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Make Up For Ever’s New Artist Color Eye Shadows

Make Up For Ever newly reformulated Artist Color Eye Shadows

MUFE’s newly reformulated Artist Color Eye Shadows

Was anyone else surprised to find out last fall that Make Up For Ever had completely reformulated their entire line of eye shadows? It seemed like they had just did that. I was definitely surprised because I had really loved the Custom Artist Palettes they had brought out in fall 2014. Just 3 years later, all 210 eye shadows and matching customizable palettes were scrapped to make way for the newly reformulated Artist Color Eye Shadows. Continue reading

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DECIEM: The Abnormal Beauty Company Skincare Products Review

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA and Lactic Acid 10% + HA skin serums

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA and Lactic Acid 10% + HA

Hi everyone! While I was in Toronto at the Bite Lip Lab on Queen Street West, the guys who worked there recommended that I stroll a few minutes down the street to the Abnormal Beauty Company. They both raved about it and said they swear by their products because they are high quality but also low priced. I’m glad I listened to them and stopped into the company’s flagship store. I thought I’d review some of the DECIEM skincare products I picked up from brands like The Ordinary and NIOD. Continue reading

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Sephora Visit & My Mini Brow Makeover (Toronto Shopping Part 1)

Goodies from the Eaton's Centre Sephora

Goodies from the Eaton’s Centre Sephora

At the end of January I was off to Toronto for the annual national library conference. While I’m there, I always try to make time to do some of my favourites and sometimes try out new things too (like going to the Bite Lip Lab). I always make time to go to the Eaton’s Centre and hit the Sephora and MAC because there is no Sephora or MAC near where I live. I had a great trip to Sephora this year! Continue reading

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My Visit to the Bite Lip Lab: Bespoke Lipsticks!

Bite Lip Lab goodies

So many goodies from the Bite Lip Lab

Recently I had to go to Toronto for work and I knew that while I was there I absolutely had to go to the Bite Lip Lab. Bite Beauty is a Canadian company and all of their lip products are made in small batches from food-grade ingredients, i.e good and safe enough to eat (hence the name “Bite”). I have many of their products, like their Lip Scrub, Amuse Bouche Lipsticks, Lip Pencils and new Multisticks. The really cool thing is that they also have Lip Labs in Toronto, San Francisco and New York, where you can get custom made lipsticks! How cool is that?

Here is a quick little video I made to give you an idea of how mind-blowingly awesome it is to have your very own lipsticks made just for you right before your eyes:


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What I Got at the beautyBOUTIQUE Spend Your Points Event

Chanel lipstick and nailpolish and Guerlain Lipstick

Redeeming Optimum points online at the beautyBOUTIQUE

In Canada, one of our largest national drugstore chains, Shoppers Drug Mart, has a rewards program called Optimum points. The points you earn have a cash value and can be redeemed for most any items in the store for up to a maximum of $170 CAD. My favourite way to redeem my points is at their beautyBOUTIQUE, which carries high-end brands. There are lots of beautyBOUTIQUE locations in Canada, like the big one in the Eaton’s Centre, but just not near where I live. Luckily you can order online! They’re changing the Optimum program and merging it with another points program this month, so last month there were “spend your points” events, probably to entice people into redeeming their points prior to the merge. I was able to redeem my 50,000 points for $105 CAD (an extra $20). Here are the high-end goodies I got for my points. Continue reading

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I Heart the Besame Snow White Collection!

