Little Holiday LUSH Haul

Hello beautiful people!
There are only 44 days until Christmas and I’m getting more excited every day! People in my neighbourhood have started putting up their lights, and all the stores and cafes have decorated for the holidays, and I just love it!
As I’m sure most of you know, LUSH brought out their Christmas collection a few weeks ago, and I promised myself I would wait until after Halloween to go in and purchase anything. Keeping my promise, I went in last week and picked up a few things, I wanted to go CRAZY because its just so festive, but I restrained and only bought 5 products.
I decided I wanted to pick things that were new, or that I’d never had before, but I’m sure once I use these 5 I’ll head back to LUSH to grab some of my Christmas favourites.

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First I picked up the Stardust bath bomb ($5.25). This one doesn’t look very exciting, but the girl in the store assures me that once you pop this in the bath something magical happens, and honestly I just love stars so I wouldn’t have minded if it didn’t do anything fancy. This one smells like vanilla and a little bit floral as it has bergamot in it – I find the scent of this really soothing and relaxing, great for an evening bath when you just want to chill out.

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Next I grabbed Cinders bath bomb ($4.95). Surprisingly enough I’ve never had this little guy, but I’ve heard great things about it! It has little popping candies in it which is so fun, and it smells warm and spicy which is a nice change from some of the sweet holiday scents. It has cinnamon and orange oils in it which create the perfect festive bath – It really reminds me of the smell of some holiday candles, which you could light while you have a bath with Cinders, and your bathroom will smell incredible and Christmasy!

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The Experimenter bath bomb ($8.95) isn’t specifically Christmas, but it is new to LUSH. This massive bath bomb is made of all different colours and is meant to make your bath psychedelic and colourful. This baby also has popping candies in it to add to the experience, and it smells of vanilla and candies. It’s a very sweet smell, but also quite fresh. I’m very excited to give this one a whirl!

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The Yog Nog bath bomb ($6.95) called my name because it smells like toffee, super sugary and warm, I absolutely couldn’t resist it. It’s embossed with cute little pictures of christmas trees and ornaments which add a nice little festive touch. I’m definitely going to pop this in the bath on a night where I want to cuddle up with some cookies and a cup of tea after my bath and watch a Christmas movie!

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Last I had to grab the new Magic Of Christmas re-usable bubble bar ($9.95). This honestly does look magical, it’s all covered with gold glitter and held on a cinnamon stick! and the little red bow with the bell just adds the cutest christmasy touch! This smells similar to Cinders as it’s quite spicy with cinnamon and clove oils, but also very warm with almond oil. I’m going to use this one closer to Christmas so I can really get into the spirit, and I’ll definitely be using it on Christmas eve to pump myself up for the best day of the year!!!!

That’s it for now my loves,
I don’t think I’ll be posting next week, because Carmen and I are taking a little vacation and heading to Orlando to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Disney!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Forever 21 & Mini MAC Haul!

Hello Beautiful people!
How has your weekend been? Hopefully the weather wherever you are is just as nice as it is here in Toronto!
With that being said, I went out a couple of days ago to buy a few new things to add to my spring/summer wardrobe!

I went into Forever 21 in the hopes of finding a cute pair of high waisted shorts, and just my luck, I actually ended up grabbing 2 pairs!
I got a pair that are just the classic denim colour, and then a pair that are a much darker wash of jean. I think these will look really cute with a simple tank top tucked into them, or even with a little crop top.
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The great thing about Forever 21 is that it’s not incredibly expensive, so you can find great pieces for a decent price and they have a wide range of styles and colours.

