Refresh and Reset Luxe Box 2019

Refresh and Reset Luxe Box

Back in 2017 I shared with you the contents of the Refresh and Reset Luxe Box that my husband surprised me with. My husband decided to surprise me with another one this year so I thought it would be fun to share it with you guys again. The Refresh and Reset Luxe Box is a special deal that American Express cardholders can purchase. The box comes out annually, I believe, and is $20 CAD. This year’s box had 3 full sized items in it and 4 deluxe size samples. Only 5000 boxes were available for purchase this year. They have sold out but if they interest you and you’re an AMEX cardholder, be sure to keep an eye out for it around the end if February next year! Continue reading

Refresh and Reset Luxe Box

 Luxe Box Refresh and Reset

Hi guys! I’ve got a rather exciting post today as I’m sharing my first Luxe Box! A couple of days ago my wonderful husband surprised me with a randomly gifted Luxe Box. He mentioned that there was some kind of deal with American Express for this particular box so when he saw it, he thought of me. I’ve been stressed to the max lately so this random gift really lifted my spirits! If you are unfamilar with Luxe Box, they are a Canadian subscription box that ships on a quarterly basis. Shipping is free within Canada and each box contains seven deluxe sample or full sized items. Continue reading

Ipsy Glam Bag: September


Hi guys! It’s time to “unbox” my September Ipsy Glam Bag! It’s always exciting to see what they have sent me each month and I always enjoy sharing it on the blog. Usually about once I month I also post Hits and Misses from my previous Ipsy bags, I’m due for one soon so keep an eye out for that! The bag for this month is cute as usual, I always love seeing what the bag design will be each month.

September Ipsy Glam Bag


tre’Stique | Mini Highlight Stick in Maldives Luminescent


At first when I saw this item in my September Ipsy Glam Bag, I was a bit annoyed. I’ve said it many times that I don’t like cream or liquid highlighters. However, it’s a pretty white gold shade which I like and the Ipsy website describes it as the perfect base for a powder highlight. That’s probably the only way I would use it, so I’ll give it a shot! I never pass up wearing TWO highlighters.


Too Faced | Lip Injection Extreme


I’ve never really been one to purchase or use lip plumpers, so this is at least unique to my makeup collection. I’ve never really thought about plumping my lips to be honest, but I’ll give it a try! I heard this one is a bit on the painful side so wish me luck!

Eva NYC | Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner


I love using dry shampoos so the idea of a dry conditioner has me intrigued. This spray is said to be lightweight and will leave your hair soft, shiny and frizz-free. I like the soft and frizz-free part, but usually I’m using a dry shampoo to get rid of shine, so we will see how this goes!

Ulta3 | Nail Colour in Sizzling Red


I received a red nail polish in my June Ipsy Glam Bag so to see another one in my September Ipsy Glam Bag is a bit disappointing. Also, I very rarely wear red nail polishes. However, the Ipsy website says it is a one-coater, cruelty-free and long-lasting, so we will see how it performs! I still have to try out the nail polish I received last month, but I’ll do a Mani Monday for this one too at some point!

e.l.f. Clay Eyeshadow Palette in Smoked to Perfection


Ipsy calls this palette “practically error proof” as it swipes on sheer and is buildable. That makes me feel a bit better about the swatches! It did swatch smoothly so I can see these shadows being blendable, but it does lack some pigment. This seems like a perfect little eye shadow palette for a beginner, especially one who is experimenting with smoky looks. The colours are gorgeous though and it claims to be long-lasting. The shimmery shades were a bit chunky when swatched.


Well, that is what I got in my September Ipsy Glam Bag! Do you subscribe to Ipsy? Let me know what you got in your September Ipsy Glam Bag in the comments down below!



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Ipsy Glam Bag: August


Hi guys! I feel like I just got/wrote about my July Ipsy Glam Bag, but I suppose that is because it was delayed due to the potential Canada Post strike. So, much to my surprise, my August Ipsy Glam Bag arrived today! I don’t want to discourage you from reading this post, but I have to say upfront, this is the most underwhelming Ipsy Glam Bag I’ve received to date. I’ve loved and raved about this one but when I opened it and I just felt “meh” about the contents. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t like anything in it or want to try them, there just wasn’t anything super exciting in it. The actual bag itself is really cool though, it was designed by Michelle Phan who is the founder of Ipsy.