Besame Snow White Collection

Some things I ordered from the Besame Snow White Collection

I really love Besame Cosmetics – the packaging, the whole vibe and philosophy behind all of their retro vintage-inspired beauty products. I’m also a huge fan of everything Snow White, as evidenced by my 2016 Halloween costume:

Snow White makeup and hair

Halloween 2016

As soon as I saw the limited edition Besame Cosmetics Snow White Collection in my Instagram feed I just about nearly freaked out. The only problem? I live in Canada. I did order from Besame once before in 2013, and the brokerage and customs fees through UPS were $55.00 on top of the exchange rate from USD for the order. Although I loved the products (you can check out my post), particularly the Classic Color Lipsticks, I was reluctant to order from them again. Luckily, my Dad was wintering in Florida. So I had my order delivered to his address and then he mailed it to me through Canada Post. Hooray! Continue reading

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My First Laura Mercier Lipstick

Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm

Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm

Hi everyone! Today’s post is a quick review of a new lipstick I picked up the last time I was at Sephora. I have heard really great things about the Laura Mercier lippies but have never tried one. I recently got one of the Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalms. Don’t you just love the name “Lip Parfait”? Continue reading

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NARS Velvet Shadow Stick Review

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Oaxaca

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Oaxaca

Last year I got really into cream shadows, like the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots and the Revlon Colorstay Creme Eye Shadows. When I saw the NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks featured in a YouTube video, I was intrigued. Nearly all of the cream eye shadows I’ve tried (like the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre or the Maybelline Color Tattoos) have been in pots. I was curious to try a cream formula that was in a stick. The NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks are touted as “a creamy, blendable eyeshadow packaged in a convenient, portable stick” and come in some truly stunning shades. Continue reading

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MAC is Reading My Mind: The Prissy Princess Palette

MAC Prissy Princess palette

MAC Prissy Princess palette

You know how everyone seems to be paranoid nowadays that everything we do online – everything we buy, every site we visit – is being tracked and used to carefully craft ads targeted directly at us? I’ve always pooh-poohed such notions…until I saw the MAC Prissy Princess Palette. Clearly, MAC has perfected some sort of futuristic, mind-reading technology because it has made a palette that seems to be tailor-made just for me! First of all, the packaging: Pale pink! With polka-dots! Come on, MAC, that’s just not fair. And its adorably called “Prissy Princess”? Upon first glance, I really didn’t even care what was inside. I totally wanted it. Continue reading

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MAC Lip Duos

MAC Lip Duo Cherry and Cockney

MAC Lip Duo Cherry & Cockney

Over Christmas I visited my sister, and we made a little trip to the MAC store in Halifax. I love going to MAC in person because there is no MAC store where I live. We had an awesome SA who showed us some of the new MAC Lip Duos and helped us try some on. I think the duos are a neat idea. You get a lip pencil and lipstick combo for less than what it would cost to buy them each separately. My sister bought Chicory/Brick-o-la and, can you believe it, it was her first ever MAC purchase!? I decided on Cherry/Cockney. However, I noticed that I had some of the lip pencils and lipsticks from the other duos, so I’m going to do some swatches from three of the other MAC Lip Duos for you in this post as well. Continue reading

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Sephora Favourites: Give Me Some Nude Lip

Sephora Favourites Give Me Some Nude Lip

Sephora Favourites “Give Me Some Nude Lip” Lip Kit

When Sephora was offering their $25 off promotion in December, in addition to picking up the Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Lip Set I also couldn’t resist the Sephora Favourites “Give Me Some Nude Lip” Lip Kit. I had really enjoyed Sephora’s “Give Me Some Bold Lip” Lip Kit. I love the idea of getting to try out sample sizes of popular lip products for much less than it would cost to get the full size of all six items. The Give Me Some Nude Lip kit is $33 CAD, but to buy all six separately would be $84 CAD! I’ll jump right in and tell you what I thought of the six nude lip picks in the kit. Continue reading

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Pop the Bubbly: Bite Champagne Discovery Lip Set

Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Lip Set

Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Lip Set

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’re all having a great holidays and have been able to take some time off to relax and spend time with family and friends. I have really been enjoying my time off, especially going to holiday parties and get-togethers, and eating one of my absolute favourite foods – turkey! The other really enjoyable thing that happens in December is Sephora gives us $25 off. Tis the season for giving 🙂 Continue reading

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Fantastic Spot Treatment & Inexpensive Dupe

