Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Mask Wednesday - Sephora Collection Face Mask "Pearl"

Happy Wednesday everyone - it's time for masking! This week's theme is "pink"! 
Mask Wednesday - Sephora Collection Face Mask "Pearl"

Sephora Collection Face Mask "Pearl" ~ $8.00. Each of these masks is infused with a different active ingredient for relaxing the skin and achieving a brighter, more revitalized complexion. The fiber masks perfectly hug facial contours for better penetration of the active ingredients. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Manicure Monday - YYC Pride Week Rainbow Nails!

It is currently Pride Week here in Calgary - August 26 to September 5, 2016! I'm marching in the Pride Week parade this coming up weekend, so it's only appropriate that I have some rainbow nails! 
Manicure Monday - YYC Pride Week Rainbow Nails!


I created this look with super thin nail viynls and a polish of each rainbow shade! 

August 2016 Bath Time Box - Unboxing and Review!

Bath Time Box is a Canadian bath subscription box (started right here in Alberta - yay!!!). Bath Time Box focuses on products to help you rediscover bath time - I love baths so this box is right up my alley!

Bath Time Box is described as: 

"Designed and curated with the Bath lover in mind, each Bath Time Box contains 5 full and deluxe sample sized bath products carefully chosen to take your bath time to the next level.  Each box is carefully chosen with a focus on Natural and Handcrafted products. 
Delivered to you monthly, each box will hold an assortment of luxurious milk baths, scintillating bubble baths, invigorating scrubs, nourishing lotions and so much more."

Bath Time Box is $29.00 monthly + free shipping. (If you sign up for 3 months, it is $85, and 12 months is $335 + free shipping).

Also, if you are interested in purchasing items that you see in box, you can go the Bath Time Box store: www.bathtimestore.com 

The box ships on the 21st or 22nd of every month - it ships quickly and arrives in a few days! 

Here is a look at the August 2016 Bath Time Box:
August 2016 Bath Time Box - Unboxing and Review!

This box always comes neatly packaged in a little white box and I find the products are always neatly wrapped! 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Skincare Sunday - The FaceOff Challenge

Happy Skincare Sunday everyone! This week's review is on the "FaceOff" cloth! 
Skincare Sunday - The FaceOff Challenge

The FaceOff Cloth ~ $12.95. FaceOff is a natural, soft, reusable cleansing cloth that removes all face and eye makeup, even mascara using only warm water.  

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Makeup of the Day Post ~ Bold Purple Shadow

For August, the Canadian Beauty Bloggers group  came up with the theme of "purple" - to share makeup, nails etc! 

I sometimes share more reviews of products then I do more of actually makeup looks I have done. I hope you guys don't mind if I start showing more makeup looks too!!!


Makeup of the Day Post ~ Bold Purple Shadow

I love bright, bold eye shadow looks even though I don't wear them as often as I would like!! 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Five on Friday - August 26, 2016

Happy Friday everyone - hope you all have a great weekend! I can't believe this is the last weekend before school starts! It's so hard to believe! 

ONE
smashbox primer

Woo hoo - I just got my free Smashbox primer in the mail! I really like this primer so I'm happy with this! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 2016 Boxycharm - Review and Unboxing

Boxycharm is $21.00 a month + $5.00 shipping to Canada (shipping is free to the U.S.) Boxycharm sends 4 to 5 full size and luxury size beauty items. (This is only the 3rd month they have been shipping to Canada!)

Looking back at past reviews, this box focuses heavily on make-up items - so that is something to keep in mind! (I personally love all the makeup though and they have sent full size palettes in the past!)


Here is a look at August's Boxycharm:

August 2016 Boxycharm - Review and Unboxing

This month's theme is "Express Yourself"! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mask Wednesday - Bath Time Store "Exfoliating Clay Mask"

Happy Mask Wednesday! This week I'm reviewing the new mask that came in the July Bath Time Box


Bath Time Store "Exfoliating Clay Mask"

Exfoliating Clay Mask ~ 2.5 oz. for $9.50. This mask featured Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, combined with Kaolin Clay, cucumber and papaya extracts and vegetable glycerin for a gentle exfoliation. Use sparingly, as a little goes a long way. 

