Winter 2016/2017 Beauty Haul: Part One


Good Afternoon everyone. I’m back with some of my favourite beauty products I’ve tried since my Fall Beauty Haul. I hope you like the products and find some you can incorporate into your own beauty routine.


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Benefit Cosmetics: Browvo Conditioning Primer (www.sephora.ca) – $36.00 CAN

1.Benefit Cosmetics: Browvo! Conditioning Primer – Nutrient Rich Primer for Fuller-Looking Brows –  (1.0 mL) – http://www.sephora.ca – $36.00 CAN

This wasn’t a product I went out and bought, but I received the full-sized product with a coupon code from Sephora. Its a product part of Benefit’s recently revamped brow line since brows have become a big deal these past two-years where makeup is concerned.

I haven’t used this product long, only a week, but I wanted to include it in the Beauty Haul. So far I enjoy the product and it makes my brows feel soft. You don’t have to wear other brow products on top of it. If you want, you can wear Browvo alone. Basically, Browvo’s a pen and you squeeze some of the conditioning product out. There is a soft rubber comb you can use to brush it on your eyebrows.

The biggest feature I think of this is product, is that it is conditioning so if you have sparse brows, this makes them appear “fuller, thicker, and healthier.” Browvo is a “nutrient rich” conditioning formula with “keratin” and “soy proteins.” These ingredients are known to help brows appear fuller.

For women who have either over-plucked their own brows or gone to places to have their brows waxed and had them waxed and shaped too thin for a long time, Browvo is fantastic product for you to try out. Also if you find the pencil or gel you are filling in your brows with doesn’t last, Browvo is a brow primer and will aid you in keeping your brow makeup in place.

My brows have always been on the fuller side so even though my brows feel nice when I put Browvo on, it’s not a product I would purchase because I don’t think its a product marketed to me but to women who have sparser brows. If I needed primer on my brows I would use my usual face primer which is POREfessional primer from Benefit.


2. Benefit Cosmetics: ka-Brow- Cream Gel Eyebrow Colour with Brush (1.0 g) -www.sephora.ca – $30.00 CAN

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Benefit Cosmetics: ka-Brow Cream Gel Brown Colour with Brush -www.spehora.ca – $30.00 CAN

On a different makeup order, I received a full-sized sample of Benefit’s of ka-Brow. I’ve been using it a few weeks and its a great product actually. Ka-Brow is a cream gel product you use to fill in your eyebrows, instead of a pencil or other brow products. I’ve never used a gel product on my eyebrows, so I was eager to try  ka-Brow out.

The lid comes of this product and you pull off the brush as well, to dip it into the brow gel container which is on the bottom of the product as you can see. It can be difficult to tell at first, how much of the gel you need to use to fill in your eyebrows. I found a little ka-Brow goes a long way. The brush is tiny and it’s easy to fill in your brow more naturally, with tiny strokes. Or to make your brows look more defined by using thicker swipes of ka-Brow on your eye brows.

The product promises to “fill,” “sculpt,” and “define brows.” You can build it from a “natural” look to a more “dramatic” one quite easily with ka-Brow as I mentioned. Ka-brow is also Waterproof and lasts 24 Hours.

I had never considered using a gel product such as ka-Brow to fill in my brows.I am quite happy to use a brow pencil which is soft but not too soft. I find  despite using ka- Brow, I require Benefit’s blond brow gel over top to set the product.

I’m undecided about using ka-Brow over a pencil such as an Anastasia Brow Pencil I’d been using before trying this product. Ka-Brow can accidentally be put on quite too thick and I don’t know how long it lasts compared to a brow pencil. A good brow pencil such as one from Anastasia, lasts me three-months. So I’ll see if this product lasts another couple of months.

There is nothing wrong with ka-Brow. It works well, and I chose the shade o1 Platinum for blonds and the colour is perfect; however, it’s up to you what products you prefer to use on your eyebrows and how much you can afford to spend on a brow product for how long it lasts.  I haven’t decided if I like this product enough to buy it again.


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L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly INTENZA Waterproof Mascara -(www.ulta.com) – $8.99 US or at Shoppers Drug Mart $8.99 CAN on Sale.

3. L’Oreal Butterfly INTENZA Waterproof Mascara – Blackest Black 381 – (2.0 mL) – http://www.ulta.com – $8.99 US ( Also bought at Shopper’s Drug Mart for $8.99 CAN)

I admit, I’m a mascara junky. Out of all the products I use, mascara is the one I change the most often. My last one from Make Up Forever, I ended up loving in the end, except that the brush which covered every tiny lash, made mascara go all over my eye area and the mascara didn’t appear to have such a volumizing effect as I was hoping for. So for over top, I bought this L’Oreal mascara from Shoppers Drug Mart and it worked extremely well to use over top the Make Up Forever Mascara and fill out my eyelashes.

I find myself consistently going back to L’Oreal mascaras because they reliably, time and again, have well priced mascaras which do the same job as most mascaras in the $30.oo to $40.00 range.

