Product Empties!

Hello beautiful people, and happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend, and that you’re spending today relaxing.

I recently ran out a few products and thought it was as good a time as any to write an empties post! These are all things I love and would definitely re-purchase (if I haven’t already) after I go through the products I’m using now.

First are the Living Proof PHD (perfect hair day) shampoo and conditioner, honestly these are the best I’ve ever used. My hair feels healthier, softer, stronger and less damaged! They are very pricey at $30 each, but they’re formulated so that you don’t have to wash your hair as often, and if I’m being totally honest, I only wash my hair twice a week anyway so I find they last me quite a while. If you’re the kind of person who has to wash their hair everyday, these may not be for you – or you could buy them and only use them once or twice a week to give your hair a bit of a treatment. These in combination with the PHD 5-in-1 leave in treatment has literally transformed my thin and damaged hair, so I think it goes without saying that I’ve already re-purchased these babies.
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Next is the Origins A Perfect World moisturizer. This is a great, light weight day time moisturizer that I’ve probably been using for about 2 years – its got white tea in it which is full of anti-oxidants, and it protects your skin from the free radicals in the polluted air. It’s very hydrating, with a nice scent and make up blends seamlessly over it, right now I’m using a Kate Somerville cream because I wanted to try something new, but I will definitely be re-purchasing this eventually.
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Another Origins product I ran out of shortly after the moisturizer is the Gin-zing eye cream. This a great one for puffiness and dark circles. It’s formulated with caffeine to really help brighten and tighten, and the cream itself has a bit of a shimmer to it which creates a glow that makes you look more awake. I’m using the Origins Eye Doctor cream at the moment for night and day, but I may re-purchase this for the fall when my dark circles tend to get a little worse.
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This next one is a bit boring, but we all need body-wash right? The Aveeno hydrating body wash is a really nice one. It left my skin feeling soft, hydrating and smelling really nice, I also found that the bottle was a lot larger than the average one you find in the drugstore, so it seemed to last me longer. I’m not sure that I’ll re-purchase this anytime soon, just because I tend to just buy what’s on sale.
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The Kiehl’s Calendula foaming cleanser is a product that I’ve already re-purchased because I find it agrees very well with my skin. It doesn’t dry me out or irritate me, and it’s gentle enough that I can use it with my clarisonic. If you have combination – oily skin I would recommend giving this a try, the calendula extract in it actually has healing properties, so if you suffer from break outs the cleanser alone can help with them – I noticed a big difference in my skin when I started using this!
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The final product is definitely the one I’m most upset to be out of, the Glam Glow Supermud clearing treatment is by far the best detoxifying mask I’ve ever used. I was lucky enough to find this pot on sale at winners, because other wise this stuff is super expensive (although, my birthday is in a couple of weeks, so I’m hoping to get some Sephora gift cards) but either way I will definitely be picking up another one, because I think my skin would suffer without it. If you haven’t used this before, you absolutely need to, it makes a difference in your skin in one use, and the pot lasts you a long time because you only need a very thin layer all over your face – you can even use it as a spot treatment for bad blemishes and pimples.
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Those are all my empties for now, let me know if you’ve used some of these products or if you want to see more of these posts.
Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

Drugstore Make Up Starter Kit!

Hello beautiful people
! hopefully you’ve all had lovely weekends!  I went out for dinner to celebrate my sister Kate’s birthday Friday night, and yesterday Carmen and I went to see the new Jurassic World movie which was incredible! Chris Pratt is such a babe.

Recently, a friend of mine asked me to recommend her some products from the drugstore, which got me to thinking that a drugstore starter kit would make a great post!
If you’re just starting out with makeup, I think this is a great way to play around with amazing products that don’t break the bank, but they’re also great products if you’re a pro!
Obviously you don’t need to buy all of these products at once, or use every single one of them, but these are my favourite budget friendly make up items.
Some of these categories will have one or two products in them depending what kind of look you would be going for, but every single one of them is great quality and will allow you to achieve beautiful make up every day.