August 2016 Beauty Box Comparison - Ipsy vs. Topbox

Here is a comparison of the August 2016 Ipsy and Topbox:
August 2016 Beauty Box Comparison - Ipsy vs. Topbox

Both subscriptions had a very similar value this month! Here is a closer look at each box:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Manicure Monday - Scratch Nail Wraps "Fruit Basket"

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! This week's Manicure is a quick and easy Mani! I'm using some Scratch nail wraps! 
Manicure Monday - Scratch Nail Wraps & Fruit Basket

How adorable are these Fruit Basket nail wraps from Scratch?!

Monday, August 22, 2016

August 2016 Topbox - Review and Unboxing

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.

Each month comes with a couple variations, so you may not receive exactly the same products as me, but generally 1 or 2 are the same throughout all the bags. 
TopBox is a Canadian company and only ships to Canada. There is usually a month or two waitlist for this subscription. 

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

August 2016 Topbox - Review and Unboxing

At first glance, this box has a couple of really similar products to some I have seen over the last few months - I do like them, so here is a look at what I received:

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Skincare Sunday Eminence Organics Skin's Solace From The Sun Line

During the Summer it is important to remember to protect and repair your skin for the long sun-filled Summer days! 

Eminence Organic Skincare has a collection of skincare products from cleansing to hydrating that are a perfect remedy for sun-soaked skin! 
Eminence Skin's Solace From The Sun

This collection includes the Firm Skin Acai Cleanser, the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant, the Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist, and the Stone Crop Hydrating Gel! 

Friday, August 19, 2016

August 2016 - Ipsy Glambag Review and Unboxing

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!
This month's theme is "Sugar Highness" and I can't say enough how cute the bag is! I actually want the second option of the green bag too! They were designed by the Ipsy founder, Michelle Phan.

Five on Friday - August 19, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a great week - it has been pretty quiet here for me which is great! 

ONE
topbox biore glamsense

Woo hoo - I was recently selected for another Tobox Glamsense box! This one is with Biore and I am excited to try this stuff out! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mask Wednesday - Lovemore Rosa Hybrida Whitening Mask Sheet

Happy Mask Wednesday everyone! I'm reviewing one of my beloved Lovemore masks - these are Taiwanese silk sheets masks and they always feel so luxurious to wear! 
Lovemore Rosa Hybrida Whitening Mask Sheet

Lovemore Rosa Hybrida Whitening Mask Sheet ~ $22.99 for set of 5 - usually ranges from $2.50-$5.00 with online retailers). Organic Yamagata Rose permeates your skin for a beautiful red glow. The climate is beautiful in central Taiwan and is a natural paradise of flora and fauna. The Yamagata rose is famous for its fragrance. Because it is planted in valleys surrounded by many mountains, these delicate roses are protected by nature itself.
Its distilled nectar contains a variety of excellent moisturizers and whiteners, which can instantly refresh the skin. Combined with the anti-aging effect of rosehip oil, this formula can help protect and nourish your skin so that it can become as smooth, translucent and flawless as a rose petal, so you can shine with confidence.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ColourPop Tie-Dye Eyeshadows and Highlighter!

ColourPop has been releasing so many great products lately - I have actually had to be selective about which awesome releases I get because I can't get them all!

I was pretty excited when I heard that they were released a tie-dye highlighter and soon after re-releasing some limited edition tie-dye eyeshadows! Naturally, I couldn't resist these releases so I scooped them up! 

colourpop churro tie-dye highlighter

The limited edition highlighter is "Churro" - this is a combination of 3 highlighters: Avalon, Wisp, and Stole the Show. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Manicure Monday - Purple Sponge Nails!

Happy Manicure Monday - this month the Canadian Beauty Bloggers group is focusing on a Purple theme! 

I decided some purple nails would fit right it! And, I tried a new sponge mani technique:
Manicure Monday - Purple Sponge Nails!

Here is a look at the products I used for this week's nails:

Friday, August 12, 2016

Five on Friday - August 12, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! Hope everyone had a great week - I had a short work week and am enjoying some family time this weekend! 