Dr. Lin Acne Spot Corrector VS drugstore dupe
Hi everyone! I love samples. Its a great way to discover new products. Its how I discovered my favourite mascara, the Guerlain Maxi Lash, for example. A long while back, when I was placing a Sephora order online, I selected as a sample, the Dr. Lin Skincare Acne Spot Corrector. I’d been using it for at least 6 months or so, and then about a month ago I used it up. I wanted to do a review as well as let you know about a less expensive dupe. Continue reading

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Burt’s Bees Tinted Balm, Tinted Oil & Another Lipstick

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm, Tinted Lip Oil, and Lipstick
Hi everyone! I’m back with a review of some more of the Burt’s Bees lip products. I’m a big fan of this brand and I love their lip balms. Lip balm is one of the most essential items in my life! I did a previous review of some of the Burt’s Bees lip balms as well as their lipstick in Orchid Ocean. I really wanted to try out another shade of the Burt’s Bees lipstick, and while I was swatching, I also picked up two additional Burt’s Bees lip products I hadn’t tried before; the Tinted Lip Balm and the Tinted Lip Oil. Continue reading

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Battle of the Makeup Wipes: One Fav & One Fail

Neutrogena and Bioderma makeup remover wipes review
As handy as makeup removing wipes are, I don’t use them every day. I have a whole night-time skincare routine that I normally stick to, and to remove my makeup I use Bioderma Sensibio H2O cleansing and make-up removing water with the Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads (which are a dupe for the pricier Shiseido Facial Cotton). But every now and then, isn’t it so convenient to have some makeup removing wipes on hand to quickly take your makeup off and cleanse when you’re just too tired to go through your entire routine? I also really like makeup removing wipes for traveling. I had a bit of a hard time finding fragrance-free makeup wipes though, so for everyone out there like me with sensitive skin, I thought I would review the two fragrance-free makeup removing wipes that I’ve tried. One has become a re-purchased fav,  and one was a huge fail. Continue reading

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Revlon’s New ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows: MAC Paint Pots Dupe?

Revlon's ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows

Revlon’s new ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows

I have to admit, I haven’t been overly enthusiastic about many new drugstore products recently, but I was excited to try Revlon’s new ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows. These came out in the U.S. about a year ago, but I’ve only recently seen them in Canada, at least in my local drugstore. Oddly they aren’t on the revlon.ca website but they are on the revlon.com site. Not all my local stores had them, but I was able to find them at Shoppers Drugmart.

If you follow my blog you know I’ve been really into my MAC Paint Pots lately (you can see my review of Groundwork and Frozen Violet). I was curious to see how the Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows compared to the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots. Are they a dupe? Continue reading

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MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Frozen Violet

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Frozen Violet

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Frozen Violet

If you follow my blog, you may have seen my post about MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork which I have been loving this fall. When I was in Toronto recently, I had a looooong wait in Pearson airport, so I did what any normal, makeup obsessed person would do and headed straight to MAC to swatch some Paint Pots. I love a MAC in an airport – what an amazing idea! There were several gorgeous Paint Pots I liked. Two were not in stock – Camel Coat and Tailor Grey (both in the land of matte, taupey goodness). The shade they did have in stock was Frozen Violet. Continue reading

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Who Can Resist the Sephora Minis?

Sephora mini sizes

Can you get past the Sephora line without being tempted by the minis?

The last time I was in Sephora, I was waiting in the check-out line surrounded by shiny, tempting, mini-sized products and of course the next thing I knew, some of them *mysteriously* ended up in my basket. They get me every time. I can never resist the lure of all of the adorable miniatures and add-ons in the Sephora line. Partly, I love anything miniature, but I also love that you can often sample higher-end products this way at a lower price. Continue reading

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Sephora Favs Give Me Some Bold Lip

Sephora Favorites: Give Me Some Bold Lip
I haven’t been traveling as much this year, but a few weeks ago I was in Toronto and made it to a Sephora in-person and while there, I spotted the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip kit. I really like these Sephora favorites type of kits that let you sample several best-sellers at a great price, but I find they usually sell out too quickly. So I was pretty pumped to get to try out the bold lip favs. I’m really into bold lip shades right now. I think it must be a fall weather thing. Continue reading

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Burt’s Bees Balms and New Lipstick

Burt's Bees Balms and Lipstick

Burt’s Bees Balms & Lipstick

Burt’s Bees is a pretty adorable brand. I have been a long-time fan of their Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme. I love that they use 99-100% natural ingredients, and their bee and honeycomb themed packaging is irresistible. I mean, who doesn’t love bees? I also really love their #BringBacktheBees campaign, started last year, to raise awareness about the declining bee population and to restore bee habitat.