Complexion
Foundation:
The Rimmel lasting finish foundation is a beautiful medium to full coverage foundation! It’s available in quite a few shades and is less than $10. I would say this is a natural matte finish, it allows some radiance to come through, but not enough that you look out right shiny, it also blends onto the skin seamlessly, without creasing or sitting in your pores. If you wanted a more sheer coverage, you can always add a bit of your favourite moisturizer to this baby and it would still look gorgeous!
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Concealer:
This category has two products for me, one for blemishes/redness/spots and one for under eye brightening and covering dark circles.
For spots, I LOVE the collection lasting perfection concealer (Thanks Becca!) I realize this isn’t available in Canada, but I had to put this in here because it’s just the best. (The Maybelline fit me is a good one too)
The collection concealer literally doesn’t budge all day, and even though it’s a full coverage concealer, it’s surprisingly creamy and easy to blend. If you can somehow get your hands on this, I would 100% recommend it.
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For under eye circles I love the Maybelline age rewind concealer, this brightens like no other drugstore concealer! It doesn’t crease and it makes you look awake and radiant even if you’ve been awake all night! It has a very light consistency, so I wouldn’t use this anywhere but the eye area as it could draw attention to blemishes.
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Bronzer:
For contour and highlight, I’m a big fan of the Sleek contour kit. Again, something you can’t get in Canada, but they do ship internationally from their website, so it’s not impossible to get your hands on. The bronzer this kit comes with is a matte brown, with quite a muddy undertone as opposed to an orange or red one, and the highlight is a beautiful champagne shade that would look beautiful on any skin tone!
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For bronzing in general I really like the Rimmel natural bronzer, which does have quite a golden-orange undertone but still look very natural on the skin. It has TINY particles of shimmer in, which gives your skin a very subtle and healthy glow.
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Brows:
Maybelline takes the cake for me in this category!
If you want a really subtle addition of colour to your brows, you can’t go wrong with the Brow Drama tinted brow gel. It adds definition and colour to your existing brows without having to fill them in, plus it keeps them in place all day. I use this by itself on days where I’m going for a more natural look, but you could also use it on tip of a powder or a pencil.
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To fill your brows in with a pencil, I would suggest the Maybelline Define-a-Brow pencil. The nib is so small you can actually draw in little hairs; it reminds me quite a lot of the Anastasia Brow-wiz except for the fact that the spooly on the Maybelline one is a bit useless.
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Blush:
Rimmel stay blushed cream blushes are my favourite from the drugstore, because you can use them as a blush and a lip product, so it’s really a 2 for 1 kind of deal. The tube is quite large and you only need a tiny amount to blend onto your cheeks, so it will last you a long time. These have a really nice amount of pigmentation, and because it’s a cream product, you can always build it up to be bolder! They blend really well onto the skin, and stay put all day long.
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Powder:
Nothing beats the Rimmel stay matte powder! It’s really finely milled, so it feels nice and soft on the skin without looking too cakey, it’s got a very natural finish while still reducing shine.
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Eyes
Shadows:
Recently I would have said I wasn’t a huge fan of drug store eye shadow palettes, they just don’t compare with high end, that is until I bought the L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1.
This palette is a little bit pricey for drugstore, but it’s still half the price of a naked palette. It comes with 10 shades, some shimmery and some matte, and I have to say I love them all! They are soft and buttery, they blend well and they allow you to create any kind of look you want! The brush that comes with the palette is garbage, but other than that, this has a big thumbs up from me.
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Cream shadows:
Nothing beats the Maybelline colour tattoos; they have a gorgeous range of shades that you can use on their own or as a base. I love using these on their own because they’re so fast and easy, and give the most beautiful effect on the lid, they have shimmery shades and matte ones, some light ones and some dark ones; so you can really play around and achieve some pretty looks.
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Mascara:
I would say Mascara is the one thing not to waste your money on with a high end one, because the drug store has SO MANY good ones! My favourite at the moment is the Covergirl Full Lash Bloom, because it separates my lashes nicely and it adds just the right amount of volume for every day wear.
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Now, I realize I didn’t choose a drug store liquid liner, but that’s only because I have never found anything that compares to my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner.

