Ulta Shopping List

Ulta Shopping List

Hi guys! I’m heading to the States this weekend so as always, I’ll be making a stop at Ulta. My shopping list contains all products that are not readily available near me. Some of these may be available in Canada but they aren’t items I’ve seen locally. I’m so excited to take a good wander around Ulta, I haven’t browsed around one since September!

Mario Badescu | Drying Lotion

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

I got a sample of this a few Ulta trips ago and I really liked it for the odd time that I have stubborn and painful acne. This product really helped dry them up and heal faster.

TonyMoly | I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet

Tonymoly I'm Real Red Wine Mask Sheet

I’ve been wanting to try some TonyMoly sheet masks so I’ll likely pick up a few different ones but this one stood out to me during a quick browse of the Ulta website. This mask is supposed to reduce the appearance of large pores which is definitely appealing to me. Also, I love red wine so obviously my eyes were drawn to this one. Continue reading

Top 5: Spring & Summer Picks

Top 5 Spring Summer Picks

Hi guys! With spring making it’s way into Thunder Bay, I’ve been really inspired to start blogging about my favourite products for the season. Since spring is pretty much a gateway to summer, I start busting out the bright colours on a regular basis. I don’t really believe in seasonal colours, but I think the nicer weather makes me feel more bright and cheery and then this in turn is reflected in my overall style.

Nars | Audacious Lipstick in Angela

NARS Audacious Lipstick Angela

I’ve had Angela for a couple of years now and I always seem to bust her out when spring starts up. The pink orchid shade really reminds me of fresh flowers starting to bloom! Though we don’t have a lot of that going on right now in Thunder Bay (thank you epic April ice storm), I’m hopeful we will start seeing some blossoms soon! The Audacious Lipstick formula pigmented demi-matte formula that I find wears really well on the lips. Continue reading

Rimmel Influenster Voxbox

Rimmel Voxbox

Hi guys! A little under a month ago I received the Rimmel Voxbox from Influenster complimentary for review. It contains the Rimmel Shake it Fresh Mascara and the Only 1 Matte Lipstick in the shade Trendsetter. Given I enjoy testing mascaras and I loooove matte lipstick I was pretty excited to start testing these out. After a few weeks of testing, I’m ready to share my thoughts on them.

Rimmel Shake it Fresh Mascara

Rimmel Shake it Fresh Mascara

The premise behind the Rimmel Shake it Fresh Mascara is that it delivers clump-free volume with it’s patented shaker system, which allows you to shake your mascara when it needs a refresh. I have to say, this formula is so wet, I can’t really see it getting dry or clumpy before the mascara itself is ready to be tossed. However, given that we are always told not to shake mascara, it is quite satisfying to shake it up. Continue reading

Mani Monday: Essence Indian Summer

Essence Indian Summer

Hi guys! My nails have been bare for far too long and I finally have gotten around to painting them again! Although the weather currently isn’t suggesting it, it has been much nicer outside lately so I wanted something springy on my nails. I also wanted something that would stand up to chips, so I decided to use one of my Essence ‘gel’ polishes. Thus, we have Essence Indian Summer on my nails! A beautiful peachy coral shade. I have a couple polishes from this line and I’ve been enjoying them. I’ve featured one to date in a Mani Monday. The last one I wore had really great wear time so the bar has been set for this one. Continue reading

Essence Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

Essence Lash Princess False Effect Mascara

Hi guys! I mentioned the Essence Lash Princess False Effect Mascara in my January Favourites, and as promised, I’m ready to give you my full review! Essence is a brand that I am usually impressed by, their prices are fantastic and their products are usually of great quality. After enjoying the last mascara that I tried from them and seeing the False Lash Effect Mascara mentioned in a Rachhloves video on YouTube, I knew I had to give it a try.

