My February Topbox!

Hello beautiful people! Yesterday I received my February Topbox, if you’re not sure what Topbox is, it’s a sample service similar to Birchbox or Glossybox. It’s around 13$ a month and you get 4 or 5 samples of different beauty products! They also promote wish list boxes, where you can pick a box that has one specific brand as opposed to different samples from different brands that come in the regular Topbox.
February was my second month receiving a Topbox, in January I got my wish list top box which was a Benefit Cosmetics box, I wasn’t OVERLY impressed with that box as I had tried most of the products it came with, but it was nice to get some travel/handbag sized versions of a few of my favourite benefit products.
This month I received the regular Topbox with came with 4 products as well as a coupon!

First thing was a full sized Essie nail polish which is called Head Mistress and it’s a gorgeous red polish. I like this one because it’s not dark red like the colours that were really trendy throughout the holidays and winter months, but this is a light enough red that it will be really cute to wear for the rest of the winter and going into spring before pastel colours become really popular.

Next was a So Susan lip & cheek sublime stain. I had never heard of this brand before getting this box so I did a little bit of research. They’re a company from the UK that primarily focus on anti-aging skin care and cosmetics, I’ll link their website at the bottom of the post if you’re interested in checking out their products. I wore this lip stain today and it’s a really gorgeous pink colour that has great stain power and has lasted pretty much all morning. It’s got a really buttery texture and is nice and hydrating as well. It says on the packaging that it’s hypoallergenic, and it is fragrance free so If you’re sensitive this product is great. I definitely think this is going to be a handbag must throughout spring and summer for me.

This product is not something that is new to me but I am so stoked to have a smaller size of it! And it’s the Elizabeth Arden Eight hour cream. I have the jar of this on my bed side table and I apply this EVERYWHERE I have dry skin, I put it on my lips before I go to bed when they’re feeling really chapped and dry, and I wake up with the softest lips ever. The Topbox came with the original formula that has a pretty distinct smell, but you can get a hold of a fragrance free version. A lot of people don’t like the smell of the original but I don’t mind it, you can find this cream in so many different sizes and forms which I think is pretty cool. This is definitely taking a permanent place in my purse for the rest of the cold months!

The final product I got in my box was an Epic Blend lip balm in the Hemp Coconut flavour. This stuff smells like a Pina Colada, it’s so delicious, just makes me want to eat it all. I had never heard of this brand either, so again I did my research, I believe they’re a North American company as their prices are in dollars on their website.
I’ve worn this a couple of times and I do find it’s very moisturizing, and like I said it smells divine. The cool thing about these lip balms is that they have so many different kinds; they have a hemp line, a vegan line, and an intensive moisture line. The flavours they offer are cool as well; they have hemp chocolate rum, or a vegan pineapple mint. I’ll add the link at the bottom of the post and you can check them out! Over all I’m really excited to continue using this as my day to day lip balm and maybe purchase some other ones!
My box also came with a 25% off coupon for Epic Blend which is a nice touch for when I want to try some other flavours.
So that’s everything I got in my February Topbox, let me know in the comments if you want me to do a breakdown of these every month or if you’re subscribed to a sample service that you’re absolutely loving!
until next time, xoxo

**Just a little disclaimer, this is not a sponsored post and all my opinions are my own**

January 2014 favourites!

Hello beautiful people! I hope you have all been healthy and happy in these first few weeks of 2014 
Since the first month of our new year has come to an end and I actually tried a bunch of new products this month, I thought it was only appropriate to do a January Favourites post!

My first favourite is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar eye shadow palette.
I bought this right at the beginning of January and have used it pretty much every day since I purchased it. It is a little bit pricey at $55.00 but I think its well worth it as you get 16 shadows, two of which are double sized and there’s a great selection of colours. It has matte, shimmer and glittery shadows which allow you to achieve any kind of look you’re going for. A cool fact about this is that the shadows are made with cocoa powder so it smells divine and you’re putting something natural on your lids, the pigmentation of the shadows is very high and the texture is super smooth. They are so easily blended and a little bit goes a long way because the colours are so strong, over all I would recommend this palette to anyone who is just starting out with make up or someone who wants a good range of neutrals, and purples with different textures.

Next is a recent purchase, which I got only a week or so ago but it has been my go to blush since! And it is Springsheen from Mac.
It’s such a beautiful coraly pink colour that has peachy gold shimmer to it which gives the most beautiful effect on the cheek. I think it’s around $25.00 or so but, I love it because it got me so excited for spring. I feel like this blush paired with a pretty natural eye and a pinky gloss would just be gorgeous! I’m definitely going to be wearing this all through February in anticipation for nicer weather.

