Sunday, February 28, 2016

Skincare Sunday Product Review - Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep

Happy Skincare Sunday everyone! I love night creams, and I have quite a few I rotate through on a regular basis! Night creams come in as the last step of your nighttime routine; I always use a regular moisturizer before applying my night cream because to me, night cream is for extra moisture, not to be used instead of a moisturizer (just my preference though, I love my multi-step routine!) 


Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep

Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep ~ $52.00. Vichy laboratories created a powerful synergy of active ingredients capable of stimulating all of skin's deep sleep mechanisms to recreate and optimize their repairing effects.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Five on Friday - February 26, 2016

Can you believe this is the last week of February already? I hate to say it again, but this month has just flown by! My week has been good - pretty quiet and back to the normal routine around here! 

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I gave in and made myself a Facebook page for See The World in PINK! It's a little weird expanding beyond my normal social medias for the blog and it is still a work in progress, but I would if you came and showed my page some love! 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

US Shopping Haul!!! Huge Skincare and Makeup Shop!

As most of you know I was just recently down in California for a vacation and really wanted to do some makeup shopping. I have never been to Ulta before and we don't have Target in Canada any longer so those were my 2 "must go" places! I was really looking for items that aren't available in Canada at this time (seems a little crazy, but there is so many brands that just don't sell here!!!) Some of the items are available in Canada, but since I don't shop that much I grabbed a ton of stuff! The dollar isn't great right now (although it did go up right before our trip) so I wanted to make sure I was getting good quality items too!! 

All items will be in US dollars for this post, and there was some sales at the stores while I was there in person, but I am just using the website prices! 

Here is a look at what I picked up from Ulta:
US Shopping Haul!!! Huge Skincare and Makeup Shop!

NYX Cosmetics Blotting Papers ~ $3.99 US. NYX Top Selling Blotting Paper: Is the makeup artist secret to blot excess oil and combat shine. Does not clog pores or disturb the makeup look. Can be used during, after and between makeup applications.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wine + Mask Wednesday (Carayon La Rose and My Beauty Diary Strawberry Yogurt Mask)

Time for another Wine and Mask Wednesday - this week's theme is "Strawberry"! 

Here is a look at my Strawberry Mask of the Week:
My Beauty Diary Strawberry Yogurt Mask

My Beauty Diary Strawberry Yogurt Mask ~ $2.19 (10 for $21.90). Skin-balancing sheet mask steeps skin in natural strawberry essence that cleanses and moisturizes with its fruit acids, minerals and enzymes. The active lactic acid in yogurt essence normalizes oil secretion, minimizing and refining pore size in the process. Skin feels soft and fresh after every use, with continued use giving complexion a lustrous and brighter appearance.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February 2016 Beauty Box Comparison - Ipsy vs. Topbox vs. Birchbox

Here is a look at the chart comparison between Ipsy, Topbox and Birchbox:
February 2016 Beauty Box Comparison - Ipsy vs. Topbox vs. Birchbox

I was surprised with the value of Birchbox this month - it was way higher than normal. Topbox and Ipsy were both very on par with their regular values and item breakdowns. 

February 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag - Unboxing and Review

This post contains referral links 

Ipsy is one of the original inexpensive beauty bag sample subscriptions. You receive 4-5 deluxe sample size or full size products each month. The cost is $10 US (+ $4.95 shipping to Canada - you will have to factor in our crazy exchange rate right now!)

Ipsy is generally make-up products with a mix of skincare, nail polish, and hair products based on a beauty profile you complete. There is usually 12-18 products that are selected from each month! You can view your "glam room" online that tells you all the products you will receive each month. You also receive a make-up bag each month with your products.

Ipsy always ships out in it's signature pink mailer, and here is a look at what came inside! 
February 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag

The theme for February is "Pretty in #IpsyPink" - and how cute is this bag?! I love it this month! 

Monday, February 22, 2016

February 2016 - Birchbox Canada Review and Unboxing

Birchbox is the original sample beauty box and started shipping to Canada last year. It is $10 a month + $4.95 shipping to Canada. Each month you receive 5 sample (or full size) products based on a beauty profile you complete.

My last post about Birchbox indicated that they have decided to put their Canadian subscriptions "on hold" - which in my terms means they are never coming back! There was a bit of a mess in how they would refund my yearly subscription as I was only a few months in but they did give me my money back so it worked out.

February is my last month of Birchbox:

Birchbox usually comes in cute boxes and each month has a different design! 

Manincure Monday - Julep "Helen" and OPI "Charmmy & Sugar" (Hello Kitty Collection)

Manicure Monday time!! I was not a fan of my nails over the last week so I am excited to change them up! I have been waiting to try a polish from the OPI Hello Kitty line and I am using it tonight! 

Here is a look at my Manicure of the Week:
Julep "Helen" and OPI "Charmmy & Sugar" (Hello Kitty Collection)

I love these 2 colors together! 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Skincare Sunday Product Review - Albertini Warm Love Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask

What sounds better than a face mask that smells like a Pumpkin Spice Latte??! Seriously  - this smells sooo good! 