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5 Drugstore Makeup Essentials

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Hi guys! While indulging in mid end to high end makeup is fun, it isn’t always financially feasible. Shopping for makeup at the drugstore can also yield some hidden gems that work just as well, if not better than their pricier counterpart. Today I want to share with you some of my drugstore makeup essentials and why I love them so much. Before we get into it, it’s important to note that everyone has different skin tones so not everything I share will work for all. Personally, I have normal to oily skin that gets super shiny throughout the day.

L’Oreal Pro-Matte Foundation

L'Oreal Pro-Matte Foundation

I’ve sung the praises of this foundation time and time again. I’ve gone through so many tubes of the L’Oreal Pro-Matte Foundation. It truly makes a difference in keeping my skin matte, while also maintaining a natural finish to the skin. It has medium coverage so it evens out my skin tone and hides any minor blemishes or imperfections. As well, it lasts throughout the day. Continue reading

L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal

L'Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal

Hi guys! Quite a few weeks ago now I was sent the L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal products that you see above complimentary by Influenster for review. I’ve been using them exclusively for the past few weeks and I’m at a point where I’ve developed an opinion on them that I’m ready to share!

I followed the routine that Influenster suggested in order to get a grasp on how well these products work:

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Now, let’s take a look at each individual item!

L’Oreal | Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Scrub Cleanser

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My normal routine does not include exfoliating every day as it damages the skin, however, to follow the suggested routine, I gave it a shot. Over time I did not notice any damage to my skin, though I have gone back to my usual once or twice a week routine now that I’m done testing. The granules in this scrub feel fairly gentle and are used sparingly in the scrub, so you’re not getting as deep (or harsh) of an exfoliating as you would with say… St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub. The cleanser itself is almost gel-like so it tones down the harshness as well. My skin felt clean and smooth after using this nightly. The only thing I didn’t like about it as it was a bit difficult to get all the granules off my face while rinsing.

More specifically, the active ingredients of this are Perlite and Glycolic Acid to exfoliate your skin’s dullness and impurities to assist in improving texture and complexion. As I said earlier, my skin does feel smooth after using this.

L’Oreal | Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads

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The next step in this routine is to use the Brightening Peel Pads. These pads, I found were saturated with just the right amount of the product so that you could feel it on your skin, but the pads were not dripping. I appreciated this as you would not want to get this in your eyes! You use the pads in a circular motion on your face to chemically exfoliate your skin. I found this was great as it got what the scrub missed!

The Brightening Peel Pads contain 10% Glycolic Complex which is what gently exfoliates the dead skin cells away. It’s said to resurface uneven skin. I don’t have a lot of issues with uneven skin so I can’t really comment on this claim. But, you can see on the pads that it does exfoliate, and I found it picked up what the very gentle scrub missed. Continue reading

September Favourites: Makeup, Skincare & More!

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Hi guys! September came to an end just as quickly as it began, it’s hard to believe we are now into fall and my favourite holiday, Halloween, is just around the corner! Even though this also means we are getting closer to dreaded winter (yes, I said it), we can at least chat about my September Favourites! There has been a few products this month that I have been using lots and obsessing over!

Makeup

Urban Decay | Vice Lipstick in 1993

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I picked up this lipstick as part of my Sephora haul in August and it quickly became a favourite. This shade just screams “fall” to me so it’s no surprise I wore it a ton in September! This lipstick even made my list of top 5 lipsticks for fall! I’m not going to say too much about it since I did talk about it in that post but I just had to include this in my September Favourites.

Urban Decay | All Nighter Liquid Foundation in 0.5

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Another pick from Urban Decay! I picked up this foundation as well during my Sephora haul in August so I’ve been using it for over a month now. It’s a touch too late for my skin at the moment, but as fall and winter sets in, it will be perfect! Right now I’m using a bit of bronzer to make it work and occasionally mixing in a darker foundation. But, with that said, I love this foundation! It definitely is long-wearing and keeps me matte. You need to work quickly to blend it in, but the end result is a flawless looking face! It creates such a wonderful canvas for the rest of your makeup. Love it! I’ve got a swatch of it over in my Sephora Haul post if you’re interested!

