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RIDE OR DIE | TAG (Jaclyn Hill)

Hi babes!

The lovely Jaclyn Hill has created another Youtube trend, called the Ride or Die tag. Below are my #1 products for every make up product category.

Primer

  • Becca Backlight Priming Filter – for illuminosity and glow
  • Benefit Porefessional – to smooth and blur

Foundation

  • Maybelline Matte and Poreless

Concealer

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

Face Powder

  • Maybelline Better Skin Face Powder

Under Eye Setting Power

  • Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Setting Powder

Blush

  • Mac Melba

Bronzer

  • Benefit Hoola

Highlight

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow

Mascara

  • Benefit They’re Real

Lipstick

  • Rimmel London Airy Fairy

Liquid Lip

  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita

Eyeshadow Palette

  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Setting Spray

  • MAC Fix Plus

Perfume

  • Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black – such a sexy scent
  • Dior Hypnotic Poison – always my go-to on a date night, a little romantic mixed with a little sexy

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Honestly, if anything, this tag really showed me what I needed to purchase during the Sephora VIB Sale!

What are your Ride or Die products?

Thanks for reading xx,

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(Disclaimer: featured image of Jaclyn Hill taken from Jaclyn Hill’s Instagram page)
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SEPHORA | HAUL

Hi everyone! I’ve missed you all. I hope your week is filled with so much love and light.

As I’m sure majority of you know, the Sephora VIB Sale just passed. I did a little damage there, and wanted to share my purchases with you guys. After that, I purchased a few drugstore makeup items, so I thought I would add that as a little bonus.

 

  • Clinique Cheek Pop in Melon Pop ($28.o0 CAN)
  • Beauty blender Nude ($28.00 CAN)
  • Smash box Photo Finish Primer Water ($15.00 CAN for travel size)
  • Too Faced Sweetheart Bronzer in Sweet Tea ($38.00 CAN)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow ($52.00 CAN)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12 ($23.00 CAN)
  • Sephora Collection Radiant Luminizing Drops in Morning Glow ($19.00 CAN)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss in Melon ($23.00 CAN)

 

  • L’Oreal True Match Lumi Light Infusing Foundation 
  • L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer
  • Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

 

Did you shop at the Sephora VIB Sale? Let me know if there are any products you would like a review on!

Have a beautiful week,

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P.S. let’s take our friendship to the next level on Instagram! (For an embarrassing amount of dog pictures)

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MARCH | FAVOURITES

Happy April, you beautiful souls!

 

I wanted to do a roundup of a few of my favourite beauty products for the month of March, as well as a few lifestyle favourites…and a new addition to the family. I also included one of my new favourite perfumes. So…let’s get to the favourites!

  • Benefit Hoola bronzer 

Finally we are seeing a little bit of sun here in Canada! So I’ve really been loving bronzed skin lately…and this product does just the trick! Not too ashy or warm, just a perfect neutral shade, perfect for bronzing or contour.

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Such a boring item for me to mention, but I’ve been loving it lately! With Spring finally arrived, I love a glowy complexion, and Mac Fix+ takes any trace of a powdery finish off of my skin.

March3

This is my perfect pink-nude. I’ve heard BeautyCrush (SamanthaMaria) talk about this shade before, and it truly is perfect. The formula is creamy and comfortable.

March8

I got a sample from my Ipsy bag. It’s beautiful. I never thought I’d say it, but I’m finding my Becca highlighters a little too much, so this has been a great replacement. I’m waiting to buy the full size.

March9

These little lip balm tins from Lush are INCREDIBLE. I ran out of my last one, and had to go pick up a replacement immediately. My EOS, Burts Bees and Soft Lips can’t compare now. (Not to mention, cruelty free and natural is such a good marketing strategy). This product actually soothes my lips, and doesn’t force me to reapply every 20 minutes.

March5

  • ColourPop highlighter in Wisp 

This is a beautiful shade. I’m especially looking forward to wearing it in the summer, as it’s a little dark (but it still looks nice on my fair skin). It’s described as a golden champagne colour on the ColourPop website.

March7

I picked this up in March, and wrote a blogpost a couple days after that (blog post here). I have just fallen more in love with it – it is a perfect summer scent.

March4

Lifestyle Favourites

  • Topknots – the little twist kind because my hair is finally long enough, and it’s scruffy-chic.
  • Boyfriend Jeans – once again, a little scruffy-chic…and oh-so-comfortable.My favourite are from Express.
  • Our new family member – WYNN!!! She’s a sweet little ten week old puppy. She’s been a handful, but worth every minute. I’ll be posting an introduction post later this week for you guys.
  • Calligraphy – it’s my new hobby. I’ve been practicing every night.
  • SELF LOVE – my recent struggle with depression has given me a whole new appreciate for self love. I’ll follow this up with a post as well.

So please, stay tuned!

Let me know what your favourites for March were…and if you have any Spring/Summer fragrances that you suggest!

Thanks for reading xx,

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STILA AQUA GLOW FOUNDATION

Hi everyone!

I recently picked up Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation to try out. I purchased it online at Sephora. However, for those of you who didn’t know (I didn’t know this before my purchase), Sephora is cutting ties with Stila and it will soon be dropped from their website. For Canadian girls, Stila will still be available at Shoppers. For American girls, find it at Ulta!

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Picture from Sephora.com

This foundation claims to be luminous, lightweight and buildable!

The product blended nicely, and I would say it gave me a light to medium coverage. It doesn’t look cakey, but with some primers, it’ll ball up. The finish is definitely luminous, but after about six hours, it begins to look oily on my dry skin. In my opinion, I preferred a beauty blender with this foundation, however, due to it’s thin nature, the sponge does soak up a lot of product.