While I was wandering around the store I spotted this really cute peach skirt with white polka-dots, which I personally think is the perfect skirt for summer! it’s A-line so it flares out at the hips which I find really flattering on my body, and it’s a silky material which is nice and light weight for the warmer weather (and great for wiping up spills because I’m a messy eater).
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When I saw this next sweater, I honestly couldn’t help myself, because really who doesn’t need a Lion King sweater in their life? I justify buying it because it was the last one and it was my size, so it was obviously meant to be, right? This pull over is such a soft and light material that it would be perfect for throwing over shorts and a tank top on cooler summer evenings.
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Last but not least is this really pretty white crop top with white lace along the bottom, I thought this would be perfect to pair with either pair of those high waisted shorts, or even a nice pair of jeans. I really like that it’s got that cut-off t-shirt look, but it’s still very feminine and pretty with the lace.
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From MAC I grabbed a lipstick and an eyeliner!
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The lipstick I picked up is called Twig and it’s a really beautiful rosy-mauve colour that’s perfect for every day, or paired with a smoky eye.
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Finally I picked up Coffee eye pencil, which is a really rich chocolate brown that I think would be gorgeous in the water line, along the top lash line, or even smudged out! I’ts just a great and versatile product to have.
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Let me know what you think of this haul and if you want to see more of these on Laauraborealis!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

P.s I actually made a facebook page specifically for this blog, and it would mean the world to me if you guys would go and like it! xoxo

Sephora.ca Haul #3 : VIB Rouge sale part 1

Hello beautiful people!
I’m sorry I’ve been away for a while, but I hope while I was gone you’ve all done incredible and exciting things!

So, as many of you may know, Sephora recently had a sale where VIB’s and Rouges either got 10% or 15% of their purchases. (I’m a VIB Rouge so I received 15% off all purchases from April 13th to the 21st!)
When I received this glorious news, I thought to myself, what kind of beauty blogger would I be if I didn’t utilize my discount to the fullest? Meaning, this is actually only the first half of my haul because I placed a second order on Monday which will be coming in the mail later, so once I get that I’ll do a second post if you guys are interested in seeing that!
I did re-purchase a few of my holy-grails but I also got a few new things too!

Let’s get to it, shall we?

First thing I picked up was the new Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in the shade Luminous Bronze Light ($60).
Now, when I swatched this, I was slightly nervous because it looked really orange, and the shimmer in it seemed very chunky. BUT when I applied it to my skin with a brush I fell head over heels in love with this product! It adds the most natural and radiant glow to my face, it doesn’t look orange on the skin at all, and the shimmer is almost non-existent!  This is very pricey (hence waiting for %15 off) but for me, well worth the price, because as a woman with a fair complexion, I find it very hard to find beautiful bronzers, but this baby is going to be adding a bronze glow to my skin for the foreseeable future!
I believe they have a shade for darker skin tones as well, but if you’re interested in trying these I would suggest actually applying them to the face with a brush, as opposed to swatching them with your fingers!
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Next up is something that won’t be a shock to those of you who have been reading Laauraborealis for a while. The Clinique bottom lash mascara ($12), I can’t use anything else on my bottom lashes! This teeny-tiny brush separates my lashes like a dream, it coats them evenly and without clumps. Not to mention the formula is literally like concrete, this stuff does not move from your bottom lashes! I wish Clinique would use this formula for one of their regular mascara’s; I would be on that in a snap!
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You all know I love my NARS radiant creamy concealer, but I’ve re-purchased it so many times that I thought I’d give something else a try during the sale, so I picked up the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Cover Concealer (that’s a mouthful) in the shade fair neutral ($34). This concealer is super impressive; it has a light weight texture with incredible coverage! I wouldn’t say it has as much coverage as the NARS concealer, but sometimes it’s nice to have something smoother under the eyes, and this blends out really nicely. It has a doe-foot applicator which makes it easy to apply, and it lasts all day without creasing, all in all I’m really enjoying this!
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Obviously when I placed this order, I completely forgot about my bathroom drawer full of make-up bags and got myself another one! I will say though, that this one was just too cute to pass on! It’s a Sephora make-up bag that says ‘life is short, wear more make up’ ($18) They had a couple of more with different sayings, but I liked this one the best.
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The next two products are re-purchases as well, and I’ve definitely talked about them before so I won’t ramble on too much.

