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!
DSCN1430
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!
DSCN1434

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!
DSCN1436DSCN1438DSCN1439

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!
DSCN1441DSCN1443

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!
DSCN1446DSCN1450

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


My very first Ipsy Glam Bag!

Hello beautiful people!
I hope you all had a much better week/weekend than I did, as I spent mine lying on a couch icing my swollen chipmunk face. On the plus side, I did manage to watch about 15 movies and eat lots of jell-o and pudding but all in all I will say that having your wisdom teeth removed is a huge bummer! BUT while I was lying there feeling sorry for myself I got a couple packages in the mail!

Friday I received my very first Ipsy Glam Bag! Which is a similar subscription to Topbox where you receive deluxe samples or full size products once a month, Ipsy is slightly cheaper than Topbox at 10$ a month but I recently cancelled my subscription to julep so I thought I’d give this one a try.

My August glam bag came in an adorable little white and orange polkadot pencil case since their August theme was “beauty schooled” since a lot of people are heading back to school next month.
DSCN0329

I received a deluxe sample of an Urban Decay 24/7 velvet glide-on eye pencil in the colour Plushie, which is a gorgeous matte dark purple colour. I have a full size turquoise one and I love the formulation of these, they really do stay all day, glide on and have incredible pigmentation. I’m super excited to get into using this colour when fall comes around!
DSCN0335DSCN0334

This next product came in handy when I was too lazy to wash my hair because my face hurt, and it’s the laboratories Klorane extra-gentle dry shampoo with oat milk. I found this quite nice as dry shampoo’s go, it says to “spray a small quantity of powder 12 inches away from head directly on scalp. Leave for 2 minutes then brush though”, I followed the instructions and it worked really well to absorb grease and add a bit of volume without leaving a white residue in my hair. As for scent, it smells quite fresh and slightly botanical – I don’t love the scent but it’s not heinous enough for me not to use the product. I love that this is such a small size which is perfect for my purse if I need a quick root refresher after work or on the go.
DSCN0332

I was so surprised to see a mini eye shadow quad in a sample service bag! I didn’t think a lot of them sent them out, and I’ve never received anything like this from Topbox so I was really impressed.
CoastalScents isn’t a company I had heard of before so I checked out their website; they have a lot of palettes available in big blockbusters with like 88 colours, and the prices seem really affordable. This little quad is called eye shadow sample set 23. The colours from top left to bottom right are called Persian pink, baby pink, pink silver and Icelandic. I can see myself getting use out of the bottom two but not so much the top two as eye shadows, they might be cute as blushes or even to use as touch ups throughout the day since this is such a tiny size. They’re quite velvety in texture and the pigmentation is surprisingly good, I may have to browse their website a little more after playing with these shadows even though their not the typical colours I would have chosen.
They also have a section of their website where you can buy the supplies to make your own bath bombs which is super cool and I may actually give that a shot!
DSCN0339coastalscent

I also got a Manna Kadar sheer glo shimmer lotion in my glam bag, again a brand I’d never heard of which is one of the best things about sample subscriptions. This is a cream highlighter which you can use for face and body, and even add it to your foundation. It looks pink in the tube but once you blend it out it just adds this gorgeous glow to your skin, it doesn’t look too shimmery at all it just adds like this natural radiance to your skin making it almost look wet but not in a gross way just in a beautiful way. I will definitely be using this on the tops of the cheek bones, cupids bow, maybe even on my chest and legs for a night out. Even though this sample is super small I can already tell that a little goes a long way with this product, also I’m super excited to try adding this to some of my foundations to see how it looks.
DSCN0337DSCN0338

Last is a Jersey Shore Sun mongongo nutrient dense anti-aging lip conditioner, what a mouthful!
This is a completely organic product which is awesome, and is in the scent mandarin green orange ginger, but it mostly just smells like oranges. I can’t say I’m over the moon with this product because it doesn’t do anything for me that my Burt’s Bee’s doesn’t do, aside from the fact that It’s a 100% organic product. With winter coming I figure I can never have enough lip balms, and this one is hydrating and nourishing so I’ll definitely be keeping it on my bedside table.
DSCN0336

That’s it for this post my loves, let me know in the comments if you’ve used any of these products or if you’re subscribed to Ipsy and you love it, I love hearing from you guys!
Don’t forget this good buttons and I’ll have a new post coming for you soon since I got another package in the mail while I was couch-ridden! It mayyy or may not be a haul so keep your eyes peeled!
until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

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.
DSCN0104

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.
DSCN0101

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!
DSCN0100

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!
DSCN0099
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
-Lo

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

http://www.epicblend.com
http://sosusan.com/index.php
http://www.essie.com/#
http://www.elizabetharden.com