Overall, this foundation is nice…however, it isn’t a holy grail. Here are some of my pro’s and con’s:

PRO’S:

  • Beautiful packaging with a convenient dropper
  • Natural
  • Luminious and glowy
  • Blends well

CON’S:

  • Does get oily
  • Likely won’t work for oily skin types
  • Temperamental with some primers and balls up
  • Doesn’t cover all of my redness

Have you tried this foundation? Or do you have any suggestions for a girl that loves a glowy look?

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DISCLAIMER: After trying this out, it was brought to my attention that Stila tests on animals. For me, that is enough to not repurchase. Unfortunately, this will be my last purchase with Stila. I still wanted to post about this product incase anyone is interested! 
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REPLICA | BEACH WALK

I finally bit the bullet and spend the $120 (CAD) on a new bottle of perfume. If you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you know I am obsessed with fragrances.

I’ve had my eye on Replica Beach Walk by Maison Martin Margiela for months . The line itself is absolutely incredible. The idea behind Replica is to replicate a moment and transport you there through scent.

Beach Walk does just that. It honestly smells like salty skin, the summer sun and lapping waves. How they did it? I have no idea, but I’m glad it’s finally propped up on my shelf with my other fragrances.

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Notes: Bergamont, Pink Pepper, Lemon, Ylang ylang, Coconut Milk, Heliotrope, Musk, Cedarwood, Benzoin.

Another shout out to Jazz Club! It’s another incredible scent from the line and I’m dying to pick up for my boyfriend. I’m serious, the entire line is incredible…you have to check it out!

I purchased my perfume from Sephora.

If you have any perfume suggestions or recommendations, please let me know! Or if you’ve tried anything from the Replica line, please tell me what your thoughts were,

Thanks for reading xx,

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FEBRUARY | FAVOURITES

February has been an interesting month with the temperamental weather and my intense Spring fever! Some of my makeup choices have been more summer-appropriate, since I’m lusting for warm beach days. So lets get into my favourites!

  • Doll 10 Products: I first received these products in a beauty box and hastily disapproved of them because apparently I didn’t like cream products. I have them a try and I LOVE them! The cream blush is so natural, dewey and just makes the skin look beautiful. The highlighter gives an incredible natural glow. When used together, it just means the best skin day!
  • Mac Melba Blush: I neglect this blush in winter. However, come spring and summer, it’s a must have! It gives the cheeks a nice peachy, pink glow. Bonus: Ingrid Nilsen loves it too…so it must be good!

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  • Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel: I honestly notice a huge difference after using this peel. It’s extremely gentle, smells great and my skin feels so soft, and my dry patches disappeared.

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  • Makeup Forever Step 1 Primer: These primers are all incredible. I love the Becca Backlight Primer on my cheeks and perimeter of my face, and I put the smoothing primer on my T-Zone. It’s similar to Porefessional, but I prefer the MUFE!

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  • LUSH Dream Cream: just all around a gorgeous cream. It has more of a gel-type feeling, and soaks into the skin right away.

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  • Batiste Dry Shampoo: I love all of Batiste dry shampoos! They are inexpensive and soak up all the oil quickly. This new scent is incredible though! It smells more like a light perfume instead of a dry shampoo.
    • Batiste Ella Henderson Sweet and Seduction – bought from Shoppers $8.99

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  • Essie Grow Stronger Base Coat: this product leaves a very transparent, pink colour to the nails, so even when I don’t want to paint them, they still look put together! I had gel nails for years, and now have embraced my natural nails and this product has been a life saver for my recovering nails.

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  • Neutrogena HydroBoost Water Gel Moisturizer: the picture shown is the Extra Dry version that I accidentally bought, but I prefer the regular formula. This moisturizer is incredible! I can’t believe more people don’t talk about it. It’s light, smells great, and hydrates (it has hyaluronic acid!)

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What have you been loving this month?! I’m always on the search for new products. Happy March!! Spring is on it’s way!

Thanks for reading xx,

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DISAPPOINTING | PRODUCTS

I love focusing my energy on the greats and the positives, but sometimes, you just have to admit “wow this was a total fail!”

Ideally, we would love all of our products (all of the time). However, it doesn’t work out like that. So here are a few disappointing products that I’ve recently purchased.

  • Tarte Parkave Princess Contour Kit: honestly, I’m not even sure why I bought this. For starters, the bronzer is much too warm to be a contour. Luckily, with a light hand, I can make it work without looking orange. However, the highlighter doesn’t show up on my skin and the blush isn’t my ideal shade. Tarte came out with a Parkave Princess 2 and it looks much more fitting.
  • L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte: Okay, so I know a few of you will be like “how didn’t she like this?!” I know it’s a lot of people’s holy grail foundations – but it transfers SO MUCH on me. Even when set with a powder, it’ll transfer all day, on everything.

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  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Full Fan Effect: this also transfers a lot on me! The first edition (in the pink bottle) was perfect! I love the formula on that one. However, this addition just didn’t do it for me. I have raccoon eyes within an hour. It’s unfortunate, because I love the brush and the way it makes my lashes look.

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  • NYX HD Concealer: this product is bizarre for me! It leaves me looking dry and cakey and immediately settles into fine lines, and just gets worse throughout the day.

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  • Sephora Cream Lip Stain (10): This colour is gorgeous and I anticipated it’s arrival in the mail. A lot of beauty bloggers loved this product so I thought it would be a hit. However, it bunches up on me and smears onto my teeth.

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  • Pixi Petra Bronzer (summertime): I thought this wasn’t bad for a little fake-summertime glow, however, everytime I wear it, my boyfriend points out that it looks cakey and grabby and uneven. A little reminder to not always let the mirror fool you.

 

What are some of your beauty fails – or favourites?!

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