The Living Proof PHD 5-in-1 leave in treatment ($18 for 1 oz) is my absolute favourite leave in conditioner. If I forget to use this, or run out of it, my hair is a frizzy and dry mess; my hair is so much smoother and softer when I put this in after I shower!
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Finally, the Urban Decay de-slick oil control setting spray ($36) Honestly, if you’ve never tried this stuff you need to! My make-up stays in place all day long with no shine when I use this! It’s absolutely a Holy Grail product for me; I cannot be without this stuff in my collection!
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Alright my loves, let me know if you want to see the second half of this haul and I’ll definitely write a post when it comes in the mail!
I have lots of posts planned for the upcoming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Sephora.ca Haul #2!

Hello beautiful people! Happy Friday, I hope you all have fabulous plans this weekend!
On Wednesday I awoke to two, yes two, Sephora boxes on my door step!  So I figured a haul was in order!
I got quite a few samples I’m eager to try, and re-purchased my favourite concealer.
I also picked up a few skin care bits for my mom because I’m a good daughter that way…and also Sephora has double the points on skin care at the moment, so I ordered some products for her to reap the benefits! (THANKS MOM!)

I’ll start with the samples to get them out of the way!
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I used 250 points to get a tiny bottle of the Dolce and Gabana fragrance Dolce because I really like the scent and wanted to give it a try.
I got a sample of the Makeup forever HD cream blush in 410 which I’m pumped to try, and a small atomizer of the Tom Ford velvet orchid perfume.
I also got the atomizer of Flora by Gucci (To be honest, the samples weren’t that great when I placed these orders) and the Amorepacific night and day eye treatment which, I’ve heard really good things about.
Living proof “prime” style extender, which is a leave in treatment that is supposed to help your curls or any style really, stay in place all night and even into the next day.
For one of my orders I got a sample bag of 12 skin care samples, that included a bunch of things I love in sample size ( so handy for weekends away) and things I’ve heard great reviews on, like the Omorovicza thermal cleansing balm.
For my other order, I used a promo code to get a sample of the Sunday Riley Good Genes serum, which is incredibly expensive, but I thought this would be a good way to see what all the hype is about.

I’ll start with my re-purchase first, the NARS radiant creamy concealer.
This is my third tube of this stuff and I can tell you now it won’t be my last, this is hands down, the best concealer I’ve ever used. It covers blemishes and under eye circles without creasing, it stays in place all day, and has a really blendable consistency. If you haven’t tried this, you need to!
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Next is another NARS product, I’ve heard such amazing things about the audacious lipsticks that I just had to pick one up. I definitely get what all the fuss is about; they have a really creamy formulation, while still staying put throughout the day. I got the shade Anna, which is a deep brown-rose with plumy undertones, it’s a beautiful shade to wear every day, but I definitely think I’ll be picking up some of the bolder shades in the line!
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You guys know how much I love my Too Faced products, so when I saw this blush/bronzer duo online I had to put it in my basket!
The Too Faced soul mate’s blushing bronzer come in two shades, Ross and Rachel and Carrie and Big, which is the one I got, because A. I love sex and the city and B. the blush colour called my name.
The bronzer is a light shade that is perfect for subtly contouring my super pale skin, with a tiny hint of shimmer that adds a really natural radiance to the skin.
The blush is a gorgeous peachy-coral that is just right up my alley, not to mention the packaging of this is just adorable!
More praise to Too Faced from me!
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Finally, the best and most anticipated product of my orders.
The hourglass modernist eye shadow palette in “exposure” which is the plum toned one, has the most buttery and beautiful shadows! I love the packaging and layout of the palette, and can’t wait to play more with this.
I don’t have anything like this in my collection, and may have to order one of the other shades, because of the amazing quality of these babies.They have great pigmentation, while being super soft and blendable, and they last all day. If you’re looking to splurge on a palette in the near future, I would suggest checking these out!
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Those are all my goodies!
I may do a makeup look using all of my new products, let me know if that’s something you’d like to see!

Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo


fashion & random stuff haul!