Lips
I would say the drugstore has the best range of lip products that compare to high end ones, which made this category the hardest for me.
Lipstick:
I would have to go with the Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks, they have the most amazing colour pay off and they don’t sit in the lines of your lips or anything. They have a great range of shades, but the bold ones in particular are my favourite.
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Gloss:
The Revlon Colourburst lip glosses are the best, again they have a good range of shades and the formulation is amazing! It’s not sticky at all; it’s very moisturizing and thin so you don’t feel like you’re wearing a layer of wax on your lips.
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Last but not least are Brushes!
Real Techniques without question are the best quality brushes on the market at the drugstore. They’re super soft and easy to clean, and they provide a brush for every single need you could possibly have. You can buy the brushes in core kits for less than $20 or you can buy some of them individually for less than $10! I find myself reaching for these more than some of my high end brushes sometimes! Definitely a worthy investment!
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That’s it for my drugstore starter kit! Let me know if you use any of these, or what some of your products would be!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Sephora.ca Haul #4 – VIB Rouge Sale part 2

Hello beautiful people!
How has your week been so far? Only two more days until Friday!! I’m definitely finding that since I started working, the weeks are going by much faster!

As promised, this is the second and smaller half of my VIB Rouge Sale haul!

First I’ll get the re-purchase out of the way! You guys all know how much I love the new Origins Original Skin serum ($48).
This is definitely one of the best serum’s I’ve ever used, after this one bottle, I’ve absolutely noticed a difference in my skin; The tone is brighter, the texture is smoother and my make up applies beautifully! I’ve droned on and on about this before, but I’m just so happy to see a serum formulated for ladies in their 20’s and 30’s.
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Next I picked up one of the new Boscia Hydrogel masks ($10), there are three kinds, but I chose the charcoal pore-minimizing one. These are one time use, two piece sheet masks which makes these quite expensive, but since I had 15% off, I figured I would try it out. I haven’t used it yet, but I’ll keep you guys posted!
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Finally, I bought one of the Stila Eye’s Are the Window palette’s in the shade Soul ($59). I’ve heard such good things about these, so I thought I’d add this one to my collection! I definitely went for the most neutral palette, but they do have brighter ones.
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This palette has 5 matte shades, 6 shimmer shades, and one glittery shade. They have great pigmentation and they blend together really well – I did find the glittery shade slightly chalky, but that’s the only one that disappointed me.
I swatched them top to bottom starting from the left row to the right.
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This is a great palette, you could create all sorts of looks with this baby! The packaging is cute and compact, which will make it easy to travel with.
Also, it has an adorable plastic insert with a lovely quote.
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Let me know if you’ve tried any of these!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

February Favourites!

Hello beautiful people!
Hopefully you all had fantastic weekends! I actually bought my first car yesterday! I’m very excited to be adding a little bit more responsibility to my life, and to have a car of my own of course.
Since its March first (already!) I figured it was time for my February favourites post.

My first favourite is a fragrance that I picked up at Anthropologie towards the end of January, and I absolutely love it! It’s the Royal Apothic fragrance in Kensington Gardens ($36); for all my British followers – each scent is named after a famous place in London! Normally I don’t stray from my Marc Jacob’s scents, but this one just had to come home with me. It smells very fresh and floral with slight hints of sweetness but it’s also a bit spicy, which is why I liked it so much, and the price is much better than a Marc perfume. I also LOVE the packaging of this perfume, the little squeeze puff makes it feel very vintage and feminine, and the bottle has a map of Kensington Garden with a picture of the Queen on the back. If you have Anthropologie near you I would suggest checking these fragrances out, or you could look on the Royal Apothic website!
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Next is the L’Oreal Infallible eye shadow in the shade Amber Rush, this pressed pigment is so beautiful! It feels soft like butter and blends over the lid without any skipping, one or two swipes of your brush or finger into the pot will do your whole lid without fail. It has incredible pigmentation and is super shimmery which I think is beautiful for spring, or a night out with something darker blended through the crease. This shadow lasted over 12 hours on my lids yesterday without a single crease, so for the $8.00 I paid, I would say this product was well worth the money! I will definitely be picking up a few more shades!
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Staying with the L’Oreal Infallible line, the new 16hr matte powder is so good, it may take the place of Rimmel stay matte in my Holy Grail category! I know, that’s a big claim, but this powder is actually that good! It’s very finely milled which makes it feel super lightweight and invisible on the skin, but the formula really stays in place without feeling cakey. I’m not sure this lasts 16 hours if you have combo/oily skin like I do, but this definitely lasts a good 8 without any signs of shine. I do find after that point I need to touch up through my t-zone, but other than that this powder is fab.