ONE 
I will be a little M.I.A. this weekend - my husband's family does a family reunion every Summer, so we are enjoying a long weekend away! We are heading to Pigeon Lake for a few nights so I will probably not be posting this weekend (sorry, no Skincare Sunday!) 

The reunion is really fun this year and lots of family has new babies! They also have a big bocce tournament every year so wish me luck! See you guys next week!

TWO

I got new business cards! I'm so excited with how they turned out - if you are interested, I ordered them from VistaPrint. Make sure you look for coupon codes as they always have great deals! 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Put A Bow On It Premium Monthly Subscription - Unboxing and Review!

I love finding new Canadian subscriptions! Lifestyle boxes are really amazing because they come with such a wide range of products! 

Put A Bow On It is Canadian lifestyle subscription started in St.Albert, Alberta! This box is only available in Canada! (edit - right after I posted this, it was announced that they will be shipping to the USA too for September!)

The subscription is described as:
"Every month our 2 gift options; the Deluxe and the Premium gift boxes are curated around fun and exciting themes,  the themes and items are different for each gift box option.  Both options are beautifully wrapped and will contain several of our favorite items from:
Cosmetics & Beauty Products
Jewellery & Fashion Accessories
Trendy Desktop Accessories
Home Decor Accents
Technology Devices
Cooking & Baking Accessories
Health & Lifestyle Items"

Put A Bow On It offers 2 subscriptions each month:
  • Deluxe Temptation Box ~ $38.00 per month ($48.00 CAN). We call it the Temptation Box because we know you will love the full Put A Bow On It experience and will be tempted for more...  You will receive one beautifully hand wrapped gift box delivered right your door but we are sure one won't be enough . No auto-renew.
  • Premium Temptation Box ~ $64.95 per month ($74.95 CAN). We call it the Temptation Box because we know you will love the full Put A Bow On It experience and will be tempted for more...  You will receive one beautifully hand wrapped gift box delivered right your door but we are sure one won't be enough . No auto-renew.
Here is a look at the Premium Subscription Box:
Put A Bow On It Premium Monthly Subscription - Unboxing and Review!

This came wrapped in cute wrapping paper (see the bottom of the post for how it looks in the mail) and this was what came under the Put A Bow On It! How adorable is this package?! 

Mask Wednesday - Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask Review

Happy Wednesday (or early Thursday when this is posted! Whoops, I was sleepy after this mask!)

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask Review

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask ~ sample (full size is $77.00). This powerful Resurfacing Mask works like a traditional peel to provide an instant solution for dull skin—without causing downtime or irritation. Formulated to deeply purify and help decongest surface debris and dead skin for a refreshed, revitalized appearance, it minimizes the appearance of pores for smooth, glowing skin. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette - Review, Swatches and a Makeup Look!

I have a thing for adorable packaging and Too Faced has really been delivering with adorable packages lately! 
Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette - Review, Swatches and a Makeup Look!

This palette is exclusive to Ulta stores (U.S. only and it looks like it has been available on the Too Faced website as well which ships to Canada - it is currently out of stock, but is not a limited edition palette so it should be back in stock soon! 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Manicure Monday - Scratch Nail Wraps "Fiery Foxes"

This week I'm using some adorable nail wraps!
Manicure Monday - Scratch Nail Wraps "Fiery Foxes"

These are the Scratch Fiery Foxes nail wraps! Seriously how cute are these guys?! 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Skincare Sunday - Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask Review

Happy Skincare Sunday - my skin really needs a mask today! 
Skincare Sunday - Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask ~ sample size 20 ml for $21.60 CAN (full size is 100 ml for $108). Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask with advanced antioxidants is a hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin. The innovative formula’s velvety whipped texture has an immediate cooling effect to refresh the skin and the senses. Black tea ferment, also known as Kombucha, is an advanced antioxidant that helps to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals while softening, smoothing, and enhancing luster. The formula is further enriched with lychee seed extract, known to support natural collagen, firming polysaccharides that help to smooth the skin, and jicima root juice, notable for its hydrating and nourishing properties.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Five on Friday - August 5, 2016

Happy Friday everyone - hope you had a great week! I love 4 day work weeks and I am looking forward to this weekend! 

ONE

I just got a sample of this Miracle 10 Cream in the mail! It was an email sign up thing and I love getting free samples (who doesn't?!) 

I always share these and any other little fun things I see on my Facebook and Twitter page - make sure to follow me there!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

July 2016 - Monthly Favorites

Here is a look at my Top 5 Favorite products for July! 

ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow in "Birthday Boy" ~ limited edition free with purchase gift for ColourPop's second birthday. Taupe-y violet with silver shimmer.

This was a very limited edition shadow and it is GORGEOUS! I have used this in some capacity almost every time I have done my make-up this past month! I love it! If you want to see a swatch of this shadow, you can go to my review post here

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mask Wednesday - Joe Fresh Purifying Mask Fresh Cucumber Scent Review

Happy Mask Wednesday - this week I am reviewing a peel-off mask, which I am super excited about because I rarely use these type of masks! 

Joe Fresh Purifying Mask Fresh Cucumber Scent Review

Joe Fresh Purifying Mask Fresh Cucumber Scent ~ $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. Peel-off mask purifies skin by removing dirt and impurities; unblocks pores to leave skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed. 

July 2016 - Monthly Empties

I have turned in to one of those people who loves empties posts - mostly because I love looking back on each product I used and see if I loved it or not! I have a ton of products and I can sometimes forget about something I love, but not with my handy garbage posts! 


Lush BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask ~ $7.95. Created especially to care for sensitive skin, BB Seaweed is a best-seller for its soothing, smoothing effects. No surprises here, it’s packed with none other than the ocean greenery itself! Seven pounds of it in each batch, in fact. This locally-harvested, nutrient-rich seaweed nourishes the skin, while finely ground almonds ever-so-gently exfoliate leaving skin perfectly smooth. We use a generous helpings of aloe vera gel and rose absolute to calm and soothe sensitive spots, and a gorgeous combination of honey and olive oil to moisturize. You look beautiful, BB!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

July Month in Masks & Mask Empties

Masking is a huge part (and probably my favorite part) of my skincare routine! I try and use them as often as possible as I find they really help moisturize and improve my skin! 

This post is a review of all the masks I use each month and mini reviews on all of them - I also consider the Month of Masks my Mask Empties post, because I do not feature my sheet masks in my monthly empties post! You can check out my past Month of Masks here

Here is a look at the masks I used this month:

July 2
The Face Shop 3D Ampoule Mask Sheet Hyaluronic Acid & Colostrum ~ $3. A dual functional care mask where ampoule and mask sheet can both be used in 2 steps
Step 1. Ampoule: A highly enriched ampoule that delivers nutrition and moisture to skin that is damaged from external harmful factors
Step 2. Mask Sheet: Using a new concept 3D sheet, it heightens the adherence of the mask sheet giving a dual function; preventing the loss of moisture and nutrition and creating a moisture barrier which increases the effect of the ampoule creating resilient, firm skin


Hahaha - i'm sorry, but how scary is this mask?! The 3D fit is really bizarre and adds a really scary look! I have tried 3D masks before, but they haven't quite look so scary. I like that this is a 2 step mask, so you apply the ampoule first and then where the mask. I liked the ampoule but I couldn't stand the fit because of the weird chin thing. 
Repurchase: No

Monday, August 1, 2016

Manicure Monday (Harry Potter Deathly Hallows nail art) and Monthly Pedicure (Starfish nail art)

Happy Monday! Yesterday was the release of the new Harry Potter book, so I had to celebrate by doing some Harry Potter themed nail art! 
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows nail art

Deathly Hallows! 

July 2016 Boxycharm - Review and Unboxing

Boxycharm is $21.00 a month + $5.00 shipping to Canada (shipping is free to the U.S.) Boxycharm sends 4 to 5 full size and luxury size beauty items. (This is only the 2nd month they have been shipping to Canada!)

Looking back at past reviews, this box focuses heavily on make-up items - so that is something to keep in mind! (I personally love all the makeup though and they have sent full size palettes in the past!)

There was a delay in shipping this month as they were waiting to see if Canada Post was going to strike/be locked out. They did make it within the month though (just barely!)


Here is a look at July's Boxycharm:
July 2016 Boxycharm - Review and Unboxing

The theme of this month's box is "Modern Merbabe"!