Dermelect | “ME” Peptide Infused Nail Lacquer in the shade Unscripted


I’m starting with this item as it intrigues me the most. This is a 5-free nail polish that infused with peptides to strengthen weak nails. It also claims to stand up to chips and splitting “like armour”. It’s a violet-pink shade which I quite like and off the top of my head, I’m not sure that I own anything similar! I’ll need to feature this in an upcoming Mani Monday so that we can chat about the formula and how it applies.

Sally’s Box | Secret Garden Ampoule Masks


These sheet masks are an interesting concept. They come with a serum to use first so that you get a “double shot” of hydration. I got two masks, there is an olive oil mask to nourish skin and in turn lessen the appearance of fine lines. The second is a camellia oil mask to provide a radiant glow. They also claim that their microfibres in the mask deliver serum to your skin quicker and deeper. I don’t usually purchase sheet masks so I appreciate receiving them in an Ipsy bag.

Lord & Berry | 20100 MaxiMatte Crayon Lipstick in the shade Intimacy


I do love lipsticks, in particular matte ones so this product is a good pick for me. However, the shade, while it is very pretty, just isn’t jumping out at me. I feel like I have other similar shades. I’ll have to try it on the lips to see if that changes my mind. This subtle pink shade is supposed to go with everything and be perfect for summer and fall. I guess my mind just goes to brights for summer and nudey-browns for fall. Anyways, the matte formula is said to be moisturizing and softening so that it does not dry out your lips. As well, it is supposed to be long-lasting as well.

It Haircare | 12-in-One Amazing Serum


This is a hair serum made with twelve, yes, twelve, exotic oils to de-frizz, hydrate and add shine to your hair. The formula claims to be non-sticky to add a bit of a light hold and body to your hair. Silk Amino Acids are in this product to repair and strengthen over-processed hair. Sunflower seed extract is another ingredient in this product which thickens strands. I don’t really use serums, but my hair is frizzy, so maybe this will end up being a win?

NYX | Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam


I don’t really use liquid illuminators, and this ones shade just doesn’t appeal to me. It’s quite dark, warm and peachy. The other option they were sending out was a light pink which would have suited my skin tone better. I really can’t see myself using this shade so I’ll probably pass this along to a friend who isn’t as fair as I am. Anyways, this is a blendable liquid highlight that can be used in a multitude of ways.

Okay, so that was my Ipsy Glam Bag for the month of August! Hopefully my September bag is a little more exciting! Did you receive an Ipsy Glam Bag this month? Let’s chat about what you got in the comments down below!



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Ipsy Glam Bag: July


Hi guys! Another Ipsy Glam Bag has arrived and it’s time to go over what I received this month! July’s bag was delayed due to the potential Canada Post Labour Dispute but it did finally arrive last week. This month’s bag’s theme is Hot Summer Nights.

Glam Bag Contents:


Too Faced | HangoverRX Replenishing Face Primer


I love receiving items from a brand that I’m already in love with! Particularly when it is a product that I haven’t tried yet. I’ve heard so much about the HangoverRX primer but haven’t taken the plunge to buy it. This is partially due to the fact that it’s marketed to people with dry skin (I’m oily) and also the fact that I’m in love with using Nivea Post Shave Balm as a primer. I am looking forward to trying this though… it claims your skin will have the appearance of a full night’s rest and I know my skin could use that! I’ll keep you posted on how this works out!

Thrive Cosmetics | Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner


This is another item that I’m really excited to try! This is an eyeliner that claims to be high-pigmented and have 24-hour staying power. I would never, ever wear an eyeliner for 24 hours but, I am curious to see if it will indeed last a full day… particularly, in my waterline. I was even more excited because I thought the eyeliner would be the same colour as the packaging (which as you know, I’ve been eyeing up a MUFE eyeliner in a similar colour) but alas, it is black. But, I use black eyeliner so, it’s still useful. This product swatched really nicely so I’m optimistic on it’s performance. Continue reading

Ipsy Glam Bag: June


Hi guys! It’s time for another Ipsy Glam Bag! I have really been enjoying subscribing to Ipsy. At first I wasn’t sure about subscription services because I figured, for what I spend on it a year, I could buy something full-sized from Sephora which I would probably use/enjoy more. However, while I still do kind of think that because I don’t always use all my samples up, I think they are great for trying new brands/products! I love waiting to see what kind of items they have sent me and I’ve got a lot of winners so far! You can check out my other Ipsy Glam Bags here!