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You guys know how much I love Origins, so when they came out with the new Original Skin Renewal Serum ($48), I had to give it a try. I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older my skin has definitely changed, I find I have a lot more congestion and difficulty with skin texture, so when I read about this serum I thought it could do wonders for my skin – and it has! This is created with willowherb and Persian silk tree to help rejuvenate the skin, allowing its natural radiance to come through, which improves tone, texture and shrinks the look of pores. I’ve been using this around 4 weeks and I’ve really noticed a difference in the appearance of my skin! I like this serum a lot because it’s actually more a gel formulation than the classic liquid serum, so one pump is all you need for your face and neck, and your skin automatically feels softer and smoother. If you’re looking for something to add a healthy glow to your complexion I would suggest giving this a try!
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I know I’m definitely not the only one whose been loving the new Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation ($7.99). I picked this up around the beginning of February because I was so excited that it had finally come to Canada, and I was not disappointed. This foundation has great coverage without being too matte, it still allows some radiance to come through which is something I personally love in a foundation! I definitely don’t think it lasts 25 hours, but it’ll definitely last for the day, or for a night out! It photographs well, it blends nicely onto the skin without sitting in your pores, and it hardly oxidizes so the colour stays true to the bottle. I’ve been reaching for this all month, so if you can get your hands on this I would definitely recommend it!
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My last favourite is a bit of an introduction into my next post, it’s the Saje Natural Wellness headache remedy called Peppermint Halo. (I’m going to be doing a full review/informative post on Saje for later this week so come back for that one!) Basically this is a rollerball of essential oils that help to relieve headaches in a natural way, it has peppermint oil, lavender oil, rosemary, and eucalyptus oil to help with tension headaches. You apply this to your temples and the scent will help your headache to go away, you can also apply this to the back of your neck and it will help with any neck or shoulder pain you’re having. I was always the kind of person who would just pop an ibuprofen when I had a headache or shoulder pain, but after seeing how effective a natural remedy can be, I don’t think I’ll be so keen to reach for that little plastic bottle anymore.
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Those are my February favourites!
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these/what kind of posts you’d like to see in March!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

** Here are some photobomb’s courtesy of Woobie! Enjoy
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Wet N’ Wild Palette Review!

Hello beautiful people!
I hope you guys had a fabulous weekend! I went out to celebrate my best friend Amber’s champagne birthday. It was so nice to spend an evening celebrating with her and all of the people closest to her!

Last week I was wandering around my local Rexall, and I noticed the Wet N’ Wild display was fully stocked, so obviously I had to take a look! I’ve heard great things about the Wet N’ Wild shadows but, I had never been able to get my hands on any, until now!

I picked up the palette 738 Comfort Zone, which comes with eight shadows.
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The left side is very neutral, with the brow bone shade being a pale cream, the eyelid shade is a gorgeous pink-champagne, the crease shade is a deep brown, and the definer shade is a gorgeous cranberry-plum colour. This side would be great for an everyday look or, you could even smoke it out by using the two darkest shades!
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The right side has more cool toned shadows, with the brow bone shade being almost a silvery-gold colour, the lid shade is a pale green (which to be honest I probably won’t use too often), the crease shade is a black with silver glitter particles, and the definer shade is my favourite in the palette. It’s a bronze-copper shade, but it has almost a blue iridescence to it, in the pan it looks slightly blue, but when it’s swatched it’s so incredible! This shade all over the lid would make for a very sexy look!
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The great thing about this palette is if you’re just starting out, the shadows literally tell you where they need to be placed on the eye to achieve a gorgeous look but, if you’re a little more comfortable with shadows, obviously you can mix and match the shades to create whatever kind of look you want!
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The consistency of these is honestly like butter, they are super smooth and velvety with great pigmentation for a drugstore product. They last a long time, especially with a primer underneath, and they blend really well, not to mention the price of this palette made my jaw drop. I paid $4.99 for this baby. $4.99! I can’t believe the quality of these based on the price, literally for the price of a latte you can have 8 incredible eye shadows, that will allow you to achieve countless looks!