The next product is a rediscovered favourite and that is the Clinique bottom lash mascara!
This stuff is incredible; it separates your bottom lashes without clumping and defines them so nicely because it has such an itty bitty wand. My one beef with it is that the tube is so tiny too so for $12.00 it only lasts a month or so if you use it every day and depending on the thickness of your lashes, but it doesn’t budge all day and keeps your bottom lashes looking defined and fabulous.

Next up is Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation
I wear the colour 1C1 cool bone which I believe is the palest shade haha. I got this in the middle of the month and I’ve been loving it! It is a very full coverage foundation with a matte finish, it honestly doesn’t budge all day long and you don’t need a lot of it at all. It’s about $44.00 which I think is reasonable for the pay-off you get with this foundation.

Another foundation I was loving in January is the Bobbi Brown skin foundation
I have the colour 01 porcelain and it’s a perfect match for me. The name speaks for the product because it really does look like you have nothing on at all, it just looks like your skin. It’s a medium to light coverage foundation with a nice dewy look to it, I got this for the days where I didn’t want to be wearing a full coverage foundation but still wanted to put a little something on to even out my skin tone. It also has SPF in it which will be a bonus once the weather gets a little bit nicer here in Toronto. I believe this foundation cost about $55.00 which is quite expensive but you don’t need a lot of this one either as it’s very liquidy and is easily blended all over your face.

During the colder months I always find my skin looks a little bit dull and my next favourite absolutely remedied the problem! Mac cream colour base in Shell is a beautiful champagne pink highlighter which has been a staple in my makeup bag throughout January.
I think it was about $20.00 or so but well worth the price because you don’t need a lot of course and because of the way it looks on. It adds a gorgeous glow to the cheekbones and really creates radiance in my skin which I don’t normally have in the winter. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on my complexion when I’ve been wearing it as well which is always a bonus!

Another rediscovered favourite of mine was the Mac Studio Finish concealer in NW15.
I’ve had this in my collection for quite a while as you can tell from the photo but came across it this month and I’ve really been enjoying it, it has quite a full coverage but works for both under the eye and any blemishes I’ve been having. It also comes in quite a deep pot so it goes a long way for $22.00, and it has SPF 35 to protect underneath your eyes from the sun which is very important in my opinion. This will definitely be staying in my makeup bag throughout February.

The next three products are all skin care as I switched up my routine quite a bit this winter and these ones really stood out to me and make my skin look and feel incredible.

Philosophy Purity cleanser!
I initially bought this in November in the travel size to go on vacation with me, and I used it for the week I was away and I liked it, but when I got home I went back to my old cleanser. After I ran out of that sometime in December I decided to go back to purity thanks to a recommendation from my best friend Amber, after using it for about 3 weeks I really noticed my skin feeling soft and supple and really clean. I went out and purchased one of the bigger bottles and have been using it day and night since, this stuff is just amazing, it takes off any little ounce of makeup that may be left on your skin and gives you a lovely gentle cleanse. It has a slight smell but it’s not over powering at all, I would recommend this cleanser to everyone because it’s just that good. It also comes in 4 or 5 sizes and versions so they have one for every price point and every skin type, I just use the original formula but they do have an oil free one as well.

Origins Modern Friction is an amazing exfoliator I picked up because I felt like my skin was quite dry due to the cold weather.
This stuff is great because you can use it on a dry face for a deep exfoliation or with a wet face for a more gentle one, I found after using this once a week for about 3 weeks my skin was soft and smooth, but you could absolutely use if more than once a week if you felt you needed it.

Last but definitely not least is another Origins product and it’s the A Perfect World daily moisturizer.
I use this every day and I absolutely love it, it’s designed with white tea to add some antioxidants to your skin, and its formulated to act as a barrier to protect your skin from the free radicals you can be exposed to on a day to day basis. It has a little bit of a smell but it’s a really pleasant citrus smell, and after about 4 weeks of using this in my routine I really have noticed a difference and couldn’t be happier with how my skin is looking, I feel that this is going to be part of my collection for quite some time.

I hope you all enjoyed this and I hope February is a month full of love and adventures for you all!
Until next time, xoxo
– Lo

soap and glory!

Hey guys! Again I am so sorry I haven’t posted in so long! to be honest, I was working all summer and didn’t have the motivation or inspiration to post! BUT I recently changed jobs and now have all the motivation I need! Over the summer I had a chance to try out a BUNCH of new beauty and bath products which is something I love to do and review, so I think for the next little while my blog posts will mostly be about beauty.
Soap and Glory is a British company that produces bath & body products as well as skin care and cosmetics. here in Canada I think you can really only get the bath and body products, but in the states and UK you can get the cosmetics. I have been using one of their scrubs for about 3 years now and I absolutely love it! I find scrubs to be the best during the winter months when skin really tends to dry out and needs the most pampering.