While my eye is still not completely healed, I decided to film my Ipsy bag anyways because it is feeling significantly better today and is much less red. I keep saying I’m going to “film my next Ipsy Glam Bag” and then something happens which causes me to have to write the post instead, but this time, eye-be-damned, I’m filming! At least my eye is much less sensitive to sunlight today, I think I will actually be able to leave the house in daylight! If you didn’t read my last post, I talked about what happened to my eye and you can find that post here! I haven’t filmed in awhile so I am a bit rusty so it is very short but I’ll get back into the swing of things!

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Ipsy Glam Bag: May


Hi guys! Another one of my Ipsy bags has arrived and once again they have sent me exciting goodies to play with. Hopefully this is my last written Ipsy post for awhile and I can go back to filming soon. I was going to film this weekend but I had two additional dogs and a bunny staying with me for the long weekend.

Let’s dive into what I got this month…


Épicé International | Hydrating Mask

This hydrating mask uses Kaolin Clay to absorb the oils and impurities in your skin without stripping your skin’s moisture. I can’t wait to put this mask on my face and try it out! The size of the sample is nice too because I think I’ll get a few uses out of it to see if it truly makes a difference.

Pacifica | Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio

This eye shadow trio is gluten-free, vegan and cruelty-free. These eyeshadows weren’t as pigmented when I swatched them as I thought they would be, but I’m looking forward to trying them out on my eyes. Continue reading

Ipsy Glam Bag: April

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Hi guys! Another fantastic Ipsy Glam Bag has arrived and yet again I am impressed. I’ve been doing a really good job of keeping my bags a surprise and it has been a thrill to receive them in the mail! I want to do these posts as YouTube videos on my channel so that you can see my first impressions of the swatches, however I was unable to film this month. I should be able to regularly film again soon though.

Let’s dive into what I got this month…

tarte | LipSurgence Lip Crème in Wonder

This is a creamy lipstick that is infused with maracuja oil to leave the lips feeling soft. It is a sheer wash of colour that can be built up (however it swatched fairly pigmented). I’m really excited to try out this product, tarte doesn’t usually let me down. It will be nice for one of those rare days when I don’t feel like wearing something matte.

Trust Fund Beauty | That Glo Tho Face Highlighter

This face highlighter is buildable so that you can get either a subtle or an intense highlight. It is said to be blendable as well so that it is easy to use. I don’t really ever use cream highlights but I’ll give it a go. It might work better if I set it with a powder highlight (hello, double highlight!). Continue reading

Ipsy Glam Bag: March


Hi guys! I recently received my second Ipsy Glam Bag in the mail! I saw that it was shipping and kind of forgot about it, so it was a bit of a surprise when I saw it sitting in my mailbox. It arrived shockingly fast! Despite lots of emails from Ipsy tempting me to look at sneak peaks, I stayed away and let it be a surprise. If you would like to see my previous Ipsy Bag you can check it out here!

Let’s dive into what I got this month…

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February Birchbox Unboxing


Hi guys! Today’s post is a bittersweet one as it will be my last Birchbox unboxing post. Birchbox announced last week that they were stopping service to Canada and that my subscription would be cancelled after the February box. Needless to say, I’m incredibly disappointed. They have indicated that it is due to increased shipping costs and the exchange rate. I’ve really enjoyed Birchbox and am sad that I only had it for a short time. I did however subscribe to Ipsy because I enjoy getting a monthly beauty subscription. Hopefully I’ll receive my first beauty bag in March and hopefully they don’t follow suit and end services to Canada too.

For my February box (because I didn’t know at the time it would be my last) I opted in for the Date Night themed box as the items sounded like I would enjoy them all. So no surprises for me this month! Continue reading