For L’Oreal you are only paying around $10 CAN for their mascara. It’s a shame when you buy an expensive mascara and hate it. But if you don’t like a cheaper mascara it isn’t such a big deal if it doesn’t work out. The only difference I can say between say L’Oreal mascaras and expensive mascaras such as Dior, is that mascaras such as Dior, have fantastic black or brown colour pigment.

However, I do tend to receive many beauty samples, especially in mascara. I will try out a new mascaras a sample from a more expensive brand, and put the L’Oreal over top to set a non-waterproof mascara (because it runs under my eyes) and to add a little extra volume if needed. I completely recommend this L’Oreal mascara and many  other kinds of L’Oreal mascara,  as long as the mascara is waterproolipf.


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Make Up Forever: Artist Plexi-Gloss in 209 Fuchsia – Pink -www.sephora.ca – $24.00 CAN

4. Make Up Forever: Artist Plexi Gloss – 209 Fuschsia Pink (Opaque) – (7 mL) – http://www.sephora.ca – $24.00 CAN

Lately, I find myself becoming more interested in lip products.For most of my twenties, lip gloss or lipstick in a light pink was fine for going out or during the  day. Now I find I enjoy wearing a bit of colour on my lips because you can wear a bold lip and wear hardly any other makeup than a bit of mascara, eyeliner, and concealer.

Usually, I like to wear makeup but every once and a while, if I’m just running quick errands and than going home, I don’t feel like putting all the effort into doing my full makeup routine. My pet peeve about lipsticks and glosses is in a way, the same way  I feel about mascaras: I hate when I buy a more expensive lipstick or gloss and it comes off right away, the first time you have a glass of water. Also, I hate that many lip glosses can be sticky.

This is not the case with Make Up Forever’s Artist Plexi-Gloss. It’s super amazing stuff and you can buy it many colours in a high shine finish or in a shimmer finish. The colour I bought was a Fuchsia Pink and it’s amazing. I’m not huge on bright red lipstick as you know, but this is my trade off. I love wearing this bright shade some days, and it stays on incredibly well through drinking, eating, and whatever else you’re doing. I’m so pleased by how long the colour lasts.

Besides the brilliant colours this Artist Plexi-Gloss has an artist designed foam applicator (a”superflex” tip) which is amazing for applying the gloss and having “precision and control,” while doing it. As well, I enjoy that the Plexi-Gloss is shiny but not super shiny such as many sticky lip glosses or moisturizing lipsticks. Plexi-Gloss is more akin to lipstick with shine, the colour is so intense. I highly recommend this lip product; it is most certainly worth the $24.00 CAN.


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Laneige: Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask – For All Skin – http://www.sephora.ca – $33.00 CAN

5. LANEIGE: Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask(2.7 Oz) – http://www.sephora.ca – $33.00 CAN

I’ve hardly ever had a problem with dry skin in my entire life. My problem has always been oily skin. Being a couple of years into my thirties, I find my skin is changing a bit. It  has become more dry. The chilly -25 degrees Celsius weather we are experiencing in Alberta, Canada isn’t helping my dry skin either.

Having had troubles with many skin products in the past, I’m always hesitant about different face masks and other brands of skincare. But I’ve been so pleased with a newer brand to Sephora called Laneige. I’ve tried a couple small one or two day samples of their  products. But also with my Sephora points, bought a large sample of Laneige’s Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask.

It smells wonderful, a bit as yogurt of course, but also as strawberries. The sample I received which was (0.6 fl.oz), lasted two-months and I’ve been used this moisturizing mask every two-days as directed. This Yogurt Repairing Mask is put it on after using your toner. You leave the mask on for five to ten minutes and then gently rinse it off your face with lukewarm water. After you can apply any other creams or your moisturizers you use to your face.

I wake the next morning after using this Yogurt Repairing Mask and my skin feels soft and hydrated. It’s not dry as my skin has often been feeling lately. I did go and purchase this from Sephora, it was highly worth it.

Laneige’s Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask delivers “nutrition” and “antioxidants” deep into skin. It is formulated to “remove dead skin” from the surface of your face. Its unique “fermented yogurt” formula provides “anti-irritation” benefits to the skin. Not to mention, I’ve never once broken out after using this mask the next day or any days after. I’m excited to maybe try other products from Laneige’s skin care line. I most definitively recommend this mask and I think for how long the product lasts, the price is reasonable.


Please stay tuned for Part Two of my Winter 2016/2017 Beauty Haul!


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Top Box: Beauty Box October 2016 #beautybox #topbox #beauty #canada


Hi. Here’s an impromptu beauty post for those of you interested. I usually stick with my Luxebox beauty box which comes quartlerly each year but I notice the same company has started doing a monthly box in Canada. This means the beauty box (or bag if you choose) is a great price and equal to a monthly beauty bag from the US, but not with the price of the US dollar. It cost me $12.60 Canadian for the first bag. Even though they were products I’d received or tried before, I like the little bag and was satisfied with how much you get in products for one month, verses quarterly. So here’s what I received:

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The Bag – I opted out of the box to be environmentally friendly.