When we moved from my tiny place into our current house, there was one serious downside…I could never find any lip balm! I like to have at least one in every room (but I’m totally *not* addicted or anything). The solution? I headed to the drugstore to buy a bunch of extra lip balms to have on hand. I had completely used up an entire Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil, and I knew I wanted me some more Burt’s Bees balms. Continue reading

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Finally Got My Paws on a New Bite Beauty Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil
I have been dying to try the new Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil since it first came out. I am already a fan of the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Masks, Amuse Bouche Lipsticks, and the Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub. So knowing that they now also made a lip liner kinda made my life complete. The Canadian brand is known for its lip products made from natural, organic, food-grade ingredients that are “good enough to eat.” They also have really unique shades. I can’t wait for the next time I’m in Toronto, so I can visit the Bite Beauty Lip Lab where you can create your own custom or bespoke lipsticks. It looks so fun! Continue reading

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Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip: Does it Really Work?

Benefit They're Real! Double the Lip
As soon as I saw this new lip product from Benefit, I knew I had to try it. Benefit is one of the cutest, retro-inspired brands and they have the greatest packaging and iconic product names. Some of their products can be a bit gimmicky but they are never boring! Their Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip Beyond Sexy Lipstick & Liner in One was just too interesting to pass up. Benefit bills it as “This lip liner & lipstick in one features a Custom Teardrop Tip that grabs and defines your lip line and fills in lips with complementing colour for the appearance of volume and dimension.” I had never seen a built in, separate lip liner colour in a lipstick before. Visually, these Double the Lip two-tone lipsticks were irresistible. Continue reading

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New Skincare Routine

new skincare products for sensitive acne-prone skin
Way back in 2014 (that seems so crazy long ago!) I did a post on my skincare routine for sensitive, acne-prone skin. I thought it was about time to do an update 🙂 As I am getting older, my skin is changing. I’m finding it much drier, and my breakouts are more hormonal, which means that there’s not a lot that topical treatments can do (more on that later). Nearly three years later, some of my skincare products are the same, some I have since stopped using, and I’ve also introduced a few new products. I sometimes find it difficult to get information about products that are fragrance-free or good for sensitive skin, so I hope this helps others out there! Continue reading

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MAC Work it Out Collection

MAC Work It Out collection

Love the 80s-inspired packaging!

I love when MAC comes out with a new LE collection. I always check it out, although I don’t necessarily always order anything. There was just something about the Work it Out collection that was calling my name. I think, primarily, it was all of the lustre finish lipsticks (my fav!), but then there were just so many other cool new things I wanted to try. I also absolutely love this packaging that is a little bit 80s but also a little bit retro 1950s/1960s too. Black and white stars and checkerboards combined with bright, neon pinks, oranges, blues and greens!? Swoon. Continue reading

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Too Faced Melted Matte

Too Faced Melted Matte in Drop Dead Red

Drop Dead Red

As many of my readers will know, I am not the hugest fan of matte lip products. My ideal type of lippie is a MAC lipstick in the lustre finish (as evidenced by my ample lustre collection), which is more balmy, shiny and sheer. I received this Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick from a thoughtful friend who shares my love of makeup. I was apprehensive. I had tried on the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick (the one in the squeeze tube) at Sephora. After wearing it as I shopped along  my merry way for 10 or 15 minutes, my lips felt like they’d had all of the moisture sucked right out of them! I removed it before I even made it to the checkout line and applied copious amounts of my fav Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment. Would the newer Melted Matte be better or even worse? Continue reading

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