Hello beautiful people!
I’ve done a bit of shopping over the past couple of weeks and thought I’d share what I picked up with you guys! It’s a little bit of everything from a few different stores!

From h&m I picked up 3 tops! The first one is a silky material with short sleeves and a little v in the front; I loved this as soon as I saw it because it’s white and covered in little red hearts. It’s a little bit slouchy but I still find is flattering for my figure, I’d wear this with dark jeans and really any kind of boot or shoe($20).
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Next is a grey sort of stripy top that goes quite long in the back, it’s a jersey material and super comfy. I think it will look super cute with tights and a big cardigan and a scarf, it’s just a perfect casual t-shirt for fall ($20).
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The last top I picked up is another t-shirt with a cartoon hand making a peace sign but I couldn’t resist because of the glittery red nail polish! Again I think this will look good with jeans or tights and a scarf or some cute boots; just another good comfy fall tee($15).
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Next I went to forever 21 and picked up these booties ($32). I love that they’re grey because I feel like they’ll match absolutely everything, and the heel is super thick which makes them comfortable to walk in.
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Then I found this great basic black dress in old navy ($30). I thought this was a great addition to my wardrobe for fall and winter because it will definitely look great with lots of different bottoms and shoes. I love basics because you can play them up so well with accessories, I could wear this with flats and a scarf to make it casual or with a statement necklace and some heels for a date night or event. It has a very flattering fit for my figure but is still cotton with a little bit of stretch which makes is super comfortable, I’m super happy with this purchase.
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That’s it for clothing but I did go in to Davids Tea which is a Canadian loose leaf tea company that originated in Montreal. I like to get my teas from here because some of them are certified organic and they also just have incredibly unique flavours of tea as well as seasonal collections. I had a couple of gift cards to burn so I picked up a new thermos, this one is glass with a silicone slip to make sure you don’t burn your hands. It also has a little mesh basket with a lid so you can brew your loose leaf tea and drink it without having to worry about getting the tea leaves in your mouth! I also picked up a couple of teas to try out!
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Last but not least is the product I’m most excited about picking up despite its price and it’s the new YSL Le teint encre de peau foundation ($64). I am in love with the product! It has a liquid to powder sort of formulation but just looks incredible on the skin, it also has quite a fresh scent; almost like cucumbers. It has a sort of weird spatula applicator but for hygiene purposes I just dump a little only the back of my hand and apply it with a brush. This has a pretty matte finish and I’d say medium to full coverage but it doesn’t budge all day despite its very light feel, and just has a beautiful effect on the skin. It makes your complexion look even and healthy, I would definitely recommend going to get a sample of this stuff because it is amazing, this will definitely be in my make-up bag for a long time.
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Those are all the goodies I’ve picked up in my last few shopping trips! Leave me a comment letting me know what you think and if you’d like to see more of these posts.
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Sephora.ca Haul!

Hello beautiful people!
Happy Friday! Hopefully you all have sweet plans for the weekend, whether you live in Toronto and are going to the Ex or, if you live somewhere else and are just staying home to relax – I hope it’s wonderful.

A couple of weeks ago I placed an order on Sephora.ca because there were a few things I wanted to try out and I got an e-mail saying it was 4x the points for VIB Rouges, so to get even more point’s I asked my mom if she needed anything and we ended up spending over 300 dollars which got me around 1200 points! woohoo!
So Monday when I woke up with my swollen face and dragged myself out of bed, I was so excited to see a little brown box waiting for me! I didn’t include my mom’s stuff in this haul as it’s all her skin care and not all that exciting haha