Albertini Warm Love Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask

Albertini Warm Love Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask ~ sample size (full size is 5 oz $23). Use Warm Love pumpkin exfoliating mask after cleansing your face, and prior to moisturizing. Use Warm Love mask 1-2 times a week for improved skin texture.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

February 2016 Topbox - Review and Unboxing

This post contains referral links

TopBox is a Canadian Beauty Box Subscription - for $12 CDN a month with free shipping, you will receive 4 deluxe sample size or full size products. You fill out a beauty profile and generally receive products based on what you have identified in the profile. Also, every month you have the option to wish for a "prive" box, which is a box that focuses on one brand or product for the whole box.

TopBox is a Canadian company and only ships to Canada. There is usually a month or two waitlist for this subscription. 

For this month, I requested a regular Topbox - here is a look at what I received:

February 2016 Topbox - Review and Unboxing

For this subscription, you choose an organza bag or a cardboard tube for it to ship in - I always choose these bags as I find so many uses for them! Topbox also includes a detailed product card explaining what was included. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Lush - Valentine's Day Goodies!

Uh, I have deep love for Lush and love when they release their holiday collections I have to run out and get myself a few goodies!! 
Lush - Valentine's Day Goodies!

The Kiss Lip Gloss ~ $8.95. The Kiss has it all! This limited edition gloss is vegan, self-preserving and leaves behind a pretty pink color and loads of shine. Its whipped buttery base of shea butter and coconut oil melt on to soften and hydrate lips, and almond and tangerine oils leave a lip-smacking flavor behind. We’ve topped this gloss off with a dash of guarana seed powder to make your lips feel plump, soft and ready for smooching.

Five on Friday - February 19, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! This week has been a bit busy for me trying to get back in to the routine of life coming back from vacation! So sorry I'm a little slow getting back up to posting, but I am working on it! I received the best news while away on holidays - I'm an Aunty now! Woo hoo!! My husband's sister had a little boy on February 11, 2016 and I am over the moon excited about it!

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body shop drops of youth

Have you guys gone to The Body Shop yet to get your deluxe sample of the Drops of Youth concentrate?! I am excited to try it - I have been enjoying the Oils of Life sample I received from them as well! 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wine + Mask Wednesday (Sperling Pinot Noir + Leaders Mediu Amino Acid AC-Free Mask)

Time for another Wine and Mask Wednesday - this week's theme is "Red". 

Here is a look at my Mask of the Week:
Leaders Mediu Amino Acid AC-Free Mask

Leaders Mediu Amino AC-Free Mask ~ $2.33 (set of 10 for $23.31). Enriched with amino acids, aspartic acid, AHA and snail secretion filtrate, this acne-free mask works on oily or sensitive skin to soothe skin and combat acne. Apply to cleansed and toned face for 15-20 minutes and pat in remaining essence.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Manicure Tuesday - Essence Cosmetics Pastel Ombre Top Coat Review

I'm back from vacation - thanks for being patient with me! I hope everyone had an amazing week! I'm will getting back in to posts as quickly as I can! 

I broke a nail while on vacation so I had to cut the rest down, and I have soooo many goodies from my trip that I can't wait to dig in to! Including the Essence Cosmetics Ombre Top Coat - it is supposed to lighten your polish I coat at a time for an ombre effect without lightening the color yourself while applying! 

Here is a look at my Mani of the Week:
Essence Cosmetics Pastel Ombre Top Coat Review

Ahhh... okay I know it is clearly patchy and really uneven! With my first attempt at this, I'm not super impressed. It did not go on smooth and was hard to make even on the nails. Each layer of top coat had to dry, but the more layers you added, the more uneven and blotchy it got! 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Manicure Monday - Disney Inspired Mickey Mouse Nails

~*~ please note that See The World in PINK is taking a little vacation and I will return with posting on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 xoxo ~ *~

We are leaving tomorrow for Disneyland, so I thought it only fitting that I have some Mickey Mouse nails for the occasion! 


Disney Inspired Mickey Mouse Nails

I cannot take credit for this design myself, I found the design on Pinterest and have to give credit to "Being Genevieve"  

Demeter Fragrance Blending Library - Create Your Own Scent Blending and Review!

I received these items in exchange for my review as part of the CBB campaign

I was so excited when Demeter Fragrance reached out to the Canadian Beauty Bloggers for a "Create Your Own Fragrance - Foolproof Blending Library Campaign"! 

Here is a look at what came as part of the campaign:
Demeter Fragrance Blending Library - Create Your Own Scent Blending and Review!

Demeter is introducing their Foolproof Blending Library, founded on the philosophy of expressing your unique individuality through scent. These sets comes with a curated assortment of fragrances that can be blended and layered together in any combination you think suits your personality best! 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Skincare Sunday Product Review - Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid

I was really excited a few months back when I received the Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid in my Birchbox! I had been eyeing this product up for months, but was trying to be good and not buy new products until I used up a little bit of my stash! 


Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid ~ sample size pictured (full size is 5 oz for $49.00). This liquid skin saver plumps and seals dull, dry skin for all day moisture. The serum acts as a liquid cushion that strengthens and protects skin barrier from chronic water loss with the power of ceramides. It transforms rough and dehydrated skin into a hydrated, healthy glow. 

Makeup Review - theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliners

I was very happy when I received an eyeliner from theBalm in my January Ipsy bag. I received one shade in my bag and decided to seek out another colour as well! 


Makeup Review - theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliners

theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliners ~ $17.00. These pencils deliver the long-lasting color you've been looking for, and have built-in sharpeners so they are always ready when you are. With high payoff, eight wearable shades, and a satin smooth texture, we understand why your eyes wander- but rest assured, your eyeliner won't!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Five on Friday - February 5, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! Hope everyone has had a great week - mine has been good, surprisingly quiet this week (which I will not complain about at all!)

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Let's chat about the big announcement of the week - Birchbox Canada! Here is there Facebook announcement (because as a yearly subscriber I did not even get the courtesy of an email from the company):

"We are so sad to let you know that we have made the difficult decision to put our Canada operations on hold. We love our Canadian customers, but with the current exchange rate and high shipping costs, we can't create the Birchbox experience at a price that is fair to you. We will do what we can to make that a possibility; until then, please know that we sincerely appreciate your support and enthusiasm for Birchbox, and we plan to take good care of our Canadian subscribers as we wind down in this market.
For all Birchbox subscribers, February 2016 will be your last shipment.
If you have a monthly subscription, you will no longer be billed after February. If you have an annual subscription, you will be credited the remaining value of your subscription in Birchbox Points or a refund.
You have until April 30, 2016 to spend all your Birchbox Points (including your current points and those credited from your subscription)."

There is a whole lot wrong with this announcement - again, no direct contact at all! And, your yearly subscription will be reimbursed in POINTS?! Hell no! 

I did email them to argue this, and to their benefit, they did respond immediately and reimburse my money on my credit card. But, in my opinion, we should not have to request this. I don't think this whole situation was handled well at all. Ugh. This month will be my last Birchbox Canada. 

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Okay, this is going to sound super lame/hilarious, but tonight the family is going to watch the "WWE Road to Wrestlemania" tonight! My cousin is Tyler Breeze and he was recently called up to wrestle on the WWE roster from NXT. This will be my first time seeing him wrestle live and while I don't follow WWE, it will be so awesome to see him in person!! 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Becca Highlighter Comparison and Reviews - "Shimmering Skin Perfector" Pressed vs. Poured vs. Liquid

I have to say that I love highlighters, and Becca is well known for making some of the best highlighters out there (Champagne Pop anyone?!) But if you look at their highlighters, or shimmering skin perfectors as they are called, you will notice that there is 3 different types of them: pressed, poured and liquid. 

I thought I would compare the 3 types to help decipher the difference between the different types: Pressed vs. Poured vs. Liquid 

Becca Highlighter Comparison and Reviews - "Shimmering Skin Perfector" Pressed vs. Poured vs. Liquid

The three Becca Highlighters I will be comparing are:
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Protector Pressed - Champagne Pop
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Protector Poured - Opal 
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) - Opal 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wine + Mask Wednesday (Copper Moon Sauvignon Blanc + Passport To Beauty Gold Radiance Mask)

Yay Wednesday - I found some Wine again this week so things are looking up around here! (just kidding, my basement renos are going to last forever, but at least I scrounged up a glass of wine for the evening!) This week's theme is "gold"!

Here is a look at my Mask of the Week:
Passport to Beauty - Gold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask with Collagen and Rose Oil

Passport to Beauty - Gold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask with Collagen and Rose Oil ~ 1 mask for $32.50 ($65 for 2 mask set). Egyptians believed the healing powers of gold could cure all manner of physical, mental and spiritual ailments. Romans used gold preparations for treatment of skin lesions and sores. It is believed that Cleopatra wore pure gold for a radiant complexion. In ancient Chinese medicine, gold was the secret to youthful skin. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Manicure Monday (Valentine's Nail Art - Lips and Kisses) and Monthly Pedicure (Julep "Evie")

Time for a Valentine's Day inspired Manicure Monday - I'm am going to do pretty pink lips for my nail art today! 

Here is a look at my final results:
Valentine's Nail Art - Lips and Kisses

To get to this final result, here are the products I used:

January 2016 Monthly Favorites!

Here are my Top 5 products for January! (I know this seems a little skin oil heavy, but seriously all 3 are so good and my skin needs these in the Winter!)

IOPE Essential Facial ~ $15.99 USD. Instantly forms a thin and light membrane on the skin surface for smooth and well-hydrated skin. The organic argan oil nourishes the skin, while the highly skin-friendly macadamia nut oil is quickly absorbed and protects skin.