Skincare

Nivea | Purifying Toner

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I never really used toners in my skincare routine until now. I went to Shopper’s Drugmart about a month or so ago to pick up a new night cream and I ended up leaving with this as well. This toner is meant for those with oily skin like myself. It is enriched with ocean algae and hydra IQ to tone and purify skin to remove oil and impurity build up. This reduces excess sebum and prevents shine. What I love about this product is that it does all of that and doesn’t excessively dry out my skin. My skin feels balanced and hydrated. I’m glad I added this to my daily routine so this definitely belongs in my September Favourites!

More!

Marc Anthony Hair Care | Coconut Oil Curl Cream

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I bought this before I went on vacation to bring with me as my only hair styling product. I’ve loved Marc Anthony products for curly hair for awhile so I had high hopes and was confident this one would work out. Boy, am I ever glad I was right! As promised, this product fights frizz which is something I am prone to. After applying it to damp hair and letting it air dry, I am left with soft, defined and healthy looking curls. This product is infused with biotin and I actually do feel an improvement in my hair after using it exclusively for a month (as I’ve continued to use it since I’ve been home).

Those are my favourites for September! I’d love to hear what your favourites were so feel free to let me know in the comments down below!

xoxo,

Robyn

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Empties: Q3 2016

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Hi guys! It’s been awhile since I’ve done an empties post! I don’t use up products often enough to do monthly posts so I’m going to switch to a quarterly format. Perfect timing since we are wrapping up Q3! So, let’s take a peak at what I’ve used up this past quarter!

Skincare

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BioRepublic | Cucumber Breeze & Pomegrante Crush Sheet Masks

I love using sheet masks, I think they are just so fun to put on and then sneak up on my husband. I didn’t really see a noticeable difference with my skin, but they do feel rather moisturizing. Would I repurchase? Probably not, I’m sure there are better sheet masks out there. I got these in an Ipsy bag, so I enjoyed them but not enough to actually buy them myself.

GlamGlow | YouthCleanse

I got this as a sample at some point from Sephora, so another item that I didn’t actually purchase myself. This was a nice product to use as you apply it like a mask, but then immediately foam up the leftover product on your hand and then massage your skin before rinsing. Would I repurchase? I just can’t bring myself to spend the money on GlamGlow. The full size product is $43.00 CAD, I could buy at least two lipsticks with that! I didn’t see enough of an amazing difference in my skin to justify the cost.

Caudalie | Eau Micellaire

This was the quarter of using up samples! I took this with me on my road trip as micellar water is a part of my daily face cleansing routine. Would I repurchase? Another no! It did a great job so I’m not knocking the product, but I like my Garnier SkinActive Micellar water just as much and it is much less expensive.

Garnier | Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream

When I ran out of my Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream (which I’ve talked about in previous empties posts), I decided to pick this one up to change things up! Would I repurchase? Hmm… maybe. I think I like the Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream a bit more. Though, to be honest, I didn’t notice much of a difference between them. But, I prefer the scent of the other one.

Makeup

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L’Oreal | Infallible Pro-Matte in Classic Ivory

Another one bites the dust! I’ve talked about this quite a bit in previous empties posts so I won’t go into much detail. Would I repurchase? Yes! I already have actually as this is my favourite matte drugstore foundation!

Urban Decay | Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral

This has been my go-to concealer ever since I picked it up! I’ve talked about this a lot in various posts, YouTube videos and favourites posts so I won’t say much about this one either. Would I repurchase? Yes! I already did! I love the formula of this concealer and the shade is absolutely perfect for me! I did also recently pick up the Too Faced Born This Way concealer, and while I’m really loving the formula of it, the lightest shade is a bit too dark for me. It matches my skin but, I prefer a concealer that is a bit lighter so that I can highlight a bit. I do like to mix them though!