If you see these in your local drugstore, I would highly recommend picking them up! Even as a gift for someone, because for that price you really can’t go wrong!
Let me know if you’ve tried these out, or any other recommendations you guys have!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara Review

Hello beautiful people!

I think Mascara is one of the things in my collection that I switch up the most, I mean, every brand has at least 4 mascara’s to choose from and they’re constantly bringing out new ones, which of course I always want to try!
So, recently I was wandering through my local Shoppers Drug Mart and saw the new Cover Girl display. Now, usually I don’t gravitate towards Cover Girl as a brand because I haven’t had the best luck with their products in the past, but I thought I’d give this new mascara a try!
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The new Full Lash Bloom mascara ($7.99) is actually amazing! Not only is the packaging super cute and springy, the formulation is awesome! It’s definitely more of a day time mascara, as it doesn’t add a lot of volume.
This stuff separates my lashes and coats each individual lash with product, making them look full and long. You can definitely build it up to be a bit more voluminous, although I find it starts to clump the more you add.

I’ve worn this every day for about a week and I can’t say a bad thing about it, it stays in place with a tiny bit of flaking – like literally two flakes- after 10 hours of wearing it!
My only issue with this product is the wand, I’m really not a fan of the plastic wands as I find they tend to hurt my eyes, so I just have to make sure I’m being really careful when I’m applying the product to the base of my lashes. Other than that this mascara gets a huge thumb’s up from me!
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Let me know if you’ve tried this and what you think of it!
Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

Blogmas day 6! – Face of the evening!

Hello beautiful people!
I woke up feeling slightly under the weather this morning, so the day was spent mostly in bed watching movies including the Christmas movie of the day which is Elf!
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I know that this will not be the only time I watch this during the Christmas season, it’s one of my favourites! It has a great message and Will Ferrell is hilarious!

My advent calendar surprises were wonderful, I’m really happy with all the polishes I’ve gotten so far! Well worth the price of the calendar itself, I’ll probably be picking up another one next year.
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Like I said yesterday in my post we’re going out for dinner for my mom’s Birthday tonight and then Carmen and I are heading to a Christmas party so I thought I’d do a face of the evening for you!
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Complexion:
Estee Lauder double wear foundation in 1C1 cool bone, I find this to last the best on me, especially for a night out
Nars radiant creamy concealer in Chantilly, this is just my holy grail concealer – I recommend it to everyone.
Rimmel stay matte powder to set everything in place
Anastasia dip brow in soft brown, this is fairly new but I’m absolutely loving it! My brows always look great when I use this
Too faced milk chocolate bronzer to contour and bronze up my face
Nars blush in Almeria which I can’t stop reaching for!
Mac cream colour base in Shell to highlight the cheekbones

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Eyes:
Estee Lauder eye shadow duo in Raisins, this is one of my all-time favourite duo’s the colours are so beautiful for this time of year
Kat Von D tattoo liner in trooper to add some wings!
Revlon bold laquer mascara and Clinique bottom lash mascara
Ardell individual lashes in medium black, I love adding some individual lashes to a look, especially when I’m wearing a more neutral lip, it just adds the nicest definition to my lashes without piling on mascara!

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lips:
Kat Von D studded lipstick in lovecraft

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The finished look:
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I haven’t decided on an outfit yet but if I can manage to take a photo tonight I’ll post it tomorrow!
I hope you guys enjoy this post, sorry it’s not super exciting but as I said I’m feeling slightly under the weather.
Enjoy your Friday & the weekend!
Until tomorrow,
xoxo
-Lo