

Vasaline Lip Therapy Cocoa Butter – Helps Heal Dry Lips (Have to try this yet!)

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TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (Un) Done Waves – New Sea Salt Spray with Kelp Extract (I’m super picky about haircare products. Generally, you get what you pay for, however; sea salt is a pretty basuc product so I’m hoping this product is usable for me since I now have two!)

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Thank you for reading! Tomorrow I’ll show you m actual Luxebox, he one I ordered. This was just an extra perk box! 

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

Luxebox ” Frosted Petals ” Winter 2015 Edition


Hey all! It’s that time of year again; time for a Luxebox. Luxebox is a beauty box that you receive quartly. You can choose to get a basic Luxebox everytime or you can sign up for a limited edition box for a few extra dollars. Often, I sign up for the limited edition because the products are better and more expensive. I have done that with the Winter 2015 box. So, I hope you enjoy frosted petals:



Bioderma Laboratoire Dermatologique Moisturisung Cleansing Milk for Sensitive  Dehydrated Skin: Cleanses, removes makeup, moisturises.


Hask New Professional Keratin Protein Smoothing Deep Conditioner – softens and prevents breakage in weak, damaged hair.


Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Kiss Luxury, Treatment-enriched Nail Color with Biotin, Green Tea Extract and Aucoumea.


The Face Shop Character Mask – Soothing Apple face mask.


Suncoat All Natural Nail Polish Remover Gel made from Corn and Soy – oderless, safe, and effective.


Make Up Forever Professional Smoky Extravagant Mascara



Starlooks Ultra Violet GP4B Gem Pencil Eyeliner.


Teeez Cosmetics Read My Lipstick Moisturizing in Red – 8 hours long lasting.

Thanks for reading! I’m thrilled with the eyeliner already and am especially interested in trying the nail polish remover gel and hair mask conditioning treatment.

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Benefit Cosmetics: Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer, Girl Meets Pearl Hilighter, and They’re Real Mascara.


Hey everyone! If you’re interested, I have 3 new makeup products to blog about today from Benefit Cosmetics. Not only is the packaging funky and lovely but for the most part, the products are pretty awesome too. In the past few month I have tried 3 of their products including the Stay Flawless 15 hour Primer, Girl Meets Pearl Hilighter, and They’re Real Mascara which I’m told is the #1 favorite mascara of many women.

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1. Stay Flawless- 15 hour Primer – ($38.00) – What is great about this primer compared to some other primers is it doesn’t make your skin break out with continuous use and it blends directly with your liquid makeup. So, after you clean your face in the morning and put on your moisturizer let that all sink into your skin then apply the primer. It’s in stick form and you rub the stick over your face and the light and waxy stick glides across your skin. Then you put on your liquid foundation with your fingers or a foundation brush and the primer blends with your foundation so your makeup stays in place. It feels nice on your skin and the slight waxy feeling of the product goes away as soon as it mixes with your foundation. You need to use this makeup primer with liquid foundation because if you use liquid to powder makeup the primer and liquid to powder foundation balls up. I found this out after my mom tried the primer first with her makeup. But for me using a Clinique liquid foundation the primer works great. Not to mention, some primers such as the Light Smashbox primer would cause my skin to break out after one use and Stay Flawless, literally, keeps your skin flawless day after day from breakouts. According to a consumer poll, according to Sephora, 94 % of women said their foundation stayed on better after use of Stay Flawless, 97 % saw an improvement in the look and feel of their skin, and 94 % said it increased foundation coverage. This product is excellent.

2. Girl Meets Pearl Hilighter – ($34.00) – I bought this product a couple of weeks ago and I think I was looking for a bit more of a

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stick hilighter such as the primer but I thought the pinky pearly color of Girl Meets Pearl sounded nice. It gives you a “youthful dewy glow” and “pearlessence.” It also contains moisturizing sesame seed oil and raspberry, chamomile, and sweet almond extract to improve skin “firmness and smoothness.” To apply this product that looks somewhat the color of the foundation I use – light and pinky, You turn the bottom of the container and take a makeup brush ( foundation or concealer brush) and apply the hilighter from the holes in the top piece of the container to the areas of your face. I would usually hilight areas such as my nose, the middle of my forehead, above my eyebrows, the middle of my chin, and tops of my cheeks. The product spreads so nicely, is so light, and is fantastic looking and shimmery in any kind of light.

The only problem I have is the very fact that for me, the hilighter is a bit too close to my skin color and the color of my foundation, which has a dewy look to begin with. So if you are fair this may not be the hilighter for you, you may require something even pearlier and whiter. But overall, for any woman with a bit darker skin, it’s a good product.

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3. They’re Real Mascara – ($29.00)  – I was excited to try this product because I had heard so much about it. It gave me great big voluminized lashes and I had to be careful not to apply too much mascara because I have long lashes. The brush that is a rubbery short- bristly brush is actually great despite my reluctance to use it at first. It is great for applying this awesome mascara and giving any girl great big eyes.

But I had a problem with this mascara. You see, underneath my eyes is oily and if you have this same problem then the mascara from your lower lashes will go right underneath your eyes and give you major raccoon eyes and you don’t even have to try very hard to get them. When you try to wipe this mascara off your under eye skin, it wipes away but there is so much pigment in the mascara that it doesn’t come off easily. In fact, it tends to smear all over and require plenty of makeup remover to take it off. But you can’t do that all day so I think a better mascara for me might be a waterproof mascara by Benefit or any other mascara brand. But overall,  the biggest thing I did not like about this mascara was how pigmented it was coming off onto your skin or trying to take it off with makeup remover.  It took a lot of makeup remover or a couple of makeup remover cloths to remove this mascara. So as a mascara it doesn’t quite live up to it’s hype even though it creates wonder volume on your upper lashes.

Thanks for reading!