First thing I wanted to pick up was the Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara. I used to use the original diorshow which I loved, but it just got too expensive so I switched to less expensive ones. Lately all my mascara’s had been letting me down so I thought I’d try this one out even though it’s a little pricey ($35). I’ve used it 3 or 4 times and I’m still not sure how I feel about it, the formulation is great! It doesn’t really flake or transfer under the eyes which is great especially If you’re wearing it all day, and I do find that this really holds a curl, my lashes are definitely not dropping throughout the day. I’m just not sure I LOVE the way it makes my lashes actually look. It’s quite a clumpy formulation, and makes them a little bit crispy almost which is I guess how they hold their curl so well, but I’m not in love with the way my lashes look once I’ve put this on. I’m going to keep trying it, and hopefully I won’t have to return it, I’ll keep you guys posted, let me know if you use this and what you think or if there’s some trick to it.
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This next product I was super stoked about because I’m already a die-hard fan of the original Kat Von D tattoo liner in trooper, she just brought out a new liquid liner called the ink liner so of course I had to pick it up ($23). This liner is different from the tattoo liner because it’s a felt tip as opposed to a brush tip, I honestly am not a huge fan of felt tip liners and I did find this one a little bit hard to work with at first but the formulation is just incredible. It’s a really intense black and creates a bolder line than the tattoo liner which has a finer brush allowing you to build your cat eye. I’m curious to see how fast it dries out in comparison to her other one and to see if the felt tip fray’s at all, I guess we’ll see. All in all I’m really impressed with this liner I think I just need a little more practice with the felt tip but I think her tattoo liner is still going to stay my holy grail liquid liner.
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The last thing I actually purchased was this St. Tropez self tan starter kit. Now I have never self tanned, ever and I was very nervous to buy this product but for $32 I figured I’d give it a try. I’ve always wanted to self-tan but because I’m so pale I was nervous I would turn out orange no matter what product I used, but I have been assured that the St. Tropez products are really good so hopefully it all goes alright. The kit includes a mit, and travel sized of the tan enhancing body polish, tanning mousse, and tan enhancing body lotion. I haven’t used this yet but I’m going to get the courage up in a week or two and get Amber to help me as she’s done it before. If you guys have any tips please let me know in the comments!
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Now when you order from Sephora online you get to choose 3 samples that they’ll send to you, the samples the day I ordered weren’t great but they did have the new glam glow thirstymud (the blue one) which I had been wanting to try so I got that one, a dr. brandt self-adjusting bb cream that I’ll probably give my mom because I’m always too pale for self-adjusting product’s. last but not lease I got a jack black double duty face moisturizer which I’ll likely give to my brother in-law.
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I also found a code online which allowed me to get a mini manicure kit for free, it came with a sample of the Sephora formula x cuticle erasing cream and cuticle oil which I’m excited to try out although I love my OPI cuticle oil. It also came with two different types of nail polish removing wipes, the Josie Maran bear naked nail wipes which smell like grapefruit and the butter London scrubbers pad, I think these will be kept in the make up bag I keep in my purse because you never know when you need an emergency fix. Finally it came with this tiny little sample of the L’occitane dry skin hand cream which is also going straight into my purse because it’s just so cute and little and a girl can never have too much lotion.
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Last thing before you check out is they ask if you want to spend any of your beauty insider points, normally I’ll skip this step or pick up the odd 100 point perk but this time I has like 2000 points and I figured I’d spend some since I’m getting 4x the points for the purchase and I’d just get them back anyhow. So I picked this Marc Jacobs highliner gel eye crayon in the colour brownout, at first I was super excited about this but once I swatched it I realised there are pretty big glitter particles in it so I wouldn’t be using it to line the line or define the lash line at all. The formulation is gorgeous though, super creamy and really easily blended and it stays in place, I found it hard to remove the swatch from my hand with a wipe. I will definitely use this as a base for a smokey eye, or even by itself as a smokey eye because the colour is pretty it’s just the glitter that threw me off.
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For 500 points I got this Benefit “hotrageous hits” which is pretty much just a sample pack of 5 of their best sellers, most of which I already have. I really wanted this because there’s a sample size of Hoola the matte bronzer which I’ve really been wanting to try and am super stoked to use.
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That’s everything I got in my Sephora.ca haul! Let me know if you guys would like to see more posts like this! And don’t forget to hit all the good buttons!
Have a fantastic weekend, you guys are the best!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo