Monthly Archives: January 2016

The New MUFE Ultra HD Concealer

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer
Make Up For Ever has come out with a new HD under eye concealer! The only foundation I use is the MUFE Ultra HD Invisible Cover which I’ve reviewedΒ  and also included in my 2015 Favourites. MUFE has shades light enough for very pale skin (I use the lightest foundation shade, Y205 Alabaster). I couldn’t wait to try the MUFE Ultra HD Concealer. It comes in only 5 shades, but lucky for me, the lightest, Y21 is super light! It is the lightest concealer that I have ever seen from any brand. If you’re a pale-skinned girl and have had a hard time finding a light enough concealer, I would definitely check this one out. Continue reading

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My New Favourite Setting Powder!

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

I had been seeing the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder on favourites lists everywhere. My skin is on the drier side, so I don’t generally use a ton of powder, except on my chin and around my nose where I can tend to get a little shiny throughout the day. I find that my Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation doesn’t require much powdering to set and I like leaving the luminous finish. I’ve been loving the MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Light, which made my 2015 Favourites. When I ran out, I wanted something to replace it faster than I knew a MAC order would take to arrive. MAC can take three weeks or more to get to me, whereas the new Canadian Sephora shipping is crazy fast – about 2-3 days! Continue reading

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Chanel Lipstick Giveaway Winner!

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color #109 Rouge Noir

The winner receives a Chanel lipstick in the shade of her choice!

Thank-you to everyone who entered my High-end Lipstick Review Series Giveaway. I had so much fun doing the series. There were 73 entries in total. I always use random number generator to pick giveaway winners. And the winner is… Continue reading

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Too Faced La Creme Lipstick Review

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Pink Chocolate
When I was visiting my sister in Halifax recently, she had gotten a new lipstick, the Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lipstick in the shade Sweet Maple, a very 1990s-brown shade, and she loved it. I had never tried any of the Too Faced lippies before, and it looked so pretty! I wanted one of my own. I swatched some of the shades in Sephora, and picked the shade Pink Chocolate, a “berry brown.” I was a little disappointed that they didn’t carry the full shade selection in-store, at least at the location I went to. They only had 12 of the 24 shades available on the Sephora website. Continue reading

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5 Ways I use Coconut Oil – Plus Skinny Coconut Oil Giveaway!!!

skinny coconut oil
It seems like everyone is obsessed with coconut oil lately. I’ve always been a huge fan of coconut (particularly pina coladas!). I add a tablespoon of coconut butter to my morning smoothie and often cook with coconut oil. About three years ago, I started incorporating coconut oil into my beauty routine too. The brand I typically use is Artisana Organics Raw Virgin Coconut Oil. I was sent Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil to try out (plus extra to giveaway! Details below) and I’m genuinely loving the 100% raw, alkaline coconut oil. In Canada, Skinny Coconut Oil is available at Sephora. It is $15.00 CAD.

I’m liking it better than other coconut oils I have tried for two reasons. The first is the smell. Some coconut oils I have used have no scent at all, and the Artisana only has a faint coconut scent. As soon as you open the Skinny Coconut Oil you get such an amazing coconut aroma. You just want to eat it! Skinny & Co. explain that because of their unique zero heat extraction method, theirs is the closest you can get to a raw coconut. As someone with sensitive skin, I’m sometimes bummed that I can’t use any of the scented beauty products out there; they smell amazing but will irritate the heck out of my skin. The Skinny Coconut Oil makes me feel like I get to use a luxuriously scented product and its all natural.

The second thing I like about the Skinny Coconut Oil is, unlike brands sold in grocery and health food stores that are primarily marketed as food products and come in a huge jar, the Skinny Coconut Oil packaging is similar to a jar of face cream. Continue reading

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2015 Favourites!

2015 makeup favouritesI’ve been blogging for two years and this is my second yearly favourites post. I’ve been enjoying reading other people’s yearly favs and it inspired me to think about what my true favourites were this past year, things I reached for the most and in some cases things I used up and repurchased. Some of my 2014 favs have turned up again in 2015 and some are new favourites. Continue reading

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Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette: 8 Mini Shadows To Go

Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette

A travel-size palette of eight, universal neutral shadows

Is it just me or do all of the adorable mini versions of products that Sephora strategically lines the checkout with get you every time? Waiting in the line-up, I couldn’t resist this totally cute miniature version of the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette. The full-sized palette has 14 neutral shades (each one is 0.035 oz) for $62.00 CAD. The Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette has 8 of the original shadows in smaller, 0.026 oz, for only $28.00 CAD.

I was really drawn to how sleek and compact this palette is. I’m always on the lookout for portable eyeshadow palettes that I can tuck into a carry-on and not have to worry too much about them shattering; I’m not going to pack my MAC Pro Palette x 15 when flying Air Canada! This travel palette is really thin and is smaller than my iPhone. Continue reading

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Icing Brushes Review

Icing Makeup Brushes
Until recently, I had never even heard of Icing. I was watching YouTuber Zabrena’s Frugal Fridayz video Top Performing Drugstore Brushes, and several of the face brushes she mentioned were Icing brushes, which she said were her favourite. If you’re (like I was) thinking right now what the heck are Icing brushes? you need to keep reading, because these are some of the most amazing and affordable (and cruelty free) makeup brushes ever!

Shortly after watching her video, I was in Ottawa at the Rideau Centre and walked by a shop filled with jewelry and accessories, and wouldn’t you know it, it was called Icing! I went in and sure enough they also had a cosmetics section with their own brand of makeup and brushes. The makeup brushes were the absolute softest brushes I have ever felt in my life. Seriously, they are like a cross between a puffy cloud and a furry kitten. Continue reading

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High-end Lipstick Review Series Finale & Giveaway!!! [CLOSED]

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Fallen from the Lipstick Tree review

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Fallen from the Lipstick Tree

I’m back with the 17th and final review in my High-end Lipstick Review series! I have been testing out and comparing high-end lipsticks for just over a year now. You can check out my original post for a full explanation. As promised, I will be giving away a lipstick from the brand that scores the highest number of “Duchess Points” to a subscriber in a shade of their choice. Keep reading to see which brand will be deemed most splurge-worthy and for details about how to enter the giveaway. Continue reading

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Chanel Vamp Attitude Holiday 2015 Collection

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in #18 Rouge Noir and Rouge Allure Intense Long-wear Lip Colour in #109 Rouge Noir

Chanel Le Vernis/Nail Colour in #18 Rouge Noir and Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in #109 Rouge Noir

When I read that Chanel was coming out with a holiday collection inspired by their iconic 1990s shade Vamp, I was so excited! According to Chanel “In 1994, a uniquely striking Le Vernis shade was revealed on the Chanel Fall/Winter Ready-to-Wear runway, and a legend was born. This year, a gleaming Holiday colour collection celebrates the rebellious black-red, β€˜Vamp’ β€” the shade that became an icon.” I have ranted about my coming-of-age in the 1990s love of Vamp nail polish previously. I knew I needed the lipstick and nail polish in the Vamp-inspired shade Rouge Noir.

While I was in Ottawa for work just before Christmas, I went to the Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique in the Rideau Centre and I was so happy that they had both the lipstick and the nail polish in stock. Both are LE. Continue reading

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