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A Full Sized Nail Polish in the colour Sorcery from Ceramic Glaze (14 ml) – a dark blue-green shade

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Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo Mini with Sea Buckthorn Berry (Obliphica) (0.7 net wt Oz.) – I love this dry shampoo! I found it at one of my favourite salons before and was pleased with how well the dry shampoo worked, giving your hair lift at the roots.

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Delectable (miracle material) Ultra Nourishing Handcream – Coconut and Cream (2 fl. oz) – Another awesome full-sized product. I had this as a sample in the same size before and I used it all up. It’s wonderful handcream and the coconut smell isn’t overwhelming!

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The POREfessional Pro Balm to Minimize Pores by Benefit (0.1 fl. oz) – this sample was small, but it’s Benefit and their makeup is more expensive. This is one their best products. I’ve raved about it before. It makes your skin so smooth and is the perfect primer in any weather. It’s light and your skin doesn’t break out and only a small amount of product, goes a long way. So even, the sample which is small, will last long!

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved. 

Benefit Beauty Batch


I have a large amount of Benefit Beauty Products to write about for you guys today and part of it has to do with the fact that my last Luxebox was all Benefit products, which in turn, has had me buying and trying from them samples and some great Benefit products. What I love most about Benefit is a great deal of it is mineral makeup and the fact that they are moving away from testing on animals. I hope that ‘moving away’ part happens soon.

Benefit Serum1. Benefit Facial Serum – http://www.ulta.com – $55.00 – I have been searching for a great facial serum for sometime. Something that fights aging, leaves skin refreshed, and smooth. Well I found it. Benefit Facial Serum is awesome. It has made my skin so nice and I hardly ever break out when I use this serum. It plumps up the skin and smooths it out and is anti – aging, it is also is non-greasy. I was using this Retinol Serum before, which was great for winter but now that it’s summer, I need something that I can be out in the sun with because the Retinol Cream has Vitamin A and you are not supposed to spend a large amount of time in the sun with Vitamin A on your skin. Plus, Benefit’s Serum is non-greasy so I don’t have to worry about my face looking all sweaty with makeup dripping off by 5 pm in the hot summer weather. I completely recommend this product it is worth the price! And it lasts a good two months.

2. Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream- http://www.sephora.ca – $40.00 – 
I received this cream Benefit It's Potent Eye Creamas a sample from Luxebox but have been pleasantly surprised by how much I like it and how long the sample has lasted. I put it on at night and I definitely think it helps with dark circles in the morning. You need such little cream on each eye and I like how it feels on my skin — it doesn’t sting my eye skin like many eye creams do. So, if you are looking for an excellent eye cream, try Benefits It’s Potent Eye Cream. You won’t be sorry. But if you don’t buy it, I also think there are comparable eye creams on the market but the price and gentle ingredients make this a cream one I like to use.

Benefit Pore Perfect3. Benefit POREfessional – http://www.sephora.ca – $12.00-$37.00 – I didn’t expect to like this product given that it’s a product you put all over your face before your makeup. I tend to find when you layer products under your foundation, besides your skin care, they make you break out. But this product was awesome. For those of you with problems with bigger pores this is definitely the product for you but even if you don’t have bigger pores such as I, this product works greatl. It smooths out the skin and gives a great canvas for foundation to be applied to. I don’t even know how to quite describe it just makes your face feel so lovely. I got a sample of this and used it for a week or two and was convinced that it was a great product to buy for regular use.

4. Benefit Gimme Brow – http://www.sephora.ca – $28.00 – Strong brows have really become Benefit Gimme Browa point of focus on the face recently. I received a full-sized sample of this product and it has lasted me over 2 months. It comes in a lighter and darker shade and makes your brows look more dense. They stand out more and you can see the individual hairs on your brows after you have gone over your eyebrows with a brow pencil to darken them and fill in the sparse spots. I totally recommend this product and am going to buy it when I run out. It’s pretty amazing. It also can create little hair look alike so where your browns don’t grow far enough on one side or the other.

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5. Benefit Brow Pencil – http://www.sephora.ca – $26.00 – I am ambivilant about this product. I love the color and how it makes my blond brows contrast with my skin. I love how soft the pencil is so that it just blends right into my brows but it doesn’t last very long at all, maybe a month of use. Because having a soft pencil has a downside too, it gets used up fast and needs to be sharpened almost after every use. On the good side, it does have a little brush on the end so one can brush out their brows after using the pencil and then apply Benefits Gimme Brow. I think I can find a cheaper pencil that is a bit harder in just the generic drugstore section. Some brand such as L’oreal makes great eyebrow pencils for much cheaper. So it’s up to you whether you purchase this but after this time I am not buying this pencil again.