Revlon | Dramatic Definition Mascara

I did a full review on this mascara hereWould I repurchase? Yes and I already did! I have given quite a few drugstore mascaras glowing reviews this year but this is the first one that I repurchased. Normally I have an urge to go out and try another new one, but when I was ready to throw this one out, I really felt that I needed another one to replace it!

Hair Products

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fave4 | Texture Takeover

I used this quite a bit when my hair was a bit shorter and had more layers to it to add some volume and texture. I got this in a Birchbox quite awhile ago but didn’t really have a use for it until then. Would I repurchase? Hmm, maybe. It worked really well, but I’m sure I could find another texture spray that would work just as well. If I saw this locally I would pick it up though, I just wouldn’t go out of my way to hunt it down.

Curl Keeper | Original

This purchase was inspired by the one and only StashMatters as she has mentioned it quite a few times! I purchased this with my Birchbox points before they left Canada so I just got the travel size. Would I repurchase? Yes! I really enjoyed the way this kept my curls defined but without being frizzy. I am pretty sure I have to order it from Amazon so I haven’t repurchased yet. I’m actually really enjoying another hair product right now that I’ll be posting about later on this week in my September Favourites so  keep an eye out for that! But, I think I’ll grab another bottle of this eventually!

Batiste | Dry Shampoo

I’m pretty sure I used up a few of these during the past quarter, I just forgot to keep them. Would I repurchase? Yes, I definitely have a few of these on-hand at all times! I feel like I will always have this product in my empties posts!

So, those were my empties for Q3! Did you finish any amazing or not so amazing products this past month? Let me know in the comments down below!

xoxo,

Robyn

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e.l.f. Smoked to Perfection

e.l.f. Smoked to Perfection

Hi guys! I posted the other day about my September Ipsy Glam Bag and in it, I received the e.l.f. Smoked to Perfection Palette so I thought today I would create a look using it! This also works well since the Canadian Beauty Blogger’s Brand of the Month for September is e.l.f.! For this look, I simply used the directions on the back of the palette to create the look that e.l.f. suggests doing. This palette is designed for beginners so the shadows are sheer and buildable to make it easy to create a look without going overboard. At the end of this post I’ll summarize my thoughts on this palette!

e.l.f. Smoked to Perfection

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Products Used:

Primer: Nivea Post Shave Balm in Sensitive
Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in Classic Ivory
Concealer: Too Faced Born This Way Concealer in Very Fair
Powder: Maybelline Matte + Poreless Translucent Powder
Blush: e.l.f. Blush Palette in Light (bottom left shade)
Bronzer: Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer
Highlight: Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo in Rosy Glow (both shades mixed)
Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion (original). e.l.f. Smoked to Perfection (see photo below for details). Smashbox Rated-X Mascara (lashes).
Brows: L’Oreal Brow Artist Shaper in Blonde and Essence Make Me Brow in Blondy Brows
Lips: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned

e.l.f. Smoked to Perfection

1. Apply base shade all over lid 2. Add lid shade to the centre of the lid 3. Blend the crease shade into your crease 4. Apply the liner shade on the lower lash line and smudge out 5. Add highlight shade to inner corner and brow bone

After using this palette, I definitely think it is indeed foolproof. The shadows blend nicely and are sheer enough that you don’t add too much too quickly. They are buildable so you can control the amount of pigment you are using. The highlight shade is a bit chunky, but other than that, the shadows were great to work with. I never comment on longevity as I find my eye shadow all wears the same since I always use the Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion (original) on my lids as a first step.

In summary, if you’re looking at dabbling with creating a smoky eye, or if you’re looking for an inexpensive palette to add to your collection, I highly recommend the e.l.f. Smoked to Perfection palette! It retails for about $8.00 CAD (their website lists it as $6 USD so I did a rough conversion).

Have you tried e.l.f.? What are some of your favourite e.l.f. products? Let me know in the comments down below! And be sure to check out what e.l.f. products the other Canadian Beauty Bloggers are writing about? I’ve got links to their posts below!

xoxo,

Robyn

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